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Staying Warm While Staying Safe This Winter Season | SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale

1/2/2024 (Permalink)

Fire Fighters Putting Out A House Fire Keep yourself safe this winter with some heat safety tips from your SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale team!

We are grateful that our winters are relatively mild, but that doesn’t mean we don’t see our share of freezing temperatures and occasional snowstorms! These weather conditions have us all running for the safety and warmth of our homes where we turn on fireplaces and crank on space heaters. 

However, it is the unfortunate fact that house fires skyrocket in the winter months, and many of these fires are caused by some sort of malfunction or accident with space heaters and fireplaces. We want you to stay safe while staying warm this winter, so check out the helpful tips below. 

Staying Toasty by the Fire
Who doesn’t love curling up by a nice warm fire while it snows outside? While fireplaces can provide the warmth and ambiance you need, it is important that your fireplace has been prepped ahead of time to be as safe as possible.

Keep flammable decor items off of the mantle and far away from the fireplace grate and check to make sure your smoke detectors have fresh batteries at all times. 

If you have a wood-burning fireplace, keep the ash buildup to a minimum and have your chimney cleaned regularly to remove creosote buildup. If you have an electric or gas fireplace, check the lines before you turn it on each time to make sure you aren’t experiencing a leak or dangerous malfunction with the gas or electricity. 

Tips for Space Heaters

Did you know that space heaters contribute to over a thousand house fires every year across the country? That’s a lot of heater mishaps that end in disaster! We all love space heaters for their portability, but that is also one of the reasons why they can be such fire hazards. 

If you have a space heater or two in your home, be sure to set them up on a hard, nonflammable surface. As you set yours up, be sure the cord isn’t fraying or loose and make sure it is far enough away from the wall and flammable materials like couch cushions or curtains.

Aim to create a three-foot barrier around your heater to keep out curious kids and less-than-graceful pets, and only have it running while you are present in the room. Turn off and unplug your heater any time you leave the room or before going to bed for the night.

Safety Features to Look Out For 

While we can’t completely prevent fire accidents from occurring, we can all take steps to reduce our risk on a daily basis. For example, many fireplaces nowadays have protective screens that can fit over the hearth to keep out kids, pets and flammable possessions.

When it comes to space heaters, do your research before purchasing one. Cheaper or off-brand heaters might be enticing, but keep in mind that quality is crucial when it comes to ensuring your safety. 

The company you choose should have a high safety and quality rating. In addition, you should check to see if the space heater in question has a safety shutoff switch. If you are forgetful or have a hard time remembering to set alarms on your phone, having a backup shutoff switch that is programmed to turn off the heater after a period of use is a great safety feature.  

Finally, be sure your space heater’s cord is at least six feet long and is well-made. We hope you finish out the winter season safe and warm! Call SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale for a quick restoration if you do suffer from fire damage this season. 

House fires can cause extensive damage in seconds. Contact SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale right away. 

October is Fire Prevention Month--what you can do to stay safe!

10/5/2022 (Permalink)

October is a wonderful month!  Fall is here, football is on tv, Halloween is coming, the cool, crisp mornings are a delight!  While enjoying all of those things, let's focus a moment on fire prevention!  This is a GREAT time to change out the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.  

The National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA) has announced “Fire Won’t Wait. Plan Your Escape™” as the theme for Fire Prevention WeekTM, which takes place October 9-15. 

So, what does that mean?  Take 5 minutes and have a family planning event.  If a fire were to break out in your home, it will likely create panic and confusion.  By taking a few minutes NOW to plan your escape--it could save your life or the life of your loved ones.  Have a discussion about where the nearest exits are, where to meet up outside and basics a fire and smoke.  Smoke rises, so reinforce the importance of staying low and crawling if necessary.  Smoke inhalation is a major health concern.  So, stay low and cover your face, nose and mouth with your shirt.  Once everyone is safely outside, then call 911 to have the fire department dispatched.  

Before You Shop for Fireworks in Batesville, MS

6/28/2022 (Permalink)

Colorful fireworks explode in the night sky Celebrate the Fourth of July safely this year.

Tis the season for those little roadside tents to pop up along the landscape. You know the ones. You'll see more and more fireworks stands as the calendar edges closer to the Fourth of July. This is the year you're going BIG.

Well, maybe not so fast.

There are some key safety measures to keep in mind before you light that first fuse! The goal is to have fun, and if safety isn't a priority, your celebration could end with something burning other than the fuse or worse, a surprise trip to the emergency room.

First, familiarize yourself with the state laws pertaining to fireworks in your area, wherever you may celebrate. Mississippi only permits certain types of firework purchases during specific times of the year, and only to those 12 years old and older.

Secondly, keep yourself safe! Make sure to never lean over the fuse when lighting it and keep a garden hose or water bucket nearby as a safety precaution. It's extremely tempting to try and re-light a "dud" firework, but don't do it! It could explode and burn you. Did you know that 44% of firework injuries were due to burns? That's an important percentage to remember, especially when it comes to children. Many people see sparklers as harmless, but a lit sparkler burns at around 2000 degrees. Half of the total firework injuries to young children involved sparklers. Please choose a safer alternative like a glow stick or streamer for your child.

When it comes to fireworks, don't forget about your furry friends. Dogs are extremely sensitive to loud noises and flashing lights. Walk them earlier in the day and leave them indoors when fireworks are in use. Close the curtains and make them a comfortable spot with music or a television playing to distract from the loud noises outside.

