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Home Fire Safety/Prevention Tips

Did you know that every year, home fires cause around 13,000 injuries, 2,500 deaths, and nearly $7 billion in damage? Here’s an even more startling fact – most homeowners don’t have a home fire safety and prevention plan in effect. It is of the utmost importance that people take one of nature’s most formidable forces seriously and attempt to mitigate the destruction that can be caused by it. At Conejo Restoration, in addition to mold inspection and mold removal and water and storm damage restoration, we also handle fire damage restoration. We know what happens in the aftermath of fire. To ensure that you and your family remain safe, we offer you the following fire safety and prevention tips.

  • Never leave your home while you’re cooking: According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), most kitchen fires start after people leave their homes for a short time while they are cooking.
  • Get a fire extinguisher: Fire extinguishers save lives. This is why every home should have one. Moreover, make sure that you read the extinguisher’s instruction and that every member of the family knows how to use it.
  • Buy a smoke alarm: Don’t just buy a smoke detector. Remember to test them every month and to change the batteries in them yearly or semi-yearly.fire safety
  • Conduct a fire drill a couple of times each year: Have a clear plan for the unthinkable ready and practice it several times throughout the year. Finally, make sure your family knows which exits to take in the event of a fire.
  • Check your appliances: Make sure that your appliances are in good condition. Be sure that the cords are not frayed or damaged. Also, make sure that you do not use too many plugs per outlet or extension cord.
  • Keep lighters and matches away from small children: According to the National Fire Protection Association, many fires are caused by small children playing with matches and lighters.
  • Have chimneys and vents checked and cleaned once a year: Creosote, a flammable buildup in chimney walls, can cause fires. Make sure you have an inspection to prevent this and other hidden dangers to your chimney and vents. Also, be sure to have your cooling and heating system checked yearly.

Strategies for preventing and surviving fires should not be thought of at the last moment. It takes careful planning to reduce the change of becoming a statistic.

Smoke and Fire Damage Repair: The Steps to a Successful Recovery

As of today, the death toll for Harvey stands at about 70 individuals. Moreover, thousands of people have been left homeless by this hurricane and billions of dollars’ worth of damage has been done to Houston and the surrounding areas. And even though all Americans share in the tragedy that has affected our fellow citizens, another disaster in the Western US has gone under reported. These are the wildfires that are ravaging parts of Montana, Oregon, California, Utah, Washington, Idaho and Colorado.  Water, fire and wind remind us that nature is a force not to be reckoned with and that must be respected. A lifetime worth of memories and possessions can be destroyed in moments by either of these forces.  At Conejo Restoration, one of the areas in which we specialize is fire damage repair.  We help customers begin the process of salvaging their belongings and restoring normalcy to their lives in the aftermath of fire damage. We do so by a careful and methodical process including:

 

  • We get the call: We are able to take emergency calls 24/7 and can quickly access the extent of the damage to your home and belongings. We strive to return your life back to the way it was before the fire event occurred. The sooner you call us (805-338-6653), the sooner we can help you.Fire damage repair
  • We make an assessment: An expert estimator will go through your home and evaluate the damage. This is a particularly important part of the process since fire may compromise your home’s structural integrity. It is also important in that the assessment affects repair costs and your insurance.
  • Grade and Separate: Part of an expert assessment is to determine what can be saved and what must be thrown away. Some fire damaged items can be saved using special cleaning processes and chemicals.
  • Restoration begins: This encompasses cleaning and/or removing carpets, furniture, wall paneling, etc. Again, these processes take an expert’s touch. We also specialize in water restoration damage as that is often a part of fire damage.
  • Address smoke and soot damage: 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.
  • Support the insurance process: We know that your insurance agent will play a critical part in returning your life to normal and will work with them to do this.

 

As you can see, the process of fire and expert smoke repair is a multifaceted process. Each step of the way our experts console you with our compassion, sensitivity and experience.

Indoor Air Quality and Why it Matters More than Ever

Families spend a lot of their time indoors for many reasons. While the air we breathe inside seems less polluted than the air outside, that may not always be the case. There are many factors that contribute to the quality of the air in your home. These factors include the location of your home, your habits, the quality of the construction of your home, and even where you store things. Today we address how your indoor air quality is effected, and how changing some of your behaviors at home can improve the quality of air.

Habits You Can Change

As creatures of habit, we like to make the things we use often, accessible and easy to get to. However, making our garbage, pesticides, cleansers, or any solvents easily accessible means the air around them could be contaminated. The air around these chemicals, circulates back into your home, and you breathe it in. Moreover, the chemicals and pollutants remain in the air long after you remove the contaminants.  Perhaps, like many people, you prefer using heavy duty cleaners or solvents to get rid of dangerous bacteria in your home. Unfortunately, this can also be dangerous because of the fumes they carry with them. Alternatives do exist in the form of natural cleaners. If you don’t wish to switch to these alternatives, make sure you ventilate the area and wear a mask to prevent breathing in toxic fumes.

Silent Killers

Silent killers exist, that home owners need to be aware of. Most homeowners know that carbon monoxide is undetectable to the human senses. However, installed alarms alert you to any leaks. Another silent killer is radon. While radon does not cause physical symptoms, it is necessary to test for this dangerous gas at least once every six months. If you are buying a pre-owned home, it is a good idea to have a professional clean the carpets, as you may not be aware if the previous owners were smokers or not. Second hand smoke lingers in carpets and other upholstery, and could potentially trigger an attack for a severe asthmatic.

Mold and More

While you may not realize it, if your home has a somewhat musty smell in a crawlspace or basement, you may have mold or mildew. If some areas of your home have humidity regularly above 50%, this can sometimes help mold and mildew grow, particularly in warm climates. Mold and mildew do affect your air quality in your home because the spores are sometimes carried on air currents. As the air moves, disturbed mold spores detach and move with it. Thus, spreading mold can be potentially very dangerous to have in your home.  It is important to have a professional remove mold and mildew once you find it.

 

To improve air quality in your home, you can change some of your habits. It may include using different cleaners or solvents or using a mask while doing so. You may incorporate testing for silent killers in your seasonal home check to also check air quality. Mold also changes air quality, and once you detect it, removing it will help improve air quality as well.

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