Fire Prevention Month Tips For Omaha, NE
Remember to replace your smoke detector batteries this fall.
October is Fire Prevention Month and a great time to consider your fire preparedness plans. Do you have a fire escape plan? Have you changed your smoke alarm batteries in the last year? Do you have a working fire extinguisher in your home?
This year's message from the National Fire Protection Association is:
"LOOK" for places fire could start. Identify potential fire hazards around your home and take care of them.
"LISTEN" for the sound of the smoke alarm. You might only have minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Also have an outside meeting place a safe distance from your home.
"LEARN" two ways out of every room an make sure all exterior doors and windows are free of clutter and open easily.
If you or your family are affected by a disaster, such as fire damage or water damage, call the trusted professionals at SERVPRO of Sarpy County at 402-291-3355. Our experienced crews are always here to help.
Disaster Preparedness Tools For Your Family
National Preparedness Month (September) is a great time to evaluate and elevate your level of preparedness. Our years of experience helping the Omaha community to recover from disasters large and small have proven the value of preparedness. Preparedness is vital to being better able to recover from most forms of loss and allow for peace of mind before anything even happens.
SERVPRO of Sarpy County encourages you to review the following links to find no-cost ways to be better prepared:
If you or your family are affected by a disaster, such as fire damage to water damage, call the trusted professionals at SERVPRO of Sarpy County at 402-291-3355. Our experienced crews are always here to help.
Disaster Preparedness Tools For Your Business
During my time in the military and later in private sector IT, I routinely heard “if you fail to plan, you can plan to fail” and while I used to roll my eyes and groan at this tired old cliché, my experience with SERVPRO has proven it to be true on a regular basis. The recent fire at Pettit’s Pastry in Omaha is just one recent example of the need to be prepared. According to the Omaha World Herald article, several business were affected and fortunately, a few of them are able to conduct business from alternate locations.
Since September is National Preparedness Month, it is a great time to consider your level of disaster preparedness at your business. As a trusted partner in the Omaha business community, we would like to share a few free disaster preparedness tools for your business.
Ready.gov is a great resource for all aspects of preparedness, from planning to implementing an effective disaster plan.
SERVPRO offers a no-cost Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) as an important part of your preparedness planning.
Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following the disaster.
Don't wait until disaster strikes. Call SERVPRO of Sarpy County to establish your ERP today.
If your business is affected by a disaster, from fire damage to water damage, call the trusted professionals at SERVPRO of Sarpy County at 402-291-3355. Our experienced crews are always here to help.
SERVPRO Adds Water Damage Capability in the Omaha Metro
We have increased our capacity to cleanup water damage in the Omaha Metro!
Near the end of every summer, we re-evaluate our service capabilities to ensure that we are prepared to provide the best possible disaster response to the Omaha community and beyond.
The featured addition to our arsenal this year is another extra-large cargo van with a truck-mounted water extractor. In the capable hands of our expert technicians, this monster makes quick work of flood water and helps us to better mitigate water damage, making us more efficient and effective in responding to disasters, large and small.
If your Omaha-area home or business needs water damage cleanup, call the trusted professionals at SERVPRO of Sarpy County at 402-291-3355. Our experienced crews are always here to help.
Commercial Water Damage in Omaha, NE
Recent storms brought heavy rain to the Omaha area, causing water damage to several thousand square feet of a local business. This picture shows an area of the building before we extracted the water.
Our crews responded quickly to extract the water and then cleaned and dried the affected areas with minimal inconvenience and no disruption to normal business. The owner was surprised and grateful, saying he expected to shut down for a week to recover. He says we saved the business thousands of dollars in revenue and reconstruction costs over his expectations. "We hope to never need you again, but if we do, we will definitely call SERVPRO!".
If you experience storm damage or water damage, call the trusted professionals at SERVPRO of Sarpy County at 402-291-3355. Our experienced crews are always here to help.
Choosing the Proper Fire Extinguisher
A fire extinguisher can be a life-saving tool when used correctly. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) recommends individuals are properly trained in order to use and maintain an extinguisher.
USFA says an extinguisher should only be used if:
• You have alerted other occupants and someone has called the fire department.
• The fire is small and contained to a single object, such as a wastebasket.
• You are safe from the toxic smoke produced by the fire.
• You have a means of escape identified and the fire is not between you and the fire escape route.
• Your instincts tell you that it is safe to use an extinguisher.
