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Staying Safe With Thermal Fogging During Setauket Fire Restoration
For help with any level of fire damage in your home, call SERVPROS certified team. We are always available.
SERVPRO Techs Know about Using Thermal Foggers Safely in Setauket
As restoration specialists, it is not enough for us to know which equipment to use for each job. We must also know the best practices for the most effective results and how to use the equipment safely.
One helpful piece of equipment for fire restoration in Setauket is the thermal fogger. Thermal foggers deliver solvent-based counteractants to battle smoke smells. Foggers deliver the deodorizing agents in tiny particles, similar in size to smoke particles, which can easily penetrate the nooks and crannies of your home.
We train our technicians on the correct use of thermal foggers and when to choose a thermal fogger over another deodorizing agent such as pellets or media blasting. Safety is our priority, and we take all the correct precautions before and during thermal fogging:
- Getting kitted out with safety equipment such as aprons and breathing apparatus.
- Checking, there are no open flames, pilot lights, or potential sources of sparks.
- Ensuring you and your family and pets have left the area.
After fogging, we ventilate thoroughly and will advise you when it is safe to come back into the room.
For a safe and reliable fire remediation service, call SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300.
Enjoy the “Filtered Light” Exhibition at Gallery North, Setauket
You can depend on our SERVPRO teams to cleanup and restore your property and personal belongings after a fire takes place.
Attend Setauket Gallery North Virtual ArTalk Series with Artists Marceil Kazickas & Ty Stroudsburg
Visiting Gallery North provides an opportunity to walk into an 1800s farmhouse located on a 2.5-acre campus. Gallery North also offers various works of art and exhibitions for local artists.
The art gallery’s objectives are:
Offer exhibitions of contemporary craftspersons and artists.
Bringing local works of art to the public
Stimulate interest in artistic endeavors
Bring educational programs to the general public
The next exhibition begins on Jan 14 and runs until Feb 25, entitled “Filtered Light,” sponsored by the Gallery and artists Marceil Kazickas & Ty Stroudsburg. The Gallery is located on 90 North Country Road, Setauket. Both artists share interests in manipulating color, texture, light, and elements from the natural world. The exhibit features medium and large-scale oil paintings and a few smaller pastel drawings.
The artists will also attend a Virtual ArTalk on Saturday, Feb 6 at 6 pm. Registration is required to attend.
SERVPRO of Port Jefferson provides fire, smoke odor remediation assistance to Setauket residential basements and retail/business commercial companies, and surrounding areas. Call (631) 476-5300. Our SERVPRO team is prepared to respond 24/7 to help with all your fire, smoke odor remediation needs.
The Winter Miles Challenge Launches for Rocky Point Residents this December.
Sign up for the Winter Miles Challenge with other Rocky Point Residents this December.
The Never Stop Running Foundation is Opening Applications for the Winter Virtual Run Around Rocky Point.
The Never Stop Running Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that raises awareness and donations for numerous charities, including the E.J Autism Foundation and veteran charity V.E.S.T. The virtual running event allows participants to take to the beaches and trails of Rocky Point from December 27th. Between now and April, there are loads of races to take part in, with progress reports uploadable to the Never Stop Running Foundations website. Applicants can choose between 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathons, and Marathons. Inclusivity is a priority, with walking or jogging both accepted. Get involved with a great cause this winter period in Rocky Point and win prizes for each race.
- Donations are recommended when signing up for the virtual race event.
- Suggested donations begin at $5.00 per race. You can download the virtual race app to measure your distance and progress.
- Take part in five races to receive a Finishers medal. Further prizes are awarded for those competing in seven or twelve races.
Smoke and soots from a house fire can settle onto furnishings or fabrics and cause damage to your home even after the flames are extinguished. Contact SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300.
Setauket Residents Use Professional Restoration Services to Remove Soot, Smoke, and Odors From their Homes
SERVPRO has the skilled technicians your property needs for thorough and effective fire damage remediation. Call the experts today at (631) 476-5300.
SERVPRO of Port Jefferson is a Licensed Fire Restoration Service for Setauket Residents.
The township of Setauket is a suburb on New York's Long Island. Based in the Suffolk County District of Long Island, the small village by Port Jefferson played a considerable role in the war for independence. Considered a part of the gateway region, Setauket's early period was fraught with military invasions as it formed a tactical battleground for forces coming across the Atlantic. Setauket was established as a rural farming community as early as the 17th century. The region has a considerable history, and many early settler buildings remain to this day. Setauket's population is around 15,000, but the nearby Stony Brook University ensures that local businesses continue to thrive, serving the 24,500 students. While primarily a residential area of Long Island, the American Revolutionary War's unique history ensures that the site receives tourism throughout the year.
Setauket gained some pop-culture recognition in the United States with the release of AMC's TURN. The hit show tells the story of the Culper Spy Ring, which fed crucial information on French and British troops' military movements to the American forces. The show starred Jamie Bell and was released in 2014 but has recently been picked up by Netflix. The 1777 Battle of Setauket was fought at the village green on what is today, Mainstreet. Patriot forces took cover from loyalist gunfire and set up a cannon behind a vast rock to return fire, commemorated as Patriots Rock. The area is now owned by The Three Village Community Trust, which maintains the 3.5-acres and the Setauket Mill Pond running South of Main Street. The combination of the Culper Spy Ring and Setauket's battle was influential during the American Revolutionary War in undermining the British forces and, notably, counterfeiting continental currency- which subsequently had to be retired.
- Geographically the Setauket region comprises both West and East areas bordering Port Jefferson and Stony Brook. Stony Brook University is a part of the State University of New York and is one of four other universities.
- Despite being founded recently in 1957, Stony Brook has a strong reputation for research and technological innovation. One of the founding members of hedge fund Renaissance Technologies was Stony Brook University, Professor James Harris Simons. The fund has since become one of the most profitable in the United States.
- Aside from universities, Setauket also has a strong reputation for producing gifted young people. The Ward Melville High School on Old Town Road has a national prominence thanks to its inSTAR program that supports STEM subjects and research. The high school has several young scientists reaching the later stages of the Intel Science Talent Search, which accepts around 1,800 high school science papers each year and offers a first prize of $250,000.
Historical Places in Setauket
- The Three Village Historical Society is a must-see for those passing through East Setauket. In 1964 the founding of the historical society began with Setauket's many areas being earmarked for potential historical significance. In 1998, the organization brought its first headquarters at North Country Road. Relive the incredible history of the American Revolutionary War with Culper Spy Day, which occurs periodically throughout the year and invites guests to explore the unique design of muskets, the house of spy Dr. Thompson and Abraham Woodhull.
- Setauket Neighborhood House is another piece of Long Island and US history preserved by the Three Village Historical Society. Situated on Main St., the property continues to be part of the active contemporary community of Port Jefferson and Setauket. Community events include drama performances, poetry readings, art exhibitions, and tours of the building itself. There are also rental rooms available for residents and visitors. To book spaces for events, you can contact the Three Village Historical Society directly through their website.
