Recent Fire Damage Posts

Prevent Fire Damage Before it Happens!

2/25/2021 (Permalink)

In Tuscaloosa and Northport, commercial fires are often the most devastating reality that a property owner will have to deal with. In addition to wreaking havoc on your property, fires can force you to relocate temporarily so you can maintain running your business while the restoration process is being completed. Fortunately, property owners who access and implement high-quality safety practices can often avoid the devastation and destruction that results from Tuscaloosa and Northport commercial fires. Here's a brief outline to learn how you can protect your property: 

1. Install Automatic Fire Sprinklers.

As many authorities know, having an automatic fire sprinkler on your property can reduce the risk of fire by up to 71%. Additionally, sprinklers can decrease your insurance premium. To keep your sprinkler in excellent condition, be sure that it is not blocked by dirt or paint. Also, be sure to inspect regularly your main control valve so that it is not left off. Finally, be sure that you take the precautions necessary to prevent the pipe from freezing.  

2. Conduct Fire Emergency Training.

Each of your employees should undergo fire safety training. The training can help prevent your staff members from being victimized. Here are a few subjects that should be covered in emergency training: 

Hazard Recognition

Keep all combustible chemicals and materials away from heat-generating and electrical equipment. 

Prevention

Inspect your power sources regularly and don't overload your extension cords and outlets.  

Response

Teach your employees how to respond when a fire breaks out. Some subjects that should be covered include how to perform an organized evacuation, operate the fire extinguisher, and set the fire alarm. 

Other issues that should be involved in the training include:

• Breathing Apparatus Training

• Fire Extinguisher Training

• Confined Space Entry Training

• First Aid Training

• General Staff Emergency Awareness Training

• Evacuation Exercise  

Also, make sure that your employee team officials undergo the following fire emergency response training: 

• Fire Safety Officer Training

• Fire Safety Adviser Training

• Chief and Deputy Chief Warden Training

• Emergency Control Organization Warden Training

• Spill Response Training

• Lay Flat Hose Training 

3. Call SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa immediately at 205-553-8377 

Although accessing and utilizing fire prevention measures is crucial and advantageous, there is still a chance that a fire could break out on your commercial property. If this happens, you need to know who to call for fast, efficient restoration services. The company to trust is SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa. We have extensive industry experience and a passion for restoring offices to their original condition. 

Soot: What is It?

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

Soot webbing from a protein fire, also known as a kitchen fire caused from cooking, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Soot webbing from a protein fire.

Soot... 

After a building fire, you might see some damage that is blatantly visible or even some that look like a lack of maintenance. This picture depicts cobwebs on the ceiling. However, it is actually soot from a protein fire that has traveled from one room to another and has attached itself to a surface. While this is a small area that is visibly covered in the soot, the sign leads us to believe that the dirt level is more than meets the eye. This is the case for many house fires. 

SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa will not only wipe ceilings, flooring, and walls; but also move out the contents for cleaning, in all affected rooms. Even though it was not close to the fire and items are not as damaged as other rooms adjacent to the cause of loss, the damage spread through the entire downstairs of the home. 

Call SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa at 205-553-8377 for all your fire restoration needs! 

Did You Know? Lint Can Cause Fire?!

9/29/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know that SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa offers commercial dryer vent cleaning and duct cleaning? We have a team of qualified individuals that focus on quality and customer relationships. We pride ourselves in our ever-growing team and community we are building here!  

We currently serve a few commercial customers daily, weekly, monthly, or quarterly and have maintained their continued business for 4 years or more. 

The routine maintenance cleaning of your duct system and dryer vents improves the air quality and lowers the risk of fire caused by lint build up. Duct cleaning will also assist in the efficiency of your system and potentially prolong the life of the system itself!  

Call SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa today to schedule your commercial duct or dryer vent cleaning! 

205-553-8377  

Statistics on Fire

9/29/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know...

  • An estimated $25.6 billion in property damage occurred as a result of a fire in 2018. (This number includes a $12 billion loss due to wildfires in Northern California in 2018)
  • 74% of all fire deaths occur in the home.
  • A fire department responds to a call every 23 seconds. In 2017, there were approximately 357,000 home fires in the United States.
  • 51.6 % of residential building fires are caused by cooking, as of 2017.
  • Home fires were responsible for 11,200 civilian injuries, or 74% of all civilian injuries, in 2018.

We explain these statistics because fire damage can be a difficult time in the lives of our customers. Our goal is to mediate the process as much as possible. “Like it never even happened,” is our motto and that is how we would like every customer to feel when the job is complete. If you find yourself, a family member, or friends in need of fire restoration, call SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa at 205-553-8377! 

6 Rules to Follow After a House Fire

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

Devastating is an understatement when experiencing the chaos of a fire in your Tuscaloosa or Northport home. Not only is it difficult to deal with the loss, but the clean up too. If it is a small isolated fire, getting the area cleaned and repaired should be a priority.

The first thing to consider is the ash and smoke damage. These can lead to corrosion, discoloration, and unpleasant odor. Getting ash and smoke cleaned up immediately will prevent any of these from leading to an even larger problem!  

Take immediate action and follow these steps if you find yourself handling the aftermath of a house fire: 

1. Contact your insurance company.

2. Contact your local fire restoration company – SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa.

3. Take photographs of the damage.

4. Keep a record of all conversations with your insurance company.

5. Make a list of everything you lost or that was destroyed.

6. Find a place to stay while your restoration company cleans up your property.

While a house fire is a troubling experience, it helps to have a game plan in place. So remember these steps for the next time you or someone you know is handling the aftermath of a house fire and call SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa 205-553-8377.

