Recent Fire Damage Posts

Dealing with a Fire Damage

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

A fire in your home or business can be devastating. Your buildings and items of value may have been lost or badly damaged by the flames, heat, smoke or water. Firefighters may have found it necessary to cut holes in walls to look for hidden flames or in the roof to let out heat and smoke. The clean up after a fire will take a lot of time, patience, and preparation. Below, we are sharing the first steps you will need to take after a fire:

Insurance Company:

You will need to contact your insurance agent before any fire damage is repaired or clean-up is begun. Be prepared with information on what is covered, what needs to be repaired or replaced, and how to find reputable companies that can take care of repairs to your property for you during this time.
Important documents. You will want to take steps to find and retrieve all important documents, and replace those that have been lost or irretrievably damaged, such as birth and death records, social security cards, mortgage and banking information and records, wills, stocks, and bonds.


Soot Particles:

Try to limit movement about the home to prevent soot particles from becoming embedded in the upholstery of your furniture and carpeting. You can place towels or old linens on your rugs, upholstered furniture, and foot traffic areas to help alleviate this type of damage.
Equipment and Appliances. Changing your HVAC filters after a fire is a good idea, and if the power is out, empty your freezer and fridge and prop the doors open to get rid of smoke. Check wiring for ceiling fans before turning them on as the wiring could have been damaged during the fire.


Fire Damage Specialists:

You don’t want to wash any walls or painted surfaces, or clean carpets, etc. without contacting a fire damage specialist. Walls and other surfaces need to be properly cleaned by a professional before any repair is done.


Here at SERVPRO of Brunswick, we are ready to help you in the event of fire damage to your home or business. We are also experienced in the areas of water damage and mold prevention and remediation. Visit our website: SERVPRO of Brunswick or contact us by phone at (912) 264-6094.

Kitchen Fire - How to Prepare

4/28/2019 (Permalink)

A kitchen fire can happen in an instant, with no warning. If that happens, you will need to act fast to keep the fire from getting out of control. Take stock of what kind of fire you have and where it is. Here are a few tips on what to do:

  • If it’s a fire in the oven, close the door immediately and turn off the oven. Leave the door closed! Lack of oxygen will suffocate the flames.
    If the oven continues to smoke and you think the fire may have continued, call the fire department right away.
  • When it is a fire in a cooking pan or pot, use your oven mitt to put the lid on right away, and move it off the burner. Turn off the stove and wait for the lack of oxygen to stop the flames inside your pot.
    If you are not able to safely put the lid on the flaming pan, or if there is no lid readily available, use your fire extinguisher. Always aim at the base of the fire, not the flames themselves.
  • Never use water to put out a grease fire! Water repels grease and can spread the fire by splattering the grease. Try one of these methods instead:
    If the fire is small, put on the lid and turn off the burner.
    Throw lots of baking soda on it. Do not use flour; it can explode or make the fire even worse. Smother the fire with a wet towel or other large, wet cloth. Use a fire extinguisher.
    Swatting the fire with a towel, apron, or other material is likely to fan the flames and spread the fire.
  • If the fire is spreading and you don’t have control, get every person and pet out of the house and call 911!

If your home is damaged by a kitchen fire with soot, smoke damage, and water damage give SERVPRO of Brunswick a call to make it “Like it never even happened”

The DOs and DON'Ts of before restoration professionals arrive.

2/15/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The DOs and DON'Ts of before restoration professionals arrive. What to do after the fire is extinguished?

After the flames are ceased and the first responders have cleared the scene; SERVPRO of Brunswick is on their way. We often get the question from the homeowner and/or property managers after a fire “How can I help, or what can I do until SERVPRO arrives?”

We have compiled a helpful “Do’s + Don’t List” for this question.

DO:

  • Limit home traffic to prevent soot particles from being embedded in carpet and spread throughout home.
  • Keep your hands clean. By having soot on your hands can further soil walls, upholstery and woodwork.
  • When electricity is off- empty out freezer and refrigerator completely. Leave doors to appliance open to prevent future odor.
  • Change HVAC filter; but leave system off until a trained professional can check system.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to prevent particles of soot from getting in or out out of the HVAC system.

Don’t:

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO of Brunswick.
  • Don't send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor into fabric.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged. This can cause electrical shock and air  movement might cause secondary damage.
  • Don’t consume any food or beverage that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. As for the food may have been contaminated

These emergency tips will assist you in taking proper action until SERVPRO of Brunswick arrives. By following these DOs and DON’Ts you minimize further damages and increase the success of restoration.



Safety Tips for Space Heaters

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Safety Tips for Space Heaters Be warm and safe this winter.

