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Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Most home fires occur in the kitchen while cooking and are the leading cause of injuries from fire. Common causes of fires at night are carelessly discarded cigarettes, sparks from fireplaces without spark screens or glass doors, and heating appliances left too close to furniture or other combustibles. These fires can be particularly dangerous because they may smolder for a long period before being discovered by sleeping residents.
Home fires are preventable! The following are simple steps that each of us can take to prevent a tragedy.
- Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
- Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.
- Do not cook if you are sleepy, have been drinking alcohol, or have taken medicine that makes you drowsy.
- Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a "kid-free zone" of 3 feet around the stove.
- Position barbecue grills at least 10 feet away from siding and deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
- If you smoke, smoke outside. Most home fires caused by smoking materials start inside the home. Put your cigarettes out in a can filled with sand.
- Make sure cigarettes and ashes are out. The cigarette really needs to be completely stubbed out in an ashtray. Soak cigarette butts and ashes in water before throwing them away. Never toss hot cigarette butts or ashes in the trash can.
- Check for cigarette butts. Chairs and sofas catch on fire fast and burn fast. Don't put ashtrays on them. If people have been smoking in the home, check for cigarettes under cushions.
- Never smoke in a home where oxygen is used, even if it is turned off. Oxygen can be explosive and makes fire burn hotter and faster.
- Be alert - don't smoke in bed! If you are sleepy, have been drinking, or have taken medicine that makes you drowsy, put your cigarette out first.
Electrical and Appliance Safety
- Frayed wires can cause fires. Replace all worn, old or damaged appliance cords immediately and do not run cords under rugs or furniture.
- Buy electrical products evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
- If an appliance has a three-prong plug, use it only in a three-slot outlet. Never force it to fit into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.
- Use electrical extension cords wisely; never overload extension cords or wall sockets.
- Immediately shut off, then professionally replace, light switches that are hot to the touch and lights that flicker.
Portable Space Heaters
- Keep combustible objects at least three feet away from portable heating devices.
- Buy only heaters evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
- Check to make the portable heater has a thermostat control mechanism, and will switch off automatically if the heater falls over.
- Check with your local fire department on the legality of kerosene heater use in your community.
- Only use crystal clear K-1 kerosene in kerosene heaters. Never overfill it. Use the heater in a well-ventilated room.
Fireplaces and Woodstoves
- Inspect and clean woodstove pipes and chimneys annually and check monthly for damage or obstructions.
- Never burn trash, paper, or green wood.
- Use a fireplace screen heavy enough to stop rolling logs and big enough to cover the entire opening of the fireplace to catch flying sparks.
- Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the house or going to bed.
- Store cooled ashes in a tightly sealed metal container outside the home.
- Take the mystery out of fire play by teaching children that fire is a tool, not a toy.
- Store matches and lighters out of children's reach and sight, preferably in a locked cabinet.
- Teach children not to pick up matches or lighters they may find. Instead, they should tell an adult immediately.
- Never leave children unattended near operating stoves or burning candles, even for a short time.
- Check under beds and in closets for burned matches, evidence your child may be playing with fire.
More Prevention Tips
- Avoid using lighted candles.
- Never use the range or oven to heat your home.
- Replace mattresses made before the 2007 Federal Mattress Flammability Standard. Mattresses made since then are required by law to be safer.
- Keep combustible and flammable liquids away from heat sources.
- Always refuel portable generators outdoors.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Many damage hazards in your office can be prevented easily if you pay attention to the details and prevent them beforehand. Preventing fire in the office is important and can save a lot of time and money as recovering burned files and data can be very expensive. Even if your budget does not allow you to hire a professional to fire-proof your office, there are still some simple routines and techniques that will allow you increase office safety. Preparedness is a key feature so it is recommended to learn all possible fire escape routes and how to activate the fire alarm, become familiar with stairway exits, and practice fire drills often.
Many of the office fires often start as a result of an electricity malfunction or misuse. Keeping your electrical system and maintaining them to provide maximum safety is an important step in preventing office fires. Do not overload electricity outlets. Simply make sure you have a sufficient number of outlets. By having a sufficient number of power outlets, you will also minimize the use if extension cords and reduce the chance for fire. If you must use an extension cord, never run it across walkways. Is it very unsafe to use poor quality, non-approved office appliances such as coffee makers, copiers, and even computers as defective appliances have a bigger chance of causing electrical shorts
Gas is very dangerous as it can be easily ignited. If you smell gas or even just suspect a gas leak call a gas technician to investigate. Other flammable materials are also a hazard and should not be stored in the office. However, if you must store them in your office, be sure to seal them properly to prevent vaporizing.
