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Fire Drills

11/4/2022 (Permalink)

A picture of location points during a fire. Fire Drills

Who else used to love fire drill days?! We all remember those days when fire drills happened in school! Most of us loved them because it was a time to get a small 20-minute break from our classes, unless you had to stand out in the blazing heat or freezing cold, right?!

Well did you know that fire drills are not just for schools, they should be practiced by businesses and even with your families in case of an emergency happening! There is nothing better than being prepared ahead of an emergency. It is crucial to the safety of all that everyone knows more than one way to exit your building or home. Important things to cover are a designated meeting spot (a safe distance from the structure where a headcount can be taken to inform first responders of anyone left in the building), and what to do should you not be able to have an escape route. 

Here at SERVPRO of Morgantown, we suggest that you regularly perform a “fire drill” so that the plan is understood and walked through. That your peers or family members know what to do and how to keep themselves and others safe.

If disaster should strike your home or business, know that SERVPRO of Morgantown is ready 24/7, 365. Call us at 304-291-3434 to help walk with you through the cleanup and repairs if an emergency happens in your home or commercial business. 

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

304-291-3434

Precautions To Take Before A Fire

9/30/2022 (Permalink)

Fires start and spread quickly, especially with the flammable items that fill our homes. Do you want to be caught in a fire, unprepared? Take a close read of the points below. Go over them a few times because your pet's life may be at stake.

3 Precautions To Take Before A Fire:

Ensure your pet's bed isn’t near any items that are highly flammable. Household items like curtains or chemicals are dangerously fast to go up in flames. Keep your pet's bed(s) near easily escapable areas, such as the front or back doors (we know this might sound crazy in day to day) 

Place a leash near the front door. When a fire breaks out in your home every second is crucial. By placing their leash near the door you will know exactly where to go in the frantic moments. This saves more confusion when you’re outside, trying to keep your pets close to you. 

Train your pet(s) with basic (but vital) commands. It’s vitally important that your pet knows basic commands like “come”. This simple but effective step will also save time when leaving the house. It may also help you avoid having to search for your pet.  3 Simple Steps To Take After The Fire 

Place your pet on a leash. Not only will this help them feel secure, but pets commonly try to escape when they feel stressed. Having them on a leash will reduce the risk of them running away, or getting injured outside the house. 

Give your pet water. It’s likely your pet will become hot and dehydrated after being around a fire. Make sure they have access to drinking water once you have left the house. This will help stop them from becoming overheated.  

Make sure your pet is okay. Look and feel for any burns or injuries. It is recommended that you take your pet to a local vet for a general health assessment as soon as possible.

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

304-291-3434

Testimonials

9/23/2022 (Permalink)

No matter what business you work in, teamwork and proper ethics are essential to running a successful business. Here at SERVPRO of Morgantown, our team is fortunate to have a warm, yet effective working relationship with each other.

Considering we are an emergency business, it is imperative communication is clear between the office, field technicians and project managers. During a surge in business due to a disaster event, proper communication and execution allow our franchise to respond to more calls efficiently.

One of our greatest strengths here at SERVPRO of Morgantown is the camaraderie shared within our entire staff. The positive relationship amongst each other provides a pleasant working experience which is then passed on to our customers throughout the day.

Evidence of our work environment radiates throughout our business and the communities we serve; the office staff receives numerous compliments about our chief technicians on a regular basis. Visit our testimonial page to see what our customers say about SERVPRO of Morgantown in action!

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

304-291-3434

Classes of Fire Damage

9/16/2022 (Permalink)

A picture of a living room wit smoke damage from a fire. Classes of Fire Damage

According to the NFPA, the number of fires your household can expect in an average lifetime is five. Any fire regardless of size will cause damage to your property. Fire damage is classified into six different classes and the type of fire damage can be classified in two ways. 

Six Types of Fire Damage:  

  • Fires are classified into six different classes. These classes are Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D, Class E, and Class F. 

Class A:

  • Involves flammable solids, plastics, paper, rubber, cloth, and wood 

Class B:

  • Damage is caused by flammable solids that became liquids and by liquids. Examples of these types of substances are gasoline, petrol, oil, plastics, and paints. Cooking oils and fats are excluded from this class.

Class C:

  • Involves flammable gasses such as hydrogen, natural gas, butane, and propane

Class D:

  • Damage is caused by combustible gasses such as potassium, sodium, and magnesium 

Class E:

  • This class is a combination of Class A and Class B but it involves electrical elements

Class F:

  • Damage is caused by cooking oils and fats. Cooking oils and fats are in their own class because the fire is usually hotter and more damage is caused.   

