Recent Fire Damage Posts

Being prepared For Fire

11/11/2021 (Permalink)

A partially burned house in the Barberton/Norton area If you have fire damage in Barberton/Norton and need fire damage repair, call SERVPRO today!

While it's important to take steps to keep you Barberton/Norton home safe by preventing fires, sometimes it's just out of your control, and in those instances, you need to already have a plan in place. Here are five things you can do to be ready should there be a fire in your home.  

  1. Maintain Your Smoke Alarms Properly

This includes making sure your smoke alarms are in the proper places, have fresh batteries, and are tested at least once a month to make sure they are ready to alert you in case of danger.  

  1. Ensure You Have an Exit Plan

Everyone in your house should be aware of every way they can escape from the home. It is important to have at least two methods so that if a fire is blocking one way, everyone knows an alternative route. Make sure everyone in your household can recite the exists from memory.  

  1. Have Emergency Contacts

It is important to have an emergency contact to call if you or a member of your family is separated during the fire. It is especially important for kids to memorize the phone number of a neighbor, or a family member who lives close by who can look after them should they become separated.  

  1. Practice

Practice makes perfect, and during a real fire emotions or panic can make it difficult to think. That's why it's important to run drills every four to six months, so that, in the event of a fire, everyone knows what to do without having to think about it.  

  1. Calling 911

Make sure everyone in the family knows to call 911 and can recite their address so the first responders can get there as soon as possible. 

Preventing Outlet Fires

11/9/2021 (Permalink)

someone plugging a cord into an outlet If you have fire damage and need fire damage repair in barberton/norton, call SERVPRO today!

Fire Prevention

  • Watch out for extension cords and multiple wires that are hidden behind carpets and curtains
    • Overloading Circuits is a common mistake especially for families who possess multiple electronics because they do not split the devices and run a different circuit.
  • Install an operating fire extinguisher and smoke detector
  • Prepare a plan for emergencies
    • Having a plan prepared can prevent injuries and accelerating the process of leading everyone back to safety.

Fire and smoke damage should not be taken lightly due to the dangers it may cause; action should be taken immediately to prevent further destruction. Smoke can spread throughout an entire structure under a couple of minutes.

If any damages occur after a fire, SERVPRO of Barberton/Norton specializes in residential or commercial services, back to “Like it never even happened.”

Cooking with Caution

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

A man cooking on a stove If you have any fire damage and need fire damage restoration in Barberton/Norton, call SERVPRO today!

Cooking is a great way to bring family and friends together, provide an outlet for creativity and can be relaxing. But it can also be dangerous if you don’t take the proper precautions. Below are some a safety tips to help prevent fires and keep everyone safe.

 “Cook with Caution”

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains — away from your stovetop.
  • Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.

If you have a grease fire, here are some tips to stop it.

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

Getting Rid of Smokey Odors After a Fire

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke damage on the ceiling of a house For the best smoke and soot damage restoration in Barberton or Norton, call SERVPRO today!

The danger has passed, the fire is out, but that doesn’t mean you’re done. If you’ve suffered fire damage and need fire damage repair in Barberton or Norton, it’s best to call the experts as SERVPRO to sort it out. But what if you’ve dealt with everything yourself, yet are somehow left with that ashy, sooty smell that lingers after a fire? Well, there are several things you can do to get rid of that smell.  

The first way involves baking soda and is quite simple, as well as being inexpensive. Because baking soda is a natural odor absorber, take several bowls of it and place it around your house for several days and it slowly will absorb a lot of the smell. You can also do this with activated charcoal, and weather permitting, you can open all your doors and windows to try and get the smell out faster.  

Another step you can take is washing your clothes with white vinegar, which will help get rid of the odors. If, after the first wash, the smell remains, you can go ahead and repeat the process again and that should do it.  

For cleaning walls and furniture, it’s just best to call a professional clean up company in your area, like SERVPRO of Barberton/Norton for all your fire restoration and clean up needs! 

Cooking Safety Tips

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

Cooking safely is the most important step of fire prevention! Following the best cooking practices prevents you from needing fire damage restoration in your Barberton or Norton home!

Cooking is essential, but if done carelessly, it can be devastating. The best way to ensure your safety and the safety of your Barberton or Norton property is to be aware of the best, safest cooking practices.  

  1. Always Be Present When Food Is Cooking 

Never leave cooking food unattended. If something goes wrong and you’re not there to immediately remedy the situation, things get out of control very quickly. The National Fire Protection Association reported that of the 172,900 fires between 2014 and 2018, 31% of them were because equipment was left unattended. If you have work you need to do, consider setting up a computer in your kitchen so that you can always be close by.  

