Community Risk Reduction
U.S. Fire Administration - Community Risk Reduction
Fire departments are uniquely positioned to know their communities better than most other organizations. Firefighters and emergency medical services responders see firsthand, whether through medical calls, inspections or simply driving through the community, how people live and the needs they have.
A community risk reduction (CRR) program can help your department take what you already know and lower the risks within your area of operation. CRR uses a wide variety of tools to form a strategic and integrated program focused on reducing the occurrence and impact of local risks.
The “5 E’s” is one of the models used to help combat the fire and life safety problem. The 5 E’s are:Education makes the public aware of risks and how to mitigate them. Engineering provides an opportunity to work with local organizations and the government to promote new fire safety technologies in your community. Enforcement identifies potential risks and non-compliance in your local properties and teaches your community how fire safety codes protect them. Economic incentives can be useful to encourage individuals and businesses to make choices that reduce their risk. Emergency response protects your community and your firefighters by ensuring they have the equipment and training they need. This and more information used with permission can be found at: U.S. Fire Admin.
Midwest Fall Storms
Midwest Storm is approaching!
2021 Midwest Fall Forecast
The Farmers' Almanac extended forecast for fall indicates that things will transition from the rather warm and humid conditions of September to an unusually agitated and turbulent month of October. October for much of the country is usually the clearest and most tranquil month of the year. But this month is shaping up to bring unprecedented storm activity.
A "potentially significant severe weather event" was forecast for portions of the Midwest. These severe storms were capable of producing large hail, a few strong tornadoes (EF2 or stronger), and damaging winds. "The potential for a couple of long track supercells to evolve and track east northeast through Oklahoma were possible." A supercell is simply a thunderstorm that has rotation associated with it. Nearly all supercells produce severe weather such as large hail, damaging winds, or even tornadoes.
If you experience storm damage and need Emergency Cleanup or Board Up, call us 24/7 at 217-223-2993
Keeping your Commercial Vehicles Clean
SERVPRO Commercial Vehicles: Ready to Go!
Clean & Organized: Your Commercial Vehicle
The company vehicle that you drive to and from jobs, and maybe get to take them home, is a rolling billboard of your business. It is your work environment.
OSHA may consider any motor vehicle as a work environment when a worker is using the vehicle for work-related activities including driving between work locations, transporting materials, running errands, visiting clients, and making deliveries.
Keeping your vehicle clean, organized, and maintained is beneficial, plus it...
- keeps the driver and passengers safe.
- saves time when items are easily found.
- makes it easy when space is already available for passengers, materials, tools, and equipment.
- projects a positive image for the employee and the company.
If a vehicle used for work becomes cluttered and full of trash, debris, material, or equipment it can become hazardous to the worker and affect the safety of everyone on the road.
Free moving materials may roll or fly into the vehicle floorboard and become caught under pedals causing drivers to lose control of the vehicle.
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You can count on us if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Quincy, IL is always HERE TO HELP. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-223-2993
Be Prepared for October: Fire Prevention Month
Kidde 10-Year Smoke Alarm
Be Prepared, Be Protected for October
October is Fire Prevention Month! The goal of Fire Prevention Month (and week October 3rd – 9th) is to raise awareness to fire safety and help ensure your home and family are protected. The NFPA's (National Fire Protection Association) 2021 campaign for Fire Safety Month is "Learn The Sounds of Fire Safety."
SERVPRO of Quincy has been a partner with the American Red Cross in the installation of Free 10-Year Smoke Alarms, in an effort to increase fire safety in our communities. The Red Cross supplies up to 3 Free Alarms per household and SERVPRO installs these for Free as well. Since the beginning of the partnership, SERVPRO has installed 583 Alarms with over 340 installs just since this April 2021.
The need is still there so please contact SERVPRO of Quincy if you or someone you know has this need.
Do you have a Plan?
American Red Cross - Home Fire Escape Plan
Do you have a Fire Escape Plan?
If there is a fire in your home, you could have less than 2 minutes to get out safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Do you have a Plan?
- Make a fire escape plan. Draw a map of each level of your home showing all doors and windows. Discuss the map with everyone who lives with you.
- Plan two ways out of every room. Choose an outside meeting place in front of your home.
- Make a fire escape plan around your abilities. If you need to use a wheelchair or a cane, make sure you can get to it easily and get out quickly. If you wear hearing aids or eyeglasses, put them next to your bed while you are sleeping.
- Make sure all doors and windows open easily.
- Practice your fire escape plan by having a home fire drill at least twice a year with everyone in the home.
- If there is a fire in your home, get out and stay out. Never go back inside for people, pets, or things.
Making a Plan NOW could save your life and the lives of your loved ones LATER!
Everyone can stay safe from fire.
Fire is everyone's fight!
1 in 4 American adults (61 million) live with a disability.
