Recent Fire Damage Posts

Thanksgiving Day Cooking Fire in Eugene Home?

11/15/2022 (Permalink)

A person seasons food on the stovetop. We are trusted leaders in fire damage restoration services in Lane County.

Everyone on our North Eugene and Northwest Lane County teams wishes you all a Happy Thanksgiving Day this year. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), United States fire departments responded to about 1400 home cooking fire emergencies on Thanksgiving Day. This holiday is the peak day for cooking fires, most of which are caused by unattended cooking.

Here are the top ten safety tips from the NFPA:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food
  • Stay at 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 three 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 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 a room with a lit candle
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks, or bags
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

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When you have fire damage in your Eugene home or commercial business, our North Eugene and Northwest Lane County teams are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 541-799-0090.

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Smoke Alarm Safety Tips for Lane County Residents?

10/11/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke rises towards a smoke detector. We are leaders in fire damage restoration services in North Eugene!

Smoke alarms are a critical part of a home fire escape plan and play an essential role in reducing fire deaths and injuries in the United States. Working fire alarms give early warnings so you can get outside quickly. Our North Eugene and Northwest Lane County teams respond to fire damage emergencies throughout the year in Lane County, and offer these smoke alarm safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

Smoke Alarm Safety
  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. 
  • Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound. 
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms
  • Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions yet mitigate false alarms
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every ten years

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When you have fire damage in your Lane County home or commercial business, our North Eugene and Northwest Lane County teams are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 541-799-0090.

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Backyard Barbeque Causes Fire in Lane County Home?

9/9/2022 (Permalink)

People are enjoying grilling outdoors. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Eugene!

Summer is in full swing, and many Lane County residents enjoy grilling food and eating outdoors. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 10,600 fires are started each year by outdoor grills. Our North Eugene and Northwest Lane County teams want everyone to have a safe and fire-free summer. Here are some grilling safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

Propane and Charcoal Grills

  • Propane and charcoal barbecue grills should only be used outdoors
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill
  • Never leave your grill unattended

Propane Grills

·      Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year

·      Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose

·      A propane leak will release bubbles

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Fire damage can happen anytime and for many reasons in Lane County. When you have fire damage in your Lane County home or commercial business, our North Eugene and Northwest Lane County teams will restore the damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 541-799-0090.

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Do I Have Enough Defensible Space to Protect My Home From Wildfires in Lane County?

8/23/2022 (Permalink)

A person clears vegetation to create defensible space around their property. We are trusted leaders in water damage restoration in Lane County.

In Lane County, August is a hot and dry month, and wildfires can threaten properties and homes. Our North Eugene and Northwest Lane County teams witness firsthand the difference have defensible space cleared around a house can make.

Residents must be proactive and do everything possible to minimize the potential for wildfires. Here are some tips from the Lane County Oregon website for creating a defensible space around your home:

Defensible space practices include:

  • Increasing the moisture content of vegetation
  • Decreasing the amount of flammable vegetation
  • Shortening plant height
  • Altering the arrangement of plants

The defensible space around your home should be a 100-foot radius from any structure. The National Fire Protection Association suggests choosing fire-resistant building materials to limit the amount of flammable vegetation in three home ignition zones.

  • Trim branches that overhang the home, porch, and deck
  • Prune branches of large trees up to 6 to 10 feet from the ground
  • Remove plants containing resins, oils, and waxes
  • Use crushed stone or gravel instead of flammable mulches o to 5 feet around the house
  • Keep your landscape in good condition

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When you have a fire damage emergency, Lane County residents and businesses can rely on our North Eugene and Northwest Lane County teams to restore the damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 541-799-0090.

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Wildfire Safety Tips For Staying Safe in Hazy and Smoky Air in Eugene?

7/13/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke from a wildfire in Oregon fills the air. We are trusted leaders in fire damage restoration services in Lane County.

Wildfires generally occur in Oregon from mid-May to mid-September; however, the National Interagency Fire Center forecasts an “above normal potential” from central to southwest Oregon in July and all of the Pacific Northwest regions in August this year. Our North Eugene and Northwest Lane County team offers these tips from the Oregon Health Authority for limiting exposure to smoke and hazy air:

  • Limit your exposure to wildfire smoke
  • Reduce time spent outdoors as this can usually provide some protection, especially in a tightly closed, air-conditioned house. Set your air conditioner to recycle or recirculate when at home or in your car to limit exposure.
  • Reduce the time you engage in vigorous outdoor activity to lower the amount of smoke you breathe and minimize health risks during a smoke event.
  • Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water
  • Reduce other sources of indoor smoke and dust. These can be burning cigarettes, candles, gas, propane and wood, stoves and furnaces, and vacuuming.
  • Check current air quality conditions. Go to the Oregon Smoke Information website to find the current air quality.
  • If you have heart or lung disease or respiratory illnesses such as asthma, follow your health care provider’s advice about the prevention and treatment of symptoms

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When your Eugene home or business has a fire damage emergency, our North Eugene and Northwest Lane County team is Here to Help. ® We’ll restore your fire damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 541-799-0090.

