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Camp Fire Paradise, Carr Fire Redding, SERVPRO and Wildfire Insurance Value

12/31/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Camp Fire Paradise, Carr Fire Redding, SERVPRO and Wildfire Insurance Value Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties at 530-222-0200.

California wildfires, like Redding’s #CarrFire and Butte County’s #CampFire consuming to apocalyptic devastation massive sections of overgrown forest throughout our SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties region, extended, by surprise in early November, to destroy the entire town of Paradise in Butte County.  Our sister SERVPRO franchise in Chico suffered loss.  The fortitude and support of national SERVPRO STORM teams rushing to aid continues deploying an ever-increasing multitude of fire damage restoration professionals, air cleaning equipment and resources from the San Francisco Bay area, Southern California, Oregon, Nevada and beyond, to soot, ash and smoke odor infused structures in the immediate Northern California footprint of wildfire damaged communities.

SERVPRO – Trusted by Homeowners and Businesses  - Fire & Water Damage Restoration.  Call Now!  530-222-0200

Residents and business owners increasingly enjoy all that California has to offer and choose to build homes, commercial buildings, and multi-unit housing properties in what are known as “wildland urban interface areas”.  These areas such as the Paradise community, Magalia and in Redding the French Gulch, Shasta, Keswick, Swazey Drive, Centerville, Marylake Subdivison, Lake Redding Estates, River Ridge Park areas and many others are surrounded by compressed and largely uncleared, indefensible, Manzanita trees fueled by natural oils that burn with ferociously hot temperatures.  High winds and long hot dry Summers create these all-to-often perfect fire-storm conditions igniting California oakwoods, Juniper steppe woodlands, mixed conifer and fir forests, Ponderosa shrubs and Cedar, hemlock, and Douglas fir wildland areas; all surrounding the ever-expanding neighborhoods, homes, businesses and schools.

Let’s talk about Homeowners Insurance:  It should be very simple.  Policy premium is calculated from the cost to replace the premises value.  The problem arises when multiple massive California wildfires occur in a short time.  Essentially insurance companies run out of money to continue to write home and property coverage.  Market value of a home and it’s replacement cost are two different things.  A totally burned structure includes the additional insurance claims components of toxic residue disposal, soil testing and debris clean up along with a whole host of additional unknown factors such as contractor licensing, Shasta, Trinity, Tehama and Butte Counties permitting, lead and asbestos testing along with local, state and federal regulations.

The point is that California insured who own homes must be insured to value.  Many, it turns out; are not. This could be from not keeping up to date on increased valuations from remodeling and home improvement or insufficient value calculations at the inception of the policy.  The key target insurance providers are looking for is that property owners meet the 80% of replacement value threshold.  This industry threshold is known as “coinsurance.”  When total-loss occurs the policy limit is paid out and when partial loss occurs the full amount of repairs is paid out.  SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties has been working with insurance agents and insurance claims adjusters for years.  We work with all the well-respected names like State Farm, Farmers, AllState, and many others. We have long standing friendships and relationships with our local Redding, Mt. Shasta, Red Bluff, Weed, Yreka and Weaverville insurance property and casualty specialists.   

Defensible Space Zones

There are two zones to consider when clearing and maintaining open space.

Zone 1 – Extends out 30 feet from the structure and decks.

Zone 2 – Extends an additional 100 feet out.

A recent example tells the story.  Our SERVPRO soot and smoke odor inspection teams are regularly called out to homes that survived the Carr Fire.  Many residents tell their story of coming back and finding that the early efforts they made to clear brush, remove trees, take down dead branches and large dry collections of leaves as well as install gravel and water saving landscaping open spaces all paid off when the flames burned just up to the edge of their property and stopped. 

Within both of these zones removal is required for excess vegetation, dead plants, woodpiles, leaves and pine needles and certainly tightly overgrown Manzanita and wildland grass that fuels the ignition point of a not-if-but-when wildfire disaster.

Call SERVPRO in Redding, California.  Our response times are very fast! 

We are available round-the-clock at 530-222-0200

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Redding Fire Damage Repair and Cleaning – Smoke, Odor, Soot & Ash

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Redding Fire Damage Repair and Cleaning – Smoke, Odor, Soot & Ash Fire, Smoke, Soot and Ash Damage Cleaning in Redding and Shasta County? Call SERVPRO Now! 530-222-0200

Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration – SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties

Redding suffered the traumatizing #CarrFire and as we know all too well, an uncontrollable wildfire can wreak chaos in communities like we saw in Shasta Lake, Dunsmuir, Whisketown, Centerville, Igo, and beyond.  Redding is #ShastaStrong and we support our local CalFire, Redding firefighters and community efforts to come together and transform our wonderful Northern California city.  As we move into the final weeks of the year, the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays approach, skies turn cloudy, and the rains come, the nights are earlier.  SERVPRO, however, as Redding’s premiere fire and water damage restoration leader continues to provide front-line support to home owners, residents and commercial business properties.  

Firefighters use water to fight and extinguish most home and business fires.  Water may stop the flames however it also creates secondary acidic soot from smoke damage that accelerates the deterioration and corrosion of aluminum, window and mirrors, paint, walls, precious contents, business documents, circuit boards in electronics and your other vital assets.  Additionally, the toxic smoke odor left behind must be neutralized and deodorized.

SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties fire restoration process and services can include:

After-the-Fire Considerations

  1. Relocate children, elderly and family pets to a clean air and smoke-free environment.

Home and commercial fires burn chemical sealant-soaked wood framework, plastic insulation, rubber, batteries, foam insulation along with arsenic and formaldehyde-based particle board home furnishings.   These produce toxic black long-chain hydrocarbons and extremely cancer-causing carcinogenic gases that can affect health and compromised immune systems.

  1. Have a neighbor you trust.

We all share the pain of a local disaster.  Make arrangements with a friendly neighbor beforehand for mutual support, and a plan B backup location for meeting loved ones and safely gathering. 

  1. Phone SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties at 530-222-0200

Call Us! – You will need professional fire damage emergency clean up and restoration help.  Before you get too busy, hire a fire remediation specialist who can start work on getting your home or business back the way it was.

Finally, watch out for exposed, frayed wiring from extension cords or Christmas tree lights.  Be extremely careful of properly putting out holiday festive candles and scented pots.  We also recommend keeping an up-to-date fire extinguisher handy and close by cooking areas. Check your smoke detectors.

