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Decorating For The Holidays? Follow These Tips First.

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

Decorating For The Holidays? Follow These Tips First. 

Decorating for the holidays is one of the best ways to get in the holiday spirit! Unfortunately, emergency rooms see thousands of injuries involving holiday decorating every season. We hope you keep these tips in mind when decorating for the holiday season. 

  1. Plants like mistletoe, holly berries, Jerusalem cherry, and amaryllis are poisonous to children and pets.
  2. If your tree is artificial, check that it is fire-resistant. 
  3. For live trees, cut off two inches of the trunk to expose fresh wood for better water absorption, remember to water it and remove it from your home when it is dry. 
  4. Place your tree at least three feet away from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources, and do not block doorways. 
  5. Keep breakable ornaments or ones with detachable parts out of reach from children. 
  6. Use indoor lights indoors and outdoor lights outside. Make sure you use the right ladder when hanging lights.
  7. Replace light sets that have broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. 
  8.  Check the directions on holiday lights to see how many light strands can be plugged into one socket. 
  9. Keep light plugs away from puddles and out of the snow. Do not nail, tack, or stress the wiring when you are hanging lights. 
  10. Always turn off all the lights and decorations when you go to bed or leave the house. 

If disaster strikes during the holidays - don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Pickens County 864-855-3993! 

How To Thaw Frozen Pipes!

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

How To Thaw Frozen Pipes! 

Winter freezes are quickly approaching, which means frozen pipes will become more prevalent. If you turn on your facet on an icy day and only a trickle comes out, you may have a frozen pipe. Don't worry! We have compiled a few tips to help you thaw out frozen pipes and keep your home from flooding. 

  1. Turn on the faucet. As you heat the frozen pipe, the ice plug will begin to melt. Running water through the pipe, as cold as it is, will help melt ice in the pipe. 
  2. Apply heat to a section of pipe.  Do not use any device with an open flame. The high heat can damage the pipes or even start a fire. Instead, use an electric heating pad or hairdryer. 
  3. Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. Check all other faucets in your home to see if you may have another frozen pipe. 
  4. Call a licensed plumber If you are unable to locate the frozen pipe, if the area is not accessible, or if you cannot thaw the pipe yourself. 

If a pipe bursts in your home, don't stress! Call SERVPRO of Pickens County 864-855-3993! 

Simple Tips To Keep Your Thanksgiving Disaster Free

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

Simple Tips To Keep Your Thanksgiving Disaster Free!

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, which means lots of fellowship, family time, and cooking in the kitchen. According to the U.S Fire Administration, an estimated 2,000 fires occur on Thanksgiving day. That is an average of five deaths, 25 injuries, and $21 million in property loss each year. The leading cause of these fires is cooking. SERVPRO of Pickens County wants you to have a safe and disaster-free Thanksgiving this year. Follow these simple and easy tips to keep your turkey day fire free! 

  1. Ensure that you have smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside each sleeping area, and in every bedroom. Test your smoke alarms every month and replace them if they are 10 years old or older. 
  2. Do not leave food unattended and keep a close watch on what you are cooking. 
  3. Keep combustibles and oven food packaging away from burners and heat sources. 
  4. Cooking oil can ignite quickly, watch it closely. 
  5. Don't wear loose sleeves while cooking. Long sleeves can melt ignite or catch on handles of pots and pans spilling hot oil and other liquids. 
  6. Have a "kid-free zone" of at least three feet around the stove and areas where hot foods or drinks are prepared or carried. 
  7. Keep a lid nearby to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cool. 

Don't let fire and smoke ruin your holidays SERVPRO of Pickens County provides emergency services 24/7 - (864) 855 - 3993!  

To learn more, please visit Thanksgiving Safety Tips  

Keep Your Fall Fire Free!

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Keep Your Fall Fire Free! 

It's fall time! Which means cooler weather, beautiful colors, and an abundance of outdoor activities. Plan ahead this fall season to ensure its fire-free. Below are a few tips you can use to make sure you have a disaster-free fall.

Fall decorations, like dried flowers and cornstalks, are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations away from open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters. Keep emergency exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes. Teach children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop, and roll if their clothing catches fire. Remember safety first when choosing a Halloween costume. Consider avoiding billowing fabric. If you are making a costume, choose a material that won't easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or flame. It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. Use extreme caution if using a real candle. Place lit pumpkins away from anything that can burn and out of the way from doorsteps, walkways, and yards.

The Difference Between Safety and Tragedy.

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

The Difference Between Safety and Tragedy. 

It's October which means, it's Fire Prevention Month. During this month, you should take the time to reevaluate your emergency preparedness plans for your home and business. Pay close attention to your fire escape plan. Ask yourself, do you have two exit strategies for each room? If a fire does start in your home or business, can you escape in two minutes? If not, then identify these obstacles and remove them or work around them. Creating, implementing, and practicing a fire escape plan for your home or business may be the difference between safety and tragedy! Eight percent of people surveyed said getting out was their first thought after hearing a fire alarm. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone or business enough time to get out. 

Fire Escape Plans and Fire Prevention Month

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Escape Plans and Fire Prevention Month. 

It's October which means, it's officially Fire Prevention Month. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sets aside a designated week each October to focus on fire prevention. During this month, evaluate your fire escape plans. The 2019 theme of Fire Prevention Month is "Not every hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!" According to the NFPA, once the fire alarm goes off, "you could have less than one to two minutes to escape safely!"

