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SERVPRO of Ajax's Fire Tips for Kids

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

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Fire Tips for Kids

There is no better time to educate your children about fire safety than NOW. SERVPRO of Ajax knows the importance of fire safety and how it starts at a young age. You want your child to be able to have the knowledge, skills and abilities before a disaster situation occurs should it ever. 

Keep reading to find out what you should be saying to your kids when you sit down and have that talk with them. 

Top 10 Fire Safety Tips for Kids

1. Plan escape routes.

2. Talk about smoke detectors.

3. Practice using escape windows and ladders.

4. Have your kids practice using their hands to guide them around the house opposed to their eyes should they need to close them due to smoke. 

5. Teach them a song to remember about fire safety!

6. Practice monthly drills with your family.

7. Touch door handles before entering a room to check the temperature upon entry. 

8. Practice being kitchen smart. Most house fires start in the kitchen.

9. Talk about fire alarms and warning signs. Battery changes etc.

10. STOP, DROP & ROLL!

Fire safety doesn't have to be a scary/ dreadful topic with your kids. You can make it fun by including them in practice drills and using toys as examples!

Have SERVPRO of Ajax on standby incase of a disaster. Because we care about our community and your family. 

SERVPRO of Ajax

Your Local Disaster Recovery Team

Tel: 289-460-5124

SERVPRO's Top 5 Workplace Fire Safety Tips

3/13/2021 (Permalink)

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Tip #1: Identify risks in the workplace

  • Cooking Appliances
  • Electrical Wiring
  • Power Strips (overloaded)
  • Lighting Equipment
  • Heating Appliances
  • Smoking Materials
  • Exposure
  • Office/Entertainment Equipment

Tip #2: Assign fire safety roles

If your organization hasn’t assigned at least one person (ideally, a team of people) to oversee fire safety, this should be your organization’s first priority. Some candidates who might make sense for the role include your company’s Office Manager, Facility Manager, Safety Manager, or Human Resources Manager.

Tip #3: Pay attention to fire-prone areas

There are common areas within many conventional work environments that should be viewed as higher risk.

Just over one-fifth of reported workplace fires over a five-year period started in an office kitchen or cooking area. Any structure with a kitchen containing a toaster oven, microwave, or heating appliance is vulnerable.

While only 2% of fires began in a workplace’s ceiling/attic area, those fires were responsible for 13% of direct property damage. 

Tip #4: Precautions to be taken for general fire safety

These include minimizing loose paper throughout the office, properly storing flammable materials, and instructing all employees on fire response prevention and protocol.

Maintain functional appliances (both in the kitchen and elsewhere) and conduct routine electrical inspections to help mitigate the risk of a fire incident occurring.

Tip #5: Use a fire safety checklist

Protecting your business from workplace fires starts with understanding the risks your organization faces. The task might feel overwhelming, which is why a simplified checklist is a great place to start!

If your business needs help call SERVPRO of Ajax. Your local restoration team. Here to help when you need us, 24/7 service. Because we know disasters don't wait for regular business hours!

Call us today to see how we can make you feel as protected within your commercial property as possible!


SERVPRO of Ajax

Tel: 289-460-5124

 
      

Fire Prevention for Homeowners

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

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Fire Prevention for Homeowners

Fires affect thousands of Canadians every year, from accidents at the workplace to forest fires, and the impact of these incidences can be devastating. 


While we’re all aware that the flames and heat from a fire are dangerous and can cause severe burns, fires are also a mixture of fumes and toxic gases. I.E Carbon monoxide, a colourless, odourless and tasteless gas.

Basic fire safety begins at home, where a little bit of planning can go a long way towards protecting your loved ones and preventing damage to your property. 


The common causes:

  • Cooking
  • Smoking
  • Appliances
  • Candles 

Cooking


Cooking is one of the leading causes of house fires, as well as injuries from fire.  Adopting good habits in the kitchen is necessary for fire prevention: 

  • Avoid wearing loose-fitting clothing while cooking - sleeves can easily get caught on pot handles.
  • Turn pot and pan handles inwards and towards the back of the stove.
  • Keep flammable objects such as paper towels, pot holders, and tea cloths at a safe distance from the stove and oven. 
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are cooking, and use a timer as a reminder when roasting or baking foods.
  • When you finish cooking, turn off the stove burners, appliances, and oven promptly. 
  • Keep heat-proof oven mitts handy and use them when moving hot pots or pans.
  • Regularly clean the burners and stovetop - built-up grease can easily catch fire.


Smoking

Smoking-related fires often occur in the home through careless smoking: lit cigarettes left near combustible materials, a smoker falling asleep with a cigarette in hand, or improperly extinguished cigarette butts. Follow these tips:

  • Smoke outside.
  • Used butts should be stubbed in a can filled with sand. If possible, douse cigarettes and ashes with water before discarding.
  • Double-check that cigarettes and ashes are out completely before walking away.
  • Never smoke in a home where oxygen is used. Oxygen is an explosive substance, and can make fires burn faster and hotter.

Appliance Safety


Home appliances are another potential source of house fires, particularly old and damaged goods. Some simple steps to avoid electrical fires include:

  • Check appliances (like hair dryers and lamps) frequently for worn or frayed cords. Damaged cords should be replaced and discarded.
  • Don’t overload extension cords and wall sockets.
  • Don’t run cords under rugs or carpeting.
  • Use extra caution when using portable space heaters - turn them off when you’re away from home or plan to go to bed.
  • Inspect your furnace regularly.

Candles


Candles, when used carefully, help to create a cozy and welcoming environment and are especially festive decorations during the holidays. Just keep the following tips in mind the next time you light a candle:

  • Never leave a lit candle unattended, and children should not be left alone with a burning candle.
  • Store lighters and matches out of sight and out of reach. 
  • Teach children that if he or she finds matches or a lighter to tell an adult immediately.
  • Keep flammable items away from a lit candle.
  • A burning candle should be stored on a stable surface.

Smoke Alarms


As part of your home fire safety plan, set up smoke alarms around your home which will alert you and your family in the presence of a fire. The general rule of thumb is that there should be at least one smoke alarm for each level in your home, and where possible, smoke alarms should be installed inside and outside sleeping areas (such as in a hallway, the living room, and in the bedroom).

Other tips to keep in mind:

  • Install an automatic fire sprinkler system.
  • Sleep with your door closed as an additional barrier to a fire’s path.
  • Set up a home inspection.
  • Get adequate home insurance.
  • Educate children about the importance of fire safety - fire is a tool, not a toy
  • Create a Fire Escape Plan

With awareness and planning, home fires are largely preventable. It pays to learn home fire safety. Call SERVPRO of Ajax, 24/7 we are here when you need us! Quick to the site, quality service, highly trained team! Tel: 289-460-5124

Everything You Need To Know About: Smoke Alarms

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

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Smoke Alarms - The Importance

Smoke alarms save lives everyday when properly installed and maintained.

In homes, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and on every level, including the basement. For office and commercial environments, check your province requirements or contact your local Fire Department for more information. 

Smoke Alarms - Routine Testing

Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years. Other alarms need batteries replaced every year and the unit replaced every 10 years.

If the alarm chirps signalling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or the battery immediately. Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm. Do not ignore the chirp of an alarm battery. That noise is an indication that the battery is low. 

Smoke Alarms - Commercial Buildings

In larger commercial facilities, hard wired or wireless smoke alarms offer benefits such as not needing to be tested as often and activating throughout the entire building if smoke is detected in just one area.

Did You Know?

  • Almost half of fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries
  • 7 people die every day from a residential fire
  • 36 people suffer injuries as a result of home fires every day
  • 7 billion dollars in property damage occurs every year

If you need help installing, testing or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department.

Be sure your home and/or workplace has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills. For more information on Emergency Preparedness, please contact SERVPRO Ajax today. Tel: 289-460-5124

Everything You Need To Know About: Smoke Damage

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Techs Have the Professional Equipment and Specialized Cleaning Agents to Help Homes After a Fire Loss

Smoke damage can be a very frustrating challenge to clean up on your own. The internet has a large number of DIY methods, but the truth is, if the incorrect cleaning method gets used on smoke residues, it can make the problem worse or cause the item getting cleaned to become un restorable. This type of cleanup is best to outsource to a professional restoration services company.

