SERVPRO Commercial Remediation Services Help Businesses Recover After Disaster
Disasters of any kind can strike Dallas businesses. From destructive monsoon storms to mold to fire damage, when a business experiences damage, the loss can be compounded by the inability to run a business until the damage is addressed. SERVPRO of Carrollton and Bent Tree is here to help after your business suffers a water, fire, or any other loss.
SERVPRO’s trained professionals stand at the ready
SERVPRO has trained professionals on call 24-hours a day that are ready to answer your call and come to the rescue for whatever damage your business may suffer. Our water extraction and restoration technicians can mitigate damages caused by a water or fire event and get your operation back up and running as quickly. From fire damaged office spaces to flooded warehouses, and anything in between, SERVPRO of Carrollton has you covered and can make commercial water and fire damage “Like it never even happened.”
Getting your business back up and running
Let SERVPRO help with our commercial water mitigation and restoration services. Our highly trained team of IICRC certified restoration and drying specialists not only restore your property but your piece of mind and reclaim order in a hectic situation. We’ll work with your property managers to review the situation completely, offer our suggestions for remediation, and inform them every step along the way until the process is finished, helping to get your business back up and running as quickly as possible.
How SERVPRO can assist with damages
Our crews can extract water from your commercial facility and start the drying process quickly so that you can get back to production or back to regular operation as soon as possible. If your business experiences fire or mold damage, we’ll diligently work to address the issue until your business is restored. Even if your facility has been significantly damaged, SERVPRO can work with your operation team to implement alternative daily operations so that your business can continue to operate and conduct business while the facility undergoes the drying process. No matter what kind of disaster you face, our commercial restoration services can help.
Contact SERVPRO for your commercial damage remediation needs
SERVPRO of Carrollton and Bent Tree is a locally owned business so we know how crucial it is to get back up and running as soon as possible. We understand that every day that production or operations are interrupted, affects your business's bottom line. Don’t let damage of any kind ruin your business. Call the pros that are faster to any size disaster and can get the job done right the first time. Contact us 24/7 at 972-446-0383 to get on the road to recovery quickly.
How the Team at SERVPRO of Carrollton Helps Homeowners Avoid Insurance Claim Mistakes
Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Carrollton offers tips on how homeowners can avoid insurance claim mistakes.
The staff at SERVPRO of Carrollton, a Carrollton, TX, damage restoration company, knows how complicated and confusing home insurance can be. The task of correctly filing a claim on homeowners insurance is challenging and, at times, frustrating, especially in cases involving extensive property damage or a complex claim.
The likelihood of filing a claim increases as 2021 progresses. Summer tornado activity gears up. The eastern and Gulf Coast United States head into hurricane season. The western U.S., including Texas and the Dallas/Fort Worth area, including Carrollton, has already started its yearly battle against wildfires and whatever else comes along the way.
The industry experts at Forbes report that almost six percent or one out of fifteen insured homeowners filed a claim in 2018, according to data from the Insurance Information Institute. A staggering 98% of those claims stemmed from some form of property damage.
Informed and meticulous homeowners are capable of successfully navigating the insurance claims process. Listed below are some common mistakes homeowners should avoid making when filing an insurance claim after a property damage disaster.
Mistake #1: The homeowner did not take photo and video documentation of the damage.
The failure to thoroughly document property damage is the most common error homeowners make when filing an insurance claim. Homeowners encounter this pitfall when they fail to take pictures and videos of property damage as soon as the damage occurs or as soon as the damage is discovered.
Homeowners need to know that images and videos are vital when filing a claim. Periodically, a homeowner should create a walk-through video of the home. The video can be stored on the cloud, where it can be accessed at any time. This archive enables the homeowner to prove the extent of the damage to the house should property damage occur. This documentation can greatly aid the processing of the claim payout.
Mistake #2: The homeowner neglected to read the insurance policy.
Insurance policies are not easy to read. Although the technical language is complicated, the homeowner should still make an effort to understand the coverages in the policy. For instance, a common incorrect assumption is that flood insurance is the same as water backup coverage. Water backup coverage covers damage caused by a sewer drain or sump pump backup and will not cover damage from a flood.
