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Tips to Protect Your Home's Electrical Systems After Fire Damage

4/14/2024 (Permalink)

Containment set up during a fire damage cleanup job. Discover the crucial steps to protect your home's electrical systems and appliances from fire damage.

Fires pose a significant risk not only to our homes but to the intricate electrical systems and appliances we rely on daily. While the visible damage caused by fire is often immediate and distressing, the hidden dangers it presents to electrical components can be equally devastating, potentially leading to further hazards long after the flames are extinguished. 

Understanding Fire's Impact on Electrical Systems

Electrical systems are the lifeline of modern homes, powering everything from basic lighting to essential HVAC systems. Recognizing these risks is the first step in implementing measures to protect your home's electrical infrastructure. Electrical systems face multiple risks:

Heat Damage: Extreme temperatures can melt wiring insulation, exposing wires and increasing the risk of short circuits.

Smoke Corrosion: Smoke contains corrosive substances that can damage metal components of electrical systems, leading to failures.

Water Damage: The water used to extinguish fires can cause short circuits and corrosion in electrical devices and wiring.

Immediate Steps After a Fire

After experiencing a fire, it's critical to prioritize safety by refraining from using any electrical devices or appliances until they have been professionally inspected. The next step involves hiring a certified electrician to thoroughly assess the damage to your home's electrical system, ensuring that any risks are identified and addressed. Additionally, for insurance purposes, it's important to document all damages with photos and provide detailed descriptions. This approach ensures the safety of your home's electrical system and facilitates the process of making an insurance claim.

How often should electrical systems be inspected for fire safety?

Electrical systems in a home should be inspected for fire safety at least once every three to five years by a licensed electrician. However, if your home is older, has undergone significant renovations, or if you've added numerous appliances, an inspection should be conducted more frequently. Regular inspections help identify potential hazards, such as outdated wiring, overloaded circuits, or faulty electrical panels, before they lead to a fire.

What are the signs that electrical wiring has been damaged by fire?

Signs that electrical wiring has been damaged by fire include:

  • Discoloration or charring of outlets and switches.
  • Brittle, cracked, or melted insulation on wires.
  • A burning smell coming from outlets or switches.
  • Flickering lights or intermittent power indicates damaged wiring.
  • Tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses that occur frequently.

How can I tell if an appliance has been damaged by fire or smoke?

To determine if an appliance has been damaged by fire or smoke, look for:

  • Visible soot or ash on the exterior or interior components.
  • A strong, persistent burnt smell even after cleaning.
  • Malfunctioning or erratic behavior when the appliance is used.
  • Physical damage such as melted parts, charred wires, or discolored surfaces.

Prioritizing Electrical Fire Safety

Protecting your home from fire damage extends beyond having a fire extinguisher on hand. It requires a comprehensive approach to ensure the safety of your home's electrical systems and appliances. By following the tips shared in this blog, you can enhance your home's fire safety measures and protect against hidden dangers.

Dealing with Water Damage After a Fire: SERVPRO® Tips

11/14/2023 (Permalink)

Drying equipment and dehumidifier in a kitchen. Dealing with water damage after a fire is a complex process.

Facing a fire in your home is a traumatic experience, but what many people might not realize is that the damage doesn't end with the flames. Water damage often accompanies the firefighting efforts, leaving a double blow to your property. In this blog, we will explore the unique challenges of dealing with water damage after a fire and provide essential tips on how to address this complex situation effectively.

Understand the Extent of Water Damage

Before you can begin the restoration process, it's vital to assess the full extent of water damage in your home. Water can seep into walls, floors, and other structural elements, causing potential long-term issues like mold and rot. A professional inspection can provide a clear picture of the situation.

Begin Drying and Dehumidifying

The longer water sits in your home, the greater the risk of secondary damage. Begin by removing standing water using pumps or wet/dry vacuums. Dehumidifiers and high-velocity fans are essential to speed up the drying process. These measures prevent mold growth and structural damage.

Salvageable vs. Unsalvageable

Sort through your belongings and furniture, distinguishing between items that can be saved and those that are beyond repair. Some items might need professional cleaning and restoration, while others may need to be discarded.

Mold Prevention

Mold thrives in damp, dark conditions. After water damage, it's crucial to take steps to prevent mold growth. Consult a professional restoration service like SERVPRO of Northern Liberties to ensure that hidden moisture pockets are completely addressed and to implement anti-mold treatments where necessary.

Professional Restoration Services

While it's tempting to handle water damage yourself, professional restoration services like SERVPRO® have the experience, equipment, and knowledge to tackle even the most complex cases of water damage after a fire. We have specialized tools for moisture detection, structural drying, and mold remediation, ensuring that your home is restored thoroughly and safely.

