How a Fire Prevention Program Can Help Your Workplace
We’ve come a long way for fire safety in the workplace, but there’s still a long way to go. If you want your business to be the best of the best when it comes to fire prevention and response—and you do—then it’s time to refresh and review your current fire prevention program.
Every employee should be trained in how to prevent fires and respond in the event of a fire—both individually and as a member of the team. A fire prevention program like this can help your workplace, and SERVPRO of Western Lancaster County will show you how.
It Teaches Your Employees to Recognize Fire Hazards
A workplace fire prevention program will teach your employees to recognize hazards that can lead to a fire. All fires require three elements to ignite:
- Heat (a source of ignition)
- Fuel (anything flammable)
- Oxygen (to sustain the fire)
In spaces where these three elements are present, a fire can start and continue to burn. The first part of preventing a fire is keeping heat away from potential fuel sources. If employees are trained to recognize situations in which these are close together, they can separate them and prevent more workplace fires.
It Activates a Stronger Emergency Response
Not every workplace fire will be avoided. However, by training your team in fire prevention, you can activate a much stronger emergency response when a fire does ignite on your premises.
The benefits of this are clear: More people can be brought to safety, fire suppression systems can reduce the blaze, and fast first responders can put out the fire more quickly to prevent unnecessary (and costly) damages. During their training, employees should be taught that if they see a fire:
- Activate the fire alarm
- Call 911
These are obviously the minimum response requirements, but they go a long way toward ensuring that employees can get out safely and a prompt response by the fire department is on its way.
It Helps Keep Your Employees Safe in a Fire
Your workplace fire safety training is an opportunity for team building, too—team building that prepares your employees to evacuate in the event of a fire. While every workplace will have different safety requirements, safety procedures, and evacuation plans, you can make sure your team is aware of:
- The company emergency evacuation plan
- Each worker’s role in the plan
- How to leave the building
- How and why to close each door behind them as they evacuate
- What to do if they encounter heat or smoke while evacuating
- Where to regroup
Going through such training will remind your team that you care about them as people, i.e., their safety, not just for their value as employees. In the event of a fire, it will ensure everyone is prepared.
It Helps Avoid Downtime Due to a Fire
Even if your employees manage to get to safety and damages are covered by insurance, a fire in the workplace can mean unplanned downtime. You may have to halt the production of products or delivery of services if the fire has made your workplace an unsafe or inoperable working environment.
If a fire can be prevented or at least extinguished as soon as possible, you can mitigate or eliminate the effects of unplanned downtime. Training every employee in fire prevention and response is key.
If you do find yourself in a situation with unplanned downtime and severe fire damage, don’t wait to address it and repair the damage. Our fast 24-hour service response will have restoration technicians on your site the very same day to begin restoring your company to its pre-fire-damage condition.
Have a Plan for Fire Prevention and Emergency Response
Planning is key to preventing hazards. A fire prevention plan can help your workplace by helping your entire team plan ahead. It’s in the interest of their safety, your safety, and the company’s operations.
If you want more information about how to plan for fire prevention or identify fire hazards in the workplace, reach out to our fire damage restoration and repair specialists at SERVPRO of Western Lancaster County.
Why Choose SERVPRO of Western Lancaster County?
We’re SERVPRO of Western Lancaster County, #1 in cleanup and restoration, and we’re here to help. When we’ve finished your property restoration, it’ll be “Like it never even happened.”
Time is of the essence in any fire or water disaster. Give us a call for fast 24-hour service, and we’ll have your home or business back to normal with minimal interruption to your life.
The best in restoration for home and business
Maybe you’ve had flooding in your basement after a storm. Or perhaps a fire in your home left you with serious soot, smoke, and structural problems. Or a pipe in your commercial property may have burst, swamping your business with water damage.
With more than 50 years of experience in restoration and cleanup, SERVPRO has the know-how to handle your residential (home) or commercial (business) restoration needs. Our cleanup specialists are trained to handle:
- Water damage
- Fire damage
- Mold damage
- Storm damage
Our process is simple and adaptable to any size disaster. First, we assess the extent of the damage so we can plan an appropriate response. Then, our team will work to contain the damage and prevent it from spreading. After that, we can begin the restoration process.
We’ll remove all ruined materials and items from your property, clean and sanitize what remains, and reconstruct your property so it really is “Like it never even happened.”
We’re available around the clock, so call!
Did you know the national SERVPRO network can reach 90% of U.S. zip codes in 2 hours or less? With a convenient location in western Lancaster County, we can meet and maybe even exceed those expectations.
