Recent Fire Damage Posts

Generator Safety Tips

4/14/2022 (Permalink)

Black storm clouds with white lightning strikes. Follow these tips to stay safe during a power outage.

Springtime in the Midwest can bring rain, wind, and storms.  Downed utility lines, power company blackouts, heavy winds, or thunderstorms can all lead to power outages.  Portable generators offer a temporary solution. Here are some tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) about generator safety:

  • Generators should be used in well ventilated locations outside at least 5 feet away from all doors, windows, and vent openings. Measure the 5-foot distance from the generator exhaust system to the building.
  • Never use a generator in an attached garage, even with the door open.
  • Place generators so that exhaust fumes can’t enter the home through windows, doors, or other openings in the building. The exhaust must be directed away from the building.
  • Make sure to install carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in your home. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for correct placement and mounting height.
  • Turn off generators and let them cool down before refueling. Never refuel a generator while it is hot.
  • Store fuel for the generator in a container that is intended for the purpose and is correctly labeled as such. Store the containers outside of living areas.

SERVPRO of Plymouth / Long Lake / Medina has a team of highly trained technicians available 24-hours a day to handle any fire damage emergency.  Call us at 763-557-7323.

Tips to stay safe around the Pool

3/10/2022 (Permalink)

Pool and hot tub with a house in the background. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day.

Springtime in the Midwest brings thoughts of warmer weather and outdoor activities.  As we start to dream of floating in the pool or sitting in the hot tub, we also need the be aware of electrical hazards while enjoying the water.  Here are some tips from the National Fire Protection Association on how to stay safe around swimming pools, hot tubs and spas.

  • If you are putting in a new pool, hot tub, or spa, be sure the wiring is performed by an electrician experienced in the special safety requirements for these types of installations.
  • Outdoor receptacles must have covers that keep them dry even when appliances are plugged into them.
  • Ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) are special devices designed to protect against electric shock and electrocution. They are required for most pool, spa, or hot tub equipment. They may be in the form of an outlet or a circuit breaker.
  • Electrical appliances, equipment, and cords should be kept at least 6 feet away from the water. When possible, use battery operated appliances and equipment, such as televisions, radios, and stereos.
  • Avoid handling electrical devices when you are wet.
  • Do not swim during a thunderstorm.
  • Have a qualified electrician show you how to turn off all power in case of an emergency.

If you experience fire damage, SERVPRO of Plymouth / Long Lake / Medina has a team of highly trained technicians that can respond 24-hours a day, call us at 763-557-7323.

Fireplace Safety Tips

2/28/2022 (Permalink)

Stone fireplace with a big fire burning. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day.

There is nothing like warming up by a fire in the fireplace, but a dirty chimney can cause a house fire.  Creosote is a black or brown residue that can build up over time and could cause a fire.  It is important to make sure that your chimney is clean and safe for a fire. 

Follow these tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for preventing creosote buildup that can cause chimney fires:

Limited air supply and unseasoned wood encourage the buildup of creosote. To avoid that buildupdo not restrict the air supply by:

  • Closing the glass doors
  • Not opening the damper wide enough
  • The longer the smoke is in the flue, the more likely it is that creosote will form
  • Do not burn unseasoned wood

Fireplace Safety

  • Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace to prevent embers or sparks from jumping out
  • Do not burn paper in your fireplace
  • Put ashes in a metal container with a lid, outside, at least three feet from your home
  • Put the fire out before you go to sleep or leave your home

SERVPRO of Plymouth / Long Lake / Medina has a team of highly trained technicians ready to respond to a fire damage emergency 24-hours a day.  Call us at 763-557-7323.

Safety Tips for your Microwave

2/7/2022 (Permalink)

Kitchen with a microwave in a blue island with wood floors. SERVPRO of Plymouth / Long Lake / Medina provides 24-hour service for any fire damage emergency.

The microwave oven is a great kitchen appliance that provides a quick and easy way to reheat a meal or warm up a cup of coffee.  It is always important to follow a few tips to prevent burns or a possible fire.