Mistake #3: The homeowner did not have the right insurance to cover the property damage disaster.
A policy may only have actual cash value coverage for the contents of the home, which is not the same as replacement cost coverage. Damage from the wind and floodwaters of a hurricane is likely not covered by standard home insurance policies, especially if the home is located in a region prone to hurricane damage. A solid hurricane insurance plan might actually consist of three separate policies that ensure adequate coverage. Policy exclusions can financially devastate the homeowner who lives in an area susceptible to natural disasters.
Mistake #4: The homeowner did not make an inventory of the contents of the home.
This mistake will be especially painful in a situation where property damage is extensive. Stress and time impede memory. An exhaustive home inventory will make the claim process easier and faster.
Mistake #5: The homeowner failed to clearly communicate the damage in the insurance claim.
Many home insurance claim mistakes are the result of the homeowner’s failure to clearly describe the damage to the property. Poorly communicated claims information causes delays which can cause the entire claims process to grind to a halt.
Mistake #6: The homeowner did not file the claim promptly.
Negligent home maintenance can result in damages that are not covered by home insurance. For example, damage from a ruptured water pipe is covered. A claim for damage from a roof leak the homeowner failed to promptly repair may be denied because of the failure to take action to stop the leak. The failure to notice and report a potential claim can lead to claim denial.
Mistake #7: The homeowner discarded damaged items that would have been useful to the claim.
The temptation after a property damage disaster is to quickly clean up the mess and discard any debris. Regrettably, homeowners discard damaged belongings before the total damage is documented. In the cleaning process, receipts that would have supported a claim are sometimes destroyed. When filing a claim for a damaged item, keep the item until there is sufficient documentation of the damage. Failing to preserve a paper trail could be a very costly financial mistake.
Mistake #8: The homeowner attempted to navigate the claims process alone.
The insurance claims process is complex. A single error on the part of the homeowner could delay the process or reduce the final payout for damages. The homeowner who tries to navigate the process alone can expect delays, frustration, and an overall negative customer experience.
Trust the damage restoration experts at SERVPRO of Carrollton to handle the insurance claims process from beginning to end. The experienced staff will manage the claims process and work to resolve any issues that might arise so that the restoration process can progress smoothly and swiftly.
For more information about Carrollton, Dallas, and Bent Tree, TX, damage restoration services, contact the office by phone at (972) 446-0383 or by email at office@SERVPRO10952.com.
Seven Tips for Avoiding Fire Damage Caused by a Dryer Fire
Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Carrollton helps homeowners in Carrollton, Bent Tree, and Dallas, TX, recover from fire damage, including fires caused by the clothes dryer.
A dryer fire can cause significant fire damage in Carrollton, TX, homes. SERVPRO of Carrollton is sharing seven tips to help homeowners proactively prevent a fire from breaking out in the laundry room.
- Know the facts about dryer fires.
An informed knowledge about dryer fire risks can help homeowners think soberly and act promptly to prevent a dryer fire in their homes. When homeowners are aware of fire risks associated with improper dryer usage and maintenance, they will be motivated to take dryer safety seriously and take the necessary precautions.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports, “In 2014-2018, local fire departments responded to an estimated average of 13,820 home structure fires per year in which dryers were involved in the ignition. These fires caused an average of seven civilian deaths, 344 civilian injuries, and $233 million in direct property damage annually.”
NFPA research also reveals that “One-third (32 percent) of dryer fires were caused by a failure to clean. This appears to be mainly lint build-up, as 27 percent of dryer fires started when dust, fiber, or lint ignited. Mechanical failures or malfunctions caused 27% of dryer fires; 16% were caused by electrical failures or malfunctions.”
- Clean the lint out of the dryer’s lint filter after every load.
Because over one-fourth of dryer fires are caused by the accumulation of lint and similar substances, homeowners should clean the lint filter regularly. The best practice is to clean the lint filter after each load of clothes dried.
- Perform an annual cleaning and inspection of the dryer and dryer duct.
Homeowners want to make sure that their dryer is in good working order and does not have any blockages in the duct or vent. By cleaning and inspecting the dryer at least once a year, the homeowner can identify and resolve any problems before they lead to a damaged appliance or a fire.
