Holiday Fires?! Let's Hope Not!
STOP!!! Can we get through Halloween first?? Sure, but the holidays are right around the corner and will be here before we know it. Time just seems to be flying by this year. Especially with the crazy 2020 year, we have already been having. The last thing anyone needs or wants is a house fire. We at SERVPRO of Montgomery want to give you some Holiday Safety Tips so you make lasting memories with your family that does not include burning your house down! According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), here are a few holiday safety tips to remember;
- Dried flowers, cornstalks, and crepe paper catch fire easily. Keep all decorations away from open
flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters.
- Use a battery-operated candle or glow-stick in jack-o lanterns. If you use a real candle, use
extreme caution. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit. When
lighting candles inside jack-o lanterns, use long, fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter.
- Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of the way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways, and yards.
- Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
- Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
- If deep-frying your turkey, defrost the turkey COMPLETELY – and dry it before putting it in hot
- Keep a grease-rated fire extinguisher close by
- Use lights that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor
or outdoor use.
- Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
- Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
SERVPRO of Montgomery Emergency Ready Profile
The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) will help ensure you and your business are "Ready for whatever happens."
In the event of an emergency, the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your commercial facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including Emergency Contact Information, Shut-off Valve Locations and Priority Areas. The ERP is also accessible online using your computer or tablet; download SERVPRO's free Ready Plan app to access this information at any time using your smartphone or tablet.
The ERP also establishes SERVPRO of Montgomery as your preferred SERVPRO franchise in the event of a disaster. Having a plan in place helps minimize the amount of time your business is inactive following a disaster.
The ERP is a no-cost assessment that requires little time and can save you a lot of time and money in the future.
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Stop Grill Fires From Starting With These Tips | SERVPRO® of Montgomery
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Having your dinner on the grill and your family enjoying your backyard is exactly what summer calls for, but it is important to prioritize safety amidst all the fun. Grilling is a fantastic way to prepare a meal, but it is also one of the more hazardous cooking methods due to the presence of an open flame.
While we are all for a backyard barbecue, we do like to remind everyone of the safety considerations to take in order to prevent fires.
Many people do not realize that grill fires are a frequent issue, occurring around 5,700 times a year as reported by the U.S. Fire Administration. However, by being a safe grillmaster, you can significantly reduce the chances that one will occur.
Safety Considerations to Prevent Grill Fires
Create a safe zone around your grill. Placing your grill in a convenient spot may seem like the most important thing, but we like to urge people to keep safety in mind as well. At least three feet around your grill should be free of flammable materials so there is no chance of a flare-up spreading to nearby objects.
Clean your grill grates often. With each use, your grill grates can become saturated with food and grease that have become stuck over time. Brushing down your grates after each use is always recommended—not only will this keep your grill’s temperatures consistent, but it will also prevent these food bits from becoming too hot and catching fire.
Never leave the grill unattended. Catching a grill fire before it gets out of hand can be the difference in a small incident and a large emergency, so never walk away from the grill when it is lit. If you have to take a break, have someone swap in for you, and always keep a fire extinguisher within arms’ reach.
Inspect the grill regularly. As with anything, grills can wear down with age, especially those that are gas-powered. Doing a visual inspection before each use can help you suss out any gas leaks safely so you can repair them before using your grill again.
If you have a grill fire that does damage to your home, we are here to help. You can call us any time, day or night, to have a quick response from our restoration experts.
How to Seek Shelter if a Storm Catches You Off-Guard | SERVPRO® of Montgomery
If your home sustains damage due to a storm, SERVPRO of Montgomery is on call and ready to help at any hour.
When you are enjoying summer fun, the last thing you are likely thinking about is the chance that a storm will start. However, it bears consideration regardless of how clear the sky looks.
Hot, humid weather is exactly what storms need to feed off of, so knowing how to get to safety quickly is key when these sudden storms begin. Below are our top tips for ensuring you know the facts about safe sheltering.
Quickly Getting to Safety if a Storm Starts Suddenly
Know your options for shelter. In an ideal scenario, you will already be somewhere secure if a storm is inbound—but we all know that is not always the case. Fortunately, sheltering in your car is actually a recommended practice if a building is not available, and can be quite safe as long as you are able to park safely and cut off the engine.
Practice electrical safety. Thunder and lightning always occur together, so all thunderstorms carry the potential to cause lightning damage as well. When you are inside, be sure you unplug all the electronics you are able to if there is time before the storm. In the chance that there is not, installing inexpensive surge protectors around your house and office can help you be safer.
Avoid direct contact with concrete. Though sheltering from a storm in a concrete structure may feel like the most secure option, make sure to avoid directly coming into contact with the concrete. The metal inside concrete buildings can attract lightning and distribute it through the walls and floor, causing a shock to anyone who is in contact with it.
Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes. If the skies clear suddenly after a summer storm, you may be antsy to get back outside, but beware of the false sense of security. Lightning can travel extreme distances, even striking up to 30 miles away from where the clouds are. For this reason, it is best to wait a half-hour after the last thunderclap before heading back out.
If your home sustains damage due to a storm, you can count on us to help. Contact us at any hour to learn more about our storm restoration process.
Be Safe Grilling!
If you're a Tri-County local, you know how gorgeous the weather can be in the summer. Our beautiful blue skies and high temps always inspire a barbecue. After you grill, watch some TV and catch up with your pals, then, it's time to clean up.
It's a job that nobody likes to do, but it has to be done. A grill that's mired in excessive grit and soot can become a hazard and could lead to fire damage on your property.
If you're already trying to deal with extensive fire damage, don't panic, because SERVPRO of Montgomery has your back. With 24/7 emergency service and highly trained technicians on call, SERVPRO can respond faster to any size disaster.
