Recent Fire Damage Posts

Lightning Damage Call SERVPRO!

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

Lightning strikes can cause significant damage to your home or business. Often you will not see signs of the damage at first due to the damage hiding in attics or inside walls. We suggest that after lightning strikes your home that you call the fire department immediately even if you do not see flames or smoke. It is also good to remember to call your electrician after a lightning strike to run an electrical diagnostic test.

According to the NFPA from 2007-2011 the U.S. Local fire departments responded to an estimated average of 22,600 fires per year that were started by lightning.

Lighting bolts are estimated to reach up to 50,000 degrees.

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas has experienced the aftermath of a fire caused by a lightning strike. The odor, the charred insulation within the attic or walls. SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas has an experienced team to handle any size fire or water loss.

If your home has been hit by lighting count on SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas to make the fire damage “Like it never even happened.”



Dryer Fire

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

Most of us don’t think about the maintenance of our dryers, but we should! The U.S. Fire Administration reports that every year there are thousands of home fires started by clothes dryers.

Lint and debris can build up in your dryer vent, reducing airflow to the dryer, backing up dryer exhaust gases, which can result in a fire hazard. It is recommended you have your dryer exhaust system cleaned at least twice a year.

How to tell if your dryer vent is clogged

  • The normal drying cycle is not drying clothes
  • Clothes are hotter at the end of the cycle
  • A large amount of lint accumulates in the lint trap
  • Your laundry area is more humid
  • The burnt smell in your laundry room
  • The outside dryer vent cover is not lifting

There are tips online on how to clean your dryer vent system, but it is recommended you hire a professional. In addition to the reduced threat of fire, a cleaning can pay for itself in less than a year through improved efficiency with less drying time required.

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas is here for you should you do have a loss from a dryer vent fire.

Call (912)285-0724

Lightning Strike Causes Fire Damage

4/26/2020 (Permalink)

Lightning is a natural phenomenon that occurs very often in South Georgia. Bolts can sometimes be greater than 100 million volts, in just one lightning strike! Lightning is one of the most deadly forces on the earth and can cause serious structural damages.

When lightning strikes your home or business, the most commonplace for a fire to start is within the attic. Attic fires spread fast with the insulation feeding the fire. Lighting can also cause electric fires.

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas is equipped to handle fire damages after lightning strikes. We are heading into the peak of hurricane season- if your home or business is damaged by lightning contact our office for a free assessment. We will walk through the claims process with you to ensure a stress-free claims process. 

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas offers fire restoration and reconstruction services. 

Contact us today (912)285-0724

Say GOODBYE to Smoke Odors

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

Fire, smoke, and soot damage in your home or business can create a very unpleasant and potentially permanent odor. As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout your home and/or business, leaving odor deposits on surface and hard-to-reach places.

Even the smallest of fires can cause odors for years to come if your property is not cleaned by a restoration professional.

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas are prepared to combat these odors with technicians certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration (IICRC). SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas can provide specialized services that can rid your home or business of offensive odors left behind by fire or smoke damage. SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas will not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; we seek to find the source of the odor and remove it.

If you or someone you know suffer from fire damage. Contact SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas for your deodorization.

Call Us Today – (912) 285-0724

Restoring after a Fire Damage

3/15/2020 (Permalink)

At the SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas we are highly trained water restoration specialists and value restoring versus replacing.

Why is restoring so important to SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas?

  1. Peace of Mind - We value your belongings. The SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas takes the time to restore affected items preserving your financial investment as well as family heirlooms and keepsakes.
  2. Save Money: Restoring is more cost-effective in the majority of cases due to replacement cost values. For example, it is cheaper to dry and save flooring than to remove and replace it.
  3. Return to Normal Quicker: The drying process will return your home to normalcy sooner than replacing materials and working with contractors.
  4. Restoring is Environmentally Friendly: By restoring flooring and other items that may be affected by fire or water damage you prevent future items from entering landfills.

Ways we restore vs replace:

  1. Documents & Photo Restoration: Restoring precious documents and photos are crucial, especially if the documents are legally binding. Our SERVPRO document restoration team uses innovative vacuum freeze-drying techniques; in fact, we use the same freeze-drying methods used by the Library of Congress to dry valuable historic documents and books.
  2. Electronics: Electronics after water damage presents a serious safety hazard and should be properly handled. That is why the SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas will coordinate an electrician to look over each effected electronic.
  3. Floors: General carpet cleanings by SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas can restore your rugs and carpets after a water loss in the home. Other types of flooring may be tricky depending on the materials used. The SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas team will explain if the flooring is salvageable or not depending on moisture and the amount of water that has penetrated the flooring.
  4. Furniture: If furniture is damp or has water damage SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas will test a spot on the fabric to see if the item is salvageable through an upholstery cleaning.  

Our #1 goal is returning damaged areas and items to preloss conditions doing all we can to make it “Like it never even happened.” SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas is dedicated to restoring both your property and the normalcy in your lives.

Contact SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas for your water restoration needs.

Warm Up with Space Heaters by Using them Safely

1/27/2020 (Permalink)

Space Heater Lit Up Warm-up this Winter

In the colder months of the year, homeowners look for ways to make chilly areas warm and comfortable. While space heaters can be useful to keep small areas warm, it’s very important to use them with caution. In a 2010 study, it was found that space heaters caused 32 percent of all home heating fires but were involved in 79 percent of all home-heating related fire deaths. Fortunately, using a space heater can be safe if you follow these simple recommendations.

NFPA offers the following safety tips.  

Portable electric space heaters

  • Turn heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.
  • Use and purchase portable space heaters with an automatic shut off so if they’re tipped over they will shut off.
  • A place space heater on a solid, flat surface.
  • Plug power cords directly into outlets and never into an extension cord.
  • Inspect for cracked or damaged, broken plugs or loose connections. Replace before using it.

