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American Red Cross - Sound the Alarm Campaign
Every day, seven people die in home fires, most victims in homes that lack smoke alarms. Sadly, children and the elderly disproportionately lose their lives. The American Red Cross and SERVPRO of Quincy want to improve the odds and save lives.
That is why we are proud to partner with the American Red Cross in their "Sound the Alarm, Save a Life" campaign. The campaign was established to provide Free Smoke Alarms for any home, regardless of income. The program allows any certified partner of the American Red Cross to install up to three Free Smoke Alarms in any home.
Since March of 2019, we have installed almost 150 alarms. That means at least 50 plus households are just a little safer because of this invaluable program. And we are also proud to offer the installation service, Free of Charge.
If you or someone you love does not have working Smoke Alarms in their home, or the ones they have are outdated or need upgraded, please call us for an appointment. Do Not Wait...
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If you could choose the seasons... would you?
Lots of Snow
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Would you forget Winter?
Winter is a wonderful time of year in the mid-west. When we wake up to sub-zero temperatures and look out our windows at all the fresh white powder, we can conclude, it is a great place to live. If you are a Snow Leopard, that is.
What is all that snow good for anyway?
- Snow is an insulating blanket for our plants, protecting roots.
- Deep snow helps the soil retain moisture over winter.
- Snow, like rain, is full of nitrogen. All vegetation will love this when spring finally comes.
- Lake levels and water supplies will be generously replenished this spring.
But we must also be cautious of snow, even though it does provide these positives, it can wreck your home and surroundings. Heavy snow can crush small trees and shrubs, breaking off tender shoots and branches. It can also wreak havoc on the roof of your home or business. The weight of heavy snow can damage your roof, leading to leaks or even collapsing.
If you would happen to experience the negative side of snow this year and need the help of Professionals that have seen it all...
Call SERVPRO of Quincy 24/7/365
Prevent Clothes Dryer Fires
Clothes Dryer Safety
Dryer Fires: Get the Facts
Around 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year. They are estimated at being the cause of 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss every year. Failure to clean the dryer (34 percent) is the leading cause of home clothes dryer fires.
Fall and Winter months are when a majority of the fires occur with January being the peak month.
Clothes Dryer Safety Tips
- Have a professional install and service your dryer.
- Clean the lint filter before and after each cycle and never use the dryer without a lint filter.
- Regularly clean the back of the dryer where lint can build up.
- Periodically check the venting system behind the dryer to make sure that it is not restricted, damaged or crushed.
- Always check that the outdoor vent covering opens when the dryer is operating.
For source information and free fire-safety resources, visit: https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/
Fire is Everyone's Fight
Fire is Everyone’s Fight®
Fire is Everyone's Fight®
Fire is Everyone’s Fight® is a national initiative to unite the fire service, life safety organizations and professionals in an effort to reduce home fire injuries, deaths and property loss by changing how people think about fire and fire prevention.
SERVPRO of Quincy is dedicated to the communities that we serve with this initiative. We are helping spread the word to them about fire and life safety. We currently are partnered with our local American Red Cross in their "Sound the Alarm, Save a Life" smoke alarm install program.
Join the fight
To find out how you or your organization can support Fire is Everyone’s Fight, please contact Teresa Neal at 301-447-1024 or FEMA-FireisEveryonesFight@fema.dhs.gov
Winter Storms: One Storm, Many Hazards
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Winter Storms can bring many hazards
Many destructive impacts can come out of a single winter storm. Are you prepared for the coming winter? The array of hazards that can come from a winter storm are sometimes countless.
- Ice: Accumulations of a half inch or more, because of it's weight can cause widespread destruction and power outages and can have a crippling impact.
- Wet Snow: Much like ice accumulation, wet snow adds extra weight and stress, increasing the chance of damage. Moist snow sticks easily to trees and power lines.
- Snow on Roofs: Several feet from one or multiple storms accumulating on a roof can add stress, causing them to collapse.
- Flooding After the Snow: A rapid warm-up or rain following a winter storm with an expansive snow pack can set the stage for major flooding.
Melting snow and ice after a storm can also cause damage to the inside of your home or business. Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Quincy to assess the situation and put you to Pre-Winter condition, "Like it never even happened."
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A Gym Floor is not a Swimming Pool
Tearing out wet wood gym flooring.
Gym Floors and Water Do Not Mix Well
A wooden gym floor is never meant to hold water. So not surprising, when this local schools gym floor was flooded with water, the wood flooring reacted negatively. It wasn't much time before the wooden planks in the floor began to cup or crown.
Wooden planks expand and contract based on the amount of moisture around it. Cupping occurs when individual boards bend upward at the edges. Crowning is the opposite - the center of the board bends upward, making the middle higher than the edges. If excess moisture gets into your floor, it will cause your floor to either cup or crown.