Is It True Fire Damage Can Leave Behind Different Types of Smoke Damage?

The ability to successfully clean up fire damage in homes hinges on the ability also to remove the smoke residues left behind. Some of the vital steps to smoke damage removal include:

  • The testing of the residue to determine the type
  • Use of specific cleaning methods and tools for dry smoke
  • Implementation of cleaning agents with solvents for wet smoke

What to Expect During the Fire Loss Mitigation Process

When the SERVPRO techs arrive on site, they get to work immediately to clean up the property. One of the first actions is containment around the loss area. This is necessary to prevent the spread of soot throughout the home. Then charred items without restoration potential get removed. 

Cleaning Techniques for Walls and Ceilings

Smoke residues left on walls and ceilings can get categorized into three groups, and each type has its own unique needs for cleaning.

  • Smoke webs appear in the upper corners of a room and look like black cobwebs
  • Dry smoke is light and looks like a fine, black powder on surfaces
  • Wet smoke is the most difficult to remove and has the appearance of an oily or greasy black substance that smears when wiped

Choosing the correct solution type is crucial. SERVPRO technicians perform testing on the smoke residues as well as the surfaces they are cleaning to ensure the selected cleaning agent does not mar the surface. The removal of smoke damage is often a multi-layered process.

For example, dry smoke residues should not come into contact with wet cleaning solutions as they can get driven deeper into surfaces and cause more loss.

In conclusion, fire and smoke damage can be a tedious job and must be done correctly. If you are struggling with this in your home or commercial property get it done the right way.

Call SERVPRO Ajax at (289) 460-5124 when you need assistance with the restoration of your property from any size smoke and fire damage. 

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Post House Fire? What To Do Now?

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

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Simple Steps to take after a House Fire

When a house fire hits your home, severe damage can take place at a rapid rate. With so much sudden and shocking devastation, homeowners often feel at a loss for where to begin in the process of fire restoration.

After the fire is put out and the smoke has cleared, the following three steps should be taken to ensure quick and safe restoration takes place.


Call Your Insurance Provider


Once a house fire is contained and homeowners are free to go back to the property, the first thing that should happen is a call to the fire insurance company. Homeowners should immediately report the incident to their insurer to make sure proper action can take place in a timely manner. The insurance company will likely send an adjuster to the property to take photographs and document the damage that has occurred.


Steer Clear of Damage


A fire ravaged home can play host to many dangerous situations. Most homes suffer far more than just fire damage. After firefighters put out a fire, it is not uncommon for your home to have one or more of the following impairments:


- Ashes and debris
- Smokey air
- Water damage
- Unstable walls and floorboards

As tempting as it may be to scavenge your property for salvageable goods, it is best to wait for damaged property to be cleared. A home fire restoration service can clean and filter out dangerous fire remains before you set foot back in the home.

Hire a Service to Board-Up the Property


If your insurance company needs time to gather resources before starting the restoration process, you may wish to protect your vacant home. SERVPRO Ajax fire damage restoration team can board up windows and tarp roof damage right away to prevent further harm from occurring. Boarding services keep your home safe from outside elements and theft until debris and smoke cleaning can be completed.

Here at SERVPRO Ajax we are always ready to help in your time of need. Tel: 289-460-5124

Choose SERVPRO of Ajax for your fire damages

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

Too often in life, those things we think won’t happen...well, sometimes they do just that, they happen. The fires in our local area have been nothing less than devastating. Our hearts and prayers go out to all of you who have been affected. Please know that we are here and we care. Let us help ease the burden of recovery; we'll bring the bags, the rags, the vacuums, the masks, and the paint…we'll help you get back. We offer exterior power washing slurry cleaning, interior smoke and odor air quality control, negative air machine rentals, carpet cleaning, ozone and hydroxyl treatments, contents cleaning, fire damage restoration/reconstruction and more!

If the unimaginable happens, we will be there to help. SERVPRO of Ajax will send technicians who are experts in fire restoration. Soot and smoke damage are things we understand. Please be safe!

Call us at 289-460-5124 and we'll make it "Like it never even happened."

