Recent Fire Damage Posts
It is Burn Awareness Week! February 4th-10th
Burn Awareness Week, observed the first full week of February. It is a window of opportunity for organizations to mobilize burn, fire and life safety educators to unite in sharing a common burn awareness and prevention message in our communities.
Here are just some National Burn Awareness Week facts for you to know.
- Burn injuries continue to be one of the leading causes of unintentional death and injury in the United States.
- One Civilian fire injury occurs every minute.
- Most of the burn injuries treated in burn centers occur in the home (73%) followed by work (8%).
- The life time odds of a U.S. resident dying from exposure to fire, flames, or smoke are 1 in 1,498.
- Almost one quarter (24%) of all burn injuries occur in children under the age of 15.
- 96.7% of those treated in burn centers will survive. Unfortunately, many survivors will sustain serious scarring and life-long physical disabilities.
Carteret & East Onslow Counties Smoke and Soot Cleanup
Often times people assume they have spider webs that see all of sudden because the soot from a fire. No spiders here, these are soot webs.
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Smoke and soot facts:
- Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
- Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
- The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Carteret & East Onslow Coutnies will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
- Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
- Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
- Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (910)-326-1344
Carteret County Fire Damage
Here is the culprit for this kitchen fire.
SERVPRO advises to never leave the room when you have something cooking on your stovetop. We've all done it, a few of us have gotten lucky, others have had their kitchen or whole house go up in flames, some have gotten hurt or killed. Remember, more injuries are reported from kitchen fires than any other type of home fire.
One of our customers in Carteret County was very lucky. The lady of the house went to check on the children and came back to find her frying pan on fire. She reacted promptly and used her ABC Rated fire extinguisher to douse the flames. Besides the range hood being scorched, the damage was minimal. Still smoke and soot had spread throughout her home permeating and coating everything. SERVPRO was able to clean the walls. ceiling, floors, furniture and even the air ducts! When it was all said and done, there was no scent of smoke and no signs of soot! Another successful remediation and deodorization and the best part of all, another happy customer!!!
Morehead City NC home suffers fire damage, no one is hurt.
SERVPRO of Carteret and East Onslow Counties responded to a call from Morehead City after a recent kitchen fire. The whole home was affected by heat, soot and smoke but only the kitchen had significant fire damage. Thankfully the homeowners were able to get out of the structure with no injuries. One result of a heavy smoke fire is the presence of soot webs, they look like cobwebs but are black. Most people assume they aren't very good housekeepers when they see the soot webs, they think that they are cobwebs that have been turned black by the smoke. The truth is that soot webs form independently when the smoke starts condensing and they have absolutely nothing to do with cobwebs.
Kitchen Fire in Jacksonville NC
Our Jacksonville NC customer was very lucky not to have more damage from this kitchen fire
SERVPRO of Carteret and East Onslow Counties is getting ready to start the cleanup of a kitchen fire in Jacksonville. This particular loss could have been much worse but is still a real headache for our customer.
Kitchen fires account for 42% of all home structure fires and 37% of injuries. Please be careful in the kitchen and never leave the room when you are cooking something on your stovetop!