OCTOBER IS FIRE PREVENTION MONTH Fire experts agree; people have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it's too late to get out. In a matter of moments, a small flame can become a major fire, making it critical to be prepared and have an escape plan in place. The following are a few suggestions to help you develop an emergency escape plan. Draw a map of each level of your home show all doors and windows. Find two ways to get out of each room. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily. Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on second and third floors. Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. Store them near the window where they will be used. 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. Teach Children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them. Plan for everyone in your home, with special considerations for elderly or disabled individuals. Practice your Fire Escape plan during the day and at nighttime, at least twice a year. A Business Plan for Fire Emergencies.... Organize and Emergency Preparedness procedures review with you employees to review your company's emergency plans. You may wish to select an individual or team of individuals to lead and coordinate your emergency plan. Once a plan is developed, post evacuation procedures, including routes and exits, where they are easily accessible to all employees. Ensure all exits and routes are clearly marked and well lit, wide enough to accommodate the number of evacuating personnel, and unobstructed and clear of debris at all times. Conduct office evacuation exercises and drills. Designate a safe spot outside of the facility where employees can regroup, recover, and conduct a head count. Once completed, evaluate how well the plan worked and if additional training or exercises are needed. Please remember SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown is here for your emergency needs. Smoke Damage, Water Damage, Mold Remediation, we will make it "Like it never even happened." 631-265-9200
Happy Memorial Day
SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown wishes you a very happy and safe Memorial Day. Thank you to all who are serving and have served the Military.
Memorial Day – The Official Unofficial kickoff weekend for “pretty much almost might as well be summer”! If you are planning to Travel, barbeque or spend a weekend in the sun, here are a few simple tips that will help you keep safe this Memorial Day.
Grill & Fire Safety – Grills and smokers, while creating delicious cookout fare, have a great potential for danger. It is very important that a lit or hot grill is never left unattended; a responsible adult should stand guard as grill master to control flames and keep children and animals away from hot surfaces. Before your first grill of the year and often during grilling season, make sure your grill ready for the job. Keep it clean of grease, inspect propane fuel lines and position your grill away from structures, trees and high-traffic walkways. You should also take any precautions in case a flare up or fire were to occur; keep an extinguisher nearby and make sure to know how to cut off fuel lines if you’re using propane.
Picnic Food Safety – Proper food safety during barbecues can help to avoid tummy troubles later. Make sure to take safe food preparation precautions and avoid cross contamination with plenty of hand washing. Take steps to keep foods at safe temperatures; cold foods should be kept on ice or refrigerated and left out no longer than an hour, and warm foods should be kept heated to at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit until served. Keep all outdoor buffet dishes covered and try to keep insects from depositing germs onto your delicious meal. If you do end up with any sort of digestion problems after a barbecue, stay hydrated and seek medical assistance if you experience serious symptoms.
Summer Sun Safety – If you spent time in the sun, be sun safe! Use sunscreen of an appropriate SPF and make sure to reapply as necessary, especially if you are swimming or sweating. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and to keep cool. Don’t forget your eyes – wear a hat and sunglasses.
Memorial Day Travel Safety – Tens of millions of Americans travel during Memorial Day Weekend, so it is especially important to include safety into your weekend travel plans. Prepare your car for road trips by making sure your car is in top working condition; check your tire pressure and filly our tank before heading out on your trip and make sure you are equipped with emergency essentials. Plan your drive ahead of time to choose direct routes on safe roads and keep an eye on weather forecasts to avoid driving with dangerous conditions. Never drive after drinking, travel with anyone who has been drinking, or allow anyone who has been drinking to drive. Of course, when you are driving, always wear your seat belt.
Even a small fire can cause odors for years to come if the affected areas are not properly cleaned and deodorized. Fire, Smoke and soot damage in your home or business can create unpleasant and potentially permanent problems.
As various materials burn, the smoke produced travels throughout the structure, leaving odorous residues and deposits on the surfaces and in hard to reach places. Unless fast, professional action is taken, these residues and deposits can cause permanent damage to contents and may result in resurfacing odors.
With Technicians certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC), SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown provide specialized services that can rid your home or business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage. SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown do not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; they seek out and remove the sources of the odor. Once the source is found, SERVPRO’s own proprietary line of cleaning products is used to treat and prevent the odor from returning. Any restorable item in affected areas will also be professionally cleaned and deodorized, including furniture draperies and upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, walls ceiling, HVAC air ducts and more.
Call SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown and we will explain the various deodorization methods available and which will work best for you.
If you or a customer suffer a fire damage or some other accident and require deodorization services, contact SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown. Whether its’s fire, water or mold damage, or just a stubborn odor that refuses to go away, we’ll help make it “Like it never even happened.”
Emergency Ready Profile
Emergency Ready Profile App
Call the Cleanup Team that is faster to any size disaster
Flooding can happen anywhere
According to the national Weather Service (NOAA). Approximately seventy-five percent of all Presidential disaster declarations are associated with flooding”. NOAA lists the most common flood hazard in the United States as:
- Flash Flooding
- River Flooding
- Storm Surge and Coastal Inundation from Tropical and Non-Tropical Systems
- Burn Scars/Debris Flows (Caused by Wildfires)
- Ice/Debris Jams
- Dry Wash (Caused by heavy rainfall in dry areas)
- Dam Breaks/Levee Failure
Just because you haven’t experienced a flood doesn’t mean you won’t in the future. In Fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. On average, Floods cost $3.5 billion in annual losses in the U.S. and commercial flood claims average more than $75,000 (NFIP).
