Recent Fire Damage Posts

Fires In Your Home

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

Home Fire Home Fire

Here in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, and Lonfboat Key, a fire in your home can happen before you know it. In just two minutes, a fire can become life-threatening. In five minutes, your home can be engulfed in flames.

Learn The FactsAbout Fires

  • Fireis FAST! In less than 30 seconds a small flame can turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house or for it to be engulfed in flames.
  • Fire is HOT! Heat is more threatening than flames. Room temperatures in a fire can be 100 degrees at floor level and rise to 600 degrees at eye level. Inhaling this super-hot air will scorch your lungs and melt clothes to your skin.
  • Fire is DARK! Fire starts bright, but quickly produces black smoke and complete darkness.

Before a Fire

Create and Practice a Fire Escape Plan

Smoke Alarms

A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.

During a Fire

  • Crawl low under any smoke to your exit - heavy smoke and poisonous gases collect first along the ceiling.
  • Before opening a door, feel the doorknob and door. If either is hot, or if there is smoke coming around the door, leave the door closed and use your second way out.
  • If you open a door, open it slowly. Be ready to shut it quickly if heavy smoke or fire is present.
  • If you can’t get to someone needing assistance, leave the home and call 9-1-1 or the fire department. Tell the emergency operator where the person is located.
  • If pets are trapped inside your home, tell firefighters right away.
  • If you can’t get out, close the door and cover vents and cracks around doors with cloth or tape to keep smoke out.  Call 9-1-1 or your fire department. Say where you are and signal for help at the window with a light-colored cloth or a flashlight.
  • If your clothes catch fire, stop, drop, and roll – stop immediately, drop to the ground, and cover your face with your hands.  Roll over and over or back and forth until the fire is out.  If you or someone else cannot stop, drop, and roll, smother the flames with a blanket or towel.  Use cool water to treat the burn immediately for 3 to 5 minutes.  Cover with a clean, dry cloth.  Get medical help right away by calling 9-1-1 or the fire department.
  • For more detailed fire safety tips visit www.ready.gov

SERVPRO of North Sarasota understands how disruptive and scary a fire can be in your life. For this reason, SERVPRO of North Sarasota offers 24-hour emergency response and, under normal circumstances, will have a trained, uniformed Professional on-site quickly to begin emergency services. By responding quickly, SERVPRO of North Sarasota can help you quickly regain control of your home and your life.

So, if a disaster does happen, call your local fire damage cleanup and restoration specialists at 941-365-4614 SERVPRO of North Sarasota. We’re faster to any disaster.

Restoration After A Fire Damage

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

Fire House fire

Recently one of our customers had a fire in her home while cooking dinner and we were able to help her get her home restored to before the fire.

The Fire Damage Restoration Process

SERVPRO® of North Sarasota knows just how devastating a fire can be. Fire and water damage can leave your house unsafe and unlivable. They’re trained to clean and restore your home with as little disruption as possible. Learn more about the fire damage restoration process.

After a Fire

The following checklist serves as a quick reference and guide for you to follow after a fire strikes.

  • Contact your local disaster relief service, such as The Red Cross, if you need temporary housing, food and medicines.
  • If you are insured, contact your insurance company for detailed instructions on protecting the property, conducting inventory and contacting SERVPRO® of North Sarasota.  If you are not insured, try contacting private organizations for aid and assistance.
  • Check with the fire department to make sure your residence is safe to enter. Be watchful of any structural damage caused by the fire.
  • The fire department should see that utilities are either safe to use or are disconnected before they leave the site.  DO NOT attempt to reconnect utilities yourself.
  • Conduct an inventory of damaged property and items.  Do not throw away any damaged goods until after an inventory is made.
  • Try to locate valuable documents and records.  Refer to information on contacts and the replacement process inside this brochure.
  • Begin saving receipts for any money you spend related to fire loss.  The receipts may be needed later by the insurance company and for verifying losses claimed on income tax.
  • Notify your mortgage company of the fire.

After you call 911

Call SERVPRO® of North Sarasota 941-365-4614. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Threats of Wildfires

2/2/2022 (Permalink)

Wild Fires Wild fires can cause large damages to your home and business if your not prepared.

Tips for Preparing Your Family, Home and Business from the Threat of Wildfires From FEMA*

  • Create an Emergency Supply Kit, which includes items like non-perishable food, water, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra flashlights and batteries. You may want to prepare a portable kit and keep it in your car.
  • Make a Family Emergency Plan. Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.
  • Protect your property from wildfires by designing and landscaping with wildfire safety in mind.
  • Learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by your city, county and state local governments. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials on the radio, television and other social media outlets.

Ask SERVPRO® Of North Sarasota about starting a Disaster Recovery Plan for your home business in the Sarasota and Manatee county areas. Call 941-365-4614 24 hours 7 days a week!

*For more detailed wildfire safety tips visit

FEMA’s website at www.ready.gov.

