Recent Fire Damage Posts

Cigarette Fire in Brighton?

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton has been restoring fire-damaged properties in Brighton for many years. Here are some smoking and home fire safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

Smoking Safety

·      If you smoke, use only fire-safe cigarettes

·      If you smoke, smoke outside. Most deaths result from fires that started in living rooms, family rooms and dens or in bedrooms.

·      Keep cigarettes, lighters, matches, and other smoking materials up high out of the reach of children, in a locked cabinet

Put It Out

·      Use a deep, sturdy ashtray. Place it away from anything that can burn.

·      Do not discard cigarettes in vegetation such as mulch, potted plants or landscaping, peat moss, dried grasses, leaves, or other things that could ignite easily

·      Before you throw away butts and ashes, make sure they are out, and dousing in water or sand is the best way to do that

Smoking and Medical Oxygen

Never smoke and never allow anyone to smoke where medical oxygen is used. Medical oxygen can cause materials to ignite more easily and make fires burn at a faster rate than normal. It can make an existing fire burn faster and hotter.

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton have a team of fire restoration technicians on-call 24-hours a day. Call us today at 720-223-8888. We’ll restore your fire damage in Brighton, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Smoke Alarm Safety Tips for Thorncreek?

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton responds to fire damage emergencies in Thorncreek throughout the year. Having smoke alarms saves lives in many cases. Here are some smoke alarm safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom. They should also be outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement.
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms
  • It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • Current alarms on the market employ different types of technology including multi-sensing, which could include smoke and carbon monoxide combined
  • Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions, yet mitigate false alarms
  • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet from the stove.
  • People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old

Call Us!

When your Thorncreek home or commercial business needs fire damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 720-223-8888. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire-damaged Home in Thornton?

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

A home damaged by fire is shown. Tips for staying safe while waiting for help to arrive in Adams County.

Tips on what NOT to do after a fire in Henderson

Fire damage is dirty, smelly, and cleaning up after a fire is best left to a professional restoration service. When my Henderson home suffered fire damage, my insurance adjuster told me to call SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton. My house was a disaster. There was soot and smoke damage and water damage left from the firefighting efforts. As much as I wanted to start cleaning, I’m glad I didn’t as I could have created a bigger mess!

Here are some tips for what NOT to do after a fire while waiting for help to arrive:

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without consulting an authorized repair service
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat, or water
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Call Us Today!

When your Henderson home or commercial business needs fire damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 720-223-8888. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire Damage Emergency Tips for Lochbuie?

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Fire Damage Happens in Lochbuie Home

I remember waking up and hearing the smoke alarm going off and seeing smoke filling up the hallway. I got my family out of the house safely, and thankfully the fire was contained to the kitchen and it was put out quickly. My insurance adjuster told me to call SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton. They gave me some fire damage tips for what I could do while waiting for help to arrive:

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 a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves
  • Change the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit (HVAC) filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business has a fire damage emergency, SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 720-223-8888. We’ll restore your fire damage in Lochbuie, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Grilling Safety Tips for Thornton Residents?

7/5/2021 (Permalink)

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According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more grilling fires happen in July than in any other month. SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton offers these tips from the NFPA to keep you safe while grilling this season:

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

Charcoal Grills

  • 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
  • There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing of them in a metal container

Call Us Today!

When your home or business needs fire restoration services, SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 720-223-8888. We’ll restore your fire damage in Thornton, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Clothes Dryer Fire in Brighton?

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

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Dryer Safety Tips for Brighton

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), failure to clean clothes dryers is the leading cause of clothes dryer fires. SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton offers these dryer safety tips from the NFPA:

  • 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 and remove lint that has collected around the drum
  • 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, or more often if you notice that it is taking longer than normal for your clothes to dry, 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

Call Us Today!

When you need fire damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 720-223-8888. We’ll restore your fire damage in Brighton, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton is Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire-damaged Belongings in Brighton?