How to use a Fire Extinguisher

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

It may seem like a simple thing, but, when you are under the pressure of a situation which requires the use of a fire extinguisher it may be harder then you think. Read these simple instructions so that you know how to use a fire extinguisher and can respond quickly in case of a fire.

Always remember PASS

Pull the pin in the handle

Aim at the base of the fire

Squeeze the lever slowly

Sweep side to side

Know the different types of fire extinguishers

Fire extinguishers come in different types, and each of these types are used for putting out different types of fires.

Class A - Ordinary solid combustibles like wood, cloth and paper products. 

Class B – Flammable liquids and gasses

Class C – Electrical fires (Do not use water to put out these fires as there is a risk of electrocution)

Class D – Flammable metals

Class K – Oils and grease fires

If the time comes to use a fire extinguisher, follow these guidelines:

  • Only use a fire extinguisher if you are taller then the fire. Extinguishers are meant for the early stages of a fire, if the fire is taller then you the extinguisher won’t be enough, get out of the house and call 911.
  • Make sure the extinguisher you have is for the right type of fire. And ABC extinguisher will work on kitchen grease fires, but an A extinguisher could make the problem worse as it is essentially only pressurized water.
  • Make sure the fire extinguisher is still pressurized. Check the gauge, if the needle is in the green you are good, but if not, you won’t have enough pressure to put out the fire, so get out and call 911.
  • Position yourself with your back to an unobstructed exit so that you can get out quickly if you need to. Make sure you know your fire extinguishers range before hand, and position yourself accordingly, you want to be far enough that you aren’t in danger of being burned, but close enough that the discharge will be effective.
  • Use PASS (see above)
  • Never turn your back on the fire even after it’s been extinguished. There may be hot spots of hidden flames that could ignite again at any moment.

How to build a safe campfire

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

Summers in Ontario call for cottage and campfires. In any weather, dry and wet, campfires can lead to hazardous situations. That is why it is a good idea to brush up on safety tips to know exactly how to go about creating and maintaining a campfire. The following are some safety tips created by the Ontario government.

  1. Choose a site

-              Pick a site close to a water source and sheltered from the wind

-              Build your fire on a rock surface or bare dirt

-              Build your fire at least 3 metres away from logs, stumps, trees and overhanging branches

-              Build your fire 15 metres away from buildings or tents

  1. Prepare the site

-              Clear a space (about 2 metres wide) for the fire

-              Remove pine needles, grass, leaves and twigs

-              Scrape the area right down to the soil

-              Ensure you have a pail of water and a shovel to control the fire

  1. Build your campfire

-              Keep your fire small – it shouldn’t be bigger than one metre high and one metre wide

-              Small fires are safer, easier to control, and easier to put out

-              A small fire will also keep cooking tools from blackening and let you get close enough to cook

  1. Stay nearby

-              Never leave a campfire unattended

-              If you start a campfire, you are responsible for tending it, ensuring it is kept under control, and putting it out

  1. Put the fire out

-              Pour lots of water on the campfire

-              Stir the ashes with a stick

-              Pour more water over top of it

-              Repeat the 3 steps until the ashes don’t hiss, everything looks wet and there’s no more smoke coming from the ashes

Family Fire Plan

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

When it comes to the safety of your family, it is never a bad idea to be prepared for the worst possible scenarios. When a fire occurs, for example, there is no time to waste. That is why it is essential that you and your family are prepared and have a step-by-step plan for escaping a fire.

Drawing out a floor plan of your home will help your family understand exactly what to do in case of fire. Mark two ways out of every room – especially sleeping areas. Make sure every member of your household knows these escape routes. Set a meeting place outside your home to meet at when you have safely evacuated. Practice this plan at least twice a year to refresh all household members. Have a fire drill. Remember, a fire drill is not a race. It is good to be quick, but while doing this safely and carefully. It is also a good idea to make these drills realistic – block some exits like they are blocked by fire.

If you live in a two-storey house and it is necessary to escape from the second floor, assure there is a safe way to get down. A good way to do this is to supply all closets with roped ladders and assure all members know how to use them accurately and safely. If you live in an apartment building use the stairways, not the elevators.

Test doors before opening them. Touch the door, the knob and the space between the door and the frame with the back of your hand. If it is hot, use another escape route. If not, open it using caution.

