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Don't Set Yourself on Fire this Independence Day - Attleboro, MA

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Don't Set Yourself on Fire this Independence Day - Attleboro, MA Fire Safety should always be a priority on Fourth of July.

Fourth of July is a time to remember how far this county has come in such a relatively short time. July 4th marks America’s anniversary of Independence. Festivities usually include, food, crafty cupcakes you'd find on Pinterest, music, friends, and fireworks. Fireworks/sparklers can be very entertaining if you know how to use them in safety. 

 There are 280 emergency room visits during July alone. Why? Fireworks. 

If you've been to a Massachusetts ER it can be very time-consuming an expensive, so use these safety tips to avoid all that money and time.

  • Quickly move at least 10 feet away from the fireworks 
  • Keep toddlers and children a safe distance from the fireworks - they can have fun watching them, just don't go near them!
  • Do not use fireworks if you are under the influence of drugs, tired, or thinking irrationally.
  • Have backup water preferably in a bucket or hose in case of an unexpected fire
  • If you’ve experienced fire, smoke, and soot damage please call SERVPRO of The Attleboros at 508-234-3399 to repair your home or commercial property/business
  • Visit https://www.cpsc.gov/Safety-Education/Safety-Education-Centers/Fireworks for more information about fire and fireworks safety. 

May is National Wildfire Awareness Month & 6 Facts

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

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MAY is National Wildfire Awareness Month, and it can be represented by the hashtag #NationalWildfireAwarenessMonth in case you wanted to post about it on social media. Wildfires are pretty common in the highly wooded areas of California and other places. Don't you remember the 2018 California wildfires? It was devastating and allover the news. Statistics say that the 2018 Wildfires were the #1 deadliest and most destructive fire in California history. Maybe you were directly affected by it, or had friends or family residing on the west coast. Everyone has their own stories and experiences,  but it's the perfect time to reflect on the importance of fire safety. Stay informed and ready. Fire's don't just happen across the country - they're in the Attleboros, too!

By the way, check out what's happening now - Florida Wildfires Shut Down Section of I-95

6 Noteworthy Facts:

  1. Plants and animals actually need fire to survive. After a fire, there's more space for a plant to grow and germinate.There's less competition for plant essentials - sunlight, H2O, and nutrients. More plants = more food for herbivores and a better environment.
  2. Most home fires are caused in the kitchen, which makes sense due to the stove, ovens, microwaves, and other heated appliances. Make sure you regularly monitor the functionality of all heated appliances in use, and shut them off when done. Use caution when grilling for your Memorial Day cookout!
  3. The "fire trifecta" includes oxygen, heat, and fuel. It's important to know that trying to put out a fire with oxygen will NOT make the situation better.
  4. Smoke inhalation and lack of oxygen is the primary cause of fire-related deaths - don't breathe that in and get yourself safely OUT!
  5. Look - we all love to have our room smelling like lilacs & lavender, but candles are one of the primary causes of home fires - do not leave it lit if you're leaving the area.
  6. Fire takes about 1-2 minutes to spread rapidly and substantially. Don't waste time and HURRY out of there!

You can also visit the National Fire Protection Association for more information, upcoming events, and fire statistics. 

We at SERVPRO of The Attleboros (508-223-0505) wish you a fantastic and safe Memorial Day Weekend. We are indebted to those who died protecting our country. 

SERVPRO of the Attleboros Has Some Smoke Alarm Tips

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

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We all had classes on fire safety. Growing up in Attleboro, parents, guardians, and teachers told us to stay away from fire and to use caution so as not to cause a fire in your home or school. Fire spreads quickly and substantially, so it is imperative to know exactly what to do when faced with it. With the warm summer months upon us, it's time for many to get their aprons on and grille for the family! Keep these reminders in mind at your next North Attleboro July 4th rendezvous! 

The key tips to practice total fire safety:

  1. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home where there are children, adults, and pets.
  2. It only takes less than 3 minutes for fire to spread and grow, so get out while you can!
  3. Remember if you have battery powered smoke alarms to replace the battery each year or when it is advised by the manufacturer. 
  4. Check the condition of your smoke alarm periodically, and change after a few years (10 at most).
  5. Remember to TEST YOUR SMOKE ALARMS periodically throughout the year.
  6. To prevent "false alarms" (pun intended) dust around your smoke alarm regularly to remove any lingering particles.
  7. If you have a new fire alarm, be sure it abides by the National Fire Alarm Code standards.
  8. Fire sprinklers in your home might be a good idea, so that's a safety measure worth considering.

More more information on fire, smoke, and soot damage, please view our official website!

Experiencing fire. smoke, and soot damage? Call SERVPRO of the Attleboros right now at 508-223-0505! It'll be, "Like it never even happened." 