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

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When your home is damaged by fire, there will be many factors to consider when cleaning and restoring your belongings and keepsakes. SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton fire restoration technicians will pretest every item before cleaning to ensure the item is salvageable. Depending on what is being restored, we may use one or a combination of the following cleaning methods to restore your belongings to preloss condition:

  • Dry Cleaning - used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning
  • Wet Cleaning - an effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues
  • Spray and Wipe -effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning
  • Foam Cleaning - used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned
  • Abrasive Cleaning - involves agitation of the surface being cleaned
  • Immersion Cleaning - contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product

Out technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the nonprofit certifying body for the restoration industry.

  • Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton offers a full range of fire cleanup and restoration services to restore your fire-damaged belongings to preloss condition. Call us today at 720-223-8888. We’ll restore your  fire damage in Brighton, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton is Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire Extinguisher Safety Tips for Thornton Homeowners?

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

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Fire Extinguisher Safety

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a fire extinguisher may be useful when dealing with a fire in a small area, but only if everyone is out of the home, the fire department has been called, and the room is not filled with smoke. SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton often arrives to the scene of a fire damage emergency when the first responders are completing their job, and we see the damage even a small fire can do. Here are some fire extinguisher safety tips from the NFPA:

  • To operate a fire extinguisher, remember the word PASS:
    • Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with 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.
  • For the home, select a multi-purpose extinguisher (can be used on all types of home fires) that is large enough to put out a small fire, but not so heavy as to be difficult to handle.

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton is on-call and ready to respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day. Call us today at 720-223-8888. We’ll restore your fire damage in Thornton, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton is Independently Owned and Operated.

Tips to Put Out Fires in the Kitchen Safely in Thornton

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Thornton / Brighton recognizes that over half of home fires start in the kitchen. Some kitchen fires start out small enough that you might be able to put them out easily. By being proactive, you can save yourself and others from fire and smoke injuries in your Thornton home. 

Remember that fire is fast. If you cannot contain a fire immediately, leave and bring everyone with you. Call 9-1-1 from outside the home.

SERVPRO of North Thornton / Brighton has these tips to offer for handling a small cooking fire:

    • If the fire is on the stovetop or in a pot, put a lid on the fire to smother the flames. Turn off the burner  
    • If a cloth on the stovetop is on fire, put a lid on the fire to smother the flames.  Turn off any burners  
  • Do not use water on a gas fire or a grease fire. Pot lids will smother a fire. You can also use (a lot of) baking soda. Pour a box of baking soda on the fire
  • If the fire is in the oven, turn off the heat. Close the oven door.    

IMPORTANT:

Never leave fire-fighting to chance.SERVPRO of North Thornton / Brighton knows that objects can be replaced.  People and pets cannot.

SERVPRO of North Thornton / Brighton is independently owned and operated. 

Links:

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/ 

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Top-causes-of-fire

Fire-Damaged Roof in Thornton?

1/17/2021 (Permalink)

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Fire Resistive Materials

Embers from fire pits and chimneys can fly a long way before landing on debris and igniting. SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton responds to fire damage emergencies in the Thornton area throughout the year, and according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), you can minimize the risk of having an ember start a fire on your property by installing fire resistive construction materials as follows:

  • ROOFING AND VENTS Class A fire-rated roofing products, such as composite shingles, metal, concrete, and clay tiles, offer the best protection. Inspect shingles or roof tiles and replace or repair those that are loose or missing to prevent ember penetration. Box in eaves but provide ventilation to prevent condensation and mildew. Roof and attic vents should be screened to prevent ember entry.
  • DECKS AND PORCHES Never store flammable materials underneath decks or porches. Remove dead vegetation and debris from under decks and porches and between deck board joints.
  • SIDING AND WINDOWS Embers can collect in small nooks and crannies and ignite combustible materials; radiant heat from flames can crack windows. Use fire-resistant siding such as brick, fiber cement, plaster, or stucco, and use dual-pane tempered glass windows.

