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1/19/2022 (Permalink)

Expertise.com Award for Water Restoration Services Expertise.com Award for Water Restoration Services

A water-related disaster in your home or business in Atlanta, GA is stressful, no matter the size. While you might hope that this would never happen to you, the truth is that it happens more than you think. If your home or business has ever experienced water damage or if you know someone who has, you’re likely well aware of how much damage even minor flooding can cause—and how long it can take to restore things back to normal.

The Award: Water Damage Restoration Services in Atlanta, GA

Our Water Damage Specialists use advanced water restoration techniques. So if you need help with everything from unclogging a drain, to restoring your home after a second-story toilet overflow, we have the capacity to do it. We specialize in removal and extraction, drying and dehumidification, cleaning and repair, and restoration services, for residential and commercial properties alike.

Our commitment to quality of service and workmanship has earned us an A+ rating from Expertise.com.

Water Removal and Extraction

When water damage occurs, it’s important to start by removing and extracting as much of that water as possible. If not taken care of quickly and properly, water can lead to more extensive – and expensive – problems later on. At SERVPRO of North Atlanta/Buckhead, we offer a variety of services that include water removal and extraction. Our teams can handle everything from small leaks in your basement or garage to large-scale disasters such as floods caused by storms, wind, or hurricanes.

Drying and Dehumidification

For a water damage restoration company, drying and dehumidification are crucial steps in a restoration project. If water is left sitting in a home or business, mold will begin to grow and spread—destroying walls, floors, and furniture in its path. Our SERVPRO of North Atlanta/Buckhead technicians make sure that atmospheric humidity levels are contained to 30-60% relative humidity and salvageable materials are dried and cleaned to preloss conditions before beginning the next steps in our water damage restoration process.

Restoration Services

Here at SERVPRO, we know that you don’t want to repair your home; you want it restored. Our water restoration technicians will work with you and your insurance company (if applicable) throughout every step of restoring your property to its preloss condition. We understand how stressful and frustrating water damage can be – but we also know that our dedication and expertise will help minimize stress and bring closure during a very difficult time in your life.

Call us today at (404) 261-2925 for 24/7/365 service. We are Here to Help.

Property Loss and Flood Damage: How To Make a Flood Damage Claim

1/12/2022 (Permalink)

Floodwaters enters a home, water reaches the stairs from the house Flood damage in a Buckhead, GA home.

How To Make a Flood Damage Claim

A flood claim can be overwhelming since, at times, it follows in the wake of significant property loss. Thankfully, as insurers are at the tip of the bureaucratic food chain, there is a standard process to filing a claim, which should ease some of your stress.

1. Notify Your Insurance Provider

While the emotional response to a flood can be devastating and even mentally crippling, the first thing to do is notify your insurance provider. Notifying your insurance provider accomplishes two things:

  • It begins the process of rebuilding your life and your property.
  • It provides clear expectations of responsibility between homeowner and insurer.

After initiating contact, your insurer will likely schedule a visit from an adjuster to assess the damage to your property and to determine ultimate causality.

2. Document All Property Damage

The essential piece of any flood claim is the documentation of all property damage. True, the adjuster will take note of obvious property damage, but you will want to do your own walk-through and photograph any damage you see; not because adjusters aren’t trustworthy, but because you know your property better.

3. Compile and Complete a Proof of Loss Statement

An insurance claim typically requires a Proof of Loss statement, which is submitted within 60 days of the incurred damage. This document consists of your sworn statement, the claim amount, and any supporting proof or documentation. You can and should include any photographs and receipts in this file.

4. Collect Restoration Estimates

Once you have filed your claim and an adjuster approves further action, you can collect estimates for any necessary restoration work. Collecting estimates is as easy as calling a few emergency restoration companies from the Buckhead, GA, area and scheduling a visit. Once a list is compiled, you can present it to your insurer, and they will help you select the best option.

Flood damage is a nuisance, and it can be emotionally and physically exhausting sorting through the destruction. Fortunately, a flood claim is a predictable procedure with standard practices and steps that are typically followed by every insurer.

How To Deal With Smoke Damages From Adjacent Businesses

12/31/2021 (Permalink)

A fire in apartment building. Fire and smoke damage to a building in Virginia Highlands, GA.
Even a small fire can cause a lot of smoke damage and those damages aren't just confined to the immediate building. If your commercial property has suffered smoke and/or soot damage because of a fire in the building adjacent to yours, there are steps you can take.

