Recent Fire Damage Posts

Soot and Smoke Create Additional Damage After Fire

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

Even if a fire in a home or business is contained to one floor, the damage from the fire may affect other floors of the building as well. Soot and smoke can travel throughout the structure leaving a trail of damage behind. If the damage is not handled properly, long-term effects can result, adding to an already stressful situation.

After contacting SERVPRO of Kenton County there are a couple of steps you can take to help avoid further damage to your property. First of all, keep movement throughout the building to a minimum. This will help avoid tracking the soot throughout other areas of the building. And secondly, place clean towels or linens on the carpeted traffic areas. Realizing that there will be some movement within the building during the restoration process, this will help prevent additional soiling.

The SERVPRO of Kenton County fire technicians are highly trained and well-equipped to handle the cleanup and care of your home or office building and its contents following a fire incident. Before attempting to clean the fire damage yourself, contact us for your fire restoration needs. CLICK HERE to learn more!

SERVPRO OF KENTON COUNTY to Offer 3 Hour Continuing Education Course for OHIO Credits on September 19th from 8:30am - 11:30am

9/2/2019 (Permalink)

We are excited to be hosting an upcoming Greater Cincinnati Insurance Board continuing education insurance credit course! The class is entitled, “Ohio FAIR Plan Seminar with Jim McKee, CPCU, AIS, API, AIM.” This seminar will give the attendees valuable information about the Ohio FAIR Plan Underwriting Association. It will provide an overview of Ohio FAIR Plan procedures, policies, coverages and other information. Topics covered will include types of policies written, coverages, application, underwriting procedures, claims as well as other helpful information.

This course is approved for 3 credit hours in OHIO only and it will take place at our Cincinnati, Ohio location at 2115 Schappelle Lane, Cincinnati, OH on Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 8:30am to 11:30am.

CLICK HERE to find out more information and to register!

Precautions to Avoid Grill Fires

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

While outdoor barbecues can be fun times with family and friends, they can also present fire hazards if certain precautions are not taken. The misuse of outdoor grills is one of the leading causes of home fires during the warmer months.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, grill fires cause an estimated $37 million in property loss each year. Patios, terraces, screened-in porches and courtyards are all leading home locations for grill fires.

A grilling mishap would definitely put a damper on family gatherings and outdoor fun! So, we would like to share some important grilling safety tips. Knowing and following even a few tips can help avoid a fire disaster.

  • Only use grills outdoors.
  • Keep grills away from siding and deck railings.
  • Clean grills often and remove grease or fat build-up.
  • Make sure the gas grill lid is open before lighting.

In the unfortunate event of a fire disaster at your property, SERVPRO of Kenton County is Here To Help! Our technicians are available 24/7 to provide emergency service!

859-261-2400

Helpful Tips Regarding Home Fires

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

Safe Kids Worldwide is a nonprofit organization that works to keep kids safe. According to safekids.org, home fires account for nearly 90 percent of all fire-related deaths and at least one child dies in a home fire every day.

Safe Kids Worldwide offers many tips to help protect kids and families from home fires and bring awareness to actions that can be taken to prepare for and know how to act in the event of a fire. This alone, will help save lives. First and foremost, working fire alarms are critical to staying safe. Smoke alarms that are working properly should be installed on every level of the home. Efforts should be made to teach kids never to play with matches or lighters. Always store them out of the reach of children. Create and practice an escape plan. In this plan, be sure to include two ways out of every room. Teach the kids how to respond if they hear the fire alarm. Make them aware of the importance of staying low and getting out as quickly as possible.

Following these tips can be very helpful in keeping families safe in the event of a home fire. Being prepared and taking precautions before an actual fire emergency can help families know exactly what to do if they find themselves in a fire emergency situation.

If a fire disaster does occur in your home, always remember…SAFETY FIRST! SERVPRO of Kenton County is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week for fire damage restoration. We are Here to Help!

