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Summer Fire Safety in Connecticut

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Summer Fire Safety in Connecticut Summer Fire Safety in Connecticut

Every year we look forward to summer vacations, camping, family reunions, picnics, and the Fourth of July. Summertime, however, also brings fires and injuries due to fireworks and outdoor cooking.

Tell your community, the best way to protect their families is to not use fireworks at home. The U.S. Fire Administration recommends attending public displays and leaving the lighting of fireworks to the professionals.

A study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission shows that over 200 people on average go the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday. Fireworks are dangerous! 

Know how to prevent a burn while you enjoy outdoor activity this summer.

Wear short sleeves or roll them up when cooking on the grill.

Use long-handled barbecue tools.

Keep a 3-foot safe zone around grills, fire pits and campfires.

Attend public fireworks displays; this leaves the lighting to the professionals.

Incase if you need restore fire damage, we are here to help, Contact SERVPRO of Branford/Shoreline.

Hot Weather Safety

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Hot Weather Safety Hot Weather Safety

It’s summer, do you know that heat may cause illness or even death? When temperatures rise to extreme highs, reduce risks by taking the following precautions.

Stay indoors and in an air-conditioned environment as much as possible unless you're sure your body has a high tolerance for heat.

  • Drink plenty of fluids but avoid beverages that contain alcohol, caffeine or a lot of sugar.
  • Eat more frequently but make sure meals are balanced and light.
  • Never leave any person or pet in a parked vehicle.
  • Avoid dressing babies in heavy clothing or wrapping them in warm blankets.
  • Check frequently on people who are elderly, ill or may need help. If you might need help, arrange to have family, friends or neighbors check in with you at least twice a day throughout warm weather periods.
  • Make sure pets have plenty of water.
  • Salt tablets should only be taken if specified by your doctor. If you are on a salt-restrictive diet, check with a doctor before increasing salt intake.
  • If you take prescription diuretics, antihistamines, mood-altering or antispasmodic drugs, check with a doctor about the effects of sun and heat exposure.
  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun. Awnings or louvers can reduce the heat entering a house by as much as 80 percent.

 Please refer to our Fire Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Smoking Fires Are Preventable!!

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoking Fires Are Preventable!! Smoking Fires Are Preventable!!

The place where we feel safest — at home — is where most smoking-materials structure fires, deaths, and injuries occur. Smoking materials are the leading cause of fire deaths. Smoking material fires are preventable.

Smoking Safety

  • If you smoke, use only fire-safe cigarettes.
  • If you smoke, smoke outside. Most deaths result from fires that started in living rooms, family rooms and dens or in bedrooms.
  • Keep cigarettes, lighters, matches, and other smoking materials up high out of the reach of children, in a locked cabinet.

Make Sure

  • Use a deep, sturdy ashtray. Place it away from anything that can burn.
  • Do not discard cigarettes in vegetation such as mulch, potted plants or landscaping, peat moss, dried grasses, leaves or other things that could ignite easily.
  • Before you throw away butts and ashes, make sure they are out, and dousing in water or sand is the best way to do that.

Smoking and Medical Oxygen

Never smoke and never allow anyone to smoke where medical oxygen is used. Medical oxygen can cause materials to ignite more easily and make fires burn at a faster rate than normal. It can make an existing fire burn faster and hotter.

Fire Restoration Service in North Branford CT

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Restoration Service in North Branford CT Fire Restoration Service in North Branford CT

When fire damages your property in Branford, Connecticut, the situation that results is often heartbreaking and overwhelming to deal with.

The main causes of a house fire can range from food left unattended on the stove, candles, burdened electrical connections, cigarettes or cigars or lighting and appliance malfunctions.

From the moment, a fire starts to the point where the structure is fully engulfed is usually less than two minutes, which is why it is so important for occupants to get out of the home as quickly as possible and not try to put out a large fire themselves. One of the most common misconceptions about house fires is that the emergency services will provide a fire damage restoration service. Unfortunately, this is not the case. You’re bound to have damage from fire, smoke, and water from the fire-fighter’s efforts. For all of this, you need to undergo a restoration process with a reputable fire restoration company in North Branford, CT? Call SERVPRO of Branford/Shoreline today.