If you find yourself trapped, close all doors between you and the fire. Stuff the cracks around the door with towels/blankets to prevent smoke from getting in. Wait at a window and signal for help. Call 911 if you have access to a phone and let them know your exact location.

When leaving, do not stop for anything. Though it’s tough, do not attempt to rescue possessions or pets. Go directly to your meeting place and then call the fire department. Crawl low under smoke, and if possible wet a towel and put it over your head to prevent smoke inhalation.

Once you are safely out of your home, do not go back for any reason. If people are trapped, firefighters have the best ability to rescue them.

Make sure all fire alarms are working. Replace the batteries at least once a year. If your fire alarm is more than 10 years old, replace it. The more fire alarms you have, the better chance you have of being alerted early and safely exiting so install smoke alarms outside every sleeping area and on every level of your home.

Fire is deadly but knowing the proper precautions to take will likely save your life if a fire does occur.

Fireplace Safety

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

  1. Before lighting a fire always open the damper, and don’t close it until the ashes have cooled completely. Once ashes are cooled keep the damper closed so that indoor air doesn’t escape, this will help your heating and air conditioning bill.
  2. Wait until ashes are completely cool always place them in a metal bucket; never place the ashes in a plastic or cardboard container. There could still be embers remaining that could catch the bucket on fire, even a day later.
  3. Position logs near the back of the fireplace to prevent fire and ashes from finding a way out of the hearth and into your home.
  4. Store paper, wood and other flammable materials well away from the fireplace. Make sure furniture and Christmas trees are placed far enough away that if sparks escape they won’t catch fire. Clear mantels of decorative items such as Christmas cards and garlands.
  5. Use a screen to keep embers contained. Glass doors are meant to keep drafts out and should be opened during a fire as they can get to hot and shatter.
  6. Only use small amounts of dry, well-seasoned wood. Resist the temptation to overload your fireplace. Burning too much wood at once can cause tar and creosote to build up in your chimney or stove pipes, which creates a fire hazard.  
  7.  Never use starter fluids, gasoline or other fuel. Log starters are fine for getting your wood fireplace going, but they burn very hot; only use one at a time.
  8. Never burn crates, lumber, construction scraps, wrapping paper, painted wood, or other treated wood as it can release chemicals into your home, compromising air quality.
  9. Have chimneys professionally cleaned and serviced every year to prevent tar and creosote buildup. Chimneys may require more frequent servicing in instances of high use. Gas fireplaces should also be serviced annually by a qualified service technician.
  10. Have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors installed and functioning properly before starting a fire in your woodstove or fireplace. Place them near your wood fireplace as well as in bedroom areas.
  11. Avoid running your fireplace at the same time as other appliances that vent to the outside to avoid carbon monoxide buildup. This includes clothes dryers or central vacuum systems, or when you have your kitchen range hood or bathroom vents switched on. Running all these appliances at once overtaxes the venting system so that some carbon monoxide stays trapped in the home.
  12. Keep a fire extinguisher near the fireplace, and make sure you know how to use it- just in case. It’s also a good idea to have a fire escape plan for your house and regularly review it with your family.

Putting out a grease fire

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

A kitchen grease fire is pretty much the worst-case scenario in a kitchen environment, it’s caused when cooking oil, animal or vegetable, becomes to hot and catches fire. It only takes minutes for oil to catch fire, so never leave it unattended. A grease fire isn't like a regular fire and trying to put it out the same way can make it worse. In short, if a grease fire suddenly erupts, turn off your stove right away and put a tight-fitting lid or cookie sheet over the fire, only use a fire extinguisher as a last resort, and NEVER throw water on a grease fire. Be sure to read the following steps for more details of putting out and preventing grease fires. And remember, if the fire gets out of hand, get you and your family out of the house as fast as possible and call 911. No kitchen is worth your life.

Putting out a grease fire

Evaluate – If the fire is small and contained, it is safe to try and extinguish by yourself, but if it’s spreading, put yourself and your family first and get everyone out, then dial 911.

Turn off the heat - This is the first priority, turning off the heat source will make the following recommendation more likely to succeed, an may even put the fire out.

