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How Does a Fire Start?

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Does a Fire Start? Be mindful of heat, fuel, and oxidization.

Handling fire damage at your home can be a devastating task. To minimize the risk of disaster, there are preventative measures that can be taken to keep your household safe. Below is an overview of how fires start to help you better understand how to exercise caution in daily life.

Heat, Fuel, and Oxidization

Known as the fire triangle, heat, fuel, and oxidization are three elements that when combined, make a fire occur. In order to extinguish a fire, one of the elements must be taken away.

Heat

A fire cannot ignite or grow without heat. That’s why when fighting a fire, cooling agents are used, such as water or a chemical fire retardant, to diffuse the fire.

Fuel

In order for a fire to occur, there must also be a fuel source which allows combustion. The most common fuel sources are wood, chemicals, and fabric.

Oxidization

The last element is Oxygen, it is required for a fire to continue burning. That is why dirt and non-flammable blankets can be used to put out fires.

Stages of a Fire

A fire has four main stages:

  1. Ignition – It is when the fire is started. At this point, a fire extinguisher can contain it.
  2. Growth- Growth occurs when fuel is added to the fire.
  3. Fully developed- The fire becomes difficult to control.
  4. Burning out or Smothering- The fire either burns out or is smothered by another source.

What determines how bad the fire is depends on the stage it reaches. The damage is greater on fires that have gone past stage two.

Even when all the precautionary measures are taken, accidents still happen. If you have suffered from fire damage in your home, call our team at SERVPRO (808)235-5015. We specialize in restoration and reconstruction services for fire damage, mold, and storms. Call today for an inspection.

Do’s & Don’ts of Kitchen Fire Safety

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Do’s & Don’ts of Kitchen Fire Safety Make sure you do not leave cooking food unattended.

Approximately 166,000 homes are damaged by cooking fires every year resulting in hundreds of deaths and billions of dollars in damage. While homeowner’s insurance policies may cover fires that originated in the kitchen, there are measures that can be taken to prevent such fires from occurring. Below is a list of do’s and don’ts that will keep you and your family safe.

Have a Fire Extinguisher Nearby

A small fire extinguisher would be sufficient to keep a minor mistake from making major damage. It is a good idea to store one under your sink, and you must have it checked by a professional once a year. Having one could also possibly get you a discount on homeowners’ insurance.

Keep It Clean

Keeping your stove and oven clean is important because burnt food can ignite in high temperatures. Clean your stove, hood, and oven on a regular basis, and clean spills right away.

Do Not Attempt to Suppress a Grease Fire with Water

While throwing water on a fire is second nature, water will make grease fires worse because it will allow the fire to spread. Instead, put a lid on the pan to deprive the fire of oxygen. Other alternatives are to douse the flames with baking soda or use a fire extinguisher.

Do not Leave Cooking Food Unattended

Never leave the stove on when you are not in the room, it is crucial that you take action immediately after a fire breaks out, and you can’t do that if you are not there. If you must step out, have someone watch the food, or turn the burner off.

Even when all the precautionary measures are taken, accidents still happen. If you have suffered from fire damage in your home, call our team at SERVPRO (808)235-5015. We specialize in restoration and reconstruction services for fire damage, mold, and storms. Call today for an inspection!

Is It Safe Be in the Home After a Fire?

5/4/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Is It Safe Be in the Home After a Fire? How does smoke affect the safety of your home?

The good news is the fire is over. But what’s next? You still need to deal with the aftermath, such as smoke damage. Smoke damage can be detrimental to the property, and to the health of individuals and must be addressed promptly. Here is what you need to know to effectively handle the situation.

What Are the Effects of Smoke on the House?

Even if the fire was controlled, smoke damage is still likely to spread to other areas of the home. It can permeate walls and air vents, as well as degrade the quality of air indoors. It can also decolorate walls and ceilings, soot and ash can be scattered on the floor. Smoke also has a strong odor and can linger in curtains, upholstery, and clothes in the house.

How Can Smoke Affect Health?

Inhaling smoke can cause a variety of issues. Breathing complications, skin irritation, and watery eyes are among those issues. The elderly and those with compromised immune systems tend to suffer the most. Since smoke, ashes, and soot contaminate the air inside the house, its side-effects can linger even after all visual damage is resolved. 

Why Hire a Professional Restoration Service?

Removing smoke from the home is much more complex than it seems to be, making it a job for professionals. They will evaluate the condition of the affected areas, including areas where soot remains such as furniture and carpets. Their equipment allows them to safely treat, clean, and eliminate odors and restore the home to its previous state. Call (808) 235-5015 to your local restoration company.

Suppressing Regular Fire vs. Grease Fire

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Suppressing Regular Fire vs. Grease Fire Make sure that you are always prepared to handle a fire situation in your kitchen the right way.

