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Mold Management - A "Typical" Mold Removal Process

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

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MOLD Management 

When there's a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Dane County West has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is different, requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a "typical" mold removal process.

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The mold cleanup and restoration process begin when you call SERVPRO. A representative will ask a series of questions to determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.

Inspection and Damage Assessment

Your property will be carefully inspected for mold signs using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view.

Here at SERVPRO of Dane County West, we highly recommend that our customers engage Industrial Hygienists/Environmentalists to detect exactly where microbial growth may be found in their homes. This is a partnership we strongly recommend and is mutually beneficial for our customers.

Industrial Hygienists/Environmentalists are specialists who tend to approach indoor mold conditions primarily from a scientific perspective. They are trained to take air samples and surface samples of visually apparent mold and develop a protocol for the remediation process.

Once a customer has a sample analysis completed, SERVPRO of Dane County West completes the detected mold's remediation. 

Mold Containment

Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.

Air Filtration

Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. SERVPRO technicians utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent these mold spores' spread while the mold remediation is in progress.

Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. Anti-fungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.

Cleaning Contents and Belongings

SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals clean restorable items affected by mold. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. They are also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

Restoration

Depending on the mold damage level, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet. It may entail major repairs such as reconstructing various areas or rooms in a home or business.

SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals are available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, to help you regain control quickly. We work with your insurance. SERVPRO of Dane County West is proud to serve the West Dane County, Madison, WI area. Equipped with the training, tools, and experience to quickly and efficiently mitigate water or fire damage and restore your home or business, SERVPRO of Dane County West will help make it "Like it never even happened.”®

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service.
  • IICRC Certified Firm.
  • A+ rating from the BBB (Better Business Bureau). 
  • Angie's List recommended with an A-rated reputation 
  • 5-Star Google and Facebook ratings.
  • We work with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork for a stress-free claims process.
  • General Contractor License #: 1317784

If You See Signs of Mold, 
Call SERVPRO of Dane County West  Today – (608) 497-3331

Mold Remediation and Restoration

We are Here To Help® Restore Your Property After Fire Damage

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

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The first 48 hours after fire damage make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings. A backdraft of emotions often sweeps over the property owner after fire ravages a home. Fear, uncertainty, stress, and doubt about the property can overwhelm the owner long after the flames have been extinguished and the smoke has been cleared. 

After the first wave of heroes has rescued the property, let SERVPRO of Dane County West help you restore it. With the industry-approved training to employ rapid response, the utmost professionalism, cutting-edge technology, and open communication, we strive to restore not only your home or commercial property but your peace of mind, as well.  

SERVPRO of Dane County West understands the stress and worry of fire damage and can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems. We provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke, odor, and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration. These services help ensure your property, belongings, and memories are restored to their preloss condition when possible.

What You Can Do Until Help Arrives:

  • Limit movement in the property to prevent soot or particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery.
  • Coat chrome faucets, trim, and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.
  • Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces.
  • Do not shampoo the carpet or upholstery.
  • Do not clean any electrical equipment.
  • Do not send clothing to dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals are available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, to help you regain control quickly. We work with your insurance. SERVPRO of Dane County West is proud to serve the West Dane County, Madison, WI area. Equipped with the training, tools, and experience to quickly and efficiently mitigate water or fire damage and restore your home or business, SERVPRO of Dane County West will help make it "Like it never even happened.”®

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service.
  • IICRC Certified Firm.
  • A+ rating from the BBB (Better Business Bureau). 
  • Angie's List recommended with an A-rated reputation 
  • 5-Star Google and Facebook ratings.
  • We work with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork for a stress-free claims process.
  • General Contractor License #: 1317784

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call SERVPRO of Dane County West Today – (608) 497-3331

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BE READY in 2021 with a NO-COST Emergency READY Profile for your Business

1/2/2021 (Permalink)

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Now that 2020 is over, Resolve to BE READY in 2021 

No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can prepare for it. The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure you are “Ready for whatever happens” in 2021.

