Recent Fire Damage Posts

Girard Thanksgiving Fire Prevention

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

image of large flame over a pan with large amount of oil Most fires occur because of the oil. It can spill and tip over which leads to fires, burns and other serious injuries

We, at SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County, would like to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. We hope you stay healthy and safe during these unprecedented times. Things might not go as traditionally as they normally would in 2020, but we still have the comfort of small family gatherings and great food to look forward to. SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull asks you and your family to be as safe as possible this Thanksgiving. And we are here to help.

As much as we love Thanksgiving; it is also the nation’s leading day for cooking fires. The number of cooking fires is actually three times as high than any other day of the year.

Why is this? We all cook a lot throughout the year. Why is Thanksgiving so different? Jammed stovetops, crowded kitchens, turkey fryers, and candles are just a few of the culprits.

When you are cooking multiple dishes for Thanksgiving things can get messy. And I am not just talking about the amount of dirty pots and pans. Make sure you are starting with a clean slate. The stove, oven, and microwave should all be wiped down and cleaned. Remove any residual food and grease from burners. Stay in the kitchen and do not leave your dishes unattended. Make sure the set a timer for the turkey and check it frequently. Keep a flame-resistant oven mitt, potholder, or lid close by to smother the flames if need be. If you should have an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the oven door closed. Make sure your smoke alarms are operational and working before starting any cooking.

Turkey fryers should never be used inside the home, your garage, or a covered patio. Make sure oil is not overfilled. Most fires occur because of the oil. It can spill and tip over which leads to fires, burns and other serious injuries. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby in the case of emergency.

According to the USFA, candles are responsible for an estimated 15,600 residential fires a year. More than half of the total are due to placing them too close to flammable holiday decorations. Keep flames isolated and away from fabrics.

Should you ever need SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County’s assistance with fire restoration---we are always here to help. We are here 24/7, 365 days a year, and even on Thanksgiving. We thank our community for making us the premier restoration company in the area. We wish you and your family the best. Call us at 330.392.6355 our experienced professionals can help with any size job, large or small. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us to you.

After the Fire - Cleaning Versus Replacing, Niles, OH

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

image of residential kitchen and corridor with visible smoke/fire damage Our team is prepared with the necessary equipment and know-how in case of a fire emergency in the Niles, Cortland, Girard area.

Going through your personal memories and belongings after a fire is one of the hardest tragedies you can imagine. Deciding what to keep or throw away can literally be gut-wrenching. We, at SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County, know and understand how difficult this time can be. And we are here to advise and help you throughout this difficult time.

Here are some things that must hit the throw-away list no matter what.

  • Burned clothing, while some (smoke damaged clothing) can be cleaned by professionals, burned clothing is a different story. Smoke and soot can sit in the fibers of your clothing and can not only irritate your skin, but it can also carry harmful odors.
  • Toiletries, Make-up, and other Cosmetics carry ingredients that can be affected by the high heat of the fire. These items must also be thrown away due to contaminants from the extinguisher and chemicals used by firefighters.
  • Medicine can also be affected due to fire. The potency levels can decrease because of high heat, smoke, and soot.
  • Canned food is something a lot of folks think they can salvage. But think again. The heightened heat can cause bacteria to activate inside of the jars or cans.

Rest assured. Not everything is damaged by fire. There are some things that can be cleaned and restored after a home fire.

  • Smoke damaged clothing may be salvaged if there is no burn damage. Wash clothes in warm water as often as needed. Use bleach (if possible) and tri-sodium phosphate. It can be found at paint stores.
  • Cooking utensils and pots and pans can be cleaned and restored after a fire. They should be washed with soapy water, rinsed, and then polished with a fine-powdered cleaner. You can polish copper and brass with special polish, salt sprinkled on a piece of lemon, or salt sprinkled on a cloth saturated with vinegar.
  • Leather and Books - Wipe leather goods with a damp cloth, then with a dry cloth. When leather goods are dry, clean with saddle soap. You can use fine-grade steel wool or a suede brush on suede. Rinse leather and suede jackets in cold water and dry away from heat and sun.
  • Photographs are the most treasured of home items. Try not to peel photos away from one another to prevent ripping and tearing. Soak photos in clear, clean water. Rinse thoroughly and allow photos to separate on their own. If they stay wet for long---they can accumulate mold damage. Dry them by wrapping them in plastic wrap and freeze them, then thaw and wash a few at a time. After washing the photos, dry them image side up on a smooth hard surface like a glass table.

SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County is experienced and ready to respond to any home fire. A fast response and immediate action can limit damages and restoration costs. Our trained technicians have specialized equipment and resources for any size job, large or small. Our team is prepared with the necessary equipment and know-how in case of a fire emergency in the Niles, Cortland, Girard area. 

We understand you may be feeling confused, stressed, and more than a little vulnerable. Our technicians will treat your family with empathy and your home with great care. Until help arrives, please refer to our Fire Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (330) 392-6355

Removing The Smell of Cigarette Smoke

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

burning cigarette lying on a flat surface Cigarette smell can linger around and cause unpleasant odor for a long time after the last cigarette has been put out

Whether it’s from a guest or family member staying in your home, previous tenants, or even yourself, cigarette smell can linger around and cause unpleasant odor for a long time after the last cigarette has been put out. 

There are a few methods you can try to reduce or eliminate the odor in your home so you can breathe easy.

  1. Wash your clothes and other soft items

One of the easiest ways to deodorize your home is to simply use your washing machine. Porous items such as clothing, bedding, and stuffed toys can trap odors and contribute to the unpleasant smell in your home. Washing everything you can will help reduce some of the smell.

