Recent Fire Damage Posts

3 Interesting Facts About Soot

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

Corner of a wall covered in soot with soot tags present This soot is in a garage we cleaned in Loveland Ohio. The fire damage affected the Homeowner's contents, ceilings, and walls.

After a fire, there is a toxic residue that clings to your ceilings, walls, and contents. This residue is called soot. It comes in many shapes and forms. Publichealth.lacounty.gov explains that “high-oxygen fires will result in dry dusty soot, whereas slow-burning, low-oxygen fires will result in greasy wet deposits that easily smear.” You might consider cleaning this substance yourself. SERVPRO is here to explain why that isn't a good idea.

What Is Soot Made Of?

Soot is a blanket of tiny particulates. These particulates are made of tiny molecules from the contents and materials that burned up in the fire. Sciencedirect.com further explains “all soots are... characterized by the presence of very small particles (submicrometer) and correspondingly a large ratio of surface area to mass.” After a fire, these small particles are actively searching for a place to land. The walls and ceiling have the perfect surface to attract them.

Why Is Soot Toxic

The toxicity of soot comes from the chemical makeup of the molecules we just discussed. In a house fire, the burnt contents are typically made up of synthetic materials such as plastic, metals, and wood. Usually, when they are in one solid piece, these materials are safe. However, when broken down to the molecular level, these materials can become carcinogenic. If your home was built before 1978, lead and asbestos are likely present. According to The National Cancer Institute, other carcinogenic substances in soot include but are not limited to arsenic, cadmium, and chromium.

Soot Takes Many Forms

After a fire, you may notice black cobwebs in the affected area. This is not a reflection of how clean your house was before the fire. This is a chemical reaction from the fire. The high temperature of the fire allows the molecules to stick together. Unlike water that evaporates, these molecules are not able to turn back into their gaseous forms. This creates a chainlike structure that many people confuse as cobwebs. Their actual name is a Soot Web or Soot Tag. They can get very messy if they are disturbed.

Because of the nature of a soot web, do not attempt to clean them yourself. Doing so can cause more fire damage than you would have otherwise incurred. Cleaning up soot after fire damage yourself is not recommended. Our professionally trained staff have the experience and equipment to ensure that the job gets done safely and correctly. For your family’s health and safety, please give our office a call. Our staff is ready to take your call any time of day.

The Dangers of Gardening

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

Embers Burning Prevent fire damage by following these 5 steps.

If you are an avid gardener, you know how beneficial mulch can be to your plants. It suppresses weeds, aids in preventing erosion, spontaneously combusts, holds in moisture, and adds nutrients to the soil. Wait, did that say spontaneously combusts? It sure did! Lucky for you, there are ways to prevent this from happening. We have compiled a list of 5 simple steps that you can take to prevent garden fires. 

Don’t Pile it High

Many homeowners and groundskeepers enjoy the aesthetics of a thick layer of mulch. However, that is where the danger lies. NBCWashington.com interviewed Chief Fire Marshell Linda Hale she explained, “Spontaneous combustion can happen when a decomposing, organic material such as mulch generates enough heat to ignite without an outside source." Because of the heat produced from decomposing mulch, it is recommended that you don’t go over 3 inches. This will reduce the risk of combustion and give less fuel to the fire if it does spontaneously combust.

Include Inorganic Mulch in Your Garden bed 

Cincinnati Insurance Company defines the difference between organic and inorganic mulches.

Most organic mulches come from plant materials such as pine needles, wheat straw, pine bark nuggets, shredded cedar and redwood bark, or wood chips from recycled pallets. Ground and shredded rubber are also considered organic mulches. Inorganic mulches, usually derived from non-plant materials, include rock, gravel, or brick chips.

Inorganic mulch might not give the nutrients to the soil like organic mulch but, it can help in many of the same ways organic materials can.

Keep Space Between Your Building and Mulch

Because of its combustible properties, it is not recommended to mulch right up against your structure. Some states legally require 5 feet distance between your building and mulch. To fill up this space use inorganic mulch like rock or gravel. Residential properties are not legally obligated to uphold this but, it is highly recommended for the homeowner’s safety. 

Keep the Mulch Damp

Spontaneous combustion can happen any time of the year. It’s more likely in the middle of summer when the air is dry because it hasn’t rained and winds are high. Paying attention to these weather patterns and keeping the mulch moist can prevent fire damage. Statistically, mulch fires happen during the afternoon when the day is the hottest. Consider watering in the morning. This helps prevent evaporation and keeps the ground cooler in the afternoon. 

Keep Mulch Away From Open Flames

In the past, we’ve discussed safety precautions with open flames. Ideally, your grills and campfires are a minimum of 20 feet away from any structure. Keep this distance with mulch too. The dangers are the same. Embers can pop out of the fire and cause damage, or; the fire can get out of control for a myriad of other reasons.

If you are a business owner, make sure that you have a cigarette receptacle. This will discourage people from just throwing cigarette butts into the mulched area. This is good advice to heed if you are a smoker and a property owner yourself. Never throw a lit cigarette onto these wood or rubber chips. 

Fire damage from spontaneous combustion and human error could happen at any moment. We have seen it and helped our fair share of clients through it. Should this unfortunate phenomenon happen to you do not hesitate to call our offices at (513) 693-2541.

Stop, Drop, and Read, Before You Fire Up Your RV

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

An RV with SERVPRO's Logo SERVPRO uses an RV as an office on wheels when we assist other franchises with large storms.

The weather is warming up, and; you know what that means, it’s time to start camping again! Is your Recreational Vehicle ready? According to the National Park Service, 20,000 RV fires occur nationally each year. Before you hitch up those RVs, pack up those tents, and head for the trees, make sure you’re prepared for fire safety.

Before You Hit the Road

Make a checklist before you leave to make sure that you are ready for any emergency. You can use our list or; make your own.

  • Make sure the smoke detector is working.
  • Make sure you have a Fire Extinguisher that puts out class A, B,& C fires. You can have it inspected to ensure it’s in working order.
  • Examine your appliances that use propane for leaks.
    • Refridgerator 
    • Furnace
    • Stovetop
    • Oven
  • Check that your propane leak detector is working.
  • Know your emergency exits.
    • Make sure your emergency exits are clear. 
    • Make sure your emergency exits are not stuck.
    • Make sure your family has and knows the emergency plan.
  • Inspect your power cords for wear and tear. Replace any power cords that are damaged or old.
  • Identify any attachments or chains that could drag to the ground while you are driving. The sparks could ignite and start a fire or an explosion if it reaches the propane.
  • Unrelated to fire but just as important:
  • Make sure your Carbon monoxide detector is in working order.
  • Have an emergency communication device on hand.

