Fire Hazards in the winter!
Main causes of fires in the winter can be caused by Heating, holiday decorations, winter storms and candles all of these contribute to an increased risk of fire during the winter months. NFPA and the U.S. Fire Administration are teaming up to help reduce your risk to winter fires and other hazards, including carbon monoxide and electrical fires.
Heating - Is the second leading cause of home fires. and the third leading cause of home fire deaths. Always keep an eye on your fireplaces and make sure nothing is around your space heaters that could get to hot and catch fire.
Holiday Decorations - The holiday decorations can cause electrical fires in your home.
Winter Storms - Winter storms can cause down trees and powerlines on top of your home. the down power lines can cause electrical fire as well.
Candles - Never leave your home with a lit candle unattended. December is the peak time of the year for home catching fire from candles.
Always be aware of the fire hazards in your home and never leave your home with holiday lights on, fire places, space heaters or candles.
On another hand accidents do happen and life gets busy, so if you ever forget to turn your Space heater off or blow out your candles and you do have a house fire you can always call SERVPRO of Cayce/West Columbia and Lexington @ 803-755-9774. We are always here to help, and make it "Like it never even happened."
Fire Damage Restoration!
Five reasons you should choose SERVPRO to repair and restore your home after a fire damage.
1. Faster to any size disaster.
2. 24/Hour Emergency Services.
3. Locally Owned.
4. Highly trained fire restoration technicians.
5. A trusted leader in the restoration industry.
So if you have a fire damage in your home, give SERVPRO of Lexington's office a call. 803-755-9774.
Before, During and after a Storm
BEFORE A TORNADO: Have a disaster plan. Make sure everyone knows where to go in case a tornado threatens. Make sure you know which county or parish you live in. Prepare a kit with emergency food for your home. Have enough food and water for at least 3 days.
DURING A TORNADO: Go to a basement. If you do not have a basement, go to an interior room without windows on the lowest floor such as a bathroom or closet. If you can, get under a sturdy piece of furniture, like a table. If you live in a mobile home get out. They offer little protection against tornadoes. Get out of automobiles. Do not try to outrun a tornado in your car, leave it immediately. If you're outside, go to a ditch or low lying area and lie flat in it. Stay away from fallen powerlines and stay out of damaged areas.
AFTER A TORNADO: Stay indoors until it is safe to come out. check for injured or trapped people, without putting yourself in danger. Watch out for downed power lines. Use a flashlight to inspect your home.
** If your in school during a tornado- every school should have a disaster plan and have frequent drills. Basements offer the best protection. Schools without basements should use interior rooms and hallways on the lowest floor away from windows. Crouch down on your knees and protect your head with your arms.
Storm Damage Restoration!
5 Reasons why SERVPRO should be your #1 choice for storm restoration!
1. We are 24/Hour emergency Service.
2. Faster to any disaster.
3. Highly trained water restoration technicians.
4. A trusted leader in water restoration industry.
5. We are locally owned and operated.
If you ever find your self in a disaster, call your local SERVPRO of Cayce/West Columbia and Lexington at (803) 755-9774.
Being Ready for Possible Disasters within your Business.
No one plans on a disaster, but you can plan to be "Ready for whatever happens."
SERVPRO is always thinking about the future. They are constantly creating new and innovative ways to not only make a disaster "Like it never even happened," but to also make sure that you, the customer, the one in need, is at least somewhat prepared for a disaster. One of their newest innovations is the Emergency Ready Profile. Never heard of it? Well, that's just a shame!
The Emergency Ready Profile is necessary information that can be accessed either via website or mobile app in the midst of a disaster. This profile contains where water shut offs are, all emergency contacts, and where electricity shut offs are. Unfortunately, not everyone in your home or workplace knows this information. Let's say that one of your coworkers decides to stay late in the office. He or she is the only one there. There is a plumbing malfunction and the toilet never ceases running. The coworker does not notice this for hours until the water has seeped into his or her office. Now, there is a problem. The coworker panics. They do not know who they should be calling, where the shutoffs are, etc. Instead they frantically call their manager. Meanwhile, the water is still seeping through the office because it has not been shut off. More water damage is made and perhaps some items even become unsalvageable. But, a plumbing malfunction did not have to lead to such a disastrous situation. Some of the damage could have been elevated by one valuable mobile app.
The Emergency Ready Profile is great for anyone and everyone. But it helps businesses more than anyone. 50% of businesses that go through disastrous situations never reopen their doors. If some of the damage could be prevented by having informed employees and employers, perhaps that percentage would be lower.
