Waterproofing and Sump Pumps for Fort Worth Crawlspaces
Storm damage in home
Severe storms are a regular part of Fort Worth weather. They flood homes quickly, leaving a mess of not only a homeowner’s personal property but also their residence itself. For homes with crawlspaces underneath, this can be a problem that affects the structural integrity, destroys items in storage, and even lead to a mold infestation if not dealt with quickly.
In these cases, waterproofing is needed for Fort Worth residential crawlspaces. SERVPRO restoration teams can seal off almost any type of leak into one unless there is major damage to the exterior walls or the sub-floor above it.
If standing water is a recurring issue with every rain, then the homeowner has two problems: Leaks and seeps into the crawlspace, and very slow or no drainage. Our technicians can address both of them simultaneously.
Team members remove water with a commercial pump and then use a combination of hand-drying methods and dehumidifiers to remove any moisture left in the crawlspace. Then they cover the dirt floor with thick, polyethylene sheets to serve as a vapor barrier, preventing water from seeping up inside. Team members extend these sheets up and onto the walls, securing them together and to the walls with two-sided, foundation tape.
Before securing them to the walls, however, an inspector carefully examines the walls for any cracks or leaks. SERVPRO specialists fill them with a hydraulic cement that blocks further water intrusion. Next, they seal every wall with a masonry cement that reduces water seepage from outside the home. Once they complete the walls, team members seal the polyethylene sheets in place.
Water can still penetrate through wood floors, however. In areas that flood regularly, the solution for recurring flooding may be to install a sump pump. These devices work automatically, and when water is detected, they switch on to remove it until the level returns to normal. Our technicians can install a sump pump and have it working in a day.
Our goal at SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth is to help you return your entire home to a dry, safe condition, and keep it in that state as best as possible. If you need us to return your crawlspace to what it looked like before flooding; call us today at (817) 741-5737 to get started.
What Types of Mold Can Be Found in Commercial Facilities?
Blog Summary: Several different types of mold can take hold in an office building or other commercial environment. When business owners need mold mitigation services, they can turn to the team of professional technicians at SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth.
SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth understands the importance of keeping an office building and other commercial settings clean, fresh, and safe from a mold infestation, which can accompany water damage to the facility. Technicians are highly trained in commercial property damage restoration and cleaning techniques. SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth follows the highest IICRC standards, so customers can trust the damage restoration and cleaning team to handle any situation, including a mold infestation in an office building or other commercial setting.
Repairs, maintenance, and janitorial services usually involve issues that are easily detectable — a spill in the hallway, a stain on the carpet, a squeaky door. However, mold is often a hidden issue. Mold proliferation is a growing concern and can affect health, worker productivity, and the customer experience. The goal of mold mitigation is to keep the facility in the best condition for tenants, employees, clients, customers, and anyone else that might visit the office building. The facility must be functional, clean, fresh, and healthy.
Five Common Types of Mold Found in Offices
Texture, color, or shape are not necessarily key indicators of the exact species of mold. Some mold types are visually indistinguishable from other types of molds, and in many instances, professional testing is required to determine which mold is present. A particular surface condition can host many different mold species.
This hearty mold can thrive in a variety of conditions and on a wide range of surfaces. Some molds prefer damper and warmer environments, but this mold can take hold almost anywhere in the temperate environment of a climate-controlled office complex.
Common locations to keep an eye out for Cladosporium include food storage areas such as the office kitchen, as well as the gasket on the doors to the refrigerator and freezer. Mirrors, windows, ceramic tile, and other non-porous surfaces where condensation can occur are a favorite residence for this mold. This mold is unsightly and makes a negative impression on clients, customers, and tenants.
Aspergillus, a robust mold strain that thrives indoors, feeds on cardboard, artwork, shelving, leather furniture, pressed wood products, and the cloth bindings of books. The spores from this mold may cause health effects. Mold can also impact the health of pets. There is a growing trend of bringing pets into the workplace, and an office complex may host support animals or service dogs.
This outdoor mold travels into the office on people and pets. An open office window is an invitation to this mold strain to pay a visit to the office team. The warmth and moisture of summer are this mold’s preferred environment. This mold may be found growing on cloth upholstery.
Most people think of mold as being black or brown. According to the Centers for Disease Control, color is not an indicator of toxicity. Molds may be black, brown, green, yellow, blue, and even pink or orange! Penicillium, a toxic mold that causes food spoilage, may be yellow, blue, or green in color. Drapes, cabinets, and ceiling tiles are surfaces this mold favors. Drywall that has been moistened from a water intrusion fosters the growth of this mold. While Penicillium is the source of the medical marvel penicillin, the mold can have health effects if left to spread in an office building.