When catastrophic water damage happens to you, SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown can help. We can help you prepare ahead of time with an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP), or respond to any size disaster to begin cleanup and restoration to get you back in business as soon as possible.
SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown Professionals are ready to help make it “Like it never even happened.”
Spring is Here
Birds are chirping and the temperatures have warmed up - spring is finally here! Spring Cleaning is a tradition allowing us to freshen our environment and get a head start on the hectic seasons of spring and summer. While many people deep clean their homes, this is also a great time to clean and organize your business.
SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown can help get your facility in tip top shape. In addition to air duct and HVAC cleaning, SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown professionals are trained to use state of the art equipment and remove soils hiding deep within your carpet, as well as focused stain removal and stain resistance applications. Other services include: Upholstery and drapery cleaning, hard floor cleaning and care, and odor deodorization.
A clean environment is a healthy environment! Improve your living and work spaces this spring. If you need a little help, don't worry, SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown have the tools to make your home or business sparkle in no time!
Spring Cleaning your Workspace
*Divide Your Workspace Into Zones:
Determine how you want and need to use the space and set up zones for your daily functions. You may require a work-space for your computer, a library area for your research, a storage area for supplies and filing area for you archives. This will provide a foundation for more efficient use of space.
*Keep Only What You Need at Arm's Length: Boxes of pens, stacks of papers and old coffee cups need to go. Rid your desk of visual clutter by paring down the items on top to the essentials only. Supplies, paperwork and personal items should be kept in the zones you've established for the.
*Sort Your Catch-All Drawer: Use drawer dividers to give everything a place, lie compartments for paperclips and rubber-bands. Go through the drawer every six weeks and clear out anything that is out of place or isn't being used.
*Eliminate Digital Clutter: Digital clutter can be just as stressful as physical clutter. Organize digital files and your email inbox just as you would paper files with a system of logical and clearly labeled folders. Also, keep the icons on your desktop to a bare minimum, and trade in sticky notes on your monitor for calendar reminders.
The #1 Reasons Homeowners File a Homeowners Claim
Water damage is responsible for more homeowner insurance claims than fires, storms or theft. However, it is often easily preventable.
For example, four in 10 homeowners never bother to check a washing machine's hose line. Chances are, sooner or later, those lines will fail. The same follows for dishwasher hoses, automatic ice-make lines and hot water heaters. As they age, they all pose hidden dangers.
It is simply a matter of time before hose lines fail, and when they do, it's usually quite expensive. Preventive maintenance is the best solution. We advise:
- Check hoses for kinks and cracks every time you do the laundry. Replace your washing machine hoses every five years with a high pressure hose, preferably a durable metal-mesh hose. These hoses cost only $5 to $10.
- Check for signs of leaks, inspect flooring around your water heater and other fixtures or appliances.
- Inspect refrigerator, dishwasher and outside faucet lines for leaks and crimps. If you move appliances to clean, please be careful not to overextend or pinch hoses.
The danger of a water leak is that if it's not addressed right away, even a small leak can cause thousands of dollars of damage to your floors and walls. It's the water you can't see that may cause the most damage.
In the unfortunate event that you do suffer water damage, trust your home to the professionals. SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown knows that your home is a reflection of you. We offer the very best of service at a fair price. Call us today for a free estimate.
Contact us for all your restoration needs 24/7 and for additional information call us 631-265-9200
SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown is a Certified Firm
We are elated to announce that we are a Certified Firm with the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). This is the highest certification a firm can receive in our industry. It means we have completed all of their advanced training programs and course studies which in turn seaways to the optimum professionalism and expertise regarding all of our services.
For all your restoration needs contact the professionals of SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown.
Smoke Alarms Save Lives
Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
smoke alarms should be in every bedroom.
Outside each sleeping area and on every level, including the basement.
Extra Smoke alarms may be needed in large homes.
Test Smoke alarms monthly using test button. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years. Other alarms need batteries replaced every year, and the unit replaced every ten years. If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately. Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm. Almost half of the fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries.
If you need help installing, testing or changing batteries in your spoke alarms, contact your local fire department, and electrician or the American Red Cross.
Be sure your home has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills with your family.
For more information on Emergency Preparedness, contact SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown @ 631-265-9200
Smoke and Soot Damage in Smithtown home
Soot Webs throughout the home
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Smoke and soot facts:
- Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
- Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
- The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
- Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
- Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
- Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 631-265-9200
Winter Heating Hazards
Types of Heaters
Did you know 50% of all residential heating-related fires are reported during the Months of December, January and February?
Keep Anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or a portable space heater. Have a three foot "kid-free zone" around open fires and space heaters.
Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
Test smoke alarms monthly.
If your property does suffer fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Greater Smithtown to help make it "Like it never even happened"