Here are some microwave safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association: 

  • Purchase a microwave oven that is listed by a qualified testing laboratory. Make sure to complete and return the product registration card. This way, the manufacturer can reach you if there is a recall on the product.
  • Plug the microwave oven directly into the wall outlet — never use an extension cord
  • Make sure the microwave oven is at a safe height, within easy reach of all users
  • Open food slowly, away from the face. Hot steam or the food itself can cause burns.
  • Food heats unevenly in microwave ovens. Stir and test before eating or giving to children.
  • Never heat a baby bottle in the microwave. Since a microwave oven heats unevenly, it can create hot pockets, leading to burns.

If you experience fire or smoke damage, SERVPRO of Plymouth / Long Lake / Medina has a team of highly trained technicians available 24-hours a day to assist you.  Please call us at 763-557-7323.

Safety Tips for Cooking with Oil

1/4/2022 (Permalink)

Deep fryer with hot oil and an orange SERVPRO logo. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day.

Deep fry day is a favorite day in our household.  This is a day that we deep fry all types of food.  We start in the morning with homemade doughnuts and end the day with deep fried twinkies.  Safety is always on our mind as we work with the hot oil in the Kitchen.  Here are some cooking safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):

Safety considerations for cooking with oil

  • Always stay in the kitchen when frying on the stovetop.
  • Keep an eye on what you fry. If you see wisps of smoke or the oil smells, immediately turn off the burner and/or carefully remove the pan from the burner. Smoke is a danger sign that the oil is too hot.
  • Heat the oil slowly to the temperature you need for frying or sautéing.
  • Add food gently to the pot or pan so the oil does not splatter.
  • Always cook with a lid beside your pan. If you have a fire, slide the lid over the pan and turn off the burner. Do not remove the cover because the fire could start again. Let the pan cool for a long time. Never throw water on the fire.
  • If the fire does not go out or you don’t feel comfortable sliding a lid over the pan, get everyone out of your home. Call the fire department from outside.

SERVPRO of Plymouth / Long Lake / Medina has a team of fire restoration specialists on call 24-hours a day to help you.  Call us today at 763-557-7323. 

Stay Safe While Traveling - Hotel & Motel Safety Tips

12/7/2021 (Permalink)

Hotel room with one bed and a table in the background. Keep these safety tips in mind when traveling.

Vacations and business travel make hotels and motels our home away from home. It is just as important to be prepared and know what you would do in a hotel/motel emergency as it is in your own home.  Here are a few tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to stay safe while traveling:

  • Choose a hotel/motel that is protected by both smoke alarms and a fire sprinkler system.
  • When you check in, ask the front desk what the fire alarm sounds like.
  • When you enter your room, review the escape plan posted in your room.
  • Take the time to find the exits and count the number of doors between your room and the exit. Make sure the exits are unlocked. If they are locked, report it to management right away.
  • Keep your room key by your bed and take it with you if there is a fire.
  • If the alarm sounds, leave right away, closing all doors behind you. Use the stairs — never use elevators during a fire.
  • If you must escape through smoke, get low and go under the smoke to your exit.

If you have any questions about fire damage restoration services, please call SERVPRO of Plymouth / Long Lake / Medina at 763-557-7323.

Winter Holiday Safety Tips

12/2/2021 (Permalink)

Red ornament with a red ribbon and an orange SERVPRO logo. SERVPRO of Plymouth / Long Lake / Medina provides 24-hour service for any fire damage emergency.

The winter holiday season is upon us, and it is a time for traditions and decorating our homes. As we prepare our homes for holiday gatherings, we should also keep safety in mind. Here are a few tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to ensure a fire-safe holiday season:

Holiday decorating

  • Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
  • Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.
  • Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect.
  • Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.
  • Keep decorations away from windows and doors.

If you experience fire or smoke damage, SERVPRO of Plymouth / Long Lake / Medina has a team of highly trained technicians available 24-hours a day to assist you. Please call us at 763-557-7323.

Clothes Dryer Safety Tips

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

White clothes dryer. SERVPRO of Plymouth / Long Lake / Medina can help if you experience fire damage.

