Recent Fire Damage Posts

Electrical Fire Prevention Safety Tips for Boulder

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke is shown coming into a room through an electrical outlet. SERVPRO of Greater Boulder will clean and restore your fire damage in Ara “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Greater Boulder wants Ara residents to know that by taking precautions, electrical fires may be prevented when using electricity in the home. The National Fire Protection Association encourages the use of electricity with safety in mind and offers these tips to reduce the potential for electrical damage and injury:

  • Have all electrical work done by a qualified electrician
  • When buying or remodeling a home, have it inspected by a qualified private inspector or in accordance with local requirements
  • Use only one heat-producing appliance outlet at a time
  • Do not use extension cords to plug in major appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines, stoves, air conditioners, microwave ovens, etc.
  • Install arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) as they will shut off electricity when a dangerous condition occurs
  • Use ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) to reduce the risk of shock. They shut off the electrical circuit when it becomes a shock hazard. Install them inside the home in bathrooms, kitchens, garages and basements
  • Test AFCIs and GFCIs once a month according to the manufacturer’s recommendations
  • Check electrical cords to make sure they are not running across doorways or under carpets.
  • Use a light bulb with the right number of watts. There should be a sticker that indicates the right number of watts.

If you ever experience fire damage to your home or business SERVPRO® of Greater Boulder wants to help. Call us today at 303-494-2000. We’ll take care of your fire damage in Boulder “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder is independently owned and operated.

Good Reasons to Install Home Fire Sprinklers in Boulder

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

A fire sprinkler in the ceiling is shown with smoke wafting up to the sensor. SERVPRO of Greater Boulder will clean and restore your fire damage in Boulder “Like it never even happened.”

Did you know that home fire sprinklers are more sensitive to heat than those installed in commercial buildings? SERVPRO® of Greater Boulder wants Boulder residents to know that according to the U.S. Fire Administration, there are many life-saving and financial benefits to installing home fire sprinklers including:

  • Home sprinklers and smoke alarms increase your chance of surviving a fire by more than 82 percent
  • Home fire sprinklers only spray when the temperature in the room rises quickly and the sprinkler above the fire is the only one that sprays
  • They can prevent devastating home damage by putting out flames quickly and are less damaging than water damage caused by firefighting hose lines
  • They are easy to install in a home under construction or being remodeled
  • They can be connected to the home water supply and require less water than business and industrial systems
  • They are low cost at about $1.35 per square foot
  • Installing a sprinkler system in your home may lower insurance rates by 5 to 15 percent by meeting code requirements

We hope you never experience fire damage to your home or business but if you do,  SERVPRO® of Greater Boulder wants to help. Our team of highly trained professionals are on call 24 hours a day. Call us today at 303-494-2000. We’ll take care of your fire damage in Boulder and make it  “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder is independently owned and operated.

Wildfire Prevention Tips for Boulder

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

A wildfire is shown in full force. Wildfires are a threat to Ara this year.

Did you know that Boulder County is incorporating wildfire mitigation guidelines into their building codes? Taking proactive measures now to mitigate wildfire damage this year is a good idea. SERVPRO® of Greater Boulder wants to help the people of Ara prevent wildfires from harming their commercial property or residence. Here are some of the tips that are offered by the Colorado State Forest Service:

  • Maintain a 3-5 foot, non-combustible “vegetation free” perimeter around all structures
  • Remove all dead vegetation and pine needles from roofs, rain gutters, and yard
  • Relocate scrap and woodpiles to 30 feet away from the home, structures, and neighboring properties
  • Get rid of the branches that overhang the roof and chimney of your home or business
  • Reduce surface fuels under trees
  • Trim tree branches and remove dead limbs based on zone 1 and zone 2 recommendations
  • Remove vegetation from underneath your deck that could ignite
  • Create separation between anything that could catch fire: patio furniture, trees, swing sets, etc.
  • Screen all attic, roof, soffit and foundation vents with 1/8 in. metal screening
  • Post signs at the end of the driveway with your last name and house number that are noncombustible, reflective and easily visible to emergency responders.

More tips wildfire mitigation tips can be found on the link below. Remember to create and practice fire safety and evacuation plans with all family members. SERVPRO of Greater Boulder wants to make sure that Ara is prepared!

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder is independently owned and operated. Call us at 303-494-2000.

Fire Damaged Contents

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

Green background with black shirt and SERVPRO logo Fire damage spreads soot and smell throughout the home

When a fire from a cooking fire or an electrical fire causes damage in your home not only does soot and smoke damage the property itself but also the contents of your home. In addition to coming in and assessing the damage to your home and assessing what can be restored and what needs to be replaced concerning the walls, flooring, and fixtures. Our crews also asses the status of your clothing and textiles and if they are able to be restored and cleaned. 

