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How to Avoid A Candle Fire in Your Home

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

photo of condo that is a total loss after candle fire. whole top of structure is gone Not practicing correct candle fire safety may pose a significant risk for fire damage to your Flemington area home.

Candles are often used decoratively, to enhance the ambiance of a room, or even as a light source when the power goes out. But, when candles are not used in line with proper safety guidelines, they can start a fire in your home. According to the NFPA, roughly 8,000 home candle fires are reported every year and cause $278 million in property damage.

Whether it is large or small, a fire can cause a huge amount of damage to your home. Even if a fire is put out within minutes, soot and smoke may cover your walls, furniture, and floors, creating a huge mess to clean up.

To prevent fire damage in your home and stay safe, it's best to practice these candle safety tips.

Tips to Prevent Candle Fires

  1. Keep candles at least 12 inches away from any flammable materials. 60 percent of candle fires start because the burning candle was too close to things that could burn, such as curtains, bedding, furniture, or decorations (NFPA).
  2. Avoid placing a lighted candle in an area it can easily be knocked over. Children and pets often run around homes, and if a table is bumped or a dog's tail knocks it over - it can easily start a fire. Don't place candles on coffee tables or within reach of children.
  3. Don't leave lit candles unattended. This may be the biggest tip for fire safety - Anything can happen if you leave a candle unattended. It's always possible for a candle to combust or "explode", get knocked over, or light a curtain blowing in the breeze on fire. Also, if a candle has been burning for a long time, it's possible for hot wax to splatter and cause a fire.
  4. Never fall asleep with a candle lit! Roughly one third of candle fires start in bedrooms - many due to homeowners falling asleep. This is also similar to leaving the candle unattended.
  5. If a candle fire starts - DO NOT try to put it out with water. Hot, melted wax may splatter and worsen the fire and burn you. Using water to put out a candle fire may also result in the glass candle holder exploding due to the rapid change in temperature. The best way to put out a candle fire is to snuff it out or smother it, similar to a grease fire.
  6. Place matches and lighters out of the reach of children. Children should not light candles or be around candles unattended. If they cannot light a candle, they cannot cause a fire.
  7. Throw away candles that have little to no wax back. When a candle burns this low, it heats up the container or holder that it is in much more than when it is a fresh, new candle. This puts it at risk to crack or explode, and light nearby combustible material on fire.
  8. Be mindful of the manufacturer's safety instructions on the candle. They may advise for how long the candle can be burned or if there are any other hazards associated with it.
  9. Be sure to place candles on heat or fire resistant surfaces. Some surfaces are more likely to get hot and indirectly start a fire, or are highly flammable if wax splatters.
  10. Be extra careful of candles around the holidays. December is the peak month for candle fires, and is correlated with holiday decorations. Almost three times as many fires that are started by candles on Christmas than the daily average for the rest of the year! (NFPA) With homes crowded with family, decorations, and lit candles, disaster can strike quickly if you are not vigilant and practicing the above tips.

If a candle fire starts in your home - keep your family safe and evacuate if you are not able to quickly put it out. Your belongings and home can be replaced - but lives cannot!

Damage From A Candle Fire? Call SERVPRO - 908-788-8770

SERVPRO of Greater Hunterdon County is a damage restoration company specializing in fire damage, water damage, and mold remediation. No matter the damages, we can make it "Like it never even happened."

Efficient Fire Damage Cleanup In Your Clinton Home

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

Contact us at (908) 788-8770 for quick and efficient restoration of your home.

You Need Efficient Fire Damage Cleanup in Your Clinton Home to Prevent Additional Damage

It is traumatic to watch your home go up in flames. Despite the emotional turmoil you experience, it is crucial to act quickly after the fire has been put out to prevent further damage. Delaying the restoration process can lead to expensive repairs because of other issues such as rainwater seeping through the roof or the growth of mold.