  1. Keep Children Away from the Stove 

While this is especially important when cooking, it is also vital even when nothing is being prepared. Kids love to play with things, and often it’s harmless, but with how dangerous stoves can be to unsuspecting children, it’s better if they’re kept away from them entirely. Talking with any children in the house about not touching the stove is vital for everyone’s safety.  

  1. Regular Cleaning 

In the day to day of cooking, it’s easy for small pieces of food or other debris to fall into the stovetop, or in the oven. While none of these food scraps individually are an issue, a buildup of them can be the perfect kindling for a kitchen fire. Thankfully, cleaning your oven or stove top is a simple task you can do in just a few minutes.  

  1. Keeping Appliances in Order 

It might not even be your stove where a fire starts, but rather one of your appliances. With so many appliances in kitchens today, from rice cookers, microwaves, slow cookers, and so on, it’s easy to run out of outlets. However, when this happens, DO NOT plug in an extension cord. With knives, water, and constant commotion in kitchens , it’s too easy for something to go wrong and water to get into an extension cord and cause a short circuit, and possibly a fire.  

Following these easy four steps can prevent you from needing a Barberton or Norton based fire cleanup and restoration company. However, if you find yourself in need of fire damage restoration in Barberton or Norton, give SERVPRO a call!  

Contact us today! 330-825-1803 

The Five Steps of Fire Preparedness

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

A smoke alarm. SERVPRO of Barberton/Norton can help with fire damage restoration, but it is important to be prepared, such as having a smoke alarm like the one here.

While it's important to take steps to keep your Barberton or Norton home safe by preventing fires, sometimes it's just out of your control, and in those instances, you need to already have a plan in place. Here are five things you can do to be ready should there be a fire in your home.  

  1. Maintain Your Smoke Alarms Properly

This includes making sure your smoke alarms are in the proper places, have fresh batteries, and are tested at least once a month to make sure they are ready to alert you in case of danger.  

  1. Ensure You Have an Exit Plan 
     

Everyone in your house should be aware of every way they can escape from the home. It is important to have at least two methods so that if a fire is blocking one way, everyone knows an alternative route. Make sure everyone in your household can recite the exists from memory.  

  1. Have Emergency Contacts

It is important to have an emergency contact to call if you or a member of your family is separated during the fire. It is especially important for kids to memorize the phone number of a neighbor, or a family member who lives close by who can look after them should they become separated.  

  1. Practice

Practice makes perfect, and during a real fire emotions or panic can make it difficult to think. That's why it's important to run drills every four to six months, so that, in the event of a fire, everyone knows what to do without having to think about it.  

  1. Calling 911

Make sure everyone in the family knows to call 911 and can recite their address so the first responders can get there as soon as possible. 

Five Important Steps to be Fire Ready

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

a smoke alarm in Southern Cuyahoga Home. Smoke Alarms are important for preventing fires in your Southern Cuyahoga home! Call SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South for Fire Damage Restoration.

While it's important to take steps to keep your Cuyahoga South home safe by preventing fires, sometimes it's just out of your control, and in those instances, you need to already have a plan in place. Here are five things you can do to be ready should there be a fire in your home.  

  1. Maintain Your Smoke Alarms Properly

This includes making sure your smoke alarms are in the proper places, have fresh batteries, and are tested at least once a month to make sure they are ready to alert you in case of danger.  

  1. Ensure You Have an Exit Plan 
     

Everyone in your house should be aware of every way they can escape from the home. It is important to have at least two methods so that if a fire is blocking one way, everyone knows an alternative route. Make sure everyone in your household can recite the exists from memory.  

  1. Have Emergency Contacts

It is important to have an emergency contact to call if you or a member of your family is separated during the fire. It is especially important for kids to memorize the phone number of a neighbor, or a family member who lives close by who can look after them should they become separated.  

  1. Practice

Practice makes perfect, and during a real fire emotions or panic can make it difficult to think. That's why it's important to run drills every four to six months, so that, in the event of a fire, everyone knows what to do without having to think about it.  

  1. Calling 911

Make sure everyone in the family knows to call 911 and can recite their address so the first responders can get there as soon as possible. 

SERVPRO there for Fire at Norton Home

4/2/2021 (Permalink)

Outside of house burned Large or small, SERVPRO of Barberton / Norton can handle fire cleanup.

SERVPRO Techs Save Norton Homes Affected by Fire

Kitchen fires, which account for 44% of overall home fires, are among the least reported. This problem is exacerbated by how thoroughly soot affects surfaces by imbuing them with tough-to-remove stains and odors.

