Recent Fire Damage Posts

Smoke Alarm Safety

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damaged home with logo Checking your smoke detector's batteries can help save you or the life of a loved one in the case of a fire.

You probably know what the smoke alarm in your home looks like. You should also (hopefully) know where it’s located. The big question you should ask yourself is, “Does it work?” The Residential Fire Safety Institute shows that over 92% of dwellings in the US have smoke alarms. Which sounds like a great statistic, right? But it’s also estimate that one third of those smoke alarms do not work.

Smoke alarms are fairly low maintenance, however, they cannot simply be installed and forgotten. Here are some tips to keep your smoke alarm functioning properly:

  • Replace smoke alarms every decade. After 10 years, smoke alarms have a 30% failure rate.
  • Vacuum alarms once every 6 months to once a year. An alarm clogged with dust and debris can affect the alarms’ ability to function properly.
  • Install both ionization and photoelectric alarms. The ionization detectors activate quicker for flare ups or flaming fires, while photoelectric detectors work better for slow, smoldering fires.
  • Test your fire alarms once every 3 months.

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How to Deal With the Aftermath of a House Fire

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Logo Call S. Pasadena at (713) 472-4162 anytime, day or night, to help you recover after a fire.

A house fire is an absolutely devastating situation. No matter how quickly the fire was extinguished, it can still cause serious household damages and emotional repercussions for your entire family.

While handling the damage may seem overwhelming, you can make sure you are doing everything in your power to recover quickly and lessen the impact on your home and your mental well-being.

Enlist emotional support. 

The damage that fires cause can be alarming to see firsthand. Firefighters will often have to break windows or cut holes in the roof or walls, and many items that were not near the fire may still be damaged by smoke, soot and water from the fire extinguishers. When you are preparing to see your home for the first time after a fire, understand that it will be traumatic and you will need to grieve. Bring people who can provide emotional support to you and your family, and be open to seeking therapeutic counseling to help yourselves through the grieving process if needed. 

Wait to enter your home. 

Though things may appear to not be damaged enough to make your home a hazard, never enter without first checking with officials to determine everything is safe. The invisible damage a fire causes can undermine a home’s structural elements, and a second combustion may even be possible depending on the source of the fire. Make sure you always wait for the official OK before reentering your home.

Contact your insurance company. 

As soon as possible after the fire, contact your insurance agent to find out what your homeowners insurance policy covers and start your claim. Because policies vary so wildly, this should be done early on so you do not risk accidentally undermining your claim.

Document the damages. 

Do a full inventory of all the damages, and take detailed photographs so you have record of everything in the home that is impacted. Not only will this be helpful as you work with your insurance adjuster, but it is also a handy tool for your personal records so you can see what you will need to replace in the home. It’s wise to have an ongoing inventory of your personal belongings before you experience a fire. If you already have a documented inventory, use that as a guide when assessing damage. 

Contact your restoration company. 

There is not enough good that can be said about working with a qualified fire restoration company to help you mitigate the damages. Fires are extremely stressful for your entire household, but working with a company you can trust, like SERVPRO of S. Pasadena, can alleviate many worries and headaches. We are experts at handling the details after a fire. We can help guide you through difficult steps, save you extra work and answer many of your questions along the way.

Call S. Pasadena at (713) 472-4162 anytime, day or night, to help you recover after a fire. We live and work in your local Houston areas and understand what you need most after experiencing this kind of traumatic disaster. We’re ready to help!

Check The Date of Your Smoke Alarm

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Having an emergency plan and practicing it can help save your life and your family’s life.

Having an emergency plan and practicing it can help save your life and your family’s life.

The Chicago Fire, also known as the Great Chicago Fire, engulfed the city in flames for two days. When finally controlled, the fire had destroyed more than 17,000 structures and claimed an estimated 250 lives. In remembrance of the Great Chicago Fire and in hopes of saving lives, the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) holds a National Fire Prevention Week. The 2016 Fire Prevention Week theme, running from October 9-15th, is “Don’t wait --check the date!” reminding everyone to replace household smoke alarms every 10 years.

