Recent Fire Damage Posts

House Fire in Glen Daniel?

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

The side of a house has been destroyed by fire. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Raleigh County.

It’s Grilling Time in Glen Daniel!

Summer is the time of the year when there are more people grilling outdoors and more grilling fires in the United States. SERVPRO® of Beckley responds to fire damage emergencies throughout the year in Glen Daniel. We want everyone to have a fun and safe grilling experience this year and offer these grilling safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):

  • Propane and charcoal barbecue grills should only be used outdoors
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill
  • Never leave your grill unattended
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it

The NFPA reports that over 10,600 home fires are started by grills each year, and 64 percent of United States households own at least one outdoor barbeque, grill, or smoker.

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business needs emergency fire damage restoration services in Glen Daniel, SERVPRO® of Beckley has a team of highly trained and certified restoration technicians available  24-hours a day to respond to your call. Call us today at 304-253-6633.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Dryer Fire in Beckley?

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

A dirty lint trap is shown. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Raleigh County.

SERVPRO® of Beckley responds to fire damage emergencies throughout the year Beckley, and in many cases, these fires may have been prevented by performing some routine maintenance. The National Fire Protection Association reports that the leading cause of clothes dryer fires is the failure to clean them.

Here are some dryer safety tips from the NFPA:

  • Dryers should be properly grounded
  • Check the outdoor vent flap to make sure it is not covered by snow
  • Keep the area around your dryer clear of things that can burn, like boxes, cleaning supplies and clothing, etc.
  • Clothes that have come in contact with flammable substances, like gasoline, paint thinner, or similar solvents should be laid outside to dry, they can be washed and dried as usual
  • Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional
  • Do not use the dryer without a lint filter
  • Make sure you clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry
  • Remove lint that has collected around the drum
  • Make sure the right plug and outlet are used and that the machine is connected properly
  • Follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions and don’t overload your dryer
  • Turn the dryer off if you leave home or when you go to bed

Call Us Today!

When you have a fire damage emergency in Beckley, SERVPRO® of Beckley has a team of highly trained and certified restoration technicians on-call 24-hours a day to respond to your call.

Call us today at 304-253-6633.

SERVPRO of Beckley is Independently Owned and Operated.

Wildfire Risk Reduction Safety Tips for Beckley?

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

A wildfire is burning in a forested area. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Raleigh County.

Wildfire Season is Coming to Beckley

The City of Beckley Fire Prevention Department provides public education for local businesses and citizens of the Beckley community. Some of the services they offer include fire extinguisher training, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training, and fire safety education. As we get into warmer weather, wildfires become a greater risk and SERVPRO® of Beckley offer these wildfire risk reduction safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association to help make your home and neighborhood safer:

Action Items to Improve Your Home’s Survivability

  • REMOVE leaves, pine needles, and other flammable material from the roof, gutters, and on and under the deck to help prevent embers from igniting your home
  • SCREEN areas below decks and porches with 1/8-inch wire mesh to help prevent material from accumulating underneath
  • COVER exterior attic and soffit vents with 1/8-inch wire mesh to help prevent sparks from entering your home
  • ENCLOSE eaves to help prevent ember entry
  • INSPECT shingles or roof tiles
  • REPLACE missing shingles or tiles
  • COVER ends of tiles with bird stops or cement to help prevent ember penetration during a wildfire

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of Beckley has a team of highly trained fire restoration technicians on-call 24-hours a day to respond to fire damage emergencies in Beckley. Call us today at 304-253-6633. We’ll clean and restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Beckley is Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire Escape Tips for Apartment Living in Beckley?

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

A fire-damaged apartment is shown. We are leaders in fire mitigation in Raleigh County.

Escape Tips 101

This is a “before picture” of an apartment that was damaged by fire, soot, and smoke. We were called in when the apartment manager realized the cleaning and restoration job was too difficult. We arrived quickly, and in no time the apartment was restored to preloss condition. SERVPRO® of Beckley has been helping Beckley businesses and residents restore fire-damaged buildings and homes for years.

