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Summer Grilling Fire Hazards and Tips to Avoid Them | SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Summer Grilling Fire Hazards and Tips to Avoid Them | SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz Be prepared with these grilling safety tips to help avoid a dangerous situation.

It’s important to be aware of what conditions can cause a grill fire—and how to prevent one—so you can stay safe while having summer fun in Ulster County.

Grill fires are not only dangerous to people and animals, they can cause serious damage to your deck and home. In fact, the National Fire Protection Association reports that grills were involved in over 10,000 home fires in a four-year span, with July being the most popular time for these incidents. May, June and August were all a close tie in those scary statistics.

What Causes Grill Fires?

While there is a fire risk anytime someone is cooking either indoors or out, because of the open flame and direct contact, grills pose a unique risk for flare-ups. Common causes of grill fires include:

*Leaving grills unattended

*Uncleaned grill grates

*Grilling near combustible materials- heat can really radiate, you’d be surprised how far!

*Burner tubes blocked due to debris or insects

*Overfilled grease pans

How to Prevent Grill Fires

The easiest way to avoid accumulating damage from a grill fire is by being familiar with and taking steps to prevent one from happening in the first place. 

Here are a few ways you can care for your grill and prevent fires:

  1. It’s easy to forget they’re in there but you need to clean your drip pans frequently. Cleaning your grill helps prevent grease fires and flare-ups. Under the cooking grids and burners, every grill is equipped with a drip tray. When these trays become full and reach high temperatures, grease fires can occur. Check your pans or trays every time you use the grill to ensure they are not getting overfilled. If you let the grease cool, it’s easier to scrape off and then clean with soap and water.   
  2. Coated, sauced, gristle-covered cooking grates need to be scraped down. These dried-on bits harbor bacteria that can affect the taste and outcome of your meal, but they can also cause dangerous fires. After preheating your grill, use a grill brush to scrape off grates—and scrape again after cooking. It is also advised to frequently give grates a scrub with soap and water while the grill is cool. There are lots of great choices of grill scrapers out there no matter what type you like, it’s an important tool to have on hand whenever you’re grilling!
  3. ALWAYS Keep safety supplies nearby. Baking soda quickly cuts off oxygen the fire needs. Keep baking soda and a fire extinguisher nearby each time you grill to smother any flames. 

Tip: Never use water to put out a grease fire, as it can cause the flames to spread.

SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz is here to help, 24/7 for emergencies! N matter the type of fire damage, we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Check and test your smoke detectors regularly in your New Paltz home

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Check and test your smoke detectors regularly in your New Paltz home A disabled or malfunctioning smoke detector can put your family at risk.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), approximately 3 out of 5 fire deaths in a home are due to either non-working smoke alarms or no smoke alarms. About half of the fires that had smoke alarms installed did not work due to missing batteries or disconnected wiring. Properly installed and working smoke alarms in your Kingston home can give you and your loved ones extra time so everyone can get out quickly.

A good rule of thumb is to have smoke detectors outside every sleeping area, inside every bedroom, and one on each level, including the basement. You can’t be too safe, so if your home is larger, install extra ones.

Test your smoke alarms once a month, check the batteries, check the wiring. If it starts chirping, the batteries need to be replaced. If you have one that has non-replaceable batteries, the entire unit will have to be replaced every 10 years. Read and understand the manufacturers specific instructions as some units need new batteries every year and some do not.

Never disable a smoke detector for any reason, you might think you’ll remember to replace the batteries tomorrow or buy a new one before there’s a fire, but it’s a very risky chance to take. Contact your local fire department if you need help or more information.

When life takes a turn and you suffer fire, smoke or water damage, SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz is here for you, ready to help no matter what. Program our number into your phone, Google us too, we’ll help make any disaster “Like it never even happened.”

Grilling safety 101 at your Kingston/New Paltz barbecue

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Grilling safety 101 at your Kingston/New Paltz barbecue Keep yourself and the family in the know about grilling safety this Ulster County barbecue season!

