Fire Prevention Month
October is Fire Prevention Month; which is why it's a perfect time to reexamine your emergency preparedness plans for your home or business. But do you have a fire escape plan? If you don't already have a fire escape plan, now is a great time to make one. In addition to a plan, you can also help prevent extreme damages from fire by changing your smoke alarm batteries. This is because the extent of damage can be limited if a fire is caught quicker.
According to the NFPA, once your smoke alarm starts going off, you have less than 1 or 2 minutes to escape your home safely. However, only 8% of surveyed people said their first thought was to leave the home after hearing a smoke alarm. In this way, creating and practicing an emergency fire plan could save your family's lives. By having a plan, those 1 to 2 minutes can be utilized to achieve the best possible outcome.
Here are some tips to prevent fire from happening in the first place:
- Do not leave stoves, ovens, toasters, irons, or candles unattended.
- Do not play with fire whether indoors or outside.
- Check electric appliances for frayed or damaged cords. Replace or fix when necessary.
- Keep bonfires a good distance from any structures.
- Make sure your smoke detectors have fresh batteries and are functioning properly.
For information on fire safety, feel free to call us at (563) 386-3540.
Vicki Blaire: SERVPRO’s Greatest Cat Mom
Bella, after a much needed bath!
Vicki Blaire, our Warehouse Supervisor, has been a dedicated member of the Quad City SERVPRO team for 12 years. And during this time, Vicki has made some lifelong friends—especially her 2 cats: Allie and Bella. In fact, Vicki rescued them both from SERVPRO job sites and brought them home.
Allie, 11, a Maine Coon, was her first furry rescued friend. SERVPRO was cleaning a damaged home that happened to have a new litter of kittens. One of those kittens developed an attachment with Vicki, wandering down the stairs 5 times to greet her; on the 6th time, Vicki decided “I’m taking this guy home”. And for the last 11 years, Allie has been a spoiled and loved part of Vicki’s family. In fact, to her other cats, Allie acts as a paternal and protective figure, always looking out and standing up for his kitty siblings.
Bella, 2, was the next kitten Vicki rescued from a SERVPRO job site. Bella was living under a home and very filthy and in need of care. Instead of taking her to the humane society, Vicki vowed to take her home as well. For the last 2 years, she has been an indispensable part of Vicki’s family.
Vicki’s dedication does not stop with animals; in addition to her 12 years of experience and professional expertise in this industry, Vicki is compassionate and supportive with clients and loves what she does. We are honored to have Vicki on the SERVPRO team!
Locally And Family Owned For 25 Years In The Quad Cities
SERVPRO of Davenport/Bettendorf is locally owned and family operated and has been a trusted restoration company in Quad City communities for 25 years. We are dedicated and passionate about helping homeowners and businesses in our communities recover from disasters, ranging from damage caused by fire, water, flood, mold, and more.
Coupled with our national backing from SERVPRO Industries—which gives us the proprietary equipment, chemicals, and training to provide unmatched services—we have highly trained local professionals ready to assist you with your restoration needs. In fact, some of our employees have been with us from the beginning, giving them up to 25 years of experience with SERVPRO. Our trained local professionals live and work in our Quad City communities and are ready at a moment’s notice to make your disaster “Like it never even happened.”
If you want to work with a locally owned business with 25 years of experience in our community providing restoration services, choose SERVPRO for all of your disaster and clean-up needs!
SERVPRO Helped the River Bandits Clean Flood Damage
SERVPRO quickly reported to the River Bandits Stadium following flood water damage.
This flood season has been rough on the Quad Cities. And you can’t look at the news without seeing some sort of flood coverage. A prominent photo many of you have seen is the Quad City River Bandits Modern Woodman Stadium completely surrounded by water. While the River Bandits were once again able to keep the flood waters from damaging their field, their batting cage area was not so lucky. Flood waters infiltrated this area and left behind large quantities of mud and silt.
Left without a place to practice, the River Bandits called on SERVPRO to make it “Like it never even happened.” SERVPRO reported to the stadium soon after getting the call to access the damage. We found a thick layer of mud left behind on cement surfaces, as well as on the green felt turf in their batting cages. At SERVPRO, we call this type of cleaning a muck-out. Once an assessment was made, we began work immediately. This involved power washing and sanitizing all surfaces in the batting cage area. Although it was a large job, we were able to be in and out within 2 days, allowing the River Bandits to get back to practicing and doing what they do best!
If your business experiences water or fire damage, call SERVPRO to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Stay Safe From Lightning
Lightning strikes in the United States approximately 25 million times per year. Most of these strikes occur in summer, though lightning can actually strike at any time during the year. And though it is rare, lightning strikes on humans can be fatal; in fact, an average of 47 people per year are killed in lightning strikes, while hundreds of people are seriously injured. You can use the following tips to keep yourself and others safe from lightning strikes:
- Try to avoid wide open areas during a storm.
- Stay clear of trees, towers, utility poles, or any other large or tall metal objects.
- Stay clear of metal structures such as fences or wiring.
- Stay indoors if possible.
- Clear skies do not mean you are in danger. If you can hear thunder, you can be struck by lightning.
Smoke Damage Job at the Quad City Animal Welfare Center
A dryer fire at Quad City Animal Welfare Center forced them to temporarily close their doors. Thanks to SERVPRO, they are back I business!
