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Avoid Commercial Fire Damage in Your Pensacola Office

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

Fire extinguisher in an office hallway. Have a fire extinguisher within easy reach in your Pensacola office.

Office fires in Pensacola are more common than you might think. This is why it is important to have a fire extinguisher in your office at all times. SERVPRO of North Pensacola reminds you that fires can start from something as simple as a short in a wire or something inside of a microwave catching fire. Your place of business should offer a training session on how to use fire extinguishers. Local fire departments are usually happy to help with this training, and they can provide some real-life examples of ways to practice fire safety.

If your break room (or any other area of your office building) catches on fire, you will likely have smoke damage as well as damage from the fire. That is where SERVPRO of North Pensacola comes in. We are here to clean up the damage and make your North Pensacola building look new again. We are open 24/7 and we show up prepared. Please do not hesitate to call us if you need our services. We are Here to Help.

SERVPRO of North Pensacola is independently owned and operated.

Thunderstorm preparedness in Gaberonne

9/27/2019 (Permalink)

Lighting striking through the sky Although you cannot prevent thunderstorms, you can prepare for them.

Thunderstorms are beautiful, but they can also be dangerous.  In most places, a thunderstorm can happen at any time of the year and any time of the day. They can cause severe damage to your home, business, or property in Gaberonne.

Thunderstorms can include lightning and can:

  • Include winds over 50 MPH
  • Create hail
  • Cause flash floods
  • Cause tornadoes

SERVPRO® of North Pensacola knows you cannot prevent a thunderstorm, but being prepared for one can minimize the damage:

  • Know the risk for thunderstorms in Gaberonne
  • Sign up for your community’s warning system
  • Cut down or trim trees that may fall on your home or office
  • Install surge protectors, lightning rods, or a lightning protection system

SERVPRO of North Pensacola knows you do not need to wait for the thunder.

If there is a thunderstorm warning, go inside. Once there:

  • Unplug appliances
  • Do not use landline phones in office or home
  • Pay attention to alerts and warnings

If you can’t get inside a building:

  • If you are swimming or in a boat, get to land immediately. Find shelter
  • If you are in a car, don’t touch anything metal
  • Avoid flooded roads. 6 inches of moving water can knock you down. One foot of moving water can sweep away your car.

A lightning strike during a thunderstorm can leave a wake of destruction in its path. This can range from minor electrical issues to fire damage. Lightning is also a major cause of injury or death from weather-related dangers. 

SERVPRO of North Pensacola is independently owned and operated.

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/thunderstorms-lightning

https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1527866280447-8ee0ba123e9a7b91c75b97dfb62cb657/ThunderStorm_May2018.pdf

Be Prepared for Flooding in Ferry Pass

9/27/2019 (Permalink)

Yard, most of house, and car flooded by water. Being prepared for a flood can save you money and time.

Since floods are one of the most common natural disasters in the U.S., with an average of 25% of flood claims coming from low-risk areas, SERVPRO® of North Pensacola has these tips to offer you to help reduce the amount of flood damage when it occurs.

Lower the Risk of Flood Damage in Ferry Pass:

  • Check your county planning department to see if you live in a flood plain
  • Build barriers to stop flood water from getting into the basement
  • Use waterproofing sealants to avoid water damage
  • Back up computer files and keep them in a safe location
  • Install a drainage system or flood wall in your yard
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reports that flood insurance is available even in low-risk areas
  • Do not keep important information or possessions in the basement
  • Raise equipment off the basement floor
  • Install a sump pump

SERVPRO of North Pensacola has trained technicians along with the correct equipment to help make your disaster “Like it never even happened” in Ferry Pass.

SERVPRO of North Pensacola is independently owned and operated.

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/floods

https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/floods/readiness.html

Be prepared for power outages from storms in Ferry Pass

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

Tree has fallen on a two-story home. Don’t be caught off-guard during a power outage.

Managing Without Power in Ferry Pass

Storm damage can create many issues to deal with including power outages in Ferry Pass. SERVPRO® of North Pensacola has these tips to share with you if case you ever experience a power outage.