"Before anything else, the key to success is preparation." So, why wouldn't you prepare yourself and your business for a possible disaster? Unfortunately, disasters occur every day, both small and large. By being prepared, when this day arrives, you will be preventing further damage.
Call SERVPRO of Cayce/West Columbia and Lexington today at 803-755-9774 to set up an appointment.
Being Prepared for your Business!
Business Preparedness: why and how you should prepare; and personal preparedness: how to pack your Go Bag and sheltering in place.
Up to 50% of businesses never reopen after being affected by a natural or human-made disaster. Despite this statistic, 62% of businesses don’t have an emergency plan in place! Your customers expect delivery of their products or services on time, regardless of your situation. And larger businesses want to insure that their supply chain is not interrupted by a disaster either. Insurance is only a partial solution. It does not cover all losses and it will NOT replace customers. News travels fast and perceptions often differ from reality. It is up to you to plan now for a disaster to avoid some of these pitfalls. Many risks cannot be insured, but some risks can be reduced by investing in loss prevention programs, protection systems, and equipment.
According to FEMA’s Business Program Management,” A preparedness policy that is consistent with the mission and vision of the business should be written and disseminated by management. The policy should define roles and responsibilities. It should authorize selected employees to develop the program and keep it current. The policy should also define the goals and objectives of the program. Typical goals of the preparedness program include:
- Protect the safety of employees, visitors, contractors and others at risk from hazards at the facility. Plan for persons with disabilities and functional needs.
- Maintain customer service by minimizing interruptions or disruptions of business operations
- Protect facilities, physical assets and electronic information
- Prevent environmental contamination
- Protect the organization’s brand, image and reputation”
A word on environmental contamination—many times, smaller businesses without a plan in place will attempt to handle the work on their building on their own. Depending on the damage and the building in question, it may be safer and more cost effective to hire a professional company to help you. Why? Well, for starters, a cleanup company like SERVPRO of Bordentown/Pemberton has the knowledge of environmental laws and regulations that you may be ignorant of. Our crew can dispose of potentially hazardous materials in a safe and compliant manner.
In order to prepare personally for a disaster, you should start by creating a Family Disaster Plan. To get started, contact your local emergency management office and your local chapter of the American Red Cross. Find out which disasters are likely to occur in your area by using the interactive map. Meet with your family and plan how you will stay in contact if separated by disaster. Because many disasters occur with little or no warning, you need to have a plan for what to do before you have instructions from authorities. Assess your situation. Decide to stay or change locations. If you are not in immediate danger, you should stay where you are and get more information before taking your next steps.
There are 3 types of sheltering, and different types are appropriate for different disasters. You can shelter in place, shelter for an extended stay, or enter a community shelter. When you shelter in place, you are sealing a room as a way to protect yourself from contaminants in the air for a short period of time. You should identify an internal room in your home or work, and store specific items such as snacks and water, a battery-operated radio, a flashlight, and pre-cut plastic sheeting and duct tape to seal off vents and doors and windows. If you are sheltering for an extended stay, you may need to store enough supplies for 2 weeks. If you are using a community shelter, you should bring your 3-day disaster supply kit with you.
So what goes in your kit? Depending on the length of time you will be gone, the time of year of the event, and how many people and pets you have with you, your kit might change. The items recommended for your basic kit are:
- 3 day supply of non-perishable food
- 3 day supply of water (one gallon per person per day)
- Portable, battery powered radio and extra batteries
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit and manual.
- Sanitation and hygiene items (moist towelettes and toilet paper)
- Matches and waterproof container
- Extra clothing (think warmth if in a cold climate)
- Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils, including a can opener.
- Photocopies of credit and identification cards
- Cash and coins
- Special needs items, such as prescription medications, eyeglasses, and hearing aid batteries.
- Items for infants and items for pets.
Just as important as putting your supplies together is maintaining them so they are safe when you are ready to use them.
- Keep canned foods in a cool dry place.
- Store boxed food in tightly closed plastic or metal containers.
- Throw out any canned good that becomes swollen, dented, or corroded.
- Change stored food and water supplies every 6 months. Write the date on the containers.
- Keep items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers.
- Re-think your needs every year and update your kit as your family needs change.
I recommend keeping a Go Bag in your car, and one in your house, as you will never know where you will be when a disaster hits. If you need help preparing your home or business for disasters, call us at 803-755-9774. We can help you create a plan for your building and tag your shut offs when necessary. And if something does go wrong, call us to help make it "Like it never even happened."
Being Prepared for the winter.
