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Smoke Alarms | What You Need to Know

6/4/2021 (Permalink)

check your smoke alarms Here's what you need to know about Smoke Alarms

Smoke Alarms are simple devices, found at most residential and business facilities. These alarms could save your life!! Because they're so important to the safety of those who occupy a building, it's important to know how to maintain them. 

Here's what you need to know about Smoke Alarms

You Need More Than One

A single smoke alarm will do you no good if a fire breaks out that's not near the vicinity of that alarm. The NFPA recommends alarms in each bedroom, and on each floor of a property. It's best these are away from anything that could interfere with its operation such as doors, ducts, or windows. 

They Need to be Tested Regularly

Most smoke alarms require monthly tests to ensure the system is working. Follow the manufactures instructions for your smoke alarm testing.

Batteries Need to Be Operational

Most smoke alarms are equipped with non-replaceable 10-year batteries that are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If your smoke alarm chirps or emits a pulsating beep, the batteries may need to be replaced.

Stay Safe with Smoke Alarms

SERVPRO of Montebello is dedicated to responding to your fire damage event. For fire damage services, call (323) 215-1997

Fire Preparation | Pet Safety

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

dog fire prep These pet safety tips brought to you by SERVPRO® of Montebello

We are used to Fires in the Los Angeles/Orange County area. During a Fire, your first priority is to get yourself and your family members out safely. You will not want to forget your pets too! It is important you have a plan in place to evacuate your pets in case a fire emergency should occur. Start by including your pets into your home escape plan. For Pet Preparedness Month, here are 5 ways to prepare your pet for a fire evacuation.

5 Tasks to Prepare Your Pet

Preparation is key when it comes to protecting your pets from a fire. In case your pets are in an unsafe location that you or your other family members can’t get to, there are several steps you can take to better the chance of their rescue:

1. Keep your pet in rooms or areas that are easily accessible to firefighters. 

2. Update your pet alert window cling on the front window of your home. 

3. Set aside a disaster supply kit just for your pet. Include any medication or dog supplies you may need. 

4. Place important pet ownership documents and proof of vaccinations in a firebox that you can easily retrieve.  

5. Teach your pets the “Come” command so you can easily direct them towards you in an emergency. 

Creating Your Pet Evacuation Plan 

In addition to these important pet safety tasks, you will need to create a pet evacuation plan. Assign an individual or two to be in charge of retrieving the pets. If your pets are located in a specific part of the house during the night, identify several different routes to that location. Practice the evacuation plan several times with your pet. 

In the event of an evacuation due to a wildfire, have arrangements in place for your pet to stay. 

Keep your pets and family members safe by having a well thought out plan if a fire emergency does occur. Never risk your safety or the safety of a family member to save your house pet. While your pets might be able to escape safely on their own, you can increase the chance of their rescue with these tips!

These safety tips brought to you by SERVPRO® of Montebello, here to help with all your fire damage needs. We are open 24/7, 365 days a year to help you get back to normal. Call us at (323) 215-1997

"Like it never even happened."

Tips for Purchasing the Right Smoke Detector

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

Do you know how to choose the right smoke detector? Do you know how to choose the right smoke detector?

Experiencing a fire is devastating and can easily be overwhelming. Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands, close to 400,000,  home and business fires occur each year. It's important to be prepared. Having a working smoke alarm can warn you (and your family/employees) to evacuate, helping ensure everyone stays safe.

Number of Smoke Detectors

How many smoke detection devices you need depends on the size of your home or business. There are several factors that come into play here:

  • The number of rooms in your building
  • The square footage of your building
  • The number of floors in your building

The recommended placement for safety regulations suggest installing a smoke alarm in each bedroom of your home or one in each main room of your business. Additionally they recommend at least one on each level. If your home has a basement, you should consider having one there as well. A good rule of thumb is to make sure you have at least one smoke detector for every 500 square feet of your home.

 Alarms Types

There are several different kinds of smoke alarms, and all are not equally as effective. The two types of smoke detectors are ionization and photoelectric. Each has its own pros and cons, for example Ionization smoke detectors are better able to detect the smoke from large flame fires and are generally cheaper. However, photoelectric sensors are better able to detect the smoke from smouldering fires, up to 50 minutes earlier than ionization, and are generally considered the better option as most fire related deaths are not from flames but rather smoke inhalation. The recommended one, although the most expensive, is a hybrid photoelectric and ionization as it works well in both large flame and smouldering fires, and could very well save your life.

