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Summer Mold: Here's What to Know

5/27/2022 (Permalink)

Mold growth Since mold thrives in environments that are warm and moist, practically any surface can be subject to mold growth during the summer.

Now that summer is finally within reach, it is important that we understand that during the summer, mold growth is highly likely. Why might this be? The answer lies in weather changes. As a result of rising temperatures, humidity increases, which causes moisture accumulation on surfaces. Since mold thrives in environments that are warm and moist, practically any surface can be subject to mold growth during the summer. Today’s blog will acquaint you with three common varieties of household molds and share different ways in which we here at SERVPRO approach mold remediation.

Categories of Mold

Alternaria, Stachybotrys (black mold), and Cladosporium are three varieties of mold most commonly found in homes. Alternaria is an allergenic mold that may grow in showers, bathtubs, leaking sinks, and other water damaged and damp areas unless preventative measures are taken. Stachybotrys, better known by its nickname, “black mold,” is usually dark or black in color. Like Alternaria, it is commonly found in damp areas. During the summer, a popular Stachybotrys growth location is the space surrounding ventilation systems, like HVAC units or air conditioners, if they leak. Cladosporium can be seen if you have indoor plants during the summer months, as it can be found on decaying plant surfaces and is usually blue or green to brown or black in color.

How We Care for Mold & Our 5 Principles of Mold Remediation

Our principles and procedures here at SERVPRO are guided by industry leaders, the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification’s S520 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation. There are three condition levels for mold remediation, according to the IICRC, which include: 1) Normal Fungal Ecology, 2) Settled Spores, and 3) Actual Growth. Our top priority is containment when handling mold, as we do everything possible to prevent the mold from spreading. Therefore, we put to use technology such as negative air chambers and physical barriers to isolate the affected area, which keep mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. We ensure success through our 5 principles of mold remediation, which are as follows: 

  1. Safety and Health
  2. Documentation
  3. Control Contaminants
  4. Remove the Contamination
  5. Correct the Moisture Problem

We also employ the assistance of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP), who will conduct the final clearance testing to guarantee that the moisture problem has been corrected.

Call SERVPRO for Mold Remediation Services This Summer

If your residential or commercial property experiences mold growth this summer, know that SERVPRO is always standing by, ready to help. You can learn more about SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall’s professional mold remediation services by visiting our web pages dedicated to mold-related topics, including Commercial Mold Remediation and our trusted Mold Restoration Process. You can also call your local SERVPRO Team Wall office, SERVPRO of Metro Pittsburgh East at (717) 510-6779. Let us help make it “Like it never even happened” if you experience a mold emergency, with our reliable mold remediation services.

HVAC Fire Safety This Summer

5/20/2022 (Permalink)

HVAC Unit During the summer months, your home or business is kept cool by your HVAC unit, but did you know that they can present fire hazards?

During the summer months, your home or business is kept cool by your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit. All the while, your HVAC unit can pose fire hazards if they aren’t properly maintained. Because HVAC fires can cause devastating damage, it is crucial that your HVAC unit is inspected and professionally serviced on a regular basis. We’ll introduce you to three common causes of HVAC fires in this blog. With a deeper understanding of how HVAC fires ignite, you can be proactive and protect your home or business from a fire emergency as a result of your HVAC unit malfunctioning this summer.

Overheated Motor

If your HVAC unit’s motor starts overworking, it can overheat and catch fire. Your HVAC unit’s motor can overheat for a variety of reasons. For example, dirt or debris occupying the space surrounding the unit’s motor can serve as an insulator, which causes the motor to overheat. You can prevent a fire from igniting as a result of your HVAC motor overworking by ensuring that your HVAC unit is regularly cleaned. Your unit’s motor can also overheat if there is either an abundance or shortage of voltage applied to power the motor.

Electrical Issues

It is possible that your HVAC unit may catch fire as a result of faulty wiring or electrical issues. Usually, electrical connections naturally loosen over time. Sometimes, if corroded or frayed wires are not replaced or repaired quickly, they can cause electrical shorts and this can cause fires to ignite. In order to avoid electrical complications, schedule regular HVAC unit inspections and ensure that wires are replaced when necessary.

Leaking Fuel Line

Leaking fuel lines can lead to gas leaks in your home or business. A fire can ignite if the leaking gas comes into contact with heat. In the event that you smell gas in your home or business, especially if the smell appears to be emanating from your HVAC unit, it is critical to treat the situation seriously.

