Recent Fire Damage Posts

How to Fix a Beeping Smoke Detector

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

Changing battery to a smoke detector Usually, a fire alarm will go off as a result of a battery issue

Common Causes of Beeping In Smoke Detectors

A fire alarm is designed to grab your attention in case of a fire with an alert. However, the device sometimes beeps or chirps for other reasons. As annoying as it might be, this noise is a small price to pay for a fire safety system that works around the clock to protect your family from perishing in a house fire.
Here are the common causes of beeping in smoke detectors you should know as a homeowner in Egg Harbor Twp, NJ:

  1. Battery issues
  2. Dirty smoke detector
  3. Processor error

Battery Issues

Usually, a fire alarm will go off as a result of a battery issue. It might be a loose drawer or a dead battery, but it's always an easy fix. First of all, shut off the power supply to the house at the circuit breaker whenever you're working on any electrical fixtures. Then remove the battery from its compartment and clean the terminals. Afterward, reassemble and install the device to make sure you are protected from smoke and fire damage.

Dirty Smoke Detector

If replacing the batteries dint work, try cleaning the device. In most cases, the problem is usually cobwebs, dirt and debris triggering the sensor, and you will need a blower, similar to the one used in cleaning keyboards to complete the job. Blow the device's vents until they look clean then reassemble it for testing.

Processor Error

If everything fails, you are probably looking at a processor error. Newer detectors come with the ability to make decisions on their own, and that also has its disadvantages. The sensor may be stuck in a previous state, resulting in a constant chirp for no reason. To fix this issue, disconnect the device from power and also remove the battery. Press and hold the reset button for 15 - 20 seconds to clear any stuck errors. That will go a long way in preventing smoke damage or even worse.
Dealing with a chirping fire alarm can be quite annoying, but don't fall into the trap of disconnecting the device to silence it. That can be quite dangerous as you won't have a line of defense if the worst happens.

SERVPRO of Egg Harbor Smoke and Soot Cleanup

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

Room burnt black. Please call us with any questions about Fire, Smoke, and Soot damage.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate many areas within your home, causing hidden damage and odor.Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a plan of action.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services-

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a solution tailored for the specific conditions.We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We know what the sense of urgency is and the panic a fire can cause.We will also treat your family with respect and empathy and your property with care.

Call us today at 609-383-9785

City Smoke and Soot Cleanup

2/1/2020 (Permalink)

Home full of smoke. Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – (609) 383-9785

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Egg Harbor/Ventnor City will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Are you Ready If A Fire Happened in Your Home or Business?

2/1/2020 (Permalink)

Be Prepared Preparation is of the utmost importance! Keep you & your family safe!

Preparation is the key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it's a little bit of smoke, a small kitchen fire, or a larger house/business fire.The best time to plan for such events is not when the event occurs-but well before it happens and have a solid plan in place.The SERVPRO of Egg Harbor/Ventnor City Emergency Ready Plan serves a quick reference for proper contact information regarding personal info and business information as a well designed emergency plan. By working with us to develop your personalized Profile, your home or business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of a fire that you or your business may have. SERVPRO is the Leader in Fire and Water damage response and can help you quickly get your property back to normal.

Call us today at 609-383-9785

Basic Burn First Aid in the Workplace

1/15/2020 (Permalink)

First Aid Training - Burn injury. First aid course. Once you have applied burn first aid to anyone who needs it, you can focus on restoring your commercial building

Basic Burn First Aid in the Workplace

Fire damage to your Cardiff, NJ, property can physically harm your employees. Burns are particularly common in the aftermath of a blaze. You and your co-workers should thus understand some basic first aid for this type of injury.
The first step is figuring out whether the injured individual has a minor or major burn. A major burn:

  • Is larger than 3 inches in diameter, covers a major joint or covers the groin, feet, face, buttocks or hands
  • Is deep
  • May look charred or have brown, black or white patches
  • Causes the skin to look leathery and dry

If you suspect an employee has a major burn, you should call 911 immediately. In the meantime, there are steps you can follow to keep the person safe.

