Two minutes to escape
In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have,giving everyone enough time to get out.
?Do you have working smoke alarms in your home?
?Do you have a smoke alarm in every sleeping room and outside each sleeping area? .
? Is there a smoke alarm on each level of the home, including the basement?
? Do you test your smoke alarms at least once a month? (Have a grown-up push the test button to check if the batteries work.)
? Do you know the sound of your smoke alarms?
? How old are your smoke alarms? (If they’re more than 10 years old, you need new ones.)
? Does your family have a home fire escape plan?
? Do you know two ways out of each room in your home?
? Do you know what to do when you hear your smoke alarm? (Get out and stay out.)
? Are all the exits in your home clear of trash and toys?
? Has your family picked a meeting place outside the home where everyone can go when they’ve escaped a fire?
? Does everyone at home know how to call the fire department once they are outside?
? Do you and all family members practice your escape plan at least twice a year?
Damaged exterior from fire
Who Will Rebuild?
After the devastation a fire can cause, in most cases, there will be some element of rebuilding that will need to take place. This fire was in a residential unit that will need completely gutted. After the fire department extinguishes the blaze, they must often poke holes to check for hot spots in the walls to make sure the fire is completely out with no chance or risk of flare up. This causes total devastation to the space and hiring a contractor is often needed.
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SERVPRO of the North Coast s is a fully licensed and proven General Contractor that can help you fully restore your space. We can assign a project manager to your claim to walk you through a scene like this to completion to make sure that your space is brought back to life.
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Contents are Often Overlook in a Fire
Cleaning contents after a fire.
Contents are often easily overlooked in a fire. Most homeowners or tenants, are worried about the damage and devastation that a fire calls to the property. They’re worried about their couch, they are worried about their vehicle and their wallet, but it’s easy to forget many of the little things that can add up and cost a lot of money to a customer. Here at SERVPRO of the North Coast, we make every effort possible to restore every item an article in your home or property that has been damaged or effected by a fire. This includes all of your electronics, DVD collections, clothes, shoes and all other personal items and keepsakes that can be restored. We know that our customers are in an uncomfortable situation with any type of loss, so that’s where SERVPRO of the North Coast comes in to deal help you deal with the devastation of your loss. We are #HereToHelp
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Summer Storms can Bring Flash Flooding
Call SERVPRO of North Coast if you experience flooding in your home or business.
When we think of summer our thoughts go to sunshine, beaches and lemonade but summer storms can bring heavy rains and flash flooding. These storms can bring several inches or feet of water in a short period of time causing flooding and many dangers. The NSSC (National Sever Storms Laboratory) says that, “floods are the most common and widespread of all weather-related natural disasters and in the U.S., floods kill more people each year than tornadoes, hurricanes and lighting.”
To keep your family safe during a flash flood, follow these guidelines:
- If you live in a flood zone, have a family plan.
- Always be alert of flash flood watches and if it turns into a warning get to high ground immediately.
- Never drive into high water, your vehicle can be carried away or flip over.
- Do not walk into highwaters, only six inches of rushing water can knock you over. Flooding water is also considered sewage because the contaminates it contains.
- Downed power lines can cause the water to be deadly.
When the water recedes, there are some precautions you can take:
- Make sure is it safe to return to the flood zone.
- Check your basement for water damage caused by the flood. Do not enter if there is standing water.
- Inspect structure for damage and any risk of collapsing.
- Check for fire hazards, gas leaks and water damaged electrical circuits.
- Look for cracks or damage to your foundation.
- Ventilate your home by opening windows and doors.
- Dispose of any food that was in the flood.
- Be caution of any animals that may have entered your home.
If your home is damaged by flooding, you will need a professional water damage restoration company to restore your home. Call SERVPRO of the North Coast at 216-221-3333.
Common Causes of Home Fire
A fire in a bedroom in a local home.
Understanding the leading causes of home fires and what you can do to prevent them will keep your family safer. There is research by the National Safety Council that home fires have decreased over the years and most fires are preventable with some knowledge and care to minimize the risks.
According to the National Fire Protection Association these are the leading causes of home fires and preventable measures:
- Cooking is the leading cause of home fires Keep combustibles away from heat source Keep pot handles inward
- Keep children and pets away from the cooking area
- Do not leave the kitchen while cooking on the stove top
- Heating equipment Flammable materials should be kept at a distance
- Watch portable heaters and never go to bed leaving them on
- Keep children three feet away from heating equipment or fireplace
- Keep equipment clean
- Electrical distribution and lighting equipment
- Electrical cords should be in good condition, check for frayed wires
- Check your light fixtures for the correct wattage and do not use bulbs that exceed the recommended wattage.
- Do not run cords under carpet
- Always have electrical work done by a professional
- Smoking is the leading cause of fire deaths
- Smoking materials should be keep out of the reach the children
- Always us an ashtray and don’t discard butts or ashes where they could encounter materials that can burn
- Do not smoke indoors. Death results from fires starting in family room, and bedrooms
Following these simple recommendations can help reduce the chance of a fire in your home. If you do experience a fire in your home, call your local fire department immediately.
SERVPRO of the North Coast is here to help, call us at – 216-221-3333.
Storm Damage in Northeast Ohio
This basement flooded due to a sump pump failure.
