Recent Fire Damage Posts

Safely Grill this Summer

5/15/2020 (Permalink)

As we all start gearing up for Summer, we tend to spend more time outside with neighbors, family & friends.  Grilling lunch or dinner while enjoying the warmer weather is a pastime shared by many.  But sometimes not paying attention to our surroundings while cooking, can be very dangerous.  
 Fire is unavoidable when it comes to preparing that perfect steak, bratwurst or burger on the grill, which means you’ve got some inherent risks right from the get-go. In fact, the NFPA reports that an average of 8,900 home fires are caused by grilling each year. Here are some fire safety tips for the grill:
  • While the meat is marinating, be sure to check each potentially problematic point of the grill including the propane tank, the hose, and all connecting points.
  • Charcoal should be soaked with charcoal starter fluid only, so don’t let the pyro-happy Boy Scout in your family go anywhere near the grill with a container of lighter fluid, no matter how cool he swears it will be!
  • Make sure the grill is clean—failing to clean the grill before and after use is a contributing factor in nearly 20% of all grill structure fires.
  • Make sure the grill is set up in an open, outdoor area with nothing flammable (plants, paper products, etc.) nearby.  Position the grill away from the home or RV as to not char or melt aluminum siding, windows or decking materials.  
SERVPRO’s trained professionals are available 24/7 for your fire restoration needs.  Our staff at SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa will respond to your needs by calling (815) 416-0075. Enjoy your Spring/Summer, make sure to keep an eye on the fire and remember that we are here to help!

Preventative Fire Cleaning

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

Spring Cleaning and Fire Safety

Spring Cleaning is upon us! And though deep cleaning floors and dusting shelves are important, don’t forget about fire safety. Below are some ways for you to do some preventative cleaning in your own home.

Replace batteries in your home.

Start with replacing the batteries in your Smoke Detectors, Carbon Monoxide Detectors and Flashlights.

Clean dryer vents routinely.

Other than routinely cleaning your lint filter out before and after loads, you should also be making sure that the outdoor dryer flaps are not blocked by build-up, animal nests, etc.

Check on any extension cords.

Check to make sure that extensions cords are not overloaded as they aren’t meant to be permanently used. This is also a good time to make sure that none of your cords are frayed or cracked. Replace where needed.

Propane/charcoal grills should remain outside.

Your propane/charcoal grill should be stored and used outside only. Make sure that grill is routinely cleaned. And most importantly, make sure someone is always tending the grill.

Clean up leaves and trash from around house.

Make sure to clean up dead leaves and trash from around your house. These items may be dangerous if exposed to heat.

SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa is here to help with any preventative cleaning needs. If emergency services are needed due to a fire or any other disaster give us a call 24 hours a day. (815)416-0075

Candle Safety

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

Two out of every five home décor fires are started by candles. Here are some ways to make sure your house is candle fire safe:

Try out a flameless candle instead. Flameless candles are a great alternative that can flicker like a fire-burning candle, and they can even be scented.

Keep all fire-burning candles in a fire-proof container. Make sure that if you are using a real candle, to put it in a fire-proof container. It is also important to check that the container is Saturday and cannot be tipped over.

Always extinguish candles before leaving a room or going to bed. You should also make sure that the embers on the wick are no longer glowing as the candle could re-ignite.

For more fire safety tips and tools, please contact SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa’s Trained Professionals. We look forward to helping you and your family become better prepared!

Celebrate Safely

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

Pretty lights, candles, and decorations erp bring charm to the holiday season. However if not used carefully your holiday could go from festive to frightening. 

Did you know? The top three days for home fires are Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Eve. 

The American Red Cross offers these  safety tips to help reduce the risk of fires in your home or business this holiday season. 

-Place Christmas trees, candles, and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from any heat sources. 

- Make sure light strings and other holiday decorations are in dog condition. 

- Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving or going to bed. 

- Never leave candles unattended. 

- Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stove or open flames. 

If you should suffer a fire loss in your home or business this holiday season SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa professionals are available to assist you 24 hours a day. Just give us a call at (815)416-0075.

Stay Safe While Decorating this Holiday Season

12/4/2019 (Permalink)

With Christmas, New Years Eve and New Year’s Day being the top 3 days for home fires, use these safety tips to decrease the risk of home fires this holiday season. 