Fire detection systems are great for identifying fires everywhere. However, in the kitchen, anything can happen. It is important to be able to tell apart regular fires from grease fires because they are controlled differently.

Here are some tips to keep you, and your family safe, and how fire suppression systems can be helpful: 

Suppressing a Grease Fire:

Many people are inclined to believe that if there is a fire, you put it out with water; but when it comes to grease fires, water isn’t only ineffective, but it is dangerous since the vapor from water can cause the fire to spread and will actually worsen the situation! 

The best way to suppress a grease fire is by using a Class B Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher. This equipment is the only capable to coat fuel with a layer of chemicals, preventing oxygenation.

Did you know? 

Cooking oil reaches its smoking point at 450F, if you don’t act quickly a grease fire may take over your kitchen.

Suppressing a Regular Fire

Paper, rubber, wood, textiles, among others, are combustible materials that are commonly found in households. That means, these materials have an ignition temperature, if they reach such temperature, they can create a huge fire in less than a minute. 

In order to prevent the fire from escalating, the best option is to have a foam extinguisher nearby, the foam will smooth the materials and cool them down.

Did you know?

Combustible fire is the most common type of fire. And NFPA stated that U.S. fire departments respond to an average of one home fire every 88 seconds. 

Fires are unpredictable, it is a good idea to not only have fire detection systems in place but also fire suppression systems. Our team can meet your needs locally on Oahu! We offer restoration services in your time of need "Like it never even happened." Call us at (808) 235-5015.

Devastated by Fire

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Devastated by Fire Devastating House Fire

A fire can happen in the blink of an eye.  No matter how safe or careful you are it sometimes just happens.  When fire takes over your home and life SERVPRO of Kailua North/ Laie will help you take it back. This home suffered a kitchen fire from a burner that was left on, on the stove top. 

SERVPRO of Kailua North/ Laie understands that after a fire your life can be in shambles. We take ever measure to restore your home as soon as possible so that you can have your life back.

We have a fast and friendly production team available 24 hours a day to help you with any and all disasters.  We make it "Like it never even happened." Call us at (808)235-5015.

Often Times the Most Damage is caused by the Smoke, not the actual Flames.

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Often Times the Most Damage is caused by the Smoke, not the actual Flames. Fire damage caused by the Smoke.

When fire takes over your home and life SERVPRO of Kailua North/ Laie will help you take it back. This home suffered a kitchen fire from a burner that was left on, on the stove top. 

In many cases, the most damage is caused by the smoke and not the actual flames from the fire.  The heavy smoke leaves sut, or a black residue to walls and all the contents.

SERVPRO of Kailua North/ Laie understands that after a fire your life can be in shambles. We take every measure to restore your home as soon as possible so that you can have your life back.

We have a fast and friendly production team available 24 hours a day to help you with any and all disasters.  We make it "Like it never even happened." Call us at (808)235-5015.

Fire from Cooking

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire from Cooking Fire Damage in Waikele Kitchen

This photo is of fire damage to a home in Mililani, Hawaii.  Caused by cooking on the stove.  The contents that were being cooking got so burnt that it caused smoke and soot (black char) damage.

We are skilled in all phases of fire damage restoration, including extracting all water and other fire extinguishing foams, ensuring the safety of your home's structure. Removal, and restoration of all burnt materials, refinishing and repainting of walls and ceilings, deodorization, and much more come with our services. When we finish, your family can return to a home that looks and feels “Like it never even happened.” 
 
Call us, SERVPRO of Kailua North / Laie, at (808) 235-5015, whenever you have fire damage or any other situation that prevents you from enjoying your home we service all of the island.

Professional Restoration Is Essential After A Kailua Home Fire

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Professional Restoration Is Essential After A Kailua Home Fire Wave Aloha to Fire & Smoke Damage to Your Kailua Home with SERVPRO's Cleanup & Restoration

Trust the SERVPRO Team for Fire & Smoke Damage Cleanup and Restoration

Experiencing a fire in your Kailua home is frightening for you and your family. Once the firefighters complete their work and return your property to your control, it is natural to be confused about the proper steps to take to recover from the disaster. We provide homeowners trustworthy assistance in these situations, with the equipment and experienced crews needed to clean and restore your home post-fire.
 
Even if the fire damage seems minor, your Kailua home dramatically benefits from a professional assessment. Standard cleaning procedures often make the damage worse. Speed is critical as the residues from the combustion of various household materials start a progressive damage cycle within minutes of their creation and diffusion throughout your home. Our team of fire damage restoration specialists works fast using their extensive training and periodic updates on IICRC protocols.
 
