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Fire Escape Planning Tips for Nassau/North Jacksonville Homeowners

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Escape Planning Tips for Nassau/North Jacksonville Homeowners Use the link in this article for tips on creating your fire escape plan.

Source: National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Your ability to get out of your home during a fire depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and advance planning. After you create your home fire escape plan, put it to the test.

  • Practice your home fire escape plan twice a year, making the drill as realistic as possible. See this fire escape planning grid for guidance on creating your escape plan.
  • Make arrangements in your plan for anyone in your home who has a disability.
  • Allow children to master fire escape planning and practice before holding a fire drill at night when they are sleeping. The objective is to practice, not to frighten, so telling children there will be a drill before they go to bed can be as effective as a surprise drill.
  • It's important to determine during the drill whether children and others can readily waken to the sound of the smoke alarm. If they fail to awaken, make sure that someone is assigned to wake them up as part of the drill and in a real emergency situation.
  • If your home has two floors, every family member (including children) must be able to escape from the second floor rooms. Escape ladders can be placed in or near windows to provide an additional escape route. Review the manufacturer's instructions carefully so you'll be able to use a safety ladder in an emergency. Practice setting up the ladder from a first floor window to make sure you can do it correctly and quickly. Children should only practice with a grown-up, and only from a first-story window. Store the ladder near the window, in an easily accessible location. You don't want to have to search for it during a fire.
  • Always choose the escape route that is safest – the one with the least amount of smoke and heat – but be prepared to escape under toxic smoke if necessary. When you do your fire drill, everyone in the family should practice getting low and going under the smoke to your exit.
  • Closing doors on your way out slows the spread of fire, giving you more time to safely escape.
  • In some cases, smoke or fire may prevent you from exiting your home or apartment building. To prepare for an emergency like this, practice "sealing yourself in for safety" as part of your home fire escape plan. Close all doors between you and the fire. Use duct tape or towels to seal the door cracks and cover air vents to keep smoke from coming in. If possible, open your windows at the top and bottom so fresh air can get in. Call the fire department to report your exact location. Wave a flashlight or light-colored cloth at the window to let the fire department know where you are located.

Clear Your Escape Routes

Items that block doors and windows in your home could keep you from escaping in the event of a home fire. And that could mean the difference between life and death. So unblock your exits today! Key to your family’s safety is planning and practicing a home fire escape plan twice a year. Start by identifying two escape routes out of each room, if possible, then make sure that each of those escape routes can be used safely by everyone.

Please contact SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at (904) 729-2401 if you experience any fire damage to your residential or commercial property. 

Holiday Fire Safety in Nassau County/North Jax

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Holiday Fire Safety in Nassau County/North Jax Be fire smart this holiday season. We at SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee wish you and your family Happy Holidays!

Nearly half of holiday decoration fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source. It’s fun to decorate for the winter holidays, but holiday decorations can increase your risk for a home fire. As you deck the halls this season, be fire smart. Here are tips to help you stay safe from fire.

  • Inspect holiday lights each year before you put them up. Throw away light strands with frayed or pinched wires.
  • Water your Christmas tree every day. A dry tree is dangerous because it can catch on fire easily.
  • Consider using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look, smell and feel like real candles.
  • If you do use lit candles, make sure they are in stable holders and place them where they cannot be knocked down easily.

If you do experience fire damage at your home, call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at (904) 729-2401. We’re available 24/7 to help you get your home back to normal.

Fernandina Beach/North Jacksonville Businesses: We Do Post-Construction Clean-Up

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

If your business was just built or went through a renovation, who do you call to cleanup the mess that was left behind? It is so important for a business to open as quickly as possible after a major project or renovation. SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee is always here to help with any deep cleaning needs. We have done jobs for:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

Along with our restoration and rebuild services, SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee offers post-construction cleanup services. Our professional, and highly-trained team will tackle everything and anything that needs addressing.

