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Common Causes of Electrical Fires

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

The most common causes of electrical fires are as follows:

  • Faulty outlets and appliances—most electrical fires are caused by faulty electrical outlets and old, outdated appliances. Other fires are started by faults in appliance cords, receptacles, and switches. Never use an appliance with a worn or frayed cord which can send heat onto combustible surfaces like floors, curtains, and rugs that can start a fire. Running cords under rugs is another cause of electrical fires. Removing the grounding plug from a cord so it can be used in a two-prong electrical outlet can also cause a fire.
  • Light fixtures—light fixtures, lamps, and light bulbs are another common reason for electrical fires. Installing a bulb with a wattage that is too high for the lamps and light fixtures is a leading cause of electrical fires. Always check the maximum recommended bulb wattage on any lighting fixture or lamp and never go over the recommended amount.
  • Extension cords—misuse of extension cords is another electrical fire cause. Appliances should be plugged directly into outlet and not plugged into an extension cord for any length of time. Only use extension cords as a temporary measure. If you do not have the appropriate type of outlets for your appliances, hire an electrician to install new ones.
  • Space heaters—because these types of heaters are portable, many times people put them too close to combustible surfaces such as curtains, beds, clothing, chairs, couches and rugs. Coil space heaters are especially dangerous in this regard, because the coils become so hot they will almost instantaneously ignite any nearby flammable surface. If you do use space heaters, use the radiator-type that diffuse heat over the entire surface of the appliance. These are less likely to ignite flammable items, but they should still be kept away from them.
  • Wiring—outdated wiring often causes electrical fires. If a home is over 20 years old, it may not have the wiring capacity to handle the increased amounts of electrical appliances in today’s average home, such as computers, wide-screen televisions, video and gaming players, microwaves, and air conditioners. Breakers should be triggered when circuits get overloaded by too much electricity, but outdated breaker boxes often have worn connectors that do not work, which cause the system to overload and start an electrical fire.

The Process to Recover from a Fire Damage

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Fire Damage The Process to Recover from a Fire Damage Contact the Professionals at SERVPRO® of Panthersville at (678) 515-8602 when disaster strikes from fire.

The fire damage restoration process begins with the removal and disposal of items that are completely unsalvageable. Anything that has been thoroughly engulfed in smoke or in contaminated water or that has been burned to pieces will likely be removed and disposed. This might involve the full removal of furniture, curtains, carpet, or fittings.

Water will meanwhile be removed from the floor early on using pumps. After this, the surfaces underneath will be dried and also the air by using a dehumidifier.

Once water is removed and damaged items are removed, SERVPRO® of Panthersville Technicians can then begin cleaning the surfaces. This process involves removing the soot and the smoke from anything that they have touched, as well as getting rid of lasting odors. Cleaning will be performed using a variety of specialized tools and products including air-scrubbers. Our staff will also do professional carpet cleaning, which involves the use of a high-powered wet vacuum and detergent.

Once everything is cleaned, the affected area looks less like a fire has encountered the room, but more like the property has just been damaged. Thereafter, our Production staff begins to provide restoration services, such as repairing and reinstalling. If the carpet pads have absorbed contaminated water, then we may dispose them and install new ones for you. Likewise, if paint or wallpaper has come away from the walls then we reinstate them.

SERVPRO® of Panthersville provides full fire remediation services and so we can restore your property “Like it never even happened.”

Treating Mold

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More often, mold can be self-treated. Nevertheless, it takes more than just a simple wipe-down with a wet cloth. This might effectively remove some of the unsightly black marks, but it does nothing to clear away the spores. You will find that over a few days or weeks, the mold will grow back in the same place. You may have even exacerbated the issue by wetting the walls. This perceived stubbornness could be the reason why so many homeowners are terrified by the appearance of mold. They may think that because it grows back, then it is indicative of a deeper issue with the house. However, the likely issue is that the mold is just not being treated as aggressively as it should. A mix of detergent or bleach as home remedy must be used to eradicate the spores, and ventilation needs to be improved to prevent the issue from recurring. The ways you can treat and prevent mold growth include:

  • Using a fan to improve circulation
  • Replacing air filters
  • Keep walls and soft furnishings dry
  • Use a dehumidifier to keep the house's humidity below 60%
  • Wipe away condensation from walls and windows
  • Insulate cold surfaces

If mold problem exists in a home that you intend to buy is significant, then you would be best advised to hire SERVPRO® of Panthersville professionals to clean away the mold. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends leaving cleanups to the professionals when the mold growth exceeds 10 square feet.

Quaternary Ammonium Compounds Antimicrobial

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

Routine cleaning of the environment including floors, toilet, locker room, bathing facilities, and furniture is necessary to produce conditions that inhibit the development and possible spread of infections. The advantages and disadvantages of the Quaternary Ammonium Compounds Antimicrobial are as follows:

Advantages:

  • The solutions are basically inexpensive, easy to use, and widely applied in food processing areas, locker rooms, toilet, and bath areas as well as garbage storage areas.
  • The product is effective against a broad spectrum of bacteria, it acts as a virucide and fungicide, and it inhibits the growth of mold and mildew.
  • Some formulations of this product are used as sanitizer-cleaner solutions for cleaning and disinfecting environmental areas in one step.
  • Formulations are made using this antimicrobial along with muriatic acid as a toilet bowl cleaner to remove iron and scale stains and sanitize simultaneously.

Disadvantages:

  • The solutions are deactivated through contact with soaps, anionic detergents, and heavy soil accumulations.
  • Antimicrobial activity is good against gram-positive organisms, but more limited against gram-negative organisms.

What should I do to Prepare for a Hurricane?

