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Fire Emergency Procedures and tips

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Emergency Procedures and tips Fire Emergency Procedures and tips

Fire emergency is always overwhelming, nobody except firefighters or specialist in fire emergencies are really prepared to address inflame fire spreading quickly over certain area or inhale smoking residues for a long period of time.

When fire or smoke damage affect your home or business SERVPRO of Martin County have a general procedure before, during and after the fire emergency happens. Even though every situation is different the general process to address Fire emergency remain the same.

From our experience, here we recommend easy steps to follow before, during and after Fire emergency occurs.

What to do when a fire emergency happens and waiting for help to arrive?

We acknowledge your worries and anxiety of the moment, however we would like you to take few min to ask yourself if it’s safe to stay in the property, check out the area up and down and make sure you are in a safe point. Try out to be aware of electronic devices, as they might drop, putting in risk your safety.

How to procedure during a fire emergency?

Remember that some material and textures can conduct heat more easily, so stay away from them. Avoid also movement in the home or property to prevent smoke particles from being drive into carpets, curtains, upholstery and some others inflame fabrics.

It’s important that you and your family remains in a safe area as we recommend before and try out to keep your hands clean all the time, so it won’t conduct or make the worst materials such as walls, upholstery, and woodwork.

What to do after a fire emergency?

Added to the above mentioned we recommend: If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open, place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas. Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves and change HVAC filter

Finally, don’t effort to clean any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting SERVPRO!

Our staff is highly trained in fire damage emergency. When fire or smoke damage affect your home or business, follow us here: Fire Emergency Procedures and tips: https://www.SERVPROmartincounty.com/fire-damage-tips or contact SERVPRO specialist for all you fire emergency questions. Smoke or Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO of Martin County (772) 334-8762

Fire Emergency? What to do until help arrives?

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Emergency? What to do until help arrives? Fire Emergency? What to do until help arrives?

At SERVPRO of Martin County, we hope that you never have to go through a fire emergency at your home or business, however if that happens SERVPRO will be there to help you up with the restoration process.

There was a fire at home, you and your family are ok but that’s more than we can say about your house so you need to be prepare for such a situation.

SERVPRO of Martin County will be at the place you as soon as possible. We attend emergencies of restoration the 24/7 no matter how big they are. In case of fire emergency the damages will be not just for fire, there will be water and smoke damage too. The process to addresses it remain similar, even though every situation is different there are some steps and tips we recommend you to follow if you find yourself in front of one of them.

First of all, no matter how worried you are about your house or business, it is very important to ask yourself if it is safe to stay in the property. If you do, be aware of electronic devices, they might drop putting your safety in risk.

Some materials are better conductors for heat and may start the fire again so pay special attention to these.

Try to avoid the movement in the place to prevent the smoke particles from being drive into upholstery and carpets besides touch the less possible and keep your hands clean so you do not transfer the dirt and make worst materials such as upholstery, walls, and woodwork.

Make sure that the electricity is off and empty your freezer and refrigerator, and keep its door open.

To protect the carpet from more damage put some old linens or clean towels on carpet traffic areas.

Wait for SERVPRO of Martin County so we do the cleaning, do not effort to clean walls, carpets or painted surfaces. Do not try to clean any electrical appliances that have been close to fire, water or heat.

Avoid to consume any food that have been in the place during the fire and keep the power off do not try to operate any electrical device at the place.

If you had a fire emergency call SERVPRO of Martin County to action: 772-334-8762

Fire and Smoke Restoration

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire and Smoke Restoration Fire and Smoke Restoration

Fire damage and smoke are particularly big issues that can happens to your business or commercial property. Fire emergencies can have multiple causes and the effort and job that its demand such as significant amount of water from firefighting efforts and fire suppression system are some of the big efforts it’s needed to address such situations.

What happen when a Fire and Smoke Restoration is needed it?

To overcome Fire and Smoke, and try out to restore the business or property back to pre-fire condition, it’s important to have the experts number ready, so your business will be prepare for bigger losses and you will minimize the lost revenue and productivity.

