Recent Fire Damage Posts

2021 Fire Pit Safety

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

Warmer temperatures and longer days are finally upon us!

This time of year is one of the best because it’s finally time to gather around the fire pit and enjoy time with friends and family. We know this is a great way to gather in the backyard during the warmer months. Burgers on the grill, drinks in hand, and some background music is a sure way to have everyone in a good mood. Here are some quick and simple fire pit safety tips to keep the fire bright and the mood light:

1. Clear all flammable materials away from your fire pit. Make sure it’s kept 10 feet away from the home or building. 

2. Pile dirt or rocks to keep the fire on the ground from escaping 

3. Before lighting your fire, check the wind direction. If it’s too windy, do not light your fire pit as the wind can cause the flames to travel.

4. Contrary to popular belief, lighting fluid is not safe for lighting a fire pit. Use a commercial fire starter kick with kindling on top. 

5. Once the fire pit is lit, never leave it unattended and never leave children or pets near the fire pit without adult supervision.

6. Avoid  softwoods like pine or cedar to prevent flying sparks and flame “pops”, 

7. Only put enough fuel to keep the fire burning gently to prevent flare-ups and uncontrollable flames. 

8. To extinguish the flames, use water to drown out the fire and stir it with a shovel to make sure it’s fully extinguished. Use the shovel to extinguish any escaped flames as well

9. Dispose of the ashes in a metal can use only for fire pit ash storage. Careful, even after a few days the ashes are still hot enough to cause a fire. 

10. Accidents happen, even with the correct preventative measures taken. Having a fire extinguisher nearby can greatly reduce the risk of the fire getting out of control. 

If you have fire damage in your Baldwin County property, give us a call at 251-928-9625! We are here 24/7 365 days to service the Alabama Gulf Coast!

5 Safety Tips for Cold Weather

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

Too many homes suffer from fire damage that could have been prevented with just a little foresight and planning. In order to help you keep your family safe from fire during the cold weather days, here are 5 of the most important Winter Fire Safety Tips you should act on:

Check Your Smoke Alarms

Ideally, you would have checked your smoke alarm batteries when the clocks changed. But now is the season when it might actually make a difference, so make sure that your batteries are good for the winter.

Also, there should be smoke alarms in every bedroom plus the kitchen and laundry room at bare minimum. Make sure you have enough smoke alarms strategically placed all around your home.

Inspect Your Chimney

If you use a fireplace, you should know that they can produce creosote, which is a flammable substance.

If your family likes to light fires in the fireplace, you should get an annual chimney inspection to ensure there are no fire hazards.

And don’t forget to use dry, seasoned wood, which will give you bright flames with less smoke. Excess smoke could lead to smoke damage.

Always Use a Screen for Your Fireplace

Whether you prefer a metal screen or a screen of tempered glass, you want to make sure to protect against any sparks that might otherwise stray from the fireplace.

Even with a screen in place, be sure to keep curious children and pets safely away from the fireplace. Also, any potentially flammable fabrics or materials should be kept at least three feet away from a lit fire.

Maintain Your Furnace

Typically, it’s a good idea to invest in an annual inspection from a professional. They can check your system for the signs of wear and tear or potential damage that could lead to furnace problems.

Use Candles and Space Heaters with Caution

Candle create a lovely atmosphere and may even provide extra light on the darkest of days. Make sure, however, they are placed securely where they won’t get knocked over, as well as safe out of the reach of young children and pets.

And don’t forget to blow them out when you leave the room!

Similarly, with space heaters, you want to make sure to keep sufficient clear space around them (typically at least 3 feet all the way around) to prevent a potential fire hazard. Make sure the heater you use has an automatic shut-off switch so that its internal mechanisms won’t overheat.

And make sure to turn it off before you go to sleep or move to a different room!

Here at SERVPRO of Baldwin County, we want to help keep you safe from a possible fire damage. We’re known not only for our reliability and expertise as a professional restoration and cleaning services provider, but people love us for our friendly customer service too.

For help with Fire Damage cleanup and restoration, you can give us a call any time 24/7. 251-928-9625

Winter is the Biggest Season for Home Fires

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

Did you know...

The threat of a home catching on fire is the greatest during the winter months? Half of all home fires occur during the months of December, January and February. 1 in 7 house fires is a result of malfunctioning or misused heating equipment.

Here are some tips to keep your home safe while keeping warm during the winter.