10 Common Causes of House Fires

7/2/2020 (Permalink)

Between 2012 and 2016, the U.S. Fire departments responded to an average of 355,400 home structure fires per year. These fires caused 11,670 civilian injuries, 2,560 civilian deaths, and $6.5 billion in damage. Here are 10 of the most common ways house fires get started and tips on how to prevent them: 

  • Cooking equipment: Pots and pans can overheat and easily cause a fire if left unattended.
  • Heating: Keep all portable heaters at least 3 feet away from anything that can catch fire such as furniture, curtains, and laundry. If you have a furnace, be sure to get it inspected once a year to make sure it is up to safety standards.
  • Smoking in Bedrooms: A cigarette that is not put out properly can cause a flame because the butt may stay lit for a few hours. If it comes in contact with flammable materials, such as furniture, it could burst into flames.
  • Electrical Equipment: An electrical appliance, such as a toaster, can start a fire if it has a faulty or frayed cord. Any power point that is overloaded can cause a fire from the overuse of electricity. Double check the appliances and power points in your home.
  • Candles: Candles smell and look pretty, but they can be hazardous if left unattended. They can easily burst into flames and need to be kept away from any obviously flammable items such as books and tissue boxes. If you are leaving the house, make sure to blow out any candles beforehand.
  • Curious Children: Kids are known to do crazy things. They can cause a fire out of curiosity, just to see what would happen if they set fire to an object. Keep any matches or lighters out of reach of children. Installing a smoke detector in your children’s room will avoid curiosity turning into a disaster.
  • Faulty wiring: Homes with inadequate wiring can cause fires. Signs you have faulty wiring include: lights dim when using another appliance, having to unplug one appliance to get another to work, and frequently blowing fuses. Have a licensed electrician come and inspect your home.
  • Barbecues: Keep BBQs regularly maintained and cleaned, including checking the gas for leaks before using it each time. The grill or BBGS should be kept away from the home, tablecloths, and any plant to avoid a fire.
  • Flammable Liquids: If you keep any flammable liquids in the house or garage such as petrol or kerosene, keep them away from heat sources. Always check the labels before storing them and use extreme caution when pouring.
  • Lighting: Lampshades and light fittings can build up heat over time. Lamp bases can become hazardous as they can be easily knocked over.

The tips above are a guide to avoiding fire damage in your home. If disaster strikes and you are in need of fire damage restoration and clean up, call SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa at 205-553-8377.

Like it never even happened!

3 Tips to Protect Your Property From Fires

3/13/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial fires in Tuscaloosa and Northport are often the most devastating reality that a property owner will have to deal with. In addition to wreaking havoc on your property, fires can force you to relocate temporarily so you can maintain running your business while the restoration process is completed. However, property owners who access and implement high-quality safety practices can often avoid the devastation and destruction that results from Tuscaloosa and Northport commercial fires. Read the brief outline provided below to learn how you can protect your property: 

1. Install Automatic Fire Sprinklers.

As many authorities know, having an automatic fire sprinkler on your property can reduce the risk of fire by up to 71%. Additionally, sprinklers can decrease your insurance premium. To keep your sprinkler in excellent condition, be sure that it is not blocked by dirt or paint. Also, be sure to inspect regularly your main control valve so that it is not left off. Finally, be sure that you take the precautions necessary to prevent the pipe from freezing.  

2. Conduct Fire Emergency Training.

Each of your employees should undergo fire safety training. The training can help prevent your staff members from being victimized. Here are a few subjects that should be covered in emergency training: 

Hazard Recognition

Keep all combustible chemicals and materials away from heat-generating and electrical equipment. 

Prevention

Inspect your power sources regularly and don't overload your extension cords and outlets.  

Response

Teach your employees how to respond when a fire breaks out. Some subjects that should be covered include how to perform an organized evacuation, operate the fire extinguisher, and set the fire alarm. 

Other issues that should be involved in the training include:

• Breathing Apparatus Training

• Fire Extinguisher Training

• Confined Space Entry Training

• First Aid Training

• General Staff Emergency Awareness Training

• Evacuation Exercise  

Also, be sure that your employee team officials undergo the following fire emergency response training:

• Fire Safety Officer Training

• Fire Safety Adviser Training

• Chief and Deputy Chief Warden Training

• Emergency Control Organization Warden Training

• Spill Response Training

• Lay Flat Hose Training 

3. Call SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa immediately at 205-553-8377 

Although accessing and utilizing fire prevention measures is crucial and advantageous, there is still a chance that a fire could break out on your commercial property. If this happens, you need to know who to call for fast, efficient restoration services. The company to trust is SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa. We have extensive industry experience and a passion for restoring offices to their original condition. 

Saving Lives: One Smoke Detector at a Time

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

One small device can save lives? YES!

Make sure you replace the batteries in your smoke detector regularly to ensure it works because it could save your life!

According to The American Red Cross:

  • 7 people die daily in a house fire
  • Every 40 minutes a fire injury is reported
  • $7 billion in property damage every year

The National Fire Protection Association strongly suggests installing a smoke alarm in every bedroom of your home. They also highly recommend installing a smoke detector outside every sleeping area and on every level of your home. If your Northport or Tuscaloosa home is larger, you may need more smoke alarms to ensure you will be alerted when the smoke hits the detector. 

Today, many home security systems offer a smoke detector option that will contact your local fire department in the event of smoke detection. This is a wonderful safety tool, especially if you aren't home or are sleeping heavily at the time of a fire occurrence. 

In the event of a house fire big or small, make sure you call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa for your clean up needs.

Also, you can contact your local Red Cross Chapter to help assist with adjusting if you have been temporarily put out. 