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Ensure that you know the difference between hurricane watch and hurricane warning as follows:

  • Hurricane Watch—hurricane conditions are a threat within 48 hours. Review your hurricane plans, keep informed, and be ready to act if a warning is issued.
  • Hurricane Warning—hurricane conditions are expected within 36 hours. Complete your storm preparations and leave the area if directed to do so by authorities.

Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane as follows: 

  • Check your disaster supplies and replace or restock as needed.
  • Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind, such as bicycles and lawn furniture.
  • Close windows, doors, and hurricane shutters. If you do not have hurricane shutters, then close and board up all windows and doors with plywood.
  • Turn the refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting and keep them closed as much as possible so that food will last longer if the power goes out.
  • Turn off propane tanks and unplug small appliances.
  • Fill your car’s gas tank.
  • Talk with members of your household and create an evacuation plan. Planning and practicing your evacuation plan minimizes confusion and fear during the event.
  • Learn about your community’s hurricane response plan. Plan routes to local shelters, register family members with special medical needs as required, and make plans for your pets to be cared for during the hurricane.
  • Evacuate if advised by authorities. Be careful to avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.
  • Standard homeowners insurance does not cover flooding, therefore, it’s important to have protection from the floods associated with hurricanes, tropical storms, heavy rains, and other conditions that impact the U.S.

What should I do after a Hurricane?

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Storm Damage What should I do after a Hurricane? Contact SERVPRO® of Panthersville at (678) 515-8602 immediately!

Hurricanes are strong storms that cause life and property threatening hazards, such as flooding, storm surge, high winds, and tornadoes. If you encounter a hurricane, ensure that you adhere to the following procedures after the storm:

  • Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.
  • If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.
  • Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed-out bridges.
  • Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.
  • Stay out of any building that has water around it.
  • Inspect your home for damages. Take pictures of the damages, both of the building and its contents for insurance purposes.
  • Use flashlights in the dark. Do NOT use candles.
  • Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it is uncontaminated.
  • Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If you are in doubt, then throw it out.
  • Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury.
  • Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control. Use the telephone only for emergency calls.

Tips to Prevent Water Pollution

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Water Damage Tips to Prevent Water Pollution Contact SERVPRO® of Panthersville at (678) 515-8602 if your property is damaged by water pollution.

Protect the earth from home toxic waste

Many of the same chemicals that make household products effective are harmful when released into the environment. If misused or disposed of improperly, many commonly used products have the potential to become household hazardous waste.

Household hazardous waste includes paints, oils, batteries, and pesticides. Improper disposal of these types of products includes pouring them on the ground, down the drain, into a storm drain, or directly into a waterway.

Some of these items might be kept under the sink or in the garage for extended periods of time, and as their containers age, the risk of leakage increases. Once exposed to the environment, toxins could soak into the ground or be washed down a storm drain, which could lead to pollution in our lakes and streams.

Follow these tips to prevent water pollution:

  • Only buy the amount you need for a project.
  • Many liquid home products can be solidified using cat litter, saw dust, and other absorbent materials, and then placed in the trash.
  • Many local retailers and organizations offer recycling programs, and they will accept home products for disposal.
  • Consult the product label for disposal guidance.

Water Damage After Effects

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Water damage can be deceptive. Reason being, water penetrates into structural cavities creating trapped pockets of saturation. The detection of water in these areas can often only be discovered with sophisticated moisture detection meters. Undetected moisture will continue to cause damage. This damage will cause odors. Greater damages surface when materials delaminate, shrink, split, and further deteriorate to where costly repairs are required.

Besides simply removing excess water, SERVPRO® of Panthersville Production staff are IICRC-certified, and they have the knowledge and equipment to further dry a home or facility (including sub-structure materials) completely back to preloss conditions. Through timely response and the careful monitoring of water damage, mold, and other health issues can be prevented. If water damage has been present too long, then mold will occur.

SERVPRO® of Panthersville professionals have the training and experience to identify moisture sources, evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected), contain damage, remove contamination, and dry materials to ensure that mold will not return.

How to Prevent Mold

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Mold Remediation How to Prevent Mold Contact SERVPRO® of Panthersville at (678) 515-8602 if you have water stain and mold infected areas.

The key to preventing mold is moisture control. Mold cannot grow without excessive moisture in your home. Experts generally advise keeping the humidity levels in your home below 55%. You can use a hygrometer to monitor your humidity levels.

Give your home a thorough checkup to identify any issues that might contribute to future mold growth and correct any problems as soon as possible. Hire a professional to assist you if you are unsure how to make the necessary repairs. It will be well worth the cost, because you will save so much money in health care, home repair, and mold removal expenses in the future.

  • Window frames—check around all window frames to ensure that they seal tightly and no water seeps in.
  • Sinks, toilets, and tubs—check under and around all sinks, toilets, and tubs for any leaking water. Install water leak sensors in these areas to alert you early to any leaks.
  • Hot water heaters—check around your hot water heater for any leaking water. This is another good place to install a water leak sensor.
  • Roofs—examine your ceilings for signs of a leaky roof. Sometimes you cannot see signs of leakage from inside the house until the problem worsens. Hire a professional to get up on the roof and inspect it for you if you are unsure how to inspect it.
  • Bathrooms—check for adequate ventilation especially when showering. If the room gets really steamy when you shower, then turn on an exhaust fan or crack open a window. If you do not have an exhaust fan in the bathroom, then you may need to install one.
  • Basement—try the sniff test. Is there a musty odor in the basement? If so, there may be mold present. Purchase a dehumidifier if the basement smells damp or musty.
  • Attic—also try the sniff test in the attic. There may be mold in the attic if there have been any leaks in your roof. If not, keep a hygrometer in your attic to measure humidity levels. A hygrometer transmits the humidity level to the main unit so you can monitor your attic humidity levels very easily.

