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Do You Understand Smoke Alarms?

9/25/2020 (Permalink)

A battery is shown being put into a smoke alarm As fire and water restoration specialists, we have the training, experience and specialized equipment necessary to restore your home or business.

A house fire can be a frightening experience, but according to the National Fire Protection Agency, one of the best fire safety measures is to use a properly functioning smoke alarm. This simple step can dramatically increase your chances of survival if a fire occurs while you are at home.

That’s why it’s important to know how to choose a smoke detector that you can rely on to protect you and your family.

Choose the Type of Smoke Alarm

1. Ionization alarms use a minute amount of americium-241, a radioactive element, to ionize the air that flows into the mechanism. If smoke is introduced, the flow of air is interrupted, which triggers the alarm to sound. These alarms work better at detecting fires that flare up quickly and don’t produce much smoke, such as those started with highly flammable materials. Ionization alarms are the most cost-effective.

2. Photoelectric alarms incorporate a light and a sensor. In its normal state, the sensor does not detect the light; however, smoke particles disperse the light, causing the sensor to detect it and activate the alarm. This type of alarm is better at detecting fires that produce a lot of smoke, such as smoldering fires that are started in beds or upholstered furniture. Photoelectric alarms are more expensive than ionization alarms.

3. Dual sensor alarms combine aspects of both ionization and photoelectricity; therefore they detect both types of fires regardless of how much smoke is produced. Because they are the most effective, they are also the most expensive.

Note the Power Source

Most smoke detectors run on batteries. If they do, you need to be sure to change the batteries regularly, at least once per year. However, some use lithium batteries, which can last up to 10 years. Some even can be connected directly to your home’s current, only using batteries as backup when the power is interrupted.

A smoke alarm can help prevent fires, but sometimes they happen anyway. In the unfortunate event that your home is damaged by a fire, SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch can respond quickly to your home. Our techncians are trained and certified.
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Dealing With Fire Damage In Your Ellenton Home

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

Inside of a home is shown after a fire with badly burned walls SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch can help after a fire.

Significant fire damage in Ellenton can be an emotionally and economically draining experience.

Residential property owners find themselves caught up in tasks like temporary relocation, reassuring family members, salvaging personal possessions, and working with their insurance companies.

While all of these acts are necessary, it's equally important for you to contact a team of professional fire damage restoration experts like SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch once a fire from a natural disaster or otherwise has occurred on your property.

After Fire Damage to Your Ellenton Property, Call SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch for Help


Structural damage the heat from the flames can cause substantial destruction to numerous areas of your property in Ellenton. This damage will frequently result in the destruction of your property's infrastructure, such as electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems, not to mention the actual building materials of your house.

The fire damage will be exacerbated by water damaging effects from the fire extinguishing. Residue smoke and fire produce acidic residue that can cause dangerous chemical reactions. These chemical reactions will continue until you have the residue removed. If the residue is not removed quickly, it can cause long-standing problems on your property.

For example, the residue can cause your paint finishes to start flaking off and then lead to corrosion and rust.

We proudly serve our local communities and are ready to help 24/7. Call us. SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333

Fire Damage and Sensitive Electronics

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Cleanup in Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch

   After a fire in your home, the damage from smoke, ash, soot, flames, heat and water can be overwhelming. Fires can be devastating and leave you feeling helpless.  Our professionals are experts at guiding you through the process to restore your home or business. SERVPRO of East Bradenton /Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333.  As you start your fire cleanup, you might discover damaged electronics. Whether your devices and equipment can be recovered depends on the situation. Some electronics fare better than others.  Factors to Consider  Many different factors come into play. Here are some things to consider when assessing the damage:  • How exposed was any circuitry or wiring? 
• Where were the devices located in relation to the fire? 
• Were they subjected to high heat? 
• Did they suffer water damage? 
• If they were exposed to water, were they plugged in at the time?  Suggestions  Unplug all of your electronics. Even if they are turned off, a small amount of power is being used while they are inactive. By unplugging them from the wall, you stop the flow of electricity completely.  After a disaster, resist the urge of trying to turn on any of your electronics. Turning them on could cause further damage. If they are recoverable, they may need to dry or be cleaned properly first. Fire cleanup should include your electronics, large and small. Smoke damage can leave an oily residue that can disrupt functions or cause an electrical short.  It is important to be able to quickly access your warranty information. There is a chance that your electronics are gone for good, but they may still be covered by a warranty.  Types  Smaller electronics tend to have a higher rate of recovery. These include personal items like tablets, cell phones, personal computers, small appliances, flash drives and external hard drives. They still need to be handled properly to increase the likelihood of a full recovery.  Fire cleanup professionals may need to handle bigger electronics. These include servers, printers, copiers and large appliances. For devices that contain valuable information, like hard drives, you might want to prioritize data recovery.  