530-222-0200

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Carr Fire Smoke, Soot, Ash, Odor and Fire Damage Clean Up

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Carr Fire Smoke, Soot, Ash, Odor and Fire Damage Clean Up Carr Fire destroyed homes in Northern California. SERVPRO Fire and Emergency Disaster Clean Up teams support Shasta County and Redding residents.

SERVPRO Can Help – Redding, California

SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties understand the unprecedented disasters that have affected our community.  SERVPRO STORM Disaster Response teams from Oregon, Idaho, Montana and across California have converged on the City of Redding and Shasta County with one goal in mind.  Quick and effective response helping property owners return to a clean and odor free home. 

We are a highly trusted Redding Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration provider.  Because of our many years of experience on the front lines serving Shasta County communities we are receiving a high number of intakes from Carr Fire affected housing subdivisions such as Lake Keswick Estates, River Ridge Terrace, Stanford Manor, Land Park Subdivision, Lake Redding Estates, Sunset West, Mary Lake Subdivision and many others. We are working around the clock to respond to questions and get services dispatched quickly.

(530) 222-0200 

We wanted to provide you with a selection of updated links and information for Shasta County and the City of Redding, CA

Carr Fire Recovery - Resources for fire, disaster relief, recovery, and rebuilding

How to apply for fire property clean up:

www.shastareddingrecovers.org

Shasta County Health and Human Services:

https://www.co.shasta.ca.us/index/hhsa_index.aspx

Shasta County Assessor/Recorder Carr Fire page:

https://www.co.shasta.ca.us/index/assessor_index/carr-fire-page

Protect yourself from Wildfire Smoke handout:

https://bit.ly/2w67FmD

Top 5 Tips to Protect yourself from Wildfire Smoke handout:

https://bit.ly/2vSYxT9

Call us today for a fast on-site soot, smoke and ash assessment of your property. 

SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties

(530) 222-0200

The Carr Fire and SERVPRO

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Carr Fire and SERVPRO #CarrFire Devastation - SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties provides Fire Damage Clean Up and Restoration - 530-222-0200

 Redding, CA – The Carr Fire produced fire damage devastation as it tore through homes and property in Shasta County during several days and nights the last week in July.  Many families suffered complete property loss.  

SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama supports the efforts of CalFire, Redding Fire, Redding Police, California Highway Patrol and the vast array of first responders flooding into Redding and Shasta County contain the wildfire and protect our Northern California community.

We understand property loss and work with insurance agents to quickly mitigate damage and reduce claims.  Our SERVPRO professional technicians have the experience and training necessary to clean up toxic fire residue, smoke, soot and deodorize the residual odor.

As Carr Fire evacuees and residents make their way back to their neighborhoods to assess damage and file insurance clams remember that we at SERVPRO have your back.   We are a trusted and experienced Redding, California fire and water damage restoration provider.  Our 5 star Google, Facebook and Yelp reviews, compassion and experience speak for themselves. 

We are not out of the woods yet.  More wildfires can wreak devastation upon other areas of Redding.   The heat of August will continue.  Unburned areas of the city are still a potential tinderbox of dry brush and combustible vegetation.

With large loss devastation such as the nightmare of this #CarrFire we have at our disposal SERVPRO disaster recovery teams and equipment to provide massive resources for emergency clean up and restoration in Redding and beyond.  These catastrophic storm and major event loss teams deal with hurricanes and flooding in the East and South and fire damage restoration here in California.

Remember:  Create defensible space around your home and property.    When the unexpected fire, smoke and soot damage occurs call SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties

24/7 – 365

(530) 222-0200

Fire Damage in Redding, California

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage in Redding, California Fire damage is sudden and unexpected. Call Now. (530) 222-0200

Fire goes by many names – structure fires, grass fires, forest fires, wildland fires.  

SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties knows well the economic and personal impact these fires unleash upon lives and property in the Shasta County region. Homes in North Redding, Shasta Lake City, Shingletown, Bella Vista, Palo Cedro, the secluded mountain properties around Weaverville and the grassy brush around Red Bluff are all beautiful places to live.  However, these pristine environments providing quality of life to business and homeowners face great risk during the hot and dry summer in the Shasta Basin.  Fire is a sudden and uncontrollable force of nature.

Residents who live within our high-risk fire zone include children, the elderly, and disabled.  Disaster preparedness and fire safety education are essential. SERVPRO is a trusted Redding restoration provider and offers a free Emergency Ready Plan on-site evaluation of your home or business. 

Redding is Northern California’s gateway to many beautiful Shasta-Cascade tourist and vacation locations.  Beginning in late Spring and throughout the Summer an increase of seasonal tourists, absentee home owners, vacation time-share properties, summer lake cabin residents, hunters, and back country campers enjoy the region.  Part of SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties’ responsibility is to reach out to rental management companies, property managers, real estate agents and insurance producers to inform them of the local fire danger and build rapport to perform an emergency preparedness home assessment on their property.

Wildfire safety tips include:

  • building relationships with local fire first responders before a fire starts;
  • a realistic understanding of local emergency responders in the first 24 hours of a fire;
  • taking action to protect your Home Ignition Zone and Defensible Space;
  • create and maintain a fuel-free area;
  • clearing vegetation along fences and near combustible structures;
  • proper landscaping and plant selection;
  • moving sheds, fuel tanks and wood piles away from the side of a home or business;
  • pruning dead branches and dry brush growth;
  • clearing unseen vegetation from wood patio decks;
  • understanding high-wind ember danger;
  • paying attention to radio, phone, tv and internet fire alerts;
  • Perhaps the most important - having a personal and family preparedness plan – this also includes preparing for your family pet.

SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties wishes Redding residents a wonderful and fun Shasta Summer.  

We are always here to help.   In the event you do experience unexpected fire damage call us 24 – 7 / 365 at (530) 222-0200

Fire Damage and Redding Home Preparedness

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage and Redding Home Preparedness Fire Damage Repair, Clean Up, and Restoration in Redding, California and Shasta County - (530) 222-0200

SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties believes that the best fire damage defense of your home and property is preparation.

The following key points help homeowners to fight fire before is happens.