In addition, you can prevent mold by:

  • Wiping up any water spills promptly.
  • Using a fan to help dry any damp carpet as soon as possible
  • Keeping windows tightly closed when it is raining outside
  • Using exhaust fans in the bathroom when showering and in the kitchen when cooking
  • Wiping showers, shower curtains, tubs, and so forth dry with a towel after use
  • Keeping an eye out for signs of mold and addressing any problems promptly
  • Installing a solar fan in your attic so that you have good air circulation there all year round.

Frozen Pipes Prevention and Thawing Tips

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Water Damage Frozen Pipes Prevention and Thawing Tips If you have already experienced a burst pipe, contact SERVPRO® of Panthersville at (678) 515-8602 to prevent structural damages and mold.

Water expands when it freezes, which is a unique characteristic. By allowing water to freeze and expand inside your pipes can lead to a tremendous buildup of pressure, which eventually causes your pipes to burst. You can save yourself from severe water damages if you learn how to avoid frozen pipes.

Preventing Frozen Pipes

Before the harsh cold of winter sets in there are a few important steps to take to reduce the possibility of frozen pipes, which include:

  • Investigate your home and determine whether there are areas that are not being heated properly and are significantly colder than the rest of the home. Insulate any water pipes located in the area.
  • Ensure that you drain all water from swimming pools and sprinkler supply lines.
  • Close the indoor valves that supply your outdoor spigots, and then keep the outdoor spigots open and allow them to drain completely.
  • Keep the garage door closed if any water pipes are located in your garage.
  • If the temperatures outside plummets below freezing, then let water drip from your faucets at all times. By keeping even a small amount of water moving through your pipes significantly reduces the possibility of freezing.
  • Never allow the temperature in your house to plunge below 55 degrees.

Thawing Frozen Pipes

If you are only getting a small dribble of water from your faucet, then chances are you are experiencing a frozen pipe. Here are some simple ways to thaw your frozen pipe before it bursts:

  • Heat the pipe using a portable space heater, electric blanket, or hair drier.
  • Keep the water running. As the frozen pipe begins to melt, then water will flow through the frozen area and helps melt the ice.
  • If you have one frozen pipe, then you more likely have others. Check every faucet in your house and attempt to locate all of the frozen pipes. If you are unable to locate the other frozen pipes, then call a licensed Plumber before they burst and cause water damage.

Tornado Warning!

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Storm Damage Tornado Warning! Contact SERVPRO® of Panthersville at (678) 515-8602 if you encounter tornado damages.

Although tornadoes can strike instantaneously, there are certain precautions and preventative measures that one can take to increase the chances of surviving tornadoes. When a warning is issued, going to a basement or an interior first-floor room of a sturdy building significantly increases the chances of survival. Many buildings have storm cellars on the properties in the areas that are prone to tornadoes.

It is often thought that opening windows will reduce the damages caused by tornadoes. Opening windows may actually increase the severity of the tornado's damage. A violent tornado can destroy a house whether its windows are open or closed.

Contact your Local Emergency Management Agency to learn how your community sends warnings. Some communities use sirens, others use a mass notification system, while others depend on the media to alert residents of severe storms. Ensure that you have multiple ways to receive warnings.

Our Service

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SERVPRO® of Panthersville opened its doors in the year 2014, and this franchise has experienced tremendous growth since its existence. SERVPRO® of Panthersville is locally owned and operated and so the company services the Dekalb County, GA communities. The company is part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises, which enables us to respond quicker with more resources.

Over the years, the company has taken on several challenging projects, which includes large and small restoration, cleanings, entire house floods, and house fires. The company provides Dekalb County with water, fire, and storm damages, and mold remediation services for both residential and commercial customers. SERVPRO® of Panthersville provides 24 hours emergency service, which allows us to respond immediately to our customers’ emergencies and provide them with outstanding service.

Mold Removal Process

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Mold Remediation Mold Removal Process Mold exists on this piece of board.

Mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business whenever there is a water intrusion, such as a roof leak, leaking water line, and busted pipe. Your local SERVPRO® of Panthersville has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problems. Mold can cause major health problems if left untreated. However, every mold damage scenario is different, which requires a unique solution. SERVPRO® of Panthersville helps satisfy the needs of insurers and property owners by providing reliable and consistent services. The following steps illustrate a “typical” mold removal process:

Call SERVPRO® of Panthersville

The mold remediation and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO® of Panthersville. A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment and personnel needed.

Inspection

The property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources.

Containing the Mold

Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated areas with physical barriers to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.

Air Filtration

Our Technicians use specialized filtration equipment that captures microscopic (mold that is invisible with the naked eye) mold spores out of the air. We utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress.

Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments are also be used to eliminate mold colonies from forming. By removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, such as drywall and flooring may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.

Restoration

Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet. It may also require major repairs such as reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Tips for Winning Negotiations with Your Contractor

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Commercial Tips for Winning Negotiations with Your Contractor For even more ways to save on home improvements and repairs, do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO® of Panthersville at (678) 515-8602 today.

Big home improvement projects can leave a big hole in your pocket, but you can lower your costs by negotiating the contract price and terms. If you are looking for ways to save money on home improvements, then review the following tips for winning negotiations with Contractors:

  • Research—always ensure that you verify Contractors' credentials and experience before you hire them. If you are comfortable working with a Contractor with less experience and less time in the trade, then you may be able to secure a much lower price. Understandably, that there may be quality and timeframe tradeoffs. You can also research the costs of the materials needed for the project for a bargaining chip. A material cost list will help you decide whether or not the Contractor is charging higher prices for the supply portion of the project.
  • Shop Around—it's hard to tell whether you are getting a great deal on your home improvement project without having anything to compare prices. Get at least three comparable bids or estimates for the project. Contractors may be willing to lower their cost or negotiate particular terms in the contract if they are competing for the work. Ensure that you provide the Contractor with as many project details as you can and read each estimate thoroughly.
  • Buy Your Own Supplies—many Contractors offer to buy the supplies needed for the project and tack the cost onto the estimate or bill you for them later. Contractors often buy supplies from the same supplier, therefore, they may not be getting them at the best price. Save yourself money by offering to buy the supplies yourself to ensure that you are getting the best deals.
  • Timing—the cost of your home project will depend somewhat on the season you want the work done. You might be able to save money by seeking estimates during a slow construction season when Contractors will be more willing to negotiate the costs. If you live in a cold climate and you want to add a room to your home, then consider contacting Contractors for an estimate in the winter. The work may be unable to start until warmer weather, but you may be able to lock in their winter rates.
  • Approach the Contractor as an Ally—if you approach the pricing as if the Contractor is against you, then you will establish a hostile relationship. Treat Contractors as Allies and they will work with you to find the right price for your budget. Show them respect and ask for changes that may help you save money on the projects. For instance, you may be able to find less expensive countertops or a different type of flooring at a better rate.

Keep these tips in mind the next time you comparison shop for a home Contractor.

Ways to Add a Pop of Color without Painting

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Commercial Ways to Add a Pop of Color without Painting These are great suggestions if you are thinking about selling your home and want to create a beautifully staged canvas for potential buyers.

Repainting a room or your entire house is a great way to bring a brand-new look to your home. But it can also be messy and time-consuming to do yourself and expensive if you hire professionals. Also, if you do not like the results, then you have to restart from scratch. Fortunately, there are other ways to add an exciting splash of color to your residence.

Review the following ways to add a pop of color without using one drop of paint. More importantly, you can make these changes for just a fraction of the cost of a professional paint job, and you can change your mind as often as you would like:

  • Wall Decorations—just because you are not painting your walls does not mean that they have to be bland. You can add a lot of color by using wall decorations. Find a large, colorful wall painting that takes up a lot of room on an empty wall. Hang a wall tapestry, or even invest in temporary wallpaper to create an accent wall. These alternatives not only add color and pop to your décor but also create an intriguing focal point for the room.
  • Furniture Accents—if you are not keen on buying brightly colored furniture, then use furniture accents to add color to your décor. Use a mix of soft tones and vibrant colors to create a unique look. There are a number of accents to mix and match such as afghans, throw pillows, and blankets. Actually, many professionals recommend mixing and matching patterns and colors to create a vibrant color scheme. What is the best part? You can change these furniture accents as the seasons change without the hassle of painting.
  • Table Accents—used in combination with furniture accents and wall decorations, table accents and other inspiration pieces can help to create flow. Picture how all the colors will work together. Look for accents such as vases, picture frames, and other trinkets that will add a pop of color without the commitment.
  • Floor Decorations—there is little risk and a lot of reward by using floor decorations to add color to your home interiors. If you have a neutral colored couch, adding a bright area rug can play off of your neutral furniture beautifully. Use multiple rugs in addition to the area rug to really jazz up the space and add dimension.
  • Window Decorations—your window treatments have a huge impact on the way that your rooms feel. Whether it is how much (or how little) light gets in or how big or small your windows are, getting creative with your window decorations is an excellent way to add color and texture to your home.
  • Colorful Furniture—maybe you don't want a bright red couch in your living room, but have you thought about a bright red armchair? Using strategically placed colorful furniture pieces will liven up any room. Even if the rest of your furniture is neutral, these colorful pieces will improve the overall aesthetic of the room. You can achieve this same look with textured and patterned pieces.
  • Plants and Flowers—often overlooked inside of the home are fresh plants and flowers that add dimension and liveliness throughout your space. A simple vase of fresh flowers on the kitchen counter or a potted palm in the corner of the living room can make a huge impact on the diversity of color in your home.

These are just a few of the many ways to add pops of colors to your home. What are some of the ways you have avoided painting in the past?

Make your Home Smarter and more Efficient

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Make upgrades to your home with energy-saving products. Consider using the following products:

  • Keen Smart Vent—imagine every room in your home kept at the perfect temperature. Smart Vents form the foundation for the Keen Zoning System by intelligently opening and closing based on individual room temperature preferences set in the Keen Home application. Keen Home recommends replacing all vents in each room you would like to upgrade. Smart Vents let you customize the temperature of individual rooms and eliminate those pesky hot and cold spots, which helps to reduce energy usage and costs.
  • Wemo® Insight Energy-Use Monitor—the Wemo Insight Energy Monitor is a smart plug that lets you monitor energy consumption right from your phone or tablet. It provides real-time reports on how much energy your devices consume. In addition, it monitors how much your lights or appliances cost you, and how much energy a particular room consumes.
  • Sengled® ElementTM Plus Kit—this element is a smart lighting system that allows you to create lighting schedules, adjust brightness, and control color temperature directly from your mobile device – anytime, anywhere. Unlike other smart bulbs, Element Plus integrates seamlessly with your existing wall and dimmer switches, and allows you to adjust the color temperature from a warm yellow to a cool white. More importantly, for every bulb sold, Sengled® plants a tree as part of the #OneBulbOneTree initiative, which negates any carbon emitted while the bulb is in use.

Fall Back on Safety Tips

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It is that time of year again where more and more leaves are falling. Colors that were previously bright and vibrant are now mellow and soft, and the nightly temperatures are cooling. September officially marks the beginning of the fall season, and as the weather transitions so does your home.

SERVPRO® of Panthersville wants to ensure that you are thoroughly ready for any natural disaster.

Prepare your home for the fall with the following tips:

  • Examine leaky faucets and have them fixed now.
  • Check all smoke detectors and replace batteries if needed.
  • Do not overload electrical outlets.
  • Place fire extinguishers on every level of your home and install within reach.

If you have a chimney and a fireplace have it cleaned and inspected. This will help in preventing carbon monoxide accumulation and fires.

Need Emergency Water Restoration Service? Call Us 24/7 at (678) 515-8602

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Water Damage Need Emergency Water Restoration Service? Call Us 24/7 at (678) 515-8602 SERVPRO® of Panthersville wants to ensure that you are thoroughly ready for any natural disaster.

Flooding and water emergencies do not wait for regular business hours. SERVPRO® of Panthersville provides emergency water and cleaning restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response at any time either day or night.

Our professionals understand that immediate action is required in many cleaning and restoration situations. Water is particularly invasive, which quickly spreads throughout your property, and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and so forth. SERVPRO® of Panthersville arrives quickly and starts the water extraction processes almost immediately. With over 1,650 U.S. and Canadian SERVPRO® Franchise locations, SERVPRO® of Panthersville is strategically positioned to be faster to service any sized emergency. An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

SERVPRO® of Panthersville knows every Second Counts

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Fire Damage SERVPRO® of Panthersville knows every Second Counts  SERVPRO® of Panthersville can handle any disaster, no matter how big or small.

Fire experts agree, people have approximately two minutes to escape a burning home before it is too late. Twenty six percent of families have developed and practiced a home fire plan, which is a study conducted by the American Red Cross.

During Fire Prevention months, it is time for you to review your fire escape plans. Knowing your risks of a potential fire hazard and taking actions are just a few steps in being thoroughly prepared to save your life, and to assist in saving the lives of others.

Ways to Prepare

  • Draw a map of each level of your home and be sure to find two ways to get out of each room. 
  • Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second and third floors. Only purchase collapsible escape ladders.
  • Choose an outside meeting place at a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet once you are all out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you are unable to help them.
  • Practice your escape plans during the day and at night time.

Each smoke and fire damage situations differ, therefore, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. SERVPRO® of Panthersville has the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damages. We will also treat your family with respect and take your care of your property.

Do you have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damages?
Call Us Today – [[678-515-8602]]

Are your Ducts in Order

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General Are your Ducts in Order SERVPRO® of Panthersville professionals will inspect your HVAC system and ductwork to make the best recommendations.

Are you suffering from poor indoor air quality due to your ventilation system? Dirty ducts can circulate odors, cause contaminants such as mold, and irritating dust throughout your building or home. SERVPRO® of Panthersville is a trusted Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) firm.

Keeping your HVAC (air conditioning unit) and ductwork clean could potentially extend the life of your equipment and save you money.

SERVPRO ® of Panthersville uses a portable ventilation and air duct cleaning system to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep, which removes years of dust and grime unlike other duct cleaning services.

Remember, a clean environment is a healthy environment.

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 continuing education programs to keep Technicians current on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written compliance policy and agree to the Better Business Bureau or similar arbitrations to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitrations.

About SERVPRO ® of Panthersville

SERVPRO® of Panthersville is a service-oriented company. The company provides services to remedy water, fire, and storm damages, and mold remediation for both residential and commercial customers. Our staff is highly trained in property damages restoration, and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training, that is, from initial and ongoing training at the corporate training facility at SERVPRO® to regular IICRC-industry certifications. Rest assured, our staff is equipped with the knowledge to thoroughly restore your property.

The Science of Drying

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Water Damage The Science of Drying SERVPRO® of Panthersville provides 24-hour fire and water damages restoration services.

Did you know that there is actually a science behind the entire drying process?

Having knowledge of psychometrics is essential in restoring a water damaged structure to its preloss condition. Our Franchise professionals are highly trained individuals who comply with the industry approved standards to help lower the chance of further damages. Our Production staff use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment.

Our professionals will complete the following tasks:

  • Inspect the building to detect all wet components in order to prevent secondary damage from happening to the affected areas.
  • Measure how much moisture is in the wet materials and monitor if the materials are drying properly.
  • Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment.

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Disaster Recovery Team is Ready to GO!

3/3/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Disaster Recovery Team is Ready to GO! During hurricane seasons our highly trained professionals are ready to respond 24/7 to any situation.

SERVPRO® of Panthersville specializes in storm and flood damages restorations. Our Crews are extremely skilled in using specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. During major weather events, the Disaster Recovery Team® at SERVPRO® is activated to assist residents and business owners in the affected areas. 

Faster Response

We are able to respond quicker with the right resources because we are locally owned and operated, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damages, limits further damages, and reduces the restoration costs. The first steps taken in a disaster situation can mean the difference between recovery and total loss.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit 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. We have elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Did you encounter floods from a storm? Call us today at (678) 515-8602!

Does Your Home or Business have Mold Problems?

3/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Your Home or Business have Mold Problems? Mold can spread through your home or business in as little as 48 hours. Call us today at (678) 515-8602 if you see signs of mold.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, namely, both indoors and outdoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation service reduces mold spores count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy.

Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, which is, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home or business through windows, doors, AC/heating systems, or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture, and they can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation begins, all sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and it can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Mold can cause severe health effects and significantly damages your property.

If your home or business has mold problems, then we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestations.