Cleanup includes:

  • Walls
  • Light fixtures/fans
  • All trim
  • Floors
  • Ceilings
  • Doors
  • Air Ducts, vents, baseboard heaters
  • Windows
  • Cabinetry
  • Any trash or plastic left behind

If your property needs a thorough, post-construction cleaning, call the trusted professionals at SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904.729.2401. We can handle any size project, no matter how big or small! Learn more about our commercial cleaning services.

SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee Delivers Satisfied Water Damage Customers

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee Delivers Satisfied Water Damage Customers At SERVPRO Fernandina Beach/Yulee, our goal is to make water damage events less stressful and "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee Strives for Excellent Customer Satisfaction on All Jobs

There’s no better answer to “Why SERVPRO?” than the glowing reviews and testimonials from our satisfied customers. Here is one review we received from a couple who recently suffered a water loss.

“I cannot say enough about this company and the staff they employee. I really didn’t know that companies like this still exist in this line of work that have such high standards and professionalism. We had a bad leak in our new home that I have been trying to get fixed for over a year. After 4 roof repairs the and having to deal with 3 different contractors, a roofer, drywall company and a painter on several different occasions my builder finally sent SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee out. They came out to my home and removed all of our belongings from the room and neatly arranged them into another room. I was unable to be there when they arrived so I left a key for them. When we came home that evening we could not believe how neatly they arranged our clothes on rolling racks and displayed our shoes and even separated my wife’s clothes from mine. They removed the shelves from the walls and the ceiling that was damaged. They cleaned everything in the room and made sure there was no mold anywhere. When everything was repaired by the roofer they conducted a water test and then they replaced the drywall and did all of the mud work. They also repainted everything and did the knockdown on the ceiling. They came out every day until the job was complete. I was never home when they came out and they treated my home with respect making sure not to leave any mess behind each day. They made the process so easy and comfortable for us. I highly recommend SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee for any water damage needs and any other services they provide. Thank you to all of the staff, you all are Awesome!” D. Raulerson, Fernandina Beach

If water damage, from the smallest toilet overflow to a full house flood, threatens your home or office call us at (904) 729-2401.  We are here to help and care for not only your home or office, but for you as an individual.  We understand that each job is not simply a job, but is someone allowing us to come into their lives during a very stressful event.  Our ultimate goal is to help make it a little less stressful on you – and most of all, to make it “Like it never even happened.”

What Nassau County/North Jax Residents Need to Know About Turkey Fryers

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Source: National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

NFPA discourages the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that immerse the turkey in hot oil.

NFPA continues to believe that turkey fryers that use cooking oil, as currently designed, are not suitable for safe use by even a well-informed and careful consumer. These turkey fryers use a substantial quantity of cooking oil at high temperatures and units currently available for home use pose a significant danger that hot oil will be released at some point during the cooking process. In addition, the burners that heat the oil can ignite spilled oil. The use of turkey fryers by consumers can lead to devastating burns, other injuries, and the destruction of property. NFPA urges those who prefer fried turkey to seek out professional establishments, such as grocery stores, specialty food retailers, and restaurants, for the preparation of the dish, or consider a new type of "oil-less" turkey fryer."

For a demonstration showing the dangers of turkey fryers see this video.

We at SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee hope you will consider this advice, and we wish you and your family a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

Fire Damage Emergency Tips  

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Emergency Tips    In the event of a fire in your home or business, these tips may help reduce damage and increase chances of a successful restoration.

A fire can leave behind soot, smoke damage, and a host of other problems. Ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough professional cleaning. If your home or business suffers a fire, it is important to take the appropriate steps to prevent further damage until SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee professionals arrive. The following tips may help reduce damage and increase chances of a successful restoration.

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers. 

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

If you have fire damage, call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904.729.2401 as soon as possible.

When Major Storms Hit, We Are Backed By Unmatched National Resources

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO When Major Storms Hit, We Are Backed By Unmatched National Resources A nationwide system of more than 1600 qualified franchises backs SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee.

