Commercial Fires: Main Focus Points
If a fire breaks out in your commercial building, you may very well be overwhelmed with what to do next. Keep in mind, that most of the things that need to be done immediately are the job of the fire restoration team. There are three main things you need to focus on after the fire has been put out:
- The Calls to Make
Your insurance company needs to know what happened to your building. Give your agent a call so an adjuster can come out and survey the fire damage. More importantly, start mitigating your loss as soon as possible by calling your restoration experts at SERVPRO of Barrie to start the cleanup process. They can arrive just a few hours after you call, and they can help you with your insurance claim by mitigating the loss as much as possible early-on and will provide an estimate for the repair costs.
- Do Nothing
It can be difficult to watch your workspace being affected by fire and water damage and do nothing, but that is exactly what you need to do. Your fire restoration professionals have the training and experience needed to address the damage safely, promptly and correctly. If you try to do it on your own, you may put yourself in danger or make the problem even worse.
- Have Your Building Secured
A fire can leave your building vulnerable. Windows are likely broken, and your roof has probably sustained fire and smoke damage. It is important to secure your building during the cleaning and repair process. Make sure to ask for board-up services when your SERVPRO of Barrie technicians arrive. They can securely cover broken windows and put tarps on your roof to keep out rain, debris, animals and looters.
Fire restoration duties mainly fall under the purview of the experts, but as the building's owner, these are the few things that you can do to make the process go more smoothly. With timely reporting and responsible treatment, you can expect a faster resolution to your fire damage problem.
Preparing Your Commercial Building for Potential Storms
When a storm rolls into Simcoe County, will your building be able to withstand Mother Nature? Being prepared in advance with exterior maintenance is a good way to ensure that you will be ready for the unexpected. Here are five steps to help your business handle even the worst storms:
- Know Your Enemy
Know the types of storms that are likely to affect your building and the area it is located in. The more informed you are about the meteorological conditions you can expect to see in your geographical area, the better you can tailor your building’s exterior maintenance needs to withstand potential damages caused by those conditions.
- SWOT Analysis
Once you have a better understanding of what kind of climate to expect, it is time to assess your building’s exterior and evaluate its strengths and weaknesses. Focus especially on the integrity of your windows and doors, as these can be the most vulnerable to damage. Analyze your drainage pipes and gutters, ensuring that they are all clear, so that you are prepared for excessive storm water. Any outstanding potential threats/weaknesses should also be addressed immediately, as there is no way to predict potential storms and what damages they could bring.
- Fix the Flaws
After you have taken a good look at your facility, focus on reinforcing and strengthening the exterior. Keeping your building maintained will go a long way towards minimizing damages sustained during a storm. Consult your SERVPRO of Barrie professionals who have the storm damage expertise, to ensure that all of your bases have been covered.
- Prepare for the Worst, Hope for the Best
Have your SERVPRO team setup your tailored Emergency Ready Plan, so that they can arrive ‘Faster to Any Size Disaster’ and minimize potential future damages with their risk mitigation and repairs. This thorough Emergency Ready Plan will also provide you with a detailed list of locations and instructions on which shut-off valves and electric panels you should access, as well as providing your staff with Emergency Exit Routes and Assembly Points to head to for safety during a storm.
- Stay Alert
You now have a solid plan in place, and your building has been reinforced in preparation for the worst. Keep alert and check daily for signs of storms and other bad weather heading your way, so that you can act immediately at the first signs of danger.
Keeping your building maintained and prepared means that you have taken more than the appropriate measures in mitigating potential damages caused by storms. Stay watchful but rest peacefully, knowing that you have taken the appropriate precautions and that you are covered by your SERVPRO of Barrie team!