Soot

1/15/2020 (Permalink)

Soot webbing from a protein fire, also known as a kitchen fire caused from cooking, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Soot webbing from a protein fire, located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

In a building fire, you will find that some damage is blatantly visible and some will only look like lack of maintenance. In this picture, there seem to be cobwebs on the ceiling. What you are actually seeing is soot from a protein fire that has traveled to another room and attached itself to a surface. While this is a small area that is visibly covered in the soot, the sign leads us to believe that the dirt level is more than meets the eye. This is the case for many house fires. 

SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa will not only wipe ceilings, walls, and flooring; but also move out the contents for cleaning, in all affected rooms. Even though it was not close to the fire and items are not as damaged as other rooms adjacent to the cause of loss, the damage spread through the entire downstairs of the home. 

Call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa at (205) 553-8377 for all your fire restoration needs! 

Fire Statistics

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

A home in Tuscaloosa has a massive amount of fire damage throughout the home, including down the hallway. Scorched home in Tuscaloosa

A fire department responds to a call every 23 seconds. In 2017, there was approximately 357,000 home fires in the United States.

51.6 % of residential building fires are caused from cooking, as of 2017.

An estimated $25.6 billion in property damage occurred as a result of fire in 2018. (This number includes a $12 billion loss due to wildfires in Northern California in 2018)

74% of all fire deaths occur in the home.

Home fires were responsible fore 11,200 civilian injuries, or 74% of all civilian injuries, in 2018.

We explain these statistics because a fire damage can be a very trying time in the lives of our customers. Our goal is to mediate the process as much as possible. “Like it never even happened” is our motto and that is how we would like very customer to feel when the job is complete. If you find yourself, a family member, or friends in need of fire restoration, call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa at 205.553.8377!

Lint Build Up Can Cause Fire

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Air vent in apartment, dirty from build up. Air vent build up that could cause a fire damage.

SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa offers commercial duct cleaning and dryer vent cleaning.  We have a team of qualified individuals that focus on quality and customer relationships. We pride ourselves in our ever growing team and community we are building here.  

We currently serve a few commercial customers daily/weekly/monthly or quarterly and have maintained their continued business for 3 years or more. 

Like a residential home, routine maintenance cleaning of your duct system and dryer vents improves the air quality and lowers the risk of fire caused by lint build up. Duct cleaning will also assist in the efficiency of your system and potentially prolong the life of the system itself. 

Call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa today to schedule your commercial duct or dryer vent cleaning. 

Fire Damage & the Importance of Immediate Action

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage to a piece of artwork in a home Fire damage to a piece of artwork

It is devastating to experience the chaos of a fire in your Tuscaloosa home. Not only is it difficult to deal with the loss, but the clean up too. If it is a small isolated fire, getting the area cleaned and repaired should be a priority.

The first thing to consider is the ash and smoke damage that occurred. These can lead to corrosion, discoloration and unpleasant odor. Getting ash and smoke cleaned up immediately will prevent any of these from leading to an even larger problem. 

Take action and follow these steps if you find yourself handling the aftermath of a house fire. 

1. Contact your insurance company.

2. Contact your local fire restoration company – SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa

3. Take photographs of the damage.

4. Keep a record of all conversations with your insurance company.

5. Make a list of everything you lost or that was destroyed.

6. Find a place to stay while your restoration company cleans up your property.

While a house fire is a trying experience, it helps to have a game plan in place. So remember these steps for the next time you or a loved one is handling the aftermath of a house fire and call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa 205-553-8377.

Common Causes of House Fires

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

Between 2012 and 2016, the U.S. Fire departments responded to an average of 355,400home structure fires per year. These fires caused 11,670 civilian injuries, 2,560 civilian deaths, and $6.5 billion in direct damage. Listed below are a few of the most common ways house fires get started and tips to prevent them. 

  • Cooking equipment: Pots and pans can overheat and easily cause a fire if left unattended.
  • Heating: Keep all portable heaters at least 3 feet away from anything that can catch fire such as furniture, curtains, and laundry. If you have a furnace, be sure to get it inspected once a year to make sure it is up to safety standards.
  • Smoking in Bedrooms: A cigarette that is not put out properly can cause a flame because the butt may stay lit for a few hours. If it comes in contact with flammable materials, such as furniture, it could burst into flames.
  • Electrical Equipment: An electrical appliance, such as a toaster, can start a fire if it has a faulty or frayed cord. Any power point that is overloaded can cause a fire from overuse of electricity. Double check the appliances and power points in your home.
  • Candles: Candles smell and look pretty, but they can be hazardous if left unattended. They can easily burst into flames and need to be kept away from any obviously flammable items such as books and tissue boxes. If you are leaving the house, make sure to blow out any candles beforehand.
  • Curious Children: Kids are known to do crazy things. They can cause a fire out of curiosity, just to see what would happen if they set fire to an object. Keep any matches or lighters out of reach of children. Installing a smoke detector in your children’s room will avoid curiosity turning into a disaster.
  • Faulty wiring: Homes with inadequate wiring can cause fires. Signs you have faulty wiring include: lights dim when using another appliance, having to unplug one appliance to get another to work, and frequently blowing fuses. Have a licensed electrician come and inspect your home.
  • Barbecues: Keep BBQs regularly maintained and cleaned, including checking the gas for leaks before using it each time. The grill or BBGS should be kept away from the home, tablecloths, and any plant to avoid a fire.
  • Flammable Liquids: If you keep any flammable liquids in the house or garage such as petrol or kerosene, keep them away from heat sources. Always check the labels before storing and use extreme caution when pouring.
  • Lighting: Lampshades and light fittings can build up heat over time. Lamp bases can become hazardous they are easily knocked over.

The tips above are a guide to avoiding fire damage in your home. If you disaster strikes and you find yourself in need of fire damage restoration and clean up, call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa at 205.553.8377

Like it never even happened!

