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What Are The Main Causes of Restaurant Fires?

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the foodservice industry has become one of the most negatively affected industries. With mandated government closures and limits on capacity, there is much on the mind of restaurateurs. Covid-19 has forced restaurants of all shapes and sizes to think outside of the box to best stay afloat and serve their community. Colliding with those thoughts are worries that are always a concern of business owners which are fires. 

According to the National Fire Protection Agency, there are  7,410 structural fires pertaining to restaurants every year. Causing thousands of dollars in fire damage. 40% of restaurant fires occur in the kitchen caused by stoves, ovens, and other electrical as well as gas appliances. Lighting equipment and smoking are also contributing causes to restaurant fires. 

A few tips to help prevent restaurant fires whether it’s a fast-food establishment, fast-casual, or fine dining. 

  • Include in your new employee training fire prevention and safety rules to be followed.
  • Regularly train current employees on kitchen safety. 
  • Instruct all servers, cooks, and bussers on the fire extinguisher utilization. 
  • Have a designated area for smoking a safe distance from the building. 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, flood, mold, or storm damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Kernersville, 336-748-0250.

References  

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Top-fire-causes/Heating 

https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Safety-tip-sheets/Heating_Safety.ashx 


https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Data-research-and-tools/Building-and-Life-Safety/Eating-and-drinking-establishments

What Items Can Be Saved After Your Home Floods?

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

Rain, rain, and more rain. They’re moments in the year, sometimes too many where our community goes days on end with rain. Then changing over to snow and ice in the winter if the temperatures manage to drop below freezing for a substantial amount of time. While snow is pretty to look at, what often accompanies it is a fearful weather condition. Ice can cause trees to topple over onto your roof creating a hole where water can seep into all areas of your home including the basement. 

Falling trees can rupture the pipes of your home as well which may cause hundreds if not more gallons of water to spew out into your basement, flooring, walls, and ceiling. Any amount of standing water in your home may spell disaster if not mitigated promptly. Significant water damage can begin to warp your hardwood floors, stain your carpeting, and create a mold growth situation.

Calling an experienced water cleanup crew with IICRC Certification and experience in restoration is key to beginning the process of getting your home back to normal. Our team is trained in proper drying methods and mold testing to help keep your family safe. We’ll also reconstruct your house after it’s been restored to streamline the process. 

When many customers call our office to request our services it’s critical you’ve already completed a few tasks beforehand. Listed below are a few key steps homeowners should take if they experience water damage. 

  1. Shut Off The Water Source
    1. Locate the cut-off valve in your home. It’s likely underneath your kitchen or bathroom sink. 
  2. Do What You Can In Order To Mitigate The Damage
    1. Try to soak as much water as you can on your own using towels. 
  3. Call A Water Cleanup Company
    1. Available 24/7 with 20+ years of experience and contractor license for repairs. 
  4. Speak To Your Home Insurance Provider  
    1. Save your insurance agent’s contact information on your phone, or write it down. 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Kernersville, 336-748-0250.

How To Prepare For A Workplace Power Outage?

2/25/2021 (Permalink)

Recent severe winter storms knocked out power to thousands across the Piedmont Triad in February 2021. The threat of ice storms along with thunderstorms in the spring and summer highlights the importance of having an emergency preparedness plan for your workplace. It’s critical business owners have a safety plan in place to protect their employees as down power lines from powerful winds and toppling trees can wreak havoc on a worker’s commute. The most important thing is ensuring that everyone in your workforce is safe. Having a safety plan of action that includes who and where to report to is crucial in these scenarios. 

Many businesses may have a generator that may continue to power their electrical system if it’s disrupted. However, some workplaces may only utilize a generator to keep minimal services up in running. In those sorts of cases, a business manager or owner informing their workers on what will be kept up and running is crucial. Also, remember that your power company may already be aware of the outage is caused by a natural disaster such as an ice storm, tornado, or hurricane. 

When preparing your workplace for a potential outage recognize that planning too much is a good thing. You can never be prepared in natural disaster scenarios. According to the National Fire Protection Agency’s website: electrical distribution and lighting equipment was the second leading cause of office property fires (12%) of fires while causing 15% of direct property damage.

 Listed below are several key steps that your business can take to protect your employees and commercial space from potential fires. Caused by an electrical disruption as well as tips to prepare for a power outage. 

Power Outage Preparedness and Safety 

  1. Be aware of the weather forecast by watching your local news or checking the weather online. 
  2. Communicate with your employees prior to any power outage or natural disaster event on the emergency preparedness plan. 
  3. Utilize a print version of your company’s emergency preparedness plan as a resource. 
  4. Communicate with your supervisor on the next steps if a power outage occurs. 
  5. Consider unplugging any personal electrical equipment including phone chargers and desk lights. 
  6. Don’t go near any down power lines or wires during a power outage. 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, flood, mold, or storm damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Kernersville, (336) 748-0250.  

