Recent Fire Damage Posts

How To Prevent Dryer Fires

7/16/2021 (Permalink)

Prevent a dryer fire Dryer fires can cause serious damage.

Did you know that according to the U.S Fire administration 2,900 home dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss? The leading cause of home clothes dryer fires is a failure to clean them which causes lint to accumulate and cause a fire. Home fires happen more often during the fall and winter season. Here are some ways to avoid fires within your home:

  • Clean the lint screen/filter before or after drying each load of clothes.
  • Clean the dryer vent at least once a month to avoid lint accumulation.
  • Use metal dryer ducts to help prevent dryer fires.
  • No matter the kind of duct is installed in your dryer, make sure to regularly clean it.
  • Occasionally wipe the sensor with a rag or cotton ball.

Common Causes Of House Fires

7/16/2021 (Permalink)

House fires can be started in a variety of ways Take precautionary measures now to protect your home from fires.

Fire damage may result in ways you least expect. Take precautionary measures now to protect your home from the following fire instigators.

  • Cooking equipment: Cooking equipment is the number one cause of house fires. Pots and pans can quickly overheat when left unattended or mishandled. Be sure to always turn your handles towards the middle of the stove to avoid children from accidentally grabbing it. When leaving the house, always remember to turn off stove and oven.
  • Smoking in Bedrooms: Avoid smoking in bedrooms. A cigarette butt can stay lit for hours and cause a flame after coming into contact with clothes or furniture. Open flames such as candles can also pose a danger for many residents.
  • Old electrical equipment: Older lampshades and light fittings may build up heat, and weak bases could pose a tipping hazard. Electrical equipment such as these should be checked for faulty cords, and the power point must not be overloaded with double adapter plugs.
  • Flammable liquids: Liquids such as petrol, kerosene, or methylated spirits should be kept away from heat sources and stored properly according to their label.

Preventing A Fire

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage A fire can cause serious damage to your home.

Fires can occur in your home or place of business no matter how many safety measures you take. However, by following a few simple safety tips, you may greatly reduce the risk.

SERVPRO of North Seminole County is committed to helping you and your home or business prevent fire damage. Here are a few of our suggestions:

  • Regularly check your smoke alarms to ensure safety in the event of a fire.
  • Make sure to regularly have your home heating system evaluated by a professional. 
  • Avoid using outlet extenders when at all possible. They increase the chance of overloading an electrical circuit. 
  • Remove lint from the dyer after one to two loads of laundry. A clogged filter can force lint into the heated coils of the dyer. 
  • Make sure to properly extinguish smoking materials. In other words, don't walk away from the candle you just blew out until you are sure that the fire is completely out. 
  • Safely store flammable items away from all sources of heat.
  • Lastly, always have a fire extinguisher in your home.

While we hope this is never the case, in the event of fire damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of North Seminole County is here for you. Give us a call at 407-323-2422.

Fire Safety Tips For Your Central Florida Home

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage in kitchen Fire damage in kitchen.

A fire could spread at a moments notice, so it is good to have a plan and be prepared. It is equally as important to practice fire safety. Here are a few tips on how to stay prepared and safe in the event of a fire.

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. 
  • Test smoke alarms monthly, and replace batteries at least once a year.
  • Use flashlights opposed to candles in the event of a power outage.
  • Never leave a candle burning.
  • Have a family escape plan and practice it yearly.
  • After you are in a safe place out of the home and away from the fire, call 911.
  • Keep flammable items away from anything producing heat.

Give us a call: 407-323-2422

Here's What To Do If Fire Damaged Your Home

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Seminole County can help with odors left after a fire.

After A Fire Loss in Sanford, Test The Pros for Fire and Odor Cleanup

The high rate of damage that is left once a fire is put out can be a costly and tragic loss for you and your home. Besides burned personal items, hard to remove odors can remain in your home after a severe fire loss. It may be difficult to repair your home and remove these scents using DIY methods alone, which is why calling a professional crew to come out and do some tougher cleaning and restoration is generally always worth it. 