How SERVPRO of Martin County runs Fire and Smoke Restoration?

Whether your fire emergency occurs in an office building, store, motel or restaurant, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Commercial Restoration brings unique challenges, however SERVPRO can run any Fire and Smoke Restoration the best way!

SERVPRO of Martin County has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies. Why? because we count with Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians, Odor Control Technicians, Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technicians, Water Damage Restoration Technicians. They runs its services the best way and procedure in every project meticulously and professionally.

Commercial Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO of Martin County Today – (772) 334-8762

Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. At SERVPRO of Martin County, we have Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment, Specialized in fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “usual” fire damage emergency:

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. 

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Fire damage can be devastating for you and your family. Feelings of confusion and stress are common, and you need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. We always treat your family with the greatest empathy and respect, and we’ll treat your property with great care.

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first. Ask yourself if it’s safe to stay in the house, if not call SERVPRO of Martin County ASAP: (772) 334 8762

Fire Damage Restoration Services

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration Services 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. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. Here the step by step to follow in case of any Fire Damage Restoration emergency: 

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. 

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Martin County have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

SERVPRO of Martin County specializes in Fire Damage Restoration Services. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (772) 334-8762

Basics about Fire and Smoke Clean Up process

7/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Basics about Fire and Smoke Clean Up process Basics about Fire and Smoke Clean Up process

Each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution personalized for the specific conditions. When various materials burn, the smoke and residue they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure.

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.

The steps listed below illustrate our process for the typical fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.

  • Step 1: Emergency Contact
  • Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  • Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service
  • Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  • Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  • Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing
  • Step 7: Restoration

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

SERVPRO is a company with more than 40 years of leadership in Fire and Smoke Clean Up and restoration. Our track record of results has earned us the trust of the insurance industry, countless homeowners, and in one unforgettable instance, even the Pentagon.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? - Call Us Today – (772) 334-8762 

SERVPRO of Martin County understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life with our Fire and Smoke Clean Up process and "Like it never even happened.¨

How to overcome fire and smoke interruptions

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How to overcome fire and smoke interruptions How to overcome fire and smoke interruptions

Every fire damage situation is a little different and requires a unique solution, however the general process to overcome fire or smoke damages remains the same. When various materials burn, our provider applied the state of the art technique to address the issues.

Here is the basics steps SERVPRO apply after a fire, smoke, or soot damage occurred:

1. Emergency Contact: The restoration process begins with your call. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us reply immediately with the proper equipment and resources.

2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment: We carefully inspect and test connecting rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service: Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present): The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces: We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

6. Cleaning and Sanitizing: We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

7. Restoration: Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Once the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

SERVPRO understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or smoke damage and the interruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the disturbance to your life with our Fire and Smoke Clean Up and quickly respond to it “Like it never even happened."

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call SERVPRO Today – (772) 334-8762

For a Thanksgiving Day and Holiday Season Free from Fire Damage

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage For a Thanksgiving Day and Holiday Season Free from Fire Damage For a Thanksgiving Day and Holiday Season Free from Fire Damage

Thanksgiving Day and the Holiday Season are times for celebration, reflection, and spending time with those you love. Unfortunately, accidents can happen. Ensure your loved ones’ protection by implementing a fire safety plan at the holidays, and keep in mind the following recommendations to avoid major disasters.

In Case of a House Fire


Many fires that can lead to fire damage inside a home are triggered by candles that drip hot wax or candle residue onto flammable coverings. Other sources of indoor fires can be caused by candles that are near other combustible materials such as:

  • Oils or potpourri
  • Decorative tissue paper
  • Wooden toys or holiday decorations
  • If you buy an artificial tree, make sure that it is fire resistant – not all trees are.
  • Natural trees require regular watering, your tree should never feel dry to the touch, this then becomes a major fire hazard.
  • If you have LED lights, a dry tree can go up in flames quickly. Make sure to keep your tree adequately watered. Do not take the risk.

Smoke Detectors During a House Fire

Smoke detectors save lives by providing an early warning of a smoke or fire incident, but can do nothing to extinguish a growing fire. They also do little to protect those physically unable to escape on their own, such as the elderly or small children.

Increasingly, battery operated smoke detectors fail to function because the batteries are dead or have been removed. Although the percent of homes in America that were “protected” with smoke detectors increased from zero to more than 70%, the number of fire deaths in homes did not significantly decrease. A home needs more than just a set of functioning smoke detectors.

Keep an Eye on Children

Families need an escape plan, fire extinguishers, and in certain circumstances, even a sprinkler system to stay safe from and aware of any fire situations.

If you're hosting a holiday party, then your children and your guests’ children may tag along as well. Kids love to imitate adults, and they're quite curious; as a result, alcohol poisoning in children is common during the holiday season.

Adults are likely to leave half-empty drink glasses lying around, and kids are there for the taking. Be sure to either warn guests to leave their kids at home with a babysitter because it’s an adult-only party, or strongly enforce after-drinking cleanup.

Provide guests a special place to store their bags and luggage too, which regularly contain pills and other medications. Children are adventurers and love to rummage through what’s new at home. Keep in mind the safety of yourself and of those around you. That is something that certainly everyone will be grateful for.

Fire Safety Plan at Home

Here’s a final list of Safety and Prevention Tips to keep handy:

  • Check and maintain your smoke detectors:Replace batteries at least once a year around Daylight Savings Time.
  • Establish a fire evacuation plan: Practice your fire escape plan with all your family members.
  • In the event of house fire:don’t waste a second, leave your house and call the fire department.
  • In the event of an apartment fire:never use an elevator and always feel your door before exiting; if it is hot do not open it.
  • Be careful with electricity:Keep an eye out for devices that are dangerous or in poor condition like flickering lamps, bare wires, open circuit breakers, etc.
  • Give space heaters space: Leave at least one meter (three feet) between combustible materials and space heaters.

When Using Lights and Decorations

The Electrical Safety Foundation International recommends connecting no more than three strings of incandescent lights together. If you're using LEDs, most UL labeled lights will tell you on the package how many strings of lights you can safely string together.

Use a GFCI Outlet 

Only plug your lights into a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet. These outlets will shut the circuit down if there is too much current flowing through, preventing fires. If your outlet is a GFCI, it will have a reset and test button in the center. If you don't have one, you can purchase a portable GFCI outlet from your home improvement store like this Waterproof In-line GFCI or this Portable GFCI.

Elevate Outdoor Lighting

Keep your light strands off the ground, too. If you want to make a cool runway effect down your walkway, use light stakes. You just stick them in the ground and the lights clip to the top of the stake. Make sure to keep them dry, don't let your cords sit on the ground, be aware that the junction where your light cord and your extension cord meet needs to stay out of damp soil, puddles, water, etc.

You can buy an inexpensive cord protector like the Twist and Seal Heavy Duty Cord Protector or the Extension Cord Safety Seal-- to keep your cords dry, or plan your light display so that connections are in the air instead of on the ground.

Try to use an extension cord that is rated for outdoor use. Indoor-use extension cords aren't meant to be used in the cold or wet.  Check to make sure your lights are labeled also as waterproof and follow the American National Standards Institute.

Prevent Tripping Hazards

Use anchoring pins or ground staples to secure extension cords to the ground on either side of a walkway to prevent tripping hazards. Simply thread the cord through the middle and push the ends of the pin or staple into the dirt. If you have some wire hangers, a pair of pliers and wire cutters laying around, you can make your own staples in a pinch. Just cut 8 inches (20.32 centimeters) of wire and bend it into a U-shape.

While holiday decorating is all about adding fun, sparkle and warmth to a very special season, it’s important to remember that many of our favorite decorations carry the risk of fire or electrical injury if not used carefully. Don’t let a preventable accident take the enjoyment out of your holidays


Contacting SERVPRO is the first step you should take when addressing disaster strikes. We will help you to minimize your particular issue whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood.  SERVPRO is a leader in water and fire damage response, and we will help you safely and efficiently get your residential or commercial property back in working order.

