How to Prevent Smoking Fires
Smoking is one of the leading causes of civilian home fire deaths. smoking materials started fires that caused 21 percent of home fire deaths. One out of four victims were not the smoker whose cigarette ignited the fire.
- If you smoke, do it outside. Many smoking fires begin in the bedroom or living room with fabric, paper, or other flammable material.
- Use an ashtray. Don’t Throw cigars or cigarettes into bushes or leaves.
- never leave e-cigarettes charging unattended or overnight. Replace batteries when they get wet or damaged. Don’t play with safety features.
- smoking where medical oxygen is used is very dangerous. It can make materials ignite more easily and fuel a faster and bigger fire.
Do what you can to prevent a fire.
Cooking Fires And How to Prevent Them
Cooking Fires and How to Prevent Them
Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires, and they’re responsible for almost half the injuries from home fires. Most kitchen fires involve the stove.
- Be sure to turn the stove off.
- Timers that notify you when the time is done can lend a major helping hand. Always use timers so that you don’t lose track of time.
- paper, packaging, towels, oven mitts and wooden cooking are all flammable items and should be kept away from the stove.
- Never pour water on a grease fire.
- If you decide to fight a fire, smother it by turning off the burner and covering it with a metal or glass lid or pot. If you can’t extinguish the fire, leave the room, close the door and call 911.
Fire and Smoke Damage
Smoke damage doesn’t seem that bad on the surface. You may be assuming that you could probably use a household cleaner to get rid of any marks or stains. The dangers of smoke damage aren’t always about what is visible but what you can’t see. Smoke particles are very fine and have a knack for settling into the small cracks of your home. The burnt smell can linger in your home for a long period of time if not removed properly. In some instances, permanently. Also, the smoke particles can irritate your lungs and cause health problems if not cleaned up properly.
Respiratory issues are very much associated with improperly treated smoke damage. Knowing which areas of your home have been damaged by smoke can very difficult. This is the due to smoke particles being very fine, which can be invisible to the naked eye. With every breath you take, you may be inhaling soot and smoke particles. They contain toxic elements that can severely damage your lungs. You may notice that you are coughing or wheezing for no particular reason. Smoke exposure has even been linked to lung disease and other chronic lung conditions.
Eye irritation can also be a result of smoke exposure. Fine smoke particles can cause your eyes to feel a burning sensation. In some extreme cases the eyes can swell and it can affect your vision. Seek medical attention if this occurs.
Fire Restoration Process
At SERVPRO of Newmarket/East Gwillimbury, we understand how devastating a fire event can be. You can count on your fire restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Newmarket/East Gwillimbury to rush to your property for initial emergency services, assessment and clean up. Below are high-level phases for restoring your property immediately after a fire.
In many cases a fire may cause structural damage to the property. At initial emergency
services stage, the restoration professionals check the property and ensure that the building is secured from further damage.
During the damage assessment phase, the fire restoration professionals will assess the damage on structure, walls, ceiling, and contents. This will allow the team to develop an action plan for cleaning the property which results in a more accurate estimate and timeline for restoration.
Eliminating Secondary Damage
Many fire events may cause water damage in terms of extinguishing activities. Furthermore, there is a higher chance for pipes or water tanks bursting due to higher temperatures. The restorers will always ensure the source of any leaks is stopped and prevent the water spreading within the property.
Once the restoration professionals ensure all the secondary damage sources have been stopped, they will move on to cleaning activities. They will ensure all the smoke and soot is cleared from all surfaces. When necessary, they will move the contents out of the property for cleaning.
Repairs and Renovations
The goal of restoration activities is to bring back the property to its original condition before the fire event. Any malfunctioning or damaged appliances or utility fixtures needs to be replaced. The renovation activities may include cabinetry replacement, carpentry, painting, flooring, or roofing.
After all fire restoration activities are complete, SERVPRO of Newmarket/East Gwillimbury ensures to brief our clients at a final walk through and leave them with few
tips and tricks on preventing fire.
Call us today at (905) 717-9279 for more information.