SERVPRO technicians can respond to Norton homes for damage restoration calls within hours of their call. Technicians use sophisticated tools, EPA-registered antimicrobials, and a scientific approach to ensure that homes are restored per Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards. 

How pH Factors into Fire Damage Cleanup

While lighter damages can be manually cleaned with dry cleaning sponges or HEPA filter vacuums, technicians must take pH levels into account when treating moderate to heavy fire damage stains and residues. 

  • Most cleaning agents used are alkaline, meaning their pH is higher than 7. This includes household items like dish soap (pH 9) and baking soda (pH 10)
  • The neutral pH level is 7, the same as water
  • Alkalinity is neutralized by an equal amount of acidity and vice-versa when cleaning

Call SERVPRO of Barberton / Norton for home fire damage restoration at (330) 825-1803.

Smoke Alarms Save Lives!

11/21/2020 (Permalink)

smoke detector on ceiling Smoke alarms save lives. Is yours working properly? Test it today!

Smoke alarms save lives. Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries.

Here’s what you need to know!

  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home.
  • Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.
  • Larger homes may need extra smoke alarms.
  • Be sure to test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure that the alarm is working.
  • Today’s smoke alarms are more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions yet mitigate false alarms.
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.

Fire Prevention and Preparedness for Pets

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

Dogs laying down Protect these cute members of the family with a fire preparedness plan.

Your pets are an important part of your family, and you surely would do whatever you can to keep them from harm’s way. To help keep your pet and the rest of your family safe from the dangers of a home fire, here are several important steps you should take to prevent and prepare your pet for the possibility of a fire emergency in your home in Barberton, Norton or Copley.

Pet Fire Prevention

Like young children, your pets are not always aware of their surroundings and that their actions can result in a fire. Here are a few pet safety tips for preventing a fire:

  • Don’t leave pets unattended near space heaters or an open flame
  • Secure electrical cords that your dog might chew on
  • Remove stove knobs or use safety covers
  • Consider flameless candles or other candle alternatives

Pet Fire Preparedness

Once you have set up your home to help your pets from starting a fire emergency, you then need to start on your pet preparation and fire escape plan. When developing an evacuation plan with your family, identify which member of the family will be responsible for helping your pets get to safety, and make sure your dog comes when called.

Create a pet fire safety kit with medical supplies you might need to help your pet, some treats, and a leash or carrier. Also, add a pet alert window cling to a front window with information on all of your pets so firefighters can quickly find them.

While the tips in this guide can help you prevent a fire emergency and provide you with a plan for helping your pet if one does ever does occur, make sure to you don’t delay your escape if saving your pet isn’t possible. Once out of the house, never reenter until after firefighters extinguish the fire and the fire damage assessment team says your home is safe to enter.

How to Safely Use Candles in Your Home

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

Burning candle Candle safety during the upcoming holiday season.

Avoid Candle Fires in Your Home

With warm light and pleasant fragrances, candles can be an easy way to create the atmosphere that you want in your Barberton / Norton home. However, they can also become a safety hazard if they are not used properly. Candle fires are common, but the following tips can help you avoid them.

  1. Don’t Leave Burning Candles Unattended
    It may seem like an annoyance to extinguish a candle every time you leave the room. However, leaving it burning could result in a candle fire if something gets too close to the flame or if it burns too low. It is best to blow out candles before going to sleep as well, even if you are in the same room.
  2. Keep Them Away from Flammable Items
    When you are using a candle, you should be sure to have the area free of flammable objects. This can include papers as well as fabrics such as curtains and bedding. These types of items should be at least a foot away from any candles that are in use. Flammable liquids should be kept even further away.
  3. Keep Them Out of Reach of Pets and Children
    Both children and pets often come with an excess of energy and curiosity. For this reason, it can be easy for them to inadvertently start a candle fire. Keep burning candles in an area that is not within reach, and do not leave them unsupervised.
  4. Use an Alternative
    Perhaps the easiest way to prevent a fire is simply not to use candles at all. There are a variety of other ways that you can achieve a more relaxing home environment. If you are only interested in adding a nice scent to your home, a wax warmer is a great option. You can also buy battery-operated flameless candles that look and smell like the real thing.
    While these tips can help you prevent an emergency, accidents can still occur. Whether it is small or large, fires often require smoke cleanup and some repairs. If this happens, a fire damage remediation company can help return your home to its previous condition.

Cold Weather Fire Safety Tips

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

Space Heater Space Heater are a great way to heat a room when the temperatures outside begin to dip...but, they can also be extremely dangerous fire hazards.