Call The Experts For Help

  Cleaning up after a fire is an extensive project. As fire and water restoration specialists, we have the training, experience and specialized equipment necessary to restore your home or business. We are committed to providing superior service while restoring your property back to pre-fire condition. SERVPRO of East Bradenton /Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333.

Cleaning Up After A Fire in Bradenton

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

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When your property is subjected to fire, you will likely experience discoloration in areas such as your bathroom tiles, furniture, appliances, and walls. Other areas of your property may also be affected. Within a matter of days, the discolorations and etching can become permanent. Immediate drying and cleaning of your house lessen damage.  Fires leave behind unpleasant odors due to the smoke and soot they entail. Unfortunately, the smoky smells are resistant to removal. However, the fire and smoke damage experts from SERVPRO of East Bradenton /Lakewood Ranch have the industry leading equipment, training, and experience necessary to eradicate the odor promptly. We will use a broad range of techniques, such as deodorizing fog, to accomplish this objective. 
Take Effective Action Immediately 
There's nothing more disconcerting and disorienting than Ellenton fire damage to your residential property. While you may be inclined to despair in the face of fire, you don't have to. Instead, you should take effective action immediately to ensure that your property is restored with speed, safety, and cost-effectiveness. The team to call for professional, stress-free fire restoration services is SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch. Our IICRC-certified technicians, along with our participation with your insurance company, will mitigate costs and get you back home "Like it never even happened." 
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We specialize in fire and water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive fire damage cleanup and restoration training to get your property in Ellenton, Palmetto, and Parrish back to pre-fire condition. 
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We proudly serve our local communities and are ready to help 24/7. Call us. (941) 747-2333

After A Fire Insurance Shouldn't Be A Worry

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

A fire damaged room is shown including insulation that has been taken out SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch, we are here to help with fire damage and the secondary smoke and water damage 941-747-2333

Four of every five fire deaths and three quarters of all reported fire injuries in the US were caused by home structure fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. NFPA Fires are known to spread quickly and cause a lot of damage.

Restoring your home to its original state can be costly. You don’t have to meet all the expenses on your own, because homeowners insurance covers fire damage. It's always good to understand the process, but know we will be there to help and we will work with your insurance company.


During a fire, there can be a lot of damage to your property and personal possessions. The damage results not only from the fire, but also from the smoke and the actions by the fire fighters. This is called secondary damage. Secondary damage can lead to mold growth, rusting or metals and permanent staining of plastics and PVC materials.


What Does Fire Damage Insurance Cover?


These policies are varied, and cover anything ranging from totally razed down structures and personal items.

Generally, the policies cover:


• The cost of total loss to your home.


• Cost of repairs to your damaged structure and the interior of the house.


• Covering of lost personal possessions.


• The cost of temporary housing as you wait for the house to be repaired.


• Costs of secondary damage to your property due to smoke and water damage.


In order to be compensated, you need to file a fire damage insurance claim. Remember we can take care of this for you.


Filing a Claim for Damages


Filing for damages can be complicated. This is because the insurance company will try to give you a minimum payout that might not be enough for the damages incurred.

Here are tips to make sure you get what you deserve:


Document the Damages
List all the damages that you have incurred both structural and personal. Make sure you take photos of the damages, the date it occurred, type of loss and a written report if possible. Document any injuries and make sure you get the police report. When taking photos, it is best to  include a general photo as well as close-up photos of specific damages.


Keep Receipts and Bills
The insurance company needs evidence to understand what to pay. If you have performed any minor repairs, keep the receipts so that the insurance company understands the original damages.


Keep the Evidence Intact
The adjustor uses the site of the accident to determine your compensation. So, don’t throw away any damaged items before the insurance adjustor has been at the site.


We work with your insurance.
For a stress free claims process, SERVPRO can help manage the insurance paperwork and process.

At SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch, we are here to help with fire damage and the secondary smoke and water damage. Give us a call if you live in Bradenton, or Lakewood Ranch, 941-747-2333.

Dealing With The Mess After The Fire

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

A fire on top of a stove is shown The smoke that lingers after a fire can be more damaging than you might think. Call SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333.

The experts with the NFPA have found that most home fires and fire casualties result from five causes: cooking, heating, electrical distribution and lighting equipment, intentional fire setting, and smoking materials.


The smoke that lingers after a fire has been put out can be more damaging than you might think. The problem that many homeowners have is that they don’t think a fire or smoke damage could ever happen to them. The reality is that home fires are incredibly common, ranging from the very minor to the more major.

Despite the fact that a minor fire may not cause a lot of fire damage, it can still cause smoke damage that is difficult to clean and dangerous to be living around.


Smoke damage that is a direct result of fire damage should ideally be cleaned by experts, such as SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch.

Experts know how to get rid of smoke damage that might be present in the home after it has been ravished by flames. You should always look to hire a licensed and highly experienced professional who has extensive experience dealing with fire damage.

The professionals of SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch will often start by evaluating the overall extent of the damage that is present in the home, and then they will go over prices and costs of damage remediation for you to get the issue cleaned up by their company. We use the same industry standards respected by insurance companies and adjusters.


There are a lot of reasons why handling smoke damage after a fire should be done by experts and as quickly as possible. The smoke that you find after a fire often contains ash, soot and sometimes even carbons and tar that might have come off of the flames. Also, carbon monoxide is incredibly common after fire damage has been exhibited. Carbon monoxide is one of the most dangerous things because it is odorless and cannot be seen or tasted. Therefore, you may not even know that you are surrounded by carbon monoxide until it has been properly tested.
Smoke damage can also be aesthetically damaging.

Furniture, walls, ceilings and practically anything in your home can become black or gray from the smoke that has come off from a fire. Many things will need to be professionally cleaned, while other things might have to be fully removed from the home in order to get rid of the problem.

SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch tell you what can and cannot be saved after you have dealt with massive smoke damage in your own home.


Fires are very common, and even the most minor fire can cause a lot of smoke damage. In fact, some homeowners who have simple fireplaces that are not well-vented could deal with smoke damage without a fire ever being an issue for the home itself. Handling the damage on your own should be avoided simply because of all of the expertise that goes into cleaning the mess.

Also, you should have a professional test the home for carbon monoxide to ensure that it is safe. If you have any questions call SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333.

Avoiding A Fire In Your Home During Chilly Weather

12/31/2019 (Permalink)

A space heater is shown near a rug Always here to help. SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333. We make any size disaster, "Like it never even happened."

Everyone wants to keep their homes and workplaces warm during the winter.

In an effort to keep heating costs down, many residents and employees will turn to alternative heat sources, such as fireplaces and space heaters.

In Lakewood Ranch, fire damage can be prevented by reading the following tips from SERVPRO.

When used and maintained as directed, these methods can effectively warm your home or office. However, there is also an inherent danger, as heating equipment is the leading cause of home fires during the winter months.

According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), the second leading cause of residential home fires, resulting in severe fire damage, is alternate heating sources. Cooking equipment is the primary culprit. Alternative heating sources, such as space heaters, are safe when used correctly according to the manufacturer's guidelines.

SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch would like to pass along the following tips to help minimize the risk for heating fires this winter:


·    Never use the stove, oven or range to heat your home.


·    Never burn green wood, trash, or paper in your fireplace. These fuel sources cause heavy creosote build up, which could eventually start a fire in your chimney.


·    Only buy heaters certified by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as the Underwriters Laboratories (UL).


·    Purchase electronic heaters with a thermostat control mechanism that will switch off if the heater tips over.


·    Never use electric heaters to dry clothes. Place space heaters a minimum of three feet from combustible materials.


·    Plug your electronic heater directly into the wall - do not use an extension cord or a power strip.


·    Always unplug your electric heater when not in use.

Fire Damage in Lakewood Ranch can be minimized. My team and I encourage you to stay warm and safe as the cold front moves in. If you have any questions call SERVPRO of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333

Go To The Pros: Smoke Damage Industry Expertise

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

Fire and smoke damage are devastating to a home. That is why choosing the right restoration company is so important. Homeowners need to understand a broad range of issues in order to make the right choice for smoke restoration. It's necessary to understand what type of smoke has damaged the property as well as the chemicals necessary to remove the damage.


