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Fire Damage and Alarming Fire Facts

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage and Alarming Fire Facts SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties makes the fire damage at your home or business "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties wants you to be informed of some fire facts:

Fact: $7 billion! This is the amount of money that is accounted for in property damage as a result of a fire. And this is annually. Just to reiterate, $7 billion in property damage occurs every year. That’s a large amount of money.    

Fact: Did you know seven people die on a daily basis as a result of a home fire? That’s seven people too many.

Fact: Can you guess how many people sustain injuries as a result of home fires daily? The number is 36! Yes, 36 people suffer injuries as a result of home fires every day.

These are some alarming fire facts that came from The American Red Cross.  

The first 48 hours after fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing damaged property and personal belongings. Learn about our restore vs. replace mentality. Rapid response and timely mitigation can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems. If your commercial or residential property comes in contact with fire damage, our highly trained fire restoration technicians here at SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties can restore your home or business back to “Like it never even happened.” It’s one of our many specialties.  

A fire can strike your home or business at any given moment. This fire damage testimonial is a prime example and proves how it happens at the least unlikely times.

Happy Customer Testimonial:

“On July 15, 2013, Southeast Missouri State University experienced the unthinkable, a fire at Dempster Hall, home to the Donald L. Harrison College of Business. Without hesitation, the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team was on site to help assess the damage and guide the Facilities Management staff through the recovery process.

SERVPRO, with guidance from the Facilities Management staff, hired local sub-contractors to assist with the recovery effort. The cooperation and team effort between all parties involved proved to be successful as the recovery effort of roughly 117,000 sq.ft. was completed in a 6-week period, allowing the University to open the facility on time for the Fall Semester.

The highly trained and very professional SERVPRO staff went above and beyond their job responsibilities to ensure that all areas of the facility were cleaned and repaired to the satisfaction of Southeast Missouri State. The job performance and attention to detail by the SERVPRO staff exceed the expectations of their slogan "Like it never even happened."

On behalf of Southeast Missouri State University, the faculty, staff, and students, we would like to thank SERVPRO for the excellent job done to ensure that Dempster Hall was restored to its original state, allowing the University to open the doors in the short time frame required.”


When the unexpected occurs, like fire damage, having a professional and experienced team on your side can make all the difference. We service the Cape Girardeau County, Scott County, Bollinger County, Mississippi County, and Perry County areas. If your Cape Girardeau, Sikeston, Scott City, Charleston, Marble Hill, Jackson, Perryville, Chaffee, East Prairie or Benton, Missouri, home or business, is hit with fire damage, rely on the professionals that Southeast Missouri State University relied on. We’re talking about a university that had 11,978 students enrolled in 2016, and the number of enrollees is much higher now. It was important for them to act fast to help protect all those students, faculty and staff and to not interrupt the class schedule. They trusted us, and you can trust us, too. Contact us in your time of need. We’re there for you 24/7. Call today: 573-339-1948.

Contents Restoration

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Contents Restoration SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties is your local premier contents restoration specialists for your residential and commercial needs.

When the contents of your home or business are affected by a disaster, you need contents restoration specialists to restore your contents back to “Like it never even happened.” And the only company with that backing, with that promise is SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties.

Contents restoration refers to any valuables, items that may have been affected as a result of a disaster. This could be a fire damage, a water damage, a storm damage, mold damage, and more. If your residential or commercial property was involved in a fire, your contents could suffer from soot damage, which is highly common as a result of a fire. Watch this video to see how our heroes here at SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties made soot damage on a Grandfather clock and table “Like it never even happened.”  

We handle your contents with diligence. SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties has effectively and efficiently recovered contents from both commercial and residential properties in the Cape Girardeau, Sikeston, Scott City, Charleston, Marble Hill, Jackson, Perryville, Chaffee, East Prairie and Benton, Missouri, areas. We have a proven process that our heroes follow. And we have a Contents Claim Inventory Service that we offer. This service provides a detailed and accurate list of your belongings. We take a room-by-room inventory of your contents, including digital photos, and, in some instances, bar coding. This can give you peace of mind when you need it most.

