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Keep Your Family Safe with a Fire Preparedness Plan

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Would your family be prepared if a fire broke out in your home? If not, now is the best time to plan. Family fire preparedness plans save lives every year. Set aside time to gather as a household and create a plan unique to your home.

Identify Exits

Identify two different ways to safely exit each room if a fire broke out, such as doors and windows. Teach each member of your household how to safely exit through windows, especially on non-ground level floors.

If you have members of the family who are unable to move themselves—such as babies, elderly relatives, or any individuals with disabilities—make sure to go over who can help them escape as well.

Choose a Meeting Place

Pick a spot outside of your home that’s a safe distance away to serve as your family’s emergency meeting place. Familiar locations like a mailbox, lamppost, nearby park, or a neighbor’s house are great. Walk out with your family to establish it as your official meeting place.

Make sure every family member knows that once they exit the house, they should go straight to the meeting place and not go back inside for any reason.

Teach family members to call the fire department only after they’ve safely arrived at the meeting place.

Draw it Out

Draw the layout of your home on a piece of paper. Mark the different exits and exit paths from every room. Don’t forget to include the family meeting place. Keep your plan somewhere accessible. When you have overnight guests, let them know about your safety plan.

Practice Safety

Once everyone knows the different paths they can take to exit the home and where to go, it’s important to know how to navigate through a burning house as safely as possible.

Teach family members the following safety tips:

  1. Choose the escape route with the least amount of heat and smoke, but be prepared for less than ideal circumstances.
  2. Before opening a door, lightly touch the doorknob. If it’s hot, the fire is close, and it’s likely better to choose another exit if possible.
  3. If it’s necessary to travel through a room or hallway with a lot of smoke, stay low and crawl as necessary! Smoke rises.

In addition to these tips, make sure your house number is easily seen from the road. Firefighters need to be able to quickly find your home.

Plan Realistic Drills

Schedule practice drills at least two times a year. This is a great time to replace the batteries in your smoke alarms, which should be switched twice annually and tested monthly.

If you have young children, warn them about nighttime drills. The point of the drill is to prepare them, not to scare them. If the fire alarm fails to wake up members of your family, assign someone to wake them up in a real emergency.

Practice the safety tips from above as part of the drill.

Nothing is more important than your family’s safety. Things, and even homes, can be fixed or replaced, but your family is irreplaceable. Your family fire preparedness plan can save lives.

If fire or smoke damages your home, give SERVPRO® of Madison, Lawrenceburg and Versailles a call at 812-574-5744 or Contact Us Here. With our restoration knowledge and training, we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

Frozen Pipes?

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

Frozen pipes are one of the most common and costliest property damage events during the cold winter months. In fact, a burst pipe can result in tens of thousands of dollars in damage. Fortunately, frozen pipes can be prevented quite easily and inexpensively.

How do Pipes Burst?

Contrary to popular belief, pipes do not typically burst where the ice blockage is located. The expansion of the ice against the wall of the pipe does not cause it to break. Rather, after a complete ice blockage in a pipe occurs, the continued freezing and expansion inside the pipe causes water pressure to increase downstream, between the ice blockage and a closed faucet at the end. This increase in water pressure is what causes the pipe to fail. Usually the pipe bursts where little or no ice has formed. Upstream from the ice blockage the water can always flow back towards its source, so there is no pressure build-up to cause a break. Water has to freeze for ice blockages to occur. Pipes that are adequately insulated along their entire length are usually safe from freezing.

Which Pipes are Susceptible to Freezing?

Generally, homes and structures in northern climates are built with the water pipes located inside the building insulation, which protects the pipes from subfreezing weather. However, ex­tremely cold weather and holes in the building that allow a flow of cold air to come into contact with pipes can lead to freezing and bursting.

Pipes in attics, crawl spaces and outside walls are all vulnerable to freezing, especially if there are cracks or openings that allow cold, outside air to reach the pipes. Research has shown that “wind chill,” can accelerate the freezing process.

Holes in outside walls where television, cable, or phone lines enter can allow cold air to reach pipes. When should you be alert to the danger of freezing pipes? That depends on the climate where you live, but the “temperature alert threshold” is 20 degrees F.

Original Posted by Rich Droste

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Southern Indiana Home Fire Safety

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape? During a fire, early warning from a working smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives. Learn what else to do to keep your loved ones safe!

1. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.

2. Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.

3. Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.

4. If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.

Tips for good Family Fire Safety Preparedness:

1.  Teach children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.

2. Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home and know the family meeting spot outside of your home.

3. Establish a family emergency communications plan and ensure that all household members know who to contact if they cannot find one another.

4. Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year. Press the smoke alarm test button or yell “Fire“ to alert everyone that they must get out.

5. Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.

6. Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.

If you do nothing else:

  • Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.
  • Smoking materials are the leading cause of residential fire deaths in the United States. If you smoke, take precautions: Smoke outside; choose fire-safe cigarettes; never smoke in bed, when drowsy or medicated, or if anyone in the home is using oxygen.
  • Use deep, sturdy ashtrays and douse cigarette and cigar butts with water before disposal.
  • Talk to children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach.
  • Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended, even for a minute.