Often times when we think about a fire we think of what is actually burned, not the soot and smoke that spreads throughout the home causing textiles and fabrics to hold on to smell and odor. If a home fire causes damage we can help you make it "Like it never even happened." 

Smoke alarms save lives.

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

Black background with smoke alarm. When fire and smoke damage your home, call SERVPRO of Greater Boulder to help you make it "Like it never even happened."

Smoke alarms save lives and provide you and your family time to leave the home and get to safety or alert you to potential fires in the home like a cooking fire or an unattended candle. In the event of a home fire soot and smoke damage can cause damage throughout your home and require repairs and restoration. 

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder has the technicians, expertise, and experience to clean and restore your home to preloss condition. After a fire, our crew's inventory and pack out the contents in your home. Contents are then brought back to our secure, climate-controlled warehouse where items are recleaned and packed into new clean boxes. While contents are being cleaned, crews work to clean and restore your home. Once your home has been restored, all contents are packed back and your home is ready to be put back together as it was before the fire. 

Different Types of Extinguishers the University of Colorado area

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

Cartoon man with a fireman’s cap on holding a fire extinguisher looking at a “Fire Extinguisher Guide.” Safety in Knowing which Fire Extinguisher to Use in a Fire.

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder recommends you keep, maintain, and know how to use fire extinguishers for different types of fires.

A fire-extinguisher may prevent fire damage and smoke damage from spreading throughout the office in the University of Colorado area. If the worst happens, we are experts in cleaning fire damage and smoke damage.

If you see a small fire that you can take care of yourself, use the following tips.  If you have any worries, you and everyone else should leave the office and call 911 when you are outside.

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder wants you to know that you can try to fight a small fire only if:

  • You have the right class of fire extinguisher
  • You know how to use the fire extinguisher
  • You can get to the fire extinguisher quickly. Fire is fast. Fire damage and smoke damage are less painful than personal injuries

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder explains the Types of Commercial Fire Extinguishers:

Classes A, B, and C fire extinguishers are found in both homes and businesses

  • Class A is for cloth, wood, and paper
  • Class B is for liquids that can burst into flame or explode, such as grease, gasoline, oil, or oil-based paints
  • Class C is for electrical equipment like computers, tools, or anything else that is plugged in
  • Most home-improvement stores sell multi-purpose fire extinguishers: Classes A:B:C
  • Class D is for metals that can burst into flame. Class D fire extinguishers are usually needed only in some factories
  • Class K is for vegetable and animal oils and fats that are in cooking appliances. Commercial kitchens (restaurants, cafeterias, catering businesses) often use them

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder is independently owned and operated.

Links:

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

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

In-Home Fire Safety for the Greater Boulder Area

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

A lit candle sitting too close to a window curtain. Don’t let a candle ruin your Boulder home.

Fall is quickly approaching! That means all of the fall activities are about to begin in Boulder, if they haven’t already! One popular item associated with the fall season is the candle. If a house smells like fall, it feels like home. SERVPRO® of Greater Boulder knows that candle fires happen and even though candles are small, the damage of a residential fire by a candle can turn out to be larger than expected.

Here are some candle fire safety tips for the Boulder area:

  • When lighting a candle in the home, keep the candle at least twelve inches away from anything that can burn
  • Try to avoid keeping a lit candle in bedrooms, bathrooms or sleeping areas
  • Do not leave a lit candle where a child or family pet can access or reach it

One more important candle safety tip will tie to one of the above tips about not leaving a lit candle in the bathroom. When cleaning a bathroom using aerosol chemicals, this becomes extremely dangerous if there is a lit candle nearby. Aerosols are highly flammable and this can cause an explosion of sorts – please practice safety first and share this tip with friends and family who may not be aware of it.

If a Boulder home catches fire for any reason, including a candle, please call the trained professionals at SERVPRO of Greater Boulder so we can help clean up the fire mess and damage.

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder is independently owned and operated.

Link: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/media/pictographs/candles.html

Arson Fires in Ara, Colorado

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

Gloved hand lighting a match. Fires can happen accidentally but it's worse when caused by arson.

Have you ever known someone that started a fire in their back yard to burn some trash that got out of hand?  This type of event was not intentional. The fire was not set to cause harm but just got out of control. However, a fire that is set to cause harm is referred to as arson.  Most of these types of fires occur outside. Deaths, injuries, and fire damage many times happen indoors.

SERVPRO® of Greater Boulder wants you to be aware of the causes of fire damage and fire injuries so that you can help prevent them.