Purchase and maintain fire defenses such as: smoke detectors, sprinkler systems, and fire extinguishers. Smoke detectors are an important line of defense, install and maintain them frequently. Be sure to test detectors and replace batteries as required. It is recommended to install sprinklers to fight fire immediately as it starts. For smaller offices, extinguishers are another important tool for fire fighting. Purchase and maintain a sufficient number of extinguishers and make sure that everybody who works in your office knows where the extinguishers are installed and how to operate them.
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Thursday, May 17, 2012
Many of the common causes for fire damage in the living room can be easily prevented, given proper attention. The following safety rules will help assuring a safe environment in your living room, minimizing fire hazards to a minimum.
Start with checking outlets, sockets, and extension cord. Make sure that they are not overloaded. Never run extension cord under carpets and confirm that they are not looped over nails or other sharp objects that could cause them to fray. Lamps should be used with proper wattage bulbs. Keep adequate space around TVs and stereo equipment to allow air to free flow and cool these items down. It is very important that fuses in the plugs of your TV, and stereo are rated correctly.
Modern upholstered furniture are required be resistant to ignition from burning cigarettes and matches. Check the label to see when your upholstered furniture was manufactured. If it was manufactured before 1988, it is not fire-resistant and you must be more cautious
Smoking, Lighters and Matches
Keep matches and lighters away from kids and educate them that matches and lighters are dangerous and must be used very carefully. If you have kids, it is recommended to use childproof lighters and matchboxes. Do not leave burning cigarettes unwatched. They can fall onto combustible materials and develop into a serious fire. Be sure to put out smoking materials before you go to sleep. Conform that the contents of ashtrays are cold before you throw them to the trash. It is better to use solid and stable ashtrays, preferably made of non-combustible material. Ashtrays should be large, deep and frequently emptied.
Keep candles away from curtains, furniture, and anything else that can catch fire. Place candles away from open windows or where they are exposed to draughts. Use proper candleholders and make sure the candle fits firmly inside them. Minimize the option of fire even if a candle falls by leaving a clearance above and around it. Never leave candles unattended.
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Monday, May 14, 2012
Do you know what is considered among the most serious of common household hazards? This hazard is also one of the most difficult to eradicate. If you see signs of mold infestation or have recently recovered from flood damage, it's extremely important to check your home for mold damage. The best way to keep you, your family, and your possessions safe from this fungus is to hire a qualified mold removal company.
Mold spores grow wherever they can find a reliable source of moisture, which means that they can grow almost anywhere. This dangerous substance commonly forms in homes after flooding and plumbing problems, but it can also develop in humid basements or even within wet clothes. Bathrooms are also a common place for a mold problem to start. Their warm and moist atmosphere makes them a breeding ground for mold.
When mold grows in a household, it produces irritants and allergens that can induce sneezing, stuffy noses, sore throats, and dermatitis in people, particularly children and the elderly. In addition, mold can cause permanent damage to furniture, carpeting, and even walls.
Some ways to avoid mold growth in your home is to maintain common mold deterring practices such as:
- Keeping moist areas well ventilated.
- Regularly cleaning areas where mold is likely to grow (showers, kitchens, sinks).
- Removing "mold food" or organic materials that have gone bad.
Eliminating mold from a house is not a simple task, and ordinary cleaning methods may not suffice, especially if mold has grown within walls or beyond the surface. Proper mold remediation involves using specialized equipment to safely remove all affected substances from a home along with anything that is causing mold to form. A mold remediation professional will do this with care and respect for a home, aiming to restore a household to its prior condition.
While regular cleaning practices can help repel mold growth in moisture-rich areas, if water damage has affected areas of your home that are beyond reach, mold could become a serious problem. To avoid mold damage after a flood, have a professional water damage repair company clean up any water damaged areas.
If you believe that any part of your home has become contaminated by mold, you should have an inspection performed by a mold removal company. A trained professional will be able to tell you where you have a serious mold presence in your home and provide you with a removal estimate.
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Friday, May 11, 2012
Saturday, May 5, 2012
When I first stepped into the property at 1333 N Camino Alto, Vallejo to assess it for sale I was appalled to find it flooded with sewage. This sewage had been all over the unit for some time, and had even dried in place making it very hazardous to others.
ServPro of Fairfield responded quickly to my call for service. Tom Swain came out the same day I called and had a crew out there to clean up the mess as soon as the bank approved the remediation process.
Their crew made quick work cleaning the unit making it possible for my contractor to replace the floors and cabinets as necessary quickly which in turn shortens the time the property is "out of commission".
I highly recommend ServPro of Fairfield to my fellow Realtors to make their REO disasters "Like it never even happened".
Juan Gomez, Realtor
ReMax Gold 707.980.3634
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW
As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.
By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READYProfile for your business, you
minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.
Are You Ready?
Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it's a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, "Are you ready for whatever could happen?"
The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO's Emergency READY Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.
The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile Advantage
- A no cost assessment of your facility.
- This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
- A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
- It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
- A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
- This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
- Establishes your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
- You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
- Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
- This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
- Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
- Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."
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