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SERVPRO of Upper Bucks cleaning up after a school fire

6/9/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO of Upper Bucks cleaning up after a school fire SERVPRO of Upper Bucks cleaning a school after a fire

SERVPRO of Upper Bucks is a proud supporter and restoration business partner of the PSBA, Pennsylvania School Board Association.  Many schools count on us to help them in their time of need.  We have the staff and resources to help schools recover.  When our highly trained staff is called upon we provide immediate service and work with the school decision makers to create a plan to get them back to pre loss condition.  Each day begins with a safety meeting and a discussion of production goals.  SERVPRO has project management on site to facilitate a safe and efficient recovery.  SERVPRO project management is available daily to meet with school officials, insurance adjusters and consultants to keep things running smoothly.

Commercial Fire Loss in Philadelphia

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Upper Bucks is always ready to load up and respond to any emergency situation. Today, we responded to a large, commercial fire site in Philadelphia, where our experienced technicians began to restore the property to its original state.

From the moment we become aware of a loss, down to the completion of the job, our staff is locked in every step of the way. It is during the morning briefs, the preparation of equipment, the drive to the loss, and to the arrival on site where our crew focuses on the tasks at hand to deliver quality, efficient restoration work.

So as we tackle this large loss today, and as we are ready do so in the future, SERVPRO of Upper Bucks is committed to providing superior service — in every aspect of the job — GUARANTEED!

SERVPRO Safety Tips: Space Heater Dangers

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Every year, over 25,000 house fires can be attributed to the incorrect usage of space heaters, according to Consumer Reports.

Fighting the cold weather using these machines can be safe — referring to NFPA’s (National Fire Protection Association) “Heater Checklist” will guide you into making the correct decisions to ensure a safe home/environment for your space heater to do its work.

Some of these tips include, but are not limited to:

  • When buying a space heater, make sure that the unit has a seal from a qualified testing laboratory on it.
  • Keeping children away from these heaters will limit bodily injury and poor usage of the units.
  • Make sure the unit is placed on a solid, flat surface.
  • Allow at least 3 feet of space between the space heater and anything else, including humans. Items that tend to catch fire are: curtains, bedding or upholstered furniture.
  • Turn off the units when you leave the room or before you go to bed.

If your property has been damaged due to a fire and you suspect that your space heater was the cause, call your local SERVPRO franchise for all of your restoration needs.

-Content by Rob D’Emilio Jr.

SERVPRO Safety Tips: Dealing with Fire Damage

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), an estimated average of 355,400 homes had caught fire and were responded to by U.S. fire departments from 2012 to 2016. These fires contributed to millions of dollars in damages, often leaving homeowners in the unfortunate situation of dealing with the wreckage.

When your home falls victim to a fire, SERVPRO wants you to know how to handle the situation effectively and by limiting the amount of harmful contaminants and soot you interact with.

You should:

  • Try to limit the amount of foot traffic in your home, for moving around frequently can further embed soot particles into your carpet and upholstery.
  • Gather old linens and dry towels to place on rugs, carpets and upholstery in high, foot traffic areas.
  • Soot on your hands can be easily spread throughout your home, so be sure to keep them clean to avoid soiling walls, upholstery, etc.

You shouldn’t:

  • Try to wash any walls or painted surfaces — or shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture — without first contacting your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to the fire, for they may be contaminated and not safe to ingest.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet; the wiring may be faulty and could pose negative health effects, like electric shock and secondary damage due to increased air movement.

Instead of possibly causing further damage to your home after a fire, or putting your health at risk, call your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals to take care of it for you. Our team will help you every step of the way, providing top-tier work and ERBs (Emergency Response Bags) for your convenience.

For more information about our fire restoration services, or for information regarding our ERBs, call your local SERVPRO franchise today!

- Content by Rob D'Emilio Jr.

Cooking Safety

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

This past week was National Fire Prevention Week. Every day we posted different fire safety tip sheets from the National Fire Protection Association’s Website. Today we shared information on how to stay safe in the kitchen.

“Cooking with Caution”

  • Be on Alert. Do not cook if you are sleepy or have consumed any alcohol. This can potentially create dangerous situations. Do not use the stovetop or stove if you are under the influence.
  • Be sure to stay in the kitchen while frying, boiling, grilling or broiling food. Always turn off the stove if you have to leave the kitchen, no matter how quick you may be.
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in your home while it is cooking, or use a timer so you do not forget about it.
  • Be sure your kitchen is free of clutter and no loose items are near the stove. This reduces the chance of anything catching on fire.