SERVPRO® of Panthersville Mentors Other Small Business Owners

3/3/2018 (Permalink)

Having a Mentor to help guide you can increase your probabilities of success. Mentors cannot make decisions for you; that is your job. But their expertise can be invaluable. Generally, they work with business owners voluntarily, that is, for the satisfaction of helping out.

SERVPRO® of Panthersville shares our professional skills with other small businesses to help them grow and create jobs. More often, Restoration Owners and Managers are so busy in their daily operations that they fail to notice and react properly to changes taking place around them. As a Mentor, we search for other entrepreneurs in the Restoration business to assist online, and once connected we serve as a coach and guide. This volunteer opportunity is extremely flexible. Subsequently, we set the schedules and expectations with our Mentees.

How to Prepare for Winter Snow Storms

3/3/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How to Prepare for Winter Snow Storms Do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO® of Panthersville at (678) 515-8602 when disaster strikes from winter snow storms!

Take the time to prepare a winter survival kit for your home

The winter kits should include several days of non-perishable items, such as bread, crackers, cereal, canned foods, and dried fruits. An emergency supplies list should include an alternate way to stay warm during a power failure, such as kerosene for a kerosene heater or extra blankets, sleeping bags, and warm winter coats.

Ensure that you have matches, a first aid kit with instruction manual, candles, flashlight or battery-powered lantern, battery-powered radio, battery-powered clock or watch, extra batteries, non-electric can opener, snow shovel, rock salt, any special needs items (diapers, hearing aid batteries, medications, and so forth)

Prepare your home for the coming storm

If you plan to use a fireplace or wood stove for emergency heating, ensure that your chimney or flue has been inspected. Ensure that there is a working smoke detector and a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector near the area to be heated.

Make sure to have a communication checklist

Listen to emergency broadcasts and weather forecasts. Get your phone batteries charged, and all devices that you may use.

Make a family communication plan. Your family may not be together during a winter event, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together, and what you will do during an emergency.

Look over your car and emergency checklist

Get gas in your car ahead of the storm. Check your antifreeze, oil, and wiper fluid.

SERVPRO® of Panthersville Observes Black History Month

3/3/2018 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO® of Panthersville Observes Black History Month The Black History Month Parade begins at the King Center National Park in Atlanta and ends at Woodruff Park.

Black History Month or National African American History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by Black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in United States history.

SERVPRO® of Panthersville participates in the local Black History Month Parade festivities, which celebrates the culture, heritage, history, and accomplishments of Black African American people across the world. Attendees are urged to prepare floats and designs that depict Black history and the trials and successes of African Americans.

Historical figures remain a popular choice for the parade, but there’s nothing against telling personal stories of endearment with one’s float. The Black History Month Parade features marching bands, entertainers, dignitaries, civic groups, non-profit organizations, celebrities, corporate groups, artistic expressionists, entertainments, and fun for the whole family!

Fire Safety Equipment

2/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Safety Equipment Use these fire safety tools to protect your home, family, and pets from fire, smoke, and poisonous carbon monoxide gas.

Fires can start in a variety of ways, which includes faulty electrical wiring, lightning strikes, cigarette smoking, cooking mishaps, dryer vent ignition, gas furnace ignition, fireplace ignition, portable heater tip-overs, and so forth. Fires can smolder for hours before suddenly erupting into flame. If you have an electrical fire, a fire extinguisher, sand, and baking soda can be used once the electrical source of the fire has been disrupted. 

Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers are classified by ratings of A, B, and C. These ratings determine the size and type of fire that the extinguisher can put out as follows:

  • A type fires—they consist of burning wood, paper, and fabric.
  • B type fires—they consist of flammable liquids, such as gasoline and oil.
  • C type fires—they are electrical. 

The number that precedes the letter determines how big of a fire the extinguisher can put out in increments of 2.5 feet. For example:

  • A 10-B:C extinguisher—it can put out a 25-square foot fire from a flammable liquid or electrical source.
  • A 5-B:C extinguisher—it can handle a 12.5-foot fire from a flammable liquid or electrical source.

Smoke Alarms

There are two basic types of smoke detectors as follows:

  • Ionization smoke alarms—they are better at detecting small particles that are produced in greater amounts in flaming fires, which quickly consume combustible materials and spread in many directions.
  • Photoelectric smoke alarms—they are better at detecting large particles that are produced in greater amounts in smoldering fires, which may smolder for hours before bursting into flame.

Both types are effective in detecting smoke and fire, but the best smoke alarms feature both technologies.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a toxic, colorless, odorless, poisonous gas that comes from an appliance malfunction and burning fossil fuels, such as oil, gas, and coal. A furnace crack, dryer vent clog, and a blocked chimney can all produce CO. Use carbon monoxide alarms to detect a leak quickly.

Under normal operation, a carbon monoxide detector is able to vent the small amounts of CO gas that is produced outside of your home. However, small amounts of CO gas can build up and become a life-threatening problem when the vents are blocked.

Carbon monoxide deprives you of oxygen that your blood depends on to sustain life. If you are exposed to even small amounts of CO, then it quickly bonds with hemoglobin in your blood and displaces oxygen. When this occurs, you experience flu-like symptoms, such as headaches, fatigue, nausea, dizzy spells, confusion, and irritability. As more time passes, the symptoms can worsen to include vomiting, loss of consciousness, brain damage, and even death. Place a CO detector in every bedroom, living room, and basement in your home to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

Fire Prevention and Safety Information

2/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Prevention and Safety Information A lit candle and readily combustible materials, such as cloth, paper, and (certain) plastics are not good mixes and can lead to dire consequences.

