Dangers of owning your own business
Do you know all of the dangers that may come up when owning your own business? When you least expect it a property damage could happen in a multitude of ways. Being able to prevent damages from occurring is a way to control inclement situations from arising. Protect your business from thieves by providing good lighting to the surrounding area. Secure your windows and entryways with well fitted materials such as metal or solid core wood. Protect yourself against electrical surges with power surge technology, when direct lightning hits during a storm, storm cells can cause damages. Be sure to unplug any appliances if you feel there is a potential of one occurring. Water damage is another avenue that can cause thousands in repair. Consider installing a water detection system to alert you to early water intrusion. Be sure to avoid pipes freezing by keeping your thermostat set to a minimum of 64 degrees. Always be sure to purchase and maintain your insurance coverage. If damages occur from neglect, there is a very real chance you could be stuck with a hefty bill.
In the event of a loss if you need assistance please contact our office at 262-633-8888. Our staff is on call 24/7 365 days a year.
Fire Extinguisher Safety!
Proper use of fire extinguishers can prevent a fire from destroying lives.
Owning a fire extinguisher is not enough, although many people think that is all they need. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) requires that employers train their employees how and when to use fire extinguishers. They must provide the training shortly after the employee is hired, and then every year thereafter. If you haven’t been trained yet, please get with your boss and let them know. You do NOT want to skip this training!
OSHA does not allow untrained employees to use a fire extinguisher.
OSHA also requires monthly inspections of the fire extinguishers.
Fire extinguishers have to be placed where they cannot be moved or damaged..
The carrying handle should be 3 ½ - 5 feet above the floor.
Employees must know when to use fire extinguishers.
We at SERVPRO of Racine County suggest asking yourself these questions regarding fire extinguishers.
- Have I pulled the fire alarm?
- Is the fire extinguisher easy to reach?
- Do I know how to use it?
- Is the fire contained in a small area?
- Is the smoke non-toxic?
- Can everyone get out?
- Do I have an escape route?
If you can answer “yes” to all of the questions, it is reasonable to use the fire extinguisher.
Remember that fire is fast. If you cannot contain it within 30 seconds, get everyone out of the area. Call 9-1-1 once you are outside.
Fast Response to the Storm
SERVPRO of Racine specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained to the IICRC standards. Our crews bring in specialized equipment to see where the water has traveled in your home, so they are able to dry out your home and restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Our staff are prepared to respond quickly to the storm. SERVPRO of Racine is locally owned and operated, to respond to the damage quickly with the necessary resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, and helps limits further damage.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Racine County we are able to call in additional resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of over 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
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What sets us apart from others
When you are in the difficult situation of having to call a restoration company you want to put your trust in that company. When you are in the moment, you are at a loss and not sure what direction you need to go or what you are to take care of yourself. That is why you should contact SERVPRO of Racine County; our staff is trained to help you walk through the process whether it be fire, water, mold or biohazard clean-up. SERVPRO of Racine County gives you peace of mind while working on the project from the start of the job to the end of the job. This helps the customer eliminate the stress of having to find contractors to help them put their home or business back together. We have trained staff members who assist the homeowners with putting the home or business back together. Each SERVPRO is independently owned, and our franchise has been in business for over 30 years. SERVPRO is one of the most highly respected and sought after restoration companies, a reputation we hold dear to us. Our staff is available 24/7 365 days a year to answer your call and help you with what you need to do next. You never know what type of disaster may happen, but it is helpful to have a reassuring voice on the other end of the phone. In addition when our crew arrives on site they help answer any and all questions our customers have regarding the situation at hand. From the start of the job until the end of the job our staff is here to answer any question you may have. When disaster strikes, you can count on us to be there for you.
An unpleasant and unexpected surprise to some homeowners facing water damages is that their insurance won’t cover the costs. This is, of course, dependent on the situation at hand and what events lead up to the damaged property. Homeowners insurance does not cover water damages resulting from floods. Nor do they cover water related losses occurring from lack of maintenance or neglect. There are a few grey areas when these situations arise. For example, if the roof of your home springs a leak, your insurance should cover it, unless it was caused by gross neglect. In the unfortunate scenario that wind damage destroys shingles, or if a tree crashes into your roof, the water damage resulting will be covered by your insurance. Our team at SERVPRO possesses the equipment and expertise to help in any situation life hands to you and will make it "Like it never even happened."
Effects of Thunderstorms
When we think of severe weather, the damaging effects of thunderstorms can be easily overlooked. According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, thunderstorms can be responsible for multiple causes of property loss. High winds, flash floods and lightning strikes are all possible when severe weather hits. It is essential to be prepared for whatever nature brings. Having an established ERP ( Emergency Ready Plan) for you business is a time and money saver. SERVPRO and our team of experts are ready day or night to assist you. We have the ability to formally create your ERP so you can be prepared for when the unfortunate happens. When disaster strikes, it can be upending, frightening and confusing. It puts your life on pause. Let us help you through the worst of it.
Lightning strikes are a dangerous and deadly force of nature. Strong storm fronts our the next summer months have the recipe to bring with it powerful thunderstorms. It is important to know what to do to keep your family safe when caught in the chaos of severe weather.
1) Find shelter immediately. To minimize the possibility of lighting hitting, it is imperative you seek cover from the storm.
2) Stay away from all windows or ports of entry to the elements outside. Remain within the inner most rooms of your structure.
3) Do not touch or use anything electronic or made of metal.
4) Just stay inside. It is the safest place to be until the weather clears.
Lightning has the potential of creating deadly consequences. Always remain calm and reference these steps to stay safe.
Protection from Fire Damage
A recent study has discovered that a closed door can save your life. In the unfortunate occurrence of a home fire, it has now been proven that, other than fire alarms, a closed door is essential. Within minutes of a fire located on a lower level, toxic fumes and suffocating smoke will have already made their way to the upper most rooms, stealing precious lifesaving minutes. A closed door acts as a shield between you and the damage raging outside. It also allows you time to formulate an escape plan, or if trapped, for rescue efforts to reach your location. A basic house fire can reach upwards of 1,100 degrees but by having your door remain closed prevents the atmospheric temperate of rising above 110 degrees. Hot, but survivable. By choosing this one simple step for your daily routine could be a lifesaving method that’s as simple as shutting the door.
As always, SERVPRO of Racine is here to give you tips to keep safe and will always be there when things go wrong.
Water Damage at Summer Vacation Home
One of the worst vacation experiences is to arrive at your summer home, only to see it has been severely damaged by water. Water can enter your home in a variety of ways, and if you do not frequent the property often, they can pack a bunch in your wallet. Anything from leaky pipes to a ruptured washing machine hose can cause lasting and detrimental damages to your floors, walls and ceiling. It is imperative to have the excess water removed as quickly as possible, or you could be facing a mold growth issue. Our team at SERVPRO has over 30 years of experience in dealing with water loss on a commercial and residential level. We have the tools needed and the expertise to get started on repairs quickly and efficiently. Do not wait when facing water damages. Call us today!
SERVPRO of Racine specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Racine County we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today