Recent Fire Damage Posts

Can A Fire Extinguisher Expire?

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

Manufacturers put most fire extinguishers' life span at 5 - 15 years. However, the real question is when did you receive your fire extinguisher? They do not last forever, and any fire extinguisher with at least of the following is most likely expiring soon:

  • The hose or nozzle is broken, cracked, or blocked with debris.
  • The locking pin is unsealed or missing.
  • The handle is loose or broken.
  • The inspection sticker is missing.
  • The hanging tag (what tracks the extinguisher's checkups and maintenance) is missing.

Another factor to consider when assessing the age of your fire extinguisher is what type of fire extinguisher you have. Fire extinguishers are composed of different things and will age in different ways…

  • Compressed Gas
    • Can leak contents slowly as their seals weaken
  • Ammonium Phosphate
    • Overtime will solidify render the entire device unusable

By proactively evaluating the condition of your fire extinguisher at home or in your workplace, you are helping increase the safety of yourself and others! Determining if you have a reliable fire extinguisher will help you successfully respond to an emergency! If you find yourself dealing with the aftermath of a house or business fire, call SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City. We are your 24-Hour Emergency Service for fire clean-up, restoration, and construction!

Checked Your Fire Alarms & Smoke Detectors Recently?

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

When was the last time you checked your fire alarms and smoke detectors? It is important to remember that these devices save lives. If your fire alarms and smoke detectors are properly maintained, they can play a crucial role in saving your life and your loved ones. Fire alarms and smoke detectors in pristine condition can alert you of an unexpected fire before it is too late! 

Consider… 

  • Creating a fire evacuation plan for your household. 
  • Keeping doors closed can help block smoke and fire from spreading quickly.
  • Conducting monthly tests of your fire alarms and smoke alarms.
    • If they are 10 years or older, replace them.
    • Newer models have advanced features that can help save lives. 
  • Ensuring that your fire alarms are interconnected.
    • When one alarm is set, they all should sound to alert you of potential danger. 

Remember… 

  • When an alarm is triggered, move quickly and safely outside your home.
  • Treat every alarm seriously.
  • Always call 9-1-1 immediately and stay outside in the event of a fire emergency.

In the event of an unfortunate fire disaster, call SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City. SERVPRO technicians specialize in fire clean-up, restoration, and construction. We won’t just restore your home, but we can also restore some of your salvageable items to their preloss condition. We will make your disaster “Like it never even happened,” so you and your family can regain a sense of normalcy after undergoing such a devastating loss.

Dryer Fires?

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

Home dryer fires are more common than others might think! According to the U.S Fire Administration, each year 2,900 home dryer fires are reported. Out of those 2,900 home dryer fires, there are 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property losses each year.

The number one cause of home dryer fires is caused from failure to clean them. Lint, which is highly flammable, accumulates inside the dryer and the exhaust system. As lint piles up, it causes the dryer to work overtime each load. Over time, the lint eventually gets backed up into the heating element. Typically, fires occur in the home more often during the fall and winter season, but here are some ways to avoid fires within your home all year long… 

  • Before and after every load, clean the lint filter.
  • Clean the dryer vent at least once a month.
  • Wipe the sensor with a rag or cotton ball occasionally. 
  • Use metal dryer ducts.
  • Regardless of the ducts installed in your dryer, clean it regularly.

If you find yourself in an unexpected and overwhelming fire situation, call SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City at 731-627-6251. We are “Faster to any size disaster” and will make it all “Like it never even happened.”

Careful With Those Candles!

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

Who doesn’t love a good candle? Candles not only smell amazing but can make any room much more inviting and cozy! Even though many people enjoy them, candles have the potential to cause a lot of trouble! If candles are not monitored carefully, they could also pose a big threat to you and your home. The cause of many home fires is candles being left unattended or placed too close to flammable items.

Candle Cautions:

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended.
  • Never burn a candle without a votive or a container.
  • Never burn a candle on or near anything that might catch fire.
  • Keep candles away from children and pets.
  • Always extinguish all candles before the space or your home. 

We hope you never have to face a fire emergency, or have to go through that process alone! If you are ever in need of fire restoration and clean-up services, call SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City at 731-627-6251. Our highly-trained SERVPRO professionals know exactly what it takes to get your home back in order. SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City is “Here to help” with our 24-Hour Emergency Fire Restoration Services. 

Fire Extinguishers

3/4/2022 (Permalink)

In the event of a fire, your SERVPRO family wants you to know how to use a fire extinguisher. Knowing how to could potentially help lessen the severity of your loss, but more importantly, potentially save your life! Under intense pressure, it is important to remember the acronym P.A.S.S.


