Kitchen Fire Safety
SERVPRO of Sugar Land is beginning to look forward to the holiday season, as many people begin to celebrate with friends and family. During this time, most people may find themselves in the kitchen building gingerbread houses, baking cookies, and many extra holiday festivities. However, the kitchen is the source of many fire hazards because it's where heat, electricity, water, and grease are all come together. The most common type of fire is the grease fire. A grease fire is extremely dangerous as it can get out of control quickly and spread from the stove throughout the kitchen and into other rooms of the house.
Common Causes of Kitchen Fires
- Too high temperature in the fryer
- Vegetable, more flammable, oils
- Old, more flammable oil, in the deep fryer
- Fat deposits in the flue and ventilation ducts
- Misalignment sprinklers due to equipment moved around
- Clogged melting links of the sprinklers leading to impaired function
Other types of kitchen fires include oven fire or the microwave. When a fire starts, keep the door closed and turn off the oven. The lack of oxygen will suffocate the flames. If it continues to smoke like a fire use a fire extinguisher or call the fire department.
At SERVPRO of Sugar Land, we are available 24 hours and 7 days a week. Give us a call at (281) 313-1338.
Protect Your Home from Potential Water Damage
Water damage is one of the most common disruptions for homeowners. It usually happens at a time when you least expect it. Luckily SERVPRO of Sugar Land has some tips on how you can protect your home from the unexpected water damage!
- Irreplaceable valuables should be protected. Try to waterproof them by sealing them and storing them in a higher place.
- Monitor your drains. Make sure they are clean and clear for water flow.
- Make sure your roof is sealed and protected. Regularly monitor it to make sure water does not leak through holes or cracks.
- Monitor your tiles and grout in heavily wet areas such as the bathroom and kitchen. Look for cracks and re-seal if necessary.
- Monitor your appliance hoses.
- Turn off your water before a long trip away.
- Regularly have your water heater serviced.
These are just some of the small tips that could help prevent a major water damage in your home. SERVPRO of Sugar Land is always here to help!
Sugar Land Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold
If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact SERVPRO of Sugar Land for mold remediation services.
What Not to Do:
- Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
- Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
About Our Mold Remediation Services
SERVPRO of Sugar Land specializes in mold cleanup and restoration; in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.
Fire Extinguisher and Classes of Fires
Did you know that if you encounter a fire with the wrong type of fire extinguisher you could make the fire worse? For example, use an extinguisher that contains only water on a flammable liquid fire and you’ll spread the fire and put yourself in further danger. However, the fires are divided into five classes and fire extinguishers are specifically made to take out one or more of the fire classes. Below is a list of fire classes and the extinguishers that put them out. Each fire extinguisher has labels designated for the type of fire to use the extinguisher on. Double check the extinguisher you’re about to use to make sure it’s designed to fight the type of fire. If you are unclear how to deal with the fire it is best to be safe and evacuate.
Class of Fire: A (A in a green triangle)
Fires of ordinary combustibles like wood, paper, cardboard, most plastics, and cloth
Extinguishers to Use: Water, Foam Spray, ABC Powder, or Wet Chemical
Class of Fire: B (B in a red square)
Fires of flammable liquids like petroleum, kerosene, grease, and others (but not alcohol or cooking oil)
Extinguishers to Use: Foam Spray, ABC Powder, or Carbon Dioxide
Class of Fire: C (C in a blue circle)
Fires of energized electrical equipment such as appliances, wiring, circuit breakers and outlets
Extinguisher to Use: ABC Powder
Class of Fire: D (D in a yellow star)
Fires of combustible metals like magnesium, titanium, sodium (often found in chemical laboratories).
Extinguishers to Use: ABC Powder or Carbon Dioxide
Class of Fire: K (K in a black hexagon)
Fires of cooking oils, trans fats (often used in restaurants).
Extinguisher to Use: Wet Chemical
Disasters can Strike Anywhere
Just like homes and offices, hotels can also suffer disasters and just like disasters in your home, SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio is here to help. In years past, we have had many opportunities to help make it “Like it never even happened” at hotels. There are a few differences between a typical residential water loss and a commercial water loss. Our trained professionals have experience working with customers to help them stay operational and lessen downtime.
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. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio.
If disaster should strike remember to call the team that is Faster to Any Size Disaster® and are Here To Help®. Call us at (210) 653-4651!
Fire Prevention Week
This year's Fire Prevention Week (FPW) campaign, "Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere," works to educate people about three basic but essential steps to take to reduce the likelihood of having a fire -- and how to escape safely in the event of one.
- LOOK for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.
The purpose of Fire Prevention Week is to bring awareness to the risk of death in case of a fire and provide educational resources to everyone in order to keep safe. For more information or facts about fire, click here.
- LISTEN for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could only have minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.
- LEARN two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.
2018 National Preparedness Month
September is known as National Preparedness Month at SERVPRO of Sugar Land to help bring awareness to our local communities. This awareness event is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the theme this year is "Don't wait, communicate". This program encourages everyone to take advantage of the information provided by FEMA because advanced planning is critical in dealing with and recovering from unexpected disasters.
Now is the perfect time to make a plan and know what to do in case of an emergency. Mother Nature has created multiple large disasters around the Houston area this year. It is important to keep your emergency contact list up-to-date and have alternative communication methods set up in case traditional means are affected. If you would like more information about staying prepared, visit www.ready.gov/september. It is never too early to be prepared. Remember disasters strike when you least expect it. SERVPRO of Sugar Land is always prepared, to help make it "Like it never even happened."
One Year After Hurricane Harvey
Most Texans remember August 25th, 2017. This date marked the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey, the category 4 hurricane that deeply affected the great state of Texas one year ago. Hurricane Harvey dumped around 50 inches of rain in parts of the Houston area, flooding thousands of homes and killing more than 80 people. The devastation was swift, and the recovery is far from over. SERVPRO of Sugar Land was proud to come to the aid of the people whose homes were damaged by the hurricane. The water damage was catastrophic. The professionals at SERVPRO of Sugar Land worked very hard, especially during that hurricane. Our team is dedicated and will always be here for you during any a storm...faster to any disaster to help you through when disaster strikes!
Commercial Water Damage
Flooding and water damage events at Sugar Land commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges
SERVPRO of Sugar Land professionals is trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
About SERVPRO of Sugar Land
SERVPRO of Sugar Land specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.
Importance of Being Prepared
Companies located in Houston should always be ready for a major storm to hit the area. Having a plan for the employees will increase the chance of remaining safe during a storm event. At SERVPRO of Sugar Land, we encourage employees to know the location of each electric panel and to know where the safest place in the building is. Storms can arise unexpectedly and can turn into a devastating disaster. Being knowledgeable and prepared for situations like these is important. Protect your employee’s and business by knowing who to call in events like these!
SERVPRO of Sugar Land understands the stress when a disaster arises. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your business! Our team specializes in water, fire, mold and storm damage. Feel free to give our company a call (281)313-1338.