Recent Fire Damage Posts

A Friendly Reminder for West Erie County Residents on Open Fire Laws

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

A man playing a guitar sits behind a campfire. Let the experienced team at SERVPRO of West Erie County help! We are locally owned and operated and ready to respond to any size disaster.

It is summertime here in West Erie County. And SERVPRO knows better than anyone that means everyone is out enjoying the weather! Erie residents live for the summer, and SERVPRO of West Erie County detailed a list of burning laws, for our residents, as a friendly reminder. Here they are:

  • The only thing you can burn is dried firewood.

Erie fire fighters responded to more than a dozen illegal fires in 2020, according to Chief Fire Inspector Darren Hart. It is illegal to burn treated lumber and trash.  Residents are also prohibited from burning recyclable materials, leaf waste, grass clippings or construction materials.

  • Fire pits must be 25 ft away from any structure.

Erie residents can have recreational fires in fire rings or burn pits, but they must be 25 feet from any structure and all combustible materials between the fire and the structure must be cleared away. Portable outdoor fireplaces must be 15 feet from a structure, with all combustible materials cleared away”, according to goerie.com

  • No bonfires allowed, unless approved.

Bonfires will not be permitted within city limits---unless approved by the fire inspector. If approved----the fire must be 50 ft away from a structure and a site and safety inspection will be performed prior to the bonfire.

  • Weather matters.

No fire will be allowed if winds exceed 10 mph or higher or if there is a drought.

  • You will need an extinguisher.

Goerie.com also states, “all approved fires must be attended at all times until the fire is extinguished. Means of extinguishing, including a fire extinguisher with a 4A rating, water, sand or dirt, must be on scene, according to the fire bureau.”

Chief Hart stresses to think of other around you,” Those wishing to burn should be considerate of their neighbors, as those with respiratory issues could have those issues aggravated if they open their windows on a nice day and smoke from a nearby fire enters their homes,” he said.

Fires can get out of control very quickly. If fire affects your Millcreek home…contact SERVPRO of West Erie County. Damages caused by fire, smoke, or soot in your home or commercial business can be overwhelming. Let the experienced team at SERVPRO of West Erie County help! We are locally owned and operated and ready to respond to any size disaster. We realize immediate action is critical in preventing further damage to the structure and contents of your home or business.

Choose SERVPRO of West Erie County for all of your restoration needs. We are Here to Help! For more information visit our blogs or browse our customer testimonials for proof of customer satisfaction. 

Call us today at (814) 806-1987.

Happy 4th of July from SERVPRO of West Erie County

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

An American flag waves above "Happy 4th of Jully) SERVPRO of West Erie County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage.

SERVPRO of West Erie County wishes you a safe and happy Holiday. The 4th of July can be a high fire hazard holiday…. therefore, we are cautioning our residents to be safe while grilling, handling fireworks, and having fires.

The NFPA has the following facts:

  • More than 19,500 reported fires are started by fireworks annually.
  • Burns account for 44% of the 9,100 injuries treated in emergency rooms seen in the month around July 4.
  • Half of the fireworks injuries seen at emergency rooms were extremities: hand, finger, or leg.
  • One-third were to the eye or other parts of the head.
  • Children ages 10–14 had the highest rate of fireworks injury, with more than one-third (36%) of the victims of fireworks injuries under age 15.
  • Sparklers account for roughly one-quarter of emergency room fire work injuries.

Please use caution this 4th. SERVPRO of West Erie County understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of West Erie County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage. SERVPRO of West Erie County can also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of West Erie County.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call today!

The 4th of July is Right Around the Corner: How to Keep Your Millcreek Home Safe

6/28/2021 (Permalink)

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The 4th of July is undoubtedly a favorite time of year for most “Erieians”. West Erie County lives for the sunshine and fun around the lake. SERVPRO of West Erie County wishes you all a safe and happy holiday. Here are some tips to keep a safe environment for your family this 4th.

More than 50,000 fires are caused by fireworks every year, ADT reports. Here are some important tips to remember. 

