Recent Fire Damage Posts

Safe Fire Prevention Tips

10/2/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Prevention Cleaning up after a fire occurred in the attic

Having a safety plan can keep you one step ahead of the game. By thinking ahead, a fire emergency can be prevented with these fire safety tips:

  • Make sure smoke alarms are installed in each room, hallway and each level of your home
  • Test all smoke alarms once a month and replace batteries when needed
  • Have a fire escape plan and discuss it with all family members. Remember, practice makes perfect!

If a fire does occur in your home, get far away from it and call for help as soon as possible. It is NEVER recommended to go back inside under any circumstances.

If you have recently experienced a fire emergency, give us a call now at 909-399-9057 so we can help you with what to do next. Our professionals are standing by.

Fire Damage at Home: We can Help

10/2/2020 (Permalink)

Even after the fire is put out, your home suffers many consequences that SERVPRO of Claremont/Montclair can resolve.

Here are some immediate things to keep in mind after the fire has been put out.

DO

  • Keep movement in the home to a minimum. Constant moving will embed soot particles into carpet and upholstery
  • Wash any soot from chrome appliances including faucets and any trip. Then lightly coast these surfaces with a small amount of lubricant.
  • Wash both sides of leaves on all house plants. They most likely have ash on them.

DON’T

  • Attempt to wash any walls without contacting a SERVPRO expert
  • Attempt to clean or shampoo a carpet until professional help arrives
  • Eat any food or beverages that may have been stored near fire, water or heat – they may be contaminated

If you have recently been victimized by a fire in your home or office, give us a call at 909-399-9057 to schedule an inspection – we are here to help.

The Difference Between Smoke Detectors and Fire Alarms

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

Two firemen putting out a house fire. One thing is for sure, both smoke detectors and fire alarms save lives each year.

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a smoke detector and a fire alarm? Is it the same thing? They both have very important roles in your home and place of business. Today we are demystifying these two life savers and looking at why they should be hanging on everyone’s wall or ceiling.

Smoke Detectors:

As you read on, you will discover that both of these essential gadgets tell its own story in the name. To put it simply, a smoke detector can tell if there is smoke or fire in its earliest stages. This is terrific to have for several reasons including an alarm that goes off at the earliest sign of smoke. This alarm can avoid smoke inhalation for people, which causes more deaths than a fire itself. A smoke detector allows people in the surrounding area to evacuate immediately, hence saving lives. An inexpensive device like this can play a major role in the safety of your workplace and loved ones.

Fire Alarms:

The beauty of fire alarms is that they have the ability to monitor any changes in the environment related to combustion. Just like smoke detectors, fire alarms can sense when smoke is around too. This is where the confusion starts between the two-not only can fire alarms detect smoke, they can also activate the fire sprinkler system and alert the fire department. You will usually find these amazing gadgets in commercial buildings like apartments, high rise buildings and warehouses.

Knowing the difference is very important and can potentially save lives. If a recent fire has caused bad smoke odors in your home or workplace, we can help. Call our office at 909-399-9057 to have one of our technicians visit your home today.

Fire Prevention Tips from SERVPRO of Claremont / Montclair

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

A fire pit burning with four chairs around it in a backyard. Keep these fire prevention tips in mind, you may just need them one day.

The greatest fire prevention tip you can have for you and your loved ones is having a plan prepared, just in case. Thinking ahead can help avoid fire emergencies with the safety tips below.

Fire Safety Tips

  • Test all smoke alarms once a month to assure it is still active.
  • Changing the batteries in fire detectors should be done every 6 months or when the device begins to chirp. This indicates the battery is running low and needs to be replaced.
  • Have a fire escape plan and discuss it with everyone in the house.
  • Practice the escape plan by doing drills with your loved ones every so often. This can help everyone in the household understand what they need to do in case of an emergency. Remember, practice makes perfect!
  • Be extra careful with candles in the home. Before leaving the room, be sure to blow them out entirely. NEVER leave a candle unattended. If at all possible, consider flameless candles.

In case a fire ever ignites in the home, get as far away from the fire as possible. Call for help from a safe distance. It is NEVER recommended to go back inside under ANY circumstances. If you have recently experienced a fire emergency in your home or place of business, give us a call now at 909-399-9057 so we can help you with what to do next. Our professionals are standing by to give a helping hand.  

