Recent Fire Damage Posts

Firepit Safety This Summer

5/21/2021 (Permalink)

Safe Fire Here is an example of what a safe fire pit looks like.

With summer on its way you might find yourself spending more time around the fire pits. Here are some safe practices that could help save you and your home from a fire this summer. 

1. Never build your fire under an awning or any sort of overhang. This also includes trees, bushes, or umbrellas.

2. Always be ready to extinguish the flames. Whether that be when the party is winding down and it's time for bed, or in case of emergency. Make sure you have an extinguisher handy so your party doesn't crash and burn. 

3. Never leave your fire unattended. Something as simple as a wind gust can put your entire home in jeopardy. Checking the wind conditions is another thing you should keep in mind when building your fire. If the wind is blowing towards your home or other flammable objects, you might want to save the fire for another day.

Why to Board Up After a Fire

5/21/2021 (Permalink)

If your property in the Chicagoland area has experienced a fire, there are several reasons why you might want to board up structural damage or windows. In addition to keeping the external elements out of a building with fire damage, boarding up can also prevent additional losses due to looting and make the fire cleanup process easier.   

Here are four reasons to board-up after a fire.

  • In a commercial setting, there may still be viable stock on the premises. If products that appear viable remain in the building, you should consider boarding up. These items may require assessment and cleaning and may not be fit for sale, but having them properly processed rather than stolen can be helpful for insurance purposes.
  • You want to protect electronics and other valuables. Depending on the extent of the fire damage, you may be able to restore some electronics or other valuable property to working condition.
  • You need to keep out the elements. If the structure of your property has sustained extensive damage, you should try to keep the elements out to prevent additional damage. Exposure to additional water, wind, or sunlight can compound the damage caused by smoke residue and soot.
  • You want to limit soot damage. It is generally a good idea to reduce foot traffic on the scene of a recent fire. When soot gets embedded into carpeting or upholstery, it can be much more difficult to restore these materials to a pre-fire condition.

Talk to our experts at SERVPRO of Evanston, about whether boarding up is a good strategy for preventing loss and limiting damage after a fire. Your major concern is likely to be how to recover from fire damage as quickly and completely as possible. Preventing looting and exposure to the elements can make fire cleanup more successful.

Fire Prevention Tips

5/21/2021 (Permalink)

Changing batteries can help to ensure a functioning smoke detector! Changing batteries

The best kind of fire is one that never starts. Fires can be devastating if severe enough. Not only are priceless items lost, but your sense of comfort and stability is also at risk if your home becomes severely damaged. There are many ways to be cautious and prevent fires to ensure the safety of your family and home. 

The number one thing every home should have to prevent fires is well-maintained smoke detectors. On matters this serious, you need to make sure that you are regularly testing your smoke detectors, changing the batteries as needed, and making sure they are working properly. You also need to make sure that you have the right number of smoke detectors for your home. 

Other things like planning an escape route, determining a family meeting point, and knowing who to call after 911 are also very important to establish with your family in case of a fire. Always remember that you can never plan too much. Being prepared is never a bad thing.

Stay Safe, SERVPRO of Evanston

Fireplace & Wood Stove Safety

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

Holiday imagery - tree and ornaments From all of us at SERVPRO of Evanston, be safe, and Happy Holidays!

Follow these heating safety tips to help keep your home fire safe this winter.

  • Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet from your fireplace or wood stove.
  • Do not burn paper in your fireplace or wood stove.
  • Put the fire out before you go to sleep or leave your home.
  • Have your chimney inspected and cleaned each year by a professional.
  • Put ashes in a metal container with a lid. Place the container outside at least 10 feet from your home.

Fireplace safety

  • Keep a glass or metal screen in front of your fi replace to prevent embers or sparks from jumping out.
  • Make sure fireplace “on” switches and remote controls are out of the reach of children.

Wood stove safety

  • Make sure your wood stove has been tested by a qualified testing laboratory.
  • Keep the doors of your wood stove closed unless loading or stoking the live fire.

From all of us at SERVPRO of Evanston, be safe, and

Happy Holidays!

Put a freeze on Winter Holiday Fires

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

Happy Holidays text Wishing a Safe and Happy Holidays from SERVPRO!

Put a freeze on Winter Holiday Fires

  • Half of the home decoration fires in December are started by candles.
  • More than 1/3 of home decoration fires are started by candles.
  • Christmas is the peak day for candle fires.
  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that burns.
  • A dry Christmas tree can burn very hot and very fast.
  • More than 1 in every 5 Christmas tree fires were caused by a heat source too close to the tree.
  • Read manufacturer’s instructions for the number of light strands to connect.
  • Make sure your tree is at least 3 feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, candles, or heat vents. Also, make sure your tree does not block exits.
  • Get rid of your tree after Christmas or when it is dry.

From all of us at SERVPRO of Evanston, be safe, and Happy Holidays!

Firework Safety this Summer

6/27/2020 (Permalink)

safety Firework safety can prevent accidents and injury.

With the beginning of the summer and Fourth of July not too far off, we are gonna start seeing a lot of something: fireworks. While the National Safety Council does encourage everyone to enjoy firework displays put on by professionals, it is advised that we leave it only to the professionals. You really should not attempt to light off fireworks on your own, even if they are legal in your area. Fireworks can cause serious burn and eyes injuries to children and even adults if they malfunction or are not handled properly. SERVPRO of Evanston knows the danger and devastation fireworks can cause if you end up accidentally starting a fire. To help keep you safe this summer, we have compiled a few tips on how to safely use or be around fireworks this summer if you choose to do so. 

