How to Keep Pets Safe During a Fire
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How to Prepare for a Potential Fire Emergency
A fire can quickly engulf any home in Clarksville, Tennessee; an inferno can also threaten everyone's well-being, including pets. While you may communicate evacuation instructions to human family members, ensuring pet safety can be challenging. Employing four useful strategies can help everyone in your family prepare for a potential fire emergency.
1. Keep Leashes Accessible
A leash is an essential pet care accessory that can safely extract your dog or cat from the premise and keep track of them in the ensuing chaos. To expedite its retrieval, you should store this device near a frequently-used exit. You should also train your pet to come to you when called promptly.
2. Practice Evacuating With Pets
If you have children, consider routinely performing fire drills to ensure everyone understands crucial evacuation procedures. Including your pets in these exercises may be extremely beneficial.
3. Post a Pet Alert Sign
A pet alert sign is another useful fire emergency planning tool that you can attach to windows near your front and back doors. These placards are designed to help first responders quickly identify the number of animals living inside the residence. Posting this information may be especially vital if a fire erupts when no one is home.
4. Help Others Identify Your Pet
A frightened animal may run away during a crisis. Purchasing an identification tag and microchipping each pet can enable others to determine the correct owner quickly. To eliminate communication problems, be sure to update both items if your contact information changes.
Enduring a fire emergency can be a daunting experience. If you have animals inside your home, pet preparation should be a component of your family evacuation plan. In addition to providing peace of mind, knowing both your human and furry family members are safe may reduce the stress of the fire cleanup and restoration process.
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After you've experienced a fire at your Clarksville, Tennessee, property, you need to act fast and contact fire damage specialists.
The longer you allow smoke and odors to linger, the deeper they soak into walls, furniture, and carpets. You should ventilate your house as quickly as possible and turn off your heating and air and replace the air filters. Additionally, your HVAC system could make the problem worse by spreading smoke, soot, and ashes throughout your home. Heavily damaged items may need to be disposed of. Consider throwing away food items that weren't sealed in airtight containers that came in contact with smoke damage.
Don't let a fire ruin your life. The devastation can be disheartening. React quickly, the faster you start the smoke cleaning process, the less extensive the damage will be. Contact SERVPRO of Montgomery County (931) 645-1285
3 Ways FEMA Can Save The Day
Damage after a storm.
While the nation's countless victims struggled to pick up the pieces after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, many might wondered how they might recover from storms in their areas. Although it might not sweep across a neighborhood with the force that could wipe out buildings, an average storm can bring a significant amount of flooding. Below are three ways the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) can help during such difficult times.
1. Financial Support
FEMA steps in when a natural disaster takes over. After a governor confirms a state of emergency, FEMA formulates a method to respond to the crisis effectively. The organization can also work with the states to form funding before an expected storm.
When a flood strikes, it can seem as if a catastrophe has suddenly affected life in general. Since FEMA works at the state level, victims may check whether their specific area can receive support. Through a straightforward system, they may then apply for disaster assistance. Even if you have insurance, connecting with all programs before moving forward might be a wise step.
3. Promptness Matters
Despite the differences in each situation, FEMA can respond to disasters that prioritize victims first. When you register, an inspector specializing in disasters generally visits within a week. From there, the agency can work with homeowners to determine the right assistance plan. To ensure speedy support, victims may also need to work with the agency to specify damages.
No matter the extent of the damage, discovering that your home has become the setting for a flood can be shocking, challenging, and stressful. However, this is the point at which FEMA can step in to help you get your space – and subsequently, your life – back on track.
Everything You Need to Know About Flood Damage
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If there's any good news about flood damage, most people know it could and probably will occur in advance. While flash floods and other water damage from leaks and burst pipes are often unpredictable, flood damage from storms is almost easy to predict. Storm surge, torrential rain, and rising water levels cause massive water damage for those who live along the coast or in other low-lying areas. Flood damage is terrible in every instance, but the good news is many homeowners and business owners have enough time to adequately prepare their home and/or business for the impending water damage as best they can.
