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Escape Route, Evacuation Plans

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Escape Route, Evacuation Plans SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County

SERVPRO of  Jackson/Crockett County hopes your home or business never has to deal with fire or smoke damage.  Sometimes, a portable fire extinguisher is not enough to save your property and the only thing you can do is escape.

A small flame can turn into a large fire in a matter of minutes. Lives are more important than objects, so get yourself and others out of danger.

SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County Tips for Escape:

  • Make an escape plan ahead of time. Make sure everyone knows the plan
  • Make sure that all doors and windows open easily
  • Plan at least two different ways of escaping every room
  • When you leave, close the doors and windows to shut in the flames
  • Practice the plan
  • Do not stop to pick up valuables. You can replace objects
  • Make sure your plan includes a place to meet that is a safe distance from the home
  • Do not turn off smoke alarms when you cook. You may need the warning
  • If you have to go through smoke, crawl under it

SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County reminds you to call the fire department once you are outside the home.

Links:

https://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/fire-and-life-safety-equipment/fire-extinguishers

https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Safety-tip-sheets/EscapePlanningTips.ashx?la=en

Fire Prevention Week

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Prevention Week starts on Sunday and it’s a good time to talk about some safety tips that will help reduce home fires.

  • Tip #1: Never leave stoves, candles or open flames unattended; most home fires start in the kitchen.
  • Tip #2: Douse cigarette butts in water before tossing in the garbage.
  • Tip #3: Don’t charge electronic devices on one power strip, spreading them out reduces the risk of fires.

BONUS TIP: When charging items on a power strip, don’t place the power strip on a fabric or near other flammable items.

About SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County

SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County can also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call us today at (731) 423-9944!

Serving you since 1967, SERVPRO is the cleaning and restoration brand you know and trust.

Insurance and Payment Information

For a stress-free claims process, SERVPRO works with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork.

Certifications

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

Affiliations

  • Kiwanis
  • Madison County Chamber of Commerce

Awards

  • Bronze Chairman Award

Wildfire Safety

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

With the current dry conditions, we should all be aware of wildfires as they can spark quickly and spread even quicker under the right conditions. In the event of a wildfire in the area, here are a few things that you can do to protect your home:

  • Tip #1: Most importantly, listen to emergency channels and know the status of the fire.
  • Tip #2: Put emergency supplies and must-have items in the car so you can evacuate quickly. Evacuate immediately if told to do so.
  • Tip #3: Close and protect your home's openings, including attic and basement doors and vents, windows, garage doors and pet doors to prevent embers from penetrating your home.

About SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County

SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County can also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call us today at (731) 423-9944!

Serving you since 1967, SERVPRO is the cleaning and restoration brand you know and trust.

Insurance and Payment Information

For a stress-free claims process, SERVPRO works with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork.

Certifications

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

Affiliations

  • Kiwanis
  • Madison County Chamber of Commerce

Awards

  • Bronze Chairman Award

Camp Fire Safety

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Anyone out there been camping? I love it! It is easy to get caught up in the love of nature and forget about some important details. So here are a few tips to keep your camping experience safe.

  • Tip #1: Don’t build a fire under low trees.
  • Tip #2: Don’t leave the fire burning without someone watching it.
  • Tip #3: Put the flames and coal out completely before going to bed. Remember only you can prevent a forest fire.

About SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County

SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County can also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call us today at (731) 423-9944!

Serving you since 1967, SERVPRO is the cleaning and restoration brand you know and trust.

Insurance and Payment Information

For a stress-free claims process, SERVPRO works with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork.

Certifications

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

Affiliations

  • Kiwanis
  • Madison County Chamber of Commerce

Awards

  • Bronze Chairman Award

Burning Safety

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

Title: Burning Safety

Many of us, opt to do a controlled burn of our trash and other items. If this is you, listen up as summer can be a dry time and it may not always be safe to burn items. We have some tips to help you make a good decision on whether to burn or not.

  • Tip #1: Check with your local county or municipality to ensure there are no burn bans
  • Tip #2: Check your local weather and pay particular to high winds
  • Tip #3: Make sure you create the proper boundary before you burn.

We hope you’ve enjoyed these burning safety tips. And remember, when the unexpected happens call SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County.

About SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County

SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County can also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call us today at (731) 423-9944!

Serving you since 1967, SERVPRO is the cleaning and restoration brand you know and trust.

Insurance and Payment Information

For a stress-free claims process, SERVPRO works with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork.