Call Us Today!

When your home has a fire damage emergency, SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton is on-call and ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 720-223-8888. We’ll restore your fire damage in Thornton “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton is Independently Owned and Operated.

3 Potential Fire Hazards To Keep Clean in the Workplace

11/8/2020 (Permalink)

Red tank of fire extinguisher. Fire extinguishers should have 36 inches of clearance in all directions and be four to five feet off of the floor

3 Potential Fire Hazards To Keep Clean in the Workplace

The possibility of a business fire is probably something that has crossed your mind when you lock the doors to your building in Lochbuie, CO. Running through your closing to-do list, have you thought about unnecessary clutter creating possible fire hazards? Add these three items to your daily cleaning checklist to make sure they do not spark flames.

1. Combustibles and Flammables
If you have combustibles and flammables, which catch fire easily, then you need to keep them from reaching their flashpoint. A "flashpoint" is the temperature at which these materials will catch fire or explode. Combustibles and flammables should be at least 36 inches or more from a heat source, and the most easily ignited should be kept in a fireproof cabinet. These precautions ensure that they are too far away to be affected by high temperatures.

2. Electrical Panels
When they are not maintained, electrical panels can overheat and catch fire. If there are flammable materials stacked around them, they can cause them to start smoking, too. However, the main reason that electrical panels need at least 36 inches of space around them (or enough room to swing open the panel door) is so that the power can be shut off if there is a business fire or other emergency.

3. Fire Extinguishers
While they are not a fire hazard, fire extinguishers should have 36 inches of clearance in all directions and be four to five feet off of the floor. The reasons for this are easy visibility and reachability. Preventing costly fire damage requires keeping your fire safety gear easily accessible. If a fire broke out and your extinguisher was buried behind other objects, there would be no chance that you could get to it in time. Instead, you would be calling a commercial restoration company to assess the aftermath.
A key part of fire preparation is keeping clutter cleaned up around the workplace. Keeping everything in its place and at a safe distance can help you avoid a business fire.

5 Steps of Fire Restoration

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Damage to Apartment Complex Board up window of an apartment in Brighton, CO

After a house fire, homeowners in Brighton, CO, can be left feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next. While each situation is a little different, companies that specialize in fire restoration have a step-by-step process that takes into account all the aspects of damage. Some of the things a house fire leaves behind include:

  • Soot
  • Ash
  • Smoke
  • Water

What Are the Steps to Fire Restoration?

Inspecting the Damage
During the initial call, specialists ask questions about the event to determine what resources are needed. Team members inspect the property, checking the extent of water, fire, and smoke damage. Then specialists determine a plan of action.

Boarding Up Windows and Covering the Roof
A fire event may compromise the structural integrity of roofs, walls, doors, and windows. A team will board up any broken or missing areas and place a tarp over holes in the roof.

Removing Water and Soot
After the home is secured, water removal begins. Air movers and dehumidifiers are used to dry areas of the house that retain water. Professionals use equipment and techniques designed to clean soot from walls, floors, and furniture.

Cleaning Furniture and Other Belonging
Furniture, rugs, electronics, clothing, and artwork are examples of possessions that may need a thorough cleaning. If necessary, belongings can be moved offsite to make room for any necessary remodeling. Professionals will inspect items and determine the proper cleaning method. In some cases, damage cleaning eliminates the need to replace belongings.

Restoring and Remodeling
Bringing the home back to its previous condition may involve painting walls or replacing drywall, carpet, or flooring. Sometimes areas or rooms in the home must be rebuilt. Doors, windows, or roofs may need replacing.
Whether a house fire is large or small, homeowners can benefit from the help of a professional fire restoration company to return the home in Brighton, CO, back to its previous condition.

