Recent Fire Damage Posts

Defending you business from a Fires

6/11/2022 (Permalink)

Staying prepared for the event of a fire is very important. Workplace fire statistics show that almost 7,500 fires are reported each year. Let’s talk about ways you can help prevent a fire from occurring. Having fire extinguishers handy can help you put out small controllable fires. Make sure you have an evacuation strategy on hand for you and your employees. You should regularly check to see if all your alarms are in working a good condition. Having signage for emergency exits and location of alarms placement is very important and helpful. Lastly make sure you are keeping preventable situations from happening by keeping fuels, oils, and flammable liquid away from high voltage electrical equipment and in a ventilated space.

We hope this helps you in keeping your business safe. Always remember if you ever find your self in the unfortunate event of a fire, SERVPRO of Tacoma will be there to help clean up the mess. Just call us at (253) 896-3000.

Yikes! Grease fire

5/26/2022 (Permalink)

Did you know that 173,200 house fires per year? They most frequently occur due to overcooking or spilling of food and grease during food preparation. Kitchen grease fires can start even without exposure to open flame. Spontaneous combustion of grease can occur at about 600 degrees Fahrenheit. What should you do in case of a grease fire? Well first always stay calm. We’ll give you a few helpful tips for in the event of a grease fire.

  • If the fire is out of control, the most important thing to do is call 911
  • Turn off the heat (If you’re able to do so safely)
  • Cover with a lid
  • Do NOT use water (never use water on a grease fire, nor a wet or dry cloth)
  • Smother the fire (but remember if it doesn’t feel like something you can complete safely, get out.)
  • Use baking soda or salt (Do NOT use flour)
  • Use a proper (Non expired) fire extinguisher.

We hope this helps you in the event of a fire. Just remember SERVPRO of Tacoma has your back to make your home “Like it never even happened.” If you ever need us, give us a call (253)896-3000.

What Type of Smoke Alarm Do You Have?

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

We all know that having working smoke alarms installed in the proper locations is crucial for residential and workplace safety.  But not all alarms are the same.  One main difference that they have is how they are powered. And how they are powered dictates their maintenance schedule.  Learn more about the three types of smoke alarms below.

Conventional Batteries

These units use regular batteries that many other household items use.  This makes them easy to maintain, as changing the batteries is as easy as changing them in your TV remote.  These units will beep when batteries are low.  Even if you don't hear the beep, you should check these units monthly to ensure that they are in working order.

Long Life Batteries

These alarms are a great middle ground between cost and ease of use.  Once you buy them, all you need to do is place them in the correct location in your home or business.  The batteries in these units are designed to last ten years, at which point, you replace with a new unit.  Of course, faulty units can occur, so you need to regularly test these alarms as well.

Hardwired Alarms

These units are by far the easiest to maintain, but not everyone can use them.  They also require professional installation or someone with electrical knowledge.  These units are wired directly into a building electrical system, where they draw their power.  These units should come with a battery backup, to ensure that they still maintain properly if the power goes out, or is otherwise compromised.  

SERVPRO of Tacoma is here to help with any fire damage that you may have at your home or business.  We pride ourselves on around-the-clock service and quick on-scene response time.  Give us a call at 253.896.3000 to learn more or get assistance.

Cold Weather Carbon Monoxide Safety

3/15/2022 (Permalink)

One of the byproducts of fire is carbon monoxide, a potentially harmful airborne gas. During Winter months, the risk of sickness and injury increase because more heating elements are being used.  Use these safety tips to make sure that your winter heat stays safe:

  • First and foremost, install a carbon monoxide detector and alarm if you don’t already have one.  These will detect harmful levels and alert you so you are safe and can address the problem quickly.
  • Service any and all heat-producing appliances in your home on a regular basis.
  • Never use a gas oven for heating your home.
  • If you lose power, operate your generator a safe distance from the house.
  • If you like to warm up your car in the morning, pull it out of the attached garage before letting it run.

It is important to contact a fire damage restoration professional as soon as the fire is over to help limit and remediate the damage. SERVPRO of Tacoma has over 10 years of experience working with people who have had fire damage to their property.  If you have any type of fire or smoke damage, call us immediately at 253.896.3000

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR HOUSE FROM HEAVY SNOW

12/7/2021 (Permalink)

Keep the Pipes Warm,

    Hot water changes from a convenient amenity to a commodity during the winter season. You need it to keep yourself from experiencing chills. Warm baths and hot cups of coffee will be your best shot at surviving the cold winter nights. However, you will fail to get hot water if you forget to insulate       your pipes. The metallic properties of pipes make them vulnerable to cold, which means you may not get your supply of hot water during a time of need. It is ideal for your household to hire an expert to help with proper pipe insulation.

