5 Tips to avoid Fires in the Fall
Fire Coming from the Ground.
1.Be sure you are at least 25 feet away from structures or anything else that can burn before building a fire. Choose an open, level location and clear away any dry leaves and sticks, overhanging branches and shrubs.
2.Never use gasoline, kerosene or any other flammable liquid to start a fire. Instead, use a match or lighter to ignite tinder (small twigs and dry leaves); add larger sticks and pieces of dry wood.
3.Keep the fire small and controlled, and never leave it unattended.
4.Do not stand too close to the fire or play around it, and do not attempt to jump over it. Keep an eye on children and pets so they don’t get too close to the flames either.
5.Check that any decorative lights have been tested for safety. Examine each set of lights for broken sockets, frayed wires or loose connections, and discard any damaged sets. Be careful not to overload sockets when plugging in lights and other electronic decorations.
4 Tips to avoid Fires during Halloween
Small Fire with 3 pieces of wood.
1. Consider glow sticks or battery-operated candles instead of real candles when lighting your jack-o’-lanterns or other luminaries. If you do use real candles, light them with long, fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter. Keep lit decorations off of doorsteps, yards and sidewalks where excited trick-or-treaters may knock them over.
2. Check that no decorations are blocking your home’s exits or pathways, so you have a clear escape route in case of an emergency.
3. Avoid costumes with loose, trailing fabrics or other hanging parts, which can catch fire on open flames. Check the labels on costumes, wigs and props to be sure they are made with flame resistant or retardant materials.
4. Practice the “stop, drop and roll” technique. “This is a great time of the year for adults to teach children about fire safety, as well as first aid measures if someone gets hurt,” Hultman says.
Leading Causes of House Fires & How to Avoid Them
A House fire being put out.
1. Electrical systems and equipment
- Have your home inspected by a qualified electrician, especially when purchasing an older home.
- Use a qualified electrician when having electrical work done.
- Watch for the warning signs of faulty wiring. These can include blown fuses, visibly damaged wiring, discoloration around outlets, flickering lights or burning odors.
- Protect your home against arc faults. An arc fault occurs when an electrical short produces an arc: intensely hot sparks that can set fire to nearby flammable materials. Arcs often happen in appliance or extension cords that have become frayed or cracked.
- To prevent arc faults, have Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs) installed in your home. These devices look and work like conventional circuit breakers. When an AFCI detects an arc, it shuts off the circuit.
- Power surges can damage appliances and even cause fires. Protect your home with a two-tiered surge protection system: a whole house surge protection device (SPD) on the main electrical service to the home, and point-of-use SPDs for all valuable electronics and appliances.
- Smart sensor devices can help detect the invisible dangers lurking in your home.
2. Heating equipment
- Consider replacing older space heaters with new ones that turn off automatically when overheated or tipped. Keep them at least three feet away from anything flammable.
- Have furnaces and chimneys professionally cleaned and inspected every year.
- All fireplaces should have a sturdy screen. Never use flammable liquids to start a fire in a fireplace. Allow ashes to cool completely and use a metal bucket for disposal.
3. Cooking fires
- Be alert. If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don't use the oven or stove.
- Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling or broiling food. If you need to leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the oven or stove.
- If you are simmering, baking, roasting or boiling food, check it regularly. Remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
- Keep your stovetop clear of anything that can catch fire, including oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains.
Tips on Preventing Winter Storm Damage.
Snow falling to the ground.
Every year, winter weather can lead to frozen and burst pipes, ice dams, power outages and other damages that can result in very costly and disruptive claims. By taking proactive steps today you can help prevent a loss before it can occur & give yourself peace of mind.
1. Remove any snow with a roof rake.
2. Install gutter guards to prevent debris interfering with draining water away from the house and into the ground.
3. Install heating cables with thermostatic control for your gutters. Turn them on during freezing weather so the water drains away from your home.
4. Trim trees and remove any dead branches, Ice, snow and wind could cause weak trees of branches to break and cause damage to your property or injure someone.
5. Turn off exterior faucets from the inside of your home and drain the remaining water from the pipes to prevent exterior faucets from freezing.
8 Tips To Prevent Water Damage at Your Business
Preventing Water Damage at Your Business.
8 Tips To Prevent Water Damage at Your Business:
Tip #1: Seal Cracks & Gaps
Seal any cracks or other gaps in your building’s exterior & foundation to keep cold air from entering the building.
Tip #2: Insulate any Exposed Pipes
Exposed pipes are vulnerable to freezing when the temperature drops in the winter.
Tip #3: Keep Heat At The Correct Levels
To prevent pipes from freezing, you’ll want to keep an eye on your business’s thermostat.