Known as “black mold,” Stachybotrys enjoys fibrous surfaces such as paper and wood. This moisture-loving mold is a slow-growing toxic beast that can cause health effects long before it is discovered and identified.
Mitigating Mold in an Office Building
When mold is discovered, mitigation should begin immediately. Common causes of mold include inadequate ventilation, condensation, melting ice dams, or water damage from flooding or leaky plumbing. When water intrusion is identified, the business owner should secure the services of a water damage restoration company to remediate the damage and prevent a widespread mold infestation.
For more information about mold mitigation, water damage restoration, and other restoration and cleaning services in Halcolm City, TX, contact the SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth, TX, by phone at (817) 741-5737. The team can also be contacted by email at office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com
How Long Will Water Damage Restoration Around Haltom City, TX, Take?
Blog Summary: The friendly professionals at SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth explains the water restoration process and how long each step typically takes to complete.
Whether to address damage from a storm, plumbing mishap, or otherwise, water damage restoration is an intensive process. In best-case scenarios, it only takes a few days but can take weeks. Why does it take so long?
Water cleanup spans more than simply removing water from a property, as water damage can have an unseen and lasting impact. Water removal and mold remediation companies complete a range of steps to treat buildings for odors, bacteria, microbes, and other harmful agents that can make their way into furniture, carpeting, and floorboards through outside water.
Both to expedite the process and minimize the chance of secondary damage, such as mold, the experts at SERVPRO, a leading water damage restoration company in Fort Worth, stress the importance of calling for emergency water restoration services as soon as possible after water exposure.
The Water Damage Restoration Timeline: What to Expect
1. Emergency Water Restoration and Removal
First, if a burst pipe, washing machine, or other appliance caused the flooding, the restoration company will turn off the water at the source. Next, large, truck-mounted pumps suck the water from inside the property.
This process can take several hours, depending on how much water is present. After that, they take steps to dry the property and restore safe humidity levels. That often takes at least 72 hours, even with help from industrial dryers and dehumidifiers.
2. Salvaging and Removing Furniture
Unfortunately, furniture and valuable items are often lost after flooding. The remediation company will work to salvage what they can and then recycle, throw away, or donate whatever will not be kept. How long this will take varies in length depending on the number of damaged items.
3. Mold, Stain, and Water Remediation
Treating carpets and furniture is relatively straightforward and quick. It generally only takes a few hours.
However, the danger with water damage is how it affects hidden areas in a home. Even clean water can lead to mold in any fabric or carpeting. If enough water has gotten to wooden walls or flooring, it can cause the wood to warp and degrade.
Inspectors will check beams, walls, and other structural components to ensure the safety of the home’s residents. Some restoration companies also test for asbestos before working on any building materials, and waiting for the test results can take 24-48 hours.
4. Disinfecting and Deodorizing
Once the property is treated for mold, it is deodorized, disinfected, and thoroughly cleaned. This process takes less than a day and finalizes the water restoration process.
Other Time Factors
Many of these phases of water damage restoration have very variable timeframes, based on factors such as:
- The amount of water in the property
- How long water was in contact with the property
- How long it took to stop the source of the flood
- The source of the water (clean drinking water, sewage, floodwater, etc.)
- The size of the property and what parts of the property were involved
- How quickly the residential or commercial water damage restoration company was contacted and responded
About SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth
SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth has served the community in Keller, TX, and surrounding areas since 1967, offering reliable water, fire, and storm restoration as well as mold remediation and commercial cleaning services. They are part of a nationwide franchise with more than 1,700 locations but are locally owned and operated.
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4200 Glenview Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76117
Phone: (817) 741-5737
Fire Damage to Your Fort Worth Business Needs Our Professional Remediation
Grease Fire Damages
The possibility of a fire in your Fort Worth restaurant kitchen cannot help but be always in the back of your mind as an owner. Although the devastation a fire can cause might seem impossible to overcome in the immediate aftermath, our highly-qualified technicians have great success using our inventory of state-of-the-art equipment and restoration best practices mastered in Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) courses.
The safety of both diners and employees is your priority if a fire damages your Fort Worth restaurant. Ensuring that your business recovers from the disaster fulfills our mission to provide industry-leading remediation services to the businesses in our community. Our crews mobilize fast, traveling to your site as soon as possible after your call.
