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Fire Safety

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

large image of red, yellow and orange flames House fires tend to peak during the winter. SERVPRO of Lebanon County are available 24/7 in the event of an emergency.

Fires at home impact thousands of American families every winter, and they lead to approximately 890 deaths during the colder months of the year.

It’s true that not every house fire can be prevented. Some are caused by natural disasters or by unforeseen accidents or appliance failures.

But there are things you can do to ensure that you’ve lowered your fire risk and taken sufficient steps toward protecting your home from a house fire.

How Would You Answer These Fire Safety Questions?

One of the first steps to making your Lebanon County home safer is understanding what steps you should take to do it.

Your answers to these questions are an excellent place to start. And they offer some simple steps you can take to make your home safer that aren’t a big time or money commitment.

Do you know how to find natural gas leaks? Natural gas leaks are usually first noticeable by smell. If you notice the smell of natural gas in your home, act immediately to cut off your gas and get help to your home. Natural gas leaks are a significant fire hazard. Ensure the leak is repaired before you turn the gas on again and start using your appliances.

Do you know the basics of kitchen safety? Grease fires can happen in any kitchen, and they’re a common hazard. Keeping a fire extinguisher accessible while you’re cooking can prevent one of these incidents from growing into a destructive fire.

Can you use your fireplace safely? Fireplaces that are dirty or clogged create a fire hazard. If you do decide to enjoy a crackling fire, be sure you’re you’re disposing of the ashes correctly. Dirty fireplaces can cause fires.

If your home is damaged due to a fire or any other cause, you can always count on SERVPRO of Lebanon County for restoration assistance. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact SERVPRO of Lebanon County at 717-273-MOLD any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

House fires during the winter can be a threat

12/23/2020 (Permalink)

firefighter with water hose trying to put out large flames engulfing brick home If you have fire damage due to a heating malfunction or other issue, count on SERVPRO of Lebanon County to fully restore your home.

House fires can be a threat during the winter months. They’re even more common in states like Pennsylvania, where the temperatures get cold and adequate home heating is vital.

Many of these winter fires are caused by how we heat our homes. For example, if your space heater doesn’t have an automatic shutoff mechanism, it can turn over and cause a fire while it’s still running. Problems with furnaces and accidents with other appliances happen, too.

The holiday season has some extra fire hazards of which homeowners should be aware. Christmas tree accidents are a leading cause of house fires.. Fires caused by overflowing pots and pans that are left alone on the stove too long are common this time of year, too.

People who live in Lebanon County can count on our team if their homes ever need fire damage repairs or restoration work.

Why You Should Choose SERVPRO

Here’s why Lebanon County residents know they can trust us when they need our help:

We are available 247. Getting started early on restoration efforts can make a difference. That’s why our team is here to help you at any time. Just reach out when you need our help.

We are a locally owned business. SERVPRO locations are all across the United States. But this location is a local business. Because we’re a SERVPRO location, we can use the resources, equipment and training you would find at a large, thriving company with the advantage of choosing a partner here in the community.

We put restoration efforts first. Our team helps families recover from fire damage in a way that’s both logical and economical. Experts help through each step of the process, working to save your family time and money. We work to keep repairs affordable and insurance premiums down.

We can help with all your restoration projects House fires can damage your walls, your furniture’s upholstery and more. Other issues homeowners deal with after a fire include smoke and water damage. We have the tools and resources to remediate these issues and more.

If you have fire damage in your home due to a kitchen, heating or other fire, you can count on us for restoration assistance. Our team is always ready to meet your needs and help you restore your home. Contact SERVPRO of Lebanon County  at any time at 717-273-MOLD to learn more about our restoration services.

A fire in your home?

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

white fire alarm being tested by a person If you experience any property damage due to a fire, we are here to help. Contact SERVPRO of Lebanon County to more.

At SERVPRO of Lebanon County we know that going through a house fire is something that nobody ever wants to think about, but considering how you can prevent one can go a long way in protecting your home. Fires can spread in 30 seconds or less, jumping from a small flame to a major disaster situation quickly.

Thankfully, there are many steps you can take to ensure your home is as safe as possible from fires. While you will never be able to entirely prevent them from occurring, you will be able to significantly improve your chances of never having to experience a fire in your own home.

Check your smoke detectors. Having smoke alarms is the foundation of fire safety, so it is important to make sure you have enough of them throughout your home. They should be on every floor and outside of every sleeping area, and it is recommended to test them monthly to ensure they have not malfunctioned.

Create a fire escape plan. Making sure your family does know how to get out of the house if a fire starts is so important. You will typically only have about two minutes to exit the house in a fire, so having a plan and practicing it often goes a long way in your overall safety efforts.

