Extended power outages may impact the whole community and the economy. A power outage is when the electrical power goes out unexpectedly. A power outage may:
Disrupt communications, water, and transportation.
Close retail businesses, grocery stores, gas stations, ATMs, banks, and other services.
Cause food spoilage and water contamination.
Prevent use of medical devices.
PROTECT YOURSELF DURING A POWER OUTAGE:
Keep freezers and refrigerators closed.
Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.
Do not use a gas stove to heat your home.
Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.
Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power-dependent medical devices.
If safe, go to an alternate location for heat or cooling.
Check on neighbors.
HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN A POWER OUTAGE THREATENS:
- Take an inventory of the items you need that rely on electricity.
- Talk to your medical provider about a power outage plan for medical devices powered by electricity and refrigerated medicines. Find out how long medication can be stored at higher temperatures and get specific guidance for any medications that are critical for life.
- Plan for batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs when the power goes out.
- Sign up for local alerts and warning systems. Monitor weather reports.
- Install carbon monoxide detectors with battery backup in central locations on every level of your home.
- Determine whether your home phone will work in a power outage and how long battery backup will last.
- Review the supplies that are available in case of a power outage. Have flashlights with extra batteries for every household member. Have enough nonperishable food and water.
- Use a thermometer in the refrigerator and freezer so that you can know the temperature when the power is restored. Throw out food if the temperature is 40 degrees or higher.
- Keep mobile phones and other electric equipment charged and gas tanks full.
Fire Safety Tips
Fire safety is a very important thing to be aware of, and everyone should know the basic safety procedures to prepare for a possible fire and what to do if a fire occurs.
Preparing for Home Fires
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home.
- Test smoke alarms every month to make sure they are working properly.
- Plan and discuss a fire escape plan with your family.
During a Fire
- Escape immediately using the best route.
- If a door handle or door feels warm, do not open it and get out of the home using a different route.
- Once you are out to the building call 911.
- Never go back inside for anything.
- If your clothes catch on fire: STOP, DROP, and ROLL!
- If you're stuck inside the house, cover any area where smoke might get in and find a way to signal help that you are still in the house. Do this by either calling 911 and telling them, or find a flashlight or phone light and hold it up to a window.
These are just a few of the basic rules in dealing with home fires. If you experience a home fire, SERVPRO of West Greenville County is here to make this hard situation much more bearable.
Call us at 803-276-0290 864-833-4411 if you need help restoring your home after fire damage!
Commercial and Residential Restoration Services
SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Newberry and Laurens Counties. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.
- 24-Hour Emergency Service
- Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
- Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
- A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
- Locally Owned and Operated
- Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment
Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – (803) 276-0290 (864) 833-4411
Whether your Newberry or Laurens County home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us. Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:
- Water Damage Restoration
- Fire Damage Restoration
- Mold Remediation
- Storm Damage Restoration
- Cleaning Services
- Building/Reconstruction Services
There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Newberry or Laurens County commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business.
- Commercial Water Damage Restoration
- Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
Grilling Tips for a Safe Holiday Weekend
It happens every year. The weather gets warmer, more people use outdoor grills – and incidents of grill-caused fires go up.
Brought to us by our friends at Nationwide, here are some tips to help keep you safe when grilling this Summer.
It happens every year. The weather gets warmer, more people use outdoor grills – and incidents of grill-caused fires go up. Each year, outdoor grilling causes an average of 8,900 home fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
Gas grills cause more home fires than charcoal grills, the association adds. According to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, 61 percent of households own a gas grill, 41 percent own a charcoal grill and 10 percent own an electric grill.
Regardless of the type of grill you own, here are 9 BBQ safety tips that will keep you and your home safe for barbecuing season:
1. Grill outside and away from any structures
Charcoal and gas grills are designed for outdoor use only. However, NFPA reports that more than one-quarter (27 percent) of home fires started by outdoor grills began in a courtyard, terrace or patio, and 29 percent started on an exterior balcony or open porch. Pay attention to overhanging tree branches when you set up your grill.
