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Safe Holiday Cooking

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Safe Holiday Cooking Follow these tips for safe cooking of your holiday feasts!

During the holidays, families get together to celebrate the season by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don’t practice safe cooking habits, your happy holiday could become hazardous very quickly.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking is the main cause for home fire and injuries, with Thanksgiving and Christmas being the peak days for cooking-related fires. 

Review the following safety tips to help ensure you can enjoy a safe holiday.

  • Never leave cooking food unattended—stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If you must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, you should turn off the stove.
  • Check food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while cooking. Use a timer as a reminder that the stave or oven is on.
  • Keep the kids away from the cooking area. Enforce a “kid-free zone” and make children stay at least three feet from the stove.
  • Keep anything flammable—pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic back, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from the stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
  • Do not wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.
  • Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease build-up.
  • Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen. Make sure you know proper use of extinguishers.
  • Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.
  • Install a smoke alarm near the kitchen, on each level of the home, near sleeping areas and inside and outside bedrooms. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year.

We at SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee wish you a safe and happy holiday season!

Fire Escape Planning Tips for Nassau/North Jacksonville Homeowners

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Escape Planning Tips for Nassau/North Jacksonville Homeowners Use the link in this article for tips on creating your fire escape plan.

Source: National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Your ability to get out of your home during a fire depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and advance planning. After you create your home fire escape plan, put it to the test.

  • Practice your home fire escape plan twice a year, making the drill as realistic as possible. See this fire escape planning grid for guidance on creating your escape plan.
  • Make arrangements in your plan for anyone in your home who has a disability.
  • Allow children to master fire escape planning and practice before holding a fire drill at night when they are sleeping. The objective is to practice, not to frighten, so telling children there will be a drill before they go to bed can be as effective as a surprise drill.
  • It's important to determine during the drill whether children and others can readily waken to the sound of the smoke alarm. If they fail to awaken, make sure that someone is assigned to wake them up as part of the drill and in a real emergency situation.
  • If your home has two floors, every family member (including children) must be able to escape from the second floor rooms. Escape ladders can be placed in or near windows to provide an additional escape route. Review the manufacturer's instructions carefully so you'll be able to use a safety ladder in an emergency. Practice setting up the ladder from a first floor window to make sure you can do it correctly and quickly. Children should only practice with a grown-up, and only from a first-story window. Store the ladder near the window, in an easily accessible location. You don't want to have to search for it during a fire.
  • Always choose the escape route that is safest – the one with the least amount of smoke and heat – but be prepared to escape under toxic smoke if necessary. When you do your fire drill, everyone in the family should practice getting low and going under the smoke to your exit.
  • Closing doors on your way out slows the spread of fire, giving you more time to safely escape.
  • In some cases, smoke or fire may prevent you from exiting your home or apartment building. To prepare for an emergency like this, practice "sealing yourself in for safety" as part of your home fire escape plan. Close all doors between you and the fire. Use duct tape or towels to seal the door cracks and cover air vents to keep smoke from coming in. If possible, open your windows at the top and bottom so fresh air can get in. Call the fire department to report your exact location. Wave a flashlight or light-colored cloth at the window to let the fire department know where you are located.

Clear Your Escape Routes

Items that block doors and windows in your home could keep you from escaping in the event of a home fire. And that could mean the difference between life and death. So unblock your exits today! Key to your family’s safety is planning and practicing a home fire escape plan twice a year. Start by identifying two escape routes out of each room, if possible, then make sure that each of those escape routes can be used safely by everyone.

Please contact SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at (904) 729-2401 if you experience any fire damage to your residential or commercial property. 

Holiday Fire Safety in Nassau County/North Jax

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Holiday Fire Safety in Nassau County/North Jax Be fire smart this holiday season. We at SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee wish you and your family Happy Holidays!

Nearly half of holiday decoration fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source. It’s fun to decorate for the winter holidays, but holiday decorations can increase your risk for a home fire. As you deck the halls this season, be fire smart. Here are tips to help you stay safe from fire.

  • Inspect holiday lights each year before you put them up. Throw away light strands with frayed or pinched wires.
  • Water your Christmas tree every day. A dry tree is dangerous because it can catch on fire easily.
  • Consider using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look, smell and feel like real candles.
  • If you do use lit candles, make sure they are in stable holders and place them where they cannot be knocked down easily.

If you do experience fire damage at your home, call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at (904) 729-2401. We’re available 24/7 to help you get your home back to normal.

What Nassau County/North Jax Residents Need to Know About Turkey Fryers

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Source: National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

NFPA discourages the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that immerse the turkey in hot oil.

NFPA continues to believe that turkey fryers that use cooking oil, as currently designed, are not suitable for safe use by even a well-informed and careful consumer. These turkey fryers use a substantial quantity of cooking oil at high temperatures and units currently available for home use pose a significant danger that hot oil will be released at some point during the cooking process. In addition, the burners that heat the oil can ignite spilled oil. The use of turkey fryers by consumers can lead to devastating burns, other injuries, and the destruction of property. NFPA urges those who prefer fried turkey to seek out professional establishments, such as grocery stores, specialty food retailers, and restaurants, for the preparation of the dish, or consider a new type of "oil-less" turkey fryer."

For a demonstration showing the dangers of turkey fryers see this video.

We at SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee hope you will consider this advice, and we wish you and your family a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

Fire Damage Emergency Tips  

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Emergency Tips    In the event of a fire in your home or business, these tips may help reduce damage and increase chances of a successful restoration.

A fire can leave behind soot, smoke damage, and a host of other problems. Ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough professional cleaning. If your home or business suffers a fire, it is important to take the appropriate steps to prevent further damage until SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee professionals arrive. The following tips may help reduce damage and increase chances of a successful restoration.

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers. 

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

If you have fire damage, call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904.729.2401 as soon as possible.

Fire Prevention Month: Importance of Smoke Alarms  

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Prevention Month: Importance of Smoke Alarms    Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.

Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly. Roughly 3 out of 5 fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

FACTS ! ! ! SAFETY TIPS

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom. They should also be outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement.
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
  • It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • Current alarms on the market employ different types of technology including multi-sensing, which could include smoke and carbon monoxide combined.
  • Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions, yet mitigate false alarms.
  • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove.
  • People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers
  • Replace fire alarms when they are 10 years  old.

Key Themes for Fire Prevention Week, October 7-13, 2018: “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware – fire can happen anywhere.”  

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

The latest statistics from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) show that if you have a reported fire in your home, you are more likely to die today than you were a few decades ago. This startling statistic is behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware - fire can happen anywhere.™” Fire Prevention Week takes place October7-13,2018.

