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Ideas for Protecting Your Business From Fire Hazards | SERVPRO® of West Bradenton/Anna Maria Island
Being a business owner has many responsibilities as well as plenty of safety factors that need to be taken into consideration regarding risks to your business, staff and visitors. Fire is a one of those risks and—as a business owner—you need to spend a little extra time on fire prevention.Leading Causes of Commercial Fires
Findings by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) indicate that the leading causes of structure fires in office properties from 2007–2011 were (in order):
- Cooking equipment, 29% of fires
- Electrical distribution and lighting equipment, 12% of fires
- Heating equipment, 11% of fires
- Intentional, 10% of fires
- Smoking materials, 9% of fires
- Exposure, 4% of fires
- Electronic, office or entertainment equipment, 3% of fires
Of those causes, intentional caused 20% of property damage, with exposure and electrical distribution and lighting equipment following closed behind with property damage of 18% and 15%, respectively.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that in 2007, fires and explosions accounted for 3% of all workplace fatalities.
In taking a look at more recent numbers, the NFPA estimates that from 2007–2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 3,340 fires in office properties per year. Those fires resulted in an annual average of four deaths, 44 injuries and $112 million in direct property damage.Protecting Your Business
There are many steps you can take to protect your business from the risk of fires. But by focusing on fire risk assessment, fire prevention and staff education, you will be taking positive steps to help reduce the chance of a fire breaking out.
First, walk through your facility, looking for any fire hazards. You might want to check with your local government to see if they offer the services of a fire marshal who will help identify these risks and provide guidance on your fire prevention plan.
Make sure that the right fire protection equipment is in place. This should include an automatic sprinkler system, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers on each floor.
Last, and most important, you must make provisions for the human aspect of your business—your employees. Create a fire plan and review it regularly with your staff, thereby ensuring that everyone is aware of the procedures to follow in the event of a fire. By conducting fire drills at least once a year, you keep fire safety procedures fresh, and it will also afford you the opportunity to review evacuation plans and first-aid kit locations.
Despite best efforts with fire prevention and safety tips, the worst could always happen at your business. If a fire has damaged your business, SERVPRO® of West Bradenton/Anna Maria Island is available to help make it like it never even happened.
Learning About Fire Hazards in Your Home | SERVPRO® of West Bradenton/Anna Maria Island
Thinking about the possibility of a fire in your home is never an ideal situation to imagine, this we know. For thousands of people throughout the country each year, though, this situation has become a reality.
Want to take steps to protect your home from a structure fire? Take some time to review common fire hazards and some lesser-known ones.<0dba31a8d21b9551fc661e6a368390c2>Remember to Watch Those Candles
After reviewing data for a five-year period, from 2011 to 2015, the National Fire Protection Association foundthat fire departments in the U.S. responded to an estimated 8,700 home structure fires a year that were started by candles.
Candles are reported to have caused 2 percent of home fires, with 3 percent resulting in death and 7 percent with injuries. There were an average of 24 home candle fires reported per day over those five years—and December was when home candle fire instances were most common.
Of all the candle fires during this time span, 37 percent started in bedrooms and were responsible for 36 percent of the associated deaths and 51 percent of the associated injuries. In total, there were 82 deaths, 800 injuries and $295 million in direct property damage.
If you’re burning a candle, make sure it’s at least one foot away from anything flammable and in a sturdy holder that won’t tip over easily. You should not be burning candles in a home where oxygen is being used, and remember to always blow out all candles before leaving a room or going to sleep.<0dba31a8d21b9551fc661e6a368390c2>Smoking and Home Structure Fires
Cooking is the leading cause of home fires, but smoking inside is the leading cause of home fire deaths. In 2014, an estimated 17,200 home structure fires were reported due to smoking materials, which includes cigarettes, cigars and pipes.
The Coalition for Fire-Safe Cigarettes reported that those fires resulted in 570 deaths, 1,140 injuries and $426 million in property damage.
Fire-safe cigarettes are the safest option, and deep, sturdy ashtrays should always be used. Put out all cigarette butts and ashes in water or sand prior to throwing them.
Smokers should know that most deaths result from fires that have started in living rooms, family rooms or bedrooms. Also, keep in mind that one out of four fatal victims of smoking-material fires is not the smoker whose cigarette started the fire.<0dba31a8d21b9551fc661e6a368390c2>Glassware Can Be a Fire Hazard
There are many lesser-known hazards that may be present in your home that could also cause of home structure fires.
