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Fire Prevention Week - Fire Safety for Kids

10/8/2021 (Permalink)

Sparky the fire dog holding a smoke alarm, NFPA logo October 3-9, 2021 is Fire Prevention Week -Involve kids of all ages in fire safety planning and ensure they know what to do in case of an emergency.

October 3-9, 2021 is Fire Prevention Week

It is important to involve kids of all ages in fire safety planning and ensure they know what to do in case of an emergency.

Smoke Alarms - Teach kids that smoke alarms save lives. Involve them in testing alarms and changing batteries if needed. Demonstrate the sound a smoke alarm will make. Ensure they know what to do when they hear the alarm (stop what you are doing and get outside quickly).

Escape Plans -  Involve kids in creating an escape plan and practicing multiple ways out of each room when available. Practice home fire drills at various times of the day. Agree on an outside meeting place. Teach kids to get low, under the smoke, and go.

Reporting an Emergency -  Teach kids how to call 9-1-1 and they information they will need such as address and phone number so that the firefighters can get to your emergency quickly. Teach kids what constitutes an emergency and that you should only call 9-1-1 in an emergency.

Emergency Personnel -  Teach kids that firefighters and emergency responders are our friends. Take advantage of local Fire Prevention Week or other community events to introduce your kids to firefighters and show them what their gear and equipment looks like. Let them explore the fire station or fire truck and participate in fire safety drills or teachings whenever possible. 

For more information, fun activities, and songs to help your kids learn about fire safety check out Sparky's School House

Fire Prevention Week - Planning for Special Needs

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

NFPA photo of hard of hearing person with hearing device and text describing the importance of alternate smoke alarms Be sure to plan for fire emergencies for those with additional needs in your household.

October 3-9, 2021 is Fire Prevention Week

Being prepared for a fire is hard enough, but there are extra stressors involved when someone in the house has special needs.

What if Someone in My House is Hard of Hearing?

There are smoke alarms and alert devices that alert people who are deaf or hard of hearing. These devices include strobe lights that flash to alert people when the smoke alarm sounds. Pillow or bed shakers also are designed to work with your smoke alarm when properly installed. These work by shaking the bed or pillow when the smoke alarm sounds giving tactile input of the situation. It is a good idea so sleep with your hearing aids or mobile device close to the bed.

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What About People with Sensory or Physical Disabilities?

Make sure your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors meet the needs of everyone in your home. You can install a bedside alert device that responds to the sound of the smoke and CO alarms. Sleep with mobility devices, glasses, and phone close to the bed. Keep pathways such as hallways and stairwells lit with night lights or motion sensors and free from clutter to remove barriers to getting out safely.

Escape Plans for Everyone

If there are older adults or those with mobility limitations in the house, make sure you address those issues in your escape plan. Make sure you have ways to safely remove everyone, even those needing a wheelchair or extra assistance. Practice your escape drill so that everyone knows what to do and can remain calm if the situation arises.

The owners of SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton & Southern Lake Counties have a child with a physical disability. They understand, practice, and teach the importance of having a proper safety plan in place in the event of a fire or other emergency. Make sure you think of everyone and their safety. You can never be too prepared.

Fire Prevention Week - Escape Planning

10/6/2021 (Permalink)

Picture of cartoon male frustrated trying to open a window, drawing of escape routes from various rooms in a fictional home Plan an escape route from every area of the house and ensure that everyone in the family knows several ways out, what to do, and where to meet.

October 3-9, 2021 is Fire Prevention Week

One of the most important things you can do is plan ahead. Plan an escape route from every area of the house and ensure that everyone in the family knows several ways out, what to do, and where to meet. 

If a fire breaks out, you only have a few minutes to get out safely once the smoke alarm sounds. The owners of SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton & Southern Lake Counties know first hand the importance of having a plan in place and knowing what to do in the event of a house fire. On a warm October afternoon their house caught fire and was completely destroyed. Thankfully, working smoke alarms and an escape plan meant that everyone got out of the house safely.

The National Fire Protection Association offers these escape planning tips:

  • MAKE a home escape plan. Draw a map of your home and all door and window exits. Discuss the plan with everyone in the home. (According to an NFPA survey, only one of every three households have actually developed and practiced a home escape plan.) 
  • KNOW at least 2 ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily.
  • HAVE an outside meeting place a safe distance from the house where everyone knows to meet.
  • PRACTICE your home drill and practicing using different ways out of the house so that everyone feels comfortable knowing what to do in case of an emergency.
  • TEACH children how to escape on their own in case you can't help them.
  • CLOSE the doors behind you as you leave. (A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, or fire.)

