Recent Fire Damage Posts

The Aftermath of a Fire - Freetown, 02717

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

Fires can be very traumatic and significant events in one’s person. The destruction and devastation of a home or office are enough to make anyone feel the heat and pressure of dealing with the aftermath. What looks like the end is in fact only the beginning of a rebuilding process and the return to any semblance of normalcy. 

However, this path doesn’t need to be walked through alone. SERVPRO of Marion/Middleborough has journeyed through disasters big and small with countless home and business owners. They're highly trained in dealing with your worst nightmare. From small fires in the kitchen to commercial buildings in flames, our crews have the equipment and expertise to handle any kind of fire 

If you ever find yourself affected by a fire and are not sure where to begin, call SERVPRO of Marion/Middleborough. We’ll pull you back up and hold your hand through this journey. As you sift through the aftermath, we’ll be there to help restore and rebuild the pieces leftover. 

Extension Cord Safety – Acushnet, MA 02743

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Extension Cord Safety – Acushnet, MA 02743 Overloaded Circuit

The holidays have officially arrived, and with them comes decorating for Christmas, Hanukkah or whatever it is you may celebrate! Even with this time of the year being the most magical, fire damage can still affect each and every one of us if we’re not careful.

The Christmas Season typically brings an up rise in the number of extension cords used in a home. While extension cords are a great way to shorten the gap between an appliance’s cord and the wall’s outlet, they can become extremely dangerous if not used correctly. Below you’ll find ways to safely utilize extension cords in your family’s home this holiday season.

  • Do not overload extension cords or allow them to run through water or snow on the ground.
  • Do not substitute extension cords for permanent wiring.
  • Do not run through walls, doorways, ceilings or floors. If cord is covered, heat cannot escape, which may result in a fire hazard.
  • Do not use an extension cord for more than one appliance.
  • A heavy reliance on extension cords is an indication that you have too few outlets to address your needs. Have additional outlets installed where you need them.
  • Multiple plug outlets must be plugged directly into mounted electrical receptacles; they cannot be chained together.
  • Make sure the extension cord or temporary power strip you use is rated for the products to be plugged in, and is marked for either indoor or outdoor use.
  • The appliance or tool that you are using the cord with will have a wattage rating on it. Match this up with your extension cord, and do not use a cord that has a lower rating.
  • Never use a cord that feels hot or is damaged in any way. Touching even a single exposed strand can give you an electric shock or burn.
  • Never use three-prong plugs with outlets that only have two slots for the plug. Do not cut off the ground pin to force a fit. This defeats the purpose of a three-prong plug and could lead to an electrical shock. Never force a plug into an outlet if it doesn’t fit.
  • Use extension cords with polarized and/or three-prong plugs.
  • Buy only cords approved by an independent testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), ETL-SEMKO (ETL) or Canadian Standards Association (CSA).

*Electrical Cord Safety Tips courtesy of Electrical Safety Foundation International

Those Aren't Cobwebs!

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Those Aren't Cobwebs! Soot Chains in a Home Affected by Fire Damage

They’ve been called soot chains, soot tags, and have even been mistaken as dirty cobwebs… but what are they really?

Soot webs are indicative of a fire. They are ionized soot particles that stick together in chains, and tend to gather along the edges of walls and ceilings where there’s cool air. The soot migrates to these cooler areas in order to create a sort of equilibrium after a fire.

Although they may look easy to clean, soot chains should only be handled by a professional. Things like household cleaners can lock in the soot, making something that was once simple and easy to clean more complex and time consuming – every second counts when remediating a fire loss!

Our experience with fire and its aftermath dates back to 1967. Rest assured your home will be treated with respect and restored back to preloss conditions with our team of highly trained professionals on scene.

Call the Fire Restoration Experts today at 508-946-2397.

Fire: The Double Edged Sword - Rochester, MA 02770

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire: The Double Edged Sword - Rochester, MA 02770 With Over 50 Years of Restoration Experience, SERVPRO is the Leading Choice in Fire Cleanup & Restoration Services.

Can't Live With It, Can't Live Without It...

Fire is one thing we cannot live without, but it can cause great damage if not properly handled. Below, you'll find we've pulled together a list of several possible causes of fire loss.

These reasons range from protein fire whereby you forget food in your microwave which ends up burning, to something more sudden such as a furnace malfunction. Whichever the cause, recovering from a fire loss can be simplified if you get the right service providers.