  • Creating your own fireworks is a big no no. Never attempt to create or disassemble your own.
  • Ensure sparklers are pointed away from faces while being lit or used.
  • Make sure fireworks are being used on a nonflammable surface. Always make sure they are completely put out before disposing.
  • Don’t attempt to light multiple devices at the same time.
  • Always keep fireworks away from small children.
  • It’s a good idea to keep a portable fire extinguisher close by. Also keep a water hose or buckets of water nearby to put out any accidental fires.
  • If fireworks malfunction, don’t relight them! Douse and soak them with water then throw them away.
  • Do not bring pets to a firework show. They safest place for them to stay is home where it is familiar and safe.

Should you encounter a house fire or fire damage this holiday…know that SERVPRO is Here to Help.

Damages caused by fire, smoke, or soot in your home or commercial business can be overwhelming. Let the experienced team at SERVPRO of West Erie County help! We are locally owned and operated and ready to respond to any size disaster. We realize immediate action is critical in preventing further damage to the structure and contents of your home or business.

Call us today for a quote at (330) 393-9999 or visit or Facebook page for more tips from the fire experts of Erie. Have a safe and happy 4th of July.

Spring is the Most Dangerous Time for Wildfires in West Erie County

4/8/2021 (Permalink)

A fireman puts out a fire in the woods. Let the experienced team at SERVPRO of West Erie County help! We are locally owned and operated and ready to respond to any size disaster.

Did you know that Spring is the most dangerous time of year for wildfires here in Erie?

According to Department of Conservation and Natural Resources statistics, “63 percent of all wildfires have taken place between the months of March and May. April, meanwhile, represents 42 percent of all blazes.SERVPRO of West Erie County is here to give you some tips on how to stay safe from fires this Spring.

The rise in fires is mainly due to an increase in outside pit fires. The weather breaks and people want to get outside and cook on a fire. However, spring brings high winds mixed with budding trees. This is the perfect recipe for the ignition of dry grass and brush.

So, what can you do as an Erie resident to prevent wild or forest fires in your area this Spring? Here’s what to watch for.

  • Be careful. Have water always with you and clear the area of any fuels that can increase the fire to combust.
  • Cigarettes, cookouts, and sparks from equipment cause a small percentage of wildfires, but nevertheless, need monitored and attention.
  • Children have caused hundreds of acres of wildfire damage, throughout the years, due to fireworks, lighters and others fire related games gone wrong.

Wildfires are a serious matter. SERVPRO of West Erie County wants you and your family to stay safe this Spring by taking the proper precautions. In the case of a house fire---SERVPRO is the county’s leader in fire restoration.

Damages caused by fire, smoke, or soot in your home or commercial business can be overwhelming. Let the experienced team at SERVPRO of West Erie County help! We are locally owned and operated and ready to respond to any size disaster. We realize immediate action is critical in preventing further damage to the structure and contents of your home or business.

Our professionals are IICRC certified and highly trained restoration specialists. We have advanced equipment and resources to handle the demands of fire, smoke, and soot restoration. Our crews are prepared to respond 24/7 to any fire emergency. We are proud to serve community members in Springfield, Summit and Millcreek Township, as well as anyone located in West Erie County. 

Choose SERVPRO of West Erie County for all your restoration needs. We are here to help! For more information visit our blogs or browse our customer testimonials for proof of customer satisfaction. 

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Important Fire Safety Measures for Erie Families

2/18/2021 (Permalink)

Flames billowing from a two story  style house on fire The primary cause of home fires is usually some type of accident in the kitchen, while smoking is the leading ause of any fire-related death.

It's important to know that almost one-half of home fire deaths occur in homes without a smoke alarm system.

Most of these home fires occur in winter months when fireplaces, space heaters and overloaded holiday wiring are in play. Statistics show that alcohol use is on-board in nearly half of these fires as well.

The primary cause of home fires is usually some type of accident in the kitchen, while smoking is the leading ause of any fire-related death. Suprisingly, the victims of house fires will ultimately die from smoke inhalation and not from burns suffered.                      

Interestingly, even though fire alarm's project piercing sound, children, teenagers, and some adults can sleep through it. So, it's important to teach everyone in your family how to escape a fire.

