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How to Use Fire Extinguisers

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How to Use Fire Extinguisers SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties

All of us at SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties hope you never have a fire. If the worst happens, we are experts in cleaning the damage left by smoke and fire in your home or office.

Fire extinguishers may help prevent fire damage or smoke damage, but only if you know how to use them.

SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties wants to share these tips from FEMA. You can try to fight a small fire only if:

  • You have alerted others in the building that there is a fire
  • Someone has called the fire department
  • You are physically able to use a fire extinguisher
  • The fire is small and contained (like a wastebasket)
  • You are safe from the fire’s smoke
  • You have a clear escape route

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher: SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties suggests you remember PASS:

Pullthe pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism

Aimat the base of the fire

Squeezethe lever slowly and evenly

Sweepthe nozzle side to side

Links:

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/extinguishers.html

OSHA Guidelines, Fire Ext., Commercial

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage OSHA Guidelines, Fire Ext., Commercial SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties

SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties knows that the proper use of fire extinguishers can prevent fire from destroying lives.

Owning a fire extinguisher is not enough.  The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) requires that employers train their employees how and when to use fire extinguishers. They must provide the training shortly after the employee is hired, and then every year thereafter.

OSHA does not allow untrained employees to use a fire extinguisher.

OSHA also requires monthly inspectionsof the fire extinguishers.

Fire extinguishers have to be placed where they cannot be moved or damaged..

The carrying handle should be 3-1/2to 5 feet above the floor.

Employees must know when to use fire extinguishers.

SERVPRO of  Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties suggests asking yourself these questions regarding fire extinguishers. 

  • Have I pulled the fire alarm?
  • Is the fire extinguisher easy to reach?
  • Do I know how to use it? [Look up PASS here]
  • Is the fire contained in a small area?
  • Is the smoke non-toxic?
  • Can everyone get out?
  • Do I have an escape route?

If you can answer “yes” to all of the questions, it is reasonable to use the fire extinguisher.

SERVPRO of  Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties reminds you that fire is fast.If you cannot contain it within 30 seconds, get everyone out of the area. Call 9-1-1 once you are outside.

Links:

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/emergencypreparedness/index.html

https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/regulations/standardnumber/1910/1910.157

https://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/fire-and-life-safety-equipment/fire-extinguishers

Mold Remediation vs. Mold Removal

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation vs. Mold Removal SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties

SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Presents: Mold Removal vs Mold Remediation

We cannot see mold spores without magnification. The spores can survive almost anything.

Mold removal is impossible.

 “Mold removal”

  • Get rid of all of the mold.

AND

  • Get rid of all the mold spores.

Mold starts growing within 24 hours of exposure to moisture.

SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties can’t promise the impossible. It CAN promise mold remediation.

SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties is licensed in mold remediation.

 “Mold remediation” 

  • Remove mold colonies.
  • Throw out whatever mold has destroyed.
  • Clean, dry, and disinfect the rest.
  • Identify materials that stayed wet for over 24-48 hours.
  • Throw out those items.
  • Identify moisture sources
    • leaking pipes
    • standing water
    • condensation
    • humidity (40% or higher)
  • Stop the moisture = Prevent mold

Important:

By law, only licensed professionals can remediate large areas. A “large area” is 10 square feet or more.

Links:

https://www.fema.gov/pdf/rebuild/recover/fema_mold_brochure_english.pdf        

Tips to Stay Safe During a Storm

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tips to Stay Safe During a Storm SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties

Floods in Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties

Floods are the most common natural disaster in the U.S.  Flooding can happen near major bodies of water, but also inland.

Floods can develop slowly or quickly. Floods that come with no warning are known as flash floods.

