Emergency Fire Damage Tips
After experiencing a damaging fire, you will need to go through home or business to assess the damage and inventory salvageable items. To keep you safe and minimize further damages, follow these emergency fire damage tips:
- Keep your hands clean.
- Limit movement in the home to prevent further damage.
- Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent further soiling.
- If the electricity is off, empty your freezer and refrigerator and keep their doors open.
- Wipe soot from chrome on faucets and appliances, then protect it with a light coating of lubricant.
Do not attempt to wash any walls, painted surfaces, carpet or upholstered furniture without first contacting a team member from SERVPRO of Jackson and DeKalb Counties at 256-845-4402. Our team specializes in making fire damage “Like it never even happened.” Additionally, do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire or water without consulting a repair service.
Fire Prevention Tips for Your Business
Unfortunately, fires are quite common among businesses, leaving business owners and stakeholders at major losses. However, you can help prevent a fire from occurring by taking certain steps. Emergency preparedness is key! The following are tips on how to lower the possibility of a fire at your business:
- Develop an accessible fire escape plan. To ensure that all your employees know it, conduct at least one fire drill per year for practice.
- Install a sprinkler system throughout the building.
- Make sure each outlet in your building only has one extension cord each.
- Regularly replace electrical wiring.
- Leave enough space for appliances between them and the wall to avoid overheating.
- Assign one employee to be your safety officer. This person will be the leader of emergency operation plans and allow for organization.
Be prepared and prevent fires!
Mold is Approaching
We are creeping up on the most humid weather of the year, and that means it is about to be a thriving environment for mold down here in the south. Mold can be found both indoors and outdoors in places with high levels of moisture, such as leaks around pipes, windows, or roofs. If flooding has occurred and saturated your home, mold will also grow in drywall, dust, upholstery, and carpet, just to name a few. This is why it is of utmost importance to reach out to SERVPRO of Jackson and Dekalb Counties immediately if any water damage has occurred - our specially trained professionals will ensure your home and belongings are properly cleaned and dried to inhibit mold growth.
Acting on Mold Growth
Mold can be many different colors, smell musty, and will often look like spots. Regardless of what type of mold it is, it needs to be removed. If you see visible mold, do not disturb it by attempting to clean the area yourself, touching the mold, or blowing air across affected areas. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home. If you suspect mold, keep loved ones out of the area, turn off fans and the HVAC system, and contact your friends at SERVPRO of Jackson and Dekalb Counties today!
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Thundertsorms in Alabama
The most common natural disasters in Alabama result from – you guessed it – thunderstorms. When large storms pass through the counties of Jackson, DeKalb and surrounding areas, residents and business owners alike are most commonly at risk of water, flood and mold damage. However, intense lightning is also capable of causing fire damage, and strong winds can cause property damage. Each of these negative outcomes has the possibility of being linked to one another, making it especially important for individuals to be prepared for anything.
Since thunderstorms are incredibly common natural events, be sure to pay close attention to the weather forecast and prepare for any damages that may occur as a result of a thunderstorm.
Before the storm:
- Keep trees and bushes pruned to avoid flying branches in case of severe winds.
- Secure all free-standing outdoor objects (chairs, grills, etc.) by moving them to a shed, garage or other indoor space.
- Unplug electrical equipment to avoid potential power surges.
During the storm:
- Seek shelter and remain indoors.
- Patch or place a bucket beneath any leaks that occur from the ceiling.
- Keep windows and doors shut and locked.
After the storm:
- Assess any damages.
- Call SERVPRO of Jackson and DeKalb Counties (256-854-4402) if you experience water, flood, fire and/or mold damages. We’re here to help make it as though the thunderstorm never happened!
Water Damage Do's and Don'ts
When a water damage situation occurs, you may be thinking “What next?” If the water is clean, you are encouraged to follow these guidelines to ensure you are doing all the right things and staying away from the wrong:
- Shut off the water source if possible
- Remove excess water by mopping and blotting
- Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs
- Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature
- Remove oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting
- Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water.
- Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet.
- Do not enter areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
- Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpeting.
Be sure to call SERVPRO of Jackson and DeKalb Counties at 256-845-4402 if you experience water damage. We’re ready for whatever happens to make it “Like it never even happened.”
How Meteorologists Predict Storms
When you turn on the news and the meteorologist informs you of an incoming storm, he or she is warning you to take precautions to avoid potential damages. But how do weather forecasters predict incoming storms?
By using computer models, air observations and satellite imagery, meteorologists can detect abnormal patterns or instable conditions in the air. Using physics and other complex dynamics, computer models predict the formation of a thunderstorm before it occurs. On the contrary, satellites and radar technology track the storm once it is formed.
Predicting future storms is important because it allows the public to be informed and therefore better prepare for possible damages. Additionally, meteorology assists airplanes and their passengers in staying safe while in flight.
Be sure to thank your local meteorologist for keeping us informed!
Water Damage Specialists
When you experience water damage in your home, you look to turn to someone trustworthy. We are proud to inform you that the professionals at SERVPRO of Jackson and DeKalb Counties are your leading water damage experts!
Our professionals study water damage to ensure that when we arrive at your door to serve you, you are in the best hands. Several of our employees are certified water restoration specialists through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, and all of our professionals participate in continuous learning courses and programs.
To remove water, we use a variety of equipment including detection, extraction, air moving, dehumidification and deodorization equipment. Learning how to use this equipment takes time, study and practice. We are committed to keeping our education on this equipment and the process updated. Trust SERVPRO of Jackson and DeKalb Counties with your water damage needs!
Protect Your Business From Flooding
When disaster affects a business, the owner of that business may end up assessing some devastating losses. Floods especially have been known to give business owners major headaches. Fortunately, there are ways to prepare you business for possible flooding by taking these steps:
- Invest in flood insurance. Flood damage is not always covered by basic commercial property insurance. Flood insurance can save a business from having to pay substantial amounts of money to repair damages, especially if the business is in a flood susceptible area.
- Have a continuity plan. Prepare for the possibility that you may not have access to your building for a substantial amount of time. Be sure to have a back-up plan on how to continue business and a back-up for critical equipment and materials.
- Use flood barriers. When a food is predicted, prepare with flood barriers. Do everything you can to minimize the amount of water that could possibly enter your facility.
Test Your Smoke Alarms
When is the last time you tested your smoke alarms?
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, smoke alarms powered by a nine-volt battery and smoke alarms wired into an electrical system should be tested monthly, keeping in mind that batteries should be replaced yearly and the entire smoke alarm should be replaced every 10 years. Smoke alarms containing a lithium battery should also be tested monthly, but since lithium batteries should not be replaced, the entire alarm should be replaced according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
There are two basic types of smoke alarms: photoelectric and ionization. They each detect different types of fires, so it is recommended to have either both in each room or a single smoke alarm in each room that detects both photoelectric and ionization smoke, also known as a dual sensor smoke alarm.
Set reminders to remember to keep you smoke alarms updated!
Backyard Recreational Fires
Planning to have a recreational backyard fire? Many people enjoy the outdoors by lighting a fire to use for warmth, cooking and camping. However, fire is obviously dangerous if it gets out of hand. Here are some tips on how to have a successful – and safe – backyard fire.
- Check your local laws. Recreational fire restrictions vary between towns, so be sure you are respecting the law before you light your fire.
- Keep fire pits at least 10 feet, but preferably 25 feet, away from houses, buildings and other structures. The farther away, the better!
- Pay attention to the direction of the wind. If the smoke is blowing toward nearby bushes or your neighbor’s property, consider relocating the fire or postponing it until the wind lessens.
- If you are burning wood, make sure it is dry. Using green wood and other materials creates not only more smoke but also air pollutants that can be toxic for the environment.
- Consider using propane or natural gas fires rather than burning wood. Wood burning is considered pollution, and propane and natural gas burn cleaner and reduce harmful air pollutants.
Enjoy your backyard recreational fire…safely!