We Are HVAC Professionals

Our SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall team members are knowledgeable and experienced HVAC professionals. You can trust us to thoroughly inspect and service your home or business’ HVAC unit. Homeowners and business owners are recommended to schedule biannual HVAC unit inspections in order to most effectively maintain the unit and prevent fires. Learn more about our HVAC Cleaning, Cleaning Services, and Fire Damage Restoration services in case of an emergency, check out their respective pages on our website. You can also call your local SERVPRO Team Wall office, SERVPRO of Metro Pittsburgh East, at (412) 672-5400

Ensuring Excellence Through Employee Training

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

Employee Training Our staff goes through extensive training in property damage restoration in order to consistently provide the highest quality service.

Picking up the phone and calling SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall for assistance with any restoration or construction emergency makes certain that your property will receive nothing less than the highest quality service. To promise that our team will never fail to deliver the highest quality results for our customers, our staff undergoes extensive training in property damage restoration. Read on to learn more about the specifics of our expert staff’s training. 

Initial Franchise Training

In one element of our employee training process, future team members complete a 15-day, hands-on course that covers topics such as carpet and upholstery cleaning, fire and water restoration, and mold remediation. At the end of the course, employees must take and pass an exam.

IICRC Training

The IICRC, which is the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, is the primary body certifying and setting the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our team studies and adheres to the organization’s standards for multiple areas of cleaning and restoration, including carpet and upholstery cleaning, water and fire restoration, and mold remediation.

Employee Certification Training

A series of self-paced modules, our voluntary certification programs supplement employees’ knowledge of topics such as crew training, water and fire restoration, and carpet and upholstery cleaning. 

e-Learnings

Web-based training for all of the members of our staff is offered through e-learning. These courses are designed to serve as ongoing education materials. Often, supplemental course materials include video presentations and other multimedia resources that help employees pass a knowledge test at the conclusion of each module. These e-learning opportunities keep employees on their toes and, most importantly, always learning in order to stay up to speed on industry knowledge and ensure that the services they provide continue to meet industry standards.

Continuing Education Classes

Finally, we offer continuing education classes, both credited and uncredited, for all SERVPRO franchise staff. Insurance agents, insurance adjusters, and real estate professionals also have access to these continuing education resources. Topics range from “Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry” to a mitigation awareness response seminar. 

You Can Trust SERVPRO

Explore our website to learn more about why you should choose SERVPRO and SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall in the event that your residential or commercial property faces an unexpected disaster. Be sure to check out our Customer Reviews and Testimonials, as well as our Before and After Photos. Trust SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall and our highly-trained professionals to get things back to normal as soon as possible.

Employees of the Quarter: Q1 2022

4/22/2022 (Permalink)

Employees of the Quarter Introducing our Employees of the Quarter: Kathy Milby and Randell Kubik!

Reflecting back on this first quarter of 2022, SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall would like to recognize an “Employee of the Quarter,” an award that celebrates one team member who has consistently upheld the qualities of an exemplary employee of our team throughout the quarter. This quarter, we are excited to announce SERVPRO Team Wall's Customer Support Coordinator, Kathy Milby, as our centralized "Employee of the Quarter" and Production Crew Chief Randell Kubik as "Employee of the Quarter" for Team Wall's Metro Pittsburgh East team.

Since joining our team in the fall of 2020, Kathy has stepped into a role that requires providing a superb level of customer service to our insurance agent partners. On a daily basis, she keeps in close communication with agents throughout the lifecycle of a restoration project in order to keep them abreast of the project we are completing for their clients. While this is her job description, her impact on the company extends much further. She prides herself on being the Team Wall’s cheerleader, keeping everyone happy, motivated, and having fun. She takes most pride in promoting awareness and recognition of our team’s continued efforts to obtain Google reviews. Her most recent effort was called the “Google Downs,” in which she held a race between all three offices to see who could get the most Google reviews. And we’ll tell you- it was a nail biter! We ended up gaining 39 total Google reviews in the month of March alone for all of Team Wall thanks to Kathy’s efforts.

In addition to the “Google Downs” initiative, Kathy is always planning fun events to provide the team with a social outlet and keep team morale high. She has organized luncheons, get togethers, and most recently “Pi Day,” in which members of the team competed on “Team Sweet” vs “Team Savory”. Everyone submitted their pie for the contest and a winner was recognized in each category.

Beyond SERVPRO Team Wall, Kathy has been highly involved with the Cockeysville Fire Department since she was a young girl, as her entire family is wholly devoted to this amazing organization. Kathy continues to wow us in her academic pursuit as well, as she is currently enrolled in a Doctorate of History program and is embarking on her long journey to complete her dissertation. 

