Recent Fire Damage Posts

Fire prevention tips for your business in Foxborough

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial building in background with leaves and white text box overlay If you are looking for help in creating an Emergency Readiness Plan, contact us today for no cost. SERVPRO of Foxborough is available 24/7.

A fire can cause severe damage to business structures and more. The owner should focus on fire risk assessment, fire prevention, and education of the staff to help should a fire arise.


Here are three tips to consider:
1. Have fire protection equipment: Look into an automatic sprinkler system. This will provide primary fire protection for your business.
2. Fire safety in the workplace: Your employees are part of your team but they’re also essential assets to your business. Ensure that your employees know what to do if there's a fire.
3. Evacuation plan: Every business should post a fire evacuation plan in several spots around the workplace. In case of fire injuries, your staff should be familiar with the location of the first-aid kit.

If you are looking for help in creating an Emergency Readiness Plan, contact us today for no cost. SERVPRO of Foxborough is available 24/7 including holidays and weekends to assist you with any fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

Safely Heat Your Property This Winter

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

Winter time in New England brings with it cold temperatures. Most property owners do not think about the risks inherent with heating their Foxborough, MA commercial or residential properties especially when space heaters are used.

Small space heaters are typically used when the main heating system is inadequate or to offset high heating costs or to simply supplement inadequate heating in one room. Space heater capacities generally range between 10,000 Btu and 40,000 Btu per hour.

Safety is a top consideration when using space heaters. According to the U.S. Department of Energy the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that more than 25,000 residential fires every year are associated with the use of space heaters, resulting in more than 300 deaths. In addition, an estimated 6,000 people receive hospital emergency room care for burn injuries associated with contacting the hot surfaces of room heaters, mostly in non-fire situations.

When buying and installing a small space heater, follow these guidelines:

  1. Only purchase newer model heaters that have all of the current safety features. Make sure the heater carries the Underwriter's Laboratory (UL) label.
  2. Choose a thermostatically controlled heater, because they avoid the energy waste of overheating a room.
  3. Select a heater of the proper size for the room you wish to heat. Do not purchase oversized heaters. Most heaters come with a general sizing table.
  4. Locate the heater on a level surface away from foot traffic. Be especially careful to keep children and pets away from the heater.

Combustion Space Heaters

Unvented combustion units are not recommended for use inside your home, because they introduce unwanted combustion products into the living space—including nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, and water vapor—and deplete air in the space. 

Vented units are designed to be permanently located next to an outside wall, so that the flue gas vent can be installed through a ceiling or directly through the wall to the outside. Look for sealed combustion or "100% outdoor air" units, which have a duct to bring outside into the combustion chamber. Sealed combustion heaters are much safer to operate than other types of space heaters, and operate more efficiently because they do not draw in the heated air from the room and exhaust it to the outdoors. They are also less likely to backdraft and adversely affect indoor air quality.

In addition to the manufacturer's installation and operating instructions, you should follow these general safety guidelines for operating any combustion space heater:

  • For liquid-fueled heaters, use only the approved fuel. Never use gasoline! Follow the manufacturer's fueling instructions. Never fill a heater that is still hot. Do not overfill the heater -- you must allow for the expansion of the liquid. Only use approved containers clearly marked for that particular fuel, and store them outdoors.
  • Have vented space heaters professionally inspected every year. If the heater is not vented properly, not vented at all, or if the vent is blocked, separated, rusted, or corroded, dangerous levels of carbon monoxide (CO) can enter the home causing sickness and death. CO also can be produced if the heater is not properly set up and adjusted for the type of gas used and the altitude at which it is installed.

Electric Space Heaters

Electric space heaters are generally more expensive to operate than combustion space heaters, but they are the only unvented space heaters that are safe to operate inside your home. Although electric space heaters avoid indoor air quality concerns, they still pose burn and fire hazards and should be used with caution.

For convection (non-radiant) space heaters, the best types incorporate a heat transfer liquid, such as oil, that is heated by the electric element. The heat transfer fluid provides some heat storage, allowing the heater to cycle less and to provide a more constant heat source.

When buying and installing an electric space heater, you should follow these general safety guidelines:

  1. Electric heaters should be plugged directly into the wall outlet. If an extension cord is necessary, use the shortest possible heavy-duty cord of 14-gauge wire or larger. Always check and follow any manufacturer’s instructions pertaining to the use of extension cords.
  2. Buy a unit with a tip-over safety switch, which automatically shuts off the heater if the unit is tipped over.