  • Have your fireplace, heating vents and dryer vents inspected and cleaned by a professional every year.
  • If you use your fireplace, make sure you clean after every use. Dispose of ashes correctly by placing them in a metal can at least ten feet from the house.
  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet from any heat source like fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators, or space heaters
  • Plug only one heat-producing appliance (such as a space heater) into an electrical outlet at a time.
  • If portable generators are needed, keep them outside, away from windows and as far away as possible from your home. Make sure someone is home to supervise.
  • Install and test carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month.

These are simple but effective steps to take to safeguard your home against a fire this winter season.

Remember, SERVPRO of Baldwin County can clean fire, smoke, and soot damage to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at 251-928-9625.

Holiday Fire Facts

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

The holidays are one of the most exciting times of the year! From family gatherings to festive decorations, there's always plenty to look forward to. No matter how we decorate, we are most likely going to be using some sort of electricity. If we aren’t careful, it can be a huge hazard if not used or maintained properly. According to the National Fire Protection Association www.nfpa.org, Holiday fires caused an average of three deaths, 15 injuries, and $10 million in direct property damage annually. On average, one of every 52 reported home fires that began with a Christmas tree resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 135 total reported home fires. 

SERVPRO of Baldwin County wants to help keep you safe this Holiday season. With the help of the NPFA, here are some safety tips for you to keep in mind.

Electrical Fire Safety Tips

  • Make sure that there are smoke detectors installed on every floor of the building, inside each room and right outside of every sleeping area to ensure that the alarms can be heard even when sleeping.
  • Test smoke detectors monthly to make sure that they’re working properly and have working batteries.
  • Have your electrical system inspected by a certified professional to make sure that all of the electrical work meets the National Electric Code safety standards.
  • Look and listen for signs of electrical problems such as, flickering or dim lights, buzzing or sizzling sounds from electrical outlets, or insulation and circuit breakers that trip repeatedly. If any of these or any other electrical problems are found, contact a professional as soon as possible for the issue to be inspected.
  • Avoid overloading outlets with too many electronics. Consider having more outlets or circuits installed by a professional.
  • In homes with children, install tamper-resistant devices to keep children from getting electrical shocks or burns.
  • Create an evacuation plan that can be used in the event of a fire.

If an emergency occurs this Holiday season, SERVPRO of Baldwin County is here to help 24/7, even on Holidays! 251-928-9625

Tips for a Safe Thanksgiving!

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know there are more than three times as many home cooking fires on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year?

Our team at SERVPRO of Baldwin County wants to make sure you enjoy Thanksgiving with your loved ones, so here are a few tips to ensure your safety this holiday:

•Never leave food cooking on the stovetop unattended, especially when frying and sautéing with oil. Stay in your home while the turkey is cooking and check on it frequently.

•Use a timer to keep track of cooking times, most notably when simmering, baking, or roasting foods that require longer cook times. Check the stove or oven frequently.

•Consider putting timers in different rooms so you can hear them over music and party chatter.

•Keep things that can catch fire like oven mitts, wooden utensils, food wrappers, and towels well away (a minimum of three feet) from the cooking area.

•Push up shirt sleeves and avoid wearing billowy clothing that may come in contact with open flames or other heat sources. 

•Avoid cooking when drinking alcohol, using other substances, or if you’re sleepy.

•Make sure children stay at least three feet away from all cooking areas, hot food, and liquids to avoid burns.

Keep these tips in mind when frying a turkey:

•Keep outdoor fryers off decks, out of garages and a safe distance away from trees and other structures.

•Make sure the turkey is thawed and dry before cooking. Ice or water that mixes into the hot oil can cause flare-ups.

•Watch the weather. Never operate a fryer outdoors in the rain or snow.

•Place the fryer on a level surface, and avoid moving it once it's in use.

•Leave 2 feet between the tank and the burner when using a propane-powered fryer.

•Follow the manufacturer's instructions to avoid overfilling. Oil can ignite when it makes contact with the burner.

•Choose a smaller turkey for frying. A bird that's 8 to 10 pounds is best; pass on turkeys over 12 pounds.

•Never leave fryers unattended.

•Purchase a fryer with temperature controls, and watch the oil temperature carefully. Cooking oil that is heated beyond its smoke point can catch fire. If you notice the oil is smoking, turn the fryer off.

•Turn off the burner before lowering the turkey into the oil. Once the turkey is submerged, turn the burner on.

•Wear goggles to shield your eyes, use oven mitts to protect your hands and arms and keep an "ABC" or grease-rated fire extinguisher close by. Do not to use water or a garden hose on a fire related to Turkey Fryers.

•Skip the stuffing when frying turkey, and avoid water-based marinades.

•Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times.

•Once finished, carefully remove the pot from the burner, place it on a level surface and cover to let the oil cool overnight before disposing.

