Kitchen Cautions During The Holiday Season
Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving, which includes cooking large dinners, but if you don't practice safe cooking habits your holiday could become hazardous very quickly. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires is unattended cooking. Here are some useful tips to avoid cooking fires:
- Be on ALERT! If you are sleepy or consumed alcohol don't use the stove.
- Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food.
- If you are simmering, baking or roasting food, check it regularly, and remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
- Keep anything that can catch fire (oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, and towels) away from the stovetop.
If you have a cooking fire, consider the following safety protocols to help keep your family safe.
- Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
- Call 911 or the local fire department after you leave.
- For an oven fire turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
- If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
- Keep a lid nearby when you're cooking to smother small grease fire. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is cooled completely.
Have a safe and happy holiday season!
Winter Weather Worries
Winter weather and temperatures falling below freezing in the Rockland County New York area can bring about home water damage issues such as frozen pipes and ice dams. These damages are costly to repair and in most instances can be prevented.
Frozen pipes are not only those exposed to the cold weather, such as outdoor pipes, but also pipes in cold areas like basements, attics, garages and kitchen cabinets. A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but the rupture is caused by the backflow pressure between the water source and the blockage. A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your home if not properly and quickly fixed.
According to The American Red Cross here are some tips to prevent pipes from freezing:
- Drain water completely from swimming pool, sprinkler system and outside hoses.
- Open kitchen cabinets to let warm air near plumbing.
- In extreme cold, let water drip from faucets that may come from exposed pipes.
- Keep your heat set at the same temperature day and night. The temperature should not be set below 55°f
Ice dams can cause major damage during the snowy season. They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still frozen ice. When the trapped water cannot run into the gutter system, it can backflow under the roof's shingles and into the structure's interior areas, as well as causing gutters and shingles to move or fall. Icicles can be an initial sign of an ice dam, (source Travelers.com) check for water stains or moisture in your attic or along ceiling of exterior walls in your home. These are indicators that ice dams have occurred and water has penetrated the roof membrane. Remove the ice dam quickly to prevent major water damage to your homes exterior and interior. Using heated cables, a roof shovel, or calcium chloride ice melt can be used to alleviate the ice dam problem.
If winter weather causes water damage to your property, SERVPRO of Southern and Eastern Rockland County has trained professional technicians ready to restore your property.
After The Storm: Watch for Leaks That May Cause Mold Growth
Did You Know?There is a Water Damage Time Line
Intrusion of water into your home from a storm can result in mold growth. When water damages are not addressed right away, the result is an increased risk of mold growth. Mold may appear within 24 to 48 hours after a water damage intrusion event if the conditions are conducive to mold growth.
SERVPRO of Southern and Eastern Rockland County New York, handles water damages every day, and we know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. By utilizing the proper equipment and moisture measuring devices, your home or business building will be quickly and thoroughly dried to industry standards, which help prevent the secondary damage like mold growth.
Water Damage Timeline
- Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
- Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
- Furniture finishes may begin to bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
- Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.
- Drywall begins to swell and break down.
- Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
- Furniture begins to swell and crack.
- Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
- A musty odor appears. Mold spores grow if conditions are conducive to microbial growth.
Before risking further damage to you home, and belongings don't try to clean a water damage incident on your own, instead call SERVPRO of Southern and Eastern Rockland County at (845) 753-3730 to handle the water damage cleanup and restoration.
Fire Mitigation Requires Quick Action
The faster our SERVPRO of Southern and Eastern Rockland County team of professional Service Technicians arrives on-site to perform fire, smoke, and soot cleanup and restoration, the better you home and contents will recover from the fire disaster. We will make sure the fire damage cleanup will be handled properly by utilizing the following steps:
Structural Cleaning: After a smoke, soot or fire damage, ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting and floors will often need a thorough cleaning. Our experienced Service Technicians will pretest to determine the extent of damage, then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the different types of surfaces found with the structure.
Contents Cleaning: All of the restorable contents in the affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. This includes area rugs, furniture, draperies, and upholstery. SERVPRO of Southern and Eastern Rockland County can provide both dry and/or wet cleaning services. Additionally, restorable contents will be cleaned and deodorized to preloss conditions.
Deodorization: Our SERVPRO Rockland County team of Service Technicians provide specialized services, equipment and cleaning products that will rid the property of offensive odors left behind by the fire or smoke damage. We do not merely cover up the lingering odors with a fragrance, they seek out the source of the odor and remove it.
Don’t leave the cleanup of your Rockland County home or business after a fire to just anyone, call in the trusted professionals at SERVPRO of Southern and Eastern Rockland County. We have years of experience and knowledge dealing with fire, smoke and soot damage, our team can help you through the process of cleaning and restoring your home. Call 845-753-3730. To learn more visit Fire Cleanup and Restoration Information
Home and Business Fires are preventable when precautions are taken
When it comes to your Rockland County, New York home or business property, there are certain safety precautions that can be taken to help prevent fires.
Electrical and Appliance Safety
- Frayed wires can cause fires. Replace all worn, old or damaged appliance cords immediately ad do not run cords under rugs of furniture.
- If an appliance has a three-prong plug, use it only in a three-slot outlet. Never try to 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.
Fireplace and Wood-stove Safety
- 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 going to bed or leaving the house.
Don't forget to have a working fire extinguisher in your home, and read all the instructions before emergencies happen.
When you're Rockland County home or business experiences fire or smoke damage, you need professional help quickly. SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County and Eastern Rockland County is dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to prevent secondary damage and to reduce the cost of restoration.
Is Your Rockland County Business Prepared If Disaster Strikes?