Without proper preparation your sprinkler system might be damaged by freezing temperatures. Here are some tips from Rain Bird on how to prepare your irrigation system for winter conditions if you live in a region where it freezes. Please download the Rain Bird Homeowner's Guides to Winterization at the bottom of this page for detailed instructions on how to prepare your irrigation system for the Winter months.
1. Insulate your assets: shut off the water supply to the irrigation system. The main shut off valve for your irrigation system needs to be protected against freezing. Make sure it is wrapped with insulation (foam insulation tape and a plastic bag) to protect it from harsh winter temperatures and prevent it from freezing. If you do not have a main shut off valve, you might consider installing one as a preventative investment. Also, any above ground piping needs to be insulated. Self-sticking foam-insulating tape or foam insulating tubes commonly found at home supply stores are fine.
2. Stay in control: If you have an automatic system then you will need to "shut down" the controller (timer). Most controllers have a "rain-mode" which simply shuts off the signals to the valves. The controller continues to keep time, the programming information isn't lost (start times, valve run times, etc.) and the clock continues to run throughout the winter. The only change is that the valves will not activate. If your controller is responsible for activating a pump, as a precaution you should remove the wires that are connected to the MV (Master Valve) and common terminals. This will prevent the possibility of the pump being accidentally activated which could cause damage from overheating. An alternative to using the rain mode is simply to shut off the power to the controller. If you do, you'll need to reprogram the time and potentially all your other settings as well, in the spring.
3. Drain the pipes: Now you need to remove the water from the pipes and sprinklers so that it won't freeze/expand and break the pipe. There are several ways to drain your pipes: a manual drain valve, an automatic drain valve or the compressed air blow-out method. However, since there could be potential safety risks we recommend contacting your local irrigation specialist. Many offer sprinkler winterization services this time of the year.
4. Protect valves and backflow preventers: Insulate backflow preventers and valves if they are above ground. You can also use insulation tape for this. Be sure not to block the air vents and drain outlets on backflow preventers.
Restoring Your Lexington Commercial Property After A Fire Damage Even
Restoring Your Lexington Commercial Property After A Fire Damage Event
Fire and smoke damage events at Lexington commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small fire cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
About SERVPRO of Lexington
SERVPRO of Lexington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a fire or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Being Prepared for A Fire.
Burn Awareness Week is also a great time to refresh ourselves on the ways to prevent fires by being prepared. So the first step is plan and get ready.
Fire is one of the most common disasters to hit the average family. Did you know fire causes more deaths than any other type of disaster? But fire doesn’t have to be deadly. Especially if you have early warning from a smoke detector. Another thing everyone in your family should know is how to escape calmly. Please take this seriously. As parents it’s your responsibility for planning for and practicing what to do in case of a fire.
To help you with this we have prepared a checklist which you’ll find below. As you’ll see it is pretty easy to do and a fun family activity because it gives everyone an opportunity to be involved in the protection of your house and loved ones. If you have small children it’s great because they feel a sense of accomplishment. Plus, they take pride in the responsibilities of taking care of family. It helps build their self-esteem.
We suggest you install dual sensor smoke detectors outside each bedroom and on each additional floor of your residence. Remember to keep new batteries on hand.
When were new smoke detectors installed: ________ (date)
When were the Batteries purchased: ________ (date)
What day of the month are you going to check your smoke detectors: ________ (date) (remember they should be checked every month).
Create a chart. Make sure there’s a place for the family member in charge to sign their name or initials after each of the tests they’re responsible for.
______________ (family member name) checks smoke detectors.
Look at the fire extinguisher(s) you have; check it to make sure they are properly charged. There’s nothing worse than depending on a fire extinguisher that is out of date. Just imagine how it would feel if you or your loved ones pushed the button. Nothing happened.
If your house has more than one floor you should have at least one fire extinguisher on each floor. Check the pressure on the gauge. Some fire extinguishers have a test button to check proper pressure. If the unit is low on pressure, damaged, or corroded in any way, replace it. Some fire extinguishers can be professionally serviced. Find out which kind of fire extinguisher you have.
Did you know that many fire departments have training on how to use a fire extinguisher? Call your local fire department and ask them when they are holding classes. If they don’t offer this training, ask how you can get involved in helping them create one. That way you not only help your family but many others, too. You can also check with your local Community Emergency Response Team about training in how to use the fire extinguisher. If you live in the United States you can contact your local emergency manager. Every city has one._______________ (family member name) examines extinguisher.