What to Do in the Event of a Fire

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

According to ready.gov, a fire can spread quickly, becoming life threatening in just two minutes. And in just five minutes, an entire home can be taken over by flames.

In the event of a fire it is important to know what precautions to take to help ensure that you escape safely.

  • Stay low, crawling under the smoke to the exit
  • Before opening a door, feel if it is hot. If it is hot, do not open the door and find another exit. If you do open the door, open it very slowly and be prepared to shut it quickly if smoke or fire is present.
  • Tell firefighters right away if pets are trapped inside.
  • If you are unable to escape, close all doors, cover vents and cracks around doors with cloth, call 911 explaining where you are, and signal from a window with a light cloth or flashlight.
  • If your clothes catch fire, stop, drop, and roll!

Fires can be devastating, spreading quickly and leaving little time to plan an escape. Being prepared by learning important safety measures and planning escapes can help ensure safety in the unfortunate event of a fire disaster.

SERVPRO of Kenton County provides emergency service following fire damage. Our fire technicians respond quickly to secure the site and can help restore the structure as well as its contents following a fire.

Use Extension Cords with Caution and Care

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

Extension cords are a very useful and common household item that, if not used with care, can pose a threat in the home. According to SixWise.com, there are three main risks presented with the use of extension cords:

  1. Fires
  2. Electrical Burns
  3. Tripping

Fires

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that extension cords cause about 3300 residential fires each year. These fires are caused by short circuits, damaged cords, and overloading cords. These risks can be avoided by regularly checking and replacing old, damaged cords, not overloading cords or sockets, not running cords under rugs or near heaters, and just being aware when using extension cords for overheating.

Electrical Burns

According to the CPSC, electrical burns to the mouth accounted for half of the extension cord related injuries to young children. Plugs, outlets and cords can be very intriguing to young children who do not realize they are dangerous. Keep all extension cords out of reach of children!

Tripping

The CPSC claims that about half of extension cord related injuries involve fractures, lacerations, contusions, or sprains from people tripping over the extension cords and that the elderly are the most at risk for this type of injury. The solution to avoid this risk is to simply avoid placing extension cords in areas where people walk. Instead, run cords along walls or thread them behind tables or other furniture where they are out of the way.

Most people do not consider the dangers of extension cords until something actually goes wrong. Don’t make that mistake…Use your extension cords with caution and care!

Suggested Safety Tips for the Use of Portable Space Heaters

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

As we get deeper into the colder months, and many are looking for supplemental heat sources, it is important to remember that heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fires in the United States. Portable space heaters are very popular this time of year and, if not used with caution, can present significant fire hazards.

Following are some useful tips that should be considered when using portable space heaters:

  • Make sure the space heater has the label showing that it is listed by a recognized testing lab.
  • Inspect heaters for any damage prior to use.
  • Never leave a space heater unattended.
  • Always keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn.
  • Plug space heaters directly into a wall outlet. Do not use extension cords or power strips.
  • Do not plug any other electrical devices into the same outlet as the heater.
  • Place space heaters on flat, level surfaces.

While portable space heaters are very convenient and can be a great source of supplemental heat during the winter months, they can definitely pose a significant fire risk if not used with caution. Safety should always be the top priority when using space heaters!

SERVPRO of Kenton County specializes in fire damage restoration. CLICK HERE to learn more about our professional fire damage restoration services.

Continuing Education Course on November 7th!

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

We are hosting a Greater Cincinnati Insurance Board continuing education insurance credit course entitled, “Understanding the Legal Process-Rules of Evidence w/ Tom Ryan, AIC.” This seminar will give an overview of the basic rules of evidence as they are used in the claims handling process. Those in attendance will learn information to help their policyholders understand the investigations required in settling claims. Topics will include claims litigation, the legal system, techniques in processing a claim, basic laws of evidence, and how this evidence is used to protect the client.

