Recent Fire Damage Posts

Fireplace Safety Tips

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

Fireplaces may be more than just the focal point of a person’s home, especially during the winter seasons.  It may be used to provide warmth during this time of year.  However, fireplaces can be potentially dangerous.  Home fire safety is essential, below are a few tips to help keep your home and family safe:  

  • Crack open a window while the fire is burning.
  • Be sure the damper or flue is open before lighting or starting a fire, and until embers have completely stopped burning, to draw smoke out of the house.
  • Check the damper by looking up into the chimney with a flashlight or mirror.
  • Use smaller pieces of dry and well-aged wood for home fire safety, avoiding wet or green wood, which causes more smoke and soot buildup in the chimney.
  • Have a professional check the chimney annually.
  • When cleaning a fireplace, remove ashes from previous fires, keeping levels of the to 1 inch or less for less smoke
  • Check for animal nests or other blockages that could prevent smoke from escaping.
  • Make sure the area around the fireplace is clear of anything that is potentially flammable.
  • Never leave a fire in the fireplace unattended and be sure it’s completely out before going to bed or leaving the house.
  • Home fireplace safety should include keeping a fire extinguisher on hand.

Fire damage can be devastating and SERVPRO of Victoria understands the stress that comes with it.  SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio is dedicated to helping you.  If you face any winter storm damages, give our team a call (210) 653-4651 and we’ll be there to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Candle Safety Tips

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

There is something calming about candles especially during the holiday season.  They look pretty and enhance the ambiance in a room, they give off a fragrant smell that can be so luring, but they can also be the cause to a house fire.   December has been noted as the peak month of candle fires.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, 3 out of every 5 candle fires started when they were placed to something that can burn, such as furniture, bedding, or decorations.  Review the tips below to prevent any house fires this holiday season:

  • Blow out candles before leaving a room or going to bed
  • Keep candles one foot (30 centimeters) away from anything that can burn
  • Use a sturdy candle holder, that will not tip over easily
  • Put candle holders and a sturdy and unclutter surface
  • Light candles carefully, keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame
  • Do not let the candle burn all the way to the bottom; put it out before it gets too close to the container or holder
  • You should not light a candle if oxygen is used in the home
  • During a power outage, use a flashlight or battery-operated lighting instead of a candle

Although candles can add to the décor in the room, however, they can also add danger.  Remember candles are an open flame which means they can easily ignite.  Create an environment that is safe for you during this holiday season, use alternatives to prevent any candle fires in homes like using flameless candles.  As always, remember SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio is here to help!

Safety in the Kitchen during the Holiday Season

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

December is a time when family and friends gather together to celebrate the glorious time of year.   During this time of year, we are more likely to spend a lot of our time in the kitchen cooking a gourmet family feast or baking delicious cookies.  However, it is extremely important to keep safety at the top of your mind.  If you are not properly prepared in the kitchen, it may lead to being a recipe for disaster.  Kitchen fires around Christmas time are the second most frequently reported accidents right behind Thanksgiving.  To help have a safe and joyous holiday season, follow these tips to help keep your home safe.

  • Stay in the kitchen while the food is cooking, Most kitchen fires occur because the food is left unattended. 
  • Keep the cooking range free of clutter.  Even though you may have dishes to prepare, do not overload a cooktop with too many pots and pans.  Trying to cook all your dishes at once could cause grease to accidentally spill onto a range top and cause a fire. 
  • Always keep a potholder, oven mitt and lid handy while cooking. If a small fire starts in a pan on the stove, put on a flame-resistant oven mitt and smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan.  Turn off the burner.  Don't remove the lid until the food has cooled. 
  • When removing lids on hot pans, tilt them away from you to protect your face and hands from steam.  If there is an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed to prevent flames from burning your or your clothes.
  • Do not wear loose fitting clothing when cooking. Long open sleeves could ignite and catch fire from a gas flame or a hot burner. 
  • Keep smoke alarms connected while cooking.  Make sure smoke alarms are installed and working. 
  • Unplug small appliances that aren't in use.  Not only will you save the energy, but you will also avoid potential dangers if they were to be turned on accidentally. 
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen in case of emergency and know how to use it.  Make sure the fire extinguisher is UL listed and rated for grease and electrical fires. 