We received numerous calls over the past few weeks due to the flooding that has hit the Northeast Ohio. A lot of these homes flooded due to sump pump malfunctions. It is very important for Sump Pump's to be well maintained so that your basement does not get affected when heavy storms roll through the area. The following are 4 Tips for Sump Pump Maintenance:
- Test it regularly: You can test your sump pump to confirm it’s working properly. Pour a bucket of water into the sump pit. When you do this, the pump should turn on right away. Remove the water from the pit, then shut it off in a couple of seconds. Be sure that the float switch and the check valve can move freely and that nothing is in the way. In addition, check the discharge line to be sure it is not obstructed or frozen. Also, if the inlet screen is clogged, clear it of any residue or debris.
- Change Batteries: If your sump pump is backed up by batteries, be sure that the batteries are replaced every two to three years, or as directed from the manufacturer.
- Clean It: At least once a year, you should take out the pump. Begin by disconnecting it from the power. Flush it out well with water to remove any standing debris. While it’s out, remove stones, mud, debris, or anything else that is inside the sump pit. Then put the sump pump back in and reconnect it to the power. Test the unit by pouring a bucket of water into it to ensure the sump pump still functions properly.
- Be Sure the Outside of your Home is Well-Maintained: Basement flooding can be incredibly damaging. To avoid this, seal any cracks in your walls, windows, or in the foundation. In addition, clean gutters and downspouts regularly so things can drain properly. Also, make sure that the grading around your home is designed properly. It should slope away from the foundation so water can be washed away. Water buildup can happen quickly. If your home’s exterior isn’t being taken care of, you could see damage in your basement right away. A sump pump works well in normal conditions, but it can’t overcome a faulty design.
In the even that your basement does end up flooding, contact SERVPRO of the North Coast to make it "Like it never even happened."
Storm and Wind Damage
A tree blown over caused damage to a pole barn and truck.
With summer upon us thunderstorms can not only bring water damage to homes, it can also bring wind damage. Damage from severe thunderstorm winds account for half of all severe reports in the lower 48 states and is more common than damage from tornadoes.
Below are some steps to take if your home is damaged by wind.
- Call and report your damage to your insurance company.
- From a safe location, take pictures of any damage.
- Inventory any belongings that may have been destroyed or damaged, noting the brand, price, age, etc.
- If you have pictures of your home before the damage, include them with your insurance claim.
Preventing Further Damage:
- If you suspect possible structural, electrical or gas-leak hazards, shut off electrical power, natural gas and propane tanks to avoid fire, electrocution or explosions.
- Cover broken windows and doors with tarps, heavy plastic or plywood to prevent further damage. Save repair receipts for reimbursement.
Repairs and Cleanup:
- Don’t start permanent, major repairs or renovations until your property has been inspected by an insurance representative.
- If your roof needs to be replaced, hire a professional roofing contractor who is licensed and insured.
- Fallen trees or large branches also are best removed by a professional tree service. This service may be covered depending on your policy coverage.
If your home suffers wind damage, please contact SERVPRO of the North Coast 216-221-3333 for any board up, tarp up, tree removal, or roof replacement services.
What to do till help arrives.
Basement flood in North Olmsted
Should you have the unfortunate experience a water damage, safety should be your number one priority. There are many safety issues you need to be aware of to protect your family. Two of the most common safety issues are “slips and falls” and electrical hazards, however, there are others.
- If possible, turn off the water supply to minimize the water damage and safety concerns. Take caution when entering all rooms with wet flooring to prevent injuries from “slips and falls.”
- To prevent being shocked or electrocuted, do not enter a room with deep standing water that may be exposed to electricity.
- If the water is high enough to reach the electrical outlets, have an electrician inspect your wiring to prevent electrical shock.
- Have electrical appliances such as furnaces, freezer, washer and dryers dried and serviced by a qualified repairman if the water has reached their electrical unit.
- If you smell gas, turn off main valve and leave the area. Call the gas company immediately.
- Have gas appliances inspected by a qualified repairman if high water has reached their gas controls.
- Water damage on a second floor can compromise the ceiling below. If you see sagging ceilings do not enter the room.
- Sewer backups can present diseases and bacteria and should never be cleaned without personal protective equipment.
If you have a water damage call SERVPRO of The North Coast at 216-221-3333 to assist.
Contamination of your home due to sewage backup, trauma, hoarding situations or any biohazard can be a difficult and trying time for you and your family. Allow SERVPRO of The North Coast to alleviate this stress for you.
Biohazard cleaning can be a difficult and dangerous process. Exposure to and improper handling of biohazard materials can lead to serious health complications. Specialty training and experience is of key importance when addressing these situations. SERVPRO of The North Coast can properly and safely remove and dispose of these materials according to OSHA and health regulations. We have the proper cleaning agents and safety equipment to provide these services.
Need help with biohazard? Call us today at (216)221-3333. Let our employees put you and your family at ease and return you to the comfort of your home.
Meet Your Local SERVPRO
SERVPRO North Coast Team
NOC Operations, Inc. dba SERVPRO® of The North Coast is an Ohio Restoration Service Company that partners with over 1700 SERVPROs® nationwide. SERVPRO® provides a full range of services designed to reduce the impact of an unplanned event resulting in structural and content damages. SERVPRO® of The North Coast has serviced Northeast Ohio for the past 32 years.
We have 13 background checked team members , including 1 project coordinator, 3 project managers, 3 two-man restoration crews, 1 restoration floater, 1 account manager, and 1 administrative support staff member. Our dedicated staff is always here to help when you experience an unexpected disaster in your home or business.
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