September Ushers in Football & New Fire Risks | SERVPRO® of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County
Be mindful about fall fire safety. Always remember that SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall is the trusted leader in the restoration industry.
Cooler temperatures might be the last thing on your mind. After all, the temps here will still be toasty for a few more weeks, probably. But we’re beginning to see fall creep in with a slight chill in the early mornings and late evenings.
Each season brings its own potential fire hazards as activities commence. So grab your favorite pumpkin spice latte, and let’s review a few fire safety tips.
Campfire Safety in the Fall
With the fall weather comes an increase in camping, and one of the staples of camping is a campfire. Knowing how to construct a campfire is almost as important as knowing how to put it out.
It’s best to use a match or lighter to set fire to dry leaves or twigs, then add dry wood and bigger sticks. Never use an accelerant like kerosene or lighter fluid.
Build your fire away from structures and out from under tree branches. When it’s time to put the fire out, douse it completely before leaving your campsite.
Slowly pour a bucket of water on the embers and make sure none remain. Anything you leave behind can start up again with enough of a breeze.
The Tailgate Party
The tailgate party is a standard in Alabama, and grills are usually part of the festivities. Pack some safety along with your tailgate goodies!
Most grill fires are caused by an abundance of excess grease. Be sure to clean excess grease and empty the grease trap before starting the grill. A few precautionary steps can help avoid a disaster.
Space Heater Precautions
Many people supplement their heat with portable space heaters. But while handy, these are one of the most frequent causes of home fires in fall and winter.
Keep your heater away from anything flammable on any side. Ensure it has automatic shutoff capability for tip-overs and overheating.
And finally, space heaters are best directly plugged into a wall outlet, so avoid extension cords if possible.
Halloween is only a few weeks away! As you begin to decorate, keep fire safety in mind. Candles and Halloween decorations can be fire hazards, so be attentive and responsible as you celebrate.
If a fire hazard should turn from potential to reality in your home, remember the trusted leader in the recovery industry and contact SERVPRO to get your property fully restored right down to the smell of smoke.
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SERVPRO Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall county is Emergency-ready no matter the day or the time! Let’s face it…disaster at a home or business doesn’t always strike 8:00-5:00 Monday through Friday. Being available to respond to your call 24/7/365 is something we take great pride in!
Last month, we were able to respond fully staffed when a local jail called us at 7:30 p.m on a week night. We had a full crew on site by 9:00 p.m ready to start work extracting water to mitigate further damages from occurring. It was a team effort to get the job done, from our owner, Production managers and technicians, and even our construction department all onsite and working hard! As a team, we pushed through the night into the early morning hours
to complete this job as efficiently and effectively as we could. The following days were spent monitoring the drying progress until the job was done. This is who we are as a company and are always here to help!
When an emergency comes along who ya gonna call? SERVPRO!
Prepare Your Business For Emergencies | SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County
Call today to find out how an ERP can help your business.
September is National Preparedness Month. Is your business ready? Do all of your key personnel know what to do and who to contact in the event of an emergency? If your answer is not yes to all of the above it's time to call SERVPRO and ask about our FREE Emergency Ready Profile and what it can do for your business.
An Emergency Ready Profile, also known as an ERP, is designed to help businesses just like your in the event of an emergency such as water damage, fire damage and more. One of our sales representatives will make an appointment with you (or any authorized representative of your business) to gather information about your business such as:
- Where vehicles need to park in the event of an emergency
- Where the water shut off is, how to access it, and who your water company contact is
- Is there an alarm to the building? If so, what is needed to gain access and who the alarm company contact is
- Where in the building electrical panels are located and who your contact with the power company is
- Who needs to be notified of incidences both within the business and outside the business
- Who your SERVPRO contact is
All of this information is housed in an app that can be shared with all key personnel. If you are interested in taking things a step further to assist in getting your business back to normal faster, ask about a Preferred Service Agreement.
Acknowledging Summer Storms | SERVPRO® of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County
If storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall is on the line, ready to make things right.
Summer is in full swing, and it brings with it all those things we love, including warmer temperatures, vacations, pool days and longer days. But summer also brings thunderstorm activity, and that can lead to more serious inclement weather.