Fire Damage From Dinner On The Stove, Forgotten Because Of A Phone Call

2/2/2022 (Permalink)

Kitchen Fire Leaving food unattended on the stove can cause major damage to your home.

While the home owner was cooking dinner, their phone rang. While talking to a family member on the phone, the home owner forgot about their dinner cooking on the stove until they heard the smoke alarm go off. They quickly grabbed their fire extinguisher and put out the fire. They then called the Sarasota fire department and SERVPRO® of North Sarasota to clean up the aftermath. The owner was delighted that we were able to come out there and make it look "Like it never even happened."

Emergency Fire Damage Tips

  • Keep hands clean.
  • Limit movement in the home to prevent further damage.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent more soiling.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Wipe soot from chrome on faucets and appliances then protect with a light coating of lubricant.
  • Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting a SERVPRO® Franchise Professional.
  • Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting a SERVPRO® Franchise Professional.
  • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire or water without consulting a repair service.

Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota 941-365-4614

Chimney Fires

1/12/2022 (Permalink)

Chimney Fire Chimney fires are one of the leading cause of house fires during the winter months.

Chimney Fire Facts 

While the chimney in your home may look great, it’s real purpose is to carry dangerous gases from your furnace, wood stove or fireplace away from your home and family. 

However, if you don’t give any thought to your chimney before you light your wood stove or fireplace this winter, you may not be enjoying the warm glow of your fireplace or wood stove very long. 

The Reason? 

Damaged or dirty chimneys can cause chimney fires that will damage homes, buildings and injure people. 

Signs of a chimney fire can include: 

  • A hot and intense smell. 
  • Loud cracking and popping noise. 
  • Large amount of dense dark smoke. 
  • Chimney fires can be explosive, noisy and dramatic enough to alarm your neighbors and people passing by. People have reported sounds resembling a large freight train with flames and dense smoke shooting from the top of the chimney. 

    The best prevention of chimney fires is to have regular inspections performed by a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep. 

    Most Chimney Fires Go Undetected 

    Most slow-burning chimney fires don’t get enough air or have the fuel to be dramatic, they often go undetected until later inspections. However, the temperatures they reach can get very high and cause a lot of damage to the chimney structure and the combustible parts of your home. 

    9 Signs That You Have Had A Chimney Fire 

    Since a chimney, damaged by a chimney fire, can endanger a home and its’ occupants and a chimney fire can occur without anyone being aware of them it’s important to have your chimney regularly inspected by a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep. Here are the signs that a professional chimney sweep looks for: 

    If you think a chimney fire has occurred, call a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep for a professional evaluation. If your suspicions are confirmed, a certified sweep will be able to make recommendations about how to bring the system back into compliance with safety standards. Depending on the situation, you might need a few flue tiles replaced, a new liner system installed or an entire chimney rebuilt. Each situation is unique and will dictate its own solution.   

    1. Puffy of honeycombed creosote. 
    2. Discolored and/or distorted rain cap. 
    3. Warped metal of the damper, metal smoke chamber connector pipe pr factory built metal chimney. 
    4. Evidence of smoke escaping through mortar joints of masonry or tile liners/ 
    5. Cracked or collapsed flue tiles or tile with large chunks missing. 
    6. Heat damaged TV antenna attached to the chimney. 
    7. Creosote flakes and pieces found on the room or ground. 
    8. Roofing material damaged from hot creosote. 
    9. Cracks in the exterior masonry. 

    Proper Maintenance 

    Clean chimneys don’t catch fire. Make sure a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep® inspects your solid fuel venting system annually, and sweeps and repairs it whenever needed. Your sweep may have other maintenance recommendations depending on how you use your fireplace or stove. CSIA recommends that you call on CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps®, since they are regularly tested on their understanding of the complexities of chimney and venting systems.    

    Mistakes Happen!

    8/2/2021 (Permalink)

    Grease Fire Grease fires can be avoided but can also get uncontrollable.

    US fire departments responded to an estimated average of 172,900 home structure fires per year started by cooking activities in 2014-2018.

    Cooking was, by far, the leading cause of all residential building fires and injuries.

    Confined fires, generally smaller fires, accounted for 91 percent of residential building cooking fires.

    In 83 percent of nonconfined cooking fires in residential buildings, the fires were limited to the object or room of fire origin.

    The leading specific factor contributing to ignition in nonconfined cooking fires in residential buildings was unattended equipment (40 percent).

    Smoke alarms and automatic extinguishing systems (AESs), 67 and 8 percent respectively, were present in nonconfined cooking fires in occupied residential buildings.

    Home fires are preventable! The following are simple steps that each of us can take to prevent a tragedy.

    • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
    • Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.
    • Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a "kid-free zone" of 3 feet around the stove.
    • Position barbecue grills at least 10 feet away from siding and deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
    • Reached more than 1.1 million children through preparedness programs.

    After you call 911

    Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota 941-365-4614

    We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster 

    Immediate action is crucial when dealing with water and fire damage. We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you need help. A fast response helps lessen the damage, limits secondary damage, and reduces cost.

