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Prevent Clothes Dryer Fires

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

A burned clothes dryer Regularly cleaning your clothes dryer's lint screen and exhaust duct is essential to preventing a fire.

Clothes dryers account for thousands of home fires each year, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). When lint builds up in a dryer or its exhaust duct, it can block the flow of air and cause excessive heat buildup—resulting in a fire.

Prevent a potentially deadly fire disaster in your home by following this advice:

Clean and inspect the lint screen/filter before or after each load of laundry

If your clothing is still damp at the end of a typical drying cycle or you notice drying times are longer than normal, the lint screen or the exhaust duct may be blocked.

Clean the dryer vent and exhaust duct periodically

Check the outside dryer vent while the dryer is running to make sure exhaust air is escaping. If not, the vent or exhaust duct may be blocked, and you may need to disconnect the duct to clear the blockage (reconnect the ducting before using the dryer again).

Have your dryer professionally inspected

Each year, hire a qualified technician to make sure your dryer is properly vented and that the vent and chassis are free from lint.

Keep the area around the dryer clean and free of clutter

Maintain a 36-inch clear space around the dryer. Clean behind the dryer, and keep the laundry area neat and clutter-free, with no combustible objects near the dryer.

Replace plastic or foil ducts

Exhaust ducts should be installed at least 6 inches from combustible materials. Use UL-listed rigid or corrugated metal duct or spiral-wound aluminum flex hose.

Properly vent gas-powered dryers

This will prevent a buildup of deadly carbon monoxide. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends having the gas line and connection inspected annually by a professional.

Cover your outside wall damper

Cover your damper to keep out rain, snow, dirt and to deter birds and small animals from nesting in your vent, but don’t use wire screen or cloth, which can collect lint and clog up the vent.

If you’ve suffered fire damage to your home or business, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

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Source: The Hanover Insurance Group

Other Helpful Blog Posts

SERVPRO publishes educational articles on how you can protect your home and business from disasters and how to deal with mold, fire, water, sewage, storm and other damage.

Escape a House Fire (Part 1): Have a Plan

Escape a House Fire (Part 2): Practice Your Plan

Fire Restoration Fundamentals

22 Tips on Preventing Fires from Home Heating, Candles and Electrical Sources

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Escape a House Fire (Part 1): Have a Plan

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

You don't have much time to escape a burning house, so be sure you have a plan in place—it could be the difference between life and death.

If a fire breaks out in your home, you have to get out fast! Worse, you may be plunged into darkness, have trouble breathing and need to keep yourself and family members calm. That’s why you should create and practice an escape plan before a fire starts.

  • Have a plan for young children who cannot get outside by themselves. Know who will help each child get out safely.
  • Teach children to never hide from firefighters and never go back inside a burning building.
  • Teach everyone to touch the back of a hand to check doors for heat before opening and, if the door is hot, to use a different way out. If using an escape ladder, everyone must know where it’s stored and how to use it.
  • Remember, if there is smoke, you need to get low and stay below the smoke.
  • Learn two ways out of every room in your home, in case one exit is blocked or dangerous to use.
  • Choose a meeting place a safe distance from your home. Once you’re out, stay out!

If you’ve suffered fire damage to your home or business, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

We’re Here for You

The team at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield has specialized training and experience in fire restoration services, natural disaster prevention, water damage, chemical cleanup, and natural disaster cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield (860.649.0836) anytime.

Other Helpful Blog Posts

Every month on the SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield blog we publish educational articles on how Manchester and Mansfield residents can protect their homes and businesses from disasters and how to deal with mold, fire, water, sewage, storm and other damage. Here are a few blog posts you might find helpful:

4 Ways To Prevent Fires

How to Stay Safe in a Fire

Home Fire Safety Checklist

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield
We serve Amston, Andover, Bolton, Columbia, Coventry, Hebron, Manchester, Mansfield and Storrs, Connecticut.

53 Slater Street, Unit 2, Manchester, CT 06042
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Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.649.0836
24-hour emergency service

If you’ve suffered fire damage to your home or business, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

Escape a House Fire (Part 2): Practice Your Plan

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Have a plan to escape a house fire and practice it at least twice a year.

House fires can start anywhere and at any time, so at least twice a year run through your plan at different times of the day or night, and practice different ways out.

  • Check your smoke alarms: Test your smoke alarms each month so all family members know the sound. Make sure there’s a smoke alarm on every level of your home, and one in each bedroom.
  • Know where to go: When the smoke alarm sounds, everyone must get out of the house quickly and go to your safe meeting place.
  • Do the drill: Have kids head to their bedrooms and wait for the drill to begin. Assign adults to help children under 6. Put one adult in charge of sounding the smoke alarm and running the drill. Next, sound the smoke alarm, start the timer and have everyone hurry to the meeting spot. Once all are there, stop the timer. Did you escape and gather in less than two minutes? If not, keep practicing.

In a real fire, get to your safe meeting place, call 911 and keep everyone close until firefighters arrive!

If you’ve suffered fire damage to your home or business, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

We’re Here for You

The team at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield has specialized training and experience in fire restoration services, natural disaster prevention, water damage, chemical cleanup, and natural disaster cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield (860.649.0836) anytime.

