May 15th, 2018 3:33 pm
How’s your garage looking? Spotless, with a place for everything and everything in its place? If you’re like most of us, the answer to that question is no. Our garages are catch-alls for everything we have nowhere else to put. It’s important though, especially as the summer starts to heat up, that we take stock of what’s out there and what could potentially cause problems, such as a garage fire that could result in fire and smoke damage requiring the help of a fire restoration company.
According to FEMA, there are 6,600 garage fires resulting in 30 deaths, 400 injuries and $457 million in property fire damage requiring fire restoration every year. The number one cause of garage fires is electrical malfunction, such as shorts in damaged wires or overloaded outlets and extension cords, so take a tour of your garage and eliminate these obvious fire hazards. But what about the other causes of fire and smoke damage? Let’s take a look at some other tips and tricks to avoid garage fires that might result in a need to call a fire restoration company, and keep your home and family safe all summer, and for the rest of the year too.
May 5th, 2018 3:59 pm
Ah… grilling season is finally here! Food from the grill is the ultimate summer treat. Whether it’s burgers, chicken or good old fashioned hot dogs, everything tastes better when it comes from the grill. It’s important to remember grilling safety tips though, to keep your family safe and avoid burns or fire damage to your home.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there are generally around 9,000 home grill fires per year, resulting in $118 million in property damage that requires fire damage restoration. Keep your home and family safe by following these safety tips:
April 15th, 2018 3:46 pm
Spring in the midwest means a lot of things–daffodils, robins and gentle spring showers. But those spring showers aren’t always so gentle. Spring is also a time for storm preparedness. Taking the time now to make a plan for weathering those storms can save you a lot of headaches down the road. Here’s a list of things you can do to reduce both physical storm damage and the emotional distress that a major storm can bring.
April 5th, 2018 3:39 pm
Sniffing, sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, itchy nose–all of these symptoms sound like a pesky spring cold or seasonal allergies. They’ll run their course and be gone, right? Maybe. But if they’re not gone in due time, you should look for another source for those maladies. That source could be growing right under your nose. It just might be mold.
Mold is an adaptable fungi that can live just about anywhere. The only thing it really needs to grow is a little moisture. If that moisture happens to be in your walls, basement, attic, carpet or anywhere else that isn’t easily visible, mold could be thriving in your home and making your family sick. Children, elderly people and anyone who is already prone to respiratory issues, such as asthmatics, are particularly at risk. It’s important to contact a mold remediation or restoration company if you suspect that you have moisture in your home to check for and remove the mold as soon as possible.
March 27th, 2018 1:26 pm
Running a business can feel like weathering a storm, even on the best of days. You often wear many hats and put out a ton of fires. You concern yourself with staffing, order supplies and inventory, watch over operations, keep an eye on the bottom line, do your absolute best to take care of your customers and then fall into bed at night and do it all again the next day. You also do your best to plan for the future and cover your bases in case the unexpected happens. But sometimes, despite our best-laid plans, disaster strikes. Do you have a plan to ensure your business’ continuity if storm damage requires storm repair or restoration to your property?