Space Heaters are a Leading Cause of House Fires
Space heaters are an easy way to get extra heat in our homes when it is cold outside. But it turns out, many people are using them wrong and causing a huge fire risk in their homes. If space heaters are used correctly, they can be nice to have in the cold months. Space heaters use a lot of power so when plugging them in it is safest to plug them directly into the wall. Depending on the extension cord it might not be able to handle the amount of electricity needed. It is also important to keep any flammable objects at least 3 feet from the space heater. SERVPRO of Mason City recommends checking fire detectors often and have a fire extinguisher in an easy to get place. In case of emergency SERVPRO of Mason City, Austin, and Albert Lea is ready to help 24/7.
Cold Weather Can Affect Your Businesses Fire Sprinkler Systems
Living in North Iowa we know winters come with some cold weather. In most commercial businesses the buildings have fire sprinkler systems to help put out a fire if one were to ever occur. In winter it is important to check where the sprinklers are located. Sprinkler lines that are along an exterior wall or between entryways with poor heat are exposed to the chance of freezing due to the cold weather. Frozen pipes expand causing the pipe to crack or even break causing water to leak out. Make sure the main water line is labeled so you can turn the water off fast. SERVPRO is trained to come and clean the affected area if a pipe were to break. We have equipment that can get the remaining water out and dry the structure. SERVPRO of Mason City is available 24/7 to come get your business back up and running.
What to Check Before a Winter Storm
Iowa winters are filled with freezing temperatures, snow, and ice. SERVPRO of Mason City recommends checking these 3 things before a winter storm hits.
- It is advised to get your fireplace chimney inspected once a year. Using a wood fireplace is a great way to get extra heat in the winter, but if not taken care of can be a fire hazard. Chimney fires can be caused by creosote, soot, and other debris that can create blockage.
- Before the start of really cold weather protect your pipes from freezing. Common water pipes to break during the cold are ones in basements, crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Normally these are pipes that are running in a poor insulated wall or exterior wall. There are a few steps you can take to prevent them from freezing. Keep a few faucets dripping that are along exterior walls. Open your kitchen and bathroom cabinets to let in extra heat. Lastly keep the thermostat at the same temperature during the day and at night.
- Do you know where your HVAC intake and exhaust vents are located? If large amounts of snow fall it can cause these vents to be covered by the snow. If the intake vent is blocked it can cause your furnace to stall meaning you are left without heat. Exhaust vents being covered can cause toxic fumes to be pushed back into your home.
Mason City SERVPRO is here for you if you ever experience winter damage. SERVPRO is available 24/7 with experienced technicians to make it look like it never happened.
Reasons To Keep Bedroom Doors Closed
The thought of a fire for a homeowner can cause many emotions. Closing doors is one habit that can help prevent the spread of fire damage. Closing doors prevents the fire from getting more oxygen and room to spread at a faster rate. Smoke and soot travel throughout the house and breathing in the smoke inhalation is very dangerous. Smoke contains many toxic products including carbon monoxide. It is important to close your bedroom door at night while you sleep. The alarms will go off and wake you up, giving you time to get out without the flames, toxic smoke, and high head temperatures in your room. Make sure you check the smoke detectors in your home often and have one close to where you sleep. SERVPRO of Mason City is here to help provide services to prevent long-term problems. SERVPRO provides mitigation services for fire, smoke, and soot removal to personal belongings and the home structure.
Steps To Take If Water Is In Your Home
Water damage in your home can come from many different sources and be a very stressful and messy situation. SERVPRO of Mason City is here for you 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We have trained professionals to safely dry and clean the affected area. We have the proper equipment and tools to dry out the area. If water damage ever occurs in your home, there are a few steps that can be done to stop further damage.
- Shut off the source of water if possible
- Turn off electricity before unplugging anything or using any outlet or appliance
- Try and remove standing water with either a shop vac, mop, or even towels to soak up standing water
- Call your insurance company
- Take pictures of the area that has water damage
Flood Watch vs Flood Warning – What’s the Difference?
Flooding can occur rapidly and can cause major damage to homes and businesses. The National Weather Service or your local weather service issues flood watches, warnings, and advisories. But what do they mean? Below are the differences between the announcements and what you need to do for each.
Flood Advisory – this is the lowest level of flood notifications. Flooding may be possible under the current weather conditions, but if a flood does occur it is usually less severe. It is best to pay attention to weather announcements and be alert to the risk of flooding.
