What To Do Until Help Arrives
A fire can leave behind soot, smoke damage and a host of other problems. Ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough professional cleaning. If your home or business suffers a fire, it is important to take the appropriate steps to prevent further damage until SERVPRO of Frankfort can arrive . The following tips may help reduce damage and increase chances of a successful restoration.
-Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
-Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
-If electricity is off, empty freezer/refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
-Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces.
-Don't attempt to shampoo any carpets or upholstery.
-Don't attempt to clean any electronics
-Do not consume any food that may have been contaminated by the fire.
-If ceilings are wet do not turn on lights or ceiling fans as the wiring may be wet.
SERVPRO of Frankfort is here 24/7 for all your fire restoration needs. Give us a call today (815)485-6901
Tips for Commercial Fire Prevention
As a business owner, you are probably aware of many threats to your business. Some of these are preventable and others may not be. Here are some simple steps that you and your staff can take to help reduce the risks of a fire breaking out in your workplace.
-Electrical fires contribute to a large percentage of reported fires each year, and in terms of damage loss, are often very costly. Electrical fires can easily be prevented . First never overload an outlet or power strip. Electrical outlets are only designed to handle a certain amount of electricity, so the more devices you plug into one increases the risk of an overload. Large appliances should never share an outlet.
- Keep flammable materials and chemicals away from electrical outlets and power strips as well as areas that experience higher than normal levels of heat.
- Keep clutter to a minimum. If a fire does break out having less clutter will keep the fire from traveling quicker.
- Make sure all emergency exits are are clutter and mess free.
These simple steps will help prevent fires. However be prepared for an emergency. Ask SERVPRO of Frankfort about their free no cost assessment of your building today.
Don’t be a Smoke Detector Statistic
Is your smoke detector operational?
Do you have a smoke detector?
Smoke alarms provide an early warning of a fire, giving people additional escape time.
Did you know…
1. In 2009-2013, smoke alarms sounded in more than half (53%) of the home fires reported to US fire departments.
2. Three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (38%) or no working smoke alarms (21%).
3. The death rate per 100 reported home fires was more than twice as high in homes that did not have any working smoke alarms compared to the rate in homes with working smoke alarms (1.18 deaths vs .053 deaths per 100 fires).
4. In fires in which the smoke alarms were present but did not operate, almost half (46%) of the smoke alarms had missing or disconnected batteries.
5. Dead batteries caused 1/4 (24%)of the smoke alarm failures.
Don’t be one of those statistics. Call your local fire department about the smoke detector programs they offer.
Celebrate the Holidays Safely
Pretty lights, candles, and decorations are just a few of the items bringing charm and cheer to the holiday season. However, if they are not used carefully your holidays may go from festive to frightening.
The American Red Cross offers the following safety tips to help greatly reduce the fire risk in your home or business this holiday season.
-Place Christmas trees, candles and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents and candles.
-Make sure light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacture's instructions.
-Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving or going to bed.
-Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Always extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to bed.
-Use only sturdy tree stands designed not to tip over. Keep curious pets and children away from the Christmas tree.
-Keep anything that can catch fire- pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging and towels or curtains- away from your stove top.
-Designate one person to walk around your property to ensure all candles and smoking materials are properly extinguished after guests leave.
SERVPRO of Frankfort wish you a happy and safe holiday season.
Icicles and Ice Dams
Icicles are pretty when looking at on your home during the winter months, however they can be dangerous to you, your home and your wallet. The obvious dangers are falling icicles and gutters detaching from your home due to the weight of the ice, but more importantly water can build up behind the icicles and enter your home. This can rot the wood in your roof and attic, possibly without your knowledge. It can also seep through and ruin ceilings and walls.
Ice damming is caused by too much heat in the attic. If the temperature in the attic is above freezing and there is snow on the roof, the snow melts. When the snow melts, the water runs into the gutter. Since the gutter is not above the house where it can be heated, the water re-freezes into ice. As ice gets thicker it stops the water as it runs down the roof, making an ice dam. The water coming down the roof will eventually build up until it’s over the actual house again and does not re-freeze because it it is warmed by the attic. As the water gets deep enough behind the ice dam it pushes up under the shingles and into the house.
Removing as much of the ice as you can will help prevent this. Keeping watch of your attic is recommended. If you should find water coming in through the roof give SERVPRO of Frankfort a call right away. We can help reduce the damages and stop the water from spreading and affecting other areas of your home,
Myths about Flood Insurance
Myth: I receive flood insurance through my homeowners insurance.
Fact: Homeowners insurance policies do not normally cover flood damage. You must purchase a separate Federal flood policy.
Myth: Even if my property does flood, it wouldn’t be very much.
Fact: Just 5 inches of water can cause over $25,000 worth of damage.
Myth:Only those who live in a Special Flood Hazard Area can buy flood insurance.
Fact:Floods can happen anywhere. Anyone can buy flood insurance.
Myth: I don’t need flood insurance if I can get disaster assistance from FEMA.
Fact: A flood insurance policy response to flood events that may not be severe enough to result in a presidential disaster declaration. Before FEMA assistance becomes available, the flooding incident must be severe enough declared a federal disaster by the president. Federal disaster declaration are issued in less than 50% of flooding events.
To get more flood insurance facts, visit Floodsmart.gov or call your local insurance agent
Dangers Of Frying A Turkey
-Turkey fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.
—An overfilled cooking pot will cause cooking oil to spill over when the turkey is put in, and a partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter when putting in the pot.
-Even a small amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a large fire.
-Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire.
-The sides of a cooking pot, lid, and pot handles can get dangerously hot.
SERVPRO of Frankfort wishes you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. Stay safe, and if you are deep frying a turkey this holiday season please be safe and use caution. Keep the fryer away from your home, garage, and even porch.
Certified Document Destruction
Unfortunately, many businesses and government agencies have to dispose of counterfeit, faulty, expired or contaminated materials. All entries need to be certified that ther products and materials are destroyed. The guarentee of certified destruction is to protect one’s liabilities, brand image, or proprietary information. We guarentee certified deconstruction to give you the peace of mind that your documents are disposed of properly.
Weather you are responsible for 1,000 square feet or 100,000 be ready for the worst with the best, your trusted SERVPRO franchise in Frankfort,IL.
SERVPRO of Frankfort’s goal is to make the process as simple as possible for our customers. Contact SERVPRO of Frankfort today for more information on Document Restoration services.
We are always here to answer any questions you may have. Please give us a call at (815)485-6901.
Melting snow can cause damage to your homes foundation as well as your personal property. To help reduce the risk of water damage due to melting snow keep the following tips in mind:
1. Check your property for obstructions that might prevent melting snow to properly drain.
2. Clear snow and ice from the roof gutters so water can properly drain.
3. Make sure downspouts and sump pumps drain away from your home.
4. Shovel snow away from the downspouts, basement windows, wells and stairwells.
5. Brush heavy accumulated snow and ice dams off the roof.
6. Clear your street storm sewer of snow and debris.
7. Check outside pipes for leaks or damage.
If water does get in.....
It is important to take quick action. Call SERVPRO of Frankfort. We can quickly dry any items such as carpeting, furniture, insulation, and drywall to avoid mildew, mold or further damage.
Are you ready for winter weather?
Are you prepared for the coming cold weather? Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not ready for it. From heavy rain and freezing temperatures to damaging winds, sleet, or snow, all can cause serious and costly property damage. While you cannot control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared and help take the sting out of winter weather. To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions to protect your property before colder weather hits.
Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Wind, heavy rain, ice, and snow can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
Roofs, water pipes, and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building. Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall. Leaves and other obstructions can cause a damming effect, which can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.
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.
Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open, allowing warm inside air to circulate around the pipes. If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe.
Ask your SERVPRO of Frankfort Professionals about completing an Emergency READY Profile for your business. The ERP is a no-cost assessment to your facility, and provides you with a plan to get back in business fast following a disaster.