How To Respond to Damages From Smoke

Begin by talking with your insurance agent to determine how damages will be covered. Smoke damage is commonly covered by most policies, and you can improve the strength of your claim:

Thoroughly document damages by noting the date of the fire, the types of damages and losses, any injuries, and descriptions of the damages. Add photographic evidence of the damages.
Understand that many of the items in your building may need to be thrown out and replaced even if they don't appear smoky.
Pay professionals to clean and restore your property. After you've thoroughly documented the damages, turn the rest of the work over to professionals. There are often hidden dangers and hazards associated with soot and ash. Smoke damage cleaning and reconstruction technicians have specialized equipment and gear to protect themselves and your belongings.
Consider talking to a public adjuster if the damage is severe. Insurance companies are often determined to pay the lowest about possible, but you may be eligible for a higher amount of reimbursement.

There are many factors that determine the extent of damage to your building when an adjacent property suffers from fire damage. Without the experience and knowledge that comes from dealing with many fire-damaged properties, it is possible to overlook problem areas or cause further harm when trying to handle smoke cleaning on your own.

Your First Response to Smoke and Flames
As soon as you notice a fire in a neighboring building, take steps to keep your employees and customers safe. Next, contact emergency authorities. When it is safe for you to return to your building, contact your insurance company and Virginia Highlands,GA, smoke damage cleanup and restoration professionals.

What To Do When a Sewage Backup Happens at Home

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

Flood cuts performed on a wall, drying equipment placed on floor. Concept of cleaning and disinfecting property. Disinfecting and drying are essential to restoring safe living conditions.

Steps For Managing Sewer Damage

There are certain things homeowners in Ridgeview Park, GA, fear, and one of the most formidable is dealing with a sewer backup. What homeowners may not realize is that sewer issues can mean more than just the inconvenience of a flooded toilet or an unusable kitchen sink. The presence of potentially contaminated water within your home poses a serious health threat. Sewer cleanup should always be handled carefully and swiftly. Here are three steps for managing sewer damage.

1. Treat Sewer Problems As an Emergency

Coming into contact with any form of sewage can be dangerous, and you should assume that all water is contaminated, even if it appears clean. In the event that sewage enters your living space, time is of the essence. It is important to begin the sewer cleanup process immediately.

2. Disinfect and Dry

Disinfecting and drying are essential to restoring safe living conditions. Begin by getting rid of all solid and liquid waste. Be sure to remove and clean any wet carpeting or fabric. Afterward, sanitize and dry the affected area. Experts can help provide a more thorough cleaning by using advanced technology to detect water that may not be readily visible.

3. Repair Any Damage

Once the space is clean and dry, replace any damaged materials such as flooring or wallboard. Always repair saturated or decaying building materials after a flooding incident in order to avoid mold or other contaminants.

Dealing with water damage is never fun, but if attended to promptly, sewer cleanup can be done safely and effectively. When a sewage disaster strikes, it is crucial not to delay. Whether it is the middle of the night or a holiday morning, water damage restoration specialists are available 24/7, year-round to help you restore the cleanliness and comfort of your home.

Fire Hazards in Commercial Office Buildings and Tips to Prevent Them

12/23/2021 (Permalink)

Office Fire Office Fire

Our homes and our businesses in Atlanta or Buckhead are our castles, which is why we work hard to make them as safe and secure as possible. Unfortunately, there are some hazards that may not be obvious and can cause damage to your office, in the form of fire or water damage. Even more unfortunate? The cost of these damages, which could run into the thousands of dollars, and can come out of your pocket—whether you’re an individual homeowner or a business owner or landlord. Here are some common causes of fire and water damage in commercial office buildings, as well as tips on how to prevent them from occurring and damaging your home or commercial property.

Understanding Building Fire Damage

Most office building fires are small. But even a small fire can do a lot of damage if it gets out of control or isn’t contained early on. One of the biggest dangers is smoke and fire damage to your home or commercial office's interiors. Smoke can permeate materials, carpets, walls, flooring, ceilings—even drywall joints—leaving hidden danger behind long after flames have been extinguished. Even if you can’t see any visible signs of fire or smoke damage, you should always have an experienced professional examine your property for lingering toxins from before you move back in.

According to this report by the NFPA, there are 7 main causes of fires in commercial office buildings. Cooking Equipment, Electrical distribution and lighting equipment, heating equipment, intentional damage, smoking materials, exposure to other fire sources, and electronic, office, or entertainment equipment. This statistic includes general business offices, banks, veterinary or research offices, engineering, mailing firms, and post offices.

