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Understanding the Process and Reducing Risk During Biohazard Cleanup

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

Biohazard Understanding the Process and Reducing Risk During Biohazard Cleanup SERVPRO of Grosse Pointe is certified to remove and cleanup any biohazard situation.

Dissecting Biohazard Cleanup: Understanding the Process and Reducing Risk

By Tim Reifsteck

When compared to a fire or water loss, property damage resulting from a suicide, murder or unattended death poses greater risk and complexity for the adjuster, the biohazard cleanup company, and of course, the policyholder. Many cleaning and restoration companies will offer bioremediation services, but only those that specialize in this area, like SERVPRO of Grosse Pointe, truly understand the science and intricacies of the bioremediation and decontamination process. In order to minimize risk for the insurance carrier and ensure the safety of the policy holder, it’s important to realize the inherent challenges of bioremediation and the processes and standards that every biohazard cleanup professional must adhere to.

Am I liable for an improper biohazard cleanup?

At some point in their careers, insurance professionals may have experienced sticker shock from a bioremediation claim. How could the biohazard cleanup of a single room cost more than recovering an entirely flooded home? It might be tempting to retain a trusted property damage restoration company at a lower cost, but doing so may put the insurer at risk for a lawsuit.

Consider a recent case where a general cleaning company was hired to sanitize a home after 600 pounds of deer meat rotted in a family’s garage due to a power outage. Following the cleaning, the homeowners reported that the rotting stench still remained throughout the house and that some family members became ill. Experts who were brought in to investigate the situation determined that the enduring smell and sickness resulted from inefficiencies in the cleaning process, such as the failure to seal concrete surfaces.

Why is bioremediation so complex?

Many biohazard situations pose grave health risks to policy holders and cleanup companies because of the potential exposure to bloodborne pathogens. One out of every 24 people has Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or HIV and these pathogens can survive in a deceased person for a considerable amount of time – up to 16 days after death, depending on the temperature and surrounding environment. Exposure to bloodborne viruses can occur due to direct contact with non-intact skin, accidental injury from biological fragments, inhalation and exposure from splashes of blood or bio fluid to the eyes, nose, or mouth. Considering the health risks, bioremediation specialists must follow stringent employee safety regulations and meticulous decontamination procedures that most cleanup crews are not accustomed to.

Separately, biohazard situations can lead to hidden dangers that an average property restoration technician might not even consider. For example, in a water damage emergency, floor boards and drywall might be removed because they are visibly warped and unsalvageable. Then the rest of the structure can be dried out. In contrast, blood can seep through grout and in-between floorboards, even through subflooring. There is no other way to clean the damage but to remove all affected materials – if new wood floors are installed over the blood spill or if tiles are simply wiped down, the remaining bio matter can spread disease, release odors and further damage the property.

How do I evaluate a bioremediation provider?

To determine whether or not a company is qualified to handle a biohazard situation, insurance professionals need a deeper understanding of proper bioremediation standards and what it takes to fully decontaminate a property. These are the key things to inquire about when choosing a vendor for a biohazard cleanup:

OSHA Compliance – These regulations are in place to protect the biohazard company employees and to prevent injury and potential liability for all involved. All supervisors and field technicians should be trained in the following OSHA programs: Bloodborne Pathogens, Personal Protective Equipment, Hazard Communication, Asbestos Awareness, Heat Illness, Fall Protection, Lift Safety, Lock Out – Tag Out, and Power Tool Safety. A common misstep among restoration companies is that they only comply with the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standards, instead of all the aforementioned areas.

EPA and State Environmental Agency Compliance – The disposal of medical waste must be in accordance with federal, state and/or local regulations. Not all biohazard remediation companies are licensed to transport or store medical waste so it’s essential to understand if/how they comply with the local and national standards. The cleaning company can incur hefty fines if medical waste is not disposed of properly. Also, employees need to be trained in the proper use of cleaning agents – this can be more complicated than it seems, as many agents will become inactive if not measured and diluted properly.

Reporting/Testing – A reputable company should be able to deliver a detailed report which catalogs every step of the cleanup process. This should include photos of the entire process as well, so the policy holder and adjuster understand why some structural materials needed to be removed, what was disposed, why the employees went through a certain amount of protective equipment, etc. They should also have equipment available to check for non-visible but active biological fluids and other contaminants so that it is certain when an area is considered disinfected.

