Recent Fire Damage Posts
Factors That Determine the Fire Damage Restoration Process and Timeline
Blog Summary: The experts at SERVPRO of West Fort Worth go over some factors that affect the fire damage restoration process and how long it will take to reconstruct a fire-damaged property.
While it’s understandable to want to return to the property and begin rebuilding as soon as possible after a house fire, how long rebuilding a fire-damaged property takes depends on factors such as the severity of fire damage and the size of the building.
The experts at SERVPRO of West Fort Worth, a leading fire damage restoration company, have some guidance for homeowners wondering how long the property reconstruction process takes.
Factors That Determine How Long It Takes to Restore Property After a Fire
#1: The severity of the fire damage
The extent of damage is a primary factor in how long it takes to rebuild a home after a fire. For example, if a small fire breaks out in one room, and the damage is contained there, repairs can be done in one or two days. With a much larger fire that affects the entire structure, on the other hand, rebuilding can take several weeks or even months.
During a house fire, flames, smoke, soot, and even the water used to extinguish the fire all create different types of damage to a variety of surfaces.
As a result, fire restoration companies have to employ a multi-faceted approach, ranging from damage clean-up to soot removal and water clean-up. That may require services from contractors, engineers, and even mold removal or mold remediation experts in addition to fire and smoke removal experts. Some restoration companies, such as SERVPRO, offer all of the above services. Working with a single contractor typically speeds up the process.
#2: The size and type of structure
Similar to the extent of damage, the size of the building that needs to be restored and its layout may affect the restoration timeline. Naturally, a small single-story home can be restored faster than a massive multi-floor office building. The number of floors involved and where the fire was might be relevant even if the fire is small, as moving equipment across floors can present its own challenges.
#3: The fire damage restoration company hired
Restoring fire-damaged properties requires special skills, training, and tools, and no two companies are equal in this respect. An established company with a well-trained crew and all the resources they need on hand will be able to complete the restoration process faster than a new company with an inexperienced team. It pays to be picky when looking into fire damage restoration professionals, water restoration companies, architects, contractors, and other professionals to work on a fire-damaged property.
About SERVPRO of West Fort Worth
SERVPRO of West Fort Worth is a property damage restoration company serving residential and commercial clients in Fort Worth, TX, and the surrounding communities. Founded in 1967, the company is part of a national network of over 1,700 franchises strategically located throughout the country.
Their staff is highly trained in water damage restoration, fire and smoke damage restoration, mold removal, biohazard clean-up, and more. They also offer residential and commercial cleaning services.
Contact SERVPRO of West Fort Worth at (817) 560-3086 or follow them on Twitter to learn more about the fire damage restoration process in Benbrook, TX, and surrounding areas.
SERVPRO of West Fort Worth
8008 Camp Bowie W Blvd Ste #106
Fort Worth, TX 76116
SERVPRO: Fire Safety Tips for Educational Institutes
Blog summary: This SERVPRO article lists the usual causes of fires at educational institutes and how the management can take certain measures to protect staff and students from fires.
Why fires occur at educational institutes and how to prevent them
Fires at educational institutes can be catastrophic. To protect young lives and the staff, the institute management must follow several measures to prevent these incidents. SERVPRO shares the usual causes of fires at schools and some tips to protect the school and its people from fire damage.
The usual suspects, statistically
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), structure fires in schools in 2013-2017 caused $42 million in direct property damage.
- 37% were started intentionally
- 24% were due to playing with a heat source
- 20% began in a kitchen or cooking area
- 12% were due to heating equipment
NFPA also stated that structure fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities, and barracks. cost $14 million in direct property damage in the same time period.
- 87% began in a kitchen or cooking area
- 5% were started intentionally
- 3% were due to smoking
- 2% were due to heating equipment
- 2% were due to electrical faults
Fire safety tips for schools
Establishing school, daycare, or church school safety procedures is vital to keeping a school safe from fires.
- Fire-resistant landscaping: Planting shrubs and water-resistant trees can help prevent fires from spreading. Fire-resistant trees can be planted at least 30 feet away from the school and at least 10 feet apart from one another. Additionally, keep the shrubbery and trees trimmed for unobstructed movement.
- Gadgets: Installing motion sensor exterior lighting or lighting on timers as well as alarms on doors, windows, roof hatches, and ventilator openings is very helpful.
- Fire-proof the trash: Place trash bins far away from the building and install metal lids that can be locked to prevent intruders.
- Educate about fire safety
Educating the staff and students about fire safety is the first step towards prevention.
- Fire drills: Conduct expected and unexpected monthly school fire drills in which everyone participates.
- Handy maps: Give an emergency exit map to each classroom and label all of the exits and paths to safety.
- Response training: Train students on how to respond to a fire alarm during a school fire drill.
- Accessible fire safety equipment: Know the locations of the fire protection system, fire alarm pull stations, and sprinklers.
- Buddy system: Creating a buddy system, especially for students with specific needs, is a way to ensure that every child is taken care of.
- Safe zone: Create a safe zone that students identify and can meet once they exit the building. This safe zone can be reiterated during fire drills.
- Right count: Have a roster at hand to ensure every student is accounted for.
- Regular fire safety inspections
Just establishing a curriculum for fire safety education isn’t enough. The management must invest in constant review of the school, daycare, or church facilities to ensure there are no unpleasant surprises when there is actually a fire event.
As a part of the routine, authorities can include the following:
- Audit the facility: Conducting a facility audit, especially for older buildings, is crucial to ensure all equipment and structure are well-maintained and do not pose a fire threat.
- Unblock: Ensure all doorways, stairways, windows, and emergency exits remain unblocked at all times.
- Maintenance: Inspect kitchen equipment and appliances to make sure they’re up to date and functioning properly.
- Check the fire prevention gadgets: Inspect the sprinkler system across the facility to ensure it is functioning properly. Special sprinkler systems and decontamination showers in all science labs are a wise investment. Maintain the fire extinguishers and/or hoses. Ensure that there are enough pieces of extinguishers across the facility.
- Change the routine, find the flaws
Holding unscheduled fire drills, at different times of day and under different conditions, bring forth any problems with the fire safety plan. When staff and students undergo fire safety drills at unusual and unexpected times, hidden problems may surface. This allows timely redressal and avoids any unexpected protocol failure in real-time.
# SERVPRO uses state-of-the-art equipment to bring the damaged property back to its original state. SERVPRO of West Fort Worth is always updating its fleet and equipment so clients in West Fort Worth, Benbrook, Azle, or anywhere else can quickly access the services.
