Safety Christmas tips
SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County wishes you a safe and happy holiday season!
December is the darkest time of the year. Thursday, December 21st, 2017, will mark the winter solstice, which means it will be the official beginning of the winter and the shortest day of 2017.
However, we all be brightened by the Christmas decorations since every home - most likely - will use a touch of lights and candles. You just need to be aware that your lights and candles need to be used very carefully if you want to preserve the joy of Christmas until the end.
The American Red Cross shared with us the following safety tips to prevent a fire from striking at your home or business this holiday season.
- Christmas trees, candles, and other decorations must be at three feet away from fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents and other heat sources.
- Light strings and other decorations must be in good condition. Do not use worn electrical cords, and follow the manual’s instructions.
- Before leaving the house to visit family or before going to bed, you must unplug your tree and lights.
- Use battery candles on a tree, never lit candles.
- Do not leave lit candles unattended in a room.
SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County wishes you a safe and happy holiday season!
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. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (731) 423-9944
Does Your Jackson, Crockett County Home Have A Mold Problem?
In Jackson, Crockett County, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.
Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level.
What is the best way to get rid of black mold?
We recently talked to Jeramy Link, a SERVPRO mold professional, from our warehouse in Newbern, Tennessee. Why to call SERVPRO when we can find information in Internet explaining how to remove mold on our own? He told us that by calling us, as a homeowner or a business owner, you would avoid cross contamination. You would also prevent getting in touch with mold spores that would “cause bigger issues than you would normally have”.
Jeramy told us that one of the first steps when our team perceives mold is to determine what is the source. “If there is a water damage, we try to find what caused the water damage”. And for that, we use our state-of-the-art equipment! “We use moisture meters, half masks to protect our employees, different virucidal disinfectants, of course gloves, and we also set up a containment”.
The cost of these procedures we implement in your mold affected home or business may vary depending on the source, sais Jeramy. “If you got a roof leak, of course that would cost more than a small mold caused by a leak underneath the sink”. And he continues: “You have to take care of the source first. This is always the important part, because we can come in and clean and we can get rid of the mold, but it doesn’t help if we don’t get rid of the source”.
Jeramy has worked for SERVPRO® of Dyersburg/Union City, SERVPRO® of Weakley, Gibson, Carroll Counties and SERVPRO® of Jackson/Crockett County for more than 12 years. He tells us the story of one of the worse mold situations he has ever encounter so far. “It was probably unattended for several months. We open the door, go in to identify a water leak, because the owners meter was constantly running. The mold was present from the ceiling to the floor!” When our team saw that situation, they actually had to suit up to be able to physically get inside the structure.
We congratulate Jeramy Link, who recently obtained his certification as an Applied Microbial Restoration Technician (AMRT), offered by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).
Watch the full interview in our Facebook page.
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (731) 423-9944
Red Cross and Fire Prevention
David Brumley (center), other members of the American Red Cross and some authorities inspect a comfort kit for disaster victims in Paris, TN.
SERVPRO began a National partnership with the American Red Cross in March of 2013. We committed to support a Disaster Responder with an emphasis on the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. And this week is Fire Prevention week! Our franchise recently reached out to the American Red Cross of Mid-West Tennessee in order to offer our support.
Fire Prevention Week
A survey conducted by the American Red Cross shows only 26 percent of families have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. That’s why, the American Red Cross of Mid-West Tennessee has partnered with different Fire Departments in the cities and the 14 counties they cover to install smoke alarms at people’s homes at no charge. This year alone, they have installed close to a 1000 units.
They also have what they call a Pillow Case Project. Red Cross volunteers go to schools and present to 3rd and 4th grade students a program on safety that covers fire safety. Dave Brumley, a volunteer for the organization, explains some of the topics they cover with the kids: “How to get out of a room on fire underneath the smoke; how to touch the door with the back of your hand to make sure that is safe to open that door; how to prepare a fire escape plan for their home and have two ways of getting out of their home”. He concludes: “The hope is, working with the children, that they will go home with their excitement and get the parents involved, so the whole family can be prepared for an event”.
How to build your emergency preparedness kit.
How to create your Home Fire Escape Plan.
How to become a volunteer for the American Red Cross of Mid-West Tennessee.
A real public servant
From left to right, David Hicks, American Red Cross, Jessica Harrison, SERVPRO, and Dave Brumley, in front of their offices in Jackson, TN.
