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How Far Can Wildfire Smoke Travel?
Fire Damage Restoration

How Far Can Wildfire Smoke Travel?

Fires, in general, are a serious concern. The flames and high temperatures put people’s lives at risk and can ruin any and all surfaces and objects with which they come into contact. The fire also produces corrosive byproducts like smoke and soot, which will cause their own harm in addition to the initial fire damage. Knowing this, it is no question that wildfires are a severe danger. But unlike general fire emergencies, such as house fires, wildfires affect larger areas. They can even cause damage thousands of miles away from where they began. Even if you do not reside in an area prone to wildfires, you can still be affected by them ― notably by the smoke produced. Continue reading to learn more about wildfires, how wildfire smoke can travel long distances, the dangers of wildfire s...
Fire Damage Restoration

Dryer Fire Prevention Tips

Everyone will need to use a washer and dryer at some point; gone are the days that we wash everything by hand. But keeping these appliances in good condition as well as maintaining the safety of your family and home are crucial. Here are some dryer fire tips to keep in mind to prevent the risk of disasters. Installation by a Professional To ensure that your dryer is installed properly, it is best to have it installed by a professional technician. They will be knowledgeable about numerous units, including those that use gas and electricity as well as how they work with washers. They will also be familiar with the manufacturer’s instruction manuals, including installing a vent pipe. If asked, a professional can explain how preventing bends in the pipe will reduce the amount of lint ...
How to File an Insurance Claim for Fire and Smoke Damage
Fire Damage Restoration, Smoke Damage Cleanup

How to File an Insurance Claim for Fire and Smoke Damage

While many of us have renter’s or homeowner’s insurance policies that cover fire damage, deciding what to do after a property fire can be daunting. But property owners aren’t just dealing with damage from the flames, they will find that their building materials and contents will be covered in an oily, thick residue from smoke damage as well as wet surfaces from the fire hose. While these materials will need emergency fire damage restoration services in order to save as much time and money in the repairs process, an insurance claim will need to be filed beforehand to cover the costs. Damages Caused by the Smoke Even after the flames have been extinguished, the majority of the damage is still spreading from extra soot and smoke byproducts covering the household surfaces. Especially ...
How to Clean and Restore Your Office Equipment After a Fire
Fire Damage Restoration

How to Clean and Restore Your Office Equipment After a Fire

Experiencing an office fire can be devastating for your business because of the vast destruction it can cause to your property and equipment.  Offices contain plenty of electronic equipment such as computers, phones, copy machines, fax machines, and others that can become damaged by fire, smoke, and soot.  Even if the fire was contained to a certain area, the smoke and soot can spread to other areas and affect the electronic equipment.  As a business owner or manager, you may be anxious to get your business back up and running.  However, it is very important to have your electronic equipment inspected for fire and smoke damage before you use it again, even if it appears to be fine. How Fire and Smoke Damages Electronics The electronic equipment in an office is often the most important an...
How to Clean Fire Damaged Jewelry
Fire Damage Restoration

How to Clean Fire Damaged Jewelry

It can certainly be traumatic to discover that your precious jewelry has been severely damaged in a house fire. Even if they do not have high monetary value, some may have been passed down by generations, making them almost impossible to replace. However, the majority of these types of metals and stones have a considerably high melting point, allowing them to survive the flames. Even if they look unsalvageable, they actually only contain a smoke residue that can be cleaned with special products and methods. Restoring Jewelry After a Fire Although many types of jewelry can be restored after a fire, they can also be melted down and recast into their original form. However, there are restoration jewelers that are specially trained to handle fire and smoke damaged jewelry, using the prope...
How to Repair Fire Damaged Clothing
Fire Damage Restoration

How to Repair Fire Damaged Clothing

Nothing can be scarier than experiencing a fire within your home. As you work with your insurance agent to have as many belongings and building materials replaced as possible, keep in mind that some items can be restored to their original conditions. Depending on the degree of damage and amount of time elapsed before treatment, a professional fire damage restoration company can restore a number of these affected materials. For some types of fabrics, such as clothing, they can be restored using home remedies. Although not all of it can be returned to its original condition, you may be surprised at the amount that can be repaired. Hire a Fire Cleanup Professional Before doing any of the cleaning yourself, talk to your fire and smoke restoration technician and ask them how these materia...
Fire Escape Planning in Apartment Buildings
Emergency Tips, Fire Damage Restoration

Fire Escape Planning in Apartment Buildings

While it may be simple to develop a fire escape plan for a house as it is usually not the size of a tall building. Apartment buildings on the other hand, can be more complex and will require detailed planning in order to ensure everyone’s safety. When planning for a fire in a large building, it is important to know at least two ways to get out while frequently practicing them both. But do keep in mind that sometimes it is safer to stay in the room and wait for help if it is already too dangerous to escape. Be sure to practice the following when developing and practicing your fire escape plan: Know and memorize the plan step-by-step. Knowing exactly what to do and how to do it is most important during times of emergency. For apartment buildings, an evacuation plan is usually provided b...
Tips to Prevent an Electrical Fire in Your Home
Fire Damage Restoration

Tips to Prevent an Electrical Fire in Your Home

According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments responded to over 45,000 home fires caused by electrical malefaction between 2007 and 2011. These fires caused 455 deaths, over 1,500 injuries, and $1.5 billion in property damage. Nearly all of them were preventable. Is Your Home at Risk for an Electrical Fire? Faulty wiring is one of the leading causes of electrical fires. If your home is more than 100 years old, it may pose an increased risk of electrical fire. Older homes were built with aluminum wiring, which is more fire-prone than modern copper wiring. The other major risk factor for electrical fire is how you use the electricity in your home. Do you have several high-energy appliances or electronic devices in the same room? You may be overload...