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A Few Simple Steps to Help You Prevent Home Fires | SERVPRO® of East Lansing/Haslett

7/7/2022 (Permalink)

interior view of a room with items completely destroyed by fire If your home is damaged in a house fire, SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett is here to help. Contact us for any fire restoration needs.

As the temperatures continue to rise across the nation, so does our collective risk of fires. In fact, so far this year the American Red Cross has responded to over 20,000 house fires, and they can’t be everywhere at once, so this number is only a fraction of the total fires in the United States so far in 2022.

As they have since their inception, smoke detectors continue to be the most effective way to detect fires and prevent the damage or loss of life that they can cause. While everyone should have complete smoke alarm coverage, there are many other ways you can protect yourself and your home, many being simple cleaning tasks.

Cleaning Your Hot Zones

When it comes to your house, there are certain areas that stay hotter than others because of the appliances or features of the home in that area. In Michigan, we use appliances to heat our home and water more than most, so our appliances have a higher chance of starting fires purely because they’re turned on more often.

Some of these zones include air vents, the fireplace and chimney, and especially the kitchen. It’s important that you keep these areas clear of any blockages or excessive dust to reduce the risk of a fire.

The water heater is another high-risk area in your home. The outside boiler of the device gets so hot that it can ignite clothing, cardboard and paper with relative ease. Keeping this area clear and open allows proper airflow, and keeps flammable objects away from high levels of heat.

Dusty outlets and appliances are two more common sources of fire in the home. These spots get packed with dust that needs only a small spark to become a massive problem.

Properly cleaning behind, under and inside of your appliances and vents can significantly reduce the risk of a spontaneous fire. You should also ensure that all of your devices have plenty of space to circulate air and heat as they’re designed to do.

Create a Defensible Space in Your Yard

When fires are roaring outside, your yard is the last place they hit before knocking at your door. Recently, innovative landscaping techniques have become increasingly popular, as they are designed to protect your home and give ample room for firemen to stop the flames.

Fires have become such a major problem in our country, that states like California have begun to impose defensible zone requirements for the area surrounding a home. These requirements make homeowners clear excessive shrubbery and other fire risks to help stop them from igniting the building.

These strategies have been proven to be effective in slowing wildfires, but taking a note from them and doing the same to your property is a smart idea.

Utilizing these techniques will not prevent you from planting your gorgeous flower beds and tending to your garden—it focuses on you placing the plants in strategic positions. These recommended spots are designed to spread things out enough to reduce the possibility of the flames spreading.

Maintaining your yard is also an important part of homeownership. Clearing out and removing dead plants, leaves and limbs will take fuel away from the fire and could reduce the severity if it were to happen.

Keep It Clean & Keep It Safe

Along with maintaining your hot zones and cleaning up in your yard, a thorough spring-cleaning can help reduce your risk of a fire. It’s best to schedule a time with your family in the spring or summer to work together and knock it out.

These tasks often seem to pile up and weigh you down, but giving yourself plenty of time and setting goals can help you get through them. However, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to reduce fire hazards in the home—simple tasks like dusting help with fire prevention.

If you have experienced fire damage or want to learn more about our fire damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 24/7.

Why SERVPRO Is the Right Choice for Fire Restoration | SERVPRO® of East Lansing/Haslett

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

house roof burnt after fire SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett is the team you can count on!

A house fire is something that no one wants to experience, but unfortunately, they are a rather
common occurrence. Focusing on fire safety efforts and putting together a fire evacuation plan
are such important elements of keeping your family safe, but it is also important to have a plan
in place for who you will call for restoration in the aftermath.

Having a plan in place for after a fire is an important aspect of preparedness, and if you are
looking for a restoration partner for your home, we are the team you can trust. Read on to learn
more about our fire damage restoration philosophy.

We Are Here for You 24/7, 365
Even with the best fire prevention efforts in place, house fires can happen unexpectedly, but
whenever they do, we are here to help. We have an emergency response line available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year, so whether a fire breaks out in the middle of the night or on a
holiday afternoon, you can count on us to respond to you quickly.

When you call us, we will immediately begin assembling a team and creating an action plan to
handle your damage quickly.

We Understand Fire Damage
Every fire is going to be different, but our expert restoration technicians have a deep understanding of what fire damage restoration takes. From addressing charring to water
damage to smoke and soot in the far reaches of the home, we fully understand everything that
makes up damage from a fire and how to address it.

We Aim to Make Things Easier
Fires are a traumatic event, no matter how mildly or majorly they impact your home—and that is
something we fully understand. That is why our goal is to make things as easy as possible for
you throughout the restoration process.

From providing move-out services if you are in need of temporary housing to working directly
with your insurance company, we can help. You can depend on us to be of assistance during each and every part of the fire restoration process.

If you need fire damage restoration, SERVPRO is the team you can count on. Get in touch today to learn more about our services.