Taking out the garbage, sweeping the floor, and doing laundry are just a few daily chores that you may perform during a normal day. It is important to protect your home from a fire disaster by following a few simple tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to avoid a clothes dryer fire:

  • Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional
  • Do not use the dryer without a lint filter
  • Make sure you clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry
  • Rigid or flexible metal venting material should be used to sustain proper air flow and drying time
  • Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating. Once a year, clean lint out of the vent pipe or have a dryer lint removal service do it for you.
  • Keep dryers in good working order. Gas dryers should be inspected by a qualified professional to make sure that the gas line and connection are intact and free of leaks.
  • Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly
  • Follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions and don’t overload your dryer
  • Turn the dryer off if you leave home or when you go to bed

If you experience fire or smoke damage, SERVPRO of Plymouth / Long Lake / Medina has a team of highly trained technicians available 24-hours a day to assist you. Please call us at 763-557-7323.

Keep Safe & Warm this Winter

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

Hot space heater with a metal cage and an orange SERVPRO logo. SERVPRO of Plymouth / Long Lake / Medina provides 24-hour service for any fire damage emergency.

Colder weather is arriving in the Minneapolis area, and it brings chilly temperatures into our home. A great way to help fend off the cold is to use a portable space heater. If you are planning to use a space heater this winter season, it is important that you know how to properly operate it. Please follow these tips and recommendations from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):

Heater Checklist:

  • Purchase a heater with the seal of a qualified testing laboratory.
  • Keep the heater at least 3 feet away from children, pets, and people, or anything that can burn.
  • Choose a heater with a thermostat and overheat protection.
  • Place the heater on a solid, flat surface.
  • Plug the heater directly into the wall outlet. Never use an extension cord.
  • Turn off the space heater when you leave the room or go to bed.

SERVPRO of Plymouth / Long Lake / Medina responds to fire damage emergencies during the winter months and we know the damage even a small fire can cause to a home. Our fire restoration technicians have the advanced training, equipment, and experience to restore damage caused by a small or large fire. Call us at 763-557-7323.

Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Plymouth

10/6/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with orange fire on a black background. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day.

Damage caused by a fire is devastating for your family and your home. It’s a stressful and confusing time, so you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. Our professionals will always treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home and belongings with great care.

SERVPRO of Plymouth / Long Lake / Medina has the water and fire damage training and expertise to help you through this tough time. Once the fire department leaves, your Plymouth home may suffer from water damage caused by firefighting efforts. We have the specialized fire and water damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment to handle fire and water damage and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Please refer to our Fire Damage Tips – Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

SERVPRO of Plymouth / Long Lake / Medina

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Highly Trained Fire Restoration Technicians

Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Today 763-557-7323

Fire Safety Tips

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

Burning match with an orange flame on a black background. It is important to teach children about fire safety.

SERVPRO of Plymouth / Long Lake / Medina has responded to many types of fire damage and we know that it is never too early to teach children about fire safety. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), some children play with fire out of curiosity, boredom, or peer pressure and do not realize the danger fire poses. Each year children cause fires that result in hundreds of injuries and millions of dollars in damage. Here are some safety tips from NFPA to keep your family safe:

  • Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children, up high, preferably in a locked cabinet
  • Closely supervise children, making sure that they are kept away from other fire sources, including lit candles, cigarettes, bonfires, and stoves
  • It is natural for young children to be curious and ask questions about fire, play with fire trucks, or pretend to cook. Use these opportunities to teach them about fire safety
  • Explain that fire moves very fast and can hurt as soon as it touches them. Tell them that this is why matches and lighters are tools for adults only
  • Establish clear rules and consequences about unsupervised and unauthorized uses of fire

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO of Plymouth / Long Lake / Medina has a team of highly trained technicians on call and ready to respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day. Call us today at (763) 557-7323. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Special Smoke Alarms for Hearing Impaired People

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

White smoke alarm with a black background. Special smoke alarms are available for hearing impaired people.

Working smoke alarms save lives.  However, people who are deaf or hard of hearing may not be able to depend on the traditional smoke alarm to alert them to a fire.  The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers these safety tips for hearing impaired people:

  • Smoke alarms and alert devices are available for people who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • Strobe lights that flash when the smoke alarm sounds. The lights warn people of a possible fire
  • When people who are deaf are asleep, a pillow or bed shaker can wake them so they can escape. The shaker is activated by the sound of a smoke alarm
  • When people who are hard of hearing are asleep, an alert device that uses a loud, mixed, low-pitched sound can wake them. They may find a pillow or bed shaker helpful. These devices are triggered by the sound of the smoke alarm
  • Research the products and select the ones that best meet your needs

SERVPRO of Plymouth / Long lake / Medina can respond to your fire damage emergency 24 hours a day.  Call us at (763) 557-7323. 