Understand your fire risk
- Having physical or mental disabilities doesn’t mean you can’t keep yourself and your family safe from fire.
- Build your home safety plan around your abilities.
Install and maintain smoke alarms
- Smoke alarms with a vibrating pad or flashing light are available for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
- Smoke alarms with a strobe light outside the home to catch the attention of neighbors, and emergency call systems for summoning help, are also available.
- Ask the manager of your building, or a friend or relative, to install at least one smoke alarm on each level of your home.
- Test smoke alarm batteries every month and change them at least once a year. If you can't reach the test button on your smoke alarm, ask someone to test it for you.
Live near an exit
- Although you have the legal right to live where you choose, you'll be safest on the ground floor if you live in an apartment building.
- If you live in a multistory home, arrange to sleep on the first floor.
- Being on the ground floor and near an exit will make your escape easier.
Plan your escape
- Plan your escape around your capabilities.
- Know at least two exits from every room.
- If you use a walker or wheelchair, check all exits to be sure you can get through the doorways.
- Make any necessary changes, such as installing exit ramps and widening doorways, to make an emergency escape easier.
Don't isolate yourself
- Speak to your family members, building manager, or neighbors about your fire safety plan and practice it with them.
- Contact your local fire department's non-emergency line and explain your needs. They can suggest escape plan ideas and may perform a home fire safety inspection if you ask.
- Ask emergency providers to keep your needs information on file.
- Keep a phone near your bed and be ready to call 911 or your local emergency number if a fire occurs.
SERVPRO of Quincy has teamed with the American Red Cross for Smoke Alarm installations. Please contact our office for more info on FREE Smoke Alarms installed in your home.
New Variants: Continued Game Plan
Workers in PPE, doing Pro-Active COVID Cleaning.
Our Continued Commitment
As we continue our battle with COVID-19, the new variants have posed an ongoing problem. We are continuing this fight with our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program. This specialized viral pathogen-cleaning program that prevents the spread of COVID-19 has served an invaluable service across the nation to thousands of businesses trying to stay open and stay afloat during these difficult times.
The professionals at SERVPRO will continue to bring a higher standard of clean to the places we gather, live, and work. Many companies are adopting a weekly or ongoing pro-active approach to this everchanging, ever-expanding problem. And since this virus looks to be here to stay, shouldn't you and your company have a strategy in place to combat this intruder?
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Storms and Board Ups
Plywood Board Up service available 24/7.
Storms and Property Damage
Thunderstorms, Lightning Storms, Wind Storms, Hail, Rain, and Tornadoes can all bring destruction to your property. Property damage can be in many different forms. Trees can be blown over, limbs downed, vehicles crushed, and windows broken out.
Whatever the case may be for you, once it is safe to assess the damage, you will need to take care of these issues. If some of that destruction is broken or damaged windows, your first step is to secure your property while you look for the best options to repair the damage. The quickest way to do this is to call SERVPRO of Quincy. Our construction crews are on call 24/7 for instances such as these. They have the material and the know-how for quick Board Ups at your property.
Residential or Commercial, we are ready to help you secure your property!
Hardwood Doesn't Like Water
Water damage to Hardwood flooring from a water leak.
Water and Hardwood - Not Friendly Companions
Hardwood floors are beautiful. They make any room stand out and grab your attention. But, when a leaky supply line adds a steady amount of water to those floors, it can be disastrous.
If the water is removed immediately and not allowed to set on the flooring or soak through to the subfloor, things should be okay. With proper extraction and drying, these floors should be good to go. And even if the water has found its way to the subfloor, with the proper equipment such as drying mats, specifically made for wooden floors, everything should be fine.
But, in the case water has gone undetected for an extended period of time, things get a lot worse. The wooden planks begin to warp, buckle and cup. At this point, there is nothing that can be done to save the floor. It will need to be replaced.
If you have water on your hardwood floors, call the Professionals at SERVPRO of Quincy immediately! We will help make your water problem... "Like it never even happened." And keep your hardwood looking great.
Frozen in the Summer?
Hail with measurement.
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Hail: Summer's Frozen Menace
So, it's Summertime. The last thing you may expect is Frozen Chunks of water from the Heavens. But with many summer storms comes hail. These frozen projectiles can cause major damage to your home and your home's roof.
Hail can cause holes and damage to your metal roof or shingles and once your roof is damaged and compromised, water can get into your home and cause a lot of damage. If this happens to you, you will first want to contact a Reputable Roofer in your area. They can assess the damage and make any repairs to the roof itself. If water has gotten into your home, your next call should be to SERVPRO of Quincy. We can give you a game plan on cleaning up the water and drying out your home, to prevent any further damage.
So, if these Frozen Summer droplets hit your home and cause you grief, and the water is coming in with no relief, call us at SERVPRO of Quincy.