Recent Fire Damage Posts
Candle Alternatives that Aren’t a Downgrade!
Candles are a great way to light up, decorate, and make your home smell like fresh leaves, a beach vacation, or sitting by the campfire. However, According to the NFPA, from 2014-2018, there were an estimated 7,610 house fires that were started by candles per year that caused an annual average of 81 deaths, 677 injuries, and $278 million in property damage. Save your Metairie home, and use these candle alternatives instead!
For those who just want the aesthetic of a candle and no scent, flame-less candles are a great option! They are typically battery-operated and give the same flame-like feature as real candles.
Wax warmers are a great alternative because you can get that amazing scent that comes from real candles without the hazard. Warmers are typically either battery or outlet operated to melt the wax.
Calling all of our essential oil fans, this one is for you! With hundreds of combinations to try, diffusers are a great option for the whole house.
Although they have no scent, fairy lights are a great way to light up and make a room feel cozy! Most fairy lights also come in with a standard plug or are battery operated.
The most low maintenance option is a stick diffuser. Put your scent in the vase and let the sticks do the work.
Another great option with endless scents is a room spray. You can buy pre-made ones, or make your own for that signature scent for your home!
If you still plan to opt for a candle, be sure to trim the wick before each use to minimize sparking, place the candle where it can’t fall or be knocked over, and always blow out the candle anytime you leave the room or plan to leave the home.
Christmas Tree Safety
SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East wants you to be fire smart this Christmas season. It’s important to follow some helpful safety tips in order to keep your home fire safe this holiday season. For more information please visit https://www.nfpa.org.
- Always choose a tree with fresh green needles.
- Cut 2 inches from the base of the tree trunk.
- Make sure the tree is 3 feet away from any heat sources.
- Read labels for Christmas lights.
- Never leave Christmas tree lights on when away from your home.
After the holiday season or when you notice your Christmas tree is dried out, you should contact your local recycling program to pick up the Christmas tree. SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East wants to wish your family a Merry Christmas. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call us at 361-985-6444.
Are you deep frying a turkey this year?
Did you know thanksgiving is a busy time of year for our firefighters? Deep frying a turkey put you at risk for a cooking fire. Keep in mind all the risk while doing so and consider these helpful tip this holiday season.
- Only fry turkeys outdoors and keep kids and pets at least 3 feet away.
-Don’t over fill cooking pot. Use water to determine how much oil you need.
-Make sure turkey is fully thawed before deep frying it.
-Check turkey regularly with thermometer.
-Always use cooking gloves to handle the pot lid.
SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East wishes you and your family a happy and safe Thanksgiving. Please feel free to contact the office with any questions (361)-985-6444.
For more information visit www.usfa.fema.gov.
SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East is thankful for your business. Happy Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and for the most part family will be gathering around your kitchen so try and keep fire safety in mind while enjoying this time of year. Unfortunately, the holidays are also the busiest time of year for our fire departments. Please consider these five helpful tips while in the kitchen this season. SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East wants you to have a Happy and safe Thanksgiving.
Top 5 safety tips
- Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove top so you can keep an eye on the food.
- Stay in the home when cooking your turkey, and check on it frequently.
- Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay three feet away.
- Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
- Keep knives out of the reach of children.
For more information on tips http://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Seasonal-fire-causes/Thanksgiving
Faster to Any Disaster
This is a before photo shows the mess left behind after a house fire.
Unfortunately, fire damages are never scheduled and there’s not much we can do to prepare for it, but SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East has highly trained professionals to help you get back to normal. We offer several services listed below to help minimize vacancies help you move-in quickly.
- Carpet and Hard Floor Cleaning
- Upholstery and Drapes: Wet or Dry Cleaning Methods
- Air Duct and HVAC Cleaning
- Ceiling and Wall Cleaning
Trust SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East and we can help you manage the damage. We have over 20 years of experience and have detailed communication throughout the process to help keep you informed and in control. Don't hesitate and call us today at 361-985-6444. We are happy to answer any of your questions.
Cabinet with soot damage.
SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East understands a fire can be a traumatic experience. Whether the damage is minor or major, there is still clean-up to be done. Smoke leaves soot residue, and depending on the surface, restoration may involve dry cleaning and/or wet cleaning of ceilings, walls, floors, and contents. Methods of cleaning also depend on the type of smoke produced by the fire. Unfortunately, not all soot residues are the same, and depending on the materials that burned, the soot left behind may be powdery or leave particles that can be easily smeared. You might be able to see some of those particles in the form of "smoke webs", which look similar to spider webs but will easily smear if you wipe them off. Different cleaning methods are used to remove the residues left behind, and our technicians are trained to recognize the procedures needed to clean up your home. Please call us if you have a fire in your home regardless of the size we are always here to help. Call SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East at 361-985-6444 and let us help you through the clean-up process.
Christmas Tree Safety
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Let’s be fire smart as we enter the holiday season. Tis the Season to be jolly, but let’s also be cautious of the fire dangers with purchasing a real Christmas Tree. Did you know an average of 160 homes had house fires due to Christmas trees resulting in about $10 million dollars in property damage annually? Please follow these helpful tips from NFPA about Christmas Tree Safety.
Picking the tree
- Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
Placing the tree
- Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2” from the base of the trunk.
- Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
- Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
- Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily
Lighting the tree
- Use lights that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
- Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect.
- Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
- Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
For more helpful information please visit the following website.
SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East wishes you a very safe and Happy Holiday!
SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East wants to wish you a happy and safe Thanksgiving!
Let your Thanksgiving be full of family and giving thanks with lots of good fried turkey, rather than be a horror thanksgiving story. According to the NFPA frying, a turkey causes an average of 60 injuries and 5 deaths and nearly 15 million dollars of property damage each year. Please consider these tips provided by the United States Department of Agriculture to prevent any tragedy this Thanksgiving.
- Don’t buy your turkey too early
- If your turkey is fresh: keep in the refrigerator and make sure to cook within 1-2 days.
- If you buy your turkey frozen: it will take 4-5 lbs per day to thaw in the refrigerator; for 12 lbs it will take 2.5 to 3 days in the refrigerator to thaw, then cook the turkey within 1-2 days.
- Smaller turkeys are better for frying
- Don’t fry a turkey larger than 12 lbs
- If you don’t have time to thaw frozen turkey you can use a quick-thaw method of submerging the bagged turkey in COLD tap water.
Please remember that the turkey must be completely thawed to be safely fried. When working with large amounts of hot oil, select a cooking vessel large enough to completely submerge the turkey without it spilling over. The oil should cover the turkey by 1 to 2 inches. Select a safe location outdoors for deep fat frying a turkey. Heat the cooking oil to 350°F. Very slowly and carefully lower the turkey into the hot oil. Monitor the temperature of the oil with a thermometer during cooking. Never leave the hot oil unattended. Allow approximately 3 to 5 minutes of cook time per pound. When reaching approximate time needed, check to see if the turkey is safely cooked by removing the turkey from the oil, draining the oil from the cavity and with a food thermometer, check the internal temperature of the bird. DO NOT test the temperature while the turkey is submerged in oil. The turkey is safely cooked when the turkey reaches a minimum internal temperature of 165°F in the innermost part of the thigh and wing and the thickest part of the breast. If the turkey has not reached 165°F in all three locations, then return it to the hot oil for additional cooking. After dinner, the safest way to keep your dinner fresh is to not leave out food for longer than 2 hours and refrigerate up to 3-4 days or freeze your food for longer keeping. SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East wants to wish you a happy and safe holiday.
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Emergency Fire Damage Process
This kitchen was quickly caught in flames after a simple overlook while cooking dinner.
SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East understands that a fire emergency can be a stressful situation. Our locally own and operated business is available 24/7 to help you through every step of the process.
- We want to minimize the damage. By having our highly trained technicians on-site quickly, we can help reduce damages.
- A trained technician will walk through the job process step-by-step and will help you understand the expected outcome.
- SERVPRO will begin a pretesting for restorability
- SERVPRO will work efficiently to help you regain control of your property when a damaging event has taken over. They will use state-of-the-art restoration techniques to ensure your property is taken care of right the first time.
- After the work has been completed, a final walk-through will be done with you to help ensure you are satisfied
Call SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East for any further questions. (361)985-6444.