Before beginning the cleaning and inspection process, disconnect the dryer from its power source, and if a gas dryer is in use, be sure to cut off the gas valve that supplies the dryer. Use care when moving the dryer to examine its vent. In the case of a gas clothes dryer, do not damage the gas line or stretch it too tightly.
Consumer Reports provides the following dryer cleaning tips: “Disconnect the duct from the dryer, and vacuum both the dryer and the duct—as much as you can access. Where possible, separate the duct into shorter sections for better access, then reassemble and attach the duct to the dryer. Be sure all joints in the duct are properly connected and held together with clamps or foil tape. Then return the dryer to its original spot and reconnect the power. While you’re at it, clean behind the dryer and underneath it—lint builds up there, too. In winter, check after windy weather or snowstorms to be sure that snow isn’t blocking the outdoor vent.”
- Replace plastic or foil accordion ducts with rigid metal ducts.
Accordion ducts are problematic because they are too flexible or can easily crumple, leading to problems such as restricted airflow and lint buildup. A rigid metal duct is a safer choice.
- Avoid using sheet metal screws to connect duct sections.
Sheet metal screws can collect lint, which leads to lint buildup within the duct. Instead, attach duct sections with duct connectors and metal clamps or dryer vent foil tape.
- Use caution when cleaning chemical stains.
Clothing that has been stained by flammable substances such as oil, gas, or cleaning chemicals should be regarded as a potential fire hazard. Consumer Reports writes, “The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends washing such stained clothing more than once to minimize volatile chemicals, then hanging to dry. If you must use a dryer, use the lowest heat setting and a drying cycle that concludes with a cool-down period. In the event that a fire does start, keep the dryer door closed to limit its oxygen supply—a fire needs oxygen to keep it going.”
- Prequalify a reputable damage restoration company before a dryer fire occurs.
Taking the time to prequalify a capable and trustworthy fire damage restoration company can remove a great deal of stress if a fire damage disaster involving the dryer occurs. Highly experienced and qualified technicians, such as the team at SERVPRO of Carrollton, can implement a rapid response in order to provide the fire and smoke damage restoration services that are so urgently needed in the aftermath of a dryer fire.
To learn more about fire damage restoration in Dallas, TX, call SERVPRO of Carrollton at (972) 446-0383 or contact the office by email at office@SERVPRO10952.com.
Four Different Ways That Storms Cause Damage to Local Homes and Businesses
Blog Summary: Severe weather can damage homes and businesses in a variety of ways. Four aspects of storms that can cause great devastation are wind, lightning strikes, hail, and flooding.
SERVPRO of Carrollton knows that severe weather can hit with little or no warning, causing massive storm damage in Bent Tree, TX, and devastating homes and businesses. When the weather sirens begin, every second counts. Life in the “tornado alley” of Texas can be stressful at times, but knowledge of the different ways that severe weather causes damage can help residents and business owners prepare for the damaging effects of wind, lightning, hail, and flooding.
Four Ways That Severe Weather Can Cause Storm Damage to Homes in Bent Tree, TX
Severe weather involves wind, lightning strikes, hail, and flooding, which each cause different types of damage. When homeowners understand how these four factors can cause damage, they can identify and assess the extent of the damage that the home has sustained.
In October of 2019, ten tornadoes inflicted over a billion dollars in property damage in the North Dallas area of Texas. While not every weather system produces tornadoes, many storms generate damaging winds that result in severe property damage.
The National Severe Storms Laboratory outlines several types of winds that have the potential to produce severe damage.
A downdraft is a column of air forcefully moving downward during a storm. This wind event can foster conditions leading to more serious wind conditions.
A downburst is an extremely powerful downdraft that bursts as it impacts the earth, sending high winds across a larger area. Downbursts have the explosive ability to damage homes and other buildings. They may even have the destructive power of a large tornado.
Microbursts occur when a downburst is localized over a smaller area. These short-lived bursts can be very destructive. Microbursts often accompany heavy rainfall. Microbursts not associated with precipitation are called dry microbursts and are much more frequent in the plains and intermountain region of the western United States.
