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How to Stay Prepared for a Fire in Your Columbiana Home

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

The words "Fire Safety" sit inside a circle of matches. We have highly trained fire restoration technicians to get your home to preloss condition fast.

It’s no secret that home fires peak during the winter months, as said by the Red Cross. Even though this isn’t peak home fire season, it’s important to stay on your toes and continue to be prepared. Here’s what you should be doing to continue to keep your Columbiana household safe from fires in the Spring.

  • Practice Your Fire Escape Plan

It’s always important to practice how to execute your fire escape plan. No matter the season, a fire can happen at any time. Practicing your fire escape plan can be the difference between a smooth evacuation and a fire turning into a catastrophe. If you do not have a fire escape plan, learn how to create one here.

  • Identify Fire Hazards

Preventing fires in your home is the best way to stay safe. Identifying major fire hazards such as cooking, HVAC systems, and exposed electrical wires is important. Knowing where fires may start in your home means you can be safe around these hazards.

  • What to Do After a Fire

If you’re prepared for a fire in your Columbiana home, everyone should be safe. However, the damage is there. What do you do then? You call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County. We have highly trained fire restoration technicians to get your home to preloss condition fast.

Call us at (330) 921-4931 or visit our Website to begin getting your Columbiana home back to preloss condition today!

Furnace Safety Tips for Columbiana Homes This Winter

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows a man on a ladder looking inside his ceiling vent to change the furnace filter he is holding. When checking your furnace filter, remove dust from your heating vents, check for odd smells - gas, burning, oil.

We all know that in Ohio, winters can be brutal. The wind is howling and the snow is falling quite frequently this time of year. Columbiana is not excluded in this trend, and if you’re a resident here you know that well. One of the best ways we escape the winter weather is our furnace at home. They can be a savior during the winter months. While we’re cranking up the heat this winter, let’s review some fire safety tips regarding your furnace:

  • Have your HVAC system checked yearly
  • Remove dust from your heating vents
  • Check for odd smells - gas, burning, oil smells mean something is wrong!
  • Make sure your furnace is not cluttered

 These are a few of the necessary steps you should take to prevent your furnace from being a major fire hazard. It’s important now to understand how your HVAC system could catch on fire this winter:

  • Electrical: loose connections can cause wires to burn
  • Furnace Being Cluttered: clean the area around your furnace!
  • Leaking Fuel Line: fuel could come in connect with a hot surface around your furnace

 Those are just a few ways your furnace can be a fire hazard during the winter. If you do experience a fire in your Columbiana home this winter, or at any time, SERVPRO of North Columbiana County can help. They have a wide variety of fire restoration services to get your home back to pre loss condition fast. Visit our Website or call us at (330) 921-4931 to take advantage of our services today!

How Smoke Alarms Save Lives in North Columbiana County

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Picture is a close up of a smoke alarm with a hand taking it down. About 2,600 civilians die each year due to missing or non-functioning smoke alarms.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, US Fire Departments respond to an average of 353,000 residential fires a year. Out of those fires---about 2,600 civilians die each year due to missing or non-functioning smoke alarms. SERVPRO of North Columbiana County knows a thing or two about fire. And what we know is---smoke alarms save lives. We want to ensure all our residents here in Northern Columbiana County stay healthy and safe throughout the new year. Here are some tips to make sure your detectors are working and functioning.

Check the detectors. Make sure to test the alarm by using the “test” feature. Just press the button on the detector and it should sound. If not---change the battery and retest it. If it’s a hardwired unit and doesn’t work, replace it immediately. If they do sound off, check the date on the label so you’ll know when to schedule replacements.

Placement is key. Smoke detectors should be installed on every level of your home to detect rising smoke from a fire. They should be placed inside or directly outside of each bedroom and common areas, and in laundry rooms and kitchens where fires can originate. Just make you have at least a 10 ft distance between your cooktop and the alarm to alleviate it going off during cooking.

Replace smoke detectors every 10 years. Believe it or not, most detectors only last up to 10 years before needing to be replaced. Make sure to jot down the installation date for each smoke detector so you will always know when to replace it.

Batteries should be changed twice a year. A good habit is to change them during Daylight Savings Time. Correlating them to a bi-yearly event like this makes it easy to remember the last time you changed them.

Keep them clean. Dust, dander, and dirt can clog a detector and cause it to malfunction. You can simply use a vacuum to clean the dust it off it at least once a year.

