Recent Fire Damage Posts

How to Prevent Electrical Fires

4/17/2021 (Permalink)

Most electrical fires are caused by faulty cords, plugs and appliances so knowing safety and fire prevention are keys in avoiding fire damage to your home or business.  The following are steps that homeowners and commercial property managers can take to avoid costly fire and soot damage.

Electrical Cord Safety:

  1. Inspect all cords for frayed or damaged casings
  2. Never damage or break off the third prong in a plug
  3. Never break off a third prong plug and plug into a two prong outlet
  4. Replace all 2 prong outlets with 3 prong outlets
  5. Do not pull out cords from the cord always pull out plugs from the plug.
  6. Use surge protectors sparingly as it is possible to overload a circuit if too many plugs are pluged into one outlet.
  7. Extension cords are to be used as temporary cords.
  8. Use the correct gage when using an extension cord
  9. Try to keep cords from running underneath a carpet or rug
  10. Keep cords away from water and heat sources

Appliance Safety:

Follow manufacturers instructions

  1. Disconnect small appliances when not in use
  2. Disconnect appliances when you are going to clean them
  3. Unplug small appliances if you are going to leave town for an extended period
  4. Check phone chargers for overheating 

For all your fire needs contact SERVPRO Mount Ephraim/Bellmawr at (856) 349-7318

Precautionary Measures You Can Take to Prevent Fires

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage may result in ways you least expect. Take precautionary measures to protect your home from certain factors that contribute to fires.

Cooking equipment: Cooking equipment is the number one cause of house fires. Pots and pans can quickly overheat when left unattended. Be sure to watch children when the stove is on and pots are near. When leaving the house, always remember to turn off the stove and oven.

Smoking in Bedrooms: Avoid smoking in bedrooms. A cigarette butt can stay lit for hours after use and cause a flame after coming into contact with clothes or furniture.

Old electrical equipment: Older lampshades and light fittings may build up heat, and weak bases could pose a tripping hazard. Electrical equipment such as these should be checked for faulty cords, and check if their plug has ground from a 3 prong cord.

Flammable liquids: Liquids such as petrol, kerosene, or methylated spirits should be kept away from heat sources and stored properly according to their label.

For all your fire and smoke, needs contact SERVPRO Mount Ephraim/ Bellmawr at  (856) 349- 73

Safety Tips - Candles

2/18/2021 (Permalink)

Fire caused by candle Home fire caused by candle.

Here are some candle safety tips. 

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended
  • Never burn a candle without a candle holder
  • Don’t light a candle with anything flammable or anything that can catch fire
  • Keep candles out of reach of pets and children, and ensure they will not fall off of a table
  • Put out any candle when leaving your home or room 

If you detect any fire or smoke damage contact SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim/Bellmawr for an experience “Like it never even happened.” 

For more information - https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire.html

Fire Damage Restoration In Camden, New Jersey

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

Camden County Residents! SERVPRO in Camden County specializes in Fire, Smoke, and Soot Damage. For Immediate Service, Call (856) 349-7318.

SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim/Bellmawr provides 24-Hour Emergency Fire Damage Restoration Services and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Camden County, NJ. We can respond immediately to your Fire Damage Emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. 

Your home or business contains many of your most valuable possessions. SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim/Bellmawr understands the trauma that follows a loss. When fire damage takes over your life, SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim/Bellmawr helps you take it back! 

Have Questions? Call Us Today (856) 349-7318

Fire Tips For the Winter

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

Some tips for fire safety, during the chilly winter. 

  1. Use space heaters correctly. They account for every 2 out of 5 house fires caused by heating equipment (NFPA). The easy way to make sure you aren’t a part of the statistic is to never leave them running when no one is in the room with them. The U.S. Fire Administration recommends keeping children at least 3 ft away from space heaters at all times, you definitely do not wanna deal with a burn or anything worse. 
  2. Check your garage. Every year there are about 6,600 house fires that start in the garage of homes (USFA). There are many ways to prevent garage fires. The SSFVA recommends storing gas, oil, paint, propane, and varnishes in a shed away from your home. They also want homeowners to keep items that can burn on shelves away from appliances. Items you could install to help prevent fires are a heat alarm (not a smoke alarm) in your garage. The heat alarm will sound if the temperature rises too high. Also, a 20-minute fire-rated door that is self-closing and self-latching from the garage into the house can help.

Stay safe during the chilly winters with your friends at SERVPRO Mount Ephraim, Bellmawr, and call us at 856-349-7318

Why Smoke Detectors, Carbon Monoxide, and Carbon Dioxide Detecters are Important

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

A smoke detector is a device that senses smoke, typically as an indicator of fire. Commercial security devices issue a signal to a fire alarm control panel as part of a fire alarm system, while household smoke detectors, also known as smoke alarms, generally issue a local audible or visual alarm from the detector itself.

Smoke detectors are housed in plastic enclosures, typically shaped like a disk about 150 millimeters (6 in) in diameter and 25 millimeters (1 in) thick, but shape and size vary. Smoke can be detected either optically (photoelectric) or by physical process (ionization), detectors may use either, or both, methods. Sensitive alarms can be used to detect, and thus deter, smoking in areas where it is banned. Smoke detectors in large commercial, industrial, and residential buildings are usually powered by a central fire alarm system, which is powered by the building power with a battery backup. Domestic smoke detectors range from individual battery-powered units to several interlinked mains-powered units with battery backup; with these interlinked units, if any unit detects smoke, all trigger even if household power has gone out.

The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms. The US National Fire Protection Association reports 0.53 deaths per 100 fires in homes with working smoke alarms compared to 1.18 deaths in homes without. Some homes don't have any smoke alarms, some don't have working batteries; sometimes the alarm fails to detect the fire.

Carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide detection

Carbon monoxide sensors detect potentially fatal concentrations of carbon monoxide gas, which may build-up due to faulty ventilation where there are combustion appliances such as heaters and cookers, although there is no uncontrolled fire outside the appliance.

High levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) may indicate fire and can be detected by a carbon dioxide sensor. Such sensors are often used to measure levels of CO2 which may be undesirable but not indicative of a fire; this type of sensor can also be used to detect and warn of the much higher levels generated by a fire. One manufacturer says that detectors based on CO2 levels are the fastest fire indicators, and also, unlike ionization and optical detectors, detect fires that do not generate smoke, such as those fueled by alcohol or gasoline. CO2 fire detectors are not susceptible to false alarms due to particles, making them particularly suitable for use in dusty and dirty environments.

Check and Test both alarms on a Schedule.

If a fire does occur call SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim/ Bellmawr for all of your fire, soot, and smoke damage needs at 856-349-7318

4th of July Fire Safety Tips

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

4th of July can be a fun and exciting time for all people but can also be dangerous when people are using fireworks.

Here are 10 fire safety tips that FEMA recommends:

  1. Be sure fireworks are legal in your area before using or buying them.
  2. Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities and never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks. Sparklers alone account for one quarter of emergency room fireworks injuries.
  3. If you set off fireworks, keep a bucket of water handy in case of malfunction or fire.
  4. If fireworks malfunction, don’t relight them! Douse and soak them with water then throw them away.
  5. Never ignite fireworks in a container, especially one that is glass or metal.
  6. Use your grill well away from your home and deck railings, and out from under branches or overhangs.
  7. Open your gas grill before lighting.
  8. Periodically remove grease or fat buildup in trays below your gas or propane grill so it cannot be ignited.
  9. Declare a three-foot "kid and pet-free zone" around the grill to keep them safe.
  10. Avoid loose clothing that can catch fire when cooking on the grill.

If a fire does happen to your property SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim Bellmawr will be here to help. We are experts in fire restoration and property restoration. SERVPRO will not stop until your house looks "Like it never even happened."

 Call Us Today For A Free Inspection At 856-349-7318

Business Interruption For Fire

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

Business Interruption

SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim/ Bellmawr are experts in the damage restoration industry. We understand the damage a fire can cause to business property. A fire can also affect production by slowing it down or stopping it altogether. Make sure your business has, business interruption insurance. If a disaster occurs and your business has to shut down the lost revenue can be devastating to small businesses. Business interruption insurance compensates you for lost income if your business has to vacate the premises due to disaster-related damage that is covered under your property insurance policy.  

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 business with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today – 856-349-7318

Fire Damage Tips To Keep Your Family Safe

4/24/2020 (Permalink)

Every year, house fires cause around 13,000 injuries and 2,500 deaths. 

Here are some common causes of house fires and how to avoid them... 

Children : 

Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children. Kids can cause a fire out of curiosity, to see what would happen if they set fire to an object. 

Cooking equipment :

People can tend to become distracted while cooking and if pots and pans overheat this causes a fire very easily. 

Flammable liquids :

If you have flammable liquids in the home keep them away from heat sources and check the label before storing. Be careful when pouring these liquids.

Heating : 

Keep portable heaters 3 feet or more away from anything flammable such as furniture, curtains, clothes. If you have a furnace, you should have it inspected yearly.

Smoking in bedrooms : 

A cigarette butt can stay lit for a few hours that you are unaware of. If it comes into contact with flammable materials, such as furniture it could cause flames. About 73% of all house fires are caused in the bedroom. 

Electrical equipment :

Electrical appliances can start a fire if it is faulty or has a frayed cord. A powerpoint that is overloaded with plugs can cause a fire from overuse of electricity.

Candles : 

Candles left unattended can cause a room to easily burst into flames. Keep candles away from flammable items. Always blow a candle out before leaving a room. 

Lighting :

Light bulbs can heat up causing them to be hot enough to catch fabrics on fire. Keep lights secure so they can not be knocked over. If the are too close to curtains, furniture or carpet they can be hazardous. 

Faulty wiring :

Homes with inadequate wiring can cause electrical fires. 

Barbecues :

Barbecues should always be used away from the home. Keep them clean and always check the gas bottle for any leaks before you use it each time.

If you have any questions about house fires give SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim / Bellmawr a call at 856-349-7318.

Fire damage restoration in Camden County area

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

Camden County Residents! SERVPRO in Camden County specializes in Fire, Smoke, and Soot damage.  For Immediate Service, Call (856) 349-7318.

SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim/Bellmawr provides 24-Hour Emergency Fire Damage Restoration Services and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Camden County, NJ.  We can respond immediately to your Fire Damage Emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. 

Your home or business contains many of your most valuable possessions. SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim/Bellmawr understands the trauma that follows a loss.  When fire damage takes over your life, SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim/Bellmawr helps you take it back! 

    • Direct Insurance Billing
    • Contents Services- Inventory, Move Outs, Contents Cleaning
    • Structural Cleaning- Ceilings and Walls, Carpet and Floor Restoration, Ductwork Inspection/Restoration
    • Deodorization
    • Faster To Any Sized Disaster

Have Questions? Call Us Today (856) 349-7318

Cleaning air ducts can prevent possible fires

10/24/2019 (Permalink)

The cold weather is quickly approaching so you might want to get your "ducts in a row". 

SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim / Bellmawr has trained professionals to come out and clean your air ducts. 

Cleaning your air ducts... 

All dust can be a fire hazard, household dust is no exception. Cleaning air ducts is the easiest, most effective way to eliminate dust build up and prevent potential hazards from forming.

Change your furnace filter... 

Furnace filters are designed to protect the furnace and air conditioner from dust. If the filter is not changed regularly dust can accumulate to the point that the filter can collapse and be sucked into the furnace cabinet and cause a fire.

So if you need your Air ducts cleaned call SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim / Bellmawr today 

856-349-7318

fire safety for seniors

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

According to statistics, people over the age of 65 are twice as likely to die or be injured in a fire. By age 75 that risk increases to three times and by age 85, four times.  People of all ages should practice and learn about fire safety.  Knowing what to do will help save lives. 

SMOKE DETECTORS

A working smoke detector can more than double your chances of surviving a fire. 