- Gust fronts
When cooler air collides with a warm storm, the shifting winds can gust at high speeds. The forceful winds may usher in the approaching storm. When the gusts occur, they form shelf or roll clouds, and in rare instances, the gust fronts can begin to spin, mimicking a very weak tornado.
- Straight-line winds
Any strong winds that do not rotate are called straight-line winds. These fierce gusts crash their way through an area, and debris is pushed ahead of the winds. The wind and the debris pound against structures, often leaving destruction in their wake.
A derecho may occur when bands of fast-moving thunderstorms roar through an area. The word “derecho” in Spanish means “straight ahead.” Derechos may generate multiple microbursts and downbursts, and these powerful storm conditions can cover an area spanning more than 240 square miles, enveloping entire major metropolitan areas.
These various types of high-velocity winds have one thing in common: they can cause extensive damage to homes, businesses, and other structures.
When weather conditions involve powerful winds, homeowners need to pay particular attention to the potential storm damage these high winds can cause. The roof is vulnerable to damage from wind. Straight-line winds can roll up the shingles, underlayment, and decking, and the exposed attic area will sustain extensive water damage. Saturated insulation loses much of its R-value and becomes a breeding ground for mold and bacteria. If the water intrusion is not stopped quickly, ceilings may collapse, and electrical circuits may short out. In situations involving roof leaks, emergency tarping is necessary to mitigate the water intrusion.
When gutters are ripped away from the edge of the roof, water is no longer directed away from the foundation. The pooling of water next to the foundation can flood the basement or crawl space. Winds approaching tornadic speeds can hurl debris through windows and cause physical injury, structural damage, and water damage.
A highly dangerous situation arising from high winds is broken limbs and downed trees that fall on the home. Large trees can demolish small homes and cause serious injury or death to the occupants of the house. In weather conditions involving high winds, stay away from windows and doors. Seek shelter in the house in a location that is as far as possible from where a tree might impact the structure. If the home is damaged and evacuation is required, watch out for debris and fallen power lines.
A second way that severe weather can cause storm damage is by a lightning strike. According to the National Weather Service, “A typical lightning flash is about 300 million Volts and about 30,000 Amps. In comparison, the household current is 120 Volts and 15 Amps. There is enough energy in a typical flash of lightning to light a 100-watt incandescent light bulb for about three months or the equivalent compact fluorescent bulb for about a year.” A lightning strike with this much power can cause significant fire damage.
A third way that severe weather can cause storm damage is by hailstones, specifically hailstones that measure at least .75 inches. Hail as large as a golf ball (1.75 inches) or larger can cause severe damage. Hail damage to the roof can cause water leaks, and large hailstones falling at speeds of twenty-five to forty miles per hour or more can crack or shatter windows, allowing water into the home. Hail damage to gutters and eaves can lead to water-damaged interior walls, foundation damage, and flooded crawl space.
Flooding is a fourth way that severe weather can cause storm damage. Bent Tree is no stranger to heavy rains from thunderstorms and the remnants of tropical storms and hurricanes. A flash flood can inundate a home or entire neighborhood in minutes, sending water gushing throughout the house, damaging personal belongings, causing extensive structural damage, and creating the ideal conditions for mold growth.
When high winds, lightning, hail, or flooding strike, trust the restoration experts at SERVPRO of Carrollton for water, fire, and storm damage restoration. The company offers a twenty-four-hour emergency service and a faster response to any size disaster. For more details about storm damage restoration in Bent Tree, TX, contact SERVPRO of Carrollton by phone at (972) 446-0383 or by email at office@SERVPRO10952.com.
Independence Day reminders about fire safety.
Summer is synonymous with barbecues, parades and fireworks. The National Safety Council advises everyone to enjoy fireworks at public displays conducted by professionals, and not to use any fireworks at home. They may be legal but they are not safe.
