Recent Fire Damage Posts

Fire Facts

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

Pistachio nuts spilled on table Maritime Code has determined pistachios to be flammable and therefore dangerous to ship.

Discovery Magazine provided an interesting and informative list of fire facts. Whether you are enjoying an evening bonfire or experience and accidental fire, it is important to know your fire facts. 

  1. Earth’s air is 21% oxygen and the only known planet where fire can burn. No other planet has enough oxygen to ignite or sustain fire.
  2. Oxygen supply influences the color of the flame. Low oxygen fires still containing uncombusted fuel give off a yellow glow, while high-oxygen fires burn blue.
  3. Although rare and only in very specific circumstances, spontaneous combustion is real. Some fuel sources can generate their own heat via decomposition or rotting. Pistachios have so much natural oil and are so prone to heat-generating fat decomposition that the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code regards them as dangerous.
  4. Haystacks, compost heaps, and even piles of old newspapers and magazines can also burst into flame due to their decomposing.
  5. America’s deadliest fire took place April 27, 1865, when the boilers on the steamship Sultana. Among other passengers were 1,500 recently released Union prisoners.

About SERVPRO of Dearborn/Dearborn Heights Southeast
SERVPRO® of Dearborn/Dearborn Heights Southeast provides 24-hour disaster mitigation service. We specialize in the restoration of homes and businesses suffering losses from fire and smoke, water, flood, wind, and storm damage. Our locally owned and operated 24/7 response team is always just a phone call away. 313-359-3457

After a Fire, SERVPRO of Dearborn/ Dearborn Heights SE Has a Plan

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Dearborn/Dearborn Heights SE has a cleaning protocol for fires of all size.

After a fire you will have many questions. What can be saved? How do I clean this? Will this need to be replaced? You may feel very overwhelmed when your home and your possessions are affected by smoke, soot and water. SERVPRO of Dearborn/Dearborn Heights SE will help you navigate through this confusing event. Our proprietary restoration procedures are specifically developed for fire damage recovery. We test all your furniture and personal items to determine which things can be restored and which need to be replaced.

Regardless of its size, SERVPRO approaches your fire damage with a solid plan of action. The first step is a thorough evaluation of your specific situation. Our course of action will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Safety During the Winter

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Half of all home heating fires happen in December, January and February. Source: NFPA

Fire safety is especially important in the winter. Winters in the metro Detroit area can be bitterly cold causing broken pipes, ice dams and house fires. The National Fire Protection Agency, a trade group dedicated to setting and promoting fire safety standards, offers some important tips to remain safe during the winter months:

  1. Test smoke alarms every month.
  2. Install carbon monoxide alarms in your home.
  3. Plan two ways out of your home.
  4. Keep driveways and front walk cleared for your and first responders' safety.
  5. Be aware of weather. Listen to TV or radio for updates and changes.
  6. Have flashlights on hand if power goes out. Never use candles.
  7. Keep generators outdoors and away from windows or doors. Never run a generator in the garage even if the overhead door is open.
  8. Keep space heaters at least 3 feet from anything that can burn.
  9. Turn off portable heaters when you leave room or go to sleep.

Your neighbors at SERVPRO of Dearborn/Dearborn Heights SE hope these simple tips with help you stay safe and warm all winter long.

About SERVPRO of Dearborn / Dearborn Heights SE
SERVPRO® of Dearborn / Dearborn Heights SE
provides 24-hour disaster mitigation and cleanup service to Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Melvindale and the greater Metro Detroit area. We specialize in the restoration of homes and businesses suffering losses from fire, water, soot, smoke, biohazard and storm damage. Our locally owned and operated 24/7 response team is just a phone call away. 313-359-3457

Cigarette Dangers in Home

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Cigarette are a leading cause of house fires.

One of the most common causes of house fires is reportedly the improper handling of cigarettes.

Forgotten and smoldering cigarettes cause a hazard and can create significant fire damage. Here are various ways to prevent a cigarette fire from occurring in your residence.

• Smoke outdoors. If you have the option of smoking outdoors, this can be the best method for preventing fire and odor build up inside of your home. Keep any ashtrays away from the residence

• Teach your children to stay away from any cigarettes. Kids are naturally curious about fire. Be certain to store cigarettes, matches, and lighters out of their reach.

• Don’t smoke in area with highly flammable materials. Upholstered furniture, drapery, and mattresses are incredibly flammable. Avoiding smoking in these areas is an excellent preventative measure.

•Use stable ashtrays and fill them with sand. Never use an ashtray that is might tip over or fall easily. This can cause fire hazards. Make sure every butt is fully extinguished.

About SERVPRO of Dearborn
SERVPRO® of Dearborn
provides 24-hour disaster mitigation and cleanup service to Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Melvindale and the greater Metro Detroit area. We specialize in the restoration of homes and businesses suffering losses from fire, water, soot, smoke, biohazard and storm damage. Our locally owned and operated 24/7 response team is just a phone call away. 313-359-3457

Outdoor Grill Safety

7/27/2018 (Permalink)

Alarming statistics. Don't be a statistic.

Dearborn, Michigan offers a lot of great food. You can always smell someone grilling something delicious.

Keep your family safe while grilling by following these simple guidelines.

General grilling tips:

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors and outside of the garage.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill.
  • Keep grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and trays below grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.

Before you use your propane grill:

  • Check the connection points between the propane tank hose, the regulator, cylinder, and where the hose connects to the burners. Tighten if loose.
  • Check the tank hose for the potential leaks. To do that:
    • Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose using a brush or spray bottle.
    • Turn the propane tank on. If there is a gas leak, the propane will release bubbles around the hose (big enough to see).
    • If there are no bubbles, your grill is safe to use.
  • If there are bubbles, turn off the tank then have your grill serviced by a professional before using it again.
  • If the leak doesn’t stop, call the fire department immediately.

When the grill is on:

  • As you are cooking, if you smell gas, turn off the gas tank and burners.
  • If the leak stops immediately, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again.
  • If the smell continues, move away from the grill and call the fire department immediately. Do not move the grill.

Charcoal grills:

  • Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.
  • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
  • There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.

About SERVPRO of Dearborn
SERVPRO® of Dearborn
provides 24-hour disaster mitigation and cleanup service to Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Melvindale and the greater Metro Detroit area. We specialize in the restoration of homes and businesses suffering losses from fire, water, soot, smoke, biohazard and storm damage. Our locally owned and operated 24/7 response team is just a phone call away. 313-359-3457

Fireworks and House Fires

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Photo property and courtesy of Ian Kushnir, Doubledeuce Fireimages; Dearborn, MI

Dearborn, Michigan has strict firework regulations for good reason. In 2013, the most recent data available from National Fire Protection Association, fireworks caused an estimated 15,600 reported fires in the U.S., including 1,400 structure fires, 200 vehicle fires, and 14,000 outdoor and other fires. Nearly half (47%) of all reported fires on the Fourth of July are started by fireworks.

In Dearborn residents are allowed to use legal consumer fireworks only on the day of, day prior and day after certain recognized holidays. July 4, 2018 is a recognized holiday. Certain rules must be followed including:

  • Minors may not use fireworks
  • Fireworks may not be used on public property or private property of another person unless express permission is obtained.
  • Individuals under the influence of drugs or alcohol may not use fireworks.
  • No person is permitted to use consumer fireworks on the day before, the day of or the day after a recognized holiday between the hours of 12 midnight and 8 AM.
  • The right to discharge fireworks ends at the individual’s property line.

Please be considerate of your neighbors when using any fireworks. Always think safety first, take precautions to avoid injuries, fires or damage to property.

The Fire Cleanup Process

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Photo property and courtesy of Ian Kushnir, Doubledeuce Fireimages, Dearborn, MI

If you have a fire, you will have a flood – from the water firefighters use to put out the blaze. One of the many problems facing homeowners after a fire is dealing with the addition water damage. If you experience a house fire, consider the following tips from SERVPRO of Dearborn, your locally owned and operated fire cleanup and restoration team.

1. Contact Your Insurance Company
Immediately after a fire, contact your insurance provider to see what, if any, of the damage the company will cover. If your policy covers fire damage, your agent will guide you through the necessary forms and file your claim.

2. Call a Fire Restoration Team
Resist the urge to do your own clean up; it is extremely difficult and can be dangerous. Fire and water damage, combined with firefighter “overhaul” (opening walls, pulling out cabinetry, breaking ceiling, etc. while looking for embers and hot spots) likely made your home’s structure weak. Additionally, even objects which appear to have cooled may still be smoldering and pose a danger. It is best to have a team of fire restoration professionals handle the debris.

3. Clean Up Debris
Your fire restoration team will begin the cleanup process by removing debris and items that can not be saved. What can be saved is itemized and taken to our warehouse for cleaning and storage. Our team then cleans the structure using special chemicals and techniques. Once this is done, the team will deodorize and sanitize the home.

4. Restore Your Home
Once the home is clean and dry, your fire restoration team starts restoring your home to its pre-fire condition. This portion of the process takes a great deal of time and effort. However, when we do our job correctly, you won’t know we were there.