Insurance Claims

Document the water damage and communicate with your insurance company. Understand the coverage of your policy and what can be claimed. Restoration professionals can also help you navigate this process, providing the necessary documentation and evidence.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Northern Liberties

Choosing a professional restoration company like our SERVPRO® team is your best option when dealing with water damage after a fire. Here's why:

Experience and Expertise

Our team has decades of experience in handling water and fire damage restoration. Our technicians are trained and certified, ensuring that your property is in capable hands.

Specialized Equipment

We use state-of-the-art equipment to detect and address water damage and associated issues. Our tools and technology are designed to ensure thorough and efficient restoration.

Speed and Efficiency

Water damage can escalate quickly. Our SERVPRO team understands the urgency of the situation and works swiftly to minimize damage and prevent further complications.

Comprehensive Services

We provide a one-stop solution for all your restoration needs, from water damage removal and structural drying to mold prevention and fire damage cleanup. This streamlined approach saves you time and effort.

Dealing with water damage after a fire is a complex process that requires professional expertise and equipment. By understanding the extent of the damage, prioritizing safety, and seeking the help of a trusted restoration company, you can navigate this challenging situation with confidence. Our goal is to restore your home to its pre-fire condition, ensuring safety, comfort, and peace of mind during the recovery process.

Fire Alarm Education for Family Safety: Teaching Children What to Do

8/19/2023 (Permalink)

Fire safety is a paramount concern for every household, and preparing your family for a potential fire emergency is essential for their well-being. Fire alarms play a crucial role in providing early warning and alerting occupants to the presence of smoke or fire. However, merely having fire alarms installed is not enough; educating your children on how to respond to the alarm is equally vital. This blog will guide home and property owners on effectively teaching children what to do when a fire alarm sounds, ensuring their safety and preparedness in the event of a fire.

Make Fire Drills Fun and Informative

To capture children's attention and keep them engaged, turn fire drills into a fun and informative activity. Designate a specific time for fire drills and explain the importance of practicing emergency procedures. Involve the whole family in the drill and assign specific roles, such as a designated meeting place outside the house. Keep the tone positive and encouraging to reduce anxiety and instill confidence in their ability to respond calmly during an emergency.

Demonstrate the Sound of the Fire Alarm

Familiarize your children with the sound of the fire alarm by intentionally triggering it during a non-emergency situation. This practice will help them recognize the sound and associate it with a need for immediate action. Explain that when they hear the alarm, it means they must follow the family's predetermined fire escape plan promptly.

Teach "Stop, Drop, and Roll"

Demonstrate the "Stop, Drop, and Roll" technique to children in case their clothes catch fire. Emphasize the importance of remaining calm and not running, as this could fuel the flames further. Make it a fun exercise, allowing them to practice the technique, so they remember it more effectively in a real emergency.

Practice Crawling Low in Smoke

Teach children the significance of crawling low to the ground in a smoke-filled room. Smoke rises, and the air near the floor is less likely to be as toxic. Get down on their level and explain that crawling helps them find clean air and stay safe until they can escape.

Establish a Safe Meeting Point

Designate a safe meeting point outside the home where the whole family gathers after evacuating. Stress the importance of remaining at the meeting point until everyone is accounted for. This ensures that everyone is safe and accounted for during a fire emergency.

Emphasize Not to Hide

Explain to children that they should never hide under beds or in closets during a fire. Emphasize that the family's priority is to evacuate the house safely, and hiding can make it difficult for rescuers to find them.

Encourage Age-Appropriate Questions

Encourage your children to ask questions about fire safety and address their concerns honestly. Provide age-appropriate answers and explanations, ensuring they feel informed and empowered to take action during emergencies.

Fire alarm education is a crucial aspect of family safety planning. Teaching children what to do when the fire alarm sounds empowers them to respond calmly and efficiently during a fire emergency. By making fire drills fun, demonstrating emergency techniques, and fostering open communication, you can equip your children with the knowledge and confidence needed to protect themselves and others in the event of a fire. Together, as a prepared and educated family, you can prioritize safety and peace of mind in your home.

Philadelphia Residents Thanksgiving Day Turkey Frying

11/4/2018 (Permalink)

Every year deep frying a turkey for Thanksgiving causes more than $15 million in property damage. Most of which are from Fryer Fires, but also many water &  plumbing issues as well. Here are some brief tips about Fryer Fires:





Philadelphia Residents: Summer Grill Fire's

8/3/2017 (Permalink)

Spring and Summer is the perfect time of year for a cook-out and grilling dinner. SERVPRO of Spring Garden/Fairmount wants all of our Philadelphia friends to be safe when grilling!

Fire's can be caused easily on a grill; gas grills are known for having a grease fire & charcoal grills can catch fire depending on what you are using to grill with, IE; using wood-chips to flavor the food.

