Recent Fire Damage Posts

Space Heater Safety

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

We’ve discussed this here before - space heater safety is incredibly important. Especially considering during the winter months here in Illinois when temperatures drop so low.

There are many types of space heaters that are available to be used and are recognized as valid options by the NFPA, including:

  • Oil or water-filled radiator
  • Fan-forced heater 
  • Ceramic heater
  • Infrared heaters

So here are some tips that we found helpful.

  • You should use space heaters that are certified by a testing laboratory.
  • Space heaters shouldn’t be left unattended.
  • Keep any space heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn.
    • Papers
    • Clothing
    • Rugs
    • Furniture
    • Electronics
    • Blankets
    • Etc.
  • Keep space heaters out of any areas where they could become a tripping hazard.
  • Plug space heaters directly into a wall outlet to avoid fires starting from extension cords or from power strips.



For information on how we can help, you can call us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

https://www.esfi.org/resource/heating-things-up-at-the-office-149#:~:text=Heaters%20must%20be%20kept%20at,directly%20into%20a%20wall%20outlet

https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Safety-tip-sheets/PortableHeaterSafety.ashx

NFPA Thanksgiving Safety Tips

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

The National Fire Protection Agency recognizes that the risk for fire damage is particularly high during the holiday season. Thanksgiving is definitely a more high-risk time. That is why they have released some tips for staying fire safe this holiday season:

  • Stay in the kitchen and in the home when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food; especially when cooking your turkey, and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from stoves, any hot food or liquids, knives, lighters/matches, or any lit candles.
  • Keep electric cords out of dangling reach of children and pets to avoid injuries.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over any objects.
  • Make sure to test and maintain smoke alarms.

You can always find more fire safety information on the NFPA website. If you do experience fire damage over the holidays, don’t forget that your local SERVPRO is here to make the damage feel, “Like it never even happened.”

For information on how we can help, you can call us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Seasonal-fire-causes/Thanksgiving

Jack-o-lantern Fire Safety

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

Halloween is almost here! One of the most common traditions this time of year is jack-o-lantern carving. Once the faces are carved and the pumpkin seeds are baked, it’s time to get the jack-o-lantern placed and lit up. It’s important to remember though that you need to practice fire safety with your spooky decorations. There are a few ways you can do this.

  • Don't leave lit jack-o-lanterns unattended.
    • If you are not going to be around to keep an eye on the area, you should make sure that the jack-o-lanterns have no open flames in them. They could be knocked over or could catch a dried out pumpkin on fire.
  • Be sure to keep the area around the jack-o-lanterns clear of leaves and other flammable debris.
    • Any flammable materials should be kept well out of reach of the flames lighting your jack-o-lantern. LEaves, grass clippings, twigs, and many other types of debris can cause major damage if they catch fire.
  • If you can, use alternative sources of light such as glow sticks, LED lights that are battery-powered, small flashlights, or LED candles.
    • There are benefits to using lights like these. Fake candles with LED lights can last for quite a bit. If you want to get creative, you can use lights that change colors. You’ll have fun-looking decorations, and you’ll be preventing a possible fire.
  • If you use flame burning candles don’t leave them out/lit during trick-or-treating hours.
    • Flames can catch fire to the costumes of children who come knocking on your door, and if a rowdy group of kids gets out of control the jack-o-lantern could get thrown or knocked over. Leaving the pumpkin un-lit during trick-or-treating can prevent this.

We hope that everyone has a happy and safe Halloween. However, if you do experience fire or other damage, you can count on our SERVPRO® teams to be here to help!

For information on how we can help, you can call us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

https://www.thespruce.com/safety-tips-for-carving-pumpkins-and-displaying-2132247

https://www.pizanoinsurance.com/blog/jack-o-lanterns-fire-hazards/

Radiator Fires

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

Radiator fires (as well as fires from other heating sources) are going to become more common once the weather cools down here in Central Illinois. It’s important to do whatever you can to prevent those types of fire from happening.

  • For starters, make sure the system is in good working order. If there are any electrical or other mechanical issues, you should take care of them as early as possible.
  • Make sure the system stays clean. If there is dirt, dust, or other debris collecting on the radiator could end up igniting, and you could wind up dealing with a fire.
  • Make sure that you don’t store anything or place any furniture too close to the radiator. Objects placed too close can overheat and catch fire as well.
  • Don’t ever set anything on top of the radiator, even if it is turned off. If whatever is set on it is forgotten, it could catch on fire if someone turns the system on without noticing what is on it.

**It is also important to pay attention to keeping children and pets away from the system. This will help to prevent burns and other injuries.**

W hope that everyone stays safe as the cold weather months approach us!

For information on how we can help if you do experience a fire on your property, you can call us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

https://firstclasshvac.com/uncategorized/minimizing-fire-risk-around-radiators-and-heaters/

Above-Ground vs In-Ground Fire Pits

8/12/2020 (Permalink)

Whether you are burning sticks and debris after a day of yard cleaning or you’re roasting marshmallows for smores, the latter half of summer is a good time to enjoy a fire in the evening. One thing you’ll need to consider before enjoying this activity is whether you want an in-ground or an above-ground fire pit. This choice can be based on many variables, including anything from aesthetic preference to safety concerns. Whatever the case, we figured we would share some information that could help you in making that decision.

What is the Difference?

  • The obvious difference between the two fire pit types is that while one made up of a pit in the ground, the other is an above-ground structure. While in-ground pits are a permanent fixture unless you decide to fill the pit, the above-ground pits are a fixture that can either be made permanent or can be portable structures. The only other noteworthy differences are the location of the flames and that there are different safety risks that come with both.

How do they work?

  • Fire pits can be wood burning, gas, or electric (just like indoor fireplaces). It depends on whether you prefer the smell of burning wood or natural gas/propane.

What are the safety risks?