______________________________________________________ (family member names) have been trained to use the extinguisher.
Draw a floor plan of your home; mark two fire escape routes for each room.
Floor plan completed: _____________ (date)
Remember to pick a safe outside place away from the house to meet after escaping from a fire.
Meet up place outside: __________________________________
Remember to teach your children: Practice a low-crawl escape from your bedroom. After everybody’s done it a few times, try doing it with your eyes closed. That way you can see how well each of you would do in thick smoke.
Smoke escape drill conducted: __________________ (date)
Conduct a home fire drill at least twice a year.
Home fire drill conducted: ______________________ (date)
Make your home fire safe:
Fact: Dual sensor smoke detectors save lives. Dual Sensor smoke detectors have both ionization and photoelectric sensors in them. This offers maximum protection from two primary types of fires: flaming and smoldering. Dual photoelectric and ionization smoke sensing technologies offer optimal sensing of smoke particles produced in both flaming and smoldering fire. Remember to install a battery-powered dual sensor smoke detector outside each sleeping area and on each additional level of your home.
Use the test button to check each smoke detector once a month. When necessary, be sure to replace batteries immediately. Remember all the batteries in your smoke alarms need to be changed at least once a year.
Don’t forget to have a working fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Did you know that’s where most buyers happen?
You and every member of your family need to know how to use a fire extinguisher correctly. It’s the wrong time to learn when you’re trying to fight a fire. If you don’t know how you can get from the fire department on how to use it. After you’ve gone through the training make sure there is written instructions in your kit on the way to attack a fire. Also you need to make sure that everybody knows when the right time is to get out and quit fighting.
Remember, we want everybody to survive to play another day.
Also have instructions how to turn off all the utilities in your house.
Practice Every Month: Periodic Fire Drills.
We suggest you practice them at least once a month that way everyone remembers what to do when there is a fire.
Remember, don’t forget to make plans for your pet.
Each member in your family needs to have an Emergency Go Bag.
Here Are the Basic Things Each of You Should Have in Your Emergency Go Bag:
A Couple Days Supply of Any Needed Medications
House and Cars Keys
Copies of Important Documents
Important Phone Numbers
Change of Cloths
Emergency Space Blanket
Have a Current Picture of All Who Live in Home
Have Activities for Your Children to Do and Yourself
Anything extra you think you’ll need. (Remember you know your family better than anyone else.)
Plan Escape Routes:
Know at least two ways to escape from every room of your home. If you must use an escape ladder, be sure everyone knows how to use it.
Select a safe zone outside your home where everyone will meet after escaping.
Practice your full escape plan at least twice a year. (We suggest you try to do it every other month.) Remember, once you are out, stay out!
Please escape safely. We really enjoy having you around. And we’re not the only ones. This business is serious but you can have fun doing it.
If you see smoke in your first escape route, use your second way out.
If you must exit through smoke, crawl low under the smoke to escape.
If you are escaping through a closed door, feel the door before opening it. If it is hot, use your second way out.
If smoke, heat, or flames block your exit routes, stay in the room with the door closed. Signal for help by using a bright-colored cloth at the widow.
If there is a telephone in the room, call 911 (Use this in the United States. If in a different country check with your local fire department on how to get a hold of him in an emergency.) When you call them remember to tell them where you are.
If you catch on fire stop, drop, and roll.
“Once out stay out.”
This concludes this week’s blog. We hope you found it informative. We also hope that you make this part of your family conversation and implement this so you and your family can be prepared.
What to do when you have a water damage in your home.
Water leaks within a home or business can seep into carpet, flooring, baseboards, and walls while moving throughout the structure. SERVPRO of Lexington Franchise Professionals understand how disruptive water damages can be for a family. Water leaks in a business can not only disrupt the facility, but also can interrupt day to day business functions, which could possibly close the business and affect revenues.
Timely mitigation is key to the restoration process. Quick response time helps ensure that damage is contained and the restoration process begins promptly. This saves on the amount of damage, cost of claims, and assists in reducing losses from business interruption due to a loss. Timely and proper water mitigation will also help keep mold from developing which could cause people to become ill! SERVPRO Professionals will be able to identify water regardless of where it hides. Your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals cover Lexington and surrounding areas. We offer 24-hour emergency response from our trained professionals to help make it "Like it never even happened."
Leak Prevention Tips
- Check roof for deterioration.
- Check gutters and downspouts.
- Check basements and crawl spaces for moisture.
- Check appliances in kitchens, break rooms, and cafeterias.
- Check sinks and toilets in bathrooms.
- Check HVAC for leaks and blockages.