Speed is crucial when mitigating the effects of fire damage. Within the first minutes and hours after the flames extinguish, fire residues pose the risk of progressive and permanent harm to structural components and the contents of your restaurant. SERVPRO crew members evaluate the types of residues found throughout your kitchen, dining rooms, storage areas, and other spaces.
We match appropriate products and methods to the different characteristics of soots coating surfaces. Protein-based soot is common in kitchen fires, depositing a thin and highly malodorous film that is hard to remove without solvents and abrasive tools. SERVPRO technicians can use barriers and air scrubbers to contain the cooking area, preventing the spread of debris to other spaces.
Even if your quick-thinking staff knocked down the flames with chemical extinguishers, secondary effects of the fire could linger. Persistent odors are particularly troublesome in an eating establishment as they interfere with the enjoyment of diners as they order and eat from your tempting menu. SERVPRO employees who complete the IICRC Odor Control Technician (OCT) course follow a research-based protocol to eliminate the stench in your establishment.
If clearing away charred items and thorough cleaning does not do the trick, SERVPRO turns to innovative techniques like thermal fogging or hydroxyl generators to eradicate the noxious smell. Thermal fogging recreates the fire environment, combusting deodorizers at high temperatures, so they attach to odoriferous particles and neutralize them. Hydroxyl radicals produced when ultraviolet rays react with water vapor (H2O) and oxygen (O2) dismantle the odor-bearing molecules. We this cutting-edge technology as a more successful and sustainable alternative to masking agents.
Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth as soon as firefighters release your commercial property for abatement assessment. Call (817) 741-5737 day or night to schedule an inspection and develop a remediation and deodorization plan.
Leaving Water Damage In Your Home Can Lead To Mold Damage
Water overflow from toilet
Damages in your home are never something to ignore, especially when those damages can lead to future complications, such as mold damage. Sometimes financial difficulty, or other valid concerns, can stop you from calling for assistance when you need it. The story is pretty standard: a severe storm rolls in and soaks your basement bathroom through the open window. There are inches of water on the floor by the time that you find it the next morning, but you feel like you cannot afford to call for help and resolve to try to deal with it yourself. The decision can lead to future complications as only a professional can tell when a space is thoroughly dry.
Leaving any excess moisture in the structure of your home can lead to the growth of mold damage in your Fort Worth residence. Mold spores are omnipresent, and you cannot completely rid your home of them. However, they are relatively harmless until they come into contact with excessive moisture. As they feed off of the excess water, the mold spores can rapidly multiply and form a colony, which can damage the structure of your home and cause health effects. Calling for help as soon as you first begin to suspect you have mold damage is the key to a successful remediation.
Our SERVPRO techs can bring unique tools with them to remediate the mold damage in your home. One of the worst aspects is the smell, and we can set up an air scrubber to pull mold spores and odorous particles from the air while we work. SERVPRO can also set up a barrier made out of plastic sheeting to ensure that the mold spores cannot travel anywhere else when disturbed. Once it is safe to work, SERVPRO can disinfect and remove the mold before using an antifungal spray to help ensure there is no regrowth.
Do not delay when you find damage in your home. Dial (817) 741-5737 to contact SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth. We are open 24-7 and ready to take your call.
Creating the Ideal Drying Conditions for Water Restoration in your Fort Worth Home
Measuring moisture of affected tile
In dealing with any property restoration emergency, having access to the correct equipment goes a long way to reducing your claims loss expense. This principle is especially true in situations involving water, which can deteriorate contents, structure, and fittings overnight. One of the essential methods we use to reduce losses in your property is understanding how to dry your structure and contents properly. That means using moisture detection sensors, creating the right atmosphere for efficient drying and bringing in industrial extraction equipment.
The task of water restoration in your fort worth home is built on the foundations of careful psychrometric measurements taken regularly to control losses. Increasing the temperature in a closed area, for example, allows the interior air to take on more moisture- this process can increase the efficiency of air-moving equipment. However, to create optimum drying conditions, a SERVPRO technician must take regular readings using thermal hygrometers to ensure that the indoor air is not overloaded with moisture, which can slow drying times.
While restoration is underway, a SERVPRO technician may tent off the affected area to gain better control of the indoor environment. High levels of humidity, which are a natural byproduct of drying procedure, can also create ideal conditions for microbial growth. Leaving a humid environment overnight can lead to further damages. SERVPRO technicians may create an open system, by opening windows or allowing ventilation to exchange humid interior air with drier outdoor air, to prevent secondary issues like mold growth from occurring.