Limit your fire risks. There are many ways you can limit your fire risks simply through practicing good habits in your everyday life. Small things, like not leaving flammable objects near your stove, staying in the room if there is an open flame and storing chemicals safely, can all lower your risk of a fire breaking out to begin with.

Keep a fire extinguisher handy. While fire extinguishers should only be used if it is absolutely safe to do so, they can prevent a small mistake from turning into a household disaster. Any time there is an open flame present, it is good to have an operational fire extinguisher nearby and be sure you know how to use it just in case things get out of hand.

If your home is damaged by a house fire, we are here to help. Our expert fire restoration technicians are here 247 to spring into action as soon as you call. Contact SERVPRO of Lebanon County to report your damage and receive a quick response at 717-273-MOLD. View our website at www.SERVPROlebanoncounty.com 

How to plan a commercial fire drill

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

red fire alarm hanging on gray concrete wall If your business experiences any fire damage, call us at 717-273-MOLD. SERVPRO of Lebanon County specializes in commercial fire restoration.

SERVPRO of Lebanon County knows though there are many things that are wise for business owners to plan for, one of the most important could possibly be planning for a commercial fire. Fires impact many businesses each year, and for owners who are not prepared, they can be absolutely devastating to your business plans.

The most important thing when considering your commercial fire preparedness is the safety of yourself and your staff, which is why understanding how to plan workplace fire escape drills is such an important skill. These drills will help everyone be more educated and prepared in the event of a fire starting to keep all of your employees safer.

How to Plan Workplace Fire Escape Drills

Consult with your local fire officials. The internet is a great resource for doing research regarding the fire safety of your business, but working with your own local fire marshal is likely the best resource there is. They can visit your building and advise you on how to plan out your fire drills and give you pointers on how to increase your overall fire safety.

Communicate and mark fire evacuation routes. After your best escape drills have been determined, making sure that staff are aware of them and the possibility for an upcoming drill is next. Make sure everyone understands what routes they should take when the drill begins and what the protocol is for a headcount once everyone is outside.

Have fire drills frequently. Regular fire drills are a great way to solidify everyone’s fire safety knowledge and keep your staff safer. While having drills too frequently may reduce their impact, it is important to have them often enough that the procedure is fresh in everyone’s mind any time a fire starts.

Run different fire scenarios. Fires can start from an astounding number of sources, so it is important to plan out your drills accordingly. Going over different scenarios each time will help your staff adapt to any sort of fire scenario if it occurs in real life so you can be certain that everyone is prepared for every situation.

If your business has experienced fire damage, you can count on us. We specialize in commercial fire restoration and will be here for you at any hour—contact SERVPRO of Lebanon County at 717-273-MOLD today.

Grill Safely All Summer Long | SERVPRO® of Lebanon County (717)-273-MOLD

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

Chicken being grilled Grill Safely All Summer Long | SERVPRO® of Lebanon County (717)-273-MOLD

Summertime is a great season to take advantage of extra daylight and cook your dinners outside over the grill. While we love a good cookout as much as anyone, with the rise of grill fires in the summer, we also want to caution everyone to remember fire safety basics every time they go to start their own backyard barbecue.

Grill fires happen the most in the summer months, and it is estimated that over 5,500 occur every year, according to reports from the U.S. Fire Administration. Safety and prevention can go a long way in stopping fires, so let these tips be your guide all summer long.

Remember Fire Safety Basics Every Time You Grill

Create a safe zone around your grill. While convenience is likely top of mind when you are placing your grill in the yard, do not forget to consider how safety factors in, too. A three-foot barrier of empty space around your grill is recommended—this means there should be nothing flammable near your grill just in case a flare-up occurs.

Clean your grill grates often. As pieces of food are allowed to accumulate on the grates of the grill, they can cake on over time and become quite dangerous—especially if they are particularly greasy. By scraping down your grill grates after each use, you can prevent caked-on food from becoming a fire hazard and keep your cooking temps consistent, too!

Never leave the grill unattended. If a fire were to start and you (and your fire extinguisher) are nearby, you can put it out before it causes damage in many cases. However, if the grill is unattended, a disaster can quickly occur. Even if you are just taking a short break, be sure there is someone around to keep an eye on the grill at all times when it is lit.

Inspect the grill regularly. Check your grill before every use just in case there is the potential for a gas leak. Over time, propane tanks, valves and hoses can all wear down, and if there is gas leaking into the air when an open flame is introduced, there can be a serious problem. A simple visual check can go a long way in preventing this unpleasant surprise.

If you have a grill fire that does damage to your home, we are here to help. You can call us any time, day or night, to have a quick response from our restoration experts.