Fires are Preventable!
When it comes to your or your insured’s properties, there are certain safety precautions that can be taken to help prevent fires. https://www.ready.gov/shares the following tips on home fire prevention.
Electrical and Appliance Safety
- Frayed wires can cause fires. Replace all worn, old or damaged appliance cords immediately and do not run cords under rugs or furniture.
- If an appliance has a three-prong plug, use it only in a three-slot outlet. Never force it to fit into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.
- Immediately shut off, then professionally replace, light switches that are hot to the touch and lights that flicker. Fireplaces and Wood stoves
- Inspect and clean wood stove pipes and chimneys annually and check monthly for damage or obstructions.
- Use a fireplace screen heavy enough to stop rolling logs and big enough to cover the entire opening of the fireplace to catch flying sparks.
- Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the house or going to bed.
Weather Warnings on the go
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. There is no sign-up required. Alerts are sent automatically to WEA capable phones during a threatening weather emergency.
According to weather.gov, alerts received at the right time can help keep you safe during an emergency. The types of alerts the National Weather Service will send out are typically about tsunami warnings, tornado and flash flood warnings, hurricane, typhoon, storm surges and extreme wind warnings, as well as dust storms and snow squall warnings.
When you receive a WEA, follow any action advised by the emergency message, especially if it involves an immediate evacuation. Seek more details from your preferred television or radio station, NOAA Weather Radio, or another trusted source of information.
Deep Fried Turkey Safety Tips
Thanksgiving is a time for making memories and celebrating holiday traditions, including family recipes. With the speed of deep-frying a turkey and the irresistible flavor it yields, turkey frying has become a Thanksgiving favorite for many. If you plan to deep-fry your holiday bird this year, be sure you know how to safely use the fryer and brush up on these precautions provided by the National Fire Prevention Agency to protect yourself, your guests, and your home.
- Set up your deep fryer more than 10 feet away from any structure. Keep off the deck, out of the garage, and a safe distance away from trees.
- The oil must be always even and steady to ensure safety. Place the fryer on a flat, level surface and carefully gauge the amount of oil needed.
- Make sure your turkey is completely thawed and dry before slowly placing it in the hot oil.
- Do not leave the fryer unattended. Continuously monitor the temperature of the oil.
- Protect yourself. Lids and handles can become very hot and cause burns. Wear proper personal protective equipment.
- Always have a fire extinguisher ready. A multipurpose, dry-powder unit is best in the event the oil ignites.
Prevent Fires While Cooking.
Did you know cooking equipment is the leading cause of residential fires? As the holiday season begins and you find yourself in the kitchen more often while hosting friends and family, fire precautions should be top of mind.
A property owner experiences a flood of emotions when a fire ravages their business or home. Fear, uncertainty, stress, and doubt about the future of the property and their livelihood can be overwhelming to the property owner long after the flames have been extinguished and the smoke has cleared.
After the first wave of heroes have rescued the property, let SERVPRO of Northern Las Vegas help you restore it to its preloss condition. Combining rapid response, the utmost professionalism, and open communication throughout the entire job process, we strive to restore not only the home or business structure, but the customer’s peace of mind as well.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers the following eye-opening statistics on structure fires.
- 482,030 structure fires were reported in the United States in 2018.
- These fires caused $9.9 billion in property damages.
- One structure fire was reported every 48 seconds.
If the unthinkable happens and a fire strikes your business or home, give the experts at SERVPRO of Northern Las Vegas a call. We will help make it “Like it never even happened.”
Defense Against Mold Growth
Prompt mitigation is vital to avoid mold growth, which can be visible in as little as 24 to 48 hours under certain conditions.
- Keep the humidity between 30 to 60 percent.
- Provide for proper drainage away from building foundations.
- Regularly inspect plumbing and appliances for leaks.
- Keep gutters and drains clear of debris.
- Inspect the roof, windows and other areas where water might enter the building and perform necessary maintenance.
- Respond to all water intrusions immediately.
- Contact us SERVPRO of Northern Las Vegas for assistance after a water damage or if you discover mold.
