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Pet Safety and Fire Damage Prevention in Plantation

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

Sad dog sitting in front of a fire damaged home. Smoke damage and fire damage can destroy lives, please protect your Plantation home.

Fire damage in Plantation can harm animals just as it can harm people. At SERVPRO® of  Plantation, we love our pets as much as you love yours. We could not stand to see them injured or killed in a house fire.

SERVPRO of Plantation shares these pet safety ideas with you:

  • When you design your fire escape plan, practice with your pets
  • If there are fires outside, bring pets inside. If you have to evacuate, you will be ready to bring the pets with you
  • Know where your pets hide. You may not have time to hunt for them in an emergency
  • Animal-rescue groups and other organizations have pet stickers that you can put on your windows and doors. The stickers tell firefighters how many pets you have, and what kinds
  • Prepare evacuation kits for the pets. These kits can be large plastic bins. Put in copies of their vet records, extra leashes and collars, toys, and food

SERVPRO of Plantation reminds you to call the fire department once you are safely outside the Plantation home. Smoke damage and fire damage can destroy lives. Since this week is Fire Prevention Week, please check out these additional safety tips from our friends at the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA).

SERVPRO® of Plantation is independently owned and operated.

Links:

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Campaigns/TakeAction/Household-pets 

https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Public-Education/Campaigns/TakeAction/TakeActionPetsChecklist.pdf

Plantation Davie Fire Escape Plan 101

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

Brochure Showing SERVPRO trucks and a photo collage of fire damages Plantation Davie Fire Escape Plan Brochure

The Importance of a Fire Escape Plan

Whenever a disaster strikes, it’s important to have an escape route and follow up communication to ensure that everyone is safe.  Whether it be for your Plantation family home or your Davie place of employment, a fire can be a terrible thing.  Many people underestimate the rapid growth and intensity of a fire as well as the dangers associated with it.  From the intense heat that can make you disoriented to the thick black smoke that you would have trouble seeing or breathing through, a fire is no joke.  Your family or business should have a fire escape route that everyone knows of and has practiced getting to.

Are you ready?  Many would love to think, yes.  But unfortunately, on average seven people died in U.S home fires per day based on an NFPA report.  A well thought out plan is very important.

What Makes a Good Fire Escape Plan

A good fire escape plan should include a fire escape route that is mapped out and that includes a layout of your home or business.  Next steps should be listed so those who are out of immediate danger do what they can to help those who may still be in danger.

Fire Escape Tools that should be up to date

Smoke alarms are extremely useful to getting everyone out when a fire occurs.  As a preliminary warning, these devices can safe people who would otherwise have waited to late to take action.

Reach out to emergency services

Once you are safe, its highly important to take a head count and to make sure the proper authorities are contacted so that firefighters can arrive on scene.  Ambulances should also be on scene just in case anyone got hurt or isn’t in good condition and need to be checked out.

After the Fire

Reach out to trained professionals to take next step actions in order to save what can be save within your home.  Even this part can be dangerous and not something for you to try to do on your own. With our experienced team of technicians that have been certified in fire and smoke restoration by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), we have the expertise to handle all facets of fire damage.  In addition, we will be the caring experts by your side to help guide you through the crisis.

You've got the support, always here to help.

We've supported hundreds of Plantation families and Davie businesses like yours before. You are not alone. Whether reactive or preventative, our team can jump into action to make sure things are a success.

Don't let it get worse before it gets better.

Give us a call at (954) 280-8282 or visit our website at http://www.SERVPROplantation.com/

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Preventing Fireworks Fires for the New Year 

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Preventing Fireworks Fires for the New Year 

Here are some general tips to prevent injury or fire damage during the New Year fireworks fun.

  • Fireworks most likely to cause fires are not large displays that go high in the air but the smaller items that go up less than ten feet.  Larger cake style displays go high enough in the air for any sparks to extinguish long before they could hit the ground but smaller items geared towards kids that spin and shoot sparks close to the ground need to be handled with caution.
  • The best place to stage your show is away from tall, dry grasses or trees on a level, cement surface.  If you have to light your display on grass or gravel we recommend using a piece of plywood to create a level surface.
  • Wet the ground in and around the area where you will be setting off your display and always have a fire extinguisher or hose and adequate water supply on hand.
  • NEVER take fireworks to national forests or park areas!  Even in wet years, fireworks are never legal or appropriate in these areas.
  • NEVER put spent fireworks or "duds" in a fire.  Soak spent fireworks with water and dispose of them only when completely cooled.
  • Don't attempt to pick up or relight "duds".  Wait 15 to 20 minutes and then soak in a bucket of water before disposal. Buying from a reputable distributor will minimize your chance of purchasing "duds".
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.  Have a designated sober shooter.  There is no substitute for good judgment.

