Pretty lights, candles, and decorations are just a few of the items bringing charm and cheer to the holiday season - however, if they are not used carefully, your holidays may go from festive to frightening.
The American Red Cross offers the following safety tips to help greatly reduce the fire risk in your home or business this holiday season:
? Place Christmas trees, candles, and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents, and candles.
? Make sure light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer's instructions.
? Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving the property or going to bed.
? Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Always extinguish candles before leaving the room or before going to bed.
? Use only sturdy tree stands designed not to tip over. Keep curious pets and children away from Christmas trees.
? Keep anything that can catch on fire - like potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains - away from your stove top.
? Designate one person to walk around your home or business to ensure all candles and smoking materials are properly extinguished after guests leave.
Your local SERVPRO of Kitsap County professionals wish you all a save and happy holiday season!!!
Fire Safety for the Holiday Season
This winter season brings cooler temperatures, beautiful colors, and an abundance of outdoor activities. Plan this season to help ensure it is safe from potential fire hazards.
According to the National Fire Protection Agency, cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. Here are some helpful hints when cooking your holiday family dinners.
- Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food.
- If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while the food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
- Keep anything that can catch fire, like oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, or hand towels, away from the stovetop. If you have a cooking fire, consider the following safety protocols to help keep you and your family safe.
- Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the flames.
- Call 911 or the local emergency number after you get out safely.
- For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the oven door closed.
- If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear path out.
- Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
If you are doing any outdoor cooking around a fire pit, consider the following to keep it a fun, but safe time for all:
- Check the wind conditions prior to starting the fire. Wind can make it hard to light the fire or blow embers around to surrounding brush or structures.
- Always have a fire extinguisher or water source nearby, like a water hose or water bucket.
- Never leave the fire unattended.
- Keep all children and pets at least three feet from the fire.
If you do experience a fire loss, call your local fire loss experts at SERVPRO of Kitsap County! We are here to help!!
A Quick Response Is Crucial When Water Has Damaged Your Home
Give our crew a call anytime you need us at (360) 3737-1290! We are here to help!!
Whenever disaster strikes your home in any capacity, you want assurances that the right qualified professionals can respond quickly to help limit damaging effects. Especially with circumstances like water loss incidents that can occur from many potential sources in your home, this water can spread quickly throughout the exposed region to affect neighboring rooms and other floors of your house simultaneously. You need fast responding professionals with the expert tools to make a difference quickly in your damaged property.
While there are many professional restoration companies that all might claim to be the best choice for the water damage in your home, you must make this decision for yourself. Our SERVPRO of Kitsap County professionals offer a 24-hour response to all emergencies that can threaten properties. We have proven mitigation methods that can help our team to limit out of pocket expenses to our customers when we begin restoring damaged homes.
Our emergency response team is not just available at a moment’s notice for substantial natural disasters that might affect homes and businesses throughout the area, but even smaller situations that could still pose threats to your home if not cared for immediately. Water loss incidents can occur in a variety of sizes from numerous sources, and our SERVPRO professionals have extensive training and experience to handle them all.
We keep a production vehicle stocked with water restoration equipment that can help with effective water removal, drying, cleaning, deodorization, and even preventative care for potential mold growth. We arrive at your home with the full measure of our industry-leading equipment to ensure that our drying efforts are entirely effective.
Knowing who you can trust in an emergency is a powerful tool to help protect the investment you have made in your home. You can count on the fast response and the experience of our SERVPRO of Kitsap County professionals. Give our crew a call anytime you need us at (360) 373-1290!!
Who do you turn to for Commercial Water Restoration Services in Kitsap County?
Water intrusion can be devastating for a business such as a restaurant because it might force you to close your doors. If not remediated, a water intrusion incident can result in long-term destruction. Microbes can multiply in standing water. If the water becomes contaminated, your restaurant can be rendered unsanitary and therefore unfit to operate.
Mold infestation can also occur, leading to health effects on the employees and customers. At SERVPRO of Kitsap County, we know the importance of remediating commercial water damage within the shortest time possible. We use special tools to help us determine the severity of the water damage. For instance, we can use moisture meters to verify which surfaces are damp and provide quantitative readings.
Another thing we check is the porosity of the materials in the impacted area to determine the amount of water absorption that has occurred. After the inspection, our SERVPRO of Kitsap County team can inform you about the approximate expenses and time required to restore your property. It requires training, specialized equipment, and expertise to dry and restore water-damaged structures. Our SERVPRO of Kitsap County team understands the following:
- How moisture and water affect various items in a building.
- How to determine drying goals.
- The four keys to drying structures and contents.
- The appropriate drying tools to use.
- The right way to position dehumidifiers and air movers.
If you need commercial water restoration services, do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Kitsap County at (360) 373-1290!! We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.