Through three simple calls-to-action, this year’s theme identifies basic but essential ways people can reduce their risk to fire and be prepared in the event of one:

  • Look for places fire can start
  • Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm
  • Learn two ways out of each room

“People take safety for granted and are not aware of the risk of fire,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “Paying attention to your surroundings, looking for available exits in the event of a fire or other emergency, and taking the smoke alarm seriously if it sounds can make a potentially life-saving difference in a fire or other emergency situation.”

This year’s Fire Prevention Week messages apply to virtually all locations. However, NFPA continues to focus on home fire safety, as the majority of U.S. fire deaths (four out of five) occur at home each year. In fact, the fire death rate (per 1000home fires reported to the fire department) was 10percent higher in 2016than in1980.

“While we’ve made significant progress in preventing home fires from happening, these statistics show that there’s still much more work to do when it comes to teaching people how to protect themselves in the event of one, and why advance planning is so critically important,” said Carli.

“Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware – fire can happen anywhere.” works to remind the public that fires can and do still happen – at home, as well as other locations - and that there are basic but vitally important steps people can take to remain safe.

As the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90years, NFPA works with local fire departments throughout North America to promote the campaign in their communities and reaches out to the public directly to encourage everyone to take action to be safe.

For a wealth of information and resources about this year’s “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware – fire can happen anywhere.” campaign, visit www.firepreventionweek.org.

Fire Prevention Tip: Why Cleaning Dryer Vents is So Important!

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Prevention Tip: Why Cleaning Dryer Vents is So Important! It is important to clean the lint filter before and after each load.

According to FEMA, failure to clean home dryers causes 34% of home dryer fires. Home dryer fires cause $35 million in property loss and can even cause injury or death.

To reduce the risk of these fires happening in your home, SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee can help clean vents and ducts that may have lint build-up.

Other tips for keeping your dryer vents clean from the National Fire Protection Association include cleaning the lint filter before and after each load and making sure the outdoor vent flap will open and is not restricted by obstacles. Do not use a dryer that does not have a lint filter.

Your first hint that you need to check your vents is when your clothing doesn’t dry after a normal drying cycle.

Other hints include a musty odor in the clothing following the drying cycle, clothes that seem unusually hot to the touch, or excessive heat in the laundry room.

If you would like your dryer vent cleaned to minimize risk of fires, call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904.729.2401.

Fourth of July Tip From NFPA: Attend Public Fireworks Displays

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fourth of July Tip From NFPA: Attend Public Fireworks Displays In recent years, fireworks have been one of the leading causes of injuries serious enough to require hospital emergency room treatment.

Legal or not fireworks are too risky for amateurs

That's the message from the National Fire Protection Association who urges families to attend public fireworks displays rather than using fireworks at home or parties. NFPA says that... Permanent scarring, loss of vision, dismemberment – these are too often the harsh realities of amateur fireworks use. To keep the public safe from fireworks-related injuries and deaths, NFPA urges everyone to treat fireworks, whether legal or illegal for consumers, as suitable only for use by trained professionals. 

According to NFPA, amateur fireworks use endangers not only the users, but also bystanders and surrounding property and structures. Pyrotechnic devices ranging from sparklers to aerial rockets cause thousands of fires and serious injuries each year.

"There are no such things as safe fireworks," says NFPA Vice President of Outreach and Advocacy Lorraine Carli. "The power and danger of fireworks should not be underestimated.”

In recent years, fireworks have been one of the leading causes of injuries serious enough to require hospital emergency room treatment. Fireworks can result in severe burns, fractures, scars or even disfigurement or death. The thousands of serious injuries each year typically harm the eyes, head or hands, and are mostly reported in states where fireworks are legal. Even sparklers, which are considered by many to be harmless, reach temperatures of more than 1,000°F.

"In the hands of amateurs, fireworks are especially dangerous," says Carli. "Fireworks are unpredictable. They can lead to catastrophe, causing injury, permanent scarring, or even death."

Wooded areas, homes, and even automobiles have become engulfed in flames because of fireworks. Fireworks-related fires have typically caused at least $20 million in property loss each year. A substantial portion of the structure fire property loss due to fireworks typically involves bottle rockets or other fireworks rockets. These can land on rooftops, wedge within certain structures and retain enough heat to cause a fire.

"For most people, family and home represent security and safety, a haven to share our hopes, dreams, and struggles,” says Carli. “Imagine risking all of that for a few seconds of entertainment. It’s not worth it. Avoid fireworks injuries and damage by playing it safe. There are safer alternatives to using fireworks on the Fourth of July or at any other time."

Public fireworks displays are one of those alternatives. Conducted by trained professionals, these displays are the smartest and safest fireworks alternative for anyone because they are established under controlled settings and regulations. After these displays, or any other time, children should never pick up fireworks that may be left over. Fireworks that have been ignited and fail to immediately explode or discharge can cause injury because they may still be active. Children should always tell an adult if they find fireworks rather than picking up smoking or charred fireworks themselves, which is just too risky.

Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax Residents: Ring in the New Year Safely!

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax Residents: Ring in the New Year Safely! We at SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax wish you a safe and Happy New Year!

Fireworks are a popular way to celebrate and ring in the New Year, but injuries, fires and home insurance claims can put a damper on this longstanding holiday tradition.

Fireworks are beautiful and fun, but dangerous…

In 2008, fireworks caused about 22,500 fires and $42 million in property damage, and even if you have the right home insurance coverage, setting off fireworks on your property entails risks. In addition to putting your home and your neighbors' homes in danger, fireworks can cause serious injuries. In 2008, hospital emergency rooms treated about 7,000 fireworks-related injuries, according to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). About 40 percent of these injuries happened to children under the age of 18. 

Protect yourself and your family…

If consumer fireworks are legal where you live and you decide to set them off on your own, be sure to follow these important safety tips:

  • Never allow children to handle or ignite fireworks, including sparklers
  • Read and follow all warnings and instructions.
  • Wear eye protection.
  • Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks. Never throw or point fireworks at people or animals.
  • Only light fireworks outdoors on a smooth, flat surface away from homes, dry leaves and flammable materials.
  • Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned.
  • Keep a bucket of water and a garden hose nearby in case of a malfunction or fire.

Make sure that your home is equipped with working smoke alarms on every level, and that everyone in the home knows the sound the alarm makes and what it signifies. Have a home fire escape plan with two ways out of every room and a designated outside meeting place. Practice the plan with all members of your household both at night and during the day.

We at SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax wish you a safe and Happy New Year!

Using Candles Safely Over the Holidays

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Using Candles Safely Over the Holidays We at SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee wish you a safe and Merry Christmas!