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Prevent Fire Damage 2018 New Years Resolution! Plantation & Ft. Lauderdale

12/11/2018 (Permalink)

New Years Resolution: Prevent Fire Damage

New Years' resolutions are a staple of many Americans' holiday seasons when decisions are made to fundamentally change the lives of those making them for the better. While we often struggle to maintain and meet up to our expectations, these resolutions can be very beneficial if we really followed them... Of course some more than others (Like to prevent fire damage).

Happens to Everyone...

Have you ever caught yourself almost causing a fire?  Leaving the stove running, or forgetting a pot of cooking food on the stove?  Maybe over microwaving something or accidentally forgetting to blow out a candle?  It happens to everyone, but for some, these small instances turn into major life changing fires..  

Let's make a new years resolution to prevent fire damage chances in all of those little moments, so we don't have experience one of those BIG moments!

Being Careful With Flame

Open flames of all sizes can directly lead to significant fire damage in your  home. Anything in your home that produces an open flame could represent an enormous fire hazard. In general, we recommend keeping the use of these devices to a minimum, but instead of giving up your habits entirely, consider making them more safe and well-contained. Never let candles and kitchen appliances run without your presence in the room. Little changes like these can make a big difference in the future.

Cleaning Up Around The Home

Keeping your home neat and clean not only makes it look better and more livable but also reduces your risk of fire damage. Many fires start because of excess dirt and clutter in a home, and can easily be averted with a reduction to these factors.


Perform Monthly Maintenance

Every month or two, inspect essential safety devices such as smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and any relevant escape routes to make sure they are ready and able to react to disaster. Just thirty minutes per year could avert a disaster that might otherwise cost thousands to clean up.

Learn how we handle these fixes once it happens by clicking here!

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Handling a Fire Loss in Sunny South Florida: Pembroke Pines and Weston

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Emergency services make it possible for a family to handle a fire loss and get the house back into working order in just a couple days instead of weeks or months depending on the damage.

Handling a fire loss things have to move as quickly as possible, and you need to have someone you can trust to handle the job.  Smoke damage, soot damage and air quality need to be checked and restored to normal, so the best thing that can be done is to have someone come inspect and get a plan going of the next immediate steps.

The preparation for something like this is much more robust with a focus on not leaving lingering problems that could make a family sick or unhealthy in the future. Locations are much easier to care for when a local company is on the scene, so reach out to SERVPRO Plantation as we offer services to handle a fire loss in many cities for example: Pembroke Pines, Hialeah, Deerfield Beach or even Dania Beach!

Handling a Fire Loss - leave it to the Pros!  Call SERVPRO

The work may be complex, and it must be scheduled for several days or weeks to ensure completion, but the specific type of work has complexities here and there that you're going to want the pro's to handle rather than handling it yourself.  The safety or staying in the building and the air quality will begin to improve when the building has been cleaned, and there will be regular tests until we are pleased with the results. To learn about some of our tools and methods, check out our other blog here!

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Campfire Safety: Staying Safe this Season 2018

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Let's Warm Up - But Not Too Warm!

Halloween candy is flooding into the stores, pumpkin spiced everything is approaching, and in South Florida, campfire season is upon us! In the colder months when people have fun around outdoor fires with friends and loved ones, campfire safety is the most important to ensure everyone has a good time and stays out of harm's way.

Simple campfire safety-

Teach both your children and pets that fire is dangerous and not to be played around. Always keep an eye on little ones and four-legged friends to be sure they don't get careless and end up hurt. If you feel you need a little extra protection you can

  • tie up or anchor pets at a safe distance
  • put a mesh lid on the pit
  • set up a baby gate around the fire 

If you plan on having a fire on your own property, consider investing in a good quality fire pit. Most pits come with a stand and a protective mesh top and are made out of non-toxic metal with no dyes or finishes. Having a self-contained pit (like the one pictured) will help assure the safety of everyone around, as well as protecting your property.