Relax but Stay Safe

On warm sunny days, it’s tempting to lounge outside while your meal slowly simmers on the stove inside. Statistically, most fires that happen in an RV start in the kitchen. Stay inside and keep an eye on the cooking meal. Clear the stove of anything that could catch fire.  

When your cooking with a gas stove, sometimes a pot will boil over and put out the flame. Even though the flame on the stove is out, gas will continue to flow. This makes the air combustible. Before attempting to relight the pilot light turn off the stove. Then, open all of the doors and windows to air out the RV. After you’ve given it a few minutes, it should be safe to ignite the pilot light again.

Keep your campfire at least 25 feet away from any and all structures. This includes your RV, tents, and additional vehicles you may have on your campsite. Before turning in for the night, make sure the fire is completely out. Even if it’s just embers, a fire that remains lit has the potential to turn into a wildfire.

In Case of An Emergency

In case of emergency, the first thing you should do is get out. The RV and the contents inside can be replaced life, cannot. Do not go back inside for any item. The only time you should attempt to put out the fire yourself is if you know you can do so without endangering yourself.

When your out in the woods, cellphone service can be spotty or non-existent. Plan ahead for this. Make sure that you have some form of emergency communication so you can contact the fire department or a park ranger. Here are some options that you can add to your packing list.

  • HAM radio
  • CB radios
  • Satellite phone

You can also check out the apps listed below. They can be used when there is no cell service available. 

If a fire does break out, SERVPRO can help you handle the aftermath. Our professionals are trained to clean smoke and soot out of any structure, including your RV. We can also clean your contents that were affected by the fire. 

We hope this checklist keeps you safe in case of an emergency. Most of all, we hope that you have a fun and relaxing time with your family and friends during this camping season. 

Important Things to Know about Fire Extinguishers

3/17/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Extinguisher Hanging on an office wall Contents Label on our office's fire extinguisher.

Fire extinguishers are household items that everyone hopes they never have to use. Like most home and business owners, you probably bought it to protect your house from fire and put it out of your mind.  In the unfortunate event that you do have to use it, it’s important to have some basic information about it. Continue reading for the types of fire extinguishers there are, where to find that information on the extinguisher you own, what types of fires they’re used for, and some basic cleaning/ safety instructions.

Types of Fire Extinguishers

There are 9 basic types of fire extinguishers. These different chemical compounds are used for the different types of fires homes and businesses can have. 

Monoammonium Phosphate, Potassium Bicarbonate, & Sodium

These are the most common types of fire extinguishers that you will find. They work on Class AB&C fires. The University of Massachusetts Boston explains these classifications below:

Class A fires which involve "ordinary combustibles" such as wood, paper, cloth, rubber and many plastics.

Class B fires which involve flammable liquids, oils, greases, tars, oil-based paints and flammable gases.

Class C fires which involve energized electrical equipment.

For the most part, the chemicals in these extinguishers are nontoxic. However, they can be considered an eye, mucus membrane, and skin irritant. This is especially true for Monoammonium Phosphate. For this reason, it’s advisable to turn off the ventilation system, after it’s been used, so it doesn’t kick up the powder throughout the house. This also should not be cleaned up with vacuum cleaners.

Potassium Bicarbonate and sodium-based fire extinguishers are less of an irritant but should still be handled with caution. For these, you don’t have to turn off the ventilation system, and you can suck up the powder with a vacuum. Keep in mind a HEPA vac or shop-vac are the suggested types of vacuums to use.

It is important to clean up after these extinguishers quickly. The chemicals in these are often corrosive and could cause even more damage if left sitting.

Clean up is pretty simple and should you decide to do it yourself it can be done with common household items. Electrical outlets can be cleaned by using a can of pressurized air that would use to clean out your keyboard. Monoammonium Phosphate must be dry cleaned, to begin with. Sweep it up or wipe it away with a dry cloth or brush. Otherwise, the cleaning process is exactly the same. Use a paste made from baking soda and water. It’s a 1:1 ratio. Use a warm wet cloth to wipe up the remaining residue.

If the powder is stuck on there use a 1:1 ratio of 50% rubbing alcohol and water. Let the mixture sit for a bit then wipe it up as normal. 

Class D fires

A Class D fire is defined as a fire started by combustible particulates. This could be metal shavings or dust from a bread mill. Fire extinguishers for these are usually filled with one of the following 4 chemicals and elements.

  • Sodium Chloride
  • Sodium Carbonate
  • Copper
  • Graphite

Be sure to steer clear of any vacuums for these cleanups. The static charge especially in graphite can make it combustible. 

Wet Chemicals

Wet chemicals are usually used in commercial kitchen fires. It is really important that you call the professionals at SERVPRO after this type of fire. These chemicals are harmful and can cause damage to your nervous system and vital organs. After discharging these extinguishers you’ll want to make sure that the area is very well ventilated. If you have to go into the area make sure you are wearing N95 or N100 masks. A purifying respirator is also highly suggested. 

Clean Agent

The final type of extinguisher is a clean agent. This is usually made from CO2 or Hetron. As a gas-based extinguisher, there isn’t much cleanup because it dissipates into the air. However, it’s still a good idea to clean and sanitize the affected areas. 

What Kind of Fire Extinguisher do You Have?

It is mandatory that all fire extinguishers disclose what kind of chemicals they hold. If you look at the attached photo for instance you can see that ours is listed on the fire extinguisher itself under Contents. We have an Ammonium Phospate based extinguisher. Different brands may have different placements but in general, they should be in the same basic area.

SERVPRO has a lot of experience in cleaning up after fire extinguishers. We have all the tools and equipment to handle this daunting task. So, if you’ve had a fire and need the powder cleaned up give us a call at any time. We’ll be happy to provide you a free estimate and save you the headache of having to clean up after a fire extinguisher yourself.

Practice Fire Safety This Spring

3/17/2021 (Permalink)

Flames in a fire pit at dusk Prevent property damage by keeping open fires a minimum of 25 feet away from all structures.

Winter and the pandemic have forced us indoors for the last few months. Now that the weather is getting warmer many of us are itching to get outside and spend time some much-needed time with friends. Campfires offer us a way to stay outside longer and social distance safely while we’re still battling Covid 19. However, there are some safety measures and state/city laws you should be aware of before gathering around the fire.

