Recent Fire Damage Posts

Ash Fire in Murrieta Hot Springs?

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

Ashes from a fire are shown. We are trusted leaders in fire damage restoration in Riverside County.

Our first winter in our home in Murrieta Hot Springs was almost our last. The summer months were hot, and we were looking forward to the cooler winter temperatures. I cleaned the wood-burning stove, and my brother took the ashes outside and dumped them in the garbage can. The ashes still had some live embers in them, and the garbage can and the garage went up in flames!

SERVPRO® of Murrieta wants everyone in Murrieta Hot Springs to have a safe and cozy winter season. Here are some winter fire safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Store cooled ashed in a tightly covered metal container, and keep it outside at least ten feet from your home and any nearby buildings
  • One in every seven home fires involve heating equipment
  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet from any heat source like fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators, or space heaters
  • Keep portable generators outside, away from windows, and as far away from your home as possible.
  • Install and test carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month
  • Plug only one heat-producing appliance into an electrical outlet at a time

Call Us!

When your home or commercial business needs fire damage cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO® of Murrieta’s team of highly trained technicians is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 951-894-4392.

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Fire Damage in Murrieta?

11/10/2021 (Permalink)

A house is on fire. We are trusted leaders in fire damage restoration in Riverside County.

SERVPRO® of Murrieta responds to fire damage emergencies throughout the year in Riverside County. We know that our fast response time is key to saving our customers time and money in many cases. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the top five causes of home fires in the United States are cooking, heating, electrical distribution and lighting equipment, intentional fire settings, and smoking materials. Here are some home fire statistics from the NFPA:

  • Between 2014 to 2018, cooking was the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries, while smoking was the leading cause of home fire deaths
  • More than one-quarter (27 percent) of reported fires in 2014-2018 occurred in homes. Even worse, more than three-quarters (77 percent) of civilian fire deaths and almost three-quarters (73 percent) of all reported injuries were caused by home fires.
  • During these five years, US fire departments responded to an estimated average of 353,100 home structure fires per year. These fires caused an annual average of 2,620 civilian deaths, 11,030 civilian fire injuries, and $7.2 billion in direct property damage.

Call Us Today!

When your Murrieta home or commercial business needs fire damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of Murrieta is Here to Help. ® We have a team of highly trained technicians on-call 24-hours a day to assist you. Call us today at 951-894-4392.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Halloween Party Safety Tips for Murrieta Hot Springs?

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

A Halloween party with lots of Jacko Lanterns and candles. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Riverside County.

Candles are commonly used during the holidays. SERVPRO® of Murrieta wants everyone to have a safe holiday season this year and offers these candle safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.
  • Keep candles at least 1 foot away from anything that can burn
  • Use candle holders that are sturdy and won’t tip over easily
  • Put candle holders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface
  • Light candles carefully and keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame
  • Don’t burn a candle all the way down — put it out before it gets too close to the holder or container
  • Never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home
  • Have flashlights and battery-powered lighting ready to use during a power outage. Never use candles.
  • Think about using flameless candles in your home. They look and smell like real candles.

Call Us Today!

When you need fire damage restoration services for your Murrieta Hot Springs home or commercial business, SERVPRO® of Murrieta has a team of highly trained technicians ready to assist you. Call us today at 951-894-4392. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Vacation safety Tips for Murrieta?

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

A family is shown having a family vacation at the beach. We are trusted leaders in fire damage restoration in Riverside County.

Vacation Safety Tips

Many vacationers are forgoing hotel stays and are opting for home short-term home rentals. SERVPRO® of Murrieta responds to fire damage emergencies throughout the year in Murrieta and offers these safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association for staying safe while on vacation at your “home away from home.”

Fire Safety

  • Smoke alarms should be on every level of the house, outside each sleeping area, and inside every bedroom
  • Carbon monoxide (CO) alarms should be on every level of the home outside sleeping areas
  • Have a fire escape plan and know two ways out of every room
  • Make sure there is a fire extinguisher in the home

Child Safety

  • Avoid deadly tip-overs, don’t let children climb on furniture
  • Keep cleaning supplies in a locked cabinet or out of reach of children
  • Keep all window cords out of reach of children
  • Keep baby’s sleep space free from pillows and blankets and use cribs that meet child protection safety code standards
  • Protect children – be aware of a potentially deadly gap between interior and exterior doors of home elevators

Call Us!