Electrical Safety Reminders

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

White power outlet on a white wall. SERVPRO of Plymouth / Long Lake / Medina is always ready to help with any size fire damage.

Think about how often we use electricity during a normal day.  We may start our day by turning off an alarm clock and then heading to the kitchen to plug in the coffee maker.  That is just the beginning of all the things around the house that we use on a daily basis.  Electricity makes our lives easier however, we need to keep safety in mind.  Here are a few safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):

  • Have all electrical work done by a qualified electrician.
  • When you are buying or remodeling a home, have it inspected by a qualified private inspector or in accordance with local requirements.
  • Only use one heat-producing appliance (such as a coffee maker, toaster, space heater, etc.) plugged into a receptacle outlet at a time.
  • Major appliances (refrigerators, dryers, washers, stoves, air conditioners, microwave ovens, etc.) should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet. Extension cords and plug strips should not be used.
  • Use ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) to reduce the risk of shock. GFCIs shut off an electrical circuit when it becomes a shock hazard. They should be installed inside the home in bathrooms, kitchens, garages and basements. All outdoor receptacles should be GFCI protected.

SERVPRO of Plymouth / Long Lake / Medina has highly trained technicians that are available 24 hours a day.  Call us at 763-557-7323.  We’ll clean and restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

High-rise Fire Escape Planning

2/12/2021 (Permalink)

Downtown Minneapolis office buildings with blue sky in the background. SERVPRO of Plymouth / Long Lake / Medina are fire damage restoration specialists.

Living in the Minneapolis area many people reside in a high-rise apartment or condominium building and need to be prepared in the event of a fire.  SERVPRO of Plymouth / Long Lake / Medina has been responding to fire damage emergencies for years and we know that having an emergency escape plan in the event of a fire emergency can save your life and the lives of your loved ones.  Here are some tips for escaping a fire from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA): 

  • GO to your outside meeting place and stay there. Call the fire department. If someone is trapped in the building, notify the fire department.
  • If you can’t get out of your apartment because of fire, smoke or a disability, STUFF wet towels or sheets around the door and vents to keep smoke out.
  • CALL the fire department and tell them where you are.
  • OPEN a window slightly and wave a bright cloth to signal your location. Be prepared to close the window if it makes the smoke condition worse.
  • Fire department evacuation of a high-rise building can take a long time.
  • Communicate with the fire department to monitor evacuation status.

If your high-rise apartment or commercial business experiences a fire damage emergency, SERVPRO of Plymouth / Long Lake / Medina can help.  Our technicians are on call 24 hours a day and have the advanced training and equipment to mitigate any fire damage.  Call us today at 763-557-7323.

Stay Warm and Safe this Winter

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

Wood logs burning in a fireplace. SERVPRO of Plymouth / Long Lake / Medina hope you stay warm and safe this winter.

During the winter months in the Minneapolis area the outside temperatures begin to drop, and we spend more time indoors.  With this being said, a warm cozy fireplace is often a place for families to gather to stay warm and cozy.  Here are a few heating safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to prevent heating fires from happening.

Stay warm and safe this winter!

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three-feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove or portable space heater.
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month.

If you do experience any damage from a fire or smoke emergency, please call SERVPRO of Plymouth / Long Lake / Medina at 763-557-7323.

Christmas Tree Safety Tips

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

Green Christmas tree with a red ornament hanging. Follow these Christmas tree safety tips to keep your family safe this holiday season.

The Holiday Season is here!  A big part of the season is choosing the perfect Christmas tree for your home.

As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart.  A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly.  Here are a few tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to keep you and your Christmas tree safe this holiday season.

Picking the tree:

  • Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.

Placing the tree:

  • Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2” from the base of the trunk.
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.