Because of this event, and as Houston’s leading fire damage restoration company, we’ve gathered home fire facts and tips to help keep you and your family safe.

Smoke Alarms


• In 2014, U.S. fire departments responded to 367,500 house fires that resulted in nearly 3,000 deaths. 


• Between 2009-2013, 3 out of 5 home fire deaths occurred in homes without smoke alarms or with non-working smoke alarms.


• Smoke alarm failure is frequently caused missing batteries, batteries, expired batteries, or from the smoke alarm being disconnected from the power source.


• Smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a house fire by half,


Emergency Exit Plan


• Fire can spread quickly. Often you will have as little as 2 minutes from the moment the smoke alarm sounds to get out of the house to safety.


• Having an emergency plan and practicing it can help save your life and your family’s life. Unfortunately, nearly have of those who have a plan practice it.


• For help in developing an escape plan and ways to help children prepare for an emergency, visit the NFPA website.


Fire Prevention


• Two out of every five house fires start in the kitchen. Frying is the activity most often associated with kitchen fires. 


• A fire extinguisher can save lives and your home by putting out small fires before they grow out of control, though it is important to remember that they have limitations. The main priority is always your safety and that of your family.


• Familiarize yourself with the operation of the fire extinguisher and place one in several areas of your home. The suggested locations for keeping a fire extinguisher includes the kitchen, your bedroom, the basement, attic, and by the outdoor grill.


• Space heaters are also a major contributor to house fires and it the second cause of fire deaths in recent years. To help prevent fire, do not use an extension cord with your space heater and be sure to keep it clear of fabrics and other items that are flammable. 


The NFPA and  SERVPRO remind you to replace your smoke detectors every ten years. Most house fires happen at night making it all the most critical to have smoke alarms in working order. If you hear the alarm sound at night, implement the family escape plan immediately. Your life and the lives of your loved ones can never be replaced. A home damaged by fire, however, can be restored. 

To learn more about SERVPRO’s fire damage restoration services, call Kimberly at (281) 520-8197.

Electrical Fires

6/12/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Logo Some electrical fires happen because of problems in house wiring or appliance failure.
When an electrical fire happens most people are taken by surprise. It usually happens from a simple act done a hundred times before such as turning on a light switch or plugging in your phone, but this time it causes sparks to fly. There are few tells to look for indicating the fire is imminent. Yet with today's safety standards in modern-day products, electrical fires happen so rarely even when we push the wiring to its limit that we are lured into a false sense of security.

Remember To Look For:

Frayed Wiring- There is always that one cell phone charger that seems to pull at the ends and become frayed. The wiring may be exposed but you continue to use it anyway because it still works. Please don't. The exposed wiring could spark at any time and cause a fire that would be much more expensive to pay for over buying a new charger.

Old Wiring- In between the walls of every home runs a maze of circuitry and copper wiring. All homes are built to code with plenty of electrical charges to sustain modern appliances. As time goes on and we invent bigger, better, and more energy consuming products it becomes harder for the old wiring to keep up.

Overpopulated Extension Cords- During the holiday season, this becomes the most common fire hazard. It is also the most common cause of fires during the month of December. 

High Wattage Bulbs- Every lamp comes with a little warning label informing the owner of the highest wattage it can safely use. Do not stick any bulb in a light fixture because it fits. 

Space Heaters- The most common cause of a household fire occurring because of these is due to the nature of how easy it is to light fabrics on fire. Keep space heaters away from curtains and organic products.

Preventing Lint Fires and Damage

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

Dryer fires are more likely to occur during the fall and winter months, with the month of January seeing the most dryer fires. However, it is just as important to practice fire safety by cleaning out your dryer vent as often as necessary.

When should I clean my dryer vent?