Call the Cleanup Team That’s Faster to Any Size Disaster
Imagine it’s 8:00 pm on a Sunday, and you walk into your home after a relaxing vacation expecting to switch on the lights, put the kids to bed then get some rest yourself.
The only problem? A water pipe burst over the weekend, dumping thousands of gallons of water over your hardwood kitchen floor, your carpeted living room floor, and your cement utility room. You realize this problem is far beyond the reach of your shop vac. What do you do now?
No matter what time of day or night, contact your local SERVPRO of Kitsap County team. We can be onsite within 4 hours to begin drying your building and restoring your contents. The faster the water is removed, the less chance of serious damage to your home or business. Every member of our team is trained and understands how to manage the drying process. By utilizing state of the art equipment and the latest technology, your structure will be quickly and thoroughly dried, which helps prevent secondary water damage.
When it is your home or business that is underwater, mitigation cannot wait. You need mitigation to begin immediately. The cost of water damages can increase exponentially with time. Wood floors warp, dry wall soaks in moisture and mold develops in hard-to-reach areas of your home or business. So, remember to give your local SERVPRO of Kitsap County team a call, any time, any day if water damage strikes you or your customers!! We are here to help you!!!
Steps To Take After a House Fire
So, you've had a fire. It happens, more often than most people realize. Some fires are small and just need some walls scrubbed and the air purified. If the fire department was contacted, there may be water damage along with the smoke and soot.
So, what do you do now?
If you have insurance, contact your insurance company. Let them know the extent of the damage you can see and ask if you should file a claim. Very small fires may not cost as much as your deductible, so make sure to contact your agent right away. Once you're contacted your agent, it's time to reach out to the professionals.
Contact SERVPRO of Kitsap County to set up a time to assess the damage and start the mitigation process. Soot and smoke need to be cleared out of the air as quickly as possible, and water needs to be removed and stopped from spreading and causing more damage.
If you are not insured, try contacting community groups for aid and assistance.
Check with the fire department to make sure that your home is safe to enter. Be very careful when you go inside. Floors and walls may not be as safe as they look. Do not bring pets into the home until the air is breathable.
Contact your landlord or mortgage company to report the fire.
Try to find valuable documents and records.
If you leave your home, call the local police department to let them know the site will be vacant.
Begin saving receipts for any money that you spend related to the fire loss. The receipts may be needed later by the insurance company and to prove any losses claimed on your income tax.
SERVPRO of Kitsap County is happy to assist you in any way we can in these difficult times. Please reach out to us at 360-373-1290 as soon as possible, and we will be there to help.
Protect Your Commercial Property from Fire
When a fire breaks out in your commercial property, you want to know that your renters and anyone else using your property can operate a fire extinguisher in case of a fire. Although many people are aware of the P.A.S.S. acronym, remembering the steps and remaining calm enough to use it requires some practice. As a property owner in Kitsap County, you can take steps to prevent fire damage in your buildings:
- Post Signs That Encourage Safety
Throughout your building, you should have signs posted that clearly point out where extinguishers are, the designated routes for evacuation, and specific hazard areas. For example, a kitchen fire may occur when a microwave is used inappropriately. Avoid this situation by posting a sign that outlines the right way to use the microwave and warnings about using it incorrectly.
- Train Tenants to Use Extinguishers
If you want your tenants to use a fire extinguisher quickly and effectively when a fire breaks out, you need to provide consistent trainings. Give renters a hands-on experience and opportunities to practice, so they don't freeze up under pressure when flames break out. Make sure that your renters understand the differences between fires and extinguishers for proper use.
- Maintain Your Property and Safety Systems
Finally, you need to provide routine maintenance for fire safety equipment. This includes a sprinkler system and extinguishers. If you find signs of damage, consider reaching out to fire damage remediation experts for structural repairs and advice about additional clean up steps that may be required.
Sometimes, these steps are skipped because property owners assume that the presence of extinguishers and other safety equipment is sufficient.
If you do experience a fire loss at your commercial property and need help with the fire damage, please call us here at SERVPRO of Kitsap County. We are here 24/7 to help you with your needs.
How To Prepare for a Storm
Prepare for a storm to avoid severe damage to your building.
Some storms are unpredictable, but there are some things that you can do to mitigate the damage they can do. By preparing before flood water rises and storms get bad, you can save your business a lot of time and money after the storm passes.
Prepare Your Business for a Storm
Gather Your Information
When you are dealing with a flooded building, the last thing that you want to be doing is searching for much-needed phone numbers and documents. Keep these documents out of danger and in a separate location.
- The number to a remediation company
- Your insurance agent's number
- Your landlord's number, lease or building information
- A call list for your employees
Each of these things is great to have around after the storm has subsided.
