The Importance of Air Quality in your Business
In the 1970s, sick building syndrome became apparent as groups of people displayed similar symptoms after having spent extended periods of time in buildings with poor air quality. Good judgment and immediate attention can correct the situation and save your money in the event of litigation.
When addressing air quality, inspecting the ductwork is your SERVPRO Franchise Professional’s first order of business. Dirty ducts can work to circulate odors and contaminants like mold and irritating dust throughout the building.
The indoor air quality of your business matters. Trust our SERPVRO Professionals to reduce the potential for mold growth, remediate bacteria, restore peak energy efficiency, and eliminate offensive odors. If you need your airducts cleaned call SERVPRO of Glen Burnie at 410-766-1110.
Time to Take the Tree Down!
We get it, you like Christmas. In fact, you like it so much that you still have your Christmas tree up! If this is you, we recommend taking your tree down ASAP (if you have a real tree). Dried out Christmas trees are a major fire hazard we see constantly.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, an average of 160 homes fires are started by Christmas trees, resulting in up to $10 million in property damage annually. The primary causes of such fires are lighting or electrical equipment. Nearly one in five Christmas tree fires were started by decorative lighting.
Dried out or dead trees increase the chances of fire occurring. A dried-out Christmas tree typically takes less than a minute to burn whereas a well-watered tree can take several minutes to fully burn. Within 70 seconds, an entire room can become engulfed in flames by a flashover. A flashover is a near-simultaneous ignition of most of the directly exposed combustible material in an enclosed area.
Real Christmas trees are three times more likely to cause a fire than fake trees. If you have a real tree and it is dried out, time to take it out. If you experience fire damage this winter or any disaster in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Glen Burnie at 410-766-1110!
The Right Fire Extinguisher for You
Stay safe from cooking fires this holiday season!
SERVPRO of Glen Burnie sees a lot of fires. Many fires start in the kitchen and might be easily extinguished if the property owner had a fire extinguisher. We obtained the following list so you can select the best fire extinguisher for your property:
Class A: This is the most common extinguisher and can be used to put out fires in ordinary combustibles such as cloth, wood, rubber, paper, and many plastics.
Class B: Used on fires involving flammable liquids, such as grease, gasoline, and oil.
Class C: Designed for fires involving appliances, tools, or other equipment electronically energized or plugged in.
Class D: For use on flammable metals; often specific for the type of metal in question. These are typically found in factories.
Class K: Intended for use on fires that involve vegetable oils, animal oils, or fats in cooking appliances. Generally found in commercial kitchens.
Did you know cooking equipment is the leading cause of residential fires? As the holiday season begins and you find yourself in the kitchen more often while hosting friends and family, fire precautions should be top of mind. Plan this season to help ensure it is safe and fire-free.
Freeze Winter Fires
Heating units, holiday decorations, winter storms, burning candles. Do you know what all these things have in common? They increase the risk of house fires during the winter months. Luckily for Anne Arundel County residents, SERPVRO of Glen Burnie has some tips on each of these factors that may help reduce the risk of fires in your homes.
In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel are potential sources of carbon monoxide. These carbon monoxide incidents are more common in the winter months due to the increased usage of heating and cooking equipment in the during the holidays.
Most of the United States is at risk for winter storms, which can often bring dangerous, life-threatening conditions. Wind blowing snow, extreme temperatures, icy road conditions, down trees and power lines can all cause major disruptions to our daily schedules. Stay alert with changing weather conditions and only drive in wintry conditions if necessary.
Portable generators can be useful when a power outage occurs, but many homeowners are unaware that the improper use of these generators is risky. Again, carbon monoxide poisoning is one of the most common dangerous associated with portable generators. Electrical shock and fire hazards also pose a threat when using these generators.
Candle fires peak in the months of December and January by 11 in each of these months. Christmas is the peak day of the year for candle fires. If you have company at your house this year, don’t forget about your candles
Electrical home fires are a leading cause of home fires in the United States. Half of all fires, according to the NFPA involved electrical distribution or lighting equipment, while the other half involved other types of electrical equipment or appliances.
We hope these tips help you stay safe during the winter this year. If disaster strikes, call SERVPRO of Glen Burnie at 410-766-1110 and we can make any size disaster “Like it never even happened.”
Fire and Water Damage Specialists
SERVPRO of Glen Burnie is dedicated to responding immediately when you need help with a fire or water damage event. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost. We are available 24 hours and day, 7 days a week.
We are Fire and Water Damage Specialists
SERVPRO of Glen Burnie specializes in fire and water damage restoration. Our technicians have extensive training and equipment to get you back to preloss condition. Our technicians are experts in fire & smoke restoration, odor identification and removal, upholstery & fabric cleaning, and water damage restoration.
