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According the American Gas Association, over 177 million Americans use natural gas in their homes. It is used for a lot of products in the home from furnaces to clothes dryers. Chances are you have at least one appliance that runs on natural gas. We have all heard the dangers of a gas leak, but…

We all know how sensitive electronics can be. Dropping your phone from the wrong angle can shatter it or a drop of water can fry it. When things enter electronics that are not supposed to, the electronics stop working. Imagine the impact of the air that is so often circulated through electronics with by a…

fire damage electric blanket

Fire damage is more likely to occur during winter than any other season. Heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires, which is why proper use is a must. This is especially true for electric blankets. Statistics An average of 5,000 house fires are caused by electric blankets every year. These fires typically…

fireplace smoke

Fire restoration is a vast industry that has many different angles. From  fire restoration services to educating homeowners about potential disasters that could happen. In this post we we will educate homeowners on the dangers of fireplace smoke in the home as well as some prevention tips. Dangers of Fireplace Smoke Fireplace smoke when inhaled…

christmas tree fire hazard

With the holiday season coming to a close, the new year is right around the corner. You may still have your Christmas tree up eagerly awaiting it to be the first of the new year to take down and dispose of your tree. Before you run and get your chain saw or the gasoline which…

Smoking Safety Blog Post Featured Photo

Smoking is the number 1 cause of home fire deaths across the country. You can prevent fires caused by cigarettes and other smoking materials. Smoking materials, including cigarettes, pipes, and cigars, started an estimated 17,200 home structure fires reported to U.S. fire departments in 2014. These fires caused 570 deaths, 1,140 injuries and $426 million…

e-cigarette safety

E-cigarette safety is something that has been making the rounds in the news. Between January 2009 to December 31, 2016, 195 separate incidents of explosion and fire caused by an electronic cigarette were reported in the media. In some cases fatalities were even reported.1 In this post we will cover what is an e-cigarette, what…

christmas tree safety

A Christmas tree is a beautiful reminder of the holiday season. Did you know that your Christmas tree can also pose a very real fire hazard? The combination of tree dryness, electrical malfunction with lights and poorly located heating sources can make for a deadly combination. At Restoration Authority, your safety is our top priority….

heater

As the snow continues to fall and the cold temperatures set in, you may find your home needing a little extra heat. A lot of people turn to space heaters to make their home just a little more cozy in the cold winter months. While this may seem like a simple solution to a problem,…

fire truck

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), home fires occur most often in the winter. In fact, heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires, deaths and injuries in the United States each year. The United States Fire Administration (USFA) reports that winter home fires claim 905 lives per year and cause over $2…

deconstruction

What is Deconstruction? Deconstruction after damage is where we dismantle the building components, specifically for re-use, recycling, and waste management. This includes everything from doors and cabinets to framing lumber, roofing material and flooring. Now that you know the basics behind deconstruction lets talk about how this method is environmentally friendly. How Can this Help…

HVAC Cleaning

What is HVAC Cleaning? HVAC cleaning is the process of cleaning out your HVAC system using specialized blowers, vacuums, and brushes. Duct cleaning should also involve a thorough cleaning of the air handler, registers, grilles, fans, motors, housings, and coils.1 The EPA recommends cleaning your system when: there is substantial visible mold growth, ducts are…

puffback

What is Soot? Soot is the common term for a type of particle pollution called PM 2.5—particulate matter that is 2.5 micrometers in diameter or smaller. Such fine particles are even smaller than dust and mold particles, or approximately 1/30 of the size of a human hair. It is comprised of a variety of pollutants,…

Structural Sealing FEATURE PHOTO

A a fire can wreak havoc on a building and require significant work to restore it. Restoration Authority works hard to reverse the destruction of a fire and return structures to how they used to be. Structural sealing is a crucial part of that process. What is structural sealing? A structural sealer is a coating…

candle safety

Candles can brighten up any room by adding a touch of warmth and glow. While beautiful, they are also a major fire hazard that can lead to injury or fatality when not used correctly. According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) from 2012-2016 U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 8,200 home structure fires…

Avoid Halloween Scares Feature Photo

In the 2005 study “The Seasonal Nature of Fires,” the Federal Emergency Management Agency saw a spike in fires on Halloween. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t make the spookiest night of the year a safe night for your family to enjoy. To help avoid a fire at your haunted house this year, you may…

Flash Over FiresFeature Photo

Today, flashover – also known as rapid fire progress (RFP) – is one of the leading causes of firefighter deaths in the United States1. According to the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA Journal, the second leading cause of fatal injury to firefighters in 2013 was being caught or trapped by rapid fire progress, including flashover,…

fire damage

At Restoration authority we know how devastating fire damage can be to a home or business. An unexpected emergency like a fire can leave you feeling unsure of what to do or who to call. That’s where our team at Restoration Authority comes in! These are some of the services we offer if your home…

soot Feature Photo

What is left after a fire in your business or home can be as stressful and damaging as the fire.  One of the results of a fire is soot. Soot removal is very important after a fire.  The word “soot” sounds simple and harmless. It might conjure up memories of campfires and candles, or of…

Fireplace Feature Photo

Nothing quite creates winter ambiance in the fireplace with everyone gathered around. Of course, playing with fire is dangerous for children, so please remember these tips before you light your hearth. According to the latest statistics available, there are over 25,000 fireplace fires per year in the US that are responsible for over 125 million…

Odor BLOG FEATURE PHOTO

Deodorization is one common concern homeowners have when smoke and odor damage are left behind from a fire. Our team of highly skilled professionals use hydroxl treatment as one of our deodorization methods as well as ozone cleaning. What Causes Odors? Whether it’s a smelly dishwasher, mysterious shower drain smells, pets, kids, or even unwanted…