# With over 1,700 US and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to respond faster to an emergency of any magnitude.
# The SERVPRO staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. They receive initial in-house training and constant skill up-gradation at the corporate training facility and also acquire the regular IICRC-industry certification.
For fire damage restoration services, call SERVPRO of West Fort Worth today at (817) 560-3086 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com
SERVPRO Busts the Myths around Fire Damage and Restoration
Blog summary: The SERVPRO article busts 6 myths about fire damage and the restoration process.
Fire damage myths debunked
Often, people believe that fire damage restoration is too expensive and unnecessary, or they are just unsure about what the process entails. Many myths surrounding this topic must be debunked. In this blog post, SERVPRO of West Fort Worth discusses all the myths about fire damage and restoration so property owners can make an informed decision when faced with these damages.
# Myth 1: Smoke detectors are enough
Truth: Smoke detectors are effective warning systems in case of fires, enabling a timely exit from the premises and protecting the occupants from potential danger. However, they cannot contain a fire.
Property owners must ensure:
- Smoke detectors are installed properly and have well-charged batteries.
- There is an evacuation plan in place for fire damage emergencies. The occupants of a property must be aware of the emergency preparedness plan.
- Invest in appropriate fire extinguishers or sprinkler systems.
# Myth 2: Sprinklers cause much more damage
Truth: A sprinkler system quickly eliminates the heat and controls the smoke from the fire, limiting the fire damage.
Facts about the sprinkler system:
- Sprinkler heads are individually activated by fire temperatures above 155°. The other sprinklers remain dormant unless the fire spreads.
- A typical sprinkler discharges 55 liters per minute. A firefighting hose expends up to 750 liters per minute. Any water damage caused by sprinklers is nothing compared to the water damage caused by firefighting hose lines.
- Property losses are 85% less in residences with fire sprinklers compared to those without sprinklers.
- The combination of automatic sprinklers and early warning systems in all buildings can reduce overall injuries, loss of life, and property damage by approximately 50%.
- Sprinklers wash the larger particles out of smoke - the biggest cause of fire-related deaths - reducing its density and toxicity.
- Fire sprinkler systems are eligible for insurance rate savings and may increase the property value.
# Myth 3: Most fires are caused by electrical malfunctions
Truth: According to FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, electrical malfunctions are neither the leading nor the second largest cause of fire damage.
Statistically, here are the figures:
- Cooking equipment is responsible for nearly half of all house fires in the United States.
- Heating follows as a far second, causing over 12% of the house fires in the US.
- Electrical house fires make up only 6% of the house fires in the US.
# Myth 4: Flames are the biggest threat
Truth: Flames can create havoc, but smoke inhalation is responsible for maximum fire-related deaths.
- Smoke is composed of toxic chemicals and is easily inhaled, leading to unconsciousness and then death.
- Smoke can incapacitate and overpower swiftly, disabling occupants to make it to an otherwise accessible exit.
- The synthetic materials in homes are dangerous and produce especially dangerous substances.
- 50–80% of fire deaths are the result of smoke inhalation injuries, including burns to the respiratory system.
Myth #5: The odor of smoke never leaves a fire-damaged property
Truth: The key to eliminating the smoke smell is prompt cleaning that prevents permanent damage from seeping into the home. The extent and intensity of smoke are decided by the following factors:
- Strength of the fire – Larger fires produce more smoke, so the resulting smoke smell will be more pervasive and more intense;
- Exposure length – The longer the exposure to smoke, the more the smoke odor will have permeate into the household materials;
- Burned materials – When burned, different materials produce different odors. Some smells such as those from burning synthetic or plastic materials are much harder to remove.
An experienced fire restoration team such as SERVPRO would have the advanced equipment such as nano filters and ozone generators and the expertise to eliminate smoke odor after a fire. With safe and efficient odor removal techniques and cleaning products, the SERVPRO team can bring a property back to its original glory.
Myth #6: DIY restoration is enough
Truth: For minor and very controlled fires, DIY restoration can suffice. But here are reasons why some things are best left to the professionals:
- Hidden health hazards: A walk through a fire-damaged property can allow chemically laden soot to get into the eyes and penetrate the skin. Inhalation may lead to health effects in the short term.
- Special equipment: Soot cannot just be wiped away. Special equipment and methods may be needed to adequately clean up smoke and fire damage.
- Loss of contents: There may be salvageable contents that a DIY restorer may throw away mistakenly. Only a professional eye can distinguish between what’s ruined beyond repair and what can be rescued.
- Time-consuming: Restoring a property to its pre-fire condition is a complicated and tedious task. The entire process involves salvaging belongings, cleaning up, repairing the home structure, and most importantly insurance claims to minimize the financial impact.
The sooner a professional team begins the restoration process, the sooner life, and the property can get back to normal. Contact SERVPRO of West Fort Worth for all fire damage restoration services.
# SERVPRO uses state-of-the-art equipment to bring the damaged property back to its original state. SERVPRO of West Fort Worth is always updating its fleet and equipment so clients in Fort Worth, Benbrook, Azle, or anywhere else can quickly access the services.
# With over 1,700 US and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to respond faster to an emergency of any magnitude.
# The SERVPRO staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. They receive initial in-house training and constant skill up-gradation at the corporate training facility and also acquire regular IICRC-industry certification.
For fire damage restoration services, call SERVPRO of West Fort Worth today at (817) 560-3086 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com
What Owners Need to Know About Fire Damage Restoration and Cleanup
Blog Summary: The team at SERVPRO discusses the importance of fire damage restoration for disaster recovery services in Fort Worth, TX. Experts like SERVPRO will have homes and businesses looking like new after a professional restoration service, no matter the fire or water damage issues that arise.
The CDC reports many dangers after emergencies and flood cleanup, fire, and water restoration companies like SERVPRO are essential to a quick recovery. Following the correct procedure after a fire safeguards the building’s occupants and its structural integrity. It also ensures a better chance that the insurance company will pay for restoration or rebuilding costs.
Five Do’s and Don’ts of Fire Damage Restoration and Cleanup
The SERVPRO team has helped thousands of Fort Worth residents handle disaster and water cleanup operations with quick, effective results. Here are a few words of advice from their building restoration service experts:
#1 DO Take Time Off
Fire recovery is fraught with emotion, and even watching a stress-free commercial cleaning service restore the area can feel overwhelming at times. Many people bottle these feelings, but it is important to take time away from work and daily routines. Until things get back to normal, the aim is to provide calm and professional support and recovery service.