Our Contents Claim Inventory Service:

  • Pre-loss list
  • Detailed and accurate report
  • Better information to settle claims quicker
  • Assistance with burden of proof for claims

When you need contents restoration specialists, SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties has your back. You can feel content with our team. The next time your home or business is hit with a disaster, and you need your contents restored, who you gonna call? Not Ghostbusters. Call SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties at 573-339-1948.

7 Ways You Can Prepare For a Home Fire

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 7 Ways You Can Prepare For a Home Fire Make sure you are always prepared if your home is in contact with fire. Contact the SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties' fire specialists.

If your home comes in contact with a fire, it’s important you know who to contact: SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties. Fire damage can wreak havoc on your contents, valuables, memories, home, and more. It can cause mounds of stress. Thankfully, the heroes at SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties are here to help you alleviate some of that stress. We are there, in your time of need, to restore your contents and to make your residential property look “Like it never even happened” as a result of a fire. Here are seven ways you can prepare for a home fire.

1. Install Smoke Alarms

Install multiple smoke alarms in your home. This can be a big lifesaver. Ideally, place a smoke alarm in every room of your home. Tip: Test smoke alarms once a month. Furthermore, replace batteries twice a year.

2. Educate Children

It’s key that every member, especially children, in your home knows exactly what to do in the event of a fire. Educate children on what smoke alarms sound like. And, more importantly, educate them on what to do once they hear it sound off. Education is key here.

3. Plan Multiple Egress Routes

Do you have multiple egress routes in place should a fire break out? Communicate with your family about an egress route. It’s a great idea for you to plan multiple egress routes from every room of your residential property. Ensure each member of the family knows the agreed meeting place.    

4. Establish a Family Emergency Communications Plan

Establish a family emergency communications plan. Each member of your family needs to know who to contact, especially if he or she gets separated for some reason or another. It’s good practice to program an ICE (in case of emergency) in your young children’s phone, or encourage children to program it in their phone.

5. Practice Escape Route

Practice escape route from your home. It’s a good idea to practice your escape route, at minimum, twice per year. Practice makes perfect. You can either press the smoke alarm test button or yell “fire.” Run through the entire fire procedure to ensure everyone does it properly, has it down-packed.  

6. Ensure Everyone Knows 9-1-1

This may seem minute, but it’s a very vital piece. Ensure everyone knows 9-1-1. Teach children this at an early age, but emphasize to them it’s to be called for emergency purposes only.  

7. Reinforce Stop, Drop, Roll Safety Procedure

It’s always good to be prepared. Well before a fire hits your home, it’s good practice to reinforce the stop, drop, roll safety procedure. Kids are taught this in schools, but it’s a good extension to teach it in homes as well. Reinforce this at your home. And let them know, should their clothes catch fire, remember to stop, drop and roll.


Before you have a fire at your residential property, you can reference these 7 ways you can prepare for a home fire. It all boils down to being prepared. Preparation is key. And if a fire strikes your home, you should always count on your local #1 fire damage repair and restoration specialists: SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties. We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.” Here’s another number you should program in your phone: 573-339-1948. Make the call anytime.

Fire Damage and Your Contents

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage and Your Contents SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties can restore your contents and make it "Like it never even happened" as a result of fire damage.

Fire damage and your contents go hand-in-hand. Fire damage, which can include smoke and soot damage, can have an adverse effect on your contents. Upon fire damage at your home or business, SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties’ heroes work diligently to make it “Like it never even happened.”

We understand your belongings are sentimental and valuable. Those are the things that make your house a home. We are all about protecting your investments. And we do everything in our care and power to protect them. SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties has an effective, streamlined fire process our heroes abide by.

Effective 4-Step Method:

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

Once your home is affected by fire damage and/or soot damage, SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties conducts an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area(s). A move-out affords you many benefits, such as a quicker remodeling process, protects items from potential damage and protects contents from further on-site damage. Our systemic move-out/pack-out process makes it easy for the homeowner or business owner.

Inventory Contents

Inventory is key. Our heroes take detailed notes and inventory of our customers’ contents. Once we inventory contents, we cross-reference. We offer a Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS). This effective service provides a detailed and accurate list of your belongings. We take a room-by-room inventory of your contents, including digital photos, and, in some instances, barcoding. 