We will make sure your home, is "Like it never even happened."
Thanksgiving Tablescape: using dried citrus
- Preheat oven to 200°F and set settings to convection. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.
- Use a mandolin or a very sharp knife to slice the citrus: lemons, limes, and oranges (Blood, Caracara and Navel oranges recommended) into slices no more than 1/4" in width.
- Place citrus onto lined tray and bake anywhere from 3-6 hours depending on the size.
- After 2 hours of baking, flip the citrus and rotate the tray in the oven.
- Once the citrus has no more moisture and is brittle to the touch, remove from oven and let cool completely.
Holiday Safety Travel Tips
With the holidays fast approaching, perhaps you are making plans to travel to visit family or friends. Before you hit the road to stuff your belly, take a little extra time to prepare your house for your absence. This will only increase your peace of mind while you’re away and help reduce the chances of unexpected problems. For example, emptying the fridge and pantry of foods that will perish while you are gone is a good practice; consider freezing items that could be saved for later. Throw your items away before your weekly trash pick-up, to avoid critters feasting on your scraps. To ensure that you are aware of any thawing of the freezer, place a cup of ice in there. When you return, if the ice is still separate, the food should be fi ne. If, however, the ice has melted, that indicates that the contents in your freezer thawed and re-froze, which means you should throw away what was in there. Set your thermostat for your absence. Consider turning off the water at the main line. If you do turn off the water, remember to run the faucets until they are dry, and flush all the toilets and turn off their incoming water at the base of the tank. If you will be gone awhile, it might be a good idea to turn off your hot water heater as well, or set it to vacation mode, to save energy. Make sure that all exterior windows and doors are locked, including the garage. If you have a hide-a-key, think about moving it inside, or giving it to a trusted neighbor in case of an emergency. If you have a fi replace, close the flue to prevent animals and birds from coming inside from that route. Aside from ensuring that your home avoids accidental damage in your absence, you want it to appear that you are not gone. Set lights on a timer, ask your neighbors to check on your property, and do not post about being out of town on social media. By following these suggestions, you will be in a good position to enjoy your holiday season!
Using a Portable Fire Extinguisher
A portable fire extinguisher can be a life and property saving tool when used correctly. In order to operate a fire extinguisher, the NFPA suggests remembering the word PASS.
- Pull the pin. Hold the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.
- Aim low. Point the fire 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. Encourage your family members and coworkers to do the same. Remember, extinguishers do have their limitations! It is also important to ensure you have the correct type of extinguisher for your home or facility. Refer to the back of this Restoration Newsline to learn more about the different classes of fire extinguishers and the type of fire each are designed to extinguish.
The Mold Mitigation and Remediation Process
When there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can affect your health and can also cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Northern Las Vegas has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is different, requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a “typical” mold removal process.
Call SERVPRO of Northern Las Vegas
The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO of Northern Las Vegas. A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.
Inspection & Damage Assessment
Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water which can be hidden from plain view.
Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.
Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. SERVPRO of Northern Las Vegas utilizes powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress.
Removing Mold & Mold-Infested Materials
The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.
Cleaning Contents & Belongings
SERVPRO of Northern Las Vegas cleans your furniture, decorative items, and other restorable items affected by mold. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. They are also trained to remove odors and deodorize using fogging equipment.
Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet, or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.
SERVPRO of Northern Las Vegas understands mold and mold growth and has the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business.
The Importance of Cleaning Dryer Vents
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), failure to clean home dryers causes 34% of home dryer fires. Home dryer fires cause $35 million in property loss and can even cause injury or death. To reduce the risk of these fires happening in your or your insured’s home or business, SERVPRO of Northern Las Vegas can help clean dryer vents and ducts that may have lint buildup.
Other tips for keeping your dryer vents clean from the National Fire Protection Agency include cleaning the lint filter before and after each load, and making sure the outdoor vent flap will open and is not restricted by snow, a bird’s nest, or other potential obstacles. For more information on cleaning dryer vents contact us today.