SERVPRO® of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch professionals understand that the smoke odor from plastic can react differently to specific cleaning products than the odor resulting from wood. Remediation specialists know all of these specific components of the smoke restoration process, and this is why obtaining professional services is so critical.


Although dealing with the aftermath of a fire can be challenging, attaining excellent smoke damage restoration services can help you. Professional fire remediation specialists are your best option when you want to attain fast, effective cleaning and repairing services. When you start looking for the excellent smoke damage restoration company to assist you, set your sights on SERVPRO®.

We possess extensive industry experience and can get your residential property back in pristine condition with lightning speed. Call now to learn more about the amazing services we offer!
Since each removal and restoration 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 home.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care. SERVPRO® of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch.


Locally Owned Company with National Resources
As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO® of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch is strategically located to respond quickly to your fire emergency event. When smoke damage occurs we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (941) 747-2333.


When fire damages a home in East Bradenton or Lakewood Ranch, we can scale our resources to handle the damage. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.


From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. SERVPRO® East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.


SERVPRO® East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

If A Fire Starts In Your Home, Make Sure You Already Have A Plan

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

If a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape, according to the American Red Cross. A fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly, along with an early warning from a working smoke alarm can save lives. For more information on protecting your family and home check Red Cross Fire Tips

Very few circumstances can be more traumatic and stressful than the aftermath of fire damage in your home or business. 

Beyond smoke and soot damage; the structure will be soaked with water.  The brave firefighters may also need to cut holes in roofs, knock down doors, and break windows to ensure the fire is extinguished.  SERVPRO® of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333 has the experienced restoration professionals to mitigate the damage and restore your home or business to preloss condition.


If your home is damaged by fire, don't wait, call professional emergency service right away. Call SERVPRO® of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333.

If you need to remove odors from your home or business, you can hire professionals in SERVPRO® of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333.

They can help you identify the source and eliminate the problem. Many odors can be removed without a trace. Home deodorization can also include pet odors, spill odors and other foul smells. Oxidization is just one of many ways specialist might remove offensive smells. Sometimes special equipment and treatments are necessary to clean air ducts, carpets, upholstery and hard surfaces.


From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. SERVPRO® West Bradenton / Anna Maria is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.


SERVPRO® East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.
24-Hour Emergency Service
Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
Highly Trained Restoration Technicians A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
Locally Owned and Operated
Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment


Contact SERVPRO® of East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch Home.

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

After a fire is completely put out it can still be dangerous to you and your family. The smoke and soot that lingers can be dangerous to everyone in your residence and cause health complications. 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. 
According to USFA:
It is important to understand the risk to your safety and health even after the fire is out. The soot and dirty water left behind may contain things that could make you sick. Be very careful if you go into your home and if you touch any fire-damaged items. You can learn more at www.usfa.fema.gov
If you experience fire damage in East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch here are some things to consider:
Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO® East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. SERVPRO® East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch 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 – SERVPRO® East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333

Have You Ever Actually Used A Fire Extinguisher? Would You Know What To Do?

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

One of the things you probably see on a daily basis around East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch is a fire extinguisher. When you are at work, at school, or just running errands you may walk past a fire extinguisher. Hopefully, you have one at your home as well. It is not wise to try to take on every fire. Knowing how to use a fire extinguisher is one thing.There are cases when you might need to get out of the building quickly and let the professionals handle it. If the fire is taller than you, then you should not try to put out the fire yourself. According to FEMA. Fires grow quickly, doubling by the minute. This leaves very little time to try to figure out how to use a fire extinguisher. If circumstances allow, how do you use it effectively?
PASS: The 4 Steps in Using a Fire Extinguisher
PULL - Pull the pin to break the safety tamper seal.
AIM - Aim low towards the base of the fire.
SQUEEZE - Squeeze handle to discharge.
SWEEP - Sweep the trajectory side to side at the base of the fire.
It is also important to know what type of fire extinguisher you are using to effectively knock the fire down.
According to the NFPA there are four common types of Fire Extinguishers:
Class A: This type of fire extinguishers are good for fires that have started from wood, paper and other type of ordinary combustible items.
 Class B: This type of fire extinguisher is designed to be used on grease, oil, gasoline and other flammable fluids.
Class C: This type of fire extinguisher is designed to be used on fires from electricity.
Class D: This extinguisher class is the best for flammable metals.
There is also the Class K fire extinguisher which is designed for commercial kitchens.
Whether you are able to put the fire out or you call the professionals, there is a mess to clean up. This is definitely time to call the restoration professionals.
SERVPRO® East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch 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.
Call Us Today – SERVPRO® East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch (941) 747-2333
Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.SERVPRO® East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.
SERVPRO® East Bradenton / Lakewood Ranch can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.
24-Hour Emergency Service
Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
Highly Trained Restoration Technicians A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
Locally Owned and Operated
Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

