Top 3 Causes of Home Fires and How to Stay Safe

As the temperatures drop outside, the potential for fires increase inside. An average of seven people die in U.S. home fires every day, according to statistics by the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA). In the NFPA’s most recent report on Home Structure Fires, general causes, including cooking and home heating, account for 84 percent of these incidents. While the numbers are alarming, knowing the causes leads the way toward preventing future fires from ever occurring. Stop fires from starting in your home by understanding the root of the problem and using the prevention tips provided to keep your structure safe. (more…)

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Removing the Smoke Smell of Fire Damage

Cleaning up after a fire can be a devastating event when the reality of what has been lost sets in. What does survive the damage of a fire should bring comfort, but when the smoke smell sets in, it’s not easy to rid your belongings of the smoke and soot damage smell.

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3 Cost-Saving Benefits of Commercial Space Duct Cleaning

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There’s a lot that goes into running a successful business beyond the specific services or products you provide to your customers. Finance, human resources, marketing, and legal are all areas that may fall on your shoulders if you’re a small business owner or may be something you oversee at a higher level if your business is bigger. Either way, maintaining the needs of your business can be a heavy burden to shoulder, so much so that the needs of the building housing your business can fall to the wayside.

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Should the Same Contractor Handle Restoration and Reconstruction?

In One Word: Yes.

When a fire, flood, or storm wreaks havoc on your home or commercial building, the damage is not always limited to just a water or fire cleanup job. Your residence may require replacement of drywall, windows, or roofing. And on larger scale projects, repairs or replacement of a weakened structure could be necessary to your home or building. Instead of just tending to a mess made, more often the process of returning to normal life progresses from assessment to restoration to reconstruction.

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Creating a Fire Escape Plan for Apartment Building Residents

As a landlord or property manager, you have a long list of roles and responsibilities. Rising to the top of the list–above repairing leaky faucets, quieting noisy neighbors, and collecting monthly rent–is tenant safety. The units you lease to renters are homes, and while a large eat-in kitchen and balcony with a view are great selling points, tenants ultimately want peace of mind first.

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10 Home Fire Hazards and How to Avoid Them

In 2014 alone, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported nearly 1.3 millions fires in the United States. Those fires led to 3,275 deaths, 15,775 injuries, and $11.6 billion in property damage. In mere seconds, a fire in the home can turn deadly, so it’s important to prevent them from happening before they ever start by knowing your home’s fire hazards.

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How to Clean Clothing and Fabrics After a Fire

How to Clean Clothing and Fabrics After a Fire

A home fire can be a frightening ordeal, leaving a huge burden in its wake. The health and safety of those living in your home–adults, children, and pets–are top priority, followed next by the structural and operational integrity of your home. But once you’re given the OK from authorities to return to your residence, the recovery process may leave you faced with restoration issues you’ve never before experienced. (more…)

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Holiday House Fire Hazards

Wintertime in Madison – a time filled with the joy of the holidays, hopes for snow days, and dread of just how long this winter might last. Fortunately, before we start getting sick of winter (if you’re like some of us at A&J Specialty Services – that never happens!!), we get to enjoy Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year, and the wonders they bring. But, holidays don’t come without their mishaps!

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Home Fire Escape Plan

Does your family have a Home Fire Escape Plan?

You say, “That would never happen to us” and although that might be true, every year in the United States, fires claim more lives that all other natural disasters combined. With that said, does your family have a Home Fire Escape Plan?

While someone else may forget to blow the candle out before climbing in bed, you certainly never would. But all it takes is one mistake, one forgetful evening, or even just a bizarre house malfunction for a flame to come to life, pouring smoke down the hallway.

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5 Fire Facts You NEED to Know

WARNING: THESE FIRE FACTS ARE VERY SAD AND SCARY – BUT TRUE

Normally we’d put an emphasis on Fire Safety in October BUT these facts are what you and your family needs to know EVERYDAY. Here are 5 Fire Facts you need to know and what you can do about them.

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