Protection from Property Fires

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial fires in Tuscaloosa are often the most devastating reality that a property owner will have to oversee. In addition to wreaking havoc on your property, fires can force you to relocate temporarily so you can maintain running your business while the restoration process is completed. However, property owners who access and implement high-quality safety practices can often avoid the devastation and destruction that results from Tuscaloosa commercial fires. Read the brief outline provided below to learn how you can protect your property: 

1. Install Automatic Fire Sprinklers.

As many authorities know, having an automatic fire sprinkler on your property can reduce the risk of fire by up to 71%. Additionally, sprinklers can decrease your insurance premium. To keep your sprinkler in excellent condition, be sure that it is not blocked by dirt or paint. Also, be sure to inspect regularly your main control valve so that it is not left off. Finally, be sure that you take the precautions necessary to prevent the pipe from freezing.  

2. Conduct Fire Emergency Training.

Each of your employees should undergo fire safety training. The training can help prevent your staff members from being victimized. Here are a few subjects that should be covered in emergency training: 

Hazard Recognition

Keep all combustible chemicals and materials away from heat-generating and electrical equipment. 

Prevention

Inspect your power sources regularly and don't overload your extension cords and outlets.  

Response

Teach your employees how to respond when a fire breaks out. Some subjects that should be covered include how to perform an organized evacuation, operate the fire extinguisher, and set the fire alarm. 

Other issues that should be involved in the training include:

• Breathing Apparatus Training

• Fire Extinguisher Training

• Confined Space Entry Training

• First Aid Training

• General Staff Emergency Awareness Training

• Evacuation Exercise  

Also, be sure that your employee team officials undergo the following fire emergency response training:

• Fire Safety Officer Training

• Fire Safety Adviser Training

• Chief and Deputy Chief Warden Training

• Emergency Control Organization Warden Training

• Spill Response Training

• Lay Flat Hose Training 

Call SERVPRO Immediately 205.553.8377

Although accessing and utilizing fire prevention measures is crucial and advantageous, there is still a chance that a fire could break out on your commercial property. If this happens, you need to know who to call for fast, efficient restoration services. The company to trust is SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa. We have extensive industry experience and a passion for restoring offices to their original condition. 

Fire Detectors: Life Savers

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke Detectors in your Tuscaloosa home could save your life and your family's! 

According to The American Red Cross

  • 7 people die daily in a house fire
  • Every 40 minutes a fire injury is reported
  • $7 billion in property damage every year

The National Fire Protection Association strongly suggest that a smoke alarm is installed in every bedroom, outside every sleeping area, and on every level of the home. If your Tuscaloosa home is larger, you may need more smoke alarms to ensure you will be alarmed when smoke hits the detector. 

Many home security systems now offer a smoke detector option that will contact your local fire department in the event of smoke detection. This is a great safety tool for when you are out of town or possibly a really heavy sleeper!

In the event of a house fire big or small, call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa for your clean up needs.

Call your local Red Cross Chapter to help assist with adjusting if you have been temporarily put out.

Small Kitchen Fire

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

We are all multitaskers. When you have a family or are a working student, you tend to stretch your multitasking skills to the limits. Small protein fires or even just heavy smoke from trying to cook and tackle chores at the same time can still cause damage in your home or apartment. Ever wonder why the scent just seems to stay and you can't get it out even after cleaning and taking out the trash? Smoke damage isn't just confined to the surfaces. Airing out your kitchen won't get the smell out. Smoke can travel through your HVAC system and soot can settle in your ducts. As you can see from this image, the soot damage can be severe enough to cause damages in other areas of your home or apartment. Call SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa North for your thorough fire damage cleaning. 

When Your Kitchen Catches Fire

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Don't let this picture be your kitchen! Please always take care of any food left in the oven or on the stove top. Never stay to far from your work area and take care in preventing flammable objects from being near the hot surfaces. Remember not to place trivets or candles on top of a hot stove eye. This can be cause of a fire loss. In this kitchen, a teenager was left to attend items cooking. The food caught fire and the you person did not know what to do. Thankfully, all were safe. Teach your children how to be around appliances especially ones that can potentially cause fires. Have a preparedness plan for if they walk into a protein fire in the kitchen. Water is not the key in these situations! Make sure you have an up to date kitchen fire extinguisher and that everyone in your house knows how to you it! In any case, call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa North to help clean up the smoke damage and odors if your home does suffer from any size fire loss.

Commercial Dryer Vent Cleaning

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa North offers commercial duct cleaning and dryer vent cleaning.

SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa North builds a team of qualified individuals that focus on quality and customer relationships. We pride ourselves in our ever growing team and community we are building here.  

We currently serve a few commercial customers daily/weekly/monthly or quarterly and have maintained their continued business for 3 years or more. 

Like a residential home, routine maintenance cleaning of your duct system and dryer vents improves the air quality and lowers the risk of fire caused by lint build up. Duct cleaning will also assist in the efficiency of your system and potentially prolong the life of the system itself. 

Call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa North today to schedule your commercial duct or dryer vent cleaning. 

Deodorization from House or Building Fires

7/25/2018 (Permalink)

Ozone vs Hydroxyl Deodorization:

SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa North carries both deodorization machines in our warehouse. Both machines are used for our heaviest deodorization processes. However, Hydroxyl is the only on that can be used without all the WARNING signs and the fear of someone entering the property before it has been cleared. The longer each machine runs, the better the deodorization process in the end. 

An ozone machine will remove odors faster but will slow down the process as the machine cannot be running while crews are working or any living thing is in the home or building. Hydroxyls will require a longer run time, however, the cleaning process on a fire can begin faster as the crews can also work in the building while the machine also works. 

Lasting smells are scars from damages, which is why SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa South recommends removing the odors verses masking them. 