In the event of a fire or water emergency, the Emergency READY Profile (ERP) can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility.

The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations, and priority areas. The ERP also establishes SERVPRO of Dane County West as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to a national network of large-loss and storm-team resources. The ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save you time and money in the future. By downloading the free SERVPRO READY App, this information electronically stored and easily accessed using your mobile device, putting help at your fingertips.

Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a massive fire, or an area flood. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster. Don’t wait until disaster strikes-resolve to be READY. Call SERVPRO of Dane County West, #608-497-3331, to establish your Emergency READY Profile (ERP), and be “Ready for whatever happens” in 2021. 

Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP):

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise document containing only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Details shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information.

No Job Is Too Large

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are pre-qualified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. A Commercial Operations Manager is assigned to every large loss to ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. 

If winter weather strikes your business or home with water or fire damage, let us help strike back! Equipped with the training, tools, and experience to quickly and efficiently mitigate water or fire damage and restore your home or business, SERVPRO of Dane County West will help make it "Like it never even happened.”®

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service.
  • IICRC Certified Firm.
  • A+ rating from the BBB (Better Business Bureau).
  • Angie's List recommended with an A-rated reputation
  • 5-Star Google and Facebook rankings.
  • We work with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork for a stress-free claims process.
  • General Contractor License #: 1317784

Have Water, Storm, Flood, or Fire Damage?
Call SERVPRO of Dane County West Today 
(608) 497-3331

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Restore Versus Replace

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

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When disaster strikes, a flurry of emotions hit. Whether fire, smoke, or water damage, there is a long list of things to stay level-headed about when it comes to getting your home back to normal. After knowing that your family and pets are safe, concerns about property damage follow quickly after. Knowing how to get your home back to its preloss condition will come down to a single question: Will I need to restore or replace my belongings? But what is the difference?

Restore by definition; “to bring back to a previous condition or state.”

Replace by definition; “to supply or substitute an equivalent for”

Replacing is Not Always Necessary

SERVPRO® of Dane County West Professionals use specialized test equipment to determine damage. We utilize advanced drying techniques and monitor progress daily to ensure your property is completely dried and cleaned. Depending on the damage, we will always try to restore vs. replace. However, there are exceptions, such as harmful bacteria found in Cat3 water saturation or contaminated soot particles. There are adverse health effects associated with restoring contaminated items like these.

Mitigation Requires Quick Action 

The most obvious incentive to choose restoration over replacement is the speed at which the restoration process will be complete. If reconstruction is needed, the timeline for completion gets much longer. A restoration job without reconstruction is often the preferred choice for homeowners eager to get their homes back if the property is deemed restorable. 

The cost to restore damaged contents is a fraction of the cost to replace. Depending on the insurance company, they reserve the right to restore damaged contents instead of replacing them. Running up the cost of replacing contents can have a detrimental effect on your rates and coverage for many years to come. However, there are instances when items are deemed non-salvageable due to health and safety reasons. If you want to keep any non-salvageable items, you must discuss that with your insurance adjuster immediately.

Mitigation requires quick action. The faster a SERVPRO® of Dane County West Professional arrives on-site to perform drying and cleaning, the better the results – including lower claim costs. Lower Recovery Costs – The SERVPRO® System Helps Save Money emergency mitigation services help minimize additional property damages. 

SERVPRO of Dane County West is proud to serve the West Dane County, Madison, WI area. Equipped with the training, tools, and experience to quickly and efficiently mitigate water or fire damage and restore your home or business, SERVPRO of Dane County West will help make it "Like it never even happened.”®

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service.
  • IICRC Certified Firm.
  • A+ rating from the BBB (Better Business Bureau). 
  • Angie's List recommended with an A-rated reputation 
  • 5-Star Google and Facebook rankings.
  • We work with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork for a stress-free claims process.
  • General Contractor License #: 1317784

Have Water, Storm, Flood, or Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO of Dane County West Today (608) 497-3331

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Ice Dams - A Leading Culprit for Water Leaks During the Winter

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

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Winter Weather Worries - Ice Dams

A roof leaking water into your interior walls, ceilings, and floors is not a pretty picture. Ice dams are a leading culprit for water leaks during the winter season. They form when heated air melts roof snow above and behind the dammed up ice when the trapped water cannot safely flow or run off the roof. The ice-dam backflows under the roof's shingles and into interior areas. 

