Recent Fire Damage Posts

Smoke Alarm Types - Power Systems

12/20/2020 (Permalink)

The three main types of residential smoke alarms are as follows:

Conventional Batteries:

Units with replaceable batteries as their main power should have the batteries replaced when the alarm sounds or when the manufacturer specifies, whichever is sooner. It's a good practice to replace Alkaline batteries after one year, even if it's not required by the alarm manufacturer. (Lithium batteries will typically last much longer) These units (as with all smoke alarms) are required to have regular maintenance, including testing once a month.

Non-Replaceable Long Life Batteries:

These units have batteries that will last 10 years, and are ideal for people having difficulty changing batteries. Alarms powered from these batteries require regular testing and maintenance as well.  The smoke alarms themselves need replacing every 10 years. 

Hardwired Smoke Alarms:

Hardwired smoke alarm systems are powered by the home's AC electrical system, which also allows the alarms to be interconnected - so when one goes off, they all sound. Most hardwired alarms feature a backup battery, and should be tested at least once a month, and replacement should be left to qualified personnel.   

Low Battery Warning Feature:

All battery powered alarms have a low-battery warning that "chirps" when the battery power is low. Since the chirping only lasts a few days, it is recommended that if you are away for two days or more to test your alarms upon your return. Batteries should be replaced immediately upon hearing the chirping. 

SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma is here to help if you ever experience fire, smoke, or water damage. Please call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year at: 631-585-0007

Tips to Cook Safely During the Holiday Season

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

We are entering into the Holiday season and that means family, food and a whole lot of time in the kitchen. Everyone loves to eat, including the SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma team, but we are not here to talk to you about eating. We wish we were, but we are here to talk to you about being safe during the preparation process this year:

Prep Food Ahead of Time

The common theme to our tips today is going to be avoiding multitasking and focusing on the meal at hand. When you have two items on the stovetop, a turkey in the oven, and a home full of hungry guests, it can be hard to be careful in the kitchen. To avoid the dangers of multitasking, try making your holiday side dishes before the big day to avoid the madness.

Seek Help for Other Chores

Kitchen fires make up close to half of the house fires annually throughout America. Most kitchen fires are also started by unattended cooking. If you are trying to set the table, vacuum the living room and baste a turkey all at the same time, that could be extremely hazardous. Get your friends and family to help you out with other chores so you can stay focused in the kitchen.

Keep Others Out of the Kitchen

We know the kitchen is the hot spot for guests to gather, but you don’t want it to turn into a literal hot spot. Someone can knock a hot pan or pot off the stove and fires can start when things are getting knocked out of place. Try to enlist the help of one trusted sidekick and let everyone else enjoy their drinks and appetizers in a different room!

Beware All Towels

Whether it be paper or dish towels, you don’t want anything flammable near your stove. The heat or flame from your burners can get hotter or stronger with drips from your pan. There is no sense in risking it, so before you start cooking, locate these items and get them out of harm’s way.

Smoke and burn damage can be difficult to deal with if you don’t know the proper cleanup techniques. Luckily for you, the SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma team is here to help with whatever you need. Fire, water and mold restoration is what we do and we will be there for you and your family whenever disaster strikes.

To schedule emergency fire restoration services, call SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma at 631-585-0007 or book an appointment online!

Fire Prevention During The Holidays

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

Winter holiday lights outdoors Everybody enjoys outdoor holiday lights!

This holiday season, the last thing any homeowner wants to do is worry. When it comes to decorating your home, however, nothing is more unnerving than the thought of a house fire. As the Christmas tree becomes covered in lights, candles flicker on the table, and electrical outlets are stuffed full of plugs, the chances of a fire become much higher. Improper handling of these situations can lead to costly, and sometimes fatal incidents. To avoid this from happening, make sure you’re aware of some the fire hazards that come with the holidays.

