Recent Fire Damage Posts

Fire Safety Tips for Gibbsboro Area Residents

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Safety Tips for Gibbsboro Area Residents Some Fire Safety Tips from SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees

Many fires are preventable.  Some safety tips are listed below:

Fireplaces and Woodstoves:

  • Inspect and clean woodstove pipes and chimneys annually and clean and check monthly for damage or obstruction.
  • Use a fire place screen heavy enough to stop rolling logs and big enough to cover the entire opening of the fireplace to catch flying sparks.
  • Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the house or going to bed.

Electrical and Appliance Safety

  • Frayed wires can cause fires.  replace all worn, old or damaged appliance cords immediately and do not run cords under rugs.
  • If an appliance has a three-prong plug, use it only in a three-slot outlet.  never force it to fit into a two-slot outlet or an extension cord.
  • Immediately shutoff, then professionally replace any light switches that are hot or lights that flicker.

In the event of Fire or smoke damage to your home or business contact SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees.

When fire and water damage puts the things that matter most on the line, you need to very best help on the line as well.  SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees is just a call away at 856-566-3388.

Prevent Cooking Fires in Haddonfield NJ

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Prevent Cooking Fires in Haddonfield NJ Keep Looking - When Cooking

Did you know cooking equipment is the leading cause of residential fires?  Distractions can lead to kitchen fires. 

National Fire Protection Association 

Cooking fires by the numbers (Based on 2011-2015 annual averages)

  • Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home* fires and fire injuries, causing 47% of home fires that resulted in 20% of the home fire deaths and 45% of the injuries.
  • Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires start with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.
  • Clothing is the item first ignited in less than 1% of these fires, but clothing ignitions lead to 18% of the home cooking equipment fire deaths.
  • Ranges or cooktops account for the majority (62%) of home cooking fire incidents.
  • Unattended equipment is a factor in one-third (33%) of reported home cooking fires and half (43%) of the associated deaths.
  • Frying dominates the cooking fire problem.
  • Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.

Please be careful when cooking.

For help restoring your residential or commercial property after fire loss, call SERVPRO of Haddon heights/Voorhees 24/7/365 at 856-566-338.  

Fire and Smoke Damage in Cherry Hill, NJ

7/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire and Smoke Damage in Cherry Hill, NJ Hydroxyl Generator used to help eliminate odors.

When a cooking fire damaged the kitchen in Cherry Hill home one of the biggest concerns for the home owners was odor.

We removed all of the non-salvageable contents and cleaned the ceilings, walls, windows, doors and all flooring surfaces. 

During the cleaning process we utilized our Hydroxyl Generator.  This helped eliminate the odor.

The Hydroxyl Generator is a safer alternative to ozone when it comes to air purification and deodorization because you don’t have to evacuate the treatment area to use it!

The Science of the Hydroxyl Generator:

This state-of-the-art system sends UV rays (365nm) (emitted from a TiO2 photo-catalytic lamp) through an anatase-coated glass sleeve to trap huge amounts of titanium dioxide. Next, electron hole pairs form and react with water and oxygen, producing free electrons and hydroxyl radicals that, when dispersed by a fan, literally convert organic and inorganic gases and air pollutants into carbon dioxide and water. Translation: Stinky air is safely neutralized and your customers don’t have to leave the building!

For additional information on odor removal click the link below:

http://www.SERVPROhaddonheightsvoorhees.com/odor-removal-deodorization

Fire Damages: More Than Meets the Eye

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damages: More Than Meets the Eye Some hoses can pump out up to 1200 gallons per minute.

Along with the obvious damage caused by the flames of a fire loss, there are often hidden damages that SERVPRO® of Haddon Heights/Voorhees are professionally trained to handle. Those damages can include but are not limited to, smoke damage/odor and water damage from firefighter hoses or fire extinguishers.