Sensitivity Training – Dealing with a flood or fire can be extremely traumatic, but it does not compare to the loss of loved one. During these traumatic situations, the family members often stay at home so it is imperative that the workers in their home are compassionate and considerate. The biohazard cleanup specialists at SERVPRO of Grosse Pointe understand the need for the family to deal with only one point person in order to avoid confusion or conflicting updates. They have been trained to eliminate alarming language from their vocabulary and speak empathetically with the policyholder.

When it comes to biohazard remediation, there is no quick solution. The fact that there are no laws protecting policy holders through a biohazard cleaning process puts the responsibility on the insurance carrier to work with bioremediation specialists who follow strict safety standards and cleanup procedures. If the insurance carrier directs the cleanup process and even one of the above points is neglected, they might be held liable for any further health and property damages resulting from the improper cleanup. It is important to remember that you can’t put a price tag on the peace of mind that a policy holder needs after a traumatic crime or death occurred in their home or place of business.

Locally Owned Company with Valuable Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Grosse Pointe is strategically located to respond quickly to your water damage emergency and your mold cleanup. When there is mold in a home or business in Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Shores, Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe Woods, Harper Woods, Hazel Park, Warren, or Madison Heights, we have the resources and personnel to help get your home or business back together. Call us today! (313) 882-5499

Information provided by: http://www.claimsjournal.com/news/national/2013/10/22/238753.htm

Quickly Identifying and Remediating Mold in Your Home

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Quickly Identifying and Remediating Mold in Your Home This is mold from water damage on a ceiling. SERVPRO of Grosse Pointe has the resources & personnel to help get your home or business back together.

Identifying Mold & Mildew In your House

Quickly Identifying and Remediating Mold in Your Home

Mold causes the deterioration of organic matter. Dampness creates ideal conditions for mold, and it feeds off of organic materials such as drywall, wood or cloth. After water damage has occurred, mold can begin growing in as quickly as two days.

This means that standing water needs to be removed and cleaned up as soon as you notice it. This eliminates the ideal growing conditions that allow for mold to take root.

You should always hire a company, like SERVPRO of Grosse Pointe, that has undergone extensive training and is certified in IICRC-the most trusted certification for mold removal.

Their training includes the ability to:

– Determine where water is coming from
– Identify the presence of mold
– Ensure mold does not spread any further
– Remediate mold
– Utilize thorough drying techniques to ensure mold does not return
– Restore property or advise on methods necessary to do so

Identifying the Mold

Mold has no set appearance and it can be any number of colors, including black, gray, white, green or pink.

One sure sign is visible identification of mold. But if the mold is unusual-looking you might not even realize what you are seeing. Mold can form in clusters or spots and it can grow in places you may not be able to see.

Determining the Presence of Mold

Our experts can find mold wherever it may be hiding. They know which signs to look for to determine if mold is present. These include:

– Visible signs of mold
– Musty odors
– Humid conditions
– Signs of long-term dampness
– Stained or discolored floors and walls
– Peeled paint and bubbling wallpaper
– Warped walls and bowed supports
– Damp surfaces

What Causes Mold?

Mold is likely growing in your home if you have moisture there. Many types of moisture problems can lead to mold growth. These include damp clothing, leaky pipes, roof leaks, a lack of ventilation, floods, water in the basement, and condensation.

Locally Owned Company with Valuable Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Hazel Park is strategically located to respond quickly to your storm, flood, water, or fire emergency event. When an emergency occurs in Hazel Park, Warren, Madison Heights or Detroit, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (248) 556-4200

Helpful Tips to Prevent Pipes From Bursting

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Helpful Tips to Prevent Pipes From Bursting Make sure you are prepared this winter if your pipes burst, be sure to call SERVPRO of Hazel Park.

Helpful Tips to Prevent Pipes From Bursting This Winter

Outdoor Tips:

  1.  Wrap outside faucets
  2.  Caulk around pipes where they enter the house.
  3.  Disconnect garden hoses.
  4.  Drain in-ground sprinkler systems.

Indoor Tips:

  1.  Let a stream of water run if the temperature dips below freezing.
  2.  Open cupboard doors in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  3.  Shut off and drain your water system if you are leaving home for several days.

More Information

Another common cause of water damage is a burst pipe. When pipes deteriorate or freeze, they are susceptible to bursting. For this reason, it's important to have your pipes regularly inspected. Also, be sure that you check the areas that could start corroding. One of the factors that contribute to bursting pipes is high pressure. To reduce pressure, have a valve installed or simply replace the plumbing.

