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Why Insurers Choose SERVPRO
SERVPRO of Lincoln and Warren Counties are trained, uniformed professionals using professional cleaning procedures, providing fast and efficient service to meet SERVPRO's high standards of excellence!
Our equipment consists of state of the art truck mounted unites, extractors, dry cleaning machines, dehumidifiers and other cleaning equipment that is designed to cost efficiently arrest any further damage to the structure and contents and return your insured property to its preloss state in most cases. Only SERVPRO professionals are licensed to offer our exclusive line of products.
Celebrate Summer Safely
Summer is synonymous with barbeques, parades and fireworks displays; but along with all the festivities are plenty of visits to emergency rooms—especially in July. Each year around 230 people are injured badly enough to require medical treatments after firework-related incidents, according to the U.S consumer Product Safety Commission. In addition to causing injury, fireworks are also responsible for thousands of house fires each year with millions of dollars in property damage.
There is nothing like firing up the grill during the summer months! Did you know, July is the peak month for grill fires? A backyard barbeque can become dangerous quickly if proper safety precautions aren’t considered. As your local SERVPRO professional, we want you to have an enjoyable and safe summer. Consider the following tips to help ensure your summer celebrations are disaster free!
-Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
-The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and over hanging branches.
-Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
-Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
-Never leave your grill unattended.
- When using a charcoal grill, let the coal completely cool before disposing in a metal container.
-Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear.
-Do not to try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don’t go off or in case of fire. Children should never pick up fireworks that may be left over as they may still be active.
-The Safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.
Smoke Alarms Save Lives
Smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives, and when properly installed, can reduce the risk of fire injury in half.
The National Fire Protection Association recommends smoke alarms be install in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters and on every level of the house. Business owners should consult the local Fire Marshall to ensure specific building fire codes and smoke detectors requirements are met.
Smoke alarms work best when paired with a fire escape plan. A plan allows your family, employees or client to escape quickly and safely in an emergency situation.
Review the following tips regarding smoke detector installation and maintenance.
-Install smoke alarms on every level of the home including the basement.
- Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance.
-Test smoke alarms at least once a month using a test button.
-Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm "chirps" the battery is low and should be replaced right away.
-Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
Eliminate Heating Hazards This Winter!
The winter season is in full swing! The days are shorter and temperatures are lower. No matter where you live, winter brings a change in weather. In an effort to keep our homes and workplaces cozy, many people use alternative heat sources like fireplaces, portable space heaters, and wood burning stoves. According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment is responsible for an estimated $893 million in property damage annually. Heating is the second leading cause of residential fire deaths, making it important to review ways to help reduce the risk of a heating-related fire.
-Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove or portable space heater. Have a three foot "Kid-free zone" around open fires and space heaters.
-Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
-Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
-Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
-Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
-Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer's instructions.
-Test smoke alarms monthly.
Avoid Holiday Hazards
Candles, pretty lights and decoration are just a few of the items that add to the charm and cheer of the holiday season. However, if they are not used carefully your holidays may go from festive to frightening very quickly.
Review the Following simple safety tips, provided by the National Fire Protection Association, to greatly reduce your risk in your home or business this holiday season. Two out of five home decoration fires are started by candles. Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that burns. Use sturdy candle holders that are not likely to tip over and place candles on clear, uncluttered surfaces. Consider using flameless candles instead of real candles. Make sure your tree and decorations are at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, candles or heat vents. Make sure you have the correct type of lights for your desired decor. Some lights are designed for only indoor or outdoor use, but not both. Carefully inspect light strands before placing them. Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of light sets. Remember to turn off outside decorative lights and Christmas tree lights before leaving or going to bed. Get rid of your tree after Christmas or when it is dry. Dried out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home. Check with your local community to find a recycling program. Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.
Be prepared for Severe Weather!
Preparation is key is the key to making it through any size disaster and having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building faster following a disaster. Don’t wait until disaster strikes. Call us today to establish an Emergency Ready Profile for your property and be ready for whatever happens.
Build an Emergency Kit:
- Water (One gallon per person per day)
- Food (Non perishable, 3-day supply)
- Manual can opener
- battery operated radio
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust masks or bandanas
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Hygiene items
- Important documents, copies of insurance policies identification cards and bank account information
- Fire Extinguisher
- Matches in waterproof container