What You Need to Know About Smoke Alarms
When properly installed and maintained, smoke alarms save lives.
Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained.
In homes, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level, including the basement. Extra smoke alarms may be needed in large homes.
Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years. Other alarms need batteries replaced every year, and the unit replaced every ten years. If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately. Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm. Almost half of fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
If you need help installing, testing or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross.
Be sure your home has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills with your family.
If you have a fire in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville at 904-729-2401.
Flood Clean Up Tips For Homeowners
Severe thunderstorms can lead to flash flooding. Call SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville at 904-729-2401 if you have storm damage.
Rising water is one of the most frightening problems that a homeowner may face, and the resulting flood clean-up is both costly and time-consuming. It is a scary prospect watching floodwaters creep slowly toward the home. If high water makes an incursion, severe damage and a horrible clutter of muck, debris, and germs may follow. Acting quickly after the water recedes can decrease the damage and perhaps make some possessions and furniture salvageable. Even carpet may be restorable, depending on the extent and the type of the flooding. Unfortunately, many electronics exposed to the water are typically considered a loss. Don’t take water damage lightly. Even if the area only had an inch of water, or is just damp, it can become the ideal situation for mold growth within days. Mold may contaminate walls, carpet, furniture, and flooring. It can lead to breathing issues including asthma, and severe illness.
Below are some useful flood clean-up tips for home and business owners. If any mold is suspected, we recommended using the services of an IICRC-certified mold remediation specialist such as SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville rather than attempting clean-up yourself.
Clean Up Tips for Homeowners
- Before going into the house to begin flood clean-up, check for downed power lines, gas leaks, foundation cracks, or other obvious problems.
- If power lines are down near the home, avoid puddles or standing water. Calling on professional help is the best way to avoid injury or electrocution.
- Be on the lookout for wild animals, including snakes. Floodwaters tend to uproot them from their natural areas, and it is possible that they have entered the home or are in the general vicinity.
- While cleaning up, wear protective gear such as boots and rubber gloves.
- Waterlogged cleaning products, paint, batteries, and fuel are contaminated and considered hazardous. Learn more about disposal of these items.
- Discard food items and drinking water if it has come into contact with the flood waters. This includes canned goods and bottled water. Follow the maxim: When in doubt, throw it out!
SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville has the experience and equipment to restore your property. Call us at 904-729-2401 if you experience storm-related damage.
Fire Ravages Callahan Family Home
The fire department had to cut out the ceilings and some of the rafters to reach the flames and extinguish the fire.
This story begins with a lightning strike to the roof of this Callahan family home, which ignited a fire in the attic. The fire department arrived to extinguish the fire but in order to reach the flames; they had to cut out the ceilings and some of the rafters before dousing the entire space with water hoses. There was blown-in insulation in the attic, and all of this became drenched with water as it snowed down into the living space below. What was once a cozy home now looked like a war zone.
When SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville arrived on the scene, they were greeted by frantic homeowners who had seen their home destroyed. The home had suffered from not only fire and smoke damage, but also extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. We assured the homeowners that we could, and would, restore their home to its pre-fire condition.
SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville has the specialized fire and water damage cleanup and restoration training and experience to quickly restore a fire-damaged home to pre-fire condition. We also have specific training and equipment for odor removal and deep cleaning of upholstery and carpet.
If you ever suffer damage from a fire, call us at (904) 729-2401. Here are fire emergency tips outlining what you should and should not do before we arrive. First and foremost, be safe. Is it safe to stay in the house? Watch out for electrical and "slip and fall" hazards. Also, wet materials can be VERY heavy, so be careful lifting! Also, try to limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
Preventing Fires in the Workplace
Keeping the workplace free of clutter helps to prevent fires.
The following tips promote a fire-safe workplace.
- Practice good workplace housekeeping. Clutter contributes to fires by providing fuel and by impeding access to exits and emergency equipment.
- Place oily rags in a covered metal container. This waste must be properly disposed of on a regular basis.
- Maintain machinery to prevent overheating and friction sparks.
- Report electrical hazards. Many fires start in faulty wiring and malfunctioning electrical equipment. Never attempt electrical repairs unless you are qualified and authorized.
- Maintain free access to all electrical control panels. Material or equipment stored in front of the panels would slow down the shutting down of power in an emergency situation.
- 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.
- 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.
- Help maintain building security to prevent arson fires. Lock up as instructed; report suspicious persons; and don’t leave combustible rubbish where it can be set on fire outside the building.
- Smoke only in designated areas, and extinguish smoking materials safely. Never smoke in storerooms or chemical storage areas.