Learn How to Melt Ice

    Snow and ice are common problems during the winter season. However, it is not the same as raking leaves during fall. If snow settles on your driveway and pathways, you might let sheets of slippery ice develop. You will not be able to play on concrete or drive your car if you have ice on the ground. To solve this, you must come up with a spray of ice melting solution to help you turn snow into water.

Protect the Glasses

    Blizzards and hailstorms have the chance to destroy glass windows and walls. If you let winter pass without providing glass with any protection, you might end up spending on costly repairs. For one, you can protect your house’s entry points by installing screens. A screen will prevent the ice from contacting your doors and windows, making it a good investment during winter.

Prevent icicles and ice dams

       Icicles look enchanting, but they present risk of injury and ice dams—which damage the outside of your home and cause melted water to get inside. Ice dams occur when there are air leaks in your home or inadequate insulation in your attic. Consider asking a professional to identify and correct these potential problems before it’s too late. Another preventative measure is to opt for roof heating cables.

       If you already have icicles on your home, there’s no need to be a hero. Hiring a professional to remove them is the safest route. If you do attempt DIY removal, wear a hardhat and safety glasses, and always warn children to avoid icicles.

Keep your driveway and walkways clear

      During winter weather conditions, remove snow and ice from sidewalks and driveways. Prepare for snow by stocking up on winter tools like snow shovels and giving your snowblower or plow a tune-up. After it snows, immediately plow, or shovel all trafficked areas. If you go the shoveling route, invest in an ergonomic handle, lift with your legs (not your back), and push snow rather than lift it. Take frequent breaks away from the wind chill to let your body warm up and your muscles relax.

Follow up with ice melt or rock salt on steps and walkways to prevent ice buildup. Always wear protective clothing like gloves and hats to prevent frostbite.

Information from

6 Tips to Help Your House Survive the Winter Season - Powell Renovations

Winter Safety Guide: 7 Ways to Keep your Home Safe | SafeWise

After the fire...

12/6/2021 (Permalink)

There are several problems that a fire in your home or business leaves behind even after the immediate danger has passed. It is often the case that a thorough cleaning of walls, ceilings, carpeting, woodwork, and flooring will need to be professionally done. There are also several steps that can be taken in order to prevent further damage until SERVPRO of Tacoma arrives on the scene. The chances of an effective restoration will be boosted by reducing damage by following a few tips:

  • Try to keep movement in the home to a minimum. Soot can become ingrained in the upholstery or carpeting from repeated movement in the home.
  • Use old towels or linens to cover up high traffic carpeted areas and upholstery.
  • If the power is off, empty the refrigerator and freezer of all contents and prop open the door to help prevent unpleasant smells.
  • Be mindful of what you are touching. Your hands can become soiled with soot and that can be transferred to other items in the home.
  • If you can immediately wipe all the soot off sink faucets and metal window molding, then coat with petroleum jelly to prevent the soot from pitting the metal surfaces.

Following just a few of these steps can be a game changer in the restorability of your home and personal items. SERVPRO of Tacoma is here to help you through a catastrophe that is a fire loss. If you suffer a fire or smoke damage, remember SERVPRO of Tacoma are your fire restoration experts backed by years of experience and a team of knowledgeable individuals.

How To Prepare for and Choose New Smoke Detectors

11/12/2021 (Permalink)

A key component in maintaining your home involves updating safety equipment on a regular basis. After installation, it is easy to forget about that smoke alarm in the kitchen or bedroom. However, keep in mind these devices may no longer work effectively. The following pointers outline how to prepare for and choose new smoke detectors.

1. Scope Out Your Space

When it's time for those old alarms to retire, make sure you've revisited the rooms in your home to best assess where new alarms should go. Today's many flammable household materials make the average home susceptible to fires, so add a smoke detector to your shopping list for the kitchen, bedrooms, and every level of the house. Also, be sure to estimate the size of each room as you may need multiple detectors on each floor.

2. Know the Ropes

Since fires can spread in a matter of seconds, you'll want to consider which alarms have the most reliable detection. There are three general types of smoke detectors: ionization alarms, photoelectric alarms, and dual-sensor alarms. Ionization detectors are usually best for detecting smaller smoke particles that can lead to quick fires. Photoelectric alarms are better at identifying electrical fires or fires spreading from bedding or drapes. Dual-sensor detectors might be more costly than other options, but some fire safety professionals claim these alarms work best as a whole.

3. Read the Labels

You may have crossed off all the above steps on your checklist while shopping for the right smoke alarm for your home, but have you checked the product labels? One way you can ensure you've chosen a reliable device is by looking for a "UL" logo on the packaging, manual, or detector itself. An Underwriters Laboratories label confirms that your device has been through proper testing and received appropriate safety certifications.

Following these tips can help you leave the stress behind when choosing a smoke alarm. Assess the size of your home and pay attention to the details and fine print of alarms to make sure the one you select is reliable.

