Recent Fire Damage Posts

Not everything can go into a microwave!

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

Inside of a microwave that caught on fire in a home in West Kelowna, BC. The microwave caught fire due to user Inside of a microwave that caught on fire in a home in West Kelowna, BC. The microwave caught fire due to user heating up a take-out container.

Microwaves are the second most common cause of residential kitchen fires! Here is a list of items that SHOULD NEVER go in a microwave:

  •  Paper bags
  • Take-out containers
  • Metal/Aluminum Foil
  • Styrofoam
  • Grapes (They will explode and could catch on fire)
  • Cookware with metal trim
  • Plastic storage containers without a “Microwave Safe” label
  • Nothing (When there's nothing in the microwave to absorb the microwaves, the microwave can actually catch fire or cause damage to the microwave)

Thanksgiving Dinner Fire Safety

10/8/2020 (Permalink)

Cooked turkey and ingredients on a table with note "Thanksgiving Dinner Fire Safety Tips" Happy Thanksgiving from the SERVPRO of Kelowna Team

Oct 4 to 10th is “Fire Safety” week. As many of us will be gathering to enjoy a yummy Thanksgiving feast this weekend, we wanted to provide some reminders and tips for your Thanksgiving dinner:

  • Ensure your smoke alarms are connected and working
  • Never leave your food unattended. Use a timer and routinely check you’re cooking
  • If frying or deep-frying, keep the fryer outside, away from walls and moisture
  • Ensure pot holders and food wrappers are always at a safe distance from the stove
  • Avoid wearing dangling accessories or loose clothes while cooking
  • Never douse a grease fire with water!! Turn off the burner, smother the flames, or douse with baking soda……or use a fire extinguisher
  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy in the kitchen, and know how to use it

Home Fire Safety Checklist

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

Fire fighters extinguishing a house fire in West Kelowna, BC Fire fighters extinguishing a house fire in West Kelowna, BC

A fire in your home is devastating, and sadly many times could have been avoided. Ensuring your home is fire safe on a regular basis is crucial for prevention. Below is a fire safety checklist to use. Protect what’s most important…your family, loved ones and home.

  • Ensure each level of your home has a working fire alarm and carbon monoxide detector
  • Clean vents/air ducts & dryer vent
  • Check appliances (even hair dryers and lamps) for worn or frayed cords (Damaged cords should be replaced and discarded)
  • Avoid “knock-off” electrical products (these products can easily overheat or short circuit)
  • Check extension cords and wall sockets- do not overload
  • Do not run cords under rugs or carpeting
  • Change your air filter and inspect your furnace
  • Check your range hood and fan are fully vented and remove greasy buildup
  • Create a fire escape plan with your family
  • Prepare a home emergency kit
  • Create a home inventory of your belongings (Take pictures or make a video)
  • Invest in a fire proof safe to keep all your irreplaceable/important documents protected

Did you know? According to the province of BC, in 43% of home fires causing a loss of life, there was no working smoke alarm. Be prepared, be safe.