Kitchen Fire While Cooking

  • Never use water on a grease fire! Salt or baking soda can be used to extinguish a fire. Also, smother a fire in a pan by putting a lid on it.
  • Do not leave food cooking unattended.
  • Pay special attention to hot grease or oil.
  • Always supervise children.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher nearby and ensure that it shows “A, B, or C.”

Wood, Coal, and Pellet Stoves or Fireplace Inserts

  • Ensure that your stove or insert has a “UL” label on it.
  • Ensure that your stove was installed properly by a contractor according to NFPA standards for proper clearances, floor covering, wall covering, flue, and chimney.
  • Ensure that your chimney is cleaned regularly especially at the beginning of the season.
  • Never use homemade stoves, which are a common cause of fires.
  • Do not install or use stoves in a garage, because they can contact combustible materials more readily.

Candles and Potpourri Burners

  • Burn candles and potpourri only when you are in the room.
  • Keep open flames away from curtains and other combustible materials.

Outside Burning and Bonfires

  • Do not start open fires when ground and surrounding vegetation is dry.
  • Do not burn when winds are stronger than a gentle breeze.
  • Always have a strong water source ready in case a fire begins to get out of control.
  • Stay with the fire at all times.
  • Rake through the ashes to ensure that all coals are cooled when finished.

Other Considerations

  • Ensure that all outside antennas are properly grounded.
  • Install lightning rods to reduce the possibility of fire by lightning strike.
  • Ensure that your home’s wiring is updated and adequate to handle electrical loads.
  • Do not overload circuits. Breakers trip and fuses blow when overloaded.
  • If you have an older heating system, then get it checked by a professional for safety.

Water Damage Hazards!

2/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Hazards! Do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO® of Panthersville at (678) 515-8602 when disaster strikes from water damages!

The safety hazards and precautions associated with water damage restoration are as follows:

Electrical Hazards

Mixing water and electricity creates a potential for disaster, and electrical hazards exists everywhere on the typical water damage job site. Water that comes into the building from either a roof leak or from water pipes in the attic is likely to intrude into the wiring system. Floods may also cause water to intervene into the wiring system.

The first item to check is the power distribution box. Turning off all circuit breakers at the power distribution panel is the easiest way to protect you, your Crews, and building occupants from electrical shock hazards. If only a portion of the building is affected, then turn off all circuits that provides power to the damaged areas if water has intruded into wall cavities and electrical outlets, or when electrical outlets are located on the floor. Use either a lockout device or tagout device when circuits are turned off to prevent shock hazards.

Structural Hazards

Storm damaged structures might be weakened and pose hazards. Floods and earthquakes can cause considerable damage to a building foundation or to the bearing partitions under and around a structure. Storm surge and wave action from a hurricane can undermine foundations or damage pilings in pier-type construction. Long-term exposure to water may destroy the structural reliability of materials, such as particle board and drywall, which creates a hazard for workers and occupants. Determine the potential structural hazards before proceeding with mitigation and restoration services.

Hazardous Materials

Hazardous chemicals or hazardous materials, lead, and asbestos may be present in some water damaged buildings. Be alert for hazardous materials and do not try to handle or remove them unless you are certified to handle hazardous materials. Use qualified Subcontractors to remove and dispose of hazardous materials.

Slip, Trip, and Fall Hazards

Water damaged structures and the restoration processes can create numerous slip, trip, and fall hazards. Wet surfaces are usually slick, equipment hoses, and power cords provide ample opportunity for workers and occupants to slip, trip, or fall. Post warning signs and brief occupants about the hazards. Slippery floors are a common hazard in water damaged situations. People may not recognize the potential hazard of walking from a wet carpeted surface onto a hard floor surface, such as vinyl tile. Wet shoes may not slip much on the carpet, but when the person steps onto the hard floor surface then a serious slip hazard exists. Ensure that occupants understand this hazard.

Hoses and power cords may become a tangled maze for occupants and workers to navigate during emergency services. During the drying stage, equipment power cords may be a problem for occupants. Secure dehumidifier and air mover cords to limit the hazard during the drying phase. Floating carpets also present a trip hazard. Ensure occupants understand that they should not be walking on carpet that is being floated.

Mold Contamination Safety

2/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Contamination Safety Contact SERVPRO® of Panthersville at (678) 515-8602 to eradicate your mold infected areas.

Mold contamination poses health risks for workers and home occupants. Health reactions can develop from inhaling, ingesting, and touching mold spores or fragments. Molds may produce toxigenic mycotoxins that can potentially affect some persons although the mold spores are dead or dormant. There are specific precautionary procedures that should be followed when mitigating mold contaminations. Individuals are required to wear the following safety equipment attires when working in extensively contaminated environments:

Safety Equipment

  • Protective equipment—this includes full-body suits, and rubber and latex gloves. Employees should receive safety training before remediation work begins.
  • Splash goggles—eye protection should be worn to protect the eyes from burns or punctures from flying particles or corrosive substances. Mold spores can infect the mucous membranes of the eyes in extensive mold contaminated environments, and so goggles may be required for protection.
  • Respirator—the type of respirator and filter should be selected based on the hazards to which workers are exposed. Workers may wear either half-face or full-face respirators, and even powered air purifying respirators that supply air to the water damage restoration professional’s full-face mask. Respirators used for mold remediation can be equipped with combination cartridges, which includes both HEPA particulate filters and organic vapor filters to protect against mold spores, mycotoxins, and mVOCs.

Fire or Smoke Damage Tips

2/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire or Smoke Damage Tips Do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO® of Panthersville at (678) 515-8602 if you encounter fire or smoke damages!

