Recent Fire Damage Posts

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

2/21/2020 (Permalink)

chart on how to fire extinguisher How to put out a fire.

Regardless of how long a fire has been going it will always be damaging to a home or property. It is important to learn how to use a fire extinguisher in order to prevent a fire from becoming larger. The standard for doing this is known as PASS which stands for Pull, Aim, Squeeze, and Sweep.

Pull the pin: depending on the model you might need to remove a locking pin on the handle or lever. Some models may even have a button.

Aim low: direct the hose nozzle at the base of the fire. If you aim at the flames the fluid will be ineffective. 

Squeeze the lever: squeeze the lever above the handle to discharge the extinguishing agent. Some models may have a button and not a lever.

Sweep the nozzle: make sure to sweep the hose from side to side at the base of the fire. Repeat sweeping from side to side until the fire is completely out.

Make sure you learn how to use your specific extinguisher. Once the fire has gone down give us a call in order to begin the fire remediation process.

SERVPRO of San Diego East is a company with expertise in water damage and fire damage. If you are looking for an emergency restoration company in San Diego make sure to call (619) 280-2398 we are open 24 hours 7 days a week. We handle all types of emergencies such as: flood damage and restoration, water extraction, rain storms, groundwater, and fire damage repairs.

Plan of Action: Fire Damage Edition

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

fire extinguisher being used during a controlled fire Learn how to use a fire extinguisher.

Having a fire or water damage disaster in your home or property is uncommon and will most likely happen to you once in your lifespan. It is important to have a plan of action when this occurs so you know exactly what to do when it happens; you also save so much money.

Today we will be focusing on creating a fire damage plan for your home or property. Here are some steps and tips.

  • Make sure everyone in your home or property know how to evacuate safely.
  • Know the fire damage details of your home or property insurance. 
  • If you’re renting a home or renting space in your commercial make sure the tenants have home or property insurance pertaining to fire restoration.
  • Make sure there are fire extinguishers in your home or property and you know how to use one.
  • Make sure everyone knows where the fire resources are located.
  • Designate someone to keep count of all the people in your home or property. 
  • Make sure to call the fire department ASAP.
  • And very importantly find a local fire damage restoration or remediation company like SERVPRO of San Diego East that can take care of a variety or services such as water damage repairs and fire damage restoration.

SERVPRO of San Diego East is a company with expertise in water damage and fire damage. If you are looking for an emergency restoration company in San Diego make sure to call (619) 280-2398 we are open 24 hours. We handle all types of emergencies such as: flood damage and restoration, water extraction, rain storms, and groundwater.

Practice Fire Safety

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

servpro of san diego east fire damage SERVPRO of San Diego east fire damage.

Fire Safety

Take a moment to ask yourself the following questions regarding fire safety in your home to avoid risk.

Do you have adequate smoke detectors in your home?

How good are your electric connections?

Is your Stove clear of flammable objects?

Has your chimney been swept?

Do you have several fire extinguishers in your home?

Do you have an escape plan?

It’s recommended to have approved smoke alarms on each level of the home, outside sleeping areas and inside bedrooms. Test your alarm monthly and replace batteries once a year.

Never overload electrical circuits or extension cords. Never place cords or wires under rugs in high traffic areas. If any electric cables are worn or taped, they should be replaced immediately. Shut off and unplug any appliances that sputter, spark or emit an unusual smell.

Keep wires, cloths and oven gloves away from stove top. Don’t let grease or other remains build up-they can go up in flames

If you have a fireplace, you should have your chimney inspected and cleaned at least once a year. 

Practice an escape plan with your family. Stay low to the floor when escaping from the fire and never open doors that are hot. Have a set location where everyone can meet after escaping the house.

SERVPRO of San Diego East is a company with expertise in water damage and fire damage. If you are looking for an emergency restoration company in San Diego make sure to call (619) 280-2398 we are open 24 hours. We handle all types of emergencies such as: flood damage and restoration, water extraction, rain storms, and groundwater.

To do or Not To Do After A Fire Damage

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

Fire being put out by firefighters. Fire being put out by firefighters.

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.
  • Change the HVAC filter.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your SERVPRO of San Diego East.
  • 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 a smoke odor.

SERVPRO of San Diego East handles are sorts of emergencies related to restoration. If you need help make sure to call (619) 280-2377.

Santa Ana Winds Fanning Wildfires

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

Firefighter putting out wildfire in California Firefighter putting out wildfire in California.

In the months of October and November most people from the United States are glazing at the trees as the leaves turn auburn and fall to the ground. Some even experience snow fall. Californians have a different experience compared to the rest of the U.S. October and November are known as fire season. 

There are many reasons for this occurrence. But the main one is due to the Santa Ana winds coming from the Great Basin. The Great Basin is made up of parts of Oregon, California, Utah, Wyoming, and most of Nevada. The Santa Ana winds mostly effect Southern California and Norther Baja California, Mexico. The Great Basin pushes are winds that are cool and dry high-pressure winds. The Santa Ana winds are known for fueling the fires occurring in California, only to cause a greater catastrophe.  

Current or Recent Fires: 

Maria Fires: Between Santa Paula and Somis. Affecting 10,800 people and evacuation. 

Hillside Fire: Began in San Bernardino affecting more than 1,300 people. 

46 Fire: Began in Riverside County in Jurupa Valley. Three homes were damaged. 

Easy Fire: Occurred near Simi Valley, 700 firefighters helped contain the fire overnight. 