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas is here to help you recover from any fire damage.  Our trained technicians will remove the smoke and soot from your home.  Saving your belongings and memories.  Call your neighbors when you need us 912-285-0724

THANKSGIVNG + Fire Safety

11/17/2019 (Permalink)

Wooden planks with burgundy and green leaves and pumpkins. Reads “Have a great and wonderful thanksgiving from SERVPRO” Keep kitchen safety a top priority this Thanksgiving season!

Thanksgiving is around the corner and we at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas are excited to take part in this annual tradition of great food, friends and family.

While this time of year is truly a time to celebrate and give thanks, our fire restoration specialists see the holiday a little differently.

According to The National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires in the United States. Our fire restoration professionals are all too familiar with the devastation a house fire can bring to your home, but there are steps you can take to prevent a fire disaster from ruining your perfect holiday.

  • Stay in the kitchen and check on the food periodically.
  • Young children should always be kept away from the stove and any other fire hazards.
  • The floor should be clear of any items that can cause a potential slip or fall.
  • It is also a good idea to ensure that your smoke alarms are properly working.


By following these safety tips, we guarantee that you and your family will have a safe Thanksgiving season. Should you experience fire damage in your home, contact SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas and we’ll make your Thanksgiving disaster “Like it never even happened."

Call us at: (912)285-0724

Commercial Dryer Fire

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

White dryer with the door open and the inside is covered with burnt towels after a fire caught inside the dryer. When was the last time your dryer vent was cleaned?

Dryer fire caused damage to local  hotel. The fire was under control thanks to an alert employee at the hotel who detected smoke and called emergency officials. The fire department was able to extinguish the flames and all individuals were safely able to exit the hotel.

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas arrived at the scene early in the morning to find water and smoke damage effecting small amounts of the corridor and laundry room. Water extraction began immediately to avoid further damage. SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas continue to work diligently to restore this property. However, we are happy to report that the hotel remains open and running thanks to the fast response of the local fire department.

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas would like to remind everyone about dryer safety and the importance of getting your dryer vents cleaned. With the buildup of lint in your dryer vents can highly increase your chances of a fire.

Schedule your commercial or residential dryer vent cleaning today with the SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas.

(912) 285-0724

Cooking + Grease Fires

11/8/2019 (Permalink)

Grease fire caused white cabinets to be covered in black smoke and to be partially burnt. Grease fires can be extremely dangerous. Be sure to keep a fire extinguisher close to the kitchen.

To most people, a home is a place of safety, comfort, and refuge. That being said, houses can be swiftly transformed from places of safety into places of great danger by uncontrolled fires.

Uncontrolled fires can start in many ways and have many causes, but one of the most dangerous varieties of fires are grease fires. Grease fires can start and spread very quickly, and are difficult to put out without the proper fire-fighting equipment. Because of the great damage grease fires can cause, you must stay well-informed about the danger. This goes for the homeowner, apartment dweller, or the owner of a restaurant. It also pays to be aware of effective ways to prevent or stop these fires if the worst happens.

What Characterizes Grease Fires?

As their names suggest, grease fires are usually caused by built-up grease and oil around stoves, ovens, and other types of cooking apparatus. Grease fires are so common that the National Fire Protection Association states that cooking fires are one of the top causes of residential and commercial fires as well as fire-related injuries. In the cooking fire category, grease-related frying fires take the top spot. Thus, it is easy to see that fire damage prevention efforts can be made more effective by raising consumer awareness and educating people about fire safety.

What Makes Grease Fires so Dangerous?

Grease fires are dangerous for many reasons, but two of the biggest ones include the difficulty in putting them out and the high temperatures associated with them. These kinds of fires spread quite easily, and are well-known to quickly cause significant damage to structures.

What are Some Effective Ways to Mitigate Grease Fire Damages?

Fire can cause especially severe damages to structures due to the fire itself and the water and chemicals that are necessary to fight the fire. Fire damages can be very difficult to repair without the proper equipment, skills, and experience.

The good news is, your local disaster mitigation experts at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas stand ready to put their specialized skills to work to on your behalf. We offer 24-hour emergency disaster relief services, trained and experienced technicians, and state of the art restoration technology. Contact us today and get your home or business back up and running in no time.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (912) 285-0724

Fire Safety

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke covered door frame with spiderweb like black strings. Smoke covered door frame after a kitchen fire.

Planning for a fire may not be something you want to think about, but for the safety of you and your family it is crucial to have a plan. If a fire does happen the pre-planning can make a huge difference in swiftly getting you and your family to safety.

Creating a Fire Evacuation Plan:

Include everyone in planning: be sure to assign someone to help kids, pets, and elderly to safety if a fire occurs. If that assigned person is out of town assign a backup person.
Check smoke alarms: Be sure that smoke alarms are working and are properly placed in key areas. NFPA suggest that a smoke detector is placed in all sleeping rooms, outside each sleeping room and on every level of the home.
Keep Important Doctuments Safe: be sure to keep copies of identification cars and insurance cards in a fireproof safe, or have them uploaded to the cloud.


When creating a Fire Emergency Plan it is cruical to pre-plan what you will do to restore your property if there is damage. SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas can help you in your planning efforts by outlining all of our services. No one plans for a disaster, but you can prepare!

If you need help in restoring your property after a fire, our SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas  team will arrive and get to work restoring your home to preloss condition.

(912)285-0724

The Hidden Danger of Clogged Dryer Vents

9/27/2019 (Permalink)

Frustrated your clothes aren’t drying as fast as they used to? Beware of the possible hidden danger. Dryer vents can begin to get clogged with lint and other debris that are easily ignitable. Did you know that dryer vent fires are one of the leading causes of house fires in the U.S.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration clothing dryers are reported to cause an astonishing 2,900 home fires each year! With the leading cause of clothing dryer fires being neglect to having the dryers cleaned.