Damages Related to a Fire Loss

The most devastating thing about a fire is that it creates more disaster than just burning. After the firefighters leave the fire scene, you are left with more to deal with including soot damage, smoke damage, water damage from firefighting efforts, and the need to improve indoor air quality.

What should a Fire Cleanup Team Do?

Consider SERVPRO of Marion/Middleborough. Our restoration professionals are a team of well-trained FRST, OCT and WRT certified specialists. A team that will respond promptly to your call for help and wield powerful & beneficial chemicals and equipment that will make the fire cleanup process fast and effective. Continue reading to learn our protocol on fire damage restoration & remediation.

The Effects of Soot 

Soot damage will not only have befallen on the walls, but also on furniture, carpets and even upholstery after a fire. Our team is trained to clean all properties and dry them out to avoid mold formation. Every corner of the premises should be cleaned up thoroughly leaving it as it was during pre-fire condition.

Cleaning properties such as carpets and sofa sets might require added attention. Small pieces of glass may very well have landed on these items and embedded themselves within. Also, they might have accumulated a lot of soot and smoke smell. In this case, SERVPRO of Marion/Middleborough will be ready with the right chemicals to help restore your property. 

Procedure to Follow When Remediating a Fire

Fire and smoke damage is especially destructive. In many instances your property will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts. We specialize in fire and water damage restoration; it’s the cornerstone of our business. Our specialized equipment, specific training and certifications allow us to restore your home back to pre-fire condition.

We understand you may be feeling confused, stressed, and more than a little vulnerable. You can rest assured that our technicians will treat your family with empathy and your home with great care. 

If You're Concerned about Fire Damage, Call us for a Complimentary Consultation Today at (508) 946-2397.

Winter is Coming... to New England

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Winter is Coming... to New England Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 4th at 2:00 a.m.!

It’s that time of year again…

It’s time to FALL BACK! The U.S. Fire Administration recommends that Daylight Saving Time be a reminder for you to change the batteries in your smoke and fire detectors, and ensure that they’re working properly. To test that your alarms are working, you should: 

  1. Station a family member at the furthest point away from the alarm to help make sure the alarm can be heard everywhere in your home
  2. Press and hold the test button on the smoke detector. It can take a few seconds to begin, but a loud, siren-like noise should emanate from the smoke detector while the button is pressed.

It is important to remember that this protocol is recommended at both the beginning and end of Daylight Saving Time to make certain that your alarms are in safe, working condition in the event of a fire.

We hope this blog has been informative and resourceful for your home and that the end of Daylight Saving Time is good to you!

Fire Safety Tips you’ll Fall for this Season - Middleborough, MA

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Safety Tips you’ll Fall for this Season - Middleborough, MA Don't let this happen to you!

As the cool fall weather starts to roll in, it is important to practice fire safety in the home to ensure your holiday season goes uninterrupted. Things like heating, holiday decorations, and candle burning can all leave room for disaster if not addressed properly.

Home Heating Safety Tips

Central Heating

If you heat your home centrally, it is important to have your system inspected and cleaned of any build up before the start of the fall season. A blocked air duct can be a potential fire hazard waiting to happen. Make sure to get your system routinely checked by a Certified HVAC professional, and call SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro for any cleanings it may require.

Fireplace

You should have your chimney inspected every year to make sure it’s in safe, working condition. Utilize your local Chimney Sweeper when necessary, and have any cracks within the foundation of the chimney filled if need be. It is also advised that a fireplace screen be used to keep sparks within the pit, and unwanted debris out. Finally, you should never use gasoline or any other combustible substance to start a fire and most importantly, never under any circumstances leave a fire unattended!

Space Heater

Space heaters are a great resource for heating areas of the home that otherwise don’t receive a lot of air flow. There are many precautions to follow when relying on a space heater, though, which include making sure there is at least a 3-foot radius of empty space between your space heater and any other objects. You should also never place clothing or any other flammable articles on your space heater, and avoid putting it near furniture or curtains. Lastly, it is very important you turn off and unplug your space heater when leaving the house or going to bed to avoid the possibility of fire.  

Holiday Décor Safety Tips

Jack-O-Lanterns

Although Jack-O-Lanterns are a great way to add spook to your home during Halloween, you should never burn a real candle within one. Instead, try safer alternatives like a battery operated light.

Fried Turkey

One of the biggest fire starters on Thanksgiving Day are the infamous fried turkeys!

