Recent Fire Damage Posts

Dryer Fire Risk

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

Reduce the risk of fire by having SERVPRO of Duncanville/DeSoto clean out your ducts and dryer vent.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency cites that 34% of home dryer fires are caused by the dryer vents not being cleaned. 

$35 million annually in property loss is caused by dryer fires. One way to prevent these types of fires is by calling SERVPRO of Duncanville/DeSoto to thoroughly remove dryer lint in the vent and/or air ducts.

The National Fire Protection Agency advises that you clean the lint filter before and after each load, and regularly check to ensure that the outdoor vent flap is not blocked by a bird's nest or other obstacle.

To get an estimate, or schedule a cleaning of your dryer vent and ducts, contact SERVPRO of Duncanville/DeSoto at 972-224-8800 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. 

Smoke Alarms Can Save Your Life

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms are crucial in helping protect your home and business from fire damage.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained. 

At a minimum, there should be a smoke alarm in every bedroom in your home, outside of each sleeping area, and on each level. Additional alarms may be required in larger houses.

To maintain your smoke alarm, test each one on a monthly basis by pushing the "TEST" button. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries should be replaced every decade. For smoke alarms with replaceable batteries, it's advised to switch the batteries out annually, and replace the entire unit every ten years. In the event of a chirp alerting you to a low battery level, take immediate action to replace the old battery with a new one; never disable or completely remove a battery from a smoke alarm. In almost 50% of fires where smoke alarms were present, but did not function properly, this was due to a removed or disconnected battery.

If you require assistance to check, maintain, or replace your smoke detectors, contact your local fire department or an electrician.

Be sure that your household has a plan in place in the event of a fire emergency. Practice fire drills with your family regularly, to ensure that all family members are aware of what to do in case of a fire. 

The Benefits of Portable Fire Extinguishers

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

Portable fire extinguishers are essential tools in fire damage prevention.

When utilized properly, portable fire extinguishers can be essential tools to help save lives and property.

The most effective way to be prepared is to prepare. Begin by reading the instructions on the extinguisher, and familiarize yourself with the directions prior to an actual emergency.

A helpful acronym the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) suggests to remember when operating a fire extinguisher is PASS:

P - Pull the pin. Hold the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.

A - Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.

S - Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.

S - Sweep the nozzle from side to side.

It's important to note that not all fire extinguishers are good to use on all fires. When selecting your extinguishers, read the label closely to ensure you get the ideal one for the area you're going to be keeping it.