National CPR/AED Awarness Week
SERVPRO of Aurora, Illinois would like to remind you that June 1- June 7 is National CPR and AED Awareness Week. The resolution was created by the American Heart Association, along with the American Red Cross and the National Safety Council and was passed by congress in 2007.
Every second counts in cardiac arrest. Sudden cardiac arrest claims thousands of lives every year. Knowing when and how to perform CPR and use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) can make the difference between life and death for someone suffering from cardiac arrest. The Red Cross recommends that households, businesses and schools receive training in CPR and use of an AED. This training can give them the knowledge and confidence to respond during an emergency situation with the skills that can save a life. Check with your town or the American Red Cross today to sign up for a course.
Tornado Season Is Upon Us!
Tornadoes are violent and can completely destroy well-made structures, uproot trees and send objects through the air like deadly missiles and they can happen anywhere. Here are some tips to keep you and your loved ones safe.
- Identify a save place in your home where family and pets will gather during a tornado: a basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows.
- In a high rise building, if you don't have have enough time to go to the lowest floor, pick a hallway in the center of the building.
- In a mobile home, choose a safe place in a nearby sturdy building. If your mobile home park has a designated shelter, make it your safe place. No mobile home is safe in a tornado.
KNOW THE DIFFERENCE!!!!
Tornado Watch: means a tornado is possible.
Tornado Warning: means a tornado is already occurring or will occur soon. GO TO YOUR SAFE PLACE IMMEDIATELY.
Always remember to play it safe and we are always here, if you need us. SERVPRO of Aurora, Illinois 630-862-3930
Self Cleaning Oven Safety Tips
As one of the most hated household chores, oven cleaning ranks among the top; which is why so many people invest in self-cleaning ovens. There are some downsides and possible hazards to be aware of before using your self cleaning oven such as smoke, fumes, and even possible fires if the oven contains a lot of grease or food particles.
The self cleaning ovens use a process called Pyrolytic cleaning which burns off grease and food particles by reaching temperatures of up to 500 degrees. The food particles turn to ash and then can be wiped away.
Some important tips to follow before using your self cleaning oven are:
- Make sure there isn't an over abundance of grease and food particles in your oven.
- Make sure the oven door seal and other sealing mechanisms are working perfectly.
- Make sure the kitchen is well ventilated while using the self cleaning oven.
- Make sure to follow all instructions from the manufacturers.
Your first priority is to keep you, your family and your pets safe. Your second priority is too know that SERVPRO of Aurora, Illinois will be there for you to make everything "Like it never even happened" 630-862-3930.
Restaurant Fire Safety
Restaurants have a higher degree of fire risk than most businesses. According to the National Fire Protection Association, approximately 61% of all restaurant fires between 2010 and 2014 were caused by cooking. Restaurants with their opens flames, hot equipment,electrical connections, cooking oils, cleaning chemicals and paper products have all the ingredients for a fire.
- Install an automatic fire-suppression system in the kitchen.
- Keep portable fire extinguishers as a backup.
- Schedule regular maintenance on electrical equipment.
- Have your exhaust system inspected for grease buildup.
It is not only important for a restaurant to have preventative maintenance but also an emergency plan and staff training to take control of the situation to lead customers to safety. For help in getting your restaurant back to business, call SERVPRO of Aurora, Illinois at 630-862-3930. We'll make it "Like it never even happened."
Water Damage - What's Covered?
Over the past several years, water damage claims have risen to become the 2nd largest most frequent insurance claims. Water damage can be costly and difficult for property owners and renters to recover from. Many people assume their insurance policy will cover water damage but there are different types of water damage, which may or may not be included in a standard insurance policy. Some of the coverage depends on the source and the amount of your coverage. Several different types are:
- Sudden or accidental discharge
- Sewer backup or water backup
What ever the case may be or the coverage you may have, it is important to contact your insurance agent or broker to find out what your policy does and does not cover. Don't wait until the damage is already done. Be prepared and let SERVPRO of Aurora, Illinois make your water damage "Like it never even happened." Call 630-862-3930.
What Is Mold?
