Fire Prevention | 5 Tips
Losing all your possessions from a house fire is something that many people don't think about; but it is a common and very possible occurrence. We want you to be proactive and fully confident in protecting your home and loved ones from falling victim to a house fire. Below, we have listed some helpful tips & simple things to do:
- Test Your Smoke Alarms
Test the batteries in your smoke alarm once a month in order to maintain them properly. If you find they don’t work, replace them immediately.
- Keep the Stove and Oven Clear
Ensure that your cooking area is clear at all times. Towels, oven mitts and cookbooks can easily catch fire, so keep them at a safe distance from the stovetop. Also, don’t leave anything flammable nearby and make sure curtains from windows do not hang over the stovetop.
- Check Your Dryer
Always be sure to clean out the lint trap after every cycle, and regularly check behind and around dryer for lint or other items of laundry. If you own a gas- powered dryer, have it inspected annually.
- Fire Extinguishers
Have fire extinguishers ready and handy in each key area of your home. Make sure all family members know where they are located and how to properly use one.
- Flammable Products
Many household cleaning products and cosmetic items are flammable; like glass cleaner, nail polish, and hairspray. Keep all flammable products away from heat and out of direct sunlight. A cool, dark place is the best location to store these.
It’s always better to be prepared in any given situation. We encourage you to follow these practices to minimize the risk of a fire. If your home and valuables are damaged by smoke, soot or fire, we will come along side you and restore it back to normal!
Vero Beach Commercial Flooding | Causes
Most business owners are not aware that there are many potential factors that could cause water damage in their property. Often times people think of a major storm that takes down power lines, floods offices and shuts down businesses for days on end. This is likely, but there are multiple, typical factors that should be brought to attention in order to prevent an accident from happening. These include:
Sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection are great for reducing fire damage. But if they are old or malfunctioning, they can cause property flooding and damage furniture and inventory.
Don’t let your sewer lines get backed up! The lines can easily become damaged and the contaminated black water could potentially cause health effects and ruin products.
If an appliance is damaged and fails, it could easily pour water all over your building. If this happens at night, this would create a big disaster the next day. This is typically seen in restaurants or commercial kitchens.
Pipes and Plumbing
If a pipe bursts, serious water damage would occur throughout the plumbing system.
If you find your business building in the midst of an emergency disaster, SERVPRO of Vero Beach will get you up and running “Like it never even happened.” Call today at (772) 770-0501.
Summer Celebrations | Helpful Tips
Summer barbecues and celebrations are now upon us in Vero Beach! We, along with American Red Cross, care about your safety while you are out having fun. Found below, we have provided tips and precautions by American Red Cross for when your plans may include fireworks or outdoor grilling.
The safest way to enjoy fireworks is at a public firework show put on by professionals.
If you decide to set off your own at home, we recommend you follow these safety steps:
- Never give fireworks to small children, and never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.
- Always follow the instructions on the packaging.
- Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.
- Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.
- Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight "a dud."
National Fire Protection Association states that fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires. These fires cause an average of $43 million in direct property damage.
- Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use. Don’t add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
- Never grill indoors — not in your house, camper, tent or any enclosed area.
- Make sure everyone, including pets, stays away from the grill.
- Keep the grill out in the open and away from the house, the deck, tree branches or anything that could catch fire.
- Use long-handled tools made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe.
National Fire Protection Association also tells us that on average, 10,200 home fires are started by grills each year, and July is the peak month for that to happen.
We hope you enjoy your summer, but most importantly, stay safe. SERVPRO at Vero Beach will answer your call anytime at 772-770-0501.
Preparing for Disaster: Earthquakes
Be prepared for an earthquake!
Earthquakes can happen anywhere at any time. Many people don’t know this, but most of the U.S. is at a moderate to high risk for earthquakes. That is why it is important to prepare.
TIPS TO PREPARE FOR AN EARTHQUAKE
-Properly mount all wall decor to avoid extra injury.
-Make sure all heavy items are away from beds and couches to lessen the chance of injury.
-Secure all light fixtures.
-Have an emergency kit ready and easily accessible.
-Do practice drills with your family, so everyone knows safe areas and how to drop, cover, and hold.
TIPS TO HELP DURING AN EARTHQUAKE
-Try to stay calm.
-Stay away from anything that can shatter, such as windows or glass.
-Drop, cover, and hold onto something sturdy.
-If you are indoors, stay inside until the shaking stops, then exit with stairs, not elevators.
-If you are outdoors, find a spot with nothing above you, drop to the ground, and stay until the shaking stops.
-If you are in a car, keep your seatbelt on, and pull over to an open area, avoiding bridges, power lines, and street lights if possible. Stay until the shaking stops, then drive with caution.