The industry standards that guide SERVPRO crews ensure cleaning methods chosen and used are appropriate to the fire damage situation in your Hawaiian home. We evaluate the characteristics of the sooty residues and match techniques to what we confront. Loose, ashy remains respond well to HEPA filtered vacuuming and dry sponging. Stickier coatings require a spray and wipe approach, and those that have progressed to hardened, lacquer-like films can need solvents and abrasive cleanings.
 
Our crew inspects HVAC systems to make sure soot does not continue to circulate, cleaning ducts if indicated. SERVPRO treats the entire dwelling as soot and smoke moves throughout the space, fueled by heat and encouraged, ironically, by open windows and cross ventilation. If we fail to remove all evidence of the fire, structural damage progresses, and your belongings deteriorate. We work to clean, deodorize, and seal all spaces affected by soot and smoke.
 
SERVPRO experts can remove soot and smoke damage, and odors, from personal and household belongings. We sometimes complete this remediation on-site, including carpeting and furnishings. Other items have better outcomes when cleaned elsewhere. We arrange for dry cleaning and laundering of clothing, linens, and window coverings. A pack-out of affected goods allows our team to concentrate on a range of cleaning and odor eliminating strategies for these articles away from your dwelling, while other crew members complete the restoration and deodorization of your home.
 
Count on SERVPRO of Kailua North / Laie to meet your needs when fire damages your Hawaiian home or seasonal dwelling. Call us at (808) 235-5015 immediately after you receive the all-clear so we can partner on a plan that restores your property to pre-fire condition.

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Protect Your Kahaluu Area Home From Fire Damage

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Protect Your Kahaluu Area Home From Fire Damage SERVPRO Provides Help for You to Mitigate Fire Damage in Your Kahaluu Home

SERVPRO Offers Advice and Programs to Mitigate or Prevent Smoke & Fire Effects to Your Kahaluu Property

It is the oldest story told, people like to think that it could never happen to them. However, even if you are extremely careful, follow every guideline, and are continually working to make your Kahaluu home a safer place to live; fires can occur.  

If you have never had this experience, or are currently recovering from fire damage on your Kahaluu area property, there is help available. With the right training, a technician can help reduce the possibility of fire happening and make your home safer for everyone involved.

With a short inspection of your property, SERVPRO can help locate potential problems and catch hidden dangers before they have an opportunity to cause significant fire damage in your home. However, we also specialize in helping you recover from disasters like this that strike when you least expect them. While it is a part of our job to help you recover quickly and efficiently, SERVPRO technicians also like to provide you answers to help you understand everything that is happening. You benefit from our knowledge and experience, serving as a way to relieve stress and discomfort involved in situations that may produce varying results.

Our technicians have access to advanced equipment and resources allowing us to respond; Faster To Any Size Disaster. Giving you an opportunity to save many of your household contents including furniture, appliances, and personal belongings. SERVPRO’s cleaning technicians, train in every possible situation, producing excellent results you can count on to recover fast.
Many homeowners take advantage of our proactive services by utilizing our ERP APP available online through multiple devices including a personal computer, laptop, smartphone, or tablet. Through our Emergency READY Profile mobile APP, you can develop a relationship with us before experiencing any problems and share critical information that makes responding to your call for help easier and helps to mitigate fire and smoke damage.

Contact us at SERVPRO of Kailua North / Laie for additional information about available services or to begin restoring your home, today. We are available 24/7, year-round, never hesitate to give us a call. (808) 235-5015

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Defending Your Kailua Home from Fire Damages

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Defending Your Kailua Home from Fire Damages Enjoy the Beach While SERVPRO Cleans Up Your Kailua Home

Prevention Is a Wise Proactive Effort for Potential Fire Damage to Your Kailua Property

Your home is an essential possession in your life. It is the one place that your family universally treasures, and a place where so many of your favorite memories are made. Unfortunately, structure fires and smaller damaging blazes can upend your cherished homestead very quickly. It is best to keep an active defense against potential fires, and if you do, fire damages to your Kailua home might not end up being so severe.

So, how do you prepare for fire damages to your Kailua home? You start by giving yourself the tools to put out fires as they may occur, long before we here at SERVPRO ever have to get involved. All across the Islands, many homes are ill-prepared for an unexpected fire. There are no precautionary items (fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, or sprinkler systems) in place to help quell a fire just as it begins.
 
While it is not uncommon for homes to have smoke detectors, you should regularly check these devices to ensure that they are working correctly. Not only is this going to give you an opportunity to escape your home safely should the fire be too much to attempt to snuff out on your own, but it might also give you a quick jump on the problem to put the fire out with an extinguisher.
 
It should be noted that calling in the fire marshall to assess that the fire is truly out, and your structure is safe for reentry is common sense. Once you have the all clear, give SERVPRO a call and let us help you assess the fire damages. Our team is well versed in fire restoration projects and can give you a step by step plan to repair the damages including eliminating any persistent odors.
 