  • Be sure to have a smoke detector on every level of your home and in all sleeping areas
  • Make sure everyone in your home is awakened by the sound of the smoke detector.  If someone is hearing impaired, invest in a detector that uses flashing lights or some other visual aid.
  • Test your smoke detectors once a month. If this is difficult for you, ask a neighbor or family member to assist you.
  • Change your smoke detector batteries twice a year.  A good rule of thumb to follow:  change your clocks; change your smoke detector batteries.

FIRE ESCAPE PLANNING

Update your fire escape plan, especially if it’s the same one you have used for years.

  • Sit down with all household members and discuss your fire escape plan.
  • Plan at least two ways to get out of every room of your home, especially the bedrooms.
  • Consider any limitations you may have that would keep you from implementing your plan.
  • If any family member will need assistance, remember to plan accordingly.
  • Make sure that your exits are wheelchair or walker accessible, if necessary.
  • Put your plan to the test and practice it.

TIPS FOR SMOKERS

Careless smoking is the leading cause of fire deaths among Americans 65 years and older.

  • Never smoke in bed
  • Do not smoke if you are feeling drowsy, if you are drinking, or if you are taking medication that may make you drowsy
  • Use large deep ashtrays and never leave smoking materials unattended
  • Empty you ashtrays frequently, but never empty hot ashes in the garbage.  Wet the contents of the ashtray and then dispose of them.

ELECTRICAL AND HEATING SAFETY

Always install and maintain heating and electrical equipment properly.

  • Do not store newspapers, rags, or other combustible materials near a furnace, heater, or hot water heater.
  • Do not run extension cords under furniture or rugs.
  • Do not overload electrical outlets
  • Be extremely cautious when using kerosene heaters. Never use any other fuel in kerosene heaters other than kerosene and never refill when hot.
  • If you are having an electrical or heating problem, call a trained professional to have the problem fixed properly.
  • Keep at least three feet between space heaters and things like curtains, furniture, etc.

NEED HELP?  CALL TODAY (856) 349-7318.

Teaching kids the importance of Fire Safety

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

Home fires can spread rapidly and leave families with as little as 2 minutes to escape.  Teaching children fire safety and making sure families create their own fire escape plans are vital to helping save lives in the event of a home fire.

START EARLY

It is never too soon to start teaching children fire safety.  Below are some tips for parents.

  • Working smoke alarms reduce the chances of dying in a fire by nearly 50 percent. Make sure to check them regularly.
  • Teach kids never to play with matches and lighters. 
  • Create and practice a home fire escape plan with two ways out of every room in case of a fire.
  • Children should know how to respond to the sound of a smoke alarm. Teach them to get low and get out when they hear it. Watch this video  from safekids.org to learn more.

CREATE AND PRACTICE A FIRE ESCAPE PLAN

  • Draw a map of your home, you can use the below grid. Show all doors and windows. http://www.safekids.org/sites/default/files/Images/SafetyTips/fire_escape_plan_grid_2014.pdf
  • Visit each room.  Find two ways out.  
  • All windows and doors should open easily.  You should be able to use them to get outside.  
  • Make sure your home has smoke alarms. Push the test button to make sure each alarm is working.
  • Pick a meeting place outside.  It should be in front of your home.  Everyone will meet at the meeting place.
  • Practice your home fire escape drill!  Try to get everyone out in less than 2 minutes. 

If you experience a home fire, let SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim/Bellmawr help you  Call us at (856) 349-7318 for immediate assistance.  

Camden residents: Here is what to do after a fire

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

NEED HELP?  FIRE AND SMOKE DAMAGE?  CALL (856) 349-7318 TODAY!

Fire Safety Tips

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Safety Prevention Tips

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.
  • Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.

Cooking Fire Safety

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.

If you have a small (grease) cooking 

  • On the stovetop, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

If you have any doubt about fighting a small fire…

  • Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number from outside the home.

FACT – The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.

Candle Fire Safety

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

FACT – Roughly one-third of home candle fires start in the bedroom.

Electrical Fire Safety

  • Have all of the electrical work done by a qualified electrician.
  • When you are buying or remodeling a home, have it inspected by a qualified private inspector or in accordance with local requirements.
  • Only use one heat-producing appliance (such as a coffee maker, toaster, space heater, etc.) plugged into a receptacle outlet at a time.
  • Major appliances (refrigerators, dryers, washers, stoves, air conditioners, microwave ovens, etc.) should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet. Extension cords and plug strips should not be used.
  • Arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) shut off electricity when a dangerous condition occurs. Consider having them installed in your home.
  • Use ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) to reduce the risk of shock. GFCIs shut off an electrical circuit when it becomes a shock hazard. They should be installed inside the home in bathrooms, kitchens, garages, and basements. All outdoor receptacles should be GFCI protected.
  • Test AFCIs and GFCIs once a month according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. You do not need a flame to start a fire. Fires can start when heat builds up near things that burn. This can happen when a hot light bulb is near things that burn, such as cloth or paper, or a cord has been placed under a carpet.
  • Check electrical cords to make sure they are not running across doorways or under carpets. Extension cords are intended for temporary use. Have a qualified electrician add more receptacle outlets so you don’t have to use extension cords.
  • Use a light bulb with the right number of watts. There should be a sticker that indicates the right number of watts

4th Of July Safety Tips

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

The 4th Of July is Here! And so is SERVPRO of Mount Ehpraim / Bellmawr. 

According to the National Fire Protection Association, 18,500 fires a year are started from FIREWORKS! 

Bellow are a few tips to consider when celebrating with fireworks.

  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks
  • Older children should use them only under close adult supervision
  • Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear
  • Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol
  • Never light them indoors
  • Only use them away from people, houses and flammable material
  • Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting
  • Never ignite devices in a container
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire.
  • Have a fire extinguisher handy, just in case.
  • Supervise children handling fireworks.
  • Soak fireworks in a bucket of water before putting them in a trash can.
  • Light the fireworks at arms length and then stand back.
  • Do not attempt to re-shoot fire works that did not initially fire.

SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim / Bellmawr wants you to stay safe!  Enjoy the parties, barbeques, and celebrations.  We are here if you need us.  Call 856-349-7318

Summertime Camp Fire Safety

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

Summertime is a time to enjoy the outdoors and the sun. Camp fires and s'mores are a summertime favorite. If you are going camping this summer or plan on enjoying some laughs around a fire, keep these campfire safety tips in mind. 