  1. Use a dry-cleaning service

For items that you cannot toss in a washing machine, dry cleaning is an option. Dry cleaning typically involves using cleaning solvents to remove dirt and contaminants from your clothing. Unfortunately, the cleaning solvents do not always penetrate the material and it may not be able to entirely remove the odor in some cases.

  1. Clean Walls and Floors

Cigarette smoke, and the substances in it, can cling to your walls and flooring. Doing a thorough clean of your home may be able to remove some of the lingering odor. You should scrub your walls with a mild detergent and deep clean any carpeted areas.

  1. Hire a professional cleaning company

If you are unable to get rid of the smell on your own, a cleanup and restoration service can help. Not only will they have the experience and expertise necessary to thoroughly clean your home, they will also have access to special equipment. This includes equipment such as ozone machines that can change the chemical compounds of smoke molecules and will be more effective at home deodorization than a home remedy.

While it may be frustrating to have such an unpleasant smell permeating your home, remember that there are several ways that you can remove smoke odor. If you are unsuccessful on your own, call SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County! We are fire and water restoration experts.

Call us today for more information! (330) 392 6355

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Should I get my Air Ducts Cleaned?

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

A clean duct is a happy duct To make sure your air ducts are clean and happy, call SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County today!

Window cleaning, mopping, pulling weeds, mowing the grass... when it comes to taking care of your home it can feel like the list of chores never ends.

One chore many homeowners often overlook is air duct cleaning. Over time, as air circulates throughout the system, all kinds of dirt and dust accumulate in the system. This can cause heating and cooling costs to increase, create odor, increase allergies, and create a perfect breeding ground for mold and bacteria.

The experts at SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County have cleaned air ducts in small trailers to those in 10 story commercial buildings. When it comes to air duct cleaning, you should trust SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County.

When Should I get My Air Ducts Cleaned?

  • It is recommended to have them cleaned every 3-5 years
  • You notice dust shortly after cleaning
  • When your HVAC system turns on, a musty odor appears
  • Someone in your home suffers from asthma or allergies

SERVPRO Tip: Use your phone or camera to take a picture inside of the duct to get a better view

Why Should I Call? 

  • Cleaning your ducts making your heating and cooling system run more efficiently and saves you money
  • Improved respiratory health, especially those with asthma or allergies
  • Eliminates any unpleasant odors
  • Treats and prevents the buildup of mold and bacteria

SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County uses negative pressure to clean air ducts. When researching different companies, make sure they are using this method. Otherwise, they are simply agitating, and dislodging particulate build up.

For more information or to schedule your air duct cleaning appointment, give us a call today! (330) 392 6355

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Saving Belongings in Trumbull County Fires

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

image of contents from a home all organized and stored away before cleaning and returning to customer SERVPRO® of Southern Trumbull County make it their priority to put the customer at ease while providing first-class service

When a fire strikes your home or business, often it is your first time going through this experience and this will have you feeling several different emotions with uncertainty being a major one. The fire restoration professionals at SERVPRO® of Southern Trumbull County make it their priority to put the customer at ease while providing nothing but first-class service.

After a fire, smoke and soot damage will stick out like a sore thumb on ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors. However, what may go unnoticed is the damage done to your precious contents and materials you have in your home. We will restore anything and everything we deem restorable and safe in hopes to save the customer as much money as possible during the process.

We will carefully inspect and test all fabrics in the structure to decide which cleaning methods are appropriate. Providing dry and wet cleaning methods, we will restore all contents to preloss condition. Things like electronics, art, wooden furniture, kitchen utensils, clothing, and bedding are some of the things SERVPRO® of Southern Trumbull County will fully clean and restore after fire damage.    

For more information be sure to read our full fire damage brochure!                                                                                                                                  

Preventing House Fires in Southern Trumbull County | National Burn Awareness Week

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

graphic explaining Burn Awareness Week 2020 The American Burn Association has recognized February 2-8, 2020 as “Burn Awareness Week” with this year’s theme being Contact Burns

The American Burn Association has recognized February 2-8, 2020 as “Burn Awareness Week” with this year’s theme being Contact Burns.

According to a National Fire Protection Association report issued in October of 2019, just over one-quarter (27%) of reported fires in the US are home fires, while four out of every five injuries reported had home fires at the root of the incident.

There are five main causes to all home fires and fire casualties: cooking, heating, electrical distribution and lighting equipment, intentional fire setting, and smoking materials. Over the five-year period of 2013-2017, fires caused an annual average of 2,620 deaths, and 11,220 civilian injuries with $6.9 billion in property damage.

Fire prevention is the single most important aspect of educating people on fire and safety. Fire prevention can be categorized into two main categories: Home and Commercial. 

Residential

  • Smoking Indoors – Smoking is a huge fire hazard, with several deaths per year being traced back to people lighting a cigarette near a source of gas and or falling asleep with one in their hands.
  • Cooking – In 2016, cooking was responsible for 6.6% of all house fire deaths. When preparing food, it is never smart to leave the stove unattended.
  • Maintain Appliances and Electrical Wiring – When moving to a new place be sure to have your wiring checked by a professional. Faulty wiring and electrical malfunction resulted in 9.6% of all fatal building fires.

Commercial

  • Supervise and Clean Work Areas – To thoroughly prevent fires, adequate supervision can be required. Any minor mistake can result in a fire especially with no supervision. The work space also needs to be cleaned sufficiently to prevent an accumulation of combustible materials.
  • Workplace Machinery – To fully protect your workplace, machinery that is in constant use needs to be checked and maintained often. Failure to do so, puts the machine at risk of malfunctioning leading to fire and employee injury.
  • Proper Fire Training – Employees in specific industries should be required to complete a fire prevention course. Making this practice a yearly requirement can be very beneficial in the prevention of commercial fires.