The U.S. Fire Administration also has some helpful tips for clothing dryer safety:

Cleaning:

  • Clean the lint filter before and after each load of laundry.
  • Clean lint out of the vent pipe every three months.
  • Have your dryer cleaned regularly by a professional; like SERVPRO. Especially if it is taking longer than normal for clothes to dry.

Maintenance:

  • Inspect the venting system behind the dryer to ensure it is not damaged or restricted.
  • Put a covering on outside wall dampers to keep outrain, snow and dirt.
  • Make sure the outdoor vent covering opens when the dryer is on.

Read more helpful dryer safety tips at USFA.

Along with being leaders in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas provide a wide variety of cleaning services like Dry Vent Cleanings!


Be proactive and schedule a dryer vent cleaning today! 

(912)285-0724

Lightning Strike Causes Home Damage

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

Lightning is a natural phenomenon that occurs very often in South Georgia. Bolts can sometimes be greater than 100 million volts, in just one lightning strike! Lightning is one of the most deadly forces on the earth and can cause serious structural damages.

When lightning strikes your home or business, the most common place for a fire to start is within the attic. Attic fires spread fast with the insulation feeding the fire. Lighting can also cause electric fires.

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas are equipped to handle fire damages after lightning strikes. We are heading into the peak of hurricane season- if your home or business is damaged by lightning contact our office for a free assessment. We will walk through the claims process with you to ensure a stress-free claims process. 

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas offer fire restoration and reconstruction services. 

Contact us today (912)285-0724

Firework SAFETY

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

FIREWORKS and SPARKLERS are a fun and thrilling way to celebrate the 4th of July. This year more people are ditching the stay at home firework show for the experts for great reason.  

More fires are reported on July 4 than any other day of the year, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Each year, fireworks cause on average 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires and nearly 17,000 other fires resulting in thousands of injuries.

Tips if you choose to buy fireworks, be sure to follow the following safety tips:

  • Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol
  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks
  • Older children should use them only under close adult supervision
  • Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear
  • Never light them indoors
  • Only use them away from people, houses and flammable material
  • Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting
    Never ignite devices in a container
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
  • Soak unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire

Better yet, grab a blanket and a patch of lawn, kick back and let the experts handle the show.

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas wishes you a happy and safe July 4th! Let freedom ring and safety be top of mind! 

House Fire Caused by Lighting Strike

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

Lighting strikes can cause significant damage to your home or business. Often you will not see signs of the damage at first due to the damage hiding in attics or inside walls. We suggest that after lighting strikes your home that you call the fire department immediately even if you do not see flames or smoke. It is also good to remember to call your electrician after a lighting strike to run electrical diagnostic test.

According to the NFPA from 2007-2011 the U.S. Local fire departments responded to an estimated average of 22,600 fires per year that were started by lightning.


Lighting bolts are estimated to reach up to 50,000 degrees, leaving the odds of having a fire increased if your home or business is struck. SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas have experienced the aftermath of a fire caused by a lighting strike. The odor, the charred insulation within the attic or walls.

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas has an experienced team to handle any size fire or water loss. If your home has been hit by lighting count on SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas to make the fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

Thunderstorm Safety - Tips to Protect against a Lighting Strike

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

Lightning Strike can cause extensive damage to your home or business. Prepare now.

Lightning strikes the planet around 50 times per second, and just one strike can release 1 billion joules of energy. With this amount of energy hitting a house it can cause extreme damage not only to the structure but electronics as well. Lightning strikes are like any other form of natural disaster; they have no direct path - and you are left wondering why your home and why is next door untouched. Lightning strikes and power surges randomly choose their victims.

Understanding ways to better protect your home from a lightning strike include simple steps like unplugging electronics to:

  • Installing lightning rods: rods will not stop lightning from striking, but instead help direct lightning safely away from your home; if the rods are installed properly.
  • Removing large trees: lightning also tends to travel across the ground, keep taller trees away from the home in case they are stuck and fall on your home.

Like preparing for any natural disaster, check your home or renters insurance to see what is covered after a lightning strike.

If your home or business suffers from a fire or smoke damage after a lightning strike, contact SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas, our teams are experienced fire and water restoration specialist ready to assist you 24/7.

Fire Restoration - Before Help Arrives the "Do's and Don'ts"

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

We have compiled a helpful “Do’s + Don’t List” for after a fire and before SERVPRO arrives.

After the flames are ceased and the first responders have cleared the scene; SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas is on their way. We often get the question from the homeowner and/or property managers after a fire “How can I help, or what can I do until SERVPRO arrives?”

DO:

  • Limit home traffic to prevent soot particles from being embedded in carpet and spread throughout home.
  • Keep your hands clean. By having soot on your hands can further soil walls, upholstery and woodwork.
  • When electricity is off- empty out freezer and refrigerator completely. Leave doors to appliance open to prevent future odor.
  • Change HVAC filter; but leave system off until a trained professional can check system.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to prevent particles of soot from getting in or out out of the HVAC system.

Don’t:

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas.
  • Don't send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor into fabric.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged. This can cause electrical shock and air  movement might cause secondary damage.
  • Don’t consume any food or beverage that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. As for the food may have been contaminated

These emergency tips will assist you in taking proper action until SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas arrives. By following these DOs and DON’Ts you minimize further damages and increase the success of restoration.

Springing into Fire Safety

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Extinguisher is a life and property saving tool.

Did you know that 7 people die every day from a home fire.

36 People suffer injuries as a result of home fires every day.

$7 BILLION in property damage occurs every year.

Did you also know that portable fire extinguishers can be life and property saving tool!

