Recent Fire Damage Posts

Removing Smoke & Soot After a Fire in Graves & McCracken County

8/3/2022 (Permalink)

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER A FIRE?

Removal of Smoke and Soot From all Surfaces

SERVPRO of Paducah and Mayfield uses specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Cleaning and Sanitizing

SERVPRO of Paducah and Mayfield will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Thermal Fogging

Thermal fogging is a process where a deodorizer is heated and sprayed in a fog form. Because it's in a fog form, the mixture is able to permeate even the toughest-to-reach spots. The mixture attaches to the smoke particles and absorbs them, thus neutralizing any odor.

These tools and techniques are part of the cleanup arsenal SERVPRO of Paducah & Mayfield use to make it "Like it never even happened."

Available 24/7/365 call SERVPRO of Paducah at 270-443-4555 for Water and Fire Cleanup & Restoration.

Where There's Smoke There's Fire in Graves & McCracken County

7/15/2022 (Permalink)

Fire is Fast, Fire is Hot, Fire is Dark, Fire is Deadly!

Did you know smoke is poisonous? It kills more people in home fires than flames.

Follow These Steps to Protect Yourself and Your Family from Home Fire Smoke:

  • Install Smoke Alarms 
  • Make a Home Fire Escape Plan
  • Practice Your Fire Escape Plan
  • Get out of your home right away if you see smoke or the smoke alarm sounds
  • Get low to the ground and get under the smoke to your exit
  • Go to your outside meeting place and call 911

If you can't escape from a fire:

  • Stuff wet towels or sheets around the door and vents to keep the smoke out
  • Call 911 and tell them where you are
  • Open a window slightly and place a bright cloth outside to signal your location. Close the window so the air doesn't pull the smoke into the room

For more detailed information about Fire and Smoke protection click here:https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/fief/index.html#featured

Available 24/7 call SERVPRO of Paducah & Mayfield for Fire and Water Cleanup & Restoration @ 270-443-4555

Get Back to Business Quickly After a Fire in McCracken and Graves County Kentucky

4/1/2022 (Permalink)

As a business owner, you know that any disruption in business affects your bottom line. Our goal is to help you get your business up and running again as soon as possible after a fire emergency.

SERVPRO also helps you navigate the insurance claims process and coordinate the necessary paperwork for a quicker, easier experience. 

Many National and local insurance companies trust in our 50+ years experience in cleanup and restoration. 

After a Fire - Use Caution

While waiting for help to arrive, safety is key:

    • Assess whether it’s safe to stay in the house.
    • Look out for electrical and “slip and fall” hazards.
    • Only attempt activities that are safe for you to perform.
    • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!
    • If safe to enter, and weather permits; open windows and doors to “air out” structure and reduce smoke odors.

Practice Your Home Fire Escape Plan for Western Kentucky

4/1/2022 (Permalink)

Creating and practicing a home fire escape plan is simple. Follow the steps below to make sure everyone in your home is prepared and knows what to do in case of a home fire.

  • Make a written home fire escape plan and practice getting out in under 2 minutes.
  • Make sure you have smoke alarms on every level of your home and in each bedroom. Test them twice a year.
  • Learn the best practices for home fire safety and fire safety with children.

Make an escape plan:

  • Learn two ways out of every room in your home, in case one exit is blocked or dangerous to use. A second way out can include an escape ladder for rooms on an upper level.
  • Practice getting low and moving to your exits in case there is smoke.
  • Choose a safe meeting place a safe distance from your home. 
  • Have a home fire drill at least twice a year.

Conduct a Home Fire Drill:

Fires can start anywhere in the home and at any time, so run through the plan at different times of the day or night and practice different ways out.

For more information about fire safety go to: https://www.ready.gov/home-fire-escape-plan

Available 24/7/365 SERVPRO of Paducah & Mayfield can be reached at 270-443-4555

Stop Winter Fires Before They Happen in Ballard, Graves, and McCracken County

2/3/2022 (Permalink)

HEATING - is the second leading cause of US home fires and home fire injuries and third leading cause of home fire deaths.

December, January and February are the peak months for heating fires. 

