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Heating your Home Safely in Riverside City

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

There is something about the winter months and curling up with a good book by the fireplace. But did you know that heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fire deaths? With a few simple safety tips and precautions you can prevent most heating fires from happening.

BE WARM AND SAFE THIS WINTER!

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  • Have a three-foot "kid-free zone" around open fires and space heaters.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer's instructions.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month.

Heating Equipment Smarts

Install wood burning stoves following manufacturer's instructions or have a professional do the installation. All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

Install and maintain CO alarms to avoid the risk of CO poisoning. If you smell gas in your gas heater, do do not light the appliance. Leave the immediately and call your local fire department or gas company.

FACT

Half of home heating fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February.

NATIONAL FIRE

PROTECTION ASSOCIATION

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on fire, electrical and related hazards

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Call SERVPRO

After the fire trucks are gone, your Riverside home and belongings likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of West riverside City has the specialized fire and water damage cleanup and restoration training and experience to quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. We also have specific training and equipment for odor removal and deep cleaning of upholstery and carpet. 

Fire damage can be devastating for you and your family. Feelings of confusion and stress are common, and you need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. We always treat your family with the greatest empathy and respect, and we’ll treat your property with great care.

Why Call SERVPRO?

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster 

When fire and water damage strikes, a fast response is critical. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, day or night, to your Riverside home or business. A faster response helps to prevent secondary damage and to reduce cost.

We’re Fire and Water Damage Specialists

As water and fire damage specialists, we have the experience, the expertise, and the advanced training that enables us to get your property restored quickly and thoroughly.

  • Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Our Restore vs. Replace Mentality

    We clean and restore your property using specialized equipment and cleaning techniques. Our “restore first” mentality reduces interruption and gets you back to your life.

    Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

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

  • Emergency Contact
  • Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  • Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  • Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  • Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  • Cleaning and Repair
  • Restoration
  • Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

    Call Us Today – 951-351-8033

    Fire Safety and Candles in your Riverside Home

    12/6/2018 (Permalink)

    There’s a special beauty and tranquility to candles, but a lighted candle is also an open flame, and a potential fire hazard if not carefully monitored.

    In fact, accidental candle fires account for approximately four percent of all U.S. residential fires.

    A study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission suggests that 85 percent of candle fires could be avoided if consumers followed three basic safety rules:

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended.
  • Never burn a candle on or near anything that might catch fire.
  • Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.
  • The National Candle Association urges consumers to always follow the basic rules of fire safety when burning candles.

    HOW TO BURN A CANDLE SAFELY

    BEFORE LIGHTING

  • Before burning, always trim the wick to ¼ inch. You can use a wick trimmer, nail clippers, or scissors. Long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning, dripping or flaring.
  • When lighting a candle, use long matches or a long-reach lighter. Keep your hair and loose clothing away from the flame.
  • Always use a candleholder specifically designed for candle use. It should be heat resistant, sturdy, and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax.
  • Burn candles in a well-ventilated room.
  • Place the candleholder on a stable, heat-resistant surface. This will also help prevent possible heat damage to counters and table surfaces and prevent glass containers from cracking or breaking.
  • Keep the wax pool clear of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.
  • Avoid drafts, vents or air currents. This will help prevent rapid or uneven burning, sooting, and excessive dripping.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on burn time and proper use. In general, it is recommended that candles do not burn for longer than four hours and cool for at least two hours before relighting.
  • WHILE BURNING

  • Never touch or move a burning candle. Never move a votive or container candle when the wax is liquefied.
  • Don’t burn a candle all the way down. For a margin of safety, discontinue burning a candle when 2 inches of wax remains (1/2 inch if in a container).
  • Place burning candles at least three inches apart from one another. This is to make sure they don’t melt one another, or create their own drafts that will cause the candles to burn improperly.
  • Extinguish a candle if the flame becomes too high or flickers repeatedly. Let the candle cool, trim the wick, and check for unwanted drafts before re-lighting.
  • Always keep the candle within your sight. If you are going to leave the room, be sure to first blow out all candles.
  • Always burn candles in a well-ventilated room. Don’t burn too many candles in a small room or in a “tight” home where air exchange is limited.
  • Never use a candle as a night light.
  • Be very careful if using candles during a power outage. Flashlights and other battery-powered lights are safer sources of light during a power failure. Never use a candle during a power outage to look for things in a closet, or when fueling equipment – such as a lantern or kerosene heater.
  • Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire. Keep burning candles away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc.
  • Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets. Do not place lighted candles where they can be knocked over by children, pets or anyone else.
  • WHEN EXTINGUISHING

  • Use a candle snuffer to extinguish a candle. It’s the safest way to prevent hot wax from splattering.
  • Never use water to extinguish a candle. Water can cause the hot wax to splatter and might break a glass container.
  • Make sure the candle is completely out and the wick ember is no longer glowing before leaving the room.
  • Don’t touch or move the candle until it has completely cooled.
  • Never use a knife or sharp object to remove wax drippings from a glass holder. It might scratch, weaken, or cause the glass to break upon subsequent use.
  • Download a complete list of candle safety rules.

