Fire and Smoke Damage

10 Tips to Prevent House Fires

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A house fire is one of the most feared catastrophes that can befall a family. Home fires in the United States are fatal to people and destroy precious belongings every year. However there are some preventative measures you can take will help reduce the risks of a fire in your home.

House fires can happen at any time of the year, though the risks are increased during the colder months. The Red Cross cautions that the number of home fires increases in the fall and winter, with more in December and January than other months. House fires occur more often on the weekends and are most common in the early evening hours between 6 pm and 7 pm.

1. Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms are designed as an early warning system in the event of a house fire. The batteries in the smoke alarms throughout your home should be tested monthly and replaced at least once a year. Setting up calendar reminders to check and replace the batteries will help keep your smoke alarms in working order when you need it most.

2. Heating Sources

Regular cleaning and maintenance of your home’s heating sources is an essential preventative measure to guard against house fires. If the heating system in your home is not operating properly, it can provide ideal conditions to start a house fire. Filters and ductwork collect dirt and dust that can easily spark a flame.

Portable space heaters can also present dangers during the winter months and cause more house fires every year than central heating. Any room using a space heater should be properly ventilated. The units should be kept at least three feet from furniture, drapes, and other combustible materials. Models with an automatic shut off feature will help to prevent overheating when left on too long.

3. Cooking Area

It takes little time for a small stovetop flame to spread into a dangerous fire that can envelop your kitchen and spread to the rest of the house. Never leave your stove or oven left unattended while in use. Thorough cleaning of the cooking area will remove food particles from the burner that can catch on fire when heated.

Dish towels, oven mitts, cookbooks, food packing materials, and even low hanging curtains can easily catch fire if left on or near open flames or extreme heat.

Outdoor grills and fire pits pose additional dangers. Grills need to be placed far enough from the house and away from trees, bushes, deck railings, and other areas that can catch fire from an errant spark or excessive heat.

4. Check Your Clothes Dryer

Clothes dryers are large appliances that generate a lot of heat. Regular inspection and maintenance calls will help to keep the dryer working in that most efficient and safest condition. The lint trap needs to be cleaned out before each use.

Depending on how your dryer system is set up, make sure to clean out the ductwork and filters that hold in dirt, dust, and fabric at least a few times per year. Collected dust can get dry and brittle, making it highly combustible.

5. Cord Maintenance

We are more connected to multiple devices needing power than ever before. Most modern homes have an elaborate system of power strips and extension cords that hold the cables for phones, tablets, computers, and other products of the digital age. Power strips with power surge protectors will help to reduce the risks of overloading your power supplies.

Frayed cord and cables on your home’s other appliances also pose a fire danger if left unattended. Replace faulty or frayed wires and keep all wires and cords away from furniture and other potentially combustible materials.

6. Safely Store Flammables

Any flammable liquids should be safely stored outside and in their original containers. Remember to empty the lawnmower of its fuel at the end of the season and safely dispose of it.

There are also a number of household items inside the home that need extra care and attention. Common products like hairspray and shaving cream can be combustible if exposed to an excessive heat source. Keep them stored away from space heaters in a cool, dry space.

7. Candle Caution

The winter months are ideal for lighting a candle to create a mood and give off a pleasant scent. Candles are, however, open flames, and even a brief or momentary lapse of attention can have catastrophic consequences. Keep them away from flammable materials like blankets, scarves, and other flammable materials.

Never leave candles unattended by leaving the room or going to sleep when they are still burning. If you feel yourself drifting off with lit candles in the room, forcing yourself out of your comfortable position to blow them out before falling asleep is well worth the hassle to prevent a house fire that could destroy your life and/or your belongings.

8. Fireplace Safety

There is nothing quite like curling up in front of a fireplace in the middle of winter. To maintain safety while enjoying the warmth and comfort, make sure there is a spark screen or glass protection to prevent errant sparks from getting out and causing damage. Never leave a fire unattended. Chimneys should be inspected and cleaned periodically, depending on how often it is used.

9. Fire Extinguishers

A working fire extinguisher is your best chance at containing a fire in your home before it causes serious damage. Make sure there is one in the kitchen, garage, and any other areas in your home where fire risks exist. Everyone in the home should be trained in how to use a fire extinguisher so they can spring into action if needed.

10. Smoking

Smoking remains one of the leading causes of home fire deaths and the need for fire restoration in Austin, TX and the entire United States. Keeping all smoking outside will go a long way to preventing house fires and make sure all materials are properly extinguished. Before throwing butts in the trash, douse them in water to make sure they are fully out.

Preventing House Fires Saves Lives, Personal Property

Following these common-sense tips to prevent house fires can save lives, and your belongings and property. If you have suffered damage from a house fire, contact the fire restoration Austin TX trusts to get your home and your lives back together.

