Recent Fire Damage Posts

Do you know the fire hazards in your home?

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Do you know the fire hazards in your home? Know the fire hazard risks in your home.

The possibility of seeing your home damaged by fire is never a pleasant thought, but unfortunately, it’s a harsh reality for thousands of Americans.

One way you can help protect your home is by understanding common fire hazards and knowing how to identify them and lesser-known hazards.

Here are just a few:

  • Cooking may be the leading cause of home fires, but smoking inside is the leading cause of home fire deaths. And most of those fires start in bedrooms and living rooms due to excess flammable materials
  • Watch your candles! When you’re burning a candle, be sure it’s kept at least one foot away from flammable materials; use a sturdy holder; never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home; and always blow out all candles before bed.
  • Dust bunnies can pose a fire risk when collecting near electrical sockets and floor heaters. Sweeping or vacuuming in especially hard-to-reach areas like behind the entertainment system can help prevent buildup.
  • Loose outlets in your home can cause movement and loosen the wires connected to the outlet, creating dangerous arching.

Fire and smoke damage can be devastating to homes, and in many circumstances, can be accompanied by water damage from firefighting efforts. If your home is damaged by fire or smoke, SERVPRO® of Greater Northern Charleston is here to help restore your home to pre-fire condition.

We are available 24/7 at 843.552.1226 or you can use our Contact Us page on the web. 

Heat your home safely.

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Heat your home safely. Portable heating devices are a leading cause of house fires.

Each year fire claims the lives of 3,500 Americans, injures 18,300, and causes billions of dollars worth of damage. Our winters in Charleston, SC may be mild in comparison to other parts of the country, but this often results in the use of portable heat sources more often.  Space heaters in the office and outdoor heaters on our patios, offer just enough warmth to be comfortable and cost effective. 

Here are a few tips to avoid a fire:

  • All heating equipment needs space.
  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away.
  • Supervise children whenever a wood stove or space heater is being used.
  • Have a three-foot "kid-free" zone around open fires and space heaters.
  • Always unplug your electric space heater when not in use.
  • Never burn trash, paper or green wood in your fireplace.
  • Make sure all smoke alarms are functioning.

To find out how SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston responds to a fire damage, visit the Fire Restoration page on our website.  Feel free to contact us at anytime if you are affected by a fire or smoke damage in your home or business.  

24/7 - 843.552.1226 or Contact Us via our website.

For more information on Home Heating Safety from FEMA, visit http://www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/heating/.

Do you know the fire hazards in your home?

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Do you know the fire hazards in your home? All homes have fire hazards. Do you know yours?

The possibility of seeing your home damaged by fire is never a pleasant thought, but unfortunately, it’s a harsh reality for thousands of Americans.

One way you can help protect your home is by understanding common fire hazards and knowing how to identify them and lesser-known hazards.

Home fires caused by smoking are often fatal.

Cooking may be the leading cause of home fires, but smoking inside is the leading cause of home fire deaths. In 2014, an estimated 17,200 home structure fires were reported due to smoking habits, and included 570 deaths, 1,140 injuries per the Coalition for Fire-Safe Cigarettes

Fire-safe cigarettes are the best option, and deep, sturdy ashtrays should be used. Also, remember to put all cigarette butts and ashes in water or sand prior to throwing them out. 

Keep an eye on candles.

When you’re burning a candle, be sure it’s kept at least one foot away from anything that could catch on fire and is in a sturdy holder that won’t easily tip over. Never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home, and always blow out all candles before leaving a room or going to sleep.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, during a five-year period from 2011 to 2015, fire departments in the United States responded to an estimated 8,700 home structure fires a year that were started by candles. In total, there were 82 deaths, 800 injuries and $295 million in direct property damage.

Watch for lesser-known fire hazards.

There are other lesser-known hazards that could be present in your home that could be causes of home structure fires.

Dust bunnies can pose a fire risk when collecting near electrical sockets and floor heaters. 

Also, look out for loose outlets in your home. The movement of these electrical outlets could loosen the wires connected to the outlet and create dangerous arcing.

Did you know that some kinds of glassware in your home could also be a fire risk? When sunlight passes through them, the concentrated ray may ignite flammable materials, which is why it’s smart to move glass accessories away from windows.

Fire and smoke damage can be devastating to homes, and in many circumstances, can be accompanied by water damage from firefighting efforts. If your home is damaged by fire or smoke, SERVPRO® of Greater Northern Charleston is here to help restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Contact us 24/7 at 843.552.1226 or on our Contact Us page on the web. We are always here to help!

Leading Cause of Home Fires? Your Kitchen!

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Leading Cause of Home Fires?  Your Kitchen! Kitchen fires are the leading cause of house fires!

House fires, no matter how or why they start, are frightening at best and can easily become deadly. What you may not know is exactly how preventable so many kitchen fires can be. Cooking equipment is at the top of the list for causing kitchen fires; and what is on the top of the list of reasons why? Pot and pans being left unattended. Food drying out and catching fire and, more notably, oils left on the stove exceeding their smoking point. Statistically fires that begin with cooking equipment are the highest cause of personal injury and sadly, the 2nd leading cause of deaths in home fires.  Please take a few minutes to read up about preventing home fires on the National Fire Protection Association website

We also did a little digging for some information on what oils have the highest and lowest smoking points. Whether you cook often or typically just use your oven for extra storage, the more you know, the safer you will be. Check out this table of smoking points of your  favorite cooking oils from one of our favorite websites, The Spruce

As always, we at SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston hope you never have to face the aftermath of a fire damage in your home, but in the unfortunate event that it does happen, we are here to help.   We can be reached 24/7/365 days a year at (843) 552-1226, always with a knowledgeable manager answering the phone.  No answering service here!  We love taking care of you, Charleston... Feel free to call us anytime. 