As colder weather from winter storms intrude our coastal living we are quick to find a solution like- space heaters. Space heaters are a great source of heat aside from your central heating system. Whether it is at your desk or in your living room space heaters can truly make a difference during the colder days with that boosted heat source. However, with the delight of warmth there are safety concerns to keep in mind when you plug the space heater in.

  1. The three-feet rule: keep anything that can burn 3 or more feet away from the heater.
  2. Keep kids away from the heater to prevent burns and other injuries.
  3. Always turn OFF your space heaters when you live the room or go to bed.
  4. Lastly, check smoke alarms once a month.

December, January, and February are the leading months of heat related home fires according to the NFPA. 

Fire damage is never delightful. However, if your home or business suffers a fire the SERVPRO of Brunswick is here to help! Our highly trained fire restoration professionals will assist you through the recovery process. 

If you need us we are one call away 24/7

(912)319-0106

Dryer Fire in Brunswick

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dryer Fire in Brunswick Dryer fires are on of the leading causes of house fires in the United States. Have your dryer cleaned professional once a year.

The SERVPRO of Brunswick responded to a call after a dryer fire at a local hotel in early January. The hotel management responded quickly by closing the laundry room door containing the flames until emergency officials arrived. Everyone was able to escape the fire without injuries and emergency officials were able to put out the flames quickly.

Dryer fires are one of the leading causes of house fires in the United States. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) every year there is over 15,000 home fires caused by clothing dryers and the failure to clean dust, fiber, or lint from the vents.

Here are helpful tips for clothes dryer safety:

  1. Have your dryer installed by a professional.
  2. Do not use the dryer without a lint filter.
  3. Clean lint filter with each use.
  4. Have a service professional clean the dryer vent to blow out any trapped dust, fibers, and or lint that may be trapped in the line.
  5. Be sure the outdoor vent covering opens when dryer is in use.

The SERVPRO of Brunswick is proudly offering dryer vent cleanings throughout the year to ensure dryer safety. 

Contact the SERVPRO of Brunswick to schedule your dryer vent cleaning (912)264-6094

SERVPRO of Brunswick helps with fire at historic church.

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Just weeks before Christmas the brave men and women of the Valdosta Fire Department extinguished flames at a historic church in the heart of Downtown Valdosta. Thankfully the Valdosta Fire Department extinguished and contained the fire to cause minimal damage to the church. The SERVPRO of Brunswick was brought to the scene to rid the church of soot smells and to restore the property to pre-fire conditions. The SERVPRO of Brunswick was amazed at the structure of the church and the fire protection the church had in place, like fire walls and doors to keep the fire from spreading further.

SERVPRO of Brunswick was accompanied by surrounding franchises to help with soot cleanup, HVAC cleaning, and water extraction. SERVPRO of Brunswick is proud to be apart of the SERVPRO family that helped restore this property in a timely manner so this historic church could celebrate Christmas with their members.  

SERVPRO of Brunswick is able to pull nationwide resources by being apart of the SERVPRO Franchise. Meaning there is never a job to big for the SERVPRO of Brunswick. 

Caring for a Freshly Cut Christmas Tree

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

The smell of pine feeling the aroma in your home, truly makes it feel like the Holidays have arrived. Maybe it is your first year with a real tree, or possibly you just want to learn more about caring for the tree. We have you covered by a compiled list of tree care!

Keeping the Christmas tree fresh and alive:

1. A freshly cut tree trunk needs to have the spores exposed on the bottom allowing the tree to soak up nutrients. If you buy a tree from a lot before you leave ask them to saw of a inch of the trunk to make it freshly opened spores. 

2. According to the Old Farmers Almanac a freshly cut Christmas tree consumes a gallon of water every 24-hours. A helpful tip for keeping your tree watered is to fill the base with a well watered soil.

3. A key for keeping your Christmas tree alive is to avoid placing it on top of heating and cooling vents. 

Along with the fun that a freshly-cut Christmas tree can bring into a home, there is also many dangerous to keep in mind. 

Dangerous to avoid with a freshly- cut Christmas tree:

1. Water, water, and more water. The best fire safety tip for freshly- cut trees are water. Without water your tree is producing oxogen and drying out.

2. Avoid placing the tree next to fireplaces, candles, and lights. 

3. When your tree starts to shed needles and dry out, its time to toss it out. The longer the tree sits inside the home with falling needles, the risk of a home fire increases. 

4. Make sure your Christmas lights have been lab tested and there are no broken lights. 

5. Always turn off Christmas lights before going to bed or leaving your home. 

For more helpful tips regarding Christmas Tree safety go to the NFPA for a free printable safety sheet. 

Space Heater Safety Tips

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Space Heater Safety Tips Safety tips for when you plug in the space heater.

