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Fire Alarms for People Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in San Diego?

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

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People who are deaf or hard of hearing cannot rely on hearing a smoke or fire alarm to alert them to a fire. SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown responds to fire damage emergencies throughout the year in San Diego and offer these safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):

  • Smoke alarms are available for people who are deaf (those with profound hearing loss). These alarms use strobe lights to wake the person. Vibration notification appliances, such as pillow or bed shakers, are required and are currently activated by the sound of a smoke alarm.
  • As people age, their ability to hear high-pitched sounds decreases. NFPA’s Research Foundation showed that older adults are unlikely to respond to alarms with strobe lights.
  • Older adults or other people who are hard of hearing (those with mild to severe hearing loss) can use a device that emits a mixed, low-pitched sound. In its current form, this device is activated by the sound of a traditional smoke alarm.
  • Always choose equipment that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory
  • Make sure everyone in your home understands and reacts to the signal (light, vibration, or sound) used in their situation
  • All smoke alarms should be tested at least monthly

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When you need fire damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 619-583-2133. We’ll restore your fire damage in San Diego, “Like it never even happened.”

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Fire Damage Safety Tips for Old Town?

9/6/2021 (Permalink)

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Old Town Residents Want to Know

When my smoke alarm went off in the middle of the night, I remember the rush to get everyone out of the house safely. Thankfully everyone was safe, and the fire was contained to one room. SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown responds to fire damage emergencies throughout the year in Old Town and we offer these tips from our website on what to do while waiting for help to arrive:

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 a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves
  • Change the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit (HVAC) filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers

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Fires can happen at any time, and when you require fire damage restoration services for your home or business, SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown has a team of highly trained technicians ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-583-2133. We’ll restore your fire damage in Old Town, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Candle Fire in Banker’s Hill Bedroom?

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

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Banker’s Hill Bedroom Candle Fire Blunder

My bedroom was transformed into a spa-like setting when I lit all of the candles. Unfortunately, a gust of wind sent my gauzy curtain into the flame of a candle and started a fire in my pretty bedroom. Fortunately, we were able to put the fire out and call SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown.

Candles' flames create ambiance, but they can be dangerous if improperly used. Here are some candle safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Use candle holders that are sturdy and won’t tip over easily
  • Put candle holders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface
  • Light candles carefully
  • Keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame
  • Don’t burn a candle all the way down. Put it out before it gets too close to the holder or container.
  • Never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home
  • Have flashlights and battery-powered lighting ready to use during a power outage. Never use candles.

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When you need fire damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown has a team of highly trained technicians ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-583-2133. We’ll restore your fire damage in Banker’s Hill, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire Escape Planning Tips for North Park?

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown responds to fire damage emergencies in North Park throughout the year. The National Fire Protection Association urges people to make a fire escape plan to include:

  • Draw a map of your home showing all doors and windows. Discuss the plan with everyone in your home.
  • Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily.
  • Have an outside meeting place (like a tree, light pole, or a mailbox) a safe distance away from the home where everyone can meet
  • Practice your home fire drill at night and during the day with everyone in your home, twice a year
  • Practice using different ways out
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them
  • Close doors behind you as you leave as a closed-door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire
  • Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area
  • Install alarms on every level of the home
  • Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors

Call Us Today!

When your home or commercial business needs fire damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown has a team of highly trained technicians ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-583-2133. We’ll restore your fire damage in North Park, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Kitchen Fire in Banker’s Hill?

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

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Cooking Safety Tips for Banker’s Hill

The leading cause of cooking fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown offers these cooking safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

Cook with Caution

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food
  • If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking
  • Use a timer to remind you that you are cooking
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop

If you have a small grease cooking fire and decide to fight the fire...

  • On the stovetop, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner, and leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown has a team of emergency fire restoration technicians ready to respond to your call 24-hours a day. Call us today at 619-583-2133. We’ll clean and restore your fire damage in Banker’s Hill, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Centre City/Uptown is Independently Owned and Operated.

3 Steps To Take After a Fire in Your Home

5/6/2021 (Permalink)

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If your home in San Diego, CA is affected by a fire, you will likely want to begin the fire restoration process as quickly as possible. There are several measurements you can take to help quicken the restoration process.

1. Contact Your Insurance Provider

After a fire has occurred in your home, it’s often helpful to contact your insurance provider in order to learn what your fire insurance will cover. Though every insurance company is different, damage from a fire is often covered, at least in part, by insurance. By talking with someone at your insurance company, you can also learn about the next steps your company may require you to take in order to complete your claim.

2. Avoid Causing Further Damage

Although you may be tempted to enter your home as soon as possible after a fire, this isn’t always the best idea. By entering your home after a fire, you could potentially worsen any structural damage, which could slow down the fire restoration process. Additionally, disturbing soot in the home could damage property and could cause respiratory issues. It’s often best to allow professionals who have the proper equipment to remove items from your home.