1. If you purchase an artificial tree, look for the fire resistant label. If you purchase a live tree make sure to keep it watered so it stays fresh. Always keep your tree away from fireplaces and heaters. 

2. Check your holiday lights to make sure no cords are broken. Also do not attach more than three stands of lights to one extension cord.

3. When decoration outside make sure the decorations and cords are safe for outdoor use. 

4. Do not forget to unplug all lights before going to bed or leaving the house. 

5. If you hang stockings from the fireplace mantel, do not light the fireplace. 

5. Keep children and pets away from lit candles. 

SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa wishes you and your family a safe and happy holiday season. 

Kitchen Fire Prevention

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

It’s a fact that more home fires occur in the kitchen than any other place in your home.

Follow these simple rules to help keep your kitchen fire free. 

  1. Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
  2. Keep an eye on your food regularly while cooking and remain in the kitchen while cooking.
  3. Use a timer to remind you that the stove or oven is on.
  4. Install a smoke alarm near your kitchen and test it once a month.
  5. Loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking can catch on fire. Avoid wearing this kind of clothing and accessories while you are in the kitchen.
  6. Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in your kitchen.
  7. Keep the kids out of the kitchen while you are cooking.
  8. Clean cooking surfaces after every use to prevent grease buildup.
  9. Check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure stoves, ovens, etc. are turned off.

If you should suffer a fire loss in your home, SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa professionals are available to assist 24 hours a day. 

Safety Tips For Deep Frying Your Turkey

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

A deep fried turkey is delicious, however there is risk involved in the cooking process. Follow these 5 safety tips while deep frying your turkey this holiday season to minimize the risk of fire or injuries. 

  1. Deep fry outdoors, away from the house. Stay at least 10 feet away from the house. This includes staying out of the garage (even with the door open), and off of the porch. If a mishap does occur, you’ll be glad that at least you didn’t burn your house down. That leads us to #2…
  2. Have a fire extinguisher at your side. Don’t just have it in the house or garage, have it readily on hand. An oil fire can get out of hand in seconds, so you’ll need to be ready to act immediately in the event something goes awry. And by the way, never throw water on an oil fire! This will cause a violent reaction, resulting in an explosion; not advisable. Speaking of water…
  3. Use a thawed turkey. Excess moisture in a frozen can cause the oil in your frying pot to boil furiously and spill over on to the burner below. If oil from your pot spills onto the burner it will burn violently and can cause a fierce fire instantly. Also, to keep oil from spilling over…
  4. Set up on level ground. The oil in your pot must be level to prevent it from boiling over and spilling on the burner.
  5. Do not over fill your deep fryer pot. To determine how much oil is needed for frying, place the thawed turkey in the fryer basket and place it in the fryer. Add water until the top of the turkey is barely covered. Mark the water level with the turkey OUT OF THE POT. This is the level you will fill your pot to before you put your turkey in to deep fry it.

Follow these tips and enjoy your delicious deep-fried turkey! For complete instructions on how to deep fry your turkey let me suggest you go to www.butterball.com/how-tos/deep-fry-a-turkey.

SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any size disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs

Properly Using a Fire Extinguisher

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

A portable fire extinguisher can be a life and property saving tool when used correctly. In order to operate a fire extinguisher, the NFPA suggests remembering the word PASS.


-Pull the pin. Hold the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.
-Aim low. Point the fire extinguisher at the base of the fire.
-Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
-Sweep the nozzle from side- to-side.


Read the instructions on the fire extinguisher and become familiar with them before a fire breaks out. Encourage your family members and co-workers to do the same.
Remember, extinguishers do have their limitations! It is also important to ensure you have the correct type of extinguisher for your home or facility. 

SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa professionals are trained to assist with any fire no matter the size. If you should sustain fire damage in your home or business give us a call today. (815)416-0075

Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa wishes you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving holiday. Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires in the US. Below are some safety tips to keep you and your family safe during the upcoming holiday season. 


