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Do You Know Where To Go When A Tornado Is Coming?

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

Do You Know Where To Go When A Tornado Is Coming?

Last April, a tornado ripped through the Upstate and severely damaged parts of Oconee and Greenville County. Many residents that night sought safe shelter and remained physically unharmed. As we approach the first anniversary, we wanted to remind everyone of a few safety tips. 

  • Take cover in an interior room in your home. A cellar, bathroom, or closet are ideal places to wait out a tornado. A room with no windows is the best place to be. If you can't decide where to go, choose the bathroom. 
  • If you are stuck outdoors, find a ditch far away from items that can fly through the air. Lay as flat as you can. 
  • 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. 

Act Quickly After Storm Damage

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

Act Quickly After Storm Damage!

Strom damage can occur at any time with little to no warning. In Pickens County, heavy rains can cause flooding, and powerful winds can damage your property. Having a strategy in place to deal with the damage will help you get back to normal quicker. 

Photograph the Damage: If it is safe to move around your property, carefully take pictures of the damage, this allows you to have a record for the insurance company. 

Contact Your Insurance Company: As soon as possible, contact your insurance company. If they give you a claim number, keep it handy. 

Call SERVPRO of Pickens County: If your upstate home becomes damaged during a storm, call SERVPRO of Pickens County (864) 855-3993. We will work with your insurance company to make it "Like it never even happened."

The Devastating Effects Of Letting Smoke Damage Go Untreated

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

The Devastating Effects Of Letting Smoke Damage Go Untreated. 

Fire and smoke damage can wreak havoc on your property. A quick reaction can help you minimize the impact of destruction, as some of your items and household goods can be restored if treated immediately. However, the longer you wait to mitigate smoke and fire 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 smoke damage goes untreated, the harder it is to neutralize the odor. These challenges make the treatment process more time consuming, which equals to a more expensive bill. 
  2. Extensive Damage: Smoke and ash mixed with water produce a very corrosive element. If not cleaned quickly, this substance begins to eat away at your walls, floors, ceilings, and any other surfaces in your home. You will not successfully remove this substance by cleaning with soap and water. This substance requires proper cleaning with the right chemicals to remove it from your home. 
  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: Your home can suffer from permanent damage if smoke or fire damage is not mitigated promptly. Prolonged exposure can cause permanent damage to your walls, metal surfaces, clothes, furniture, and floors. 

If you experience smoke or fire damage, act quickly and call SERVPRO of Pickens County (864) 855 - 3993. 

Your Pets and Winter Weather. What Can You Do To Keep Them Safe?

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

Chilly weather and low temperatures spark various changes for us in the Upstate. Low temperatures, ice, and rain can be dangerous, especially to our four-legged friends. There are several things you can do to prepare and protect your pets from the cold winter weather. 

  1. Keep coolant and antifreeze locked away: If you put coolant or antifreeze in your car, clean up any spills immediately. Store them away and out of reach from pets. 
  2. Keep pets indoors more often: Pets should not remain outdoors for long in freezing temperatures. If you have outdoor pets that cannot be indoors, make sure you insulate their shelter and give them plenty of warm blankets. 
  3. Try a sweater or vest: Some pets can tolerate the cold better than others. However, some dogs and cats, especially older ones, could benefit from a sweater or vest to help keep them warm. 
  4. Protect their paws when they are outside: Your pet's paws are sensitive to sand, ice, snow, and chemicals used to melt ice. Massage petroleum jelly on paw pads or invest in pet booties. 

Are You Ready For Winter Weather?

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

Although South Carolina doesn't often experience frigid temperatures, winter storms can damage property, create safety risks, close roads, and highways, and cause mass 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 throws at us. 

  • Add rock salt and shovels to your disaster supply kit. 
  • Have sufficient heating fuel, in case you become stuck in your home. 
  • Learn how to locate and 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. 