What NOT to burn-

As satisfying as it might be to throw your greasy burger plate on the fire and watch it burst and sizzle, resist the urge to put anything in the fire besides firewood. Styrofoam and plastic can create toxic smoke, and paper products cause large amounts of hot ash and smoke to billow around the pit area.

Some plants that grow here, like mango trees and black olive can be toxic if burned. Try staying away from burning plants found on your property, as the smoke of toxic plants not only burn the eyes and throat, but poison any food prepared over the fire. 

More than anything, campfires are meant to be a fun, warm gathering place for friends and family as the nights grow colder. We wish everyone a safe, fun season. 

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Fire Restoration using Ozone Generators

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Disclaimer!

We at SERVPRO Plantation use machines known as ozone generators to produce the gas. Remember to not use any ozone generators on your own and call in only qualified professionals like our team at SERVPRO Plantation to deal with smoke odors.

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How it Works:

The machine uses a high voltage corona mechanism to emulate the same conditions that would allow ozone to form in nature (such as lightning).  Regular oxygen from the air goes in, ozone comes out and can then be directed wherever it is needed.

Ozone is triatomic oxygen or enriched oxygen. Rather than having two atoms like in the oxygen we breathe, ozone has three bonded oxygen atoms. It is a strong oxidizing agent as well as a sterilizing agent most commonly used in fire restoration to eliminate smoke odors. 

Some examples of what can be deodorized with ozone are odors associated with:

  • cooking
  • decay
  • biohazards
  • fire
  • tobacco

However, ozone is less effective on inorganic odors (meaning odors not derived from living matter) such as:

  • chlorides
  • sulfates
  • nitrates
  • ammonia
  • phosphates

The reason for this is because the third oxygen molecule bonds with the organic odor compound and oxidizes it. The ozone then turns into regular oxygen and eliminates the smell by breaking it down at a vastly accelerated rate compared to standard oxygen. Oxygen molecules have trouble bonding with and oxidizing inorganic compounds, making it less effective on them.

There are very little drawbacks to using ozone generators in fire restoration jobs, if used correctly and as mandated by OSHA. Ozone is converted back to oxygen in a matter of minutes, so rooms or buildings only need to be evacuated for a short period of time.

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2018 Dos and Do Nots: Fire Damage

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage dos:

  1. For water and fire damage restoration, DO call SERVPRO of Plantation!
  2. Limit the amount of movement through the affected area to prevent the spread of soot and other particles which may cause additional damages. If the affected area is too large to avoid, evacuate while repairs are being done.
  3. Placing large clean rags, or old linens on rugs and upholstery in your home can also help prevent the spread of soot.
  4. Coating chrome fixtures like your faucets, or other parts of appliances with petroleum jelly.
  5. If there is water in your home and on your floors, protect your furniture by putting a barrier like foil or wooden blocks where the furniture touches the floor.

Fire damage do nots:

  1. Do not try to clean or shampoo any carpets, rugs, or upholstery. Trying to clean up fire damage yourself is extremely hazardous to your personal health. Always call a professional.
  2. Do not wash any walls or other painted surfaces yourself- improper cleaning can stain the walls.
  3. Do not clean any electrical equipment as this is dangerous, have a professional look at it, or replace it.
  4. Do not send clothes to a dry cleaner as improper cleaning can set smoke odors and stains.

After a fire takes place, there's a million things on your mind. Hopefully you had a plan in place to protect your loved ones and important property. To help protect your home and belongings from further damage, here are a few tips for what you should and should not do after fire damage takes place.

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New Year's Safety 2018

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

Countdown to the new year! And with that, drinking, partying, and celebrating. We all enjoy bonfires, sparklers, and fireworks to start off the new year with a bang! Fire and fireworks can be fun, but they can also be dangerous if used carelessly. in fact, fireworks alone were responsible for some 11,000 injuries in 2016 alone. So, let one of your resolutions this year be New Year's safety with these firework safety tips.