The weather is getting warmer, the Hudson Valley is finally getting breaks from this incessant rain and more people are using their grills….and the incidences of grill-caused fires goes up.

Outdoor grilling causes an average of 8,900 home fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. The association adds that gas grills cause more home fires than charcoal grills as most of the public, about 64% of households, owns gas grills.

No matter the type of grill you own, here are some important BBQ safety tips that will keep you and your home safe for barbecuing season:

-Check for propane leaks on your gas grill. You can try a soap and water solution on the hose to check for leaks when the gas is on (it will bubble where the leak is), or you might smell gas near the barbecue or you might have a flame that just won’t light.

-Grill away from any structures. Gas and charcoal grills are made for outdoor use only but more than 25% of home fires start on a balcony or open porch. Even when you’re done cooking, a grill is still a fire hazard, don’t relocate the grill near your home. Never leave your grill unattended and don’t try to move it when it’s hot or still lit. A grill will stay hot for at least an hour after use.

-Take care with charcoal starter fluid, if you use a charcoal grill, only use charcoal starter fluid. If the fire starts to go out, don’t add any starter fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire. 

-Keep your grill on a stable, flat surface and make sure it can’t be tipped over.

-If the flame goes out on your gas grill, turn everything off, wait 5 minutes and re-light it.

-Keep your grill clean. Remove grease or fat build-up often.

-Always keep baking soda and a fire extinguisher nearby for emergencies. Baking soda will help control a grease fire, never use water to put out a grease fire.

Accidents happen, but it's smart to know about grilling safety ahead of time to help decrease the chances of a fire. SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz is here for your emergency 24/7.

Let us relieve the stress of fire, water and smoke damage in your Kingston/New Paltz home or business!

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Let us relieve the stress of fire, water and smoke damage in your Kingston/New Paltz home or business! This fire damage from a malfunctioning barbecque is a huge headache that our company is trained to take care of for you!

Navigating what to do when you're dealing with a fire requires a whole set of things to take care of that you probably haven’t given much thought to before at your Kingston/New Paltz property.

We’re here to help you every step of the way in terms of what to do and not to do in case of a fire. Once the firemen have deemed it safe to go in (in some cases they won’t), here are some important things to consider in this situation:

-DO NOT attempt to consume food or beverages that have been stored close to fire, heat or water. They could be contaminated. It is recommended to empty the fridge and freezer, it's likely the electric isn't even on at this time.

-DO NOT keep walking around inside the property. Keep your movements limited to help prevent soot particles from getting embedded into upholstery and carpet. Keep your hands clean to avoid further soiling.

-DO NOT turn on ceiling fixtures, they could’ve gotten wet or damaged and could cause electrical shock. In most cases, the electric has been turned off anyway as to not be a danger for the firefighters.

-DO NOT attempt to clean carpets, garments, electrical appliances, walls or painted surfaces BEFORE contacting SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz professionals. Our teams are trained and certified with most innovative equipment and most effective methods of cleaning smoke and soot from everything in your home, including electronics, paperwork, photos and artwork. Let our experts take care of the hard part, it’s one less thing for you to have to consider in a time like this.

Take a look at some of our work HERE.

SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz will work directly with your insurance company to help get your home and life back the best way possible. You’ll be amazed at how clean, fresh and back to normal your property or business will be using the experts from SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz.

More useful tips to help prevent fire hazards!

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage More useful tips to help prevent fire hazards! Follow some easy steps to help prevent this scary situation.

Protect your clothes—and possibly a whole lot more—with these simple maintenance tips:

Not taking care of your dryer causes several issues, starting with longer drying times, which can lead to shrunken clothes and heat-damaged fabrics. It can also drive up your utility bills, since the dryer is one of the more energy-intensive appliances in the home.

Another symptom of poor dryer maintenance: your dryer's automatic cycles could start to be less accurate, resulting in laundry that's either damp or dried to a crisp.

Last but certainly not least, a neglected dryer poses a serious fire hazard. In fact, some 7,000 fires, 200 injuries, and 10 deaths are attributed each year to dryer fires, according to estimates by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Not cleaning the dyer is the leading cause of the blazes.