 Although recognizing common causes of water damage can help prevent it from transpiring on your property, there's still a chance that it could occur. If it does, you can trust the water damage remediation experts of SERVPRO to fix the problem quickly and correctly. Our IICRC-certified technicians use contemporary methodologies and cutting edge equipment to expedite each component of the remediation process. Moreover, we offer the personalized care that will keep you calm and comfortable throughout the restoration process. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Hazel Park is strategically located to respond quickly to your storm, flood, water, or fire emergency event. When an emergency occurs in Hazel Park, Warren, Madison Heights or Detroit, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (248) 556-4200

Heating Safety

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Heating Safety It is important to understand how to safely and properly heat your homes during the winter. Be careful not to cause a fire or smoke damage.

HEATING SAFETY

The winter season is in full swing- the days are shorter and the temperature is lower. No matter where you live, winter brings a change in weather.  In an effort to keep our homes and workplaces cozy, many people use alternative heat sources like fireplaces, portable space heaters and wood burning stoves.  Heating is the second leading cause of home fire deaths, making it important to review ways to help reduce the risk of a heating related fire.

  • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected annually by a qualified professional.
  • Use heating equipment that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
  • All heaters need space. Keep flammable objects at least three feet away from the heating equipment.
  • Plug space heaters directly into outlets, never into an extension cord or power strip.
  • When using fuel-burning heaters, use only the type of fuel specified by the manufacturer.
  • Install and maintain carbon monoxide and smoke alarms inside your home and business. Test alarms monthly.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources
As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Hazel Park is strategically located to respond quickly to your storm, flood, water, or fire emergency event. When an emergency occurs in Hazel Park, Warren, Madison Heights or Detroit, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (248) 556-4200

Helpful Tips Prior to the arrival of SERVPRO of Hazel Park

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

Here are some helpful tips prior to the arrival of SERVPRO®

Emergency Water Damage Tips

  • Shut off the water source if possible.
  •  Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs.
  • Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature.
  • Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
  • Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpeting.

 Water Damage Services

  • Emergency Response: Reduce Loss Severity/Pretesting for Restorability.
  • Contents Cleaning Specialists: On-Site or Move Out.
  • Structural Restoration Services.
  • Large Loss Completion with Trained Crew Leaders

Locally Owned Company with National Resources
As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Hazel Park is strategically located to respond quickly to your storm, flood, water, or fire emergency event. When an emergency occurs in Hazel Park, Warren, Madison Heights or Detroit, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (248) 556-4200

Hoarding - Not Your Typical Restoration Job

2/22/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Hoarding - Not Your Typical Restoration Job Hoarding is the persistent difficulty of discarding or parting with possessions, regardless of their actual value.

Hoarding: Not Your Typical Restoration Job

It is estimated that 1.2 million people in the U.S. suffer from compulsive hoarding. These cases create business opportunities for remediation professionals, but they also pose unique health and safety hazards for the property owner and the contractor hired to restore the property. For the safety of the client and your employees, it is important to understand how and why every hoarding case should be treated as a biohazard. Before committing to any hoarding job, a restoration company must provide the proper biohazard training and equipment for employees or choose to form a partnership with professionals who specialize in this type of bio-remediation.

Dealing with the Emotion

While flood or fire damage emergencies certainly need to be handled with care, hoarding cases can be especially emotionally trying. Employees must be educated about the basic psychology behind hoarding so they understand how to work appropriately with clients. Those who suffer from compulsive hoarding often have extreme emotional attachment to items that many people would find of no value. Before any waste removal or cleanup begins, the remediation professionals must work closely with the property owner or family members to understand where effort should be made to salvage belongings. 

Throughout these sensitive situations, it is imperative that the workers in a client’s home are compassionate and considerate. Biohazard cleanup specialists understand the need for the family to deal with only one point person in order to avoid confusion or conflicting updates. They have been trained to understand what hoarding is so they don’t pass judgment and are able to speak empathetically with all who are impacted by the hoarding case. 

Protecting Your Employees

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, approximately 40 percent of object hoarders also hoard animals and more than 80 percent of animal hoarders have diseased, dying or dead animals on the premises. Dealing with the cleanup of animal waste, including fecal matter and urine, can be just as dangerous as cleaning up infected blood. If technicians are not properly equipped or trained to handle biomaterials, the bacteria transmitted through animal waste can cause infections and respiratory complications. 