Experienced companies like SERVPRO understand how traumatic a disaster can be to a family or business owner. They reassure clients with top-notch services and a smooth approach to every detail of the operation. If that means conducting an air duct cleaning service or mold remediation at a time that’s most convenient, that is what they do.
#2 DON’T Be Impatient
Fire and the resulting commercial water damage affect every aspect of the premises, and even the most reliable fire restoration companies can’t fix everything in one day. It helps to have highly-trained restoration specialists, but all fire damage restoration services take some time to address the details. In many cases, fire damage restoration includes extensive work, like water removal, messy water damage, and tedious mold removal.
These processes take time, but neglecting them is not an option. A poor job in any of these areas will only lead to increased costs in the future. SERVPRO’s fire damage restoration service will assist homeowners every step of the way, and there won’t be a single spot missed in the process.
#3 DO Call The Insurance Company
The sooner the insurance company knows about the fire, the better. In many instances, the insurance company will refer residents to SERVPRO in Fort Worth, Texas. Their services prevent further damage and start the restoration process sooner.
Ask the insurance company:
- The timetable for addressing water damage
- How to secure the property
- How to file a claim
- Whether they will work with SERVPRO as a reliable fire damage restoration company
#4 DON’T Enter the House Without Permission
Fires leave plenty of toxic chemicals behind, and even a small fire can generate enough carbon monoxide to kill a person. Soot is a secondary issue, causing respiratory distress and blockages around the premises. Homeowners and commercial property owners should not enter the premises or try to retrieve any items without a professional disaster recovery technician on-site.
Fires also result in structural damage, which makes the property unsafe to occupy and unstable to visit or clean. Stay away from the area until the supporting fire restoration companies like SERVPRO indicate that it is safe to be there.
#5 DO Work with the Experts
A fire damage restoration service makes handling the aftermath of a fire far easier. Every SERVPRO team member understands the anxiety that business and homeowners face and will work to alleviate it. They also work closely with insurance companies to keeping the property owner calm and informed.
SERVPRO offers decades of experience navigating stressful, messy events with top-quality residential and commercial water damage and fire damage restoration in Benbrook and surrounding areas. Find out more about the SERVPRO fire damage restoration service on Instagram, or call (817) 560 3086, night or day. Alternatively, visit their offices in Fort Worth, TX, 76116.
How to Help Your Business Bounce Back After Fire Damage Restoration
Blog Summary: SERVPRO offers four helpful, step-by-step ways for businesses to bounce back after being affected by fire damage.
How to Help Your Business Bounce Back After Fire Damage Restoration
Fire is a tragedy for any business, but there are proven steps that can be taken to ensure a smooth recovery process and proper fire damage restoration.
#1: Contact the Insurance Company ASAP
When fire damage affects a business, the first thing that needs to be done is contacting the insurance company. Filing claims and assessing damage can be a lengthy process, so it is best to get started as soon as possible. This will help avoid delays, meet deadlines, and schedule a prompt appointment with an insurance adjuster.
Furthermore, it is important to make sure that a copy of the insurance policy is available. Familiarize yourself with the details and inclusions of the policy as you move forward through the claims process.
#2: Gather All Necessary Documentation
According to the Insurance Information Institute, businesses in the US suffered over 4.3 billion dollars in property losses from fire damage in 2019 alone. Therefore, documenting the damage to the property is extremely important. Doing so will give the business its best chance at recovering any significant property loss.
Use multiple methods to document the damage, including photos, videos, and detailed written descriptions. Proper documentation will offer the best chance of recuperating the losses.
In addition to recording damage, here are a few other documents that should be gathered:
- Copy of the fire report
- Receipts documenting the fire damage restoration costs
- Inventory lists to ensure no damage or losses get overlooked
#3: Salvage and Remove Undamaged Property
Once all the damaged items are documented, it is important to remove or secure items remaining inside the building to avoid any further damage.
Electronics, equipment, and other expensive items are particularly susceptible to further loss. The business and property are often exposed after fire damage, which could allow thieves to steal anything valuable left behind.
Furthermore, it’s likely that the business will have been affected by the soot, debris, and smoke left in the fire’s wake. This can lead to unexpected damage to the property long after the fire has gone out. Therefore, it’s important to remove any important items that can be damaged by these factors as soon as possible.
#4: Begin Fire Damage Restoration and Repair
The final step is restoring the business to its original condition. Choose a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO of West Fort Worth who can repair the damage quickly and help restore the property from start to finish.
Here is what to expect during the fire damage restoration process:
- Step 1: Speak with the local repair and restoration contractor. Contact SERVPRO of West Fort Worth.
- Step 2: Bring in restoration professionals for inspection and damage assessment.
- Step 3: These experts will secure the property from further damage, which may include boarding up windows and tarping damaged roofs.
- Step 4: Immediate water cleanup will remove any water left behind from extinguishing the fire.
- Step 5: The restoration team will remove soot and smoke from all surfaces, including walls and ceilings.
- Step 6: The property will be cleaned and sanitized. Also, harmful odors will be neutralized and removed.
- Step 7: Bring the business back to its pre-fire condition and reopen as quickly as possible. This process can include painting, reflooring, and other repairs.
Call for 24-hour service at (817) 560-3086.
How Can I Get My Texas Home Cleaned Up After a Fire
Our SERVPRO Team Can Arrive Quickly to Your Texas Residences for Cleaning and Restoration Following a Fire
Cleaning up after a fire loss incident in Texas is one of the considerable challenges to making these disasters “Like it never even happened.” Without adequate and thorough cleaning and restoration practices implemented at the right times, surfaces and contents could suffer irreparable damages. Discarding materials and reinstalling them can be an unnecessary cost when our SERVPRO professionals can get to work quickly on the recovery steps required.
Effective cleaning and restoration after fire damage to North Texas homes begin with a fast and confident response. Because our technicians stay prepared to answer the call 24/7, we can often reach damaged addresses while there is still time and opportunity to protect many of the surfaces and exposed contents. Entrusting your home to responding technicians can often make the return to preloss condition more efficient and cost-effective.
What is Debris Removal?
Among the first steps in cleaning and restoring your fire-damaged home is debris removal. This process is one of the emergency services that our professionals offer and can help our technicians to gain control of an increasingly difficult situation. Shoveling out piles of ash and charred remnants of materials can help in many ways. Some advantages of beginning debris removal or muck-out for your home include:
• Reduces the concentration of soot
• Makes odors less intense
• Allows our professionals to inspect the property better
Is Soot Dangerous to Be Around?