EPA Regulations

If you’re getting together for outdoor festivities it’s best to familiarize yourself with the kind of equipment approved by the EPA. 

  • deck and patio fireplaces 
  • chimineys
  • patio hearths 
  • fire tables 
  • fire pits/kettles 
  • or similar devices

The safest place for any outdoor fire is a minimum of 25 feet away from the house or any other structures. It’s a good idea to practice this for your charcoal and propane grill as well. 

Ohio and Kentucky state laws are pretty similar when it comes to having a small campfire in your backyard. The fire should be kept small. No more than three feet wide and two feet high according to Ohio and three feet wide and three high in Kentucky. Keep in mind that these regulations can change by county and city so be sure to check with your local fire department if you have any concerns about regulations or permits. The EPA also requires that your fire is fueled only by seasoned firewood, natural gas, or other clean-burning fuel. Burning trash is not permitted so keep those styrofoam plates out of there no matter how tempting it may be to watch them melt.

Safety Tips

There are many steps to take to help prevent your small fire from getting out of control. Of these, the two most important are keeping a water source next to you and making sure that your fire is out completely when you’re done. Unattended fires, even if they’re just glowing embers, are one of the main causes of property damage and human injury.  Firesideoutdoor.com states “greater than 80% of campfire related pediatric injuries were caused by day old campfires.” Before you go inside pour water over the fire or hose it down well to keep your friends, family, and property safe. 

Basic safety tips include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Make sure any and all low hanging branches are clear and removed from the area.
  • Clear any dead leaves and dry twigs away from the area.
  • Keep your pets and children a safe distance from the fire.
  • Supervise any child roasting a marshmallow.
    • Don’t wear loose-fitting clothes.
    • Don’t shake or throw a burning marshmallow.
    • If using a metal skewer handle with care as they can cause severe burns.
  • Don’t use combustible liquids such as gasoline on the fire.

Following state laws and these suggested safety tips should keep you safe and cozy around the fire this spring, summer, and fall. In the unfortunate event that your fire gets out of hand even with safety measures in place, SERVPRO is here to help you handle the aftermath. You can count on us to help you through the process.

Thaw Out With SERVPRO

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

Photo by Taryn Elliott from Pexels - image of socks in front of fireplace Get cozy

There’s no denying, it’s cold right now!! Our Northwest Cincinnati office has created the perfect playlist to keep you warm during these chilly winter days. We recommend cozying up next to a warm fireplace with a nice cup of hot cocoa, a fuzzy blanket, and our office’s favorite playlist Singin’ In the Rain on Spotify.

Just make sure you’ve got that flue open! A puff back could throw a kink in your relaxing weekend.


Smoke on the Water- Deep Purple

Set Fire to the Rain- Adele

We Didn’t Start the Fire - Billy Joel

Feel That Fire - Dirks Bentley

Fire - Black Pumas

Ashes on your Eyes - Deb Talan

Fire - The Ohio Players

Burning Down the House - Talking Heads

Fire and Rain - James Taylor

Ring of Fire Johnny Cash

Girl On Fire - Alicia Keys

Heaven’s on Fire - KISS

The Sun is Burning - Simon and Garfunkel

Into the Fire - Sarah McLachlan

The Stranger at My Door - Brandi Carlile 

Light My Fire - The Doors

Rooms on Fire - Stevie Nicks

Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis

I’m On Fire - Bruce Springsteen

Dont neglect furnace maintenance

12/30/2020 (Permalink)

With the cold, winter months among us, now is the time to make sure your home heating system is working properly. Like most things, safe and efficient operation is a function of regular maintenance and check-ups. There are several things you can do to keep your heating system in top working condition.

  1. Clean or replace the filter: A clogged filter causes the furnace to work much harder and deliver less heat!
  2. Make sure blower doors are replaced.
  3. Check the systems belts: Replace any belts that are worn or cracked.
  4. Check and make sure vents in the home are clear.
  5. Ensure that the exhaust flue to the outside of the home is clear.

These are just a few tips to help maintain a home’s furnace system. But regular maintenance and periodic checkups by a licensed heating professional are also beneficial for your furnace to remain efficient. Don’t wait until it is too late and risk having a break down when you need your furnace the most!

Merry Christmas! We are available 24/7

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

All of us at SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati would like to take this time to express our sincere gratitude for those that make our success possible. We know that our accomplishments and achievements in the property restoration industry would not be possible without our dedicated employees, hard working colleagues in the restoration industry, and our trusting customers. We truly appreciate the efforts of all those that we work with day in and day out to help our customers in their time of need. We would like to say thank you for your continued loyalty and support. We truly appreciate working with you and our sincere wish is that you find peace, joy, hope, and happiness now and in the new year ahead!

Merry Christmas!

Fires can be devastating. SERVPRO is here to help!

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

According to ready.gov, a fire can spread quickly, becoming life threatening in just two minutes. And in just five minutes, an entire home can be taken over by flames.

In the event of a fire it is important to know what precautions to take to help ensure that you escape safely.

  • Stay low, crawling under the smoke to the exit
  • Before opening a door, feel if it is hot. If it is hot, do not open the door and find another exit. If you do open the door, open it very slowly and be prepared to shut it quickly if smoke or fire is present.
  • Tell firefighters right away if pets are trapped inside.
  • If you are unable to escape, close all doors, cover vents and cracks around doors with cloth, call 911 explaining where you are, and signal from a window with a light cloth or flashlight.
  • If your clothes catch fire, stop, drop, and roll!

Fires can be devastating, spreading quickly and leaving little time to plan an escape. Being prepared by learning important safety measures and planning escapes can help ensure safety in the unfortunate event of a fire disaster.

SERVPRO provides emergency service following fire damage. Our fire technicians respond quickly to secure the site and can help restore the structure as well as its contents following a fire.

Avoid BBQ Grill Fires Labor Day Weekend

8/25/2020 (Permalink)

Today we honor the achievements of the labor movement and the strength of American workers! Some also celebrate Labor Day as the official end of summer, the start of fall, or the final day to wear white. But whatever angle you take for your celebration, we want you to have a safe and happy holiday!

Be sure to practice safety tips with outdoor grilling or fire pits. Keep the grill or open flames a safe distance from anything that can catch fire. And always keep the children and pets away from the hot fire. Have a fire extinguisher available should an accident happen!

If you are traveling somewhere to celebrate, remember no drinking and driving! Keep an emergency supply kit or a first aid kit in your car. And always buckle up!