Fire and water emergencies don’t follow a 9-to-5 schedule, and neither do we. When disaster strikes, you can call us day or night because we’re available around the clock. Our cleanup and restoration teams are ready to jump into action 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year.
The first 24 hours are critical in this industry. Structures can quickly become unsound and unsafe, and lingering soot, water, or mold growth can make spaces unhealthy and unlivable. We can formulate a plan for restoration and remediation quickly, but first we need that call from you!
Well-trained experts and top equipment
The more extensive the damage, the more you need a knowledgeable cleanup crew. SERVPRO really is the home of the pros. All our technicians have received the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the standard in the restoration industry.
Of course, the best education is continuing education. That’s why we offer our specialists plenty of opportunities to grow their skills through hands-on practice and virtual courses.
The techniques and technology of our trade have seen rapid advancement in recent years. That means we can be quicker, more reliable, and more effective in our response with:
- Moisture detection and measurement equipment
- Water extraction and drying equipment
- Odor removal and deodorization
- Sanitizing agents, germicides, and anti-microbial treatments
Call our cleanup crew—we’ll be onsite in hours!
The first step in our disaster response can’t happen without you. So, make the call, and the specialists at SERVPRO of Western Lancaster County will be onsite within hours to begin the assessment, containment, cleanup, and restoration process.
Give us a call today!
Has your home or business experienced fire or water damage recently? If so, the pros at SERVPRO of Western Lancaster County will restore your property and make all that damage feel “like it never even happened.”
Erase fire or water damage from your story with the #1 choice in the cleanup and restoration industry! If you need our services, just give us a ring, day or night. We’re always available for you.
Residential + Commercial = We Do It All
With over 50 years of experience in the cleanup and restoration industry, SERVPRO has had time to fine-tune every process and practice. We’re experts—experts who have wielded our skills in both residential (home) and commercial (business) restoration projects.
Every hour your business is down due to fire or water damage is an hour of lost productivity and lost revenue. Every hour your home remains unlivable is a major disruption to your family life. You can call us day or night for fast 24-hour service when you have property damage due to:
We’re Locally Owned with National Resources
There are advantages to being a local business, but there are benefits of having a national presence. Luckily, you don’t have to choose between the two.
SERVPRO of Western Lancaster County is locally owned, so we’re close by and ready to respond at a moment’s notice. Our response teams are ready to go 24/7—even on holidays. Disaster doesn’t follow a 9-to-5 schedule, and neither do we.
Of course, our SERVPRO location is just one of over 1,900 locations in the U.S. and Canada. With such a wide network and presence, we have easy access to the industry’s best equipment for your restoration and cleanup! When you give us a call, we’re bringing in the big guns:
- Submersible pumps and industrial wet/dry vacuums
- Industrial-grade dehumidifiers and high-speed air movers
- Moisture detectors and hygrometers
IICRC training and certification make our team the best.
In the face of fire, water, mold, or storm damage, the sheer severity may surprise you. We’ve been doing this work for decades, so we know firsthand that the more extensive the damage, the more you’ll want a diligent and capable team in charge of restoration.
That’s us. All our technicians hold Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the shining standard in the cleanup and restoration industry. And while the IICRC sets the standard, we take training to the next level with SERVPRO-exclusive training opportunities.
We want our specialists to be prepared for whatever they find on your property. With courses and continuing education like these, they have endless opportunities to flex and grow their skills:
- A self-paced SERVPRO Employee Certification Training
- A 15-day hands-on initial franchise training
- e-Learning and continuing education classes
Tell Us, What’s Your Restoration Need?
Has a leaking pipe damaged your drywall? Have stormwaters flooded your basement? Has a fire blazed through your workplace and left smoke, soot, and unsound structures in its wake?
At SERVPRO of Western Lancaster County, we have a solution for every water and fire disaster. The first 24 hours is critical, so don’t wait. Give us a call today, and our specialists will be onsite in hours to address your disaster head-on!
What Does Water Damage Look Like?
Water damage is unfortunate when it happens in your home or business. It’s a problem that must be addressed immediately, so you don’t risk further damage to your property’s structure. What does water damage look like, and how will you know when you have it?
SERVPRO of Western Lancaster County will show you how to recognize the signs, so you’ll be prepared to contact a professional when you need fast water damage restoration.
