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4 Fire Safety Tips for Kids

4/26/2023 (Permalink)

4 Fire Safety Tips for Kids

Worksheets, activities, and lessons to teach your kids about fire safety and prevention.

1. Go to a firefighter in an emergency. Young children may be scared when they see a firefighter in full gear. Explain to children

  • What firefighters wear and why.
  • How a firefighter can help if there is a fire.

Contact your local fire station to arrange a tour. The children can learn about the equipment and become familiar with what firefighters look like and what they do.

2. Crawl low under smoke.

  • Tell children that some fires make lots of smoke, which is dangerous to breathe.
  • Show them how to respond when a room fills with smoke: get on your hands and knees, keep your head up, and crawl outside.
  • Ask children to practice with you. Lead them in, crawling across the room with their heads up. 

3. Stop, drop, and roll. When children’s clothes catch fire, their first reaction may be to run. This can make the fire spread faster. Show children the safest way to respond:  

  • Stop, cover your face, get down on the ground, and roll from side to side until you smother the fire.
  • Ask children to practice with you a few times and then split them into pairs. Children can take turns demonstrating to their partners. 

4. Tell a grown-up. Emphasize to children that match and lighters are tools that only adults use.

  • Tell children that they should not play with or even touch these materials.
  • Explain that they should tell a grown-up immediately if they find a match or lighter.
  • Role-play with children in small groups about what to do when they find these materials.

How to Control Mold Before it Starts

1/29/2023 (Permalink)

The most important step is to act within the first 24 to 48 Hours!

  • Correct any water leaks or standing water.
  • Remove standing water under cooling coils or air handling units.
  • Properly maintain humidifiers, if used.
  • Replace wet or visibly moldy insulation materials. 

Proper Maintenance Saves Money

Estimates made by the World Health Organization say that poor indoor air quality costs $60 billion in employee sick leave and lost production.

If you are a property manager, part of your responsibility to the tenants, workers, and students who work and play in your buildings includes proper maintenance and prompt response to any situation that could cause illness or health concerns. A SERVPRO of Farmington is available when it matters.

The SERVPRO Difference

  • Reduce the potential for mold growth.
  • Remediate bacteria, fungi, and mold.
  • Restore peak energy efficiency.
  • Eliminate offensive odors. 

Commercial Water Damage

1/29/2023 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Farmington, we understand that when a commercial water emergency occurs in your business, it is important that the issue is mitigated quickly and efficiently. During these emergencies, it is not just the building that needs to be backed up and functioning but the materials and equipment you use daily that allow your business to be successful.  

SERVPRO of Farmington can save things like office furniture, desks, and even sensitive information that may be stored in the office with our document restoration service. We are in the business of restoring these items that may have been damaged during your water emergency. We always attempt to salvage anything damaged because we understand that it can keep the cost down for you, the insurance company, and the value it has to your company. If an item can be saved or restored, it is worth the time to do so.  

SERVPRO of Farmington works tirelessly to treat your items with special care to protect them. Our team is trained to keep your items from damage while we do work. Our content specialists do wonders with your clean-up on all types of materials.  

Trust that SERVPRO of Farmington keeps in mind that time down for your business, is money lost. Our team will work around the clock to ensure it is “Like it never even happened” and your business is back up and running!

Reconstruction vs New Construction

1/29/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Farmington helps ensure your finished projects always look their best.

Post Construction Cleaning

Once the floors are down and the drywall is up, it's time to remove the debris and dirt to lay carpet, paint, and decorate. SERVPRO of Farmington can provide debris removal services to prepare the building for interior design.

Dehumidification and Drying 

During the construction phase, a building can trap moisture. Excessive moisture could result in mold growth. If you think one of your projects may have moisture issues, rely on SERVPRO of Farmington to provide the help you need to eliminate moisture and prevent the potential for mold growth.

Final Cleaning

You want the facility to look its best when the doors open. SERVPRO of Farmington provides cleaning services to give the building that extra shine. Services include:

  • Carpet, resilient and non-resilient floor prep and finish
  • Ceiling, walls, and fixture cleaning
  • Deodorization
  • Air Duct Cleaning
  • Debris Removal (if necessary)
  • Window Cleaning

When The Unexpected Happens... Call SERVPRO of Farmington

The last thing you need is fire damage, water intrusion or mold growth slowing down or stopping the completion of one of your projects. SERVPRO of Farmington provides 24- hour emergency mitigation, cleanup, and restoration services to help you get back on schedule quickly.

You Start It... We'll Help You Finish It

Structural integrity, materials, labor, safety, customer satisfaction, and deadlines - the list goes on when building a commercial facility. The bottom line is that you are responsible for keeping the doors open on time.

SERVPRO of Farmington can help you meet your deadlines by providing thorough post-construction services promptly. These services include:

  • Post-Construction Cleaning
  • Dehumidification and Drying
  • Final Cleaning
  • Fast-Track Drying
  • Emergency Response Restoration and Cleanup Services

Rely on SERVPRO of Farmington to help ensure your post-construction cleanup gets done as quickly as possible.

We make it "Like it never even happened." 

Prepare for Pet Safety

1/29/2023 (Permalink)

Pets are family, too!

A fire emergency can occur in our servicing areas at any given moment. Though unexpected, it can be instrumental in having already a strategy in place for everyone, pets included, in your home to evacuate and meet in a safe location. While you should always be most focused on keeping yourself and your family safe, you can be better prepared to keep your pets safe during a fire emergency by following these safety tips:

Practice Evacuating

In the confusion and fear caused by a fire, it can be hard to think of everything you need to do at that moment. If you already have a plan and practice it a couple of times, you can be more prepared to handle a fire emergency. This can be helpful for pet safety and the safety of everyone in your household.

