Recent Fire Damage Posts

How many Fires start in a Year?

12/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How many Fires start in a Year? This shows a fire that started in the middle of a living room.

Between 2011 and 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 358,500 home structure fires per year.  These fires caused 12,300 civilian injuries, 2,510 civilian deaths, and $6.7 billion in direct damage.  On average, seven people per day die in U.S. home fires.

Where do most fires start in a home?Based on research from fires that occurred between 2009 and 2013, here are the most common places fires begin:
  • 1: Kitchen. Half of all house fires start in the kitchen.
  • 2: Bedroom. About 7% of all house fires start in the bedroom.
  • 3: Chimney. 6%
  • 4: Living Room. 4%
  • 5: Laundry Room. 3%
  • 6: Outside. 3%
  • 7: Attic. 3%
The top cause of fires is cooking.  House fires happen most during dinner hours—between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. That’s because people are cooking.

If you have fire damages to your property call 24/7 the experts at SERVPRO of Des Moines NW at (515) 986-3711.

Safety tips for your Christmas Tree

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Safety tips for your Christmas Tree This shows a Christmas Tree that caught on fire due to a candle.

According to National Fire Protection Association between Christmas trees and Christmas decorations in a 4 year window caused 23 million in direct property damage.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and is a time where some family traditions are to get a tree and also decorate it for Christmas.

The lights that are decorated on the tree are not enough to ignite the tree.  However, if you decorate the tree like Clark Griswold from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation you may want to re-think the way you install your lights.

Research shows the following:

  • 43% of Christmas tree fires result in an overload of lighting that causes a spark and catches the tree on fire
  • 27% include a heat source - such as a candle or the tree was located to close to a fireplace
  • 22% of Christmas tree fires were intentional
  • 8% of Christmas tree fires were undetermined

If you insist on having a real tree.  Remember the following:

  • Add water to the tree stand. 
  • Be sure to add water daily and check for brown needles. 
  • Place the tree away from any heat source, like fireplaces, candles, radiators, heat vents, or space heaters

With the advanced technology of LED lights and fire retardant artificial trees there has been mass improvements in safety. 

If you have fire/smoke damages to your home or business you can call 24/7 SERVPRO of Des Moines NW at (515) 986-3711.

The crew at SERVPRO of Des Moines NW wish you and your family a safe Thanksgiving Holiday.

Thanksgiving Turkey Fryer Safety Tips

11/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Thanksgiving Turkey Fryer Safety Tips This Turkey Fryer Fire Started on a Wooden Deck.

Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to gather and be thankful.  It's also a time where the entire family joins in the food preparation so it's also a time to think fire safety with so many cooks in the kitchen.

In recent years deep-frying turkeys has become a new family tradition because of the speed, the irresistible flavor, and juiciness.  It also frees up space in the oven to make irresistible side dishes. 

But turkey fryers have the potential to cause fire and serious injuries.  If you plan to deep-fry your holiday bird, be sure you know how to safely use the fryer.

Tips for frying a turkey

  • Make sure the turkey is thawed and dry before cooking.  Ice or water that mixes into the hot oil can cause flare-ups or explosions.
  • Keep all fryers off decks, out of garages and a safe distance away from trees and other structures.
  • Place the fryer on a level surface, and avoid moving it once it's in use.
  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions to avoid overfilling. Oil can ignite when it makes contact with the burner.
  • Choose a smaller turkey for frying. A bird that's 8 to 10 pounds is best; pass on turkeys over 12 pounds.
  • Never leave fryers unattended.
  • Cooking oil that begins to smoke point can catch fire. If you notice the oil is smoking, turn the fryer off.
  • Turn off the burner before lowering the turkey into the oil. Once the turkey is submerged, turn the burner on.
  • Use protective gear and have a grease-rated fire extinguisher close by.
  • Do not to use water or a garden hose on any grease fire.
  • Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times.

The folks at SERVPRO of Des Moines NW want you to have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.  We are available 24/7 no matter how small or big your fire damages are.  Call us anytime at (515) 986-3711.