In the colder months of the year, homeowners look for ways to make chilly areas warm and comfortable. While space heaters can be useful to keep small areas warm, it’s very important to use them with caution. In a 2010 study, it was found that space heaters caused 32 percent of all home heating fires but were involved in 79 percent of all home-heating related fire deaths. Fortunately, using a space heater can be safe if you follow these simple recommendations.

First, make sure that you create a three-foot safety zone around the space heater. Do not place the heater on or near any carpets, throw rugs, papers, or clothing. The space heater must be placed on a flat surface and not elevated on any cabinets, shelves, or other furniture.

Place the space heater in an area where it will not be in the way and where no one will trip on it. It’s a great idea to shop for a space heater with an automatic shut-off so that the heater will shut off if it tips over. Make sure that kids and pets are kept away from the heater for their own safety; space heaters can be quite warm to the touch. Also, pets may chew on the cords, so keep an eye on them around the space heater.

It’s a good idea to inspect the heater before every use. Don’t use the heater if there is any damage.

Never leave a space heater unattended. It’s tempting to leave it on while you’re sleeping to keep your bedroom warm. It is too risky to let these appliances run overnight when no one is nearby to make sure there are no problems.

You should never use a power strip or extension cord with a space heater. This cords could overheat due to the higher electrical demands and cause fire damage. Finally, ensure that your home smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order and test them monthly.

If you do have fire damage to your home and need professional cleaning services, contact us at SERVPRO of Brunswick. We will work with you to make sure your home or business returns to normal as quickly as possible.

Thanksgiving Kitchen Safety!

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Thanksgiving Kitchen Safety! Keep kitchen safety top of mind this Thanksgiving in your Brunswick, Georgia home!

The kitchen is the heart and soul of the home, especially during Thanksgiving. With all of the chefs in the kitchen it’s important to keep kitchen safety top of mind. Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment. In 2016, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,570 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving. Because of this we compiled a list of safety tips to

Safety tips

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove-top so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
  • Keep kiddos out of the kitchen for Thanksgiving by having activities planned like games, puzzles or books can keep them busy. Kids can get involved in Thanksgiving preparations with recipes that can be done outside the kitchen.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.

Enjoy a safe holiday season! Happy Thanksgiving from our SERVPRO of Brunswick family to yours!

Source: National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Stages of Fire Damage

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Stages of Fire Damage Kitchen fire. The stages of fire restoration with the SERVPRO of Brunswick

Step 1: Emergency Contact

SERVPRO of Brunswick is a 24/7 company that never sleeps- we are here for your emergency no matter the time or day. Why is getting immediate assistance better than waiting? The truth is the faster you get to a fire damage minimize further damage or possible secondary damage from the water used to extinguish the flames.  Or if the flames tarnished your roof than you are in a position where you are in need of immediate assistance from a fire damage restoration specialist to tarp your roof; tarping your roof is important to protect your home from rain and other environmental factors.

Step 2: Assessment

SERVPRO of Brunswick will then assess the extent of the damage to property. This involves how far the fire, smoke, and soot traveled throughout the home and if any furniture or clothing was affected. This is an important step to understand the damage to better assess the cost of the restoration process.

Step 3: Clean up

 SERVPRO of Brunswick will then establish power to the home if needed by using a generator and begin the restoration process of removing any smoke, dust, and soot from the surfaces in your home. All while the cleanup process is ongoing the SERVPRO of Brunswick team will be extracting any excess water and sanitize and dry those areas of your home. Once the water is extracted and the debris are removed our team will then tackle the stench that the smoke has left behind in the home.

Step 4: Consultation

Following the completion of your fire damage the SERVPRO of Brunswick team may request a ‘debriefing’ consultation on how to prevent future fires and to go over all of the work that was completed within the home to guarantee customer satisfaction.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (912) 264-6094

Stages of Fire Damage

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Step 1: Emergency Contact

SERVPRO of Brunswick is a 24/7 company that never sleeps- we are here for your emergency no matter the time or day. Why is getting immediate assistance better than waiting? The truth is the faster you get to a fire damage minimize further damage or possible secondary damage from the water used to extinguish the flames.  Or if the flames tarnished your roof than you are in a position where you are in need of immediate assistance from a fire damage restoration specialist to tarp your roof; tarping your roof is important to protect your home from rain and other environmental factors.

Step 2: Assessment

SERVPRO of Brunswick will then assess the extent of the damage to property. This involves how far the fire, smoke, and soot traveled throughout the home and if any furniture or clothing was affected. This is an important step to understand the damage to better assess the cost of the restoration process.

Step 3: Clean up

 SERVPRO of Brunswick will then establish power to the home if needed by using a generator and begin the restoration process of removing any smoke, dust, and soot from the surfaces in your home. All while the cleanup process is ongoing the SERVPRO of Brunswick team will be extracting any excess water and sanitize and dry those areas of your home. Once the water is extracted and the debris are removed our team will then tackle the stench that the smoke has left behind in the home.