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Fire in Bellmead TX

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A home located at 806 Michigan St, at the intersection of Cloverleaf and Highway 84, has caught fire this morning at around 10am. The fire, that started in the home, has now turned into a large grass fire and is now impacting the local community. Smoke can now be seen in a mobil home park located next to the fire. Firefighters form Lacy Lakeview, Belmead and Waco are working hard to put out the fire and protect further structures. Citizens are being asked to avoid the area until the fire is contained. For more on this story you can visit the local news website at:

http://www.kwtx.com/content/news/Crews-battle-large-fire-in-Bellmead-488013451.html

 

Our prayers are going out to the families impacted and we have crews here at All Nation Restoration in Waco TX on stand by in case our help is needed to remediate any fire and smoke damaged homes.

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Cooking Fire in South Austin Causes Serious Damage

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Latest news, over the weekend South Austin residents are now displaced from their home due to a gas leak being ignited when the resident was cooking. It is said that the fire department was able to act quickly and contain the fire to the kitchen.

No one was injured during this fire but damages are said to be over $30,000.

For more information on this local news update, please follow the link below:

http://www.statesman.com/news/cooking-fire-displaces-one-resident-south-austin/5KywEOi489KitmuaC7cIFK/

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Fire Restoration Case Study: Steamatic

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Fires are devastating to the victims. Typically they have enough to deal with without trying to replace household items. Some small relief can be found in the personal items that can be cleaned and returned to victims of a fire. But, sometimes items can’t be replaced at all — or, at least, that’s how it seems. That’s where All Nation Restoration comes in.

Fire Restoration

All Nation Restoration is a company that offers a very unique service. They are called in to help clean and restore items that have been damaged by fire or water used to put out the fire. Homeowners, businesses and insurance companies all love what All Nation Restoration can do. They keep down the cost of replacing things, and in some cases save items that could never be replaced.

Doing It by Hand

Originally, All Nation Restoration had a full staff of six that could work through about fifteen boxes of damaged goods per day. They would clean using cotton swabs, brushes, rags and solvents. In most cases they could get items clean, but sometimes the smell of smoke or mildew would not be eliminated entirely. Items with more intricate features, features which many keepsakes tend to have, were nearly impossible to get completely clean. That’s where Omegasonics ultrasonic cleaners enter the picture.
Faster restoration, Better Results
Imagine being able to reduce your staff by half while over quadrupling the output of that staff. Sound impossible? Well that is just what All Nation Restoration was able to do with Omegasonics’ ultrasonic cleaners. They now carry a staff of three to four and are capable of doing close to sixty boxes a day! How? By using ultrasonic cleaners.
The results speak for themselves. Not only are speed and efficiency improved, but the pieces come out almost like new. Not only are they able to save things like plates, keepsake figurines and kitchen items, they can also save electronics! Steamatic has been able to increase the amount of items they are able to recover, up from around 70% to near 90%!
Ultrasonic cleaners can help you, too; Check out our lines of cleaning, drying and soaps today!

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Case Study VI | Multi-Family Fire

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A fire occurred at a 4-plex residential property located in Bastrop, Texas. Over the four month restoration, the roof structure was re-framed over two of the units, while three of the units were stripped down to studs and re-worked from the “rough-in” stage through to completion.

Total scope of work performed by All Nation Restoration surpassed $275,000, with the restoration completed in four months.

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Case Study V | Senior Living Community

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After a fire in a Austin Senior Living Community, All Nation Restoration was able to quickly restore 17 resident units, as well as the affected common areas. Half of the affected area was stripped down to stud walls, upgraded to current code (including installing a sprinkler system in the entire affected area), and re-built from there. The other half of the affected area was stripped of the finishes (wall coverings, floor covering, paint) and restored.

Our portion of the work was approximately $750,000 and was complete in two months. This quick project turnaround was very important as the residents of the 17 units were displaced while work was ongoing.

Chris MorenoCase Study V | Senior Living Community
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Case Study III | Manufacturing

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Following a fire at a precast manufacturing plant in Lakeway, Texas, All Nation was contracted to perform the facility restoration. The 30,000 square foot/50′ tall warehouse is precast construction with bar joist/metal deck roof structure. One-third of the roof decking was fire damaged and required replacement. The structure was then soda blasted and sealed with shellac for smoke and odor control. Additionally, all windows and overhead doors were replaced, the wood shop and offices were entirely re-built, the majority of the roof blocking was replaced and the entire TPO roof system was removed and replaced.

The total scope of work performed by All Nation Restoration was nearly $825,000. The entire scope of work on this project was completed in one month. A quick response was critical to this client as down time prevented them from meeting customer demand.

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Case Study II | Distribution Warehouse

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A fire occurred at a plastics distribution facility in Georgetown, Texas, requiring restoration services for the facility. The entire 40,000 sq-ft building was affected by fire and/or smoke. During the four month restoration, nearly 6000 sq-ft of the facility required new structural columns and beams as well as new 2×12 roof framing, miscellaneous block work and a new roof. The remainder of the structure was cleaned, dry ice blasted, and re-painted to mitigate the smoke damage.

The scope of work performed by All Nation Restoration exceeded $340,000 for this four month restoration project.

Chris MorenoCase Study II | Distribution Warehouse
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