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Preparedness For Pets

11/3/2018 (Permalink)

Do you have pets? Are your pets just as important as a family member? Did you know there are several things you can do to make sure they stay safe during an emergency.

*Make sure you have at least a 3 day supply and store it in an airtight, waterproof container.

*Have at least 3 days of water stored for your pet.

* Make their medicines and medical records accessible in case of an emergency.

*Make sure you have important papers such as registration papers, adoption papers and vaccination documents.

*First aid kit that includes bandage rolls and tape, scissors, antibiotic ointment, latex gloves, flea and tick prevention, isopropyl alcohol, saline solution and a pet first aid reference book.

*Collar or harness with ID tags.

*Pet carrier

*A picture of you with your pet in case of separation.

*Familiar items such as toys and bedding.

Keep your pets safe by following these prep tips. You can also visit Ready.gov/pets for more information.

History of SERVPRO Franchise

11/3/2018 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Industries Inc. Franchise System was founded in 1967 and is a national leader of fire, water, mold and other specialty cleanup and restoration. SERVPRO franchises have responded to multi-million dollar property damage emergencies  such as the Pentagon, to those suffered by individual businesses and homes. Professionals have established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients nationwide.

We strive and make it our number one goal to return damaged areas and items to pre loss condition.

  • SERVPRO professionals are trained in extensive water restoration training and certification
  • SERVPRO franchises have the resources to help you take back control of your life.
  • SERVPRO professionals use detection equipment to help locate areas of the structure affected by water.
  • SERVPRO uses the most effective method of removing moisture from a structure. Extraction.
  • SERVPRO franchises uses top of the line equipment to dry out structures such as air movers and dehumidifiers.

Here at SERVPRO of Steuben, DeKalb and LaGrange we are a proud part of this family and will help you every step of the way.  

Safety In The Kitchen

11/3/2018 (Permalink)

Its that time of year where we all gather in the kitchen to celebrate the holidays with family and friends. While preparing delicious meals you should keep in mind some safe cooking practices. According to the National Fire Protection Association cooking is the main cause for home fires and injuries.

Please take the time to review these safety tips.

  • Always stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. Never leave cooking food unattended.
  • Use a timer as a reminder that the stove is on. Check food regularly while cooking.
  • Keep kids away from the cooking area.
  • Keep anything flammable away from the stove or any other appliance that generates heat. Such as pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packages and towels.
  • Do not wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.
  • Avoid grease build up by cleaning cooking surfaces regularly.
  • Always have a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen.
  • Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure everything is shut off.
  • Install a smoke alarm in the kitchen and on each level of the home, near sleeping areas and inside and outside of bedrooms.

Here at SERVPRO of Steuben, DeKalb and LaGrange we wish the best Holiday season.

Safety In The Kitchen

11/3/2018 (Permalink)

Its that time of year where we all gather in the kitchen to celebrate the holidays with family and friends. While preparing delicious meals you should keep in mind some safe cooking practices. According to the National Fire Protection Association cooking is the main cause for home fires and injuries.

Please take the time to review these safety tips.

  • Always stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. Never leave cooking food unattended.
  • Use a timer as a reminder that the stove is on. Check food regularly while cooking.
  • Keep kids away from the cooking area.
  • Keep anything flammable away from the stove or any other appliance that generates heat. Such as pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packages and towels.
  • Do not wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.
  • Avoid grease build up by cleaning cooking surfaces regularly.
  • Always have a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen.
  • Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure everything is shut off.
  • Install a smoke alarm in the kitchen and on each level of the home, near sleeping areas and inside and outside of bedrooms.

Here at SERVPRO of Steuben, DeKalb and LaGrange we wish the best Holiday season.

Using A Portable Fire Extinguisher

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

Do you know how to use a fire extinguisher?

A portable fire extinguisher can be a life and property saving tool. It is important to know how to use one! The National Fire Association suggests remembering the word PASS

P- Pull The Pin. Hold the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism. 

A-Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.

S- Squeeze. Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly. 

S-Sweep. Sweep the nozzle from side to side. 

Become familiar with extinguisher and read the instructions. Also ensure you have the correct type of extinguisher for your facility. 

There are 5 different classes of fire extinguishers. Class A, B, C, D and K. Each one is used for different types of fires. 

Understanding Mold

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that there are over 100,000 kinds of fungi that have been identified? Some add value to our lives and some are harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or exposure to molds may present health concerns for some. 

Molds are found in every environment. When moisture is present mold spores reproduce rapidly. When you have a water damage prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. If your home has a water damage, it is important to have the water removed and the structure dried properly. That is just what we do! 

If you have a water damage or suspect mold growth call our office today and have our trained professionals handle the situation! We have trained mold remediation staff that know how to remove the mold safely. 

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Winter heating hazards

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

50 % of all residential heating-related fires are reported during the months of December, January and February. According to the National Fire Protection Association heating equipment fires cause an estimated $1 billion in direct property damage annually. Follow some of these tips to help reduce your risk of a heating related fire.

  • Keep anything flammable at least 3 feet away from any heating equipment
  • Make sure your fireplace has a sturdy screen to keep sparks from flying
  • turn off portable heaters before leaving the room or going to bed
  • always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional
  • Test smoke alarms monthly

If your property does suffer fire damage contact us here at SERVPRO of Steuben, DeKalb and LaGrange counties to help make it "Like it never even happened."

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The science of drying structures

1/15/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know there is actually a science behind the drying process?

Psychrometry is the study of the relationship between air, humidity, and temperature and their effect on various materials and comfort levels. The knowledge of psychrometrics is important to restoring a water damage structure to its preloss condition. Most people assume grabbing a few towels to mop up the mess and placing a few fans around the damage area  will be good. SERVPRO of Steuben, DeKalb, and LaGrange counties has employees trained in the science of drying. We follow strict industry approved standards to help lower any secondary damages.

At SERVPRO of Steuben, DeKalb, and LaGrange we use the latest technology to be sure your property is dried quickly and efficiently. We use an application called DryBook.

It helps to:

*Manage industry drying requirements

*Provides real-time documentation on the drying process

*Validates that services are executed to standard

* Reports to all stakeholders involved

*Allows real-time updates through Dry-Book Mobile integration

If you have a Water Damage be sure to call on our professionals to handle it properly.

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Are you ready for winter?

1/15/2018 (Permalink)

Cold weather is among us! Ready or Not! Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home. Freezing temperatures,sleet and snow can all cause costly property damage. Below you will find some helpful tips try and avoid the damage.

- Check for any downed tree branches and limbs. Heavy snow can cause these to fall and damage roofs.

- To prevent roof damage and interior water problems, roofs, water pipes and gutters need to be inspected to make sure they are in proper order.

- protect water pipes from freezing by allowing a slow drip to flow when temps are below freezing.

- leave cabinet doors open where there is plumbing. allowing warm air to circulate around the pipes.

 When winter weather strikes, call SERVPRO of Steuben, DeKalb and LaGrange to strike back!!

Do you have a fire emergency plan?

1/15/2018 (Permalink)

Whether it is your home or a business you should have an escape plan developed in case of a fire. Once you have a plan developed it is important that everyone in the home or business understands the plan. You should practice your escape plan at least twice a year. Here are a few suggestions to help you develop your plan:

- Consider escape ladders for higher levels of your home.

-Choose an outside meeting place. This place should be a safe distance away. Make sure everyone knows and make sure to mark the location on your plan.

-Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them.

- Practice your escape plan during the day and at nighttime at least twice a year.