Lighting the tree:

  • Use lights that are listed by a qualified testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

The team from SERVPRO of Plymouth / Long Lake / Medina hope that you have a happy, healthy and safe holiday season.  If you do have any questions about fire, soot or smoke damage please call us at (763) 557-7323.

Keeping your Pets Safe from Fire

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

Grey and white cat looking up at a puppy with light brown fur. Follow these tips to keep your pets safe from fire in your home.

Pets are a big part of our lives; they are often considered part of our family.  We need to make sure that we keep our pets safe inside our homes.  According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) pets and wild animals are responsible for starting 750 home fires each year.  The following are a few sources that your pet may have exposure to:

  • Cooking equipment
  • Fireplaces
  • Chimneys
  • Space heaters
  • Lamps
  • Bulbs
  • Wiring
  • Candles

Here are a few safety tips from NFPA to keep your pets safe in your home:

  • Pets may bump into, turn on, or knock over cooking equipment so keep them away from stoves and countertops.
  • Keep pets away from candles, lamps, and space heaters.
  • Use a heat-tempered glass screen on a fireplace and keep it in place.
  • Keep pets away from chimney’s outside vents.
  • Create a “pet-free zone” of at least three feet away from the fireplace.
  • Use battery-operated, flameless candles.
  • Keep pets away from electrical cords that they might want to chew.
  • Make sure your pets are included in your emergency evacuation plan.

SERVPRO of Plymouth / Long Lake / Medina will respond to any fire damage emergency 24 hours a day.  Call us today at 763-557-7323. 

Tips for Outdoor Grilling

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

Meat and vegetables on a black round grill. Enjoy outdoor grilling with these safety tips.

As the warm days of summer begin to fade, there will be cooler fall days to still enjoy the taste of a meal cooked outside on the grill.  Here are some safety tips provided by the National Fire Protection Association to keep in mind when grilling:

General Grill Safety Tips:

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.

If you have a Charcoal Grill:

  • There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.
  • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.

Please stay safe with your outdoor grilling with the help of these safety tips.  If you have any questions about Fire or Smoke damage, please contact SERVPRO of Plymouth / Long Lake / Medina at 763-557-7323.

Hoarding can be a Fire Hazard

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

Stacks of newspapers bundled with a brown rope. Clutter caused by hoarding can be a fire hazard in your home.

Do you have a person in your life who may be a hoarder?  According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), hoarding is a condition where a person has persistent difficulty discarding personal possessions.  The large amount of possessions fill the home and prevent the normal use of the space.  Living space becomes cluttered making it unusable as the space was designed.  Hoarding can lead to fire hazards in the home.

Why Hoarding Increases Fire Risks:

  • Cooking is unsafe if flammable items are close to the stove or oven.
  • Heating units may be too close to things that can burn. They might also be placed on unstable surfaces. If a heater tips over into a pile, it can cause a fire.
  • Open flames from smoking materials or candles in a home with excess clutter are very dangerous.
  • Blocked pathways and exits may hinder escape from a fire.

How Hoarding Impacts First Responders:

  • Hoarding puts first responders in harm’s way.
  • Firefighters cannot move swiftly through a home filled with clutter.
  • Responders can be trapped in a home when exits are blocked. They can be injured by objects falling from piles.
  • The weight of the stored items, especially if water is added to put out a fire, can lead to building collapse.
  • Fighting fires is very risky in a hoarding home. It is hard to enter the home to provide medical care. The clutter impedes the search and rescue of people and pets.

SERVPRO of Plymouth / Long Lake / Medina has experience with cleaning hoarding homes.  If a family member is struggling and you need assistance, please call our office at (763) 557-7323.  We will be happy to assist you in making your home a safe place.

Tips for Candle Safety in your Home

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

White candle with a flame with a black background. Follow these tips when using candles in your home.

Candles may be pretty to look at and provide a great fragrance in your home, but they can also be a cause of a house fire.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, 3 out of every 5 candle fires start when things that can burn are placed too close to the candle.  Here are some tips that you should follow for candle safety:

  • Blow out candles before leaving a room or going to bed
  • Keep candles one foot away from anything that can burn
  • Use a sturdy candle holder, that will not tip over easily
  • Put candle holders on a sturdy and unclutter surface
  • Light candles carefully, keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame
  • Do not let the candle burn all the way to the bottom; put it out before it gets too close to the container or holder
  • You should not light a candle if oxygen is used in the home
  • During a power outage, use a flashlight or battery-operated lighting instead of a candle

Remember candles are an open flame which means they can easily ignite.  As an alternative, consider using flameless candles.

