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Is Your Business at Risk for an Electrical Fire?

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

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Electrical accidents that occur in an office environment are usually a result of faulty or defective equipment, unsafe installation, or misuse of equipment – specifically, extension cords, power strips and surge protectors.  

To protect against electrical fire, SERVPRO of Glen Burnie recommends: 

  • Make sure the electrical load is not too much for the circuit. 
  • Avoid overloading outlets with too many appliances. Never plug in more than one high-wattage appliance at a time. 
  • Unplug appliances when not in use to save energy and minimize the risk of shock and fire. 
  • Inspect electrical cords once a month to ensure they are not frayed, cracked or otherwise damaged. 
  • Do not run electrical cords through high-traffic areas, under carpets or across doorways. 
  • Have a licensed electrician install additional outlets where needed, rather than relying on extension cords and power strips. 

So, what do you do if you see an electrical fire? 

  1. Never put water on an electrical fire. Mixing water with live electricity can shock you to death. 
  1. Shut the electricity down in the building if you can. This should slow the progression of the fire, possibly saving other areas that have not yet been affected. Make sure that you know where the circuit box is and that it is easily accessible and not obstructed by any other objects. 
  1. After the electricity has been shut off, use a Class C Fire extinguisher to put out the local flames. Make sure that you and occupants know exactly where the fire extinguishers are and have them inspected regularly so they are at the ready. Also ensure that Class C fire extinguishers are placed near locations where there is a higher risk of fire (kitchens, workshops, utility rooms, etc.). 
  1. Even if you are able to get the fire under control yourself, do not turn the electricity back on until the fire department has a chance to inspect the area. 

Annapolis, Glen Burnie, Pasadena and surrounding areas see too many home and business fires. Protect your business. 

Choose the Right Fire Extinguisher

12/3/2020 (Permalink)

flame background with red fire extinguisher Fire Extinguisher

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’ve come up with 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. 

Is That Mold You’re Eating?

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

bread and cheese Fold or Mold

Molds are microscopic fungi that can live on plant or animal matter.  It is estimated that over 300,000 types of mold or fungi exist. Some molds cause health effects.  

Other molds are safe to eat and are even considered delicacies.  Here is a list of some of those foods: 

Brie. Brie is a soft, creamy, buttery cheese that originated in France and is produced internationally. It has a creamy interior with a soft, bloomy, edible rind of white mold

Blue Cheese. The mold on blue cheese is from the same family of spores used to make Penicillin, which makes it safe to eat. If you take it out of the fridge and notice that it's begun to develop fuzzy gray or black splotches of mold or is showing pink and yellow yeast spots, then it's time to ditch it. 

Mushrooms. A mushroom is the reproductive structure produced by some fungi. It is somewhat like the fruit of a plant, except that the "seeds" it produces are in fact millions of microscopic spores that form in the gills or pores underneath the mushroom's cap.   

You may enjoy eating brie, blue cheese, and mushrooms, but some mold that can be found in your property can cause respiratory illness. If you suspect mold growth in your property, give SERVPRO of Glen Burnie a call. We are here to help. 

Attic Fire

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

child's bedroom with ceiling damage from attic fire Fire Damage

Recently, SERVPRO of Glen Burnie worked with a homeowner whose property suffered an attic fire. What surprised the homeowner was the water damage that came with extinguishing the fire. For homeowners, putting out a fire can be worse than the fire itself.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers the following eye-opening statistics on structure fires: more than one-quarter (27%) of reported fires occurred in homes within the last year. Even worse, 79% of fire-related deaths were caused by home fires.

After any fire, limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring. If you can, place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery.

With this particular fire, our IICRC certified fire restoration team was at the property two hours after the fire occurred. As a trusted leader in the fire restoration industry, our Crew Chief went to work on assessing the fire, soot, smoke, and water damage.

When fire and water damage strikes, a fast response is critical. SERVPRO OF Glen Burnie is dedicated to responding immediately, day or night, to your home or business. A faster response helps to prevent secondary damage and to reduce cost.

Three Home Appliances That Can Cause Water Damage

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

laundry room showing washer and dryer Check the Washing Machine Water Line

SERVPRO of Glen Burnie wants Pasadena homeowners to avoid any potential water damage. To ensure that your appliances are in good working condition, we suggest you get the following appliances checked once a year: 

Washing Machine

When a washing machine has a small leak, it can appear to be a small issue. Although a small leak seems to be a minor, it should not be ignored. We have experienced small pinhole leaks in a water supply line that have broken into an all-out basement flood. To prevent water damage, check the connecting hoses leading to your washing machine a couple of times per year.

In some cases, you may want to install an automatic shutoff valve to the water supply line for their washing machines. Most water shut off valves on washing machines work because they automatically shut the water entering the washing machine once a full cycle is complete. The valve will remain closed until the next person is looking to wash the laundry. 

