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How to Minimize the Risk of a Kitchen Fire

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

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Most of us are so at home in our kitchens, we hardly take any notice of any potential risk or problems. Besides burning dinner or having the potatoes boil over, we assume we are fine.

But fires happen in kitchens all the time. In fact, well over half of the fires that start in our homes start in the kitchen. Clearly, we need to be more aware. People can get seriously injured, our homes get damaged or destroyed, and people lose their lives.

How to Minimize the Risk of a Kitchen Fire

There are so many easy ways to make sure we are safe while using our kitchens. So many fires are completely preventable.

Check Smoke Detectors

These are supposed to be checked at least semi-annually for the entire household. Change the batteries in all your detectors and check to make sure they are working.

Don’t Leave Cooking Unattended

It only takes a second for something to go wrong when you are cooking. If you need to leave the room, even for a minute, turn the burners off. Elements won’t cool down very fast, so food will continue to cook, and gas stoves will heat right back up again.

We live in an age where we are constantly distracted. Phones and gadgets can all be attention-grabbers. If you use an electronic device for your recipes, shut off email, texts, and other messaging applications so you won’t lose yourself in the banality.

Keep Area Clean

Grease from cooking can build up on the stovetop, above the stove, and on the backsplash. Wipe these down after each use or at the end of the day. Spilled or dropped food items or liquids can start a fire in seconds, whether you are in the room or not.

Remove things like potholders, tea towels, paper towels, cookbooks, aprons, and the like from coming in contact with the flame, the hot pot, or the burner. These can ignite in a flash and they crumble and bits can go everywhere, starting a larger fire.

Remove all packaging right away from the food you open, the wrappers, the grocery bags, and put them in the garbage. Make sure nothing was spilled from them when they were opened.

Wear Appropriate Clothing

Avoid wearing long floppy sleeves with wide wrists, clothing that flows out or can get caught on knobs, handles or pot handles, and tie your hair back. Always use oven mitts or a potholder when touching hot lids or handles. Wear an apron and make sure your feet are covered and comfortable.

Keep Kids Away

Many kids are eager to help out in the kitchen. Give them a task they can safely do and make sure they are seated away from the stove. Always educate them on kitchen safety, heat, knives, appliances, everything.

They can get in and get underfoot, as can the family dog or cat. They are all interested when there is food being prepared. Be aware of where they are to prevent accidents from happening.

Keep a Fire Extinguisher

You should always have a fire extinguisher handy. A small one in the kitchen can save your kitchen and save lives. Baking soda, a lid, and education will help you if you know how to use them, and when.

SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown

If you do have a fire in your kitchen, contact SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown. We can clean and restore your home as good as new. We have highly trained fire restoration technicians with all the right tools and knowledge.

5 Tips for Keeping Your Commercial Building Free from Mold

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

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Mold and mildew don’t need very much encouragement to grow. Once it starts, it can spread very quickly. Not only can it cause damage, but it can affect people’s health.

Mold can grow on a variety of surfaces, cloth, carpets, drywall, and wood. With a large commercial building keeping everyone cool or warm, condensation can form and provide the mold the moisture it needs to spread.

5 Tips for Keeping Your Commercial Building Free from Mold

Regular cleanings and maintenance inspections will help keep mold from taking over the building, in particular, areas that are not often used.

1. Deep Cleaning

Start with your HVAC system. Getting it cleaned, changing or cleaning the filters, and keeping it in great form will help stop the spread of mold spores. The vents, ducts, and the rest all need to be maintained.

When the air is not moving through the vents, dust and mold can just sit there, so when you turn it back on, the room fills with it all. Any amount of hair, dust, dirt, animal hair and waste, and mold can be in the vents.

The mold can get inside these areas and grow. There are times when you don’t need the system, so have it maintained in the spring and fall, to be safe. Reducing the movement of the mold will help considerably.

2. Dehumidify

Condensation can form during the hot months, during the cold months, at any time. A commercial building will have a lot of people, and people can cause condensation.

A dehumidifier will help draw moisture out of the air. It can make a big difference in a building that is very populated and turning off the heat or air conditioning is not an option.

Put them in areas when moisture is prevalent. Basements, upper floors, kitchens or cafeterias, shower rooms, laundry rooms, and anywhere that has excessive moisture. They are available in different sizes.