New Year's Safety: before lighting fireworks:

  • Make sure there are no overhead obstructions such as trees.
  • Stay away from dry grass or other flammable materials.
  • Know the law in your area for fireworks.
  • Never allow fire from a match, cigar/cigarette, or other fireworks to get anywhere near where you are storing the rest of the fireworks.
  • Keep a bucket of water or hose withing reach.

New Year's Safety: while lighting fireworks:

  • Wear safety glasses, and make sure young children have ear protection when lighting larger fireworks.
  • Only give age-appropriate fireworks to children (such as sparklers) and only under direct supervision.
  • Keep pets safely indoors. Fireworks tend to spook animals and they can get hurt!
  • Never try to light damaged fireworks- wet them down and throw them out.
  • Never let someone under the influence light fireworks! 

New Year's Safety: after lighting fireworks:

  • After the fireworks burn out, wet them down as you go. Wet them down again before throwing out.
  • Any "duds" should be thoroughly wet when they don't go off.
  • Pick up debris from any sparklers, bottle rockets, etc.
  • Store any unused fireworks in a cool, dry place away from all potential fire starters or fire hazards.

For more information on firework safety, click here. And for all of your fire and water damage needs, call SERVPRO of Plantation for 24/7 emergency service every day of the year.

Holiday Fire Safety Tips 2017

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

Make sure your decorations are flame-retardant this holiday season.

During this time of year, we cannot stress enough how important fire safety is. Almost every wintertime holiday celebration involves candles, bonfires, or other potential fire hazards. In 2016 alone, 3,390 civilians died in fire-related incidents- the majority of which occur around the holidays. Stay safe this holiday season by following these holiday fire safety tips:

  • Keep decorations away from space-heaters, stoves, and other heat sources in your home.
  • If you have a tree, make sure it has enough water every day to reduce the risk of it catching.
  • Check all string light decorations before you put them up, and then check again every day to be sure no pets or pests have chewed through the wires.
  • Don't overload an outlet by trying to have too many things plugged in and running at once.
  • Never use a turkey fryer, meat smoker, or grill (gas or charcoal) in or near a structure such as your garage, shed, or workshop.

Of course, every home should have working smoke alarms in every room, as well as a fire extinguisher in the kitchen or garage. All adults in the home should learn how to properly use a fire extinguisher, and what types of fires they can be used on. For more information on holiday fire safety, visit our friends at the American Red Cross here.

We here at SERVPRO of Plantation hope you won't be in need of our emergency services over the holidays, but if you do, we are ready 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help with your emergency water and fire cleanup needs.

Your Fire Safety Plan and You

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

Know your building's fire escape routes!

Home fires have been in a steady decline for the last 30 years, but they still account for over 2,000 deaths and 10,000 injuries every year. Unfortunately, some disasters you can't predict, but there are a few steps you can take to ensure your safety in the event of a fire in your home. The most important step you can take is having a fire safety plan. Here are some key tips to keep in mind.

Before a fire:

  • Ensure your home has a smoke alarm in every room, and test them every month to make sure they are working. If they don't work, change the batteries, or upgrade.
  • Draw out a floor plan and map out at least two possible escape routes from each room. Take into consideration the needs of small children, pets, or people in your home with mobility issues while making an escape plan. Go through your plan with everyone in your home twice a year to make sure it'll work (windows open, etc.).
  • If you live in a condo or apartment, ask your landlord what the best course of action is in the event of a fire.

During a fire:

  • Touch the body of a door (do not touch the doorknob!) before opening to check for heat. If the door is hot to the touch, do not open it and find another way out.
  • As you move through doors, close them behind you to hinder the spread of the fire.
  • In the presence of smoke, stay low to the ground because smoke rises.
  • A wet towel or blanket put over your head and face can help prevent injury from flames or smoke inhalation.

After a fire:

  • Once you have made it safely away from the fire, call for emergency help.
  • Do a headcount of everyone that made it out. If someone is missing do not go back for them, tell the fire department so they can rescue them. They are prepared to battle a blaze- you aren't.
  • After a fire, if the structure of the building is still in tact, call SERVPRO of Plantation 24/7 for emergency service 365 days a year.

For more information on building a fire safety plan, visit the National Fire Protection Association. We here at SERVPRO of Plantation hope you'll never be in a fire situation, but if you are, you won't regret having a solid plan in place. Our teams are always ready to help and make it "Like it never even happened."