For more information, check the National Fire Protection Association website at https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Staying-safe/Safety-equipment/Smoke-alarms

How To Keep Your Fire Sprinklers Ready

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

How do you know if your fire sprinkler system will do the job if there is ever an emergency? The only way to be sure is if you do your part in performing regular maintenance.

How Sprinkler Systems Work

Fire suppression systems are more complex than one might think. When a fire breaks out, the heat from the flames triggers the nearest sprinkler heads then pressurized water pours from the nozzles. This way, the water is concentrated on the actual fire and your property suffers less water damage.


When You Should Inspect Your Sprinklers 

Aside from the sprinkler heads, there are a lot of valves and intricate piping that are hidden from view. All of these parts need to be routinely inspected to make sure your fire suppression system is in top shape. You should:

  • Inspect for manual valve positioning (they should be in the 'open' position, leaks and build-up on sprinkler heads weekly.
  • Examine valves, system gauges, alarms, fire department connectors and system water pressure quarterly.
  • Conduct a professional assessment of your entire fire sprinkler system yearly.


By creating a routine for upkeep, you will know that if an incident does happen, you have done all you can to be ready.


What To Do After Sprinklers Deploy

While sprinklers do a great job of limiting fire damage, they can cause quite a bit of water damage in the process. If you suffer a property fire, it is best to reach out to a commercial fire and restoration services company in Tacoma for help. These experts can give you an accurate assessment of the damages and offer help and advice for dealing with fire sprinkler cleanup.
Your property’s fire sprinkler system might not be on your mind all of the time, but knowing how it works and performing regular maintenance keeps you and your system ready for when it needs to fight flames.

Stove top fire prevention

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

Stove Fire A stove fire caused by grease.

There are some interesting things to keep in mind if your cooking catches fire. In most cases this happens when the oil you are heating up gets too hot. 

What you should do if this happens

  • Fire reacts more to oxygen once started. If you remove the oxygen by putting a lid or cookie sheet over the pot this will help stop the fire. It may take a few minutes, but this one huge step to stop a fire. 
  • You can also use baking soda or salt to put out the fire. Never use flour this will expand and make the fire worse. Also those who have a fire extinguisher you can use that as well. 
  • Turn off the heat, then move the pan to a cool burner.
  • Call 911, if you can not get the fire under control. 

What you NEVER should do

  • Do not throw water on the pot! If you throw water on the stove this will cause an expansion of the fire. 
  • Do not move the pot either. By moving the pot you could cause burns to yourself, those around you or spread the fire.

For your fire clean up call SERVPRO of Tacoma, we will make it "Like it never even happened." We specialize in all your textile cleaning, as well as structural cleaning. 

Spring forward with replacing your smoke detector batteries

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke detector Replacing the batteries in the smoke detector could save your life!

To help ensure you make it out safely, the fire department recommends you change the batteries in your smoke detectors twice a year. Since we just  sprung forward now would be a perfect time to replace those batteries! This is one of the most ignored when it comes to home maintenance, when you think spring forward and fall back this would be the perfect time to put theses chores on your list to do! This will ensure you and your family make it out safely if there was a fire. 

Rechargeable batteries in your smoke detector are a no, here are some reasons why:

Rechargeable batteries die quickly

Rechargeable batteries often experience a sudden discharge. The batteries don't allow the detector to sound off the low power chirp that notifies you when they need to be changed. Stick to regular batteries.

Replace the whole smoke detector every 10 years.

Fourth of July Fire Safety Tips

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

graphic Keep Safety First this Holiday Season!

With life going back to normal this Summer, this years Fourth of July celebrations are looking to be more robust than usual. In 2018, fireworks started an estimated 19,500 fires including 1,900 structure fires, causing 5 deaths and $105 million in property damage. Here we want to provide you with some information and preventive measures you can take to stay safe while blowing up some fireworks! 

The danger for some fire works, such as mortars, are much more apparent than others. For example, a sparkler burns at 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit which is 300 degrees hotter than what glass melts at! Due to the highly combustible fuel and oxidizer used in sparklers they can be a fire and burn hazard. Sparklers should be held at arms length away from your body to prevent burns or clothing fires. In case of a clothing fire use fire blankets or the stop, drop, and roll technique. 

Fireworks are a lot of fun and can be a great way to mark an occasion. Here is a list of general firework safety tips to keep in mind this Fourth of July:

  • Older children (never young children) should use fireworks only under the close supervision of an adult
  • Only ignite fireworks outside
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby to use in case of fire or on any malfunctioning fireworks
  • Soak all fireworks in water, preferably overnight before discarding
  • Light fireworks 1 at a time on a stable and flat platform and keep a safe distance from any lit fireworks
  • Wear protective eye wear while setting off fireworks
  • Do not hold lit fireworks in your hand or point them at other people
  • Do not ignite fireworks in a container
  • Store any remaining fireworks in a cool dry place
  • Follow the instructions on the fireworks packaging. Fireworks produced outside of the US must adhere to US Safety standards to sell their products here and the testing is rigorous.
  • Punks or long BBQ lighters are the safest way to light fireworks
  • Properly dispose of used fireworks and leftover garbage after festivities

From everyone here at SERVPRO of Tacoma, we hope you have a fun and safe Fourth of July. Feel free to call our office with any questions or concerns about fire or smoke damage (253) 896-3000

Fire Hazards and Dangers of Hoarding

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

clutter Clutter can kill!

