Recent Fire Damage Posts

Pets on La Gorce Island Causing Fires in Homes?

10/17/2022 (Permalink)

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Believe it or not, the National Fire Protection Association reports that pets and wild animals play a part in starting over 750 home fires each year. Our local team in Miami Beach responds to fire damage emergencies each year on La Gorce Island.

Pets are curious and can bump into or knock over cooking equipment, candles, lamps, and space heaters. Here are some pet fire safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association to keep your furry friends safe around a fire:

  • Keep pets away from stoves and countertops
  • Keep pets away from candles, lamps, and space heaters
  • Always use a metal or heat-tempered glass screen on a fireplace and keep it in place
  • Keep pets away from a chimney’s outside vents.
  • Have a “pet-free zone” at least three feet away from the fireplace. Glass doors and screens can stay dangerously hot for several hours after the fire goes out.
  • Some pets are chewers. Watch pets to make sure they don’t chew through electrical cords. Have any problems checked by a professional.

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As you can see, pets can cause fire damage at any time. Our local team in Miami Beach is Here to Help ® when your La Gorce Island home or commercial business has fire damage. Call us today at 305-532-5411.

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What Are Some Tips for Cooking Safely in Miami?

9/6/2022 (Permalink)

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After the Miami Beach Fire Rescue puts out the fire and leaves the scene, our job begins. Our team in Miami Beach responds to fire damage emergencies every year in Miami. Most home fires start in the kitchen, so we offer these tips from the National Fire Protection Association for cooking safely:

  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking
  • Keep anything that can catch fire (oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains) away from your stovetop

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You never know when a fire could break out in your Miami home or business. If you suffer fire damage and need fire damage restoration services, our local team in Miami Beach is Here to Help. ® We are on call 24-hours a day and typically arrive on-site within four hours of your call. Call us today at 305-532-5411.

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What Can I Do While Waiting for Help If I Have Fire Damage in My Miami Shores Home?

8/30/2022 (Permalink)

An electric outlet is blackened from fire, soot, and smoke damage. We restore fire damage 24-hours a day in Miami-Dade County.

Our team in Miami Beach responds to fire damage emergencies in Miami Shores 24-hours a day. Here are some tips from our website for things you should and should not do while waiting for help to arrive:

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open
  • Clean and protect chrome with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves
  • Change HVAC filter
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers

What NOT To Do After A Fire

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

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When your home or business in Miami Shores has fire damage, our local team in Miami Beach is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 305-532-5411.

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Extension Cord Fire in Morningside Home?

7/13/2022 (Permalink)

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Electrical fires are one of the most common forms of fire damage in the United States, and the improper use of extension cords contributes to electrical fires in many cases. Our team in Miami Beach wants everyone in Morningside to use extension cords safely and offer these safety tips from The Electrical Safety Foundation International (EFSI):

  • Do not overload extension cords or allow them to run through water or snow on the ground
  • Do not substitute extension cords for permanent wiring
  • Do not run through walls, doorways, ceilings, or floors
  • Do not use an extension cord for more than one appliance
  • Multiple plug outlets must be plugged directly into mounted electrical receptacles; they cannot be chained together
  • Make sure the extension cord or temporary power strip is rated for the products to be plugged in and is marked for either indoor or outdoor use
  • Never use a cord that feels hot or has damage
  • Never use three-prong plugs with outlets with only two slots for the plug. Do not cut off the ground pin to force a fit. Never force a plug into an outlet if it doesn’t fit.
  • Buy only cords approved by an independent testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Intertek (ETL), or the Canadian Standards Association (CSA)

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When your Morningside home or business has fire damage, our local team in Miami Beach is Here to Help.® Call us today at 305-532-5411.

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Smoke Alarm Safety Tips for Older Adults in Morningside?

6/14/2022 (Permalink)

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Our team in Miami Beach witnesses the difference specialized smoke alarms make for older adults who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Here are some smoke alarm safety tips for older adults from the National Fire Protection Association:

Safety tips
  • Smoke alarms are available for people who are deaf (those with profound hearing loss). These alarms use strobe lights to wake the person. Vibration notification appliances, such as pillow or bed shakers, are required and are currently activated by the sound of a smoke alarm.
  • As people age, their ability to hear high-pitched sounds decreases. Research from NFPA’s Research Foundation showed that older adults are unlikely to respond to alarms with strobe lights.
  • Older adults or other people who are hard of hearing (those with mild to severe hearing loss) can use a device that emits a mixed, low-pitched sound. In its current form, this device is activated by the sound of a traditional smoke alarm.
  • Always choose equipment that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
  • Make sure everyone in your home understands and reacts to the signal (light, vibration, or sound) used in their situation.
  • All smoke alarms should be tested at least monthly. Replace smoke alarms and equipment for people who are deaf or hard or hearing according to manufacturer’s recommendations.