Bonfire Safety: Keeping Your Family Safe This Season

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

Set up seating at a safe distance from your pit.

Halloween candy is flooding into the stores, pumping spiced everything is approaching, and in South Florida, bonfire season is upon us! In the colder months when people have fun around outdoor fires with friends and loved ones, bonfire safety is the most important to ensure everyone has a good time and stays out of harm's way.

Basic bonfire safety-

Teach both your children and pets that fire is dangerous and not to be played around. Always keep an eye on little ones and four-legged friends to be sure they don't get careless and end up hurt. If you feel you need a little extra protection you can

  • put a mesh lid on the pit
  • set up a baby gate around the fire
  • tie up or anchor pets at a safe distance

If you plan on having a fire on your own property, consider investing in a good quality fire pit. Most pits come with a stand and a protective mesh top and are made out of non-toxic metal with no dyes or finishes. Having a self-contained pit (like the one pictured) will help assure the safety of everyone around, as well as protecting your property.

What to burn-

As satisfying as it might be to throw your greasy burger plate on the fire and watch it burst and sizzle, resist the urge to put anything in the fire besides firewood. Styrofoam and plastic can create toxic smoke, and paper products cause large amounts of hot ash and smoke to billow around the pit area.

Some plants that grow here, like mango trees and black olive can be toxic if burned. Try staying away from burning plants found on your property, as the smoke of toxic plants not only burn the eyes and throat, but poison any food prepared over the fire. 

More than anything, bonfires are meant to be a fun, warm gathering place for friends and family as the nights grow colder. SERVPRO Plantation wishes everyone a safe, fun season. 

Ozone Generators and Fire Restoration

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

Here is a simplified graphic of how ozone generators work.

Ozone is triatomic oxygen or enriched oxygen. Rather than having two atoms like in the oxygen we breathe, ozone has three bonded oxygen atoms. It is a strong oxidizing agent as well as a sterilizing agent most commonly used in fire restoration to eliminate smoke odors. We at SERVPRO Plantation use machines known as ozone generators to produce the gas.

The machine uses a high voltage corona mechanism to emulate the same conditions that would allow ozone to form in nature (such as lightning).  Regular oxygen from the air goes in, ozone comes out and can then be directed wherever it is needed.

Some examples of what can be deodorized with ozone are odors associated with:

  • fire
  • tobacco
  • cooking
  • decay
  • biohazards

However, ozone is less effective on inorganic odors (meaning odors not derived from living matter) such as:

  • ammonia
  • phosphates
  • chlorides
  • sulfates
  • nitrates

The reason for this is because the third oxygen molecule bonds with the organic odor compound and oxidizes it. The ozone then turns into regular oxygen and eliminates the smell by breaking it down at a vastly accelerated rate compared to standard oxygen. Oxygen molecules have trouble bonding with and oxidizing inorganic compounds, making it less effective on them.

There are very little drawbacks to using ozone generators in fire restoration jobs, if used correctly and as mandated by OSHA. Ozone is converted back to oxygen in a matter of minutes, so rooms or buildings only need to be evacuated for a short period of time.

Remember to not use any ozone generators on your own and call in only qualified professionals like our team at SERVPRO Plantation to deal with smoke odors.

Fire Damage: Dos and Do Nots

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

For water and fire damage cleanup and restoration, call SERVPRO!

After a fire takes place, there's a million things on your mind. Hopefully you had a plan in place to protect your loved ones and important property. To help protect your home and belongings from further damage, here are a few tips for what you should and should not do after fire damage takes place.

Fire damage dos:

  1. Limit the amount of movement through the affected area to prevent the spread of soot and other particles which may cause additional damages. If the affected area is too large to avoid, evacuate while repairs are being done.
  2. Placing large clean rags, or old linens on rugs and upholstery in your home can also help prevent the spread of soot.
  3. Coating chrome fixtures like your faucets, or other parts of appliances with petroleum jelly.
  4.  If there is water in your home and on your floors, protect your furniture by putting a barrier like foil or wooden blocks where the furniture touches the floor.