During a life-threatening situation, a fire extinguisher will only do you good if you know how to properly use it. Since a fire can double in size in just 60 seconds, there will be a short window of time to take action! There won’t be time to pause and look over the directions for the first time.
Before resorting to the use of a fire extinguisher, make sure the flames are not taller than you, and that the fire is not blocking your evacuation route. If the fire is smaller than you and contained, all you have to do is remember and execute the P.A.S.S. Pull, Aim, Squeeze, and Sweep until the fire is completely extinguished!


PULL the pin.

AIM the nozzle at the base of the fire.

SQUEEZE the handle to release the fire extinguishing agent.

SWEEP the nozzle from side to side until the fire appears to be out.


After you have implemented the P.A.S.S. technique, continue to monitor the fire for a couple of minutes to ensure that flames do not flare up. As helpful as fire extinguishers can be, fires can get out of hand. Evacuate your home or business immediately, and call 911. Remember, your belongings can be replaced, you can not. Create a plan of action for fire emergencies and share P.A.S.S. with your friends and family!

After Fires: What To Do & What Not To Do

2/10/2022 (Permalink)

No matter the fire damage situation, your priority should be safety! After the fire has been extinguished and you have been given clearance from safety professionals to enter your home or place of business, there are a couple of things you can do and some things you need to consider. Listed are several helpful tips to do and not to do after a fire!

What To Do After A Fire  

  • Limit Movement In The Home 
    • Limiting movement can help prevent soot particles from settling into your upholstery and carpets. 
  • Change the HVAC filter. 
  • If the electricity is off… 
    • Prop doors open for natural ventilation
    • Empty freezers to reduce the potential for additional odor 
  • To minimize any further damage to walls, woodwork, or upholstery…
    • Keep hands clean
    • Lay clean towels or old linens in high-traffic areas of the home or business

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Do not turn on any ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet.
    • The electrical work in your home or business may have been damaged after the fire, or it could be wet due to the efforts to extinguish the fire. 
  • Do not send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner.
    • A permanent smoke odor may result from improper cleaning.
  • Leave the detailed cleaning to the professionals!
    • Don’t attempt to wash soot out of painted walls or surfaces or shampoo your carpets and upholstery. Doing this could increase the level of damage to your belongings. 

As stated in the beginning, your top priority should always be your safety and the safety of others. If you have suffered a fire loss, call SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City! We are “Here to help” and can make your disaster “Like it never even happened.”

Wood-Burning Fireplaces: Maintenance Tips

12/22/2021 (Permalink)

fireplace burnt black This is a picture of what was left of a home after a chimney fire.

By now, the extra fuzzy, thermal socks have been pulled out, a grocery run has been made for eggnog and hot chocolate, and now it’s time to crank up the fireplace!

Fireplaces are a great feature to have in the home. However, Fireplaces, chimneys, and chimney connectors are also three of the leading causes of house fires. Keeping the inside and outside of fireplaces clean can help prevent that! It is never a bad idea to hire a professional chimney sweep to come in and do a more thorough cleaning of the chimney in between each winter season. Before using the fireplace for the first time since last winter, there are a few safety and maintenance tips to consider!

  1. Clear Debris From The Roof
    • Aside from Santa, of course, leaves, pine needles, and other debris can land on the roof and fall into the chimney. Although chimney caps help reduce this risk, during the active fireplace season, homeowners should also inspect the roof for any unknown fallen tree limbs that may have broken off after a recent storm.
  2. Remove The Ash
    • When a fireplace is being used frequently, it is important to keep an eye on the ash levels building inside the firebox. An excessive amount of ash can cause fires to burn out quickly if not removed regularly. However, don’t clean out the firebox every time it’s used. Building and maintaining a fire is a lot easier if an inch of ash is left in the firebox. Excess ash should be discarded into a fireproof bin or used for other resourceful things such as garden compost or tossed on concrete to melt ice during a freeze.
  3. Wash The Glass Doors & Hearth
    • After an extended length of time, soot begins to build on the glass doors of the fireplace and hearth. If the glass doors are smudged, it may obstruct the homeowner's view of the fire and hinder proper fire maintenance. Water and soap are recommended for the thinner areas of soot on the glass, and a razor blade is recommended for removing thicker soot layers. For concrete hearths, oxygen bleach is recommended for cleaning. However, slate hearths require water and hydrogen peroxide. Water, a scrubbing brush, and specific brick cleaners are ideal for brick hearths.
  4. Check The Smoke Detectors
    • The use of a functioning smoke alarm is extremely important, but it is especially essential for winter fireplace maintenance. There should be a smoke alarm located inside and outside of every bedroom and on every level of the home. Homeowners should inspect the alarms regularly to ensure that they are working properly.

Thoughts Before Thanksgiving: Stove Safety Tips

11/23/2021 (Permalink)

microwave burnt melted "Faster To Any Size Disaster"

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it is good to remember that Thanksgiving Day is the peak day of the year for house fires. It is easy to forget about that magnificent turkey in the oven while you are juggling kids, cleaning the house, setting the table, or greeting guests. Here are five safety tips to keep in mind while in the kitchen this Thanksgiving!