If your Dearborn area home experiences a fire, help is just a phone call away. 313-359-4357

Visit SERVPRO of Dearborn for more information on what to do in the event of a fire.

Fire Prevention Week October 8-14

10/5/2017 (Permalink)

Sparky the Fire Dog helps kids practice a safe escape!

Sunday, October 8, marks the start of the 2017 Fire Prevention Week. This year's National Fire Protection Association theme is "Every Second Counts:Plan 2 Ways Out!"

NFPA suggests families plan two ways to exit every  room in your house, especially kids' bedrooms. They suggest:

  • Draw a map of your home marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

Click HERE for a link to the NFPA website for more valuable safety information.

The Importance of a Home Inventory List

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

Can you name every item in your house?

Imagine having your home and its contents lost to a fire. Could you recall every item in it? Could you remember each individual item, especially the stored away, rarely used ones? Most of us would have great difficulty doing this on any given day, let alone under the stress of a catastrophe.

In the event of a fire, your insurance company will ask you to provide a list of all your damaged personal property. Creating a comprehensive Home Contents Inventory assures all of your contents are documented. Including each item’s value, photograph and, when possible, receipt, helps your insurance company make an accurate assessment for replacement and/or restoration according to your insurance policy. Be sure to update this list annually as you add or get rid of items. The completed list should be stored in a fireproof box or in your safe deposit box. It is also a good idea to file the list with your insurance agent.

Contact our office at 313-359-4357 to get a blank Home Contents Inventory or to schedule an appointment to have our pros to do it for you.

Smoke alarms save lives

5/30/2017 (Permalink)

Checking and changing smoke alarm batteries regularly saves lives.

Fast facts about fire

House fires

  • In 2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 367,500 house fires. These fires caused 2,745 deaths, 11,825 civilian injuries, and $6.8 billion in direct damage.
  • On average, seven people die in U.S. house fires per day.
  • One quarter of house fires that started in the bedroom caused deaths.
  • Three out of five house fire deaths happen in houses with no working smoke alarms.
  • Cooking equipment is the leading cause of house fire injuries, followed by heating equipment.
  • Smoking materials are the leading cause of house fire deaths.
  • During 2009-2013, roughly one of every 335 households had a reported house fire per year.

Smoke alarms

  • Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported house fires in half.
  • In fires large enough to activate the smoke alarm, hardwired alarms operated 94% of the time, while battery powered alarms operated 80% of the time.
  • When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected, or dead.
  • Ionization smoke alarms are generally more responsive to flaming fires and photoelectric smoke alarms are generally more responsive to smoldering fires. For the best protection, or where extra time is needed to awaken or assist others, a combination of ionization and photoelectric alarms are recommended. 


Fire Restoration Process

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Dearborn homes can be restored after a fire.

What exactly happens after you have a fire at your house or commercial property? SERVPRO of Dearborn’s Fire Restoration Process has a comprehensive plan to get you back in your home or business.

Step 1: Emergency Contact
Begin the process begins by calling SERVPRO of Dearborn at 313-359-4357. Disasters don’t keep regular business hours; neither do we. We are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Step 2: Inspection & Assessment
Our professionals carefully inspect your home or business to produce an accurate report of fire, smoke, and soot damage.

Step 3: Board-Up & Tarp Service(s)
Since fire and its suppression can compromise windows, walls and roofs, we offer board-up services to protect your home from the elements, theft and vandalism.

Step 4: Water Removal & Drying
It is very likely there will be water is present in your home or business after a fire. We remove any standing water with a combination of extraction, dehumidification and air moving.

Step 5: Remove Smoke & Soot from ALL Surfaces
SERVPRO of Dearborn’s processes remove soot and smoke from your home or business’ ceilings, floors and wall. We can even remove soot and smoke from restorable upholstery and textiles.

Step 6: Cleaning & Sanitizing
We clean and sanitize the entire structure to remove offensive odors.

Step 7: Complete Restoration
Our job is done when your house or business is back to its pre-fire condition.

If you experience fire, smoke or soot damage, SERVPRO of Dearborn is just a phone call away.

(313) 359-3457


Dearborn Smoke and Soot Cleanup

8/25/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot damage can cause a pervasive odor in your Dearborn home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate any crevice or  cavity in your home causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise 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 Dearborn 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. The resulting smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures. This type of 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 different, each one requires a solution tailored for the specific conditions.  Using the wrong cleaning method can result in further damage. We have the expertise, experience and equipment 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 – 313-359-4357