Prompt use of the fire extinguisher can easily put small fires out. However, many people are unsure of how to use the tool effectively.  

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) suggest memorizing the word PASS to help the public remember how to operate a fire extinguisher:

Pull the pin. Hold the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.

Aim low. Point the fire extinguisher at the base of the fire.

Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.

Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side of the fire.

Tips to remember is always beware of smoke. If the room begins to be filled with smoke making it hard to see and/or breath you should immediately find safety and let emergency crews fight the flames.

If fire and water damage take control over your life, SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas will help you take it back.




Preventing Electrical Fires

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

Check your extension cords for damage to prevent electrical fires.

Flipping a switch on or off and plugging our smart phone in feels somewhat second nature to us. Electricity is a phenomenal tool, but also comes with some dangers if not handled properly. Fires caused by electrical problems are more common than you might think, according to the USFA there is approximately 45,000 home fires each year attributed to electrical issues. . Electrical fires tend to peak during the colder months and holidays with overloaded extension cords among other factors.

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville and Douglas has compiled a list of safety tips to prevent electrical fires in your home or business.

  1. Always have your electrical work done by a qualified electrician.
  2. Don’t overload your outlets by plugging in multiple heat-producing appliances in at a time.
  3. Never use extension cords for major appliances like dryers, washers, fridge, oven and stove. All major appliances need to be plugged directly into the wall to prevent electrical fires.
  4. Extension cords are used for temporary purposes. If you need a permanent fix for more outlets call a qualified electrician to complete the work.
  5. Be sure the wattage for your lightbulb is correct for the light fixture to eliminate a fire hazard.

If your home or business suffers from an electrical fire call SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas.
(912) 285-0724

Dryer Fire at Local Hotel

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Dryer fire at local hotel with minimal damage thanks to fast response of employees and fire department.

Dryer fire caused damage to local Jesup hotel late last week. The fire was under control thanks to alert employees at the hotel who detected smoke and called emergency officials. The fire department was able to extinguish the flames and all individuals were safely able to exit the hotel.

The SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas arrived at the scene early morning to find water damage and smoke damage effecting small amounts of the corridor and laundry room. Water extraction began immediately to avoid further damage. SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas continue to work diligently to restore this property. However, we are happy to report that the hotel remains open and running thanks to the fast response of the local fire department.

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas would like to remind everyone about dryer safety and the importance of getting your dryer vents cleaned. With the buildup of lint in your dryer vents can highly increase your chances of a fire. Schedule your commercial or residential dryer vent cleaning today with the SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas.

(912) 285-0724

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas assist with a large loss in Valdosta.

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Historic church faces minimal damage after fire due to precautions and fast response of fire department.

The SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas were privileged enough to help restore a historic Downtown Valdosta Church. Only weeks before Christmas, a fire started on the upper floor of the church; luckily the fire was well maintained due to precautions of fire doors and walls the church had installed. The damage was minimal thanks to the fast response of the Valdosta Fire Department.

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas was one of four SERVPRO Franchises to assist with restoration and recovery efforts at the church. SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas helped with supply and removal of soot within the church. A timeline of Christmas approaching all of the participating SERVPRO teams had a goal to have the church restored in pre-fire conditions before their Christmas services.

By having the SERVPRO resources we were able to meet this goal and come together as a team with one vision for this historic church to make this fire damage “Like it never even happened."

Freshly- Cut Christmas Tree Care

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

The smell of pine feeling the aroma in your home, truly makes it feel like the Holidays have arrived. Maybe it is your first year with a real tree, or possibly you just want to learn more about caring for the tree. We have you covered by a compiled list of tree care tips!

Keeping the Christmas tree fresh and alive:

1. A freshly cut tree trunk needs to have the spores exposed on the bottom allowing the tree to soak up nutrients. If you buy a tree from a lot before you leave ask them to saw of 2 inchs of the trunk to make it freshly opened spores.

2. According to the Old Farmers Almanac a freshly cut Christmas tree consumes a gallon of water every 24-hours. A helpful tip for keeping your tree watered is to fill the base with a well watered soil.

3. A key for keeping your Christmas tree alive is to avoid placing it on top of heating and cooling vents. 

Along with the fun that a freshly-cut Christmas tree can bring into a home, there is also many dangerous to keep in mind.

Dangerous to avoid with a freshly- cut Christmas tree:

1. Water, water, and more water. The best fire safety tip for freshly- cut trees are water. Without water your tree is producing oxogen and drying out.

2. Avoid placing the tree next to fireplaces, candles, and lights.

3. When your tree starts to shed needles and dry out, its time to toss it out. The longer the tree sits inside the home with falling needles, the risk of a home fire increases.

4. Make sure your Christmas lights have been lab tested and there are no broken lights.

5. Always turn off Christmas lights before going to bed or leaving your home.

For more helpful tips regarding Christmas Tree safety go to the NFPA for a free printable safety sheet.

Keeping Kitchen Safety Top of Mind for Thanksgiving 2018

11/18/2018 (Permalink)

Take measures to have a safe Thanksgiving in your Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas area home.

The kitchen is the heart and soul of the home, especially during Thanksgiving. With all of the chefs in the kitchen it’s important to keep kitchen safety top of mind. Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment. In 2016, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,570 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving. Because of this we compiled a list of safety tips to

Safety tips

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • 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.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
  • Keep kiddos out of the kitchen for Thanksgiving by having activities planned like games, puzzles or books can keep them busy. Kids can get involved in Thanksgiving preparations with recipes that can be done outside the kitchen.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.

Enjoy a safe holiday season! Happy Thanksgiving from our SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas family to yours!