•Opt for an oil-less fryer. This uses infrared heat, rather than oil, to cook the turkey.

If you do have an emergency this holiday season, SERVPRO of Baldwin County is available to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even on holidays. Call us at 251-928-9625. Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Turkey Fryer Safety Tips

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

Keep in mind the potential dangers of deep frying a turkey:

-Turkey fryers should be used outdoors, a safe distance away from buildings and any other flammable materials.

-Make sure the fryers are used on a flat surface to reduce accidental tipping.

-Make sure the turkey is completely thawed and dried. Water causes oil to spill over, leading to a fire or explosion.

-Turn the gas off before placing the turkey in the fryer.

-Never leave the fryer unattended.

-Never let children or pets near the fryer.

-Keep a fire extinguisher nearby. Never use water to extinguish a grease fire.

Fire Safety Tips for Fall

11/6/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know that fall carries the highest risk for house fires? According to the American Red Cross, statistically most house fires happen in the fall and winter months.

Luckily there are steps you can take to lower your risk of a fire starting in your home.

1. Check the batteries in your home’s smoke detectors.

Working smoke detectors help keep your home and family safe. Experts recommend having a smoke detector in every bedroom.

If you have issues remembering when you need to change your smoke detector batteries, a good rule of thumb is to switch them every spring and fall when you change your clocks.

2. Bonfire Safety

Do you enjoy bonfires with family and friends?

Bonfires are one of the most popular American fall activities. But if they aren’t properly attended, they can turn a fun night out into a disaster.

Supervising a bonfire safely really comes down to keeping an eye on the fire. Don’t leave a fire burning by itself in your yard. If you’re done for the night, be sure to put out your bonfire so it doesn’t cause any unintended damage.

3. Fireplace Safety 

Before you light your first fire this fall, have a professional check out your chimney and fireplace to be sure it’s safe.

You don’t want to light a fireplace if the chimney is clogged or damaged. Having a professional check the condition of your fireplace, and other heating units (like your furnace) can also help prevent fires caused by maintenance problems.

We’re Here if You Need Us

If an accident happens at your home this fall and you need help restoring fire or smoke damage, give SERVPRO of Baldwin County a call at 251-928-9625.

Halloween Fire Safety Tips

10/30/2020 (Permalink)

Keep your Halloween spooky and fun!

Halloween decorations are the first thing to ignite in over 1,000 reported home fires each year. Whether you are trick or treating, having a party, or staying inside, decorations can be a fire risk. It is important to be aware of your surroundings. By planning ahead, you can help make 2020 Halloween a fire-safe one. Taking simple fire safety precautions like keeping decorations far away from open flames and using battery-operated candles or glow-sticks in jack-o-lanterns can help ensure your holiday remains festive and fun. Here are five Halloween fire safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Use a battery-operated candle or glow stick in jack-o-lanterns.
  • When choosing costumes, stay away from the long trailing fabric.
  • Teach young children to stay away from open flames, including jack-o-lanterns with candles in them.
  • Keep all decorations away from open flames, especially cornstalks, dried flowers, and crepe paper.
  • Provide young children with glow sticks or flashlights to carry with their costumes.
  • Remember to keep all exits clear of decorations so escape routes are not blocked. Also, make sure all smoke alarms are working properly.

We hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween!

Smoke Characteristics

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoration Process in Baldwin County Properties

Smoke is one of the predictable byproducts of fires in homes. However, most people are not aware of the different variations of smoke produced, and the implications they might have on a property. SERVPRO of Baldwin County helps cleanup damage from all types of smoke in Baldwin County properties.

Which colors does smoke commonly exhibit?

You can simplify the process of fire damage restoration in your Baldwin County home if you are observant enough to note the color of smoke emitted from your property as fire burns. The common color variations include:

  • Black smoke
  • White smoke
  • Grey smoke

Smoke contains different substances, including aerosols, particulate matter, and moisture. When smoke looks whitish, it is an indicator of a higher percentage of aerosols or water vapor in its composition. The outcome under such circumstances may involve a widespread accumulation of wet smoke residues on surfaces. Our SERVPRO of Baldwin County crew can help you deal with the challenging cleanup process using advanced approaches such as soda blasting or surface stripping.

How damaging is a fire burning with black smoke?

Dark smoke can indicate several things, including:

  • Incomplete combustion of materials fueling the fire
  • Burning of synthetic materials 
  • The fire being highly volatile

Various challenges can arise after you notice a fire burning with thick dark smoke. For instance, the extreme heat from the scorching fire can push residues deeper into surfaces, making it tougher to clean the area or remove odors. The fire might also leave thick layers of residues all over the property, burdening you with extract cleaning steps. 

