Recent Fire Damage Posts

Winter Fire Prevention Tips for Broomfield

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

A home is shown with a snow-laden background. Winter fires are a real threat to the people of Adams County.

Did you know that there have been more than 5,000 winter fires in the US in one month this season? Residential and commercial business owners in Broomfield can take preventative measures to protect their properties from winter fires. SERVPRO® of Broomfield/NW Adams County offers these important tips from the National Fire Protection Agency to avoid a fire this winter:

  • Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet from all heat sources including fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators, space heaters or candles
  • Never use an oven to heat your home
  • Turn space heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed
  • Maintaining heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected each year by a professional
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel-burning space heaters.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month.

It’s also important to create an escape plan. Practice the plan with everyone at least twice a year. Choose a designated spot outside to meet in the event of an emergency. These are just some of the examples of how to stay safe this winter season. SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County wants to make sure that Broomfield is prepared! “Like it never even happened.” Call us at 303-452-9900.

SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County is independently owned and operated.

Smoke Detection Maintenance Tips for Westminster

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

A ceiling is shown with an image of a smoke detector. Proper Maintenance of Smoke Detectors Saves Lives in Adams County.

Did you know that it is best to use interconnected smoke alarms? These alarms will all sound at once alerting everyone to the present danger. Residential and commercial business owners of Westminster can make interconnected smoke alarms an integral part of their fire safety plan. SERVPRO® of Broomfield/NW Adams County offers these tips from the National Fire Prevention Association that will provide early warning detection of a fire:

  • Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month
  • 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 (3 meters) 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

Smoke alarms save thousands of lives each year and should be part of the fire escape plan.  Make sure that everyone knows the plan and where to meet outside if evacuation is necessary. SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County wants to make sure that Westminster is prepared! Call us at 303-452-9900.

SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County is independently owned and operated.

General Rules for Space Heating With Electricity for Northglenn

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

A space heater is shown in a room. Space heating safety saves lives in Adams County.

Did you know that you should never plug your space heater into a power strip?  According to the National Fire Protection Association, 79 percent of home fires are caused by plugging space heating equipment into the wrong outlet or positioning the heater too close to objects in the home which causes a fire to start. SERVPRO® of Broomfield/NW Adams County offers these general tips to help the people of Northglenn safely operate space heaters in your residence or commercial property:

  • Keep your heating equipment and anything that can burn at least 3 feet apart
  • Plug power cords only into outlets with sufficient capacity and never into an extension cord
  • Turn off heaters when you leave a room or go to bed
  • Inspect for cracked or broken plugs or loose connections and replace any before using
  • Never use or store flammable or combustible liquids near or in rooms with heaters
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month.

These are just a few tips for using a space heater safely and they should be part of your safety plan. Practice the safety plan often and when evacuation is necessary, make sure that everyone knows the spot to meet outside. SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County wants to make sure that Northglenn is prepared!  Call us at 303-452-9900.

SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County is independently owned and operated.

Smoke Alarms for People Who are Deaf in Adams County

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

fire is shown on a black background Specialized Smoke Detectors Saves Lives in Louisville.

Did you know that there are makers of specialized smoke alarms and alert devices for people who are deaf or hard of hearing? This is important because people of Louisville who are deaf or hard of hearing may not benefit from a standard smoke alarm. SERVPRO® of Broomfield/NW Adams County offers these product descriptions from the National Fire Prevention Association for selecting alert devices and specialized smoke alarms:

  • Strobe lights 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.

Smoke alarm accessories such as pillow or bed shakers, transmitters, and receivers can be purchased at lifetonesafety.com, safeawake.com, and silentcall.com. Be sure to practice a safety plan and when evacuation is necessary, make sure that everyone knows where to meet outside. SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County wants to make sure that Louisville is prepared!  Call us at 303-452-9900.

SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County is independently owned and operated.

Candle Safety Tips to Avoid Fire Damage in Northglenn

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

Candle sitting on a kitchen counter. Enjoying a beautifully lit candle is relaxing. Cleaning up smoke and fire damage is not. Practice safety while using candles.

Although fires from candles happen more often around the holidays, many people use candles all year round. SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County wants you to be safe from fire and smoke damage. It is important to be careful any time you have an open flame in your Northglenn home.

