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How to Choose a Home Fire Extinguisher
A fire extinguisher discharging putting out flames
"Every home needs at least one fire extinguisher that’s kept readily at hand. And yet many homeowners either (A.) know they don’t have a fire extinguisher and don’t think it’s a problem (I’m embarrassed to admit I was in this category until I started researching this post), or (B.) own a fire extinguisher (or several) but have no idea how to operate it or even if it would still work in case of a fire. Here’s what you should know about fire extinguishers to help keep your home and family safe.
1. Do I really need a fire extinguisher in my home?
You do; every home should have at least one portable fire extinguisher installed in an easily accessible spot. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has determined that almost half the fires in the home occur in the kitchen, so that’s a good place to start."
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8 Essentials: Smoke alarms with smart designs
Smart Fire Detector
The Kupu photoelectric smoke alarm
"On the market recently: a slew of design-worthy and unobtrusive smoke alarms, from the popular Nest to new crowd-funded designs. Here are our favorite attractive (and high-tech) options.
Kupu Photoelectric Smoke Alarm by Finnish designer Harri Koskinen for Jalo Helsinki
Perhaps the most well-known smoke detector to come on the market recently is the Nest Protect,
The Kidde Silhouette Low-Profile Smoke Alarm protrudes a mere half inch from the ceiling once installed
The Gira Dual Q Smoke Alarm
the battery-operated Chick-a-Dee Smoke Alarm by Dutch designer Louise van der Veld
At 1.5 inches across (the size of a golf ball), Cavius is “the world’s smallest” smoke alarm.
The nearly-identical Atom Smoke Alarm by First Alert
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SERVPRO Restores IAQ Indoor Air Quality after a House Fire in Camarillo
When there is a fire in your Camarillo kitchen, there is also pungent odors. SERVPRO can help, "Like it never even happened."
Fire Damage in Camarillo – Even Small Fires Create Odors
A small fire can often create a great deal of smoke and leave unpleasant odors in the kitchen area or even throughout the entire Camarillo home. You may have been quickly able to douse the fire and dispose of the offending pot, but everyone who comes into your home to help notices an offending smell.
SERVPRO has the technical expertise to assist in removing fire odors in Camarillo and surrounding areas. Every fire can produce odor. However, it is the type of fuel, how hot it burned, and for how long that determines the type of odor from smoke residue. Hot air also rises and travels to colder areas. The combination of natural air currents and forced-air heating systems can quickly spread smoke residue throughout the home.
Removing Odors After a Small Fire
There are necessary steps that SERVPRO technicians follow, which we have found to be very effective in removing smoke residue and odor from a building.
The first step is always to remove the burned item and any debris. Removing these items reduces a significant source of odors. Small particles of smoke residue deposited on countertops, tables, walls, and floors also produce odor. The next step is to clean all surfaces that were exposed to the smoke residue.
The third step may involve distributing a deodorizer in the same manner that the smoke would have traveled throughout your home. We use a variety of deodorizer products depending on the type of fire, and how hot it burned, e.g., grease fire vs. foods, especially smelly protein fueled fires that may have ignited while cooking. SERVPRO has ULV ultra-light volume foggers that can neutralize the offending molecules.
Our inventory of mechanical devices for odor mitigation and elimination includes hydroxyl generators, ozone machines, and portable and heavy-duty foggers. Each method of restoring healthy and clean indoor air quality is understood by our FST fire and smoke damage restoration technicians.
Lastly, in difficult situations, sealing the odor may be the solution. Repainting surfaces and sealing ducts that are too difficult to clean may be required. SERVPRO can assist in diagnosing the appropriate steps to remove the odors from your home. We also are fully licensed to provide complete restoration and repair for more severe fire damage. Contractor Licenses: General: 892710, CSLB: 892710
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Homes in Camarillo Needing Fast Cleanup and Restoration after a Fire Often Call SERVPRO
SERVPRO Is Matchless for Fire Damage Cleanup, Odor Removal and Restoration for Camarillo Homes
Tips for Dealing With Fire Damage In Your Camarillo Residence
After the firefighters extinguish the blazing fire and leave the affected property, the damage can continue. The fire remnants can react with surfaces, and the water used to extinguish the fire can create a conducive environment for mold growth. Smoke odor can also linger in your property if you do not restore it properly.