All of us at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you to heat your commercial or residential property safely this winter. If fire dose strike, we are here to help you make it "Like it never even happened." Call our experts today at (508) 533-5305!

Restoring Your Property After A Fire

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

When your residential or commercial is hit by a fire, your top priority is ensuring everyone's safety. Once everyone is safe and the fire has been put out, getting your property cleaned and repaired becomes the priority. In some cases, especially when the fire was small, property owners may believe restoration is a DIY opportunity. Here are four reasons why the correct course of action is to enlist professional fire remediation help:

Water Removal


1. Most property owners do not realize that a primary component of fire damage remediation is water remediation. Standing water left behind after the fire extinguishing efforts can have severe ramifications. Moisture  and standing water will cause damage to furniture, electronics, clothing, drywall, ceilings, flooring, and more. Water removal must be done quickly. The Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Foxborough utilize water pumps, wet-vacs, high-velocity fans and dehumidifiers to extract the water and moisture quickly, thereby mitigating the damage. Fire damage unfortunately, has collateral damage.

Smoke Damage

The smoke damage that results from a fire can be quite substantive. In fact, the smoke left behind can become embedded in your furniture, flooring, carpets, and walls. If left unaddressed, this smoke damage can remain in your property for years. Soot, another by-product of specific fires, needs special attention for proper clean up to avoid staining of walls and furniture. Effectively removing smoke necessitates the use of professional procedures and products that fire restoration specialists from SERVPRO of Foxborough have in their arsenal.

Salvageable Goods

In many cases, property owners who seek to complete the remediation process on their own will throw away items that are salvageable. Don't make this mistake. Instead, allow SERVPRO of Foxborough to assist you with this aspect of the restoration process. This inventories affected household items and classifies them into non-salvageable, salvageable or questionable lists. Items can be containerized and cleaned by our IICRC-trained technicians.

Time Efficiency

When property owners take on the restoration process themselves saving money is usually the driving factor. Unfortunately, the trade-off to the cost savings is lost time and poor results. Rest assured, when you partner with experts at SERVPRO of Foxborough the job will be done right. Our teams will work tirelessly to ensure that the work is completed as efficiently as possible.

After a fire SERVPRO of Foxborough is here to help you make it "Like it never even happened." Call our experts today at (508) 533-5305!

How To Handle Fire Damage Residue

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

If your commercial or residential Wrentham, MA has suffered fire damage what happens once the charred items get removed from the site? The next step is to clean the surfaces of the impacted area. Attention to the surface is as essential as the type of smoke damage being removed will require different tools and techniques.

Trained Professionals

Some might think that simply grabbing your household cleaning solution will do the trick. The reality is that may exasperate the damage! The certified Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Foxborough will carefully test surfaces to ensure the chosen method of removal has no adverse effect on the article getting cleaned. Just as some surfaces can get damaged by the use of water, others can deteriorate after exposure to certain solvents. The three critical steps in using solvents to dissolve residues are:   

  1. Wash the surface with the solvent; this action suspends the particles
  2. Rinse the surface from both solvent and smoke residues being careful about the disposal
  3. Dry the surface 

This type of cleaning brings responsibilities towards the community and environment for safe disposal of the cleaning solvents used in this type offire and smoke damage removal. SERVPRO of Foxborough technicians are always careful to adhere to local, state, and federal regulations. Some of the main rules are:  

  1. The solvents can never get disposed of within the sewer or septic system as the dry-cleaning solvents, in particular, is an industrial waste product  
  2. Also, the cleaning wastes should never get disposed of in storm drains or gutters
  3. Wastewater used in cleaning that does not contain solvents can get disposed of through a treated sewer line, toilet, or utility sink  

After a fire SERVPRO of Foxborough is here to help you make it "Like it never even happened." Call our experts today at (508) 533-5305!

Need Help Eliminating Odor From Fire Damage?

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

One of the worst feelings a Walpole, MA property owner can face is the aftermath of fire damage. The good news is that the damage may not be as bad as it seems and help is nearby! 

Imagine a scenario where, after extensive fire damage restoration your Walpole commercial or residential property home finally looks like it did before everything happened. However, what can you do if it still smells like smoke, even weeks later? Sometimes restorations are not as thorough as they should be, that is why you need to call the fire remediation experts at t SERVPRO of Foxborough.