3. Make Repairs

Fixing small problems will help them from becoming big problems. Leaks in the roof or foundation, cracks in the walls or foundation, gaps around windows, taps or pipes that drip, or leak, and faulty thermostats.

These can all allow heat and cold air in or out, which means it makes it harder to control the humidity inside the building. Damp patches or pooling water, or a recent flood, should all be taken care of right away. Hire a professional.

4. Regular Checks

Building maintenance should be looking for anything suspicious on a regular basis. Keeping an eye on areas that have higher concentrations of moisture or humidity for signs.

Dark spots, fuzzy patches, musty smells, can all appear anywhere. Carpets, walls, ceilings, floors, and under sinks, behind walls in shower rooms, laundry room, bathrooms, and kitchen areas.

5. Regular Inspections

It’s a great idea to have your maintenance team take care of regular checks and repairs, but hiring a professional to inspect the building can be a great help. They can spot areas that may be developing mold that you are not aware of.

They are also great at finding areas of potential mold, too, so you can stop it before it gets a chance to start.

If you find mold, call in a professional team to take care of it right away. You don’t want to try and clean it by yourself. Professionals have the right tools and products to take care of it.

You can trust SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown to take care of any mold problems you encounter in your commercial building. Contact us today for a professional cleaning.

8 Reasons Your Toilet May Be Leaking

3/5/2021 (Permalink)

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Our toilets are one of the most common causes of leaks in our homes. While it may not be leaking out onto the floor, it can still be leaking inside. This can cost you money.

If there is water around the base of your toilet, you need to address it right away. There could be a lot of damage happening beneath the surface, and it may have been going on for some time.

8 Reasons Your Toilet May Be Leaking

Water leaking around your toilet can soak into the floor and beyond.

1. Cracked Tank or Bowl

While tanks and the bowls are pretty durable, they can get cracks. These often start with a small, hairline crack, but can get bigger. Toilets may get shifted or jarred and can get cracked in the back where you won’t notice them. They may have simply been faulty, as well.

2. Worn Washers

There are two large bolts that keep the tank attached to the bowl, and two more that keep the toilet bolted to the floor. If the bolts or washers get stripped, rusted out, break, or wear out, they won’t be able to hold it all together.

3. Pipe Corrosion

There could be corrosion in your pipes because of age, impurities in the water, or heavy metals in your water. Rust will develop in the metallic portions of the toilet because of this corrosion.

Pipe corrosion can often cause a lot of damage because you often don’t know it is even there. It starts inside the pipes, so it could be there for a long time before you even see any signs of trouble.

4. Float

The float is the hollow ball that floats on the surface of the water in your toilet tank. It can become unhooked, cracked, or it isn’t lined up properly, the fill valve may run too much, causing a leak. The chain may come off, or if it gets a crack, it can take on water and not work properly.

5. Faulty Supply Line

If there is any kind of damage to supply lines, it can put a major strain on your toilet. Sometimes, if the joints in a supply line come undone and break down, water starts to drip out. The rubber lining in a supply line can also start to leak after several years.

6. Worn-Out Fill Valve

The fill valve on the toilet can also wear down over time. This is often due to mineral deposits, but they can also rust. If enough builds up to warp the fill valve, it can stop working properly, preventing your toilet from shutting off and causing leakage.

7. Stuck or Worn-out Flapper

The flapper is that plug in the bottom of your tank. It releases the water when you flush. If it gets stuck, either open or closed, you have a problem. This can also happen if your handle is stuck.

If the flapper is stuck open, the fill valve will not shut off, so it will just keep running. If the flapper wears out, no longer fits properly, or gets a tear, then it will not be able to regulate the water in the tank.

8. Broken Connections

Your toilet has many different connectors that prevent water leaks. If any of these connections lose their seal, water may end up on your bathroom floor. You can check your toilet’s connections to see if there are any problems before they turn into leaks.

Water Damage From Leaks

Don’t despair over the damage caused by your leaking toilet. Call the experts at SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown to clean it up.

Weathering Winter Storms With SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown

2/25/2021 (Permalink)

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Winter can really wreak havoc on your home and property. When disaster strikes, it is worse when it is freezing outside. All too often, one disaster can lead to another.