November is already here...which means winter is just around the corner. Temperatures will begin to cool - especially at night - which means it will be time to fire up the fireplaces, turn on the furnace, and get that space heater out of storage. These are all great ways to keep homes toasty and warm, but they also increase the risk of residential fires. Be sure to follow the safety tips below when preparing to heat your home as we head into the Fall and Winter months:

Fireplaces

  • Inspect your chimney regularly for cracks and obstructions.
  • Don't let creosote build up in your chimney, as it could set off a roof fire.
  • Don't "over build" your fire using too much paper. You could ignite the soot in your chimney.
  • Never burn charcoal in your fireplace. It gives off deadly carbon monoxide.
  • Keep your damper open if there are hot ashes in your fireplace. Closing the damper could enable hot ashes to heat up and cause a damaging fire.
  • Let ashes cool in a sealed metal container.

Furnaces

  • Before you turn on your furnace, have it inspected by a qualified professional.
  • Make sure to check the condition of the automatic controls and emergency shutoffs.
  • If the walls and ceiling around your furnace feel too, add insulation or additional clearance space.
  • Keep all trash and combustibles away from the furnace.
  • Check your chimney for cracks or loose bricks.
  • Seal all unused flue openings with solid masonry.

Space Heaters

  • Make sure your space heater has a working safety light, alarm, automatic shut-off switch, and a cut-off device to prevent overheating.
  • Keep all objects, people and pets at least three feet away from the heater.
  • Never use a space heater in your bathroom. Water and electric appliances don't mix.

Heating your home is extremely important, but it's equally as important to do so safely.

Should you suffer fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Barberton/ Norton at 330-825-1803.  

Let us help you make it "Like it never even happened."

Dangers of Soot!

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

Soot on ceiling Soot can be a dangerous if left unattended. Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Barberton / Norton.

SERVPRO of Barberton/Norton always tests for Soot at the site of a fire. For those that don’t know, soot is a mass of impure carbon particles resulting from the incomplete burning of fuel, such coal, paper, wood or petroleum coke, during a fire. Formation of soot is a complex process, in which a number of molecules undergo a host of chemical and physical reactions within only a few milliseconds. Once created, soot may become airborne and be carried by the hot currents of the producing fire. With its fine particles, it is dangerous to people when inhaled and is a known cause of various types of cancer and lung disease. Other soot sources include internal-combustion engines, power-plant boilers, hog-fuel boilers, ship boilers, central steam-heat boilers, waste incineration, local field burning, house fires, forest fires, fireplaces, and furnaces.

Soot in very low concentrations is capable of darkening surfaces and making things exposed to it, like air vents, appear black. Soot particles can be mixed with metal oxides and with minerals and can be coated with sulfuric acid which is very damaging to most surfaces. Soot is the also the primary cause of "ghosting". This is the discoloration of walls and ceilings or walls and flooring where they meet. It is also generally responsible for the discoloration of the walls above baseboard electric heating units. Soot also tends to form in chimneys in houses possessing one or more fireplaces. If a large deposit collects in one, it can catch fire and create a very hot burning  chimney fire. Such a fire can ignite other portions of the structure. We at SERVPRO of Barberton/Norton recommend regular cleaning by a chimney sweep to reduce or eliminate this threat. While the normal fire prevention rules should always be applied, action taken to deal directly with soot is one way to make sure that you’re “Ready for whatever happens”.

Kitchen fires can cause lots of damage.

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen covered in soot and smoke A small kitchen fire can cause significant damage to an entire home. SERVPRO of Barberton / Norton can help restore your home.

Cooking brings family and friends together, provides an outlet for creativity and can be relaxing. But did you know that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries? Below are some a safety tips to help prevent fires and keep everyone safe.

 “Cook with Caution”

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.
  • Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.

If you have a small (grease) cooking fire and decide to fight the fire...

  • On the stovetop, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
  • If you have any doubt about fighting a small fire get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number from outside the home.

Fire Safety Around the House

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

Fire pit with fire Fire safety is important inside and outside of your home. Be careful and follow these tips!

Practicing fire safety is one of the best methods that individuals can use to keep themselves and their households protected against a disaster. Fires can happen for a plethora of reasons, but by implementing prevention tips, their likelihood of occurring is significantly reduced.

There is an abundance of fire safety information around the internet, but much of it is in different locations. In order to make researching and practicing fire safety easier, we put it together in one place for your ease of reference.

Tips to Know About Fire Safety

Frequently Check Smoke Detectors. Having a working smoke alarm system in your home is the top tip that experts recommend for fire safety. Smoke alarms significantly reduce the chance of becoming injured in a fire and can alert the entire household at once if it is time to escape.

Have a Fire Escape Plan. Evacuating the house quickly in the event that the smoke alarm sounds is essential due to how quickly fires can spread. Make sure everyone in the household is aware of their options for escape routes and rehearse your evacuation regularly.