Source: National Fire Protection Association

Stages of Fire Damage

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage restoration

Step 1: Emergency Contact

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas is a 24/7 company that never sleeps- we are here for your emergency no matter the time or day. Why is getting immediate assistance better than waiting? The truth is the faster you get to a fire damage minimize further damage or possible secondary damage from the water used to extinguish the flames.  Or if the flames tarnished your roof than you are in a position where you are in need of immediate assistance from a fire damage restoration specialist to tarp your roof; tarping your roof is important to protect your home from rain and other environmental factors.

Step 2: Assessment

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas will then assess the extent of the damage to property. This involves how far the fire, smoke, and soot traveled throughout the home and if any furniture or clothing was affected. This is an important step to understand the damage to better assess the cost of the restoration process.

Step 3: Clean up

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas will then establish power to the home if needed by using a generator and begin the restoration process of removing any smoke, dust, and soot from the surfaces in your home. All while the cleanup process is ongoing the SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas team will be extracting any excess water and sanitize and dry those areas of your home. Once the water is extracted and the debris are removed our team will then tackle the stench that the smoke has left behind in the home.

Step 4: Consultation

Following the completion of your fire damage the SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas team may request a ‘debriefing’ consultation on how to prevent future fires and to go over all of the work that was completed within the home to guarantee customer satisfaction.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (912) 285-0724

3 Tips to Keep Your Garage Clean and Safe

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Take advantage of extra space in your garage and begin organizing today.

Garages are essential places where people store vehicles, bicycles, motorbikes, and other things. We keep lots of valuable things in our garages, so let's make sure it's a safe and organized area! How do you use your garage? Some store children’s equipment, boxes, and other miscellaneous items. Regardless of what is there, a garage should be neat and tidy.

To create more space in your garage, you have to keep it organized. Move everything you feel is out of place to create more space for your vehicles and important items. We advise our customers to observe the following tips to keep garages clean, safe, and organized throughout the year.

Get Rid of Unnecessary Things

Before cleaning your garage, you should cut unnecessary things and keep them in the right place. Consider hiring a qualified contractor to build shelves on the walls of the garage. You will store your items safely on the shelves.

Clean the Garage

After getting rid of extraneous items in the garage, the cleaning can begin. Our services at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglasare affordable. We will transform your personal or professional garage into a clean place for your vehicles and other items.

Mitigate Fire Hazards

If you have flammable liquids stored in your garages, be careful! Fire can erupt in some situations. You should have effective measures to curb these challenges when they happen. However, the best thing is to prevent the fire from erupting by performing the following activities:

  • Avoid overloading circuits
  • Clean oil spills immediately
  • Keep flammable substances away from electrical appliances


At SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas, we offer both commercial and residential cleaning and restoration services. Our customer care team is available 24/7.

Time For A Professional Dryer Vent Cleaning!

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

Need a Dryer Vent Cleaning? Contact SERVPRO

Frustrated your clothes aren’t drying as fast as they used to? Beware of the possible hidden danger of heat being blocked from getting into your dryer. Did you know that dryer vent fires are one of the leading causes of house fires in the U.S.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration clothing dryers are reported to cause 2,900 home fires each year. With the leading cause of clothing dryer fires being neglect to having the dryers cleaned.

The U.S. Fire Administration also has  some helpful tips for clothing dryer safety:

Cleaning:

  • Clean the lint filter before and after each load of laundry.
  • Clean lint out of the vent pipe every three months.
  • Have your dryer cleaned regularly by a professional, especially if it is taking longer than normal for clothes to dry.

Maintenance:

  • Inspect the venting system behind the dryer to ensure it is not damaged or restricted.
  • Put a covering on outside wall dampers to keep outrain, snow and dirt.
  • Make sure the outdoor vent covering opens when the dryer is on.

Read more helpful dryer safety tips at USFA.

Did you know that SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas cleans dryer vents?

Let’s be proactive and schedule a dryer vent cleaning today! Dryer vent fires are more likely to occur in the fall and winter months with more bulky clothes being dried. 

(912)285-0724

House Fire Caused by a Lightning Strike

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

Lightning Strikes, Fire & Smoke Damage in Waycross? SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas is HERE TO HELP.

Mother Nature is known for causing damages from: hurricanes, tornadoes, to flooding.

But what happens when your home is hit by lightning?

Lightning damage is not often thought about- but is more common in than you might think. Lightning strikes to your home can cause power surges. But, they can also ignite a fire and cause fire damage. The damage in a case like this can be devastating. 

Fire damage restoration includes getting soot residues removed from different materials and surfaces in your home. Not all soot is the same type of soot. Luckily, we have studied the differences in soot and know how to properly restore your home after a fire damage.

Where to begin if your home gets struck by lightning:

  1. Safety first: evacuate your family from your home if you seen or smell smoke. 
  2. Call 911, and tell them your home was struck by lightning. Do this regardless if you suspect a fire damage. 
  3. Once your home is assessed and found to be safe, you will be able to return inside.
  4. Call your insurance company and explain what has happened.
  5. Call a trustworthy restoration company to repair any damages to your home. 

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. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.

Our process once we get to your home or business. 