Floods:

  • Come from rain, snow, hurricanes, tornadoes, and storm surges
  • Overflows of dams or other water systems
  • Can cause power or water outages
  • Damage buildings
  • Create landslides
  • Make roads impassable
  • Sweep away people, animals, or cars

If you are in a flood in Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties:

  • If you have a warning, get to a safe place
  • Don’t drive around barricades
  • Don’t walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties likes the warning, “Turn around! Don’t Drown!”
  • 6 inches of moving water can knock a person down. 12 inches of moving water can sweep a car away
  • Stay off bridges over fast-moving water. The water can wash bridges away
  • If your car is trapped in quickly-moving water, stay inside. If the water rises inside the vehicle, climb onto the roof
  • If you are trapped in a building, go to the highest level. Do NOT climb into a closed attic. Floodwater can trap you. Go to the roof only if there is no other escape

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/floods

https://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program

Causes of Fire: Arson, Intentional

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Causes of Fire: Arson, Intentional SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll

SERVPRO of  Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties wants you to be aware of the causes of fire damage and fire injuries so that you can help prevent them.

Top Causes of Fires in Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties:

  • Arson & intentional fires. An “intentional fire” is one that is not set to cause harm, but it gets out of control.  Arson is a fire that is set to cause harm. Most of the time, arson and intentional fires are set outside. Deaths, injuries, and fire damage usually happen indoors
  • SERVPRO of [Franchise]has more information [Insert the permalink from your Candle Blog here]
  • Kitchen fires are the leading cause of home fire injuries and home fire damage
  • Use all electrical equipment according to the directions
  • Heating equipment is the second most common cause of deaths in home fires
  • December, January, and February are the months that have the most home heating fires
  • Cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and other smoking materials are the biggest cause of fire deaths in the U.S. Think of preventing tragedy when explaining why to quit smoking
  • Children should never be left alone with matches, lighters, candles, or other dangerous materials. Children playing with fire cause hundreds of deaths and injuries every year

Please pay attention to fire safety. While we can help to restore your home or office, prevention and family safety should always come first. Share this blog with a friend who might want to learn more about fire prevention.

Links:

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Top-causes-of-fire

Store Evacuation with Disabilities in Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Store Evacuation with Disabilities in Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties

Storm Damage & Evacuation in Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties: 

People with disabilities may need to pack more during an evacuation.

SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties has these tips:

Plan for backup if you have your own car. A storm or flood may damage your car.

Before an emergency, check with your healthcare provider to understand these things:

  • Where should I go if I need medical care?
  • Where can I get medical supplies?
  • How I do get accessible transportation?
  • Does the facility have disability ramp access?

Bring with you:

  • Written contact list
  • Medical alert tags/bracelets
  • Copies of medical insurance and Medicare cards
  • List of all medications, dosages, and allergies
  • Style & serial number of medical devices
  • Supply of prescription medications
  • Supply of medical equipment
  • Extra battery for a power wheelchair
  • Any cushions or padding
  • Wheelchairs, canes, braces, etc.

Storm damage makes life more difficult for service animals too.

For people who have service animals in Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties:

Pack extra food, water, & other supplies for the service animal

  • Tell emergency responders that your service animal travels with you
  • Shelters and other buildings may not refuse entry to a service animal

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/individuals-access-functional-needs

FEMA Stats on Commercial Fires

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage FEMA Stats on Commercial Fires SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties

The Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) reports that over 40% of businesses do not reopen after a disaster such as fire damage, storm damage, or other disruption.

Only 29% of those that do reopen remain open after 2 years.

SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties wants you to be aware of the causes of fire damage and fire injuries so that you can help prevent them.

Top Causes of Commercial Fires in Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties:

  • Cooking: SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties has information 
  • Equipment: Almost 38% of business fires start from faulty equipment or from mis-used equipment. Some materials can catch fire or explode when exposed to heat
  • Carelessness: Remember to cover light bulbs, turn off equipment at the end of the day, and to replace frayed cords

SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties wants you to remember that the best way to fight fire damage or smoke damage is to prevent it.