Our SERVPRO of Baldwin County technicians prepare well to handle such cleaning situations with various resources, such as automated agitation equipment. We also have specially formulated cleaning products that help strip down residues from surfaces faster.

Smoke characteristics, including its color, connect with many aspects of the resulting damage. An experienced team from SERVPRO of Baldwin County can help you address the challenges the situations present. Call us at 251-928-9625. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Fire Pit Tips

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

Here on the AL Gulf Coast, it's common to hang out by the fire pit! Here are some tips to keep you and your family safe this Summer.

Backyard Fire Pit Safety Tips:

Whether you prefer a built-in or portable fire pit, choose one that is not too large for the area. The pit should be a minimum of 10 feet away from any structures or combustible materials as well as away from trees, fences, sheds, power lines, and telephone wires.

Make sure that the seating area is large enough and properly placed for comfort and ventilation.

Check wind direction before lighting a fire.

Don’t use flammable fluids (gasoline, lighter fluid, etc.) to light or relight fires.

To start the fire, use a lighter to ignite crumpled pieces of paper covered with small sticks. Then, add larger sticks and a log or two to keep it burning. 

Burn only dry material. Damp material will create excess smoke. 

Don’t wear flammable clothing (like nylon) or any loose-fitting clothing.

Never leave the fire unattended, and keep pets and children far away from the fire as they will be attracted to it.

Keep a fire extinguisher, garden hose, or bucket of water nearby.

As the fire dies down, use a shovel and spread out the ashes to allow them to cool down. Then slowly pour water over those ashes and watch them closely to be sure that no burning embers remain or reignite. Put the cooled ashes in a specially designated ash storage metal can. 

Fire Restoration Process

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

When it comes to fire damage, preparation is the key.

The first 48 hours after a fire often can be the difference between "restoring" vs. "replacing" your property and/or personal items. SERVPRO of Baldwin County provides timely response with restoration services ranging from fire, smoke, and soot removal, to content claims inventory and document restoration.

If you have experienced fire damage in your home or business, here is what to expect from us:

One Hour: Within one hour from notice of loss, a priority responder will contact you.

Four Hours: Within four hours of loss notification, our certified technicians will be onsite to assess the damage.

Eight Hours: Within eight hours of on-site arrival, certified technicians will be working neatly and efficiently to clean, restore, and deodorization. Pre-cleaning for restoration, to prevent any further damage from soot and smoke.

Detailed Explanation: A trained and uniformed technician will walk you through the job process step-by-step, explaining what to expect and the anticipated outcome. We then use state-of-the-art restoration techniques to ensure your home or business is back to normal in an appropriate timeframe.

Final Walk-through: After the work has been completed, a final walk-through will be conducted with you to help ensure your satisfaction.

Candle Safety at Home

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

Candle use is often the cause of many preventable home fires. It is estimated that candles cause more than 15,000 home fires every year, many of which result in injury or even death. More than half of these fires start because the candles are too close to combustible materials, which is something that is easily preventable.

Here are a few tips that can help you practice candle safety at home:

  • Burning candles should never be left unattended, and be sure to keep candles away from anything flammable.
  • If your candle is in a candle holder, it should be sturdy enough to avoid being easily knocked over. Candles should be placed where children and pets can’t reach them.
  • Candle wicks should be trimmed to ¼ inch each time before burning. Long wicks can cause uneven burning and dripping. Keep the pool of wax in the candle clear of debris such as wick trimmings. 
  • Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for candle use. Most candles should be burned for only a couple of hours at a time.
  • Extinguish candles with a candle snuffer rather than blowing them out, as hot wax can splatter.

Flameless candles are a safe alternative to lit candles and produce a similar soft, glowing effect. Lit candles are not recommended for use during power outages, so use battery-powered flashlights, lanterns and even flameless candles instead.

Finally, any talk of candle safety is incomplete without a reminder to check all smoke alarms in your home. Working smoke alarms in your home will greatly increase your chances of surviving a home fire, so check them every month to ensure they are working properly.

Here at SERVPRO of Baldwin County, we care about your safety. Call us if you experience fire damage, water damage, or issues from a mold infestation. 251-928-9625

Wildfires Along the Gulf Coast

5/8/2020 (Permalink)

Mobile and Baldwin County are currently under a fire advisory, as fires spread under dry conditions along the Gulf Coast.

Everything around us is dry, and the conditions are ripe for a wildfire at almost any time. On Wednesday, a backyard fire near Magnolia Springs, is only one example of many that have kept local firefighters busy. "When you consider a wind combined with low relative humidity and heat during the day, that’s really the perfect recipe for a fire to get out of control," said Foley Fire Chief Joey Darby.