You never know when your Murrieta home or business will need emergency fire damage restoration services, but when you do, SERVPRO® of Murrieta has a team of highly trained technicians ready to assist you. Call us today at 951-894-4392. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Cooking Fire in Murrieta Hot Springs?

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

A lit gas burner on a stove in a home is shown. We are trusted leaders in fire damage restoration in Riverside County.

SERVPRO® of Murrieta responds to fire damage emergencies throughout the year in Murrieta Hot Springs, and offer these helpful tips from the National Fire Protection Association on cooking safety:

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking
  • Keep anything that can catch fire - oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains - away from your stovetop

If you have a cooking fire

  • Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire
  • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave
  • If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out
  • Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed

Call Us!

When your Murrieta Hot Springs home or commercial business requires emergency fire damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of Murrieta has a team of highly trained technicians ready to assist you. Call us today at 951-894-4392.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire Safety Tips for Murrieta Pets?

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO® of Murrieta mitigates fire damage in Murrieta throughout the year. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), pets or wild animals have a part in starting over 750 home fires per year. The NFPA reports that these fires involve cooking equipment, fireplaces and chimneys, space heaters, lamps, bulbs, wiring, and candles.

Here are some pet safety tips from the NFPA:

  • Pets are curious. They may bump into, turn on, or knock over cooking equipment. Keep pets away from stoves and countertops.
  • Keep pets away from candles, lamps, and space heaters
  • Always use a metal or heat-tempered glass screen on a fireplace and keep it in place
  • Keep pets away from a chimney’s outside vents
  • Have a “pet-free zone” of at least three feet away from the fireplace. Glass doors and screens can stay dangerously hot for several hours after the fire goes out.
  • Consider battery-operated, flameless candles. They can look and smell like real candles.
  • Watch pets to make sure they don’t chew through electrical cords. Have any problems checked by a professional?

Call Us!

When your home requires fire restoration services, SERVPRO® of Murrieta has a team of highly trained technicians ready to assist you 24-hours a day. Call us today at 951-894-4392. We’ll restore your fire damage in Murrieta, “Like it never even happened.” 

SERVPRO® of Murrieta is Independently Owned and Operated.

Wildfire Preparedness in Murrieta?

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

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The Wildfire Season is Coming to California

Wildfire preparedness and safety have never been more important for California. Last year firefighters responded to over 52,113 wildfires that burned 8,889,297 acres in California.

SERVPRO® of Murrieta has been responding to fire damage emergencies for years in the Murrieta area, and we offer these landscaping tips from the National Fire Protection Association to increase your wildfire safety:

Tips for Landscaping Around Your Home

  • REMOVE dead vegetation and other flammable materials, especially within the first five feet of the home
  • KEEP your lawn hydrated and maintained. If it is brown, cut it down to help reduce fire intensity.
  • PRUNE tree limbs so the lowest branches are six to ten feet above the ground to help reduce the chance of fire getting into the crowns of the trees
  • MOVE construction material, trash, and woodpiles at least thirty feet away from the home and other outbuildings.
  • DISPOSE of branches, weeds, leaves, pine needles, and grass clippings that you have cut to reduce fuel for fire

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Murrieta has a team of highly trained technicians on-call 24-hours a day to mitigate fire damage emergencies in Murrieta. Call us today at 951-894-4392. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.” 

SERVPRO® of Murrieta is Independently Owned and Operated.

Home Fire Escape Plan in Murrieta Hot Springs?

