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During a Fire

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

During a Fire

  • Crawl low under any smoke to your exit. Heavy smoke and poisonous gases collect first along the ceiling.
  • Before opening a door, feel the doorknob and door. If either is hot, or if there is smoke coming around the door, leave the door closed and use your second way out.
  • If you open a door, open it slowly. Be ready to shut it quickly if heavy smoke or fire is present.
  • If you can’t get to someone needing assistance, leave the home and call 911 or the fire department. Tell the emergency operator where the person is located.
  • If pets are trapped inside your home, tell firefighters right away.
  • If you can’t get out, close the door and cover vents and cracks around doors with cloth or tape to keep smoke out. Call 911 or your fire department. Say where you are and signal for help at the window with a light-colored cloth or a flashlight.
  • If your clothes catch fire, stop, drop, and roll – stop immediately, drop to the ground, and cover your face with your hands.  Roll over and over or back and forth until the fire is out. If you or someone else cannot stop, drop, and roll, smother the flames with a blanket or towel. Use cool water to treat the burn immediately for three to five minutes. Cover with a clean, dry cloth. Get medical help right away by calling 911 or the fire department.

https://www.ready.gov/home-fires

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Cleaning household textiles

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

After deodorizing household textiles, the items can be cleaned. Dry cleanable clothing and draperies should be taken to a professional dry cleaner. Some professional fire restorers will clean draperies and upholstered furniture in the home.

Carpets should be cleaned by a professional carpet cleaner. Sometimes the carpet will need to be cleaned twice. The first cleaning will be done before repairs begin, and another cleaning will be done after the house has been cleaned. If the carpet is wet after the fire, it will need to be dried before any cleaning can be done. In some cases it may be necessary to remove the carpet for complete drying. After the house is cleaned, the dried carpet can be replaced. Most professional fire restorers can clean draperies carpets, upholstered furniture and other textile items.

https://extension.missouri.edu/publications/gh145

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Kitchens

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

The heart of the home, kitchens are also the most common spot in the house for fires to start. Specifically, unattended cooking is the leading cause of kitchen fires and fire-related injuries.

These man-made fires are also easily preventable: Keep an eye on the stove, oven, and other appliances like toaster ovens, and move combustible items away from the stove. Never leave the kitchen when you’re working with high heat during preparations like frying, boiling, or broiling—fires need only seconds to go from a small flame to an out-of-control blaze.

A few more tips for safe cooking:

  • If someone else can’t watch things while you step away for a bathroom break or to help the kids, turn off the cooking appliance while you’re in the other room.
  • Turn off the stove and all appliances once you’re done cooking.
  • Keep everything off hot surfaces. Pay close attention to where you set dish towels or hot pads. Designate a spot, like a hook, to practice putting them back between each use.
  • Roll up baggy sleeves or wear a securely fastened apron over billowy shirts or bottoms to prevent singeing.
  • Do not heat your home with your oven.
  • Keep a Class B fire extinguisher or baking soda handy in case of fire. Water will only spread oil or grease and feed the flames.

https://www.safewise.com/blog/the-most-common-places-that-fires-occur-in-the-home/

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How can you prevent business water damage?

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Water leakage damage in your place of business can be a devastating blow: Not only can it cost you quite a bit to clean up, but it can also slow — or even shut down — business operations.

Whether it's managing the distraction, sending employees home for the cleanup or losing equipment and records, water damage will inevitably cause your business to take a hit. Here are some strategies to help prevent water damage from happening.

Determining where water might come from can go a long way in preventing water damage in the workplace. Here are some possible water sources to investigate:

  • Appliances: Common sources for water damage include the water heater, clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators and air conditioning units. The age of an appliance is a major factor; over time, appliances that produce condensation often rust, increasing the chances of a leak. Water supply hoses on washing machines and dishwashers also may develop leaks. Hundreds of gallons of water can escape, resulting in significant damage to the building and property inside.
  • Pipes and drains: Plumbing systems are susceptible to clogs and stoppages, which can lead to overflowing appliances such as toilets, sinks and washing machines. Grease buildup in kitchen sinks and roots in sewer lines are some of the reasons for clogs and stoppages. In the winter, pipes can freeze, burst and damage the building and the occupants' personal property. A 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can release up to 250 gallons of water a day.
  • Roofing: Deteriorated, missing, or damaged roofing materials and ice dams can allow water to enter through the roof and damage ceilings, walls and floors. Inadequate attic insulation and ventilation can speed up a roof's decay and contribute to the formation of ice dams. Exposure to wind, snow, ice, rain and foot traffic can also affect a roof's ability to keep water out. Other roof debris such as leaves, branches, and moss can also prevent water from properly flowing or draining off a roof.

https://www.statefarm.com/simple-insights/small-business/water-leakage-prevention-at-your-business-precautions-and-fixes

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House Fire Recovery steps

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

A house fire can hit you hard, both physically and emotionally. In addition to your home, you could lose valuable possessions and irreplaceable personal items. You'll need to take steps to protect your property, recover your loss and heal from the damage. After a traumatic event such as a fire, it's a good idea to ask family and friends to help you with some of the tasks you'll need to complete as part of your recovery. Their help and support will lighten your work load and lift your spirits.

