Recent Fire Damage Posts

How To Use Space Heaters Safely

7/23/2021 (Permalink)

Space heater If you notice anything faulty, don't use the heater. Faulty devices can easily become a burned space heater.

How to Make Safe Use of Space Heaters

You need to be careful about what you use in your Grosse Pointe Shores, MI home. Unattended candles or faulty electronics, for example, can increase your chances of starting a house fire. Space heaters can be quite helpful in keeping your home warm during the colder months, but these warming devices can also pose a fire risk. The following tips may help you learn how to use this equipment safely and avoid a burned space heater.

• Consider the Location: Whether you put your space heater in an office, bedroom, or living room, you need to consider where you place the machine. If you put it too close to another object, you may cause the device to overheat. The heater could also start combustible materials, such as bedding and curtains, on fire if it is put too close. Most experts suggest keeping a three-foot free space around a space heater.
• Focus on the Surface: Not only do you have to make sure there's a safe zone around the heater, but you also have to make sure it is on a safe zone. Put it on a hard surface to ensure it cannot tip over. Remember, this type of small heating device is usually meant to sit on the floor not a counter or table.
• Turn It Off: Whenever you leave the house, make sure your space heater is turned off. Leaving a device running for long periods of time can increase the chances that it will become a burned space heater. You should also turn it off at night.
• Perform Maintenance: Before you start using your heater for the winter, you need to make sure it's ready. You can clean filters, check the cord and test shut-off features to make sure it is still safe to use. If you notice anything faulty, don't use the heater. Faulty devices can easily become a burned space heater.

There's no law that says you cannot use a space heater in your home. Following proper use procedures can help you ensure you don't have to call in a fire restoration team for fire or smoke cleanup.

Dealing With Smoke Damage in Your Home

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

inside of a house covered with smoke and soot Smoke and soot damage in a residence in Grosse Pointe, MI.

After a fire at your home, it is likely you will need professional help to restore your residence to its original condition. Soot and smoke damage can devastate your property. Smoke cleaning is not a do-it-yourself project that many individuals are successful with. Fire restoration specialists in Grosse Pointe, MI, can help remove that pervasive smoke odor and clean your carpets and upholstery, removing soot residue.

Fire Damage Restoration

Immediately after a fire, you should think about contacting a professional. Here are some steps to get you started on getting your home back to normal as quickly as possible.

• Contact a restoration company immediately, the sooner the better.

• Assess the extent of the damage to your property. Many times, the soot, water and smoke damage is more extensive than visually apparent.

• Prevent damage from getting worse by using tarps, plastic sheets, sealing services and industrial fans. You need to keep ash and soot contained and dry any areas suffering from water damage.

• Start the cleanup process. Professionals have the chemicals and equipment necessary to remove soot, ash, smoke and water. Smoke cleaning requires special equipment and devices.

• Repair and renovate any parts of your home that received extensive fire damage. You may need new walls or flooring or to rebuild entire rooms.

Smoke Damage

The longer you allow smoke and odors to linger, the deeper they soak into walls, furniture and carpets. It is important to ventilate your house as quickly as possible. Turn off your heating and air and replace the filters. Your HVAC system could make the problem worse by spreading smoke, soot and ashes throughout your home.

Some heavily damaged items may need to be disposed of. It is also vital that you throw away what was not sealed in airtight containers.

Don’t let a fire ruin your life. The devastation can be disheartening. Get to work quickly. The faster you start the smoke cleaning process, the less extensive the damage will ultimately be.

The Key Elements of Fire Damage Restoration

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

view of bedroom, door of bedroom open, house caught fire, smoke and soot damage in a home Fire damage in a Detroit, MI residence.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 30,000 home fires happen every month in the U.S. These fires range from fairly minor to major events that cause extensive damage to a home. Residential fires happen for many reasons, but one commonality in these situations is the need for fire restoration. This is the art and science of restoring a home to its original condition. It is not an easy task and usually requires the services of a professional emergency restoration company. Highly trained technicians work to minimize damage to a home in Detroit, MI, reduce costs and expenses and keep everyone as safe as possible.

Proven Methods To Reduce Costs

After a fire, a home is often open to the elements and therefore subject to additional damage from weather. A fire restoration crew will do an immediate board-up or roof tarp service to prevent water from coming into the home. Experienced technicians will also perform some or all of the following actions:

  • Water removal and drying
  • Mitigation of smoke damage
  • Cleaning and repair
  • Reconstruction of damaged structures

A team that is conscious of extra costs will practice a restore versus replace mentality. Workers will test materials such as furniture, clothing and carpeting to see if they can be successfully cleaned of soot and odors.

Advanced Training for Improved Safety

In addition to professional damage cleaning, an experienced team will focus on safety. Trained workers know that soot can penetrate all areas of the home including the HVAC system, posing a potential health risk. They also know that the extreme heat of a house fire can make canned goods and other foods unsafe to eat. As part of the fire restoration process, the crew will secure the home against the dangers of falling items and unstable structures. In the aftermath of a home fire, a professional crew works to restore a home safely and efficiently.

How Fire Sprinklers Work in Your Commercial Building

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

Active fire sprinkler A well-maintained fire sprinkler system helps to protect your property

Sprinklers are one of the most effective ways to fight a fire in your commercial building in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI. Let's take a look at how a fire sprinkler works and how it can reduce the risk of significant damage to your property.

How Do Sprinklers Work?

For years, many people have thought that smoke activates sprinklers, but that's not the case. Heat is what triggers the system to work.
Sprinkler heads are comprised of a glass bulb that is filled with a liquid made of glycerin. During a fire, the air above it gets hot very quickly. This intense heat rises to the ceiling and spreads. When it reaches the sprinkler head, a chain reaction occurs.

As the liquid expands with the heat, it breaks the glass.
This activates the fire sprinkler head, opening up a valve to the pressurized water source.
The pressurized system allows the water to spray in an arc to cover a large area.

How Can Sprinklers Prevent Extensive Damage?
Water damage can be as devastating as fire damage. Since each sprinkler head functions as a separate entity, only those sprinklers directly above the fire will be activated. This makes fire sprinkler cleanup much easier and less intrusive because the water dispersed will be minimal.
The fire department's hose will use about six times more water than a sprinkler system, so if your sprinklers can get the job done fast, it will prevent an emergency call. Of course, if you quickly assess that the sprinklers are an inadequate method of fire suppression, call 911 right away. In addition, if you require a fire damage assessment, call a restoration service as soon as possible.
Don't forget to maintain your sprinkler system regularly to ensure that it works when you need it most.
A well-maintained fire sprinkler system helps to protect your property if a fire breaks out in your building.

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

10/23/2020 (Permalink)

graphic for how to operate a fire extinguisher If you are not in danger and feel that you can safely attempt to extinguish the fire, remember the acronym PASS to help you activate the extinguisher.

SERVPRO of Grosse Pointe would like to provide you with some valuable knowledge in the event of a small fire.  If you are not in danger and feel that you can safely attempt to extinguish the fire, remember the acronym PASS to help you activate the extinguisher successfully.  

  • Pull the pin at the top of the extinguisher that prevents the handle from being pressed.
  • Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent.  
  • Sweep foam from side to side at the base of the fire.

Watch for re-ignition and repeat the steps if necessary.  

It is a good idea to have fire extinguishers conveniently located on each floor of your home or business, as well as areas a fire may break out. Kitchens, Laundry rooms and mechanical rooms are common locations. As always remember safety first and if a fire is too large it is always best to leave the area and call 911 immediately.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

 As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Grosse Pointe is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. When fire damage occurs in Harper Woods, Warren, or Madison Heights, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (313) 882-5499

3 Reasons to Hire a Professional Fire Restoration Company Like SERVPRO

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

House Fire "Residential” is the leading property type for fire deaths (73.2%), fire injuries (76.5%) and fire dollar loss (54.7%).

Reasons To Hire Professionals After A Residential Fire

Three Reasons You Should Hire A Professional Fire Restoration Company

When a fire strikes in the home or office setting, people tend to grow anxious. In addition to generating substantive economic losses, a fire can upset your daily schedule and do substantive damage to your property. However, hiring a team of trained fire restoration experts can help you recover your property, maintain your sanity, and limit economic losses. Here are just three of numerous reasons that hiring a professional fire restoration company is a good idea:

 Stress Relief

Fires can cause a great amount of stress, including that homeowners and commercial business leaders will have to work with an insurance company to file a claim and attain coverage. This is just one of the many processes that property owners will have to complete to get their home or office back in order. When you call a fire restoration company, you can relieve a great deal of stress as you gain confidence that your property is being cleaned and dried by a team of knowledgeable professionals.

 Proper Tools And Training

 Another reason that hiring a professional fire restoration company is a good idea pertains to the fact that they have the tools and training necessary to get the job done quickly and correctly. Fire restoration specialists use specialized equipment such as air movers and dehumidifiers to get your property dried quickly. This step is important because excess water left in your home or office can weaken its structural integrity. Additionally, the restoration company's ability to dry the property quickly precludes you from being subjected to an unwanted mold invasion.

 Thorough, Detailed Work

 One final benefit of hiring a professional restoration company is that you will attain thorough, detailed work. Industry professionals are very familiar with the specific damages left by fires, and this is why they can offer the detail-oriented services necessary to reverse and eliminate much of the damage. From thoroughly removing soot and smoke to providing painstaking content restoration assistance, you can be confident that the remediation contractors will leave no stone unturned.

 Getting your home or office back in good shape following a fire can be stressful. However, calling the professional fire restoration specialists of SERVPRO can alleviate stress and ensure that your property is restored quickly and correctly. Our IICRC-certified professionals can provide you with the thorough, detailed work that you need and deserve, and we're ready to get started now.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

 As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Grosse Pointe is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. When fire damage occurs in Harper Woods, Warren, or Madison Heights, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (313) 882-5499

Heating Safety in the Winter Season

10/17/2020 (Permalink)

Heating Safety - Image of heater It is important to understand how to safely and properly heat your homes during the winter. Be careful not to cause a fire or smoke damage.


The winter season is in full swing- the days are shorter and the temperature is lower. No matter where you live, winter brings a change in weather.  In an effort to keep our homes and workplaces cozy, many people use alternative heat sources like fireplaces, portable space heaters and wood burning stoves.  Heating is the second leading cause of home fire deaths, making it important to review ways to help reduce the risk of a heating related fire.

  • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected annually by a qualified professional.
  • Use heating equipment that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
  • All heaters need space. Keep flammable objects at least three feet away from the heating equipment.
  • Plug space heaters directly into outlets, never into an extension cord or power strip.
  • When using fuel-burning heaters, use only the type of fuel specified by the manufacturer.
  • Install and maintain carbon monoxide and smoke alarms inside your home and business. Test alarms monthly.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Grosse Pointe is strategically located to respond quickly to your storm, flood, water, or fire emergency event. When an emergency occurs in Grosse Pointe, Harper Woods or Detroit, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (313) 882-5499

16 Fireworks Safety Tips

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Grosse Pointe has the resources and abilities to respond to any fire emergency, whether it be residential or commercial.


The National Council on Fireworks Safety’s (NCFS) mission is to educate the public on the safe use of fireworks and encourages consumers to follow the following safety tips before engaging in fireworks celebrations:

1.  Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.

2.  Know your fireworks – Read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.

3.  A responsible adult should supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.

4.  Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.

5.  Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.

6.  Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.

7.  Do not hold a fireworks item in your hand.

8.  Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.

9.  Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water before you discard it.

10.  After purchasing fireworks, always store them in a cool, dry place.

11.  When using fireworks always have a connected hose, bucket of water, or other water source nearby.

12.  Never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them into metal or glass containers.

13.  Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.

14.  Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trashcan away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.

15.  Ensure all pets and animals are away from fireworks noise.

16.  With the rise in stress-related disorders affecting American service men and women, pay special consideration to individuals who may be sensitive to loud noises in proximity to your fireworks show.

If you have any questions regarding how to properly use fireworks we encourage you to consult your local dealer.

 About The National Council on Fireworks Safety – The National Council on Fireworks Safety is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about the safe and responsible enjoyment of consumer fireworks. For more information, visit