  • You should clean out the ling filter after every load of laundry.
  • Check the back of the dryer for lint buildup every other week.
  • Every few months you should clean the exhaust for lint buildup.

If you experience a dryer fire, you should call firefighters to make sure that the blaze is extinguished. You may also want to contact a residential damage restoration services in Pearland, TX to repair damage to the area surrounding your laundry machines after a lint fire.

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.

Smoke and soot facts:
Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.


Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of South Pasadena will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.


Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
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Ash Damage

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

Ash is one of the most destructive factors in a fire, second only to the blaze itself in potential to harm your home. In some cases, ash may be present in such large volumes that it causes thousands of dollars in damage all on its own. Ash is difficult and labor-intensive to remove, but with the right crew and the right strategy, SERVPRO makes short work of it. So, where is ash most liable to cause extensive damage?

When Mixed With Water
In Pasadena fire damage cases, ash often combines with water to create a staining and difficult-to-handle sludge. This material may require extra care and slower extraction than other material, costing time and energy otherwise spent on restoring other types of damage including burns and smoke odors. This material, while visually disastrous and time-intensive to take care of, is thankfully relatively straightforward to clean up and remove from a home.

Clogged Drains And Pipes
Ash is highly liable to clog up drains and pipes around the home. While lighter clogs may be easy to clean up and remove, in some cases ash may fill up an entire section of pipe and become packed in. When this happens, the pipes may have to be removed and flushed out with specialty equipment. SERVPRO technicians usually examine each water fixture in your home thoroughly to determine how severe the damage is before ripping out pipes.

Carpeting And Floor Materials
The most likely place for ash to end up is on your floor. Depending on the intensity of the fire, flooring may receive multiple inches of ash cover. This material is staining, dusty, and difficult to remove from most types of carpeting. In some cases, the carpet may have to be removed to allow for cleaning or replacement.

SERVPRO of South Pasadena has been helping local homeowners to recover from fire damage for years. Give us a call around the clock at (713) 472-4162 for our services.

Happy Independence Day From SERVPRO!

7/4/2019 (Permalink)

Fireworks Safety Tip: M-Class fireworks are meant for professional displays. Check to see which fireworks are legal for use in you local area.

Happy 4th of July from SERVPRO!

Happy 4th of July! We know summer is filled with backyard barbecues, parades, and fireworks displays, but did you know that more fires are reported on the 4th of July than any other day of the year?

Each year, fireworks cause on average 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires and nearly 17,000 other fires, including grass fires, explosions, and even people have been engulfed in flames during a seemingly innocent childhood tradition.

Before preparing your personal fireworks display, check which fireworks are legal in your area and that there is no burn-ban in affect.

Below is a list of fireworks that may be legal for purchase in your area:

  • Sparklers
  • Bottle Rockets
  • Firecrackers (Fireworks designed to explode on the ground.)
  • Roman Candles

Fireworks Safety Tips

SERVPRO is on call 24/7 for emergency fire damages, but of course, we would rather you avoid the fire hazard all together for your safety and those around you! Check out what the pro’s have to say about using fireworks safely:

  • NEVER use fireworks while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Do not allow young children to handle fireworks. Have an adult supervise them closely and light the fireworks for them.
  • NEVER light fireworks indoors, not even sparklers! People often do not realize that common sparklers burn around 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Do not try to re-light or handle fireworks that did not ignite properly. It may seem like a “dud”, but the malfunction could cause an explosion you are not prepared for.
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that have malfunctioned or have been used before discarding them in a trashcan.
  • When lighting a firework, do not place your head or body over the projectile.

Suffer a Fire Damage?

SERVPRO offers 24 hours service for any emergency. Give a member of our friendly office staff a call and schedule a time for an initial inspection. In the mean time, check out our online guide on what you should do until help arrives!

For more information on SERVPRO Fire Damage Repair and Restoration services, click here.

Have a happy and safe 4th of July from SERVPRO of South Pasadena!

