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Top Fire Hazards In Your Holland Home

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

House on fire Be aware of the top fire hazards in your home.

Our home, the place we feel safest.  To stay safe in your residence, check out these top fire hazards that can potentially happen in your Holland home.

  1. Electrical Outlet Issues - the top cause of house fires in the United States stems from issues with electrical outlets.  We are currently using more electronic devices than ever and are most times using too many on a single outlet.  To help prevent fires, be sure not t exceed your voltage on a single outlet in your home.
  2. Outdated Home Wiring - household wiring should be checked routinely to avoid circumstances that trigger major fire damage in your home.  Oftentimes wiring that is outdated, worn, or even compromised from animals can cause fire hazards in and outside your home.
  3. Decorative Lights - be sure to take the proper precaution when using decorative lights including outside lights, plugs, surge protectors, extension cords, and turning off lighting when you are not around to minimize risks.
  4. Hair Products - never forget to unplug styling products.  Make sure that your curling iron and hair dryers are off and placed on heat proof material to help reduce the chances of a fire.
  5. Toasters - proper care of your toaster can help to prevent house fires.  Crumbs inside the toaster can be dangerous as they can cause sparks, which can lead to hazardous problems in the kitchen.  Make sure to clean your toaster regularly.
  6. Candles - the ambiance and smell of candles are pleasant, however, you need to be cautious where you place them and be sure to put them out prior to going to bed or leaving.  When using candles, always use a holder that prevents them from falling over, and set them on a flat surface or table.
  7. Washers and Dryers - washers and dryers are a leading cause of fires in homes.  Routine maintenance and cleaning can help prevent fires.  Make sure to clean the filters and vents inside and outside.
  8. Smoking - if you or someone in your home is a smoker, try to do so outside.  Always keep lighters and matches out of reach of children.
  9. Dust in Electric Sockets - dust can pile inside electrical sockets, and if not cleaned regularly, may ignite and result in a fire.  Use a can of compressed air to blow dust out of the outlet and surrounding area.
  10. Electric Blankets - electric blankets do wonders to keep us warm during colder months but they can cause fires.  Be sure to use a blanket that doesn't have too much wear and tear.  When not in use, do not fold the blanket as it helps to prevent electrical issues that can lead to a fire hazard.

If you experience a fire in your home, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Holland/West Ottawa County.  We are Here to Help, 616-396-8180

Assistance for Emergency Storm Damage in Nunica, MI

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

Rainbow with green SERVPRO van as the We bring good luck wherever we go!

Storm damage does not always strike during regular business hours.  Did you know that SERVPRO of Holland/West Ottawa County offers emergency service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year?  We are Here to Help Nunica homeowners and business owners secure their property and start mitigation after an emergency event quickly.

SERVPRO of Holland/West Ottawa County can provide temporary protective measures to prevent additional damage to your property after a disaster.  If after a fire or flood your contents need to be removed from your affected property during the restoration process, SERVPRO of Holland/West Ottawa County can pack your contents and move them to our warehouse or storage until the restoration process is complete.  Once restoration is complete, your contents are returned to your property.

Has your business or home experienced damage from a recent storm?  Call SERVPRO of Holland/West Ottawa County to help, 616-396-8180

How to Prevent an Oven Fire in Your Zeeland Home

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Soot stained kitchen from oven fire This soot covered kitchen was caused by an oven fire.

This homeowner in Zeeland feel victim to an oven fire.  Luckily they were able to contain the fire to the oven, but smoke and soot traveled throughout the entire home.  Here are some common mistakes that could catch your oven on fire:

