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What To Do If Your Hotel Catches Fire?

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

Whether traveling for business or pleasure hotels and motels try to make their customers as comfortable as possible during their stay. Most people let their guard down when staying in a hotel believing nothing bad while away from home. However, according to the National Fire Protection Association on average, one of every 14 hotels or motels reported a structure fire each year.

If you’re planning a vacation or going on a business trip soon check to be sure the hotel has working fire alarms in every room as well as a sprinkler system. Once you get to your room review the escape route if there is a fire. When you’re sleeping Keep your key card on the nightstand then you won’t forget it if the fire alarm goes off. Lastly, stay low to the ground to avoid smoke inhalation and take the stairs not the elevator. 

Structural fires located in hotels and motels can result from cooking accidents to cigarette smoking which is why it’s critical you stay on guard during your stay. If you’re unable to escape your room dial 911 and hold a light source by the window for the local fire department to locate you. 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, flood, mold, or storm damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Burlington, 336-229-1156.

References 

https://nfpa.org/-/media/Files/News-and-Research/Fire-statistics-and-reports/Fact-sheets/HotelsFactSheet.ashx

https://nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Safety-tip-sheets/HotelMotelSafety.ashx 


https://nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Data-research-and-tools/Building-and-Life-Safety/Hotel-and-Motel-Structure-Fires

How To Prepare For A Workplace Power Outage?

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

Recent severe winter storms knocked out power to thousands across the Piedmont Triad in February 2021. The threat of ice storms along with thunderstorms in the spring and summer highlights the importance of having an emergency preparedness plan for your workplace. It’s critical business owners have a safety plan in place to protect their employees as down power lines from powerful winds and toppling trees can wreak havoc on a worker’s commute. The most important thing is ensuring that everyone in your workforce is safe. Having a safety plan of action that includes who and where to report to is crucial in these scenarios. 

Many businesses may have a generator that may continue to power their electrical system if it’s disrupted. However, some workplaces may only utilize a generator to keep minimal services up in running. In those sorts of cases, a business manager or owner informing their workers on what will be kept up and running is crucial. Also, remember that your power company may already be aware of the outage is caused by a natural disaster such as an ice storm, tornado, or hurricane. 

When preparing your workplace for a potential outage recognize that planning too much is a good thing. You can never be prepared in natural disaster scenarios. According to the National Fire Protection Agency’s website: electrical distribution and lighting equipment was the second leading cause of office property fires (12%) of fires while causing 15% of direct property damage.

 Listed below are several key steps that your business can take to protect your employees and commercial space from potential fires. Caused by an electrical disruption as well as tips to prepare for a power outage. 

Power Outage Preparedness and Safety 

  1. Be aware of the weather forecast by watching your local news or checking the weather online. 
  2. Communicate with your employees prior to any power outage or natural disaster event on the emergency preparedness plan. 
  3. Utilize a print version of your company’s emergency preparedness plan as a resource. 
  4. Communicate with your supervisor on the next steps if a power outage occurs. 
  5. Consider unplugging any personal electrical equipment including phone chargers and desk lights. 
  6. Don’t go near any down power lines or wires during a power outage. 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, flood, mold, or storm damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Burlington, 336-229-1156.  

References 

https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Publications-and-media/Press-Room/News-releases/2020/NFPA-releases-first-two-videos-of-a-new-campaign-series

https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Data-research-and-tools/Building-and-Life-Safety/US-Structure-in-Office-Properties 

https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Data-research-and-tools/Electrical/Fatal-electrical-injuries-at-work 
https://emergencyplanguide.org/power-outage-in-the-workplace/

What’s Next After Restoration?

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

The sequence of events can come at lightning speed after a fire or flood damages a homeowner’s property. Flooding can lead to warped flooring. Soot from a fire may layer your walls. Mere hours may make the difference in the production needed to mitigate and subsequently remediate the damage caused. It’s critical property owners do what they can on their part to prevent further damage in the case of flooding. Remembering to shut off the water valve, and soaking up as much water on their own as they can before the SERVPRO emergency response team arrives on site. 

Many homeowners after the restoration process has concluded ask what’s next? My bathroom or kitchen can be utilized once more, but now may be a great time to make it better. 

When considering a home repair company it’s important to ask specific questions. Below are a few must-ask questions? 

  1. Are you a licensed contractor with the State of North Carolina? 
  2. Do you have experience with types of homes similar to mine? Including size and age.
  3. Do you have references I can reach out to including previous customers and business partners?

That’s where the SERVPRO Reconstruction Team comes in. SERVPRO of Greensboro North is a licensed contractor with the State of North Carolina. With multiple years of experience in residential property restoration, we’re equipped to provide the necessary repairs to a customer’s home. We’ve partnered with hundreds of homeowners in the reconstruction of their homes after completing the restoration process helping to renovate outdated rooms. 


If your home or business requires our services whether for fire, water, flood, mold, or storm damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Greensboro North, (336) 379-1772.  

What Items Can Be Saved After Your Home Floods?

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

Experiencing a flood can be a traumatic experience for any homeowner. Watching your home, furniture, prized possessions, and family heirlooms washed away and damaged. Questions of what to do, who to call, and how do I file a claim with my home insurance company are a few of the many thoughts that are on a person’s mind. 

SERVPRO of Burlington is your go-to provider for storm cleanup and disaster recovery. Presently IICRC Certified our crew is equipped to mitigate, remediate, and reconstruct your water damage. The basement or first floor is most likely to encounter damage if flooding occurs in your area. In these areas of your house, there may be stored away items, couches, sofas, coffee tables, laundry rooms, and kitchen appliances. 

Content cleaning is one of SERVPRO of Burlington’s services where our team professionally cleans recovered items that are salvageable. It’s also important to note that flood damage from a storm may bring in outside contaminants that may become a hazard. Depending on the extent of the damaged items our expert team will review and after recommendations to the homeowner. 

Flooring

Water damage can have a significant negative effect on your carpeting. Several inches of water on your carpeting may require it to be completely taken up. Water stains on your carpet, however, can be dried utilizing our drying equipment readily available in our warehouse. 

Hardwood flooring is another matter as floodwaters getting underneath may cause warping which may require the entire section to be taken up and replaced. 

Furniture 

Again, the extent of the damage is key as our drying equipment can begin the process of salvaging the furniture pieces. Depending on your level of commitment and investment in the furniture pieces our team may be able to work with you on cleaning, restoring, and refinishing the items with trusted partners in the community. 

Appliances & Electronics 

Electricity and water do not mix. In some cases, if the water damage was minimal your washer, dryer, stove, other appliances, and electrical equipment may be salvageable. However, it may be recommended to purchase all new equipment. 

Books & Important Documents 

Items such as these are recoverable if great care is taken. Particulars such as these may be Marriage certificates or professional contracts you’ll want to be salvaged. 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, flood, mold, or storm damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Burlington, (336) 229-1156.  

References 


https://www.IICRC.org/members/default.asp?user=SERVPROgreensboronorth

4 Things To Do If Your Home Floods

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

Rain, rain, and more rain. They’re moments in the year, sometimes too many where our community goes days on end with rain. Then changing over to snow and ice in the winter if the temperatures manage to drop below freezing for a substantial amount of time. While snow is pretty to look at, what often accompanies it is a fearful weather condition. Ice can cause trees to topple over onto your roof creating a hole where water can seep into all areas of your home including the basement. 

Falling trees can rupture the pipes of your home as well which may cause hundreds if not more gallons of water to spew out into your basement, flooring, walls, and ceiling. Any amount of standing water in your home may spell disaster if not mitigated promptly. Significant water damage can begin to warp your hardwood floors, stain your carpeting, and create a mold growth situation.

Calling an experienced water cleanup crew with IICRC Certification and experience in restoration is key to beginning the process of getting your home back to normal. Our team is trained in proper drying methods and mold testing to help keep your family safe. We’ll also reconstruct your house after it’s been restored to streamline the process. 

When many customers call our office to request our services it’s critical you’ve already completed a few tasks beforehand. Listed below are a few key steps homeowners should take if they experience water damage. 

  1. Shut Off The Water Source
    1. Locate the cut off valve in your home. It’s likely underneath your kitchen or bathroom sink. 
  2. Do What You Can In Order To Mitigate The Damage
    1. Try to soak as much water as you can on your own using towels. 
  3. Call A Water Cleanup Company
    1. Available 24/7 with 20+ years of experience and contractor license for repairs. 
  4. Speak To Your Home Insurance Provider  
    1. Save your insurance agent’s contact information on your phone, or write it down. 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Burlington, (336) 229-1156. 

What Are The Main Causes of Kitchen Fires in Restaurants?

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the foodservice industry has become one of the most negatively affected industries. With mandated government closures and limits on capacity, there is much on the mind of restaurateurs. Covid-19 has forced restaurants of all shapes and sizes to think outside of the box to best stay afloat and serve their community. Colliding with those thoughts are worries that are always a concern of business owners which are fires. 

According to the National Fire Protection Agency, there are  7,410 structural fires pertaining to restaurants every year. Causing thousands of dollars in fire damage. 40% of restaurant fires occur in the kitchen caused by stoves, ovens, and other electrical as well as gas appliances. Lighting equipment and smoking are also contributing causes to restaurant fires. 

A few tips to help prevent restaurant fires whether it’s a fast-food establishment, fast-casual, or fine dining. 

  • Include in your new employee training fire prevention and safety rules to be followed.
  • Regularly train current employees on kitchen safety. 
  • Instruct all servers, cooks, and bussers on the fire extinguisher utilization. 
  • Have a designated area for smoking a safe distance from the building. 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, flood, mold, or storm damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Burlington, (336) 229-1156. 

References  

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Top-fire-causes/Heating 

https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Safety-tip-sheets/Heating_Safety.ashx 


https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Data-research-and-tools/Building-and-Life-Safety/Eating-and-drinking-establishments

Trauma Scene Safety & Clean-Up

1/15/2021 (Permalink)

Handling the aftermath of a death on your property is a sensitive ordeal. Although a mortician or coroner will remove a body from your home the matter of cleanup is left to the homeowner or landlord. Contributing to the emotional agony loved ones are feeling there are serious health risks and barriers to clean-up that must be considered before moving forward. Recognizing that as a human body begins to decompose the entire house becomes a biohazard scene containing potential infections and diseases throughout. 

Health Risk

  • Human waste including bodily fluids, urine, and feces can contain E. coli, norovirus, and pinworms. 
  • Bloodborne pathogens including Hepatitis A, Hepatitis C, and HIV can be found in the area where the body was found including the floors, walls, mattresses, and furniture. 
  • Along with the physical health risk of individuals cleaning up after a death has occurred, there is also the mental health risk if the person was a loved one. The psychological damage should not be discounted. 

PPE & Clean-Up 

SERVPRO of Burlington is your area leader in human waste clean-up including crime scenes and biohazard remediation.

  • Each of our crew members is equipped with the necessary PPE to complete the biohazard remediation process including hazmat suits, goggles, respirators, and disposable gloves. 
  • Adding to the IICRC training, biohazard remediation equipment, and readiness our team possesses; SERVPRO has industrial-grade chemicals to properly disinfect and deodorize your home. A decomposing body can also leave a foul smell in your home which may harm the potential resale value. 

If your home or business is in need of one of our other services whether for fire, water, flood, mold, or storm damage; call the experts today – SERVPRO of Burlington, 336-229-1156. 

References

https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/global/sanitation/workers_handlingwaste.html

https://www.osha.gov/bloodborne-pathogens

Is My Space Heater A Fire Hazard?

1/7/2021 (Permalink)

As the winter season sets in and temperatures prepare to plummet, thousands of families across Alamance County will be utilizing different forms of heating equipment to remain warm. Space heaters may be one mechanism homeowners use and although it may be great at creating a comfortable environment inside your home it may also present themselves as a fire hazard if not properly applied in their given area. According to the National Fire Protection Association. Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths.

To protect yourself, loved ones and property from the potential fire hazard posed by spaces heaters the SERVPRO of Burlington team has listed several points below. 

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment including spaces heaters. 
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around space heaters.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month.

Providing useful information to keep your family safe this winter season is important to our team. If you do, however, experience a home fire damaging portions of your property or all of it in its entirety our team is ready to respond to mitigate the damage. The SERVPRO of Burlington team has performed thousands of fire restoration jobs in our twenty plus years of existence. Whether it’s staining soot damage, a lasting smoke odor, or varying contents such as furniture, toys, and precious family keepsakes you need to be taken care of. We’re here to help! 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, flood, mold, or storm damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Burlington, (336) 229-1156 

References  

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/winter-holiday-fires-infographic.pdf  

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Top-fire-causes/Heating 

https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Data-research-and-tools/US-Fire-Problem/Candle-fires 

https://www.esfi.org/news/5-things-you-should-know-about-space-heaters-638#sthash.LTHHLmhN.dpbs 


https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Safety-tip-sheets/Heating_Safety.ashx

Candle Fire Facts For The Winter Season

12/31/2020 (Permalink)

The cool crisp air reminds us to layer up for the elements before we leave our homes for the day’s activities. Pulling a sweater over your head or zipping up your coat isn’t ideal when you’re staying home the majority of the time. With recent temperatures dipping near or below freezing thousands of homeowners are finding ways to stay warm this winter while also limiting their heating bill expenditures. 

Candles while not a primary heat provider is commonly used to add emotional warmth to a person’s home. Scented candles in particular perform this task truly well, however, it’s critical that you take precautions. Candles may quickly become a fire hazard potentially leading to your home becoming ablaze with flames causing smoke and soot damage. Remember to keep candles at least a foot away from any flammable objects including curtains and furniture. Blow out any lit candles before you leave the room for the evening. Lastly, consider utilizing battery-operated flameless candles which can offer the same effect as authentic candles with a minimal fire hazard. 

Here are more facts on candle fires to emphasize the importance of taking safety precautions to protect your family and loved ones this season.

During the five-year period of 2014-2018 according to the National Fire Protection Association:

  • December is the peak month for candle fires in the United States. 
  • Christmas is the peak day for candle fires in the United States. 
  • ? of candle fires began in the bedroom. 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, flood, mold, or storm damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Burlington, (336) 229-1156. 

References  

https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Data-research-and-tools/US-Fire-Problem/Candle-fires 

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/winter-holiday-fires-infographic.pdf  

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Top-fire-causes/Heating  

Real vs. Fake: The Great Christmas Tree Debate

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

December is here and the holiday season is in full swing. Homeowners across Burlington and surrounding communities will be showcasing their decorative Christmas Tree whether artificial or natural. People still debate the merits of both and while we’re not going to settle the score here. Their safety precautions you should talk about regardless of if you’re purchasing a “real tree” or a fake tree. 

Natural Christmas Trees according to the U.S. Fire Administration, a division of F.E.M.A. pose a higher fire risk compared to artificial trees. Meaning homeowners should take extra safety measures in order to minimize the likelihood of a fire starting. It’s critical that in the hustle or bustle of the holiday season from shopping to entertaining guests that you don’t forget to water your Christmas Tree daily. A dry Christmas Tree may be a potential fire hazard according to the U.S. Fire Administration. 

Along with watering your Christmas Tree daily, homeowners should make sure their tree is at least 3 feet away from any heating source. That will include any space heaters, fireplaces, candles, and radiators. This may require a bit of maneuvering if you live in a tighter space, however is well worth the effort. More than 1 out of 5 Christmas Tree fires was caused due to the tree being close to a heating source. 

As a fire clean-up restoration company, our experienced team is ready to assist you if a fire does occur in your home. Our warehouse contains an arsenal of tools that the SERVPRO team will utilize to mitigate and remediate the fire damage. Christmas trees are a quintessential feature of the holiday season. SERVPRO of Burlington wants you and your family to have a wonderful holiday remember the important safety measures everyone should take.

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, flood, mold, or storm damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Burlington at 336-229-1156.

References  


https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/winter-holiday-fires-infographic.pdf