- The Old Field Lighthouse is reachable by the walking trails along Sand Beach and was initially constructed in 1868. In regular service times, visitors can enter the lighthouse and observe Connecticut and the bay's fantastic views. The lighthouse borders both Port Jefferson and Stony Brook Harbor with architectural similarities to many mid-nineteenth century lighthouses built across the Northern Coast.
- Setauket Presbyterian Church was annexed by British invasion forces during the American Revolutionary War and fortified into a stronghold that fended off troops' attacks in Connecticut. Thanks to the information provided to George Washington by the Culper Spy Ring, it was eventually returned to US forces. The Presbyterian and Caroline Churches still have bullets from the battles fought on the Village Green.
Smoke Damages Can Be Odorous and Difficult to Remove without Professional Assistance from SERVPRO of Port Jefferson.
Smoke and odors can come in different shapes and sizes. Some smoke residues may respond to specific cleaning products, whereas those same products could cause further harm to ulterior smoke stains. SERVPRO technicians thoroughly test your home for the types of smoke damage present in the property and tailor a restoration to your unique needs. One way of assessing the type of smoke damage is to observe the types of materials that burn. Synthetic materials tend to produce oily, wet smokes, which usually require powerful solvents to dissolve and remove. On the other hand, when natural materials like wood combust, they release dry soot particles, often cleaned with household detergents or through light vacuuming.
- Our technicians work quickly with your insurance adjuster to produce a verbal estimate and give you an accurate timeframe for the restoration process.
- State-of-the-art cleaning methods include ultrasonic cleaning, mechanical cleaning, and pH testing for acidic or alkaline smoke types.
- Odor Control Technicians (OCT) can deploy a range of odor-controlling materials in the home and use venting fans or air filtration devices to restore your indoor air quality.
Smokes can cause extensive harm to your home, which could be exacerbated by certain cleaning products. Contact SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300.
Fill a Crisp Rocky Point Autumn Day with Memories You Can Hold Onto for a Lifetime
Enjoy the Holidays-But safeguard against fire damage to your Rocky Point home--SERVPRO
Prosser Pines Preserve Is the Perfect Place for a Last Minute Pre-Holiday Photo Shoot for Rocky Point Residents
Beginning 9:00 am November 25, 2020, take your Rocky Point family to Prosser Pines Preserve for some late fall color and a chance to enjoy fresh air and fellowship. Local photographers will be on hand to capture some timeless moments shared by families, friends, couples, and even your furry pals. Check out the Patch Miller Place-Rocky Point website to confirm the following details:
- View available time slots and reserve a photographer.
- Plan for a 30-minute time frame for your shoot.
- Expect to receive a gallery of 40 plus shots within a week to review.
- Pay for only the shots you love at $15 or less.
- Use code PATCH for 10% off five or more photos purchased.
Count on the fire damage restoration experts at SERVPRO of Port Jefferson for a picture-perfect return to “Like it never even happened,” condition after a household blaze in your home. Call for a prompt assessment and emergency recovery services at (631) 476-5300.
What Hazards does SERVPRO Have to be Mindful of When Dealing with Fire and Soot Damage?
Smoke and soot travel throughout the house and an be difficult to clean. SERVPRO has the answers!
Setauket Homeowners Need Safety-Conscious Fire and Soot Damage Restoration Crews
Home safety is something most Setauket homeowners are aware of, at least some of the time. We all know the importance of not leaving a burning candle unattended and always keeping on top of roof repairs. When it comes to a disaster in the home, health and safety become even more critical, and you need a repair crew who will put safety first.
Fire and soot damage to your Setauket home brings with it a slew of potential hazards. It would be helpful if you had access to a restoration team that understands how to identify and mitigate risks and create a safe working space. Good health and safety practices mean peace of mind for you and your family and a lower-risk remediation project.
What kind of training does SERVPRO give its employees?
We train all our technicians to the standards set by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The IICRC offers the industry standard in cleaning practices, which means our SERVPRO techs are up-to-date on the best practices and techniques for every aspect of remediation.
Because SERVPRO of Port Jefferson is a Franchise, our team has access to national training resources including:
- Training at our training facility
- Self-paced e-learning
- Opportunities for professional development and ongoing training
What structural hazards are there during restoration?
One of the main concerns when remediating with fire and soot damage is structural safety. Fire can wreak havoc with walls, ceilings, roofs, and crawl-spaces, leaving your home unstable. For example, there is the risk of falling debris, sagging ceilings, or even sharp edges that could cause a wound.
We equip our teams with hard hats and safety boots, and securing the working area's safety is our priority. If we need to call in an engineer or other professional to help keep the site safe, we will. SERVPRO teams will advise you when it is safe to enter, so please follow their directions.
We also know of the potential for slip, trip, and fall hazards. These can be caused by:
- Floors that are wet from firefighting efforts
- Soot residue on tile floors
- Walking onto hardwood floors after stepping on a damp surface
- Protruding nails or splinters, unstable flooring, or holes
Our teams will set up caution signs to warn workers and your family of potential problems.
What about the risks from fire and soot?
Smoke in Setauket is a hazardous substance that can be noxious. We furnish our teams with personal protective equipment, including aprons, gloves, and respirators, to keep them safe while working. Because soot can be hazardous and can also damage your home, the residue must be cleaned thoroughly.
Our teams understand the different kinds of soot and the way it interacts with various surfaces. We can take care of cleaning soot from:
- The walls and ceilings of your home
- Textiles such as linens, drapes, and carpets
- Upholstery and cushions
- Wooden and metal furniture
The best way to deal with soot is thorough cleaning – and that is what we do best. We use a range of scrubbing actions, chemical cleaning, and sometimes media blasting to clean the soot out of every nook and cranny. We can also use ultrasonic and hydraulic cleaning for your soft furnishings, linens, drapes, and spot cleaning for more delicate upholstery.
Is there a danger from firefighting chemicals?
Firefighting chemicals are a necessary part of extinguishing a blaze – but they can also be toxic. That is why we recommend you dispose of all food, cosmetics, make-up, and medicines that were exposed to firefighting chemicals. It is better to replace them than run the risk of contamination.
Our cleaning process also helps remove leftover residues from firefighting efforts.
Are there any hazards from fogging?
Our goal is to leave your home, "Like it never even happened." That means leaving it smelling fresh too. Thermal fogging is a powerful way to deal with leftover odors, but it comes with its risks, which our technicians must stay aware.
Thermal fogging chemicals are flammable, so our technicians must extinguish all pilot lights, stoves, water heaters, ranges, etc. before beginning. We also turn off any electrical devices that could cause a spark. We do not begin fogging until you, your family, and pets are clear of the area. We also post signs to let people know fogging is in progress, and we will advise you can safely re-enter the room. We also ventilate the area thoroughly before you come back.
Fire and soot damage can cause many hazards. You can rely on SERVPRO to take care of risks and advise you when it is safe to re-enter damaged areas. For help with fire and soot cleanup, call SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300.
Can My Home Look Again Like It Did Before A Fire?
Let SERVPRO get your Stony Brook home back on track after a fire damage.
Yes, If You Have SERVPRO Restoration Put Your Stony Brook Home Back Together
Residential fires are usually limited when it comes to physical damage from the heat and flames. For most homes, the problems occur after the fire begins to cool, leaving smoke residues on nearly every surface in a home.
