Recent Fire Damage Posts

Accidents happen...

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

White SERVPRO truck against colorful backdrop Accidents happen, and when they do, SERVPRO of Big Rapids / Fremont has your back!

Nobody plans on their home or business catching on fire, but accidents happen every day. Small fires can start at your home or business for a variety of reasons.  Fires caused by space heaters, candles, cigarettes, or small grease fires can potentially be put out quickly using a fire extinguisher depending on its severity and size.  However, it is important that you are equipped with the proper extinguisher and the knowledge of how to properly use it. The following are 3 different types of fire extinguishers:

Type A: able to put out burning paper, wood, or fabric

Type B: works best to put our fires caused by oil, butane, or gasoline

Type C: best for electrical fires

These types may be further categorized such as a “2-A” extinguisher vs a “4-A” extinguisher. You may find that it would be best to keep more than one type in your Big Rapids home or your Newaygo county commercial property in order to be prepared for any type of fire.  If you find that a fire explodes in your home or business that is bigger than a small grease fire, call 911 immediately.  Your safety and the safety of those around you is most important!!! While we hope this never happens to you, we are here to restore the fire damage in case it does. Our crews are experienced in dealing with all types of fire damage, and they pride themselves on treating each customer like family. 

IICRC Certified!

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

IICRC certified logo SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont is an IICRC Certified Firm!

You can trust our professional crews at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont to restore your home or business from fire damage. Why can you trust us? Because we are an IICRC Certified Firm! IICRC--The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification creates the standards for the restoration industry. The IICRC also provides restoration companies with training and certifications! IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo to let customers know they’ve had the proper training and certifications to get the job done! 

IICRC Certified Firms must

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

We know that you have many choices when it comes to choosing a restoration company. We want to assure you that SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont is a certified firm with professionally trained techs and project managers to get the job done the right way. Here at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont, we also value customer service and make sure to treat each customer as if they were family.  We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to meet all of your emergency needs. 

About SERVPRO of BIG Rapids / Fremont

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

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IICRC - Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration

What is a Smoldering Fire?

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

burning coals in a fire pit Smoldering fires have no flames, move slowly, and have lower temperatures compared to Flame fires!

When most people think of a fire, they picture tall orange flames, extremely hot temperatures, and maybe a marshmallow or two. 

However, there is another kind of fire that can be just as dangerous as the regular fires we see. These fires are called Smoldering fires. Smoldering fires differ from flame fires in a few ways. Where flame fires have visible flames, smoldering fires are flame less. Flame fires start in the gas phase, where smoldering fires start on the surface of a solid. Flame fires reach high temperatures, where smoldering fires have lower temps. Flame fires spread fast, where smoldering fires are up to ten times slower than the latter. Smoldering fires also produce more toxic gasses than flame fires do.  According to sciencedirect.com, smoldering fires are defined as “Slow, low temperature, flames form the combustion of a solid fuel.” To put it in layman's terms, smoldering fires are a flame less, low temperature burn. Once these smoldering fires are ignited, it is a challenge to put them out. This makes them one of the top leading causes of residential fires. 

If you experience a smoldering fire in your home or business, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us! The team at SERVPRO of Big Rapids / Fremont is happy to help you through this process, and restore any damage done to your home or business. Call us today at 616-647-4300!

Toxic Smoke

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

The inside of a home that's completely burned from a fire Give us a call to restore the fire and smoke damage in your home or business. We are here for you when you need us most!

We all know that when a house or business goes up in flames, it's typically followed by LOTS of smoke, which is full of toxic chemicals.  Consider the following quote from https://www.uphelp.org/ “A typical structure fire may generate literally tens of thousands of toxic chemicals and gasses as a variety of materials and products are burned.” YIKES! That’s a LOT of toxic chemicals. When most people think of a structure fire, their first few thoughts are usually getting everyone out safely and assessing the damage. While these are extremely important things to worry about, a lot of people forget to think about how breathing in the toxic chemicals in smoke can affect their overall health. 

If you ever experience a fire in your home or business, make sure to call 911 ASAP! After the fire has been put out, find a place to stay with either friends, family, or a hotel. Even if your home or business isn’t completely destroyed, it’s still not safe to stay there until a professional restoration company cleans, disinfects, and sanitizes the structure. SERVPRO of Big Rapids / Fremont is here for you! Our professional crews are expertly trained on the proper procedures, equipment, and products needed to restore the smoke damage in your home or business. We care for all of our customers, and want you and your family to be safe from inhaling toxic smoke. We offer free estimates, and are conveniently opened 24/7 to meet your emergency needs. While we hope you never experience a fire loss, just know that you can count on us to restore the damage and make it "Like it never even happened."

