Which Fire Extinguisher Do I Use?
Did you know that there are five types of fire extinguishers? Each type is designed for a specific type of fire and knowing which type to use can make a drastic impact on your safety and using the proper extinguisher can significantly reduce the damage to your home.
Type A Fire Extinguishers - These are for use with ordinary materials such as paper, cloth, or wood.
Type B Fire Extinguishers - These are for use with flammable/combustible liquids such as gasoline, oil based paint and grease.
Type C Fire Extinguishers - These are for use with electrical equipment such as tools, appliance or any other equipment that is plugged in to an electrical source.
Type D Fire Extinguishers - These are often found in factories and are to be used on flammable metals.
Type K Fire Extinguishers - These types of extinguishers are often found in commercial kitchen as they are used to put out fires that involve oils from animals or vegetables, or animal fats in cooking appliances.
It is important to keep fire extinguishers in a place that they can be easily accessed in case of an emergency. Make sure that all parts of the extinguisher are in proper working order and be sure to review the manufacturer's guidelines and instructions on regular maintenance and inspection. At SERVPRO Hampton North we are here to respond Faster to any size disaster. A fire in your home can be stressful, but our franchise professionals are on standby 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help with your fire clean up/restoration needs.
Preventative Tips for Your Commercial Building
Proactive maintenance can help prevent damage to a property, saving time and money throughout the year and can also help with insurance claims. Below are a few items to be examined and cleaned.
Roof and Exterior
Wind, snow and rain can impact a building’s roof and exterior. Walking the property and being on the lookout for standing water or leaks from roofs and gutters is important. Chipped paint, siding dents and damage, cracked or leaking windows, foundation cracks, roof leaks, and clogged gutters should all be photographed, reported and repaired. If left unresolved, long-term issues can lead to more serious issues including foundation erosion and more.
Landscaping and Irrigation
Harsh winds, rain and snow can damage plants and limbs, especially on boxwoods, small shrubs and ornamental trees. Mulching, trimming broken limbs, pruning back plants, and cleaning debris needs to be done to prepare for spring growth.
Colder temperatures arriving means the facility mechanical systems should be inspected and maintained. Replacement of air filters, flushing of water heaters, and checking carbon monoxide detectors and sprinkler and fire suppression systems should be done before summer arrives.
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Collect Important Documents Before an Emergency
Collect and Protect Essential Documents Before An Emergency
It's important to know that when we advise people to collect and protect important paperwork, we are referring to any important documents and personal data that might serve as proof of your identity, your insurance or instruct others on how to help you in an emergency. This important paperwork includes an Emergency Action Plan, and medical, vital, and immunization records.
Copies of medical records and advance directives should include: Health insurance cards, vaccination records, living wills and power of attorney forms, birth & death certificates and adoption records
Personal Id's: Passports, driver's licenses, social security cards, green cards
A current care plan for a child or person with special needs.
User manuals, model and serial numbers, and contact information for the manufacturer or provider of medical devices, like glucose meters and nebulizers.
- Keep an up to date list of all your prescription medications with dosage amounts, your eye prescription, your medical supply needs and any known allergies.
- Save electronic copies of important papers in a password protected format to a flash drive or an external hard drive or a cloud-based service. You should store these items in a fire proof container or with a trusted friend or relative, or even a safety deposit box at a bank.
- Pet ownersmake copies of your pet’s veterinarian records like rabies certificate, prescriptions and a recent photo of your pet(s).
Whatever happens, we’ll be there with you and your community, every step of the way.
Heater Safety This Winter
With winter in full swing, it is important that we keep ourselves and our families warm during these colder months. We here at SERVPRO Hampton North want you to be prepared to safely heat your home or business.
Never heat your home or business with a gas top stove or oven. Not only does this method of heating create an increased risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, leaving an unattended stove can cause a fire.
Read, understand and implement all manufacturer warnings and instructions when using space heaters. Most home heating fire deaths (86%) involved stationary or portable space heaters.