    WHAT MAKES A SAFE & QUALITY CANDLE?

    NCA invites you to view the webinar, What Makes a Safe & Quality Candle? This webinar is designed to to educate and inform the retail community on candle basics, safety standards, and testing of candle products. This is a must for compliance personnel and candle buyers.

    In this webinar, you will learn:

  • An Overview of Candle Basics: Wax and wick types, the difference between dyes and pigments, why fragrance does more than just smell nice, and how changing just one of these elements affects the entire candle.
  • The ASTM Safety Standards in Plain English: What it means when a flame is too high, what “secondary ignition” and “end of useful life” mean, and the requirements for glass and plastic containers, candle accessories, warning labels and more.
  • What to Ask For and Expect from Your Test Lab: What determines if a candle passes or fails the ASTM standards, the common causes of test failures, and what to do if you think you need additional testing.
  • Plus: Tips for Success and Q&A
  • CANDLE FIRE STATISTICS

    An estimated 8,700 residential fires are caused each year by the careless or inappropriate use of candles, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA.)

    The National Candle Association urges consumers to always keep a burning candle within sight, keep candles away from anything combustible, and to keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.

    Roughly one-third of home candle fires start in bedrooms, says the NFPA. Avoid using candles in bedrooms or any place where people are likely to fall asleep.

    Three of every five candle fires started when something that could burn, such as furniture, mattresses or bedding, curtains, or decorations, was too close to the candle.

    In 16% of the fires, the candles were unattended or abandoned, according to the NFPA.

     *SOURCE: HOME CANDLE FIRES, FIRE ANALYSIS AND RESEARCH DIVISION, NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION, DECEMBER 2015. BASED ON 2009-2013 ANNUAL AVERAGES

    Riverside Residents, Learn How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

    11/26/2018 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Riverside Residents, Learn How to Use a Fire Extinguisher Remember the acronym P.A.S.S.

    Learning How to Use a Fire Extinguisher Can Help You For a Future Emergency

    It’s important to understand that with the proper training and education, fire extinguishers can save lives and property. Many adults might not know how or when to use fire extinguishers.

    A portable fire extinguisher can be a life and property saving tool when used correctly. In order to operate an extinguisher, the National Fire Association suggests remembering the word PASS: Pull the pin. Hold the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism. Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire. Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly. Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side. Read the instructions on the fire extinguisher and become familiar with them before a fire breaks out. Remember, extinguishers do have limitations. It is also important to ensure you have the correct type of extinguisher for your facility. Refer to the back of this brochure to learn more about the different classes of extinguishers and the type of fire each are designed to extinguish.

    Class A: For use with ordinary materials like cloth, wood and paper.  Often found in homes and businesses.

    Class B: For use with combustible and flammable liquids like grease, gasoline, oil and oil-based paints.  Often found in homes and businesses.

    Class C: For use with electrical equipment like appliances, tools, or other equipment that is plugged in.  Often found in homes and businesses.

    Class D: For use with flammable metals Often found in factories

    Class K: For use with vegetable oils, animal oils and fats in cooking appliances. Often found in commercial kitchens (restaurants, cafeterias, catering businesses)

    Contact SERVPRO of West Riverside City if you experience fire loss.  Putting out a fire can be worse than the fire itself.  The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings.  SERVPRO of West Riverside City will provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke, and soot removal to contents.  Our services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible.

    Halloween Fires-Ensure that Halloween is a safe holiday for everyone in Riverside

    10/24/2018 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Halloween Fires-Ensure that Halloween is a safe holiday for everyone in Riverside Halloween fires occurred most frequently in the late afternoon and early evening hours, peaking between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

    Candle flames and flammable costumes can be a dangerous combination

    • COSTUMES: Flame-resistant fabrics, such as polyester and nylon, are best. They should be brightly colored or trimmed with reflective tape to make them visible to motorists at dusk and in the dark.
    • MASKS: Check that eye holes are large enough to allow full visibility and nose holes allow for adequate breathing.
    • CANDLES: Keep candle-lit jack-o-lanterns and other decorations where children cannot brush against the flame. Try LED lights instead.
    • TREATS: Put reflective tape on treat bags. No toys with small parts for children under 3.

    October is Fire Protection Month here in West Riverside and across the US

    10/22/2018 (Permalink)

    Pet Fire Safety

    Home fires are the most common disaster that the American Red Cross responds to – and also the most preventable. 

    • The best way to protect your pets from the effects of a fire is to include them in your family plan. This includes having their own disaster supplies kit as well as arranging in advance for a safe place for them to stay if you need to leave your home.
    • When you practice your escape plan, practice taking your pets with you. Train them to come to you when you call.
    • In the event of a disaster, if you must evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them, too. But remember: never delay escape or endanger yourself or family to rescue a family pet.

