Recent Fire Damage Posts

Avoid a Fire in Your Fargo-Moorhead Home

8/11/2022 (Permalink)

House going up in flames Take precautions to avoid a house fire!

Each year fires affect around 375,000 homes a year. House fires can be devastating and will cause over 7 billion dollars in damages each year.

Take some time to review these important safety measures to ensure that you are reducing your risk of experiencing a house fire:

  •       Avoid smoking while laying down. Surprisingly enough, people fall asleep while smoking and it is continuously a leading cause of fire related deaths.
  • Unplug appliances that are not in use. Some appliances have automatic features that will keep the appliance on at all times so they can be turned on right away. These appliances should always be unplugged when not in use!
  •  Make sure that nothing is laying on top of power strips.
  • Always unplug hair dryers, curling irons, and flat irons. Make sure these hair tools are always placed on a flat, hard surface. Soft surfaces or cloth can catch fire.
  • Make sure portable heaters are 3 feet away from any object. Portable heaters are the second leading cause of house fires.
  • When cooking food, do not leave the stovetop or oven unattended. Make sure to keep all pot and pan handles facing towards the wall and out of reach from children.
  • Use baking soda to extinguish grease fires, as water will make them spread.
  • Keep batteries in your smoke detectors and test them frequently.

Avoid an Office Fire at Your Local Business

7/7/2022 (Permalink)

Fire in an office Have a safety plan - Keep your employees safe!

If you or someone you know has gone through fire damage, you know how devastating it can be. Years of memories, paperwork, and investments can be gone in a flash. Nobody plans on having fire damage. Fortunately, there are a few things we can do to prevent it. Many times an office fire will start in the electrical or utility room. In an effort to mitigate the effect of electrical or utility fire, there are systems in place such as a sprinkler system, room temperature trigger alert system, and smoke alarms.

It is very important to conduct annual tests on these systems to ensure they are working in case of an emergency. Make sure that your company has set dates to check on these systems. 

What to do if a fire does happen

If you have an office fire, despite the precautions you may have taken, you are most likely left with a charred mess, along with the debris left from extinguishing the fire. This can leave you wishing that this never even happened. Lucky for you, our job is to make it “Like it never even happened.” We are the experts in fire restoration and will get your space looking back to normal in no time. 

Our team is IICRC certified and trained to handle all fire restoration projects, big or small. Leave it to the experts. 

Have Questions? Call SERVPRO of Fargo – (701)232-2455

Your Local Cleaning, Restoration, and Construction Company.

Can Smoke Odor Be Removed From a Home in Briarwood?

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

A first responder wears a breathing apparatus to fight a fire in a smoke-filled building. We restore fire damage 24-hours a day in Cass County.

Our local team in Fargo uses a variety of smoke removal equipment to remove smoke residue and odor from homes and businesses. Every fire event varies depending on what is burnt in the fire.

Air Scrubber or Filter

  • Heating, ventilation, air conditioning system (HVAC) air scrubber, or a high-efficiency particulate air filter (HEPA) air purifier can capture larger smoke molecules. There will still be some residual odor from smaller molecules or surface residues.

Ozone Generator

  • An ozone generator is a fast and highly effective smoke odor restoration method. These machines emit ozone, which follows the same paths through the air as smoke and oxidizes any residual traces in the air or on surfaces.

Thermal Fogging

  • Thermal fogging is an intensive treatment involving fogging machines. After residents evacuate, smoke cleaning professionals fill a structure with petroleum distillates that neutralize odors and ventilate the area.

Hydroxyl Generator

  • A hydroxyl generator is a slower and gentler alternative to ozone. These machines rely on ultraviolet light to generate hydroxyl radicals that eliminate smoke odors. It will take about three to five days of continuous operation to achieve the same results as a single ozone treatment.

Vapor Modification

  • Vapor modification is another odor elimination method that relies on aromatic compounds and a blower or fan to neutralize smoke odor

Call Us!

If your home or commercial business needs smoke odor removal services, our local team in Fargo can remove the smoke odor “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 701-232-2455.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Vacation Rental Fire in Fargo?