Here’s how to get peak performance, efficiency, and safety out of your clothes dryer in a few simples steps.

Step 1: Empty the Lint Screen

This needs to happen every time you use the dryer. Not every week or every so often—every single time. If you allow too much lint to build up on the screen, heated dryer air won’t move freely through the machine, which will prolong drying times.

Step 2: Clean the Dryer Vent

Even if you’re diligent about emptying the lint screen, small fibers will get through the trap and into your dryer vent. Left unchecked, this lint can slowly snowball, to the point where an errant spark could lead to a serious conflagration inside the dryer vent. That’s why it’s critical to clean the dryer vent every few months or so, depending on how often you use the dryer and the types of laundry you dry. 

It’s a pretty simple task, assuming you can access the dryer vent by pulling the dryer away from the wall (if not, you’ll need to hire a professional). Always disconnect the dryer from its main power source at your home's electric panel. Then separate the vent from the dryer and vacuum both ends using the crevice attachment of your vacuum.

A few years ago, we tested the Lint Lizard, a device that can be attached to the end of your vacuum. It was extremely effective at sucking up dryer lint, so it might be worth the $10 investment. Just note the Lint Lizard’s sharp point could harm flexible dryer ducts made of foil or plastic. That being said, we strongly recommend metal dryer ducts, because they don't sag, making lint less likely to build up. Also, if a fire does start, a metal dryer vent is more likely to contain it than one made of plastic or foil.

Step 3: Clean the Moisture Sensors

Our top-rated dryers all have moisture sensors that work in conjunction with auto-dry cycles to detect the laundry’s dampness and shut off the machine when clothes are dry. Over time, these sensors can get covered with film, especially if you use dryer sheets. The buildup can prevent the dryer from knowing when the laundry is dry, leaving them either damp or overcooked.

To counter this problem, clean the sensors with a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol every few months, or any time the auto-dry cycles seem to be missing the mark. The sensors are usually located just inside the dryer, underneath the door. Look for thin metal bars, about 6 inches long, with a slight curve that follows the contour of the door. If you don't see the sensors there, check your owner's manual for their location.

Be diligent and avoid fire hazards! If you have experience fire and/or water damage in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Kingston/new Paltz to alleviate the burden of restoration, 845-255-4334.

(reference: Consumer Reports, How to Clean Your Dryer Vent and Other Quick Tips, https://www.consumerreports.org/clothes-dryers/how-to-clean-your-dryer-vent/)

Why you should consider a fire extinguisher in your Kingston/New Paltz home

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why you should consider a fire extinguisher in your Kingston/New Paltz home At least one fire extinguisher per floor is recommended!

Fire extinguishers can save your life! They can put out a fire before emergency personnel arrive or they can help you exit your home safely.

What type do you get?

All household fire extinguishers have 3 classifications: A, B or C. Some models have a combination of all three extinguishers in one. 

    • "A" is for ordinary combustibles like trash, wood and paper
    • "B" is for liquids & grease (more stove top fires)
    • "C" is for electrical equipment

According to the National Fire Protection Association, each floor of your home should have an extinguisher. 

How do you use a fire extinguisher?

To use the extinguisher properly, you want to use the PASS method:

    • Pull the pin. Hold the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.
    • Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire instead of at the flames themselves. Standing at least 6 feet away from the fire is important! 
    • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly while keeping the extinguisher upright. 
    • Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side until the extinguisher runs dry.

Read the instructions on the fire extinguisher and become familiar with them before a fire breaks out. Remember, extinguishers do have limitations so make sure you have the correct extinguisher for your home. 

Whenever you use an extinguisher, whether you ran it dry or used it briefly, it's important to replace it or refill it right away. This is also the rule for any gauge that goes down to the red zone over time. 

Even though you take precautions against fire damages, they can still sometimes occur. If you experience a fire damage in your home, don't hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz at 845-255-4334 to help make this disaster "Like it never even happened."

What to do and what NOT to do in case of fire damage in your Kingston/New Paltz home

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What to do and what NOT to do in case of fire damage in your Kingston/New Paltz home It's important to know what to do and what not to do in case of a fire.