2. Make sure your grill is stable
Only set up your grill on a flat surface and make sure the grill can’t be tipped over. Consider using a grill pad or splatter mat underneath your grill to protect your deck or patio.
3. Keep your grill clean
Remove grease or fat buildup from both the grill and the tray below the grill. If you are using a charcoal grill, allow the coals to completely cool off before disposing of them in a metal container.
4. Check for propane leaks on your gas grill
Before the season’s first barbecue, check the gas tank hose for leaks by applying a light soap and water solution to the hose and then turning on the gas. If there is a propane leak, the solution will bubble. Other signs of a propane leak include the smell of gas near the barbecue or a flame that won’t light.
5. If the flame goes out, wait to re-light
If you are using a gas grill and the flame goes out, turn the grill and the gas off, then wait at least five minutes to re-light it.
6. Take care around the grill
Never leave a lit grill unattended. Don’t allow kids or pets to play near the grill. Never try to move a lit or hot grill, and remember the grill will stay hot for at least an hour after use.
7. Be careful with charcoal starter fluid
If you use a charcoal grill, only use charcoal starter fluid. If the fire starts to go out, don’t add any starter fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire. Consider using a charcoal chimney starter, which uses newspaper to start the fire instead of starter fluid.
8. Wear the right clothing
Clothing can easily catch fire, so be sure your shirt tails, sleeves or apron strings don’t dangle over the grill.
9. Be ready to put out the fire
Have baking soda on hand to control a grease fire and a fire extinguisher nearby for other fires. If you don’t have a fire extinguisher, keep a bucket of sand next to the grill. Never use water to put out grease fire.
These easy-to-follow tips will help you and your family to enjoy a safe summer barbecuing season. For those grilling over an open fire, check out these fire pit do’s and don’ts to keep you and your guests safe.
If you do have a problem, SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties is here to help.
SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties Honors Father's Day
Happy Father's Day to all our dads. Thanks for all you do!
Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd thought that it might be nice to honor fathers. Her father, William Smart, had raised his SIX children alone on his farm in Washington after his wife died giving birth to their sixth child.
Mrs. Dodd proposed to the Spokane Ministerial Association and the YMCA that they celebrate a “father’s day.” She chose the 5th of June because it was her father’s birthday.
The idea received strong support, but the good ministers of Spokane asked that the day be changed to give them extra time to prepare sermons on the unexplored subject of fathers.
The first Father’s Day in Spokane, Washington, was observed on June 19, 1910 (the third Sunday in June), and became an annual event there. Soon, other towns had their own celebrations.
Although the Fairmont service was the first known to honor fathers, it did not turn into an annual event, nor was the idea promoted.
Finally, in 1972, when President Richard Nixon was president, Father’s Day was signed a law declaring that it be celebrated annually on the third Sunday in June. It has been an official, permanent national holiday ever since.
Father’s Day Quotes
“He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.”
Clarence Budington Kelland, American writer (1881-1964), about his father
“I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.”
–Umberto Eco, Italian novelist (1932-2016)
“My father will leave me nothing to do.”
–A young Alexander the Great, future king of Macedonia (356-323 B.C.)
“A father is a treasure; a brother, a comfort; a friend is both.”
–Benjamin Franklin, American statesman (1706-1790)
“His heritage to his children wasn’t words or possessions, but an unspoken treasure, the treasure of his example as a man and a father.”
–Will Rogers, Jr. (1879–1935)
“A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow.”
No matter how you choose to celebrate the fathers in your life make it a safe holiday. If you choose to use the grill remember proper safety techniques. A backyard barbecue can become dangerous quickly if proper safety precautions aren’t considered.
The SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties wants to wish all our dads a “Happy Father’s Day”, thanks for all you do for your families.
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month
May is Skin Cancer Awareness use this information to help spread awareness.