    What to do if you experience a fire!

    7/1/2021 (Permalink)

    Flames with SERVPRO logo Flames with SERVPRO Logo

    AT SERVPRO® our priority is returning damaged property and items to their preloss condition. Whether natural or man-made, a disaster at one of your client’s facilities needs to be handled by professionals who understand the importance of your tenants’ safety. At SERVPRO® our teams are trained in helping manage both commercial and multi-family properties during the recovery process while maintaining the security and safety of the facility and tenants. Our professionals work hard and fast to minimize the interruptions for your tenants’ daily operations

    Emergency Fire Damage Tips

    • Keep hands clean.
    • Limit movement in the home to prevent further damage.
    • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent more soiling.
    • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
    • Wipe soot from chrome on faucets and appliances then protect with a light coating of lubricant.
    • Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting a SERVPRO® Franchise Professional.
    • Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting a SERVPRO® Franchise Professional.
    • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire or water without consulting a repair service.

    Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota 941-365-4614

    Even the Smallest Fire can result in Major Damage

    6/9/2021 (Permalink)

    smoke damage in a house smoke damage in kitchen from previous fire

    The Fire Damage Restoration Process

    SERVPRO of North Sarasota knows just how devastating a fire can be. Fire and water damage can leave your house unsafe and unlivable. They’re trained to clean and restore your home with as little disruption as possible. Learn more about the fire damage restoration process.

    After a Fire

    The following checklist serves as a quick reference and guide for you to follow after a fire strikes.

    • Contact your local disaster relief service, such as The Red Cross, if you need temporary housing, food and medicines.
    • If you are insured, contact your insurance company for detailed instructions on protecting the property, conducting inventory and contacting SERVPRO of North Sarasota.  If you are not insured, try contacting private organizations for aid and assistance.
    • Check with the fire department to make sure your residence is safe to enter. Be watchful of any structural damage caused by the fire.
    • The fire department should see that utilities are either safe to use or are disconnected before they leave the site.  DO NOT attempt to reconnect utilities yourself.
    • Conduct an inventory of damaged property and items.  Do not throw away any damaged goods until after an inventory is made.
    • Try to locate valuable documents and records.  Refer to information on contacts and the replacement process inside this brochure.
    • Begin saving receipts for any money you spend related to fire loss.  The receipts may be needed later by the insurance company and for verifying losses claimed on income tax.
    • Notify your mortgage company of the fire.

    After you call 911

    Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota 941-365-4614

    Fires can be more common during the winter months

    2/2/2021 (Permalink)

    Wildfires Wildfires

    Tips from FEMA

    for Preparing Your Family, Home and

    Business from the Threat of Wildfires*

     Get an Emergency Supply Kit, which includes items like non-perishable food, water, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra flashlights and batteries. You may want to prepare a portable kit and keep it in your car.

     Make a Family Emergency Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.

     Protect your property from wildfires by designing and landscaping with wildfire safety in mind.

     Learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by your state and local government. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.

    ? Ask SERVPRO® Of North Sarasota about starting a Disaster Recovery Plan for your business. Call 941-365-4614 24 hours 7 days a week!

    *For more detailed wildfire safety tips visit

    FEMA’s website at www.ready.gov.

    With colder temperatures be cautious of indoor candles and fires.

    2/2/2021 (Permalink)

    fire from an indoor candle fire from an indoor candle

    When the owner went to sleep that night they forgot to blow out the candle they left on their porch. Not until 6am they were alerted when their fire alarm went off and noticed the fire was ablaze.  She immediately called the fire department and SERVPRO of North Sarasota was called to clean up the aftermath. The owner was delighted that we were able to come out there and make it look "Like it never even happened."

    Emergency Fire Damage Tips

      • Keep hands clean.
      •  Limit movement in the home to prevent further damage.
      • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent more soiling.
      • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
      • Wipe soot from chrome on faucets and appliances then protect with a light coating of lubricant.
      •  Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting a SERVPRO® Franchise Professional.
      • Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting a SERVPRO® Franchise Professional.
    • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire or water without consulting a repair service.

    Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota 941-365-4614

    Is your Christmas Tree a fire hazard?

    12/10/2020 (Permalink)

    240 home fires started every year. 240 home fires started every year.

    Tis the Season! Are you taking extra precautions?

    The risk of a home fire can increase around the holiday season with the use of fire places, heaters and candles. While Christmas tree fires are rare, they do happen.

    SERVPRO of North Sarasota knows just how devastating a fire can be. Fire and water damage can leave your house unsafe and unlivable. Our expertly trained technicians will restore you home and make it "Like it never even happened." 

    Take the necessary precautions! 

    • Water the tree twice a day
    • Perform a freshness test daily by touching the needles to see if they fall off in excess
    • Inspect the tree for frayed or broken lights
    • Turn off the light when you go to sleep or leave the home
    • Keep the tree away from any heat source

    After you call 911 

    Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota 941-365-4614

    Servicing Downtown Sarasota, Longboat Key, St. Armands Circle, Lido, and Bird Key!