Clean Contents

Fire damage and soot damage can ruin, cause damage or dirty your contents. Our heroes at SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties can restore your contents to make it “Like it never even happened,” so you have clean contents, again. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced.

Store Contents in a Safe, Clean Chamber

Once our heroes here at SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties have cleaned your contents, they store contents in a safe, clean chamber. Our chambers help protect your belongings. This chamber is 5 ft. wide, 7 ft. deep, and 7 ft. wide, which allows for plenty of storage room for your contents.   

SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties specializes in restoring contents damaged by fire. We are positioned to be your one-stop shop. We communicate clearly with your adjuster and can recommend one of our trusted and reputable contractors, so it makes us your one-stop shop, which makes it convenient and hassle-free for you. The team at SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties can take care of your fire damage and your contents at your residential or commercial property from start to finish.

SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties can restore fire damage and your contents as a result of a fire. are your professional local fire damage repair and restoration company. Our experienced and qualified heroes can get your property back to “Like it never even happened.” Any time your Cape Girardeau, Sikeston, Scott City, Charleston, Marble Hill, Jackson, Perryville, Chaffee, East Prairie and Benton, Missouri, home or business is hit by fire damage, give the fire damage repair and restoration specialists a call at 573-339-1948.

Best Fire Damage Company Near Me

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Best Fire Damage Company Near Me If you're wondering what's the best fire damage company near me, it's SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties. Call us for your home or business.

Fire damage can hit your home or business at any given moment. Preparation is always key. If it does strike, here’s a handy, dandy fire damage tips - until help arrives guide. You can follow these tips to help protect yourself and your property. But, well before a fire happens, we encourage you to be well-informed of the best fire damage company out there. In order to be educated about what company that may be, you may perform a Google search and search for keywords that may consist of “best fire damage company near me” or “best fire damage company” and so on and so forth. Well, no need to search any further. SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties is just that -- and more -- for your residential and commercial properties. We are highly trained fire damage specialists and the trusted leader in the restoration industry.

If you have fire damage at your home or business, or even if you witness a fire damage at someone else’s property, that can be a traumatizing time. If this does occur, it’s critical to take quick action. Contact SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties. We help relieve some of that stress by being with you and your business, being with you and your home, being with you and your family throughout the entire restoration process. We are with you from the beginning to the middle to the end of your journey. We’re even there with you at the post-fire journey. We’re there to make it “Like it never even happened” so you can get back to life.

In addition to fire, smoke, and soot damage, your home or business could potentially suffer from water damage as a result of the firefighting efforts. And that’s why we are also water damage specialists. This type of damage can be especially upsetting and destructive for your family to process. You may feel stressed, confused, and vulnerable, so you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. We’ll treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home and belongings with care. SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties specializes in fire and water damage restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.

As a result of an emergency “typical” fire damage to your residential or commercial property, there is a systemic process to follow. Check out these 7 steps:

Step 1: Emergency contact

Step 2: Inspection and fire damage assessment

Step 3: Immediate board-up and roof-tarp service

Step 4: Water removal and drying (if water is present)

Step 5: Removal of smoke and soot from all surfaces

Step 6: Cleaning and sanitizing

Step 7: Restoration

Get more in-depth information here.

SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties is in a community near you. We proudly serve the Cape Girardeau, Sikeston, Scott City, Charleston, Marble Hill, Jackson, Perryville, Chaffee, East Prairie and Benton, Missouri, communities, so we’re faster to any size disaster.   

If you ever wonder what’s the best fire damage company “near me,” SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties can put an end to your wonder. We are the fire damage specialists. And we offer you an effective fire damage restoration service for your home or business. Have questions about fire damage, smoke damage or soot damage? Just call our pros today at 573-339-1948.  

Fire Damage Repair and Restoration

10/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Repair and Restoration SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties can help your home or business with fire damage repair and restoration.

Are you fully prepared for a home fire? Take this interactive quiz to find out.