First....

Make sure you are familiar with your campground or event area to ensure that you are allowed to build a campfire. You can also see if the area already has fire pits or fire rings for you to use. 

Secondly....

Do NOT build a campfire in dry conditions.

If a fire pit/ring doesn't already exist (but you are allowed to build a campfire), you will then need to choose a site that is at least 15 feet from tent walls and surrounding plant life (like shrubs or trees). Also keep in mind staying away from "fuel" sources such as logs, decaying leaves or brush. 

Lastly....

Don't forget to keep in mind the direction of the wind to make sure that you keep yourself and the campsite safe.

Have a Happy and safe summer! 

From your friends at SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim and Bellmawr 856-349-7318

Common causes of house fires

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Every year, house fires cause around 13,000 injuries and 2,500 deaths. 

Here are some common causes of house fires and how to avoid them... 

Children : 

Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children. Kids can cause a fire out of curiosity, to see what would happen if they set fire to an object. 

Cooking equipment :

People can tend to become distracted while cooking and if pots and pans overheat this cause a fire very easily. 

Flammable liquids :

If you have flammable liquids in the home keep them away from heat sources and check the label before storing. Be careful when pouring these liquids.

Heating : 

Keep portable heaters 3 feet or more away from anything flammable such as furniture, curtains, clothes. If you have a furnace, you should have it inspected yearly.

Smoking in bedrooms : 

A cigarette butt can stay lit for a few hours that you are unaware of. If it comes into contact with flammable materials, such as furniture it could cause flames. About 73% of all house fires are caused in the bedroom. 

Electrical equipment :

Electrical appliances can start a fire if it is faulty or has a frayed cord. A power point that is overloaded with plugs can cause a fire from an overuse of electricity.

Candles : 

Candles left unattended can cause a room to easily burst into flames. Keep candles away from flammable items. Always blow a candle out before leaving a room. 

Lighting :

Light bulbs can heat up causing them to be hot enough to catch fabrics on fire. Keep lights secure so they cant be knocked over. If the are too close to curtains, furniture or carpet they can be hazardous. 

Faulty wiring :

Homes with inadequate wiring can cause electrical fires. 

Barbeques :

Barbeques should always be used away from the home. Keep them clean and always check the gas bottle for any leaks before you use it each time.

If you have any questions about house fires give your local SERVPRO a call at 856-349-7318.

SERVPRO of Mount Ehpraim / Bellmawr 

Fire Damage Emergency Tips

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

Fire and smoke are problems that should only be taken care of by professionals who are well educated in the field. At SERVPRO, our production team will make sure all fire and smoke damage is taken care of so you can get back into your home as soon as possible. Serving Camden City NJ and some surrounding towns. 

Fire Damage Restoration Clean Up Tips:

  • Open all windows and doors to ventilate and help get the smoke out as much as possible.
  • Cover any clean, unaffected pieces of furniture up with plastic to make sure they are not damaged in the clean up process.
  • Do not try to clean anything yourself. The soot and smoke that has set into the furniture and carpet can be dangerous.
  • Don’t plug in any electronics. Call an electrician to inspect for any electrical damage from the fire.
  • Throw out any open of possibly exposed foods that make have been contaminated from the fire.
  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery. 
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call SERVPRO of Mount Ehpraim / Bellmawr today at 856-349-7318

SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim / Bellmawr Teaching KIds Fire Safety Tips

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

"According to the National Fire Prevention Association, 49,300 fires are caused each year by playing with fire, most of these by children. It's important to teach fire safety tips to kids to prevent fires from happening and for your children to be able to protect themselves."

1. Don't play with matches or lighters

2. Run extinguished matches under water before discarding

This is so that paper in the trash doesn't accidentally ignite.

3. When leaving a room or your house never leave candles or incense burning and turn off space heaters 

4. Don't over-plug

Teach your children not to plug too many devices into a single outlet, extension cord or power strip.

5. Don't play near fireplaces or stoves

6. Keep flammable objects away from the stove

7. Develop and practice an escape plan

Make sure your children know what to do in the event of a fire. Map out a plan and practice it with them so they'll know what to do in an emergency.

8. Get low, get out

Teach them about the dangers of smoke as well as fire, and make sure they know to crawl to safety.

9. Stop, drop, and roll

If you or your clothes catch fire, this is the classic technique to extinguishing yourself. 

10. Never hide in closets or under beds

Hiding can cause your child to trap themselves.

11. Leave your belongings

It is important for kids to know to leave everything and get out.

12. Don't use the elevator

Using an elevator is dangerous and could break down trapping you. 

13. Once in a safe place, call 911

Get outside THAN call 911. 

14. (For parents) Fireproof your home

15. (For parents) Talk to your kids about fire safety

Of all the fire safety tips for kids, the most important one is actually for the parents. Teach your children about fire safety and what they can do to prevent fires. The more they know, the less likely they are to cause an accident

SERVPRO Mount Ephraim / Bellmawr

856-349-7318

Fire Damage In Your Camden, NJ Home

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

A house fire, no matter how small or localized, has the ability to impact the whole house, with cascading after-effects that can linger around for a long time. A proper fire damage restoration service is often a multi-step process and is best left to experienced professionals like SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim/ Bellmawr.

When smoke gets into your air ducts and vents, the tiny smoke particles tend to find their way into your HVAC system and may linger in the system for months, undetected. Breathing these particles in is a health detriment and can lead to irritation in your lungs and possible scarring of the alveoli.

Fire damaged areas treated with water will need to be cleaned up quickly, before mold starts to grow, which can happen in as little as 48 hours.

Thats why you should call the fire and water experts of SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim/ Bellmawr. SERVPRO will be able to help you will all of your fire and water damage needs. SERVPRO has the knowledge and training to get any diaster "Like it never even happened." 