Certifications

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

Affiliations

  • Kiwanis
  • Madison County Chamber of Commerce

Awards

  • Bronze Chairman Award

Grilling Safety

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

We don’t know about you but one of the things we love most about summer is grilling. But did you know that last year about 16,000 people visited the ER because of grill incidents? Here are some safety tips around the grill to make sure you don’t become a summertime statistic.

  • Tip #1: Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your home.
  • Tip #2: If grilling with a gas grill, check for gas leaks before using.
  • Tip #3: Keep a fire extinguisher within a few steps of the grill and a small bottle for flair ups

We hope you’ve enjoyed these grilling safety tips. And remember, when the unexpected happens call SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County.

About SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County

SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County can also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call us today at (731) 423-9944!

Serving you since 1967, SERVPRO is the cleaning and restoration brand you know and trust.

Insurance and Payment Information

For a stress-free claims process, SERVPRO works with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork.

Certifications

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

Affiliations

  • Kiwanis
  • Madison County Chamber of Commerce

Awards

  • Bronze Chairman Award

Firework Safety

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fourth of July is right around the corner and many of you will be taking part in the time-honored tradition of launching fireworks. The most recent statistics show that fireworks caused 15,600 injuries in the U.S. We don’t want that to happen to you so here are a few tips to stay safe this Fourth of July.

  • Tip #1: Shoot in a clear, safe area
  • Tip #2: Wear safety glasses
  • Tip #3: Never relight a dud firework. Wait 20 minutes and soak it in a bucket of water.

We hope you’ve enjoyed these fireworks safety tips. And remember, when the unexpected happens call SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County.

About SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County

SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County can also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call us today at (731) 423-9944!

Serving you since 1967, SERVPRO is the cleaning and restoration brand you know and trust.

Insurance and Payment Information

For a stress-free claims process, SERVPRO works with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork.

Certifications

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

Affiliations

  • Kiwanis
  • Madison County Chamber of Commerce

Awards

  • Bronze Chairman Award

Chimney and gas log maintenance is important!

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Everyone enjoys a good fire in the fireplace. Whether you have a chimney or a gas log fireplace, there is some basic maintenance that you can do to prevent having to call SERVPRO because of soot or fire spreading beyond your fireplace. So here are a few, quick tips to keep your fireplace or gas logs functioning smoothly all winter:

  • Lack of chimney maintenance can cause some serious problems and eventually lead to fires. Your local fire department recommends that your chimney should be cleaned out at least once every other year.
  • If you’ve ever noticed that your walls and ceiling have a soot build-up; it’s not that you’re not doing a good cleaning job. When you don’t give your chimney regular maintenance, it can cause over time what is known as a ghosting effect. If you start to see your walls and ceilings covered in soot, you are past due for that chimney cleaning.
  • Another sign that you might need your chimney cleaned is when you get a puff back of smoke. Assuming you haven’t left your flue closed, puff backs tend to happen when there is a build-up in your chimney and it circulates right back into your home.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

Call Today (731) 423-9944

Smoke and soot facts:

Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure. Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor. The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process. 

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

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

SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Kitchen Safety: Don’t get distracted!

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Without a doubt the majority of fires we see at SERVPRO, started in the kitchen. We’ve got some tips to make sure that the only thing that could be burning in that kitchen is this evening’s dinner – and we can’t help you with that one.

  • Before you leave the kitchen, double-check that the over and burners have all been turned off. Most fires happen because the person doing the cooking gets distracted and forgets that they are cooking.
  • Keep all paper towels, pot holders and kitchen towels away from the burners.
  • In the event that things do get a little out of hand be sure to have a fire extinguisher handy for most kitchen fires. If you’re dealing with a grease fire – baking soda is your best bet.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

Call Today (731) 423-9944

Smoke and soot facts:

Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure. Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor. The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

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

SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Dryer maintenance helps prevent fires

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

If you’re like most people, once your dryer cycle is done, you scoop out the lint and move on to the next load of laundry. But there is a little more to dryer maintenance than that, especially if you want to prevent having to call SERVPRO because of a fire. So here are a few, quick tips to keep your dryer from becoming a fire hazard:

  • Once a week vacuum and clean out the lint trap filter. This will keep lint from building in the dryer and causing a fire.
  • Every 6 months check behind the dryer and ensure that the exhaust hose is not crushed and is circulating properly.
  • Every 6 months, you also want to make sure that the exhaust vent receives a thorough cleaning, as well as your duct work, and for that service make sure you are contacting your local SERVPRO.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help Call Today (731) 423-9944

Smoke and soot facts:

Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure. Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor. The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

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

SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Red Cross and Fire Prevention

10/11/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 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.

How to prepare a fire escape plan

10/4/2017 (Permalink)

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.

Tips

  • 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.

Other statistics

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.

Source: http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week-2