Fire Damage Tips- What to do before help arrives

What to do until help arrives, after you've had a fire.

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

    • Is it safe to stay in the house?
    • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
    • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
    • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call 845-255-4334

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.
    • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
    • Change HVAC filter.
    • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

    • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
    • 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 smoke odor.

SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz is available 24/7 to provide emergency fire services, board-up services & reconstruction services to help make your damage "Like it never even happened."

How to prevent Dryer Fires in your Kingston/New Paltz home

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How to prevent Dryer Fires in your Kingston/New Paltz home An accumulation of lint can lead to a dangerous situation.

According to Consumer Reports (2018), every year firefighters across the country respond to around 14,630 home fires caused by clothes dryers, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

One-third of these fires is caused by an accumulation of lint, which means that not cleaning out your dryer vent can set you up for a dangerous situation that's far more serious than the drop in performance caused by constricting a dryer's duct work.

Take a look at these 4 simple best practices to ensure safety in the laundry room:

  1. CLEAN THE LINT FILTER AFTER EVERY LOAD- not only will this help prevent a fire, but your clothes will dry faster!
  2. REPLACE ACCORDION-STYLE DUCTS-If you see a plastic or foil accordion-style duct connecting your appliance to the vent, it’s a good idea to replace it with a rigid metal duct that won't sag and collect lint.
  3. CLEAN THE DRYER DUCT ANNUALLY- (at least)-Disconnect the duct from the dryer, and vacuum both the dryer and the duct—as much as you can access, then reassemble, return dryer to original spot and reconnect power.
  4. HANDLE CHEMICAL STAINS WITH CARE-Clothes stained with gas, cooking oil, cleaning agents, or other flammable chemicals or substances need special care. It's recommended to  wash such stained clothing more than once to minimize volatile chemicals, then hang to dry. If you must use a dryer, use the lowest heat setting and a drying cycle that concludes with a cool-down period.

IMPORTANT: In the event that a fire does start, keep the dryer door closed to limit its oxygen supply—a fire needs oxygen to keep it going.

If your family has experienced a fire of any kind and needs help restoring your home, SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz  can help 24/7! Give us call at 845-831-3600 to learn about our fire restoration services. "Like it never even happened."

Reference: Consumer Reports- How to Prevent Dryer Fires: https://www.consumerreports.org/clothes-dryer/how-to-prevent-dryer-fires/

What You Can Do Safely Before Fire Restoration Help Arrives | SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What You Can Do Safely Before Fire Restoration Help Arrives | SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz Call 845-255-4334 for help with fire damage today!

Learning that you’ve been affected by a home fire is a devastating feeling. The good news is, much of the damage can be mitigated through restoration if you hire a professional.

Not only will a professional work with your homeowner’s insurance company on your behalf, but they will also be able to salvage more items in the cleanup. However, it’s natural to want to do what you can to get started as you’re waiting for help to arrive.

While some things should always be left to the professionals, there are a few things you can do while you wait. If you’d like to start on fire restoration ASAP, here are three things you can safely do:

Starting laundry right away is a great way to help the cleanup process, as most things will have to be washed several times. As long as your machines have not been affected, washing any clothing, bedding or other machine washable materials with an alkaline cleaner or vinegar solution is a great place to start. Leave delicate fabrics, upholstery and curtains to professional care.

If weather allows, reduce the smoky smell by opening windows and doors, and let them remain open as long as possible. While the restoration team will bring industrial-grade equipment to aid this process once they arrive, this is a small step you can take toward helping the process along.

Non-porous surfaces—such as tile and countertops—can benefit from a scrub with soap and water to cut through the outermost layer of grime. A mild dish soap or alkaline cleaner will get you started, but let the professionals handle the usage of anything more heavy-duty. Cleaning improperly can result in more severe and possibly permanent damage to your surfaces, so anything you’re unsure about should be left to the pros.

In the event of a house fire, SERVPRO® has a team of trained professionals that can help your life get back to normal, faster. Like it never even happened.