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (912) 574-2355

Fire Prevention Tips for Your Business

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Your livelihood depends on your business, and you will want to protect it from disasters, such as flood and fire damage. Being prepared for any kind of disaster is always a good idea. Today we would like to share some tips that can help you keep your property prepared in the event of fire damage:

  • Take steps to ensure that the address numbers for your building or suite are highly visible, enabling emergency responders to easily find your location quickly, in the event of a fire or other emergency. Numbers should contrast with the background used, such as black on white, while the numerals should be no less than six inches in height.
  • Fire extinguishers should be no more than 75 feet from all work areas for easy access, and they should be mounted in a highly visible spot. Make sure your extinguishers are inspected and serviced at least once a year by a licensed fire extinguisher company.
  • Exits need to be clearly marked with EXIT signage that is illuminated at all times with a battery backup for power outages. Emergency lighting should be kept in working order, and the exit areas and spaces around the building outside kept clear of debris and plant material, reducing the fire risk outdoors as well.
  • Stored materials need to be stacked at least two feet below the ceiling and be orderly. For buildings with an automatic sprinkler system, 18 inches of clearance is required, allowing smoke to collect up high, which gives people adequate time to exit and the sprinklers a clear area for their spray pattern. These instructions have been put in place by area fire personnel, and if not followed, can result in fines.
  • Electrical outlets should have no more than one item per outlet plugged into them, which may include a power strip with a circuit breaker. All electrical cords should be kept in good repair and replaced when needed.
  • Trash receptacles need to be kept at least five feet away from combustible roofs, windows, and entryways, and not stored in the path of exits.
  • Have your sprinkler system tested and serviced every 12 months or less by a licensed fire sprinkler company. This practice should also be used for your fire alarm system.
  • If your business involves cooking foods, make sure your stove hood has been cleaned at least once every year to prevent excessive grease buildup. Ceiling exhaust fans and bathroom heater/light/fan combinations can also be a risk due to a buildup of dust and grease, resulting in increased operating temperatures.
  • Make sure your local fire department has your valid contact information on file for your business.

The SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas team is experienced in cleanup projects after fires both large and small. In the event of water damage we’re ready to help, as well! Call us today at (912) 285-0724.

Fire Damage Tips You Might Not Know About

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Most people never experience a fire, and that’s a good thing. But if you do, there is a lot to think about, and we are sharing some tips with you today to help you in the event of fire damages to your home or business.

After any fire situation, your focus should be on safety first:

  • Make sure any activities you do are safe to perform.
  • Keep in mind that wet material is very heavy, so limit lifting to anything you can do safely within your own ability.
  • Make sure it’s safe to stay in the house or building affected. If not, evacuate.
  • Avoid electrical hazards, and be aware of slip and fall dangers as well.

While you are waiting for the fire department and emergency personnel, you will want to:

  • Limit movement around the space to prevent soot particles from becoming embedded in upholstery and carpeting.
  • Place clean towels and old linens on rugs, furniture, and traffic areas that are carpeted.
  • Protect chrome by applying a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash the leaves of houseplants on both sides.
  • Change any HVAC filters.
  • Empty freezer and fridge and prop doors open if the electricity has been turned off.

Things you will want to keep in mind that you may not have known:

  • Contact your cleaning professional before attempting to clean walls or painted surfaces, or shampooing any carpeting or upholstery.
  • Don’t clean any electrical appliances that may have been affected by heat or water without contacting an authorized repair service.
  • Canned or packaged foods or beverages will not be fit for consumption if they were stored near the fire, heat or water; they will need to be thrown away.
  • The wiring in ceiling fixtures may have been damaged, so don’t turn any of these items on until they have been inspected by a professional.
  • Sending clothing to an ordinary dry cleaner can set the smoke odor if the company is not prepared to handle fire and smoke damage properly.

Here at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville, and Douglas we’re dedicated to keeping you and your property safe, and to assist in the event of damages from water and fire both large and small. Call us today at (912) 285-0724

Fire Extinguisher Safety Tips

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

Fire extinguishers are a valuable tool in the fight against smaller fires in your workplace or at home. They can also be used to protect evacuation routes in the event of a larger fire when emergency personnel have to be brought in. According to OSHA, the most common emergency occurrence that small businesses should plan for is fire. We are sharing tips here that will help in the event of a fire.

OSHA requires employers to train workers thoroughly on how to use a fire extinguisher correctly and to accurately assess the situation if a fire is to occur, properly determining when evacuation is the safest course of action. The organization has established annual training for employees as a minimal requirement for all places of business.

The PASS training technique can be used, and is outlined here:

  • P: Pull the pin on the extinguisher.
  • A: Aim the nozzle of the hose at the base of the fire.
  • S: Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent.
  • S: Sweep the nozzle from side to side, directed at the base of the flames, until the fire is extinguished.

Once an employee knows how to properly operate a fire extinguisher, they should then also be trained to follow fire safety protocol. An employee should know how to:

  • Locate and activate the fire alarm.
  • Call the fire department and emergency responders immediately.
  • Determine a safe evacuation route that will direct people away from flames, excessive heat, and smoke. They should know how to keep the route from becoming blocked, as well.
  • Use the PASS technique for discharging a fire extinguisher, and know to back away from the area if the fire flares up again.
  • Evacuate the area immediately if the fire is still going and the extinguisher is empty, or if the fire grows beyond what can be safely handled without fire department personnel.

Fire extinguishers are made to handle small fires only. If a fire grows too large or the environment becomes too dangerous, employees should know when and how to evacuate. Excessive smoke and heat, impaired evacuation routes, and poor visibility are all conditions that can arise quickly, and employees need to be trained in safety first and foremost.

SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas is here to help in the event of cleanup after fire. We also handle water damages and mold remediation. Call us today at (912) 285-0724, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas

The First Steps in Dealing with Fire Damage

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

A fire in your home or business can be devastating. Your buildings and items of value may have been lost or badly damaged by the flames, heat, smoke or water. Firefighters may have found it necessary to cut holes in walls to look for hidden flames or in the roof to let out heat and smoke. The clean up after a fire will take a lot of time, patience, and preparation. Below, we are sharing the first steps you will need to take after a fire:

  • Insurance Company. You will need to contact your insurance agent before any fire damage is repaired or clean-up is begun. Be prepared with information on what is covered, what needs to be repaired or replaced, and how to find reputable companies that can take care of repairs to your property for you during this time.
  • Important documents. You will want to take steps to find and retrieve all important documents, and replace those that have been lost or irretrievably damaged, such as birth and death records, social security cards, mortgage and banking information and records, wills, stocks, and bonds.
  • Soot Particles. Try to limit movement about the home to prevent soot particles from becoming embedded in the upholstery of your furniture and carpeting. You can place towels or old linens on your rugs, upholstered furniture, and foot traffic areas to help alleviate this type of damage.  
  • Equipment and Appliances. Changing your HVAC filters after a fire is a good idea, and if the power is out, empty your freezer and fridge and prop the doors open to get rid of smoke. Check wiring for ceiling fans before turning them on as the wiring could have been damaged during the fire.
  • Fire Damage Specialists. You don’t want to wash any walls or painted surfaces, or clean carpets, etc. without contacting a fire damage specialist. Walls and other surfaces need to be properly cleaned by a professional before any repair is done.