Fires from Cooking

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

  1. Protein fires generally leave little to no visible residue which can be confusing to homeowners
  2. Protein fires create a significantly more repugnant smell than most other fires
  3. The nature of the burn causes the odor to permeate structure and furniture even more than other fires and hold on to porous materials with a stronger bond
  4. Therefore, protein fires require extremely thorough cleaning to remove the odor
  5. Sometimes a protein fire will require a sealing agent or even repainting to completely eradicate the odor
  6. A protein fire may require multiple attempts and different methods to achieve customer satisfaction from the homeowner

SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa North is your local Fire Restoration team. Call for a complete soot test or deodorization quote if your cooking fire gets a little out of hand.

Fourth of July Fire Facts

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

How often do you think about Fourth of July Celebrations causing fires in Tuscaloosa? See a report from National Fire Protection Association in 2016 below:

  • In 2013, fireworks caused an estimated 15,600 reported fires in the U.S., including 1,400 structure fires, 200 vehicle fires, and 14,000 outside and other fires.
  • More than one-quarter (28%) of fires started by fireworks in 2009-2013 were reported on Independence Day. Almost half (47%) of the reported fires on the Fourth of July were started by fireworks.
  • According to the CPSC, more than one-third (35%) of the people seen in emergency rooms for fireworks injuries from June 20-July 20, 2014 were under 15; nine percent were under five. 
  • CPSC data show that sparklers alone accounted for more than one one-quarter (28%) of the emergency room fireworks injuries seen from June 20-July 20, 2014.  

Remember use safety precautions when playing with fireworks and if something does happen to your home Fire or Water related this Fourth of July, call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa North to help get your home back in order. 

Preparing Your Staff for Fire Prevention

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial fires in Tuscaloosa are often the most devastating reality that a property owner will have to oversee. Fires are not limited to burn damage and smoke invasion on your property. Fires can force you to relocate temporarily so you can maintain running your business while the restoration process is completed. However, property owners who access and implement high-quality safety practices can often avoid the devastation and destruction that results from Tuscaloosa commercial fires. Read the brief outline provided below to learn how you can protect your property: 

1. Install Automatic Fire Sprinklers.

As many authorities know, having an automatic fire sprinkler on your property can reduce the risk of fire by up to 71%. Additionally, sprinklers can decrease your insurance premium. To keep your sprinkler in excellent condition, be sure that it is not blocked by dirt or paint. Also, be sure to inspect regularly your main control valve so that it is not left off. 

2. Conduct Fire Emergency Training.

The training can help prevent your staff members from being victimized. Here are a few subjects that should be covered in the emergency training: 

Hazard Recognition

Keep all combustible chemicals and materials away from heat-generating and electrical equipment. 

Prevention

Inspect your power sources regularly and don't overload your extension cords and outlets.  

Response

Teach your employees how to respond when a fire breaks out. Some subjects that should be covered include how to perform an organized evacuation, operate the fire extinguisher, and set the fire alarm. 

Other issues that should be involved in the training include:

• Breathing Apparatus Training

• Fire Extinguisher Training

• Confined Space Entry Training

• First Aid Training

• General Staff Emergency Awareness Training

• Evacuation Exercise  

Call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa North Immediately

Although accessing and utilizing fire prevention measures is crucial and advantageous, there is still a chance that a fire could break out on your commercial property. If this happens, you need to know who to call for fast, efficient restoration services. The company to trust is SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa North. We have extensive industry experience and a passion for restoring offices to their original condition. We're ready to assist you immediately, so contact us now at 205-339-5022

Heating Unit Caused House Fire

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke damage from fire in Northport Home.

One of the leading causes of house fires is food related fires, however, close behind will be heating accessory fires. This home had several family members and the more people in your home, the more belongings accumulate. During the colder weeks, a space heater was left running to close to some of these contents causing a small fire. Because it was left unattended, the small fire took over the entire home. The home and many of the contents are beyond salvageable. The damage is so bad, that the tub clogged and filled with water from the Northport Fire Department putting out the fire to save the structure of the home. You can also see how heavy the soot damage is from the fire on the shower walls.

Fire Place and Space Heater Safety

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

According to the NFPA( National Fire Protection Association) heating equipment used in cold winter months are the leading cause of home fire deaths. Heating equipment estimates about $1 billion in property damages annually. 

If you choose to use heating equipment in your Tuscaloosa home, please use some of these safety tips provided by NFPA:

  • anything potentially flammable should be a minimum of 3 ft away
  • practicing a "no kid zone" in the 3 foot surrounding area of a heater or fireplace
  • sturdy screen in front of your fire place to catch wayward sparks
  • store ashes once they have cooled completely in  a metal container and place the container away from your house
  • turn off portable heaters when leaving the room or going to bed
  • test your smoke alarms monthly. Replace all batteries at least once a year. Don't need batteries? Replace those smoke alarms every 10 years
  • clean and inspect the fireplace every year before winter season when you need it!

In the event of a Fire in your Tuscaloosa County home, call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa to help you with the clean up and restoration of your property!

Soot Webs

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Soot webbing from a protein fire in Tuscaloosa County. Also known as a kitchen fire or fire caused during cooking.

In a building fire, you will find that some damage is blatantly visible and some will look like lack of maintenance. In this picture, you will see that there is what appears to be cob webs on the ceiling. What you are actually seeing is a stick soot from a protein fire that has traveled to another room and attached itself to a surface. While this is a small area that is visibly covered in the soot, the sign leads us to believe that the dirt level is more than meets the eye. SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa will wipe ceilings, walls, flooring and move out the contents for cleaning as well in this particular room. Even though it was not close to the fire and is not as damaged as other rooms adjacent to the cause of loss, the damage spread through the entire downstairs of the home.