Major Burn Treatment

Individuals with major burns should be checked to see if they have stopped breathing or are in shock. Those who are in either of these conditions may require CPR.
While you wait for emergency personnel to arrive, you should try to remove the burned individual from the source of the fire damage. Next, elevate the burned area and cover it with a clean cloth or moist bandage. Avoid immersing large burns in water, as this may lead to hypothermia.

Minor Burn Treatment

Minor burns likely do not require the assistance of medical professionals. Still, they should be treated promptly. Start by holding the burn under cool water or applying a wet compress. Make sure to remove any jewelry or constrictive items from the affected area before it starts to swell.
After the burn has cooled, you can apply lotion that contains a moisturizer or aloe vera. Finally, loosely wrap the burn with a gauze bandage.
Once you have applied burn first aid to anyone who needs it, you can focus on restoring your commercial building. Fire damage and cleanup specialists should get the property back to normal. They can help with smoke damage and water damage, as well.

Top Tips for Avoiding a Natural Gas Fire

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

gas leak detector Be cautious in regarding natural gas leaks.

Gas lines to your home are one of the wonders of the modern era. At the turn of the switch, plentiful gas flows into your home in a steady, controlled manner, allowing you to cook your meals, heat your home and clean your clothes. Occasionally, though a gas leak occurs, leaving your home vulnerable to a gas fire. A few precautions and a little bit of knowledge can better prepare you and your family for such a scenario.


How To Identify a Gas Leak


Natural gas is colorless and odorless. To help with detection, a chemical called mercaptan is added to give gas a recognizable smell. The odor is commonly described as that of rotten eggs or hydrogen sulfide. Look for these signs to detect a gas leak:

The sudden smell of rotten eggs
A hissing sound coming from gas pipes
A stove burner turned on but no flame

To prevent a gas fire make sure everyone in your home knows these signs of a gas leak. It may be helpful to children to let them smell natural gas with mercaptan so they can identify it.


How To Respond to a Gas Leak


If you suspect a leak, make a quick check of the stove to make sure all burners are off. Don't turn on any lights, as this could cause a spark and result in a gas explosion. Increase ventilation in the home by opening doors and windows. Have someone call 911 when that person is safely outside the home. If you know where your gas meter is located (normally outside of the home), try to locate a turn-off valve. A wrench may be needed to turn it to the off position.


If you do experience a gas fire, call in a fire cleanup team once the flames are extinguished. Look for a company that is Faster to Any Size Disaster and that can help with all aspects of fire recovery.

New Technology: How It’s Making Your Smoke Alarms Safer and Smarter

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

Activated smoke alarm sorrounded by white smoke With smart technologies, smoke alarms are worry-free.

New Technology: How It’s Making Your Smoke Alarms Safer and Smarter

Smoke alarms are required in current building codes, yet some of the most destructive residential fires occur in homes with missing or non-functioning alarms. A neglected smoke alarm with a drained battery may not be able to do its job and alert you to a fire.
Your alarms are essential fire safety tools, as long as you are willing to maintain them. These three common scenarios can result in non-working smoke alarms:

Battery – The battery dies, and the homeowner disconnects the alarm to stop the chirping.
Sensor – The smoke sensor becomes blocked or obscured and cannot detect smoke.
False Alarms – After too many annoying false alarms, the homeowner disconnects the alarm from power.

Your local fire remediation specialist in Clayton, NJ, will likely be happy to evaluate your current smoke alarm system. If you need new alarms and you value safety and convenience, these new smart alarm technologies may appeal to you.

Remote Notification

Smart alarms use communication technology, such as Wi-Fi, to allow your alarms to communicate with each other and with your cell phone. This feature can notify you remotely if your alarms are sounding. Then you can call emergency services from wherever you are, making sure help is on the way to save your pets and your property.

Interconnection

Smart technologies allow your alarms to communicate in a network. When one detects smoke, they all sound. This safety feature is especially helpful for larger homes where a basement alarm may not be heard on an upper level.

Self-monitoring

Goodbye chirping! Smart alarms have a self-monitoring feature that alerts you on your phone when a smoke detector battery needs replacing or when the smoke sensor is compromised. You can also test your alarm directly from your device.