Using our training in combination with advanced drying equipment allows SERVPRO technicians to dry a structure without risking secondary damages confidently. By creating the ideal drying conditions, the expense of your claim is significantly reduced, and your home has the best chance of returning to its preloss conditions. We can forward the paperwork to your insurance adjuster to ease the claims process and let you get back to your everyday life with as little inconvenience as possible.
For advanced restoration services that get your home back to its preloss condition, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth at (817) 741-5737.
Seven Tips for Minimizing the Scope of Damage From Severe Weather in Haltom City, TX
Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth highlights seven ways that Haltom City homeowners can lessen the impact of severe weather on their homes.
When severe weather strikes Haltom City, TX, and the surrounding area, SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth provides water and storm damage restoration services that help the community recover. Although storm damage may seem unavoidable, homeowners can prepare for thunderstorms and other severe weather by taking steps to reduce damage to Haltom City homes.
- Keep the treescape in top condition.
Trees in the yard could pose a threat to the home and nearby structures during heavy rains and high winds. Excessive amounts of rain loosen the soil around the roots of the tree, weakening the tree’s ability to remain standing in the path of high winds. The tree could topple onto the home, damaging the roof resulting in a water intrusion. A domino effect could occur in which one tree causes other trees to uproot. Hire an arborist to trim the trees around the home, eliminate overhanging branches, and remove diseased, dying, or dead trees.
The director of operations and urban forestry at Texas Trees Foundation offers the following tree care tips:
- Avoid hiring just anyone to remove fallen trees and debris when severe weather damages the treescape. Individuals with a chainsaw and pickup truck will drive through affected neighborhoods offering tree removal and cleanup services at a very low price. If a problem arises, the crew will disappear, leaving the homeowner with an even larger problem.
- Always hire a qualified, bonded, and insured tree service to remove any fallen trees. Incorrect pruning can cause damaged trees to fall victim to high winds during the next severe thunderstorm. If an uninsured tree service company damages the house, the homeowner could be held liable. An insured company will cover any further damage to the structure.
- Hire a certified arborist for the best treescape care. To ensure the treescape receives the best care, hire an arborist to prune the trees at least once a year. A competent arborist will shape the trees so that they are beautiful, healthy, and safe.
- Avoid cutting down trees if at all possible. Trees are an asset, and a well-managed treescape can add as much as twenty percent to the overall value of a property. Homeowners should invest in their trees, which add value and beauty to a home.
- Install a lightning surge protector.
According to DisasterSafety.org, a resource from the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, a lightning surge protector for the home costs between $300 and $500 and requires one to three hours to install. A whole-house surge protector can help prevent costly electronics from being destroyed by a lightning strike to the home.
- Construct protective screens around HVAC units.
For a relatively low budget, an industrious homeowner can add years to the life of an HVAC unit by constructing a screen around the unit. The screen shields the coils and fins of the unit from hail damage. In hail-prone areas such as Northeast Fort Worth and the greater North Texas region, a hail screen makes sense.
- Upgrade to a wind-rated garage door or reinforce the existing door.
Older unreinforced garage doors are vulnerable to damage from high winds. High winds cause the door to bow inward. The increased air pressure in the garage is strong enough to cause structural damage to the roof and surrounding walls. Wind-rated garage doors are manufactured to tolerances that can withstand high winds without allowing the home to sustain damage.
The homeowner who is unable to purchase and install a new wind-rated garage door can reinforce the existing garage door. The bracing must be in place ahead of severe weather.
- Upgrade to steel gutters and downspouts.
Inadequate or damaged gutters are a common source of water damage in the attic and in the walls of a home. Because steel is stronger than vinyl and aluminum, it is less prone to leakage.
- Upgrade to better quality impact-rated shingles when repairing or replacing a roof.
Wind, hail, and water damage are some of the most common causes of property damage, and the roof is a home’s first line of defense against severe weather. Homeowners can help prevent a water damage headache by replacing shingles. High-impact, better-quality shingles may qualify a homeowner for an insurance discount.
- Pre-qualify a property damage restoration company before storm damage.
SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth specializes in storm damage cleanup and restoration for residential and commercial properties. The team provides emergency tarping, board-ups, security fencing, pack-ups, and storage. Technicians also provide restoration services after a fire, smoke, or water damage incident and can perform mold and mildew remediation.