Aren’t Residues Simple to Wipe Away?
Some are, but others take a more serious amount of time, tools, and even special cleaning agents. Fire restoration in Stony Brook homes requires a well-trained, and well-equipped, response team. SERVPRO has some of the best-trained technicians in the restoration industry and access to a nation-wide network of equipment for returning your home to its pre-fire condition.
What Determines How SERVPRO Cleans Residues from My Home?
There are four types of smoke residues; Dry, Wet, Protein, and Fuel Oil. Protein (food-based) is limited to the kitchen usually and Fuel Oil happens only in winter with homes heated by an oil-burning furnace. Below are the factors which determine the more common dry and wet types.
- Type of Material burned in the fire.
- Amount of Oxygen for combustion.
- The Rate of Combustion.
Natural materials (paper and cotton for example) leave dry residues. Synthetic materials (plastic and foam rubber) leave stickier residues. A hotter fire, rich in oxygen burns both drier and easier to remove. Cooler fires with reduced oxygen deposit wet residues that smear and become sticky once they cool off.
How Do Technicians Remove Them?
SERVPRO team members can use soft brushes and dry sponges to wipe dry residues off surfaces. For very thick layers or wet residues, they can use stiff brushes and one of the cleaning agents designed for removing them. If either type of residue is on a rough surface like brick, concrete, or stone, technicians can also use a powered agitator for removal.
To schedule a service call to restore your home here or in Setauket, call SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300 today.
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Who Should I Call for Bathroom Exhaust Fan Fire Damage Mitigation in Setauket?
No matter if the fire is large or small, SERVPRO is always on call tor restore your home.
Choose an IICRC-Certified Restoration Firm for Fire Damage Cleanup in Your Setauket Home
Bathroom fire damage caused by exhaust fans may seem like a reasonably obscure claim compared to many other fire sources in the typical bathroom, but these types of fires can be among the most disastrous. Even with fast fire prevention tactics, most homeowners do not have the means to clean or repair their HVAC system. This type of work usually requires licensed professionals to minimize damage to your ventilation, your electrical components, and the structure of your home itself.
When your Setauket home requires fire damage cleanup, you can count on the certified technicians at SERVPRO to get started on mitigation within hours of your call. SERVPRO’s mitigation process does not stop at cleaning the soot off of your bathroom surfaces. This team’s restore-first approach strives to save you time and money.
These licensed pros offer the following services to Setauket residents:
- Cleanup: After a disaster occurs, licensed technicians focus on restoring your residence to a clean and safe condition.
- Restoration: This process can include installing new tile, cleaning your HVAC system, repainting walls, and repairing nearby carpet that may have been affected by the fire.
- Rebuilding: If the structural damage in your home from the fire requires more work to restore, SERVPRO contractors can repair subflooring, install new wall joists, and hang the drywall.
What Should I Look for When Detecting Bathroom Fan Fire Damage?
- How old is the fan? If the fan has been there since before you moved into your home, it may be time to have a licensed electrician take a look at it. When your fan needs replacing, consider having a thermally-insulated exhaust fan installed in its place.
- What kind of noises does your fan make? A fan that makes lots of noise while it is rotating, for example, can indicate that the motor is on its last legs. If the fan blades stop turning altogether, the motor might overheat, which can ignite a fire in your bathroom.
- Can you see or smell any burnt or melted components? If you notice a mild burning smell or perhaps a distinct, ozone-like scent, it may be time to call your electrician to look for damage to nearby wires and wire nuts.
SERVPRO technicians can aid Setauket residents in as little as four hours after their initial contact in the event of a disaster caused by a residential electrical fire.
How Can I Prevent Bathroom Exhaust Fan Fire Damage?
Here are some tips to help minimize buildup and other fire risks that Setauket homeowners can affect their bathroom exhaust fans, potentially causing fire damage:
- Keep the fan clean. You can remove dust with a wet cloth and then rinse it in warm soapy water after cleaning. You may also want to clean the faceplate covering the exhaust fan. Ensure that both the fan blades and the faceplate are clean and dry before reinstalling, or you may have some mold buildup on your hands later.
- Use canned air for spot cleaning. The exhaust fan does not need a thorough cleaning every single time. You can buy a can of compressed air to spray on the fan while it is running. Use this material for cleaning electrical equipment, so it is safe on your bathroom fan.
- Clear out surrounding ducts. Sometimes, exhaust fan fires are not caused by the fan failing, but instead, by buildup in the surrounding ductwork where vented air channels outward. If your bathroom uses flex ducts, you can maintain these vents with a flexible duct cleaning extension kit that you can find at most hardware stores. A licensed electrician can also perform this task.
- Install a timer. Another major cause of exhaust fan fires is motor failure after a protracted period of extensive use. A timer-based switch that automatically turns the fan off can lower the risk posed by an overworked fan motor.
- Swap your incandescent bulbs for LEDs. Consider switching out incandescent bulbs in your bathroom for low-heat, energy-saving solutions like LED light bulbs. The lower electrical load is easier on your electrical system overall.
How Does SERVPRO Address Odors Caused By Fire Damage?
Deodorizing solutions may be needed to address the odors that come from an electrical fire. Burnt metal, drywall, and charred electrical components so close to your vent system can spread fire damage odors throughout your home. SERVPRO says Setauket homeowners with a variety of deodorizing solutions, including:
- EPA registered antimicrobials
- Thermal and ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers
- Odor counteractant beads
- Trays of scented granules placed near air intakes
- HEPA filter air scrubbers
These efforts, combined with high-powered ventilation box fans that exchange air 3000 to 5000 cubic feet per minute, significantly improve indoor air quality while removing odors from your home.
SERVPRO of Port Jefferson can provide cleanup services that leave your home looking, “Like it never even happened.” Call (631) 476-5300 to have a team at your home within hours of your initial contact.
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The Real Truth Behind Fire Damage Remediation in Setauket
Don't panic after the fire fighters leave. Contact Team SERVPRO 24/7 for effective remediation services. We are available 365 days a year.
Fire Damage Setauket – Developing a Plan
Whether it is a small fire in the kitchen or something more significant, most people are overwhelmed. Many wonder how their family can ever recover, should the family move out until repairs are made, and how can the odor from the smoke ever be removed? These are questions that most people have until a recovery plan is developed!
SERVPRO provides fire damage recovery services in Setauket and surrounding areas. We have had lots of experience with fire damage situations and can provide suggestions and helpful information regarding what to do in these situations. Most importantly, we develop a restoration plan in conjunction with your insurance provider and you, the client. We respond in less than 4 hours, and our teams are available every day, 24 hours a day.
Planning Recovery from Fire Damages
One of the first steps our crew chief undertakes when he arrives at your home is to assess the situation, the amount of damage, and if there are any safety concerns for the homeowner and our team members. Our crew chief begins to formulate a plan to restore your home, based on the amount of damage from the fire.
We take the following significant factors into account include the amount of charring and fire damage, water, or chemical damage from putting the fire out and smoke damage, which may have spread throughout the house. The amount and extent of smoke residue in the home depending on how hot the fire was, how long it burned, and air currents within the home. The smoke odor might have spread to every room if the furnace was operating at the time of the fire.