Backyard Fires and Safety Tips

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

A chair on fire burning almost charred. If not careful, a backyard get-together can end in disaster.

With April here (already!), the sun begins to come out from the clouds and warm up the days. This is the time to enjoy picnics, backyard parties and baby showers with the fire pit that has been put away since before winter. While participating in outdoor events is wonderful, it can also increase the chance of fires. Not to worry! By following these easy steps, you can help prevent any accidents from happening while protecting your family and friends.

Backyard Fire Safety Tips

  • The next backyard bash you host, make sure there is a safety net between your guests and an open flame like a fire pit or a barbeque
  • If your using candles to keep bugs and mosquitoes away, consider placing them in an area that is resistant to the flame
  • Consider battery operated or flameless candles for decoration. They give off a very nice glow!
  • Always have an adult present over a controlled fire
  • Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from open flames

Fore more safety tips on fire prevention or you have recently experienced a fire in the home, reach out to us at 909-399-9057. 

The Dos and Don’ts of Fire Safety

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

A brown house with a burned roof. The aftermath of a fire is even worse than you think. Minimize the amount of movement inside the house, as the soot can seep into your upholstery.

When a fire has wreaked havoc in your home or place of business, it wreaks havoc in your life. SERVPRO of Claremont / Montclair is here to make sure this doesn’t happen. If damage has been done from a fire, keep these Dos and Don’ts in mind. These pointers will make things easier for you until we arrive.

DO

  • Keep movement in the home to a minimum. Constant moving will embed soot particles into carpet and upholstery
  • Wash any soot from chrome appliances including faucets and any trip. Then lightly coast these surfaces with a small amount of lubricant.
  • Wash both sides of leaves on all house plants. They most likely have ash on them.

DON’T

  • Attempt to wash any walls without contacting a SERVPRO expert
  • Attempt to clean or shampoo a carpet until professional help arrives
  • Eat any food or beverages that may have been stored near fire, water or heat – they may be contaminated

Please contact us at 909-399-9057 for more information, we would love to help.

Photo: The aftermath of a fire is even worse than you think. Minimize the amount of movement inside the house, as the soot can seep into your upholstery.

Hot Oil and Fire Just Don’t Add Up

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

A small kitchen fire turned into something bigger. This is the aftermath of a pan on fire being thrown out this luxury apartment.

Looking at the damage a fire does to someone’s home is heartbreaking. Not to mention what it does to the tenant’s emotional state of mind. This was true for the tenants of this luxury apartment. The young couple living here was cooking dinner and the oil, when suddenly some of the oil contacted the fire. This caused an instant fire to the pan. Out of panic, they ran to the front door and threw it out. Unfortunately, this made matters worse and ignited another fire.

Our fire technicians lucky enough saved everything they could including a lot of the drywalls and furniture. About 4 days later, the entire apartment looked like an entirely different place. The tenants had tears of joy instead of from the traumatic experience. They were very thankful, and the property manager vowed to use us again in case an emergency ever happened again. 

Cigarette Fire in Rancho Cucamonga

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

Accidents happen. If you have recently experienced a fire in your home, give us a call and set up an appointment with us.

When approaching this Rancho Cucamonga condominium, our fire restoration technicians could still smell the recent blaze from down the street. When they approached the entrance, they immediately had to put on masks since the smell was so strong.

The fire was caused by a cigarette that was still lit. The owner thought he had put it out before he took a nap, but unfortunately that was not the case. Thank goodness he was safe and sound, but from a small ember of the cigarette, it lit a curtain on fire. After quickly extinguishing it, he gave us a call right away. After inspecting the damage, we got to work. We cleaned the entire affected bedroom with our specialty products. We used our SERVPRO sponges to clean all the soot and ash off the walls, cleaned out the HVAC and air ducts as well as fogged afterwards to make sure the smoke smell was no longer there. The owner was very pleased when he found his home just the way it used to be.

Accidents happen all the time. If you have recently been victimized by a fire in your home or office, give us a call at 909-399-9057 to schedule an inspection – we are here to help.   