Common Causes of Commercial Building Fires

Most office fires are caused by cooking equipment, accounting for slightly over one in every four commercial office fires. However, while these fires are the most common, they do not account for most of the property damage to office buildings. That position is taken by the intentional damage category. Intentional damage alone accounts for a full 20% of commercial fire property damage. Intentional Property Damage occurs when a person seeks to purposely damage the office property through arson.

Two other leading causes of fire in office buildings are heating equipment, electrical distribution, and lighting equipment. Together, they account for 18% of property damage to commercial office buildings. These can include things such as space heaters, light fixtures, electrical wiring, outlets, electrical appliances, extension cords, and more.

While lower on the list, smoking materials, electronic, office, or entertainment equipment account for 12% of commercial office property damage.

Lastly, exposure fires, as defined by the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS), are fires resulting from another fire outside of the commercial building itself. This kind of commercial fire damage accounted for 18% of property loss.

What Can I Do To Prevent A Building Fire?

If your building was constructed with modern building materials, fire damage should be a rare occurrence. But it can still happen if you’re not careful. Make sure all smoking materials are safely extinguished before leaving work each day. A smoldering cigarette can ignite more easily than you think. Also, make sure to regularly inspect your smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire suppression systems to ensure they’re working properly. If a smoke alarm goes off for no reason at all, make sure to replace or recharge its batteries immediately.

The NFPA uncovered another intriguing statistic about fires on weekends and between the nighttime hours of 7 pm and 7 am. 19% of fires occurred on weekends but accounted for 31% of fire-related property losses. Meanwhile, fires at night accounted for less than one-third of office property fires, yet caused 67% of direct property damage due to fires.

Automatic Fire Detection & Fire Extinguishing Systems:This shows that one of the most important steps you can take towards protecting your office building from fire damage is to install and maintain automatic detection and fire extinguishing systems.

Camera monitoring systems such as those installed by videosurveillance.com or Pelco would be best for large-scale commercial properties. Otherwise, self-installed solutions such as those recommended in this article by PC Mag will work well.

For fire suppression systems, the best solution is to pay a proper fire protection services consultant such as Fire Protection Services LLC. Make sure to ask them to help you develop and implement a fire suppression system maintenance plan.

Cooking Equipment Fire Prevention: The best way to prevent fires with cooking equipment is to train your staff properly in its use, cleaning, and maintenance. For more on cooking equipment fire prevention, be sure to refer to our article on reducing the risk of commercial kitchen fires here.

When it comes to electrical distribution and lighting equipment, there is a multitude of reasons why fire may start. But according to this article by firerescue1.com, faulty outlets or appliances, light fixtures, extension cords, space heaters, and wiring issues were the 5 most common electrical fire causes.

Electrical Hazards Fire Prevention: To prevent faulty outlet or wiring fire hazards, the first step is to make sure to have a certified electrical contractor or property inspector review your commercial property before purchase. Even if you or a tenant are already occupying your commercial office space, a proper inspection by a certified electrical contractor to ensure code compliance of all building materials and installations will protect you from potentially expensive fire repairs. This is especially important to protect you from having to pay for potential property damages out of pocket.

To protect your commercial property from fire damage due to light fixtures or extension cords, the most important tip is to ensure you follow the manufacturer's maximum recommended wattage and amperage guidance.

A good rule of thumb for selecting an extension cord is the smaller the wire gauge rating, the greater the capacity. According to this article by the Spruce, 12-gauge extension cords can handle up to 1920 watts (16 Amps), 14-gauge cords can handle 1440 watts (12 Amps), 16-gauge  can handle 840 Watts (7 Amps), and 18-gauge cords 600 Watts (5 Amps). In addition to wattage capacities, another thing you should look at when choosing a commercial electrical power solution is cord lengths. The longer the cord, the more important it becomes to have a higher wattage extension cord.

For light fixtures, you should follow manufacturer guidelines to prevent property fire damage. However, what you should look out for are potentially dangerous light bulb wattages and materials around your lighting fixtures that could catch fire. High-wattage incandescent bulbs installed on light fixtures that are rated for lower-wattage bulbs can spark flames because of overheating. Also, keeping flammable materials around light fixtures, or allowing dust buildup increases the risk for fire damage.