Our SERVPRO fire technicians develop a plan considering all of these factors, to restore your home to its original condition. Our crew chief can explain the plan, the timeline, and the overall cost. Once a plan is in place, homeowners can focus on the recovery as well and appreciate having a professional firm assisting in the recovery.
Call SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Shoreham, Belle Terre, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
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Why We Are The Leader In Rocky Point After A Fire
Our technicians arrive right away to begin your fire damage restoration. We are available 24/7 to prevent further damage so call us right away.
How SERVPRO Technicians in Rocky Point Address Fire Damage
Any fire incident, big or small, usually sends smoke throughout the home. Whenever there is smoke, the soot and sticky residue gets left behind on various surfaces and permeates porous materials. Hiring the professionals for cleanup ensures you address all interior elements from your cabinets and lighting fixtures to the draperies and insulation, without forgetting glass and other surfaces.
Something that we pay attention to at SERVPRO when addressing fire damage in Rocky Point is the patterns in which smoke moves throughout the home. Smoke not only drifts upwards, but it also moves via convection currents to colder portions of the structure. Concealed areas like your cabinets and cavities in the walls have cooler temperatures than the rest of your home, so this is where smoke residue often accumulates.
Our trained SERVPRO technicians take the time to remove knobs and handles off of cabinetry to get into all crevices. We also take dry sponges to clean interior residues on unfinished wood. Whenever residue is left behind after dry sponging, we employ the use of denatured alcohol to help remove residue without pushing them further into the porous wood surface.
For cleaning ceilings, SERVPRO technicians inspect lighting fixtures to remove soot to inhibit corrosion. Our skilled team members also take precautions to avoid the potential for further damage. Electric circuit testers are used to avoid short-circuits, which can be dangerous. We also take the time to pretest with cleaning solutions to make sure that they do not damage finishes around your fixtures. All residues are thoroughly wiped behind and around all fixtures.
When soot and smoke residue make its way into your insulation, even though it may not hinder effectiveness, the foul odors still pose a problem. In most situations, it is more efficient and cost-effective to replace the insulation rather than cleaning it. Once we assess the insulation in your home, we may be able to solve the problem by replacing the first 3 to 4 inches.
Once you suffer fire damage loss in your home, thorough cleaning using specialized methods, equipment, and products is the best way to go. We are available to assist when you call us at SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300. Our team is available 24 hours, 7 days a week for emergency service!
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How Professionals Remediate Fire Damage in Rocky Point
SERVPRO has the training and experience to clean and restore your fire damaged home.
Why It is Crucial to Invite Professionals to Restore Your Fire Damaged Rocky Point Home
Few forces in nature possess the destructive capacity of fire and its ability to strike any property with no warning. If your property has become a victim of fire, there is a high chance that it has smoke residues, smoke odors, water, debris, and other undesirable substances. It is vital to clean up your home because of cosmetic and health reasons.
You can deal with the fire damage in your Rocky Point home by contacting an ethical and efficient restoration company such as SERVPRO. We follow sensible fire damage restoration steps while providing emotional and moral support. We can deal with several types of destruction that often happen after a fire is extinguished. They include:
Soot is the primary carbon byproduct of burning materials. Most fires involve several kinds of burning materials, depending on what burned. Soot can cause damage of its own on most surfaces it contacts, especially it mixes with water. Textured and porous surfaces are highly vulnerable to soot staining. Soot can discolor specific stones, plastics, carpets, textiles, and unburned wood. The longer such items remain exposed to smoke, the less likely it is to reverse the discoloration, and the high the chance that you need to replace certain items. Our technicians can vacuum dry smoke residues from affected surfaces before using wet cleaning products.
Firefighters often use water to extinguish the flames. It is essential to clean up stagnant water, but since water tends to soak into different porous surfaces, moisture removal does not end with drying flooring. Water could have seeped into the floorboards, walls, or below the floors themselves. In multi-story homes, standing water can seep down to the next level, and affects walls and ceilings in the process. Our team can use pumps to remove the water and air movers to expedite the drying process for flooring, walls, and furnishings. We can also use dehumidification equipment to eliminate moisture from your home.
Surfaces made of metal can become oxidized if they interact with oxygen. Water usually gives up its oxygen atom to metallic surfaces, creating corrosion or oxidation. Through oxidation, water can render small electronic conductors and components irreparable should you not restore the equipment on time. Corrosion also eats away at the metal casing of electronic items. Our technicians can clean the outside casing properly and refer the equipment to a competent electronics restorer.
Odors are challenging to remove, especially if they interact with surfaces for a long time. We can use an air scrubber to deodorize your property effectively. The device draws dirty indoor air through several filters that capture gases and odors and exhausts clean air back into the property’s environment.
With advanced cleaning strategies and products, it is possible to restore a home with fire damage. Call SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300 to deal with the destruction and make it seem, “Like it never even happened.”
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How SERVPRO Removes Fire Odors from Your Rocky Point Home
Even after the fire damage is restored, fire odors persist. SERVPRO has the technology to remove smoke damage from your home. Call us today!
Exchanging Odor-Causing Particles from Fire Damage with Clean Air in your Rocky Point Home
It is usual for homeowners to want property restoration after a fire to come as quickly as possible. Emergencies like these can put a significant strain on a household. It can be tough to find time between working hours to perform the deep cleaning required to return home back to a preloss condition. Unfortunately, fires can occur at any time with disregard for your everyday life. Passing on the restoration duties to a professional company, you can free up your own time as well as be sure that the work is both comprehensive and efficient.
Even after extensive cleaning of fire damage in your Rocky Point home, odors can persist. Odor-causing particles are microscopic. While opening windows and ventilating a space with fans can help to reduce odor, you may find it persists after several days. In these events, you may be better off seeking a professional restorer like SERVPRO to carry out odor control in your home. Odor comes from a variety of sources, and the equipment you need to deal with it is highly technical.
Since the cause of the odor is a particle, one effective method of fire odor control is by removing these particles. Similar to opening windows or ventilating a space, the removal of odor particles is achievable by exchanging indoor air with cleaner air. If there are limits to ventilation options, such as in hallways or other enclosed spaces, SERVPRO can use air-scrubbing equipment.
Air scrubbers use negative air pressure to pull indoor air through a series of filters. Advanced equipment features high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters that can capture odor-causing particles as they pass through, depositing clean air into the affected area. Some HEPA grade filters use charcoal to filter particles as small as 0.3 microns from a space. In larger areas, our box fans can churn a massive amount of air through the room, exchanging the complete volume of indoor air up to sixty times in a short period.
Restoring your indoor air quality is paramount to dealing with unpleasant odors. Contact SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300 to arrange for a qualified odor control technician.
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We Act Fast To Limit More Damage To Your Stony Brook Home After A Fire
This was the aftermath of a kitchen fire and there was significant smoke and soot damage. We arrived right away and began restoration.
Innovations in Deodorization that Help Stony Brook Residences After Fire Damage
The smoke and soot that spread throughout your Stony Brook home after a fire cause many different kinds of damage. Our prompt use of restoration industry best practices mitigates or stop the progressive deterioration highly corrosive fire residues can inflict on structural components and contents. We then work on remediation, returning as many surfaces and fixtures to preloss condition as possible by cleaning and clearing away debris.
