Fire Prevention Week is coming!
Fire Prevention Week facts and resources!
Fire Prevention Week
Fire Prevention week is near! In 2018, Fire Prevention week is between October 7th and 13th, with Fire Prevention Day being Tuesday, October 9th!
What is Fire Prevention Week?
Fire Prevention Week started back in 1925, which was proclaimed a national observance by President Calvin Coolidge. The purpose is to educate adults, teachers, and children about the importance of fire safety. It's also meant to bring awareness to the risk of death in the case of a fire. The dates of Fire Prevention Week vary each year.
This year’s Fire Prevention Week's campaign is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere,” You can see more about this campaign here on the NFPA website about public education.
On the website linked above, you will see the part of the campaign "Look. Listen. Learn" broken down as such:
Look for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.
Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.
Learn two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter."
There are also great ways for children to get involved and get educated on fire safety online with tons of great videos and games! Click Here to check out all of the great games and activities hosted by Sparky the Fire Dog!
Though the dates of Fire Prevention Week vary each year, Fire Prevention Day is always the same. Why? Well, October 9th is the date of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused severe damage. The Great Chicago Fire burned over 2,000 acres of land, destroyed over 17,000 structures, left over 100,000 citizens homeless, and sadly killed over 250 people.
Therefore, it is of great importance in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire that we educate people of all ages on Fire Safety.
Here at SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham, we often deal with restoring the aftermath of a fire. However, education is of great importance when it comes to both prevention and preparation. For more information on fire prevention, visit https://www.nfpa.org/fpw
And remember, if you or a loved one ever encounters a fire, always call 911 first. If your home was damaged, you can call us here at SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham at (508) 746-9500 for help making it "Like it never even happened."
Always call a professional when it comes to fire/soot/smoke restoration!
What TO do, and what NOT to do after a Fire
After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:
- Is it safe to stay in the house?
- Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most predominant concerns.
- Only do necessary activities that are safe for you to perform.
- Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!
What to Do After a Fire
- Limit movement within the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
- Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas to limit the spreading of soot.
- Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
- Clean and protect chrome with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
- Wash soot off of houseplants on both sides of leaves.
- Change your HVAC filter, or look into hiring a professional for a duct cleaning.
- Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to prevent soot from traveling.
What NOT to Do After a Fire
- Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
- Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
- Don't use any packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water. Even if they are canned goods.
- Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet because the wiring may be damaged.
- Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor. Contact a professional Restoration Dry Cleaning company.
If you or anyone you know runs into smoke/soot/fire damage, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham to make it “Like it never even happened.” We have the knowledge and the specialized equipment to get your property back to pre-fire condition. Call us at (508) 746-9500.
SERVPRO of Plymouth / Wareham crew members preparing to dispatch for a Storm Event following Hurricane Florence.
SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham heads to the Carolinas in preparation for Hurricane Florence
One of our crews here at SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham packed up early this morning to head down to the Carolinas in preparation for Hurricane Florence. The storm crew consisted of a Production Manager, a Crew Chief, and two highly skilled technicians. SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham has been to several “Storm Events” within the last few months, but this one is anticipated to be the most catastrophic. The crew packed up 3 SERVPRO vans and a 26-foot trailer full of generators, air movers, dehumidifiers, sub pumps, and various other necessary equipment needed to help restore damage the impending hurricane is expected to cause.
By late this evening, the Carolina coasts can expect strong winds over 80 MPH. What will be most dangerous to the Carolina residents are the storm surges. A storm surge is a coastal flood or tsunami-like phenomenon of rising water, and Hurricane Florence will be causing storm surges as high as 9 to 13 feet. According to North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, “Tens of thousands of structures are expected to be flooded, and many more by rising rivers and creeks.”
