Are you aware that Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires caused by cooking equipment? There are several cooking tips that should be followed this holiday season. It is advised to never leave cooking food unattended. It is best to stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling, or broiling food. When leaving the kitchen even for such a short period of time it is recommended to turn off the stove. If your cooking a turkey do not leave your house and check on it frequently. Children should stay 3 feet away from the hot stove. Make sure to keep the floor clear of any items you might trip over. Make sure no kitchen electronic cords are dangling off the counter within children's reach. While cook you should not wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves. To prevent any grease buildup by cleaning cooking surfaces regularly. There should be a fire extinguisher and smoke alarm near the kitchen. Before going to bed make sure you check all kitchen appliances are turned off. SERVPRO Thousand Oaks wishes your family a safe and joyous Thanksgiving.
Business Emergency Plan
Did you know having a business disaster plan can reduce your business interruption? Many businesses close after a disaster. It is advised to have a preparedness plan in place. SERVPRO emergency ready profile help attain information in case of an emergency. It is best to listen to your local weather to see any incoming threatening weather is coming. In case of an emergency it the following precautions will help minimize damage to your business. If instructed turn off the utility to the main switches or valves. Review your business evacuation plan. Board up and windows or doors prior to any high windstorm event. It is recommended to have a work phone tree so your able to account for employees during an emergency. There should be emergency contact with your local fire department, police department, hospital, and security company. There should also be a photo and descriptions to turn off your electricity, gas, water, alarm, sprinkler, and server.
Contaminated Water Loss
SERVPRO of Thousand Oaks will go over some of the do’s and do not on a contaminated water loss. It is best to avoid contact with sewage and or any items that have been contaminated. If you must be in contact with contaminated items, make sure to wash youth ads thoroughly. It is best to minimize or eliminate walking into contaminated water because you can spread the contaminations. It is also best to inform the mitigation company areas that you might have cross-contaminated so it can be cleaned and sanitized properly. Your HVAC system should be turned off since there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air. Do not use and household fans to dry the structure as it can spread the contaminants. Make sure to use personal hygiene products if exposed to the contaminated areas.
The number one cause of home fires and home injuries are caused by cooking fires. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires in the kitchen. Make sure to be alert when your cooking. It is best to not use the stove or stovetop if your sleepy or under the influence of alcohol. If you are frying, grilling, or broiling food it is advised you stay in the kitchen until the stove is turned off. It is advised if you must leave the kitchen even for a short period of time you should turn off the stove. Check on your food regularly if you are simmering, baking, or roasting food. It is best to stay in the home while food cooking and recommended to use a timer to remind you that you are cooking. Make sure to keep anything flammable like mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains away from your stovetop. Kids should be at least 3 feet away from hot food or drinks being prepared.
One of the country’s most common natural disasters is a flood since it can happen anywhere. The greatest threat to flooding is in low-lying areas, near water, downstream from dams. Flooding can even be caused by the smallest stream, creek beds, or drains. Extended periods of rain or heavy rain can cause the possibility of flooding. A flash flood can develop from a few minutes to a few hours. It is important to listen to your local weather report for flooding information. Here are a few recommendations for before, during, and after flooding.
- It is recommended to have flood insurance if you are in a prone flooding area. Please be advised this might be an additional policy to your homeowner policy.
- Furnace, water heater, or electrical panel should not be in an area in your home that can be flooded. It is recommended to raise any of these items if possible.
- It is recommended if you have a basement that is sealed with a waterproof compound.
- In case of a flash flood be prepared to evacuate if it is advised.
- Have an emergency supply kit ready that includes water.
- Seek higher ground immediately.
- Stay out of the flood water if you are able.
- Avoid any moving water.
- Although it is not recommended to walk through the water if you must, make sure us a stick for firmness.
- Do not drive into a flooded area.
- Avid down power lines.
- Wait for your local authorities to say it is ok to return to your residence.
- Make sure not to drink or cook with tap water until local authorities say it is safe.
- Be advised that although floodwater receded it may have left weaken roadways.
- Be cautious when entering a build as it may have hidden structural damage.
