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Firework Safety

6/25/2021 (Permalink)

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Summer is synonymous with barbecues, swimming, and fireworks. Today we will cover Firework safety.

If not handled properly and safely, Fireworks can be extremely dangerous, causing bodily injury and even structure fires.

The National Safety Council advises everyone to enjoy fireworks at public displays conducted by professionals, and not to use any fireworks at home. They may be legal, but they are not safe.

In 2017, eight people died and over 12,000 were injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents. Of these, 50% of the injuries were to children and young adults under age 20. Over two-thirds (67%) of injuries took place from June 16 to July 16. And while most of these incidents were due to amateurs attempting to use professional-grade, homemade or other illegal fireworks or explosives, an estimated 1,200 injuries were from less powerful devices like small firecrackers and sparklers.

Additionally, fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires each year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires and nearly 17,000 other fires.

If consumer fireworks are legal to buy where you live and you choose to use them, be sure to follow the following safety tips:

  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks
  • Older children should use them only under close adult supervision
  • Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol
  • Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear
  • Never hold lighted fireworks in your hands
  • Never light them indoors
  • Only use them away from people, houses and flammable material
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person
  • Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting
  • Never ignite devices in a container
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
  • Soak both spent and unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire
  • Never use illegal fireworks

A Tip on SPARKLERS

Every year, young children can be found along parade routes and at festivals with sparklers in hand, but sparklers are a lot more dangerous than most people think.

Sparklers burn at about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals. Sparklers can quickly ignite clothing, and children have received severe burns from dropping sparklers on their feet. According to the National Fire Protection Association, sparklers alone account for more than 25% of emergency room visits for fireworks injuries. For children under 5 years of age, sparklers accounted for nearly half of the total estimated injuries.

Consider using safer alternatives, such as glow sticks, confetti poppers or colored streamers.

The best choice might be to grab a blanket and a patch of lawn, kick back and let the experts handle the fireworks show.

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Grilling Summer Safety

6/25/2021 (Permalink)

Griling Grilling Grease Fire

Summer is synonymous with barbecues, swimming, and fireworks. Today we will cover Grilling safety.

Seven out of every 10 adults in the U.S. have a grill or smoker*, which translates to a lot of tasty meals. But it also means there is an increased risk of home fires.

In 2014-2018, fire departments went to an annual average of 8,900 home fires involving grills, hibachis, or barbecues per year, including 3,900 structure fires and 4,900 outside or unclassified fires.

Grilling fire facts

July is the peak month for grill fires (18%), including both structures, outdoor or unclassified fires, followed by June (15%), May (13%) and August (12%).

In 2014-2018, an average of 19,700 patients per year went to emergency rooms because of injuries involving grills.** Nearly half (9,500 or 48%) of the injuries were thermal burns, including both burns from fire and from contact with hot objects; 5,200 thermal burns, per year, were caused by such contact or other non-fire events.

Children under five accounted for an average of 2,000 or 39%, of the contact-type burns per year. These burns typically occurred when someone, often a child, bumped into, touched or fell on the grill, grill part or hot coals.

Gas grills were involved in an average of 8,900 home fires per year, including 3,900 structure fires and 4,900 outdoor fires annually. Leaks or breaks were primarily a problem with gas grills. Ten percent of gas grill structure fires and 22% of outside gas grill fires were caused by leaks or breaks.

Charcoal or other solid-fueled grills were involved in 1,300 home fires per year, including 600 structure fires and 600 outside fires annually.

Here are 10 Do’s and Don’t Tips

DO:

  1. Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your house. Farther is even better. This includes portions attached to your house like carports, garages and porches. Grills should not be used underneath wooden overhangs either, as the fire could flare up into the structure above. This applies to both charcoal and gas grills.
  1. Clean your grill regularly. If you allow grease and fat to build up on your grill, they provide more fuel for a fire. Grease is a major source of flare ups.
  1. Check for gas leaks. You can make sure no gas is leaking from your gas grill by making a solution of half liquid dish soap and half water and rubbing it on the hoses and connections. Then, turn the gas on (with the grill lid open.) If the soap forms large bubbles, that's a sign that the hoses have tiny holes or that the connections are not tight enough. Turn the main gas valve off after each use.
  1. Keep decorations away from your grill. Decorations like hanging baskets, pillows and umbrellas look pretty AND provide fuel for a fire. To make matters worse, today's decor is mostly made of artificial fibers that burn fast and hot, making this tip even more important.
  1. Keep a spray bottle of water handy. That way, if you have a minor flare-up, you can spray it with the water to instantly calm it. The bonus of this tip is that water won't harm your food, so dinner won't be ruined!
  1. Keep a fire extinguisher within a couple steps of your grill. And KNOW HOW TO USE IT. If you are unsure how to use the extinguisher, don't waste time fiddling with it before calling 911. Firefighters say many fire deaths occur when people try to fight a fire themselves instead of calling for expert help and letting the fire department do its job.