*Source:

www.redcross.org 

What kind of Commercial Services can SERVPRO of Madison, Lawrenceburg and Versailles Provide?

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Madison, Lawrenceburg and Versailles is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster.  We provide 24-hour emergency services and will respond immediately to you emergency and have the training and experience to handle your restoration and cleaning needs.  

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Fast to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A trusted leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

It's never a good time to experience a fire or water damage emergency, especially at your commercial property or business.  SERVPRO of Madison, Lawrenceburg and Versailles understands that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.  SERVPRO professionals have the training and expertise to respond promptly for professional cleaning and emergency restoration service situations.  When the need arises SERVPRO of Madison, Lawrenceburg and Versailles is your go to Restoration Company to get your property back to business.  

We are available 24\7\365!

Have Questions? Call 812-574-5744

College Dorm Safety and Preparedness

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

For most college students freshman year is the first time for many that they've lived away from home and subsequently their parents.  We've compiled a list of some helpful tips to make sure your student is prepared for an emergency.  

Learn your buildings evacuation plan.

If you're living on campus, chances are your dorm will have an emergency evacuation plan.  Once you get settled, familiarize yourself with the building and learn the pre-planned evacuation routes.  Practice various routes, and make sure your are familiar with where the posted maps of the facility are.  

Don't overload your room's electrical outlets. 

It's best not to push dorm outlets to their capacity by plugging in too many multi-plug devices.  If you notice any scorched marks or burning smells around an electrical outlet, stop using that outlet and inform someone of the problem right away.  

Cook with care. 

Cooking equipment is involved in 86 percent of dormitory fires.  Be super careful when cooking in your dorm room.  NEVER leave your dorm when cooking appliances are in use. 

Don't tamper with fire safety features in your dorm.  

Most schools don't allow you to smoke or burn candles or incense in your dorm.  Please only smoke in designated areas and never leave a burning candle or incense unattended.  

Don't tamper with fire safety features in your dorm. 

All dorms should have smoke detectors.  It is important that you do not cover them up with decorations.  Also, it's not wise to remove the batteries for any reason.  If your dorm has a sprinkler system in place don't hang any decorations from them.  

Be mindful of clutter and how you decorate your dorm. 

It would be wise to limit the amount of decor you hang in your room as well as to keep clutter to a minimum.  Every poster, every tapestry or piece of decor you hang can be considered a fire hazard.  Also, avoid draping materials over hot items such as lamps that could potentially cause ignition.  

Prepare your home for potential water damage

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding in your home can happen at anytime, but your home can be even more exposed to water damage when it rains.  As we move into winter months, storm damage becomes more of a threat to your property.  Here are a few tips to avoid damage caused by storm and water.  

1. Modify your homes water valves.  If the city's main sewer line gets backed up during a heavy rain storm, you could find yourself standing in a pile of you-know-what.  You may want to consider installing an interior or exterior backflow valve.  Backflow valves prevent your water system from being contaminated from water flowing backwards into your supply lines.  

2. Clear gutter, drains, and downspouts. Clogged gutters and downspouts can end up in a messy flood. Take the time to clean them and clear them of any and all debris before the rain comes.

3. Cover air vents. One of the most common ways water fins its way into a home is through the home's air vents. If you know that heavy rain is in the forecast and that you are at risk of flooding, cover your air vents with thick plastic sheeting from both the outside and the inside. 

4. Check your sealant surrounding doors and windows. Make sure that any gaps or holes in the sealant surrounding the doors and windows are filled in. This will help stop rain water from finding its way into your home. 

If water still manages to find a way into your home and you need assistance, give SERVPRO of Madison, Lawrenceburg and Versailles a call at 812-574-5744! We're available 24/7 for emergency services. 

Are you Storm Ready?

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Madison, Lawrenceburg and Versailles, we see the aftermath of storm damage and how devastating the damages can be.  We cannot stress enough the importance of PREPAREDNESS.   We have compiled here a list of things you can do with and for your family to help in the event of a storm disaster.  

Create you Home Emergency Plan

A household emergency plan is vital in ensuring you and your family knows what to do during and after a severe storm.  

Every member of your household should be involved in developing your Home Emergency Plan, discussing things such as:

  • How a severe storm could impact your home.
  • The location of exit points in the house
  • Where to go if you need to evacuate.
  • How to stay in contact if you're separated from each other.  
  • Requirements for those with medical conditions or special needs.
  • What to do with any pets
  • What to include in your Home Emergency Kit.
  • Whether your insurance is adequate and current. 

Create your Home Emergency Kit

An emergency kit contains essential itemsw that you and other members of your household may need during and after a storm.

Your emergency kit should be able to sustain you for at least three days in case essential services have been disrupted or you have been isolated by flood water. 

The following basic items should be included in your Home Emergency Kit.   