When you need fire and odor cleanup in Sanford after a fire, there are a number of factors such as lingering airborne particles that a normal homeowner may be unaware of, or just not know how to get rid of. That's where SERVPRO of North Seminole County comes in. When you call us, our specialized fire damage team in Sanford completes a through walkthrough of the property to examine and identify all damage and potential hotspots for more damage to occur. From there, they come up with a proper way to proceed and keep the homeowner up to speed on everything they are going to do make it seem "Like it never even happened." 

We use high-tech equipment to remove smoke and soot residue to destroy those foul odors that the fire may have left behind. It is always our goal to make sure that fire damage is dealt with properly and effectively as some odors are incredibly difficult to remove, and we want to get the job done right the first time around. 

What To Do After A Fire Loss

After you have experienced a fire and everything is deemed safe, the next thing to do after a major fire loss would be to remove any and all loose debris on the property that is beyond salvageable. Debris removal is also apart of our fire loss service as we can safely remove any optionally hazardous materials so you don't have to. 

It may be a good idea to separate your personal property items into what us salvageable and what isn't, so our crew of professionals can begin the fire damage restoration process without removing any of your personal property that you may want to keep despite being slightly damaged. FEMA has a lot of great tips on how to properly bounce back after a fire. 

Fire Damage Restoration

Fighting the onset of soot and smoke is elemental after a fire. SERVPRO takes pride in professional odor removal. Our teams employ the use of dry and wet cleaning methods as well as eco-friendly cleaning solutions and specialized technology to clean items and remove odors. The combination of abrasives, cleaning sprays, or immersion cleaning used depends on the project and the level of fire damage.

Not only can we do odor removal, fire damage restoration can also include reconstructing an entire part of the property. SERVPRO of North Seminole County has a rebuilding division that can replace and parts of your home that may have been damaged beyond basic repair. 

If you require help with fire and odor cleanup, SERVPRO of North Seminole County is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call our office at (407) 323-2422, and we will send out a team as soon as possible.

What You Should Know: Fire Aftermath

5/9/2020 (Permalink)

A destructive force like a fire can make it difficult to gauge what your first move should be. Here is a list of actions to take in the event that you are affected by a fire. 

  •  Immediately contact the fire department and evacuate to a safe location
  • Determine if anyone needs medical attention, and respond appropriately
  • Find a safe place to stay if necessary, or if this proves to be difficult you may contact your local disaster relief agency, such as Salvation Army or American Red Cross which can help you find a temporary place to stay.
  • Make sure doors and windows are secure, and secure any valuables as well. 
  • Call SERVPRO of North Seminole County to begin restoring your home or bussines.

SERPVPRO will clean any affected items you wish to restore. SERVPRO is also equipped to clean any of four different soot types, dry smoke, wet smoke, protein smoke, as well as fuel oil smoke residues. 

For more information on fires and ways you can be prepared to deal with this or other natural disasters, please visit: https://www.redcross.org/

Preventing A Fire

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

It's important to begin this article by letting you know that fires can occur in your home or place of business no matter how many safety measures you take. However, by following a few simple safety tips, you may reduce the risk.

SERVPRO of North Seminole County is committed to helping you and your home or business prevent fire damage. Here are a few of our suggestions:

  • Make sure to regularly have your home heating system evaluated by a professional. 
  • Avoid using outlet extenders when at all possible. They increase the chance of overloading an electrical circuit. 
  • Remove lint from the dyer after one to two loads of laundry. A clogged filter can force lint into the heated coils of the dyer. 
  • Make sure to properly extinguish smoking materials. In other words, don't walk away from the candle you just blew out until you are sure that the fire is completely out. 

While we hope this is never the case, in the event of fire damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of North Seminole County is here for you. Give us a call at 407-323-2422.

Heat Index and Dry Days...What You Need To Know Living In Florida

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

Fireworks are a common cause of fires in July.

If there is one thing that comes to mind when we think of summers in Central Florida, it's the HEAT! The beginning of July 2019 has been so exception. In fact, according to professionals, we have seen a heat index with recording setting numbers for this month. 