This course is for OHIO and KENTUCKY credits and will be held at our Forest Park, Ohio location at 2115 Schappelle Lane, Forest Park, Ohio, 45240 on Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 from 8:30am to 3:30pm.

CLICK HERE for more information and to register!

Tips to Avoid Fires in the Kitchen

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and the leading cause of kitchen fires is unattended cooking!

The American Red Cross offers many helpful suggestions to help avoid fires in the kitchen.

  • Never leave cooking food unattended.
  • Use a timer to remember that the stove or oven is on.
  • Don’t wear loose clothing or sleeves while cooking.
  • Keep children away from the cooking area.
  • Keep flammable items away from the stove or oven.
  • Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to avoid the buildup of grease.
  • Have a fire extinguisher on hand and understand how to use it properly.
  • Make it a routine to check the kitchen before leaving the home or going to bed each night to ensure that the stove and oven is turned off.
  • Install working smoke alarms near the kitchen and on each floor of the home, near bedrooms.
  • Replace smoke alarm batteries regularly so that they are always in good working order.

SERVPRO of Kenton County is locally owned and operated so we are ready and able to respond quickly to any fire damage emergency. If you find yourself in any fire damage situation, give us a call! 859-261-2400

Happy Labor Day from SERVPRO of Kenton County!

9/3/2018 (Permalink)

Today we honor the achievements of the labor movement and the strength of American workers! Some also celebrate Labor Day as the official end of summer, the start of fall, or the final day to wear white. But whatever angle you take for your celebration, we want you to have a safe and happy holiday!

Be sure to practice safety tips with outdoor grilling or fire pits. Keep the grill or open flames a safe distance from anything that can catch fire. And always keep the children and pets away from the hot fire. Have a fire extinguisher available should an accident happen!

If you are traveling somewhere to celebrate, remember no drinking and driving! Keep an emergency supply kit or a first aid kit in your car. And always buckle up!

And don’t forget to follow safety guidelines in the swimming pool! Be aware of the weather conditions, keep an eye on the children, and always swim with a buddy!

Enjoy the holiday and remember we are always available 24 hours a day if you find yourself in need of emergency service!

SERVPRO of Kenton County (859) 261-2400

Outdoor Grilling Safety Tips

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

With a few warmer months left, there is still time for picnics and outdoor grilling. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, grill fires cause an estimated $37 million in property loss each year. Patios, terraces, screened-in porches and courtyards are leading home locations for grill fires.

SERVPRO of Kenton County would like to share the following grilling safety tips to help prevent outdoor cooking fire damage:

  • Only use grills outdoors
  • Keep grills away from siding and deck railings.
  • Clean grills often and remove grease or fat build-up.
  • Make sure the gas grill lid is open before lighting.
  • Always have a three foot safe-zone around grills.
  • Dispose of coals after they have cooled in a metal can.
  • Never leave grills unattended.

Knowing and following even a few fire safety grilling tips can help everyone have a safer and happier cookout! In the event that you experience a grilling mishap and have a fire damage situation at your home, give us a call for quick, professional help! CLICK HERE to learn more about how we can help!

SERVPRO of Kenton County (859) 261-2400

Continuing Education Course July 10th at SERVPRO of Kenton County

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

We are hosting an upcoming Greater Cincinnati Insurance Board Continuing Education course on July 10th, 2018. The class will be held from 8:30am to 11:30am at our Covington, Kentucky office at 1001 Madison Avenue, Covington, Kentucky 41011. The title of the course is “Analyzing Commercial Property Rates with George Best, CSP, ARM. The presentation is designed to provide agents, brokers, and company representatives a detailed explanation of the Insurance Services Office (ISO) Commercial Fire ratings using the Specific Commercial Property Evaluation Schedule (SCOPES) of the ISO. Upon completion of the course, attendees should be able to review and analyze a rating survey in order to suggest rate improvement. This course is approved for 3 credit hours in Kentucky and Ohio. CLICK HERE for more information and to register!

