Recent Fire Damage Posts

Kitchen Fires

7/16/2021 (Permalink)

Kitchen fires can be very unpredictable; they can be a small mishap or a huge disaster in a matter of seconds. It is important to keep fire extinguishers nearby and have a plan in place. Never leave food unattended while cooking and always make sure appliances are off once you've finished using them. 

The Oven is a hotspot for disasters, oven fires can start when the baking is well overdone, or when a flammable material drips down to the heating element. Oven fires also happen when an oven becomes dirty from food particles building up. 

When this occurs your first reflex may be to open the oven door, but do not open the door! Instead, put out the oven fire by allowing it to suffocate. Leaving the door closed, you’ll turn off the oven to oven to stop the cooking (unplug when possible). Eventually, the flames will consume all of the oxygen, and oxygen is what the fire needs to sustain itself, killing the flames inside. When the flames eventually snuff out, clean up and open a window if possible, but if they persist, call the fire department immediately.

The stove is another likely place to cause fires, mainly with grease. Here are some good tips to deal with a grease fire on your stove-

  • Don’t use water to put out grease fires. Water won’t put out the fire, it will just divert the grease and thus spread the fire. 
  • For a small fire, use the big lid trick as mentioned earlier. Turn off the burner and cover the burning pan or the burner itself with the lid tightly so it’s deprived of oxygen.
  • Pour baking soda or salt on the flames until it’s snuffed out (again, do not use flour).
  • Use a water-soaked towel to smother the flames. This is different from pouring water on the flame.
  • Use a fire extinguisher, pointing it at the base of the flames.

What to Do After An Apartment Fire in Your Brooklyn Apartment

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

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Damaging fires, unfortunately, happen every 24 seconds in the United States, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Apartments are no exception to this reality. In fact, an average of 382,397 fires that occur annually in the United States happen within residential properties, with many injuries as well.

Dealing with an emergency like this is extremely stressful and often unplanned for. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Williamsburg, Greenpoint is equipped to handle the aftermath of incidents like this in any size residential space, including apartments.

What do I do if there’s a fire in my apartment?

It's important to act immediately, but stay calm. You need to alert everyone in the apartment and make sure to leave the property immediately.

Use your pre-planned escape route if you have one, and consider developing one now if you don’t. 

When everyone is evacuating the building, make sure everyone stays low and crawls since smoke rises.

Safety Tips: Do's and Don'ts

  • DON'T stop to retrieve any valuables or collectibles. 
  • DO close the door to the room the fire started in and close doors as you continue to exit the building, if you can do so safely.
  • DO check handles/door knobs for heat before grasping. For example, touch it with the back of your hand. If the door is warm, then there is likely fire behind it and you must find an alternative route to exit the building. 
  • DON'T attempt to extinguish a fire unless you are trained to do so. 
  • DON'T go back into the building. 
  • DO call the fire department as soon as you safely have the opportunity to do so. If there is anyone remaining in the building, make sure to inform them of this. 

What should I do after the fire department leaves?

Once the fire is extinguished and the dust settles, call a restoration company immediately to address the damage. Only those who are equipped to handle the water, smoke and fire damage your apartment has suffered should be entering the building and handling the situation. You will also want to get in touch with your insurance company. Did you know? SERVPRO of Williamsburg, Greenpoint works with all insurance companies.

Why should I choose SERVPRO for my Fire Restoration Needs?

  • We offer a wide-variety of services: Content Cleaning, Technology Restoration, Document Restoration, Dry-Cleaning, Upholstery Cleaning, Smoke/Soot Removal, Move-In/Out, and other services to help with getting your space back to normal after a fire.

What's more? We work closely with your family and the various adjusters to make sure that the job is done right.  We understand that your apartment needs to be cared for and respected during this difficult time. We pride ourselves on limiting our interruption into your lives. When possible, we will work around your schedule so that the day-to-day routine of your family is not disrupted further. 

What steps do we take to handle fire damage restoration? 

SERVPRO provides Structural Cleaning and Content Cleaning for Williamsburg and Greenpoint homes that have been affected by Smoke or Fire Damage.

Fire Safety Tips

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

house fire flames tree Do you have a Fire Safety Plan? Protect your Brooklyn home by making a plan to protect your loved ones.