1. Keep Your Eye On The Prize
Try to avoid leaving the kitchen while you are cooking. A stovetop fire could be noticed, prevented, or quickly extinguished if you are present as soon as the fire starts. Being able to respond rapidly to a fire emergency can not only limit the extent of the damage to your home, but it also could save you or your relatives.

2. Keep Children & Dangerous Items Away
At all times, keep pets and children at least 3 feet away from the stove. Anything flammable such as fabric potholders, towels, rags, or paper wrappings, should be stored away from heat. Turning all of the handles on your kitchen pans inward while cooking will help prevent children from knocking the pans off the stove and onto themselves or the floor.

3. Know Your Limits
Many kitchen fires start when the cooking oil catches fire in the pan. While some electric range burners can reach exceedingly high temperatures, cooking oils can ignite when heated past 700 degrees Fahrenheit. To smother an oil fire, turn the knob to cut off the heat source, and put a lid over the fire. Removing the pan lid ahead of time can save precious time in the event of a fire.

4. Invest In A Kitchen Blanket
A kitchen blanket would be a practical and inexpensive asset to keep in your kitchen! In the event of a skillet fire, cover the skillet with this fabric to safely smother it! Better quality kitchen blankets contain the same material used in protective gear for firemen. They are lightweight and long-lasting. As the blanket smothers the fire, it also cools the flames by letting hot vapors pass through it. For the inexperienced, these blankets are safer to use than a fire extinguisher!

5. Call Emergency Responders & Prepare A Fire Escape Plan
Fire suppression is better off left up to the pros to handle. With cabinetry and other flammable items in kitchens, even smaller fires can rapidly grow out of control. In these situations, it is crucial to have a fire escape plan. Once you have evacuated your home, call the fire department. If it is a small, contained fire, use a fire extinguisher. However, if the fire grows, it should be left to the fire department to handle.

Don’t let that turkey get the best of you this Thanksgiving! Protect yourself, your loved ones, and your property from potential fires this holiday season!

Remember SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City! We’re “Here To Help” whenever you need us! Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

Friendly Fall Reminders On Fires

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

It's that time of year again where mugs are filled with cider and hot chocolate, porches are filled with pumpkins, afternoons are filled with hayrides, nights are filled with bonfire parties, and yards are filled with colorful, fall leaves! Although these things make a wonderful combination, unattended campfires and dry leaves do not. As Tennessee's fall fire season is quickly approaching, October 15th through December 15th, your SERVPRO team wants to remind you to take extra caution when building campfires. Here are helpful tips and fire safety precautions to consider while attending or hosting fall bonfire festivities during this dry spell. 

If campfires are permitted in your area, dry leaves and sticks should be cleared from it. Your fires should also be 25 feet away from any structures that have the potential to burn. Low tree branches and shrubs can also pose a threat and should be removed from the area also. To help maintain control of your campfire, keep it small, try to avoid burning on dry, windy days, and never leave a campfire unattended. 

In an emergency, access to a water hose or a bucket of water is crucial. Dirt, sand, and a shovel are also beneficial resources for combating fires. Before leaving a bonfire, make sure that the bonfire is completely smothered. Keep an eye out for children or pets too close to the flames as well. It is important to teach children important fire safety tips if the fire becomes out of control such as stop, drop, and roll. Never hesitate to call 911 in the event of a fire emergency. It is better to be safe than sorry!

These are just a few fire safety tips your SERVPRO team wants to pass along to you! We care about you and your family's safety! Always remember that we are "here to help" whenever you need us! 



We Are The Best At Fire

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

We know many of us have had issues with small appliance in their homes in the past. We get calls about fry daddy’s, toaster ovens, toasters, microwaves, and pressure cookers. Recently, we received a call about soot damage which isn’t unusual. We get calls about soot damages fairly frequent. The soot damage was caused by the microwave. It seems the homeowner was heating up dinner in the microwave and it malfunctioned causing smoke and soot to fill the home. The smoke and soot left behind so much residue. That’s when the homeowner knew she needed to call someone and why not call the best.

The customer called us and we were able to come out and clean the residue from the walls to the ceilings to the floors and cabinets. If you ever find yourself in a predicament that you need fire clean up, call the best in the business and that is us.

Fire, Water, And Supporting Fire Fighters

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

Most times when people hear the word “fire” they think flames and burns. But in our case that’s just the origin in which the damages started. What most people don’t realize is that in the case of a fire damage there is often times water damages along with that. For instance, when you have a fire damage the fire department will come in and put the fire out with water. There is a full process when putting out a fire and each fire is completely different. A fire can destroy everything in just a matter of a couple of minutes. Time is of the essence and water is the worst enemy of most fires. We are so thankful for all of our local fire departments that we have had the luck to be supporters of. 

