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Outdoor Fire Pit Safety Tips

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

Outdoor Fire Pit Safety Tips

Now that nights are cooling off, many people are beginning to prepare and plan bonfires for their friends and family. Before having everyone come over, review these quick tips to ensure a fun night for everyone in attendance!

  • A fire pit should not be closer than 10 feet from any structure, tree, fences, or other flammable materials. It should also be at least 25 feet away from any large commercial buildings and apartments.
  • Make sure that any seating far enough away from the flames to ensure your guests’ comfort as the flame grows. This also ensures that anyone sitting around has proper ventilation.
  • FACT: Fire and wind do not mix! If it is windy, wait until it dies down before lighting your fire, or postpone until another time. It only takes one strong gust of wind to carry embers from the fire.
  • Use approved fire-starting products when tending the fire. Do not use flammable liquids (gasoline, lighter fluid, etc.) to light or relight a flame.
  • The quickest and safest way to start a fire is by using a lighter to ignite a few pieces of crumpled up paper on top of a small pile of sticks. Once these have caught on fire, you can then begin adding larger pieces of dry wood and logs to build up the size.
  • Loose or flammable clothing while tending to a fire can cause issues. Taking time to check your outfit can prevent any issues from arising!
  • Never leave an ignited fire unattended. Fire can quickly spread and begin causing issues. If there are any children or pets present, make sure to keep an extra close watch on them.
  • Always have a way available to quickly extinguish the fire. This can include a bucket of water, water hose or an extinguisher.
  • When cleaning up at the end of the night, double check and make sure the fire is completely put out before leaving it. It is also a good practice to go ahead and wet down the pit, even if you no longer see any flames or embers lit.

For more information, visit: www.allstate.com/blog/considering-backyard-fire-pit/

House Fire Prevention

10/22/2020 (Permalink)

Each year from November to January, SERVPRO receive an influx of regarding smoke and fire cleanup. You may be being careful about the risky items or places in your home that could cause fire, but you may not realize some items could turn into an issue. Here is a list of some of the top causes of home fire losses-

Lighters: If there are children in the home or who visit often, it is best practice to store these items in a safe, high place to prevents any accidents from happening. 

Fireplace: While fireplaces are built to vent smoke outside, it is important to burn the correct type of wood, or else you could experience fire flare-ups or smoke escaping into the home.

Stove: This is the highest risk and most obvious item in your home by far. The key to preventing any issues is by making sure it is always turned off after each use, and to also not leave it unattended if it is still hot/warm.

Small Appliances: Most kitchens have small appliances other than the stove. These appliances can also catch on fire, or cause surrounding items to catch on fire. While it is tempting to leave these items plugged in, it is important to make it a habit of unplugging them.

Candles: This household item can cause issues when left lit and unattended. It is easy for a lit candle to be forgotten about, and items set nearby that can quickly catch on fire. Make sure to also extinguish the flame when leaving the room, and also when sleeping.

#NationalChurchSafetyMonth - October

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

With fall officially being here and winter right around the corner, SERVPRO of Marion, Adair and Russell wants to encourage local churches to be aware and participate in #NationalChurchSafetyMonth!

Every church has a different set up, and some may be smaller or larger than others. No matter your size, there are things you can do to help prevent or minimize damage from happening when it comes to disasters happening.  A few quick things you can do are listed below:

  • Clear paths to all building exits
  • Post cooking safety tips in kitchen areas
  • Check to make sure any candles in the church are safe

After completing these few smaller tasks, SERVPRO can also help you go a little more in depth by completing a free Emergency Ready Profile on each of your church buildings. Participating and working through this program as a church can reduce the change of damage and can dramatically reduce the amount of damage that happens during an actual emergency.

After meeting and doing a walkthrough of the property, our local marketing representative will put together this plan and then deliver it at a convenient time. The ERP information is also saved on an app that can be shared with whoever the church needs it to be.  This way whoever is there when a disaster happens has the ability to access the important information.

Give us a call at 270-402-8170 for more information and to be connected with your local marketing representative!

October - Theme of the Month

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

October - Theme of the Month

It is now officially fall! It is the perfect time to announce the October theme of the month being all about preventing damage through the winter months. There are a lot of different things you can do to prevent damage from happening to your property, but here are several quick, but important steps to take!