To return your property to a pristine and livable state, you can work with professionals from SERVPRO. We understand that dealing with fire damage in your Camarillo home is a heavy burden and a devastating experience. We have highly trained and certified technicians who can help you after the unfortunate event to ease your burden by restoring your property to its pre-misfortune state. Before we get to your property, there are few things you can do to aid the mitigation process.
Tips You Can Do--Only If Safe
Minimize movement in the affected area to limit the spread of soot on other surfaces.
Avoid direct contact with surfaces that have soot to avoid transferring the residue to woodwork, walls, and upholstery.
Protect the unaffected valuable contents by covering them with rugs, old linens, and clean towels.
Disconnect your gas, water, and electricity supply to prevent further property damage.
Our team of professionals can take the following steps to restore your home.
Torrential downpour and other harsh weather conditions can occur when we are still restoring your property. If there are openings resulting from the fire, more damage can take place. Our technicians can board up the structure by using plywood. Boarding up a property is an excellent way to protect it from harsh weather, wild critters, and intruders. For minor roof damage, we can place tarps over the openings.
Cleaning the affected areas
Smoke travels fast and can penetrate deeply on surfaces. If smoke residues are left for an extended period, they can cause corrosion on surfaces. We can use professional and certified cleaning products to clean the affected surfaces. We can remove the soot from your walls, carpeting and upholstery, and other damaged surfaces.
Deodorizing the property
Smoke particles embedded deep within wooden flooring, walls, and furniture makes it difficult for our technicians to extract the smoke odor. The odor can last for several years if not treated by professionals. Our SERVPRO technicians can utilize proven techniques and high-tech equipment to deodorize your property. We can use air scrubbers or negative air machines to remove the smoke odors from your property. These devices have HEPA filters that remove particles from the air efficiently to improve the quality of indoor air.
If a fire has ruined your home, contact SERVPRO of Camarillo at (805) 484-5009 immediately to minimize further property damage. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.
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Our Professionals Can Prevent Further Damage After A Fire In Your Camarillo Home
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Efficient Fire and Smoke Damage Cleanup in Your Camarillo Home Can Prevent Further Damage
Watching your home and precious possessions engulfed by flames can be a devastating experience. After the firefighters have extinguished the fire and all occupants are safe, the ordeal is still not over. The remnants of the fire, such as smoke, soot, and water from fire extinguishing efforts, can continue causing damage to your property.
After a fire damage incident, it's essential to call professionals to perform fire and smoke damage cleanup in your Camarillo home. Our SERVPRO fire restoration experts can help you prevent further damage that smoke can cause. Smoke contains many gases and fine particles that develop after organic compounds burn. The smoke particles travel faster and further than flames during a fire.
Smoke particles also comprise acidic compounds that can corrode metals and may even etch glass. Smoke can settle in the cooler areas of your home, such as behind draperies and inside walls. After a short while, the smoke changes to soot that can cause permanent discoloration of surfaces. Contents with metal elements like electronics and kitchen appliances can tarnish. Refinishing or replacing wooden furniture and flooring could be necessary after severe smoke damage. The synthetic fibers of carpets may also absorb smoke odors, which are difficult to remove. Our restorers can take several steps to deal with the fire and smoke damage:
Isolating the affected area
Protecting the occupants of a home from smoke particles is our priority. Our technicians can install isolation barriers to prevent smoke particles in affected areas from getting into occupied rooms. Our technicians wear protective gear like respirators, facemasks, and gloves to stay safe.
Using advanced cleaning products
Once equipped with safety gear, our smoke damage restoration technicians begin the removal of smoke particles. We can use a general surface cleaner like the Wall and All Surface Cleaner to clean washable and painted surfaces. The cleanser has a low pH to protect semi-gloss interior paint. Therefore, it can wet clean various surfaces, including painted ceilings and walls, appliances, hard surface furniture, paneling, countertops, plastics, and wet cleanable wallpapers.