Should you experience fire damage at your Columbiana or nearby home, SERVPRO of North Columbiana County is the number one fire restoration company in the area. Damage caused by a fire is devastating for your family and your home. It is a stressful and confusing time, so you will need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. Our professionals will always treat you with respect and empathy, and we will always treat your home and belongings with great care. Once the fire department leaves, your Salem home may suffer from water damage caused by firefighting efforts. We have the specialized fire and water damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment to handle fire and water damage and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. We are here if you need us. We are a 24/7 emergency service company. Call us at 330.921.4931 or visit our website for more information on our fire restoration services. We at SERVPRO of North Columbiana County wish you a happy 2021.

What Does SERVPRO of North Columbiana County's Fire Restoration Process Look Like?

12/30/2020 (Permalink)

Picture is of a man standing in his burnt down kitchen looking distraught with his hand on his head. SERVPRO of North Columbiana County has the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

After the fire trucks leave, your Salem or nearby home will likely suffer from fire and smoke damage and have extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of North Columbiana County has the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition. Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate SERVPRO’s process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We 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, we 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. We 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

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all 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 are 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.

We are different than most fire restoration companies. We are the #1 fire restoration company in the area. And you can see why. We have proper processes, equipment, and trained professionals. No one can do the job better. Follow us on Facebook for more information on SERVPRO and fire damage tips of the trade.

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Today – (330) 921-4931

Do Artificial Christmas Trees Catch on Fire?

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

image of Christmas tree lights plugged into a wall outlet do not plug too many lights into one outlet. Make sure to spread them out with a surge protector

Ahhhhh. The smell of a real pine in your home during the Christmas season really gives you the winter feels, doesn’t it? It is the main reason everyone wants a real tree. I mean, artificial trees have perks too. You do not have to trudge through the snow to go get it. And they do not catch on fire, says your mother. Or do they?

The answer may surprise you. Artificial trees are STILL a fire hazard. Of the roughly 354,000 home-structure fires that occur in the U.S. each year, about 160 are attributed to Christmas trees, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Those figures include both live and artificial trees, but the NFPA reports that “a disproportionate share of Christmas tree fires involved natural trees,” with live-tree fires outnumbering artificial-tree fires by about three to one and causing about 20 times more injuries.

So, I guess your mom is kind of right. Artificial trees are feasibly safer. But why? Real trees are made of wood and needles, a perfect combo for a fire, according to every great outdoorsman.  Needles and wood burn even more easily when they are dry, so you can reduce the risk by watering them every day. But remember---they are still technically made from firewood. reports, “artificial trees are made of a variety of materials. PVC, a type of plastic, is a common main ingredient. This is often wrapped around a metal frame and then covered in lights, ornaments, and fake "snow," which is often made of latex paint. Trees can also be made of metal or fiber optics. Some of these materials, like metals, aren't going to burn; others, like the PVC that most trees are made of, can catch fire.”

The moral of the story is---whenever you are bringing lights, pine, or plastic into your home; it needs monitored. Check the fuses on all your Christmas lights. A little fun fact. The lights will come with an additional fuse, so you can change it if needed. Also, do not plug too many lights into one outlet. Make sure to spread them out with a surge protector. Check all the wires for tears from being wrapped up all year.

SERVPRO of North Columbiana County wishes all our residents a safe and happy Holiday season. Winter fires, especially from Christmas trees, can be devastating. SERVPRO is here to assist with any type of fire damage. We know it is a stressful and confusing time, so you will need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. Our professionals will always treat you with respect and empathy, and we will always treat your home and belongings with great care.

Please refer to our Fire Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property. And lastly, have a safe and happy Holiday Season from all of us at SERVPRO of North Columbiana County.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (330) 921-4931

When Your Furnace Puffs Back, Columbiana County

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

image of spray bottle and sanitary gloves To help prevent puff backs, it is important to perform regular maintenance on oil-burning furnaces.

Many people do not know that a furnace can “puff back,” until it happens to them. What a "puff back" is, is when there is an explosion from oil vapors that have built up inside of the ignition chamber of an oil-burning furnace. You will know that your furnace has puffed back when you see soot and other debris that has blown into the heating system, and continues into your home. There is a possibility that the furnace can puff back through any vent in your home that is open.