If you have any additional questions about fire or smoke damage, please feel free to contact SERVPRO of Plymouth / Long Lake / Medina at (763) 557-7323.

Keep your Dryer Vents Clean

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

Silver washer and dryer in a laundry room. Make sure to keep your dryer vent clear of lint.

SERVPRO of Plymouth / Long Lake / Medina often deal with many home fire cleanups caused by lint buildup in dryer vents.  It is very important that you keep your dryer vents clean to reduce the risk of these fires from happening in your home.  Here are a few tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to help keep your dryer vents working efficiently:

  • Do not use the dryer without a lint filter.
  • Make sure you clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry.  Remove lint that has collected around the drum.
  • Rigid or flexible metal venting material should be used to sustain proper air flow and drying time.
  • Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating.
  • Keep dryer in good working order.
  • Don’t overload your dryer.
  • Turn the dryer off if you leave home or when you go to bed.

If you do experience any fire damage in your home, please contact SERVPRO of Plymouth / Long Lake / Medina at (763) 557-7323. 

Using a Portable Fire Extinguisher

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

Red fire extinguisher with a black hose. A portable fire extinguisher is an important fire safety tool.

A portable fire extinguisher can be a life and property saving tool when used correctly.  Read the instructions on the fire extinguisher and become familiar with them before a fire breaks out.  In order to operate an extinguisher, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) suggests remembering the word PASS:

  • Pull the pin. Hold the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.
  • Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly. 
  • Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.

Use a portable fire extinguisher when the fire is confined to a small area, such as a wastebasket, and is not growing; everyone has exited the building; the fire department has been called or is being called; and the room is not filled with smoke.

SERVPRO of Plymouth / Long Lake / Medina is available 24 hours a day to help with any questions about fire, smoke or soot damage.  Please contact us at (763) 557-7323.

Smoke Alarm Safety

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

White round smoke alarm with a black background. Smoke Alarms save lives! Check to make sure that your smoke alarms are in good working order.

Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).  If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out.We here at SERVPRO want to make sure you stay safe.

Here is what you need to know:

  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire.  Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area.  Install alarms on every level of the home. 
  • Smoke alarms should be interconnected.  When one sounds, they all sound. 
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
  • Test your smoke alarms at least once a month.  Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.

Have Questions About Fire or Smoke Damage? Call SERVPRO of Plymouth / Long Lake / Medina at (763) 557-7323.

Source: nfpa.org/Public-Education/Staying-safe/Safety-equipment/Smoke-alarms

SERVPRO provides Fire, Smoke & Soot Damage Restoration

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee speaking to a customer at the bottom of a staircase next to a living room. SERVPRO of Plymouth / Long Lake / Medina provides Fire, Smoke & Soot Damage Restoration Services.

Fire damage can be devastating, and Immediate action is crucial when dealing with fire damage.  Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  SERVPRO of Plymouth / Long lake / Medina provides the following fire, smoke and soot restoration services:

Structural Cleaning:

After a smoke or fire damage, ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting and floors will often need a thorough cleaning.  We will pretest to determine the extent of damage, and then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the different types of surfaces found in your structure.  Depending on the amount of soot, we may even be able to reduce the cost of recovery by cleaning lighter soot deposits found on some surfaces, eliminating the expense incurred with repainting or refinishing. 

Contents Cleaning:

All of the restorable contents in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized.  This includes area rugs, furniture, draperies and upholstery.  We begin by carefully inspecting and testing all fabrics in the structure to determine which cleaning methods are most appropriate.  We can provide wet or dry-cleaning services.  Additionally, all the other restorable contents will be cleaned and deodorized to preloss condition. 

Deodorization:

We provide specialized services that rid your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage.  We do not merely cover up lingering odors with a fragrance, we will seek out the sources of the odor and remove them.

If your home or business experiences fire, smoke or soot damage, please call SERVPRO of Plymouth / Long Lake / Medina at (763) 557-7323.