Use Space Heaters With Caution!

1/29/2018 (Permalink)

The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is a non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety at home and in the workplace. According to ESFI, heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires in the United States.

During the cold winter months, many will turn to portable space heaters as a source of supplemental heat in their homes. Unfortunately, if not used with caution, these convenient heaters can pose significant fire hazards.

The ESFI provides the following tips to be considered when using space heaters:

  • Make sure the space heater has the label showing that it is listed by a recognized testing lab.
  • Before using, read the manufacturer’s instructions and warning labels.
  • Inspect heaters for any damage prior to use.
  • Never leave a space heater unattended.
  • Install smoke alarms on every floor of your home and outside all sleeping areas and test them once a month.
  • Always keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything than can burn.
  • Plug space heaters directly into a wall outlet. Do not use extension cords or power strips.
  • Do not plug any other electrical devices into the same outlet as the heater.
  • Place space heaters on flat, level surfaces.
  • Always unplug and safely store the heater when it is not in use.

Portable space heaters are very convenient and can be a great source of supplemental heat during the winter months. Safety should always be the top priority when using space heaters. Following these tips will help keep your home safe while keeping your toes warm!

Live Christmas Trees and the Risk of Home Fires

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

In the fire restoration industry, the holiday season can be a time when we see an increase in home fires. Many families love the tradition of picking out a live Christmas tree, bringing it home and beautifully decorating it for the holiday season. But what some fail to take into consideration is the fire hazard that comes along with having a live tree.

The American Christmas Tree Association offers the following safety precautions to help avoid home fires associated with live Christmas trees.

  • Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched. Fresh trees are less likely to ignite.
  • Always place the tree away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, heat vents, and lights.
  • To keep the tree from drying out, make sure the tree base is always filled with water.
  • Make sure all Christmas lights are safety tested and avoid using damaged lights.
  • At bedtime, turn the Christmas tree lights off.
  • When the tree begins to lose its needles, it is time to properly dispose of the tree.

So this year, if a live Christmas tree is included in your decorating plans, make sure to follow these guidelines to help avoid a home fire disaster!

Fire Safety Tips for Halloween...

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Creative costumes, pumpkin carving, and spooky decorations all make Halloween fun for the kids. But what could spoil a good time more than a fire accident?!

NFPA.org provides a few simple fire safety tips to help keep the kids out of fire danger on Halloween.

  • Keep costumes flame-resistant or flame-retardant. And for home-made costumes, choose materials that will not easily ignite.
  • Many fall themed decorations, like cornstalks and dried flowers are highly flammable. Always keep them away from open flames.
  • Use a battery operated light inside of carved pumpkins instead of a real candle.
  • Keep pathways and exits clear of decorations so that nothing is blocking escape routes.
  • Stress to the kids the importance of staying away from open flames.
  • Review and practice with the kids how to stop, drop, and roll just in case their clothing would catch on fire.

SERVPRO of Kenton County wishes you a very happy and SAFE Halloween!

Regular Maintenance is Key to Safe & Efficient Home Heating

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

With the cold, winter months quickly approaching, now is the time to make sure your home heating system is working properly. Like most things, safe and efficient operation is a function of regular maintenance and check-ups. There are several things you can do to keep your heating system in top working condition.

  1. Clean or replace the filter: A clogged filter causes the furnace to work much harder and deliver less heat!
  2. Make sure blower doors are replaced.
  3. Check the systems belts: Replace any belts that are worn or cracked.
  4. Check and make sure vents in the home are clear.
  5. Ensure that the exhaust flue to the outside of the home is clear.

These are just a few tips to help maintain a home’s furnace system. But regular maintenance and periodic checkups by a licensed heating professional are also beneficial for your furnace to remain efficient. Don’t wait until the cold hits and risk having a break down when you need your furnace the most!