  • No matter which pit type you choose, it is important that it is appropriately distanced from your home or any materials that are flammable (branches, awnings, etc.).It is also important to note that while in-ground pits are easier to fall into (especially for kids and pets) it is possible to knock over unstable above ground fire pits. Both pit types have a risk of injury, it just depends on which risk will be easier for you to avoid.

Best materials for the structure?

  • Fire pits can consist of metal, stone, brick, and all kinds of other non-flammable materials. You’ll see metal more with portable above-ground fire pits. When choosing between stone and brick the choice will be between which style is most suited for you, as both materials are able to withstand high levels of heat produced by your fires.

Whatever you end up deciding, if you find that your home or other structures on your property have experienced fire damage, you can always call on us for the cleanup and restoration.

We’re Here to Help®!

For information on how we can help with fire damage cleanup and restoration, you can call us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

https://www.mychimney.com/blog/differences-ground-ground-fire-pits/#:~:text=have%20one%20installed.-,In%2DGround%20Fire%20Pits,are%20less%20likely%20to%20spread.

https://www.woodsplitterdirect.com/blogs/wsd/in-ground-fire-pit-vs-above-ground

https://www.outbacklandscapeinc.com/blog/backyard-fire-pits-the-ultimate-guide-to-safe-design-sizing-and-construction

The Difference Between 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Degree Burns

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

Getting burnt in any situation is a scary and painful experience. When you do get burnt, it is important to be able to identify the severity of the burn so that you can decide whether you are going to need medical attention or not. We have found some sources that identify the varying degrees of burns. The links to those sites have been added at the very bottom of this post, but the following information is what we found to be helpful.

  • First-degree burns
    • “Superficial” burns
    • Affect only the outer layer of skin
    • Burn site is red, painful, dry
    • Most importantly - no blisters
    • Example - mild sunburn
    • Long-term tissue damage is rare; can produce scars
  • Second-degree burns
    • “Partial-thickness” burns
    • Involve the epidermis and part of the lower layer of skin (dermis)
    • Burn site looks red and blistered
    • Can swell and be very painful
  • Third-degree burns
    • “Full-thickness” burns
    • Destroys the epidermis and dermis
    • Can go into the subcutaneous tissue
    • Burn site can look white/blackened/charred
  • BONUS INFO.  - Fourth-degree burns
    • Go through both layers of the skin, underlying tissue, and deeper tissue
    • Can also affect muscle and bone
    • Nerve endings are damaged leading to loss of feeling in the area

From sunburns to cooking accidents, to out of control flames, when you know what kind of burn you’re dealing with you’ll know how to proceed. Health and safety come first!

For information on how we can help with the cleaning and restoration of fire and other types of damage.

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?ContentTypeID=90&ContentID=P09575

Talking to Kids About Fire Safety

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

Kids are always excited to learn, but how they learn is incredibly important. You have to try not to scare them and you have to make the learning aspect fun. Luckily, this is possible when it comes to teaching children about fire safety. From fun character teachers to activities, talking to kids about fire safety is easier than it looks and well worth the time!

Remember, kids generally learn best when they’re having fun.

  • If you can make the learning experience entertaining and less scary, you will have a better time getting them to engage and retain the information. If they can remember a rhyme or a song about fire safety, it might just help them if they were ever in a situation and need to remember safety information. This can be done with “Stop, drop, and roll” information, as well as with books. The NFPA also has a youtube channel for kids. If it becomes a normal conversation, it becomes less scary, and it makes it a little easier for kids to stay calm during an emergency.

Introduce safety characters.

  • It’s no secret that kids respond positively to fun characters. That is why fire safety has had mascots like Smokey the Bear and Sparky. IT’s also another way to teach them in a fun way. If a cartoon dog will make it easier for a child to retain safety information, we say use that!

Let them be a part of the planning.

  • Kids will likely retain more of the safety information if they are involved in the planning process. Let them help with setting up a fire escape plan for your home. Let them help drawing a diagram or to time the escape test. Let them help change batteries in smoke alarms or check on extinguishers. Letting them be a part of the plan gives them a reason to think about what is going on.

Finally, just keep talking.

  • Don’t let the conversation about fire safety ever run dry. Educate yourself and educate them. At least once a month, talk to them about smoke alarms and the importance of not playing with fire. Ask them questions and answer theirs to the best of your ability. Like most things, as long as the lines of communication stay open, everything should be just fine!

If you experience fire damage, you can call us for the cleaning and restoration at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire/fire-safety-for-kids.html

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/children.html

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdu2DxshHXwaOkvLuJj2rmQ

Recognizing Heroes - Firefighters

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

We here at SERVPRO® would like to take a moment to just recognize firefighters (in all positions and rankings). We understand fully the risk and the stress that goes into doing everything that they do. We would like to share some information and fun-facts about firefighters, and we hope it helps you to appreciate and understand them more than we are sure you already do.

  1. Firefighters require 100+ hours of training.
  2. In an emergency, firefighters generally only have two minutes to get in full gear and get to the scene of the fire.
  3. 50 hours is about what a firefighter works each week (according to the BLS).
  4. Heart attacks more commonly kill firefighters than any other danger they face.
  5. In the U.S. you can generally tell a firefighter’s rank by the color of their helmet
  6. The first official fire department was founded in Boston, MA in 1678.
  7. More than 50% of firefighters are volunteers.
  8. “Smokejumpers” are firefighters trained specifically in forest fires.
  9. Firefighters may also have paramedic certifications if it is required by their department.
  10. A fire department responds to a fire every 33 seconds across the U.S.

The most important thing to remember is that firefighters risk their lives doing what they do. They play an essential role in keeping everyone safe. So if you know a firefighter, give them a big thank you!

IF you find yourself facing fire damage, give us a call at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

https://www.seriousfacts.com/firefighters-facts/

Using Air Scrubbers for Fire Restoration

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

After a fire, there is generally a pretty strong scent of smoke and burnt materials. This can make it difficult to stomach going back into the area where the loss occurred. That is why after a fire you should contact your local SERVPRO®. Our teams are trained to work with machines that are specifically designed for air filtration.

