Recent Fire Damage Posts

3 Common Causes of House Fires and How You Can Avoid Them

10/27/2021 (Permalink)

Firefighter spraying a burning house with water The first step towards a successful recovery should be to call SERVPRO of South Greenville County!

3 Common Causes of House Fires and How You Can Avoid Them:

No one ever believes a fire can start in their home. However, everyday tasks that go unnoticed can ultimately lead to a fire in your home. Take note of the following common causes of house fires below and how you can prevent them. 

  1. Cooking: Your kitchen is the number one area where a fire can occur. Unattended cooking is the number one cause of fires in the kitchen. Never leave the room while you are cooking with a heat source. If you cannot stay in the room the whole time, ask another adult in the family to watch over your food. Always use a timer when cooking food for long periods of time. However, we know accidents happen so, be prepared by having a residential fire extinguisher, a lid, or baking soda within reach just in case you need to smother a fire quickly.
  2.  Heating Equipment: When the weather turns colder, heaters are essential to warm our houses. You should only use space heaters if a small portion of your house needs to be heated. Keep your space heater away from anything that could easily catch fire, including curtains, laundry, blankets, and furniture to prevent a fire. Allow three feet of free space around all heaters. Always plug heaters directly into an outlet and not into a power strip. If your home relies on a furnace, call a professional and have it inspected once a year. It is also important to install carbon monoxide alarms. Alarms need to be on every level of your home, outside each sleeping area, and inside every bedroom. Test the alarms monthly to ensure they are functioning and replace the batteries every six months to help keep you and your family safe.
  3. Faulty Wiring: You probably don't think about your home's wiring. However, faulty wiring has the potential to start a fire in your home. There are a few signs you can look out for that indicate your wiring isn't working correctly. If your lights dim when you use an appliance, if you can't use multiple appliances at once, or if you frequently blow fuses, your wiring may not be functioning correctly. 
  4. How Can You Prepare: While you can do everything in your power to prevent a fire in your home, accidents do happen. In these moments, you and your family's safety is the number one priority. The difference between safety and tragedy is preparation. Take the extra time to prepare yourself and your family now. Create a fire escape plan with your family. Map out at least two exit strategies for each area in your home. Designate a meeting spot that is a safe distance from your home that everyone knows where to meet once they escape. Practice as often as possible. Check your smoke alarms to ensure they are in working order. If your smoke alarms are ten years old or older, replace the entire unit. Install carbon monoxide detectors if you do not already have them in your home. Place fire extinguishers on every level of your house, especially in the kitchen and garage.

The aftermath of a fire can leave you feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next. The first step towards a successful recovery should be to call SERVPRO of South Greenville County! We respond immediately to any fire loss in an effort to mitigate the existing damage, prevent further secondary damage, and reduce restoration costs. Call us today 864-292-3137!       

Candle Safety Guidelines

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

Candle Safety Guidelines 

Fall is officially here in Greenville. I know you can't wait to decorate your home, prepare for Thanksgiving, and enjoy all the fun fall activities. As the heat and humidity begin to drop and the leaves begin to change into vibrant colors, I know nothing gets you in the fall spirit quite like lighting your fall scented candles. When using these candles to create a warm cozy fall atmosphere in your home, always remember that open flames are a potential fire hazard. Below are a few tips you can use to avoid a fire in your home.   

Candle Fire Safety Dos:

  • Put out candles whenever you leave the room or go to bed. Always check the manufacturer's instructions for the suggested amount of time you should burn a candle. 
  • Always burn your candles in well-ventilated rooms.
  • Keep candles at least one foot away from anything flammable, such as paper, decorations, curtains, plants, and clothing.
  • If you are using candle holders, always use sturdy candle holders that you know won't easily tip over. Place candle holders on horizontal, stable, and heat-resistant surfaces.
  • If you are burning multiple candles in an area, keep them at least three inches apart to ensure that they won't melt one another.
  • Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets. Always place them up high or in areas they cannot easily reach. 
  • Consider replacing burning candles with battery-operated flameless candles in your home. Most electrical candles look and smell like real candles.