How to Avoid Fire Hazards in the Kitchen

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire can cause significant damage

The kitchen is often the hub of the home where family and friends will gather and spend quality time while meals are prepared. But the kitchen is also an area where many home fires can occur.

Cooking fires top the charts as the No. 1 cause of home fires and injuries. The leading cause of these kitchen fires is unattended cooking.

State Farm, in 2017, paid out over $130 million in homeowners insurance claims related to fires caused by grease and other cooking-related causes. 

Staying Safe in the Kitchen

Staying in the kitchen while cooking is just one of fire safety tips you should be following. Here are some other helpful tips to observe while cooking:

1. What type of clothing are you wearing? Does your outfit have long, flowing sleeves or is it loose-fitting? It could catch on fire if you aren’t careful while cooking over the stove. It’s best to wear short or close-fitted sleeve shirts and make sure any baggy shirts are tucked in or tied back.

2. What type of items are near the stovetop? Make sure you don’t have kitchen towels, oven mitts, appliance cords or even curtains too close to the stovetop when cooking. Ideally, anything flammable will be moved away from it.

3. Do you have a fire extinguisher in/near the kitchen? We hope that there is at least one fire extinguisher located in your home, ideally one that is near your kitchen. Make sure you know how to properly use the extinguisher, just in case it is ever needed.

4. How are you disposing of hot grease? While the grease may not be on fire, it could be hot enough to cause something in the trash to burn. You should let the grease cool a bit and then dispose of it in an old coffee can. Also, know the smoke points of the oils you cook with. Be sure to never subject a low-smoke point oil to high heat when cooking, as it could catch fire.

5. Do you have an established fire escape plan? Thinking about the worst-case scenario is never fun, but it’s better to be prepared rather than unprepared if an emergency were to occur. Go over exit routes and designated meeting points with your family, making sure that everyone knows what to do.

Fire safety in the kitchen is an absolute necessity, as it can help prevent dangerous and destructive cooking fires. If your home has experienced damage from a cooking fire, know that SERVPRO® of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch is here to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Protect Your Business With These Safety Tips | SERVPRO® of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

There are many responsibilities business owners have, one of them being safety factors to take into consideration regarding risks to your business, staff and visitors. One of those risks that needs some extra consideration is planning for and working toward preventing fires.

Leading Causes of Fires

According to research conducted by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the leading causes of structure fires in office properties from 2007–2011 were (in order):

  1. Cooking equipment, 29% of fires
  2. Electrical distribution and lighting equipment, 12% of fires
  3. Heating equipment, 11% of fires
  4. Intentional, 10% of fires
  5. Smoking materials, 9% of fires
  6. Exposure, 4% of fires
  7. Electronic, office or entertainment equipment, 3% of fires

Three of those causes, intentional, exposure, and electrical distribution and lighting equipment, accounted for the most property damage with 20%, 18% and 15% respectively.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that in 2007, fires and explosions accounted for 3% of all workplace fatalities.

When you consider more recent numbers, the NFPA estimates that during the timeframe from 2007–2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 3,340 fires involving office properties per year. Those fires were responsible for an annual average of four deaths, 44 injuries and $112 million in direct property damage.

How to Protect Your Business

Let’s take a look at steps you can take to protect your business from fire risk. Some of those steps are focusing on fire risk assessment, fire prevention and staff education. These topics will help you work to reduce the chance of a fire breaking out.

Your first step should be to assess the risk of fire hazards. In some areas, the local government may even offer a visit from a fire marshal to help identify these risks and provide guidance on your fire prevention plan.

Ensure that the proper amount of and right fire protection equipment is in place. This should include an automatic sprinkler system, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers for each floor your business occupies.