Some types of glassware in your home can pose a fire risk, because when sunlight passes through them, the concentrated ray could ignite flammable materials. This is why it’s smart to move glass accessories away from windows.
Look out for loose outlets in your home, because the movement of these electrical outlets could loosen the wires connected to the outlet and create dangerous arcing, increasing the risk of fire.
Dust bunnies can also pose a fire risk when collecting near electrical sockets and floor heaters. Vacuuming or sweeping your floors regularly and cleaning behind those hard-to-reach places, like an entertainment system, can help prevent buildup.
Fire and smoke damage can be devastating to homes, and in many circumstances, can be accompanied by water damage from firefighting efforts. If your home is damaged by fire or smoke, SERVPRO® of West Bradenton/Anna Maria Island is here to help restore your home to pre-fire condition.
Needing Water Damage Remediation After a Fire?
Following a fire, you need to hire professionals to handle the smoke cleanup. However, you also need to hire people who know how to address the necessary water cleanup. While smoke and soot will damage various items, water can enter your building in Anna Maria, following a fire, and you need to take care of that, too.
1. Burst Pipes
The high temperatures brought in by a fire can cause the metal of pipes to melt and warp. This causes water to leak out, and if you do not shut off the main water valve during a fire, then it can leak everywhere. The places more prone to this kind of damage include the basement of the building and the bathrooms.
2. Storm Water
Occasionally, fires are caused by storms from lightning strikes. The initial strike can create an opening in your building that storm water pours in from. Part of the water cleanup efforts will involve putting tarps and boards over any exposed area, but until those fixtures can be put into place, a significant amount of water can make its way inside.
Extinguishers and Hoses After a Fire
A severe fire will necessitate bringing in firefighters to put out the flames. Their hoses will douse the flames, but they will also bring in a lot of water. This is a necessary inconvenience. Water can be pumped from a room, but it is difficult to salvage an area that has been exposed to a big fire. Even using a fire extinguisher to put out a small fire will necessitate professional cleanup to ensure the materials are disposed of properly.
Do not delay the fire cleanup efforts. Many items can be salvaged following a fire, but if you wait, then those chances decrease. Find a service to assist you with both fire and water cleanup so that your business gets back up and running in no time.
Cleaning a fire loss usually means having a water loss. SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria is certified in cleaning fire and water damages.
Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Fire Damage?
Anna Maria home fire damage.
One of the worst incidences that can happen in your home is a fire accident. Fires are known to spread quickly and cause a lot of damage. Restoring your home to its original state requires you to invest some money, which can be costly on your part. However, you don’t have to meet all the expenses on your own, because homeowners insurance covers fire damage. However, you need to understand how this works so that you make your claim the right way.
During a fire incident, there is a lot of damage that occurs to your property and personal possessions. The damage results not only from the fire, but also from the smoke and the actions by the fire brigade. This is called secondary damage. Secondary damage can lead to mold growth, rusting or metals and permanent staining of plastics and PVC materials.
What Does Fire Damage Insurance Cover?
These policies are varied, and cover anything ranging from totally razed down structures and personal items. Generally, the policies cover:
• The cost of total loss to your home.
• Cost of repairs to your damaged structure and the interior of the house.
• Covering of lost personal possessions.
• The cost of temporary housing as you wait for the house to be repaired.
• Costs of secondary damage to your property due to smoke and water damage.
In order to be compensated, you need to file a fire damage insurance claim.
How do I file a fire claim?
Filing a Claim for Damages
Filing for damages can be complicated. This is because the insurance company will try to give you a minimum payout that might not be enough for the damages incurred. Here are tips to make sure you get what you deserve:
Document the Damages
List all of the damages that you have incurred both structural and personal. Make sure you take photos of the damages, the date it occurred, type of loss and a written report if possible. Document any injuries and make sure you get the police report. When taking photos, it is best to include a general photo as well as close-up photos of specific damages.
Keep Receipts and Bills
The insurance company needs evidence to understand what to pay. If you have performed any minor repairs, keep the receipts so that the insurance company understands the original damages.