Always Get a Fire Restoration Service after a House Fire

You might think that the damage from a fire is not a big deal, but what lurks behind can do serious harm to your body. Don’t risk getting sick and hire professional fire restoration company to clean up after you. This way, you can make your house a home again as quickly as possible. 

Fire Damage Restoration Emergency Response Team in East Haven, CT

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration Emergency Response Team in East Haven, CT Fire Damage Restoration Emergency Response Team in East Haven, CT

Smoke and fire damage is dependent on several factors which all impact on the fire damage restoration process.

The temperature of the fire and smoke movement determines what damage occurs, and predominately where the most damage occurs. Smoke can penetrate the smallest areas; so it is common in fire and smoke damaged houses are areas that weren’t affected first hand by the fire. It is critical to ensure the fire damage restoration begins as soon as possible.

As smoke is acidic, moisture and humidity are a catalyst to the corrosive dilapidation of finishes and fixtures in the premises. It is hard to imagine a situation more traumatising and unwanted than a fire in your home. Even a small fire can cause extensive damage and impact on your family’s sense of security.

At SERVPRO of Branford/Shoreline, our Fire Damage Restoration emergency response team are knowledgeable and sympathetic to your situation and should be the first step towards putting your life back together. Securing your home to prevent further damage or deterioration is our number one priority.

SERVPRO of Branford/Shoreline, CT’s tried and tested fire restoration methods mean we are able to save many building components and valuable personal items. Even if the damage looks severe, items can often be remediated to the pre-damage condition. From furniture to appliances, computers and even family heirlooms, our team of Fire Damage Restoration specialists have developed methods to successfully remediate your personal belongings, saving you from more heartache in this unfortunate event.

Electricity Safety Checklist

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Electricity Safety Checklist Electricity Safety Checklist

  • Call a qualified electrician or your landlord if you have: 
    Frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuit breakers
  • A tingling feeling when you touch an electrical appliance
  • Discolored or warm wall outlets
  • A burning or rubbery smell coming from an appliance
  • Flickering or dimming lights
  • Sparks from an outlet q Inspect your home for hidden electrical hazards. 
  • Inspect your home for hidden electrical hazards.
  • Check electrical cords to make sure the wires are not damaged, cracked or loose. If the cords need to be repaired, take the item to a professional repair shop, hire an electrician or replace with a new item.
  • Make sure cords are not running across doorways or under carpets. If they are, have a qualified electrician install more outlets.
  • Keep children away from electric cords and outlets. Cords placed in the mouth can cause a burn and objects placed in a receptacle can cause a shock, burns or electrocution.
  • Make sure that all receptacle outlets and switches have faceplates.
  • Never put more than one plug in each receptacle. An outlet may have one or more receptacles — one to receive each plug.
  • Be sure that the bulbs in your lights match what is safe for the lamp. There should be a sticker that indicates the maximum wattage for the light bulb — such as use maximum of a 60 watt bulb.
  • Light bulbs in the living area of your home, including closets, should have a shade or globe for protection. Light bulbs can get very hot and cause a fire if something that can burn is too close.
  • Ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) reduce the risk of shock by shutting off an electrical circuit when the circuit could be a shock hazard. Your home should have GFCIs in the kitchen, bathroom(s), laundry, basement, garage, and outdoor areas.
  • Heat producing appliances such as a toaster, coffee maker, iron or microwave oven draw a lot of electricity. Plug only one heat producing appliance in each outlet to prevent wiring from overheating.
  • Buy only appliances that are listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
  • Arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) protect against fire by monitoring the electrical current in a circuit and shutting off the circuit when unintended arcing occurs. AFCIs should be installed in your home. If not, have a qualified electrician install them for you.
  • Keep ladders away from overhead power lines, including the electrical service into your home.

The Facts About Chimney Fires

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Facts About Chimney Fires The Facts About Chimney Fires

Your chimney–and the flue that lines it–adds architectural interest to your home, but its’ real function is to carry dangerous flue gases from your fireplace, wood stove or furnace safely out of your home.

As you relax in front of your fireplace or bask in the warmth of your wood stove, the last thing you are likely to be thinking about is the condition of your chimney. However, if you don’t give some thought to it before you light those winter fires, your enjoyment may be very short-lived.

