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5 Cooking Tips for Fire Safety

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

Five Cooking Tips You Can Use For Fire Safety

After a kitchen fire, there are a few steps you can follow to help prevent a fire in the first place. Here are five cooking tips you can use for fire safety.

1. Keep The Cooking Area Clean

One way to help avoid fire damage in your kitchen is to keep the area clean. Grease and food residue can build up until it becomes a fire hazard. A clean cooking area is a safe cooking area.

2. Keep The Stove Free of Clutter

Keeping your counter clean and free of clutter is another step you can take. This will prevent things from getting knocked into a lit heating element.

3. Use a Splatter Guard

Using a splatter guard is one of the recommended tips for preventing a grease fire. This is usually in the form of a screen that can be set over a pot or pan when frying food. The mesh material can catch grease droplets and prevent them for getting into the heating element and parking a fire.

4. Stay Near the Stove

It’s highly recommended to never leave a lit stove unattended. This will allow you to be close at hand if something goes wrong giving you a chance to catch and mitigate any mistakes before a major problem occurs.

5. Use a Timer

If you’re multi taking in the kitchen you may want to use a food timer. This will help you turn off the stove on time before food has a chance to burn or catch fire.

Following these fire safety tips may help you prevent a fire in your home. Keep your cooking area clean and free of clutter, use a splatter guard when frying, and stay near the stove when in use. A timer is also a good idea. If a fire does occur a restoration service may be able to help with repairs.

4 Tips For Preventing a Fire in Your Home

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

No one likes to think about the possibility of having a fire in their home. Fires can be devastating physically, emotionally, and financially. Fortunately, there are ways you can prevent the likelihood of a home fire. Here are four tips for preventing a fire in your home.

1. Install Smoke Alarms
Fire preparation begins with installing smoke alarms in every sleeping room of your home. You should also have smoke alarms placed in hallways, kitchens, and family rooms. Once you’ve ensured you have the right number of alarms, be sure to test them monthly and replace batteries annually.

2. Educate
Education is key to increasing the safety of your loved ones. Teach children the following fire safety basics:

  • Stop, drop and roll
  • Fire crawl
  • Checking doors for heat
  • Escape routes
  • The location and sound of smoke alarms
  • Emergency phone numbers

3. Create an Escape Plan
Everyone should create a fire escape plan. Creating a plan is one of the best fire preparation tips to keep your family safe. Draw a floor plan of your house and mark all possible exits, including doors and windows, in each room. Walk through your home and ensure that exits are free from clutter and that children know how to open and safely exit each window.

4. Practice Your Plan
Once you have a plan in place, it’s wise to practice it. Choose at least two times a year to hold fire drills. These drills can either be planned or spontaneous. A good run-through of the plan will identify any areas that need to be adjusted or improved. Remember to emphasize that once you get outside, you should stay outside. Never go back inside a home that is on fire.
Fire preparation is one of the best things you can do to keep your kids safe in the event of a fire. If you ever experience a fire in your home, there are restoration specialists that can help restore your home.

Salvaging Smoke Damaged Items Through Cleaning

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

Having an insurance policy that covers fire damage to your property is one part of responsible commercial property ownership. Working with a qualified fire restoration service provider is another. If you ever experience a property fire, an expert in fire restoration knows and understands the best methods of content cleaning to quickly bring your property back to pre-fire conditions. From dry-cleaning to smoke odor removal, your professional restoration provider has the training and equipment to minimize the interruption to your operations.

Understanding Restoration vs Replacement

You may think that a fire restoration process automatically means the replacement of damaged content. On the contrary, the right professional provider looks for every opportunity to salvage items through cleaning before considering replacement. This includes testing items to see which ones can be returned to a pre-fire condition. Common cleaning methods include the following:

  • Dry-cleaning. Appropriate for light residues or as a pre-clean to wet cleaning
  • Wet cleaning. Best for moderate to heavy soil.
  • Spray and Wipe. Used for objects that can’t be wet cleaned.
  • Foam cleaning. Best for upholstery fabrics that may shrink or be otherwise damaged by wet cleaning.
  • Abrasive cleaning. Refers to wiping surfaces through agitation and friction.
  • Immersion cleaning. Involves dipping objects into a bath for cleansing.

Even electronic devices that have been damaged by the fire may be saved through a cleaning process. Fire restoration providers have the knowledge and equipment to thoroughly inspect electronics for repair and safe operation.

Letting the Pros Handle the Cleanup Process
The fire repair process requires consideration on several levels. In addition to fire and water cleanup and dry-cleaning, other services may be necessary including content storage to protect items from further damage. Your fire restoration pro can coordinate any move-out or pack-out work necessary to get your property back to a pre-fire state. Trust the pros to understand what is needed to get things back to normal.

PREPARING FOR HURRICANE SEASON BEFORE TRAVELING

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

While vacations are a time for relaxation, an unexpected storm can ruin an otherwise amazing trip. It is important to remain mindful of the following hurricane safety tips:

Check the news: Check the weather of your travel destination up to a week in advance to avoid any surprise downpours. 

Obtain Hurricane Travel Insurance: Hurricane insurance can cover travel delays as a result of poor weather conditions and help you cancel your trip or leave early. 

Make paper copy of documents: In the event internet or digital devices are unavailable, printed copies of your travel insurance, itinerary, key phone numbers, and your passport will ensure you have reliable back-ups.