    Don't Let a Fire Get you down!

    8/5/2020 (Permalink)

    Fire Don't Play with Fire!

    AT SERVPRO® our priority is returning damaged property and items to their preloss condition. Whether natural or man-made, a disaster at one of your client’s facilities needs to be handled by professionals who understand the importance of your tenants’ safety. At SERVPRO® our teams are trained in helping manage both commercial and multi-family properties during the recovery process while maintaining the security and safety of the facility and tenants. Our professionals work hard and fast to minimize the interruptions for your tenants’ daily operations

    Emergency Fire Damage Tips

    • Keep hands clean.
    • Limit movement in the home to prevent further damage.
    • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent more soiling.
    • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
    • Wipe soot from chrome on faucets and appliances then protect with a light coating of lubricant.
    • Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting a SERVPRO® Franchise Professional.
    • Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting a SERVPRO® Franchise Professional.
    • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire or water without consulting a repair service.

    Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota 941-365-4614

    4th Of July and the Pandemic!

    7/1/2020 (Permalink)

    fireworks in the sky with couple SERVPRO of North Sarasota wants you to Stay Safe this 4th Of July!

    This year the pandemic has canceled group viewing of Fireworks! So if you're going to have your own fireworks display at home keep safety in mind with these tips!!

    • Check with your local fire dept. to obtain approval. Remember, in some states fireworks are illegal to launch and can come with a hefty fine as well. 
    • Look at your local forecast. Do not launch fireworks if there are high winds in your area.
    • Look at your surroundings. Do not launch fireworks if there is going to be debris everywhere. 
    • If you do launch go to the beach or by the water. Make sure to always have a bucket of water in case you are in dry land. 

    This fourth of July have fun barbecuing, and launching fireworks. If you do just be safe while conducting your activities.  Just don't become a victim of a house fire.  

    Got a fire damage that needs to be looked at call SERVPRO of North Sarasota (941) 365-4614

    Don't get "burned". Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota to cleanup your place!

    6/15/2020 (Permalink)

    wide shot street scene Let SERVPRO clean up your mess, no matter the size!

    Don't get "burned". Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota to cleanup your place!

    Fire happens! But unlike other disasters, home fires can be prevented! It's important to know this: Fire is fast! There is no time to gather anything or make a phone call. In just two minutes, a fire could kill you. In five minutes, a house could be swallowed in flames.

    Fire is hot! Heat and smoke could be even more dangerous than the flames. Breathing in really hot air could burn your lungs, and fire produces poisonous gases that can make you sleepy and unable to escape. Fire is dark! It can be hard to find your way out of your house in a fire. Fire is deadly! Fire uses up oxygen you need to breathe and produces smoke and poisonous gases that kill.

    Immediate action is crucial when dealing with water and fire damage. We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you need help. A fast response helps lessen the damage, limits secondary damage, and reduces costs.

    Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota – (941) 365-4614

    Fire Damage Restoration

    9/27/2019 (Permalink)

    The Fire Damage Restoration Process

    SERVPRO of North Sarasota knows just how devastating a fire can be. Fire and water damage can leave your house unsafe and unlivable. They’re trained to clean and restore your home with as little disruption as possible. Learn more about the fire damage restoration process.

    After a Fire

    The following checklist serves as a quick reference and guide for you to follow after a fire strikes.

    • Contact your local disaster relief service, such as The Red Cross, if you need temporary housing, food and medicines.
    • If you are insured, contact your insurance company for detailed instructions on protecting the property, conducting inventory and contacting SERVPRO of North Sarasota.  If you are not insured, try contacting private organizations for aid and assistance.
    • Check with the fire department to make sure your residence is safe to enter. Be watchful of any structural damage caused by the fire.
    • The fire department should see that utilities are either safe to use or are disconnected before they leave the site.  DO NOT attempt to reconnect utilities yourself.
    • Conduct an inventory of damaged property and items.  Do not throw away any damaged goods until after an inventory is made.
    • Try to locate valuable documents and records.  Refer to information on contacts and the replacement process inside this brochure.
    • Begin saving receipts for any money you spend related to fire loss.  The receipts may be needed later by the insurance company and for verifying losses claimed on income tax.
    • Notify your mortgage company of the fire.

    After you call 911

    Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota 941-365-4614

    How to avoid getting trapped in the flames

    7/22/2019 (Permalink)

    Getting caught in a fire is never an easy situation. It is very stressful, and hectic to a very high degree. Plus the effects of the after math make things a lot worse, to a point were we just give up. However, there are ways to avoid this situation or at least keep the damage to a minimum. 

    Fires can happen at any moment. It can start from a simple house fire, to high temperatures in the blazing desert. This means it's always good to stay prepared. Fires should be thought of as a natural disaster because that is how bad they can become. If you aren't ready the effects can get real bad. Here are some ideas to help you avoid the flames...