Step 4: Consultation

Following the completion of your fire damage the SERVPRO of Brunswick team may request a ‘debriefing’ consultation on how to prevent future fires and to go over all of the work that was completed within the home to guarantee customer satisfaction.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (912) 264-6094

Kitchen Fires- The Dangers of Grease

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Kitchen Fires- The Dangers of Grease A grease fire is incredibly dangerous!

To most people, a home is a place of safety, comfort, and refuge. That being said, houses can be swiftly transformed from places of safety into places of great danger by uncontrolled fires.

Uncontrolled fires can start in many ways and have many causes, but one of the most dangerous varieties of fires are grease fires. Grease fires can start and spread very quickly, and are difficult to put out without the proper fire-fighting equipment. Because of the great damage grease fires can cause, you must stay well-informed about the danger. This goes for the homeowner, apartment dweller, or the owner of a restaurant. It also pays to be aware of effective ways to prevent or stop these fires if the worst happens.

What Characterizes Grease Fires?

As their names suggest, grease fires are usually caused by built-up grease and oil around stoves, ovens, and other types of cooking apparatus. Grease fires are so common that the National Fire Protection Association states that cooking fires are one of the top causes of residential and commercial fires as well as fire-related injuries. In the cooking fire category, grease-related frying fires take the top spot. Thus, it is easy to see that fire damage prevention efforts can be made more effective by raising consumer awareness and educating people about fire safety.

What Makes Grease Fires so Dangerous?

Grease fires are dangerous for many reasons, but two of the biggest ones include the difficulty in putting them out and the high temperatures associated with them. These kinds of fires spread quite easily, and are well-known to quickly cause significant damage to structures.

What are Some Effective Ways to Mitigate Grease Fire Damages?

Fire can cause especially severe damages to structures due to the fire itself and the water and chemicals that are necessary to fight the fire. Fire damages can be very difficult to repair without the proper equipment, skills, and experience.

The good news is, your local disaster mitigation experts at SERVPRO of Brunswick stand ready to put their specialized skills to work to on your behalf. We offer 24-hour emergency disaster relief services, trained and experienced technicians, and state of the art restoration technology. Contact us today and get your home or business back up and running in no time.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (912) 264-6094

What Happens if Lightning Strikes My House?

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What Happens if Lightning Strikes My House? Lightning Strikes, Fire & Smoke Damage in Brunswick? SERVPRO of Brunswick is HERE TO HELP.

Mother Nature is known for causing damages from: hurricanes, tornadoes, to flooding.

But what happens when your home is hit by lightning?

Lightning damage is not often thought about- but is more common in than you might think. Lightning strikes to your home can cause power surges. But, they can also ignite a fire and cause fire damage. The damage in a case like this can be devastating. 

Fire damage restoration includes getting soot residues removed from different materials and surfaces in your home. Not all soot is the same type of soot. Luckily, we have studied the differences in soot and know how to properly restore your home after a fire damage.

Where to begin if your home gets struck by lightning:

  1. Safety first: evacuate your family from your home if you seen or smell smoke. 
  2. Call 911, and tell them your home was struck by lightning. Do this regardless if you suspect a fire damage. 
  3. Once your home is assessed and found to be safe, you will be able to return inside.
  4. Call your insurance company and explain what has happened.
  5. Call a trustworthy restoration company to repair any damages to your home. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Every fire damage situation is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. When various materials burn, the soot they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (912) 452-2320

When your South Georgia business suffers from a fire loss, count on SERVPRO.

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage When your South Georgia business suffers from a fire loss, count on SERVPRO. This fire originated at the dryer

A late Sunday evening in July, SERVPRO was notified of a fire happening at a local country club. Our crews arrived as the fire trucks were pulling out to survey the damage and create a game plan to remediate the affected area. SERVPRO was able to contain the damaged areas by setting up temporary walls which prevented future damage and the spread of soot. Temporary walls were also placed to ensure that the Country Club could resume with their scheduled events without any disruption from the fire. SERVPRO of Brunswick worked from sunrise to sunset getting this property back to its original beauty by cleaning the HVAC unit, scrubbing the walls, pulling up effected flooring, and disposing of debris from the fire.

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 – 912-264-6094

Coming up with a Fire Emergency Plan

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Fires in homes and businesses result in injuries, property damage, and even death. A plan to handle a fire emergency will help to lower the chances that these things will happen to your staff and loved ones.

We’re sharing tips today that are all part of a good fire emergency plan:

SMOKE ALARMS: Install good quality smoke alarms on or near the ceilings of your home or business in areas where people gather. In a home, the best place is near bedrooms. Installing carbon monoxide alarms in the same areas is always a good idea since CO is an odorless and colorless gas produced by burning fuels and nearly undetectable unless an alert is given.