Christmas Lights

We’ve all seen dazzling Christmas trees in the living room full of ornaments and twinkling lights, but we sometimes fail to see the danger in this practice. For one, a Christmas tree relies on water to stay alive, and failure to keep it alive will result in the tree drying out. Paired with hundreds of warm Christmas lights intertwined with the branches, this can become a recipe for disaster. To avoid this from happening, make sure you’re keeping your tree properly watered, and you’re investing in Christmas lights that do not give off heat when lit. It’s also important to periodically check that your tree is absorbing the water you’re putting in the base daily.

Lit Candles

While the pleasing aroma of a nice holiday candle can be nice, there’s always the risk that comes along with an open flame at home. Even if you’re certain it’s in the right spot, always consider different factors that may lead to disaster. Keep your candles in an open area with nothing above the flame, as well as away from anything else — including foot traffic. One piece of clothing or fabric is all it takes to ignite a fire that can cause serious damage to your home and to your guests!

Electric Outlets

Let’s face it, everyone loves looking at holiday lights and fixtures around and inside of your home, but the electrical drain can be massive. Consider how many different things you have plugged in at all times, and how much electricity is running through them. Instead of shoving everything into wall outlets, consider investing in a power strip with a surge protector. This way, you can safely keep your home lit for the holidays without worry.

BONUS:

In the colder months, we know keeping warm is important. Portable space heaters prove to be extremely dangerous, often causing a high percentage of home fires in the winter. If you must use these, make sure they are unplugged when not in use and there is no burning odor emitting from the fan or heating unit.

Should you be on the wrong end of a fire this holiday season, make sure your home is being taken care of and restored as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma has been providing emergency restoration services to homes and business for over 50 years. For 24/7 emergency service, make sure to keep our number handy and contact us with anything you might need! 

631-585-0007

The Most Common Fire Hazards of Fall

10/9/2020 (Permalink)

These tips will help keep you and your family safe this Fall! These tips will help keep you and your family safe this Fall!

The leaves are starting their transformation, the Halloween decorations are going up and Fall is officially in full swing. We want you to enjoy all of the amazing Fall activities that Suffolk County has to offer, before you do, here are some fire hazards to check: 

Halloween Decorations

This isn’t as big of a light show season as December, but a lot of people in the Ronkonkoma area like to go all out for Halloween!  We love the holiday spirit, so let’s take a look at some safety tips that can keep everyone out of harm’s way:

  • Inspect light strings to look for fraying or corrosion.
  • Don’t string lights with burnt out bulbs.  Even one burnt out bulb can turn into a hazard.
  • Don’t use outdoor lights to decorate the inside of your home, unless they are indoor/outdoor certified.
  • Take lights down within 60-90 days of putting them up.

Fall Scented Candles

Candles in the bedroom/bathroom cause close to 1/3 of all house fires in America.  People expect to light them, walk away and return to a nice relaxed atmosphere.  What you can get is the exact opposite!  We know the Apple and Pumpkin spiced candles are very hot right now… literally.... just remember to never leave a lit candle unattended, at any time of year.

Malfunctioning Electrical Appliances

Kuerigs and coffee pots become even more popular this time of year and nobody wants you to go without your coffee, but we have to be responsible.  If you have noticed any sparking or strange shut downs with your outlet, it could be because your appliances are outdated.  Let’s get rid of that old coffee pot which could be overloading your circuit and switch over to the more energy efficient Kuerig this Fall.

Fires are an unfortunate possibility of owning a home, which we may experience at one point or another.  If a fire happens to occur in your home while you are distracted, sleeping, or at work, the damage can be severe.  We know it is tough to cope with but your family at SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma has your back.  We will take all of the necessary steps to restore your home, so you can relax and watch as everything quickly returns to normal.

To schedule restoration services, call 631-585-0007 or book an appointment on our website!

What You Can Do After Fire Damage

10/8/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage is accompanied by water damage as well. Image of burnt home. Fire damage is accompanied by water damage as well

So you’ve just experienced damage due to a fire -- and we know, this is likely one of the most devastating times of your life. While it’s perfectly normal to be upset at the effects of the fire, it’s also important to understand that while things may be damaged, you’re safe, which is most important. Your next steps to recovering after fire damage are crucial, and you’ll need a local Long Island company to make it right. Below are a few things we believe will help the most in your road to remediation.

