Recent Fire Damage Posts

Christmas fire tips

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

The threat of fire can be hazardous during the holidays and SERVPRO of Bloomfield wants to make sure you and your loved ones are safe.  One of the biggest fire threats that start more then 200 home fires each year is of course the Christmas tree!  Please make sure you keep tree adequately watered and be sure to unplug all tree lights each time you leave home.  A handy tip- give a gentle tug on a branch and if it yields a handful of needles then the tree is very thirsty!  Another holiday risk is overloading your home’s electrical system which can pose a big fire risk.  Be sure to check plugs, cords and wall sockets for signs of damage or excess wear and do not use cords if evidence of damage or sign of smoke-stained outlet.  Also, please be sure to never use indoor-only holiday lights, extension cords or plugs outside in the elements.  Lastly, don’t forget a few important tips if leaving town for the holiday.  Be sure to never ever leave your home without setting the heat at a proper temperature (Especially here in Michigan!).  We also strongly suggest considering turning off your water at the main shut off valve and drain all lines to prevent leaks and keep pipes from freezing if travelling for any extended time.  The best advice would be asking a friend or relative to drop in your home to inspect for any damages while you are away which can give you piece of mind and help you enjoy the holiday without the stress!  Happy Holidays to you and your family from the SERVPRO of Bloomfield!

Emergency fire plan

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bloomfield wants to inform you and your loved ones to home fire prevention and safety and learn how to protect your home and family from fire and also what to do in case of a home fire.

The number one prevention rule is to test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide once a month and replace the batteries at least once a year, optimally twice a year.  Remember they can’t help you if they don’t work!  Smoke detectors belong on every level of home, including attics and basements.  The safest plan for your family is having a smoke detector in each bedroom and sleeping area as well as in the hallways immediately outside of sleeping areas.  It is also important to check fire extinguishers monthly and replace as directed, and to teach yourself and your family how to operate a fire extinguisher and where they are located in your home.  We also encourage your family to create a fire safety and escape plan that outlines multiple escape routes from every room in the home.  Your family should practice the escape plan to ensure everyone knows how to get out of the house in the event of a fire and the escape plan should also include a designated meeting place outside the home.

You and your loved one’s safety is the most important part of any emergency but especially in a fire as seconds can be crucial.  The first thing to do is yell “fire” several times to get the attention of anyone in the home and then to get out as quickly as possible.  Family members should not stop to collect personal items and wait until they have reached safety to call 911.  If doors are closed, touching the door and doorknob to see if they are hot will let people know if it’s safe to open the doors.  To escape from a smoky room, people should crawl as low as possible, since smoke rises.  Once outside, you and your family members should never go back inside.  Please call SERVPRO of Bloomfield at 248-344-0044 if you have any questions or need assistance, we are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

Fire Safety

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bloomfield has seen firsthand how much destruction a fire can cause in your home not to mention the mental stress endured.  We want to stress the importance of safety, nothing matters except for you and your loved one's safety.  Please do not enter home after fire under any circumstances until you are given permission from the fire department.  Even if the damage looks minimal to you, the structure has been compromised and fires can often reignite even after they appear to be extinguished.  The next step would be to contact your insurance company or agent immediately.  They can advise you of important steps to take in the hours and days after the fire such as:

  •  Minimizing damage as much as possible including covering windows, doors, etc.
  • Temporary fence install to prevent vandalism and theft
  • Not turning on utilities until fire department clears it
  • Locating temporary housing

Any questions, call SERVPRO of Bloomfield at 248-344-0044

Now what?

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

You have had a fire loss in home and your insurance company and mitigation company is hard at work.  SERVPRO of Bloomfield is here to help, we want to give you some helpful tips during this stressful time.  

  1. Pictures, pictures, pictures.  Take photos of damaged items and make a list of destroyed items accompanied by what you paid for the items
  2. Your insurance company may be able to secure an advance on your future claim to cover replacement items, call your insurance company to inquire.  Keep careful track of your expenses while you are unable to live in home, you will be reimbursed for the difference between your normal living expenses and the extra expenses incurred due to loss of home which could include hotel room
  3. Contact your lender, post office, utility company, and credit card companies to communicate your situation, they also may be able to help you get back on your feet. Also contact your physician to replace lost medication and contact your children's school.  You may also want to notify your local police department that your home is vacant
  4. Replace any vital documents lost as soon as possible including drivers license, passport, marriage and birth certificates, tax records and social security card
  5. There are also disaster relief agencies that may be able to provide temporary help, research to find out if Red Cross, etc. exist in your area

These are just a few helpful tips in the aftermath of a fire loss

Is your home covered with soot?