The National Candle Association and the National Association of State Fire Marshals are urging consumers to take special care when using candles this holiday season, and to follow these important fire-safety rules:

  •  Always keep a burning candle within your sight. Never leave a burning candle unattended.
  •  Keep burning candles away from combustible items. Be especially careful not to place candles near flammable decorations or Christmas greenery.
  •  Always use a candleholder specifically designed for candle use. The holder should be sturdy, heat resistant and big enough to collect dripping wax.
  •  Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.
  •  Trim candlewicks to 1⁄4 inch before lighting or re-lighting. Keep the wax-pool free of wick trimmings, dust, matches and debris at all times.
  •  Never move a candle when it is burning.

We at SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee wish you and your family a safe and Merry Christmas!

What You Need To Know About Christmas Lights

11/28/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What You Need To Know About Christmas Lights Don’t leave Christmas lights running when you go to bed at night or when you leave the house.

Fernandina Beach/North Jax houses all lit up with Christmas lights are beautiful sights to behold. But whether stringing lights across your roof and around your home or using them indoors, take a few moments to run through a quick safety checklist.

  • Before you string up a single strand of lights, carefully check them for cracked cords frayed ends or loose connections.
  • The combination of shorts in electrical lights and a tinder-dry tree can be deadly. There are 250 Christmas tree fires and 14 related deaths each year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. So keep your tree well-watered. Not only will it stay fresh and green, but it might also keep your house from burning down.
  • Modern lights have fused plugs, preventing sparks in case of a short circuit. Ditch old strands of lights that don’t have fuses and get a set of newer, safer lights.  
  • Don't connect more than three strands of mini-string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. 
  • If bulbs have burned out, replace them right away, but make sure you use the correct wattage bulbs. 
  • Water and debris can get into outdoor sockets, so make sure outdoor lights are plugged into a ground fault circuit interrupter outlet to reduce the risk of shorts and shocks. Hire a licensed electrician if you need to install GFCI outlets.
  • Keep an eye on extension cords, as they can occasionally overheat. Just touch-test the cord. If it’s hot, unplug it.
  • Don’t use tacks, nails or screws to hang lights, which can pierce the cable and become electrified. Use insulated hooks instead. 
  • When running extension cords along the ground, make sure to elevate plugs and connectors with a brick to keep snow, water and debris out of the connections.
  • Tape down any ground-level extensions cords to prevent people from tripping over them. 
  • Check to make sure lights have been rated by a testing laboratory. You can see a list of federally recognized labs on the OSHA website.
  • Not all lights are rated for outdoor use. Indoor lights often have thinner insulation, which can become cracked and damaged when exposed to the elements outdoors. So make sure the ones you string up on the house belong out there. 
  • Don’t leave Christmas lights running when you go to bed at night or when you leave the house.
  • When you put your lights back into storage after the holidays, make sure to place them in a well-sealed container to prevent possible water damage and to block hungry rodents looking to turn the cords into lunch.

 These tips will help you stay safe and prevent fires. Of course, if you do have a fire, call 9-1-1. Follow these fire safety tips and call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904-729-2401 if you need help with professional clean-up.

Don't Let A Cooking Fire Ruin Your Thanksgiving

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and it's a wonderful time to enjoy the company of others. Most of us will be sitting around dining room tables and feasting with family and loved ones. Some of us will spend time in the emergency room after a grease fire or some other cooking accident. According to the National Fire Protection Association, more cooking fires occur in the U.S. on Thanksgiving Day than on any other day of the year

Here are some stats and some tips.

Cooking fires by the numbers

Based on 2010-2014 annual averages:

  • Cooking equipment was the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries, causing 46% of home fires that resulted in 19% of the home fire deaths and 44% of the injuries.**
  • Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires started with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.
  • Clothing was the item first ignited in less than 1% of these fires, but clothing ignitions led to 18% of the home cooking equipment fire deaths.
  • Ranges or cooktops accounted for the majority (62%) of home cooking fire incidents.
  • Unattended equipment was a factor in one-third (33%) of reported home cooking fires and half (49%) of the associated deaths..
  • Frying dominates the cooking fire problem. (See how to put out grease fires and things you should know about frying turkeys below.)
  • Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires.

Steps to put out a grease fire:

  1. Turn off source of heat (burner / element).
  2. Do NOT pour water on it.
  3. Attempt to remove all oxygen from the flame. You can cover with another pot, or baking pan.
  4. If you can't cover it, dump baking soda (lots of it) on it.

If you suffer a fire damage event, please call SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville at 904-729-2401—even over the holiday. Refer to our Fire Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Avoiding Turkey Fryer Fires

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Avoiding Turkey Fryer Fires Putting too much oil in the fryer or dropping in a frozen or partially thawed turkey lead to most turkey fryer fires.

Thanksgiving brings up warm memories of gathering with family and the delicious aroma of cooking turkeys and other goodies. In North Florida, a lot of us like to deep-fry our holiday birds—frying is fast and keeps the moisture in. As good as fried turkeys are, we need to keep our wits about us when using this preparation method.

Many of the more serious cooking fire incidents occur due to the increasing popularity of fryers used for deep-frying turkeys. According to last year's report, fire departments across the country respond to 1,000 fires a year in which a deep fryer is involved. The NFPA says that deep fryers cause an average of five deaths, 60 injuries and more that $15 million in property damage each year.

Two primary oversights that lead to danger: too much oil in the fryer and dropping in a frozen or partially thawed turkey.

It is important to keep the fryer a far enough distance from any structures to prevent them from catching fire. If a turkey fryer does catch fire, the most important thing to remember is NOT to use water to put out the fire. Like with any other grease fire, water will just cause the oil to splash and spread the fire further. Fire extinguishers (preferably Class K) are the most reliable means of containing the flames. Even if you have one on hand, still call 911 immediately and have the professionals take care of it.

In the meantime, make sure that everyone has been moved a safe distance from the fryer while you wait for the fire department

If you suffer a fire damage event, please call SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville at 904-729-2401—even over the holiday. Refer to our Fire Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Protecting Fernandina Beach/Yulee Kids from Fire-Related Injuries  

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Protecting Fernandina Beach/Yulee Kids from Fire-Related Injuries    Dewey our mascot Duck says, "Kids, don't play with fire."

Children playing with fire cause hundreds of deaths and injuries each year. Preschoolers and kindergartners are most likely to start these fires, typically by playing with matches and lighters, and are most likely to die in them. SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville picked up the following tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). 