Collect What You Can

In some cases, you’ll be allowed to re-enter your home or business to collect things and get on with your daily life as best you can. For this reason, it’s important that you exercise this action carefully, and only take what you need. For the most part, your insurance will cover the other items, and it’s best to leave them there for inspection.

Call Your Insurance Company

Let your insurance company know that quick remediation is important to you. This is something that you, above everything, would like to remain in the loop for. By doing so, they will know that any and all decisions that need to be made must go through you, and you’ll have your opportunity to voice your opinions, concerns, and much more.

Grab An Expert Company

When it comes time to fix your home, it’s important to have someone by your side that can do it with you. SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma has been working with families and business owners during recovery from fire damage for years, and we treat your space as if it were our own. We work with you to fix and replace as necessary, making sure no stone is left unturned, and no job is complete until you give us the sign-off. Our promise to you is providing the comfort and care you deserve and need during a time like this.

If you find yourself experiencing a fire, make sure your first step is to get everyone to safety. When it comes to managing the damage, make sure the team you call is professional and swift. SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma is at the ready 24/7, no matter the emergency. To receive assistance for fire damage, get in contact with us today!

Here are a few tips that will assist you in taking the proper action until the team at SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma is able to assist you

10/7/2020 (Permalink)

Here is an image of the source of loss for this particular home. A faulty electrical panel had caught fire Here is an image of the source of loss for this particular home. A faulty electrical panel had caught fire causing extensive damage to the home.

What To Do After a Fire:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash household plants on both sides of leaves
  • Change HVAC filter
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.
  • If the weather looks like it will remain dry you can open windows to ventilate your property and aid drying.
  • If you smell gas even in weak concentrations, leave the property immediately and contact the gas provider's emergency notification number. In the case of propane, close the supply valves on the tank(s) and have it professionally checked prior to usage.
  • Avoid contact with all live electrical circuits
  • Advise your insurance company of both your loss and your desire for urgent remediation. 

The SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma Emergency Response team is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help you regain control of your property loss quickly.

Have A Fire or Smoke Damage Emergency? Call 631-585-0007

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Smoke and Soot Cleanup

6/16/2020 (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 Ronkonkoma 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 – 631-585-0007

From Water to Fire SERVPRO does it all

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

We always come prepared! Give us a ring to see how we can help.

As the cleanup pros, we offer 5 areas of restoration services for #fire damages: Mitigation, Structural Cleaning, Contents Cleaning, Specialty Restoration, Reconstruction. Give us a call to see how we can help!

3 Necessary Steps to Take AFTER A FIRE Occurs

3/8/2020 (Permalink)

The impact a fire can have on you, your home or business is, of course, overwhelming. Losing property, keepsakes and sometimes even more, can be devastating. In addition to the reality of the destruction that a fire might cause, the rebuilding process is often believed to be a lengthy and stressful project. However, it doesn’t have to be. With the right plan and tools, getting back on track after a fire can be easier than you think.

Step 1: Secure What You Can

We know that a fire can rip through a home or business and leave nothing left in its path. Should you be fortunate enough to be allowed access, after a Fire Marshall has given the OK, make sure that you’re practicing safe measures. In addition, salvaging what you can from the home is probably best done, as soon as possible. Depending on your limitations, you might not have access to the area once remediation work begins.

Step 2: Call Your Insurance Company

If you haven’t already reported the fire, this is a very important next step. This helps them gather the information they need in order to begin the claim process.  At this point you will be given the claim number to give to your remediation company.

Step 3: Select A Reputable Company

When choosing a company to help with the remediation, they have to be reliable. It’s important to ask for referrals, read reviews, and conduct your own research in order to find the best company to help get your home or business back to the way it was before the damage occurred.

At SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma, we take great pride in our remediation and have been helping Long Island families and businesses get back on their feet for years. If you or someone you know has experienced damage caused by a fire, please call us today at (631) 585-0007 or fill out our contact form and we will be happy to begin the conversation toward a cleaner future.