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

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Fire Escape Planning

If a fire breaks out in your home, would your family know what to do? According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), only one out of every three American households have actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. SERVPRO® of Murrieta has been responding to fire damage emergencies in the Murrieta Hot Springs area for years, and we know that every minute counts when escaping from a fire. Here are some tips for making a fire escape plan from the NFPA:

  • Draw a map of your home. Show all doors and windows.
  • Visit each room. Find two ways out.
  • All windows and doors should open easily. You should be able to use them to get outside.
  • Make sure your home has smoke alarms. Push the test button to make sure each alarm is working.
  • Pick a meeting place outside. It should be in front of your home. Everyone will meet at the meeting place.
  • Make sure your house or building number can be seen from the street.
  • Talk about your plan with everyone in your home.
  • Learn the emergency phone number for your fire department.
  • Practice your home fire drill!
Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Murrieta is ready to respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day. Our team of highly trained technicians will clean and restore your fire damage in Murrieta Hot Springs, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 951-894-4392.

SERVPRO® of Murrieta is Independently Owned and Operated.

Smoke Alarm Safety Tips for Hearing Impaired People in Murrieta Hot Springs

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

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Special Devices Warn of Fire Danger

At SERVPRO® of Murrieta, we respond to many fire damage emergencies each year in Murrieta Hot Springs, and we know how quickly a fire can spread. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), having a good emergency evacuation plan should include installing smoke alarms and testing them monthly to make sure they are working properly.

People who are deaf or hard of hearing may not be able to rely on a traditional smoke alarm. The NFPA offers these safety tips for hearing impaired people:

  • Smoke alarms and alert devices are available for people who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • Strobe lights that flash when the smoke alarm sounds. The lights warn people of a possible fire
  • When people who are deaf are asleep, a pillow or bed shaker can wake them so they can escape. The shaker is activated by the sound of a smoke alarm
  • When people who are hard of hearing are asleep, an alert device that uses a loud, mixed, low-pitched sound can wake them. They may find a pillow or bed shaker helpful. These devices are triggered by the sound of the smoke alarm
  • Research the products and select the ones that best meet your needs

Call Us Today!

When your Murrieta home or business experiences fire damage, SERVPRO® of Murrieta are ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 951-894-4392. We’ll clean and restore your fire damage in Murrieta, “Like it never even happened.” 

SERVPRO® of Murrieta is Independently Owned and Operated.

Ember-Ignited Fire in Murrieta Neighborhood.

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

A backyard with a view of a golf course is shown with wooden chairs in front of an outdoor fire pit. Murrieta residents count on us to restore fire damage!

Ember fire prevention tips

It was a cool winter evening in Murrieta. We lit the outdoor firepit, and a gust of wind came and blew some of the embers up and onto the deck above us, causing a fire to break out. It happened so fast. Although the Murrieta Fire Department responded quickly to our call and extinguished the fire before it could spread to other parts of the house, there was still a lot of fire and water damage left from the firefighting efforts.

SERVPRO® of Murrieta responds to fire damage emergencies 24 hours a day, and cleans and restores all kinds of property damage. Research published by the National Fire Protection Association and the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety reports that deck fires have a better chance of igniting when fuel sources are closer together.  Here are some tips for minimizing fire risk from windblown embers to decks:

  • Do not store items that can ignite underneath a deck.
  • Increase the gap between deck boards from 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch.
  • Increase joist spacing from 16 inches to 24 inches
  • Apply a foil-faced self-adhering flashing tape (foil-faced bitumen tape) on the top of each joist.

Call Us!

When your Murrieta home experiences fire damage, SERVPRO® of Murrieta is here to serve you. Call us today at 951-894-4392. We’ll clean and restore your property damage, “Like it never even happened.” 

SERVPRO® of Murrieta is Independently Owned and Operated.

Critical Fire Conditions in Murrieta Hot Springs?

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

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2020 Fire Season Breaks Records

California is having the worst fire season, breaking records throughout the State. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), dry and gusty weather settings are causing critical fire conditions across a large portion of the western United States and into the plains. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CALFIRE) has recorded 7982 wildfires that have burned over 3,627,010 acres to date.

The largest wildfires in California are still under investigation to identify the cause. They are the August Complex, the SCU Lightning Complex fire, the LNU Lightning Complex fire, the North Complex, and the Creek fire. SERVPRO® of Murrieta has a team on-call 24 hours a day to respond to your call. Our team of fire and water restoration technicians has the training and experience to restore any size fire damage. After a fire is extinguished, there are many clean up and restoration activities that result from the fire, smoke, and soot.