A power outage can:

  • Make transportation difficult
  • Shut down water pipes
  • Lead to food spoilage
  • Lead to contaminated water
  • Close businesses, grocery stores, gas stations, banks, ATMS, & other services
  • Disrupt communication
  • Disable medical devices

SERVPRO of North Pensacola states that during a power outage in Ferry Pass, be sure to:

  • User generators only outdoors and away from windows
  • Have already set up plan to refrigerate medicines
  • For people who use power wheelchairs, have a backup battery. You may also need a manual chair
  • The local power company should already know that someone in your home relies on medical devices
  • Do not use a gas stove or oven to heat your home or business
  • Check on your neighbors
  • Keep freezer and refrigerator doors closed. This will help reduce the chance of food spoilage
  • Disconnect appliances and electronics. Power surges can destroy equipment
  • If travel is safe, go to another location for proper heating or cooling

SERVPRO of North Pensacola is independently owned and operated.

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/individuals-access-functional-needs

https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/poweroutage/index.html

Commercial lighting equipment safety information for Goulding

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

Cartoon of man sitting at a desk with an office light catching fire. Office lighting is the second most common cause of commercial fires – stay safe in Goulding.

One of the most common causes of commercial fires is electrical and lighting equipment, according to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association.) This type of fire is not easily foreseen, as the lighting equipment can appear fine on the outside of your Goulding business. SERVPRO® of North Pensacola wants to share the following information about commercial fires and how safety equipment helps to lessen the damage and assists in preventing any bodily injury:

  • Wet pipe sprinklers installed in the ceilings of commercial buildings are very effective in helping to fight fire(s)
  • Building sprinklers should be examined and tested every five years
  • There should always be a fire extinguisher in reach inside of a commercial building and they must be checked annually to ensure they are in working order
  • If an office building is on fire, exit the building immediately. Do not try to fight the fire yourself
  • If there is a lot of smoke inside the building, cover your mouth and nose and do your best to not inhale any of it

In the unfortunate event that a commercial building does catch fire in Goulding, rest assured that SERVPRO of North Pensacola is prepared to help clean up any fire damage the building/area has sustained.

SERVPRO of North Pensacola is independently owned and operated.

Link: https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Data-research-and-tools/Building-and-Life-Safety/US-Structure-in-Office-Properties

Tips for Staying Safe During a Molino Storm in an Office Building

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

Lightning striking a tall office building causing storm damage. Stay away from windows during a lightning storm in Molino, Florida.

Common safety rules and precautions state that the public should generally try to stay inside of a safe area or building when a lightning storm or thunderstorms occur. There are many commercial buildings in Molino. SERVPRO® of North Pensacola wants to share the following safety tips for staying safe during a thunderstorm while inside of a commercial building:

  • Stay away from all windows or glass walls, especially during a lightning storm
  • Unplug appliances if possible
  • Pay attention to all alerts and warnings, as a thunderstorm can develop into a tornado if powerful enough
  • Avoid running water if possible since electricity can travel through plumbing

Weather is unpredictable. Although weather can be predicted, it can also change in an instant without much warning. If a thunderstorm does happen to turn into tornado weather in Molino, consider the following tips:

  • If the commercial building has a basement or storm cellar, head there immediately
  • Use your arms to protect your head and neck in the event of flying debris or shattered windows
  • Do not leave the safe area until the local alerting system says it is safe to do so

Remember, SERVPRO of North Pensacola is here to help. Our trained team members will show up ready to go and can assist in cleanup and restoration after a thunderstorm, lightning storm and even a tornado.

Independently owned and operated by SERVPRO of North Pensacola.

Link: https://www.ready.gov/thunderstorms-lightning

OSHA Guidelines for Fire Extinguisher Usage in Yniestra

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

The letters OSHA and Occupational Safety and Health Administration  written in big, bold font on paper and clipped to the fro Keep your Yniestra business safer with the knowledge of how to use a fire extinguisher.

SERVPRO® of North Pensacola knows that owning a fire extinguisher is not enough. Knowing the proper use of fire extinguishers can prevent fire from destroying lives in Yniestra.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) requires that employers train their employees how and when to use fire extinguishers. OSHA does not allow untrained employees to use a fire extinguisher.  They must provide the training shortly after the employee is hired, and then every year thereafter. OSHA also requires monthly inspections for fire extinguishers.

Fire extinguishers have to be placed where they cannot be moved or damaged. The carrying handle should be 3-1/2 to 5 feet above the floor.

Employees must know when to use fire extinguishers.

SERVPRO of North Pensacola suggests asking yourself these questions regarding fire extinguishers in your Yniestra business: 

  • Have I pulled the fire alarm?
  • Can everyone get out?
  • Is the fire extinguisher easy to reach?
  • Do I know how to use it?
  • Is the fire contained in a small area?
  • Is the smoke non-toxic?
  • Do I have an escape route?