Fire damage do nots:

  1. Do not wash any walls or other painted surfaces yourself- improper cleaning can stain the walls.
  2. Do not try to clean or shampoo any carpets, rugs, or upholstery. Trying to clean up fire damage yourself is extremely hazardous to your personal health. Always call a professional.
  3. Do not clean any electrical equipment as this is dangerous, have a professional look at it, or replace it.
  4. Do not send clothes to a dry cleaner as improper cleaning can set smoke odors and stains.

For more information on our fire damage restoration services, visit our page or give us a call. With 24-hour emergency service, SERVPRO Plantation will arrive faster to your disaster, and make it "like it never even happened."

9 Holiday Fire Safety Tips From the American Red Cross

12/6/2016 (Permalink)

Using candles safely is one of the Red Cross' holiday fire safety tips.

Holiday Fire Safety Tips

The holidays are a time for decoration, celebration and family. But with our secor and festivities comes a creater risk of fire. Candles, festive lights, decor and large scale cooking all come with the season, but can lead to some dangerous scenarios. In fact, The American Red reports that nearly 47,000 fires occur during the winter holidays claiming more than 500 lives, causing more than 2,200 injuries, and costing $554 million in property damage! Listed below are some holiday fire safety tips to make your holiday season safe and wonderful.

 

Preparedness Tips

  • Place Christmas trees, candles, and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents and candles.
  • Purchase flame retardant metallic or artificial trees. If you purchase a real tree, make sure that it has fresh, green needles that aren’t easily broken. Keep live trees as moist as possible by giving them plenty of water.
  • Make sure that light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving home or going to bed. 9 Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Always extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Use only sturdy tree stands designed not to tip over. Keep curious pets and children away from Christmas trees.
  • Keep anything that can catch on fire—pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from your stove top.
  • Designate one person to walk around your home to make sure that all candles and smoking materials are properly extinguished after guests leave.
  •  Smoke alarms save lives. 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.

Source: http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4340080_FireHolidayFactSheet.pdf

After the blaze: How to Protect Your Property From Damage AFTER a Fire

11/15/2016 (Permalink)

The first 48 hours after a fire are the most critical to avoiding additional damage.

A fire is a truly destructive force of nature. With all the devastation a fire can cause while burning, it's easy to forget that your home or business may still be in danger after the fire is extinguished.

The first 48 hours after a fire are the most critical to protecting your property from any residual dangers, and can often make the difference between restoration or full on replacement of your valuables. The first step is to contact a professional restoration service, like SERVPRO of Plantation. However, there are other steps you can take to protect your home or business, such as:

  • Limiting the amount of movement through the affected area to prevent the spread of soot particles which may cause additional damage
  • Placing clean towels or used linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery
  • Coating chrome fixtures, such as faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil
  • Placing aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet
  • Not washing any walls or painted surfaces
  • Not shampooing any carpet or upholstery
  • Not cleaning any electrical equipment
  • Not sending clothing to a dry cleaner (improper cleaning can set smoke odor)


At SERVPRO of Plantation, we understand the need to get your life back to normal after a disaster, but before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call the fire damage restoration and cleanup experts at SERVPRO of Plantation to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Post Flame Recovery

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

Fires cause unnecessary havoc in people’s lives. Half the battle is getting rid of the flames. After the flames are gone, there is a lot more to be done and that’s where we come in. Your home definitely suffered smoke and fire damage as well as possible water damage and the professionals at SERVPRO have the skills and equipment necessary to restore your house to the way it was before the fire. We follow these steps to make sure your home is back to the way it was before the fire.  For an easy and hassle-free experience, trust SERVPRO to help manage everything for you, including the insurance claims process.

Breathing Concerns After a Fire

7/11/2016 (Permalink)

Soot is potentially very dangerous and can cause severe respiratory issues. Never enter a home without facemasks or other forms of respiratory filters, since breathing in soot can be very hazardous. If it has been some time since the fire, you may also be at risk of breathing mold spores or other biological matter. If it is not within 24 hours after the fire, mold, spores, and other potentially deadly contagions may be present, so you should hire a professional to help you clean up the areas with house fire damage. Even though smoke may not be visible, it may still be present in your home and cause subtle respiratory issues. Respirators or facemasks are always mandatory after a house fire. Let your professional restoration company’s contractors decide whether or not they are necessary.

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