Fire extinguishers are not one size fits all. Make sure you read the label on your fire extinguisher to see what types of fires it can put out. Some fire extinguishers are water based which would not be safe to use on a Class E fire. Also, check the expiration date on your fire extinguisher to make sure it is still good to use in case of an emergency.  

Types of Fire Damage  

Most insurance companies use two classifications for fire damage. These categories are primary damage and secondary damage.   

Primary Damage:

  • Damage is caused by direct flames to the structure or to objects inside of the structure   

Secondary Damage:

  • Damage is caused by corrosive substances, smoke, and water from putting the fire out.
  • Secondary damage typically causes the most damage to the structure. This is because soot and smoke can work its way throughout the structure.  

If you experience a fire in your home, the first step you should take is to call the fire department. Your second step should be to reach out to your insurance agent. Your final step should be calling SERVPRO. All SERVPRO franchises are available 24/7 with highly trained restoration technicians. SERVPRO specializes in fire and water damage and will get your property looking “Like it never even happened”.

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

304-291-3434

How Long Can Germs Live on Surfaces?

9/2/2022 (Permalink)

HOW LONG CAN GERMS LIVE ON SURFACES?

When germs are on the prowl, no place is safe. Buses, commuter trains, rental cars, and private vehicles transport both people and virulent bacteria. Retail establishments, health clubs, educational institutions, restaurants, hotel rooms, and even cruise ship cabins can shelter germs. Practically anything that you touch can expose you to viruses, putting your health at risk. According to the National Health Service, the lifespan of a germ varies depending on the type of germ and the surface that it is on. How long can bacteria live on surfaces? Below we explore a few common examples.

COLD GERMS The common cold is a frequent source of misery. A variety of viruses can trigger it, and like other viruses, cold germs tend to survive for more extended periods on hard, nonporous surfaces like desktops and handrails. On suitable indoor surfaces, cold germs can linger for days, but fortunately, they rarely remain infectious for more than 24 hours. Cold viruses can also thrive on the skin, but their survival time there is generally measured in mere minutes or hours.

INFLUENZA GERMS Viruses that cause influenza can survive in the air as droplets for hours and live on hard surfaces like phones and keyboards for up to 24 hours. Infectious flu viruses clinging to a tissue can last for about 15 minutes, but germs on the hands tend to fade quickly. Most will be only a minimal threat after five minutes. It may be a small window of time, but influenza germs don’t warn you of their presence and can make you very sick if you’re unlucky enough to encounter them when they’re infectious.

NOROVIRUS GERMS A highly contagious virus that triggers stomach cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea in those unfortunate enough to catch it, a norovirus can spread through small droplets that travel through the air before settling on surfaces like elevator buttons, tabletops, and clothing. While they don’t thrive as successfully on porous materials like tissues and fabrics, noroviruses can survive on hard surfaces for days or weeks if the conditions are favorable.  

MRSA GERMS Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria, the culprits behind dangerous MRSA infections, are unfazed by many of the antibiotics that are effective in combating other staph infections. Like viruses, these germs tend to survive for shorter periods on porous surfaces than they do on nonporous ones, but they’re capable of living for days or weeks on surfaces if the circumstances are right.

PROTECTING YOURSELF FROM GERMS

Everyone has seen it. If you’ve worked in restaurants or other public venues, you may even have wielded it: the dreaded wet, gray rag. Habitually passed over tabletops between customers with a few desultory swipes, it is an inadequate weapon when it comes to eradicating germs. But what is required to disinfect a surface?

DISINFECTING BASICS

  • If you want to kill the germs lurking on a surface, you need to choose an appropriate disinfectant. You also have to apply it correctly. That means saturating the surface with enough of the germ-fighting chemical to get the job done and ensuring that there’s enough contact time (the time when the chemical is on the cover) to allow it to eliminate any germs present. Choosing a low-grade disinfectant or skimping on either saturation or contact time can compromise your germ-fighting efforts, so it’s vital that you select your products carefully and read and follow their directions.

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

304-291-3434

Certifications

8/19/2022 (Permalink)

Certifications for a SERVPRO employee.

SERVPRO Professionals 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. 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.

Here are some certifications that our Professionals can receive are

  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program,
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation,
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician,
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician,
  • OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program,
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician,
  • CRT - Color Repair Technician,
  • IICRC Certified Firm,
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician, and
  • OCT - Odor Control Technician.