Lingering Odors an Unwanted Reminder of Fire Damage
One of the biggest fire damage challenges a Stony Brook homeowner faces is the stench that can persist long after all exterior and interior damage is restored. The tiny bits of incompletely combusted building materials and contents that are the solids in smoke and soot carry the odor. Because they are so small, it can be very difficult to eradicate all of them. Thus, malodors endure. Smells are very evocative, reminding you and your family of the fear, worry, and disruption of the fire if not eliminated.
Deodorization Is a Multi-Step Process
SERVPRO utilizes a malodor abatement protocol that eventually takes care of the smells after fire damage. We know that the perception of odors is a very individual thing, so we use many strategies until you and your family are satisfied. We start by finding and disposing of all charred items, searching until these “bigger” odor-holders are out the door. Deep cleaning of solid and porous surfaces deals with surface and absorbed odors, the latter of which can vaporize out of the pores of wood or fibers. We inspect your HVAC system as well, arranging for cleaning if sooty debris is inside, ready to move from space to space in the ductwork.
Sealing In Odor Is an Option
If structures are sound but seem to emit fire-related smells even after deep cleaning, sealing is a possibility to prevent odors from vaporizing. Hard to reach recesses in the ductwork also might profit from sealing.
Advanced Deodorization Techniques
If a thorough cleaning does not do the trick and sealing is impractical, SERVPRO utilizes equipment like thermal foggers, ozone machines, or hydroxyl generators. These resources emit particles that seek out and pair with the odiferous smoke solids, neutralizing the smell through chemical changes at the molecular level. This approach can be successful with airborne smells and malodorous particles that settled and even worked their way into fabrics, cracks, or crevices.
SERVPRO of Port Jefferson offers a range of deodorization solutions when smoky and protein-based smells continue to pervade your home even after mitigation and remediation. Call us at (631) 476-5300 to set up a consultation including a thorough fire damage odor elimination work up.
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A nice fire in the fireplace can turn sour very quickly and cause serious fire damage. Contact SERVPRO today for all remediation needs.
Crucial Stages when Restoring Fire Damage in Setauket
When fire razes any property, it leaves widespread destruction and therefore restoring your Setauket home to its preloss state after such an incident takes different steps. Some stages in the process are crucial to the outcome and therefore require keenness. Our professional fire damage restoration service can help resolve the crisis after such incidents eliminating traces of damage "Like it never even happened."
It is only possible to fix fire damage in Setauket effectively if all types of damages are identified. Apart from charring and soot on surfaces, fire also leaves other types of damages, including seared materials, invisible smoke deposits, and residues that penetrate beyond the surface. We have IICRC certified FSRT, Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians at SERVPRO who carry out a wide range of checks. We check residue deposit patterns on surfaces starting close to the fire source. We also check the level of damage on items and separate them into categories of salvageable, unsalvageable, and questionable items.
Removing damaged materials from the affected areas helps create room for the restoration processes. Since flames affect building materials and contents as well, debris removal involves some level of tear down. The damaged materials also require proper containment; otherwise, they would scatter, complicating the disposal process. Our SERVPRO technicians have the skill to perform teardown without causing unnecessary damage. We also have waste bins and heavy-duty plastic bags to prevent unnecessary scattering.
The combination of residues from the combustion process, the water used to fight the fire and the shuffling of people in and out of a loss site leave it filthy. A thorough cleanup is, therefore, necessary for the home to be habitable. Our SERVPRO technicians use wet and dry methods to clean different materials. We also use specialized cleaning methods such as soda blasting which offers deodorization qualities and also helps restore charred surfaces without causing further damages.
In case of fire loss, SERVPRO of Port Jefferson can help manage the restoration process. You can reach us at (631) 476-5300 any time.
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Our Specialists Were Able To Restore A Damaged Fireplace In Port Jefferson
Fireplace restoration is just one of many services we can provide to return your home to preloss conditions.
How Our Port Jefferson Fire Damage Team Restored This Fireplace
Opening your flue allows oxygen into the fireplace, letting it burn more efficiently. It also plays a part in decreasing the amount of carbon dioxide and smoke in the room by channeling it through the dampers- small steel shutters inside your chimney. Forgetting to open the flue before igniting your fire could cause emissions to back up, resulting in soots and smoke being spat out from your fireplace.
One of the customers who forgot to open their flue caused severe fire damage in Port Jefferson. The main concern for them was that their stunning stone fireplace had taken the brunt of the damage and a wholesale replacement could have cost thousands of dollars in removing the existing fireplace, ordering a new one and installation fees. Our team was able to rectify much of the damage using SERVPRO's patented Mason cleaner.
By phoning professionals, this customer ensured that no further damage was caused. Most household cleaners are unable to remediate thick smokes or soot damage effectively. Attempting to clear away soiling from a fire like this could have resulted in spreading soot around, causing harm to floors, walls, and masonry. SERVPRO technicians are equipped with the expertise and the equipment to give your home the best chance of returning to its preloss condition.
As you can see, most of the damage sustained was confined to the upper half of the fireplace. That's because smoke rises upwards, traveling into clean air pockets. There is a heavy soot deposit because the shut flue increased the air pressure inside the chimney. High-pressure fires cause more problems because smoke residues are forced deeper into the surface and can eat away at the finish.
We needed to use an aggressive cleaning product to tackle the heavy set soot but also one that was non-corrosive and would not damage the finish of the stone behind it. Our technicians have access to a full range of chemical agents, including patented cleaners that are not available from any other company. By using SERVPRO's mason cleaner, we successful restored the damage and saved the customer from an expensive replacement.
Fireplace restoration is just one of many services we can provide to return your home to preloss conditions. Contact SERVPRO of Port Jefferson at (631) 476-5300.
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Red Flag Warning
What is a Red Flag Warning!?
Red Flag warning means warm temperatures, very low humidities and stronger winds are expected to combine to produce an increased risk of fire danger.
Red fag warning are issued to inform area firefighting and land management agencies that conditions are ideal for wildland fire combustion.
If you are allowed to burn in your area, all burn barrels must be covered with a weighted metal cover, with holes no larger than 3/4 of an inch.
- Do not throw cigarettes or matches out of a moving vehicle. They may ignite dry grass on the side of the road and become a wildfire.
- Extinguish all outdoor fires properly. Drown fires with plenty of water and stir to make sure everything is cold to the touch. Dunk charcoal in water until cold. Do not throw live charcoal on the ground and leave it.
- Never leave a fire unattended. Sparks or embers can blow into leaves or grass, ignite a fire, and quickly spread.
Smoke Damage After a Fire
Smoke Damage After a Fire
Residential and commercial fires can be devastating. Even a minor fire can cause major damage to a property. What most people may not realize is that the actual flames are only one part of the damage that occurs during a fire. Many times, smoke damage is significantly worse.
Smoke is a byproduct of most fires, leaving your home or business smelling like charcoal. Smoke is visible because it contains tiny particles of carbon and other materials and becomes trapped in fabrics, upholstery, and carpeting.