When working to remove piles of clothes, newspapers, boxes, food, junk mail or memorabilia from a client’s home, technicians may be exposed to live human or animal waste, hypodermic needles, broken glass or black mold. Given the potentially hazardous working conditions, employers must provide employee training that meets OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogen Standard. Level 3 personal protective equipment (PPE) including gloves, booties and biohazard suits must be worn during the entire remediation process. Employees also need to be trained in the use of a respirator, which must be worn at all times when exposed to potentially airborne biohazards.

Don’t Just Clean - Sanitize 

Companies that do not specialize in biohazard remediation often lack the proper training and equipment to thoroughly sanitize a property after a hoarding case. Even after contaminated materials have been removed from the premises, health hazards still remain. Here are a few critical steps in the cleaning and sanitization process of a biohazard situation that remediation professionals must follow:

  • Dispose of porous materials: It is strongly recommended to dispose of furniture, carpet, towels and other porous fabrics that cannot be remediated.
  • Consider subflooring: In many hoarding cases, urine and fecal matter have built up on floors and walls over months or even years. As the biomaterial seeps through tiles and carpet, it will contaminate the subflooring, which must also be removed.
  • Remove all visible debris: It is impossible to sanitize a surface if there is even a trace of liquids or solids on it - disinfecting a soiled surface will only sanitize the top layer of dirt.
  • Use specialized cleaning agents: Not all cleaning agents are created equal; some are specially designed to fight bacteria and pathogens carried in blood and fecal matter. Also, employees must be trained on how to properly use and dilute certain agents to precise ratios in order for them to be effective.
  • Be diligent: To properly sanitize a surface and restrict cross contamination, each towel should be used just once per side before properly disposing of it as biohazard waste. If you re-use the same towel on a larger area, you are simply spreading contaminants.
  • Dispose properly: All biohazard materials should be placed in closable, leak-proof, labeled, color-coded containers prior to removal to prevent spills during handling, storage and transport. When transporting biohazard materials, EPA and DOT regulations must be closely followed in order to avoid hefty fines.

One of the best ways to truly measure the resulting level of sanitization is through ATP (adenosine triphosphate) testing. With this technology, technicians are able to test the affected areas to ensure that all potentially infectious materials have been effectively neutralized. The test works by using a hand-held device and swabbing the area to test for the presence of ATP molecules, which indicate cellular activity (all living organisms give off ATP as they use energy). Aftermath is the first biohazard company to integrate ATP testing into its remediation process after consulting with safety and sanitation experts in food processing and healthcare industries.

Choose the Right Partner

If a restoration company is not equipped to handle a hoarding case, it makes sense to work with a trusted partner who specializes in biohazard cleanup. These types of partnerships are mutually beneficial and allow both parties to better serve their clients.

Creating professional partnerships can also help to streamline the insurance process for policyholders. Working together with a complimentary company can help ease confusion and complications when submitting a claim, as the various jobs can be filed under one claim number. The most important aspect to keep in mind is always the person and family who are dealing with a hoarding situation. If your company is not fully trained for a hoarding job, it may be better to leave it to the biohazard remediation professionals. 

 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources
As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Hazel Park is strategically located to respond quickly to your storm, flood, water, or fire emergency event. When an emergency occurs in Hazel Park, Warren, Madison Heights or Detroit, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today, (248) 556-4200!

 

*Information provided by: http://www.randrmagonline.com

How To Use "Mold Resistant Paint"

9/14/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How To Use "Mold Resistant Paint" Simply put, mold resistant paint resists mold growth. When mold begins to grow on a painted surface, it affects the surface in many ways.

How To Use Mold Resistant Paint 

If you need a paint for mold prone areas, like bathrooms, we highly recommend selecting an anti-mold paint. It will look like any other quality indoor paint, but will resist the growth of mold in the future, which is important in damp areas.

Why Use Mold Resistant Paint?

Simply put, mold resistant paint resists mold growth. When mold begins to grow on a painted surface, it doesn’t just discolor the surface and make it look bad. Mold actually feeds on materials like wood and drywall, eating away at the structures in your home. Left unchecked, it can cause serious structural damage. Using a mold resistant paint for mold prone areas helps protect you, and your family, from a various amount of problems.

Where Should You Use Anti Mold Paint?

Use mold resistant paint in areas subject to significant moisture, like kitchens (where steam from cooking can contribute to the development of mold) and bathrooms (where steam from showers can contribute to the development of mold). You might want to use an anti-mold paint in basements, as well, since they often get a bit damp.