Reasons For Odor 

The malodor of burning plastics, wood, and other materials can linger in the air for weeks after a fire, and it could happen because:

  1. The malodor was not dealt with on a particle-level, using advanced equipment
  2. Putrid smells linger behind on the walls, and sealant paint is needed
  3. Bits of greasy soot may have been missed, trapping the odor

The fire remediation professionals at SERVPRO of Foxborough are committed to removing all the signs of fire damage that we can. It is always our goal to leave your home feeling like it did before the fire happened. Our Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration-certified technicians can identify problem areas and use advanced equipment to remediate the damage.

Why SERVPRO 

Our technicians have access to advanced equipment that can help reduce and remove lingering odors. We can:

  1. Use hydroxyl generators to eliminate volatile organic compounds from the air
  2. Use thermal foggers, to trap scent-causing particles and neutralize them
  3. Set up air scrubbers with HEPA filters to filter the malodor out of the particles in the air and trap them
  4. Use sealant paints

If your commercial or residential property still smells like fire damage even weeks after clean up, give the experts at SERVPRO of Foxborough a call at (508) 533-5305. We will make it ”Like it never even happened."

Start A Chimney Fire Safely

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

It is once again that time of year in Foxborough, MA when the temperature is beginning to dip. It is barley November and we have already had our first snow fall of the winter season! For those of us who like to snuggle with our loved ones in front of a cosy fire, now is the time to make sure we are doing so safely.

Cleaning Your Chimney

Did you know that chimney's need cleaning at least once a year? Heavily used chimney's may need multiple cleanings each year! Now is a great time to check because you don't want to start a fire for the first time in the winter without performing maintenance. If you are unsure about if your chimney needs sprucing, all you got to do is take a flashlight and look into your chimney. Take a knife and scrape a bit of soot off of the wall, if it is more than 1/8 inches thick then it is time to call a cleaning company. For those of you DIYers, or if finding a reputable company is proving difficult, here are some steps to take to increase the safety of your chimney.

Steps To Take

  1. Check for nesting animals and critters who may have made a home in your chimney
  2. The next step is to measure the chimney. It's okay to overestimate but try to be as accurate as possible. This can be accomplished by climbing on the roof and measuring down or measuring up through the fireplace.
  3. Measure the size and shape of the flue. Generally they are round or square.

Materials

  1. Chimney brush,
  2. Goggles,
  3. Broom and dustpan
  4. Face mask 

Where To Start

  1. Clean from top down with weighted brush using up and down motions to scrape away debris.
  2. Cleaning from the bottom up requires a partner on the roof to help scrub with. Additionally you will need a pulley system (like this one found on Amazon). Be careful when sweeping and discarding the debris. Now your chimney is ready for winter nights!

Regardless if you call in a professional or attempt the task yourself it is important that your chimney is clean to reduce the risk of a fire in your home.  If a fire damages your home this winter call SERVPRO of Foxborough at (508) 533-5305. We will make it ”Like it never even happened."

Properly Clean Soot Damage

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

Damage from a fire can be traumatic. Removing damaged or ruined items is just the beginning of the restoration process. Improperly cleaning soot and smoke residue can result in more damage to your Walpole, MA residential or commercial property. The best course of action, call the experts. 

The Disaster Remediation teams at SERVPRO of Foxborough have considerable training in identifying different kinds of residues and odor particles, which helps them pinpoint the ideal cleanup procedures for your fire damaged home.

What Is Soot

Soot is a smoke that has settled on surfaces as a residue. There are four different kinds of smoke residue: 

  • Dry smoke residues
  • Wet smoke residues
  • Protein smoke residues
  • Fuel oil smoke residues 

Each Type Of Residue Must Be Cleaned Differently 

All fires burn differently, which means they leave behind different kinds of residues. Many variables determine what kinds of residues are left behind. Still, SERVPRO of Foxborough  technicians have the experience to outline the best cleanup process, and they know which products are necessary to eliminate the specific residues. 

How To Approach Cleanup

  • Find and identify the residues
  • Identify the surfaces on which residues are present
  • Capture and remove the residues
  • Properly dispose of the residues 

Cleaning Techniques 

We use both air and fluids to remove residues, depending on the residue types and where they are present. Our Disaster Remediation Teams may use vacuuming to remove some residues, while others are captured and dissolved in different cleaning solutions. They also understand how to remove these residues after completing the cleanup process. 