Foley's fire chief says the current red flag fire warning by the National Weather Service is a real threat. Currently 12 counties in Alabama are also part of a state environmental burn ban that's already in place to control air quality.

"A lot of our public doesn’t really understand that, but it prevents them from having open debris fires on their property. Now there are some exemptions when you consider agricultural practices," said Darby.

Since April 1st, Foley has had 20 "open burn" fire calls, and nearly every city across Baldwin County has been busy, too. 

"When it’s a beautiful day that’s when people feel the need to burn things. They think it’s a great day to be out doing yard work and typically they try to burn," said Darby.

The State Forestry Commission also has a warning, from the backyard fire to the agricultural fire.

Now may not be the right time to light that match.

"If it gets away, you are responsible for it. You are responsible for your neighbor’s property if you burn it up and for the suppression costs of it, whether it’s the fire department or whoever," said Benjamin Elmore with the Alabama Forestry Commission.

The current air quality environmental burn ban imposed by ADEM started May 1st and will be in place for the next six months.

Source: Gulf Coast Wildfires

Fire damage can be devastating over a widespread area, so you’ll need the company you can trust to rise to the occasion. Wildfires are likely to cause fire and smoke destruction, as well as secondary water and soot damage. SERVPRO of Baldwin County is already in place and ready to respond. We have a highly trained Disaster Recovery Team, and are ready 24/7. No disaster is too large. Regardless of the extent of the damage, SERVPRO of Baldwin County Professionals can handle any size disaster. During catastrophic events like the wildfires, our Disaster Recovery Team will respond quickly with additional resources.

Have Fire, Smoke or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today 251-928-9625

Fire Tips for Kids

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

According to the American Burn Association, children are the most susceptible to burn injuries. 73% of all burn injuries happen in the home. At some point in time, children are going to be curious about fire, but it can be dangerous and costly.

Here are some tips to follow to keep your family safe according to the National Protection Association:

  • Be sure to keep all matches and lighters out of the reach of children, preferably somewhere up high or in a locked cabinet.
  • Closely supervise your children, making sure that they are away from any fire sources, including lit candles, cigarettes, fire pits, and stoves.
  • Take advantage of any opportunity to teach your children about fire safety.
  • Explain that fires are something to be taken seriously as they move very fast and can hurt you with contact.
  • Teach young children to not touch matches or lighters, and to notify an adult immediately if found.
  • Establish a clear set of rules and consequences about unsupervised and unapproved uses of fire.
  • Remember, children are always watching. Make sure you set a good example by handling fire in a safe manner.
  • Show your children appreciation for displaying respect and age-appropriate responsibility when it comes to fire.

If your children happen to burn themselves, cool the burn by running it under cold water for 10 to 15 minutes.

If it is a more serious burn, call 911.

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities in your home, causing damage you cannot see. Our smoke and fire damage expertise allows us to inspect and accurately assess the scope 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

Believe it or not, there are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before the restoration process begins, SERVPRO of Baldwin County 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. 

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 at your home or commercial business.  Our professional team has the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today – 251-928-9625

Smoke Detectors Save Lives

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke Alarms are a simple way to alert homeowners before a fire can destroy lives!

In homes, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and on every level, including the basement. In office and commercial spaces, check your state requirements or contact the local Fire Marshall to help ensure all codes are met.

Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms without batteries that are wired into the home need to be replaced every ten years, regardless of if they seem to still be working. Other types of alarms need their batteries replaced once a year, and the unit itself replaced every ten years. If the alarm chirps "low battery," take the proper steps to replace the unit or batteries immediately. Don't put it off, you may forget.

In larger commercial facilities, hard wired or wireless smoke detectors offer benefits like not needing to be tested as often, and activating in the entire building, even if the smoke is in just one area.

If you need help installing a smoke detector or alarm contact your local fire department, a licensed electrician, or the American Red Cross.

The Importance of Smoke Alarms

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives, and when properly installed, can reduce the risk of fire injury in half.

The National Fire Protection Association recommends smoke alarms be installed in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters and on every level of the house.  Business owners should consult the local Fire Marshall to ensure specific building fire codes and smoke detector requirements are met.

Smoke alarms work best when paired with a fire escape plan.  A plan allows your family, employees or clients to escape quickly and safely in an emergency situation. 

Review the following tips regarding smoke detector installation and maintenance. Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, including the basement.

  • Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms.  Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
  • Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year.  We have found it useful to change the batteries when daylight savings time either begins or ends.  If an alarm "chirps," the battery is low and should be replaced right away.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

Just the Facts: Smoke Alarms

  • Three out of five fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or when the alarms are not working
  • Smoke alarm failures usually result from missing, disconnected, or dead batteries.
  • More than one-third (37 percent) of home fire deaths result in faulty alarms. Smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives, and when properly installed, can reduce the risk of fire injury in half.
  • The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.

SERVPRO of Baldwin County wants you and your family to be safe.  If you have a home or business fire, we are here for you and are a phone call away. 251-928-9625

Fire Damage: Common Causes

8/16/2019 (Permalink)

Home electrical fires account for 51,000 fires each year, and an estimated $1.3 billion in property damage. Learn these common causes of fire damage to prevent fire damage in your home or business:

Many electrical fires are caused by faulty electrical outlets or outdated appliances. Frayed appliance cords can also lead to electrical fires.  Under no circumstances should you ever remove the ground plug from an appliance cord. These appliance cords are only to be used with outlets that can handle the extra amount of electricity.

Another cause of electrical fires is the misuse of extension cords. Extension cords are only to be used on a temporary basis and not as permanent wiring. Extension cords can overheat and cause fires when not used properly. Never should you run extension cords through walls and ceilings, and never use nails or staples to hold an extension cord in place.

Space heaters are also a major cause of electrical fires. Space heaters should always be kept on a flat, level surface to prevent being turned over. These portable heaters are often placed too close to curtains, beds, and other combustible surfaces. Remember to always keep space heaters at least three feet from items that can burn. 

Fire Damage

8/16/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage can be stressful and overwhelming. Whether it is your home or your business, it is never easy to see your belongings covered in smoke or soot. Once you have a fire, it is important to contact your insurance agent and let them know what has happened. If the fire is large enough to warrant a claim, the sooner you file means the sooner your adjuster will be able to assess your damage. Your next call should be to a reputable restoration company such as SERVPRO of Baldwin County. Following a fire, it is important to make sure your structure is secure to prohibit vandalism to your structure and contents. SERVPRO of Baldwin County can do this for you by providing emergency board-up services and roof tarping if necessary. Depending on whether or not you have filed a claim, our team will develop a scope with you or with you and your adjuster. We will assess all of the structure and contents to determine what is salvageable and what needs to be removed and/or inventoried to be replaced. Often the restoration and cleaning of the contents can be completed onsite, but, if that is not possible, we will clean, pack, and move your contents to store in our climate controlled facility. We will also provide you with an electronic inventory. If the contents must be moved out for repairs, following the move out, we will begin with the structural work which can include the following: cleaning, demolition, and/or repairs. We will move your clean belongings back into your home or business following completion of the structural work.

Call SERVPRO of Baldwin County

When choosing a restoration company, it is important to choose an IICRC certified firm such as SERVPRO of Baldwin County. Our team is professionally trained and specializes in water (WTR) and fire (FRST) damage restoration for both residential and commercial properties. We provide emergency services and are available 24/7. 

Extension Cords Safety Tips

7/12/2019 (Permalink)

Extension cords are one of the most commonly misused items in a home and at the office.  To ensure safety use these following tips when using extension cords.

  • Determine the correct wattage required to power the device and be sure to select the correct size of the extension cord.  If connecting two or more devices, add together the wattage rating for all devices to prevent overload.
  • Select the appropriate extension cord for using devices indoor or outdoor.
  • Do not use extension cords that are cut or damaged. Touching the exposed strand of wire can give someone electric shock or burn.
  • Be sure to unplug extension cords when finished using due to the cord will still conduct electricity until it is unplugged.
  • Running a cord under carpet or across a doorway is unsafe.

If you have any questions regarding fire damage please call SERVPRO of Baldwin County at 251-928-9625

Preventing a Grill Fire

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

With summer just around the corner, grilling season will soon be in full swing.  While we look forward to the upcoming barbecue season, SERVPRO of Baldwin County would like to remind you to be safe and use precautions when cooking with your grill.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, an average of 9,600 home fires are started by grills every year.  In addition, over 16,000 people need medical care per year due to burns and other incidents involving grills. Here are some steps you can take to prevent a burn or potential fire in your own backyard.

  • Do not leave the grill unattended, and keep a spray bottle nearby in case of sudden flare-ups.
  • Remove excess fat from your meat since the extra fat can cause the flames to rise.
  • Clean your grill to remove all grease and fatty residue left behind from previous cookouts. Doing so will decrease the risk of a grease fire.
  • If you own a gas grill, inspect your propane tank for signs of damage that can cause serious fire damage.

