Recent Fire Damage Posts

Stats on Businesses Reopening After a Disaster in Broomfield

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

FEMA document laying on top of an American flag. Keep your business safe from fire damage.

The Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) estimates over 40% of businesses remain closed after a disaster such as a storm, fire, or water damage, or other types of natural disasters happen. It is also estimated that only 29% of those business that do reopen remain open after two years in Broomfield.

SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County wants to help inform you of the different causes of fire damage and fire injuries so that you can help prevent them.

Some Top Causes of Commercial Fires in Broomfield are:

  • Cooking Accidents: Leaving fires unattended
  • Equipment: Almost 38% of business fires start from faulty equipment.
  • Materials: Some materials can catch fire or explode when exposed to heat
  • Carelessness: Remember to cover light bulbs, turn off equipment at the end of the day, and to replace frayed cords

SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County wants you to remember that the best way to fight fire damage or smoke damage is prevention.

Links:

https://www.fema.gov/medialibrary/assets/documents/89510

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/firesafety/

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/statistics/nonres_bldg_fire_estimates.pdf

How to Use Fire Extinguishers in Westminster

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

Photo image describing how to use a fire extinguisher using the Pull, Aim, Squeeze, and Sweep motions. Remember PASS; Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep, when you need to use your fire extinguisher.

SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County hopes you never experience the devastation that comes with fire damage. However, in the event that disaster strikes, be aware that our IICRC certified technicians are qualified in all aspects of cleaning up the damage left by smoke and fire in your business or residence in Westminster.

Fire extinguishers may help prevent fire damage or smoke damage, but only if you know how to use them.

SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County wants to share these tips from FEMA. You can try to fight a small fire only if:

  • You have alerted others in the building that there is a fire
  • Someone has called the fire department
  • You are physically able to use a fire extinguisher
  • The fire is small and contained (like a wastebasket)
  • You are safe from the fire’s smoke
  • You have a clear escape route

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher: SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County suggests you remember PASS:

Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism

Aim at the base of the fire

Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly

Sweep the nozzle side to side

Links:

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

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/extinguishers.html

Tips to Prevent Kitchen Fires in Northglenn

8/30/2019 (Permalink)

Man using fire extinguisher, toaster oven smoking Kitchen appliances can catch fire at any time.

SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County understands that cooking equipment is a leading cause of fire damage and fire injuries in your Northglenn home.

To help prevent fire damage, SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County would love to share these tips with you!

  • Many kitchen items can catch fire, including: dish towels, oven mitts, recipes, wooden tools, and loose clothing
  • Never operate the stove or oven when you are tired or have been drinking alcohol
  • If you are frying, broiling, grilling, or boiling food, stay in the kitchen. If you leave, even for a short time, turn off the heat
  • Keep flammable items at least three feet from the stove top
  • Do not allow children within two to four feet of the stove or oven
  • If you must leave the house while cooking of any kind, turn off the heat sources
  • Toaster ovens are more dangerous than people think, so keep a close eye on those as well

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 Broomfield/NW Adams County reminds you that fire prevention is the best strategy against fire damage.

Links:

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

Fire Tips to Keep You Safe

5/10/2016 (Permalink)

No one can predict when an emergency will arise. More than one third of fire home deaths occur as a result of fires where no alarms are present. Most of these smoke alarm failure are usually the result of missing, disconnected, or dead batteries.

Here are some tips to keep in mind that could prevent a fire disaster from occurring in your home:

-National Fire Protection Association recommends smoke alarms be installed in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters and on every level of the house
-Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button
-Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year
-Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

Emergencies can happen 24/7/365. Keep you and your loved ones safe all year round.