It may look like wet or dark spots
If you see dark spots on the walls and ceilings, you’ve likely had recent water damage. This brownish discoloration—or in some cases, wet-looking spots—indicates that water has seeped into the paint as it tries to “escape” the drywall.
Why would the drywall be soaked with water in the first place? Often, this is the result of a plumbing problem that needs to be addressed—a leaking pipe somewhere nearby.
It may look like peeling paint
If the paint on your walls or ceilings is peeling or flaking, you’ve probably had water damage for some time. Wet spots tend to show up first, but when the problem is left unaddressed, the paint will start to peel.
It may look like swollen drywall—or a sagging ceiling
Unsurprisingly, water damage doesn’t do any favors for the looks of your drywall. If left unattended for too long, it can cause your ceilings and walls to swell.
This can be especially dangerous in ceilings. The weight of waterlogged drywall can cause the ceilings to sag and make them structurally unsound. You don’t want to put the people in your life at risk, so be sure to address this swelling ASAP when you notice it in your home or business.
It may look like mold
Mold spores are floating in the air everywhere, indoors and outdoors. You can’t eliminate them, but you do want to avoid their growing into colonies. All mold spores need is a little bit of water to begin to grow into the visible mold you’ve seen before on surfaces.
If you can spot mold growing, there’s a good chance of water damage nearby. The problem is that mold can be difficult to see with the naked eye. It tends to show up in hidden places—nooks and crannies, behind furniture, in basements, and other hard-to-see locations.
Mold is no joke. It can spread quickly once present and be hard to get rid of. It can produce allergic and respiratory symptoms, as well, so be sure to call a mold remediation specialist if you find it in your home or business.
It may smell damp and musty
Water damage isn’t all about looks. It involves smells, too, so it’s time to put your nose to work.
When water leaks into building materials like wood and drywall and lingers there, it won’t take long for you to notice a damp or musty smell. The same is true of mold. If you have mold growing due to water damage—likely on your walls or baseboards—you may notice a similar musty scent.
What Should I Do if I See Water Damage?
If you see (or smell) the signs of water damage on your property, we recommend that you contact us for fast 24-hour service. If you catch the problem early enough, our certified specialists can help you avoid the worst-case scenarios mentioned above.
With decades of experience in commercial and residential water damage restoration, SERVPRO of Western Lancaster County is here to make your water problem go away—Like It Never Even Happened!
Water Damage Restoration & Repair near Me
If your home or business has seen flood or water damage recently, you probably have a lot on your mind. Flooding is never fun to deal with, but we’re here to help. Turn to SERVPRO of Western Lancaster County for fast water damage restoration and repair, so life can get back to normal sooner.
Not just sooner—as soon as possible. Our professional team will complete your restoration with lightning speed, so it’ll be Like It Never Even Happened. Don’t delay—give us a call today.
Here’s Why You Want Fast Water Damage Restoration
Secondary water damage is a real problem. If the necessary steps are not taken, and taken quickly, you may find yourself dealing with a whole new set of issues. So, what can happen when you don’t move at lightning speed?
- Mold and mildew can grow
- Wood can rot
- Metal can rust
- Furniture can warp
- Electrical damage can happen
Mold growth is among the most common forms of secondary water damage. The bad news is that mold can begin to grow in as little as 24 hours in moist conditions. The good news? Our professionals are available for fast 24-hour service for all your water restoration and repair needs.
For Water Damage, Call in the Experts
We’re here to help Lancaster County, PA, residents salvage their water-damaged properties. Our technicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year-long to respond immediately when flood damage strikes your property.
We use advanced water inspection, extraction, and drying equipment to find the water and remove it as quickly as possible. We’ll closely monitor the drying process, so we can get your property back to normal right on schedule.
Get 24-Hour Water Damage Restoration & Repair
SERVPRO of Western Lancaster County really is Faster to Any Size Disaster. For water damage repair and restoration in 24 hours or less, you can count on us to get the job done right. Contact us for your water damage emergency and let our experts restore your home or business!
Fire Damage Restoration & Repair near Me
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire—and where there’s fire, there’s a need for fire damage restoration and repair. When the firefighting is done and the blaze is put out, the time is ripe to think about how you’ll restore your home or business to its normal condition—Like It Never Even Happened.
You can trust SERVPRO of Western Lancaster County after a fire. Emergencies can happen any time, so we’re available 24/7 to take your call. Day or night, contact us for immediate assistance.
How Do You Remediate Fire Damage?
To remediate fire damage, it’s best to work fast. That’s why we offer fast 24-hour service—and the clock starts ticking the second you pick up the phone and call us about your emergency.