SERVPRO of Glen Burnie offers:
- Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
- Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
- Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
- Cleaning and Repair
We know how devastating a fire can be. Fire and water damage can leave your home unsafe and unlivable. We clean and restore your property using specialized equipment and cleaning techniques so you can get back to your everyday life.
Tips for Saving your Business from Water Damage
Flooding and water damage can cause serious long-lasting effects and can often be complex with numerous issues that may require a knowledgeable and flexible response. When dealing with a flooding or water damage event at Glen Burnie commercial properties, our professionals work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate and treat the damaged area. Whether a small water cleanup or a large-scale loss, we care for your commercial property and understand that every minute your business is not open is detrimental. Here are some things you can do in the event of water damage before help arrives:
- Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source
- Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution system is safe
- Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting
- Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps or tabletop items
For more tips on what to do, visit our website at https://www.SERVPROglenburnie.com/ or call us today at 410-766-1110. If you or your business experience a loss due to water damage or flooding, contact us and our SERVPRO professionals will arrive faster to any size disaster.
What to do and NOT to do after a fire in your home!
A backdraft of emotions often sweeps over homeowners after a fire ravages their home. Fear, uncertainty, stress and doubt about the future of the property can be overwhelming well after the flames have been extinguished. After the first wave of heroes have rescued the property, call SERVPRO of Glen Burnie to help you restore it. With the industry-approved, cutting-edge technology and open communication, we strive to not only restore your home, but your peace of mind as well. While you wait for our SERVPRO professionals to arrive, there are a few things you can do until help arrives:
- Limit movement in the house to prevent soot particles from spreading
- Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery to help preserve it
- Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances in petroleum jelly or oil
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet
- Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces
- Do not clean any electrical equipment
- Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner
The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make a massive difference between restoring versus replacing your belongings. Luckily for you, SERVPRO of Glen Burnie offers a variety of services to help ensure your property, belongings, and memories are restored to their preloss condition.
Fire Safety for the Holidays!
House fires are more common in the winter than any other season. The reasons for this are because of the use of more candles, excessive cooking, Christmas trees, holiday decorations and heaters. Modern homes also have more synthetic materials that are likely to burn quicker, making fires even more dangerous. That is why it is important for you and your family to know how to take precautionary measures to avoid this disaster.
SERVPRO of Glen Burnie recognizes the threats to your home and wants to keep you safe during the holidays. Here are a few fire safety tips for the coming months:
- Make sure you have working smoke detectors. Check and test your smoke detectors once a month to ensure they are working properly.
- Never keep anything within three feet of your space heater and turn it off before you go to bed to avoid overheating.
- Do NOT leave any cooking food unattended. It is easy to get distracted during the holiday season with friends and family but always remember your food comes first!
- Do NOT leave candles unattended or within a foot of anything flammable. Do not forget about your candles and remember to put them out if you leave the room or go to bed.
Stay safe from fires during the holiday season and contact SERVPRO of Glen Burnie if your home happens to be affected by a fire. Our trained professionals can make any size disaster “Like it never even happened.”
What Can SERVPRO Offer You?
When most people hear the name SERVPRO, they often think of fire and water restoration and that is it. SERVPRO offers several quality cleaning services for all types of emergency needs. SERVPRO of Glen Burnie has trained professionals who are committed to providing quality services for you and your community. Here are some of the services SERVPRO has to offer:
- Fire, smoke and soot cleanup and restoration.
- Water removal and dehumidification.
- Crime scene, biohazard and vandalism cleanup.
- Mold mitigation and remediation.
- Contents claim inventory service.
- Air duct and HVAC cleaning.
- Carpet and hard floor cleaning and care.
- Stain removal and stain resistance applications.
- Odor identification and deodorization.
- Upholstery and drapes cleaning methods.
If you or anyone you know needs any of these services listed, contact SERVPRO of Glen Burnie at 410-766-1110.
Our 1-4-8 Service Response Guideline
Our SERVPRO professionals will always try to be faster to any size disaster.
SERVPRO of Glen Burnie knows there’s no such thing as a small emergency when it threatens the welfare of the tenants and the revenue of the property owner. From a burst pipe in an office building to faulty wiring in an apartment complex, SERVPRO of Glen Burnie has the experience you need for all your fire and water losses.
To differentiate us from our competitors, SERVPRO has instilled a 1-4-8 service response guideline for all franchises to aid every customer. These guidelines are as follows:
1 – Within one hour from notice of a loss, our SERVPRO professionals will contact you to arrange for service. This one hour takes into account the 30 minutes for our Call Center to dispatch the loss and another 30 minutes for the franchise to call the customer.
4 – Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO professional will be on-site to start mitigation services if necessary.
8 – Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the proper person. Our franchise will commit to providing this verbal briefing to the adjuster within these 8 hours.
Our SERVPRO professionals will work hard and fast to restore your property and its contents to preloss condition.