If you plan to deep fry your bird this Thanksgiving, we suggest you follow these tips so not to blow your house up;

  • Set up the fryer you’ll be using AT LEAST 10 feet away from the home, or any other structure for that matter, and make sure it is situated on a level surface
  • Make sure the turkey is thawed and dried out completely
  • Keep a watchful eye on the oil temperature

Christmas tree Lights

Make sure when leaving the house or going to bed you turn your Christmas tree lights off and unplug them. Christmas trees are beautiful, and we all want to show off our decorating skills, but leaving your lights on when away from the home is dangerous. You’ll also want to make sure you’re watering your tree enough to prevent the pines from becoming dry and brittle, whereas they are extremely flammable in this state.

Damage from a Fire Caused to your Home or Business? Why we're the Ones to Call - Rochester, MA 02770

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Damage from a Fire Caused to your Home or Business? Why we're the Ones to Call - Rochester, MA 02770 We're Ready for when Fire Damage Strikes

Why SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro?

When fire, smoke and soot happen, the effects can be devastating. At SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro, our staff is dedicated to responding immediately to your fire damage emergency. With a 24/7 emergency response system, our crew is ready to load up and ship out to your home or business and start working immediately to help prevent further damage to the property and reduce the restoration cost.

Learn more about the SERVPRO Standard

The Premier Disaster Cleanup & Restoration Specialists in the Industry

As the leading fire and water restoration specialists in the industry, we pride ourselves on the training, experience and specialized equipment necessary to get your home or business back to the way things were before disaster struck. Listed below are just a few areas of service we specialize in when restoring damage from a fire:

Restore vs. Replace - How Our Restoration Mentality Benefits You

Our “restore first” mentality helps to lower the cost of monies spent or paid out when trying to recuperate after a loss. This focus relies heavily upon our training, equipment and core values as a company.

Learn more about our companies Restoration Process

Candles and Fireplace Safety - Middleboro, MA 02346

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Candles and Fireplace Safety - Middleboro, MA 02346 Check out our full blog series of Holiday Safety Tips!

Thousands of deaths are caused by fires, burns and other fire-related injuries every year, and 12% of home candle fires occur in December, the National Fire Protection Association reports. Increased use of candles and fireplaces, combined with an increase in the amount of combustible, seasonal decorations present in many homes means more risk for fire.

  • Never leave burning candles unattended or sleep in a room with a lit candle
  • Keep candles out of reach of children
  • Make sure candles are on stable surfaces
  • Don't burn candles near trees, curtains or any other flammable items
  • Don't burn trees, wreaths or wrapping paper in the fireplace
  • Check and clean the chimney and fireplace area at least once a year

We here at SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro wish everyone a very safe & happy holiday season. Thank you to the Consumer Product Safety Commission for these helpful tips to do so! 

American Red Cross Statistics- Mattapoisett, MA 02739

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage American Red Cross Statistics- Mattapoisett, MA 02739 Tip: Check your smoke & carbon monoxide detector twice per year. Daylight savings time is typically a good way to remember!

Although frightening, these fire statistics provided by The American Red Cross are an eye-opening reminder that no one is immune to having a fire happen at their property.


-Fire-related deaths and injuries are highest in homes without smoke alarms.
-Last year the American Red Cross responded to nearly to Home Fires each day in our area.
-‎50% of all Residential Heating related fires are reported during the month of December January and February.
-‎heating is the second leading cause of residential fire deaths
-‎more than 60% of fire deaths occur in homes without a working smoke alarm

SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro takes pride in helping those effected by Fire & Smoke damage. We understand that having a fire occur on your property can be traumatic, and although everyone getting out safely is the importance; we know that often times there are certain possessions such as heirlooms, documentation/photos, etc. that hold sentimental value. Our goal is to do everything we can, using the latest and greatest technology available, to restore your keepsakes!

Take a look at some before & after pictures of our restoration work or call SERVPRO of Marion/ Middleboro today to schedule a complimentary on-site estimate (508)946-2397

Firing up the furnace- Acushnet, MA 02743

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Firing up the furnace- Acushnet, MA 02743 Tip: contact your local HVAC professional for help turning on your furnace for the first time this season.

Turning your homes heat on for the first time can be bittersweet for most of us here in New England. It is a sign that summer and all its glory and sunshine is over. Nonetheless autumn means beautiful foliage stretching down I95, flannel, and spending more time inside with family and friends.