When a storm ends, and it's safe to return home or to work, many people are shocked to see how much water in the home or water in the business they find. It seems impossible water levels can rise so high, but it's entirely possible. When floodwater causes the water in a home or water in an office to damage things, it's devastating. Before anyone decides to handle this situation, they must learn how to properly handle this kind of water damage.
Do Not Go Back Without Permission
Anyone who evacuated would like to know how much water is in the property or the kind of water they're dealing with; never return to the property without being notified first that it's safe to return. Flood damage is hazardous, and it's easy to forget it's so much more than just water on the road or in a home. Water in a home is dangerous, water in a business is dangerous, and water is dangerous. Wait for the green light when proper authorities give it. No one ever knows if a power line is down, active, and just waiting in the water to electrocute the next person who walks through.
Beware of the Many Dangers
Before anyone enters a home or office with water damage to begin the water cleanup process, they must know how much danger potentially awaits. The water cleanup process should begin as quickly as possible to prevent more damage from occurring, but it cannot be done until people check for proper dangers. The first is live electricity. Don't assume just because the power is out in a specific neighborhood or city; there's nothing to worry about. The power could come back on at any given moment, which means it could cause serious bodily harm to anyone working out of their home or office. Turn off all electricity before entering any building with standing water.
The second danger is what might be waiting for people in the water. There could be alligators, snakes, dangerous water creatures, or even bacteria or other harmful stuff. Always let the local authorities do a neighborhood sweep before beginning the water cleanup and drying process.
Call the Pros
Finally, anyone can do the most crucial thing when water damage occurs and call a professional restoration and mitigation company to handle the drying process. Restoration companies have powerful equipment designed to allow adequate drying to occur in minimal time. Professional mitigation and restoration are imperative because any missed moisture leads to much larger problems.
It's not uncommon for people to want to begin the water cleanup and drying process independently. Still, it's the help of a professional restoration and mitigation company that provides the best possible results. Restoration is designed to clear out all the water in places others might not realize it's hiding. The more prolonged moisture sits in a home or business, the more dangerous it becomes. It can cause mold to form; it can cause further damage to furniture, flooring, and even walls. Call for professional restoration and mitigation rather than handling the drying process without a pro's help to remove water in a business or home. For additional information, contact SERVPRO of Montgomery County.
Cleaning After a Storm
When a storm causes damage to your home, you may feel overwhelmed and unsure of how to start the cleanup process. Due to flooding and other factors, however, there are several ways in which cleaning after a storm often differs from cleaning after other types of damage from water.
1. Water Is Removed
Whereas a pipe break may only require a certain area of the house to be cleaned, and it likely will not result in a major flood, storms can cause extensive water damage. Standing flood water can often be contaminated, meaning that removing the water can be hazardous if not done correctly. It’s important to use protective equipment, like masks, boots, gloves, and other items when removing water that is polluted.
2. Home Is Dried
Once water is removed from the home after a storm, it’s important to dry out the area. Keeping the home dry will help prevent mold growth. However, it’s important to make sure the right equipment is used while drying the area out after flooding. Using a vacuum cleaner or putting on a fan when a ceiling is drooping can be hazardous as well as ineffective. Once the home is dry, the next process of cleaning and restoration can begin.
3. Sanitization Is Required
Since storm floodwater is often contaminated, a home that has sustained flood damage is often typically thoroughly sanitized. In addition to cleaning items within your home, which may include furniture, clothes, or other personal belongings, the home itself may require special cleaning. Often, the process of disinfecting a home includes eliminating the causes of unpleasant odors as well as eliminating odors themselves, and the use of disinfectants as well as the use of antibacterial treatments.
Knowing the differences between pipe burst flooding and storm water damage can give you a better idea of what to expect and where to start the cleanup and restoration process. You could find it useful to work with water and storm damage professionals as you begin to restore your home.
A Smoother Claims Process
If you have suffered a disaster at your home or business the last thing you want is more to worry about. For this reason, our team ensures they make the claim process as stress free as possible. SERVPRO of Montgomery County will help make it “Like it never even happened.” That way you and your family or business can get back to what is important.