Made worse by fluctuating temperatures, ice and snow will intermittently melt and freeze. Add heavy snow or sleet, high winds, and even just the weight of the snow, it can be a massive headache for homeowners.

Winter Storms and Problems

Even if you prepare for winter, freezing temperatures and winter storms can still cause damage.

Roof

Heavy snow and ice can damage your roof, even to the point of collapse. If there were already small cracks or holes, the snow and ice can settle in there. This is bad news.

When the sun hits the roof, the snow and ice melt, soaking into any little crevice it can find. This alone causes damage but when it refreezes, it expands, causing even more damage.

Without proper repairs or insulation, it can cause water to pool and then freeze. It can damage vents, your eaves troughs, and tear up your shingles or tiles. Drips, floods, or worse, a cave-in can mean a big job and a big mess.

If you add in blowing wind and snow or sleet, it can tear the shingles right off, not to mention damage your chimney. The wind can also tear off nearby branches and that can fall against your home, damaging the roof and more.

Siding

When the wind blows it causes pressure against the siding and allows moisture to get up underneath of it all. That can seep into your walls and down into the foundation.

Flooding

Floods are a massive problem in severe weather. Whether they start from the roof or fill your basement, they are a common problem. Melting snow and ice can overwhelm your drainage system and flood the yard, the home, and your neighborhood.

Depending on what pipes have ruptured, there can be a problem with toxic or dangerous substances involved. This is not something you can handle on your own.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen or bursting pipes are one of the most common winter problems we encounter. One of the biggest concerns is that you may not know it has burst until it begins to thaw out again.

This can flood the area and cause structural damage to the home. Floods in cold weather can lead to more damage if the water is running into an unheated area. This can turn your basement or crawl space into a hockey rink.

What’s Next?

If you are caught in a winter storm that has caused some severe damage to your home, you do not need to fix it on your own. If it is a water-related problem, shut off the main water source and call your plumber.

You will need a team who can come in and clean up the damage caused by the broken pipes. You want a company that will arrive quickly, assess the damage, and gets to work right away.

Covering up any open holes or broken windows should be done to prevent further damage before the clean-up can get started. This type of storm damage needs to be treated right away.

Cleaning and Restoration

If you find yourself with winter storm damage, contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown. We provide fast and efficient 24-hour service for emergencies.

We are faster in a disaster and specialize in water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive water damage restoration training that helps you get back to normal more quickly.

Fire Restoration Tips for Your Kansas City Business

2/18/2021 (Permalink)

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Very few events in our lives are more shocking and devastating than a fire. It happens suddenly and completely disrupts our lives. If this has happened to you and your business, all is not lost.

The most important thing to know is, you are not alone. Help is available and you should be able to get your business back up and running just as it was before.

After The Fire at Your Business

Getting out of the building alive is your number one priority. Everything thing else can be restored or replaced.

Contact Your Insurance Company

Call them as soon as you can. They will handle all the necessary paperwork, inspections, and anything else that needs to be dealt with.

They will also have some recommendations for cleaning and restoration companies that will get your place of business back together. A company that works with your insurance company and complies with the terms of your insurance agreement.

Choosing a Cleaning Company

You want to choose a company that will work quickly and communicates with you clearly and in a timely manner. With a lot of fire, smoke, and water damage, it needs to be taken care of as soon as possible.

Depending on what was burnt will also depend on what type of residue is remaining. There may be toxic fumes, exposed wires, holes, fallen beams, and damaged walls.

They should be able to safely remove everything, including hazardous wastes safely. Getting everything out will allow them to assess the damage faster and set out a plan for rebuilding.

It’s much better if you can find a company that will take care of all the damage and restores the building or space that was damaged. It makes it much easier for you and the insurance company to put the trust in one team, rather than trying to find several.

If they can handle all the damages that occur from a fire, that is a bonus. If they are also able to make the repairs, replace the carpet, drywall, and paint, then you are cutting the time and the job in half.

Ideally, you want a company to be able to come in and handle the entire process from the assessment to the final consultation. When you have the same team throughout, you can be assured that they are familiar with the place, the process, and what the terms of your insurance are.

Prevention and Education

The company you choose for the cleaning and restoration should also be able to consult with you on why the fire happened and what you can do in the future to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Even if you were not directly responsible, having regular inspections, fire drills, and being aware of what the most frequent causes of fires are will ensure you don’t have another one too soon.