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

A happy couple is walking into a vacation rental. We restore fire damage 24-hours a day in Cass County.

Peer-to-peer vacation rentals are becoming more popular. Fire safety regulations vary between jurisdictions, so you’ll have to act as your own safety advocate and do some research ahead of time. Our local team in Fargo is a trusted leader in fire damage restoration and mitigation services. Here are some tips from The National Fire Protection Association on things you should know and do when booking a peer-to-peer vacation rental: 

  • Peer-to-peer hospitality services are not regulated in the same way as hotels
  • Requirements vary across jurisdictions
  • Do your homework before making a reservation
  • Check online to see your travel destination’s regulations for rental properties
  • Ask your host if the property meets the regulations
  • Discuss other safety concerns you may have
  • Check the forecast in case of storms that could cause power outages; assure the property has equipment in the event of a power outage
  • Make sure there are working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms as required by law
  • Make sure the owner has posted a floor plan noting escape route and emergency contact information
  • All doors and windows that lead outside are able to be opened easily

Call Us Today!

Fire damage can happen at any time, and you never know when you’ll need emergency fire restoration services. Fargo residents and businesses can rely on our local team in Fargo to restore fire damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 701-232-2455.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Fire Prevention Safety Tips for Fargo Children and Families?

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

Young people view a large fire from a distance. We restore fire damage 24-hours a day in Cass County.

Children are naturally curious about fire, so they need to learn fire safety rules early. Our local team in Fargo restores fire damage throughout the year in Fargo. Here are some fire safety tips for families and children from the  National Fire Protection Association:

  • Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children, up high, preferably in a locked cabinet
  • Closely supervise children, making sure that they are kept away from other fire sources, including lit candles, cigarettes, bonfires, and stoves
  • Explain that fire moves very fast and can hurt as soon as it touches them. Tell them that this is why matches and lighters are tools for adults only.
  • Teach young children never to touch matches or lighters. They must tell a grown-up when matches or lighters are found.
  • Establish clear rules and consequences about unsupervised and unauthorized uses of fire
  • Be a good example! Always use fire sources — matches, lighters, candles, fireplaces, and campfires — in a safe manner. Never treat them as toys, or children may imitate you.
  • Talk with children about what their friends or other children are doing with fire. What do they see online in video games, TV, movies, and social media? Teach them specific ways to resist the peer pressure to misuse fire.
  • Give praise for showing respect and age-appropriate responsible behavior toward fire

Call Us Today!

When you have fire damage in your Fargo home or commercial business, our local team in Fargo is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 701-232-2455.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Smoke Alarm Safety Tips for Fargo Homes?

3/29/2022 (Permalink)

A person is testing a smoke alarm. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Cass County.

Our local team in Fargo responds to fire damage emergencies every year. Smoke alarms play a critical role in a home fire escape plan, as these alarms reduce fire deaths and injuries in the United States. Working smoke alarms give early warnings so you can get outside quickly. Here are some smoke alarm safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

Smoke Alarm Safety
  • A closed-door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. 
  • Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound. 
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms
  • Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions yet mitigate false alarms
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every ten years

Call Us Today!

When you have fire damage in your Fargo home or commercial business, our local team in Fargo is Here to Help. ® We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day. Call us today at 701-232-2455.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Cooking Fire in Casselton Home?

1/11/2022 (Permalink)

Food is cooking on a gas stove. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Cass County.

Do you know that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires in the United States? The National Fire Protection Association reports that US fire departments responded to an estimated average of 172,900 home structure fires per year that started by cooking activities in 2014-2018. These fires caused an average of 550 civilian deaths, 4,820 reported civilian fire injuries and more than $1 billion in direct property damage per year.

SERVPRO® of Fargo has been restoring fire damage in Casselton for years. Our technicians are trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification.

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

Although every fire loss is unique, we use the same process to restore fire damage as follows:

  • Step 1: Emergency Contact
  • Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  • Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service
  • Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  • Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  • Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing
  • Step 7: Restoration

Call Us Today!

