While the general risk of fires is highest during the summer, the risk of indoor heating-related fires spikes from December to February, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Other causes of commercial and multifamily housing fires include cooking, electrical, and lighting equipment.
Sometimes, commercial fires are set intentionally, too. ATI recently answered the call to help restore residents’ homes after an intentional fire damaged a multifamily community in Garden Grove, California.
A resident set the building on fire, affecting all three building floors due to smoke and water damage. All residents were relocated to nearby hotels while testing was being performed. ATI brought in a certified industrial hygienist immediately to test for asbestos. Contamination was found in 23 units and three corridors.
Time was of the essence because the property was in escrow and scheduled to close within six weeks. ATI took responsibility for the pack-out, decontamination, storage, and retrieval of all property contents. Our skilled crew completed asbestos abatement, decontaminated each corridor and unit, and repaired all water, smoke, and fire-damaged areas—all before the close of escrow and to the client’s satisfaction.
This disaster recovery effort is just one example of how ATI’s certified fire and smoke restoration professionals help businesses deal with a fire’s aftermath. Our goal is to help you return to normal as quickly as possible, with services including water extraction, dehumidification, soot and odor removal, structural cleaning and decontamination, HVAC restoration, and contents cleaning and restoration.
This month, we’ve prepared some new resources to help prevent winter fires. Check out our blogs on: Protecting Your Business from Winter Fire Hazards, Winter Fire Risks for Multifamily Properties, and Holiday-Related Fire Risks You Should Know.
Every year during the holiday season, all of our offices plan a Day of Service to benefit our national charity of choice, the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and other reputable local charities.
For example, our Chicago office packed meals for kids in need to benefit Feed My Starving Children. Our Seattle office held a clothing drive to support Transform Burien and a Halloween drive to fulfill patient wishlists at Seattle Children’s Hospital. We are thrilled at how enthusiastically our employees give back to those in need in our communities.
As we close this newsletter, we want to express our sincere gratitude. Thank you for entrusting ATI with your disaster recovery and restoration needs and for being part of our extended family. We wish you a joyful holiday season filled with safety, warmth, and the spirit of giving.