Candle Fire Safety Don’ts:

  • If you are in a small room, don’t burn too many candles. Limit yourself to burning only one candle in a small area. 
  • Don’t burn candles in rooms with vents, drafts, fans, or air currents to avoid rapid, uneven burning, flame flare-ups, and soot formation.
  • Don’t use candles in bedrooms or other sleeping areas. Statistically, most fires started by candles occur in the bedroom. Opt for using a diffuser or flameless candles in bedrooms. 
  • Avoid burning candles all the way down to the bottom of the jar— put out candles when there are at least two inches of wax left or ½ inch if they are in a container.
  • Don’t move candles while they’re burning. Hot wax can drip and cause injuries or severe burns. Extinguish candles before moving them or move them before lighting them.
  • Avoid using candles during a power outage. Instead, use LED flameless candles, flashlights, or battery-powered lighting. 
  • Never use water to put out a candle to prevent hot wax from splashing. If your candle comes with a lid, never extinguish the flame by placing it on top of the burning candle. Use a candle snuffer to extinguish candles.

If you have smoke or fire damage caused by a candle and are unsure of what to do next, don't worry; Call SERVPRO of South Greenville County (864) 292-3137. We respond immediately to any fire loss in an effort to mitigate the existing damage, prevent further secondary damage, and reduce restoration costs. 

How Long Do Fire Extinguishers Last?

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

How Long Do Fire Extinguishers Last? 

Since early childhood, we have all seen and recognize the bright red fire extinguisher. Yours may be sitting either in your kitchen, closet, garage, a cabinet, or your company's office building. Once you own a fire extinguisher, you really never give it a second thought. However, that fire extinguisher can end up saving your life, your home, or your business. You need to make sure it is working correctly from the moment you purchase it until you have to use it. Here are a few signs you can use to look out for to gauge the lifespan of your fire extinguisher: 

Disposable Home Fire Extinguishers

Disposable home fire extinguishers found in most big box stores typically last up to 12 years. You are probably wondering, how am I able to check the shelf life of my fire extinguisher? When you purchase the fire extinguisher, check out the aluminum cylinder or nameplate for the manufacturer's operating instructions and dates. You can use this to figure out how long your fire extinguisher should last with proper care. If your fire extinguisher has a gauge, you should check it every month; it needs to be charged for your fire extinguisher to work. 

Commercial Fire Extinguishers

Commercial portable fire extinguishers are a bit different. These fire extinguishers can last forever with the right kind of maintenance. If you own one, have it internally inspected every six years. Every other inspection should hydrostatically test your fire extinguisher. This tests the shell of your fire extinguisher by exposing it to higher pressures. If the cylinder passes the test, then your extinguisher is suitable for several more years. A licensed fire protection specialist should inspect your commercial fire extinguisher, per the NFPA.

Maintenance

Typically, fire extinguishers have to be fixed or replaced for a couple of reasons. Each extinguisher has a seal around its handle that can break down over time or fall apart. When this occurs, the compressed air releases and lowers the pressure inside your extinguisher. As a result, your fire extinguisher will not work, and you will need to replace it with a new one. If your fire extinguisher hose is cracked or blocked, you also need a repair it.

Whether you have fire or smoke damage or used a fire extinguisher in your home, SERVPRO of South Greenville County is ready to make it "Like it never even happened." Once the heroic first responders have completed their efforts, let us help you pick up the pieces and get your life back on track. Call us today 864-292-3137!

Getting Ready For Fall? Read These Tips First.

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

Couple walking in a park during autumn For professional fire damage repair and smoke remediation, call SERVPRO of South Greenville County.

Getting Ready For Fall? Read These Tips First. 