Has your residential or commercial property suffered fire damage? Call the experts at SERVPRO of Foxborough today – (508) 533-5305. We will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Remediation Experts

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your commercial or residential, causing hidden damage and odor. The Disaster Remediation Team at SERVPRO of Foxborough 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 Foxborough certified technicians 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

Every smoke and fire damage situation unique, 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. Not only will we the professionals at SERVPRO of Foxborough treat your property with the care it needs we will also treat you with the empathy and respect you deserve.

How To Minimize Damage After A Fire

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO of Foxborough provides timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration. These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible.

What You Can Do Until Help Arrives

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery.
  • Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.
  • Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces.
  • Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery.
  • Do not clean any electrical equipment.
  • Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

SERVPRO of Foxborough is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year, including holidays.

Common Sources of Home Fires

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

Items you use daily can be the most common sources of fire in your Foxborough, home. It may be hard to imagine that the space heater you have always loved could cause a home fire, but that is just what can happen. Understanding the most common sources of home fires can help you reduce your risk of injury and property damage.


Cooking related fires increase this time of year and often result in the need for complex fire restoration services. Several kitchen scenarios can create the dangerous combination of high heat and combustible materials.


> A hot stove burner can cause grease on a pan or a burner to ignite.

> A hot oven can ignite grease that has splashed or dripped onto the oven interior.

> Food in close proximity to a glowing broiler coil is susceptible to combustion.

> Small appliances, such as toasters and griddles, can ignite crumbs or grease.

> A hot barbecue grill can ignite a nearby item, such as a landscape plant or wooden fence.


Frequently cleaning your cooking equipment and appliances, and observing all cooking activities will significantly minimize the likelihood of a cooking-related home fire.

Heating Systems

Space heaters can overheat, igniting various internal components and nearby items such as drapes, upholstery or carpets. Following the instructions on the appliance carefully and making sure the heater is never unattended can reduce your fire risk from these sources.

Human Carelessness

Human error contributes to each category of common fire causes, but certain behaviors are known to raise fire risk dramatically. Unattended lit cigarettes cause more residential fire fatalities than any other source; consequently, smoking in the bedroom is strongly discouraged. Unattended burning candles pose a similar risk.

Much of fire safety is common sense. The primary goal is to keep fuel sources, such as grease or textiles, separated from flame or high heat. Equally important is being present to observe anything that is burning or has an active heating element. These precautions are simple and may save you from experiencing a home fire and a disruptive fire cleaning and restoration process.

Stay Warm AND Safe

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

It's getting chilly outside!  The leaves have fallen and coats are necessary to go outside.  

With the cooler temperatures this week, many Foxborough residents are finding it's time to fire up the furnace! 

Furnace maintenance is one of those things that often gets forgotten, but it is one of the most important things you can do as a homeowner for the safety of your property and your family.  Not only is an improperly working furnace costly, but it can be quite dangerous.

According to the NFPA 27% of house fires between 2012 and 2016 were caused by improperly cleaned furnaces, pellet stoves and chimneys. 54% of those fires ended in a loss of life with an average of 490 people a year. Fires are not always an avoidable thing, but properly maintaining your heating methods can help.

Space heaters are also a large component in heating related fires. It is best to become informed on proper use and wattages.

Even with proper use and maintenance, fires can happen. From small electrical fires to entire house fires we are here to help. Our certified technicians are trained in the proper way to remove soot, odor and sometimes even charring from contents and structures. If fire damages your home this winter call SERVPRO of Foxborough to help you make it ”Like it never even happened."

What Happens When Your Furnas Fails

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

Despite the increasing number of viable alternative heating methods available on the market, the majority of Foxborough residents still rely on oil furnaces to heat their homes and businesses. Today heating systems are very reliable and dependable; most issues can be readily addressed by a qualified professional. Unfortunately, the malfunction commonly known as the "puff back" is not so easily dealt with.

A puffback is an explosion inside the burner chamber of the furnace, similar to the backfiring of a car. While there are a number of causes - such as excessive debris or a buildup of oil fumes prior to burner ignition - the resulting explosion can shoot soot and debris through the furnace's exhaust system...and into your home.