After a Fire: Cleaning up after smoke and fire damage in the Plymouth/Long Lake/Medina Area

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

Damaged by a fire, this smoke and soot covered wall was cleaned by the SERVPRO of Plymouth/Long Lake/Medina team.

When a fire erupted in a residential apartment building in the Plymouth area of Minnesota, the local fire department responded immediately, extinguishing the fire. The fire and smoke damage displaced many families, and created a massive clean-up effort for SERVPRO. 

Fire, Smoke and Soot Damage

The fire burned inside 2 units of a large apartment building, creating heavy structural damage. All told, residents from a total of 12 units were impacted and suddenly without a home. The fire and smoke damage was present throughout nearly all of the units adjacent to where the fire took place. There was also water inside several apartments from the fire department’s response, coupled with smoke smell and soot covering the walkways and stairwells, making the entire building uninhabitable for residents. After this fire took place, SERVPRO was called to assist in the immediate cleanup and mitigation from the fire damaged structure. 

Cleaning Smoke and Soot Damage

The fire created structural damage in two units, but heavy smoke damage and soot covered walls, furniture and personal belongings in many of the adjoining units. Outside of the living areas, the signs of fire were found throughout the building.  Smoke and soot damage covered brick walls up and down staircases.  As part of the cleanup, SERVPRO was called in to clean the charred walls and restore the appearance of the building.  Using a combination of commercial cleaning materials and steam cleaning, SERVPRO crews performed a thorough cleaning of all the damaged segments of the brick walls, removing all traces of the smoke and soot damage, making the brick and the fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

Understanding the Fire Restoration Process

8/17/2017 (Permalink)

Soot odor can linger long after a house fire, ozone machines can get rid of the odor once and for all.

We are always here to help!

It is imperative that fire restoration should be implemented as soon as possible after a house fire is out. The longer the delay in contacting a restoration company, the more opportunity there is for damage from water and smoke to intensify. It is surprising just how well restoration works in light of how destructive a fire can be. Depending on the damage, a home can often be restored to its before-fire state. A restoration team has a difficult task to perform and a great deal of responsibility, but SERVPRO of Plymouth/Long Lake/Medina's highly trained technicians are well-equipped to return a home to its original condition.

The fire restoration process involves the repair of any structures damaged by smoke, fire, or water. Sub-floor materials undergo inspection for damage and may need to be replaced. Upholstery and curtains are subject to a similar process. Furnishings are taken to a separate location and restored to pre-fire condition. Through the cooperation of the insurance company, the restoration team, and the homeowner, a home can be restored and made safe to live in once again.

SERVPRO of Plymouth/Long Lake/Medina utilizes advanced equipment and technology to quicken the restoration time and to minimize cost. We are proudly serving our community and surrounding areas with 24/7 emergency availability.  Call us at 763-557-7323.

 We service the towns of Plymouth, Wayzata, Deephaven, Shorewood, Excelsior, Long Lake and Medina.

Getting Rid of Soot Odors after Fire Damage

8/17/2017 (Permalink)

Getting Rid of Soot Odors after Fire Damage

Any homeowner who is unfortunate enough to face a house fire of any size knows that the lingering smell of soot is unpleasant. We at SERVPRO see this all the time in our work – even after restoration is complete and the affected area is thoroughly cleaned, the smell of soot often lingers and is very distressing for homeowners.

In some cases, the best way to remove smoke smells after fire damage is a piece of equipment called an ozone machine. Ozone machines are odor removal powerhouses. They are capable of removing even pungent soot odors and making a home smell fresh and clean once more.

There is only one drawback of ozone machines, and that is that we cannot use them in places where there are people, plants or pets. That means that they are not suitable for use in fire restoration situations where you are still living in your home during cleaning. However, if you have to move out for a few days during restoration, ozone is an ideal solution for post-fire smells.

Ozone is a naturally occurring gas. Ozone occurs after lightning strikes or during thunderstorms and is responsible for the fresh, clean smell you notice in the air after a storm passes.

Ozone is also known as nature’s deodorizer due to its ability to remove unpleasant smells. SERVPRO of Plymouth/Long Lake/Medina uses it in fire restoration situations because it has a powerful deodorizing effect on lingering soot smells.