Disasters are never planned.  But SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio is always prepared and here to help.  When disaster strikes, give our trained professionals a call (210) 653-4651! 

Are You Using Your Fireplace this Holiday Season?

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

As the temperatures drop this December, residents may be turning up the heat by using their fireplaces to keep warm.  To prevent any holiday mishaps be sure you remember a few of these tips about fireplace safety: 

Fireplace Safety Tips:

  • Before starting a fire, make sure the damper or flue is open. Keeping this open will draw smoke out of the house. Using a flashlight to look up the chimney can check the damper. Never close the damper until the embers have completely stopped burning
  • Use dry or aged wood in your fire. With dried wood, it burns with less smoke and burns more evenly. If you use wet or green wood, this causes more smoke and contributes to soot buildup in the chimney

  • Smaller pieces of wood positioned on a grate burn faster and produce less smoke

  • Make sure to clean out ashes from any previous fires. The levels of ash at the base of the fireplace should be kept to 1 inch or less. A thicker layer restricts the air supply to logs, resulting in more smoke

  • You should get your chimney check annually by a professional. Even if the chimney is not due for a cleaning, it is very important to check for animal nests or any other blockages that could prevent smoke from escaping

  • The area around your fireplace should be clear of anything that is potentially flammable

  • Never leave the fire in your fireplace unattended. Make sure the fire is out completely before going to bed or leaving the house

  • Install both a smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure to test them monthly and change the batteries at least once a year

  • Keep a fire extinguisher on hand

Do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio after dealing with a fire at (210) 653-4651.  Our company has trained technicians with years of experience and certifications to get the job done.   Our team is dedicated to helping you when disaster strikes! 

Electrical Safety Tips for the Holiday

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

It is the most wonderful time of the year!  The holiday season is in full swing as we are counting down to Christmas.  As holiday preparations are underway and make your safety a priority.  Take a moment and review the electrical safety below to avoid any holiday mishap. 

  • Inspect electrical decorations for damage before use
    Cracked or damaged sockets, loose or bare wires, and loose connections may cause a serious shock or start a fire.
  • Do not overload electrical outlets
    Overloaded electrical outlets and faulty wires are a common cause of holiday fires. Avoid overloading outlets and plug only one high-wattage into each outlet at a time. 
  • Keep trees fresh by watering daily
    Dry trees are a serious fire hazard.
  • Keep combustibles at least three feet from heat sources
    A heat source that was too close to the decoration was a factor in half of the home fires that began with decorations (NFPA).
  • Protect cords from damage 
    To avoid shock or fire hazards, cords should never be pinched by furniture, forced into small spaces such as doors and windows, placed under rugs, located near heat sources, or attached by nails or staples. 
  • Stay in the kitchen when something is cooking 
    Unattended cooking equipment is the leading cause of home cooking fires (NFPA).
  • Turn off decorations when going to sleep or leaving the house
    turn off decorative holiday lights before going to bed or leaving home. A timer can help make sure this happens.

 Each of these tips will help you prevent an electrical fire from starting in your home or business. Now, if the worst happens, and you do sustain damage from a fire, you need the help of professionals to get your home and business straightened out. Call on the fire damage restoration specialists here at SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio (210) 653-4651!

Different Types of Smoke

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises, therefore, smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored to the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.  Give us a call at (210) 653-4651!

Space Heater Safety

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

Cold temperatures call for some residents to seek out other heat sources in an effort to keep living spaces comfortable.  The most common supplemental heat source is a portable space heater. Space heaters are easy to use and can quickly generate heat to warm up a home up from a real cold day.  Consider the following these tips to minimize risks of a heating related fire in your home:

  • Keep it three feet away from anything that can burn
  • Do not use extension cords
  • Turn off space heater when leaving the room or going to bed
  • Don't use a space heater in a damp or wet area unless it's specifically made for that purpose
  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and test monthly

Do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio (210) 653-4651.  We have highly trained technicians with years of experience and certifications to get the job done.   Our team is dedicated to help you when disaster strikes! 