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How Are Fire-Damaged Belongings Restored in Franklin?

6/14/2022 (Permalink)

A fire-damaged home with soot-covered walls is shown. We use many cleaning methods to restore fire-damaged belongings in Lane County.

Franklin needs to know about these fire damage restoration services!

Fires do more than burn; they also leave behind soot and smoke residue and odor that requires professional cleaning to remove. Our technicians in North Eugene and Northwest Lane County have been restoring fire damage in Franklin for many years. We are trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to clean and restore fire-damaged belongings. Whenever possible, we try to restore versus replace items damaged by fire. We pretest every item and use several methods for cleaning your belongings, including:

Dry Cleaning - Used to clean light residues or pre-clean before wet cleaning.

Wet Cleaning – This method is effective for removing moderate to heavy residues.

Spray and Wipe - Effective for items that can't withstand wet cleaning.

Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.

Abrasive Cleaning - Involves the agitation of the surface being cleaned.

Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

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When your Franklin home or business needs fire damage restoration services, our North Eugene and Northwest Lane County team is Here to Help. ® We'll restore your keepsakes and belongings "Like it never even happened." Call us today at 541-799-0090.

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Pets Starting Fires in Eugene Homes?

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

A curious cat looks at a candle sitting on a windowsill. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Lane County.

It’s true. Each year pets and wild animals start fires involving cooking equipment, fireplaces and chimneys, space heaters, lamps, bulbs, wiring, and candles! Our local team in North Eugene and Northwest Lane County wants all pets to be safe around fire, but since they can’t read, it’s up to us to keep our furry friends safe and fire-free. Here are some tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Pets are curious. They may bump into, turn on, or knock over cooking equipment. Keep pets away from stoves and countertops
  • Keep pets away from candles, lamps, and space heaters
  • Always use a metal or heat-tempered glass screen on a fireplace and keep it in place
  • Keep pets away from a chimney’s outside vents. Have a “pet-free zone” of at least 3 feet (1 meter) away from the fireplace. Glass doors and screens can stay dangerously hot for several hours after the fire goes out.
  • Consider battery-operated, flameless candles. They can look and smell like real candles.
  • Some pets are chewers. Watch pets to make sure they don’t chew through electrical cords. Have any problems checked by a professional.

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When your Eugene home or commercial business has fire damage, our North Eugene and Northwest Lane County team can help. Call us today at 541-799-0090.

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Ember Fire in Eugene?

5/1/2022 (Permalink)

An outdoor fire pit is shown next to a wooded deck. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Eugene.

Ember fire prevention tips for Eugene

Our family loves to sit around the outdoor firepit in the evening. One night a gust of wind came and blew some of the embers up and onto the decking above us, and a fire broke out. It happened so quickly. Although the Eugene fire department responded quickly and extinguished the fire before it could spread to other parts of the house, there was still a lot of fire, smoke, soot, and water damage left from the firefighting efforts.

SERVPRO of North Eugene / NW Lane County responds to fire damage emergencies 24 hours a day and we clean and restore all kinds of property damage. Research published by the National Fire Protection Association and the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety reports that deck fires have a better chance of igniting when fuel sources are closer together.  Here are some tips for minimizing fire risk from windblown embers to decks:

  • Do not store items that can ignite underneath of a deck
  • Increase the gap between deck boards from 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch
  • Increase joist spacing from 16 inches to 24 inches
  • Apply a foil-faced self-adhering flashing tape (foil-faced bitumen tape) on the top of each joist

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Fire Extinguisher Safety Tips for Eugene Residents?

4/19/2022 (Permalink)

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Our team in North Eugene and Northwest Lane County has observed the difference knowing how to use a portable fire extinguisher can make. Here are some fire extinguisher safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Use a portable fire extinguisher when the fire is confined to a small area, such as a wastebasket, and is not growing; everyone has exited the building; the fire department has been called or is being called, and the room is not filled with smoke.
  • To operate a fire extinguisher, remember the word PASS:
    • Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you, and release the locking mechanism.
    • Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
    • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly
    • Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side
  • Read the instructions that come with the fire extinguisher and become familiar with its parts and operation before a fire breaks out. Local fire departments or fire equipment distributors often offer hands-on fire extinguisher trainings.
  • Know when to go. Fire extinguishers are one element of a fire response plan, but the primary element is safe escape. Every household should have a home fire escape plan and working smoke alarms.

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Knowing how to use a fire extinguisher properly can save lives. When you have fire damage in your Eugene home or business, our North Eugene and Northwest Lane County team is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 541-799-0090.

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