The highly trained and licensed experts at SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County understand how important your home/business is to you. While in the hustle and bustle of life, a fire and a preventable one at that can really be a burden.

We pride ourselves in being faster to any size disaster! Our experts will help guide you through a crisis like this and eventually make it “Like it never even happened.”  

 For more information call 330-392-6355. 

How We Can Prevent Holiday Home Hazards

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

wires tangled with cords unorganized Holiday Fire Safety Tips from the leaders in fire restoration!

“Wires here…wires there… wires, wires everywhere!”  A phrase that conjures up an image in your mind I’m sure. If your home is anything like mine this time of year, it consists of ‘rigged’ holiday decorations that somehow manage to generate the holiday spirit.  

Regardless, the holiday season is certainly the most enjoyable time of year. Unfortunately, due to the excessive amount of electrical home décor being used, unexpected house fires are all too common. There are ways to avoid this danger and most of these preventative measures only require a little common sense.

To help prevent house fires, keep the following in mind throughout the holiday season:

  • When it comes to caring for your live Christmas tree, the org says to keep it watered and far away from any heat sources (fireplaces, radiators, temporary heaters). When decorating the tree, consider LED lighting. They use a lot less electricity and are much safer.
  • Food is a big part of any holiday. Your oven and cook top will be humming with activity. Whether you have a gas or electric oven/stove, fires can erupt as a result of grease buildups. Keep these cooking units as clean as possible. A drip pan may be a good idea to prevent the grease from accumulating.
  • Electric outlets and power strips tend to get overwhelmed in the effort to create the desired decorative look. Surge strips should accompany extension cords as they will shut off itself should it becomes too heated. Finally, try not to pile presents and other decorations on the extension cords.

Other areas of focus to consider during the holiday season are:

  • The National Safety Council estimates thousands of people will visit the ER as a result of holiday related injuries. The majority result from holiday decorating accidents and food handling. Did you know… Mistletoe and holly berries are potentially poisonous if ingested.
  • Also, food poisoning is prevalent during the holidays due to cross contamination and the large amount of food being handled and prepared. Learning to properly store, prepare and serve food safely can help prevent food poisoning. Leftovers need to be put away properly and immediately.
  • Be selective when picking gifts for young children. Toys are now age-rated for safety reasons. Toys for children under the age of 3 are designed to be free of small pieces to help prevent choking. When buying for children under the age of 10, try to avoid any toys that require electricity.
  • Finally, and most importantly, be sure to check the batteries in you smoke detectors at least twice a year. The holiday season is a good time to insure a safe environment for guests and family. It also insures a great start to the new year!

SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County can be reached at (330) 392-6355. We are available 24/7 and always happy to help! 

Christmas Tree Fire Prevention in Trumbull County

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

closeup of christmas tree with red bulbs hanging Happy holidays from the team at SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County!

The holiday season is a wonderful time for decorations and bright lights. Decorating Christmas trees has been a family tradition for many years. Whether you have an artificial tree or enjoying the smell of fresh pine throughout your home, it's important to be aware of the potential safety hazards present during the holiday season.

Statistics show that many fires over the holiday seasons are attributed to Christmas trees.

Fire Safety Tips:

  1. When picking out an artificial tree, it is important to pick one that has a “Flame Retardant” label on it. This indicates that the tree will resist burning and should extinguish in a quick amount of time.
  2. If you are looking for a real tree, pick a tree with more green needles than brown. If you see more brown needles while the tree is being shaken out, this is an indicator that the tree is dry and could possibly catch fire quickly. Regardless of what kind of tree you get, leave it three feet away from any heat source in the home.
  3. Make sure your tree does not block any exits in the event of an emergency.
  4. When you are ready to start decorating your tree, try to avoid connecting more than three strands of lights.
  5. Inspect all wires for signs of fraying and exposed wire.
  6. Finally, shut all lights off prior to going to bed and when you leave. Setting a timer can be helpful.

Be sure to keep these safety tips in mind as you prepare for Christmas this year. If you do however find yourself in need of fire restoration services - we are always here to help!

Happy holidays from the team at SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County! 

Fire Restoration Specialists in Trumbull County

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

bed frame with soot damaged drywall and carpeting With decades of experience SERVPRO has the equipment and passion it takes to make any size fire damage, ”Like It Never Even Happened”

Fire disasters are not events that any family wants to deal with. Surviving a fire is a traumatic experience for anyone to go through, but it is helpful to know a little bit about the restoration process in case you ever do run into this type of issue. There are a few different steps that will facilitate the restoration process, and each is critical to your family getting back up on their feet after a fire.

