E-Cigarettes have gained in popularity, and many people use them as part of a smoking cessation plan. However, e-cigarette batteries have been known to explode. Here are some smoking safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:
Never leave charging e-cigarettes unattended. E-cigarettes should be used with caution.
- Fires have occurred while e-cigarettes were being used
- Battery failures have led to small explosions
- While the battery was being charged
- While the device was being transported
- If you smoke, use only fire-safe cigarettes
- Keep cigarettes, lighters, matches, and other smoking materials up high out of the reach of children, in a locked cabinet
- If you smoke, smoke outside. Most deaths result from fires that started in living rooms, family rooms, and dens or in bedrooms.
Put It Out
- Do not discard cigarettes in vegetation such as mulch, potted plants or landscaping, peat moss, dried grasses, leaves, or other things that could ignite easily
- Use a deep, sturdy ashtray. Place it away from anything that can burn.
- Before you throw away butts and ashes, make sure they are out, and dousing in water or sand is the best way to do that
Call SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland at (662)846-1700 if your home or business needs fire damage restoration services.
Leaking Shower Pan in Your Home?
Do you know how to tell if you have a leaking shower pan? According to a study published by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS), homes more than twenty years old were 37 percent more likely to have water damage involving a shower, and more than half of these claims involved a damaged shower stall.
Our local team has been responding to water damage emergencies for years in the Bolivar, Sunflower, and Washington County areas. Some of these emergencies may have been prevented through routine inspection and maintenance.
Here are some tips from the IBHS for maintaining your shower pan:
Inspect tile and grout every six months, paying attention to loose or cracked tiles or cracked and crumbling grout lines. Make these repairs as needed.
Test the shower pan annually by:
- Blocking the drain
- Fill the shower stall with about one inch of water
- Use a pencil to mark the waterline
- Leave the water standing in the shower pan for eight hours
- If the water level decreases, contact a plumbing professional
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When your home or commercial business or home needs emergency water restoration services, SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland is Here to Help. Call us today at 662-846-1700.
Tips for Your Pet during Thunderstorms
SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland responds to storm damage emergencies every year, and sometimes pets get very anxious during thunderstorms. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)offers some great tips for managing your pet’s anxiety during a thunderstorm:
How to Help a Scared Pet
The good news is there are lots of things you can do at home to help your pet. Please remember that one thing does not work for all pets—so keep trying and see what works for them.
- Keep calm! Your dog is aware of your emotions; they are more likely to get upset if you are.
- Try distracting your pet by playing games. You can turn on the TV, play soft music, or give them a food puzzle or Kong filled with their favorite item are all great ways to distract your pet.
- Let them hide. If they prefer to stay under the bed, in a closet or bathroom, let them stay there.
- If your pet does not have a place to hide, consider creating a safe place for them. Interior rooms where there is less noise or flashes of light are a good place to start.
- Anxiety vests or shirts may also help your pet feel calmer
When your home or business needs storm damage restoration services, our local team is Here to Help. Call us today at 662-846-1700.
When your Mississippi home or business suffers stormwater damage, it is important to identify what type of damage you’re dealing with. This will help you to determine what steps to take next. The type of water will determine how affected areas could pose a threat to your overall health.
There are three types of water:
This is water from a source such as rainwater. Water from a broken pipe can also considered a source of clean water damage.
This is slightly contaminated water. When stormwater is left untreated, bacteria and other contaminants can begin to grow and cause various issues. This can occur with water from a pipe leak or other plumbing issue as well.
This is highly contaminated and dangerous water that is filled with fungi, bacteria, or even chemicals. Sewage and floodwater are two common forms when it comes to this type of damage.
When you are faced with clean stormwater damage, be sure to turn off the circuit breakers in the damaged areas of the building, and do not enter those areas. Remove excess water and move items that may be sensitive to moisture, especially electronics. When the water damage is caused from a plumbing issue, shut off the water source or have a certified professional do so.
When the stormwater is contaminated, stay clear of the areas and allow a biohazard professional to handle the cleanup properly. Do not turn on the HVAC system or use fans to dry the affected areas, since the air can potentially spread the contaminants. Discard any items that have been affected by the damage-better safe than sorry!
SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland can handle all forms of water and storm damage across Mississippi. We also specialize in biohazard events where contaminated water is present. It is often that advanced cleaning techniques are necessary to fully restore the affected areas when this type of damage is involved.
No matter the form of storm damage comes your way, SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland is here to help 24/7/365! We are always prepared to make your storm damage emergency “Like it never even happened.
