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Keep Your Family And Friends Safe During The Holidays
Holiday Treasures Can Be Holiday Hazards!
With the holidays all a glow memories of holidays past and present come to mind. At SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas, we want to make sure that your holidays are safe and merry. One of the ways to do that is to make sure that your home is safe during this holiday season.
Holiday Safety Tips:
- Make sure that Christmas trees, candles, and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents, and candles.
- Holiday decorations should be in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer's instructions.
- Unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving your home or going to bed.
- Always extinguish candles before leaving the room or before going to bed.
- Make sure that your tree stand is sturdy.
- Keep curious pets and children away from Christmas trees.
- Keep anything that can catch on fire--like potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels away from your stovetop.
- At the end of the day, walk around your property to ensure all candles and smoking materials are properly extinguished.
At SERVPRO of Southwest, we wish you, your family and friends a safe and happy holiday season.
Have A Wonderful And Safe Thanksgiving!
Have A Safe Holiday Season!
In November, we begin to celebrate the holiday season with the Thanksgiving holiday. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers us kitchen safety tips. The top ten safety tips are:
- “Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
- Stay in the home when cooking your turkey, and check on it frequently.
- Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay three feet away.
- Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
- Keep knives out of the reach of children.
- 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.
- Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
- Never leave children alone in a room with a lit candle.
- Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
- Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.”
At SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas, we wish you the safest and best holiday season!
Have A Fire-Free Fall
Keep Your Family Free-Free And Safe During Fall Activities
One of the most beautiful seasons of the year is fall. The cool and crisp temperatures, outdoor activities and beautiful fall colors can be seen no matter where you are or where you live. Gives way to the excitement of the upcoming holiday season According to the National Fire Protection Association, NFPA, it is also the time where fire dangers can present themselves. SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas wants all families in our communities to stay safe. Consider following the following safety tips provided by NFPA.
- “Use a battery-operated candle or glow stick in jack-o-lanterns
- When choosing costumes, stay away from long trailing fabric
- Teach children to stay away from open flames, including jack-o-lanterns with candles in them.
- Dried flowers, cornstalks, and crepe paper catch fire easily. Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters
- Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costumes.
- Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes. Make sure all smoke alarms are working.” (Halloween/NFPA)
At SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas, we want everyone to have a safe and fire-free fall season. Should you have a fire clean-up emergency, we are here to help your family or business 24/7. Please call us (214) 463-5880
Keep Your Home Safe From A Candle Fire
Candles can add to the ambiance of your home; however, they one of the primary causes of house fires. It is important to remember that a candle is an open flame that can easily ignite flammable items that are near. Keep your home a sanctuary from everyday life and safe from a candle fire. Many candle alternatives can bring your home the same warm feeling.
Some safe options are:
- Battery Operated Candles
- Oil Warmers
- LED String lights in a clear vase
- Wine Bottle with LED Lights
If the scent is what you are missing, consider:
- Oil or Wax Warmers
- Reed or Stick Diffusers
- Air Freshener Sprays
If you do use candles in your home, remember to follow a few simple safety tips:
- Never leave a candle unattended.
- Keep candles should be kept out of the reach of children and pets.
- Never burn a candle on or near something flammable.
If a candle fire does happen, SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas can help. We are a loss recovery team, and our Smoke Restoration Technicians can quickly identify the full scope of the damage to your home. We work to provide effective mitigation and restoration that can save you time and money.
Call us (214) 463-5880 you encounter a fire emergency
How To Use A Fire Extinguisher Properly!
Residential Fire Extinguisher
Fire extinguishers cannot only save lives, but it can protect your home as well. First, you must store your home fire extinguisher where children cannot reach them. Next, do not place them near stoves, heating appliances, or behind draperies. An optimal location is near one of your doors going to the outside of your home.
Make sure that you are using the proper technique established by OSHA. It is called the P.A.S.S. method.
- “PULL... Pull the pin. This will also break the tamper seal.
- AIM... Aim low, pointing the extinguisher nozzle (or its horn or hose) at the base of the fire.
NOTE: Do not touch the plastic discharge horn on CO2 extinguishers, it gets very cold and may damage your skin.
- SQUEEZE... Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent.
- SWEEP... Sweep from side to side at the base of the fire until it appears to be out. Watch the area. If the fire re-ignites, repeat steps 2 - 4.
If you have the slightest doubt about your ability to fight a fire, EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY!"
If you have a fire restoration, emergency SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas is ready to help. We provide emergency fire services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – including holidays. You can expect an immediate response, day or night. Call us (214) 463-5880
Dryer Fire Danger!