Here at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas, we are ready to help you in the event of fire damage to your  home or business. We are also experienced in the areas of water damage and mold prevention and remediation. Visit our website: SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas or contact us by phone at (912) 285-0724.

Smoke Detector Maintenance

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke detectors are the silent watchmen in any home or business. We never think of them until disaster strikes. Make it a priority to maintain your smoke detectors on a regular basis so that while you are going about your daily routine they are ready to alert you and your loved ones to danger.

  • Every bedroom and sleeping area on every level of your home needs a smoke detector. Even the attic and basement.
  • Make sure that every unit is securely fastened to its surface, whether it is a wall or a ceiling.
  • When it comes to the workplace, ensure that they are installed in all areas where people spend time, from the bathroom to the warehouse. Customer waiting areas and public restrooms need to be outfitted, as well.
  • Make sure you know how old your alarms are and test them monthly. Use the test button for this and make sure everyone in your home or business knows what they sound like so that reaction times will be quick in the event of a fire.
  • Keep them clean and free of greasy build-up and dust, which could affect their performance. You can use a hand-held vacuum for this task. Place this activity on your workplace cleaning schedule to ensure that it is completed on a regular basis.
  • Are they hard-wired or wireless? When is the last time you replaced the batteries?
  • Are your alarms interconnected? They should all go off at the same time in the event of a fire, so contact a professional to have this taken care of.
  • Replace all smoke detectors, including those that use 10-year batteries and hard-wired alarms before they turn 10 years old, or sooner if they don’t respond correctly when tested.
  • Save and follow manufacturer’s instructions for testing and maintenance of your units.
  • Your units should be marked by a certified inspection entity.

Here at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas, we have your safety in mind. Call us at (912) 285-0724 for all your large-scale cleanup projects; we are experts at handling water and fire damage, and mold remediation is one of our specialties! Visit our website: SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas.

Cleaning Up After Smoke Damage

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

When your home or business is affected by a fire, you usually don’t think about the aftermath of the damage right away. There will be all the insurance concerns, and calculating what needs to be replaced, but eventually, you will notice that lingering smell.

Here are some tips on getting rid of the smell and damage from smoke:

  • Let fresh air circulate through the building. Close all the windows and doors except one and place a fan in a central location. The one open window will act like an exhaust, forcing the pressure of the air blown by the fan to push out any lingering smoke.
  • Remove linens. Pillows and drapes, etc. need to be washed completely as soon as possible to remove any residue. Plastic blinds will need to be wiped down by hand.
  • Wash all solid surfaces. Tables, chairs, baseboards, shelving and tile all need to be sprayed down and scrubbed well to remove smoke residue. One recommendation is to use a teaspoon of dish soap per gallon of water and a quarter of a cup of white vinegar to take care of any odors.
  • Vacuum carpeted areas. Using a vacuum that holds a high-efficiency filter, vacuum all carpeting in the affected areas. This type of filter will ensure that particles don’t blow back into the air. Cleaning the furniture at this time will be a good idea.
  • Wash all windows and screening. Make sure the smaller items are attended to, such as windows, light fixtures, screening, etc.
  • Scrub and mop surface flooring. Cleaning your hard-surfaced floors will need to be done to remove all particles and residue. Keep your mop rinsed so that those particles aren’t just being circulated back through the water used.

Here at SERVPRO of Waycross/ Hinesville & Douglas, we are experienced in cleanup after fire and water damage. Call us today at (912) 266 8375, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Waycross/ Hinesville & Douglas

How to Handle a Kitchen Fire

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

A kitchen fire can happen in an instant, with no warning. If that happens, you will need to act fast to keep the fire from getting out of control. Take stock of what kind of fire you have and where it is. Here are a few tips on what to do:

  • If it’s a fire in the oven, close the door immediately and turn off the oven. Leave the door closed! Lack of oxygen will suffocate the flames.
  • If the oven continues to smoke and you think the fire may have continued, call the fire department right away.
  • When it is a fire in a cooking pan or pot, use your oven mitt to put the lid on right away, and move it off the burner. Turn off the stove and wait for the lack of oxygen to stop the flames inside your pot.
  • If you are not able to safely put the lid on the flaming pan, or if there is no lid readily available, use your fire extinguisher. Always aim at the base of the fire, not the flames themselves.
  • Never use water to put out a grease fire! Water repels grease and can spread the fire by splattering the grease. Try one of these methods instead:
    • If the fire is small, put on the lid and turn off the burner.
    • Throw lots of baking soda on it. Do not use flour; it can explode or make the fire even worse.
    • Smother the fire with a wet towel or other large, wet cloth.
    • Use a fire extinguisher.
    • Swatting the fire with a towel, apron, or other material is likely to fan the flames and spread the fire.
    • If the fire is spreading and you don’t have control, get every person and pet out of the house and call 911!

For cleanup after any type of fire, the SERVPRO team of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas is always ready to help. Call us at (912) 307 3552, or visit our website at SERVPRO of Waycross, Hinesville & Douglas

Stay safe!