Who Will You Call When Fire Causes Chaos To Your Life

3/18/2021 (Permalink)

Fire can be a harsh yet amazing thing. I love Spring and Fall, getting to sit around the fire pit roasting marshmallows and laughing with friends are some of my favorite past times. The fire can be so nice and cozy but it can also be fierce and unforgiving. 

Fire knows no boundaries. It will attack your home, clothing, your favorite teddy bear, your wedding dress, everything. One thing that is just as destructive is soot. Soot will attach to everything and can ruin your most precious possessions. We at SERVPRO take time to learn the best practices to restore your favorite things to pre-fire conditions. While pre-fire condition is not always achievable we always do our best to exhaust all means to get there. Our goal and motto is “Like it never even happened,” and we stand by that.

Soot Damages Caused by Boiler

3/18/2021 (Permalink)

With recent events of low temperatures, we had many people call about damages to not only their home from water, snow, and ice but also fire and soot damages. 

The most recent unique job that comes to mind is a boiler causing soot damage in a home. Boilers are typically older and not as well known anymore. This particular instance was cause when the temperature in the boiler got too high causing a spark which in turn caused a flame that spread soot throughout the entire home. Luckily, that was the extent of the damages. SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City was able to come into their home and clean the soot from all surfaces leaving the home “Like it never even happened.”

Call us today for any of your commercial or residential needs.

Proper Smoke Alarm Maintenance Could Save Your Property

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

We’ve all heard the low, quiet, annoying beeping sound from inside the house that feels like it never beeps when you are standing next to it. Yes, you know what we are talking about, the smoke alarm. Did you know that the beeping sound is a reminder to change the batteries and perform a quick service to ensure it is working properly? The question is, do you know how to service your smoke alarms? We found some tips from NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) about how to maintain your smoke alarms. 

  1. Smoke alarms should be maintained according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
  3. Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.
  4. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning to keep smoke alarms working well. The instructions are included in the package or can be found on the internet.
  5. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable 10-year batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps, warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away.
  6. Smoke alarms with any other type of battery need a new battery at least once a year. If that alarm chirps, warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.
  7. When replacing a battery, follow the manufacturer’s list of batteries on the back of the alarm or manufacturer’s instructions. The manufacturer’s instructions are specific to the batteries (brand and model) that must be used. The smoke alarm may not work properly if a different kind of battery is used.

Fire Devastation

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage can be completely devastating. Fires can be unpredictable. They don’t discriminate against what they destroy. If it is in their way it will quickly destroy it. But what many people don’t know is that when a fire disrupts your life there are things SERVPRO can do to help save/restore your personal property. 

Once the scene is cleared and safe for our crew to enter, we do our best to get any and everything we can salvage. We want to speak with our customers also to make sure we know exactly what is important to them that we find and retrieve if possible. After we leave the scene our fire crew works hard on trying to restore your personal property back to pre-fire condition.

Each fire is different. But while each and every fire is different one thing remains 100% the same, people and the way we care for them and their property. We do our best to make each and every customer feel like family when we are working with them.

My Neighbors House Had a Fire, Should I Be Concerned?

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

A question I was once asked: Can my home be affected by a fire in the house next door? The answer is yes! Let SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City do an inspection of your home and find out if smoke and soot has penetrated the interior of your home. It is common for the houses on either side or behind a home that has had an extensive fire to have smoke and soot residue. It can get into the attic and even into the interior of the home by being drawn in through the HVAC system. Depending on the materials that were in the actual fire the soot and smoke residue can be very corrosive to different items in your home. Let SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City inspect the HVAC system and the interior and remove any smoke and soot therein.

Fire Damage Process

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

Fires can be super scary. Once he fire department comes and goes, you realize how much of a mess if left to clean up and you begin to wonder if your life or home will ever be back to normal. SERVPRO is trained to help get your home back to normal as best as possible. 

First when we get the call (day or night) we have one hour to call you and get in touch. We have 4 hours to get there. Most of the time depending on drive time, we will be there quicker. Once we get there we inspect the damage to see what our plan of action will be. We talk to you to find out what is most important to you, what you are worried about, and what the arrangements will be. We will figure out if your home will be safe, did the firefighter break out a window or kick in a door, will your be able to stay there or will you need to be relocated. You are our main priority at this point. 

Then we get to work, moving out all of your contents either to a pod on site or to a secondary location that we can inspect everything. While moving everything out we will handle your belongs with the upmost care, we will tag everything along with taking picture documentation. Once everything is brought to cleaning we will clean it will a dry sponge to get the top layer of soot off before we start cleaning with a wet cleaning product. Fires leave behind an acidic film so our cleaning solutions are alkaline to bring the acidic level back to neutral. 