Top Causes of Fires in Ara:

  • Candles
  • Kitchen fires are the leading cause of home fire injuries and home fire damage
  • Heating equipment is the second most common cause of death in home fires
  • Use all electrical equipment according to the directions
  • December, January, and February are the months that have the most home heating fires
  • Cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and other smoking materials are the biggest cause of fire deaths in the U.S.
  • Children should never be left alone with matches, lighters, candles, or other dangerous materials. Children playing with fire cause hundreds of deaths and injuries every year

Please pay attention to fire safety in Ara. While SERVPRO of Greater Boulder can help to restore your home, prevention and family safety should always come first. Share this blog with a friend who might want to learn more about fire prevention.

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder is independently owned and operated.

Links:

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

Properly Installed Smoke Detectors in Devil’s Thumb

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke rising up to a smoke alarm. Small things like regularly checking your batteries can save lives.

There is no structure that cannot be made safer with properly installed smoke detectors in Devil’s Thumb. These devices, when used as instructed, can save lives and property. SERVPRO of Greater Boulder knows the safety of your family is your number one concern. It is ours as well. To reflect that, we recommend that your home be equipped with these devices outside and inside each sleeping area as well as on all levels of the structure (bigger homes require more detectors). Closing the doors in these areas will inhibit the movement of heat, smoke, and fire. SERVPRO of Greater Boulder suggests testing your smoke alarms at least every thirty days and replace them entirely at least once per decade.  Testing is done by pressing the test button to ensure each alarm is working. Most professionals agree that your alarms should be interconnected so that, no matter where the smoke is detected, everyone in the house is alerted simultaneously.  When the alarms sound, immediately vacate the structure and position you and your loved ones away from it until help arrives.

The Best Fire Control is Fire Prevention in Ara

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

Side view of a firetruck Learn about the best ways to prevent fire from destroying your home or office.

The U.S. Fire Administration reports that a small flame can turn into a major fire in just 30 seconds. Flames and smoke can fill the house in just a few minutes. SERVPRO of Greater Boulder will help you recover from fire damage. We hope you never need that kind of help.

The best fire control in Ara, Colorado is fire prevention.

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder notes that the 2019 Fire Prevention Week is October 6 – 12.

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder offers these Tips for Fire Prevention: Overview

  • Items that can catch fire include: dish towels, oven mitts, paper, curtains, wooden spoons, decorations
  • Heat sources include: light bulbs, fireplaces, stove tops, furnaces, candles, or electric heaters.
  • Keep items that can catch fire at least 3 feet away from heat sources
  • Keep kids at least 3 feet away from heat sources
  • Turn off heat sources when you leave the home or go to bed
  • Never use the oven as a heater
  • Have the fireplace chimney inspected & cleaned once a year

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder suggests you keep one or more fire extinguishers available.

Remember fire is fast. If there is a fire, leave and bring everyone with you. Call 9-1-1 from outside the home.

Links:

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

OSHA Guidelines for Fire Extinguisher Usage in Boulder

8/30/2019 (Permalink)

Man double checking fire extinguishers, safety checklist Are you and your fire extinguishers ready for an emergency?

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder knows that the proper use of fire extinguishers can prevent a fire from destroying lives.

Owning a fire extinguisher is not enough, although many people think that is all they need.  The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) requires that employers train their employees how and when to use fire extinguishers. They must provide the training shortly after the employee is hired, and then every year thereafter. If you haven’t been trained yet, please get with your boss and let them know. You do NOT want to skip this training!

OSHA does not allow untrained employees to use a fire extinguisher.

OSHA also requires monthly inspections of the fire extinguishers.

Fire extinguishers have to be placed where they cannot be moved or damaged..

The carrying handle should be 3-1/2 to 5 feet above the floor.

Employees must know when to use fire extinguishers.

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder suggests asking yourself these questions regarding fire extinguishers. 

  • Have I pulled the fire alarm?
  • Is the fire extinguisher easy to reach?
  • Do I know how to use it?
  • Is the fire contained in a small area?
  • Is the smoke non-toxic?
  • Can everyone get out?
  • Do I have an escape route?

If you can answer “yes” to all of the questions, it is reasonable to use the fire extinguisher.

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder reminds you that fire is fast. If you cannot contain it within 30 seconds, get everyone out of the area. Call 9-1-1 once you are outside.

Links:

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/emergencypreparedness/index.html

https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/regulations/standardnumber/1910/1910.157

https://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/fire-and-life-safety-equipment/fire-extinguishers

Boulder Smoke and Soot Cleanup

8/31/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Boulder Home.

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 Greater Boulder 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.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 303-494-2000