Identify a point of contact: Select an area to find your family or travel members in case cell phone coverage becomes unavailable.

Identify Evacuation Routes: Ask your hotel staff about emergency exit routes and safety procedures.

SERVPRO of Northeast Long Beach/Lakewood wishes you a safe and hurricane free vacation! If you're in need of any assistance related to storm damage, we are here to help!

Water damage in Long Beach California

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

Drying the wood floor.

Water damage in Long Beach California.

 This completely remodeled custom built house had water damage due to pipe leak from the Master Bathroom which penetrated to downstairs Dining Room, Kitchen and the Pantry. The homeowner just finished putting the plank engineered wood floor and emphasized how important it is for us to save them. We at SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach dispatched our technicians to go out there ASAP and assess the damage. After moisture mapping, we outlined the effected area and our crew start the water remediation. Setting up equipment to save the wood floor was our first priority and due to timely manner response, we managed to salvage the wood floor and start the water remediation to the rest of the dwelling.

Water damage in Long Beach California

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

I used SERRVPRO of Northwest Long Beach recently to help mitigate some storm-related damage to my home. I was in a tizzy, but Henry and his team made me feel like I was in good hands. They responded quickly and helped prevent any further damage to my home. They also dealt with my property management, keeping them informed and suggesting best practices for how to handle related repairs. All the employees at SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach were efficient, professional, and friendly. Henry and his team always followed up on what they said they would do. I would very highly recommend them, and they will be the first people I call if I ever have any water-related issues again!

Water Damage can be unexpected

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

 

I had a water pipe burst in my house back in June. Initially had another mitigation company come as per recommendations from my plumber. Well that was a mistake. Then I was referred to SERVPRO. Which was a provider that worked with my insurance company. WOW. What a difference in work ethics. They came on time. Left on time. Cleaned up properly. Always called me to let me know when they would be coming. And tried everything to help save my walls and floors. Can not say enough about their hard work and professionalism. I recommend SERVPRO to all and next time I would not waist my time with any other company. Let's hope there is not going to be a next time. Thanks SERVPRO.

 

Fire damage in Long Beach / Signal Hill

1/31/2022 (Permalink)

Why it is important to act immediately when you have a fire damage

When a fire occurs in a home or a business, the aftermath can seem overwhelming, and if fire restoration is delayed, the destruction from smoke damage can become even worse. The longer you wait to address the damage, the more repairs you'll have to fix - which means you'll most likely have a larger bill for damages when all is said and done. You can avoid costly repairs and long-term issues if you make fire damage restoration a priority and follow the steps, you'll need to get your home or business back to normal as soon as possible.

Contact a Licensed Fire Damage Restoration Company

Most important step - find a fire restoration contractor who can assess the damage, give you an estimate on costs and start the cleanup process. Contact your home insurance company to make them aware of the fire and ask them for referrals for reliable businesses in your area. It's essential that you enlist the help of a licensed and insured fire damage restoration company to reduce the risk of further damage to your home. They are trained to handle this type of damage and many will perform some of the following steps to help get you through the initial fire cleanup:

While it's best to have a qualified fire restoration company handle the smoke damage restoration, there are some small tasks you can do to help minimize the initial damage before the professionals come in to do the major cleanup. Remember that safety comes first, so if there’s no way to safely gain access into your home, then stay out until the professionals arrive. If it is possible to enter your house, make sure you’re wearing work gloves, long sleeves/pants, and proper respiratory protection, such as a mask because exposure to soot can cause respiratory problems and other medical issues.

We perform a thorough cleanup using industrial-grade products and equipment, such as dry-cleaning soot sponges to remove loose soot and specialized vacuum filters to clean carpet and upholstery.

Storm Damage Cleanup

1/31/2022 (Permalink)

Winter storms can have a crippling effect on the inhabitants of a community. Whatever the season; whatever the disaster; you must be prepared. Evacuate if necessary and brace yourself. Once the storm hits there’s not much you can do. Hopefully, you and your loved ones have made it out with minimal injuries. Now, you must prepare for storm damage cleanup.

Winter storm damage

Winter can bring on some frigid weather which can freeze pipes and cause them to burst. The result can be extensive water damage. Outdoor pipes most likely to freeze can be outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool/hot tub supply lines and water sprinkler lines. Interior pipes in unheated or inadequately heated areas include those in basements, crawl spaces, attics and garages. Make sure to look at these when inspecting your home. Roof damage is also an issue since snow and ice can damage gutters and roofs.

Getting help with storm damage cleanup

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today

WATER DAMAGE TO KITCHEN CEILING - "Like it never even happened."

1/31/2022 (Permalink)

In this case a slow leak from an upstairs bathroom caused sizable damage to the kitchen ceiling below.

Taking preventative measures are always recommended, but there is nothing that will stop a pipe from bursting if we cannot see it within the wall.

If you see any changes, investigate and aim to identify the source.

SERVPRO has technology to assist with identifying leaks behind walls and it is a FREE INSPECTION! Call us for a no charge initial inspection, there is no loss, in being thorough.

In this home, after we removed portions of the ceiling we uncovered the source of the leak.  Once repaired we began the remediation, cleaning, drying and reconstructing the affected area to make it:

"Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Northwest Long Beach responds quickly and expertly to resolve your emergency.  We will inspect and advise on best solutions.  We are your partner and will scientifically follow best practices.  Mark down this number!