Recent Fire Damage Posts

Vacation Rental Fire Safety For Kokokahi?

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

A vacation rental at the beach on Oahu is shown. We restore fire damage 24-hours a day in Honolulu County.

Aloha! Our team in Kailua is a trusted leader in fire damage restoration in Kokokahi. According to a report published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fire safety regulations vary for homeowners renting their properties as vacation rentals. Here are some tips from the NFPA on things you should know about peer-to-peer vacation rentals before you book your trip:

  • Peer-to-peer hospitality services are not regulated in the same way as hotels
  • Requirements vary across jurisdictions
  • Do your homework before making a reservation
  • Check online to see your travel destination’s regulations for rental properties
  • Ask your host if the property meets the regulations
  • Discuss other safety concerns you may have
  • Check the forecast in case of storms that could cause power outages; assure the property has equipment in the event of a power outage
  • Make sure there are working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms as required by law
  • Make sure the owner has posted a floor plan noting escape route and emergency contact information
  • All doors and windows that lead outside are able to be opened easily

Call Us!

When your Kokokahi home or commercial business has fire damage and needs restoration services, our Kailua team is Here to Help. ® We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 808-235-5015. Mahalo.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Family Pets Starting Fires in Kailua Homes?

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

The family dog has a ball and wants to play in the house. We restore fire damage 24-hours a day in Honolulu County.

Aloha! Pets are curious and can start fires! Our team in Kailua offers these tips from the National Fire Protection Association for pet fire safety:

  • Keep pets away from stoves and countertops
  • Keep pets away from candles, lamps, and space heaters
  • Always use a metal or heat-tempered glass screen on a fireplace and keep it in place
  • Keep pets away from a chimney’s outside vents.
  • Have a “pet-free zone” of at least three feet away from the fireplace. Glass doors and screens can stay dangerously hot for several hours after the fire goes out.
  • Some pets are chewers. Watch pets to make sure they don’t chew through electrical cords. Have any problems checked by a professional.
  • Consider battery-operated, flameless candles. They can look and smell like real candles.

Pets and Wildfires

  • Make sure pets are included in your family’s wildfire evacuation plan
  • Build an evacuation kit for each pet in your household
  • Ensure each kit is a size and weight that can be quickly and easily loaded into a vehicle when packing to evacuate

Call Us Today!

When your Kailua home or commercial business has a fire damage emergency, our Kailua team is on-call 24-hours a day to respond to your call. Call us today at 808-235-5015. Mahalo.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Hoarding Fire in Kokokahi Home?

3/8/2022 (Permalink)

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Aloha! Hoarding is a serious condition that creates fire hazards. SERVPRO® of Kailua offers this information for Kokokahi locals about hoarding dangers fromThe National Fire Protection Association:

Hoarding Increases Fire Risks

  • Cooking is unsafe if flammable items are close to the stove or oven
  • Heating units may be too close to things that can burn. They might also be placed on unstable surfaces. If a heater tips over into a pile, it can cause a fire.
  • Electrical wiring may be old or worn from the weight of piles. Pests could chew on wires, and damaged wires can start fires.
  • Open flames from smoking materials or candles in a home with excess clutter are very dangerous
  • Blocked pathways and exits may hinder escape from a fire

Hoarding Impacts First Responders

  • Hoarding puts first responders in harm’s way
  • Firefighters cannot move swiftly through a home filled with clutter
  • Responders can be trapped in a house when exits are blocked. They can be injured by objects falling from piles.
  • The weight of the stored items, especially if water is added to put out a fire, can lead to building collapse
  • Fighting fires is very risky in a hoarding home. It is hard to enter the house to provide medical care, and the clutter impedes the search and rescue of people and pets.

Call Us Today!

If you know someone who needs help cleaning and restoring a hoarding situation in Kokokahi, SERVPRO® of Kailua is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 808-235-5015. Mahalo.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Soot and Smoke Damage in Kaneohe?

12/7/2021 (Permalink)

Soot covers a wall. We restore fire damage 24-hours a day in Honolulu County!

Aloha. SERVPRO® of Kailua offers a full range of cleaning and restoration services to restore fire damage in Kaneohe. Our technicians pretest your belongings to determine what items we can restore to pre-fire condition. We use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t 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

Fire Damage Restoration Process

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

Call Us Today!