Excess clutter is a major fire hazard.

Hoarding is defined as “a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of actual value, occurs.” Staggering amounts of items crowd the space and prevents regular use and navigation.  Hoarding can lead to a serious fire risk in the home.

How Hoarding Increases Fire Risks:

  • If there are combustible items in close proximity to the stove, fire potential skyrockets
  • Space heaters and baseboard heaters can ignite nearby materials
  • If the hoarder is also a smoker, items such as papers and fabric are easily lit 
  • Most importantly, exits may be hard to get to, or completely cut off by accumulated items

Why Hoarding Affects First Responders:

  • Firefighters cannot effectively fight the fire, or evacuate inhabitants or animals when hindered by clutter
  • First responders can become trapped, as well as hurt by piles of items that may topple over
  • When hoarded items become waterlogged by firefighting efforts, their weight is dramatically increased. This can lead to structural collapse if enough items are present

SERVPRO of Tacoma has experience with cleaning cluttered homes. If you or someone you know needs this level of professional cleaning, give us a call today. We provide a judgment-free and thorough cleaning of any space 253.896.3000

Fire Prevention Week! Plan Two Ways Out!

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

House on fire. A Fire Escape Plan can be the difference between life and death. We here at SERVPRO® of Tacoma can help you get back to rebuilding. (253) 896-3000.

Fire Prevention Week this year was from October 4th to the 10th.  The National Fire Protection Association is reiterating the importance of planning at least two ways out when creating your fire escape plan. 

About only half of all Americans have developed a home fire escape plan.  Only a quarter of those have never even practiced it!  This small but important step can be the difference between life and death. 

Home fires can spread very quickly and that is why it is important to plan and practice at least two ways out of EVERY room.  If the fire spreads and blocks your first path out, one must be able to react quickly and have a Plan B ready.

When planning and practicing your fire escape plan, make sure to also check each smoke alarm which there should be one on every level of the home, as well as in every bedroom.  The escape plan should also include a clear path to an outdoor meeting place that is a safe distance from the home.  Be sure to practice your fire escape plan at least twice a year with all members of the household and don’t forget your pets!!

Candle safety tips to prevent fires

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

Two Servpro employees clean soot from ceiling Two SERVPRO employees removing smoke residue from a home

Us here at SERVPRO of Tacoma have complied a list of important tips to help you understand how dangerous candles can be and how to use the safely. 

Quick tips-

  • 38% of home candle fires start in bedrooms and cause 35% of associated deaths. 
  • More than 50% of all candle home fires start because the candle was too close to a a flammable item (I.E. mattresses, bedding, curtains, cabinetry, or furniture are ignited). 
  • In 12% of home candle fires and in 25% of associated deaths and injuries, the household occupants were asleep when the fire occurred.
  • Unsupervised children are involved in 20% of home candle fires. 
  • Having a working smoke alarm reduces one’s chances of dying in a fire by nearly 50%.
  • 11% of home fires are caused by falling asleep while a candle is lit
  • 58% of home fires started when something flammable was too close to the lit candle
  • 36% of home fires start in the bedroom

Preparedness Tips:

  • Remember that lit candles are fire. Keep them at least 12 inches from anything that can burn, such as curtains, bedding, mattresses, paper, books, flammable decorations, clothing, and upholstered furniture.
  • Never leave a room or go to sleep before blowing out all lit candles.
  • Use candle holders that are sturdy and won’t tip over easily. Candle holders that are made from a material that cannot burn, and are large enough to collect dripping wax would also be a good idea.
  • Place candles where they cannot be reached or knocked over by pets or children.
  • During an emergency, always use flashlights instead of candles as light sources.
  • Never leave a child unattended in a room with a candle. Additionally, keep all matches and lighters out of reach of children.
  • Keep all lit candles and any other open flames away from flammable liquids.

In the worse case scenario of a home fire, SERVPRO of Tacoma is here to help. We can clean your content and home, demo effected areas and eliminate smoke odor from your home. Feel free to call us at 253-896-3000 for more information!

Fire and Your Belongings

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is faster to any size disaster! When fire strikes in your home, only SERVPRO of UP/LW strikes faster!

When SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West responds to a house fire, we explain our processes and let you know what we are doing and how long it will take to get their house cleaned and back to normal, every step of the way.