Call SERVPRO of North Atlanta to Restore Commercial Fire Damage

We hope these tips are useful to help you protect your commercial property from fire damage. In case you experience a property loss in your commercial office building or commercial property, our team at SERVPRO of North Atlanta is available to help 24/7/365. Call us today at 404-261-2925 for rapid assistance.

Accidental Fire Sprinkler Discharge

12/23/2021 (Permalink)

Active fire sprinkler The accidental discharge of a fire sprinkler can cause devastating levels of damage.

Fire Sprinkler Discharge

In 20 minutes, a single fire sprinkler can spray hundreds of gallons of water onto a fire or just onto your most important documents and equipment, flooding the office. It’s certainly not action movie common in Sandy Springs, GA, but overhead sprinklers do get discharged when fire is not involved. If it happens to you, take these steps:

1. Turn Off the Water Fast

This seems simple, but it may require planning. First, if you are the responsible party working at a property, you need to know where the water shut off is. That is information you should find out ahead of time, especially if you or others working on the property are working near the sprinklers or carrying items that could hit a sprinkler.

Secondly, if you have employees working at your property, they need two things: an emergency plan that includes detection of accidentally discharged fire sprinklers and knowledge of the location of the water shut off valve. This is particularly important if you are not regularly onsite. If your employees wait for the fire department to handle the sprinklers, the flooding could be extensive.

2. Call Your Insurance Company

It may be tempting to wander into the wetness and start deciding what’s what, but it will probably save time in the long run if you let your insurance company make decisions and follow its directions. It'll most likely want to investigate the situation without any extra considerations. If there is something you want to do before someone from your insurance company arrives, just check with your insurer ahead of time.

3. Hire Restoration Services

You should have approval from your insurance company before you choose a water damage restoration company. A quality restoration job will put your property back together like the water damage never happened.

The accidental discharge of a fire sprinkler can cause devastating levels of damage. However, the faster the sprinkler gets turned off, the less flooding and other damage there will be. Following the directions that your insurance company gives you will help you get back in business in a dry and restored office.

What Should You Do to Reduce the Risk of a Commercial Kitchen Fire from your Cooking Systems?

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Kitchen Grease Fire while frying food Commercial Kitchen Fire While Cooking

Attention all restaurant and bar owners in North Atlanta & Buckhead: The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that fire departments responded to over 7,410 structure fires in the kitchen of restaurants and bars in 2017 alone. The majority of these fires were preventable, resulting in three deaths, 110 injuries, and $165 million in property damage annually in commercial kitchens. Not only do kitchen fires threaten the lives of staff and patrons, but they also put restaurants at risk of being shut down due to fire code violations when repairs are needed after a blaze.

What Are My Ducting and Air Movement Requirements to Prevent Fire?

While Chapter 7 of the NFPA 96 Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations covers this extensively, here are a few key items to keep in mind.

First, commercial kitchen ducts should never pass through firewalls, share an exhaust system with the building ventilation, or have obstructed access panels. While doing these things on a commercial kitchen remodel can save costs in the short term, the fire risk increases significantly. If disregarded, your commercial kitchen work will likely not pass inspection.

Make sure to maintain a minimum clearance of 18 inches between combustible materials and the kitchen ducts. This standard is based on Section 4.2 of the NFPA 96, however is one of the easiest to disregard once the kitchen is operational. Ducts can build up high levels of radiant heat that can ignite combustible materials like boxes, cups, plates, utensils, or other kitchen materials.

If you would like additional information on the types of combustible and non-combustible materials that should and shouldn't be kept near the duct, consult Chapter 3 of the NFPA.

What Are My Commercial Kitchen Fire Extinguisher Requirements?

"The NFPA 96 requires automated fire suppression equipment for all grease removal devices, hood exhaust plenums, and exhaust duct systems in a commercial kitchen, as well as any cooking equipment that produces grease-laden vapors." - Koorsen Fire & Security

The NFPA 96 requires use of class K fire extinguishers in conjunction with automatic fire extinguishing systems. These extinguishers also require installed placards stating their extinguisher class. However, in the case of a commercial kitchen fire, it's critical to activate the automatic fire extinguisher system before using portable-type extinguishers. This is because high-efficiency cooking appliances in many modern commercial kitchens are capable of achieving high temperatures that can raise the vegetable oils to intensely high temperatures. When oil ignites at these high temperatures, it can already be so hot that a portable extinguisher is not enough to stop the flames.

Another standard that you should familiarize yourself with is the UL 300 standard.