For more information about water damage restoration in Haltom City, TX, contact SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth, TX, by calling (817) 741-5737. The office can also be reached by email at office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com.
SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Get a Flooded Area Dry to Prevent Any Secondary Damages
Unchecked water losses can cause significant damages to your businesses.
Study spaces, book and gift stores, snack bars, and recreational activities are all part of the student experience at Fort Worth institutes of higher learning. When portions of the student union go underwater because of failed plumbing, a full-service water damage recovery company needs to step up to restore the college ambiance.
A water main burst in the student union of a university, the commercial water damage in Fort Worth starts inconveniencing hundreds of students and soaking books and merchandise. The two primary concerns are a speedy return to a comfortable study and recreational area for students and a solution for waterlogged spirit wear and books. We offer fast and professional water removal and restoration services and have access to drying and recovery services for merchandise.
Once the SERVPRO team is made aware that a crisis occurred at the union, a well-qualified team of water damage mitigation specialists and all the equipment necessary is dispatched to the building. Our work crew follows the same routine each time it arrives at a water event. First, the area is surveyed for safety, power disconnected if there is any chance of shocking the rescue team. Water is removed with truck-mounted pumps and extractors. Moisture levels are measured and monitored as industrial sized air movers and dehumidifiers do their work.
While the area is dried out, other members of the crew work to sort the merchandise soaked in the union’s bookstore. Items like sweatshirts, tees and the like can be laundered and dried. Perhaps the staff of the bookstore will reduce the prices, but the spirit wear will survive the water damage nearly intact. The books and school supplies are a different matter.
To dry out papers requires a special process called freeze drying. It is a somewhat expensive procedure, so it may not be cost effective for all items. On the other hand, the files and records in the store may be important enough to use the freeze drying or sublimation technique. Regardless, the SERVPRO crew keeps a careful inventory of items damaged, discarded and revived for insurance and tax purposes.
One call to SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth gets the ball rolling to dry out commercial spaces, large and small. Our number is (817) 741-5737 and is staffed 24/7.
SERVPRO Technicians Efficiently Remediate Your Property After a Fire
Our SERVPRO technicians are experts in Water & Fire Restoration
If you find yourself facing a fire damage situation in your Fort Worth area home, obtaining qualified professional help is easier than you might think. You are not alone and should never take on the task of renovating your property by yourself after a fire occurs. It can be hard to address every damaged item correctly, especially without the proper training and equipment.
Until you face this type of tragedy yourself, you may not fully understand the level of damage that occurs. In this instance, nearly half of the roof, rafters, decking, insulation, wiring, ducting, and other materials require replacement while the other portion needs a thorough cleaning and deodorization method performed to restore and remove the odors that exist.
Hundreds, if not thousands of posts from other do-it-yourself restorers, on websites all over the net, describe this as an unmanageable event. Some claim that you must tear down the entire structure and rebuild to get the odor out of your home after a fire. However, SERVPRO technicians perform deodorization and cleaning methods on a daily basis, successfully restoring many homes just like this one.
SERVPRO is available throughout your local community; we offer customers full-service solutions to fire damage situations of all shapes and sizes. Regardless of how the fire began on your property, we can help provide you with much-needed answers and solutions that get things back to normal as quickly and efficiently as possible. We can also help you prevent future events from occurring, and give quality recommendations that avoid future losses.
Avoid following someone else’s failed attempts at restoring their home alone. Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Ft. Worth for access to qualified professionals 24/7, 365. We respond quickly, helping you restore your Keller, Park Glen, or Trace Ridge home the right way, the first time, call today. (817) 741-5737
Grilling and Fireworks Safety Tips for Summer Celebrations in Keller, TX
Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth encourages Keller, TX, residents to have safe summer celebrations by abiding by safety practices when cooking on the grill or setting off fireworks.
SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth serves the Fort Worth, Keller, and Park Glen areas with residential and commercial fire damage restoration services twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and on holidays. The SERVPRO team wants everyone to enjoy safe summer celebrations while grilling out and discharging fireworks.
Grilling Safety Tips for a Safe Summer Celebration
With the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions and the re-opening of the economy, people are more than ready to celebrate this summer. Neighborhood gatherings are once again commonplace across the country. The grill, now more popular than ever, is both an enjoyable and convenient way to cook. These sources of summer culinary delight still require regular inspection and maintenance. According to the National Fire Protection Association, grills cause or are involved in nearly 9,000 fires a year. To the surprise of many backyard grill masters, gas grills accounted for five out of six of these reported grill fires! An understanding of three of the leading causes of gas grill fires can make for a safe summer celebration.