    Prevent Your Pets from Starting Fires

    The National Fire Protection Association estimates that nearly 1,000 home fires each year are accidentally started by the homeowners' pets.

    The American Kennel Club and ADT Security Services have joined forces to provide the following tips:

    • Extinguish Open Flames - Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even a fire in your fireplace. Ensure your pet is not left unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before leaving your home.
    • Remove Stove Knobs - Be sure to remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before leaving the house - a stove or cook top is the number one piece of equipment involved in your pet starting a fire.
    • Invest in Flameless Candles - These candles contain a light bulb rather than an open flame, and take the danger out of your pet knocking over a candle. Cats are notorious for starting fires when their tails turn over lit candles.
    • Secure Young Pets - keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home such as in crates or behind baby gates in secure areas.

    Help Firefighters Help Your Pets

    • Keep pets near entrances when away from home. Keep collars on pets and leashes at the ready in case firefighters need to rescue your pet. When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them.
    • Affix a pet alert window cling and write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static cling to a front window. This critical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets. Make sure to keep the number of pets listed on them updated.

    Fire Safety for Kids in West Riverside City

    10/17/2018 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Fire Safety for Kids in West Riverside City Teach children the importance of remaining at a safe distance from a stove

    Tips from our friends at American Red Cross

    A home fire is a devastating event, and one that you never count on happening. Your children are most at risk when this disaster occurs. In fact, children under five are twice as likely as other people to die in a home fire. Tragically, many home fires are started by children playing with dangerous household items – especially lighters and matches. Taking sensible precautions in the home and teaching your child how to escape from a fire can help your family avoid this type of heartbreak.            

    Prevent Your Child from Starting Fires

    The U.S. Fire Administration estimates that 300 people are killed and $280 million in property is destroyed each year as the result of children playing with fire.

  • Keep matches, lighters and other ignitable substances in a secured location out of your child’s reach. Only use lighters with child-resistant features.
  • Invest in flameless candles. These candles contain a light bulb rather than an open flame, and take the danger out of your child knocking over a candle.
  • Help Your Child Survive a Fire

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Once a month check whether each alarm in the home is working properly by pushing the test button. Replace batteries in smoke alarms at least once a year. Immediately install a new battery if an alarm chirps, warning the battery is low.
  • Teach your children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.
  • Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home, and where to meet up outside..
  • Practice your fire escape plan 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.
  • Emphasize “get out, stay out.” Only professional firefighters should enter a building that is on fire—even if other family members, pets or prized possessions are inside.
  • Use quick-release devices on barred windows and doors. Security bars without release devices can trap you in a deadly fire. If you have security bars on your windows, be sure one window in each sleeping room has a release device.
  • Consider getting escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second or third floor. Learn how to use them, and store them near the windows. 
  • How to Prevent Outdoor Cooking Fires!

    10/10/2018 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage How to Prevent Outdoor Cooking Fires! Place your grill at least 3 feet from siding, deck railings, eaves and overhanging branches.

    Grill fires cause an estimated $37 million in property loss each year.

  • Almost half of home grill fires happen between 5 and 8 p.m.
  • Fifty-seven percent of home grill fires occur during the months of May, June, July and August.
  • Patios, terraces, screened-in porches and courtyards are leading home locations for grill fires.
  • Seventy-nine percent of all home grill fires involve gas grills.
  • “Mechanical failure, malfunction” is the leading factor in the start of grill fires. Leaks or breaks of containers or pipes are often to blame.
  • Source: Grill Fires on Residential Properties 

    Grilling fire safety tips:

  • Only use grills outdoors, away from siding and deck railings.
  • Clean grills often and remove grease or fat build-up.
  • Make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting.
  • Have a 3-foot safe-zone around grills and campfires. Keep kids and pets away from the area.
  • Dispose of coals after they have cooled in a metal can.
  • Never leave grills, fire pits and patio torches unattended.
  • Oct 7-13 is Fire Prevention Week

    10/8/2018 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Oct 7-13 is Fire Prevention Week SERVPRO of West Riverside city increasing awareness of the life-saving and financial benefits of home fire sprinklers in our community.

    More than 50 percent of cooking fires are caused by grease according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)...

    “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware – fire can happen anywhere.”

    Prevent Kitchen Fires

    Did you know? Cooking is the main cause of home fires and fire injuries. You can prevent cooking fires. Take these steps to keep your family safe!

    Smoke alarms

    Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms.

    • Choose interconnected smoke alarms, so when one sounds, they all sound.
    • Put smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area. Put alarms on every level of the home.
    • Make sure your smoke alarms work. Your family is not safe if they can’t hear the smoke alarms.
    • Test smoke alarms every month and replace 9-volt smoke alarm batteries at least once every year.
    • Smoke alarms do not last forever. Get new smoke alarms every 10 years.
    • When you hear a smoke alarm, you may have less than 2 minutes to get everyone outside and safe.

    Fire Escape plan

    If there is a fire in your home, you could have less than 2 minutes to get out safely once the smoke alarm sounds.