Other Helpful Blog Posts

Every month on the SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield blog we publish educational articles on how Manchester and Mansfield residents can protect their homes and businesses from disasters and how to deal with mold, fire, water, sewage, storm and other damage. Here are a few blog posts you might find helpful:

4 Ways To Prevent Fires

How to Stay Safe in a Fire

Home Fire Safety Checklist

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield
We serve Amston, Andover, Bolton, Columbia, Coventry, Hebron, Manchester, Mansfield and Storrs, Connecticut.

53 Slater Street, Unit 2, Manchester, CT 06042
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro 
Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.649.0836
24-hour emergency service

If you’ve suffered fire damage to your home or business, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

Fire Restoration Fundamentals

1/20/2019 (Permalink)

Even the smallest house fire requires thorough fire restoration efforts to completely clean your home and possessions.

If you’ve suffered fire damage, you know that restoring your home and property is challenging. First, you need to decide whether you’ll do the restoration on your own or hire highly trained restoration specialists who will guarantee their work, like the professionals at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield. If you choose to do the work yourself, these are the best tips we give people who ask about fire damage restoration.

Fire Damage Restoration Basics: Think Clean
Until your house is restored, limit your activity and movement in the house. This helps prevent soot particles from being ground into upholstery and carpets. Change your HVAC filter and tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers. Wash hands often so you don’t further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.

Protect your possessions by placing clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas. Wash both sides of the leaves on your houseplants. Finally, determine the best cleaning method for each particular job (for example, clean and protect chrome with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil).

Remove Smoke Damage from Walls
With any fire you’ll have some smoke damage to your walls, wall paper and paint. If the smoke damage is not too extensive, you should be able to scrub it clean with detergents and bleach. Because soot is greasy, dust as much of it off before trying to scrub a surface clean. Before repainting, make sure all surfaces are clean and thoroughly dry first.

Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield for Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration at 860.649.0836

Get Rid of Mold and Mildew
The water used to put out your fire also introduced the real risk of mold and mildew into your home. SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield highly recommends you hire fire damage restoration professionals to deal with mold and mildew, because they can cause serious health problems, and it’s difficult for a nonprofessional to be sure he’s clean up all the areas affected.

Because mold and mildew can contaminate your furniture, carpets, clothing, mattresses, walls and vents, the most important thing to do is to air out every room and clean out all vents and filters.

Clean, Repair or Replace Flooring
Your floors and carpets absorb the worst of the damage from the water used to put out a fire. In almost every case, SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield recommends that you pull up and replace any water-damaged carpets. Because water can seep underneath vinyl flooring and into the cracks in hardwood, you must address this to prevent further damage down the road. If you have experience with flooring, you can lift it up and clean under it--but you may want to call a professional fire damage restoration company to assist you.

Clean Your Clothing
Cleaning smoke damage from clothing is one of the biggest jobs you’ll have after a fire. Make sure you don’t smear the greasy soot into the clothing or just throw the smoky clothes into the wash. Dry cleaning is often the best way to clean smoke-damaged clothing. Try to find a local dry cleaner who has experience with post-fire laundry. More tips on removing smoke odor can be found in our blog.

Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield for Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration at 860.649.0836

Give Your Dishes Special Attention
Because your dishes are in contact with food, they must be thoroughly cleaned after a fire. Scrub all dishes well, soak them in a solution of bleach and water (2 tablespoons of bleach per gallon) for at least 20 minutes and then scrub again. If a dish, pot or pan won’t come clean, throw it out, especially rubber or wooden dishes that absorb smoke.

Help Is Here
The team at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield has specialized training and experience in fire restoration services, natural disaster prevention, water damage, chemical cleanup, and natural disaster cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield (860.649.0836) anytime.

Other Helpful Blog Posts
Every month on the SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield blog we publish educational articles on how Manchester and Mansfield residents can protect their homes and businesses from disasters and how to deal with mold, fire, water, sewage, storm and other damage. Here are a few blog posts that you might find helpful:

4 Ways To Prevent Fires
Home Disasters You Can Avoid
Home Fire Safety Checklist

We’re Here for You
SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield
We serve Amston, Andover, Bolton, Columbia, Coventry, Hebron, Manchester, Mansfield and Storrs, Connecticut.
53 Slater Street, Unit 2, Manchester, CT 06042
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro
Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.649.0836
24-hour emergency service

For help after a fire, call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836

How To Stay Safe In A Fire

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

In a fire stay calm and follow fire safety guidelines like these

A fire can occur at almost any time. If you know and practice some basic fire safety rules you can greatly increase the likelihood of avoiding the worst from a fire. Here are 10 quick fire safety tips to remember.

1. Stay calm.
When you stay calm you think better. Don’t react without thinking of the consequences.

2. Don’t open hot doors.
In a fire, before you open a door feel it with the back of your hand. Feel it from the bottom to the top. If the door is hot the fire maybe right on the other side of the door. Opening that hot door puts you at risk of being burned and adding fuel (oxygen) to the fire.

3. Get down low.
You can best avoid smoke and heated gases if you stay low. The lower you are, the less likely you are to inhale smoke and dangerous gases.

4. Know if it’s safe to use a fire extinguisher.
In most cases, let professionals handle the fire. Only use a fire extinguisher when: 1) the fire is confined to a small area and is not growing, 2) the room is not filled with smoke, 3) everyone else has exited the building, and 4) the fire department has been called.

5. If you use a fire extinguisher, keep a safe distance from the fire.
Most fire extinguishers can reach 8 to 12 feet. Stay as far away from the fire as you can.

6. Use the PASS method.
P: Pull the fire extinguisher pin and hold the fire extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you.  
A: Aim low. Point at the base of the fire.
S: Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
S: Sweep the nozzle from side to side.


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7. Never fight a large fire.
Only professionals can safely fight a large fire. Here’s a general rule of thumb: If the fire is bigger than you are, it’s too big for you to put out safely. So, you may be able to handle that pan burning on the stove. But the floor to ceiling curtains engulfed in flames is too much for a non-professional.

8. Keep the fire in front of you.
Never turn your back on a fire. During a fire, conditions can quickly change. Stay aware at all times of the fire’s size, condition, and position.

9. Read the smoke.

More turbulent smoke means more dangerous fire conditions. If smoke is pushing out of the top of a door don’t enter that room. If an area is full of or filling fast with smoke the fire probably exceeds your ability to handle it. Call the professionals.

10. Have a designated meeting place.
Your family or employees should have a specific place well away from your home or business that you will meet at in case of a fire. Knowing where to meet and having two or more ways to get there reduces the risk of leaving someone behind or not knowing where everyone is if you evacuate your home or building.

If you can’t find a safe way to exit a burning house or building, stay in a fire-free, smoke-free room with all the doors to that room closed. Place a wet towel under the door and call the fire department or 9-1-1. Open a window and wave a brightly colored cloth or flashlight to signal for help.

Perhaps most important: When fire breaks out leave quickly, stay out, and call for help. Do not go back inside for anything.

Concerned About Fire Preparation? Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield Today. Call 860.649.0836.
 
Other Helpful Blog Posts   
Every month on the SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield blog we publish educational articles on how Manchester and Mansfield residents can protect their homes and businesses from disasters and how to deal with mold, fire, water, sewage, storm, and other damage. Here are a few blog posts that you might find helpful:  
4 Ways To Prevent Fires

Home Disasters You Can Avoid

Home Fire Safety Checklist

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro
Certified SERVPRO technicians
Call 860.649.0836
24-hour emergency service

Reduce Fire Risk In Your Garage

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Don't let your garage become a fire waiting to happen

Where do you think most house fires start? You’re right if you think most fires start in the kitchen. But the garage runs a close second. Most garages have cars, trucks, mowers, and other gas and oil powered vehicles in them. You may be like the many people who work on their vehicles inside the garage. All this means your garage often has abundant amounts of gas, oil, oily rags, and other flammable materials in it.

And the garage tends to be a small, enclosed space so that if a fire does start it can engulf the entire space faster. One final point: Your garage may be also be an area that attracts clutter (newspaper, cardboard boxes, paper waste)  – some of which is flammable. In this environment, how do you reduce the possibility of fire damage?
 
When it comes to fire damage in your Manchester garage, we recommend that you be proactive. Being proactive is the best way to keep your garage and your home as safe as possible from fire. Here are a few tips:

1. Any fuels, fluids, or cleaners you keep in your garage should be sealed properly.
2. Store flammable materials away from other flammables. For example, don’t store your old newspapers underneath cans of motor oil.
3. If you use drills and other electrical devices in your garage do not overload the circuit box. And unplug every electrical device after use.
4. Keep a fire extinguisher in the garage in a place where you can easily reach it.
5. Clear out clutter. Doing so makes it safer to walk in the garage and it removes potential fuel for a fire.
6. Store any flammable liquids in small amounts. Store them far away from source of heat, like a space heater.
7. Keep any propane tanks outside, not in your garage. Propane tanks are designed and equipped to handle being stored outside.  
8. If a fire does damage your garage call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield. We’re professionally trained to handle fire damage cleanup and restoration. We have the tools, experience, and knowledge to get your garage and home back to its pre-fire condition.

Smoke & Soot Damage
After a fire, there are several forms of damage including damage from smoke and soot, plus water damage from putting the fire out. SERVPRO technicians take care of all of it for you. We can restore anything salvageable, clean up the smoke and soot, and dry out the area and your possessions. Learn what you can do after a fire and what you should avoid.
 
Want professional advice on the fire risk and fire safety of your home? Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield Today At 860.649.0836

More Safety Information   

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House Fires Burn Faster Today. Here’s How To Survive.

Lower Fire Damage Costs

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22 Tips on Preventing Fires From Home Heating, Candles, And Electrical Sources

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

You can greatly reduce the possibility of a home fire by following some simple safety tips we can teach you.

Home Heating Fire Prevention Tips
Home heating equipment (fireplaces, wood stoves, space heaters, etc.) causes a good percentage of winter fires. It’s a leading cause of home fire deaths. In a recent U.S. study, space heaters accounted for four out of five (80%) home heating fire deaths. Yet, some simple steps can prevent most heating-related fires:
1. Make sure all fuel-burning equipment (e.g. gas furnaces and ranges, wood stoves and fireplaces) are vented to the outside to avoid carbon monoxide (C.O.) poisoning.
2. Keep anything that can burn three feet or more away from heating equipment.
3. Don’t use extension cords with portable space heaters – plug space heaters directly into outlets.
4. Only use space heaters that have a switch that will shut off if the unit tips over.
5. Have your heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
6. Use a sturdy fireplace screen in front of your fireplace to stop sparks from flying into the room.
7. Place fire ashes in a covered, non-combustible container and douse the ashes with water.

Want more tips on preventing fires? Have SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield do an inspection. Call 860-649-0836 anytime.

Candle Fire Prevention Tips
Candles, although appealing for the ambiance they can create, are a significant cause of home fires. They are one of the leading causes of home fire deaths.  More than one-third of home candle fires start in the bedroom, and more than half of all candle fires start when things that can burn are too close to the candle. So, please:

8. Use battery powered artificial candles instead of candles with an open flame.
9. If you do use old-fashioned candles with an open flame, put them in candle holders that are sturdy and won’t tip over easily.
10. Keep candles one foot or more away from anything that can burn.
11. Always blow out candles when you leave the room or go to bed.
12. Avoid using candles in rooms where people may fall asleep.
13. Never burn a candle if medical oxygen is used in the home.

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Electrical Fire Prevention Tips
14. Use lamp bulbs that match the lamp's recommended wattage (there is usually a sticker on the lamp).
15. If you have a fuse that blows or a circuit breaker trips often; if your lights flicker or dim; or if some electrical outlets or switches feel warm, have a qualified electrician do an inspection. These are often warning signs before a major disaster.
16. Power strips with circuit breakers can be useful tools to temporarily plug several items into an electrical outlet, but if used incorrectly they can cause a fire. The use of power strips and multi-plug outlets increases the draw of electricity through your home's wiring. Before creating additional electrical demand, ensure that your wiring is in good repair and capable of carrying the additional load.
17. Make sure your home has ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) in the kitchen, bathroom(s), laundry, basement, and outdoor areas, to reduce the risk of electric shock.
18. Run extension cords around carpets, not under them. A cord under a carpet can heat up and cause a fire.
19. Replace or repair damaged or loose electrical cords.
20. Make sure all electrical devices you purchase are approved by Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
21. Never put water on an electrical fire. Use baking soda or a Class C (electrical) fire extinguisher.
22. Know where your breaker box is and how to operate it. Make sure your breakers are properly marked for convenience and safety.

Want more tips on preventing fires? Have SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield do an inspection. Call 860-649-0836 anytime.

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield serves businesses and home owners in Columbia, Coventry, Ellington, Hebron, Manchester, Mansfield, Somers, Stafford, Tolland, Vernon, and Willington.

More Safety Information   
Every month the SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield blog publishes educational articles on how to protect your home and business from disasters and how to deal with mold, fire, water, wind, or other damage. Here are a few blog posts on safety issues that you might find helpful:  

4 Ways To Prevent Fire

Home Disasters You Can Avoid

Home Fire Safety Checklist

25 Tips On Floods

Contact Us Anytime
In Manchester, the team at SERVPRO has specialized training and experience in water damage restoration services, fire damage restoration services, mold remediation, commercial services, and natural disaster cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield anytime at 860.649.0836.

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Manchester, CT 06042
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House Fires Burn Faster Today. Here's How To Survive.

11/27/2017 (Permalink)

Most people think they have much more time to escape a home fire than they actually do

Most Americans (about four out of five) think they have 5-10 minutes to get out of the house if it’s on fire. That’s wrong and being wrong could cost a life. 

On November 21, the Washington Post ran an article by Elisabeth Leamy about why house fires tend to burn faster these days and how you can best survive. Ms. Leamy said Underwriters Laboratories tests show that when your house is on fire you may not survive unless you get out in three minutes or less.

“Most people underestimate the speed and power of fire and smoke,” according to the National Fire Protection Association. The NFPA says not to fumble with the fire extinguisher or grab your photo albums or even rescue your cat.

First and foremost, get out immediately.  Underwriters Laboratories says that 30 years ago, you had up to 17 minutes to escape a house fire, but today’s homes and the furniture inside them burn faster. Why? Open floor plans provide oxygen and don’t provide barriers. Synthetic building materials and furnishings burn at a much faster rate than the natural products homes were built of decades ago. UL videotaped a dramatic side-by-side experiment that showed how rapidly a modern living room went up in flames compared with a vintage one. The backing of a modern carpet is synthetic, the drapes are synthetic, the couch, the pillows are synthetic and they all burn hotter and faster. 

Survive By Planning Ahead
So how do you survive? You and your family should have a home escape plan. Draw a map of your home showing all the doors and windows. Know at least two ways out of every room. Make sure all the doors and windows leading outside open easily. And discuss your plan with everyone in your home.   The stakes are high. Residential fires kill more people than any other kind, according to the Federal Emergency Management Administration. In fact, roughly seven Americans die every day in house fires.  Some of those people die because they try to fight the fire themselves. Fire extinguishers are wonderful tools, but only if you know how to use them. FEMA says you should only use a fire extinguisher if:
• You are trained in how to use the extinguisher.
• You can put out the fire in five seconds or less.
• The fire is small and contained — like in a wastebasket.
• There is no flammable debris or hazardous material nearby.
• You have the right type of extinguisher for the type of fire.
• There are two ways to exit the area quickly if you fail.  In the Washington Post article Montgomery County, Maryland fire investigator Donny Boyd said that fires double in size every minute. You may think you can manage a fire, but Boyd has seen people perish in the heat and gases, trying to fight the fire themselves. And fighting the fire may delay your call to 911, making your situation worse. Focus on surviving the fire, not putting it out. Other ways to increase your chance of surviving a home fire include:

Interconnect Your Smoke Detectors
Have working smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of your home. Have them wirelessly connected to one another, so that if there’s a fire in your basement, for example, the alarm in your bedroom will go off.

Hold Fire Drills
Practice your evacuation plan so that everyone in the family not only knows how to get out, but also reverts to the plan instead of panicking during a fire.

Make Sure Your House Can Be Easily Found
Drive past your house at night and see if your street address is clearly visible from the street so emergency crews can find you. If not, install better numbers or lighting.

Close Doors While You Sleep
Fires that break out while you are sleeping can be particularly devastating. Closing your door keeps smoke out and temperatures down, giving you precious extra minutes to evacuate.

Teach Your Children
Teach everyone in your house how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.

Have A Safe Meeting Place
Everyone in the family should know a location within easy walking distance — but out of fire range — where you will meet if you evacuate separately in a fire.

Block Smoke
If you’re stuck in a room during a fire, close the doors and windows. Put wet fabric over openings where smoke can get in. This will buy you extra time to call 911 or escape.

Travel Away From The Fire Safely
When you move toward an exit stay low. Either bend way down or crawl. Smoke rises and kills more people than the fire itself. The best air is low to the ground. Before you open a door look for smoke and feel the door for heat. If the door is hot or smoke is coming under it there’s fire on the other side and you need to find another exit. Close doors and windows behind you to reduce the amount of oxygen the fire can use for fuel. If you exit through a window crawl out backwards and lower yourself so your feet are as close to the ground as possible.

Don’t Go Back In
No matter what — or who — don’t go back in. Instead, alert firefighters so they can rescue people trapped inside. 

Disaster Preparation Information  
Every month on the SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield blog we publish educational articles on how to prevent natural disasters and deal with them quickly and effectively should they occur. Here are a few you might find helpful:

4 Ways To Prevent A Fire

Cleaning Your Home After Smoke And Fire Damage

Smoke And Fire: Timeline Of How Fast Damage Occurs 

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4 Ways To Prevent Fire

10/4/2017 (Permalink)

Knowing fire's four essential elements can help you prevent fires.

You can prevent or stop a fire by denying the fire one of the four elements it needs.  Use the information here to protect yourself, your home, or your business from fires. Just eliminate heat, fuel, oxygen, or the chemical reaction. Here’s how.

1. Eliminate Heat
A fire cannot start without heat. Unfortunately, heat can build up and start a fire in many ways including contact with a flame, too much friction, or mechanical generation (like with your car’s spark plugs). Firefighter and author Scott Finazzo says heat gets transferred in one of three ways.
1. Direct contact: The heat source touches another object. A simple example is when a match touches a piece of paper.
2. Convection: the heat transfers from one location to the next by the movement of fluids. An example is how a hot stove burner transfers heat into a pot of water.
3. Radiation: Heat travels in an electromagnetic way like when you put your hands near a campfire.  

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2. Deny Fuel
All fires require a fuel--something that burns. Fuel for a fire can be wood, fabric, gasoline, ethanol, hydrogen, butane, or one of many, many other substances. Surprisingly, Scott Finazzo says most solids and liquids don’t actually burn. They are heated beyond their ignition temperature and start to give off combustible vapors (a process called pyrolysis). It’s the escaping vapors that burn.

3. Take Away Oxygen
The third element fire needs is oxygen. The air we breathe is about 21 percent oxygen. That’s enough to support combustion but oxygen itself does not burn. Air with a greater percentage of oxygen in it will burn more intensely. That’s why fire is particularly dangerous in environments rich in oxygen.  

4. Stop The Chemical Reaction
A chemical reaction occurs when the exact mixtures of a fire’s other three elements (heat, fuel, and oxygen) blend in the right concentration to promote ignition.

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Take away any of these four elements and you can prevent or stop a fire. Spraying water on most fires, for example, removes the heat and stops the fire.  Shutting off the value to the burner on your gas stove removes the fuel and the stove top fire stops. Putting a lid on a grease fire in a frying pan takes away the oxygen and stops the flames and the fire. For more information about fires, like the five major classes of fires, see Scott Finazzo’s book, The Neighborhood Emergency Response Handbook. Or call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield (860.649.0836).

Help Is Here
The team at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield has specialized training and experience in fire restoration services, natural disaster prevention, and natural disaster cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield (860.649.0836) anytime, 24/7.

More Help From Other Blog Posts   
Every month SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield publishes educational blog posts on how eastern Connecticut businesses and residents can protect themselves from fire and other disasters. We want to educate you on how to deal with damage from mold, fire, water, sewage, storms, wind, and other natural causes. Here are a few blog posts that you might find helpful:  

Fire Damaged Property? A Money-Saving Idea
Smoke And Fire: Timeline Of How Fast Damage Occurs
Cleaning Your Home After Smoke And Fire Damage
Home Fire Safety Checklist

You might also want to explore the educational information on our sister franchise’s SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield’s blog.

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield
IICRC Certified
540 N. Main Street
Manchester, CT 06042
Call 860.649.0836
24 hour emergency service

Lower Fire Damage Costs

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

Acting quickly after a fire can save more of your valuable possessions and save you money

First there’s the disaster of the fire. Then may come the disaster of paying for the renovation and cleanup. Read on to discover how you can save money and keep property damage to a minimum through SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield’s emergency mitigation services.

Recover More. Replace Less.
Your fire damaged property may look like it needs to be replaced. But with the right timing and skills your fire damaged property may actually be recoverable. Fire restoration companies like SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield can often save heirlooms. But you must act quickly. Prompt fire cleanup and restoration is important because your household items—furniture, carpet, walls, drapes, and even ceilings—can absorb smoke. If too much time elapses between when the fire damage occurs and when fire cleanup occurs, the effects of smoke damage can last for months or longer.

For professional advice on the safety of your home or business call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836.

Waiting Costs You
The more time between your fire and the restoration the more costs you incur and the fewer items you can restore. Depending on the extent of your fire damage and how quickly you call in professionals, you may be able to save clothing, leather, books, photographs, kitchen items, furniture, and more.

Restored Like The Fire Never Happened
SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield cleans and deodorizes restorable items, sometimes to preloss condition.  Don’t throw valuables away until you’re certain they must be replaced. Save your property and save money.

Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield to discuss any fire damage issue. We’re the fire restoration and clean up company that has saved property and saved money for many owners of fire damaged homes and businesses in eastern Connecticut. From Manchester to Bolton, Hebron to Mansfield, Andover to Coventry, we can keep your fire cleanup and renovation costs down. We’re here to help.

For professional advice on the safety of your home or business call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield today at 860.649.0836.

More Help From Other Blog Posts   
Every month SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield publishes educational blog posts on how eastern Connecticut businesses and residents can protect themselves from disasters. We want to educate you on how to deal with damage from mold, fire, water, sewage, storms, and other natural causes. Here are a few blog posts that you might find helpful:  

   In A Disaster Time Is Precious
    Wrapping Your Mind Around A Natural Disaster
    Businesses Can Avoid Many Disasters
    Water Disaster? Use The Pros

You might also want to explore the educational information on our sister franchise’s SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield’s blog.

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield
IICRC Certified
540 N. Main Street
Manchester, CT 06042
Call 860.649.0836
24 hour emergency service

Fire Damaged Property? A Money-Saving Idea

5/19/2017 (Permalink)

Act quickly and you can often save money and possessions after a fire.

A fire in your home or business is terrible. The damage can overwhelm you, but don’t let that happen. By acting quickly and making good decisions you can often save money and save some possessions that at first you thought you had lost forever.

How To Save Some Valuables
The more time between your fire and the restoration, the more costs you incur and the fewer items you can restore. At SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield we know that—depending on the extent of the fire damage—people have saved valuable possessions that looked like a total loss. SERVPRO clients have saved clothing, leather, books, photographs, kitchen items, furniture, and more.

Must Replace? No, It’s Restorable
Fire damaged property may be burnt or smoke-filled. You may think the best thing to do is to throw things away. Actually, a professional fire restoration crew can often point out items that are recoverable. But prompt fire cleanup and restoration is important because the items found in your home—furniture, carpet, walls, drapes, and even ceilings—can absorb smoke. If too much time elapses between when the fire damage occurs and when fire cleanup occurs, the effects of smoke damage can last for months.

Good As New
SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield cleans and deodorizes restorable items. Sometimes we can restore them to preloss condition. Don’t throw away any valuables until you’re certain they must be replaced. Save your property and save money. That’s a win/win!
Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield to discuss.

Call SERVPRO Of Manchester/Mansfield At 860.649.0836.

We’re the fire restoration and clean up company that has saved property and saved money for the owners of fire damaged businesses and homes. Whether you're in Bolton or Coventry, Andover or Hebron, Columbia or Mansfield, we can help.

Every fire, smoke, and soot damage event is different and requires a unique solution, but SERVPRO’s general process stays the same. At SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield here are the steps we follow after a fire damage emergency.


Step 1: Emergency Contact
The restoration process begins when you call the SERVPRO National Call Center, which is staffed 24 hours a day. Our representative will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us dispatch the nearest crew with the appropriate equipment and resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
Our professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your business or home to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service
Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and  protect against further damage, SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on any damaged roofs.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
The water removal process begins almost immediately. We remove the majority of the water. Then we use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Step 5: Smoke and Soot Removal
It’s critical at this stage to remove the smoke and soot from all surfaces—ceilings, walls, and others. Fire does the initial damage. Damage from smoke and soot can be just as devastating.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing
SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield will clean all of your restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your possessions to pre-fire condition. We also can remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration
Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet. Or restoration may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

You can save money and possessions when you use trained professionals immediately after a fire. You’re back in business or back in your home faster with less damage when you act quickly.

More Home Disaster Prevention Information  
Every month on the SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield blog we publish educational articles on how you can help protect your home and business from disasters and how to deal with mold, fire, water, sewage, smoke, or other damage. Here are a few blog posts that you might find helpful: 
After Water Damage Removing The Water isn’t Enough
Home Fire Safety Checklist
Smoke And Fire: Timeline Of How Fast Damage Occurs
You’ll find more educational essays on disaster prevention and cleanup on the blog at SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield.


SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield
540 N. Main Street
Manchester, CT 06042
Call 860.649.0836
24 hour emergency service

Home Fire Safety Checklist

4/18/2017 (Permalink)

Do a safety check around your home

This quick checklist can help you reduce the risk of fire in your home and protect your family.

• Keep matches and lighters away from children.
• Check electrical appliances for loose or frayed cords.
• Be sure to never place electrical cords under rugs or carpets.
• Don’t overload any electrical outlet.
• Make sure none of your lamps or fixtures are in contact with any fabric.
• Install GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets near water sources like your kitchen and bathrooms.
• Have your furnace inspected every year by a licensed professional.
• Keep any space heaters away from flammable items like curtains, reading material, and bed sheets.
• Equip your fireplace with a metal fire screen or heat-tempered glass doors.
• Have your fireplace cleaned and inspected every year.

For home safety advice call SERVPRO Of Manchester/Mansfield Today At 860.649.0836

Safety Equipment
• Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and in each sleeping area.
• Change smoke alarm batteries every year and keep the alarms in working order.
• Replace your smoke alarms every 10 years.
• Install a carbon monoxide alarm on every floor of your home.
• Keep at least one working fire extinguisher in your home and make sure everyone knows how to use it and where it’s kept.
• Consider keeping emergency safety ladders in all bedrooms above the ground floor.

Home Escape Plan
• Identify two ways out of each room, including any basement rooms.
• Create an escape plan and practice with the entire family.
• Make certain everyone in the family knows and abides by the rule: In case of fire, get out of the house and stay out.
• Select a family meeting place.


For home safety advice call SERVPRO Of Manchester/Mansfield Today At 860.649.0836

More Safety Information  
Every month we publish educational articles on how to protect your home and business from disasters and how to deal with mold, fire, water, chemical, or other damage. Here are a few blog posts from our site and our sister site (SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield) that you may find especially helpful: 
16 Ways To Make Your Home And Family Safer
Chemical Emergencies: Preventing Them And Handling Them
Oil Furnace Dangers And Solutions Wood Burning Stove And Fireplace Safety

Call On Us
The team at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield has specialized training and experience in virtually all aspects of preventing, assessing and cleaning up after a natural disaster. Rely on the professionals. Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield at 860.649.0836 anytime, 24/7.

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield
IICRC Certified
Ralph DiCristofaro
540 N. Main Street
Manchester, CT 06042
Call 860.649.0836
24 hour emergency service

Smoke and Fire: Timeline Of How Fast Damage Occurs

2/6/2017 (Permalink)

Within minutes the acid soot residues created by a fire can cause your plastics to yellow and small appliances to discolor.

Talk to any fire professional and you’ll hear how important it is to handle fire and smoke damage quickly. When you prolong the restoration of your home or business, you extend the effects brought on by the smoke exposure.

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification’s (IICRC) mission is to establish and advance globally recognized standards and certifications for the inspection, cleaning, restoration, and installation industries. In other words, the IICRC sets and maintain high standards and educates the restoration industry that SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield is part of.  Here’s a timeline from the IICRC that shows the effects of fire and smoke on a home.

Within Minutes
Acid soot residues cause your plastics to yellow; small appliances located close to the source of combustion discolor; and highly porous materials (marble, alabaster) discolor permanently.

Smoke and Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield at 860.649.0836

Within Hours
Acid residues stain the grout in your bathrooms; your fiberglass bath fixtures may yellow; uncoated metals tarnish, counter tops may yellow; finishes on appliances, particularly refrigerators, may yellow; and furniture finishes may discolor.

Within Days
In time, acid residues cause painted walls in your home or business to yellow permanently. Metal corrodes, pits, and rusts. Any fire or smoke affected wood furniture will require refinishing. Your vinyl floors require refinishing or replace¬ment. Clothing in the affected home or business becomes soot stained and upholstery stains permanently.

Within Weeks
Restoration costs escalate greatly. Synthetic carpet fibers may yellow or discolor permanently; silver plate is corroded permanently; glass, crystal, china may require replacement due to severe etching and pitting caused by prolonged exposure to acid soot residues.

How This Destruction Occurs
During a fire, soot residue and volatile vapors are carried by rising and expanding air. Those vapors attach to surfaces throughout your business or home. This process occurs repeatedly until the fire is completely out. The soot residue builds up on surfaces layer by layer. By the time restoration technicians (like those from SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield) arrive, lacquer-like soot residue may be quite difficult to dissolve and remove.

Smoke and Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield at 860.649.0836

For More Information
Here are links some of the many great resources on fire and smoke damage, how to prevent it, and how to restore your property from that damage.
   IICRC: Fire and Smoke Restoration
    University of Florida: Handling Smoke Damage After A Fire
    Red Cross: Home Fire Safety and Prevention Tips

We Have More Ways To Help You
The professionals at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield are commercial property water damage restoration experts. We've served clients in
•    Andover
•    Bolton
•    Chestnut Hill
•    Columbia
•    Coventry
•    Ellington
•    Hebron
•    Hop River
•    Lebanon
•    Manchester
•    Mansfield
•    Mansfield Center
•    Somers
•    South Windham
•    Stafford
•    Vernon
•    Willington
•    Windham
•    Willimantic
And beyond

Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield (860.649.0836) anytime, 24/7.

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield
540 N. Main Street
Manchester, CT 06042
Call 860.649.0836
24 hour emergency service

Cleaning Your Home After Fire And Smoke Damage

1/27/2017 (Permalink)

We can help you through any fire or smoke damage

It can feel devastating when your home suffers fire and smoke damage.  But by cleaning up sooner rather than later you can best prevent permanent damage or discoloration from soot residue. Check these tips from The Institute for Inspection and Cleaning (IICRC):
•    Check with your insurance company to see if smoke damage from outdoor sources is covered by your homeowner’s policy.
•    Practice safety first. Use a dust mask (like painters use) and gloves as you work.
•    Ventilate your home. Place a box fan in an open window to draw the air and dust out.


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•    Clean from top to bottom. Start with the ceilings, walls and fixtures, and work your way down to the contents of the room, then to the floor.
•    Vacuum floors and upholstery. Make sure your vacuum cleaner has a high efficiency filter. Otherwise, you risk blowing soot back into the air.
•    You may be able to launder draperies, clothing and machine-washable items. Use a mild alkaline cleaner to neutralize the acid in the soot. Fine clothing should be professionally dry cleaned.
•    Most exterior walls (brick, stone, wood, paint, siding) and eaves can be cleaned by spraying with a detergent, agitating soot with a soft-bristled brush, pressure washing from bottom to top, then rinsing from top to bottom.


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•    If the damage and residue are heavy, it may be best to hire a professional to thoroughly restore your home and belongings. Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield.
•    If the fire has warped or distorted the structure, consult a licensed general contractor.


Damage increases and restoration costs rise the longer you delay neutralization, corrosion control, and cleaning.

For More Information
Here are links to more fire and smoke damage information at our sister site, SERVPRO of Bloomfield/Enfield:
    11 Fire Safety Guidelines
   Prevent Fire: Know Its 4 Elements


10 Key Fire & Fire Damage Facts


Fire's Out. Now Prevent Further Damage.



To learn more about SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield, please see these blog posts:
    Donation to a Local Fire Department
    Tri County Alliance Of Realtors Affiliate Night

We Have More Ways To Help You
The professionals at SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield are commercial property water damage restoration experts. We've served clients in
•    Andover
•    Bolton
•    Chestnut Hill
•    Columbia
•    Coventry
•    Ellington
•    Hebron
•    Hop River
•    Lebanon
•    Manchester
•    Mansfield
•    Mansfield Center
•    Somers
•    South Windham
•    Stafford
•    Vernon
•    Willington
•    Windham
•    Willimantic
And beyond

 Call SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield (860.649.0836) anytime, 24/7.

SERVPRO of Manchester/Mansfield
540 N. Main Street
Manchester, CT 06042
Call 860.649.0836
24 hour emergency service

Donation to local Fire Department

9/12/2016 (Permalink)

Making a donation to Local Fire Department

Being part of a franchise system, it is easy to get brand visibility. Being involved in the local community is another part of the equation that often gets overlooked. In our area, we have Fire Departments that rely heavily on volunteers to respond to calls. Often times these important services are operated on a very tight budget, and any sort of donation is greatly appreciated as well as greatly needed. SERVPRO Manchester has taken into consideration these factors the past couple of years when working with Fire Departments. We sponsor events such as Golf Tournaments, Fire Safety Days and other community related events. Every once in a while SERVPRO get a call to a fire scene when the department is still working on the fire, or beginning to wrap things up as far as the emergency response. This on the scene experience has given us the opportunity to see a need and address it. Earlier this year SERVPRO made a donation of one of our high powered air movers to the Tolland Fire Department. This lightweight , easy to use fan can help make the scene safer for fire investigators and other personnel on site by getting rid of some of the remaining smoke and odor. We look forward to working with all the Fire Departments in our community!