At a time when you feel like you may not know which way to turn, a fire restoration specialist – like our experienced professionals at SERVPRO – can step in and take the lead by offering services such as:

  • Emergency Services – After a fire you may need immediate temporary fixes such as Roof repairs, board ups and tarp.
  • Water Extraction and Restoration – Water damage is the last thing you think of when it comes to a fire. However, many times, fires are put out by firefighters pumping thousands of gallons of water to douse it, causing water damage to a home.
  • SERVPRO will first and foremost work to remove the water from the home. Leaving water in a home for a long period of time can result in mold growing which can make the home more dangerous to live in.
  • Debris Clean up - Cleaning debris allows the restoration company to get an even better look at what damage was done so that they can begin to assess an action plan to determine what is salvageable and non-salvageable
  • Smoke and Soot Removal – Soot is a fine black to brown powder formed through incomplete combustion. The process that forms it also makes it slightly sticky, and it can be found clinging to things which can be commonly found in and on horizontal and vertical surfaces, walls and inside HVAC system ducting. Leftover smoke and soot following a fire can adversely affect your health. Children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk when exposed to smoke and soot. Smoke and soot can also take a toll on your personal items resulting in unseen damage to your home’s structure. The cleanup of smoke and soot is time sensitive. Acidic in nature, it effects each surface of your home differently, rapidly taking its toll unless quickly and carefully addressed. SERVPRO performs soot removal in your residence, rooting it out even in the hard-to-reach places.
  • Textiles and Contents SERVPRO professional team is highly trained in textile and content cleaning and inventory. Ranging from pack out of your home, to our state-of-the-art ESPORTA machine, inventory of non-salvageable and salvageable contents and cleaning of your contents.

No matter the technique required or the time it takes – we are here to help!

With decades of experience SERVPRO has the equipment and passion it takes to make any size fire damage, ”Like it never even happened.”

Keeping Your Pets Safe in a Home Fire in Howland, OH

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

roof of house engulfed in flames with smoke coming from the sides SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County wants to help keep your family safe and recover as soon as possible from any fire, water, or storm damage.

“A dog is a man’s best friend.” For most people, their pets are more than just an animal they keep inside their house. Pets often become a valued, loved, and cared for companion by members of the whole family. You probably have given some thought and planning into how you will keep your family safe in case of a fire, but do you have a safety plan for your pets?

In case of a fire, your family members should always be your first concern, but your pets can be part of your plan rather than an afterthought. Some thought should be given to protect their well-being in advance.

Tips for Emergency Pet Preparation:

  • Keep all shots and vaccinations up to date and keep records in a portable firebox. You can also store records on your phone or iPad using apps like Dropbox.
  • Make sure the person responsible for pet safety in a fire knows how to get them out of the house safely. It is recommended this person an adult, rather than a child or teenager.
  • Have an emergency bag for your pet with your pet’s normal food, toys, medications, and maybe a small blanket.
  • Take preventative measures by using only flame-less candles, and removing any stove top or oven control knobs that pets or small children could accidentally turn.

Tips for Evacuation:

  • Preparation is key. Each person in the home should be assigned another person or a buddy to help everyone get out of the house safely. This is a good idea for your pets as well. Assign someone to making sure the pets get out of the house safely.
  • Run practice fire evacuation drills. This helps everyone in your family learn how to get out of the house quickly. Include your pets in this drill and make sure everyone knows the plan for pet safety.

Following a fire emergency, the trauma of smoke and fire damage can be overwhelming for the whole family and your pets. The faster the cleanup is completed, the faster everyone in the family can begin to heal and recover. If your family, or business is suffering from fire damage, please call your local restoration experts.

SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County wants to help keep your family safe and recover as soon as possible from any fire, water, or storm damage. We are only one phone call away! Contact us any time, day or night and we will be there to help!

Call us- (330) 392-6355

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How to Stop a Beeping Fire Alarm

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

white smoke detector with red light lit and smoke coming from the bottom If your Trumbull County home needs mitigation from fire damage, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County.

When you hear a fire alarm going off in your home or business, what is your first thought? Probably, “oh no, where’s the fire?” But you’ve searched your home or business and everything is safe and there’s no sign fire of fire or smoke. A beeping fire alarm usually signals an emergency – usually.

What about when there is no fire, but your alarm continuously beeps? It turns out, there could several reasons that your alarm may be annoying you, rather than warning you.

  1. Reset Needed

Before you go out buying a new system or even new batteries, you may want to reset your detector first. If you are unsure about how to reset your smoke detector please refer to this video for additional help.

  1. Batteries

One of the more common causes for non-emergency related alarm beeping is the need for new batteries. If the battery in your detector is not operating at full power, the detector cannot function properly and may beep to signal that the battery is dying.

  1. Environmental Interference

If resetting and replacing the batteries still don’t silence your smoke detector, try to clean the device of any dust or other particles. Dust, cobwebs, and even temperature can cause your detector to beep. Try blowing air your detectors to remove any unwanted debris and then repeat step 1 and 2 as necessary.

As you can see, there are a few potential culprits responsible for the incessant beeping taking over your home. If none of these solutions fix your problem with your smoke detector, it may be time to replace it. The lifetime of a smoke alarm is typically between 8-10 years. If you don’t remember when you bought your smoke alarm, you can always check on the back for the manufacturing date.

Having a reliable detector makes acting quickly during an emergency possible and provide peace of mind. If your Trumbull County home needs mitigation from fire damage, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County. We have a team that you can trust and a proven restoration process. We make it “Like it never even happened.”

Give us a call today! (330) 392-6355

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Unique Window Board-Up Method in Warren, OH

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Here is an 'inside the home' view of SERVPRO's unique Window Board-Up method

Fire damage can be overwhelming when disaster strikes. The result usually leaves the homeowner with a smoke and soot filled home. The feelings and stress level during this time can be overwhelming and leave the homeowner with several questions racing through their head. Who do I call? What do I do first? Who can I trust?

Calling SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County is the answer to all of these questions. SERVPRO can help the homeowner with the fire restoration process from start to finish.

In order to properly secure and preserve the structure, SERVPRO’s Tension Board-Up method is used. This unique process increases security for a home or business owner after the fire loss has occurred. The tension method also decreases damage to the window frame during the rebuilding and restoration process.

