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Always Be Careful When It Is Time to Cook on the Grill | SERVPRO® of Buffalo/Tonawanda

7/24/2020 (Permalink)

a person in grilling chicken and hot dogs on an outdoor grill SERVPRO of Buffalo Tonawanda are the fire restoration experts. To learn more give us a call or contact us online.

Taking advantage of the nice weather and extra light of summer is fantastic, especially when a grilled dinner is involved. While you may love to break out the grill, it is important to remember that no matter how many times you do it, fire safety is still a vital habit to get into.

It is estimated by the U.S. Fire Administration that every year sees nearly 6,000 fires due to grilling accidents, which can add up to millions in household damages. By prioritizing safety every time you grill, you can be certain that you are not part of this scary statistic.

Prioritize Safety Every Time You Grill

Create a safe zone around your grill. It might be tempting to situate your grill in a spot that is convenient to your back door, but you should always remember the three-foot rule when placing it in your yard. A flare-up can be quite large, igniting any flammable materials that happen to be nearby.

Clean your grill grates often. After using your grill each time, taking a few minutes to brush down the grates can make a big difference. The bits of food that get left behind can build up and become a fire hazard, especially if you are cooking meats with a lot of grease on them. These flare-ups can happen suddenly and be quite dangerous, so a prevention strategy is the best approach.

Never leave the grill unattended. You may have seen people run back into the kitchen to grab something or take a break from manning the grill to play with the kids, but officials advise to never, ever do this. Grills can start fires even if their lids are closed, and it is best to act like that is always a possibility and keep a fire extinguisher within reach.

Inspect the grill regularly. An inspection on a charcoal grill is more straightforward, but for a gas grill, you have propane hookups to consider. The connectors and hoses of a propane tank can become worn with time, leading to leaking gas that can cause a serious fire hazard if you do not notice it in time.

If you have a grill fire do damage to your home, we are here to help. You can call us any time, day or night, to have a quick response from our restoration experts.

Prioritizing Safety From Summer Storms | SERVPRO® of Buffalo/Tonawanda

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

lighting striking hillside during storm at night Have you been affected by a storm event? SERVPRO of Buffalo Tonawanda is available 24/7 and ready to assist you with any storm damage.

Tips for Safety During Summer Storms

Know your options for shelter. When storms are on the way and you are at home, the best thing you can do is move to an interior room of the home to seek shelter. However, if a storm catches you while you are on the go, seeking shelter in your car with the windows up is a good secondary solution. Make sure the engine is off and that you refrain from touching any metals in the vehicle.

Practice electrical safety. When lightning hits a building, it is searching for the quickest way to get through to the ground—which often involves traveling through electrical wires. The wires in buildings are not equipped to handle the high charges that lightning presents, so they will transfer some of this energy through the outlets and into whatever is plugged into them, referred to as a power surge. If you are able, unplugging everything before a thunderstorm starts is wise—as is installing surge protectors in case you are caught off-guard.

Avoid direct contact with concrete. Concrete structures are extremely sturdy, but that does not necessarily make them the safest place to be. Many times concrete is poured around steel beams for reinforcement, which means when lightning strikes, a charge can be carried through the concrete itself. Avoid touching any concrete structures if lightning is nearby just in case.

Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes. Summer thunderstorms often pop up and disperse quickly, leaving people eager to resume their activities that have been interrupted. However, experts warn that lightning is able to strike at least 25 miles from the origin of the storm and recommend that you wait at least 30 minutes to go outside after the last clap of thunder.

If your home sustains damage due to a storm, you can count on us to help. Contact us at any hour to learn more about our storm restoration process.

Create Comprehensive Fire Evacuation Drills for Your Business | SERVPRO® of Buffalo/Tonawanda

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

red fire alarm hanging on gray concrete wall If your business experiences any fire damage, you can count on us. SERVPRO of Buffalo Tonawanda specializes in commercial fire restoration.

Planning for all possible scenarios is an important part of being a business owner, and that includes planning for emergencies such as fires. There are many commercial fire incidents annually, so it is something that is worthwhile to prepare for just in case.

Making sure your employees know what to do if a fire breaks out is of chief concern, and you can achieve this by planning out regular fire evacuation drills. This way everyone will rehearse what needs to be done in advance, so in a real fire situation, they will know what to do.

Preparing Your Staff for Fire Evacuation

Consult with your local fire officials. Your local fire officials are a great resource for your business in all aspects of fire safety. Consult with them regarding your business and they will be happy to discuss the best fire evacuation routes and any special considerations you may need to take into account as you plan ahead.

Communicate and mark fire evacuation routes. Once you have determined the best evacuation paths from various points in the building, involving your employees is the next step. Make sure to round everyone up before you host your first drill so everyone can be clear on what path to take and what the protocol will be once the drill begins.