As the leaves change colors and the weather begins to cool down in Greenville, you can start preparing yourself and your home for the fall and winter. I know you can't wait to start decorating your home, and you are excited to host your family and friends for the holidays. Before you begin your holiday decoration and preparations, have you stopped to think about the fire risks that are present during the fall season? Below are a few fire safety tips to keep in mind as you prepare for fall and the holiday season: 

  • Change Smoke Alarm and Carbon Monoxide Detector Batteries and Test the Alarms.  We all have a love/hate relationship with Daylight Savings Time. However, this is the perfect time to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detector. By changing the batteries during Daylight Savings Time, you can ensure the batteries are fresh, and the alarms will not fail if there is a fire in your home. Make sure you test each smoke alarm when you change out batteries to check the smoke alarm is still working. If your smoke alarms are older than ten years, you need to replace the entire unit with a new one. If you have fire extinguishers in your home, check that they are in working order when you change your clocks each season.
  • Check and Service Your Heating Devices Before Turning On Your Heat:
    • At least once a year, have your HVAC system inspected, cleaned, and serviced by a certified HVAC contractor. It is also a good idea to check and replace your furnace filters with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters.                                                                                                                                                            
    • If you're using space heaters in your home, allow at least three feet of space around the heater. I know it is tempting to place a towel, blanket, or clothing on a heater to warm it up on a chilly fall day but do not place fabrics or other flammable materials on space heaters. Make sure you turn your heaters off before you go to bed. 
    • If you use a fireplace in your home, have your chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional chimney sweep. Utilize the three-foot rule whenever you're using your fireplace, and keep flammable objects away from the fireplace. If you can, install a mesh metal screen around your fireplace. 
  • Halloween safety – We know you can't wait to decorate your home and begin costumes preparations for Halloween. Remember to keep decorations away from open flames and other heat sources, and use battery-operated lights instead of candles in jack-o-lanterns. 
  • Outdoor fire risks – As the leaves begin to fall, you may notice them and other debris building up around your home. Remember to cut back trees, rake leaves, and remove other flammable debris from around your home. When storing your lawnmower and other gas-powered tools for the fall and winter months, empty them of their fuel first. Keep your roof, gutters, and downspouts free of debris as well. 
  • Create a fire escape plan.  The first step in being prepared is to have a plan. Did you know if a fire starts in your home, you have just two minutes to escape? It is vital you create a fire escape plan and practice it regularly.Create at least two designated escape routes for each area of your home. Pick a meeting spot outside that is a safe distance away from your home. Also, practice escaping your home staying low to avoid breathing in smoke. If you live in a multi-level home, practice getting out through windows using emergency ladders. 

Follow these tips, and fire will not be able to ruin your fall! For professional fire damage repair and smoke remediation, call SERVPRO of South Greenville County (864) 292 - 3137. We will make it "Like it never even happened." 

You Can Easily Prevent A Dryer Fire

7/8/2021 (Permalink)

A white washing machine and a white dryer in a home You can easily avoid a dryer fire with a few simple steps and preventative maintenance.

You Can Easily Prevent A Dryer Fire

When was the last time you cleaned out your lint filter on your dryer? What about the exhaust vent or dryer duct? Hopefully, it was recently. Your dryer can effortlessly become a potential hazard, and unfortunately, dryer fires make up a large number of residential fires each year. You can easily avoid a dryer fire with a few simple steps and preventative maintenance. Below we discuss the most common causes of dryer fires and how you can easily prevent them. 

Causes of Dryer Fires 

Mechanical and Electrical Failure: 

Like anything with moving parts and electronic components, faulty wiring and damaged machinery can start a fire in your home. You should have these dryer parts regularly checked and repaired if necessary. 

Improper Use: 

If you are using your dryer outside of the manufacturer's recommended guidelines, you could be in danger of starting a dryer fire in your home. You should never place items made out of plastic, rubber, foam or any items with instructions advising against drying with heat. You should also avoid overstuffing the dryer. 

