What Nassau County/North Jax Residents Need to Know About Turkey Fryers
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Key Themes for Fire Prevention Week, October 7-13, 2018: “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware – fire can happen anywhere.”
The latest statistics from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) show that if you have a reported fire in your home, you are more likely to die today than you were a few decades ago. This startling statistic is behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware - fire can happen anywhere.™” Fire Prevention Week takes place October7-13,2018.
Through three simple calls-to-action, this year’s theme identifies basic but essential ways people can reduce their risk to fire and be prepared in the event of one:
- Look for places fire can start
- Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm
- Learn two ways out of each room
“People take safety for granted and are not aware of the risk of fire,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “Paying attention to your surroundings, looking for available exits in the event of a fire or other emergency, and taking the smoke alarm seriously if it sounds can make a potentially life-saving difference in a fire or other emergency situation.”
This year’s Fire Prevention Week messages apply to virtually all locations. However, NFPA continues to focus on home fire safety, as the majority of U.S. fire deaths (four out of five) occur at home each year. In fact, the fire death rate (per 1000home fires reported to the fire department) was 10percent higher in 2016than in1980.
“While we’ve made significant progress in preventing home fires from happening, these statistics show that there’s still much more work to do when it comes to teaching people how to protect themselves in the event of one, and why advance planning is so critically important,” said Carli.
“Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware – fire can happen anywhere.” works to remind the public that fires can and do still happen – at home, as well as other locations - and that there are basic but vitally important steps people can take to remain safe.
As the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90years, NFPA works with local fire departments throughout North America to promote the campaign in their communities and reaches out to the public directly to encourage everyone to take action to be safe.
For a wealth of information and resources about this year’s “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware – fire can happen anywhere.” campaign, visit www.firepreventionweek.org.
Leaking Air Conditioner Can Lead to Mold
A leaking air conditioner can lead to mold problems. If you have leaking, look at these potential problem areas:
1. Cracked or Missing Drain Pan
The drain pan is located underneath your evaporator coil and collects any condensate from your indoor unit. If it is cracked, rusted, or misplaced, water won’t be able to properly drain outside.
2. Clogged Drain Line
Algae and fungi can clog your A/C condensate drain line. Pour about 6 ounces of vinegar into your drain line every few months to kill any algae and fungi build-up. You can also try clearing out your drain line with a wet/dry vacuum, call your HVAC professional.
3. Clogged Air Filter
Your indoor air handler needs proper airflow in order to function. If your air filter is clogged, air will be restricted, leading to a variety of problems, including frozen evaporator coils that drip excess water. Change the air filter every 30-60 days to avoid this problem.
If you experience water leaking or spills - ACT QUICKLY. If wet or damp materials or areas are not dried within 24-48 hours after a leak or spill happens, there’s a good chance mold will grow.
If mold results from an air conditioner leak, call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904-729-2401.
Mold Questions Answered
It only takes a small water leak, or even excess humidity, for mold to form in your Nassau County/North Jacksonville home or business.
When it comes to mold in our homes, there are many old misconceptions circulating to this day. Once you bust the myths, you will have a better understanding of mold and its impact to your health and home. SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee have put together a list of 5 common mold myths and the truth behind them, so you can use this information to your benefit when you encounter a mold problem:
Myth 1: All mold is toxic
Truth: While many molds can affect your health due to long-term exposure, there are beneficial molds as well. The mold found in natural environments helps decompose organic material, allowing other organisms to grow. Certain molds, such as Aspergillus flavus, are used in the production of cheese. Some molds are used in medicine, as well. For instance, the Penicillium mold has been used to create Penicillin, the first antibiotic discovered.
Myth 2: Bleach kills mold
Truth: Many people use bleach as a mold removal solution in their home. However, they are unaware that bleach kills only live mold, but not mold spores. The worst part is that removing mold with bleach and water can allow mold to regrow even faster. Instead, use a mix of household detergent and water for small-scale mold remediation.
Myth 3: There should be no mold in my home
Truth: The truth is that mold spores are present everywhere, indoors and outdoors. The air you are breathing contains mold spores, and completely eliminating it is almost impossible. The problem lies in the concentration of mold in your home. Greater amounts of mold can pose health risks and damage your home if you don’t take care of the mold infestation.
Myth 4: You shouldn’t worry about a small spot of mold
Truth: In reality, a small area affected by mold can grow larger and larger if the moisture problem is not addressed. What’s more, mold can spread to any organic surface, as well as to the heating and ventilation system in your home. This can result in widespread damage and costly repairs.
Myth 5: You can clean up mold infestations yourself
Truth: Even though you may be able to clean areas smaller than 10 square feet yourself, bigger infestations require professional mold removal services. In fact, your efforts of removing mold using UV light or high-heat drying can accelerate mold growth. Well-trained mold remediation professionals have the specialized equipment and know the necessary techniques to get rid of mold infestations much more efficiently.
Visit our Mold Information Page. Essential mold removal do’s and don’ts are available here. Contact SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee
It only takes a small water leak, or even excess humidity, for mold to form in your Nassau County/North Jacksonville home or business. Then, mold can spread quickly through the property in as little as 48 hours. Mold can produce allergens and irritants, and it has the potential to cause other health effects. 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.
Have a mold issue? Call SERVPRO of Fernandina Beach/Yulee at 904-729-2401.
Florida starts to feel the spin-off of Hurricane Florence
There is a coastal flood advisory in effect for the Jacksonville area until 8 p.m. Friday.
As Hurricane Florence’s path edges farther south, Florida’s Atlantic coastline is preparing for a beating.
The center of the storm is still projected to make landfall in the Carolinas, but its effects on Florida are likely to increase, especially if it stalls along the coast before moving ashore.
Florence is expected to stay north of Florida, which will keep heavy rains away from the state, and it should stay far enough away that lessens the effect of wind, too.
In Jacksonville, the National Weather Service predicts the area will see winds between 15 mph and 30 mph. There’s a 20 percent chance or less that portions of Northern and Central Florida will experience tropical storm force winds of 39 mph or more.
There is a coastal flood advisory in effect for the Jacksonville area until 8 p.m. Friday. That is due to a combination of the higher seas caused by Florence and the seasonal king tides now taking place.