Kathy’s positive impact on Team Wall is felt in all offices and we feel grateful to have her as part of the team. Thank you for all that you do, Kathy!

MPE: Randell Kubik

Our SERVPRO of Metro Pittsburgh East "Employee of the Quarter" is Randell Kubik. Randell consistently upholds our 7 Pillars and is overall an exemplary team member. A member of SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall for about 7 months, Randell joined our team in September 2021. His initial role was that of a Mitigation Technician, but it quickly became quite obvious that his leadership skills, knowledge of the mitigation process, and team mentality would make him a great fit for the Crew Chief role. He currently excels in his role as Crew Chief of our Production division.

Randell’s fellow team members know him as a robust and energetic person whose work ethic is like a magnetic pull. He is dedicated to projects and works extremely hard to get the job done. We’re all familiar with what it means when you say that someone “wears their heart on their sleeve.” In a similar sense, Randell wears both his heart and his mind on his “sleeves,” if you will, as he always speaks his mind, which increases communication and strengthens his relationships with his team. 

We are so lucky to have Randell on our team and we can’t wait to see all of the wonderful things he has in store in his future with SERVPRO Team Wall. Thank you for everything you do, Randell!

Q1 Job of the Quarter: Disaster Recovery Team Navigates 3 Large Losses

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial businesses Keep reading to learn more about our Disaster Recovery Team and the peace of mind they help instill in our customers during unthinkable situations.

We select one job each quarter that stands out from the rest as our “Job of the Quarter.” This time, however, we wish to highlight 3 jobs that were all handled by our Large Loss Disaster Recovery Team division of SERVPRO Team Wall, which, since its initiation about 6 months ago, has handled large losses and storms. The Disaster Recovery Team handled 3 daunting water loss projects this quarter that we can’t wait to share with you in this article. Keep reading to learn more about what our Disaster Recovery Team does, the peace of mind that they help instill in our customers during unthinkable situations, and the reasons as to why these 3 jobs all deserve recognition as “Job(s) of the Quarter.” 

All 3 of these jobs were local to SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall and, as previously mentioned, were water-losses, requiring a tremendous amount of resources and teamwork. In the past, we would have pulled resources from each of our local markets to produce these jobs, but with our Disaster Recovery Team ready to go, we had everything we needed in house in order to complete the job. The cold weather in late January kept our team on its toes, as we had quite a few jobs come in, many fairly large and with extreme urgency in completion. However, our teams handled the pressure with grace and the fruits of their hard work are illustrated in the details of the following 3 jobs.

Flooding in a Senior Living Facility

A sprinkler system went off inadvertently, flooding 3 levels of a full wing of a senior living center’s facility in Baltimore this quarter. With an extensive restoration process seemingly on the horizon, the customer immediately called SERVPRO Team Wall for help. Our crew was onsite within two hours, equipped with everything they needed to initiate our professional mitigation and emergency services. This project was no small feat, as we had anywhere between 40 to 50 crew members working at any one time throughout the project, so it was all hands on deck. We also provided multiple construction services, including full floor replacement, new coats of paint for affected walls, and new carpet installation. Thanks to our Disaster Recovery Team’s expertise, experience, and hustle, residents of the facility were able to move back into their rooms within just two weeks. 

Frozen Pipes Galore Lead to Flooding

When water damage resulted from frozen pipes at an assisted living facility this quarter, affecting 4,000 square feet of the facility’s first level alone, SERVPRO Team Wall’s Disaster Recovery Team had our work cut out for ourselves. Mitigation efforts persisted for 5 days, with repair and construction work in progress for the following 14 days. For the first 5 days, approximately 15 members of our team handled the mitigation aspects, but 25 team members total worked to complete construction and repair work, through tasks such as installation of drywall, insulation, and flooring, as well as trim-work and painting. Along the way, our team faced the issues of containment, noise control, and the pressure to speedily complete the job so as to minimize disruptions to residents and employees’ lives. With the help of our Disaster Recovery Team, our individual, local teams could continue to focus on residential customers who were also experiencing frozen pipes as a result of the cold temperatures. Ultimately, our Disaster Recovery Team was able to meet the customer’s mitigation needs very quickly and efficiently, which helped the construction services go smoothly.  All-in-all, we were able to minimize the downtime for the customer by a number of weeks, restoring a sense of normalcy in everyone’s lives as quickly as possible.