Prevention is key. Make sure you have working detectors in your place of business, clearly defined fire exits, and what to do if there is a fire. Have your fire extinguishers checked regularly, as per the manufacturer’s recommendation.

Count on Professionals

If you need help after a business fire, contact SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown. We can take care of everything from after the fire to your grand re-opening. With 9 project managers on staff for all of our claims you will be well taken care of, from start to finish we will be your one point for all of your questions. We communicate with the insurance company, property manager and anyone else you want looped into our daily updates.

Contact us for business restoration after a fire. We are a trusted leader in the restoration business and can offer 24-hour emergency service.

6 Steps to Take When Your Commercial Building Has Mold

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Mold is never a welcome sight. It’s also not something you should tend to on your own. This is a job for professionals. There is more to taking care of mold than just cleaning it up. You want to make sure it doesn’t come back.

Unfortunately, mold can start to grow in any number of places, and not always obvious ones. If there is excess moisture it can start growing on carpets, behind appliances, in the ceiling, insulation, paper, wood, and even in your ventilation system.

If you discover mold or even suspect you may have it, you should take steps right away to get rid of it. It will spread very quickly and not only pose health effects but can cause damage to the property.

What to Do When You Discover Mold

It is important that you act quickly when mold is discovered. 

  1. Alert People

Let people living or working in the building know that there has been mold discovered and move them to a different area. People can experience health effects to the spores let out by growing mold. 

  1. Ventilate The Area

Do your best to get air moving through the space. Open doors, windows, or use fans to start getting the moisture down and the air flowing. Once the cleanup starts, the mold spores can get disturbed. 

  1. Remove Water

Clean up the water or the leak that is causing the mold to grow. If you are not clear where it is coming from, call your maintenance team or your plumber to check it out.

Clean up all the water that may be pooling in the area. If it is a lot, get professionals to do it for you. The water needs to be removed and the source needs to be stopped.

  1. Discard Moldy Items

Remove carpet, books, cloth, boxes, anything that has come in contact with the mold. Anything that can’t be cleaned completely should be bagged up and discarded. Always wear protective gear, like a face mask, gloves, or anything you have available.

  1. Call The Professionals

You really need to call professionals in to clean up the mold and affected area. They know what to look for, how to identify different types of molds, have the proper cleaning supplies, and the proper clothing protection need.

  1. Education and Prevention

Once your building has been given the all-clear, people can return to those areas. It is important that people are aware of the causes and signs of mold or even potential mold.

Everyone should be made aware of the signs to look for and where mold is most likely to appear. Basements, laundry room, breakrooms, washrooms, and mop closets.

Look behind appliances, in corners, on the ceiling, and anywhere there may be damp spots, leaks, or water pooling.

Repair all leaking taps, pipes, or appliances that use water.

Have the HVAC system checked regularly, twice a year is recommended. Spring and fall work best.

Have regular cleaning maintenance on floors, walls, common areas, and basements.

Call SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown

Regardless of your role in the commercial building, you should never have to take these types of jobs on yourself. Find a trusted professional team you can count on to service your building regularly.

SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown is just such a team. From cleaning to inspecting and damage recovery, we are the company to trust, contact us today!

Why SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown is the New Standard of Clean

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

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If this past year has taught us anything, it’s the need to be clean. While wearing masks and keeping our hands clean help us personally, what about all the surfaces we encounter every day?

If you are slowly reopening your business, you want to be able to promise your team and your customers that your business is safe. This may not be an easy task. People are reluctant to gather and enter places that are not on the necessity list.

SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown is going the extra mile to make sure you get the best cleaning possible to ensure a safer place of business for everyone. It is understandable people will be leery, but we have to start somewhere.

From office buildings to nursing homes, SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown will design a cleaning program suited specifically for you. Not everyone’s needs will be the same, nor should they be.

SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown is dedicated to inspiring confidence in communities across the country as we all find our way to a new normal. And they are doing just that with Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

What is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned?

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is our new defensive pathogen cleaning program. It goes way beyond standard janitorial cleaning practices. This is proactive viral pathogen cleaning.

We have set up a new cleaning program, developed to serve all of our customer’s needs and businesses. Starting with our very own Three Cs Program.