SERVPRO of Dane County West can help mitigate water damage caused by ice dams and help you get your structure back to preloss condition. 

Prevent Ice Dams from forming on your roof in the first place.

Consider these tried and true preventative measures:

  • Start by removing the offending culprit in the first place. Shovel or use a snow rake to remove the snow from your roof.
  • Make sure your attic and rafter space is adequately insulated. Insulation is the first line of defense consideration.
  • Make sure your attic and crawl spaces are well ventilated. The buildup of warm air in open areas above the layer of insulation is what causes snow on the roof to melt then freeze into ice dams in the first place.
  • Make sure exhaust fans, plumbing vents recessed ceiling fans, and anything penetrating through your roof are sealed and insulated.
  • Add properly installed heat tape to the lower few feet of the roof in areas where ice dams are likely to occur.
  • Recessed lighting in a ceiling such as in an attic, truss cavity, or soffits can create a tremendous amount of heat that rises and melts snow on the roof. Recessed lights are seldom insulated and sealed correctly.
  • Replacing heat-generating incandescent and halogen bulbs with compact fluorescent or LED bulbs is an easy way to reduce the amount of unwanted heat in your attic or truss cavities.
  • Try to keep vaulted ceilings cooler than the rest of the home, if possible.

When should I be concerned about water coming inside my structure?

  • Icicles forming on the edge of your roof are the most apparent indicator of ice dams and possible water invasion.
  • Be extra aware when ice accumulates higher than just the edge of the roof, over the gutters, or up onto the roof itself.
  • If ice forms underneath the soffits through the vents, on the wall, or under windows, water is invading your structure.

What do I do if I think I have water damage?

Call SERVPRO of Dane County West Today – (608) 497-3331

If winter weather strikes your business or home with water or fire damage, let us help strike back! Equipped with the training, tools, and experience to quickly and efficiently mitigate water or fire damage and restore your home or business, SERVPRO of Dane County West will help make it "Like it never even happened.”®

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service.
  • IICRC Certified Firm.
  • A+ rating from the BBB (Better Business Bureau).
  • Angie's List recommended with an A-rated reputation
  • 5-Star Google and Facebook rankings.
  • We work with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork for a stress-free claims process.
  • General Contractor License #: 1317784

Have Water, Storm, Flood, or Fire Damage?
Call SERVPRO of Dane County West Today 
(608) 497-3331

The Water Damage Restoration Process

Flood Cut - What is it, and when is it needed?

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

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When sewers back-up or storm damage leave your basement or property flooded and damaged with contaminated/category 3 water, SERVPRO of Dane County West can perform a flood cut to start the restoration process. A flood cut involves removing a minimum of at least 12 inches and sometimes up to four feet of drywall starting above where water damage ends. This procedure opens the structure to remove all contaminants and to be dried both internally and externally. Once the area is completely dried, we can repair the wall to its preloss condition.

Restoration Professionals recommend flood cuts when water damage is classified as Cat2/grey water or Cat3/black water. Category 3 water is grossly unsanitary and includes water from rivers, streams, storm surges, ground surface water, or water that has been stagnant for over 3 days. Category 2 water refers to water with contaminants, such as water from a dishwasher or washing machine. If Category 2 Water or Greywater is not promptly removed from the property or has remained stagnant for over three days, it becomes reclassified as Category 3 Water. Drywall cuts allow contaminants to be removed and ensure that a home or building is safe to return to.

What determines doing a flood cut?