Safe Use of Fire Extinguishers

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

If used properly, portable fire extinguishers can save lives and property by putting out or containing small fires until the fire department arrives. However, it is important to remember that there are limitations to fire extinguisher use.

The National Fire Protection Association offers some key tips and information regarding the safe use of fire extinguishers. The first priority is to ALWAYS get out safely. Every home should be equipped with working smoke alarms and have a home escape plan in place.

Fire Extinguisher Safety Tips

  • Only use fire extinguisher when the fire is confined to a small area, is not spreading, everyone has exited the building, the fire department has been called, and the room is not already filled with smoke.
  • For proper operation, remember the word PASS:
    • Pull the pin – hold the extinguisher pointing away from you.
    • Aim low – point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
    • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
    • Sweep the nozzle from side to side.
  • For the home, choose a multi-purpose fire extinguisher that is large enough to put out a small fire but not too heavy to handle.
  • Read the instructions before a fire ever breaks out.
  • Install the extinguisher near an exit and know when to exit the building. If the room fills with smoke, leave immediately.

With proper use, a fire extinguisher can be an invaluable tool to help fight smaller fires in the home and prevent a larger disaster. But make sure to take the time to learn how to safely use an extinguisher and always remember that the first priority is to get out of the building safely!

Don't Forget to Clean the Dryer Vent!

8/7/2017 (Permalink)

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 15,000 fires start each year by the clothes dryer. When lint and debris build up in the dryer vent, a common fire hazard is created.

Signs That the Dryer Vent Needs Cleaning

According to ABC news, there are many signs that it is time to clean the dryer vent. Several of these signs include:

  • Clothing does not dry completely after normal drying cycle.
  • A musty odor is present in the clothing following the drying cycle.
  • Clothing seems unusually hot to the touch after a complete drying cycle.
  • Debris is present within the outside dryer vent opening.
  • Large amounts of lint accumulate in the lint trap of the dryer.

Reduce the risk of a dryer vent fire by watching for these signs and regularly maintaining the dryer vent. Not only will the risk for a dryer vent fire be reduced, clothes will dry faster and smell better!

The Factors Affecting Fire Odors

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

One of the most important concerns for complete restoration after a fire is controlling or eliminating the odors. When attempting to eradicate the odors after a fire, there are many factors that must be taken into consideration during the restoration process. These factors all impact the strength of the odor that is left behind.

Factors that Affect Fire Odor

  • Size – Larger fires burn more objects and bring more smoke. With more smoke, there is stronger smell.
  • Length – The longer a structure has been exposed to smoke, the more deeply the odor has seeped into porous materials.
  • Space – The smaller the room where the fire occurs, the more intense and concentrated the smoke odor becomes.
  • Items – Not all items smell the same when burning. For example, wood and plastic have very different smells and consistency. This needs to be considered during the restoration process.

Where the fire damage occurred and what items burned are the two main concerns in the fire restoration process. The technicians at SERVPRO of Kenton County are fire restoration specialists and have the training, expertise, and equipment to restore your property back to pre-fire condition.

Scented Candle Safety Guidelines

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

Many homeowners enjoy enhancing their rooms with beautiful scented candles hoping to bring a calm and cozy feeling to their home. Candles are a very popular accessory to home décor, but can also cause serious damage to homes if not used with caution. As a matter of fact, according to the National Candle Association (NCA), accidental candle fires account for approximately four percent of all U.S. residential fires.

The NCA provides a list of Candle Safety Rules with the hopes of reducing residential fire incidents caused by candle mishaps. Several of these tips include:

  • Always keep a burning candle within sight.
  • Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire.
  • Keep burning candles out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Trim candlewicks to ¼ inch each time before burning.
  • Keep burning candles away from drafts, vents and ceiling fans.
  • Never touch or move a burning candle when the wax is liquid.
  • Never extinguish a candle with water.
  • Never use a candle as a night light.

