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Every Business Should Have An Emergency Kit.

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with Emergency Kit and First Aid Kit in background Disaster can strike at anytime for a business. It is important to make sure you can be as prepared as possible in case of a disaster.

Disaster can strike at anytime for a business. It is important to make sure you can be as prepared as possible in case of a disaster. A business disaster kit should include emergency supplies for you and your employees to stay safe and well while waiting out the storm, and on ward.

So, what to put in an office emergency kit? Here is a list of items to consider when creating a business preparedness kit:

  • Bottled water: Have a minimum three-day supply of water for every member of your staff. You need to have enough clean water for both drinking and sanitary purposes.
  • Non-perishable food: You will want to have a three-day supply of non-perishable food per person. Keep in mind that the food should NOT require any cooking and should NOT provoke thirst. A few examples are canned meats, vegetables, and fruits; nuts, cereal bars and other food items that have a long shelf life.
  • First-aid kit and essential medications: Sterile gauze pads, bandages, antiseptic lotion, pain relievers, fever reducers, thermometer, scissors, tweezers, and sterile gloves are just some ideas to start with.
  • Sanitation and hygiene supplies: Hand soap, paper towels, moist towelettes, antibacterial wipes, toilet paper, garbage bags, disinfectants, and other hygiene supplies.
  • Emergency supplies: Fire extinguishers, flashlights, light-sticks, spare batteries, whistles, a portable hand crank radio, and a disposable camera.

If your business you know is faced with a disaster and in need of restoration, the experts at SERVPRO can help to mitigate the damage and restore your home!  Call (330) 305-2650

  

SERVPRO of Canton offers CE Classes

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with teacher in a classroom.    SERVPRO of Canton offers CE classes for insurance agents.

SERVPRO of Canton offers CE classes for insurance agents. The primary purpose of the CEU is to provide a permanent record of individuals who have completed one or more non-credit educational experiences. When CEUs are approved you can be sure the program you chose complies with internationally recognized standards.

1 CE hour is based on 60 minutes of instruction.

Continuing education is an all-encompassing term within a broad list of post-secondary learning activities and programs.

Recognized forms of post-secondary learning activities within the domain include: degree credit courses by non-degree career training, college remediation, workforce training, and formal personal enrichment courses (both on-campus and online).

Find out more on when our next events are by signing up here: https://ce4free.com/

If you or someone you know is faced with damage and needs restoration, the experts at SERVPRO can help to mitigate the damage and restore your home!  Call (330) 305-2650

  

How to Keep Warm and Prevent Space Heater Fires

12/1/2019 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with Space heater in background During the winter months low temperatures happen in Canton Ohio.50% of home heating fires occur during the months of December, January, and February.

During the winter months low temperatures happen in Canton Ohio. We see many owners turning to alternative sources of heat. 50% of home heating fires occur during the months of December, January, and February. Space heaters are best used with caution.

Follow these safety tips to keep warm with space heaters during the winter months and prevent fire damage:

  • When purchasing a space heater, look for a safety certification: Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
  • Auto shut off features are beneficial. This will help prevent overheating and hazards.
  • Maintain at least three feet of space around the space heater.
  • Remove flammable materials such as curtains, bedding, and clothing from being too close to the space heater.
  • Keep the heating unit away from water. Keep space heaters away from bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Never use an extension cord with space heaters. The amount of power drawn from these units is too much for a low amp extension cord to handle; by doing this it will cause the cord to overheat and spark a fire.
  • Plug only the space heater into the wall outlet.
  • Keep the space heater on the floor; make sure the floor is either wood or tile.
  • Make sure to turn off the heating unit when you leave a room.
  • Make sure you have working smoke detectors on every level of the building

If you or someone you know is faced with fire damage and needs restoration, the experts at SERVPRO can help to mitigate the damage and restore your home!  Call (330) 305-2650

  

What To Do If a Pipe Bursts In Canton Ohio

12/1/2019 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with water pipe.   Taking preventative measures and noticing frozen pipes in time to thaw blockages are key to avoiding pipe bursts.

Taking preventative measures and noticing frozen pipes in time to thaw blockages are key to avoiding pipe bursts. Unfortunately, sometimes disasters occur despite our best efforts at prevention. In the unfortunate event that a frozen pipe does burst, you can mitigate the damage by following these important tips:

  • Turn off the main water supply immediately.
  • If the water is flowing near any electrical outlets or conductors of electricity, shut off the electricity.
  • Contact a plumber to repair the burst pipe.
  • Remove the water by using buckets, towels, and a wet/dry vacuum to remove water from the affected area.
  • Act quickly! The longer there are wet materials in your home, the greater chance there is for mold or warping.
  • If you feel that the water damage is too much for you to handle on your own or you would like assistance in the cleanup, contact the qualified water mitigation specialists at SERVPRO to assist you.