3 Things to Do Before Fire Restoration Help Arrives | SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 3 Things to Do Before Fire Restoration Help Arrives | SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz Call 845-831-3600 for your fire damage clean up!

Being affected by a home fire can be debilitating. While damage from fires can often be mitigated with restoration, as you begin the cleanup process, it’s important to always hire a professional to properly handle the damage.

Calling a professional has many benefits, including preventing the hassle of working with your homeowner’s insurance and helping your home to be restored faster. However, while you’re waiting for help to arrive, it’s natural to want to do what you can to get started.

While some things should absolutely be left to the professionals, there are processes you can begin on your own to get your life back to normal even faster. If you find yourself ready to get started on fire restoration ASAP, here are three tasks you can safely do:

Giving cabinets, countertops and any other solid surfaces a preliminary scrub with soap and water will cut through the initial layer of grime. It’s best to use a mild dish soap or alkaline cleaner to begin, and let the professionals handle the usage of anything more heavy-duty. Cleaning improperly can result in more severe and even permanent damaging to your surfaces, so do not start in on anything you’re unsure about.

If weather permits, air out the house as much as possible. Open windows and doors to begin to let the smoke smell dissipate, and leave them open as long as you are able. While the restoration team will bring industrial-grade equipment to air out the home once they arrive, this is a small step you can take toward helping the process along.

If your washer and dryer have not been affected by the fire, starting laundry right away is a great way to help the cleanup process as most items will need to be washed several times. Any bedding, clothing or other machine washable materials should be washed with an alkaline cleaner or vinegar solution, but delicate fabrics, upholstery and curtains should be left in professional care.

If you need help with fire restoration, SERVPRO®’s team of professionals can get you the help you need right away!

3 Reasons Not to Clean Up Soot Yourself | SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 3 Reasons Not to Clean Up Soot Yourself | SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz Call 845-255-4334 and have SERVPRO help with your soot cleaning today!

From revamping the kitchen to installing a new appliance, DIY home improvements make great weekend projects for the entire household. However, not everything can be tackled on your own, even for the handiest of homeowners.

If you’ve been affected by a fire, it can be tempting to immediately start the restoration process, but this hasty procedure can often hurt more than it helps. Many people don’t understand the nuances that go into soot removal. That’s why we’ve listed three reasons it should not be a DIY project:

1. Soot Won’t Stay Put. Because soot goes airborne, it doesn’t remain contained to the area the fire originated in. Soot travels into crevices, nestles on ceilings and even infiltrate your HVAC system. Additionally, absorbent things such as fabrics, carpets or upholstery are a soot magnet. While it might be tempting to launder these items and scrub down the walls right away, improper cleaning can actually lead to ruining your belongings beyond repair.

2. Soot Composition Can Vary. Because every fire is different, soot can vary greatly in its composition. While some soot has a powdery texture, others can be thick and viscous. Appearances can be deceiving, and it’s impossible to know what type of soot you’re dealing with before you interact with it. Tackling soot without knowing what type is on your hands means you run the risk of spreading it further—leading to more costly damage to your valuable home.

3. Soot Can Contain Toxic Chemicals. Fires require chemicals to stay active, and all of those chemicals are contained in soot. Carbon dioxide, oxygen and nitrogen are big factors, but there are also chemicals released from every material that was affected by the flames. Materials such as plastics, textiles and paint can be extremely toxic once heated, and improper soot cleaning causes these toxins to be re-released into the air.

If you’ve been affected by a fire, don’t risk a DIY disaster. SERVPRO® of Kingston/New Paltz has a fire restoration team that can get your life back to normal, faster.

Reconstruction Services Now Being Offered!

5/2/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Reconstruction Services Now Being Offered! SERVPRO will take your damage and help make it "Like it never even happened".

We are now a one-stop shop! 

SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz is now offering reconstruction services for all mitigation damages! No longer do you need to find someone else to perform your restoration portion of the water, mold or fire damage! After we come in and perform the cleanup services, we can smoothly transition into the reconstruction services to help restore your home or office back to preloss condition!