Christmas Tree Safety

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

As the holiday song goes “It’s the holiday season, so whoop-de-do!”  During this holiday season, many of us have a beautifully decorated Christmas tree as part of the tradition to the season. It is important that the tree is carefully decorated to ensure a safe holiday season.  Over the years, Christmas tree fires have been responsible for property damage.  Most resulted from electrical malfunctions from Christmas tree lights such as faulty wiring, plugs, or even having the tree placed too close to a candle or fire place.  To help avoid any fire damages, follow these simple steps. 

  • Ensure trees are secured and sturdy in the tree stand to prevent them from tipping over
  • Use tested and UL-approved lighting when decorating trees or other holiday decorations
  • Carefully check light strands for frayed, faulty or exposed wiring, broken bulbs or loose bulb connections
  • Make sure to water live trees daily; dried out trees increases fire risk
  • Ensure artificial trees are fire resistant
  • Set up trees at least three feet away from heat sources (lamp, fire places, candles or radiators)
  • Make sure tree is not blocking an exit

Your safety is important to us during the holiday season here at SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio.  If you experience any type of fire damage do not hesitate to call our team (210) 653-4651.  Our team is here to help you when disaster strikes.   

Holiday Kitchen Safety Tips

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

December is a time when family and friends gather together to celebrate the glorious time of year.   During this time of year, we are more likely to spend a lot of our time in the kitchen cooking a gourmet family feast or baking delicious cookies.  However, it is extremely important to keep safety at the top of your mind.  If you are not properly prepared in the kitchen, it may lead to be a recipe for disaster.  Kitchen fires around Christmas time is the second most frequently reported accidents right behind Thanksgiving.  To help have a safe and joyous holiday season, follow these tips to help keep your home safe.

  • Stay in the kitchen while the food is cooking, Most kitchen fires occur because food is left unattended. 
  • Keep the cooking range free of clutter.  Even though you may have dishes to prepare, do not overload a cook top with too many pots and pans.  Trying to cook all your dishes at once could cause grease to accidentally spill onto a range top and cause a fire. 
  • Always keep a potholder, oven mitt and lid handy while cooking. If a small fire starts in a pan on the stove, put on a flame-resistant oven mitt and smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan.  Turn off the burner.  Don't remove the lid until the food has cooled. 
  • When removing lids on hot pans, tilt them away from you to protect your face and hands from steam.  If there is an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed to prevent flames from burning your or your clothes.
  • Do not wear loose fitting clothing when cooking. Long open sleeves could ignite and catch fire from a gas flame or a hot burner. 
  • Keep smoke alarms connected while cooking.  Make sure smoke alarms are installed and working. 
  • Unplug small appliances that aren't in use.  Not only will you save the energy, but you will also avoid potential dangers if they were to be turned on accidentally. 
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen in case of emergency and know how to use it.  Make sure the fire extinguisher is UL listed and rated for grease and electrical fires. 

Disasters are never planned.  But SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio is always prepared and here to help.  When disaster strikes, give our trained professionals a call (210) 653-4651! 

Smoke and Soot Clean Up in Northeast San Antonio, Texas

11/27/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Victoria will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:


Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services


Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio has the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  Our crew will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.


Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (210) 653-4651

Thanksgiving Safety

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Thanksgiving around the corner and most of America starts to prepare for one of the most important meals of the year!  Typically, the most common dishes found on a Thanksgiving table are a turkey.  Most people prepare turkeys for the big occasion.  But did you know that there can be some dangers with preparing a turkey in your own home? Cooking is the leading cause of house fires according to Ready.gov.  Be extra careful with turkey fryers. There are a few house fires that take place on Thanksgiving due to the fact that some safety precautions were not being considered.  SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio  has provided some helpful tips to use while preparing a turkey to prevent any mishaps from happening.  Below are a few key messages to follow to help ensure the safety of your home:  

  • Only use turkey fryers outdoors; away from home or building and any flammable materials.
  • Keep children and pets a safe distance away from the fryer when in use and for several hours after cooking. 
  • Do not leave the fryer unattended; temperature should also be monitored closely. 
  • If any smoke, at all, comes from the heating pot of oil, turn the burner off immediately as oil may be overheating. 
  • Cover any skin that is exposed; it is encouraged to use a pair of gloves that is designed for high heat. 
  • Follow the manufacture's recommendation for the amount of oil to add.  Do not over fill the fryer.
  • Be prepared - consider purchasing a fire extinguisher for safety precautions. 

SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!