In observance of National Fire Prevention Month this October, SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties is heavily focusing our efforts on the importance of fire damage repair and restoration and safety tips for you and your family to stay safe throughout the month and year-round. If a fire breaks out in your home and/or business, we can repair and restore your belongings back to “Like it never even happened.”

Every fire damage situation is a little different and requires a unique solution; however, the general process remains the same. When various materials burn, the soot they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

Speaking of restoration, our “restore first” mentality is a much more cost effective solution for you and helps to get you back in your home or business sooner than expected. This focus relies upon our specialized training and equipment to restore your property back to pre-fire condition.

Your belongings can be greatly damaged during a fire. Since you’ve invested so much in them, we want to help you protect and restore them as much as possible. They can have sentimental value, so you want to cherish them, and we can help to get it back to “Like it never even happened.” Refer to this resource to see how you can properly care for your contents.

Our team of highly trained fire restoration technicians (also known as SERVPRO heroes) are faster to any size disaster. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. Give our team a call if your home or business is hit with fire damage: 573-339-1948.

Tips to Stay Safe During National Fire Prevention Month

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Tips to Stay Safe During National Fire Prevention Month SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties can help you stay safe during National Fire Prevention Month and year-round.

Fire prevention is always key because a fire can happen at your residence or commercial property at any given moment. And with the alarming number of wildfires that have erupted across our nation, it raises caution, concern, and maybe fear. But, rest assured, with SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties, you can feel confident you have a team of highly qualified and trained fire restoration specialists on your side who will be there with you before, during and after that journey. We’re always ready for whatever happens. We’re there to help put your mind at ease. We can get your home and/or business back to “Like it never even happened.”

Since October is National Fire Prevention Month, there are a host of tips out there to help keep you, your family members, your business and your home safe. Check out this resource from nfpa.org. Here, they provide you with free safety tip sheets on a variety of fire and life safety topics. SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties fully supports prevention, and we’re all about educating you, so here are 5 top tips you and your family can follow in case you’re faced with fire damage.

  1. Install Smoke Alarms

Installing smoke alarms on every level of your home and/or business can help prevent a lot of damage and headache. Ensure these are installed properly in every room. Your home and/or business means the world to you. You’ve built memories there, and you want to do everything you can to protect those precious memories should a fire break out. One thing that can be the big difference, a lifesaver, a belongings’ saver, a memories’ saver is smoke alarms. Make this small investment now to save you a potential large cost in the future.

  1. Test Smoke Alarms

Testing smoke alarms is highly vital. Smoke alarms can help protect you, your family and your investment, but you have to ensure they are functioning properly in the event of fire damage. You want to test your smoke alarms at least every month, if not, more. If they’re not working, simply replace the batteries. And a good rule of thumb: keep extra batteries on-hand at all times. Test smoke alarms in every room of your home or business.

  1. Communicate Effectively

With anything, whether in a business, a relationship, etc., communication is always key. When in doubt, over-communicate. You want to effectively communicate with your family members, loved ones, coworkers, etc. about a safe fire escape plan. Once this has been established, you need to practice it. It’s vital that everyone practices the plan at least twice per year. Communicating effectively can save a lot of time and hassle.

  1. Find a Safe Place

If you ever encounter a fire in your home or business, it’s best that you get out, stay out and call for help immediately. Do not, under any circumstances, put yourself in danger by going back inside a burning dwelling. Speaking of a safe place, the American Red Cross can be a “safe place” you can reference to get more safety tips. They can provide you with knowledge of what to do before, during and after a fire.

  1. Call SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties

SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties can help you prepare your home or business with our proven and effective Emergency Ready Profile (ERP). The SERVPRO® Ready Plan is an intuitive tool for property managers and owners -- both residential and commercial. It allows for the creation of an Emergency READY Profile. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your home or business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how fire damage can affect your home or business. And with just a tap of an icon on your mobile device, we can be there just like that. Get the SERVPRO ERP App on your iPhone or Android now; it’s FREE.  