False Alarms

If you are home and some steam triggers an alarm, you can immediately silence it from your device. There will be no more need to physically reset after a false alarm.
With smart technologies, smoke alarms are worry-free. Whether you want to upgrade a smoke alarm or need to replace the whole system, this discussion of new alarm technology may help you evaluate the range of choices.

It's Not Hard To Prevent a House Fire

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

House fire smoke Unattended cooking is the leading factor contributing to home fires

No one expects the worst to happen, especially a home fire, in Northfield, NJ. It's in your best interest to adopt a policy of fire preparation and prevention. There are several areas of concern you should be aware of.

Check Your Wiring

Electricity in your home can easily become a source of fire. One of the most important fire safety principles is that of proper wiring and outlet safety. Contact an electrician right away if you suspect a problem. Some tips when inspecting the wiring in your home for potential hazards:

  • You shouldn't see any exposed wiring.
  • Cords should not be frayed.
  • All electrical outlets should have tightly secured cover plates.
  • No wiring should be run in high traffic areas or under rugs.
  • Wiring should not be attached with nails.

Install Fire Alarms

You can't underestimate the most classic example of fire preparation, the fire alarm. Be sure that you have enough installed for the size of your house, and change the batteries once a year. Many alarms have a test button which you should use monthly- this way everyone in your house will know what is sounds like. You should have a family escape and communication plan for once they are genuinely set off, and a fire remediation company picked out to handle the damage.

Cook With Care

One of the biggest reasons behind a home fire is an accident in the kitchen. If you educate yourself on safe practices while cooking, it could save you a lot of grief in the future. Keep the stove area clear of flammable materials, and never leave it unattended while in use. If a grease fire starts, never pour water on it. Instead, put a lid on it, turn off the source of heat and wait for it to cool.
Fire preparation doesn't take a lot of daily effort, small changes in your home as well as your lifestyle can make all the difference. It's better to be safe than sorry, so fireproof your home as soon as possible.

How to Extinguish Small Fires?

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

A fire can be scary but understanding what to do when it happens can prevent a small fire from growing.

When a fire is just starting, it could be small enough to be extinguished with a fire blanket or a fire extinguisher. But if it starts to scatter fast or takes longer than five seconds to be defeated, call 911 or pull the alarm. In case of a fire, do the following;

Electrical Fires 

  • Turn appliances off or pull the plug.
  • Do not use water.

Cooking Fire

  • Shut off the stove
  • Do not use water or turn on the exhaust fan.

Grease fires

  • Keep your oven grease free and clean up afterwards.
  • Hot grease can can spatter and ignite paper.

Gas fires

  • Shut off gas supply.
  • Never light a match near a heater or a stove.
  • Do not turn on any light switches.

No matter the type of fire, we always recommend to call 911...it's better to be safe than sorry!

If you do have a fire disaster SERVPRO of Egg Harbor/Ventnor City is open 24/7 to begin restoration just call us at (609) 383-9785 

Fire Damage to your Business

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Egg Harbor/Ventnor City has a process to ensure your business fire damage is properly handled. 

  • Within 1 hour from your notice of fire loss, we will contact you to arrange for service. You will know help is on the way.
  • Within 4 hours of loss, we will be on site to start mitigation services.We respond fast to reduce costs and damages.
  • Within 8 hours of on site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope of work will be communicated to the right person, normally by your adjuster or property manager.

Our team will work efficiently to help you regain control of your property when a damaging commercial fire has occurred. We will use state of the art restoration techniques to ensure your property is taken care of right away.

We are available 24/7 to help you when an event happens, and be assured that we will get you back to normal as soon we possibly can "Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO of Egg Harbor/Ventnor City 609-383-9785

Helpful Fire Prevention Tips

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that home fires make up the majority of the 70,000 annual disasters that the American Red Cross responds to each year? When fires strike, experts estimate that you may have as little as 2 minutes to exit a burning home. With such a high prevalence paired with a limited reaction time, it’s critical to ensure that you and your family are ready should this happen to you.

