Fire Escape Planning for Your Business
An emergency escape plan is not required for all businesses, however, OSHA recommends building an emergency action plan to protect yourself, your employees, and your business during an emergency. OSHA suggests the following steps when developing a plan.
Organize an Emergency Preparedness Procedures review with employees to review your company's emergency plans. You may wish to select an individual or team of individuals to lead and coordinate your emergency plan.
Once a plan is developed, post evacuation procedures, including routes and exits, where they are easily accessible to all employees. Ensure all exits and routes are clearly marked, and will lit, wide enough to accommodate the number of evacuating personnel, and unobstructed and clear of debris at all times.
Conduct office evacuation exercises and drills. Designate a safe spot outside of the facility where employees can regroup, recover and conduct a head count. Once completed, evaluate how well the plan worked and if additional training or exercises are needed.
Understanding the behavior of smoke
There are two different types of smoke--wet and dry. As a result, there are different typed of soot residue after a fire. SERVPRO technicians are trained in fire cleanup and restoration, and know the different types of smoke and its behavior patterns. Knowing this information is vital to proper restoration. Before restoration begins, the technicians will survey the loss to determine the extent of impact from fire, smoke, heat, and moisture on the building materials and contents. The soot will then be tested to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. Pretesting determines the proper cleaning method and allows us to focus on your precious items.
Smoke can penetrate various cavities within the structure, causing hidden damage and odor. Our knowledge of building systems helps us to investigate how far smoke damage may have spread. The following are additional facts you may not know about smoke.
- 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
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 dries.
Protein Fire Residue (Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire) Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Fuel Oil Soot (Furnace Puff Backs) While "puff backs" can create havoc for homeowners, SERVPRO technicians can, in most cases restore the contents and structure quickly.
Other Types (Tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue) Special loss situations require special care.
Our technicians are trained to handle even the toughest losses. And make any smoke disaster "Like it never even happened."
Mold: what to look for
Winter is here and temperatures are fluctuating, moisture is making its way into our homes in the most unexpected areas. As moisture sits and humidity rises within the home, mold begins to find its place to grow. According to Houselogic.com, the 5 most unexpected places for mold to hide in your home are chimneys, refrigerator drip pans, front-loading washing machines, dishes, and windows sashes and seals.
As rain and snow collect down in the chimney, they combine with the dirt and other particles within the brick to create a breeding ground for mold to grow.
2. Refrigerator drip pans
The drip pan collects moisture and food spills over time and goes unnoticed from being located under the refrigerator where most people don’t think to clean or even look.
3. Front-loading washing machines
The seal around the door of the front-loading washing machines often stay wet from being closed when not being used, which creates a great environment for mold growth.
4. Window sashes and seals
This is the time of year when the chill of the cold weather combine with the warmth of the inside to create condensation along windows and walls. The dirt and dust particles left on these surfaces mixed with the moisture create the perfect surface area for mold to grow.
5. Air conditioners
The air conditioning units hold the dust, pollen and moisture from the air. With the AC sitting throughout the winter, it gives mold the chance to grow and still be hidden away.
SERVPRO Equipment Guide: Direct In Systems
SERVPROs number one priority is restoring as much of your home as is possible, not only to keep your home “home”, but also to cause minimal disturbance to your day to day life. One of the many techniques that we use to make sure that your home remains as intact as possible during the mitigation process is the Directed In system. The Directed In system is an attachment for one of our air movers that allows for the connection of many small tubes. The tubes are run through an affected wall or tow kick, which grants access to an area that would otherwise be accessed with demolition The air mover then blows warm, thirsty air (created by our dehumidifiers) into the affected space, creating an environment that is optimal for drying. The Direct In system is another way that SERVPRO of Skagit County – SERVPRO of Marysville/Arlington ensures that your home is restored to pre-loss condition in a timely manner.
Is your company prepared for when disaster strikes?