Our fire restoration specialists will:

  • Inspect and provide a fire damage assessment
  • Immediately board-up and roof-tarp any damaged windows, walls, and roofs
  • Water removal and drying (if water damage is present)
  • Removal of smoke and soot
  • Cleaning and sanitizing
  • Restoration including minor repairs

Call Us Today

Call SERVPRO® of Murrieta today at 951-894-4392. We’ll clean and restore your fire damage in Murrieta Hot Springs, “Like it never even happened.”  Here is another article on the fire restoration from our friends in San Diego.

SERVPRO® of Murrieta is Independently Owned and Operated.

Halloween Decoration Fire in Murrieta Hot Springs?

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

A pumpkin is shown bursting into flames of a dark Halloween night. Don’t let fire damage spook you in Murrieta!

Spooked by Fire Damage?

Halloween is my favorite holiday because I get to dress up and become another character. Sometimes things get out of hand, and fires can ignite, especially at parties where there are lots of candles and pumpkins lighting walkways where party-goers traipse by in their costumes. Sometimes decorations catch on fire and according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), this happens about 800 times each year.

SERVPRO® of Murrieta has extensive experience dealing with the aftermath of fires of all sorts and has a team of highly trained fire restoration technicians on call 24 hours a day to immediately respond to your fire damage emergency. The NFPA offers these tips for having a safe Halloween party:

  • Avoid trailing costume fabric
  • Keep all decorations away from open flames and other hear sources like light bulbs and heaters
  • Use battery-operated candles instead of real candles
  • Place pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far from trick-or-treaters, walkways, and yards
  • Keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working

Call Us Today

No matter what kind of fire or property damage emergency you have, SERVPRO® of Murrieta is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 951-894-4392. We’ll clean and restore your fire damage in Murrieta, “Like it never even happened.” 

SERVPRO® of Murrieta is Independently Owned and Operated.

SERVPRO of Murrieta promotes fire awareness in Los Angeles & San Diego

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

fire burning in a forest, orange and black colors dominates SERVPRO of Murrieta wants to prevent wildfires

Devastation of Fire

Fires move quickly and destructively. A seemingly isolated brush fire can grow to consume dozens of acres in just minutes. A fire in a waste-basket can destroy a small office building or a house in five minutes.   

Even fires that do not destroy buildings cause serious damage. Fire damage goes beyond the fires themselves because soot and smoke travel with the air currents, which can move well beyond the flames.

Call SERVPRO® of Murrieta when fire and its byproducts threaten Murrieta homes and businesses. We have expertise in removing soot and smoke, and in restoring structures and contents from the soot and smoke damage.

We have 24-hour emergency service, and are available 365 days a year.

Our number is (951) 894-4392. 

Be aware of the causes of fire

Brush fires or wildfires may seem unpreventable, but humans cause around 95% of these fires, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire). Causes include:

  • Electrical sparks from mowers or other garden equipment
  • Downed power lines
  • Improperly controlled camp fires
  • Sparklers or fireworks
  • Sparks from car crashes or tire blowouts

Southern California is an ideal location for fires to start and to grow out of control. There is ample dry vegetation for much of the year, and people live near wild areas that burn easily. The intersection of population with wild vegetation allows fires to spread to homes and offices.

Watch your surroundings

Use power equipment, camp fires, and sparklers carefully.

SERVPRO of Murrieta is Independently Owned and Operated.

Link:

https://www.SERVPROmurrieta.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration

Fire Prevention Safety Zones in Murrieta?

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

two story suburban home Are you ready to defend your home from fire damage in Murrieta Hot Springs?

Ignition Zones

In a report published by the National Fire Protection Association, (NFPA),  home ignition zones are areas around a home that span out to 200 feet and each zone has various methods and landscape design strategies that can be used to decrease fire behavior. SERVPRO® of Murrieta has seen firsthand the benefits of using fire prevention strategies and has years of experience restoring fire damage in Murrieta. Here are some “immediate zone” safety tips from the NFPA report:

Start with the house and then move into the landscaping section.