3 Tips for Filing a Commercial Fire Damage Claim

7/12/2020 (Permalink)

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Making a fire claim on a commercial or apartment building nearly requires an expert. It’s easy to get lost in the deductions, exclusions and riders and even easier to overlook coverage that you’re entitled to.
While most insurance agents are really interested in their clients, some will “forget” to tell you about money that’s due to you – or maybe even not know about it. It’s technically in their interest if they can save the insurance company money, so the incentive is always there.
However, by knowing a few simple tricks and techniques, you’ll come well prepared to the table. You can save yourself a great deal of time and stress if you follow these three tips for an easier fire claim.

File the Claim as Soon as Possible

Your first act after a fire should be to make sure everyone is safe. Then, once the fire is out, you need to file the claim immediately.
You can either call the insurance company directly or have a mitigation company help you with the claim. Some fire restoration companies are considered “Preferred Vendors” by major insurance companies. They’re used to working with insurers to get the job done sooner and at a reasonable cost.

Exposed Areas Should Be Tarped Up Quickly

When a building envelope has been opened in Henderson, CO, it allows storms to damage internal construction materials that aren’t weatherized and can cause severe electrical issues. Plywood boards and temporary tarps can be used to protect from unnecessary damage.

Document Everything and Don’t Miss a Payment

Make a list of all your damaged items. Note how much business is lost, especially if you have business interruption coverage. Otherwise, you can often write off the losses.
Above all, don’t miss a premium payment! In the chaos that follows serious fire damage, it’s easy to forget about a due payment – and there’s no worse time to lose coverage!
If you know your rights and act with forethought, the fire claim process can be relatively smooth. SERVPRO is Here to Help you in your time of need.

Lightning Loves Houses – and Fire May Follow the Flash

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

Lightning strike over a home Lightning can be beautiful in the distance, but it sure does cause a lot of damage

Lightning can be beautiful in the distance, but it sure does cause a lot of damage. Not only is it extremely dangerous to life, it’s a major cause of fires – at least 22,000 per year on average – and over $450 million in property damage. Most of the damage – and deaths – were from houses caught in a lightning fire.

Houses Make Great Targets

A lightning fire can happen anywhere there is combustible material, but they are surprisingly common in houses. There are three reasons for that:

  • Many houses are taller than the surrounding area.
  • Houses have conductive wires and pipes in them, forming an easier electrical path.
  • TV antennas and wires above houses make excellent attractors.

Dangerous From a Distance
Normal lightning can easily travel 12 miles from a thunderstorm. Much worse, the dreaded “bolt from the blue” is not only sneaky – from as many as 25 miles away – it’s often positively-charged, making it potentially 10 times stronger than a regular bolt!

A House Fire Is a Frequent Result of a Strike
Lightning has far more electricity in it than your house’s electrical system can safely handle. Once it gets into your wires it’s going to overload them. This will instantly burn the insulation and cause an arc that can set ablaze any nearby dry, combustible materials.
Most – but not all – lightning fires in Thorncreek, CO, will start in the attic since that’s usually the closest point of entry. However, the fire can start anywhere along the electrical lines – or even metal plumbing. Obviously, this blast can seriously damage any electronics plugged in and require major residential electrical repairs.
Once a house fire has started, don’t worry about the cause; get everyone out, call the fire department and, if you can safely do so, attempt to put it out with a fire extinguisher. Even if you can reduce the flames a bit, it’ll buy you time until the fire department arrives.
Next, call a professional fire damage restoration company to tarp and board exposed areas. They’ll work with your insurance company and also get started on clean up as fast as possible.

How To Avoid a Fire in Your Home

2/28/2020 (Permalink)

Ashtray with used cigarettes If you choose to smoke indoors, always use an ashtray

It's every homeowner's biggest nightmare: seeing the house going up in flames. You can't imagine this ever happening to you. Unfortunately, this scenario is not unheard of. You can protect your loved ones and property and significantly reduce your risk of having a fire at home. Some fire preparation will go a long way in giving you the peace of mind you need.