To preserve the window frame, a sheet of oriented strand board (OSB) is placed on the exterior of the window. Carriage bolts are then drilled through the OSB directly into the 2x4's that are placed in the home's interior side of the window frame. The 2x4's are measured and cut to fit the width of the interior portion of the window frame. The carriage bolts are not drilled directly into the window frame. This results in a decreased amount of damage to the structure of the home or commercial building. The window is then secured from the inside to increase security.  

Need Emergency Board Up Services? Call SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County 24/7 at (330) 392-6355.

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Christmas Tree Fire Cleanup Company in Warren, Ohio

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Cause of Christmas Tree Fires

A common reason is due to electrical problems. There have been many instances where an extension cord has failed while under pressure of an object and caused a fire.

Prevent Christmas Tree Fires

With real trees there are many precautions and care that needs to be given. Watering the Christmas tree daily is necessary to prevent water level dropping below the cut end of the tree. Dry trees are the biggest culprit in these fires because they can burn faster than newspaper, causing the fire to spread rapidly.

Safety Tips

  • Making sure string lights have no loose connections
  • Use a single extension cord that is not longer than needed
  • Use UL- approved lights
  • Turn off lights before bed
  • Water the tree daily
  • Keep candles away from the tree.

Stay connected with us on Facebook for tips and promotions! Give us a call (330)392-6355 in the event of damages occurring from fire, water, mold, or storm.

Trumbull County Fire Chiefs' Association Meeting

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Our Fire & Safety Marketing Representative Meghan Durig spoke to the chiefs about SERVPRO's services and our board up and tarping methods.

SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County had the opportunity to guest host the Trumbull County Fire Chiefs' Association Meeting this month at Cortland City Fire Department.

It was an honor to speak to the chiefs of Trumbull County to share what SERVPRO can do for them, as well as, for those who have suffered a fire in their communities.

Our Fire & Safety Marketing Representative Meghan Durig spoke to the chiefs about SERVPRO's services and our board up and tarping methods. At SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County, we utilize a unique tension method when boarding up properties. This method allows us to quickly and efficiently board up a structure, while maximizing security and safety - all the while minimizing additional, unnecessary damage to the structure.

Our on-call emergency board-up crew is available and 'Ready for Whatever Happens' 24/7 with board-up trailers stocked and ready to respond to any fire damage, smoke damage, water damage or vandalism emergency.

If you experience fire damage to your home or business, call SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County (330) 392-6355

Holiday Fire Prevention Tips

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County if you experience a fire or smoke damage emergency this holiday season 330-392-6355

There are several ways to prevent a fire around the holidays just by eliminating hazards. Keep your holidays merry & bright with these safety tips:

Christmas Trees, Lights and Electrical Safety

  • Inspect lights before plugging in and examine for damage. Throw away any kinked, frayed, worn or severed light strands
  • Never overload a circuit
  • Turn off all lights and decorations before leaving the house or going to bed - consider using a timer to automatically turn off the lights each night
  • Use a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) where water and electricity can potentially mix. (Your GFCI outlet will have a test and reset button on the front)
  • Water your Christmas tree daily to prevent the tree from drying out and easily catching on fire

Space Heaters, Safety Detectors and Electric Cords

  • Use space heaters carefully and as temporary heating - do not leave space heaters running or plugged in unattended and do not leave them on while going to sleep
  • Test your smoke & carbon monoxide detectors (which should be placed in each bedroom, hallways and each level of the home including the basement)
  • Only use heavy-duty extension cords that are grounded for fire safety. Never run extension cords under rugs or in areas where they can cause a slip, trip or fall.

Candle, Chimney & Fireplace

  • Candles account for two out of every five home fires each year! Never leave the room with a candle lit. Consider using a flameless, battery operated candle
  • Fireplaces and chimneys should be inspected and cleaned by a professional every year
  • Keep your fireplace clear and free of debris by cleaning the ashes after each fire

Always have a fire extinguisher handy on each floor and plan for an emergency. Having a plan prepared can prevent injuries and accelerating the process of leading everyone back to safety.

If you experience fire or smoke damage to your Warren, Ohio home or business this holiday season, call SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County 330-392-6355

Smoke Damage Cleanup Company in Girard, Ohio

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot are 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 Southern Trumbull County 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 - (330) 392-6355

Local Reconstruction Company Services

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

Our emergency services crew is on call 24/7 with fully-stocked trailers equipped with tools and materials dedicated and ready to secure any property.

If your home or business has been impacted by fire damage, water damage or storm damage, SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County is here to help with building and reconstruction services!

Having one company to handle the entire process from the initial board-up and security to cleanup and mitigation to rebuild can save time and keep costs down. SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County has a highly skilled construction division ready to handle and oversee any size disaster.

Our emergency services crew is on call 24/7 with fully-stocked trailers equipped with tools and materials dedicated and ready to secure any property by board up or roof tarp.  