  • Clean roofs and gutters of dead leaves, debris and pine needles that could catch embers
  • Replace or repair any loose or missing shingles or roof tiles to prevent ember penetration
  • Reduce embers that could pass through vents in the eaves by installing one-eighth inch metal mesh screening.
  • Clean debris from exterior attic vents and install one-eighth inch metal mesh screening to reduce embers.
  • Repair or replace damaged or loose window screens and any broken windows
  • Screen or box-in areas below patios and decks with wire mesh to prevent debris and combustible materials from accumulating.
  • Move any flammable material away from wall exteriors
  • Remove anything stored underneath decks or porches

Call Us Today

SERVPRO® of Murrieta has a team of highly trained technicians on call with a typical response time of 60 minutes. Call us today at 951-894-4392. We’ll clean and restore your fire damage in Murrieta “Like it never even happened.” 

SERVPRO® of Murrieta is Independently Owned and Operated.

Lithium Battery Fire in Murrieta Hot Springs?

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

A smartphone has exploded into flames while hooked up to a lithium battery charger. We are fire damage restoration specialists in Murrieta Hot Springs.

Lithium Batteries Can Cause Fire Damage

According to a report published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, (OSHA), lithium batteries can spontaneously ignite and explode from overheating. Some of the many causes are electrical shorts, overcharging, manufacturer defects, and poor design. When the battery is overheated it causes a chain reaction of events called thermal runaway, that occurs inside the battery when the internal temperature and the pressure rises faster than the energy can be dissipated. Murrieta residents know and trust SERVPRO® of Murrieta to safely restore all kinds of property damage caused by fire and we offer some lithium battery safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Purchase and use devices that are listed by a qualified testing laboratory
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Only use the battery that is designed for the device
  • Put batteries in the device the right way
  • Only use the charging cord that came with the device
  • Do not charge a device under your pillow, on your bed or on a couch
  • Keep batteries at room temperature
  • Do not place batteries in direct sunlight or keep them in hot vehicles
  • Store batteries away from anything that can catch fire

Call Us Today

SERVPRO® of Murrieta is on call and ready to respond to any size fire damage emergency, day or night. Call us today at 951-894-4392. We’ll clean and restore your fire damage in Murrieta “Like it never even happened.” 

SERVPRO® of Murrieta is Independently Owned and Operated.

Burnt Electrical Plug in Murrieta Hot Springs?

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

A burnt refrigerator plug and outlet are shown inside a kitchen. We provide many commercial cleaning and restoration services in Murrieta Hot Springs.

Electrical Fire Prevention Tips

Did you know that electrical failures or malfunctions were the second leading cause of home fires between 2012-2016 in the United States? According to the National Fire Protection Association, (NFPA), arcing was the heat source in three out of five home electrical fires. In order to prevent an electrical fire in your home in Murrieta Hot Springs, SERVPRO® of Murrieta offers some safety tips from the NFPA:

  • Have all work done by a qualified electrician
  • Make sure only one kitchen appliance is plugged into a receptacle outlet at a time
  • Major appliances should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet
  • Install arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) to shut off electricity when a dangerous condition occurs
  • Use ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) to reduce the risk of shock. GFCIs shut off an electrical circuit when it becomes a shock hazard
  • Test AFCIs and GFCIs once a month according to the manufacturer’s recommendations
  • Check electrical cords to make sure they are not running across doorways or under carpets
  • Have a qualified electrician add more receptacle outlets so you don’t have to use extension cords
  • Use light bulbs with the right number of watts

Call Us Today

When you experience fire damage, SERVPRO® of Murrieta wants Murrieta Hot Springs residents to know that we can be onsite to begin the cleanup and restoration process in four hours. Call us today at 951-894-4392 to find out about our emergency cleanup and restoration services.

SERVPRO® of Murrieta is Independently Owned and Operated.

Are You Ready for Wildfire Season in Murrieta?

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

Two tiny houses are shown sitting next to a cardboard cutout of a fire standing next to a tiny cardboard house sitti Protecting your home from fire damage has never been more important in Murrieta Hot Springs.