According to this article by Insureon, a kitchen’s cooking equipment must meet these UL 300 requirements:

  • Fire-extinguishing nozzles in the hood, ducts, and above each cooking appliance
  • An automatic fuel shut-off capabilities for both gas and electric power sources
  • A manual fuel shut-off pull for all power sources
  • A wet-chemical fire-extinguishing system that meets UL 300 criteria (one of which is undergoing semiannual checkups by a certified professional)

Practice Proper Maintenance & Inspection in Your Commercial Facility

The first step towards proper maintenance to prevent a commercial kitchen fire in your facility is to create a regular plan for inspections. While you can do these yourself, it is often a good idea to consider outsourcing this service to a proper NICET Certified Fire Inspector. Depending on the volume of cooking in your commercial kitchen, they will likely recommend monthly, quarterly, or annual inspections to ensure compliance and safety.

On regular inspections, fire inspectors will provide the best guidance on where you should focus your team's routine maintenance time and resources. Ultimately, it is up to you as an owner or manager on how closely you implement those recommendations.

Typically, at least the vent, hood, and duct must be cleaned regularly to remove grease vapor and prevent combustible material build-up. Grease Filters should be cleaned at least once per week, and your automatic fire suppression system should be inspected at least every 6 months or as required by your local regulations. Regular cleaning according to equipment specifications should be observed as well.

What To Do If There Is a Fire In My Commercial Kitchen?

If you can, get everyone out safely. If you have an outdoor exit, have people leave that way. Do not open any interior doors or windows or use elevators during a fire. Even if it seems like it’s far away, do not stop to pick up personal belongings. Unless it’s your home, never go back inside during or after a fire. Once you are safe, call 911 immediately and stay on the line until help arrives. Once firefighters arrive on the scene they will assess if there is still a risk for injury within any structure fires before allowing you to re-enter your building.

Next, you should call a fire restoration expert like SERVPRO of North Atlanta to help you quickly restore your commercial kitchen to an operational state.

Our trained technicians are available 24/7/365, and ready to help. We also offer a special Emergency Response Plan to commercial facilities to reduce property damage in the case of an emergency commercial fire event. Call us today at (404) 261-2925 for emergency services or to schedule your free SERVPRO ERP.

How Do I Create a Business Continuity Plan?

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

Business Continuity Plan Concept A business continuity plan helps you protect your employees and assets during a stressful time.

Planning for an emergency saves time and money. Having insurance to help cover expenses after a disaster is one step. Putting together a business continuity plan gives you an outline to follow to keep your business moving forward.

What You’ll Need

An emergency response plan for your business includes thinking about managing assets such as the following during a disaster:

  • Employees
  • Buildings, equipment, and furniture
  • Computers, printers, phones, and other technology
  • Inventory (raw materials, finished product, paper goods)
  • Important paperwork and records
  • Information about utilities, including phone numbers and account information

Ready.gov has tools to help you create a business continuity plan. You also may want to include your insurance policy number and the contact information for a disaster recovery company in Vinings, GA, in your worksheets.

How To Plan
Create a business impact analysis. Identify how your business would be affected by an emergency. Think about decreases in sales and income, increases in expenses, and loss of customers. You’ll get a better picture of which important processes need to keep going no matter what.
Since so many businesses depend on computers, it’s vital to plan for your business to be able to run offline. You’ll want to access your servers and software, so think about how you’ll recover information if you can’t reach your network.
Consider what will happen if you need to move your business or have your employees telecommute. If you’re in manufacturing, think about having access to equipment in a different location. Some companies make agreements with other organizations so they can support each other during a disaster.
Finally, put together a team to guide the emergency response plan during a disaster. Train your team on any procedures and have them practice to see if there are any issues with your strategy.
Catastrophes can strike at any moment. A business continuity plan helps you protect your employees and assets during a stressful time.

What To Do When You Smell Natural Gas

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

gas leak detector box on cement wall Make sure you know how to work the meter, so you can shut it off if you suspect a gas leak.

What To Do When You Smell Natural Gas

Many Buckhead, GA, homeowners use gas of some kind to run their heaters, warm water, clean clothes, or cook meals. Unfortunately, a gas fire at home is more common than you might think. These explosions may be caused by

  • Improper installation of gas lines and appliances
  • Defects in appliances
  • Improper use of gas appliances
  • Incorrectly turning gas appliances on or off

When natural gas comes into contact with a spark, an explosion will occur. This spark could result from something as simple as flipping on the light switch. If you notice the telltale rotten egg of gas or hear a hissing sound, there are several things you can do to avoid a gas explosion.