Three Common Causes of Electrical Fires

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma, we restore fire damage in homes and businesses that need our help! We develop relationships with the owners of these properties and we generally see that there are similar causes of these accidents.  Mistakes happen, but some of these mistakes can be avoided if you take action on the items below:

Old/Faulty Appliances

One of the most common causes of in-home electrical fires is outdated or broken appliances. Coffee makers, toasters, hair straighteners and things like this that are designed to produce heat. Over time, the wires can become frayed or the receptacles and switches can deteriorate.  When this happens, the appliance loses the ability to control the power it is getting from the outlet and the system overheats, which can cause a fire.

Light Fixtures

These fires are easy to avoid if you take the proper precautions. Some light bulbs have a wattage that is simply too strong for certain light fixtures or lamps. When they are paired together incorrectly, dangerous things can happen. Check your lamps and light fixtures and look for the maximum recommended bulb wattage and only buy lights that are under that number. 

Space Heaters

These heaters are popular because they can heat specific areas of your home while keeping the furnace off and lowering heating bills. But the portable nature of these machines makes them extremely dangerous! People place them too close to curtains, beds, couches, clothing or rugs and the coils in the heater may ignite nearby flammable surfaces. If you are going to use a space heater, be sure to follow these space heater safety tips!

If a fire occurs in your Long Island home, water damage will likely follow due to firefighting efforts. Fortunately for you, your friends at SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma have seen a similar scenario before and we know all the right moves to get your home back to normal.

To schedule fire and water damage restoration services, call us at 631-585-0007 or contact us online at SERVPRORONKONKOMA.COM!

Thoughts on Safe Holiday cooking!

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

With perhaps only a few Thanksgiving leftovers taking up space in the fridge, we know we are full swing into holiday season.  You know what this means… itt means family, food and a whole lot of time in the kitchen. Everyone loves to eat, including the SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma team, but we are not here to talk to you about eating. We are here to talk to you about being safe during the preparation process this year.  While reading our tips, you’ll see our theme is to avoid multitasking and focus on the meal at hand…

Prep Food Ahead of Time

When you have two items on the stovetop, a turkey in the oven, and a home full of hungry guests, it can be hard to be careful in the kitchen. To avoid the dangers of multitasking, try making your holiday side dishes before the big day to avoid the madness.

Seek Help for Other Chores

Kitchen fires make up close to half of the house fires annually throughout America. Most kitchen fires are also started by unattended cooking. If you are trying to set the table, vacuum the living room and baste a turkey all at the same time, that could be extremely hazardous. Get your friends and family to help you out with other chores so you can stay focused in the kitchen.

Keep Others Out of the Kitchen

We know the kitchen is the hot spot for guests to gather, but you don’t want it to turn into a literal hot spot. Someone can knock a hot pan or pot off the stove and fires can start when things are getting knocked out of place. Try to enlist the help of one trusted sidekick and let everyone else enjoy their drinks and appetizers a safe distance from where the cooking action is happening!

Beware All Towels

Whether it be paper or dish towels, you don’t want anything flammable near your stove. The heat or flame from your burners can get hotter or stronger with drips from your pan. There is no sense in risking it, so before you start cooking, locate these items and get them out of harm’s way.

Smoke and burn damage can be difficult to deal with if you don’t know the proper cleanup techniques. Luckily for you, the SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma team is here to help with whatever you need. Fire, water and mold restoration is what we do and we will be there for you and your family whenever disaster strikes, even during the holidays!

For emergency fire restoration services, call SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma at 631-585-0007 or book an appointment online!

Halloween Decorations & Fire Hazards

10/24/2019 (Permalink)

Candles Lit On A Table For Halloween Dangerous Open Flame Candles On A Table Causing Fire Hazard

Halloween is one of the best times per year. Candy running amok, funny and creative costumes and of course, fall weather! But the decorations at your home are sometimes a bit on the dangerous side so it’s important to know when to take a step back and figure out if you’re posing a fire risk in the name of pumpkins and candy corn.