Dirty Lint Filters and Vents:

Clogged vents, ducts, and filters are the number one cause of dryer fires. Usually, this results from a buildup of lint, but a fire can start due to an accumulation of dirt, grass, or anything that remains after going through the washer. The outside filter can also be clogged, which restricts airflow and leads to hazardous conditions. 

How To Prevent Dryer Fires

Make Sure Your Dryer Is Properly Installed: 

If you install your dryer incorrectly, it can lead to several complications or start a fire in your home. Many stores offer in-home installation; always take advantage of that whenever possible. 

You need to plug your dryer into a 240-volt electrical outlet. Plugging a dryer into a 120-volt outlet could cause several problems. You need to make sure the ventilation duct is attached securely to the dryer and to the exterior exhaust vent. When placing your dryer in your home, make sure it is not too close to other appliances or shelves. 

Clean The Lint Filter After Each Use: 

 If there is not enough airflow, heat will build up in a dryer. The lint filter is the first place blockages occur. When you don't clean the lint out of the filter, lint builds up in the filter and creates a tinder bundle that can cause a fire. Always clean the lint filter out before or after every load of laundry. 

Clean The Vent and Duct: 

Over time, lint sneaks past the lint filter in your dryer and can build up in the inside duct between the dryer and exterior vent outside your home. Have you noticed your clothes are taking longer to dry, or are your clothes not drying completely? You may have an obstruction in your dryer venting system. Additionally, if you begin to smell a burning smell coming from your dryer or if you notice that your clothes and the outside of the dryer are too hot, stop the dryer immediately, unplug the dryer and check the duct and vent after they have cooled down. It is recommended you clean the dryer duct once every three months. You should check your outside vent for clogs or other obstructions. 

Use Your Dryer Correctly: 

You need to pay close attention to the product care labels on each item of your clothing. Not only could you ruin the item in the washer or dryer, but you could start a fire in your home. If your clothes have flammable compounds on them, such as gas, oil, or alcohol, do not put them in the dryer. The heat from the dryer can set them on fire. Instead, wash them multiple times and dry them outside on a clothesline or use a drying rack. Finally, never run your dryer while you are sleeping or are out of the house. 

If you have fire damage in your home - don't panic! After the first responders leave, call SERVPRO of South Greenville County (864) 292 - 3137. We will make it "Like it never even happened." 

How Do I Clean Fire Extinguisher Residue?

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

Red fire extinguisher on pole in apartment Having a portable fire extinguisher within reach is a fast and effective response for when a minor fire breaks out in your home.

How Do I Clean Fire Extinguisher Residue? 

Having a fire extinguisher in your home can make the difference between dealing with a huge disaster or dealing with a mess. Unfortunately, if you do have to use a fire extinguisher to put out a fire in your home, you will be left with the residue to clean. The chemicals used in a fire extinguisher are hazardous to humans and pets, so you need to remove all the leftover residue. Most ABC multi-purpose fire extinguishers contain ammonium phosphate or ammonium sulfate powder; these chemicals will irritate your eyes, skin, and lungs. Before you begin cleaning, you need to identify the dousing agent used in the fire extinguisher, so you can effectively remove and clean any leftover residue from your home. All fire extinguishers will have a label or tag that tells you what type of fire extinguishers it is and what it contains. Always remember to wear an n95 dust mask, goggles, and nitrile gloves to avoid an allergic reaction when cleaning.

A dry chemical fire extinguisher with non-toxic bicarbonate will leave behind a powdery residue. To clean up this powdery residue, you only need a vacuum, your hands, and a disinfectant. When it safe for you to do so, remove any large debris left behind after the fire. Next, grab your vacuum and begin going over the area to clean up the leftover mess. You may need to go over the area several times to remove all of the residue. If you are cleaning the kitchen or space used for food prep, sanitize the area thoroughly with a disinfectant.