    • If you have a home make sure to check all your fire alarms. For business owners make sure to check your sprinkler systems. 
    • Check all fire extinguishers and make sure they are full. Place all fire extinguishers where you have any flammable materials.
    • Check all outlets, and make sure they are safe. If you see a spark do not use that outlet, as this can cause a fire really quick without warning. 
    • Make sure the stoves are off after use!
    • Take picture(s) of all your material for insurance.
    • Have an emergency plan ready!  

    Here are some things you can do to recover, and keep your damage to a minimum. 

    • If you smell smoke, assess the situation. If the fire is small put it out with an extinguisher and then call 911.
    • If your sprinklers turn on the have everyone evacuate the building and call 911. 
    • If you have an emergency plan call those people to help come out to help restore. 

    We understand fires are never easy, but being prepared is the best way to avoid a situation like this. If you do have fire damage or need an Emergency Readiness Plan (ERP) which is at no charge to you call us here at SERVPRO Of North Sarasota (941) 365-4614. 

    Be Safe this 4th of July!

    6/27/2019 (Permalink)

    Happy Independence Day! When people think about the fourth of July there is one thing that comes to mind... FIREWORKS! Fireworks are fun, pretty, and exciting. However, when people launch fireworks they are never launched safely. Fireworks are a huge reason for house fires, and deaths during fourth of July. 

    Here are some tips, and how to be safe when launching fireworks....

    • Check with your local fire dept. to obtain approval. Remember, in some states fireworks are illegal to launch and can come with a hefty fine as well. 
    • Look at your local forecast. Do not launch fireworks if there are high winds in your area.
    • Look at your surroundings. Do not launch fireworks if there is going to be debris everywhere. 
    • If you do launch go to the beach or by the water. Make sure to always have a bucket of water in case you are in dry land. 

    This fourth of July have fun barbecuing, and launching fireworks. If you do just be safe while conducting your activities.  Just don't become a victim of a house fire.  

    Got a fire damage that needs to be looked at call SERVPRO of North Sarasota (941) 365-4614 or (941) 915-1118

    Don't be a victim of a summer fire!

    6/8/2019 (Permalink)

    Happy Summer! Its an amazing time of year. Summer barbecue, night bonfires, fireworks this sounds like a lot of fun! Now it can be a lot of fun, but can also be very dangerous. During the summer, most fires and deaths about 80 percent are during the summer because of these types of activities. Don't get me wrong these are amazing activities, but there is a way to stay safe. 

    Here are some tips that you can do to make sure you have a safe summer....

    • Always barbecue at least ten feet away from your home, and have a bucket of water with you. This will keep you from having that ash smell in your house.
    • Going camping or beach to have bonfire? Make sure you have a first aid kit, a form of communication, and a water bucket beside you at all times. If you are camping and telecommunication devices do not work, a flare will help you. 
    • DO NOT SMOKE INSIDE YOUR HOME! This will not only get your house caught on fire, but you will have that nicotine odor that may last for weeks! 
    • If you have plans to launch fireworks this 4th of July make sure you do it where there is no debris around, have adult supervision, and a bucket of water. Just a added plus make sure to check with the fire dept. to make sure it is safe.

    Summer can be an amazing and not stressful time of the year to spend with family and friends. With a lot of activities, just make sure you are safe and don't become summers next victim! If you have any questions or need some work done call SERVPRO of North Sarasota at (941) 365-4614. 

    Fire Is Fast

    3/19/2019 (Permalink)

    Each year more than 2,500 people die and 12,600 are injured in home fires in the United States. But unlike other disasters, home fires can be prevented! It's important to know this: Fire is fast! There is no time to gather anything or make a phone call. In just two minutes, a fire could kill you. In five minutes, a house could be swallowed in flames.

    Fire is hot! Heat and smoke could be even more dangerous than the flames. Breathing in really hot air could burn your lungs, and fire produces poisonous gases that can make you sleepy and unable to escape. Fire is dark! It can be hard to find your way out of your house in a fire. Fire is deadly! Fire uses up oxygen you need to breathe and produces smoke and poisonous gases that kill.

    Immediate action is crucial when dealing with water and fire damage. We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you need help. A fast response helps lessen the damage, limits secondary damage, and reduces costs.

    Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota – (941) 365-4614

    We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster 

    For more detailed fire safety visit www.ready.gov

    Slow Cooker Safety Tips

    3/19/2019 (Permalink)

    crock pot fire

    While cooking is the number one cause of U.S. home fires, let it be known that the chance of a slow cooker setting your house on fire is extremely slim. Most models don't run above 200-300 watts, making them a relatively low current, low heat appliance. According to the NFPA, there was an annual average of just 70 cooking fires involving slow cookers between 2011 and 2015, which resulted in two civilian injuries and no deaths.

    Still, if you feel sudden apprehension at the idea, here are some slow cooker safety tips to follow:

    Inspect the cord every time you use your slow cooker

    Before you plug it in, take a minute to check both ends of the cord for any frayed or exposed wires. If you spot any, cut the cord and dispose of your appliance immediately — black tape is not a safe remedy.