Making your candles last longer!

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

light pink candle, flame is lit. Prolong the life of your favorite candles! Keep reading to find out how!

Candles are one of those things that almost everybody loves. They smell good, they're a great way to add decor to your home or office, and they make the PERFECT gift! 

On the other hand, candles (at least high quality ones!) can cost a pretty penny. Thankfully, we found these awesome tips that can make your candles last longer!


Tip #1. Freeze the candle. The wax being hardened will make it burn slower!

Tip #2. Burn the candle just enough for a small pool of melted wax. Sprinkle salt into the wax pool to slow the melting!

Tip #3. Trim the wick before lighting. Longer wicks cause the wax to burn quicker.

As always, when burning candles, it's important to remember to blow them out before leaving your Big Rapids / Fremont area home or office. It's also important to keep lit candles out of reach from children and pets. However, if anything should happen and your home or business suffers from fire damage, give us a call! We are here to help you 24/7. 

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Be careful with candles!

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

White candles on thick, orange candle sticks. Always remember to blow your candles out before going to bed or leaving the house!!!

Candles make beautiful decor, memorable gifts, and can fill your home with savory scents. However, according to www.nfpa.org, they are also responsible for:


•3% of reported home fires
•3% of home fire deaths
•6% of home fire injuries
•5% of the direct property damage in home fires

As you can see from the statistics above, candles can be extremely dangerous when not monitored. To keep your Big Rapids or Fremont area home safe from fire damage, make sure to blow candles out before bed and before leaving the house. It's also important to keep candles away from children or animals who could accidentally knock them over!

While we hope you never need us, if find yourself in need of fire damage restoration services in your Big Rapids / Fremont home,  give us a call. We’re here for you 24/7!

Soot VS Smoke

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

Text that reads "Soot damage" in white letters. Do you know the difference between Soot and Smoke?

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont realizes that fire damage has many components, including smoke and soot damage. Keep reading to learn more about soot damage, smoke damage, and the difference between the two.

Smoke Vs Soot: What’s the difference?

Smoke occurs when there is incomplete combustion--meaning not enough oxygen to burn the fuel completely. In complete combustion, everything is burned, producing just water and carbon dioxide. When incomplete combustion occurs, not everything is burned. Smoke is a collection of these tiny unburned particles. Each particle is too small to see with your eyes, but when they come together, you see them as smoke.

 (Source: https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/748-what-is-smoke )

Soot, is a fine black or brown powder that can be slightly sticky, and is a product of incomplete combustion. A major component of soot is black carbon. Soot is made up of a variety of chemicals, and its exact composition depends on what is being burned.

 (Source: https://energyeducation.ca/encyclopedia/Soot )

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 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. At SERVPRO, we care about you and your family, and want to make this situation as painless as possible. We will treat you like family, and respect your items as if they were our own. If you find yourself dealing with the aftermath of a fire, give SERVPRO a call. We’ll restore the damage and make it “Like it never even happened.”

 About SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after fire damage. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

If you need help with cleaning up after Water, fire, or mold damage, call the Professionals at SERVPRO of NE Grand Rapids 24/7 616.647.4300

Watch out for puffbacks!

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

brick wall of house covered in soot Don't let puffback damage get you down. Call SERVPRO! We'll make it "Like it never even happened".

The snow is falling and the temperatures are dropping. Winter is here! It’s about that time of year where people turn on their heating systems that have been sitting idle for months at a time. If you are lucky, your furnace or boiler will start right up with no issues. If you’re not so lucky, starting up your heating system might result in a puffback. According to tuckey.com, a puffback occurs when an oil burner back fires and spits out smoke and soot, making a mess of your home or business!  Puffbacks happen for a number of reasons, so it’s helpful to keep them in mind for preventative measures. Problems such as leaks in oil supply piping, or a defective oil spray nozzle can result in a puffback. Improper heater shutdown, faulty chimney and heater installation, poor ventilation, or clogged heating systems are other common causes for puffbacks. Damage done to the home or business due to puffbacks can range from minimal to severe. Keep an eye out for these warning signs to prevent puffbacks from affecting your home or business! Oil leaks, loud noises when starting up the heating system, noise after shutting it off, and strange smells are all an indication that something is wrong. It’s important to take care of those warning signs quickly so they don’t lead to puffbacks that cause severe damage. However, if you do experience a messy puffback, don’t hesitate to give SERVPRO a call! Our professional crews use the latest technology and safe cleaning products to restore damage done to your home or business!

About SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont:

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after storm, fire, water, or mold damage. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

If you need help with cleaning up after damage, call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont 24/7 (231) 796-2342

Not all fire burns the same color: Here's why!

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

Campfire with green and orange flames If you need assistance with fire damage restoration, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/ Fremont!

Have you ever been sitting around a campfire and noticed that not all the flames are the same color? At first glance, the flames probably look orange, but upon further inspection, shades of blue, white, yellow, or even green can be spotted in the crackling fire. There are two instances in which flames will change color. The first being the temperature, the second being substances in the fire that cause a chemical reaction, resulting in color change. For example, when a fire reaches 1112-1832 degrees Fahrenheit, the flames will appear red. If a fire is 1823-2192 degrees F, the flames will appear orange. If the temperature is 2192-2552 degrees F, the flames will be yellow. Lastly, temperatures of 2552+ F will result in blue or violet flames.

Another way flames can change color is when they come into contact with elemental substances. For instance, when sodium is found in fire, the flames result in orange. When Carbon and hydrogen are in the mix, the flames will turn blue. With copper, the flames will turn green, and with lithium, they will turn red.

As appealing as the colored flames are to look at, it’s important to be careful when dealing with any type of fire. Fire is unpredictable, and can cause severe damage to your home or property-no matter what color the flames are! While we hope you are never faced with fire damage, if you are ever in need, give SERVPRO a call! Our restoration experts will make the mess “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after Fire damage. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

If you need help with cleaning up after Fire damage, call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont! On call 24/7! ( 231) 796-2342

Don't burn the leaves!

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

Fall leaves on fire. If the fall season happens to result in fire damage on your property or in your home, call the restoration experts at SERVPRO!

It is often said that autumn paints in colors that summer has never seen. The green leaves turning shades of red, orange, and yellow are many people’s favorite part of the fall season. However, when the leaves spill to the ground and are raked into piles, we often find ourselves wondering what to do with them. A common solution to getting rid of the piles of leaves Is to burn them. What many people don’t realize though, is that in some states and counties, burning leaves is illegal. Consider the following quote about Michigan’s leave burning laws from michigan.gov.

“Since 1995, solid waste regulations have prohibited the open burning of grass clippings and leaves in Michigan municipalities with a population of 7500 or more. Local governing bodies may enact an ordinance authorizing such open burning provided other regulations are not violated. They must submit a copy of the ordinance to EGLE's Materials Management Division, P.O. Box 30241, Lansing, MI 48909.”

Michigan.gov goes on to explain the open burning of leaves and other unwanted materials is banned in Michigan for health and safety purposes. According to their website, open burning pollutes the air and creates a higher risk for forest fires. It was also mentioned that the pollution from burning leaves can cause certain health issues such as irritated eyes, difficulty breathing / aggravated lungs, and distorted vision. It can also infect nearby soil, and leave strong, lingering odors.

While it is helpful to know that the burning of leaves is prohibited in Michigan, we are still left trying to figure out how to dispose of the leaves safely and legally. Thankfully, the American Lung Association of Iowa provided some insightful alternatives. The first alternative listed was mulching. Mulching provides an excellent source of nutrients to soil and protects it from wind and water erosion. Creating mulch is as simple as shredding leaves on your yard while mowing the lawn. Most lawn mowers now come equipped with a detachable mulching blade, but if not, you can buy one for your mower at minimal cost.

Another alternative to burning leaves is to compost them. Gardeningknowhow.com explains that composting leaves makes a dark, rich, earthy organic matter that can be used like soil. It adds nutrients to garden soil and the larger particle size helps enhance the tilth and loosen compacted earth.

Lastly, an easy alternative to burning your leaves is to bag them up for collection. Contact your local trash or recycling business to get information on scheduling bagged leaves for pickup.

If the fall season happens to result in fire damage on your property or in your home, trust that the professionals at SERVPRO will make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after Fire damage. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

If you need help with cleaning up after Fire damage, call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont! On call 24/7! ( 231) 796-2342

Fire Prevention Week

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

Night sky with sparks from fire. SERVPRO label displayed across sparks. If your home or business suffered damage from a fire, call the experts at SERVPRO! " We'll make it "Like it never even happened."