Flood Watch – this indicates that flooding may be possible in your area within 24 to 48 hours. It means that conditions are favorable for a flood, but not guaranteed. Be ready to seek shelter because a flood watch can quickly turn into a flood warning.
Flood Warning – this means flooding is imminent or already happening in your area. Some things you should be aware of at this time include locating emergency shelters, evacuation procedures, avoid low lying areas, and stay tuned for weather updates. If officials advise evacuation, do so immediately.
Flash Flood Warning – flash floods are sudden and violent. This usually occurs within six hours or less when rain is heavy or levees and dams break. Because flash flooding happens so rapidly, there may not be time to send out alerts. If you become aware of this warning, seek higher ground immediately. Even if it is not raining in your area, flash flooding can still develop when the warning is issued.
Flooding can be very dangerous and sometimes very sudden. In inclement weather, always be alert to your local weather service or the National Weather Service for updates and how to protect yourself. Always exercise caution and be prepared. For water removal and mold damage after a flood, call SERVPRO of Mason City to make it look like “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO of Mason City Readers’ Choice 2019 Award
SERVPRO of Mason City is the area’s top pick for Cleaning Services in the 2019 Readers’ Choice awards.
Owned by Keith and Holly Messenger since October 2017, SERVPRO of Mason City was also voted as Readers’ Choice in 2018. SERVPRO of Mason City offers professional response to property damage emergencies. “It is very rewarding to be recognized for our team’s hard work and efforts. Our goal is to continue to offer the best service and support possible to our customers and the local community,” Keith Messenger says. “The community has always been very supportive of our franchise, and it shows through awards like this one.”
SERVPRO of Mason City is capable of cleaning and restoring a fire, mold or water-damaged building and its contents, including: wall, ceiling and floor surfaces; furniture; fabric; fixtures and more. They also offer cleaning and restoration of special items, such as: HVAC duct systems; building exteriors; electronic equipment, including computers; and documents that have sustained water damage.
For more information on the services offered by SERVPRO of Mason City, call 641-424-3382. You can also find the business online at www.SERVPROmasoncity.com or on Facebook.
SERVPRO of Mason City Adds a Building Expansion
SERVPRO of Mason City, is located at 808 S. Monroe Ave. In 2017, when the new owner Keith Messenger, took over SERVPRO of Mason City, he purchased a bigger building to move the company into. This new building was once a car dealership, and is right around 12,000 Sq. Ft. This was a big move for the company, beings the previous building was around 3,000 Sq. Ft. Over the course of 2 years, the company had outgrown the new building. In 2019, SERVPRO of Mason City added on a 10,000 Sq. Ft., state of the art facility to the building. It includes an Ultrasonic Cleaning room to process clients’ contents damaged by disaster, O-Zone room, Product room, mezzanine for storage space and a classroom for staff training and meetings. SERVPRO of Mason City is excited to continue to add more equipment to help with the restoration process for customers.
How to Fend Off the Flu at Work
Sniffling, coughing, hundred-degree fever…that’s right folks, flu season is upon us. But no need to worry there’s a few things that your office can do to protect your employees (and yourself) from catching the much dreaded influenza. We’ve put together a list of 5 things you to prevent the flu from spreading at your office.
- Give Flu shots at work
- sanitize the workplace
- Embrace basic hygiene
- Avoid physical contact
- Stock the office
Roughly 5-20% of US residents get the flu each year–but this doesn’t have to include your employees. Taking the appropriate measures to prevent the flu in your office will keep your workforce healthy and productive. SERVPRO of Mason City can help keep your business sanitize this season.
Fire Safety Guidelines for the Workplace
Workplace and office fires have reduced in numbers over the last few decades. This is greatly in part to advances in technology, more effective fire control tools and systems, and businesses taking a much more serious approach to fire prevention workplace training.
Tips for workplace safety:
- Emergency exits
- Fire and smoke alarms
- Fire drills
- Work-space clutter
- Electrical safety
Being PREPARED is the key to preventing fires at the workplace. Have an action plan in place, in the event of a fire will help ease the stress and reaction time. Follow the advice above and you can save yourself and your coworkers from injuries and death.
For professional fire damage or smoke remediation services, call SERVPRO of Mason City at (641) 424-3382.