FIRE EXTINGUISHERS: Ensure that you have at least one multipurpose fire extinguisher readily accessible. Show everyone where it is and how to use it.

FIREPLACE INSPECTIONS: Have your wood burning fireplace inspected annually in the fall before you use it during cold weather. Your HVAC unit should be looked over at this point as well. Employ a professional for these tasks.

CREATE AN ESCAPE PLAN: Have an escape plan for your family, and make sure everyone understands it and can follow the plan in case of fire. Second story homes should have an escape ladder.

REMOTE MONITORS: There are remote monitors available today to let you know if there is a fire in your home while you are away. They can be plugged into an electrical outlet easily and connected to your internet, and you will be notified by the app you download on your phone.

FIRE-RESISTANT MATERIALS: During home repair or remodeling, use fire-resistant building materials when available. For example, using a fire retardant brand of insulation can be a huge part of keeping your home or business fire safe.

Call the SERVPRO of Brunswick team anytime for help with fire safety. We are always available to assist with home or commercial cleanup after fire and water damage, as well. Our phone number is (912) 264-6094.

First Steps in Dealing with Fire Damage

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

A house fire is a very traumatic experience, and as well as being dangerous and putting lives at risk, your home and many items of personal value to you may have been lost or badly damaged by the flames, the heat, smoke or water, which is emotionally troubling. Firefighters may have found it necessary to cut holes in walls to look for hidden flames, or in the roof to let out heat and smoke, so your home will probably be almost unrecognizable to you. The clean up after a fire in your home will take time and patience. Here are some tips that you can take right away to help you and your loved ones get back to normal as soon as possible:

First, you will need to contact your insurance agent before any fire damage is repaired or clean-up is begun. You will need to be prepared with information on what will be covered, and how to find reputable companies that can take care of your property for you during this time.

Secondly, you will want to take steps to find and retrieve all important documents, and replace those that have been lost or irretrievably damaged, such as birth and death records, social security cards, mortgage and banking information and records, wills, and stocks and bonds, as soon as it is possible to do so.  

Another step to keep in mind is to try and limit all movement about the home; this will prevent soot particles from becoming embedded in your upholstery and carpeting. You can place towels or old linens on your rugs, upholstered furniture, and foot traffic areas.

Changing your HVAC filters after a fire is a good idea and another vital step to take, and if the power is out, empty your freezer and fridge and prop the doors open to get rid of the smoke.

You don’t want to wash any walls or painted surfaces, or clean carpets, etc., without contacting a fire damage specialist. Any canned or packaged food and beverage items that were stored near the heat or fire will need to be thrown out. If your ceiling is wet, don’t turn on any ceiling fixtures such as fans or lighting; the wiring could be damaged.

Here at SERVPRO of Brunswick, we are always ready to help you in the event of fire damage to your home and property. We are also experienced in the areas of water damage, as well as mold prevention and remediation. Visit our website: SERVPRO of Brunswick, or contact us by phone at: (912) 264-6094.

Fire Extinguisher Safety Tips

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Fire extinguishers are an invaluable tool to use against small fires and can also be very effective to protect evacuation routes. According to OSHA,  the most common emergency any home or business owner should plan for is a fire.

Homeowners should take the steps necessary to learn how to use the fire extinguisher kept in their home. OSHA requires all employers to train their staff thoroughly on how to use a fire extinguisher correctly as well, and to accurately assess the situation if a fire is to occur. Everyone also needs to be able to properly determine when an evacuation should take place for the safety and well-being of all those in danger. OSHA has established annual training for employees as a minimal requirement for all places of business, and this training is helpful for homeowners as well.  

The PASS training technique is recommended:

  • P - Pull the pin on the extinguisher.
  • A - Aim the nozzle of the hose at the base of the fire.
  • S - Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent.
  • S - Sweep the nozzle from side to side, directed at the base of the flames until the fire is extinguished.

Once someone knows how to properly operate a fire extinguisher, they should then also be trained to follow fire safety protocol. They should know how to:

  • Locate and activate the fire alarm.
  • Call the fire department and emergency responders immediately.
  • Determine a safe evacuation route that will direct people away from flames, excessive heat, and smoke. They should also know how to keep the route from becoming blocked,
  • Use the PASS technique for discharging a fire extinguisher as outlined above, and know the importance of backing away from the area if the fire flares up again.
  • Evacuate the area immediately if the fire is still going and the extinguisher is empty, or if the fire grows beyond what can be safely handled without fire department personnel.

Fire extinguishers are made to handle small fires only. Excessive smoke and heat, impaired evacuation routes, and poor visibility are all conditions that can arise quickly. People need to understand that safety comes first and foremost and be prepared to evacuate if the fire grows to excessive levels.