When your Kaneohe home or commercial business needs fire damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of Kailua is Here to Help. ® We will restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 808-235-5015. Mahalo.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire Damage in Laie?

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

The lights of the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie, Hawaii are shown.  We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Honolulu county.

Aloha. SERVPRO® of Kailua responds to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Laie. Here are some tips from our website for things you can do while waiting for help to arrive:

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator, and prop doors open
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves
  • Change the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC) filter
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without consulting an authorized repair service
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat, or water
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

 Call Us Today!

When you have fire damage, SERVPRO® of Kailua is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 808-235-5015. We’ll restore your fire damage in Laie, “Like it never even happened.” Mahalo.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Move-Out Services for Kailua?

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

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Moving Services for Kailua Locals

Aloha. When the fire damage is extensive and structural repairs are needed to complete a restoration, the contents of the home will have to be removed until the work is finished. When you need to move your belongings, SERVPRO® of Kailua will help you pack and move out your home’s contents in an organized and efficient way. Once the repairs are completed, we will coordinate the return of your contents at a time convenient for you.

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

When your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, we can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. Move-out will provide several benefits, including:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

After the restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

Call Us Today!

When rebuilding services are required to complete a fire damage restoration, and you need to remove the contents of your home or business, SERVPRO® of Kailua is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 808-235-5015. We’ll restore your fire damage in Kailua, “Like it never even happened.” Mahalo.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire Safety Tips for Kailua?

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

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Fire Safety Tips for Kailua Locals

Aloha. SERVPRO® of Kailua responds to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day and in many cases, we arrive on the scene as the firefighters from Fire Station 18 Kailua are leaving. This is when our job begins. We have been providing fire cleanup and restoration services for years, and we know that our fast response time can save our customers time and money by minimizing the potential for further damage and more time-consuming repairs.

Here are some fire safety tips from the Honolulu Fire Department:

  • Working smoke alarms save lives, reducing the risk of dying in a home fire in half
  • Smoke alarms should be installed and maintained in every home
  • Home fire sprinklers protect lives by keeping fires small
  • Sprinklers can reduce the heat, flames, and smoke produced in a fire, allowing people more time to escape
  • A home fire sprinkler can control or put out a fire with a fraction of the water that would be used by fire department hoses

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business needs fire restoration services, SERVPRO® of Kailua is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 808-235-5015. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.” Mahalo.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Smoke Alarm Safety Tips for Kaneohe?

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Properly Maintained Smoke Alarms Keep Kaneohe Residents Safe

Aloha. SERVPRO® of Kailua has been helping the residents and commercial business owners in Kaneohe restore fire damage for many years, and in many cases, the smoke alarms helped the people get out safely. Here is some helpful information from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), on smoke alarms:

  • A closed-door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. 
  • Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound. 
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms
  • Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions, yet mitigate false alarms
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years

 Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business has a fire damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Kailua is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 808-235-5015. We’ll restore your fire damage in Kaneohe, “Like it never even happened.” Mahalo.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Propane Grill Fire in Kailua?

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

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Aloha! Did you know that July is the peak month for fires caused by grilling in the United States?  SERVPRO® of Kailua responds to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day and offers these propane grilling safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association  to keep you safe while grilling outdoors: 

Propane Grills

·       Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year

·       Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose

·       A propane leak will release bubbles

If your grill has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off both the gas tank and the grill.

·       If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again

·       If the leak does not stop, call the fire department

·       If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.

If the flame goes out, turn off the grill and gas and wait at least five minutes before re-lighting it.

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business has a fire damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Kailua is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 808-235-5015. We’ll clean and restore your fire damage in Kailua, “Like it never even happened.” Mahalo.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Summer Fire Safety Tips from SERVPRO of Kailua

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

Photo of a menacing flame on a black background Don't let a house fire interrupt your summer plans! Take these tips from SERVPRO of Kailua to have a safe summer.