Defensible Space: Clear space at a minimum of 30 feet between your home or building structure and the high-risk fire prone combustible brush, trees and vegetation area that surrounds it. The cleared area provides a buffer between you home and the fire.  Creating defensible space serves the dual purpose of increasing structural survivability by reducing radiant head and reducing the exposure to direct flame.  

www.firewise.org/resources/firefighter.htm

Burning Embers: Although you home may have cleared space during a fire windblown ember create another direct threat. Believe it or not most of homes and buildings within a major fire event are not destroyed by direct fire contact but rather from embers blown onto roof shingles and into attic crawlspaces through vents in heavy wind.  These burning brands and yellow-hot embers are blown great distances from the flames of the fire front.  These wind-driven sparks fall upon unchecked piles of combustible materials – wood, brush, chemical and fuel storage areas and often smolder and go undetected until igniting. 

Look at this video by the National Institute of Science and Technology of their “Firebrand Generator”It blows hot embers or “firebrands” into a test chamber to model the behavior of high winds during a real wildfire as sources of ignition for homes and structures.

Hardening Your Home:  Doors and windows are not the only access point into a home.  Structural changes to unseen entry points like roofs, vents and eves, can potentially increase a home’s chance of surviving a fire.

The Home Ignition Zone: Step back and look at the entire surroundings including neighboring homes, fences, land topology, trees and vegetation, water sources and fire fighter access to the high-fire hazard areas.  Preparedness considerations include the following:

  • Rain gutters collect dead leaves, debris and pine needles that can catch wind-blown embers.
  • Embers can penetrate missing or loose roof shingles. Replace or repair.
  • Install 1/8-inch metal mesh screens in the eaves and exterior attic vents to help prevent hot coals that could blow through vents.
  • Enclose patio and deck overhangs with wire mesh or screens. Also check windows and window screens for damage and openings where and ember could ignite combustible materials. 
  • Check exterior walls for debris and remove accumulations of mulch, flammable plants, leaves and needles, firewood piles – anything that can burn. Remove anything stored underneath decks or porches.

Call SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties 24/7 – 365.  

(530) 222-0200 

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Fire property damage in Redding and Shasta County

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire property damage in Redding and Shasta County Redding Home - Fire, Smoke & Soot Damage. Also remember Water Damage comes from the firefighting efforts. Call SERVPRO at (530) 222-0200

California Fire Insurance Claims and SERVPRO

The potential for loss of life and property in our community from a catastrophic Northern California fire is heartbreaking to consider. SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties is by your side working with your agent, insurance claims adjuster, and insurer with a goal of achieving a settlement that you believe is fair and consistent with your coverage. We understand your challenge. Fire damage loss takes away the safety, security, and sometimes lifetime of memories we all know and cherish in the place we call home.

Our SERVPRO office staff and team of property damage restoration experts understand some of the key insurance coverage terms that typically apply.  We provide these tips to help you settle a claim and avoid common pitfalls that can occur along the way.

  1. The more information you have about your damaged home and belongings, the sooner your claim will be settled. After the fire department has left, time is of the essence and fast content clean up and emergency board up is essential to protecting your property.  SERVPRO technicians assess the fire damage.
  1. We work along side insurance adjusters to evaluate three areas:
    1. Degree of damage
    2. Quality of materials and workmanship
    3. Measurements needed to calculate quantities
  1. Obtain a complete copy of your residential insurance policy, including your declarations page.
  1. Take note of your Additional Living Expense (ALE) limits and manage your ALE expenses in recognition of a long rebuilding process.
  1. Track all of your additional expenses that arise from having to live in another location away from your home.
  1. Document all of your conversations with your insurer/adjuster about your claim and policy limitations.
  1. Get at least one licensed contractor's estimate or bid on the cost to rebuild your home. We work with some of the best and most reliable contractors in Shasta, Trinity, and Tehama counties and can provide contact information upon request. Phone us at (530) 222-0200
  1. Public adjusters require a percentage of the claim settlement for their services. Make sure you understand what they charge and the services you are paying for before you sign a contract. Also, a public adjuster cannot charge a fee for payments already received from the insurance company, so you should consider getting as much advance payment as possible from the insurance company (without signing a final release) before hiring a public adjuster.

Fire damage restoration is our specialty.  Years of trusted experience from hundreds of Redding and North State residents continues to lay the ground work for our tireless efforts to provide 24 / 7 – 365 fast response to any fire and water emergency. 

Remember that the water used to extinguish the fire produces further smoke and soot runoff structural and property damage. 

(530) 222-0200

California’s Wildfires: The Perfect Shasta County Fire Conditions

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage California’s Wildfires: The Perfect Shasta County Fire Conditions California Fire Season is Here. Be Safe and Prepare.

Fire damage season is fast approaching.  The City of Redding is preparing for what could possibly be a very intense fire season. 

Heat, high winds along with dry vegetation and brush can quickly cause loss of life and devastate large tracts of residential and commercial property.  SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties stands by our local Fire Department first responders and community. 

We are also on the front lines as well.  Our fire and smoke damage restoration process begins when YOU become our Emergency Contact by phoning us at (530) 222-0200 alerting us of the fire damage event so we can respond immediately.

Growing Fire Problem in Shasta County

We enjoy our respected position in Northern California as a “go-to” and trusted restoration provider.  SERVPRO also recognizes the beauty of the North State can be marred by arson, reckless and unsafe fire practices, increasing human activity and unextinguished burn piles and wilderness camp fires.

Living in California means learning to live with fire.  Our Mediterranean climate with cool, wet winters and dry, hot summers along with the combination of geography, vegetation, and seasonal weather extremes creates an active and dramatic fire environment.   California’s ecosystems require fire as a necessary component of wildland health by clearing dead brush, clearing forest growth and releasing seeds to the fertile ash enhanced ground.  As we all know, California has expanding population centers settling into fire-prone areas.  SERVPRO reminds the reader that it is only a matter of time before homes and businesses in the Redding area confront fire damage.

Except for the Mohave Desert, Redding and the Shasta Basin experience the hottest summer temperature anywhere in California. The broiling temperatures in Central Valley cities like Fresno and Bakersfield are routinely surpassed by Redding’s thermal belt. We are geographically surrounded by mountains showcasing the snowy beauty of North State winters and during summer producing a wall against ocean breezes and the cooling wind blowing upstate from Sacrament / San Joaquin delta.