When your Casselton home or commercial business needs help with fire damage, SERVPRO® of Fargo has a team of highly trained technicians on-call and ready to assist you. Call us today at 701-232-2455.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Chimney Fire Damage in West Fargo?

12/7/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke is coming out of a chimney. We restore fire damage 24-hours a day in Cass County.

West Fargo Needs to Know!

More fires happen in December, January, and February than at any other time of the year. SERVPRO® of Fargo offers these heating equipment safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional
  • Never use your oven to heat your home
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters, or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel-burning space heaters
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • Install wood-burning stoves following the manufacturer’s instructions or have a professional do the installation. All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
  • Install and maintain CO alarms to avoid the risk of CO poisoning. If you smell gas in your gas heater, do not light the appliance. Leave home immediately and call your local fire department or gas company.

Call Us!

SERVPRO® of Fargo has a team of highly trained technicians on-call and ready to assist you with fire damage in West Fargo. Call us today at 701-232-2455.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Smoke Damage in Briarwood?

11/10/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke is filling a room. We restore smoke damage 24-hours a day in Cass County.

When my kitchen caught on fire, the smoke and soot traveled to every room in my house. The SERVPRO® of Fargo technicians arrived quickly and inspected and assessed the damage. They tested the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. They explained that the cleaning methods they would use depended on the residue the fire left behind.

Here are some facts about smoke and soot:

  • 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 significantly affect the restoration process

Cleaning Methods

  • Dry Cleaning - used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean before wet cleaning
  • Wet Cleaning -an effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues
  • Spray and Wipe - effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning
  • Foam Cleaning - used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned
  • Abrasive Cleaning - involves agitation of the surface being cleaned
  • Immersion Cleaning - contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product

Call Us Today!

When you need fire damage restoration services for your Briarwood home or commercial business, SERVPRO® of Fargo has a team of highly trained technicians on-call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day. Call us today at 701-232-2455. We’ll clean and restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Cigarette Causes Fire in Fargo Apartment Building?

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

A lit cigarette is shown. We restore fire damage for Cass County homes and businesses.

A discarded cigarette was identified as the cause of an apartment fire that happened this June. SERVPRO® of Fargo offers these smoking and home fire safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

Smoking Safety

·      If you smoke, use only fire-safe cigarettes

·      If you smoke, smoke outside. Most deaths result from fires that started in living rooms, family rooms and dens or in bedrooms.

·      Keep cigarettes, lighters, matches, and other smoking materials up high out of the reach of children, in a locked cabinet

Put It Out

·      Use a deep, sturdy ashtray. Place it away from anything that can burn.

·      Do not discard cigarettes in vegetation such as mulch, potted plants or landscaping, peat moss, dried grasses, leaves or other things that could ignite easily

·      Before you throw away butts and ashes, make sure they are out, and dousing in water or sand is the best way to do that

Smoking and Medical Oxygen

Never smoke and never allow anyone to smoke where medical oxygen is used. Medical oxygen can cause materials to ignite more easily and make fires burn at a faster rate than normal. It can make an existing fire burn faster and hotter.

Call Us!

Fire damage happens. When you need fire damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of Fargo has a team of highly trained technicians on-call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day. Call us today at 701-232-2455. We’ll restore your fire damage in Fargo, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire Escape Planning in Fargo?

9/6/2021 (Permalink)

A family is looking at a fire escape plan. We are leaders in fire restoration services in Cass County.

Fire Escape Plans Save Lives in Fargo

The City of Fargo Fire Department’s website offers a full range of fire safety tips and community programs that educate the Fargo community about fire safety and prevention. One key element of fire safety is the development of a fire escape plan. SERVPRO® of Fargo responds to fire damage emergencies each year and offers these escape planning tips for the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Make a home escape plan. Draw a map of your home showing all of the doors and windows. Discuss the plan with everyone in your home.
  • Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily.
  • Have a designated place (tree, mailbox, light pole) a safe distance away from the house where everyone should meet.
  • Practice your home fire drill at night and during the day with everyone in your home, twice a year
  • Practice using different ways out
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them
  • Close doors behind you as you leave

Call Us Today!