Summer is a beautiful time in Kailua. The sun is out later, fewer rain clouds can be found and it just feels like life has a new freshness to it. It's hard to stay inside this time of year. The natural beauty lures us outside. Whether it is a graduation party, gender reveal, church function or large family reunions you have this summer, you are likely to find a grill that's barbecuing some steaks, kabobs or veggies to be smoking in the background. The backyard activity is a time-honored tradition but unfortunately comes with an increase in home fires. In fact, springtime sees more house fires than any other time of year. Here are some tips from SERVPRO of Central Honolulu to have a fun and fire-safe summer. 

The grill. Grills get the finger pointed at them first for spring home fires, but they’ve earned the stereotype. The combination of high heat and flammable materials, sometimes even an open flame, give fires and easy place to manifest. Make sure your grill is in good working order with no leaks or weaknesses in the structure, keep it away from anything flammable (including decking or siding), and clean it thoroughly when you’re finished. Almost 20% of grill fires are due to poor cleaning.

The fire pit. Backyard conversations around the fire pit are a regular occurrence during these months, but make sure you’re doing it safely. Have a bucket of water within arm’s reach to douse any dancing flames, and use it to slowly and safely put out the fire when you’re done. Embers should be cool to the touch before you go inside. Also, don’t use leaves or pine needles in your fire, because they create lots of tiny embers that can travel easily on the wind. Never leave fires unattended, and never leave children or pets by the fire alone.

Chimneys and dryer vents. It’s rare for homes in our area to have fireplaces, but if you do, take steps to care for it now. Instead of waiting until fall, clean your chimney out now that winter is over, and get rid of soot and ash buildup inside that creates a fire hazard. And clean your dryer’s vent pipe, ensuring no lint has caked inside—that stuff goes up in flames quickly.

Fire Damage in Kailua Home?

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

Sparks from a fire are shown flying up into the air, covering the night sky. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Honolulu County.

Fire Damage Happens

Aloha! SERVPRO® of Kailua has been mitigating fire damage for Kailua residents and businesses for over seven years, and we know that fires can be a devastating experience for everyone involved. From the moment we arrive, we will treat you and your family and your belongings with the empathy, care, and the consideration you deserve, and we will be with you through every step in the restoration process.

We often arrive as the firefighters are leaving the scene of the fire. This is when our job begins. There will be smoke damage, soot, fire debris, and water used in the firefighting efforts that will require cleaning and removal. Our fire and water restoration technicians have the advanced training, specialized equipment, and experience necessary to restore fire damage quickly and efficiently.

We are also licensed general contractors, so we can oversee a full range of building and reconstruction services that may be required to restore your home to preloss condition. This allows you to have one convenient point of contact managing the entire job through to completion.

General Contractor License #: 36113

Call Us Today!

When your home has a fire damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Kailua is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 808-235-5015. We’ll clean and restore your fire damage in Kailua, “Like it never even happened.” Mahalo.

SERVPRO of Kailua is Independently Owned and Operated.

Brush Fire Prevention for Kailua

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Vegetation Maintenance Fire Prevention Tips

SERVPRO® of Kailua has been helping the residents of Kailua with their fire restoration needs for years. Our highly trained technicians have the advanced training, equipment, and experience to mitigate any size fire damage emergency you may have.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers helpful information on preparing your home for wildfires or brush fires. Here are some tips from the NFPA for vegetation management:

Home Ignition Zones

To increase your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire, choose fire-resistant building materials and limit the amount of flammable vegetation in the three home ignition zones. The zones include the Immediate Zone: (zero to five feet around the house), the Intermediate Zone (five to thirty feet), and the Extended Zone (thirty to one hundred feet).

Landscaping and Maintenance

To reduce ember ignitions and fire spread, trim branches that overhang the home, porch, and deck and prune branches of large trees up to six to ten feet (depending on their height) from the ground. Remove plants containing resins, oils, and waxes. Use crushed stone or gravel instead of flammable mulches in the Immediate Zone (zero to five feet around the house). Keep your landscape in good condition.

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Kailua has a team of highly trained restoration technicians on-call 24-hours a day to respond to any size fire damage emergency. Call us today at 808-235-5015. We’ll clean and restore your fire damage in Kailua, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Kailua is Independently Owned and Operated.

Home Alone in Kailua?