The final job that we will spotlight in this article once again involves water damage resulting from broken pipes, but in a large commercial building of approximately 35,000 square feet with multiple tenants. As opposed to the other two jobs, this project did not require construction or repair services, as it was purely mitigation work. Therefore, we were in and out in just 8 days. All the while, anywhere between 35 and 45 crew members completed the mitigation work. Due to the size of the building, large format, 2 - desiccant drying systems with ancillary generators were utilized during the process of drying out the building. Overall, the size of the job presented the biggest challenge to our team, as many areas of the facility required a “full gut” of affected materials in order to effectively and thoroughly mitigate the space. The size of this job, with multiple levels and a 4 story open atrium, provided both a unique and challenging drying environment, but our team persevered to successfully meet the customer’s needs.

Learn More About SERVPRO Team Wall’s Disaster Recovery Team

Large loss situations are often intimidating and overwhelming for homeowners and commercial business owners alike, but you can find peace of mind in the fact that SERVPRO Team Wall’s Disaster Recovery Team has your back. Learn more about our Large Loss, Disaster Recovery Team here. You can also find more information about our Water Damage Restoration, Storm Damage Restoration, and many other Commercial Restoration services on our website. For professional, commercial restoration and construction services that you can trust to make it “Like it never even happened,” call your SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall’s Harrisburg West office at (412) 672-5400 today.

Getting Rid of That Smoke Smell After a Fire

3/24/2022 (Permalink)

smoke Smoke can linger on surfaces long after the actual fire is extinguished.

We all know the smell. Even if your only experience with fire smell is sitting around a campfire for an hour or so, you know that the smoke smell accompanies your clothes all the way back inside. This is a great example of the way in which smoke can linger on surfaces long after the fire is extinguished. While professional assistance is often necessary in order to completely eradicate the odor after a large fire, there are a few things that you can do to facilitate the deodorization process while you wait for help to arrive:

3 Steps You Can Take to Decrease Odors After a Fire

A quick and easy way to increase airflow and circulation after a fire is propping open windows, as well as doors if it is safe to do so. Removing and replacing air filters can also be helpful in preventing smoke particles from spreading further from the initial affected area. A third option is deep cleaning surfaces in the affected area. Beyond scrubbing counters and hard surfaces, it is also important to clean other types of surfaces. Think back to the smell lingering on your clothes after sitting by a campfire. Smoke particles can stick to fabric surfaces like curtains, carpets, and blankets. Additionally, windows are also affected and should be targeted in a deep clean. So, when deep cleaning after a fire, be sure to give attention to countertops, windows, and fabric surfaces alike. 

SERVPRO Is Here to Help

Again, expert, professional help is the only way to ensure that your property’s smoke smell is thoroughly eliminated. The 3 aforementioned steps are offered simply as ways in which you can improve living or working conditions before help arrives. Here at SERVPRO, we minimize the amount of time you have to wait for help to arrive, as we offer 24-Hour Emergency Services. Our Odor Removal services are backed by a team of highly-trained deodorization professionals in addition to advanced equipment and techniques. In the event that your residential or commercial property endures a fire, call SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall right away at (412) 672-5400. To learn more about how we make it “Like it never even happened,” for our customers after any emergency, take a peek at the rest of our website. Here, you’ll be able to read more about the long list of other restoration, construction, and cleaning services that we provide, including Fire Damage Restoration, Commercial Fire Damage Restoration, and Fire-Damaged Contents Care services. Trust SERVPRO to quickly and efficiently restore your property to its preloss condition.

Spring Thunderstorm Preparation

3/17/2022 (Permalink)

Lightning The American Red Cross reports that lightning causes more deaths than tornadoes and hurricanes.

While thunderstorms can vary in length and severity, every storm has the capability of  leaving a path of destruction, which can present safety risks to homes and businesses. Examples of the dangerous consequences of thunderstorms include downpours, hail, high winds, flash flooding, and downed trees and powerlines. The American Red Cross reports that lightning causes more deaths than tornadoes and hurricanes. With all this said, thunderstorm preparation is imperative in order to make sure that your residential property is ready for anything this spring. Continue reading to learn more about the steps that you can take to prevent storm damage from thunderstorms:

3 Thunderstorm Safety Tips

If you check out the Red Cross’ website, you’ll find full lists of safety tips for before, during, and after thunderstorms. In this blog, we’d like to highlight three of their tips that can help prevent storm damage. Firstly, because objects outside can be raised off of the ground by strong winds and function as projectiles, it is beneficial to devise a list of outdoor objects that can be brought inside before a thunderstorm. In order to protect your home from flying debris, make sure that your property’s doors and windows are sealed shut before the storm. Installing storm shutters over windows can also be helpful in avoiding unwanted damage. The final tip is to make an attempt to cut back tree branches and shrubbery before thunderstorms roll through your area this spring. Doing so can prevent branches from falling and coming into contact with your residence. 