- Never block sprinklers, firefighting equipment or emergency exits. Observe clearances when stacking materials.
- Post emergency telephone numbers as well as the company address by the telephone for quick access if a fire were to start in your work area.
- Learn how to properly use a fire extinguisher.
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Fewer Hurricanes Expected in 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season
If a hurricane strikes this season, SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville will be there to help 24/7.
The coming hurricane season could be slightly below the average of 12 a year, according to Colorado State University forecasters.
The university's annual Department of Atmospheric Science pre-season forecast is based on long-range weather and climate conditions.
Currently, those are showing "a below-average probability of major hurricanes making landfall along the United States coastline and in the Caribbean," researchers Philip Klotzbach and Michael Bell said in a recent report.
The center is predicting 11 named storms, including two major hurricanes. All together, the center expects there will be 50 days during which storms are active.
The probability of a direct hit on the East Coast and Florida is 24 percent. The historical average is 30 percent. The probability of a major hurricane coming ashore anywhere in the United States is 42 percent, compared to the historical average of 52 percent, according to the report.
University forecasters predict 2017 hurricane activity will be about 85 percent of the average season of 12 storms. Last year's was 135 percent of the average season.
Last year, the center correctly predicted an above-average Atlantic hurricane season, which included historic Hurricane Matthew. Its strongest winds came within 5 miles of the First Coast. The brunt of that storm hit elsewhere, particularly in South Georgia and the Carolinas.
The university's forecasts have been correct during 28 of the 35 years it has been predicting whether a season will be above or below normal.
National Hurricane Center officials caution the public that it only takes one hurricane to severely damage an area and forecasters can't say where this season's tropical storms and hurricane might go.
"They (coastal residents) should prepare," Koltzbach said.
Last year, SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville helped many local residents recover from damages related to Hurricane Matthew. If a hurricane strikes this year, call us at 904-729-2401 and we’ll be there to help 24/7.
Does Your Amelia Island Home Have A Mold Problem?
On Amelia Island, mold growth can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.
Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 904-729-2401.
Where to Go in the Event of a Tornado, Hurricane, or Severe Storm in Nassau County
NOTE: Not all shelters are opened for every emergency. Call 904-548-0900 before you go.
Following is a list of Nassau County Emergency Public Shelter Locations, along with other helpful information.
-NOT ALL SHELTERS WILL BE OPENED FOR EVERY EMERGENCY!
Check with Emergency Management before you go - call 904-548-0900.
-If you have no way to get to a public shelter, register for transportation assistance annually, before June 1st.
-If you use medical equipment that requires electricity, such as an oxygen concentrator, and intend to go to a public shelter, you must register for space in the Special Medical Needs Shelter annually, before June 1st.
These Sites Are Approved Wind-Rated Emergency Shelters:
General Population Shelters (no pets)
Bryceville Elementary School
6504 Church Ave
Hilliard, FL 32045
Callahan Intermediate School
34586 Ball Park Rd
Callahan, FL 32011
Hilliard Elementary School
27568 Ohio St
Hilliard, FL 32045
West Nassau High School
1 Warrior Dr.
Callahan, FL 32011
Yulee High School
85375 Miner Rd.
Yulee, FL 32097
Yulee Middle School
85439 Miner Rd.
Yulee, FL 32097
Pet-Friendly Public Shelters
Requires secure crate/cage, bowls, food supply, and current vaccinations
Callahan Middle School
450121 Old Dixie Hwy
Callahan, FL 32011
Yulee Elementary School
86063 Felmore Rd
Yulee, FL 32097
Special Medical Needs Shelter
Requires Annual Registration before Hurricane Season (by June 1st)
Hilliard Middle-Senior High School
1 Flashes Ave
Hilliard, FL 32045
Staying Safe From Fire When Grilling
Fire safety, including grilling safety, is especially important in our drought-ridden community.
Grilling is a popular way to relax on Amelia Island, but it poses the risk of fire and related injuries. With all of the recent wildfires, fire safety is especially important in our drought-ridden community.
Here are important tips to keep your home and family safe when grilling:
- Only use propane and charcoal barbecue grills outdoors.
- Always supervise the grill.
- Place the grill well away from the home and deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
- Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.
- Remove grease or fat buildup from the grills. Grease and fat burn quickly and can cause burn injuries or fires.
- Clean the grease or fat build-up after every use. Doing so not only decreases the risk of fire, but also helps the food cook better.
- Check the propane tank, hose, and all connection points for leaks. If you smell gas when the grill is on, turn off the tank and burners immediately.
- If you have a charcoal grill, use only charcoal starter fluid to light the grill. However, charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using paper as a fuel.
- Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
- After you finish grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.
Following these tips will ensure that fire will not damage your home or property. In the event fire does strike you or someone you know, SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville provides emergency fire restoration services. Call 904-729-2401, and we’ll be there to help 24/7.
Water Damage and IICRC Certification of Your Restoration Firm
SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville is an IICRC-certified restoration company.
Water damage can be deceptive. Water penetrates into structural cavities creating trapped pockets of saturation. The detection of water in these areas can often only be discovered with sophisticated moisture detection meters. Undetected moisture will continue to cause damage. This damage, at a minimum, will cause odors. Greater damage will surface when materials delaminate, shrink, split and further deteriorate to where costly repairs are required.
More than just removing excess water, restorers certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) have the knowledge and equipment to further dry a home or facility (including substructure materials) completely back to preloss conditions. Through timely response and the careful monitoring of water damage, mold and other health issues can be prevented. If water damage has been present too long, mold will occur.
All IICRC-certified professionals have the training and experience to identify moisture sources, evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected), contain damage, remove contamination and dry materials to ensure that mold will not return.
More About the Importance of IICRC Certification
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is a certification and standard-setting nonprofit organization for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries.
When you see a IICRC logo, you can be confident that an IICRC-certified experienced, qualified professional is caring for your valuable property. IICRC Certified Firms employ technicians who, after study, field experience and passing comprehensive exams, have received IICRC certifications in specific cleaning, restoration and inspection categories such as upholstery, wood flooring, stone and tile flooring, carpet cleaning, odor removal, mold remediation, water damage, fire damage restoration and more.
SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville is an IICRC-certified restoration company. Call us today at 904-729-2401 if you have water damage.
Questions to Ask When You are Looking for a Mold Remediation Contractor
Looking for a mold remediation contractor? Make sure to ask if they are licensed in the state of Florida.
You suspect you have mold in your house. Now, what? Here are some key questions to ask when looking for a mold remediation contractor who can identify, remove, clean up and remediate the issue.
- Is the company licensed? Every state has its own set of laws and regulations that must be followed. In the state of Florida, any person or company advertising or representing oneself to be a mold remediator—or taking samples for purposes of testing for the presence of mold—must have a license. SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville is a Florida-licensed mold remediator. You can verify the license of our company owner here. (Our license number is MRSR450.) A licensed contractor has the training, expertise and experience required to do the job well, safely and to code.
- Is the company properly certified for mold removal and remediation? The proper certification makes certain that the company has the necessary expertise and experience to deal with the mold inside the home; it also guarantees that the technicians are well trained in how to remove the mold safely to prevent any potential health risks. SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville is certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC).
- Is the company insured? Before hiring a contractor, find out what type of liability insurance the mold specialist has, what that insurance covers and the amount of coverage. The insurance should cover mold or microbial work. Plus, confirm that the company has workers’ compensation insurance. Otherwise, the homeowner may be at risk of a lawsuit or expenses if a worker gets injured on the property. In the state of Florida, applicants for a Mold Assessor license are required to obtain general liability and errors and omissions insurance for both preliminary and post remediation mold assessment in the amount of $1 million dollars. SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville meets these requirements. We carry the required $1,000,000 liability coverage and have workers’ comp insurance.
- Does the company conduct background checks on its employees? Make certain that the contractor’s employees have all had background checks. This practice ensures that reputable people are doing the job. SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville requires employees to pass background checks and we do employ any sub-contractors.
- Do the company’s employees wear uniforms? Employees should all wear company uniforms. This allows the homeowner and their family to easily identify employees of the company and know who is on the property. Employees of SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville wear uniforms.
- How long has the company been in business? And, can the business provide references? Ask the contractor about their history doing this type of cleanup and restoration work and for references from similar projects. SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonvilie has a track record of successfully performing mold remediation jobs and can provide references.
- Does the company provide a written estimate? This will ensure that all contractors are bidding on the same work. The estimate should be detailed and include all services to be provided. Of course, the contractor should come to the job site prior to estimating the job. Estimates should not be given over the phone without the site being seen. These are standard operating procedures for SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville.
- Does the company work with insurance companies? Often mold remediation requires interfacing with the homeowner’s insurance company. It is beneficial to work with a company that can help facilitate the paperwork, expedite services and return the situation to it normal state. SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville provides this service.
SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee/North Jacksonville is a licensed mold remediation contractor in the state of Florida. Our company is IICRC certified, and our technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Learn more about our mold remediation services, and call us at 904-729-2401 if you have mold issues.