Oftentimes smoke can cause headaches or make you feel physically ill. For those with asthma, allergies, or chronic lung diseases, odors from smoke and fires can increase your symptoms or cause sudden attacks.
Cleaning and Deodorizing Smoke Damage
While you may be able to clean and deodorize smoke damage on your own, prolonged exposure increases the chances of lingering odors. Since smoke can travel much further than flames, it may be necessary to clean and deodorize several rooms or your entire property.
Smoke restoration is the process of removing smoke odors after a fire. The exact deodorization process will vary depending on the extent of the fire smell and the type of materials involved.
Upholstery and fabrics are often dry cleaned with special chemical deodorizers to neutralize the smell. Carpeting is often treated with deodorizing chemicals, then either steam or dry cleaned. Porous materials like drywall and wood often require ozone treatments to completely remove fire smells.
Smoke odors may persist even after cleaning up soot and fire damage. Successfully deodorizing after a fire requires immediate action. These actions may include treating surfaces with commercial deodorizing chemicals specifically designed to neutralize smoke smells.
For persistent or overwhelming smoky smells, it may be necessary to use an ozone generator. These machines produce ozone (O3) molecules that help to remove fire and smoke odors.
SERVPRO is an experienced smoke damage restoration company. Our crews are experienced in cleaning and deodorizing smoke smells after a fire.
SERVPRO’s technicians use commercial grade equipment to remove smoke odors and clean fire damage. From carpeting and upholstery to walls and cabinets, we will deodorize your home or business after smoke damage.
Let SERVPRO of Port Jefferson give you peace of mind in an emergency. Call 631-476-5300
Know Your Policy Before Disaser Strikes
What happens when you are standing on your front lawn watching the fire department attempt to save your burning house? Your first thought is: is my home salvageable? Your second thought is: will the insurance company cover this? You think to yourself that you must call your agent and a reputable company that is familiar with this type of loss, which is SERVPRO. Our professionals have worked for many years to help make fire damage “Like it never even happened.”
If your home is destroyed and uninhabitable, ensure that your homeowner’s policy has a loss clause that covers living expenses. You will need living expenses while your home is being repaired or rebuilt. Many people do not know their insurance policies well enough to advocate for themselves with their insurance company. Knowledge is the best protection. Be sure that you know what you are and are not covered for before a disaster strikes.
SERVPRO will not only be able to restore your home, but our knowledgeable Project Managers are well-versed in insurance coverage. SERVPRO works with all insurance companies and will communicate directly with your adjuster to ensure that you are back in your own home as quickly as possible. Our PM’s will help guide you as best they can during this extremely stressful time, and our expert and compassionate crew will get you back on your feet in no time.
Safe Home For The Holidays
Updated November 30, 2018.
The holiday season is here! No matter if you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or all three, we’re excited to share in the holiday spirit. It’s easy to get caught up in the festivities, and while you’re busy decorating the house, safety may be one of the last things on your mind.
According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there were 15,000 injuries related to holiday decorations in 2012. Mishaps send about 250 people to the ER daily, with falls, cuts and back strains topping the list of injuries. To ensure you have a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season with your friends and family, here are 12 tips to keep in mind as you deck out your home:
1. Keep live trees away from heat sources.
Place your tree away from fireplaces and heaters, and keep a fire extinguisher near your tree. Live trees are highly flammable, due to needles and sap.
2. Hydrate your tree.
A dried-out tree can catch fire faster than one that has been properly watered. Check the water level every other day to ensure proper hydration. Starting with a green tree is one way to keep it from drying out so quickly.
3. Fake it!
If you buy an artificial tree, make sure it’s labeled “fire resistant.” Fire-resistant trees are less susceptible to catching fire.
4. Don’t burn wrapping paper in the fireplace.
Paper can catch fire very quickly and can cause flash fires. Instead, recycle (or better yet, reuse!) your wrapping paper.
5. Work as a team.
When stringing lights and decorations above your normal reach, make sure you use a proper ladder with someone supporting the base.
6. Double-check your lights for safety.
Replace any lights with frayed wires, broken sockets, and loose connections. The CPSC issued new guidelines for seasonal light safety in 2015, setting a minimum wire size, and standards for strain relief and over-current protection.
7. Power down before you turn in.
Turn off all lights when you go to bed and before leaving the house to avoid a short that could start an electrical fire.
8. Prevent electrical cord damage.
Don’t mount lights in a way that might damage the cords, and avoid using nails or tacks. Use hooks or insulated staples instead.
9. Secure candles.
Keep candles on a sturdy base to prevent tipping. Never leave a lit candle unattended.
10. Use unbreakable ornaments.
If you have fragile ornament, place them out of reach from pets and kids.
11. Skip the fake food.
Avoid decorations that look like candy or food if you have young children — or pets — in the house.
12. Beware of poisonous plants.
While festive, poinsettias are poisonous when eaten, so keep them out of reach of kids and pets.
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Distinguishing Common Fire Extinguishers
Fire extinguishers are a standard household item. However, not all extinguishers are made equally. Many different kinds of extinguishers are made to fight specific classes of fire. Here is a list and description of common fire extinguishers.
Water: Water extinguishers are used on Class A fires, that start when ordinary combustibles like wood and paper ignite. It is best not to use water extinguishers on electrical fires, as the water can damage the appliance.
AFFF Foam: This type of fire extinguisher is highly effective on class A and B fires. When extinguishing a class B fire that involves gasoline, the foam helps to prevent reignition. Some of these extinguishers may be used on or near electrical appliances, check to see if the extinguisher has been dielectrically tested before use on electrical equipment.
Carbon Dioxide (CO2): This extinguisher can be used on class B fires or class F fires. This extinguisher works by cutting off the oxygen supply to the fire and does not leave residue behind.
ABC Powder: This type of extinguisher is versatile across classes A, B, C, and electrical fires. However, it is recommended not to use ABC Powder in a small or confined room due to the risk of inhalation.
Water Mist: Water mist extinguishers are used to put out A, B, C, F, and electrical fires. "The unique design of the water mist extinguishers' supersonic nozzle creates a microscopic mist curtain, reducing the oxygen content. Water mist extinguishers are also safe on fires caused by electricity, as the water mist does not conduct electricity and the water mist does not form puddles which could lead to electrocution" (Safelincs, 2018).
Wet Chemical: Wet Chemical fire extinguishers are specifically designed to put out class F fires that involve cooking oil and fats. Some of these extinguishers may be used on class A fires as well.
If you or anyone you know is having a fire emergency call SERVPRO of Port Jefferson for immediate emergency services. Staying safe and staying educated on fire safety can help you keep yourself, your family, and your home safe.
Different Classes of Fire
There are many different classes of fire based on what fuels the flames. Even though there are a variety of fires, all fires are dangerous. The first step in protecting yourself, your family, and your home from different types of fires is understanding what fuels them and what extinguishes them.
Class A fires are fueled by ordinary combustible materials like wood, paper, fabric, and most kinds of trash. Class A fires typically start at campsites, kitchens, backyards, schools, and forests. If a Class A fire does start and has not spread, pouring water or cutting off the oxygen supply will extinguish the fire.