  1. Contaminated Water - When contaminated water invades your home from sewage, rising waters from rivers or streams, storm surges, or ground surface water typically contains biological contaminants such as bacteria and fungi that can cause severe sickness. This water is known as category 3/black water, the most severe category, and requires a flood cut. 
  2. Wet Insulation - SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals will perform a flood cut if insulation behind your walls has water damage. A flood cut allows us to remove the wet insulation materials. 
  3. Mold - After flooding, mold can begin to grow behind interior walls and spread quickly. SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals will perform a flood cut to check for mold and treat the area. Because mold does need sunlight to grow, it can spread from interior walls to other spaces quickly. A flood cut is the first step to mitigating the issue and restoring your home or business to preloss condition.

Have Water, Storm, Flood, Mold, or Fire Damage?

Call SERVPRO of Dane County West Today (608) 497-3331

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service.
  • IICRC Certified Firm.
  • A+ rating from the BBB (Better Business Bureau). 
  • Angie's List recommended with an A-rated reputation 
  • 5-Star Google and Facebook rankings.
  • We work with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork for a stress-free claims process.
  • General Contractor License #: 1317784

About SERVPRO of Dane County West 

When fire damage takes control of your life, we help you take it back.

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

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Fire, Smoke, and Soot Damage Restoration

Your home or commercial facility contains many of your most valuable possessions. SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals understands the trauma that follows a fire loss. When fire damage takes control of your life, we help you take it back. 

Structural Cleaning:

  • After smoke or fire damage, ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough cleaning. SERVPRO of Dane County West will pre-test to determine the extent of damage and then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the different types of surfaces found in your structure. Depending on the amount of soot, SERVPRO of Dane County West may even be able to reduce the cost of recovery by cleaning lighter soot deposits found on some surfaces, eliminating the expense incurred with repainting or refinishing. In other cases, SERVPRO of Dane County West will clean to "prepare for painting." This process deodorizes and ensures the new paint will adhere properly to the surface.

Contents Cleaning:

  • All of the restorable contents in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. This includes area rugs, furniture, draperies, and upholstery.
  • SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals begins by carefully inspecting and testing all fabrics in the structure to determine which cleaning methods are most appropriate.
  • SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals can provide wet or dry cleaning services. Additionally, all the other restorable contents will be cleaned and deodorized to preloss condition. This includes electronics, art, wood furniture, kitchen items, clothing, bedding, bric-a-brac, and much more. A comprehensive inventory of fire-damaged items is provided upon request. 

Deodorization: 

  • SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals provides specialized services that rid your home or place of business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals does not merely cover lingering odors with a fragrance. They seek out the sources of odor and remove them. 

Every fire damage event is slightly different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the typical fire damage emergency.

Fire Damage Restoration Process

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When fire and water take control of your life, we help you take it back.

Tips for Preparing Your Home for Winter Weather

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

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With temperatures dropping daily here in the Dane County, Madison, WI area, here are some tips to help you prepare for the winter months to come.

  • Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate to prevent pipes from freezing and bursting. 
  • Consider shutting off outdoor faucets to prevent frozen pipes from bursting.  Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it off. 
  • If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off. 
  • Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, leading to roof problems and water damage. 
    • Ice dams are a leading culprit for water leaks during the winter season. Ice dams form when heated indoor air melts roof snow. The melted snow collects on unheated eaves and starts freezing, creating ice dams. When heated air melts roof snow above and behind the dammed ice, trapped water cannot safely flow or run off the roof—the ice dam backflows under the roof's shingles and into the structure's interior areas.
  • Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of furnace malfunctions like puff-backs that cause extensive fire damage. 
  • A puff-back is a messy furnace malfunction that occurs when an oil burner backfires, sending soot throughout your home or business. It can happen all at once, covering an interior in grimy soot, or a puff-back can leak soot particles more gradually.
  • Puff-backs can also be caused by a partly clogged or cracked nozzle, improper nozzle angle, cracked electrodes, poor adjustment of the air-fuel mixture, a defective spark transformer, shorted ignition cables, or dirty or low-grade fuel.
  • The aftermath is usually the main problem. Walls, ceilings, carpets, furniture, and curtains are coated with a fine film of soot and smoky streaks. As a rule, the damage worsens with a forced-air heating system or central air-conditioning because the ductwork provides a path through the house, even into closets.