Finally, but most important, consider the safety of your employees and visitors. By creating and regularly reviewing your fire plan with your staff, you’ll be making sure everyone is aware of the proper procedure to follow in the event of a fire. Conduct fire drills at least once a year to keep this fire safety protocol fresh, and take time to review evacuation plans and where the first-aid kits are.

Despite best efforts with fire prevention and safety tips, the worst could always happen at your business. If a fire has damaged your business, SERVPRO® of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch is available to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Watch for These Fire Hazards in Your Home | SERVPRO® of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Who likes thinking about the possibility of seeing their home damaged by fire? Unfortunately, it’s something that needs to be considered.

Recognizing fire hazards and knowing how to identify them helps to protect against this catastrophe. In this blog, we’ll be exploring two of the most common household fire hazards.

The problem with candles

According to the National Fire Protection Association, during a five-year period from 2011 to 2015, fire departments in the United States answered calls to almost 8,700 home structure fires a year that began with candles. In total, 82 deaths, 800 injuries and $295 million in property damage were attributed to candles.

Candles were the cause of 2 percent of reported home fires, with 3 percent resulting in death and 7 percent resulting in injuries. There were an average of 24 home candle fires reported per day during those five years, with the month of December having the highest number of calls per year for home candle fires.

Candle fires during this time span were attributed to 37 percent starting in bedrooms and were responsible for 36 percent of the associated deaths and 51 percent of the associated injuries.

While using candles, it is important that the candle is kept at least one foot away from anything that could catch fire and is placed in a sturdy holder that won’t easily tip over. Never use a candle where oxygen is used in the home—and always extinguish all candles when you leave a room or go to sleep.

Smoking can ignite fires in the home

While cooking is the leading cause of house fires, smoking is the leading cause of home fire deaths. Cigarettes, pipes and cigars contributed to an estimated 17,200 home structure fires in 2014, resulting in 570 deaths, 1,140 injuries and $426 million in property damage, per the Coalition for Fire-Safe Cigarettes.

If you’re a smoker, the safest place to smoke is outside. Most deaths resulted from fires that started in living rooms, family rooms or bedrooms.

Consider using fire-safe cigarettes, and always use a deep, sturdy ashtray. Extinguish all cigarette butts and ashes with water or sand prior to throwing them away—and keep in mind that one out of four fatalities from smoking-material fires is not the smoker whose smoking started the fire.

Watch for hidden fire hazards

We’ve covered candles and smoking as two of the most common causes of home structure fires. However, there are also other lesser-known hazards that could be present in your home.

Some kinds of glassware in your home may be a fire risk. When sunlight passes through the glassware, the concentrated sunbeam could ignite flammable materials; therefore, it’s a smart move to keep glass accessories away from windows.

Dust bunnies are also a fire risk if they build up near electrical sockets and floor heaters. Regular sweeping and/or vacuuming your floors regularly and cleaning hard-to-reach areas (i.e., like behind the entertainment system) can help prevent buildup.

Also, look out for loose outlets in your home because continuous movement of these electrical outlets may cause loose wires that are connected to the outlet. This could cause dangerous arcing, which could cause a fire.

Fire and smoke damage can be devastating to homes, not to mention the water damage that happens from firefighting efforts. If your home is damaged by fire or smoke, SERVPRO® of East Bradenton/Lakewood Ranchis here to help restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Why Attaining Professional Smoke Damage Services Is Important in Palmetto 

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

One of the most difficult realities for a homeowner to deal with is a house fire. After you learn that your property has been subjected to this type of natural disaster, it's crucial that you get the restoration process going. In many cases, homeowners are inclined to handle some of the restoration processes themselves, including Palmetto smoke damage removal. While you may find the idea of a do it yourself project appealing, it's important to know that this type of work is best left to the professionals. These individuals possess the extensive education and experience to complete the job with skill and efficacy. Learn more about why hiring professional smoke damage companies is a good idea by reviewing the following information:

Smoke Damage Companies Use Special Equipment


One of the reasons that you should leave the Palmetto smoke damage removal process to professionals is because it necessitates the use of specialized equipment. In many cases, smoke can seep into your walls and cause health problems if it is not removed immediately. The most effective method to remove the smoke is thermal fogging. Professionals execute this process by opening the pores of your walls and then neutralizing the odors contained within. Professionals combine this strategy with the use of dehumidifiers and ozone generators to get your home in optimal, smoke-free condition.