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Preparing for Yakima’s Unique Fire Damage Restoration Risk

fire damage snoqualmie pass, fire damage repair snoqualmie pass, fire damage cleanup snoqualmie passWashington has seen record-breaking temperatures over the past weeks, which have left the state very dry. Nationally more than 24 million fires are reported annually, resulting in over $11 billion in property damage. And we seem to be in the center of it!

Fire is fast, dark and deadly, emitting smoke and gases that can render a person unconscious within minutes. With a high fire danger in the state, a statewide ban on outdoor burning, campfires, the use of charcoal briquettes and prescribed burns on all forest lands within DNR’s fire protection stands from July 9 through Sept. 30. It is the most likely disaster that Yakima families will experience. 

Recently, Yakima Valley Emergency Management issued Level 2 and 3 evacuation orders for the area north of Roza Hill Drive and along Chapman Road. Residents in that area were advised to either evacuate or be ready to go at a moment’s notice, the advisory said. What can you do today to prepare in case you and your family get the call?

Wildfire Safety

Each year, wildfires consume homes in the wildland-urban interface (WUI), those areas where homes are built near or among lands prone to wildfire. Wildland fires in the state of Washington burn thousands of acres in an average year. You can check out this interactive map to see if your home is in the WUI.

If you live in a wild land area, where flammable vegetation is abundant, your house could be a target for wildland fire. Studies show that as many as 80 percent of homes lost to wildfire may have been saved if brush around the homes were cleared and defensible space created around structures.  So prepare around your home. If your home is built in or near the forest, follow these steps to protect your home from wildfire. When developing your home landscaping, try planting fire-resistant plants to help reduce your risk from wildfire.

General Fire Prevention

No matter where you live, take these easy and inexpensive steps to protect your hon=me. 

  • Install smoke detectors  on every level of your house: outside bedrooms on the ceiling or high on the wall, at the top of open stairways, or at the bottom of enclosed stairs and near the kitchen.
  • Clean smoke detectors once a month and change batteries at 2 specified times each year.
  • Plan 2 escape routes out of each room. Practice twice a year. Contact your local fire authority for help in planning for the safe escape of those with disabilities.
  • Make sure windows are not nailed or painted shut and security grating on windows have a fire safety opening feature.
  • Pick a meeting place outside your home for the family to meet after escaping from a fire. Once out, stay out!
  • Clean out storage areas. Store flammable and combustible liquids in approved containers. Keep containers in the garage or an outside storage area.
  • Learn how to turn off the gas and electricity in an emergency.
  • Install ABC type fire extinguishers and teach family members how to use them.

After a Fire

If you have suffered a fire at your Yakima home, stay safe. Get on the phone– call  your insurance agent and call Clean Image right away. Stay out of burned structures; even ask the fire department for assistance in retrieving important documents.

Even though you’ll want to get it clean ASAP, stay organized. Secure personal belongings for the time that you’ll be out of the home.  Keep records of all clean-up and repair costs. Don’t throw away damaged goods until a complete inventory is made, and photos taken of your home and damaged goods.

Fire Damage Restoration in Yakima 

Every fire–a kitchen fire, an electrical scorch or a one in a lifetime wildfire– needs professional clean up. Clean Image Services is a Kittitas County, family-owned cleaning and restoration company with nearly 20 years of experience. As your partner, they accept a duty to treat each property and possession with respect when they help neighbors in Yakima, Washington.

The frustrations and trauma from fire damage can cause so much stress. Even after the fire trucks leave, additional damage is possible. Begin restoration as soon as possible to keep your costs down. The longer neutralization, corrosion control, and cleaning is delayed, the greater the scope and cost could be. 

Get Clean Image on site to properly evaluate the loss, test damaged materials, select the best restoration techniques, coordinate with your insurance company, and attempt to restore your home or business to pre-loss condition.