Keep in mind the fact that you should only apply mold resistant paint to clean, dry, mold free surfaces. Using a mold resistant paint in areas where you’ve previously experienced a mold problem can help prevent future problems, but before applying the paint, make sure to remove all traces of mold and allow the surface to dry completely. Never paint over mold, even with mold resistant paint. Mold resistant paint won’t kill mold that is already growing on a surface and painting over mold will only make the mold problem worse in the end. It’s generally impossible to remove mold from porous surfaces like drywall, so moldy materials such as drywall should be removed and replaced; never try to paint over mold.

Also keep in mind the fact that while mold resistant paint resists mold growth, it’s not a guarantee that mold will never grow there, especially if you experience significant water damage or flooding.

The Best Paint For Mold Prone Areas

Mold resistant paints contain antimicrobial ingredients that help prevent the growth of mold on painted surfaces. There are numerous brands of mold resistant paint, which you can find at most home improvement stores such as Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Menard’s. Mold resistant paints are available in a wide array of colors to suit any décor. Any brand of paint with antimicrobial properties will help prevent mold, so you’ll find plenty from which to choose. Apply mold resistant paint just as you would any other paint.

For Help With Mold Remediation and Painting

If you’ve got a mold problem and need help removing mold before you paint a room, we suggest scheduling an air-quality test with a certified mold professional. After you have this test done, you will get a protocol on how to clean and remediate the mold. Once you get the protocol, call SERVPRO of Hazel Park and we can make an appointment with you to come get rid of the mold. After we remediate the mold, we can recommend how to prevent future mold growth.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

 As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Hazel Park is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. When fire damage occurs in Hazel Park, Warren, Royal Oak, or Madison Heights, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (248) 556-4200

*Information provided by: http://www.mold-advisor.com/mold-paint.html

SERVPRO® Pledges Ongoing Support to the American Red Cross Disaster Responder Program

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO® Pledges Ongoing Support to the American Red Cross Disaster Responder Program SERVPRO is a proud sponsor of the American Red Cross. With the Red Cross Rating, we offer FREE Emergency Ready Plans (ERP) for businesses.

SERVPRO® Pledges Ongoing Support to the American Red Cross Disaster Responder Program

Red Cross recognizes SERVPRO for their contribution to disaster preparedness and recovery efforts

 

Hazel Park, MI (Grassroots Newswire) June 1, 2016 -- The American Red Cross recently recognized SERVPRO®, a cleanup and restoration company, for participation in its Disaster Responder Program1.  As a Disaster Responder Program member, SERVPRO pledges a donation to the Red Cross in advance of disasters, allowing the organization to respond quickly and effectively to nearly 66,000 disasters annually, most of which are home fires. SERVPRO is entering their third year of partnership with the Red Cross; their donations to the organization to date exceed one million dollars.

According to statistics cited by the Red Cross, seven people die in a home fire each day in the U.S. Aiming to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25 percent by the end of 2019, the Red Cross launched a Home Fire Campaign in October of 2014. The support of SERVPRO and other Disaster Responder Program members allows the Red Cross to pursue their home fire prevention goals while they continue to provide critical services to disaster victims.

“One of the reasons home fires account for the majority of the disasters the Red Cross responds to annually is that the risk for home fires exists all year long,” said Mentor Hyska, owner of SERVPRO of Hazel Park. “Statistics compiled by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)2 show the majority of home fires are related to unattended cooking accidents – and cooking is something most people do every day.”

Although SERVPRO’s business is helping business and home owners recover from fire, flood and other disasters, the company and its franchisees actively support disaster preparedness education, including fire prevention efforts. When disaster does strike, their relationships with major insurance companies combined with industry-leading job-management technology help smooth the path to rebuilding and restoration for home and business owners affected by the unexpected.

“SERVPRO’s commitment to the Red Cross Disaster Responder Program means that, when disaster strikes, homeowners can count on the Red Cross to address their immediate needs and supply essential services,” said Hyska. “Once the immediate emergency is under control, homeowners can count on the expertise of restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Hazel Park to help them restore their property and move forward with their lives.”

For fire prevention tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit www.SERVPRO.com. For more information on SERVPRO® of Hazel Park, please contact Mentor Hyska at (248)556-4200.

