Recent Fire Damage Posts

Holiday Fire Safety

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment. Sometimes there are multiple people in the kitchen taking part in the preparations of multiple dishes. It can be hectic and dangerous, so keeping fire safety in mind is important!

Look at the Facts:

  • According to the NFPA, in 2014, nearly four times as many home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving as on a typical day.
  • And, in the same year U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,730 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving, the peak day for such fires.
  • Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.
  • Cooking equipment was involved in almost half (48%) of all reported home fires and civilian and tied with heating equipment for the second leading cause of home fire deaths.

Safety Tips:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

For more information, please visit to see what SERVPRO of Tri-Cities, Plus can do to help if disaster strikes. We are available for 24-hour emergency fire and water services.

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Fire Prevention Week

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere,” works to educate people about three basic but essential steps to take to reduce the likelihood of having a fire––and how to escape safely in the event of one:

Look for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.

Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.

Learn two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.

This week is an also an opportunity for local firefighters to visit schools and teach children the importance of fire safety. They want to make sure you’re doing all you can to keep your family safe. Firefighters are also encouraging smokers to make sure they throw out butts and ashes correctly because it only takes something small to spark a fire if the conditions are dry.

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The Right Equipment for Fire Damages

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

We believe at SERVPRO of Tri-Cities, Plus that the right tools for the job is vital to timely mitigation and restoration, but perhaps more important, SERVPRO of Tri-Cities, Plus fire damage professionals are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration. For instance, knowing the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns are vital to proper restoration.

  • Wet Smoke – Plastics and Synthetics; Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.
  • Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood; Fast burning, high temperatures, dry, powdery, nonsmeary residues.
  • Protein – Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
  • Fuel Oil Soot – Furnace Puff Backs.
  • Other Types – Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue.

Deodorization Equipment

Ultra Low Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that easily penetrates sites where odor-causing residues accumulate. The device can also be used to apply fungicides and disinfectants.

Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products in large volume, dense fogs suitable for confined areas. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that pair with and neutralize odor-causing particles.

Ways to Prevent Fire Damage from Ruining Your Prince George Home

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

A fire can devastate an entire building. Residential homes and commercial buildings are always at risk of an accidental fire. Cleaning up afterward is not easy. There could be a good amount of Prince George fire damage and other problems like acrid smells. You should know a few ways to prevent fire damage from ruining your property.

Install and Maintain Smoke Alarms
The first step is to install smoke alarms throughout your home or business. Put them in every key room and hallway. You also want to maintain the smoke alarms. Keep them clean and dusted. Change the batteries every six months even if they still work.

Consider Fire Extinguishers or Sprinklers
You want to have some way to stop a small fire before it grows out of control. Put fire extinguishers in your home. Mount one in the kitchen and have it inspected annually. If you own a business, then have a good sprinkler system installed that covers all important areas. These tools can prevent or minimize Prince George fire damage to your property.

Have an Escape Plan and Practice
Create a detailed escape plan in case there is a fire. You do not want anyone to be injured. The plan should show how to get out of the building and where to meet once outside. It should include a plan to contact everyone if people become separated. Practice the plan at least once a year.

Never Leave Open Flames Unattended
You never want to leave something generating open flames or intense heat unattended. This means ranges, stoves, fireplaces, space heaters, grills, and candles. You want to constantly monitor the flames to make sure they do not grow out of control or spark fires by throwing out embers.

Inspect and Repair Your Appliances
Take a look at all your appliances that use flames or heat on a regular basis. Inspect your water heater, heating system and stove. If there are any problems or if the appliance stops functioning normally, then call in professionals for repairs. This can prevent fires due to appliance malfunctions. Never use a damaged or malfunctioning appliance.

Find a Good Restoration Company
The final step is to find a good restoration company. SERVPRO professionals will remove all the damaged debris, take away any foul odors and restore your property so that it looks like new. Some will even perform contractor work to rebuild parts of the building that were destroyed. Keep the number for SERVPRO in an easily accessible place at all times.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Tri-Cities Plus is strategically located to respond quickly to your smoke or fire damage event. When a major fire or disaster event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster REcovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.