Here are some fire escape tips from the National Fire Protection Association for people living in apartments:

  • GO to your outside meeting place and stay there. Call the fire department. If someone is trapped in the building, notify the fire department.
  • If you can’t get out of your apartment because of fire, smoke, or a disability:
  • STUFF wet towels or sheets around the door and vents to keep smoke out. CALL the fire department and tell them where you are.
  • OPEN a window slightly and wave a bright cloth to signal your location. Be prepared to close the window if it makes the smoke condition worse.

Fire department evacuation of a high-rise building can take a long time. Communicate with the fire department to monitor evacuation status.

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Beckley has fire restoration technicians on-call 24-hours a day to respond to any fire damage emergency you may have in Beckley. Call us today at 304-253-6633.

SERVPRO of Beckley is Independently Owned and Operated.

Space Heater Fire in Pineville?

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

A space heater is shown glowing and setting off heat in a room. Raleigh County residents rely on us to clean and restore fire damage.

Many West Virginians use space heaters to take the chill out of a cold room during the winter months, but according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), space heater fires were responsible for 43 percent of home heater fires in the United States between 2011 and 2015.

SERVPRO® of Beckley responds to fire damage emergencies in Pineville, and offers these tips from the NFPA on portable heater safety:

  • Purchase a heater with the seal of a qualified testing laboratory.
  • Keep the heater at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn, including people.
  • Choose a heater with a thermostat and overheat protection.
  • Place the heater on a solid, flat surface.
  • Make sure your heater has an auto shut-off to turn the heater off if it tips over.
  • Keep space heaters out of the way of foot traffic. Never block an exit.
  • Keep children away from the space heater.
  • Plug the heater directly into the wall outlet. Never use an extension cord.
  • Space heaters should be turned off and unplugged when you leave the room or go to bed.

Call Us Today!

When your home or business has a fire damage emergency, SERVPRO® Beckley has a team of restoration technicians on call 24 hours a day to respond to your call. We can usually arrive within four hours and immediately begin the cleanup and restoration process. Call us today at 304-253-6633. We’ll restore your property damage in Pineville, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Beckley is Independently Owned and Operated.

Tips to Prevent Kitchen Fire in Beckley

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

  • Many kitchen items can catch fire, including dish towels, 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 Beckley home.



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

SERVPRO of Beckley is independently owned and operated. 

Links:

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

How to Use Fire Extinguishers in Beckley

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Beckley, 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 Beckley.

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

SERVPRO of Beckley 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 Beckley 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 Beckley is independently owned and operated. 

Links:

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

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/extinguishers.html

Electrical Cord Fire in Beckley?

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

An old, faulty electrical cord is shown. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24 hours a day in Raleigh County.

Shocking!

Electrical fires happen more often during the winter months than any other time of the year. SERVPRO® of Beckley responds to fire damage emergencies often and although there are many causes for electrical fires, many may be prevented by routinely inspecting your home for visible and hidden electrical hazards.

Here are some tips from The National Fire Protection Association to prevent electrical fires in your home this winter:

  • Check electrical cords to make sure the wires are not damaged, cracked or loose. If the cords need to be repaired, take the item to a professional repair shop, hire an electrician or replace with a new item.
  • Make sure cords are not running across doorways or under carpets. If they are, have a qualified electrician install more outlets.
  • Keep children away from electric cords and outlets. Cords placed in the mouth can cause a burn and objects placed in a receptacle can cause a shock, burns or electrocution.
  • Make sure that all receptacle outlets and switches have faceplates.
  • Never put more than one plug in each receptacle. An outlet may have one or more receptacles — one to receive each plug.

Call Us!

You can rely on SERVPRO® of Beckley to restore fire damage quickly and efficiently. We have a team of fire restoration technicians on call 24 hours a day to respond to any size fire damage emergency. Call us today at 304-253-6633. We’ll restore your fire damage in Beckley, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Beckley is Independently Owned and Operated.