We can provide excellent reconstruction services with in-house construction crews who are skilled in laboring and supervising the following services:

  • Board Up
  • Carpet Repair and Installation
  • Document Drying
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Drywall Installation
  • Drywall Removal
  • Electrical
  • Electronics Restoration
  • Fine Art Restoration
  • Furniture Restoration
  • General Contracting
  • Hardwood Floor Repair
  • HVAC Services
  • Linoleum Floor Repair
  • Marble Floor Repair
  • Move Out
  • Painting
  • Plumbing
  • Portable Power
  • Roof Tarp
  • Roofing Services
  • Scalable Resources
  • Temporary Fencing
  • Temporary Warehouse Space
  • Tile Floor Repair
  • Tree Removal

Call the cleanup and restoration team the insurance professionals have trusted for more than 50 years - SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County 330-392-6355 

What to Expect from a Chimney Fire - Howland, Ohio

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

Chimney Fire Prevention

  • Keep a clean chimney – A dirty chimney can cause a fire
  • Watch out for creosote – It is a black or brown residue that can cause a chimney fire after extreme build up
  • Beware for a damaged TV antenna attached to the chimney

What to Expect from a Chimney Fire

  • Chimney Fires can be explosive – This will cause major damage to your home
  • The loud noise sounds like a pop

We specialize in fire damage restoration and offer full services to simplify the process. We handle both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Process Includes:

  • Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  • Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  • Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  • Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  • Cleaning and Repair
  • Restoration

Soot Tags after Fires in Nies, Ohio

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

Soot Tags Formation

Soot tags occur from a synthetic/petroleum based source burn. During a fire smoke and soot circulate throughout the house and the heat moves toward cool air when trying to equalize the temperature. In the areas with less circulation the soot tags will begin to form and can look like soot on spider webs.

However, soot tags are just chains of soot that gather in the areas with low circulation that look like webs. These can occur immediately or over time and reoccur even after dusting them off.

Prevent Soot Tags

Stay away from spraying water on the area to clean it because it will smear and stain. To help prevent this from happening, service your furnace annually to ensure it is working properly to help deal with soot. The best way to remove these soot tags are to contact your local SERVPRO in your Trumbull County area.

Contact us if you are dealing with soot at (330)392-6355 and follow us on Facebook to stay in touch.

Preventing Thanksgiving Fires in Warren, OH

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

Keep your home safe this Thanksgiving with some useful safety tips!

Is it your first time hosting Thanksgiving this year or are you still new to cooking Thanksgiving Dinner?

Before you start to brine your turkey and prepare for your meal, it is important to educate yourself on the dangers of home fires of Thanksgiving. 

According to the National Fire Protection Association Fire Analysis & Research Division, Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. Unattended cooking is also the biggest factor in these fires. Follow the following safety tips to make sure your Thanksgiving is disaster free!

Cooking Safety Tips

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove top. Unattended cooking is the number one cause of home fires.
  • Check on your turkey frequently. Turkeys can burn easily.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer, or mixer do not come in contact with any water OR especially children.

Turkey Frying Safety Tips 

If you opt out of cooking your cooking in the oven traditionally and decide to fry it, follow these safety tips.

  • Stay away from the house. Set up your turkey fire more than 10 feet away from your home and keep children and pets away to prevent this from happening
  • Find flat ground. The oil must be steady and even to ensure safety.
  • Use a thawed and dry turkey. Extra water from a frozen turkey will cause your oil to spill over and if it spills onto a burner, a fire will immediately start.
  • Monitor the oil temperature. Fire do not have their own thermometers so keep one on you at all times!
  • HAVE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER READY AT ALL TIMES! 

Halloween Fire Safety in Niles, Ohio

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

Halloween is only days away. But did you know that decorations, costume choices, and candles inside jack-o-lanterns can cause home fires?

From 2011-2015, U.S. fire departments reported an estimated average of 840 home structure fires per year that began with decorations. The fires also caused 36 civilian injuries and nearly $11.4 million in direct property damage per year. 

Below are some safety tips to keep your family and trick or treaters safe this halloween

  • Use a battery-operated candle or glow stick in jack-o-lanterns.
  • Watch choosing costumes with trailing fabric. If an open flame were near, the flame could watch on the fabric.
  • Watch your decorations! Dried flowers, cornstalks, and crepe paper can catch fire very easily. This is why it is important to not use any type of open candle whatsoever since decorations are easily flammable. Instead, use other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters.
  • Keep exits of your home clear from decorations so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Most importantly, MAKE SURE ALL SMOKE ALARMS ARE WORKING IN YOUR HOME!

If an accident does happen this Halloween, we provide top of the line fire restoration services to make your fire feel "Like it never even happened." Give us a call at 330-392-6355 to schedule your appointment.

Fire Escape Planning in Niles, OH

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial or house fires can happen at any moment. But when disaster strikes, do you have a plan of action for escaping and notifying first respond services? Here are a few helpful tips and steps you can take to create an escape plan as well as help prevent a fire from happening. 

  • Install smoke detectors on each level of your home and near sleeping areas. It is also important to test the batteries monthly and change the batteries at least once a year. Changing the batteries every Daylight Savings Time is also another tip to maintain working smoke alarms.
  • Make sure everyone in your family knows at least two ways to escape from every room in your home. This is a lot more difficult than you think. Using a template helps with these. These are available online.
  • Practice your fire escape plan at least once a year. Designate a meeting place outside that is a safe distance from your home. Also practicing different crawling and stop, drop, and roll techniques helps!
  • Program Police and Fire Department numbers in your phone. Dialing911 is a given but having your local police and fire department's numbers in your phone helps as well. 

Fire Damage in Trumbull County

6/15/2017 (Permalink)

Prevent fire damage by knowing the safety tips

Fire safety tips change according to the season. Bonfire and grilling season is here and that means there are more safety tips to be aware of to protect you, your family, and your home from fire damage. Below is a list of Fire Safety Tips to protect yourself from fire damage this summer. On average, 8,900 home fires are started by grills each year!