Why?

Dirty chimneys can cause chimney fires, which damage structures, destroy homes and injure or kill people.

Indications of a chimney fire have been described as creating:

  • loud cracking and popping noise
  • a lot of dense smoke, and
  • an intense, hot smell

Chimney fires can burn explosively – noisy and dramatic enough to be detected by neighbors or people passing by. Flames or dense smoke may shoot from the top of the chimney. Homeowners report being startled by a low rumbling sound that reminds them of a freight train or a low flying airplane. However, those are only the chimney fires you know about.

SERVPRO of Branford / Shoreline specializes in fire and water damage restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Please refer to our Fire Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Fire Damage from Power cords

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage from Power cords Fire Damage from Power cords

Power cords on electrical appliances that are moved frequently receive a lot of abuse. These include vacuum cleaners, floor polishers, power tools and other portable appliances. Often, the damage occurs at the plug (i.e., a missing ground prong on a three pronged grounded plug).

Damaged and ungrounded power cords pose serious hazards to users of the appliance including electrical shock and risk of fire. Missing ground prongs on power cord plugs usually result from users pulling on the cord to remove the plug from the outlet instead of handling the plug directly.

In some cases, the plug may be pulled from the wire covering, exposing the inner wires to damage. Power cords can become frayed or damaged from heavy use, age, or excessive current flow through the wiring.

When a power cord is damaged, the appliance should be removed from service and the cord replaced as soon as possible to reduce the risk of electrical shock, electrocution or fire. Cord damage can also result when the cord is pinched, caught between or punctured by heavy objects such as legs on a desk. This damage could lead to a short circuit and result in a fire. Also, cords placed under stress, such as when a heavy appliance is hung by its cord, could eventually cause damage to the cord or plug.

For greater detail on power cords, please see www.compliance.gov.

What to Do When the Fire Alarm Sounds?

7/11/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What to Do When the Fire Alarm Sounds? What to Do When the Fire Alarm Sounds? SERVPRO or Branford CT

A smoke detector will emit its shrill warning if a fire breaks out at your home. You’ve heard that sound in fire and life safety drills. You flash back to tips you picked up as kids. You recall those fire protection pamphlets and those things you read while surfing the web. These are some of the things that might roll through your mind in the first few seconds after hearing that sound. The adrenaline is flowing and you know you must act fast. 

Alarms don’t just happen. Always assume a fire alarm is the real thing. Fire alarm systems and smoke detectors are sensitive and effective. Yeah, sure, some prankster could have pulled a fire alarm box. Maybe someone heating up a snack in the break room got careless and smoke set off a smoke detector. Perhaps you’ve neglected something on the stove or in the oven. These thoughts might come to mind too, but now is not the time for second guesses. This is the time for immediate fire protection action. 

Regardless of where you are, home or work, stay alert and action-oriented. Do not panic! Get ready to evacuate. If your keys, purse and cell phone are handy, grab them. If at work, don’t worry about those knickknacks and photos in your work area; don’t think about taking time to deal with your computer. Your building is probably equipped with sprinkler systems. These will minimize damage. If you are in a multi-story building look for that exit sign and head for the stairway, forget about the elevator. If you are at home, get out as soon as possible. Things are replaceable, your life isn’t. 

In case of a fire in your home, get outside quickly and move safely as far away from your home as possible. In any environment you are likely to be surrounded by highly flammable objects. Fire is fast. 

Regardless of where you are fire and safety services professionals will arrive quickly. Stay out of their way; do not attempt to assist them. They are well trained professionals, fighting fires and saving lives is their business and they are very good at what they do. Listen to what they say, follow their instructions. 

No one wants to think they may become the victim of a fire but fire can happen anywhere, anytime. Prevention and preparation are your best weapons. Use them well!

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Storage of Flammable Materials

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Storage of Flammable Materials Storage of Flammable Materials

Extra packing boxes stored in the wrong place, close to ignition sources, are combustibles. Chemicals stored near work areas  are also an extremely dangerous situation as the probability of a flammable occurrence is increased. Explosion resistant drums and cabinets are also combustibles.