Arson Fires in Beckley

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beckley wants you to be aware of the causes of fire damage and fire injuries so that you can help prevent them.

Top Causes of Fires in Beckley: 

  •  Arson & intentional fires. An “intentional fire” is one that is not set to cause harm, but it gets out of control.  Arson is a fire that is set to cause harm. Most of the time, arson and intentional fires are set outside. Deaths, injuries, and fire damage usually happen indoors
  • Candles. SERVPRO of Beckley has more information here.
  • Cooking.  Kitchen fires are the leading cause of home fire injuries and home fire damage
  • Electrical. Use all electrical equipment according to the directions 
  • Heating. Heating equipment is the second most common cause of death in home fires
  • December, January, and February are the months that have the most home heating fires
  • Smoking. Cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and other smoking materials are the biggest cause of fire deaths in the U.S. Think of preventing tragedy when explaining why to quit smoking
  • Children. Children should never be left alone with matches, lighters, candles, or other dangerous materials. Children playing with fire cause hundreds of deaths and injuries every year

Please pay attention to fire safety. While we can help restore your City or County home or office, prevention and family safety should always come first. Share this blog with a friend who might want to learn more about fire prevention. 

SERVPRO of Beckley is independently owned and operated. 

Links:

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Top-causes-of-fire

Christmas Tree Fire in Pineville?

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

Presents are shown laying underneath a Christmas Tree. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24 hours a day in and around Beckley.

Holiday Fire Safety Tips

I’ll never forget the time my big Airedale Terrier, Scooter, went to sleep under the Christmas tree. I came into the room with another armload of decorations, and he saw me and tried to stand up really fast and knocked the tree over. All of the decorations went flying through the room with a crash! The poor dog was so horrified that I didn’t have the heart to scold him. I just petted him and told him it was okay; everyone has a bad day now and then!

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Christmas trees caused $10 million in direct property damage between 2013 and 2017. SERVPRO® of Beckley responds to fire damage emergencies in the Pineville area every year and has seen the damage that Christmas tree fires cause.

Here are some safety tips from the NFPA to help prevent a Christmas tree fire:

  • Cut 2 inches from the base of the trunk before placing it in the stand.
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit
  • Add water to the tree stand and add water daily

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of Beckley a team of highly trained fire restoration technicians on call 24 hours a day to respond to any size fire damage emergency. Call us today at 304-253-6633. We’ll restore your fire damage in Pineville, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Beckley is Independently Owned and Operated.

Tips to Prevent Kitchen Fire in Beckley

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

woman with kitchen fire When fire damage strikes your home, trust SERVPRO of Beckley.

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

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

  • Many kitchen items can catch fire, including dish towels, 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 Beckley home.



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

SERVPRO of Beckley is independently owned and operated. 

Links:

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

Labor Day is Monday September 2, 2019.

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

Homeowner's Summer Holiday Weekend get-away is cut short due to an electrical fire in their home in Pineville WV

Our last long weekend to enjoy what is left of our 2019 summer is almost here. Residents of Southern West Virginia are planning trips to the beach, river, amusement parks, or maybe visiting family or friends for a Cook-Out.

Before you rush out the door to start your trip be sure to check that your home is safe from any fire hazards:

  • Kitchen range and oven have been turned off
  • Items are stored away from your Gas appliances
  • Dryer is not in use
  • Ceiling Fans are off
  • Small Kitchen appliances are unplugged (toasters, coffee maker, can openers)
  • Candles have been extinguished
  • Items are stored away from your Gas appliances
  • Unplug curling iron, hair dryer, iron, chargers, televisions, computers, and printers – all unnecessary electrical devices

Taking a few extra minutes to protect your home from a fire by taking these precautions can actually make your trip less stressful.