The Dos and Don’ts of Fire Safety

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

The aftermath of a fire is even worse than you think. Minimize the amount of movement inside the house, as the soot can seep into your upholstery.

When a fire has wreaked havoc in your home or place of business, it wreaks havoc in your life. SERVPRO of Claremont / Montclair is here to make sure this doesn’t happen. If damage has been done from a fire, keep these Dos and Don’ts in mind. These pointers will make things easier for you until we arrive.

DO

  • Keep movement in the home to a minimum. Constant moving will embed soot particles into carpet and upholstery
  • Wash any soot from chrome appliances including faucets and any trip. Then lightly coast these surfaces with a small amount of lubricant.
  • Wash both sides of leaves on all house plants. They most likely have ash on them.

DON’T

  • Attempt to wash any walls without contacting a SERVPRO expert
  • Attempt to clean or shampoo a carpet until professional help arrives
  • Eat any food or beverages that may have been stored near fire, water or heat – they may be contaminated

Please contact us at 909-399-9057 for more information, we would love to help.

The Difference Between Smoke Detectors and Fire Alarms

4/3/2019 (Permalink)

Small and inexpensive, smoke detectors and fire alarms can potentially avoid fires like this one and save lives.

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a smoke detector and a fire alarm? Is it the same thing? They both have very important roles in your home and place of business. Today we are demystifying these two life savers and looking at why they should be hanging on everyone’s wall or ceiling.

Smoke Detectors:

As you read on, you will discover that both of these essential gadgets tell its own story in the name. To put it simply, a smoke detector can tell if there is smoke or fire in its earliest stages. This is terrific to have for several reasons including an alarm that goes off at the earliest sign of smoke. This alarm can avoid smoke inhalation for people, which causes more deaths than a fire itself. A smoke detector allows people in the surrounding area to evacuate immediately, hence saving lives. An inexpensive device like this can play a major role in the safety of your workplace and loved ones.

Fire Alarms:

The beauty of fire alarms is that they have the ability to monitor any changes in the environment related to combustion. Just like smoke detectors, fire alarms can sense when smoke is around too. This is where the confusion starts between the two-not only can fire alarms detect smoke, they can also activate the fire sprinkler system and alert the fire department. You will usually find these amazing gadgets in commercial buildings like apartments, high rise buildings and warehouses.

Knowing the difference is very important and can potentially save lives. If a recent fire has caused bad smoke odors in your home or workplace, we can help. Call our office at 909-399-9057 to have one of our technicians visit your home today.

Fire Prevention Tips from SERVPRO of Claremont / Montclair

4/3/2019 (Permalink)

Having a fire prevention plan and following these safety tips will help avoid fires in your home or office.

The greatest fire prevention tip you can have for you and your loved ones is having a plan prepared, just in case. Thinking ahead can help avoid fire emergencies with the safety tips below.

Fire Safety Tips

  • Test all smoke alarms once a month to assure it is still active.
  • Changing the batteries in fire detectors should be done every 6 months or when the device begins to chirp. This indicates the battery is running low and needs to be replaced.
  • Have a fire escape plan and discuss it with everyone in the house.
  • Practice the escape plan by doing drills with your loved ones every so often. This can help everyone in the household understand what they need to do in case of an emergency. Remember, practice makes perfect!
  • Be extra careful with candles in the home. Before leaving the room, be sure to blow them out entirely. NEVER leave a candle unattended. If at all possible, consider flameless candles.

In case a fire ever ignites in the home, get as far away from the fire as possible. Call for help from a safe distance. It is NEVER recommended to go back inside under ANY circumstances. If you have recently experienced a fire emergency in your home or place of business, give us a call now at 909-399-9057 so we can help you with what to do next. Our professionals are standing by to give a helping hand.  

Backyard Fires and Safety Tips

4/3/2019 (Permalink)

If not careful, a backyard get-together can end in disaster.

With April here (already!), the sun begins to come out from the clouds and warm up the days. This is the time to enjoy picnics, backyard parties and baby showers with the fire pit that has been put away since before winter. While participating in outdoor events is wonderful, it can also increase the chance of fires. Not to worry! By following these easy steps, you can help prevent any accidents from happening while protecting your family and friends.

