Practicing Fire Safety with Children
Practice Fire Prevention and Preparedness with Children!
Practicing fire safety is essential for homeowners throughout Escambia County, especially those with small children in the home. When children are present, extra precautions must be taken not only to PREVENT fires from occurring, but also to PREPARE in case of fire. So, what are some of the additional steps that can be taken to specifically address fire safety when it comes to children?
- Do not allow children to play with matches, lighters, or candles.
- While indoor space heaters or fireplaces are in use, be sure to supervise children around these areas, and prevent flammable materials, such as blankets, from getting too close to the heat source.
- Do not allow children to operate the stove, microwave, or clothing dryer unattended.
- Teach your children the different sounds that a smoke alarm can make and what each sound means. If your fire alarm is chirping, this signifies that the batteries need to be changed. If the alarm is beeping, this signifies that smoke has been detected and that the structure should be evacuated.
- Have an escape plan and PRACTICE it with your children. Make sure children know where at least two exits from the structure are. Designate a meeting area outside of the home where the family will meet in case of a fire.
- Develop a plan for young children who cannot exit the home on their own. Who will be responsible for assisting infants and toddlers?
Taking care of the safety of your family in the case of a structure fire is the top priority. In the unfortunate event that a fire does cause structural damage to your home, know that the professionals at SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County are Here to Help with your cleanup, restoration, and reconstruction needs. Our phone line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 850-466-3089.
Did you know that we do duct cleaning?
Is your property in need of Duct Cleaning services? Give SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County a call!
SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County offers a wide variety of specialized cleaning services, including both residential and commercial duct cleaning. Soiled or dirty ventilation systems are often a large culprit in contributing to poor indoor air quality, which can lead to allergy-like symptoms and respiratory issues for those who are exposed. A professional, thorough cleaning of the ductwork can help eliminate allergens, odors, and other contaminants from the air, which not only makes for cleaner air to breathe, but can also help extend the life of your HVAC system.
SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County not only has extensive experience in cleaning HVAC and Duct Systems of all different sizes, but it also a NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaners Association) certified organization, giving us the training and expertise to take proper care of your system. We use industry leading equipment, cleaning chemicals, and techniques to provide the best possible results for your duct cleaning service.
If your Cantonment, Century, or Pensacola property is in need of duct cleaning services, call SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County at 850-466-3089. We take great pride in providing a quality cleaning service, coupled with the highest level of customer service, and are always Here to Help!
Hurricane Season 2021 – Stay Weather Aware!
Have a way to receive weather alerts throughout hurricane season!
As previously projected, the 2021 Hurricane Season has, so far, produced an above average number of storms, including a few major named systems. Residents and property owners throughout the Florida Panhandle understand the importance of preparing for hurricane season, but along with that preparation, it is also imperative to stay vigilant and weather aware! Following are some great resources for weather alerts, storm tracking, and local emergency information:
The National Hurricane Center: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/. This site provides information on all currently active tropical activity, data and tools, and educational resources concerning storms.
Escambia County Emergency Management: https://myescambia.com/our-services/public-safety/beready. Here you can find severe weather tips, important local phone numbers, evacuation shelters in the area, and sign up for local weather alerts.
The Weather Channel: https://weather.com/. The weather channel offers live coverage during storm events, as well as a “hurricane central” section of their website for the latest information.
Many local and state authorities also offer Social Media pages, including Facebook and Twitter, where they will post current, up-to-date information on tropical systems, tropical storms, or hurricanes that may impact the area. Following local news stations and governmental departments can also provide a wealth of information to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
As we continue through the peak of Hurricane Season 2021, remember that if your home or business does unfortunately incur damage, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help. Our team of highly trained professionals is available at 850-466-3089 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergencies. Keep an eye on the tropics!
Commercial Mold in Cantonment?
SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County has the equipment, training, and qualifications to handle mold losses of all sizes!
One of the last issues that a property manager or business owner wants to contend with during their busy workday is mold. Although mold occurs naturally and is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, and the concept of “mold removal” is a fallacy, there are steps that can be taken to restrict mold growth within your business, creating a safer environment for employees and clients, as well as reducing the risk of a situation which will require professional remediation.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides the following information about mold in general, mold prevention, and mold cleanup:
- The primary way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture. Issues such as a damaged roof, leaking pipe in the wall, or improperly dried flood water create the perfect environment for mold to grow and thrive.
- Reducing indoor humidity to between 30%-60% can help decrease mold growth. This can be done by venting bathrooms, kitchens, and other moisture generating sources to the outside, using air conditioners and dehumidifiers within the building, and using exhaust fans while cooking or cleaning.
- If excessive water intrusion or flooding occurs, clean and dry any wet building materials within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth. Porous materials, such as wood or drywall, if not properly dried, can hold in moisture and accelerate mold generation.