Have fire drills frequently. Hosting regular drills is the best way to make sure that the evacuation plan is solidified in everyone’s mind and reduce the likelihood of panic if a real fire were to start. Make sure that everyone can exit the building safely within a few minutes’ time each time you do the drill.

Run different fire scenarios. Fires can break out in a myriad of ways, so your evacuation drills should be comprehensive by taking this into consideration. Run through a different fire scenario each time that features blocked exits and varying fire origin spots so you can be certain that everyone is ready for any fire situation that may arise.

If your business has experienced fire damage, you can count on us. We specialize in commercial fire restoration and will be here for you at any hour—contact us today at 716-694-9949

Firework season is now in full swing

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

Fireworks going off in the air This season enjoy your holiday and be safe.

It is getting really close to Independence day and that means backyard cookouts, family gatherings and of course fireworks. Here at SERVPRO we want you to have fun but also be safe and practice safety first when it comes to handling fireworks, With the country in the state it's in it is easy to get overwhelmed and excited about being able to get out of the house and celebrate with others. This being said please use caution when handling fireworks and flammable items in the summer heat. One good practice is keep fireworks in a shady non flammable area away from grills and fire pits. we all know it only takes one spark to ignite flammable fireworks. So please enjoy your summer, take care of each other and practice safety while enjoying the weather. If something should happen please give us here at SERVPRO a call. We can help with your fire restoration needs.

A How-To Guide for Handling Fire Damage to Your Home | SERVPRO® of Buffalo/Tonawanda

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

woman with hands covering face upset with burnt house in background If your home is damaged in a house fire, SERVPRO of Buffalo Tonawanda is here to help. Contact us for any fire restoration needs.

The process of surviving and recovering from a house fire is not something to be taken likely. Regardless of how big the fire was or how rapidly it was extinguished, damages can be extensive and the trauma of the experience can be significant.

Though recovering from a fire is also an overwhelming process, our how-to guide will help you handle it. Here are our tips for recovering from residential fire damage:

Our Tips to Recovering From Residential Fire Damage

Prepare yourself for what to expect. While it is easy to find pictures of fire-damaged buildings in the news, experiencing that with your own home is a different feeling entirely. The damage from a fire can be extensive and can spread to far reaches of the home that were nowhere near the initial flames. It is important to prepare yourself mentally for seeing this, as it can be an emotional experience.

Wait to enter your home. Though the fire-impacted area may take up a small portion of your home, hidden dangers can be lurking anywhere in the house due to structural or electrical damage a fire may have caused. Never enter your home before the firefighters provide guidance that it is safe to do so to avoid further complications.

Contact your insurance company. After you are able to access your home and take in the damage, you will want to call your insurance company quickly. Every homeowner policy is different, so you will want to be certain you get all the details regarding how to proceed with filing a claim before you do anything else.

Document the damages. Thorough documentation of the damage done to your home—including an inventory list with photos—will allow you to keep track of what has been damaged both for yourself and for your insurance company. Because it can be so overwhelming, staying organized can go a long way.

Contact your restoration company. The restoration company you decide to work with is one of the biggest factors in how quick and smooth your recovery process is. The lingering trauma from a fire can be persistent, so having a company that has your best interest in mind can do wonders for making the process as painless as possible.

If your home is damaged in a house fire, you can count on us to help you. Get in touch at any hour for a quick response.

Prioritize safety if severe storms are in the forecast

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

severe weather red sign with dark cloudy sky in background If your home has been impacted by storm damage, SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda will respond quickly to assist in any repairs.

When severe storms are possible in the area, prioritizing your safety is the best thing you can possibly do to prepare. In addition to receiving property damage, many people get injured or killed in storms every year—but by taking the proper precautions, you can significantly increase the likelihood that you will survive the storm unscathed.

Understanding the weather alert system, being prepared and well-stocked for emergencies at home and staying in touch with weather alerts are all measures you can take to increase your safety during a storm.

The Difference Between Watches and Warnings

When thunderstorms are a possibility, our area weather officials will release watches and warnings as it is appropriate to do so in order to keep the public informed. A severe weather watch is issued if the conditions point to a thunderstorm occurring—meaning one has not started yet, but there is a high possibility. For severe weather warnings, a thunderstorm has already moved into the area—meaning everyone should immediately seek shelter and listen for further information.

Household Emergency Preparedness

When a thunderstorm is possible, officials will generally alert people to stay in their homes and wait out the process, which means you should stock your house with everything you need. Not only should you have an emergency kit stocked with food, water and medical supplies, but you should also prepare for a power outage by having light sources and backup power sources stashed around the house. Additionally, have a plan for where to go in the home should things get serious—generally a hallway or bathtub is advised.

