What Are the Best Tips for Increasing My Fire Safety? | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville
There is never a good time to experience a fire in your home, but are you certain you are doing everything you can to stay safe from one? When a flame breaks out, it can turn into a full-fledged house fire in around 30 seconds, which is why we always advocate for prevention first to keep your household safer.
The good news is that getting into good fire safety habits can go a long way in reducing your risk. Simple things like checking your smoke alarms, limiting your risks and knowing how to use a fire extinguisher are all extremely effective in putting a stop to a fire before it gets out of hand.
How Can I Effectively Increase My Household’s Fire Preparedness?
Check your smoke detectors. Having ample amounts of smoke detectors in your home will make certain that you are alerted in the event that you do have a fire break out so your family can exit the home safely. Smoke detectors should be near every sleeping area and on every floor, and it is important to test your batteries just in case of a malfunction.
Create a fire escape plan. If the smoke detectors do sound in your home, it is important everyone knows exactly what to do next. You will often have no more than two minutes to get out before the smoke becomes too thick. It is important to have a comprehensive fire escape plan and be certain everyone in your household is familiar with how to execute it quickly.
Limit your fire risks. Daily habits have much more impact on your overall fire safety than you might realize, as most fires start due to simple mistakes around the home. Easy fixes like replacing any frayed wires, moving any flammable items away from open flames and always attending to cooking can go a long way in ensuring you do not experience a house fire.
Keep a fire extinguisher handy. When there is an open flame present, it is always smart to keep a fire extinguisher nearby as well. While you should only use a fire extinguisher on contained fires that are small in size, if it is safe to do so, you can stop a small fire from spreading into a house-wide ordeal by effectively using one.
If your home is damaged by a house fire, we are here to help. Our expert fire restoration technicians are here 24⁄7 to spring into action as soon as you call. Contact us at any hour to report your damage and receive a quick response.
Fall Arrives on September 22,2020
In mid-September each year, we greet the fall season with the arrival of the Fall Equinox. This is the moment when the sun crosses the equator and those of us living in Northern Hemisphere will begin to see more darkness than daylight. Regardless of whether it has been chilly for weeks or still balmy summer like temperatures, this is the start of fall. For the next 3 months, our hours of daylight will continue to grow shorter. Everywhere you look, you will see visible changes as nature prepares for winter. Birds will be flying south, temperatures cooling and animal coats are thickening. Leaves will be exploding with vibrant colors of red, yellow and orange. Leaves will be dropping off trees, providing endless hours of kids jumping into leaf piles and parents raking them back up. Fall also brings in wonderful holidays including Halloween and Thanksgiving!
Doing What You Are Able to Prepare for Severe Weather | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville
Though storms are quite a frequent occurrence, we talk to many people every day who have not thought about their severe weather preparedness levels or how they will make sure their home is protected.
While not every storm will cause damage, it is important that you are prepared well in advance of any that might—that way, if the weather turns sour, you will not be scrambling to keep your home and your family safe. Fortunately, preparing in advance is a simple process that can go a long way toward your peace of mind.
Get Peace of Mind Before Severe Weather Through Preparedness
Prepare your home as much as possible. Though it is impossible to guarantee that damage will not occur to your home at all during a storm, taking precautionary measures can significantly reduce the chances. Overhanging limbs are some of the leading causes of storm damage, so maintaining your trees well can go a long way in preventing damages. Installing a household generator is also a popular preparedness tactic, as it will enable you to still access electricity when the power is out.
Create a family communications plan. If severe weather is possible and your family is all together at home, making sure that everyone stays put and waits out the storm in your designated sheltering area is the safest option. However, if a storm catches one or more of you on the go, be sure you have a communications plan in place in order to check in and guarantee safety for every member of your family.
Make sure your emergency kit is stocked. As with any type of disaster preparedness, your storm preparedness plan can benefit from an emergency supply kit that contains necessities for every member of your household, including pets. Food, water, flashlights, first aid supplies and any other helpful items are all wise to include in this kit, which should be stored in your designated sheltering area.
Consider getting a weather radio. Because many of us can receive weather alerts immediately thanks to our phones, it is likely that we do not have the same “old school” analog alert systems in our home such as radios. For this reason, it is important to pack at least a weather radio in your emergency kit. This way, if storms knock out power or cell reception, you still have a reliable way to stay informed.
If your home is damaged by a storm, you can depend on us to take care of any damages. Contact us at any hour to report damage and receive a rapid response.
Entire First Floor Water Damage
When the entire first floor of this commercial building flooded, lay flat ducting, air movers and dehumidifiers were placed to assist with drying.