Parent’s Fire Safety Tips

  • Children experience fire interest. They may ask questions such as how hot is fire or show an interest in fire through playing with fire trucks or cooking on a play stove. This is healthy, and it is time to begin educating about fire. 
  • Fire starting happens when children begin to experiment with fire using matches and lighters. Many fires happen when young children are left alone, even for a short period of time, and have access to matches and lighters. Parents must have clear rules and consequences about fire misuse. 
  • Grown-ups can help keep fire out of the hands of children. 
  • Store matches and lighters out of children’s reach and sight, up high, preferably in a locked cabinet or container. 
  • Never leave matches or lighters in a bedroom or any place where children may go without supervision. 
  • Teach young children and school-age children to tell a grown-up if they see matches or lighters. Children need to understand that fire is difficult to control, it is fast and can hurt as soon as it touches you. 
  • A child with an interest in fire can lead to fire starting and result in repeated firesetting behavior. 
  • It is important for grown-ups to discourage unsupervised fire starts. 
  • Never use lighters or matches as a source of amusement for children; they may imitate you. 
  • Never assign a young child any tasks that involve the use of a lighter or matches (lighting candles, bringing a lighter to an adult to light a cigarette or the fireplace, etc.) 
  • If your child expresses curiosity about fire or has been playing with fire, calmly but firmly explain that matches and lighters are tools for adults only. 
  • Use only lighters designed with child-resistant features. Remember, child-resistant does not mean child-proof. 

We hope it never happens, but if you have a fire in your home and need fire damage restoration, please call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach /Yulee /North Jacksonville at 904.729.2401

SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax Shares Tips on Using Fire Extinguishers

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax Shares Tips on Using Fire Extinguishers Our mascot Dewey shares tips on fire extinguishers. Fortunately, Dewey is an expert on Fires and all things Water.

Since it’s fire prevention week, we wanted to share a few helpful tips on using fire extinguishers. Using a fire extinguisher isn’t rocket science, but there are a few basics you should know. According to FEMA, the majority of Americans don’t know how to use an extinguisher, even if they have one in their home. This is an alarming knowledge gap. Fires double in size every 60 seconds, so you don’t want to be fumbling around in an emergency situation, reading over the instruction manual as a small flame on the stove grows into an inferno.

Most fire extinguishers for homes and public spaces are classified as Class ABC extinguishers, meaning they’re suitable for putting out wood and paper fires, flammable liquid fires, and electrical fires—not grease fires. (See below for grease fires).

Using a Fire Extinguisher: Remember PASS, which stands for:

P—Pull the pin. Hold the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism. 

A—Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire. Hitting the tops of the flames will not be effective.

S—Squeeze the trigger slowly and evenly to release the agent.

S—Sweep the nozzle from side to side. Most extinguishers will give you about 10-20 seconds of discharge time.

You can buy an ABC extinguisher for about $30 -$60 on Amazon or at your nearest hardware store. Get the biggest one you can comfortably handle to maximize its discharge pressure, time, and range.

Steps to put out a grease fire:

  1. Turn off source of heat (burner / element).
  2. Do NOT pour water on it.
  3. Attempt to remove all oxygen from the flame. You can cover with another pot, or baking pan.
  4. If you can't cover it, dump baking soda (lots of it) on it.

If you suffer a fire damage event, please call SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville at 904-729-2401. Refer to our Fire Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Nassau County & North Jax: October 8-14 Is Fire Prevention Week

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Nassau County & North Jax: October 8-14 Is Fire Prevention Week Message from SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jax. In a fire, every second counts. Plan 2 ways to exit each room.

The following is from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)…

In a fire, seconds count. Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.

That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. Here’s this year’s key campaign messages:

  • Draw a map of your home  with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

Here is a helpful quiz to test your fire prevention knowledge.

Here is information about SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville’s fire damage services. Call us at 904-729-2401 if you have fire damage. 

Celebrate Summer Safely

7/21/2017 (Permalink)

Summer is a time to enjoy the great outdoors on Amelia Island and in North Jacksonville, but it is also important to keep safety in mind. Consider the following tips, provided by the National Fire Protection Association to keep you and your family safe all summer long. 

  • When using a charcoal grill, only use starter fluids designed for barbecue grills; do not add fluid after coals have been lit.
  • When using a gas grill, ensure the hose connection is tight; check hoses for leaks. Applying soapy water to the hoses will easily and safely reveal any leaks.
  • Always build a campfire downwind from the tent area. Clear vegetation and dig a pit before building your fire. Extinguish the fire before going to sleep or leaving the campsite.
  • Store liquid fire starter (not gasoline) away from your tent and campfire and only use dry kindling to freshen a campfire.
  • Observe burn bans. Check with local authorities to see when these are in place, as when the local wildfires were raging. Currently there are no bans in in Nassau County. In Duval County, open burning of yard debris is prohibited year round per county ordinance.

SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville wishes you a happy summer! 

What You Need to Know About Smoke Alarms  

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What You Need to Know About Smoke Alarms    When properly installed and maintained, smoke alarms save lives.

Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained.

In homes, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level, including the basement. Extra smoke alarms may be needed in large homes.

Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years. Other alarms need batteries replaced every year, and the unit replaced every ten years. If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately. Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm. Almost half of fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

If you need help installing, testing or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross.

Be sure your home has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills with your family.

If you have a fire in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville at 904-729-2401.

Fire Ravages Callahan Family Home  

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Ravages Callahan Family Home    The fire department had to cut out the ceilings and some of the rafters to reach the flames and extinguish the fire.

This story begins with a lightning strike to the roof of this Callahan family home, which ignited a fire in the attic. The fire department arrived to extinguish the fire but in order to reach the flames; they had to cut out the ceilings and some of the rafters before dousing the entire space with water hoses. There was blown-in insulation in the attic, and all of this became drenched with water as it snowed down into the living space below. What was once a cozy home now looked like a war zone.

When SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville arrived on the scene, they were greeted by frantic homeowners who had seen their home destroyed. The home had suffered from not only fire and smoke damage, but also extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. We assured the homeowners that we could, and would, restore their home to its pre-fire condition.

SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville has the specialized fire and water damage cleanup and restoration training and experience to quickly restore a fire-damaged home to pre-fire condition. We also have specific training and equipment for odor removal and deep cleaning of upholstery and carpet. 

If you ever suffer damage from a fire, call us at (904) 729-2401. Here are fire emergency tips outlining what you should and should not do before we arrive. First and foremost, be safe. Is it safe to stay in the house? Watch out for electrical and "slip and fall" hazards. Also, wet materials can be VERY heavy, so be careful lifting! Also, try to limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.

Staying Safe From Fire When Grilling

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Staying Safe From Fire When Grilling Fire safety, including grilling safety, is especially important in our drought-ridden community.

Grilling is a popular way to relax on Amelia Island, but it poses the risk of fire and related injuries. With all of the recent wildfires, fire safety is especially important in our drought-ridden community.