  • Winter Supplies Check – Here in Kentucky, we do not experience a lot of snow, but when we do, it is sometimes a lot! Make sure to check now and make sure you have a good snow shovel or snow blower on hand. It is also a great time to check each vehicle you own to make sure they all have ice scrapers and anything else they may need during cold weather.
  • Check Air Filters – If you do not already regularly change your air filters, and this is a great time to start. The less debris caught in filters, more efficiently your system can run.
  • Clean Gutters – Especially in homes where there are a lot of trees around, gutters can quickly build up and become clogged.
  • Check for Drafts – When there are drafts around your doors and windows, the heat you are paying for quickly escapes.
  • Store Water Hoses – Putting away your garden hose for the year can help prevent frozen pipes from happening. As water freezes, it quickly expands, and can easily cause a pipe to bust.
  • Lawn Fertilizer – This may seem premature, but thinking about spring time, being proactive about your lawn can pay off! Putting down seeds and fertilizer early gives the seeds all winter to work their way deep into the ground where it can be the most useful.
  • Outdoor Furniture– Once the weather is too cold to use your outdoor furniture, it is a great idea to store it inside a garage or building or use winter cover to protect from harsh conditions. This can help make your furniture last as long as possible!
  • Fix Driveway Cracks– Small cracks can cause damage to your driveway. When water gets caught and freezes, it can cause major cracks. Filling in the small cracks now can prevent worse damage later!
  • Alarm Batteries – While this should be done at least twice a year, fall is a great time to start building the habit! Replace any batteries that are old or seem to not be fully charged.

September Theme of the Month - National Preparedness Month – Wrap Up

9/30/2020 (Permalink)

September Theme of the Month - National Preparedness Month – Wrap Up

Each year September is National Preparedness Month. Every year, SERVPRO focuses the month around encouraging families to take this month seriously and participate in the activities outlined by Ready.gov.

This year’s tasks were based around working to keep your family safe during a disaster. The weekly tasks included making an emergency plan for your home, building home, car and work emergency kits, educating yourself about each type of potential disasters in your area, and teaching the local youth about the importance of being prepared. Ready.gov also does a great job of outlining and highlighting things you may not have considered previously, and helping you prepare for them.

Thank you to each family that followed along each week and completed the tasks. You have accomplished a lot this month and should be proud!

If you just now found out about the program, it is not too late! Our blog posts and Ready.gov stay up year around, it is not too late to work through each step. As the 2020 motto for #NationalPreparednessMonth says, “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.”

September Theme of the Month - National Preparedness Month – Week #4

9/20/2020 (Permalink)

September Theme of the Month - National Preparedness Month – Week #4

Week #4 – September 20th-26th, Goal: Teach Youth About Preparedness

Throughout September, we have been laying out ways you can prepare yourself and your family for when a disaster strikes. This week, we want to specifically talk about the children in the household.  It is extremely important to include them in your plants, but you may want to take note if anyone gets upset or scared throughout any discussions you may be having. The goal of being prepared is to help everyone feel more at ease, not scared of anything that could happen. Take the time and note any negative feelings surfacing. Then work on overcoming each of those insecurities. One of the easiest ways to help ease nerves is to make sure they understand their role in the plan completely. Another plus of working through any scared or negative feelings is that once they are comfortable, they are a lot less likely to freeze up during a real emergency, and can think more clearly.

The goal of this week is all about making sure your ENTIRE family is comfortable!

Another great resource to help young children all the way up through the teenage years is www.ready.gov/kids. For your younger children, there are many different games and activities to help ease their nerves. For your older children, they have multiple ways listed how to be involved with the community and get hands on experience before a disaster strikes. There are also activities for the entire family to do together, which may be a great way to break the ice when talking about these tough topics!

SERVPRO of Marion, Adair and Russell Counties wants to thank you for joining us during National Preparedness Month! Mark your calendars for next year and join us again!

Hurricane Laura Flooding Damage

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

This month being National Preparedness Month comes at a great time, with it being in the middle of the 2020 Hurricane Season. Already this month, we have had one major storm impact our county: Hurricane Laura. Being a Category 4 Hurricane, when she hit our coast, Laura caused major damage to multiple states, but mainly Texas and Louisiana.

Hurricane Laura caused a lot of destruction moving through the area to many different towns, buildings, homes and businesses. The one positive aspect was that with her taking time to build up, it gave residents several days warning before making landfall. With the locals having a little bit of time to make plans and/or evacuate the area, there were many lives saved.

Now that the storm is over, one of the hardest parts is here for families that evacuated: returning home. While you may believe you are prepared to see the devastation, there is no way to be 100% ready to see what happened to your busines, home and livelihood.  

SERVPRO is a franchise located in every state, and even around the world. At each local franchise, there are enough offices and crews on hand to handle any size job that may come their way. But there are instances, like when a major disaster strikes, when they may need to call in reinforcements. Once this happens, SERVPRO corporate then starts recruiting other trusted franchises to travel to the areas where the damage is.

Right after Hurricane Laura hit, SERVPRO of Marion, Adair and Russel Counties called upon to send teams to the Lake Charles area. We quickly accepted the invitation, grabbed our bags and hit the road. We have now had crews there for over two weeks, and we will be there as long as we are needed.

When you have any type of disaster, large or small, SERVPRO can assist you.

