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Backyard Grill & Fire Pit Safety | SERVPRO® of East Lansing/Haslett

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

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The spring and summer months are almost magical. Plants and trees are in perfect bloom, school kids are brimming with excitement, vacation plans are being made…and how is the temperature this perfect?

Springtime also beckons us to that most revered backyard tradition: the barbecue. From graduation parties to gender reveals, church picnics to family reunions, any old excuse will do to break out everyone’s favorite warm-weather cooker.

Unfortunately, an increase in backyard activities also brings with it an increase in fires. In fact, spring sees more daily fires on average than any other time of year. But don’t sweat—save that for August.

With a few common-sense tips, you can be sure your backyard sessions will be safe and fun for everyone.

The grill. Grills are great, but they’re also a perfect opportunity for fires to pop up—the combination of flame, heat, grease and gas gives easy openings for the hungry monster we call fire. Keep the grill away from anything that could ignite (including your house), and never use liquid accelerants to increase flames or heat. Check your grill for leaks or rust holes, and don’t forget to clean it thoroughly—almost 20% of grill fires are due to poor cleaning.

The fire pit. A favorite feature of many newer homes, the fire pit is the social hub of the backyard, but use it safely. Never leave it unattended, and never leave any kids or pets alone by the fire. Don’t add things like pine needles or dry leaves to the fire, either; they create lots of dangerous flying embers. And keep a bucket within arm’s reach, both to slowly cool the fire when the night is through and to handle any jumping flames or ashes.

Chimneys and dryer vents. You don’t have to do these now, but while we’re talking seasonal fire safety, it’s just a good reminder. You won’t need your indoor fireplace until fall, so clean out ash and soot now to avoid potential hazards later. And check your dryer’s vent trap for pent-up lint that could easily combust.

Your local SERVPRO technicians are on hand 24/7 for emergencies. If you encounter fire damage at your home or business, no matter the cause, we will be there faster and have it cleaned up sooner. Call or click today and experience the SERVPRO difference.

Which Fire Extinguisher is Right For You?

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Which fire extinguisher is right for you?

A fire extinguisher can be a life-saving tool when used correctly.  The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) recommends individuals are properly trained in order to use and maintain an extinguisher.

USFA says an extinguisher should only be used if:

  • You have alerted other occupants and someone has called the fire department.
  • The fire is small and contained to a single object, such as a wastebasket.
  • You are safe from the toxic smoke produced by the fire.
  • You have a means of escape identified and the fire is not between you and the fire escape route.
  • Your instincts tell you that it is safe to use an extinguisher.

Classes of Fire Extinguishers:

Class A:   Use on ordinary combustible materials, such as cloth, wood, rubber, paper, and many plastics.

Class B:   Use on flammable liquids, such as grease, gasoline and oil.

Class C:   Use on appliances, tools, or other equipment that is electrically energized or plugged in.

Class D:   Use on flammable metals and are often specific for the type of metal in question.  These are typically found only in factories working with these metals.

Class K:   Use on vegetable oils, animal oils, or fats in cooking appliances.  These are generally found in commercial kitchens, but are suitable for the residential market.

Check out the Fire Equipment Manufacturers Association for more information about fire extinguisher use, type and care.

East Lansing Smoke and Soot Clean Up

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

Tissue test on areas of the home far from the original source indicate how wide-spread smoke and soot damage can be.

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.

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 of East Lansing/Haslett 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. 

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 – 517.999.0789

Fire Safety in The Kitchen

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke damage in an East Lansing home's kitchen.

According to the NFPA, US Fire Departments responded to an average of 166,000 fires per year between 2010 and 2014 that involved cooking equipment. Home fires are more likely to start in your kitchen than any other room in the house.

Grease fires are caused by letting oil get too hot, so the best way to prevent them is to never leave your kitchen unattended. Oil smokes before it burns, so if you see your pan start to smoke, take it off the heat before it has a chance to catch fire. If the pan has already caught fire, turn off the burner immediately and place a heavy metal lid on the pan - never use a glass lid as it will shatter - or use a baking sheet if you don't have metal lids. Never pour water on a grease fire! 

Our blog post "Which Fire Extinguisher Is Right For You?" indicates which fire extinguishers are effective on each type of fire. In the case of a grease fire, you will need a Class B fire extinguisher.

Here are some safety tips to help prevent a fire in your kitchen:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • Avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.
  • Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.
  • Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.
  • Consider purchasing a fire extinguisher to keep in your kitchen. Contact your local fire department to take training on the proper use of extinguishers.
  • Install a smoke alarm near your kitchen, on each level of your home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms if you sleep with doors closed. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year.

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 – 517-999-0789

Spring Fire Safety Tips

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

Keep your home safe!

Spring is just around the corner and we all know what that means - SPRING CLEANING! When planning out your spring cleaning checklist, be sure to incorporate these tips to keep your home or business safe from fire.

• Test your smoke alarms, and replace any alarms that are 10 years old or older.

• Test your carbon monoxide alarms, and replace any alarms that are 7 years old or older.

• Check your dryer vents and clean the hosing.

• Clean clutter inside and outside your home.

• Check the cords on your appliances. If any are cracked or frayed, repair or replace them.

• Practice your home fire escape plan.

If your property does suffer fire or smoke damage, contact SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett at 517-999-0789 and we'll help make it "Like it never even happened."

Tips for a Safe Thanksgiving

11/17/2017 (Permalink)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year to spend with friends and family - but the holiday happiness can be cut short when a sudden fire catches in the kitchen. According to the NFPA, the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment. Follow these safety tips from the NFPA to ensure your home steers clear of a disaster this Thanksgiving:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop, so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot, and kids should stay 3 feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

From all of us at SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Pet Safety in an Emergency

10/13/2017 (Permalink)

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Emergencies come in many forms:  fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, and violent storms.  In the event of a natural disaster or extreme weather, would you know what to do to protect your pet, to keep them safe?

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention suggests five (5) steps you can take to keep your pets safe during and after an emergency.

  1. Have a plan- what you would do if you aren't home or can't get to your pet when disaster strikes
  2. Make a kit- stock up on food and water, tap water could become contaminated
  3. In Case of Emergency- have information with you that will help find your pet in case they get lost or run away
  4. Make sure vaccinations are up to date- in case your pet needs to stay at a shelter
  5. Have a safe haven- Pets get nervous too, make sure you have their favorite toys, a leash, and a bed or cage

The CDCP gives some other things to think about and other resources with information to help keep your pets safe in an emergency.  Remember we are Always Here to Help.

We Can Help After Your Fire Loss

7/28/2017 (Permalink)

A heat lamp caused this fire at a local school. SERVPRO of East Lansing / Haslett was called in to clean up the aftermath.

Fires can be especially devastating to your home or business. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. 

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.

At SERVPRO of East Lansing / Haslett, we can help with cleaning up any fire damage in the East Lansing / Haslett area. We are a locally owned and operated business available to help with all your fire damage cleanup and restoration needs. Call us at (517) 999-0789 today to help mitigate your fire damage.

East Lansing/Haslett Smoke and Soot Cleanup

3/15/2017 (Permalink)

This basement fire happened quickly without warning.

 

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.

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 of East Lansing/Haslett 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. 

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 – 517.999.0789