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. UV radiation can also come from tanning booths or sunlamps. The most dangerous kind of skin cancer is called melanoma.
The good news? Skin cancer can almost always be cured when it’s found and treated early — even melanoma. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to prevent skin cancer or detect it early on.
This May, spread the word about strategies for preventing skin cancer and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.
How can Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month make a difference?
We can use this month to raise awareness about skin cancer and help people take action to prevent or detect it, both at home and in the community.
Here are just a few ideas:
- Encourage families to adopt good habits together, like wearing sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and limiting their time in the sun.
- Motivate teachers and administrators to teach kids about the harm of UV radiation and why it’s important to protect yourself.
- Identify youth leaders in your community who can talk to their peers about taking steps to prevent skin cancer.
- Partner with a local hospital, state fair, or similar organization to host a skin cancer screening event.
How can I help spread the word?
We’ve made it easier for you to make a difference. This toolkit is full of ideas to help you take action today. For example:
Tips and Tricks for Mold Remediation for Newberry and Laurens
Got Mold? Use these tips to avoid further damage.
If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.
What to Do:
- DO stay out of affected areas.
- DO turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- DO contact SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties for mold remediation services.
What Not to Do:
- Do NOT touch or disturb the mold.
- Do NOT blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Do NOT attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Do NOT spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
We are prepared to help you face this issue when it arises. Our team is prepared to deal with microbial growth and will help you take care of this issue quickly. If you have any questions about microbial growth or have any concerns about your home or business, let SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties put your mind at ease. Call us today at 803-276-0290 for any mold or mildew issues you are dealing with in your home or business!
Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks
Cleaning is in season and if you need help call the professionals at SERVPRO.
We have been on a #springcleaning drive around the office. Reader’s Digest Editors had a great article regarding how to give your home a top to bottom treatment. These simple tricks will make a big impact.
Ready to give your home a top-to-bottom buffing? Try focusing on furnishings, appliances, and carpeting. Once you’ve covered these major tasks, you’ll have your home spring-cleaned in no time.
Make doormats welcoming
Shake 'em, wash 'em, swat 'em with a broom. Give them the toughest cleaning they can take. They’re your front line against tracked-in dirt—so keep them clean enough to function at peak efficiency.
Clean carpets and upholstery
Fabrics that have absorbed a winter’s worth of dirt, body oil, and germs will need a deep cleaning to get them ready for another year of wear—and for that close inspection by your relaxing guests. Move furniture just slightly—not out of the room or against the wall, as the old rules dictated—and place the legs of each piece back on top of small wax paper squares after shampooing. The wax paper will protect your carpet and keep the furniture legs from getting wet as the carpet dries. Open the windows to speed the drying process, which can take a day or more. If you’re not the furniture-shifting and machine-renting type, use a professional carpet and upholstery cleaner like SERVPRO.
Finish your floors
To protect the floors in your kitchen from another year of wear and tear, wax or apply a sealer following label directions. The simplest method: Use a combination wash-and-wax floor cleaner. No-wax floors don’t need a polishing treatment, but an occasional makeover will keep them looking fresher and add a protective buffer that could help them last longer. Use a floor cleaner that cleans, shines, or both. If you have wood floors, move furniture and rugs aside, then apply a wood cleaner and either liquid or paste polish to clean and add a new wax coating.
Wash walls, cabinets, baseboards, and woodwork
The walls may not look as if they need a bath—dust and soot fall to the floor, right? Most of it does, but just enough clings to vertical surfaces to warrant a seasonal or pre-holiday bath. Use a sponge and hand dishwashing detergent, washing the surface in sections. A sponge mop makes it easier to reach higher spots. Use two buckets: one for dishwashing detergent solution and another for wringing your sponge. Dry the walls and woodwork with a clean cloth.
Vacuum with intelligence
The old rules mandated that you go through the labor-intensive task of dragging every stick of furniture off the carpet, just so the vacuum cleaner could cover every nook and cranny. Instead, simply move those big items a little to the left or to the right. Vacuum the area previously occupied by the furniture and then move it back into place.