Follow these tips to stay safe during National Fire Prevention Month. When you need a team that is faster to any size disaster and offers 24/7 emergency services, trust and count on SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties. Anytime you have questions about fire, smoke, or soot damage, call the fire damage specialists. And anytime you have fire damage at your residential or commercial property, give us a call: 573-339-1948. We’ll be there in “ablaze.”

Fireworks Safety

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fireworks Safety Have fun and be safe while celebrating Independence Day!

It's fireworks season! According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an average of 18,500 fires are started every year by fireworks. This includes 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside and other fires. "These fires caused an average of three deaths, 40 civilian injuries, and an average of $43 million in direct property damage," says the NFPA.

Do you think sparklers are the safe way to go? Nope: they account for about a fourth of emergency room fireworks injuries.

Stay safe this summer by paying close attention to children at fireworks events, and avoiding the use of consumer fireworks.

And remember, if you do find yourself a victim of a structure fire, SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties will help make it "like it never even happened."

Local Fireworks Resources

City of Cape Girardeau

City of Jackson

City of Perryville

City of Sikeston

City of Charleston

National Burn Awareness Week

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

This week is National Burn Awareness Week. Now is the time to educate yourself on heat, fire, and burn safety.

If you do ever find yourself a victim of fire damage, we have provided a list of helpful tips.

What You Can Do Until Help Arrives.

  • Limit Movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery.
  • Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blacks between furniture legs and wet carpet.
  • Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces.
  • Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery.
  • Do not clean any electrical equipment.
  • Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties at 573-339-1948 for a peace of mind.

Fire Cleanup Professionals

1/24/2018 (Permalink)

The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties has the professionals that can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems. SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties provide timely response with mitigation services ranging form fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claim inventory and document restoration. These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties are available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to help you regain control quickly.

SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties is your go-to company for fire restoration in Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Perryvillle, Sikeston, Gordonville, Scott City, Charleston, and any other surrounding community.

Carbon Monoxide: A Silent Cold-Weather Killer

1/9/2018 (Permalink)

Carbon monoxide is a gas you cannot see, taste, or smell. According to ready.gov, an average of 430 Americans die each year from unintentional carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Often times, it is the result of faulty, improperly used, or vented consumer products like furnaces, ranges, water heaters, room heaters, and engine hyphenated powered equipment, such as portable generators. However, there are precautions you can take to help protect yourself, your family, and your employees from deadly carbon monoxide fumes. Reduce the chance of carbon oxide exposure in your workplace by performing regular maintenance on equipment and appliances they can produce carbon monoxide. Install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of the home, including outside of all bedrooms. Consider having all fuel burning the heating equipment and chimneys serviced by a professional. Use portable generators only in well ventilated areas away from doors, windows, as is, and any other openings to prevent fumes from entering the home. For additional carbon monoxide safety information, visit usfa.fema.gov for OSHA.gov.

Veterans Day

11/8/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Veterans Day Thank you to all of those who have served to protect our country.

This month, we want to take time and salute our veterans.

There are many soldiers who have risked or given their lives so that we can live in a nation that offers us so many freedoms and opportunities. This Veterans Day, we want to take time to thank our veterans for all that they have done for us. They are true heroes.

Veterans are heroes that have been under fire. SERVPRO® heroes are the ones that cleanup after fires. While there is a large difference in our day-to-day jobs, we still serve a similar purpose: to serve others. SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties is here for you in your time of loss after something tragic like a home fire. We understand that your world has been flipped upside down and want to make the process easier.

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. This Veterans Day, please remember to thank a veteran.

Avoiding a Fire on Friday the 13th

10/13/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Avoiding a Fire on Friday the 13th Stay safe.

Since October is Fire Prevention Month, we thought we would help you avoid bad luck when it comes to fires on this Friday the 13th.

First of all, everyone in your house should know to “Stop, Drop, and Roll” if ever caught on fire. Secondly, remember to “Stay Low and Go” if you find yourself and in a burning building. A few other simple measures to take would be to have sprinklers installed in your home, make sure smoke detectors are in working order, and have a fire extinguisher somewhere in the house (we suggest the kitchen). These simple little fire prevention ideas can help you avoid some bad luck this Friday the 13th. You can also learn more through the City of Cape Girardeau's Public Education Programs.