Inspect Your Home

Certain areas of the house are more prone to causing fires than others. If you keep an eye on these systems and components, you'll make sure they're in good working order. At least annually, have a professional inspect the following to make sure there are no risks for a home fire:

  • Your furnace and water heater
  • Your electrical system
  • Your dryer (including cleaning out the lint filter after each use)

Be Aware of Candles

Candles can put out a pleasant scent and create a comfortable ambiance. They are also big enemies of fire safety. If you burn candles in your Todd Creek, CO, home, make sure you never go too far away without putting them out. Keep them out of reach of small children and pets. Don't let the candle burn down too far before replacing it.

Dispose of Cigarettes Properly

If you or someone in your home smokes, it's best to do so outside whenever possible. If you choose to smoke indoors, always use an ashtray. Never keep ashtrays or cigarette butts in places where they could get knock off onto something flammable.

Be Careful in the Kitchen

For fire preparation, wise kitchen practices are essential. Never leave a pan on the stove unattended. Also, don't forget to turn off the oven and stove once you have finished. To avoid grease fires, don't add too much oil to your pans while they're on the stove.
These fire preparation tips can avoid you a lot of grief and heartache. If you have a fire, a professional cleanup team can help, but you're better off staying away from a disaster.

How To Put Out a Grease Fire

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

Flames coming out from a gas burner Grease fires burn very hot and can cause a lot of damage in a short amount of time.

If a grease fire breaks out in your kitchen, it is important to know how to put it out. Grease fires burn very hot and can cause a lot of damage in a short amount of time. Here are four steps to suppress this type of fire.

1. Turn Off the Heat Source

Try to turn off the burner or element in order to stop the flow of heat. Do not attempt to move the pan or anything else that is on fire, as motion will intensify the fire.

2. Limit the Supply of Oxygen

A fire cannot thrive without air for fuel. Cover a pot with a metal lid, cookie sheet, or another pot. If the fire has already spread, move on to suppression and call the fire department.

3. Suppress the Fire

Use a Class K fire extinguisher containing suppressant formulated for putting out fires fueled by cooking grease. If you don't have this type of extinguisher, dump baking soda and salt on the fire. Baking soda releases carbon dioxide to smother a minor fire as salt draws heat out of the grease to limit its ability to support combustion. If the grease fire is burning too intensely, convection will draw in oxygen and resist smothering and heat-containing effects. Close the doors to the room if you need to evacuate.

4. Make Sure the Fire Is Out

Even if it seems like a fire is out, it may re-ignite. Keep an eye on the area for signs of smoke or flame. Depending on the size of the fire, you may want to have firefighters confirm that the fire is completely extinguished.

You can commence fire cleanup after you are sure that a grease fire is out. If your kitchen has sustained extensive damage, rely on the expertise of residential fire mitigation and restoration specialists located in Henderson, CO.

Small Kitchen Changes for Big Fire Safety

12/20/2019 (Permalink)

Fire and smoke pours into a stairwell Be prepared for any emergency by preparing ahead of time.

Looking for tips on how to make your home kitchen in Thornton, Colorado safer? Although a fire extinguisher and fire safety plan should be at the top of your list, you don’t have to make big changes to get big rewards. Here are four simple and cost-effective tips for reducing the risk of fire damage in your culinary domain.

1. Ditch the Dish Rag

Hand towels might shine at multitasking, but they can also significantly heighten fire risk. Consider upgrading to silicone-based pot holders and trivets to make your kitchen safer. 

Just a few reasons you’ll love the upgrade include:

Higher heat tolerance than cotton

Durable and long-lasting

Easy to clean and nonstick

Cost-effective and versatile

Attractive and stain-resistant design

2. Clear Space for Handles

Even the biggest kitchens can become cluttered when you’re preparing multiple dishes. While tips for juggling kitchen challenges vary, most experts recommend paying close attention to the placement of pot handles. Ideally, each handle should be turned towards the side, providing a wide enough chasm for you to reach one without touching the other.

