When to use a Fire Extinguisher
Do you know where the closest fire extinguisher is in your home or place of work?! And more importantly, do you know how to use it? Both of these things are very important to know so you know what to do in case of an emergency and to keep you safe. Listed below are some tips on when to use a fire extinguisher during an emergency.
- The outside of the extinguisher is clean, and all parts are operable and not damaged or restricted
- You have identified an escape, and the fire is not between you and the route
- You have alerted other occupants, and someone has called the fire department
- You are safe from the toxic smoke produced by the fire
- The fire is contained to a single object, such as a wastebasket
These tips are good to know so you can safely use a fire extinguisher. It is also good to familiarize yourself with the location of the fire extinguisher in your home and workplace. Stay safe!
Living in Canada, we know that those temperatures can fluctuate in the winter months. We also know how cold it can get, which can lead to bursting pipes in our home. It is important to be aware of this and to know why it is happening. Also, to know ways in which to prevent it and what to do in case this does happen…
Why frozen water will burst your pipes
Unprotected pipes are susceptible to cold temperature because water expands when it goes from liquid to solid for
- A gallon of water, when frozen, will expand to a volume 9% greater than the original gallon
- Ice blockage becomes more likely when outside temperatures drop to below freezing
- A cold wind reaching unprotected pipes quickly removes heat and increases the chance of ice formation
- Water pressure that builds between the ice blockage and a closed faucet can burst the pipe
Tips to avoid bursting pipes
- Wrap outside faucets
- Caulk around pipes where they enter the house
- Disconnect garden hoses
- Drain in-ground sprinkler systems
- Let a stream of water run, if the temperature dips below freezing
- Open cupboard doors in the kitchen and bathrooms
- Shut off and drain your water system if you are leaving home for several days
In case of frozen pipes
- Keep the faucet dripping
- Apply heat to affected section of pipe with a heating pad or hair dryer
- Apply heat until full water pressure is restored
- If you still have trouble, call a licensed plumber
- And if further damage is done, call us at SERVPRO of Barrie
7 Highly Effective Portable Heater Safety Habits
In these cold winter months many of us find it hard to stay warm; our sweaters, wool socks and blankets just aren’t cutting it. So, we resort to other methods to fix the problem. One common method is a portable heater; especially for those sitting at a desk all day! If you are using a portable heater, here are some effective safety habits to keep in mind…
- Keep all sides of the heater at least 3 feet from beds, clothes, curtains, papers, sofas, and other items that can catch fire
- Never fun the heater’s cord under rugs or carpeting and never power the heater with an extension cord or power strip
- Make sure the heater is not near water. NEVER touch it if you are wet
- Place the heater on a stable, level, surface, located where it will not be knocked over
- Never leave the heater operating while unattended or while you are sleeping
- If the heater’s cord or plug is HOT, disconnect the heater and contact an authorized repair person. If any part of the outlet is hot, contact a certified electrician
- Check SaferProducts.gov to see if your electric heater has been recalled
Home Safety Tips around the Holidays
The holidays are an exciting time of year! However, some of us get so wrapped up in the excitement that we can forget important tips to keep our homes safe.
Listed below are some helpful tips on how to keep yourself, your family, and your house safe this holiday season...
- Use clips to safely attach lights to the house
- Inspect your lights before you hang them
- Replace out lights
- Never connect more then 3 strings of lights at a time
- Be mindful of low-hanging or damaged wires to protect pets and children
- Use ladder safety when putting up or taking down your holiday decorations
- Never plug more than two appliances into an outlet at once or “piggyback” extra appliances on extension cords or wall outlets
- Remember to keep candle flames far away from decorations, ornaments and especially trees
- When building a fire to keep cozy, test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, burn only dry, split firewood (avoid chemically treated wood), and close damper when fireplace is not in use
Happy Holidays from everyone at SERVPRO Barrie! Stay safe :)
We are IICRC Certified!
SERVPRO of Barrie is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo. What does this all mean!? Read for more information below and why it is important for our company to be an IICRC firm…
IICRC Certified Firms must
- Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
- Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
- Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
- Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
- Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.
The IICRC Develops the Standards for The Restoration Industry
The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and references guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufactures, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.
Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration filed changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.
What you need to know about SERVPRO of Barrie…
SERVPRO of Barrie specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. "Like it never even happened."
Emergency Dos and Don'ts
We are always ready!
What would you do if you were ever in an emergency? Step 1 would be to call SERVPRO of Barrie to help right away with your restoration needs. However, there are certain, and very important dos and don’ts in case of a water or fire emergency that you should or shouldn’t do until we arrive. Let us help you out by listing these dos and don’ts in case you ever are in these situations.
In case of an emergency water damage, pay attention to the following tips:
- shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source
- turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock
- remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting
- place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
- move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other sensitive valuables to a dry place
-don’t enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards
- don’t use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water; this could cause electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner
- don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water
In case of an emergency fire damage, pay attention to the following tips:
-limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into carpet and avoid tracking
- keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork
- if electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor
- wipe soot from metal kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances
-don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Barrie Professionals
- don’t attempt to shampoo carpet, rugs, or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO of Barrie
- don’t attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without first consulting an authorized repair service