Our air filtration devices are used for mold jobs and fire jobs; but why are they so important for fire jobs? These machines are able to pull damaging particles out of the air. The particles which could normally cause health issues for the people or animals within the property. It pulls the dust and debris that might be invisible to the naked eye out of the air, through a  filter, and send the clean air back out into the surrounding space. The same technique that removes the particles from the air also removes the odors from the air. This is just an added benefit to having SERVPRO® handle your fire damage.

Remember, we are always Here to Help®.

Call us for your fire cleanup and restoration needs at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

Fire Dispatch Sequence

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

There are certain steps that we take when it comes to going onto a fire scene. There are also certain steps that we want people to know when they are dealing with a fire, whether they are the owner of the property or the insurance agent assigned to the client. The following are things that should be considered or remembered in a fire situation before our teams even have a chance to show up and alleviate the issue.

Key Questions for the Insured

  • Home/Business phone number for contact?
  • When (date and time) did the loss occur?
  • Is water Damage present from the fire being extinguished?
  • What was the source of the fire?
  • Has the source been stopped, repaired, or replaced?
  • What is the extent of the damage?
  • What areas have been affected?
  • How bad is the odor/does the area need deodorizing?
  • Is a board-up required?
  • Is water/electricity available?
  • Any personal injuries?

Emergency Fire Damage Tips

  • Limit movement in building to prevent further damage.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels on carpeted traffic areas to prevent further messes.
  • If electricity is off, empty the fridge and prop doors open.
  • Wipe soot from chrome faucets/ appliances.
  • Do not attempt to wash any walls/ painted surfaces or shampoo carpets without first consulting with a SERVPRO®  Franchise Professional.
  • Talk to a professional before you clean any electrical appliances damaged by fire or water.

Fire Damage Services From SERVPRO®

  • Emergency Response: Reduce Loss Severity/ Pretesting for Restorability
  • Contents Cleaning Specialist: On-site/Move Out
  • Structural Restoration Services
  • Large Loss Completion with Trained Crew Leaders

If you find yourself facing damage from fire and smoke, keeping these tips and questions in mind might help you keep a level head and stay safe while you deal with the aftermath of the situation.

If you find yourself dealing with a fire in your home or business, contact us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

Beyond the Flames - Secondary Fire Damage

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

When thinking about fire damage, the initial thought is usually the immediate burn damage from the flames; the primary damage. However, what some fail to think about until trying to clean up the damage, is the mayhem that can be left behind by the smoke and soot from the fire. That is secondary damage, and it can be more of an issue than it initially seems. 

To start, soot and smoke can be incredibly difficult to clean, even from surfaces that are generally easy to clean. Smoke and soot can spread quickly and can cover items even in unforeseen places. Items you love or cant replace can be damaged and stained horribly. Soot and smoke are black and difficult to remove.

There is a smell that comes with smoke and soot as well. Think about what it’s like after going camping or having a party with a bonfire. The smell from the burning wood will generally linger in hair and clothing until they are washed, and sometimes it’s a hard scent to stomach. Now think if with that burning wood there was plastic, clothing, furniture, and other items made of flammable materials. That’s a smell that can’t really be fought with a room spray. It’s tough to live with and even tougher to get out.

What’s worse is that it can be hazardous to the health of anyone who comes into the area. For instance, carbon monoxide, hydrogen, ammonia, nitrogen oxides, and tar can come from burning carbon materials. Other materials can produce harmful particles as well, and even wood can produce many of the chemicals also found in cigarette smoke.

So what do you do if you find yourself dealing with secondary fire damage?

The best thing you can do is reach out to your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals, and ask them if there is any way that you can get our teams out to get your home (or business) back to its original state. We have teams of people who are trained to come in and do the job quickly, correctly, and safely. We also have Esporta equipment within our Central Illinois franchise, giving us the ability to clean individual items like clothing, furniture, and other costly items of secondary fire damage.

So if you find yourself dealing with the aftermath of a fire, let us handle it with you. Give us a chance to make it feel, “Like it never even happened.”

You can contact us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

https://claimsmate.com/4-things-you-need-to-know-about-smoke-damage-insurance-claims/

https://rainbowintl.com/blog/the-hidden-health-hazards-of-smoke-and-soot

Candle Safety

7/12/2019 (Permalink)

Candles are commonly found in homes. However, they can also be found in commercial buildings like churches, restaurants, or spas. When you make the choice to light a candle, you need to keep safety measures in mind.

First, let’s get some facts straight.

  • 8,700 residential fires are caused each year by candle accidents. These include
    • 2% of reported home fires
    • 3% of home fire deaths
    • 7% of home fire injuries
    • 4% of the direct property damage in home fires
  • Nearly one-third of home candle fires start in bedrooms due to people falling asleep and leaving candles lit and neglected. Bedroom fires cause 30% of the associated deaths and 50% of the associated injuries.
  • On average, 23 home candle fires are reported each day.
  • The top 3 days for home candle fires are New Year’s Day, Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

From this, you can see that more often than not the cause of a candle fire comes from the neglect of an open flame. These fires can also come about from inappropriate placement of a candle or accidental bumping/knocking. So the question that you need to ask is, “What are the best practices to help avoid damage and loss from a candle fire?” This question can be answered by the information put out by the National Fire Protection Association and the National Candle Association.

  • Blow candles out whenever you leave the house or even if you leave the room.
  • Stay alert. Do not fall asleep when a candle is lit. It would also be wise to avoid drinking or using other sense inhibiting substances while candles are lit.
  • Keep candles in an open area (at least one foot away from any flammable objects.)
  • Before burning, always trim the wick to a ¼ inch. Long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning, dripping or flaring.
  • Use long matches or a long-reach lighter.
  • Keep hair and clothing away from flames.
  • Use sturdy candle holders that are heat/fire resistant.
  • Avoid drafts, vents or air currents.
  • Never touch or move burning candles.
  • Never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home.
  • Avoid burning candles all the way down.
  • Never use a candle as a night light and be very careful using them during a power outage

Candles are a fun decoration, and there is no denying the relaxing beauty they give off when they burn. By following safety tips, you can help keep your home/business from burning, and the only thing you’ll need to worry about is whether everyone will like the scent of the candle.

