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Smoke Alarms: Life Savers

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

In homes, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom and on every level, including the basement. In office and commercial environments, check your state requirements or contact your local Fire Marshall to help ensure all codes are met.

Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years. Other alarms need batteries replaced every year and the unit replaced every ten years, If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or batteries immediately. Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm. Almost half of fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries.

If you need help installing, testing or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross.

Be sure your home or work place has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills. For more information on Emergency Preparedness, contact SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591.

Source: Restoration Newsline Volume 30, Issue 2

Happy Easter!

4/21/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to wish you and your family a Happy Easter!

Easter Sunday is here, one of the holiest days on the Christian calendar. Easter is the day that Christians believe that Christ rose from the dead, bringing eternal life to followers. Christ's resurrection, following his crucifixion on what is known as Good Friday, is a time of rejoicing and rebirth.

After Jesus was crucified on the Friday (now known as Good Friday), his body was taken down from the cross, and buried in a cave tomb. ... His followers realized that God had raised Jesus from the dead. Christians call this the Resurrection. The week leading up to Easter is called Holy Week.

Source: Time and Date

Good Friday

4/19/2019 (Permalink)

Good Friday is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, and may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover.

Currently, Good Friday is considered a public holiday in over 20+ countries – especially ones with a strong tradition in the Christian faith. And although it is not a Federal holiday in the United States, there are several U.S states which treat it as a state holiday. Some of these include Hawaii, Kentucky, Texas and New Jersey.

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch hopes that this reminder and information is helpful.

Source: Wikipedia and Hoildays Calendar

The Cost of Natural Disasters

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

Some food for thought from your friends at SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch.Natural Disasters Cost U.S. 247 Lives, Nearly $100 Billion in Damage in 2018.The number of billion-dollar weather disasters in the United States has more than doubled in recent years, as devastating hurricanes and ferocious wildfires that experts suspect are fueled in part by climate change have ravaged swaths of the country, according to data released by the federal government Wednesday. Since 1980, the United States has experienced 241 weather and climate disasters where the overall damage reached or exceeded $1 billion, when adjusted for inflation, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Between 1980 and 2013, according to NOAA, the nation averaged roughly half a dozen such disasters a year. Over the most recent five years, that number has jumped to more than 12.Source: Restoration & Remediation magazine

Palm Sunday

4/14/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to remind you that today is Palm Sunday.

Palm Sunday is the beginning of the Holy Week for Christians around the world. Holy Week encompasses the 7 days prior to Easter. It begins on Palm Sunday and includes Holy Thursday (also known as Maundy Thursday), Good Friday and ends at midnight on Holy Saturday. At the end of Holy Week is Easter Sunday with the celebration of Jesus rising from the tomb.

Palm Sunday is the day in which Jesus enters Jerusalem; His last journey into the city before His death. Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. This choice of travel is very symbolic as Jesus wanted to show all the people that He came in peace. History shows that when a king rode into a city on a horse, he was entering for war. If a king came into a city on a donkey, he was coming in peace.

Many people who heard Jesus was arriving in Jerusalem came forward to greet Him. In the Gospel of St. John 12:13, it is written that a great multitude “Took branches of palm trees and went forth to meet Him and cried Hosanna. Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord, the king of Israel.” Within some religions, it is stated that the palm leaves and robes were placed on the ground in front of Jesus as He entered Jerusalem similar to a “red carpet” greeting.

Source: Holidays Calendar

Thomas Jefferson's Birthday

4/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to recognize the birthday of Thomas Jefferson.

Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father who was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and later served as the third President of the United States from 1801 to 1809. Previously, he had been elected the second Vice President of the United States, serving under John Adams from 1797 to 1801.

Jefferson's most significant accomplishment as president was the Louisiana Purchase. In 1803, he acquired land stretching from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains from cash-strapped Napoleonic France for the bargain price of $15 million, thereby doubling the size of the nation in a single stroke.

Source: Wikipedia and biography.com.

Emergency Fire Damage Tips Part 2

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

These emergency tips will assist you in taking proper action until professionals from SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch arrive. Follow these DOs and DON'Ts to help reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration.

DO:

If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.

Remove soot particles from plants with a damp cloth.

Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.

Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.

DON'T:

Don't consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. They may be contaminated.

Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock and air movement may create secondary damage.

Don't send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

Source: Restoration Newsline Volume 30, Issue 2

Emergency Fire Damage Tips Part 1

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

These emergency tips will assist you in taking proper action until SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch arrives.Follow these DOs and DON'Ts to help reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration.

DO:

Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into carpet and avoid tracking.

Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, wall, and woodwork.

If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.

Wipe soot from metal kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances.

DON'T:

Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch.

Don't attempt to shampoo carpet, rugs or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch.

Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.

Source: Restoration Newsline Volume 30, Issue 2 

The First 48

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing damaged property and personal belongings. Rapid response and timely mitigation can help prevent fire damage from creating long term problems.

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch understands that returning to normal is your primary concern. SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch Response Teams are trained in caring  for both you and your property. By responding quickly with a full line of fire cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch can help get your home or business back up and running quickly and help protect your property and belongings.

If your home or business suffers a fire damage, Please contact SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Source:Restoration Newsline Volume 30, Issue 2

Fire Facts

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

7 people die everyday from a home fire. 36 people suffer injuries as a result of home fires everyday. $7 billion in property damage occurs every year. 

When fire or water damage puts the thing's that matter most on the line, you need the very best help on the line as well. That's why knowing the easiest ways to contact SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch is so important. Just call us 24/7 at 210-670-9591 to get the team that is faster to any size disaster. We're a leader in giving control back to homeowners and property managers. Whether you are responsible for 1,000 square feet or 100,000 square feet- be ready for the worst, with the very best. SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch

Source: Restoration Newsline Volume 30, Issue 2