Recent Fire Damage Posts

Your Safety is Most Important!

10/30/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Your Safety is Most Important! Have two ways out!

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape?  During a fire, early warning from a working smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives.  

Top Tips for Fire Safety

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Test smoke alarms every month.  If they're not working, change the batteries.
  • Talk with family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
  • If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP.  Never go back inside for anything or anyone.

4 Steps to take immediately after a home fire:

  1. Calk 9-1-1.  Give first aid where needed.
  2. Let friends and family know you're safe
  3. People and animals that are seriously injured or burned should be transported to professional medical or veterniary help immediately.
  4. Stay out of fire-damage homes until local fire authorities say it is safe to re-enter.

One the fire department has released the site, call SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County to come in an make it "Like it never even happened."

Be Safe this Halloween!

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Be Safe this Halloween! Happy Halloween

Halloween is a fun and spooky, time of year for kids of all ages.  Make trick or treating safe for the little ones with a few easy safety tips:

  • If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so he or she can see out.
  • When choosing a costume, stay away from long trailing fabric that could result in your child tripping.
  • Keep dried flowers and cornstalks away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters.
  • Use a battery operated candle or glow stick in jack-o-lanterns.
  • If you choose to use candles inside your jack-o-lanterns, keep them well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of the way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways etc.
  • Make sure all smoke alarms in the home are working.

According to NFPA, decorations are the first thing to ignite in 900 reported home fires each year.  Two of every five of these fires were started by a candle.

Be Safe and Have Fun this Halloween!

"Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!"

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage "Every Second Counts:  Plan 2 Ways Out!" Thank you to NFPA for this Fire Prevention Week Material

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

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

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

What YOU can do until help arrives

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings.  SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County can help prevent fire damage from creating long term problems.  

It's hard to wait for help, but what you do and don't do while waiting for help to arrive can make a big difference:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery.
  • Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.
  • Do not wash any walls or painted surfaced.
  • Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery
  • Do not clean any electrical equipment.
  • Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

When we arrive, we will help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition whenever possible.

Fire Prevention Week: October 8-14, 2017

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Prevention Week:  October 8-14, 2017 Develop and Practice an escape plan

Consider this scenario:  It's 2 o'clock in the morning.  You and your family are fast asleep when you are awaken to the smoke alarm sounding and the smell of smoke.  What do you do?  If you and your family don't have a plan in place, it could jeopardize your safety, or even prove deadly.

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.   That's why home escape planning is so critical in a fire situation.  It ensures that everyone in the household knows how to use that small window of time wisely.

Developing and practicing a home escape plan is like building muscle memory.  That preplanning is what everyone will draw upon to snap into action and escape as quickly as possible in the event of a fire. 

Remember, your one and only goal during a fire is to get yourself and other family members out of the home safely.   

For Homeowners, putting out a fire can be worse than the fire itself

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage For Homeowners, putting out a fire can be worse than the fire itself Picture courtesy of google

A backdraft of emotions often sweeps over the homeowners after a fire ravages a home.  fear, uncertainty, stress and doubt about the future of the property can overwhelm the homeowner long after the flames have been extinguished and the smoke has cleared.

So after the first wave of heroes have rescued the property, let SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County help you restore it.  With the industry-approved training to employ rapid response, the utmost professionalism, cutting-edge technology and open communication, we strive to restore not only the home, but the customer's peach of mind, as well.

The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings.  SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County professionals can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems.  Our professionals provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration.  these service help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible,