Recent Fire Damage Posts

SERVPRO of Framingham Talks About Campfire Safety

8/8/2022 (Permalink)

campfire with text and orange SERVPRO logo Enjoying a campfire is one of the most enjoyable parts of camping. A campfire that is not properly built, maintained and extinguished can cause damage

Enjoying a campfire is one of the most enjoyable parts of camping. A campfire that is not properly built, maintained, and extinguished can quickly become a hazard. It's important to understand how to safely enjoy your campfire.

  1. Know the rules: Before you strike a match, make sure you know the fire regulations of the campground or wilderness area. 
  2. Use the pit: Most campgrounds provide a fire pit to build a campfire. If a pit is provided, this is the only place you should build a campfire. If not, dig a fire pit in an open area away from overhanging branches and power lines. 
  3. Build a safe campfire: Start the fire with dried leaves or grass that will easily catch fire. Next, add small twigs and sticks that are less than an inch. As the fire builds, add the largest pieces of wood to the fire. This keeps the fire burning for a longer period of time. 

Keep in mind that your fire does not have to be roaring. In fact, a small fire surrounded by rocks will do the job. Always make sure to take caution whenever you are creating a fire.

SERVPRO of Framingham is available 24/7 including holidays and weekends to assist you and help you with commercial damage. “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Framingham Shares Spring Fire Safety

4/15/2022 (Permalink)

Black background with orange text and SERVPRO logo The last thing that anyone wants is for a fire to damage their home or office. Preventing a fire is possible.

The last thing that anyone wants is for a fire to damage their home or office. Preventing a fire is possible. 

Here are some tips to help you prevent fires: 

  • Ensure all your heating sources are working properly: Make sure to change air filters regularly. 
  • Clean your stove and oven: Food particles that accumulated at the bottom of the burner could culprit.
  • Pay attention when cooking: Even if it’s just a pot of boiling noodles, never leave cooking unattended.
  • Check your dryer’s airflow: Make sure your vents are not clogged. 
  • Store flammable products safely: Household cleaners are classified as flammable products. They can combust when placed too close to a large heat source. 
  • Use caution with candles: Always put the candles out if you’re leaving a room.

Losing everything to a fire is a devastating experience. This is why you should protect your building whenever possible. These simple tips might help you prevent a fire. 

SERVPRO of Framingham is available 24/7 including holidays and weekends to assist you and help you with residential damage. “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Framingham Shares Spring Cleaning Tips

4/12/2022 (Permalink)

Green box with text and orange SERVPRO logo Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors to help prevent fires.

It's spring season and that means it’s time to spring clean! 

Most look at spring cleaning as a chance to remove dust from places and go through boxes stacked in their garage, it’s also important that you pay attention to fire safety. 

Here are a few tips for you to follow:

  • Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Replace the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure to also test each one. 
  • Make Your Kitchen Safe: Spills in your kitchen increase the likelihood of a fire breaking out.  Clean up spills right away to keep grease from collecting on your counters.
  • Inspect Electrical Cords: Electrical cords can become damaged and frayed over time. Check the cords in your house to see if there is any damage. If they are damaged,  replace them immediately. 

SERVPRO of Framingham is available 24/7 including holidays and weekends to assist you and help you with fire damage. “Like it never even happened.

SERVPRO of Framingham Shares Fire Safety Information

4/12/2022 (Permalink)

Orange background with text and SERVPRO logo A fire disaster can cause damage to the structure of your home. Here are some tips for fire safety

In your lifetime you hope to never experience fire damage to your home. A fire disaster can cause damage to the structure of your home. 

Here are some tips for fire safety: 

  • Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get out. 
  • A closed-door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room.
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. 
  • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall.
  • Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen; they should be at least 10 feet from the stove.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

Smoke alarms are an important part of a home fire escape plan, so make sure that you follow these few tips. 

SERVPRO of Framingham is available 24/7 including holidays and weekends to assist you and help you with fire damage. “Like it never even happened.

SERVPRO of Framingham Shares Grill Safety Tips

4/12/2022 (Permalink)

Black background with orange text and SERVPRO logo It’s important to follow a few safety tips before firing up the grill to help prevent fires.

Springtime is here, and that means grilling is happening more. It’s important to follow a few safety tips before firing up the grill to help prevent fires. 

  • Only use your grill outside.
  • Keep the grill at least 3 feet from siding, deck rails, and eaves.
  • Open your gas grill before lighting.
  • Keep an eye on your grill, fire pit or patio torches.
  • Clean your grill after each use; this will remove grease that can start a fire.

We know that fires can happen, but it is important to take precautions whenever possible. 

SERVPRO of Framingham is available 24/7 including holidays and weekends to assist you and help you with fire damage. “Like it never even happened.

SERVPRO of Framingham Talks About Fire Damage

2/6/2022 (Permalink)

Orange background with text and SERVPRO logo Our homes have more electricity than ever before. If things are not running properly a fire can break out.

Electricity is essential and we rarely think twice about it when we flick a switch. Our homes have more electricity than ever before. If things are not running properly a fire can break out. Here are some tips to help prevent a fire. 

  • Check electrical outlets for loose-fitting plugs or exposed wires.
  • Don’t force plugs into outlets and do not overload outlets with adapters.
  • Make sure cords are not frayed or cracked. 
  • Extension cords are designed for temporary use only.
  • Light bulbs should be the correct wattage for the fixture’s design, also make sure they are screwed in tightly.
  • Install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters anywhere water could be kitchens, bathrooms, laundry, workshop, garage, basement, and outside.
  • Loose wires or fixtures are common flashpoints for fires.

Fires are a horrible disaster, it is important to know how to prevent one and share with others too. 

SERVPRO of Framingham is available 24/7 including holidays and weekends to assist you and help you with fire damage. “Like it never even happened.” 

SERVPRO of Framingham Shares The Top Eight Reasons For Fires

2/6/2022 (Permalink)

Green background with orange SERVPRO logo and title. The key to fire prevention is knowing the most common causes, so you can help prevent it as best as you can.

Fires can happen, though they can be impossible to prevent, there are still some important factors to understand. The key to fire prevention is knowing the most common causes, so you can help prevent it as best as you can. 

Here are the top eight causes of fires:

  1. Cooking: Never leave a stove unattended. Make sure to keep a fire extinguisher nearby. 
  2. Kids Playing with Fire: Parents should make sure that young children don’t have access to matches, lighters, and easily flammable liquids. 
  3. Smoking: An unattended burning cigarette or even a few fallen ashes on a carpet can ignite a serious fire. 
  4. Heating:  Space heaters are extremely flammable; keep them away from furniture and flammable items. 
  5. Electrical: A power cord or faulty extension cord, can have your home in flames in a short amount of time. 
  6. Candles: Always ensure all candles are blown out before leaving the room. 
  7. Fireplace: Unattended fires are the main cause of fireplace-centered house fires.
  8. Dryers: Dryers are loaded with debris, are highly flammable; this can lead to fires. Remove the lint screen after every use.

SERVPRO of Framingham is available 24/7 including holidays and weekends to assist you and help you with fire damage. “Like it never even happened.” 

SERVPRO of Framingham Shares Fire Extinguisher Use And Safety

2/6/2022 (Permalink)

Black background with orange text and SERVPRO logo A portable fire extinguisher can be a saving tool. Here are some quick tips on how you can use a fire extinguisher correctly

A portable fire extinguisher can be a saving tool. Here are some quick tips on how you can use a fire extinguisher correctly: 

  1. Pull the pin, pointing away from you, and release the locking mechanism.
  2. Aim low, and then point at the base of the fire.
  3. Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
  4. Sweep from side to side.

Make sure to read the instructions on the fire extinguisher. You will want to become familiar with it before a fire breaks out. Also, it is important to encourage family members and coworkers to become familiar with it. 

Remember, extinguishers do have their limitations! It is also important to ensure you have the correct type of extinguisher for your home or facility. Make sure you have the right one for your home or office. 

SERVPRO of Framingham is available 24/7 including holidays and weekends to assist you and help you with fire damage. “Like it never even happened.”

Common Fire Causes

10/17/2021 (Permalink)

A fire can be a devastating loss to anyone. Here are some common causes of fire within your home or business:

Smoking Indoors
Many people smoke in their homes. A fire can be started from a simple ash falling to someone falling asleep with a light cigarette. Smoking in your home is not only dangerous but also damaging to the homes structure.
Unmaintained Dryer Vents
Lint accumulates quickly! Cleaning your dryer vents regularly is extremely important, preferably after or before every load. It only takes one small spark or too much heat for lint to burn.
Faulty Electrical Equipment
Always make sure the wires on your appliances are not stripped or exposed in any way.
Overloading Outlets
Another electrical hazard is overloading an outlet or extension cord. Never plug multiple power outlets into each other
Candles
Candles should always be put out when leaving the home. Always make sure they are on a level surface and away from any fabrics or fire starters.
Space Heaters
Space heaters have the potential to be very dangerous. Nothing should be left to close in front or back of a space heater. The unit itself can get very hot, not to mention the air it disperses.
Cooking
Always keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen. Many things can go wrong while cooking. Especially with open flame, gas stoves.

If a fire causes damage to your commercial or residential property, please call SERVPRO of Framingham at (508) 370-4400

Fire Safety Tips for Fall in Framingham

8/29/2021 (Permalink)

Fire in background with orange box and SERVPRO logo There’s nothing cozier than spending time with a fireplace or furnace to keep warm as the weather turns colder.

There’s nothing cozier than spending time with a fireplace or furnace to keep warm as the weather turns colder. However, there are also safety hazards. 

Have Your Furnace Serviced: You will want to have your furnace inspected by your heating and cooling company. Ask them to check for leaks and ensure it is working properly. 

Be Careful Using Your Fireplace: Screens are crucial so that it keeps flying sparks safely inside the fireplace. 

Use Caution with Space Heaters: Space heaters are a great way to chill out of the air. Just make sure that you read the heater’s instructions before use and allow at least three feet of empty space around the heater.

Leaf Burning Could Be Dangerous: Burning leaves contain dangerous, make sure to wear a protective mask if you decide to do so. Never burn leaves on a windy day and burn them far away from your home.

Exercise Candle Safety: Candles give a wonderful ambiance to a room but can also pose a fire hazard; never leave candles unattended. Also, make sure to keep them away from pets and children.

SERVPRO of Framingham is available 24/7 including holidays and weekends to assist you and help you with residential fire damage. “Like it never even happened.”

After A Fire Fix Your Roof First

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

The aftermath of even a small or partial-loss fire at your Framingham, MA, commercial property can have lingering effects. While the first concern may be the fire cleanup, the potential for further issues to occur should also be a top priority if the roof was damaged. As you wait for the roof repair to take place, leaving it exposed means opening the building up to potential problems.

Roof Damage Woes

Fire cleanup doesn’t happen overnight. Calling a fire damage and restoration expert that is Faster to Any Size Disaster is the first step in ensuring speedy and professional repairs. In the interim, whether the hole was caused by the fire, or firefighters had to create an opening for ventilation, it leaves the structure vulnerable to non-fire losses or worries:

  1. Cost – The longer the roof is exposed, the higher the potential for further environmental damage that can quickly increase repair costs.
  2. Vandalism – While it depends on the extent of the roof destruction, the gap could create an access point for vandals or thieves.
  3. Pests – Animals and insects can easily find their way in through the smallest spaces.
  4. Safety – If the damage isn’t severe, you may be able to continue operating out of the business structure, but that could mean a potential safety hazard for anyone in the building.

Temporary Covering

Although not a permanent fix, using a tarp is an ideal way to minimize secondary damage or other issues. An expert will properly affix boards and tarps to keep debris and precipitation from entering through the ruined areas. Regardless of the type of roof, they will have the know-how to securely seal off entry points and create an insulation barrier to help minimize costly repairs while determining whether the roof needs to be fixed or replaced.

We Are Here For You

The Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Framingham have specialized training and experience in fire restoration services. Call SERVPRO of Framingham at (508) 370-4400 if fire damage strikes your property. We will make it "Like it never even happened."

How To Safely Put Out A Grease Fire

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

While it's true that a fire can start anywhere in your home, the kitchen is one of the most common places. There are a lot of hazards in this room, so you need to be cautious when you're cooking on the stove or using the oven. A grease fire is one of the most concerning types of fires you could encounter at home. Extinguishing these fires is not the same as most kinds.

What Causes Grease Fires?

If you're like many people in Hopkinton, MA, you probably use your fair share of cooking oil on the stove. Whether it's frying up bacon or sausage for breakfast or grilling up something else delicious on the stove or griddle, you may frequently contend with grease. The common reasons a grease fire may start include:

  • Putting too much oil in the pan
  • Leaving the room while something is frying or grilling on the stove
  • Leaving panhandles away from the stove where other people can bump into them

Smother It Quickly

If a grease fire starts in the kitchen, don't panic. Your first job is to smother the flames and remove the fire's oxygen source. You can do this by grabbing a metal lid and covering the pan or burner.

Remove The Heat

You need to next kill the heat source. Turn off the stove or unplug the electric griddle.

Try Some Baking Soda

If the fire is still going, dump a liberal amount of baking soda on the flames. This should do enough to smother the flames and control the fire. It may require some fire cleanup, but you can control the damage.

What NOT To Do


Your first reaction to putting out a fire may be to dump water on the source. With grease, this won't work; it will only spread the flames. Never put water on these types of fires.

By following these pointers, you can stay away from these disasters. 

We Are Here For You

The Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Framingham have specialized training and experience in fire restoration services. Call SERVPRO of Framingham at (508) 370-4400 if fire damage strikes your property. We will make it "Like it never even happened."

Fire Safety Tips for Framingham, MA

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

Fire and Firefighters in background with white box If you find yourself in need of fire restoration to your home or business, give SERVPRO Framingham, MA a call.

Fires are one of the worst things that can happen to anyone. It is hard to prevent a fire since it can happen at any time. However, there are a few simple quick tricks that you can do to prepare for a fire should it come. 



  1. Install smoke alarms inside bedrooms and on all levels of your home. 
  2. You should test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working check the batteries, if it still doesn’t work, get a new smoke detector. 
  3. You should talk with all family members about a fire escape plan. More importantly, you will want to practice the plan twice a year.
  4. It is important to educate children about what smoke alarms sound like, but also what to do if they hear one.  
  5. Make sure to ensure that all household members know how to escape from every room of your home.
  6. Make sure to establish a family emergency communications plan.
  7. You want to make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1, especially children. 


If you find yourself in need of fire restoration to your home or business, give SERVPRO Framingham, MA a call at (508) 370-4400, we respond faster to any size disaster.

Tips for if a fire starts in Framingham, MA

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

Fire in background with orange box and SERVPRO logo If you find yourself in need of fire restoration to your home or business, give SERVPRO Framingham, MA

Fires can happen at any time, anywhere. It is one of those things no one can really prepare for, we can only understand what they are capable of doing and try to understand what to do if a fire happens. 

However, it is great to know the basics of what to do if a fire starts for your own safety: 

  1. Know how to safely operate a fire extinguisher. You should have a few in your home or business office that are easily accessible. 
  2. GET OUT and STAY OUT. CALL 9-1-1 or your local emergency phone number. Do not go back in whatsoever. 
  3. If you are in a building with elevators, use the stairs. Leave all your things where they are and get out. Make sure you are far enough away from the building once you are outside. 
  4. If closed doors or handles are warm or smoke blocks your primary escape route, use the second way out. Do not open doors if they are warm or you can see the smoke. 
  5. If you have to escape through smoke, get low. You will want to make sure to go under the smoke to your exit. Close any doors behind you.
  6. If smoke, heat, or flames are blocking your exit routes make sure to stay in the room with doors closed. If you are stuck in there, place a wet towel under the door and call the fire 9-1-1. In the meantime, open a window and wave a brightly colored cloth for help.

Don’t forget if you are a business owner and do not have an Emergency Readiness Plan, we suggest setting one up. It will help in times with this to ensure you have an emergency plan ready for your staff.  We at SERVPRO Framingham, MA can help guide you and set it up. 

If you find yourself in need of fire restoration to your home or business, give SERVPRO Framingham, MA a call at (508) 370-4400, we respond faster to any size disaster. 

Fire Alarms

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

When a fire starts in your Holliston, Ma commercial or residential property time is not on your side. You only have so much time to leave the premises and call for help. Every second counts. If you encounter a fire, you will be thankful to have a fire alarm that gives you a head start. Your property should be outfitted with multiple alarms so that you are made immediately aware of the situation, no matter where the fire begins.

How Many Alarms Do You Need


There is no exact number of alarms to have on hand, as everything depends on the size and layout of your property. In general, it is recommended that you have at least one alarm on each floor. You are also advised to place alarms inside or nearby the following rooms:

Residential

  1. Bedrooms
  2. Basements
  3. Garages
  4. Attics

Commercial

  1. Inside office rooms
  2. In hallways
  3. On every floor

It is not possible to have too many alarms, and it is far better to ensure that your property is highly protected in order to avoid the devastating effects of fire. The sooner you know about a fire, the more quickly you can get assistance and avoid severe fire damage.

What Should I Do After a Fire

Though alarms are an important source of protection, they cannot always keep your property free of fire or smoke damage. If your commercial or residential property is severely damaged after a fire, then a professional fire restoration team can make repairs and even remove smoke smells from your carpet. 

Having smoke and fire alarms is necessary, but the reality is, even after doing all of these things, a fire can still happen. If it does call the experts at SERVPRO of Framingham at (508) 370-4400.  We will make it, "Like it never even happened." 

Fire Preparedness

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

You probably remember being in school and going through periodic drills to get ready for the possibility of a fire. The information and practice are valuable. As a business leader, holding fire drills are a good idea. You hope to never experience a fire in your Framingham, Ma, workplace, but the knowledge and preparation can give you peace of mind.

Map Out The Building

Regardless of the size of your office, you and everyone at work need to be aware of the layout and design. Study the map and determine the most effective and the safest exit routes from every floor and from every portion of the facility during an emergency.

Assign Roles

fire drill should definitely not be a free-for-all where everyone rushes out of the building without order. There are critical responsibilities that people should play in this scenario. These include the following:

  1. Team lead or floor warden, who is responsible for making sure everyone gets out safely
  2. Communication specialist, who can teach employees about the drill steps and what to do in an emergency
  3. Design specialist, who can come up with the physical or digital representation of the escape route and meeting place.

Talk About It

Before having a drill, it is essential that all employees in the organization understand what will take place and what they will do once it begins. In groups meetings or in a company gathering, discuss the critical components of your drill, including where to meet and the importance of leaving promptly but calmly.

Practice

Have a drill at least once a year. This will benefit newer employees and refresh the memories of more seasoned workers. Afterward, discuss with the group what went well and what improvements are necessary.

Practice makes perfect, but even after doing all of these things, a fire can still happen. If it does call the experts at SERVPRO of Framingham at (508) 370-4400.  We will make it, "Like it never even happened." 

Dryer Vent Safety

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

Cleaning your dryer vents isn’t just a nice thing-to-do as a homeowner in Hopkinton, Ma. It is one of the most important house projects that could save you from a potential dryer fire. In return, the appliance works efficiently and serves you for a long time without breaking.
Warning signs that tell it’s time to clean the dryer vent include:

  1. Clothes take longer to dry
  2. Burning smell
  3. Vent trap doesn’t open correctly

Clothes Take Longer to Dry


When a dryer vent is clogged, clothes take longer to dry as hot air and moisture cannot leave the drum freely. That translates to 2 or more cycles on top of your regular rounds for the clothes dry. This prolonged usage puts more wear and tear on the appliance and therefore cutting its lifetime by almost half.

Burning Smell

If you detect a burning smell from your dryer, please turn it off immediately. That could be a clog in the lint trap or the drum, and you are looking at a possible lint fire. Hot clothes and longer drying time accompany this symptom, and the best cause of action is to clear the clog before further usage. It is also a good idea to inform everyone who uses the machine about this issue.

The Vent Trap Doesn’t Open Properly


A stuck vent trap is also another sign of lint build-up. It could be the result of overdue maintenance, and it will kill your appliance eventually. However, this is an extreme case. So, you might want to check for debris or lint around the dryer hose to catch this problem before it causes a nasty clog or a lint fire.
Don’t wait till the appliance to malfunction so you can start troubleshooting. Regular maintenance will save you money and prevent a lint fire in the long run.

Safety first, but even after taking all of these necessary precautions a fire can still happen. If it does call the experts at SERVPRO of Framingham at (508) 370-4400.  We will make it, "Like it never even happened." 

Barbeque Fire Safety

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

This time of year most of us enjoy cooking outside. Weather you choose gas or charcoal to cook with, if not you are not careful, both both can cause fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), misuse of grills, hibachis and barbecues will cause an average of 8,900 home fires. The most common injury is thermal burns. According to the NFPA:

  1. Gas grills cause almost 9,000 structure and outdoor fires each year in the U.S.
  2. An average of more than 18,000 Americans are injured each year by grill fires.
  3. 97 percent of grill fires occur between May and August.

There is still plenty of time to enjoy a weekend barbecue or two! Follow the tips below to do so safely.

General Grill Safety

  1. Only use propane and charcoal grills outdoors. This will minimize the risk of fire and exposure to toxic gases and potential asphyxiation.
  2. Position the grill several feet away from house siding and deck railings. Don’t locate it under eaves and overhanging branches.
  3. Place the grill a safe distance from lawn games, play areas and foot traffic. Keep children and pets from the grill area by creating a three-foot safety zone around the grill.
  4. Use long-handled barbecue tools. Wear short sleeves or roll them up when cooking on the grill.
  5. Periodically clean out the grease or fat that has built up in trays below the grill.
  6. Keep a bucket of water near your grill.

Charcoal Grills

  1. Always make sure your grill is clean and free of ash and grease. 
  2. Purchase the appropriate starter fluid and store it out of reach of children and away from heat sources.
  3. Never use any flammable or combustible liquid other than charcoal starter fluid.
  4. Never add charcoal starter fluid after coals or kindling have been ignited.

Propane Gas Grills

  1. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to set up the grill and maintain it.
  2. At the start of grilling season, check the burners for clogs, make sure all hoses and connections are secure, and restock the propane if needed.
  3. Check the propane cylinder hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. A soap and water solution applied to the hose will bubble up to reveal escaping propane. If you detect a leak, turn off the tank and grill. If you can stop the leak, don’t use the grill until you have it serviced by a professional. If the leak won’t stop, call the fire department.
  4. If you smell gas while cooking, get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not attempt to move the grill.
  5. Use only propane cylinders manufactured after April 2002 with overfill protection devices (OPD).
  6. Never store propane cylinders in buildings or garages.

We Are Here For You

The Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Framingham have specialized training and experience in fire restoration services. Call SERVPRO of Framingham at (508) 370-4400 if fire damage strikes your property. We will make it "Like it never even happened."

Fire Damage - Call Us

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage in Hopkinton, MA can run the gamut from smoke and soot particles left on surfaces to charring, scorching, and other, direct, physical damage. Much of what our certified Disaster Remediation teams clean and restore after a fire is the structure and its components. 

A residential or commercial structure is not just the walls, frame, and the roof. It also includes doors, windows, floor coverings, and more. Structural components include items such as the light fixtures, cabinets, and the heating and air system. Quickly cleaning off the soot and other particles left behind after the fire can reduce and even prevent damage. For cleaning, our teams have two methods: Washable and Non-Washable.

Washable

Washable involves using a water-based cleaner on materials that do not damage the surface, i.e., marble or stone countertops. The Non-Washable method is for materials that would suffer further damage if they get wet. That includes paper items and drywall. 

With the Washable method, SERVPRO restoration teams can also use more intense cleaning actions like agitation. That means using stiff brushes and even power tools to force the cleaning agents into the surfaces strong enough to support the action. 

Non-Washable

With the Non-Washable method, materials also require a less intensive method of removal. After applying a powdered cleaner to combine with the smoke and soot particles, team members use soft brushes, dry sponges, and cloths to wipe down the surfaces. Cloths and sponges are also very useful for wiping down kitchen cabinets and glass surfaces, especially light fixtures. 

If your commercial or residential property has  suffered damage from a fire call the experts at SERVPRO of Framingham. We are also available if you simply need questions answered - call us today at (508) 370-4400. We will make it, "Like it never even happened."

Fire Damage Experts

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

A fire incident is one of the most destructive mishaps that can affect your Bellingham, MA commercial or residential property. Fire incidents vary greatly depending on the source, intensity, and the duration of the combustion process. Therefore, you can expect a wide range of damages whenever such an incident affects your property.  In most cases, you need help from certified experts like the Disaster Remediation teams at SERVPRO of Framingham.

Mountain of Debris

Piles of debris are a common outcome of fire damage incidents. As the flames consume different materials, the combustion process is rarely complete, so the fire only damages some materials partially. Apart from the flames, firefighting agents such as water also soak into materials causing irreparable damages. Ceiling and wall panel remnants are likely to produce a significant percentage of the debris. SERVPRO of Framingham technicians will remove ruined materials still attached to frames before beginning a thorough cleanup process.

Non-functional Utilities

When fires are intense enough, they reach the cavities in walls and ceilings where utility lines such as plumbing, power cables, and ducts pass, consuming or damaging them.  Apart from the failure to function, some utility lines might also pose dangers. For example, damages power lines can cause electric shocks. Our technicians will turn off main supply lines and remove all the spoiled lines.

Soot Everywhere

As fires burn, smoke movements are almost indiscriminate since they follow convection currents and even closed doors or other similar barriers do not stop the smoke movement. It is common to get soot deposits almost everywhere in the house including on wall surfaces, closets and many other places. Soot bonds with surfaces, so removal requires a combination of both wet and dry cleaning methods. Soot also alters materials through corrosion or staining, so it is essential to respond fast to avoid permanent damage.

Recovering from fire damage in Bellingham, MA requires fast, expert help. Call SERVPRO of Framingham at (508) 370-4400 today! We will make it, "Like it never even happened."

Fire Safety In Your Home

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

Americans are hit with 350,000 house fires each year, which can uproot your family, destroy your home and personal items—and even be fatal! Here are some ways you can reduce the risk of fire in your Sudbury, MA home.

The Kitchen

Kitchens are filled with appliances that generate heat to cook food, so take basic precautions when using them—and keep a charged fire extinguisher nearby.

Oven and Stove Top

  • Clean your oven and cooktop regularly, because baked-on grease and food residue easily become fuel for a fire.
  • Never leave food cooking on a stovetop unattended.
  • Keep fabric such as towels, dishcloths and clothing away from heat and open flames.

Dishwasher

  • If you have an older dishwasher, have it inspected because older heating elements can overheat and cause a fire.

Microwave

  • Don’t microwave flammable materials, such as aluminum foil, Styrofoam or some plastic containers (check the markings on the bottom of the container).

Toaster or Toaster Oven

  • Consider replacing your older toaster, which can have faulty heating elements that may not turn off.
  • Don’t leave your toaster running unattended.
  • Clean the accumulated crumbs out of your toaster regularly.

The Bedroom

Filled with cozy bedding, mattresses, curtains and many other items, the bedroom is stocked with flammable objects. Here are a few ways to reduce your risk of a fire starting here—and increase your chances of escaping quickly if one does start.

Mattress

  • If your mattress was manufactured before 2007, it may not be flame retardant. Consider purchasing a new one.

Smoke Alarm

  • Every bedroom should have a smoke alarm installed and regularly tested.

Escape Plan

  • Create and practice a fire escape plan. Include two ways to leave each room (typically a door and a window).

The Living/Family Room

Like bedrooms, living or family rooms typically house lots of flammable items, such as upholstered furniture, drapes and curtains, and electronics.

Fireplace

  • Have your fireplace and chimney cleaned, inspected and maintained at least once a year. If you detect a quarter-inch buildup of creosote or soot, schedule a cleaning now.
  • Clean the fireplace yourself regularly throughout the year, based on how often you use it.
  • Always place a metal or glass screen in front of a burning fire to prevent sparks from flying out.
  • Keep rugs and other fabrics away from the fireplace.
  • After the fire is extinguished, store the ashes in a metal container with a lid, bring the container outside and place it at least three feet away from your home or garage.

Candles

  • Keep candles away from flammable objects.
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended, and always put the candle out completely when you are done burning it.

If you’ve suffered fire damage to your home or business, call SERVPRO of Framingham today 508-370-4400. We will make it, "Like it never even happened."

Safely Heat Your Home This Winter

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

Home fires caused by heating equipment make up about 15% of all reported home fires every year. And it’s no surprise that half of all these home heating fires occur in the prime heating months of December, January and February.

It’s hard to imagine your Sudbury, MA house catching on fire, imperiling your family’s lives and destroying your property, but it can happen if you aren’t careful with how you heat your home.

Stay safe this winter by being extra cautious when heating your home. These simple safety tips can help prevent heating fires while you and your family keep warm.

General Heating Safety

  • Keep flammable items at least 3 feet from all heat sources, including fireplaces, space heaters, wood stoves, radiators and candles.
  • Have your furnaces and chimneys inspected, cleaned and maintained every year.
  • Don’t use your oven as a heating source.

Space Heater Safety

Space heaters are the most common source of home heating fires, so take extra caution when you use these convenient heaters.

  • Buy a space heater that shuts off automatically in case it overheats or tips over.
  • Plug the heater directly into a wall outlet, not an extension cord or power strip.
  • Keep a 3-foot clear area around the space heater.
  • Keep children and pets away from the heater.
  • Turn the heater off before going to sleep or leaving the room.
  • Always turn the heater off when you leave your home.

Fireplace Safety

  • Place a metal screen or glass partition in front of your fireplace to prevent sparks from flying into the room.
  • Put the fire out before you go to sleep or leave your home.
  • After cleanup, store the ashes in a metal container with a lid. Bring them outside and place them at least three feet away from your home or garage.

Wood Stove Safety

  • Place your stove on a noncombustible, fire-resistant base.
  • Burn dry wood, not paper.
  • Never use flammable fluids to start the fire.
  • Put the fire out before you go to sleep or leave your home.

Disaster can strike at anytime. If your Sudbury, MA home or business suffers fire damage call the experts at SERVPRO of Framingham, 508-370-4400. We will make it, "Like it never even happened."

Hidden Fire Hazards

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

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 Sudbury, MA 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 Framingham at 508-370-4400. We will make it, "Like it never even happened."

Before You Grill, Know the Drill

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), July is the peak month for grilling fires, followed by June, May, and August. Annually, U.S. fire departments respond to an average of 10,200 home fires each year involving grills, hibachis, or barbeques. With the summer season fast approaching, David Kurzontkowski of SERVPRO® of Framingham, a fire and water damage cleanup specialist in the Framingham area, urges homeowners to check the readiness of their outdoor cooking equipment – like grills and propane tanks – to help ensure summer cooking fires don’t become house fires.

“The NFPA reports that seven out of every 10 adults in the U.S. has a grill or a smoker,” said Kurzontkowski. “That statistic really highlights the risk that homeowners face of experiencing a home fire caused by grilling and other open flame cooking. It’s important to take some basic safety steps to help ensure you’ll spend your summer enjoying friends and family and not dealing with the aftermath of a grill-related house fire.”

Propane Grills

  1. Check for leaks in the gas tank hose before using your grill.
  2. Open gas grill top before lighting the grill.
  3. If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least five minutes before re-lighting it.

Charcoal Grills

  1. Use only charcoal starter fluid or opt for a charcoal chimney or electric starter.
  2. Never add charcoal starter fluid, or any flammable fluid, to the fire.
  3. Dispose of coals in a metal container after the coals have cooled completely.

Home Ignition Zones and Wildfires

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

Last year was a devastating year for wildfires as it destroyed thousands of homes of the animals that inhabit the forest and the homes of celebrities that overlook such beauty, alike. As a growing number of people living in these at-risk areas, more than 25,000 structures were destroyed, including 18,137 residences and 229 commercial structures in 2018 alone. California accounted for the highest number of structures lost in one state due to the number of significant fires, including the Mendocino Complex, Carr, Camp and Woolsey fires.

According to National Fire Protection Association, home destruction vs. home survival in wildfires point to embers and small flames as the main way that the majority of homes ignite in wildfires.Embers are burning pieces of airborne wood and/or vegetation that can be carried more than a mile through the wind can cause spot fires and ignite homes, debris and other objects.

There are methods for homeowners to prepare their homes to withstand ember attacks and minimize the likelihood of flames or surface fire touching the home or any attachments. Experiments, models and post-fire studies have shown homes ignite due to the condition of the home and everything around it, up to 200’ from the foundation. This is called the Home Ignition Zone (HIZ). Within these three zones, Immediate Zone, Intermediate Zone, and Extended Zone, you the homeowner have the expectation to remove dead plant and tree materials, keep grass mowed to a height of 4”, clean roofs and gutters of dead leaves, debris and pine needles to name just a few! For more information please go to: https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Wildfire/Firewise-USA/Online-learning-opportunities/Online-courses

Safety in the Home

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

Keep your family safe from fire. Be aware of the hazards in your home. And, be sure to have an escape plan. Pull together everyone in your household and make a plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes

Burn awareness Most “fire-related injuries” are burns.  Make sure kids stay more than 3 feet away from the stove. Most “fire-related injuries” are burns. In fact, approximately every 60 seconds someone in the U.S. sustains a burn injury serious enough to require treatment.*

Dryers and washing machines The leading cause of home clothes dryer and washer fires is failure to clean them. 

  • Clothes dryers accounted for 92% of the fires; washing machines 4%, and washer and dryer combinations accounted for 5%.
  • The leading factor contributing to the ignition of home fires involving clothes dryers was failure to clean, accounting for one-third (33%) of dryer fires.
  • A mechanical or electrical failure or malfunction was involved in the vast majority of home fires involving washing machines.
  • Fires involving clothes dryers usually started with the ignition of something that was being dried or was a byproduct (such as lint) of drying, while washing machine fires usually involved the ignition of some part of the appliance.  

Escape planning Learn the steps to create and practice a home fire escape plan.  Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as one or two minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Pull together everyone in your household and make a plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes. Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors.

Gasoline & propane safety Always handle gasoline in the home or propane-powered equipment cautiously.  Handle any propane-powered equipment cautiously and always follow the manufacturer's instructions.

  • Cylinder tanks for equipment such as stoves and ovens must be located outside of the home.
  • Keep gasoline out of children's sight and reach. Children should never handle gasoline.
  • If fire does start while handling gasoline, do not attempt to extinguish the fire or stop the flow of gasoline. Leave the area immediately, and call for help.
  • Do not use or store gasoline near possible ignition sources (i.e., electrical devices, oil- or gas-fired appliances, or any other device that contains a pilot flame or a spark).

Hoarding and fire safety Many fire departments are experiencing serious fires, injuries, and deaths as the result of compulsive hoarding behavior.   The excessive accumulation of materials in homes poses a significant threat to firefighters fighting fires and responding to other emergencies in these homes and to residents and neighbors.

Winter is the most Common Season for House Fires

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

House fires occur during the coldest months out of the year, Winter, than in any other season. While you are enjoying being warm and cozy this winter season, please also be vigilant and smart about Fire Safety. The reason being is that heating equipment is responsible for 1 in every 7 reported home fires and 1 in every 5 home fire deaths. And although wood burning stoves give off that nice amber glow and the space heater emits warmth, be sure to keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet from any heat source like fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators or space heaters.

Many homeowners have invested in generators for those winter blizzards that threaten us to lose power. Generators are great at giving us light, keeping us warm and refrigerating our perishable food. However it is so important to keep portable generators outside, away from windows, and as far away as possible from your home. Carbon Monoxide detectors are just as important as your smoke detectors. Test your carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month. To avoid electrical fires, plug only 1 heat-producing appliance (such as a space heater) into an electrical outlet at a time. Always have a qualified professional clean and inspect your chimney and vents every year! And any remaining ashes that have been cooled should always be stored in tightly covered metal container, and kept outside at least 10 feet from your home and any nearby buildings.

By following these simple rules will help keep your loved ones and home safe and warm during the coldest days of the year.

Home Fire Sprinklers can Dramatically Reduce Heat, Flames and Smoke

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

When properly installed and maintained, fire sprinklers help save lives.

Fire sprinklers have been around for more than a century, protecting commercial and industrial properties and public buildings. What many people don't realize is that the same life-saving technology is also available for homes, where roughly 80 percent of all civilian fire deaths occur.

The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Fire Sprinkler Initiative outlines proven, effective ways that home fire sprinkler advocates can communicate the impact of sprinklers to their decision makers. NFPA’s Fire Sprinkler Initiative highlights key research underscoring how fire sprinklers can reduce the risk of death or injury from fire. According to NFPA's "U.S. Experience with Sprinklers" report: 

  • the civilian death rate was 81 percent lower in homes with fire sprinklers than in homes without them
  • the average firefighter injury rate was nearly 80 percent lower when fire sprinklers were present during fires
  • when sprinklers were present, fires were kept to the room of origin 97 percent of the time
  • the home fire death rate was 90 percent lower when fire sprinklers and hardwired smoke alarms were present. By comparison, this death rate is only 18 percent lower when battery-powered smoke alarms are present but automatic extinguishing systems weren't

Smoke Alarms Save Lives.

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!

  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. 
  • Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound. 
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
  • Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions, yet mitigate false alarms.
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.

Holiday Safety

12/11/2018 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Protection Agency U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 200 Christmas tree related home fires during the holiday season. In total, the average annual property damage is over $14 million dollars! While such fires are uncommon they are more likely to result in civilian death. A death occurs in 3% of reported Christmas tree fires. By comparison a fatality occurs in only ½% of all other reported home fires. The reason for this discrepancy, Christmas tree fires usually star overnight when trees are left lit. Remember to turn your tree lights off before going to bed and if your tree is natural make sure to water it regularly and dispose of it shortly after the holidays.


We at Framingham wish you and yours a happy and safe holiday season!

Holiday Fire Hazards

12/11/2018 (Permalink)

The more holiday lights the better, right? Weather we are talking about strands of our favorite Christmas lights or holiday scented candles, one quarter of reported Christmas tree fires the result of electrical problems or heat sources too close to the tree (according to the NFPA). Be sure not to overload outlets with multiple strands of lights and make sure that the electrical wiring is up to current electrical code standards. Also, check the wiring to ensure that there are no frays or loose connections.
If candles are the way you light up your holidays then follow these two important safety tips. Do not leave candles lit when going to bed or if no one is home. Additionally, keep them a safe distance from anything flammable.


We at SERVPRO Framingham wish you and yours a happy and safe holiday season!

Odor Penetration

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Factors which Help Odors Penetrate 

  • Surface Porosity – The porous nature of building material varies – Hardwoods are less porous than soft wood. The types of paint used will change the porous nature of building materials. Flat paint does little to protect against odor penetration while paints with a high gloss finish may make a surface impervious to odor and moisture penetration. Items like carpet, drapes, and upholstery are all excellent vessels for odor retention.  
  • Heat - Heat causes porous surfaces to expand, allowing odors to penetrate even deeper. When heat is removed, the surfaces cool, contract, and trap the odor particles. This is why odors resulting from a fire are so pungent and challenging to neutralize.
  • Heavy concentrations of residue - The more concentrated the residue from substances causing the odor, the greater the surface area of materials that it can impact. 
  • Exposure time - The longer a surface is exposed to odor particles, the greater the number of odor particles that will penetrate porous surfaces. The greater the number of odor particles that penetrate porous surface areas the stronger the odors are likely to be.

Environmental factors also influence our reception of odors. Odor molecules are very volatile; they vaporize easily. High humidity levels help dissolve and carry odor vapors to the nose. This makes odors in humid air seem stronger than those in dry air. Weather conditions thus impact how evident odors are to people; odors become more detectable by the nose as the humidity increases. Our technicians alert our clients about these potential environmental impacts. It is quite possible, even months later, for odors to reappear during times of increased humidity or temperature. That is not so say that the odor neutralization process was incomplete, but rather the environmental conditions have changed and become more conducive to odor reception. In some cases additional neutralization may be necessary.    

Next Up - Deodorization methods and basic procedures  

Odor Remediation

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Odor remediation projects tend to be complex. Odors may be real or imaginary. Furthermore, interpretation of odor as good versus bad varies from client to client. As such every remediation project presents a unique set of challenges to our technicians. Over the coming weeks I would like to provide insight into some of these challenges and how to properly neutralize odor.  To begin with we need to better understand how we as humans process odor, what odor is, why odor remains, and finally environmental conditions that may enhance our reception of odor.

Humans depend on their nose as the best “instrument” for detecting odor. Odors result from airborne chemicals, gases, or tiny particles. As we breathe, these substances are absorbed by the mucous membranes in our nose and mouth. Receptors in the nose send a message to the brain, where the odor sensation is interpreted. Each individual reacts to odors differently in detecting whether odors are present and how intense they are. Interestingly there are two types of odors — real and imagined.  

  • Real odor is the sensation of smell caused by a real substance. Odor molecules interact with olfactory nerve cells in the nose. The olfactory nerves send a message to the brain that is interpreted by the olfactory lobe.
  • Imaginary or psychological odor is what people think they smell. They are stimulated by a given set of circumstances and strong impressions formed from similar circumstances before. Some people think they smell something because of the circumstances, not because of an odor actually being present. Imaginary odors are sometimes called heightened awareness odors, because circumstances have made the individual more aware of odor than he or she normally would be, and thus more likely to smell something that no one else smells.

Moreover, the term odor describes both good and bad smells. Whether an odor smells good or bad is in the mind of the individual. Some odors — such as putrefying flesh — are considered unpleasant by almost everyone. Other odors — such as gasoline or paint fumes— may be considered good odors by some people, but extremely offensive by others. The interpretation of whether a smell is good or bad differs from one individual to the next.

Odor particles are tiny. Tiny objects are measured in microns, and odor particles range in size from .1 (one tenth) of a micron to about four (4) microns. To put these sizes in perspective take a look at the period at the end of this sentence. That period is about 150 microns in size or 38 times bigger than the largest possible odor particle!  The extremely small size of odor particles allows them to penetrate surfaces easily. It is this penetration into building materials and furniture which result in odors remaining in our environments. This is also what makes the odor neutralization process at times challenging.   

NEXT - Factors which Help Odors Penetrate

Chemicals Released By Fires

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

Some of the biggest issues associatedwith fire damage don'tcome directly from the flames.The heat and water vapor from combustion can cause severe damage. There is also the smoke and soot from the fire that can cause lasting problems to your home. They contain toxic chemicals and also have a smell that lasts.

Plastics and other synthetic materials can leave behind harmful chemicals that are dangerous to inhale.Wood smoke is usually the largest contributor to smoke in the building. It contains methane, carbon monoxide, benzene, sulfur dioxide, formaldehyde, formic acid, acetic acid, and traces of heavy metals. This combination of chemicals is quite hazardous and can cause major problems for anyone who inhales or comes in contact with the smoke or residue left behind. The smoke and soot can cover almost every surface in the house even in places that were not directly adjacent to the fire, traveling either through air vents or wall cavities.

Removing smoke and sot requires the proper machinery and expertise.Here atSERVPRO of Framingham we have all of the machinery and expertise you would need. Our certified professionals have been working with people in need of help for years.

It may seem like life will never be the same following a disastrous fire. With the help of our technicians we can get you back on track. Let us make it "Like it never even happened."

Get Into The Habit of Closing Bedroom Door

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that 40 years ago you had about 17 mins. to get out of your house during a fire?

Now you have have about 3 mins. This is due to the synthetic materials, furniture and construction materials that we use.

Fire spreads faster than ever. Having your door closed can save your life. It gives you more time to find a way out before the room fills with smoke or more time to be rescued.

Having the door closed slows down the smoke, hear and fire itself.

One concern that people had with having the door was that they wouldn't be able to hear the alarm. The difference, in one study, showed that there was only a 17 decimal difference between the door closed and opened. It was still loud enought to hear the alarm in the room with the door closed.

Along with the alarm, having the door closed can save your life.

Get inthe habit of closing the door.

How to Prevent a Dryer Fire

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

Very few people realize thedanger ofclothes dryer fires. However, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are an estimated annual 15,500 fires, 10 deaths and 10 injuries due to clothes dryer fires. Several hundred people a year are also subjected to carbon monoxide poisoning from improper dryervent setups. The financial costs come to nearly $100,000,000 per year. In some cases faulty appliances are to blame, but many fires can be prevented with proper dryer venting. Lint accumulation and reduced airflow feed on each other to provide conditions ripe for a fire. Lint is a highly combustible material, which, interestingly enough, is one of the ingredients in a recipe for home-made fire starters. A number of dryer vent problems contribute to this.

Here are several important steps you can take to keep this from happening to you

Clean your lint screen.Always clean your lint screen right before you push the start button forEVERY LOAD! Even if there is just a small amount of lint on the screen, clean it anyway. This is a good habit to get into.

Check your vent hose.Make sure your vent hose is in good shape. If you have the white plastic vent hose, replace it now! It is not safe and has been outlawed. Use the aluminum type vent hose and make sure the length is as short as possible and not crushed or kinked.

Clean your vent line regularly.It's very important that the vent line (from the wall behind the dryer to the outside flap) is not restricted or clogged up with lint. This greatly increases your chance of a dryer fire. If you are unable to clean out this line yourself, call a professional. Many Chimney Sweep companies offer this service.

Keep the area around the dryer clean.In the event that your dryer does have a lint fire, don't give it more fuel to destroy your home. Make sure there are no articles of clothing, boxes, cleaning supplies, or anything else behind or around the dryer. You should also keep things off the top of the dryer.


Clean the lint out of the inside of the dryer regularly.
Your dryer needs to be opened up and vacuumed out periodically. Most dryers today are not easily accessible for the homeowner. Unless you know how to take your dryer apart and put it back together, you'll need a technician to do this. Any time you have your dryer repaired, ask the technician to vacuum it out for you. He should be doing this anyway as part of the service.

Make sure your gas line is in good shape.If you have a gas dryer you should check your gas line. If it looks old or questionable, you should replace it. Make sure when you push your dryer back into position, you don't kink the line.

The Risk of Using Heat Lamps

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

Heat lamps keeps our pets and livestock nice and warm but it is crucial to follow simple rules to protect their safety as well as your home from fire damage.  The following will help to reduce the hazards posed by heat lamps for pets and livestock:

  1. Use UL-listed heat lamps and follow manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. Heat lamps with guards may provide some protection if the lamp falls into combustible bedding.
  3. Ensure heat lamps are installed in locations where they are far enough from any combustibles to preclude ignition.  Remember that wooden construction elements will eventually dry out and ignite from a heat lamp too.
  4. Ensure the installation is secure and the light cannot be knocked down.
  5. Run cords in locations where animals cannot reach them.
  6. Make sure electrical circuits are not overloaded.  Heat lamps use more amperage than regular lights.
  7. Keep all combustibles away from heat lamps and ensure kids doing chores are aware of the hazards.
  8. Check the lamp and mounting periodically to ensure it is secure.

If you’ve got concerns about your heat lamp, stop and check it out.  That few minutes may save your pets, your livestock, your barn, or even your home.

Home Fire Preparedness - SERVPRO of Framingham

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

The (7) Ways to Prepare for a Home Fire:

  1. Install the right number of smoke alarms. Test them once a month and replace the batteries at least once a year.
  2. Teach children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.
  3. Ensure that all household members know (2) ways to escape from every room of your home and know the family meeting spot outside of your home.
  4. Establish a family emergency communications plan and ensure that all household members know who to contact if they cannot find one another.
  5. Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year. Press the smoke alarm test button or yell “Fire“ to alert everyone that they must get out.
  6. Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.
  7. Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.                          

For additional information on how to stay prepared, follow the Red Cross link below:

http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire/home-fire-preparedness

Contact our office at (508) 370-4400.  The professionals at SERVPRO of Framingham are available 24/7/365 to assist you in the event your home or business experiences fire/smoke/soot damage.  We are here to help you "Like it never even happened."

House Fire In Holliston Under Investigation

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Chief Cassidy relieved fire has been contained, enjoys a refreshing bottle water donated by SERVPRO of Framingham.

A vacant home in Holliston was destroyed by a fire the other night.  No one was living in the house, but neighbors noticed the flames and called 911 around 8 p.m.

“Fortunately this happened early in the evening,” Fire Chief Michael Cassidy said, “when neighbors were awake, and able to call it in.... Had this been further in the night, it would have been even further developed when we arrived.”

Holliston firefighters were able to keep the blaze from spreading beyond the house at 21 Pearl St., but the home itself was a loss, according to a press release. The top of the home was blackened and filled with gaping holes Tuesday morning, but the windows and doors were boarded up.

SERVPRO of Framingham donated pizza and cider for the annual Holliston Fire Department Holiday Party on the same night the fire broke out.  The Fire Department had to leave their party bringing pizza and drinks with them.

Chief Cassidy warned all residents to make sure their smoke detectors are working, and keep an eye on heat sources, particularly keeping heat sources away from combustible items.

Christmas Trees Must Be Hydrated

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

The holiday season is upon is which also translates to many candles and treasured decorations.

Always always be mindful of open flames and never leave candles unattended.

For those who celebrate Christmas, is it also important to keep your tree hydrated.

According to the US Department of Commerce, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) works to develop better ways to measure things — like, for example, how likely a tree is to burst into flames. The verdict:much more likely if the tree isn’t well hydrated.

Although Christmas tree fires are still considered rare, they do still account for roughly 200 home fires each year, destroying an annual $14 million in the process,the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) says. They’re deadly, too, killing an average of six people yearly.

So how do you prevent your tree from going up in flames? First off, definitely don’t light it up on purpose. Believe it or not, that causes about a quarter of the Christmas tree fires, the NFPA says — usually in January. Since heat plus fuel equals fire, it’s also a good idea keep your tree andnon-tree decorationsaway from hot things like candles and heaters.

Second: water your tree, and get rid of it when the needles start to crunch. Evena flaming book of 20 matches couldn’t spark a blazein a well-hydrated, freshly cut Christmas tree. But just 61 seconds after flames licked the needles of a desiccated conifer, the tree was reduced to smoldering branches.The NIST did the experiment, so you don’t have to.

Halogen Lamps Can Cause Havoc, When Not Properly Used

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

Halogen light bulbs may last longer than traditional incandescent bulbs, but they have additional dangers associated with them. Compared to incandescent bulbs, halogen bulbs have a longer lifespan and are more energy efficient. Being aware of the dangers associated with halogen lights can help minimize the risks that come with using halogen light bulbs.

Halogen light bulbs can reach temperatures much higher than traditional light bulbs. According to the New York State Fire Administration, a 300 W halogen bulb can reach temperatures as high as 970 degrees F. This high level of heat generation can potentially cause ignition of combustible fluids or fumes nearby.