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When your Morningside home or commercial business has fire damage, our local team in Miami Beach can help. Call us today at 305-532-5411.

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High Rise Building Fire in Miami Beach?

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

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If you live in a high-rise building, you are less susceptible to fire damage. According to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the risks are lower due to a greater use of fire protection systems and features in high-rise buildings compared to shorter buildings. Our local team in Miami Beach restores fire damage throughout the year. Here are some more high-rise building fires facts from the NFPA:

  • The fire death rate per 1,000 fires and the average loss per fire and associated losses are generally lower in high-rise buildings than in other buildings of the same property use
    • A major reason why risks are lower is probably the much greater use of fire protection systems and features in high-rise buildings as compared to shorter buildings.
  • High-rise buildings have lower percentages of fires with flame damage beyond the room of origin, providing further evidence of impact from fire protection systems and features:
    • Apartments (4 percent of high-rise fires vs. 10 percent in shorter buildings)
    • Hotels (4 percent of high-rise fires vs. 11 percent in shorter buildings)
    • Dormitories (2 percent of high-rise vs. 1 percent in shorter buildings)
    • Offices (10 percent of high-rise fires vs. 21 percent in shorter buildings)
    • Facilities that care for the sick (4 percent of high-rise fires vs. 9 percent in shorter buildings)

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When you have fire damage in your Miami Beach home or business, our local team in Miami Beach is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 305-532-5411.

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E-Cigarette Battery Explosion Causes Fire in Miami Shores Residence?

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

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Our local team in Miami Beach has been restoring fire damage in the Miami Shores area for years. Smoking and smoking materials are a leading cause of home fire deaths in the United States. Here are some smoking safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

Smoking Safety

  • If you smoke, use only fire-safe cigarettes
  • If you smoke, smoke outside. Most deaths result from fires that started in living rooms, family rooms, and dens or bedrooms.
  • Keep cigarettes, lighters, matches, and other smoking materials up high out of the reach of children, in a locked cabinet

Put It Out

  • Use a deep, sturdy ashtray. Place it away from anything that can burn.
  • Do not discard cigarettes in vegetation such as mulch, potted plants or landscaping, peat moss, dried grasses, leaves, or other things that could ignite easily
  • Before you throw away butts and ashes, make sure they are out, and dousing in water or sand is the best way to do that

Electronic Cigarettes

Never leave charging e-cigarettes unattended. E-cigarettes should be used with caution.

  • Fires have occurred while e-cigarettes were being used
  • While the battery was being charged
  • While the device was being transported
  • Battery failures have led to small explosions

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When your Miami Shores home or commercial business has fire damage, you can rely on our local team in Miami Beach to clean and restore the damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 305-532-5411.

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Portable Fire Extinguisher Safety Tips for Morningside?

3/29/2022 (Permalink)

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Our local team in Miami Beach knows that using a fire extinguisher can save lives and minimize the damage in many cases. Here are some fire extinguisher safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

Use a portable fire extinguisher when the fire is confined to a small area, such as a wastebasket, and is not growing; everyone has exited the building; the fire department has been called or is being called, and the room is not filled with smoke.

  • To operate a fire extinguisher, remember the word PASS:
  • Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you, and release the locking mechanism
  • Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire
  • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly
  • Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side
  • For the home, select a multi-purpose extinguisher (can be used on all types of home fires) that is large enough to put out a small fire, but not so heavy as to be difficult to handle
  • Choose a fire extinguisher that carries the label of an independent testing laboratory
  • Read the instructions that come with the fire extinguisher and become familiar with its parts and operation before a fire breaks out

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When you need fire damage restoration services in your Morningside home or commercial business, you can trust our local team in Miami Beach to clean and restore the damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 305-532-5411.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Heating Safety Tips for South Beach?

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

A portable space heater is heating a room in a house. We restore fire damage in Miami Beach.

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach wants everyone to have a safe and fire-damage-free winter season. Here are some heating equipment safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters
  • Never use your oven to heat your home
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters, or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel-burning space heaters
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container.
  • Keep the container a safe distance away from your home
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month

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South Beach residents and commercial businesses can trust SERVPRO® of Miami Beach to respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day. We have the equipment, training, and experience needed to restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 305-532-5411.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Outdoor Electric Safety Tips for Edgewater?

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

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Lots of homes and businesses use outdoor lighting each year. The winter holiday season brings even more outdoor lighting activity as Edgewater residents deck their homes with lights. SERVPRO® of Miami Beach wants everyone to have a safe and fire-free winter and offer these tips from the National Fire Protection Association for outdoor electrical work and equipment safety:

Outside Electrical Work

  • Have a qualified electrician do all electrical work
  • To prevent an electrical shock, make sure all your outside electrical receptacles are ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protected
  • Have a professional tree cutting service trim any branches that might fall into electric wiring

Equipment Safety

  • Use lighting and power tools that are listed by a qualified test laboratory and make sure they are made for outdoor use
  • Store your electrical tools indoors
  • Keep electric tools away from children
  • Keep the area around your electric meter and other electrical equipment clean
  • Check lighting and extension cords for damage before using. Replace any damaged cords right away
  • Use extension cords that are listed by a qualified test laboratory and are marked for outdoor use.
  • Extension cords are not meant for long-term use

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Edgewater residents and commercial businesses can trust SERVPRO® of Miami Beach to restore fire damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 305-532-5411.

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Electrical Fire in Miami Beach?

11/10/2021 (Permalink)

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Do you have frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuit breakers? Or discolored or warm wall outlets? SERVPRO® of Miami Beach witnesses the fire damage faulty wiring can cause to a structure. Here are some electrical safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Have all electrical work done by a qualified electrician
  • Only use one heat-producing appliance plugged into a receptacle outlet at a time
  • Major appliances should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet. Extension cords and plug strips should not be used.
  • Arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) shut off electricity when a dangerous condition occurs. Consider having them installed in your home.
  • Use ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) to reduce the risk of shock. GFCIs shut off an electrical circuit when it becomes a shock hazard. They should be installed inside the home in bathrooms, kitchens, garages, and basements. All outdoor receptacles should be GFCI protected.
  • Test AFCIs and GFCIs once a month according to the manufacturer’s recommendations
  • Check electrical cords to make sure they are not running across doorways or under carpets. Extension cords are intended for temporary use. Have a qualified electrician add more receptacle outlets, so you don’t have to use extension cords.

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Miami Beach residents and businesses rely on SERVPRO® of Miami Beach to restore fire damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 305-532-5411.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Smoke Alarms for Hearing Impaired People in South Beach?

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

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People in South Beach who are deaf or hard of hearing cannot rely on standard smoke alarms to alert them to fire danger, but manufacturers make alarms for hearing impaired populations. SERVPRO® of Miami Beach offers this helpful information from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):

  • Smoke alarms are available for people who are deaf (those with profound hearing loss). These alarms use strobe lights to wake the person. Vibration notification appliances, such as pillow or bed shakers, are required and are currently activated by the sound of a smoke alarm.
  • As people age, their ability to hear high-pitched sounds decreases. NFPA’s Research Foundation showed that older adults are unlikely to respond to alarms with strobe lights.
  • Older adults or other people who are hard of hearing (those with mild to severe hearing loss) can use a device that emits a mixed, low-pitched sound. In its current form, this device is activated by the sound of a traditional smoke alarm.
  • Always choose equipment that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory
  • Make sure everyone in your home understands and reacts to the signal (light, vibration, or sound) used in their situation
  • Test all smoke alarms at least monthly

Call Us!

South Beach residents and businesses can rely on SERVPRO® of Miami Beach to restore fire damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 305-532-5411.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Smoke and Soot Damage on La Gorce Island?

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

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The fire in the kitchen was contained and extinguished quickly. Thankfully no one was hurt, but the smoke and soot traveled through my La Gorce Island home, and everything required cleaning and deodorization. SERVPRO® of Miami Beach performs a full range of cleaning services to restore fire-damaged belongings back to preloss condition. When the SERVPRO team arrived, they inspected and assessed the damage and immediately began the cleaning and restoration process.

They cleaned all of the walls, light fixtures, millwork, and floors. They cleaned all of the windows and all of the jewelry on my dressing room table. They worked systematically through the house, and by the time they completed the job, you would never know there had been a fire in my house!

SERVPRO Fire Restoration Process

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 damage is present)

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

Step 7: Restoration

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When your La Gorce Island home or commercial business needs help with fire damage, SERVPRO® of Miami Beach has a team of highly trained technicians on-call and ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 305-532-5411.

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Contents Restoration Services North Bay Village?

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

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North Bay Village residents need to know.

Fire damage cleanup and restoration is dirty work that requires a variety of cleaning methods to restore damaged belongings and family keepsakes to preloss conditions. At SERVPRO® of Miami Beach, our technicians are trained to perform a full range of contents restoration services to restore precious keepsakes and belongings to preloss condition quickly and efficiently. Every item is pretested prior to cleaning to ensure the most effective cleaning method is used for every item we restore. 

Contents Restoration Cleaning Methods

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product

Call Us!

When your North Bay Village home or commercial business experiences fire damage and you need fire restoration services, SERVPRO® of Miami Beach has a team of highly trained technicians on-call and ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 305-532-5411.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Cooking Fire in Morningside Residence?

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO® of Miami Beach responds to fire damage emergencies each year in Morningside and offers these tips for cooking safely from the National Fire Protection Association:

What you should know about home cooking safety
  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking
  • Keep anything that can catch fire - oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains - away from your stovetop
If you have a cooking fire
  • Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire
  • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave
  • If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out
  • Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat, and keep the door closed

Call Us!

When your Morningside home or commercial business needs fire restoration services, SERVPRO® of Miami Beach has a team of highly trained technicians on-call and ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 305-532-5411.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Propane Grilling Safety Tips for Miami Beach Residents?

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

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Grilling Time in Miami!

It’s July, and that means barbeques and family fun outdoors. It’s also the peak month for grilling fires in the United States. SERVPRO® of Miami Beach responds to fire damage emergencies throughout the year, and we want everyone to have a safe grilling experience this summer. Here are some tips for propane grill safety from the National Fire Protection Association:

Propane Grills

·       Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year

·       Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose

·       A propane leak will release bubbles

If your grill has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off both the gas tank and the grill.

·       If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again

·       If the leak does not stop, call the fire department

·       If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.

If the flame goes out, turn off the grill and gas and wait at least five minutes before re-lighting it.

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When your Miami Beach residence or commercial business experiences a fire damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is on-call and ready to respond 24-hours a day, every day. Call us today at 305-532-5411. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Lightning Safety Tips for South Beach?

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

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Lightning Safety Tips for South Beach

Did you know that lightning may strike as far as 10 miles from any rain? Thunder and lightning happen all the time in Florida and SERVPRO® of Miami Beach offer these lightning safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):

Outdoor Safety

  • If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance of lightning. Look for shelter inside a home, large building, or a hard-topped vehicle right away.
  • Do not go under trees for shelter. There is no place outside that is safe during a thunderstorm.
  • Wait at least 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder before leaving your shelter
  • Stay away from windows and doors. Stay off porches.
  • There is no safe place outside. Places with only a roof on sports fields, golf courses, and picnic areas are not safe during a lightning storm. Small sheds should not be used.
  • If a person is struck by lightning, call 9-1-1. Get medical help right away.

Indoor Safety

  • Turn off computers
  • Stay off corded phones, computers, and other things that put you in direct contact with electricity or plumbing
  • Do not wash your hands, bathe, shower, do laundry, or wash dishes

Call Us Today!

When your South Beach home has a fire damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is on-call and ready to respond 24-hours a day every day of the year. Call us today at 305-532-5411. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”  

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is Independently Owned and Operated.

Electrical Fire in Miami Beach?

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Electrical fires happen

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) website offers great resources to educate the public about fire safety and fire prevention. SERVPRO® of Miami Beach responds to many fire damage emergencies during the winter months in Miami Beach and sees firsthand the damage even a small electrical fire can do to a home or business. Even when the fire is contained to a small area, the soot and smoke from the fire will permeate the entire structure, leaving oily residue and bad odors to contend with.

Our fire restoration technicians are highly trained and understand the science behind odor removal and specialized cleaning. We pre-test all items before we clean them to make sure they can be salvaged, and in many cases, we can prevent further damage to important documents, keepsakes, and electrical components.

Here are some of the electrical safety tips the NFPA offers on their website:

  • Call a qualified electrician or your landlord if you have:
    • Frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuit breakers
    • A tingling feeling when you touch an electrical appliance
    • Discolored or warm wall outlets
    • A burning or rubbery smell coming out from an appliance
    • Flickering or dimming lights
    • Sparks from an outlet

Call Us Today!

Miami Beach residents know they can count on  SERVPRO® of Miami Beach to mitigate their fire-damaged property. Call us today at 305-532-5411. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire-Damaged Property in Miami Beach?

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

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Shocking situation

I remember when my parents’ Miami Beach house caught on fire. When I arrived, they were sitting on the front lawn with clothing and furniture strewn all over. The firefighters had already extinguished the blaze, and thankfully only part of the house was damaged, but everything smelled like smoke, and the carpeting was soaking wet. The upholstered furniture had to be sent out for cleaning as it was covered with soot. My parents were in shock, and I think I was, too, looking at all the damage the fire caused.

It’s good to know that SERVPRO® of Miami Beach knows how to care for family keepsakes, furniture, and clothing. Here are some of the specialty cleaning services they offer:

Contents restoration

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

Call Us!

Miami Beach residents know they can count on SERVPRO® of Miami Beach to clean and restore  fire-damaged property. Call us today at 305-532-5411. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is Independently Owned and Operated.

Holiday Decoration Fire in South Beach?

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

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Holiday Safety

The holidays are here, and everyone is looking forward to fun-filled times spent with family and loved ones. SERVPRO® of Miami Beach wants everyone in South Beach to have a safe and fun holiday season this year. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), electrical distribution of lighting equipment was involved in 44 percent of home Christmas tree fires, and holiday decorations started 780 home structure fires each year between 2013 and 2017 - not including Christmas trees!

Here are some holiday decorating safety tips from the NFPA website on how to prevent decoration fires during the holiday season:

  • Choose decorations that are flame resistant and flame retardant.
  • Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.
  • Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
  • Replace any strings of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.
  • Read the manufacturer’s instructions for the number of light strands to connect.
  • Always turn off the tree before going to bed.
  • Use clips, not nails, to hang lights to prevent cord damage.