Not only can this suggestion help mitigate the chances of burn injuries, it can also make it easier to respond to smoke or fire by providing a clearer line of sight.

3. Keep Salt Near Stove

Consider keeping an easy-open container of salt near the stove for a convenient and safe option for treating small grease fires. At the first sign of a grease fire, douse the pan with a heavy helping of salt to smother the flames. 

Alternatively, you can also use baking soda on a grease fire, but avoid using flour, which can quickly become explosive in the right conditions.

4. Display Emergency Contacts Prominently

Prepare your kitchen with well-placed information as your last small change for big rewards. Keep a laminated list of suggestions and contacts, including the fire department, family and nearby fire damage specialists, in an easily accessible area. By having this information handy, your household’s crisis response – and recovery – can only go that much smoother in the future. Visit http://www.SERVPROnorththorntonbrighton.com for more information on fire damage.

Fire Restoration Is the Science of Turning Chaos Into Order

12/20/2019 (Permalink)

Building exterior burned out partially - Text in picture that says IN NEED OF A CLEANING Smoke damage is often the most difficult to mitigate.

Cleanup Process After Fire Damage

You will never forget how your home looked after the last firefighter left. It was a disaster. Everything was burned, charred or soaked. Your beautiful hardwood floors were starting to buckle, the water was leaking into the rooms below, and everything smelled like smoke. You wondered how you could recover from this. The following three steps will help you understand the cleanup process.


1. Your New Enemies Are Water and Time
The fire is out, but your disaster continues to grow in slow motion. Now, the culprit is water. It is slowly working its way through your home. It is also setting the stage for mold to move in and make the cleanup more difficult. The objective here is to get the moisture out of your home quickly. This stage of fire restoration involves removing:

  • Standing water
  • Carpets, if not salvageable in place
  • Fabrics
  • Furniture
  • Wallboard, flooring and anything else that is not salvageable

Once the room is empty, it’s time to bring in fans and dehumidifiers. Now might also be an excellent time to apply mold-suppression products to wet areas, if appropriate.

2. Remove Everything That Is Burned and Not Restorable
Think of this as the demolition phase. Remove everything that the fire touched. If you decide to leave some charred wood in place, seal it. If you don’t, you will never get the smoky burnt smell entirely out of your home.

3. Eliminate the Smoky Smell That Permeates Your Home
Smoke damage is often the most difficult to mitigate. In extreme cases, it can require:

  • Air filtration to remove the smell from the air
  • Intense treatment by ozone generators
  • Deodorization by special thermal foggers

Damage Cleaning Is Not for the Do-It-Yourselfer
The average person does not have the knowledge or equipment to do the fire restoration process quickly and thoroughly. Consider bringing in fire damage mitigation experts located in the Brighton, CO, area if you face this type of cleanup. When you see the results, you will be glad you did.

Choosing The Right Candle Alternative

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

3 white candles Be proactive in fire prevention.

Candles offer not only a bit of subtle light, but they can also provide a soothing atmosphere and subtle aroma; however, as a homeowner in Brighton, CO you have to look beyond the immediate satisfaction and consider the safety concerns. Something so small could actually be destructive, acting as a catalyst for a larger blaze. Rather than take a risk, consider using candle alternatives to create a similar calming ambiance.


Why Should You Eliminate Candles?


According to the National Fire Protection Agency, between 2012 to 2018, candles caused the following average annual losses:

80 deaths
8200 home fires
770 injuries
over 200 million in property damage

While beautiful and soothing, the open flames, when left unattended or forgotten, can lead to candle fire. Light a candle when you plan to remain in the room, capable of watching it at all times.


What Other Options Are Available?