  • Make a fire escape plan. Draw a map of each level of your home showing all doors and windows. Discuss the map with everyone who lives with you.
  • Plan two ways out of every room. Choose an outside meeting place in front of your home.
  • Make a fire escape plan around your abilities. If you need to use a wheelchair or a cane, make sure you can get to it easily and get out quickly. If you wear hearing aids or eyeglasses, put them next to your bed while you are sleeping.
  • Make sure all doors and windows open easily.
  • Practice your fire escape plan by having a home fire drill at least twice a year with everyone in the home.
  • If there is a fire in your home, get out and stay out. Never go back inside for people, pets or things.
  • Home Fire Sprinklers

    Installing sprinklers and smoke alarms in your home increases your chance of surviving a fire by more than 82 percent.

  • Safer fire service: The risk to firefighters is much less. Sprinklers reduce the heat, flame and smoke from a fire.
  • Fast response: Home fire sprinklers are more sensitive to heat than those found in businesses or industrial buildings. This means the fire will be detected much sooner.
  • Can blend with your home decor: You can buy home fire sprinklers in different colors. Some can be installed flush with the ceiling, so you will hardly notice they are there.
  • Reliable: Home fire sprinklers only spray when the temperature in the room rises quickly. The sprinkler above the fire is the only one that sprays.
  • Investment protection: Sprinklers can prevent devastating home damage by putting out flames quickly. Sprinklers can limit the damage caused by smoke and fire. They are less damaging than water damage caused by firefighting hose lines.
  • Easy installation: Installing a home sprinkler system in a home under construction or being remodeled requires a little extra piping and labor and greatly increases the safety of residents.
  • Low water requirement: Home fire sprinklers can be connected to the home water supply. They require less water than business and industrial systems.
  • Low cost: A sprinkler costs about $1.35 per square foot. This cost is about the same as upgraded cabinets or carpet.
  • Lower insurance: Installing a sprinkler system has the potential to lower insurance rates by 5-15 percent by meeting code requirements.
  • October is Fire Protection Month here in West Riverside and across the US

    10/3/2018 (Permalink)

    Tips for Making a Claim After a Fire

    When a fire damages your home in Riverside, CA, you may not be in the right frame of mind for making good decisions. The decisions you make regarding your fire insurance claim, however, can affect how much of the fire restoration is covered by your insurer. Here are three tips to help you think through the process rationally and hopefully get the settlement you need to restore your home. 

    1. Call Insurance Company

    One of the first calls you make after a fire has ravaged your home is to the insurance company. Timely reporting is essential to getting your claim processed and approved. As soon as the company receives your call, an assessor can be sent to review the damage and substantiate your claim. 

    2. Call Professional Restorers

    After a fire, your home is likely permeated with the odor of smoke and soot damage. Firefighters probably had to use a lot of water to put out the fire, resulting in water damage as well. Certified fire restoration specialists offer both smoke cleaning and water damage remediation to fix the problems in your home. They often offer board-up services to secure the house during the restoration process, and they can give you an estimate on what the repairs are going to cost, which can back up your claim with the insurance company.

    3. Don't Touch Anything

    Once you have made the necessary calls and the waiting begins, you may be tempted to start cleaning up the damage yourself. Fight the urge to do so. The insurance agent that comes to assess the damage needs to see it as it is, and without the knowledge and skills of the specialists, you may cause more damage. While you wait, it is a good idea to take pictures of the damage as long as it is safe to do so.

    You may feel powerless when your home suffers fire damage. By calling the appropriate professionals and waiting on their guidance, however, you can speed up the fire restoration process.

    October is Fire Protection Month here in West Riverside and across the US

    10/2/2018 (Permalink)

    As Fire Prevention Week approaches, the West Riverside City Fire Department encourages residents to “Look. Listen. Learn.” What does that mean?

  • Look for places fire could start.
  • Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm.
  • Learn 2 ways out of every room.
  • Every year, the majority of fire deaths in North America happen at home. Today’s home fires burn faster than ever. In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds.

    Home Fire Escape Planning:

     • Home fire escape planning and drills are an essential part of fire safety. A home fire escape plan needs to be developed and practiced before a fire strikes.

    • A home escape plan should include the following:

    1. Two exits from every room in the home – usually a door and a window
    2. Properly installed and working smoke alarms
    3. A meeting place outside, in front of the home, where everyone will meet after they exit
    4. A call to 9-1-1 or the local emergency number from a cell phone or a neighbor’s phone Smoke Alarms

    • Smoke alarms detect and alert people to a fire in the early stages. Smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death in a fire.

    • Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half.

    • Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.

    • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.

    • Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond. Cooking

    • Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.

    • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food.

    • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly and stay in the home.

    • Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stovetop. Heating

    • Heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fires during the winter months.

    • Space heaters are the type of equipment most often involved in home heating equipment fires.

    • All heaters need space. Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet (1 meter) away from heating equipment.

    • Have a 3-foot (1-meter) “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.