Wildfire Season is Coming to Murrieta

Wildland fires are no joke in Murrieta. With the high amount of rain this season comes lots of foliage and grasses and that means lots of fuel for wildfires this Summer. According to the Murrieta Fire Department, wildland fire hazards exist in varying degrees over about 90 percent of Riverside County and the City of Murrieta. The undeveloped hillside areas next to the City of Murrieta are especially vulnerable to wildfire. SERVPRO® of Murrieta wants Murrieta Hot Springs residents to know that in the event of fire damage to your home or business, we are Here to Help. ® We follow a seven-step process and will ask you a series of questions when you call to help us respond as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Specialty Trained

Our team of highly trained technicians are ready to respond to your call 24 hours a day and can be on site within four hours of your call. Our technicians are trained and certified in:

  • Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician

Call Us Today

When you experience a fire damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Murrieta wants Murrieta Hot Springs residents to know that we are ready to serve your needs. Call us today at 951-894-4392 to find out about our fire damage cleanup and restoration services.

SERVPRO® of Murrieta is Independently Owned and Operated.

San Diego & Los Angeles Can Rely on SERVPRO of Murietta

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

soot-damaged wall with soot-stained vase SERVPRO of Murietta restores fire-damaged property

SERVPRO® of Murietta hopes fire never damages homes or businesses in the Los Angeles/San Diego region, but if it does, we are Here to Help®

Whatever the disaster, call SERVPRO of Murietta at (951) 894-4392 or contact us online.  We are Faster to any size disaster because we know how important it is to start cleaning up the damage before it gets worse.

Fires cause immediate damage as well as secondary damage. Water and other fire retardants cause additional damage, including microbial growth that causes destruction of its own. Soot and smoke can even metal and concrete. All of these substances can stain fabrics, furniture, and other contents. All cause odors that do not go away without expert cleaning.

SERVPRO of Murietta technicians have the training and the equipment to stop further damage and remediate existing damage. Whenever possible, SERVPRO of Murietta works to restore belongings rather than force you to replace them.

The Red Cross has a helpful guide for anyone in the Los Angeles/San Diego Metro region who is coping with the aftermath of a fire.

When fire and water take control of your life,

we help you take it back

SERVPRO of Murietta is independently owned and operated.

Links:

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire/home-fire-recovery.html

https://www.SERVPROplantation.com/

Tips to Prevent Kitchen Fire in Murrieta

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

Women with a cooking fire going on Cooking is the number 1 cause of fire in the US. Make sure that you keep a fire extinguisher handy in case of a fire.

SERVPRO of Murrieta understands that cooking equipment is a leading cause of fire damage and fire injuries in your Murrieta home.

To help prevent fire damage, SERVPRO of Murrieta shares these tips. They make more sense than not cooking at home.

  • Many kitchen items can catch fire, including dishtowels, oven mitts, recipes, wooden tools, and loose clothing
  • Never operate the stove or oven when you are tired or have been drinking alcohol
  • If you are frying, broiling, grilling, or boiling food, stay in the kitchen. If you leave, even for a short time, turn off the heat
  • Keep flammable items at least three feet from the stovetop
  • Do not allow children within two to four feet of the stove or oven
  • If you must leave the house while cooking of any kind, turn off the heat sources

Remember that fire is fast. If you cannot contain a fire immediately, leave and bring everyone with you. Call 9-1-1 from outside your City or County home.



SERVPRO of Murrieta reminds you that fire prevention is the best strategy against fire damage. 

SERVPRO of Murrieta is independently owned and operated. 

Links:

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/

How to Use Fire Extinguishers in Murrieta

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

graphic about fire extinguishers Knowing which extinguisher to use and having it on hand is important to keep you safe.

Here at SERVPRO of Murrieta we hope you never experience the devastation that comes with fire damage. However, in the event that disaster strikes, be aware that our IICRC certified technicians are qualified in all aspects of cleaning up the damage left by smoke and fire in your business or residence in Murrieta.

Fire extinguishers may help prevent fire damage or smoke damage, but only if you know how to use them. 

