Recent Fire Damage Posts

Steps To Making a Fire Escape Plan

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

Mailbox Designating a meeting place can be the mailbox of your neighbor

In the event of a fire in your Miami, FL, home, every second is precious. To avoid serious injury or death, you and your family members need to exit as quickly as possible. You don't expect this situation to ever happen to you, but you need to be prepared just in case. You can't afford to panic or be flustered when it's time to get out. You can have peace of mind if you and your family will create a fire escape plan today.

Do a Walk-Through

You may think you know the layout and features of your home perfectly, but would you know how and from where to escape in the of a home fire? You need to become familiar with the following:

  • Where your smoke alarms are and how to change the batteries
  • Where the nearest exit it to every room in the house
  • Any obstacles that may be in the way of getting out
  • How to open windows and how to safely escape that way

Designate a Meeting Place

Knowing where everyone will gather is an essential part of fire preparation. Choose a spot that everyone knows, but make sure it is far enough away from your home that you will all be safe. This might be at a park around the corner, across the street in front of the neighbor's house, in the adjacent cul-de-sac.

Assign Roles

Everyone in the family should have a job in a fire escape plan. Choose someone to be in charge of helping younger children out of the house. Pick a family member to retrieve pets. Someone else should take care of calling 911. Another person should run through the house to make sure everybody is accounted for.

Practice

You can rely on firefighters to put out the blaze and professional fire remediation teams to clean up. Still, you must do your part. Practice escaping from your home at least once a year.
Once you've got your fire escape plan down, you can feel much better about dealing with this emergency. Never neglect this critical responsibility.

The Importance of Having a Fire Plan

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

Emergency exit and fire Create a fire plan for your home in Doral,FL

The Importance of Having a Fire Plan

Ideally, your home in Doral, FL, will never catch fire. It's crucial to have a fire escape plan in place, however, just in case it does. Everyone who lives with you needs to know how to recognize that there's a fire, how to get out and where to go once they are out of the house. There are several key points your plan needs to include.

Smoke Alarms

When it comes to fire safety, one smoke alarm won't do. Every home needs an alarm in various locations around the house:

  • One on each level
  • One in every sleeping area
  • One outside every sleeping area (i.e., in the hallway)

You also need to make sure that each smoke detector is kept in good working order. Get children involved when you test them so that they know what the alarm sounds like. Replace the batteries every six months or as needed.

Escape Routes

The crux of your emergency escape plan is a map of the different potential escape routes. The American Red Cross recommends that you map at least two ways to get out of every room. Have drills where family members get to practice escaping from various rooms. The more often you practice, the better chance you have of getting to safety in the event of a fire.

Meetup Location

Once family members escape from the burning house, they need to know where to go from there. Establish a meeting place as part of your fire escape plan. Discuss how you will contact one another if you get separated or if the planned location is compromised itself. Once you are safe, you can call 911, your insurance company, and fire restoration experts.
It's important that everyone in your home understands the basics of fire safety. While you hope you never have to use it, having a fire escape plan can greatly increase the chances that your family stays safe during a house fire.

Reduce the Risk of Kitchen Fires With Microwave Maintenance

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning a microwave Many manufacturers recommend cleaning out the grease filter every month.

For the best efficiency, any appliance requires regular maintenance and general upkeep, including your microwave. Although there are many appliances that don't pose regular fire risks, any misuse, damages, and malfunctions can lead to serious trouble in the kitchen:


Even a tiny bit of metal in this oven can lead to sparking and fire.

A lot of grease and other food buildup on the inside of the appliance can lead to smoke smell and flames.

Damaged appliances may begin to smoke or flame up at the back where the fire isn't spotted until it has spread to cabinets and countertops.


Avoid these risks and many other inconveniences by consistently cleaning and maintaining the appliance.

Replace Filters and Lightbulbs

There are some parts of microwave ovens that should be replaced, such as charcoal filters. These filters are usually installed on an over-the-range hood that circulates air and should be replaced every six months. The interior light and a bulb over the countertop may need to be replaced once in a while. These quick tasks shouldn't take very long.

Clean Grease Filters and Grills

It is recommended to clean out the grease filter every month, but you may need to do so more often if you use the oven heavily or if you notice an unpleasant smoke smell. This step can be accomplished by soaking the filter in mild detergent and hot water. Scrub the filter lightly to get rid of debris. Don't forget to clean out the vent grill.

Wipe Out the Inside

Of course, the appliance should be cleaned thoroughly on a regular basis. When food particles coat the inside cavity, the oven loses efficiency and may begin to smell bad. You can wipe out the oven each time you use it or use a bit of vinegar water to steam-clean the oven. Simply heat a bowl of vinegar and water inside the oven and then wipe away the food.

With the right care, your microwave may last for several years. If your Doral, FL kitchen has been affected by an oven fire or a lingering smoke smell, contact fire damage and remediation professionals to help you recover.

The Importance of Having a Fire Escape Plan

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

escape plan paper. Make sure to have fire detectors in every room of your property.

It's important to be prepared in case for emergency. This is especially true regarding emergencies that can cause serious injury or death. House fires occur most often during the dinner hours, but they can happen anytime. Whether it's due to a malfunctioning kitchen appliance or a candle that was left unattended, fires can spread rapidly. For this reason, it's important to have a fire escape plan that everyone in the family is aware of.


