Fire Extinguisher Safety
Easy steps to using a fire extinguisher
Fire extinguishers are a fairly common item. They are often seen in kitchens, schools, commercial buildings, and even some vehicles. However, many do not know how to use them properly or when it is appropriate to use them.
- Fire extinguishers should be used for fires that are located in a small area and that are not growing. Check to see that the room is not filling up with smoke, as that would not be safe to be in while attempting to extinguish the fire.
- Ensure that before using a fire extinguisher on a fire everyone has exited the building and gone to a safe location.
- Ensure that the fire department has been called
In order to use a fire extinguisher properly, use the PASS method. This includes these steps:
- Pull the pin and ensure that you have the nozzle pointing away from you
- Aim the extinguisher low and point it at the base of the fire.
- Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly
- Sweep the nozzle from side to side
It is important to be aware of where fire extinguishers are located, that they are maintained and in working condition and that everyone in the home or business know how to properly use them.
At SERVPRO of Alton, Edwardsville, & Granite City, our experienced team is available 24/7 to answer any questions that you may have. Call us at 618-797-1392.
Safe practices while deep frying turkey
Many individuals and families enjoy a deep-fried turkey as part of their Thanksgiving feast. While it is delicious, it can also have some dangers involved. For this reason, it is important to use safe practices while preparing your Thanksgiving turkey.
Some of the dangers involved include –
- The sides of the pot, lid, or handles on the pot can get increasingly hot during the cooking process.
- Using a fryer that is filled too much with cooking oil can make it difficult to place the turkey into the hot oil without splattering or spilling oil.
- The turkey fryer can be easy tipped over which poses the problem of hot oil spilling onto an individual or in the cooking area.
- Using a deep fryer without thermostat controls can cause the oil to overheat and risk igniting a fire
Some ways to help make Thanksgiving a safe and fun holiday for all is to
- Ensure that there is a fire extinguisher placed in the cooking area
- Encourage children to stay an appropriate distance from the cooking area
- Ensure that there are working smoke alarms in the home, as well as that they have working batteries in them.
- Never leave the kitchen or appliances unattended while cooking
- Ensure that you or others are not wearing loose clothing or dangling jewelry that could become caught up
Here at SERVPRO of Alton, Edwardsville, and Granite City we hope that you have a safe and fun holiday with your family, and enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving feast. Should an emergency occur, we are available 24/7 at 618-797-1392.
Space Heater Safety
The temperatures are dropping outside, and it is the time of the year where to try to keep the inside of our houses toasty warm. Space heaters are commonly used to help heat areas of the home as they are convenient, cheap, and easy to move around. However, they can also be dangerous and cause a fire hazard.
Here at SERVPRO of Alton, Edwardsville, & Granite City, we want to ensure that you and your family stay safe and warm, so we prepared a list of ways to safely use a space heater in your home.
- Inspect the plug of your space heater before use. Ensure that the plug and cord are not broken, frayed, or cracked.
- Turn off space heaters before leaving the room or going to sleep.
- Unplug space heaters when they are not in use
- Plug space heaters into a wall outlet, rather than using power strips or extension cords which could overheat.
- Supervise children and pets closely while they are playing in a room with a space heater in it.
- Ensure that heaters are not placed near anything flammable, including fabric, papers, or rugs.
- Ensure that heaters are not placed in high traffic areas where they could pose a tripping hazard.
Smoke Detector Maintenance and Safety Tips
Smoke detectors can play a vital role in keeping us safe in an emergency. They are often one of the first warning signs that there is a fire and that it is necessary to get out of the house and into a safe location. The following are some tips to ensure that your smoke detectors are in working order.
- Test all smoke detectors monthly to ensure they are working correctly
- Clean smoke detectors regularly by vacuuming with the brush attachment
- Install new batteries once a year or as soon as the low battery alarm sounds
- Check the expiration date of all smoke detectors and replace when expired or at least once every 10 years.
- Consider using alarms that are interconnected, so that when one alarm sounds, they all sound
- Ensure that there are smoke detectors located in each sleeping room, and on every floor of the house, including the basement.
Here at SERVPRO of Alton, Edwardsville, and Granite City we hope these tips help to keep you and your family safe and worry-free!
If you have any questions about fires call us 24/7 at 618-797-1392, our experienced staff is always here to help!
Things to Look Out For If Your Location is Prone to Flooding
Massive flooding, brings drastic negative impact on the means of support and functionality of residents and overall economy where it occurs. Damaged properties, livestock losses, defective infrastructure and the rise of waterborne diseases are some of the aftermath results of floods. Commercial properties, involving millions of dollars’ investment are also at risk of damage from flooding. The costs of restoration, moving of commercial functionality from damaged areas to new locations, and relocation of evacuated individuals can occupy a great amount of money from these businesses, that they may not have available.
Floods in recent years, have resulted in huge losses, both residential and commercial. Costing not only the economy from the insurance side, but the personal side as well; millions of dollars. If you, or your business may be in an area of flooding to occur, it is wise to know not only your surroundings to the best of your ability, but also to be able to identify a situation of flooding. You need to be able to act accordingly to save not only lives, but possibly your business and building structure from even more damage.
To avoid commercial property and business damages, preventative measures can be made ahead of time to better prepare and prevent water loss. If not ahead, in the moment efforts matter as well.
- Rising Water
If you recognize that the amount of water that is pooling near your building is gaining inches at an alarming rate, put some sand bags near all of the entrances to help stop water from coming in at that door lip level.