While it is easier to store bottles of cleaners and chemicals close to work sites, it is a dangerous practice. It is also dangerous to store flammable containers, and reactive and explosive chemicals in shipping cartons unless the containers or cartons are flame-resistant.Storage boxes are inexpensive but carry a higher risk of flammable situations. It is recommended to use storage cabinets, they can get expensive however, the price of a fire is much more costly.

To effectively reduce the risk of a potential fire, we suggest keeping extra inventory of flammables to a minimum. Less storage space is needed, and potential fuel sources for a fire are decreased.

Fire Prevention!!

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Prevention!! Fire Prevention-SERVPRO of Branford

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape? During a fire, early warning from a working smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives. Learn what else to do to keep your loved ones safe!



  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.

  • Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.

  • Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.

  • If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.


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Maintain a Survivable Space - "Things You Can Do Today"

5/11/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Maintain a Survivable Space - "Things You Can Do Today" Fire Damage - "Things You Can Do Today"
  • Clean roof surfaces and gutters of pine needs, leaves, branches, etc., regularly to avoid accumulation of flammable materials.
  • Remove portions of any tree extending within 10 feet of the flue opening of any stove or chimney.
  • Maintain a screen constructed of non-flammable material over the flue opening of every chimney or stovepipe. Mesh openings of the screen should not exceed 1/2 inch.
  • Landscape vegetation should be spaced so that fire can not be carried to the structure or surrounding vegetation.
  • Remove branches from trees to height of 15 feet.
  • A fuel break should be maintained around all structures.
  • Dispose of stove or fireplace ashes and charcoal briquettes only after soaking them in a metal pail of water.
  • Store gasoline in an approved safety can away from occupied buildings.
  • Propane tanks should be far enough away from buildings for valves to be shut off in case of fire. Keep area clear of flammable vegetation.
  • All combustibles such as firewood, picnic tables, boats, etc. should be kept away from structures.
  • Garden hose should be connected to outlet.
  • Addressing should be indicated at all intersections and on structures.
  • All roads and driveways should be at least 16 feet in width.
  • Have fire tools handy such as: ladder long enough to reach the roof, shovel, rake and bucket for water.
  • Each home should have at least two different entrance and exit routes.

Source

www.nifc.gov

What to Do When the Fire Alarm Sounds !

2/17/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What to Do When the Fire Alarm Sounds ! SERVPRO of Branford / Shoreline - What to Do When the Fire Alarm Sounds !

A smoke detector will emit its shrill warning if a fire breaks out at your home. You’ve heard that sound in fire and life safety drills. You flash back to tips you picked up as kids. You recall those fire protection pamphlets and those things you read while surfing the web. These are some of the things that might roll through your mind in the first few seconds after hearing that sound. The adrenaline is flowing and you know you must act fast. 

Alarms don’t just happen. Always assume a fire alarm is the real thing. Fire alarm systems and smoke detectors are sensitive and effective. Yeah, sure, some prankster could have pulled a fire alarm box. Maybe someone heating up a snack in the break room got careless and smoke set off a smoke detector. Perhaps you’ve neglected something on the stove or in the oven. These thoughts might come to mind too, but now is not the time for second guesses. This is the time for immediate fire protection action. 

Regardless of where you are, home or work, stay alert and action-oriented. Do not panic! Get ready to evacuate. If your keys, purse and cell phone are handy, grab them. If at work, don’t worry about those knickknacks and photos in your work area; don’t think about taking time to deal with your computer. Your building is probably equipped with sprinkler systems. These will minimize damage. If you are in a multi-story building look for that exit sign and head for the stairway, forget about the elevator. If you are at home, get out as soon as possible. Things are replaceable, your life isn’t. 

In case of a fire in your home, get outside quickly and move safely as far away from your home as possible. In any environment you are likely to be surrounded by highly flammable objects. Fire is fast. 

Regardless of where you are fire and safety services professionals will arrive quickly. Stay out of their way; do not attempt to assist them. They are well trained professionals, fighting fires and saving lives is their business and they are very good at what they do. Listen to what they say, follow their instructions. 

No one wants to think they may become the victim of a fire but fire can happen anywhere, anytime. Prevention and preparation are your best weapons. Use them well!