    Keep and store your slow cooker on a flat, stable surface

    Make sure the exterior isn't close to any objects, especially flammable items like towels, curtains, or cooking oil. There shouldn't be anything underneath it and be sure it's nowhere near your sink or cooktop.

    Unplug it when you're not cooking

    Keep your slow cooker (and other countertop electric appliances) unplugged any time you aren't using it, and make sure the cord is wrapped neatly and not folded up in a way that will expose wires.

    Maintain extreme caution when accepting hand-me-down appliances

    Though slow cookers have been around for a long time, technology has improved a lot in recent years — older models don't offer modern safety features like auto shutoff. If you notice any off odors or see that the exterior of your slow cooker feels hotter than it should when in use, unplug it right away and toss it. If there's a chance your slow cooker has spent time in someone's garage, you should probably consider upgrading.

    Be sure your smoke detector in your home is working

    Check and change the batteries in your smoke detector at least once a year. This is a generally safety tip you should always follow, whether you're a slower cooker user or not!

    We know how it was to deal with fire damage within a home and the time it will take to get this all squared away.

    Call SERVPRO Of North Sarasota 941-365-4614.

    Home Fire Campaign Helps Save 464 Lives Since 2014

    9/5/2018 (Permalink)

    The American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign is now credited with helping save 464 lives since the effort began in October of 2014.

    The Home Fire Campaign focuses on installing free smoke alarms in neighborhoods at high risk for fires and teaching people about fire safety. As of July 31, 2018, the effort has helped 464 lives, 161 of them children under age 18. Those affected report smoke alarms alerted them to evacuate their home or that they followed home fire escape plans they developed with the help of the Red Cross.

    The Red Cross responds to as many as 64,000 disasters every year and most of these are home fires. Sadly, seven times a day someone in this country dies in a home fire, the most common disaster people face in this country. In a typical year, home fires kill more people in the United States than all other natural disasters combined.

    To combat these statistics, the Red Cross launched the Home Fire Campaign in 2014, focusing on installing free smoke alarms in neighborhoods at high risk for fires and teaching people about fire safety.

    Since the program’s start, the Red Cross and its more than 4,530 partners have installed over 1.4 million smoke alarms in homes in more than 13,800 cities and towns across the country.

    In addition, the campaign has:

    • Reached more than 593,000 homes.
    • Served more than 1.5 million people living in the homes visited during the campaign.
    • Red Cross volunteers and partners have also replaced more than 66,800 smoke alarm batteries.
    • Helped more than 505,000 people develop home fire escape plans.
    • Reached more than 1.1 million children through preparedness programs.

    After you call 911

    Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota 941-365-4614

    We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster 

    Immediate action is crucial when dealing with water and fire damage. We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you need help. A fast response helps lessen the damage, limits secondary damage, and reduces cost.

    Fire Damage Restoration

    8/27/2018 (Permalink)

    House fire in Sarasota

    The Fire Damage Restoration Process

    SERVPRO of North Sarasota knows just how devastating a fire can be. Fire and water damage can leave your house unsafe and unlivable. They’re trained to clean and restore your home with as little disruption as possible. Learn more about the fire damage restoration process.

    After a Fire

    The following checklist serves as a quick reference and guide for you to follow after a fire strikes.

    • Contact your local disaster relief service, such as The Red Cross, if you need temporary housing, food and medicines.
    • If you are insured, contact your insurance company for detailed instructions on protecting the property, conducting inventory and contacting SERVPRO of North Sarasota.  If you are not insured, try contacting private organizations for aid and assistance.
    • Check with the fire department to make sure your residence is safe to enter. Be watchful of any structural damage caused by the fire.
    • The fire department should see that utilities are either safe to use or are disconnected before they leave the site.  DO NOT attempt to reconnect utilities yourself.
    • Conduct an inventory of damaged property and items.  Do not throw away any damaged goods until after an inventory is made.
    • Try to locate valuable documents and records.  Refer to information on contacts and the replacement process inside this brochure.
    • Begin saving receipts for any money you spend related to fire loss.  The receipts may be needed later by the insurance company and for verifying losses claimed on income tax.
    • Notify your mortgage company of the fire.

    After you call 911

    Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota 941-365-4614

    Prevent Home Fires

    6/25/2018 (Permalink)

    http://www.SERVPROnorthsarasota.com/blog/fire-smoke-damage-restoration

    Home fires are preventable! The following are simple steps that each of us can take to prevent a tragedy.

    Cooking

    • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
    • Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.
    • Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a "kid-free zone" of 3 feet around the stove.
    • Position barbecue grills at least 10 feet away from siding and deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.

    Smoking

    • Smoke outside and completely stub out butts in an ashtray or a can filled with sand.
    • Soak cigarette butts and ashes in water before throwing them away. Never toss hot cigarette butts or ashes in the trash can.
    • Never smoke in a home where oxygen is used, even if it is turned off. Oxygen can be explosive and makes fire burn hotter and faster.
    • Be alert - don’t smoke in bed! If you are sleepy, have been drinking, or have taken medicine that makes you drowsy, put your cigarette out first.