Lights & Webs

Hanging fake spider webs is great because it looks scary, and really sets the tone. Of course, all of the spiders you’ve shoo’ed out of your home will now be asking themselves why they weren’t able to hang out if you were just going to put up webs anyway -- but that’s a subject for another blog. Hanging these webs near light fixtures or near string lights with heat emitting bulbs can cause fires to start -- which can quickly melt that bowl of regular size candy on your stoop.

Wires

Similar to the lights above, tripping and falling on wires isn’t fun -- but it’s important that they’re somewhere on the lawn to power the inflatable ghosts, right? While we would love for you to have fun, make sure that all extension cords and wires are free and away from sharp objects, have no frayed or exposed wiring and are taped down safely, if they cross a walkway.

Candles

Lighting a jack o’ lantern is fun -- almost as fun as cutting it up to make a scary face! However, the idea of a long-standing open flame can be an issue. You might be thinking that pumpkins are burn resistant – however, everyone knows someone who’s left a pie in the oven for too long; they can definitely burn! Make sure you’re keeping that candle away from anything else flammable and it’s in a safe area, as well as being put out before you head in for the night.   Better yet, invest in a battery-operated light from a dollar store. They’re perfect for this haunting job…

There are sometimes emergency situations that cannot be avoided, even with proper care. If your home or business is victim to a Halloween damage fiasco there’s only one company who can quickly and effectively restore the area. With SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma, we take pride in our fast and effective response team, dedicated to getting you back up and running, as soon as possible. Contact us at 631-585-0007 for rapid response and service.

Fall Fires And What You Can Do

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

burning leaves, flames and smoke Fire Found In Home Due To Improper Prep & Prevention

With the fall season comes change and new beginnings. This Autumn, make sure you are caught up with your knowledge on fire safety and the risks our different fall activities can pose. Change your habits and know what to do for each situation! 

Campfires

Fall is one of the more popular seasons for this outdoor activity. While you’re enjoying your s’mores and the warmth of the fire, keep in mind some safety tips. Keep the bonfire in an open location with all flammable objects at a safe distance.  Make sure the fire is controlled and that you don’t stand too close to it. Keep an eye on pets and children too! 

Halloween Decorations

With Halloween right around the corner, we are seeing more and more houses decorated for the occasion. However, there are some fire risks from these spooky decorations. Try to use a flashlight or fake candle for your jack-o-lanterns. Also, make sure your decorative lights are working properly and have no broken pieces or loose wiring. 

Fireplace

You are probably going to start using your fireplace more often, now that it’s getting colder outside! Make sure your chimney is up to date on cleanings. They should be inspected and cleaned every year! Never leave the fire unattended and use a fireplace screen to keep any fire debris from getting into your home. It’s important that you also avoid using lighter fluids to light the fire, since they can be extremely dangerous to use inside the house. 

Should you encounter fire damage at home, help is something you’re going to need. At SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma, our goal is to get your home or business back up and running as it should. When you’re in need of an expert team, reach out to us for unparalleled results! We can be reached at (631) 585-0007 at anytime of the day or night!

Fire Prevention Tools Everyone Should Have!

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Prevention Tools Everyone Should Have

Experiencing a fire is one of the worst things a home or business owner can experience — and for very good reason.  It only takes a few minutes for a fire to rip through a building, causing irreversible damage, which is why thoughtful preparation is key.  Having tools on hand to prevent and battle a fire might be the difference between a few days of repair vs. months of remediation.  Check out some of the fire prevention tools we’ve compiled for you below!

Fire Extinguisher

We are sure it is no surprise to you that this is number one on our list — but you’d be surprised at how many people actually don’t have even one of these in their home or business! Do you have the ones you need?  A fire extinguisher is one of the easiest tools to use and can put out a fire in minutes - if used effectively. These are typically cheap and only require an inspection annually. Make sure to keep these in your home or building, in an easily accessible place for potential future use.