SERVPRO of Brunswick is here to help after fire damages have been sustained in your home or business. We also handle mold remediation and water damage cleanups both large and small. Call us today at (912) 264-6094, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Brunswick

Smoke Detector Maintenance

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

We never think of smoke detectors, until disaster strikes. Make it a priority to maintain your smoke detectors on a regular basis so that while you are going about your daily routine, they are ready to alert you and your loved ones of danger.

  • Every bedroom and sleeping area on every level of your home needs a smoke detector, even the attic and basement.
  • Make sure that every unit is securely fastened to its surface, whether it is a wall or a ceiling.
  • When it comes to the workplace, ensure that they are installed in all areas where people spend time, from the bathroom to the warehouse. Customer waiting areas and public restrooms need to be outfitted, as well. Stored product also needs to be protected.
  • Make sure you know how old your alarms are, and test them monthly. Use the test button for this, and make sure everyone in your home or business knows what they sound like so that reaction times will be quick in the event of a fire.
  • Keep them clean and free of greasy build-up and dust, which could affect their performance. You can use a hand-held vacuum for this task. Place this activity on your workplace cleaning schedule to ensure that it is completed on a regular basis.
  • Are they hard-wired or wireless? When is the last time you replaced the batteries? Ensure that your smoke detectors are powered up and ready to go at all times.
  • Are your alarms interconnected? They should all go off at the same time in the event of a fire, so contact a professional to have this taken care of.
  • Replace all smoke detectors, including those that use 10-year batteries and hard-wired alarms before they turn 10 years old, or sooner if they don’t respond correctly when tested.
  • Save and follow manufacturer’s instructions for testing and maintenance of your units.
  • Your units should be marked by a certified inspection entity.

Here at SERVPRO of Brunswick, we care about your safety. Call us at (912) 264-6094 for all your large-scale cleanup projects; we are experts at handling water and fire damage, and mold remediation is one of our specialties! Visit our website: SERVPRO of Brunswick

First Steps in Cleaning Fire and Smoke Damage

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Putting out a fire in your home or business requires, of course, water or some kind of chemicals, such as are in a fire extinguisher. Those can, unfortunately, result in even more destruction to your property that you will have to take care of after the fire is extinguished.

Once the fire is out, any water that was used will need to be dried as soon as possible, since carpets and floors are particularly susceptible to mold issues if left damp for too long. Water can also damage your walls if they have to be soaked, so drying those materials is also important.

Chemical extinguishers leave toxic residues behind, and that will need to be cleaned up right away. Of course, using these chemicals is preferable to letting a fire spread, but the cleanup aftermath can be quite extensive and costly.

The SERVPRO team of Brunswick is available for you to perform any professional services, such as humidification, and the cleanup of any harmful chemicals left behind. We can also assess your situation and let you know of any possible mold growth that is or might be taking place due to a damp atmosphere.

Soot cleanup is the next issue; soot results from incompletely burned organic matter and can do serious damage to your home if left untreated. It is able to penetrate such items as upholstered furniture, draperies, carpets, and walls. SERVPRO is experienced in dealing with these types of problems, and we can help assess your situation. Air ducts and all HVAC filters will need to be replaced, and we can do that as well.

Smoke destruction can be handled after water and soot are taken care of. Smoke damage gets worse the longer it goes untreated, causing unpleasant odors that can even be harmful. Perhaps it is at its most damaging when it comes to the fabric of any textiles in your home, such as furniture, clothing, and carpet.

Don’t hesitate to call us here at SERVPRO of Brunswick for help with cleanup after fire or water damage. We are also the folks to call when a mold issue arises. Call us at (912) 264 6094 or visit our website:  SERVPRO of Brunswick

Chimney Cleaning Tips for Your Brunswick Home

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

Gosh, it’s great to have a fireplace. It’s where people gather during colder weather (even down here in south Georgia in the Brunswick area), and it lends warmth to all. A lit fireplace provides a wonderful ambience to any room, with the flames casting their red glow on every surface, making cheeks look more pink and causing eyes to glow. They are the envy of all during a snowstorm, and can make a Christmas celebration even more perfect. The mantel is a great place for a nativity scene or woodland branches, and the perfect spot for Christmas cards, too.

But a fireplace can also be dangerous if not cared for properly. Animals can build nests during the warmer months, unbeknownst to the owner, and imagine what can happen then when the first fire of the season is lit! Or (as is the case now) a good cleaning before the warmer weather arrives is equally important!

Here are some chimney cleaning tips that can lessen the chance of a fire or a surprise.

First, do an inspection. If you have a steep roof, then this isn’t a DIY project, and you need to enlist the help of a professional. There are certified chimney sweeps throughout the country, including in the Brunswick area, and can help with this project.