Different Situations
Because a home fire can happen at any time day or night, you should have plans for different situations. This may include a plan for when the family is:

Together in a main living area
Doing different activities throughout the house
Sleeping in the middle of the night

Not only do you need to make a plan, you also need to rehearse so everyone is adequately prepared.
Smoke Alarms
In addition to fire preparation, make sure you have enough smoke detectors, and that they are functioning. You should have one in every bedroom, outside every sleeping area and on every level of your home. Test them monthly, and promptly replace the batteries if needed. Most smoke detectors should be replaced every ten years.
Making a Plan
When you make a fire escape plan, you should have at least two escape paths, as one may be inaccessible during a house fire. Write out your plan, and practice it regularly. Have some drills when your children are not expecting it, so you can see how they might respond when they are caught off guard. Have a safe meeting spot outside that everyone can meet up at. Make sure it isn't too close to the house. Keep the pathways to the exits of your home clear to ensure an easy escape route for everyone.


Having a fire escape plan is important for keeping your family safe in case of a fire emergency. If you are unfortunate enough to experience a home fire, let your fire restoration company help you with cleaning up the damage.

The Effects of Lightning Strikes on Homes

10/13/2019 (Permalink)

Extremely detailed lightning bolt behind electric utility pole Lightning strike in Doral, FL area

There are many causes of home fires, both natural and man-made. A lightning fire is one of the most destructive and deadly you could encounter in Doral,FL. As a homeowner, it’s helpful to be aware of how these occur, what you can do to prevent them and what the effects can be on the structure and your own safety.

How and When They Occur

Unlike other types of fires that could start in your home, it is difficult, if not impossible, to predict when a lightning strike will hit a structure. However, there are certain conditions and situations where there is a greater likelihood for a house fire due to this weather phenomenon:

  • Strikes occur frequently during the summer months
  • Strikes occur mostly in the late afternoon or evening
  • Strikes vary depending on regions
  • Weather patterns affect where and when strikes occur

Damage

A lightning fire can often be more devastating than other types of fires. In many cases, these blazes result in fatalities and widespread damage. Fires from strikes can result in structural losses, electrical failure and loss of other property and belongings. The results can be sudden although some of these fires may start small and gradually increase in strength.

Safety Measures

During an electrical storm, you should turn off all electronics, including televisions, stereos and phones. Do not bathe or do dishes when there is lightning nearby. You should stay away from windows but remain inside during these situations. The only time you should leave your home during such a storm would be if your house caught on fire. Otherwise, remain indoors until 30 minutes have passed since the last flash.
If lightning does hit your dwelling and cause a fire, evacuate and get to a low place outside. Call 911 and do not try to reenter the house. After crews extinguish the lightning fire, get in touch with a professional fire restoration team to clean up and rebuild your home.

How to Prevent Smoke Damage to Your Electronics

9/2/2019 (Permalink)

Soot damage inside a home from a fire loss. Smoke can travel throughout your home carrying soot and contaminants with it

After a fire in your Doral, Florida home there will probably be a lot of obvious damage to take care of. However, there can also be some problems that you have not considered. When you are performing fire cleanup, it is important to include your electronic items, even if they were not directly affected by the flames. Smoke can become trapped inside of appliances and gadgets. Use the following advice to prevent permanent damage to these objects.
1. Wipe Down Surfaces 
During a fire, smoke can cover a much wider area than the flames. It can become trapped inside porous materials and create a layer of soot on hard surfaces. The first thing that you should do to slow the process of smoke damage to your electronics is to remove residue from the exterior of affected items. To do this, use a cloth to carefully wipe the surfaces clean.
2. Do Not Turn Them On
Most electronics have several areas that can allow smoke to enter the inside. Because of this, you should avoid turning them on until they have been examined and fire cleanup has been finished. Doing so will create heat inside the object that causes the smoke and soot to spread over a larger area. The acidic components in the soot can corrode the machine and cause it to stop working.
3. Have Them Professionally Cleaned
If you believe that your electronics have been damaged by smoke, take them to a professional. They will have the necessary tools and knowledge to safely restore the items. If you attempt to do this on your own, you risk breaking the object and losing important data and files.
Call a cleanup and restoration service if you have had a fire in your home. They will be able to perform fire cleanup on both your house and any items that have been damaged. Avoid using affected items until you are sure it is safe to do so.

Fire Damage Restoration Tips

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

House on Fire

Fire is extremely dangerous even if the after effects are not immediately visible. There are a few things that need to be known before entering the home after you have had a fire.

Always consult a fire marshal and ensure that it is safe to re-enter the home after fire damage. Even though you may want to inspect and see what survived the fire, you need to be safe for obvious reasons. Fire can cause the home to be extremely unstable and dangerous.

Immediately following the fire, call a Fire Damage and Cleaning Restoration Company to help assess the damage in the property and begin the clean-up process.  A fire damage restoration professional can save a lot of money, time and keep your family safe when dealing with fire damage, but here are some things you can do before help arrives:

  • Open all windows and doors to ventilate and help get the smoke out as much as possible.
  • Cover any clean, unaffected pieces of furniture up with plastic to make sure they are not damaged in the clean-up process.
  • Do not try to clean anything yourself. Soot and smoke that has set into the furniture and carpet can be dangerous.
  • Don’t plug in any electronics. Call an electrician to inspect for any electrical damage from the fire.
  • Throw out any open of possibly exposed foods that make have been contaminated from the fire.

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 Doral has the water and fire damage training and expertise to help you through this tough time. Once the fire department leaves, your Miami Lakes 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.