And don’t forget to follow safety guidelines in the swimming pool! Be aware of the weather conditions, keep an eye on the children, and always swim with a buddy!

Enjoy the holiday and remember we are always available 24 hours a day if you find yourself in need of emergency service!

Dryer Vent Fire Prevention

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 15,000 fires start each year by the clothes dryer. When lint and debris build up in the dryer vent, a common fire hazard is created.

Signs That the Dryer Vent Needs Cleaning

According to ABC news, there are many signs that it is time to clean the dryer vent. Several of these signs include:

  • Clothing does not dry completely after normal drying cycle.
  • A musty odor is present in the clothing following the drying cycle.
  • Clothing seems unusually hot to the touch after a complete drying cycle.
  • Debris is present within the outside dryer vent opening.
  • Large amounts of lint accumulate in the lint trap of the dryer.

Reduce the risk of a dryer vent fire by watching for these signs and regularly maintaining the dryer vent. Not only will the risk for a dryer vent fire be reduced, clothes will dry faster and smell better!

And remember, SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati is always here to help after fire damage!

BBQ Grill Fire Safety

5/12/2020 (Permalink)

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, grill fires cause an estimated $37 million in property loss each year. Patios, terraces, screened-in porches and courtyards are all leading home locations for grill fires.

While outdoor barbecues can be fun times with family and friends, they can also present fire hazards if certain precautions are not taken. The misuse of outdoor grills is one of the leading causes of home fires during the warmer months.

A grilling mishap would definitely put a damper on family gatherings and outdoor fun! So, we would like to share some important grilling safety tips. Knowing and following even a few tips can help avoid a fire disaster.

  • Only use grills outdoors.
  • Keep grills away from siding and deck railings.
  • Clean grills often and remove grease or fat build-up.
  • Make sure the gas grill lid is open before lighting.

In the unfortunate event of a fire disaster at your property, SERVPRO is Here To Help! Our technicians are available 24/7 to provide emergency service!

Join Our Bracket Challenge!

3/13/2020 (Permalink)

March is here, and we all know what that means…It is time for MARCH MADNESS! We are adding to the fun and excitement this year by hosting a March Madness Bracket Challenge. We are inviting everyone to join our Bracket Challenge for a chance to win prizes valued up to $200! And prizes will be awarded for our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners! Not a basketball fan? That’s okay! You don’t have to be a basketball expert to play! It doesn’t matter what you base your picks on…best records, best uniforms, alma mater…whatever! To enter, simply click the link below, sign in, or create an account, and choose your favorite teams! Be sure to fill out your bracket before the opening games begin on Thursday, March 19th! Good luck!!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER!!

Tips to Limit the Damage from a Fire

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

Even if a fire in a home or business is contained to one floor, the damage from the fire may affect other floors of the building as well. Soot and smoke can travel throughout the structure leaving a trail of damage behind. If the damage is not handled properly, long-term effects can result, adding to an already stressful situation.

After contacting SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati there are a couple of steps you can take to help avoid further damage to your property. First of all, keep movement throughout the building to a minimum. This will help avoid tracking the soot throughout other areas of the building. And secondly, place clean towels or linens on the carpeted traffic areas. Realizing that there will be some movement within the building during the restoration process, this will help prevent additional soiling.

The SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati fire technicians are highly trained and well-equipped to handle the cleanup and care of your home or office building and its contents following a fire incident. Before attempting to clean the fire damage yourself, contact us for your fire restoration needs. CLICK HERE to learn more!

Merry Christmas from SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati!

12/25/2019 (Permalink)

All of us at SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati would like to take this time to express our sincere gratitude for those that make our success possible. We know that our accomplishments and achievements in the property restoration industry would not be possible without our dedicated employees, hard working colleagues in the restoration industry, and our trusting customers. We truly appreciate the efforts of all those that we work with day in and day out to help our customers in their time of need. We would like to say thank you for your continued loyalty and support. We truly appreciate working with you and our sincere wish is that you find peace, joy, hope, and happiness now and in the new year ahead!

Merry Christmas!

SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati

SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati to Offer 3 Hour Continuing Education Course for OHIO and KENTUCKY Credits on September 19th from 12:30pm - 3:30pm

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

We are excited to be hosting another upcoming Greater Cincinnati Insurance Board continuing education insurance credit course entitled, “Distracted Driving with Tom Ryan, AIC.” This seminar will give the attendee an analysis of how distracted driving affects insurance. Distracted driving is defined as any activity that diverts attention from safe driving. It includes talking or texting on your phone, eating or drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, adjusting the radio or navigation systems, and impairment due to alcohol or drug use. This seminar will address these issues as they relate to auto liability insurance. Topics covered include the history of distractions, coverage issues, claims analysis issues, and criminal issues based on distracted driving statutes.

The course is approved for 3 credit hours in OHIO and KENTUCKY and it will take place at our Cincinnati, Ohio location at 2115 Schappelle Lane, Cincinnati, OH on Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 12:30pm to 3:30pm.

CLICK HERE to find out more information and to register!

SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati to Offer 3 Hour Continuing Education Course for OHIO Credits on September 19th from 8:30am - 11:30am

9/2/2019 (Permalink)

We are excited to be hosting an upcoming Greater Cincinnati Insurance Board continuing education insurance credit course! The class is entitled, “Ohio FAIR Plan Seminar with Jim McKee, CPCU, AIS, API, AIM.” This seminar will give the attendees valuable information about the Ohio FAIR Plan Underwriting Association. It will provide an overview of Ohio FAIR Plan procedures, policies, coverages and other information. Topics covered will include types of policies written, coverages, application, underwriting procedures, claims as well as other helpful information.

This course is approved for 3 credit hours in OHIO only and it will take place at our Cincinnati, Ohio location at 2115 Schappelle Lane, Cincinnati, OH on Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 8:30am to 11:30am.

CLICK HERE to find out more information and to register!

Follow Grilling Safety Tips to Help Avoid Fires

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

It's later in the summer season, but still time for family picnics and outdoor grilling. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, grill fires cause an estimated $37 million in property loss each year. Patios, terraces, screened-in porches and courtyards are leading home locations for grill fires.

SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati would like to share the following grilling safety tips to help prevent outdoor cooking fire damage.

  • Only use grills outdoors
  • Keep grills away from siding and deck railings.
  • Clean grills often and remove grease or fat build-up.
  • Make sure the gas grill lid is open before lighting.
  • Always have a three foot safe-zone around grills.
  • Dispose of coals after they have cooled in a metal can.
  • Never leave grills unattended.