A multi-purpose dry chemical fire extinguisher containing mono ammonium phosphate requires a different method of cleaning. Unfortunately, you cannot vacuum up the left behind residue. You must quickly remove this residue by hand. Wear nitrile gloves and wipe the leftover residue with a clean cloth. If you can wet-wash the surface, use a 1:1 solution of warm water and baking soda. Thoroughly dry and sanitize the area once you have cleaned up all the residue.

If you have fire extinguisher residue in your home and aren't successful at cleaning it up, give SERVPRO of South Greenville County a call (864) 292 - 3137. Our top-of-the-line technology and cleaning products paired with our highly trained technicians will make it "Like it never even happened."

Before Using the Turkey Fryer Read This!

11/13/2020 (Permalink)

Before Using the Turkey Fryer Read This! 

Every November, families come together to feast on a delicious Thanksgiving meal. Did you know that Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires? If you don't practice safe cooking habits, your happy holidays could quickly become hazardous in the blink of an eye. If you plan on using a turkey fryer during this holiday season, check out these tips we've put together. 

  • Turkey fryers can easily tip over and spill hot oil across a large area. Only use your turkey fryer outdoors and on a stable level area well away from anything that can burn. 
  • Establish a 3-foot kid-free and pet-free zone. Tiny hands and paws can cause spills and burn injuries. 
  • Keep a grease-rated fire extinguisher within arms reach of the turkey fryer. 
  • Do not overfill your turkey fryer; oil will spill out when the turkey is cooking. To determine the right amount of cooking oil, place the turkey in the fryer with water first. 
  • Never out a frozen turkey in the fryer. Always thaw your turkey before attempting to fry it. 
  • Turkey fryers can overheat. Make sure to check the temperature with a cooking thermometer so the oil won't overheat. 
  • Always use long cooking gloves when handling the pot, lid, or handles of the turkey fryer. 
  • Let the oil cool overnight before disposing of the oil. 

If a fire strikes in your South Greenville County home, give the experts at SERVPRO of South Greenville County a call (864) 292-3137. We will help make it "Like it never even happened."  

Be Safe Around The Bonfire With These Safety Tips.

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

Relaxing around a bonfire during a chilly fall night is one of the best ways to unwind. Whether you are in the comfort of your backyard or relaxing at a campsite, these safety tips can help keep you and your friends safe this fall. 

  1. Choose the right location: First, find a level and open area to have your bonfire. There should be ten feet between the bonfire and structures or items that can catch fire. 
  2. Use the right wood: Always burn seasoned hardwoods. Materials like plywood can release toxic fumes, while softwoods can spark and pop excessively. Only use woods that fit entirely in your fire pit and do not stick out. 
  3. Don't use fuel accelerants: Never use firestarters, as they can release toxic fumes, start an explosion, or cause your fire to grow too rapidly. 
  4. Check the weather and burn status: Wind can cause your fire to spread rapidly. If pollution levels are high, your local government can instate a burn ban to limit particulate matter and keep carbon dioxide levels down. Check both of these things before having a bonfire. 
  5. Be smart around a fire: Avoid wearing flowy clothing or drinking excessively when around a fire. Always have an adult present if children are around the fire. 
  6. Extinguish the fire correctly: Make sure the fire is completely out by drowning the fire in water and then mixing the ashes and embers with the soil. Scrape burned logs to ensure the hot embers are off of them. Then, stir the embers into the wet dirt to make sure everything is wet. 

Be Cozy and Safe This Fall With These Fire Safety Tips

10/7/2020 (Permalink)

3 orange pumpkin mugs on an ottoman in front of a fireplace Always extinguish a fire when you leave the room for any amount of time.

Be Cozy and Safe This Fall With These Fire Safety Tips!

It's October, which means the leaves are changing and the temperature is cooling down. As the weather begins to cool down, we will see an increase in fires in the Greenville County area. Most of which are caused by space heaters, forgotten candles, or accidents in the kitchen. As you put out your decorations, space heaters, and your fall scented candles, keep these few safety tips in mind. 

