Why Are Flash Floods So Deadly?
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Any type of severe weather event should be taken seriously, but we urge people to exercise extra caution if flash flooding is a likely event. Flooding comes in second for the rate of weather-related fatalities in the country, with flash floods being the most dangerous type of flooding of all.
When flash floods become likely, it is important to do everything you can to stay safe. Flash floods come about extremely quickly, but knowing what to do in advance can help you stay as safe as possible.
The Reasons Why Flash Floods Cause So Much Danger
The main characteristic of a flash flood is how quickly it comes about, which is why it causes so much danger as well. By definition, flash floods begin within six hours of rainfall, and often occur in less than three. Being vigilant when a flash flood is possible is key, as they often come about with little notice to those who are in their path.
Making Sense of the Flash Flood Warning System
Staying looped into local weather alerts can go a long way in giving you notice in the event of a flash flood. If officials issue a watch, stay vigilant and alert for further instructions.
If this escalates to a warning, be sure you are ready to evacuate right away. If it becomes a flash flood emergency, get to a higher level of your home or area as quickly as possible.
Taking Steps to Safely Evacuate From a Flash Flood
Understanding how to stay safe when evacuating from a flash flood is vital, as you will likely have to make decisions rapidly to get out of harm’s way. Here are some of the top safety tips we have:
- Stay tuned into the alerts from your local weather officials.
- Practice your evacuation plan ahead of time so you can execute it quickly.
- Avoid roads or paths that are flooded.
- Never allow children to go near floodwater.
- Have several evacuation routes in mind in case some become flooded.
If your home or business has been damaged due to a flood or other severe weather, you can depend on us. Contact us at any hour to learn more about our services or to report damage to your property.
Preventing House Fires Around the Winter Holidays
Make sure your fire risk is low during the holidays. If you experience any damage, SERVPRO of Sunrise will be here to help.
While we always encourage people to be conscious of fire safety efforts year-round, during the winter months, it is a far more dangerous issue. The majority of house fires occur during the winter based on the Red Cross’ data, and with many holidays and winter activities containing hidden fire risks, it is an unsurprising bit of info.
No matter the season, kitchen incidents are the top catalyst for house fires, and they increase even more during the winter. Additionally, with more people reaching for space heaters to supplement their home’s heating as well as adding decorations around their home, heating and electrical fires are a top concern as well. These things can all be done safely if the proper precautions are taken, so read on to learn more.
Practice Fire Safety During the Winter Months
Keep safe when cooking. Cooking large meals or undertaking new baking experiments is a popular winter pastime, meaning that the chances for any type of cooking fire will increase accordingly. When cooking, it is important to never leave flammable objects near the stove, oven or slow cooker, and to never leave heating food unattended. It is also wise to keep a fire extinguisher on-hand in case any flare-ups do occur, so they can be addressed quickly.
Heat the house with proper precautions. When things in the evenings turn chilly, it is common to use a space heater to keep your overall energy costs low. Space heaters have become much safer in recent years with their new technology, so it is wise to get an updated model if yours is more than a few years old. Additionally, space heaters should never be used near anything flammable or when no one is in the room to cut down on risks.
Decorate with care. Holiday decorations are a cheerful way to brighten up the long nights, but for electrical components, risks can be present. Christmas tree fires are often caused by lights that malfunction, either due to fraying cords or the overloading of electrical outlets. Be sure to inspect all lights before use and never plug multiple strands into the same outlet when setting them up.
If you have damage due to a house fire, you can depend on us to help. Contact us 24 hours a day to report damage and receive a quick response from our certified restoration technicians. Get in touch today.
Starting the Disaster Recovery Process as a Business Owner
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Making decisions for how you will handle adversities at your business is a key part of building your brand, but have you extended this forward thinking to how you will handle a disaster? Unfortunately, many businesses are impacted by disasters every year, often never recovering from the damage and the economic toll. While it is impossible to predict what will happen, it is possible to plan ahead to be more prepared.
Planning for safety measures is the first step in any sort of disaster consideration, so start by thinking through how you will protect your staff and evacuate if need be. From there, begin thinking through all the things you will have to do to get your doors reopened so you can do so quickly and reduce the disaster’s impact.
Things to Consider About Disaster Recovery at Your Business
Begin the insurance claim and commercial restoration process. Every insurance policy is different, so it is wise to contact your provider right away after damage occurs to see what your coverage extends to and start the process of filing a claim. Once you do this, cleaning up quickly is key. Contact your commercial restoration company right away so they can begin clearing out the debris and treating damage as quickly as possible.
Give customers the chance to show their support. It is impossible to know what type of operation you will be able to maintain after a disaster, but regardless of what you choose to do, letting customers know what your plan is will be key for getting their support. You may be doing takeout only, closed temporarily or operating on shortened hours—using social media to announce these changes will ensure that customers can support you when they are able.