Another essential step is to contact your insurance company to let it know about the fire damage in your Clinton residence. Your insurance company can take steps of assessing the damage and compensating you for the loss. As the insurance adjuster inspects the damages, ensure that a thorough inspection is done. You want your insurance claim to cover all the costs. The areas that should be examined include:

    •    Roof
    •    Windows
    •    Walls and framing
    •    Stucco and siding
    •    The plumbing and heating system

After the inspection, you can trust our SERVPRO team can take inventory of the salvageable and unsalvageable items. We can begin the fire damage cleanup process by removing soot, ash, debris, the residue of fire extinguishing agents, and any water and moisture that could be present.

A fire can char building materials like drywall and wood, making it necessary to replace them. During the fire damage mitigation and restoration process, our team can demolish and remove affected building materials and dispose of them properly. Our team can clean structural items using wet cleaning or dry cleaning procedures. We choose the right cleaning method based on factors such as the type of soil and the type of surface, and if water-based cleaning products can damage it.

When it comes to restoring contents, we can use abrasive cleaning if it is necessary to agitate an affected surface. Our restorers can use various methods to agitate or abrade residues from a surface. An example is applying a cleaning product that contains abrasive ingredients onto the surface. We take precautions when using products containing abrasive ingredients to avoid damaging the surfaces we are cleaning.

Our SERVPRO team can also help you navigate the insurance claims process and get the settlement you deserve for the fire loss. Understanding the process of filing a claim, what you are entitled to, and how to document the damage is the key to protecting your finances through the fire restoration process. Our restorers can ensure that you are not alone during the claims process.

If you are dealing with a fire loss, SERVPRO of Greater Hunterdon County is the company to call. Contact us at (908) 788-8770 for quick and efficient restoration of your home.

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Our Certified Experts Are Committed To Restoring Your Clinton Home After A Fire

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

Our professionals are ready 24/7 to respond to your call and we have state-of-the-art equipment and expertise to restore your home right away.

Salvageability of Fire-Damaged Materials in Clinton Homes

After a fire loss incident, everything in a Clinton home can appear irreparably damaged and unsalvageable, but this is not usually the case. Depending on the severity of the fire loss incident, much of the materials in the ignition area can become the most heavily affected in the house. These are the materials most in danger of collapse and degradation, not to mention the most considerable contributions to lingering odors and circulating soot particles and debris.

Determining the salvageability of materials and contents amongst the fire damage in Clinton homes is the responsibility of our trained project manager during the initial inspection and scoping of the work to get done. Along with the input of our customers, we can work to provide a restoration baseline to determine what must happen to make this loss incident “Like it never even happened,” for your property. A balance between restoration and controlled demolition is vital to efficient recovery.

In-House Restoration 

There are many materials and contents within a fire-damaged property that our SERVPRO professionals can restore with the right response and techniques. From moving at-risk items to a safer location and cleaning off settled soot particles on a surface to utilizing thermal fogging for reducing lingering odors in burned areas, there are many ways restoration can happen on-site. We have premier cleaning products and tools, which can offer a variety of approaches, including foam cleaning, wet/dry cleaning, and abrasive techniques like soda or media blasting.

Content Management (Pack-Out) 

For your personal belongings, furniture, and other treasures that cannot get restored on-site, we have other measures that can get taken. With our nearby SERVPRO facility, we can transport soot and smoke damaged items after a fire to our warehouse for immersion cleaning, deodorization, and other restorative practices.

No matter how devastating a fire loss in your home might be, our SERVPRO of Greater Hunterdon County team can help. We have more than 25 years of experience in the restoration industry and can help to overcome the damaging effects of destructive loss incidents in your house. Give us a call anytime you need us at (908) 788-8770.

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Fire Damage Recovery Basics in Lebanon

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO knows all the basics for your fire damage in Lebanon.

SERVPRO knows all the basics for your fire damage in Lebanon.