  • If you leave the room for any amount of time, be sure to turn off heaters and extinguish candles. 
  • Keep anything that is flammable at least 3 feet away from space heaters and open flames. 
  • Never plug-in heating equipment into an extension cord. The extension cord can overheat and cause a fire. 
  • Always place heaters on level flat surfaces on the ground. 
  • Never use the stove to heat your home or dry your clothes. 
  • Install and maintain carbon monoxide alarms. 
  • Never use a space heater or any appliance with a damaged or frayed cord. 
  • Have a qualified service professional inspect your heating system annually. 

The aftermath of a fire can leave you feeling overwhelmed. Let SERVPRO of South Greenville County pick up the pieces and get your life back on track. Call us today (864) 292-3137!

Fire Safety In Your Kitchen.

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Safety In Your Kitchen. 

Fall is officially here! As the leaves change colors, football begins, and the holidays get closer and closer, you may find yourself in the kitchen more and more. October fourth through the tenth is fire prevention week. This year's fire prevention week theme is "Serve Up Fire Safety In The Kitchen!" Cooking equipment is behind almost 50% of all home fires. We're sharing a few tips to help you prevent a fire from starting in your kitchen. 

  • Most fires that start in the home involve the stove. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food. Turn off the stove if you need to leave the kitchen for an extended length of time. 
  • Keep your cooking area free of oven-mitts, towels, wooden utensils, and food packaging. 
  • Clean up food and grease from burners and stovetops. 
  • Keep pets off of cooking surfaces and nearby countertops. 
  • If you are sleepy, have consumed alcohol, or taken medication that makes you tired, don't cook. 
  • Never use a portable fire extinguisher to extinguish flames from a grease fire. It will cause the fire to spread. 
  • Turn pot handles away from the stove's edge. 

If you have a fire in your home, after the first responders leave, call SERVPRO of South Greenville County (864) 292-3137! 

How To Avoid House Fires

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

5 Tips To Avoid House Fires 

Your home is the epicenter of your life. It's where you build your life and make memories with your family. That's why you would do anything to keep your home safe from fire and smoke damage. Although you can't control everything that happens in your home, we've compiled a few tips to help reduce the risk of a fire starting in your home. 

  1. Keep your stove and oven clean: 

Food particles left on burners can get too hot and cause a fire to start. If curtains or a dishtowel are too close to the oven, they can also spark a fire. It's best to clean the oven and stove of leftover food and keep flammable objects away from the oven and stove. 

 2. Don't leave your kitchen: 

Never leave the kitchen while food is cooking. If you have to leave the kitchen, turn the oven or stove off first or have someone watch the food until you can return. 

 3.  Always check your dryer: 

Clean your lint trap every time you put in a new load of laundry. Be sure to check behind the dryer to make sure lint and other items are not stuck. Have your dryer inspected yearly to ensure it is running properly. 

 4.  Properly store flammable products: 

Store hazardous and combustible products away from heat sources. 

 5. Be careful with your fireplace: 

Make sure you have a door between the flames in your fireplace and your flooring. When you throw ashes away, give them more than enough time to cool down. 

If you have fire or smoke damage please call SERVPRO of South Greenville County      (864) 855 - 3993 or visit www.SERVPROsouthgreenvillecounty.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration

Have A Disaster Free Thanksgiving!

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Have A Disaster Free Thanksgiving! 

Thanksgiving is almost here, which means lots of fellowship, family time, and cooking in the kitchen. According to the U.S Fire Administration, an estimated 2,000 fires occur on Thanksgiving day. That equates to five deaths, 25 injuries, and $21 million in property loss each year. Cooking is the leading cause of these fires. SERVPRO of South Greenville County wants you to have a fire-free Thanksgiving. Below are a few tips you can follow to ensure your turkey day is fire and smoke-free. 