If You Choose to Use Legal Fireworks
If consumer fireworks are legal to buy where you live and you choose to use them, be sure to follow the following safety tips:
- Never allow young children to handle fireworks
- Older children should use them only under close adult supervision
- Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol
- Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear
- Never hold lighted fireworks in your hands
- Never light them indoors
- Only use them away from people, houses and flammable material
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person
- Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting
- Never ignite devices in a container
- Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
- Soak both spent and unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding
- Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire
- Never use illegal fireworks
Better yet, grab a blanket and a patch of lawn, kick back and let the experts handle the fireworks show.
Sparklers Are Dangerous
Every year, young children can be found along parade routes and at festivals with sparklers in hand, but sparklers are a lot more dangerous than most people think.
Sparklers burn at about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals. Sparklers can quickly ignite clothing, and children have received severe burns from dropping sparklers on their feet. According to the National Fire Protection Association, sparklers alone account for more than 25% of emergency room visits for fireworks injuries. For children under 5 years of age, sparklers accounted for nearly half of the total estimated injuries.
Consider using safer alternatives, such as glow sticks, confetti poppers or colored streamers.
Smoke Alarms can SAVE LIVES!
Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). In homes, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and on every level, including the basement. In office and commercial environments, check your state requirements or contact your local Fire Marshall to help ensure all codes are met.
Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years. Other alarms need batteries replaced every year and the unit replaced every ten years. If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately. Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm.
Almost half of fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries (NFPA). In larger commercial facilities, hard wired or wireless smoke alarms offer benefits such as not needing to be tested as often and activating throughout the entire building if smoke is detected in just one area (NFPA).
If you need help installing, testing, or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department, an electrician, or the American Red Cross. Be sure your home or workplace has a fire emergency plan.
The Service You Hope to Never Need -- Crime Scene Cleanup in Dallas.
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Bad luck or bad choices -- either or both of these circumstances can land a Dallas homeowner in a complicated situation. A crime committed on your property would become your problem even if you were uninvolved. Substances and debris need clearing and cleaning, and you do not have the training or the expertise. Consider working with one of our crime scene cleanup crews to set your home and your life back to rights.
Your crime scene cleanup scenario is unique. Perhaps you discovered a family member was making or dealing in drugs. The paraphernalia, the ingredients, and finished products can be lethal to touch or inhale even by accident. Maybe a home invasion ended in an injury or death of victim or perpetrator.
Blood and bodily fluids must be cleaned after a body is removed or a stricken person is taken by ambulance. The circumstance could be a suicide or unattended death, and the discovery of either may take days. Odors and decay complicate an already horrifying scene. We can help.
Blood and fluid-borne pathogens are to be presumed part of the debris after a violent injury or death. SERVPRO crime scene cleanup technicians receive advanced training following OSHA, EPA, and local health rules. Not only will we remove the hazardous human waste and substances, but we also have the products registered by the EPA to deep clean and disinfect the area.
If it took time to find the crime scene, the remains might be covered in decay and mold. Odors can be stifling and nearly impossible to eradicate. SERVPRO crew members take each crime scene challenge on step by step to remove the debris, sanitize and clean the space and use modern deodorization technology that neutralizes the stench on a molecular level. If necessary, we create zones to keep microbial infestations and pathogens away from your living areas using negative pressure air scrubbers. Our crew is clad in personal protective equipment and take no chances that could spread hazardous materials.
Even the tiniest amount of some illegally traded and used drugs can harm or even kill. For you and your loved ones to feel confident that you can live in the home again, every minute particle of the chemicals used and remaining must be eliminated. SERVPRO crime scene cleanup specialists have the tactics and tools to achieve this.
Finally, it is likely you and your family did not expect or ask for this nightmare, but you are charged with finding a solution. SERVPRO technicians treat customers and their families dealing with crime scene struggles with respect and compassion. Our services are discrete and professional.
SERVPRO of Carrollton is there for members of our community wrestling with the aftermath of violent crime or tragedy and the after effects needed to be cleaned from your home.
Call (972) 446-0383 any time of the day or night for our sensitive yet competent and speedy services.
How SERVPRO’s ERP Can Help Your Business If You Experience Damage
What is the SERVPRO ERP?
