Fire Safety Tips
Fire damage can be devastating. That’s why it is so important to be prepared for any situation and know what to do if a fire occurs. Here are a few fire safety tips.
- Make sure you have a working fire alarm and change the batteries as needed. A fire alarm can save your life by providing you with an early sign of a fire.
- Have an exit strategy. Make sure you know the fastest way to get out should a fire occur.
- Invest in a portable fire extinguisher. Getting a small grease fire out quickly could save your home.
- Make sure everyone in the home knows how to call 911 and knows the exit strategy.
If you suffer from fire damage, call SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale so we can get you back in your home “Like it never even happened.”
Home and commercial fires can happen quickly and always unexpectantly. Here are some common causes of home fires and ways to reduce the risk
- Electrical Equipment
- Faulty or frayed cords can be the culprit to an electrical fire. Even seemingly harmless appliances like a toaster oven or blender can be dangerous if the cord is damaged. Make sure all cords plugged in are in good condition.
- Approximately 37 percent of fires caused from candles start in a bedroom, because it is easy to forget about a candle or fall asleep with one lit. Make sure to blow out a candle when leaving the room and be sure to keep tissue boxes, books, and curtains away.
- Heating Mechanisms
- Winter months can sometimes require extra heating devices. Portable heaters are useful but are dangerous. Furniture, clothes, curtains, and other flammable objects can all catch fire if near a portable heater. Be sure to keep those items away from the device and monitor regularly.
There is always a risk of fire hazards so it’s important to know the potential sources
An unknown leak can wreak havoc
Mold caused from a leak in the AC unit
Here at SERVPRO, we classify water into 3 different categories that are provided by the IICRC.
- Category 1-water is clean water; water that one could drink and be okay.
- Category 2-water that poses health risks; water that has become stagnant or water that comes from a washing machine or dishwasher.
- Category 3-water that is grossly unsanitary; this can be flood water or sewage water.
So, when you have a leak in your home or commercial business, it likely starts out as Category 1 water, if the leak goes on for a couple of days, it then becomes Category 2. But, if the leak continues, it becomes Category 3.
When the leak becomes Category 3, it provides the perfect breading grounds for mold. Mold can be very dangerous to many people but its effects can be more harmful to infants and children, the elderly, and those with pre-existing health conditions.
If you have a water leak that has lead to mold, call SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale. We are always here to help.
We are here for our community!
Photo from the third floor, overlooking the atrium at the Kappa Delta House.
The recent flooding and storm damage that came though Oxford affected many homes and businesses. Most damage was minimal, and some was catastrophic. SERVPRO of Oxford / Batesville / Clarksdale was very busy that weekend, doing what we love, helping people in need.
But the most damage we saw was at the Kappa Delta House at The University of Mississippi. The roof gave in and half of the house was affected three stories down. The damage happened Friday night, and our team was there setting equipment first thing Saturday morning. Throughout the next two weeks our technicians monitored the drying process and removed wet materials that were too damaged to restore.
The University is a huge part of our community here in Oxford, and we were so grateful to be able to be there for the staff and students of the Kappa Delta Sorority.
Water Damage to your Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale home? We are here to help!
Local Business' roof affected by flood damage
Flood and water damage can happen suddenly and unexpectantly. No matter how closely you watch the weather or take the precautions needed, sometimes it’s just not enough.
This local business was affected by the recent storms that wreaked havoc on our town. They closed for the weekend that Friday, and came back to water flooding their business, during tax season, no less. But thankfully they called SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale. Our technicians were on site extracting water and cleaning up debris within hours. They also placed a tarp to prevent further damage until the roof could be fixed. We placed drying equipment and dehumidifiers and allowed them to stay open and continue working during their busiest season of the year. Because, after all, even in a disaster, work and life must continue.
When disaster strikes your home or business, call SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale. We are here to help!!
Cleaning is our specialty, too!
SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is more that just a water and fire damage restoration company. We also do commercial and residential cleaning. This also can sometimes include biohazard cleaning jobs.
This home was occupied by someone with a disability. They were unable to clean up after themselves and were later hospitalized. The homeowner’s family wanted the home to be clean and refreshed when he arrived home. So, they called SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale to help with their cleaning needs. Our technicians went through the home with a fine-tooth comb and honestly made it shine when they were done. The homeowner was able to come home to and rest without the mess.
If you would like a cleaning estimate contact SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale. We are here to help!!
When a fire occurs in your Oxford business, we are here to help.
Our team is working hard at cleaning the walls and ceilings of this Oxford, MS restaurant
Most people don’t realize when a fire occurs smoke and soot travel all over the home or business. It doesn’t just stay confined to the location that was affected. Smoke and soot get in the HVAC system and affects walls, floors, and contents. Our highly trained technicians and our specialized equipment and products are the reason people call SERVPRO.
This local restaurant had a fire occur in the bathroom. The fire department arrived and were able to contain the fire to that area which was a blessing, but they still had to close to clean the entire area, especially to meet food safety code. They called SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale and our technicians were able to begin working on cleaning up the soot and smoke damage as well as remove any debris or wet materials left over from the fire itself and the fire department. We were in and out within a week and the business was back up and running.
If your home or business suffers from fire or smoke/soot damage, contact SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale.
Why you should have your HVAC system cleaned
Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Did you know that your HVAC system is the lungs of your home? It takes air in and breathes air out, circulating air and contaminates 5 to 7 times a day, on average.
Some of these contaminants are:
- Dust and dander
- Dirt and Debris
- Other contaminants
These contaminants can be harmful to all occupants, but some may be more sensitive than others. Allergy and asthma sufferers as well as elderly and young children could be more susceptible to the types of poor indoor quality that air duct cleaning can help address.
Another reason to have your heating and cooling system cleaned is for energy savings. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is wasted. Contaminants cause the systems to work harder and shorten the life of your system. When the HVAC system is clean, it doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the temperature you desire.
To schedule your HVAC cleaning call SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale at 662-281-1881
Here at SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale we love giving back to our community year-round, but especially during the holidays. This past Christmas our marketing team volunteered for the Salvation Army and rang the bell at our local Wal-Mart. They were able to spread holiday cheer and help families in need by accepting donations from passing patrons.
But, one of our favorite ways to give back is giving back to those whom have served our country. We have several employees that sacrificed their lives for our freedom, so this cause is near and dear to our hearts. We reached out to the personnel at the Veterans Home and asked what their residents would like to receive. Turns out they needed long sleeve t-shirts. So, our marketing team ventured out and purchased around 20 t-shirts and wrapped them all individually. It was such a blessing to be able to give back and support our local veterans.
We have exciting news!!
We have exciting news! Our owners, Steve and Tara Jones, have recently purchased a BRAND-NEW franchise in Saline County, Arkansas! We are so happy to be expanding our business and helping others in Arkansas. Our office/shop is located in Bryant and we are working hard at building our team. At SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale and now SERVPRO of Saline County, our goal is to be the premier cleaning and restoration company in the markets that we service. Our grand opening is scheduled for March 1, 2019. So, check out our website for Saline County, www.SERVPROsalinecounty.com and keep an eye on the exciting things we are working on! We are so thankful and blessed to be able to expand our business and now have more opportunities to help. #heretohelp