How does ozone act as a deodorizer? It is a straightforward process. Ozone is an unstable molecule, and it reacts quickly to other molecules when it comes into contact with them. The extra oxygen atom in the ozone binds to odor particles and destroys them. This chemical reaction takes the molecules apart and thus gets rid of the smell.

We train our IICRC-certified technicians to apply ozone with due care and attention. We properly contain the affected area, and our team knows just how much ozone to apply for maximum effect.

Because ozone has a short life, your home is safe to inhabit very soon after the treatment is complete.

For situations where it seems impossible to get rid of that lingering smell, ozone is a powerful solution.

For help dealing with cleanup after a fire, call SERVPRO of Plymouth/Long Lake/Medina at 763-557-7323.

Understanding the Fire Restoration Process

8/17/2017 (Permalink)

Soot odor can linger long after a house fire, ozone machines can get rid of the odor once and for all.

We are always here to help!

It is imperative that fire restoration should be implemented as soon as possible after a house fire is out. The longer the delay in contacting a restoration company, the more opportunity there is for damage from water and smoke to intensify. It is surprising just how well restoration works in light of how destructive a fire can be. Depending on the damage, a home can often be restored to its before-fire state. A restoration team has a difficult task to perform and a great deal of responsibility, but SERVPRO of Plymouth/Long Lake/Medina's highly trained technicians are well-equipped to return a home to its original condition.

The fire restoration process involves the repair of any structures damaged by smoke, fire, or water. Sub-floor materials undergo inspection for damage and may need to be replaced. Upholstery and curtains are subject to a similar process. Furnishings are taken to a separate location and restored to pre-fire condition. Through the cooperation of the insurance company, the restoration team, and the homeowner, a home can be restored and made safe to live in once again.

SERVPRO of Plymouth/Long Lake/Medina utilizes advanced equipment and technology to quicken the restoration time and to minimize cost. We are proudly serving our community and surrounding areas with 24/7 emergency availability.  Call us at 763-557-7323.

 We service the towns of Plymouth, Wayzata, Deephaven, Shorewood, Excelsior, Long Lake and Medina.

Getting Rid of Soot Odors after Fire Damage

8/17/2017 (Permalink)

Getting Rid of Soot Odors after Fire Damage

Any homeowner who is unfortunate enough to face a house fire of any size knows that the lingering smell of soot is unpleasant. We at SERVPRO see this all the time in our work – even after restoration is complete and the affected area is thoroughly cleaned, the smell of soot often lingers and is very distressing for homeowners.

In some cases, the best way to remove smoke smells after fire damage is a piece of equipment called an ozone machine. Ozone machines are odor removal powerhouses. They are capable of removing even pungent soot odors and making a home smell fresh and clean once more.

There is only one drawback of ozone machines, and that is that we cannot use them in places where there are people, plants or pets. That means that they are not suitable for use in fire restoration situations where you are still living in your home during cleaning. However, if you have to move out for a few days during restoration, ozone is an ideal solution for post-fire smells.

Ozone is a naturally occurring gas. Ozone occurs after lightning strikes or during thunderstorms and is responsible for the fresh, clean smell you notice in the air after a storm passes.

Ozone is also known as nature’s deodorizer due to its ability to remove unpleasant smells. SERVPRO of Plymouth/Long Lake/Medina uses it in fire restoration situations because it has a powerful deodorizing effect on lingering soot smells.

How does ozone act as a deodorizer? It is a straightforward process. Ozone is an unstable molecule, and it reacts quickly to other molecules when it comes into contact with them. The extra oxygen atom in the ozone binds to odor particles and destroys them. This chemical reaction takes the molecules apart and thus gets rid of the smell.

We train our IICRC-certified technicians to apply ozone with due care and attention. We properly contain the affected area, and our team knows just how much ozone to apply for maximum effect.

Because ozone has a short life, your home is safe to inhabit very soon after the treatment is complete.

For situations where it seems impossible to get rid of that lingering smell, ozone is a powerful solution.

For help dealing with cleanup after a fire, call SERVPRO of Plymouth/Long Lake/Medina at 763-557-7323.