If the alarm sounds, GET OUT and STAY OUT. Never go back inside for people, pets, or belongings. Professionals can help others safely evacuate. If you have to escape through smoke, GET LOW and GO - find your way under the rising smoke to get out. Call the fire department once you are OUTSIDE your home. Make sure children know how to call 9-1-1 and provide the necessary information in case of an emergency. 

Fire Prevention Week - Carbon Monoxide Safety

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

Graphic with CO poisoning indicating it cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted but can be detected Carbon monoxide - odorless, colorless, tasteless - can be detected and sickness can be prevented. Take the necessary steps to protect your family.

October 3-9, 2021 is Fire Prevention Week

Carbon Monoxide - often called the 'silent killer' - is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane oil, or methane) burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel can be sources of carbon monoxide.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) shares this important information about carbon monoxide:

  • Carbon monoxide (CO) alarms should be installed in a central location on every level of the home - for the best protection, interconnect CO alarms throughout the home so that one sounds, they all sound.
  • Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for placement and mounting height.
  • Choose a CO alarm that is listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
  • Educate yourself on the number to call if the CO alarm sounds.
  • Test CO alarms at least once a month and replace them according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • If the audible trouble signal sounds, check for low batteries. If the battery is low, replace. If the signal still sounds, call the fire department.
  • If the CO alarm sounds, move to fresh air right away - outdoors if possible or near an open window or door. Call for help from a fresh air location and stay there until emergency personnel declare it is safe to reenter the home.
  • If you need to warm up your vehicle, remove it from the garage. Make sure the exhaust pipe is not covered with snow.
  • During and after a snowstorm, make sure vents for dryer, furnace, stove, and fireplace are clear of snow build up.
  • If you use a generator be sure to place in a well-ventilated location outdoors away from windows, door, and vent openings.
  • Gas or charcoal grills can produce CO and should only be used outdoors.

Home Heating Equipment

Never use an oven to heat your home. If you use a fireplace, ensure the flue is adequately vented. Fuel-burning heating equipment and chimneys should be inspected by a professional every year before the cold weather arrives.

Carbon Monoxide Facts

A person can be poisoned by a small amount of CO over an extended period of time or by a large amount in a short period of time.

In 2010, US fire departments responded to an estimated 80,000+ non-fire CO incidents in which carbon monoxide was found (an average of 9 calls per hour).

Remember, carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless, and tasteless, but very dangerous. Know the signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning and do your part to prevent it.

Fire Prevention Week - Learn About Smoke Alarms at Home

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

photo of a smoke detector and a pointer finger testing the alarm Be safe and protect your home and family. Smoke alarms save lives.

October 3-9, 2021 is National Fire Prevention Week.

Today we will provide some tips about smoke alarms in your home.

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

Safety Tips from the National Fire Protection Association

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom. They should also be placed outside the sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • Larger homes may require extra smoke alarms.
  • It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms - when one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month and replace the batteries as needed.
  • Current alarms available include many different types of technology such as multi-sensing which can also include carbon monoxide detection.
  • A smoke alarms should be on the ceiling or high on the wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms (at least 10 feet from the stove).
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old. 

Facts

  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire
  • Roughly 3 out of 5 fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or non working smoke alarms.

The owners of SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton & Southern Lake Counties are no strangers to the importance of working smoke alarms. They lost everything in their own devastating house fire, but thanks to inter-connected, working smoke alarms on every level and in every bedroom, everyone made it out safely before the fire spread. Please be safe and protect your home and family. Smoke alarms save lives.

Fire Prevention Week - Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety

10/3/2021 (Permalink)

National Fire Prevention week text with picture of Sparky the fire dog in fireman's outfit Hear a Beep, Get on Your Feet! Hear a Chirp, Make a Change! National Fire Prevention Safety Week 2021

Fire Prevention Week is October 3-9, 2021

The theme this year is Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety. What is that sound you hear from your smoke alarm or carbon monoxide detector? Is it a beep? A chirp? Knowing what the sounds mean can save your life. Make sure everyone in your home understands the sounds of the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and how to respond.

What Is Your Alarm Telling You?

SMOKE ALARMS

  • Continued set of 3 loud beeps means smoke or fire. GET OUT, call 9-1-1, and stay out.
  • A single 'chirp' every 30 or 60 seconds means the battery is low and needs to be changed.
  • All smoke alarms must be replaced after 10 years.
  • Chirping that continues after the battery has been replaced means the alarm is at the end of its life and the unit must be replaced.

