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Preventing Fire Damage in St. Paul

fire damage st paulAccording to the National Fire Protection Association, US fire departments respond to an average of 346,800 home structure fires every year. At ICC, we specialize in fire damage so we are more aware of how common house fires really are here in St. Paul. We want to help you be prepared for anything that can happen, and for any type of fire damage that could occur, so we are going to share the statistics of the most common causes of house fires across the country and what you can do to take the necessary precautions in your home.

Fire Damage in St. Paul

  1. Cooking is the most common cause of house fires every year across the country, accounting for 50% of all house fires. With such a high prevalence, it is so important to be cautious in the kitchen so you don’t become part of that statistic. The combination of highly flammable objects and high heat and temperatures used for cooking makes the kitchen an ideal place for fires to ignite and thrive. The single best thing you can do to prevent fires from starting in the kitchen is to be attentive. Never leave cooking food unattended, or hot appliances on when you are not able to monitor them. Neglect in the kitchen can result in more than just burnt food – you could end up with fire damage. Consider storing a fire extinguisher somewhere near the kitchen that is quick and easy to access in case a small, contained fire does break out. Also, keep stove tops and cooking appliances clean and remove excess build-up from surfaces that are exposed to heat. When crumbs, drippings, and other build up are left inside ovens or microwaves, or anywhere else that has a heat source, they can become flammable. Do not store or place flammable items next to heat sources while cooking, and be sure to turn off appliances when no longer in use. It may seem like a lot, but being extra cautious in the kitchen and taking those extra steps to be attentive and safe can help prevent fire damage – which is extremely overwhelming. 
  2. The second most common cause of house fires each year is attributed to heating devices. When space heaters are being used, be sure that no objects or items are too close to them. Allow for at least 3 feet of clearance or more, depending on manufacturer’s guidelines, to prevent fires from occurring. Never leave space heaters on when unattended. Wood burning stoves and chimneys need to be kept clean and be serviced at least twice a year to reduce the risk of fires that result from obstructions or buildup. Also, do not burn anything other than dry wood in wood burning stoves. Again, having a fire extinguisher on hand in the home can help to impede major fires. We know it is important to keep your home warm and comfortable, but it is even more important to keep it safe from a potential fire so be extra attentive to heating devices that are being used in your home. 
  3. The third most common cause of fires, while it may seem harsh, is carelessness. Unintentional fires caused by careless are far too common, and always preventable. Mistakes happen, and accidents occur, but negligence with potential fire sources and hazards is something everyone can work on and become more diligent about. When it comes down to it, what may seem like an inconvenience of attending to lit candles, heating sources, cooking food, or even storing lighters and matches in safe places are actually not inconveniences at all when compared to the inconvenience of 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

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Rochester, MN 55901
507-206-2348

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