  • Your Home Emergency Plan, including emergency contact numbers.
  • Portable Radio (with batteries or wind-up)
  • Torch (with batteries or wind-up)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Sturdy gloves
  • Important documents and cash in waterproof bags.
  • Essential Medication
  • Special items for babies, the disabled, elderly or pets.
  • Drinking water and non-perishable food for three days. 

Prepare your home

 There are simple things you can do to minimize the impact of storms on your home and surrounding property, as shown in the following planning checklist:

  • Check your roof regularly to make sure it's in good condition.
  • Keep gutters, down-pipes and drains clear.  
  • Remove tree branches that are too close to your house.  
  • Fix and corrosion, loose fittings and rotting or termite-affected timber.
  • Secure loose items around your property.  

General Home Safety Preparations

  • Ensure your home, contents and car insurance is adequate and current. 
  • Identify the safest room in which to shelter during a storm.  
  • Learn how to safely turn off your power, water and gas.  
  • Keep water containers, a camping stove and fuel safely on hand.  

If you live in a flood-prone area

  • Store poisons and garden chemicals well above ground level. 
  • Identify indoor items you'll need to raise or empty if flood threatens.  
  • Relocate power points well above previous flood levels.  

If you live in a storm or cyclone-prone area

  • Get a professional builder to asses the structural integrity of your house.  
  • Fit shutters or metal screens to your windows for added protection.  

Tune into WARNINGS:  If a severe weather warning or storm alert has been issued for your area, it's important to gain as much information as possible to help you prepare and protect your family and home.  

We hope these tips are helpful and provide some examples of what it means to truly be STORM READY.  If your home suffers damage due to a storm please call SERVPRO of Madison, Lawrenceburg and Versailles anytime, 24\7.  We can help get your home back to pre-storm condition and make it "Like it never even happened." 

Commercial Carpet Cleaning Services

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

The only reason someone would attempt treatment on their own is to save money, and this usually leads to bad results.  It will, for example, cost much more to replace carpeting that has been damaged beyond repair, and this is possible if soils are allowed to remain for too long, or they aren't adequately removed during the cleaning process.  

  Without training and certification, a home or business owner may not pick the right detergent to use, or the right equipment.  For instance, soils that have become matted in the fibers must be loosened from the fibers before they can be removed-- a process known as suspension.  Suspension is normally done with special substances that professionals have access to, and certified carpet cleaning companies such as SERVPRO of Madison, Lawrenceburg and Versailles have multiple suspension agents available, depending on what kind of soil is present.  

If someone attempts treatment without suspending the soil, the results will only be superficial, and may make the situation worse in the days to come.

Do-It-Yourselfers often have trouble applying the correct amount of water to the affected area, which can lead to leftover detergent residue, or excess moisture below the surface, providing the perfect breeding ground for MOLD.  Home and business owners attempting treatment on their own frequently cause color and odor damage during treatment as well, usually as a result of using unsafe detergent.  

Professional, certified treatment provided by SERVPRO professionals is the answer for most, and should be the very first should when dealing with any kind of carpet damage.  

Call SERVPRO of Madison, Lawrenceburg and Versailles TODAY for all your carpet and upholstery cleaning needs!  812-574-5744

Is your commercial property EMERGENCY READY?

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

Like the majority of commercial properties and businesses, your facility probably has an emergency exit plan in place, with illuminated signs leading occupants to safety, and even facility maps strategically placed to identify alternate routes out of the building.  But have you developed a thorough contingency plan?  Is the emphasis on the first 24-48 hours, to help you get back in your building as quickly as possible?  SERVPRO of Madison, Lawrenceburg and Versailles can provide you assistance in developing an Emergency Ready Profile.  Even better, it will be at NO COST to you.  

  As part of a well-thought out contingency plan, your Emergency Ready Profile will contain  information you need in the event an emergency situation occurs.  An added advantage to utilizing SERVPRO of Madison, Lawrenceburg and Versailles in the development of your Emergency Ready Profile, is the opportunity to coordinate a preferred provider relationship.  You will be familiar with our technicians and we will be familiar with your facility and key persons of contact.  These small things could make a BIG difference when an emergency situation occurs. 

CONTACT US today to set up an appointment to begin your personalized Emergency Ready Profile.   

Are you Tornado ready?

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

How much do you know about tornadoes? We were surprised how much we didn't know. 

Please check our the information we have gathered below:

  • The average tornado moves southwest to northeast.  
  • The average forward speed of a tornado is 30mph,but could be as much as 70mph.
  • Tornadoes can accompany tropical storms and hurricanes as they move onto land.
  • Tornadoes are most frequently reported East of the Rocky Mountains during Spring and Summer months.  
  • Tornadoes are most likely to occur between 3:0pm-9:00pm.

Who will you call with your Storm Damage needs?

Calling SERVPRO of Madison, Lawrenceburg and Versailles will ensure someone is there FAST, and that someone will be certified and trained to handle your specific situation. 

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