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 turn off the burner. Leave the pan to covered until it is completely cool.
  • If the fire is inside the oven, shut the oven off and keep the door closed.

If you have any doubt about fighting a small fire…

  • Just leave the house! When leaving be sure to close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number from outside the house.

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What To Do & What Not To Do After a Fire

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

After a fire coming back to the house or building were it happened can be a very emotional experience. Here are some tips of what to do and what not to do in in your house after a fire.

What To Do After a Fire:

  • Keep hands clean so as to not furth soil an upholstery, walls or woodwork.
  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas
  • If electricity is off, empty the freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change the HVAC filter.

What NOT To Do After a Fire:

  • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your local SERVPRO.
  • Do not use canned or packaged foods or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures is the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Do not send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

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Local McDonald's Destroyed in Fire

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Local McDonald's Destroyed in Fire Photo by Doylestown Fire Company

One of the McDonald's was completely destroyed in an overnight fire early Friday, officials tell Patch.

According to Doylestown Fire Company spokesman Larry Browne, the building on N. Main Street is "a total loss." The interior collapsed, and there was heavy smoke and fire damage, Browne said.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by Fire Marshal Scott Fleischer and the Bucks County fire investigators, Browne said. 

The fire was first reported at 1:49 a.m., Browne said. It was placed under control just before 3 a.m. and crews were gone from the scene by 6 a.m. The fire caused N. Main Street to be closed for several hours. The road has since reopened.

One firefighter suffered a minor injury, Browne said. The firefighter has been treated and released.

In total, 6 fire companies responded to the fire.

SERVPRO of Upper Bucks was called to the scene to help with the cleanup! 

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Photo by: Doylestown Fire Company Twitter

Fire Safety Tips!

8/27/2018 (Permalink)


  • Never leave your stove unattended while on. Be sure to pay attention even more closely when frying food.
  • Keep your kitchen clean! This seems like an obvious tip but sometimes life gets to us and we let things get away from us. Make sure you are keeping your kitchen clutter free and keep flammable items away from the stove.
  • Wear tight clothing to limit the possibility of a sleeve hanging over the lit stovetop.
  • Install a smoke detector in your kitchen and make sure it always is working properly.

Laundry Room:

  • The proper dryer duct should vent directly outdoors. If it is not it can lead to the discharge of combustible gasses from the machine.
  • Buy a hard metal duct with as few bends as possible and avoid plastic ones. These are more easily melted and ignited.
  • Always clean your ducts out of lint. Clean your lint trap after every dryer use as well. This is help reduce the chance of a dryer fire and help contain it if one does break out.

By Hearth and Candlelight

  • Never leave a fire unattended. This seems like common sense but time can get away from you at home.
  • Use a screen in front of your hearth. Be sure to buy one that covers the whole opening. This can prevent logs from rolling out and is an extra added safety precaution.
  • Perform regular inspections on both your chimney and woodstoves. These items should be cleaned and checked for any damage to ensure they function as safely as possible.

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Fire and the Impact of the Smoke

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

A house fire in itself can set a whole family back for a long time and is an experience that is traumatic in itself. Most people who have to experience this are dealing with the emotional consequences and not thinking about all the work that will go in to cleaning their house after the fire. The impact the smoke itself leaves after a fire is almost just as damaging as the fire itself. Some unexpected issues many people look over when dealing with smoke are as follows:

  • Odor: While showing signs of fire damage, the surfaces of your home, specifically fabrics, may also hold a smoky odor. This occurs when the carbon particles, which the smoke produces, are deposited on to the many surfaces around the home.
  • Discoloration: After a fire occurs the effects of the smoke damage appear on walls and ceilings as stains or patches of discoloration. After a few days these areas may start to turn yellow. Many porous surfaces such as granite, marble and travertine will usually suffer from permanent discoloration from the acidic residue found in the soot.
  • Interior Damage: Smoke damage can be more serious then what the visible eye can see. Many times smoke damage will also impact the structure, framing, wall studs, insulation and air ducts in a home. If soot enters the HVAC system it can cause respiratory problems and the smoky odor will continue to be present.

These are just a few ways that smoke can affect your home when a fire has broken out. The electrical units along with all metal hardware, are other things that should also be checked for damage after a fire. Knowing the scope of how severe fire and smoke damage can be will only help you better prepare if you ever come face to face with a household fire.