Knowing and following even a few fire safety grilling tips can help everyone have a safer and happier summer. In the event that you experience a grilling mishap and have a fire damage situation at your home, give us a call for quick, professional help!

SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati (513) 541-3200

Help Ensure Safety in a Fire Disaster with Preparation

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

According to ready.gov, a fire can spread quickly, becoming life threatening in just two minutes. And in just five minutes, an entire home can be taken over by flames.

In the event of a fire it is important to know what precautions to take to help ensure that you escape safely.

  • Stay low, crawling under the smoke to the exit
  • Before opening a door, feel if it is hot. If it is hot, do not open the door and find another exit. If you do open the door, open it very slowly and be prepared to shut it quickly if smoke or fire is present.
  • Tell firefighters right away if pets are trapped inside.
  • If you are unable to escape, close all doors, cover vents and cracks around doors with cloth, call 911 explaining where you are, and signal from a window with a light cloth or flashlight.
  • If your clothes catch fire, stop, drop, and roll!

Fires can be devastating, spreading quickly and leaving little time to plan an escape. Being prepared by learning important safety measures and planning escapes can help ensure safety in the unfortunate event of a fire disaster.

SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati provides emergency service following fire damage. Our fire technicians respond quickly to secure the site and can help restore the structure as well as its contents following a fire.

SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati Promotes Fire Safety Awareness

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

The staff at SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati welcomes any opportunity to give back to the community and bring awareness to fire safety. For example, we were thrilled to participate in a community event for the residents of Forest Park, Ohio. Teaming up with the City of Forest Park Fire Department, the Home Depot of Forest Park, the City of Forest Park and Bryant Hartke Construction, we helped provide a day of fun activities including “touch a fire truck”, “touch a helicopter”, a mobile smoke house, fire demonstrations, craft making, chili tasting contests, and a grill-out. All the activities were meant to promote fire safety in an enjoyable and engaging way. Our staff provided food and drinks for the event and had a fantastic time grilling hot dogs, serving food and drinks and interacting with the community!

Don't Neglect Maintenance of Home Heating System!

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

With the cold, winter months among us, now is the time to make sure your home heating system is working properly. Like most things, safe and efficient operation is a function of regular maintenance and check-ups. There are several things you can do to keep your heating system in top working condition.

  1. Clean or replace the filter: A clogged filter causes the furnace to work much harder and deliver less heat!
  2. Make sure blower doors are replaced.
  3. Check the systems belts: Replace any belts that are worn or cracked.
  4. Check and make sure vents in the home are clear.
  5. Ensure that the exhaust flue to the outside of the home is clear.

These are just a few tips to help maintain a home’s furnace system. But regular maintenance and periodic checkups by a licensed heating professional are also beneficial for your furnace to remain efficient. Don’t wait until it is too late and risk having a break down when you need your furnace the most!

Use Caution if Deep-Frying Turkey

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

This time of year, many are looking for different ways to prepare the Thanksgiving turkey and some consider deep-frying. A deep-fried turkey can be delicious – very flavorful and juicy. However, this cooking process can present fire and safety concerns. State Farm Insurance highlights some very helpful safety tips and precautions to protect against fire and injury.

  1. Keep outdoor deep-fryers off decks, out of garages, and a safe distance from trees and buildings.
  2. Make sure the turkey is thawed and dry before cooking. Water and oil don’t mix!
  3. Place the fryer on a level surface and avoid moving it once in use.
  4. Follow the instructions to avoid overfilling with oil.
  5. Smaller turkeys are recommended. Turkeys over 12 pounds are not recommended for deep-frying.
  6. Never leave fryer unattended.
  7. Turn the burner off before lowering the turkey into the oil. Once the turkey is submerged, turn the burner on.
  8. Skip the stuffing if deep-frying.
  9. Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times.
  10. Once finished, remove the pot from the burner; place it on a level surface and cover to let the oil cool overnight before disposing.

More helpful tips can be found on the State Farm website. SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season. Keep in mind that in the unfortunate event of fire or smoke damage, we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (including holidays) for emergency service.

Happy Halloween from SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

We just want to wish all of our valued customers, coworkers, and friends a very happy and safe Halloween! Be cautious and practice safety tips so that a fun night isn’t spoiled by an accident or mishap! Make sure the kids wear reflective tape or stickers and always cross the street in a crosswalk. Makeup and face paint is always safer than masks and carrying flashlights is also a good idea. Make sure costumes are flame-resistant or flame-retardant and keep decorations away from open flames. A battery operated light inside the jack-o-lantern is also a much safer option than a real candle. Be sure to inspect the kids’ candy and throw away anything that is not sealed, homemade, or looks suspicious. And if you must be out driving during trick or treating hours, use extra caution. Drive slower than normal, keeping an eye out for kids darting between cars and into the road. Halloween can be a great time with the kids, dressing up, making decorations and trick-or-treating. Be safe and enjoy the night!

SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati

Does Your Dryer Vent Need Cleaning?

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 15,000 fires start each year by the clothes dryer. When lint and debris build up in the dryer vent, a common fire hazard is created.

Signs That the Dryer Vent Needs Cleaning

According to ABC news, there are many signs that it is time to clean the dryer vent. Several of these signs include:

  • Clothing does not dry completely after normal drying cycle.
  • A musty odor is present in the clothing following the drying cycle.
  • Clothing seems unusually hot to the touch after a complete drying cycle.
  • Debris is present within the outside dryer vent opening.
  • Large amounts of lint accumulate in the lint trap of the dryer.

Reduce the risk of a dryer vent fire by watching for these signs and regularly maintaining the dryer vent. Not only will the risk for a dryer vent fire be reduced, clothes will dry faster and smell better!

And remember, SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati is always here to help after fire damage!

Protect Your Family from Home Fires

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Safe Kids Worldwide is a nonprofit organization that works to keep kids safe. According to safekids.org, home fires account for nearly 90 percent of all fire-related deaths and at least one child dies in a home fire every day.

Safe Kids Worldwide offers many tips to help protect kids and families from home fires and bring awareness to actions that can be taken to prepare for and know how to act in the event of a fire. This alone, will help save lives. First and foremost, working fire alarms are critical to staying safe. Smoke alarms that are working properly should be installed on every level of the home. Efforts should be made to teach kids never to play with matches or lighters. Always store them out of the reach of children. Create and practice an escape plan. In this plan, be sure to include two ways out of every room. Teach the kids how to respond if they hear the fire alarm. Make them aware of the importance of staying low and getting out as quickly as possible.

