5 Essential Tips to Prevent Holiday Fires and Keep Your Season Merry and Bright
Make sure to keep an eye on the stove!
The holiday season is a time for joy, celebration, and spending quality time with loved ones. However, it's also a time when the risk of fires in our homes tends to increase. From the twinkling lights on our Christmas trees to the flickering candles on the menorah, there are many potential fire hazards lurking in our homes during this festive time. But fear not! With some careful planning and safety precautions, you can ensure a fire-safe holiday season for you and your family.
Choose Flameless Candles: While candles can create a warm and cozy atmosphere, they also pose a significant fire risk. Opt for flameless LED candles instead. They mimic the appearance of real candles without the danger of an open flame.
Water Your Tree: If you have a live Christmas tree, make sure to keep it well-hydrated by regularly watering it. A dry tree is more susceptible to catching fire from nearby heat sources.
Keep an Eye on the Stove: Cooking is a big part of holiday celebrations, but it's also a common source of fires. Never leave the stove unattended, use a timer to remind you of cooking times, and keep flammable materials away from the stovetop.
Turn Off Lights and Decorations: Before going to bed or leaving your home, be sure to turn off all holiday lights and decorations. This simple step can prevent electrical fires and save energy.
Have an Emergency Plan: Prepare your family with a fire escape plan. Discuss the plan with everyone in your household and practice fire drills so that everyone knows what to do in case of a fire emergency.
These are just a few, but by following these 5 essential tips, you can significantly reduce the risk of fires in your home and keep your holidays safe and happy!
Ready for Anything, 24/7 - Your Trusted Partner in Emergencies
When disaster strikes, whether it's a fire, flood, storm, or any other unforeseen event, you need a reliable and responsive team to help you through the chaos. That's where SERVPRO® comes in. With a reputation built on excellence and a commitment to being there when you need them most, SERVPRO of Southern York County is your trusted partner in emergencies.
- Local Presence, National Resources: SERVPRO® is a national franchise with a network of over 1,900 individually owned and operated franchises across the United States. This means that no matter where you are, there's a SERVPRO® team nearby, backed by the collective resources of a nationwide network.
- Community Involvement: SERVPRO® franchises are locally owned and operated, which means we are deeply rooted in their communities. We understand the unique challenges our neighbors face and are committed to helping our communities recover after disasters.
- Insurance Liaison: Dealing with insurance claims can be overwhelming, especially during a crisis. Our Project Managers and office staff at SERVPRO of Southern York County can help by working directly with your insurance company to expedite the claims process. Their experience in navigating insurance matters can save you time and stress.
- Immediate Response: Emergencies don't wait for convenient hours, and neither does SERVPRO®. Our 24/7 emergency response team is always on call, ready to go at a moment's notice. Whether it's the middle of the night or a holiday weekend, you can count on us to be there when you need it most.
In times of crisis, having a reliable and responsive partner like SERVPRO® can make all the difference. With our 24/7 availability, highly trained professionals, advanced equipment, and unwavering commitment to their communities, SERVPRO is ready for anything. When disaster strikes, you can trust SERVPRO of Southern York County to help you get back on your feet and on the road to recovery, "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO is STILL Here to Help during this time of need
We're more than 2 years into COVID-19 and more prepared than ever to help with your cleaning needs! Since the start of the pandemic last year, SERVPRO of Southern York County has been called to perform a number of COVID-19 related cleanings, whether you had a confirmed case in your home or business or you were preparing to purchase a home and wanted precautionary cleaning, SERVPRO of Southern York County is HERE FOR YOU! We'll leave you feeling confident that your home or business has been CERTIFIED: SERVPRO Cleaned.
We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.
The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:
- Kitchen/Food Areas
- Retail Spaces
- Water Fountains
- Sales Counters
- Carpets and Rugs
- Stair Handrails
- Elevator Cars
- Playground Equipment
- Fitness Equipment
The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.
Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning
If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Southern York County, 207-324-4400
Fire & Soot Cleanup - We'll Tackle It All
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Smoke and soot facts:
- Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
- Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
- The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Southern York County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
- Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
- Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
- Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 207-324-4400
Commercial Water Damage
Flooding and water damage events at Southern York County commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
About SERVPRO of Southern York County
SERVPRO of Southern York County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
If your commercial or residential property has suffered a water damage, give us a call. We're ALWAYS here to help!
Always Follow These Tips if you Suspect Mold!
If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact SERVPRO of Southern York County for mold remediation services.
What Not to Do:
- Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
- Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
About Our Mold Remediation Services
SERVPRO of Southern York County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today -
September Is National Preparedness Month!
This year for National Preparedness Month, join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types, and leading efforts to encourage the community as a whole to become more prepared.
Make and Practice Your Plan
Do you have an evacuation and shelter-in-place plan? Do you have a plan to communicate with your family members before, during and after an incident? Do you have an emergency supply kit? make sure your family is informed and practiced in your emergency plan. A good way to prepare yourself is signing up for alerts and warnings in your area, and downloading other necessary apps to stay informed.
Check Your Insurance Coverage
Have you reviewed your insurance coverage recently to make sure you're covered if disaster strikes? Evaluate which hazards are relevant to your area and obtain the appropriate insurance for your home, business or other property.
Save For an Emergency
Are you prepared financially in case of a disaster? Does your family have an emergency fund for unexpected expenses after a flood or fire? Check out FEMA's website (Federal Emergency Management Agency) for resources to help you identify and compile important documents so everything is all in once place when you need it.
Whether you've suffered a fire, water damage or even extreme weather, SERVPRO of Southern York County works together as a team to help ensure our families, businesses and neighborhoods are prepared. Contact us today to find out how we can make it "Like it never even happened," after a disaster.
Flash Floods in Southern York County
Here at SERVPRO we handle all types of weather related claims. From extreme cold snaps to summer storms SERVPRO handles it all!
The tail-end of the summer may certainly seem like it would be a slow time of year for weather but in reality it's the peak of hurricane season. While Maine does not really face hurricanes head on, we get the aftermath of the storms which usually involves heavy rains which can cause flash flooding.
Although we are mostly covered by woodlands, we do still have many urban areas (cities/towns) that are most susceptible to Flash Flooding. The impervious surfaces in the urban areas do not allow water to infiltrate the ground, and the water runs off to the low spots very quickly.
Flash flooding occurs so quickly that people are caught off-guard. Their situation may become dangerous if they encounter high, fast-moving water while traveling. If people are at their homes or businesses, the water may rise quickly lead to basement or home flooding.
Flash flooding happens fast but ends just as quickly. If you find yourself with some damage caused by water please do not hesitate to give a call for a free estimate on repairs and dry-out.
Be Prepared For ANY Size Disaster With Help From SERVPRO!
The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW.
As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.
Are You Ready? Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens.
No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?” The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster.
If you have any questions about our Emergency Ready Program please give us a call or email! Also feel free to stop in! Our office hours are Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Address: 236 River St Springvale, ME 04083
Ready for Extreme Weather!
With all the hot and humid days this summer, SERVPRO is prepared to handle any damages due to extreme weather conditions. During the weekend of August 4th, thunderstorm and tornado warnings were issued throughout many areas. The following are some different types of extreme weather to look out for during the summer months.
Microbursts – a small concentrated downburst that produces an outward burst of strong winds at the surface. They are short-lived, only lasting about 5 to 10 minutes. Can be wet or dry, although wet microbursts are more common in our region. Dry microbursts are more often seen in the west and in dryer areas.
Lightning – can occur everywhere in the U.S. with the threat of fires and possible severe damage to your home or surrounding structures. Unless you see signs of fire – stay inside! Your home will protect you.
Hail – pellets that usually range between .2 inches and 1.75 inches in size. Hail damage is not always visible, but some things you can look out for are cracks or dents in shingles, bent roof vents and pipes, and damage to siding. If you suspect hail damage, get an expert opinion!
If you experience any storm related damage or water damage, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Southern York County at 207-324-4400.