Smoke Damage

Smoke/soot damage is one of the primary hidden damages of the fire loss. Here are some things to look for to determine whether you have smoke damage:

  • Stained fabric and upholstery
  • Paint discoloration
  • Rust, pitting and corrosion of piping, jewelry, and other metal objects
  • Strong odor
  • Flooring damage

You need to take care of smoke and soot damage, and pronto! This is not the time for a DIY fix in an attempt to save a few bucks on your home’s restoration after a fire.

Failure to properly deal with smoke/soot damage can cause long-term issues for your health as well as your property. Exposure to smoke/soot during fire restoration can occur via the skin and eyes, inhalation and ingestion. Because airborne soot particulate is invisible, you may unknowingly be affected. Once soot enters your bloodstream, it can cause respiratory issues, shortness of breath, bronchitis, asthma, stroke, heart attack, cancer, and even premature death. In infants, even short-term exposure to soot has been shown to have lifelong health consequences.

Water Damage

Before dealing with the fire damage created by smoke/soot, you must first deal with the water damage. Although it’s a relief when firefighters put out the fire, pouring all that water on the flames results in water damage that can cause significant structural issues, damage to your electronic devices, appliances, furniture and important documents and, if not remedied quickly, hazardous mold growth.

Black mold can release dangerous spores into the air that can cause nausea, headaches and severe respiratory problems especially susceptible to children, the elderly and people with deficient immune systems. Pets can also be susceptible to health problems associated with the proliferation of black mold.

It’s important to take care of water damage as soon as possible so you can get on with the rest of the resulting damage, and to ensure hazardous mold does not grow in your property and negatively impact the health of you and your family. The only real viable solution to the dangerous effects of water damage is to hire the professional emergency restoration services of SERVPRO® Haddon Heights/Voorhees to keep your home/ business safe and healthy for you and your family.

SERVPRO® offers the following 7 step process to restore your home or business to the way it was before the loss:

  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

To find out more, visit http://www.SERVPROhaddonheightsvoorhees.com/fire-repair-process or call us at 856-566-3388.

Preventing Christmas Tree Fires This Holiday Season

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

The National Fire Protection Association reports that between 2007-2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 230 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of six deaths, 22 injuries, and $18.3 million in direct property damage annually. Here are some tips to help prevent a fire in your home this holiday season:

  • Choose a tree with fresh needles
  • Cut 2" from the base of the trunk before placing
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from ANY heat source (fireplace, radiator, candles, heaters, lights, etc.).
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Add water DAILY
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
  • Last but not least, dispose of your tree as soon as the holidays pass. It might be decorative and fun, but the longer a dry, dying tree sits in your house, the more likely your home is to experience and suffer a fire loss.

In the unfortunate instance that tragedy does strike this year, SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your home. We understand the stress and worry that comes with emergency damage and the disruption it causes your life. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

Have Questions?  Call Us Today 856-566-3388

Thanksgiving Disaster Prevention

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Thanksgiving Disaster Prevention Oven fire bursts kitchen into flames

With the beginning of the holidays just days away, and we all prepare our feasts, it is imperative to keep safety in mind this Thanksgiving season. With nearly 2000 fires across the United States last year, Thanksgiving day sees the most house fires of any day of the year. Preventing these types of disasters all starts with eliminating carelessness in the kitchen. Making sure pan handles are not facing outward and oven timers are audible when food is cooking are two big things that will reduce the risk of accidents in your home. Others small yet important things include keeping small children out of the kitchen and keeping the amount of people in there at once to a minimum. Common sense and careful cooking will help to make sure that your holiday dinner doesn't turn into a holiday disaster.

In the unfortunate instance that tragedy does strike this year, SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your storm-related issues in your home or business.  Our team has the expertise to handle your storm damage needs.