With heat like this, it is no surprise that everything is dry. So what are we getting at? The dryness in the air, the heat, both create the perfect atmosphere for one spark to light an unintentional fire that can spread faster than you may think. 

Did you know that the 4th of July sees at least a 20% increase in fires due to fireworks? Summer night bonfires also lead to an increase in fire damage due to a dry environment.

So why do we share this information? SERVPRO of North Seminole County wants to help you have the information you need to stay safe and prevent fire damage to your home or place of business. We also want to do our part to spread awareness of the potential of widespread damage a fire may cause. 

Always pay attention to fire watches and warnings in your area. Be mindful of the environment you are in before you start a bonfire, controlled burn, etc. 

Know that in any situation, we are here to assist you with fire damage.  

Christmas Home Hazards

12/11/2018 (Permalink)

It's the most wonderful time of the year! With Christmas only a couple of weeks away, trees are up and decorated, Christmas candles are filling the house with smells of sugar cookies or cinnamon, and lights are up outside to add that extra sparkle after dark. 

While all of these are beautiful ways to delight in the spirit of the season, we want to ensure that you take the proper safety precautions to keep your family and home safe. 

Did you know that December being the peak period for home fires started by candles or misuse of lights? 

Here are a few tips that may help prevent a fire hazard in your home: 

  1. Keep those Christmas tress watered! Make sure that you check the water level each day, to help avoid the tree drying out and becoming a fire hazard. 
  2. Do not leave outside Christmas lights on while you sleep. Turn them on for a few hours a night, and then turn them off. (This saves electricity too!) 
  3. 40% of home decoration fires are started by candles. Make sure you place candles in a safe location when burning and do not leave unattended. 

We encourage you to always be mindful of potential fire dangers and remain cautious no matter what time of year. However, we ask that you be EXTRA careful during this season. 

However, if you were to find yourself the victim of a home fire - you can trust SERVPRO of North Seminole County to have you back to normal in no time!

What You Should Know: Dealing With A Fire Aftermath

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

A destructive force like a fire can make it difficult to gauge what your first move should be. Here is a list of actions to take in the event that you are affected by a fire. 

  •  Immediately contact the fire department and evacuate to a safe location
  • Determine if anyone needs medical attention, and respond appropriately
  • Find a safe place to stay if necessary, or if this proves to be difficult you may contact your local disaster relief agency, such as Salvation Army or American Red Cross which can help you find a temporary place to stay.
  • Make sure doors and windows are secure, and secure any valuables as well. 
  • Call SERVPRO of North Seminole County to begin restoring your home or bussines.

SERPVPRO will clean any affected items you wish to restore. SERVPRO is also equipped to clean any of four different soot types, dry smoke, wet smoke, protein smoke, as well as fuel oil smoke residues. 

For more information on fires and ways you can be prepared to deal with this or other natural disasters, please visit: https://www.redcross.org/

Fireworks and Fire Safety

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

The 4th of July is just days away!

SERVPRO of North Seminole County wants to help you celebrate safely with your family, so here are a few firework safety tips we think you should be aware of:

  1. It is important that you know about and abide by the local firework laws set in your area. (This can help avoid putting a damper on your holiday with a ticket or violation fee.)
  2. Have an adult read the instructions on the fireworks before lighting. (This can help to prevent a small mistake, with a potential big consequence.) 
  3. Adults should ALWAYS assist their kids when setting off fireworks. (This will help keep the process safer.)
  4. Set off your fireworks in a clear area. (Keep away from trees, homes, people, buildings, etc.)
  5. Finally, clean up when your done! (Please don't litter.)

These simple tips can go a long way in helping prevent you from getting hurt or accidentally starting a fire when operating fireworks.

Happy 4th of July from all of us at SERVPRO of North Seminole County!

Remember, if you experience a holiday mishap, SERVPRO is always Here To Help! Click here to learn more about Fire Damage Restoration.

SERVPRO of North Seminole County: 407-323-2422