Getty Fire: Began in Mandeville Canyon, fire spread across 745 acres wide. 

It is important to have a fire exit plan with your family or roommates no matter where you live. Make sure you at least have two ways out of the building or residence. It is also important once the fire exit plan has been executed to find a spot where all parties will meet. 

Travelers here are some Tips on Controlling your Fire

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

Wildfire in the forest Wildfire in the forest

California is a major tourist spot, people from all over the world travel here. There are multiple beaches to sunbathe at, deserts to explore, mountains to climb, and forests to hike through. Some of our greatest attractions are Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park, and Redwood Forests, these are all forests and beautiful sceneries to see - but they are also the primary fuel to a fire. 

Fire is a very messy and dangerous spark that causes both the natural and manmade environments to combust. There are different types of wildfires, some examples are: grass fires, brush fires, hill fires, and forest fires. The worst wildfires are forest fires due to large amounts of trees being used as fuel. The major cause of forest fires in the United States comes from us - 80% are caused by human activities. A wildfire can occur rapidly it can go up to 6.7mph for a forest fire and 14mph for a grass fire.

Fortunately we can take preventative measures to avoid wildfires. Always make sure you are careful with fires and always keep your eyes on the fire. Here are some great tips to avoid both major and minor wildfires.


  • Only start campfires in an appropriate pit making sure there is no vegetation 
  • Make sure the fire is surrounded by stones
  • Never play with matches or lighters
  • If you need to go somewhere put out your fire, making sure your fire is completely out before leaving
  • Remove combustibles from the area such as: firewood, yard waste, barbecue grills, fuel cans, etc
  • Drench your campfire with water and smother in dirt
  • Don’t start fires on windy days, if so take extreme precautions to put it out
  • If you are smoking dispose your cigarette butts in containers
  • Avoid starting fire during the highest temperatures of the year

These are a few tips and always remember the best person to avoid a wildfire is you. Once you have spotted or caused a wildfire make sure to contact your local fire station ASAP. It is better to let them know as soon as possible instead of waiting until the fire gets out of control.

Fire Clean Up Process

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

The Production Manager cleaning soot after a kitchen fire. The Production Manager wiping up soot, with SERVPRO Orange after a large kitchen fire!

Here at SERVPRO of San Diego East, we have a very special process when it comes clean up, post fires.

There are usually three main factors when it comes to cleaning after a fire, the first being the soot that is left behind. The second the smell of whatever burned during the fire. The third being the items lost during the fire.

Soot is a black powdery substance that is left on walls and ceilings, and at times can be cumbersome to remove. 

There is almost always a smell left behind due the fire at times. Luckily SERVPRO has its very own cleaning solvents that are made just for these two things!   

Our SERVPRO Technicians have some of the best attention to detail and are able to clean like no other, so you can always trust that SERVPRO of San Diego East will properly clean your house or kitchen after a fire!

Fire Preparation

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

Mountains in San Diego on fire. The eastern mountains in San Diego on fire during the 2003 brush fire.

In 2003 San Diego experienced one of the worst fires in its cities history and the third largest in California's history. 

Over 273,246 acres burned with 2,232 homes lost, 22 commercial buildings, and 15 unfortunate fatalities, the total amount for the loss was an estimated $1.333 billion.

Many SERVPRO franchises rallied together in order to get home and property owners back into their houses as soon as possible. 

So how would you properly prepare for a large brush or forest fire? What do you bring with you? What do you leave behind? Unlike water, fire leaves nothing but ashes and dust, so the amount of damage can be catastrophic. 

Here are 10 things SERVPRO of San Diego East thinks you'll need!

  • Pets
  • Identification for the family
  • Cash and credit
  • Important Documents 
  • Keys
  • Medication and Medicine
  • Hygiene Supplies 
  • Electronics
  • Keepsake items, such as pictures

Explosion at San Diego Home!

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

A soot covered roof after a large explosion. Flames reached over 10 feet high and charred the side walls and roof of this home.

This customer had a gas leak outside their home which caused a large explosion. 

Thankfully no one was injured and the damage caused was not as bad as it could have been! SERVPRO of San Diego East arrived on the scene and was able to asses the situation and provide the customer with information pertaining to fire loss.

Our crew arrived on the scene and was able to work closely with the customer to dispose of certain materials that where no longer salvageable. 

After about a week and half of cleaning, our team was able to make it look "Like it never even happened."

After that process SERVPRO of San Diego East's team began the clean up, which involved power washing the floors and walls and deep cleaning to remove soot. 

Only YOU can prevent kitchen fires!

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

A pan up in flames! Remember our three tips to prevent any kitchen fires!

Fires are some of the most dangerous and stressful disasters that can happen to us or someone we know. The amount of damage one kitchen fire can do is scary, but SERVPRO of San Diego East is here to help. 

Post fire clean up is one of our specialties, we pride ourselves in wanting to help our customers make sure that their properties belongings are well recovered after a loss.

That is why SERVPRO of San Diego East offers certain services for fire damage remediation, such as detailed item cleaning and document restoration. 

Here are some quick tips to help prevent any future disaster! 

  • Cook in a clean area with clean cookware. A greasy stove top or exhaust hood can catch fire easily once a burner gets hot.
  • Clean up spills as soon as the stove top cools. Drip pans that have grease or food can ignite the next time they’re used.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher on hand. It is actually recommended to have at least 3 in the home that are easily accessible, preferably in the garage, living room, and kitchen.

We hope these quick tips help you prepare!