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Pet Safety Tips During The Summer Months

7/5/2017 (Permalink)

Pet Safety Tips During the Summer Months!

For most of us that own pets, they are part of our family and when we think of our pets we treat them the same way we would treat family members. Sometimes people who own pets forget how dangerous the summer months can be for our furry family members and we need friendly reminders that they are not able to take care of themselves—our pets trust us to take care of them.

SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg has put together a list of friendly reminders to help you give your pets a safe and happy summer.

~Make sure your pets are vaccinated for parasites and have flea and tick treatment.

~Do NOT shave your pets, you can trim your pets but shaving them leaves them susceptible to overheating and sunburn.

~Always walk your pets with caution when not walking them on grassy areas, concrete and asphalt gets very hot and can burn their paw pads very quickly.

~Make sure they always have access to cool, fresh water.

~NEVER Leave them in a car alone.

~Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and what to do if your pet suffers from heat exhaustion – Heavy panting, dry or bright red gums, thick drool, vomiting, diarrhea, wobbly legs. DO NOT place your pet in ice cold water, instead move to a cool area, drape a cool wet towel over their head and get them to a vet as soon as possible.

~Never leave them around pools unattended and pets should always wear life jackets when swimming in lakes, ponds or any open body of water.

~During the summer months we use chemicals and products around our homes that are toxic to our pets. Please be careful when using insecticides, rodenticides, citronella candles, tiki torches products, insect coils, etc.

~ When having friend and family gatherings ask them not to share food with your pets and make sure hot charcoal is never emptied where your pet can step on it.

~Keep it cool inside for your pet to enjoy with you.

~Remember your pet can have a heat stroke when temperatures are high.

Commercial Water Damages

6/9/2017 (Permalink)

Water damages can occur in commercial buildings affecting the structure, content and daily operations of a business at any time. Commercial buildings vary from a free standing individual business, a one-story strip center, to a multi-level building that contains many suites and many different businesses.

There are many different components in a commercial building that can contribute to a water damage.  A few are:

~Plumbing

~Heating, Air Conditioning & Ventilation Systems (Usually Rooftop)

~Ice Makers

~Roof

~Windows

If you are in a multi-level building your business could experience a water damage from water that originates from a unit on another floor, on the same floor, the roof, or other areas of the building.

It is important to understand the terms of your leasing agreement and know what you are responsible for repairing if your business were to experience a water damage. Go over your insurance policy with your agent, making sure you understand the terms and conditions of your policy, as well as knowing your deductible. Keep your insurance company contact information readily available outside of your business just in case your building has a damage that does not allow you to re-enter the building.

If you would like to have a no-cost mobile Emergency Response Plan done for your business, call SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg 540-373-7000.

Managing Mold

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

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Managing Mold

 When there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or a leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause health effects and can cause significant damage to your property. Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a “typical” mold removal process.

  1. Call SERVPRO of Fredericksburg
  2. Your property will have an inspection and a damage assessment
  3. Mold containment will be used if needed
  4. Specialized air filtration will be used
  5. We will remove mold and mold-infested materials
  6. Your belongings and content in your home will be cleaned if needed
  7. Restoration of your home

Call SERVPRO of Fredericksburg at (540) 373-7000 if you or someone you know is in need of assistance with managing mold in a home or business. 

Fire Burning Laws

2/20/2017 (Permalink)

The Virginia Department of Forestry website states the following on burning.

  • No burning until after 4:00 p.m. February 15 through April 30 of each year, if the fire is in or within 300 feet of woodland, brush land or field containing dry grass or other flammable material.
  • Fire shall not be left unattended if within 150 feet of woodland, brush land or fields containing dry grass.
  • No new fires set or fuel added after midnight.
  • Law applies to campfires, warming fires, brush piles, leaves, household trash, stumps, fields of broom straw and brush or anything capable of spreading fire.
  • The law provides for a penalty of up to $500, plus payment of court costs and fire suppression costs if the fire escapes.
  • Please remember to check with the county that you will be burning in, individual counties can also have their own burning laws in addition to state regulations.
  • Always, make safety your number one policy.

 

If you must burn…Follow these safety tips.

  • Beware of power lines, trees and structures.
  • Clear all flammable materials, such as dry leaves and dry grass, from around the fire.
  • Have water and hand tools, such as a shovel and/or rake, available.
  • Have communication available or have someone nearby who can call for help in case of an emergency.
  • Burn when the humidity is high and the wind is calm.
  • Stay with the fire until it is completely out.
  • Please make sure all children are supervised and kept a safe distance from the fire.
  • Always make safety your number one policy (Reminder per The Virginia Department of Forestry AND SERVPRO of Fredericksburg)

Smoke Alarms Save Lives

2/15/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke Alarms Save Lives

What role do smoke alarms play in your everyday life? Smoke alarms are in your home, the places where you shop, in children’s schools, in doctors’ offices, in work buildings, they are all around us and for good reason. Smoke alarms play a vital role in keeping us safer.

Smoke alarms come in different types and in residential and commercial ratings. Many residential smoke alarms are battery operated. If your smoke alarms have batteries, do you have a schedule to change them? Change the batteries consistently, mark it on your calendar as a reminder. If you would rather have a disposable smoke alarm, you can buy a smoke alarm that has a ten-year battery life and at the end of ten years you replace the entire smoke alarm--now that is convenience!