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

304-291-3434 

Cubicle Décor

8/12/2022 (Permalink)

A picture of a cubical all decorated. Cubicle Décor

You can tell a lot about a person by the way they decorate. What their tastes are, what objects are important to them, and even who is important to them. And a person’s personal cubicle is no exception to this. How you decorate your cubicle tells your coworkers a lot about you. So it’s important to make sure that message is a positive one. And we have a list of unique ideas that can help you courtesy of Homedit;

  • Add a lamp
  • Have fun with custom bookends
  • Designate a shelf for décor
  • Hang wallpaper
  • Bring in fresh flowers
  • Trim with washi tape
  • Throw in a throw pillow
  • Create eye-catching office supply storage
  • Choose a color scheme and go nuts
  • Choose a stylish tray to keep things organized
  • Hang framed art
  • Incorporate colorful accessories
  • Hang some favorite photos
  • Use a pegboard

Whether you use these ideas or come up with your own, make sure you make your desk the best it can possibly be. The average person spends a third of their life at work. So you must make sure that your workspace, your cubicle, has the kind of inviting and homey style that only you can give to a space. So give it a try and have fun decorating.

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Morgantown are always here for you. 

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

304-291-3434

Preparing for Seasonal Storms

7/29/2022 (Permalink)

A collage picture of the four different seasons. Preparing for Seasonal Storms

Here in Morgantown, we are no strangers to the seasonal storms that affect our area.  Whether it be hurricanes, flooding, snowstorms, or freezes it is important to be prepared for whatever may come. Part of being prepared is knowing what to do when the storm has passed. 

If you find yourself being affected by a storm event in the area, call SERVPRO of Morgantown immediately.  Time is of the essence in these types of situations, so it is important to act as quickly as possible so we can start making your storm damage, "Like it never even happened."

How You Can Start Preparing Now:

  • Know Our Area's Risk  Heavy rainfall, high winds, flooding, snowstorms and freezes are weather related things our area needs to be aware and cautious of.  
  • Stock Up on The Necessities It is not uncommon for these larger storms to lead to power outages.  Make sure you are stocked up on water, food, batteries for flashlights, and anything else you may need to feel more comfortable during a power outage.  Keeping your cell phones fully charged as the storm nears is also smart; being able to contact family, friends, and first responders is always important!
  • Stay Informed Keep an eye on our local news and weather alerts, for information regarding the storm. 
  • Staying alert for flash flood warnings and strong wind advisories can help keep you and your family safe throughout the storm.
  • Have a Backup Plan If your home is in an area prone to flash flooding, have a backup plan! 

Call relatives and friends and make a plan to visit a home in a safer location during the storm! For more information on emergency preparedness, visit ready.gov.

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

304-291-3434

Do you have an ERP?!

7/25/2022 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes you need to be prepared and ready. We offer a specific plan called an ERP. An ERP stands for Emergency Ready Plan, and is critical for working on immediate mitigation and recovery services.

SERVPRO can work with you on creating a plan tailored to your business and employees. Ask yourself this, is your business prepared for when a disaster strikes?

Almost 50% of businesses that close during a disaster almost never reopen. Having a plan in place can decrease those odds and help your business get back on your feet quickly without a significant profit loss. Our ERP works on incident response and disaster recovery, meaning you will know what to do the second disaster strikes your business.

We work with you on filling in all the needed information, such as shut off valves, chain of command, contact information, and more. Call us today to get your FREE ERP. Why not be ready when disaster strikes?

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

304-291-3434 

Categories of Water Damage

7/15/2022 (Permalink)

A picture of a kitchen full of water with a raft floating in the water. Categories of Water Damage

Categories of Water Damage Assessing the severity of the damage is important for determining what is needed to start the water loss repair and mitigation.

Category 1 - clean water, or water that does not pose a threat to humans. Possible causes of this type of damage include broken appliances or sink overflows.

Category 2 - gray water, this means that the water is contaminated and may cause sickness if ingested. This type of water contains microorganisms. Broken toilets, broken sump pumps and seepage may cause category 2 water damage.

Category 3 - black water, this type of water is unsanitary, as it contains bacteria and other organisms that cause sickness. The possible sources of black water damage include sewage problems and contamination of standing water.

Classes of Water Damage: The class of damage is important when assessing water damage repair options.

  • Class 1 is the least harmful form of damage. Materials absorb very little of the water from this type of damage. Water damage repair is the easiest in this type of situation.
  • Class 2 has a fast rate of evaporation, which means that carpets and cushions may be damaged. Water damage repair is more difficult when it involves class 2 damage.
  • Class 3 has the fastest rate of evaporation. In this case, the water may come from broken sprinklers or other overhead sources, soaking the walls and furniture.
  • Class 4 requires special water restoration and water removal procedures. This type of damage may affect hardwood floors, plaster and concrete.

If your home or business experience a water loss or water damage, call us here at SERVPRO of Morgantown the leading water removal and restoration company, dedicated to protecting your biggest investment, Not everyone knows that water damage has different categories and classes, and just because it is a low category doesn't mean that it is a low class.

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

304-291-3434