Recent Fire Damage Posts

Candle Safety Tips from SERVPRO

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Following these safety tips from the National Candle association allows you to safely burn candles in your home:

Before Lighting

  • Time the wick down to ¼ inch
  • Use long matches or lights when lighting the candle.
  • Keep clothes and hair away from the flame
  • Burn candles in a well-ventilated room, but away from drafts and vents.
  • Always place candles on a heat resistant surface

While Burning

  • Don’t move the candle while it is burning
  • Always keep the candle in your site
  • If the flame becomes to high, extinguish the flame immediately
  • Never use a candle as a night light

When Extinguishing

  • Use a candle snuffer to put out the flame
  • Never use water on a candle
  • Make sure that the candle is completely out before leaving the room
  • Do not touch or move the candle until it has cooled out

Please take these safety tips seriously to protect yourself and your home. If you do experience fire or smoke damage from a candle, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Milwaukie/Happy Valley at 503-652-3997. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to help you when disaster strikes. We will make it “Like it never even happened."

Candle Facts

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Candles can be beautiful and smell amazing, but they can also be dangerous. Candles account for more than 8,700 of all residential fires in the United States. According to the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission, 85% of those fires could have been avoided had these three safety rules been followed:

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended
  • Never burn a candle that is close enough to catch something else on fire
  • Keep candles out of reach of children and pets

If you do experience fire or smoke damage from a candle, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Milwaukie/Happy Valley at 503-652-3997. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to help you when disaster strikes. We will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Damage

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage SERVPRO of Milwaukie/Happy Valley at 503-652-3997

When SERVPRO of Milwaukie/Happy Valley responds to fire loss, there are three main components of fire damage restoration: inspection, emergency services, and cleaning.

Inspection

SERVPRO of Milwaukie/Happy Valley will inspect the damaged area to scope the extent of the damage and to evaluate how far soot has traveled through the building. All affected material, including structure and contents, will be inspected to determine if they are restorable and identity any visible damage. Items could be impacted from water (if a sprinkler was activated or the fire department assisted) or from soot. Based on the inspection, and emergency services plan will be established.

Emergency Service

Emergency services after a fire can include wiping down of certain items, extracting water, boarding up any openings, providing power generation, or anything else that helps stabilize the structure. After the structure has been stabilized, we are able to move on the cleaning process

Cleaning

The goal of the cleaning process by SERVPRO of Milwaukie/Happy Valley is to return items back to their preloss condition. This cleaning involves structure items, such as ceilings, walls, floors, fixtures, and cabinets, as well as personal belongings such as sofas, tables, toys, and rugs.

We know that this process can be overwhelming, but we are here to help. If you do experience fire or smoke damage, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Milwaukie/Happy Valley at 503-652-3997. We are available 24/7, 365 days a year to help you when disaster strikes. We will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Cook with Oil Safety Tips

1/31/2019 (Permalink)

66% of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking items. SERVPRO of Milwaukie/Happy Valley wants to remind you of these safety tips when cooking with oil.

  • Add your food carefully to avoid oil splattering.
  • Always stay in the kitchen when frying food in oil on the stove top.
  • Smoke is a sign that your oil is too hot. If this happens, turn off the burner and remove your pan from the stove top.
  • Always cook with a lid beside your pan. If a fire does occur, you can slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner. Do not remove the cover and let the pan sit for a while.
  • Never use water or a fire extinguisher on an oil fire.
  • If the fire does not go out or you do not feel comfortable putting the lid on the pan, evacuate everyone in your home and call 911.

If you do have a fire, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Milwaukie/Happy Valley at 503-652-3997. We are here 24/7, 365 days a year to help you when disaster strikes. We will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Home Heating Safety Tips

1/31/2019 (Permalink)

Half of home heater fires occur during the months of December, January, and February. These safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) can help you stay safe and warm this winter!

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment. This include furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heaters.
  • Never use an oven to heat your house.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Turn off portable heaters when you leave the room and do not let them run while you are asleep.
  • Check your smoke alarms at least once a month.
  • Install and maintain carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in your home.
  • Do not light your appliances if you ever smell gas. Leave the residence immediately and call your local fire department.