Fire safety is important just in case the unimaginable happens. Having enough smoke detectors can give you more time to safely evacuate, and fire restoration experts at SERVPRO can help you get everything back to normal after the fire is out. Remember things can be replaced, YOU cannot.

SERVPRO of Montebello is here to help with all your fire damage and even fire prevention needs. We are open 24/7 365 days a year to help you get back to normal.  Call us at (323) 215-1997

Did You Know: Fire Damage Can Lead to Water Damage

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

The water used to stop a fire can create a massive problem if not handled correctly The water used to stop a fire can create a massive problem if not handled correctly

Fires by themselves can cause massive damage to anything, especially your home. In minutes, your home, possessions, everything can go up in flames and be turned to ash. However, fire damage isn’t the only problem you’ll have. There is also the effort to fight and put out the fire in which firefighters need to use mass amounts of water.

What to do Following a Fire

First and foremost, after alerting the authorities, GET TO SAFETY. Then you need to let firefighting crews do their job. They will use a lot of water to make sure the fire is out for good. This can result in major water damage, and possibly even mold depending on how long remediation takes, in the building. Here’s what you should do next:

  • Take photos and contact your insurance
  • Avoid contact with anything affected by the fire.
  • Contact us to start fire and water cleanup and remediation professionally

Water Restoration Issues

A firefighters goal is to get the fire under control, and ultimately completely extinguish it, as fast as they can. This means that they will have to spray much water to achieve these goals. This effectively puts an end to the flames, it will cause other problems including water damaged walls, ceilings, furniture, electronics, etc.

We Come In To Help

We do our best to save as much of your home as possible. We do this to help speed up remediation and to keep as much of your. Next we will remove the water and moisture left behind from the fire crew. Our specialists use high-powered industrial extractors to remove any moisture from the area as quick and efficiently as possible. We do our best to determine what can be saved and restore it "Like it never even happened." We then use a variety of equipment and technology to remove any trace of fire or smoke damage from your property and your possessions. 

SERVPRO of Montebello is here to help with all your fire or water damage needs. We are open 24/7 365 days a year to help you get back to normal.  Call us at (323) 215-1997

Health Hazards in the Fire House

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

Fire station with the text Health Hazards in the Fire House and servpro logo Fire Fighters Protect the Public, We Want to Protect You

The importance of Health & Safety within Fire Stations is of growing concern.

  • What Risks are Present in the Fire Station?
  • Can those Risks be Mitigated?

YOU Fire Fighters Protect the Public, We Want to Protect You. At SERVPRO® of MONTEBELLO the Health Hazards in Fire Stations is an important topic for us. An increase of Fire Departments are including Safety & Risk Management into Fire Station Planning. The goal? To make Fire Stations Safer for first responders. Here's how we can help:

Free Fire Station Risk Assessment:

  • Specialized Gear & Uniform Cross Contamination
  • Air Quality (Vehicle Exhaust Fumes, Duct Maintenance)
  • Mold, Lead, & Asbestos Testing
  • Carcinogenic Pollutants & Soot
  • COVID-19 & Viral Pathogens

Our experience in handling Fire Stations has given us the ability to provide a variety of detailed services for your facility:

  • Mold Remediation
  • Lead & Asbestos Abatement 
  • Specialized Gear & Uniform Decontamination
  • Odor Elimination
  • Fire House Specialized Cleaning
  • COVID-19 & Viral Pathogen Sanitation
  • Duct Cleaning

For more information on Fire House or Fire Truck cleaning, call us at (323) 215-1997. We're Here to Help.

Marjuana Smoke - What Damage is It Doing to Your Home?

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

The smell of marijuana is no longer just reserved for clubs, venues, and shady parking lots. Due to marijuana's increasing legalization, more and more people are having to explain the smell to their kids.

When it comes to a home, what kind of damage does this smoke present?


An Important fact! - Smoke is made up of solid & liquid particulates and gases. Due to its chemical compound, all smoke leaves residue.

Consider for a moment a home of a long-time cigarette smoker. What is the result of a person smoking 1-2 packs a day? A obvious smell of ash, yellowing of ceilings and walls, and ruined carpets. The home goes through an extensive cleaning before it can be sold.