Molds are a form of fungus. Different types of molds can be found both indoors and outdoors. Molds spread through the production of spores which exist in all indoor environments everywhere. Spores are capable of surviving in harsh conditions that would otherwise prevent the normal mold growth. Molds grow best in moist, warm and humid environments. When mold spores land on a damp spot they begin to grow, digesting the material they grow on.
Common indoor molds include:
- Alternaria - found in damp places indoors, such as showers or under leaky sinks
- Aspergillus - often found indoors growing on dust, powdery food items and building materials like drywall
- Cladosporium - capable of growing in cool places as well as warm ones
- Penicillium - typically found on materials that have been damaged by water and often has a blue or green appearance.
Molds take a variety of forms and textures, appearing as white, black, yellow, blue or green and often looking like a discoloration or stain to a surface They can also have a velvety, fuzzy or rough appearance depending on the type of mold and where it is growing. No mold is good mold, so if you suspect you may have a mold problem call SERVPRO of Aurora, Illinois at 630-862-3930.
Importance of Sprinkler Systems in Commercial Properties
Commercial sprinkler system
Whether you have purchased a commercial property or are in the process of building a commercial building, before a new company can open for business; it must be in compliance with local, state and federal fire safety standards. As a commercial building owner or property manager, one of your biggest concerns is protecting the investment you've made in your business and the people who work there.
Sprinkler systems can help make your business safer in multiple ways. Sprinklers work by detecting the heat from a fire and automatically turning them on. While the spray from the sprinklers is not always enough to put out the fire, it goes a long way to suppressing the fire and allowing more evacuation time until the fire department can get there.
Fire and water damage not only affects the structure of your building and it's contents but also your emotions. Don't take on the stress of dealing with this on your own, Call SERVPRO of Aurora, IL at 630-862-3930 and let us make this "Like it never even happened."
Mold and Your Home
Mold is found both indoors and outdoors. Mold can enter your home through open doorways, windows, vents, and heating and air conditioning systems. Mold in the air outside can also attach itself to your clothing, shoes, and pets and be carried indoors.
Mold will grow in places with a lot of moisture, such as around leaks in roofs, windows, and pipes, or where there has been flooding. Mold grows well on paper products, ceiling tiles, and wood products, as well as in dust, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, fabric, and upholstery.
You can help to control mold in your home by:
- Controlling humidity levels;
- Promptly fixing leaky roofs, windows, and pipes;
- Thoroughly cleaning and drying after flooding
- Ventilating shower, laundry, and cooking areas.
Not all mold can be seen visually. It may be lurking in walls, floors, and crawl spaces.
If you suspect you may have mold in your home, especially if you have had a previous water damage call SERVPRO of Aurora, Illinois at 630-862-3930.
Build an Emergency Kit
Be Prepared at your home or business with an Emergency Kit. Ready.gov suggests you have enough supplies to last for at least three days. Below are some suggested items to include in your kit:
- 3-day supply of non-perishable foods
- Water (one + gallon per person per day)
- Prescription medication
- Sleeping bag or blankets
- Fire extinguisher
- Hygiene products
- Extra batteries
- Cell phone charger
- Change of clothes
- Matches in waterproof container
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Whistle to signal for help
- Pet supplies
- Infant formula and diapers
- Important documents such as insurance policies, ID's, and bank records in a container
You can also keep a condensed emergency kit in your vehicle as well. For a more extensive list, check out Ready.gov. and remember, if needed; we are her to help you, call SERVPRO of Aurora, Illinois at 630-862-3930.
Hoarding: A Serious Situation in Aurora, Illinois
According to the Mayo Clinic, "Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of the actual value, occurs. "Many people with hoarding disorder do not find their habits to be a problem. Hoarded items are often things others would throw away or look at as junk or garbage such as old newspapers, junk mail or packaging.Hoarding can lead to homes filled with extreme clutter to full capacity from years of accumulation, making living conditions unsanitary and crowded. Bugs, fleas, rats and other vermin may be present, at which point an exterminator would need to be called. at times, hoarding may spread to outside the home as well, to storage facilities, or even the garage or yard.
If you are experiencing this disorder or know of someone who is, please contact SERVPRO of Aurora, Illinois at 630-862-3930.