In order to help you prepare your family to quickly escape a fire, here are more tips:

  • Locate a good strategic spot to install smoke alarms/detectors. Kitchen areas, bedrooms, and near fireplaces or stoves. Install one smoke alarm on every floor of the house
  • Should always replace batteries in smoke detectors once a year. A great reminder of this is; when daylight savings and standard time change each spring and fall, replace those batteries.
  • Lookminto replacing smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

For the family:

  • Make sure everyone knows to call 9-1-1. 
  • Teach children to understand the stop, drop, and roll method if their clothing catches on fire.
  • Let children get involved with planning a fire escape route. Practice the drill and escape route at least once or twice a year.
  • Be sure they know never to go back inside a burning building.

This is only a small portion of the fire protection techniques that help minimize the chance of a home fire and surviving it. 

Know that if you incur a fire in your home or business, SRVPRO of West Erie County is availble to aid in the recovery and restoration of your home. We can also process any contents (both soft and hard) from smoke and soot damage.

SERVPRO of West Erie County is staffed with highly trained technicians for any water, fire or biohazard emergency. Please call us at (814) 806-1987. We are Here to Help!

How a Grease Fire Could Affect Your Erie Home

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

Flames come from a pan with food in it If your Erie home has some damage, SERVPRO of West Erie County can help with all your fire restoration needs.

We all know cooking at home can be a fire hazard, but I don’t think we truly grasp how many home fires are started from cooking. The National Fire Protection Association reports that firefighters respond to roughly 172,100 fires started from cooking each year, or an average of 471 cooking fires each day. These fires also account for $1.1 Billion in direct fire damage each year. Don’t let your Erie home be one of these statistics!

Even though these fires peak around Thanksgiving and Christmas, we should be prepared year-round for the most notorious cooking fire, grease fires. Here are a few ways to prevent these grease fires:

  • Never leave a pot or pan unattended
  • Be gentle when adding food or oil to the pot or pan
  • Use a thermometer to monitor temperature
  • Always keep a lid, baking soda, and salt nearby
  • Keep anything flammable (wooden spoon, oven mitts, etc.) away from pot or pan

These measures can all significantly help prevent a grease fire. Sometimes, these fires do break out, and here’s what you can do to fight it:

  • If your fire leaves the stovetop, call 911 immediately
  • Cover your pot or pan with a metal pan or cooking sheet
  • NEVER use water to put out a grease fire
  • Turn your burner off
  • Use a Class-K fire extinguisher to fight the fire

Remember, if your fire leaves your stovetop you should call 911 immediately. If those prevention tips do not work, and you do experience a fire, please follow those tips. If your Erie home has some damage, SERVPRO of West Erie County can help with all your fire restoration needs. SERVPRO of West Erie County is faster to any size disaster and can provide you with:

  • Board-up and tarp-up services
  • Smoke and soot removal
  • Odor removal
  • Carpet and upholstery cleaning
  • Caring for your belongings

SERVPRO of West Erie County is committed to bringing your home to preloss condition fast. Visit our Website or call us today at (814) 806-1987 to take advantage of all our fire restoration services!

Board Up and Tarp Over Services Available to West Erie Residents

8/19/2020 (Permalink)

House boarded up after fire SERVPRO of West Erie can provide board-up and tarp over services as well as fire restoration and repairs.

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. SERVPRO of West Erie County can board up missing windows and walls, and place tarps on damaged roofs to prevent further damage.

Here are 3 Reasons to Use Our Board-Up or Tarp Services After a Fire:

  1. Prevents Further Damage from Bad Weather and Debris: Fire damage can take varying amounts of time to cleanup depending on the severity of the fire. Throughout this time, you do not want any more damage causing you more money and valuable time. Keeping your roof covered can prevent water damage from rain, or wind carrying debris into the building.
  2. Keep Out Animals: Along with debris, furry creatures may find their way inside the building if it is not covered properly. Mice, rats, raccoons, and birds can all cause a variety of problems and unwanted headaches. It is best to cover any open spaces to keep out the rodents until the repairs are completed.
  3. Maintain Security and Reduce the Risk of a Break-In: Unfortunately, many people might see a damaged building as an easy target for theft or vandalism. Even after the fire, it’s likely there are still valuable possessions that would be costly to replace. Using board-up or tarp over services can help deter thieves from trying to get inside by making it significantly more difficult.

SERVPRO of West Erie can provide board-up and tarp over services as well as fire restoration and repairs. We will do our best to help keep your property safe throughout this time and reduce the amount of time and effort needed to return your property to preloss condition.