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Top-fire-causes/Candles

https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Safety-tip-sheets/CandleSafetyTips.pdf

https://candles.org/fire-safety-candles/

If you experience damages from a candle fire you can always contact us for the cleaning and restoration of your home or business.

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

Grill Safety

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

Summer is a time for outdoor fun. Pool parties, family reunions, holiday get-togethers, and most other summer gatherings end up being partially if not completely outside. When it comes time to feed the crowd, a grill is going to be one of the most efficient ways to do it. However, there are some safety risks that come with your perfectly grilled burgers and hotdogs; and they’ve got more to do with the flames than any undercooked food.

Let’s face some real facts. From 2013-2017, grills were the cause of an average of 19,000 injuries. Half of those were thermal burns from fire and from contact with hot objects. The majority of these accidents are caused by people bumping or falling into the hot surface or flames, and about 38% of those people are children. It has also has been determined that July is the peak month for grill injuries. Gas grills cause about 8,700 home fires per year, which is the sum of 3,600 structure fires and 5,100 outdoor fires. Charcoal or other solid-fueled grill caused nearly 1,100 home fires per year - 600 structure fires and 500 outside fires.

Needless to say, grilled require a special amount of care and safety. The following tips should help with that.

  • Grill outside and away from any structures
    • Charcoal and gas grills are designed for outdoor use only. However, NFPA reports that a good portion of home fires started by outdoor grills began in a courtyard, terrace or patio, and many others were started on an exterior balcony or open porch.
  • Pay attention to overhanging tree branches when you set up your grill as well.
  • Make sure your grill is stable
    • Grills belong on flat surfaces so as to prevent them from being tipped over. Consider using a grill pad or splatter mat underneath your grill to protect your deck or patio from anything that might fall off or out of the grill.
  • Check for propane leaks on your gas grill
    • At the start of grilling season, check the gas tank hose for leaks. You can apply a light soap and water solution to the hose which will bubble when you turn on the gas if there is a leak. You can also check for the smell of gas or a flame that won’t light.
  • If the flame goes out, wait to re-light
    • (Gas Grills) If the flame goes out, turn the grill and the gas off, then wait at least five minutes to re-light it.
  • Take care around the grill
    • Never leave a lit grill unattended. Don’t allow kids or pets to play near the grill. Never try to move a lit or hot grill (grills will stay hot for at least an hour).
  • Be careful with charcoal starter fluid or consider using a charcoal chimney starter, which uses newspaper to start the fire instead of starter fluid.
  • Be sure your shirt tails, sleeves, etc don’t dangle over the grill. Wear safe clothing.
  • Be ready to put out the fire
    • Have baking soda on hand to control a grease fire and a fire extinguisher nearby for other fires (a bucket of sand is the next best thing). NEVER use water.

By following these safety tips, you can feel a little safer knowing that you have prepared for the unexpected. That’s the best thing you can do for the safety of your home and for your family. We hope that you have a fun and safe summer!

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Top-causes-of-fire/Cooking/Grilling

https://blog.nationwide.com/grill-safety/

If you do experience damages from a grill fire, you can always contact one of our SERVPRO® franchises to help clean and restore your property.

SERVPRO® North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

Burn House Training - CIFIA (May 2019)

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

The weather from the last few weeks turned May into a pretty busy month for us here at SERVPRO®. We’ve had a boatload of water jobs and more than enough storm jobs to keep us busy. From all of that, we had building dry-outs and board-ups. With all of that, we still found time to help the Central Illinois Fire Investigation Association (CIFIA) with their training.

We had our carpenters build five small burn houses to simulate different types of rooms that could be affected in a fire. These rooms were lightly furnished and then set ablaze. Firefighters waited for the rooms to be completely engulfed, and then they would work to put the fire out. It was an exciting experience that some of our employees had the chance to attend and observe.

When it was determined that the rooms were safe to enter, the fire investigators began doing their job. They identified the source of the damage, the areas affected, and just how much damage was actually done. The process took time but was very educational for those who took part.

Training like this is important for a multitude of reasons, but two of them stand out the most.

  • Fires are one of the most unpredictable dangers. When firefighters are trained in real fire situations, they are going to have a better idea of what to expect when they’re in the field. They’ll be better prepared to come in and get the occupants of the building out safely and stop further damage.
  • When investigators are learning from real fire damage, they know what to look for and what to inspect for damage. They’ll be able to better report the source of the fire, making the cleaning and restoration process flow more smoothly. Finally, they’ll be able to offer a complete report and better advice to the client, hopefully preventing future damage from ever occurring.

We are so grateful to have been given the chance to work with the CIFIA. Opportunities like these help us form bonds with first responders. Most importantly, when we get the chance to see what they do to keep the people in our communities safe, we have a better respect for all of the effort and risk that goes into what they do every day.

We want to say thank you to our Central Illinois Fire Professionals for everything they do.



If you experience fire damage and your home or business is in need of cleaning and restoration, please contact us at:

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County | 309-346-5600

SERVPRO® of Peoria | 309-637-7300

SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb | 309-342-0073

If you would like to see some footage of the burn house training, please head over to our video gallery or check out the video on Youtube by following this link:

https://youtu.be/9TqQTnKCTWs

Using A Fire Extinguisher

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

An emergency is no time to be learning safety techniques; especially when that emergency is a fire. They spread quickly and before you know it they’re out of control. If you and your loved ones learn how to properly use a fire extinguisher prior to a fire, you could increase the chances of a speedy response and reduce the amount of damage or injury. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) has a couple of informational pages on their website dedicated to this topic, but we would like to share some of the information with people who follow us.

