Recent Fire Damage Posts
Is Your Honolulu Business At Risk of A Fire
Keep up on the maintenance in your business to ensure your safety from fire hazards.
No Business Is Immune To Fire Hazards
Fire damage in your Honolulu business is a serious concern. The damages can halt business for weeks on end. Unfortunately, no business is immune to the risk of a fire. Certain facilities may be more likely to endure damage from a fire, such as a restaurant that uses open flames. However, fire hazards are present in most workplaces regardless of the work activity throughout the day. When you know what these hazards are, you can take proper steps to address and mitigate those risks and prevent possible fire damage and smoke damage.
When damaged electrical wiring can spark and quickly ignite a fire. Electrical wiring damage may include frayed cords, such as those connecting desktop computers to the wall power outlets. It may also include damage to internal wiring inside the walls, and these may be damaged by rodents, pests and other forces. Electrical fires may also start when power sockets are overloaded or when equipment gets too hot. It is important to periodically review your company's wiring to identify areas of concern that need to be addressed.
Flammable or Combustible Materials
Flammable and combustible materials are most commonly associated with industrial and warehouse environments, yet even restaurants, hotels, dry cleaners and many other types of businesses may store combustible materials on-site. These materials should remain properly sealed according to the manufacturer’s recommendations at all times.
Poor Equipment Maintenance
Other hazards in Honolulu workplaces are related to poor equipment maintenance. For example, failing to replace rusted items, or clean out storage rooms regularly may result in the accumulation of dust and other flammable debris. A gas leak in your business could result in a fire or an explosion. Fire hazards related to poor maintenance may also include dusty, dirty or greasy components, such as air ducts and vents, kitchen exhaust vents and many other features that are used throughout your facility. Scheduling necessary maintenance can decrease fire risk in these areas.
As you can see, there are numerous fire hazards that could result in serious damage in your business. If your Honolulu business has already experienced fire damage, it is essential that repair work is completed as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Central Honolulu is your trusted source for quality repair services. To request assistance with your damaged building, contact us today. You can reach us at (808)-744-2730
Who Knew Doing a Simple Chore Could Cause a Devastating House Fire
The kitchen in this Kapolei home suffered traumatic loss due to a kitchen fire started in the oven.
Young Boy Turns on "Oven Clean" Button on Stove - Fire Grows to Devastate
Our SERVPRO team received a call to perform restoration services for this Kapolei home after a disastrous house fire. A young man had been given a few chores to complete before leaving home for football practice that evening. One of these chores being to clean the inside of the oven. He hit the "clean oven" button assuming it would get the job done. Little did he know his mother had stored kitchen utensils in the oven. These utensils caught fire, and soon spread to the rest of the kitchen and surrounding walls. After returning home from practice they found fire trucks and firemen had put out the fire in their home. Simply attempting to do chores before football practice resulted in a drastic fire. Our SERVPRO team had to remove all belongings as well as tear out nearly every wall in the home and rebuild as well.
If you have suffered from fire damage in your home, call our team at SERVPRO (808)744-2730. We specialize in restoration and reconstruction services for fire damage, mold, and storms. Call today for an inspection.
What To Do Immediately If a Fire Starts
Fires can become unmanageable quickly.
If a fire starts, it is understandable to feel anxious. Here are some tips on what to do in case a fire breaks out in your home.
Learn how to safely operate a fire extinguisher
There are a multitude of ways in which you can learn how to operate a fire extinguisher. Talk to your local fire department or access their website for more information.
GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL 9-1-1
Do not stay inside when a fire is happening. If you cannot put it out safely by yourself, contact the authorities!
Yell “Fire!” loudly as you exit
Alerting others of the situation will improve their chances of getting out in time. This could save lives. Leave all your belongings and exit the area.
If your only exit route is contaminated with smoke, get low to the ground all the way to the exit. Always close doors behind you.
If smoke, heat or flame block your exit, stay in the room
Close the doors and place a wet rag under the door. Call the fire department and give them your exact location. Open a window, try to signal attention or flash a light to signal that you need help.
Follow your family emergency communication plan
Having a family emergency communication plan in place takes unnecessary stress out of stressful situations. Make sure you update your rendezvous spots often in order to avoid mix-ups. If you inhaled smoke, get the necessary medical attention and be sure to rest and assess how you are physically doing.
Fires are unpredictable, it is a good idea to not only have fire detection systems in place but also fire suppression systems. Our team can meet your needs here on Oah’u! We offer safety, maintenance and other services to keep you, your family and your home safe.
Call us at (808) 235-5015 or visit our website:https://www.SERVPROcentralhonolulu.com/
7 Common Causes of Fire at Home
Cigarettes are one of the leading causes of fire at home.