Recent Fire Frenzy? Des Moines, what does it mean?

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Recent Fire Frenzy? Des Moines, what does it mean? "Fire"

Febuary 2, 2018

Per 3.8 Miles there has been a Commercial or house fire, in Des Moines.

Its only January, why the sudden surge?

My experience includes Commercial Framing construction and Web manmagment. In my opinion this surge is from a mix of things. 

1. Most people are Ignorant on living issues and would not think twice to leave there Pot boiling on the stove while finishing Netflix in the other Room. We think were invincible... Were not!

          "This was the cause of the apartment fire next to 235"

2. Some of us are informed but dont care about letting little things slide, like a cigarette on the brisk leaves outside our house of 13 years in january. 

Sorry to inform you, its a hazard, and caused one local to seriously damage his condo on the eastern-Northern Side of des moines. 

3. Accidents happen, but when one happens, there is usually a pattern to follow in a city where everybody loves to do the same thing.

My advice? Stay sharp and consider the worst could happen to you. Play it safe Des moines. 

How Fires Start

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

How do Fires Start? 

Fires start only in the presence of oxygen, fuel, and energy. There has to be enough energy provided, by either chemical, electrical, or physical means for the fuel to reach it's heat of combustion. 

Right. What does that mean for my house and kids?

To start a house fire you first need to purchase a decent HDTV with a television stand that is barely big enough to hold it. Along with your T.V. you need at least two video game consoles, both equipped with component cables, as well as a 5.1 surround sound system.

Sounds similar to the set-up in the basement right? 

Answer me this; How did you or your children leave all the cords? Well they left them in the corner of your room, inbetween your T.V. and computer, and its just a tangled mess.

Don't forget to have at least two power strips full of plugs buried beneath all of your cables. It's also a bonus if the phone line in your house is conveniently placed in your room coming out of your wall, this way you have even more cables in one coagulated spot! As well as all that, it's also fun when your telephone is added to the mess. Nothing is better than having your phone just lay on the ground because you can't put it anywhere else.

Ladies and Gentlemen if this scenario describes the living situation of you or a loved one, a House fire is inevitable.

Take the right steps to avoid this. Give your children chores again, untangle the mess and organize the cords. No Fuss

It might just save you a visit from us. 

Effective Use of Hydroxyl Radicals for Fire Damage Restoration

5/4/2016 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Protection Association, it is estimated that some 370,000 home fires occur each year, costing close to $7 billion in total property damage. Many of these fires, however, start and are contained in a certain area of a home or business. Even though containment eliminates the necessity for complete demolition and reconstruction, it is still necessary for proper cleaning of soot and smoke in order to restore the property to a pre-loss condition.

Covering the Bases of Fire Damage

3/29/2016 (Permalink)

If a house sustains fire damage, proper cleanup is crucial as the ash, soot and water will wreak havoc on what remains.  It’s bad enough there was a fire, but the water and chemicals used to extinguish it can cause secondary damage.  The remnants will continue to do damage long after the flames are extinguished.

The average person will attempt conventional cleaning methods like renting a steam cleaner and using common cleaning agents available at the store.  Unfortunately, this will barely make an impact on the problem and could cause bigger issues.  Chemical agents could react with the residue and cause permanent damage, and in some cases, they may cause toxic fumes.  Fire damage cleanup is one of the most difficult jobs out there, and it should be left to a professional for the best results.

When selecting a firm that does the restoration, consider what type of training they have. Do they have health and safety certifications? Are they experienced in a wide range of repair? Do they have proof of proper insurance and licenses?  The company that has the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) fire and smoke restoration Certified Firm meets all of these expectations and conditions. An IICRC-certified firm understands the need for a quick response.  Immediate action is necessary because the longer the delay, the harder and more costly the job will be as reactions within the damaged material can continue to occur. The fire may be gone, but the ash, soot and smoke odors that remain can continue to do harm.  Certified firms will use their knowledge of fire restoration to accurately test the damage and apply the proper repair techniques to bring the items back to preloss condition when possible!