In case of a fire, sound the fire alarm. If needed, call the fire department. Safety plans should be in place so that you can quickly identify a safe evacuation path; somewhere that won’t allow the fire, heat, or smoke to block the exit. Before a fire happens, the appropriate type of fire extinguisher should have been bought and placed somewhere where it can be quickly grabbed and used. It is always possible for a fire to flame up again after it has been extinguished, so once the initial flames have been put out back away to avoid being caught by a second blaze. Along these lines, if the extinguisher is empty and the fire is not out, evacuate the premises immediately of any people or animals. Once evacuated, contact fire officials if you haven’t already and wait for them to arrive at the scene.

When it comes to using a fire extinguisher, there is an easy way to remember exactly what to do. OSHA says you should just remember to P.A.S.S.

  • Pull - Pull the pin. This will also break the tamper seal.
  • Aim - Aim low, pointing the extinguisher nozzle (or its horn or hose) at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze - Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent.
  • Sweep - Sweep from side to side at the base of the fire until it appears to be out. Watch the area. If the fire re-ignites, repeat steps 2 - 4.

These steps will make it easy for adults and children to remember what to do in case of a fire.

Just remember that while it is possible for you to contain and extinguish a fire, it is important to know when to get out of a situation to keep yourself safe. Items are replaceable. People are not.

Information retrieved from

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/evacuation/portable_use.html

If you have a fire and need cleanup from the flames or from extinguisher mess, you can contact SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County at 309-346-5600.

You can also contact:
SERVPRO® of Peoria - 309-637-7300
SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb - 309-342-0073

Kitchen Fire Safety

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

The kitchen is one of the more dangerous rooms in both residential and commercial properties. The difference though is that commercial kitchens give special training to the people who will be working within them. Residential kitchens are left in the hands of both adults and children, raising the risk for injuries and other accidents.

The following is a set of tips provided by the NFPA to help lower the chances of accidents that will cause fires or severe burns.

  • Be alert. Do not attempt to cook if you are tired or under the influence of medicine, drugs, or alcohol.
  • Keep anything flammable away from the stovetop. Keep the stovetop, oven, and burners clean of grease, oils, and other contaminants that might catch fire.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking. If you must leave the kitchen for any reason, turn off the stove. Check what you’re cooking regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you of how long the task will take.
  • Make sure there is at least one oven mitt in the kitchen to prevent burns from pots and pans.
  • If an oven catches fire, turn off the heat and keep the door. Leaving the door open could allow flames to burn you or catch your clothing on fire. The oven should be checked and/or serviced before being used again. It should be replaced if it can’t be fully fixed.
  • Plug microwaves directly into an outlet. Using an extension cord can overload the circuit and cause a fire.
  • If your microwave or something in it catches fire, turn it off and keep the door closed until the fire is completely out. Don’t use it again until it is serviced. If needed, replace it.
  • Keep pot handles away from the stove’s edge and burners. Use the back burners whenever possible.
  • Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves to avoid catching your clothes on fire. However, if they do catch fire just remember to stop, drop, and roll!
  • To avoid burns from steam, open food that you’ve heated in the microwave slowly and away from your face.
  • Always remember the “three-feet” rule. Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the cooking area (in all directions). This will prevent burns from spilled food or contact with the stove.
  • When in doubt, just get out. For fires you’re not sure if you can handle, leave the house and call the fire department.
  • Treat burns as soon as possible. Put it in cool water and continue to cool the burn for three to five minutes. When cooled, cover with a clean, dry cloth to prevent infection. For burns bigger than your fist or for any burn that you’re not sure you can care for, go to the emergency room.

There are plenty of fire and burn risks in the kitchen. However, there are even more things that you can do to prevent those risks from becoming very real problems.

Information received from:

https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Community-tool-kits/cooking-kit/cooking_safety_talking_points.ashx

https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Community-tool-kits/cooking-kit/cooking_safety_checklist.ashx

If you do experience a kitchen fire, you can contact SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County for the cleanup and restoration of your residential or commercial property. 309-346-5600

You can also contact:
SERVPRO® of Peoria - 309-637-7300
SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb - 309-342-0073

Smoke Alarm Installation

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

Fire alarms are a necessity for all buildings, especially homes. As we all know, these small devices can help identify a fire in time to save a building and the content in it. Smoke alarms are also the difference between waking up at night and escaping a house fire or being trapped by engulfing flames. However, just having smoke alarms in the house is not enough. They need to be installed properly, in the correct places and tested. The National Fire Protection Association put together a list of information to assure that you do things right the first time around.

  • Choose smoke alarms approved by recognized testing labs.
  • It’s important to place smoke alarms
    • Inside each bedroom and at least one outside the bedrooms
    • Each level of the home, including the attic and basement.
    • In the living room, den, or family room
    • Near the stairway to upper levels (Basement alarms should be installed on the ceiling at the bottom of the stairs.)
  • Place smoke alarms at least 10 feet (3 meters) from cooking appliances to minimize false alarms when cooking.
  • Because smoke rises, smoke alarms should be mounted in higher spots, like walls or ceilings, but never more than 12 inches away from the ceiling.
  • If you have ceilings that are pitched, install the alarm within 3 feet of the peak but not within the apex of the peak (four inches down from the peak).
  • To avoid a breeze or a draft throwing off the accuracy, don't install smoke alarms near windows, doors, vents, or any other ducts.
  • Paint, stickers, or other decorations could interfere with the functionality of an alarm.
  • Interconnecting all smoke alarms through hard-wiring or wireless technology (so when one smoke alarm sounds they all sound) is the most effective way to set them up. This means if the basement alarm sounds in the middle of the night, then the one in your bedroom will sound as well, waking you and alerting you to the smoke/fire.
  • There are two types of smoke alarms – ionization smoke alarms (responsive to flaming fires) and photoelectric smoke alarms (responsive to smoldering fires). A combination of ionization-photoelectric alarms (dual sensor smoke alarms) is recommended for the best protection.
  • Keep manufacturer’s instructions for reference.
  • It is always worth it to test the alarms once a month and maintain them in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.
  • Keep smoke alarms clean and working. The instructions are included in the package or can be found on the internet.
  • If alarms with 10-year batteries chirp, warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away. Smoke alarms with any other type of battery will also chirps, warning the battery is low, and you should replace the battery right away. It should be replaced at least once a year either way.