Smoke Detectors Save Lives

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke Detectors in your Tuscaloosa home could save your life and your family's! 


According to The American Red Cross



  • 7 people die daily in a house fire

  • 36 people suffer injuries daily due to house fires

  • $7 billion in property damage every year


The National Fire Protection Association strongly suggest that a smoke alarm be installed in every bedroom, outside every sleeping area, and on every level of the home. If your Tuscaloosa home is larger, you may need more smoke alarms to insure you will be alarmed when smoke hits the detector. 


Many home security systems now offer a smoke detector option that will contact your local fire department in the event of smoke detection. This is a great safety tool for when you are out of town or possibly a really heavy sleeper!


In the event of a house fire big or small, call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa for your clean up needs.


             205-339-5022


Call your local Red Cross Chapter to help assist with adjusting if you have been temporarily put out.

Refinishing Furniture

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

A wooden table damaged from a Tuscaloosa Fire

Refinishing Furniture after a Fire

When a fire wreaks havoc on your Tuscaloosa home, sometimes it takes a professional restoration company to work with your insurance adjusters and determine what items can be saved from the fire and what is beyond repairable.

Wooden furniture can suffer damage from acidic soot or suffer charing from direct heat. When your home suffers, your contents suffer as well. The extreme heat causes the materials to swell absorbing soot and smells within their pores. Then the contents cool quickly trapping those smells into the piece and causing your tragedy to linger longer. SERVPRO® of Tuscaloosa can help you and your insurance company determine what items in your home can be saved and what the insurance may need to replace, all depending on your policy.

Cleaning Smoke or Soot

6/6/2017 (Permalink)

It's devastating to experience the chaos of a fire in your Tuscaloosa house. Not only is it difficult to deal with the loss, but the clean up too. If it is a small isolated fire, getting the area cleaned and repaired should be a priority.

The first thing to consider is the ash and smoke damage that occurred. These can lead to corrosion, discoloration and unpleasant odor. Getting ash and smoke cleaned up immediately will prevent any of these from leading to an even larger problem. 

Take action and follow these steps if you find yourself handling the aftermath of a house fire. 

1. Contact your insurance company.

2. Contact your local fire restoration company – SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa

3. Take photographs of the damage.

4. Keep a record of all conversations with your insurance company.

5. Make a list of everything you lost or that was destroyed.

6. We can help guide you to someone to find a place for you and your family to stay while your restoration company cleans up your property.

 So remember these steps for the next time you or a loved one is handling the aftermath of a house fire. 

Fire Chief Conference 2017

3/27/2017 (Permalink)

Booth at the Fire Chief Executive Conference 2017

We were happy to participate for the third year in a row with the annual Fire Chief Executive Conference. This past year there were more vendors and more fire chiefs coming to fellowship and learn and grow. There were some great speakers over the course of three days and some awesome door prizes! 

SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa works closely with our local Red Cross Chapter. The Red Cross works some with the fire departments and during their Home Fire Prevention Campaign, as well as works with the home owners that have been effected due to fire disasters. 

Please scroll through out community page to learn more about the community events SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa is a part of in Tuscaloosa County. 

Thank you to all those men and women work so hard and put their safety at risk for our communities!

Red Cross and Home Fire Campaign

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms. Most of us forget we have them in our homes until the battery gets low or we burn a brownie in a mug recipe we saw on Pinterest. 

According to statistics provided by Red Cross, seven people die every day from home fires. Many people do not even realize their homes do not have smoke alarms installed, or worse they do not have enough installed to reach critical points in the home. We recently had a very large home fire hit the new in Tuscaloosa Alabama. This fire started downstairs and the homeowners had smoke alarms, but they could not hear them upstairs. None were installed upstairs to notify them. Thankfully, the homeowners were able to escape through the second floor windows, but this is not always the semi-happy ending. 

SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa has partnered with our local Red Cross chapter and is a part of their Disaster Recovery and Home Fire Campaign Crew. We host a golf tournament every October to raise money for the campaign and on March 25th 2017 we are sending volunteers to help install smoke detectors FREE into Tuscaloosa area homes. Check out our community page to see pictures and learn more about the Fire Campaign after the 25th!

How many smoke detectors does your home have? Will your household take the Red Cross Pledge?Pledge to Prepare

House Fires in Tuscaloosa

12/2/2016 (Permalink)

Electrical fire in Tuscaloosa 35405

Most of us have never experienced a home fire, small or large. It is an out of sight out of mind thought process that many of us are guilty of not thinking about until it’s too late. To give you some insight on residential fires:


 In 2015 there were 501,500 structure fires. 2,685 lost their lives and 13,000 people were injured because of the fire. In 2015 there was $10.3 billion in property damage (www.nfpa.org)


 A fire department responded every 23 seconds.


We just witnessed a major tourist town quickly go from a controlled wildfire to an uncontrollable one in November 2016.


 Fire is something we all should be prepared for and it is violent. SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa has partnered with the Red Cross in making sure that we can help you get your home and life back in order after an unexpected fire has happened. The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference in restoration versus replacing everything in your home. Red Cross’s Home Fire Campaign is all about making sure your family knows how to escape your home in less than 2 minutes. Those two minutes can change everything.


 The Red Cross Home Fire Campaign has tips and emergency ready plans for all family members from kids to pets and even an essentials check list for that unexpected house fire.


 


The Tuscaloosa County local Red Cross organizations is:


 West Alabama Red Cross


 Address: 1622 Lurleen B Wallace Blvd, Northport, AL 35476   Phone:(205) 758-3608


SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa is always here to help when a disaster does happen, but our concern is that you are prepared to minimize the risk of a disaster escalading into a tragedy.