Once everything is out of the effected areas of the house we start deciding if there is structure damage. We will clean the walls from bottom to top. After we clean everything we will bring in an ozone machine that will clean the air changing the oxygen (O2) to ozone (O3). This can take a couple of days or longer sometimes depends on the level of damage. This process will also be done to your contents to help get the smell of smoke and fire out.

You never know when disaster will strike. Luckily we know exactly how to handle any situation. Call SERVPRO for all of your disaster needs. We will always be there for you quickly.

Do I Really Need to Clean My Dryer Vent?

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

dryer vent Don't let your lint take your life for a tumble.

We all know that when we take our laundry out of the washer and put it in the dryer to clean the lint trap (some people clean it out when the take their clothes out of the dryer, either way is fine). It’s just common sense and automatic. While this is a good practice to help dry your laundry more efficiently and prevent safety hazards, do you know this might not be enough?

There is a tube that connects this lint trap to the outside of your home to remove the hot air and moisture. Did you know this is recommended to be cleaned out annually? 34% of residential fires are due to dirty dryer vents. The debris in these ducts are highly flammable. The lint and debris that builds up in these ducts and hoses can reduce airflow, backing up exhaust gases.

While safety is the number one priority, there are many benefits to having these cleaned out regularly. 

Shorter Drying Times

Over time it seems like it takes forever to dry a normal load of laundry. This may be an indication that your dryer vent needs to be cleaned. A build up of lint and debris creates a barrier that warm air has to fight through. By cleaning these out your are making it easier for your dryer to breath and clearing the way for the heat to go through these lines quickly and efficiently 

Lower Energy Bills

By shortening drying times this will reduce your energy bill.

Fewer Repairs

By these vents and ducts being clogged it is adding considerable wear and tear on your dryer. Think of it as if your artery is clogged, it puts significant strain on your heart. By cleaning these vents the dryer is able to work more efficiently. You will also save yourself money but not having to pay for pricey repairs or a total replacement.

Why SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City

We are a member of the National Art Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA). We are held to the highest of standards and held to their Code of Ethics. We have an Air Systems Cleaning Specialist on staff.

Our top priority is to give you peace of mind. Consider cleaning your dryer vent once a year. This will keep your family safe from a potential hazard and possibility lower your energy costs. Call SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City to get your dryer vent cleaned out.

Fire Prevention

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

fire inside home We hope it never happens to you, but if it does we want to be there for you.

Most fires in the home could be prevented. Things that we do everyday can cause a fire or a flame. Once a flame starts if reaction is not quick or correct then it could cause serious damages. Our main focus is to help make you aware and look for everyday habits that you may be putting yourself at risk with.

Main Causes of House Fires:

1. Cooking

Pots and pans can over heat and cause a fire very easily. If the person cooking gets distracted and leaves the cooking unattended this is highly likely to cause a fire. Always stay in the room or ask someone to watch the food while it is cooking.

2. Heating

Portable heaters should be at least 3 feet away from anything that could be flammable; furniture, curtains, clothing, etc.

3. Smoking in bedrooms

Your bedroom is full of materials that are highly flammable. Cigarettes that are not properly put out can easily cause a flame on bedroom or living room furniture. That’s why this is better to be done outside away from flammable materials

4. Electrical Equipment

Something as small as a toaster being faulty or having a frayed cord and easily go from pop tart to kitchen engulfed in flames in a matter of seconds.

5. Candles

Candles look and smell pretty but if left unattended they can cause a room to burst into flames. Always blow out a candle before leaving a room

6. Faulty Wiring

Homes with poor wiring are more susceptible to having a loss due to electrical malfunction. Signs of bad wiring; lights dim when using other appliances, you must disconnect one appliance to use another, breakers tip frequently.

These are just a few of the ways you could cause damage to your home. Home fires can be devastating, but if you ever have a house fire know that SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City will be there to help you get back, “Like it never even happened.”

What To Do About Fire Damage?

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

house fire Let us put your mind at ease in a disaster.

Every year in the US there are as many as 400,000 house fires reported each year. Many of us will be lucky enough to never have to suffer a loss like this.That won’t be the case for everyone. For those not so lucky, SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City has a few tips to help get you out of disaster and back to normal, “Like it never even happened.”

After the fire trucks leave your home it is likely your home will suffer from fire and smoke damage along with excessive water damage. In attempt to help save your personal belongings and home from further damages, we have a few do’s and don’ts.

DO:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
  • Place day, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop open doors to help prevent odor.
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances, then protect theses surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.
  • If heat is turned off during the winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks, and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
  • Wash both sides of leaves on house plants
  • Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained and licensed professional can check the system.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.

DON’T

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO Dyersburg/Union City.
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstery with out consulting with SERVPRO Dyersburg/Union City
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances(TV, Computer, etc.) First consult with an authorized repair service.
  • Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat, or water. (They may be contaminated)
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock and air movement may create secondary damage.
  • Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

Following these tips with help our crew be able to help get you back, “Like it never even happened.”