Using professional deodorizers
Floating smoke particles get embedded deeply within walls, carpeting, and furniture, making it difficult to remove the irritating smoke odor. Unpleasant odors can linger in your residence for years if you do not remove them successfully. Our SERVPRO team can use proven strategies and products to eliminate odors. For instance, we can mix concentrated water-based deodorizers to cleaning solutions to control smoke odors. These deodorizers mix with water instantly in various applications and dilution ratios. They work at different pH extremes and temperatures to neutralize most unpleasant odors, replacing them with a pleasant smell.
SERVPRO of Camarillo is a leading fire restoration company that can help you dislodge and eliminate smoke residues and odors from your fire-damaged home. Call us today at (805) 484-5009. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.
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We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Camarillo After A Fire Disaster
This home was set ablaze by a utility pole that was knocked down during a lighting storm. We responded quickly and begin the restoration right away.
Trust Us to Pack-Out Possessions for More Efficient Camarillo Fire Damage Restoration
After a fire in your Camarillo home, it is reasonable to feel out of control. A suggestion to move your furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions out of your house might make you even more anxious. Following our recommendation is likely to speed mitigation and remediation efforts in your residence, and also give the packed-out articles the specialized attention they need. Rely on our full spectrum of services for fire recovery, from assessment to rebuilding.
Fire damage in Camarillo does not affect just structural components. Everything in your home at the time of the fire is fair game for significant harm from the corrosive and toxic residues deposited by the smoke. Items require professional evaluation and restoration by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained technicians at our production facility before returning them to your cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized home.
SERVPRO uses the Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) create a detailed and secure compilation of the articles we move out. Items are listed or barcoded, and many are photographed before wrapping and transport. CCIS provides documentation for you and your insurance company as we assess, plan, and implement cleaning, drying, disinfecting, deodorization, and other restoration strategies.
Restoration of your items saves you time and money, but, most importantly, preserves your memories. Enduring a fire in your home is traumatic for you and your loved ones. SERVPRO is proud of our ability to restore not only your clothing, books, pictures, furnishings, household goods, window coverings, and personal belongings, but also your peace of mind. Our advanced cleaning and drying systems and talented employees strip grime and soot from a myriad of materials, returning everything from heirloom crystal to well-loved stuffed animals to their full function and appearance.
The SERVPRO IICRC-certified Water Damage Restoration (WRT) and Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) at your home unimpeded by its contents can complete more rapidly the water removal, deep cleaning of soot and other residues, and other tasks including repair and reconstruction needed to meet the highest restoration industry standards. When we reinstall the packed-out items, it truly is “Like it never even happened.”
Rely on SERVPRO of Camarillo when fire damage leaves you confused and stressed. One call, day or night, to (805) 484-5009 starts the process of reclaiming your safety, security, and comfort.
General Contractor License #: 892710
California State License Board (CSLB) #: 892710
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Camarillo Properties Rely on SERVPRO for Professional Air Duct Cleaning
SERVPRO Offers Premier Duct Cleaning for Camarillo Fire Damaged Properties
Cleaning Ducts After All Fire Types in Camarillo Homes and Businesses
Disasters can strike at any time, and even as recent as last year, widespread fires affected hundreds of Camarillo area homes. Many chose to rely on the experience and the fast response of our professionals, who could respond as promptly as we were allowed in evacuated areas throughout Ventura County. In many of these situations, entire properties can suffer smoke residue and soot damage, and it requires expertise, advanced equipment, and professional-grade cleaning agents to restore your HVAC system to optimal performance.
Even apart from the wildfires that remain a steady threat to Camarillo home and business owners, multiple other paths can also lead to a need for mitigation, restoration, and clean ducts after fire damages. Even furnace puffbacks can allow for the buildup of ionized soot and smoke throughout the ductile network and in the corners of rooms connected to this system. These effects can often get mistaken as spider webs, as they frequently collect in the cooler corners of rooms or closets. Our SERVPRO professionals have the right products and equipment to address these concerns, as they require careful cleanup to prevent smearing and staining.