Here are important tips to keep your home and family safe when grilling:



  • Only use propane and charcoal barbecue grills outdoors.

  • Always supervise the grill.

  • Place the grill well away from the home and deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.

  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.

  • Remove grease or fat buildup from the grills. Grease and fat burn quickly and can cause burn injuries or fires.

  • Clean the grease or fat build-up after every use. Doing so not only decreases the risk of fire, but also helps the food cook better.

  • Check the propane tank, hose, and all connection points for leaks. If you smell gas when the grill is on, turn off the tank and burners immediately.

  • If you have a charcoal grill, use only charcoal starter fluid to light the grill. However, charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using paper as a fuel.

  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.

  • After you finish grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.


Following these tips will ensure that fire will not damage your home or property. In the event fire does strike you or someone you know, SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville provides emergency fire restoration services. Call 904-729-2401, and we’ll be there to help 24/7.

PREPARING FOR NASSAU COUNTY WILDFIRES

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage PREPARING FOR NASSAU COUNTY WILDFIRES Disposal of yard debris, rapid wildfire growth, and weather conditions have the Florida Forest Service reminding citizens to exert extreme caution.

You have undoubtedly heard about recent wildfires in our area. Residents and firefighters in Florida must be vigilant year-round for potential wildfires. Though, there is no particular wildfire “season” in Florida, there are conditions that make forested areas more susceptible to ignition. The Florida Forest Service, along with other local, state, and federal agencies, monitor weather, humidity, drought, wind, and natural fuel conditions in an effort to predict when fires are more likely to occur, as well as warn the public and the first responders.

Wildfires consume hundreds of homes in the United States every year. Studies show that 80 percent of these homes could have been saved if owners had followed a few fire-wise safety practices. Here are a few basic measures you can take to make you, your home, and property better prepared for an approaching wildfire:

  • Create a defensible zone between your home and the surrounding area—that is, a zone fee of flammable plants and debris—of at least 30 feet around your home and other structures.
  • Take steps to mitigate fuel around your property. This means you should remove dead branches, shrubbery, and other debris. Also, mow grass regularly and prune tree limbs to a height of 10 to 15 feet from ground level. Otherwise, lower limbs draped with vines and debris could act as “ladder fuel” by igniting and allowing fire to reach your roof and soffits. Finally, remove accumulated leaves from your roof and gutter.
  • Pay particular attention to the roof, eaves, vents, walls, decks, windows, and doors.

 Other Things You Can Do to Prepare for Wildfires:

  • Prepare your family by creating a Family Disaster Plan
  • Train your family how to use a fire extinguisher and keep them on hand.
    Know where all home utility shut-offs are located.
  • Plan for evacuations via several different routes. Designate a meeting location for family members. Know points of contact. Keep a list of phone numbers.
  • Assemble an emergency supply kit that you can “grab and go”.
  • Stay well informed about the progress of any wildfire, and comply with directions from local officials.

EVACUATE EARLY!
Know where you’re going to go and the whereabouts of all family members! Stay safe.

If your property is affected by a wildfire, call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville at 904-729-2401. We will help you through this difficult time and get you back to normal. Here are some additional fire damage tips outlining what you should and should not do before we arrive.

 

Fire Facts & Information

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Facts & Information Pictured is a house fire that occurred in North Jacksonville Florida that was caused by an electrical issue.

House Fires



  • Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Only one in five home fires were reported during these hours.

  • One quarter of home fire deaths were caused by fires that started in the bedroom. Another quarter resulted from fires in the living room, family room or den.

  • Three out of five home fire deaths happen from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

  • In 2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 367,500 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,745 deaths, 11,825 civilian injuries, and $6.8 billion in direct damage.

  • On average, seven people die in U.S. home fires per day.

  • Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fire injuries, followed by heating equipment.

  • Smoking materials are the leading cause of home fire deaths.

  • Most fatal fires kill one or two people. In 2014, 15 home fires killed five or more people resulting in a total of 88 deaths.

  • During 2009-2013, roughly one of every 335 households had a reported home fire per year.


Smoke Alarms



  • Three out of five home fire deaths in 2009-2013 were caused by fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

  • Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.

  • In fires considered large enough to activate the smoke alarm, hardwired alarms operated 94% of the time, while battery powered alarms operated 80% of the time.

  • When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected, or dead.

  • An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires. For the best protection, or where extra time is needed to awaken or assist others, both types of alarms, or combination ionization and photoelectric alarms are recommended. 


Fire Prevention Information


     For more great information about how to prevent fires and even what to do following a fire visit the links below:



  1. Fire Damage Safety Tips & Prevention

  2. Important Fire Damage Restoration Tips

  3. Workplace Fire Prevention Tips

  4. What to Do Following a House Fire

  5. Holiday Fire Prevention

  6. Fire Damage Top Tips To Prevent Kitchen Fires

Fire Damage Top Tips To Prevent Kitchen Fires

1/5/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Top Tips To Prevent Kitchen Fires Fire Damage Restoration Fernandina Beach/Yulee North Jacksonville

Fernandina Beach - Yulee - North Jacksonville - Kitchen Fire Prevention

Fire damage in Fernandina Beach often occurs in the kitchen. According to the most current research by the NFPA, 2 out of every five home fires start in the kitchen. Kitchen fires are also the leading causes of home-fire-related injuries. Prevent kitchen fires with the following safety tips:

Watch What You Are Cooking
Unattended cooking is the primary cause of cooking fires. Mitigate fire risks by: 
- Always remaining in the kitchen when you grill, broil, or fry
- If you exit the kitchen, even for a second or two, turn off the heat source
- Using a timer when cooking
- Checking food regularly to make sure it doesn’t overcook


Be In The Right Condition To Cook
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), kitchen fires can happen when you are inattentive and impaired. Therefore: 
- Avoid using your stove if you are sleepy

Remove All Cooking Surfaces
Keep flammable items such as paper towels, potholders and wooden spoons clear of the stovetop. You should clean your oven often to remove any spills and food debris. Additionally, clean stovetops frequently to remove grease and oil.

Use Your Appliances Wisely
According to Consumer Reports, kitchen appliances were the cause of over $547 million in fire damages in 2006-2008. Safeguard your home by doing the following: 
- Always read and adhere to manufacturer’s instructions/safety warnings for all appliances
- Immediately register all new appliances to receive recall information
- Always act on product recalls
- Review product safety complaints about appliances in the kitchen to evaluate potential hazards
- Store small appliances unplugged
- Inspect all the power cords you use on appliances -- replace them if frayed
- Avoid using extension cords. Directly plug appliances into outlets

Maintain Personal Safety
According to estimations by the University Of Rochester Medical Center, maintaining personal safety helps prevent injuries to both yourself and others from kitchen fires. Do the following: 
- Keep pets and children from cooking surfaces
- Tuck in long shirts before cooking
- Roll up your sleeves to prevent them from being close to cooking surfaces
- Secure long hair

Take the above precautions and prevent fire damage in your Fernandina Beach or Yulee kitchen. A safer kitchen protects your family and home.


