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Thanksgiving Safety

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Thanksgiving Safety Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours.

The kitchen is the heart of the home, especially at Thanksgiving. Safety in the kitchen is important, especially on Thanksgiving Day when there is a lot of activity and people at home.

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove top so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetable, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don't trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Keep knives out of reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child. 
  • Keep matches and utility lighter out of reach of the children.
  • Never leave children alone in a room with a lit candle. 
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button. 
  • Have activities that keep kids out of the kitchen during this busy time. Kids can get involved in Thanksgiving preparations with recipes that can be done outside the kitchen. 

Smoke Alarms at Home

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly.

Safety Tips

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom. They should also be outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement. 
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
  • It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one alarm sounds, they all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working. 
  • There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use both types of alarms in the home.
  • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet from the stove.
  • People who are hard of hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

Be Safe On Halloween

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

Community Be Safe On Halloween Happy Halloween!

            Halloween Fire Safety Tips

  • When choosing a costume, stay away from long trailing fabric. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so he or she can see out.
  • Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume. 
  • 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.
  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes. 
  • Make sure all smoke alarms in the home are working. 
  • Tell children to stay away from open flames including jack-o-lanterns with candles in them. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. (Have them practice, stopping immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their face with hands, and rolling over and over to put the flames out.)

Hurricane Readiness

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

Preparing for a Hurricane:

• Prepare your evacuation plan, including pets, transportation routes and destinations.

• Keep all trees and shrubs well trimmed and clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.

• Determine how and where to secure your boat.

• Consider building a safe room.

• Stay informed! Listen to a NOAA weather radio or check local forecasts and news reports regularly.

• Cover your home’s windows with pre-cut plywood or hurricane shutters. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.

• Bring in all outside furniture, decorations, garbage cans, etc.

• Turn off utilities if instructed to do so.

• Turn off propane tanks.

• Avoid using the phone, except for serious emergencies.

• Fill the bathtub or buckets with water to use for cleaning and flushing toilets.

• Keep your gas tank at least 3/4 full at all times.

• Keep your emergency supplies kit, including water, and copies of important documents, in a waterproof, portable container, in an easily accessible location

Evacuate under the following conditions:

• If local authorities tell you to evacuate, follow their directions.

• If you live in a mobile home or temporary structure, which are particularly hazardous no matter how well fastened to the ground.

• If you live in a high-rise building.

• If you live on the coast, on a floodplain, near a river, or on an inland waterway.

• If you feel you are in danger.

• If you live in an area below sea level.

Safety during Winter Storms

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

Winter storms can happen almost anywhere. They can cause us problems. Know what to do before, during and after a storm. This will help keep you and your family safe from a winter fire.

  • Test all smoke alarms. Do this at least once a month. This way you will know they are working. Install carbon monoxide alarms in your home. Test the alarms.
  • Plan two ways out of the home in case of an emergency. Clear driveway and front walk of ice and snow. This will provide easy access to your home.
  • Make sure your house number can be seen from the street. If you need help, firefighters will be able to find you.
  • Be ready in case the power goes out. Have flashlights on hand. Also have battery-powered lighting and fresh batteries. Never use candles.
  • Stay aware of winter weather. Listen to the television or radio for updates. Watch for bulletins online.
  • Check on neighbors. Check on others who may need help.
  • Generators should be used outdoors. Keep them away from windows and doors. Do not run a generator inside your garage, even if the door is open.
  • Stay away from downed wires. Report any downed wires to authorities.
  • Be ready if the heat stops working. Use extra layers of clothes and blankets to stay warm. If you use an emergency heat source, keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away.
  • Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room. Turn them off when you go to bed.

Benicia/Martinez/SE Vallejo Smoke & Soot Clean Up

8/15/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Benicia/Martinez/SE Vallejo Smoke & Soot Clean Up Smoke and soot travel from the origin of fire throughout the structure.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Benicia/Martinez/Southeast Vallejo will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 925-372-7234

What to Expect From Air Duct Cleaning

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning What to Expect From Air Duct Cleaning Dryer ducting before cleaning.

What to Expect From an Air Duct Cleaning Service Provider

If you choose to have your ducts cleaned, the service provider should:

  • Open access ports or doors to allow the entire system to be cleaned and inspected.
  • Inspect the system before cleaning to be sure there are no asbestos-containing materials in the heating and cooling system.
  • Use vacuum equipment that exhausts particles outside of the home.
  • Protect carpet and household furnishings during cleaning.
  • Use well-controlled brushing of duct surfaces in conjunction with contact vacuum cleaning to dislodge dust and other particles.
  • Use only soft-bristled brushes for fiberglass duct board and sheet metal ducts internally lined with fiberglass.
  • Take care to protect the duct work, including sealing and re-insulating any access holes the service provider may have made or used so they are airtight.

Give SERVPRO of Benicia/Martinez/Southeast Vallejo a call to complete duct cleaning in your home or office.

Mold Cleanup

2/22/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Cleanup

If you already have a mold problem - ACT QUICKLY. Mold damages what it grows on. The longer it grows, the more damage it can cause.

Who should do the cleanup depends on a number of factors. One consideration is the size of the mold problem. If the moldy area is less than about 10 square feet (less than roughly a 3 ft. by 3 ft. patch), in most cases, you can handle the job yourself. However:

  • If there has been a lot of water damage, and/or mold growth covers more than 10 square feet, consult an experienced and certified mold remediation contractor.

 

  • If you choose to hire a contractor (or other professional service provider) to do the cleanup, make sure the contractor has experience cleaning up mold. Check references and ask the contractor to follow the recommendations of the EPA, the guidelines of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygenists (ACGIH), or other guidelines from professional or government organizations.

 

  • If you suspect that the heating/ventilation/air conditioning (HVAC) system may be contaminated with mold (it is part of an identified moisture problem, for instance, or there is mold near the intake to the system), consult with a specialist before taking further action. Do not run the HVAC system if you know or suspect that it is contaminated with mold - it could spread mold throughout the building.

 

  • If the water and/or mold damage was caused by sewage or other contaminated water, then call in a professional who has experience cleaning and fixing buildings damaged by contaminated water.

 

  • If you have health concerns, consult a health professional before starting cleanup.

When Storms or Floods hit Benicia/Martinez/Southeast Vallejo, SERVPRO is ready!

2/9/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hit Benicia/Martinez/Southeast Vallejo, SERVPRO is ready! Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Benicia/Martinez/Southeast Vallejo.

SERVPRO of Benicia/Martinez/Southeast Vallejo specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Benicia/Martinez/Southeast Vallejo, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 925-372-7234

Lead Certified Firm

2/9/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Lead Certified Firm EPA Lead-Certified Firm

Reasons Why You Should Hire a Lead-Certified Firm:

  1. To help prevent learning disabilities
  2. To help prevent behavior issues
  3. To help prevent diminished motor skills
  4. To help prevent lower intelligence
  5. To help prevent hearing loss
  6. To help prevent brain damage
  7. To help prevent memory loss
  8. To help prevent headaches

Today, there are over one million kids who have been poisoned by lead from old paint. Home repairs that create even a small amount of lead dust are enough to poison your child and put your family at risk. If you live in a home or apartment that was built before 1978, make sure you renovate right with a contractor that is Lead-Certified in accordance with the new EPA guidelines for any renovation or repair project. They'll know how to protect your family.

SERVPRO of Benicia/Martinez/Southeast Vallejo is your local lead-certified contractor. Give us a call at 925-372-7234