Refrigerator Water Line

Everyone enjoys the convenience of an automatic ice maker. Did you know it can also be the culprit of household floods? Our SERVPRO of  Glen Burnie crews have dried water damage caused by the water line that supplies an ice maker. When the water line gets damaged, they can leak or, worse yet, become completely unattached. We know it might be a hassle to get behind your refrigerator, but it is essential to waterline periodically for crimps and make sure the valve connection is secure. 

Dishwasher

Your dishwasher has a supply line just like your refrigerator and washing machine. If a dishwasher water supply line bursts, your kitchen will be filled with water after a wash and rinse cycle. In some of our more severe water damages caused by dishwashers, we have seen a dishwasher back up. Backup typically occurs when debris clogs the drain, and the water has nowhere to go. 

SERVPRO of Glen Burnie recommends routine inspection of the hoses and connections to your water-based appliances. These are three of the most common home-owner water damage that our team sees. 

If your Glen Burnie property suffers water damage, call SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore as soon as possible. Our team is available 24/7 at (410) 766-1110.

Great Customer Service

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

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Did you know each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated? SERVPRO of Glen Burnie is owned by Diane and Nick Whittles. Both Diane and Nick have spent her entire life in Anne Arundel County, and are proud of the business they’ve created.

Diane became the owner of SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park after her husband passed away in 2012.  All of our franchises are a woman-owned minority business enterprise and certified by the state of Maryland.  Since Diane’s time at the helm, she has grown the business exponentially. In 2018, she purchased her third SERVPRO franchise, SERVPRO OF Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore and in September 2020, she partnered with her son Nick to purchase SERVPRO of Glen Burnie.

SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park has been so successful because of the team Diane has put together. The team is well-trained and highly educated. Team members communicate well with each other and work hard to ensure customer satisfaction. This is why our customers work with SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park and now, SERVPRO of Glen Burnie.

We Work With Hoarders

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

messy house full of old toys kitchen utensils We Help Hoarders

According to the Mayo Clinic:

"Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of actual value, occurs.

Hoarding often creates such cramped living conditions that homes may be filled to capacity, with only narrow pathways winding through stacks of clutter. Countertops, sinks, stoves, desks, stairways and virtually all other surfaces are usually piled with stuff. And when there's no more room inside, the clutter may spread to the garage, vehicles, yard and other storage facilities.

Hoarding ranges from mild to severe. In some cases, hoarding may not have much impact on your life, while in other cases it seriously affects your functioning on a daily basis."

Do you live with a hoarder or have a family member of friend with a hoarding problem?  

SERVPRO of Glen Burnie can help with hoarding cleanup. Do you or someone you know need help with hoarding? Call us at 410-766-1110! We are here to help!

Does Storm Water Need To Be Removed Immediately?

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

drywall removed from wall with water damage Glen Burnie Water Damage

When it comes to water damage in a Glen Burnie home or at BWI Airport, it’s important to remove the water as quickly as possible in order to avoid additional damage. Water damage can quickly lead to mold damage within 48 hours, especially when combined with the heat and humidity that we experience here in Anne Arundel County.

SERVPRO of Glen Burnie is the cleanup team that is faster to any size disaster. Recently, Hurricane Isaias dumped up to 6 inches of rain on Maryland. A small leak from flood waters now could blossom into a big claim later.

No matter what time of day or night, water damage is an emergency. Emergency mitigation means under our SERVPRO of Glen Burnie can be onsite within 4 hours to begin drying your building and restoring contents.

Water from a hurricane or from a pipe leak needs to be mitigated quickly, trust our SERVPRO of Glen Burnie team to ensure your property is taken care of in a timely manner.

Do you have an Emergency Storm Kit?

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

emergency supplies Emergency Kit

In a year filled with the unexpected, one thing that we have learned is that it pays to be prepared. After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days.

Your basic emergency supply kit should include these recommended items:

  • Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)
  • Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
  • Manual can opener (for food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

For more suggestions visit Ready.Gov

If a storm does cause damage to your property, SERVPRO of Glen Burnie is here to help. 

Are you Prepared for a Fire?

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

Diane Whittles standing next to the microwave Kitchen Safety

This year the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) set aside October 4-10, 2020 as fire prevention week. The 2020 theme was, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” This topic works to educate everyone about the simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves, and those around them, safe in the kitchen. Does your family have a fire evacuation plan? 

To ensure the fastest emergency evacuation plan, consider the following:

  1. Start your fire evacuation plan with a map. This map should include locations of exits, assembly points, and equipment (such as fire extinguishers) that may be needed in an emergency. Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors. Also, mark the location of each smoke alarm.
  2. A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.
  3. When you walk through your plan, check to make sure the escape routes are clear and doors and windows can be opened easily.
  4. Choose an outside meeting place (i.e. neighbor's house, a light post, mailbox, or stop sign) a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they've escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.
  5. Go outside to see if your street number is clearly visible from the road. If not, paint it on the curb or install house numbers to ensure that responding emergency personnel can find your home.
  6. Have everyone memorize the emergency phone number of the fire department. That way any member of the household can call from a neighbor's home or a cellular phone once safely outside.

Now that you have your plan in place, make sure you practice it every year.