Nothing can prepare you for the devastation of a fire in your Lebanon home. You would expect limited charring and a smoky smell near the ignition site, especially if the fire was doused quickly. But the widespread nature of residues and odors from even a supposedly minor fire can shock the uninitiated. In broad terms, you can expect the following response from our professional mitigation and remediation experts when responding to your request for help.

Safety Considerations And Water Removal  

The first phase of recovering from fire damage in Lebanon includes securing the premises and assessing the extent of the harm. Nearly every fire scene requires management of the now-contaminated water used to knock down the flames before other tasks are safe to complete. Anything from a water-slick surface to several inches of contaminated fluids creates slip and fall hazards and the risk of exposure to electrical shock, toxic substances, and hidden debris risks. Our full-spectrum disaster response capability permits our crews to complete the water containment and disposal phase safely and lawfully before transitioning to other cleanup needs.

Evaluating Residues 

Depending on the fuels the fire consumed, the availability of oxygen during the burn, the types of surfaces attracting the soot, and how firefighters extinguished the blaze, fire cleanup strategies differ. SERVPRO experts run through an evaluative protocol on each job:

  • Find the residues
  • Characterize the residues
  • Consider the kind of surfaces affected
  • Capture the residues 
  • Remove the residues
  • Dispose of the residues, adhering to best practices and local regulations

Choosing Appropriate Cleaning Methods

Some residues present as loose particles like ash. It is crucial to vacuum, dry sponge, or sweep up these dry residues quickly before the introduction of any wet cleaning agents. Moisture smears the dry debris, causing them to stain surfaces. Others are complex amalgams of incompletely combusted materials mixed with oil or water-based substances. These residues can adhere tightly to building materials, needing balancing of temperature, agitation, chemical actions, and dwell time to loosen and suspend in a solution for final rinsing and removal.

The highly-qualified team of managers and technicians from SERVPRO of Greater Hunterdon County are ready to clear your home of fire damage residues fast. Call (908) 788-8770 for an assessment as soon as the firefighters wind up their work.

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Fight Smoke & Fire Damage In Your Whitehouse Station Home

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

We know exactly what your Whitehouse Station home needs after a fire, let us take on the fight.

Let SERVPRO fight your Whitehouse Station home fire.

Flames and smoke from a fire tends to burn or stain many items found in your Whitehouse Station home, often causing what seems like irreversible damage. However, with the help of an Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Technician (IICRC), there are many ways to limit the losses you might experience. 

When fire damage occurs in your Whitehouse Station home, dealing with what is left after the flames go out can be devastating, especially if left unaddressed for too long. You need to understand your options, act fast, and work with a professional early to protect your property correctly. 

Understand that the heat produced by flames radiates throughout the area, causing surrounding items to lose moisture, crack, shatter, or even melt. SERVPRO has a highly trained team of restoration specialists available 24/hrs a day, 7/days a week, who respond, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, — offering quality solutions designed to adjust to your specific situation.  

Smoke and fire residues act like acid, eating away at the various surfaces found in your home, long after the flames subside. A properly trained Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician (FSRT), like those offered at SERVPRO, can help you assess current damages and create a custom mitigation plan to help restore all fire-related damages found on your property. 

SERVPRO technicians can help you determine which of your affected items should receive cleaning or whether it is more feasible to discard and replace. We work hard to help you keep costs associated with your claim lower than you might expect and keep you informed throughout the restoration process. Our team also can assist you with the paperwork associated with your claim and communicates with your insurance company regularly, when appropriate.

At SERVPRO, we witness many incidents where homes become completely ruined by smoke, even though the majority of the building remains untouched by flames. Even if you put out the smallest fire as quickly as possible, smoke damage can still occur, often creating an uncomfortable and unsafe environment. We can improve the indoor air quality IAQ to restore your home to its preloss condition.

Never settle for less, get the quality services you deserve, by calling our office at SERVPRO of Greater Hunterdon County. We remain steadfast in our vision of providing quality cleanup and restoration services to every member of our surrounding community. (908) 788-8770

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