Call Us Today!

South Beach residents know they can count on SERVPRO® of Miami Beach to mitigate fire damage. Call us today at 305-532-5411. We’ll restore your fire damage “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is Independently Owned and Operated.

Candle Fire in Surfside?

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

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Candle Safety Tips

We use candles in many ways. Often, they are used to enhance the ambiance of a special celebration or some other special event. These beautiful tiny lights can become a dangerous fire hazard if not handled properly.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), candle fires caused $278 million in property damage between 2014 and 2018. Surfside residents know to call SERVPRO® of Miami Beach when they have a fire damage emergency as we have been restoring fire damage in the Miami area for years and have the experience and training to safely return your property to preloss condition. Here are some candle safety tips from the NFPA to keep you and your loved ones safe around candles: 

  • Never leave a child alone in a room with a burning candle.
  • Keep matches and lighters up high and out of reach, in a locked cabinet.
  • Blow out candles when you leave the room or go to bed.
  • Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.
  • Keep candles at least one foot away from anything that can burn.

Call Us Today

Surfside residents call SERVPRO® of Miami Beach when they need help restoring fire damage. Call us today at 305-532-5411. We’ll restore your home or commercial business, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is Independently Owned and Operated.

Thanksgiving Fire in South Beach?

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

A table is shown decorated with Thanksgiving pumpkins, apples and pinecones. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24 hours a day in Miami!

Thanksgiving Day Blues

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), identifies Thanksgiving Day as the number one day of the year for home cooking fires. South Beach residents know they can rely on SERVPRO® of Miami Beach to safely clean and restore fire damage and we offer these tips from the NFPA for cooking safely this Thanksgiving:

  • Stay in your home while the turkey is cooking and check on it frequently and never leave food cooking on the stovetop unattended, especially when frying and sautéing with oil.
  • Use a timer to keep track of cooking times and check the stove or oven frequently.
  • Consider putting timers in different rooms so you can hear them over music and party chatter.
  • Keep things that can catch fire like oven mitts, wooden utensils, food wrappers, and towels well away (a minimum of three feet) from the cooking area.
  • Push up shirt sleeves and avoid wearing billowy clothing that may come in contact with open flames or other heat sources. 
  • Avoid cooking when drinking alcohol, using other substances, or if you’re sleepy.
  • Make sure children stay at least three feet away from all cooking areas, hot food, and liquids to avoid burns.

Call Us Today

When South Beach residents need help restoring fire damage to preloss condition, they call SERVPRO® of Miami Beach.  Call us today at 305-532-5411. We’ll restore your property damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire Damage in Morningside?

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

A fire hydrant is shown on a Miami, Florida street. We are fire damage restoration specialists in Miami.

$2.5 Billion in Fire Damage

Did you know that the Miami Beach Fire Department was formed in 1920? That means they’ve been serving the Miami Beach communities for one hundred years now!

According to a report published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), home fires frequently occur in Florida, and over a ten year period, there were approximately 230,000 home fires that resulted in $2.5 billion in property damage. The Florida Fire Sprinkler Coalition was formed to raise awareness about the devastation of residential fires and the effectiveness of fire sprinklers when installed in residential dwellings, saving lives and preventing injuries to citizens and firefighters.

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach wants the residents of Morningside to know that we have been restoring damage caused by residential fires for years, and we can help you mitigate any size fire damage emergency you have. We are on call 24 hours a day and can typically be on-site within four hours of your call. We can cleanup and repair the fire damage and offer a variety of services to clean, remove odor, and restore furniture, important documents, photographs, carpet, and electronic devices exposed to fire, soot, and smoke.

Call Us Today

Morningside residents know that they can count on us to safely and quickly restore fire damage to preloss condition. Call SERVPRO® of Miami Beach today at 305-532-5411. We’ll restore your property damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is Independently Owned and Operated.

Garage Fire Damage in Miami?

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

A new, beautiful mahogany wood garage door is shown closing. We are fire damage restoration specialists in Miami.

Garage Fires Happen

According to the United States Fire Administration, (USFA), about 6600 garage fires occur in the United States each year. SERVPRO® of Miami Beach has witnessed firsthand the damage fires can do to garages in the Miami area. Our team of highly trained technicians can respond to any size fire damage emergency and can usually be onsite within four hours to begin the cleanup and restoration process. Here are some safety tips from the USFA to prevent home garage fires:

  • Store oil, gasoline, paints, propane and varnishes in a shed away from your home
  • Keep items that can burn on shelves away from appliances
  • Plug only one charging appliance into an outlet
  • Don’t use an extension cord when charging an appliance

If you are building a garage, the USFA suggests:

  • A 20-minute fire-rated door that is self-closing and self-latching from the garage into the house
  • A ceiling made with five-eighth inch Type X gypsum board if there is living space above the garage
  • A wall with one-half inch gypsum board if the wall attaches the garage to your home
  • An attic hatch cover if you have attic access from the garage
  • A heat alarm, not a smoke alarm, in your garage

Call Us Today

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is ready to respond to any size fire damage emergency in Miami. Call us today at 305-532-5411.