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), approximately two-thirds of U.S. household fire deaths result from fires in homes with:

• No smoke alarms
• Working smoke alarms with old or missing batteries

Whether it's a household setting or in a business, the selection and maintenance of an early warning system is critical to save lives and minimize property loss.

 

Are You Ready??

12/28/2016 (Permalink)

Are you ready for the New Year? This year, make a resolution to be READY! No one ever plans for a disaster, but you can prepare for it. SERVPRO® has an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) that will help ensure you are “Ready for whatever happens” in 2017. Here are a few advantages for having an ERP for your commercial building:
• No cost
• A concise profile documenting critical information in an event of an emergency
• A guide to help you get back into your work space following a disaster
• Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin
• It provides facility details such as water shut-off valves locations, breaker box locations and other priority details
• It provides priority contact information for your business.

Preparation is key to making it through a disaster. Don’t wait until disaster strikes, be ready and call SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg today to establish your Emergency Ready Profile!

NOT EVERYTHING IS SAFE TO BURN IN YOUR FIREPLACE OR WOOD STOVE

12/22/2016 (Permalink)

Please remember not everything is safe to burn in your fireplace or wood stove. Sometimes items that you think would be safe to burn are not. Some items can cause serious health issues or safety issues if burned. For example, burning glossy paper such as wrapping paper or newspaper ads could possibly put toxins or carcinogens in the air that you breathe. Some items burn faster than others creating a high, intensely hot flame that could catch any built -up creosote in a chimney on fire. Below is a list of a few items you should never put in your fireplace or wood stove.

~Paper, Bows, Glossy Paper, Cardboard & Packaging

~Plastics, Pine Needles, Live Garland, Live Wreaths or Flowers

~Styrofoam Containers, Egg Cartons, Dryer Lint

~Painted, Varnished, Stained or Treated Wood

~Engineered Wood (Plywood, Particle Board, Pressed Board, OSB) Glue compounds are used in the layering of these woods.

~Green Wood – Wood that is not dry will produce a lot of smoke and creosote.

~Driftwood – Driftwood contains salt which is corrosive. When heated, corrosion is accelerated and toxic fumes are produced.

These are just some of the items you should never burn. Please follow all safety directions on your wood burning appliance.

Always have a fire extinguisher and a carbon monoxide detector nearby and change the batteries on a schedule.

Ice Melting Products Can Damage Your Floors

12/20/2016 (Permalink)

ICE MELTING PRODUCTS CAN DAMAGE YOUR FLOORS

When severe cold weather hits and freezing rain and/or sleet falls it can make outdoor surfaces very difficult on which to stand, walk or drive. One of the aids that we use to help deal with this situation is to put an ice melting product on the frozen surface to thaw the ice.  While these products are great for melting ice and hopefully providing you with a safe path to and from where ever you must go outside, they are not meant for the inside of your home.

 

When using the ice melting products, here are a few tips for you:

~Make sure you remove your shoes or boots before walking on your floors.

~Have an outside door mat on which to wipe your feet.

~Have an inside shoe container to put your shoes in or a mat on which to sit them.

~If you do get ice melting products on your hard surface floors, clean it up right away as it can scratch and damage them.

~If ice melting products get on your carpet vacuum immediately and have carpets professionally cleaned, to avoid damage to them.

~Pets should never walk on ice melting products.  If they do get ice melting products on their paws, do not let them lick their paws as the ice melting products can be toxic, remembering to clean your pets’ paws--don’t forget the crevices between their toes!

 

Staying Warm (and Safe) in Winter Weather

12/19/2016 (Permalink)

During the winter months, there are many types of heat sources used in our homes and businesses to keep us warm and comfortable. Anytime we use a portable heat source there comes a fire risk with it, so we must create boundaries and remind ourselves of the dangers that come with comfort.

Below are some friendly reminders to help keep everyone safe when using portable heat sources.

~ Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, like kerosene heaters, electric space heaters, electric heating blankets, etc.

~ Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room, they should never be left on without supervision. 

~ Never leave a child alone with a portable heat source.

~ Always use the right fuel in the heater, only use what the directions call for.

~ Test your smoke alarms monthly and change your batteries on a schedule.

Water Damages and Why They Need to Be Mitigated By Trained Professionals

12/14/2016 (Permalink)

     There are many different components to a building’s structure and those components are made from many types of materials. Some materials are made with water, and even though the material appears to be a solid object there is still an acceptable amount of water/moisture in the material. Other materials have no water/moisture in the material at all.

     When water damage occurs in a commercial or residential building, materials such as walls, floors, cabinets, counters and personal items may get wet. In many cases the water has actually traveled much further than it appears.  How would you know, other than seeing or touching the areas that look wet? How would you see inside the wall?

     That is why a trained professional is needed because they have the knowledge and equipment to test the materials and they know what is considered to be an acceptable amount of moisture for different materials based on The IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration) standards. Trained professionals have the proper meters to read the materials, set the drying goals, place the drying equipment and monitor the progress until the materials reach the standard goals.