If you think we experience more thunderstorms in the summer, you’re right! Conditions are ripe for thunderstorm activity, especially in the Anniston area, since all you need is moisture from the Gulf and warm air. And we have plenty of both.
In fact, our area has plenty of experience with inclement weather.
Storms may be more frequent in the summer, but you should always take them seriously. Storm alerts are issued for a reason: to inform the public so they can take precautions in the event of bad weather. If bad weather is coming, consider cancelling outdoor activities.
Heed the local weather reports and consider an NOAA Weather radio so you can stay informed if power is lost.
Flooding is always a threat with thunderstorms. It’s a good plan to avoid travel, if possible, during storms.
High winds can damage trees and send lawn furniture flying. It’s best to store outside furniture inside when a storm is possible, and consider trimming trees of dead branches prior to a storm.
Unfortunately, people die every year during thunderstorm-related incidents. It’s a mistake to take storms for granted.
Be Cautious During Storms
Thunderstorms bring lightning, so stay indoors when it’s thundering outside. Lightning can strike up to 10 miles away from a storm, so it’s good practice to stay indoors for at least 30 minutes from the last thunderclap.
Don’t shower or bathe, and stay away from windows during a thunderstorm. Also, consider unplugging expensive electronics since lightning can increase the risk of damage.
It’s best to have an emergency kit prepared and know your evacuation routes.
Avoid flood waters if possible, and stay on higher ground. Do not attempt to drive through flood waters as you don’t know if the road underneath the water is damaged or gone.
It only takes a small amount of rushing water to knock you off your feet or move a car. Stay safe and take no chances on flooded roads.
There are any number of dangers that can come into play in a thunderstorm, and it’s always best to be cautious and put things on hold until storms safely pass. If storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO is on the line, ready to make things right again.
What Makes SERVPRO Different? | SERVPRO® of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County
When you are dealing with any damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall is your local restoration expert.
When it’s your responsibility to make sure everything is running smoothly at your home or business, the last thing you need is an unexpected disaster.
All normal routines stop when disaster strikes, and life gets a little sideways. All those day to day responsibilities get put on hold, and you feel the pressure to step in and manage this disaster.
We can help take the pressure off of you. Why? Because managing a disaster recovery effort is our job, not yours!
Trusting SERVPRO to take over when disaster strikes is a smart decision.
Organized and Standing By
We’re ready 24⁄7 when you call. When speed is critical, we get there fast.
After all, who has time to wait when the house has water where it shouldn’t be or the office is burning?
We stay in a state of readiness. It’s what we live for!
We Move at Breakneck Speed to Get to Your Disaster
Since this is what we do, we understand better than anyone that time is critical in a disaster.
Mold doesn’t take a vacation. If you have water damage, every minute that passes means more mold growth, more smoke smell or more water damage. Responding quickly is crucial and with a local office right here, you’ll benefit from our local presence and national resources.
We’re Specifically Trained for Residential or Commercial Disasters
Sometimes we have notice about weather-related disasters that may happen, but the other ones like fire or broken pipes don’t provide advance notice.
We provide a custom solution for any disaster and can have your business or home back to normal in record time. All so you can get back to your normal routine.
Your Home or Business Will Be Restored "Like it never even happened."
We take our job seriously and since recovery and restoration is all we do, we’ll see yours through to the very end. Our customers’ satisfaction with our results has made SERVPRO one of the best in the business when it comes to recovery and restoration.
We Adapt and Overcome With New Processes
Today, disease prevention is highly valued. With that in mind, we offer cleaning and sanitization that go beyond normal janitorial cleaning or commercial services.
If your desire is to make your employees and customers feel safe, we can provide you with a hyper-clean space. This will inspire confidence in your patrons and associates.
Pipes burst, fires rage, storms emerge—it’s a part of life. When it does, your local SERVPRO is ready to help.
Regardless of why you need cleanup or disaster recovery, SERVPRO has the tools, the technicians and the training to get your situation under control. When you’re ready to get help from the best, get in touch with SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County.
Defensible Space & Why It's Important | SERVPRO® of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County
If your home is damaged by fire or any other reason, SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall is ready and able to repair any damage.
When you think of house fires, wildfires probably don’t come to mind as a potential cause. But the reality is: They’re more common than you think, even here in our area.
According to the National Park Service, wildfires are started by humans 85% of the time. Some accidentally from carelessness and other time deliberately by arsonists.