But what about your belongings? Really anything that you own, here at SERVPRO of UP/LW we are totally equipped and capable of cleaning it and making it look "Like it never even happened." From electronics to leathers, from pictures to a motorcycle, we have seen literally everything there is to clean, and we have probably cleaned it.

With years of experience and thousands of jobs, properly restoring your families' belongings will be forefront in our minds and our mission. We thoroughly inspect each item to determine the damage. If it is determined to be salvageable, we will identify the type of cleaning and deodorization method to utilize. With each step of the process thoroughly documented with pictures, diligent notes, or both, we treat your belongings like they were ours, and it shows in our attention and care.

SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West has served thousands of families in your community, which is no wonder we are the most trusted restoration company in the area! Call us at (253)-896-3000 to learn more about how we make it "Like it never even happened."

Different classifications of Fire Extinguishers

4/10/2020 (Permalink)

Different classes of fire extinguishers Types of fire extinguishers

Smoke and fire damage are something all of us at SERVPRO of Tacoma would like to see you avoid. In the event that the worst happens, and you're faced with a fire disaster, you can count on us to lend a helping hand. Our team is comprised of highly trained professionals that will walk with you each step of the way when repairing the damage from smoke, water, and fire in your home or office. In our line of work communication is key and we strive to make this difficult time as easy s possible.

SERVPRO of Tacoma recommends you have at least one fire extinguisher and you know how to use it in case of a fire. 

Types of Home Fire Extinguishers: 

Classes A, B, and C fire extinguishers are found in both homes and businesses

  • Class A is for cloth, wood, and paper
  • Class B is for liquids that can burst into flame or explode, such as grease, gasoline, oil, or oil-based paints
  • Class C is for electrical equipment like computers, tools, or anything else that is plugged in
  • Most home-improvement stores sell multi-purpose fire extinguishers: Classes A:B:C

A fire-extinguisher may prevent fire damage and smoke damage from spreading throughout the home.

If you are faced with a small fire, use the following tips. Remember: If you aren't sure you can put it out yourself, everyone should exit the building and call 9-1-1 when you are outside.

SERVPRO of Tacoma wants you to know that you should try to fight a small fire only if:

  • You can get to the fire extinguisher quickly. Fire is fast. Fire damage and smoke damage are less painful than personal injuries
  • You know how to use the fire extinguisher
  • You have the correct class of fire extinguisher

Is your family ready for an emergency?

2/28/2020 (Permalink)

Children and Youth Emergency Preparedness

Ensure your kids know what to do in the case of emergency. When making your plan make sure your kids are included and know what to do!

What you should know about Youth Preparedness

  • Ensure children are included in preparedness conversations
  • Learn the building blocks of preparedness − Be Informed, make a Plan, build a kit and get involved.
  • Know the emergency plan for your child’s school and childcare facility
  • Practice evacuation plans and other emergency procedures with children on a regular basis
  • Learn different ways to help children cope during and after an emergency
  • Make sure children have emergency contacts memorized or written down in a secure place
  • Teach kids when and how to call important phone numbers like 911

Communication

  • Make sure everyone, including children, knows how and when to call 911 for help
  • Make sure they know their addressee so they can provide proper information over the phone.
  • Who’s your emergency contact? Make sure the kids know who it is and practice with them. 
  • Update school records and discuss emergency contact numbers with kids before they go: 
  • Review your family emergency communications plan with kids at your next household meeting

Emergency Kit

  • Include your child's medication or supplies in your family’s emergency kit.
  • Include your child's favorite stuffed animals, board games, books or music in their emergency kit to comfort them in a disaster.
  • Get the kids involved in building their own emergency kit: 

Parents

  • Store important family documents on your phone in a safe secure app. Keep hard copies in secure place.
  • Emergencies can happen anytime. Ensure your child is prepared for the emergency.
  • Email, voice, or text. What will your child’s school use to communicate during an emergency? Make a plan before a disaster and discuss with your kids.
  • Many Americans aren’t familiar with their child’s school evacuation & reunification plans. Are you?

By making a plan and letting everyone know how to react during an emergency your helping your family be that much safer.

Don't Burn the Bird!!!!

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we know how tasty a deep-fried turkey can be! Doing it wrong though can wreak havoc on your tasty diner. I have some helpful tips to ensure your turkey and home don’t end up in flames!  

First and foremost, make sure your frying space is no less than 10 feet from your home or other structures. Also ensure that your area is flat and there is no risk of knocking over the fryer.

Next, make sure your bird is fully thawed and dry, extra water and moisture can cause the oil to bubble over and cause a fire.

Finally make sure you always have a fire extinguisher handy just in case and never leave the bird unattended.

If you find yourself in an unsightly situation this Thanksgiving, just know your friendly SERVPRO of Tacoma is here to help.