Clean ceiling fixtures
Remove dust and dirt from ceiling fans and air-conditioner vents with a cloth and a vacuum with a soft nozzle attachment.
Clean your light fixtures
A few minutes with a stepladder, all-purpose cleaner, a sponge, and a polish cloth will give new light to your life. If your home has skylights or tall ceilings, consider investing in a stepladder and extended-reach dust-and-dirt-removal tools, all of which are available at your local hardware store and at home supply stores.
Check your coils
You should clean the refrigerator’s condenser coil, usually found behind the toe grille, with a long-handled bottle brush and a vacuum cleaner with an attachment hose to remove dust and lint. Built-up dust can shut down the unit by causing it to overheat. To remove dust from coils attached to the hard-to-reach back side of the fridge, carefully pull the refrigerator out several feet (newer models roll on casters) and vacuum thoroughly; finish by sweeping or vacuuming the floor area you’ve revealed. Expect to rediscover coins, bottle caps, and twist ties that you and the cat knocked over the past year.
Need help getting your home "spring" clean? How about SERVPRO clean? You can see what services we provide at our website, or call us 24/7 at 803-276-0290 or 864-833-4411. Our team will gladly work with you to get your home fresh and clean for spring!
Get Spring Clean with SERVPRO
Call your local SERVPRO to get your carpet and upholstery spring ready!
Life happens and with life comes dirt, gunk and spills. Even the highest-quality items can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties has the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service. Our residential cleaning services will ease the burden of the constant maintenance cleaning of your home, but will also create a safe, clean and comfortable living environment for you and your family.
You already recognize SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration industry but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened."
Trying to get your home "spring" clean? How about SERVPRO clean? You can see what services we provide at our website, or call us 24/7 at 803-276-0290 or 864-833-4411. Our team will gladly work with you to get your home fresh and clean for spring!
Cleaning and Deodorizing Your Rental
One of the best ways to keep your rental spelling great and looking amazing, call the professionals at SERVPRO.
You've decided to jump on the AirBnB bandwagon or you just invested in a new rental property for the first time. You have the space - it’s perfect. You’ve updated the shades and lamps, added a small fridge, and gotten all new bedding. Now it’s time to start renting!
Or is it?
You’ve started this business to make money, of course. And money in this industry means traffic. You are going to have groups of strangers in and out of your living spaces all hours of the day or night, from many different parts of the world, with all different types of lifestyles. Which means….odors. If you have a small kitchen in your unit, that presents another odor issue; some types of food when cooked can leave behind strong smells, and sometimes they can be extremely unpleasant.
The first thing a new guest will notice when they step into your AirBnB is odor. It may look really great, but if it smells bad, you might just lose a customer, and they might write a bad review...and then what?
So before you take in your first guest, lay out a plan for deodorizing your space.
Air fresheners are a good idea, such as plug-ins. And refreshing your carpet with baking soda or a dry carpet cleaner with a great scent will really help, too. Many of these products are made with ingredients that fight against mold and mold-damage, which is one of the things that creates bad odors.
If you plan on having guests during the times of the year when it can get wet, such as spring or winter, you will have to keep an eye out for water damage and damp in your unit, caused by leaks and foot traffic. If carpets stay damp, mold sets in, and your AirBnB can get pretty musty with that moldy smell! It won’t make a great impression on your guests, that’s for sure.
During warmer weather, leaving doors and windows open between guests can really help the odor issue. Sunshine is a great deodorizer for many unpleasant smells.
One of the best ways to keep your AirBnB smelling great and looking amazing is to hire SERVPRO professionals to come in and do the job. They can de-odorize your carpets and draperies, check for mold or water damage, and if mold has started to grow and spread they can stop it in its tracks.
The team at SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties is waiting for your call! Contact them today. Their website is: http://www.SERVPROnewberrylaurenscounties.com/