About SERVPRO®

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services, and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO's professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

 As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Hazel Park is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. When fire damage occurs in Detroit, Hazel Park, Warren, Royal Oak, or Madison Heights, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (248) 556-4200

10 Tips for Safe Summer Barbecues

7/13/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 10 Tips for Safe Summer Barbecues Every year, 7,000 Americans are injured while using backyard barbecue grills.

10 Tips for Safe Summer Barbecues: Dos and Don'ts That Will Keep You From Becoming a Statistic

Every year, 7,000 Americans are injured while using backyard barbecue grills. It's usually a case of good products used incorrectly. Here are the top 10 most common mistakes and key safety tips for summer barbecues.

Do:

1. Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your house. Farther is even better. This includes portions attached to your house like carports, garages and porches. Grills should not be used underneath wooden overhangs either, as the fire could flare up into the structure above. This applies to both charcoal and gas grills.

2. Clean your grill regularly. If you allow grease and fat to build up on your grill, they provide more fuel for a fire. Grease is a major source of flare ups.

3. Check for gas leaks. You can make sure no gas is leaking from your gas grill by making a solution of half liquid dish soap and half water and rubbing it on the hoses and connections. Then, turn the gas on (with the grill lid open.) If the soap forms large bubbles, that's a sign that the hoses have tiny holes or that the connections are not tight enough.

4. Keep decorations away from your grill. Decorations like hanging baskets, pillows and umbrellas look pretty AND provide fuel for a fire. To make matters worse, today's decor is mostly made of artificial fibers that burn fast and hot, making this tip even more important.

5. Keep a spray bottle of water handy. That way, if you have a minor flare-up you can spray it with the water to instantly calm it. The bonus of this tip is that water won't harm your food, so dinner won't be ruined!

6. Keep a fire extinguisher within a couple steps of your grill. And KNOW HOW TO USE IT. If you are unsure how to use the extinguisher, don't waste time fiddling with it before calling 911. Firefighters say many fire deaths occur when people try to fight a fire themselves instead of calling for expert help and letting the fire department do its job.

Don't:

7. Turn on the gas while your grill lid is closed. NEVER do this. It causes gas to build up inside your grill, and when you do light it and open it, a fireball can explode in your face. Click here to see our demonstration.

8. Leave a grill unattended. Fires double in size every minute. Plan ahead so that all of your other food prep chores are done and you can focus on grilling.

9. Overload your grill with food. This applies especially fatty meats. The basic reason for this tip is that if too much fat drips on the flames at once, it can cause a large flare-up that could light nearby things on fire.

10. Use a grill indoors. People often think it will be safe to use a grill, especially a small one, indoors. NOT TRUE. In addition to the fire hazard, grills release carbon monoxide, the deadly colorless, odorless gas. That gas needs to vent in fresh air or it can kill you, your family and pets.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

 As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Hazel Park is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. When fire damage occurs in Hazel Park, Warren, Royal Oak, or Madison Heights, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (248) 556-4200

*Information provided by: http://abcnews.go.com/Business/ten-tips-safe-summer-barbecues-learn-dos-donts/story?id=13918382

16 Fireworks Safety Tips

6/29/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 16 Fireworks Safety Tips SERVPRO of Hazel Park has the ability and resources to respond to any Fire Emergency, whether it's residential or commercial.

16 FIREWORKS SAFETY TIPS

The National Council on Fireworks Safety’s (NCFS) mission is to educate the public on the safe use of fireworks and encourages consumers to follow the following safety tips before engaging in fireworks celebrations:

1.  Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.

2.  Know your fireworks – Read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.

3.  A responsible adult should supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.

4.  Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.

5.  Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.

6.  Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.

7.  Do not hold a fireworks item in your hand.

8.  Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.

9.  Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water before you discard it.

10.  After purchasing fireworks, always store them in a cool, dry place.

11.  When using fireworks always have a connected hose, bucket of water, or other water source nearby.

12.  Never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them into metal or glass containers.

13.  Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.

14.  Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trashcan away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.

15.  Ensure all pets and animals are away from fireworks noise.

16.  With the rise in stress-related disorders affecting American service men and women, pay special consideration to individuals who may be sensitive to loud noises in proximity to your fireworks show.

If you have any questions regarding how to properly use fireworks we encourage you to consult your local dealer.

 About The National Council on Fireworks Safety – The National Council on Fireworks Safety is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about the safe and responsible enjoyment of consumer fireworks. For more information, visit http://www.fireworkssafety.org.

 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

 As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Hazel Park is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. When fire damage occurs in Hazel Park, Warren, Royal Oak, or Madison Heights, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (248) 556-4200