    Electrical and Appliance Safety

    • Frayed wires can cause fires. Replace all worn, old or damaged appliance cords immediately and do not run cords under rugs or furniture.
    • If an appliance has a three-prong plug, use it only in a three-slot outlet. Never force it to fit into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.
    • Immediately shut off, then professionally replace, light switches that are hot to the touch and lights that flicker.

    Portable Space Heaters

    • 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.

    Fireplaces and Woodstoves

    • Inspect and clean woodstove 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.

    Children

    • Take the mystery out of fire play by teaching children that fire is a tool, not a toy.
    • Store matches and lighters out of children's reach and sight, preferably in a locked cabinet.
    • Never leave children unattended near operating stoves or burning candles, even for a short time.

    More Prevention Tips

    • Never use stove range or oven to heat your home.
    • Keep combustible and flammable liquids away from heat sources.
    • Portable generators should NEVER be used indoors and should only be refueled outdoors or in well ventilated areas.

    Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
    Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota – (941) 365-4614

    For more detailed fire safety tips visit www.ready.gov

    Home Fires

    4/10/2018 (Permalink)

    Florida Home on Fire

    In just two minutes, a fire can become life-threatening. In five minutes, a residence can be engulfed in flames.

    Learn About Fires

    • Fire is FAST! In less than 30 seconds a small flame can turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house or for it to be engulfed in flames.
    • Fire is HOT! Heat is more threatening than flames. Room temperatures in a fire can be 100 degrees at floor level and rise to 600 degrees at eye level. Inhaling this super-hot air will scorch your lungs and melt clothes to your skin.
    • Fire is DARK! Fire starts bright, but quickly produces black smoke and complete darkness.
    • Fire is DEADLY! Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than flames do. Fire produces poisonous gases that make you disoriented and drowsy. Asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire deaths, exceeding burns by a three-to-one ratio.

    Before a Fire

    Create and Practice a Fire Escape Plan

    Smoke Alarms

    A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.

    During a Fire

    • Crawl low under any smoke to your exit - heavy smoke and poisonous gases collect first along the ceiling.
    • Before opening a door, feel the doorknob and door. If either is hot, or if there is smoke coming around the door, leave the door closed and use your second way out.
    • If you open a door, open it slowly. Be ready to shut it quickly if heavy smoke or fire is present.
    • If you can’t get to someone needing assistance, leave the home and call 9-1-1 or the fire department. Tell the emergency operator where the person is located.
    • If pets are trapped inside your home, tell firefighters right away.
    • If you can’t get out, close the door and cover vents and cracks around doors with cloth or tape to keep smoke out.  Call 9-1-1 or your fire department. Say where you are and signal for help at the window with a light-colored cloth or a flashlight.
    • If your clothes catch fire, stop, drop, and roll – stop immediately, drop to the ground, and cover your face with your hands.  Roll over and over or back and forth until the fire is out.  If you or someone else cannot stop, drop, and roll, smother the flames with a blanket or towel.  Use cool water to treat the burn immediately for 3 to 5 minutes.  Cover with a clean, dry cloth.  Get medical help right away by calling 9-1-1 or the fire department.

    Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota 941-365-4614. 

    • For more detailed fire safety tips visit www.ready.gov

    Smoking

    3/2/2018 (Permalink)

    Smoking

    Smoking

    & Home Fire Safety

    The place where we feel safest — at home — is where most smoking-materials

    structure fires, deaths, and injuries occur. Smoking materials are the leading

    cause of fire deaths. Smoking material fires are preventable. 

    Smoking Safety

    If you smoke, use only fire-safe cigarettes.

    If you smoke, smoke outside. Most deaths result from fires that started in living rooms, family rooms and dens or in bedrooms.

    Keep cigarettes, lighters, matches, and other smoking materials up high out of the reach of

    children, in a locked cabinet.

    Put It Out

    Use a deep, sturdy ashtray. Place it away from anything that can burn.

    Do not discard cigarettes in vegetation such as mulch, potted plants or landscaping, peat moss,

    dried grasses, leaves or other things that could ignite easily.

    Before you throw away butts and ashes, make sure they are out, and dousing in water or sand is the best way to do that.

    Smoking and Medical Oxygen

    Never smoke and never allow anyone to smoke where medical oxygen is used. Medical oxygen can cause materials to ignite more easily and make fires burn at a faster rate than normal. It can make an existing fire burn faster and hotter.

    Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
    Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota – (941) 365-4614

    We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster 

    Immediate action is crucial when dealing with water and fire damage. We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you need help. A fast response helps lessen the damage, limits secondary damage, and reduces cost.

    Microwave Oven and Safety

    3/2/2018 (Permalink)

    Microwave Safety

    Microwave Oven

    and

    Safety

    With busy lives, families rely on the microwave oven as a quick way to heat up a meal, warm up a drink or defrost dinner. While the convenience of the microwave oven is something we take for granted, safety should not be. By following a few simple safety tips you can prevent painful burns and possible fires.