Backyard Fire Safety Tips

  • The next backyard bash you host, make sure there is a safety net between your guests and an open flame like a fire pit or a barbeque
  • If your using candles to keep bugs and mosquitoes away, consider placing them in an area that is resistant to the flame
  • Consider battery operated or flameless candles for decoration. They give off a very nice glow!
  • Always have an adult present over a controlled fire
  • Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from open flames

Fore more safety tips on fire prevention or you have recently experienced a fire in the home, reach out to us at 909-399-9057.     

The Dos and Donts of Fire Safety

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

If the damage is done from a fire, make sure to move as little as possible. Movement can make soot absorb into your upholstery and furniture.

If fire has already struck your home, we are here to help you. If the damage is done from a fire, we would like to suggest to you a few things that make things easier for you until we arrive.

DO

  • Keep movement in the home to a minimum. Constant moving will embed soot particles into carpet and upholstery
  • Wash any soot from chrome appliances including faucets and any trim. Then lightly coat these surfaces with a small amount of lubricant.
  • Wash both sides of leaves on all house plants. They most likely have ash on them.

DON’T

  • Attempt to wash any walls without contacting a SERVPRO expert
  • Attempt to clean or shampoo a carpet until professional help arrives
  • Eat any food or beverages that may have been stored near fire, heat or water – they may be contaminated

For more information, contact us at 909-399-9057 today. We would love to help.

Be Safe With These Fire Prevention Tips

4/7/2018 (Permalink)

In case of a fire, the best thing to do it to get away from it and stay away until the fire department arrives.

The residence with a plan is already one step ahead of the game. By thinking ahead, a fire emergency can be prevented with these fire safety tips:

  • Make sure smoke alarms are installed in each room, hallway and each level of your home
  • Test all smoke alarms once a month and replace batteries when needed
  • Have a fire escape plan and discuss it with all family members. Remember, practice makes perfect!

If a fire does occur in your home, get far away from it and call for help as soon as possible. It is NEVER recommended to go back inside under any circumstances.

If you have recently experienced a fire emergency, give us a call now at 909-399-9057 so we can help you with what to do next. Our professionals are standing by.

The Difference Between a Smoke Detector and a Fire Alarm

4/7/2018 (Permalink)

A smoke detector can detect early signs of smoke and potentially save lives.

We have all heard the terms smoke detector and fire alarm floating around television, radio and the internet but what is the difference? Well, one thing is for sure – they both have very important jobs. If you look at each one, you will discover that it is all in the name.

Detecting Smoke

A smoke detector in a nutshell, detects smoke or fire in its earliest stages. This is a terrific device for a number of reasons including fast warning to evacuate the premises. This can avoid smoke inhalation, which causes more deadly disasters than the actual fire itself. These small, inexpensive devices can play a vital role in the safety of your loved ones at home or in the workplace.

Sound the (Fire) Alarm

The great thing about fire alarms is that they can detect when fires are present by monitoring the environment for changes related to combustion. They like fire alarms, can also detect smoke. This is one trait that is commonly mistaken with smoke alarms. Fire alarms are usually found in commercial buildings and for good reason. They can be activated to trigger sprinkler systems and alert the fire department.

If a recent fire accident has caused a bad odor from the smoke, we can help. Give us a call at 909-399-9057 twenty-four hours a day.

Fire Prevention For Your Next Outdoor Gathering

4/7/2018 (Permalink)

Follow these steps to prevent outdoor backyard fires and ensure the safety of family and guests.

From baby showers to enjoying the backyard fire pit, when the sun begins to shine we tend to spend more time with family and friends outdoors. Hosting a get together outside is always fun, but it can also mean an increased chance of home fires.

The great news is that by following a few easy steps, you can help prevent any accidents while keeping your family and guests safe. So, the next backyard bash you throw, consider these steps:

  • Use sturdy candle holders that won’t tip over
  • Consider battery operated or flameless candles instead. They give off a nice glow and are great alternatives
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from open flames
  • Always have an adult present when a controlled fire is burning

Many fire services are available to you, contact us today at 909-399-9057 for more information.

Claremont/Montclair Smoke and Soot Cleanup

3/30/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Home or Business

 

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 Claremont/Montclair 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 at (909) 399-9057