Soot can be one of the most challenging obstacles for responding technicians, as this residue can react differently with each of the materials that it becomes exposed to after a fire. Also, the presence of soot can present health concerns for those in direct contact, which requires our professionals always to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment. From Tyvek suits to gloves and respirators, we can protect our cleaning team and eliminate cross-contamination with other areas of your house. The primary concerns about soot include:
• Acidic Nature – Because soot has an acidic base to its composition, its presence in a layer resting on organic surfaces can have a destructive effect. When residue goes prolonged periods without getting removed, it can mar or stain surfaces underneath it.
• Microscopic Particles – the size of soot particles is also an alarming concern because these microscopic particulates can get easily inhaled and travel deep into the lungs.
• High Concentrations – Circulating soot in the environment can present hazards like unclean breathing air and more substantial concentrations of soot residues on exposed surfaces.
How Can Residues Like Soot Get Cleaned?
Removing soot and smoke residues from the house requires several approaches and potent cleaning products. The best approach and technique to remove soot damage in the house gets determined often during the initial assessment and evaluation of the property following a fire loss. Our project manager can walk through the damaged building to begin cataloging loss and noting wherever soot removal techniques are necessary. These might include:
• Chemical Solvents – Emulsification can be an excellent method for removing oily soils from surfaces, and many of our chemical solvents can also have a positive effect on present soot damage. Pretesting is a way to determine what potent products are the best choice for the affected material.
• Soda/Media Blasting – Using a high-pressure output, soda, and media blasting equipment can help to restore the surface of a damaged structural element by eliminating soot without destroying the construction material beneath it.
• Controlled Demolition – There are some situations where material removal might be the only suitable solution. If soot has stained or marred a surface or item, our in-house contractors can remove only the damaged portions to make build back and reconstruction as efficient as possible.
What If Contents in My House Get Soot-Damaged?
Your belongings are just as susceptible and sensitive to soot exposure and damage as the construction materials used in your home. While you might not have the time to relocate everything of value or significance, our SERVPRO professionals can work on content management beginning as soon as we arrive. From on-site cleaning and relocation efforts to more intricate cleaning practices that can happen in our nearby facility and warehouse, we can improve the look and feel of damaged items efficiently.
Fires can be highly destructive to your home, especially surfaces battling the presence of soot and other residues. Addressing these concerns can involve multiple strategies, including surface cleaning, media blasting, and controlled demolition. No matter what your home needs, you can count on our SERVPRO of West Fort Worth team to help by calling (817) 560-3086.
Fire Fighters Have Put Out the Flames on My Property. What Do I Do About the Fire Damage?
Talk to SERVPRO Experts in Texas to Help You Perform Fire Damage Restoration on Your Property.
Fire is a terrifying disaster that property owners can experience. Even after putting out the flames, the smoke residues may continue to destroy the valuable items and building materials in your Texas property. Fortunately, when you contact SERVPRO technicians within 48 hours, we can inspect your property and restore it to its former glory.
What are some of the dangers of fire damage?
If you delay fire damage restoration in your Texas property, secondary damage may begin to occur. Smoke residues, soot, and the water used to fight the flames can significantly ruin your home. Water can cause your wooden floor to bend and warp. It may also weaken structures such as support beams and lead to mold growth.
The structures become vulnerable and can collapse since they cannot hold the weight. This can lead to severe injuries to the property’s residents.
How do you determine the severity of the damage?
Our team of restorers has certifications from the IICRC, Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification to conduct fire damage restoration. We use cutting-edge techniques and advanced equipment and tools that effectively handle fire loss incidents of any magnitude. To determine the intensity of fire damage in your property, we:
Inspect the property for smoke and soot damage
Use a dry-cleaning sponge to locate the affected areas.
Use wood crème paste to test wood furniture with a heavy concentration of soot.
Inspect the HVAC unit and ducts for odors, damage, and contamination.
Once SERVPRO technicians get to your property, we begin mitigating the fire damage immediately to prevent substantial repair costs. Our restorers can remove valuable items from the affected area to access every corner of your property. We can keep you informed during every step of the mitigation and restoration process.
How do you clean the affected property?
Cleaning the affected area helps in removing odors. Our highly trained technicians can use various techniques and cleaning agents depending on the surface. We can use a liquid crème cleaner such as stain scrub, a mild abrasive product to clean surfaces made of stainless steel like kitchen appliances.
After the cleaning process is complete, the charcoal-like odor may persist. We can use several air scrubbers to remove the odors depending on the size of the affected area. The units pass the contaminated air through filters, which remove 99.99 percent of particles. The machines release clean air into the property.
After a fire loss, contact SERVPRO of West Fort Worth at (817) 560-3086 immediately to mitigate the fire damage. We can quickly restore your property to its pre-damaged state. "Like it never even happened."
What to Expect During a Fire Damage Restoration Process
Blog Summary: Dealing with a fire is an overwhelming experience, and much of the stress occurs after the flames are out. A fire damage restoration service can restore your residential or commercial property once the fire is over, which SERVPRO of West Fort Worth, TX, explains in detail below.
What to Expect During a Fire Damage Restoration Process
A fire in your home or business can lead to extreme loss, resulting in expensive repairs and replacements. Fire damage restoration is a process that occurs after firefighters extinguish the flames to ensure that the residence or business returns to its pre-fire state.
If you are experiencing this issue for the first time, you want to know how the process works. To provide a better understanding of what to expect during this time, the experts at SERVPRO of West Fort Worth explain a typical restoration procedure.
Confirmation That Property Is Stable
Before any remediation professional enters a dwelling after a fire, they must confirm that the building is structurally sound enough to enter by checking for exterior compromising damages like foundation cracks.
Once inside the building, the restoration team will inspect the damage and determine its extent. These experts will check the ceiling, the floor, and everything in between. Fire damage restoration professionals understand what to look for to ensure a complete assessment.
Firefighters often use excessive amounts of water to put out a blaze, which usually leads to water damage and flooding. The fire damage restoration technicians will use commercial blowers and dehumidifiers to get rid of the remaining moisture. For baseboards, flooring, padding, and insulation that are unsalvageable, the team will safely dispose of them.
Water removal and complete drying of all surfaces are necessary to prevent high levels of mold growth, which may require the assistance of mold remediation companies for inspection and removal.