12 Days of Holiday Safety!

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

12 Days of Holiday Safety!

  1. Never leave a burning candle unattended: Remember to extinguish any lit candles when you leave the room, your home, or go to sleep. 
  2.  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 not in the same room. 
  3. 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. 
  4. 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. 
  5. 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. 
  6. 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.
  7. 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. 
  8. Check your smoke detector battery: Regularly test your smoke alarm, and replace the batteries twice a year. 
  9.  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. 
  10. 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. 
  11. Maintain wood-burning fireplaces and chimneys: Clean your wood-burning fireplace regularly to breakdown the build-up of creosote-a flammable smoke residue. 
  12. 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. 

SERVPRO of Pickens County wants to wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday! 

Have A Safe And Jolly Holiday Season!

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

Have A Safe And Jolly Holiday Season! 

The holiday season will be here in no time. While holiday lights and decorations can be pretty, they can be hazardous to your home and your safety. 

  • Holiday lights are beautiful and add that special magical holiday touch to your home. Before you begin to hang them up, check each light strand. Older or broken lights can cause a potential electrical fire. 
  • When hanging Christmas lights, keep your ladder sturdy to prevent falls. 
  • To prevent a tree 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 can catch fire.

The holidays are a happy time but, if you don't take precautions the holidays could turn hazardous in the blink of an eye. SERVPRO of Pickens County hopes you have a happy and safe holiday season. 

Safety First Before the Feast!

11/13/2020 (Permalink)

Safety First Before the Feast!

Each November, families come together and gather around the table to feast on a delicious Thanksgiving meal. Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, and 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. 
  • 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. 

If the unthinkable happens and fire strikes in your Pickens County home, give the experts at SERVPRO of Pickens County a call (864) 855-3993. We will help make it "Like it never even happened."  

Planning a Bonfire This Fall? Check Out These Tips First.

10/8/2020 (Permalink)

Relaxing around a fire pit during a chilly fall night is one of the best ways to end a barbeque, a night of camping, or get together. Whether you are in the comfort of your backyard or relaxing at a campsite, these firepit safety tips can help keep you and your friends stay safe this fall. 

  1. Choose the right location: First, find a level and open area to have your fire. Your fire pit needs to be at least ten feet from structures or items that can catch fire. 
  2. Pick the right fuel: If you're looking to enjoy an authentic fire accompanied by cracking and popping sounds, then a wood-burning fire is the best choice. For a quick lighting option, opt for a gas or propane pit. However, if you cant make your mind up, many store-bought fire pits allow you to switch between wood and gas. 
  3. 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. 
  4. Don't use fuel accelerants: Using fire accelerants can be extremely dangerous. Fire starters can release toxic fumes, start an explosion, or cause your fire to grow too rapidly. 
  5. Add a screen: Using a fire pit screen is the best way to protect yourself and guests from embers and sparks that could ignite clothing or other materials. Choose a screen that has a heat resistant metal like steel or cast iron. 
  6. Check the weather and burn status: Wind can cause your fire to spread rapidly. If pollution levels are high, your local government may issue a burn ban to limit particulate matter and keep carbon dioxide levels down. Check both of these things before starting a fire. 
  7. Be smart around a fire: Avoid wearing flowy clothing or drinking excessively when around a fire pit. Always have an adult present if children are around the fire pit. 
  8. Extinguish the fire correctly: Make sure your fire is completely out by drowning the fire pit in water and then mixing the ashes and ember with the soil. Scrape partially burned logs to ensure the hot embers are off of them. Then, stir the embers to make sure everything is wet. 

Fire Prevention Tips For Fall and Winter!

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

Buffalo plaid chair next to lit fireplace Never leave a fireplace or heater unattended.

Fire Prevention Tips For Fall and Winter! 

It's October, which means changing leaves and cooler temperatures. When the weather begins to cool down, we begin to see an increase in fires. 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, be sure to turn off heaters and extinguish candles. 
  • Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from space heaters and open flames. 
  • Never plug-in heating equipment into an extension cord. 
  • 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. 

Dealing with fire damage can be stressful, let SERVPRO of Pickens County make it "Like it never even happened." Call (864) 855 - 3993!