- Moving Water
Moving water brings larger risks in areas that are situated near rivers or in areas where a coastal storm surge may occur since it results in greater forces on the buildings that they were not built to withstand. As well as create the dangerous scenario of harm to people and cars that attempt to go through it.
Overtopping is when the water inside of a contained area rises and spills out over the top of the barrier. Opening of levees, dams and other flood stopping mechanisms, which are made to divert flood water to maintain protection, result in more substantial flood damages than if these devices were never put in.
If you have experienced flood damages, SERVPRO of Alton, Edwardsville & Granite City is here for you. We take the man power, equipment, skill and assistance of Large Loss teams that can come in to aid our customers as well, to ensure you, and your home or business are taken care of. Our goal is to make your loss “Like it never even happened.”
Faster to your water damage!
Working on a water damage.
Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Alton, Edwardsville & Granite City provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.
Faster To Any Size Disaster
Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of Alton, Edwardsville & Granite City arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.
Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 618-797-1392
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 bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
- Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.
Hours 1 - 24:
- 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.
48 Hours to 1 Week:
- Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
- Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
- Metal begins to rust and corrode.
- Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
- Paint begins to blister.
- Wood flooring swells and warps.
- Serious biohazard contamination is possible.
More Than 1 Week:
- Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
- Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.
About SERVPRO of Alton, Edwardsville & Granite City
SERVPRO of Alton, Edwardsville & Granite City specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration.
Continuing Education Classes!
Attention all property insurance agents and adjusters! SERVPRO of Alton, Edwardsville & Granite City hosts many FREE continuing education classes throughout the year at their office located in Troy, IL.
We have a class coming up quickly! It will be held on Tuesday April 23. There will be a morning class and an afternoon class. You can attended one or both.
The morning class will be from 9am-12pm and the topic will be Ethics and Professional Standards 2019.
The afternoon class will be from 1pm-5pm and the topic will be Water, Biohazards, Trauma & Hoarding Claims.
If you are needing to get your hours done this year please contact our office at 618-797-1392 and we can fax you an enrollment form. These classes do fill up quickly!
Assessing your water damage
A water damage happens when a pipe breaks, plumbing backs up, flood waters rise, or a number of other reasons in which water enters a structure.
Water restoration is the act of making it "Like it never even happened." which is our specialty at SERVPRO of Alton, Edwardsville & Granite City.
Many homeowners who experience a water damage often don't know where to start. The first step is assessing the situation and responding appropriately.
There are two criteria for categorizing water damages: Class, and Category.
The Class of water damage refers to the extent of damage and how much moisture has been soaked up (or bound) in the building material.
There are 4 Classes of water damages:
Class 1 - water is confined to a small area and materials absorb very little water.
Class 2 - where wet materials represent approximately 5-40% of combined floor, wall, and ceiling surface area in a space
Class 3 - wet materials represent more than 40% surface area
Class 4 - this class of damage is a special case where water has been deeply absorbed into the structure and special methods need to be employed beyond a regular drying plan.
Category refers to the level of contamination caused by the water:
Category 1 - originates from a sanitary source, meaning a supply line or sink overflow with no contaminants
Category 2 - water that contains some contaminants such as washing machine or dishwasher rinse water
Category 3 - this includes all water that is significantly contaminated and can cause illness if ingested. This would include sewage, standing water with microbial growth, or water from a toilet containing fecal matter
If you have a water damage that needs to be assessed and for help with the cleanup call SERVPRO of Alton, Edwardsville & Granite City 618-797-1392
Don't worry about your contents. We will take care of them!
Did you know SERVPRO of Alton, Edwardsville & Granite City also takes care of your contents that have been affected during a fire, water or mold damage?
Our staff will carefully box and track every item taken from your home and stored in a designated area at our warehouse. Once we finish bringing your contents to our warehouse the cleaning and restoration process begins.
We have special cleaners for specific types of wood, glass, ceramic, etc. Our staff is trained on what can and can not be used on all different materials. Once cleaned we will repackage and place back in your designated storage area for you to pick up whenever is best for you. It is always better to restore than replace! Especially when it comes to sentimental items. You can put your trust in our staff into making your contents look the best we can.
Major house fire.
In the last few weeks there have been multiple fires in the surrounding areas and I wanted to take this time to remind everyone to be prepared by following the fire safety guidelines listed below:
- Everyone in your household should help make a plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes.
- A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.
- Everyone in the household must understand the escape plan. When you walk through your plan, check to make sure the escape routes are clear and doors and windows can be opened easily.
- Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they've escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.
- Go outside to see if your street number is clearly visible from the road. If not, paint it on the curb or install house numbers to ensure that responding emergency personnel can find your home.
- Have everyone memorize the emergency phone number of the fire department. That way any member of the household can call from a neighbor's home or a cellular phone once safely outside.
- If there are infants or family members with mobility limitations, make sure that someone is assigned to assist them in the fire drill and in the event of an emergency. Assign a backup person too, in case the designee is not home during the emergency.
- If windows or doors in your home have security bars make sure that the bars have emergency release devices inside so that they can be opened immediately in an emergency. Emergency release devices won't compromise your security - but they will increase your chances of safely escaping a home fire.
- Tell guests or visitors to your home about your family's fire escape plan. When staying overnight at other people's homes, ask about their escape plan. If they don't have a plan in place, offer to help them make one. This is especially important when children are permitted to attend "sleepovers" at friends' homes.
- Be fully prepared for a real fire: when a smoke alarm sounds, get out immediately.
- Once you're out, stay out! Under no circumstances should you ever go back into a burning building. If someone is missing, inform the fire department dispatcher when you call. Firefighters have the skills and equipment to perform rescues.