Classes of Fire Extinguishers:
- Class A: Use on ordinary combustible materials, such as cloth, wood, rubber, paper, and many plastics.
- Class B: Use on flammable liquids, such as grease, gasoline and oil.
- Class C: Use on appliances, tools, or other equipment that is electrically energized or plugged in.
- Class D: Use on flammable metals and are often specific for the type of metal in question. These are typically found only in factories working with these metals.
- Class K: Use on vegetable oils, animal oils, or fats in cooking appliances. These are generally found in commercial kitchens, but are suitable for the residential market.
Check out the Fire Equipment Manufacturers Association for more information about fire extinguisher use, type and care.
If you experience fire damage or smoke damage, call the trusted professionals at SERVPRO of Sarpy County at 402-291-3355. Our experienced crews are always here to help.
Fireworks Safety Can Prevent Injury and Fire Damage
Small debris from fireworks can cause large fires like this one.
It's fireworks season!
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an average of 18,500 fires are started every year by fireworks. This includes 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside and other fires. These fires caused an average of three deaths, 40 civilian injuries, and $43 million in direct property damage.
One may think that sparklers are the safe way to go, but they account for about a fourth of emergency room visits due to fireworks injuries.
Stay safe this summer by paying close attention to children at fireworks events and check out these additional fireworks safety tips from the National Safety Council Nebraska
If your Omaha-area home or business needs fire damage cleanup, call the trusted professionals at SERVPRO of Sarpy County at 402-291-3355; we are always here to help.
Heavy Rains Cause Flooding in the Omaha Metro
The Papio Creek came pretty close to running over after heavy rains in the Omaha area.
Recent heavy rains led to flooding concerns for many parts of the Omaha Metropolitan area. According to an article in the Omaha World Herald, rainfall totals ranged from 1.26 to over 2 inches around the Omaha area.
Heavy rains frequently cause water seepage into basements, which is not usually covered by standard homeowners insurance. Keep gutters clear and downspouts running away from your foundation to guard against basement flooding.
It is also a good idea to check your foundation for low spots, particularly after a heavy rain. Sometimes, gutters overflow during a heavy rain and cause the ground to sink. These low spots collect rainwater near your foundation and can lead to water seeping into the basement.
If your Omaha-area home or business needs water damage cleanup, call the trusted professionals at SERVPRO of Sarpy County at 402-291-3355; we are always here to help.
SERVPRO Helps Omaha Residents to Minimize Water Damage
It is important to use a certified team like SERVPRO of Sarpy County to ensure your water damage does not turm into mold damage.
Each spring, we receive several calls seeking advice about water damaged basements. Callers want to know what they can do to minimize damage until our crews arrive to professionally clean and dry their property. The answer depends on whether the water is clean or contaminated. Generally speaking, water from a supply line is considered clean, while water from drains is considered contaminated. There are exceptions to this general guideline. If you are unsure of the classification of water affecting your property, consult your water damage experts at SERVPRO of Sarpy County and we will help as best we can.
CLEAN Water Damage Tips
• Shut off the source of the water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
• Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
• Remove as much excess water as possible my mopping and blotting.
• Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
• Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
• Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
• Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
• Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
• Hang draperies with coated hangars to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
• Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.
• Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
• Enter affected areas of electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
• Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.
• Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
• Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
• Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
CONTAMINATED Water Damage Tips
• Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.
• Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.
• Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
• Turn on HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
• Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants.
• Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.
The most important thing to remember is that if you have any questions or require help; call the professionals. Your friends at SERVPRO of Sarpy County are here to help 24x7.
A recent report from the U.S. Fire Administration shows home electrical fires claim the lives of 280 Americans each year and injure over 1,000 more. Overloaded circuits and extension cords cause many electrical fires in the home or workplace.
Electrical fires occur most during the winter months due to the increased time spent indoors, which also increases the use of lighting, heating and appliances.
Many electrical fires can be avoided if basic safety precautions are taken. Review the following safety tips to reduce your risk of an electrical fire:
- Routinely check your electrical appliances and wiring.
- Frayed wires can cause fires. Replace all worn, old or damaged appliance cords immediately.
- Replace any electrical tool or appliance if it overheats, shorts out, causes even small electric shocks, or gives off smoke or sparks.
- If an appliance has a three-prong plug, use it only in a three-slot outlet. Never force it to fit into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.
- Use electrical extension cords wisely; never overload extension cords or wall sockets.
Source: U.S. Fire Administration