Cleaning Up After a Kitchen Fire

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Kitchen fires can be scary situations. Don't tackle the cleanup alone Waycross!

With one small mishap, cooking in your kitchen can lead to disaster, and all fire safety measures can go out the window. A small bit of grease can escape a pan somewhere, and a fire can ignite into something devastating. Soot and ash now cover everything, and your kitchen has fire damage as well as material burns. Cleaning will no doubt become a hassle, but where to begin? SERVPRO of Waycross / Hinesville / Douglas has some tips for you on how to clean after a kitchen fire, especially if there is some serious fire damage.

Put on Protective Gear

After the fire has been contained, soot residue will no doubt cover everything in the kitchen. This greasy film is made of carbon-based particles that can be harmful, especially for the lungs and the eyes. Make sure to wear protective gear, such as rubber gloves, goggles, and a face mask when cleaning the kitchen.

Open Windows

While cleaning, it's important to open windows and doors to help ventilate the kitchen. By creating strong currents, you can push out the bad air, and let fresh air come in while you are cleaning. Avoid running the AC after the kitchen fire, as the contaminated air can circulate throughout the house and cause more problems.

Have Patience When Cleaning

One of the biggest problems with soot is that it is difficult to remove from surfaces. Don’t expect the greasy film to be removed after one cleaning, as it will take multiple attempts to get affected areas back to normal. A good tip is to clean an area, let it dry, then come back and repeat the process until the surface is back to semi-normal.

Odor Removal

A burning smell will stink up the house after a kitchen fire, creating an unpleasant atmosphere in your home. Use air fresheners, candles, coffee containers and more to help mitigate the smell. The sooner the smell can dissipate, the easier your job will be cleaning the kitchen without having to dodge the smell by holding your breath.

Fire Safety is Important

We here at SERVPRO believe that fire safety is of utmost importance. A fire can break out at any time, causing serious damage to any environment. Do all you can to take preventive measures against fire hazards. If one does break out in your kitchen, follow these tips for an easier time managing the damage.

The Dangers of Grease Fires

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

A grease fire is incredibly dangerous!

To most people, a home is a place of safety, comfort, and refuge. That being said, houses can be swiftly transformed from places of safety into places of great danger by uncontrolled fires.

Uncontrolled fires can start in many ways and have many causes, but one of the most dangerous varieties of fires are grease fires. Grease fires can start and spread very quickly, and are difficult to put out without the proper fire-fighting equipment. Because of the great damage grease fires can cause, you must stay well-informed about the danger. This goes for the homeowner, apartment dweller, or the owner of a restaurant. It also pays to be aware of effective ways to prevent or stop these fires if the worst happens.

What Characterizes Grease Fires?

As their names suggest, grease fires are usually caused by built-up grease and oil around stoves, ovens, and other types of cooking apparatus. Grease fires are so common that the National Fire Protection Association states that cooking fires are one of the top causes of residential and commercial fires as well as fire-related injuries. In the cooking fire category, grease-related frying fires take the top spot. Thus, it is easy to see that fire damage prevention efforts can be made more effective by raising consumer awareness and educating people about fire safety.

What Makes Grease Fires so Dangerous?

Grease fires are dangerous for many reasons, but two of the biggest ones include the difficulty in putting them out and the high temperatures associated with them. These kinds of fires spread quite easily, and are well-known to quickly cause significant damage to structures.

What are Some Effective Ways to Mitigate Grease Fire Damages?

Fire can cause especially severe damages to structures due to the fire itself and the water and chemicals that are necessary to fight the fire. Fire damages can be very difficult to repair without the proper equipment, skills, and experience.

The good news is, your local disaster mitigation experts at SERVPRO of Waycross / Hinesville / Douglas stand ready to put their specialized skills to work to on your behalf. We offer 24-hour emergency disaster relief services, trained and experienced technicians, and state of the art restoration technology. Contact us today and get your home or business back up and running in no time.

Bonfire Safety Tips

9/16/2017 (Permalink)

Bonfires are great, but stay safe!

Thinking of summer might have you reminiscing about swimming pools, barbecues, and bonfires when the sun sets with family. Bonfires are great for storytelling and relaxing with friends and family, but there are safety precautions to take when having a bonfire to keep everyone safe. Without proper fire safety precautions, accidents can happen and cause your fun evening to turn into a disaster.

Location

The place where you start the fire is crucial. Ensure that you’re at least 25 feet away from buildings, structures or other burnable items. Safety begins with fire prevention. Light the bonfire in a clear, contained area without hanging trees or branches. Cut them down if they’re present to eliminate the risk of them catching fire and turning a small campfire into a devastation.

Monitoring

Never leave a bonfire unmonitored, even for a few minutes. It only takes a couple minutes for a fire to get out of control to the point where you need to call for help. Always have someone watching it until it has gone out completely. Avoid starting a fire if conditions are dry or if it’s excessively windy. Stay at a safe distance away from the flames.

Burnable Items

Only burn dry wood intended for burning. Don’t put plastic, garbage or flammable things such as gasoline on the fire. The fumes aren’t safe to breathe in and can present a larger risk if something, such as an aerosol can, explodes with people in close proximity. If you do need assistance to get the flame going, you can use charcoal or lighter fluid, but keep it away from the fire after it gets going to prevent the container from igniting.

Extinguishing

Always put the fire out at the end of the night. Don’t leave it, even if it’s small and appears that it is going to go out on its own. Pour water, sand or dirt directly on the fire to put it out. Use a metal shovel to turn the coals and add more water if necessary. Don’t leave the bonfire until the pit stops smoking completely.


Bonfires are fun to have and allow individuals to interact and relax but need to be carefully monitored. Practice proper fire safety measures to ensure everyone has fun without commotion, but if the need arises, seek the professional restoration services offered by us at SERVPRO of Waycross / Hinesville / Douglas.