SERVPRO of North Niagara County Responds 24/7 to All Fire Emergencies
Our SERVPRO Team can help with Fire Debris Cleanup, Odor Removal, and Restoration.
Niagara's region encompasses a large area, 1140 square miles, with 54% of the area consisting of rivers and lakes. The city of Niagara Falls is named after the falls and has a population of approximately 50,000, while the county has around 216,000 people. The Niagara River is part of the US – Canada border, the escarpment cliff that forms the falls, the Niagara whirlpool downstream from the falls, and the Niagara Gorge also downstream from the falls.
The city of Niagara Falls and the Niagara Falls State Park is close to the falls and brings thousands of visitors to the region. The city, originally incorporated in 1892, has evolved from a heavy industry-driven concentration facilitated by the availability of inexpensive hydro-electric power to today's tourist-focused economy driven by the falls. There are three waterfalls – The American Falls, The Bridal Veil Falls, and the Horseshoe Falls on the river's Canadian side.
Must-See Activities in Niagara Falls, New York
There are many tourist venues to take advantage of while visiting the area and residents participating in "stay vacations." The phrase "stay vacation" has gained popularity recently and embodies residents taking a vacation in their city rather than traveling to other areas of the country or internationally. A few of the exciting things to see while in the area include:
- Pine Avenue
- The Niagara Falls State Park
- Cave of Winds
- Maid of the Mist
- Whirlpool Rapids
- Prospect Point Observation Tower
- Niagara Discovery Center
- Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center
- Aquarium of Niagara
- Castellani Art Museum
- Fort Niagara State Park
- Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel
- Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls
- Excursions across Rainbow Bridge to Canadian Cities
- And many more…..
There is so much to do in the area; many visitors find themselves returning again and again. One of the favorite tourist attractions is the Niagara Falls State Park, open 365 days a year. It is also the oldest continuously operating state park in the United States. The park was incorporated in 1885 and remains a popular attraction today. Visitors are encouraged to plan their visits. There are maps along with directions available from many nearby cities and towns. Also, visitors can download a walking tour app to their smartphone to assist in navigating around the park.
Every Season Offers Special Attractions in Niagara Falls
Wintertime transforms the falls with substantial ice buildups on the river above the falls and at the base of the falls. Ice can obscure the water cascading over the falls providing wonderful scenic pictures for those brave enough to stand the cold. Illumination of the falls occurs nightly from 5:00 pm until midnight. Millions of lights transform the falls into millions of fantastic colors that bounce off the ice creating a kaleidoscope of color.
Unsafe Seasonal Decorations Can Lead to House Fires in Niagara Falls
There are many things to see and do in Niagara Falls, however with winter approaching and the pandemic limiting many activities, we all are spending more time inside our homes. Recently a house fire started in a home and quickly engulfed two neighboring homes. Firefighters were unable to get the fire under control before the damage was done. Opportunities for small house fires abound unless we take precautions and follow safety guidelines as we go about our daily routines.
The local Niagara Falls Fire department offers guidelines on preventing fires and keeping your home safe for your family. These guidelines are even more critical, with many people working from home and spending more time in the kitchen. Fire prevention guidelines include:
- Use LED candles in decorations – real candles can quickly start a fire
- Keep items like corn stalks or bales of hay away from the front door or a fire source
Fire safety in the kitchen
- Never leave oven mitts, towels, or trash on top of the stove
- Keep towels well away from the oven door as you open and close the door
- Use the new range safe knobs that are considered safe for children
- Turn handles of frying pans and pots to the inside, so little hands cannot reach them
General Guidelines to follow
- Purchase a fire extinguisher for your home with the designation, ABC
- Install smoke alarms in sleeping areas and on all levels of your home
- Test smoke alarms every month
- Design and practice monthly your fire escape plan with your family
Remember to get out and call for help. The fire department can respond quickly and limit the damage if they arrive on the scene within minutes of the fire starting. Their fast response limits the damage from the fire as well as the collateral damage from fire retardant chemicals and water.
How SERVPRO Can Help Residents Restore their Homes & Businesses After a Fire
Even a small fire can significantly disrupt daily activities for homeowners in Niagara Falls as well as businesses. There might not be much damage from the fire; however, a combination of the firemen's efforts to quell the fire and the smoke odors distributed through the home are more of a concern.
Many small fires are caused by cooking activities or spills on hot elements in the kitchen. Grease fires can damage kitchen cupboards and distribute smoke particles on surfaces in the kitchen and adjacent rooms. Our fire restoration technicians assess the damage from the fire, the fire retardants used by the fire department, and the distribution of smoke odors throughout the home or building, including the HVAC system.
SERVPRO technicians can remove odor sources such as items and building materials damaged by the fire to reduce odor sources. All surfaces are cleaned, and all portable items are washed and sanitized. Fabrics may be sent out for specialized cleaning. Depending on the amount of contamination, defogging equipment may also be recommended.
SERVPRO of North Niagara County provides fire restoration services to Niagara Falls residential and commercial business customers and the surrounding area. Call (716) 299-0330. Our technicians are available 24/7 to help with all fire debris removal and restoration needs.