When you need emergency fire restoration services for your home or commercial business, SERVPRO® of Fargo is Here to Help. ® Our highly trained restoration technicians are on-call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day in Fargo. Call us today at 701-232-2455. We’ll restore your water damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Clothes Dryer Fire in Horace?

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

A clothes dryer is shown in a laundry room. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Cass County.

I smelled something burning in my laundry room and was shocked to see sparks flying out below my clothes dryer! I turned it off and shot the fire extinguisher at it to put out the flames. I was lucky that the fire was contained in my laundry room. SERVPRO® of Fargo responds to fire damage emergencies in Horace every year.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, lint and dust are two factors that contribute to clothes dryer fires in the United States.

  • In 2010-2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 15,970 home structure fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines each year
  • These fires caused annual averages of 13 civilian deaths, 444 civilian injuries, and $238 million in direct property damage
  • The vast majority of fires (92 percent) involved clothes dryers
  • The leading items first ignited in dryer fires were dust, fiber or lint (26 percent of total), and clothing (26 percent), while items first ignited in washing machine fires were part of the appliance itself, including wire or cable insulation (26 percent), appliance housing or casing (24 percent), and drive belt (11 percent)

Call Us!

When you need emergency fire damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of Fargo is Here to Help. ® Our highly trained restoration technicians are on-call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day in Horace. Call us today at 701-232-2455. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Propane Grill Fire in Fargo?

7/5/2021 (Permalink)

A person is shown cleaning a propane barbeque grill. We are trusted leaders in fire restoration services in Cass County.

July is the peak season for outdoor grilling in the United States, and that means more accidental grilling fires. SERVPRO® of Fargo responds to fire damage emergencies in Fargo and Cass County throughout the year and offer these tips for propane grill safety from the National Fire Protection Association:

Propane Grills

·      Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year

·      Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose

·      A propane leak will release bubbles

If your grill has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off both the gas tank and the grill.

·      If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again

·      If the leak does not stop, call the fire department

·      If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.

If the flame goes out, turn off the grill and gas and wait at least five minutes before re-lighting it.

Call Us Today!

Fire damage can happen at any time. When you need emergency fire damage restoration services SERVPRO® of Fargo is Here to Help. ® Our highly trained restoration technicians are on-call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day in Fargo. Call us today at 701-232-2455. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Electrical Fire in West Fargo Home?

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

An electrical cord attached to an electrical outlet is on fire. We are trusted leaders in fire damage restoration in Cass County.

Faulty Electrical Outlet in West Fargo?

SERVPRO® of Fargo responds to fire damage emergencies throughout the year in West Fargo, and we have seen many instances where faulty electrical issues were the cause of the fire damage. Here are some electrical safety tips from the National Association of Fire Protection (NFPA) to keep safety in mind while using electricity:

·      Have all electrical work done by a qualified electrician

·      Only use one heat-producing appliance plugged into a receptacle outlet at a time

·      Major appliances should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet

·      Extension cords and plug strips should not be used

·      Ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCI’s) shut off an electrical circuit when it becomes a shock hazard. They should be installed inside the home in bathrooms, kitchens, garages, and basements.

·      All outdoor receptacles should be GFCI protected

·      Test GFCI’s once a month according to manufacturer’s recommendations

·      Check electrical cords to make sure they are not running across doorways or under carpets. Extension cords are intended for temporary use

·      Have a qualified electrician add more receptacle outlets so you don’t have to use extension cords

·      Use a light bulb with the right number of watts

Call Us!

When you have a fire damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Fargo is Here to Help. ® Our highly trained restoration technicians are on-call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day in

West Fargo. Call us today at 701-232-2455.

SERVPRO of Fargo is Independently Owned and Operated.

Photo Fire Restoration in Fargo?

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

A person is sitting at a desk looking at old family photos. We are trusted leaders in fire restoration in the Fargo area.

Contents Restoration in Fargo?

When my home was damaged in a fire, many of my possessions had to be sent out for restoration. Not only was there fire, smoke, and soot damage, but my belongings were also exposed to water damage from the firefighting efforts.