How quickly your Rockland County company can get back to business after a fire, flood, or storm often depends on the emergency planning done today. The regular occurrence of natural disasters demonstrates the importance of being prepared for any emergency.
While each situation is unique, your organization can be better prepared if you plan carefully, put emergency procedures in place, and practice for all kinds of emergencies. Review the following questions to learn if your company is prepared.
Be Informed: Do you know what types of emergencies might affect your company?
Develop a Business Continuity Plan: Do you know which staff, procedures, and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep operating? Are you ready for utility disruptions? Do you have a plan if your building is not accessible? What will you do if your suppliers are impacted?
Prepare Your Emergency Plan: Do you have an plans for evacuation and shelter? Do you have plans for communications with employees before and during? Do you have copies of buildings and site maps with utilities and emergency routes marked? Are any employees trained for medical emergencies?
Practice the Emergency Plan: If you have a plan, have your practiced it recently? How often do you review the plan? Do you have to coordinate the plan with other businesses?
Review Insurance coverage: Have you review your insurance coverage recently to see if you're covered in a disaster?
Secure Your Facility and Equipment: Have you conducted a room to room survey to determine what can be strapped down and secured?
Improve Cyber security: Do you regularly install patches to your software? Have you installed a firewall on your computer? Do you update your antivirus software?
Promote Family and Individual Preparedness: Do you encourage employees to have a personal emergency supply kit and a family communication plan?
If you answered "NO" to any of these questions, visit https://www.ready.gov/ and learn how to better prepare your business, employees, and family.
Also, call Art at SERVPRO of Southern and Eastern Rockland County to complete an Emergency Ready Profile for your business. This is a great first step to better prepare your business for any type of disaster.
After the Fire: Destroy Odors with Deodorization
Even small fires in your Rockland County home or business can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized. Fire, smoke and soot damages in your home or business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent problems.
As various materials burn the odorous residues and deposits on surfaces are left behind. Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors.
We have Production Managers and Service Technicians certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC), to handle specialized services that can rid your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage.
Our services don't cover up the odor with fragrance; we seek out and remove the sources of the odor. Once the source is found, we use the SERVPRO proprietary line of cleaning products to treat and prevent the odor from returning. Any savable items in affected areas will also be professionally cleaned and deodorized, including furniture, draperies, upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, HVAC ducts and more.
We also handle other odors that may require deodorization:
- Cigarette Smoke
- Pet Odors
Whether it's fire, water, mold damage, or just a stubborn odor that refuses to go away, SERVPRO of Southern and Eastern Rockland County will make it "Like it never even happened." Call to learn about our Fire Damage Cleanup Services (845)753-3730.
Is Your Home Ready for Fall and Winter Storms
Cold weather and winter storms can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not properly prepared. Whether it is heavy rains and wind, freezing temperatures, sleet or snow, all can cause serious and costly property damage. Take steps to be prepared and help take the sting out of the winter blues.
- After winter storms check your property for downed tree limbs and branches. Downed limbs can cause damage to your property and lead to possible water damage issues.
- Roofs, water pipes and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutters should be clear of debris and directed away from buildings. Leaves and other obstructions can cause a damming effect, which can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.
- Inspect property for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
- Inspect all handrails, stairs, and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post cautions signs.
- Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temps fall below freezing. If pipes are under cabinets, leave the cabinet doors open.
- Consider turning outdoor faucets off at the main valve. Once shut remember to drain the outdoor faucet.
Check out our Water and Storm Damage tips.
When winter weather strikes and causes a disaster, call SERVPRO to strike back!
Does Your Rockland County Business have an Escape Plan?
An emergency escape plan is not required for all businesses, however, OSHA recommends building an emergency action plan to protect yourself, your employees, and your business during an emergency. OSHA suggests the following steps when developing a plan.
Organize an Emergency Preparedness Procedures review with employees to review your emergency plans. You may wish to select an individual or team of individuals to lead and coordinate your emergency plan.
Once a plan is developed, post evacuation procedures, including routes and exits, where they are easily accessible to all employees. Ensure all exits and routes are clearly marked and will lit, wide enough to accommodate the number of evacuating personnel, and unobstructed and clear of debris at all times.
Conduct office evacuation exercises and drills. Designate a safe spot outside of the facility where employees can regroup, recover and conduct a head count. Once completed, evaluate how well the plan worked and if additional training or exercises are needed.
SERVPRO of Southern and Eastern Rockland County can help you and your business with the cleanup after any water, sewage or fire disaster. But first make sure your employees, and customers are safe by planning ahead and having a plan.
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*Tips provided by the National Fire Protection Association and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
September is National Preparedness Month: Preparing Your Business Property Makes Sense
September is National Preparedness Month, and it is the perfect opportunity to share the benefits of having a readiness plan in place with your customers, employees and family.
The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure you and your business are "Ready for whatever happens." In the event of an emergency, the SERVPRO ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility.
Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile:
- A no-cost assessment of your facility.
- ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contact information, shut-off valve locations, and priority locations.
- The ERP is also accessible online using your computer or tablet; download the SERVPRO free Ready Plan APP to access this information at any time using your smartphone or tablet.
- Establishes SERVPRO of Southern and Eastern Rockland County as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. Knowing who to call in advance is key to a quick response and timely mitigation, helping to minimize the amount of time your business is inactive.
Preparation is the key to making it through any disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. No one plans on a disaster, but now you can have a plan in place when it happens.
To learn more about National Preparedness Month visit: https://www.ready.gov/september
Ready to start your ERP? Call our office at 845-753-3730 and speak with Art Holl. Or contact us via Email.