Remove Soot, Clean, and Sanitize
One of the most dangerous aspects of dealing with the aftermath of a fire is the soot. Smoke damage can spread throughout the entire building, even in areas that didn’t have flames. Fire restoration companies use specialized equipment to remove traces of smoke and soot safely from the premises. They may also offer an air duct cleaning service to ensure that residents breathe fresh air.
Once soot and water cleanup is complete, the restoration team will clean all salvable flooring and upholstery to remove smells. They will also use special equipment like foggers and air scrubbers to disinfect and sanitize all remaining surfaces that contain fire, smoke, and water damage.
Make Repairs and Renovations
As the final step in the fire damage restoration process, the team will carefully repair damaged ceilings, walls, and flooring. They may apply a sealant to mask the charred odor on unfinished wood surfaces, but they can fully repair finished wood by stripping, sanding, and refinishing the surface.
The team will reconstruct the room to its pre-fire condition by shampooing or installing carpets, installing new drywall, and washing fabrics. This step in the process is an excellent time to seek renovation services, which a fire damage restoration company may offer. They can make the room look like new, even if it means you have to replace furniture and personal belongings that have too much damage.
SERVPRO of West Fort Worth, Texas, is one of the top fire restoration companies in the area. They offer a residential and commercial cleaning service, including flood cleanup, soot and odor control, sanitation, mold removal, and a building restoration service to repair flooring, walls, furniture, and personal belongings.
To learn more about their fire damage restoration service, call (817) 560-3086 or follow them on Facebook for their latest news.
SERVPRO of West Fort Worth
P: (817) 560-3086
8008 Camp Bowie W Blvd
Fort Worth, TX 76116
Inspecting Your Home for Damages After a Fire
When it comes to loss incidents, fire in your Texas home can prove challenging to overcome. Even without crippling structural damage, the effects of a recent fire can often be too far-reaching for the average homeowner to face independently. Conventional cleaning efforts and general deodorization, for example, pale in comparison to the effectiveness of professional restoration services.
Reacting to the fire damage in your Texas home can seem impossible. Once the extinguishment completes, you'll get your first look at the fire damage effects and what you have to overcome to get your house back to the way it was. Fortunately, this is not a battle that you have to fight on your own. Our trained SERVPRO Team can handle fire damage restoration. From soot cleanup to deodorization, we can get your house to the original condition effectively.
Our estimator and project manager work to identify the full scope of the damage from when we arrive at your home. We survey every area, whether directly connected to the fire in your home or not. Our thorough inspection ensures that the damages get cataloged and that our professionals have the right equipment and strategies to contend with what they face.
The insurance company that covers your home will receive the assessment of your damages. Most claims won't get pushed through without a detailed itinerary of the work that needs doing, a general estimated cost for materials and labor to restore the home.
Whether the damage in your home was widespread or not, this process remains the same. Our professionals take great care in assessing the scope of the damage that your home faces in the restoration process. You can trust our SERVPRO of West Fort Worth restoration specialists to work quickly to bring your home back to how it should be. Call at (817) 560-3086.
5 Space Heater Safety Tips
As the temperatures drop lower and cold weather rolls in to stay for awhile, you’re probably breaking out the space heaters to warm up your home or business. While space heaters provide wonderful warmth during the colder months, they also can be safety hazards if they aren’t properly set up and monitored to ensure they don’t pose any risks to you or your home. A space heater fire is never on anyone’s agenda, so we recommend following these 5 space heater safety tips to avoid any unwanted fires from occurring:
- Carefully place your space heater at least 3 feet away from flammable objects. If any objects come in contact with the space heater’s electric heating face or a hot surface, it poses a serious fire risk. As a general rule, never sit or drape anything over your space heater, don’t set it near rugs, furniture, bedding, clothing, window treatments, or other flammable materials. Also, make sure that it’s sitting on a level surface so that it doesn’t accidentally fall or tip over.
- Don’t use extension cords. Plug your space heater directly into an outlet. There’s a much higher chance of your space heater overheating or otherwise malfunctioning if it’s plugged into an extension cord or an outlet strip. Minimize these dangers by plugging your space heater directly into an outlet that has the power capacity necessary to fire it up and keep it running.
- Unplug it when you’re not using it. This should go for almost all appliances, but it’s especially relevant for your space heater. When you’re not using your space heater, you should first turn it off and then you should unplug it. Having a space heater running while you don’t want it to be running poses a fire hazard as well as a waste of energy.
- Clean, inspect, and maintain your space heater. On a regular basis, you should clean your space heater and wipe it down to avoid dispersing dust and other allergens throughout your house. You should also carefully monitor your space heater to ensure that it’s working as it’s supposed to and nothing wonky is happening. If anything seems out of order, turn it off and unplug it right away until a professional can inspect it and you can safely run it again. Alternatively, you can just dispose of it and purchase a new space heater.
- Don’t run your space heater in the bathroom or a basement. Space heaters should never be run in places that are humid or wet because space heaters are not meant to be wet. Don’t handle your space heater if your hands are wet or you just got out of the shower. The electricity from the space heater could run through the water and shock you. This is dangerous and should be avoided at all costs.
While we love our space heaters as much as the rest of you, it’s important to run them safely when you have them operating. SERVPRO of West Fort Worth is here to help you with any fire damage, water damage, storm damage, or mold that comes your way this fall and winter season, and we’re available 24/7 at (817) 560-3086. Give us a call today to discuss how we can help you fix any damage to your home or business.
Office Fire Safety Precautions to Observe
In the event that a fire ever occurs in your office, it’s important to have a few fire safety precautions in place to keep your employees and commercial building prepared for dealing with one. While having a fire extinguisher and smoke detectors goes without saying, do your employees know what to do if the alarm sounds or they have to use the extinguisher?
Here are a few fire safety precautions that you should ensure are in place:
- Make sure your employees know how to use a fire extinguisher. Every 6 months or so, hold a training session where your employees learn how to use a fire extinguisher if they don’t already know how to use one. Something as simple as this could be the difference between an accidental office fire from a microwave or a lighter being extinguished or burning up everything in sight. Here’s a great article on how to use a fire extinguisher.
- Regularly change your smoke detectors’ batteries and ensure one is installed in every room. As a general rule of thumb, test your smoke detectors once a month and replace their batteries twice a year. By ensuring that your smoke detectors do their job and have the battery juice to sound, you can prevent office fires whenever smoke occurs first.