At SERVPRO® of Fargo, we offer a full range of cleaning and restoration services to restore important documents and photographs damaged by fire. We know how important documents and pictures are to families, and we take extreme caution to help ensure the fire damage does not destroy the document or photograph. How we approach the restoration process will be determined by the type of smoke and soot the items were exposed to. Here are the five options we offer for the restoration of documents and photographs:

  • Air Drying
  • Dehumidification
  • Freezer Drying
  • Vacuum Freeze Drying
  • Vacuum Thermal Drying

Although some documents and pictures may not be able to be restored to pre-fire condition; we can save a great deal and, in many cases, prevent further damage.

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Fargo is ready to respond to any fire damage emergency 24-hours a day. Call us today at 701-232-2455. We’ll restore your fire damage in Fargo, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Fargo is Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire Extinguisher Operation Tips for Fargo.

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

A man is shown handling a fire extinguisher. We mitigate fire damage in the Fargo-Moorhead area 24-hours a day!

Every Minute Counts

Fire extinguishers are a great tool to have in a fire safety and escape plan for any home or business. SERVPRO® of Fargo has responded to many fire damage emergencies over the years, and in many cases, fire damage and injury were minimized through the use of a fire extinguisher, quick action, and having a good emergency escape plan in place. Here are some fire extinguisher safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):

NFPA Safety tips
  • Use a portable fire extinguisher when the fire is confined to a small area, such as a wastebasket, and is not growing; everyone has exited the building; the fire department has been called or is being called, and the room is not filled with smoke.
  • To operate a fire extinguisher, remember the word PASS:
    • Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you, and release the locking mechanism.
    • Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
    • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
    • Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.

Call Us!

 SERVPRO® of Fargo has a team of fire restoration technicians on call to serve you 24-hours a day. Call us at 701-232-2455. We’ll restore your fire damage in Fargo, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Fargo is Independently Owned and Operated.

Holiday Fire Fiasco in Mapleton?

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

The bottom of a Christmas tree is shown with presents next to it, sitting on a hardwood floor. Our fire damage restoration specialists are on call 24 hours a day in Fargo.

Winter Holiday fire facts

It’s the holiday season and one of the biggest times of the year for winter holiday fires. There are lots of indoor and outdoor flammable decorations, Christmas Trees, electric lights, and home cooking fires, and candles are some of the major causes.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported these statistics on their website:

  • Electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in more than two of every five (44 percent) home Christmas tree fires.
  • Two of every five (39 percent) home Christmas tree fires started in the living room. Five percent were chimney or flue fires. One-fifth (21 percent) of the decoration fires started in the kitchen. Sixteen percent started in the living room, family room or den.
  • Almost three of every five (57 percent) December home decoration fires were started by candles, compared to one-third (32 percent) in January to November.

Call Us

SERVPRO® of Fargo has a team of fire damage restoration technicians on call 24 hours a day to respond to your call in Mapleton. First, we will secure the structure and tarp and board up any broken doors, windows, or roof areas damaged by the fire. Then we will begin the cleanup process and provide an assessment of the damage. We will also help you with the insurance process and paperwork.

If you need fire damage restoration services for Mapleton your home or business, SERVPRO® of Fargo is Here to Help. ® Call us at 701-232-2455.

SERVPRO of Fargo is Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire in Horace?

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

Firefighters are putting out a fire. We restore fire damage of all kinds in Fargo.

Fire Damage Happens

The fire was caught in time, so our Horace home was salvageable and not a total loss. There was so much to do after the fire was extinguished and the firefighters and first responders left the scene. There was water damage left from putting out the fire, smoke, smoke odor and soot covered all of our belongings and furniture in the kitchen and family room where the fire started, and the smell of the smoke permeated everything in the entire house! 

Thank goodness for SERVPRO® of Fargo. They arrived as the firefighters were finishing up and immediately began the cleanup and restoration process. They boarded up and secured the property while another team assessed the damage. They inventoried and packed out all of our belongings that could be salvaged and helped us with the insurance paperwork and process. I was amazed at the contents restoration services they offer, and they even moved everything back in after the reparations were made to the structure and our belongings were cleaned!

Call Us!