With a little consideration and the proper safety precautions, fireworks can be a lot of fun. No matter how you celebrate, do it safely! Have a Happy Independence Day from your friends at SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale!

Kitchen Safety for your Oxford, MS Home

4/22/2022 (Permalink)

A fire extinguisher sits on a kitchen counter. Follow proper kitchen safety precautions to keep that fire extinguisher looking shiny and unused.

People have been getting more and more creative in the kitchen over the past two years. The pandemic kept everyone home for most of 2020 and 2021. Restrictions relaxed quite a bit in 2022, so people were excited to get out of their homes and head to restaurants. Then came unprecedented inflation. Prices shot through the roof on basically everything, so a lot of people had to forego the luxury of dining out. There's a pretty good chance that home cooks throughout the South are going to fry something on the stove more than once. Give us our comfort food and understand that's just how it goes in Mississippi!

So, let's revisit some basic kitchen safety tips to keep the good food coming with none of the nasty grease fires!

Kitchen Safety 101

Always give your full attention to cooking. It's sometimes difficult to do when family members are home and everything is hectic, but it is essential. Forty-nine percent of home fires begin with cooking equipment, and thirty-three percent of those are from unattended equipment! A moment's distraction could end in tragedy.

A grease fire is the most common type of kitchen fire. Smoking oil is a sign that your burner is too hot! Should a fire develop, turn off the heat immediately! When frying on the stovetop, always have a lid nearby to suffocate a fire. It is also important to keep a large box of baking soda on-hand to put out a small grease fire. Never pour water on a grease fire – it will only make it worse! Every kitchen should have a fire extinguisher as a last resort.

Once you've finished cooking, always clean up any grease splatter on and around the stove. Thoroughly clean the heating elements or glass top so remnants cannot catch fire the next time the stove is in use.

Cooking is a fun and relaxing activity, but sometimes things do go wrong. Should your kitchen become damaged from a fire or water, give us a call! SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is available 24/7 at 662-281-1881. Call in the professionals and we'll make it “Like it never even happened.”

We're always here to help.

Church Fires are More Common Than You Think

4/22/2022 (Permalink)

Several red pillar candles burn in a dark room There are an average of three church fires a day in the United States.

A church holds a special place in the hearts of its parishioners. Often, communities come together as one to erect a new place of worship for the residents. Once the church is built, it is especially important to understand that contributing factors could lead to the new church becoming susceptible to fire. Donated labor, while appreciated, could often unintentionally overlook important safety guidelines required for construction.

There is an average of three church fires per day in the United States. While the number is relatively small in regards to the thousands of American churches, a church fire often causes tens of thousands of dollars in damages, resulting in the church being declared a total loss. Almost 35% of these church fires can be attributed to defective furnaces and stoves. The second leading cause of church fires is a result of defective wiring. Churches should have protection against lightning and quality installation of light and heating elements.

SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale understands that your church is an extension of your home.  Should the unthinkable happen and your church suffer fire damage or water damage, give us a call at 662-281-1881 and we'll make it “Like it never even happened.”

We're always here to help.

Faulty Wiring Fires in Water Valley, MS

3/28/2022 (Permalink)

Melted plastic surrounds a wall outlet Watch for signs of an impending electrical fire.

An electrical fire in the home is often unpredictable, which makes it one of the more dangerous kinds of house fires. Fires caused by faulty wiring often happen in the middle of the night, which can quickly lead to a tragic situation if the home doesn't have functional smoke alarms. Electrical fires represent 10% of home fires, but sadly, are responsible for 19% of home fire deaths. While faulty wiring inside the home needs to be repaired by a professional, other types of electrical fires occur in the home as well. These can be prevented with a little maintenance and by keeping some tips top-of-mind while using the electrical items.

Extension cords can be useful but think of them as a temporary solution to a problem. Before using an electrical cord, check for any damage, and if there is any, don't use it!   Also, remember to never overload an extension cord because you could quite literally be playing with fire.  

It's also a good idea to only plug in appliances that generate heat when you need to use them. This includes household items like toasters, irons, hairdryers, curling irons, and hair straighteners. Should one of these devices malfunction and heat up unexpectedly, it could cause a fire.  

Sometimes, trouble lets you know that it's on the way. 

Don't ignore it. Should you see burn marks around a light, this could become an issue. Have you noticed a cord that feels hot to the touch when it wasn't like that before? 

Stop using it. Has a device started sparking when you plug it into the outlet? Take it as the huge sign that it is that something is wrong and the item should either be repaired or tossed. If the problem is at the outlet, consult an electrician.

Keeping fire safety at the top of mind when you use the electrical appliances in your home goes a long way to keep a fire from happening. 

Though should the unexpected happen and you experience a fire loss in your home, we're always here to help. 

Give the professionals at SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale a call at 662-281-1881. 

Available 24/7, we're always here to help. We'll make it "Like it never even happened."

The Importance of Space Heater Safety

12/29/2021 (Permalink)

A closeup of hands being warmed by a space heater Know the basics of space heater safety before using one!

Despite the weeks of mild temperatures that set records around Christmas, it is still winter, and weather systems can turn cold quickly.  Before you turn on that space heater, there are some things that you should know. 

Space heaters are convenient, but they can also be dangerous.  There are some basic safety guidelines to follow when purchasing a new space heater.  These also apply before using an older model.