To speak with a job coordinator about making an appointment, call the office at 713-472-4162.

Or visit our website: www.SERVPROsouthpasadena.com

The Spark of Electrical Fires

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

The type of fire extinguisher you use on a fire matters! Always be aware of the kind of extinguishers you have available and their locations.

Fires in the home can come in many forms. One of the most dangerous fires is an electrical fire. Electrical fires are especially dangerous because not only is a fire ignited, the electricity has the potential to shock an unsuspecting victim. 

Causes of Electrical Fires

Electrical fires often catch homeowners off guard when they are doing something they do everyday, like using a household appliance or plugging something into a socket or power strip. Below is a list of the common causes for electrical fires:

  • Faulty outlets and appliances
  • Light fixtures, lamps, and light bulbs
  • Extension cords
  • Space heaters
  • Faulty wiring

December and January are the months with the most electrical fires due to an increased amount of heating appliances and lights. However, electrical fires can spark without the overhaul of Christmas lights. Overburdening your electrical outlets with any appliances can quickly spark an electrical fire.

How to Prevent an Electrical Fire

Here are some helpful tips to keep from falling victim to an electrical fire:

  • Discard all cords and plugs that are worn or frayed
  • Never break off the 3rd prong on a plug to plug it in to a 2-prong socket.
  • Keep electrical cords away from water and heat sources.
  • Avoid running electrical cords under rugs.
  • When unplugging an item, hold the plug securely and remove the plug from the outlet. 
  • Only use extension cords temporarily

Properly Putting Out an Electrical Fire

Because electricity is involved, you cannot put out an electrical fire the same way you would a typical fire. 

  • Call 911 and GET OUT
    • Call your local fire department or dial 911.
    • Safely exit the building.
    • Keep a safe distance from the building until fire fighters arrive.
  • Disconnect the Electricity
    • If an appliance is on fire, simply unplug the appliance by grabbing the plug and disconnecting from the wall.
    • If the fire is in the wall or in an appliance you can’t unplug, safely get to the switch or electrical panel to shut off the electricity.

If the power is ON:

  • Smother a small fire with baking soda.
  • Use only a class C or ABC fire extinguisher. Remember to use the fire extinguisher properly.
  • NEVER use water on an electrical fire that is still energized.

If the power is OFF:

  • Use a fire extinguisher. If the power is off, it doesn’t matter which kind of fire extinguisher.
  • Use a fire blanket or other thick blanket to smother the fire. 
  • Douse the fire with water. This is only safe and effective if the power source is OFF.



If your home or business has suffered an electrical fire, call SERVPRO of South Pasadena to speak to an expert about cleaning your home and saving your personal belongings!

Ask us about odor removal and how to care for other belongings affected by fires.

For more information on the SERVPRO's fire restoration process, click here.

Phone: 713-472-4162

Website: www.SERVPROsouthpasadena.com

Prepping for Fire Restoration

6/15/2019 (Permalink)

Different building materials require different cleaning techniques and cleaners to properly rid them of soot and smoke odor.

The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings. It is important to know what steps you can take in preparation for restoration of the home while avoiding any actions that could possibly cause more damage.

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery.
  • Coat chrome faucets, trim, and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture and wet carpet.
  • Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces.
  • Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery.
  • Do not clean any electrical equipment.
  • Do not send any clothing to a dry cleaners since improper cleaning can set the smoke odor.

Please keep these tips in mind if you’ve had a fire in your home. Improper cleaning or handling of damaged materials may result in permanent damage. Before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up yourself, call SERVPRO® of South Pasadena where our Franchise Professionals have worked for over 40 years to help make fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

For more information about fire restoration contact our office staff at SERVPRO® of South Pasadena at (713) 472-4162 or visit our website: https://www.SERVPROsouthpasadena.com/

Sizzle into Summer with these Grilling Safety Tips

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

Keep decorations away from your cooking area to avoid flare ups that could cause harm to your guests or your home.