If you should need our services, give us a call today! (814) 806 1987

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Fire Sprinklers and Their Role in Fire Prevention

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

Fire sprinkler turned on Fire sprinklers use six times less water than a fire hose and are less harmful to your property than the fire department visit will be.

Believe it or not, fire sprinklers play a leading role in lowering the damage to your property.

There is a good chance you have seen several movies where just a bit of smoke triggers all the sprinklers in a building to go off. People start running around, quickly gathering their belongings to avoid getting drenched by the sprinklers.

But did you know that smoke doesn’t even trigger sprinklers? Sprinkler systems are activated by heat, one sprinkler at a time. Most fires only need one to two sprinklers to be put out.

You also might think that putting in a fire sprinkler system is the same as choosing water damage instead of damage from the fire. This is a take on the above myths, that sprinklers are activated by smoke and that they all go off at the same time. If this were the case, these systems could do more harm than good.

The smart engineers who made these systems, fortunately, made them to lower the damage to your property from smoke, fire, and water. For over two centuries, fire sprinkler systems have been helping put out fires and have been tremendously improved upon over the past years. Early versions were unreliable and caused a lot of damage from water.

Today, sprinkler systems are known to lower deaths and property loss by over sixty-five percent. Since each head of the sprinkler is triggered automatically by temperatures specific to fires, just one or two of them can extinguish or contain a fire to the room it began in rather quickly and cause a small amount of fire damage.

Also, since sprinklers use around six times less water than a fire hose, they are less harmful to your property than the fire department visit will be.

If you do experience fire damage to your home or business, do not hesitate to call the fire restoration experts at SERVPRO of West Erie County.  (814) 806 1987

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HVAC Cleaning: Business Edition

7/2/2020 (Permalink)

Comparison of air duct before and after HVAC cleaning Look at the difference before and after HVAC cleaning! You would not want all those particles floating around your business!

When is the last time you thought about the cleanliness of your HVAC system? Since it is not something that is easily visible or constantly in your line of sight, I am guessing it has been a while.

Your HVAC system or heating, venting, or air conditioning system gets dirty over time just like anything else. Many people notice the air quality in their homes but are more likely to overlook it in their business.

Benefits of Cleaning Your HVAC System:  

  1. Energy Savings: According to the US Department of Energy 25-40% of the energy used for heating and cooling is wasted due to contaminants in the system. The contaminants force the system to work harder to maintain the temperature you desire, and thus use more energy. When you invest in HVAC cleaning, it reduces the number of contaminants in the systems and saves you more money over time.
  2. Indoor Air Quality: Today, more and more people suffer from seasonal and indoor allergies. Pollen, dust, and dirt are constantly blowing through the air. It is almost impossible for some of those particles to not find their way into your business. HVAC and air cleaning systems filter dander, chemicals, pollen, dirt, and dust 5-7 times through the system throughout the day. Over time, these particles accumulate in the system and your system works less efficiently.

If your business or home needs HVAC cleaning, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of West Erie County today! (814) 806 -1987

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Fourth of July Fireworks Safety

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

Man lighting a firework When lighting fireworks this year, make sure to stay safe and enjoy the show!

Fireworks are synonymous with our celebration of independence and freedom!

However, fireworks are also associated with pain in some cases. According to the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission), around 180 people go to the emergency room each year around the Fourth of July for fireworks related injuries and over 44 percent of them were burns.

Although they are a wonderful way to celebrate special occasions fireworks pose certain risks, and safety procedures need to be followed to ensure a safe night.

Here are some tips from the CPSC to avoid any unwanted injuries this year!

  • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper. This is often a sign that they were made for professional displays and could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Always have water handy in case of an emergency.
  • Aim the Fireworks away from flammable material and people.
  • Never extend body parts over the device
  • Never relight a 'dud' fire work.
  • Never leave children unsupervised around fireworks. Even sparklers can burn at a temperature of 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.

Celebrate safely this season and remember you can always count on SERVPRO of West Erie County! We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! If you have any questions about firework safety or need help with fire restoration – give us a call! (814) 806 – 1987

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What is a Soot Web?

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

image of multiple soot webs in the corner of a home Often times after a fire, homeowners will see what looks like a bunch of dirty cobwebs along the edges and corners of the ceiling

The Aftermath of a Fire

Often times after a fire, homeowners will see what looks like a bunch of dirty cobwebs along the edges and corners of the ceiling. This is one of the most common visible signs that there has been a fire.