Accidents happen.  Should your space heater fall over, a fire could quickly start.  Make sure your space heater is the kind that automatically shuts off after a fall.  It's better to be safe than sorry, so if you are unsure if your older space heater has this capability, replace it with an upgraded model.

It is never safe to plug a space heater into a power strip.  They are not equipped to handle that type of power load.  A space heater's heating element can easily reach between 500 and 600 degrees, which could overheat and melt a power strip, possibly resulting in a fire.  A space heater needs to be plugged directly into a wall outlet, and it also needs to be the only device using the outlet.  It's important to check the plug periodically to ensure it has not overheated and started to deform or melt.  This is a fire hazard and the heater should be immediately discarded.

Lastly, location is key for the safe use of space heaters.   Place it on the floor and leave three feet of space between the heater and flammable items like furniture or textiles.  While in use, your space heater should never be left unattended.  Make sure children and pets are also kept away.  There have been too many tragic stories about house fire fatalities that occur after an unsupervised child turns on a space heater.   Break the cycle and use your space heater responsibly.

Space heaters are handy when the weather dips, but remember to make safety a priority and use them correctly to prevent one of the most common causes for winter house fires!

National Fire Prevention Week 2021

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

A cartoon silhouette of a man walking under a smoke detector to get to the door. Exit the building immediately if the smoke alarm sounds!

It's time for National Fire Prevention Week!  This year's campaign for fire safety awareness is October 3-9, 2021.  National Fire Prevention Week features a yearly theme, designed to draw attention to a particular aspect of fire awareness and education.  The 2021 theme is "Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety."  

You've surely heard the periodic chirp of a smoke detector with a low battery, but what do you do when it happens?  Do you replace it immediately, or do you tune it out?  If you ignore the chirp, stop!  Smoke detectors are an absolutely crucial part of fire safety.  Replace the batteries when they get low, and every 10 years, replace your smoke detectors entirely.  Pro tip:  Label both the smoke detector and the battery with the date of installation so you don't forget!

While smoke detectors are incredibly important, there are other alert systems available for households which include someone who is deaf or hard of hearing.  Some options include strobe lights and pillow or bed shakers.  Make sure whatever you choose is lab tested for safety!

Find out more about National Fire Prevention Week at their website:

Celebrate the Fourth of July Safely

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

Fireworks explode in the night sky Celebrating the Fourth of July? Be sure to do it safely!

Nothing says summer like the Fourth of July.  It's hot, it's muggy, and there's nothing like hanging out with friends and family, grilling some food, and watching a fireworks display.  There's a lot to celebrate this year.  Independence Day takes on a whole new meaning in terms of the pandemic, as the country is steadily regaining its independence from stay-at-home orders, social distancing, and everything else we've experienced over the past year and change.  You might even want to purchase your own fireworks from one of the endless roadside stands that dot the landscape this time of year.  It's time to go big, right?

Maybe, but make sure not to get ahead of yourself! 

There are some key safety measures to keep in mind before you light that first fuse!  You don't want your night to end with a trip to the emergency room or a call to the fire department!

First, familiarize yourself with the state laws pertaining to fireworks in your area, wherever you may celebrate.  Mississippi laws only allow certain times of the year for firework purchases, and the consumer must be at least 12 years old.

Secondly, there are some basic firework safety precautions you should keep in mind.  Should you end up with a "dud" fuse that won't light, it's tempting to try it again, but don't do it!  It could explode and you could end up burned.  Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby when shooting fireworks, and don't lean over the fuse when you light it.  Burns from fireworks make up 44% of all firework injuries.  It's important to remember that, especially where your kids are concerned.  Many people think of sparklers as "kiddie fireworks," but did you know that a lit sparkler can burn at up to 2000 degrees Fahrenheit?  Sparklers are involved in half of the firework injuries in young children.  Keep your kids safe with streamers or glow sticks instead. 

Don't forget about your furry friends if you're planning to shoot fireworks.  Many dogs are highly sensitive to the flashing lights and loud noises from fireworks.  Plan to walk your dogs earlier in the day before the festivities begin so they can stay inside once it gets loud.  Dogs need to feel secure, so keep the curtains closed and turn on some music or leave the TV on to distract them from the outside noise.

With a little consideration and the proper safety precautions, fireworks can be a lot of fun.  However you celebrate, do it safely!  Happy Independence Day from your friends at SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale!

Preparing for a Cookout?

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

A BBQ grill is ready for use with an American flag as a backdrop in Clarksdale, MS Before you have that Fourth of July cookout, make sure you revisit our BBQ safety tips!

The Fourth of July will be here before you know it, and Americans are itching to partake in one of their favorite pastimes: the cookout! According to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, 64% of US adults own a grill or smoker – that's almost two-thirds of the population! The massive popularity of outdoor cooking can end badly if proper safety precautions are not observed. So let's run through a few safety tips to make your cookout a success!

Sure, you know your grill, but how well do you really know your grill? Keep a copy of your manual if possible; alternately, it should be available on the manufacturer's website. . Become familiar with your specific model, as features and functions differ between grill models.

Location, Location, Location! A grill should only be set up on a flat surface so it cannot tip over.  Set up a grill pad or splatter mat underneath your grill to protect your deck or patio. Consult your manual for the minimum keep-clear distance required for your grill.  If you're using a gas grill, make sure to check for a propane leak.  Just apply a light soap and water solution to the hose, then turn on the gas. If you see any bubbling, you've got a leak that needs to be fixed before going any further!