In 2013-2017, grills, hibachis or barbecues were involved in an average of 10,200 home fires per year! These fires contributed to the annual averages of 10 deaths, 160 reported injuries, and roughly $123 MILLION in direct property damages.

While the summertime sets the mood for outdoor barbecues and get togethers, it is important to practice safe outdoor grilling to ensure the safety of your guests, your home, and yourself.

Check out these tips to have a SAFE and enjoyable barbecue:

  • Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your house. This includes any portions attached to your house like carports, garages, and porches. Grills should not be used under wood overhangs or palapas either, as the fire could flare up into the structure above.
  • Clean your grill regularly. If you allow grease or fat to build up on your grill, it could increase the potential for a flare up.
  • Check for gas leaks if using a gas grill. Gas leaks are the silent, unexpected guests at your backyard barbecue. You can check for gas leaks by using a mixture of half liquid dish soap and half water. Rub the mixture on hoses and connections, then turn the gas on (with the grill lid open). If the soap mixture produces large bubbles, that's the sign of a potential gas leak. The hose may have small holes or the connection is not tight enough.
  • Keep decorations away from your grill. No gathering is complete without the array of perfectly chosen, themed decorations straight from your Pinterest board. However, the decorations may look pretty, but they also add fuel to the fire. Today’s decor is often made of artificial fibers that burn extremely fast and hot. Keep a designated cooking area away from the house and decoration free.
  • NEVER turn on the gas to your grill while the lid is closed. This can cause a buildup of gas inside your grill, and when you light it and open the lid, a fireball can explode in your face.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher near your grill, and KNOW HOW TO USE IT. If you are unsure how to use it, call 911 immediately. Firefighters state that many fire deaths occur when people try to fight the fire themselves instead of calling for an expert.

You can read more about grill and fire statistics here:https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/News-and-Research/Fire-statistics-and-reports/US-Fire-Problem/Fire-causes/osGrills.pdf



Your friends at SERVPRO® want you to have a fun and safe summer!

If you have experienced a fire caused by a barbecue or gas grill, contact SERVPRO® of South Pasadena at (713) 472-4162, or check out our website for more summer safety tips: https://www.SERVPROsouthpasadena.com/



Repair Fire Damage Quickly!

2/8/2019 (Permalink)

Mitigation Over Replacing

Fire damage and a fire loss can be repaired by a fire cleanup crew in a few short days and it is faster to contact the commercial fire damage company when the fire is still raging (After you have called Emergency Services first). Our fire damage repair crew will arrive on the scene and immediately begin the process of repairing the home. There are fire problems you may not expect to be as severe as they actually are as well as other issues most homeowners don't even consider that have nothing to do with the actual fire. For example, if the Fire Department came to your house and had to use a hose to douse the flames you will have some amount of water damage.

Remember: Mitigation Over Replacing

  • Cost Effective. It is by far cheaper and easier to clean an item than it is to replace it. The Faster SERVPRO can respond to your damage the higher the chance we can save some of your personal items.
  • Preserve Air Quality. The longer ash and soot lingers in the air the more it becomes hazardous to your health. 
  • Keep The Smell Out. If SERVPRO can get to the scene soon after the damage occurs it is possible to prevent the permanent smell of burning from seeping into clothes and furniture.
  • Prevent Mold. If water was poured onto the fire it stands to reason it soaked your floors and appliances. Left untreated it becomes a perfect breeding ground for mold. 
  • Save Time. Believe it or not, the longer damage sits it becomes worse, even if you think its as bad as its going to get. The worse a job is the longer it takes to clean up. Still, it is always faster to repair than it is to build anew. 
  • Peace of Mind. The faster your life gets back to normal the less amount of stress is put on your body and mind. Fewer days laying awake at night in a place that isn't your own. Less stress equals a healthier and happier life. You can also rest assured the job was/is being done properly so there are no issues down the line because of cutting corners.