CARBON MONOXIDE (CO) ALARMS

  • Continuous set of 4 loud beeps means carbon monoxide is present in your home. Go outside, call 9-1-1, and stay out.
  • A single chirp every 30 or 60 seconds means the battery is low and must be replaced.
  • CO alarms also have 'end of life' sounds that vary by manufacturer. This means it's time to get a new carbon monoxide detector.
  • Chirping that continues after the battery has been replaced means the alarm is at the end of its life and the unit must be replaced.

Pay attention to the sounds you hear and make sure your alarms are working properly. Take action if necessary - better safe than sorry. If something does happen and you have smoke or fire damage in your home, SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton & Southern Lake Counties is available 24/7 to help.

For more information on the Fire Prevention Week campaign visit the National Fire Protection Association

National Preparedness Month - Prepare to Prepare

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

National Preparedness Month 2021 text and three smiling faces looking at a computer SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton & Southern Lake Counties is always prepared to help you in your time of need.

September is National Preparedness Month. #PrepareToPrepare means preparing to protect everyone you love. 

Steps you should take:

SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton & Southern Lake Counties is always prepared to help you in your time of need. Contact us at 219.779.7577

National Preparedness Month - 12 Ways to Prepare

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

ready.gov prepare to protect text, photos of diverse family preparing for a disaster event September is National Preparedness Month - simple actions at home and in your community can make a big difference.

September is National Preparedness Month. As the month comes to the end, we want to remind you of 12 ways you can take action and prepare for any emergency or disaster.  Simple actions at home and in your community can make a big difference.

  1. Sign up for alerts and warnings
  2. Make a plan
  3. Save for a rainy day
  4. Practice emergency drills
  5. Test family communication plan
  6. Safeguard documents
  7. Plan with neighbors
  8. Make your home safer
  9. Know evacuation routes
  10. Assemble or update supplies
  11. Get involved in your community
  12. Document and insure property

SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton & Southern Lake Counties can help if you are affected by a disaster. Keep us in mind - no job is too big or too small.

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

50% of businesses close down following a disaster By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest 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. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don't necessarily have to be.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile 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.

  • No Cost Assessment of Your Facility- great value at no cost to you
  • Concise Profile Document that Contains Only the Critical Information Needed in the Event of an Emergency- only takes a little time to complete but will save a lot of time if ever needed
  • Guide to Help You Get Back Into Your Building Following a Disaster- can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton & Southern Lake Counties as Your Disaster Mitigation and Restoration Provider- local, independently owned and operated company recognized as an industry leader
  • Identification of the Line of Command for Authorizing Work to Begin- saves time so we can begin mitigating the damages, which saves you money and gets you back to business sooner
  • 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 an emergency you are 'Ready for Whatever Happens'

Ready to get started? Learn More

Call us today and we'll get your profile set up - 219-779-7577

Water Damage and Your Belongings

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employees loading box in a green van SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton & Southern Lake Counties can help restore many of your valued possessions. Call us today to learn more - 219-779-757

Water damage affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton & Southern Lake Counties understands that your home is more than a structure; your family's furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings help transform a house into a home.

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton & Southern Lake Counties specializes in restoring contents damaged by fire, water, or mold. Their expertise and 'restore' versus 'replace' mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can't be replaced. They pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their condition before the water damage. SERVPRO Professionals utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can't withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned. 
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product. 

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton & Southern Lake Counties can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. Move-out will provide several benefits, including:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

Electronic Cleanup

Water-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard. Do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by water. A SERVPRO Franchise Professional will coordinate the restoration of your electronics, including:

  • Television sets
  • DVD players
  • Computers
  • And more

The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. We start by cleaning the exterior of electronic devices to help stop further corrosion and damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.

Document/Photograph Drying

When your valuable documents, including photographs, are damaged by water, extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the water damage does not destroy the document. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-water damage condition, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can save a great deal and help minimize additional damage. 

Depending on the type of documents and the level of water damage, we have five options for the restoration of documents:

  1. Air Drying
  2. Dehumidification
  3. Freezer Drying
  4. Vacuum Freeze Drying
  5. Vacuum Thermal Drying

Contents Claim Inventory Service

When a fire emergency strikes, the damage can often feel overwhelming. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can help ease the worry and confusion during the recovery process by offering our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), which provides a detailed and accurate list of your belongings. They take a room-by-room inventory of your contents, including digital photos, and in some instances, bar coding. 

Our Contents Claim Inventory Service:

  • Preloss list and value of contents
  • Detailed and accurate report
  • Better information to settle claims quicker
  • Assistance with burden of proof for claims
  • Peace of mind when you need it most!

SERVPRO of Benton, Jasper, Newton & Southern Lake Counties can help restore many of your valued possessions. Call us today to learn more - 219-779-7577