If you can answer “yes” to all of the questions, it is reasonable to use the fire extinguisher.

SERVPRO of North Pensacola reminds you that fire is fast. If you cannot contain it within 30 seconds, get everyone out of the area. Call 9-1-1 once you are outside.

SERVPRO of North Pensacola is independently owned and operated.

Links:

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/emergencypreparedness/index.html

https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/regulations/standardnumber/1910/1910.157

https://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/fire-and-life-safety-equipment/fire-extinguishers

What to do if you have PTSD during Thunderstorms and Lightning in Cottage Hill

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

Guy sitting outside with computer over his head scared from the lighting and thunderstorms overhead. SERVPRO of North Pensacola offers these guidelines for coping with PTSD during storms.

It is estimated around 7% of people in the United States have suffered or still suffer with some form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  For some people with PTSD a cause of panic might include thunderstorms and lightning.

SERVPRO of North Pensacola offers these guidelines to coping with PTSD during storms near your Cottage Hill home or business:

The best strategy is to be prepared.

  • Know when a thunderstorm is likely. Plan what you will do during a thunderstorm
  • Take care of your physical health. Eat a healthy diet. Get enough sleep. Do not rely on alcohol or other drugs. Do not smoke or chew tobacco
  • Take care of your emotional health. See a therapist. Learn relaxation exercises. When you feel anxious, you can relax yourself

During a Thunderstorm in Cottage Hill:

  • Slow your breathing
  • Look around. Notice where you are. Notice that you are in a safe place
  • Distract yourself from the storm. Wear headphones and listen to music. Sit in a pop-up tent
  • Talk with someone you trust

Independently owned and operated by SERVPRO of North Pensacola.

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/individuals-access-functional-needs

https://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/treatment/cope/coping-traumatic-stress.asp

https://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/PTSD-overview/epidemiological-facts-ptsd.asp

SERVPRO Services in Bohemia

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

Street sign in standing water with a list of SERVPRO services. When disaster strikes in Bohemia, Florida, it is time to call the professionals at SERVPRO.

Have you ever had to wade through a pond in your living room? Or, maybe you’ve returned to a half-burned home?  We hope you never have to deal with this but if you do, it’s always good to be prepared and respond quickly. With SERVPRO® of North Pensacola as a partner, you can be better equipped to handle problems in your Bohemia home.

Why SERVPRO?

  1. SERVPRO is a leader in fire and water cleanup and restoration
  2. Franchise professionals have the training and experience to help make it “Like it never even happened.”
  3. SERVPRO’s proven system helps to ensure a return to preloss condition
  4. We work with most insurance companies
  5. SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

SERVPRO of North Pensacola doesn’t only handle fire and water damage. Other services include:

  • Storm damage cleanup
  • Mold mitigation
  • Restoration
  • Document restoration
  • Electronics restoration
  • Dry cleaning
  • Reconstruction
  • Biohazard cleanup
  • Duct cleaning
  • General cleaning

With over 1700 Franchise locations across the U.S. and Canada, SERVPRO is never far away. If your Bohemia home experiences water or fire damage, you can count on SERVPRO of North Pensacola to be there for you.

SERVPRO of North Pensacola is independently owned and operated.

When the Waters Recede in Pensacola

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

A hand peels back wallpaper to reveal mold beneath the surface. Water damage is not always easy to spot.

Even though the phrase “what you don’t know won’t hurt you” exists, it is not always true. Sometimes what you don’t know can and will hurt you in Pensacola. After storms damage our property, many times we cannot see the whole picture to know what all is really damaged? From hidden foundation compromises to the beginning stages of mold growth behind the wallpaper, costs can begin to mount quickly and before you know it, you are in the middle of a spending spree that you never expected. After the waters recede and the damage becomes visible, homeowners are often left overwhelmed with the stresses associated with insurance claims and subcontractor costs and errors. Hurricane and storm damage can happen when you least expect it. Water can come flooding into your home or office and leave a mess behind.

When nature throws you a curve-ball, it doesn’t take a psychic to see you need relief. If or when this happens to you, call SERVPRO of North Pensacola and in a short amount of time, a friendly crew of professional cleanup and restoration personnel will quickly assess the damage and start the process of making your disaster look “Like it never even happened.”