He is a Twitter lover (@brumley95) and a hardcore public servant. Recently, thanks to the American Red Cross of Mid-West Tennessee, we met Dave Brumley, a key volunteer who has offered his time to that organization for more than 15 years. This past month of September, he was selected as a Jefferson Award Foundation honoree, a nationwide award that represents the best of public service.
Brumley is part of the Disaster Action Team (DAT). He is also the Red Cross representative to the Armed Forces, and the Government Operations Liaison. This 75-year-old retiree used to work for the print department at the Fred’s department store in Memphis. “Pretty much all my life I have been involved in some organization that helps folks. When we moved to Jackson in 2000, I was looking for something to get involved in and a friend of mine was involved in the Red Cross […]. The rest is history!”, said Mr. Brumley.
Dave has assisted in several disasters throughout the country such as the Chattanooga tornado, the wildfires in Gatlinburg and even in Hurricane Katrina. “I was working at a hurricane in Florida several years ago and we were doing mobile feeding out of our Emergency Response for people at a trailer park that had been devastated by the event. There was an elderly gentleman who came up to the truck to get some food and, as we always do, we ask how are they coping and he just broke in and started crying. We tried to comfort him, offer him hope. This is one of the things that stays in my mind”.
Check out our full interview with this outstanding volunteer: Dave Brumley.
If you would like to become a volunteer for the American Red Cross of Mid-West Tennessee, click here. You can make a difference.
How to prepare a fire escape plan
Fire Prevention Week runs from October 8th to 14th. It’s an excellent time to prepare your plan in case of a fire emergency. The theme this year is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!”. Fire experts agree; people have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) suggests the following steps for your family to be ready.
- Draw a map of your home with all members of your household. This grid will help you. Mark two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
- Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
- Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
- Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
- Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
- Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.
Some Fire facts
- On average, seven people die in U.S. home fires per day.
- Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fire injuries, followed by heating equipment.
- Three out of five home fire deaths in 2010-2014 were caused by fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
- According to an NFPA survey, only one-third of Americans have both developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.
Hoarding and fire safety
Many fire departments are experiencing serious fires, injuries, and deaths as the result of compulsive hoarding behavior.
Dryers and washing machines
Clothes dryers accounted for 92% of the fires; washing machines 4%, and washer and dryer combinations accounted for 5%.
In 2010-2014, U.S. municipal fire departments responded to an estimated 15,970 home fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines each year. These fires resulted in annual losses estimated at 13 civilian deaths, 440 civilian injuries, and $238 million in direct property damage.
Free Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) app for business and churches
Emergency Ready Profile (ERP)
It’s National Emergency Preparedness Month! In the context of hurricane Harvey, Irma or Maria, plus two destructive earthquakes in Mexico, we need to have a plan.
And although natural disasters are very scary. Experts estimate that only 5% of the disasters affecting businesses are caused by nature.
Man-made disasters have the ability to cause as much damage and be as scary. A pipe burst or a fire could happen to anyone anytime.
“Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.”
40% of businesses never recover after a disaster. The majority of business that do survive already had a preparedness plan.
Let me introduce you to our Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) app. You can find it in the app store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ready-plan/id489247430?mt=8
This app is really convenient for businesses or churches because it would help them get ready for any sized disaster. And Its free of charge!
Our ERP is designed to be a “snapshot” of each building owned or managed by a business. It provides critical information needed for emergency preparation.
The key to mitigation is knowing in advance :
- What to do
- Who to call
- What to expect
The app has information and pictures. Jessica, our Marketing Manager, would go to your business and find this information to you. You just have to download the app for free and gain access to it. You could also received this information printed or by email.
If you are a business owner call Jessica, if not talk to your employer or your church and make sure they have an emergency plan. If they need help, we can help them for free.
Let’s explain our app:
- Overview - Location / Parking
- Building Access
- Utility contacts & Shut off
- Emergency & Key Contacts
With this plan, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.
For us is important that you are “Ready for whatever happens”.
SERVPRO® team departs for Florida to participate in Hurricane Irma recovery efforts
Taylor Callens, Eunice Mack, Stan Nunley, Darrell Lowery and John David from left to right.
SERVPRO® of Dyersburg/Union City, SERVPRO® of Weakley/Gibson/Carroll Counties and SERVPRO® of Jackson/Crockett County announced, it has partnered with SERVPRO® Storm Team Wilson from Birmingham, Alabama, and SERVPRO® Corporate to help in Hurricane Irma recovery efforts.
“Since we started hearing about Irma being created in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea, we began our preparations; asking among our team members who would volunteer to assist in Florida after the hurricane.” said David Caldwell, owner of SERVPRO® of the three franchises.