This soot is not just a powder-like substance; instead, it is black, sticky and will include a mixture of oil that is difficult to clean. Walls, ceilings, carpets, furniture and curtains are coated with a fine film of soot and smoky streaks. Typically, the damage is worse with a forced-air heating system or central air-conditioning, because the duct work provides a path through the house, even into closets. In addition to the soot, a puff back causes a foul odor to permeate your home. Oil-based soot is extremely difficult to remove and needs to be cleaned as soon as possible.

Fortunately, the technicians of SERVPRO of Foxborough have the knowledge and experience to take care of difficult problems such as this. Since each puffback 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 home or business, while also treating your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Choosing The Correct Alarm

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

In Order to Find the Right Alarm, You Need to Know the Various Types

Choosing the correct smoke alarm for your Foxboro home is a key part of fire safety. If your home does not have the proper smoke alarm, your house could sustain severe fire damage and require a major fire cleanup. In order to choose the right alarm, you need to know the various types. They include:

  • Combination
  • Photoelectric
  • Ionization
  • Dual sensor

Combination Alarm


A combination alarm typically includes both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Because carbon monoxide sensors do not last as long as smoke ones, combination alarms need to be replaced more frequently. However, they are great for homes that include an attached garage or fuel-burning appliances.

Photoelectric Alarm

A photoelectric alarm is ideal for detecting slow-burning fires, specifically electric fires or those in clothes and bedding. These detectors are less likely to go off accidentally, but they can be more expensive.

Ionization Alarm

An ionization smoke alarm detects small particles from quickly igniting fires such as those caused by grease or paper. Since they are fairly sensitive, you may want to avoid using them near kitchens.

Dual-Sensor Alarm

As its name implies, a dual-sensor alarm uses parts of both ionization and photoelectric smoke detectors. They can be costly, but they also provide great protection for the entire home.

There are several other factors you should consider when choosing a detector. If you don’t want to climb a ladder to test the battery every month, look for a device that can be tested via remote control. You may also want to choose a detector that is easy to clean.

Buying the right detector and regularly checking the batteries will help keep your loved ones safe in the event of a fire and calling the experts at SERVPRO of Foxborough will help you to restore your property.

How safe is your child's sleepover?

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Check out these tips for a safe sleepover from the National Fire Protection Association.

NFPA offers this free Sleepover Checklist to help parents and caregivers consider the hazards, and make decisions about slumber parties and sleepovers.

Before you say yes

  • How well do you know the home?
  • Is the home clean?
  • Does it appear to be structurally sound?
  • Is the home in a safe area?
  • If the home has security bars on doors and windows, do you know for certain that the bars have quick release devices inside, so your child could get out in an emergency?
  • Is your child comfortable in the home and with all the occupants?
  • Are you comfortable leaving your child in the home overnight?

How well do you know the parent(s)?

  • Are they mature, responsible and conscientious?
  • Will they supervise the children throughout the stay?
  • Are they cautious with smoking materials, matches and lighters, and candles?

Ask the parents

  • Are there working smoke alarms on every level, inside and outside each sleeping area?
  • Are the alarms interconnected?
  • Do they have a well-rehearsed fire escape plan that includes two ways out and a meeting place outside?
  • Where will your child be sleeping?
  • Is there a smoke alarm in the room?
  • Are there two escape routes from the room?
  • Will the parents walk through their escape plan with your child?
  • Do the parents prohibit bedroom candle use by children?

Is your dryer a ticking time bomb.

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

How safe is your dryer?

Here are some fire prevention tips from The National Fire Prevention Association

• 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.

• Rigid or flexible metal venting material should be used to sustain proper air flow and drying time.

• Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating. Once a year, or more often if you notice that it is taking longer than normal for your clothes to dry, clean lint out of the vent pipe or have a dryer lint removal service do it for you.

• Keep dryers in good working order. Gas dryers should be inspected by a qualified professional to make sure that the gas line and connection are intact and free of leaks.

• 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

The leading cause of home dryer fires is failure to clean them!

PUFF BACKS ~ More MESSY than an Untrained Dragon!

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

PUFF BACKS ~ More MESSY than an Untrained Dragon!

A PUFF BACK occurs when an oil burner doesn't immediately ignite! This causes the oil to build up before ignition. Similar to the backfiring of a car.

PUFF BACKS can propel soot through the furnace exhaust system and into your home!