When you need help mitigating fire-damaged property, SERVPRO® of Fargo is Here to Help. ® Call us at 701-232-2455. We’ll clean and restore your home or business in Horace, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Fargo is Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire safety tips for Fargo

10/29/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke detector with new battery. Don’t forget to change our smoke detector batteries and stay safe in Fargo.

Experiencing a residential or commercial fire in Fargo can be scary and overwhelming. Fires cannot be completely prevented. SERVPRO® of Fargo is aware of this as we have assisted in the cleanup of fire damage. The American Red Cross has developed a list of tips that can help assist in minimizing the probability of a fire occurring.

Fire safety tips:

  • Install smoke alarms in the home or office area on every level of the building
  • Test smoke alarms every month and replace the smoke detector batteries if needed
  • Create a fire escape plan with family members or coworkers and practice the drill twice a year
  • In the event that a fire does occur, do not try and fight it – get out of the area and call for help

Safety is always a top priority in any situation, but especially in a fire situation. Bring prepared can make a big difference in the outcome of a fire, safety-wise. 

If a fire has happened in the Fargo area and needs to be cleaned up, the trained team members of SERVPRO of Fargo are leaders in fire cleanup and restoration.  



SERVPRO of Fargo is independently owned and operated.

Link: https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire.html

Properly Installed Smoke Detectors in Fargo

10/29/2020 (Permalink)

smoke alarm with smoke wisps Smoke detectors can alert you to a fire in your home, saving lives in Fargo.

There is no structure in Fargo that cannot be made safer with properly installed smoke detectors. These devices, when used as instructed, can save lives and property. SERVPRO of Fargo knows the safety of your family is your number one concern. It is ours as well. 

Did you know: 

  • Properties without working smoke alarms has an increase in home fire deaths
  • Around one-third of home fires begin in homes which do not have smoke alarms
  • The chances of someone dying in a home fire is cut in half when smoke alarms are present

SERVPRO of Fargo would like to share these suggestions: 

  • We recommend that your home be equipped with smoke detectors outside and inside each sleeping area
  • Place a smoke detector on all levels of the structure (bigger homes require more detectors). 
  • Closing doors will inhibit the movement of heat, smoke, and fire. 
  • Test your smoke alarms at least every thirty days. Testing is done by pressing the test button to ensure each alarm is working. 

 Most professionals agree that your alarms should be interconnected so that, no matter where the smoke is detected, everyone in the house is alerted simultaneously.  When the alarms sound, immediately vacate the structure in Fargo and position you and your loved ones away from it until help arrives.

SERVPRO of Fargo is independently owned and operated. 

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/technology/smoke_fire_alarms.html

Safety Tips when using Candles in Fargo

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

red candle on the kitchen countertop Enjoying a beautifully lit candle is relaxing. Cleaning up smoke and fire damage is not. Practice safety while using candles.

Although fires from candles happen more often around the holidays, many people use candles all
year round. SERVPRO of Fargo wants you to be safe from fire and smoke damage. It is
important to be careful any time you have an open flame in your Fargo home.
Fire Prevention is the best way to fight against fire damage or injuries.
SERVPRO of Fargo offers these Tips for Fire Prevention from Candles:

  • Do not let children near candles
  • Keep trees and other plants away from candles
  • Make sure candles are not near window curtains or blinds that could catch fire
  • Keep lit candles in safe candle holders
  • Do not leave children alone in a room with lit candles
  • Do not light candles in the bedroom. You might fall asleep. One-third of all candle fires
    start in the bedroom.
  •  If the power goes out, use flashlights instead of candles
  • If someone in the home uses oxygen, do not use candles
  •  Fire damage from candles happens 35 times a day in the U.S.
  •  Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can catch fire
  • Put out candles when leaving the room or going to bed


A little caution goes a long way to protect you and your loved ones. If you have to deal with
damage caused by smoke or fire from a candle in your Fargo home, your friends at
SERVPRO of Fargo is just a phone call away.