- Any item that got wet should be cleaned and disinfected.
A landside can be caused by earthquakes, storms, fire, and human modifications of land. Unfortunately, landslides are the most dangerous when it occurs quickly and with little notice. A landslide happens when masses of rock, earth, or debris move down a slope. Slopes after a wildfire can cause debris flow for several years. Most landslides are caused by lengthy rain that has saturated a slope, but it can also start within minutes from heavy rain. Some ways that will help prevent floodwater or mud by use of sandbags, retaining walls, or k-rails but cannot guarantee 100 percent. It is suggested to sign up for emergency alerts and monitor your local weather in which you are near a wildfire burn area. If you are expected severe weather in a burn area, make sure to watch out and listen to warning signs such as rushing water, trees cracking or boulders knocking together. It is advised that during a storm that can cause a landslide it is best to stay alert and awake. If your house might have been affected by flood water give SERVPRO a call to inspect your house for any possible water damage.
Home Fire Escape Plan
Have you made your home fire escape plan? Especially if you have kids it is important to have a plan in place. It is recommended to draw a map of your home. In the is map, it should show all doors and windows. Visit each room and find two ways out of the rooms in case of a fire. Make sure all doors and windows are easy to use in case you need them as an exit. Your home should have smoke alarms and tested to make sure they are working. Make a meeting place that is in front of your house for everyone to meet. Make sure to have your house or building number visible from the street. Talk to everyone at your home about the plan that is in place. Have your local emergency company number handy in case of an emergency.
Smoke alarms can save lives and reduce injuries is installed and maintained properly. A smoke alarm purpose is to give you extra time to get out if there is a fire in your home or place of business. Did you know a closed door might slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire? This is a reason for a smoke alarm in every sleeping room. It is also recommended to have a smoke alarm outside of each sleeping area. A Smoke detector should be installed on every level of your home. All smoke alarms should be interconnected so that if one goes off, they will all go off. It is recommended that you check/test your smoke alarm monthly. Remember to replace your smoke alarm ever 10 years.
Important reasons to mitigate your loss.
Flooding and water emergencies can be a traumatic experience. Water can spread quickly and create damage. SERVPRO recommends at the sight of water intrusion to call a water mitigation for immediate response to help minimize the damage and restoration cost. Within a few minutes, water can quickly spread throughout your property such as your wall, floors, upholstery, and belongings. The furniture finishes can bleed onto your carpet causing permanent staining. Paper goods such as books and photographs will start to swell and warp if affected. In the first 24 hours, your drywall will begin to swell and/or break down. Also, your furniture might begin to swell or crack. You also might start to experience a musty odor. After 48 hours your doors, windows, wood flooring, and studs can swell and warp. Paint might begin to blister. Metals will begin to rust and corrode. Most importantly if you do not mitigate your loss, mold growth can form which may cause health effects. Here at SERVPRO of Thousand Oaks we are here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.
Natural Disaster Safety
Are you ready for a natural disaster? Here are some simple steps to prepare yourself for potential emergencies. Make sure you have a fully stocked first aid kit. There should be at least a gallon of water per day per person and a minimum of 3 days’ worth. The water will be used for drinking or any sanitation needed. A three-day supply of nonperishable food. Also, you will need a manual can opener for the food. Flashlight and battery-powered radio with extra batteries. A whistle in case you need to signal for help. A dusk mask that will help filter any contaminated air. For personal sanitation, it's recommended to have moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties. Have a local map. Make sure your cell phone is charged but if not have a backup charger charged. At least one up to date fire extinguisher and inform everyone in your house its location. It is recommended to learn how to properly use a fire extinguisher. Know how to turn off the utilities and have wrenches and pliers to do so if it is needed. The natural gas should be turned off if you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise and everyone should get outside quickly. If you ever need to turn off the natural gas, make sure you have a qualified person turn it back on. The mainline should be turned off if there are concerns for cracked lines and should only be turned back on once authorities say it's safe to drink. If your electricity needs to be turned off its recommended to shut off the circuits individual before turning off the main circuit.