SERVPRO East Central Austin Emergency Fire and Water Damage
Dealing with the aftermath of fire and smoke damage restoration can be extremely stressful especially when soot has made its way through your house and completely covered all of your belongings.
SERVPRO of East Central Austin is trained and licensed to give you an optimal experience as we care for your home and business as your SERVPRO in Austin, TX, locally owned and operated location. It should be known that soot restoration is one of the most difficult aspects of a house fire as it can be very damaging.
According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), three of every five home fire deaths could have been prevented.
Most fatal fires happen when families are asleep giving them less than adequate time to escape. A smoke alarm stands guard around the clock, and when it first senses smoke, it sounds a shrill alarm. Smoke alarms are crucial elements in the early detection of fires.
National Fire Safety is important all year round and while the main focus is preventing residential fires, our team here at SERVPRO of East Central Austin would like to remind everyone this is a great time to revisit workplace fire prevention and safety.
Below are 12 tips to ensure a fire-safe workplace:
Step 1. Get Organized– Practice good workplace housekeeping. Clutter contributes to fires by providing fuel and by preventing access to exits and emergency equipment.
Step 2. Designated Smoking Areas – Smoke only in designated areas, and extinguish smoking materials safely. Never smoke in storerooms or chemical storage areas.
Step 3. Fire Extinguishers – Maintaining the appropriate type and number of fire extinguishers and learn how to properly use a fire extinguisher.
Step 4. Electrical Hazards – Report all electrical hazards. Many fires start in faulty wiring and malfunctioning electrical equipment.
Step 5. Access to Control Panels – Electrical control panels need to have free access maintained so that the electric could be shut off easily.
Step 6. Maintenance – Maintain machinery to prevent overheating and friction sparks.
Step 7. Sprinkler Systems & Smoke Detectors – Never block sprinklers, firefighting equipment or emergency exits. Observe clearances when stacking materials. Testing of sprinkler systems and smoke detectors at least annually.
Step 8. Chemical Safety – Use and store chemicals safely. Read the label and the Material Safety Data Sheet to determine flammability and other fire hazards. Provide adequate ventilation when using and storing these substances.
Step 9. Waste Control & Storage – Control the accumulations of flammable and combustible waste materials and residues so that they do not contribute to a fire emergency.
Step 10. Prevent Ignition – Use all precautions to prevent ignition in potentially explosive atmospheres such as those containing flammable liquid vapors or fine particles. Use non-sparking tools, and control static electricity as required.
Step 11. Exits – Emergency exit diagrams should be posted and emergency exits should be well lit with neon-regulation signs.
Step 12. Contact Info – Employees should have a list of emergency contact phone numbers in case of emergency. Remember that people will often panic in an intense situation; therefore basics such as the company address, phone number and floor plan should be posted.
Planning to ensure fire protection and safety is key to avoiding unwanted fire issues.
Residential and Commercial Fire Clean Up
Soot can be one of the hardest parts of fire restoration clean up and is developed through three different methods:
· Wet soot residue—results from smoldering, low-heat fires. This residue is sticky, smeary, and has a very pungent odor.
· Dry soot residue—results from fast-burning fires with high temperatures. This residue is typically dry, powdery, and non-smeary.
· Protein residue—almost invisible but can discolor paints and varnishes in your home. This residue also has an extremely pungent odor.
Each type of soot is different and requires specific expertise to clean for such needs or concerns.
Our fire repair process is outlined online for your review.
Call us at SERVPRO of East Central Austin , your SERVPRO of Texas, faster to any size disaster, for all your fire damage restoration services.