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The Makeup of Smoke

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

There are several components that make up smoke. Learning about these components can lead to a better understanding of just how badly smoke damage can be after a fire. Each part contributes a part to the odor a fire leaves. Particles are the partially or completely burned substances that can penetrate fabrics and surfaces. These can be toxic at times. Vapors are a fog-like, misty droplets that can become dangerous if one inhales or absorbs them. The third component is toxic gases. Although these are odorless, carbon monoxide is the most common gas that will result from a fire and is dangerous. Phosgene gas results from household products like plastics, vinyls, and other chemicals are burned. Hydrogen cyanide is a product of the burning and combustion of insulation, clothing, carpet, synthetics and plastics. Due to the complex makeup of smoke and all the different ways it can be produced, it is hard to get the smoky odor out of many household items unless cleaned by a professional service.  

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Stop, Drop, Roll and Extinguish: The A,B,C ‘s of Fire Extinguishers

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Stop, Drop, Roll and Extinguish: The A,B,C ‘s of Fire Extinguishers A chart to easily explain the classes of fire extinguishers!

Fire extinguishers are a common site in most houses across the United States as many states have implemented laws requiring each household to have one. What most people don’t know is that there are actually four different classes of fire extinguishers which work to put out different types of fires. It is important to be informed of these different classes in order to purchase the best extinguisher for your own house or apartment.

The classes of extinguishers are labeled as Class A, B, C, and D - each best for putting out a different type of fire.

  • Class A extinguishers: best at putting out fires in ordinary combustible materials, such as wood and paper
  • Class B extinguishers: best for use on flammable liquids such as gasoline, oil and grease
  • Class C extinguishers: best for use only on electrically energized fires
  • Class D extinguishers: best for use on flammable metals

Although there are four different classes, most fire extinguishers are sold as a combination of the classes to cover a broader range of fires. Some will be sold as A-B, or even A-B-C. Next time you are at the store shopping for you new extinguisher make sure you keep this information in mind to help you prepare best for any type of fire you may be faced with.

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Preparing Your Family for an Emergency

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Preparing Your Family for an Emergency Prevent This Disaster!

Have You Planned?

Preparing Your Home for an Emergency

Have you ever stopped to wonder what it is like for those who have suffered the loss of everything they own and love in a home fire? Have you ever wondered what it would like be if it were you?

If you have stopped to think about the impact a fire or other related emergency could have on you and your family, then you’re a step ahead! If not, it is time to start emergency planning now because the best thing you can be in the event of an emergency is, prepared.

It is important to keep in mind every second counts and having a plan in place could mean the difference between life and death.

Here are some tips to help properly prepare:

  1. Plan and practice your emergency escape route
  2. Locate all known and potential exits from your home
  3. Purchase a home fire extinguisher and store it in a safe, easy-to-locate place
  4. Install and properly maintain a smoke detector
  5. Ask your local fire department to inspect your home for fire safety

In addition to the steps mentioned above, SERVPRO offers an Emergency Ready Profile for your home or business. This profile contains all important information such as water and gas shut off locations and key contacts in one convenient location.

If you are interested in getting your home ready for a possible emergency, call us today! (215)-536-7989.

Fire Prevention and Safety

10/3/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Prevention and Safety Fire Prevention and Proper Planning are Essential!

Did you know, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, there were approximately 1,240,000 fires between the years 2003 and 2013? In the year 2013 alone, 3,240 victims lost their lives in a fire-related incident.

Numbers like these are the exact reason fire prevention planning is so vital for every home, school, or business. How long has it been since you last checked your smoke detector(s)? If the answer is, “I’m not sure” or “Probably not in months”, then check yours immediately! Smoke alarms should be checked and monitored at least once a month. While checking, ensure that the batteries are fully charged and/or new. If not, be sure to replace them!

In addition to checking and monitoring your smoke alarms, make sure to check the locations of alarms throughout the home or building. An alarm should be installed on every level of your home or business, paying particular attention to inside/outside sleeping areas. It’s important to ensure that everyone is awakened and alert in the event of a fire because you may have as little as two minutes to respond and evacuate. Early smoke detection from a properly operating smoke detector can help save lives and prevent irreparable amounts of damage.

 In addition to checking your alarms, be sure to have your family members, loved ones and employees practice a pre-determined fire escape plan. Being prepared for a fire emergency can make the difference between life and death.

 If a fire does occur, respond, leave the building and stay out of the flames. Do not re-enter the blaze for any reason whatsoever!

 If you have any more questions regarding fire prevention or how to prepare, call SERVPRO today. We provide free Emergency Ready Plans and have vast fire experience and knowledge.