Avoid Heating Hazards This Winter Season!
The winter season is in full swing! The days are shorter and temperatures are lower. No matter where you live, winter brings a change in weather. In an effort to keep our homes and workplaces cozy, many people use alternative heat sources like fireplaces, portable space heaters, and wood burning stoves. According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment is responsible for an estimated $893 million in property damage annually. Heating is the second leading cause of residential fire deaths, making it important to review ways to help reduce the risk of a heating-related fire.
-Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove or portable space heater. Have a three foot "Kid-free zone" around open fires and space heaters.
-Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
-Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
-Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
-Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
-Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer's instructions.
-Test smoke alarms monthly.
Wireless Emergency Alerts
Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are emergency messages sent by authorized government alerting authorities through your mobile carrier. Government partners include local and state public safety agencies, FEMA the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service. Alerts received at the right time can help keep you safe during an emergency. With WEA alerts can be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm’s way, without need to download in app or subscribe to a service. WEA may share:
-Extreme weather warnings
-Local Emergencies requiring evacuation or immediate action
-Presidential Alerts during a national emergency
A WEA will look like the picture shown above. The WEA message will typically show the type and time of the alert, any action you should take and the agency issuing the alert. The message will be no more than 90 characters.
Do you Know how to use a Portable Fire Extinguisher?
Portable Fire Extinguishers
Can be life and property saving tools when used correctly. In order to operate a extinguisher, the National Fire Protection Association(NEPA) suggests remembering the word PASS:
Pull the pin. Hold the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.
Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
Sweep the nozzle from side to side.
Read the instructions on the fire extinguisher and become familiar with them before a fire breaks out. Remember, extinguishers do have limitations. It is also important to ensure you have the correct extinguisher for your facility. To find more information on choosing the appropriate class of extinguisher, please visit the NFPA website at www.nfpa.org.
When disaster strikes our area, knowing what to do in an emergency will make a difference. Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at 518-885-2620 for your emergency cleanup needs.
Emergency Fire Damage Tips
Emergency Fire Damage Tips
In the event you have a Fire in your home, these Emergency Fire Damage Tips will help you in taking the proper steps until we can arrive onsite to assist you. Follow these Do's and Don'ts to help reduce the damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration.
- Limit the movement in the house to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets
- Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork
- Place dry, colorfast towels on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas
- If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open
- Clean soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances and protect with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil
- Pour RV antifreeze into sinks, toilet bowls and tubs if heat is off during freezing season
- Wash both sides of leaves on house plants
- Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a well trained professional can check the system.
- Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or our of the HVAC system
- Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional
- Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional
- Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc...) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service
- Consume any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water (They may be contaminated)
- Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged
- Send Garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor
When Fire and Water Damage take control of your life, SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County will help you take it back. Contact 518-885-2620
Prepare your Business for Winter Weather
Tips for Preparing Your Business for Winter Weather
- Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice, and snow can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
- Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
- Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
- Contact SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County today at 518-885-2620 about starting an Emergency Ready Profile for your business.
Prepare your Home for Winter Weather
Tips for Preparing Your Home for Winter Weather
- Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes.
- Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for the faucets run through unheated or un-insulated areas of your home.
- Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shutoff valve in the basement or crawlspace and turn it to "off."
- If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.
- Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris can accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage.
- Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puffbacks.
If you find the need for our services, call the cleanup team that is Faster to any size disaster, SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at 518-885-2620.
Time is Precious!
Time is Precious Commodity
When you need it done right and done fast call on SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County for all of your Commercial Restoration needs. We provide quality services with rapid response.
Can't figure out how to get the job done? Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County for all of your Emergency needs, when you experience a fire, water, or mold damage in your facility you need rapid response and expertise to get the job done right, ensuring your business can get back into operation as quickly as possible. Through it all, you expect the most reliable information and the very best service at a fair price.
We are Faster to Any Size Disaster, if you experience damage, contact SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County today at 518-885-2620.
Damaged Items May be Restorable Versus Trash
Restore versus Replace
Adjusters didn’t always think about how many items could be easily restored for a reasonable cost. With their eyes opened to the ease and benefits of restoration, they would be amazed at how frequently salvageable items are tossed away as trash. When items like furniture, cabinets, millwork, fireplace mantles, and hardwood floors can be repaired and restored, insurers can save money over complete replacement and owners are usually thrilled that their treasure has been restored.
Adjusters who know about the expertise available and benefits of repair and restoration over replacement can effectively boost their bottom line and have more satisfied clients. The education process includes learning the options… it’s not just furniture that can be restored, but dinged walls from moving, spills, puppy chews, scratched leather, chair caning, cabinets and more. If ever in doubt about whether it can be fixed, simply ask.
Customers are typically overjoyed when we can restore a family heirloom because we all know you just can’t put a price on sentimental, one-of-a-kind items. When adjusters call to see if there’s anything we can do to save a treasure from the trash, usually the answer is “yes.”
Avoid Water Damage - Make Sure your Sump Pump is Working Properly
Sump pumps are essential to homes that have lower levels. When homes have levels below the sewer line, it can cause water to collect in inconvenient places such as a basement or lower level utility room. Sump pumps ensure that the water drains properly and does not collect in your home causing water damage. Just like any other device, it is important to make sure that the pump is working properly and maintained.
1. Find the outlet pipe that allows the water to drain outside of your home. Make sure that there aren’t any clogs or damages done to the drain making it impossible for water to exit the home and flow away from the foundation.
2. Locate the sump pump in the lower level of your home and check the inside of it to ensure that the pump is not clogged with debris. Also, make sure that the pump is plugged in. It is electrical, so if it is not plugged in, it will not run when needed.
3. Since you don’t want to wait for a storm to pass through in order to test out the sump pump, there are other ways to make sure it works before mother nature hits. Slowly pour approximately 5 gallons of water into the pump to simulate if a storm were to hit. As you pour, watch for it to turn on and start pumping the water out of your home. It should start pumping when the water reaches about 8-12 inches below the basement floor.
4. If your sump pump contains a float in the basin, make sure that it is also functioning properly and not caught on anything while running the test. This float is what lets the sump pump know when the water reaches a certain height and activates the pump.
It’s important to test the sump pump every couple of months to ensure that it is working properly to avoid water damage in your home. Make any necessary repairs and replacements if there are issues that occur while testing the pump.
Bio-hazard, Crime Scenes and Vandalism
- SERVPRO removes and disposes of bodily fluids, tissue and other potential pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Technicians thoroughly clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure.
- Methamphetamine Labs
- Many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure. SERVPRO follows federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.
- Crime Scene Residues
- From fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals to tear gas and pepper spray residues, SERVPRO can clean and restore your property and contents.
- Arson & Vandalism
- SERVPRO is recognized as leaders at helping property owners recover quickly from fire and water damage. We also provide general cleaning and deodorization services for situations resulting from vandalism including graffiti, egg, spoiled foods and human or animal waste.
- Sewage Backup
- Sewage backups and back water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly deposits - these damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. SERVPRO removes the sewage, contaminants and moisture, disinfecting as they clean.