If winter weather strikes your business or home with water or fire damage, let us help strike back! Equipped with the training, tools, and experience to quickly and efficiently mitigate water or fire damage and restore your home or business, SERVPRO of Dane County West will help make it "Like it never even happened.”®

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • A+ rating from the BBB (Better Business Bureau).
  • Angie's List recommended with an A-rated reputation
  • 5-Star Google and Facebook rankings.
  • We work with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork for a stress-free claims process.
  • General Contractor License #: 1317784

Have Water, Storm, Flood, or Fire Damage?
Call SERVPRO of Dane County West Today (608) 497-3331

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Deep Frying a Turkey Dangers & Safety Tips

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

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Five Dangers of Deep Frying a Turkey

  1. Turkey Fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.
  2. An overfilled cooking pot will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is submerged, and a partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter when put in the frying pot.
  3. Even a small amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can ignite a fire.
  4. Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire. 
  5. The sides of the cooking pot, lid, and pot handles can get dangerously hot. 

There are more cooking fires on Thanksgiving Day than any other day of the year. More than a third of the fires start in a garage or patio. Each year, fire departments respond to more than 1,000 fires related to deep fryers. Those fires cause serious burn injuries and more than $15 million in property damage.*

The deep-fried turkey is a delicious way to cook a turkey. However, it can be risky—numerous hazards come with cooking a turkey in a deep fryer. However, if you choose to deep fry your turkey this Thanksgiving, there are a few precautions you can take to protect yourself:

Turkey Frying Safety Tips

  1. Isolate the fryer. 
  • Fryers should always be used outdoors, on a level surface at a safe distance from buildings and flammable materials.
  • Never leave the fryer unattended.
  • Keep all-purpose fire extinguishers nearby.
  • Never let children or pets near the fryer when used or after use as the oil can remain hot for hours. 
  1. Plan Ahead: Make sure the turkey is completely thawed before deep frying. A frozen or partially thawed turkey could explode or splatter, launching oil on those near the deep fryer.
  2. Wear protective clothing. Wear flame-retardant clothing, well-insulated potholders, oven mitts or gloves, and eye protection to protect from splatter.
  3. Use proper equipment. Make sure your equipment is functioning appropriately.

If the unthinkable happens and a fire strikes, give the experts at SERVPRO of Dane County West a call. As a locally owned and operated company, we also live and work in the Dane County, WI area. We have helped many families through difficult fire losses and have restored fire-damaged houses to homes again. We'll help make it "Like it never even happened." 

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*Source: Morrow & Sheppard, LLP blog

Safety First Before the Feast - Holiday Fire Safety Tips

11/15/2020 (Permalink)

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Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast. Unfortunately, if you do not practice safe cooking habits, your happy holiday could quickly become hazardous in a blink of an eye. According to the NFPA, cooking is the primary cause of home fires and injuries, with the Thanksgiving holiday being the peak day for cooking-related fire emergencies. Review the following safety tips to help ensure you can enjoy a safe holiday.

  • Never leave cooking food unattended—stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling, or broiling food. 
  • Check food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while kitchen equipment is in use. Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on.
  • Keep small children away from the cooking area. Enforce a "kid-free zone" and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove and oven.
  • Keep anything flammable like potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels away from the stove, oven, or other appliances in the kitchen that generates heat.
  • Do not wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.
  • Clean cooking surfaces frequently to prevent grease build-up.
  • Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen year-round. Contact the local fire department for training on the proper use of fire extinguishers if you are unsure.
  • Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving home to make sure all kitchen appliances like stoves, ovens, and toasters are turned off.
  • Install a smoke alarm near the kitchen and on each level of the home. Especially near sleeping areas, and inside and outside of bedrooms. Use the test button to check it is working correctly every month. Replace the batteries at least once a year.

If the unthinkable happens and fire strikes your business or home, give the experts at SERVPRO of Dane County West a call. We will help make it "Like it never even happened."

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call SERVPRO of Dane County WestToday – (608) 497-3331

Fire Damage Emergency Tips

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