Our SERVPRO team has a division of qualified air duct specialists who can not only address the common throttling of air flow from the buildup of debris and dust within the system, but can also sufficiently overcome the added threats of fire damage to these ducts and HVAC unit as well. We have advanced tools beginning with our whisks and brushes that can help to clean these air pathways in your home or business thoroughly. These tools can break free sediment and buildup, even fire related, caked on residues, from the interior surfaces of air ducts. Whether the ductwork is galvanized steel, flex tubing, or fiberboard, we can clean them of fire residue along with pollen, dust, debris, pet danger, and other trapped particulates.
Negative air pressure vacuums that seat over ventilation openings and multiple solutions for deodorization can help to address the final symptoms common with a fire loss in your air ducts. This ventilation system can continue to spread smoke and soot debris, as well as harsh odors without the sophisticated equipment and practices of our experienced cleaning technicians. We can substantially improve the indoor air quality (IAQ) of your living space.
Whether overcoming a wildfire effect that can spread through multiple homes and businesses throughout Ventura County or overcoming isolated incidents like furnace puffbacks, our SERVPRO of Camarillo team can take care of your home and your HVAC system after a fire. Give us a call for a free inspection and evaluation anytime at (805) 484-5009.
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Dreaming Of An Efficient and Easy Fire Damage Remediation in Your Camarillo Home?
Cooking accidents can lead to serious fire damage in your Camarillo home. Call SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.
SERVPRO Has Specific Methods for Fighting Damage from Fire, Smoke in Camarillo Properties
Fire damage can occur in many ways in a residential home. Cooking accidents, overloaded electrical panels, and plain old human error. When a fire occurs, there are often other issues to deal with such as odor, residues, water, the possibility of mold if not dried properly, not to mention replacement of fire loss contents.
When SERVPRO is called to mitigate damage from a Camarillo home fire, smoke is one of the things they address first. Depending on how hot the fire burned and the types of items that were consumed by the fire depends on the cleaning methods our technicians choose.
Plastics and synthetic materials tend to leave wet, grease-like films on surfaces that smears easily and can be challenging to clean. Organic materials such as hardwood beams tend to leave lighter, easier to clean residue. However, this is not positive because generally, these types of fires cause more significant structural damage. Our technicians are certified in the science of restoration and know that specific types of smoke residue requires specialized cleaning methods to remove the film and accompanying odors thoroughly. A single room can have different kinds of residues for our technicians to address depending on the types of items burned.
Mitigation for damage begins during the initial phone call with the homeowner, the SERVPRO technician takes the information and usually advises the homeowner actions they can take or should not take before our technicians arrive on site. The goal is to keep the homeowner safe, traffic in the area to a bare minimum and avoid spreading smoke and soot odors to unaffected areas.
The odor left behind by a fire can penetrate anywhere the smoke went. Our professional cleaning formulas are often enough to remove stubborn odors. In the cases where it is not, we have odor-neutralization methods such as thermal fogging which penetrates porous objects just as smoke does, except it is done with a heated solvent that eliminates odors. Machines such as Hydroxyl generators that work on the same principle as using UV rays from the Sun to power out odors using naturally occurring molecules called Hydroxyls that bond with and neutralize odor-causing molecules.
The key to saving as much as possible when damage from a fire happens in your home is to bring in professional help as quickly as possible. The faster the remediation begins, the more that can often be restored through cleaning.
SERVPRO of Camarillo stands ready to help homeowners mitigate fire, smoke and other home damage at (805) 484-5009. We are available 24/7 and arrive quickly because "We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster."
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Your Camarillo Home Can Be Restored To Pre-Damage Condition After A Fire Damage Disaster
After a fire, call SERVPRO of Camarillo at (805) 484-5009, so we can help with smoke and fire cleanup services.
Our Professional Fire Cleanup Services Makes Your Camarillo Home Beautiful Again
Small fires in Camarillo can make tremendous amounts of smoke that cover the walls and leaves a sticky residue. Leaving this on the surfaces can stain paint and require new paint to make things beautiful again. Our specialists can help you reduce aggravation and save money by removing the soot before those stains happen.