Always make sure to clean the grease off the grill before using it again.  Keep it clean!  Make sure to have baking soda on-hand in case of a grease fire. Should the flame go out, turn off the grill and the gas and give it at least five minutes before re-lighting it.

Charcoal grills cause more fires than gas grills, so always proceed with caution. Allow the coals to cool completely before disposing of them in a metal container.

We know that cookouts usually aren't complete without a few adult beverages of choice, but if you're in charge of the fire, keep it in check to avoid carelessness!

All of us at SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale love a good cookout, but we know that accidents sometimes happen. We're always here to help. Give us a call at 662-281-1881. Fire & Water – Cleanup & Restoration. We'll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Grease Fire Safety

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

Charred aftermath of a grease fire in Lauderdale, MS Have the proper tools on hand to put out a grease fire before it gets out of hand!

Beginning in 2020 and continuing through today, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, more people than ever turned to their own kitchens to relieve stress and feed their families. The rising numbers of new home chefs call for a reminder of basic kitchen safety.

Kitchen Safety 101

Always give your full attention to cooking. It's sometimes difficult to do when family members are both working and schooling from home, but it is essential. Forty-nine percent of home fires begin with cooking equipment, and thirty-three percent of those are from unattended equipment! A moment's distraction could end in tragedy.

A grease fire is the most common type of kitchen fire. Pay attention to your settings -- your burner is too hot if the oil is smoking! Should a fire develop, turn off the heat immediately! When frying on the stovetop, always have a lid nearby to suffocate a fire. A large box of baking soda is imperative to keep on hand to put out a small grease fire. Resist the urge to pour water on a grease fire – it will only make it worse! Every kitchen should also be equipped with a fire extinguisher.

Once you've finished cooking, always clean up any grease splatter on and around the stove. Thoroughly clean the heating elements or glass top so remnants cannot catch fire the next time the stove is in use.

Cooking is a fun and relaxing activity, but sometimes things do go wrong. Should your kitchen become damaged from a fire or water, give us a call! SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is available 24/7 at 662-281-1881. Call in the professionals and we'll make it “Like it never even happened.”

We're always here to help.

Fireplace Maintenance Tips for Your Clarksdale, MS Home

3/29/2021 (Permalink)

Closeup of a crackling fire Keep your fireplace maintained to enjoy it for years to come.

The first cold snap of the winter season generally leaves people running for the fireplace to keep their homes warm.  While fireplaces generally do a great job of maintaining a comfortable temperature in the home, they do require maintenance.  This is especially true when your fireplace has been unused since the previous cold season.

Without proper maintenance, you're left with a potential fire hazard.  A sparking ember could jump from the fireplace and land somewhere flammable.  Creosote buildup could cause a chimney fire.  Should smoke drift from the fireplace and into the room, it is a sign that you should extinguish the fire and have your fireplace serviced immediately.  When smoke gets into a room, it greatly reduces the quality of the air inside.  This could be dangerous for those with respiratory illnesses.  Carbon monoxide could also enter the room, which can quickly become a deadly situation without a working carbon monoxide detector.

The best thing to do to keep your home and family safe is have a professional chimney sweep out to inspect, clean, and test your chimney yearly.  They get busy during fall and winter, so you might find it easier to book one in the summer.  It's also important to note that you should have a chimney sweep out to inspect the chimney if you've just moved into the home.

Should the unthinkable happen and you do experience a fire loss, the professionals at SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale are ready to help.  Give us a call at 662-281-1881.  We'll get right to work to make it "Like it never even happened."

The Impact Of Smoking In Your Home

1/3/2021 (Permalink)

It is common knowledge that smoking has negative consequences on your health, but it can also be dangerous to your home.

Fire Danger

Smoking is the leading cause of death in home fires.  Fires caused by smoking is most common in bedrooms and living rooms where flammable items such as carpet, blankets, and furniture are exposed.

Resale Value

Homes occupied by someone who smokes regularly are much more difficult to sell.  On average, house value decreases by nearly 29%. The smell left behind by cigarettes can get trapped in cupboards, vents, and even the ceiling.

While exceedingly difficult, it is possible to reduce and potentially get rid of the smell of smoke in your home.  Thoroughly cleaning the walls and ceilings, followed by a deep cleaning of the carpet and floors is the first step.  It may also be necessary to professionally clean the air ducts to prevent the smell from continuing to circulate throughout your home.

National Fire Prevention Week

10/8/2020 (Permalink)

Dalmation dressed as fire fighter and other dog holding up a sign with the Fire Prevention Week campaign photo Fire Prevention Week October 4-10, 2020

Fire Prevention Week began in 1922 and has been sponsored by the National Fire Protection Administration ever since.  In 1925 it became a national observance which makes it the longest-running public health observance in the US.  This year’s campaign “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” and is observed October 4 through October 10.    The goal of the campaign is to educate the public on the easy ways they can take to keep themselves, and those around them, safe in the kitchen. The number one cause of home fires and injuries is cooking.  This week fire fighters educate and provide life saving information to children, teachers, and adults across the US in hopes of reducing the amount of fire related injuries and deaths.

You can learn more about fire safety by visiting the NFPA website.

How Thermal Foggers Work to Remove Smoke Odors in your Home or Business

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

Even after a fire is extinguished, smoke and the odor that accompanies it will likely linger and spread to surrounding rooms.  Odors are often not as pressing of a concern in the earliest stages of fire restoration; however, it is important to remediate this issue as quickly as possible.  Trapped odors left for too long can become stronger and harder to remove as time goes by.