Know Where the Gas Meter Is Located

This meter is usually located outside of your home. Make sure you know how to work the meter, so you can shut it off if you suspect a gas leak. You may need a wrench to move the valve from its on and off positions. If possible, store a wrench so that it's convenient to use during an emergency.

Don't Turn Anything On or Off

If it's plugged in or uses electricity, don't turn it on. One tiny spark is all it takes to ignite the mixture of gas and oxygen. If you have a flashlight convenient, you can use that to safely light your way out of the home.

Check the Stove

If you aren't at risk, check the stove to be sure that all burners are off. One common cause of gas leaks in the home happens when someone bumps into the stove and doesn't notice that the gas has turned on. If the gas is on, turn it off and open windows to ventilate the home. If it isn't on, open the doors and windows and evacuate right away. Contact the gas company immediately.
It is possible to avoid the risk of a gas fire in your home, especially when you're aware of the situations that cause this type of explosion. If you want to know more about avoiding fire damage and keeping your home and family safe, reach out to local authorities, such as property damage cleanup and restoration experts.

Tips to Prevent a Christmas Tree Fire

11/18/2021 (Permalink)

Image of a Burning Christmas Tree in a Forest Keep your Christmas Season Fire Damage-Free with these tips!

Christmas is almost here! If you’re planning on putting a natural Christmas tree in your home in Buckhead, GA, here are some quick tips to be fire smart and protect your home from Christmas tree fire damage. From keeping candles out of sight to using holiday decorations safely, your home will be protected from potential fire damage with these five tips to prevent a Christmas tree fire in your home this year.

The Facts, Christmas Tree Fire Hazard

Did you know?

According to research by the NFPA, "From 2014 to 2018, US fire departments responded to an estimated average of 160 home structure fires per year that began with Christmas

trees. These fires caused an annual average of two civilian deaths, 14 civilian injuries, and $10.3 million in direct property damage." With these tips, you'll make sure to enjoy your Christmas without worrying about needing fire restoration work. However, in case you do need us, SERVPRO of North Atlanta is Here to Help.

Pick the Right Tree to Prevent Fire Damage

A natural Christmas tree can be a beautiful and festive addition to your home, but it also carries an added risk: If not properly maintained, there’s a chance it could ignite. To prevent fire damage from occurring, choose one that is fresh and has been recently cut. Some trees tend to be drier than others; you may want to avoid pine or spruce trees, as these are often drier. Fir Trees tend to stay fresh the longest.

Try to find a fresh tree by doing the "needle drop" test. With the tree upright, lift it then drop it on the ground a few times. If a lot of needles fall off, then the tree might be dry enough to become a fire hazard. Trees with sticky tree trunks also tend to be fresher than others with dry trunks.

Tree Placement to Reduce Fire Risk

After buying your tree, it's important to prepare it to last the whole season. Do this by first cutting the base 2" of the trunk and placing it in a tree stand with water. Try to keep the tree watered daily so it stays fresh for as long as possible.

When finding a perfect place for your tree and presents, make sure that your tree is kept away from any heat sources, including lamps and fireplaces.  Also, try placing it near an outlet; you don't want to accidentally cut off power during decorating! Keep it at least 3 feet away from a fireplace, radiator, heat vents, or other heat supply. With too much heat, a live tree can quickly dry up and raise the risk of fire damage.

Lighting Your Tree Safely

Natural Christmas trees, like any tree, are flammable. Even trees that have been coated with fire retardants can burn down your home if you aren't careful while decorating. Use only lights that are listed by a qualified testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL for short). Avoid putting lit candles on or near your tree. Ideally, avoid using flammable decorations, such as tinsel.

Use flame-retardant or LED lights instead of regular bulbs. If you have any worn or broken cords, it is best to replace damaged strings of lights rather than risk fire damage to your home. If you plan on using an open flame around your tree, make sure it's placed at least 3 feet away and never leave the house or go to sleep with lights connected to power and unattended.

With these tips in mind, your Christmas can be safer and fire damage free. However, if things go wrong and you need help repairing your home or business after a fire loss, SERVPRO of North Atlanta is Here to Help.

Call us at (404) 261-2925 for immediate assistance. Our teams of experience fire restoration technicians are available 24/7/365.