Recent Fire Damage Posts

Winter Fires

1/12/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know that the most common time for a house fire is 5 P.M. to 8 P.M.? Each year over 900 people die in house fires. That number is staggering. The number one cause of winter house fires is cooking fires, while the second cause is from heating sources. 

We at SERVPRO of Rochester want to help you not be one of these statistics that has a home fire. Here are some helpful tips: 

1. If you have a fireplace or wood stove, keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from the area. It's recommended that you don't burn paper, wrapping paper or newspapers.  Most importantly, have your fireplace or stove inspected each year. 

2. If you use a portable heater, make sure it has an automatic shut off. Place the heater at least 3 feet away from curtains, drapes, bedding and clothing. 

Fire Prevention Tips for the Upcoming Holidays

11/24/2019 (Permalink)

We at SERVPRO of Rochester LOVE the holiday times!! For us, this is a time of gratitude for all we have, time for family and moments to remind us how important life truly is!

With that said, we wish you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving and Christmas and offer some tips to keep you safe. These tips come from The National Safety Council website.

Decorating Tips:

1. Use flame less candles. If you must use real flame, keep out of reach of children. 

2. Make sure to extinguish candles before leaving your home or to go to sleep. 

3. If you have an artificial tree, make sure it's labeled "fire resistant". 

4. If you have a live tree, make sure to water it each day. When the holiday is over, dispose of it right away. 

5. Replace lights and light sets that have broken or frayed cords.

6. Read the package directions on how many sets you can plug in to each other. 

Lastly, keep a fire extinguisher accessible in your home in case you do have a fire start. 

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season.

4th of July Celebrations Safety Tips

6/30/2019 (Permalink)

With the Fourth of July just a few days away, we at SERVPRO of Rochester want to help you stay safe from injury and fires.

A few safety tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission about injury and fires around the Fourth of July celebrations.

*Keep a water hose nearby in case grass or your home catch fire from fireworks.

*After the fireworks have completed burning, spray them off and then put in a bucket of water.

*Keep sparklers and fireworks away from your body and other people.

*Sparklers are pretty and fun, but they burn at almost 2000 degrees, as hot as a blow torch.

*Never touch or look at a "dud" firework. Leave it alone. Spray water on it and dispose.

*Never put used fireworks in a plastic garbage bin or recycling container. It may catch fire even if it feels cool to the touch.

*Do NOT relight a firework that has not fully ignited. 

*Children should always be supervised by an adult. 

Bonfire Fun!

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

We at SERVPRO of Rochester have a few tips as we move into the summer grilling and bonfire season. 

Bonfire tips:

1. Keep a hose or bucket of water nearby so that if an ember or spark gets outside the firepit that you are able to put it out.

2. NEVER leave a bonfire unattended.

3. Make sure everyone stays at least 3 feet away from the fire. 

4. When you are done with the bonfire, make sure the entire fire is put out.  Use water to spray the area down. 

5. Make sure to walk around the yard before going inside for the night. Check for any sparks or embers. 

Fun times can turn quickly into a catastrophe. We hope you have a fun and safe time having bonfires this summer.  As always, we at SERVPRO of Rochester are here to help you in the event you have a fire or water damage.

Don't Let Your Christmas Tree Dry Out

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

Christmas Tree

At SERVPRO of Rochester, MN we want to remind you of a few safety tips as Christmas nears.  

The likelihood of a household fire increases dramatically in December and early January.  The National Fire Protection Association recommends that you follow these steps to decrease your chance of a fire.

*Check the Christmas lights before hanging.  Make sure that the bulbs are not broken and cords are not frayed. 

*Keep the Christmas tree at least 3 feet away from any heat source.

*Make sure to check the tree water each day and water. 

*Before going to bed at night or leaving home, unplug the Christmas lights. 

*Once the Christmas tree is dried or you have removed all the lights and ornaments, recycle at Waste to Energy lot.  They will shred the tree to be used later as landscape mulch. 

If you do have any water, smoke, fire needs during the Christmas season, SERVPRO of Rochester is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!  Call 507-286-9170!

Merry Christmas!

Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

Thanksgiving is less than 48 hours away.  Soon kitchens will be bustling with food galore, drinks, laughter and gathering of family and friends. We, at SERVPRO of Rochester, want to give you a few tips to keep your kitchen safe this Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is the #1 day that fires start in kitchens. 

There are a few simple steps you can do to avoid the likelihood of having a kitchen fire.

Kitchen

1. Clean the oven and stove top from any crumbs or debris. Remove any grease build-up.

2.  Keep all pan & pot handles turned inward. 

3. Stay in the kitchen while food is cooking, particularly on the stove top.

4. Make sure the batteries in smoke alarms are working.

5. If you have a fire in your oven keep the door closed.

Turkey deep fryers

1. If using a turkey deep fryer, use it outdoors.

2. Use the correct oil that the manufacture recommends. 

3. Thaw the turkey completely.

4. Don't overfill the oil. 

5. Keep children away. 

From our family at SERVPRO of Rochester, we wish you and your family a blessed and safe Thanksgiving.