Listed below is a short list of major wild fires in Shasta County

  • In June 2008, the Popcorn Fire joined with the Peterson Fire to become the Peterson Complex and burned 3,100 acres near Little Valley in the Lassen National Forest in Shasta County and Lassen County.
  • In June and July 2008, the Shasta-Trinity Lightning Complex of fires burned 86,500 acres, destroyed 6 residences and 16 outbuildings, and burned throughout Shasta County and Trinity County.
  • In August 2009, the SHU Lightning Complex burned 17,623 acres in the Burney Area of Shasta County.
  • The 2014 Bald Fire started on July 30 and burned 39,736 acres 8 miles southeast of Fall River Mills on the Lassen National Forest in Shasta County.
  • The Eiler Fire started on Jul 31, 2014 and burned 32,416 acres near Old Station, 12 miles southeast of Burney in Shasta County.
  • The Coffee Fire started July 30, 2014 and burned 6,258 acres near East Fork of the Coffee Creek
  • The Laverne Fire started on July 18, 2017, off of Laverne Ln & Saddle Trail, 6 miles southeast of Redding in Shasta County and burned 180 acres.

Our concern is first and foremost for the safety and wellbeing of our local community.

For any Fire Emergency call us immediately 24/7 – 365 at (530) 222-0200 for smoke, soot, burn and water damage.  We provide content pack out and emergency board up to protect your belongings and property. 

Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Home and Business Fire Damage Restoration - (530) 222-0200

Hit with fire or smoke damage? Call SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties at (530) 222-0200

Fire can cause extensive amounts of property damage.  Smoke odor settles into the deep layers of home furnishings, structural building material, clothing and through the heat vents of consumer electronics.  Smoke soot damage, often turned acidic from fire fighters water, attacks mirror patina, the solder on circuit boards inside your television, silver flatware, chrome kitchen utensils and erodes, walls, paint, blinds and drapes.  SERVPRO understands that your cherished family possessions along with your sentimental family memories require immediate attention of fire damage experts who can carefully pack up and put into action state of the art restorative water drying and professional cleaning technologies.

Your local Redding and Shasta County SERVPRO franchise is available 24/7 to help minimize the cost of fire and smoke damage to your home.

Our fire restoration process includes:

  • 24/7 emergency services – onsite and assisting you within hours
  • Prompt damage assessment, pretesting and estimates
  • Emergency board-up and structural stabilization
  • Environmentally friendly methods for cleaning soot and other residue from fire damage
  • Smoke odor removal, sanitation and air purification
  • Careful removal and securing of damaged household goods, personal possessions and other contents for cleaning and restoration
  • Industrial grade water extractors, dehumidifiers, air movers and other equipment used to efficiently remove water resulting from fire extinguishing efforts
  • Reconstruction of the affected areas
  • Disinfectants and antimicrobials used to prevent mold and mildew

Why Trust SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties?

Our 24 /7 availability and quick response means we can get your property back to normal faster. We are an IICRC Restoration industry leading franchise.  Our onsite technicians can utilize their specialized training, cleaning methods and equipment combined with our many years of trust built in the local Redding community to quickly clean up and lower smoke damage restoration costs often being able to restore the contents of your home to a “Like it never even happened” condition.

We also have developed close business relationships with many local real estate and insurance agents and adjusters.  We can help you navigate through your California homeowners or commercial insurance claims process to make it as painless as possible for you.

If you have experienced fire & smoke damage in your home, call the fire damage restoration & smoke cleanup experts at SERVPRO.  

(530) 222-0200

Fire Damage Property Casualty Insurance Strategies

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Property Casualty Insurance Strategies Insurance Fire Damage Policy Coverage - Read the Details, Plan, and Be Prepared.

Most Fire damage residential insurance policies provide coverage. 

However, there is more to the story.  Coverage costs increase in high-risk areas such as near fire-prone terrain.  In Northern California whole communities have been destroyed and insurance dollars for home rebuilding skyrocket with materials and labor.  Insurance coverage promotion offering “peace of mind” quite often leave out the reality of the fine print.  Insurance adjusters ultimately decide the final costs of claims.

SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties provides this information to help inform our local North State residents on staying informed and safe as fire season approaches.  (530) 222-0200

Insurance companies such as Farmers, Allstate and State Farm become careful after regional fires about homes they cover.  Every year large portions of California, because of the drought, Santa Ana Winds and especially large human population, burn down.  In these cases, insurers typically work with already insured property owners to handle and expedite fire claims.  Residents seeking new policies for homeowners and property insurance may not be able to obtain those policies so easily.

See the following links for further insurance risks associated with fire.

Property Casualty Insurers Association of America  - Wide range of information for water, fire, storm and disaster casualty and property damage events.

California FAIR plan – this is a last resort insurance program and helpful to take a look at.,

Additionally, Hazards Fuel (i.e. Vegetation) dried and combustion prone in the summer heat remains a top risk maintenance priority by the Redding Fire Department. Collaboration throughout Shasta County with partners at Redding Electric Utility (www.reupower.com), our Redding Parks & Recreation Department (www.reddingrecreation.org), and CALFIRE (www.shastacountyfire.org).  For more information on the hazard fuel reduction program, please contact the Redding Fire Marshal at (530) 225-4575.

Commercial entities and Businesses (City of Redding Code of Ordinances (9.20.050)) allows for annual fire safety self-inspections.  Business safety is key.  Tips on the inspection process are as follows:

  1. Exit doors are fully operational and clear of debris.
  2. Electrical switches and cover plate are installed and in code.
  3. Extension cords in good condition.
  4. All doors and exits are use appropriate signs.
  5. Fire extinguishers are in date and properly pressurized.
  6. Sprinkler and overhead extinguishing systems are inspected and in date.
  7. Clear space for Inventory, machinery and boxes stored 18 inches from fire sprinkler systems.  

Preparing for fire damage in the Golden State requires a dual strategy.  Personal and companywide assessment and preparation are critical.  Knowing the fine print of your insurance coverage and keeping it up to date is also essential. Regional fire damage also has the economic impact of increasing construction material costs such as wood, concrete and electrical wiring.   

Talk with your insurance company and agent about an extended replacement cost endorsement. Essentially it is paying a small additional fee which provides coverage for a portion of the unexpected additional costs of rebuilding your home or business. The extended endorsement is additional coverage intended to accommodate at least a portion of any unexpected cost increases.

Emergency Board Up After Home and Commercial Fire Damage

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Emergency Board Up After Home and Commercial Fire Damage SERVPRO - Industry Leader in Home and Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Local Shasta County home and business owners

...who experience property fire damage will benefit by calling a professional restoration company like SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties who specializes in the full scope of fire clean up and emergency board up. The process includes utilizing specialized tools and technology to eliminate excess debris and particles from the fire, smoke and soot damage.  The point of quick response and mitigation is simply to preserve the value of the property, protect an owner’s investment and make heroes of insurance agents by reducing claim expenses.  Boarding up windows, doors and property access points provides a level of security, asset protection, prevention against theft and vandalism along with protecting against ongoing severe weather.

