Apartment Fire Safety
When you're living in an apartment setting, fire can be hazardous to not only you, but each of the other families that are residing there. Here are three top key points to remember when dealing with a fire in your apartment, or town home!
First off, prevention is key! Be sure to guard all flammable materials, especially cigarettes and candles. Also, watch for electrical hazards like fraying chords and overloaded power strips. When too may items are plugged into one outlet the source can over heart, spark, and result in a fire.
Secondly, be sure that all fire detectors have working batteries and are always ON. There should be working fire detectors on every floor of your residence, especially in the bedroom in case a fire should occur at night. The more detectors, the more possible alarms to alert your family.
Lastly, be sure your family has an escape plan figured out in the event of any emergency or crisis. A person is less likely to panic or freeze when there is a set plan in motion. Being active and alert during a crisis betters the outcome!
If you're in a building:
- Have a portable radio for weather alerts and updates nearby.
- Get to the lowest level of your home, such as a basement or storm cellar. If you don't have a basement, go to an inner hallway or a closet.
- Keep away from all windows and glass doorways.
- Do not use elevators because the power may turn-off, leaving you trapped inside.
- Cover your head and eyes with a blanket or jacket to protect against flying debris and broken glass.
- Keep pets on a leash or in a crate close by.
- Stay inside until you're certain the storm has passed!
- Do not leave a building to attempt to "escape" a tornado.
If you're in a mobile home:
- Do not stay in a mobile home during a tornado. Even mobile homes equipped with tie-down systems cannot withstand the force of a tornado's winds.
- Heed all local watches and warnings, and leave your mobile home to seek shelter as quickly as possible before a tornado strikes, preferably in a nearby building with a basement.
- If no shelter is immediately available, find the lowest-lying area near you and lie down in it, covering your head with your hands.
6 Steps to Preventing Mold Growth
SERVPRO has released a report on the six steps to help prevent the growth of mold after water damage has occurred
14,000 people daily are affected by water damage. It is important to know how to eliminate conditions in which may cause mold to grow and spread.
All homeowners who have recently experienced water damage should be concerned about mold, as it can grow rapidly. The sooner an infestation is taken care of, the better.
Here are six tips to help reduce the likelihood of mold growth:
Remove the water as quickly as possible.
Use a wet or dry vacuum to soak up as much water as possible. This limits the possibility for the mold to grow.
Use fans to dry the floors and carpets faster.
It may take several days for fans to completely dry water damage. Leave them on constantly for at least a few weeks to help circulate cool and fresh air as well as speed up the drying process.
Dehumidify the affected room.
Mold grows in moist, warm and dark areas. Dehumidifying the room helps cool the air and limit mold and mildew growth. Any equipment you can use to dry the air and ground will be useful in mold prevention. Don't have proper equipment? Easy- call SERVPRO to help dry out your home.
Steam-clean your carpet.
Steam-clean any and all carpets to properly sanitize and wipe out any spores which may have started growing. Any water-damaged carpet padding may need to be replaced, but is still much cheaper than having to entirely re-carpet the house.
Sanitize walls and baseboards.
Anything that has been touched by storm water should immediately be sanitized. Clean any hardwood floors, walls, or other surfaces with soap, water, chlorine, and bleach to minimize mold growth.
Lastly, check affected furniture for any signs of mold growth that may have begun
Check all furniture for water damage, and remove the furniture from wet flooring. Water damage may hide itself under carpets or rugs, so be sure to thoroughly inspect the home.
Even following the above steps, it is likely that a mold infestation may still be present in the home. If any visible signs of mold are noticed, then an infestation/colonization has occurred. For any extensive mold damage situations, it is best to call SERVPRO!
Getting Vacation Ready
Going on vacation should be relaxing and worry-free which is why it is important to make sure your house is secure before you leave for your trip. Be SERVPRO ready so you don’t come back to damages in your home. Here are some tips for preparing your home:
Make Arrangements with an Emergency Contact
- Choose a close friend or neighbor you trust as your emergency contact and provide them with all of your itinerary information in case they need to contact you.
- A timer on lights will give the impression someone is home.
- Leave written directions for alarm codes, doors, or other information needed to properly care for your home.
- Make sure your mail is collected; burglars often look for homes with overflowing mail.
- The Post office can suspend your mail and deliver the day you get back. Just call your local Post Office for information.
Take plumbing and electric precautions
- Prevent leaks and floods from damaging your home by shutting off gas and water at the meter, supply tank or appliances.
- Turn off the water valves to washing machines, sinks, and the dishwasher.
- Unplug electronics to cut down on any possible shortages which could potentially cause a disastrous fire.
- Check your smoke detectors to ensure they are working properly.
- Adjust your thermostat for the season in the winter 55-60 in the summer 75-80 should help control usage.
Right before you leave
- Notify your security company that you are leaving town.
- Take out the kitchen trash and other trash that could get smelly or grow mold.
- Go on one last walk through of your home to secure windows, blinds, fences, doors, and plugs. This will ensure all entries are safe from hazardous obstructions.
If you come back from vacation and encounter damage within your home, call SERVPRO!
Prevent Fires This Spring and Summer!
Spring & Summer is usually filled with cook outs, BBQs, and family get-togethers! While this is fun it also brings the possibility of fire hazards. Here are a few precautions we can take!