  Because of this, they have been known to cause a fire when they touch the wrong surface for too long. For example, if the lamp falls over and the light is turned on, it could potentially catch the drapes or some paper on fire. Small children have been known to drop a blanket or some other flammable object on the top of a lamp and leave it, promptly starting fire

 Various items that were placed over a halogen lamp in a test were used to determine how quickly a fire can happen. Results included a polyester/cotton shirt burning in 24 seconds. Cardboard ignited in 1 minute 17 seconds, and a piece of pine wood caught fire in 1 minute 43 seconds, according to the study results.

As a preventative measure, make sure you place lamps in areas where they won't get knocked over or bumped into. Keep fabric, wood and other flammable items away from the light. Nothing should ever impede air flow around the bulb. Turn off the lamps when not in use, and avoid direct contact with the bulb except when changing the bulb.

National Fire Prevention Week (Oct 8 - 14) - SERVPRO of Framingham

10/4/2017 (Permalink)

National Fire Prevention Week (Oct 8 -14)

Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years

FIRE PREVENTION WEEK has established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.

According to popular legend, the fire broke out after a cow - belonging to Mrs. Catherine O'Leary - kicked over a lamp, setting first the barn, then the whole city on fire. Chances are you've heard some version of this story yourself; people have been blaming the Great Chicago Fire on the cow and Mrs. O'Leary, for more than 130 years. But recent research by Chicago historian Robert Cromie has helped to debunk this version of events.

While the Great Chicago Fire was the best-known blaze to start during this fiery two-day stretch, it wasn't the biggest. That distinction goes to the Peshtigo Fire, the most devastating forest fire in American history. The fire, which also occurred on October 8th, 1871, and roared through Northeast Wisconsin, burning down 16 towns, killing 1,152 people, and scorching 1.2 million acres before it ended.

Historical accounts of the fire say that the blaze began when several railroad workers clearing land for tracks unintentionally started a brush fire. Before long, the fast-moving flames were whipping through the area 'like a tornado,' some survivors said. It was the small town of Peshtigo, Wisconsin that suffered the worst damage. Within an hour, the entire town had been destroyed.

Those who survived the Chicago and Peshtigo fires never forgot what they'd been through; both blazes produced countless tales of bravery and heroism. But the fires also changed the way that firefighters and public officials thought about fire safety. On the 40th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, the Fire Marshals Association of North America (today known as the International Fire Marshals Association), decided that the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire should henceforth be observed not with festivities, but in a way that would keep the public informed about the importance of fire prevention.  The commemoration grew incrementally official over the years.

In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation, and since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls. According to the National Archives and Records Administration's Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. The President of the United States has signed a proclamation proclaiming a national observance during that week every year since 1925.

Fireworks: Light Up The Sky And Make Sure Nothing Else!

7/13/2017 (Permalink)

House fire caused by fireworks.

Fireworks is part of our Independence Day tradition painting the sky on the evening of the 4th of July and all through the summer.

Unfortunately as they shoot upward so do injuries, fires and the resulting home insurance claims.  Although your basic homeowners' insurance covers fires, your policy is not likely to cover fires caused by fireworks your family sets off, particularly in states where they are deemed illegal which includes our great state of Massachusetts.   
July 4th is the one day of the year with the highest number of fires reported according to the National Fire Protection Association. More than half of these fires are caused by people shooting off rockets in their own backyard.   On average, fireworks cause over 18,500 fires a year, including 1300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside fires with an average of $43 million in direct property damage according to the Consumer Product Safety Commissions Fireworks Annual Report (2015). 
Even if your state permits the use of fireworks, you may want to rethink whether that would be a wise decision. Instead of a 'do-it-yourself' fireworks show, your family could sit back, relax and enjoy the display so many local towns host. And you have the added benefit of knowing your family is not in harm's way.  

Summer Barbecue Safety Tips Keep it Fun Not Frantic!

7/13/2017 (Permalink)

Unattended gas grill caused $250,000 in damages.

Summertime is synonymous with grilling and barbecues. There is no better way to spend the day with family and friends in the comfort of your backyard on a hot summer night than a tasty barbecue made up of good food, good cooks and good company in a great atmosphere.       However it is important we take precautions when dealing with open flames and propane gas.  Here are some simple Dos & Don'ts to ensure a safe and enjoyable time. Here is What You Should Do: 1.       Keep you grill at least 10 feet away from your home, the further the better. Also ensure grills are not underneath wooden overhangs.2.       Make sure you clean your grill on a regular basis. Grease and fat buildup will provide more fuel to the fire.3.       Always check for gas leaks. By simply rubbing soapy water on the gas hose and connections, you will be able to determine if there is a gas leak. If the soap begins to form large bubbles there is a leak.4.       Keep decorations away from your grill. Summer décor like hanging baskets and banners look nice but they are flammable items and should be kept at a good distance.5.       Keep a spray bottle of water handy for minor flare ups.6.       Keep a fire extinguisher within a couple of steps from the grill and make sure you know how to use it in the event of a larger fire.  And Now For What You Should Never Do: 1.       Never turn on the gas while the grill lid is closed.  This is a huge No-No as a closed lid filled with gas will cause an explosion when the lid is opened and the gas is exposed to oxygen.2.       Never leave a grill unattended to avoid unintended consequences.3.       Never overload your grill with fatty meats that drip on the flames and cause a flare-up. 4.       Never use a grill indoors, its design as an outdoor kitchen!

How To Prevent Attic Fires

5/18/2017 (Permalink)

    Did you know that more than 40% of attic fires are the result of electrical malfunctions?


So how do we help prevent an attic fire? Here are three things firefighters suggest you hire have a professional to do:



  1. Have your chimney inspected by a professional who will check the interior and exterior of the chimney, including the part running through the attic

  2. Check the wiring in your attic, preferably by an electrician, looking for signs of damage, cracked insulation (wire sheathing), and exposed or disconnected wires

  3. Look for signs of burning and charring in the insulation and wood


    A common mistake is that everybody typically plugs in their space heaters to help supplement their heat. And then, they'll put them on a long extension cord so that they are able to reach areas with less heat. So, the longer the extension cord is, the more ampage it will draw on the circuit.


Another common fire hazard is that homeowners choose voltage incandescent light bulbs in ceiling fixtures that is a higher voltage than required is also a fire hazard. That heat that is trapped within the light fixture goes straight up into the attic and in the wires and essentially cook the wires, starting a fire.

The Unexpected Dangers of a Hoverboard

5/18/2017 (Permalink)

This popular high tech toy have proven to be deadly. Federal officials urge consumers to use caution when buying or using self-propelled hoverboards after one of the devices is blamed for causing a deadly house fire in Pennsylvania.


The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalled more than 500,000 hoverboards made by 10 retailers warning that the products did not meet federal fire safety standards. Additionally, the CPSC has investigated more than 60 hoverboard fires since the fall of 2015.


In their initial recall announcement, the CPSC said that the affected hoverboards used lithium-ion battery packs that which can overheat thus creating a risk of the hooverboard smoking, catching on fire or even causing an explosion.


Consumers are urged to check hoverboards to see if they comply with federal standards. They need to look for a sign or confirmation that the products are certified by UL, a safety consulting firm formerly known as Underwriters Laboratories.


With this UL safety seal, it helps reduce the potential fire and hazards and will greatly decrease the probability of an incident. The UL standard has many tests that focus on lithium ion battery safety. While hundreds of models have undergone and passed the strict safety requirements, more the 250,000 hoverboards have been recalled to replace faulty battery packs.


 

How to Safely Dispose Oily Rags

4/3/2017 (Permalink)

      With warmer weather approaching, home improvement projects will be on the rise. In an effort to make everything look new again for another summer, we re-stain outdoor furniture and prime the deck for a nice appearance at our summer barbecues. “Do-it-yourselvers” take heed! There is a grave danger inherent in using oil based products that you may not be aware of. If you do not properly dispose of the oily rages after use, you are rolling the dice for a potential disaster. Discarded rags left unattended and not contained have the potential to cause spontaneous combustion which leads to fire.

     You are done with your project; you toss oil soaked rags without giving it a second thought. What most people who use these products do not know, is that when a substance like linseed oil is left on a cotton rag and left in the open air, a chemical reaction takes place. The rag actually heats up to almost 400 degrees as it is in the process of drying. And believe it or not, there is no spark needed to cause this devastating fire. It is so important to be aware of these products and to always carefully read all the instructions, no matter how small the print, before you even open the container to use the product. You need to know the instructions on proper disposal of the rags, as well as how to secure the container after the job is done. Besides linseed oil, other culprits include flaxseed, sunflower and soybean oil, coal, charcoal, hay, compost piles, piles of manure, paint thinners, oil-based paints are all susceptible to spontaneously combusting. 