SERVPRO of St. Lucie County 772-934-6957 - SERVPRO of Martin County (772) 334-8762


Our best wishes to you and your loved ones during the holidays!

How to clean your Home after a fire?

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How to clean your Home after a fire? Cleaning Your Home After a Fire

When the firefighters leave, you might want to start cleaning your home immediately.  Unfortunately, you will notice that an extraordinary amount of ash and smoke are left behind that can begin to cause corrosion, discoloration, unpleasant odors, among other damages.

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 and vulnerable, so you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis.

If a professional isn’t hired to immediately clean up the smoke and fire damage, the costs for restoration will hit the roof after a few weeks. Metals may need to be replaced, carpet will permanently discolor, and glass may be severely engraved, needing replacement. Keep in mind that due to the acidic nature of the ash, the longer it takes to hire experts, the more destruction it will cause.

What to do after a fire?

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

“Do it yourself” techniques very rarely work to resolve issues of ash and smoke residue left behind after a fire. Inexperienced attempts at trying to complete such tasks could lead to further contamination and damage of your home and personal possessions. The best option is to reach out to a reliable fire restoration service with the licenses and certifications to complete such services in your area.

SERVPRO of Martin County is a company with more than 40 years of leadership in Fire and Smoke Clean up and restoration. Our track record of results has earned us the trust of the insurance industry, countless homeowners, and in one unforgettable instance, even the Pentagon. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life with our Fire and Smoke Clean Up and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO of Martin County (772) 334-8762

FIRE HAZARDS TO CONSIDER ON THANKSGIVING

11/22/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage FIRE HAZARDS TO CONSIDER ON THANKSGIVING THANKSGIVING - FIRE HAZARDS

Holidays are here and none celebrates cooking more than Thanksgiving. Of all fires reported in the U.S. every year, 31% happen in residential homes. That’s due to a number of factors: open flames, negligence, cooking, and more. A key for preventing fire is understands common causes.

Here are some of the common causes of fire at home, please keep them in mind and prevent serious accidents during the holidays:

1. COOKING
House fires happen most during dinner hours, most likely between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. That’s because people are cooking. If you’re preparing dinner, here’s what you should remember:

• For grease fires, only use a fire extinguisher (class B) or baking soda. Do not use water! It will spread the oil/grease and make your fire worse.
• Never leave your food unattended. Fires only need 30 seconds to go from a small flame to an out-of-control blaze, so even going to the bathroom could endanger your home.
• Turn off the stove and all appliances once you’re done cooking.
• Don’t wear baggy clothing. It could catch fire accidentally.
• Keep the grill at least 10 feet from vegetation and the house. Don’t ever leave a grill unattended. Fat dripping from oil or meat could cause a flare up that can quickly grow out of control. Also, remember to keep grills away from brush, your home, and overhanging branches.

2. HEATING EQUIPMENT
Almost 13% of all residential fires are caused by heating equipment. You can avoid heating equipment from catching fire by inspecting and cleaning wood-stoves and chimneys, using a fireplace screen, and having your hot water heater and furnace serviced regularly.

Space heaters can also cause fires if left too close to walls, drapes, and bedding. If you have a space heater, give it some room.

3. ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES
Electrical appliances cause over 6% of house fires. Look for worn wires, surge marks in wire, and damaged cords. If you see any exposed wires, unplug the electronic appliance and replace it immediately. Also, keep all cords away from furniture and rugs. Running cords under rugs is dangerous. We recommend never plug appliances into an extension cord or two-slot outlet and while on vacation you should unplug everything just in case.

Beauty tools like hair straighteners and curling irons get hot. If you forget to unplug them, they could start a fire. Always unplug your beauty products and leave them on a hard surface like a marble countertop and away from flammable objects.

You can decrease the chances of something malfunctioning and catching on fire by making sure it’s approved by the Underwriters Laboratories (UL). The UL has high safety standards, so you’ll know the appliance is well made.