If you have any questions about fire damage in Prince George, call the local experts at SERVPRO of Tri-Cities Plus at (804) 458-7290.

Soot Damage to Contents

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Soot from a fire damage can have a big impact on walls, appliances, and furniture.  Be sure to have your belongings cleaned as soon as possible to limit the potential damage soot can leave behind.  SERVPRO of Tri-Cities Plus takes the time and diligence necessary to make sure everything is cleaned properly leaving no residue behind to stain. We understand how important it is to save a customer's personal items and return them back looking better than ever. That's why we invest in the best technology in the restoration industry to do just that! Our new ultrasonic content cleaning system is designed to carefully and thoroughly clean items affected from smoke and soot damage.Everything is transported in carrying baskets to cut back on human errors.

Fire Damage Contractors for Colonial Heights

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

Why Are Fire Damage Contractors Necessary for a Colonial Heights Home Fire?

Fire can cause major devastation to your private home, family, and community in Colonial Heights. Such a disaster might result in not only fire damage to the actual building, but may also wreak havoc on your precious valuables. If a fire should occur in your home, immediate cleanup is one of the most important processes to initiate for the protection of your property and the welfare of your family. Considering the structure will likely suffer from fire, smoke, and water damage from extinguishing the fire, this process can be extremely complicated and requires specialized equipment that is inaccessible to the typical homeowner. Consequently, contacting a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO immediately after your property has sustained any level of damage due to fire can significantly minimize the damage. The sooner, the better for cleanup and restoration.

A professional fire damage restoration company should be the first professionals you contact after your homeowners or landlord insurance agent. These experts will assess and evaluate the damage, prevent additional secondary destruction, recover your valuables, and determine the necessary steps to restore your property to its former state. 

When determining whether to hire a fire damage contractor, the following considerations may be helpful:

Does Your Insurance Cover Fire Damage Restoration?

Upon contact with your insurance agent directly after the occurrence of a fire, immediately inquire whether or not you have coverage for damages. With proper coverage, you must determine whether or not it is sufficient enough to cover the scope of work that is crucial to the restoration of your property. If your insurance policy does not cover fire damage, you must then decide whether to pay out-of-pocket costs to hire a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO or attempt to clean up the damages yourself. Bear in mind that fire damage cleanup can be a difficult and arduous task. SERVPRO utilizes specialized equipment and has broad experience in dealing with smoke and fire issues.

A Professional Fire Damage Contractor Makes a Difference: 

Initially, fire cleanup may appear to be a fairly easy endeavor for property owners to take on themselves. Essentially, the process involves extensive effort and professional-grade safety equipment to get the work done, without the risk of incurring harm from noxious gasses, residue, hidden broken wood or nails and other harmful elements. A fire damage contractor implements a practice that will set your mind at ease by simplifying the restoration process and providing solutions to your individual needs. Firstly, your property will be comprehensively inspected to determine the extent of the fire damage. Then, the experts can prepare the necessary tools and equipment for tasks such as, drying up the water and cleaning out the smoke and soot. The structural damage will also be investigated to conclude if there are any areas in the building that may be considered hazardous. 

After performing a diagnostic evaluation of your property, a fire damage company like SERVPRO will gather the necessary sanitizing equipment to begin cleansing the heat, smoke, and water damage from the structure. Once your property has been cleared, the trained experts can then address any major renovations or repairs that may be necessary.

Urgent response minimizes repairs and costs to a homeowner in Colonial Heights.  It is always a good decision to call a fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO, with vast experience and "fire" power, to restore a home to its previous condition.

Locally Owned, with National Resources

SERVPRO of Tri-Cities Plus is locally owned and operated so we are part of the Colonial Heights community too.

Fires can be devastating so call us for an immediate response to help you.  (804) 458-7290