- Share your office’s evacuation plan. Depending on the size of your office, you need to have one or multiple evacuation plans to adhere to the building’s fire code. Make sure to take into account any legal requirements for fire evacuation plans before you post them around the building and share them.
- Do a few fire drills. Sharing your office’s evacuation plan isn’t enough. Hold a couple fire drills and run your employees through the proper evacuation routes so they know where to go if the building catches on fire. Rehearsing an evacuation plan makes it that much easier to take action in the event that a fire actually occurs.
With all of these fire safety precautions in place, we hope that you’ll never have to manage the aftermath of an office fire. However, If you ever end up dealing with fire damage, water damage, mold, or other natural disaster damage, give SERVPRO of West Fort Worth a call at (817) 560-3086. Our team of professionals are trained and equipped to help you manage restoration and cleaning.
Safety Tips For Using A Fire Extinguisher
OSHA states that fire is the most common emergency occurrence owners of homes and small businesses should plan for. One of the best ways to be prepared is by having a fire extinguisher readily available, making sure it’s properly maintained and audited, and by being educated on its proper use. This will already be a fire safety requirement for any business, and it’s a good idea for the homeowner, as well.
OSHA requires employers to train their staff thoroughly on how to use a fire extinguisher correctly and to accurately assess the situation if a fire is to occur so that it can be determined if/when an evacuation needs to take place. OSHA has established annual training for employees as a minimal requirement for all places of business, and this training is helpful for homeowners as well.
The PASS training technique is recommended:
- P. Pull the pin on the extinguisher.
- A. Aim the nozzle of the hose at the base of the fire.
- S. Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent.
- S. Sweep the nozzle from side to side, directed at the base of the flames, until the fire is extinguished.
Once someone knows how to properly operate a fire extinguisher, they should then also be trained to follow fire safety protocol. Such training should enable anyone to be able to:
- Locate and activate the fire alarm.
- Call the fire department and emergency responders immediately.
- Determine a safe evacuation route that will direct people away from flames, excessive heat, and smoke. They should also know how to keep the route from becoming blocked
- Use the PASS technique for discharging a fire extinguisher (outlined above), and know the importance of backing away from the area if the fire flares up again.
- Evacuate the area immediately if the fire is still going and the extinguisher is empty, or if the fire grows beyond what can be safely handled without fire department personnel.
NOTE: Fire extinguishers are made to handle small fires only. If the environment becomes too dangerous, everyone should know when and how to evacuate. Excessive smoke and heat, impaired evacuation routes, and poor visibility are all conditions that can evolve very quickly, and people need to understand that safety comes first and foremost.
SERVPRO of West Fort Worth is here to help with cleanup projects both large and small and are dedicated to getting your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. We also handle mold prevention and remediation, as well as fire damage and water damage.
Holiday Fire Safety Tips
It’s exactly one week until Christmas! We’ve been busy at my house, baking cookies, decorating, and wrapping presents. It’s definitely been a very busy holiday season both at home and at work! We have quite a few house fires under our belt, and we wanted to remind everyone about the dangers of the holiday season, as it’s easy to forget about simple safety measures during the hustle and bustle of the holidays.
- If you have a live tree, make sure to keep it watered! A dry tree can burn extremely fast, and extremely hot!
- Keep lit candles away from flowy decorations and dry plants. Keep them up on a shelf, away from pets as well. If possible, use battery operated candles instead.
- Inspect all your electrical decorations for frayed or damaged wires when you decorate, replace any electrical plugs that seem dangerous.
- Keep close when you’re baking or cooking! Cooking related fires are all too common in the holiday season. Keep a close eye on that turkey, and make sure it’s very dry and room temperature if you’re frying one this Christmas.
Be safe, and from our family here at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook to yours – have a great holiday!
Fort Worth Fires - We've Got That.
Fires are devastating. They can happen at any time, no matter how careful an individual is on making their home as protected against fires as possible – the unthinkable can happen. Whether from a lightning strike, an accident happening in the kitchen or a short in your garage door opener – we’ve seen it all. And we can restore it all too. We are always ready for the call and we can start your fire loss as soon as possible. Whether it’s cleaning your precious belongings or the walls in your home we’ve got the crew, and the know-how to do it.
So, if you’ve been affected by a house fire, give us a call today at 817.560.3086 and we will be on our way to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Smoke Alarm Importance
Remember in school, when you used to have a fire fighter come into your class or a general assembly and talk about how important fire detectors are? I sure do, I also remember the coloring books that they handed out every time they spoke. To my six-year-old mind, I thought that those were
They’re loud, and obnoxious, and they are so important.
Did you know that in 2012-2016 the NFPA estimates that fire departments respond to an estimated average of 355,400 home fires to the tune of 6.5 billion dollars’ worth of property damage? The leading cause of fires is cooking.
And that’s why it’s important to have smoke alarms in your homes, it’s important to do routine maintenance on your alarms like testing the alarms and replacing the batteries when needed. Make sure to have them in all areas of your house. It’s wise to have them in your kitchen, all your bedrooms, your living rooms, and even laundry rooms.
If you find yourself in the aftermath of a house fire, give us a call today at 817.560.3086!
Fires & Lightning
The rainy spring season maybe over, but we’re not out of the clear with our summer thunderstorms yet! And even though we’ve had a fairly wet spring, with lakes being over their normal levels and the soupy humidity still hanging in the air, it’s important to remember that there’s still a fire danger when it comes to the weather outside.
We aren’t dry enough yet to have wildfires, though that’s more seen on the edges of DFW, as I said above, we aren’t out of the clear for thunderstorms in the summer yet – and we’ve still got fall coming up too! You may find yourself wondering just what I’m talking about… I’m talking about lightning.
Your home could be struck by lightning! Did you know that Texas leads the nation in lightning strikes? It’s true! According to a company named Vaisala that measures lightning, Texas had 3.3 million cloud-to-ground lightning strikes alone in 2017! With those numbers, just think about how many houses are struck by lightning each year!
So, what do you do if your home is struck by lightning? Call the fire department first off. Make sure they do a full inspection of your home. Fires started by lightning can often lurk in your walls and spread quickly, causing a bigger fire. Follow your emergency plan as well to make sure your family is safe in the event of a fire.
If you’re looking for way to prevent your home from getting struck by lightning, look for a company that can install a lightning protection system on the roof of your home. The company will come out and install about ten-inch long copper rods on the roof of your home that will be connected to copper wires that run to the ground. They’ll help disperse the lightning away from your home and into the ground and preventing fires from starting. It’s also really smart to have your electronics hooked up to surge protectors.