Like most mechanical appliances, turning them on for the first time in a while can lead to discovering some issues that weren't present the prior season. There is a serious risk of starting a fire or causing a puff-back which can be extremely dangerous and costly.

Whenever dealing with an appliance that heats up it has the potential to be dangerous. Avoid potential carbon monoxide and fire hazards and further complications by taking the time to monitor your boiler or furnace during the first run of the season. SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro wants to help keep you safe this winter. 

Firing up the furnace- pt.2- New Bedford, MA 02745

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

In our last blog “FIRE- Turning the heat on pt.1” we identified the issues that arise while starting up your furnace for the first time. Here now in part 2 of that segment we are offering some tips to help you start your system up safely.

Here are a few tips: 
-When turning on heating unit for first time stay home for the night to monitor the system. The ability to intervene & limit damage is invaluable. 
-Keep an eye on the carbon monoxide monitor. 
-‎You will most likely smell a slight burning of dust when turning on the unit. Use windows and fans to help ventilate the smell out. If any actual smoke or fire is visible shut unit off immediately, if safely able, and call 911. 
-‎Unusual noises, coming from the pipes in walls, can be normal however you will want to monitor. If sounds persist the heating system may require a tune-up. 

We advise calling your local HVAC specialist with any questions.

Do You Smell Smoke? Assonet, MA 02702

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Do You Smell Smoke? Assonet, MA 02702 Tip: We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial.

A small, contained kitchen fire will more than likely leave you thankful there was no permanent damage caused to your belongings and the structure. You may not think that a specialty restoration company would be necessary. We recommend calling SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro before attempting to clean anything. Soot is sometimes invisible to the untrained eye especially when it has settled on porous surfaces. Using certain common house-hold cleaning agents on the smoke-affected areas will 'set the stain' making it almost impossible to clean correctly. In addition to permanent staining, the smell of smoke can become locked into porous materials such as drywall, some wallpapers, wood and similar structural materials found throughout your home or business.

At SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro we provide all customers with a complimentary on-site analysis and proposals to match them with options that best meets their needs. Our saying is "No job too big or too small" and we stand behind that claim by assisting our neighbors with educated information and direction, whether it turns into a job for our company or not. 

We are always more than happy to help a customer decide what their best options are. If you would like to speak to one of our specialists please Call us at (508)946-2397 

Do You Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Mattapoisett, MA 02739

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Do You Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Mattapoisett, MA 02739 Fire Cleaning Professionals

Do You Have Smoke or Fire Damage?
Call Us Today – (508) 946-2397

Why Choose SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough?

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster 

SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough is dedicated to responding immediately to your New Bedford fire damage emergency. A faster response is the key to help prevent additional damage and reduce the restoration cost.

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We’re Fire and Water Damage Specialists

As fire and water restoration specialists, we have the training, experience and specialized equipment necessary to restore your home or business. We are committed to providing superior service while restoring your property back to pre-fire condition.

  • Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician

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Our Restore vs. Replace Mentality

Our “restore first” mentality helps to lower costs and get you back in your home or business sooner. This focus relies upon our specialized training and equipment to restore your property back to pre-fire condition.

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Warm, Tranquil and Dangerous

11/11/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Warm, Tranquil and Dangerous Please use your candles responsibly.

The glow from a lighted candle can be a warming and tranquil sight. It’s no wonder why many people are more likely to burn candles during the winter months than any other time of year. While candles can create a more enjoyable atmosphere, it is good to remember that they are open flames and should be handled very carefully.

The following are candle safety tips found on the National Fire Protection Association website:

 

  • Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.
  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn.
  • Think about using flame-less candles in your home. They look and smell like real candles.
  • Use candle holders that are sturdy, and won’t tip over easily.
  • Put candle holders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface.
  • Light candles carefully. Keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame.
  • Don’t burn a candle all the way down — put it out before it gets too close to the holder or container.
  • Never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home.
  • Have flashlights and battery-powered lighting ready to use during a power outage. Never use candles.

Please use your candles responsibly. If you don't, then you may need to call SERVPRO Marion/Middleboro. And we would much rather you not have to make that phone call. 

Christmas Tree Fire Safety Precautions

11/7/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Christmas Tree Fire Safety Precautions Christmas tree fires can be very damaging

The Holidays are right around the corner, and with it brings all the wonderful festivities and traditions. One of the most beloved tradition is the Christmas tree.

