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Emergency Planning For Your Greenville County Business.

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

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Emergency Planning For Your Greenville County Business.

Tornadoes, storms, and other natural disasters are inevitable. Although these are unpredictable and can be sporadic in the upstate, it is crucial to have an emergency plan for your business. Most Greenville County businesses do not have an emergency plan or wait until it is too late to prepare. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is key to timely and successful mitigation. The Institute for Business and Home Safety estimates that around a quarter of businesses can not reopen after a major disaster. With an Emergency Ready Plan provided by SERVPRO of South Greenville County,your businesscan avoid being part of the statistic. An ERP is 100% free and can serve as your insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. Being "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they do not necessarily have to be.

Is Your Plan Up to Date?

OSHA requires all businesses to have an emergency response plan. If your company employs more than ten people, you are required to have a written emergency plan. You need to review your emergency plan and update it at least once a year. Your emergency plan needs to include current records for the gas, electric, and water company, employee and maintenance contacts, and guidelines for emergency response. An ERP from SERVPRO of South Greenville County can simplify this process. With an ERP, we will collect all your records, high-priority contacts, and guidelines for handling an emergency and compile those into one file that you can access 24/7 via our app or online. We will also provide you with emergency shut-off tags to place around your business and identify any high-priority areas at no cost to you. An ERP establishes SERVPRO of South Greenville County as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. Your ERP will save you time and allows our crews to begin working immediately should you need it. 

Train Your Staff on Your Emergency Plan

You and your staff must know what to do and how to respond in the event of a disaster. If Greenville County officials are advising evacuation or for you to seek shelter wherever you are, it is vital to educate each employee on their role in emergency response. Identify safe spots within your office if you need to seek shelter. Remind your employees and staff to avoid elevators and only use the stairways in case of an emergency. 

Keep Emergency Supplies Handy

It is a good idea to invest in an emergency kit for the office. Make sure your kit contains enough shelf-stable food, water, and first aid supplies for everyone. These supplies will help you and your staff if you must shelter-in-place and ensure no one has to leave for any reason until the threat has passed. 

If your business has damage from a fire, storm, or other incidents, SERVPRO of South Greenville County is here for you. Our commercial restoration technicians are ready 24/7, 365 days a year, so you are guaranteed a quick response. Call us anytime to report your damage. We'll make it "Like it never even happened." For more information on creating your ERP, click here

Tornado Safety Tips

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

Tornado Safety Tips 

Last April, a tornado tore through Upstate South Carolina, leaving behind severe damage in Oconee County. Many residents sought safe shelter and remained physically unharmed. As we approach the first anniversary, we wanted to remind everyone of a few tips to keep you safe, should this happen again. 

  • Pick an interior room in your home to take cover. A cellar, bathroom, or closet are ideal places to wait out a tornado. Avoid rooms with windows. If you can't decide where to go, choose your bathroom. The tub is the safest place to be during a tornado.
  • If you get stuck outdoors, find a ditch and lay down as flat as you can. Stay far away from items that can fly through the air. 
  • Do not stay in a car or try to drive away from a tornado. Cars can be lifted by high winds or crushed by debris. 
  • If you evacuate your home, do not return until local officials have said it is safe to do so. 

How Smoke and Fire Damage Can Affect Your Home

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

How Smoke and Fire Damage Can Affect Your Greenville Home 

Fire and smoke damage can wreak havoc on your home. Soot can leave behind visible damage to your items and home. Fire and smoke damage can result in unseen disastrous damage to your home's structure. Having a quick reaction can help you minimize the impact of destruction, as some of your items and household goods can be restored to pre-fire condition if treated immediately. However, the longer you wait to mitigate the damage, the more costly the damage becomes. 

  1. The Restoration Cost Increases: When you delay the mitigation process, the damages begin to get worse. The longer the smoke odor goes untreated, the harder it becomes to neutralize the odor. These challenges make the treatment process more time consuming, which equals to a more expensive bill. 
  2. Extensive Damage: When smoke and ash mix with water, they create a very corrosive element. If not treated properly, this substance begins to eat away at your walls, floors, ceilings, and other surfaces in your home. Cleaning with soap and water will not successfully remove this substance. To effectively remove this substance from your home, it requires a proper cleaning with the right chemicals. 
  3. Soot Deposits: If left for too long, soot can travel to rooms that were not immediately affected by the fire. Wall paint, carpet, furniture, drapes, clothing, and other items can be stained or damaged by soot. 
  4. Permanent Damage:  If not cleaned quickly, smoke and fire damage will leave behind permanent damage. Prolonged exposure can cause permanent damage to your walls, metal surfaces, clothes, furniture, and floors. 