HEATING FIRE FACTS

  • Most home heating fire deaths (81%) involved stationary or portable space heaters.
  • Give space heaters space! They account for 4 out of 5 home heating fire deaths
  • Half of the home heating fire deaths were caused by having heating equipment to close too things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing mattresses or bedding.

CANDLES - Candle fires peak in December and January with 11 percent of candle fires in each of these months.

ELECTRICAL - Electrical home fires are a leading cause of home fires in the U.S.

Click here for more information on fire protection: https://www.nfpa.org/

BE SAFE THIS WINTER!

Available 24/7 - Call SERVPRO of Paducah & Mayfield at 270-443-4555 for your Fire and Water cleanup and restoration needs.

What To Do After A Fire In Ballard and Fulton County Kentucky?

1/4/2022 (Permalink)

Everyone is okay!  No one was home when it happened.  An electrical short caused a fire in the kitchen.  The fire marshal is going to inspect our home now to be sure it's safe to go in and assess the damage. 

Luckily only a couple appliances were destroyed but smoke and soot went everywhere.  The smell of smoke is making me cough as I walk around. What do we do now? Who do we call to clean up this mess up?  

Our neighbor had water damage from a busted pipe last winter and they called SERVPRO of Paducah and Mayfield.  She was very pleased with their work. I got on my phone and searched for Fire Damage and Cleanup.  Their name popped up along with some information:

We Can Help in the Aftermath of Fire Damage

Beyond just the fire damage, smoke and soot can cause health effects, creating a hazardous situation. Even if a fire is contained in one area, smoke and soot can travel throughout a structure. Our professionals are highly-trained, with the experience, tools and knowledge to clean up fire and smoke damage. In keeping with our goal to restore your home and cherished possessions to their pre-fire condition, we use appropriate personal protective measures to safely clean, deodorize and restore your property. 

PERFECT!  They arrived in no time and started to work immediately!  

Available 24/7 SERVPRO of Paducah and Mayfield is Here to Help!  Call 270-443-4555 for Fire & Water Cleanup and Restoration!

How to put out an Electrical Fire in Mayfield and Paducah

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

In September we provided information on how to put out Grease Fires.  Today we follow that up with Electrical Fire Safety (see Rachel Engel's full article here https://bit.ly/3w5tHUY )

Winter typically means spending more time indoors and using more electricity – to heat our homes, power devices that keep us entertained and light up our houses indoors and out during the holidays. 

In an effort to keep your community safe, please keep these tips for combatting an electrical fire handy in the event of an emergency, and share them with friends and family. Knowing how to respond quickly could be the difference between a small fire and a devastating disaster.

IF AN ELECTRICAL FIRE STARTS

1. Cut off the electricity. If the device that is causing the electrical fire is found, and you can reach the cord and outlet safely, unplug it. 

2. Add sodium bicarbonate. If the fire is small, you may put it out by smothering it with baking soda.

3. Remove the oxygen source. It may also be put out by removing the oxygen source with clothing or a heavy blanket if the fire is small and it is safe to do so.

4. Don’t use water to put it out. Water is a natural conductor of electricity and if you throw water on an electrical fire, you can get shocked or electrocuted. Also, water may enable to fire to spread by conducting electricity throughout the room and potentially igniting flammable materials.

5. Check your fire extinguisher. Electrical fires are a Class C fire, which means that you will need an extinguisher that is appropriate for this type of fire. Most residential fire extinguishers are multi-purpose and labeled ABC, but it is crucial to verify this before using it on an electrical fire. 

Call SERVPRO of Paducah & Mayfield 24/7 at 270-443-4555 for any Fire or Water Emergency Cleanup & Restoration

Practice Your Home Fire Escape Plan

10/9/2021 (Permalink)

Creating and practicing a home fire escape plan is simple. Follow the steps below to make sure everyone in your home is prepared and knows what to do in case of a home fire.

(www.ready.gov)

  • Make an Escape Plan:  Learn two ways out of every room in your home, in case one exit is blocked or dangerous to use. A second way out can include an escape ladder for rooms on an upper level.
  • Children & Fire Safety:  It is important to have a plan when there are children in your home. Children may become very scared and need clear direction and help getting out of the house. They may not know how to escape or what to do unless an adult shows them.
  • Conduct a Home Fire Drill:  Fires can start anywhere in the home and at any time, so run through the plan at different times of the day or night and practice different ways out. 

Click here https://www.ready.gov/home-fire-escape-plan to watch a short video and read more about how to develop and plan for an escape plan.

Contact SERVPRO of Paducah & Mayfield at 270-443-4555 available 24/7 for Fire & Water cleanup and restoration!

Kitchen Grease Fires

9/16/2021 (Permalink)

COOKING ACCOUNTS FOR 50% OF ALL RESIDENTIAL FIRES IN THE U.S.

HOW TO PUT OUT A GREASE FIRE:

  • NEVER EVER USE WATER TO PUT OUT A GREASE FIRE
What Happens If You Add Water to a Grease Fire? Even a small amount of water dropped into a pan or deep fryer filled with burning oil will sink to the bottom, become superheated and erupt. ... Water molecules are polar, and oils are nonpolar. As a result, oils are repelled by water molecules
  • Turn off the source of the heat on the stove. Do not try to move the pot because you don't want to accidentally spill or splash the burning oil.
  • Remove all oxygen from the flame. You can cover with another pot or pan. Do not cover it with a glass lid because the glass lid may shatter.
  • If you can't cover it, dump lots of baking soda on it.
  • Use a chemical fire extinguisher on the grease fire. There are different kinds of extinguishers. Not all can be used on a grease fire.
  • Know where the extinguisher is located and learn how to use it.
  • Don't leave the cooking unattended.

Stay safe!

Call SERVPRO of Paducah & Mayfield 24/7 at 270-443-4555 for fire and water cleanup and restoration!  

 

Make a Plan for Fire Escape

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

Create and Practice a Fire Escape Plan

In the event of a fire, remember that every second counts. Escape plans help you get out of your home quickly. Twice each year, practice your home fire escape plan. Some tips to consider when preparing this plan include:

  • Find two ways to get out of each room in the event the primary way is blocked by fire or smoke.
  • Make sure that windows are not stuck, screens can be taken out quickly and that security bars can be properly opened.
  • Practice feeling your way out of the house in the dark or with your eyes closed.
  • Teach children not to hide from firefighters.

Smoke Alarms

A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.

  • Replace batteries twice a year, unless you are using 10-year lithium batteries.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement.
  • Replace the entire smoke alarm unit every 10 years or according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Never disable a smoke alarm while cooking – it can be a deadly mistake.

Please refer to https://www.ready.gov/home-fires

for a complete description of this plan and more.

Call SERVPRO of Paducah and Mayfield 270-443-4555 for Water & Fire Cleanup and Restoration

Paducah & Mayfield Smoke and Soot Cleanup

4/2/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allow 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 Paducah & Mayfield 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 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 – SERVPRO of Paducah & Mayfield 270-443-4555

HOME FIRES

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

In just two minutes a fire can become life-threatening. In five minutes, a residence can, be engulfed in flames.

Learn About Fires

  • Fire is FAST! In less than 30 seconds a small flame can turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house or for it to be engulfed in flames.
  • Fire is HOT! Heat is more threatening than flames. Room temperatures in a fire can be 100 degrees at floor level and rise to 600 degrees at eye level. Inhaling this super-hot air will scorch your lungs and melt clothes to your skin.
  • Fire is DARK! Fire starts bright, but quickly produces black smoke and complete darkness.
  • Fire is DEADLY! Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than flames do. Fire produces poisonous gases that make you disoriented and drowsy. Asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire deaths, exceeding burns by a 3-to-1 ratio.

Before a Fire

Create and Practice a Fire Escape Plan

In the event of a fire, remember that every second counts. Escape plans help you get out of your home quickly. Twice each year, practice your home fire escape plan. Some tips to consider when preparing this plan include:

  • Find two ways to get out of each room in the event the primary way is blocked by fire or smoke.
  • Make sure that windows are not stuck, screens can be taken out quickly and that security bars can be properly opened.
  • Practice feeling your way out of the house in the dark or with your eyes closed.
  • Teach children not to hide from firefighters.