Dryers Can Cause Fires!
Whether you own or rent your home, keeping your home safe is the utmost importance to having a happy, healthy family. This is why it is crucial to understand the risks if a clothes dryer is not taken care of properly. Too often neglected areas of clothes dryer cleaning are the dryer vents and the lint filter adding to the risk of a home or business fire.
It is essential to follow these simple safety tips that can prevent a fire in your dryer.
- Make sure that your dryer is installed and maintained by a certified professional.
- Never use your dryer without a lint filter. It is important to clean the filter screen before each cycle. Use a dryer link brush to clean the inside of the link trap. Lint can build up in the trap as well.
- Clean the back of the dryer where lint can build up over time.
- Check the venting system in the back of the dryer to make sure that it is not damaged, crushed, or restricted in any way.
- Look outside to make sure the outdoor vent is clear, and there is no lint or obstructions.
- It is also a great idea every so often to clean your dryer tub. Simply take a clean cloth with a small amount of rubbing alcohol. Let it dry completely.
Keeping your family and customer safe is vital to us at SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas. In the event of a fire at your home or business, we are here to help you through this disaster. Our team of trained professionals will help restore any water or fire damage emergency. Quickly and professionally, we bring your home or business back to its original state. "Like it never even happened." Call SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas (214) 463-5880; we are available for 24/7 emergency service.
You Can Trust Our Fire Damage Experts To Solve Any Issues In Your Dallas Home
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Professional Assistance Calms Nerves After Fire Damage In Dallas
Dealing with the aftermath of a fire incident can be a nerve-wracking experience. In addition to the financial or sentimental loss, one faces, several tasks must also be carried out to restore the property to its preloss state. Some of the common ones include removing the debris left over from the fire, rebuilding damaged areas and refinishing surfaces affected by flames or smoke. We offer professional restoration of fire damage in Dallas to help reduce the stress you face.
When everything is covered in soot, it is easy to assume the incident leading to fire damage in Dallas is more severe than it is. There is a need to separate items based on the extent of damages to get a clearer picture of the damage level. Our SERVPRO technicians separate the affected contents into salvageable, unsalvageable, and questionable categories. Such categorization not only helps establish the level of damage but also eases restoration.
Soot and other smoke residues can penetrate beyond the surface of a material. Such materials may seem damaged beyond repair, but with proper cleaning, it might be possible to save the materials. Cleaning helps reduce costs compared to replacing or refinishing. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on sophisticated equipment and cleaning methods to deal with stubborn areas. For example, we use soda blasting which helps clean damage such as slight scorching of surfaces or heavy residue deposit “Like it never even happened.”
Sometimes fire may breach the roof or walls of the affected house, creating a chance for further damage to the contents and materials inside the home. Repairing the breached areas immediately might not be possible, and moving items might be too tedious. Our SERVPRO technicians help by boarding up the property and installing roof tarps to keep out weather elements and rodents. Alternatively, we can also move out contents for storage in safe warehouses. We keep proper records and note the location of every item so that we can return them to the same spot after restoration.
You should not lose hope when fire ruins your property. Call SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas at (214) 463-5880, and we can help you deal with the complicated restoration process. We are available 24/7.
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Where Do You Start With Fire Damage Remediation in Your Dallas Home?
One small fire damage mishap can take over your whole home. Contact SERVPRO for your fire damage remediation assistance.
SERVPRO - Eliminating Fire Odors In Dallas Homes
Unlike the massive blazes that make the six o’clock news, most Dallas home fires are small and usually contained to one area of the home. Residential extinguishers are easy to operate, and our fire department performs great work to protect area homes every day. Even a small fire can leave behind some very unpleasant smoke residues and odors, however.
Any fire odor in a Dallas home can make it unpleasant enough for occupation. At SERVPRO, we understand that no amount of scented potpourri or a roomful of fans can eliminate a weak odor, let alone the multiple odors present after a house fire. That is why we use multiple-phase odor control to remove, clean, and eliminate the source of the unpleasant odors.
Before cleaning any surface, one of our inspectors determines if an item is salvageable. We remove any property scorched or otherwise physically damaged by the fire for disposal. This first action eliminates many odors and helps our restoration crews determine the source of remaining odors and also provide a healthier environment for our employees, homeowners, and anyone else who may need to be there like insurance adjusters.
Now, SERVPRO technicians use Chemical Containment to stop odor molecules from evaporating off affected surfaces and into the air. They accomplish this phase by spraying a deodorizer directly onto a surface with smoke residues. The spray serves as a counteragent that forms a barrier to slow or eliminate evaporation.