What Are They?

These black cobwebs are actually called soot webs or soot tags. They occur when synthetic materials, or objects that contain petroleum burn. When this synthetic type of material burns, it creates soot. Since soot is a product of combustion, the particles are charged or ionized. This means they will stick together in long chains. These soot webs typically cling to corners and the perimeter of the ceiling where it is much cooler during a fire.

What Should You Do?

If your home or business has been affected by a fire, the damages can be overwhelming. If you see soot webs in your home, do not attempt to clean them up yourself. Doing so will only set the soot in and cause permanent damage. Here at SERVPRO of West Erie County, our highly trained restoration specialists have the advanced equipment and chemicals to handle the demands of fire, smoke, and soot. We are prepared to respond 24/7 to any fire emergency. Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – (814) 806-1987

Cleaning Smoke and Soot Damage in Erie, PA

4/2/2020 (Permalink)

image of SERVPRO technician restoring on various aspects of fire damaged home SERVPRO® has trained professionals to clean your home from smoke and soot damage

Having a fire in a home is a devastating occurrence. Emotions run high when your world has been turned upside down. When this happens, you can call SERVPRO® of West Erie county to help get you back to preloss condition.

SERVPRO® has trained professionals to clean your home from smoke and soot damage. Part of the cleaning process is to set up air scrubbers to aid in cleaning the air of particulates that are harmful to inhale. Also, negative air could be implemented if needed to keep work area safe for technicians. If the fire department was called, the fire extinguishers they often use can result in significant water damage as well. There will then be a need for dehumidification to dry the home. These are essential practices not only to clean the air and prevent mold growth but also keep the restoration crew safe while performing cleaning services.

When it comes to cleaning services one of the first things technicians use is a chemical sponge that pulls the soot from ceilings, walls, counters and other hard surfaces where soot may have fallen. This process is called a ‘dry clean.’ A company representative will walk the entire house to do a soot check to make sure every room that has been affected will get cleaned.  

Once the all the soot is pulled from the structure, we will perform a ‘wet clean’ using our own SERVPRO® chemical created specifically for fire damage restoration. If after both a ‘dry clean’ and a ‘wet clean’ there is still noticeable damage from the smoke, we will prime and paint the area, making it “Like it never even happened.” This is just the start of a fire cleaning process, but it is very important to the overall process in cleaning up after a fire.

If you have experienced soot or smoke damage call SERVPRO® of West Erie @ 814-806-1987. Let us professionally clean your home of soot and smoke damage! 

Erie Firefighters Provide Fire Damage Repair

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

Salvage is the fundamental skill firefighters use to preserve contents and insure the structural stability of the home during and after a fire.

A typical fire call may go something like this…

The tones go out at 3:00 AM. Firefighters gear up quickly and turn the sirens on to head to the scene. The call is an attic fire with visible flames. The family has evacuated safely while fireman attack the fire inside. The family stands on the perimeter of their property and wonder what valuables can be salvaged.

Salvage is the fundamental skill firefighters use to preserve contents and insure the structural stability of the home during and after a fire.

Some of the ways a firefighter is trained to preserve contents from smoke and water damage is through correct ventilation, placing contents in the middle of a room while placing a tarp over the contents utilizing a salvage cover.

Salvage covers are typically colorful, flame resistant tarps that are permanently stored on the fire truck and ready for use. When used, contents are protected under the tarp which then help create a water shute on the outside of the tarp for water to runoff.

This fundamental skill is taught to all career and volunteer firefighters during class to perfect during and after a fire.

SERVPRO of West Erie County shares a common goal with fire fighters in that we try to preserve valuable contents during an emergency situation and minimize the damage.

You can call SERVPRO of West Erie County at (814) 806-1897 for post fire cleanup and help with salvaging as much of your belongings as possible.

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Potential Fire Hazards in your West Erie Home

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

Don't over-extend your electrical outlets by trying to plug in too many appliances at once.

Fire hazards can be present in the most inconspicuous of places and put you and your property at risk.

You can reduce the risk of fire by becoming aware of the types of fire hazards and follow fire safety recommendations for your home and business.