Types of Smoke
Fire damage in a home that caused soot in the bathroom.
Unfortunately, smoke damage isn’t as easy as 1,2,3… Most people don’t realize a fire loss can be very complex due to the different type of smoke behavior. SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East is knowledgeable about smoke damage and knows how to mitigate the situation. For more information about different types of smoke damage please read the following material below:
Types of smoke:
- Plastic and Rubbers
- Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
- Paper and Wood
- Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises, therefore, the smoke rises.
If you find yourself in a smoke loss contact SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East at (361)985-6444, and we can help make it, “ Like it never even happened.”
Emergency Fire Damage Tips
Fire damage above the stove.
Did you know every 90 seconds a residential fire occurs somewhere in the U.S.? If a fire strikes your home or business, know that SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East is here to help
Until a SERVPRO professional arrives, here are some DO’s and DON’Ts to help reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration:
- Limit movement in the home and keep your hands clean. This helps prevent soot particles from being embedded into your carpet or upholstery.
- Place old, dry colorfast towels or linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas.
- If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop the doors open to help prevent odor.
- Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances. Protect the surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.
- Change your HVAC filter.
- Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces, or clean any carpet or upholstery, without first contacting a SERVPRO professional.
- Consume any food, beverages or medicines that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. (They may be contaminated.)
- Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.
For other emergency tips for your home, please contact SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East.
SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East
SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East understands these situations can take control of your life if no immediate action is taken. Please follow some of our helpful tips should you find yourself in a smoke damage emergency.
- Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet
- Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
- Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas.
- Change HVAC filter, but leave the system off until a trained professional can check the system.
- If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
- Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat, or water. (They may be contaminated.)
- Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.
- Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East.
- Turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
Please consider following the DOs and DON’Ts in order to help reduce any further damage. Trust SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East with all of your fire & water-cleanup restoration needs. Our highly trained technicians are always ready to serve you. Don’t hesitate to call us at 361-985-6444 we are happy to assist you with any questions.
Handling Grease Fires
A grease fire can lead to a total loss in the kitchen.
A grease fire happens when the cooking oil becomes too hot. When the oil heats up, the oil starts to boil and then eventually it’ll start smoking then catch on fire. Animal fats will start to smoke around 375*F and vegetable oils have a smoking point of 450*F. Whenever you’re heating oil for any reason, make sure you stay in the kitchen. Always keep a lid and clip a thermometer to the side so you always know the temperature of the oil.
If the worst happens and a grease fire does form, make sure to do the following:
- Turn the Heat Off - Don't try to move the pot. You might accidentally splash yourself or your kitchen with burning oil. And that would be bad.
- Cover the Pot with a Metal Lid - Fire cannot exist in the absence of oxygen. With the lid on (and the heat off), the fire should quickly consume all the oxygen and put itself out. Use a metal lid since glass will shatter.
- Spray the Pot with a Fire Extinguisher - This is your last resort, as fire extinguishers will contaminate your kitchen. Still, it's better than the alternative if the fire is getting out of control.
- Get Out and Call 911 - If the fire does break out of control, don't try to be a hero. Get out and find a phone to call 911.
Now that we understand how grease fires start and what to do to prevent them, hopefully you’ll never be in a situation where you have to use this information. If it unfortunately happens, do the steps to ease the fire and call the cleaning experts at SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East right away! We will work nonstop to make sure it looks “Like it never even happened.”
Restoring Fire and Smoke Damage
For most homeowners, a fire can be a traumatic experience. Whether the damage is minor or major, there is still clean-up to be done. Smoke leaves soot residue, and depending on the surface, restoration may involve dry cleaning and/or wet cleaning of ceilings, walls, floors and contents. Methods of cleaning also depend on the type of smoke produced by the fire. Not all soot residues are the same. Depending on the materials that burned, the soot left behind may be powdery, or leave particles that can be easily smeared. You might be able to see some of those particles in the form of "smoke webs", which look similar to spider webs, but will easily smear if you wipe them off. Different cleaning methods are used to remove the residues left behind, and our technicians are trained to recognize the procedures needed to clean up your home. If you have a fire in your home - no matter the size - call SERVPRO of Corpus Christi East and let us help you through the clean-up process.