It’s no secret how devastating a house fire can be, so it only makes sense to do everything possible to keep your home safe and know what to do if you do encounter a blaze. Here are a few key fire safety tips to keep in mind.

Frequently inspect your home’s smoke detectors.

Smoke detectors are extremely important to fire safety and should be installed in every bedroom and on every floor of your home. While many suggest annually changing the batteries in detectors, homeowners should also do a routine monthly check to ensure they are operational, and replace them every 10 years or as directed by the manufacturer. Regardless of whether they’re battery-operated or hard-wired, these more frequent checkups can help keep your home safe.

Have a family fire escape plan. 

Understandably, people can become overwhelmed when a home fire breaks out. Creating an evacuation plan for the event of a house fire starting is a great way to ensure everyone in your household will know exactly what to do and can act efficiently if a fire starts. Plan out exit routes, meeting places and any special provisions your family members may need. Assign one person specific tasks such as gathering pets or contacting family members not in the home to ensure everyone is protected and communication stays consistent.

Know how to operate a fire extinguisher. 

Did you know there are actually several kinds of fire extinguishers available? Because of that, important to get the type you think will be most suited to your needs. Make sure you fully understand how to use it and share the information with your family members, as well. Here’s a summary of the different types of extinguishers. To correctly use a fire extinguister, remember the word PASS:

  • Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.
  • Aim low; pointing the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
  • Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.

Never leave flames unattended. 

Because open flames are so common in the household, many people forget the extreme dangers they can pose. Whether it is from a cooktop or candle, a flame can spread to other surfaces in an instant, which is why it is vital to never leave one unattended for any length of time. Pets and children can easily cause a fire if left unattended. Always extinguish all flames when you’re not in the room.

Have a plan should a fire break out

Do you have a fire safety plan for your home in Brooklyn? Whether you own your Williamsburg home or rent an apartment, it's important to consider a fire escape plan.

We understand that no one wants to consider the unthinkable, but you need to have a plan on what to do if a fire breaks out. In addition to the fire escape plan mentioned above, consider what next steps are needed after the fire is extinguished.

It’s important to contact a fire remediation company like SERVPRO of Williamsburg, Greenpoint to assist with the damage left behind from smoke and flames. SERVPRO of Williamsburg, Greenpoint has a staff of trained professionals to assist you in this time of need. We’re available 24/7 to help you recover from a house fire. Call us if you experience a fire or any other type of disaster at (917) 809-6562. We’re here to help!

Why Hire A Professional For Fire Damage Cleanup

3/17/2021 (Permalink)

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A fire can strike many time, consequences can be devastating and deadly. After the fire, people will first want to clean up their home. Before you decide to clean up the property, it’s a good idea to reach out to a fire damage cleanup company like SERVPRO.

Here are our top reasons for hiring a professional for Fire Damage Cleanup.

  1. Fire Damage Cleanup Can Be Dangerous

The reason why you should hire a professional for fire damage cleanup is that the process can be very dangerous to clean up after a fire. The area that is damaged could also have broken glass, sharp objects, and a variety of hazards. These hazards can be hard to identify. When you choose to work with a professional, they will be able to use the tools necessary to safely clear the area of all debris.

When you call a team of professional fire restoration experts, no stone will go unturned. Industry experts understand how damaging smoke and soot can be, and they know exactly which tools and services to offer in order to eliminate it. A professional fire restoration company knows what to look for and how to eliminate the risks.

  1. Follow Regulations

One reason why you should hire a professional for fire damage cleanup is that they will be able to follow regulations. After fire damage your local community may have specific ways of how the cleanup needs to be handled. This will prevent you from using trash and dumpster service. A fire damage cleanup company will be able to follow the proper steps to ensure your home is in compliance with any laws.

  1. Restoring Your Items

Another advantage for hiring a professional for fire damage cleanup is that they can restore many items that you thought can be destroyed. They will be able to carefully review all of your personal belongings that were damaged. An item that appears to be completely damaged could actually be full restored. This can include flooring, furniture, appliances, and many other items that could be expensive to replace.

When you discover that your property is subjected to the destruction and deterioration that fires generate, it’s time to take action. The best thing to do is to call the professionals. Our team has extensive experience in the fire damage cleanup.

Here at SERVPRO of Williamsburg, Greenpoint we are proud to serve. When serious disaster hits, we stand ready to mobilize our team to help out during any kind of crisis. Call us at (917) 809-6562