     If you experience a fire damage emergency, feel free to call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee (904) 729-2401. They are trusted and prominent leaders in the restoration industry. These fire damage professionals work round the clock to attend to any emergency. Whether you have cleaning or restoration needs, talk to them today.

Holiday Fire Prevention

12/16/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Holiday Fire Prevention Holidays are meant to be spent with friends and family, not cleaning up fires. Make sure you know how to prevent holiday fires with a few simple tips.

Did you know that one in every three home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems? Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious.  The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) reports more than double the number of open-flame fires on Christmas Day than on an average day, and about twice as many on New Year’s Day. And when those fires occur, they do more damage: Property loss during a holiday fire is 34% greater than in an average fire, and the number of fatalities per thousand fires is nearly 70% higher. When the source of the fire is a highly flammable Christmas tree, the toll in property and lives is even greater.

To keep your household from becoming a holiday fire statistic, here are some safety tips to follow.

  • Maintain your lights – by inspecting them for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets, and excessive kinking or wear.
  • Only use lights listed by an approved tested laboratory.
  • Do not overload electrical outlets.
  • Do not link more than three light strands, unless the directions indicate it is safe.
  • Connect strings of lights to an extension cord before plugging the cord into the outlet.
  • Make sure to periodically check the wires, they should not be warm to the touch.
  • Do not leave lights on unattended

For more information and tips on preventing fires as well as what to do following a fire please visit SERVPRO Fire Damage Emergency Tips.

 

What to Do Following a House Fire

5/9/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What to Do Following a House Fire House Fire

House fires are a disaster that no one wants to experience. Here are some steps to help limit further damage to your home after a fire.

  • Ask when it is safe to enter a house or building after a fire. Do not enter a house or other building that has been affected by a fire until you have listened to the professionals telling you that it is okay to do so.
  • Know who to contact after a fire. Contact family members that may not have been with you and let them know what happened as well as that you're okay. Contact a professional fire restoration expert such as SERVPRO to assist with the cleanup and restoration of fire damage.
  • Secure the property. If you have not already done so it is important to secure your property to prevent possible looting. Talk to emergency services on how to best go about this.
  • Consider the clean-up requirements. If your house has been damaged rather than destroyed, interior clean up will be required. Keep in mind that damage to the property often goes beyond what the eye can see. (Removal of a destroyed house should only be done by professionals.) Call SERVPRO to assess the damage.
  • If water hoses were used to put out your fire, drying your home is VERY important. It is best to hire professionals to do fire/ water damage restoration and clean-up. Water damage can lead to more damage or even mold if not dried properly.

USDA Workplace Fire Prevention Tips

10/19/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage USDA Workplace Fire Prevention Tips Fernandina Beach - Yulee - Jacksonville - Workplace Fire Safety Tips

Workplace Fire Prevention Tips

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Suggests:

Eliminate Fire Hazards:

Keep workspaces free of waste paper and other combustibles, have damaged electrical cords replaced and do not over load circuits. 

Prepare for Emergencies:

Make sure you know who to call in an emergency; participate in all drills. 

Report Fires and Emergencies Promptly:

Immediately report all foul odors or defective equipment to the Building Manager or Security. If fire is detected pull the fire alarm station to sound the alarm. 

Evacuate Safely:

Leave the area quickly in an emergency; use stairs instead of the elevator. Assist your coworkers. 

Do Not Use Open Flames:

The use of open flames in the work place is prohibited unless authorized. 

General Workplace Fire Safety:

Make sure all walk ways and corridors are kept clear to ensure emergency egress is uninhibited. Use and maintain wiring, tools and equipment correctly. Keep everything oil and dust free. Uncoil an extension cord fully before use and use extension cords for temporary wiring ONLY; be sure the amperage of the cord is appropriate for the job you are doing. Do not use equipment that delivers mild electric shock, gives off unusual heat or smells odd. If in doubt have it checked and repaired or replaced. Sweep up scraps of paper or material and dust as soon as possible. Do not use electrical equipment when flammable gases, vapors, liquids, dust, or fibers are present. Ensure trash is emptied frequently enough to prohibit a buildup of combustibles in an area. 

For More Information:

You can visit the links below for more information:

USDA United States Department of Agriculture

Fire Damage Repair and Restoration

Fire Damage Safety Tips

SERVPRO Fire Brochure

Fire Damage Restoration Process

Odor Removal and Deodorization

SERVPRO - Contact Us

Fire Prevention Month is Here

10/15/2015 (Permalink)

October is Fire Prevention Month

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home, you may have just minutes to escape?

The most effective way to protect yourself and your home from fire is to identify and remove fire hazards. 60% of house fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. During a home fire, working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives. 

Preparing and Preventing a Home Fire - Steps You Can Take Now

  • Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Talk to your children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach.
  • Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep. 

Smoke Alarms

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Teach your children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.
  • Test smoke alarms once a month, if they’re not working, change the batteries.
  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. Never disable smoke or carbon monoxide alarms.
  • Carbon monoxide alarms are not substitutes for smoke alarms. Know the difference between the sound of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. 

Fire Escape Planning

  • Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home.
  • Make sure everyone knows where to meet outside in case of fire.
  • Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year and at different times of the day. Practice waking up to smoke alarms, low crawling and meeting outside. Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.
  • Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire. 

Fire Damage Safety Tips

  • If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL for help.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Test smoke alarms once a month, if they’re not working, change the batteries.
  • Talk with all household members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.

Jacksonville/Fernandina Beach Fire Damage

6/1/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Jacksonville/Fernandina Beach Fire Damage When you experience a fire, there is not only fire damage, but may also be water damage and mold damage.

Important Fire Damage Restoration Tips

After a property has sustained fire damage in Fernandina Beach or Jacksonville, many homeowners are taken aback by the number of challenges that they must overcome while attempting to ensure the restoration and safety of their homes. In addition to being deadly, fires also have the capacity to cause a tremendous amount of property loss. Residential and commercial property owners must collect as much information as they possibly can before having to deal with one of these events. This will increase their chances of making rapid recoveries. The guide that follows is interactive and offers a number of helpful fire restoration tips along with tips that have been provided by FEMA.