Safety Tips 

  • Never allow children to handle fireworks. 
  • Do not use fireworks if impaired by drugs or alcohol. 
  • When using fireworks or standing nearby, protective eyewear should be used.
  • Never light fireworks indoors and use them away from people, houses, and flammable materials. 
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person. 
  • Have a bucket of water or hose nearby. 
  • Do not try to make your own fireworks. 
  • Never relight a dud. 
  • Soak all fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them in the garbage. 
  • Do not use illegal fireworks. 
  • Do not shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers. 

In the tragic event of a fire from any cause, SERVPRO of Evanston is always ready to help. With a quick response time and efficient work, we can make it “Like it never even happened,” in no time so you can get back to enjoying your summer. 

Grill Safety

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

Grill fire. Grill fires can cause extensive damage and injuries. It is important to practice safe grilling this summer!

With summer and grilling season approaching, our team at SERVPRO of Evanston thought it was important to compile some tips for safe grilling as well as what to do in the event of a grill fire. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, an average of 19,000 patients end up in emergency rooms due to grill-related injuries each year. Gas and charcoal grills also cause approximately 4,200 house fires per year. 

Here are a few grilling safety tips we thought it may be helpful to share. 

  • Propane and charcoal grills should only be used outdoors. 
  • Keep your grill clean to prevent fires. 
  • Start a gas grill with the lid open. 
  • Do not leave a grill unattended. 
  • Never apply lighter fluid to hot coals. 
  • Light charcoal in a charcoal chimney. 
  • Keep your grill stable and give it plenty of space. 

In the event that there is a grill fire, here's what you can do to safely put it out and get help. 

  • Turn off the burners on a gas or propane grill if you can safely reach the knobs. 
  • Throw salt, baking soda, or sand on the fire to smother it. 
  • Never put water on a grease fire -- it will only make it worse. 
  • Close the grill lid to starve the fire of oxygen. 
  • If the propane tank is involved in the fire, evacuate the area and call 911 for help. 

Remember, in the event of a fire SERVPRO of Evanston’s Franchise Professionals are available 24 hours, 365 days a year to help. 

For fire cleanup and restoration, call (847)-763-7010. 



Fire Readiness

5/15/2020 (Permalink)

Fire It is important to be prepared in case of a fire.

SERVPRO of Evanston knows that a fire can be stressful for homeowners. We also know that timely response and thorough mitigation can alleviate the concerns that come with a fire. 

Here’s what you can do to be prepared in case of a fire: 

  • Install the right number of smoke alarms. Test them once a month and replace the batteries at least once a year.        
  • Teach children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one. 
  • Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home and know the family meeting spot outside of your home.
  • Establish a family emergency communications plan and ensure that all household members know who to contact if they cannot find one another.
  • Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year. Press the smoke alarm test button or yell “Fire“ to alert everyone that they must get out.
  • Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.
  • Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire. 

When disaster strikes, call SERVPRO of Evanston at 847-763-7010.

Call the Fire and Water Professionals

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

House Fire This house fire was caused by a cigarette and lead to extensive damage to the entire house.

The fire was caused by a cigarette. The house was vacated and sat empty for a year. SERVPRO was asked to remediate the various damages to this home and provide the reconstruction for the portions we could not restore. As shown, the soot and smoke damage was pervasive. Rectifying these issues required the proper cleaning materials and significant elbow grease. 

Here at SERVPRO of Evanston, we know the devastation a house fire can bring to a family and we are eager to help. 

Here's what you can do to minimize the damage before help arrives: 

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading 
  • 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 waste any walls or painted surfaces 
  • Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery 
  • Do not clean any electrical equipment 
  • Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor 

In the event of a fire, call the fire and water professionals. Call SERVPRO of Evanston

847-763-7010

What's That Smell?

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

Hydroxyl Machine purifying the air Hydroxyl Machine taking care of a nasty smell in a structure.

Sometimes in the case of smoke and fire damage it can travel through out a building in no time.

In this particular case , a fire broke out in the apartment on the first floor and all of the apartments on the floors above were affected with smoke and fire damage.

In cases like these we still take the same steps as if the fire happened in the apartment.

We take our time cleaning the contents and the structure to ensure there is no soot or harmful contaminants in the air.

We also place the proper equipment to help the process along, one of the important components is an air scrubber.

The air scrubber filters the dirty air via a hepa filter and releases clean breathable air.

We also use a hydroxyl  which purifies the air and helps get rid of the smoke smell.

SERVPRO of Evanston will ensure the job is done right and in a timely fashion to get you back living in your home as soon as possible.

Accidents Happen

2/7/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage from electrical issues Fire Damage in a commercial business in Evanston, IL

Accidents happen and here at SERVPRO of Evanston we completely understand. 

Here are some emergency fire damage tips-

1.Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into carpet and avoid tracking

2. Keep Hands Clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork

3.If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor

4.Wipe soot from metal kitchen and bathroom faucets,trim and appliances

5.Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting you SERVPRO Franchise professional

6.Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances ( TV sets, radios,etc) that may have been close to fire , heat, or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.

7.Don't attempt to shampoo carpets, rugs, or upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO franchise professional.

Evanston Smoke and Soot Cleanup

8/28/2017 (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 Evanston 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.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – (847) 763-7010

Evanston Smoke and Soot Cleanup

6/17/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Evanston Home.

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 Evanston 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.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today - (847) 763-7010