By following these precautions, you can safely grill for your family and friends without risk of injury.  If you experience a fire at your home, call the fire restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Baldwin County.  We are happy to make any size fire disaster “Like it never even happened.”

Pet Fire Safety Day

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Approximately 500,000 pets are affected by fires every year, according to the United States Fire Administration. Promote the safety of the people and animals in your home in the event of a fire emergency by planning ahead. From preventative caution to making an evacuation plan that includes pet safety, here are three pet preparation steps you can take today.

It's important to keep animals away from open flames such as candles. Make sure your candles are in a secure location that cannot be knocked over. 

In the event of a fire, if your pets are not able to make it out of the house with you, let the responding firefighters know that. They will do everything they can to recover your animals from the home. 

Make sure you have all your pets records in a secure place so they can be accessed in the event of a fire. 

Pets are like family. Make sure they are apart of your fire evacuation plan. 

Our Step by Step Fire Damage Restoration Process

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

Every fire damage event is different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. 

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Today 251-928-9625

Fire & Smoke Damage: What to Do

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

This photo was taken prior to work beginning at a home in Gulf Shores, AL. The fire was caused by an issue with the house's electrical wiring.

Do

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and high traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.
  • If heat is off during winter, poor RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
  • Wash both sides of leaves on house plants.
  • Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system. 
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers top stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.

Fire & Smoke Damage: What not to Do

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Don't

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO Professional.
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO Professional.
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service technician.
  • Turn on your HVAC system for heating or cooling the structure. Smoke can travel through your ductwork and create secondary damage.
  • Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. (They may be contaminated.)
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
  • Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

Summer Fun and Fire Risk

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Every summer we see house fires related to backyard grilling. With summer just around the corner, we thought it may be helpful to offer some of our most valuable grilling safety tips. Did you know that on average 8,900 house fires are caused by grilling each year? And, an average of 7,000 Americans are injured while using backyard grills each year? We didn't either.

Don't Let a Grilling Accident Ruin your Summer Fun

    1. Set up the grill at least 10 ft away from the home - this includes 10 ft away from your wooden deck! Do not grill on the deck.
    1. Favorite team playing in the college world series? Bring your radio or TV outside. Don't leave a grill unattended.
    1. Only turn on the gas when the grill lid is open.
    1. Raining outside? Wait for it to pass. Don't operate a backyard grill indoors.
    1. Check for gas leaks before use.
    1. Dirty grill? Clean it before using. Cleaning regularly prevents grease buildup - AKA more fuel for your fire.
    1. Prepare for the unexpected. Even the most experienced cooks can have a fire. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby and know how to use it.

Understand Accidents Happen

SERVPRO of Baldwin County is equipped to handle any sized smoke or fire loss. Whether it's your home or your business, we know that fires happen when they are least expected. And, we understand that fire and smoke damage can be stressful. Fast response and quick mitigation by our team of trained professionals are keys in reducing the amount of damage and time that you spend out of your home or business. Let us make it "Like it never even happened." We are available 24/7: 251-928-9625 or 251-943-6244.

Residential House Fire in Daphne

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

This attic was affected by water, smoke and fire. This photo was taken during the initial walk-through before work was performed.

We recently performed fire and smoke restoration at a home in the Daphne/Montrose area. The cause of the fire was car engine overheating in the garage. While the fire damage was largely confined to the garage, soot and smoke odor traveled throughout the home affecting 100% of our customer's structure and content. There was also water damage in the Kitchen, Laundry, Garage, and Finished Attic where the fire was put out by first responders.

SERVPRO of Baldwin County was called in to clean up the damage. Our team of experts evaluated contents and structure to determine what could be restored. We performed the following services:

  • Contents Evaluation and Inventory
  • Move Out and Content Restoration
  • Walls, Ceiling, and Hard Floor Cleaning
  • Carpet Cleaning
  • Water Removal and Dehumidification
  • Textile Cleaning
  • Deodorization
  • Demo and Reconstruction

During the final walk-through, our customer said, "Everything looks fantastic. You made a difficult process extremely easy!"

We are so grateful for the opportunity to serve our community. From the Eastern Shore to North Baldwin to the Coast, we are YOUR disaster restoration contractor, and we are here for you. If you experience fire or water damage, reach out to our team of professionals: (251)928-9625 / (251)943-6244. 

Common Causes of Fire Damages

8/18/2017 (Permalink)

Electrical out catching fire

Home electrical fires account for 51,000 fires each year, and an estimated $1.3 billion in property damage. Learn these common causes of fire damage to prevent fire damage in your home or business:

Many electrical fires are caused by faulty electrical outlets or outdated appliances. Frayed appliance cords can also lead to electrical fires.  Under no circumstances should you ever remove the ground plug from an appliance cord. These appliance cords are only to be used with outlets that can handle the extra amount of electricity.