SERVPRO’s ERP is a system that helps businesses create a readiness profile for all of their locations to be prepared for any disaster. The ERP helps business owners create an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for their facility, at no charge. The business owner works with SERVPRO to gather and document information that will become critical if a disaster strikes. It allows business owners to create customized, pre-organized profiles of their properties and locations so that in case of a disaster, we have access to any relevant documents and information immediately Once the ERP is created, business owners have access to their information 24/7 online and by using SERVPRO’s free smartphone app, creating a comprehensive emergency plan for the business. A comprehensive emergency plan contains critical information about the location of shut-off valves, fire suppression system controls, emergency contact numbers and more—information that can save emergency responders precious time and help contain damage and minimize injury.
The SERVPRO ERP Creates Faster Responses
With a profile in the ERP system, we can respond to your business emergency faster much quicker than if you had contacted us by phone. The system allows your call to be simplified to the press of a button, saving valuable time otherwise spent searching for phone numbers, relevant documents, and communicating the situation to us. Whether your emergency is water, fire or flooding, the ERP gets us out to your business faster, which can help minimize damage with faster reaction to the emergency.
Our ERP Priority Response
Some events, such as flash flooding, may hit many buildings and neighborhoods at once. This can cause resources to get tied up quickly, and we may have to delay our response to some inquiries. With the ERP system, you can avoid having to contact a representative and get your request in before others around you. The ERP app gives you priority response to any damage emergency you have. We’re dispatched faster to your location to start handling your issue right away.
More Effective Responses with Prior Knowledge
Having critical information such as breaker locations, water lines placement, floor plans, and inventories allow our IIRC trained technicians to do their work with unmatched efficiency. By giving us a wealth of information ahead of time, businesses help to ensure that any SERVPRO teams working on your business can better understand what they are working with and the job they are doing, without wasting precious time locations breaker boxes, lines, etc.
Multi-Location Management Damage Control
Many companies operate multiple locations, some of which may be damaged in an event while others remain unscathed or encounter different problems, depending on the situation. The SERVPRO ERP system allows businesses to create separate profiles for each business location, eliminating confusion and ensuring that more severely damaged locations are treated first.
Damage of any kind can impact a business.
SERVPRO of Carrollton, TX is ready to respond to your company's needs 24/7. If water, storm, flood, or fire damage has impacted one or more of your locations, or if you would like to set up a free consultation, please call us at 972-446-0383!
How To Prepare Your Home For A Major Storm
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There are several different measures you can take to prepare your home for a major storm, and we’ve highlighted 3 of the main ones that you can get started with today.
1) Storm-proof your windows and doors.
You’ve probably heard it before but it may still be a foreign term—storm-proofing. What is that again? Storm-proofing normally consists of switching out your typical doors and windows with storm-durable doors and windows that are made of heavier materials that can withstand high winds and precipitation. This will help your doors and windows withstand weather conditions of all kinds, and it may reduce the likelihood of your windows and doors flying off their hinges or shattering if a tornado passes by.
2) Trim your trees and clear anything big and bulky away from your home
Low-lying tree branches or dead limbs are perfect ammunition for gusty winds that accompany most major storms in the area. Make sure you clear your landscape of dead limbs, low-lying tree branches parallel to your windows, and other big and bulky items like statues, etc. that could be whipped up in the turbulent wind and end up damaging your home.
3) Give your shingles and siding a once-over.
Missing and broken shingles and siding make your home more susceptible to the elements and winds that come with major storms, and you should always give your home a once-over before storm season so you can get any broken or missing ones replaced as needed. Any loose or damaged shingles will likely tear and rip away when a storm comes through, and the same can be said of siding. Imagine what a tornado might do if a simple storm could blow them out of sight.
While being prepared for major storms is a great first step toward preventing storm damage, sometimes you can’t prevent it from happening regardless of maintenance action items you tackle beforehand. If you find yourself dealing with any damage from a storm that passes through, whether it be fire, water, mold, or a tree limb through your roof, give SERVPRO of Carrollton and Bent Tree a call at 972-446-0383. We’re here to help!
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How Indoor Smoking Can Cause a Fire Damage Disaster
Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Carrollton explains the fire damage risks of smoking in the home.