Fire Isn't Fun - Tips For Attleboro Residents & Beyond

5/17/2019 (Permalink)

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FIRE - that word alone can bring anyone fear, except if you're stranded on a desert island - then you'd get full of hope. Flames from a fire is always unexpected and traumatic. Nobody ever said fire was fun (accept for somebody accused of arson, maybe?). In the wooded areas of Attleboro, fires can especially become a problem and even after that, water damage may ensue in your residence or building.

Remember to do these things in case of a fire:

  • Limit moving/touching affected areas to prevent tiny soot particles from getting into furniture & carpets
  • Use clean towels/old linens on areas where people might be walking
  • Wash houseplants thoroughly but carefully 
  • Change HVAC (Heating & air-conditioning) filter 

If you're like me, you like your home or office to be clean (cars are sometimes an exception). If I see my items damaged in any way, my first inclination is to fix the damaged furniture, clothing, and electronics - after all, those items are so important to me. My mom once uttered the phrase to me, "A washer and dryer are your best friends."

Now this might be the case for usual circumstances, however with smoke, fire, and soot you SHOULD NOT attempt to clean anything. Doing this can also cause the smoke odor to set in the clothing, making it even harder to deodorize them.

SERVPRO of the Attleboros is dedicated to providing exceptional support during your stressful time. Call us now at 508-223-0505 now! 

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Commercial Fire Cleanup in Fall River, MA

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage can be very devastating for a commercial property. In addition to fire, smoke, and soot damage, water damage caused by firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may leave your building flooded. Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.

Commercial Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training, experience, and equipment to manage your commercial fire damage emergency. They will respond quickly and manage the fire restoration project through to its completion—getting your property business-ready.

  • Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician

Here at SERVPRO of the Attleboros, we work to get your life back on track as quickly as possible. For more information, please give us a call at (508) 223-0505 or visit our website.

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What to do After a Fire

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

After a fire, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Any decision that has not been critically and professionally evaluated, can further exacerbate the damage to your home. To avoid this, here are some tips about what to do before the professionals from SERVPRO of the Attleboro’s arrive:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

Your personal safety is our number one concern. If you sense any other dangers to your home, don’t risk it, be sure to get out IMMEDIATELY! 

To learn more, give us a call @ 508-223-0505 or visit our website at http://www.SERVPROtheattleboros.com/fire-damage-tips

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Fire Damage - Can it be Cleaned?

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damages can present different cleaning and restoration situations depending on how elements interact as the fire progresses. Here are some factors you should consider to determine how difficult it will be to remove smoke residues.

Type of Surface: Porous surfaces allow particles and odor to penetrate further and are much more difficult to clean. Nonporous surfaces such as vinyl wall coverings and glossy, enamel paint are easier to clean than flat latex paint or paper wall coverings. Synthetic fibers can attract greater concentrations of residue than natural fibers, but usually synthetics clean better than natural fabrics.

Age of Surface: Generally, the older the surface, the harder it is to clean. This holds true whether the surface is paint, fabric, or carpet. For example, as older paint deteriorates, it becomes more porous and its adhesion to the surface is weakened.

Amount of Heat: The hotter the fire, the harder it will be to clean surfaces. Heat causes surfaces to expand and become more porous. Residue and odors can penetrate all surfaces more effectively. Heat can also char materials or melt and bubble finishes. In these cases, cleaning alone will not restore the surfaces. Refinishing will be required.

Amount of Moisture: Moisture sets residues and makes them more likely to stain surfaces permanently. In fires where sprinklers were activated or surfaces were saturated as firefighters were fighting the fire, residues will be much more difficult to clean. Damp weather and walls that are damp from condensation also help set residues. Moisture and heat can combine with smoke residues to cause surfaces to become yellowed.

Type of Material Burned: Burned synthetic materials produce residues much more difficult to remove than burned natural materials. Plastics and rubber create wet, smeary residues that can stain surfaces. Wood and other natural materials leave a drier residue that is easier to clean.

Air Pressure: Hot air expands. As the temperature of air increases, the volume of air increases. Expanding air creates pressure that can drive soot into cracks and crevices, making cleaning difficult.

Impingement: As the temperature of air becomes hotter, the air movement becomes more turbulent. This turbulent air moves with greater velocity through a structure and collides with surfaces. The sharp collisions of smoke residues splattering on vertical surfaces is called "impingement," and may leave residues that are more difficult to remove. 

Temperature Change: Smoke residues may cause some types of damage due to heat changes. If residues contain hot oils and are cooled quickly due to temperature change, the residues may form a film on a surface that is difficult to clean.