Campfire Tips



  • Follow the rules of the area you are in such as town rules or park rules

  • Stop, Drop, & Roll

  • Check the location of the bonfire to make sure the fire wont spread especially to a forest

  • Keep gas, lighter fluid, and other flammable substances far away from the fire and igniting materials

  • Control and monitor the fire

  • Be prepared

  • Know how to put out a fire (douse with water and/or bury it with dirt)


Grilling & Outdoor Cooking



  • Do not wear loose clothing while grilling

  • Only grill outdoors in well ventilated areas

  • Never pour lighter fluid on a lit grill

  • When using a gas grill make sure to check the connections to propane tanks between fuel line and the tank

  • Always allow the coals to cool completely before disposing of them


If fire damage occurs at your home in your Champion area call us anytime 24/7 at 330-392-6355.


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Board Up & Tarp Over Services in Cortland, OH

4/6/2017 (Permalink)

Why Get a Board Up?


A board up is used to secure broken windows that cannot be replaced immediately. Board ups are made to provide security for your home until the windows are replaced.


Most of our emergency board up services have been provided to homes that have experienced a fire. Although board up services are most commonly used after a fire damage, there are multiple other factors that may cause you to need a board up for your home.


When Are Tarp Over Services Necessary?


A tarp service is used to protect your home after a roof damage. A tarp service will provide security and prevent further damages water from entering your home.


We provide board up services in the local Cortland, OH surrounding area. Call (330) 392-6355 if you need an emergency board up service!


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When to Use a Fire Extinguisher

2/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire extinguishers should be available in every building you are in, including your Girard home. Misconceptions about fire extinguishers are that they should and can be used on all types of fires in any situation. However, there are many types of fire extinguishers such as water, chemical, foam, etc. Each extinguisher is designed to put out different typed of fires. You should only try to put out a fire if it is contained, if you are safe from toxic smoke, you have a means of escaping that isn’t blocked by the fire. You should make sure the building if evacuated before extinguishing so the toxic air from smoke and the extinguisher does not harm anyone inside. If the fire is too much to handle, evacuate the building and call the fire department so they can handle it. If you experience fire damage, contact the professionals at your local SERVPRO at (330)392-6355 and follow us on Facebook for more information.

Valentine's Day Safety

2/13/2017 (Permalink)

Most Common Valentine's Day Fire Hazards to Avoid

  1. Leaving a candle unattended

It is imperative to have someone in the room where a candle is being used to prevent any fire damages.

  1. Placing them next to inflammable objects

Placing a candle in a safe atmosphere is important. Try to keep them on a flat surface away from any drapes or other inflammable objects.  

  1. Having an non-functioning fire alarm

A fire alarm should be functioning at all times throughout the year. Provide a service and inspection annually, to ensure your fire alarm is functioning properly.

  1. Dismissing candle holders

Some individuals feel a candle holder is unnecessary, but this could lead to a dangerous situation. The candle holder will protect the candle from falling and keeping wax from unwanted areas.

If a fire damage occurs in your Newton Falls home call SERVPRO at (330) 392-6355 to restore the structure back to, "Like it never even happened."

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Soot Tags

2/6/2017 (Permalink)

Soot Tags

Soot Tags

Soot tags occur from a synthetic/petroleum based source burn.  During a fire smoke and soot circulate throughout the house and the heat moves toward cool air when trying to equalize the temperature. In the areas with less circulation the soot tags will begin to form and can look like soot on spider webs. However, soot tags are just chains of soot that gather in the areas with low circulation that look like webs. These can occur immediately or over time and reoccur even after dusting them off. Stay away from spraying water on the area to clean it because it will smear and stain. To help prevent this from happening service your furnace annually to ensure it is working properly to help deal with soot.  The best way to combat these soot tags are to contact your local SERVPRO in your Newton Falls area.

Contact us if you are dealing with soot at (330)392-6355 and follow us on Facebook to stay in touch.

Christmas Tree Fires

12/12/2016 (Permalink)

Christmas Tree Fires

The holiday season tends to have the most house fires. Some of these fires are started by Christmas trees. There are many ways that Christmas tree fires get started. One most frequent reason is due to electrical problems. There have been instances where an extension cord has failed while under pressure of an object and causes a fire. With real trees there are many precautions and care that needs to be given.  Watering the Christmas tree daily is absolutely necessary because if the water level drops below the cut end of the tree no water can be absorbed. Dry trees are the biggest culprit in these fires because they can burn faster than newspaper, causing the fire to spread rapidly. One in 31 Christmas tree fires is deadly. Keep your family safe in your Girard home by making sure string lights have no loose connections, using a single extension cord that isn’t longer than needed, use UL- approved lights, turn off lights before bed, water the tree daily, and keep candles away from the tree.

 

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Forest Fire

12/5/2016 (Permalink)

How forest fires are caused

A forest fire is an uncontrolled fire occurring in nature. Most forest fires are man made. A heat source combines with dry leaves and grass which release volatile gases and combines with oxygen in the air and starts the burn which creates more heat and gas and the fire spreads. The steeper the terrain the faster the fire burns because of the hot air rising into the other trees.

 

Affects of Wildfires

Forest fires cause damage to houses, offices, vegetation, and anything in its way. Cities have to spend millions on fighting them with aircraft, personnel, chemicals, and logistics. These fires wipe away almost all organic value of soil. However, most plants easily grow back and have good recovery. Some plants even thrive after a wildfire.

 

Wildfire Prevention

Public education (contact local fire departments)

Call fire department if there a fire hazards or activity

Learn how to use fire extinguisher

Burn safely and know the laws

Keep all fires manageable

 

 

If a fire occurs in your Niles home we specialize in fire restoration, call us at (330)392-6355.

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Using Heat Safely

12/2/2016 (Permalink)

Using Heat Safely 

Winter is here and keeping you and your family warm and safe in your Girard home is a top priority. There are a few things you should know this winter to keep your home prepared and warm.