Consider the financial assistance available to you. There are many costs associated with disaster recovery, not all of which will be covered by insurance. The Small Business Administration has a solution to this through their disaster assistance programs that provide loans and other resources for funding.
If your business has been damaged due to a disaster, we’re here to help. Contact us at any hour to report your damage or to learn more about our commercial restoration services.
October is Fire Prevention Month
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October is Fire Prevention Month! The goal of Fire Prevention Month is to raise fire safety awareness, and help ensure your home and family has a plan and is ready for the unexpected. In 1922, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) named the second week of October Fire Prevention Week in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. During this month, fire departments provide education to their communities, and encourage parents and loved ones to practice fire safety and whole home safety.
The NFPA's 2020 campaign for Fire Safety Month is "Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen." For Fire Safety Month this year, we are urging families to improve their home’s safety. Be ready at home by installing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, as well as having fire extinguishers at home.
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Fire Prevention week is the perfect time talk with your whole family about fire safety – include testing alarms, changing the batteries or upgrading to 10-year sealed battery alarms, how to use a fire extinguisher and escape route planning.
- 3 of every 5 home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no working smoke alarms
- Less than 50% of homeowners have an escape plan
- Carbon monoxide (CO) is the #1 cause of accidental death
- Only 47% of people report having CO alarms in their home
- Unattended cooking is the #1 cause of home fires
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Halloween Celebration during Covid-19
Choosing costumes, decorating pumpkins, and getting special treats brings joy to many children at Halloween. Some Halloween traditions may look different this year to keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there are still plenty of ways families can have fun while avoiding the scare of being exposed to or spreading the virus.
Most importantly, keep doing what you have been doing: avoiding large gatherings, keeping a distance of six feet from others, wearing cloth face coverings (think superhero!), and washing hands often. Some ideas for ways to keep safety steps in place while celebrating:
- Virtual costume parties & parades
- Spooky movie night
- Decorating pumpkins
- Halloween-themed treats?
- Outdoor community events
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Halloween Fire Safety
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Taking simple fire safety precautions like keeping decorations far away from open flames and using battery-operated candles or glow-sticks in jack-o-lanterns can help ensure your holiday remains festive and fun.
Did you know?
Decorations are the first thing to ignite in roughly 800 reported home fires each year. More than one-third of these fires were started by a candle.
Top five Halloween fire safety tips
- Use a battery-operated candle or glow stick in jack-o-lanterns
- When choosing costumes, stay away from long trailing fabric
- Teach children to stay away from open flames, including jack-o-lanterns with candles in them. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire.
- Dried flowers, cornstalks, and crepe paper catch fire easily. Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters
- Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume.
- Remember to keep exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes. Make sure all smoke alarms are working.
Have a Spooktacular Halloween from your friends at SERVPRO of Sunrise.
Enjoy Your Home Again After Restoration
Have you sustained property damage and feeling overwhelmed? We are here to help, contact SERVPRO of Sunrise.
When damage occurs to your home, there can be many emotions you cycle through regardless of the cause—however, if the damage was due to an emergency, these emotions can become even more difficult. As you and your family work to heal from the trauma of enduring a disaster, we are here to help with all the restoration so you can focus on your own recovery while we focus on your home.
After years in the restoration business, we are no stranger to how difficult recovery can be—but because of our commitment to restoration instead of replacement, we can save you time and money and help your home feel like home once more. We have the equipment and the expertise to restore many more items than people realize is possible so your home and belongings can return to their pre-damaged state.
Our Commitment to Restoration Instead of Replacement
We can help you save money on your insurance. Every insurance policy can vary, but for the most part, common household damage can be claimed—but these claims can quickly become expensive and lead to higher monthly premiums in the process. Because we focus on restoring what we can, instead of liquidating it, we can keep the amount your insurance has to pay out lower and save you money.
We can protect your sentimental items. If an emergency or disaster is imminent, keeping your family safe is the most important thing to do, even if it means evacuating and leaving your favorite belongings behind. We understand that many things could simply never be replaced, so for these scenarios, we have the most updated restoration technology available to handle the delicate work of restoring photographs, art and heirlooms you love.
We make sure your home feels like home again. After an emergency or disaster, the first time you go home after restoration can feel extremely emotional—but when you work with us, we strive to make these emotions completely positive. We work on every aspect of restoration, including the small, cosmetic touches, so you recognize your house as your home when you walk through the door.
If you have damages and are feeling overwhelmed, we are here to help. You can call us as soon as you need to in order to begin the restoration process. Contact us today to learn more.
Doing DIY Water Damage Checks
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Taking the time to do regular inspections and maintenance on your home is so important to its overall health, and checking for water damage is no different. Not only can water damage lead to problems you can see, but it can also cause structural issues that can remain quite hidden, causing extreme amounts of damage.
Doing your own water damage checks is an easy way to watch out for typical warning signs so you know when to bring in the professionals. Catching water damage early will help you to not only reduce the overall damage it can cause to your home, but can also reduce your insurance claim to save you money on your premium.