Residential and commercial property fire damage is not just the immediate fire and water used to extinguish. Ongoing aftereffects like smoke, protein fire residue, soot and the resulting odor soak into walls, flooring, the internal space of electronic equipment and any porous wood or cloth material.  The point of fast board up and internal cleaning of debris and particles is to quickly stop the process of destruction and save whatever is left to prevent further ruin. When a fire burns through a home or business the contents contain a plethora of chemical, industrial and manufacturing compounds – electronic and business equipment, plastics, heavy metals in circuit boards, flat screen TV’s and foam, synthetic materials in carpet, couches and flooring.  The smoke, soot and thus odor is in fact extremely toxic from the long chain hydrocarbons sticking to the internal surfaces. When the firemen use water to extinguish the flames the burned out toxic residue mixes with water and forms an acidic compound slowly etching and eating away at surfaces.  

Fast emergency pack out and board up by your local disaster restoration provider is paramount.  That is exactly why we have a team of trained technicians in our Redding, CA facility who wipe down and clean individual contents such as plates, books, family heirlooms, pictures, business equipment and many more.  Quickly removing the soot, acidic reaction and thus odor whether through state of the art ultrasonic chemical bath or a complete individual cleaning of items, sanitizing and restoring contents to a like new condition.  Particularly from homes, many items we restore are sentimental and irreplaceable.  Emergency board up is much more than sealing and securing a structure.   Board ups become a first step of preservation not only of property but more importantly memories, investments, and time.  The “Why” behind what we at SERVPRO do really comes from compassion and holding “your best interest” to the highest level.

Phone us at any time of the day or night, 365 days a year.  We are your resource to call when the unexpected occurs.

(530) 222-0200

October Fire Safety Month and Your Emergency Escape Plan

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage October Fire Safety Month and Your Emergency Escape Plan Using A Fire Extinguisher - Remember P.A.S.S - Pull Aim Squeeze Sweep

Focus on Fire 

Fall and winter weather, coupled with seasonal holiday heating, cooking and decorations, typically brings about an increase in residential fire frequency.  SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties fire damage restoration experts realize that people have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it's too late to get out.  In a matter of moments, a small flame can become a major fire, making it critical to be prepared with an escape plan in place.  Once a plan is developed, it is critical everyone in the home understands the plan; the best way to do this is by practicing the escape plan at least twice a year.

Working smoke detectors along with building and practicing a home escape plan increase your chance of surviving a fire.  The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) promotes steps to help you develop an emergency escape plan.  Simply having a plan for your home or business is not enough.  Your family and employees must be fully aware of the plan and practice it on a regular basis.

2017 Fire Prevention Week Quiz

Test your knowledge about home fire escape planning and other fire safety topics with this fun, interactive quiz.

http:bit.ly/2wmLQht

Preparation and Practice Are Key.

Fire Prevention Week in October

Draw a map of each level of your home and show all doors and windows.  Find two ways to get out of each room.  Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily. 

Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second and third floors.  Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory.  Store them near the window where they will be used.

Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance from your home where everyone can meet after they've escaped.  Make sure to mark the meeting location on your escape plan.

Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them.  Plan for everyone in your home with special considerations for elderly or disabled individuals.

Practice your fire escape plan at night and during the daytime.

Download the complete NFPA ESCAPE PLAN.

Your local SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties Professionals want you to stay safe and prepare now to ensure an enjoyable Holiday Season.  If you do suffer a fire loss we provide fire cleaning and restoration services.  Local community members - insurance, commercial and residential - value our fast response, professional technicians, and long history of smoke, soot and fire damage cleanup.

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Fire Safe Your Home in Shasta County, CA

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Safe Your Home in Shasta County, CA Fire safety readiness is the key in Shasta County

Fire Safety. Preparation and Readiness in Shasta County, California

The topic this season is all about Fire Safety. Preparation and Readiness are the key. The professional team at SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties is there for you after the damage, but what should you do to fire safe your home?

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  • Clean dead leaves and needles from your roof and gutters.
  • If you are reroofing, follow your fire department current roofing standards.
  • Cover your chimney outlet and stovepipe with 1/2" mesh screen.
  • Enclose the underside of eaves, decks and balconies with fire resistant materials to keep out flying embers.
  • Stack woodpiles at least 30 feet from all structures
  • Locate LPG tanks 30 feet away from structures; maintaing 10 feet of clear space around the tank.
  • When replacing windows install on dual or triple pane windows.
  • Establish defensible space.
  • Install Smoke Detectors
  • Keep a charged ABC type fire extinguisher in your kitchen and garage.  Know how to us it!

In addition to fire, smoke, and soot damage, your Redding home may also suffer from water damage as a result of the firefighting efforts. This type of damage can be especially upsetting and destructive for your family to process. You may feel stressed, confused, and vulnerable, so you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. We’ll treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home and belongings with care.

SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties specializes in fire and water damage restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Please refer to our Fire Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

How to Understand Fire Damage Cleanup

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How to Understand Fire Damage Cleanup Residential and commercial fire damage isn't easy to repair.

Fire Damage Restoration from a Trusted Source

When a fire rips through your home or business, the smoke damage and Fire Damage can be overwhelming. You don't know where to begin with your fire cleanup. You're dealing with a smoke smell that won't go away, smoke damage, soot damage, and fire damage.

Fire in the home and fire in the business can cause extensive damage. Fire damage restoration is not a job you should handle on your own. SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Tehema Counties professionals are able to deal with commercial fire damage and damage caused by fire in the home. As the top rated restoration company in Shasta County we can assist you with fire damage restoration from start to finish.

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Decisions after the Fire

Once the fire is over and the fire department considers the property to be safe after fire in the home or fire in the business, you have decisions to make. You may think you can board up your property and begin the fire cleanup process, but this is a job for the professionals. When residential or commercial fire damage strikes, you will be left with fire damage, soot damage, and smoke damage.

The smoke smell will be so heavy you are afraid it will never go away. SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties can handle the fire cleanup and fire damage restoration job for you. We begin by choosing to board up your windows for safety purposes after evaluating the extent of fire damage after you have experienced fire in the home or fire in the business.

