"When a fire starts to burn, there's a lesson you should learn. Something, something, then you'll see! You'll avoid catastrophe." - Homer Simpson
Some people would say, “Why would you get advice about anything from Homer Simpson?” I say, “Why wouldn’t you?!” It’s 2017 and nothing is as it should be. Cash me ousside girl is a meme, Voldemort has been cast to play Michael Jackson, the Backstreet Boys have made a comeback, and CeeLo Green now dresses like an extraterrestrial villain in an upcoming Marvel movie. #HowBowDah So why not check out these Homer Simpson quotes and learn what to do (or not to do) if you experience a fire in your home.
"Operator! Give me the number for 911!"
This one is pretty obvious: call the fire department if you have a fire. After the firetrucks leave, you’ll probably have fire, smoke, soot, and water damage. I know that sounds overwhelming, but calm down! This is what you have insurance for! You should file a claim and call a restoration company right away. The faster the mitigation starts, the less likely permanent damage is.
"In this house, we obey the law of thermodynamics."
At SERVPRO, we use thermodynamics every day. The process of changing water into a vapor when we dry out a home can be explained, rather complicatedly, using thermodynamic laws. Likewise, the effect that heat has on the structure and contents of a building that has had a fire can also be explained using thermodynamics. The definition of thermodynamics is a branch of physics that deals with the relationship between heat and other forms of energy. Knowing how hot the fire burned and what material was burned is crucial in the restoration process. How long the soot has been left on contents determines the ability to get it to preloss condition.
"It's going to take a lot of fireworks to clean this place up..."
This one would fall under the what-not-to-do category. Although it’s tempting sometimes just to finish the place off, insurance probably won’t cover a firework show in the living room. As stated above, fires are extremely complex to clean up after and many factors go into how you should do it. What kind of smoke residue is left behind is determined by what was burning and the oxygen content of the fire. The residue and surface you are cleaning determines the chemicals that are used to remove the damage. This isn’t a job for a homeowner or cousin Bill that can also fix your lawn mower. Fire cleanup should only be done by restoration professionals to ensure that it is done accurately and completely.
"Oh, people come up with statistics to prove anything. Forty percent of people know that."
- Fires resulted in 11.6 billion dollars of loss in 2014
- 30.8% of 1,298,000 fires were residential
- 50% of fires were caused by cooking
Conclusion: make sure your insurance coverage is up to date on the structure and contents!!
*Source : https://www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/#tab-4 (aka not made up)