When you have fire damage it feels like your life is going up in flames. Breath (just not in the smoke). SERVPRO of South Pasadena will come to the rescue and do what we do best. Make it "Like it never even happened." or better!

Don't Overload Your Room's Electrical Outlets

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

Don't use too many multi-plug devices.

Most electrical outlets are designed to handle a specific amperage. It’s best not to try to push them to their capacity by using too many multi-plug devices. If you ever notice any scorched marks or burning odors around an electrical outlet, stop using that outlet and inform someone of the problem right away.

Overloaded circuit warning signs:

  • Flickering, blinking, or dimming lights
  • Frequently tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses
  • Warm or discolored wall plates
  • Cracking, sizzling, or buzzing from receptacles
  • Burning order coming from receptacles or wall switches
  • Mild shock or tingle from appliances, receptacles, or switches

How to prevent electrical overloads:

  • Never use extension cords or multi-outlet converters for appliances
  • All major appliances should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet. Only plug one heat-producing appliance into a receptacle outlet at a time
  • A heavy reliance on extension cords is an indication that you have too few outlets to address your needs. Have a qualified electrician inspect your home and add new outlets
  • Power strips only add additional outlets; they do not change the amount of power being received from the outlet

Have Questions? Call Us Today –

(713) 472-4162

Why Repair Fire Damage So Quickly?

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO will come to the rescue and do what we do best. Make it "Like it never even happened." or better!

A fire loss can be repaired by a fire cleanup crew in a few short days and it is faster to contact the commercial fire damage company when the fire is still raging (After you have called Emergency Services first). Our fire damage repair crew will arrive on the scene and immediately begin the process of repairing the home. There are fire problems you may not expect to be as severe as they actually are as well as other issues most homeowners don't even consider that have nothing to do with the actual fire. For example, if the Fire Department came to your house and had to use a hose to douse the flames you will have some amount of water damage.

Remember: Mitigation Over Replacing

  • Cost Effective. It is by far cheaper and easier to clean an item than it is to replace it. The Faster SERVPRO can respond to your damage the higher the chance we can save some of your personal items.
  • Preserve Air Quality. The longer ash and soot lingers in the air the more it becomes hazardous to your health. 
  • Keep The Smell Out. If SERVPRO can get to the scene soon after the damage occurs it is possible to prevent the permanent smell of burning from seeping into clothes and furniture.
  • Prevent Mold. If water was poured onto the fire it stands to reason it soaked your floors and appliances. Left untreated it becomes a perfect breeding ground for mold. 
  • Save Time. Believe it or not, the longer damage sits it becomes worse, even if you think its as bad as its going to get. The worse a job is the longer it takes to clean up. Still, it is always faster to repair than it is to build anew. 
  • Peace of Mind. The faster your life gets back to normal the less amount of stress is put on your body and mind. Fewer days laying awake at night in a place that isn't your own. Less stress equals a healthier and happier life. You can also rest assured the job was/is being done properly so there are no issues down the line because of cutting corners.

When you have fire damage it feels like your life is going up in flames. Breath (just not in the smoke). SERVPRO of South Pasadena will come to the rescue and do what we do best. Make it "Like it never even happened." or better! Give us a call (281)412-6211

How to Inspect A Fire Extinguisher

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

In the event of a fire emergency, first make sure to get people safely away, then call 911.

When was the last time you took time to check the fire extinguisher that sits under your kitchen sink? Or the one hanging from a rusty hook in your garage? If you’re struggling to remember, it’s time to check it. Like any other piece of safety equipment, a home fire extinguisher should be inspected regularly to ensure it’s in proper working condition. A fire extinguisher in good working condition is your first line of defense when a home fire erupts.

Ideally, you should inspect your portable home fire extinguishers every month.

For the visual guide click here.

Tips for Performing a Monthly Fire Extinguisher Check

Check the label or tag.