Smoke Alarms

A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.

  • Replace batteries twice a year, unless you are using 10-year lithium batteries.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement.
  • Replace the entire smoke alarm unit every 10 years or according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Never disable a smoke alarm while cooking – it can be a deadly mistake.

Call SERVPRO of Paducah & Mayfield 24/7 to provide the cleanup and restoration after a fire.  270-443-4555 

See more helpful tips and steps to follow here: https://www.ready.gov/home-fires

Follow this link for children's learning games: http://www.sparky.org/

How to Get Rid of That Smoke Smell-Thermal Fogging

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

When fires occur, the smell of smoke can be the most lasting damage. Think of the last time you fried chicken or french fries. Now, think about the smell of wood smoke at a campfire!

SERVPRO of Paducah & Mayfield uses many techniques to combat smoke damage. One such technique is thermal fogging - a process by which small particles are created to mimic smoke. These "smoke" particles are deodorized and penetrate the tiny spaces (fabric, cracks in walls, etc) where smoke particles might have been absorbed. The above image shows thermal fogging being used in a church where a small fire began and created significant smoke damage.

It's also important to match the sources of the odor. When the odor-causing source was smoke, then a "smoke" treatment with matching additives can be applied. The same procedure is used if the source is a grease fire, or a plastic fire, etc.

If you have smoke damage in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Paducah/Mayfield at (270) 443-4555.

Electrical Fires

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

Winter typically means spending more time indoors and using more electricity – to heat our homes, power devices that keep us entertained and light up our houses indoors and out during the holidays.

But electricity is a hidden danger to the residents in your community. Because it is so frequently used, most people tend to underestimate the risk potential and dangers that come with electrical fires.

In fact, one-third of all home structure fires stem from an electrical source, and because they tend to be difficult to identify, they are usually much more dangerous and destructive than other types of fires.

In an effort to keep your community safe, please keep these tips for combatting an electrical fire handy in the event of an emergency, and share them with friends and family. Knowing how to respond quickly could be the difference between a small fire and a devastating disaster.

IF AN ELECTRICAL FIRE STARTS

1. Cut off the electricity. If the device that is causing the electrical fire is found, and you can reach the cord and outlet safely, unplug it. 

2. Add sodium bicarbonate. If the fire is small, you may put it out by smothering it with baking soda.

3. Remove the oxygen source. It may also be put out by removing the oxygen source with clothing or a heavy blanket if the fire is small and it is safe to do so.

4. Don’t use water to put it out. Water is a natural conductor of electricity and if you throw water on an electrical fire, you can get shocked or electrocuted. Also, water may enable to fire to spread by conducting electricity throughout the room and potentially igniting flammable materials.

5. Check your fire extinguisher. Electrical fires are a Class C fire, which means that you will need an extinguisher that is appropriate for this type of fire. Most residential fire extinguishers are multi-purpose and labeled ABC, but it is crucial to verify this before using it on an electrical fire.

Happy Holidays!  Be Safe! 

Fire Damage Restoration Process

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call the SERVPRO Customer Care Center, which is staffed 24 hours a day. Our specialist will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us dispatch the nearest SERVPRO Franchise Professional with the appropriate equipment and resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Our Professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, the SERVPRO Franchise Professional can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. They will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

The SERVPRO Franchise Professionals use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

They will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. They’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?


Call SERVPRO of Paducah & Mayfield 270-443-4555

Fires Cause A Lot of Damage!

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

Burnt Kitchen Ceiling The Kitchen Ceiling where the fire originated.

Kitchen fires can be very devastating to a homeowner no matter how severe or minor the damage might be. Most recently, an owner’s kitchen caught on fire, causing structural damage to the kitchen and smoke damage throughout the rest of their home. This family’s insurance company knew who to recommend. Their adjuster knew of our quality work and professionalism from nearly fifteen years of working with us in the restoration of his customers’ losses. We enjoy this reputation with most of the other insurance companies in our service area. Over the years, many of our previous customers have called us prior to even reporting a new claim to their insurance company, based on their past experience with our service. This is the reputation that we are striving to maintain. So if you have a fire call SERVPRO of Paducah for all your fire restoration needs at 270-443-4555! 