  1. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home. Smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and outside each sleeping area. Test your smoke alarms every month. Replace smoke alarms that are 10 years old or older.
  2. Do not leave food unattended. 
  3. Keep combustibles and food packaging away from burners and heat sources. 
  4. Cooking oil can ignite quickly, watch it closely. 
  5. Do not wear loose sleeves while cooking. Long sleeves can ignite or catch on handles of pots and pans spilling hot oil and other liquids. 
  6. Establish a "kid-free zone" of at least three feet around the stove and areas where hot foods or drinks are prepared or carried. Keep children away from these areas. 
  7. Keep a lid nearby to smother grease fires. Smother fires by sliding the lid over the pan and then turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cool. 

Don't let fire and smoke ruin your holidays SERVPRO of South Greenville County provides emergency services 24/7 - (864) 292 - 3137!  

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How To Have A Fire Free Fall

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

How To Have A Fire Free Fall 

We are officially in the fall season! Which means we are in for cooler weather, beautiful colors, and a plethora of outdoor activities. With the temperature going down, SERVPRO of South Greenville County begins to see a rise in fires. Be sure to plan ahead this fall season to ensure its fire-free. Below are a few tips you can use to make sure you have a fire-free fall.

Highly flammable fall decorations, like dried flowers, cornstalks, and other decorations should be kept away from open flames and heat sources, including lightbulbs and heaters. Remember emergency exits should be clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes. Children should be taught to stay away from open flames. Teach them how to stop, drop, and roll if their clothing catches fire. Remember safety first when choosing a Halloween costume. Avoid billowing fabric as it can easily ignite. If you are making a costume, choose a material that is flame-retardant. Use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in jack-o-lanterns. Lit pumpkins should be kept away from anything that can burn and out of the way from doorsteps, walkways, and yards.

October and Fire Prevention Month

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

October and Fire Prevention Month! 

Fire Prevention Month is every October. During this month, take the time time to reevaluate your preparedness plans for your home and business. Pay close attention to your fire escape plan. Evaluate each room and determine if you have two exit strategies for each room. Ask yourself if a fire does start in your home or business, can you escape in two minutes? If not, then identify and remove obstacles that prevent you from doing so. Create, implement, and practice your fire escape plan for your home and business; it may be the difference between safety and tragedy! When surveyed, eight percent of people surveyed said getting out was their first thought after hearing a fire alarm. Practicing your escape plan can help you make the most of the short time you have to get out!

Fire Escape Plans For Your Home or Business

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

It's officially the month of October, which means it's Fire Prevention Month. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sets aside one designated week each October to focus on fire prevention. The 2019 theme of Fire Prevention Month is "Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!" During this week, you should take the time to evaluate your fire escape plans. According to the NFPA, once the fire alarm goes off, "you could have less than one to two minutes to escape safely!"

Fire experts agree; once a fire starts, you may have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home or business. Creating, developing, implementing, and practicing a fire escape plan in your home and office can make the difference between safety and tragedy. To create a successful escape plan first, draw a map of each level of your home or business. Be sure to include all the doors and windows in your drawing. Next, identify two ways out to get out of each room. Ensure all doors and windows that lead to outside open easily. Designate an outside meeting place that is a safe distance in front of your home or business, mark the location of the meeting area on your escape plan. Be sure to plan for everyone in your home or office, with special consideration for elderly or disabled individuals. Practice your fire escape plan at least twice a year.

Are Those Cobwebs?

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

No, those are not huge cobwebs you are seeing. These black webs are actually soot tags. During a fire, when petroleum or synthetic materials burn, soot forms and bonds together. You will typically see these webs on the ceilings and in corners of a home after a fire. Corners and ceilings usually have a cooler temperature after a fire and will collect more soot tags. As the air is seeking equilibrium, the soot tags will float towards higher areas with cooler temperatures. Do not attempt to remove soot tags in your home after a fire, as you can damage the wall or ceiling. After the first responders leave - call  SERVPRO of South Greenville County to make it "Like it never even happened." (864) 292 - 3137. 