Attleboro, MA - Fire Restoration Process

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Have you ever wondered about the SERVPRO Fire Restoration Process?

Step 1: Emergency Contact

After the fire has been suppressed, the restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island. We are open on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Disasters don’t wait for regular business hours, so why should we?

Step 2: Inspection & Assessment

Our professionals will come into your home or property and carefully inspect each and every square inch to produce an accurate report of fire, smoke, and soot damage.

Step 3: Board-Up & Tarp Service(s)

Since fire damage has the potential to compromise windows, walls, and roofs, we offer board-up services to protect your home’s from outside elements.

Step 4: Water Removal & Drying

If water damage is present in your home, we will work to remove ALL of the water. This will by done using dehumidifiers and air movers.

Step 5: Remove Smoke & Soot from ALL Surfaces

Step 6: Cleaning & Sanitizing

We will clean all of the restorable items, as well as structures that were impacted by the fire damage. If necessary, our Professionals will even remove offensive odors!

Step 7: Complete Restoration

Once your house is back to its pre-fire condition, our job is done!

If you experience a fire damage and live in South Eastern Massachusetts, please give us a call at (508) 223-0505!

Fire Damage Tips - Dighton, MA

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

What you can do until help arrives

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to the fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

If you suffer from fire, smoke or soot damage we can help clean up the disaster and clean with care. Call SERVPRO of The Attleboros at (508) 223-0505!

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4/5/2018 (Permalink)

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Fire Prevention Week

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Prevention Week

October 8th-14th is Fire Prevention week and when it comes to fires, SERVPRO of The Attleboros wants you to be safe and prepared. Here are some tips on fire safety provided by the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) so that you can be SERVPRO READY:

Test Your Smoke Alarms – According to NFPA 60% of reported home fire deaths from 2007 to 2011 were homes that had either zero smoke alarms or homes that had smoke alarms, but they were defective. Usually, smoke alarms fail to operate if the batteries are dead or if they are connected incorrectly. Checking to make sure your smoke alarm(s) work could save you and your family’s life.

Plan an Escape Route - Only about one-third of Americans have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. Having an escape plan during a fire is essential. If the fire blocks the main escape route, be sure to have a secondary route in place.

Cooking - Two out of every five home fires start in the kitchen. Unattended cooking is the main factor in these situations and they can be extremely dangerous. Make sure your stove is supervised at all times!

Electrical Fires - These types of fires are caused by various electrical equipment such as washers, dryers, fans, portable or stationary space heaters, air conditioning equipment, and water heaters. These types of equipment should be monitored frequently to optimal safety. ALWAYS remember to turn off electrical equipment such as space heaters when leaving your home.

Candles- Burning scented candles during fall may bring the spirit of the season to your home, but they can also be dangerous if left unattended. On average, there are 32 home candle fires reported per day. Blow out your candles before going to bed and do not leave them in areas where they can easily spread.

SERVPRO of The Attleboros wants to ensure that you take fire safety precautions during this week as well as throughout the rest of the year. If your home faces damage due to a fire, call SERVPRO of The Attleboros at (508) 223-0505. We will clean up any fire damage in your home and make it, "Like it never even happened."

Safety Precautions for Ozone

3/6/2017 (Permalink)

Ozone (also called activated oxygen) is a toxic gas and must be used carefully. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established a permissible exposure level (PEL) for ozone at 0.1 ppm, meaning a safe level of ozone exposure is 0.1 parts per million (ppm) of air volume. ozone generators produce concentrations from 0.3 t 1.5 ppm, so ozone deodorization procedures could potentially produce levels of ozone that would be hazardous in prolonged exposure situations. 

Like most "chemical" products, ozone can be hazardous, but if used properly this method of deodorization is as safe as other available methods. Observe safety precautions when deodorizing with ozone. Use activated oxygen only in unoccupied areas. Ozone is toxic when high concentrations are inhaled, so remove all people and pets from the areas to be ozoned. Place "Ozone Warning" signs at all entries prior to performing activated oxygen procedures. 

Avoid overexposure to ozone concentrations of .05 ppm and greater. Recommended personal protective equipment for working with ozone includes safety glasses or goggles, chemical-resistant gloves, and NIOSH-approved respirator with an organic vapor cartridge. High concentrations may cause respiratory ailments, dry throats, and severe eye irritation. If you experience any reactions, move to fresh air immediately and seek medical help. 

Ventilating the treated area is recommended. Ozone dissipates completely within minutes and leaves no residue, strong fragrances, or chemicals to which people may be allergic or sensitive. Wait 15 to 45 minutes after ozone generation has stopped to safely enter an ozoned room. Ventilate the treated area at least 30 minutes prior to reentry.