Proper Extension Strips

Plugging 10 items into the same outlet can get dangerous and increase your risk for a fire. Because of this, it’s important to make sure that you’re utilizing a, properly functioning, power strip in order to reduce the possibility of a surge which can therein cause a fire.

Sand

While it might seem odd to keep a bag of sand around, it can be one of your best friends in the event of a fire. For many, using a fire extinguisher might be a difficult task, whereas using sand is extremely easy — just pour it on the fire! This is an inexpensive alternative and a very useful way to make sure you’re prepared in the event of a fire.  Think of adding this to your list of items to purchase before your next outdoor barbecue.

For over three decades, SERVPRO has been helping all types of commercial businesses get back on their feet after damage.  When something goes wrong, you’re going to need a company who can make it right. To learn more about how SERVPRO Of Ronkonkoma can assist in your time of need, give us a call today! 631-585-0007

Fire Prevention During The Holidays

12/2/2018 (Permalink)

This holiday season, the last thing any homeowner wants to do is worry. When it comes to decorating your home, however, nothing is more unnerving than the thought of a house fire. As the Christmas tree becomes covered in lights, candles flicker on the table, and electrical outlets are stuffed full of plugs, the chances of a fire become much higher. Improper handling of these situations can lead to costly, and sometimes fatal incidents. To avoid this from happening, make sure you’re aware of some the fire hazards that come with the holidays.

Christmas Lights

We’ve all seen dazzling Christmas trees in the living room full of ornaments and twinkling lights, but we sometimes fail to see the danger in this practice. For one, a Christmas tree relies on water to stay alive, and failure to keep it alive will result in the tree drying out. Paired with hundreds of warm Christmas lights intertwined with the branches, this can become a recipe for disaster. To avoid this from happening, make sure you’re keeping your tree properly watered, and you’re investing in Christmas lights that do not give off heat when lit. It’s also important to periodically check that your tree is absorbing the water you’re putting in the base daily.

Lit Candles

While the pleasing aroma of a nice holiday candle can be nice, there’s always the risk that comes along with an open flame at home. Even if you’re certain it’s in the right spot, always consider different factors that may lead to disaster. Keep your candles in an open area with nothing above the flame, as well as away from anything else — including foot traffic. One piece of clothing or fabric is all it takes to ignite a fire that can cause serious damage to your home and to your guests!

Electric Outlets

Let’s face it, everyone loves looking at holiday lights and fixtures around and inside of your home, but the electrical drain can be massive. Consider how many different things you have plugged in at all times, and how much electricity is running through them. Instead of shoving everything into wall outlets, consider investing in a power strip with a surge protector. This way, you can safely keep your home lit for the holidays without worry.

BONUS:

In the colder months, we know keeping warm is important. Portable space heaters prove to be extremely dangerous, often causing a high percentage of home fires in the winter. If you must use these, make sure they are unplugged when not in use and there is no burning odor emitting from the fan or heating unit.

Should you be on the wrong end of a fire this holiday season, make sure your home is being taken care of and restored as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma has been providing emergency restoration services to homes and business for over 50 years. For 24/7 emergency service, make sure to keep our number handy and contact us with anything you might need! 

BBQ Safety Tips To Follow This Summer

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

With nice weather and summer holidays finally approaching, it’s no secret that many people will be spending their weekends and days off outside. In addition to opening up the pool and walking on the beach, BBQ’s are also going to become one of the more popular activities at homes and even businesses across the island. But, a nice grill session can turn into a devastating, even deadly fire in a matter of minutes -- which is why safety should also be a top priority during this time! To ensure you’re well prepared for a potential BBQ disaster this season, we’ve compiled a few tips and guidelines to follow.