Severe fire damages can be the most devastating thing to happen to any property when disaster strikes. Consequently, you have most likely lost some personal belongings and areas of your home are completely destroyed. The following tips can assist you when notifying your insurance company about a fire loss claim:

Check Your Policy

Although you have replacement coverage for your home, you may actually only have "actual cash value" for the personal items that were lost. Therefore, ensure that your agent notifies you about this and suggests that you buy an endorsement so that your belongings will be covered under a replacement policy.

Secure Your Property

Most homeowners' coverage policies require you to take reasonable steps to minimize more harm on your property, which is essentially your duty to mitigate damages. These steps are relatively easy to do, such as either covering leaking areas with plastic wrap or turning off the water if you discover a huge pipe burst. Your insurance company will more often pay these costs when you make your claim.

File Your Claim Immediately

All homeowners’ policies require you to report your losses promptly. You are required to call your agent and submit a Proof of Loss claim in which you should itemize your losses in detail and list the values of each item.

Always Keep Track Of Your Living Expenses

All homeowners’ policies include a Loss of Use clause, which entitles you to adequate reimbursement for living expenses while you are out of your home. Subsequently, these expenses only include additional living expenses, which means the difference between what it costs you to live on a daily basis and what it is costing you thereafter. For instance, if you ate most of your meals at home and your groceries cost you $400 a week, and after a fire you are eating out and spending $500 a week, then you can only claim that additional $100.

When Should You Clean Your Ducts?

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning When Should You Clean Your Ducts? Do not skip your tune-up. Contact SERVPRO® of Panthersville at (678) 515-8602.

Are the ducts that send warm (or cool) air into your home causing breathing problems for your family? The interest in air duct cleaning has grown in recent years, particularly as homeowners become more concerned about their indoor air quality or look for better ways to improve energy use.

According to the EPA, there are several important health reasons you should consider having your ducts cleaned as follows:

  • Is substantial mold growth visible inside the ducts or other components of your heating and cooling system? If mold is present, then duct cleaning is not the only step to take. You would also want to correct whatever conditions that cause the growth of the mold. Additionally, if air duct insulation gets wet or has mold, then you will need to have it removed and replaced instead of cleaned.
  • Are your ducts clogged with excessive amounts of dust and debris and other particles, and are these substances being released into your home from your supply registers? This affects your indoor air quality as poor-quality air continues to be pumped back into your home.
  • Are your ducts infested with rodents or insects or other unwelcome critters? There are some reasons why you would want the ducts cleaned.

Duct cleaning is an as-needed service that supports routine maintenance on your system. Fuel-burning furnaces should be serviced and inspected annually to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning and to improve efficiency. 

Natural Ways to Stay Healthy this Winter

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

The cold and flu season can bring unwelcome illness into your household, but you can take some healthy steps ahead of time to be prepared. Along with getting a flu shot, by practicing good habits can lower your risk as sickness spreads through your home or workplace.

  • Wash your hands—this is your best defense against the spread of viruses and bacteria. Before eating or after going to the bathroom, take about 30 seconds to work up a good lather and wash your hands thoroughly including your fingernails.
  • Keep hand sanitizer nearby—you will need hand sanitizers when you are in a public place and you cannot get to a restroom. Perhaps you have shaken hands with a group of people or used public items, such as shared pens and shopping carts.
  • Stay hydrated—keep drinking plenty of water. Dehydration can leave you vulnerable to illness.
  • Eat a healthy diet—a balanced diet that includes fruits and vegetables is a good idea all year, but especially when you are exposed to illnesses. Keep sugar to a minimum; it causes your immune system to work harder. Opt for complex carbohydrates instead.
  • Exercise regularly—take time to move around. Even a short walk has important health benefits.
  • Get a good night’s sleep—a lack of sleep can make you prone to infection.

Home Fire Campaign

1/15/2018 (Permalink)

Community Home Fire Campaign Do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO® of Panthersville at (678) 515-8602 if you have a home fire.

SERVPRO® of Panthersville participates as a volunteer for the American Red Cross in their Home Fire Campaign, wherein the goal is to reduce the number of fire-related deaths and injuries in the US by 25% by the year 2020. The American Red Cross responds to approximately 64,000 disasters annually, in which the vast majority of them are home fires. Statistics reveals the following occurrences:

  • Seven (7) people die daily from home fires wherein most of them impact children and the elderly.
  • Thirty six (36) people suffer injuries as a result of home fires daily.
  • Over $7 billion in property damages occur annually.

Home Fire Preparedness

Household members should comply with the following instructions to be thoroughly prepared for home fires:

  1. Install the correct number of smoke alarms. Test them once monthly and replace the batteries at least once annually. If the American Red Cross provides the smoke alarm through its Home Fire Campaign, then it uses a lithium battery in which it will last for ten (10) years.
  2. Teach children the sound of smoke alarms and what they should do when they hear one.
  3. Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home and know the family meeting spot outside of your home.
  4. Establish a family emergency communication plan and ensure that all household members know who to contact if they cannot find each another.
  5. Practice to escape from your home at least twice annually. Press the smoke alarm test button or shout “Fire!“ to alert everyone in your home that they must evacuate within 2 minutes.
  6. Ensure that everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.
  7. Teach household members to STOP, DROP, and ROLL if their clothes catch on fire.

Teach Fire Safety in Your Classroom

The Pillowcase Project is a preparedness education program for grades 3 – 5, which teaches students about personal and family preparedness, local hazards, and basic coping skills. You can request the Pillowcase Project presentation from your local American Red Cross.

Volunteer to Help Others

Join your local American Red Cross to install smoke alarms, educate your community about fire safety, or help others after a fire. You can make a significant difference in people’s lives by volunteering your time and talent.

Make a Donation

Help families prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from home fires.

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