    • Purchase and use only portable space heaters listed by a qualified testing laboratory.

    • Have a qualified professional install heating equipment.

    • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional

    For more information on recovering from fire damage, contact SERVPRO of West Riverside City- 951-351-8033, were here to help our neighbors

    How To Safely Put Out a Grease Fire

    9/27/2018 (Permalink)

    More than 50 percent of cooking fires are caused by grease according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

    Your home’s kitchen is where heat, electricity, water, and grease come together. It’s no wonder, kitchen fires are the number one cause of home fires.  And the most common type of kitchen fire is a grease fire.  A grease fire is extremely dangerous as it can get out of control quickly and spread from the stove throughout the kitchen and other rooms of the house. 

    There are two common types of grease fires in the kitchen.  One is in the cooking pan itself and the other is under the burner in the drip pan. Often, drip pan fires result from previous cooking sessions. When something is spilled into the drip pan it cannot be cleaned until the burner and the stove has cooled.  It’s not uncommon for people to forget to go back and clean the drip pan, setting themselves up for trouble the next time they cook.    

    Here are some tips for preventing kitchen grease fires:

    1. Before cooking anything, make sure the burner is cool and wipe up any spills in the drip pan and around the burner before turning on the heat.
    2. The most common reason for a grease fire is leaving a hot pan unattended. Keep your eye on all pans while cooking.
    3. Pay attention to heat ratings for cooking oil. Some oils can be heated more than others before catching fire.  If you are cooking and the oil starts to smoke, it is too hot.  The flash point of a grease fire is 500 degrees Fahrenheit.  Grease will smoke furiously before it ignites, so if you notice smoke, turn down the heat immediately.
    4. Keep cookbooks, towels, paper towels and anything combustible away from the stove. A grease fire can quickly turn into a bigger fire if it catches onto other combustibles. 
    5. Avoid heating grease before putting food into it. Food can fall quickly into the grease and make it splash out, causing grease burns to you or hitting the heat source and catching fire.
    6. When deep frying, use a pan or cooking container designed for deep frying that will allow equal space of the grease and food contents above what you are frying. For example, if you are cooking chicken and the grease and chicken are three inches deep, the pan sides should be at least six inches deep. 
    7. Have a class ABC fire extinguisher in your kitchen. Experts recommend having at least three fire extinguishers in your home; in the kitchen, garage and main living area.
    8. If a pan does catch fire, the best thing to do is smoother it, by using an oven mitt and placing a lid on top of the pan or by using a fire extinguisher. NEVER throw water on the fire or try to run it to the sink or outside. 

    And if a kitchen grease fire does get out of control, resulting in damage or odor to your home, our experts at SERVPRO of West Riverside are here to help.  We can clean your home "Like it never even happened."   

    Fire Damage Restoration Tips in Riverside, CA

    7/30/2018 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration Tips in Riverside, CA Contact us if you have any questions regarding a fire or smoke damage.

    Fire Restoration Help

    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.
    • 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.

    Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call 951-351-8033

    Fire Restoration, Riverside CA and surrounding areas

    7/16/2018 (Permalink)

    Fire Restoration

    Often times after a fire people assume everything is a loss. When hiring professionals like SERVPRO of West Riverside City the process of restoration can save a lot of the presumed loss.  

    Professionals can clean smoke damage and restore items affected by a fire, but they must be brought to the site as soon as possible to halt the ongoing issues that ash residue can cause. The first thing that ash does to the home is discolor most surfaces. Anything that is made of plastic or was close to the fire will start discoloring within minutes, and within several hours, fiberglass and finishes on appliances will begin to yellow. Metals may also tarnish. After a few days’ pass, the ash will cause walls to discolor permanently, along with clothing and upholstery. Wood and vinyl will need to be refinished or replaced, and metal will start corroding.

    The fire, smoke and soot are the expected result of the fire and most people do not think of the damage the water used to extinguish the fire can cause. It is equally important to extract the water and dry the structure properly. If not dried properly even more damage can result in the future.

    Quick action to hire professionals such as SERVPRO of West Riverside City helps keep costs down as prevention of further damage is key. Without quick action metals may need to be replaced, carpet will permanently discolor and glass may be severely etched. It will also become apparent that the odors caused by the disaster may still be present and intense enough to not only be distracting, but in some cases harmful.  Because ash is acidic, the longer it takes to hire experts, the more destruction it will cause.
    This entire process is very detailed, and hiring a professional like SERVPRO of West Riverside City that can be trusted to do the job right is imperative.

    Each disaster needs its own special attention to detail and that is why SERVPRO of West Riverside City has a team that will come and assess the damage and create a scope of work needed to take you through the entire process of remediation through reconstruction to make it “Like it never even happened”.  You may visit http://www.SERVPROwestriversidecity.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration to learn more.

