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California Wild Fires: An Update

As of this date, the death toll for the wildfires in California stands at 66 making it the most deadly fire in the history of our state. Moreover, thousands of people have been left homeless by this raging fire that has cost approximately $845 million in damage to parts of California. And in the true spirit the American people, citizens from all over the country are sending goods and money to help out those who have lost everything.

Here are the latest wild fire statistics

  • 30,000 acres have been destroyed
  • Some 35 percent of the fire has been contained at this point
  • 9,000 firefighters have been battling the wildfires
  • 8,817 structures destroyed, 7,600 of them homes
  • The three major wildfires are those in Butte County (Camp Fire), Los Angeles County,(Woolsey Fire) and Ventura County (Hill Fire)
  • 300,000 people have been forced from their homes statewide

Water, fire and wind remind us that nature is a force to be reckoned with and that it must be respected. A lifetime worth of memories and possessions can be destroyed in moments by either of these forces. We help customers begin the process of salvaging their belongings and restoring normalcy to their lives in the aftermath of a fire event. The following agencies are working towards relieving the suffering of those in the affected areas.

How you can Help

  • The California Fire Foundation: This foundation supports and honors the fallen fire fighters as well as civilians who have perished in the fires.
  • The American Red Cross: Provides emergency assistance, disaster relief, and disaster preparedness education in the United States. It has set up a special fund for victims of the wild fires.
  • The Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation: Of course, humans aren’t the only ones who suffer in the midst of such tragedies. Often our furry, little friends become lost and disoriented during events like these which are beyond their comprehension. Those who do survive can count on the services of this organization.
  • Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation: Supports first responders and the environment by providing essential equipment
  • United Way of Greater Los Angeles: Supports low-income individuals who have been affected by the fire.California fires

The process of fire damage repair is a multifaceted process. We use special solutions and techniques to mitigate smoke and soot damage. We thoroughly clean and sanitize the affected areas and keep in mind that though these things may often be invisible, smoke odors and soot can lower the value of your home.  Each step of the way our expert smoke repair experts console you with our compassion, sensitivity and experience.

2018 Holiday Fire Safety Tips

Family feasts, gift giving, fancy decorations and family vacations are all holiday traditions this time of year – and so, unfortunately are fires. In fact, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, emergency rooms across the US treat more than 15,000 injuries a year that are caused by holiday decorations. Take these steps to protect your family and home from holiday fires this season.

  • Check your fire alarms and prevention equipment: Once a year, check the batteries in your smoke detector. Also make sure that your home has several fire extinguishers and that each member of your family knows how to operate them.
  • Never leave a space heater unattended: Space heaters are a major source of home fires during the fall and winter months. Be sure to keep your heater at least three feet away from anything that can burn, including papers, clothing and rugs. Also, never leave space heaters unattended. If you are leaving your home or are going to sleep, be sure to turn off your space heater. Many space heaters have mechanisms installed that prevent them from overheating but you can never be too careful.
  • Inspect holiday lighting: Electrical fires are another major source of holiday fires. Check to be sure that light strands and power cords are not frayed or pinched. Also, as with space heaters, never leave holiday lighting on for an extended period of time or when you are not home.
  • Secure your Christmas tree: Place your Christmas tree away from heat sources such as fireplaces, radiators, candles, etc. Also, if you are using a natural tree be sure to keep the base of your tree filled with water to keep it from drying out. Dry, brittle Christmas trees are like tinder boxes ready to go off at any time.
  • Train your family on fire safety: Develop a fire safety plan and be sure that each member of your family knows what to do if the unthinkable should happen. Be sure they know where to go when fire occurs, how to operate extinguishers and which behaviors increase the risks of home fires.christmas lights

If your home or office should become subject to a fire this holiday season, our company is ready to help you with fire damage and flood repair. Water damage often occurs following a fire and this could increase mold dangers around your home. Our staff is fully trained to handle water damage restoration in the wake of fires. Have happy and safe holiday season.

Problems Caused by Untreated Water Damage

Some people mistakenly believe that because water dries up and “goes away” eventually that the damage it causes can be ignored. Thus, there are people who have lived with water stained walls, carpets etc. for month or even years. What these people don’t realize is that left untreated, water damage can bring with it a whole host of problems. Let’s take a quick look at why leaving water damage untreated is a horrible idea.

Clean Water Damage, Dirty Water Damage, and Black Water Damage

First, let us be clear: All sources of water are not the same. There are several kinds of water thus the damage caused by each is different. Clean water is water that is free of microorganisms that can cause allergies or infection in people. However, simply because it is free of contaminants does not mean that its harmless. Clean water, as it the case with the others kinds of water, can cause the growth of mold and mildew. Once this occurs, a professional will often be needed to address the issue before it spreads and becomes a health threat.

On the other hand, dirty water is water that contains hazardous contaminants including certain microorganisms that can pose a threat to human health. The sources of dirty water include toilet water, sump pump run off, etc. The conditions this kind of water damage can cause include bronchial asthma, allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis, allergic fungal sinusitis, etc. This kind of water and the damage caused by it must be removed by professionals who know what they are doing such as our water and storm damage restoration experts. They can locate the source of the damage and remove it as a hazard to your family. They have water extraction carpet cleaning techniques they use that can extract it from carpets and rugs.water damage

Finally, black water is water than contains harmful contaminants including microorganisms, sewage, and human or chemical waste. Problems caused by black water include mold, microorganisms, and toxins from waste materials all of which can result in a wide range of allergic reactions. The damage caused by this kind of water must be addressed by professionals.

Finally, all types of water can cause other problems for homeowners including structural damage to walls and floors, plumbing problems, insect infestation, etc. This is why it is never a good decision to ignore the damage that comes in the wake of a flood or storm. All kinds of water damage should be addressed immediately before it becomes a major problem. Our fire damage house experts address issues that arise in the wake of such disasters whether the source is natural or man made.

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