- In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (such as by drinking fountains, on concrete floors with frequent condensation, or near building exit doors).
- If you suspect mold contamination within your building, do not run the HVAC system. This could circulate the mold spores throughout the structure.
- Do not paint or caulk moldy surfaces without first cleaning, sanitizing, and drying. Paint applied over moldy surfaces is likely to peel.
When it comes to mold issues, especially on a larger scale, employing a professional mold remediation specialist may often be your best bet. With certifications from the IICRC and Licensed as a Mold Remediator in the State of Florida, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County has the training, equipment, and qualifications to help make your damage “Like it never even happened.” For more information on mold remediation please visit us at https://www.SERVPROnorthwestescambiacounty.com/mold-remediation, visit the EPA website at https://www.epa.gov/mold, or call our team at 850-466-3089.
Do’s and Don’t’s of Fire and Smoke Damage
SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County has the training, equipment, and experience to handle fire damages of all shapes and sizes!
Having a fire damage occur at your home or business can be extremely stressful. Once the flames have been extinguished, and safety of all people present has been taken care of, it is time to begin the cleanup and restoration process. As you are preparing for this phase, there are quite a few “do’s” and “don’t’s” to consider:
- Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into carpet or upholstery.
- Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil surrounding structure and contents.
- Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs and carpeted traffic areas.
- If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
- Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim, and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.
- Wash both sides of leaves on house plants.
- Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.
- Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.
- Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your local professional remediation company, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County.
- Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture.
- Attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat, or water.
- Consume any food or beverages that may have been contaminated by fire, water, or soot.
- Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
- Send garments to a dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.
SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your emergency water and fire damage remediation needs. Our team of highly trained professionals has the equipment and experience to handle losses of all sizes and takes great pride in being of service to the communities of Pensacola, Cantonment, and Century, Florida. Please give us a call at 850-466-3089, We’re Here to Help!
Summer Travel Plans? Reduce Your Water Damage Risk Before Leaving!
Don't let water damages intrude on your vacation! Safeguard your home before you leave!
The perfect time of year for family vacations and weekend getaways is upon us. As you make your travel preparations, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County advises taking one extra step: reduce the risk of residential water damages while you are away! Here are a few ways to protect your property before you leave:
- Check For Leaks – A small leak can become a large issue if left unattended for an extended period of time. Checking for leaks before leaving for vacation helps to reduce the risk of returning to a flooded, or even worse, moldy home.
- Turn Off Your Water – Turning off the water main before leaving eliminates a primary source of water intrusion in the instance of a leak, pipe burst, or appliance malfunction. To do this, after turning off the water, run your faucets and flush your toilet to remove any remaining water in the pipes.
- Check Door and Window Seals – Especially in the Panhandle of Florida, thunderstorms can pop up with little or no notice. Loose, cracked, or missing seals can allow wind driven rain to access your home, which can lead to a host of water damage issues. Checking your seals before leaving for vacation helps to ensure the elements stay where they belong: outdoors!
- Clean Out Rain Gutters – Just as window and door seals can allow rainwater in, a clogged gutter can cause backup onto your roof. This produces optimal conditions for roof leaks. Cleared gutters allow water to flow away from the home, reducing water intrusion risk.
- Plan For Someone to Check on Your Home – The best way to reduce water damages while you are away is to have someone you trust check in on your property. If a water damage were to occur, a quick response is paramount to reducing the effects, and a trusted set of eyes may be able to prevent an issue before it even occurs.
If you home does suffer water damages as your away-on-vacay, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County for help. Our team offers 24 hour a day, 7 day a week emergency response, and has the equipment, training, and expertise to handle losses of all sizes. Serving the communities of Pensacola, Cantonment, and Century, Florida, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is “Faster to any size disaster.”
Reducing the Risk of Residential Water Losses
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No one ever plans ON having a water damage affect their home; however, it is extremely important to prepare FOR such an emergency. Practicing property maintenance can help reduce the likelihood of a water damage event, saving you, the homeowner, from both the emotional stress and financial burden that often come along with these events:
- Keep Rain Gutters Clear. Clogged rain gutters allow water to back up onto the roof of your home, increasing the probability of an intrusion. Maintained gutters direct the flow of rainwater away from the home and discourage water pooling.
- Consider Installing Storm Shutters. Storm shutters can be an invaluable investment in the Panhandle of Florida. Along with providing protection for your windows, storm shutters help prevent the intrusion of wind driven rain through windowsills. During periods of high weather activity, such as Hurricane Season, storm shutters provide an “added layer” of security for protecting your home from the elements.