4. CARELESSNESS
For house fires, negligence causes 5.8% of flashes. Carelessness includes leaving candles burning, not putting out cigarettes, putting heating equipment near combustible items, and more. Fire is dangerous. Never treat anything hot or on fire with anything but the utmost care.

5. SMOKING
About 2% of fires are caused by cigarettes. One way you can prevent fires from cigarettes is to stop smoking them! Another is to do so outdoors and put your spent cigarette butts into water. Wildfires and those caused by lightning are unavoidable.

6. OTHER POTENTIAL FIRE HAZARDS TO CONSIDER
Most Christmas Trees fires start because of faulty lights or proximity to a heat source. Christmas tree fires are normally pretty serious too. On average, one out of 31 Christmas tree fires kills someone. Prevent this from happening by putting new lights on your Christmas tree, inspecting older lights, and keeping them away from heat sources.


Between 2007 and 2011, nearly 50,000 fires were started by people playing with fire. Of those, 43% were started by children under six years old and 38% of outdoor fires were caused by children aged 10. Keep matches away from kids, teach them about fire safety, and never leave them unattended with flammable objects.

Don’t’ forget to clean your vents and filters! They can get gunked up with lint, hair, dust, and other flammable residue that can catch fire.

If you are experiencing any fire or smoke damage at your work place or at home during the holidays do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO, our technicians will treat your family with empathy and your home with great care. (772) 334-8762

SERVPRO wish you a “Happy Thanksgiving as its a time to be grateful and to think about all the special people who have touched our lives”

Fire Emergency? What to do until help arrives

10/6/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Emergency? What to do until help arrives Fire Emergency. What to do?

A fire can leave behind soot, smoke damage and a host of other problems. Ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough professional cleaning. If your home or business suffers a fire, it is important to take the appropriate steps to prevent further damage until your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals arrive. The following tips may help reduce damage and increase chances of a successful restoration.

DO

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffi c areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer/refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
  • Wipe soot from chrome kitchen/bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of
    lubricant.
  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes
    and fi xtures.
  • Change HVAC fi lters; leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.

DON’T

  • Don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without fi rst contacting your SERVPRO® Franchise Professional.
  • Don’t attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without fi rst consulting your SERVPRO® Franchise Professional.
  • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fi re, heat or water without fi rst consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Do not consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fi re, heat or water, as they may be contaminated.
  • If ceiling is wet, do not turn on ceiling fans. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
  • Don’t send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

Call the Cleanup Team that's faster to any disaster

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Call the Cleanup Team that's faster to any disaster Fire Emergency

October is Fire Prevention Month— a perfect time to examine emergency preparedness plans for your home and business, including your fire escape plan. Do you have a fire escape plan? Have you changed your smoke alarm batteries within the last year?

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) designates a week each October to focus on fire prevention awareness.
The 2016 theme is “Don’t Wait—Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” designed to educate the public on the basic but essential elements of smoke
alarm safety. The NFPA recommends installing smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and
on every level of your home, including the basement. Did you know that roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires
reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep?* Smoke alarms save lives. In fact, having a working
smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half!

Stay safe and prepare now to ensure you are ready for any disaster by having a family emergency plan and by having SERVPRO of Martin County handy 772-334-8762

Visit us also on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to be up to date with any relevant information regarding Fire Safesty Tips.

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What to do until help arrives

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What to do until help arrives What to do until help arrives

A fire can leave behind soot, smoke damage and a host of other problems. Ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough professional cleaning. If your home or business suffers a fire, it is important to take the appropriate steps to prevent further damage until SERVPRO of Martin County arrives. The following tips may help reduce damage and increase chances of a successful restoration. 

Do:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot particles on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer/refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
  • Wipe soot from chrome kitchen/bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, the protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.
  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
  • Change HVAC filters; leave the system off until a trained professional can check the system.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.