Next, they use Vapor Odor Control to eliminate odors already in the surrounding air. Technicians use counteractant pellets to release deodorizing vapors into the home which counteract the odors, eliminating them.
If these actions do not eliminate the odors, our personnel use Thermal Fogging. The process uses a fogging device with a heating element to vaporize and dispense a liquid deodorant into the home. The deodorizing particles are the same size as the original odors so that they can penetrate as deeply. That allows them to bond with the odors, neutralizing them completely. The fog evaporates within a few hours and does not stain carpets or upholstered furniture.
If you have any lingering odors from a recent fire, they do not go away on their own. Our goal at SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas is to eliminate every unpleasant odor in area homes, so the owners can put the fire behind them and move forward. Call us at (214) 463-5880 today to schedule a service call and see what we can do for you.
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SERVPRO Eliminates All Issues Involving Fire Damage and Your Dallas Home
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Restoring your Dallas Home after Minor Fire Damage
A housefire usually burns two distinctive types of material. Natural materials like woods as well as synthetic ones like plastic. Both materials release smoke and can leave soot behind throughout the home, even when the fire itself is contained in a single room. Firefighting procedures often incorporate shutting off electricity and using water to control flames. The presence of excess moisture can set soots or residues into porous surfaces making them difficult to clean.
A homeowner with fire damage in Dallas should seek professional help to return their property and possessions to preloss conditions. During a fire, toxic gases like monoxide are released forcing inhabitants to evacuate the property. These usually dissipate within an hour of putting the flames out posing no threat to your health. However, the thick odors and soot deposits can be an irritant, particularly if you suffer from respiratory problems like asthma.
Local SERVPRO technicians can be with you within four hours of notification of loss. They immediately set to work restoring power to the property and conducting a visual inspection of the site. Using their training, technicians can pre-test fabrics to see which types of material have burnt in the fire- either synthetic or natural. Doing so helps to establish an effective plan of action that can save time.
Charring occurs when dense materials are exposed to naked flames. The removal and safe disposal of these items is an immediate task for your technician to do. In high-temperature fires, structural components can show signs of charring. Using sandblasting techniques, SERVPRO can remove these elements leaving behind smooth surfaces ready for repainting.
At the end of service, SERVPRO conducts a walkthrough as standard. This procedure is to communicate outcomes with you, as well as the work completed onsite. Any non-salvageable items can be added to an inventory for passing on to your insurance adjuster. We can also contact third-party general contractors on your behalf to conduct remodeling or repainting work.
Getting your property back to preloss conditions is what we do, contact SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas at (214) 463-5880 today.
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How Our Experts Control Foul Odors In Your Dallas Home After A Fire
If you ever need help with eliminating unpleasant aromas after a fire takes place at your residence, call SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas.
Fire Damage Professionals In Dallas Discuss Different Types Of Odor Control Equipment
Whenever something burns inside your Dallas home, the smoke created can cause soot residues and burnt aromas to exist. After the blaze gets extinguished, it is wise to call in a professional fire damage restoration company such as SERVPRO. When things burn, only some of the fuel used gets fully combusted or turned from a solid state to a gas when heat is applied. Many items only get partially consumed and get put into your indoor airflow in the form of smoke. Once these particles start circulating throughout your house, they begin to solidify onto cooler surfaces and cause soot removal as a part of your fire damage situation.
These partially combusted particles can also penetrate deep into porous materials like carpet and fabrics. Even after all soot is removed during your fire damage situation in Dallas, eliminating unpleasant odors is often the last step. Sometimes foul smells can exist inside your contents as well as your building materials. When this is the case, we usually pack out your contents and deodorize them in a separate, clean and disinfected location. Our SERVPRO technicians separate your contents from your structure at times so that our deodorization techniques can work more efficiently to eliminate odors out of both your possessions and building materials.
One way to eliminate smoke related odors is to utilize equipment that dispenses deodorant chemicals in the same manner as the smoke travels through your home. To do this, we can use fogging systems that break deodorants down to microscopic particles. A wet or cold tri-jet fogger can break compounds down to 20-50 micron size droplets. An ultra-low volume or ULV fogger can dispense chemical droplets down even smaller to 8-15 microns in size. For more severe situations a hot thermal fogger can be implemented to distribute particles as little as .5 to 2 microns in size and is used to penetrate chemicals deeply into materials.
If you ever need help with eliminating unpleasant aromas after a fire takes place at your residence, call SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas at (214) 463-5880 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
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