The Behavior of Smoke
The damage to your property following a fire can often be complicated due to the unique behavior 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.
SERVPRO of Beaumont technicians are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration and know the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns. Knowing this information is viral to proper restoration. Before restoration begins, our SERVPRO professionals will survey the loss to determine the extent of impact from fire, smoke, heat and moisture on the building materials and its contents. The soot will then be tested to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. Pretesting determines the proper cleaning method.
Each year, around the holidays, families gather to celebrate by preparing a delicious feast. However, not everyone practices safe cooking habits.
According to the National Fire Protection Agency, cooking fires are the number one cause of homes fires and injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. It's important to be alert to prevent holiday cooking fires.
- Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, do not use the stovetop or oven.
- Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling.
- Keep anything that can catch fire, like oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging or hand towels, away from the stove top.
If you have a cooking fire, consider the following safety protocols to help keep you and your family safe.
- Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the flames.
- Call 9-1-1 or local emergency number after you get out safely.
Here at SERVPRO of Beaumont, we want to wish you and your family a safe and happy holidays!
Safety First Before the Feast
Safety Before the Feast
Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don’t practice safe cooking habits, your happy holiday could quickly become hazardous in a blink of an eye. According to the NFPA, cooking is the main cause of home fires and injuries, with the Thanksgiving holiday being the peak day for cooking-related fire emergencies. Review the following safety tips to help ensure a safe holiday.
- Never leave cooking food unattended. Stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling, or broiling food.
- Check food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while kitchen equipment is in use. Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on.
- Keep small children away from the cooking area. Enforce a “kid free zone” and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove or oven.
- Keep anything flammable like potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging and towels away from the stove, oven or other appliances in the kitchen that generate heat.
- Do no wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.
- Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease build up.
- Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen year-round.
We want to wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving and holiday season.
Update on 2020 Hurricane Season
2020 has been an eventful year in general. However, it seems that the hurricane season has proven itself to be just as eventful. The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season has been so active this year that the number of named storms has already exceeded the number of official names. In September, the 21st hurricane name on the list was used. Since Wilfred was used, all other named storms will now “Go Greek”. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) stated that Atlantic storms never use Q, U, X, Y, Z names.
The NOAA also stated that this is only the second time that the Greek alphabet has been used to name storms. The first was during the 2005 hurricane season. The hurricane names list is rotated every six years unless they are attached to a storm that proves to be deadly or destructive. In most recent years, Harvey (2017) which affected our area significantly has been retired.
National Preparedness Month 2020
Disasters Don't Wait. Make Your Plan Today.
September is National Preparedness Month. NPM is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster planning now and throughout the year. As our nation continues to respond to COVID-19, there is no better time to be involved this month.
The first week of September is all about making a plan. Be sure to talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during and after a disaster. Make sure to update your plan based on the CDC recommendations due to the coronavirus.
The second week of September is focused on building a kit. Gather supplies that will last several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs of each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly.
The third week of September focuses in on preparing for disasters. After Hurricane Laura, our area recognizes how important it is to prepare for a disaster. It is important to know the risk of disasters in our area and check over your insurance coverage. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards and act fast if you receive a local warning or alert.
The last week of September is all about education. Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.
Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.
Smoke alarms save lives. Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries.
Here’s what you need to know!
- A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home.
- Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.
- Larger homes may need extra smoke alarms.
- Be sure to test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure that the alarm is working.
- 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.
We are Cleaning Experts
SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need
During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.
We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.
The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:
- Kitchen/Food Areas
- Retail Spaces
- Water Fountains
- Sales Counters
- Carpets and Rugs
- Stair Handrails
- Elevator Cars
- Playground Equipment
- Fitness Equipment
The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.
Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning
If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Beaumont, 409-212-1977
Hurricane Season in Southeast Texas
The NHC is predicting rainfall along the Texas coast.
In our area, we are all constantly keeping our eye on the Gulf. We realize that at any time a tropical depression or storm system can quickly develop. This week we are keeping an eye on Tropical Depression Eight to see if it develops into a hurricane and what this can mean for Southeast Texas.
According to the National Hurricane Center, a tropical depression has wind speed less than 39 MPH. The NHC has issued some key messages regarding this depression. It is expected to strengthen and could bring tropical-storm-force winds to portions of the Texas coast. It is also expected to produce heavy rains across portions of Louisiana and Southern Texas. These rains could result in flash flooding.
Remember in the event of flooding while driving, its always best to turn around and not drown.
Stay safe Southeast Texas!
Fire Escape Plan
A home fire is reported every 88 seconds. Once the smoke alarm sounds, a fire can spread quickly, leaving only a minute or two to escape. That’s why it is so important to have a home escape plan.
Start by drawing a map for your home and follow these guidelines from the National Fire Protection Association:
- Plan two way to escape from each room
- Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily
- Identify secondary route—a window onto an adjacent roof or a collapsible ladder from upper-story windows
- If you live in a multi-story building, plan to use the stairs—never the elevator
- Designate an outside meeting place that is a safe distance from the house where everyone should meet
IICRC Certified Firm
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.