School Fire Safety Begins with Education
According to the National Fire Prevention Association, U.S. fire departments respond to approximately 5,690 fires at education buildings each year. That is why it is very important to stress fire safety education in our schools. Listed below are some important school safety tips to incorporate in your schools:
- Conduct expected and unexpected monthly school fire drills having everyone participate.
- Inspect exists regularly to ensure stairways, doors and windows are unblocked and working properly.
- Train students on how to respond to a fire alarm during a school fire drill.
- Know locations of the fire protection system, such as fire alarm pull stations.
- Make sure every room is equipped with a map showing 2 exits.
- Assign special need students with an adult or other student for extra assistance.
- Have a predetermined location for students to meet once they exit the building and practice during a fire drill.
- Have a roster to make sure every student is accounted for.
Let's keep our children well educated and safe, in the event that a fire should occur remember that SERVPRO of Aurora, Illinois is there 24/7 to help with all your fire restoration needs. Call 630-862-3930.
If you have a generator available for power outages during severe weather, follow some safety tips below from the American Red Cross:
- Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices in your home, garage, basement, crawl space, or any partially enclosed area.
- To avoid electrocution, keep the generator dry and do not use in rain or wet conditions. Operate it on a dry surface under an open canopy-like structure, such as under a tarp held up on poles. Do not touch the generator with wet hands.
- Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent carbon monoxide (CO) buildup in the home. Although CO can't be seen or smelled, it can lead to full incapacitation or even death. While using a generator; if you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak, get to fresh air immediately.
- Install CO alarms in central locations on every level of your home or property and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon dioxide.
SERVPRO of Aurora, Illinois is always there to help you weather the storm. Call 630-862-3930.
So You Think You Might Have Mold?
Mold hidden under vinyl floor.
If you think you might have a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Aurora, Illinois at 630-862-3930. A SERVPRO professional trained in mold remediation will be available to examine the structure for any visible signs of mold and evaluate the cost of the remediation and restoration needed. In some cases, mold may not be visible but still may be present.
Additional assistance may be required by an Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional with specialized equipment to detect hidden mold. They evaluate the quality of the air inside a structure. Using various testing devices, they collect air and surface samples to compare the indoor spore count to the outdoor environment. We can assist you in finding an Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional if needed.
Whether you have had a visual or air sample test done, remember that SERVPRO of Aurora, Illinois is always there to handle your mold remediation and restoration in a professional and safe manner.
Please keep in mind that SERVPRO does not interpret insurance policies or coverage; you must consult with your insurance company to determine if you are covered or not.
Biohazard Cleanup Services
Recognized as a leading fire and water cleanup restoration provider by hundreds of insurance companies nationwide, SERVPRO of Aurora, Illinois professionals offer fast, reliable biohazard cleanup and restoration services to residential and commercials properties.
Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can have serious health issues for building occupants, employees, customers and owners. Our professionals are trained to safely, effectively and discreetly remove biohazardous substances and prepare it for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA and state and local health regulations. Our services include:
- Bloodborne Pathogens
- Crime Scene and Suicides
- Infectious Diseases
- Urine and Feces
- Rodent Droppings
- Extensive Hoarding
- Sewage Backup
SERVPRO of Aurora, Illinois can help turn unsafe environments into clean, safe properties and make a difficult or personal situation easier to handle. We are here for you in your time of need. Call 630-862-3930.
A Leaky Roof?
Finding a leak in your roof can be very difficult. Unfortunately you may not be aware of the leak until it has caused major damage to your home. This is why it is important to investigate and take care of any signs that a show up:
- Discolored spots on the ceiling or walls.
- Peeling paint or rotting wood around skylights.
- Finding shingles that have come off.
- Damaged or cracked flashing on your roof.
- Water dripping from the ceiling after a hard rain or heavy snow has melted.
- Formations of ice dams.
- Musty smell in your attic.
Remember to always put safety first when checking for a leaky roof or use a professional roofing service or general contractor to help you.
Also, remember to call your insurance agent to see if your roof leak is covered by your insurance company. Insurance companies may have stipulations on the cause of the roof damage and it may not be covered.
If a leak should occur, remember that SERVPRO of Aurora, Illinois is there for you 24/7 to help with all your water restoration needs and to answer any questions you may have. Call 630-862-3920.
Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Mold Removal?
Don't be caught off guard after you already have a mold problem. Coverage varies from policy to policy, so read your policy carefully and if your have any questions, call your insurance agent. Some policies contain exclusions, stating they do not cover mold removal and others cover mold removal under certain circumstances. They may also cover the removal but not the testing itself.