Following these tips can be very helpful in keeping families safe in the event of a home fire. Being prepared and taking precautions before an actual fire emergency can help families know exactly what to do if they find themselves in a fire emergency situation.

If a fire disaster does occur in your home, always remember…SAFETY FIRST! SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week for fire damage restoration. We are Here to Help!

Have a Safe July 4th Celebration!

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

This time of year everyone talks about the risk of fires from the careless use of fireworks. What some fireworks fans fail to take into consideration is how the weather can affect fireworks and create a potentially dangerous situation.

For example, if a storm is approaching or it is just an unusually windy day, an unexpected wind gust can affect the direction of the smoke, sparks and fallout while setting off fireworks or using sparklers. Hot embers or smoke can be blown into spectators or other areas, increasing the risk of fires or fire-related injuries. So it is very important to be aware of the direction of the wind and use extreme caution when lighting and using fireworks.

Another weather related situation to be aware of is whether or not the area has been experiencing a drought. A drought leaves the ground dry and more susceptible to fire and burning. So it is important to know the condition of the fallout area in order to lessen the risk of a fire igniting.

So this year, when planning your fireworks celebrations, make sure to take the weather into consideration! Listen to weather reports and plan ahead if storms or high winds are predicted in your area. Be aware of the ground conditions where fallout occurs and be prepared to react quickly in the event of a mishap. And always remember that SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati is always available for emergency service after fire damage…We are only a phone call away! (513) 541-3200 CLICK HERE to learn more. Happy 4th of July from SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati!

Fire Extinguishers...Important Safety Tips BEFORE a Fire Ever Breaks Out!

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

If used properly, portable fire extinguishers can save lives and property by putting out or containing small fires until the fire department arrives. However, it is important to remember that there are limitations to fire extinguisher use.

The National Fire Protection Association offers some key tips and information regarding the safe use of fire extinguishers. The first priority is to ALWAYS get out safely. Every home should be equipped with working smoke alarms and have a home escape plan in place.

Fire Extinguisher Safety Tips

  • Only use a fire extinguisher when the fire is confined to a small area, is not spreading, everyone has exited the building, the fire department has been called, and the room is not already filled with smoke.
  • For proper operation, remember the word PASS:
    • Pull the pin – hold the extinguisher pointing away from you.
    • Aim low – point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
    • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
    • Sweep the nozzle from side to side.
  • For the home, choose a multi-purpose fire extinguisher that is large enough to put out a small fire but not too heavy to handle.
  • Read the instructions before a fire ever breaks out.
  • Install the extinguisher near an exit and know when to exit the building. If the room fills with smoke, leave immediately.

With proper use, a fire extinguisher can be an invaluable tool to help fight smaller fires in the home and prevent a larger disaster. But make sure to take the time to learn how to safely use an extinguisher and always remember that the first priority is to get out of the building safely!

Great Tips for Hanging Holiday Lights...

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

The holiday season has arrived and with this, the time has come to dig out the tangled holiday lights from the dusty attic and turn the exterior of your home into a blinking, twinkling display of holiday cheer. While this job can sometimes be challenging, there are a few tips provided by bobvila.com to help homeowners with the task of transforming their home into a wondrous holiday display.

TIPS FOR HANGING HOLIDAY LIGHTS

  • Create a Master Plan: Take a look at your home from the street and devise an overall plan. Take into consideration eaves, pillars, posts, windows and doors. Look at bushes, trees and paths. All of these can be perfect locations for adding lights.
  • Find Balance: Most people focus mainly on the roofline when hanging holiday lights, forgetting about balancing it with lights below!
  • Measure: Try to get an accurate measurement of how many lights you will need. One way to determine lighting for trees is to multiply the height times the width, then double that figure to get its square footage.
  • Assess: Test your lights before it is time to hang them. Check that lights and cords are in good repair and are rated for outdoor use. Check manufacturer recommendations to determine the number of lights you can safely string together. Never connect different types of lights on the same circuit or outlet.
  • Plastic Clips: Use plastic clips instead of hammer and nails to secure lights to roofs and walls.
  • Safety: Work with a partner when hanging lights. If using an extension ladder, place it firmly on flat ground, extend it well above the eaves, and lean it at a safe angle for climbing.

Hanging outdoor lights can be a daunting task that many dread from year to year. Planning ahead and following these tips will help simplify your holiday decorating and leave more time to enjoy festivities!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM SERVPRO OF NORTHWEST CINCINNATI!!

Let the Professionals Do the Work!

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

After facing a fire damage situation, some homeowners might think they can save some money by handling the cleanup themselves. But what many do not realize is that exposure to soot can possibly have negative effects on health.

Soot is the fine black particles composed of carbon and produced by the incomplete combustion of coal, oil, wood, or other fuels. It can consist of toxic acids, chemicals, metals, soils, and dust. The toxic composition coupled with the fact that soot particles are extremely tiny is what can make it dangerous. The airborne particles are virtually invisible so one can unknowingly be affected by inhalation or ingestion. It can travel into the lungs and bloodstream.

So unfortunately, safety risks from a fire do not end once the fire is out. During the fire damage restoration process, it is important to have proper safety equipment and ventilation procedures to ensure the safety of those exposed. The SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati technicians have specialized fire damage restoration training and expertise to handle the cleanup in a safe and effective manner. So if you are faced with a fire damage situation, let the professionals do the work! Call us at (513)541-3200 and we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

Controlling Odors After a Fire

10/31/2017 (Permalink)

One of the most important concerns for complete restoration after a fire is controlling or eliminating the odors. When attempting to eradicate the odors after a fire, there are many factors that must be taken into consideration during the restoration process. These factors all impact the strength of the odor that is left behind.

Factors that Affect Fire Odor

  • Size – Larger fires burn more objects and bring more smoke. With more smoke, there is stronger smell.
  • Length – The longer a structure has been exposed to smoke, the more deeply the odor has seeped into porous materials.
  • Space – The smaller the room where the fire occurs, the more intense and concentrated the smoke odor becomes.
  • Items – Not all items smell the same when burning. For example, wood and plastic have very different smells and consistency. This needs to be considered during the restoration process.

Where the fire damage occurred and what items burned are the two main concerns in the fire restoration process. The technicians at SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati are fire restoration specialists and have the training, expertise, and equipment to analyze the damage and restore your property back to pre-fire condition.