We will be able to deal with every aspect of your fire cleanup job after there has been a fire in the house or fire in the business. The process begins by using various types of industrial chemicals to clean all of the surfaces that have been affected by fire damage, soot damage, and smoke damage.

We can handle commercial fire damage and residential damage. The size of the property doesn't matter. We will put the processes in place to board up the property to protect it from intrusion, eliminate the smoke smell, and tackle every type of damage that has occurred.

The use of the proper tools, technique, and cleaning products will effectively address soot damage, as well as every other type of damage that has taken place.

If it is possible to salvage your property after residential or commercial fire damage, SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties will help you to put this terrible time behind you. 

Residential and commercial fire damage isn't easy to repair, but a professional service will be with you every step of the way to help you cope during this difficult time. You will be able to get back to a normal life once your cleanup and restoration is over.

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Fire Damage Restoration - Redding / Shasta County, CA

8/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration - Redding / Shasta County, CA Fire Damage Restoration - Redding / Shasta County, CA

Fire Damage Restoration Priorities

After fire damage takes place in a property, certain factors need careful consideration.

1. Turn off all electrical appliances to assist in proper disaster management.

2. Check for water leakage and seepage. This is primarily because more than often water damage can be more devastating than destruction due to a fire breakout. The after effects of extinguishing fire using water can be drastic to cope with.

3. Take photos of soot and accumulated dirt damage.Take pictures of the damage that has occurred which can be of great assistance when seeking help from your insurance claims company.

4.  Check for any salvageable items and household objects that can be recovered. Then you will require throwing away those items that essentially cannot be recovered. Contact the insurance company and make sure you bring all your documents and photos of the damage so you’ll exactly know what will be covered in the event of fire damage.

5.  Make a list of all the items that have been destroyed in the fire along with their original prices. This will enable you to recover the amount of funds to help restore your home after the damage. However, all such tasks can be quite hectic and having little or no experience in such areas can actually prove to be highly frustrating.

In such an event, it best to seek help from a fire damage and repair service company who can come over to access the amount of destruction taken place. Such professionals have the suitable training and license to ensure that this kind of damage is handled properly. 

Fire damage restoration requires the assistance of specialist in the field. SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties provides you with a valuable overview of  services, costs and consumer reviews that will help you greatly in narrowing down your searches.

For instance, there are several companies in areas that are the most effected due to fire and water damage from natural calamities. Most of these incidents are reportedly said to take place near the coastal areas and places most hit by intense weather conditions like excessive rainfall. In U.S alone the cases of fire and water damage is growing at enormous rate each year due to the various incidents that occur frequently.

Such places in North America like Redding, Shasta, Trinity and Tehama counties are known to be severely affected due to intense climatic conditions. Residents of the area have received professional guidance from local fire damage repair companies that provide the much needed assistance in such events. When looking for such companies make sure that you request for an average estimate of the costs required for damage recovery. This should also include the total cost of the services and the time needed to work on the project.

The damage repair company must be able to exhibit adequate expertise and generate experience related to the field. Also, verify whether the fire damage recovery provider is insured and licensed. There are several benefits to hiring fire damage repair assistance companies as they have the necessary tools and expertise to restore the home. Having a professional team to come over and indulge into the repair work is beneficial since it could be unsafe for you to handle hazardous toxins in the home without assistance. This kind of an expert damage recover service provider will also save you time and money. 

SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties - (530) 222-0200

The Toxic Chemicals and Fumes of Fire Damage

8/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Toxic Chemicals and Fumes of Fire Damage Getting fire damage taken care of quickly.

Mitigating Fire Damage - Toxic Fumes, Deposits and Chemicals

If you have never had to deal with fire damage in your home before, then you may not realize how big of a problem it can be. If your home catches on fire, there are many toxic chemicals that will be released as the various items around your house catch fire.

SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties is committed to a fast and professional response.

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The smoke that is produced by the fire in your home will quickly cover everything with toxic black deposits. If you attempt to move back into your home even after the fire is put out but before it is deemed safe by professionals, you will be putting yourself directly in the path of all the toxic fumes that are being left by the smoke residue.

Another thing that you might find is that there is extensive fire damage to the rafters in your roof, which can cause an unsafe condition. Because of this, it is not suggested to enter your home again after the fire is put out until you have had a professional restoration crew take a look at the fire damage and see how bad it is. Usually the home will need to be cleaned up before you can safely move back in with your family.

Over the years of working with victims of fire damage, our team at SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Tehama Counties has helped many homeowners restore their property.

While a fire can be a traumatic event, there are steps you can take to mitigate the long-term effect that it has on your life. Getting the fire damage taken care of quickly afterwards is a great way to move forward.

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Shasta, Trinity & Tehama County California Smoke and Soot Cleanup

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Shasta, Trinity & Tehama County California Smoke and Soot Cleanup Fire and Smoke Damage Expertise and Experience

Fire, Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Shasta County, CA Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire.

Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

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Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
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Tips for Safe Summer Grill Cleaning

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Tips for Safe Summer Grill Cleaning Delicious Food! Easy Cleanup!

If you're a Redding / Shasta County local, you know how gorgeous the weather can be in the summer. Our beautiful blue skies and high temps always inspire a barbecue. After you grill, watch some TV and catch up with your pals, then, it's time to clean up.

It's a job that nobody likes to do, but it has to be done. A grill that's mired in excessive grit and soot can become a hazard and could lead to fire damage on your property.

If you're already trying to deal with extensive fire damage, don't panic, because SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties got your back. With 24/7 emergency service and highly trained technicians on call, SERVPRO can respond faster to any size disaster.

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It's a hassle to get your grill back in top shape, but with these four tips for grill cleaning, you'll have a spotless grill in no time.

  1. Safety First!

Always make sure to follow proper safety procedures! This is true whether you're looking to spot clean after you've grilled food or you're gunning for a more in-depth, thorough cleaning.

Ensure that each of the knobs is OFF. Next, you are using propane, make sure the tank is closed. Following that, check that the grill is on a stable, even surface; and that the grill is no longer hot before you touch any of its individual parts without protection.

  1. Quality Grilling Utensils

Your grill brush is an important tool that you don't want to skimp out on.

What makes a great grill brush? You'll want a brush that has smaller bristles and multiple heads. Also, a long handle so that you can scrub while the gratings are still hot, and one that's durable. You'll also want to make sure that whatever brush you pick up is a good match for the size and type of grill that you're using.