-Never leave cooking food unattended—stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling, or broiling food. If someone must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, they should turn off the stove.
-Check food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while kitchen equipment is in use. Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on.
-Keep small children away from the cooking area. Enforce a “kid-free zone” and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove and oven.
-Keep anything flammable like pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels away from the stove, oven, or other appliances in the kitchen that generates heat. —Do not wear loose clothes or shirts with dangling sleeves while cooking.
-Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease build-up.
-Purchase a fire extinguisher
to keep in the kitchen year round     -Contact the local fire department for training on the proper use of fire extinguishers if you are unsure.
-Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all kitchen appliances like stoves, ovens, and toasters are turned off.
-Install a smoke alarm near the kitchen, on each level of the home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside of bedrooms. Use the test button to check it is working properly every month. Replace the batteries at least once a year.

Fall Fire Safety

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa enjoys the fall weather and we hope you do too. Below are some tips on to stay fire free during the fall season. 

The fall season brings beautiful colors, cooler temperatures and many outdoor activities. Follow these simple tips to help stay fire free this fall. 

-Fall decorations like cornstalks are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations away from open flames and heating sources, including light bulbs. 

- Keep emergency exits free of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes. 

- Teach children to stay away from open flames

- Remember safely first when choosing a Halloween costume. Chose a costume made out of material that will not easily ignite it is comes into contact with heat or flames. 

- Place pumpkins lit with candles away from anything that can burn and out of the way of doorsteps, walkways and porches. It is safer to use battery operated candles to lite pumpkins. 

Lightening Safety

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that Illinois is ranked in the top 10 states most likely to have lightening strike your home?

In 2018 alone there were 2475 insurance claims for lightening strikes, resulting in 25.5 million dollars in damages. 

SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa is here to assist you in your time of need. If your home should be struck by lightening give us a call for assistance on all your restoration needs. 

Below are a few tips to keep you safe during the storms. 

Be aware- Check the forecast before participating in outdoor activities. If it calls for thunderstorms make sure there is adequate shelter available.

Go indoors- Find a safe enclosed shelter when you hear thunder. 

Avoid windows doors porches and concrete- Do not lie on the concrete floors and avoid leaning on concrete walls. Lightening can travel through any metal wires or bars in the concrete walls and floors. 

Avoid water- Do not bathe, shower, wash dishes or have any other contact with water during a thunderstorm because lightening can travel through a buildings plumbing. 

Smoke Alarms Save Lives

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Agency. 

In homes, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and on every level of the home including in the basement. Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years. If the alarm chirps indicating low battery, take the proper steps to replace the smoke alarm or batteries immediately. Never disable or remove the batteries from the alarm. Almost half of fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries. 

If you need help installing, testing, or changing batteries in your smoke alarms contact your local fire department, electrician or the American Red Cross for assistance. 

What To Do Until Help Arrives

1/5/2019 (Permalink)

A fire can leave behind soot, smoke damage and a host of other problems. Ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough professional cleaning. If your home or business suffers a fire, it is important to take the appropriate steps to prevent further damage until SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa can arrive . The following tips may help reduce damage and increase chances of a successful restoration.

DO:

-Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.

-Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery and carpet traffic areas. 

-If electricity is off, empty freezer/refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor. 

DON'T:

-Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces.

-Don't attempt to shampoo any carpets or upholstery.

-Don't attempt to clean any electronics

-Do not consume any food that may have been contaminated by the fire.

-If ceilings are wet do not turn on lights or ceiling fans as the wiring may be wet.

SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa is here 24/7 for all your fire restoration needs. Give us a call today (815)416-0075.

Don’t be a Smoke Alarm Statistic

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

Is your smoke detector operational?

Do you have a smoke detector?

Smoke alarms provide an early warning of a fire, giving people additional escape time.

Did you know…

1. In 2009-2013, smoke alarms sounded in more than half (53%) of the home fires reported to US fire departments.

2. Three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (38%) or no working smoke alarms (21%).

3. The death rate per 100 reported home fires was more than twice as high in homes that did not have any working smoke alarms compared to the rate in homes with working smoke alarms (1.18 deaths vs .053 deaths per 100 fires).

4. In fires in which the smoke alarms were present but did not operate, almost half (46%) of the smoke alarms had missing or disconnected batteries.