Stay prepared. Stay Safe. Call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa for your fire damage cleanup and restoration.


           205-339-5022

The Importance of Immediate Fire Damage Clean Up

4/7/2016 (Permalink)

It's devastating to experience the chaos of a fire in your Tuscaloosa house. Not only is it difficult to deal with the loss, but the clean up too. If it is a small isolated fire, getting the area cleaned and repaired should be a priority.

The first thing to consider is the ash and smoke damage that occurred. These can lead to corrosion, discoloration and unpleasant odor. Getting ash and smoke cleaned up immediately will prevent any of these from leading to an even larger problem. 

Take action and follow these steps if you find yourself handling the aftermath of a house fire. 

1. Contact your insurance company.

2. Contact your local fire restoration company – SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa

3. Take photographs of the damage.

4. Keep a record of all conversations with your insurance company.

5. Make a list of everything you lost or that was destroyed.

6. Find a place to stay while your restoration company cleans up your property.

While a house fire is a trying experience, it helps to have a game plan in place. So remember these steps for the next time you or a loved one is handling the aftermath of a house fire and call SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa 205-339-5022.

Preventing Grease Fires in Your Tuscaloosa Kitchen

3/23/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Offers Tips for Preventing Fire Damage to Your Tuscaloosa Kitchen

The kitchen is the number one "hot spot" for fires leading to fire damage in your home. Cooking with grease and oil can be hazardous to your health for reasons other than nutrition and diet. One of the most dangerous incidents that can happen in your home is a grease fire. There are several preventative measures that you can implement to decrease the likelihood of a grease fire in your kitchen. Access the information below, provided by SERVPRO, to minimize an accidental kitchen fire.

Keep It Clean. Because most of us have numerous domestic and professional responsibilities, there is often little time to clean everything as thoroughly as we'd like to. Nevertheless, it's important to know that cleaning up all drips and spills from the stove area each day is one of the easiest and most effective ways to prevent fire damage in your kitchen from a grease fire. Large spills are easy to spot and can be cleaned up quickly. As you cook, remember to wipe away substances that spill over the side of the pan. Also, keep the area around a burner or flame free of spills and grease all the time.

Be Safe With Cooking Oils And Fats. When you cook with oil, be sure that you know what your temperature rating is. Not all oils and fats are alike. Refined fats can be safely heated to higher temperatures because there are few impurities. However, allowing your cooking oil to become too hot can cause it to ignite. If you note that oil is starting to smoke, be sure to take it away from the source of heat immediately. If a fire ignites within the frying pan, never throw water on top of it.

Know Your Fire Extinguisher. Type ABC or B extinguishers contain proper chemicals and propellants to put out grease fires. Your kitchen extinguisher should be a C02 or a dry chemical extinguisher. Each year check for the expiration date of use for the fire extinguisher. Keep one close at hand, perhaps under the kitchen sink base cabinet. However, you should never utilize a water-based extinguisher for this type of fire. Water will not blanket the flames causing oxygen deprivation and will splash and spread the flames to other areas. Minimize smoke and fire damage by quickly extinguishing the flame.

Call SERVPRO for Fast, Friendly Fire Damage Restoration Services

Awareness of the above tips will make your kitchen and household a safer place. However, happenstance can still allow a fire to occur in your Tuscaloosa home. If this should happen, make the call to a company you can trust – SERVPRO. Our IICRC-certified technicians are skilled in restoring your property quickly and safely. Moreover, we offer the friendly, detailed customer service necessary to keep you calm and confident throughout the fire damage restoration process. Our aim is to return your home to its pre-loss condition ASAP.

Locally Owned, with National Resources

SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa is locally owned and operated. When you have a fire or smoke emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We’re also part of a network of over 1,650 Franchises, including special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large-scale fire, water, and storm disasters. Call for help. (205)-339-5022

Prevent Commercial Electrical Fires

3/10/2016 (Permalink)

Preventing Electrical Fires in Commercial Buildings 

As industry experts know, commercial electrical fires can be very dangerous and costly. When a commercial fire occurs, it can lead to the injury or death of the employees or customers present. Electrical fires can result in major property loss. SERVPRO, a premier fire damage restoration company, will respond immediately to get you back in business. Luckily, most of these fires are preventable and can also be contained through maintenance of fixtures, employee training, and the facilitation of greater awareness regarding work hazards. Learn more about how to identify electrical hazards and reduce the incidence of a commercial fire by reading the following information: 

Recognizing the Warning Signs 

Electrical distribution systems contain several complex elements. These elements are capable of exposing commercial buildings to fire risks. Some of the areas of concern are:

• Corroded Wiring: Wiring that is old or defective can cause electrical fires. Although all wiring can start to break down at some point, the wiring exposed to corrosive substances or the outdoor environment is subject to faster degradation. Industrial facilities, multi-tenant warehouses, and farms should be attentive to their wiring given that it can be subject to extreme exposure to the elements.

• Circuits and Fuses: Tripped circuits and blown fuses are signs of overloaded outlets or circuits. These circuits and outlets can generate overheating and result in combustion leading to commercial electrical fires. 

• Hot Spots: Overloaded circuits, corroded wires or connectors, loose connections, faulty fuses, imbalanced electrical loading, short circuits, switches, and breakers can generate "hot spots". This is the result of the excessive heat that builds up within the electrical panels. If there is any sense that these "hot spots" could cause a commercial flare-up, here is an option. Infrared thermal imaging can be operated to locate these hot spots, repairs can then be done preventing electrical shortages or breakdowns that lead to fires. Small business owners can hire licensed electricians to complete the inspection. 