Keep the Fun in Halloween this Year..Tips to Avoid Fires

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Creative costumes, pumpkin carving, and spooky decorations all make Halloween fun for the kids. But what could spoil a good time more than a fire accident?!

NFPA.org provides a few simple fire safety tips to help keep the kids out of fire danger on Halloween.

  • Keep costumes flame-resistant or flame-retardant. And for home-made costumes, choose materials that will not easily ignite.
  • Many fall themed decorations, like cornstalks and dried flowers are highly flammable. Always keep them away from open flames.
  • Use a battery operated light inside of carved pumpkins instead of a real candle.
  • Keep pathways and exits clear of decorations so that nothing is blocking escape routes.
  • Stress to the kids the importance of staying away from open flames.
  • Review and practice with the kids how to stop, drop, and roll just in case their clothing would catch on fire.

SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati wishes you a very happy and SAFE Halloween!

Avoiding Fires in the Kitchen

9/4/2017 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and the leading cause of kitchen fires is unattended cooking!

The American Red Cross offers many helpful suggestions to help avoid fires in the kitchen.

  • Never leave cooking food unattended.
  • Use a timer to remember that the stove or oven is on.
  • Don’t wear loose clothing or sleeves while cooking.
  • Keep children away from the cooking area.
  • Keep flammable items away from the stove or oven.
  • Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to avoid the buildup of grease.
  • Have a fire extinguisher on hand and understand how to use it properly.
  • Make it a routine to check the kitchen before leaving the home or going to bed each night to ensure that the stove and oven is turned off.
  • Install working smoke alarms near the kitchen and on each floor of the home, near bedrooms.
  • Replace smoke alarm batteries regularly so that they are always in good working order.

SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati is locally owned and operated so we are ready and able to respond quickly to any fire damage emergency. If you find yourself in any fire damage situation, give us a call! (513) 541-3200

More About Our Upcoming Continuing Education Course...

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati is offering a free continuing education insurance credit course entitled, “Understanding the Restoration Industry: Property Fire Damage Restoration.” This course is for OHIO licensed agents and will be held at our Northwest Cincinnati location at 2115 Schappelle Lane, Forest Park, Ohio, 45240 on September 20, 2017 from 8:00am to 12:00pm with registration beginning at 7:30am. Please note that 100% attendance is required to receive CE credit for this course. Breakfast will be provided!

This course has been designed to teach and explain the special procedures used by professionals in mitigating and restoring fire damage claims. The purpose of the course is to provide insurance professionals a better understanding of what the insured is going through when they experience a fire damage situation as well as what is involved with the work performed by the mitigation vendor at fire damage work sites. Those in attendance will learn emergency tips which can drastically reduce the cost of the claim if performed in a timely manner and they will see examples of work performed to mitigate fire damage.

For reservations or more information, contact SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati at 513-541-3200.

Please RSVP by September 13, 2017!

Course Number: 43375-OH

Three Risks To Avoid With Extension Cord Use

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

Extension cords are a very useful and common household item that, if not used with care, can pose a threat in the home. According to SixWise.com, there are three main risks presented with the use of extension cords:

  1. Fires
  2. Electrical Burns
  3. Tripping

Fires

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that extension cords cause about 3300 residential fires each year. These fires are caused by short circuits, damaged cords, and overloading cords. These risks can be avoided by regularly checking and replacing old, damaged cords, not overloading cords or sockets, not running cords under rugs or near heaters, and just being aware when using extension cords for overheating.

Electrical Burns

According to the CPSC, electrical burns to the mouth accounted for half of the extension cord related injuries to young children. Plugs, outlets and cords can be very intriguing to young children who do not realize they are dangerous. Keep all extension cords out of reach of children!

Tripping

The CPSC claims that about half of extension cord related injuries involve fractures, lacerations, contusions, or sprains from people tripping over the extension cords and that the elderly are the most at risk for this type of injury. The solution to avoid this risk is to simply avoid placing extension cords in areas where people walk. Instead, run cords along walls or thread them behind tables or other furniture where they are out of the way.

Most people do not consider the dangers of extension cords until something actually goes wrong. Don’t make that mistake…Use your extension cords with caution and care!

 

Enjoy Your Fireplace Without Creepy Crawlers!

2/23/2017 (Permalink)

There is nothing more relaxing than cozying up near a warm, crackling fire on a cold winter day. A wood-burning fireplace, in the comfort of your own home, presents the perfect setting to snuggle up and read a book, to watch movies and create cozy memories with friends and loved ones. But firewood, while being the fuel behind your relaxing fire, is also attractive to insects as a source of food and shelter. So it’s possible that you might just be welcoming a few unwanted guests, hitching a ride on the firewood, right into your home!


KEEP PESTS OUT OF YOUR FIREWOOD!


There are a few ways you can discourage insects from camping in your firewood and then riding into your home.



  • Store Wood a Good Distance from your Home: In the cold months, it is very tempting to store the wood pile close to your home, or even inside your home. Avoid this! Insects love to hide out in the pile, and keeping it close or inside your home is an open invitation.

  • Cover your Wood Pile: Wet firewood attracts insects. So it is important to protect firewood from the elements and let it dry. Use a tarp or cover on your firewood.

  • Elevate your Firewood: It is very difficult to keep wood dry if it is lying on the ground. Find a way to elevate your pile by using some sort of support or firewood holder.

  • First in First Out: If you always use the wood that is placed on the top of the pile, the old, unused wood at the bottom will make a perfect home for pests. Make sure all the wood gets used regularly by rotating your pile.

  • No Pesticides: While it is tempting to treat bug-infested wood with pesticides, this actually does more harm than good. Pesticides will cause the insects to burrow deeper into the wood to escape. Additionally, if you burn wood treated with pesticides, harmful chemicals will release into the air and cause a health risk.

  • Make two trips: Who likes to run outside in the cold every time you need another log for the fire? While it’s convenient to carry in the extra wood all at once, this invites pests into your home. Leaving wood lying inside your home could result in the bugs joining your party! Avoid this by only bringing in what you need and make another trip when it’s time.


A peaceful fire in your wood-burning fireplace is a great way to stay warm and relax during the cold winter months. Avoid the threat of inviting insects into your home by taking these precautions when using and storing your firewood!

Space Heater Safety...Guidelines for Safer Use

1/19/2017 (Permalink)

The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is a non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety at home and in the workplace. According to ESFI, heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires in the United States.