September Theme of the Month - National Preparedness Month - Week #3

9/13/2020 (Permalink)

September Theme of the Month - National Preparedness Month

Week #3 – September 13th-19th, Goal: Educate Yourself About Disasters and Emergencies

This weeks goals is all about educating yourself. In different parts of the world, you are more exposed to certain natural disasters. Start out by making a list of all the potential natural disasters in your area. Along with natural disasters, also think about other disasters that are not natural. Take time this week to go over and learn more about what you can do in each of these situations. Visit www.ready.gov/be-informed for an overview of each of these disasters:

Hazardous Materials Incidents

Home Fires

Household Chemical Emergencies

Hurricanes

Landslides & Debris Flow

Radiological Dispersion Device

Severe Weather

Snowstorms & Extreme Cold

Space Weather

Thunderstorms & Lightning

Tornadoes

Explosions

Extreme Heat

Floods

Active Shooter

Attacks in Public Places

Avalanche

Bioterrorism

Chemical Emergencies

Cybersecurity

Drought

Earthquakes

Nuclear Power Plants

Pandemic

Power Outages

Tsunamis

Volcanoes

Wildfires

There is also a lot of information listed where you can do to get involved and be proactive in your community, along with what you can do to help sooth your children’s nerves when it comes to disasters, and how to be prepared as a business owner.  

September Theme of the Month - National Preparedness Month - Week #2

9/6/2020 (Permalink)

September Theme of the Month - National Preparedness Month

Week #2 – September 6th-12th, Goal: Build A Kit  

The goal of this week is to build your family emergency kit! After last weeks look at individual needs of the family, this week, we are looking at more general needs. This kit should have the items to you’re your family survive without assistance for around three days.

Basic Items:

  • Water (for each person, bottled or gallons)
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle
  • Trash bags
  • Wrench & pliers
  • Food (for each person)
  • Hand can opener
  • Dust masks & cloth masks
  • Battery operated radio and/or weather radio
  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries
  • Wipes
  • Local area map
  • Cell phone chargers & a backup, portable battery
  • Plastic sheeting & duct tape

Additional items to consider including:

  • If applicable: Contact lens solution
  • If applicable: formula, bottles, diapers, wipes & diaper rash cream
  • If applicable: pet food & water
  • Cash
  • Copies of important family documents, in waterproof container or saved electronically
  • Disposable paper products
  • Activities for any children
  • Soap & hand sanitizer
  • Matches (make sure to store in a waterproof container!)
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Prescription & over the counter medication
  • Sleeping bag or blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing for each person (including comfortable shoes)
  • Fire extinguisher

Maintaining Your Home Kit:

Remember to update and maintain your kit regularly! Make it a habit to update the kit each time you go over or update your emergency plan you created last week. This ensures it is kept up to date with current family needs, and all items are in date and ready to use.

Other Kits to Consider:

Work Kit- This kit should prepare you to comfortably stay at work for at least 24 hours. NOTE: add in comfortable walking shoes, as you may not be wearing any during an emergency.  

Car Kit- A version of this kit should be in all cars you may have. It should include jumper cables, flares or reflective triangles, an ice scraper, extra cell phone charger, warm blanket, local map and either cat litter or sand (to help you gain traction if your car becomes stuck). 

September - Theme of the Month

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

September - Theme of the Month

During September, SERVPRO of Marion, Adair and Russell Counties is focused on stressing the importance of being prepared in case of natural disasters. September is National Preparedness Month, and it is the perfect time to put your family’s minds at ease, and plan for how to overcome the worst!

Ready.gov is a great resource for how to prepare your family for any disasters that may impact them. We will also be covering their recommendations over the month, so check back for each week for the week's tasks!

Week #1 Goal: Make a Plan– September 1st-5th

Step #1- Put a Plan Together

Different parts of the country are more at risk for certain types of disasters. Jot down a quick list of these disasters to use throughout building your plan!

Now that you have your list, ask yourself these questions while taking notes:

  • How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  • Do I need to update my emergency preparedness kit?
  • What is my shelter plan?
  • What is my evacuation plan?
  • What is my household communication plan?

Use your answers to begin building your plan.

Step #2- Consider Specific Needs in Your Household

Once you have your plan started, it is time to look at what supplies you need to stock up on. A good way to start is by looking at each member of your family and thinking of any daily items they may need that could be hard to get a hold of during an emergency.

Step #3- Build a Family Emergency Plan

There are many different emergency plan templates to download online, so find one that fits your needs or create your own!  

Step #4- Practice Your Plan with Your Family/Household

Your plan should be almost completed at this time, so it is now time to thoroughly run over it to find any other weaknesses that may be hiding. After discussing these plans in depth with all family members, your small children may be a little nervous. Going over it will also help put their minds at ease, and make everything go smoothly in the event that you do use your plan during an emergency.   

After you have finalized your plan, print it out and put it in a safe place, and mark your calendars for 6 months down the road to update and practice again!