Cover the flames with a metal lid – Fire needs oxygen to thrive, so cutting off the air supply with a metal lid will smother the flame, a cookie sheet will also work for this. Place either on top of the fire, and leave for at least 10 minutes, but preferably until the pot is not to hot to touch. Do not use glass lids as this may shatter when they are to hot, which can be dangerous and create an even bigger mess.

Dump baking soda or salt on small flames – Both baking soda and salt will work well on small grease fires, though are less effective on larger fires because people often don’t have enough on hand. It takes a lot to get the job done so make sure you grab the whole box and dump it generously on the flames. Make sure not to use baking powder, flour, or any other kitchen ingredients as it could make the situation worse.

Chemical fire extinguisher – The use of a chemical fire extinguisher should be the last resort. Only class B or K fire extinguishers can put out grease fires, so ensure that is the one kept in your kitchen. Extinguishers will contaminate your kitchen and make for a huge mess, but if it’s a choice between a tough cleanup job and your house burning down, go for it! 

Make sure to avoid the following:

  • Putting water on a grease fire – This can cause the fire to spread
  • Swatting at the fire with a towel or oven mitt -This will fan the flames, which could cause the fire to spread, it could also catch the fabric on fire.
  • Do not move the pot - The risk of the oil spilling out onto yourself or the rest of your home is to great.

Grease Fire Prevention Tips

  • Never leave a stove unattended when cooking with oil
  • Heat oil in a heavy pot with a metal lid
  • Keep baking soda, salt and a cookie sheet nearby
  • Clip a thermometer on the side of the pan to monitor oil temperature, find out the smoking point of the oil you are using and turn off the heat if it gets to close
  • Watch for smoke and beware of acid smells, these are warning signs before a fire

How to prevent a house fire

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

House fires kill and injure thousands yearly and cost many more their valued possessions and memories. After a fire SERVPRO® of Ajax can get your home back in shape in no time, but it’s best to take the preventative measures to ensure a house fire doesn’t happen in the first place. Here are 10 simple steps to follow to protect yourself from a house fire.

  1. Test your smoke alarms
  • Properly maintain your smoke alarms by testing the batteries once a month. If they’re not working, replace them immediately.
  1. Inspect heating sources
  • Regardless of what kind of primary heating you have in your home, an annual inspection will reduce risk of fire.
  • Change filters regularly to avoid build-up of dust and lint that can easily catch fire.
  • If you use space heaters, carefully inspect them before and after every use and place them at least 3 feet away from anything combustible
  1. Keep the stove and oven clear
  • Don’t leave anything flammable near the stove or oven. Make sure curtains don’t hang over the stove, and never rest towels or things such as a cookbook on the stove, even when it’s not in use.
  1. Stay in the kitchen
  • Don’t leave a hot cooking surface unattended. Whether it’s a pot on the stove or an electric griddle, you need to be close by.
  1. Check the dryers
  • If you have a gas-powered dryer, have it inspected once a year to make sure all connections are secure. It’s also important to get into the habit of cleaning out the lint trap after a load is finished, no matter what kind of dryer you have. Regularly check behind and around the dryer for lint or items of laundry that may have fullen under or behind.
  1. Maintain cords
  • Regularly check the condition of cords and watch out for frayed wires. If they are frayed, replace immediately. Electric cords produce heat, so don’t keep them under a rug or between furniture and the wall.
  1. Store flammable products properly
  • Many household products and cosmetic products are flammable. Keep flammable products away from heat, including exposure to sunlight.
  1. Be careful with candles
  • Never leave candles unattended and always keep them away from flammable things like curtains or blankets. Place candles in secure, tip-proof holders and blow them out before leaving or going to sleep.
  1. Use the fireplace responsibly
  • To ensure sparks do not escape, install a durable metal fire screen in front of your fireplace. Don’t leave a fire unattended and give ashes ample time to cool down before disposing of them.
  1. Keep fire extinguishers handy
  • Stock key areas of your home with fire extinguishers. At the very least, keep one in the kitchen and others near high-risk areas like a fireplace. Regularly review the instructions and make sure all members of the home know how to properly use the extinguisher.

Ajax Smoke and Soot Cleanup

1/31/2018 (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 Ajax 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 – 1(289)460-5124