What though might we say of someone who smokes marijuana? There are a few variables to consider.


1) How often do they smoke?
2) Where do they smoke?(single room, around the house, upstairs/downstairs)
3) Are they growing marijuana in the home?

It's true marijuana smoke does not linger as much as cigarette smoke does, and usually dissipates within a few hours. Even if the smoking was concentrated to a single room though, smoke could still penetrate dry wall and under the door. Growing marijuana plants pose a different type of threat, due to the lights and humidity requirements, such an atmosphere encourages mold and the possibility of a house fire.

An Important Fact! - Smoke. Leaves. Residue. Even if marijuana is not being smoked as much as cigarettes, residue is still being collected on walls, ceilings, furniture, clothes, food, and children's toys.

A recent study found that the indoor particles of marijuana smoke, between 200-600 ug/m3, are equivalent to particulate concentrations of a wild fire or industrial pollution.

An Important Fact! - People are breathing in wildfires in their own home. This could cause serious cardiovascular and respiratory disease.

What Action is Necessary?
A thorough cleaning of the home once a year to clean off the smoke residue. This would entail the cleaning of all walls, ceilings, furniture, and floors(carpets/tiles).

Specialty O-Zone and Hydroxyl equipment can be used to clean the air, removing all harmful particulates.

Overall if at all possible, limit or remove the threat of marijuana smoke from your home.

What Kind of Person Am I Hiring?

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

With most industries, there's always scam artists. People who want to take advantage of other people. We deal with allot of people in the restoration industry and have come across our fair share of scam artists too.

We make it our highest priority that who we're doing business with shares our same level of customer service. The customer deserves to be informed and protected. Companies who offer referral fees could undermine our focus to put the customer first, we refuse to work with them.

Consider this real life example of Jose Manual Villa, a public adjuster. He stole a total of $400,000 from fire damage victims. He did not have the customers concern first. (http://www.insurance.ca.gov/0400-news/0100-press-releases/2016/release103-16.cfm)

We avoid people and businesses that operate that way and do our best to make sure the customer avoids them too.

Prevent Home Fires: Dryer Vents

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Clogged Dryer Vent

For most of us, convenience is everything. This is especially true in our homes. Imagine where we would be without the Air Conditioner, Dishwasher, or Microwave. You may remember the days of collecting all your quarters and going down to the Laundromat to do laundry. However, there was a benefit to that.

The benefit: not having to clean your Dryer Vents. Hardly any of us think about cleaning our vents or even know we should be. The fact of it is Lint accumulates in our dryer vents overtime. We can see a sample of this when we reload our dryer and clean out the small vent trap. Now imagine that on a larger scale. Say you've lived in the same home for 10-15 years+ and never had the vents cleaned...They'd be clogged!  

The truth of the matter is we sometimes take convenience for granted. That mistake could cost us our home, or even our life. Around 2,900 Dryer Fires are reported each year. How can we bring this statistic down? Clean our Dryer Vents.

How do you know if you need your vents cleaned?

  • Your laundry may take longer to dry. 
  • The dryer may be hotter to the touch than usual. 
  • A burning smell may be present when the dryer is running. 

Where do you start? Professionals. Although DIY kits are sold, nothing beats the expertise and assured safety of a professional. Find out more Dryer Vent information here: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/clothes_dryers.html

How Clean is Your Air After a Fire?

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

You know that nasty sting you feel in your nose when walking by a building that has recently burned down? It's unpleasant & hazardous. The odor is sulfer mixed with smoke. It's called Acrid. What’s the best way to get rid of it?

Keep in mind, smoke contains the residue of all the burned materials and it can be caustic. It usually requires special equipment to completely clean the air. Ozone Machines and Air Scrubbers are designed specifically for this work.

Ozone Machines destroy the Molecules, Bacteria, and Spores that cause unpleasant smells. Air Scrubbers clean the air by repeatedly moving it through HEPA filters which help reduce the smell. 

What else is involved? Other necessary steps involve: (1) Clean all the hard surfaces (2) Wash or treat clothes, drapes, carpets, and upholstery. 

A fire doesn’t always destroy a building, smoke however, can ruin everything it contacts. Make sure you do all that’s needed to “clear the air.”