Wind Damage Tips
It's Spring here in Mississippi. The weather is changing constantly. It can be difficult to predict. Warm temperatures, cold temperatures. Sunshine, then rain. Frosty mornings, comfy afternoons. However, one element that seems to be consistent is the wind. While wind can be a nuisance and add a chill to the air, it can also be potentially devastating to your commercial property. Here are a few things to consider when protecting your property from strong winds:
- Trim trees or shrubs close to your property or business
- Remove debris from the yard (outdoor furniture, etc.)
- Keep rain gutters clear and clean
- Cover windows with plywood if severe winds or storms are approaching
- Ensure materials such as roofing, fencing, and chimneys are properly maintained
Stay up to date with current weather forecasts and be sure to prepare for heavy winds prior to, rather than during the event. If any wind damage occurs to your commercial property, call SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland today at (662)846-1700.
Water Damage from a Fire Loss
Have you ever dealt with fire damage on your residential or commercial property? No matter the size, a fire on your property is devastating. From smoke damage to blackened and damaged walls and belongings, you can be left to wonder what to do next, especially when you’re left with unexpected water damage that is left behind once the fire department leaves.
Depending on the size of the fire, lots of water can be required to make sure the flames are fully extinguished. This can leave water everywhere, soaking your property and belongings. When this happens, give SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland a call.
SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland can deal with fully drying out the moisture left behind once the fire department leaves as well as beginning the fire damage cleanup.
SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland is always here to help! Give us a call at 662-846-1700.
Holiday Tree Tips
With the holidays fast approaching, it is time to decorate for Christmas. Listed below are some tips of how to prevent fire hazards from State Farm.
How to prevent Christmas tree fire hazards
- Ensure that your live tree is fresh - nobody likes a burning Christmas tree! The needles should be hard to pull from the branches and don’t break when bent between your fingers. The bottom of the trunk should be sticky with resin. If you tap the tree on the ground, few needles should fall off.
- Keep the tree away from heat sources such as fireplaces, vents and radiators.
- Be sure to check the water level daily and make sure the stand is filled with water. Heated rooms will quickly dry out the tree.
- Practice Christmas tree safety by placing the tree out of traffic and make sure it’s not blocking doorways.
- If you buy an artificial tree, be sure to look for the “Fire Resistant” label. The label doesn’t guarantee the tree won’t catch on fire, but it does indicate the tree is more resistant to catching on fire.
If you do experience fire damage, call SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland today at (662)846-1700.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Preparing for Winter Weather
Know your winter weather terms:
Winter Storm Warning
Issued when hazardous winter weather in the form of heavy snow, heavy freezing rain, or heavy sleet is imminent or occurring. Winter Storm Warnings are usually issued 12 to 24 hours before the event is expected to begin.
Winter Storm Watch
Alerts the public to the possibility of a blizzard, heavy snow, heavy freezing rain, or heavy sleet. Winter Storm Watches are usually issued 12 to 48 hours before the beginning of a Winter Storm.
Winter Weather Advisory
Issued for accumulations of snow, freezing rain, freezing drizzle, and sleet which will cause significant inconveniences and, if caution is not exercised, could lead to life-threatening situations.
Know Your Risk for Winter Storms
Pay attention to weather reports and warnings of freezing weather and winter storms. Listen for emergency information and alerts.
Winter Weather | Ready.gov
Children and House Fires
Below are preparedness tips to help keep your kids safe and prevent fires.
- Keep matches, lighters and other ignitable substances in a secured location out of the reach of children, and only use lighters with child-resistant features.
- Practice your home fire escape plan with your children several times a year.
- Also practice stop, drop and roll and low crawling. 9 Familiarize children with the sound of your smoke alarm and what to do when they hear it.
- Teach your children not to be scared of firefighters.
- Take them to your local fire department to meet them and learn about fire safety.
- Teach your children to tell you or a responsible adult when they find matches or lighters at home or school.
- Smoke alarms save lives. Install a smoke alarm near your kitchen, on each level of your home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms if you sleep with doors closed. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year. Having a working smoke alarm reduces the risk of dying in a home fire by nearly half.
- Visit www.redcross.org/homefires for more information on children and fire safety
Bio-Hazard Clean Up
SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland provides 24-hour emergency services and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Washington, Bolivar, and Sunflower counties. We are committed to responding immediately to your Bio-Hazard emergency and have the expertise to handle your advanced cleaning needs. Bio-Hazard cleanings are a different animal. You have to be extremely detailed and safety orientated. Our team works around the clock relentlessly to make sure we properly, safely and efficiently mitigate any and all effected content and structure so that returning to your home or business is a breeze!
- 24-Hour Emergency Service
- Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
- Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
- A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
- Locally Owned and Operated
- Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment
If your business needs our help, call SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland today at (662)846-1700.