5. Dead batteries caused 1/4 (24%)of the smoke alarm failures.

Don’t be one of those statistics. Call your local fire department about the smoke detector programs they offer.

Celebrate the Holidays Safely

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Pretty lights, candles, and decorations are just a few of the items bringing charm and cheer to the holiday season. However, if they are not used carefully your holidays may go from festive to frightening. 

The American Red Cross offers the following safety tips to help greatly reduce the fire risk in your home or business this holiday season. 

-Place Christmas trees, candles and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents and candles. 

-Make sure light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacture's instructions. 

-Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving or going to bed.

-Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Always extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to bed. 

-Use only sturdy tree stands designed not to tip over. Keep curious pets and children away from the Christmas tree.

-Keep anything that can catch fire- pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging and towels or curtains- away from your stove top.

-Designate one person to walk around your property to ensure all candles and smoking materials are properly extinguished after guests leave. 

SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa wish you a happy and safe holiday season. 

Dangers of Deep Frying A Turkey

11/15/2018 (Permalink)

-Turkey fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.

—An overfilled cooking pot will cause cooking oil to spill over when the turkey is put in, and a partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter when putting in the pot. 

-Even a small amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a large fire. 

-Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire. 

-The sides of a cooking pot, lid, and pot handles can get dangerously hot. 

SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa wishes you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. Stay safe, and if you are deep frying a turkey this holiday season please be safe and use caution. Keep the fryer away from your home, garage, and even porch. 

Cooking Safety this Thanksgiving

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know cooking equipment is the leading cause of residential fires?
As the holidays begin, fire precautions should as well.
A property owner experiences a flood of emotions when a fire ravages their business or home. Fear, uncertainty, stress and doubt about the future of the property can be overwhelming to the property owner long after the flames have been extinguished and the smoke has cleared.
After the first wave of heroes have rescued the property, let SERVPRO® Of Morris/Ottawa help you restore the property. Combining rapid response, the utmost professionalism and open
communication, we strive to restore not only the home or business, but to restore the customer’s peace of mind, as well.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers the following eye-opening statistics on fires:
n 475,500 structure fires were reported in the
United States in 2016.
n These fires caused $7.9 billion in property damages.
n One structure fire was reported every 66 seconds.
If the unthinkable happens and a fire strikes, give the experts at SERVPRO® Of Morris/Ottawa a call. We’ll help make it “Like it never even happened.” n

Do not let a Fire ruin your holidays

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

Thanksgiving by the numbers
  • Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by the day before Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. and Christmas Eve.
  • In 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,760 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving, the peak day for such fires.
  • Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.
  • Cooking equipment was involved in almost half of all reported home fires and home fire injuries, and it is the second leading cause of home fire deaths.  

Source: NFPA's Fire Analysis & Research Division

Safety tips
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button. 

Electric Blanket Safety; 4 Simple Rules

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

Cuddle up with peace of mind in your electric blanket this winter.

Winter is here and so it is the season for snuggling up and staying warm; a job accomplished nearly perfectly by an electric blanket. Here are a few simple, easy to follow tips to ensure you stay nice and toasty, safely this winter, under your electric blanket.

  1. Use a newer electric blanket (prior to 2001). Newer electric blankets have a shutoff mechanism to prevent the blanket from overheating or catching fire. Older blankets may not have this feature, and therefore run the risk of overheating. Older blankets are considered a fire hazard, and cannot be recommended. Electric blankets will save you money, so go ahead and spend a few bucks for a newer, safer blanket if you don’t already have one.
  2. Don’t’ let your electric blanket get “bunched up”. Keep your blanket as flat as possible. Keeping your blanket flat will avoid air pockets, which can trap hot air and cause excessive heat build-up, particularly when your blanket is being used at higher settings.
  3. Don’t lay objects on top of or underneath your electric blanket. An object, like a cell phone, can trap heat between itself and your blanket; potentially causing your blanket’s coils to overheat and possibly burn.
  4. Don’t use an electric blanket with your infant or small child. It is not safe to use an electric blanket with infants and young children because of the risk for burns. Likewise, anyone who is helpless, paralyzed, insensitive to heat or incapable of understanding the control’s operation should not use an electric blanket.

