Recent Fire Damage Posts

We Provide Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration Services for Otay Mesa

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

White, billowing smoke is filling a room, making it hard to see. We’ll restore your property after a fire in San Ysidro “Like it never even happened.”

Did you know that San Diego county homes are at high risk of burning in the event of a wildfire? According to a recent report from CoreLogic, San Diego is ranked as one of the top three cities in southern California at greatest risk for wildfire damage. Floating embers can be carried for over a mile through wind and can cause spot fires that can ignite homes. SERVPRO® of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro wants residents and commercial business owners in San Ysidro to know we will respond to any fire damage emergency and quickly begin cleanup and restoration services. The National Fire Protection Association offers seven ways to reduce wildfire risk from burning embers:

  1. Clear pine needles and other combustible materials from roofs and around your property
  2. Store away outdoor cushions and furniture that could ignite
  3. Screen and seal vents and other openings into your home so embers can’t get in
  4. Rake landscaping mulch to at least five feet away from structures
  5. Trim back bushes and shrubs that come within five feet of your house
  6. Remover anything around your house that can be ignited
  7. Close all windows and doors and pet doors

If you experience fire damage call us today at 619-439-2407. SERVPRO® of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro has a team of professionals on call 24 hours a day to and restore your fire damage in Otay Mesa “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro is Independently Owned and Operated.

Making a Wildfire Safety Plan for Young People Home Alone in Otay Mesa

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

A wildfire has caught fire and is burning in a field. Wildfire season comes early to San Diego.

Did you know that only 21% of students interviewed in wildfire-prone regions know what to do if they are home alone when a wildfire breaks out? SERVPRO® of Otay Mesa wants San Ysidro families to know that having an evacuation plan in place for your loved ones to follow when you aren’t home can save lives. Here are some tips from the National Fire Prevention Association for developing a plan:

  • Work with a trusted neighbor close by who know your children and can evacuate them if you are not home to do so
  • Set up a schedule with other working parents in the neighborhood so that one is always at home and can make sure the children are safe
  • Pack a “Go Bag” with treasured items, water, food, prescriptions they can grab and leave with quickly
  • Practice together with their pets if time allows to crate them for removal
  • Have a designated contact, like an out of town family member programmed into their cell phone so you can find each other quickly

We hope you never need fire damage services, but if you do, SERVPRO of Otay Mesa wants to help. We are available 24 hours a day and our highly trained technicians have the specialized equipment necessary to safely clean and restore properties to pre-damage conditions in San Ysidro. Call us today at 619-439-2407 to find out about our cleanup and restoration services. We’ll take care of fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Otay Mesa is independently owned and operated.

Different Types of Home Fire Extinguishers in Otay Mesa/San Ysidro

1/1/2020 (Permalink)

two men testing fire extinguishers Know which fire extinguisher(s) you need to stay safe in your home or office.

Smoke and fire damage is something all of us at SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro would like to see you avoid. In the event the worst happens and you are faced with this kind of disaster, you can count on us to lend a helping hand. We have a team of highly trained professionals to walk with you each step of the way when repairing the damage from smoke, water, and fire in your Otay Mesa/San Ysidro home.

Just to be safe, SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro recommends you keep at least one fire extinguisher and know how to use it (them).

A fire-extinguisher may prevent fire damage and smoke damage from spreading throughout the home.

If you see a small fire that you take care of yourself, use the following tips.  If you have any worries, you and everyone should leave the house and call 9-1-1 when you are outside.

SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro  wants you to know that you can try to fight a small fire only if:

  • You can get to the fire extinguisher quickly. Fire is fast. Fire damage and smoke damage are less painful than personal injuries
  • You know how to use the fire extinguisher

SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro explains the Types of Home Fire Extinguishers:

Classes A, B, and C fire extinguishers are found in both homes and businesses

  • Class A is for cloth, wood, and paper
  • Class B is for liquids that can burst into flame or explode, such as grease, gasoline, oil, or oil-based paints
  • Class C is for electrical equipment like computers, tools, or anything else that is plugged in
  • Most home-improvement stores sell multi-purpose fire extinguishers: Classes A:B:C

SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro is independently owned and operated. 

Links:

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/ 

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/extinguishers.html

Safety Tips when using Candles in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

candles on countertop Keeping your home safe from fire this Holiday season.

Although fires from candles happen more often around the holidays, many people use candles all year round. SERVPRO® of Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro wants you to be safe from fire and smoke damage. It is important to be careful any time you have an open flame in your Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro home. 

Fire Prevention is the best way to fight against fire damage or injuries.

SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro  offers these Tips for Fire Prevention from Candles:

  • Do not let children near candles
  • Keep trees and other plants away from candles
  • Make sure candles are not near window curtains or blinds that could catch fire
  • Keep lit candles in safe candle holders
  • Do not leave children alone in a room with lit candles
  • Do not light candles in the bedroom. You might fall asleep. One-third of all candle fires start in the bedroom. 
  • If the power goes out, use flashlights instead of candles
  • If someone in the home uses oxygen, do not use candles
  • Fire damage from candles happens 35 times a day in the U.S.
  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can catch fire
  • Put out candles when leaving the room or going to bed

A little caution goes a long way to protect you and your loved ones. If you have to deal with damage caused by smoke or fire from a candle in your Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro home, your friends at SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro are just a phone call away. 

SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro is independently owned and operated. 

Links:

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/ 

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Top-causes-of-fire/Candles

https://www.nfpa.org/~/media/files/public-education/resources/safety-tip-sheets/religious_candles_safety_tips.pdf 

Tips to Prevent Kitchen Fire in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

women cooking at stove with a fire happening Don't let kitchen fires dampen your Holiday plans.

SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro understands that cooking equipment is a leading cause of fire damage and fire injuries in your Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro home.

To help prevent fire damage, SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro shares these tips. They make more sense than not cooking at home.

  • Many kitchen items can catch fire, including dishtowels, oven mitts, recipes, wooden tools, and loose clothing
  • Never operate the stove or oven when you are tired or have been drinking alcohol
  • If you are frying, broiling, grilling, or boiling food, stay in the kitchen. If you leave, even for a short time, turn off the heat
  • Keep flammable items at least three feet from the stovetop
  • Do not allow children within two to four feet of the stove or oven
  • If you must leave the house while cooking of any kind, turn off the heat sources

Remember that fire is fast. If you cannot contain a fire immediately, leave and bring everyone with you. Call 9-1-1 from outside your Chula Vista home.

SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro reminds you that fire prevention is the best strategy against fire damage. 

SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro is independently owned and operated. 

Links:

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/

Different Types of Extinguishers in Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

cartoon fire fighter Know which fire extinguisher is the best for your home or office before you need it.

All of us at SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro hope your City or County business stays safe from fire.  If the worst happens, we are experts in cleaning fire damage and smoke damage. 

Just to be safe, SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro recommends you keep, maintain, and know how to use fire extinguishers.  

A fire-extinguisher may prevent fire damage and smoke damage from spreading throughout the office.

If you see a small fire that you can take care of yourself, use the following tips.  If you have any worries, you and everyone else should leave the office and call 9-1-1 when you are outside.

SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro wants you to know that you can try to fight a small fire only if:

  • You can get to the fire extinguisher quickly. Fire is fast. Fire damage and smoke damage are less painful than personal injuries
  • You have the right class of fire extinguisher
  • You know how to use the fire extinguisher

SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro explains the Types of Commercial Fire Extinguishers:

Classes A, B, and C fire extinguishers are found in both homes and businesses

  • Class A is for cloth, wood, and paper
  • Class B is for liquids that can burst into flame or explode, such as grease, gasoline, oil, or oil-based paints
  • Class C is for electrical equipment like computers, tools, or anything else that is plugged in
  • Most home-improvement stores sell multi-purpose fire extinguishers: Classes A:B:C
  • Class D is for metals that can burst into flame.  Class D fire extinguishers are usually needed only in some factories
  • Class K is for vegetable and animal oils and fats that are in cooking appliances.  Commercial kitchens (restaurants, cafeterias, catering businesses) often use them

SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/ San Ysidro is independently owned and operated. 

Links:

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/ 

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/extinguishers.html

Smoke Alarms Save Lives in San Ysidro

12/7/2019 (Permalink)

black background with smoke detector SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro is here for you 24/7, 365.

Smoke alarms save lives every year, with smoke alarms installed outside every sleeping room and in living spaces you can increase your response time to two minutes. Even with smoke alarms, experts predict you have as little as two minutes to get out of your home before getting overtaken with smoke.

To increase fire safety in your home:

  • Make sure to test alarms every six months
  • Make sure alarms have working batteries 
  • Make sure that everyone in the household knows how to get out through more than one path 
  • Make sure that everyone in the household knows where to meet once they are safe

If fire damage should affect your home or office, make sure to call SERVPRO of Otay Mesa/San Ysidro to help you make it "Like it never even happened."

Bring Your Pets When You Have to Evacuate Your Home.

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

white background with dog Bring Your Pets When You Have to Evacuate Your Home.

Fires and severe storms can be so dangerous that San Ysidro residents sometimes need to evacuate. If that happens, SERVPRO® of Otay Mesa / San Ysidro wants everyone to be ready to bring the household pets.  The Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) recommends being prepared well ahead of time.

Before an Emergency in Otay Mesa / San Ysidro :

  • Arrange ways to transport large animals
  • Ensure that all animals, large or small, have identification
  • Maintain accuracy of all information
  • SERVPRO of Otay Mesa / San Ysidro recommends micro-chips for all pets
  • Large animals can also have microchips
  • Pets will need secure harnesses or leashes
  • Smaller pets need secure crates
  • Larger pets may need crates for sleeping in a shelter
  • Locate pet-friendly lodgings in the area
  • Stay current on vaccinations

Emergency Kits for Pets:

  • Copies of vaccinations, other records
  • Keep copies of prescriptions
  • Contact information for vet
  • Supplies of water and food 
  • 3-day supply of all medications for each pet
  • Pet first-aid kit
  • If there is time, pack the pets' usual bedding, but have bedding or blankets in the kit
  • Anything that keeps the pet comfortable, including treats and toys
  • Litter box or litter boxes

SERVPRO of Otay Mesa / San Ysidro can remediate fire damage or storm damage “Like it never even happened. We are Here to Help® 24/7, no matter what the day.

SERVPRO of Otay Mesa / San Ysidro is independently owned and operated.

Link: https://www.weather.gov/mqt/petsafety