Burning candles can have a calming effect, bringing a sense of peace and relaxation after a long day. The National Candle Association provides many more safety tips and suggestions and can be found on their website at candles.org. Help protect your home and safety by following these suggestions when enjoying your candles!

Did You Know...Firewood Can Be an Insect Taxi Into Your Home!

1/19/2017 (Permalink)

There is nothing more relaxing than cozying up near a warm, crackling fire on a cold winter day. A wood-burning fireplace, in the comfort of your own home, presents the perfect setting to snuggle up and read a book, to watch movies and create cozy memories with friends and loved ones. But firewood, while being the fuel behind your relaxing fire, is also attractive to insects as a source of food and shelter. So it’s possible that you might just be welcoming a few unwanted guests, hitching a ride on the firewood, right into your home!


KEEP PESTS OUT OF YOUR FIREWOOD!


There are a few ways you can discourage insects from camping in your firewood and then riding into your home.



  • Store Wood a Good Distance from your Home: In the cold months, it is very tempting to store the wood pile close to your home, or even inside your home. Avoid this! Insects love to hide out in the pile, and keeping it close or inside your home is an open invitation.

  • Cover your Wood Pile: Wet firewood attracts insects. So it is important to protect firewood from the elements and let it dry. Use a tarp or cover on your firewood.

  • Elevate your Firewood: It is very difficult to keep wood dry if it is lying on the ground. Find a way to elevate your pile by using some sort of support or firewood holder.

  • First in First Out: If you always use the wood that is placed on the top of the pile, the old, unused wood at the bottom will make a perfect home for pests. Make sure all the wood gets used regularly by rotating your pile.

  • No Pesticides: While it is tempting to treat bug-infested wood with pesticides, this actually does more harm than good. Pesticides will cause the insects to burrow deeper into the wood to escape. Additionally, if you burn wood treated with pesticides, harmful chemicals will release into the air and cause a health risk.

  • Make two trips: Who likes to run outside in the cold every time you need another log for the fire? While it’s convenient to carry in the extra wood all at once, this invites pests into your home. Leaving wood lying inside your home could result in the bugs joining your party! Avoid this by only bringing in what you need and make another trip when it’s time.


A peaceful fire in your wood-burning fireplace is a great way to stay warm and relax during the cold winter months. Avoid the threat of inviting insects into your home by taking these precautions when using and storing your firewood!

SERVPRO OF KENTON COUNTY OFFERS CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSE 7/27/16

7/7/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Kenton County is offering  a free continuing education insurance credit course entitled, “Understanding the Restoration Industry: Property Fire Damage Restoration.” The course will be held at our Northwest Cincinnati location at 2115 Schappelle Lane, Forest Park, Ohio, 45240 on July 27th, 2016 from 8:30am to 12:30pm with registration beginning at 8:00am.


This course has been designed to teach and explain the special procedures used by professionals in mitigating and restoring fire damage claims. The purpose of the course is to provide insurance professionals a better understanding of what the insured is going through when they experience a fire damage situation as well as what is involved with the work performed by the mitigation vendor at fire damage work sites. Those in attendance will learn emergency tips which can drastically reduce the cost of the claim if performed in a timely manner.


For reservations or more information, contact SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati at 513-541-3200.


Course Number: 43375-OH, C34588-KY, 28814-IN

AVOID FIRE DAMAGE AT YOUR MEMORIAL DAY & SUMMER BARBECUES!

5/20/2016 (Permalink)

Happy Memorial Day from SERVPRO of Kenton County!

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. It is a very important holiday, established to give us a time to honor and remember the men and women who have sacrificed their lives by serving our country.

Many people consider Memorial Day to be the unofficial start of the summer season. And with the summer season, comes family picnics and outdoor grilling. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, grill fires cause an estimated $37 million in property loss each year. Patios, terraces, screened-in porches and courtyards are leading home locations for grill fires.