4/22/2021 (Permalink)

Do you have an evacuation plan in place for your kids in the event they are home alone when a wildfire or home fire breaks out?SERVPRO of Kailua wants Kailua families to know that having an evacuation plan in place for your loved ones to follow when you aren’t home can save lives. Here are some tips from the National Fire Prevention Association for developing a plan: 

  • Work with a trusted neighbor close by who know your children and can evacuate them
  • Set up a schedule with other working parents in the neighborhood so that someone is always at home and can make sure the children are safe
  • Pack a “Go Bag” with treasured items, water, food, prescriptions they can grab and leave with quickly
  • Practice together with their pets if time allows to crate them for removal
  • Have a designated contact, like an out-of-town family member programmed into their cell phone so you can find each other quickly

Call Us Today!

When you have a fire damage emergency, SERVPRO of Kailua is ready to respond 24-hours a day. We’ll clean and restore your fire damage in Kailua, “Like it never even happened.” 

SERVPRO of Kailua is Independently Owned and Operated.

Ember fire prevention tips for Kailua

4/22/2021 (Permalink)

Ember fire prevention tips for Kailua

Our family loves to sit around the outdoor firepit in the evening. One night a gust of wind came and blew some of the embers up and onto the decking above us, and a fire broke out. It happened so quickly. Although the Kailua fire department responded quickly and extinguished the fire before it could spread to other parts of the house, there was still a lot of fire, smoke, soot, and water damage left from the firefighting efforts. 

SERVPRO of Kailua responds to fire damage emergencies 24 hours a day and we clean and restore all kinds of property damage. Research published by the National Fire Protection Association and the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety reports that deck fires have a better chance of igniting when fuel sources are closer together.  Here are some tips for minimizing fire risk from windblown embers to decks:

  • Do not store items that can ignite underneath of a deck
  • Increase the gap between deck boards from 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch
  • Increase joist spacing from 16 inches to 24 inches
  • Apply a foil-faced self-adhering flashing tape (foil-faced bitumen tape) on the top of each joist

Call Us Today!

When your Kailua home experiences fire damage SERVPRO of Kailuais here to serve you. We’ll clean and restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.” 

SERVPRO of Kailua is Independently Owned and Operated.

Commercial lighting equipment safety information for Kailua

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), one of the most common causes of commercial fires is electrical and lighting equipment. This type of fire is not easily predicted, as the lighting equipment can look totally fine on the outside in your Kailua area business. SERVPRO of Kailua wants to share the following information about commercial fires and how safety equipment helps to lessen the damage and can assist in preventing any bodily injury:

  • Wet pipe sprinklers installed in the ceilings of commercial buildings are very effective in helping to fight the fire(s)
  • Building sprinklers should be examined and tested every 5 years 
  • There should always be a fire extinguisher in reach inside of a commercial building and they must be checked annually to ensure they are in working order
  •  If an office building is on fire, exit the building immediately and do not try to fight the fire yourself 
  • If there is a lot of smoke inside the building, cover your mouth and nose and do your best to not inhale any of it

In the unfortunate event that a commercial building does catch fire, rest assured thatSERVPRO of Kailua is prepared to help clean up any fire damage the building/area has sustained. 

SERVPRO of Kailua is independently owned and operated.

Candle Fire in Kahuku?

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

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Candle Safety Tips

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), between 2014 and 2018, United States fire departments responded to over 7610 fires started by candles. SERVPRO® of Kailua responds to fire damage emergencies throughout the year in Kahuku, and we witness firsthand the damage even a small fire can cause. Here are some candle safety tips from the NFPA:

  • Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed
  • Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep
  • Keep candles at least one foot away from anything that can burn
  • Use candle holders that are sturdy, and won’t tip over easily
  • Put candle holders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface
  • Light candles carefully. Keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame
  • Don’t burn a candle all the way down — put it out before it gets too close to the holder or container
  • Never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home
  • Have flashlights and battery-powered lighting ready to use during a power outage. Never use candles.

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Kailua has a team of highly trained fire restoration technicians on-call 24-hours a day to respond to mitigate fire damage in Kahuku. Call us today at 808-235-5015. We’ll clean and restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Kailua is Independently Owned and Operated.

How To Protect Your Home From Fire

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

brush fire blowing thick smoke onto beach SERVPRO Fire Avoidance Tips.

Keep Your Kokokahi Home Fire Free!

With summer approaching the heat and UV index are increasing. Time for long days at the beach with family and friends, so don’t let the heat affect your home. With the dry season coming up the rates for fires increases.