Know How to Operate a Fire Extinguisher. Keeping a fire extinguisher stored in a convenient location and knowing how to use it will give you the power to put out a fire before it gets out of hand if it is safe to do so. Make sure to purchase the correct classification for the type of fire you are likely to experience.

Never Leave Flames Unattended. Many of us encounter open flames every day on a small scale, such as when a gas stove is turned on or a candle is lit. Though small, these flames still have a large potential for error, and they should never be left in a room unsupervised as they can quickly spread.

Keep a Closed-Door Policy. The deadliest fires are the ones that break out during the early morning hours, mostly due to the reduced reaction time of sleeping family members. However, one keyway to combat this is by closing bedroom doors before going to sleep. The door can slow down flames, allowing more time for everyone to execute the escape plan.

Making a Home Evacuation Plan

3/13/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke Alarm It is time to change the clocks means it's time to change the batteries in your smoke alarm.

Essential Components of a Home Evacuation Plan

If a fire spreads through your home in the communities of Barberton or Norton you need to ensure that everyone evacuates as quickly as possible. To keep the evacuation fast and seamless, it’s crucial to create a home fire escape plan. Designing and practicing the plan with your family members helps everyone be prepared in case of a real fire. Here are the most essential components of a home evacuation plan.

1. Escape Routes

To prevent any confusion, it’s important to designate several escape routes in your home. Take note of all the exits in your house, including doors and windows. It’s preferable to indicate two escape routes for each room so that everyone has more options to get out safely in the event of a home fire.

2. Smoke Alarms

Next, you should make sure that all of the smoke alarms in your home are functioning properly. There should be one installed in each bedroom as well as outside of each sleeping area. Smoke alarms must also be present on each level of the house, including the basement. Having the right number of functioning alarms in your home is a vital aspect of basic fire preparation.

3. Meeting Area

Once you’ve planned the fire escape routes and checked your alarms, you need to designate a meeting place outdoors where your family can converge. Examples of a meeting area include:

  • Mailbox
  • Street sign
  • Light post
  • Another house far away from yours

Be sure that the meeting place is sufficiently far from your home and clearly indicate it to all of your family members.

4. Practice

The most effective way to ensure that everyone follows the plan in a real emergency is to practice it repeatedly. Make sure to conduct drills in your home and familiarize your kids with the evacuation plan. When everyone is prepared, they can react calmly and stay safe in case of a real fire.
Creating a reliable fire escape plan is only the first step towards recovering from a fire. To have your home return to its normal state, contact emergency restoration services as soon as possible.

Fire Facts and Info!

11/21/2019 (Permalink)

Firemen and Fire Truck SERVPRO of Barberton / Norton support our first responder who keep us safe!

Flames can cause the most visible damage to your property during a fire, smoke and soot are silent and sometimes invisible hazards that could cost lives.  Water is also a reason for damage after a fire. Even firefighters themselves may cause some damage before they can completely put out a fire. Here are 10 important things to know about fires.

1. In a fire, more people die from inhaling smoke than from the flames. Never think that if you avoid the flames you are safe. Always keep away from smoke.

2. Soot is a coating of fine, black dust created when wood, coal, or oil-based substances are burned.  These carbon particles float into the air and settle anywhere.  Inhaling soot can caused severe lung deficiencies or even death. 

3. If soot contaminates items in your home or business, a fire restoration service provider like SERVPRO of Barberton / Norton must assess the damage to see if restoration is possible.

Need Fire Restoration Advice Or Services? Call SERVPRO of Barberton / Norton.       (330)825-1803

4.  The worst possible effect of soot is its tendency to cause cancer and cause serious defects in  newborns. Soot produces polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. These hydrocarbons are responsible for gene mutation for particular groups of genes. They can cause birth defects and increase the chances of getting cancer.


Water’s Good And Bad
5. Water’s great at putting out most fires but the water itself can cause great damage. You must make sure, after the fire is out, that your home or business is completely dried. If you don’t, mold, mildew, and other consequences will lead to further damage and loss. This is why SERVPRO of Barberton / Norton provides industrial dehumidifiers and air movers to dry saturated carpets, padding, furniture, and any other wet items.

6. Mold colonies can begin to grow just 48 hours after water damage occurs.  The combination of fire, water, and mold damage to your commercial property or home could result in a complete loss if not handled properly. See our posts about mold,  mold myths, and how to clean up mold.

7. Use caution if you decide to do some of the cleanup after a fire. Never start your cleaning process until you’re properly attired. Wear heavy-duty gloves, safety goggles, and a face mask. Carefully cover your nose and make sure your safety glasses have no place for dust or soot to get into your eyes.