Electrical Hazards: Today, everyone is obsessed with charging their iPhone or iPad and plugging in their light fixtures and space heaters or fans.

Electrical outlets and extension cords are a common cause of electrical fires in the home and office. Do not over-extend your electrical outlets by trying to plug in too many appliances at once. Any appliance or electronic item that is not working properly is a fire hazard.

When using a space heater, check on them periodically ensure they are not overheating and place them away from any flammable materials.

When installing light bulbs into new light fixtures, make sure to read the light bulb wattage recommendations. If the wattage exceeds the manufacturer’s recommendation, you are at a higher risk for an electrical fire.

Flammable Materials Inside Your Home: Household clutter, burning cigarettes, live Christmas trees, cooking over an open flame with loose-fitting clothing and a match in the hands of a child, are all fire hazards.

When household clutter like paper, boxes, and old clothing are stored with flammable liquids such as gasoline and paint thinners, the fire will burn hotter and faster.

Flammable Liquids: Paints, stains, paint thinners, cleaning fluids, gasoline, oil, and aerosols are all examples of hazardous combustible liquids that may be present in your home or garage.

Do not throw oil-soaked materials in the dryer-even after they have been washed. Always store gasoline in an outside building away from the home and never use it to start a barbecue.

Hidden Fire Hazards: Dryers, heating pads, electric blankets, and light fixtures are all fire hazards that may not be apparent to the average person.

Always clean out your lint traps and keep the vents clean. Do not store your light fixtures stacked on top of one another or stored too close to another light source. Be aware of falling asleep on heating pads or electrical blankets, as they can easily overheat.

Becoming aware and knowledgeable about the different types of fire hazards is a great way to prevent fires and fire damage.

If you are need of fire restoration, call SERVPRO of West Erie County. We pride ourselves on “Being faster to any disaster.” The professionals at SERVPRO of West Erie County are trained in fire damage and restoration and are available 24 hours a day!

Call us if you need our help! (814) 806 1987

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Dryer Vent Cleaning in Girard, PA

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Erie County specializes in air duct and dryer vent cleaning!

Pulling freshly dried towels out of the dryer usually fills the air with a pleasant, clean smelling scent.

Upon removing the towels or load of laundry, it can be easy to forget the simple task of emptying the lint tray. It may seem like an innocent, mundane step to forget, but it is an important step to preventing fire damage.

Did you know that dryer fires are one of the leading causes of fire in a home? Each year, failure to clean out clogged dryer vents and lint traps results in thousands of fires.

When homeowners neglect this task, lint can eventually pass through the duct and become trapped inside. It often sticks to the interior of the duct because it is still slightly damp, and over time, it slowly builds up.

Continued use of your dryer with intermittent removal of lint from the trap can lead to a fire.

Dryer fires can also affect the clothing inside the dryer. Fabrics such as nylon and polyester can produce harmful gases when they combust.

Many people store their washer and dryer in their basement. If that is the case, the fire can affect the ground level floor of your home. 

If you’re feeling brave, watch this video to see how you can clean out your dryer vent and duct!

Too messy, or simply don’t have the time? SERVPRO of West Erie County specializes in air duct and dryer vent cleaning!

The technicians at SERVPRO of West Erie County hold IICRC certificates, including Fire and Smoke Restoration (FSRT). We continually maintain and check our tools and equipment to ensure they remain in working order.

Call us today (814) 806 1987 and we’ll help you through any situation! We want your family to be as safe as possible!

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SERVPRO of West Erie County Removes Smoke Odor

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO cleans the space with green chemicals and specialized cleaning technology.

Have you ever sat around a campfire and then forgotten to wash your sweatshirt until a week or two later? You pull it out of the laundry and can still smell the campfire smoke on it? The smell of smoke is strong and can linger on materials for a long time.

Now imagine that smell on a larger scale…cleaning up after a fire in your home or business can be a daunting task. Smoke rises, which can cause odors to linger in your home or attic long after the fire has been put out. But the good news is, the team at SERVPRO of West Erie County is experienced and ready to help at a moment’s notice.

How will SERVPRO of West Erie County remove the smoke odor?