To protect your home from fire, use some of our Avoiding Fire Tips:

  1. When cooking, stay near the stove to avoid anything from catching fire.
  2. As you cook on the stove keep a lid nearby to smother any potential flames.
  3. Make certain there are no foods, plastics wrap, or kitchen rags near the stove.
  4. Remember don’t use water to put out grease fires.
  5. Remove dead brush from your yard to prevent fires outside your home.

If you plan on having any outdoor fires clear at least 6 feet around the fire.
Keep you, your family, and your property safe by remembering to take conscious precautions to prevent any possible fires. Here at SERVPRO, we value your safety. Our team is trained to handle all of your needs. If your home has been affected by a fire call the team that cares.

If your home has been affected by a fire call SERVPRO of Kailua (808)-235-5015 today!

Unexpected Damage From Smoke and Soot

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

bedroom with thick soot covering walls SERVPRO of Kailua can remove even the thicket soot.

In many scenarios involving housefires, fire only damages a limited area of a home, which is a relief for many people to hear. However, what may surprise many is although a fire might be small, smoke can severely damage a large area with in a house.The photo attached to this article  shows the aftermath of a kitchen fire, you can see that all though there was no fire in this particular room, it was still dramatically affected by smoke. In cases like this one, when the damage caused by smoke is so severe entire walls will need to be torn down and rebuilt. In less severe cases, soot from the smoke can be taken can be removed by wiping the walls of the affected area with specially formulated chemical sponges, then treated with SERVPRO products to ensure that any toxins left from the soot are eliminated. When dealing with house fires always keep yourself and family safe, by staying out of fire damaged areas until approved by local authorities.

If your business has experienced any water, fire, mold, or storm damage call our SERVPRO team (808)-235-5015 today for an inspection.

Brush Fires on Oahu are Real Threats to Local Homes and Businesses

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

Brush fire envelopes tree in Hawaii Brush fires can grow immensely and cause great damaged to Hawaii communities.

Brush Fires are A Common Cause of Fire Damage in Homes and Businesses

Though Oahu is 597 square miles, we have varying climates depending on which side of the island you are on. On the North and East side there are  West side there tends to be the drier climates. On this drier side it is much easier for possible brush fires to occur. With this as an added influence on the likelihood of fires to occur it is not uncommon to hear about devastating fires and the damage done to local homes and businesses. To prevent such brush fires read the tips below!

How to Prevent Brush Fires

  1. Keep matches and lighters away from children.
  2. To burn trash, do so in a metal container. But only after you have cleared the surrounding area. Make sure you aren't near overhanging branches or bushes.
  3. Never leave a fire unattended.
  4. Never throw cigarette butts out your vehicle window.
  5. Install spark arresters on small engines and equipment.
  6. Weld only in a shop building or a cleared area.
  7. If your car has a catalytic converter, keep it off dry grass and away from brush.
  8. Report any suspicious or out of place persons or vehicles that you think might be maliciously starting fires.

Thank you for your contributions and efforts to prevent wildfires in Hawaii. 

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.

Fires Bring Great Concern to Home Owners

8/22/2019 (Permalink)

Flames of a Fire Fires are no joke, smoke, soot, and odor require meticulous attention for the best restoration.

SERVPRO of Kailua Can Assist in Addressing Concerns of Fire Damage in Your Waialua Home

After experiencing fire damage to your Waialua home, there are many unanticipated concerns. Determining what foods are safe to keep or how to get that strong smoke odor out of your home are only a couple of many concerns however, both require extensive care.

Our SERVPRO team can help go through and determine what foods have been contaminated and are no longer suitable for consumption. Foods that are exposed to air, even by the slightest cracks can become covered by soot and become odorous. After checking each and every food item our team can discern and dispose of all foods that may have gone bad during the fire.

In reassuring the odorous smell of smoke is removed from your home our team has many tools and resources in providing the greatest care in restoring your home. We sweep through your home top to bottom, cleaning every and all surface exposed to smoke or soot.

Our team here at SERVPRO of Kailua is thorough and meticulous in ensuring your fire damaged home is restored.

 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.

How Does a Fire Start?

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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 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 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)

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)

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)

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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)

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 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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