Notice Your Pets Location

An important part of the planning process can be knowing where your pets spend most of their time. It can be especially helpful to note where they hide when frightened, maybe during a thunder or lightning storm. You don’t want to put yourself or your family at risk by spending too much time searching for your dog or cat during a fire emergency.

Keep Any Collars and Leashes Nearby

Fire emergencies can be especially frightening to pets. By keeping their collars, leashes, or carriers handy, you can more easily lead them safely out of the house. If you cannot find your pets, it can be easier for the fire department to get them out if they are wearing collars. It can be a good idea to hang leashes by the door you plan to evacuate through.

Kitchen Fire Safety

9/15/2022 (Permalink)

From 2010-2014, the U.S. fire department s responded to an average of 166,100 home structure fires that involved cooking equipment per year.  These fires caused an average of 480 civilian fire deaths, 5,540 civilian fire injuries, and $1.1 billion in direct property damage.

Here are a few tips on how to prevent kitchen fires and keep your family safe.

  • Stay in the kitchen do not leave food unattended on the stove.
  • Watch your clothing. Keep long flowing sleeves and large fitting shirts tied back while cooking.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher near or in the kitchen
  • Do not leave towels or oven mitts close to the hot burner.
  • Change the batteries in your smoke detector regularly.

For smoke or fire damage call SERVPRO of Farmington; we are always here to help! (573) 756-5191

Two Minutes and Counting

9/15/2022 (Permalink)

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home, you may have just two minutes to escape?

The most effective way to protect yourself and your home is to identify and remove fire hazards. 60 percent of house fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. During a home fire, working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives.

Fire Safety Tips

  • If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL for help.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Test smoke alarms once a month; if they’re not working, change the batteries.
  • Talk with all household members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.

Fire and smoke damage is especially destructive. In many instances, your Farmington, MO property will suffer water damage from firefighting efforts. We specialize in fire and water damage restoration; it’s the cornerstone of our business. We have specialized equipment, specific training, and certifications that allow us to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

We understand you may be feeling confused, stressed, and more than a little vulnerable. Our technicians will treat your family with empathy and your home with great care. Until help arrives, please refer to our Fire Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differ greatly and require a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Farmington is locally owned and operated and we are proud to be part of this community. We are also part of a national network of over 1,650 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large-scale fire, water, and storm disasters.

Stay Off Flooded Roads

4/12/2022 (Permalink)

Flooding in the street.

It can be frustrating to be stuck inside your house when it’s flooding, but it is important that you avoid driving in this situation. A flooded street may seem easy to handle, but it can be a risk to your safety. The following are just a few reasons why it is best to stay off the roads during a severe storm.

One reason to avoid flooded roads is that it can cause serious damage to your vehicle. Your car is not made to be driven in water, so it does not have the necessary equipment to protect it. If water enters your engine, it can cause it to stop functioning correctly and leave you with massive repair bills. Areas of your car may rust, and electronic components can be ruined.

Even if you think the road looks safe, there might be something lurking beneath the water’s surface. A flooded street may be hiding potholes, tree branches and debris from the storm. Any of these could damage your car and make it more difficult for you to drive safely.

Whether you have been driving for a few years or a few decades, you cannot be prepared for everything. Even a long history of driving experience is not enough to keep you safe during a flood. Moving water in a flooded street can easily sweep your car away and create an incredibly dangerous situation. Just a few inches of water can cause you to hydroplane and result in a crash.

One of the best travel tips for driving during a flood is simply not to do it. Stay put if possible and, once the water has receded, you can find a more comfortable place to stay while an emergency restoration company performs any necessary repairs on your damaged home.

Call SERVPRO of Farmington 573-756-5191.

Who Should You Use?

4/12/2022 (Permalink)

Give us a call! 573-756-5191

Emergency situations usually call for quick reaction. In cases where a home or business structure is being compromised by unhealthy and/or unsafe conditions, SERVPRO of Farmington is the-fast-response you need to get relief.  Chaotic situations can be handled or endured in an orderly fashion with professionals and the right tools applied. When you must choose your clean-up/restoration specialist, you are likely considering a few important things:

  • Convenient location
  • 24/7 availability
  • Professionalism
  • Efficiency
  • Honesty
  • Experience
  • Latest equipment

SERVPRO of Farmington is the answer.

In a problematic and possibly chaotic situation, remember, we’re here to help. SERVPRO of Farmington are business owners, homeowners and renters just like you so we understand the initial needs. Our promise to you is to provide the same quality and integrity based service that we, as your neighbor, may also need in the future.

Document Restoration

4/11/2022 (Permalink)

Need your documents saved? Call us 573-756-5191.

In the aftermath of a disaster, some of your most valued contents (documents, photographs, and books) could be lost forever. At SERVPRO we understand the importance of these items, as well as they may be essential to running your business. Timely mitigation is key to recovering damaged possessions. We have years of experience and state-of-the-art technology, our team of professionals will help recover your belongings before it is too late. 

At SERVPRO of Farmington, we use the latest vacuum freeze-drying method, as well as gamma irradiation technology for sterilizing. Our facility is secure and managed by HIPPA Master-certified technicians. We use 24/7 surveillance to protect the security and confidentiality of your documents. In the unfortunate event that we cannot save and restore your documents, we offer certified destruction and disposal of classified documentation. This can protect your business's liabilities, brand image, or property information. 

Types of content SERVPRO can restore:

  • paper documents
  • books & magazines
  • manuscripts & files
  • photographs, films, negatives & microfiche
  • x-rays
  • blueprints & maps
  • parchment 

For document restoration backed by state-of-the-art equipment call SERVPRO of 573-756-5191.