  1. First, they will remove any smoke infected insulation and materials. Most attics have a large amount of insulation in the walls. The insulation makes the smoke smell stronger and keeps it lingering around because it traps the smell.
  2. Then, they will clean the space with SERVPRO’s green chemicals and specialized cleaning technology.
  3. Lastly, they will spray any wooden structures or beams with a specialized spray. The spray is a sealant that will lock in any remaining fire containments so they will not spread the smell any longer.
  4. Additionally, any other restorable contents will be professionally cleaned and deodorized to preloss condition. This can include anything from electronics, kitchen items, art, bedding and wood furniture.

Visit our website for tips on what to do before help arrives, what to do after a fire, and what not to do.  Or browse our brochure to read more about the restoration process. SERVPRO of West Erie County is professionally trained in restoring fire damage and removing smoke odor. Call SERVPRO of West Erie County today! (814) 806-1987

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ERIE Supports Those In Need With Smoke Detectors

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

The amount of time a person has to escape a fire is down to less than 5 minutes

“They don’t make’em like they use to” is a saying that rings true for a lot of things. In terms of fire safety, it applies as well. Dating back as far as the 1960’s, a person had up to 20 minutes to escape a house when fire broke out because of the slower burning materials used in home construction.

Today, because home construction incorporates of a lot of plastics and vinyl, the amount of time a person has to escape a fire is down to less than 5 minutes. So, it stands to reason that the importance of having a smoke alarm that can activate within seconds of a fire starting becomes of the utmost importance.

Over the past decade, the Erie Bureau of Fire Prevention & Investigation supplied city homeowners who needed smoke alarms with free ones through a federal grant. The grant covered 8,000 alarms back in 2013.

After a similar grant was approved in 2017, the city purchased another 4,000 smoke detectors for distribution to city homeowners in need.  A portion of those were distributed to those with hearing impairments. Hearing-impaired detectors include strobe lights as alerts or vibrating sensors that could be placed under a mattress or a pillow.

These distributions have been a part of an Erie Bureau of Fire project in partnership with the Erie County Department of Health. The project, called “Protect the Place You Call Home,” began in 2006 as a way of identifying city residences without alarms. At the time the project started, about half of the houses visited by city firefighters didn’t have alarms, didn’t have enough alarms or had alarms that didn’t work. The Erie Bureau of Fire has given out about 22,000 smoke alarms since 2006.

Free smoke detectors are available in Erie and the surrounding areas through the American Red Cross of Northwestern Pennsylvania. If you are in need of an alarm, please call the Red Cross at (814) 240-7667 and provide your name, phone number and address. A volunteer crew will be sent to assess your home and provide and install alarms.

For fire, smoke or soot damage restoration, call SERVPRO of West Erie County at (814) 806-1987. We provide 24-hour emergency services and can help to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Electrical Wiring and Old Houses

4/3/2019 (Permalink)

Knob and Tube Wiring

We think of the wiring in our home as the arteries of power that feeds everything electrical in the household. Do you wonder if parts of it can become damaged or deteriorate over time? Can it present a serious fire or shock hazard? Any of these questions can be answered by an experienced professional. Only an experienced professional can answer to the condition of your old wiring and if your power panel can handle the electrical load of your home.

There are a few things to keep in mind to help with the beginning assessment of old wiring.

  1. Identify old wiring: Knob and Tube is the oldest type of wiring and we have seen this in some of the older homes we have serviced in Erie, PA. These systems date back to pre1940. Knob and Tube may lack grounding that is needed for safety. You can keep Knob and Tube wiring according to the National Electrical Code (NEC) but you must follow local codes when adding to or changing.
  1. Knob and Tube becomes dangerous when the wiring insulation wears away. There can be a problem when alterations weren’t performed properly and to code. And, there can also be issues with covering it with building insulation.  All these can be potential fire hazards.

If you have concerns about your wiring, contact a professional electrician.  If you have a fire, contact the professional fire restoration specialists, SERVPRO of West Erie County.

National Burn Awareness Week

2/7/2017 (Permalink)

National Burn Awareness Week is February 5th through the 11th.

For homeowners, putting out a fire can be worse than the fire itself. The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings.

What You Can Do Until Help Arrives

- Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring.

- Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery.

- Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil.

- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.

- Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces.

- Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery.

- Do not clean any electrical equipment.

- Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may  set smoke odor.

 For more information, The American Burn Association (ABA) offers many different prevention resources.