And if you’re not so lucky and have a house fire, don’t hesitate to call the professionals at SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties. We will help make your fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Prevention Week

10/8/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Prevention Week Call us at 573-339-1948 to learn more about Fire Prevention Week

Today is the start of the 2017 National Fire Prevention Week. This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme from NFPA is “Every Second Counts: 2 Ways Out!” To learn more about the history behind Fire Prevention Week, click here. SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties wants to make sure you are informed about fire safety. 

Ways to Prevent Fires

  • Install working smoke detectors throughout the house; change batteries every six months.
  • Never leave the kitchen while cooking.
  • Exercise extra caution when doing any type of frying.
  • Keep loose clothing away from any open flames or stove tops.
  • Properly dispose of all cigarettes.
  • Keep heating equipment clean and free of any type of residue build-up.
  • Keep space heaters away from upholstered furniture, mattresses, clothing, or bedding.
  • Unplug any space heaters, irons, hair straighteners, etc. after use and before leaving the house.

Preparing Your Family for an Emergency

  • Plan an escape route from every room in the house—know two ways out of each room
  • Practice your escape routes
  • Have a meeting place away from the house in case family members are separated
  • Twice a year, quiz children on emergency procedures: what to do, where to go, and whom to call
  • Have a plan for your pets
  • Put together and store an emergency kit in the trunk of your car

Here to Help

Always remember that SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties is always here to help if you are dealing with a fire damage. We are available 24/7/365 to help with your emergency. We want you to stay safe!

Solar Eclipse 2017: The Great Ball of Fire

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Solar Eclipse 2017: The Great Ball of Fire Call the trained professionals at SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties: 573-339-1948.

On August 21, 2017, our region will experience a total solar eclipse. This type of eclipse is when the sun, moon, and earth align so that the moon casts a shadow on the earth. We are in its direct path and will have a prime viewing opportunity.

The Great Ball of Fire

According to NinePlanets.org, the temperature of the sun’s surface is about 5800 Kelvin—or 9980 degrees Fahrenheit. That is roughly nine times hotter than the average house fire, which burns at 1100 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the National Institute of Fire and Safety Training. A lot of damage can occur at that temperature.

Here to Help

SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties is your local professional fire restoration team. When the fire trucks are gone and you find yourself stressed and confused, know that SERVPRO® is here to help. More so than even help cleaning up the fire damage, you need someone who cares for your needs during this time of crisis.  We provide 24-hour emergency service so that we are there when you need us the most.

We primarily serve Cape Girardeau County, Scott County, Perry County, Bollinger County, and Mississippi County but are willing to help wherever we get called.

When the 2017 Solar Eclipse makes its way through town, remember the power of the sun, and that a fraction of that heat is all it takes to damage a home. When fire restoration is needed, call SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties, and we will help make it “like it never even happened.”

Winter Fire Safety

12/28/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Winter Fire Safety We service Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Sikeston, Perryville, Scott City, Chaffee, Charleston, East Prairie, Marble Hill, and Benton.

Did you know over $2 billion in property loss occurs from winter fires?

According to FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency, home fires occur more in the months of December, January, and February than the rest of the year. We want you to stay warm and cozy this winter, but we also want you to stay safe. Here are some tips to avoid damage to your property:

Heating equipment is involved in 1 of every 6 reported home fires and 1 in every 5 home fire deaths.

Keep anything flammable, like paper, blankets, aerosols, or even ping pong balls, 3 feet from any heat source like fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators, or space heaters.

Keep portable generators as far away as possible from your house, but especially avoid windows. Install and test carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month.

Have your chimney and vents inspected and cleaned annually by a qualified professional. Store cooled ashes in tightly covered metal container, and keep it outside and at least 10 feet from a building. You don't want those bad boys reigniting.

Only one heat-producing appliance (i.e. a space heater) should be plugged into an electrical outlet at any given time.

Should you still become a victim of a home fire, call the cleanup and restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties at (573) 339-1948.

Holiday Safety Tips

12/12/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Holiday Safety Tips We service Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Sikeston, Perryville, Scott City, Chaffee, Charleston, East Prairie, Marble Hill, and Benton.