Did you know that upto 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster never reopen? Are you, and your property prepared for an emergency or disaster situation? Don't worry SERVPRO of Skagit County - SERVPRO of Marysville/Arlington is Here to Help.
SERVPRO of Skagit County - SERVPRO of Marysville/Arlington is offering Emergency Ready Profiles (ERPs) to local businesses and community members. The ERP is a no cost assessment, all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save your business in the future.
What is the ERP you ask? The ERP is a compliation of everything you may need handy when disaster stirkes.
The information incudes (but is not limited to):
- Emergency Tips
- A facility overview
- Emergency Contacts
- Facility entry points.
- Utility shut-off locations
- Other crucial source information.
- Fire extinguisher locations.
- Urgent Contacts
As you can see, the ERP is a great resource for when disaster occurs. The better prepaired you are the better you are able to minimize business interuption in a disaster situation. Feel free to call SERVPRO of Skagit County - SERVPRO of Marysville/Arlington at (360) 873 - 8744 to schedule an ERP appointment!
Mold Remediation In Skagit County
Have you found mold growing in your Skagit County home? Any person that answered yes to that question, needs to have mold remediation done right away. There are a number of reasons why it is so essential that a mold issue is handled immediately without any delay.
It is always a good idea for you to understand these reasons, especially if you have mold in your home right now. Below are the top reasons why mold has to be removed right away.
1. Mold is going to continue growing and spreading - After you have noticed mold in your house, if you don't get it taken care of right away you can be sure that it will continue growing, and on it spreading to other parts of your house.
This can be avoided by calling SERVPRO of Skagit County professionals in for help so they can do remediation of the mold. That is going to stop the mold from spreading. The faster you call them in for help the faster you can have a healthy and safe home again.
2. Mold causes health problems - When you have mold in the home, it is going to cause health problems for anyone that lives in your house. It doesn't matter how young or old you are, but it can especially be dangerous for the elderly and small kids due to weaker immune system.
It is essential that you get the mold removed immediately so that your house can be safe for every person living there. Don't put off getting help to get rid of this problem because the longer you put it off the more people it is going to affect, and the more health issues it is going to cause.
3. Mold causes damage to your home's foundation - A lot of people don't understand that mold can cause serious damage to their house. After it is growing in the house, it is going to spread and any areas where the mold gets into can become weak and unstable.
This can and will cause really bad problems with the home's structure, if the problem is not treated right away. In order to keep your house in good shape and to keep it safe you have to ensure that you get the mold removed as fast as possible.
The faster it is removed the safer your family and you are going to be inside your house.
These are the main reasons why mold remediation in Skagit County has to be taken care of immediately. So whenever you see mold growing inside your house, make the smart decision and call the professionals for their help so they can ensure that your family is safe from it as soon as possible.
SERVPRO of Skagit Count proudly provides Fire, Water, Mold, and Biohazard, cleanup and restoration services to Mount Vernon, Burlington, Sedro-Woolley, Anacortes, La Conner, Oak Harbor, Coupeville, Freeland and surrounding areas!
Prepare for flooding in Western Washington
With all of the flooding that is happening in the Pacific Northwest SERVPRO of Skagit County, Marysville/Arlington wants to make sure that you are all staying safe! If you have yet to experience any flooding but are on alert remember to be prepared. Here is a list of essential preparation items that the American Red Cross recommends:
· Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
· Food—at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
· Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
· Extra batteries
· First Aid kit
· Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
· Multi-purpose tool
· Sanitation and personal hygiene items
· Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, insurance policies)
· Cell phone with chargers
· Family and emergency contact information
· Extra cash
· Emergency blanket
· Map(s) of the area
· Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
· Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
· Tools/supplies for securing your home
· Extra set of car keys and house keys
· Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
· Rain gear
· Insect repellent and sunscreen
· Camera for photos of damage
Remember that SERVPRO is always here to help if you experience any flooding or water damage within your home! Stay safe! Check out http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/flood for more great flood preparedness and saftey tips!