- Check Plumbing and Appliance Supply Lines Regularly. Cracked, broken, or disconnected supply lines, such as those for your clothes washing machine, are a very common source for residential water damage. Periodically checking these lines for any issues, and replacing as necessary, helps to reduce the chance of water getting to where it should not be.
Even with the best preparation, water damages may sometimes still happen. If you home has suffered water damages, call SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County at 850-466-3089 for help. Our team of industry leading professionals is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!
Prepare Your PETS for Storm Season, too!
It's Hurricane Season! Pet Preparation is Important Too!
With Northwest Florida being such an active area for tropical storm and hurricane activity, most residents know the importance of preparing themselves for storm season. While preparing yourself, your family, and your property, it is also imperative to prepare your PETS as well:
- Make sure your pets are microchipped. If you and your pet get separated, this will provide the best chance of a reunion. The microchip contains much more information than a standard ID tag and does not run the risk of falling off the pet. Along with having your pet microchipped, be sure to update the information as it changes!
- Determine which shelters or hotels are pet friendly ahead of time. If you wait until it is time to evacuate, it may be too late. While more and more hotels and storm shelters are becoming pet friendly, the last thing you want to have happen is you arrive at another, safe location, and they will not allow your pet inside.
- Utilize leashes, collars, and/or pet carriers. Use of these items reduces the likelihood that you and your pet will get separated. You will also want to tag these items with you contact information in case your pet is separated from you while wearing a collar or within a pet carrier.
- Be sure to pack plenty of pet supplies. As you are creating your Emergency Preparedness Kit for your family, be sure to include a week’s supply of your pet’s food, medication, and water as well. You may also want to include pet toys and bedding in the emergency kit.
- Identify the location of local animal shelters. If you and your pet are separated during a storm event, an animal shelter is a good place to begin looking. Knowing ahead of time where shelters are located could help reduce the amount of time you and your pet are separated.
Preparation is KEY during storm season to ensure the safety of your loved ones, your property, and your PETS! For more pet preparedness information, visit The American Red Cross’ Pet Disaster Preparedness site, and if you do find that your property sustains storm damage, know that SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Here to Help!
Safe and Secure Restoration Practices
For professional commercial restoration, call SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County today!
When a business leader incurs property damage at their business, one of our top priorities is providing the best possible customer service. Often, a top concern for commercial properties is maintaining their flow of business in a safe and secure manner while the remediation process is taking place. SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County can help with this in multiple ways:
- We follow guidelines set forth by the Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), and our production team holds multiple trainings and certifications from this organization as well.
- We are a HIPAA Masters certified firm, compliant with security protocols set forth by this program.
- We use industry leading equipment and chemicals and provide daily monitoring of all equipment to ensure proper functionality.
SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is in the business of taking care of your business. When water, fire, storm, mold, or biohazard damages threaten your property, know that we are Here to Help! Serving the communities of Pensacola, Cantonment, and Century Florida, SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County is Faster to Any Size Disaster! To learn more, or schedule services, please give us a call at 850-466-3089.
Practicing Summer Fire Safety in Pensacola, Florida!
Don't let fire damages get you down! Call SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County at 850-466-3089 for help!
Summertime in Northern Florida often brings with it outdoor barbeques, family gatherings around the campfire roasting marshmallows, and fireworks displays to light up the night sky. While enjoying these activities, however, it is imperative to practice fire safety, to prevent your joyous occasion from becoming a negative experience.
Practicing Outdoor Grilling Safety: Leave plenty of space between your grill and any structures, furniture, or foliage, as all these items can quickly catch fire. The U.S. Fire Administration recommends keeping a “3 Foot Safe Zone” around your grill. Do not leave your grill unattended and keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case of an out-of-control flare up. Supervise children and pets around the grill, and once cooking is completed, be sure that all embers and coals are fully extinguished.
Open Flame & Campfire Safety: Build your campfire in a location that is free of debris on the ground, and not closely surrounded by trees, bushes, or structures. Contain your fire in a fire pit, or with non-flammable materials (such as rocks), to keep the fire from spreading out of control. Never leave your campfire unattended, and as with an outdoor grill, always supervise children and pets around the fire. Be sure to fully extinguish all remaining coals and embers with water once finished with the fire.
Firework Safety: When using fireworks, it is important to always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and safety guidelines. Do not set fireworks off in heavily populated areas, around dense vegetation, or near homes and businesses. Keep a bucket of water readily available to extinguish fireworks, and do not allow children to handle unsupervised.
Outdoor activities are just one of the many joys of summertime in Florida. Practicing fire safety will keep your activities fun for the whole family! In the unfortunate event that your summertime fun leads to fire damage to your property, give SERVPRO of Northwest Escambia County a call at 850-466-3089. We have the equipment, experience, and expertise to remediate fire damages of all sizes, making it “Like it never even happened.”