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 Victoria is dedicated to helping you.  If you face any winter storm damages, give our team a call (361) 573-6000 and we’ll be there to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Candle Safety Tips

1/8/2019 (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 Victoria is here to help!

Kitchen Fire Safety in Victoria

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Victoria is beginning to look forward to the holiday season, as many people begin to celebrate with friends and family.  During this time, most people may find themselves in the kitchen building gingerbread houses, baking cookies, and many extra holiday festivities.  However, the kitchen is the source of many fire hazards because it's where heat, electricity, water, and grease are all come together.  The most common type of fire is the grease fire.  A grease fire is extremely dangerous as it can get out of control quickly and spread from the stove throughout the kitchen and into other rooms of the house.

Common Causes of Kitchen Fires

  • Too high temperature in the fryer
  • Vegetable, more flammable, oils
  • Old, more flammable oil, in the deep fryer
  • Fat deposits in the flue and ventilation ducts
  • Misalignment sprinklers due to equipment moved around
  • Clogged melting links of the sprinklers leading to impaired function

Other types of kitchen fires include oven fire or the microwave.  When a fire starts, keep the door closed and turn off the oven.   The lack of oxygen will suffocate the flames. If it continues to smoke like a fire use a fire extinguisher or call the fire department.

At SERVPRO of Victoria, we are available 24 hours and 7 days a week.  Give us a call at (361) 573-6000.  

Fire Extinguisher and Classes of Fires

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that if you encounter a fire with the wrong type of fire extinguisher you could make the fire worse? For example, use an extinguisher that contains only water on a flammable liquid fire and you’ll spread the fire and put yourself in further danger.  However, the fires are divided into five classes and fire extinguishers are specifically made to take out one or more of the fire classes. Below is a list of fire classes and the extinguishers that put them out.  Each fire extinguisher has labels designated for the type of fire to use the extinguisher on.  Double check the extinguisher you’re about to use to make sure it’s designed to fight the type of fire. If you are unclear how to deal with the fire it is best to be safe and evacuate.  

Class of Fire: A (A in a green triangle)
Fires of ordinary combustibles like wood, paper, cardboard, most plastics, and cloth
Extinguishers to Use: Water, Foam Spray, ABC Powder, or Wet Chemical

Class of Fire: B (B in a red square)    
Fires of flammable liquids like petroleum, kerosene, grease, and others (but not alcohol or cooking oil)
Extinguishers to Use: Foam Spray, ABC Powder, or Carbon Dioxide

Class of Fire: C (C in a blue circle)    
Fires of energized electrical equipment such as appliances, wiring, circuit breakers and outlets
Extinguisher to Use: ABC Powder

Class of Fire: D (D in a yellow star)    
Fires of combustible metals like magnesium, titanium, sodium (often found in chemical laboratories).
Extinguishers to Use: ABC Powder or Carbon Dioxide

Class of Fire: K (K in a black hexagon)    
Fires of cooking oils, trans fats (often used in restaurants).
Extinguisher to Use: Wet Chemical

Cooking Safety

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Thanksgiving is only a few days away and most of America is beginning to prepare for one of the most important meals of the year!  Typically, one of the most common dishes found on a Thanksgiving table is a turkey. But did you know that there can be some dangers with preparing a turkey at 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 since some safety per cations were not being considered.  SERVPRO of Victoria has provided you with 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 are designed for high heat. 
  • Follow the manufacturer's recommendation for the amount of oil to add.  Do not overfill the fryer.
  • Be prepared - consider purchasing a fire extinguisher for safety precautions. 

Fire Prevention Week 2018

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

This year's Fire Prevention Week (FPW) campaign, "Look. Listen.  Learn.  Be aware.  Fire can happen anywhere," works to educate people about three basic but essential steps to take to reduce the likelihood of having a fire -- and how to escape safely in the event of one.   

  • LOOK for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them. 
  • LISTEN for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could only have minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet. 
  • LEARN two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.
The purpose of Fire Prevention Week is to bring awareness to the risk of death in case of a fire and provide educational resources to everyone in order to keep safe.  For more information or facts about fire, click here

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

If you or anyone you know experiences fire damage, give SERVPRO of Victoria a call.  Our highly trained technicians are certified and has years of experience.  We are always here to help!

Baking Safety in December

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

Thanksgiving may be over but it’s the most wonderful time of year and the festivities around the kitchen are still in full gear.  As the holiday season continues, many may find themselves baking up a batch of Christmas cookies to spread some Christmas cheer!  But if not careful, kitchen fires may occur and that’s the last thing anyone wants during the happiest season of all.  So to prevent house fires to occur while cooking, follow some of these safety tips:

Stay in the kitchen while cooking or baking; fires occur because food is left unattended

Keep cooking space clear

Do not wear lose article of clothing while cooking

Make sure smoke alarms are installed, connected and working.  Smoke alarms are here to help.

Unplug appliances that are not currently being used; this not only saves energy BUT it also prevents potential fires

Keep a fire extinguisher around in case of an emergency.

Christmas Tree Safety

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

The holiday season is upon us; 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 safer holiday season.  Over the years, fires have been responsible for property damage.  Most resulted from electrical malfunctions from Christmas trees such as faulty wiring, plugs, or even being 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 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 Victoria.  If you experience any type of fire damage do not hesitate to call our team (361) 573-6000.  Our team is here to help you when disaster strikes.    

Thanksgiving Day Safety in Victoria, Texas

12/4/2017 (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 Victoria 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 Victoria wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

Firework Safety

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

The summer heat is setting in and July 4th is upon us.  As Independence Day approaches, people are preparing for the entertainment and celebration.  Communities fill their towns with red, white and blue decorations. Parades occupy the streets and the night skies are filled with glittery, sparkling fireworks!  While fireworks are the most iconic ways to celebrate the Fourth of July, they can cause quite a bit of damage if not used carefully.  Fireworks have been responsible  for many injuries and fires.   Enjoy the use of fireworks around the holidays by being responsible.  If you are planning to use fireworks to celebrate your holiday festivities, first, be sure to check if fireworks are legal around your area. Safety first; follow the following tips if you plan to use fireworks to celebrate:

  • Use fireworks outdoor only
  • Ensure local weather conditions permits the use of fireworks
  • Obey local laws regarding the use of fireworks
  • Read the directions and warning labels on fireworks before using them
  • Be aware of your surroundings, including powerlines and trees
  • Always have a bucket of water, hose and/or extinguisher nearby. 
  • Never aim fireworks towards people, animals, or objects
  • Alcohol and fireworks do NOT mix

 For more firework safety tips visit www.fireworkssafety.com.  SERVPRO of Victoria is wishing you a happy a safe holiday.  If disaster strikes give us a call at (361) 573-6000

Smoke and Soot Clean Up

2/7/2017 (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 Victoria 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?
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