Fire Clean up in Bluefield WV

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Damage caused by a grease fire in a kitchen

This fire was caused by grease that became overheated in a cast iron skillet.  The stove and range hood were damaged and cabinets can be cleaned and refinished. The home received minimal damage because the cook was knowable enough to quickly extinguish the fire by covering the flames with a metal lid.

Use the following actions if you are ever faced with a grease fire:

  1. Turn of the Burner – DO NOT move the pan (the fire can spread )
  2. Cover the flames with a metal lid or baking sheet
  3. Douse with baking SODA or Salt – NEVER use flour or baking POWDER
  4. Use a Fire extinguisher (Class K)
  5. Call 911 and get out of the house shutting doors as you leave.

Click the link to see more detail about extinguishing grease fire  

https://www.bobvila.com/articles/how-to-put-out-a-grease-fire/

Attic fire in White Sulpher Spring, WV

8/29/2018 (Permalink)

Ceiling collapses bringing sheet rock and charred debris to rooms below.

Attic Fires can bring down a lot of charred and wet debris as you can see from this picture. Residents see all of this mess and become astounded with the thoughts of having to clean up their homes and contents. You have other things to worry about, let us take care of this part of your loss.  

Our staff has been trained on exactly what to do with any type of fire or smoke damage. We use special equipment and supplies depending on the circumstances surrounding the cause of the fire.

Relax, let SERVPRO of Beckley worry about all the mess. Actually it is best that you:

DON’T attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces

DON’T’ Shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture

DON’T clean any electrical appliances

DON’T turn on ceiling fixtures, wiring may be wet or damaged

DON’T clean garments, send them to a dry cleaner because improper cleaning may set in smoke odor

Lightning can start a fire in a flash

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

It is estimated that a lightning bolt’s temperature can reach 50,000 degrees

Floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions are examples of a natural disaster. Just like other natural disasters lightning strikes are inconsistent. Your home may be struck but the neighbor beside you will be left untouched. Lightning causes major damage to property, structures, vehicles, and household items each year. 

A lightning strike to your home will make an explosive sound so loud and powerful that everything in your house shakes.  Call 911 immediately.

You may not see flames or smoke so you may not realize right away that your house is on fire. The fire may hide in the inside walls or the attic space. The fire department can determine if there is a hidden fire. If they conclude there is not a fire then the next step is to contact a qualified electrical company to do an electrical diagnosis of your homes wiring.

Safety Tips for setting up your Gas Grill

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

A gas grill set up too close to an exterior wall caused siding to melt and smoke damage inside the home.

Damaging fires from grills are more common than you may think.  Here are some tips on how you can protect your family and home from a harmful fire before you fire up the grill.

First purchase a fire extinguisher to keep close to the grill. Water will not put out a grease fire it will actually spread the fire.  Make sure the grill is assembled properly and remember gas grills are fueled by liquid propane that requires special handling and storage.

Another important decision is where the safest place to set up the grill is.  NEVER cook inside your home and NEVER cook inside you garage or on your covered porch. Set up away from tree limbs, and keep 10 feet away from your outside walls and deck railing (unless the manufacturer’s instructions say it can be closer).  

Sometimes no matter how careful you are accidents happen. If your gas grill catches on fire and you have smoke or soot damage inside your home you can count on SERVPRO Franchise Professionals to respond quickly.

4th of July "Innocent" Danger

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

PLEASE protect small children and your home as you celebrate the 4th of July

PLEASE protect small children and your home as you celebrate the 4th of July Celebrations next week.

Did you know that those little SPARKLERS we expose small children to are the most frequent cause of firework injuries? These seemingly innocent little sparklers burn at temperatures of up to 1800 degrees. This type of intense heat mixed with fabric can ignite flames in just seconds.

In an article written on July 1, 2016 by the Boston Globe – Metro:

             “Last year, (2015) emergency rooms around the country treated an average of 267 fireworks-related injuries per day in the 30-day span between June 19 and July 19. The majority of people who are injured are male and most are in their early 20s or younger. In fact, one in five people injured are 9 years old or younger.”

