If Disaster Strikes!
If disaster strikes, will you be ready?
It is important to prepare before a disaster occurs. Consider the following steps to better prepare for an an emergency situation.
- Sign up for local alerts and warnings. Download apps, check access for wireless emergency alerts.
- Develop and test emergency communication plans
- Assemble or update emergency supplies.
- Learn about local hazards, and conduct a drill to practice emergency response actions.
- Participate in a preparedness discussion, training and class
- Collect and safeguard critical documents.
- Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources.
- Document property and obtain appropriate insurance for relevant hazards.
- Make property improvements to reduce potential injury and property damage.
Emergencies can happen anytime to anyone. Take action now to protect yourself and your property.
The fourth of July is a time to celebrate with friends and family at a barbeque or picnic. With traditions of fireworks and bonfires, there may be some potential dangers along the way. In order to celebrate safely when it comes to these events, consider the following tips provided by the U.S. Fire Administration.
- The best way to enjoy fireworks is to view public fireworks displays put on by professionals.
- If you plan to use fireworks, ensure they are legal in your area.
- Always read the directions and warning labels on fireworks. If a device is not marked with the contents, directions and a warning label, do not light it.
- Supervise children around fireworks at all times.
- Stand several feet away from lit fireworks. If a firework does not go off, do not stand over it to investigate. Pour water over it and dispose of it.
UNDERSTANDING WATER TYPES
When your home or business suffers water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanups. There are 3 types of water. Clean water, Gray water (slightly contaminated), and Black water (contaminated.)
DAMAGE FROM CLEAN WATER
- Shut off water source
- Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to power distribution panel is safe from potential electrical shock
- Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting
- remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more even drying
- Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets
- Do not turn on ceiling fan fixtures if ceiling is wet
DAMAGE FROM CONTAMINATED WATER
- Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage
- Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage
- Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is possibility of spreading contaminated air
- Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminants
- Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to contaminated areas
When you have a water damage, don't leave your property to chance. Call SERVPRO of Crofton/Odenton/Severn!