It’s National Fire Prevention Week!

Check out these 6 useful tips on fire prevention and fire safety for you and your family.

Tip #1-Two minute escape plan

Creating a fire escape plan for you and your family is of the upmost importance.  Many people assume that they will have plenty of time to escape a fire, but usually you only have 1 or 2 minutes to escape. Making and practicing a 2-minute fire escape plan prepares your family for what to do in case of a fire, and could ultimately make a difference between life or death.

Tip #2-Meeting Place

After creating and practicing a fire escape plan, it is important to set a meeting place!

Pick a safe meeting place that will be easy to find whether it’s day or night. The best way to do this is by selecting a safe spot that is clearly marked by a non-moving item, such as a tree or telephone pole! Make sure you family members know where to meet after escaping a fire so that you can make sure everybody is accounted for.

Tip#3-Test Smoke Alarms Once a month

Check your smoke alarms monthly so you and your family don’t become one of these statistics!

Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms, and More than one-third (38 percent) of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms are present. The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms, so be sure to regularly check yours! Source: National Fire Protection Association

Tip #4-Avoid Space heaters

When possible, avoid using portable / fixed space heaters, as they are the second highest cause of deaths in home fires! Yikes!

Tip#5-Stay Low

If you find yourself caught inside with fire and smoke, stay low to the ground as you make your way to the exit. ... You'll breathe less smoke if you stay close to the ground. Smoke naturally rises, so if there is smoke while you're using your escape route, staying low means you can crawl under most of it.

(https://kidshealth.org › kids › fire-safety)

Tip #6- Put smoke alarms on every floor

Install and maintain smoke alarms on every floor of your home and within every bedroom. Roughly 50% of home fire deaths occur during the night while people are sleeping.

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after Fire damage. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

If you need help with cleaning up after Fire damage, call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont! On call 24/7! ( 231) 796-2342

Grilling Safety

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

Make sure your Holiday is safe from fire damage!

It's almost Labor Day Weekend!

If you plan to grill this weekend, keep reading for tips and tricks to keep everyone safe!

  •  Keep it clean! Fat and oil build up on the grill and the tray underneath are one of the main causes of grill fires. Cleaning up access oil and fat with a wire brush is the best way to get it off. It’s easiest to do this while the grill is still hot. It is recommended to deep clean your grill 2-3 times a year.
  • For gas grills: Make SURE you check for propane leaks! Examine the gas tank thoroughly. Sometimes the holes are tiny, so keep a close eye on the tank while you examine it.
  • Don’t leave the grill unattended. While this may sound obvious, many people don’t take it seriously. Remember, fire is unpredictable!

 Side Note: Grills stay hot up to an hour after use, so keep that in mind when you’re finished grilling for the day.

  • Proper clothing. If your clothing has long sleeves or hanging tassels/ strings, consider changing into a tee shirt or ask someone else to grill. Clothing that has lose ends and hanging strings can easily catch fire.
  • Stick to the outdoors. Make sure your grill is stationed outside, and at least 10 feet away from the house!  Sadly, 29% of grill fires start from the balcony or porch of a house. We don’t want that to be you, so the farther away, the better!

 These 5 tips will ensure you, your family, and friends have a fun AND safe holiday weekend!

 ABOUT SERVPRO BIG RAPIDS/FREMONT

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont is the premier disaster restoration company in Big Rapids. When disaster strikes, we are here and ready to answer your call. We provide emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all your restoration and cleaning needs. We understand that when faced with unexpected damage that it can be overwhelming and we are here to help. Our crew members are IICRC certified and highly trained and dedicated to respond faster to any size disaster. No matter the size of the job, we will leave your home or business “Like it never even happened.”

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (231) 796-2342

Fire Safety and Fireworks

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Celebrate Safety this Holiday

With the warmer months of the summer comes times to celebrate events with barbecues, family events and everyone’s favorite firework displays. These times where we use fireworks for celebrations do we take the necessary safety percautions to prevent injury or property damage needed? In all years studied, Independence Day has more incidents reported in NFIRS than any other day of the year. The number of incidents in the NFIRS database associated with July 4 and July 5 were 2.4 times the average daily number of incidents on other days of the year. Brush and outside fire incidents were nearly four times higher during this holiday than on the average day. Structure fires increase on July 4 and July 5th as well. As would be expected, fireworks were responsible for a considerable portion of the increase in fire incidence on Independence Day. In fact, 31 percent of the total annual number of fireworks−related fires occur on July 4 and 5. These fires individually were less severe than fires generally, with lower average dollar loss per fire, less than half of the injuries and one third the deaths per fire.

source: https://www.usfa.fema.gov

About SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

If you need help with cleaning up after a fire call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont 24/7 231.796.2342

March is American Red Cross Month

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

How can you make a Difference?