Hurricane Florence is expected to hover over the Carolinas, dumping persistent rainfall and hurricane-force winds until Saturday. Florence is expected to unload approximately 10 trillion gallons of rainfall in North Carolina by the time it passes. Its center will approach the North and South Carolina coasts later tonight as well as Friday. The actual landfall will be Friday afternoon at the earliest according to Neil Jacobs of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Over one million residents have been ordered to evacuate, however many residents do not want to leave their homes. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said no one will be able to save at-risk residents if they choose to ride it out. Florence is expected to dump up to 40 inches of rain. According to Duke Energy, the nation’s No. 2 power company, Florence could knock out electricity for almost one million customers in the Carolinas- and outages could last for weeks.
In preparation for these outages, our crew stocked up on necessities such as bottled water, canned goods, first aid supplies, batteries, and other essentials. We will be stopping in Delaware tonight to get rest and to see how the progression of Hurricane Florence is coming along. Our crew will make their way to the Carolina coasts as soon as it is safe to do so. Depending on the level of damage, we could be down in the Carolinas for several months. Stay tuned to our website and Social Media platforms for more coverage on this Storm Event, as well as exclusive picture and video content provided by our crew members here at SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham!
Water Damage Response Tips for Property Owners
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Water Damage Response Tips for Property Owners
PLEASE NOTE: These tips are for clean water situations only.
- Shut off the water source if possible, and if it can be done safely.
- Remove excess water by mopping and blotting
- Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying. Do not put cushion covers in washing machine.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs.
- Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature.
- Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting.
- Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water.
- Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
- Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpeting.
Components of Proper Water Damage Restoration
- Fast Action
- Thorough Drying
With any leak, it’s the water you don’t see that can cause additional problems like mold, rot and damage to the value of your home. So, before you risk more damage by attempting to clean it up yourself, call us as well as your local plumber to help make it “Like it never even happened."
Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. If you have any questions or need help to ensure your property is drying properly, call SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham (508) 746-9500
Our crew heads to PA for a Storm Event!
4 man crew from Plymouth, MA successfully takes on another Storm Event in South Hills, PA.
(from left to right: Ryan, Nick, Riley and Jay)
South Hills, PA Microburst
On Saturday June 21st, South Hills in PA got hit with a microburst that caused widespread water damage in several of the local homes. One of our crews had just returned from a storm event in Maryland when we heard the news, so the boys weren’t home for long before they packed up the SERVPRO vans again for yet another storm event road trip!
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a microburst as “a violent short-lived localized downdraft that creates extreme wind shears at low altitudes and is usually associated with thunderstorms”. Microbursts are probably of the least acknowledged weather phenomena; however, they can be quite destructive. Wind speeds associated with microbursts can reach up to 100 mpg or higher and are usually less than or equal to 2.5 miles in diameter. Unlike tornadoes, microburst winds travel down and outward (and do not rotate). They usually occur during thunderstorms and come with little to no warning.
Most of the damage our crew encountered in the South Hills area was a result of sewage water flooding caused by the microburst. Sewage water is also commonly referred to as Category 3 water or black water. Black water is highly unsanitary, and is known to contain pathogenic, toxigenic, or other harmful agents. Black water damage restoration should always be handled by professionals (like us!).
In some cases, homes affected by water damage can be dried out and the materials (such as the carpets and pads) can be salvaged. When it comes to Category 3 water damages, these materials cannot be salvaged and must be torn out, bagged up, and properly disposed of. The home is then treated with anti-microbial agents to ensure harmful microorganisms are killed.
Click here to check out our Facebook, and see more content related to our Storm events, Water and Fire Damage Restoration, Mold Mitigation and more! If your home has suffered a disaster, call us today at (508) 746-9500
8 Tips for Preventing Bathroom Mold
How to Prevent Mold in your Bathroom
Mold thrives in damp areas, so it’s no wonder that bathrooms are a common ground for mold growth. However, there are several ways that you can help prevent it. Listed below are our 8 tips for preventing mold in your bathroom.
- Keep your shower or bath tub dry. Using a squeegee to rid your shower of excess water after use eliminates at least three-fourths of bathroom moisture. Also, wipe down any standing water in your sink basin or bath tub to keep your bathroom nice and dry.