The foremost priority of property owners is to assess the nature and amount of damages that a fire has caused. A number of items within the structure could be overlooked when attempting to gauge the full measure of damages. It is vital to carefully review the following items with a fire inspector before choosing to use these in the home or in the business:

·         Edible goods

·         Eating utensils and dishes

·         Furnishings

·         Clothing

·         Carpeting

·         Flooring

When damages are assessed, people often fail to consider their dishes, food and eating utensils. Eating foods that have been contaminated or using contaminated dishes and eating utensils can result in serious illness. A fire restoration service must properly inspect these items before use. If they cannot be salvaged or restored, they will need to be thrown out.

Although the flames will have caused much of the visible damage that occurs in your home during a fire, soot and smoke are often far less conspicuous hazards that could be very detrimental to human health. The leading cause of death among fire victims is smoke inhalation. Thus, smoke damage is the most important thing to consider when assessing fire damage.

Soot is unlike smoke in that it is very easy to detect. This is a fine coat of black dust that is produced by burning oil-based, coal or wood items. These carbon particulates circulate throughout the indoor space and can settle on any surface. If you inhale soot, it can cause serious lung ailments and even death. When the office or home is filled with soot contaminants, fire restoration specialists will have to assess the affected areas in order to learn whether or not it will be possible to restore them.

Water is often the last thing that people think about when dealing with fire damage. Another important detail that is frequently overlooked after a life-threatening blaze is the resulting water damage that results from the efforts on the part of fire officials to put the fire out.

Fires of all sizes are usually extinguished with water. Once fires have been contained, all affected areas will need to be dried completely in order to prevent additional property loss and damage. Restoration companies can employ industrial air movers and dehumidifiers in order to dry carpet padding, carpets, furniture and any other items that have been saturated with water.

Due to the fact that mold spores can develop within just 48 hours after water damages have occurred, it is vital to quickly and efficiently dry the affected area. Water, fire and mold together can result in total property loss if a trusted mold remediation specialist does not properly tend to these situations.

Homeowners can expedite their restoration and repair efforts by learning more about fire damage long before experiencing fires in their homes.

SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee is locally owned and operated and serves Fernandina Beach, Yulee, Callahan, Hilliard, Oceanway, North Jacksonville, and the surrounding communities. Water comes from everywhere and our certified technicians can clean and dry any flood. Other services we provide include the following:

·         24/7 Fire Damage Restoration Service

·         24/7 Flood Damage & Water Damage Service

·         24/7 Sewage Damage & Sewage Removal Service

·         24/7 Mold Remediation

·         24/7 Bio-hazard Suicide Clean

·         24/7 Commercial Cleaning

October is Fire Prevention Month!

8/27/2014 (Permalink)

Fire Damage October is Fire Prevention Month! October is Fire Prevention Month! Join us at the Yulee Home Depot on October 4th and spread the word of fire prevention!

     Is your family prepared for a fire emergency? October is National Fire Prevention Month and it serves as an excellent time to examine your preparedness. Do you have a home fire escape plan? Have you changed smoke-alarm batteries within the last year? Do you know the main reasons for fires starting in the home?

     The U.S Fire Administration reports that fires kill more than 4,000 Americans each year and approximately injure 20,000 more.  U.S. fire departments respond to nearly 2 million fires each year, with three-quarters of them occurring in residences.

     A home is often referred to as a safe haven.  During October, make sure your home is protected from (and your family is prepared for) a fire.  Here are 10 simple tips to help you avoid fires and reduce the risk of injury should one occur:

1.     Smoke Alarms – These are still a very important addition to your home.  Smoke alarms are widely available and inexpensive.  Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home and test it monthly.

2.     Prevent Electrical Fires –Don’t overload circuits or extension cords.  Cords and wires should never be placed under rugs or in high traffic areas.  Avoid loose electrical connections by checking the fit of the plug in the wall outlet.  If the plug loosely fits, inspect the outlet right away.  A poor connection between the plug and the outlet can cause overheating and can start a fire in minutes.

3.     Keep Plugs Safe – Unplug all appliances when not in use.  Follow the manufacturer’s safety precautions and use your senses to spot any potential disasters.  If a plug is overheating, smells strange, shorts out or sparks – the appliance should be shut off immediately, then replaced or repaired.

4.     Alternate Heaters – Make sure there is ample space around any portable heating unit.  Anything that could catch fire should be at least three feet away.  Inspect your chimney annually and use fire screens to help keep any fires in the fireplace.

5.     Fire Safety Sprinklers – When combined with working smoke alarms, home fire sprinklers greatly increase your chance of surviving a fire.  Sprinklers are affordable and they can increase property value and lower insurance rates.

6.     Create An Escape Route – Create and practice your escape plan with your family from every room in the house.  Practice staying low to the floor and checking for hot doors using the back of your hand.  It’s just like a routine school fire drill – but in your home.

7.     Position Appliances Carefully – Try to keep TV sets, kitchen and other appliances away from windows with curtains.  If there is a wiring problem, curtains can spread a fire quickly.  Additionally, keeping your appliances away from water sources (like rain coming in from windows) can help prevent wiring damage, which can lead to a fire.

8.     Clean Dryer Vents – Clothes dryers often start fires in residential areas.  Clean the lint filter every time you start a load of clothes to dry or after the drying cycle is complete.  Make sure your exhaust duct is made of metal tubing and not plastic or foil.  Clean the exhaust duct with a good quality dryer vent brush to prevent blockage & check for lint build up behind the dryer at least twice a year.

9.     Be Careful Around the Holidays – If you fill your home with lights during the holiday season, keep them away from anything that can easily catch fire.  Check all of your lights prior to stringing them up and dispose of anything with frayed or exposed wires.

10.   Conduct Regular Inspections – Check all of your electronic equipment and wiring at least once a month.  Taking a little time to do this each month can really pay off.

     Following these simple tips could potentially save your life or the life of a loved one.  Pass this list on to your friends and family and make this fire prevention month count!

      We will be at the Home Depot in Yulee October 4th from 9:00 a.m. -- 3:00 p.m. along with our local fire rescue team spreading the word of Fire Prevention and Safety.    

Fire Damage Safety Tips & Prevention

6/2/2014 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Safety Tips & Prevention Following these fire safety tips can greatly reduce the risk of fire damage in your home or office.

Fire Saftey Tips and Prevention

Electricity

Electrical distribution equipment poses serious fire safety threats that can even be fatal, especially when equipment is used incorrectly.