DON’T

  1. Turn on the gas while your grill lid is closed. NEVER do this. It causes gas to build up inside your grill, and when you do light it and open it, a fireball can explode in your face.

  1. Leave a grill unattended. Fires double in size every minute. Plan so that all of your other food prep chores are done and you can focus on grilling.
  1. Overload your grill with food. This applies especially fatty meats. The basic reason for this tip is that if too much fat drips on the flames at once, it can cause a large flare-up that could light nearby things on fire.
  1. Use a grill indoors. People often think it will be safe to use a grill, especially a small one, indoors. NOT TRUE. In addition to the fire hazard, grills release carbon monoxide, the deadly colorless, odorless gas. That gas needs to vent in fresh air, or it can kill you, your family and pets.

For more information on fire or grill safety, visit www.nfpa.org

Source: NFPA's Applied Research. * Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association (HPBA). **Consumer Product Safety Commission’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, queried in April 2016

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Types of Smoke and Fires

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

House fire in Pryor House fire in Pryor, Oklahoma

Fire is divided into five classes (A, B, C, D, and K) that are primarily based on the fuel that is burning. This classification system helps to assess hazards and determine the most effective type of extinguishing agent.

CLASS A – Involve common combustibles, such as wood, paper, cloth, rubber, trash, and plastics.

CLASS B – Involve flammable liquids, solvents, oil, gasoline, paints, lacquers, and other oil-based products.

CLASS C – Involve energized equipment such as wiring, controls, motors, machinery, or appliances.

CLASS D – Involve combustible metals such as magnesium, lithium, and titanium.

CLASS K - Involve combustible cooking media such as oils and grease commonly found in commercial kitchens.

As well as different types of fires, there are different types of smoke, wet and dry. With the different types of smoke comes different types of soot residue after a fire.


Before restoration can begin, SERVPRO® of Mayes and Wagoner Counties Technicians will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based off the information from the testing.

Here are some examples of the different types of smoke.

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber – Normally low heat, smoldering fire, leaves a pungent odor, sticky to the touch, and smeary throughout the structure. Leaves smoke webs.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood – Typically fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises throughout the structure and therefore smoke rises.

After the fire there may be more than just damage from the fire itself.  Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire – It is virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, it can leave an extreme pungent odor.

If you have any questions, call your SERVPRO® of Mayes and Wagoner Counites, 918-486-1055. 24/7 Emergency Response.  Always FREE Estimates for any job.

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Space Heater Fire Safety

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

Space Heater Space Heaters cause 1/3 of the winter home fires in the US every year.

As the temperatures drop, many people turn to space heaters to supplement their heating system or sometimes rely on them entirely for warmth. Unfortunately, space heaters cause about one-third of all winter house fires and 80 percent of all winter heating fire deaths, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The winter months of December, January and February are the leading months for home heating fires.

Portable heaters can be both efficient and economical and add direct warmth to the rooms you are using most frequently, however there are few things to keep in mind when using them.

  • When shopping for a space heater make sure to buy one that fits your needs. Look for what square footage the heater is suggested for.
  • Make sure to buy a heater with overheat protection.
  • Look for a heater with “tip over” protection. This feature shuts the space heater off if it accidentally tips over.
  • Look for a heater that has a cool touch feature, where if touched by children or pets it will not burn.
  • Plug your heater directly into a wall outlet. Never use an extension cord not rated for the heater or “surge protector” outlets. These are the main causes for overheating and electrical fires.
  • Avoid using space heaters in humid areas, such as bathrooms or laundry rooms.
  • Avoid using space heaters unsupervised and while you’re not at home.
  • Do not let children play with or within three feet of space heaters. Left toys are a common cause of fires.

Do not let your Holliday season burn out and go up in flames , educate yourself about the safety hazards that come with the improper use of space heaters will help you achieve better peace of mind as you keep your home warm, comfortable, and fire hazard-free this winter.

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Types of Fires

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

Many people don't know this but there are 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 Mayes and Wagoner Counties 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.