Back in May of 2019, the Quad City Animal Welfare Center in Milan, IL, had a fire in their laundry room. Luckily, the fire was contained to the dryer; however, the smoke from the fire spread throughout the building, causing smoke damage to most of the facility. We were honored when we received the call from the center to help.
Once we received the call, SERVPRO arrived on the same day to do an assessment of the damage and provide emergency services. While the clinic escaped structural damage, most all surfaces were damaged by smoke, which made its way throughout the facility. Because this is a sterile environment for animal housing and operations, it was crucial that the property be deep cleaned and ready for everyday use. This involved deodorizing and using our ozone machines and air scrubbers to remove the smoke smell. All surfaces were also cleaned and sanitatized. SERVPRO got the clinic back in business in a week's time!
From start to finish, SERVPRO was able to make it “Like it never even happened.” If you have smoke damage, call us today!
Flood of 2019
The flood of 2019 has been the worst flood in the Quad Cities in recorded history. We have broken several records, including flood depth, amount of time at flood stage, and record rainfall days in May. While we have grown accustomed to flooding over the years, and have procedures in place to combat water damage to businesses and residences, this flood overwhelmed many of our safeguards.
One of those safeguards is the HESCO barrier. When the barrier collapsed due to prolonged water pressure and increased height, businesses were caught off guard. Many lost a large portion of their merchandise. Others have had to remain closed and even vowed to move their business location permanently.
However, as the water goes down, both our residents and our businesses are starting to rebuild. Home owners are having their basements cleaned out and businesses are starting to once again stock their shelves in anticipation of reopening. The Quad Cities have once again pulled through during a brutal flood season and now look toward the future!
Being Prepared for a Fire: Have a Plan
Working in the Fire and Water Restoration industry, SERVPRO understands the devastating effects fire can have on a property. We also know too well that fires can be fatal. In many cases families do not have plans to follow in case of a fire. When fire strikes, you must act quickly to not only help reduce the extent of damage to your property, but also to keep your loved ones and pets safe from harm. For this reason, SERVPRO recommends all households have a plan set in place in case of a fire.
The first step is creating your plan. This will involve sitting down with your family, especially your children, so that everyone is aware of the plan. For each room in your home, there should be 2 specified exit points, such a doors or windows. Part of the plan will be explaining to your children that if one route is blocked—by smoke or fire—they should try the other route. The best way to do this is to draw a map that shows all exits. The plan should also specify a meeting place for everyone to gather after leaving the home. This meeting place should be a safe distance from your home. At this meeting place, you will then want to call 911—don’t stay in the home to call 911 and don’t go back inside.
Once you have your plan in place, reminders about your plan throughout the year can be helpful in remaining prepared at a moment’s notice. Practicing your fire drill with your children will help them better understand what to do and to keep calm if a fire occurs.
Of course, it is also import to teach your family about the importance of fire safety. This means teaching them that they should stop, drop, and roll if their clothing catches fire; crawl close to your baseboards to avoid smoke inhalation; and always listen to instructions from officials such as police or firefighters.
Call SERVPRO today for more fire safety tips!
Fire Caused by Lightning
When you think about how a fire may start, what first comes to mind? A stove burner left on, a clogged dryer vent, or faulty wiring? All of these instances are common. But what about lightning? According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), local fire departments in the United States responded to an average of 22,600 fires that were started by lightning—this data was gather between 2007 and 2011. While uncommon, they do happen, and especially around the summer months. In fact, fires caused by lightning strikes are most common between the months of June and August, taking place between late afternoon and evening.
Because our homes are made of wood and other highly flammable materials, they can be easily ignited by a lightning strike. This will often take place in the attic or roof of a home; this is because the lightning channel must pass through the roof to get to the conductive materials, such as piping and wires within our walls and ceilings. While it is most common for the fires to start on the roof or in the attic, if lightning travels through a home’s wiring system, fires can start anywhere.
If your home is struck by lightning, you will want to immediately call the fire department in case of a fire. Because lightning can travel through your home internally via pipes and wires, an ignited fire may not be outwardly apparent. This is why it is safer to have the fire department on their way to not only put out a possible fire, but to make sure your home is not at risk of a fire. In fact, it may be a good idea to contact an electrician to make sure that your wiring was not damaged by the lightning strike.
While fires caused by lightning are rare, it is still important to always be prepared!
Being Prepared for A Tornado
Tornado season is upon us once again and it is time to go over your family’s plan in case of severe weather. As Midwesterners, we know well how violent tornadoes can be and the widespread damage that can be done. While most damage is out of our control, being well prepared for these disasters saves lives.
The first thing you can do in preparation for a tornado is identify a safe place in your home where your family and pets can gather. This place will be located in your basement or cellar. If you don’t have a basement, make sure the safe room is on the lowest level in your home. If you live in an apartment complex, try to stay in the hallways near the center of the building and away from windows on the lowest possible floor. Mobile home owners should seek shelter at nearby safe structures. Mobile homes are never safe during a tornado.
Preparing your family for a tornado should take place long before a Warning is announced. Everyone in the household should be aware of the safest place to go during a tornado, especially children. This does not only apply to your home; because we are not always at home when a tornado strikes, everyone in your household should understand emergency plans at their place of work or school.
You should also have a supply kit prepared to use in your safe place while you wait out the storm. These should include emergency supplies, such as medications, flashlights, first-aid kit, and a battery operated radio to monitor the progress of the weather.
Call your local restoration professionals at SERVPRO for more information!