Risk of House Fires in Winter
House fires are at highest risk in winter
Take extra caution during the busy winter months. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) , some home fires may be more prevalent in the winter. Here are 4 leading causes of household fires and ways to prevent them.
1. Candles: Leaving lit candles unattended can quickly cause a fire. Reduce risk of fire by trimming the wick to limit size of flame, place candles on a sturdy surface, and keep at least 1 foot away from flammable objects. If leaving room blow it out, never go to sleep with a lit candle.
2. Cooking: Open flames, cooking with oil, and intense heat can result in a fire when unsupervised. Stay present in the kitchen while cooking with oil to help reduce the risk of grease fire. Use a timer to remind you cooking is in progress. Always keep a fire extinguisher near by just in case.
3. Space heater: Space heaters can ignite household items near by. When in use keep away from household items such as curtains, furniture and clothing, at least 3 feet is recommended by the manufacturer. Remember to turn heater off when not home.
4. Careless smoking: Take caution when smoking in the home. Make sure cigarette is completely out, cigarette butts can continue to burn and catch fire. Putting your cigarette out in an ashtray, a bucket of sand or wetting the cigarette will ensure its no longer burning. Never smoke in bed, too many people fall asleep smoking.
While all potential causes of fires cannot be eliminated, taking precautions can make all the difference.
Home Fire Prevention and Safety
Smoke detector safety tips
Fire alarms are by far the #1 lifesaver when it comes to fires in your home.
Utilizing the following tips will drastically reduce the chances of a deadly fire in your home.
-There are 2 types of alarms, ionized and photoelectric, ionization is the most common as its cheaper and can detect minute amounts of smoke. If someone in the home has difficulty hearing, consider purchasing a smoke detector that produces flashing lights or vibrations in addition to a loud noise.
-Make sure alarms are installed in every bedroom, and outside every sleeping area. Also place one on every floor, including basement. Install ceiling-mounted models at least 4 inches from the nearest wall.
-Test all alarms monthly by hitting the "test" button". If alarm doesn't work, first replace battery and try again. `Clean smoke alarms regularly by vacuuming. Replace every 10 years.
Smoke alarms are absolutely necessary to protecting the people in your home from fires. They're easy to maintain, only takes a few minutes per month and very affordable.
How Michigan Snowfall Impacts Your Home or Building.
Michigan is known for its cold and large snowfall winters.
Our winters here in Michigan often have a lot of factors that have major impacts on our roads, businesses and workplaces. They also have profound impacts on our homes, especially when the home has some issue that is occurring on a semi-regular basis.
The issues that occur most frequently include: broken pipes, broken hoses, roof leaks, water lines breaking, and plumbing issues. All of these issues are exacerbated when in the cold weather. During the winter months, we often see the most water damage in the December and January months.
Things you should watch for after a snowfall includes:
- Cracks on walls or water marking.
- Roofs starting to crack and paint peeling.
- Making sure that the foundation is level and no cracks are apparent.
If your home, business or organization experiences flood activity, call in your local restoration experts at SERVPRO of Fraser. We have been serving the Fraser and outlying communities since 2009.
Why the Water Sources in Your Home Should be Monitored Constantly
Owner, Paul Patrico, monitoring a water loss in Fraser.
As a homeowner or facility owner, you are dealing with maintaining a lot of different functions within your home on a semi-regular basis. Often, something that goes unnoticed, is the need to check for leaks within your water sources.
Older homes, in particular, are susceptible to occasional cracks in piping or leaks in hoses causing for those leaks to happen. It should be a concern of all building owners, especially with the winters and rapid temperature variances in Michigan weather.
Things to look for include:
- Rips in leather hoses and tubing,
- Securing the nozzles and areas where water can come in through.
- Testing whether your water has any sort of discoloration as this is typically a sign of erosion within the piping.
If your home experiences any sort of flood activity this winter, call in the experts over at SERVPRO of Fraser. We have serviced homes and businesses in the Fraser area since 2009, making it ten years within the community.
Fire Damage Materials Handling
Our crews can ensure that your fire damage "Like it never even happened".
Fire Damage can wreak a lot of havoc on homes and businesses when it occurs, but not everything damaged is beyond repair.
Plastic and Tupperware is one potential gray area with damage in fires. If the damage is only surface-level or soot-covered, then a simple cleaning and wipedown will allow for those items to be saved. If burned past the surface however, it needs to be removed from the home to prevent more cross-contamination into other porous materials in the home.