If you have forced hot air, the soot will travel through your heating system and into your living space!

It's amazing how much area soot can cover! In some cases excess soot can force you out of your home!

PUFF BACK soot may appear to be just a black powder-like substance, but it is actually a mixture of oil! PUFF BACK soot is STICKY and VERY MESSY! ... PUFF BACK soot is also EXTREMELY DIFFICULT to remove!

If you think you have experienced a PUFF BACK in your home or business. contact SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole for a trained technician to arrive at your location, assess the damage and determine the best plan of action for CLEAN-UP! ... SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole ~ Faster to Any Size Disaster! ~ Available 24/7

TIPS to Help YOUR Family SURVIVE a FIRE!

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

TIPS to Help YOUR Family SURVIVE a FIRE!

TIPS to HELP YOUR FAMILY SURVIVE a FIRE from The AMERICAN RED CROSS 

* INSTALL SMOKE ALARMS on EVERY level of your home! Including inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Once a month check whether each Smoke Alarm in the home is working properly by pushing the test button. Replace batteries in Smoke Alarms at least once a year. IMMEDIATELY install a new battery if a Smoke Alarm chirps; warning the battery is low!


* TEACH YOUR CHILDREN what Smoke Alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.


* ENSURE that ALL household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home, and where to meet up outside.


* PRACTICE your Fire Escape Plan at least twice a year and at different times of the day! Practice waking up to smoke alarms, low crawling and meeting outside. Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.


* EMPHASIZE ~ “GET OUT, STAY OUT”! ~ Only professional firefighters should enter a building that is on fire; EVEN IF other family members, pets or prized possessions are inside!


* USE Quick-Release Devices on barred windows and doors. Security bars without Quick-Release devices can trap you in a deadly fire! If you have security bars on your windows, be sure one window in each sleeping room has a Quick-Release device!


* CONSIDER Escape Ladders for sleeping areas on the second or third floor. Learn how to use them, and store them near the windows!


* TEACH household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire!

 SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole ~ Faster to Any Size Disaster! ~ Available 24/7

Fire Damage facts

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire from boiler

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 Franklin/Walpole 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.

Fire Safety from the American Red Cross

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Help Your Child Survive a Fire
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Once a month check whether each alarm in the home is working properly by pushing the test button. Replace batteries in smoke alarms at least once a year. Immediately install a new battery if an alarm chirps, warning the battery is low.
  • Teach your children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.
  • Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home, and where to meet up outside.
  • Practice your fire escape plan at least twice a year and at different times of the day. Practice waking up to smoke alarms, low crawling and meeting outside. Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.
  • Emphasize “get out, stay out.” Only professional firefighters should enter a building that is on fire—even if other family members, pets or prized possessions are inside.
  • Use quick-release devices on barred windows and doors. Security bars without release devices can trap you in a deadly fire. If you have security bars on your windows, be sure one window in each sleeping room has a release device.
  • Consider getting escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second or third floor. Learn how to use them, and store them near the windows.
  • Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.

Puff Back - Norfolk, MA

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

This homeowner suffered a puff back when his heating system failed to ignite properly.

A puff back happens when an oil burner doesn't immediately ignite cause oil to build up before ignition. The resulting cause would be like that to the backfiring of a car. This explosion can shoot soot through the furnace exhaust system and into your home. If you have forced hot air the soot will travel through your heating system.

It's amazing how much area soot can cover, in some cases it can force you out of your home. Puff Back soot is not just a powder-like substance but a mixture of oil that is black and sticky, making it extremely difficult to remove. 

If you think you have suffered  a puff back from your in your home contact SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole at 508-533-5305. A trained technician can come, assess, and determine the best plan for clean-up. 

Puff Back -Plymouth, MA

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

This homeowner had thought her house looked dirty but found out that it was a puff back from her oil burner.

A puff back happens when an oil burner doesn't immediately ignite cause oil to build up before ignition. The resulting cause would be like that to the backfiring of a car. This explosion can shoot soot through the furnace exhaust system and into your home. If you have forced hot air the soot will travel through your heating system.

It's amazing how much area soot can cover, in some cases it can force you out of your home. Puff Back soot is not just a powder-like substance but a mixture of oil that is black and sticky, making it extremely difficult to remove. 

If you think you have suffered  a puff back from your in your home contact SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole at 508-533-5305. A trained technician can come, assess, and determine the best plan for clean-up. 

Grease Fire- What to do

3/27/2017 (Permalink)

The effects of a grease fire in Plymouth, MA

A fire needs 3 things to burn, Heat, Oxygen and Fuel. A fire will keep growing until one of hose is removed.


The safest way to put out a grease fire burning in a pan...


Remove the oxygen.


Here's how....


Put on Oven Mitts to protect your hands.


Get the lid that fits the pan and 'slide' it over the top of the burning pan.


Shut off the burner to stop adding heat.


Leave the pan alone, don't move it, and don't remove the lid until it has cooled completely.


Other ways to put out a grease fire....


Use a class B or ABC fire extinguisher.


A fire Extinguisher will release a-lot of pressure, so start at a distance away and move towards the fire rather than up-close spraying directly on to the burning grease which could tip the pan and spread the fire. 


You could also ....


Carefully pour a good amount of baking soda onto the grease.


or...


Soak a towel under the faucet, wring out the excess dripping water, and drape over the burning grease pan to smother it. 


Things NOT TO DO with a grease fire.


DO NOT move or carry the pan outside, it will fan the flames and risk spreading and/or catching your clothes on fire.


DO NOT douse the grease fire with water, or milk, etc.. 


It will cause an explosion like a fire ball.


DO NOT throw flour on to a grease fire because flour is combustible.

Dryer Fire -Marshfield, MA

3/27/2017 (Permalink)

The is the effect of a dryer fire in your home.

Doing laundry is likely part of your daily (or at least) weekly routine. But did you know that dryer fires are responsible for a significant number of damages, injuries and deaths every year? There are approximately 15,600 structure fires, 400 injuries and 15 deaths reported annually as a result of dryer fires. According to the United States Fire Administration, every year clothes dryer fires account for over $100 million in loses. A majority of dryer fires occur as a result of highly flammable lint getting caught in the dryer's vent and becoming heated to the point of ignition.


Tips to prevent dryer fire.



  • 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, boxes and cleaning supplies

  • Never dry clothes that have come into contact with flammable substances. "I.E" gasoline, paint thinner etc.


Should you suffer a dryer fire contact SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole and let the experts do the cleaning for you. Our certified technicians will make it "Like it never even happened." Call today at 508-533-5305

Microwave Fire - Brockton, MA

3/27/2017 (Permalink)

Microwave fire in Brockton caused soot and smoke damage in the home

We've all had it happen: Maybe we left the microwave on for too long or forgot to take off the aluminum foil and suddenly, things are overflowing or sparks are flying. Fortunately, for every kitchen disaster there is a solution . And, while the food may not be salvageable, chances are you'll learn how to prevent it from happening in the future.


Disaster: Your microwave catches fire


Why it happened: There are a few reasons why there might be a small fire in your microwave. If you accidentally leave a metal utensil or piece of aluminum foil in the microwave, then that could cause sparks which could ignite. If the microwave is very dirty, then residual oil or pieces of food could be the culprit. Cooking something for too long, whether popcorn or chicken breast, could also cause a fire. 


What to do when your Micro wave catches fire.


If you notice a small fire in the microwave, immediately unplug it and leave the door closed to allow the fire to suffocate. If there is any risk that the fire may spread immediately call the fire department. 


When you need the experts to come in and clean, contact SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole. Our technicians are all trained and certified when it comes to cleaning your home. Call today at 508-533-5305

Puff Back - Raynham, MA

3/27/2017 (Permalink)

What is a puff back...


Puff-backs occurs when soot and oil blow back from the miss-firing of your furnace. It happens mostly to oil burning furnaces but can happen with other heaters as well. Often the combination of soot and petroleum-based oil can damage many of the items in your house. While the soot leaves dark stains, the oil embeds itself into porous materials. Clothe, carpet and other porous materials slowly adsorb the ash. If not treated quickly, the damage can become permanent.


SERVPRO of The Franklin/Walpole specializes in the clean up of your Puff-Back. Our technicians are certified and trained to handle even the toughest of Puff-Backs. SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole uses a special process to eliminate soot and smoke.


If you think you might have suffered a puff back call SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole at 508-533-5305 for their advise today.