Don't:

  • Don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO® of Martin County.
  • Don’t attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO® of Martin County.
  • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Do not consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water, as they may be contaminated.
  • If the ceiling is wet, do not turn on ceiling fans. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
  • Don’t send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

Mitigating fire damage

6/24/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Mitigating fire damage Mitigating fire damage

A home or business fire can be a very stressful event for the property owner. Damage to personal belongings and the contents of the building is just one concern. Timely mitigation is the key to controlling damage, while reducing downtime and recovery costs. 

SERVPRO® of Martin County understands how disruptive fires can be for business owners, their tenants and even their customers. That is why SERVPRO® of Martin County offers 24-hour emergency response. 

SERVPRO’s Service Response Guidelines can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems. Under normal circumstances, a SERVPRO® of Martin County will be on-site of a fire damage within four hours to begin emergency mitigation services.

The rapid response and the training of SERVPRO® of Martin County will help limit damage and get your facility back in operation quickly and help make it, "Like it never even happened."

Choosing the Proper Fire Extinguisher for Your Needs

3/31/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Choosing the Proper Fire Extinguisher for Your Needs Choosing the Proper Fire Extinguisher for Your Needs

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 escape route; and
  • Your instincts tell you that it is safe to use an extinguisher.

Classes of Extinguishers

Learn about the different classes of extinguishers and the type of fire each are designed to extinguish:

Class A: For use with fires involving ordinary combustible materials such as cloth, wood, rubber, paper, and many plastics.

Class B: Used on fires involving flammable liquids, such as grease, gasoline, and oil.

Class C: Suitable for use on fires involving appliances, tools, or other equipment that is electrically energized or plugged in.

Class D: For 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: For use on fires involving vegetable oils, animal oils, or fats in cooking appliances. These extinguishers are generally found in commercial kitchens but are becoming more popular in the residential market.

How to use a fire extinguisher?

Learn how to use it if the need arises memorizing the acronym PASS. it stands for:

Pull the safety pin

Aim the extinguisher at the source of the flame

Squeeze the handle or the trigger

Sweep the extinguisher until the fire goes out

We’re Fire and Water Damage Specialists

There is no substitute for training and experience. Like fire and water damage specialists, our business is built on fire and water restoration expertise. We have the knowledge and the specialized equipment to get your property back to pre-fire condition.

Information provided by U.S. Fire Administration.

Call SERVPRO of Martin County for more information (772) 334-8762

Home Fire Preparedness Campaign in Indiantown

2/3/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Home Fire Preparedness Campaign in Indiantown Home Fire Preparedness Campaign - SERVPRO of Saint Lucie and Martin county

SERVPRO of Saint Lucie and Martin county was a proud volunteer for the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign in Indiantown with the American Red cross on January 9th 2016.  

Indianwood Community Red Cross volunteers teamed up with community partners to install 108 smoke alarms free of charge to residents. The initiative aims to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fires by as much as 25% over the next several years.

Stay Safe on Independence Day

6/25/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Stay Safe on Independence Day Stay Safe on Independence Day

Did you know, more fires are reported on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year in the United States? Nearly half of those fires are caused by fireworks.

Fireworks are an essential part of celebrating the Fourth, but they also pose a serious safety threat if used improperly. You may find these recent statistics* surprising:

- Fireworks caused an estimated 18,000 reported fires.

- $38 million in property damage.

- U.S. emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,800 people      for fireworks related injuries.

Celebrate safely by practicing the next tips:

Firework Safety Tips

Tips provided by The National Council on Fireworks Safety



- Only use fireworks outdoors.

- Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.

- Never give fireworks to young children.

- Always have water handy or easily accessible.

- Only use fireworks as intended.

- Never relight a "dud" firework. Wait 20 minutes and then  soak it in a bucket of water.

- Use common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance    from the shooter and the shooter should wear safety glasses.

- Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a "designated shooter."

If a fire, water or mold damage strikes, no matter the size, call SERVPRO® of Martin County. Backed by a System of Franchises more than 1,600 strong, we’ll help make your property disaster “Like it never even happened.” 