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Tacoma Smoke and Soot Cleanup.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Tacoma will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke– Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke– Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue– Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today (253) 896-3000

Grilling Safety 2019!

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that 10,200 home fires are started by grills each year, on average? Did you know that July is the peak month for grill fires followed by June, May and August? 

We all love barbecuing. It's a summertime staple! Follow the following tips to prevent you and your family from being one of the statistics above:

<<SAFETY TIPS>>

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors. 
  • The grill should be places well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area. 
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and trays below the grill.
  • NEVER leave your grill unattended. 
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it. 

<<CHARCOAL GRILLS>>

  • There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as fuel.
  • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire. 
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources. 
  • There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to an extension cord for outdoor use. 
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container. 

<<PROPANE GRILLS>>

Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. If your grill has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off both the gas tank and the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department. If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill. If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 5 minutes before re-lighting it. 

Source: nfpa.org/education

Grilling Safety 2019!

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that 10,200 home fires are started by grills each year, on average? Did you know that July is the peak month for grill fires followed by June, May and August? 

We all love barbecuing. It's a summertime staple! Follow the following tips to prevent you and your family from being one of the statistics above:

<<SAFETY TIPS>>

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors. 
  • The grill should be places well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area. 
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and trays below the grill.
  • NEVER leave your grill unattended. 
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it. 

<<CHARCOAL GRILLS>>

  • There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as fuel.
  • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire. 
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources. 
  • There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to an extension cord for outdoor use. 
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container. 

<<PROPANE GRILLS>>

Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. If your grill has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off both the gas tank and the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department. If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill. If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 5 minutes before re-lighting it. 

Source: nfpa.org/education

Childproofing Your Home - Protect Your Kids from Fires and Burns

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

From a hot cup of coffee to boiling water on the stove, burns are a huge hazard in every home.  Burns are the most (especially hot water and liquids) are the most common accidents related to kids.  Here are a few ways to help avoid burn related accidents.

  • Always use the back burner on your stove when possible.
  • Keep an emergency aid kit close at hand in your home.
  • Install a fire extinguisher in your kitchen.
  • Keep matches, lighters, candles and chemicals put away out of reach.
  • Put child safety plugs in your outlets.

For more information on childproofing your home check out these sites:

www.kidshealth.org (Burns Safety)

www.nsc.org (Emergency Fire Preparedness)

Your child's safety is important to us here at SERVPRO.  In the event of a fire or smoke damage keep in mind SERVPRO of Tacoma is here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Give us a call at (253) 896-3000.

Summertime Safety Tips

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

SUMMER IS HERE! Keep these tips in mind as you and your family enjoy summer vacations, camping, family reunions, picnics and the Fourth of July.

  1. Build campfires at least 25 feet away from tents, shrubs and anything that can burn.
  2. If you want to see fireworks, go to a public show put on by experts. Sparklers can reach 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit and cause third-degree burns.
  3. Use chimineas, outdoor fireplaces, and fire pits outdoors only and at least 10 feet away from your home or anything that can burn.
  4. Use propane, charcoal and wood pellet barbecue grills outdoors only. Indoor use can cause a fire or carbon monoxide poisoning. Place your grill well away from siding and deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches. Do not store or use a grill on a porch or balcony.

When fire damage takes control of your life, SERVPRO of Tacoma will help you take it back. Call us at 253-896-3000 for your fire damage needs.

Fire and Smoke Damage DOs and DON’Ts

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

A home or business fire is stressful and inconvenient for all who are involved. As a homeowner or business owner, knowing what to do in the case of a fire may be foreign to you. These emergency tips will assist you in taking proper actions until SERVPRO of Tacoma arrives. Please follow these DOs and DON'Ts to help reduce damage and increase the chance of a successful restoration.

DO

  • Limit movement in the home or business 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
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant
  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and  turbs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures
  • Wash both sides of leaves on house plants
  • Chance HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to sstop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system

DON'T

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Tacoma
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO of Tacoma
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Consume any food or beverage that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water (they may be contaminated)
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock and air movement may create secondary damage.
  • Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

When fire damage takes control of your life, SERVPRO of Tacoma will help you take it back. Call us at 253-896-3000 for your fire damage needs.

Make Your Fall Season FIRE FREE

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

The fall season brings cooler temperatures, beautiful colors and an abundance of outdoor activities. Plan ahead this season to help ensure it is safe and fire free.

  1. Fall decorations like, dried flowers and cornstalks are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations away from open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
  2. Keep emergency exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
  3. Teach children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire.
  4. Remember safety first when choosing a Halloween costume. Consider avoiding billowing fabric. If you are making your costume, choose material that won't easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or a flame. 
  5. It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. Use extreme caution if using a real candle. Place lit pumpkins away from anything that can burn and out of the way of doorsteps, walkways andyards. 
  6. Flashlights are a safe alternative to candles or torch lights when decorating walkways and yards. 