Make sure that all heating equipment especially chimneys are regularly maintained through periodic cleaning and inspected prior to use.
Keep heating equipment at least 3ft away from materials that are susceptible to catching fire such as furniture, clothing, bedding paper materials as well as other holiday decorations like Christmas trees.
Almost half of all heating equipment related home fires occur during the months of December - February. So now is the time to inspect, clean and test all heating equipment to ensure that it is in proper working order.
SERVPRO Hampton North wants you, and your business to stay safe during these winter months. If you do experience a fire or water damage call our franchise professionals at 757-825-9700.
Prepare Before Winter Storms
At SERVPRO of Hampton North, we want you and your family to be as prepared as possible for any type of weather. With winter right around the corner, it's important to be ready, knowledgeable, and prepared for prepping your home and your family in case a snow storm comes through. Check out some tips of what to do before the snowstorm:
- fill up your gas tank
- insulate your pipes and cover outdoor spigots
- make sure you have flashlights and batteries in an accessible spot
- purchase a generator or inspect yours to make sure its working properly
- charge your phones, and any other electronics, and even consider buying wireless charging devices for your phones
- stock up on water, food, medications and toiletries
If you experience a water damage after a snowstorm from burst pipes, or roof leaks, call the professionals at #SERVPRO of Hampton North. Our team will always be ready for whatever happens. 757-825-9700
Christmas Tree Fire Safety
As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, Christmas tree fires cause property damage totaling more than $14 million annually. That figure can’t account for the heartbreak of a house fire over the holidays. These simple tips can keep your home and family safe while you all enjoy the Christmas tree’s bright lights and warm glow.
1. Check for Freshness
When picking out your tree, look for a tree with fresh, green needles, that do not fall off when touched. If needles fall off by your touch, the tree is already beginning to dry out, and that can pose a fire hazard.
2. Before Placing the Tree
Cut 2” from the base of the trunk. Make sure your tree location is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, or even candles. A heat source too close to the tree causes one in every four of Christmas tree fires.
3. Give it a Stable Stand
Safely show off your Christmas tree in a sturdy, weighted stand with screw-in stabilizers that help anchor its weight. A large stand also holds plenty of water to keep a thirsty tree fresh inside your home. Be sure to add water to your tree daily.
4. Lighting the Tree
Use lights that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use. Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for the number of light strands to connect. Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
5. Watch Kids and Pets
A beautiful tree can tempt little hands with pretty ornaments and inspire rowdy playtime around its base. Talk to the kids about home fire safety. Explain that running around close to the tree can topple it and start a fire. The family dog and cat can create Christmas tree fire hazards too. Discourage dangerous chewing and tangling accidents by hanging tree light strands and decorations above your pets’ playful reach.
6. Turn Everything Off
Always unplug tree lights before you leave the house or go to bed for the night. Turn off nearby space heaters, extinguish candles, and make sure embers are out in the fireplace. More than one of every four home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems.
7. After Christmas
When a Christmas tree stops taking up water and starts dropping needles, it becomes more of a fire hazard with each passing day. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home. Check with your local community to find a recycling program to properly dispose of your tree.
We’re Always Here For You
This year, gather the family around for a quick review of Christmas tree safety strategies. Make sure everybody understands how important it is to follow the guidelines.
All of us here at SERVPRO of Hampton North send our warmest wishes to you and your family. It’s our honor to serve and be a part of this wonderful community, and we really value your support. Our teams are always here for you, with the best fire damage cleanup and fire restoration services available.
Flu Season Cleaning
At SERVPRO of Hampton North, we understand the importance of a sanitized and clean environment during this cold and flu season. And now that the Coronavirus is thrown into the mix, it is especially important to consider your sanitization routine.
Some places are even more vulnerable than others such as assisted living facilities, hospitals, schools, universities, large office spaces, and many other places of work. A quick clean up from your custodian staff will sometimes not be enough to rid these environments of bacteria and viruses.
