Recent Fire Damage Posts

A Guide to Fire Code Considerations for Your Commercial Space

12/29/2021 (Permalink)

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If you own or operate a business or other commercial space, understanding how to protect your investment and your employees from harm related to fire damage is a must. Not only are fires extremely dangerous for anyone who is in the area, but they can also be devastating to
businesses—it is estimated that over half of businesses are unable to recover from a fire.

Fortunately, businesses are able to take many precautions when it comes to fire prevention, and
national commercial fire codes are a great place to start. While each area will have their own
local codes that should also be followed, below, we will examine some of the national codes that
can help you keep your business safe and operational.

Fire Codes Pertaining to Commercial Sprinkler Systems

While they are not required in all types of commercial buildings, a commercial fire sprinkler
system can be a fantastic way to reduce the risk of a fire severely impacting your business. Typically, the rules for fire sprinkler systems are that they must be installed in any commercial building over 5,000 square feet and any building that is taller than 55 feet in height.

Fire Codes Pertaining to Fire Alarms

While smaller commercial spaces are not always required to have a fire alarm system, installing
them is a simple enough process that it is always a good idea. By alerting people to the fire quickly, your employees and customers will have more time to escape, which could potentially save a life. If possible, it is best to invest in interconnected fire alarms, so that when one is
triggered, they will all sound to alert everyone in the area.

Fire Codes Pertaining to Fire Extinguishers

All businesses are required to have fire extinguishers on the premises, but how many and
where they should be located varies based on the size and nature of the commercial space in
question. Additionally, business owners are required to have fire extinguisher training with all
employees at least once per year to be certain that everyone is aware of how to use a fire
extinguisher and comfortable with the best practices.

If your business needs help with fire damage, you can count on us. We are here 24 hours a
day to help you recover in the aftermath of a commercial fire. Contact us today to learn more.

Fire Safety Tips for the Holiday Season

12/20/2021 (Permalink)

holiday decorations and candles on a tray If you have a house fire this season, we are the team you can count on. We are here 24/7 to begin the restoration process.

The holidays are such a fun time of year, filled with décor, delicious treats and plenty of cheer.
Between Christmas trees, lights on all the houses and gatherings of loved ones, there is a lot to
appreciate about this season each year.

However, while there is a lot to love about the holiday season, there is cause for concern from a
fire safety standpoint as well. The holidays bring about a change in habits and in household
items for many of us, which can lead to lurking fire hazards throughout the home. Fortunately,
many of these hazards can be avoided with a bit of prevention—read on for our top fire safety
tips for the holiday season!

Our Top Fire Safety Tips for This Holiday Season

**Be careful with your décor and decorations.** Decorating the house for the holiday season is so much fun, but it is important to be careful with what you are choosing for your home. If you like to decorate with lights, be sure to check all strands for frays or exposed wires and toss out any ones that look worn. If you like to use a real Christmas tree, be sure to water it daily—dried trees are highly flammable and can cause serious fire damage if ignited.

**Make sure to cook with care.** Making a big holiday meal or baking your favorite festive treats is a fun activity, but cooking safety is extremely important at any time of the year. If you are using the stovetop or oven, never leave it unattended, and keep anything flammable well away from heat-producing appliances in your kitchen. Additionally, it is a good time to check your kitchen’s smoke detector and fire extinguisher and replace them if necessary.

**Heat your home safely.** When there is a chill in an area of your home, a space heater can be a great way to warm things up without having to spend a fortune on your electric bill. However, space heaters can be quite a fire hazard if they are not used properly. Be sure space heaters are at least three feet from anything flammable and are equipped with tip-over sensors that will shut them off automatically if they are knocked off balance.

If you have a house fire this season, we are the team you can count on. We are here 24/7 to
begin the restoration process. Get in touch today to learn more or get a rapid response.

How to Mitigate Fire Risks Throughout Your Home

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

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House fires are an extremely traumatic event for any family. Not only do they put those in your
household in serious danger, but they can also cause major damage to your home and
belongings inside. In regard to such a dangerous occurrence, prevention is the primary strategy
you should utilize in helping your family stay safe.

Understanding how to mitigate your household fire risk can go a long way in ensuring you do
not have to experience a fire in your home. These safety tips are key for protecting yourself and
your family while reducing the chances that a fire is going to occur at all.

Tips for Fire Safety in Your Household

Make sure everyone knows the risks. If you have multiple people in your household, it is
important to ensure that everyone understands the need to take fire safety seriously. Making
sure everyone is aware of the common dangers and prioritizes practicing fire safety throughout
their daily lives can go a long way in ensuring there are no careless errors that result in a fire.
Educating household members on simple habits, such as never leaving the stove on unattended
or always blowing candles out before leaving the room, can go a long way.
Test your smoke alarms regularly. Be sure you have smoke alarms installed in all the
recommended places and are testing your alarms at least once a month using the test function.
Smoke alarms are one of the biggest factors in alerting people in the home to a fire, and
considering you only have about two minutes to escape once a fire breaks out, getting as much
notice as possible is a must.

Install fire extinguishers throughout the home. Fire extinguishers are a great resource to
have on hand if a small fire were to start, so it is wise to stock up and put them in any high-risk
rooms you have. Keeping one in the kitchen, in the laundry room and near areas where any
flammable items are stored is a smart way to stay safe by ensuring you can quickly put out a fire if needed.

If you need help in the aftermath of a house fire, you can count on us. We offer fire restoration
24/7—give us a call at any time to get a team of expert technicians out to your home quickly.

How Grill Fires Get Out of Hand

8/29/2021 (Permalink)

shocked man with flames coming from grill While grill fires can happen to anyone, taking the proper precautions can significantly reduce the chances that they will occur at your next cookout.

