Recent Fire Damage Posts
Helpful Natural Gas Tips for your Greenville, NC Home
Unlit gas stoves are a common source of the scent of gas.
The scent of natural gas can be alarming—rightfully so—here are some safety tips you can use to figure out what to do:
- If you have a gas stove, make sure it is off
- Help ventilate quickly by opening any doors and windows you can
- Minimize usage of electricity as much as possible; use battery operated lights
- Exit the premises and contact your local fire department
- If you know how and it is safe to do so, shut off your gas meter
Typically, most homes have a gas meter located somewhere outside that runs in to the house. This allows you to shut off all gas to your home in case of such an emergency, giving professionals the opportunity to investigate and determine where the gas may be coming from without as much of a risk for fire or explosion.
In most cases, all that is needed is a wrench. Preemptively seeking out your gas meter and understanding how to safely shut it off ahead of time can be crucial.
Prepare contacts in case of an emergency
If your home is affected by fire or you believe there may be a gas leak and you can’t quickly find its source, evacuate and call 911.
Most fire departments can shut gas off at the source if you haven’t had the opportunity to find it yourself. If there is a fire, hopefully your first-responders can extinguish it before any major damages—but worry not, SERVPRO of Pitt/Greene counties can help bring you back to preloss conditions no matter the size of job.
Cooking Safety Tips for Greenville, NC Residents
Frying is one of the most frequent causes of home cooking fires.
With cooler temperatures outside, many of us choose to stay inside and cook something new and exciting to pass the time. While generally a great idea, be mindful that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires in the united states. To stay on the safe side, let’s take a moment to learn some more about this kind of danger and how you can prevent it.
To start, let’s take a look at the numbers: According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking accounts for about 47% of home fires, 20% of fire-related deaths and 45% of the fire-related injuries reported across the country each year.
Scary though these figures may be, there are many steps you can take to prevent these kinds of fires. As simple as it sounds, monitoring what you cook can be tremendously helpful: the NFPA states that nearly one-third of kitchen fires happen when the person cooking leaves the equipment they’re using unattended. If you’re using the oven, just be sure to check in on it regularly!
Also, be sure to keep oven mitts, plastic/rubber utensils, towels, paper products and other flammables away from heat—they can start a fire just as easily as burnt food!
Lastly, be sure to:
- Always stay in the kitchen when frying.
- If you see smoke coming off the food you’re frying, turn off the burner or safely remove the pan from the burner. Smoke is a sign the oil is too hot.
- Slowly heat the oil to the temperature you need.
- Add food to oil gently, laying it away from you so that it does not splatter.
- Always keep a lid beside your pan. If the pan does catch fire, cover it with the lid and turn off the banner. Let the oil cool before removing the lid again.
- NEVER put water on a grease fire. If a fire starts to spread, leave the house immediately and call 911.
Of course, there is always a chance that even with the best preparation, unforeseen circumstances can happen. Just remember, if you or someone you know is in need of professional cleanup or restoration services, our 24/7 emergency crews here at SERVPRO® of Pitt/Greene Counties are #HereToHelp. For questions or information, give us a call at: (252) 329-7205, or visit our website.
How we help Greenville, NC residents after a fire
What to do
If you find yourself wondering what to do after a fire occurs, getting in contact with the available 24/7 experts here at SERVPRO (252-329-7205) can help you quickly get on the path of restoring your home. Time can be of the essence in such situations, as often times the heat from a fire can damage your home’s structure, leading to further damage from exposure to outside elements. Firefighting methods can also cause water damage—thankfully we here at SERVPRO are more than ready and equipped to help.
What we can do to help
Depending on the level of damage, there are several steps we take to get you back in your home. The first thing we do is come and evaluate what areas need what services. Typically, firefighting methods can leave extensive water damage, which we are also well equipped to handle. Once a plan has been made, we can begin removing any materials which have been damaged beyond repair. This can be walls, ceilings, flooring, personal goods and more—we do it all! Finally, we can begin cleaning your home and items to remove stubborn soot stains and the persistent scent of smoke.
Here to help
The professional restoration services available at your locally owned SERVPRO® of Pitt/Green & Craven/Pamlico counties are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week if you or someone you know is in need of expert Fire & Water – Cleanup & Restoration™ services. Give us a call at: (252) 329-7205. #LikeItNeverEvenHappened
Fire Preparedness for Greenville, NC Residents
Greenville, NC residents, do you have a fire escape plan in case of an emergency? Being prepared and having a plan of action could make all the difference in case of an emergency. Here are some tips to help.