From there, our response team jumps into action. We’ll arrive within 24 hours to carefully conduct a fire damage assessment. When we’ve determined the scope of the problem, we’ll be better prepared to develop a plan of action. That plan may include:
- Immediate board-up and roof-tarp service
- Water removal and drying (if water damage is present)
- Removal of smoke and soot from all surfaces
- Cleaning and sanitizing your property’s contents
- Repairs, restoration, and re-construction
Meanwhile, SERVPRO will help you navigate the insurance claims process and coordinate the necessary paperwork. The result? A smoother repair and restoration experience for us and for you.
Our Fire Restoration Technicians
Our fire damage restoration technicians have a “restore first” mentality. We’ll work hard to salvage as much of your property and its contents as possible before we look at replacing and rebuilding.
We believe in this approach. It allows us to focus our resources where they’re needed most, so you can return to a more normal life, more quickly. Our highly trained technicians, certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), reflect our high standards of professionalism.
Your fire restoration and repair team will consist of the following specialists:
- Fire and smoke restoration technicians
- Odor control technicians
- Upholstery and fabric cleaning technicians
- Water damage restoration technicians
Where Can I Get Fire Damage Restoration near Me?
SERVPRO of Western Lancaster County is a locally owned company with the national resources to respond in full force to your fire damage. With more than 50 years of experience, our restoration specialists have the know-how to make your property safe and livable again.
Contact us today for fire damage restoration and repair and get back to life quickly!
Mold Remediation near Me
If you’ve had any leaks or flooding on your property recently, your senses are probably extra attuned for sniffing out mold and mildew. It’s a real problem, and one you may have to deal with if you’ve had excess moisture in your home or business—even for as little as 24 hours.
Luckily, we do mold remediation near you! If you have a persistent mold problem, we encourage you to reach out to our team at SERVPRO of Western Lancaster County. We’ll help you get rid of mold Like It Never Even Happened, so you can live and work in a safe and healthy environment.
The First Step in Mold Remediation
Yes, we just said “get rid of mold,” but that’s easier said than done. Actually, it’s impossible to do! Mold spores occur naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
The real trick is to minimize mold and deny it the opportunity to grow, and that’s where we can help. If you expose mold spores to moisture—a near certainty with flooding or water damage—those spores may grow into colonies and produce allergens and irritants.
Your first step (and ours) is to address the water situation. If your property has recent water damage, we’ll quickly dry your home and restore it to its pre-water-damage condition. If mold has already begun to grow, more will be necessary to make your property effectively “mold-free.”
How Mold Remediation Works
We have the training and expertise to handle any mold situation we may uncover on your property. It could be widespread already or relatively isolated. Either way, our team will conduct some tests and assess the scope of your mold problem, so we can treat it with the right solution.
If the source of water feeding the mold isn’t obvious already, we’ll use our advanced equipment to pinpoint the heart of the problem. Then, we can cut off the mold’s “food” source and isolate the area using a negative pressure chamber.
Our team will remove mold and mold-infested materials and thoroughly clean the contents affected at your property. We employ specialists who know how to root out mold, with a team of:
- Applied microbial remediation specialists
- Water damage restoration technicians
- Applied structural drying technicians
Where Can I Get Mold Remediation near Me?
For mold remediation and removal, we recommend our team at SERVPRO of Western Lancaster County. We’re your ally in making your property livable again, and we’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!
Contact us and remove the conditions that support mold growth in your home or business.
What are the benefits of water damage restoration services
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Once a flood or fire damages an individual's home, it's important for them to attain speedy, efficient water damage restoration services. The restoration process is a multi-faceted one, involving a vast range of services including cleaning and various repairs. Moreover, it is important that this process begins as quickly as possible to ensure that your property isn't subjected to extensive damage. The best way to guarantee that your property is restored quickly and correctly is by obtaining professional water damage restoration services. Here are several reasons why you should take this course of action:
When you hire a team of professional water damage experts, they will complete your cleanup, repair, and restoration work with lightning speed. The contractors will be able to get the work done quickly due to their extensive experience in the restoration sector. Moreover, restoration firms will typically send multiple contractors to your property at one time. In so doing, the company specialists will be able to preclude your home from falling prey to secondary water damage.