References 

https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Publications-and-media/Press-Room/News-releases/2020/NFPA-releases-first-two-videos-of-a-new-campaign-series

https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Data-research-and-tools/Building-and-Life-Safety/US-Structure-in-Office-Properties 

https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Data-research-and-tools/Electrical/Fatal-electrical-injuries-at-work 

https://emergencyplanguide.org/power-outage-in-the-workplace/ 

Tips For Preventing Electrical Fires In Your Kitchen

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

Kitchens are the heart of the home and they have increasingly become the place where we spend the most time. Protecting the heart of the home is similar to protecting your own heart that is inside your body. Properly maintaining your electrical equipment and appliances to ensure that they’re in good shape. That includes regular cleanings, not overextending the equipment, and knowing the proper way to use it according to the instructions. 

Taking steps to prevent the appliances and electrical equipment in your kitchen from becoming a fire hazard are simple yet are easy to forget in the hustle and bustle of life. Listed below are several tips on how to help prevent electrical fires in your kitchen. 

  1. Only plug your major appliances into electrical sockets. Do not use extension cords or power cords. Refrigerators and stoves should only go into the main sockets.
  2. Regularly clean your appliances and electrical equipment. Read the instructions on the appliance or in the instruction manual for cleaning guidelines. 
  3. Only use your electrical equipment for its specified purpose. Doing otherwise may lead to it becoming a fire hazard. 

SERVPRO of Kernersville is a certified and experienced fire cleanup crew. Restoring hundreds of homes and businesses after experiencing a fire, smoke, and soot damage to their interior.  

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Kernersville, 336-748-0250. 

How My Space Heater Can Become a Fire Hazard

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

As the winter season sets in and temperatures prepare to plummet, thousands of families across Kernersville will be utilizing different forms of heating equipment to remain warm. Space heaters may be one mechanism homeowners use and although it may be great at creating a comfortable environment inside your home they may also present themselves as a fire hazard if not properly applied in their given area. According to the National Fire Protection Association. Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths.

To protect yourself, loved ones and property from the potential fire hazard posed by spaces heaters the SERVPRO of Kernersville team has listed several points below. 

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment including spaces heaters. 
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around space heaters.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month.

Providing useful information to keep your family safe this winter season is important to our team. If you do, however, experience a home fire damaging portions of your property or all of it in its entirety our team is ready to respond to mitigate the damage. The SERVPRO of Kernersville team has performed thousands of fire restoration jobs in our twenty plus years of existence. Whether it’s staining soot damage, a lasting smoke odor, or varying contents such as furniture, toys, and precious family keepsakes you need to be taken care of. We’re here to help! 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, flood, mold, or storm damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Kernersville, (336) 748-0250. 

References  

https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/winter-holiday-fires-infographic.pdf  

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Top-fire-causes/Heating 

https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Data-research-and-tools/US-Fire-Problem/Candle-fires 

https://www.esfi.org/news/5-things-you-should-know-about-space-heaters-638#sthash.LTHHLmhN.dpbs 


https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Safety-tip-sheets/Heating_Safety.ashx

Rising Numbers of COVID-19 in Piedmont Triad

1/15/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Kernersville has performed hundreds of proactive and post cleanings for commercial spaces since the beginning of the pandemic. Equipped with our corporate patented SERVPROXIDE disinfectant our Production Technicians have disinfected small office spaces to large industrial plants. Each of our crew members is trained in effective sanitization methods to grant you and your employees peace of mind as you head back into the workplace. 

2021 is a promising year with many heading back into the workplace for the first time since early spring 2020. Coming together as a community was necessary in order to combat the pandemic and show that we’re #greensborostrong. Please continue to wear your mask, practice socially distancing when required, and if you do have an employee test positive at your facility please give our team a call. 

If your home or business is in need of one of our other services whether for fire, water, flood, mold, or storm damage; call the experts today – SERVPRO of Kernersville, 336-748-0250. 

References 


https://www.wfmynews2.com/video/news/health/coronavirus/professional-cleaners-phase-two-disinfecting-deep-cleaning-businesses-phase-two/83-d8886d0a-7ae8-45f1-8771-a8b27f860f27

Keeping Your Air Ducts Clean

1/7/2021 (Permalink)

Sustaining a small business through the wide-ranging effects of COVID-19 is a daunting task. Remaining up to date with the latest CDC recommendations and state requirements on cleaning and disinfecting has shifted the way many business owners operate; taking up more time in their schedule. It’s critical that other pieces of your business don’t fall to the waist side including your air duct system which is central to maintaining a safe working environment. 

Failing to have your air duct system regularly cleaned may lead to poor air quality for your commercial space as well as lead to a potential fire hazard. Dust can become flammable when it’s allowed to build up in your duct system which may eventually lead to a fire erupting. 

Protecting your employees’ health and their livelihoods is the first priority for business owners. Therefore, partnering with a professional commercial air duct cleaning crew is essential. The SERVPRO of Kernersville crew has over two decades of experience in this arena and the equipment to thoroughly clean your air duct system. 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Kernersville, (336) 748-0250.

