According the to U.S. Fire Administration, there have been 45 deaths so far this year in Wisconsin. This has become the second highest recorded number of deaths in Wisconsin due to fires in the last 5 years. While fires can occur any time of the year, the chances increased during the winter months. Having said that, here are some things to keep in mind as winter approaches.
- Now is a good time to change the batteries in your smoke alarms if you haven’t already done so. The life span of a smoke alarm is also 10 years, so make sure to check the dates on your alarms and replace if necessary.
- Use caution in the kitchen as the Holidays are approaching. This is one of leading causes of home fires.
- If you choose to use a space heater, make sure to use the proper precautions.
- Never plug a space heater into a power strip or extension cord, always plug directly into an outlet
- Place the heater on a flat surface, never on cabinets, tables, furniture or carpet
- Always unplug and store it when not in use and never leave unattended when it’s running
Finally, it is so important to have an evacuation plan in place that you and your family practice. The more you practice it, the more it will become second nature if a fire does occur. A fire can be emotional and devastating, but we can help point you in the right direction and walk you through every step of the process so you always know what is going on. You spend years building the memories in your home and understand how important that is. Give SERVPRO of West Milwaukee a call today and we will make your fire “Like it never even happened.”
Preventing Fires in the Workplace
Often times we discuss how to prevent fires at home, but not always what we can do to prevent fires in the workplace. The best thing we can do as employers is educate the employees and keep our buildings running smoothly.
Here are some additional tips on things that the occupants of any commercial facility can do to help prevent fires in the workplace.
- Make sure your fire extinguishers, control panels and any other fire protection equipment is easily accessible.
- If you have any hazardous materials or waste on site, make sure they are stored properly and disposed of properly.
- Schedule regular maintenance to make sure all your fire protection equipment is up to code and functioning properly.
- Have regular fire drill training and educate your employees how to use fire protection devices.
- Consider investing in building security. Employees should know how to lock up the building and how to report suspicious activity.
- Have a designated smoking area that is a safe distance away from the building.
- Have an emergency plan in place. SERVPRO of West Milwaukee has a great program available to all commercial facilities and it’s absolutely FREE for your business!
- Follow OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) Guidelines.
SERVPRO of West Milwaukee will always help you be prepared for the unexpected. If you do experience a fire at your workplace, give us a call and we’ll get to work to restore your property to its preloss condition as soon as possible to minimize down time.
Emergency Ready Profile
You are the facilities director for several properties. It’s 1:00am and your phone rings. A pipe burst in one of the 20 buildings you manage. Which one is it? Where is the water shutoff? Who do I call first and who’s going to answer in the middle of the night?
Having a plan in place should a disaster strike is the best way to minimize down time and business interruption. The percent of businesses that never reopen after suffering a disaster is overwhelming at 50%. Of the ones that survive, the majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. A SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile can be a great asset to your company. It is a great supplement to existing disaster/contingency plans as well. It provides critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services.
The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile Advantage:
-A NO COST assessment of your facility
-A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency
-A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster
-Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider
-Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin
-Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information
All of this information is available to you in a paper document we supply to you and you have access to the information 24/7 right from your smartphone in a free app. SERVPRO of West Milwaukee is committed to providing fire and water cleanup and restoration services to reduce your business interruptions and recovery costs. We can handle any loss, big or small. Give us a call today to schedule your ERP today or visit SERVPRO.com/Ready.
Winter is coming
With snow flurries in the forecast, it’s time to start thinking about preparing our homes for those cold snowy winter months. This past winter we experienced some of the coldest temperatures that we’ve seen in several years. Regardless of what Mother Nature decides to bring this year, there are some preventative measures we can take as homeowners and business owners to prevent our pipes from bursting.
When a pipe freezes, a lot of pressure is created and can cause it to burst, which can lead to serious flooding, especially if no one is home to turn off the water. Your best bet is to keep your water supply pipes warm and above freezing. Here are a few ways that you can do that:
- Keep your heat on-If you are leaving for a long period of time, you should keep your thermostat at 50 degrees or higher.
- If you have concerns that your pipes may freeze, open the faucet slightly and let it drip. This helps relieve pressure in the system.
- Open interior doors-Often times pipes are in cabinets. Opening those cabinet doors can help allow the heat in your home to keep the pipes warm.
- Make sure cracks and holes are sealed-If there are any gaps around holes where pipes run through walls or floors, make sure to seal those with caulk or spray foam insulation. Seal both the interior and exterior if possible.
- Add additional insulation-If you have pipes in areas that are not properly insulated, adding some extra insulation will go a long way. Basements and attics would be a good example of areas that may be in need of more insulation.
Worst case scenario, if you do experience a burst pipe in your home or business, call SERVPRO of West Milwaukee. We’ve handled dozens of calls just like this and we will get your home back to its preloss condition as soon as possible. You can trust us to take care of your home as if it were our own.