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Watch Out for Potential Fires

Benjamin Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Let’s not forget – this guy stood in a thunderstorm with a kite and a key! To keep your Rochester home safe from fire, it’s important to identify areas, objects and circumstances that are more likely to be fire hazards.

We at ICC recommend that you actively practice prevention; keep fire extinguishers in the kitchen, garage, and by the BBQ grill. Monitor appliances that use heat or electricity. Maintain smoke detectors in the halls, bedrooms, the kitchen and the basement for another layer of protection. Here are the most common areas that fires breaks out in the home:

Cooking Appliances

Half of all residential fires start in the kitchen; cooking fires are the most common cause. Grease is highly flammable and difficult to extinguish. Never leave the kitchen when cooking with grease. A dirty oven or stovetop with accumulated grease and residue is another fire safety hazard.

Although they are convenient, microwaves can be dangerous if you heat flammable aluminum foil, Styrofoam or certain plastic containers. Double check the packaging of your leftovers before you ‘nuke’ it.

Because toasters and toaster ovens can gather crumbs and grease, clean regularly to prevent a fire. Again, never leave these appliances unsupervised when in use.

Cleaning Appliances

Compared to our grandmothers, our kitchens are technological miracles! We have so many tools to cook, grind, blend, toast, steam and froth. However, more electricity means more opportunities for malfunctions and fires. Older appliances (15 years or older) are particularly prone to fire damage; regularly cleaned/inspected and properly maintained. It’s a good idea to only run appliances when you’re at home to avoid having to deal with any safety issues or fire restoration, in the unexpected case that they overheat and/or ignite.

Clothes dryers can build up flammable lint, fiber and dust. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, each year there are around 12,700 clothes dryer fires in residential buildings in the U.S. Make sure to keep vents and filters clean by removing any lint after each use; maintain the hose connected to the back of the dryer at least once a year.

Heating elements in the dishwasher raises the water temperature and help dry the dishes. These mechanisms can overheat and catch fire, especially in older models or if the dishwasher has faulty parts.

Bedrooms and Living Rooms

In bedrooms, bedding, curtains, plush items, and mattresses make these rooms a high risk for fire damage. Mattresses made after 2007 are flame-retardant and comply with higher safety standards; consider upgrading older ones. Incorporate home fire safety by installing smoke alarms in each bedroom and make a fire escape plan that includes two ways to exit the room.

Living rooms contain many potentially flammable items, especially candles. Never leave a burning candle unattended and make sure it’s kept away from flammable or combustible objects like curtains or bedside reading materials.

Chimneys and Fireplaces

Structural problems can cause temperatures to burn too high. Chimney liners that are loose can cause burning embers to escape to combustible areas in walls, attics and roofs. Keep chimneys and fireplaces well maintained. You should have them inspected and professionally cleaned at least once a year or when there is a quarter-inch buildup of creosote or soot. Rugs, tapestries and other fabrics that are too close to the fireplace can easily ignite. Prevent this with a spark screen in front of the fireplace.

Heating Equipment

Out of site should not be out of mind. Have your furnace inspected annually by a qualified technician.  

Space heaters are really dangerous. Inspect for poor condition; faulty wiring on electrical heaters can cause an electrical fire. Improperly ventilated kerosene units can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.  Any fabrics or flammable liquids can also be ignited, keep portable heaters at least several feet away from anything that can burn.

Fire Cleanup in Rochester

You may be able to handle some of the fire cleanup on your own, such as ventilating your home by opening all of the windows and washing all of your clothes and fabric items that have been exposed to fire and smoke damage. However, for a larger cleanup, you need a professional who can put 100% attention on your home.

ICC is focused on restoring damage with as little reconstruction as possible, so property is returned to normal faster by using a variety of special equipment and procedures.This keeps restoration costs down and prevents secondary damage such as mold. ICC offers the widest range of restoration and reconstruction services in the Twin Cities area. Please contact us for more information on recovering from fire damage.

What Our Customers Are Saying

Melisa did such a great job and was so professional and nice. It really helped with the issues I was dealing with. Thanks Again!

- Janell, Waconia

Thank you for everything. You have been more than accommodating to me throughout this nightmare. I couldn’t be more pleased with the final outcome.

- Laura, Woodville, WI

I just can’t thank you enough for making our “water damage ordeal” go away so quickly. Your ability to organize subcontractors and the ICC crews is truly amazing, Mom and I are delighted to be back and settled into our little casa. Your genuine warmth and caring are truly gifts that you bring to your work. You are so appreciated!

- Jane, Stillwater

Thank you for sending Jake to my home. He was the most respectful young man I have ever met. He left my home very clean and he was very knowledgeable.