SERVPRO of Murrieta wants to share these tips from FEMA. You can try to fight a small fire only if:

  • You have alerted others in the building that there is a fire
  • Someone has called the fire department
  • You are physically able to use a fire extinguisher
  • The fire is small and contained (like a wastebasket)
  • You are safe from the fire’s smoke
  • You have a clear escape route

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher: SERVPRO of Murrieta suggests you remember 

PASS:

Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism

Aim at the base of the fire

Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly

Sweep the nozzle side to side



SERVPRO of Murrieta is independently owned and operated.

The Best Fire Control is Fire Prevention in Murrieta

4/2/2020 (Permalink)

Turn your attention to fire prevention written on the side of a fire truck. SERVPRO of Murrieta is Here To Help when fire damage strikes.

The U.S. Fire Administration reports that a small flame can turn into a major fire in just 30 seconds. Flames and smoke can fill the house in just a few minutes. SERVPRO of Murrieta will help you recover from fire damage. We hope you never need that kind of help. 

The best fire control is fire prevention.

SERVPRO of Murrieta notes that the 2019 Fire Prevention Week is October 6 – 12.

SERVPRO of Murrieta offers these Tips for Fire Prevention: Overview

  • Items that can catch fire include: dish towels, oven mitts, paper, curtains, wooden spoons, decorations
  • Heat sources include light bulbs, fireplaces, stovetops, furnaces, candles, or electric heaters.
  • Keep items that can catch fire at least 3 feet away from heat sources
  • Keep kids at least 3 feet away from heat sources
  • Turn off heat sources when you leave the home or go to bed
  • Never use the oven as a heater
  • Have the fireplace chimney inspected & cleaned once a year

SERVPRO of Murrieta suggests you keep one or more fire extinguishers available.

Remember fire is fast. If there is a fire, leave and bring everyone with you. Call 9-1-1 from outside the home.

SERVPRO of Murrieta is independently owned and operated. 

Links:

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/

Murrieta Smoke and Soot Cleanup

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

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

Smoke and soot facts:

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

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Murrieta 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 – 
(951) 894-4392

SERVPRO and the Red Cross team up to prepare communities and businesses for disasters

5/25/2016 (Permalink)

If you are not aware of the Ready Rating™ program, it is a free, web-based program developed to help businesses, schools and organizations plan and prepare for disasters and emergencies.

Unfortunately, Up to 40% of businesses don’t survive disasters, with 80% going out of business, if not back up within a month. SERVPRO would like to help increase the odds and has supported the Red Cross for over 3 years; our donations to the organization to date exceed one million dollars.

Benefits of the Ready Rating™ program include:

• 123 Assessment that assesses possible threats and their possible impacts

• Ready Rating Scorecard that provides current readiness levels

• Ready Rating Next Steps Report that provides customized recommendations and a ranking of implementation actions, according to resources required

• Emergency Response Plan to outline steps to take before, during and after an emergency

• Additional assessments, tools and resources developed by Red Cross experts

Your business or organization can join now at ReadyRating.org, and if you are in need of emergency water or fire help please call SERVPRO of Murrieta at (951)894-4392.

House fire dangers increase during the holiday season

11/12/2015 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire damage

Cooking fires are one of the leading causes of fire in a home, and the three most common days for these fires to occur are Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas. Fires due to candles also increase in December, according to the National Fire Prevention Association.

SERVPRO of Murrieta wants to encourage homeowners to take extra care by not leaving candles or stoves burning unattended. 

If you do experience fire damage in your home, there are some things you can do to limit the damage after the fire is safely put out.

  • Limit the movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and clothing
  • Place dry colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • Wipe soot from chrome kitchen and bathroom faucets trim and appliances then protect these surfaces with a light covering of lubricant
  • Change the HVAC filter, but leave the system off until it can be inspected
  • Don’t attempt to wash any walls, surfaces or upholstery without contacting a fire restoration specialist. 
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixture if the ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and can cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
  • SERVPRO of Murrieta wishes you a safe and joyous holiday season! We have emergency crews ready for any size fire damage. Please call (951) 894-4392.