Fire & Smoke Damage

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Wall This is what fire can do very quickly to any home!

Fire & Smoke Damage

When the firefighters leave, it may seem like the danger has passed and the home is safe from further destruction, but without professionals to help clean the smoke damage, the building may never return to normal.  While the principles behind fire restoration are simple, it requires a lot of experience and manpower to perform adequately, and this means that it shouldn’t be attempted by a homeowner on his or her own.  The trained professionals at SERVPRO of Paducah should be called on-site immediately.  We can clean smoke damage and restore items affected by the fire, but we must be brought to the site as soon as possible to halt the ongoing issues that ash residue can cause.

The only way to properly clean smoke and fire damage is to be extremely thorough.  Ash residue is easily disturbed and can spread through the building with ease, causing nearly everything to need restoration.  The experts at SERVPRO of Paducah will identify what can and cannot be salvaged and will remove any built-up ash residue that is coating surfaces.  Over time, ash builds up in layers, and may form into a lacquer-like consistency.  Once this is done, the restorers will locate the source of the odor, and treat it with specialized detergents that are formulated for neutralizing this kind of odor.  Once materials are treated, they may be sealed off to prevent any further odor from permeating the air in the future.

For more information please visit us at www.SERVPROpaducah.com or call us at 270-443-4555

The Fire Restoration Process by Professionals

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Bedroom This a major fire that damaged room greatly. It looks horrible but was able to be mitigated.

In a time of a commercial fire, it is best to work with the professionals in Paducah, KY. In times of distress, it is comforting to be surrounded by excellence and a team that has a plan for success. A franchise that has been there before will produce the best results and deliver timely fire restoration. Insurance companies and adjusters like to work with experienced technicians, which is why SERVPRO is the preferred company for many agents. A SERVPRO franchise provides a claims inventory service that itemizes losses and expenses and captures it all on Excel documents and in photos.

The Proven Process

Each case of fire restoration is unique, but a well-planned process governs the entire recovery effort. The critical steps include the following actions:

  • Inspection and fire damage assessment
  • Board-up and roof-tarp services, if needed
  • Water removal and drying
  • Smoke and soot removal
  • Cleaning and restoration

In the case of a fire rebuild, the technicians will restore when possible and replace those items that are too damaged. A commercial fire mitigation team has the training to restore the building to its pre-fire condition. The job isn't finished until the final steps have been taken and the insurance company has been notified. Choosing the right team means that all the work is completed by one company.

The Tested Approach

When a fire strikes a business, there's no need to reinvent the wheel when a SERVPRO franchise is nearby. Whether it is rebuilding services or the removal of smoke damage, trained technicians take the lead and restore the building quickly. No portion of the building will be overlooked. If water damage results due to fire fighting efforts, the professionals are familiar with water removal and will look for the potential for mold growth. This is all part of the fire restoration process. The building will look "Like it never even happened."

Fire Residue

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

Soot covered Kitchen Fire originated in the living room and covered the Kitchen in Fire Residue.

Fire can become a disastrous thing. QUICK. Not just the fire itself, but everything that comes along with it. As often happens, the need for cleanup was more widespread than the fire itself. SERVPRO of Paducah workers will come and make any bad situation much better and easier to handle. While fire does much more physical damage, the smoke and soot that comes along can sometimes be the more difficult part of the cleanup/restoration process. We strive to assist customers any way we can during the process. Our SERVPRO of Paducah team will do whatever it takes to get your home, business, etc. back to the way it was, all while taking the stress of a bad occurrence off your plate. Our diligent, knowledgeable team is just a call away!

Enjoying Thanksgiving, Grease-Fire Free!

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

Thanksgiving fires by time of alarm from 2014 to 2016. Information and Graph credits: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/reports/snapshot_thanksgiving.html

Practicing a Safe Turkey Day!

Thanksgiving is coming up very quickly! Thanksgiving is a day for families to get together and enjoy great food with one another! Although people without previous experience may not realize it, cooking for your families might be a little more dangerous than you probably expected!