Mold And Mildew Growth Prevention
In addition to ensuring the quick restoration of your property, water damage specialists are effective in reducing your susceptibility to a mold and mildew growth. They accomplish this objective by quickly removing excess water from the property. In the event that mold is already present on your property, the water damage experts will utilize industrial grade cleaners and disinfectants to eliminate the fungus with skill and speed. This work is immensely important because ongoing exposure to mold can adversely impact your health.
Another reason it's a good idea to call a water damage restoration company in the wake of a disaster is that they can offer holistic services. Unfortunately, there is a broad range of property issues that can come into being when your property is subjected to water damage. Luckily, water damage experts can address and resolve them all. Some of the services contractors provide to accomplish this objective include vent cleaning, air duct cleaning, odor removal, smoke removal, deodorization, sanitation, and content restoration.
Don't Delay: Call SERVPRO of Western Lancaster County Today!
If you're serious about restoring your property after water damage, SERVPRO of Western Lancaster County is the company to call. Our IICRC-certified technicians offer a full range of restoration services while simultaneously providing each client with 24/7 emergency services. Call us now to learn more about what we can do for you! 717-665-1270
Winter Storm Preparedness, Response, and Recovery
Every year, homeowners experience damage from storm-related pipes bursting, roof leaks, etc. Call SERVPRO of Western Lancaster; we're here to help!
Two back-to-back winter storms, Uri and Viola, recently wreaked havoc across the Unites States. Southern states that are not accustomed to colder temperatures, snow, or ice were especially impacted by these storms. Uri and Viola have left extensive power outages, vehicular accidents, injuries, and even deaths. With Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, and a large portion of the eastern seaboard being affected, approximately 100 million people have been impacted by these two storms in one way or another.
Though these two storms have caused quite a bit of damage throughout the United States, winter storms are common, especially in eastern states, including our own: Pennsylvania. Each year, hundreds-to-thousands of Americans are injured or killed by exposure to cold temperatures, vehicle accidents on wintry roads, and fires caused by heating sources. SERVPRO of Western Lancaster wants members of our community to be safe and prepared for winter storms!
WINTER ADVISORIES, WATCHES, AND WARNINGS TO BE AWARE OF:
- Blizzard Warning- Severe winter storm conditions, reducing visibility.
- Considerable accumulation and/or blowing of snow, which reduces visibility to ¼ mile or less for 3+ hours AND
- Sustained winds, or frequent gusts of wind that are of 35+ miles per hour.
- Winter Storm Warning– A significant, and possibly life-threatening, combination of hazardous winter weather is occurring or imminent.
- 5 or more inches of snow/sleet within a 12-hour period or 7 or more inches of snow/sleet within a 24-hour period AND/OR
- Enough ice accumulation to cause damage to trees or powerlines AND/OR
- A life-threatening of snow and/or ice accumulation with wind.
- Winter Storm Watch– Potential for significant and hazardous winter weather within 48 hours. A Winter Storm Watch does not mean that significant and hazardous winter weather will occur, but only that it is possible in your area.
- Ice Storm Warning– Projected ice accumulation of ¼ or more in your area.
- Winter Weather Advisory– Any amount of freezing rain OR when 2-4 inches of snow, alone or in combination with sleet & freezing rain, is expected to cause a significant inconvenient, but is not serious enough to warrant a warning.
- Freeze Watch– Potential for significant, widespread freezing temperatures within the next 24-36 hours.
- Freeze Warning– Significant, widespread freezing temperature are present or expected.
PREPAREDNESS: WHAT TO DO BEFORE THE STORM
- Winterize your vehicle to reduce your chance of being stranded during a winter emergency.
- Stock your vehicle with: a windshield scraper with a small broom, a bag of non-clumping kitty litter (for gaining tire traction in a pinch), a book of matches in a waterproof container, a brightly colored piece of cloth (to tie to the antenna if you get stuck), a first aid kit, extra clothing/blankets, a flashlight, and jumper cables.
- Keep a home-emergency kit, including flashlights and a battery-operate radio.
- Keep an emergency non-perishable food and water supply in your home.
- Properly insulate your pipes to protect them from freezing.
- Have your home’s heating unit inspected each year to ensure that heating sources are installed properly and operating safely.
- Make sure your home is properly insulated. Install storm doors/windows or cover windows with plastic (from the inside) to provide additional insulation.
- Establish an emergency evacuation plan in case you lose power or heat.
RESPONDING: WHAT TO DO DURING THE STORM
- Stay indoors when possible, and avoid driving.
- Wear warm, layered, clothing.
- Keep your body replenished, and your energy maintained, by eating and drinking regularly.