  • Placing Greasy Food Too Close to Heat Fat (i.e. cooking oil) too close to a heating source can spark a flame.  Make sure to keep generously oiled foods, especially those that have a high moisture content, on lower oven racks when broiling.
  • Using Wax Paper Instead of Parchment Paper There is a big difference between wax paper and parchment paper when cooking.  Wax paper is not heat-resistant the way parchment paper is, so it will most definitely melt when exposed to prolonged, high heat and then he paper can easily catch fire.  Oven-safe parchment paper may darken in the oven, but will not catch fire.
  • Dropping Food in the Oven It is crucial to always clean up any food that may have dropped to the bottom of your oven.  Leftover bits may catch fire, or at least burn and smoke at the base of your oven.  Larger pieces of dry food, such as a baguette, may even catch fire instantly.  Always place loose food items on a baking sheet, and check your oven for food pieces before and after each use.
  • Forgetting to Use a Baking Sheet A very common mistake is forgetting to place a baking sheet under dishes to avoid dripping.  Pies and pizzas should be baked either directly on a baking sheet or with a baking sheet on the rack beneath to catch any drippings.
  • Leaving Your Food Unattended Whenever you leave food unattended, you're at risk for it to burn or you may forget how long it's been cooking.  Always keep an eye on food you're cooking and set a timer as a reminder.

If a fire does break out in your oven, the most important thing to remember is to keep the door closed, turn off the oven, and keep an eye on the flame. This will keep the fire contained and should die down.

Have you experienced an oven fire?  Call SERVPRO of Holland/West Ottawa County today, 616-396-8180

When Storms or Floods hit Ferrysburg, SERVPRO is ready!

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee and female customer standing in front of home with SERVPRO van Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Ferrysburg.

SERVPRO of Holland/West Ottawa County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important.  A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Ferrysburg, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster.  We can access equipment and personnel from a network of more than 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 616-396-8180

Faster to your Spring Lake Water Damage Event

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

Fleet of SERVPRO vehicles parked outside of home SERVPRO of Holland/West Ottawa County provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Spring Lake

Flooding and water emergencies don't wait for regular business hours and neither do we.  SERVPRO of Holland/West Ottawa County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive.  Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Holland/West Ottawa County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately.  This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 - 616-396-8180

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

Ankle deep in water? Call SERVPRO of Holland/West Ottawa County today, 616-396-8180, we are Here to Help!

Preparation is Key for Severe Weather in Allendale, MI

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

Severe storm warning symbol Make sure you're prepared for when severe weather hits.

Severe weather can be terrifying.  Preparation is key to staying safe and minimizing impacts in your Allendale home.  The following are tips from the National Weather Service to make sure you are prepared when the next weather weather hits:

  • Be Weather-Ready: Check the forecast regularly to see if you're at risk for severe weather.  Listen to local news to stay informed about severe thunderstorm watches and warnings.
  • Sign Up for Notifications: Know how your community sends warning.  Some communities have outdoor sirens while others depend on media and smart phones to alert residents of severe storms.
  • Create a Communications Plan: Have a family plan that includes an emergency meeting place and other pertinent information.  Pick a safe room in your home such as a basement, storm cellar, or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows.
  • Practice Your Plan: Conduct a family severe weather drill regularly so everyone knows what to do if a damaging wind, large hail, or tornado is approaching.  Make sure all members of your family know to go to the meeting place when severe warnings are issued and don't forget pets if time allows.
  • Prepare Your Home: Keep trees and branches trimmed near your house.  If you have time before severe weather hits, secure loose objects, closed windows and doors, and move any valuable items inside or under a sturdy structure.
  • Help Your Neighbor: Encourage your loved ones to prepare for weather weather.  Take CPR training so you can help if someone is hurt during a severe weather event.

Has your home been affected by storm damage?  SERVPRO of Holland/West Ottawa County is Here to Help, 616-396-8180

Do You Know Your Safe Place If A Storm Strikes in West Olive, MI?

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

Lightning strike Know Your Safe Place before extreme weather hits.

When preparing for extreme weather in West Olive, knowing your safe place is a simple but potentially life saving action.  If you are unsure where your safe place is, we share some tips below from The National Weather Service's Spring Safety Campaign, Know Your Safe Place.

Your Safe Place From Tornadoes

Tornadoes can be extremely dangerous so if you receive a tornado warning, take shelter immediately.  Safe places are storm shelters and basements, but if not available, an interior room without windows can also be protective.

Your Safe Place From Lightning

Lightning strikes the U.S. 25 millions times a year, which sometimes results in death or permanent injury.  If you hear thunder or see lightning, take shelter immediately.  Indoors or inside a hard-topped and enclosed vehicle is the safest place.