When a major storm hits the our area, not only is SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee ready to respond, but we are backed by two major support squads coordinated by our corporate office that ensure timely mitigation of your storm damage.

Our Resources Are Unmatched

First, there’s SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team (called Storm Team), which mobilizes from across the country, as needed, to support large storm events.  A nationwide system of more than 1600 qualified franchises backs SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee. This network of franchises travels at a moment's notice to support us when needed. Strategically positioned and available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, the SERVPRO Storm Team Professionals are prepared for the unpredictable. This network proved to be invaluable when Hurricane Irma struck. We were able to reassure homeowners that their damages would be mitigated on a timely basis, which is an assurance many of our competitors simply cannot offer.

For losses of 50,000 sq. ft. or more, the SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is called in. Our elite large-loss specialists are pre-qualified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager who helps ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. 

For example, when the Wells Fargo Center, which covers an entire block in downtown Jacksonville, was flooded from Hurricane Irma, SERVPRO’s Commercial Large Loss Division was the disaster recovery team that was called in to mitigate damages. The team pumped water out of the basement garage, the basement level of the building and the loading dock area that was flooded. Those levels were filled with mud that had to be extracted and cleaned up.

When storms strike and you need an immediate response, call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904-729-2401

Nassau County, North Jax Area 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service  

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Nassau County, North Jax Area 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service    If you have a water damage emergency, SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee is here to help 24/7.

SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help, Call Today! - (904) 729-2401

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee

SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or 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, our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Fire Prevention Month: Importance of Smoke Alarms  

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Prevention Month: Importance of Smoke Alarms    Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.

Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly. Roughly 3 out of 5 fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

FACTS ! ! ! SAFETY TIPS

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom. They should also be outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement.
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
  • It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • Current alarms on the market employ different types of technology including multi-sensing, which could include smoke and carbon monoxide combined.
  • Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions, yet mitigate false alarms.
  • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove.
  • People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers
  • Replace fire alarms when they are 10 years  old.

Expected Jacksonville Area Impacts from Hurricane Michael  

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Expected Jacksonville Area Impacts from Hurricane Michael    The Jacksonville area will experience heavy rain in multiple bands through Thursday, with the potential for 1-3" of rain, more in some spots.

Source: Action News Jax

Hurricane "Michael" continues to organize & strengthen.  Forecast to hit the Fl. Panhandle as a "major" Cat. 3 hurricane Wednesday afternoon.  This could be the most major hurricane to squarely hit the Panhandle since Ivan in 2004 which destroyed the I-10 bridge to Pensacola.

Given current forecast path - SUBJECT TO SOME CHANGES –Michael will hit between Mobile, Al. & the Big Bend of Fl. centered on the Central Panhandle, local impacts for Jacksonville, NE Fl. & SE Ga. are as follows:

* heavy rain in multiple bands through Thu. with the potential for 1-3" of rain, more in some spots.  Far more rain just offshore to the east & over NW Fl. & Panhandle into Ga. closer to what should be the center of Michael.  Looks like a relative lull in the rain Wed. due to dry slot pivoting north around the eastern side of Michael's circulation.

* breezy winds - combination of  "Michael" to the west & moderately strong high pressure to the north will result in brisk winds out of the SE increasing each day through Thu. averaging 15-25 mph with gusts 30+ mph.  Strongest winds will be at the beaches & from near Lake City to Waycross closer to Michael's center.

* isolated waterspouts &/or tornadoes, especially Tue. through Thu.

* high rip current risk at area beaches

* minor to possibly moderate flooding - especially at times of high tide - along the coast, intracoastal & St. Johns River & its tributaries due to a combination of strong/persistent onshore flow, occasional heavy rain & an astronomical boost due to the new moon phase. No significant storm surge is expected for NE Fl. & Jacksonville & SE Ga.

If you have have storm damage call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904.729.2401.