Contact Insurance Company

As soon as possible after the fire, contact your insurance company. Don't attempt to do any kind of cleanup until an insurance representative has evaluated the site. Take pictures of the damage, and take steps to prevent further damage, such as covering a hole in the roof with a tarp. But don't set foot on the site until the fire department has cleared the area as safe. Your insurance policy may include a provision to provide living expenses while your home is being rebuilt or repaired.

https://homeguides.sfgate.com/house-fire-recovery-steps-52922.html

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How to prevent water damage, mold after pipes burst

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

First, if you detect a leak, you need to turn off the water supply immediately then call a plumber. 

According to the Insurance Council of Texas, most home insurance policies cover unexpected burst pipes and the resulted water damage. That’s why it’s important you document everything. Take pictures of the damage and keep receipts of expenses to fix it and clean up.

Mold can start growing in one day, so you don’t want to let water sit.

According to the Texas Department of Insurance, here is how you prevent mold:

  • Stop the water flow as soon as you can.
  • Dry the area immediately. Mold can start growing in one day.
  • Move wet items to a dry room or an area with fresh air.
  • Pull up wet carpets, padding, and rugs.
  • If you can’t dry the area yourself, use a service that specializes in cleaning up water damage.

https://www.wfaa.com/article/news/texas-winter-storm-2021-how-to-prevent-water-damage-after-pipes-burst/287-986ae4a9-ad44-48d7-a87b-1a05b618b7c8

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Safety after the storm

5/14/2021 (Permalink)

  • Be aware of hazards from exposed nails and broken glass.
  • Do not touch downed power lines or objects in contact with downed lines. Report electrical hazards to the police and the utility company.
  • If it is dark when you are inspecting your home, use a flashlight rather than a candle or torch to avoid the risk of fire or explosion in a damaged home.
  • If you see frayed wiring or sparks, or if there is an odor of something burning, you should immediately shut off the electrical system at the main circuit breaker if you have not done so already.
  • If you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off the main gas valve, open all windows, and leave the house immediately. Notify the gas company, the police or fire departments, or State Fire Marshal's office, and do not turn on the lights, light matches, smoke, or do anything that could cause a spark. Do not return to your house until you are told it is safe to do so.

https://www.weather.gov/ffc/afterstorm

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Minimal Damage water leaks – What to do

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

  1. Turn Off Water in Home– It is important to locate your water meter and turn off the water in your home before the leak results in more damage.
  2. Clean Up Mess– If you catch the leak early enough, it is important to clean up the mess immediately. Failure to clean up a water leak can result in mold and mildew and present more problems down the road. For this reason, it is important to disinfect anything the water has touched. Be sure to be conscientious of what you are touching, and wear protective clothing such as gloves, boots, dust, and eye masks if possible.
  3. Fix Issue that Resulted in Leak– If the leak cannot be fixed on your own, call a plumber to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

https://wateruseitwisely.com/what-to-do-when-you-have-a-water-leak/

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What should I do after my house is damaged by a storm?

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

The damage a storm causes to a home can leave your life suddenly upended. In the first days after a storm, you might be overwhelmed with the damage, with everything you have to do and with concerns about getting your life back together. But careful planning can help you return to normalcy as quickly as possible.

Safety First

Whether your house flooded, sustained wind damage or was struck by lightning, the aftermath of a storm can pose serious dangers. Live power lines, mold and open areas of your house can all put you at risk. It's wise to leave your house until you're able to evaluate the damage. Consider going to an emergency shelter, staying with friends and family or staying at a hotel until you're able to get an inspector to your home. Take a few day's worth of clothing and supplies if possible, but prioritize safety above collecting your possessions. Your insurance company might provide someone to inspect your home for safety hazards, or you may need to hire someone, but in either case, you should have your home checked for hazards before you return.

https://homeguides.sfgate.com/should-after-house-damaged-storm-58794.html

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How to protect your business from wind and hail damage

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

Having adequate small business insurance in place will help your business recover from wind and hail.

Strong winds and hailstorms can cause significant damage in very little time to a business’s property, resulting in costly repairs and potentially a lengthy business disruption. Beyond the typical structural damage from a storm, gale-force winds can push trees or projectiles onto buildings, and hail can shatter windows and damage your exterior.

Ensuring you have adequate small business insurance in place will help your business recover in the aftermath of a storm. But it’s also essential that you take steps to protect your property before a severe weather event. From regularly inspecting your roof to securing equipment and valuables, the following actions will help you reduce the risk of damage to your business in the event of a storm.

https://www.insureon.com/blog/how-to-protect-your-business-from-wind-hail-damage

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