Fire Extinguisher Use
Fire extinguisher showing instructions on proper use.
It is important to know the locations and the type of fire extinguishers that you have in your workplace prior to using one. Make sure that you read the operating instructions and warnings found on the fire extinguisher label. Not all fire extinguishers look alike!
When it is time to use an extinguisher on a fire, just remember PASS!
Pull the pin.
Aim the nozzle or hose at the base of the fire from the recommended safe distance.
Squeeze the operating lever to discharge the fire extinguishing agent.
Sweep the nozzle or hose from side to side until the fire is out. Move forward or around the fire area as the fire diminishes. Watch the area for re-ignition.
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Winter Heating Hazards
The winter season is here and with it comes shorter days and lower temperatures. No matter where you live, winter brings a change in the weather. In effort to keep our homes and workplaces cozy, many people use alternative hear sources like fireplaces, portable space heaters, and wood burning stoves. Did you know, heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths? According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment fires cause an estimated $1 billion in direct property damage annually. Keep the following safety tips in mind to help reduce your risk of heating-related fire.
- 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 friendly 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.
- Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
- Test smoke alarms monthly.
50% of all residential heating-related fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February.
Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
Cleaning Up After A Biohazard
Did you know that exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers and owners? Failure to properly handle and safely remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments. SERVPRO of Beaumont is trained to safely and effectively remove hazardous biological substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA, and state and local health regulations. We are equipped with the necessary equipment and cleaning products. SERVPRO of Beaumont can help turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and businesses.
SERVPRO of Beaumont can help with:
- Bloodborne Pathogens
- Sewage Backups
- Black Water Intrusions
- Methamphetamine Labs
If you have questions about biohazard cleanup or remediation services? Contact the SERVPRO of Beaumont today at (409) 212-1977.
2019 First Responder Bowl
In a joint effort to honor the service and sacrifice of America’s First Responders, the annual college football game played at SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, TX has been renamed the SERVPRO® First Responder Bowl. Kickoff for the SERVPRO® First Responder Bowl is set for December 30, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. CST and will be televised by ESPN.
First responders to be honored include police officers, firefighters, EMS workers, correctional officers, search and rescue, dispatchers, security guards, federal agents, border patrol agents, and military personnel who have specialized training and are the first to arrive and aid at the scene of an emergency.
As a thank you to First Responders, SERVPRO First Responder Bowl can provide thousands of free tickets for our first responders, through the generosity of our corporate partners to attend the bowl game with their families.
This year we are wanting to include the community in helping us say “thank you” to our community heroes by Sponsoring a Responder. Our goal is to distribute over 10,000 complimentary tickets to first responders and their families who sign up and are verified.
Tickets will go on sale in September. Anyone wanting more information on the bowl game or how to sponsor a responder can visit www.firstresponderbowl.com.
SERVPRO of Beaumont is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.
IICRC Certified Firms must:
- Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
- Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
- Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
- Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
- Maintain a written compliant policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.
The IICRC Develops the Standards for the Restoration Industry
The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. There IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors and public health professionals.
Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.
Prepare for a Flood
Things to know & do before a flood:
- Reduce the risk of damage from flooding by elevating critical utilities, such as electrical panels, switches, sockets, wiring, appliances and heating systems.
- In areas with repetitive flooding, considering elevating the entire structure.
- Make sure basements are waterproofed and your sump pump is working. Then, install a battery-operated backup in case of power failure.
- Installing a water alarm will also let you know if water is accumulating in your basement.
- Clear debris from gutters and downspouts.
- Anchor any fuel tanks.
- Move furniture, valuables and important documents to a safe place.
- Store copies of irreplaceable documents (such as birth certificates, passports, etc.) in a safe, dry place. Keep originals in a safe deposit box.
- Build an emergency supply kit. Food, bottled water, first aid supplies, medicines and a battery-operated radio should be ready to go when you are.
- Plan and practice a flood evacuation route. Ask someone out of state to be your “family contact” in an emergency, and make sure everyone knows the contact’s address and phone number.
- Make a pet plan. Many shelters do not allow pers. Make plans now on what to do with your pets if you are required to evacuate your residence.
Smoke alarms save lives. Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained can play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. If there is a fire in your home, just remember that smoke spreads fast and smoke alarms will give you the time to get out.
Here’s what you need to know:
- A closed door can slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Be sure to install alarms on every level of the home.
- Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.
- Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
- Test your smoke alarms at least once a month.
- Today’s smoke alarms are more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions, yet mitigate false alarms.
- When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
- Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.
National Preparedness Month 2019
National Preparedness Month
As a business owner, insurer, or property manager, you are a leader in your community and have the opportunity to set an example for your employees, customers and community to follow.
This year for National Preparedness Month (NPM), join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types, and lead efforts to encourage the community as a whole to become more prepared. “Disasters happen” and not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities, including businesses of all sizes.
The 2019 theme for National Preparedness Month is Prepared, Not Scared. Be Ready for Disasters. You can become prepared for a disaster by taking three simple steps:
- Have a plan to stay in business
- Encourage your employees to become ready
- Protect your investment
We must work together as a team to ensure that our families, businesses, places of worship, and neighborhoods are ready for any type of disaster that can potentially affect your local community. At Ready.gov/business, companies like yours can find vital information on how to begin preparing their organization and addressing their unique needs during an emergency situation.
The SERVPRO of Beaumont can help your business be ready for when disaster strikes with the SERVPRO Emergency READY Program.
Preparing for a Flood
Flooding can happen fast in many environments. The American Red Cross recommends having the following list of items packed and ready to go in the event of an evacuation due to flooding.
- Water—3+ day supply; one gallon per person per day
- Food—3+ day supply of non-perishable, easy to prepare food
- Battery powered radio
- Extra batteries
- First Aid Kit
- Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
- Multi-purpose tool
- Sanitation/personal hygiene items
- Copies of personal documents
- Cell phones with chargers
- Family & Emergency contact information
- Extra Cash
- Emergency blanket
- Map(s) of the area
- Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers, etc.)
- Pet supplies
- Tools/supplies for securing your home
- Extra set of car keys & house keys
- Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
- Rain gear
- Insect repellent and sunscreen
- Camera for photos of damage