Recent Fire Damage Posts

We Are Here For You When Fire Strikes

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

Flames showing from a roof of a brick home Flames raging on a roof

The damage caused by a fire doesn’t end when the flames have been extinguished.  When dealing with fire damage, homeowners often see their possessions that they spent their lives working for along with the roof over their heads destroyed, leaving them searching for a safe place to stay while they figure out what's next. Meanwhile, businesses can find themselves in financial struggles and unable to deliver their goods and services leaving them exposed to potential loss of clients, marketing share and potentially not re-opening. Rapid fire damage restoration can hold the key to limiting the emotional and financial struggles caused by a fire. SERVPRO understands this and knows how important it is to get your lives back to normal and businesses back open.

EVERY 65 SECONDS!

According to the latest numbers from the National Fire Protection Association, a structure fire is reported every 65 seconds. When a fire alarm sounds, emergency responders and fire departments answer the call for help with rapid response and deployment to the scene of the fire. When the fire is out and the smoke clears, SERVPRO team members respond, ready to help with the same rapid response and quick deployment to your damage home or business – 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

WE ARE HERE FOR YOU ALWAYS

At SERVPRO of Collinsville/Troy, we never take a day off because we know fires happen anytime, all the time and we are to serve you!

Winter Fire Safety Tips

1/25/2020 (Permalink)

Fires can occur at any time, but there is often an increased risk of fires in the winter. There are several factors that can cause this increase.  

  • Increased candle usage  
  • Winter storms 
  • Improper use of portable generators  
  • Using different methods to heat the home. - This can include using space heaters, fireplaces, or wood stoves 

Some easy tips to prevent fires and practice fire safety in your Madison County home are:  

  • If you use a space heater or portable heater in your home ensure that it has an auto shut off feature in case it ever tips over or falls.  
  • Plug space heaters or portable heaters directly into an outlet, do not use extension cords or power strips 
  • Turn space heaters or portable heaters off before leaving the room or house.  
  • While using a fire place, place a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace to prevent embers or sparks from catching anything nearby on fire. 
  • Keep anything flammable or that could catch on fire at least 3 feet away from any heat sources or open flames. 
  • Install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in each room of the house and check them monthly to ensure they are working and have working batteries in them. 
  • Have a professional clean and inspect your chimney and vents yearly.  
  • Place candles on a sturdy surface and ensure there is nothing flammable nearby them 
  • Ensure that you extinguish any candles before leaving the room or going to sleep 

If you have any questions about fire restoration or any other cleaning and restoration needs, contact our office at 618-667-8648. Our friendly, experienced team is available 24/7 because we know that emergencies can happen at anytime.  

Tips for ensuring a fun and safe Thanksgiving!

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

Thanksgiving is known for being a time for being thankful, recognizing the good things in our lives, enjoying good food, and spending time with friends. However, it is also knowing for being a time when many difference kitchen accidents, including fires, can occur. Here at SERVPRO of Collinsville/Troy, we want you to be able to enjoy your holiday with your family, so we put together a list of easy suggestions for having a safe and fun holiday.

  • Check all smoke detectors in the home to ensure that they are working and have working batteries in them.
  • Ensure that there is a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and that the individuals in the household have been trained on how to use it.
  • Have an emergency plan and escape routes mapped out in case of an emergency
  • Encourage children to stay out of the kitchen or cooking area to minimize accidents
  • Try to keep toys and other items off of the kitchen floor and counters, and ensure that there are no appliance cords left dangling on the counter.
  • Remain in the kitchen while cooking food on the stove top
  • Stay at home while the turkey is in the oven and check on it frequently

We hope that your holiday is full of fun, memories, and delicious food! If a fire or other emergency does occur, our team can be contacted 24 hours a day at 618-667-8648.

Candle Safety

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

Candles are a popular way to decorate a home. They come in a variety of colors, designs, and scents to match every decorating style and preference. While candles are used every day, they are often more popular around the holidays such as Halloween, Christmas, and New Year's.  However, the open flame can cause a risk of a house fire.  According to the National Fire Safety Association, candles can cause house fires resulting in up to $264 million dollars of property damage a year. In order to ensure the safety of your home and property, there are several alternatives to candles that you can consider. 

  • Flameless candles or battery-operated candles 
  • Wax warmers  
  • Electric candle warmers 
  • Oil diffuser or warmer 
  • LED string lights in decorative bowl or vase 

If you do choose to use candles in your home, consider these tips to keep your home and family safe. 