  • 24 -Hour Emergency Service
  • Highly Trained Technicians
  • Specialized Remediation Equipment

SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees understands the stress and worry that comes with emergency damage and the disruption it causes your life. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

Have Questions?  Call Us Today 856-566-3388

Summer Grilling Safety Tips

6/26/2017 (Permalink)

Summer has finally arrived, which means it’s time to head outside and fire up the grill. With June and July being peak months for grilling fires, we at SERVPRO® of Haddon Heights/Vorhees wanted to remind everybody to be safe while enjoying the BBQ. Here are some safety tips to help avoid a grilling fire:

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outside.
  • Check the gas tank hose for any leaks before using it each year.
  • Clean and check the grill regularly.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, move away from the grill immediately and call the fire department.
  • Remove flammable items from the grilling area.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grilling area while cooking.
  • Do not leave the grill unattended while cooking.
  • If using a charcoal grill, let coals cool completely before disposing in a metal container with a lid.

SERVPRO® of Haddon Heights/Vorhees: 856-566-3388. “Like it never even happened.”

Forest Fire Safety Tips

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Forest Fire Safety Tips A firefighter fights the Portugal forest fire

With the worst forest fire in Portugal’s history happening recently, it is unfortunately that time of year again in our area where forest fires are a threat. Here are some tips to stay safe during a forest fire and to prevent them from starting in the first place.

Prevention:

  • Be sure to obey local laws when having a campfire or any open fire.
  • Keep flammable objects away from any open fires.
  • Make sure smoking materials are extinguished before disposing them.
  • Avoid burning fires in windy conditions.
  • Keep shovels, water, and fire retardant handy while burning a fire to keep it in check.

Safety during a Forest Fire:

  • If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
  • Be sure to lock your home.
  • Avoid evacuating through routes that run through the fire.
  • Monitor changes in wind speed/direction.
  • Alert someone that you have left and where you are going so that first responders know you are no longer in the residence.

SERVPRO® Haddon Heights/Vorhees: 856-566-3388

Excessive Clutter Can Cause Fire Damage

6/8/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Excessive Clutter Can Cause Fire Damage Excessive clutter contributed to the start of this fire.

On a Saturday morning in Runnemede this electrical fire broke out in a cluttered basement.  Fortunately no one was injured.  Clutter is the scattering of many personal items within a building, and specifically, within a certain area(s) of that building. Hoarding is one of the main causes of clutter, and while hoarding is in itself a harmless practice, it could have devastating results if a fire were to break out.

Hoarding/clutter can be dangerous for a wide variety of reasons during an emergency. When trying to move around a cluttered room, mobility is limited. That limitation becomes exponentially more hazardous during an emergency situation. Safe and rapid movement may be made difficult and dangerous for residents, which make a safe escape near impossible. Clutter not only increases risk for the occupants of the building, it also increases the risk for the safety personnel trying to combat the flames and save lives.

With extensive clutter, firefighters may have difficulty finding walls or structural landmarks in the building, especially with already dangerous smoky conditions. In addition to the conditions the clutter generates, it is also a “fuel” for the fire to continue to use to burn, prolonging the emergency and the damage. Many items that hoarders save are flammable. This compounds the damage and, as a result, the price to repair or save the building.

Hoarders must be aware of these risks and should take precautionary steps to avoid a disaster situation. If hoarding is something you cannot avoid, be sure to keep all flammable clutter away from electrical sockets or wires, any source of excessive heat, and any other potential fire-starters.

Tips for restoring fire damaged property

For help restoring your residential or commercial property after a water or fire loss, call SERVPRO of Haddon heights/Voorhees 24/7/365 at 856-566-338.  We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.” #preventfires

For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO in Haddonfield, NJ 856-566-3388

5/4/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO in Haddonfield, NJ 856-566-3388 A recent kitchen fire left this mess.

SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Haddonfield.  We can respond immediately to your emergency Fire, Smoke and Odor damage and have the expertise to handle your Fire restoration or cleaning needs.  

What to Expect: 

When we visit your home after a fire loss, we will scope the affected areas to determine the extent of the loss. We will always pretest affected surfaces to determine the type of smoke and which products will help us recover the area most effectively. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. If a fire has damaged your home, call us right away at 856-566-3388. SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees at 856-566-3388 will treat you and your family with empathy and respect, and your property with care.  