Having properly operational smoke detectors in your home can give you crucial time to respond to a fire. Be sure to change their batteries on a frequent basis.
If you keep a fire extinguisher in your home, it is important to periodically check its pressure levels to ensure functionality. Keeping the right type of extinguisher nearby can be another important factor; for a list of the different types of extinguishers and how best to use them, click here.
Have an Escape Plan
Planning out what to do in an emergency with your family every few months helps to keep everyone ready and aware. Going through your home looking at exits together and discussing where to meet if you get separated is a great way to stay prepared.
Keeping a list of family doctors, medicines and medical information such as allergies can help responders provide you with the best possible care. Having family members in your emergency contacts can also enable you or others to quickly get in touch with those you love.
What to do After a Fire
Even if a fire doesn’t directly damage a large portion of your home, the smoke and soot as well as any water dispersed by the fire department may leave you needing professional restoration services. Of course, we here at your locally owned SERVPRO® of Pitt/Green & Craven/Pamlico counties are available 24 hours a day if you or someone you know is in need of expert Fire & Water – Cleanup & Restoration™ services.
Are you Deep-Frying your Turkey this Thanksgiving?
With the popularity of turkey frying increasing every year, people are at risk for fryer-related fires and injuries. U.S. fire departments are responding to more than 1,000 deep fire related incidents each year. According to the National Fire Protection Association deep fryer fires result in more than $15 million in property damage each year. Here are some rules to follow when deep frying a turkey.
Don’t Deep Fry a Frozen Turkey Frozen turkeys are full of moisture. Make sure your turkey is completely thawed out because water and hot oil don’t mix well.
Don’t Let Oil Get Too Hot If you see your oil smoking, it is too hot. When oil gets around 400-425-degrees it can catch on fire by itself. So, when deep frying a turkey most oils should stay around 350-degrees.
Don’t Use Too Much Oil When deep-frying a turkey a common mistake people make is putting too much cooking oil in their pot. Overfilling your pot can result in the oil spilling over into the flame on the burner. If you need to figure out how much oil you need try putting your turkey in an empty pot, fill the pot with enough water to cover the turkey. Once you remove the turkey mark the water line.
Don’t Deep Fry Indoors You should never deep-fry a turkey in your house, garage or on a deck. You should always deep fry a turkey in a yard away from anything that’s flammable.
Hopefully, this Thanksgiving will go smoothly. However, if a fire does occur and your Greenville home suffers fire damage, it can be especially devastating. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, your property may have substantial water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Pitt / Greene Counties has the specialized fire and water damage equipment and expertise to help you through this tough time. Call Us Today – (252) 329-7205
How to Prevent and Fight Grease Fires!
Did you know that Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas are the 3 biggest days of the year for grease fires? Grease fires occur when cooking oil becomes too hot. First the cooking oil starts to boil, then it starts to smoke followed by a fire. A grease fire is different from a regular fire, so the way you handle it is very important.
How can you prevent grease fires?
- Keep an eye on the food you are cooking regularly. Do not leave it unsupervised for extended periods of time.
- When frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food, stay in the room.
- Do not leave anything that may catch fire near the stove top.
- Be extremely careful when placing food into hot grease.
- DO NOT ADD WATER TO GREASE.
If your oil does catch fire, complete the following:
- Turn the Heat Off
- Cover the Pot with a Metal Lid - Fire cannot exist in the absence of oxygen. With the lid on (and the heat off), the fire should quickly consume all the oxygen and put itself out. Use a metal lid since glass will shatter.
- Use Baking Soda - When heated, baking soda releases carbon dioxide with smothers out the flames oxygen.
- Spray the Pot with a Class B Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher – For more information about fire extinguisher types, click here.
- Get Out and Call 911 - If the fire does break out of control, don't try to be a hero. Get out and find a phone to call 911.
With any luck, you'll never have to deal with a grease fire. However, if you do find your Greenville home or business suffering from grease fire damage, it can be especially devastating. SERVPRO of Pitt / Greene Counties has the specialized fire and water damage equipment and expertise to help you.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – (252) 329-7205
Greenville Smoke and Soot Cleanup
Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Greenville Home
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our expertise in smoke damage remediation allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Smoke and soot facts:
- Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
- Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
- The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Pitt/Greene Counties will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
- Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
- Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
- Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 252-329-7205