TIPS TO HELP AFTER AN EARTHQUAKE
-Aftershocks can occur anytime after an earthquake, so be cautious. If there is an aftershock, drop, cover, and hold on just as if it were another earthquake.
-Clean up any flammable liquids or spilled medications as soon as possible.
-Be careful when opening closet doors or drawers, because some things may have shifted.
-Stay updated and informed through the news or radio.
Preparing for Disaster: Flooding
Be prepared for flooding!
Flooding can be a very frequent natural disaster. In the event of a flood, you'll want to make sure you are prepared.
TIPS FOR PREPARING BEFORE A FLOOD
Make sure to…
-Be ready to evacuate at any time, and have an emergency kit ready to go with you and your family.
-Stay out of floodwaters! Any flowing water that is above your ankles is not a safe route.
-Head towards higher ground in the event of a flash flood warning.
-Stay alert, especially at night time.
-Not all homeowners insurance covers damages from flooding.
-Stay tuned to the news, or listen to the radio for any updates on flood warnings in your area.
TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE AFTER A FLOOD
If a flood has already happened in your area, here are some tips.
-Stay away from any dangerous areas with floodwater.
-Keep a look out for dangerous animals like snakes that could come into your home with the floodwater.
-Officials will report when it is safe to enter your home.
-Contact the fire department if you hear a hissing noise or smell gas.
-Make sure to wear protective gear when cleaning up to avoid injury.
-Be safe when entering your home, and watch out for collapsed or damaged areas.
-If any food or water has come into contact with floodwater, it is best to throw it away.
Call SERVPRO after a flood for any of your water restoration needs for your home or business.
Fridge Line Leak Behind Fridge
Line leak behind fridge.
The homeowners were not immediately aware that their fridge line was faulty until enough water accumulated and began to show. They did the right thing calling us, SERVPRO of Vero Beach. They said their neighbor happened to be over and recommend calling us. Thank you neighbor! Each SERVPRO is individually owned and operated, but each ones strives to give each job their best. Some wood and drywall needed replaced in this job and the rest was an easy dry-out. The fridge line was replaced and the homeowners were pleased with the work performed. They said if the time arises, they too would recommend SERVPRO to someone in need. We thank all of our referrals. Word of mouth is an amazing tool in a small town like Vero Beach.
Storm's First Glance
Storm rolling in.
During all the much needed rain here in sunny Florida, there is a possibility of flooding.
Thunderstorms can have devastating effects with high winds, heavy rains and even trees down. When disaster happens know who to call!
Having the SERVPRO of Vero Beach number 772-770-0501 ready will give your home or business a leg up when there is a storm. Mitigating the damage quickly will save time and money on your storm loss.
If the restoration and mitigation efforts begin within the first five hours of the appearance of water in the home or water in the business, the chances of a successful restoration and mitigation of the damage is nearly certain. However, if the water cleanup efforts are delayed past the first 24 hours, it becomes increasingly likely that the property will sustain permanent damage.
DO NOT hesitate to call SERVPRO of Vero Beach!
Knocked Out Power
Mold growing on a wall after storm.
After a storm rolled through our area, it knocked out power for days. Upon restoration of power, this home had blown a fuse so their air never did come back on. Following weeks of being unoccupied with shutter still up and high humidity, the mold began growing. We have a particular way to clean mold and unlike many companies, we guarantee our work. We will provide a pre-test and a post-test. We will continue to follow up with our clients as well to make sure they are still satisfied in the following weeks. Mold can be a scary thing to customers, but it is not scary to us. If you suspect you have mold, do not mess with it. Instead, call the professionals...us.
Slab leak caused flooded office and stalls.
When this business called about a slab leak, they would not have had such a big emergency, but the water started entering the attached office. This business has stalls where horses were kept. These stalls had to be cleaned out as well. Yucky smells for the production team but worth it getting to work around these magnificent, beautiful animals. The slab leak was fixed by a local company and we were able to get the office and stalls dried out within a day. It is a good day when a business does not have to close down for the day. We were able to work around their day and schedules. If I didn't know any better, I would say the animals were pretty pleased too.
Boat Business with a Leak
Drying out a business.
As seen in this picture, it wasn't actually a boat this time that needed our services, it was their office. After a water heater leak, the owners told us they were so glad it occurred during working hours. This allowed them to be able to shut off the valves and minimize damage. The water was extracted and air movers were strategically placed. Business was not interrupted for long and they raved about that. This company was definitely fortunate. There are so many instances where we see the disasters occur when no one is there, making bigger messes and bigger headaches. Not that this one wasn't, but they were definitely grateful it was during working hours for sure. Call us today with any questions. SERVPRO of Vero Beach.