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Candle Safety in your Home

Candles are becoming an increasingly popular method of scenting the air and eliminating odors. They’re particularly popular during holidays, but can easily ignite a fire without the proper precautions. The following tips enable individuals to safely enjoy candles in their home whether they’re being used to create ambiance or they’re providing light if the power goes out.

Burning Candles

Rule No. 1 is to never leave a candle burning unattended. There should always be at least one person in a room where the candle is burning and never leave them lit when leaving home. If everyone moves to another room, extinguish the candle. The safest way to put out a candle flame is with a candle snuffer.

The Base

Always place candles on a solid base for stability and one that’s large enough to comfortably catch any wax drippings.

Distance

Burning candles should never be placed near flammable items such as drapes, books or paper, furniture and bedding, carpets, or decorations. It only takes moments for those types of materials to ignite.

Moving Candles

You should never move a candle while it’s lit or the wax is still liquified. Bear in mind that liquified wax can take several minutes to completely cool and solidify.

Burning Limits

Candles aren’t designed to be burned down to a nub. Change them out before they burn too low. A good rule of thumb is to replace taper candles when about ½ an inch of candle length remains and two inches for pillar candles.

Spacing

It’s never a good idea to place candles too close together. Dripping wax from one can ignite another. A good safety distance is to leave at least three inches between candles.

Wicks and Drafts

Candle wicks that exhibit a high flame should be trimmed. Wait until the candle cools sufficiently. If the flame is flickering repeatedly, the candle may be in the line of an unknown draft. Extinguish the flame and when it’s safe to do so, move it to a different location.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

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Smoke and Fire Damage can Seem Overwhelming

There are many things that must be done after a fire has occurred and the average person just isn’t prepared to take all the necessary steps after such a catastrophic loss. Individuals will be dealing with the destruction of their home and belongings, along with the damage from soot, smoke, and water used by firefighters to extinguish the blaze.

The first step is to make sure everyone is out of the house and safe. Families that have experienced a fire will need a safe place to stay. That can mean renting a hotel or seeking assistance from the Red Cross, their church, or a similar organization.

Even though people will be in shock, there are certain actions that will need to be taken to restore the home and any vehicles that may have been collateral damage during the fire. Depending upon the extent of the damage and the amount of the insurance deductible, it may be less expensive for homeowners to pay for the cleanup themselves.

That’s when the services of a remediation and restoration company may be more appropriate and cost effective than filing an insurance claim. Restoration professionals will begin by boarding up the building to prevent any unwanted entry that could expose clients to a lawsuit.

As soon as the fire department deems it safe, the restoration company will assess the damage and document it. If an individual decides to file a claim with their insurance company, the restoration company will work with the insurer to clean up the site, rebuild or restore the structure, and preserve any items that can be salvaged.

A professional restoration company may be able to preserve some of a family’s belongings if the damage isn’t too severe. They have special techniques and methods that can be used to dry out possessions, prevent mold, and remove soot and the smell of smoke. Insurance companies like working with restoration companies since it’s less expensive for them and it has the added benefit for individuals of being able to potentially save some of their prized possessions.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070 

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What you Need to do After a Fire

Time is of the essence after a fire. Even though there will be a level of shock and disbelief, there are things that you’ll need to do as soon as possible. Don’t worry about the structure. It can be replaced.

Contact your insurance company as soon as possible to file a claim and find out if there are any benefits you can access. Save the receipts for anything you must purchase as a result of the fire. That can include lodgings, clothing and other necessities. They may also have the names of local restoration and cleanup professionals.

You, your family, and any pets will need to find a safe place to stay. Even a small amount of fire damage will render your home uninhabitable. If you don’t have access to family, you can contact a local disaster relief organization such as the American Red Cross or Salvation Army that can provide assistance with locating lodgings.

It’s also a good idea to make a visit to the veterinarian for any pets. Smoke inhalation can cause severe harm to pets’ lungs. They may even have sustained burns that aren’t immediately visible and they’ll be traumatized the same as you and your family.