It's a hassle to get your grill back in top shape, but with these four tips for grill cleaning, you'll have a spotless grill in no time.
- Safety First!
Always make sure to follow proper safety procedures! This is true whether you're looking to spot clean after you've grilled food or you're gunning for a more in-depth, thorough cleaning.
Ensure that each of the knobs is OFF. Next, if you are using propane, make sure the tank is closed. Following that, check that the grill is on a stable, even surface; and that the grill is no longer hot before you touch any of its individual parts without protection.
- Quality Grilling Utensils
Your grill brush is an important tool that you don't want to skimp out on.
What makes a great grill brush? You'll want a brush that has smaller bristles and multiple heads. Also, a long handle so that you can scrub while the gratings are still hot, and one that's durable. You'll also want to make sure that whatever brush you pick up is a good match for the size and type of grill that you're using.
- Food and Grease Excess Residue
It's never a bad idea to crank the grill up to its highest setting after you're done cooking so that it can burn off excess grime. This can make your post-barbecue spot clean easier.
- Outside Grill Surfaces Clean
Ensuring that the exterior of the grill is spotless is as important as maintaining the cleanliness of its interior. It's an easier job than the inside, though; all you'll need is soapy water and a rag.
Unpredictable Storm Damage
Bad weather can be unpredictable, and when it is, homes are at risk of suffering storm damage. The worry is that it’s often difficult to tell just how serious the damage is.
SERVPRO of Montgomery understands the process of water damage through the roof and has years of experience.
Homeowners often ignore what is seemingly minor damage, not knowing that it is actually causing major issues within the building’s structure. Remember, serious storm damage is not always immediately visible. It may seem like there’s nothing to worry about, but actually, mold growth and ceiling stains are very often signs of a more sinister problem.
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Schedule an appointment for us to come and take a look ASAP. If you wait for obvious signs of damage, you may be putting your entire home at risk. Moreover, if your roof or other structural elements have suffered storm damage, your insurance should cover the cost of repair and restoration.
SERVPRO of Montgomery is a fully licensed general contractor specializing in insurance restoration. We also offer 24/7 emergency home restoration services on mold, water, fire, smoke, and storm damage, as well as vandalism or any other disaster that may strike your home.
We are always ready to help and can handle any size job!
Water damage? We Have You Covered.
It’s 2 am and you awake to the sound of running water. As you groggily come to your senses, you decide to check out the unusual noise, only to find that there is water everywhere. What do you do?
The first thing you should do is call SERVPRO of Montgomery to begin water mitigation. Water is known as a “universal solvent” because it dissolves more substances than any other liquid, and the moment it is released upon your home, it begins eating away at your walls, floors, and anything in its path. This is why mitigation is so important and the sooner the better.
Mitigation means to lessen the damage, and this is why your insurance company works so closely with restoration companies. They want us to get out there as soon as possible day or night to begin the clean up so that it lessens the damage that the water is doing to your home. Did you know that a sheet of drywall can absorb as much as 6 inches of water in less than 3 hours? This is the reason your first call should be to SERVPRO of Montgomery because we are “faster to any size disaster.”
We can handle any size job at SERVPRO of Montgomery and make your home “Like it never even happened.”
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A Comprehensive Plan To Deal With Fire Damage
A Comprehensive Plan To Deal With Fire Damage
When fire damage strikes in Montgomery, it pays to have a comprehensive plan in place. A complete plan includes the following elements:
- A quick response from fire remediation specialists
- Action to secure the building from looters
- Equipment in place to deal with water removal
- A dry-cleaning strategy for uniforms and other fabrics
- The storage of contents
- The restoration of the building
All of these steps are necessary to get your business up and running again. The fire remediation professionals will work quickly to restore your building to its condition before the fire happened.
Why Content Cleaning Is Crucial
When a fire sweeps through your commercial building, there is likely to be some structural damage. There will also be damage from smoke and soot and this will have to be addressed before the building will be functional again. Specialized equipment in the hands of trained technicians will be needed. For clothes, dry-cleaning is the most effective approach, as it removes smoke odors and cleans away soot. For non-porous items, ultrasonic measures provide the best cleaning.
Another immediate concern is removing the excess moisture in the building. This can come from flooding due to a storm or from the efforts of the fire fighting crew. ventilation devices, scrubbers, and thermal foggers are employed to remove excess water and humidity. This is a crucial task to make certain mold doesn't begin to grow in areas of the building. Water removal will also help with retaining the viability of electrical equipment such as computer software and hardware. Content storage may be needed to remove items from the building while the cleanup is going on. This gets the items out of the way and keeps them protected while the work is going on.
Relying on a smart plan is the quickest way to recover after a commercial fire. Actions such as dry-cleaning, water removal, and drying allow your business to get up and running as rapidly as possible.
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Restoring Your Montgomery Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event
Flooding and water damage events at Montgomery commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water 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 Montgomery
SERVPRO of Montgomery specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.
Faster to your Montgomery Water Damage Event
Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Montgomery provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.
Faster To Any Size Disaster
Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of Montgomery arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.
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Water Damage Timeline
- Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
- Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
- Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
- Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.
Hours 1 - 24:
- Drywall begins to swell and break down.
- Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
- Furniture begins to swell and crack.
- Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
- A musty odor appears.
48 Hours to 1 Week:
- Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
- Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
- Metal begins to rust and corrode.
- Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
- Paint begins to blister.
- Wood flooring swells and warps.
- Serious biohazard contamination is possible.
More Than 1 Week:
- Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
- Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.
About SERVPRO of Montgomery
SERVPRO of Montgomery specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke 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.