Here is basic safety advise for a grill fire:

When you are grilling make sure there is always a fire extinguisher near-by along with safety goggles and heavy gloves. These are necessary to put out a fire on your grill.  Also have your local fire department information.  Should a grill fire happen, immediately use the extinguisher, gloves, and goggles to put the fire out. If you are using a gas grill turn the gas off completely. Have a person near-by call the fire department or 911 if you can not control the fire.

Grill Fire's can become large & cause damage to you home or outside deck, SERVPRO of Spring Garden/Fairmount is prepared 24/7 & 365 days a year for emergency services . Call for service at 215-791-2302. 

You can also request service through our website "Request Service Online" or Facebook: SERVPRO or Spring Garden & Fairmount: Fire, Water, Mold Emergency Services. Click the "call" button on page or message us. Links: 

Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage in Philadelphia? Useful Information

12/8/2016 (Permalink)

Fire, Soot, or Smoke Damage in Philadelphia? Useful Information for Home Owners!

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.  Our technicians are IICRC Certified, highly trained, & very experienced in this field. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care. We do go above and beyond to make you home "Like it Never Even Happened"

Soot & Smoke Restoration Services

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. From there our certified and highly trained technicians can properly begin the mitigation & restoration process. 

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 Spring Garden/Fairmont 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. 


Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 215-791-2302 Available 24/7 & 365 days a year.

Christmas Tree & Lights - Fire Safety Tips for our Philadelphia Family's

11/30/2016 (Permalink)

Philadelphia Fire Hazard, - Christmas Tree! Although a fake tree, still a danger: 1. Close to two heating sources 2. lights on during the night.

Attention our Philadelphia Friends & Family: Avoid a Holiday Fire Disaster! 

Did you know that Christmas trees alone result in 13 million dollars, annually, in property damage? More importantly, these fires present real risk towards family, friends, and homes! While having a live tree in your home is a tradition to many & beautiful, beware of dangers and take simple precautions; The combination of tree dryness, electrical malfunction with lights and poorly located heating sources can make for a devastating combination.


  • Fresh trees are less likely to catch fire, so look for a tree with vibrant green needles that are hard to pluck and don’t break easily from its branches. The tree shouldn’t be shedding its needles readily.
  • Always place your tree away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights, and keep the tree base filled with water to avoid a dry-out.
  • Make sure all your indoor and outdoor Christmas lights have been tested in a lab by the UL or ETL/ITSNA for safety, and throw out any damaged lights.
  • Any lights you use outdoors must be labeled suitable for exterior placement, and be sure to plug them into a ground-fault circuit interrupter protected receptacle.
  • Keep all your holiday candles away from your Christmas tree, surrounding furniture and décor.
  • Bedtime means lights off! ­ Don’t forget to turn your Christmas tree lights of each night.

When your tree begins to drop its needles, it’s time to say goodbye to your evergreen foliage until next year. So this year, follow our tips to avoid becoming another statistic. 

Remember to call SERVPRO of Spring Garden if emergency services are required @ 215-791-2302.

Available 24/7 & 365 days a year.

Happy Holidays from all of us at SERVPRO Spring Garden / Fairmont!


Fire!!!! Tips on what to do in the event of a FIRE for our Philadelphia Residents

11/22/2016 (Permalink)

Tips on the FIRE Do's & Don'ts

What to do: Immediately contact 911, Your Insurance Carrier and your local SERVPRO Professional

  1. Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  2. Blow or brush vacuum loose soot particles from upholstery, drapes and carpets.
  3. Place old towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  4. Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  5. If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open.

What NOT to do:

  1. Send garments to ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor. Your local SERVPRO Professional can assist you with professional dry-cleaners to treat the odor.
  2. Attempt to clean any electrical appliances, TV sets, radios, etc. that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service. Your local SERVPRO can assist you with this as well.
  3. Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO Professional.
  4. Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO Professional.

SERVPRO of Spring Garden / Fairmont                                         215-791-2302                         Available 24/7 & 365 Days a Year

Philadelphia Residents: Thanksgiving Turkey Frying

11/17/2016 (Permalink)

Fire from using a Turkey Fryer - significant damage to the home and content in need of Emergency Service. SERVPRO Spring Garden 215-790-2302

Every year deep frying a turkey for Thanksgiving causes more than $15 million in property damage. Most of which are from Fryer Fires, but also many water &  plumbing issues as well. Here are some brief tips about Fryer Fires:





Philadelphia Residents: We Specialize in Soot cleaning

11/17/2016 (Permalink)

Philadelphia Residents....If you are starting to turn your boilers or heaters on for the winter months, occasionally you will experience a "puff back" due to the heater not being serviced annually.    A puff back can create soot through out your house which would need to be professionally cleaned by our certified technicians.   If you experience a "puffback" please call us at 215-791-2302.....