Fall Fire Safety
Fall fire safety is pivotal to protecting your family!
As summer turns to fall and temperatures begin to drop, most of us will begin to turn on heating units, portable heaters, fireplaces and even maybe an electric blanket. While all of these things are great: they can also be fire hazards. Read on for some simple tips that can keep your family safe!
Time Change= Battery Change
Make it a habit to change out batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors every time you change your clocks with the time changes.
- Get your central heating system cleaned, inspected and serviced by a certified HVAC contractor every year before using it.
- If you have a gas heater, make sure that you have fully functioning carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home.
Space Heater Safety Tips
- Make sure that any space heaters are surrounded by at least three feet of empty space and aren't touching any other items or fixtures.
- Turn space heaters off when you leave the house or go to bed.
- Avoid storing any combustible items near heaters.
Fireplace Safety Tips
- Get your chimney inspected each year.
- Hire a chimney sweep to clean out your chimney every fall.
- Repair any cracks in fireplaces.
- Use fireplace screens to keep sparks and fire debris inside the fireplace.
- Don't ever use gasoline to start a fire in the fireplace.
- Never leave a fire unattended.
- Make sure that combustible materials are not stored within three feet of your fireplace.
- For natural gas fireplaces, get all connections and lines inspected before use each season.
- Remember that outdoor fireplaces can be just as dangerous as indoor units, and observe all safety precautions when using them.
Fire Safety Tips for Holiday Decorations
- Do not use candles in jack-o-lanterns. Flashlights are much safer.
- Make sure that children's costumes are made with fire retardant materials.
- Use only fire retardant holiday decorations.
- Verify that all holiday lights and extension cords are in good shape, with no frayed cords or blown bulbs.
Are You Prepared for an Earthquake?
Did you know that Kentucky is located near a major seismic zone known as the New Madrid Seismic Zone?
If an earthquake should happen....would your family be ready? make sure they are with these earthquake preparedness tips.
- If you're indoors when an earthquake begins: drop to your hands and knees. Cover your head and neck with your arms. Crawl under a sturdy table or desk if nearby. Hold on to any sturdy furniture until the shaking stops. If a table or desk is not close, crawl next to an interior wall.
- Create a family emergency communications plan that has an out-of-state contact.
- Plan where to meet if you get separated.
- Make a supply kit that includes enough food and water for at least three days, a flashlight, a fire extinguisher, and a whistle.
- Consider each person’s specific needs, including medication. Have extra batteries and charging devices for phones and other critical equipment. Do not forget the needs of pets and service animals.
- Consider obtaining an earthquake insurance policy. A standard homeowner’s insurance policy does not cover earthquake damage.
- Consider making improvements to your building to fix structural issues that could cause your building to collapse during an earthquake.
Five Most Common Causes of Water Damage in Your Home
Indoor plumbing and access to clean water are luxuries that we enjoy everyday. These things are wonderful to have and can become such a routine part of life that we don't pay much attention to them...…….until that water is some place it shouldn't be. Below is a list of the five most common causes of water damage in the home. Regular monitoring and maintenance of these systems can help keep your water where it should be and prevent water damage to your home.
1. Bursting or Leaking Pipes- Blockages or backups in pipes can cause over-pressurization of the pipe and lead to a leak or burst.
2. Plumbing Problems- These issues can be caused by tree roots, backed up garbage disposals, and ill-fitting or poorly connected joints and hoses.
3. Basements and Roofs- A leaky roof or structurally compromised basement can invite water damage, flooding and even mold.
4. Appliances- Water supply lines to appliances like refrigerators and dishwashers are another common water damage culprit. These lines can break, leak and/or disconnect and dump significant amounts of water when they do.
5. Air conditioners- Air conditioners and HVACs that aren't properly cared for can lead to moisture buildup and lead to mold problems.
How to Prevent Summertime Water Damage to Your Home
Your quick response team here at SERVPRO of Marion, Adair & Russell Counties know that summer means fun in the sun; and that often involves water. Water can mean tons of fun outside but you don't want it creeping into your home. While this list is far from comprehensive its a good starting point for keeping the water on the slip-n-slide and out of your basement this summer.