- Utilize your fans. You should be running your bathroom fans during baths and showers and keep them running for about half an hour afterwards. Fans keep your bathroom dry by moving air around and reducing steam. Make sure your fan is a large enough model for the size of your bathroom. The fan volume is usually marked under the grill in CFM (cubic feet per minute).
- Dust your bathroom weekly. Since dust is an organic material, and since mold feeds on organic materials, dusting your bathroom weekly can help prevent mold. Dusting your bathroom is also important because mold spores settle on the same surfaces dust do, so make sure to wipe down all surfaces with a lightly dampened microfiber cloth.
- Wash shower curtain liners and bathroom rugs often. Since these items get wet every time they’re used, it’s important to wash them every few weeks. Plastic shower liners can be thrown in the washing machine with your whites, detergent and some baking soda and then air dried. Bathroom rugs can also be washed in the washing machine on a cold cycle with gentle laundry soap and then dried on the coolest heat cycle in your dryer.
- Keep towels and bathroom robes hung up. Make sure that you hang up wet towels, robes (or even bathing suits!) right away so that they can properly dry. Even if you were planning on throwing them into the wash later, wet piles of clothing contribute to a moist humid environment- and as we learned from Tip #1, a dry bathroom is the best way to prevent mold growth.
- Regularly check for and fix leaks. Always check for leaks in your bathroom, and if any leaks are found call your plumber. Feel around your pipes and seals for moisture. Some telltale signs of bathroom leaks are blistering paint/wallpaper, warped or stained walls, or a buckling bathroom floor.
- Try not to keep shower products or bath toys in the shower. Although keeping your shampoos and loofahs in the shower after use is convenient, leaving these wet items in your bathroom will just keep adding to places for mold to hide. Make sure that you squeeze all of the water out of wash cloths and loofahs, and wipe bath toys dry between uses.
- Seal your bathroom floor. If you have tiles in your bathroom, waterproof them by adding a few layers of a silicon-based grout sealer to your dry grout. It will lessen the rate at which moisture penetrates your grout, giving you a result that gets less wet and dries much faster.
The best solution to preventing mold is to kill any existing mold, and then take preventative measures like the ones listed above. If you already have mold in your bathroom (or anywhere else in your home) call us at (508) 746-9500. Our technicians have the necessary equipment and expertise to return your home back to it’s pre-mold condition.
Ellicott City Flood
Vans loaded with equipment drive from Plymouth, MA to Ellicott City, MD.
Ellicott City Flood, SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham springs to action
Several of our crew members here at SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham met at our warehouse on Sunday, June 3rd to pack up and head out to Ellicott City, MD to help with the flood damages once again. We responded to the first flood that happened July 30th, 2016, so our crew knew what to expect.
On Sunday, May 28th, 2018 Ellicott City was hit by another major flood. Nearly 8 inches of rain fall fell in a matter of hours (approximately two months’ worth of rain). Both the county executive and governor had declared the downtown area as in a state of emergency. Gas and electric had been shut off so power lines and gas mains could be assessed. An incident management team of 60 people provided assistance to the people of Howard County and Ellicott City. Those who were in need of emergency lodging were told of several local churches locations that were offering shelter. Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said he was both devastated and heartbroken at a press conference that Sunday night.
Main Street in Ellicott City had been in a state of rebuilding since the 2016 flood. Governor Larry Hogan said at the Sunday press conference that “[The flood] is as bad or worse than the storm two years ago”. Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said “… this is worse than July 30th, 2016”. Preliminary reports indicated that Sunday’s rainfall exceeded that of the flood two years ago. In 2016 Meteorologists dismissed the flood as a “1-in-1,000 year rain event”.
SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham is currently in Maryland servicing Ellicott City, Catonsville, Baltimore and Laurel. We are working our hardest to help these residents restore their homes back to their pre-storm conditions.