Links:

https://www.fema.gov/medialibrary/assets/documents/89510

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/firesafety/

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/statistics/nonres_bldg_fire_estimates.pdf

Different Kinds of Mold

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Different Kinds of Mold SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties

Condensation and Mold in Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties.

There are many different kinds of mold. EVERY SINGLE ONE needs moisture to grow.

Mold doesn’t need a storm or flood. Even a tiny bit of dampness is enough for mold.

Have you seen condensed water on the inside of a window? Have you noticed water droplets near the shower?  That water is more than enough for mold to start growing.

SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties wants you to know: if you control moisture, you control mold.

Control Moisture:

  • Clean spills or leaks quickly. Mold can start growing within 24 hours
  • Make sure roof gutters are in good shape
  • Don’t let water collect around the house foundation
  • Don’t let water collect in the air-conditioner drip pans
  • Keep drains clear
  • Indoor humidity should be under 40%
  • Wipe condensation from windows, pipes, or walls

SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties offers these suggestions:

  • Use exhaust fans
  • Use air conditioners and/or dehumidifiers. Low humidity reduces condensation
  • Use the bathroom fan when you shower
  • Appliances should vent to the outside. Even stoves, washers and dryers produce water vapor

SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties has ideas on reducing condensation:

  • Increase air movement
    • Open doors & windows
    • Use fans
  • Insulate cold surfaces like water pipes
  • Keep the temperature comfortable

Links:

https://www.epa.gov/mold/brief-guide-mold-moisture-and-your-home

How to Get Flood Insurance

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to Get Flood Insurance SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties

Water Damage & Insurance in Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties:

Most insurance rates vary by company. Rules for insurance vary by state.  Flood insurance is an exception.

Most property insurance does not cover flood damage.

Some homeowners’ policies will cover water damage if the damage comes from:

  • sewer or drain backup
  • sudden & accidental damage from plumbing, heating systems, or air conditioning

The policy might also cover mold remediation, but not if a flood caused the problem.

How to get flood insurance in Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties:

  • Check whether your community participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). You can still get flood insurance if you live in a low-risk area. The insurance will cost less if you live in a low-risk area.
  • Find an insurance agent in [City or County]. The NFIP is the only flood-insurance provider, but the government does not sell it. Buy the insurance through an insurance agent. The NFIP sets the rates.
  • If your insurance agent doesn’t know about the NFIP, call the help center at 1-800-427-4661

Links:

https://www.usa.gov/property-insurance

www.fema.gov

Extinguisher Types

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Extinguisher Types SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties

All of us at SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties hope your business stays safe from fire.  If the worst happens, we are experts in cleaning fire damage and smoke damage.

Just to be safe, SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties recommends you keep, maintain, and know how to use fire extinguishers. 

A fire-extinguisher may prevent fire damage and smoke damage from spreading throughout the office.

If you see a small fire that you can take care of yourself, use the following tips.  If you have any worries, you and everyone should leave the house and call 9-1-1 when you are outside.

SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties wants you to know that you can try to fight a small fire only if:

  • You can get to the fire extinguisher quickly. Fire is fast. Fire damage and smoke damage are less painful than personal injuries
  • You have the right class of fire extinguisher
  • You know how to use the fire extinguisher

SERVPRO of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties explains Types of Commercial Fire Extinguishers:

Classes A, B, and C fire extinguishers are found in both homes and businesses

  • Class A is for cloth, wood, and paper
  • Class B is for liquids that can burst into flame or explode, such as grease, gasoline, oil, or oil-based paints
  • Class C is for electrical equipment like computers, tools, or anything else that is plugged in
  • Most home-improvement stores sell multi-purpose fire extinguishers: Classes A:B:C
  • Class D is for metals that can burst into flame. Class D fire extinguishers are usually needed only in some factories
  • Class K is for vegetable and animal oils and fats that are in cooking appliances. Commercial kitchens (restaurants, cafeterias, catering businesses) often use them

Links:

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/extinguishers.html