Electrical Safety Basics

  • Protect electrical outlets with plastic safety covers if small children are present in your home
  • Never operate electrical appliances around bathtubs, showers, or puddles of standing water
  • Use ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection when working where water is near electricity, to protect against electric shock … This means you should use GFCIs in your kitchen, laundry room, bathroom, and outdoor locations
  • Replace or repair frayed, loose, or otherwise damaged cords on all electronics
  • Shut off the circuit and have it checked by an electrician if any switches feel warm
  • Take note of any discolored switch plates, because discoloration could indicate that the electrical wiring behind the switch plate is overheating
  • Remember: symptoms of potential wiring problems include household lights that dim or flicker, a TV picture that shrinks in size, frequent blown fuses, or circuit breakers that trip frequently
  • Place lamps on level surfaces, away from flammable items, and use light bulbs that match the lamps’ recommended wattages
  • Extension Cords and Surge Suppressers

  • Never use an extension cord as a replacement for permanent wiring
  • Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpets
  • Make sure power strips and surge suppressors are designed to handle the loads you will be using them for
  • Connect power strips and surge protectors directly into a wall outlet. Do not connect multiple power strips or surge protectors together
  • Avoid overloading circuits by plugging too many items into the same outlet
  • Avoid the use of "cube taps" and other devices that allow the connection of multiple appliances into a single receptacle, and try to only plug one high-wattage item into each outlet
  • Halogen Lighting

  • Avoid using halogen lamps whenever possible since they operate at much higher temperatures than normal light bulbs
  • If you use halogen lamps, make sure the lamp is placed in a location where it cannot come into contact with drapes, clothing, or other combustible materials
  • Keep halogen lamps and cords away from high-traffic areas and turn lamps off when leaving the room for an extended period of time 
  • Heating Safety

    Heating equipment is the leading cause of home fires during the winter months, and the second leading cause of home fires annually. Heating equipment includes fireplaces, wood stoves, portable space heaters, and fixed space heaters. Nearly half of all deaths attributed to home heating equipment fires involve portable space heaters.

    Heating Basics

  • Have all heating equipment in your home inspected annually by a licensed professional
  • Make sure all gas-fueled and wood-burning heating devices are vented to the exterior of the building
  • Consider installing a carbon monoxide alarm in a central location outside of each bedroom if gas-fueled or wood-burning appliances are used in your home
  • Fireplaces and Wood-burning Stoves

  • Have wood-burning stoves, fireplaces and chimneys inspected and cleaned on a periodic basis
  • Use properly seasoned wood to reduce creosote build-up in fireplaces and stoves
  • Protect fireplaces with a sturdy screen to prevent sparks from flying into the room
  • Allow ashes to cool before removing them from a fireplace or stove
  • Dispose of ashes in a metal container
  • Space Heaters

  • Maintain a 36 inch clearance between space heaters and combustible items
  • Turn off portable space heaters every time you leave the room or go to sleep
  • Laundry

    Laundry equipment is often overlooked when addressing the issue of home fire safety. However, laundry appliances pose a serious fire risk because they involve electricity, and the combination of combustible clothing and extremely hot temperatures. The vast majority of laundry fires are caused by dryers that are not cleaned properly.

    Dryer Safety Basics

  • Have dryers installed and serviced by a competent professional
  • Have gas-powered washers and dryers inspected periodically by a professional to ensure the gas line and its connection are intact
  • Make sure that the dryer is plugged into an outlet that meets its electrical needs, so it doesn’t overload the outlet and trip circuit breakers or blow fuses
  • Keep the area around the dryer clear of boxes, clothing, and other combustibles
  • Turn the dryer off when leaving home
  • Lint Filters

  • Do not operate the dryer without a lint filter
  • Clean lint filters before or after each use, and remove any lint from around the dryer drum
  • Make sure the dryer exhausts into the exterior or into a listed water trap
  • Inspect the area around the dryer for accumulations of lint, paying special attention to the area behind the dryer, and remove any lint you notice
  • Inspect the flexible exhaust duct (if your dryer has one), and remove lint accumulations on a periodic basis
  • Gasoline

    Each year gasoline causes several thousand household fires, many of which result in injury and even death. It is helpful to remember gasoline is a volatile liquid that is constantly releasing flammable vapors, which are heavier than air and accumulate at the lowest point in an area. If released inside a building, these vapors sink to floor level and spread out across the room, and if these vapors make contact with an ignition source a flash-fire will likely result.

    Gasoline Safety Basics

  • Keep gasoline out of children's reach and sight, and never allow children to handle gas
  • Never use gasoline inside the home or as a cleaning agent
  • Never use gasoline to start a fire in barbecue pits or cooking grills
  • Never use gasoline as a replacement for kerosene or diesel
  • Do not use or store gasoline near potential ignition sources, including gas-fired water heaters that contain a pilot flame
  • Follow all manufacturers’ instructions when using electronics (including all devices with batteries or connections to electrical outlets) near gasoline
  • Clean up spills immediately and discard clean-up materials properly
  • In the Event of Gasoline Fire

  • Leave the area immediately, and call the fire department
  • Do not attempt to extinguish the fire
  • Do not attempt to stop the flow of gasoline
  • Gasoline Storage

  • Store gasoline outside in a garage or shed
  • Never store gasoline in glass, or in plastic milk jugs and other non-reusable plastic containers
  • Store gasoline in a tightly closed metal or plastic container designed, manufactured, and approved specifically for gasoline storage
  • Store only the amount of gasoline necessary to power equipment and machinery
  • Fueling and Handling Gasoline

  • Do not smoke while handling gasoline
  • Use caution when fueling machinery and automobile equipment
  • Never fuel machinery or equipment indoors, and always let it cool before refueling
  • Place portable gasoline containers on the ground before filling, and only fill them outdoors
  • Never fill portable containers inside a vehicle or in the bed of a pick-up truck, to prevent a static charge from developing
  • Do not get in and out of automobiles while fueling … Although rare, this movement creates an electrical charge on your body that could spark a fire, especially during dry weather conditions
  • Propane

    Over 1,000 home fires are caused by liquid propane annually, and these fires cause hundreds of injuries and deaths. Propane is a flammable gas that is converted to a liquid before being stored within a cylinder or tank. When released from its container, propane converts back to a gas and expands significantly; if this expanding gas comes in contact with an ignition source an explosion can result. When first released, the gas is cold and heavier than the surrounding air, which creates a “cloud” of heavy gas that will stay close to the ground and collect in low areas.

    Propane Safety Basics

  • Never store or use propane gas cylinders larger than one pound inside your home
  • Never store or operate a propane-powered gas grill indoors
  • Always handle propane-powered equipment cautiously, according to the manufacturers’ instructions
  • Have propane gas equipment inspected by a professional for leaks and faulty parts on a regular basis
  • Follow the manufacturers’ instructions carefully when lighting pilots
  • Leave the area immediately and call the fire department from outside the home if you smell a strong odor of gas