However, you should continue to follow the manufacturer’s instructions, which are specific to the batteries (brand and model) that must be used.



Whatever the case may be, you should never be caught without smoke alarms in your home (or business). Safety should always come first, and smoke alarms are one of the best tools for fire safety.

Information retrieved from https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Smoke-alarms/Installing-and-maintaining-smoke-alarms

If smoke alarms go off in your home or business and alert you to fire damages, be sure to contact SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County for the cleaning and restoration of your property. 309-346-5600

You can also contact:
SERVPRO® of Peoria - 309-637-7300
SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb - 309-342-0073

Home Fire Statistics

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

In life, especially during your youth, there are many different reasons you might hear the phrase, “Don’t become a statistic.” Often, that advice is trying to deter you from getting in trouble; warning against drinking, drugs, or other illicit activities. In life there are other dangers for which everyone should avoid becoming a statistic - one of the scariest being fires.

The following is a list of various home fire statistics (published in 2017) for you to consider.

  • Between 2011-2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 358,500 home structure fires with an annual average of
    • 2,510 civilian fire deaths
    • 12,300 civilian fire injuries
    • $6.7 billion in direct damage
  • The leading causes of home structure fires are
    • Intentional
    • Electrical distribution and lighting equipment
    • Heating equipment
    • Cooking equipment
    • Smoking materials
  • The leading origins of these fires are
    • Kitchen or cooking area
    • Bedroom
    • Confined chimney or flue fire
    • Living room, family room or den
  • People between the ages of 25-64 have a greater risk of death or injury in a house structure fire
  • 93% of structure fire deaths and 80% of all fire deaths are due to home structure fires.
  • Property use plays a factor in the amount of fires that occur as well. For example
    • One- or two-family home, (including manufactured home) amount to 249,500 - or 70% -  of home structure fires
    • Apartment or other multifamily housing amount to 109,000 - the other 30% - of home structure fires.
  • In America, an average of seven people die in fires per day.
  • Home fire deaths peak in the cooler months.

This list is a highly condensed version of the lists out there, provided by groups like the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), to keep you and those you love aware of the causes and effects of house fires. The most important thing to take away from the information included here is that no matter your age, the size of your household, etc. your home is at risk. Take precautions, make a plan, and trust your local rescue teams.

Don’t become a statistic.

Information retrieved from: https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/News-and-Research/Fire-statistics-and-reports/Building-and-life-safety/osHomes.ashx

If you do experience damages from a house fire, please don’t hesitate SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County for the cleaning and restoration of your property. 309-346-5600

You can also contact:
SERVPRO® of Peoria - 309-637-7300
SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb - 309-342-0073

Super Bowl Fire Safety

1/31/2019 (Permalink)

Game day is approaching! The Patriots and the Rams are going to be fighting for victory in the 2019 Super Bowl and fans will be cheering them on from the stands and in front of their televisions. As fans root for their respective teams, they’ll be cooking and partying as well. Whenever big events are mixed with cooking and other excitement, it is important to keep fire safety in mind; because fires in small company are disastrous, but fires involving large groups of people are all out chaos. There are some simple things you can remember on game day to keep you and your guests safe.

First thing  to remember is that, while not the only cause, the most common source of fires during Super Bowl Sunday is cooking fires. To prevent those types of fires, your cooking area needs to stay organized. Oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, curtains, and anything else that is flammable should be kept away from stovetops and from any other heat sources (toasters, grills, etc.). As we have mentioned in other postings about fire safety, you should also have a kid free zone of three feet surrounding the cooking area. This will help avoid accidental burns, fires, or injuries from knives or appliances. While the kitchen should be a kid free zone, there should always be a person in the kitchen monitoring the food being cooked and whatever appliance is cooking it. Use timers to keep track of how long things should be cooked, especially if hosting duties pull you from the kitchen. Stay awake and stay alert. If things are left unattended for too long, it could mean big trouble and an early end to the party.

Because of the winter season, it is likely that extra heat sources will be added to the party. If you are planning to use a space heater or a fireplace to warm your home or garage during the game festivities, it is important to take the proper safety precautions. We have posted information on both Fireplace and Portable Space Heater safety. If you would like an in depth list of safety measures to take you can go read those blogs. However, for both it is important to remember:

  • Keep pets, kids, people, and flammable objects at least three feet away from them at all times.
  • Avoid knocking over space heaters - and if they do fall, pick them up as soon as possible.
  • Always keep a safety screen in front of fireplaces to prevent stray coals or flames from setting your house or garage on fire.

Finally, make sure that you have a designated area for people who smoke. If you don’t allow smoking in your home, this could be a spot outdoors, in a shed, or in a garage. This spot should have a safe way for smokers to dispose of their cigarette butts and some precaution to take care of any fire that could be started by a cigarette (water, fire extinguisher, etc).

The most important part of game day isn’t who wins or loses, it’s the time you spend with your friends and family. That being said, it’s in your best interest to do everything you can to keep the party fun and as fire free as possible.