If you think you might have a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Aurora, Illinois at 630-862-3930. A professional trained in mold remediation will examine the structure for any visible signs of mold. If mold is found, you will be asked to approve and sign a work authorization form prior to any mold cleanup or related work being performed. The technician may also recommend you leave the affected area while the mold cleanup and associated containment process is being safely completed.
If a visual inspection does not reveal mold and you feel that you may still have a mold issue, we can recommend an Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional with specialized equipment to access the situation.
"Remember, no mold is good mold!"
After the Storm?
This Spring and Summer has been quite a wet and stormy one and with that comes weather related injuries and fatalities. This is why it is important to educate both you and your family about post-storm safety.
Immediately after a storm where there was heavy rain, strong damaging winds, and lightening consider the following:
- Do not let children play near storm drains. Every year children are sucked into storm drains and carried away.
- Do not touch metal objects outside, there may be power lines down on the object which energizes the object. This could be a fence, guard rail, or baseball stop.
- Do not touch or pick up any wires that you see either laying on the ground or hanging low. They may be energized or could become energized at any time.
- Do not walk in flooded basements if your power is still connected. You could become electrocuted should water make contact with an electrical source.
- If your home is out of electrical power, use extra caution when using candles for light.
- Be careful using a gas powered generator which could cause Carbon Monoxide poisoning if not vented properly.
Please remember to keep you and your family safe and remember that SERVPRO of Aurora, Illinois is always available to help you with your restoration needs. 630-862-3930.
Warning Signs of Faulty Wiring or Electrical Systems
Electrical failure or malfunctions account for an estimated 34,000 home fires, on average, per year and result in roughly 440 deaths and $1.3 billion in direct property damage according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). This threat is higher in older homes built before the 1950's due to lower electrical wiring standards, however; even newer homes are at risk. Older homes were built to handle 30 amps of power, but most newer homes demand 100 to 200 amps. Listed below are some of the warning signs that may indicate an electrical problem in your home:
- Flickering or dimming lights.
- Switches or outlets that are hot to touch and/or give off a strong burnt rubber odor.
- Discolored cords, outlets and switch plates.
- Repeatedly blown fuses and tripped circuit breakers.
If you have any any of these, contact a licensed electrician immediately to examine and repair any electrical problems and if the need for fire restoration is required, we are there to make it "Like it never even happened." SERVPRO of Aurora, Illinois, 630-862-3930.
Community Warming & Cooling Centers
It seems as though the Summer of 2018 has been quite a hot one so far and it is extremelyimportant to understand heat emergencies.
Heat Advisory - issued within 12 hours of the onset of the following conditions: heat index of at least 105 degrees Fahrenheit but less than 115 degrees Fahrenheit for less than 3 hours per day, or nighttime lows above 80 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 consecutive days.
The city of Aurora, Illinois wants to make sure that their residents are cool during hot temperatures and also warm during cold temperatures. The following 9 locations are available as cooling and warming centers.
Santori Public Library, Aurora Public Library-Eola, Aurora Public Library-West, Eola Comunity Center (Monday - Saturday), Eola Community Center, Hesed House, Salvation Army, Senior Services Center, and Vaughan Athletic Center (Monday - Sunday). For further information visit or contact City of Aurora Emergency Management Department.
Please remember, in extreme heat and cold, residents should look after their neighbors; especially the elderly or those who may need assistance. Additionally, don't forget about your pets.
Stay cool and stay safe from SERVPRO of Aurora, Illinois.
Small Leaks, Big Problems
Even the smallest of water leaks can cause a considerable amount of damage to your property. If left untreated, a leak can cause damage to your walls, flooring, ceiling, and cabinets and eventually lead to mold problems. Mold has the ability to grow within 48 hours. Those small leaks can also turn into a burst pipe, which then becomes a flood with major damage and costly repairs. A musty smell is also a sign of a possible water damage even if there are no visible water marks at that time.
The key is to keep an eye out for potential leaks by checking areas of your home where these leaks may occur.
- Walls and ceilings - looking for water marks.
- Warping or discoloration of flooring.
- Water valves under cabinets - look for puddles or water or stains on inside cabinet floor or walls.
- Showers with loose tiles - the walls could be damp behind the tiles.
- Toilets - around the base or by the water valve.
- Washer hoses - check for cracks and that the hose is secured properly.
- Dishwasher and refrigerator water lines.
- Outdoor water spigots.
A musty smell is also a sign of a possible water damage even if there are no visible water marks at that time.
"A musty smell is also a sign of a possible water damage even if there are no visible water marks at that time.
SERVPRO of Aurora, Illinois has trained IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) technicians to help you evaluate the situation, perform the mitigation, and a construction crew to do the rebuild if needed. We can make it "Like it never even happened." Call 630-862-3930.
"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!"