 

 So the next time you’re ready to tackle a do-it-yourself project or to hire a contractor to do a job with an oil based product, make sure the rags are properly stored in a metal can filled with water and an oil breakdown detergent with a secure lid.  Then you will be able to  dispose of the closed can of rags when your town sponsors a hazardous waste collection day. This one simple act can save you from the despair of a preventable fire. If you research fires caused by oil-based products online you will be amazed at how easily these fires get started and rage out of control. One example online described a handyman who had an oily rag in the back pocket of his work overalls when the rag dried out by the sun caught fire and burned him.

     The 24-hour emergency services provided by SERVPRO Framingham and SERVPRO Newton / Wellesley comes to your rescue when you need them, ready to help using their water and fire damage training as well as their wide range of knowledgeable expertise. They will get you through a difficult experience. Once the fire department leaves the scene, you may be left with a non-functioning business or residence because of water damage caused by firefighting efforts. We have the specialized fire and water damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment to handle fire and water damage and the ability to efficiently restore your business or residence to pre-fire condition.

Common Causes of Wildfires

3/28/2017 (Permalink)

   A wildfire is the potentially deadly catalyst that starts as an uncontrolled fire in a large undeveloped and un-populated area. If the response to these fires is not timely they can quickly get out of control and end up destroying homes and agriculture and killing animals and human life in their path. As many as 90 percent of wildland fires in the United States are caused by human carelessness or criminal intent. An unattended campfire, the burning of debris, negligently discarded cigarettes as well as intentional acts of arson are some of the ways that people cause tragedy. Wildfires can also be caused by an accumulation of dead matter (leaves, twigs, and trees) that create enough heat in some instances to spontaneously combust and ignite the surrounding area. Man-made combustion from arson, carelessness and lack of fire safety cause wildfire disasters every year. However, weather conditions contribute to the occurrence of wildfires as well. Lightning strikes or extended dry spells causing drought are weather related agitators. Lightning strikes the earth over 100,000 times a day and 10 to 20% of these lightning strikes can cause fire.  An average of 1.2 million acres of US woodland burn every year. And sadly a large wildfire is even capable of modifying the local weather conditions and producing its own weather.

     Summer is coming and many of us will be camping in the woods. We have known Smokey the Bear all our lives and have the responsibility to share his critical message with the next generation of campers. I love the commercial where Smokey comes out of the woods and gives a young camper a hug for carefully putting out his campfire. You can't help but smile. The message is stated subtly but is a good reminder of the detailed instructions Smokey has provided for years on how together we can prevent foret fires. As Smokey advises, keep campfires at a managemable size, allow wood to burn to ash completely, and pour a substantial amount of water on all embers until hissing sound stops.  If you do not have water, stir up the dirt or sand into the embers with a shovel and bury the fire making absolutely sure no embers are exposed and still smoldering. One last word of caution from the Bear who knows, “If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave.”

Common Causes of House Fires

2/22/2017 (Permalink)

     During the winter holidays we tend to be more vigilant about fire safety but homeowners must be aware of obstacles to fire safety all year and particularly in the cold weather months.  In the winter months, people spend more time indoors and more time inside increases the risk of house fires.  According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) more than 360,000 home structure fires each year which is equivalent to $6-8 billion dollars in damage. Those figures are astounding and you don’t want to be a part of those statistics when these tragedies are preventable.  With foresight and good judgement, homeowners can minimize these risks. Take a look at these common fire hazards in your home defined by the National Fire Protection Association and ask yourself, guilty or not guilty?


 



  1. Candles: Do you light candles and walk away?


While the glow and aroma creates the perfect ambience, candles are best enjoyed outside or used with precaution.  Never leave a candle unattended or less than 12 feet from an object.  Better yet a battery operated candle is extremely safe, never burns out and gives off that soft glow.


 



  1. Smoking: Do you allow smoking in the house?


Another reason why smoking is not such a great idea, it is the second leading cause of house fires.  The good news, smoking is on a downward trend and with the help of recent regulations of nonflammable household items such as couches, mattress, pajamas, that has also decreased house fires caused by cigarettes.  Though ironically the older you are the likelihood you will experience a house fire related to cigarettes increase.  Individuals killed in a house fire were 65 and older.   Try smoking outside instead.


 



  1. Electrical & Lighting: Are you confident the electricity in your house is safe?


There are numerous causes for electrical fires; an overloaded circuit and extension cords, an overheated light bulb, space heaters, faulty wiring and appliances.  To minimize risk, don’t overload outlets, make sure you use inside cords for inside and heavy duty/outside cords for outdoors.  Never leave Christmas lights or halogen lights overnight or on when not at home and consider hiring an electrician to make sure wiring is in place.


 



  1. Dryers & Washing Machines: Have you checked the lint tray in the dryer lately?


 


Clothes dryer and washing machine fires are more common than one might realize.  The most common cause for dryers are lint trays and cable insulation for washing machines.  Make sure you clean the lent screen before and after every use.  Double check lines for gas and propane dryers.  Vent the dryer to the outside and ensure nothing is blocking the vent.  Clean the vent pipe on a regular basis and keep area around the dryer free of combustible materials.


 



  1. Lightning: Do you know the inside dangers of lightning?


Fires caused by lightning are most likely to occur in June, July and August in the late afternoon.  Lightning can also be the cause of wildfires.  Stay away from doors and windows during an electrical form.  Do not use electrical equipment during storms.  Avoid using faucets and baths during a thunderstorm.



  1. Children playing with fire: Do you keep fire hazards out of reach ?


Children the age of six and under are most likely to start a fire using matches or a lighter.  Make sure to keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children, teach them fire safety at a young age and make sure children are always supervised.



  1. Christmas Trees: Do you know the dangers associated with decorations?


Christmas tree fires cause an average of $18.3 million in property damage each year.  Keep live Christmas trees well watered and dispose them before they become too brittle and dry.  Turn Christmas tree lights off before leaving the house or going to bed. Make sure they are a safe distance from any heat source.



  1. Cooking: Do you make a habit to check the stove while cooking and before leaving the house?


Another leading cause of house fires is cooking and easy to get distracted when something is simmering on the stove.  Always be vigilant when cooking and never leave items on a stove unattended.  Never put a grease fire out with water, instead place a lid on the pan to smother the fire.  If fire occurs in the oven, keep oven door shut until fire extinguishes itself.  Keep flammable items away from oven and always have a fire extinguisher in kitchen.

SERVPRO of Framingham To The Scene

12/14/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO on site to assist with the cleanup and restoration process.

SERVPRO of FRAMINGHAM was called to the scene of a fire that was spotted in the early morning hours by a neighbor.  No one was injured.  The original newspaper article is below.
ASHLAND — Fire officials say they are grateful for a man walking his dog early Monday morning who spotted flames on a second-floor porch of a Tilton Avenue home, then banged on the building to wake up residents in two apartments.
Doug Duval said he was walking his miniature pinscher Ruby around 5 a.m. when he saw the fire at 25-27 Tilton Ave. It was dark outside and the Christmas lights looked strange, he said.
"When I got a little closer I could see it was fire," he said. "There were 10-foot flames shooting up the wall."
He tied Ruby to a fence on the property and jumped into action.
"I started banging on the side of the house yelling, 'fire, fire, fire!'" he said. "I woke the whole neighborhood."
A neighbor called 911 as the two apartments were quickly evacuated. The first floor homeowner and a neighbor got a fire extinguisher out of the garage to fight the flames, Duval said.
The Ashland Fire Department arrived to finish the job. Nobody was injured in the home and the fire was contained to the porch, according to fire Lt. David Iarussi. The neighbor who helped douse the flames was taken to MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham for a smoke-related evaluation.
Iarussi said the state fire marshal's office determined the cause to be careless disposal of a cigarette.
"The fire would have been much worse if it spread inside the house and the fire alarm went off," he said. "We wouldn't have known until the fire alarm went off."
Fire Chief Scott Boothby said it was a "good catch" by Duval, and the fire was mostly out within 15 minutes.
"Luckily, someone was walking by at the time," he said. "It wouldn't have taken too much more. A few more minutes it would have extended into the house and attic. It was just starting to burn the roof of the porch."
He said a Hopkinton engine and Framingham ambulance responded to the scene for mutual aid. Sherborn firefighters covered the Cedar Street Station.
The first-floor homeowners were allowed to return, while the second-floor tenants were temporarily displaced until a company could clean up, Boothby said.
He said a similar situation happened on Trailside Way a couple of months ago when a person walking by reported a fire. That fire also was determined to be caused by a cigarette, he said.
He encouraged residents to make sure smoking materials are put out properly.