3. Request Board Up Services

When a home has been damaged by a fire, it’s often important that the home is protected in order to prevent more damage from occurring. Boarding up your home can help keep out wind and rain in addition to making it more difficult for thieves to enter the home. Once your home has been boarded up, the process of smoke cleaning and making structural fixes can begin.

The fire restoration process can often be made easier if you know how to properly make a fire claim and keep your home safe. If you need assistance restoring your home, it could be helpful to get in touch with fire damage restoration professionals.

How To Protect Your Home After a Fire

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

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Protecting Your San Diego Home After A Fire

If your San Diego home has suffered a fire, it is important to protect the property from further damage. You can do this by being sure to board up and otherwise secure the property and beginning the restoration process as quickly as possible to minimize the likelihood of mold growth and other secondary damage.

Secure the Property
After the fire has been extinguished, the first step is protecting the property from wildlife, inclement weather and vandals. The following supplies often play a key role in securing homes affected by fire damage:

  • Tarps
  • Plywood
  • Fencing

Tarps and plywood are used to cover and board up broken windows and other openings caused by the fire. Security fences are sometimes installed as an additional layer of protection to keep animals and humans from entering the property.

Restore the Property
After the emergency board-up and other security measures have been completed, it is time to begin restoring the property. An experienced restoration service is often an invaluable resource in getting your home back to pre-fire condition.
In most cases, there will be water from fire sprinklers, water hoses or other sources used to extinguish the fire. Such excess moisture can lead to mold growth within 24 hours, so it is important to dry it up as quickly as possible.
When everything is dry, either you or a restoration service needs to begin cleaning up the smoke and soot and making repairs to fire-damaged objects. Depending on your skill level, you may be able to do some repairs yourself. More delicate objects, such as antiques and electronics, generally need professional attention to be restored to pre-fire conditions.
A post-fire board-up and other security measures can protect your property from outside threats. Quick and thorough restoration can protect your home from secondary damage, such as mold growth, corrosion and structural issues, caused by fire and extinguishing efforts.

Fire Damage Restoration Process

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

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Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency in San Diego, CA.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. 

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

How To Prepare for a Fire at Home

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

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Ways You Can Prepare Yourself For a Fire In Your Home

It’s often important to prepare for an emergency in your home in San Diego, CA, and having a fire escape plan can help keep you and your family safe. There are several ways in which you can prepare yourself for a fire in your home.

1. Take Preventative Steps

Having tools in place that can alert you to a fire quickly can be a key part of preparing for a fire. It can sometimes be helpful to test your fire alarm to ensure you and others in your home know what the alarm sounds like. Additionally, you should make sure to replace the batteries in your smoke alarm at least once yearly and replace your alarm once every ten years.

2. Know How To Escape

A key part of emergency preparation involves creating a plan to escape your house. While you hopefully will never have to use your fire escape plan, having a plan in place saves you the time of having to decide how to escape. Often, it’s best to have multiple routes of escape in case you are unable to enter a certain area. Consistently practicing your emergency escape plan will make it quicker and easier to escape if the need arises.

3. Plan a Meeting Place

In addition to knowing how to get out of your home quickly if needed, it’s also often wise to plan a place for you and your family to meet once you are all out of the house. It can be helpful to choose a place that is a safe distance from your home, such as a neighbor’s mailbox, to meet. With everyone agreeing to meet at one place, you will easily be able to see who is out of the house, and you will be able to provide emergency responders with accurate information.

Having a fire escape plan can help you and others in your home feel prepared in the event of a fire. If your home has been damaged by a fire, you might find it helpful to work with fire restoration experts.

Homeowners Shouldn't Skip Emergency Board Up Procedures

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

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The Following Are Three Reasons This Step Cannot Be Postponed

After a blaze, residents are dealing with an overwhelming situation. Their place of comfort has been harmed, perhaps creating a deep feeling of loss as well as high levels of stress. It may be tempting to head to family and friends, thinking you can deal with the problem tomorrow. Waiting is problematic for several reasons. Homeowners in San Diego, CA, should board up the fire-ravaged property as soon as possible. The following are three reasons this step cannot be postponed.

1. The Land Is Vulnerable
The sparks created holes within the roofing and walls. In addition, the firefighters may have busted open windows to increase air and put in additional water. These efforts minimized the conflagration's destruction, but it left the premises exposed to other concerns. Animals may sneak in, making a new home within the walls. Rain can now seep inside, creating more moisture issues. Your emergency board up procedures block this from happening. Tarp and plywood secure the area. Contact a fire restoration company for professional assistance in this area.

2. Insurance Demands It
Walking away without protecting the home could permit the insurer to avoid paying for a fire claim. This step is considered negligence. Owners have the ability to safeguard. Not doing so, makes further complications personal responsibility. Board up before leaving to secure much-needed funding.