    SERVPRO of West Riverside City professionals stand ready to help you 24/7  365 days a year 951-351-8033

    Fire Restoration, Riverside CA and surrounding areas

    5/9/2018 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Fire Restoration, Riverside CA and surrounding areas After photo from fire started in Laundry Room

    Fire Damage Restoration

    At SERVPRO of West Riverside City we strive to please our customers. Our goal is to always have your property look “like it never even happened”. You may feel stressed and confused after such a disaster, and you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis.

    SERVPRO of West Riverside City has the specialized fire and water damage equipment and expertise to help you through this tough time. Immediate action is crucial when dealing with water and fire damage. We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you need help. A fast response helps lessen the damage, limits secondary damage, and reduces cost. Check out our before and after page to see photos of fire losses we have recently worked on. Click here to see a few examples.

    Kitchen Fire - SERVPRO does Fire Restoration

    4/25/2018 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Kitchen Fire - SERVPRO does Fire Restoration Call us if you have any questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

    Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

    Smoke and soot facts:

    • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
    • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
    • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

    Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

    Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

    Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
    Call Us Today – 951-351-8033

    Smoke Damage Cleanup

    4/11/2018 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Smoke Damage Cleanup Call us for a Smoke Damage Professional Consultation today. 951-351-8033

    A fire can wreak havoc on any residential or commercial building in Riverside, CA. Once everything has settled down, you need to begin addressing the remaining smoke damage. This will require you to hire professional smoke cleaning services. This cleanup team will have a lot to take care of, and you want to allow them to handle remediation rather than attempting to fix items on your own.

    1. Remedy Smoke and Fire Damage

    Soot damage can travel fast. Areas of the building that did not actually catch fire may still need to be remedied for smoke and soot. This is particularly true for textiles and upholstery. You do not want to simply toss these items in a washing machine. Improperly washing items with soot may only deteriorate them further. Instead, give these items to professionals so that they can be washed and dry-cleaned adequately.

    2. Clean Up Fire Retardant

    Smoke damage restoration professionals will also need to clean up any fire retardant used to put out the fire. Whether this is material that came from a fire extinguisher or from the firefighters, it could be dangerous to handle on your own. Some extinguishers use ammonium phosphate, and you do not want to use chlorine to clean up that chemical. Experts know what precautions to take to stay safe.

    3. Throw Away Badly Damaged Items

    Although professionals will know how to salvage some items, it will be best to throw others away. Occasionally, this disposal is in the best interest of your health and safety. For example, food should always be disposed of following a fire. It could become contaminated from smoke and soot, making it dangerous to consume.

    Rectifying smoke damage is a multi-pronged approach. The expert team you hire will need to carry out some basic actions to ensure your company gets back up and running in no time.
    Visit http://www.SERVPROwestriversidecity.com for more information on commercial fire damage.

    Fire Don't Have to Burn

    3/21/2018 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Fire Don't Have to Burn Fires in the home or workplace may occur from something as simple as an overloaded socket.

    Fires can happen anywhere at anytime in the workplace or the home. Home fires are most commonly caused from cooking, candles, careless smoking, space heaters or dirty chimneys. Fires may also erupt from an overloaded outlet or extension cord. 

    When it comes to fires in the workplace, the issue, as in the home, is often general negligence. Negligence often refers to leaving food in the microwave too long, leaving hot drinks where they may be spilled on electrical wires, and as in the home, overloading sockets or extension cords.

    Most of these fires can be avoided by keeping a vigilant eye on things and regularly checking and maintaining appliances, extension cords and sockets, as well as keeping both home and work environments clean and free of clutter. As well, it helps to prepare for potential fires by keeping fire extinguishers, smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in high risk areas throughout the house and workplace. Where appropriate, especially in the work environment, think about having fire sprinkler systems installed. As well, make sure family, friends and employees are aware of safety precautions involved to prevent potential fires. 

    If your home or business does suffer a fire damage, water damage, mold damage or bio-hazard event, SERVPRO of West Riverside City is ready 24/7 to be 'Faster to any size disaster'. Our team is IICRC trained and certified to make it 'Like it never even happened'. And we will treat your property, family and employees with the utmost of compassion, respect and consideration.

    Call SERVPRO of West Riverside City 951-351-8033

    Smoke Damage in your Riverside, CA home

    2/16/2018 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Smoke Damage in your Riverside, CA home Cleaning a visibly "clean" wall to find heavy amounts of invisible soot on the walls. Have your home professionally cleaned after a smoke damage.

    You’re relieved that the fire damage was minimal but shocked to find that the smoke damage is extensive.

    It is easy to forget about the destructive power of smoke but we are quickly reminded of it by the horrible odor that is filling your home. The smoky pollutant irritates your eyes and airways, while the sticky residue on scorched walls and the layer of ashes begin to corrode your personal possessions. 

    The urgency to clear out the smoke sets in as you realize that although the flames did not reach far, the smoke did massive damage. Smoke and ashes travel through doors and vents, reaching your entire home, penetrating your carpet, drapes, and furniture with the odor of smoke.

    Even the paint on the wall is not safe! Microscopic molecules of smoke embed deep into the pores and crevices of almost anything. 