We can help control the number of fires caused carelessly by humans simply by being more careful when we’re around fire. But there’s more that you can do when it comes to protecting your property.
Understanding Defensible Space
While defensible space can be thought of as a military term, it is also used to define space around your home where combustible materials have been removed to create a fire break.
By adding flame-resistant hardscape around your home and utilizing responsible planting and pruning practices, you can reduce the risk of house fire posed by the wildfire.
By removing combustibles from around your home, you are creating a barrier between the wildfire and your house. This space also give firefighters a chance to slow or stop the wildfire before it damages your home.
Required by law in some states, it’s simply good practice in Alabama.
The Rising Risk of Wildfires
We often think of wildfires as a Rocky Mountain or Pacific Coast problem, but wildfires happen everywhere. In 2020, there were over 59,000 wildfires across the United States in 2020.
California has the distinction of having the most wildfires. They account for over 17% of the wildfires in the United States. But even if we take California fires out of the equation, the average number of wildfires per state in 2020 was still right under 1,000!
Here in Alabama in 2020, we experienced 836 wildfires, burning more than 20,500 acres of land. That’s a lot of destruction.
You can help prevent damage by taking prudent precautions to slow or stop wildfires. Creating defensible space is a great place to start.
If your home is damaged by fire of any sort, wild or not, SERVPRO is ready and able to repair the damage caused. Get in touch today to get the pros on your team.
Weather Is Making a Financial Impact Across the Country | SERVPRO® of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County
When storms do damage, we go to work to make things right. Contact SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall to start the restoration process.
The COVID-19 Pandemic dominated most of the news coverage in 2020. This left little room for coverage of the ever-increasing weather disasters that occurred.
But financial losses in the year related to inclement weather set new records. 2020 will go down in history as the year that generated the single largest financial loss from adverse weather.
When a storm generates losses that exceed $1 billion, it is classified as a disaster. The United States has 22 of these last year!
Keep in mind, most storms didn’t generate the billion dollar limit to be counted as a disaster. We had so many named tropical storms last year the NWS had to reach into the Greek alphabet to generate more names.
Hurricanes Not the Most Costly Type of Storm
It’s easy to surmise that hurricanes cause most of the property damage in the United States due to their size and the sustained high winds over an extended period of time. However, that’s not the case.
The facts tell us the severe storms are responsible for more property damage, and this directly relates to financial losses as well. Storms and tornadoes were responsible for more damage last year than hurricanes. Severe thunderstorms accounted for 14 out of the 22 declared disasters last year.
Ever hear of a derecho? In 2020, the United States experienced one! A derecho is a global weather phenomena that rarely occurs. But when they do they leave a tremendous amount of destruction in their path.
The United States sees one or two of these storms per year. Primarily occurring in the Great Plains, they can happen anywhere. Compare this to tornadoes, of which we see over a thousand in one year.
Over 10 million acres of corn were damaged during a derecho last year in Nebraska. That’s 11% of the United States production of corn and over half of Nebraska’s crop.
Storms Are on the Rise
Storms have always been with us. Most of the time, they cause little damage and bring much-needed rain showers across the country. But last year was a milestone as it marked the tenth year in a row of having at least eight billion-dollar weather related calamities.
As long as the weather changes, we should prepare for these changes. Everyone benefits from storm prep when storms are in the forecast.
Occasionally, property damage can’t be avoided. We’re here to help you recover when you have storm-related damage. We can help get your property restored to "Like it never even happened."
Do you have storm-related damage? We can help get your property back to its original condition. Reach out today to see how we can help.
Grilling Safety Tips For This Summer | SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County
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Every summer hundreds of thousands of grills get fired up in the United States. Each person has a preference for which style they like such as open top, smoker, gas, wood pellet, hibachi, egg and more. And for some it depends on what is being cooked as to what type of grill is used.
As these grills are used there are a few key safety tips to keep in mind.
- Never use a grill indoors.
- Keep a safe distance from structures and overhangs to prevent the fire from spreading in the event of a flare up of flames.
- Keep kids and pets a safe distance from grills to prevent burns.
- Inspect propane tanks before use to ensure there are no holes or defects that can cause a hazard.