Know Your Grill’s Safety Zone

Firing up the grill, for many, is a great experience that allows you to bring out your inner chef, while also catering to guests of your party. But far more goes into the process of cooking than just flipping a few burgers. For starters, make sure your grill isn’t positioned anywhere near your home, on a dead patch of grass, or under low-hanging trees. Regardless of what kind of grill you’re using, one spark or flame too close to another object is all it takes to start a fire. For good measure, keep your grills on cement fixtures or away from anything flammable

Keep Fire Extinguishers Nearby

Whether or not this is the first time you’re using the grill this season, make sure it’s still in operable shape for a cookout. Thoroughly clean the grates and inspect the gas line for leaks. Should a fire start from faulty lines or too much grease, you’ll need something to help extinguish the issue. A small fire extinguisher is always great to keep nearby, and can suppress an issue before it becomes unmanageable and damaging -- just make sure your fire extinguisher is appropriately rated for this particular situation.

Of course, there are always circumstances that you’re either not prepared for, or not fit to handle on your own. If you do happen to experience an issue in which your home is sustaining fire damage, immediately call your local fire department to have them take control ASAP.  

SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma has been helping the Long Island community get back on their feet after fire damage for years. When something goes wrong, you’re going to need a company who can make it right. To learn more about how SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma can assist in your time of need, give us a call today! 631-585-0007

3 Things That Can Start A Fire In Your Home Quickly

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

The last thing you need in your home is the reality of a fire igniting and taking half of your house with it. What might start out as a small, harmless blaze can actually end up turning into a gut-wrenching ordeal, including a ton of lost valuables, keepsakes, and even lives. In order to prevent fires, it’s important to know what causes them and what items are most flammable in your home. Outlined below are a few things to keep an eye on and to keep flames away from at all times.

Drapes & Curtains

It’s no surprise that elegant drapes and curtains can bring out the style of a room, set the mood, and look great at the same time. What many people don’t know however, is that drapes are highly flammable. Soft materials, when exposed to a fire, can go up in flames in a matter of seconds, so it’s important to make sure they’re protected. Keep them away from heating elements and open flames such as candles, fireplaces, and more.

Oil

Cooking with oil is always a fan favorite in Long Island homes -- authentic Italian food just isn’t the same without it! But oil can pose a dangerous threat to homes when exposed to a fire. Should excess oil be lying around near a flame, it can instantly catch fire causing massive damage. To combat a kitchen disaster, make sure you’re working in a clean space and there isn’t any oil spilled or set near a flame.

Carpet and Furniture

While we don’t advocate smoking indoors for the concern of others’ health, it’s important to know that those butts can be extremely dangerous if left somewhere while they’re still burning. While a flame isn’t always present, the burning tobacco and paper can cause couches and carpets to ignite rather quickly if left unattended. To best fight against this, make sure you’re smoking outdoors and placing your butts in an ashtray or in an object with water to kill the flame.

For over three decades, SERVPRO has been helping all types of commercial businesses get back on their feet after damage. When something goes wrong, you’re going to need a company who can make it right. To learn more about how SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma can assist in your time of need, give us a call today! 631-585-0007



Top Causes For Winter Fires

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

During the winter, there’s always a push to stay as warm & cozy as possible — especially when the temperatures can reach below zero! But the efforts to keep your home or business warm can come at a price, and sometimes, that price can be very costly. As we turn heaters on and light our fireplaces, it’s important to be conscious of what can cause a fire, and how you can prevent them.

Avoid Space Heaters

We know that a centralized form of hot air can be soothing, especially when your little piggies are cold at night. The downside to these units is that they’re very easy to forget about, and if left on too long, can cause a fire. It’s important to make sure that if you MUST use these, they’re on a timer, and unplugged when not in use. Regularly checking the surrounding area for dust and flammable products is another way to prevent a devastating blaze.

Watch Your Outlets

Heated blankets, warming pads and space heaters are all ways to keep warm — and they’re also great ways to use a ton of energy. As your outlets draw more and more power, they can reach a point where they become overworked, which can cause a power surge and a fire. To battle this and prevent it from happening, limit the amount of appliances and electronics that you have plugged in during the day, and always use a surge protector.

Close the Stove

It’s common for many people to bake dinner, dessert, or a midday snack in the oven and use the heat for warmth. While it might seem like a good idea at first, it’s also extremely dangerous. Sure, that heat might be able to warm your surrounding areas, but it can also cause a fire should something uninvited make its way into the oven. In this case, it’s best to let the oven cool down on its own and turn up your thermostat a notch or two.

