Fire Prevention Week
This year, Fire Prevention Week in the United States is from October 6th through October 12th. According to the National Archives and Records Administration’s Library Information Center, fire prevention week is on Record as the longest running public health observance.
The first National fire prevention week was October 4th through the 10th in 1925. This started a tradition of the President of the United States signing a proclamation of recognition for the annual occasion. The yearly event falls on the week of October 9th and runs Sunday through Saturday.
The week is in commemoration with the "Great Chicago Fire". The Great Chicago Fire took place on October 8th-9th 1871. This dreadful fire burned over 2,000 acres, destroyed over 17,400 structures, left 100,000 people homeless, and killed more than 250 people. Legend has it, the fire started after a cow kicked over a lamp.
To celebrate, Lexington, Kentucky has an annual "Fire Prevention and Wellness Festival". This year the festival will be held on October 13th at Masterson Station Park. SERVPRO will have a booth at the festival to promote fire safety. This is a free family event with health screenings, fire truck rides, fire demonstrations, food, bouncy houses, pony rides, games and more. Come visit SERVPRO's booth at the Fire Prevention and Wellness Festival.
Sprinkler Mishap at Local University
In early summer, a sprinkler burst in a building on one of our local campuses. SERVPRO was more than happy to help our local university. There was standing water in the floor of the building when SERVPRO arrived on the scene. The sprinkler had dispensed water on the floors and the ceilings. When water damage is concerned, it is important to act relatively quick to ensure that the damage is contained. If the situation gets much worse, it can advance to more than just water damage.
Typically, if the water is extracted, properly dried out and restored, the area affected should be alright. The area needs to be dried out within 48 hours. However, 24 hours is ideal. It takes mold 24 to 48 hours to begin growing in the ideal conditions. Sometimes, if not dried properly, mold will start growing but not visible just yet. When the water eventually dries, it will begin to show spots on the walls.
Luckily, in this case at our local university, SERVPRO acted quickly. SERVPRO knows the risks of water damage worsening and are always on the scene as soon as possible. The water was dried and the job done efficiently. SERVPRO is always happy to help.
Flooding in Southern Wisconsin
Two years ago, our SERVPRO of Lexington team went to Southern Wisconsin to help with the aftermath of the strong storms and heavy rain. The areas most affected were Lake Geneva, Kenosha and Trevor. The southern region of the state was hit the hardest due to the lakes and water surrounding the area.
SERVPRO of Lexington is always here to help the local community but is also happy to travel to assist other parts of the United States. The goal of our SERVPRO team is to always make your damaged home or business look "Like it never even happened."
Not only is SERVPRO of Lexington happy to help, but our team is the best at what they do! Each team member is highly trained in storm and water damage clean up. We use specialized drying equipment and techniques to ensure premium results. We are always ready to help in a time of need!
Fire at Local Home
In the beginning of summer, a local home caught fire. SERVPRO of Lexington arrived promptly to help get the restoration process started. SERVPRO is the first to arrive after the local firefighters leave. Fire damage is an overwhelming thought for a home owner. That's why SERVPRO is here to help with customers overwhelming instances.
It is important to remember all SERVPRO employees that deal with fire damage and restoration are highly trained in this area. The first thing a SERVPRO employee does when arriving to the scene is, do an estimate. Next, they check and see if any water damage took place from the fire fighters. Then, tear out damaged materials and clean the objects that can still be saved.
In any case of fire restoration, it is important to call professionals quickly. Unfortunately, what a fire leaves behind can continue to affect the damaged area. Effects from fire can include odors or discoloration. Therefore, it's important to call SERVPRO to get the job done!
The Mold after a Storm
A little while ago, SERVPRO of Lexington traveled to another city to repair some storm damage. While storm damage was the main priority, we also had some other issues to address in the area. Unfortunately, when there is storm and water damage, sometimes it causes mold to grow. This is what happened in this instance. Luckily, SERVPRO quickly tackled the part of the ceiling affected by mold. Before too long, our customer was able to get back to business.
A lot of the time, it can be confusing what exactly causes mold. One might question- Why would it arrive on your ceiling in the aftermath of a storm? Well, the most common causes of mold happen when water meets cold surfaces. Mold has tiny spores. These spores begin to reproduce and grow when landing on moist surfaces. Any moisture at all will help the growing process of mold.
However, it is nice to know, if you ever run into a "mold problem" call SERVPRO. We are happy to help!
Mold after a burst pipe
Have you ever gone on vacation to come return and find mold somewhere in your home? This happened to a local family not too long ago, and SERVPRO was there to help!
A pipe had busted behind the local family's fridge. First, there was water damage on the wall. Then, mold damage occurred later. The first plan of action was to remove the molded materials. Then we set up drying equipment to help dry the areas that were still wet.
Once mold is spotted, it is important to begin the removal process because mold can spread quickly. It tends to be found in damp, warm places, such as, our bathrooms or any type of plumbing area. Unfortunately, some people have a mold allergy which is another reason for a prompt removal.
Luckily, the family that found mold on their arrival home noticed it immediately and SERVPRO was quick to respond. We employ only highly trained professionals that are especially trained in this field.
Storm Repair in West Plains Missouri
Two years ago, the town of West Plains, Missouri had a terrible storm. The heavy rain and severe storms caused the water to rise way higher than the average spring storm. The town of West Plains, Missouri is tucked away in the middle of the Ozark mountain range. So, they have experienced their fair share of weather damage.
This time around, SERVPRO of Lexington was called over to help a commercial business in West Plains. The store helped by our team was just one of many businesses in the area affected by the strong storm. The aftermath included knocked over vehicles and damaged property in the local area.
SERVPRO of Lexington was happy to travel to Missouri to help with the damage in the ceilings of the store and the large warehouse. Our team is specially trained for these exact circumstances we experienced and happy to travel anywhere to get the job done!
Important Do's and Don'ts for Clean Water Damage
- Stop the source of the water.
- Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping or blotting.
- Wipe excess water from wood furnishings after removing any contents lying on the surface.
- Be aware of potential electrical hazards. Do not attempt to vacuum up water with standard vacuum equipment.
- Clearly designate wet areas with floor signs and safety tape.
- Pad or block wood furniture to prevent permanent staining of carpet.
- Carefully remove colored items from affected areas, especially those in contact with carpet and upholstery.
- Remove and prop wet upholstery and pillow cushions for even drying.
- Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
- Do not attempt to use electrical devices exposed to moisture or use unexposed electrical devices while standing on wet floors- especially wet concrete.
- Do not turn on ceiling fans or light fixtures if ceiling is wet. Avoid standing beneath sagging ceilings.
Important Do's and Don'ts for Fire and Smoke Damage
- Limit movement in the area to prevent further damage.
- Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
- Clearly mark the area with caution signs and safety tape.
- If area is safe, list vital contents for emergency restoration/priority service.
- Be sure your staff wears proper personal protection equipment.
- Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
- Wash off both sides of leaves on indoor plants.
- Change HVAC filters and tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.
- Do not attempt to wash walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO Professional.
- Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first contacting your local SERVPRO Professional.
- Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances, computers, television, radios, etc., that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first contacting an authorized repair service.
Reduce Business Interruption by Planning for it Now.
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 has a preparedness plan in place. Pre- planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don't necessarily have to be.
By developing a "SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile" for your 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.
Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it's a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, "Are you Ready for whatever happens?"