If you do have a fire, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Milwaukie/Happy Valley at 503-652-3997. We are here 24/7, 365 days a year to help you when disaster strikes. We will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Evacuation Planning Tips

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

According to The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), once the smoke alarm sounds you have as little as a minute or two to evacuate the residence.  No one plans to have a fire, but everyone should have a plan in case there is a fire. SERVPRO of Milwaukie/Happy Valley wants to remind you of these tips that can be essential for evacuating during a fire.

  • Include all residents in the plan. Drawing a floor plan of your house with the highlighted escape route can be helpful, especially for children.
  • If you have infants or family members with mobility issues, have someone assigned to be the one to assist them during an emergency.
  • Make an escape plan that include two exits from each room and practice it.
  • Ensure that your street numbers are clearly visible from the road so that firefighters can find your house with ease.
  • Have a designated area outside away from the house as a meeting spot
  • Never reenter a burning building. If someone is missing, let the 911 dispatcher know. 

4th of July Safety

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 4th of July Safety Happy 4th of July

The start of summer is the perfect time to gather with family and friends for good food and fun times. This year, celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in a safe way. Our 4th of July safety tips cover a few key summer safety topics to keep you and your family safe this holiday.

Sparkler & Fireworks Safety

More than 50,000 fires are caused by fireworks every year. Take the proper precautions when operating fireworks.

  • Never disassemble or try to make your own fireworks.
  • Don’t point sparklers, or fireworks at yourself or others, especially while they’re being lit.
  • Only light fireworks on the ground and in areas that are dry and fire resistant.
  • Don’t attempt to light multiple devices at the same time.
  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks or sparklers.
  • Always keep a portable fire extinguisher close by. Also keep a water hose or buckets of water nearby to put out fires.

Grilling Safety

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Grilling Safety Be Safe grilling this year

July is one of the peak months for grilling fires. Enjoy grilling your favorite meals this summer while also keeping your family safe.

  • Check gas grill hoses for cracks, holes and leaks.
  • Keep children away from grills. Gas leaks, blocked tubes, and propane tanks can be a cause of grill fires and explosions.
  • Never grill indoors, in the garage, in any enclosed area or on a surface that might catch fire.
  • Keep the grill at least two feet away from decks, siding, branches and any outdoor equipment that can catch fire quickly.

If you follow these simple 4th of July safety tips, your entire family will be sure to have a safe and memorable holiday. Happy 4th of July from SERVPRO of Milwaukie Happy Valley.

Deep Frying Turkey Safety Tips

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

  1. Keep outdoor fryers off decks, out of garages and a safe distance away from trees and other structures.
  2. Make sure the turkey is thawed and dry before cooking. Ice or water that mixes into the hot oil can cause flare-ups.
  3. Watch the weather. Never operate a fryer outdoors in the rain or snow.
  4. Place the fryer on a level surface, and avoid moving it once it's in use.
  5. Leave 2 feet between the tank and the burner when using a propane-powered fryer.
  6. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to avoid overfilling. Oil can ignite when it makes contact with the burner.
  7. Choose a smaller turkey for frying. A bird that's 8 to 10 pounds is best; pass on turkeys over 12 pounds.
  8. Never leave fryers unattended.
  9. Purchase a fryer with temperature controls, and watch the oil temperature carefully. Cooking oil that is heated beyond its smoke point can catch fire. If you notice the oil is smoking, turn the fryer off.
  10. Turn off the burner before lowering the turkey into the oil. Once the turkey is submerged, turn the burner on.
  11. Wear goggles to shield your eyes, use oven mitts to protect your hands and arms and keep a grease-rated fire extinguisher close by.
  12. Skip the stuffing when frying turkey, and avoid water-based marinades.
  13. Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times.
  14. Once finished, carefully remove the pot from the burner, place it on a level surface and cover to let the oil cool overnight before disposing.
  15. Opt for an oil-less fryer. This uses infrared heat, rather than oil, to cook the turkey.