10 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Hurricane Season
10 Tips To Prepare for Hurricane Season 2018
Preparing your Plymouth/Wareham Home for Hurricane Season
In a little over a week it will be hurricane season yet again. Last hurricane season was predicted to be “above-normal”, with major hurricanes like Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma proving that prediction true. This year’s hurricane prediction hasn’t yet been announced by the Climate Prediction Center. However, if this season is anything like last season, we are hoping these tips on preparing your home for hurricane season will come in handy.
10 TIPS ON PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR HURRICANE SEASON
- Make sure your insurance policy will cover the full cost of rebuilding your home if it is destroyed during a storm.
- Consider getting flood insurance. Floods often follow a storm- and many homeowner insurance policies do not cover them.
- Take an inventory of your property, so that in the event of a storm you know exactly what you need to replace and how much it’s worth.
- Trim or remove damaged trees and limbs surrounding your home
- Retrofit your roof and seal all windows and doors so that they are secure. Consider adding roof straps if you have access to your roof via an attic
- Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and make sure you clear any clogged areas to prevent any water damage
- Install a vertical garage door brace into your existing garage door so that it doesn’t blow in during a storm
- Make sure not to leave any furniture outside that could be picked up by strong winds and transformed into a projectile (such as patio furniture, grills, decorations etc.)
- Consider purchasing a portable generator for use during power outages
- Look into building a FEMA safe room for your property, click here for more info!
As football player Jack Youngblood once said, “Good luck is a residue of preparation”. If by chance you aren’t so lucky this hurricane season, give SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham a call. We can help restore your property back to it’s pre-storm condition. Give us a call at (508) 746-9500
Restoring a Bridgewater Home After a Fire
Look how clean the team at SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham got this carpet after a fire damage!
Restoring a Bridgewater Home After a Fire
This fire damage in a Bridgewater home required a top to bottom cleaning, so the homeowners called SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham! Our crew used chem sponges to clean all surfaces, including ceilings, walls and floors. We also placed air scrubbers, which capture the contaminated air and produce clean non-contaminated air, throughout the home. Air scrubbers help control the odor left behind from a fire damage as well. In this photo, you will see how hard our crew worked to get the soot out from the carpet. We communicate with the homeowner and make sure all needs are met and all questions are answered. As you can see, the team at SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham helped restore this Bridgewater home to a wonderful condition! If you have damage from fire, smoke or soot in your home- Call us today! (508) 746-9500
It's Almost Hurricane Season!
HURRICANE SEASON 2018 STARTS JUNE 1ST!
Hurricane Season 2018
Hurricane season is almost here. Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1st, with peak activity starting to happen in Mid-August. A hurricane is a tropical cyclone with high sustained wind speeds of at least 39 mph. There are 5 Categories of hurricanes which are based off those sustained wind speeds. Once a hurricane reaches 74-95mph, it is considered a Category 1. Here is a list of the 5 Categories of hurricanes and the sustained wind speeds associated with them.
- Category 1 (74-95 mph)
- Category 2 (96-110 mph)
- Category 3 (111-129 mph)
- Category 4 (130-156 mph)
- Category 5 (157mph or higher)
The Climate Prediction Center has 3 classifications for hurricane seasons based on the number of tropical storms and hurricanes. Here are the 3 classifications:
- Below-normal: between 4 and 9 tropical storms and between 2 to 4 hurricanes
- Near-normal: between 10 to 15 tropical storms and between 4 and 9 hurricanes
- Above-normal: between 12 and 28 tropical storms and between 7 and 15 hurricanes
Hurricane season 2017 was above-normal with 17 named storms, 10 of which became hurricanes (with six of those reaching major hurricane status). The Climate Prediction Center releases its hurricane season forecast at the end of May each year- so keep your eyes peeled!
No matter what the Climate Prediction Center forecasts this year, you should always be prepared during hurricane season. If disaster does strike- SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham responds immediately to your flood and storm damage emergencies. We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition, “Like it never even happened.”