After any size fire in Camarillo, we encourage residents to call us for help with fire cleanup that removes soot and sticky residues. These deposits might seem minor at first, but it can surprise you how widespread soot and related soiling becomes. Our techniques and the tools we use make it easy for us to remove these layers of soot from walls and other places.
We can also clean items that may have become covered in grime. Items that you keep near windows or doorways can sustain more copious amounts of soiling because of air traveling through that leaves soot on those same objects. We use ultrasonic technology to remove foreign particles from personal belongings, leaving them free of dirt, stains, and odors.
SERVPRO's technicians arrive ready to start working, meaning we finish more quickly. We always keep our Green Fleet stocked with the tools needed to restore your home “Like it never even happened.” We do this because we know your family wants to move forward and forget the incident. Because of this, we are also prepared to remove any damaged items. Removing materials and belongings that burned or charred during a fire eliminates any possible health risks that these items might contain. We want to give your family a fresh start after such a disaster.
Restoration efforts flow more smoothly, when needed, after thorough fire cleanup services. During cleanup, we remove any hazards from the interior. We also use additional measures that clean the air and reduce odors. As soot disintegrates, it continually produces odors. We prevent both from happening, making your home much safer for occupants.
After a fire, call SERVPRO of Camarillo at (805) 484-5009, so we can help with smoke and fire cleanup services. We have IICRC certificates in this and related areas, in addition to extensive experience in mitigation and restoration of homes and businesses.
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Our Fire Damage Technicians Can Restore Your Camarillo Home To Pre-Damage Condition Quickly And Efficiently
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Professional Help Needed For Fire Ash Cleanup In Camarillo
Removing the sooty debris deposited inside Camarillo homes during a fire is not an ordinary cleaning challenge. Soot and ash require not only specialized techniques to remove them entirely without smearing and spread to unaffected areas, but they also are toxic and corrosive. Safety during removal to humans, pets, and contents is the highest priority. We have the training, tools, and precisely formulated products to take on the job.
Because fire ash cleanup in your Camarillo home is not an everyday occurrence, the protocols necessary and the timeline for completion are not familiar and hard to attain without the assistance of a fully-prepared professional fire restoration crew. Our technicians receive comprehensive training from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) coursework, honed by on the job experience.
SERVPRO arrives within hours of your first call, poised to assess your fire scenario and create a plan to clean up and restore your premises “Like it never even happened.” We evaluate the characteristics of the ash and soot deposited at the fire locus and all other spaces within your home. Understanding the connection between the types of fire ash and other residues and proven protocols and products to remove them is critical to a successful fire restoration outcome.
Paper and wood burn hot and quickly, leaving behind a light ash deposit best managed with HEPA-equipped vacuums and dry sponging. Other fire fuels, such as fabrics and wiring, tend to smolder, creating a thicker, more sticky soot that often responds best with a spray and wipe approach, sometimes with abrasive products or tools to dislodge the debris. SERVPRO researches available cleaners and equipment to give our customers the fastest and highest-quality results.
Since fires frequently start in kitchens, SERVPRO has strategies for dealing with the highly-adhesive protein-based soot and ash a grease and food fire deposits. The coating is thin and transparent but holds on like a varnish. We use solvents and agitation to loosen the residues.
Fire ash cleanup is a SERVPRO of Camarillo specialty; we have tools, technicians, and cleaners stocked in every service vehicle to avoid any delay. Call us at (805) 484-5009 to schedule an assessment and begin the process of putting your life back together again.
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In Camarillo, SERVPRO Says We Cleanup Preventable Fire Damage Caused by Appliances
The Result of a Lint Fire in Camarillo--Call SERVPRO for a Cleanup and Restoration
Improper Dryer Care Can Cause Fires in Your Camarillo Home
The appliances in your Camarillo home help to make life more comfortable, but taking care of them and using them correctly is critical to a longer life and safe operation. Dryers, for example, can become dangerous if they do not get used properly, and this can result in disasters like fires occurring in the residence. Understanding how these situations happen and what can occur to restore the damage is essential knowledge for the modern homeowner.