Even a small amount of water can cause damage to your wood gym floor. The sooner repairs start, the less time the water has to spread to other areas of your floor - and the sooner repairs begin.
If you ever find your gym floor has become an impromptu water park, please do not wait. Call the experts in Water Cleanup at SERVPRO of Quincy.
Available 24/7/365: 217-223-2993
Straight Line Winds are Dangerous
Quincy, IL Straight Line Winds
Straight Line Winds and the Damage They Do
It was July 13, 2015 when Straight Line Winds blew thru the mid-west town of Quincy, IL. The likes of which had never been seen before by most living here. That evening was when one of the greatest windstorms ever recorded in the town cut a mighty path through Quincy, toppling thousands of trees and altering the city's canopy forever.
The damage would be monumental, from both a cosmetic and financial standpoint. Many of the trees that were uprooted or toppled by the 74 mph straight-line winds took houses and other structures with them in addition to flattening vehicles and knocking out power in many places for several days. Many homes and businesses had roofs, walls and windows destroyed by tree limbs and debris. Most were forced to just have temporary board up services while they waited their turn for mitigation and water cleanup.
It would be weeks for some, months for others, to get their homes, businesses and lives back together. But with the help of professional clean up companies like SERVPRO of Quincy, many were back quicker than they expected.
When you find yourself in the storms of life, call the experts at 217-223-2993
Halloween - Fire Prevention
Halloween Fire Safety Tips!
Halloween - Fun & Scary
October is here. That means Halloween is close at hand. It is a great time for families and friends to gather, carve pumpkins and eat a lot of candy. But, there are a few safety tips you need to follow during this time of year. Because, Halloween can be fun & scary, but really scary if you do not follow simple Fire Safety tips.
Make Halloween safe for your little monsters!
Here are five simple Halloween Fire Safety tips:
1.) Use a battery-operated candle or glow-stick in your jack-o-lanterns, instead of regular candles.
2.) When choosing costumes, stay away from long trailing flammable fabrics.
3.) Dried flowers, cornstalks, crepe paper and plastic can catch fire easily. Keep all of your decorations away from heat sources, including candles, light-bulbs and heaters.
4.) Teach children to stay far away from open flames, including candles in jack-o-lanterns, bonfires and tiki-torches.
5.) Remember to always keep decorations away from every exit, to not block escape routes. And make sure all smoke alarms in the home are working properly.
Following these simple but effective Fire Safety Tips will help insure that your little monsters have a safe, fun and memorable Halloween.
SERVPRO of Quincy: Fire Prevention Week
Prepare your home escape plan and practice often.
Fire Prevention Week 10/06 - 10/12
SERVPRO of Quincy would like to remind all of our family and friends about Fire Prevention Week. This year it is from Sunday 10/06 thru Saturday 10/12. We will focus today on how to make a Home Fire Escape Plan.
Setup your Home Fire Escape Plan
10 Easy Steps
1.) Draw a map of your home. Show all doors and windows.
2.) Visit each room. Find two ways out.
3.) All windows and doors should open easily. You should be able to use them to get outside.
4.) Make sure your home has smoke alarms. Push the test button to make sure each alarm is working.
5.) Pick a meeting place outside. It should be in front of your home. Everyone will meet at the meeting place. Pick something that doesn't move.
6.) Make sure your house or building number can be seen from the street.
7.) Talk about your plan with everyone in your home.
8.) Learn the emergency phone number for your fire department. Plus... 9-1-1
9.) Practice your home fire drill! At minimum, twice per year.
10.) Make your own home fire escape plan using the map you created in Step 1.
If a fire does happen, please follow these steps, your safety is what matters. The physical stuff can be replace; You can not be!
Information gathered from: https://www.nfpa.org/fpw
SERVPRO of Quincy and National Fire Protection Association
NFPA Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem
Safety: Don't take it for granted.
Do not take your safety for granted, when it comes to fire prevention and protection. To minimize the risk and help prevent loss, injuries and death from fire, electrical and other hazards we recommend following the framework of the NFPA Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem.
Eight Cogs Working Together
The Ecosystem contains eight key interdependent components or cogs in the wheel. When they work together, the Ecosystem protects everyone. If any one of the components is missing or broken, the Ecosystem can collapse, often resulting in tragedy. Most life safety incidents and tragedies can be traced back to a breakdown of one or more components.
NFPA & SERVPRO of Quincy
NFPA is committed to promoting the Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem to protect people and property against evolving safety threats, and wants to work with others, like SERVPRO of Quincy who want to be part of this critical system.
If you experience a Fire loss, SERVPRO of Quincy is always here to help.
Source information can be found here:
NFPA Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem