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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

How Do I Safely Decorate For Christmas?

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

Decorating for the holidays is always an exciting experience especially if there are children to help hang ornaments and other seasonal items around your home. Lighting candles is one way to create an inviting and warm environment for the entire family to enjoy all season long. Producing a cheerful spirit however may lead to unattended consequences if you don’t take the necessary precautions. Christmas is the peak day for candle fires according to the National Fire Protection Association. 

It’s a delicate balance between creating an elegant Christmas Display while also reducing the risk posed by children who are more likely to not be as careful around flammable objects. On average, 21 home fires are reported each that were caused by lit candles. A third of candle fires began in a bedroom where they can quickly spread to other parts of a home. To help keep everyone safe this winter remember to keep lit candles at least 12 inches away from other flammable objects. Most importantly Christmas Trees where children will more than likely be playing and shaking their gifts to guest what’s inside. 

Along with keeping lit candles a safe distance from flammable objects consider utilizing battery-operated candles. Flameless candles provide a mitigated fire risk compared to lit candles. Remember to also blow out any lit candles before you leave a room or go to sleep. It’s the equivalent of leaving the fireplace unattended which is highly discouraged. 

Apply this advice when decorating your home this holiday season to help protect your home from the potential fire hazard of lit candles. During this time of year, many offices close for several weeks, and employees take time off. Here at SERVPRO of Burlington however understand that when a homeowner experiences a house fire. Whether limited to one room or has engulfed much of the structure calling a fire cleanup and restoration crew to mitigate the damage is critical. 

Smoke damage can layer a house with soot and a foul odor rendering the home unlivable. Our team of fire damage mitigation and remediation experts can reach you in any part of Alamance County from Elon in the west to Mebane in the east granting us the ability to best serve you in your time of need. 

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.

References 

https://www.nfpa.org/candles 

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

Stopping Storm Damage In Its Tracks

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

2020 is a record-setting year for hurricanes. The National Weather Service even ran out of names and began using letters from the Greek alphabet. Along with numerous rainstorms this year, Alamance County including the Town of Elon has received above the average 45 inches usually expected. Going into the winter with the potential of blizzards and ice storms impacting Elon it’s critical that homeowners take precautions now to mitigate the potential losses in the future. 

Protecting your home and the investment you’ve made in it from the updated kitchen to the remodeled basement requires that you take preventative measures. Working to reduce the likelihood of severe storm damage and water damage from flooding to your property. Serious damage to your home which may amount to thousands of dollars in equity gone down the drain due to a storm no matter the season it occurs in is a tragedy. 

Poor foundation, inefficiently insulated entryways, and standing water around your home are some of the potential pitfalls of severe storm damage negatively impacting your home this winter. Heavy snow and ice melting near your home can possibly enter the structure including the basement damaging its integrity. To help prevent this from occurring be sure to review your property for any of these anomalies. 

If water from a snowstorm or melted ice manages to seep into your home it’s critical that it’s mitigating quickly. Allowing standing water to take up space in your home’s basement or the first floor for any substantial amount of time may do more damage. SERVPRO of Burlington is an experienced storm damage and water clean-up crew with over two decades of experience in the water restoration industry. Two years ago our crew partnered with several SERVPRO franchises when hurricanes smash the coast. Our team is also IICRC Certified which is the industry standard. 

The SERVPRO of Burlington team serves the communities of 

  • Graham, NC
  • Mebane, NC
  • Glen Raven, NC
  • Snow Camp, NC
  • Elon, NC
  • Gibsonville, NC

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 Dangers of Leaving Cooking Unattended?

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

The holidays are right around the corner and while this is one of the most exciting times of the year it’s critical that you not forget all the information learned from Fire Prevention Week the first week of October. In the haze of hosting extended family from out of town and preparing a large meal for everyone, it’s easy to fall back into old habits. Thanksgiving according to the National Fire Protection Agency is the day where the highest rates on average of home fires take place, unfortunately. 

Fires can quickly spread throughout your home in a matter of minutes and while they can start from electrical malfunction or arson; cooking fires make up the plurality of home fires according to the National Fire Protection Agency. From 2014-2018, 66% on average to be exact. Kitchen fires from cooking may result in significant damage to your home. Leaving cooking unattended to welcome guests or attend to children, even for a few minutes is highly discouraged. Cooking a turkey especially should be done with the utmost care and attention. 

Fires from cooking left unattended may also cause large swaths of the interior of your home to fill with smoke. Smoke may damage your kitchen appliances and countertops requiring a professional fire restoration crew to attend to them. Smoke may also spread into other areas of the home layering furniture with soot. Soot may be difficult to get out of your home and contacting an experienced fire restoration to mitigate the damage is crucial to preserving the integrity of each item. 

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/-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Safety-tip-sheets/ThanksgivingSafety.ashx

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

What Flood Damage Can Do To Your Basement

11/13/2020 (Permalink)

This year is expected to be one of the wettest years of record for Burlington, Alamance County, and the rest of the Piedmont Triad. With the number of tropical storms tracking through the area this past hurricane season, as well as rainfall, homeowners across Alamance County may be experiencing water damage. Caused due to rainfall or flooding which may lead to mold in the future if not remediated by a qualified and reputable water restoration crew. 

Several inches of rain in your basement may not seem like a big deal, however, it’s quite the opposite. Water can begin to impact the foundation of your home impacting its integrity. Not mitigating and remediating the water damage may lead to mold growth in the future requiring a professional water cleanup crew to get involved if you are trying to resell your home. Along with impacting the integrity of your foundation through the basement; your personal items including furniture may also be damaged. 

It’s critical when your home or business experiences water damage to reach out to the SERVPRO of Burlington team immediately. Our water mitigation crew is experienced and continuously trained throughout the year in industry-standard methods of water cleanup. 

SERVPRO of Burlington serves the communities of 

  1. Graham, NC
  2. Mebane, NC
  3. Glen Raven, NC
  4. Snow Camp, NC
  5. Elon, NC
  6. Gibsonville, NC 
  7. Haw River, NC 

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 NC, (336) 229-1156.

Is Water Coming Out Of My AC Unit?

10/30/2020 (Permalink)

Blasting the AC feels like a great idea on a hot summer day in Mebane. But after lowering the thermostat the temperature of your home continues to rise. Running upstairs to the attic you find watermarks staining the walls caused by condensation and a pool of water around the HVAC system. Come to find out water has been leaking from your unit. 

An overflowed drain pan, clogged drain lines, and a dirty evaporator coil are all potential reasons your air conditioning unit is leaking. Maintaining an AC unit and assuring it’s performing correctly is a homeowner’s responsibility. Checking in on your unit regularly is an important preventative measure as the cost to repair may need to come out of your pocket and not your home insurance company. A leaky AC unit located in your attic may also deplete the integrity of your roof adding to the cost overall, reinforcing the importance of upkeep. 

Responding promptly to the water damage that has occurred includes hiring a professional water restoration crew. Waiting may increase the severity of the damage to your attic and the investment needed in order to remediate once production begins. Our team is experienced in both mitigating the water damage to your attic and effectively remediating the area impacted. We’ve also earned several certifications in water cleanup through the IICRC. 

The SERVPRO of Burlington team serves the communities of 

- Burlington, NC

- Graham, NC

- Mebane, NC

- Glen Raven, NC 

- Elon, NC

- Snow Camp, NC

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. 

Preventing Kitchen Fires This Fall

10/16/2020 (Permalink)

The first full week of October is Fire Prevention Week and you and your loved ones must be aware of the ways to prevent house fires as colder temperatures move in. People will be cooking more during the fall and winter seasons which, unfortunately, may lead to kitchen fires. 

Fires can quickly spread to all corners of the home within a matter of minutes causing the entire structure to become layered with soot as smoke moves through the hallways. Having a plan in place to exit your home and dial 911 is important as well as a pursuing method of preventing house fires in the first place. 

A few quick tips on ways to prevent home fires. 

  1. Never leave your stove range or oven unattended. 
  2. Put a lit on cooking when not actively stirring or pouring ingredients in. 
  3. Don’t attempt to cook while intoxicated.

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