Here are some useful tips:

  • Check Your Alarms.

Because fires can grow quickly and sometimes silently, the first line of defense in your home is your smoke alarm. To ensure those detectors will work hard for you when you need it, schedule regular battery tests. A good rule of thumb is to check your alarms twice a year when Daylight Savings Time begins (Spring) and ends (Autumn). Working alarms can make all the difference if a fire starts unnoticed in your home.

  • Clean Your Chimneys.

Many home fires start in the chimney, due to the left-behind residue of burning material called creosote. Creosote is black to brown in color and can be crusty, flaky, or sticky; it is highly combustible. If it builds up and the flue temperature is high enough – the result could be a chimney fire which can spread to the roof of the home.

  • Create An Exit Strategy.

Get every member of the household together and discuss what to do and what not to do for a fire of any scale. Who will be the point person to act if the fire is small and manageable? If the fire is uncontrollable, discuss the best and quickest emergency exists and how to stay safe. It’s necessary to have a set plan of action, but it’s also important to teach your family to respond fast and flexible, so review a variety of options in case you need to shift at a moment’s notice.

  • Practice Makes Perfect.

As many as 82% of Americans have never practiced a fire drill at home, an essential step in home fire preparedness. Schedule time with your family to run-through how to escape from any room in the house to safety. Review your escape times, highlighting just how serious it is to exit a burning home fast.

Our team here at SERVPRO Egg Harbor / Ventnor City is ready to help you when disaster strikes. Call Us at 609-383-9785

Cooking Fires

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

Year after year cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries.  According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking accounts for about 47% of home fires and 45% of the fire-related injuries reported across the country each year. The NFPA says holidays are the peak seasons for these incidents. Make sure you keep yourself and your family safe this year with these safety tips.

REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE IN THE KITCHEN

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says 6 out of 7 cooking fires occurred while the cook was out of the kitchen, and 2/3rds of these fires happened in the first 15 minutes of cooking. So the BEST THING you can do to keep you and your family and property safe this year, ALWAYS watch what you’re cooking. If you’re using the stovetop, stay in the kitchen and watch closely. Also, experts recommend setting a timer periodically to remind you to check the oven.

OTHER FIRE PREVENTION TIPS INCLUDE

  • Roll up sleeves and don’t wear loose fitting clothing that could catch and open flame or heating element
  • Ban children and pets from a 3-foot “safe zone” around the stove
  • Keep the stove and oven clean, turn pot handles in to avoid spills and cleanup any messes when appropriate
  • Keep potholders, dishtowels, oven mitts, food packaging and other clutter off and away from the stove.
  • Clean cooking equipment thoroughly because built-up grease can catch fire.
  • Don’t overheat your oils, and wait for grease to cool before disposing, tossing hot grease in a trashcan could turn into a disaster

Smoke detectors are your first line for defense against a fire disaster situation so make sure you have one installed in or near the kitchen and make sure it’s working properly.

IF A FIRE DOES HAPPEN, CONSIDER THESE SAFETY TIPS

  • Just get out, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
  • Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.

People often try to put out cooking fires themselves with a fire extinguisher or even water. NEVER use water on any grease fire. Store fire safety equipment in a cabinet or under the sink – It’s important to have a fire extinguisher close by as well as a box of baking soda or salt for grease fires. The first step you can take is turning the stove off and having a lid handy to put over the pan you can also smother the fire with baking soda or salt. If the fire is in your oven just close the door and turn off the heat. Done improperly your cooking fire can spread to other parts of the kitchen, any time you are unsure of how to combat a fire your best option is to leave and call your local fire department.

Although we hope this never happens, our SERVPRO team is ready to help the community of Egg Harbor Township, Northfield, Somers Point, Pleasantville, Ventnor, Margate, and Long Port in any type of fire and water disaster. Just call us at 609-383-9785.



What Now?