We have compiled a list of safety tips that aid in preventing some pretty common holiday mishaps.

Use Ladder Safety

Don't be the next Clark Griswold. Use common safety and follow the ladder's safety instructions when putting up or taking down your holiday decorations.

Christmas Tree Safety

Who doesn't love a brilliantly glowing Christmas Tree? But it's important that the glow comes from the lights and not flames. On average, 240 home fires are started each year because of Christmas trees. Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical failures in one of every three home. They're not common, but when they do occur, they tend to be more serious. One in every six fires are caused by trees being placed too close to a heat source.

Holiday Candles

Holiday candles cause 10 deaths, 175 injuries, and $20 million in property damage. Always monitor your candle--never leave it unattended. Designate someone in your house to do a walk through before you leave or go to bed to ensure all candles have been extinguished.

Christmas Lights

Turn off your lights before you leave or go to bed. Not only will it help prevent a fire, but it will also save you money on your electrical bill.

Pet Tree Safety

Keep your pet & your home safe!

  1. Be mindful of low-hanging & damaged wires in your holiday decorations to avoid home fires.
  2. Plastic ornaments are safer than glass ornaments.
  3. Don't add chemicals to your tree to keep it hydrated.
  4. Stabilize your tree with pet activity in mind.
  5. Stay away from tinsel.

Dirty Santa?

Believe it or not, sewage backup is a common holiday problem. Be smart and dispose of trash properly, or you may find yourself in a stinky situation.

Ice Safety

Ice can cause slippery situations. Keep your family and guests safe by using salt or kitty litter to add traction to icy surfaces. Got an iced windshield? Use lukewarm, NOT HOT, water to de-ice. Hot water can cause your windshield to crack.

Cooking

If your holiday plans include eating a lot of food, be mindful that cooking is the leading cause of home fires and injuries. Pay attention while cooking this year.

 

Always remember that SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties is here to help you if you find yourself faced with a holiday fire damage. We are available 24/7/365 to help make your property look "like it never even happened."

 

Turkey Fryer Safety

11/18/2016 (Permalink)

Did you know that every year deep-fryer fires cause more than $15 million in property damage?

SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties wants to make sure you have all the information necessary to stay safe this holiday season.

Turkey Frying Safety Tips

  • Keep Your Distance

    • Stay 10 feet away from the house, deck, garage, trees, or other structures.

    • The tank and burner should be 2 feet apart, if using a propane-powered fryer.

  • Thaw and Dry the Turkey

    • Make sure there are no ice crystals or water beads on the bird.
  • Always Be Prepared

    • Protect your eyes by wearing goggles and your hands and arms with oven mitts.

    • Have fire extinguisher ready.

    • Don’t let kids or pets nearby. Never leave fryers unattended.

  • Do Not Overfill

    • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how much to fill the fryer.

  • Size Matters

    • In this case, larger turkeys (greater than 12 pounds) don’t do as well as smaller ones. The idea size is an 8 to 10 pound bird.

  • Don’t Fry Rain or Shine

    • Keep an eye on the weather. Fryers should never be used in rain or snowy conditions.
  • Stay Level

    • Find a level surface to place the fryer. Once it is in use, do not move it.
  • Timing is Everything

    • Keep an eye on the oil temperature. If it starts smoking, turn it off or it will catch fire.

    • Do not have the burner on while lowering the bird into the oil. Wait until after the turkey is in place to turn the burner on. 

    • After the bird is removed, cover the pot of oil and allow it to cool overnight before doing anything else with it.

  • Don’t Stuff

    • As much as you may love stuffing your bird with Thanksgiving goodness, you’ll have to pass this year if you want to fry it.

    • Avoid marinades that are water-based.

Please exercise caution this holiday season, and if you are friends with "that guy," share with him, too.

And remember, if you do become a victim of a deep-fryer fire, SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties is here to help.

 

Cape Girardeau Smoke and Soot Cleanup

9/26/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cape Girardeau Smoke and Soot Cleanup Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Southeast Missouri 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 Cape Girardeau & Scott 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. 

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 because we know it’s more than just a house.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – (573) 339-1948