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is Independently Owned and Operated.

SERVPRO of Miami Beach restores fire-damaged property

7/13/2020 (Permalink)

art frame over a photograph of fire on a black background Art frames won’t stay empty when SERVPRO of Miami Beach handles restoration

When fire damage hits Miami homes or businesses, SERVPRO® of Miami Beach will arrive without delay, ready to help restore the property to its pre-fire condition.

Call us at (305) 532-5411. SERVPRO of Miami Beach has 24-hour emergency service, every day of the year.

SERVPRO of Miami Beach technicians arrive quickly to stop further damage from occurring. When technicians arrive on site, they will:

  • Provide/arrange for board-up of open walls and windows
  • Provide roof tarps if necessary
  • Remove soot and smoke to stop further damage
  • Extract water or excess moisture if necessary
  • Start cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces
  • Remove odors

Restoration is less expensive than replacement, and it is also less stressful. SERVPRO of Miami Beach technicians will make an inventory of items, noting which ones they can or cannot restore. In some cases, such as those for fine art, SERVPRO of Miami Beach will refer owners to a specialist. While we are an independent, local business, we are part of a franchise that has over 1,700 members, so we have resources to all kinds of specialists.

Experiencing fire damage is tough by itself. On top of the loss, individuals have to deal with documentation for insurance companies and other professionals. SERVPRO of Miami Beach works directly with most insurance companies, and the technicians provide detailed documentation (including before and after photographs) of every step. We work to restore peace of mind, as well as making the fire damage to the home or business look "Like it never even happened."®

Call SERVPRO of Miami Beach at (305) 532-5411.

SERVPRO of Miami Beach is independently owned and operated.

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https://www.SERVPROmiamibeach.com/

Smoke Alarm Beeping on La Gorce Island?

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

A smoke detector is blinking a red flashing light and emitting an earsplitting beeping sound to alert homeowners of the prese Working smoke detectors save lives in Miami Beach.

First Comes Smoke. . .

Did you know that between three out of every five fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke detector, or no working smoke detector? According to The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), smoke detectors play a key role in a good fire evacuation plan as they provide the early warning signals needed to quickly and safely get outside in the event of a fire. SERVPRO® of Miami Beach wants the residents of La Gorce Island to know that we are emergency fire damage specialists and have the training to respond quickly and immediately to begin the cleanup and restoration process. Here are some smoke detector safety tips from the NFPA:

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom. They should also be outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement.
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
  • It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month.
  • Install smoke detectors high on the wall or ceiling. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

Call Us Today

If you experience fire damage, SERVPRO® of Miami Beach wants to help. Call us today at 305-532-5411 to find out about all of our fire cleanup and restoration services in La Gorce Island.

SERVPRO® of Miami Beach is Independently Owned and Operated.

Safety Tips when using Candles in Miami Beach

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

Candle sitting on a kitchen counter. Enjoying a beautifully lit candle is relaxing. Cleaning up smoke and fire damage is not. Practice safety while using candles.

Although fires from candles happen more often around the holidays, many people use candles all year round. SERVPRO® of Miami Beach 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 Miami Beach home. 

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

SERVPRO of Miami Beach 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 Miami Beach home, your friends at SERVPRO of Miami Beach are just a phone call away. 


SERVPRO of Miami Beach is independently owned and operated.

Tips to Prevent Kitchen Fire in Miami Beach

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

women cooking with fire happening Make sure that cooking is safe and does not lead to a fire.

SERVPRO of Miami Beach understands that cooking equipment is a leading cause of fire damage and fire injuries in your Miami Beach home.

To help prevent fire damage, SERVPRO of Miami Beach 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 City or County home.



SERVPRO of Miami Beach reminds you that fire prevention is the best strategy against fire damage. 


SERVPRO of Miami Beach is independently owned and operated.

The Best Fire Control is Fire Prevention in Miami Beach

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

fire extinguishers The U.S. Fire Administration reports that a small flame can turn into a major fire in just 30 seconds.

The U.S. Fire Administration reports that a small flame can turn into a major fire in just 30 seconds. Flames and smoke can fill the house in just a few minutes. SERVPRO of Miami Beach will help you recover from fire damage. We hope you never need that kind of help. 

The best fire control is fire prevention.

SERVPRO of Miami Beach notes that the 2019 Fire Prevention Week is October 6 – 12.