SERVPRO of Carrollton is a trusted leader in fire damage restoration, smoke damage restoration, water damage restoration, storm damage cleanup, and commercial property damage restoration. Highly-trained and certified restoration technicians arrive on the scene typically within an hour. Utilizing the latest equipment and advanced technology, industry-standard techniques and cleaning products make SERVPRO of Carrollton a great choice for any type or size of property damage restoration project.
The Facts About the Fire Damage Risks of Smoking
Smoking is a common pastime among adults in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the following statistics on smoking among American adults: “Cigarette smoking remains the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the United States, accounting for more than 480,000 deaths every year, or about 1 in 5 deaths. In 2019, nearly 14 of every 100 U.S. adults aged 18 years or older (14.0%) currently smoked cigarettes. This means an estimated 34.1 million adults in the United States currently smoke cigarettes. More than 16 million Americans live with a smoking-related disease. Current smoking has declined from 20.9% (nearly 21 of every 100 adults) in 2005 to 14.0% (14 of every 100 adults) in 2019, and the proportion of ever smokers who have quit has increased.”
Many of the 34 million smokers in the U.S. know and understand the health risks associated with smoking. However, smoking is also harmful in other less obvious ways.
The National Fire Protection Association shares several statistics on smoking and home fires on their website at “Smoking and Home Fire Safety.” The statistics reflect findings between the years 2012 and 2016.
- Smoking and smoking materials were responsible for an estimated annual average of 18,100 reported home structure fires
- 590 people died annually in these smoking-related fires
- 1,130 people were injured per year
- Annual direct property damage was $476 million
- Smoking materials (cigarettes, matches, lighters, etc.) account for one in twenty or 5% of home structure fires
- Smoking-related house fires that start in the living room or bedroom account for nearly 75% of fatalities
Smoking-related fires are lethal. Smoking was the leading cause of home fire deaths for the five-year period of 2012-2016. Though smoking-related fires account for only 5% of home structure fires, these fires cause 23% of home fire deaths and one in ten home fire injuries. House occupants involved in a fire caused by smoking materials are four times more likely to perish than in other types of home structure fires.
Smoking Indoors Is More Dangerous Than Ever
Compared to fifty or sixty years ago, house fires today burn faster and hotter while giving off excessive amounts of highly toxic gases. Modern homes contain items made of highly flammable plastics, polycarbonates, and synthetic fabrics, which also produce deadly gases. For example, the average home has 2.3 television sets. One-third of homes have four or more televisions. Couches, clothing, shoes, drapes, computers, electronic devices, and furniture create a hot, toxic environment when they burn.
A room in a modern home can become engulfed in flames in as little as four or five minutes. An older home or a house with items made of real wood and natural fibers may take as many as thirty minutes to become fully engulfed in the flames.
Smoking and Home Fire Safety Tips
Smoking-related structure fires would drop by 75% if smokers relocated from the bedroom and living room to the outdoors. Here are some other helpful tips:
Tip #1: Extinguish cigarette butts by dousing them in water or sand.
Tip #2: Deep sturdy ashtrays are best. Place the ashtrays on a fire-resistant and stable surface or table. The couch or bed is an unsafe place for ashtrays.
Tip #3: Keep flammable items such as magazines, napkins, and other paper products away from ashtrays and the smoking area.
Tip #4: Ashtrays should be cold before they are stored or discarded.
Tip #5: Medical oxygen and smoking are a highly dangerous combination.
Tip #6: Ash in the trash is a recipe for a house fire. Dump ashes in a metal bucket outside the home.
Tip #7: Never smoke in bed.
Tip #8: Install one or more smoke detectors on each floor of the home. Also, install a smoke detector on the inside and outside of each bedroom.
Tip #9: Smoke outside and a safe distance from the home. This practice will prevent smoking-related house fires. Smoking outside will also prevent children, pets, and other family members from being exposed to the deadly effects of second-hand smoke.
Trust the restoration experts at SERVPRO of Carrollton for fire, smoke, water, storm, and commercial property damage restoration. For more information about Dallas, TX, fire damage restoration services, contact SERVPRO of Carrollton by phone at (972) 446-0383 or by email at office@SERVPRO10952.com.