Your Safe Place From Heat

Heat is the leading cause of weather-related deaths most years.  During extreme heat, stay inside, keep cool, and stay hydrated.

Your Safe Place From Flooding

During high winds, tree damage is expected.  Indoors, away from windows, in an interior room is the safest place.  Prevent damage to your property by trimming loose branches and parking away from trees.

If you property has suffered storm damage, call SERVPRO of Holland/West Ottawa County, we are Here to Help, 616-3965-8180

Generator Safety Tips for Your Coopersville, MI Home

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

Portable generator Check out these safety tips before using your portable generator.

When bad weather strikes and the power goes out, it is helpful to have a generator on hand to keep your Coopersville home running.  Below are tips on how to safely operate your generator from the U.S. Fire Administration and SERVPRO of Holland/West Ottawa County.

  • Use portable generators outdoors in well ventilated areas away from doors, windows, and vents.
  • Make sure you have carbon monoxide alarms in your home.
  • Do not use a generator in a wet area or with wet hands as this can cause shock or electrocution.
  • Connect appliances to the generator with heavy-duty extension cords.
  • Do not fuel your generator when it is running.  Spilling gas on a hot engine can cause a fire.
  • Run your generator every few months to make sure that it is still functioning.

If your home experiences damage from a storm, call SERVPRO of Holland/West Ottawa County today, 616-396-8180

Clothes Dryer Fire Safety for your Robinson, MI Home

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

Male cleaning lint filter on clothes dryer Check out these clothes dryer fire safety tips.

Laundry is routine for many households; but did you know that 2,900 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year with the leading cause being failure to clean the dryer?  Follow these safety tips from FEMA and the U.S. Fire Administration to prevent a clothes dryer fire in your Robinson home.

  • Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.
  • Do not use the dryer without a lint filter.  Clean the lint filter before and after each cycle.
  • Do not forget to clean the back of the dryer where lint can accumulate.
  • Check the venting system behind the dryer to make sure that it is not damaged, crushed, or restricted.
  • Make sure that the outdoor vent covering opens when the dryer is operating.

If your home experiences a clothes dryer fire, call SERVPRO of Holland/West Ottawa County to make it "Like it never even happened," 616-396-8180

Commercial Fire and Water Damage in Grand Haven, MI

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

Manufacturing building after fire damage This manufacturing building suffered fire damage from a vehicle fire.

Typically fire is the last thing on a business owner's mind, but fire in commercial spaces are more prevalent than many realize. Make sure you are up on commercial building fire safety with these tips:

  • Fire Alarms - they are your first line of defense against the potential risks of fires and a critical part of a commercial building fire safety system. Make sure to have them inspected and maintained at least annually to keep them in proper working order. Regular tests of the fire alarm system with the fire drills should be conducted regularly to ensure employees are knowledgeable of fire safety and evacuation procedures. 
  • Emergency Lights and Exit Signs - chaos and confusion can happen during a fire especially when electrical power is lost. Emergency lights and lighted exit signs make it easier for employees to navigate quickly out of the building to a safe location. They are designed to come on when the main power supply is lost. These signs and lights should be tested monthly to make sure that they are still working properly in case of emergency. 
  • Fire Extinguishers - they provide a means for employees to put out small fires or stop the spread of a larger fire long enough to evacuate the building. Fire extinguishers should be mounted on walls every 75 feet and near exits for easy access. Make sure your employees know how to operate a fire extinguisher and that they are maintained and inspected regularly. 
  • Invest in a Fire Sprinkler/Standpipe System - these systems react to heat and turn on a water sprinkler to suppress or extinguish larger fires. Maintenance and inspections should be serviced through a licensed inspector. 

This photo is the aftermath of a vehicle fire in the garage of a manufacturing company in Grand Haven. The fire was put out with water and foam affecting multiple areas of the building. Before our crew could start on the fire restoration they needed to tackle the water damage portion, extracting standing water, and then placing dehumidifiers and air movers to help with the dry out. Once the water was taken care of our crew could move onto the fire restoration. They used hepa vacuums on the walls and ceilings and wiped down pipes and beams. 

If your business experiences a fire, call SERVPRO of Holland/West Ottawa County. No Job Is Too Large, we are Here to Help, 616-396-8180