Is it possible to achieve the same effects from other products? Yes, it is. The commercial market carries numerous items that supply similar effects. Take lighting for example. People often use the little wax sticks when they desire a dim hue. Battery and electrical candle alternatives are available, disbursing a romantic, old-fashioned feel without the danger of the sparks flying. Use a remote to control it, and you can leave the room with it on. Small lamps may also satisfy your need. Look for small ones and use a low watt bulb. For a little fun, fairy lights offer a sparkle to the room, exuding childlike wonder. Are you worried you'll miss the pleasant aroma? Purchase reed and stick diffusers that use oil, yet carry a scent throughout the vicinity. These flameless options might just save you from experiencing a home fire and the needs for a fire restoration company.


Think about your habits and consider whether the act is worth the risk. A home fire could be devastating. Decide whether candle alternatives might work for your home, eliminating one additional danger.

Creating an Effective Office Fire Escape Plan

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Every worker should know where the fire alarms are located

Creating an Effective Office Fire Escape Plan

With the hectic daily operations of any business in Lochbuie, CO, it’s often difficult to carve out time to prepare for emergencies. This is particularly true with smaller companies that don’t have mandated drills or contingency plans. However, it’s essential for any business owner to have an emergency escape plan in place to protect workers and assets. The following steps will help make sure you are prepared.

1. Assign Roles

The first step in creating a fire escape plan is to assign various workers to be in charge. A coordinator needs to be accountable for fire drills, extinguisher training and evacuation route planning. Every worker should know where the fire alarms are located so all employees can be immediately alerted to a problem. If your office has various floors, each floor should have a person designated to clear it and ensure workers are not left behind. It’s also a good idea to plan help for any employee who may have difficulty getting down the stairs.

2. Create a Chain of Command

Once employees are safe and the fire department is in control, there should be a person in charge to communicate protocols. This involves having updated contact information for all employees, so that instructions on contingency plans can be quickly sent out via a call tree or mass email. The supervisor or designee should have an offsite checklist with contact information to call the insurance company and a competent fire restoration company.

3. Prevent Problems

Although a good fire escape plan is essential, you always hope you won’t need it. The fire department will do an annual inspection of your property, so use this as a tool to identify areas of concern. Consider moving essential equipment or files into fire proof rooms and safes. Finally, make sure all exits are clearly marked and easily accessible.
Every business should have a detailed fire escape plan. It involves designating particular employees to be in charge of training and evacuation routes. If you have a clear chain of command, you will be prepared for potential fires and have the peace of mind that you are keeping your employees safe.

5 Easy Steps to Cleaning a Gas Stovetop

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

Remove the grates

Five Steps and Your Range Will be Clean and Ready

Cooks are master mess-makers. If you don’t believe that, look at your stovetop. After a busy day of cooking, the stovetop of your gas range can look like a disaster area. Eventually, you will decide that it’s time for some serious range cleaning. Follow these five steps and your range will be clean and ready to crank out more culinary masterpieces.

1. Remove the Grates

Lift them from the stovetop and submerge them in hot soapy water. They are most likely ceramic-coated and will clean easily. Soak them until it is time to reassemble the stovetop.

2. Remove the Burner Caps

The burner caps of a gas range are small round discs that sit atop each burner. These will receive the same cleaning treatment as the grates. Soak them in the hot soapy water until reassembly time.

3. Clean the Stovetop

At this point, you are looking at a dirty stovetop with burners sticking up through the holes. You can see evidence of everything you cooked since the last cleaning. Every time you cook, some of that mess burns off creating the familiar smoke smell. You can clean the stovetop with equal parts of water and vinegar in a spray bottle. This solution will remove the cooked-on food and eliminate the odor.

4. Wash the Grates and Burner Caps

At this point, the grates and caps are probably clean from soaking. Go over them with a brush, give them a quick rinse and dry them.

5. Reassemble the Stovetop

Put the burner caps back in place followed by the grates. If the parts are still wet, turn the burners on for a few seconds to dry them off. Now, you are ready to start cooking again.

A gas range is great for cooking, but open flames can set the stage for a variety of problems. If you have a bad cooking day that requires a visit from a Brighton,CO, area fire department, know that there are damage restoration experts nearby, ready to help with the cleanup.