Have a Way to Tune Into Emergency Broadcasts

While many of us depend on our phones to receive updates online, this may not suffice when it comes to severe weather alerts. When batteries die or a storm upsets the cell reception network, it is important to have another way to receive these life-saving alerts, such as a NOAA Weather Radio that is powered without electricity just in case.

If your home has been impacted by storm damage, we are here for you. You can contact us 247 to get a quick response to your home’s damages.

How to stay safe in the aftermath of a flood

5/8/2020 (Permalink)

If your home has been involved in a flood, you are likely antsy to return to your household and begin the recovery process. If you’re experiencing any water damage from flooding, SERVPRO of Buffalo Tonawanda is available 24/7 to assist you with any repairs.

While acting quickly in the aftermath of a flood is advised in most cases, it is important to make sure that you are holding safety in the utmost regard as you do so. There are many hazards that can be lurking in and around floodwaters, which can cause injury or further damage if not heeded.

Here are the top ways to keep safety in mind following a flood:

Staying Safe and Returning Home Following a Flood

Avoid further safety hazards. In the aftermath of a flood, never return home without first checking with local authorities and making sure it is safe. Floodwaters can harbor many dangers, including contaminants, electrical currents and other hazards that can make recovery more difficult in the long term.

Air out the home. If severe weather has cleared out of the area, airing out your home by opening doors and windows is a great place to start. If your home has been closed up for several days following the flood, it is wise to enter in order to open windows and doors and then allow air to circulate for a bit before you begin the cleanup. Though mold can begin growing within the first 24 hours following water damage, having adequate airflow can prevent damage from worsening.

Document the damages. While cleaning up is generally homeowners’ No. 1 priority, it is important to first document the damages the flood has caused to your home. Even if you do not have flood insurance, there may be some damages you can file with your insurance company to help you recover.

Contact your restoration and insurance companies right away. It is always wise to alert your insurance company regarding the damage as soon as possible so you can determine if you are eligible to file a claim for any of the damages. Once that is done, contact your restoration company in order to start the recovery process and prevent the damage from worsening. Untreated water damage can cause serious structural issues, so acting quickly is advised.

If your home has been damaged in a flood, we are here for you. You can contact us 247 to receive a quick response and set the restoration process in motion.

SERVPRO is here for our community

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

Cleaning and disinfecting Here at SERVPRO we are here for all your cleaning, sanitizing needs, please give us a call today 716-694-9949

In these unprecedented times SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda is here to help the community. Whether it's disinfecting residential homes or disinfecting  fleet cars for our boys in blue, we are always here to help. So many worries and concerns right now SERVPRO wants to put your mind at ease. If you are concerned about infection or just want a deep clean to your home, give us at SERVPRO a call. With over 47 years in the business we are here to help our community and keep our residences safe. We take pride in our community and are here to help you to do the same. We help our local police disinfect their vehicles for infection and pathogens they might come in contact with. Just one more way to give back to our community. So if you are in need of disinfecting/ sanitizing services please give us here at SERVPRO a call to schedule a quote for cleaning.

Tis the rainy season

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

A sump pump failure in Tonawanda When this customers sump pump failed it left 6 inches of water in their basement. They gave SERVPRO a call and within hours the water was extracted.

Well we all know April showers are supposed to bring May flowers. But in some cases it can also bring flooded basements and sump pump failures. This is common with heavy rain fall and can be devastating if not taken care of immediately. If this rainy season catches you off guard or is too much for your sump pump to handle, give us at SERVPRO a call. We can come to your home, extract the standing water from both carpet and hard surfaces such as concrete or tile. We can also set up drying equipment to speed up the drying process to help avoid any microbial growth. We can also spray an antimicrobial spray to prevent any mold from growing due to a water loss. With three locations locally owned to serve our community, here at SERVPRO we are only a call away. Serving the Buffalo/Tonawanda area for over 47 years.

SERVPRO is part of the community

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

Give us a call at any of our 3 locations With 3 locations to serve our community we are always here to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Family owned and operated since 1972, we have outlasted all our competition. We are the longest trusted water and fire restoration company around. SERVPRO will make it "Like it never even happened." When it comes to water, fire and mold issues, our technicians are highly trained on what to do. LLCRC certified, NY mold certified and NY lead certified, we have a long standing history in the community. With 3 franchises to serve you we are available 24/7 for any of your water or fire restoration needs. With these unprecedented times in front of us , us here at SERVPRO want you to know we are here and in your corner. So if you have any mitigation or restoration that need to be done to your home due to fire or water damage, please give us a call at any of our 3 locations around WNY . We are here to serve our community. #SERVPROSTRONG