  • Ensure that candles are extinguished before leaving the room or going to sleep. 
  • Keep candles away from anything flammable  
  • Place candles on a sturdy surface 
  • Do not light candles if oxygen is being used in the home 
  • Ensure that children and pets are not left alone in a room with burning candles 

In the event of a house fire, call SERVPRO of Collinsville/Troy at (618) 667-8648 with any questions you may have. Our experienced team is available and willing to help 24/7.  

Fire Prevention Tips

10/30/2019 (Permalink)

There are many things that could cause a house fire. There are also many easy steps that we can take to prevent fires and keep our homes and families safe.

Some tips are as follows-

-Ensure that appliances are turned off and/or unplugged after use and before leaving the house.

-Check smoke alarms regularly to ensure that they are in working condition and have working batteries in them.

-Ensure that heaters are not blocked and there is nothing flammable placed near them.

-Inspect your chimney annually

-Have an emergency plan and escape route in place for the entire family should an emergency occur

At SERVPRO of Collinsville/Troy we want your home and family to remain safe and worry free. However, if a fire does occur, call 618-667-8648 24/7 to talk to our experienced team.

Benefits of Smoke Alarms

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms save lives. They can detect a fire early, and alert consumers, giving them valuable time to escape. Despite that well-known fact, about two-thirds of fire deaths take place in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms, e.g., smoke alarms with no batteries or dead batteries. Every year, there are more than 300,000 residential fires. Many are preventable by following a few simple steps.  According to www.cpsc.gov.

Install smoke alarms in your home. CPSC recommends smoke alarms on every level of the home, outside sleeping areas, and inside bedrooms.

Replace batteries annually.

When shopping for smoke alarms, consumers should consider the different types of smoke alarms.

Both types are effective smoke sensors. Ionization type detectors respond quickly to flaming fires. Photoelectric type detectors respond sooner to smoldering fires. Because both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms are better at detecting distinctly different yet potentially fatal fires, and because homeowners cannot predict what type of fire might start in a home, CPSC staff recommends consumers install both ionization and photoelectric type smoke alarms in their homes. There are smoke alarms that combine both detection technologies into one unit called dual sensor smoke alarms. In addition, consider interconnected smoke alarms. Interconnected smoke alarms allow all smoke alarms in the home to sound if one has detected smoke, and they may provide improved protection and offer more time to escape a fire.

We hope that working smoke alarms will keep fire or smoke damage from ever happening to you, your family or your business.  If you need us SERVPRO of Collinsville/Troy is here to help 24/7 at 618-667-8648.

Collinsville Area Smoke and Soot Clean-up

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Collinsville/Troy will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 618-667-8648

Fire safety tips

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

In the last few weeks there have been multiple fires in the surrounding areas and I wanted to take this time to remind everyone to be prepared by following the fire safety guidelines listed below: 

  • Everyone in your household should help make a plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes. 
  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.
  • Everyone in the household must understand the escape plan. When you walk through your plan, check to make sure the escape routes are clear and doors and windows can be opened easily.
  • Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they've escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.
  • Go outside to see if your street number is clearly visible from the road. If not, paint it on the curb or install house numbers to ensure that responding emergency personnel can find your home.
  • Have everyone memorize the emergency phone number of the fire department. That way any member of the household can call from a neighbor's home or a cellular phone once safely outside.
  • If there are infants or family members with mobility limitations, make sure that someone is assigned to assist them in the fire drill and in the event of an emergency. Assign a backup person too, in case the designee is not home during the emergency.
  • If windows or doors in your home have security bars make sure that the bars have emergency release devices inside so that they can be opened immediately in an emergency. Emergency release devices won't compromise your security - but they will increase your chances of safely escaping a home fire.
  • Tell guests or visitors to your home about your family's fire escape plan. When staying overnight at other people's homes, ask about their escape plan. If they don't have a plan in place, offer to help them make one. This is especially important when children are permitted to attend "sleepovers" at friends' homes.
  • Be fully prepared for a real fire: when a smoke alarm sounds, get out immediately.
  • Once you're out, stay out! Under no circumstances should you ever go back into a burning building. If someone is missing, inform the fire department dispatcher when you call. Firefighters have the skills and equipment to perform rescues.

Thanksgiving safety tips.