During the cold winter months, many will turn to portable space heaters as a source of supplemental heat in their homes. Unfortunately, if not used with caution, these convenient heaters can pose significant fire hazards.

The ESFI provides the following tips to be considered when using space heaters:

  • Make sure the space heater has the label showing that it is listed by a recognized testing lab.
  • Before using, read the manufacturer’s instructions and warning labels.
  • Inspect heaters for any damage prior to use.
  • Never leave a space heater unattended.
  • Install smoke alarms on every floor of your home and outside all sleeping areas and test them once a month.
  • Always keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything than can burn.
  • Plug space heaters directly into a wall outlet. Do not use extension cords or power strips.
  • Do not plug any other electrical devices into the same outlet as the heater.
  • Place space heaters on flat, level surfaces.
  • Always unplug and safely store the heater when it is not in use.

Portable space heaters are very convenient and can be a great source of supplemental heat during the winter months. Safety should always be the top priority when using space heaters. Following these tips will help keep your home safe while keeping your toes warm!

Reduce Fire Accidents Caused by Candles

12/9/2016 (Permalink)

With the holidays and winter months approaching, many will enjoy enhancing their rooms with beautiful scented candles hoping to bring a calm and cozy feeling to their home. Candles are a very popular accessory to home décor, but can also cause serious damage to homes if not used with caution. As a matter of fact, according to the National Candle Association (NCA), accidental candle fires account for approximately four percent of all U.S. residential fires.

The NCA provides a list of Candle Safety Rules with the hopes of reducing residential fire incidents caused by candle mishaps. Several of these tips include:

  • Always keep a burning candle within sight.
  • Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire.
  • Keep burning candles out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Trim candlewicks to ¼ inch each time before burning.
  • Keep burning candles away from drafts, vents and ceiling fans.
  • Never touch or move a burning candle when the wax is liquid.
  • Never extinguish a candle with water.
  • Never use a candle as a night light.

Burning candles can have a calming effect, bringing a sense of peace and relaxation after a long day. The National Candle Association provides many more safety tips and suggestions and can be found on their website at candles.org. Help protect your home and safety by following these suggestions when enjoying your candles!

CELEBRATE SAFELY - Avoid Fire Damage from Outdoor Grills

5/20/2016 (Permalink)

Happy Memorial Day from SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati!

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. It is a very important holiday, established to give us a time to honor and remember the men and women who have sacrificed their lives by serving our country.

Many people consider Memorial Day to be the unofficial start of the summer season. And with the summer season, comes family picnics and outdoor grilling. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, grill fires cause an estimated $37 million in property loss each year. Patios, terraces, screened-in porches and courtyards are leading home locations for grill fires.

SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati would like to share the following grilling safety tips to help prevent outdoor cooking fire damage in our Northwest Cincinnati neighborhoods of Forest Park, Springdale, Mt. Healthy, Greenhills, Colerain, Wyoming and other surrounding communities.

  • Only use grills outdoors

  • Keep grills away from siding and deck railings.

  • Clean grills often and remove grease or fat build-up.

  • Make sure the gas grill lid is open before lighting.

  • Always have a three foot safe-zone around grills.

  • Dispose of coals after they have cooled in a metal can.

  • Never leave grills unattended.

Knowing and following even a few fire safety grilling tips can help everyone have a safer and happier summer. In the event that you experience a grilling mishap and have a fire damage situation at your Northwest Cincinnati home, give us a call for quick, professional help.

For fire damage repair and restoration in the local communities of Springdale, Glendale, Wyoming, Mt. Healthy, Ross, Cincinnati, Forest Park, Finneytown, Colerain, and Greenhills…Call SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati – (513) 541-3200

SMOKE ALARMS & FIRE ESCAPE PLANS SAVE LIVES

4/25/2016 (Permalink)

According to redcross.org, 60% of house fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. In the event of a home fire, working smoke alarms in conjunction with a practiced fire escape plan can save lives by allowing families to escape quickly and safely in an emergency situation.

The following are tips regarding the installation and maintenance of smoke detectors:

·        Install smoke detectors on every level of the home.

·        Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen and at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance to avoid false alarms.

·        Smoke alarms should be tested at least once a month.

·        Batteries should be replaced in all smoke alarms at least once a year.

·        All smoke alarms should be replaced after 10 years.

In addition to working smoke alarms, a family escape plan is also important to home fire safety and everyone in the household should be involved in the planning process. The following are guidelines when creating a home fire escape plan:

·        Make sure that all family members know two ways to escape from each room of the home.

·        Have a designated meeting place outside for all family members in the event of a fire.

·        Practice the escape plan at least twice a year and at different times of the day.

·        Practice waking up to smoke alarms, low crawling, and meeting outside.

While home fires can be terrifying, working smoke alarms in addition to a practiced escape plan play a vital role in reducing fire deaths. 

SERVPRO RENEWS PARTNERSHIP WITH RED CROSS

4/19/2016 (Permalink)

Since March of 2013, SERVPRO has been a national sponsor of the American Red Cross and their Ready Rating Program. This program is a free, web-based program designed to help businesses, organizations, and schools become better prepared for emergencies.


We are happy to announce that in January 2016, SERVPRO renewed our commitment to the American Red Cross. The strategy is now focusing more on their Home Fire Preparedness Campaign by supporting Disaster Responders. 


The goal of this campaign is to reduce home fire deaths and injuries across the country. Our support of Disaster Responders enables them to assist affected families quickly by providing trained volunteers, supplies, emergency response vehicles, and resources to transform community sites into shelters.


SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati is proud to support the American Red Cross to ensure that families and communities are prepared for disasters...especially home fires. Our goal is to build awareness about steps families can take to be prepared in their own homes.

EVEN THE SMALLEST OF FIRES CAN LEAD TO THE GREATEST OF LOSSES

4/14/2016 (Permalink)

Regardless of the size, a fire in one room can damage belongings throughout an entire home. Personal belongings are treasures of life representing hard work and accomplishment. Photographs, books and other life momentos have a value that cannot be measured. When confronted with a fire loss, we at SERVPRO of North West Cincinnati understand the concerns about losing such treasures and about the expense of trying to replace them. Typically, restoring an item will save money versus replacing the item and, at the same time, relieve concerns of losing the priceless treasure.

So, if faced with a fire situation, follow these tips to increase chances of successful restoration:

1.      Limit movement to prevent further damage.

2.      Place clean towels or old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent more soiling.

3.      Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of North West Cincinnati.

4.      Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO of North West Cincinnati.

Let the professionals do the work.