No matter if you are at your home or your business, you need to keep a stock of supplies for storm season. Floods can happen quickly, so if you find the flood water rising, you should have some basics on hand. One of the most important things you can have on hand in case of a flood is sandbags. Many municipalities offer free filling when a storm is coming.
Have a Plan
Planning for a storm is always a good idea. Not only does it help you know what you should do, it can help employees as well. If you have a plan that includes what needs to be done before, during and after a flood, you can mitigate the water damage and keep everyone safe.
Once you have a plan, make sure that you go over it with your employees. They can be valuable when you are dealing with a disaster. Make sure all your employees know what to do and what you plan to do to help them through a difficult time as well.
Storm damage can be devastating to your business, but it doesn't have to be that destructive with a bit of preparation. Flood water and storm damage can both be mitigated and cleaned. You can get your business back on track if you have a plan.
Here at SERVPRO of Kitsap County we offer an Emergency Ready Profile that can help prepare you for a storm or another type of emergency. If you like to learn more about this, please call our office at (360) 373-1290. We are here to help!!
Why Work with SERVPRO?
You are likely to hear a phrase as a business owner after a disaster, such as a flood: secondary damage. The term refers to the damage resulting from the initial problem. For example, while a flood can cause initial water damage, that initial problem can then cause black mold. The way to minimize the risks of secondary issues is by rectifying the initial problem as quickly as possible, often by calling in the experts at SERVPRO of Kitsap County. There are at least three reasons to trust them over other remediation services.
The teams with the SERVPRO logo are certified through the IICRC — the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. The IICRC certification is and should be the industry standard for remediation services. When a company has this specific certification, you can rest assured its technicians are well-trained and capable.
Whether you are dealing with flooding and the threat of high humidity — a cocktail for black mold — or trying to patch your building up after a storm or fire, you want a remediation service that can do it all: mitigation, remediation, and restoration. The professionals in the green trucks are capable of it all.
With more than 1,700 franchises nationwide, you can also count on SERVPRO for the fastest response. The company has franchises in all major metropolitan locations and can promise 24/7 emergency response.
If you are concerned about response times or scheduling conflicts, SERVPRO is your remediation service. You, the customer, are the top priority. We here at SERVPRO of Kitsap County are locally owned and operated. Our team are your neighbors, so we respond 24/7/365. SERVPRO is known for being fast to disasters and for restoring your property "Like it never even happened." So, if your business is recovering from a disaster, do not hesitate to call us at SERVPRO of Kitsap County. We are here to help you!!!
Halloween Safety Tips
Halloween is one of the most anticipated nights of the year for many Americans – children and adults alike! It’s a night full of candy, costumes, and fun. While it can be an exciting time for all, it is important to stay safe so that you don’t become another scary statistic.
- Small children should never be allowed to carve pumpkins. Instead, they can use markers to draw faces or pictures on the pumpkin while the parents do the carving.
- Open flames left unattended can lead to disaster. Consider using a flashlight or glow sticks to light your jack-lanterns this year. If you do still choose to go the traditional candle route, a votive candle is safest.
- When planning costumes, be sure to incorporate pieces into the costume that are bright and reflective. Whether you are out trick or treating with your kids or walking to a nearby party, it is important that you make it easy for drivers to see you – especially if you’ll be walking on a street that doesn’t have great lighting.
- Consider using non-toxic makeup as an alternative to a mask this year as masks can limit or block your eyesight.
- Choose wigs and accessories that are clearly labeled as flame resistant. Many people choose to light candles as Halloween decorations, and if you happen to lean in the wrong place, it could mean trouble!
- About twice as many child pedestrians are killed while walking on Halloween compared to other days of the year. Make sure that younger kids are accompanied by a responsible adult when trick-or-treating. If they’re going with a larger group, there should be more than one adult so that every child can be always accounted for. If your older children are going on their own, review/plan their route ahead of time and agree upon a curfew for them to be home.
- Bring flashlights with fresh batteries with you on your route so that you can see where you’re going, and so that others may see you as well.
- Only trick-or-treat at homes with porch lights on. And never go into someone’s home or car for treats.
- Always walk on the sidewalk when available. If you are on a street with no sidewalk, walk on the edge of the street as close to the curb as possible while facing traffic.
- If you will be driving when other are out trick-or-treating, make sure to drive safely. Slow down and stay alert, especially if you are driving in a residential area.
- Staying in to hand out candy? Be sure to keep your front path/porch/etc. clear of any trip hazards and make sure your house is well lit in the area where trick-or-treaters will be walking.
- If your pets get anxious with so many visitors, try keeping them restrained in a back room with music or a television on so that they are unaware of the trick-or-treaters. You may also be able to drop them off at a “day care” for pets. Many places stay open late on Halloween for pets with anxiety.