HVAC units and window units are one of the most common causes of in-home water damage during the summer. These units can sweat, freeze up and/or thaw out and dump water into places it should never be. Window units have a drainage pipe and should be positioned so that the pipe leads the water out the window and not down the wall or into the floor.
Sprinklers can also be a concern and should never be pointed directly at your home. Excess ground water and run off can seep into foundation cracks or basements and cause damage.
Excess Rain can also be a concern. While this can't be prevented; it should be monitored.
Not enough rain, can be a concern as well. Extremely dry soil can be unstable and allow room for pipes to shift and break.
If you see signs of water damage in or around your home, its essential to call in a professional to prevent further damage. If you suspect water damage to your home give us a call at 270-402-8170. We're always here to help!
Simple Tips to Keep Ahead of Summertime Storms
Summertime in Kentucky brings fun, sun and lots of time on the lake but it can also bring some pretty strong storms. Here at SERVPRO of Marion, Adair & Russell Counties we want to make sure you stay prepared for these storms so you can keep your family safe.
Before the Storm
- Build an emergency supply kit and make sure you have a communication plan.
- Unplug any electronic equipment.
- Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
- If you are outdoors, get inside a building, home or hard top vehicle.
- Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains.
During the Storm
- Use your battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates.
- Avoid contact with corded phones. Cordless/cellular phones are safe to use but it's a good idea to store a battery-operated phone charger in case power is out for a while.
- Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords.
- Stay away from windows and doors.
- Unplug appliances and electrical items, like computers. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
- Avoid contact with plumbing. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
After the Storm
- Never drive through a flooded roadway.
- Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk from the effects of severe thunderstorms.
- Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.
Ways to Help a Storm Ravaged Community
With hurricane and tornado season approaching, it's a great time to prepare for storms. Whether your area is impacted or somewhere else, we can all band together and put everyone's lives back "Like it never even happened".
At SERVPRO of Marion, Adair & Russell Counties, our sense of community extends far beyond just Kentucky. In times of need we have been to many other areas to do our part to help them recover.
These products are easily attainable and always appreciated after a major storm event.
There's no need to run right out and buy everything listed here. But, if everyone bought even a few, we could all be ready to put our communities back together or help a neighbor!
Non – Perishable Food Items
Plastic Food Containers
Easy Open/Pop-Top Foods
Bottled Water or Gallons of Water
Plastic Service Products (Plates/Cups/Cutlery/Etc.)
Personal Care Items
Feminine Hygiene Items
First Aid Kits
Antibacterial Wipes of Hand Sanitizer
Plastic Totes w/Lids
Food – Cans/Bags
Trash Bags - All Sizes
Any items you collect for donation can be taken to non-profits such as the Red Cross or local groups. Typically these donations are tax deductible.
Should a weather event impact our area leaving you with any storm damage, water damage, fire damage or mold, give your specially-trained team at SERVPRO of Marion, Adair & Russell Counties a call. We're always just a phone call away at (270) 402-8170.
Why SERVPRO is the Best Choice for Mitigation of Your Commercial Claim
Time becomes a precious commodity when disaster strikes your home or business. Waiting for help is stressful when your reputation and livelihood are on the line.
Nobody understands a fast response like we do, which is why responding "faster to any size disaster" is more than just a slogan to us.
The Importance of Cleaning Up Quickly
When it’s your belongings or business on the line, time is not a luxury you have regarding disaster cleanup. This is especially true when water damage is present.
It takes mere minutes for water to spread throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
The effects of water damage within the first 24 hours include:
- Drywall beginning to swell and break down
- Metal surfaces beginning to tarnish
- Furniture beginning to swell and crack
- Dyes and inks from cloth and paper items spreading and staining
- The beginning of a musty odor
Between 48 hours and a week later, you could begin to see:
- The growth and spreading of mold and mildew
- Swelling and warping of doors, windows and studs
- Metal beginning to rust and corrode
- Paint beginning to blister
- Wood flooring swelling and warping
- The possibilities of serious bio-hazard contamination
Water damage that is left unchecked for over a week can lead to a dramatic increase in restoration time and repair/replacement costs, and possibly impact structural safety.