Information received from:

https://community.nfpa.org/community/safety-source/blog/2018/02/01/think-fire-safety-on-super-bowl-sunday/

If a fire causes issues for you during the 2019 Super Bowl, reach out to SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County for the cleaning and restoration of your property. 309-346-5600

You can also contact:
SERVPRO® of Peoria - 309-637-7300
SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb - 309-342-0073

Home Fire Escape Plans

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

The last thing you want to happen is to be coming up with a fire escape plan when a fire is already taking place. Home owners should always have a plan in place to get their loved ones out of the building quickly and safely. There are multiple things that should be kept in mind while developing these plans. The National Fire Protection Association has laid out a list of things to do to accomplish this. This list includes tips such as:

  • Make a plan with everyone in your household. Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes and identify the locations of smoke alarms. Draw a floor plan of the home for children showing at least two ways out of each room (windows and doors).
  • Closed doors can slow fires and the accompanying identifiers. Smoke alarms should be in or outside of every bedroom and on every level of a home.
  • Make sure all identified escape routes are clear and that doors and windows can be opened quickly and easily.
  • Pick a place outside that is a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they've escaped. Make note of this spot on the escape plan.
  • Make sure your address is visible from the street for first responders to see.
  • Make sure everyone knows the emergency phone number of the fire department so anyone in your home can call in the emergency.
  • Make sure that one or more people is capable of and assigned to the task of helping infants or elderly family members out of the home.
  • Make sure that security bars have emergency release devices inside for a quick escape. They will still keep your house secure, but in case of an emergency, they will be less likely to catch or stick.
  • Make sure that your guests know your escape plan and that when you are a guest you know your host’s escape plan.
  • Whenever a smoke alarm sounds be prepared for it to be a real fire.
  • Never go back into the building. If you have a family member or pet missing from your outside meeting place, alert the first responders of this when they arrive. If you go back in you risk getting stuck inside yourself, so let the professionals do the rescuing.

In the event of a fire, being prepared is key. By making a plan and practicing what to do before the situation occurs, you and the people you love are much more likely to make it out with little to no injuries.

If you experience fire damages, be sure to contact SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County at 309-346-5600. We are here to make the damage, “Like it never even happened.”

You can also contact:
SERVPRO® of Peoria - 309-637-7300
SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb - 309-342-0073

Holiday Fireplace Safety

11/23/2018 (Permalink)

“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire!”

It’s the holiday season, and nothing compares to relaxing in front of a fireplace with a cup of cocoa and a Christmas movie playing in the background. That’s why it’s important to keep yourself and your family safe by practicing fire safety.

To do this it is crucial to remember that for fireplaces and woodstoves you should always:

  • Inspect and clean wood stove pipes and chimneys annually and check monthly for damage or obstructions.
  • Use a fireplace screen heavy enough to stop rolling logs and big enough to cover the entire opening of the fireplace to catch flying sparks.­
  • Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the house or going to bed.

There are precautions you can take for portable space heaters as well, including:

  • Keep combustible objects at least three feet away from portable heating devices.
  • Buy only heaters evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
  • Check to make the portable heater has a thermostat control mechanism, and will switch off automatically if the heater falls over.
  • Only use crystal clear K-1 kerosene in kerosene heaters. Never overfill it. Use the heater in a well-ventilated room.

These simple actions can help keep this Christmas merry and bright. Let’s leave the roasting to the chestnuts!

SERVPRO of North Central Tazewell County wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday.

(Tips received from: https://www.ready.gov/home-fires)

If you do experience fire damage in North Central Tazewell County this Christmas call SERVPRO as soon as possible! (309) 346-5600

You can also contact:
SERVPRO® of Peoria - 309-637-7300
SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb - 309-342-0073

Fire Damaged Carpet Restoration In Pekin

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

Remove or Replace?

Do you know if you should remove or replace your fire damaged carpet?

We are going to assume two things in this post:

  1. You have a fire damaged carpet in Pekin, IL.
  2. You made a smart move and called SERVPRO to help you in your time of need.

When making the decision of whether or not to remove the carpet or replace it you have to factor in a few different things, SERVPRO has professional technicians who have been trained by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) can do the job properly and with the best results.

This training will be the outlining factor of whether the carpet is too far gone to keep or if the damage is minimal and a good cleaning and restoration can be performed.

If your carpet is damaged from a fire and you need a professional to come to make the decision of whether to remove or replace the carpet, give SERVPRO a call today.

Thanksgiving Safety In Pekin

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

Safety First!

Thanksgiving day is one of the peak days for home fires and kitchen injuries related to cooking in America!

Let's talk about some safety tips that you and your family can practice to make sure you can continue to be thankful for a roof over your head.

  • Keep an eye on the turkey and food, stay close while it is cooking.
  • Keep young children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should really stay as far away as possible.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over items that can cause you to spill hot liquids.
  • Keep all sharp objects out of the reach of children.
  • Never leave children alone in the room with a lit candle or unattended fire.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button. Just a reminder most modern smoke detectors are good for about 10 years after that it is better to just replace the whole unit, not just the batteries.

If you follow these tips and use common sense you should have a grateful and safe holiday season.

If you do experience a fire damage in the Pekin area this Thanksgiving call SERVPRO® as soon as possible!

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County - 309-346-5600
SERVPRO® of Peoria - 309-637-7300
SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb - 309-342-0073

Summer Safety Tips In Pekin

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

Don't Let Things Get Too Hot This Summer!

Summer is filled with barbecues, parades and fireworks displays; but along with all the festivities are plenty of visits to emergency rooms. 

Consider the following tips to ensure your summer celebrations are disaster-free!

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended. 
  • When using a charcoal grill, let the coals completely cool before disposing of in a metal container.
  • Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear.
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire.
  • The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.

If a tragedy does strike your home in the form of fire damage, call SERVPRO right away!

Fire Clean Up In the Peoria Area

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and Heat Rise, Stay Low For As Long AS You Can!

Get Low - Crawl under the smoke to get out safely.

We asked the local Fire Department for some fire safety tips and ways to prevent extra harm from fires. The tip about getting low and crawling out of a home or building seems a little bit drastic or unnecessary until you start breathing in the smoke.

So many of the victims that deadly fires have consumed have passed out from breathing too much smoke, getting low gives someone a fighting chance to exit the building because smoke rises.

So please if you are caught in a fire and you can make your way out, make sure you stay low and yes even crawl if you have to. It might be the difference between your life and your death.

If you have had fire damage in the Peoria area that needs to be cleaned up call SERVPRO® to help put your life back together.