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, "For each year from 2014 to 2016, an estimated 2,400 residential building fires were reported to fire departments in the U.S. on Thanksgiving Day and caused an estimated 5 deaths, 25 injuries and $19 million in property loss." While you might be saying to yourself, 'that would never be me,' fires unfortunately do not care how nice your home is or how many family members you've invited for dinner. 

For traditional home-cooks, follow these tips below:

  • ALWAYS remain in the kitchen while your turkey is grilling, broiling, or being fried.
  • If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, make sure to at least stay in the house while your turkey is being prepared. Try to stay in the kitchen if possible. 
  • Keep any flammable items away from the stove top.
  • Keep all areas utilized for cooking clean. 
  • If a fire does start and you are unsure of what to do, simply exit the house and call your local fire-fighting team. 

For cooks looking to use a turkey frier, make sure to educate yourself and properly prepare before attempting to use this method. 

  • Set up the frier more than 10 feet away from your house.
  • Ensure that your frier is set on flat ground. Do NOT set your frier on any uneven surface.
  • Use a thawed and dried turkey. Extra water will cause the oil to bubble wildly. 
  • Have a fire extinguisher close by. 

Source: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/reports/snapshot_thanksgiving.html

The Importance of Smoke Alarms

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

Don't skimp out with smoke alarm safety!

Are you taking necessary precautions to protect yourself and your family?

According to the National Safety Council, about three out of five fires that lead to death occur with the absence of smoke alarms. Although they can be pesky at times, it is crucial to have working fire alarms on every level of your home. It is recommended that you:

  • Target your smoke alarms to sit inside of bedrooms, high on walls or on the ceiling
  • Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms
  • Make sure your alarms are compatible with disabled members' needs, such as bed shakers for deaf family members
  • Test smoke alarms monthly/bimonthly
  • Replace batteries annually and take time to change batteries in your carbon monoxide detector
  • Replace smoke alarms that are 10 or more years old

Home fires are reported every 88 seconds. When smoke alarms sound, fires can spread at a rapid pace, often only leaving seconds to spare. Having smoke alarms is a necessity for your safety, as if a fire starts while you are asleep or unable to detect the incident, you are putting yourself in a lethal situation. 

Firefighters Advising People to Stop Using Heat Lamps Inside Dog Houses

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

When the weather is cold at night, it is common for pet owners to worry about their pet’s safety. However, using heat lamps inside your pet’s outdoor house can be life threatening for your entire family.  Now firefighters are warning people to stop using heat lamps inside dog houses.

SERVPRO of Paducah responded to a call at a residence that had a fire caused from a heat lamp that ignited straw bedding and spread to the home. By the time firefighters arrived, the flames breached the roof and attic causing extensive structural damage. The front part of the roof will need to be completely removed to replace all the rafters that were charred. There was also extensive smoke and water damage.

Fire Fighters encourage people utilizing heating devises for the purpose of keeping animals or livestock warm to use extreme caution when placing in a confined space or area. There are other alternatives to keeping your pets warm during the winter like blankets, thermo beds or bringing your pets indoors.

If your home has been damaged due to fire, contact SERVPRO of Paducah today.

How to Prevent a House Fire

3/14/2019 (Permalink)

According to the American Red Cross, house fires cause over $7 billion in property damage each year. Being prepared and conducting regular safety checks can help keep you from adding to that number.

Here are simple things SERVPRO of Paducah recommends you to do to protect your home and loved ones from falling victim to a house fire.

Test your smoke alarms.

Properly maintain your smoke alarms by testing the batteries once a month. If they’re not working, replace them immediately.

Inspect heating sources.

Regardless of what kind of primary heating you have in your home, an annual inspection will reduce your 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 each use and place them at least three feet away from anything combustible.

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 a cookbook on the stove.

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. If you have to leave the room, take the pot off the stove or turn off the griddle first.

Check the dryer.

If you have a gas-powered dryer, have it inspected once a year to make sure all connections are secure. No matter what type of dryer you have, always clean out the lint trap after a load is finished. Regularly check behind and around the dryer for pockets of lint or items of laundry that have fallen under or behind.

Maintain cords.