    As you can see, a simple opening of windows, a wipe down with a household cleaner, and the passage of time will not be enough to fix this sort of smoke damage.

    So call SERVPRO to come and put your life back together quickly and professionally. 951-351-8033

    Dryer Fire Damage

    1/30/2018 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Dryer Fire Damage Dryer fires are one of the lead causes of fires in home

    You may not think of your clothes dryer as a fire hazard, but these appliances account for tens of thousands of house fires each year. The problem most frequently occurs when lint and dust are allowed to build up. Over time, this can cause the dryer vent to become clogged with highly flammable materials, which easily combust when exposed to high temperatures. Your best option for dryer safety is to clean the lint trap each time before you use the dryer, and to inspect and clean the dryer vent area to remove lint buildup and other potential blockages. Regular cleaning can ultimately make all the difference in avoiding a house fire.

    Quick statistics: 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.

    What to do Immediately after a Home Fire

    1/30/2018 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage What to do Immediately after a Home Fire SERVPRO is here to help!
    1. Ask whether it is safe to enter the home. Do not enter if the fire authorities deem it unsafe. They may establish a safety zone, but never assume a room is safe, until it has been cleared to enter.
    2. Know who to call.
      1. Contact family members and let them know you are safe, and unharmed.
      2. Contact your insurance agent. They will be able to talk you through the necessary steps, including proper documentation and emergency lodging and living expenses (keep all of your receipts!) The insurance company may assist in securing a company to help with clean up options.
      3. You may request SERVPRO at this time for contents cleaning, restoration etc. Contact SERVPRO.
      4. Another call may be to your landlord if applicable, and to your local American Red Cross. 
    3. Secure the property to prevent possible looting. SERVPRO is available to assist with securing property/ Board Ups.
    4. If water hoses were used to exterminate the fire, drying your home is critical. It is best to call the professionals at SERVPRO to do water/ fire cleanups. Water can lead to mold damage if not dried properly. SERVPRO is an approved restoration contractor for many major insurance carriers and adheres to the highest standards in the restoration industry.
    5. Seek counseling if needed. Children and adults can feel a traumatic sense of loss, and may need help to avoid a lasting sense of sadness and disorientation after a house fire. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help. A house fire is a traumatic event and individuals need to be treated with respect and compassion by those close to the process of rebuilding.

    For more information on contents and structural drying, extinguisher residue and soot removal call SERVPRO at 951-351-8033.

    How to Prevent Fires Starting from Dryers

    1/15/2018 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage How to Prevent Fires Starting from Dryers Please clean your dryer vents and ducting regularly for safety.

    In 2010 an estimated 16,800 home fires, involving clothes dryer occurred.

    • An estimated 2,900 clothes dryer fires in residential buildings are reported to U.S. fire departments each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.
    • Clothes dryer fire incidence in residential buildings was higher in the fall and winter months, peaking in January at 11 percent.
    • Failure to clean (34 percent) was the leading factor contributing to the ignition of clothes dryer fires in residential buildings.
    • Dust, fiber, and lint (28 percent) and clothing not on a person (27 percent) were, by far, the leading items first ignited in clothes dryer fires in residential buildings.
    • Fifty-four percent of clothes dryer fires in residential buildings were confined to the object of origin.

    For more information click HERE

    Fire Damage From Candle

    1/15/2018 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Fire Damage From Candle Fire Damage caused by a Candle

    Smoke damage to walls can come in many forms, from the black sooty deposits that linger after a fire to cigarette smoke. The method used to clean this type of fire damage depends on the type of wall and the nature of the damage. After a house fire, it is always advisable to consult a professional restoration company. They have the tools, experience, and gear to do the job properly.

    This home in Riverside was affected by a fire that started with a candle on a table. Read more about fire candle prevention tips here.

    All traces of smoke and soot on the walls and furniture after this fire damage was properly cleaned and taken care of by SERVPRO. 

    If your walls have sustained smoke and fire damage, you can count on SERVPRO to restore them to preloss conditions quickly and efficiently, "Like it never even happened." 

    Wildfire Preparedness

    1/2/2018 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Wildfire Preparedness Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call SERVPRO today

    What

    A wildfire is an unplanned, unwanted fire burning in a natural area, such as a forest, grassland, or prairie. As building development expands into these areas, homes and businesses may be situated in or near areas susceptible to wildfires. This is called the wildland urban interface.

    Wildfires can cause death or injury to people and animals, damage or destroy structures, and disrupt community services including transportation, gas, power, communications, and other services.  The impact may cover large areas with extensive burning, embers traveling more than a mile away from the wildfire itself, and smoke causing health issues for people far away from the fire. Wildfires damage watersheds leave areas prone to flooding and mudslides for many years.

    When

    Wildfires can occur at any time throughout the year, but the potential is always higher during periods with little or no rainfall, which make brush, grass, and trees dry and burn more easily. High winds can also contribute to spreading the fire. Your community may have a designated wildfire season when the risk is particularly high. 