Commercial building suffered water damage when a rear retaining wall could not withstand water surge from storms in the area. SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville was contacted to handle this emergency service. The entire first floor was affected by this situation causing damage to the carpet, vinyl flooring, tile and some contents. Furniture was quickly relocated to dryer parts of the building. Water was extracted and large amount of equipment were placed to stabilize this structure. Also to assist in the drying process, a large trailer carrying a desiccant was placed outside the building paired with a large generator to run all equipment. Removal of base cove, carpet and wet drywall were necessary to help with the proper drying process. SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call 678-376-5515 and let our trained professionals help you in your time of need.
Emergency Water Damage Tips
1)Shut-off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to stop the water source.
2)Turn-off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
3)Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
4)Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
5)Move any sensitive valuables to a dry place.
6)Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water! This could cause electrical shock or damage to the device.
For more information on water damage, contact SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville. Our franchise is available 24/7 to assist you “Like it never even happened." Call 678-376-5515
Picking a Storm Restoration Company You Can Count On | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville
Being in the path of any type of major thunderstorm is scary, and if you sustain damage to your property, that fear can quickly turn to stress. Storm damage costs continue to rise in recent years, and having a plan in place for making sure you are prepared in case you incur any is so important to keeping your home or business safe.
Choosing a restoration company that works for you is one of the most important parts of the entire recovery process. They will set the tone for everything that follows, and choosing a company that provides you with peace of mind will go a long way in making the process as low-stress as possible.Stress Less After Storm Damage With the Right Restoration Company
Be sure they are well-known and legitimate. If a company has a good reputation both locally and within the restoration industry, that is probably a good sign you will get good service. Many scammers surface following storm damage, which is why doing your research and ensuring the company you are choosing is legitimate is so important.
Be sure they have a plan in place in case demand spikes. Storms are a unique damage source because of how suddenly they come about, and because of what a wide area they impact. For many companies, the sudden spike in demand can be overwhelming after a storm—but for us, with our national network of SERVPRO® partners behind us, we can call for backup whenever it is needed to ensure our service is consistent regardless of the demand.
Be sure you can always get in touch with them. It will never be convenient to receive storm damage, but in our experience, it normally happens at the least convenient time possible. That is why we are equipped to provide 24-hour service. No matter what time you discover damage, even on nights, weekends and holidays, you can call us and we will jump into action to formulate a damage response plan for you.
When you have damage from a storm to your home or commercial building, you can always depend on us to handle it. Contact us at any hour to see our exceptional service in action.
Regarding Safety Precautions While Grilling | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville
During summer, a home-cooked meal is even better when it is served from the grill. Getting outside and cooking in the open air is great, but there are still risks that we urge people to consider before they get started. As with any open flame, the fire hazards associated with grilling are there, but they can often be prevented with a bit of precaution.
Grill fires are a much bigger problem than many people realize, occurring nearly 6,000 times every year according to the U.S. Fire Administration. With these grill fire safety tips, however, you can significantly lessen the chances of a grill fire happening to you.
Lessen Your Chances of a Grill Fire
Create a safe zone around your grill. Many people put their grill on their deck against their house, but this is actually an extremely dangerous place to be. A grill flare-up can be sudden and quite large, so officials recommend at least three feet of open space around the grill where there is nothing flammable.
Clean your grill grates often. Cleaning your grill grates is more than just good general maintenance—it can also prevent fires from starting when you are cooking. As food and grease particles become attached to the grates, they can sit latent until they become too warm and catch fire. Getting into the habit of cleaning your grill grates off often is a smart choice to prevent this.
Never leave the grill unattended. Walking away from a lit grill—even one with the lid closed—is a recipe for disaster. Being able to extinguish a fire quickly is key to stopping small flare-ups from getting out of hand, so if you need to take a break, always have someone watch the grill while you are gone.
Inspect the grill regularly. Always give your grill a once-over before using it just in case any issues have developed while it has been sitting dormant. Issues with gas lines and connectors can lead to gas leaks, and if left untreated, they can cause large flare-ups that can quickly turn dangerous. A simple visual check will be enough to know if it is time to do grill maintenance before you cook.
If you have a grill fire that does damage to your home, we are here to help. You can call us any time, day or night, to have a quick response from our restoration experts.
Handle Warm-Weather Storms in Any Location | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville
It can be impossible to envision the weather taking a turn for the worst on beautiful summer days, but with ample heat and humidity for thunderstorms to feed on, that is an extremely common occurrence. Sudden summer storms may feel like an inconvenience, but they can also pose an extreme danger to those in their path.
Regardless of where a storm catches you, here are some safety tips to keep in mind:
Stay Safe From Storms Anywhere They Find You
Know your options for shelter. When you are aware that a storm is inbound and you are at home, it is simple to seek shelter in a secure area of your home and wait it out—but if you are running errands or out and about when you hear the news, sheltering decisions become more difficult. You can actually establish your vehicle as a safe shelter spot in the event of an impromptu storm as long as you can pull over, turn off your engine and avoid contact with metals in the vehicle.