Keep the Evidence Intact
The adjustor uses the site of the accident to determine your compensation. So, don’t throw away any damaged items before the insurance adjustor has been at the site.
Contact the Insurance Company
You need to call the insurance company representative immediately to report the claim. The sooner you call, the faster the company will send an adjustor to the site, which speeds up the process.
Once you contact the insurance company, make sure you work with the representative to settle the claim as quickly as possible. Return all phone calls and provide the required documents.
In summary, you need to understand the process of filing for fire damage insurance, and what to do to make it a success.
At SERVPRO of West Bradenton / Anna Maria, we are here to help you during a Fire Damage and the secondary Smoke and Water Damage. Give us a call if you live in Bradenton, Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key, or Lakewood Ranch 941-792-7715.
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Major disasters, such as hurricanes and tornadoes are rare. Smaller disasters like a water pipe break, sewer back up, and fires, however, happen every day. Business owners often prepare for the worse but forget about the everyday challenges, which can be just as crippling.
When a disaster strikes, having a plan and being able to put it into immediate action can mean the difference between staying open to service the needs of your customers and community or shutting down for a few days.
Following a disaster, statistics show over 50% of businesses fail within a year unless they can resume operations within 5 days. Having a plan can ensure that you’re back in business quickly and able to provide products and services to your community.
3 Tips To Make Your Grill a Safe Grill
Backyard cookouts are a fun tradition in Bradenton, FL, and grill cleaning should be an essential task to prevent fires.
Grilling season is almost upon Bradenton, FL, and proper grill maintenance is often key to preventing a grease fire. Grill cleaning can be an important safety measure, so here are some tips to keep your grill in top shape.
1. Understand Grill Maintenance Basics
There are usually several steps to cleaning your grill after use that apply no matter what type of grill you have. First, cook off food debris by heating the grill for 15 minutes. Once cooled, scrub the grates with a long-handled wire brush, though balled up aluminum foil may work in a pinch. Wipe vegetable oil on the grates with paper towels to prevent rust and food accumulation. Finally, clean the inside of the grill with dish soap and warm water.
2. Take Extra Steps, Pre and Post Season
Besides grill cleaning after each use, there are a few things you should do each year before you grill for the first time and at the end of the season. One of them is to get a new wire brush each year. Be sure to clean the inside and outside of your grill with dish soap and water and use a grill cover when you store it.
3. Know How To Clean Gas and Charcoal Grills
Gas grills have heat deflectors over the burners that should be cleaned with other removable grill parts. The burners can be removed to clean the gas ports. Blocked gas ports can affect the efficiency of your grill.
Charcoal grills are often a bit simpler with regards to cleaning. After each use, remove the briquettes and brush out the ash. Otherwise, clean it with dish soap and warm water like you would clean a gas grill.
Backyard cookouts are a fun tradition in Bradenton, FL, and grill cleaning should be an essential task to prevent fires. Enjoy your steaks knowing that your grill is clean and safe. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROwestbradentonannamaria.com/.
Removing the Smell of Tobacco Smoke From Your Home
The smell of cigarette smoke can permeate a home and give it a stale smell. Maybe you have chosen the new year to kick a bad habit, or maybe you just purchased a home that was previously owned by smokers. Regardless of the reason behind your cigarette removal need, home deodorization is high on your list of priorities. If you have allergies or asthma, cigarette smoke can be especially irritating.
This odor can be difficult to remove. This is because cigarettes leave behind
• Toxic and irritating gases
• Tar vapors
• Smoke residue
Cigarettes produce toxic and irritating gases such as phenol, ammonia gases and carbon monoxide. They also release tar vapors that become sticky. These vapors, residues and gases are able to travel everywhere.
Ozone, or O3, is one of the few home deodorization techniques that actually works to combat this. That is because an ozone generator eliminates odor by oxidizing the air. The oxidized air is circulated through the air just as smoke is and so is able to get to all the places cigarette smoke does, effectively getting rid of the smelly residue.
If you have a smelly home, you can hire professionals in Bradenton, FL that can help you identify the source and eliminate the problem. Many odors can be removed without a trace. Although cigarette smoke is one of the most offensive and prevalent odors, it is not the only one. Home deodorization can also include pet odors, spill odors and other foul smells.
Oxidization is just one of many ways specialist might remove offensive smells. Sometimes special equipment and treatments are necessary to clean air ducts, carpets, upholstery and hard surfaces.