During the inspection, you are looking for creosote buildup. It may not look like a big deal, but it ignites at only 451 degrees and expands from there, able to build to over 2,000 degrees. At that temperature, it can engulf your entire chimney and potentially destroy your home or cause some serious fire damage.

If you are in the habit of burning green wood, make sure you have your chimney cleaned or inspected every 50 burns or so. To know whether wood is green or not, look for moisture bubbling out from the cut ends of the log. Wet, green wood doesn’t burn cleanly and will send particles up your chimney, which in turn builds up as creosote and soot. Choose hardwoods such as oak or birch, which burn hotter and cleaner.

A professional cleaning would include an inspection for soot build-up and for an cracks or obstructions that could cause issues. Older chimneys can sometimes have gaps in the clay liner where mortar has fallen out, which causes water damage and can make your chimney unstable.

If you do find yourself in need of a chimney sweep, look for someone who is insured and properly certified in your Brunswick area. They will ensure that you are safe from fire damage due to an unkempt fireplace and chimney  

The folks at SERVPRO of Brunswick have lots of experience in keeping the area surrounding your fireplace clean and are here to make it like it never happened if you do have fire damage in your home. We can also handle water damages and are experienced in mold prevention. Call us at (912)-264-9064 today, or visit us on our website:  SERVPRO of Brunswick, Georgia

Preventing Electrical Fires in Your Brunswick Home and Office

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Electrical fires happen more often than you would think. Over 25,000 electrical fires happen here in the United States, and approximately 1,300 people lose their lives because of them annually; and even if the damage is not that extreme, fire damage can be extremely damaging to a home or business, oftentimes leading to unexpected water damage from firefighting efforts as well. There are some simple steps you can take to prevent these electrical fires from happening in your home and office, and we will share them here.

One of the most important steps you can take is to have your Brunswick home or business inspected for hazardous situations that can cause a fire. A licensed electrician can help to keep you, your loved ones, and your employees safe by letting you know what needs to be done. Replace wiring in older homes, since wiring is not made to last forever.

A very common cause of electrical fires is electrical cord, plug, and outlet damage. If these items are found to be tattered or frayed, worn out or showing burn signs, they need to be replaced immediately. Cords in poor condition can overheat or cause sparks, and so, a fire. Replacing damaged cords is a simple and relatively inexpensive safeguard against electrical fires and can even be purchased for your appliances separately if any are in poor condition.

In this day and age of digital everything, take steps to avoid overloading your outlets. Overburdened sockets are another risk factor for an electrical fire, and common as well. The United States Fire Administration recommends that you buy power strips that come equipped with internal overload protection; this feature will ensure that a strip shuts off its power supply as soon as it becomes overloaded, helping prevent fire damage.

Another hazard is the portable electric space heater, and most people are aware of the danger. But any appliance that plugs in can be dangerous if not used carefully. Flammable materials such as blankets, towels, and rugs, need to be watched and kept away from any appliances that produce heat or can overheat, as that can easily start a fire.

Faulty wiring is another hazard, and if a flickering lamp or sparking outlet is something you experience, contact a licensed electrician in the Brunswick area to make the repairs necessary. If anything that conducts electricity feels warm to the touch, have your electrician check it out and see if it needs to be replaced.

Just a few minutes of preventive measures and a few dollars to replace those items that could be dangerous can save lives and your Brunswick property, and save you from expensive fire damage clean up.

The folks at SERVPRO of Brunswick are experienced in helping to keep your home and property free from fire hazards and fire damage, as well as water damage and mold growth. Call them at (912) 264 9064 or visit them at their website:

SERVPRO of Brunswick. Georgia

Making the Most of your Fireplace this Winter

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Making the Most of your Fireplace this Winter Make sure you adhere to all fire safety guidelines when enjoying your fireplace!

Winter is a great season for sitting around the fireplace, enjoying time with family and soaking in the Christmas spirit. Especially if you love using your fireplace. However, most people don’t know that they could be getting much more value out of it than they think! There’s more to the fireplace than lighting a log and huddling close to stay warm when it’s cold. SERVPRO of Brunswick has some tips for you to get more out of your fireplace this winter.

Wood Management

Most people will take whatever wood they can get and light it on fire without a second thought. There’s more to getting the most out of your fires than tossing wood on the spit! First, always ensure that any wood you burn is dry. Any type of moist wood can create an excessive amount of smoke, which means you’re not burning the full log and getting your money’s worth. Ensure that the wood is seasoned, dry, and from a trusted supplier.

When burning the logs, make sure they fit onto the spit to ensure that there is no fire safety hazard. Any log that sticks out is susceptible to have its embers float into the air, creating a hazard. Make sure the logs fit before placing them!

