Common Causes of House Fires
Here are top 5 most common causes of house fires as identified by the National Fire Protection Association.
From 2007-2011, the NFPA says there were an average of 10,630 fires in the U.S. that were started by candles, causing 115 deaths, 903 injuries and approximately $418 million in property damage. That is an average of 29 candle fires per day.
- Never leave a candle burning near flammable items.
- Never leave a candle burning in a child’s room or an unoccupied room.
- Make sure candles fit securing into candle holders so they won’t tip over.
- Blow out any candles before leaving a room or going to sleep
While the number of fires caused by smoking is trending downward, the NFPA found that there were still an average of 17,600 related fires per year resulting in 490 deaths and more than $516 million in property damage.
- If you smoke, consider smoking outside.
- Use wide, sturdy ashtrays to catch butts and ashes.
- Look for cigarette butts under furniture and between seat cushions to make sure no lit butts have fallen someplace where they can’t be seen.
- Don’t smoke in bed, when you’re tired or around medical oxygen.
- Electrical & Lighting
According to the NFPA, in 2011 approximately 47,700 home structure fires were caused by some sort of electrical failure or malfunction. These resulted in 418 deaths, 1,570 injuries and $1.4 billion in property damage.
- Don’t overload outlets or electrical cords.
- Make sure you have the right cord for the job – inside cords for inside, heavy duty/outside cords for outdoor use.
- Don’t leave Christmas lights, Christmas trees, or halogen lights on overnight or when not at home.
- Consider having an electrician perform an annual checkup of your home’s wiring.
- Dryers & Washing Machines
Clothes dryer fires happen more often than one might think, accounting for 16,800 home structure fires in 2010 and doing more than $236 million in property damage.
- Clean the lint screen frequently and don’t run the dryer without it.
- For gas and propane dryers, make sure there aren’t any leaks in the lines.
- Vent the dryer to the outside of the house and ensure nothing blocks the vent pipe.
- Clean the vent pipe and the area where the screen is housed.
- Keep the area around the dryer free of combustible materials.
From 2007-2011, NFPA says there were an average of 22,600 fires per year caused by lightning strikes.
- Stay away from doors and windows during an electrical storm.
- Do not use corded phones, computers, TVs or other electrical equipment during storms.
- Unplug major electronics – TVs, stereo equipment, computers and microwaves to minimize damage if there is a lightning strike close by.
- Avoid plumbing such as sinks, baths and faucets during a thunderstorm.
You experience a fire in your home, don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Boyd, Carter, Greenup, and Lewis Counties at 606-836-8000
Molds are found in every environment, and mold spores reproduce rapidly when moisture is present. An institute of Medicine study found excessive dampness indoors encourages the growth of molds and other organisms potentially causing a public health problem. The EPA advised that the potential health concerns from molds are important reason to prevent moisture problems leading to mold growth. Possible health effects include runny nose, sneezing, coughing, aggravation of asthma, sore throat, or inflammation of the sinuses.
SERVPRO of Boyd, Carter, Greenup, and Lewis Counties professionals handle water damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth, if there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, be alert for:
- The presence of visible mold
- Strong, musty odors, which may indicate mold is present
- Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth
- Excessive humidity.
These conditions may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage problems.
SERVPRO of Boyd, Carter, Greenup, and Lewis Counties cares about proper restoration of your structure and, in most water damage situations, can safely restore your building to preloss condition.
Commercial Cleaning Services
If you are a business owner, or run a particular business that receives a lot of visitors and foot-traffic, you know how important it is to keep your business looking clean and in good shape. A lot of times, you don't have the time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office.
When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of Boyd, Carter, Greenup, and Lewis Counties for prompt service. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best.