Thermal fogging is one of the first choices in deodorization because it is done using a versatile and lightweight unit that can easily move from room to room.  It works by superheating specially formulated odor removal solutions into a vapor that can penetrate porous materials.  Porous materials such as fabric and drywall are often the biggest culprits of holding onto smoky odors. 

Depending on how severe the damage is, other methods of odor neutralization may be used.  Other options include:

  • Hydroxyl Machines
  • Ozone Generators
  • HEPA-Filtration Air Scrubbers

Removing/neutralizing odors after a fire may seem like an impossible task, but our SERVPRO team of technicians can manage these conditions quickly and efficiently.  For more information call us 662-281-1881!

Protect Your Home Before Leaving For Summer Vacation To Prevent Damage

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

Last minute summer trips may have you running out the door in a hurry.  Please make sure to take a minute to protect your home from accidental water or fire damage! Here is a quick check list to ensure your home is in the same condition you left it in.

  • Kitchen: turn off the stove/oven and unplug any small electrical appliances.
  • Living Areas: turn off ceiling fans and unplug any unnecessary electrical devices
  • Bathroom: Unplug irons/hair dryer and make sure no faucets are running
  • Bedrooms: again, turn off ceiling fans and make sure no candles were left lit
  • Laundry Room: make sure the dryer is not running

Lastly, make sure all toilets are flushed and the trash is taken out! This will keep your home smelling fresh as well.  We hope this short list of precautions is helpful and creates a less stressful traveling experience!                       

Close Before You Doze

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

More than 60% of Americans sleep with their bedroom doors open at night.  This may be out of habit or because they think it is the safer option.  However, according to the Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI), this may not be the best idea.  About half of home fire deaths occur between 11 pm and 7 am.  House fires grow at a rapid pace and the thing standing between life and death may be your bedroom door.  If nothing else, it can also save your home from severe smoke damage. Fires spread more quickly when they have access to oxygen, closing a door can slow the spread and reduce toxic smoke levels.  Oxygen levels inside your bedroom will remain livable and the amount of carbon monoxide will not increase as quickly.  Lastly, if you find yourself with time to escape your home before a fire grows to a considerable size, make sure to close any doors behind you! It may be time to pick up a new nighttime habit and “close before you doze”!

Do You Have a Fire Extinguisher in Your Home?

3/30/2020 (Permalink)

Accidents happen.  Small fires can happen at home for a variety of reasons.  Fires caused by space heaters, candles, cigarettes, or small grease fires can potentially be put out quickly using a fire extinguisher depending on its severity and size.  However, it is important that you are equipped with the proper extinguisher and the knowledge of how to properly use it. The following are 3 different types of fire extinguishers:

Type A: able to put out burning paper, wood, or fabric

Type B: works best to put our fires caused by oil, butane, or gasoline

Type C: best for electrical fires

These types may be further categorized such as a “2-A” extinguisher vs a “4-A” extinguisher. You may find that it would be best to keep more than one type in your home in order to be better prepared for any type of fire.  If you find that a fire erupts in your home that is bigger than a small grease fire, call 911 immediately.  You and your family’s safety is most important.

If you find yourself in need of Fire Restoration Services, Call SERVPRO of Oxford / Batesville / Clarksdale at 662-281-1881 to help! Our team of trained professionals know how to properly restore your home to make it “Like it never even happened.”

How To Dispose of A Real Christmas Tree Properly

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

Christmas has come and gone so now it is time to pack up the decorations and discard of your tree.  If you choose to have a real tree to celebrate the holidays, it is important to know the proper ways to dispose of the tree properly to ensure they are not a fire risk.  One way to discard of your tree properly is recycling.  Check your local city utility service to see if your community offers a recycling service such as curbside pickup.

However, some people choose to burn their trees instead.  If you choose to do so, use extreme caution.  Be sure to check your local ordinances to ensure there is not a county burn ban in place.  Also never burn on dry or windy days.  Select a burn location that is far away from your home, natural areas, and roads.  Be sure to remove all ornaments and cut the tree into manageable sections.  Never leave a fire unattended and have a water source and a shovel to suppress the fire if one occurs.  And finally, call 911 immediately to report any fires. 

Smoke and Soot Damage to Neighboring Property

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

A question I was once asked: Can my house be affected by a fire in the house next door? The answer is yes! Let SERVPRO do an inspection of your home and find out if smoke and soot has penetrated the interior of your home. It is common for the houses on either side or behind a home that has had an extensive fire to have smoke and soot residue. It can get into the attic and even into the interior of the home by being drawn in through the HVAC system. Depending on the materials that were in the actual fire the soot and smoke residue can be very corrosive to different items in your home. Let SERVPRO inspect the HVAC system and the interior and remove any smoke and soot therein.

Smoldering Fire

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

Smoldering fire is a flameless, low temperature burn. There are many materials that can withhold a smolder such as decaying wood, cotton clothing, tobacco, coal, and polymeric foams that are primarily used in bedding and upholstery. Smoldering fires can be difficult to detect and are easily initiated. This makes a smolder a severe hazard. According to statistics smoldering fires are the leading cause of fire deaths in residential areas.

Therefore, it is important to follow the safety rules of preventing fires.

  • Have smoke alarms installed and change the batteries when needed.
    • There should be one on every level of the home.
    • Place one in each bedroom, near each stairwell, and in the kitchen.
  • Have a fire extinguisher
  • Maintain and monitor electrical cords and appliances
  • Have an escape plan
    • Many people don’t plan for a fire so it is important to be prepared if it ever happens to you and your family.