Lights, Candles, Action!

12/16/2013 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Lights, Candles, Action! Seasonal traditions cause an average of 230 home fires each year.

The holidays bring with them brightly lighted decorations, elaborate meals and large gatherings are all part of traditional holiday celebrations. Unfortunately, these seasonal traditions also cause an average of 230 home fires each year, with an average of 4 deaths, 21 injuries and $17.3 million in property damage.

There are almost twice as many on Christmas Day as there are on non-holidays. Homeowners can help keep their homes and their families safe during the holiday season by understanding the dangers and taking some simple, commonsense precautions in the kitchen.  Here are a few facts to consider:

Holiday Cooking Fire Facts

·         Thanksgiving Day has three times the average number of reported home structure fires involving cooking equipment.

·         The two other peak days for cooking-related fires are Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.

Holiday Cooking Safety Tips

·      Supervise items on the stovetop. Fifty-eight percent of kitchen fires involve ranges; homes with electric cooktops have a higher risk of fire than homes with gas cooktops.

·      Keep flammable items – potholders, packaging, wrapping, wooden utensils, loose clothing – away from the stovetop.

·      Don’t let lack of sleep or alcohol consumption affect your ability to concentrate on preparing the meal.

We hope these tips will be a reminder to families in North Charleston and surrounding Charleston communities to make fire prevention a priority in preparing for the holidays.   The aftermath and clean up after a house fire would certainly be an unwanted interruption to time celebrating with family and friends!   

For more fire prevention tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, contact SERVPRO® of Greater Northern Charleston at (843) 747-8750, 24/7.  

Heat Your Home Safely

12/11/2013 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Heat Your Home Safely Portable heating devices are a leading cause of house fires.

Each year fire claims the lives of 3,500 Americans, injures 18,300, and causes billions of dollars worth of damage. Our winters in Charleston, SC may be mild in comparison to other parts of the country, but this often results in the use of portable heat sources more often.  Space heaters in the office and outdoor heaters on our patios, offer just enough warmth to be comfortable and cost effective. 

Here are a few tips to avoid a fire:

  • All heating equipment needs space.
  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away.
  • Supervise children whenever a wood stove or space heater is being used.
  • Have a three-foot "kid-free" zone around open fires and space heaters.
  • Always unplug your electric space heater when not in use.
  • Never burn trash, paper or green wood in your fireplace.
  • Make sure all smoke alarms are functioning.

To find out how SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston responds to a fire damage, visit the Fire Restoration page on our website.  Feel free to contact us at anytime if you are affected by a fire or smoke damage in your home or business.  

24/7 - 843.552.1226 or Contact Us via our website.

For more information on Home Heating Safety from FEMA, visit http://www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/heating/.

Smoke Can Be Surprising!

11/5/2013 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke Can Be Surprising! Even a small fire can produce devastating smoke damage.

The complexity of property loss or destruction due to fire damage is due to the unique behavior of smoke. Smoke can penetrate within cavities of the structure, causing hidden damage and odor.

Some things you may not know about smoke:



  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.

  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, using holes around pipes to go from floor to floor.

  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the fire damage restoration process.

  • There are at least many types of soot and residues left behind by smoke:  Wet, Dry, Protein, Fuel Oil and others.


Having a SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston Professional inspect and pretest your home after fire damage prior to beginning the cleaning process saves time and can prevent the loss of important items or keepsakes.

For more detail on the behavior of smoke, the risk of hidden damage and how we at SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston can help, visit our Fire Damage and Restoration page and feel free to contact us, 24/7 at (843)-747-8750 or via our Contact Us form.

THIS WEEK! Fire Prevention Week

10/4/2013 (Permalink)

Fire Damage THIS WEEK!  Fire Prevention Week Sparky and the NFPA bringing you National Fire Prevention Week, 2013.

With over 90 years of history, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running national health and public safely observance.  What started as a commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire 1871, has become a week dedicated to educating and preventing fires and the injury, death and destruction they produce.  

President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the first Fire Prevention Week in 1925. As part of his proclamation that day, he cited that fires the previous year were responsible for the loss of 15,000 lives and over 500 million dollars in damages.  His determined response remains the focus of the National Fire Prevention Association as they sponsor this important week each year. 


“This vast waste is incurred under conditions which cannot fail to arouse a sense of horror and shame, for our experience indicates a major portion of it is preventable. “

The number of deaths due to fire has been drastically reduced over the past 9 decades; however, the number of unnecessary deaths is still staggering.  In the United States, an average of 7 people, per day, die in-home fires.  Many of which could have been prevented. 

As we provide information and tips to you this week, we hope that you will take a little time to inspect your home and office for potential fire hazards.  Most are very easy and inexpensive to correct.

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Have a safe and happy week! 

Sources for this blog and more information on Fire Safety:  National Fire Prevention Association:  http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/fire-prevention-week;  Fire Files Digital Library:  http://fire.omeka.net/items/show/596