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 Haddon Heights/Voorhees 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. 

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 – 856-566-3388

SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

Direct Insurance Billing

Have Questions?  Call Us Today 856-566-3388

For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO in Haddon Heights, NJ 856-566-3388

5/4/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Haddon Heights.  We can respond immediately to your emergency Fire, Smoke and Odor damage and have the expertise to handle your Fire restoration or cleaning needs.  

What to Expect: 

When we visit your home after a fire loss, we will scope the affected areas to determine the extent of the loss. We will always pretest affected surfaces to determine the type of smoke and which products will help us recover the area most effectively. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. If a fire has damaged your home, call us right away at 856-566-3388. SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees at 856-566-3388 will treat you and your family with empathy and respect, and your property with care.  

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 Haddon Heights/Voorhees 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. 

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 – 856-566-3388

SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

Have Questions?  Call Us Today 856-566-3388

For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO In Audubon, NJ 856-566-3388

5/4/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Audubon.  We can respond immediately to your emergency Fire, Smoke and Odor damage and have the expertise to handle your Fire restoration or cleaning needs.

What to Expect: 

When we visit your home after a fire loss, we will scope the affected areas to determine the extent of the loss. We will always pretest affected surfaces to determine the type of smoke and which products will help us recover the area most effectively. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. If a fire has damaged your home, call us right away at 856-566-3388. SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees at 856-566-3388 will treat you and your family with empathy and respect, and your property with care.  

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 Haddon Heights/Voorhees 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. 

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 – 856-566-3388

SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

 

Have questions?  Call us at 856-566-3388.

For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO In Gibbsboro, NJ 856-566-3388

4/15/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Gibbsboro.  We can respond immediately to your emergency Fire, Smoke and Odor damage and have the expertise to handle your Fire restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24 -Hour Emergency Service
  • State of the Art Equipment
  • Highly Trained Fire, Smoke and Odor Restoration Technicians
  • Direct Insurance Billing

SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO In Voorhees, NJ 856-566-3388

4/15/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Voorhees.  We can respond immediately to your emergency Fire, Smoke and Odor damage and have the expertise to handle your Fire restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24 -Hour Emergency Service
  • State of the Art Equipment
  • Highly Trained Fire, Smoke and Odor Restoration Technicians
  • Direct Insurance Billing

SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

 

For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO In Runnemede , NJ 856-566-3388

4/15/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Runnemede.  We can respond immediately to your Fire, Smoke and Odor emergency damage and have the expertise to handle your Fire damage restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24 -Hour Emergency Service
  • State of the Art Equipment
  • Highly Trained Fire, Smoke and Odor Restoration Technicians
  • Direct Insurance Billing

SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

The Leading Cause of Home Fires in the Winter

2/26/2016 (Permalink)

Did you know that it doesn't matter what the weather is outside the leading cause of home fires is cooking?

Avoid Holiday Hazards

11/24/2015 (Permalink)

Just the facts:

  • More than half (56%) of home candle fires occur when something that can catch fire is too close to the candle.
  • December is the peak time for candle fires.  In December, 11% of home candle fires began with decorations, compared to 4% the rest of the year.
  • A heat source too close to the tree causes roughly 1 in 6 Christmas tree fires.
  • Be safe this holiday season:

  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that burns.
  • Use sturdy candle holders that are not likely to tip over and place candles on clear uncluttered surfaces. Consider using flameless candles instead of real candles.
  • Make sure your tree and decorations are at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, candles and heat vents.
  • For more safety tips visit the Nation Fire Protection Association at http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information

    How often should you check the batteries in your smoke detectors?

    5/15/2015 (Permalink)

    Smoke alarms greatly reduce the risk of injury to those inside your home or business. Install them on every floor and check the batteries monthly.