What Fire Safety Efforts Make the Biggest Difference? | SERVPRO® of East Lansing/Haslett

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

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If you are trying to implement more fire safety around your house, you may be overwhelmed by
how many ways a fire can start—and how many ways there are to prevent them! Household
fires are extremely common and can be rather dangerous, but taking proper fire safety efforts
can significantly reduce your risk levels.

While any fire safety efforts are worthwhile, it is important to understand the impact that yours
have on your home and where your attention is best concentrated. Below, we will share our
most important fire safety tips so you can be certain that you are prioritizing the right things
around the house.

Which Fire Safety Efforts Are the Most Important

Installing and maintaining smoke detectors. Many home fire deaths occur due to fires starting while people are sleeping, and thus those inside get a late notice to escape the home.
Installing smoke detectors in every main area of the home and outside of every sleeping area is
the best way to increase your overall fire safety in the home. While these smoke detectors
should be checked monthly, this is an easy and inexpensive way to give your household fire
safety a boost.

Keeping a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Cooking is a leading cause of household fires, and
because stoves, ovens and toasters all pose a fire risk, it is not surprising as to why. Always
practicing cooking safety tips, such as keeping flammable items away from the stove, is a great
strategy, but it is also wise to keep a fire extinguisher on hand to quickly address any flare-ups that do occur.

Creating a home fire escape plan. In the event of a house fire, there are often only two
minutes to escape to safety, so knowing exactly how to escape is a must. Planning out a fire
escape plan for your home, ensuring that every area of your house has two exits and practicing
your fire evacuation process regularly are all important to ensuring that everyone in the
household is able to get to safety should a fire start.

If you have fire damage in your household, we are here to help. You can get in touch with us
24/7 to learn more about our process or to report damage to your home.

What to Know When Making a Fire Escape Plan | SERVPRO® of East Lansing/Haslett

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

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House fires are extremely dangerous for a number of reasons. Not only can they cause serious damage to your home, but they can also spread rapidly when they begin—which can put anyone in the home in harm’s way. While we all hope we will never find ourselves in this situation, it is better to be prepared than to be caught off-guard, which is why a home fire escape plan is a must.

Making a plan for your household is important, as it will help everyone act quickly in the event of a fire so they can get to safety. If you are new to drafting your fire escape, we have included some key things to note below.

What to Know About a Household Fire Escape Plan

Time is of the essence. Because of how quickly fires can spread, being able to escape the home quickly in an emergency situation is key. Everyone in your household should be able to execute an escape route in less than two minutes to maximize their ability to get to safety. This is why having a clear plan of action and running through practice drills is so important.

Multiple exits are key. While there are some places a fire may be more likely to break out, such as at the stove or around a space heater, there is no way to know for sure how a fire could start or begin to spread. For this reason, it is important that every area of the home have at least two exits that are accessible—that way, if one is blocked by flames, someone could use the other route to escape. In some cases, you may need to purchase emergency ladders for second-story windows to make this possible.

Teamwork is a must. Depending on the members of your household, you may want to incorporate a buddy system into your fire escape plan. If you have young children, older adults or pets that will need assistance in escaping, make sure it is clear in advance which member of your household will be responsible for helping them get to safety.

If you have damage to your home due to a fire, we are here to help. We’re here 24/7 to start the restoration process—contact us today.

What Fire Hazards Should I Be Aware of Around the Home? | SERVPRO® of East Lansing/Haslett

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

toaster on fire If you had a fire in your home, call SERVPRO of East Lansing/Haslett today!

Experiencing a house fire is a terrible thing. Not only can they cause extreme amounts of damage, but they can also cause injuries and fatalities to anyone caught in their path. In 2020, house fire damages amounted to $12 billion and occurred in nearly 500,00 homes.

While there is no way to be certain you are preventing a fire in your home, you can certainly take concrete steps to reduce the likelihood that one will occur. Simply understanding what fire hazards there are to be aware of within the home can go a long way in helping you take proper steps towards prevention.

Common Fire Hazards to Be Aware of at Home

Overloaded Electrical Outlets

Electricity has become integral to daily life, but in many homes, the supply of outlets is not able to keep up with demand. This can lead to the outlets that are accessible becoming overloaded with extension cords, causing too much voltage to be pumped through them—and this is a serious fire hazard. If your home does not have enough outlets, it is worth investing in an electrician to add in more or being more selective with the things you leave plugged in.

Unsafe Kitchen Habits

Kitchen fires are consistently the most common type of house fire, which is not surprising given that there is quite a bit of opportunity involved. Between stovetops, ovens, toasters and other appliances, there are many things within the kitchen that can ignite a fire, and these can be exacerbated by unsafe habits. Make sure that you and anyone else who uses the kitchen in your home does so with safety as top of mind.

Irregular Dryer Lint Cleaning

Your dryer’s lint tray serves an important function when it comes to doing laundry, but it can also become a fire hazard if it is not emptied often. When the dryer heats up, the highly flammable lint within the tray can catch fire, so it is best to clean out your lint tray with every cycle of laundry in order to be safe.

If you have a fire in your home, we are the team to call. We are here 24/7 to help with restoration—contact us today to learn more or get started.

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