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

When the firefighters leave, it may seem like the danger has passed and the home is safe from further destruction, but without professionals to help clean the smoke damage, the building may never return to normal. While the principles behind fire restoration are fairly simple, it requires a lot of experience and manpower to perform adequately, and this means that it shouldn’t be attempted by a homeowner on his or her own.  The trained professionals at SERVPRO of Egg Harbor / Ventnor City should be called on-site immediately.  We can clean smoke damage and restore items affected by a fire, but we must be brought to the site as soon as possible to halt the ongoing issues that ash residue can cause.  

The only way to properly clean smoke and fire damage is to be extremely thorough. Ash residue is easily disturbed and can spread through the building with ease, causing nearly everything to need restoration. The experts at SERVPRO of Egg Harbor / Ventnor City will identify what can and cannot be salvaged, and will remove any built-up ash residue that is coating surfaces. Over time, ash builds up in layers, and may eventually form into a lacquer-like consistency. Once this is done, the restorers will locate the source of the odor, and treat it with specialized detergents that are formulated for neutralizing this kind of odor. Once materials are treated, they may be sealed off to prevent any further odor from permeating the air in the future.


For more information on the services that SERVPRO of Egg Harbor / Ventnor City provides regarding water and fire damage cleanup for your commercial or residential structure, please visit us at: https://www.SERVPROeggharborventnorcity.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration or call us today at(609) 383-9785

Margate House Fire Needed Our Expertise

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

We received a call on a Friday at five o'oclock just as the weekend was about to commence,and our sales rep happened to be in the area. Needless to say,when he arrived,the homeowner was both happy and relieved to see him. We had a crew arrive within an hour,and they proceeded to board up the windows,and remove items from the damaged second floor to the first floor that was not damaged. The next day,Saturday,we met with the adjuster,and were able to start the demolition work,set up equipment,and started the pack out process to put the items in a pod that we had placed that Saturday morning. We continued the process through the week,and the homeowner was thrilled with the end results. We at SERVPRO of Egg Harbor/Ventnor City made the experience a pleasant one,considering the loss that had occurred.

How to Safely Extinguish Small Fires

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

When a fire is just starting,it could be small enough to be extinguished with a fire blanket or a fire extinguisher.But if it starts to scatter fast or takes longer than five seconds to be defeated,call 911 or pull the alarm.In case of a fire,do the following;

-Electrical Fires;Turn appliances off or pull the plug.Do not use water.

-Cooking Fire;Shut off the stove,Do not use water or turn on the exhaust fan.

-Grease fires;Keep your oven grease free and clean up afterwards.Hot grease can can spatter and ignite paper.

Gas fires;Shut off gas supply.Never light a match near a heater or a stove.Do not turn on any light switches.

No matter the type of fire,we always recommend to call 911...it's better to be safe than sorry!

Woodstove and Fireplace Safety Tips

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

Nothing beats curling up in front of a warm fire ,but there are some risks.Here's a few tips for you to rest easy and enjoy your comfort. 

-Be sure to have a professional inspection every year.The biggest risk of an uncleaned chimney of flue is creosote,a highly flammable residue.

-Your woodstove should be the right size for the space you intend to heat.Inconsistent temperatures can cause problems ranging from poor fuel efficiency to fire risks.Use a stovepipe thermometer to check the temperature for safety.

-Never leave a fire unattended and use a fire screen.

-Make sure smoke detectors are working.

-Keep a fire extinguisher close at hand,and teach everyone in the family how to use it.

These are a few simple helpful hints for your family to know when planning on enjoying your fireplace or woodstove.

SERVPRO describes Different types of Smoke

6/8/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot damage can cause a pervasive odor in your home.

Smoke and Soot Facts;

-Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.

-Smoke flows around plumbing systems,seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.

-The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different types of Smoke;

There are two different types of smoke-wet and dry.As a result,there are different types of soot residue after a fire.We will test the soot to see which type of smoke damage occurred.

Wet Smoke-Plastic and Rubber

-Low heat,smoldering,pungent odor,sticky,smeary.

Dry Smoke-Paper and Wood

-Fast burning,high temps,heat rises then smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue -Produced by evaporation of material rather than fire.

-Invisible,Discolors paints and varnishes,extreme pungent odor.

Call us today with questions-609-383-9785