To better prevent fires, it is important to know the leading causes for them so the proper measures can be taken! Get to know common household practices that can cause and propagate fires.
According to the National Fire Prevention Association, the leading cause of fire deaths in the United States are cigarettes. A great majority of the fires starts with incandescent ashes or cigarette butts falling into upholstered surfaces. If you smoke, dispose of your ashes properly! Make sure the cigarette is completely out before tossing it into the garbage.
If children or pets are left unattended in the same room as a lit candle, the risks of a fire increase greatly. Make sure to put out candles if you are not in the room with an unattended pet or child. Lighters and matches should similarly not be in close reach of any child.
Lint is a great fire-starter. Keep your dryer clean and well-maintained to avoid sparks that could evolve into a fire. Clean your lint filter after each load to minimize risks.
Portable heaters account for a third of all house fires. Make sure flammable items are kept at least 4 feet away from the space heaters. Heaters should not be left unattended or on overnight.
A lot of house fires happen as a result of using cooking oils, fryers and improper use of microwaves. Never leave a child unattended while cooking, especially if using cooking oil or higher temperatures. Always make sure your stovetop or oven is completely turned off before leaving the kitchen. Keep flames away from loose clothing, paper, and other fabrics
Common sense as it may be, keep flammable cleaning agents, paints and adhesives away from heat sources of any kind. Keep them in a ventilated area that is cool.
If you have a fireplace at your home, get it checked out yearly to ensure it is in proper working order. Do not go to sleep with your fireplace on and utilize a screen to prevent sparks from flying off the fire.
If fire damage happens to your property, our team can meet your needs here on Oah’u! We offer safety, maintenance and other services to keep you, your family and your home safe.
Call us at (808) 235-5015 or visit our website: https://www.SERVPROcentralhonolulu.com/
4 Things You Need to Know About Home Fire Sprinklers
Home fires can be prevented
The lion’s share of fire deaths occurs in the home. Fire sprinklers are an effective tool which can save lives and diminish property damage. Many times, a fire sprinkler will extinguish the fire prior to the arrival of the fire department. Check out four facts about home sprinkler systems:
- A home fire sprinkler system can cause homeowner’s insurance premiums to be lower.
The investment in a fire sprinkler system for your home pays off in great ways. Not only you will be able to have more peace of mind knowing you are adding a layer of protection to your home and belongings, your homeowner’s insurance premium may be lower as well.
- Fire sprinklers are environmentally friendly.
A fire sprinkler uses roughly 10 times less water than the fire department would to contain the same fire. Fire sprinklers are environmentally friendly, because they reduce the amount of run-off water and pollution that fire damages cause.
- Only high temperature smoke will activate a fire sprinkler.
Rest easy! Your cigar or burnt toast will not activate the sprinkler system.
- Maintenance of a home fire sprinkler system is very easy!
Inspect your home to ensure there are no objects that would prevent the water from successfully spilling out. Do not paint the fire sprinkler or hang anything from it.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration: “Home fire sprinkler systems help to reduce the risk of civilian and firefighter fatalities and injuries, homeowner insurance premiums, and uninsured property losses. Yet—many homes aren’t equipped with automatic sprinkler systems often seen in hotels and businesses. Help members of your community understand the effectiveness and value of having a fire sprinkler system in their homes.”
If disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Central Honolulu provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Oahu. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.
- 24-Hour Emergency Service
- Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
- Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
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Kitchen Fire Started By Left Stove Burner In Honolulu Home
Devastating Kitchen Fire caused by a stove burner left on.
Left Stove Burners Cause Most Fires We Receive on Oahu
The tenant at this Honolulu fire damaged property left their home in a rush to get to a doctors appointment on time. In leaving so hurriedly they left their food on the stove with the burner still on. The fire grew to affect all rooms in the home. The kitchen was completely destroyed. Under immense heat from the fire, the sink and stove melted painted bubbled and blistered. In observing the photo, the detail of the effects of the fire on the kitchen are depicted. The cabinets have fallen, and the content and the counters are all damaged by the fire, and soot has settled throughout the kitchen. The dining room and the bedroom also had drastic damage from the fire. The walls were all charred. Our SERVPRO team removed all contents of the home. The pot, pans, utensils and decorations from the kitchen were all removed, sorted, cleaned and packed out. The same applied to all other contents throughout the home. The damaged areas of the home were all removed including the walls, and ceiling. Our team then deodorized the home, freeing from the odor of smoke and soot. Our team also repainted the home with colors chosen by the home owners. The Home owners were so appreciative of the diligence and speed of our SERVPRO team.
If you are in need of restoration services call our SERVPRO team at (808)744- 2730. They specialize in commercial or household cleaning, as well as restoration and reconstruction services for mold, fire damage, floods, and storms. Call today for an inspection.