Tips To Prepare For a Fire In Your South Greenville County Home

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

When a fire breaks out in your South Greenville County home you only have two minutes to escape. It is important that you are prepared when a fire starts so that you can escape your home quickly and safely. 

  1. Install the right amount of smoke alarms. Test them once a month and replace the batteries at least once a year. 
  2. Teach children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one. 
  3. Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home and know the family meeting outside spot outside of your home. 
  4. Establish a family emergency communications plan and ensure that all household members know who to contact if they cannot find one another. 
  5. Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year. Press the smoke alarm test button or yell "Fire" to alert everyone they must get out. 
  6. Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1. 
  7. Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes catch on fire. 

The 7 Ways to Prepare for a Home Fire

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration For South Greenville County

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration For South Greenville County

Fire can spread quickly and destroy anything that is in its path. A fire can be especially devastating for any business or commercial property. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, significant water damage from firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur. Equipment, machinery, offices, and products can be destroyed leaving you with a huge mess to deal with. Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If your business experiences a fire loss, call the fire and water damage restoration experts and we will respond immediately to get you back to business. 

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service 
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster 
  • A Trusted Leader in the Fire and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises 
  • Highly Trained Fire and Water Damage Restoration Specialists  

Commercial Fire Damage? Call Us Today - (864) 292-3137

Restoring Your Belongings After a Fire

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Restoring Your Belongings After A Fire

After a fire, smoke, and soot affect not only the structure of your house but your belongings as well. SERVPRO of South Greenville County understands your family's furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings make your house more than a structure; they make it a home. 

Contents Restoration 

A fire can be a stressful event to deal with. You may feel like you have lost everything. SERVPRO of South Greenville County specializes in restoring your belongings, keepsakes and other contents after they have been damaged by a fire. Our expertise and "restore" versus "replace" mentality can help you save money while preserving your precious keepsakes that can't be replaced. We pretest your belongings to determine what items can be restored to pre-fire condition. We use several methods of cleaning to restore your belongings, including: 

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet clean
  • Wet Cleaning - This cleaning method removes moderate to heavy residues. 
  • Spray and Wipe - Used for items that cannot withstand wet cleaning. 
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned. 
  • Abrasive Cleaning - involves agitation of the surface being cleaned. 
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

 If You Have Questions or Need Help, Call Us Today - (864) 292-3137

SERVPRO of South Greenville County Fire Damage Restoration Process

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Greenville County Fire Damage Restoration Process 

After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of South Greenville County has the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home. Although every fire damage is a little different and requires a unique solution, the general process stays the same. The steps listed below outline our process for the "typical" fire damage emergency. 

Step 1: Emergency Contact 

When you call SERVPRO of South Greenville County our restoration process begins. A representative will ask questions that will help us respond immediately with appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment 

We carefully inspect and test the adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. 

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 are 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 your home or business. 

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (864) 292-3137

Fire And Smoke Damage In Your South Greenville County Home

9/29/2018 (Permalink)

Fire And Smoke Damage In Your South Greenville County Home

Once the fire department leaves, your South Greenville County home may suffer from water damage caused by firefighting efforts. We have the specialized fire and water damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment to handle fire and water damage and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. Below are some tips to protect you and your home after a fire. 

Do: 

  • Limit movement in your home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets. 
  • Keep your hands clean. Hands covered in soot can further damage upholstery, walls, and woodwork. 
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpeted areas. 
  • If electricity is off, empty your freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor. 
  • Wipe soot off of 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, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures. 
  • Wash both sides of leaves on houseplants. 
  • Change HVAC filter, but leave the system off until a trained professional can check the system. 
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop soot particles from getting in or out of the HVAC system. 

Don't: 

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of South Greenville County. 
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water. 
  • Don't attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture. 
  • Don't eat any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat, or water. 
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be damaged or wet and can cause electric shock, and air movement can create secondary damage. 
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.  

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster – (864)292-3137