Why Firefighters Break Windows And Cut Holes In Roofs
8. Firefighters are true heroes. However, they often must break windows and cut holes in the roof of buildings on fire. As a fire burns, the fire moves up and down and across, growing very fast. Firefighters break windows and cut holes in roofs to provide ventilation that slows the fire’s growth. Ventilation also helps get rid of dark smoke that makes it hard for firefighters to see where they’re going. The holes and broken windows help firefighters fight the fire more quickly. The bottom line is that breaking windows and cutting holes in roofs help save lives and property. 

9. Firefighters will also cut holes in walls at times. That’s not about ventilation. It’s done so the fire department is sure that the fire is completely out. Fire departments don’t want to risk leaving a fire that’s not visible but is still active inside the walls or in other hidden places.

10. If you have a fire, get a copy of the fire report. In most areas, a fire report is a public document. Ask for it at the fire department or fire marshal’s office. The fire report will help you with information that your insurance company and other official offices may request.

For more, see After The Fire: Returning to Normal from FEMA. 

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Call SERVPRO of Barberton / Norton              (330)825-1803, anytime day or night.

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A clean furnace will help keep you warm and safe in your Barberton / Norton home.

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

Furnace A clean furnace will help keep you warm and safe.

Like many homeowners, you may wonder what you can do to keep your furnace well-maintained and when you should perform such maintenance. After all, a functioning furnace reduces the chance of a fire and related fire cleaning in your Barberton / Norton home.

Here are three tips for keeping your furnace in top shape throughout the year

1. Keep It Clean

Dirt is a troublesome yet common nuisance that can lead to furnace-related fires. The blower, motor and system itself all need regular cleaning to remove troublesome dirt and debris. Research how to clean your particular unit, or get help from a local professional. Leaving dirt to sit can cause your unit to malfunction and cause a fire-related issue.

2. Replace Filters

Your furnace filters should be replaced regularly. A good rule of thumb is to change them once before cold weather hits, and then once a month during the times that the furnace is in heavy use. Dirty filters can lead to situations that require fire cleaning, much like with other furnace components, and will also not function properly when you are relying on them to keep you and your family warm.

3. Perform Maintenance Early

One of the most important things to remember is that any repairs or other maintenance tasks need to be completed before the cold comes. Otherwise, you will risk using the furnace while it is not in top shape, possibly causing a fire and leading to smoke cleaning. You also will likely have an under-performing furnace that does not quite do its job.

Furnace maintenance is not exactly fun, but neither is a fire. You owe it to yourself and your wallet to take precautions against having a furnace malfunction at home. You will not only avoid fire cleaning in the future - you will also have better peace-of-mind knowing your furnace is ready to keep you heated.

Tips for furnace maintenance as the cold weather approaches Barberton / Norton

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Furnace Keep your Furnace and the area around clean

Like many homeowners, you may wonder what you can do to keep your furnace well-maintained and when you should perform such maintenance. After all, a functioning furnace reduces the chance of a fire and related fire cleaning in your Barberton / Norton home.

Here are three tips for keeping your furnace in top shape throughout the year

1. Keep It Clean

Dirt is a troublesome yet common nuisance that can lead to furnace-related fires. The blower, motor and system itself all need regular cleaning to remove troublesome dirt and debris. Research how to clean your particular unit, or get help from a local professional. Leaving dirt to sit can cause your unit to malfunction and cause a fire-related issue.

2. Replace Filters

Your furnace filters should be replaced regularly. A good rule of thumb is to change them once before cold weather hits, and then once a month during the times that the furnace is in heavy use. Dirty filters can lead to situations that require fire cleaning, much like with other furnace components, and will also not function properly when you are relying on them to keep you and your family warm.

3. Perform Maintenance Early

One of the most important things to remember is that any repairs or other maintenance tasks need to be completed before the cold comes. Otherwise, you will risk using the furnace while it is not in top shape, possibly causing a fire and leading to smoke cleaning. You also will likely have an under-performing furnace that does not quite do its job.

Furnace maintenance is not exactly fun, but neither is a fire. You owe it to yourself and your wallet to take precautions against having a furnace malfunction at home. You will not only avoid fire cleaning in the future - you will also have better peace-of-mind knowing your furnace is ready to keep you heated.

Deep Frying your Turkey for your Barberton / Norton Thanksgiving

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

turkey sitting in oil fryer Be safe as you enjoy the deliciousness of deep fried turkey at your holiday celebration.