Every fire extinguisher, whether disposable or rechargeable, has a manufacturer’s label or tag. Read the tag and follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance suggestions.

Check the tamper seal.

If the tamper seal has been broken or is cracked, a disposable fire extinguisher needs to be replaced. If it’s rechargeable, it needs to be serviced professionally. Check the locking or pull pin as well to make sure it’s in the correct position. If the pin missing, the fire extinguisher needs to be inspected or serviced by a professional.

Inspect for physical damage.

Physically inspect the fire extinguisher for obvious damage. This may include but is not limited to dents, corrosion, cracks and obvious leakage. If a fire extinguisher has leakage, it’s no longer under full pressure and may not work properly when you need it most. Check the fire extinguisher nozzle as well, to ensure it’s not clogged by grime, dust, bugs or leakage from the unit itself.

Check the pressure gauge.

Check that the pressure gauge needle indicates the fire extinguisher pressure is in the optimum operating range. Often the correct pressure range will be designated by green on the gauge.

Is the fire extinguisher full?

During your monthly check, lift the fire extinguisher and determine if it still feels full. If there has been a leak, it will feel light, and it won’t have the right amount of pressure to work correctly.

Shake it.

If you have a dry chemical fire extinguisher, it should be shaken once a month during your inspection. This helps prevent the chemical dousing agent from solidifying at the bottom of the unit.

Write inspection date on the tag.

Keep track of every inspection date by writing it on the fire extinguisher tag.

Ensure easy access to your fire extinguisher.

Fire extinguishers should always be easy to access if there is an emergency. You don’t want to have to search for it once a fire breaks out. Don’t block fire extinguishers with furniture, boxes or any other items. Everyone who lives in the household should know where the closest fire extinguisher is located and how to use it in case of an emergency.

In the event of a fire emergency, first make sure to get people safely away, then call 911. A home fire extinguisher can be used to put out or control small fires, but it’s still safest to call professional firefighters before you attempt to control a fire on your own. If you need professional fire, smoke and water damage cleanup, and remediation after a fire, call the experts at SERVPRO of South Pasadena. (713) 472-4162

What you can do until help arrives

1/17/2019 (Permalink)

The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO of South Pasadena Professionals can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems. SERVPRO of South Pasadena provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration. These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possilble.

SERVPRO of South Pasadena Professionals are available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to help you regain control quickly, give us a call

Office: 281-412-6211 Mobile:713-305-1925

What you can do until help arrives:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery.
  • Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet. 
  • Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces.
  • Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery.
  • Do not clean any electrical equipment.
  • Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor. 

Fear, uncertainty, stress and doubt about the future of the property can overwhelm the homeowner long after the flames have been extinguished and the smoke has cleared. So after the first wave of hero's have rescued the property, let your local SERVPRO of South Pasadena Professionals help you restore it. We strive to restore not only the home, but the customers peace of mind, as well. We are available 24/7 to help with fire damage "Like it never even happened."

Call Carolyn Tolleson (713)-305-1925.

Smoke Alarms

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms saves lives.

There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use both types of alarms in the home.

Install smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area and make sure everyone in the home knows what to do if the alarm sounds.

Install alarms on every level of the home. Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.

It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms when one smoke alarm sounds they all sound.

A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet from the stove.

People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms equipped with strobe lights and bed shakers.

Replace all smoke alarms every 10 years, and test the batteries once a month.

SERVPRO of South Pasadena knows the ins and outs of fire safety, but sometimes even the most safety-conscience can face tragedy. If you've had fire damage in your home, large or small, call 713-472-4162 for 24-hour service.

SMOKE ALARMS SAVE LIVES: HERE’S WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan.

There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use both types of alarms in the home.

Install smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area and make sure everyone in the home knows what to do if the alarm sounds.

Install alarms on every level of the home. Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.

It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms when one smoke alarm sounds they all sound.

A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet from the stove.