If your home has been struck by lightning and caused a fire, give us a call today at 817.560.3086!
The Seriousness of Fires
Fires are devastating. Not only are they life threatening, but they can be life changing events as well. In an instant your home and all your valuables can be gone. But it’s important to know that some can absolutely be salvaged! It’s why we work on restoring, not replacing. We have special chemical sponges that can wipe down walls to get the soot off, and we have a special washing machine that can fit up to 8 loads at a time to wash your clothes and get the soot smell out of them. We can restore all manner of things – just ask us!
If you’ve found yourself in the face of a fire, give us a call today at 817.560.3086!
Fire in Fort Worth? No problem!
As much as we talk about water losses, we don’t seem to really talk about fires all that much. Fires are another thing we have the ability to handle! Did you know that often times fires turn into water losses? Think – what puts out a fire? We have the equipment and the training to make sure your home or business is taken care of promptly in the event of a fire.
We have a state-of-the-art Esporta Machine, which can handle up to eight loads of laundry at a time and get out the toughest soot smells. We have a trained staff that can clean all of your items from soot to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Give us a call today at 817.560.3086 if you’ve been hit by a fire!
Holiday Safety Tips for Fort Worth
With the holiday season now upon us, there are a lot of things on our plates. From deciding what to get your cousin you drew for the family Secret Santa, to cookie exchanges at work it seems like the month before Christmas goes way too fast. For those of us who enjoy it, anyway. It’s important in all the hubbub to stay safe this holiday season by following these tips.
- Make sure to keep your tree watered. An under watered tree can dry out and be an extreme fire hazard.
- When decorating, check all electrical decorations for sign of wear or tear. Anything old or worn should be replaced and thrown out. If you don’t want to throw away the entire decoration, you can buy replacement wiring.
- Use fake candles instead of real candles when you do your decorating. Avoid open flame as much as possible. If you like the scent of candle, we suggest a wax burner though take caution with those as well.
From all of us here at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook we hope you have a safe and happy holiday!
How To Avoid Fires While Grilling
Summer is here, and that means it is time for backyard grill outs! July is the top month for grill fires followed by May, June, and August. While flipping burgers and roasting hot dogs may seem simple, be sure to follow these tips to keep your party from burning out.
Keep the Grill Away From the House
While it may seem like a no brainer, lighting a grill inside your home can have disastrous consequences. Keep your grill out of the house (this includes kitchens, sunrooms, covered patios, and garages), and move it away from the house so that wayward flames do not ignite anything. Flare ups happen, so it is best to keep the grill away from anything flammable in order to avoid fire damage.
Keep it Clean
Failing to keep the grill clean was the leading cause of grill fires from 2011-2015. When you use your grill, fat and grease from your food will build up. Be sure to use a wire brush to scrape off any extra food that may have built up while you were cooking. Simply scraping the grill isn’t enough to ensure your safety; do a deep cleaning of your grill 2-3 times per year (or more if you use your grill often) and be sure to get all the nasty grease and build up out of all the nooks and crannies. In addition to helping prevent fires, keeping your grill clean is just plain hygiene! Nobody wants a burger with old fat stuck to it!
Never Leave the Grill Alone
This tip seems like another common-sense rule, but many properties catch fire because the grill was left unattended and was knocked over by kids or pets. Children under 5 accounted for about one third of contact-type burns. Keeping watch over the cooking area will help prevent your little ones from bumping into the grill or any hot equipment. Designate a grill master to keep watch over the grill and the area around it so that you catch any problems before they happen, and they can make sure the food is cooked to perfection.
Inspect Before You Grill
Propane grills are great for a backyard barbecue, but they also cause more fires than charcoal grills due to the more complicated equipment. Before you light the grill up, take a second to inspect your work station. Make sure the propane tank is connected to the grill correctly and that there are no leaks. A gas leak next to even the smallest flame can have huge consequences, so familiarize yourself with the way your grill works, and take care of the maintenance to keep it in working order.
Know What to do if a Fire Does Break Out
If a fire does break out, knowing what to do and acting quickly will keep everyone involved safe. Never use a squirt bottle to spray water on a grease fire. This can make the fire larger rather than putting it out, and small squirts of water are not likely to be enough to extinguish a fire anyway. Flour can also make things worse, so use baking soda, salt, or a fire extinguisher to combat flare ups. Keep a box of baking soda or a fire extinguisher where you can quickly and easily access it if a flame does get out of control.
The Importance of Smoke Detectors
We’ve all been in that scenario where you accidentally leave something in the oven slightly too long, and suddenly every smoke detector in the house is going off, but think twice before you take the batteries out of your device to prevent another interruption to your evening meal. The National Fire Protection Association estimates that three of every fire home fire deaths came from homes without smoke alarms, and the death rate for every 100 homes was more than twice as high in homes without functioning smoke detectors than in homes with them.
We are giving you these stats as a testimony to the importance of having a working smoke alarm on every level of your house; ideally, they should also be in each bedroom. Install your alarms in the center of the ceiling or up high near the ceiling if they are placed on a wall. Since heat – and therefore smoke – rises, a smoke alarm that is up high can alert you before a smoke detector that is located lower on a wall.
Once you have your detectors installed, you must be sure to test them once a month and replace the batteries at least once a year. The alarms won’t be any use to you or your family if they are dead when an emergency arises.
We hope that you never find yourself with your house or business in flames, but if you do, SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook is here to help you get back on your feet again. Call us at 817.560.3086 to find out how we can restore your home and belongings after a fire.
Your Pets and Fire
Here at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook, we love our pets and they’re a part of our families! We can’t imagine the possibility of our lives without them, which is why it’s important to be sure to make sure your pet is safe in the event of a fire. An estimated 500,000 pets are affected by fires annually, and 1,000 of those fires are started by pets who have knocked over candles or turned on stoves (United States Fire Administration). Because of the risk, we’ve put together some tips to help prevent and plan for a fire.
We cannot stress prevention enough! The number one way to make sure both you and your pet are protected from fires is to prevent them.
- Candles are the cause of an estimated 8,690 fires in the United States (National Fire Protection Association). While it may seem like a no brainer to blow out your candles before you leave the house or go to bed, we are human. Double check to make sure open flames are put out. Cats can knock over lit candles with their tails, or a dog might get excited and knock one off of a table.