With our new Reconstruction division, lead by Michael Scardaci, we are excited to offer the following services during the reconstruction process: 

  • Structural repairs
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • HVAC
  • Windows/Doors
  • Interior Design
  • Flooring Replacement (all types)
  • Ceilings
  • Roofing
  • Drywall
  • Siding
  • Exterior Finishes
  • Carpentry
  • Framing
  • Tile Work

Call today for more information 845-255-4334 or visit our Facebook Page for more pictures and posts! 

Fire Damage Tips!

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Tips! Let SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz help make your fire damage "Like it never even happened."

What to do until help arrives, after you've had a fire.


After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:



  • Is it safe to stay in the house?

  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.

  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.

  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!


Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call 845-255-4334


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.

  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.

  • Change HVAC filter.

  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.


What NOT To Do After A Fire



  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.

  • 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 smoke odor.


We're available 24/7 to provide emergency fire services, board-up services & reconstruction services to help make your damage "Like it never even happened."

Ulster County Fire & Soot Cleanup

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Ulster County Fire & Soot Cleanup What type of fire smoke is pictured above?

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  


Smoke and soot facts:



  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.

  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.

  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.


Different Types of Smoke


There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:


Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber



  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.


Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood



  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.


Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire



  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 


Our Fire Damage Restoration Services


Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.


Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 845-831-3600 or 845-255-4334

How to Properly Use Your Fire Extinguisher

3/6/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How to Properly Use Your Fire Extinguisher Fire Extinguishers can save lives!

Why you should consider a fire extinguisher for your Ulster County home. 


Fire extinguishers can save your life! They can put out a fire before emergency personnel arrive or they can help you exit your home safely.


What type do you get?


All household fire extinguishers have 3 classifications: A, B or C. Some models have a combination of all three extinguishers in one. 



  • "A" is for ordinary combustibles like trash, wood and paper

  • "B" is for liquids & grease (more stove top fires)

  • "C" is for electrical equipment


According to the National Fire Protection Association, each floor of your home should have an extinguisher. 


How do you use a fire extinguisher?


To use the extinguisher properly, you want to use the PASS method:



  • Pull the pin. Hold the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.

  • Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire instead of at the flames themselves. Standing at least 6 feet away from the fire is important! 

  • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly while keeping the extinguisher upright. 

  • Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side until the extinguisher runs dry.


Read the instructions on the fire extinguisher and become familiar with them before a fire breaks out. Remember, extinguishers do have limitations so make sure you have the correct extinguisher for your home. 


Whenever you use an extinguisher, whether you ran it dry or used it briefly, it's important to replace it or refill it right away. This is also the rule for any gauge that goes down to the red zone over time. 


Even though you take precautions against fire damages, they can still sometimes occur. If you experience a fire damage in your home, don't hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Kingston/New Paltz at 845-255-4334  to help make this disaster "Like it never even happened." 

Tips to Prevent Home Fires

1/28/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Tips to Prevent Home Fires Use these tips to prevent house fires

According to U.S. News, “Each year, roughly 3,400 people are killed in home fires or by burn injuries, making them the third-most-common cause of accidental deaths at home”. They have provided five tips that can help to prevent home fires.

Fire Threat: Cooking

· Stand by your pan! Don’t walk away while the stove or cooktop is on. This can lead to a fire very quickly.

Fire Threat: Heating

· A space heater needs 3 feet of clear space all around it in all directions, keeping it away from draperies, furniture, bedspreads, people, and pets .

· Chimneys should be inspected and cleaned before each heating season begins.

Fire Threat: Smoking

· Take it outside. There are usually less combustible items outside than there are inside.

Fire Threat: Electrical

· Check all of your electrical cords to ensure that they are in good shape, and  replace any that are worn out. In addition, make sure you are not overloading circuits and that one receptacle has one plug.

Fire Threat: Candles

· Consider going to battery-operated candles. They are fake but they are so much safer! It’s easy to forget to put out a candle when leaving a room.

Reference: Mullins (U.S. News) Top 5 Tips to Prevent House Fires.