Cleaning Regularly

One of the biggest cleaning offenses that most people do is neglect to clean their chimney. It becomes a massive fire safety hazard if there is any type of blockage in the chimney. Make sure to clean during the winter months to avoid buildup, or hire a professional to help clean it for you. Being proactive here could help ensure the safety of you and your family.

Learn the Proper Way to Start a Fire

Too often people plop a piece of wood onto the spit and light it on fire. To get the most out of the burn, you need to start small and build yourself up to a decent fire. Begin by starting a small fire with dry kindling, and begin to add more piece of wood. Provide the fire with air to breathe, as this will help the fire spread slowly over the logs. Once the flames have stopped and the fire has come to a smoldering burn, leave it here for a bit before adding another log. Just because there is no visual flame doesn’t mean heat isn’t coming from the firepit! This will help conserve you firewood consumption, and keep you warm much longer!

Preventing Electrical Fires While Decorating Your Home for the Holidays

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Preventing Electrical Fires While Decorating Your Home for the Holidays We love the lights but stay safe this Christmas, Brunswick!

Christmas is one of the best holidays. The lights and decorations create such a wonderful atmosphere for everyone to enjoy. Decorating your household during the holidays is one of the great American pastimes. Families filling their neighborhoods with Christmas decorations is something we look forward to every year.

However, using these lights sometimes can create a safety hazard if not done properly. Fortunately, we here at SERVPRO of Brunswick have a couple of tips that will help you prevent dangerous electrical fires from happening when you plan to decorate. Here are the tips that’ll keep your family safe, as well as prevent any costly fire damage from happening to your home.

Only Use Certified Decorations

This one tip can be deceiving from the start but has huge ramifications if not noticed before it’s too late. While there are dozens of Christmas lights for sale during the winter time, make sure that you only use lights that state somewhere on the package that national laboratories have approved them for fire safety purposes. Take your time when shopping and pick the right lights to ensure that you’re avoiding fire damage in the event of an accident.

Avoid Overloading Surge Protectors

Let’s imagine for a second that you’ve bought dozens of Christmas lights and you’re getting ready to set them up for decoration. You have a couple of surge protectors ready, and you’re getting ready to plug almost all the lights on them to save space. Before you do this, wait! Overloading a surge protector can be incredibly dangerous and cause serious fire damage hazards. If the lights are left on constantly, it will create volatile conditions for the lights to potentially catch fire. Make sure you don’t overload your surge protectors and space out your lights If possible.

Don’t Leave the Lights On

Finally, one of the most important tips that will help ensure the safety of your family overnight. While you may want to have the ambient light of your Christmas tree illuminating down the hallway, please don’t! Whatever you do this holiday season, make sure not to leave the lights on overnight. This is an incredibly dangerous habit to have, as your chances of an electrical fire skyrocket exponentially. There is no need to leave lights on overnight, so make sure to unplug them before going to bed at night to avoid any type of electrical fire.

Campfire Safety Tips

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Campfire Safety Tips These campfire safety tips could save someone's life! Have fun but be careful!

Campfires can be a lot of fun, whether they are in the backyard or a remote wilderness area. However, anytime there is a fire, there is a risk of fire damage. With a campfire, the two primary concerns are falling into the fire and the fire escaping and burning the surrounding area. The good news is that there are a few simple things that can help you and your family to stay safe around the fire.

Before building a fire, you should make sure that it is safe and permissible to build the fire. Though there are a number of factors to consider, a general rule is that campfires should not be built when wind speeds are above 15 mph. Campfires are at lower risk of spreading when it is raining, the ground is wet or the temperature is low. In severely dry conditions, governmental authorities may ban all burning. A quick call to a park ranger, fire department or the police should help you to determine if there is a burning ban.

Tripping and falling into the fire is one of the most serious risks of a campfire, especially when children are present. Before building the fire, the area around the fire should be cleared of logs, large rocks and anything else that may cause a person to trip. Parents should closely watch children and forbid them from running or playing near the fire. A 10-foot circle around the fire should be cleared of any flammable objects, including vegetation. Fires should only be built in fire rings that are on level surfaces to decrease the chances of injury or the fire spreading.

It is important that you make certain that the campfire is fully extinguished before leaving the fire or going to sleep. Large chunks of wood will burn for a long period of time and should not be added to the fire late at night. When putting the fire out, you should knock the wood down flat on the ground. Water should be poured over the fire and the coals and wood turned on the wet ground to extinguish both sides. Only after the fire is cool to the touch is it safe to be left alone.

Whether it’s a campfire or a home furnace, a little bit of fire damage prevention can help to ensure a safe experience. However, the fire damage experts here at SERVPRO of Brunswick are ready to help if your home or other structure is damaged by fire.