Trauma Scene Safety & Clean-Up For Property Management Companies

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

Handling the aftermath of a death on your property is a sensitive ordeal. Although a mortician or coroner will remove a body from your rental property the matter of cleanup is left to the landlord/property owner. Once a human body begins to decompose the entire house becomes a biohazard scene containing potential infections and diseases throughout. Failure to adequately remediate after a death occurs in one of your commercial or residential properties may lead to further issues with other properties near your property. 

Health Risk

  • Human waste including bodily fluids, urine, and feces can contain E. coli, norovirus, and pinworms. 
  • Bloodborne pathogens including Hepatitis A, Hepatitis C, and HIV can be found in the area where the body was found including the floors, walls, mattresses, and furniture. 
  • Along with the physical health risk of individuals cleaning up after a death has occurred, there is also the mental health risk if the person was a loved one. The psychological damage should not be discounted. 

PPE & Clean-Up 

SERVPRO of Kernersville is your area leader in human waste clean-up including crime scenes and biohazard remediation.

  • Each of our crew members is equipped with the necessary PPE to complete the biohazard remediation process including hazmat suits, goggles, respirators, and disposable gloves. 
  • Adding to the IICRC training, biohazard remediation equipment, and readiness our team possesses; SERVPRO has industrial-grade chemicals to properly disinfect and deodorize your home. A decomposing body can also leave a foul smell in your home which may harm the potential resale value. 

If your home, rental property, or business is in need of one of our other services whether for fire, water, flood, mold, or storm damage; call the experts today – SERVPRO of Kernersville, (336) 748-0250. 

References

https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/global/sanitation/workers_handlingwaste.html

https://www.osha.gov/bloodborne-pathogens

Winter Preparedness For The Workplace

12/23/2020 (Permalink)

Office spaces across Forsyth County have set idle for nearly the entire year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Thousands of workers in Kernersville have had the ability to work from home for months. Creating the opportunity for water damage, mold, and other structural issues to go unnoticed due to the absence of staff members. Entering into 2021 many employers will continue to grant their employees the option of working remotely while others may begin to bring their teams back into the office strategically. Business owners and managers anticipating the return of portions of their staff should plan on how to handle property damage if it is discovered. 

Water damage brought on by leaky pipes or infiltration from a storm may lead to mold. Arriving back in the office to discover mold has grown in the restroom area, breakrooms, and other spots is a matter that is best attended to swiftly. To prepare, supervisors should perform a complete walkthrough of the entire area for any signs of water damage before any subordinate workers arrive for work. Mold damage likewise can be detected by a moldy or mildew smell. Black like spoors may also be a sign whether on the flooring, walls, or ceilings. 

Winter is upon the Piedmont Triad and at just the moment you may be welcoming administrative assistants, customer service reps, accountants, and marketers your pipes burst. Temperatures below 32 degrees can do that if water freezes in your pipes. To help prevent your business’s pipes from bursting is to review any exposed areas for leaks. Standing water may be a sign that your pipes are leaking. 

Along with preparing for water, mold, and storm damage that may have occurred while everyone was away from the office helping your employees feel safe coming back is as critical. SERVPRO of Kernersville has performed hundreds of proactive pre-cleanings this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Our staff are experienced and possess the necessary equipment to sanitize your office space to add to the comfortableness of your employees.  

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, flood, mold, or storm damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Kernersville, (336) 748-0250.

Real vs. Fake: The Great Christmas Tree Debate

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

December is here and the holiday season is in full swing. Homeowners across Kernersville and surrounding communities will be showcasing their decorative Christmas Tree whether artificial or natural. People still debate the merits of both and while we’re not going to settle the score here. They're safety precautions you should take regardless if you’re purchasing a “real tree” or a fake tree. 

Natural Christmas Trees according to the U.S. Fire Administration, a division of F.E.M.A. pose a higher fire risk compared to artificial trees. Meaning homeowners should take extra safety measures in order to minimize the likelihood of a fire starting. It’s critical that in the hustle or bustle of the holiday season from shopping to entertaining guests that you don’t forget to water your Christmas Tree daily. A dry Christmas Tree may be a potential fire hazard according to the U.S. Fire Administration. 

Along with watering your Christmas Tree daily, homeowners should make sure their tree is at least 3 feet away from any heating source. That will include any space heaters, fireplaces, candles, and radiators. This may require a bit of maneuvering if you live in a tighter space, however is well worth the effort. More than 1 out of 5 Christmas Tree fires was caused due to the tree being close to a heating source. 

As a fire clean-up restoration company, our experienced team is ready to assist you if a fire does occur in your home. Our warehouse contains an arsenal of tools that the SERVPRO team will utilize to mitigate and remediate the fire damage. Christmas trees are a quintessential feature of the holiday season. SERVPRO of Kernersville wants you and your family to have a wonderful holiday remember the important safety measures everyone should take.

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, flood, mold, or storm damage; perhaps even deep cleaning service, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Kernersville, (336) 748-0250.

References  


https://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/winter-holiday-fires-infographic.pdf