  1. Food and Grease Excess Residue

It's never a bad idea to crank the grill up to its highest setting after you're done the cooking so that it can burn off excess grime. This can make your post-barbecue spot clean easier.

  1. Outside Grill Surfaces Clean

Ensuring that the exterior of the grill is spotless is as important as maintaining the cleanliness of its interior. It's an easier job than the inside, though; all you'll need is soapy water and a rag

Dishwasher fire

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dishwasher fire dishwasher fire

Fire Safety Awareness


A faulty dishwasher caught on fire in Redding, CA and the homeowner was alerted by her smoke detectors. Much of the time, it's the smoke that causes the most damage. The smoke damage in this case wasn't severe because the smoke detectors alerted the homeowner who was able shut off the power to the dishwasher and smother it with towels. There was very little material damaged by the fire.



The best tip we can give customers is to make sure they don't run their appliances when they go to bed or if they are not home or in he house while running them.

We also suggest that consumers check out the Consumer Product Safety Commission website to search their dishwasher and other appliances to be aware of hazardous appliances.
Keep a multipurpose fire extinguisher in your kitchen and visit the U.S. Fire Administration's website for more information on fire extinguishers.

The owner from this loss was so happy she said, "The SERVPRO team was fabulous! They were professional and accommodating with my needs. Can't say enough positives, wonderful experience."

SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties was called in to clean up the aftermath! We have been here for 23 years, if you experience any type of loss, call us first, for a free inspection and then let your insurance company know you want to use SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties.

Understanding Fire – How a Home Fire Spreads

8/4/2016 (Permalink)

In order to protect yourself from a home fire, it’s essential to understand how a fire acts. When a fire occurs in your home, you only have a few minutes to escape. There is no time to collect valuables once you hear the smoke alarm, especially at night. Here are some fundamental facts about home fires that show how dangerous they are and why you have precious little time to get away:

  • Fires can get out of control very quickly - usually in less than 30 seconds from the event that caused them. In homes and properties with synthetic furniture and furnishings, fires can spread even faster due to the flammable nature of the materials.
  • After about a minute, smoke begins to fill the room. At first, it rises to the ceiling, then it descends, until the room is entirely filled with smoke. Fire produces black smoke that makes it very difficult to see anything, not to mention that it contains toxic chemicals that cause drowsiness and asphyxiation.
  • The temperature in the room increases steadily. In fact, heat and smoke cause more deaths than the actual flames. After about 3 minutes, the temperature can reach 600 degrees at eye level, and breathing this hot air will severely burn your lungs. This is also the point where fire spreads to other rooms.
  • After about 4 to 5 minutes, the heat in the room of origin increases so much that it causes everything to ignite. This is called a flashover. Flames and smoke can be visible from the outside, through windows or other openings. Rescuing victims may not be possible at this point.
  • Fire reaches its fully developed stage when it has spread over all available fuel (furniture, walls, etc.) and the temperature has reached its peak. 

To be prepared for a fire, install smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and a fire sprinkler system in your home. Making a fire escape plan is also extremely important.  In addition to fire, smoke, and soot damage, your Redding home may also suffer from water damage as a result of the firefighting efforts. This type of damage can be especially upsetting and destructive for your family to process. You may feel stressed, confused, and vulnerable, so you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. We’ll treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home and belongings with care.

SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties specializes in fire and water damage restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Need Smoke or Fire Damage Cleanup Services? Call Us Today – (530) 222-0200

Fire Safety Checklist

8/4/2016 (Permalink)

We are already halfway through National Fire Prevention Week and we want to advise you to take personal responsibility and prepare long before a fire threatens your home and your family’s safety.

Sit down with your family and review this fire safety checklist:

•Install and maintain a working smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector in every bedroom, outside of every sleep area and on every level of the home, including the basement, and remember to change the battery at least once a year.

•Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.

•Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.

•Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly.

•Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.

•Know where your fire extinguisher is mounted, and make sure everyone in the family knows how to use it.

•Designate two escape routes from each bedroom and practice them regularly.

•Teach everyone the "Stop, Drop, and Roll" technique in case clothing catches on fire.

•Avoid storing old mattresses in the home or garage.

•Teach kids that matches, lighters and candles are tools, not toys. If you suspect that a child is playing with fire, check under beds and in closets for telltale signs like burned matches. Matches and lighters should be stored in a secure drawer or cabinet.

While it is crucial to be cautious of fire hazards year-round, taking the time to walk through these steps at least once a year could save you and your family’s life. When a fire happens, there is no more time for planning. Act today, be prepared!

In addition to fire, smoke, and soot damage, your Redding home may also suffer from water damage as a result of the firefighting efforts. This type of damage can be especially upsetting and destructive for your family to process. You may feel stressed, confused, and vulnerable, so you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. We’ll treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home and belongings with care.

SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties specializes in fire and water damage restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Please refer to our Fire Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

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Garage Fire Safety Tips

8/4/2016 (Permalink)

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, residential garage fires tend to spread faster than fires which start in another area of a home. Consequently, garage fires, which occur more often in January, December and July, cause more injuries and financial losses (per fire) than other home fires. Check out these tips to learn how to prevent fires in your garage:

  • Store flammable substances, such as paints, gasoline, oil or varnishes outside the garage and home, preferably in a shed.
  • Always keep items which can catch fire on high shelves and away from appliances that produce heat.
  • Since electrical malfunction is the leading cause of garage fires, use electrical appliances or tools carefully.
  • Plug only one charging appliance or major appliance at a time in a socket.
  • When powering or charging appliances, avoid using extension cords.
  • Install a heat alarm (rather than a smoke alarm) that will sound when it detects dangerously high temperatures. Make sure the alarm is interconnected with the rest of the alarms in your home. Check the alarms once a month and replace batteries once a year.
  • Don’t fill portable gasoline containers inside your garage. Instead, choose an outdoor area and pour gasoline carefully to avoid spills.
  • If you spill gasoline, soak it up with sawdust or cat litter. Throw the sawdust or cat litter in a safe container after the spill is fully absorbed.
  • Avoid using carpets, rugs, non-fire-retardant tarps or cardboard on the garage floor, as these may absorb flammable liquids and cause a fire.

Construction-related fire-proofing tips to consider:

  • Install a ½-inch gypsum board wall if the wall connects your garage to your home.
  • Install a 1-inch Type X gypsum board ceiling if there is living space above the garage.
  • Install a self-closing and self-latching 20-minute fire-rated door that connects your garage to your house.
  • Install an attic hatch cover if there is attic access from the garage.