SERVPRO of Miami Beach offers these Tips for Fire Prevention: Overview

  • Items that can catch fire include: dish towels, oven mitts, paper, curtains, wooden spoons, decorations
  • Heat sources include light bulbs, fireplaces, stovetops, furnaces, candles, or electric heaters.
  • Keep items that can catch fire at least 3 feet away from heat sources
  • Keep kids at least 3 feet away from heat sources
  • Turn off heat sources when you leave the home or go to bed
  • Never use the oven as a heater
  • Have the fireplace chimney inspected & cleaned once a year

SERVPRO of Miami Beach suggests you keep one or more fire extinguishers available.

Remember fire is fast. If there is a fire, leave and bring everyone with you. Call 9-1-1 from outside the home.


SERVPRO of Miami Beach is independently owned and operated.

Different Types of Extinguishers in Miami Beach

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

cartoon character with info about fire extinguishers Make sure that you are ready for the potential for fire damage in your home or office by having the right fire extinguisher on hand.

All of us at SERVPRO of Miami Beach hope your Miami Beach 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 Miami Beach 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 Miami Beach 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 Miami Beach 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 Miami Beach is independently owned and operated.

How to Use Fire Extinguishers in Miami Beach

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

infographic on how to use fire extinguishers Fire safety starts with having the correct fire extinguisher and knowing how to use it.

Here at SERVPRO of Miami Beach we hope you never experience the devastation that comes with fire damage. However, in the event that disaster strikes, be aware that our IICRC certified technicians are qualified in all aspects of cleaning up the damage left by smoke and fire in your business or residence in Miami Beach.

Fire extinguishers may help prevent fire damage or smoke damage, but only if you know how to use them. 

SERVPRO of Miami Beach wants to share these tips from FEMA. You can try to fight a small fire only if:

  • You have alerted others in the building that there is a fire
  • Someone has called the fire department
  • You are physically able to use a fire extinguisher
  • The fire is small and contained (like a wastebasket)
  • You are safe from the fire’s smoke
  • You have a clear escape route

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher: SERVPRO of Miami Beach suggests you remember 

PASS:

Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism

Aim at the base of the fire

Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly

Sweep the nozzle side to side



SERVPRO of Miami Beach is independently owned and operated.

Different Types of Home Fire Extinguishers in Miami Beach

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

2 men with 3 types of fire extinguishers to explain the differences SERVPRO of (Franchise) encourages you to know the different types of Fire Extinguishers for your home.

Smoke and fire damage is something all of us at SERVPRO of Miami Beach 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 Miami Beach home.

Just to be safe, SERVPRO of Miami Beach 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 Miami Beach 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 Miami Beach 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 Miami Beach is independently owned and operated.

Safety - After You've Had a Fire

5/20/2018 (Permalink)

If there's this much soot on the walls, it's likely in the air. Don't go in without proper respiratory protection!

It is traumatic to experience a fire in your home or business. And the dangers don't present themselves only during the fire. They can appear after. It is important to take specific actions to minimize hazards to your health after the flames are gone.

One of the biggest concerns after the fire is out is air quality. It is likely that materials caught fire and debris were sent airborne. These could be toxigenic. Without proper respiratory protection you will be consuming these items.

Another big concern has to do with "slip and fall" hazards. If you must go into the structure, make sure to wear proper shoes, and avoid areas that may be wet from the water that was sprayed to put out the blaze.

Use the buddy system.  Only do activities that are safe for you to perform. Use your legs to lift things -- don't use your back!  Be very careful.

There are some things you should do, following a fire. Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets. Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork. Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas. f electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open. lean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil. Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves. Change HVAC filter. Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

Most of all, remember that the contents can be replaced. Take care of your health and the health of your loved ones. Getting injured after the fire is something that can be avoided!

Clean Your Dryer Vents to Prevent Fire in Miami Beach

6/4/2017 (Permalink)

Clothes dryer vents can build up lint over time, restricting air flow and posing a threat of fire. This type of fire is totally preventable.

One of the most common causes of fires is also perhaps the most preventable.

Dryer vents connect from your clothes dryer, and can build up lint. If not cleaned out properly, the air cannot flow properly, and a fire can result. This type of fire happens most frequently in homes, posing dangers to adults and children.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year. These fires cause an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. The U.S. Fire Administration also reports that the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires is failure to clean them (34 percent).

Apart from cleaning your dryer vent, the U.S. Fire Administration has suggestions to enhance safety when using your clothes dryer:

  • Don’t use a clothes dryer without a lint filter or with a lint filter that is loose, damaged or clogged.
  • Don’t overload the dryer.
  • Don’t use a wire screen or cloth to cover the wall damper. They can collect lint and clog the dryer vent.
  • Don’t dry anything containing foam, rubber or plastic. An example of an item not to place in a dryer is a bathroom rug with a rubber backing.
  • Don’t dry any item for which manufacturers' instructions state “dry away from heat.”
  • Don’t dry glass fiber materials (unless manufacturers' instructions allow).
  • Don’t dry items that have come into contact with anything flammable like alcohol, cooking oils or gasoline. Dry them outdoors or in a well-ventilated room, away from heat.
  • Don’t leave a clothes dryer running if you leave home or when you go to bed.