Whether it be real or artificial, a Christmas tree can really add to the wonder and enjoyment of the season, but it can also be a very dangerous fire hazard. They do not occur very frequently, when they do occur however, Christmas tree fires can be very damaging.

Here are just a few ways to prevent a Christmas tree fire:

- When purchasing a real tree, make sure the needles are green and do not fall out easily. Brown needles can indicate that the tree is dried out. You may even consider purchasing a live potted tree that can also be replanted in your yard after the Christmas season.

- When setting up your tree, cut 2” off of the bottom of the trunk to give it a fresh surface. Make sure to add plenty of water to the tree stand, and water daily to prevent it from drying out.

- Do not place the tree near any heat source, such as fire places, heaters, candles, or radiators.

- Make sure to check the manufacturer’s label of the lights you are using, and only use lights meant for indoor use.

- Check all light strings for frayed or damaged chords, and for loose bulb connections.

- Make sure to turn off your tree lights when you go to bed, or when you leave the house.

Wishing you all a safe and healthy Holiday season from all of us at SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro!

Don't be a Turkey this Thanksgiving!

11/7/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Don't be a Turkey this Thanksgiving! Safety tips for deep frying a turkey

They say you are what you eat so that may be difficult, but do your best. With November upon us, the holidays will be here before we know it. While signature dishes are a staple at every families holiday gathering; we would like to take the time to address the dangers of deep frying a turkey.

With a minimal amount of preparation there are a few simple precautionary steps that you can take in order to keep your home and family safe while still impressing the socks off your in-laws.

Safety Tips for Deep Frying a Turkey

1.Be sure to place your turkey fryer on a solid, even ground a safe distance away from any flammable objects. They are known to tip easily; spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.

2.Be sure to take into consideration the size of the turkey when filling the cooking oil. An overfilled fryer will displace hot oil when the turkey is placed into the fryer.

3.Due to a change in temperature, a partially frozen turkey when being placed in the fryer will cause cooking oil to splatter, be sure to thaw properly.

4.Be sure to wear heat proof gloves when handling the pot, lid or turkey in any way as the fryer surfaces can become dangerously hot.

5.Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can easily overheat and start fires, even the slightest amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a very large fire.

6.Most importantly, always use turkey fryers indoors or on wooden surfaces.

If you decide to be a turkey and blatantly disregard these tips, you may end up causing damage to your property. If that's the case SERVPRO Marion/Middleboro will be here to help. We would much rather have enjoying your dinner with your family and friends however. We hope you all have a safe and happy holiday season. 

Learn BEFORE the Burn

11/4/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Learn BEFORE the Burn How long does a fire extinguisher typically last when trying to put out a fire?

If you have a small fire in your house, car, boat, etc. and you have an appropriate extinguisher near by, putting out something small on your own can be quick and relatively simple. What you may not have time for however, is reading the instructions fully on how to use the extinguisher. The goal is for you to learn BEFORE the burn.

So here are the basic instructions for most extinguishers. In short, this is what to do...

1-Pull the Pin at the top of the extinguisher. The pin releases a locking mechanism and will allow you to discharge the extinguisher.

2-Aim at the base of the fire, not the flames. This is important - in order to put out the fire, you must extinguish the fuel.

3-Squeeze the lever slowly. This will release the extinguishing agent in the extinguisher. If the handle is released, the discharge will stop.

4-Sweep from side to side. Using a sweeping motion, move the fire extinguisher back and forth until the fire is completely out. Operate the extinguisher from a safe distance, several feet away, and then move towards the fire once it starts to diminish.

POP QUIZ: How long does a fire extinguisher typically last when trying to put out a fire?

A minute, two minutes maybe? NO. In fact, a typical fire extinguisher contains only 10 seconds of extinguishing power! It could actually be less if it has already been partially discharged.

That's why SERVPRO Marion/Middleboro encourages you to read the instructions that come with the fire extinguisher beforehand and become familiarized with its parts. It is highly recommended by fire prevention experts that you get hands-on training before operating a fire extinguisher. Most local fire departments offer this service.

Once the fire is out, don't walk away. Watch the area for a few minutes in case it re-ignites. Replace or Recharge the extinguisher immediately after use.

We hope you and your family never have to use an extinguisher and never have to call us. But in the event that you do, please know we are just a phone call away. 508-946-2397.