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County - 309-346-5600
SERVPRO® of Peoria - 309-637-7300
SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb - 309-342-0073

Burn Awareness Month

2/23/2018 (Permalink)

Maximize Your Burn Knowledge, Minimize Your Burn Risk!

Scalds are one of the leading causes of burns in children under the age of 9 in the United States.

Check out some quick tips to help reduce the chances of burns in your home.

  • To prevent your children from being scalded by hot water make sure that you are checking the temperature of their bath water before placing them in the bathtub.
  • To ensure that your water won't be too hot adjust your Hot Water Heater to no more than 120 degrees F so that the chance of having water hot enough to scald someone is drastically reduced.
  • Before giving them a warm drink like Hot Chocolate, Hot Cider or Hot Tea, make sure that it is cool enough for them to drink or hold before handing it to them.
  • When cooking, make sure you turn your pot handles in over the counters so that they don't get knocked over by you or your kids by accident.

If you do get burned the best thing you can do first is to place the burned area under cool (not cold) water for a few minutes to lessen the severity of the burn. If the burn is serious it is advised that you report to an emergency medical office to seek further treatment.

Fires & Floods Can Ruin Businesses

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can keep your business from being destroyed in the wake of a fire caused by a tornado!

Every year North Central Tazewell County sits and waits to see if we will be hit by a tornado or not. These storms cause massive amounts of fires.

In 2017 we experienced a few tornadoes that caused millions of dollars in damages.

SERVPRO has the ability to call on our Storm Team when large losses happen and when bigger businesses need fire restoration services in our immediate and surrounding areas. We can also tap into the surrounding franchises for help when the job is extremely large.

We have a great network of professionals with the best equipment standing by in the case of a tornado causing fires or other damages to your business.

So if your North Central Tazewell County business is on the verge of being ruined due to fire or flooding call the experts at SERVPRO today!

SERVPRO® of North Central Tazewell County - 309-346-5600
SERVPRO® of Peoria - 309-637-7300
SERVPRO® of Galesburg and Macomb - 309-342-0073

12 Tips for Holiday Home Safety

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

Check surrounding areas for fire hazards when decorating.

12 Tips for Holiday Home Safety

As you're sprucing up your home this season, keep an eye out for these common holiday trip-ups, fire hazards, and other safety snafus.

1. Merry and Bright: Carefully inspect holiday light strings each year and discard any with frayed cords, cracked lamp holders, or loose connections. When replacing bulbs, unplug the light string and be sure to match voltage and wattage to the original bulb.

2. Lights Out: Always turn off holiday lights when you leave the house unattended or when going to bed.

3. Fresh Is Best: Try to purchase a freshly cut tree, as they are more resistant to ignition. Keep your Christmas tree watered and away from open candles.

 4. Timing Is Everything: Use an outdoor timer certified by CSA International to switch lights on and off. Lights should be turned on after 7 p.m. to avoid the electricity rush hour.

 5. Check for the Certification Mark: When purchasing light strings, extension cords, spotlights, electrical decorations, gas appliances, or carbon monoxide alarms, look for the certification mark of an accredited certification organization such as CSA International, UL, or ELT to ensure that the products comply with applicable standards for safety and performance.

6. One and Done: Never connect more than one extension cord together; instead use a single cord that is long enough to reach the outlet without stretching, but not so long that it can get easily tangled.

7. The Great Outdoors: When hanging outdoor lights, keep electrical connectors off the ground and away from metal rain gutters. Use insulated tape or plastic clips instead of metal nails or tacks to hold them in place.

8. Climbing Up: Using a ladder when you put up lights? Choose the correct ladder for the job and double check for a certification mark to ensure your portable ladder complies with applicable standards.

9. Keep the Gas Behind Glass: Do not use your gas fireplace if the glass panel is removed, cracked, or broken, and only allow a qualified service person to replace fireplace parts.

10. Sound the Alarm: Test your smoke alarms monthly to make sure they work, and be sure to install smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms on every level of your home -- especially near sleeping areas.

11. Filter-Friendly Furnace: To help prevent CO hazards in your home, have a qualified heating contractor perform a yearly maintenance check of your furnace and venting system, and clean or replace your furnace filter frequently during the heating seasons.

12. Clean the Clutter: Do not store combustible materials such as gasoline, propane, paper, chemicals, paint, rags, and cleaning products near your gas furnace. Gasoline or propane cylinders should be stored outside the home.

Source: CSA International

Watch Out for those Fire-starters

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

Be careful when decorating with candles.

Watch Out for those Fire-starters

Candles and Fireplaces

Thousands of deaths are caused by fires, burns and other fire-related injuries every year, and 12% of home candle fires occur in December, the National Fire Protection Association reports. Increased use of candles and fireplaces, combined with an increase in the amount of combustible, seasonal decorations present in many homes means more risk for fire.

  • Never leave burning candles unattended or sleep in a room with a lit candle
  • Keep candles out of reach of children
  • Make sure candles are on stable surfaces
  • Don't burn candles near trees, curtains or any other flammable items
  • Don't burn trees, wreaths or wrapping paper in the fireplace
  • Check and clean the chimney and fireplace area at least once a year

http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/news-and-resources-holiday-safety.aspx

2016 Fire Demonstration & Educational Seminar

10/26/2016 (Permalink)

The Pekin Fire Department and FireTech observe the fire and keep it under control.

On September 29, 2016 we held our 3rd annual fire class for insurance professionals. We hold the class at our very own facility and we conduct live burns inside a house we own on our campus. 

Each year we have the Pekin Fire Department control the burns. They are under the direction of FireTech Investigation & Consulting. 

The day starts off with breakfast, then leads into some classroom discussion conducted by FireTech. Then the class is lead outside to watch some live burns inside the house. We set up these rooms to be very lifelike with furniture and appliances. The idea is for the insurance professionals to see what a small fire can affect. After a few burns are conducted inside the house we also set fire to a couple cars. We then provide the class with lunch and give them a chance to walk through the house and see the aftermath of the burns. The class will then finish with some classroom discussion.