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Morris / Ottawa provides 24-hour residential and commercial services. As a locally owned and operated business, we’re dedicated to being faster to any size disaster, with the training, equipment, and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs.

Fire Damage and Your Morris/Ottawa Home

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

What type of fire damage do you have?

The damage to your property following a fire can often be complicated due to the unique behavior of smoke. Smoke can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor. Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure. Additionally, different types of smoke cause different types of damage. Here are four different types of smoke you may have to deal with in a house fire:

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.

Fuel Oil Soot (Furnace Puff Backs)

While “puff backs” can create havoc for homeowners. A puffback is an explosion inside the burner chamber of a furnace or boiler. Although such puffbacks are typically confined to the burner chamber, they can do considerable harm to your heating system.

Because there are different types of smoke, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Knowing this information is vital to proper restoration after fire and smoke damage has occurred.

Before restoration begins, you will need to survey the loss to determine the extent of impact from fire, smoke, heat, and moisture on the building materials and contents. This task will typically require the resources and experience of a professional fire restoration company.

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa provides 24-hour emergency service. We specialize in fire and water damage restoration; it’s the cornerstone of our business. We have specialized equipment, specific training, and certifications that allow us restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Top 8 Tips for Avoiding Kitchen Fires This Holiday Season

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

Cooking Fires are the Leading Cause of Home Fires

While you are busy whipping up delicious dishes in the kitchen this holiday season, it is also important to take time to remember safety.

Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and home-fire-related injuries in the United States. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports “Cooking equipment was involved in almost half (48%) of all reported home fires...and tied with heating equipment for the second leading cause of home fire deaths.” You can help ensure your holiday plans don’t go up in smoke by taking a few precautions!

  • n Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • n Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food.
  • n If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • n Keep anything that can catch fire—oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains—away from the stovetop.

If you have a cooking fire, consider the following safety protocols to help keep you and your family safe.

  • n Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • n Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.
  • n For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
  • n If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
  • n Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.

Source: National Fire Protection Association

SERVPRO of Frankfort provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any size disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

How to Deep Fry a Turkey Safely This Thanksgiving

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

Deep Fry Your Turkey Safely This Thanksgiving

A deep-fried turkey: delicious, but worth it? If you’ve seen any of the numerous videos of turkey fryer explosions and fires online, you may have asked yourself this question before. Running the risk of bodily injury or property damage is something to consider when menu planning this holiday season. Follow theses 5 tips to avoid such troubles:

  1. Deep fry outdoors, away from the house. Stay at least 10 feet away from the house. This includes staying out of the garage (even with the door open), and off of the porch. If a mishap does occur, you’ll be glad that at least you didn’t burn your house down. That leads us to #2…
  2. Have a fire extinguisher at your side. Don’t just have it in the house or garage, have it readily on hand. An oil fire can get out of hand in seconds, so you’ll need to be ready to act immediately in the event something goes awry. And by the way, never throw water on an oil fire! This will cause a violent reaction, resulting in an explosion; not advisable. Speaking of water…
  3. Use a thawed turkey. Excess moisture in a frozen can cause the oil in your frying pot to boil furiously and spill over on to the burner below. If oil from your pot spills onto the burner it will burn violently and can cause a fierce fire instantly. Also, to keep oil from spilling over…
  4. Set up on level ground. The oil in your pot must be level to prevent it from boiling over and spilling on the burner.
  5. Do not over fill your deep fryer pot. To determine how much oil is needed for frying, place the thawed turkey in the fryer basket and place it in the fryer. Add water until the top of the turkey is barely covered. Mark the water level with the turkey OUT OF THE POT. This is the level you will fill your pot to before you put your turkey in to deep fry it.

Follow these tips and enjoy your delicious deep-fried turkey! For complete instructions on how to deep fry your turkey let me suggest you go to www.butterball.com/how-tos/deep-fry-a-turkey.

SERVPRO of Frankfort provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any size disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs

SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa Can Help After a Home Fire

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Act Fast After Soot & Fire Damage Occurs From a Home Fire

Mitigation requires quick action. The faster a SERVPRO® Franchise Professional arrives on-site to perform fire, smoke, and soot cleanup and restoration, the better the results—including lower claim costs. Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO® Franchise Professional will be on-site to help ensure a fire damage is handled by utilizing the following services.

Structural Cleaning

After smoke or fire damage, ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough cleaning. Your experienced local SERVPRO® Franchise Professional will pretest to determine the extent of damage, then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the different types of surfaces found in your insured’s structure.

Contents Cleaning

All of the restorable contents in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. This includes area rugs, furniture, draperies, and upholstery. SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals can provide wet or dry-cleaning services. Additionally, all the other restorable contents will be cleaned and deodorized to preloss condition. This includes electronics, art, wood furniture, kitchen items, clothing, bedding, and much more. Finally, SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals can provide an inventory list of all “to be claimed” items for your insured.

Deodorization

SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals provide specialized services that rid your insured’s home or place of business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals do not merely cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; they seek out the sources of the odor and remove them.

Is Your Family Ready in the Event of a House Fire?

10/18/2017 (Permalink)

Are you prepared if your Morris/Ottawa home catches fire?

October is Fire Prevention Month and an excellent time to examine the emergency preparedness plans for your home and business, including your fire escape plan. Do you have a fire escape plan? Have you changed your smoke alarm batteries within the last year? Are you prepared?

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sets aside a designated week each October to focus on fire prevention. The 2017 theme is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” According to the NFPA, once the fire alarm goes off “you could have less than two minutes to get out safely,” yet only 8 percent of people surveyed said getting out was the first thought after hearing a fire alarm.

Every second counts during a fire. Fire experts agree; people have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out. In a matter of moments, a small flame can become a major fire, making it critical to be prepared and have an escape plan in place. A survey conducted by the American Red Cross shows only 26 percent of families have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.

Once a plan is developed, it is critical everyone in the home understands the plan; the best way to do this is by practicing the escape plan at least twice a year. Increase your chance of surviving a fire by ensuring you have working smoke detectors in place, building an escape plan, and then practicing the escape plan. The following are a few suggestions to help you develop an emergency escape plan.

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

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

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

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

Practice your fire escape plan during the day and at nighttime, at least twice a year.

Creating, implementing, and practicing a fire escape plan for your home or business may be the difference between safety and tragedy. Are you ready? Make a plan today.

House Fire Prevention This Fall

10/18/2017 (Permalink)

Prevent A House Fire This Fall

The fall season brings cooler temperatures, beautiful colors, and an abundance of outdoor activities. Plan ahead this season to help ensure it is safe and fire-free.

Fall decorations, like dried flowers and cornstalks, are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations away from open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.

Keep emergency exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes.

Teach children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop, and roll if their clothing catches fire.

Remember safety first when choosing a Halloween costume. Consider avoiding billowing fabric. If you are making your costume, choose material that won’t easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or a flame.

It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jacko- lantern. Use extreme caution if using a real candle. Place lit pumpkins away from anything that can burn, and out of the way of doorsteps, walkways, and yards.

Facts and information provided by National Fire Protection Association, nfpa.org

9 Ways to Avoid Kitchen Fires in Your Morris/Ottawa Home

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa would like to help you avoid a kitchen fire in your home.

It’s a fact that more home fires occur in the kitchen than any other place in your home.

SERVPRO would like to help you avoid a kitchen fire in your Morris/Ottawa home.

  1. Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
  2. Keep an eye on your food regularly while cooking and remain in the kitchen while cooking.
  3. Use a timer to remind you that the stove or oven is on.
  4. Install a smoke alarm near your kitchen and test it once a month.
  5. Loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking can catch on fire. Avoid wearing this kind of clothing and accessories while you are in the kitchen.
  6. Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in your kitchen.
  7. Keep the kids out of the kitchen while you are cooking.
  8. Clean cooking surfaces after every use to prevent grease buildup.
  9. Check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure stoves, ovens, etc. are turned off.

Follow these simple rules to avoid a kitchen fire in your Frankfort home. If a fire does occur, call SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa a.s.a.p. to remove smoke and soot damage and safely restore your damaged kitchen.  Call 815-416-0075.

Morris/Ottawa Smoke and Soot Cleanup

3/9/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot accumulation after fire damage.

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 Morris/Ottawa 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 Us Today – 815.416.0075