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, SERVPRO of Barberton / Norton want to offer helpful hints to enjoy your holiday.  Here are some great tips to keep everyone safe if they are deep frying their turkey

  • Keep outdoor fryers off decks, out of garages and a safe distance away from trees and other structures that may catch fire.
  • Make sure the turkey is completely thawed and dry before cooking. Ice or water that mixes into the hot oil can cause flare-ups.
  • Watch the weather. Never operate a fryer outdoors in the rain or snow.
  • Place the fryer on a level surface, and avoid moving it once it's in use.
  • Leave 2 feet between the tank and the burner when using a propane-powered fryer.
  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions to avoid overfilling. Oil can ignite when it makes contact with the burner.
  • Choose a smaller turkey for frying. A bird that's 8 to 10 pounds is best; pass on turkeys over 12 pounds.
  • Never leave fryers unattended.
  • 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.
  • Turn off the burner before lowering the turkey into the oil. Once the turkey is submerged, turn the burner on.
  • Wear goggles to shield your eyes, use oven mitts to protect your hands and arms and keep an "ABC" or grease-rated fire extinguisher close by. Do not to use water or a garden hose on a fire related to Turkey Fryers.
  • Do not stuff the turkey with stuffing or vegetables, also avoid water-based marinades.
  • Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times.
  • 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.
  • Opt for an oil-less fryer. This uses infrared heat, rather than oil, to cook the turkey. (And it’s healthier too!!)

Fire Safety Tips for the Holidays

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

Burnt Stove Don't leave your stove unattended during the holidays!

Fire Prevention

  • Watch out for extension cords and multiple wires that are hidden behind carpets and curtains
    • Overloading Circuits is a common mistake especially for families who possess multiple electronics because they do not split the devices and run a different circuit.
  • Install an operating fire extinguisher and smoke detector
  • Prepare a plan for emergencies
    • Having a plan prepared can prevent injuries and accelerating the process of leading everyone back to safety.

Fire and smoke damage should not be taken lightly due to the dangers it may cause, action should be taken immediately to prevent further destruction. Smoke can spread throughout an entire structure under a couple of minutes.

If any damages occur after a fire, SERVPRO of Barberton/Norton specializes in residential or commercial services, back to “Like it never even happened.”

Call 24/7, even on a holiday at 330-825-1803.

Cooking Safety

7/13/2019 (Permalink)

Stove was the cause of this fire.

Cooking brings family and friends together, provides an outlet for creativity and can be relaxing. But did you know that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries? Below are some a safety tips to help prevent fires and keep everyone safe.

 “Cook with Caution”

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.
  • Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.

If you have a small (grease) cooking fire and decide to fight the fire...

  • On the stovetop, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
  • If you have any doubt about fighting a small fire get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number from outside the home.

Soot

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

Soot on the garage walls prior to cleaning

SERVPRO of Barberton/Norton always tests for soot at the site of a fire. For those that don’t know, soot is a mass of impure carbon particles resulting from the incomplete burning of fuel, such coal, paper, wood or petroleum coke, during a fire. Formation of soot is a complex process, in which a number of molecules undergo a host of chemical and physical reactions within only a few milliseconds. Once created, soot may become airborne and be carried by the hot currents of the producing fire. With its fine particles, it is dangerous to people when inhaled and is a known cause of various types of cancer and lung disease. Other soot sources include internal-combustion engines, power-plant boilers, hog-fuel boilers, ship boilers, central steam-heat boilers, waste incineration, local field burning, house fires, forest fires, fireplaces, and furnaces.

Soot in very low concentrations is capable of darkening surfaces and making things exposed to it, like air vents, appear black. Soot particles can be mixed with metal oxides and with minerals and can be coated with sulfuric acid which is very damaging to most surfaces. Soot is the also the primary cause of "ghosting". This is the discoloration of walls and ceilings or walls and flooring where they meet. It is also generally responsible for the discoloration of the walls above baseboard electric heating units. Soot also tends to form in chimneys in houses possessing one or more fireplaces. If a large deposit collects in one, it can catch fire and create a very hot burning  chimney fire. Such a fire can ignite other portions of the structure. We at SERVPRO of Barberton/Norton recommend regular cleaning by a chimney sweep to reduce or eliminate this threat. While the normal fire prevention rules should always be applied, action taken to deal directly with soot is one way to make sure that you’re “Ready for whatever happens”.

Barberton Fire Department

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Fireman around table Barberton Fire Department Luncheon

SERVPRO of Barberton/Norton was very happy to provide lunch to the Barberton Fire Department.  As first responders they risk their lives to save others.  The Firemen are all crossed trained as Emergency Medical Technicians.  They are kind, selfless gentlemen, who risk their lives every day on every call.  With Barberton's population of 27,000 the department is fully equipped to handle any call they receive.  We enjoyed a tour of their trucks, ambulances and water craft.  The Barberton Fire Department knows they can call on SERVPRO of Barberton/Norton to provide priority response services to their service areas.  These services include but are not limited to: boarding up fire or vehicle damage; containment for water and biohazard services for the safety of the residents or business owners within the community.  