Tip #4: Inspect Gutters & Drainage
Regularly inspect your business’s gutters, downspouts, & remove any debris or buildup.
Tip #5: Clear Your Roof
Snow and ice accumulation on your business’s roof can result in weakened roofing materials and prevent melted ice and snow from properly draining.
Tip #6: Maintain And Inspect Your HVAC & Sprinkler Systems
HVAC, plumbing, and sprinkler systems are leading causes of loss in commercial buildings. So maintaining & inspecting them is key.
Tip #7: Locate Your Shut-off Valve
You should know the location of the main shut-off valve for your building’s water supply in case of an emergency.
Tip #8: Keep Track of Valuable Items
Knowing the value of items in your building will help you replace them in the event they’re damaged by a water-related incident.
SERVPRO Attends The Veterans Parade at Freedom Festival
SERVPRO had the honor of attending the Veterans parade.
SERVPRO attended the Veterans Parade at the Freedom Festival in Vienna, West Virginia. We had our booth setup right in front of the main part of the parade.
This was the return of the Freedom Festival after a long hiatus. The general public enjoyed it a lot as it included the display of our veterans, first responders, local dance groups, & a long line of Jeeps decorated celebrating July 4th.
This was the very first event of the day at Freedom Festival 2022. We would then go on to have a large amount of giveaways at our booth throughout the day including: tshirts, backpacks, balloons, beachballs, hand sanitizer, & many more.
We also went down to Spencers Landing and assisted with the Hot Air Balloon Rides that lasted from 6pm-10pm.
SERVPRO Booth at The Freedom Festival
SERVPRO doing giveaways at Freedom Festival
The Freedom Festival returned to Vienna this July 2nd-3rd with a Carnival, Car Show, Food Vendors, Concerts, Hot Air Balloon rides, a spectacular Fire Works show and more! It was a hit in our community.
SERVPRO was at a main section of traffic where we had giveaways setup. We gave away custom SERVPRO Freedom Festival T-shirts, Backpacks, hand sanitizer, Balloons, Beachballs, and more!
We were able to have so many great conversations with the people of our community letting them know what we do, and the areas that we service.
We also had a SERVPRO Corn hole setup where people came and played.
It was a great day that we capped off by assisting with the Hot Air Balloon rides located at Spencers Landing that people were able to be shuttled to from out Booth at the Freedom Festival.
SERVPRO Assists with Hot Air Balloon Rides
SERVPRO assisted with the Hot Air Balloon Rides.
At The Freedom Festival in Vienna, SERVPRO sponsored Hot Air Balloon Rides! These Hot Air Balloon rides were located a Spencers Landing. A Shuttle from SERVPRO Station located at Grand Central Mall in Vienna was bringing people back and forth to the Hot Air Balloon Rides.
SERVPRO's team was there to help with the setup of the Hot Air Balloon, as well as providing 3 trucks for the tethering. Our team members also assisted with helping people on and off the Hot Air Balloon.
As the night went on, more people began to show up. The plan was for the Hot Air Balloon to go for 3 hours. But there was a large amount of people in line that would miss a ride. So SERVPRO sponsored a 4th hour and was able to get on almost everyone that was in line.
After the 4th hour, SERVPRO assisted with the tear down and packing up of the Hot Air Balloon Rides. We had a great time and are looking forward to the next time!
Great Crowds at the SERVPRO Sponsored Hot Air Balloon Rides
A large amount of people came out to ride the Hot Air Balloon!
We saw an incredible turn out at Spencers Landing for the Hot Air Balloon Rides that were a part of the Freedom Festival located at Grand Central Mall in Vienna.
As our team was assisting with the setup of the Hot Air Balloon, we were amazed at the amount of people who were showing up. By the first hour, the entire parking lot was full and there were two lines formed almost to the back of the parking lot and into the grass!
As the night went on, SERVPRO sponsored a fourth hour. We saw that the crowd was becoming too big to fit within 3 hours. So we were able to get as many people as possible from the large crowd onto the Hot Air Balloon!
Jonathan Davenport Wins The Historic 100
Davenport Poses for a Picture at Victory Lane.
Jonathan Davenport led from start-to-finish on Saturday night at West Virginia Motor Speedway before a packed hillside. The three-time Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion picked up his first series win of the year, collecting $50,000 at the Jan Dils Attorneys at Law Historic 100 Presented by Arizona Sport Shirts.
Davenport went uncontested throughout the 50-lap main event to become the 11th different winner this year on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tour. Starting alongside Davenport on the front row, Brandon Overton finished in second followed by Earl Pearson Jr., Gregg Satterlee, and Friday night’s winner Devin Moran.
SERVPRO had a great time as we enjoyed an exciting race at very packed West Virginia Motor Speedway!