Be safe this fall! If disaster strikes, please don't hesitate to call SERVPRO® of Tacoma at (253) 896-3000.

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Tacoma Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Tacoma will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 253-896-3000

Smoke Alarm Safety

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke Alarm

We all know that annoying beep that the smoke detector makes when its battery is about to die. This helpful sign may be annoying but what if you needed your smoke detector and it was dead. The National Fire Protection Association says that dead batteries caused 24% of smoke alarm failures. Keeping a routine of inspection of such devices is so important.

Here’s what you should know about smoke alarms:

  • Larger homes may need extra smoke alarms
  • Test your smoke alarms at least once per month
  • Smoke alarms should be interconnected so when one sounds they all sound
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years

Smoke alarms save lives, the only way they can do their job is if you do yours by making sure they are working properly. In an unfortunate event you do have a fire in your home SERVPRO of Tacoma is always available to help with fire and smoke damage call us at 253-896-3000.

Protect your kids from fires and burns

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Safety Tips

Childproofing your home - Protect your kids from fires and burns

From a hot cup of coffee to boiling water on the stove, burns are a huge hazard in every home.  Burns are the most (especially hot water and liquids) are the most common accidents related to kids.  Here are a few ways to help avoid burn related accidents.

  • Always use the back burner on your stove when possible.
  • Keep an emergency aid kit close at hand in your home.
  • Install a fire extinguisher in your kitchen.
  • Keep matches, lighters, candles and chemicals put away out of reach.
  • Put child safety plugs in your outlets.

For more information on childproofing your home check out these sites:

www.kidshealth.org (Burns Safety)

www.nsc.org (Emergency Fire Preparedness)

Your child's safety is important to us here at SERVPRO.  In the event of a fire or smoke damage keep in mind SERVPRO of Tacoma is here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. (253) 896-3000

BBQ Safety

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

BBQ fire was caused by a propane leak.

That time is here school is out, the sun is bright, and we are ready to be outside! After a long winter cooped up in your house, your ready to bust out the BBQ and have your friends and family over! Some don’t realize when hosting these events your increasing your chances of a housefire.

Here is a list of helpful hints to keep you and your guests safe this summer:

  • Make sure your grill is at least 3 feet away from other objects including your house, trees, fences, and outdoor furniture.
  • Remember starter fluid should only be used in charcoal grills not gas grills.
  • If you think your gas grill could have a leak, turn it off and fix it before use again.
  • Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the grill.

For more information check out these websites:

http://www.mbhinsurance.com/grilling-safety-reminders-for-your-summer-bbq/

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Seasonal-fires/Outdoor-entertaining

If your summer event doesn’t turn out as planned, SERVPRO of Tacoma is here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We pride ourselves in being on site within 4 hours of our first notice of the loss. For your fire restoration needs, contact us at 253-896-3000.

Fire Damage in Your Home

5/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire damage in your home can be a stressful event. Damage to your personal belongings and home are just some of the concerns you may experience. Timely response and thorough mitigation can alleviate these concerns. The first 24 hours can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings. Our 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems. 


We provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claim inventory and document restoration. These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible.


What you can do until help arrives:


Do



  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring

  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery

  • Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil

  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet


Don't



  • Wash any walls or painted surfaces

  • Shampoo carpets or upholstery

  • Clean any electrical equipment

  • Send clothing to dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor


SERVPRO of Tacoma understands your home is more than four walls. Your home includes your memories and personal belongings. We are trained in caring for both you and your home. By responding quickly with a full line of fire cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO of Tacoma can help you restore your home and personal belongings.


Before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call SERVPRO of Tacoma, the fire damage cleanup and restoration professionals at 253-896-3000.

Safety Tips for Using a Turkey Fryer

11/14/2016 (Permalink)

Follow these tips when using a turkey fryer, if you so choose!

As delicious as a fried turkey may be, the method of cooking can be very dangerous. Using a turkey fryer should be avoided at all costs. There are many concerns surrounding a turkey fryer including burns and fire hazard. If you choose to use a turkey fryer during the holidays, Allstate Insurance has compiled a list of cooking tips when using a fryer. 

  • Keep fryer in full view while burner is on.
  • Place fryer in an open area away from all walls, fences, or other structures.
  • Never use in, on, or under a garage, breezeway, carport, porch, or any structure that can catch fire.
  • Raise and lower food slowly to reduce splatter and avoid burns.
  • Cover bare skin when adding or removing food.
  • Check the oil temperature frequently.
  • If oil begins to smoke, immediately turn gas supply off.
  • If a fire occurs, immediately call 911. Do not attempt to extinguish fire with water.