SERVPRO of Fargo is independently owned and operated.
Links:
https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/
https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Top-causes-of-fire/Candles
https://www.nfpa.org/~/media/files/public-education/resources/safety-tip-sheets/religious_candle
s_safety_tips.pdf

Tips to Prevent Kitchen Fire in Fargo

10/8/2020 (Permalink)

Woman with pan on fire in kitchen SERVPRO of Fargo is ready to respond when fire damage strikes.

SERVPRO of Fargo understands that cooking equipment is a leading cause of fire damage
and fire injuries in your Fargo home.
To help prevent fire damage, SERVPRO of Fargo shares these tips. They make more sense
than not cooking at home.

  • Many kitchen items can catch fire, including dishtowels, oven mitts, recipes, wooden
    tools, and loose clothing
  • Never operate the stove or oven when you are tired or have been drinking alcohol
  • If you are frying, broiling, grilling, or boiling food, stay in the kitchen. If you leave, even
    for a short time, turn off the heat
  • Keep flammable items at least three feet from the stovetop
  •  Do not allow children within two to four feet of the stove or oven
  • If you must leave the house while cooking of any kind, turn off the heat sources


Remember that fire is fast. If you cannot contain a fire immediately, leave and bring everyone
with you. Call 9-1-1 from outside your City or County home.

SERVPRO of Fargo reminds you that fire prevention is the best strategy against fire
damage.


SERVPRO of Fargo is independently owned and operated.


Links:
https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/

Deck Fire in Fargo?

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

Fire is shown burning in an outdoor fire pit on a wooden deck. We are fire damage restoration specialists in Fargo-Moorhead.

Fire Damage Happens

Sitting on the deck by the fire with family and friends is a nice September evening pastime, but sometimes sparks from outdoor fires cause fire damage.

Did you know that the Fargo Fire Department responded to over 11,000 service calls in Fargo and areas around Fargo in 2018? According to a report published by the Fargo Fire Department, the number of service calls continues to increase year over year since 2009.

SERVPRO® of Fargo is committed to providing the highest level of cleanup and restoration services to the Fargo community. After the firefighters have extinguished the fire there will be smoke, smoke odor, and water damage to contend with. Here is the process we follow:

1: Emergency Contact

2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)

4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

6: Cleaning and Repair

7: Restoration

Call Us Today

If your Fargo-Moorhead home or commercial business or home experiences fire damage, SERVPRO® of Fargo can help. We have a team of fire restoration specialists on call 24 hours a day to serve you, and we typically can be onsite within 24 hours of your request. Call us today at 701-232-2455. We’ll clean and restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Fargo is Independently Owned and Operated.

Different Types of Home Fire Extinguishers in Fargo

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

two men crouching testing out a fire extinguisher SERVPRO of Fargo encourages you to know the different types of Fire Extinguishers for your home.

Smoke and fire damage is something all of us at SERVPRO of Fargo would like to see you avoid. In the event, the worst happens and you are faced with this kind of disaster, you can count on us to lend a helping hand. We have a team of highly trained professionals to walk with you each step of the way when repairing the damage from smoke, water, and fire in your Fargo home.

Just to be safe, SERVPRO of Fargo recommends you keep at least one fire extinguisher and know how to use it (them).

A fire-extinguisher may prevent fire damage and smoke damage from spreading throughout the home.

If you see a small fire that you take care of yourself, use the following tips.  If you have any worries, you and everyone should leave the house and call 9-1-1 when you are outside.

SERVPRO of Fargo wants you to know that you can try to fight a small fire only if:

  • You can get to the fire extinguisher quickly. Fire is fast. Fire damage and smoke damage are less painful than personal injuries
  • You know how to use the fire extinguisher

SERVPRO of Fargo explains the Types of Home Fire Extinguishers:

Classes A, B, and C fire extinguishers are found in both homes and businesses

  • Class A is for cloth, wood, and paper
  • Class B is for liquids that can burst into flame or explode, such as grease, gasoline, oil, or oil-based paints
  • Class C is for electrical equipment like computers, tools, or anything else that is plugged in
  • Most home-improvement stores sell multi-purpose fire extinguishers: Classes A:B:C

SERVPRO of Fargo is independently owned and operated. 

Links:

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/ 

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