3. Liability Is a Concern
The fire damage peaks people's curiosity. Neighbors, particularly kids, might find it intriguing to look around. After all, easy access is tempting. The situation is dangerous. Walls and beams could be unstable. Glass might cover the floor. Someone could become cut or seriously injured. While owners may not have granted permission to enter, the refusal to close up the location could lead to a lawsuit down the road.
Allowing the house to remain vulnerable leads to headaches down the road. Board up a home first. Then, take some time to recoup. Both steps are important. Allowing the house to remain vulnerable leads to headaches down the road.

Can Cleaning Restore Smoke-Damaged Electronics?

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

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Electronics damaged by fire will likely need to be replaced, but it may be possible for fire cleanup experts to restore appliances and devices that have only sustained smoke damage. There are several methods that may restore the functionality of items exposed to smoke.

Clearing Out Corrosion

Smoke contains acidic compounds and water vapor that combine to cause corrosion on metal components such as circuits. Electronics cleaning experts may:

• Remove corrosion
• Prevent short-circuiting
• Reduce the risk of an electric fire

It is unsafe to use electronics that have corroded components. It is safest to rely on the expertise of fire cleanup experts in a controlled off-site location than to attempt to clean corrosion.

Cleaning off Black Film

Another telltale sign of smoke damage is a black film that forms across internal electronic components. This film is caused by smoke and soot and:

• Adheres to dirt or dust
• Can cause overheating
• May prevent devices from functioning

Cleanup professionals can also safely remove this black film, which may restore the normal functionality of electronics. It is important to use specialized cleaning and repair equipment to avoid further damaging delicate parts.

Safely Testing Electronics

You may run the risk of starting another fire by attempting to test electronics damaged by excessive heat or smoke. It is safer to allow experienced professionals to attempt to clean damage and then test items in an off-site facility. In addition to testing, these specialists can provide:

• Data recovery or backup
• Proof of damage or loss
• Restored electronics

It is best to hand off electronics to a content cleaning service to have restoration attempted elsewhere. Items with irreparable damage should be claimed as losses and replaced.

Electronics cleaning experts are likely to have the best results when it comes to restoring electronics. Rely on a fire cleanup firm that provides off-site content cleaning and storage in San Diego, CA.

How to protect your pets during a fire emergency

5/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Our pets are not just our pets; they are our family.  We need to be extra careful to protect Fluffy and Fido in case of a fire. Pets can become disoriented and scared during a fire emergency.

It is important that you designate one person to take care of the pets during the event of a fire emergency. Make sure that this person knows what to do in the event of an emergency.

Here are some tips to keep your furry family members safe:

  • If possible put your furry family member in their carrying case.
  • Make sure to give them plenty of water and food.
  • Lastly, make sure to give them plenty of affection and love. Pets usually scare easily during an emergency.

SERVPRO of Centre City/Uptown is here to help you with all your fire remediation and restoration needs. We can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 619-583-2133.

Space Heater Fire? Call the experts! SERVPRO to the rescue!

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

A photo of a house. This photo shows a San Diego home that had a fire several months ago. SERVPRO was referred by the insurance company to assist with the cleanup.

Did you know that unattended space heaters cause many fires per year? They do! In fact, according to…”NFPA urges the public to use portable space heaters with caution. ... Between 2011 and 2015, portable and stationary space heaters accounted for more than two of every five (43 percent) U.S. home heating fires and five out of six (85 percent) home heating fire deaths.”

Here are 4 tips to avoid such a tragedy:

1) Do not plug any other electrical devices into the same outlet as the heater.

2) Place space heaters on level, flat surfaces.

3) Never place heaters on cabinets, tables, furniture, or carpet, which can overheat and start a fire.

4) Always unplug and safely store the heater when it is not in use.

SERVPRO of Centre City/Uptown is here to help you with all your fire restoration needs! We are fire cleaning and restoration experts. We will come out and access the damage, pack your belongings for safekeeping, and provide you accurate estimates of the costs. We are here 24/7/365 at (619) 583-2133.

We hold several IICRC designations, which is the organization that sets the standards for water and fire restoration.

Who is the best fire cleanup company in San Diego?

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Centre City/Uptown in San Diego is one of the top water remediation and fire restoration companies in San Diego.

 When you have a fire to your home, the loss of control is terrifying.  That's where we come in.  Allow us to explain a little bit more about the fire cleaning process. -You call SERVPRO, we first determine whether an emergency board-up is needed.-If an emergency board-up is not needed, we schedule a time to come out and meet you onsite to assess damage and make a game plan.-You file an insurance claim, and provide us with that information.  This allows us to work on your behalf directly with your insurance carrier-We perform a detailed fire cleaning to the structure of your home, and determine the best path regarding your contents-Sometimes contents are removed and cleaned offsite at our secure facility, othertimes when appropriate we clean personal belongings onsite-Deodorization-Reconstruction While it may seem like a fire cleanup process is daunting, it truly does not have to be.  When you call SERVPRO in San Diego, we make you our top priority and hold your hand every step of the way.  Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 619-583-2133.