- Stretch before going outside to avoid muscle injury. This is especially important if you plan on going out to do snow removal (shoveling, snow blowing, etc…)
- Walk carefully if going outside, always being mindful of potential ice.
RECOVERY: WHAT TO DO AFTER THE STORM
- Avoid driving or traveling until conditions have improved.
- Avoid overexertion when shoveling.
- Assess your home for any damage
- Alter your emergency response plan based on your experience.
CALL THE EXPERTS:
If you, like thousands of others each year, experience water or fire damage from a winter storm, call SERVPRO of Western Lancaster at 717-665-1270!
Give Winter Fires the Cold Shoulder
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Did you know that, statistically, fires occur more often throughout winter than during any other season? Electrical issues, heating sources, carbon monoxide, and portable generators are all contributing factors that lead to an increased risk of a home fire during winter months. Below are some of the leading causes of winter fires. The professionals at SERVPRO of Western Lancaster hope that you will be able to take the appropriate steps to protect your home and family once you know the risks that you are facing.
Electrical fires are one of the leading causes of home fires throughout the United States. Approximately half of all residential electrical fires involve inadequate electrical distribution, or the use of lighting equipment. Other electrical fires occur from things like overloaded circuits, dryer fans, and portable space heaters.
Electrical Safety Tips:
- Check electrical cords often. Replace cracked, damaged, and loose electrical or extension cords. Do NOT try to repair them.
- Home appliances should be plugged directly into a wall outlet. To reduce your risk of fire, unplug small appliances when they are not in use.
- Be aware that extension cords are for temporary use only. Have a licensed electrician determine if additional circuits or wall outlets are needed in your home.
- Only use surge protectors / power strips that have internal overload protection.
- Avoid putting cords under rugs / carpets, across doorways, or where they can be damaged or pinched by furniture,
Call a licensed electrician if any of the following apply:
- You see sparks from a wall outlet
- You experience flickering lights outside of a storm event.
- You have reoccurring issues with blown fuses or tripping circuit breakers.
- You experience a tingling feeling when you touch an electrical appliance.
- There is a burning odor coming from an appliance.
- You notice discolored wall outlets and/or switches.
- You have cracked or broken wall outlets
Heating sources are the second leading cause of residential fires in the United States. December, January, and February are the peak months for heating fires to occur, and space heaters are the most common heating source involved in heating-related fires. Space heaters account for approximately 44% (more than two out of every five) heating-related fired, and also account for the vast majority of deaths and injuries in home fires caused by heating equipment.
Space Heater Safety Tips:
- Before using any space heater, read the manufacturer’s instructions and warning labels.
- Inspect heaters for cracked or broken plugs and any loose connections before each use.
- Never leave a space heater unattended. Turn it off when you're leaving a room or going to sleep.
- Proper placement of space heaters is critical. Heaters must be kept at least three feet away from anything that can burn, including papers, clothing, and rugs.
- Plug space heaters directly into a wall outlet. Do not use an extension cord or power strip.
- Place space heaters on level, flat surfaces.
- Always unplug and safely store the heater when it is not in use.
For other heating safety tips, read our Heating Safety Tips blog:
Carbon monoxide is often referred to as the invisible killer. Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas created when fuels like gasoline, wood, coal, propane, etc… do not burn completely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel are potential sources of Carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide incidents are more common during the winter months in residential properties.
Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips:
- Install carbon monoxide alarms on every level of your home, especially near sleeping areas.
- If you need to warm a vehicle prior to driving, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Do not leave the engine running if the garage door is open.
- Ensure that vents are properly cleaned and free of debris.
Portable generators are often used during power outages. Though handy, most homeowners are unaware that improper use of a portable generator can be risky. The most common dangers associated with portable generators are carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, electrical shock, and fire hazards
Portable Generator Safety Tips:
- Portable generators should be used outside the home, away from windows and doors.
- Portable generators should be kept away from open flames or fuel burning appliances
- Do not overload cords; check for the generators maximum wattage listed on label.
- Do not refuel the generator while it's running or when hot; turn the generator off, let it cool before refueling.
CALL THE PROFESSIONALS
If you have experienced a fire, regardless of the cause, call SERVPRO of Western Lancaster at 717-665-1270. SERVPRO’s mission is to develop a team of quality people who focus on excellent service, fairness, and mutual respect. When you call SERVPRO of Western Lancaster, you are calling a team of trained professionals that are looking to restore your home “Like it never even happened,” as quickly and efficiently as possible.