During a fire, every second counts. Fire experts agree; people have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home or business. Creating, developing, and practicing a fire escape plan in your home and office can make the difference between safety and tragedy. Draw a map of each level of your home or business and show all the doors and windows. Find two ways out to get out of each room. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily. Choose an outside meeting place that is a safe distance in front of your home or business, mark the location of the meeting area on your escape plan. Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them. Plan for everyone in your home or office, with special consideration for elderly or disabled individuals. Practice your fire escape plan at least twice a year in your home or business.

How Can You Prevent Flood Damage To Your Pickens County Home?

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

Preventing Flood Damage To Your Pickens County Home. 

Flood hazards can occur due to severe thunderstorms, hurricanes, seasonal rains, or other weather-related events. Floods can cause several problems from damage to your house and possessions, contaminating the water, to area-wide destruction. Below you can find tips to help you prepare for any type of flood situation. 

  • If you can, avoid building in a flood-prone area unless you elevate and reinforce your home. 
  • Elevate the furnace, water heater, and electric panel if susceptible to flooding. 
  • Install check valves in sewer traps to prevent floodwater backing up into the drains of your home. 
  • Contact community officials to find out if they are planning on constructing barriers to stop floodwaters. 
  • Seal the walls in your basement to prevent floodwaters from entering your basement. 
  • Sit down and review your insurance policy. Flood coverage is not a part of most homeowners, mobile home, or renters insurance policies. Know there is a thirty-day waiting period for coverage to take effect. 

If you experience flood damage to your home valuables, call SERVPRO of Pickens County (864) 855-3993! 

Is Your Business Prepared For Emergency Preparedness Month?

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

Is Your Business Prepared For Emergency Preparedness Month? 

Every September is National Preparedness Month. This years theme for National Preparedness Month is "Prepared, Not Scared. Be Ready for Disasters". One way to be ready for disasters is to have an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for your Pickens County business or facility. An ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it requires is a little time, which makes it a great value that could save you a lot of time in the future. Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood.

Having an immediate plan in action can help reduce your business interruption. The ERP is that plan. The ERP gives your Pickens County business top priority in the event of an area-wide disaster. The process of completing an ERP begins with our Disaster Recovery Consultants touring your Pickens County business or facility. During this tour, they locate the shut-off valves and high priority locations. They will also identify a chain of command for authorizing work to begin. Emergency contact information, your facilities electric or gas company, water company, and power company contact information is collected and compiled into a comprehensive document. This document is easily accessible online or through SERVPRO's free Ready Plan app. A copy of this document is also stored at SERVPRO Corporate. In the event of a county-wide disaster, your ERP will be sent to SERVPRO disaster teams. Disasters don't plan ahead, but you can with an Emergency Ready Plan. 

Want an ERP for your business? Call SERVPRO of Pickens County (864) 855 - 3993. 

Your Pickens County Business Has Water Damage - Who Do You Call?

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

Your Pickens County Business Has Water Damage - Who Do You Call?

When business owners think of water damage, they often envision massive storms, flooded offices, and shutting down business for several days. Many Pickens County commercial businesses suffer from water damage as a result of floods, water from weather events, and storms. However, many business owners, entrepreneurs, and business space renters overlook that storms, severe weather, and floods aren't the only causes of water damage. Below are a few examples that can cause water damage in any Pickens County commercial business. 

  1. Defective Sprinkler System Older offices and retail buildings can have outdated sprinkler systems. While these systems can work in conjunction with fire protection systems, they can also malfunction and cause flooding. Flooding can damage inventory, business assets, and equipment. 
  2. Damaged Appliances and Equipment This cause of commercial flooding is more common in Pickens County restaurants and catering businesses. If the appliance fails and water is sent across your business, especially when no one is around, you could walk into a huge disaster. 
  3. Broken Pipes and Plumbing Water damage is an immediate result of a failed plumbing system.
  4. Backed Up Sewer Lines This cause of water damage often catches many business owners by surprise. Contaminated water can enter your Pickens County business and cause health effects to your employees and ruin products should your sewer line back up or become damaged. 

 When you need some one to make it "Like it never even happened." - Call SERVPRO of Pickens County 864-855-3993. 

A Hurricane Is Coming Are You Prepared?

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

A Hurricane Is Coming Are You Prepared? 


Hurricanes are colossal storms that begin forming over the ocean. As they move inland they begin creating high winds, heavy rainfall, storm surges, rip currents, tornadoes, coastal and inland flooding. Follow these tips below, so you are better prepared before a hurricane. 

  • Sign up for local alerts and warnings. 
  • Learn your emergency evacuation route for your area. 
  • Remove dead limbs and debris from your yard. Move patio furniture, garbage cans, bikes, and other loose and lightweight objects indoors. Anchor gas grills, propane tanks, and other objects that are too dangerous to bring indoors. 
  • Create an Emergency Communication Plan. Pick an out of state contact that everyone can check-in and report their status too. 
  • Make an emergency preparedness kit and a go-bag. A go-bag should include items you need to take with you in case you are evacuated. Your go-bag should be easy to carry and kept in a place where you can grab it quickly.  
  • Collect any financial, medical, educational, and legal documents and put them in your emergency kit. Put them in your go-bag and take them with you when you evacuate. 
  • Stock up on emergency supplies. You should have at least a three day supply of water and non-perishable food in your emergency kit, as well as extra medication, a first aid kit, hygiene items, and spare clothes.