In the event of a fire, call SERVPRO of Tacoma for your fire restoration needs. We are available 24/7, 7 days a week. 253-896-3000.

https://www.allstate.com/resources/allstate/attachments/tools-and-resources/pz-holiday-cooking-safety-tips-nov-2013.pdf

Holiday Fire Safety

11/14/2016 (Permalink)

This holiday season, SERVPRO of Tacoma is making safety our first priority. Make it yours too!

During the holiday season, it's easy to get distracted while in the kitchen. It's important to keep safety your first priority. Allstate Insurance and Liberty Mutual Insurance has compiled a list of safety tips to follow during this holiday season.

  • Stay in the kitchen while food is cooking. Most fires in the kitchen occur because food is left unattended.
  • Keep the cooking range free of clutter such as oven mitts, food packaging, and decorations. Even though you have myriad dishes to prepare, don't overload a cook top with too many pots and pans. Trying to cook all your dishes at once could cause grease to accidentally spill onto a range top and cause a fire.
  • Grease can ignite quickly, so be sure to wipe the stove top and oven before cooking to remove previous grease spills or splatters.
  • Never throw water on a grease fire, it's best to smother the fire by pl;acing a lid on the pan.
  • Always keep a potholder, oven mitt and lid handy while cooking. If a small fire starts in a pan on the stove, put on a flame-resistant oven mitt and smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan. Turn off the burner. Don't remove the lid until the food has cooled.
  • When removing lids on hot pans, tilt them away from you to protect your face and hands from steam. If there is an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed to prevent flames from burning you or your clothing.
  • Never wear loose fitting clothing when cooking. Long, open sleeves could ignite and catch fire from a gas flame or a hot burner. Wear short, close fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. If you have long hair, be sure to tie it back.
  • Keep smoke alarms connected while cooking. Smoke alarms can save lives. Make sure smoke alarms are installed and working.
  • Unplug small appliances that aren't in use. Not only will you save the energy, but you will also avoid the potential dangers if they were to be turned on accidentally.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen in case of emergency and know how to use it. Make sure the fire extinguisher is UL listed and rated for grease and electrical fires.
  • Never put a glass casserole dish or lid on the stove burner; if it gets too hot it could crack or shatter.
  • Establish a "kid free" zone of 3 feet around the stove and use the back burner first.
  • Never hold a child on your hip while cooking as it greatly increases the likelihood for burns.
  • Turkey fryers should be avoided, as they can be extremely dangerous.

If you have fire damage, call SERVPRO of Tacoma for your fire restoration needs. 253-896-3000

https://www.allstate.com/resources/allstate/attachments/tools-and-resources/pz-holiday-cooking-safety-tips-nov-2013.pdf

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/342203271656096941/

 

Fire and Smoke Damage DOs and DON'Ts

11/4/2016 (Permalink)

Fire damage to your property? Follow these DOs and DON'Ts until help arrives!

A home or business fire is stressful and inconvenient for all who are involved. As a homeowner or business owner, knowing what to do in the case of a fire may be foreign to you. These emergency tips will assist you in taking proper actions until SERVPRO of Tacoma arrives. Please follow these DOs and DON'Ts to help reduce damage and increase the chance of a successful restoration.

DO

  • Limit movement in the home or business 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
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant
  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and  turbs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures
  • Wash both sides of leaves on house plants
  • Chance HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to sstop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system

DON'T

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Tacoma
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO of Tacoma
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Consume any food or beverage that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water (they may be contaminated)
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock and air movement may create secondary damage.
  • Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

When fire damage takes control of your life, SERVPRO of Tacoma will help you take it back. Call us at 253-896-3000 for your fire damage needs.

Prevent Your Home From Fires This Halloween

10/10/2016 (Permalink)

Follow these steps to prevent a fire from occurring in your home this Halloween!

Halloween is a time for tricks and treats, but it's also a time to be cautious about fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), decorations are the first thing to ignite in more than 1,000 reported home fires each year. Here are a few things you can do this Halloween to prevent fires in your home from NFPA and the American Red Cross.

  • Dried flowers, cornstalks, and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters. 
  • It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern, use long, fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter. Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of the way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways, and yards. 
  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Use flashlights as alternatives to candles or torch lights when decorating walkways and yards. They are much safer for trick-or-treaters, whose costumes may brush against the lighting.
  • When using a real candle to light your jack-o-lantern, make sure the candle gets blown out when you can't monitor it, especially when you leave your home.
  • Always remember to turn off any running electric appliances before you leave home, blow out candles, and unplug fire hazards, such as lights, that might get too hot.

https://www.army.mil/e2/c/downloads/328439.pdf

http://redcrosschat.org/2015/11/04/hidden-dangers-halloween-decorations/

In the event of a fire, contact SERVPRO of Tacoma for your fire damage needs. We can be reached 24/7 at 253-896-3000.

Tacoma Smoke and Soot Cleanup

9/30/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO Tacoma will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 253-896-3000