The Three Cs programs help make sure you get the cleaning service that is designed just for you. It is a program you can trust to get the most professional and deep clean available.

Consult:

SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown will take a look at your business, ask you questions about what you do and what your needs are, and then design a cleaning regime that will be unique to you and the needs agreed upon by both parties.

Clean:

Our team will arrive with all the products and tools needed for the clean designed for your business. You can expect an expert deep clean is initiated using our proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions and always adhering to the leading level of cleaning and decontamination standards that have been set by the CDC.

Certify:

When the team has finished cleaning and inspected everything, they mark it with the shield of approval by posting The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield in the front window.

Along with digital emblems and other collateral, this beacon represents their commitment to the comfort and security of their employees, customers, and community. Let others know you care enough to get the very best.

This shield tells your community you care about their health and well-being. So when you see the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield, you can walk in with confidence. Because you’ll know the #1 choice in clean up and restoration was there.

Trust the Professionals

Getting your business back open is a big enough job for you and your team. Before you start, start with a clean, sanitized space that will be safe for all your employees and customers.

Contact SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown today if you need help getting your business back on track and open to the public. We are available for 24-hour emergency services and work with residential and commercial buildings.

With over 50 years of experience in biochemical spill remediation and decontamination, you can trust SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown Professionals to bring a higher standard of cleanliness to the places we gather.

Why Even Small Water Leaks Need to be Fixed Immediately

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

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Dripping faucets or a small leak behind the dishwasher might not seem like a big deal, but it can be costly. More importantly, you need to worry about the small drips and leaks that you can’t see.

Water damage is one of the worst nightmares for any homeowner because it has the potential to wreak havoc with everything. Wood, concrete, insulation, and the roof down to the foundation.

How Do I Know if I Have A Leak?

It’s those leaks that are quietly ruining your home that you need to be worried about the most. The ones you can’t see. Here are a few signs to keep in mind.

  • Higher humidity
  • Stains or damp patches
  • Peeling wallpaper
  • Soft areas on the floor
  • Musty or moldy odors
  • Sagging floors or ceilings
  • Lower than usual water pressure
  • Rust in metal surfaces, like hinges and screws
  • Mold or mildew forming
  • Excessive condensation

If you have noticed any of these signs, you should call your plumber right away and have them checked out.

Get Small Leaks Fixed

Unfortunately, plumbing problems become whole-house problems. In particular, if they have been left for too long. The first sign of a leak should be taken care of right away.

Mold

All that mold needs to grow is moisture and a surface. It can grow rapidly and cause health effects. Mold lets off spores that can make your entire family sick. Mold and mildew can also cause a lot of damage to your home.

The smell of mold is exceedingly difficult to get rid of. It can eat away at almost any surface it is growing on. If it goes for too long without treatment, you will need to bring in experts to come and take care of it for you.

Floors and Walls

Pipes leaking under a sink in your kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room can cause massive soft spots on the floor. Left alone, they can cause damage all the way through the flooring leading to holes.

The thing about water is that it continues to spread. This can move all the way over to walls, as well. Insulation, electrical wiring, and support beams can all be damaged without you ever knowing.

Safety First

Once the damage starts and the structure of the home is compromised, it can make it dangerous for people living there. Floors, walls, and ceilings are weakened and make it a hazard to be around.

People can trip if floors are weakened or carpets care lifting due to dampness. Lighting fixtures can become unsafe hanging from ceilings, and pipes can become corroded and break or start larger leaks.

The dangers of mold forming are also a health concern. The mold will continue to grow, even if it has been removed unless the leak is fixed, as well. Even if the mold doesn’t make you sick, it looks terrible.

Water damage of any kind decreases the value of your home and makes it look uncared for. Repairing the stains and blemishes of water damage without fixing the source is just throwing money away.

Clean-up and Restoration

Once you have located and fixed the leaking water, now you need to clean up the mess and fix the damage. Ideally, you want a company that can do both. That company is SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown.

Our team is certified and trained to make the water restoration process quick and easy. We understand that disasters never strike at a convenient time, that is why we are ready to respond 24-hours a day

Why SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown is the Company to Call for Your Restoration Needs

1/21/2021 (Permalink)

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Fire, floods, natural disasters can all really do a lot of damage to your home or business. There is a lot of work to be done if you have experienced some type of accident or natural disaster.