Furnace Maintenance Tips For Your Barberton Home

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Keep your furnace clean and running efficiently

Like many homeowners, you may wonder what you can do to keep your furnace well-maintained and when you should perform such maintenance. After all, a functioning furnace reduces the chance of a fire and related fire cleaning in your Barberton home.

Here are three tips for keeping your furnace in top shape throughout the year

1. Keep It Clean

Dirt is a troublesome yet common nuisance that can lead to furnace-related fires. The blower, motor and system itself all need regular cleaning to remove troublesome dirt and debris. Research how to clean your particular unit, or get help from a local professional. Leaving dirt to sit can cause your unit to malfunction and cause a fire-related issue.

2. Replace Filters

Your furnace filters should be replaced regularly. A good rule of thumb is to change them once before cold weather hits, and then once a month during the times that the furnace is in heavy use. Dirty filters can lead to situations that require fire cleaning, much like with other furnace components, and will also not function properly when you are relying on them to keep you and your family warm.

3. Perform Maintenance Early

One of the most important things to remember is that any repairs or other maintenance tasks need to be completed before the cold comes. Otherwise, you will risk using the furnace while it is not in top shape, possibly causing a fire and leading to smoke cleaning. You also will likely have an under-performing furnace that does not quite do its job.

Furnace maintenance is not exactly fun, but neither is a fire. You owe it to yourself and your wallet to take precautions against having a furnace malfunction at home. You will not only avoid fire cleaning in the future - you will also have better peace-of-mind knowing your furnace is ready to keep you heated.

Barberton Homeowners: Tips on How to Deep Fry a Turkey Safely

11/15/2018 (Permalink)

Thanksgiving is a time for family traditions and favorite recipes. Protect yourself, your guests, and home with these helpful safety tips.

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, here are some great tips to keep everyone safe if they are deep frying their turkey

  • Keep outdoor fryers off decks, out of garages and a safe distance away from trees and other structures that may catch fire.
  • Make sure the turkey is completely thawed and dry before cooking. Ice or water that mixes into the hot oil can cause flare-ups.
  • Watch the weather. Never operate a fryer outdoors in the rain or snow.
  • Place the fryer on a level surface, and avoid moving it once it's in use.
  • Leave 2 feet between the tank and the burner when using a propane-powered fryer.
  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions to avoid overfilling. Oil can ignite when it makes contact with the burner.
  • Choose a smaller turkey for frying. A bird that's 8 to 10 pounds is best; pass on turkeys over 12 pounds.
  • Never leave fryers unattended.
  • 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.
  • Turn off the burner before lowering the turkey into the oil. Once the turkey is submerged, turn the burner on.
  • Wear goggles to shield your eyes, use oven mitts to protect your hands and arms and keep an "ABC" or grease-rated fire extinguisher close by. Do not to use water or a garden hose on a fire related to Turkey Fryers.
  • Do not stuff the turkey with stuffing or vegetables, also avoid water-based marinades.
  • Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times.
  • 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.
  • Opt for an oil-less fryer. This uses infrared heat, rather than oil, to cook the turkey. (And it’s healthier too!!)

Holiday Fire Safety In Barberton

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

Christmas tree on fire inside a home It's best to be safe, but if you've suffered fire damage in Barberton or Norton, and need fire damage repair, call SERVPRO today!

Fire Prevention

  • Watch out for extension cords and multiple wires that are hidden behind carpets and curtains
    • Overloading Circuits is a common mistake especially for families who possess multiple electronics because they do not split the devices and run a different circuit.
  • Install an operating fire extinguisher and smoke detector
  • Prepare a plan for emergencies
    • Having a plan prepared can prevent injuries and accelerating the process of leading everyone back to safety.

Fire and smoke damage should not be taken lightly due to the dangers it may cause, action should be taken immediately to prevent further destruction. Smoke can spread throughout an entire structure under a couple of minutes.

If any damages occur after a fire, SERVPRO of Barberton/Norton specializes in residential or commercial services, back to “Like it never even happened.”

Barberton/Norton Smoke and Soot Cleanup

6/6/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke damage seen inside of a Barberton/Norton home Smoke damage makes a terrible odor, so if you need smoke and soot damage or odor removal in Barberton or Norton, give SERVPRO a call!

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 Barberton/Norton 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 – 
330-825-1803