To help prevent puff backs, it is important to perform regular maintenance on oil-burning furnaces. It is recommended that they are cleaned once a year. In addition, always make sure that there are no oil leaks, odd smells or soot in the same room the furnace is in.

SERVPRO of North Columbiana County is available to service your needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we are more than happy to help! Call us at (330)393-999 if you need our help or would like more information.

Different Types of Smoke and Their Behavior

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

image of person holding a microscope to make far off smoke damage more clear and visible Each type of smoke exhibits unique behaviors, and therefore each remediation needs to be handled differently.

“Where there is smoke, there’s fire.” Although the saying is often used to refer to rumors, the literal definition applies as well. Often with fire damage comes smoke and water damage. When it comes to smoke damage, it can be helpful to know what type of smoke you are dealing with to properly clean and mitigate the damage.

Each type of smoke exhibits unique behaviors, and therefore each remediation needs to be handled differently. The professionals at SERVPRO of North Columbiana County are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration and know the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns. We also know smoke can penetrate various levels within the structure causing hidden damage and odor. Our knowledge of various fire damages helps us investigate how far the smoke damage may have spread.

Facts about Smoke:

  1. Smoke, like heat, rises to find cooler areas.
  2. Smoke seeps through the holes used by plumbing pipes to go from room to room and floor to floor.
  3. The type of smoke your building sustains may greatly affect the restoration process.

Types of Smoke:

  • Wet Smoke caused by burnt plastic and rubber
  • Dry Smoke from burning wood and paper
  • Fuel Spill Soot like from furnace puff backs
  • Other types (tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue)

If you experience fire or smoke damage to your home or commercial building, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County! Our professionals are trained in fire restoration, and smoke damage. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Call us for more information or if you need our help! (330) 921 4931

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Get to Know Your Fire Extinguisher

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

Fire extinguisher with instructions on how to use it A friendly reminder to remember the P.A.S.S. acronym to help you remember how to use a fire extinguisher!

Take a minute and see if you can answer the following 3 questions about your fire extinguisher:

  1. Where are the fire extinguishers located in your home or business?
  2. How do you operate one in case of an emergency?
  3. What type of fire extinguisher(s) are they?

If it took you more than a few seconds to think of an answer to any of those questions, you will want to brush up on your fire extinguisher knowledge! A fire can consumer a building or home in a matter of minutes and the faster you can create a plan, and react calmly, the better.

Fire Extinguisher Location

Although we can’t help you with where the fire extinguishers are in your home now, we recommend having one on each level of your home or business, especially in rooms where fires are more likely to occur, such as kitchens and garages. They should never be covered or surrounded and always easily accessible.

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

All you need to do is remember the acronym P.A.S.S:

Pull the pin

Aim the Nozzle or hose at the base of the fire from the recommended distance

Squeeze the operating lever to discharge the fire extinguishing agent

Sweep the nozzle or hose from side to side until the fire is out

Types of Fire Extinguishers

Water and Foam: Takes away the element of heat. Foam agents also separate the oxygen from the other elements.

  • Water Extinguishers are for Class A only – they should not be used on Class B or C fires. The discharge steam could spread the flammable liquid in a Class B fire or could create a shock hazard on a Class C fire.

Carbon Dioxide: Take away the oxygen element and remove the heat with a very cold discharge.

  • Carbon dioxide can be used on Class B & C fires. They are usually ineffective on Class A fires.

Dry Chemical: Extinguish the fire primarily by interrupting the chemical reaction of the fire.

  • The most used type of fire extinguisher is the multipurpose dry chemical because it is effective on Class A, B and C fires. This agent also works by creating a barrier between the oxygen and fuel element on Class A.

Wet Chemical:  A new agent that extinguishes the fire by removing the heat and prevents re-ignition by creating a barrier between the oxygen and fuel.

  • Wet chemical extinguishers or Class K extinguishers were designed for modern, high efficiency deep fat fryers in commercial cooking operations.

Dry Powder: Like dry chemical except they extinguish the fire by separating the fuel from the oxygen element or by removing the heat element.

  • Dry Powder extinguishers are for Class D or combustible metals fires only

If your home or business has suffered fire damage, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County! If you need help cleaning up or restoring your personal belongings, SERVPRO of North Columbiana County is the right choice. We are fire and water restoration experts and can have your home or business looking “Like it never even happened.”

Give us a call! (330) 921 4931

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