The Behavior of Smoke

5/27/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Behavior of Smoke The Behavior of Smoke

SERVPRO® Martin County know smoke can penetrate various cavities within the structure, causing hidden damage and odor. Their knowledge of building systems helps them investigate how far smoke damage may have spread. Here are some facts you may not know about smoke:

  • 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.

The 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, a SERVPRO® Martin County 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.

-Fuel Oil Soot – Furnace Puff Backs

While “puff backs” can create havoc for homeowners, SERVPRO® Martin County can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly.

-Other Types – Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue

Special loss situations require special care. SERVPRO® Martin County are trained to handle even the toughest losses.

First 24 Hours After a Fire

2/24/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage First 24 Hours After a Fire First 24 Hours After a Fire

The first 24 hours after fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO’s 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines* can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems.

Under normal circumstances, within one hour from notice of a loss, a SERVPRO® of Martin County will contact you to arrange for service. Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO® of Martin County will be on-site to begin mitigation services. Finally, within eight business hours, a verbal job briefing will be communicated to the appropriate person. 

SERVPRO® of Martin County provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration. These services help ensure your property and belongings are restored to preloss condition when possible.

SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help you make it “Like it never even happened.”

Why Take the Risk? Call SERVPRO of Martin County (772) 334-8762 

Tips for Preventing Holiday Fires

12/23/2014 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Tips for Preventing Holiday Fires Tips for Preventing Holiday Fires

Statistics highlight the need for preparation and caution in holiday decorating and entertaining

The approaching holiday season brings traditions, parties, shopping, entertaining – and potential danger, according to the restoration specialists at SERVPRO.

The latest statistics available from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) show the holidays are a high-risk time for home fires. Christmas trees are responsible for 240 home fires each year, and other holiday decorations are the cause of another 1,170 fires1. Thanksgiving Day sees almost a threefold increase in cooking-related fires; cooking fires are almost twice as likely to happen on Christmas Day as on non-holidays2.

“No one wants to think about the possibility of losing their home, and even more tragically, lives because of a fire during the holidays,” said Rick Isaacson, Executive Vice President of SERVPRO Industries, Inc. “But statistics show, it’s important to be aware of the increased risk seasonal decorating, entertaining and cooking can cause during the holidays.”

Isaacson reminds homeowners that prevention and common sense can help keep homes and families safe during the holidays and throughout the year.  Here are some sobering facts about holiday fires and tips to help keep your home, friends and family safe throughout the holiday season.

Christmas Tree Fire Facts

  • 33% of tree fires are caused by electrical problems; 13% involve decorative lights.Check wiring on lights for breaks and wear. Replace worn strings and don’t exceed manufacturer guidelines for connecting multiple strands of lights. Don’t leave tree lights plugged in when you are away from home or when you go to bed.
  • 42% occur on the 12 days from December 23 through January 3. Keep live trees well watered to reduce the chance of a fire.

Holiday Decoration Fire Facts

  • 45% of all holiday fires involve candles; that number rises to 56% in December. Use flameless candles. If you do use traditional candles, burn them in sturdy candleholders, well away from drapes and other flammable materials, and never leave them unattended or allow them to burn down to less than one inch in length.
  • 48% of all decoration fires start because the decoration is too close to a heat source.Keep all decorations away from heat sources like radiators, portable heaters, fireplaces, etc.

Cooking Fire Facts

  • Cooking fires on Thanksgiving Day exceed the daily average by 272%. Supervise items on the stovetop. 58% of kitchen fires involve ranges; homes with electric cooktops have a higher risk of fire than homes with gas cooktops.
  • Cooking fires on Christmas Day and Christmas Eve exceed the daily average by 96% and 89% respectively. Keep flammable items – potholders, packaging, wrapping, wooden utensils, loose clothing – away from the stovetop. And, don’t let lack of sleep or alcohol consumption affect your ability to concentrate on preparing the meal.

“It only takes a moment’s distraction or carelessness to turn a holiday celebration into a catastrophe,” said Isaacson. “We hope these tips will be a reminder to families everywhere to make fire prevention a priority in their holiday preparations, so they can spend the season enjoying family and friends, not dealing with the aftermath of a fire.”