If you or someone you know is faced with a pipe burst and needs restoration, the experts at SERVPRO can help to mitigate the damage and restore your home!  Call (330) 305-2650

  

Water Damage Can Hurt Local Homes in Canton Ohio

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on dark image with water Frozen pipes can cause expensive, unnecessary damage. It is easier than you might think to protect your home.

Winter weather is on its way. As temperatures drop your water pipes and meter are susceptible to freezing. Frozen pipes can cause expensive, unnecessary damage. It is easier than you might think to protect your home.

Follow these simple steps now to help you prevent your water pipes and meters from freezing this winter:

  1. Disconnect and drain outdoor hoses: This allows water to drain from the pipe, which will cause it to NOT freeze. It only takes a single, hard, overnight freeze to burst.
  2. Insulate water pipes or faucets in unheated areas: If you have pipes in an unheated garage or a cold crawl space, wrap the water pipes before temperatures decline.
  3. Seal off access doors, air vents and cracks: Winter winds whistling through small openings can quickly freeze water pipes.
  4. Find your main shut-off valve and label it: Knowing how to access and turn off your water quickly can help you limit damage.
  5. Turn off the water if you are away for a long period of time: When you are away from home for several days, turn the water off. You then should drain the outside faucets or leave the thermostat set above 55 degrees. This helps to ensure your home stay warm and the pipes do not freeze.

If you are in need of restoration after this disaster give SERVPRO of Canton a call (330) 966-2377. We are open 24 hours 7 days a week.

Avoid a fire tragedy this holiday season in Canton

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on fire image with firefighters Tragic Christmas tree-related fires can be rare, but according to the National Fire Protection Association, they are much deadly than any other fires

Tragic Christmas tree-related fires can  be rare, but according to the National Fire Protection Association, they are much deadly than any other fires. Trees only catch fire when set alight by a blaze that already exists in the home.

Minimizing the chances of a Christmas tree-related fire is possible with the following tips:

  1. Pick a fresh-looking tree: Fresh trees aren’t as likely to catch fire, according to the American Christmas Tree Association. It’s essential to choose a tree with green needles. Brownish needles mean the tree is really dry, which makes it more flammable. Also, signs of a fresh tree include soft and flexible needles that don’t easily fall off.
  2. Keep the tree watered: Constant moisture is key, because a dried-out Christmas tree in a home is not good.  Experts recommend keeping a real tree watered at all times to ensure that it remains consistently moist.
  3. Keep tree away from heat: Ensure that the tree is at least 3 feet way from any heat source, such as fireplaces, radiators or heat vents, the NFPA recommends.
  4. Shake the tree: Give your real tree a good shake. If you find that a lot of needles fall to the ground, it’s a sign that the tree isn’t getting enough water. This is a red flag of danger for fires.
  5. Check the tree’s lights: Faulty lights can cause a tree to ignite. It’s essential to check the lights you use to decorate the tree.

Christmas trees are met to be fun and jolly, but don’t get caught up in a horrible disaster if you can prevent. These tips and more can help you so that you don’t end up with a fire around the holiday season.

If you are in need of restoration after this disaster give SERVPRO of Canton a call (330) 966-2377. We are open 24 hours 7 days a week.

How to Prepare for Winter Storms in Canton Ohio.

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with ice on trees. Did you know that 15 percent of home owners have experienced damages caused by water and freezing?

October has arrived and before we know it so will then Thanksgiving, then the holidays. Are you ready for the frigid temperatures, the heavy snowfall?

Did you know that 15 percent of home owners have experienced damages caused by water and freezing? The average cost of these claims is $17,000. The good news is that you can prepare for this before it happens:

  • Drain water from all systems and equipment not needed in winter months. This includes landscape sprinklers and air conditioning units.
  • Check for any damage to the house and repair damages to the roof. Make sure roof drains are clear and in good condition.
  • Clear rain gutters to ensure proper drainage and make sure downspouts are intact and draining in areas away from foot traffic.
  • Inspect the exterior of the building for gaps and seal appropriately.
  • Trim tree branches and landscape that might come in contact with the building.
  • Maintain a temperature of at least 45 degrees Fahrenheit in unoccupied facilities, attics and basements
  • Make arrangements for snow removal with a reputable company.
  • Make sure you have sand, ice melt and shovels on hand for winter maintenance that won't be covered by your snow removal contractor

Taking preventative actions now while the weather is still warm is incredibly important and could save you a lot of time and money. Begin checking off your maintenance needs while the weather still allows for it. If you are in need of business restoration after a disaster give SERVPRO of Canton a call (330) 966-2377. We are open 24 hours 7 days a week. 