Precautions to take while grilling Propane:
- Stay alert when grilling. Avoid grilling when you are tired or have consumed too much alcohol.
- Do Not leave your grill unattended.
- Keep the grill in a place that is free from flammable items and away from porch rails, and low lying branches.
- Keep children and pets as far away from the grill as possible
- Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year.
NOTE: A light soap & water solution applied to the hose is a great way to check for leaks. You can often smell a propane leak, but propane will also release bubbles when the soap and water solution is applied. If you detect a leak, turn the gas tank and grill off. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department.
- Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before igniting.
- If you smell gas while cooking, immediately move away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.
- If the flames go out for any reason, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 15 minutes before re-lighting it.
- Keep your grill clean by regularly removing grease or fat buildup from the grates and trays below.
Charcoal grill safety tips to consider:
- If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquid to the flames.
- Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
- Electric charcoal starters do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
- When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container with a lid.
Fire Safety for Business Owners
Though some fires are unavoidable acts of nature or unpredictable accidents, many fires in the home and workplace are avoidable. The following tips can help reduce the likelihood of a fire in your business or home.
1. Watch your cooking - Stay in the kitchen if you are frying, grilling or broiling food. Never allow young children around the stove or oven, especially if they are not closely attended.
2. Give space heaters space - Keep space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn.
3. Smoke outside - If you must smoke inside, have a sturdy, deep ashtray. Never smoke in bed.
4. Keep matches and lighters out of reach - Keep matches and lighters in high cabinets, preferably under a child lock.
5. Inspect electrical cords - Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs or have loose connections.
6. Be careful when using candles - Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn. Blow them out before you leave the room or go to sleep.
7. Have a fire escape plan - Make a fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year.
8. Install smoke alarms - Install alarms on every level of your office or home and inside bedrooms. Interconnect them so they all sound at once.
9. Test smoke alarms - Test alarms once per month. Replace batteries once per year or as needed.
10. Install sprinklers - Sprinklers can help maintain and sometimes even extinguish fires, giving your local fire department a better chance of saving your property.
Whether its giving tips on fire safety or providing 24/7 emergency services, SERVPRO of Anson, Stanly, and Richmond County is here to help! For information on fire damage repair and restoration call today at (704) 474-7190.
Always There, 24/7
As a 24/7 business that's ALWAYS available, SERVPRO of Union County is committed to responding to home and business owners' needs in the case of an emergency. Whether it is water damage from a broken pipe, flooding from downpour, fire from a Stove, or even the event of a vandalism: SERVPRO of Union County is ready to respond! Like the motto states: “Faster to any size disaster.”
The reason is simple: The sooner restoration begins, the less time for more damage to occur. Over time, water damages become more complex as water flows in your structure and contents. Also with time, water infiltrating your home or business can give mold the moisture it needs to grow.
Call SERVPRO of Union County any time to handle those emergencies making them, “like it never even happened.”
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The same people you trust after a fire or water disaster can also make sure your business stays clean all year around!
What cleaning services do we perform?
* Ceilings, Walls & Hard Floors
* Deodorization of Spaces
* Air Duct Cleaning & HVAC Cleaning
* Drapes & Blinds
* Carpet & Upholstery
*Biohazard, Crime Scene & Vandalism
Interested in something that is not mentioned on the list? Just give us a call and we can see what we can do for you.
Our trained professionals are available to remove the stress from your work load to allow you to worry about maintaining and growing your business!
Reach out to our office with any questions you may have & we will make sure you speak to someone that can help!
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The employees at SERVPRO of Union County LOVE Spring, do you?
To celebrate ringing in the new spring season our franchise held a SERVPRO Spring Cleaning Giveaway! Our office staff put together two buckets filled with SERVPRO cleaning goodies and held a Facebook Post Giveaway! The only rules were to “Share” the post with your friends, “Like” the post, & “Comment” your name!
The Spring Cleaning Bucket included:
- A 14 Quart SERVPRO Branded Bucket
- SERVPRO Spotting Kit
- SERVPRO Multi Purpose Glass Cleaner
- SERVPRO can of Deodorizer
- Pack of SERVPRO Green Rags
- Cleaning Gloves
- A Cleaning Brush
After the time period was up our Executive Marketing Team each pulled out a name and announced who the winners were!
Congratulations again to Cassie Bennett and Sydnie Kidd for winning!
There are 3 different categories of water:
Category 1 Water – That which is clean at the releasing source and does not pose a hazard if consumed by humans. Category 1 water may become progressively contaminated as it mixes with soils on or within floor coverings or building assemblies (walls, decking, subflooring). Time and temperature, which promote the growth and amplification of microorganisms in water can cause Category 1 water to degrade.
Examples of category 1 water are:
- failed supply lines on appliances
- vertically falling rainwater (water that does not hit the ground before entering the structure)
Category 2 Water – That which begins with some degree of contamination and could cause sickness or discomfort if consumed by humans. As with Category 1 water, time and temperature can cause Category 2 water to become progressively more contaminated.
Examples of category 2 water:
- Washing Machine Over flow
Category 3 Water – That which is highly contaminated and could cause death or serious illness if consumed by humans.
Examples of category 3 water:
- rising flood water from rivers and streams
- ground surface water flowing horizontally into homes
There are many different factors that could contribute to the category of water, it may not always be clear. If you have any questions be sure to always ask a qualified professional. SERVPRO of Union County would be happy to assist you with any questions you may have.