The aftermath of a fire in your Grenville home can leave you feeling overwhelmed. The first step towards a successful recovery should be to call SERVPRO of South Greenville County! Once the heroic first responders have completed their efforts, let SERVPRO of South Greenville County help you pick up the pieces and get your life back on track. Call us today at 864-292-3137!

Be Prepared For Winter Weather.

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

Upstate South Carolina doesn't often experience frigid temperatures, but icy winter storms can cause property damage, create safety risks, close roads, and major highways, and cause area-wide power outages. Before severe weather, you should do your best to prepare. Below are a few things you can do to make sure you are ready for whatever winter weather comes our way. 

  • Add rock salt to melt ice and shovels to your disaster supply kit. 
  • Make sure you have sufficient heating fuel, in case you become stuck in your home. 
  • Know where your shut-off valves are located and how to shut off water valves in case a pipe bursts. 
  • Have your vehicle serviced to ensure it is prepared for colder weather. 
  • Create a winter emergency kit that includes a shovel, windshield scraper, small broom, flashlight, battery-powered radio, extra batteries, water, snack food, extra warm clothes, first aid kit, pocket knife, extra medication, blankets, rope, and tow chain, road salt, booster cables, emergency flares, and a fluorescent distress rag. 

The 12 Days Of Holiday Safety!

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

The 12 Days Of Holiday Safety!

  1. Never share holiday or travel plans on social media: Do not put your travel plans or pictures on social media until after you return. You could be unintentionally inviting thieves into your home while you are away. 
  2. Poinsettias and mistletoe are poisonous: Plants like mistletoe, holly, poinsettias, and amaryllis are highly toxic and should be out of reach from children and pets.
  3. Don't overload circuits, extension cords, or electrical sockets: Overloading circuits, extension cords, or electrical sockets could cause a fire. Space out your decorations to ensure they're not drawing electricity from one outlet. Never plug multiple extension cords together, and always use polarized or a three-pronged cord, rated to handle the electrical current your devices needed. 
  4. Never leave burning candles unattended: Always extinguish any candles when you leave the room, your home, or go to sleep. 
  5.  Turn off tree lights, decorations, and space heaters when you are away and before you go to sleep: Always unplug all of your lights, decorations, and heaters when you are not in the room. 
  6. Only use outdoor and indoor lights as indicated on their packaging: Outdoor lights can operate safely in cold and wet environments. While indoor lights ensure they won't cause a tree fire. 
  7. Never leave cooking or baking unattended: Always stay in the kitchen even if you are baking or roasting-and set a timer to remind yourself to check on cooking food. 
  8. Never throw wrapping paper in the fire: Small burning embers can land on the rug or carpet, setting it on fire. Wrapping paper with colored print or glitter can release harmful gases when ignited. 
  9. Check your smoke detector battery: Regularly test your smoke alarm, and replace the batteries twice a year. 
  10.  Don't drink and drive: Remember, if you plan to drink alcohol, make sure you have a designated driver to get you and your loved ones home. 
  11. Use a fire-resistant artificial tree and water your natural tree daily:     Keep your tree at least three feet away from heat sources and open flames. If you are using a natural tree, remember to keep it hydrated. 
  12. Maintain wood-burning fireplaces and chimneys: Clean your wood-burning fireplace regularly to breakdown the build-up of creosote-a flammable smoke residue. 

SERVPRO of South Greenville County wants to wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday season! 

Potential Holiday Hazards and How To Prevent Them!

11/20/2020 (Permalink)

Potential Holiday Hazards and How To Prevent Them!

The holiday season is quickly approaching. Holiday lights and decorations are pretty and festive; however, they can be hazardous to your home and your safety. 

  • Holiday lights are beautiful and add that special festive touch to your home. Before you begin to hang them up, check each light strand. Older or broken lights can cause a fire. 
  • When hanging Christmas lights, keep your ladder on level ground to prevent falls. 
  • To prevent your tree from catching on fire, water your tree frequently. Do not leave the lights on 24/7, and don't use real flame candles on or around your tree. Keep your tree secure by using a solid tree stand. 
  • Keep your chimney clean and your tree away from your fireplace. Avoid hanging garland around an open flame or heat source as it is a fire hazard.

The holidays are a happy time, full of family, gathering, and cheer. But, if you don't take precautions, your holidays could turn hazardous in the blink of an eye. SERVPRO of South Greenville County hopes you have a happy and safe holiday season. 

Before Using the Turkey Fryer Read This!

11/13/2020 (Permalink)

Before Using the Turkey Fryer Read This! 

Every November, families come together to feast on a delicious Thanksgiving meal. Did you know that Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires? If you don't practice safe cooking habits, your happy holidays could quickly become hazardous in the blink of an eye. If you plan on using a turkey fryer during this holiday season, check out these tips we've put together. 