Miami Property Owner Fire Victims: Act Fast to Mitigate

5/30/2017 (Permalink)

Even after the flames are long gone, fire damages can pose health risks in the form of airborne contaminants. Clean up quickly and thoroughly.

One of the most important considerations is to act fast if your Miami / Miami Beach property has experienced a fire. Don't just take our word for it -- take it from the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification), the leading non-profit organization setting standards on the topic.  According to the IICRC:

If a house sustains fire damage, proper cleanup is crucial as the ash, soot and water will wreak havoc on what remains.  It’s bad enough there was a fire, but the water and chemicals used to extinguish it can cause secondary damage.  The remnants will continue to do damage long after the flames are extinguished.

The average person will attempt conventional cleaning methods like renting a steam cleaner and using common cleaning agents available at the store.  Unfortunately, this will barely make an impact on the problem and could cause bigger issues.  Chemical agents could react with the residue and cause permanent damage, and in some cases, they may cause toxic fumes.  Fire damage cleanup is one of the most difficult jobs out there, and it should be left to a professional for the best results.

When selecting a firm that does the restoration, consider what type of training they have. Do they have health and safety certifications? Are they experienced in a wide range of repair? Do they have proof of proper insurance and licenses?  The company that has the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) fire and smoke restoration Certified Firm meets all of these expectations and conditions. An IICRC-certified firm understands the need for a quick response.  Immediate action is necessary because the longer the delay, the harder and more costly the job will be as reactions within the damaged material can continue to occur. The fire may be gone, but the ash, soot and smoke odors that remain can continue to do harm.  Certified firms will use their knowledge of fire restoration to accurately test the damage and apply the proper repair techniques to bring the items back to preloss condition when possible.

Also, when hiring an IICRC certified firm you can be sure that they are up to date with the latest technologies and techniques. In order for these firms to keep their certification, they are required to take continuing education programs.  So when confronted with fire damage cleanup, choose an IICRC-certified professional.

If you've had a smoke or fire damage, call us for a free consultation at SERVPRO of Miami Beach (305) 532-5411.

Preventing Fires in Miami and Miami Beach

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

Educate kids about the dangers of fire . . . and steps to take on how to prevent fires! This Miami Beach child is ready to be a Fire Prevention Hero!

The statistics on fires in the U.S. are staggering.


According to the National Fire Protection Association (click here) there were 1,345,500 fires reported in the United States in 2015.


These fires caused 3,280 civilian deaths, 15,700 civilian injuries, and $14.3 billion in property damage.



  • 501,500 were structure fires, causing 2,685 civilian deaths, 13,000 civilian injuries, and $10.3 billion in property damage.

  • 204,500 were vehicle fires, causing 500 civilian fire deaths, 1,875 civilian fire injuries, and $1.8 billion in property damage.

  • 639,500 were outside and other fires, causing 95 civilian fire deaths, 825 civilian fire injuries, and $252 million in property damage.


The 2015 U.S. fire loss clock a fire department responded to a fire every 23 seconds. One structure fire was reported every 63 seconds.



  • One home structure fire was reported every 86 seconds.

  • One civilian fire injury was reported every 34 minutes.

  • One civilian fire death occurred every 2 hours and 40 minutes.

  • One outside and other fire was reported every 52 seconds.

  • One highway vehicle fire was reported every 3 minutes 1 seconds.


The focus has to be on prevention. 


Here are a few tips to prevent a fire at your Miami Beach / Miami / Surfside home or business.  These are courtesy of the American Red Cross (click here):



  • Believe it or not, many people in Miami and Miami Beach use space heaters! Many times this is done in a commercial settings -- workers are frequently in offices with very cool air conditioning, and can't take it. Make sure to keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.

  • Talk to children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach.

  • Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and outside every sleeping area. Also, install a carbon monoxide alarm in a central location outside each separate sleeping area.

  • Check electrical wiring in your home.

  • Avoid overloading outlets or extension cords.

  • Make sure wiring is not under rugs, attached by nails, or in high traffic areas.


Simple steps can go a long way to protect all of us in Miami and Miami Beach. Let's join the fight together!

Important Considerations After a Fire

4/30/2017 (Permalink)

If you're seeing discoloration on the building materials, you're likely breathing contaminated air. Use proper respiratory protection.

Safety is always the first thing to keep in mind after experiencing a house fire. Remember, you’ve probably never been through this before – you probably don’t know what you don’t know. We at SERVPRO of Miami Beach encourage you to take the safe approach and be as cautious as possible.

  • Air quality can be a major concern for occupants. It is likely that materials caught fire and debris were sent airborne. These could be toxigenic. Without proper respiratory protection you will be consuming these items.
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Use the buddy system.  Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Lift wet mateials with your knees/legs – not your back. Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

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