Clothing that is burned can be saved depending on the cause of the fire. If the fire was a chemical based or solution based fire, than the clothing must be thrown out and not worn again to prevent exposure to those chemicals. If it is caused by fire or some other natural agent, the clothes can be laundered and the side effects would be negligible.
In the event of fire damage, call your insurance agent and ask for SERVPRO of Fraser to get your home back to the way it should be: a home clean and damage-free.
Cleaning Mold Effectively
SERVPRO Franchises all across the country are available to make your home look "Like it never even happened."
There are many safe and recommended types of cleaning solutions to use for the removal of mold spores.
Here are a few different solutions that are used in restoration cleaning:
- Concrobium: Concrobium is generally used on any surface and it works by suffocating the mold as it dries on the affected area.
- Benefect: Benefect is widely used in a lot of different commercial settings like hospitals and various other professional endeavors. It doesn't require wipes after application but does require careful measuring to ensure proper results.
SERVPRO also produces its own line of chemicals that are used by all franchises in their various mold and other projects.
It is very important for the solutions that are used to be of the right grade and the right amount to be used to achieve the right result. If you believe that your home or business has mold problems, it would be wise to have a professional crew assess and determine whether the issue is indeed mold. Call our crew at SERVPRO of Fraser to get your home or business assessed.
Fireworks Causing Fires
Fireworks can cause a lot of damage.
The holidays are a time for celebration and for family, so having a disaster occur on a holiday is not ideal.
Fireworks often are associated with the Fourth of July, but if used responsibly, they are relatively safe. We have had various jobs that have been caused through improper use of fireworks that has led to housefires. Based on our prior experiences with jobs like these, they often take a long amount of time to get the home back to pre-fire conditions, with the work not being the cause of delays but rather the approval times it takes to finish projects.
It only serves as a reminder to us that we have to be careful during the holidays when using fire for cooking, celebration and or other use. If you run into an event caused by a fire, please call your insurance agency after the fire has been contained and if the damage is severe, you should call in a restoration company like SERVPRO of Fraser to make sure the remediation is handled efficiently.
Importance of Disaster Recovery Planning
Having a business continuity plan or an emergency plan is essential.
Even in a place like Michigan, we can experience moments of extreme weather, usually in the form of heavy ice and snowfall.
One thing that every organization and business should consider in their business is the importance of having proper workplace procedures in the event of major weather that impacts the workplace.
One such step to have in place would be to have some employees trained in where the important outlets and structures of the building are located. In the event of an emergency, most problems occur when no one has knowledge of the surrounding areas of the building. A group of employees should be aware of where the proper areas to evacuate and or learning how to turn off the water shutoffs.
If your local organization or business is in need of a prepared emergency plan, we offer FREE Emergency Ready Plans for your business that will help to establish that footprint for your organization.
Why Our Franchise is Capable of Handling Any Disaster.
SERVPRO of Fraser is ready for any disaster!
As a SERVPRO franchise, owners are often required to maintain certain standards for equipment and personnel mandated by our corporate office.
These standards allow for our franchise to operate at maximum efficiency and gives our franchise an inherent advantage over the competition in our area. Our franchise typically can handle multiple jobs at a time as our staff is mostly cross trained on the various aspects of the business, which is not necessarily the case for most restoration companies.
With these inherent advantages, our crews and staff can coordinate and tackle multiple jobs at a time in an efficient manner.
Having the ability to rely on our Disaster Recovery Team is also vitally important towards making sure that large scale jobs can be completed with a professional quality and done with maximum customer satisfaction.
If your home or business is experiencing a disaster, call your local SERVPRO of Fraser at (586) 296-3331 to learn more about what we can do to help you!
How to Prepare an DIY Kit for Storm Damage
Storm Damage can happen anywhere.
It is always said that you should always prepare for the unexpected in life. This blog will go into how to create and build a do-it-yourself storm kit to have in a storm emergency.
First thing you should look to include is food and drink that can last for an extended period of time. Depending on storm damage, you may have to rely on some food reserves depending on the severity of the storm. Second addition to the kit would be a light source, like a flashlight that can provide some light in case of an extended power outage. Finally, a source of communication and or a news source like a NOAA weather radio, in the event that you lose power and your phone does not work.
Having this kit in hand when storm damage strikes is a nice tool to have and can help you to be able to brace the storm damage a little better.