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

In addition to fire, smoke, and soot damage, your home may also suffer from water damage as a result of the firefighting efforts. This type of damage can be especially upsetting and destructive for your family to process. You may feel stressed, confused, and vulnerable, so you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. We’ll treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home and belongings with care.

SERVPRO of Bloomfield specializes in fire and water damage restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment. SERVPRO of Bloomfield can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Whatever your fire restoration needs are, SERVPRO of Bloomfield is here to help at 248-344-0044

Fire Prevention Tips

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

  • Prevention Tips 9 Keep all potential sources of fuel like paper, clothing, bedding or rugs at least three feet away from space heaters, stoves, or fireplaces.
  • Portable heaters and fireplaces should never be left unattended. Turn off space heaters and make sure any embers in the fireplace are extinguished before going to bed or leaving home.
  • If you must use a space heater, place it on a level, hard and nonflammable surface (such as ceramic tile floor), not on rugs or carpets or near bedding or drapes. Keep children and pets away from space heaters. 
  • When buying a space heater, look for models that shut off automatically if the heater falls over as another safety measure.
  • Never use a cooking range or oven to heat your home.
  • Keep the fire in your fireplace by using a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
  • Have wood and coal stoves, fireplaces, chimneys, and furnaces professionally inspected and cleaned once a year.

Residential and Commercial Restoration and Cleaning Services

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  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
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Fire Safety Tips

8/24/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home, you may have just two minutes to escape? 

The most effective way to protect yourself and your home from fire is to identify and remove fire hazards. 60 percent of house fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. During a home fire, working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives.

Fire Safety Tips 

  • Talk with all household members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
  • Test smoke alarms once a month, if they’re not working, change the batteries.
  • If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL for help.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Prepare

Preparing and Preventing a Home Fire - Steps You Can Take Now  

  • Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Talk to your children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach.
  • Download the Monster Guard: Prepare for Emergencies mobile game to teach kids about fire safety and other disasters.
  • Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.  

Smoke Alarms

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Teach your children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.
  • Test smoke alarms once a month, if they’re not working, change the batteries.
  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. Never disable smoke or carbon monoxide alarms.
  • Carbon monoxide alarms are not substitutes for smoke alarms. Know the difference between the sound of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.

Tips provided by American Red Cross

Do you have a Fire Escape Plan?

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

Making a Plan

  • Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home
  • Make sure everyone knows where to meet outside in case of fire
  • Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year and at different times of the day. 
  • Make sure everyone knows how to call 911
  • Teach household members to STOP, DROP, and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.

Follow Your Escape Plan

During a home fire, remember to GET OUT, STAY OUT and call 911 or your local emergency phone number.

  • If closed doors or handles are warm, use your second way out. Never open doors that are warm to the touch
  • Crawl low under smoke
  • Go to your outside meeting place and then for help
  • If smoke, heat or flames block your exit routes, stay in the room with doors closed. Place a wet towel under the door and call the fire department or 911. Open a window and wave a brightly colored cloth or flashlight to signal for help.

Practicing and following the steps to your fire escape plan can save your life!

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

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 Bloomfield 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 – 248-344-0044 or 248-855-8167

Electrical Safety

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

It is important to remember a few tips to maintain electrical safety all year round. Below are a few tips to keep in mind. 

1. Inspect all of your holiday lights. To prevent accidental fires, throw out any strands of lights that have frayed cords. Also, replace any broken or cracked bulbs. 

2. Use only UL - Listed lights and extension cords. 

3. Do not overload electrical sockets, extension cords or power strips. 

4. It is never a good idea to plug an extension cord into a power strip. 

5. When hanging electrical decorations and lights, it is best to use a wooden or fiberglass ladder rather than a metal one for your own safety. 

6. Always turn off holiday lights before leaving the house or going to bed.