Storm Damage Can Cause Disasters to Local Businesses

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image with trees and snow. Winter storms that involve snow, rain, or even ice can cause damage to your business.

Winter storms that involve snow, rain, or even ice can cause damage to your business.  It's prudent to take steps to prevent the dangerous effects of storm damage and to keep yourself and your employees safe. Winter storms can cause power outages that might last for days. They can make roads and walkways extremely dangerous. You can learn more at ready.gov/prepare.

Here are some quick tips to help you and your team prepare for a winter storm:

  • Sign up for local alerts and warnings.
  • Create and test emergency communication plan(s).
  • Stock emergency supplies, and install battery-powered or battery backed-up carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors.
  • Review your property insurance, and safeguard critical documents.
  • Identify a place nearby where you can safely warm up should you lose heat in your business.
  • Stay indoors and off the roads. If you must drive, keep emergency supplies in your car.
  • Close off rooms to consolidate and retain heat.
  • Dress in layers, and use blankets to stay warm.
  • Never use a generator, camp stove, charcoal grill, or gasoline or propane heater indoors, as these items can start accidental fires, cause electric shock, and/or cause deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Remove snow and ice from your tailpipe before starting your car, and check regularly if idling.
  • Clean all snow and ice from your car before driving.
  • Dress in warm clothing, stay dry, prevent prolonged exposure to cold and wind, and avoid overexertion clearing/shoveling snow.

If you are in need of restoration after this disaster give SERVPRO of Canton a call (330) 966-2377. We are open 24 hours 7 days a week.

Would Your Business in Canton Ohio Be Prepared for a Disaster?

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO  house logo on image of city in winter with snow. SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile for YOUR business will minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.

The best way to reduce business interruption following a disaster is to PLAN for it NOW. Up to 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan

The statistics uncovered by industry research say as many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster. Of the businesses that survive, the majority had a preparedness plan in place.

SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile for YOUR business will minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. With a no cost assessment of your facility, the program's profile includes your emergency contacts, all shut off valves and their locations, priority areas of your facility and more. Here are some benefits of an Emergency Ready Profile

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility. This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
  • 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. This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
  • SERVPRO® is a sponsor of the American Red Cross Ready Rating™ program.
  • A free, web-based program designed to help businesses, organizations and schools become better prepared for emergencies. Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
  • Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”

The SERVPRO Ready Plan provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."

Your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. Call now and take the next step in protecting and growing your business.

If you are in need of restoration after this disaster give SERVPRO of Canton a call (330) 966-2377. We are open 24 hours 7 days a week.

And now with the SERVPRO Ready Plan Mobile App, help is at your fingertips. Call now and ask how to get started.

What If a Fire Strikes in Canton?

9/24/2019 (Permalink)

Orange SERVPRO house logo with on a backdrop of bright orange and dark orange fire flames Does your home or business have fire damage ? Call SERVPRO of Canton's 24/7 Emergency Service line at 330-966-2377.

A fire can happen at anytime. Being prepared will help reduce its devastating effects. The first few minutes following a fire are the most significant. If you do not act quickly, there can be consequences; the correct response to a fire can keep effects minimal.

When a fire occurs, notify the fire department, the police department, and the insurance company. Next, call a disaster restoration company, such as SERVPRO of Canton, to help prevent further damage.

By evaluating the materials and surfaces affected, a disaster restoration company will provide an understanding of the fire's chemistry and allow for a targeted, informed restoration effort. Even though each fire's chemistry differs, one of the most important things disaster restoration companies do immediately is wipe down the affected areas to avoid further damage caused by humidity and acidic residues. They will use air scrubbers, which are highly filtered air machines, so soot particles will not recontaminate air and will limit redistribution of contaminated particles while restoration work continues. They will pull all filters from the HVAC system, clean and recondition the system, and then install new filters.

A fire is usually a complex fire, the result of incomplete combustion and fueled by synthetic materials, including those found in carpets, furniture, plumbing, and other equipment. Complex fires cause the most damage and leave the most waste, but disaster restoration professionals can professionally handle the cleanup and restoration.

Does your home or business have fire damage ? Call SERVPRO of Canton's 24/7 Emergency Service line at 330-966-2377.