Monthly Archives: December 2013

Fire & Smoke Damage – Call The Professionals!

Commercial properties can undergo fire damage as easily as residential properties. When this occurs it can leave a business owner feeling stressed out and devastated. You will need the help of professionals to get your commercial property back to its former glory with minimal interruptions to your business. It is always in your best interest to leave the job to the professionals in this type of situation. If you try to tackle this problem on your own without experience and knowledge you may end up doing more harm than good.  The professionals have all of the proper tools including manpower and equipment to get the job done in a safe and timely manner.

When it comes to fire damage there are many other underlying issues that can come along with it such as electrical wiring issues plumbing issues and even water damage. Many of these things only a trained eye can spot and that is why it is important to call the professionals soon after learning of the damage that has been sustained to your commercial property. Fire and smoke damage can occur for many reasons such as faulty electrical wiring or even equipment malfunctions but one thing is true among all factors; and that is that it needs to be cleaned and restored in a timely manner.

The first thing to do when sustaining fire and smoke damage to your commercial property is calling your insurance company. Find out if you are covered and then once you figure the situation out call in a team of certified professionals. The first thing that the pros will do when arriving to your property is an assessment. They will walk-through the property checking every crack and crevice to ensure that they haven’t missed anything.  From there they will set up a personalized recovery plan with you. Once you have signed off that you agree to the process being done on your property they will bring in the rest of the team to begin the fire and smoke damage restoration. If your commercial property has sustained water damage as well no worries. Many restoration companies can also help you if you have suffered from flooding too. If you have suffered smoke and soot damage to the contents of your building many restoration companies can also take care of that in-house. That means that they can take your items to their off-site facility to have them deodorized sanitized and looking as good as new in no time at all.

It is always in your commercial properties best interest to call the professionals in the situation of fire and smoke damage. They will be fully equipped ready and willing to help you out with any questions you may have. A professional restoration company will also be licensed bonded and insured. You should make sure to ask about any regulations involved in your specific situation. These regulations are in place to promote the safety of your building and the technicians working to restore it and should never be overlooked.

Holiday Fire Prevention Tips

Around the holiday season fires are more prone to occur due to the lighting of trees burning candles and other cooking incidents. The decorations that look good in the home or business can increase the chances of a fire that can lead to extensive damage to a property. The first and most important thing to remember is that all exits need to remain accessible and not blocked by decorations or trees at any time. If these exits are blocked injury or death due to a fire is more likely than if they were open and accessible. Here are some tips to help you keep your home or business safe during the holiday season when it comes to fires.

Christmas trees:
Indoor trees can present a very significant fire hazard. If you have an artificial tree make sure to check that it has been certified as fire-retardant by its manufacturer. For live trees it is more of a fire hazard. To avoid the tree catching on fire it needs to stay watered daily. Make sure that your tree is not dry and brittle. The needles on fresh trees should be green and difficult to pry off of the branches. A good way to tell if your tree has been freshly cut is by bending the needles. If it bends it is fresh. If the needle breaks than the tree is definitely dry. If you are still unsure bounce the tree off of the ground. If many needles fall to the ground the tree has probably been cut for too long and dried out. This makes the tree a fire hazard. Before you place your tree in the stand cut a couple inches from the base and add water to the stand. It is important to water the tree daily to keep it moist. You should keep the tree away from sources of heat such as a fireplace space heater or heat vent. The heat will dry out the tree and make it more susceptible to being ignited by flame or sparks. It is important to only leave a tree up for about two weeks and be sure to keep the stand filled with water at all times. Dried out trees are fire hazards and should not be left in the home or garage. After you have taken the decorations off of the tree put it by the curb for pickup so it is not near any source of heat in your home.

Lights:
Holiday lights are prone to becoming an ignition source regardless if they are indoors or outdoors. You should only use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Also make sure you know whether they are designed for indoor or outdoor use. Do not connect more than three strands of mini-string sets and a max of 50 bulbs for screw-ins. Make sure to periodically check the wires if they are warm to the touch than they may be damaged. You should not use a string of lights that are worn or that have broken cords. You should never overload extension cords or outlets. If you leave your home or are going to bed make sure to turn off your lights beforehand.

Candles:
If you use lit candles make sure to place them in an area where children cannot reach them and where animals and cords cannot knock them over. Make sure not to place candles near combustible items or where they could catch something on fire. Never leave the house or go to sleep use with candles burning.

It is important to make sure your fire detectors are in working order and that they are on every level of the home. Make sure to call 9-1-1 if you have a fire emergency in your home.