That's why SERVPRO of Hampton North is happy to provide a professional, deep-cleaning using our advance cleaning products to drastically reduce the potential for flu and cold viruses to spread. Our crews are properly trained to provide through cleaning to every surface of the room and works diligently to ensure that the best cleaning is provided.
Sometimes this cleaning can be too much for your team to handle alone. Call the professionals at SERVPRO Hampton North to handle your cold and flu season cleaning, making sure your space is properly sanitized and cleaned.
Get to Know your Water Heater
When it comes to your water heater, the old saying “out of sight, out of mind”, should not be taken lightly. Water heater failure can cause flooding and even a fire and the following water heater safety tips can help to prevent a catastrophe. Nationwide Insurance suggests that getting to know your water heater parts and routine maintenance can help to keep your water heater safe and help avoid a disaster.
Water heater parts
A residential water tank can hold 40 to 60 gallons and needs to withstand typically 50 to 100 psi, Steel tanks are tested to handle 300 psi and have glass liners to keep rust out of the water, and insulation to surround the tank. Other parts to become familiar include:
- A dip tube to let cold water into the tank
- A thermostat to control the temperature of the water that is inside of the tank
- A pipe to drain hot water out of the tank
- Heating elements like those found inside of an electric oven
- A drain valve to allow you to drain the tank to move it or replace the elements
- A temperature or release valve that helps keep the tank from exploding
- A sacrificial anode rod, screwed into the top of your water heater and protects your heater from rusting
Some important facts to remember about your water heater.
Pulling up on the pressure relief valve or temperature valve handle to make sure water flows freely out and stops when you let go of the handle can help prevent tanks from exploding and should be tested annually.
Temperature settings vary on residential tanks, but the right temperature is at least 120 degrees at the tap, which you can test with a meat or candy thermometer. This temperature helps to kill germs and prevent children from being scalded. When you go on vacation, set the temperature lower to save money and reduce risk of problems while away.
Venting is important as a poor draft can cause fumes and carbon monoxide to reenter a room instead of exiting. Make sure the vent goes straight up and out without any dips and is the same diameter as the tank’s draft diverter.
Flushing the hot water through the drain valve annually will help to remove sediment buildup.
Extinguish the pilot light when handling flammable liquids or aerosol. If the water heater is in the garage, raise it to that the pilot light is 18” above the floor. This is to help prevent ignition of gasoline vapors that collect near the floor.
Strapping your water heater can help prevent it from falling over which could sever a gas line and cause an explosion.
Insulation may help reduce heat loss on the hot water pipe and “sweating” on the cold-water pipe.
Should you need water or fire damage cleanup and restoration in Hampton, call your 24-hour emergency service company, operating since 1996.
Pre-Planning Helps to Minimize Business Interuption
As many as 50% of businesses close following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.
The SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile is a web-based interface design. Our app is a no-cost readiness plan that places your ready plan data on your mobile device for quick access during an emergency.
By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.
- A no cost assessment of your facility.
This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
- A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
- A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
- Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
- Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
This saves time, so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
- Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."
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Power Outage kit
The American Red Cross suggests that every household have an emergency preparedness kit for your home and for your car. Unfortunately, only a little more than a half of the homes in the U.S. have an emergency kit.
Your power outage kit can start with a duffle bag or a backpack. Depending on the situation, the kit can be a 3-day supply for an evacuation or a 2-week supply for home. The kit should include:
- at least a gallon of water per person, per day
- canned food
- a can opener
- flashlights, batteries
- a first aid kit
- personal hygiene items
- a multi-purpose tool
- copies of personal documents such as proof of address, deed/lease, passports, birth certificates, and insurance policies
- A printed list of emergency phone numbers and of family and friends.
The needs of all family members including your pets should be considered when building your emergency kit.
Should you find yourself with a water damage disaster from a broken pipe or from a damaged water tank in your home or business, call the team that has been serving the Hampton area for over 20 years. Call SERVPRO of Hampton North 24/7, 365 to help you when emergency strikes.