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

Thanksgiving is already next week. SERVPRO of Collinsville/Troy wants to wish everyone a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving Day! To help keep you, your family and your home safe this year take a look at these tips:

  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking.
  • If you leave the room, turn off the stove and move the pan from the burner.
  • Keep things that can burn — oven mitts, towels, and wooden spoons — three feet from the stove.
  • If a fire starts, slide a tight-fitting lid on the pan and turn off the heat.
  • Avoid loose-fitting clothing that can easily catch fire.

Cooking fires is one of the main causes for home fires a year. Being aware and paying attention while you are cooking will help prevent a fire from starting. Stay safe this Holiday Season and remember SERVPRO of Collinsville/Troy is always Here To Help!

Common causes for house fires.

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

House fires are more common during the colder season. Between 2011 and 2015, the U.S fire departments responded to an average of 358,000 house fires per year. Cooking is one main cause of house fires and injuries. Frying and unattended cooking are the main reasons for cooking fires. Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter are three big Holidays when most house fires occur. 

When planning and prepping for a party people tend to get overwhelmed and distracted. They will forget something is in the oven, leave a burner on, or a put a towel to close to the stoves flame. Try to be more focused while cooking. Designate someone to keep an eye on the food at all times. Have a fire extinguisher close by and check all smoke alarms as well. 

Be prepared and safe next time you are cooking a big meal! SERVPRO of Collinsville/Troy is here to help if you experience a cooking fire!

Collinsville Smoke and Soot Cleanup

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Collinsville/Troy will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 
618-667-8648

Memorial Day is right around the corner

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

With Memorial Day coming up, we know many of your are going to be grilling or sitting by a fire. It is very important to use all safety precautions to prevent your home catching on fire. SERVPRO of Collinsville/Troy has trained crews to clean and restore fire damaged homes and contents. Our crew will work around the clock to restore your home and belongings back to original condition. We are available 24/7 for calls and services. SERVPRO understands how important and stressful it is to go through any sort of disaster. We assure you our crew will work hard to make it look "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Collinsville/Troy wants to wish everyone a happy and safe Memorial Day Weekend.   

How to eliminate the odors caused by a fire

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

We are building more ozone chambers

Experiencing a fire in your home or business is very tough. If you are fortunate enough to be able to save your furniture and belongings; they will have an odor left from the fire. Removing the odor may be tough, but not for SERVPRO of Collinsville/Troy. Our facility currently has five ozone chambers and we are in the process of building more. These ozone chambers will eliminate the odor left form the fire in your belongings. Our crews are trained on how to use them and what needs to be done to make your belongings look "Like it never even happened." We are available 24/7 for calls and services. If you were to experience a fire give us a call at 618-667-8648

Grilling and Bonfire safety tips.

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

It is getting closer to grilling and bonfire season! Are you someone who loves to grill or sit by a bonfire? Did you know on average 8,900 home fires are caused by a grill each year? Are you prepared when you start grilling or when you light that bonfire? We want to keep you and your home safe this year! Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind so your home doesn’t get any fire damage!

Grilling Safety Tips:

  • Make sure you are grilling outside and away from your home
  • Have someone watching the grill at all times
  • Keep a 3-foot area cleared around the grill
  • Always have water near the grill

Bonfire Safety Tips:

  • Only burn dry materials
  • Look for overhead wires, cables and branches
  • Keep water nearby
  • Make sure you are far from trees, bushes, barns, houses, etc.

If anything were to happen to your home while you are grilling or sitting by the fire; be sure to call your local fire department first, then call SERVPRO of Collinsville/Troy at 618-667-8648. We will be out there as soon as possible to make your home look “Like it never even happened.”

Commercial and Residential Smoke and Soot Cleanup in Madison County Area

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Collinsville/Troy will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 618-667-8648

Holiday Fire Tips

12/26/2017 (Permalink)

The winter holiday season is almost over but that does not mean the risk of a holiday fire is gone.  According to NFPA, National Fire Protection Association, 10% of fireworks fires occur during the period from December 30 through January 3.  Also, the top three days for home candle fires is Christmas, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.  Following are some emergency tips to follow until SERVPRO arrives to help:  limit movement in the home to prevent soot from being embedded in the carpet, keep your hands clean to avoid spreading soot to unaffected walls, if the electricity if off, empty the freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open to prevent odor.  For additional tips, please contact the SERVPRO of Collinsville/Troy at 618-667-8648 to request a copy of our “what to do until help arrives” brochure.