While you might not think of your dryer as a source for fire damage in your Camarillo home, this disaster can occur more readily than most homeowners believe. Often, these combustions occur when the excessive heat (often upwards of 500 degrees or more) ignites lint or other loose debris within and around the drum. Preventing this situation from occurring is often little more than ensuring that between uses, the lint trap gets cleared of any collected buildup and that your ventilation discharge hose remains clear of buildup as well. We also inspect and can clean out the venting system for the appliance to increase efficiency and reduce potential fires.
Often homeowners are unaware of the severity of cleaning out their lint filters often, and fire can result. When a disaster like this occurs, the effects can spread far beyond the laundry area of your home and affect multiple rooms and floors. Our SERVPRO professionals can arrive quickly to begin our thorough assessment of this damage to determine the best approach to restore it efficiently and cost-effectively.
From our initial mitigation work with packing out at-risk items and removing harmful particulates from the air inside your home to our licensed reconstruction contractors within our team that can rebuild overly damaged areas of your property, we offer a comprehensive package to our customers that make the restoration work as seamless and stress-free as possible.
Fires can begin from many sources, but appliances can easily ignite a blaze without the proper management and use. If you experience a disaster that damages your property, let our SERVPRO of Camarillo rapid response team help you make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (805) 484-5009.
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Mitigation Of Fire Damage In Your Camarillo Rec Room
Almost everyone in Camarillo enjoys relaxing at home, but fire damage can put a stop to that quickly.
Mitigation Of Fire Damage
Electronics games, hair styling appliances, and kitchen gadgets can all start a fire in your home. When a fire starts in your Camarillo home's rec room, cleaning up the smoke and fire damage can help your family and friends continue enjoying time together.
Almost everyone in Camarillo enjoys relaxing at home, but fire damage can put a stop to that quickly. Because of the regular and constant use of hand-held controllers on video game units and other types of games, getting the soot and smoke residue off of everything is crucial in so many ways. Dry soot can be as bothersome as sticky, moist soot, and either can stain clothing when children handle soot-covered items and then wipe their fingers. Younger children might also ingest this soot. SERVPRO can get your rec room back in shape.
When we work on your residence, we clean and mitigate the damage that affects both the structure and the contents. Cleaning the smoke residue from surfaces on pool tables require stiff brushes and HEPA-equipped vacuums. The wooden sections also need us to wipe them down with appropriate solvents that do not mar the finish but still lift the oily residue away. We always rinse these areas, as well as any plastic or metal components.
We clean electronics and other fragile games and discuss with you regarding additional care for video games and other related belongings. We do not recommend that you power these items on until a professional electronics technician looks them over, cleans them of any residue and makes any necessary repairs. Trying to make them work before a technician cleans away any dust, debris, soot, or moisture can cause so much damage that repairs become impossible.
As we perform these cleaning activities, other SERVPRO teams are extracting any present water and removing materials ruined by fire damage. We remove moisture so microbes remain at normal levels and damaged structures so we can bring in new materials.
SERVPRO of Camarillo can help you get back to enjoying your rec room's amenities. Wherever smoke and fire damage traveled in your home, we can follow it and mitigate. Odor control options are also available to you, adding value to our services that greatly benefit you. Call us at our 24-hour service line any day of the year.
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We stop thieves taking rich pickings from wildfire-devastated communities
There’s nothing more traumatic than fleeing a wildfire and knowing it’s going to devour your precious home. All your lifelong memories are about to be burned to the ground thanks to Mother Nature.
That’s the harsh reality hundreds of Californians are facing after America’s worst wildfire season ever recorded. The historic 2017 blazes torched hundreds of thousands of acres, and destroyed more than a thousand properties, many of which were family homes.
And there’s one more potential kick in the teeth for these devastated families. Fire-gutted communities are ripe picking grounds for heartless criminals focused on cashing in on other people’s misfortunes.