Our goal is to make the insurance process as smooth as possible. Therefore, we will:
- Create thorough visual and written documentation of the damage to your home or business
- Document the condition of each item we remove for cleaning or storage
- Work directly with your insurer, communicating with you at all times
- Handle the paperwork to make sure the processing and payment of your claim is as fast as it can be
We are so proud that so many insurance companies recommend SERVPRO to their client. They are fully aware of the benefits that come along with our partnership. We do everything we can to make the entire process as easy as possible.
Our Team is here for you if you experience a disaster. Our technicians have specialized training and years of experience in water, fire, mold and bio-hazard clean up and restoration services. Call us anytime. 931.645.1285. We are available 24/7.
SERVPRO of Montgomery County Welcomes David LaPointe
SERVPRO of Montgomery County welcomes David LaPointe!
We want to welcome David LaPointe as our Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of SERVPRO of Montgomery County and Team Nicholson. David comes to us from SERVPRO Corporate. He was employed with them for ten years as Commercial Accounts Manager, focusing on developing relationships with national insurance companies and commercial clients. David has also been the Vice President of Sales for Americlaim, a national independent claims adjusting company, and Seek Publishing.
David began his career with Sam's Club in 1985 and worked for them as Operations, General Manager, and Regional Sales Manager for 15 years. We are excited to have David on our team to help develop and grow our business into a world-class organization. Call SERVPRO of Montgomery County today, open 24/7!
Did You Know?
Residues (such as burning plastics or the soot from furnace disorders) form long chains of ionized smoke particles that assemble in corners or at junctions of walls and ceilings which are called smoke webs!
Does your business have a plan? Check out these tips:
Protect your people : Your employees are your most important business asset. These tips can help prevent them from being injured in a fire.
- Fire Plans: Make sure your employees know what to do if there's a fire, including calling 911 immediately. Conduct a fire drill at least once a year to keep employees aware of your workplace fire safety protocol.
- Evacuation Plan: In larger buildings, post a fire evacuation plan in several spots around the workplace. Never include elevators in an evacuation plan; always use the stairs.
- First Aid: In case of fire injuries, your employees should be familiar with the location of the first-aid kit, which should be kept where possible hazards can occur most-such as in the kitchen.
We take pride in being the best of the best. Our award-winning crew is here to work for you. Our accomplishments include:
- Multiple Best of Clarksville for Best Water Restoration Company
- 2018 SERVPRO Franchise of The Year
- 2018 Legend Silver Award
- 2017 SERVPRO Top 15
- 2016 SERVPRO Top 15
We are also proud members of the Better Business Bureau and Clarksville Chamber of Commerce.
Our highly-trained, professional, courteous crew and staff are here for you 24/7 for any emergency! You can trust your locally owned and operated SERVPRO of Montgomery County to take care of your home or business quickly and thoroughly "Like it never even happened."
IICRC Training and Certification
The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our Professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.
Employee Certification Training
The Employee Certification Training is a voluntary, self-paced program designed for SERVPRO Franchise employees. Certification is awarded after successful completion of course materials and an examination. Modules include:
- Crew Training
- Fire Restoration
- Water Restoration
- Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
2018 SERVPRO Franchise Of The Year
It's a great day at SERVPRO! This past week at the 49th annual SERVPRO convention in Orlando, FL, SERVPRO of Montgomery County was awarded SERVPRO's highest distinction, the franchise of the year. We are proud to serve our community and make it "Like it never even happened," every single day. Thank you to the men and women who allow us to serve them. We will continue to give you our best every single time. For more information on SERVPRO of Montgomery County's award-winning service or to get a quote, give us a call at (931) 645-1285 or visit our website at http://www.SERVPROmontgomerycounty.com.
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Josh Hyatt (Office Manager), Billy Morrison (General Manager), Leo Millan (Business Development Manager), Brent Nicholson (Owner), Josh Marazzito (Sales & Marketing Manager), Jeff Williams (Operations Manager), Thomas Durrett (Sales & Marketing Manager).