- Keep loose clothing away from the grill. No one wants their dress or shirt to accidentally catch fire when the wind shifts.
- Clean your grill before and after use to prevent grease build up that can cause flames to flare up.
The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) estimates over 10,000 fires are reported from various types of grills each year. Over 4,000 of these fires cause damage to a structure, many of which are homes. Following the above safety tips can reduce the risk of structure fires from grill related incidents.
Beyond Clean—Experience the SERVPRO Difference | SERVPRO® of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County
If you’re business has sanitation and cleaning needs, get in touch with the SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall team.
Throughout the country, as well as in Alabama, all areas are experiencing decreasing cases of COVID-19. Consumers are returning to outdoor activities, eating out, shopping in person, and kids are getting back to school.
As we begin this return to some sense of normalcy, there are some new considerations for businesses.
Customers have choices when it comes to shopping! They are paying attention to the mitigation strategies of businesses and watching to make sure business are providing a clean environment to shop or eat in.
Your customers deserve a sanitized shopping experience and it’s important to offer them that piece of mind. Is your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned?
The Process of Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned
To get that extra level of clean, your business needs to experience our certified cleaning program. After your business achieves this elite designation, customers and employees can rest easy that they are entering a sanitized establishment.
Advanced biohazard cleaning processes are utilized to provide your business with a clean and safe environment, going well beyond a basic clean.
Here’s how the program works:
Consult. We’ll customize a plan that fits your business. Because our business is locally owned and operated, we are familiar with the uniqueness of the area. But we’ll also sit down to talk with you about the things that make your business unique, including the size of the facility, the type of work you do, and the people who are in your building often.
Clean. Now that we have a plan, it’s time for the cleaning to begin. The custom, hospital-grade cleaning solutions we use are unique to SERVPRO. Your business will receive a level of cleanliness that is unparalleled among our competitors. CDC standards are always followed or exceeded, and help protect your employees and customers from many viruses and bacteria, not simply COVID-19.
Certify. Display the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield in your business and on your front door. We will also provide you a digital shield to be used online so when customers visit your website or social media profiles, they know your business has been professionally cleaned.
If you’re ready to get serious about sanitation and have your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, get in touch today to get the best team in cleanup and restoration on your side.
Fire Safety for the Warmer Months | SERVPRO® of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County
Restoring fire and smoke damage is one of our specialties. Contact SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall to learn more.
Seasons change and winter leads to spring. It’s a time of renewal as trees start to bud and grass begins to grow after the “cold season.”
Everything feels fresh and new and the warner weather certainly leads to more outdoor activities. Cookouts, family get-togethers, graduation parties and trips to the lake can all lead to an increased risk of fires.
In fact, more daily fires occur in the spring, on average, than any other time of year. But with a little awareness, you can do your part to avoid fires at home this season. Let’s start with these:
These 3 Areas Deserve Special Attention
The grill. Grills get the most blame because they represent the greatest risk. Having a combination of heat, flame, grease and fuel in close proximity creates the right conditions for an unexpected fire. Grills should be properly maintained and cleaned after every use. Keep the grill away three feet away from your house and other flammable items. Pay special attention to cleaning—almost 20% of grill fires are due to inadequate cleaning.
The fire pit. Fire pits on a cool spring evening can attract friends and family. Keep these safety tips in mind regarding fire pit safety. Kids should never be left unattended around a fire pit with a fire. Have a water source handy in case the fire get to big or out of control, preferable a hose but at least a bucket. Don’t add anything else to the fire, except for wood. Tossing on cardboard or paper could cause embers to be picked up and relocated with the wind. Advice: If you roast marshmallows, avoid roasting over the flame, use the embers instead to get that “just right” roast.
The dryer vent and the chimney. While chimneys are not a huge issue in Alabama, dryer vents could be. Seasonally inspect your chimney for obstructions and creosote build-up and if necessary, have them professionally “swept.” There is more than just cleaning the lint filter after every use of the dryer. Over time, lint can build up in the dryer vent pipe. The longer the distance, the more opportunity for clogging. Dryer vents should be checked and cleaned periodically, but always at least once a year.
Our trained experts are on hand 24⁄7 for emergencies. If you have smoke, fire or water damage in your home or business, we can be there quick and get it cleaned up fast. Call or click today and experience the SERVPRO difference.