Call SERVPRO for Expert Storm Damage Restoration

The three aforementioned tips from the Red Cross can decrease your chances of experiencing storm damage this spring, but there is always a risk with every storm. Weather events are out of our control but, all the while, you can always rely on SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall to be there if the unthinkable happens. No matter where your property is located or how extensive the damage may be- we can handle it all. Trust our professional 24-Hour Emergency services to provide you with the quickest solution possible and make it “Like it never even happened.” You can also find more information about our many services, like our residential Storm Damage Restoration and Commercial Storm Damage Restoration, and the larger SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team by visiting our website.

Handling the Job from Start to Finish

3/15/2022 (Permalink)

Senior Living Center Facility SERVPRO Team Wall is capable of handling the entire job from start to finish, providing top-of-the-line restoration and construction services alike.

We never miss an opportunity here at SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall to stress the fact that we are capable of handling the entire job from start to finish, as we provide top-of-the-line restoration and construction services alike. In this blog, we’re highlighting a long-term job in which our team has been able to help our customer restore their property to its preloss condition through both Water Damage Restoration and Construction services.

The Details

When the sprinkler system inadvertently went off and flooded all three levels of a full wing of a senior living center’s facility in Baltimore, it was clear that the restoration job was going to be extensive. The customer immediately called us for help and our crew was able to arrive at the job site within two hours, ready to get to work with our professional mitigation and emergency services. Throughout the water damage mitigation process, we also spent time removing and safely storing contents from the affected seniors’ rooms in order to prevent additional water damage. The scope of this project was colossal, evident in the fact that we had anywhere between 40-50 crew members working at any one time throughout the project. In addition to water damage restoration, our work included a wide variety of rebuild services, such as full floor replacement, new carpet installation, new coats of paint for affected walls, and more. This has been a full-fledged reconstruction project, but thanks to our team’s hustle, expertise, and experience, we were able to move some residents back into their rooms within two weeks. 

We Do It All

As illustrated in our work with this senior living center facility, the services that we offer, both emergency and non-emergency, satisfy three categories: Restoration Services, Cleaning Services, and Industry Technology. Our restoration services tend to Water, Fire, Mold, and Storm Damage mitigation, as well as sewage clean up & removal and even Temporary power, heat, & A/C. Biohazard Removal, Carpet Cleaning and Reinstallation, and COVID-19 Virus Disinfection are just three of the many Cleaning Services that we offer here at SERVPRO Team Wall. Lastly, Industry Technology refers to our advanced technological resources, including Docusketch/Matterport, Assured Pack Out, Moisture Mapper/MICA, and Restoration Manager, which all aid in quickly and thoroughly assessing and completing the job according to customers’ unique needs. The moral of the story? SERVPRO has your back until the very end, which means that you don’t need to waste time finding someone else to handle any reconstruction needs that your property may require, saving you time and money. 

Call SERVPRO for Advanced Restoration and Reconstruction Services

No job is too big for SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall. All three of SERVPRO Team Wall’s offices, including SERVPRO of Hunt Valley and Harford County, SERVPRO of Harrisburg West, and SERVPRO of Metro Pittsburgh East, form a partnership that increases our accessibility to equipment and resources. If your property requires restoration and reconstruction services, look no further than SERVPRO. Call us today at (410) 229-0012 to speak with one of our experts. For more information about our Commercial Restoration and Building Services, check out the rest of our website. We look forward to helping our customers make it “Like it never even happened,” after any disaster.

Cleaning Services Highlight: Vandalism & Graffiti

3/11/2022 (Permalink)

Graffiti If vandalism and graffiti damage are not removed and restored in a timely manner, your property may be at risk of water and mold damage.

SERVPRO is a respected name in the restoration industry, but it can be easy to forget that we also provide a long list of different cleaning services. In today’s blog, we’re highlighting one of those cleaning services: Vandalism and Graffiti Cleanup. Obviously, it is our hope that your property never has to endure this kind of damage, but in the event that your home or business falls victim to acts of vandalism or graffiti, take comfort in the fact that SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall is standing by, ready to help. If vandalism and graffiti damage are not removed and restored in a timely manner, your property may be at risk of water and mold damage. Continue reading for more information about our Vandalism and Graffiti Cleanup Services.