    Before

    Make a Wildfire plan

    • Know your wildfire risk.

    • Familiarize yourself with local emergency plans. Know where to go and how to get there should you need to evacuate.
    • Make a wildfire emergency plan including an evacuation plan and a communication plan.
    • Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.”
    • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
    • Stay tuned to your phone alerts, TV, or radio, for weather updates, emergency instructions or evacuation orders.

    After

    Returning Home

    • Return home only when authorities say it is safe.

    • For several hours after the fire, maintain a "fire watch." Check and re-check for smoke, sparks or hidden embers throughout the house, including the roof and the attic.

    • Use caution when entering burned areas as hazards may still exist, including hot spots, which can flare up without warning. Evacuate immediately if you smell smoke.

    Cleaning Your Home

    • Wear a NIOSH certified-respirator (dust mask) and wet debris down to minimize breathing dust particles.

    • Discard any food that has been exposed to heat, smoke or soot.

    • Do NOT use water that you think may be contaminated to wash dishes, brush teeth, prepare food, wash hands, or to make ice or baby formula.

    • Photograph damage to your property for insurance purposes.

    Here are some more information about wildfires form ready.gov.

    Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
    Call Us Today – (951) 351-8033

    Candle Fire Safety

    12/29/2017 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Candle Fire Safety If you experience a fire or smoke damage in your Riverside home, call SERVPRO for fire cleanup.

    The darker winter season is upon us and a lot of us enjoy candles to light up our homes. But did you know that are several thousand home fires every year that is started by candles?
    Here are some facts about candles that might make you take extra precautions when it comes to candles in your home. 

    From 2009-2013, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 9,300 home structure fires that were started by candles. These fires caused 86 deaths, 827 injuries and $374 million in direct property damage. 

    Facts and figures

    During the five-year period of 2009-2013: 

    • December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. In December, 11% of home candle fires began with decorations compared to 4% the rest of the year.
    • Roughly one-third (36%) of home candle fires started in bedrooms. These fires caused 32% of the associated deaths and 47% of the associated injuries.
    • Falling asleep was a factor in 11% percent of the home candle fires and 30% of the associated deaths.
    • On average, 25 home candle fires were reported per day. 
    • More than half (58%) of home candle fires occurred when some form of combustible material was left or came too close to the candle.
    • Candles caused 3% of reported home fires, 3% of home fire deaths, 6% of home fire injuries, and 5% of the direct property damage in home fires.

    If you experience a fire or a smoke damage in your Riverside home, don't hesitate to call SERVPRO West Riverside City at 951-351-8033.

    Read more here about fire prevention tips.

    Smoke Types

    10/5/2016 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Smoke Types Contents inside cabinets affected by candle fire that created "Wet Smoke" damage in Riverside CA.

    Let's talk smoke...

     

    So just like everything else, smoke has a few secrets and tricks to it that most people are not aware of, but here at SERVPRO of West Riverside City, it’s our job to know them to properly conduct smoke damage restoration when we get the call.

    A client gives us a call after coming home and finding that a small candle that was left lit while they were gone burned down to its end but not before burning its decorative plastic wrapper, a table cloth and a leather phone case. As well as melting other nearby objects like hand lotion bottles. These items produced a type of smoke categorized as “Wet Smoke”. This is because when most plastics and synthetic man made materials burn, they produce a dark, sticky ash that almost behaves like grease. Unfortunately, when our clients got back home, that’s the ash that awaited them and it covered all their belongings. Thankfully, the worst did not happen and their home was not lost or damaged from the fire other than needing an extensive cleaning and painting some of the walls and ceilings.

    So why is identifying the smoke type important information for us? Because now we know the kind of cleaning method we will need to utilize when attempting to restore the house to its former glory. “Wet Ash” must be cleaned off the walls with a wet method such as a cloth damped in a special solution to most effectively remove the ash. When something like paper or wood burns, it produces a “Dry Smoke” that can be cleaned with a dry method such as using a special dry sponge that will collect the ash in its pores. Attempting to clean these different ash types with reversed cleaning methods will result in further damage or permanent staining of the surface.

     

    Smoke Types

    Wet Smoke - Plastics and Synthetic Materials. Low heat, pugnant odor, sticky residues.

    Dry Smoke - Paper and Wood. Fast burning, high temperatures.

    Protein Smoke - Food. Virtually invisible residues, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pugnent odor. 

     

    Fire & Smoke Damage Tips

    Do:

    • Limit movement in the home or work area to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
    • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
    • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffics areas.
    • If electrical is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odors.
    • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect with these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.

    Don’t:

    • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first consulting a professional.
    • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting a professional.
    • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized professional.
    • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.

    The Behavior of Smoke

    10/27/2015 (Permalink)

    A fire loss can result in complex damages because of the unique behavior of smoke. Our professionals know smoke can penetrate various cavities within the structure, causing hidden damage and odor. Here are some facts you may not know about smoke.