Have Soot or Smoke Damage? Call us 24/7 at 856-349-7318

4th Of July Firework Damage In Gloucester County, NJ

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

Firework Damage

With 4th of July barbecue and pool partys over SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim/ Bellmawr hopes that no one got hurt with all of the festivitys happening around us. One of the major fire damage calls we get are fires caused by fireworks. 

How These Fires Can Be avoided  

Fireworks can be a very dangous activity between the flame and the explosion that happens in a firework. But if you are going to light fire works keep these tips in mind:

  • Never let kids play with fireworks. If you are going to give kids sparklers make sure to keep them away from their faces
  • Always store fireworks in a cool dry space and make sure no open flame comes near them
  •  Always buy legal fireworks
  • Know your states fireworks law

If Fire Damage Occurs

If a fire occurs make sure to call 911 then after the fire department is done call SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim/ Bellmawr.

Contact Us at  (856) 349-7318

Did Your Gloucester County Home Have A Recent Fire?

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

If your Gloucester County home had a recent fire either between a kitchen grease fire to an electrical fire that smoked out the whole house SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim/ Bellmawr is here to help in your difficult time.  

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience 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 Mount Ephraim Bellmawr  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 – 856-349-7318

Electrical Fires In Your Gloucester County Home

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Electrical fires are one of the leading home fires in America. Electrical fires can happen at anytime and can can happen to any home. Here are 5 of the most common electrical fires:

1. Faulty outlets, appliances
Most electrical fires are caused by faulty electrical outlets and old, outdated appliances. Other fires are started by faults in appliance cords, receptacles and switches. Never use an appliance with a worn or frayed cord which can send heat onto combustible surfaces like floors, curtains, and rugs that can start a fire.

Running cords under rugs is another cause of electrical fires. Removing the grounding plug from a cord so it can be used in a two-prong electrical outlet can also cause a fire. The reason appliances have the extra prong is so they can be only used in outlets that can handle the extra amount of electricity that these appliances draw.

2. Light fixtures
Light fixtures, lamps and light bulbs are another common reason for electrical fires. Installing a bulb with a wattage that is too high for the lamps and light fixtures is a leading cause of electrical fires. Always check the maximum recommended bulb wattage on any lighting fixture or lamp and never go over the recommended amount.

Another cause of fire is placing materials like cloth or paper over a lampshade. The material heats up and ignites, causing a fire. Faulty lamps and light fixtures also frequently result in fires.

3. Extension cords 
Misuse of extension cords is another electrical fire cause. Appliances should be plugged directly into outlet and not plugged into an extension cord for any length of time. Only use extension cords as a temporary measure. If you do not have the appropriate type of outlets for your appliances, hire an electrician to install new ones.

4. Space heaters 
Because these types of heaters are portable, many times people put them too close to combustible surfaces such as curtains, beds, clothing, chairs, couches and rugs. Coil space heaters are especially dangerous in this regard because the coils become so hot they will almost instantaneously ignite any nearby flammable surface.

If you do use space heaters, use the radiator-type that diffuse heat over the entire surface of the appliance. These are less likely to ignite flammable items, but should still be kept away from them.

5. Wiring
Outdated wiring often causes electrical fires. If a home is over 20 years old, it may not have the wiring capacity to handle the increased amounts of electrical appliances in today’s average home, such as computers, wide-screen televisions, video and gaming players, microwaves and air conditioners.

Breakers should be triggered when circuits get overloaded by too much electricity, but outdated breaker boxes often have worn connectors that do not work, causing the system to overload and start an electrical fire.

If you have an electrical fire make sure that you call the experts at SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim/ Bellmawr at 856-349-7318. SERVPRO has the experience and know how to get your home back to preloss condition. 

How To Put Out A Kitchen Fire In Your Camden County Home

4/6/2018 (Permalink)


DID YOU KNOW?

7/5/2016

Not all fires are created equal, therefore not all fires can be extinguished in the same way.  Educating yourself on the proper ways to put out a small fire can not only minimize damages to your property, but it can also help keep you safe.

How To Put Out Kitchen Fires

  • In the event of an oven or microwave fire, cut the oxygen off to the flames.  Tun off the appliance and close the door.  Keep a close watch and the flames should diminish.  Use a fire extinguisher if the flames do not die down.
  • For a cooking fire on a skillet or pot, place a lid over the flames.  loss of oxygen to fuel the flames should kill the fire rather quickly.
  • Use baking soda or salt for grease fires.  They will help absorb and smother the flames.  NEVER use water or flour on a grease fire.  Flour can potentially ignite and add fuel to the flames.  Water and oil do not mix and the water can cause the greas to spray elsewhere, throwing flaming oil on nearby surfaces.
  • ALWAYS call the fire department when dealing with an electrical fire.

If you need help with fire damage cleanup call SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim Bellmawr at (856) 349-7318.

Grease Fires In Your Camden County Home

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Cooking with greases is a normal occurrence when in a kitchen a kitchen can get dangerous when you have a grease fire. Grease fires happen when the grease you are cooking with becomes too hot and catches on fire. A grease fire can be devastating to a home. If you happen to get a grease fire here a some tips:

Turn the Heat Off - Don't try to move the pot. You might accidentally splash yourself or your kitchen with burning oil. And that would be bad.
• 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.
• Pour on Baking Soda - Baking soda will extinguish grease fires, but only if they're small. It takes a lot of baking soda to do the job.
• Spray the Pot with a Class B Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher - This is your last resort, as fire extinguishers will contaminate your kitchen. Still, it's better than the alternative if the fire is getting out of control.

If you have soot or smoke damage be sure to call the experts at SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim Bellmawr at (856)-349-7318.

Where There Is Smoke There Is Fire In Your Gloucester County Home

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

“Where there is smoke there is fire” a phrase we have all heard as a warning usually in the context of if it looks like something is wrong, something probably is wrong.  In the restoration business when it comes to your home or business that phrase can take on another meaning entirely with significant consequences.

SERVPRO of Mt. Ephraim Bellmawr recently completed an assignment for a family that was impacted by the smoke / soot that was generated from a fire in an attached home in Philadelphia.  The fire started in the basement of the other home due to a faulty wiring set up / repair that was completed by an unlicensed individual.  This fire impacted all three floors of the home and due to the age and construction of home the smoke and soot traveled to areas that one might not think to look without proper training and experience in restoration. 