Safety for yourself and your family or employees is always number one. But, once it has passed, what do you do from there? The first thing you want to do is find a company to help you get back on your feet again. 

SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown

SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown has all the tools, equipment, training, and experience to get you through your time of need. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

ICRC Training and Certification

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our Professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.

Employee Certification Training

The Employee Certification Training is a voluntary, self-paced program designed for SERVPRO Franchise employees. Certification is awarded after successful completion of course materials and an examination. Some of the areas covered include:

  • Crew Training
  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Not only are there other areas covered, but education and training are also on a continuum. We are learning and upgrading their skills all the time to stay on top of all new policies, tools, equipment, methods, and even insurance concerns.

We also understand that all situations are not the same. That’s why we use the same methods tailored to suit your distinct situation. Whether you have had a fire, a flood, or other types of disaster, we can take care of the problem quickly and professionally.

When Disaster Strikes

When you need help getting back on your feet, you want a company that can handle everything from the clean-up to restoration, the inspection to the insurance.

We have the experience and training to make sure everything is taken care of. Whether it a business or your home, you can count on us.

Restoration is the final step. That means getting your home or business to its pre-fire or pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet.

We can also simplify the restoration process from water and fire damage by handling both the initial water or fire damage mitigation and rebuilding of the affected areas.

Using the same company for all the needs after a disaster can save you time and money. Working with your insurance company and a professional team that can handle all the clean-up and restoration also means less worry for you.

Contact us to find out how we can help you find your way back from a disaster. It doesn’t have to define you and once you have everything restored back to new, or better, you will forget it ever happened.

Common Causes of Residential Fires and How to Avoid Them

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

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The slightest misstep can cause untold damages in a house fire. These small accidents can turn into massive blazes within seconds. Even small fires can injure people and cost thousands in repairs.

The best way to prevent a fire in your home is by understanding how easily they can start.

Common Causes of Home Fires

Fires can start in several different ways, but the main cause of fires are heat and chemicals.

Kitchen Fires

Grease fires are extremely common while cooking. They are also known for getting completely out of hand very rapidly. Even a little bit of spilled grease will spread quickly and be very difficult to control.

Other culprits are smaller cooking appliances, like toasters, toaster ovens, and griddles. They can have an electrical short or frayed cord. They can start fires when they are touching other objects like the bread bag, a tea towel, or paper.

Avoid these fires by never leaving cooking food unattended. For a grease fire, DON’T PANIC. People tend to freak out and that’s where the fire can take control.

Turn the heat off and cover the pot with a metal lid. Never throw water on it or try to cover it with a towel. Keep baking soda nearby to toss on the grease fire, and your kitchen should always have a fire extinguisher.

Keep cookware clean and free of built-up grease. Clean out smaller appliances, like a toaster to get all the crumbs out. Never put small cooking appliances away hot.

Electrical Fires

Another area for fires in the home is electrical. These start from short circuits, circuits overheating. They can also be caused by frayed wires in the walls, broken or damaged cords, or poor electrical work.

These types of fires are very deadly, as we often don’t know they are even present. Some older homes can have wiring that is simply outdated. If you can’t blow dry your hair while mom makes toast, your wiring needs an upgrade.

Prevent overtaxing your electrical system. Don’t plug too many appliances into the same socket or power bar. This is vital at the holidays if you are putting up a tree and decorations that require electricity.

Always check your cords on your lights, lamps, all appliances, and extension cords.

Have regular inspections to make sure everything is working and there are no damages. Do not perform these inspections on your own. You may have more problems than you can see, like rodent damage or dampness.

Smoking

A dropped cigarette can start a fire so quickly, and it can travel fast. Carpets, furniture, beds, or newspapers and magazines.

Don’t smoke in the house.

Candles and Space Heaters

These two are also responsible for causing a lot of undue fires. Don’t leave either of these unattended, around children, or close to flammables.

After The Fire

If you have suffered a fire, you likely have a lot of smoke damage. Don’t attempt to clean it yourself. At SERVPRO of Kansas City Midtown we are ready and waiting to take care of it for you.

From clean-up to restoration, we will take care of your home. Get in touch with us today!