SERVPRO of Boyd, Carter, Greenup, and Lewis Counties offer cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:
- Air Ducts and HVAC
- Biohazard and Sewage
- Trauma and Crime Scene
- Carpet and Upholstery
- Drapes and Blinds
- Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
- Odor Removal and Deodorization
SERVPRO® of Boyd, Carter, Greenup & Lewis Counties
Yesterday was the first day of fall! The weather is already predicted to reach in the low 50's overnight next week (hard to believe when we are still hitting 90 during the day). As the cooler temperatures begin to creep in, preparing your house for fall weather may not be a bad idea! Fall Checklist for your home:** Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts.** Seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors with weather-stripping and caulk.** Inspect your roof for damaged or curled shingles, corroded flashing, or leaky vents.** Take steps to repair damaged sidewalks, driveways, and steps.** Drain and winterize outdoor faucets and irrigation systems.** Clean or replace dirty furnace filters.** Have a professional inspect your heating system.** Check fireplaces for soot or creosote build-up. Better yet, schedule a visit from a reputable chimney sweep.** Clean the plates or pads of your humidifier to ensure efficient operation.** If you have a gas-fired room heater, have it inspected by a pro. Also, perform any routine maintenance recommended by the maker.** Wood stoves are making a comeback. To avoid a deadly situation, be sure to inspect yours before firing it up.** Keep your family safe at home. A home safety check should be an annual ritual in every household. Test smoke and CO monitors, inspect (or install) fire extinguishers, review fire escape plans, and rid your home of old newspapers and other fire hazards. #SERVPRO #HereToHelp #SecondDayofFall
Less than 1 Day Before Damage Starts
SERVPRO® of Boyd, Carter, Greenup and Lewis Counties
For National Preparedness Month we at SERVPRO® of Boyd, Carter, Greenup and Lewis Counties want to do what we can to help you be ready in case of a water damage in your home from such things as a pipe burst or clogged toilet. Quick response is essential to limiting water damage in your home, many think that water cannot cause that much damage or that it will dry on its own if they just leave it alone, but that will cause secondary damages. Do you know how long it takes dyes & ink from cloth & paper to spread and stain? Less than a day. That is right, it takes less than 1 day for dyes and ink from cloth and paper in your home to spread and stain. The faster you act, the better you can minimize the damage. If disaster should ever strike make sure to call the team who is eager to serve our community, we are ready 24/7 365 at 606-836-8000.
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Will you reopen after a disaster?
SERVPRO® of Boyd, Carter, Greenup and Lewis Counties
Almost 50% of businesses do not open back up after a disaster; you can’t afford to be a part of that statistic. SERVPRO® of Boyd, Carter, Greenup and Lewis Counties remains committed to insuring that you are not part of that statistic. It is National Preparedness Month and we want to make sure that you are prepared. We offer what is called Emergency Ready Planning; we will come out and work with you to compile important information so that everyone in your company knows what to do and who to call in case of disaster. We are ready to help to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Call us at 606-836-8000, we are ready 24/7, 365.
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National Preparedness Month
September is recognized as National Preparedness Month (NPM) which serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit.
This week's focus is on Individual Preparedness. Seriously consider putting together an emergency kit for your family, similar to the one shown in our profile picture.
Follow #NatlPrep for tips. More info: www.ready.gov/september
Don't toss out scissors that don't seem to be cutting well any more. Simply give them a quick and easy sharpening by occasionally cutting through a piece of 150-200 grit sandpaper. This will give them a fresh edge to make them seem new again! #TipTuesday
Heat Wave Safety Tips
With local temperatures forecasted to stay in the 90s throughout the weekend we wanted to take the opportunity to share some tips for staying healthy and safe during a heat wave.
In recent years, excessive heat has caused more deaths than all other weather events, including floods. A heat wave is a prolonged period of excessive heat, generally 10 degrees or more above average, often combined with excessive humidity.
What To Do During a Heat Wave
- Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids (WATER!) even if you do not feel thirsty.
- Avoid alcohol, tea, coffee, caffeinated beverages and hot, spicy foods that can make dehydration worse.
- Eat small meals and eat more often.
- Try eating more cold foods like salads and fruits. They contain water and are more refreshing in hot weather than hot foods.
- Avoid extreme temperature changes.
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing made from natural fibers, like cotton or linen. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
- Wear a hat or take an umbrella with you for shade if you’re outside on a hot day.
- Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
- Postpone outdoor games and activities.
- Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.
- Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.
- Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
- Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.
What can I do to make sure my business is prepared?
It is estimated that up to 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster, such as fire and flood, never reopen! Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.
SERVPRO® of Boyd, Carter, Greenup and Lewis Counties is a 24/7 emergency service provider. We respond when disaster strikes. But did you know we can help you to create a plan BEFORE anything happens to make sure you are prepared for whatever may occur. Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood. The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens.
The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile (ERP for short) serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information or can be an ideal supplement to any well-designed emergency preparedness or existing contingency program. Rather than simply reacting to disaster situations, most prefer proactive measures to establish a relationship with a restoration services company.
By working with SERVPRO® of Boyd, Carter, Greenup and Lewis Counties to develop your personalized Emergency READY Profile your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.
Call Kathy Bamer, Marketing Manager, at 606-836-8000 Today for a No Cost Assessment of Your Facility!