While we were able to dry the home out from the moisture damage caused by extinguishing the fire as well as clean and deodorize the contents and structure of the home, the impact to this family went beyond material items as someone was injured in the blaze.   Should you experience a disruption in your life due to fire smoke soot whether from a small kitchen fire to an incidental puff back when starting up your heater, we can work with you and your insurance company on the entire process from inventorying items cleaning deodorizing and restoring your property to minimize that disruption.

SERVPRO of Mt. Ephraim Bellmawr has worked with American Red Cross to become an American Red Cross Ready Rating member.  Membership does have its privileges in the form of education tips and tools that can assist you your family and business to be better prepared in case of an emergency or disaster.  You can access the site by clicking the link from our website at http://www.SERVPROmountephraimbellmawr.com or directly at http://www.readyrating.org/About/AbouttheProgram.aspx to discover what is available.

Please be safe and have a plan accordingly, while home fires can happen at any time statistically we are entering a time of year that shows a significant increase in averages.  The change of weather, addition of holiday lighting or even new cooking techniques can all be factors.

For more information on Fire, Smoke, or soot damage call us 24/7 at (856)-349-7318

Kitchen Fires in your Gloucester Home

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

Not all fires are created equal, therefore not all fires can be extinguished in the same way.  Educating yourself on the proper ways to put out a small fire can not only minimize damages to your property, but it can also help keep you safe. That is why the fire experts at SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim/ Bellmawr can handle any fire from kitchen fires to commercial fires SERVPRO has you covered. Here are some tips for the most common type of fire:

How To Put Out Kitchen Fires

  • In the event of an oven or microwave fire, cut the oxygen off to the flames.  Turn off the appliance and close the door.  Keep a close watch and the flames should diminish.  Use a fire extinguisher if the flames do not die down.
  • For a cooking fire on a skillet or pot, place a lid over the flames.  loss of oxygen to fuel the flames should kill the fire rather quickly.
  • Use baking soda or salt for grease fires.  They will help absorb and smother the flames.  NEVER use water or flour on a grease fire.  Flour can potentially ignite and add fuel to the flames.  Water and oil do not mix and the water can cause the grease to spray elsewhere, throwing flaming oil on nearby surfaces.
  • ALWAYS call the fire department when dealing with an electrical fire.

For more information on Fire, Smoke, or soot damage call us 24/7 at (856)-349-7318

Holiday Season Fire Warnings in your Gloucester City Home

11/4/2017 (Permalink)

With the holiday season right around the corner now is the perfect time to make sure your Gloucester City home is prepared for all the holidays that are coming up.

Make sure to check all of your smoke alarms and test them by pushing the test button on them and if you don’t hear the alarm sound change the batteries.

And just in case a catastrophe happens in your home make sure to call SERVPRO of Mount Emphraim Bellmawr at (856) 349-7318. With our highly trained staff who are IICRC certified in smoke damage will arrive on the scene on time and quick. SERVPRO will get your home back to pre loss condition faster then any of the leading competitors. SERVPRO will make any disaster “Like it never even happened.”

For more information on fire, smoke, or soot damage visit our website at SERVPROmountephraimbellmawr
Or Call us at (856) 349-7318

Smoke And Soot Damage Health Hazards in Camden County

7/19/2017 (Permalink)

A house fire, no matter how small or localized, has the ability to impact the whole house, with cascading after-effects that can linger around for a long time. A proper fire damage restoration service is often a multi-step process and is best left to experienced professionals like SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim/ Bellmawr.

When smoke gets into your ducts and vents, the tiny smoke particles tend to find their way into your HVAC system may linger there for months, undetected. Breathing these particles in is a health detriment and can lead to irritation in your lungs and possible scarring of the alveoli.

Fire damaged areas treated with water will need to be cleaned up quickly, before mold starts to grow, which can happen in as little as 48 hours

Have Soot or Smoke Damage? Call us 24/7 at 856-349-7318

Fire Restoration Cleaning in Mount Ephraim

7/11/2017 (Permalink)

A fire can start from anything to an electric fire to a kitchen fire and can also happen from a candle. That is why SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim/ Bellmawr are here to help with an expert staff and know how to get the job down in a fast and timely matter. SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim/ Bellmawr also has the equipment to get the soot of your wall, ceilings, windows, and more. SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim/ Bellmawr also has franchise Professionals provide specialized services that rid your home or place of business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage.

Every fire job is different that is why SERVPRO with make a personalize plan to get the job done so that family's can get their home back and make it "Like it never even happened."

For more information visit our website at http://www.SERVPROmountephraimbellmawr.com/

Or Call us at (856) 349-7318

The Principal of Cleaning a Fire Loss in New Jersey

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim’s goal when restoring smoke-damaged materials is to restore them to pre loss conditions. SERVPRO does that by accomplishing these tasks

    • Locate smoke residues by carefully inspecting the affected area. The inspection will start near the source of the fire and trace how far smoke moved through the structure
  • Identify the type of residues. Different types of smoke residues can exist in the same loss environment.
  • Identify the type of surface. The type of surface determines which cleaning methods and products are safe to use on that surface. Restorers must be careful to preserve the material or surface being cleaned, and some materials may be unrestorable because they cannot withstand the cleaning process.
  • Capture and remove residues. Smoke residues bond with surfaces they contact. The restorer uses dry and wet cleaning processes to release and carry residue particles away from the affected surface.
  • Dispose of residues. The Restorer properly disposes of debris and cleaning waste.

For more information on fire, smoke, or soot damage visit our website at http://www.SERVPROmountephraimbellmawr.com/

Or Call us at (856) 349-7318

Electrical Fire in Somerdale, NJ

7/6/2017 (Permalink)

Phone charger caused an electrical fire in Somerdale, NJ

In this Somerdale, NJ home an ipad plugged into the wall caused this electrical fire that impacted the entire home and forced the residents to move out while services were being performed to its preloss condition. Based on fire officials inspection it was a faulty cord that caused the fire. Always make sure you look at your cords for fraying and exposed wires  and don’t keep them plugged in for too long or you may have an electrical fire.