After a fire is extinguished, you’ll be responsible for boarding up the structure to prevent any unauthorized entry. It’s a safety issue and a top-flight fire, smoke, and water restoration company will provide that service. The company should also be able to work directly with your insurer to coordinate what needs to be done to preserve any salvageable belongings, initiate cleanup, and restoration.

A fire restoration company will make recovery infinitely easier. Whenever possible, they’ll salvage and restore items to their pre-fire condition, remediating smoke, odor, water and mold damage. The company should also be able to aid in the cleanup and restoration process of your home. A fire is an extremely traumatic event. Following a set of procedures will help you and your family return to normal as quickly as possible.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070 

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Professional Fire Restoration

A fire is traumatic enough for individuals without trying to address the resultant damage. Most people simply view the burned portions of a structure without ever considering the other avenues of damage that must be dealt with before any recovery can begin. Professional fire restoration is a multi-faceted process that requires multiple steps.

One of the most important aspects of hiring a professional fire and restoration service is that they will work directly with insurance companies for their clients. Insurance companies like working with restoration professionals as they will make every effort to preserve as many valuables and possessions as possible, which means the costs are lessened for insurance agencies.

Fire restoration begins with emergency services to board up the structure to prevent vandals and secure it from the danger of injury to anyone that might be tempted to enter. As soon as fire and law enforcement officials release the building from any investigations, fire restoration professionals go to work cataloging and packing valuables and possessions that can be salvaged for secure storage.

They’ll track and monitor inventory from pack up to replacement. Utilizing high-tech methods, moisture and odors will be removed from salvageable items. Possessions will also be treated to mitigate mold and mildew.

Water and debris will be removed to allow the next step in the restoration process to begin. In addition to restoring the building, structural integrity will be ensured. Electrical and plumbing components will be addressed for safety. One of the essential services provided by restoration experts is the mediation of mold and elimination of smoke and odors throughout the structure.

Dealing with the aftermath of a fire requires a multi-pronged approach that preserves possessions and removes debris. The services also mitigate mold growth and eliminate smoke and odor problems before beginning the process of rebuilding, restoring, and sanitizing the property.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070 

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Can the Smell from Smoke Damage ever be Removed?

When a fire occurs within a home or business, even if it’s extinguished quickly the smell of smoke will permeate the premises and possessions. Structures and possessions can also be afflicted with the smell of smoke from wildfires. Down through the ages a variety of home remedies have been utilized, but nothing can compare with the methodologies and technology available to restoration professionals.

Even when there are no visible signs such as soot, the odor has pervaded every area of the structure and the smell can have adverse effects on health. It’s especially dangerous for children, the elderly, pets, and those with weakened immune systems, along with anyone with respiratory conditions.

It’s essential that individuals act quickly to contact a restoration company. The longer that odors are in fabrics, the more difficult it will be to remove them. It will also be more expensive since more extensive methods will need to be employed.

Equally important is removing the items from the environment and into fresh air. Restoration professionals understand the importance of removing items from the premises as quickly as possible and offer emergency services to accommodate that need.

When building materials burn, they emit soot particles and exude substances that are oily, acidic, and toxic. Restoration professionals are specially trained to remove those residues without damaging textiles by breaking down the smoke molecules.

Professionals can remove the odor of smoke from a wide array of items encompassing drapes and carpeting to upholstery and clothing. The techniques and processes that are utilized are designed to penetrate deep within fabrics where odors lurk for deep-down deodorization.

Removing the smell of smoke from possessions and entire structures is a complex undertaking for which restoration professionals have been highly trained. They can provide a range of smoke and odor-related elimination services that leave possessions and structures smelling clean and fresh.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070 

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The Process of Fire Damage Restoration

A fire in a home or business is a traumatizing event and it’s even more so when individuals contemplate the cleanup afterward. Hiring a company that specializes in fire damage restoration will mitigate a great deal of stress.

Fire damage restoration is a multi-step process. A full-service restoration company will offer 24/7 emergency service to board up and secure the structure to prevent theft and vandalism. It’s an extremely important first step that ensures possessions are secured and prevents liability should someone try to enter the building.

The damage incurred by a fire extends far beyond the visibly burned items and structure. An expert assessment will be required to determine the extent of the damage. The effects of a fire are many. It encompasses water saturation from extinguishing the fire and the growth of mold and mildew.