How We’ll Help
We can provide an immediate response to any size disaster! The repair versus replace mentality of our mitigation team can help minimize the damage and help keep the cleaning and restoration costs manageable.
Our trained cleanup and restoration specialists can be dispatched to your property or business in a hurry. At 12 noon, 6pm or 3am; it makes no difference to us. We're at the ready and only a phone call away at any hour of the day or night.
Being a locally owned and operated franchise helps us be close by and ready to respond whenever the call comes in.
If you need us, we’ll be there—no matter the time or day. The team of highly trained restoration experts at SERVPRO of Marion, Adair & Russell Counties is available for emergency cleanup and restoration services 24 hours a day, seven days a week! 270-402-8170
How to Protect Your Venue During Wedding Season
September has now surpassed June as the most popular wedding month but summer weddings are still very much alive. As a matter of fact, 78% of all weddings take place between May and October. If you own a wedding and event venue....you probably already knew that.
While weddings are joyous occasions filled with love, laughter and happy ever after.....they also seem to be disaster magnets. Groomsmen don't show, brides step on their dress hems and flower girls have meltdowns. For venue owners the disasters can come in the form of sump pump failure, kitchen fires, toilet overflow or a leaky roof.
Don't let these threats put a damper on your business's time to shine! Call SERVPRO of Marion, Adair & Russell Counties and let us put together a FREE Emergency Readiness Profile for you!
It is estimated that up to 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster, such as fire and flood never reopen!
Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.
Are you “Ready for whatever happens?”
Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood. The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens.
The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information or can be an ideal supplement to any well-designed emergency preparedness or existing contingency program. Rather than simply reacting to disaster situations, most prefer proactive measures to establish a relationship with a restoration services company.
By working with SERVPRO® of Marion, Adair and Russell Counties to develop your personalized Emergency READY Profile your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster.
SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.
Call SERVPRO of Marion, Adair and Russell Counties at 270-402-8170 Today for a No Cost Assessment of Your Facility!
Is Your Business Emergency Ready?
Did You Know?
50% of Businesses Without a Preparedness Plan Never Re-Open After a Disaster.
The first step in recovering from a disaster is to be prepared before it ever even happens. A good place to start these type of preparations is with a risk assessment and emergency preparedness profile. A complimentary Emergency Readiness Profile from SERVPRO of Marion, Adair & Russell Counties is a great way to accomplish that! We'll actually gather all the information you need in a disaster and compile it all in one place for you. For FREE!
This complimentary Emergency Readiness Profile is part of SERVPRO's sponsorship of the American National Red Cross's Ready Rating Program. We gather all vital information that you would need in a disaster and compile it all for you. Once your new Readiness Profile is complete; we'll provide it to you, free of charge, in a folder and/or app form. Even if you're on vacation out of state, your employees can access the information they need to locate the water shut off or you can have the electric company's contact information at your fingertips just by accessing your app.
Don't be caught unprepared!
Call us today to schedule your Emergency Readiness Profile visit! (270) 402-8170.
Oh no! My Business is Under Water!
Your SERVPRO of Marion, Adair and Russell Counties is a locally owned business backed by a national team!
We were able to attend to this roof leak and make this business SERVPRO approved! SERVPRO was able to transform this commercial kitchen area where a flood had taken place. Throughout the business, the water had impacted not only the room in which it was housed but throughout the entire area.
When the customer contacted SERVPRO, we were able to not only eradicate all of the contaminated portions of the area - from the primary issue to the very smallest of details - and upgrade the property with exceptional quality and customer satisfaction. We are proud to say that SERVPRO was the chosen company to complete this job and many others like it to transform disasters!