- Keep electrical cords out of reach if your pet is a chewer, especially puppies. A puppy could chew through an electrical cord, which could cause a short. Not only is this dangerous for your puppy, but it’s also dangerous for your house.
- We like the warmth in the winter, and so do our pets! Keep bedding and toys away from fireplaces or other heating elements during the winter time.
- Test your smoke alarms! Make sure they’re working. Look to see where your pet goes to hide when they’re scared and make a note of it, so a firefighter can find them in the event of a fire.
- If you have a stove/oven that has knobs, try and take those off before you leave your home or go to bed at night. Animals can accidentally turn them on and catch anything that’s on top of the stove or in the oven on fire.
If There’s A Fire:
If the unimaginable happens and you do have a fire, below are some tips to keep your pet safe.
- In the event of a fire and you’re not at home, make sure your neighbors know how many pets you have and what their names are. You can also get a sign for your windows to let rescue workers know how many and what type of pets you may have in your home.
- Train your pet to come when she’s called so you won’t have to go looking for her just incase there is a fire.
- Keep leashes by the door so your pet can be evacuated easily, and you won’t have to carry an 80-pound dog out of the house.
- Have a pet emergency kit by either the door or in with yours. Make it easy to grab and go. Some things you’ll want to include are: a toy, medicine, treats, food, water, an extra collar and leash with tags, a first-aid kit, and any important documents you may need.
- Make sure your pet wears a collar with identification tags at all times just incase they get out of the home by themselves. If your pet manages to lose their collar by wiggling free or they aren’t wearing one, it’s a good idea to get your pet microchipped as well.
- Make a fire escape plan that includes your pet just incase there is a fire. Practice it with your whole family so everyone is on board.
In the event that you and your pet have been affected by a fire, give us a call! We are here to help 24/7. 817.560.3086
Six Most Common Causes Of Housefires
House fires are unimaginable, and something we never want to happen to our home. In 2016 a house fire was reported every 90 seconds, and the causes vary. It’s why you should be able to identify the most common causes of house fires, you’ll find the list of six in no particular order below.
If your lamp shades or fittings are close to the light bulb, then there Is a possibility of them heating up and starting a fire. It’s good to keep lamps away from piles of clothing. If they get knocked over they could cause a fire as well.
We all love candles, I am personally a fan of any of the pine tree scent or leather. But if forgotten about they can cause a serious fire hazard. Make sure to keep your candles away from flammable items such as curtains, Christmas trees, books or mail, and tissues. If you have pets carefully supervise them so they don’t knock anything over and always blow out a candle before going to bed or leaving your home.
Make sure the butts of your cigarettes are put out well. If not put out properly and the ashes are thrown in the trash or dropped on fabric such as furniture or carpeting, then they can cause a fire.
If you have a heater to keep your electric bill down during the winter time, it’s a good idea to keep it away from anything that can catch fire easily like furniture, curtains or laundry. If you’re one of the few people that still have a furnace anymore, get it inspected yearly to make sure it’s still working properly.
- Faulty Wiring
If you have faulty wiring in your home, it can cause fires from shorts or other electrical hazards. Fortunately, there are three signs you watch for when it comes to faulty wiring. First is if you blow a fuse or trip breakers more often than not. Second is if you need to disconnect one appliance in order for another one to work. Third is if your lights dim when you use another appliance.
- Appliances or Other Equipment
Stoves and ovens, if left on with things inside or on them, can cause fires. Especially if they’re not cleaned properly. Things that use electricity to heat up like hair straighteners, toasters, and TVs should be inspected frequently for cord damage.
If you’ve suffered from a fire, and need help cleaning up, we can do that! No matter the type we are equipped to handle any size job. Give us a call today at 817.560.3086
Building A Fire Escape Plan
A household fire is something that we all think would never happen to us – but it starts with something as simple as a candle left alight or some faulty wiring. Suddenly, your home is engulfed in flames. Do you and your family have a plan for getting out of your home safely? A fire escape plan is an important tool to make sure your family knows what to do in the event of a fire.
Here are some tips to get your family prepared:
- Make sure you gather everyone in the event of a fire. Walk through your home and note all the possible exit routes.
- Draw up a floorplan of your home for a visual. Label each room and mark at least two exits per room – just in case one is blocked by fire or smoke.
- Do a walkthrough of your house with your family and make sure everyone knows and understands the escape plan.
- Choose a meeting place outside like a neighbor’s mailbox, a light post, or a stop sign. Be sure it’s a safe distance from the front of your home. Mark your meeting place on your escape plan.
- Once you’re out, stay out! Do NOT go back into a burning building. If a family member is missing, let the fire department dispatcher know when you call.
If your home has been affected by a fire, we here at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook are always here to help! Our phones are answered 24/7. Give us a call at 817.560.3086
Fire and Smoke Damage Experts in Fort Worth present Safety Tips for Extension Cords
Tis the Season... of extension cords.
If your home is anything like ours in Fort Worth, you find yourself making use of extension cords. Lights on the tree, lights on the home, other decorations needing power... the list can expand quickly. Usually, these items end up plugged into an extension cord, and sometimes the extension cords end up plugged into other extension cords!
All of these cords present a number of hazards - the Fire and Smoke Damage experts of SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Benbrook want everyone to have a happy and safe holiday season, so we are offering these safety tips related to extension cords.
- Inspect all cords for damage prior to use. Cords that have exposed wires, frayed or cut insulation, cracked sockets or loose (or missing) prongs should not be used.
- Ensure the cords are designed and rated for the intended use and power load. Indoor/outdoor use, gauge of the cord, gauge of the items plugged into the cord and load through the cord should all be considered.
- Stop using any extension cord that feels hot to the touch - the danger presented by a hot cord is very real. Unplug any hot cord immediately.
- Avoid pinching cords under doors, windows or heavy furniture. Extension cords are easily compromised if the insulation around the wires in the cord gets damaged.
- Extension cords pose a tripping hazard. Keep them out of walkways, doorways or any high traffic area.
- Do not run extension cords through walls, ceilings or under rugs. This may cause the cord to overheat.
- Extension cords should be a temporary solution - if you are using them year round, you should consider upgrading your electrical system in your home.
Here at SERVPRO of Lake Worth / Benbrook, we use extension cords nearly every week. Safely using them is something we train on regularly, and being aware of potential hazards is always on our mind. Keep the safety tips above in mind this holiday season and you should enjoy all of the festive decorations you desire.