Puff Backs - Tips

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

A puff back is the puff of smoke and soot from a malfunctioning heating unit inside your furnace that brings gunk into your home. When a furnace works properly, it combines fuel and oxygen in balanced amounts for good, controlled combustion. The correct mix produces a steady flame and burns the fuel almost completely. The puff back happens when the mix is unbalanced. For example, when the rate of combustion in your furnace slows, but the fuel injected into the heating system remains constant, a sudden combustion can occur.

For example when a car backfires, a puff back can cause a “boom” and a big vibration. This vibration shakes loose accumulated soot in the heating system and duct work. The air stream of forced air that normally brings heat into your home instead brings these soot particles. Think of how the heat moves into all the areas of your home. The soot from a puff back will take the same path.

Residue from a puff back is usually an oily, sticky film whose base is petroleum. It has a strong smell and makes a mess that permeates everything. Because the puff back is backed up by a little explosion, these soot particles get a boost getting into the combination of nooks and crannies, propulsion and a petroleum base makes the mess caused by a puff back so difficult to tackle. Often traditional cleaning methods make the mess even worse than when you started. In some cases they also use sealants to preventing re-contamination.In most cases, an immediate response by a trained professional  is called for. 

Helpful Tips:

-Most puff back cleanups are covered by insurance

-The cost to repair the furnace would most likely NOT be covered by insurance.

-Most oil companies can also inspect and service the boiler at your property, which greatly reduces the chances of a puff back.

Keeping a level head after the fire damage has been done

4/7/2016 (Permalink)

We’re always told that if disaster strikes, we are to remain calm, cool and collected, but when that time hits, it’s hard to always put those words to action. Although there is a lot of chaos in that moment, it is still very important to stay organized and calm from the beginning of the disaster to the end of the restoration.

Steps to clearing the chaos –

  • First, call your insurance agent to get the claim filed as soon as possible to get the insurance adjustor to your home.
  • Next, call a local restoration team to assess the damage as soon as possible and get working on the damage so it does not get worse over time.
  • Keep a binder and notepad with all of the information that you’re receiving from your insurance provider and restoration professionals. (During this hectic time, don’t rely on remembering everything just off the top of your head)
  • Last, but not least, make sure to save all receipts and documentation you receive pertaining to the incident and only give copies when requested; keep the originals.

Now that we’ve gone through the steps to do, here are some steps NOT to do when involved in this situation. 

  • Make sure not to wire any soot damage from walls, ceilings or other absorbent surfaces. 
  • Do not keep or use carpet or furniture that has been heavily damaged by the residue as this is unhealthy.
  • Dispose of any canned goods or food items that were exposed to the extreme heat.
  • Do not turn on any electronic devices until they’re thoroughly inspected by a professional to make sure there isn’t electrical damage.

Hopefully no one will ever have to go through these events, but if it does occur, these steps will help you keep that calm and collected mindset to get through the unfortunate. 

Keep your family and home safe from fire damage by maintaining your smoke alarms

4/7/2016 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Protection Association, three out of five home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties that did not have working smoke alarms.

The death rate per 100 reported home fires was more than twice as high in homes that did not have any working smoke alarms. Most smoke alarm failures are due to missing, disconnected or dead batteries. According to the NFPA, there are precautions to take when it comes to maintaining and checking your smoke alarms.

Smoke alarm safety tips

·      Install smoke alarms inside and outside of each bedroom or sleeping area. Every level of the home, including the basement should have smoke alarms installed.

·      It is recommended to have interconnected smoke alarms so that when one smoke alarm goes off, they all go off at once.

·      Test all smoke alarms at least once a month by hitting the test button on the smoke alarm.

·      Smoke alarms should be installed on the ceiling or high up on a wall.

·      Replace all smoke alarms at 10 years of use.

·      People that are hard of hearing can order special smoke alarms that include flashing strobe lights and bed shakers to alert the person within the property.

·      Make sure to talk with your children about the importance of smoke alarms and what to do in case of a fire.

·      There are two kinds of alarms: ionization and photoelectric

  • Ionization smoke alarms are quicker warn about flaming fires to                              
  • Photoelectric smoke alarms are quicker to  warn about smoldering fires                     

  It is best to have both present in the home

Source - http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/fire-and-safety-equipment/smoke-alarms/safety-messages-about-smoke-alarms    

SERVPRO® of Franklin/Walpole understands the importance of keeping your home happy and healthy. If you have any questions or concerns regarding mold in your home call 508-697-5439