For more fire prevention tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit www.SERVPROmartincounty.com


About SERVPRO

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO Martin County is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,600 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

Recipe for Cooking Safety in Thanksgiving

11/26/2014 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Recipe for Cooking Safety in Thanksgiving Recipe for Cooking Safety in Thanksgiving

Do you know Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment?

Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don’t practice safe cooking habits, your happy holiday could become hazardous very quickly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking is the main cause for home fires and injuries, with Thanksgiving being the peak day for cooking related fires. Review the following safety tips to help ensure you enjoy a safe holiday.

  • Do not wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.
  • Never leave cooking food unattended–stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If someone must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, they should turn off the stove.
  • Check food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while cooking. Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on.
  • Keep the kids away from the cooking area. Enforce a “kid-free zone” and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove.
  • Keep anything flammable–potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from the stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
  • Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease build-up.
  • Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen. Contact the local fire department to take training on the proper use of extinguishers.
  • Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.
  • Why Take the Risk? Call a SERVPRO® of Martin County. Working to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

    Home Emergency Tips for Fire & Smoke Damage

    6/10/2014 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Home Emergency Tips for Fire & Smoke Damage  Fire Damage

    What to do after fire: 

    • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being imbedded into upholstery and carpets.
    • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
    • Blow or brush vacuum loose soot particles from upholstery, drapes and carpets.
    • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
    • lf electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open.
    • Clean and protect chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances with light coating of Vaseline or oil.
    • Wash house plants on both sides of leaves.
    • Change HVAC filter.
    • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

    What not to do after fire:

    • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO Professional.
    • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO Professional.
    • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances, TV sets, radios, etc. that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
    • Use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. (They may be contaminated.)
    • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged.
    • Send garments to ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

    Do you have a Fire and Smoke Restoration plan?

    4/10/2014 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Do you have a Fire and Smoke Restoration plan? Fire and Smoke Restoration

    Fire and Smoke Restoration is a very sensitive job that is best left to professionals. After an accident happens and as the Holiday seasons is coming it’s very important to have a Fire and Smoke Restoration plan to be able to overcome any issues.

    When the situation arises the most complicated and matters is the by-products of such scenes that are usually classified as bio -hazardous materials, and they require special handling that ordinary people are usually not knowledgeable in.

    That’s why at SERVPRO we focus on restoring versus replacing because restoring the affected areas of your property is substantially less costly than demolishing and replacing those areas. This “restore first” mentality also allows us to get your home or business back to pre-fire condition quicker and with less disruption.

    To avoid the stress of having to deal with all the restoration work by yourself, call the professionals at SERVPRO. Here our steps to follow when you suffer from fire and smoke damage:

    1. Emergency Contact: The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 
    2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
    3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service
    4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
    5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
    6. Cleaning and Sanitizing
    7. Restoration

    When you contact SERVPRO You can rest at ease, knowing that we will take the best possible care of the situation, following all safety and sanitation guidelines. At SERVPRO we will take care of it for you with professionalism while upholding the highest standards of quality.

    You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Smoke Restoration, but our expertise can also make any scenario "Like it never even happened."

    Have Questions About Fire and Smoke Restoration? Call us today – (772) 334-8762

    Fire and Smoke Clean Up in Martin County

    2/10/2014 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Fire and Smoke Clean Up in Martin County Fire and Smoke Clean Up in Martin County

    SERVPRO® of Martin and Saint Lucie County understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life with our Fire and Smoke Clean Up Martin County and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

    SERVPRO® of Martin and Saint Lucie County specializes in Fire and Smoke Clean Up Martin County and other cities of Martin County and Saint Lucie County. We are also experts in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. SERVPRO® of Martin County can also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business.

    Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

    Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored to the specific conditions. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.

    1. Emergency Contact
    2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
    3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
    4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
    5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
    6. Cleaning and Repair
    7. Restoration

    Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
    Call Us Today – (772) 334-8762