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.

For more information on fire, smoke, or soot damage visit our website at http://www.SERVPROmountephraimbellmawr.com/

Or Call us at (856) 349-7318

Camden NJ Smoke and Soot Cleanup

5/18/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Camden NJ Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience 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 Mount Ephraim Bellmawr  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 – 856-349-7318

Mount Ephraim NJ Smoke and Soot Cleanup

5/18/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Mount Ephraim NJ Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience 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 Mount Ephraim Bellmawr  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 – 856-349-7318

FIRE SAFETY FOR SENIORS

7/18/2016 (Permalink)

According to statistics, people over the age of 65 are twice as likely to die or be injured in a fire. By age 75 that risk increases to three times and by age 85, four times.  People of all ages should practice and learn about fire safety.  Knowing what to do will help save lives. 

SMOKE DETECTORS

A working smoke detector can more than double your chances of surviving a fire. 

·         Be sure to have a smoke detector on every level of your home and in all sleeping areas

·         Make sure everyone in your home is awakened by the sound of the smoke detector.  If someone is hearing impaired, invest in a detector that uses flashing lights or some other visual aid.

·         Test your smoke detectors once a month. If this is difficult for you, ask a neighbor or family member to assist you.

·         Change your smoke detector batteries twice a year.  A good rule of thumb to follow:  change your clocks; change your smoke detector batteries.

FIRE ESCAPE PLANNING

Update your fire escape plan, especially if it’s the same one you have used for years.

·         Sit down with all household members and discuss your fire escape plan.

·         Plan at least two ways to get out of every room of your home, especially the bedrooms.

·         Consider any limitations you may have that would keep you from implementing your plan.

·         If any family member will need assistance, remember to plan accordingly.

·         Make sure that your exits are wheelchair or walker accessible, if necessary.

·         Put your plan to the test and practice it.

TIPS FOR SMOKERS

Careless smoking is the leading cause of fire deaths among Americans 65 years and older.

·         Never smoke in bed

·         Do not smoke if you are feeling drowsy, if you are drinking, or if you are taking medication that may make you drowsy

·         Use large deep ashtrays and never leave smoking materials unattended

·         Empty you ashtrays frequently, but never empty hot ashes in the garbage.  Wet the contents of the ashtray and then dispose of them.

ELECTICAL AND HEATING SAFETY

Always install and maintain heating and electrical equipment properly.

·         Do not store newspapers, rags, or other combustible materials near a furnace, heater, or hot water heater.

·         Do not run extension cords under furniture or rugs.

·         Do not overload electrical outlets

·         Do not allow pets to chew electrical cords

·         Be extremely cautious when using kerosene heaters. Never use any other fuel in kerosene heaters other than kerosene and never refill when hot.

·         If you are having an electrical or heating problem, call a trained professional to have the problem fixed properly.

·         Keep at least three feet between space heaters and things like curtains, furniture, etc.

NEED HELP?  CALL TODAY (856) 349-7318.

How to Put out a Kitchen Fire

7/5/2016 (Permalink)

DID YOU KNOW?

Not all fires are created equal, therefore not all fires can be extinguished in the same way.  Educating yourself on the proper ways to put out a small fire can not only minimize damages to your property, but it can also help keep you safe.

How To Put Out Kitchen Fires

  • In the event of an oven or microwave fire, cut the oxygen off to the flames.  Tun off the appliance and close the door.  Keep a close watch and the flames should diminish.  Use a fire extinguisher if the flames do not die down.
  • For a cooking fire on a skillet or pot, place a lid over the flames.  loss of oxygen to fuel the flames should kill the fire rather quickly.
  • Use baking soda or salt for grease fires.  They will help absorb and smother the flames.  NEVER use water or flour on a grease fire.  Flour can potentially ignite and add fuel to the flames.  Water and oil do not mix and the water can cause the greas to spray elsewhere, throwing flaming oil on nearby surfaces.
  • ALWAYS call the fire department when dealing with an electrical fire.

If you need help with fire damage cleanup call SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim Bellmawr at (856) 349-7318.

THE IMPORTANCE OF HIRING A PROFESSIONAL TO CLEAN UP SMOKE DAMAGE FROM A FIRE

5/18/2016 (Permalink)

FIRE AND SMOKE DAMAGE

It's 2:00am and you just awoke to a loud noise.  Not just any noise, the sound was your fire alarm going off.  You gather the kids and race out of the house as smoke engulfs you.  The fire trucks arive moments later and before you know it the fire is out.  THEN it hits you.  WHAT NOW?

Damage To your home and property does not stop when the fire is extinguished.Ash and smoke are acidic, if left alone it can cause extensive corrosion, etching, discoloration, and strong lingering odors.  It is important to hire a professional who is certified and properly trained to thoroughly clean your fire and smoke damage.  There are many companies out there that say they can handle the job, but if not done properly it can lead to costly replacement and permanent damage.  

SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim Bellmawr is certified through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).  The IICRC is the main oversight agency in this industry. Our expert professionals are here to handle whatever size fire and smoke damage you have.  The first thing they will do is inspect your property and determine what can be salvaged and restored, and what needs to be replaced. The faster we can befin work on your home, the more we can restore.  The further out from the fire you go the costs skyrocket due to continueing damage from ash and soot.

The process for restoring property damaged from a fire is very detailed. It is important to hire a professional, like SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim Bellmawr, that can be trusted to do the job right the first time.

Contact SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim Bellmawr today if you have FIRE, SMOKE, SOOT, or WATER damage from a fire.  

Questions? Call Now (856) 349-7318.

HERE ARE SOME FIRE SAFETY TIPS

5/5/2016 (Permalink)

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

NEED HELP?  FIRE AND SMOKE DAMAGE?  CALL (856) 349-7318 TODAY!

Gloucester City, Mount Ephraim,Bellmawr, Brooklawn, and Camden Residents: Did you recently experience a fire?