Founded in 1881, the American Red Cross is a charitable organization that relies on donations and volunteers to carry out their mission. Weather it is disaster relief, blood donations, military family support, or training and certifications the Red Cross is committed to helping those who need it the most. You probably hear about the impact the Red Cross has on TV when it comes to major disasters like hurricanes, wildfire and tornadoes. The American Red Cross shows hard work and dedication day in and day out that doesn’t become covered in the media. With over 70,000 disasters a year they respond to the public with support after many emergencies that they face. Every year, March is declared Red Cross Month by the President of the United States. The American Red Cross celebrates by honoring the “everyday heroes” who support and carry out the mission of the Red Cross network.

The Red Cross depends on generous contributions of time, blood, and money from the American public to support the lifesaving services and programs. To learn more about the American Red Cross, or about how you can get involved, visit redcross.org

We are here for any size disaster situation 24 hours a day and 7 days a week! Call Today- 231.796.2342

About SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a emergency event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

When a house fire strikes what do you do after

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

House Fires happen every day. Are you prepared?

Recovering from a fire can be a physically and mentally draining process.  When fire strikes, lives are suddenly turned around.  Often, the hardest part is knowing where to begin and who to contact.

The following checklist serves as a quick reference and guide for you to follow after a fire strikes.

  • Contact your local disaster relief service, such as The Red Cross, if you need temporary housing, food and medicines.
  • If you are insured, contact your insurance company for detailed instructions on protecting the property, conducting inventory and contacting fire damage restoration companies.  If you are not insured, try contacting private organizations for aid and assistance.
  • Check with the fire department to make sure your residence is safe to enter. Be watchful of any structural damage caused by the fire.
  • The fire department should see that utilities are either safe to use or are disconnected before they leave the site.  DO NOT attempt to reconnect utilities yourself.
  • Conduct an inventory of damaged property and items.  Do not throw away any damaged goods until after an inventory is made.
  • Try to locate valuable documents and records.  Refer to information on contacts and the replacement process inside this brochure.
  • If you leave your home, contact the local police department to let them know the site will be unoccupied.
  • Begin saving receipts for any money you spend related to fire loss.  The receipts may be needed later by the insurance company and for verifying losses claimed on income tax.
  • Notify your mortgage company of the fire.
  • Check with an accountant or the Internal Revenue Service about special benefits for people recovering from fire loss.

For more information on what you should do after a home fire, including valuing your property, replacing documents, and salvage hints, visit the U.S. Fire Administration’s website.

Source: https://www.ready.gov/home-fires

About SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Holiday Cooking Comes with Caution

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

Don't Spoil your Holiday this year

Holiday Cooking Safety

Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don’t practice safe cooking habits, your holiday could become hazardous very quickly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. It’s important to be alert to prevent cooking fires.

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food.
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire—oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains—away from the stovetop.

Source: National Fire Protection Association

About SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a storm damage, fire, and smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

If you need help with cleaning up after a fire damage event call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont 24/7 231.796.2342

Is your home clothes dryer hiding something

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Always make sure your dryer vent is clean

Facts about home clothes dryer fires

  • 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year and cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss.
  • The leading cause of home clothes dryer fires is failure to clean them (34 percent).
  • More home clothes dryer fires occur in the fall and winter months, peaking in January.

Clothes dryer dos

Installation

  • Have your clothes dryer installed by a professional.
  • Make sure the correct electrical plug and outlet are used and that the dryer is connected properly.
  • Read manufacturers' instructions and warnings in use and care manuals that come with new dryers.

Cleaning

  • Clean the lint filter before and after each load of laundry. Don’t forget to clean the back of the dryer where lint can build up. In addition, clean the lint filter with a nylon brush at least every six months or more often if it becomes clogged.
  • Clean lint out of the vent pipe every three months.
  • Have your dryer cleaned regularly by a professional, especially if it is taking longer than normal for clothes to dry.

Maintenance

  • Inspect the venting system behind the dryer to ensure it is not damaged or restricted.
  • Put a covering on outside wall dampers to keep out rain, snow and dirt.
  • Make sure the outdoor vent covering opens when the dryer is on.
  • Replace coiled-wire foil or plastic venting with rigid, non-ribbed metal duct.
  • Have gas-powered dryers inspected every year by a professional to ensure that the gas line and connection are together and free of leaks.
  • Check regularly to make sure nests of small animals and insects are not blocking the outside vent.
  • Keep the area around the clothes dryer free of items that can burn.
  • If you will be away from home for an extended time, unplug or disconnect the dryer.

Source: www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention

About SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

If you need help with cleaning out your home or dryer vent call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont 24/7 231.796.2342

Fire Safety Month

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Do you have a plan ready?

Fire Safety Month

During the month of October our attention is focused on National Fire Prevention. Promoting fire safety along with knowing the hazards we face every day. With a few quick safety checklists points you can have an idea of what things to prepare for.

Fire Safety Checklist:

  • Avoid using space heaters close to bedding and sheets that will catch fire easily.
  • When using lit candles make sure to keep a distance away from other objects and always keep an eye on the candle while it’s burning.
  • Electrical objects should be checked for frayed cords to prevent electrical fire from forming.
  • Teach others around you what to do when it comes to clothing catching fire. Always remember to Stop! Drop! And Roll!
  • Replace batteries in smoke alarms at least once a year and have one located in every room especially in bedrooms.
  • Have an escape plan for you and your family and write it out and display it for everyone to see. Always practice and review the plan to make sure everyone knows where to go in case of a fire.

About SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

If you need help with cleaning up after a fire call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont 24/7 231.796.2342

Don't let an Electrical Fire damage your property

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

What to look for to prevent fire in your home

SERVPRO Technicians are BOTH Certified and Properly Equipped to Remediate After a Fire in Your Home

Electrical fires are one of the top five causes of fires in manufacturing plants. Here a non-exhaustive list of specific electrical hazards:

  • Wiring that is exposed or not up to code
  • Overloaded outlets
  • Extension cords
  • Overloaded circuits
  • Static discharge

The damage caused by these fires can quickly compound thanks to several of the other items on this list. Any of the above hazards can cause a spark, which can serve as an ignition source for combustible dust, as well as flammable liquids and gasses.

How to prevent electrical fire incidents

As with the previous risks, the key to preventing electrical fires is awareness and prevention. This involves training, maintenance, and following best practices. Here are a few to put into practice right now:

  • Don’t overload electrical equipment or circuits.
  • Don’t leave temporary equipment plugged in when it’s not in use.
  • Avoid using extension cords, and never consider them permanent solutions.
  • Use antistatic equipment where required by NFPA or OSHA.
  • Follow a regular housekeeping plan to remove combustible dust and other hazardous materials from areas that contain equipment and machinery.
  • Implement a reporting system so that anyone who observes an electrical fire risk can report it without consequences.

For more information on electrical safety, consult NFPA 70: National Electrical Code and OSHA’s “Electrical Safety in the Workplace.”

Source: http://news.nilfiskcfm.com

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont is always available 24 hours a day when a loss becomes overwhelming from a fire in the workplace or in your home. These simple ideas will help you with prevention where its most important so seconds don't turn into disaster.

Looking for the right signs of Lead Paint

7/5/2017 (Permalink)

You can never be to sure. Test your home today

Where to Look

While virtually any painted surface in an older home could have been treated with lead paint, there are a few particular places where it might be more likely to appear. These include any exterior surface, surfaces that are regularly exposed to weather (like windows and doors), interior trim, stairs, and railings. Also consider that older furniture and toys could contain lead paint as well.

What to Look For

Lead paint typically cracks and chips in a distinct “scaly” or geometric pattern. This is probably the best indication of the presence of lead paint, although bear in mind that oil and latex paints can crack, flake, and chip as well. A secondary indicator that you might be dealing with lead paint is that it rubs off with a chalky residue.

If You Suspect It’s Lead Paint

If you think you might have lead paint in your home, it is best to confirm it with a lead paint test. You can purchase a test kit for around $10 at your local paint store or big-box hardware store. There are a couple of different types of test kits available at this price, so be sure to read the label before you purchase it. The first, and my chosen method, is the disposable swab kit. One kit typically comes with two swabs, each of which contains non-toxic chemicals that turn a specific color when they come in contact with lead. This test yields results within one minute. If you feel uncomfortable interpreting the results of a swab test, your other option is to purchase a kit that allows you to collect a sample of the paint in question and send it to a laboratory for analysis. Typically, these results will be mailed to you within a week of the lab’s receipt of your sample.

If Your Paint Tests Positive for Lead

First, don’t panic. Some experts agree that if your paint is not cracking, chipping, chalking, or flaking off and is not in a high-traffic or child-accessible area it is best to leave it alone and simply monitor it for future signs of damage. However, lead paint in heavy-use areas like windows, doors, stairs and railings should be addressed even if it is not clearly chipping off. The friction resulting from the regular use or operation of these surfaces can create airborne lead dust. In addition, any cracking, flaking, chipping, or otherwise compromised lead paint should be addressed immediately.

Source: http://www.doityourself.com/stry/identifying-lead-paint

About SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont

SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Things to prevent a fire from Fireworks this Holiday

6/26/2017 (Permalink)

One Sparkler can start a Huge Disaster

Firework Injury Statistics

  • Every year almost 10,000 people are treated in emergency rooms with fireworks-related injuries. The estimated cost of the injuries exceeds $100 million dollars annually.
  • Over 2/3 of all fireworks injuries occur between June 16 and July 16
  • 72% of all fireworks injuries are to males.
  • Most fireworks injuries occur to the face (12%), eyes (17%), and hands (34%).
  • Fires caused by fireworks injure 50 and kill 15 people on average annually.

Tips for Having a Safe Fireworks Display

The safest and most effective way to prevent firework-related injuries and deaths is to leave all fireworks displays to trained professionals. If these professionals are unavailable for your firework displays the following safety tips will help keep you and your audience safe.

Only adults should use fireworks.

The vast majority of firework-related injuries happen to children under the age of 15.  Understanding the risks fireworks pose to children and the importance of having adults present to handle fireworks can greatly decrease injuries and deaths.

Follow federal and state firework laws.

Every state has unique rules and regulations concerning the use, possession, and distribution of all types of fireworks. Knowing the laws in your state can keep you safe, prevent fines, and protect you from purchasing unsafe or illegal fireworks. The following link contains updated laws for every state concerning fireworks.

Use fireworks in clear, open areas

Make sure the area being used is clear of any obstructions. Also, make sure the area where fireworks are used is clear of dry, potentially flammable grass, wood, or debris. It is also a good idea to monitor your state’s wildfire warnings and make sure there isn’t a fire weather watch in effect. These warnings occur during extended periods of dry weather and higher-than-average wind speeds. During these conditions, lighting fireworks could lead to potentially lethal wildfires. For more information regarding wildfire warnings visit the USDA Forest Service Page.

Light fireworks on flat surfaces.

Using a flat surface is extremely important when using fireworks. If the area where you are using fireworks is too uneven, there is the potential they could tip over and go off horizontally and severely injure someone. Flat surfaces are also important when using fireworks that take off vertically, like bottle rockets. If the area is too uneven they could have an angled trajectory which could result in an injury to a person, property damage, or fires.

Have fire extinguishers ready.

Have water and/or a fire extinguisher nearby. When using fireworks, there should be at least one person assigned the duty of operating the fire extinguisher in case something should go wrong.

Store and dispose of fireworks safely.

Do not store fireworks for extended periods of time and use as soon after purchase as possible. When storing fireworks, keep them in a cool dry place out of the reach of children.

Once a firework is used it should be allowed to rest for 15 to 20 minutes.  Once this period of time is over it should be placed in a bucket of water to soak thoroughly. After the rest period and soak period they can be safely disposed of in a regular trash receptacle. Both of these steps are important because if fireworks are not soaked properly there is a potential for heat to be trapped inside of them and they can reignite and cause trash fires. Also, use caution when cleaning up debris from used fireworks since certain parts may still be extremely hot, combustible, or sharp.

Know how to handle firework duds.

If a firework malfunctions, do not attempt to relight it. Allow it to rest for 15 to 20 minutes and then safely douse it with water and let sit for another 15 to 20 minutes. After this period of time submerge the firework in water and allow it to soak. Once the firework is completely soaked it is safe to dispose.

Source: http://cultureofsafety.thesilverlining.com/safety-tips/fireworks

Be safe out this holiday season! Call SERVPRO of Big Rapids/Fremont if Disaster hinders your Celebrations 24/7 where we can clean up any situation.