If you find yourself experiencing a fire, make sure your first step is to get everyone to safety. When it comes to managing the damage, make sure the team you call is professional and swift. SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma is at the ready 24/7, no matter the emergency. To receive assistance for fire damage, give us a call at 631-585-0007.

3 Common Causes of Electrical Fires

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Electrical fires can sneak up and strike at any minute.

Here at SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma, we restore fire damage in homes and businesses that need our help! We develop relationships with the owners of these properties and we generally hear similar causes of these accidents.  Mistakes happen, but some of these mistakes can be avoided if you take action on the items below:

Old/ Faulty Appliances

One of the most common causes of in-home electrical fires is outdated or broken appliances. Coffee makers, toasters, hair straighteners and things of that nature that are designed to produce heat. Over time, the wires can become frayed or the receptacles and switches can deteriorate. When this happens, the appliance loses the ability to control the power it is getting from the outlet and the system overheats, which can cause a fire.

Light Fixtures

These fires are easy to avoid if you take the proper precautions. Some light bulbs have a wattage that is simply too strong for certain light fixtures or lamps. When they are paired together incorrectly, dangerous things can happen. Check your lamps and light fixtures and look for the maximum recommended bulb wattage and only buy lights that are under that number. 

Space Heaters

These heaters are popular  because they can heat specific areas of your home while keeping the furnace off and lowering heating bills. But the portable nature of these machines makes them extremely dangerous! People place them too close to curtains, beds, couches, clothing or rugs and the coils in the heater may ignite these sometimes flammable surfaces. If you are going to use a space heater, be sure to follow these space heater safety tips!

If a fire occurs in your Ronkonkoma, Bohemia, Islandia or Central Islip home, water damage will likely follow due to firefighting efforts. Fortunately for you, your friends at SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma have seen this song and dance before and we know all the right moves to get your home back to normal.

To schedule fire and water damage restoration services, call us at 631-585-0007 or contact us online!

The Most Common Fire Hazards In the Beginning of Fall

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

These tips will help keep you and your family safe this Fall!

The leaves are starting their transformation, the Halloween decorations are going up and Fall is officially in full swing. We want you to enjoy all of the amazing Fall activities that Suffolk County has to offer, before you do, here are some fire hazards to check: 

Halloween Decorations

This isn’t as big of a light show season as December, but a lot of people in the Ronkonkoma area like to go all out for Halloween!  We love the holiday spirit, so let’s take a look at some safety tips that can keep everyone out of harm’s way:

  • Inspect light strings to look for fraying or corrosion.
  • Don’t string lights with burnt out bulbs.  Even one burnt out bulb can turn into a hazard.
  • Don’t use outdoor lights to decorate the inside of your home, unless they are indoor/outdoor certified.
  • Take lights down within 60-90 days of putting them up.

Fall Scented Candles

Candles in the bedroom/bathroom cause close to 1/3 of all house fires in America.  People expect to light them, walk away and return to a nice relaxed atmosphere.  What you can get is the exact opposite!  We know the Apple and Pumpkin spiced candles are very hot right now… literally.... just remember to never leave a lit candle unattended, at any time of year.

Malfunctioning Electrical Appliances

Kuerigs and coffee pots become even more popular this time of year and nobody wants you to go without your coffee, but we have to be responsible.  If you have noticed any sparking or strange shut downs with your outlet, it could be because your appliances are outdated.  Let’s get rid of that old coffee pot which could be overloading your circuit and switch over to the more energy efficient Kuerig this Fall.

Fires are an unfortunate possibility of owning a home, which we may experience at one point or another.  If a fire happens to occur in your home while you are distracted, sleeping, or at work, the damage can be severe.  We know it is tough to cope with but your family at SERVPRO of Ronkonkoma has your back.  We will take all of the necessary steps to restore your home, so you can relax and watch as everything quickly returns to normal.

To schedule restoration services, call 631-585-0007 or book an appointment on our website!