Chimney Fire Awareness

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

Chimney fires don't have to happen. Here are some ways to avoid them :

  • Use seasoned woods only (dryness is more important than hard wood versus soft wood considerations)

  • Build smaller, hotter fires that bum more completely and produce less smoke

  • Never burn cardboard boxes, wrapping paper, trash or Christmas trees; these can spark a chimney fire

  • Install stovepipe thermometers to help monitor flue temperatures where wood stoves are in use, so you can adjust burning practices as needed

  • Have the chimney inspected and cleaned on a regular basis.

  • According to the latest statistics available, there are over25,000 Chimney Fires per year in the US that are responsible for over 125 million dollars in property damage. The most sobering statistics relate to deaths and injuries that can result from chimney fires that spread into house fires.

Fire Damage Disaster

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

It might not seem like a big thing until its too late. In this case the fire had started in the garage but was not heard until the fire had already spread. When working in the home we noticed smoke detectors had been displaced from their original locations. We gladly provided smoke detectors for the home but had they been in place they may have prevented more damage. Fire Damage was not the only predator at this fire though with Water Mitigation being a huge part of the work. Julie who works with us was in charge of all the inventory for this home. Almost all of the items in the garage had to be salvaged. We love turning back the clock and making it like it never happened but there are some things that cant be replaced like family photos. We would like to see all homes at all times outfitted with smoke detectors and some day hopefully we will.

Christmas Tree Safety

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

1. Picking the right tree

Find a tree with fresh green needles, that do NOT fall off when touched.

2. Proper placement of the tree

Prior to setting up the tree, cut approx. 2 inches from the trunk.

Your tree needs to be at least 3 feet away from any heat source, i.e. fireplaces, heat vents, etc.

Do not block any exits with your tree.

Add water daily.

3. Lighting your tree

Use appropriate lights and make sure they are UL listed.

Replace any old strings of lights

Always check manufactures instructions for how many strands you can connect.

DO NOT EVER use lit candles to decorate your tree. 

Do not leave your tree light on when going to bed or leaving your home. 

Fire in Man Cave

11/28/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire in Man Cave Fireworks gone wrong!

A fire broke out in this man cave in the back yard, during the 4th of July. This picture before shows you how fireworks can go from fun to bad really fast. Always make sure you have a fire extinguisher handy when you are handling fireworks, this could save your life and the life of your loved ones, and last but not least your structure and contents.

SERVPRO of Milwaukie/Happy Valley was called in to clean up the aftermath and locate non salvageable for the insured. Response time was in 1 hour of receiving the frantic call from the home owner. 

This building was torn down so that a new one could be built...  "Like it never even happened." 

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.

Remember your Smoke Detector

9/22/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Remember your Smoke Detector Garage Fire

It might not seem like a big thing until its too late. In this case the fire had started in the garage but was not heard until the fire had already spread. When working in the home we noticed smoke detectors had been displaced from their original locations. We gladly provided smoke detectors for the home but had they been in place they may have prevented more damage. Fire Damage was not the only predator at this fire though with Water Mitigation being a huge part of the work. Julie who works with us was in charge of all the inventory for this home. Almost all of the items in the garage had to be salvaged. We love turning back the clock and making it like it never happened but there are some things that cant be replaced like family photos. We would like to see all homes at all times outfitted with smoke detectors and some day hopefully we will.

Sometimes Fire Can Be Scary To Look At

8/30/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Sometimes Fire Can Be Scary To Look At Scariest Arborvitae Fire Ever

When it gets hot and dry outside always try your best to remember cigarette fires can spread from barkdust to the exterior of a home. This fire started from a cigarette which escalated to a arborvitae fire which then encompassed the home. When fire firemen arrived to this blaze they found fire in the attic of the home and the upper levels having to chainsaw holes and vent the roof to spray water into the attic. Thankfully no one was living in the home at the time and it was isolated to this single condominium in Portland on 87th. This is not the first time we have seen this and it will not be the last however best you can though try to remember SERVPRO is there to help.