While no one wants to have to deal with fire, SERVPRO of Kailua North / Laie can quickly assess the damage and help you to get things back to normal quickly.  (808) 235-5015.

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Which Fire Extinguisher Is Best to Prevent Fire Damage in Kaneohe Homes?

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Which Fire Extinguisher Is Best to Prevent Fire Damage in Kaneohe Homes? SERVPRO recommends keeping more than one type of fire extinguisher in your home to stop house fires.

A Look at Fire Extinguishers for Your Home

Keeping a fire extinguisher at home is a sensible precaution for all Kaneohe householders, which might prevent a fire from getting out of control. Fire damage is a risk for any household, and although it is necessary to be very careful with fire, taking precautionary steps such as having an extinguisher in the house can make a difference to how much fire damage occurs in the event of a blaze.

Which fire extinguisher is best to prevent fire damage to your Kaneohe home? SERVPRO understands that the range of fire extinguishers on the market can be confusing. There is no “one size fits all” fire extinguisher – each model is unique to a particular type of fire. Let us take a look at the various fire extinguishers available for your home.

Dry powder is one of the most broad-spectrum extinguisher products, as it can be used on flammable liquid or gas, wood, cloth, and electrical fires. However, dry powder is not suitable for grease fires in the kitchen. Dry powder extinguishers are best for living rooms and dens.

Wet chemical extinguishers are suitable for use on kitchen grease fires, but they are not safe to use on electrical fires, or flammable gas or liquids. Wet chemical extinguishers are useful in the kitchen.

CO2 extinguishers work on flammable liquids or electrical fires, but cannot be used on soft materials such as drapes or sofas, and are also not suitable for fighting cooking fat fires. CO2 extinguishers are handy to have in an office or where there are power tools and flammable liquid, such as in the garage.

Foam extinguishers are suitable for wood, flammable liquids, and spirits, but are not effective against kitchen or electrical blazes. Foam extinguishers are most useful in the garage or workshop.

Fire blankets are useful for extinguishing small fires before they get out of control, and are particularly useful for swift control of a small kitchen fire.

SERVPRO recommends having more than one type of fire extinguisher in the home. It is not possible to stop every home fire. In circumstances where fire damage occurs, our IICRC-certified technicians are on hand to clean up smoke and soot residue, restore your home, and carry out deodorization, so it feels “Like it never even happened.”

For help with fire cleanup in Laie, Kailua, Kahuku, Kokokahi and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Kailua North / Laie at (808) 235-5015 today.

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What to Do When a Small Appliance Results in Fire Damage to Your Kailua Bathroom

8/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What to Do When a Small Appliance Results in Fire Damage to Your Kailua Bathroom Fire Damage to Your Kailua Paradise? Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Cleanup and Restoration Post Fire & Smoke Events

Localized fires in Kailua can be caused by any sized appliance and can occur in any room in your home. Small appliances that receive daily use easily become fire-starters simply because of the normal wear and tear they suffer.
 
Residents who go about their daily routines in the morning expect things to be the same when they return home as when they left in the morning, but Kailua fire damage can change that quickly. Heating elements from dryers and other hair appliances are not the sole reasons behind bathroom fires. Any appliance can develop a frayed cord. When they do, these bathroom items can become deadly shock-hazards. Sparking and subsequent ignition of nearby materials when a cord remains plugged in, even with the switch turned to the 'off' position, is another possibility that can leave any family devastated.
 
Prevention is said to be easier than repairing and restoring fire damage, but even the most diligent people still experience this kind of catastrophe. Knowing that SERVPRO has the technicians with proper training, certification, and experience in all sizes of restoration gives you the reassurance needed when disaster strikes you and your family. When a fire happens in a small room, the blaze might remain there, but this occurs in few cases. In most situations, fire spreads quickly, especially when the home is unoccupied. Regardless of how large, or small, a fire is, smoke spreads into every open area in a home, leaving behind a horrible scent that can last indefinitely.
 
We are skilled in all phases of fire damage restoration, including extracting all water and other fire extinguishing foams, ensuring the safety of your home's structure. Removal, and restoration of all burnt materials, refinishing and repainting of walls and ceilings, deodorization, and much more come with our services. When we finish, your family can return to a home that looks and feels “Like it never even happened.”
 
We recognize that your house or bungalow is of vital importance to your family, and we work hard each time to ensure we work both quickly and thoroughly to restore your property to livable standards. Our customer's questions are given timely and correct answers because we know that this is already a stressful time for any family. We want to relieve as much of the stress accompanying the other major inconveniences created by fire damage.
 
Call us, SERVPRO of Kailua North / Laie, at (808) 235-5015, whenever you have fire damage or any other situation that prevents you from enjoying your home in Kailua, Kaneohe, or Laie.

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