Regularly check the condition of cords and watch out for frayed wires: repair or replace cords with frayed wires immediately. Electrical cords can produce heat, so don’t trap them under a rug or between furniture and the wall.

Store flammable products properly.

Many household cleaners and cosmetic products like shaving cream and hair spray are flammable. Keep flammable products away from heat, including exposure to sunlight. Designate a cool, dark cupboard for flammable products and make sure all family members know where they go.

Be careful with candles.

Never leave candles unattended and always keep them away from flammable items like blankets and curtains. Place candles in secure, tip-proof holders and extinguish them before leaving or going to sleep.

Use the fireplace responsibly.

To keep errant sparks from escaping, 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. Always place fireplace ash in a dedicated metal container that isn’t used for any other household refuse.

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.

Fire damage can be devastating, but you can minimize the risk of fire in your home. Make these practices part of your fire safety plan and review them regularly.

Paducah, Mayfield and Murray Smoke and Soot Cleanup

8/28/2018 (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 Paducah 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 – (270)443-4555

Esporta Soft Contents

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Paducah and SERVPRO of Murray, Benton, Cadiz & Princeton we have a state of the art Esporta machine to clean any and all soft contents. This includes even leather products, stuffed animals, whether or not they are soot damaged or even damaged by sewage. The items cleaned are certified food grade clean. The machine was developed in Canada by a gentleman whose son played youth hockey as a goal tender and his leather protective equipment was soaked with sweat and smelled terribly. He developed a hydraulic process that got the leather leg pads used by goalies back to like new condition. This evolved into this person starting his own company and manufacturing the best cleaning machine for soft contents made today. Out of Kelowna BC Canada, we have this machine and are part of the ECONA National Network.      

4 Important Steps You Should Take To Reduce Space Heater Fires

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Space heaters can be very convenient, especially if you have one room in your home that never seems to get enough heat from your central HVAC system. Whether you use a space heater regularly or you only pull it out on the coldest winter days, here are four important steps you should always take to prevent fire damage in Paducah, KY, from a burned space heater. 


1. Clean It Thoroughly


Before you use your space heater for the first time, make sure you clean all visible surfaces thoroughly. Dust and other small particles tend to build up on the heater’s surface and could potentially cause the unit to overheat or catch fire if not removed regularly. 


2. Leave Plenty of Empty Space Around Your Heater


Never put your heater up against a blanket, piece of furniture or any other item. If you do, you’re likely to have a burned space heater before long. Space heaters should always have at least three feet of empty space around them, free from furniture, carpets and other items. 


3. Keep Heaters Away From Kids


Don’t operate a space heater in an area where kids frequently play. To reduce the risk of fire if a child does accidentally knock over the heater, make sure you purchase one that has an emergency shut-off mechanism. You should also keep pets away from heaters whenever possible. 


4. Never Leave a Heater Unattended


Never leave a space heater unattended. If you plan to leave the room for a few minutes or a few hours, turn the space heater off beforehand. You can easily turn it back on when you return. 

Following these preventatives steps will minimize your chances of fire damage while warming your home. If you experience a burned space heater or fire damage even after taking these preventative steps, a fire damage restoration professional can help with your smoke cleanup and restoration needs. 

For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROpaducah.com/.

Preventing Space Heater Fires in Paducah, Kentucky

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke from fires causes significant damage to homes.

Approximately 25,000 house fires every year are attributed to space heaters. User error is the primary cause, although heaters without essential safety features may malfunction and pose a fire risk. Here are five ways that you can prevent a burned space heater from starting a fire in your home.

1. Keep a minimum of three feet between space heaters and combustibles. Combustibles include bedding, curtains, and upholstered furniture. You should also only operate a space heater on a hard, level, non-flammable surface.

2. Don't operate heaters unattended around pets or kids. Children, cats, and dogs don't understand the principles of fire safety.

3. Purchase a space heater with safety features. One of the best ways to prevent a burned space heater is to purchase a model that automatically shuts off when it overheats. Check the model you are considering for a safety certification label, ground fault circuit interrupter plug, and a sturdy cord that is at least six feet long. Make sure the heater has all of the features you need to stay warm while running a very low risk of fire.