Restoring Your Property Following Acts of Vandalism

Designed to serve commercial and residential properties alike, SERVPRO’s Vandalism and Graffiti Cleanup services are applicable to many different damage scenarios. While we usually think of the stereotypical external wall spray-paint graffiti when we think of vandalism situations, our crews are trained to clean various surface types, such as asphalt sidewalks and driveways, wood, glass, plastic, stone masonry, and metal. Whether brick, concrete, stone, or another material, trust SERVPRO to efficiently clean your affected surfaces. In addition to our Vandalism and Graffiti Cleanup, SERVPRO also provides restoration and supplemental cleaning services that can be helpful depending on the scope of your property’s vandalism or graffiti damage. Turn to us for contents cleaning services like Debris Removal and Odor Removal and Deodorization, as well as larger restoration work, such as Fire Damage Restoration, Water Damage Restoration, and Mold Damage Restoration.  

Experience Vandalism? Call SERVPRO Right Away

No two vandalism or graffiti situations are exactly alike and as a result, SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall will focus on your property’s specific needs. Pick up your phone and call SERVPRO of Metro Pittsburgh East at (412) 672-5400 at the first notice of vandalism or graffiti. We offer 24-Hour Emergency Service to ensure that one of our crews arrives onsite as soon as possible in order to avoid unnecessary additional damage. Trust SERVPRO to make it “Like it never even happened” and check out our website to view our expansive list of Cleaning Services.

Kitchen Cooking Safety: 3 Tips

3/4/2022 (Permalink)

Kitchen stove Protect your kitchen and the rest of your home from the destructive nature of fire damage by educating yourself on kitchen fire safety best practices.

“The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking,” according to the National Fire Protection Agency. They also report that the appliance most commonly involved in kitchen fires is your stovetop, but kitchen fires can stem from a variety of sources if improperly monitored. Altogether eliminating the possibility of an unwanted fire igniting is virtually impossible, but you can best protect your kitchen and the rest of your home from the destructive nature of fire damage by educating yourself on kitchen fire safety best practices. Continue reading to learn more about 3 of the NFPA’s cooking fire safety tips.

  1. Don’t Stray Too Far from the Kitchen

There are different recommendations based on what kind of cooking activity you are conducting in the kitchen. Stovetop activities, such as frying, boiling, broiling, and grilling, require you to stay in the kitchen for the entire process so that you can monitor the area and take action immediately if a fire ignites. If a situation arises that requires you to leave the kitchen for any amount of time, it is strongly advised that you turn the stove off completely. Contrastingly, cooking activities that require more cooking time, including roasting, baking, and simmering, may be safe to leave the kitchen, but only for short periods of time. If you must leave the kitchen, it is a good idea to regularly check in and set a timer in order to decrease the risk of fire.

  1. Know What to Do When an Oven Fire Occurs

We’ve discussed what to do in the event of a stovetop fire, but what is the best course of action for dealing with an oven fire? Suppose something that you’re baking catches fire in your oven. The NFPA suggests that you turn the heat off as soon as possible and do not open the oven door until the fire is extinguished. Opening the door may facilitate the spread of the fire. If the fire does not go out on its own, call 911 immediately.

  1. Keep Your Cooking Area Clear of Flammable Objects

All around your cooking area, you may possibly find a wide variety of flammable objects that are not necessarily out of place. By an oven, there are usually oven mitts, which are flammable, as well as towels and wooden utensils. These are all helpful tools when cooking, but they can also facilitate the quick spread of an unwanted fire in the event that one ignites. In order to prevent any unwanted fires from spreading, it is beneficial to keep flammable kitchen objects and tools tucked away, stored in cabinets or drawers when not in use. 

Experienced a Fire? Call SERVPRO

No matter what kind of fire your home or business may experience, know that SERVPRO of Metro Pittsburgh East is just a call away. If your property sustains fire damage to any degree, call us at (412) 672-5400 for immediate assistance. Here at SERVPRO, we are committed to making your property damage “Like it never even happened.” By visiting our website, you can also learn more about our Fire Damage Restoration services, tailored to both residential and commercial properties in order to best meet your needs. Additionally, you can find more information about our other fire-related cleaning services, including Odor Removal and Deodorization. Be sure to also check out our best Fire Damage Tips.