Electrical Distribution Equipment

Periodically, electrical distribution equipment needs to be physically inspected and tested. The equipment should also periodically undergo thermal imaging. This work should be completed by a licensed professional. Some of the equipment requiring inspection includes:

•electrical panels, switchboards, and switchgear    

• fuses

• circuit breakers

• relays and contactors

• disconnect switches

• motors

• motor controls

• transformers

The Fire Marshall periodically visits commercial buildings checking the fire extinguishers' expiration dates. The overhead sprinkler system, fire exit lighted signs and safe egress from the commercial building are all inspected. Prevention is the key.

Conclusion

Fire damage can be especially devastating for a business or commercial property. Significant water damage can be an unintended result of extinguishing a commercial fire. The fire suppression system of a commercial building (overhead fire sprinkler system) can also cause a large amount of water damage. Commercial business owners know that electrical fires negatively affect their property, the operation of the business, and the loss of revenue. However, the information above can help you take strides towards preventing these fires from happening. In the event that you find your commercial space affected by a fire, electrical or otherwise, you should know who to call to help facilitate the remediation process. As a company with extensive experience in restoring property affected by electrical fires, the professionals of SERVPRO can provide you with the detailed assistance necessary to get your business space in working order. Contact us today for professional, personalized service. 

Commercial Building Restoration Services

SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa responds quickly to your Tuscaloosa water, fire or mold damage emergency, 24 hours a day. Whether the damage occurs in a small business building or a big box store, we have the training, experience, and equipment to handle the situation. Our national network of 1,650 Franchises gives us access to personnel and resources to respond to any size restoration emergency. Learn more about our commercial restoration services:

 SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.” (205)-553-8377

Smoke Alarms Save Lives

2/5/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke detectors save lives, don't get caught without one.

Smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives, and when properly installed, can reduce the risk of fire injury in half.

The National Fire Protection Association recommends smoke alarms be installed in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters and on every level of the house. Business owners should consult the local Fire Marshall to ensure specific building fire codes and smoke detector requirements are met.

Smoke alarms work best when paired with a fire escape plan. A plan allows your family, employees or clients to escape quickly and safely in an emergency situation.

Review the following tips regarding smoke detector installation and maintenance. For more on emergency preparedness, contact your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals.

  1. Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, including the basement.
  2. Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance.
  3. Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
  4. Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm “chirps,” the battery is low and should be replaced right away.
  5. Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

Just the Facts: Smoke Alarms

  • Three out of five fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or when the alarms are not working.
  • Smoke alarm failures usually result from missing, disconnected, or dead batteries.
  • More than one-third (37 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.
  • Fire and Smoke Damage Emergency Tips

    1/19/2016 (Permalink)

    Smoke damage after kitchen fire.

    Do's & Don'ts 

    Do: 

    • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
    • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas. 
    • Empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odors if the electricity is off. 
    • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances; then, protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.
    • Pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks, and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures if heat is off during winter.
    • Wash off both sides of leaves on house plants.
    • Change HVAC filters, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.
    • Tape a double layer of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the  HVAC system.

    Don'ts:

    • Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa Professionals. 
    • Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting with a SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa Professional.
    • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances, TV sets, radios, etc., that have been close to fire, heat, or water without first consulting an authorized repair service person.
    • Do not consume canned or packaged food, beverages, or medications that may have been stored close to fire or heat. (They may be contaminated)
    • Do not turn on any ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock.
    • Do not send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor. 

    Protecting Your Commercial Property From a Fire

    1/6/2016 (Permalink)

    Commercial fires in Tuscaloosa are often the most devastating reality that a property owner will have to oversee. In addition to wreaking havoc on your property, fires can force you to relocate temporarily so you can maintain running your business while the restoration process is completed. However, property owners who access and implement high-quality safety practices can often avoid the devastation and destruction that results from Tuscaloosa commercial fires. Read the brief outline provided below to learn how you can protect your property: 


    1. Install Automatic Fire Sprinklers.


    As many authorities know, having an automatic fire sprinkler on your property can reduce the risk of fire by up to 71%. Additionally, sprinklers can decrease your insurance premium. To keep your sprinkler in excellent condition, be sure that it is not blocked by dirt or paint. Also, be sure to inspect regularly your main control valve so that it is not left off. Finally, be sure that you take the precautions necessary to prevent the pipe from freezing.  


    2. Conduct Fire Emergency Training.


    Each of your employees should undergo fire safety training. The training can help prevent your staff members from being victimized. Here are a few subjects that should be covered in the emergency training: 


    Hazard Recognition


    Keep all combustible chemicals and materials away from heat-generating and electrical equipment. 


    Prevention


    Inspect your power sources regularly and don't overload your extension cords and outlets.  


    Response


    Teach your employees how to respond when a fire breaks out. Some subjects that should be covered include how to perform an organized evacuation, operate the fire extinguisher, and set the fire alarm. 


    Other issues that should be involved in the training include:


    • Breathing Apparatus Training


    • Fire Extinguisher Training


    • Confined Space Entry Training


    • First Aid Training


    • General Staff Emergency Awareness Training


    • Evacuation Exercise  


    Also, be sure that your employee team officials undergo the following fire emergency response training:


    • Fire Safety Officer Training


    • Fire Safety Adviser Training


    • Chief and Deputy Chief Warden Training


    • Emergency Control Organization Warden Training


    • Spill Response Training


    • Lay Flat Hose Training 


    Call SERVPRO Immediately


    Although accessing and utilizing fire prevention measures is crucial and advantageous, there is still a chance that a fire could break out on your commercial property. If this happens, you need to know who to call for fast, efficient restoration services. The company to trust is SERVPRO of Tuscaloosa. We have extensive industry experience and a passion for restoring offices to their original condition. We're ready to assist you immediately, so contact us now at 


                205-339-5022