- Failure to clean the grill
Grease buildup in the grease trap creates a secondary fuel source that will eventually ignite if left unresolved. When the grill cover is lowered, temperatures in the grill can reach over 500 degrees Fahrenheit in minutes. At this temperature, accumulated grease can flare up, and the flames can potentially cause serious fire damage to anything close to the grill. When nests from spiders and insects obstruct the flow of gas in the burner tubes, a flashback fire can result. In this type of grill fire, flames shoot out around the control panel. Grill fire flare-ups from cooking fatty foods or meats marinated in oil can also ignite residual grease buildup.
The key to safe summer celebrations is to regularly remove accumulated grease and empty the grease cup, which is typically found under the grill. Pay attention to the “flame tamers,” the flat steel shields located above the burners. By trimming the fat off meat or grilling at a lower temperature, excessive flare-ups can be prevented. An appropriately sized bottle brush can be used to clean out burner tubes in order to prevent flashback fires. If flames are yellow in color and burn unevenly across the burners, there may be a burner blockage.
- Locating the grill too close to flammable materials
The temptation during inclement weather is to grill on the porch or under an awning. The heat from a gas grill can ignite the awning, melt siding, or catch the house on fire. Potted plants and artificial vegetation can easily ignite when exposed to the heat from a gas grill. The results could be disastrous. To lower the fire risk, grill in a well-ventilated area away from combustibles. Never grill on an enclosed porch or carport, and avoid cooking under low-hanging branches or near shrubs.
- Leaving the grill unattended
An unattended grill is a catastrophe waiting to happen. Curious children may receive serious burns if they come in contact with a hot grill. Animals, overpowered by the delicious aroma of sizzling steaks, may topple the grill in search of a tasty meal. Grease fires or flare-ups, if not extinguished, can damage gas lines or the propane tank. The consequences could be explosive. If the gill must be left unattended, shut off the gas. This safety measure may ruin the meal, but it may also prevent fire damage, personal injury, or damage to the grill.
Basic Fireworks Safety Tips
A highlight of summer celebrations is July 4. Fireworks and Independence Day celebrations are popular across the US. Keller, Texas, and the surrounding greater Fort Worth area are no exception.
The National Safety Council reported in a recent article, “In 2017, eight people died and over 12,000 were injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents. Of these, 50% of the injuries were to children and young adults under age 20. Over two-thirds (67%) of injuries took place from June 16 to July 16. And while the majority of these incidents were due to amateurs attempting to use professional-grade, homemade, or other illegal fireworks or explosives, an estimated 1,200 injuries were from less powerful devices like small firecrackers and sparklers. Additionally, fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires each year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and nearly 17,000 other fires.”
When closely followed, these basic safety tips will help prevent personal injury and fire damage during the festive celebration of this nation’s freedom and independence.
- Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for safely discharging legal fireworks.
- Know the local ordinances regarding the lawful discharge of approved fireworks. Failure to follow these ordinances could lead to severe fines and penalties.
- Keep in mind that the persons discharging the fireworks may be held responsible for any damages caused by the fireworks. For example, if the fire department is called out to extinguish a brush fire caused by fireworks, the person or group who discharged the fireworks may be responsible for covering the cost to extinguish the blaze. A small fire involving only a few acres could cost tens of thousands of dollars to put out.
- Always have adult supervision present when enjoying fireworks. Only discharge fireworks that are approved for personal use. Never light fireworks while someone is holding them.
- Young children should never handle fireworks. Older children should have close adult supervision and use protective eyewear.
- Once the firework fuse is lit, immediately get away from the device until it discharges. Do not attempt to handle or re-ignite fireworks that have malfunctioned. Both used and unused fireworks should be soaked in water for a few hours before disposal.
- Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that fail to discharge. Have a garden hose or a fire extinguisher handy in case of fire.
The best way to enjoy fireworks while celebrating a holiday is to attend a fireworks display sanctioned by city or county authorities and conducted by certified, licensed, and approved pyrotechnic professionals. Enjoy the sights and sounds while staying safe!
Pre-qualify a damage restoration company before a fire damage disaster occurs. Knowing who to call after a fire can save time and reduce the extent and cost of the fire damage restoration project.
For more information about fire damage restoration in Haltom City, TX, contact the SERVPRO of Northeast Fort Worth team at (817) 741-5737 or email the office at office@SERVPROnortheastftworth.com.