Fire Safety Tips

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage can be devastating.  That’s why it is so important to be prepared for any situation and know what to do if a fire occurs.  Here are a few fire safety tips.

  • Make sure you have a working fire alarm and change the batteries as needed. A fire alarm can save your life by providing you with an early sign of a fire.
  • Have an exit strategy. Make sure you know the fastest way to get out should a fire occur. 
  • Invest in a portable fire extinguisher. Getting a small grease fire out quickly could save your home.
  • Make sure everyone in the home knows how to call 911 and knows the exit strategy.

If you suffer from fire damage, call SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale so we can get you back in your home “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Hazards

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Home and commercial fires can happen quickly and always unexpectantly.  Here are some common causes of home fires and ways to reduce the risk

  • Electrical Equipment
    • Faulty or frayed cords can be the culprit to an electrical fire. Even seemingly harmless appliances like a toaster oven or blender can be dangerous if the cord is damaged.  Make sure all cords plugged in are in good condition.
  • Candles
    • Approximately 37 percent of fires caused from candles start in a bedroom, because it is easy to forget about a candle or fall asleep with one lit. Make sure to blow out a candle when leaving the room and be sure to keep tissue boxes, books, and curtains away. 
  • Heating Mechanisms
    • Winter months can sometimes require extra heating devices. Portable heaters are useful but are dangerous.  Furniture, clothes, curtains, and other flammable objects can all catch fire if near a portable heater.  Be sure to keep those items away from the device and monitor regularly. 

There is always a risk of fire hazards so it’s important to know the potential sources

When a fire occurs in your Oxford business, we are here to help.

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

Our team is working hard at cleaning the walls and ceilings of this Oxford, MS restaurant

Most people don’t realize when a fire occurs smoke and soot travel all over the home or business.  It doesn’t just stay confined to the location that was affected.  Smoke and soot get in the HVAC system and affects walls, floors, and contents.  Our highly trained technicians and our specialized equipment and products are the reason people call SERVPRO.

This local restaurant had a fire occur in the bathroom.  The fire department arrived and were able to contain the fire to that area which was a blessing, but they still had to close to clean the entire area, especially to meet food safety code.  They called SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale and our technicians were able to begin working on cleaning up the soot and smoke damage as well as remove any debris or wet materials left over from the fire itself and the fire department.  We were in and out within a week and the business was back up and running. 

If your home or business suffers from fire or smoke/soot damage, contact SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale. 

Smoke Webs Are Caused By Heat Rising

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

A fire can leave behind a multitude of problems, for instance, soot and smoke damage, as well as an intense odor. Smoke produced by burning plastic carries a stronger charge than smoke from wood, paper or cotton.  Heat rises, therefore, creating a stronger residue along ceilings and higher walls.  What many people do not know about is the smoke webs caused by the synthetic materials in plastic.  These smoke webs appear along ceilings as corners.  Another area that may be damaged more severely than others is windows.  This is caused because heat is attracted to areas with a lower temperature. 

If you experience a fire, it is important to reach out to SERVPRO to assess the damage and begin the restoration process to get you and your family back in your home as quickly as possible.  Call SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville Clarksdale 662-281-1881

Tips on ways to prevent electrical fire

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Cause of Loss in Oxford home due to faulty electrical on the aquarium.

Some of the most common reasons for fires in homes include cooking equipment, heating, candles, and faulty wiring. We at SERVPRO see all kinds of reasons and recently had a fire cleanup at a home here in Oxford that was caused by the aquarium. Yes, the wiring to the aquarium became too hot and caused the unit to catch fire. Unfortunately, the homeowners were not able to catch it in time and severe damage occurred. We were called out to help the homeowners clean up the structure and contents of the home and remove any odors caused from the fire.

Tips to prevent electrical fire:

  • Make sure all electrical outlets are fitted and tight to the wall
  • Do not tamper with electrical plugs
  • Use surge protector fur multi plugs
  • Replace any frayed or cracked electrical cords
  • Use extension cords as a temporary solution
  • Keep electrical cords away from carpets and water

And, if you do have a fire, call SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale.

How To Clean Smoke Damage

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

An example of sponge cleaning soot damage.

A fire produces smoke, we all know this, but did you know there are two different types of smoke?  Smoke can either be wet smoke or dry smoke.  Wet smoke occurs when it is a low heat fire, can have a pungent odor, be sticky and smear. These webs can be more difficult to clean.  Wet smoke usually occurs from plastic or rubber burning.  Dry smoke occurs when paper or wood burn.  This comes from a fast burning fire at a high temperature.   Due to their differences, they also leave different types of residue.  To make sure your smoke/soot damage is effectively cleaned, SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale will test the soot to see which type of soot damage occurred.  The results of testing will help us to identify a cleaning procedure to proceed with.  In most cases we use a dry, sponge method or what we call wet wiping.  Some more severe cases require both methods to be used.  If you have suffered a fire and want help cleaning up, call SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale at 662-281-1881 to help.

How Do You Get Rid Of Unwanted Odors After A Fire?

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke smells can linger after the fire is put out.

Fires at your home or business can leave an unwanted smoke and soot damage on your contents.  The smoke smell may leave you wondering if you will ever get to the way your home or business used to smell.  SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale has the proper equipment and methods to remove these odors. 