“In 2012, we went to help people in New Jersey affected by hurricane Sandy. We know the devastation that it causes to homes, businesses and communities. We knew that a powerful hurricane was coming, actually the most intense Atlantic hurricane to strike the United States since Katrina in 2005. We wanted to be there and help.”
The morning of September 12th, five members of the three SERVPRO® franchises left the Newbern and Jackson offices to join the recovery efforts for about 15 days. John David Caldwell, Taylor Callens, Eunice Mack, Stan Nunley, and Darrell Lowery plan to do restoration extractions flood water, drying structures and treating for mold depending on needs.
They know the conditions will not be optimal. Most probably they will not have electricity or running water, but they are committed to do their job to the best of their abilities in order to give back to Floridians their homes almost as “Like it never even happened".
Every Day Is Game Day
Send, Like and Tag to enter our drawing. Every Day Is Game Day!
Show us your Game Day pics
How to get free tickets for a SEC game this season? SERVPRO has the solution! During these first two weeks of September 2017, we want to see football lovers’ team spirit. Send us your best football pictures, like us on Facebook, tag a friend and you will automatically enter our SERVPRO® random drawing.
What you could win
- A free pair of SEC football tickets to South Carolina vs. Tennessee on Saturday, October 14th, in Knoxville, Tennessee.
What to do
Your pictures will be published on a SERVPRO® Facebook album called “Every Day Is Game Day”.
Those three actions (SEND/LIKE/TAG) will give you the chance to enter to our SERVPRO drawing until Wednesday September 27th at midnight. The lucky winners will be announced on a Facebook live stream on Thursday September 14th at 10:00 a.m.
The Southeastern Conference (SEC) opens the 2017 football season on the weekend of September 2nd with 14 games, including Tennessee playing Georgia Tech on “Labor Day”, Monday, September 4th.
According to ESPN, "Baseball is still called the national pastime, but football is by far the more popular sport in American society", since 1985.
Happy Football Season Y’all!
Source: The Official Website of the Southeastern Conference.
Congratulations to our four new Water Damage Restoration Technicians
Mike Jeter and Taylor Callens
Who to call when water problems arise, such as floods, broken pipes or malfunctioning appliances? SERVPRO has the most professional team in the market!
From Monday August 14th to Wednesday August 16th, 2017, Dustin Murdock, Mike Jeter, and Taylor Callens headed to Gallatin, Tennessee, to follow the Water Damage Restoration Technician course offered by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). This SERVPRO certification is necessary for the inspection, cleaning, and restoration industries.
These classes are designed to provide restoration personnel a better understanding of the mitigation work they perform. It gives them a better concept of how to best mitigate a water damage, it’s effects and techniques for drying of structures.
The three-day course gives residential and commercial mitigation technicians the science behind the drying to understand the procedures necessary to deal with water losses, sewer backflows, and identify mold.
This type of training allows our team to operate effectively moisture detectors and water extractors. Manual dexterity and good teamwork skills are also necessary to safely and to effectively accomplish their tasks.
We are very proud of our mitigation team members. Congratulations!
National Preparedness Month
Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.
Plan. Plan. Plan. “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” That is what National Preparedness Month (NPM) wants you to have in mind during this September 2017, particularly when we still have fresh in our minds the terrifying images of the aftermath of hurricane Harvey in Texas.
How to respond during an emergency? What to do when disaster strikes? We should all take action to prepare! Let’s get ready to help first responders where we live, work, and visit. Engage in preparedness actions at home, work, business, school, and place of worship.
Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends
Other steps you can take could be flood-proof important documents by putting them in plastic bags to protect against water damage and keep some cash on hand in case of emergencies.
Making digital copies of important documents and save them on the cloud or a secure cell phone app could become handy in case disaster strikes. Flood insurance policies have a 30-day waiting period before they go into effect. Plan now for floods www.floodsmart.gov.
Natural gas leaks can cause fires following disasters. Knowing how to shut off utilities like gas, water, & electricity is key after a disaster.
Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community
Almost half of Americans expect to rely on their neighbors after a disaster. Learn skills you need to help yourself and others until help can arrive. That was the case of Carolyn Salazar, a retired Texan nurse who spent the time hurricane Harvey was striking Texas this August checking in with other neighbors.
Keep your congregation safe. Make sure your house of worship has a plan for all types of emergencies.
Forty percent of businesses never recover after a disaster. Watch this video and plan head.
Develop a preparedness program for your business to plan for & reduce the impact of disasters: www.ready.gov/business