The article categorized the injuries by the type of “firework” devices. The “All other Devices” category accounted for 44% of pyrotechnics injuries and the seemingly innocent sparkler caused a 22% of those!

Please stop and think about the dangers before you buy. Instead of purchasing sparklers seriously consider entertaining the young children with a piñata, confetti popper, balloons filled with confetti, noise maker, or my personal favorite - glow in the dark toys.

Aerosol Container Explosion

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

Store aerosol containers in a cabinet or pantry where the temperatures are cool and a good distance away from the kitchen stove.

We recently completed a job in a home after an aerosol can exploded.  The homeowner was hospitalized for burns but has since fully recovered. Damages to the structure were minimal but smoke odors extended throughout the house.

This unfortunate accident could happen to anyone that cooks using aerosol cooking oil. It is so convenient to keep the oil close to the stove within reach while cooking. But be mindful that when placed in an area near a heat source the temperature in the can increases. Pressure in the can will increase as the temperature rises and may lead to an explosion.  If the explosion happens near an open flame a fire will also ignite.

Our customer had been canning most of the day so the heat in the kitchen area was much warmer than normal. He had finished canning and was removing his canned goods from the pressure cooker to the counter. The steam along with the already higher temperatures caused the pressure to rise in an aerosol can sitting on a shelf above the stove.

Heat Wraps can be overheated and cause damage

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Debris from a neck warmer found in a microwave that was left unattended.

Microwavable heating pads or heat wraps are becoming increasingly popular due to the comfort they provide when suffering a migraine or headache, neck or shoulder pain, muscle spasms or cramps, backaches, and other aches and pains.

A home owner left his heat wrap in the microwave much longer that the instructions said to. He returned to the home to find smoke and odor throughout the entire house. Fortunately no fire was reported.

It is important that you read and follow the heating instructions and keep these instructions for reference. Instructions will specify how long bags should be heated and should be strictly followed.

“A product that absorbs and stores heat in this way is a potential fire risk if not used properly. For this reason, it is vital to follow manufacturers’ instructions to avoid possible injury.

Other warnings you may find in your instructions:

  • Do not leave the heat wrap unattended when microwaving.
  • When reheating, reduce the microwaving time to prevent burn.

NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF HOME FIRES – COOKING

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

It will be days, maybe weeks, before you can cook in this Kitchen.

Talk with any family that has gone through the experience of a house fire and they will be able to describe one of the most devastating experiences of their lives. House fires cause destruction, injury and sadly deaths.  Tragic accidents happen - precaution can prevent an accident.


Here are 4 basic suggestions for prevention:



  • Stay in the Kitchen while using the stove top

  • Frequently check the oven while baking or roasting

  • Cooking utensils should be the only items near the stove.


I have a personal experience to share. While preparing Thanksgiving Dinner I had placed wax paper over my dinner rolls while they were raising. When I moved them from the counter towards the oven a corner of the paper grazed the flame on my gas burner. I was shocked at how quick the fire ignited and how high the flames were. We were fortunate that no damage or injury occurred.   


For more Stove Top and Oven safety tip visit:


https://www.thehartford.com/about-us/junior-fire-marshal/cooking-fire-safety

Properly Maintain your Chimney

2/26/2016 (Permalink)

Creosote filled flue

" The Benjamin Franklin axiom that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is as true today as it was when Franklin made the quote. Although many use the quote when referring to health, Franklin actually was addressing fire safety. Franklin wrote this (courtesy of ushistory.org) under an assumed name."

One tip to prevent a chimney fire - CLEAN YOUR CHIMNEY

Fireplace and wood stove chimneys need special care. A buildup of creosote on the flue and chimney walls can cause dangerous fires. The fire can totally destroy your home, or you may be faced with damage to all contents in your house including:

  • Walls
  • Furniture
  • Flooring
  • Cabinets
  • Blinds and drapes
  • Clothes

SERVPRO can clean up the smoke, soot, and water damage but please take preventive measures so it doesn't happen to your family.