Practice electrical safety. Lightning that strikes a building will seek out the path of least resistance in the process of transferring its charge to the ground, which is why it often makes use of electrical wiring to travel. This is what leads to power surges, a dangerous phenomenon that can ruin electronics and start fires. The most effective protection against this is to unplug everything, but that is not always a possibility, so installing surge protectors is also wise.
Avoid direct contact with concrete. If you are seeking shelter in a structure, concrete buildings might seem like the safest place to be. It is important to realize that these, too, can pose a threat, as metals within the concrete can still transmit an electrical charge if lightning strikes the building. If you are in a concrete building, be sure to avoid any direct contact with floors and walls to avoid harm.
Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes. If an impromptu summer storm interrupts your activities, getting back to the fun is likely high priority—but follow safety guidelines as you do so. After the thunder starts to wane, set a 30-minute timer and reset it every time you hear another thunderclap. Lightning can travel 25 miles from the source of the storm, so just because the sky is clear does not mean you’re in the clear.
If your home sustains damage due to a storm, you can count on us to help. Contact us at any hour to learn more about our storm restoration process.
Start Your Business’ Fire Plan With Evacuation Drills | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville
For business owners in any line of work, planning ahead is vital to your continued success—especially when it comes to planning for fires. Businesses experience fires every year, and they can be an extremely devastating thing to endure. However, planning in advance can dramatically reduce the amount of damage they can cause.
When it comes to making sure you are prepared for a fire, the first thing you will want to do is plan out your fire evacuation protocol. Working with staff to make sure everyone can exit the building safely when a fire starts is the most important thing you can do, so here is how to plan and execute fire drills in the workplace:
Planning and Executing Fire Evacuation Drills in the Workplace
Consult with your local fire officials. Doing independent research on fire safety and preparedness efforts is a smart first step, as there is a plethora of knowledge online. However, do not overlook your community resources as well—your local fire department will typically be happy to pay your office a visit and advise you on the best evacuation routes for your building.
Communicate and mark fire evacuation routes. After you have determined what the best evacuation routes are, make sure they are clearly marked and communicated to your employees. If you have never hosted an emergency drill before, make sure you discuss what to expect with your employees so they are prepared for the situation.
Have fire drills frequently. Every business will have different needs regarding the frequency of their fire evacuation drills, but the general guidelines to keep in mind are to have them frequently enough that they stay fresh in the minds of employees, but do not do them too regularly that they are not taken seriously.
Run different fire scenarios. Fires can start in a number of ways, so when you plan your fire drills, make sure your scenarios reflect this. Experiment by having some emergency routes or exits blocked by smoke in the mock scenario, so your staff is used to adapting their escape route accordingly.
If your business has experienced fire damage, you can count on us. We specialize in commercial fire restoration and will be here for you at any hour—contact us today.
Feel Confident in Your House Fire Recovery Plan | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville
While it is important to make sure you have a plan for the moment a fire starts, such as where your fire extinguishers are located and how to evacuate, it is also wise to make sure you know what to do in the aftermath as well.
Recovering from a house fire is a difficult process, but by having a plan in place, you can lessen the overall stress it will cause you.Lessen the Stress of House Fire Recovery
Prepare yourself for what to expect. Every house fire and fire fight causes damage in different ways, but it is important to have a general idea of what to expect before you see it firsthand. Damage from fires can be widespread—between smoke and soot traveling through the home and the somewhat destructive process of putting a fire out, it is important to understand that things may look way different than what you are expecting.
Wait to enter your home. It is a natural reaction to want to immediately assess and begin mitigating the damage, but you should never go back into a building after a fire until officials have deemed it safe. Damaged buildings can be hazardous as their structures may have been compromised, so going back in prematurely can put yourself at further risk.
Contact your insurance company. How you will file a claim is different for every insurance provider, so it is important to contact them quickly in order to see how you should proceed. Following their steps will help you maximize your claim and ensure you do not accidentally do anything that might nullify your coverage.
Document the damages. While insurance adjusters will usually ask for some sort of documentation, even if they do not, keeping personal records is recommended. Taking photographs and creating a detailed inventory list will help you stay organized and know exactly what has been damaged so you can make sure nothing falls through the cracks.
Contact your restoration company. The emotional impact of a house fire can be long-lasting, but having your home restored quickly and competently can mitigate this. That is why we always recommend working with a restoration company you know can be counted on, so you do not have to worry about the restoration process and can gain peace of mind.
If your home is damaged in a house fire, you can count on us to help you. Get in touch at any hour for a quick response.