4. Turn off or unplug heaters when not in use. This can reduce the risk of a fire starting when you are elsewhere in your home or away from home.

5. Avoid plugging other electronics into the same outlet as a space heater. You should also never use an extension cord, as this equipment heightens the overheating risk.

Your heater can only work as designed if it is kept in working condition. You may need to regularly clean the filter on your space heater to prevent it from overheating. In addition to following these steps, you should also test the smoke alarms in your home and replace batteries or damaged units. If a burned space heater does cause a fire, contact a smoke cleanup service in Paducah, KY.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROpaducah.com/.

Having the right equipment during a fire can save your home –and your life!

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire at local apartment causes severe damage.

Fires and fire damage are common tragedies among homeowners. But, there are ways to lessen the damage. SERVPRO® of Paducah is Here to Help so fires don’t ruin your summer. One is having a proper fire extinguisher --especially, during grilling season. Make sure you follow these rules from our friends at the American Red Cross when it comes to having a good extinguisher:

  • Always have more than one working extinguisher in your home.
  • Install extinguishers high on the wall and away from any heat sources.
  • If an extinguisher doesn’t work on a fire immediately, drop it and get out. Most portable extinguishers empty in 8 seconds.
  • Make sure the gauge on your extinguisher is properly charged.

Once you have the right fire extinguisher, always remember PASS:

P- Pull the pin and hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you.

A- Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.

S- Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly

S- Sweep the nozzle from side to side.

We hope these tips keep fires and fire damage from your homes. But, if you have fire damage and need SERVPRO, we are always Here to Help. Call SERVPRO® of Paducah at (270) 443-4555.

Electrical Fire Safety

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Electrical fires are never pretty.

Winter weather and the holiday season puts great stress on home outlets. Along with the ordinary plug-ins (coffee pot, lamps, hair dryers) we add the stress of Christmas lights and space heaters. These additional items are potentially very hazardous and can lead do significant damage to your home, business, or property.

SERVPRO of Paducah wants to provide you with the steps necessary to prevent these things! However, if an unfortunate event occurs, we are here to help!

  • Frequently check electrical cords
  • Major appliances should be plugged directly into wall outlets (not extension cords)
  • Clean dryer lint filter after every use
  • Do not overload extension cords or power strips
  • NEVER leave space heaters or heated blankets on unattended
  • Unplug items after use

Use these tips provided by SERVPRO of Paducah as a proactive measure to prevent a fire damage event at your home or business.

Fire and Smoke Damage in Paducah Home

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

Residential Fire and Smoke Damage in Paducah

This home in Paducah, Kentucky was damaged when the wiring caught fire. Luckily nobody was injured, but unfortunately the incident was not isolated to the area and fire or smoke damaged most of the home. The homeowners lost the majority of their contents as well as sustaining significant structural damage before it was extinguished.

As soon as the scene was released, our SERVPRO of Paducah team was on the scene to help begin the clean up process. We helped to document all unsalvageable contents and packed up anything that could be cleaned and stored until the home was repaired and ready to be moved back in to.

It is a very sad experience for anyone to have to go through, but our goal is to make it as easy and as worry free as possible so that the customer can concentrate on other things.

When in crisis, SERVPRO of Paducah is here to help!

Paducah, Mayfield and Murray Smoke and Soot Cleanup

6/30/2017 (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 Paducah 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 – (270)443-4555

Graves County Middle School Fire

11/2/2016 (Permalink)

Our middle school fire alarm sounded in the middle of the night recently. A soft drink machine malfunctioned, causing a small fire. Of course, we are grateful for the firefighters who extinguished the blaze quickly. As often happens, the need for cleanup was more widespread than the fire itself. SERVPRO of Paducah workers responded immediately to take care of the damage the unexpected fire caused with precision and care. They had school ready for students when they arrived. The SERVPRO team stayed on site until everything had returned to normal and well into the day after the fire. Throughout their stay, every worker was friendly and highly professional! Their work was efficient and complete. I cannot imagine a better response than SERVPRO of Paducah accomplished! –

Superintendent Kim Dublin, Graves County (Ky.) Schools