Doing Your Own Household Water Damage Checks
Inspect your walls and ceilings. Many things are hidden behind a house’s drywall, including wiring, venting and framing—but water damage can be hidden by this, too. You will often notice signs of water damage on drywall if you look carefully, such as spotting or peeling of the paint, which should be addressed right away to avoid any issues.
Don’t forget to look down. Water will slowly work its way down over time, especially if it is the result of a leaking pipe in the wall. In this instance, it can slowly be absorbed by the subfloor of the home, causing floors that become warped, uneven or buckled. If you notice any of these issues in your own floor, it might be a sign that you have water damage lurking underfoot.
Inspect your roof. It is never a bad idea to check up on your roof’s status, as it is your single biggest defense in keeping water damage out. Going outside with binoculars can help you spot loose shingles, warped flashing or other signs that you have damage that should be repaired to protect the integrity of your roof.
Pay close attention to the basement. Your basement does not have to be musty or damp—in fact, it should not be. If you notice water on your foundational walls, signs of puddling or a musty odor, these are all signs that you should have your basement treated for moisture to avoid harmful mold and mildew growth in the space.
If you have water damage anywhere in your home, we are here to help. You can contact us at any hour to learn more about our services or to report damages. Get in touch today to speak with a water damage restoration expert.
How Can I Gain Peace of Mind About Fire Safety? | SERVPRO® of Sunrise
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Experiencing a house fire is something many of us likely worry about regularly, but are you sure you are doing what you are able to ensure one does not occur? It can take less than a minute for a fire to spread, which is why we always recommend being prepared and practicing prevention as much as possible.
Fortunately, it is not difficult to implement fire safety methods in your home throughout your daily actions so you can be certain you are being as safe as possible. Here are some of our top tips for significantly reducing your overall risk levels from a fire.
Lowering Your House Fire Risk Levels
Check your smoke detectors. Having the right number of smoke detectors and making sure they work is so important for ensuring you are alerted right away if a fire starts. You should check your detectors every month to make sure they are operational, and ensure they are installed throughout the home so they can be heard from any spot in the house.
Create a fire escape plan. If your smoke detectors sound, knowing what to do is so important for personal safety. Practice an evacuation plan with your entire family that takes two minutes or less to complete so everyone can get out safely. Regularly doing drills will keep it fresh in everyone’s minds in the event of a real emergency.
Limit your fire risks. As you go about your day, there are many ways you can reduce your fire risk through good habits surrounding fire risks. Small things such as clearing out the lint trap in your dryer with every load, being careful when cooking and avoiding improper storage of flammable materials can go a long way in reducing your overall risk.
Keep a fire extinguisher handy. Any time an open flame is present, a fire extinguisher should be, too. Make sure your fire extinguisher is operational and that you are aware of how to use it before you cook, grill or do anything else that might present an additional layer of risk.
If your home is damaged by a house fire, we are here to help. Our expert fire restoration technicians are here 24⁄7 to spring into action as soon as you call. Contact us at any hour to report your damage and receive a quick response.
Prepare for Every Severe Storm | SERVPRO® of Sunrise
SERVPRO of Sunrise is here to provide you with a rapid response. Contact us right away if your home has any storm damage.
Though many storms occur every day without causing any damage at all, it only takes one to move through an area and cause significant issues for your home. Preparing for every storm is so important, as they all have the capability of causing damage and it is impossible to know which one will.
Taking a proactive approach to protecting your household from storm damage can help you gain the peace of mind to know that you have done everything you can to increase your safety and keep your family safe.
Take a Proactive Approach to Protect Your Household From Storm Damage
Prepare your home as much as possible. The majority of damages that we see after a storm have to do with high winds carrying projectiles into homes. For this reason, some of our top advice is to trim back any overhanging trees and secure any loose furniture around the exterior. To increase your comfort in the aftermath, many homeowners pursue a generator for the home so you can still use electricity until power is restored.
Create a family communications plan. If it is rare that your family is all home at the same time, creating a plan for checking in if severe weather occurs is so important for everyone’s peace of mind. Every family member should know when and how to check in, as well as how to determine when they should stay home or if they should stay where they are until the storm passes to be safe.
Make sure your emergency kit is stocked. An emergency kit is a great place to start your planning as they are so important to make sure you are never without an essential item during severe weather. Nonperishable foods, water, first aid supplies and light sources should all have a place in your kit, as well as anything your family may need for up to 72 hours. Do not forget food and water for pets, too!
Consider getting a weather radio. While cell phones have become ingrained in our daily lives, when it comes to severe weather scenarios, having an “old school” weather radio is still advised. Many times, severe storms can make cell networks unreliable, meaning you may run the risk of missing pertinent emergency alerts. Keeping a weather radio in your emergency kit can prevent this just in case.
If your home is damaged by a storm, you can depend on us to take care of any damages. Contact us at any hour to report damage and receive a rapid response.