Our Cleaning Experts in Union City After a Fire

3/13/2020 (Permalink)

fire damage to kitchen SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union CIty uses state of the art equpiment and unique cleaning products to restore your home after a fire.

Fire incidents contaminate properties in so many ways. These contaminates seem like they can never be clean again, like you just need to tear it down and start over from scratch. This isn’t always true. SERVPRO at Dyersburg/Union City can help restore your property, “Like it never even happened.”

When it comes to cleaning after a fire this often means there is a need to clean multiple different surfaces simultaneously. SERVPRO has detergents that can help clean such surfaces without causing more damage. A general cleaner like this would be very low in alkalinity with a pH around 10, this will be strong enough to remove the soiling but gentle enough to protect semi-gloss interior paint. Our SERVPRO technicians would use these cleaners on ceilings, painted walls, hard surface furniture, countertops, and wet cleanable wallpapers.

There are times when fires leave greasy soils and other hard-to-clean residues. These residues and soils can be hard to clean no matter how aggressive you scrub. Heavy-duty cleaners help overcome such difficulty. These cleaners are high in alkalinity and contain ammonia. Although these cleaners can be highly effective, they can cause damage to enamel paint, chrome, aluminum, or highly polished surfaces. Our SERVPRO technicians use solutions with caution. They are highly trained on when to use them and how to use the properly. 

Any restoration job can present unique challenges, dealing with a fire restoration is no different. Fire restoration challenges are can include black marks, stubborn spots, rust stains, and greasy surfaces. Liquid crème cleaners can clean these with more ease due to having mild abrasives that ordinary cleaners don’t have. Our SERVPRO technicians are extensively trained on using these to deodorize, brighten, and polish hard surfaces. However, these cleaners would be damaging to stainless steel, porcelain, and bathtubs.

Here at SERVPRO Dyersburg/Union City we have the best and most qualified team to help restore your home after a fire “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Extinguisher Tips for Dyer County Residents

2/23/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Extinguisher Instructions on how to use a fire extinguisher

Know how to safely operate a fire extinguisher!

Thinking about the possibility of a fire in your home can be nothing short of overwhelming. After all, we keep our most cherished things, including documents, photos, and keepsakes tucked away in different corners of our home. A home that we have put hard work and sweat into and are emotionally tied to. However, a house fire is a reality that could strike at any given time and we should all be prepared. We at SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City hope you never have to experience one, but if the unimaginable happens, we are prepared and here to help.

We are experts in cleaning the damage left by smoke and fire in your home or office, and we work endlessly to ensure the job is done as efficiently as possible.

It is very important to practice fire safety and preparedness. A fire extinguisher may help prevent, contain, or reduce fire or smoke damage. Have one that is easily accessible, but just as importantly, KNOW how to use it!

SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City wants to share these tips from FEMA. You can try to fight a small fire only if:

  • You have alerted others in the home or building that there is a fire
  • Someone has called the fire department
  • You are physically able to use a fire extinguisher
  • The fire is small and contained (like a wastebasket)
  • You are safe from the fire’s smoke
  • You have a clear escape route

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher: SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City suggests you remember PASS:

  • Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.
  • Aim at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
  • Sweep the nozzle side to side.

If you experience damage due to smoke or fire, no matter how small or large, call SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City at 731-627-6251 to help remediate the situation and restore the damage in your home! 

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

Fire Prevention Week

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Prevention Week starts on Sunday and it’s a good time to talk about some safety tips that will help reduce home fires.

  • Tip #1: Never leave stoves, candles or open flames unattended; most home fires start in the kitchen.
  • Tip #2: Douse cigarette butts in water before tossing in the garbage.
  • Tip #3: Don’t charge electronic devices on one power strip, spreading them out reduces the risk of fires.

BONUS TIP: When charging items on a power strip, don’t place the power strip on a fabric or near other flammable items.

About SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City

SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City can also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call us today at (731) 627-6251!

Serving you since 1967, SERVPRO is the cleaning and restoration brand you know and trust.

Insurance and Payment Information

For a stress-free claims process, SERVPRO works with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork.

Certifications

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

Affiliations

  • Kiwanis

Awards

  • Bronze Chairman Award

Wildfire Safety

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

With the current dry conditions, we should all be aware of wildfires as they can spark quickly and spread even quicker under the right conditions. In the event of a wildfire in the area, here are a few things that you can do to protect your home:

  • Tip #1: Most importantly, listen to emergency channels and know the status of the fire.
  • Tip #2: Put emergency supplies and must-have items in the car so you can evacuate quickly. Evacuate immediately if told to do so.
  • Tip #3: Close and protect your home's openings, including attic and basement doors and vents, windows, garage doors and pet doors to prevent embers from penetrating your home.

About SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City

SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City can also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call us today at (731) 627-6251!