People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms equipped with strobe lights and bed shakers.

Replace all smoke alarms every 10 years, and test the batteries once a month.

SERVPRO of South Pasadena knows the ins and outs of fire safety, but sometimes even the most safety-conscience can face tragedy. If you've had a fire damage in your home, large or small, call Kimberly at 281-520-8197 for 24-hour service.

What To Do Incase Of A Fire.

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Learn what you and your family should do if a fire starts in your home.

In The Same Room As A Fire

**Please do not stay in the same room as the fire if you do not feel comfortable or confident in your ability to control it. Evacuate Immediately and call 911 to alert the professionals**

Kitchen-

  • Grease: Turn off the burner. Grab a non-glass lid or baking sheet for the pot/pan and place over the fire while wearing oven mitts.
  • Oven: Smother the fire by throwing baking soda or salt onto it. Do NOT use similar products such as flour. It could cause an explosion.

General Room-

  • Electrical: If you can reach the cord safely, unplug it. Using a heavy blanket or baking soda, you can smolder the fire if it is small. Do NOT use water as it may worsen or cause a shock.
  • General: Use a Fire Extinguisher if you have one available. For a guide on how to use an extinguisher please see our SERVPRO video. ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFifToYGgto&feature=youtu.be )

In The Same Building As A Fire

  • Evacuate to the nearest exit.
  • If you come across a closed door place your hand on it to check for heat. Do NOT touch the door handle before you know it is safe.
  • Should you come to a smoke-filled area crawl underneath the smoke sticking close to the floor where the air is breathable. 

Home Fire Preparedness

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Get tips on escaping from a home fire, plus learn smart habits that can prevent a fire from starting.

Smoke detectors are often forgotten about the safety feature of your home. That is until it begins to beep to remind you to change the battery. FEMA recommends you change the battery in your smoke alarm once a year and replace the entire device once every five years. 

Replacing the Battery

What You Need:

9-volt battery (typical battery used, may vary)

Ladder or Step Stool

Process:

  1. Set up the ladder underneath the smoke detector to give you better access.
  2. Turn the smoke detector counterclockwise so the face either comes off or drops down still attached by a few wires.
  3. If there are wires attached to the face, squeeze the area where they connect and they should pop off. If they don't, leave it be and move on to step 4. Do not cut the wires.
  4. The smoke detector may beep once it is disconnected, that is okay. Remove the backing over the battery housing and replace the 9-volt battery. Most current models do not require a screwdriver for this.
  5. Place the smoke detector back over the base and turn clockwise to lock it in. You should hear or feel it click.

For more information on smoke detectors, see the FEMA page here

Grill Safety Tips

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

According to a 2017 survey by HPBA (hearth, patio and barbecue association) seven in 10 U.S. adults own a grill or smoker.

The smell of BBQ in the air is a Texas trademark that happens near year-round. During the summer there is nothing better than going outside on a nice day with friends and family to grill burgers or in the fall roasting marshmallows over Dad's old foreman. This all providing you do it safely. To make sure you don't burn the steaks, here is a quick guide so you can continue the Texas tradition of making outdoor cuisine. 

The Do’s and Don’ts of grill safety:

Do:

  • Keep your grill at least ten feet away from your house
  • Make sure to keep your grill clean
  • Always check for gas leaks
  • Make sure to keep decorations or anything that may be flammable up away from your grill
  • Turn off your propane tank before turning off your grill 
  • In case of flare-ups, it is a good to keep a spray bottle of water near your grill
  • Always keep a fire hydrant handy

Don't:

  • Never turn your gas on when the lid is shut
  • Do not leave your grill unattended
  • Never use your grill inside your home
  • Do not Grill underneath a tree
  • Be cautious to not wear lose clothing when grilling as it could catch on fire. A 'Kiss the Cook' apron is ideal.

Tip: If you are using a propane tank and there is a leak, once you turn the tank on you will be able to see bubbles forming around the hose.