Please call 911 in case of a fire emergency, then call SERVPRO to help start the restoration process.
Flammable liquid and gas fuel class B fires. Not to be confused with a greasy kitchen fire, Class B fires start when gasoline catches fire. When a Class B fire starts never pour water directly onto the fire, due to gasoline's hydrophobic makeup the water will cause the fuel to spread, thus making the fire spread. Extinguishing these fires should be left to professionals. However, if that is not an immediate possibility, a CO2 extinguisher will effectively stop the fire.
Please call 911 in case of a fire emergency, then call SERVPRO to help start the restoration process.
Electrical fires are categorized as a Class C fire. With the absence of an energized electronic device, it is classified differently. A Class C fire is extinguished the same as a Class A fire.
When cooking anything with grease, a Class K fire is possible. This class of fire starts when oil, grease, or vegetable fat ignites. Similar to the aforementioned Class B fire, never pour water on a Class K fire. Grease and oil repel water, and by pouring water directly onto the fire, it will cause the fire to spread. You can extinguish this fire by cutting off its oxygen supply with a CO2 extinguisher, but these fires need to be left to professionals.
Please call 911 in case of a fire emergency, then call SERVPRO to help start the restoration process.
Being educated about what to do and what not to do for different classes of fire can help you protect yourself, your family, and your home from disastrous fire damage.
Fire safety for kids: Prepare, practice and prevent
PREPARE – Reduce the risk of fires in your home by eliminating hazards.
PRACTICE – Practice a home fire evacuation plan and general fire safety practices.
PREVENT – The Unthinkable.
It takes about two minutes for a small flame to turn into a life threatening fire and just five minutes for a fire to engulf an entire home, according to Ready.gov. Putting in place fire prevention measures to avoid a home fire altogether is the best fire safety practice.
While prevention isn’t a 100 percent guarantee, there are many precautions you can take in your home to reduce fire hazards and keep your kids safe. Follow these recommendations to address common household fire hazards and protect your family from a home fire catching in your home:
Don’t overload electric outlets, extension cords or wall sockets. Stringing multiple extension cords together in order to plug several appliances into the same outlet is a bad idea.
Reduce clutter. This is especially important in the kitchen, where dish towels, sponges, paper towels, and other items can catch fire if placed too close to a hot stove. But it’s also important in all areas of your home – blankets and clothing piled up against a heat run, for instance, can also pose a fire hazard. As a rule, keep combustible materials at least three feet from the stove burners, and never leave cooking unattended.
Don’t leave burning candles unattended. A candle can fall for a multitude of reasons, lighting carpets, curtains or furniture ablaze. This can also happen if a candle is allowed to burn down too low, causing its glass container to break and freeing the flame.
Hide all matches and lighters out of reach of young children. Even responsible children can accidentally light a fire if they encounter a lighter or match and try it out of curiosity. It’s best to place these items well out of reach of kids.
Always have multiple working fire extinguishers conveniently located in your home. You should always have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen, for instance, as it’s a common location for fires to occur from cooking and other hazards.
Replace circuit breakers with arc-fault circuit interrupters. These gadgets pick up on electrical arcs, usually caused by poor insulation or loose wires or connections, and halt them before they lead to fires.
Replace electrical outlets. Faulty electrical outlets can be a source of home fires, too. If plugs seem to be loose or fall out, the blades inside may have loosened. Loose blades create excessive heat, which can lead to fires.
Give your clothes dryer proper maintenance. Cleaning the lint catcher thoroughly with every load is just the starting point. Over time, lint and other particles can build up in the vent system or dryer cabinet (where the heating element is located) and potentially cause fires. Having your dryer cabinet professionally cleaned every two years can also reduce potential fire risks.
Keep an eye on garage safety. Heated garages pose another threat to your home’s safety. If your garage contains a workshop, where even a thin layer of sawdust is present, and a heating appliance – whether a portable kerosene heater, wood stove, coal stove or anything else – there’s a fire risk. Sawdust is easily combustible, so employ a heavy-duty vacuum like a Shop Vac to remove as much sawdust as possible.
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Fireplace Safety Tips
- If possible, keep a window cracked open while the fire is burning.
- Be certain the damper or flue is open before starting a fire. Keeping the damper or flue open until the fire is out will draw smoke out of the house. The damper can be checked by looking up into the chimney with a flashlight or mirror. Do not close the damper until the embers have completely stopped burning.
- Use dry and well-aged wood. Wet or green wood causes more smoke and contributes to soot buildup in the chimney. Dried wood burns with less smoke and burns more evenly,
- Smaller pieces of wood placed on a grate burn faster and produce less smoke.
- Clean out ashes from previous fires. Levels of ash at the base of the fireplace should be kept to 1 inch or less because a thicker layer restricts the air supply to logs, resulting in more smoke.
- The chimney should be checked annually by a professional. Even if the chimney is not due for cleaning, it is important to check for animal nests or other blockages that could prevent smoke from escaping.
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Fall Fire Safety Tips
As summer turns to fall, it's a good idea to refresh your memory on fall fire safety tips. Some safety tips are the same regardless of the time of year, but many safety concerns are seasonal, particularly those that involve keeping your home warm.
Time Changes Mean Battery Changes
Get in the habit of changing the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors every fall and spring when changing the clocks for Daylight Savings Time. It is also a good idea to make it standard procedure in your household to verify that all fire extinguishers are fully charged and in working order when you adjust the clocks each season.
Home Heating Tips
No matter what type of device you use to heat your home, making sure your heating devices and/or systems are in good working order is an important part of learning some fall fire safety tips. Many things can go wrong with heating equipment during the spring and summer months. Verify that everything you need to keep your home warm throughout fall and winter is in good working order before you experience the first cold snap of the season.
Central Heating System Safety Tips
- Get your central heating system cleaned, inspected and serviced by a certified HVAC (heating, venting and air conditioning) contractor every year before using it.
- If you have a gas heater, make sure that you have a sufficient quantity of fully functioning carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home.
Space Heater Safety Tips
- Make sure that any space heaters are surrounded by at least three feet of empty space.
- Never place clothing or any other objects on a space heater to dry.
- Do not place space heaters near furniture or drapery.
- Turn space heaters off when you leave the house or go to bed.
- Avoid storing any combustible items near heaters.
Fireplace Safety Tips
- Get your chimney inspected each year to make sure that it is safe.
- Hire a chimney sweep to clean out your chimney every fall.
- Repair any cracks in fireplaces.
- Use fireplace screens to keep sparks and fire debris inside the fireplace.
- Do not every use gasoline to start a fire in the fireplace.
- Never leave a fire unattended.
- Make sure that combustible materials are not stored within three feet of your fireplace.
- For natural gas fireplaces, get all connections and lines inspected before use each season.
- Remember that outdoor fireplaces can be just as dangerous as indoor units, and observe all safety precautions when using them.
In just two minutes, a fire can become life-threatening. In five minutes, a residence can be engulfed in flames.
Learn About Fires
- Fire is FAST! In less than 30 seconds a small flame can turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house or for it to be engulfed in flames.