    SAFETY TIPS

    PURCHASE a microwave oven that is listed by a qualified testing laboratory. Make sure to complete and return the product registration card. This way the manufacturer can reach you if there is a recall on the product.

    PLUG the microwave oven directly into the wall outlet — never use an extension cord.

    MAKE sure the microwave oven is at a safe height, within easy reach of all users.

    OPEN food slowly, away from the face. Hot steam or the food itself can cause burns.

    FOOD heats unevenly in microwave ovens. Stir and test before eating or giving to children.

    NEVER heat a baby bottle in the microwave. Since a microwave oven heats unevenly, it can create hot pockets, leading to burns. Warm a bottle in a bowl of warm — not hot or boiling — water, or by running it under the tap.

    MICROWAVE USE

    Always supervise children when they are using a microwave oven.

    Use only microwave-safe food containers or dishes. Never use aluminum foil or metal in a microwave oven.

    If you have a fire in the microwave, leave the door closed, turn the oven off and unplug it from the wall. If the fire does not go out, get outside and call the fire department.

    Have Questions? Call Us Today – (941) 365-4614

    What is the Home Fire Campaign?

    9/6/2017 (Permalink)

    Home Fire

    Each year, the Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters, the vast majority of which are home fires. So we set a goal to reduce fire-related deaths and injuries in the US by 25% by 2020.

    On average:

    • 7 people die every day from a home fire, most impacting children and the elderly
    • 36 people suffer injuries as a result of home fires every day
    • Over $7 billion in property damage occurs every year

    Home Fire Safety

    Learn how your family can prevent home fires, escape from a home fire in 2 minutes, and recover after a home fire.

    Did you know that if a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape? During a fire, early warning from a working smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives. Learn what else to do to keep your loved ones safe!

    Top Tips for Fire Safety

    1. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
    2. Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.
    3. Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
    4. If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.

    After you call 911

    Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota 941-365-4614

    We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster 

    Immediate action is crucial when dealing with water and fire damage. We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you need help. A fast response helps lessen the damage, limits secondary damage, and reduces cost.

    Fire Engulfs Home Early Morning

    8/28/2017 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of North Sarasota checks out home engulfed by fire.

    SERVPRO of North Sarasota received an early morning call from homeowners letting us know about a fire that was engulfing their home.  The fire ignighted from one of their collectible corvettes parked in their garage and the fire then spread to the insided of their home.

    When we arrived on the scene, firefighters were just cleaning up from the smoke damaged home.  The soot carried throughout the whole 2,500 sqft home and destroyed many belongings and even left no trace of two vehicles on the garage except for the body frame. We were able to assess the area and let the homeowner know that we will do our best to clean up the damaged areas to where it will feel like home again. 

    We know how it was to deal with fire damage within a home and the time it will take to get this all squared away.

    Call SERVPRO Of North Sarasota 941-365-4614.

    Fire Damage on Local Residence from Burning candle

    6/26/2017 (Permalink)

    Fire from forgotten lit candle

    When the owner went to sleep that night they forgot to blow out the candle they left on their porch. Not until 6am they were alerted when their fire alarm went off and noticed the fire was ablaze.  She immediately called the fire department and SERVPRO of North Sarasota was called to clean up the aftermath. The owner was delighted that we were able to come out there and make it look "Like it never even happened."

    Emergency Fire Damage Tips

      • Keep hands clean.
      •  Limit movement in the home to prevent further damage.
      • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent more soiling.
      • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
      • Wipe soot from chrome on faucets and appliances then protect with a light coating of lubricant.
      •  Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting a SERVPRO® Franchise Professional.
      • Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting a SERVPRO® Franchise Professional.
    • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire or water without consulting a repair service.

    Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota 941-365-4614

    Threats of Wildfires

    4/12/2017 (Permalink)

    Florida Wildfires

    Tips from FEMA


    for Preparing Your Family, Home and


    Business from the Threat of Wildfires*


    ? Get an Emergency Supply Kit, which includes items like non-perishable food, water, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra flashlights and batteries. You may want to prepare a portable kit and keep it in your car.


    ? Make a Family Emergency Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.


    ? Protect your property from wildfires by designing and landscaping with wildfire safety in mind.


    ? Learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by your state and local government. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.


    ? Ask SERVPRO® Of North Sarasota about starting a Disaster Recovery Plan for your business. Call 941-365-4614 24 hours 7 days a week!


    *For more detailed wildfire safety tips visit


    FEMA’s website at www.ready.gov.

    Sarasota Smoke and Soot Cleanup

    3/17/2017 (Permalink)

    Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Sarasota Home.

    Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor.

    Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

    Smoke and soot facts:

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

    Different Types of Smoke

    There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of North Sarasota will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

    Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

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

    Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

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

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

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

    Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

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

    Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
    Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota today  941-365-4614