4/26/2016 (Permalink)

NEED HELP CLEANING SMOKE DAMAGE?  IS THERE FIRE AND WATER DAMAGE REPAIR NEEDED TO YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS?

The first 48 hours after a fire can make the difference between restoring and replacing your property and personal belongings.  SERVPRO’s 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems.  SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim/ Bellmawr has the expertise to provide a timely response to mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke, and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration.    These services help insure your property, belongings and memories are restored to pre-loss condition when possible.

SERVICE RESPONSE GUIDELINES

  • Within ONE HOUR from notice of loss, SERVPRO will contact you to arrange for service.
  • Within FOUR HOURS of loss notification, SERVPRO will be on-site to start mitigation services.
  • Within EIGHT BUSINESS HOURS, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to you by our professionals at SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim/Bellmawr.

If you have recently experienced a fire don’t risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the fire and smoke damage yourself, call the fire damage professionals to “make it like it never even happened.”

 Call (856) 349-7318 today to start repairing your fire and water damage.

TEACHING CHILDREN THE IMPORTANCE OF HOME FIRE SAFETY

4/19/2016 (Permalink)

According to Safe Kids.org, in 2013, 334 children died in home fires.  Eighty seven percent of all fire-related deaths occur during home fires.  Home fires can spread rapidly and leave families with as little as 2 minutes to escape.  Teaching children fire safety and making sure families create their own fire escape plans are vital to helping save lives in the event of a home fire.

START EARLY

It is never too soon to start teaching children fire safety.  Below are some tips for parents.

  • Working smoke alarms reduce the chances of dying in a fire by nearly 50 percent. They are a critical first step for staying safe, but in order to be effective, they have to be working properly. For the best protection, install smoke alarms on every level of your home and in every sleeping area.  Make sure to check them regularly.
  • Teach kids never to play with matches and lighters. Make a habit of placing these items up and away from young children.
  • Create and practice a home fire escape plan with two ways out of every room in case of a fire. Get a stopwatch and time how fast your family can escape.  Make a goal of under 2 minutes. The kids will love it. Here’s a handy worksheet to help get you started. 
  • Children should know how to respond to the sound of a smoke alarm. Teach them to get low and get out when they hear it. A child who is coached properly ahead of time will have a better chance to be safe. Watch this video  from safekids.org to learn more.
  • Use common sense in the kitchen. Limit distractions when cooking and don’t leave a hot oven or stovetop unattended. 
  • Blow out candles before you leave the room or before you go to sleep.

CREATE AND PRACTICE A FIRE ESCAPE PLAN

  • Draw a map of your home, you can use the below grid. Show all doors and windows. http://www.safekids.org/sites/default/files/Images/SafetyTips/fire_escape_plan_grid_2014.pdf
  • Visit each room.  Find two ways out.  
  • All windows and doors should open easily.  You should be able to use them to get outside.  
  • Make sure your home has smoke alarms.  Push the test button to make sure each alarm is working.
  • Pick a meeting place outside.  It should be in front of your home.  Everyone will meet at the meeting place.
  • Make sure your house or building number can be seen from the street.
  • Talk about your plan with everyone in your home.
  • Learn the emergency phone number for your fire department.
  • Practice your home fire escape drill!  Try to get everyone out in less than 2 minutes. 
  • Discuss a safe place to meet once everyone is outside.

Giving children the knowledge and tools they need empowers them and gives them a sense of security.  Educate early and often about fire safety and what they can do to help keep your family safe.  For more helpful tips and kid friendly activities you can check out www.safekids.org and sparky.org.

If you experience a home fire, let SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim Bellmawr help you "Make It Like It Never Even Happened."  Call us at (856) 349-7318 for immediate assistance.  

Fire Damage Camden County

3/25/2016 (Permalink)

Camden County Residents! SERVPRO in Camden County specializes in Fire, Smoke, and Soot damage.  For Immediate Service, Call (856) 349-7318.


SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim/Bellmawr provides 24-Hour Emergency Fire Damage Restoration Services and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Camden County, NJ.  We can respond immediately to your Fire Damage Emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. 


Your home or business contains many of your most valuable possessions. SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim/Bellmawr understands the trauma that follows a loss.  When fire damage takes over your life, SERVPRO of Mount Ephraim/Bellmawr helps you take it back! 


 



 


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Where there's smoke there's fire - Philadelphia PA

10/26/2014 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot damage caused by fire from adjoining home

“Where there is smoke there is fire” a phrase we have all heard as a warning usually in the context of if it looks like something is wrong, something probably is wrong.  In the restoration business when it comes to your home or business that phrase can take on another meaning entirely with significant consequences.

SERVPRO of Mt. Ephraim Bellmawr recently completed an assignment for a family that was impacted by the smoke / soot that was generated from a fire in an attached home in Philadelphia.  The fire started in the basement of the other home due to a faulty wiring set up / repair that was completed by an unlicensed individual.  This fire impacted all three floors of the home and due to the age and construction of home the smoke and soot traveled to areas that one might not think to look without proper training and experience in restoration. 

While we were able to dry the home out from the moisture damage caused by extinguishing the fire as well as clean and deodorize the contents and structure of the home, the impact to this family went beyond material items as someone was injured in the blaze.   Should you experience a disruption in your life due to fire smoke soot whether from a small kitchen fire to an incidental puff back when starting up your heater, we can work with you and your insurance company on the entire process from inventorying items cleaning deodorizing and restoring your property to minimize that disruption.

SERVPRO of Mt. Ephraim Bellmawr has worked with American Red Cross to become an American Red Cross Ready Rating member.  Membership does have its privileges in the form of education tips and tools that can assist you your family and business to be better prepared in case of an emergency or disaster.  You can access the site by clicking the link from our website at http://www.SERVPROmountephraimbellmawr.com or directly at http://www.readyrating.org/About/AbouttheProgram.aspx to discover what is available.

Please be safe and have a plan accordingly, while home fires can happen at any time statistically we are entering a time of year that shows a significant increase in averages.  The change of weather, addition of holiday lighting or even new cooking techniques can all be factors.

Sincerely,

The Team SERVPRO of Mt. Ephraim Bellmawr