- Fire is HOT! Heat is more threatening than flames. Room temperatures in a fire can be 100 degrees at floor level and rise to 600 degrees at eye level. Inhaling this super-hot air will scorch your lungs and melt clothes to your skin.
- Fire is DARK! Fire starts bright, but quickly produces black smoke and complete darkness.
- Fire is DEADLY! Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than flames do. Fire produces poisonous gases that make you disoriented and drowsy. Asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire deaths, exceeding burns by a three-to-one ratio.
Before a Fire
Create and Practice a Fire Escape Plan
In the event of a fire, remember that every second counts, so you and your family must always be prepared. Escape plans help you get out of your home quickly.
Twice each year, practice your home fire escape plan. Some tips to consider when preparing this plan include:
- Find two ways to get out of each room in the event the primary way is blocked by fire or smoke.
- A secondary route might be a window onto a neighboring roof or a collapsible ladder for escape from upper story windows.
- Make sure that windows are not stuck, screens can be taken out quickly, and that security bars can be properly opened.
- Practice feeling your way out of the house in the dark or with your eyes closed.
- Teach children not to hide from firefighters.
A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.
- Install both ionization AND photoelectric smoke alarms, OR dual sensor smoke alarms, which contain both ionization and photoelectric smoke sensors.
- Test batteries monthly.
- Replace batteries in battery-powered and hard-wired smoke alarms at least once a year (except non-replaceable 10-year lithium batteries).
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement, both inside and outside of sleeping areas.
- Replace the entire smoke alarm unit every 8-10 years or according to manufacturer’s instructions.
- Never disable a smoke alarm while cooking – it can be a deadly mistake.
Smoke Alarm Safety for People with Access or Functional Needs
- Audible alarms for visually impaired people should pause with a small window of silence between each successive cycle so that they can listen to instructions or voices of others.
- Smoke alarms with a vibrating pad or flashing light are available for the hearing impaired. Contact your local fire department for information about obtaining a flashing or vibrating smoke alarm.
- Smoke alarms with a strobe light outside the home to catch the attention of neighbors, and emergency call systems for summoning help, are also available.
More Fire Safety Tips
- Make digital copies of valuable documents and records like birth certificates.
- Sleep with your door closed.
- Contact your local fire department for information on training on the proper use and maintenance of fire extinguishers.
- Consider installing an automatic fire sprinkler system in your residence.
During a Fire
- Crawl low under any smoke to your exit - heavy smoke and poisonous gases collect first along the ceiling.
- Before opening a door, feel the doorknob and door. If either is hot, or if there is smoke coming around the door, leave the door closed and use your second way out.
- If you open a door, open it slowly. Be ready to shut it quickly if heavy smoke or fire is present.
- If you can’t get to someone needing assistance, leave the home and call 9-1-1 or the fire department. Tell the emergency operator where the person is located.
- If pets are trapped inside your home, tell firefighters right away.
- If you can’t get out, close the door and cover vents and cracks around doors with cloth or tape to keep smoke out. Call 9-1-1 or your fire department. Say where you are and signal for help at the window with a light-colored cloth or a flashlight.
- If your clothes catch fire, stop, drop, and roll – stop immediately, drop to the ground, and cover your face with your hands. Roll over and over or back and forth until the fire is out. If you or someone else cannot stop, drop, and roll, smother the flames with a blanket or towel. Use cool water to treat the burn immediately for 3 to 5 minutes. Cover with a clean, dry cloth. Get medical help right away by calling 9-1-1 or the fire department.
Fire Escape Planning for Older Adults and People with Access or Functional Needs
- Live near an exit. You'll be safest on the ground floor if you live in an apartment building. If you live in a multi-story home, arrange to sleep on the ground floor, and near an exit.
- If you use a walker or wheelchair, check all exits to be sure you get through the doorways.
- Make any necessary accommodations, such as providing exit ramps and widening doorways, to facilitate an emergency escape.
- Speak to your family members, building manager, or neighbors about your fire safety plan and practice it with them.
- Contact your local fire department's non-emergency line and explain your special needs. Ask emergency providers to keep your special needs information on file.
- Keep a phone near your bed and be ready to call 911 or your local emergency number if a fire occurs.
After a Fire
The following checklist serves as a quick reference and guide for you to follow after a fire strikes.
- Contact your local disaster relief service, such as The Red Cross, if you need temporary housing, food and medicines.
- If you are insured, contact your insurance company for detailed instructions on protecting the property, conducting inventory and contacting fire damage restoration companies. If you are not insured, try contacting private organizations for aid and assistance.
- Check with the fire department to make sure your residence is safe to enter. Be watchful of any structural damage caused by the fire.
- The fire department should see that utilities are either safe to use or are disconnected before they leave the site. DO NOT attempt to reconnect utilities yourself.
- Conduct an inventory of damaged property and items. Do not throw away any damaged goods until after an inventory is made.
- Try to locate valuable documents and records. Refer to information on contacts and the replacement process inside this brochure.
- Begin saving receipts for any money you spend related to fire loss. The receipts may be needed later by the insurance company and for verifying losses claimed on income tax.
- Notify your mortgage company of the fire.
Staying Safe this Summer
Each Summer, families and friends across the country enjoy the summer months with barbecues, camping trips, or by cooling off in the pool, lake or beach. In order to enjoy these occasions, it is important to keep safety top of mind to ensure you have fun in the sun.
According to the United States Fire Administration, just under 8,600 Americans are injured by fireworks and almost 5,000 are injured by charcoal/wood-burning and propane grill fires, annually. A barbecue grill should always be supervised when in use. Keep children and pets a safe distance from the grilling area to prevent accidental burns or tipping of the grill.
If you enjoy lounging by the pool or going for a boat ride to cool off from the summer sun, make sure you exercise caution, especially when children are present. Only swim in approved areas and supervise children at all times when near the water.
Summertime should be a time to make memories and enjoy the great outdoors. The following tips provided by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) , will help keep you safe all summer long.
•When using a charcoal grill, only use starter fluids designed for barbecue grills; do not add fluid after coals have been lit.
•When using a gas grill, ensure the hose connection is tight; check hoses for leaks. Applying soapy water to hoses will easily and safely reveal any leaks.
•Always wear a U.S. Coast Guard - Approved PFD (personal floatation device) when boating, jet-skiing, tubing or water-skiing, air -filled swimming aids, like water wings or inner tubes, are not substitutes for approved PFDs. An adult should always supervise children using these devices.
•Be sure to extinguish all smoking materials and shut down motors and heating devices before fueling a boat, In case of a spill, wipe up fuel and check for fuel leakage and odors.
•When camping, always use a flame retardant tent and set up camp far away from the campfire. Only use flashlights or battery-powered lanterns inside the tent, not liquid-filled heaters or lanterns.
•Always build a campfire downwind from the tent area. Clear vegetation and dig a pit before building your campfire. Always extinguish the fire before going to sleep or leaving the campsite. To extinguish, cover with dirt or pour water over the fire.
•Store liquid fire starter (not gasoline) away from your tent and campfire and only use dry kindling to freshen a campfire.
•Consider leaving firework use to trained professionals. Stay back at least 500 feet from professional fireworks displays.
SERVPRO of Port Jefferson is Wishing you a Safe and Happy Summer.
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