- Carolyn, White Bear Lake

The project manager did a great job communicating. He was so nice and did a great job checking in with us. Working with ICC was the best part of the flood. The crews really went out of their way to make sure we were well taken care of. The job could not have gone better.

- Nick & Abbie, Chanhassen

I don’t think your company performed work at Derek’s home as there was minimal damage, he called me today and thanked me profusely for referring ICC to him. He was very impressed with the rep that came to his house and the honesty and helpful advice he gave him about clean up and that it may not be in his best interest to file a claim. He is the type of customer that appreciates good service and will remember it and refer others. Thanks again for ICC’s help.

- Kimberley (Insurance Agent)

Thank you for such AMAZING service!

- Barbara (Insurance Agent), Rochester

ICC turned a really bad experience into a good one. We are very happy with all of the work that was done. They did a great job explaining the claims process.

- Linda, Oakdale

The crews were very professional and communicated well. They were great also about cleaning up after themselves. We would use ICC again. The crews were always on top of the process, which allowed the repairs to go smoothly.

- Church Representative, Edina

Erick did an excellent job explaining the process. We thought that everyone was very professional. They explained everything very well and followed through with everything. Communication could not have been better. I am very happy with my services.

- Gary, Osceola, WI

Our project manager was great to work with; he explained things well and answered all of our questions. Our coordinator also did a good job. Working with ICC was easy. Communication was wonderful and the crews were very professional. We would use ICC again in a heartbeat.

- Angie & Fran, Hudson, WI

The lead technician was great and explained things over the phone very well. I was very impressed. The crews were better than expected and very professional. ICC was extremely responsive; I was out of state and was so impressed with how they kept me informed.

- Jim & Cheryl, Victoria

I was very happy with all the crews at ICC. I had great experience and would not hesitate to work with ICC again should the need arise. Everyone there really knows what they are doing.

- Jerry, Cottage Grove

Dealing with the fire was a very upsetting time. ICC was able to get out to my home quickly and really helped reassure me that everything would be fine. ICC worked very well with my insurance company. I could not have been happier with the whole process. I know I asked a ton of questions and Mark was great about answering them all.

- Karen, St. Croix Falls, WI

The crews were always on time for their appointments. Our job went very well. I am so thankful for everyone at ICC and the excellent work they did.

- Michelle, Shoreview

Everyone I dealt with was just great. My project could not have gone better. Everyone at ICC is professional and is excellent at communicating. I would use ICC again and will be recommending them.

- Connie, Edina

The technicians did a fantastic job. Everyone really cared about me and my concerns. They were extremely knowledgeable, compassionate, and knew how to make me feel comfortable. ICC was amazing to work with.

- Kevin, Maple Grove

ICC was terrific to work with and I will be recommending them. I had an excellent experience.

- Patricia, Hudson, WI

The technicians were extremely detailed. I immediately felt like I was in great hands. They were also very calming, always on time and communicated well.

- Sally, Excelsior

The technicians were very good at explaining what was going to take place. They answered all of my questions in great detail. Everyone was very sympathetic to my situation and genuinely cared.

- Anita, St. Anthony

Our project manager payed great attention to detail and had excellent customer service. He was very compassionate and really cared about what we were going through. ICC was wonderful to work with. The crews were very professional and thorough.

- Brian & Jill, Woodbury

I was very pleased with the whole process. Everything went so much smoother than I expected. ICC really helped make it easy.

- Jackie, Woodbury

The crews were very professional and communicated very well. They responded very quickly to our phone calls and always made sure we knew what was going on.

- Robert, Maplewood

Thank you for the wonderful inspection findings and THANK YOU for your professionalism. So much appreciated.

- Carol, Burnsville

My project manager did a great job and was really nice to work with. My coordinator did a great job keeping me informed about the process as well. ICC was wonderful to work with; they were all very professional and treated my home well. The quality of the work done was impressive and I would definitely use them again.

- Paul, Maplewood

I was impressed by the short time it took for the clean up crew to make arrangements to meet me even though we were outside of the metro area.

- Karen, Osceola, WI

As the coordinator of facilities and grounds for the State’s fourth largest school district I am involved is a lot of activities and unfortunately some are emergencies in nature. This includes fire, floods, sewer backups and natural disasters. Thankfully this does not happen often but when it does I rely on a restoration company’s specialists who have the knowledge and equipment to quickly clean and restore the affected area of the building or grounds…

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- Mike Schwanke, Coordinator of Facilities and Grounds District 196

Contact Us

Toll-Free: 888-739-4289

451 Commerce Dr., Suite 800,
Woodbury, MN 55125
651-739-4289

4481 N Frontage Rd.,
Hwy 14 West Unit 9,
Rochester, MN 55901
507-206-2348

MN LIC #BC316232,
WI LIC #1042030

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