  • Turkey fryers can easily tip over and spill hot oil across a large area. Only use your turkey fryer outdoors and on a stable level area well away from anything that can burn. 
  • Establish a 3-foot kid-free and pet-free zone. Tiny hands and paws can cause spills and burn injuries. 
  • Keep a grease-rated fire extinguisher within arms reach of the turkey fryer. 
  • Do not overfill your turkey fryer; oil will spill out when the turkey is cooking. To determine the right amount of cooking oil, place the turkey in the fryer with water first. 
  • Never out a frozen turkey in the fryer. Always thaw your turkey before attempting to fry it. 
  • Turkey fryers can overheat. Make sure to check the temperature with a cooking thermometer so the oil won't overheat. 
  • Always use long cooking gloves when handling the pot, lid, or handles of the turkey fryer. 
  • Let the oil cool overnight before disposing of the oil. 

If a fire strikes in your South Greenville County home, give the experts at SERVPRO of South Greenville County a call (864) 292-3137. We will help make it "Like it never even happened."  

Be Safe Around The Bonfire With These Safety Tips.

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

Relaxing around a bonfire during a chilly fall night is one of the best ways to unwind. Whether you are in the comfort of your backyard or relaxing at a campsite, these safety tips can help keep you and your friends safe this fall. 

  1. Choose the right location: First, find a level and open area to have your bonfire. There should be ten feet between the bonfire and structures or items that can catch fire. 
  2. Use the right wood: Always burn seasoned hardwoods. Materials like plywood can release toxic fumes, while softwoods can spark and pop excessively. Only use woods that fit entirely in your fire pit and do not stick out. 
  3. Don't use fuel accelerants: Never use firestarters, as they can release toxic fumes, start an explosion, or cause your fire to grow too rapidly. 
  4. Check the weather and burn status: Wind can cause your fire to spread rapidly. If pollution levels are high, your local government can instate a burn ban to limit particulate matter and keep carbon dioxide levels down. Check both of these things before having a bonfire. 
  5. Be smart around a fire: Avoid wearing flowy clothing or drinking excessively when around a fire. Always have an adult present if children are around the fire. 
  6. Extinguish the fire correctly: Make sure the fire is completely out by drowning the fire in water and then mixing the ashes and embers with the soil. Scrape burned logs to ensure the hot embers are off of them. Then, stir the embers into the wet dirt to make sure everything is wet. 

Be Cozy and Safe This Fall With These Fire Safety Tips

10/7/2020 (Permalink)

3 orange pumpkin mugs on an ottoman in front of a fireplace Always extinguish a fire when you leave the room for any amount of time.

Be Cozy and Safe This Fall With These Fire Safety Tips!

It's October, which means the leaves are changing and the temperature is cooling down. As the weather begins to cool down, we will see an increase in fires in the Greenville County area. Most of which are caused by space heaters, forgotten candles, or accidents in the kitchen. As you put out your decorations, space heaters, and your fall scented candles, keep these few safety tips in mind. 

  • If you leave the room for any amount of time, be sure to turn off heaters and extinguish candles. 
  • Keep anything that is flammable at least 3 feet away from space heaters and open flames. 
  • Never plug-in heating equipment into an extension cord. The extension cord can overheat and cause a fire. 
  • Always place heaters on level flat surfaces on the ground. 
  • Never use the stove to heat your home or dry your clothes. 
  • Install and maintain carbon monoxide alarms. 
  • Never use a space heater or any appliance with a damaged or frayed cord. 
  • Have a qualified service professional inspect your heating system annually. 

The aftermath of a fire can leave you feeling overwhelmed. Let SERVPRO of South Greenville County pick up the pieces and get your life back on track. Call us today (864) 292-3137!

Fire Safety In Your Kitchen.

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Safety In Your Kitchen. 

Fall is officially here! As the leaves change colors, football begins, and the holidays get closer and closer, you may find yourself in the kitchen more and more. October fourth through the tenth is fire prevention week. This year's fire prevention week theme is "Serve Up Fire Safety In The Kitchen!" Cooking equipment is behind almost 50% of all home fires. We're sharing a few tips to help you prevent a fire from starting in your kitchen. 

  • Most fires that start in the home involve the stove. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food. Turn off the stove if you need to leave the kitchen for an extended length of time. 
  • Keep your cooking area free of oven-mitts, towels, wooden utensils, and food packaging. 
  • Clean up food and grease from burners and stovetops. 
  • Keep pets off of cooking surfaces and nearby countertops. 
  • If you are sleepy, have consumed alcohol, or taken medication that makes you tired, don't cook. 
  • Never use a portable fire extinguisher to extinguish flames from a grease fire. It will cause the fire to spread. 
  • Turn pot handles away from the stove's edge. 

If you have a fire in your home, after the first responders leave, call SERVPRO of South Greenville County (864) 292-3137!