Serving you since 1967, SERVPRO is the cleaning and restoration brand you know and trust.

Insurance and Payment Information

For a stress-free claims process, SERVPRO works with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork.

Certifications

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

Affiliations

  • Kiwanis

Awards

  • Bronze Chairman Award

Camp Fire Safety

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Anyone out there been camping? I love it! It is easy to get caught up in the love of nature and forget about some important details. So here are a few tips to keep your camping experience safe.

  • Tip #1: Don’t build a fire under low trees.
  • Tip #2: Don’t leave the fire burning without someone watching it.
  • Tip #3: Put the flames and coal out completely before going to bed. Remember only you can prevent a forest fire.

About SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City

SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City can also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call us today at (731) 627-6251!

Serving you since 1967, SERVPRO is the cleaning and restoration brand you know and trust.

Insurance and Payment Information

For a stress-free claims process, SERVPRO works with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork.

Certifications

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

Affiliations

  • Kiwanis

Awards

  • Bronze Chairman Award

Burning Safety

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

Burning Safety

Many of us, opt to do a controlled burn of our trash and other items. If this is you, listen up as summer can be a dry time and it may not always be safe to burn items. We have some tips to help you make a good decision on whether to burn or not.

  • Tip #1: Check with your local county or municipality to ensure there are no burn bans
  • Tip #2: Check your local weather and pay particular to high winds
  • Tip #3: Make sure you create the proper boundary before you burn.

We hope you’ve enjoyed these burning safety tips. And remember, when the unexpected happens call SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City.

About SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City

SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City can also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call us today at (731) 627-6251!

Serving you since 1967, SERVPRO is the cleaning and restoration brand you know and trust.

Insurance and Payment Information

For a stress-free claims process, SERVPRO works with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork.

Certifications

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

Affiliations

  • Kiwanis

Awards

  • Bronze Chairman Award

Grilling Safety

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

Title: Grilling Safety

We don’t know about you but one of the things we love most about summer is grilling. But did you know that last year about 16,000 people visited the ER because of grill incidents? Here are some safety tips around the grill to make sure you don’t become a summertime statistic.

  • Tip #1: Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your home.
  • Tip #2: If grilling with a gas grill, check for gas leaks before using.
  • Tip #3: Keep a fire extinguisher within a few steps of the grill and a small bottle for flair ups

We hope you’ve enjoyed these grilling safety tips. And remember, when the unexpected happens call SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City.

About SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City

SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City can also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call us today at (731) 627-6251!

Serving you since 1967, SERVPRO is the cleaning and restoration brand you know and trust.

Insurance and Payment Information

For a stress-free claims process, SERVPRO works with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork.

Certifications

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

Affiliations

  • Kiwanis

Awards

  • Bronze Chairman Award

Firework Safety

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Title: Fireworks Safety

Fourth of July is right around the corner and many of you will be taking part in the time-honored tradition of launching fireworks. The most recent statistics show that fireworks caused 15,600 injuries in the U.S. We don’t want that to happen to you so here are a few tips to stay safe this Fourth of July.

  • Tip #1: Shoot in a clear, safe area
  • Tip #2: Wear safety glasses
  • Tip #3: Never relight a dud firework. Wait 20 minutes and soak it in a bucket of water.

We hope you’ve enjoyed these fireworks safety tips. And remember, when the unexpected happens call SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City.

About SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City

SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City can also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call us today at (731) 627-6251!

Serving you since 1967, SERVPRO is the cleaning and restoration brand you know and trust.

Insurance and Payment Information

For a stress-free claims process, SERVPRO works with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork.

Certifications

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

Affiliations

  • Kiwanis

Awards

  • Bronze Chairman Award

Dryer Maintenance to Prevent Fire

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City

If you’re like most people, once your dryer cycle is done, you scoop out the lint and move on to the next load of laundry. But there is a little more to dryer maintenance than that, especially if you want to prevent having to call SERVPRO because of a fire. So here are a few, quick tips to keep your dryer from becoming a fire hazard:

  • Once a week vacuum and clean out the lint trap filter. This will keep lint from building in the dryer and causing a fire.
  • Every 6 months check behind the dryer and ensure that the exhaust hose is not crushed and is circulating properly.
  • Every 6 months, you also want to make sure that the exhaust vent receives a thorough cleaning, as well as your duct work, and for that service make sure you are contacting your local SERVPRO.

Make sure you have a Fire Extinguisher. 

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help Call Today (731) 627-6251

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 Dyersburg/Union City 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.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today (731) 627-6251

SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Stay bright, stay safe

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City wishes you a safe and happy holiday season!

We love Christmas and Christmas decorations with all their pretty lights and candles. But they need to be used carefully or your holidays may go from festive to frightening.

Check out these safety tips offered by the American Red Cross in order to reduce the fire risk in your home or business this holiday season.