If you love to grill as much as we do, hearing about a grill fire taking place can be quite alarming. There are many reasons why grill fires can start, and they are far more common than people typically realize—the U.S. Fire Administration has found nearly 6,000 grill fires occur each year, with the most instances occurring during the summer.

While grill fires can happen to anyone, regardless of how careful they are being, taking the proper precautions can significantly reduce the chances that they will occur at your next cookout. Below, we examine the science of how these fires spread so you can consider how to best prevent them when you grill.

How Grill Fires Spread and Cause Damage

A grease fire starts due to improper cleaning. Cleaning your grill is one of the most important parts of grill owner maintenance, both because it helps your food cook better and reduces the chances that you will have a fire. If your grill grates and grease traps are not cleaned, a grease fire can start and quickly envelop your grill. You should always grill with a fire extinguisher nearby just in case, but cleaning your grill is the best step to prevention.

A flare-up ignites an object too close to the grill. Flare-ups are a normal part of grilling and they are typically not severe. Unfortunately, if you have your grill too close to a flammable object, a small flare-up can cause a disastrous fire. It is recommended you keep at least three feet around your grill empty of all flammable materials—this includes porches, siding and plants, as well as children or pets that could get injured.

An accident happened with an unattended grill. Fires can start and spread with a moment’s notice, and if your grill is unattended when one happens, you may not notice it until it has become too late. Never leaving your grill unattended is the best choice—even if you are just taking a quick break, always have someone take your place and watch it.

If your home has been damaged due to a fire, you can count on us to help you out with our proven fire restoration techniques. Learn more today and get in touch at any time of day to receive a quick response from our experienced team.

What Are Fire Tornadoes?

7/25/2021 (Permalink)

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Remember when you were a kid and you would argue with your friends about who would win in a fight between Superman and Batman? Somebody would pick each side and pretend to be their favorite hero—“I’ve got Kryptonite, dude; no way you’re beating me.”

And eventually some genius would get the brilliant idea to combine the two comic book legends into one unbeatable, unstoppable force—and SuperBatman was born.

Our minds are fascinated by the thought of combining some of the most powerful things we can think of, to imagine new limits of what might be possible. It’s probably for this reason that the term “fire tornado” has such mystique. Each of those scenarios separately are enough to make one shudder, but combine them and the concept becomes truly magnificent.

A fire tornado, also called a pyrogenetic tornado, is defined by the U.S. Forest Service as a “spinning vortex column of ascending hot air and gases rising from a fire and carrying aloft smoke, debris, and flame,” which means essentially what it sounds like it means—it’s a SuperBatman-level event, equal parts epic and rare.

The difference between a fire tornado and a regular tornado is that while tornadoes form from the sky downward to the earth, fire tornadoes form on the ground and climb skyward.

In fact, it may be more accurate to think of the event as a tornadic fire—it’s the heat of the fire that causes the tornado, as hot air flows upward, air rushes in from the sides to fill the space and wind shear from different directions creates the rotation.

We are still learning about fire tornadoes, and learning to distinguish different types of events that might also be called fire whirls or firestorms. But the research we have shows they’re incredibly powerful. A fire tornado recorded in 2018 spun with the force of an EF-3 tornado, and its vortex reached an astonishing height of 17,000 feet.

They don’t always have to be massive, though. The conditions necessary for a fire tornado have been reproduced in small laboratory fires, and it’s possible you could even see one in your backyard bonfire. (No need to worry about that one reaching to the heavens.)

Fire is incredibly powerful, powerful enough to create its own localized weather system complete with cyclones and ice clouds (yeah, we didn’t even get into that part). Fire tornadoes, fascinating though they may be, are one more reminder to us that we must always respect the danger of fire in any shape or size.

If your home or business has sustained fire damage from a blaze of any nature, SERVPRO is here to restore the damage and remove soot and smoky smells. Get in touch today to get the pros on your side.

Helping Newnan Homeowners After Fire Damage l SERVPRO® of Troup-Coweta Counties

2/18/2021 (Permalink)

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No one wants to think about being affected by a house fire. But it’s smart to know what steps you need to take if it happens.

If you’re one of the one in 50 American homeowners who suffer a house fire this year, there are steps you can take after the fire happens to make the restoration process easier for you and your family.

You’ll want to do things like calling the police for a police report, making a list of your damaged valuables and being sure the utilities to your home are turned off. Finding a place to stay that’s safe and calling your insurance agent should be high on the list, too.

You’ll also want to start the fire damage restoration process quickly. That’s where it’s important to have a local partner you can trust, with a team that will restore your home in a way that’s high-quality, economical, and logical.

You Can Rely on Our Team

Here’s why Newnan residents know we’re equipped to help them deal with the restoration process:

We have a restoration-first mentality. By working with you to meet your needs, we can help you find ways to save money on repairs. And in some cases approaching a job from a restoration mindset, rather than replacement, can help you save money on your homeowners insurance premiums in the future.

We’re here to help at any time. Getting started early on restoration efforts can make a difference. That’s why our team is here to help you when you need our services. All you have to do is call us, and someone will be there to help. Our team is available 247 for emergencies.

We can help with the entire restoration process. House fires can damage your walls, your furniture’s upholstery, your property and your belongings. Other issues homeowners deal with after a fire include smoke and water damage related to fighting the fire. Our team of experts has the tools needed to do your restoration work the right way.

We are a locally owned business. Because we’re a SERVPRO location, we can use the training, resources, and equipment you would find at a large, growing company combined with the advantage of being a partner right here in our community.

If you have fire damage in your home, you can count on us for restoration assistance. Our team is always ready to meet your needs and help you restore your home. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.