SERVPRO of Kenton County would like to share the following grilling safety tips to help prevent outdoor cooking fire damage in our Kenton County neighborhoods of Independence, Edgewood, Crescent Springs, Elsmere, Newport, Alexandria, and other surrounding communities.

  • Only use grills outdoors

  • Keep grills away from siding and deck railings.

  • Clean grills often and remove grease or fat build-up.

  • Make sure the gas grill lid is open before lighting.

  • Always have a three foot safe-zone around grills.

  • Dispose of coals after they have cooled in a metal can.

  • Never leave grills unattended.

Knowing and following even a few fire safety grilling tips can help everyone have a safer and happier summer. In the event that you experience a grilling mishap and have a fire damage situation at your Kenton County home, give us a call for quick, professional help.

For fire damage repair and restoration in the local communities of Independence, Covington, Elsmere, Edgewood, Crescent Springs, Taylor Mill, Ft. Thomas, Newport, Ft. Mitchell and Alexandria…Call SERVPRO of Kenton County – (859) 261-2400

Home Smoke Alarms & Escape Plans Save Lives

5/5/2016 (Permalink)

According to redcross.org, 60% of house fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. In the event of a home fire, working smoke alarms in conjunction with a practiced fire escape plan can save lives by allowing families to escape quickly and safely in an emergency situation.

The following are tips regarding the installation and maintenance of smoke detectors:

·        Install smoke detectors on every level of the home.

·        Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen and at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance to avoid false alarms.

·        Smoke alarms should be tested at least once a month.

·        Batteries should be replaced in all smoke alarms at least once a year.

·        All smoke alarms should be replaced after 10 years.

In addition to working smoke alarms, a family escape plan is also important to home fire safety and everyone in the household should be involved in the planning process. The following are guidelines when creating a home fire escape plan:

·        Make sure that all family members know two ways to escape from each room of the home.

·        Have a designated meeting place outside for all family members in the event of a fire.

·        Practice the escape plan at least twice a year and at different times of the day.

·        Practice waking up to smoke alarms, low crawling, and meeting outside.

While home fires can be terrifying, working smoke alarms in addition to a practiced escape plan play a vital role in reducing fire deaths. 

SERVPRO SUPPORTS RED CROSS

5/3/2016 (Permalink)

Since March of 2013, SERVPRO has been a national sponsor of the American Red Cross and their Ready Rating Program. This program is a free, web-based program designed to help businesses, organizations and schools become better prepared for emergencies.


SERVPRO of Kenton County is happy to announce that in January of 2016, SERVPRO renewed our commitment to the American Red Cross. The strategy is now focusing more on their Home Fire Preparedness Campaign by supporting Disaster Responders. This Campaign is aimed at reducing home fire deaths and injuries across the country. Our support of Disaster Responders enables them to assist affected families quickly by providing trained volunteers, supplies, emergency response vehicles, and resources to transform community sites into shelters.


SERVPRO of Kenton County is proud to support the American Red Cross to ensure that families and communities are prepared for disasters…especially home fires. Our goal is to build awareness about steps families can take to be prepared in their own homes.

Restoring Valuables After Fire

4/29/2016 (Permalink)

Regardless of the size, a fire in one room can damage belongings throughout an entire home. Personal belongings are treasures of life representing hard work and accomplishment. Photographs, books and other life momentos have a value that cannot be measured. When confronted with a fire loss, we at SERVPRO of Kenton County understand the concerns about losing such treasures and about the expense of trying to replace them. Typically, restoring an item will save money versus replacing the item and, at the same time, relieve concerns of losing the priceless treasure.

So, if faced with a fire situation, follow these tips to increase chances of successful restoration:

  1. Limit movement to prevent further damage.

  2. Place clean towels or old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent more soiling.

  3. Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Kenton County.

  4. Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO of Kenton County.

Let the professionals do the work.