For extra electrical safety, your garage should be equipped with GFCIs (ground-fault circuit-interrupters). If you’re doing outdoor work using electrical tools, follow these outdoor electrical safety tips

In addition to fire, smoke, and soot damage, your Redding home may also suffer from water damage as a result of the firefighting efforts. This type of damage can be especially upsetting and destructive for your family to process. You may feel stressed, confused, and vulnerable, so you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. We’ll treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home and belongings with care.

SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties specializes in fire and water damage restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Please refer to our Fire Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Need Smoke or Fire Damage Cleanup Services? Call Us Today – (530) 222-0200

5 Unexpected Home Fire Causes

8/4/2016 (Permalink)

While most home fires are cooking-related, there are many other ways a fire can start in a home. Objects that may seem completely harmless can sometimes start a fire under the right circumstances. Here are 5 uncommon causes of home fires you should be aware of:

1. Glass objects

We all know that light passing through magnifying glass can start a fire if pointed to a flammable object. However, in very rare cases, fires can start due to light passing through an empty jar, crystal ball or another glass object. When the light is refracted by these objects towards curtains, paper or another flammable source, a fire can start if given enough time. To avoid this, make sure to keep glassware in a shaded area.

2. Dishwashers

While household appliances are known to start fires, not many people know that dishwashers can also pose a fire risk, although small. A fire can be caused by a faulty dishwasher when water drips onto the machine’s internal wires. Have your dishwasher maintained and repaired once a year to prevent any fire hazards, as well as water leaks.

3. 9-Volt Batteries

Although very rare, fires can start due to improper disposal of 9-volt batteries. When the battery’s posts come in contact with a piece of metal, and that piece of metal touches a flammable object (such as a piece of paper), a fire can start. Store used 9-volt batteries away from metals and place a piece of tape on top of its posts. Visit your city or county website to find out where to safely dispose of batteries for recycling.

4. Laptops

Laptops produce quite a bit of heat when operating for several hours. If you put your laptop directly on a bed, couch or another soft surface, there is a slight chance that the heat produced by the laptop will start a fire. Prevent laptop fires by using laptop stands and cooling pads or by placing them on a non-flammable surface.

5. Dust

It may sound strange, but the dust bunnies under beds and furniture can be a fire hazard if they are close to wall sockets, heating appliances or electronics. Dust bunnies can ignite if sparks fly towards them, possibly spreading fire towards nearby furniture. Vacuum under beds and furniture regularly to eliminate this small fire hazard.

In addition to fire, smoke, and soot damage, your Redding home may also suffer from water damage as a result of the firefighting efforts. This type of damage can be especially upsetting and destructive for your family to process. You may feel stressed, confused, and vulnerable, so you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. We’ll treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home and belongings with care.

SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties specializes in fire and water damage restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Please refer to our Fire Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Need Smoke or Fire Damage Cleanup Services?Call Us Today – (530) 222-0200

Appliance Fire Safety Tips

8/4/2016 (Permalink)

Household appliances make our lives easier on a daily basis. However, every machine that operates on electricity or gas presents safety risks and should be used according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Below are essential appliance fire safety tips to help you prevent disasters in your home:

General Safety Tips

-  Keep appliances at a safe distance from wet areas, especially in the bathroom, kitchen, garage or basement.

-  Keep potentially flammable items, such as furniture, clothes or curtains, away from heaters or appliances that produce heat.

-  If an appliance or lamp sputters, produces a spark or gives you a shock when running, have it repaired as soon as possible.

-  Never force an appliance with a three-prong plug into a two-prong outlet or extension cord.

-  Never run cords under carpets or rugs, as this can damage the cords and cause a fire.

-  Check the wires of appliances regularly. Replace or repair frayed, damaged wires.

-  Don’t plug too many plugs into an electrical outlet; plug only one wattage appliance into an outlet at a time.

-  Unplug all small electrical appliances, such as irons, toasters, hair dryers, and shavers when not in use.

- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home. Test the alarms once a month and replace batteries each year.

Clothes Dryer

-  Properly ground clothes dryers properly and keep the area around your dryer clear of things that can burn.

-  Always use a lint filter when operating a dryer and clean the lint from the filter before or after each use.

-  Vent dryers directly outside using rigid or flexible metal venting materials. Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted.

-  Clean out the lint from the vent pipe once a year or more often if clothes are taking longer than normal to dry.

-  More clothes dryer safety tips are available here.

Electric or Gas Ranges

-  Remove grease or other debris from the burner, stove top or oven. Never leave combustible items near ovens.

-  Always supervise the range when cooking and turn it off when you have to leave the kitchen.

-  Roll up your sleeves, tie back long hair and wear non-slip when cooking.

-  Before using the range, make sure it doesn’t smell of gas inside the oven or near it.

-  Find out more oven range safety tips here and kitchen safety rules here.

Dishwasher

-  Make sure the dishwasher is always supervised when operating. Don’t use the dishwasher when going to bed or before leaving the house.

-  Avoid using extension cords as a permanent solution to power the dishwasher. Plug your dishwasher into a grounded wall socket.

-  Check the plastic components that release the detergent on the interior of the door. If damaged, these components can cause water to leak over the machine’s internal wires, resulting in a fire.

-  More dishwasher safety tips can be found here.

Electric Heater

-  Keep heaters at least 3 feet away from flammable materials like paper, trash bins, furniture, drapes or carpet.

-  Place heaters on a stable, horizontal surface (preferably on the floor) where it can’t be knocked over easily.

-  Here you can find more electric heater safety guidelines.

Microwave Oven

-  Never use aluminum foil or metal in a microwave oven, as metal can start a fire. Use only microwave-safe food containers or dishes.

-  Microwaves are not designed for drying or sterilizing baby bottles, clothes or blankets.

-  Clean the microwave, including the outer edge, from food debris, grease or stains regularly.

In case you’ve experienced a home fire, take a look at this article to learn how deal with the fire damage.  In addition to fire, smoke, and soot damage, your Redding home may also suffer from water damage as a result of the firefighting efforts. This type of damage can be especially upsetting and destructive for your family to process. You may feel stressed, confused, and vulnerable, so you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. We’ll treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home and belongings with care.

SERVPRO of North Shasta, Trinity & Greater Tehama Counties specializes in fire and water damage restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.

 Please refer to our Fire Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Need Smoke or Fire Damage Cleanup Services? Call Us Today – (530) 222-0200