It’s essential that individuals not delay in contacting a restoration company. Without expedient restoration services, water and mold growth has time to spread to other areas of the structure. The unpleasant odor of smoke will linger even in areas that weren’t touched by the flames.

The restoration company will provide an itemized inventory of all the client’s items. With today’s technology, a professional restoration service can save many possessions. The restoration company can remove water, deodorize items, eliminate mold and mildew, remove soot and debris, and sanitize possessions. A great number of furnishings and equipment can be restored to pre-fire condition.

All salvageable items will be packed and stored after cleaning until clients are ready to retrieve them. Personal items that are too damaged to be restored will be removed as part of the process. The final step is restoring the premises and/or assisting in a renovation that can provide clients with a completely new design.

A fire is a traumatic event and restoring the property can seem like an impossible task. A full-service restoration company will help clients throughout each step of the restoration process. The experts are able to restore an extensive array of personal property that will save money and enable clients to quickly get back to their normal activities.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070 

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Smoke Detectors Save Lives and Property

Smoke detectors are a proven warning system that’s critical for the early detection of fires. Not having one can make the difference between life and death. During a fire, smoke and a variety of toxic and even deadly gases are released. The smoke and gases tend to be disseminated faster than the associated heat and can be detected faster with a smoke detector.

A smoke detector functions as a 24/7 guard. When smoke is detected, the device emits a shrill alarm that’s able to even wake sleepers, giving them time to escape. Even if fire isn’t visible, the smoke that’s released when there’s a smoldering fire from a faulty appliance or a wiring short behind walls will activate the sensors on a smoke detector.

Approximately 2,000 people lose their lives each year because they either didn’t have a smoke detector or an existing device wasn’t in functioning condition. The Florida Fire Prevention Code requires that structures be equipped with battery-operated smoke detectors and devices that are wired into the structure’s electrical system. Even if the power goes out, at least one detector is still operational.

Smoke detectors are most effective when they’re installed on each level of the home, inside bedrooms, and outside sleeping areas for the greatest level of protection. Having smoke detectors in homes can also earn a discount on homeowner’s and renters insurance policies. Smoke detectors use either an ionization or photoelectric “eye” to detect smoke. Both are effective and some are combination units that detect smoke and carbon monoxide for an added level of safety.

Fires can spread much faster than people anticipate. In a fast moving fire, sometimes the only thing standing between people escaping and dying in a fire is the shrill shriek of a smoke detector alarm. It’s important that individuals remember to check their smoke detectors once a year and change the batteries at the same time. It’s a procedure that will ensure the smoke detector is working when it’s needed most.

 

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070 

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Professional Fire Restoration

A fire in the home or business evokes a multitude of emotions. It may seem like everything is lost, but there are often more possessions that can be saved than you might think. A professional fire restoration service can minimize loss from smoke and water damage and return many items to their pre-fire condition.

Fire restoration service professionals will work with insurance companies on your behalf. The services are often welcomed by insurance companies as it can minimize the amount of reimbursement and replacement costs they must provide. It also enables you to keep some of your most cherished possessions.

When applicable, your fire restoration service will first determine that your home or business is structurally sound. They’ll perform a complete inventory of all items to be treated and pack them appropriately for transport to undergo the restoration process. A full-service fire restoration company will also provide storage for your items until your home or business is habitable again.

In addition to smoke damage, there will also be water damage from firefighting efforts. That moisture can quickly lead to the growth of mold that can exacerbate damage. Personal and professional items will be cleaned of soot and fabric items will be dried out.

An essential part of the restoration process will include an ozone treatment that’s fast and highly effective for removing odors from smoke and mold. Ozone is the strongest method available for sanitizing, disinfecting, and removing odors. It’s completely safe for possessions and the people that use them. Your professional team will also be able to restore or replace flooring.

A fire is a traumatic event, but in many instances it’s possible to save some of your prized possessions and expensive business equipment with professional fire restoration services. You should expect a quick response from your fire restoration specialists and 24-hour emergency board-up services to secure the premises and protect it from vandals.

 

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070 

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