 

In the event of a power outage have

Extra blankets, sleeping bags, and warm coats

Firewood for the fire place

Kerosene or portable space heaters

 

Space heater tips

Only use non-glowing heaters and space heaters with an auto shut-off

Keep heaters at least 3 feet away from furniture and water

Don’t leave children unattended by heaters

 

Generator Safety

Keep electric generators outside and away from air intakes of your home to prevent carbon monoxide poising

Do not use generators or other appliances if they are wet

Keep gasoline outside

Use individual heavy-duty, outdoor-rated cords to plug in other appliances

 

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Thanksgiving Letter to You

11/15/2016 (Permalink)

Dear Individual Who Wants to Avoid a Fire,

As we are approaching the most incredible meal of the year it is important to practice fire safety tips. Follow these simple tips listed below to avoid a fire in your home:

  1. Test your smoke alarms to make sure they are working
  2. Have a fire extinguisher available
  3. It is imperative to stand by the food you are frying or grilling
  4. Avoid loose clothing to prevent them from catching on fire
  5. Keep turkey fryers outdoors away from flammable items and buildings
  6. Make sure the turkey is completely thawed before frying to prevent a grease fire
  7. Do not use water to put out a grease fire!
    • Use baking soda
    • Use a fire extinguisher if the fire is flaring
  8. Have someone in or near the kitchen at all times
  9. Use a timer and continuously check on the food
  10. Keep children out of the kitchen 

Sincerely,

         SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County

P.S. Enjoy your Turkey.

Fire Cleanup

11/14/2016 (Permalink)

When your Lordstown home or business suffers fire damage, it can be especially devastating. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, your property may have substantial water damage from firefighting efforts. You may feel stressed and confused after such a disaster, and you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County has the specialized fire and water damage equipment and expertise to help you through this tough time.

We’ll treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care. If you suffer a fire damage event, please refer to our Fire Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

We can clean up and fully restore your home or business and all of your belongings, too!

Do You Have Smoke or Fire Damage?
Call Us Today – (330) 392-6355

House Fire

11/14/2016 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO team had the opportunity to provide a fire restoration service to this home in Girard, Ohio. The picture displays the damages the fire affected on this residential home. Our trained staff applied their skills and operated high quality equipment to restore the damages caused by the fire.

Fire can lead to a wide range of damages in your Niles home and spreading smoke throughout your entire structure in less than three minutes leaving unwanted black residue everywhere. You should avoid walking through a complex that has been through a fire, even if only a small portion was damaged; certain parts of the structure could have been affected leading to a collapse. Our SERVPRO team took action to clean and disinfect the structure along with providing specific tools and products to refresh and deodorize the atmosphere. They used special wood cleaning products to restore the attic; after restoration our staff provided specific tools and products to refresh and deodorize the atmosphere.

Fire Advice

11/14/2016 (Permalink)

Fire and smoke damage should not be taken lightly due to the dangers it may cause, action should be taken immediately to prevent further destruction. Smoke can spread throughout an entire structure under a couple of minutes. Although only a small portion of the structure has been visibly damaged it can still be dangerous to enter; an inspection should be considered to avoid the building from collapsing. To avoid any complications or danger towards your well-being it is important to call a professional restoration service such as SERVPRO. Fire restoration requires proper equipment and technical skills to achieve successful and effective results.

SERVPRO of Southern Trumbull County is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a cleaning or restoration need, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Champion, OH community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.

Essential Fire Safety Instructions

11/14/2016 (Permalink)

Most of us are informed of what actions to apply immediately during a fire, but it is important to enlighten children of what to do. When a fire occurs it is important to stay low at all times until you are out of the endangered premises. Staying low on the ground will keep you from inhaling too much smoke. Your first priority should be evacuating the structure immediately and making sure everyone else has an understanding of the main goal. Sometimes it is impossible to leave the endangered area, but it is essential to understand to never hide under a bed or in a closet. If you have a phone on hand you can call 911 and let them know you are trapped. If any apparel that you are wearing catches on fire, do not panic! Just immediately stop, drop, and roll on the ground with your hands covering your face.

Tips to Survive the Dark

11/14/2016 (Permalink)

Candle Crayons

Break the point off the candle and use the paper label as a wick. Light the paper label at the end of the crayon; the crayon should last about thirty minutes.

Crisco Candles

If you need a long lasting candle substitution, then using Crisco is the answer. This alternative will last for thirty days! Open a can of Crisco all vegetable shortening and insert a wick substitution, such as a mop strand or even a shred of a cotton t-shirt.

Gum Lighter

If you do not have a way to light these candle substitutions because there is no form of electricity or a lighter available, you can create a small fire with gum wrapper and a battery. Use the foil wrapper and a AA battery to create a flame. Tear the wrapper and let the foil touch the positive and negative battery terminals so the wrapper can catch fire.

Fire Safety Tips

11/14/2016 (Permalink)

There are several ways to prevent a fire just by eliminating hazards. Watch out for extension cords and multiple wires that are hidden behind carpets and curtains. Overloading Circuits is a common mistake especially for families who possess multiple electronics because they do not split the devices and run a different circuit.

There should always be an operating fire extinguisher and smoke detectors installed in all homes. It is important to have a plan prepared for emergencies with people you live with. During a tragic incident it can be difficult to immediately take action and handle the situation. Having a plan prepared can prevent injuries and accelerating the process of leading everyone back to safety. Also focusing on bringing yourself back to safety is essential, which means leaving personal items behind. This situation can be hard, but it is imperative that you are not putting yourself in a dangerous situation.