Fire Prevention is the best way to fight against fire damage or injuries.

SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County offers these Candle Tips to Prevent Fire Damage in Northglenn:

  • Do not let children near candles
  • Keep trees and other plants away from candles
  • Make sure candles are not near window curtains or blinds that could catch fire
  • Keep lit candles in safe candle holders
  • Do not leave children alone in a room with lit candles
  • Do not light candles in the bedroom. You might fall asleep. One third of all candle fires start in the bedroom.
  • If the power goes out, use flashlights instead of candles
  • If someone in the home uses oxygen, do not use candles
  • Fire damage from candles happens 35 times a day in the U.S.
  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can catch fire
  • Put out candles when leaving the room or going to bed

A little caution goes a long way to protect you and your loved ones. If you have to deal with damage caused by smoke or fire from a candle in your Northglenn home, your friends at SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County are just a phone call away.

SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County is independently owned and operated.

 Links:

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

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

https://www.nfpa.org/~/media/files/public-education/resources/safety-tip-sheets/religious_candles_safety_tips.pdf

Pet Safety in Case of a Fire in Westminster

9/27/2019 (Permalink)

Dog sitting in front of a burnt home. Helping your pets stay safe in the event of a fire.

Fire damage can harm animals just as it can harm people in Westminster. At SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County, we love our pets as much as you love yours. We could not stand to see them injured or killed in a house fire.

SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County shares these ideas with you:

  • When you design your fire escape plan, practice with your pets
  • If there are fires outside, bring the pets inside. If you have to evacuate, you will be ready to bring the pets with you
  • Know where your pets hide. You may not have time to hunt for them in an emergency in Westminster
  • Animal-rescue groups and other organizations have pet stickers that you can put on your windows and doors. The stickers tell firefighters how many pets you have, and what kinds
  • Prepare evacuation kits for the pets. These kits can be large plastic bins. Put in copies of their vet records, extra leashes and collars, toys, and food

SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County reminds you to call the fire department once you are safely outside the home.

Links:

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Campaigns/TakeAction/Household-pets

https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Public-Education/Campaigns/TakeAction/TakeActionPetsChecklist.pdf

Tips to Put Out Fires in the Kitchen Safely in Louisville

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

Person holding a skillet on the stove with a small fire starting Fire Safety in the Kitchen is important.

Fires that begin in the kitchen account for over half of home fires. Some kitchen fires are small enough that you may be able to put them out with a fire extinguisher safely. By being proactive, you can help save yourself and others from fire and smoke injuries in your Louisville home.

But remember that fire is fast. If you cannot contain a fire immediately, leave and bring everyone with you. Call 911 from outside the home.

SERVPRO® of Broomfield/NW Adams County offers these tips for handling a small cooking fire:

  • If the fire is on the stove top or in a pot, put a lid on the fire to smother the flames. Turn off the burner
  • If a cloth on the stove top 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 firefighting to chance in Louisville. SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County knows that objects can be replaced.  People and pets cannot.

Links:

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

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

Smoke Detectors can Save Lives in Broomfield

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

Mounted smoke detector above a kitchen island. By installing a fire alarm in your home, you can lower your risk of being harmed in the event a fire breaks out in your Broomfield home.

A properly installed smoke alarm alerts you that danger is present in your home giving you time to get to safety. SERVPRO® of Broomfield/NW Adams County knows that fire is fast once it is started.

SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County wants you to remember:

  • Closed doors can slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. That is good for reducing smoke damage and fire damage. That is also why you should have a smoke alarm in every sleeping room in the home
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of the home
  • Do not turn off smoke detectors when cooking
  • Test the smoke alarms at least once a month. There is a test button on the alarm
  • Replace all smoke alarms every 10 years
  • Large homes might need extra smoke alarms
  • Some companies make alarms that are interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound
  • When the alarm sounds, get everyone outside and stay outside

If your Broomfield home is not properly protected by a smoke detector, please install one. If you experience a fire, immediately vacate the home and then contact your fire department once you are outside the home.

SERVPRO of Broomfield/NW Adams County is independently owned and operated.

Links:

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Smoke-alarms

https://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/smoke-alarms/safety-messages-about-smoke-alarms

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.