“Criminals have been known to walk through burned out neighborhoods on the hunt for loose safes and other valuable items that survive fires. They steal the items, crack the safes, and sell things on – and there’s nothing the families can do about it,” said Jono Millin, co-founder of drone mapping software start-up DroneDeploy."
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All those green hillsides could mean more Southern California fires later this season
Photo: Anthony Plascencia/VC Star
"Grass-covered hills might look good now, but authorities say that could mean a busy fall and summer for firefighters.
Over the past several weeks, brush has gotten damper, greener and less likely to burn. Stands of tall, green grass have blanketed Ventura County and much of the state.
That’s good news. But there’s a downside: Like last year, there could be a significant amount of grass-fire activity, according to the Ventura County Fire Department.
“Grass is the main ignition source,” said county fire Capt. Ken VanWig. “It’s like the kindling in the fireplace.”
As the fine grass dries out, it becomes a bed of fuel that makes it easy for fires to start and to spread quickly."
Read more at All those green hillsides could mean more Southern California fires later this season
Why the California wildfires are spreading so quickly
This article was originally published in December as the Thomas fire continued to rage. It is an informative look into how the fire spread so rapidly and how we can prevent it in the future.
t's been an especially devastating year for wildfires in California, with four of the deadliest in the last 12 months, according to state records.In October, fires ravaged Northern California's wine country in Napa and Sonoma counties, destroying an estimated 8,900 structures and leaving more than 40 people dead.Now a round of wildfires has broken out in Southern California, and they may be scarier than the October fires. The Thomas Fire in Ventura County had burned 96,000 acres as of Thursday, making it twice as big as Washington, D.C., and nearly three times bigger than the most destructive of the Napa-Sonoma fires."
The Triple Threat: Fire, Hoarding & Biohazard Cleanup
On a warm, sunny day back in June, I had the opportunity to check out some job sites with SunGlo Services Operations Manager Bob Graham. SunGlo is a large restoration company based in the Metro Detroit area. Bob and I had five or six stops to make across a rather large area of Southeastern Michigan as he checked in on the progress of some jobs, and some new work just coming in.
For me, this ride-along was an opportunity to see restorers and jobs in action – and not just try to learn about the work from behind a desk, or through reading articles. I can safely say it was a very eye-opening experience. One particular stop stands out.
Early Warning Signs
Late in the morning, we arrived at a home that had experienced a house fire overnight. The homeowner was there seeming to assess the scene, and someone from CRDN had also just pulled up to take a look at what soft contents in the home might be salvageable. The problem was… we couldn’t get into the home. The house had been boarded up and the fire marshal had put a lock on the door. I’m sure you’ve all been to scenes like this where the fire marshal is still investigating and hasn’t cleared it for restoration or cleanup yet.
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Oxnard Fire fends off cancer with nanotechnology
"Dirty gear used to be a badge of honor for firefighters, but as cancer rates among responders rises, cleanliness has become the highest priority.
The Oxnard Fire Department — like other Ventura County agencies — has adopted that mindset and received delivery this month of new hoods that keep out microscopic carcinogens from absorbing into firefighters' skin.
Last summer when Alex Hamilton became an Oxnard Fire Department battalion chief, he delved into the science and learned that while breathing in these cancer-causing particles is dangerous, it's actually worse when they are absorbed into the skin.
According to a study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the levels of these particles were higher on the neck, throat and jaw line. In addition, the higher the temperature the more permeable the skin is."
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Green home emerges after fire.
David Lauer photo
"A natural disaster cleared a property in the Colorado mountains, giving an architect and her family a blank slate. Instead of going the traditional route, they took the opportunity to build their green dream home.
Colorado architect Renée del Gaudio and her family were camping when they heard the news. One of the most destructive wildfires in the state’s history was ripping through their property in Boulder. Del Gaudio and her husband, Ross Wehner, had purchased the land just two years earlier, in 2008, with the hope of someday relocating there from Denver with their two small children. In the meantime, they’d leased a tiny cabin on the property to a college student—who was able to escape the blaze—but the structure was destroyed."
Read more and see the photos at: Green home emerges after fire