Depending on the area as well as items affected Thermal Fogging and/or Ozone may be used.   When Thermal Fogging is performed a special solvent-based deodorizer is heated and droplets are applied as a dry fog to the area.  The fog will leave behind a pleasant odor that aids in neutralizes any unwanted smells.  Ozone is also an effective way to remove smoke odor by destroying them at their source.  O3 is circulated throughout the affected space and oxidizes the fumes and smoke residue. 

If you suffer fire damage that leaves a smoke and/or soot odors in your home or business, SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale to help. 

What If Your Oxford, MS Apartment Suffers Water Or Fire Damage

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

A kitchen cabinet in an Oxford, MS apartment who's neighbor had a fire that caused them to have soot and smoke damage in their unit.

Living in a college town such as Oxford, MS many find themselves residing in an apartment for a period of time.  Besides learning to live with potential roommates, apartment living also means being prepared to take care of the contents of your apartment if water or fire damage should occur.  You may have a protocol in place for when these types of disasters happen within your apartment, but what about if it happens to your neighbor and it causes issues within your apartment as well?

Here are some tips of taking care of your apartment after secondary water or fire damage:

  • Contact your property manager and let them know the extent of the damage
  • Contact your renter’s insurance and see what all coverage you have
  • Call a professional

SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is here to help if you suffer water or fire damage to your apartment.  Not only do we have the proper equipment to handle the job, we have qualified technicians ready 24/7 to help.  If your apartment experiences water or fire damage call SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale at 662-281-1881

Fire Hazards In Your Bathroom

7/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage in a bathroom at a Batesville, MS home.

Household fires can be devastating. They can destroy your home and memories in minutes. Many fire hazards exist in your home and should be regularly inspected as well as maintained to prevent these hazards from turning into an actual fire. One of these places is the exhaust fan/vent in your bathroom. Exhaust fans are used to help prevent steam on mirrors, damp walls and fogged windows as well as removing odors. If not cleaned properly, overtime they build up lint which can cause the motor to overheat and ignite the lint. Here are some ways you can prevent this:

  1. Make sure you follow your manufacturers recommendations for cleaning and add the exhaust fans to your regular cleaning schedule.
  2. When you clean make sure you also take the fan cover off and remove lint from around the motor, even washing it in warm soapy water.
  3. If your fan shows any signs of heat damage, make sure you replace immediately.
  4. These bathroom fans should only be used for brief periods of time such as during a shower. Make it a habit to turn them off when their job is done.

SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is here to help. If you suffer from any time of fire or smoke damage in your home or business, please call our professional team at 662-281-1881 to help.

Regular Cleaning of Your Dryer Vent Reduces Your Chances of a Fire

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Do you know what's inside your dryer vent?

You usually think about your washer and dryer cleaning clothing and soft goods for you, but how often do you clean them?  Keeping your dryer vent clean not only helps you dry your clothes faster it also lowers the chances of it malfunctioning.  There are almost 3,000 dryer related fires reported each year, proper maintenance such as having the vent cleaned can reduce this.  Here are some benefits of having your dryer vent cleaned:

  • Reduces the potential of a dryer fire and keeps your dryer from overheating
  • Can lower your power bill
  • Lengthen the life of your dryer and keep repairs to a minimal
  • Clothes will dry faster and less lent

It is suggested that this be a yearly maintenance especially if your vent line is longer than 10 feet.  Our team of professionals at SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is trained and ready to help keep your home safe and help it run more efficiently. 

No Fire Doesn't Mean No Damage

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

Soot damage on a ceiling.

Just because you didn’t experience the flames of a fire doesn’t mean you didn’t experience damage.  Smoke and soot damage can be far reaching and sometimes seem impossible to clean.  If your home or office has experienced smoke or soot damage, there are some things to keep in mind to prevent further damage. 

  • Don’t try to wipe or wash any absorbent surfaces like walls or ceilings—soot needs special attention to remediated
  • Don’t use any upholstered furniture
  • Don’t wash or dry any affected clothing or tapestry, this may set in the smoke odor
  • Don’t walk on carpet or flooring that has soot unless you lay something on top of it, this will minimize the soot from being ground in the flooring as well as being transferred to other areas.

Smoke and soot damage requires such careful treatment, and you don’t want to make things worse, so call the professionals at SERVPRO of Oxford / Batesville / Clarksdale to help. We are certified in the correct treatment and remediation of soot damage.  Our team is ready and willing to help, so if you suffer smoke and/or soot damage call us at 662-281-1881.

What To Do If Your Home Or Business Has A Fire

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fires are something you never want to have to deal with; but should also be something you are always prepared for when they do happen.  Here are some tips to remember if you should experience a fire at your home or business:

  • Know how to operate a fire extinguisher properly
  • Call 911
  • Yell FIRE several times and go outside right away
  • Get Out and Stay Out
  • Check closed door handles before opening, if warm, use your secondary exit
  • If you must go through smoke, get low and go under the smoke. Close the doors behind you.
  • Never re-enter a building until it has been cleared 

SERVPRO of Oxford / Batesville / Clarksdale specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale Smoke and Soot Cleanup

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale 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 Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale 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 – 662-281-1881

Fire Damage At Your Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale Business

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale for all your fire restoration needs-662-281-1881

Fire and soot damage in your Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale commercial properties often are complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether it’s a small contained fire or a large impact fire we are always ready. 

About SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale

SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial property after a fire damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Here are some other stats from the NFPA:

Time of Day

  • Peak time of day for office fires: Noon – 2p.m. (a.k.a. lunch time!)
  • 69% happened between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • The 31% that occurred between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. caused 67% of recorded property damage, because they went undetected longer. This also highlights the need for automatic detection equipment and working sprinkler systems.
  • 19% of fires happened on weekends.

Cause of the Business Fires

  • 29% were caused by cooking equipment. However, just 6% of these fires caused actual property damage.
  • Intentionally-set fires caused the most direct property damage – 21%.
  • Electrical equipment is the second leading cause of office fires.
  • Just 2% of office fires start in a concealed space like an attic, in the ceiling, or in another conceals space. However, these fires accounted for 13% of the direct property damage.

Containment & Putting it Out

  • 4 out of 5 fires were confined to the room of origin.
  • 90% of fires were large enough to activate sprinklers, which were effective 88% of the time.
  • Deaths per 1,000 stores were 62% lower in offices equipped with sprinklers compared to those without.

Staticically speaking, as many as one in four businesses that suffer some kind of major disaster do not reopen afterward. Although these odds can be hard to overcome, working with the right restoration company and team on your side will improve your chances.  

How To Prevent Workplace Fires

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

We all know who to call if there is a fire (your local fire department) but there are also things we can do to help prevent them as well.  Most people have emergency plans for the homes but often forget about their workplace. 

Here are some tips to help a fire from happening in your office:

  • Don’t overload your outlets
  • Turn off electrical appliances at the end of each work day
  • Check electrical cords for damage and replace as needed. Also don’t put cords in areas where they might become trip hazards or stepped on.  
  • Keep heat producing equipment (computers, coffee makers, etc) away from anything that might burn

These tips are helpful in prevention of fires.  You may also want to have a fire safety meeting as well as appoint someone to be in charge of checking this list periodically and making sure the office is in compliance.  If a fire does occur SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is here ready to help. 

Why Choose SERVPRO for Fire or Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Ready to help your business, whatever happens.

When disaster happens within your business it’s important to know who to call.  SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale works to exceed customers’ expectations and be ready for when you need us most. 

7 Reasons Why You Should Choose SERVPRO  

  1. 24-Hour Emergency Response

Rapid response is crucial to controlling damage, downtime and recovery costs and when you choose SERVPRO.

  1. You’re informed from start to finish

Communication helps keep everyone informed and puts nerves at ease during more stressful times.  You will be aware of the job status and progress along the way to completion. 

  1. Shorter Recovery Time

We understand anytime your business’ doors are closed, there is a negative impact on everyone.  We arrive to the site as quickly as possible and begin mitigation.  This allows cleanup and restoration to happen in an efficient time which will have your doors open as soon as possible. 

  1. Saves You Money

When our team is able to properly restore items to preloss conditions not only saves you money on replacing those items, it also salvages treasured belongings.

  1. Already Have A Plan In Place Before Disaster Strikes

Businesses that take advantage of our Emergency Response Profile (ERP) will already have a plan of action at their fingertips in the event of an emergency situation.  This lessens some of the stress because you already have a plan of action.

  1. Array of services for your cleanup needs

You do not have to find more vendors to clean your carpets, or remove the water, or deodorize, or clean your hard floors.  SERVPRO offers those services and more so you don’t have to call numerous places and schedule all these different services. 

  1. National leader in large loss response teams

There are over 1,600 SERVPRO’s nationwide all ready to help you in your time of crisis.  This means that when disaster strikes not only is SERVPRO there but they have resources within their network of franchises to help as well. 

How To Avoid Fires At Your Oxford, MS Barbeque

7/6/2017 (Permalink)

Quick tips to ensure fire safety while grilling

One of many peoples favorite summer pastime is grilling.   It’s something fun to bring friends and family together and spend time outside in the warmer months.   Whether it’s hot dogs, hamburgers or steaks your main focus when using a grill is safety.   Here are some tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Propane and charcoal grills should only be used outdoors
  • Place your grill far enough away from your home, deck railings and overhanging branches
  • Never leave a grill unattended
  • Keeps people and pets away from the grill
  • Use long-handled utensils made for grilling
  • Make sure you have a clean grill before beginning cooking (remove grease or fat build up)

Please follow these safety guidelines to avoid making your cookout memorable for all the wrong reasons. Happy grilling!!

Quick Response Is Crucial in Restoration After A Fire

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

This is the bathroom after the fire.

The First 48 hours after a fire, damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings.   Allowing SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale to assist you can help prevent fire damage turning into long-term problems.  Our team’s timely response will help increase the chances of your property, belongings and memories being returned to preloss conditions. 

What You Can Do Until Help Arrives

  • Limit movement in home to help prevent spreading of soot particles
  • Place clean towels or linens on rugs, 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 walls or painted surfaces
  • Do not shampoo carpet
  • Do not clean any electrical equipment
  • Do not send apparel or other textiles to dry cleaners since improper cleaning may set smoke

At SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale we know there’s a range of emotions after a fire.  Our team of expertise is here to help restore not only your home but your peace of mind.  SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale is available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to help.

Smoke and Soot cleanup can be tackled

4/18/2017 (Permalink)

Electrical Fire Causes Heavy Soot in Home

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor.  Our smoke damage expertise allows SERVPRO 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 Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage has occurred.  The cleaning prodecures 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 paint 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 for your property with care.  

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today--662-281-1881