If cigarette smoke is the culprit, all of these surfaces and areas must be deodorized for your home to smell fresh and clean again. If you are feeling overwhelmed, you might benefit from an odor specialist in Bradenton, FL.
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What would you do if there was fire damage in your Bradenton home?
These lights are the last thing you want to see in your driveway, At SERVPRO of Bradenton, we are here to help restore your home after fire damage.
“I still remember the red flashing lights so vividly”, our client told me. She didn’t remember much of the night the space heater was knocked over and started a fire. She ran out of the house as it was filling with smoke with her phone in hand calling 911. Fortunately for her the fire department was across the street from her mobile home community and they were on scene in 6 minutes.
The Manatee Fire Department put out the flames and secured the property. The home was salvageable, but the damage was pretty bad. She called us at 1 a.m. after the trucks packed up and left. The American Red Cross was there to set her up in a hotel for the night and SERVPRO of Bradenton was there to reassure her we are here to help. We started the cleanup and restoration immediately upon arrival.
Our first task was to take care of the water damage. We extracted the water and set up our equipment. Daylight was going to bring a whole new set of challenges, but I was not worried about my crew. They are well trained professionals.
What would you do in a situation like this? What are the steps you would take? Do you know who to call? Who is experienced in your neighborhood? Who can handle your fire damage?
After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Bradenton has the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition – "Like it never even happened."
Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.
Step 1: Emergency Contact
The restoration process begins when you call the SERVPRO National Call Center, which is staffed 24 hours a day. Our representative will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event, that will help us dispatch the nearest SERVPRO Franchise Professional with the appropriate equipment and resources.
Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
Our Professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.
Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service
Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, the SERVPRO Franchise Professional can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.
Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. They will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.
Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
The SERVPRO Franchise Professionals use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.
Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing
They will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. They’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.
Step 7: Restoration
Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.
Call us anytime – we are available 24/7/365. SERVPRO of Bradenton 941-792-7715
Handling Smoke Damage after a Fire
Smoke after a fire can linger for a long time. SERVPRO of Bradenton has the resources and training to make your damage, like it never even happened.
The smoke that lingers after a fire has been put out can be more damaging than you might think. The problem that many homeowners have is that they don’t think a fire or smoke damage could ever happen to them. The reality is that home fires are incredibly common, ranging from the very minor to the more major. Despite the fact that a minor fire may not cause a lot of fire damage, it can still cause smoke damage that is difficult to clean and dangerous to be living around.
Smoke Damage that is a direct result of fire damage should ideally be cleaned by experts. Experts know how to get rid of smoke damage that might be present in the home after it has been ravished by flames. You should always look to hire a licensed and highly experienced professional who has extensive experience dealing with fire damage. The professionals will often start by evaluating the overall extent of the damage that is present in the home, and then they will go over prices and costs of damage remediation for you to get the issue cleaned up by their company.
There are a lot of reasons why handling smoke damage after a fire should be done by experts and as quickly as possible. The smoke that you find after a fire often contains ash, soot and sometimes even carbons and tar that might have come off of the flames. Also, carbon monoxide is incredibly common after fire damage has been exhibited. Carbon monoxide is one of the most dangerous things because it is odorless and cannot be seen or tasted. Therefore, you may not even know that you are surrounded by carbon monoxide until it has been properly tested. An expert damage restoration company will normally test for carbon monoxide levels in a home that has dealt with a fire.
Smoke damage can also be aesthetically damaging. Furniture, walls, ceilings and practically anything in your home can become black or gray from the smoke that has come off from a fire. Many things will need to be professionally cleaned, while other things might have to be fully removed from the home in order to get rid of the problem. Your remediation company will be the one who tells you what can and cannot be saved after you have dealt with massive smoke damage in your own home.
Fires are very common, and even the most minor fire can cause a lot of smoke damage. In fact, some homeowners who have simple fireplaces that are not well-vented could deal with smoke damage without a fire ever being an issue for the home itself. Handling the damage on your own should be avoided simply because of all of the expertise that needs to go into cleaning the mess. Also, you need to have a professional test the home or room for carbon monoxide to ensure that it is going to be safe for you or for them to go in there to clean. For more information please visit www.SERVPRObradenton.com