Another cause of electrical fires is the misuse of extension cords. Extension cords are only to be used on a temporary basis and not as permanent wiring. Extension cords can overheat and cause fires when not used properly. Never should you run extension cords through walls and ceilings, and never use nails or staples to hold an extension cord in place.

Space heaters are also a major cause of electrical fires. Space heaters should always be kept on a flat, level surface to prevent being turned over. These portable heaters are often placed too close to curtains, beds, and other combustible surfaces. Remember to always keep space heaters at least three feet from items that can burn. 

Common Causes of Fire Damages

8/18/2017 (Permalink)

Electrical outlet catching fire

Home electrical fires account for 51,000 fires each year, and an estimated $1.3 billion in property damage. Learn these common causes of fire damage to prevent fire damage in your home or business:

Many electrical fires are caused by faulty electrical outlets or outdated appliances. Frayed appliance cords can also lead to electrical fires.  Under no circumstances should you ever remove the ground plug from an appliance cord. These appliance cords are only to be used with outlets that can handle the extra amount of electricity.

Another cause of electrical fires is the misuse of extension cords. Extension cords are only to be used on a temporary basis and not as permanent wiring. Extension cords can overheat and cause fires when not used properly. Never should you run extension cords through walls and ceilings, and never use nails or staples to hold an extension cord in place.

Space heaters are also a major cause of electrical fires. Space heaters should always be kept on a flat, level surface to prevent being turned over. These portable heaters are often placed too close to curtains, beds, and other combustible surfaces. Remember to always keep space heaters at least three feet from items that can burn. 

Fire Damage: What to Do

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

This photo shows significant smoke damage to a wall

Do

Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.

Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.

Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and high traffic areas.

If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.

Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.

If heat is off during winter, poor RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures. 

Wash both sides of leaves on house plants.

Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.

Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers top stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.

Summer Grilling Safety Tips

5/19/2017 (Permalink)

Don't be a statistic! Call SERVPRO of Baldwin County.

Every summer we see house fires related to backyard grilling. With summer just around the corner, we thought it may be helpful to offer some of our most valuable grilling safety tips. Did you know that on average 8,900 house fires are caused by grilling each year? And, an average of 7,000 Americans are injured while using backyard grills each year? We didn't either.


Don't Let a Grilling Accident Ruin your Summer Fun



  1. Set up the grill at least 10 ft away from the home - this includes 10 ft away from your wooden deck! Do not grill on the deck.

  2. Favorite team playing in the college world series? Bring your radio or TV outside. Don't leave a grill unattended.

  3. Only turn on the gas when the grill lid is open.

  4. Raining outside? Wait for it to pass. Don't operate a backyard grill indoors.

  5. Check for gas leaks before use.

  6. Dirty grill? Clean it before using. Cleaning regularly prevents grease buildup - AKA more fuel for your fire.

  7. Prepare for the unexpected. Even the most experienced cooks can have a fire. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby and know how to use it.


Understand Accidents Happen


SERVPRO of Baldwin County is equipped to handle any sized smoke or fire loss. Whether it's your home or your business, we know that fires happen when they are least expected. And, we understand that fire and smoke damage can be stressful. Fast response and quick mitigation by our team of trained professionals are keys in reducing the amount of damage and time that you spend out of your home or business. Let us make it "Like it never even happened." We are available 24/7: 251-928-9625 or 251-943-6244.

Common Causes of Fire Damage

8/16/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Residential Fire

Home electrical fires account for 51,000 fires each year, and an estimated $1.3 billion in property damage. Learn these common causes of fire damage to prevent fire damage in your home or business:

Many electrical fires are caused by faulty electrical outlets or outdated appliances. Frayed appliance cords can also lead to electrical fires.  Under no circumstances should you ever remove the ground plug from an appliance cord. These appliance cords are only to be used with outlets that can handle the extra amount of electricity.

Another cause of electrical fires is the misuse of extension cords. Extension cords are only to be used on a temporary basis and not as permanent wiring. Extension cords can overheat and cause fires when not used properly. Never should you run extension cords through walls and ceilings, and never use nails or staples to hold an extension cord in place.

Space heaters are also a major cause of electrical fires. Space heaters should always be kept on a flat, level surface to prevent being turned over. These portable heaters are often placed too close to curtains, beds, and other combustible surfaces. Remember to always keep space heaters at least three feet from items that can burn.