  • Place Christmas trees, candles, and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, and heat vents.
  • Make sure that light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving the property or going to bed.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Always extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to bed.

SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City wishes you a safe and happy holiday season!

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 
731) 627-6251 

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 Dyersburg/Union City 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.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 
731) 627-6251

Dyersburg Church got on fire

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

Southside Baptist Church in Dyersburg, TN, repaired by SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City after a fire.

“Bro. Loren, you have a problem; your church is on fire!” That’s how Pastor Loren Stephens got the news about his Southside Baptist Church burning in May 2017 in Dyersburg, TN. “There was a bad storm and lightning had hit the steeple and our bell. It just flamed up. Even though, it’s really old lumber still got tremendous hit”.

When Pastor Stephens got to the church the flames were 20 to 30 ft., higher than the steeple. The firefighters from Dyersburg Fire Department were already in place in a battle against the flames that took about three hours despite the rain.

After the trucks were gone, one of the members of the congregation put Pastor Lorens in contact with SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City. The mitigation process started right away. “Friday morning they were here working, preventing any further damage”, said Stephens. We have to remember that after a fire we will not only find smoke damage, but also extensive water damage from firefighting efforts.

“The fire did some damage, but it was putting up with the fire that did all the damage”, adds Pastor Lorens while recognizing the incredible job the firefighters did. “Hadn’t been for them, we would have lost the whole building”.

When SERVPRO of Dyersburg/Union City arrived, the pews were covered, but they were seating in several inches of water. Quickly, our team started elevating each of those units with small pieces of wood, so they could dry while the water extraction process was taking place. “We could have lost our pews if those wooden areas had seated in that water. It would have soaked it up and we would have lost at least the bottom part of the legs. But you can see these pews are in great shape”.

The key to mitigation is time. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost. That why Pastor Lorens concluded: “They saved us a lot of money by their prompt reaction”. Besides the obvious advantage of lower costs, our “restore first” mentality also gets our clients quicker and with less disruption to their lives.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. And we have the right equipment to monitor the humidity, extract the water, dry contents and structures and prevent mold. “I don’t know if any other company is better equipped to handle a disaster or some kind of service interruption in a building, as SERVPRO does. Their people are well trained and they do a good job”.

It’s always good to hear those words from a client. Thank you, Pastor Lorens Stephens, for sharing your experience with future costumers.

Red Cross and Fire prevention

10/11/2017 (Permalink)

David Brumley (center), other members of the American Red Cross and some authorities inspect a comfort kit for disaster victims in Paris, TN.

SERVPRO began a National partnership with the American Red Cross in March of 2013. We committed to support a Disaster Responder with an emphasis on the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. And this week is Fire Prevention week! Our franchise recently reached out to the American Red Cross of Mid-West Tennessee in order to offer our support.

Fire Prevention Week

A survey conducted by the American Red Cross shows only 26 percent of families have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. That’s why, the American Red Cross of Mid-West Tennessee has partnered with different Fire Departments in the cities and the 14 counties they cover to install smoke alarms at people’s homes at no charge. This year alone, they have installed close to a 1000 units.

They also have what they call a Pillow Case Project. Red Cross volunteers go to schools and present to 3rd and 4th grade students a program on safety that covers fire safety. Dave Brumley, a volunteer for the organization, explains some of the topics they cover with the kids: “How to get out of a room on fire underneath the smoke; how to touch the door with the back of your hand to make sure that is safe to open that door; how to prepare a fire escape plan for their home and have two ways of getting out of their home”. He concludes: “The hope is, working with the children, that they will go home with their excitement and get the parents involved, so the whole family can be prepared for an event”.

How to build your emergency preparedness kit.

How to create your Home Fire Escape Plan.

How to become a volunteer for the American Red Cross of Mid-West Tennessee.

How to prepare a fire escape plan

10/4/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Prevention Week runs from October 8th to 14th. It’s an excellent time to prepare your plan in case of a fire emergency. The theme this year is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!”. Fire experts agree; people have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) suggests the following steps for your family to be ready.

Tips

  • Draw a map of your home with all members of your household. This grid will help you. Mark two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

Some Fire facts

  • On average, seven people die in U.S. home fires per day.
  • Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fire injuries, followed by heating equipment.
  • Three out of five home fire deaths in 2010-2014 were caused by fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
  • According to an NFPA survey, only one-third of Americans have both developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.

Other statistics

Hoarding and fire safety

Many fire departments are experiencing serious fires, injuries, and deaths as the result of compulsive hoarding behavior.

Dryers and washing machines

Clothes dryers accounted for 92% of the fires; washing machines 4%, and washer and dryer combinations accounted for 5%.

In 2010-2014, U.S. municipal fire departments responded to an estimated 15,970 home fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines each year. These fires resulted in annual losses estimated at 13 civilian deaths, 440 civilian injuries, and $238 million in direct property damage.

Source: http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week-2