Fires Caused by Cooking Equipment
Did you know cooking equipment is the leading cause of residential fires? As the holiday season begins and you find yourself in the kitchen more often while hosting friends and family, fire precautions should be top of mind.
A property owner experiences a flood of emotions when a fire ravages their business or home. Fear, uncertainty, stress, and doubt about the future of the property and their livelihood can be overwhelming to the property owner long after the flames have been extinguished and the smoke has cleared.
After the first wave of heroes have rescued the property, let SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch help you restore it to its preloss condition. Combining rapid response , the utmost professionalism, and open communication throughout the entire job process, we strive to restore not only the home or business structure, but the customer's peace of mind as well.
* 482,030 structure fires were reported in the United States in 2018.
* These fires caused $9.9 billion in property damages.
* One structure fire was reported every 48 seconds.
If the unthinkable happens and a fire strikes your business or home, give the experts at SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch a call at 210-670-9591. We will help make it " Like it never even happened."
Source: Restoration Newsline Volume 30, Issue 11
It is almost unbelievable how fast the year has gone by. It is a very short time until Thanksgiving and you are probably making those preparations of what you are going to serve on the big day!
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to remind you to stop and look around at your home. If you are planning on having a crowd for Thanksgiving, Then you may have need of some cleaning to get ready for the celebration.
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch does more that just Restoration work. We can offer many services such as carpet cleaning, Upholstery cleaning, and blind cleaning. We can clean your tile and grout also. One of the services that we offer is Duct cleaning and deodorization to give your home a fresh, clean smell. We can look at just about any job that you may have as far as cleaning.
Please give us a call at SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591 for all your cleaning needs,
Prevent Cooking Fires and Burns
At SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch we believe that prevention is the best way to avoid disaster. The following tips are ways to prevent cooking fires and burns.
* Keep your stove clean. The hood, cabinets, and all surfaces above and near the stove should also be clean and free from grease buildup. That goes for inside the oven too.(When hot enough, grease buildup will melt and burn.)
* Move combustibles away from the stove. No towels, mitts,plastic bags and bottles, or any combustible storage or trash should be near the range.
* If cooking with grease oil, never ever leave cooking unattended. If you see smoke coming off the oil or grease, it can ignite. It does not need a flame to catch fire. Once hot enough, grease and oil will catch fire.
* Don't have loose or draping sleeves on clothes. These can ignite over an open flame.
* Don't let kids run around, play or ever be unattended around the stove. Don't ever assume they know better just because you told them.
* Make sure you have working smoke alarms. To prevent nuisance alarms, keep the smoke alarms at least ten feet away from the stove. Even when positioned correctly, the darn thing mat still go off, usually if you burn some food. It's supposed to... you're burning something.
If you have any questions, call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591.
Understanding Stove Top Fires
The best advice that I can give if a fire occurs on your stove top is to remain calm and remember the following tips.:
* Always have a lid close by that can be placed on a burning pot. Even a cookie sheet that covers the pot will work. If a fir occurs, cover the pot, then turn the stove off. Don't peek! Let it cool completely down.
* Do not pick up a burning pot. Dropped and spilled hot food and burning oil can cause serious and tragic burns.
* Do not put water on a burning pot. This can make things much worse.
* You can use a fire extinguisher, but only if you know how to. Did you ever read the instructions? Or look at the manufacturers video on how to use? You probably should before you ever have to use one. You could make things worse!
* If the fire is too big or for whatever reason you are unsure if it can be contained, then get everyone outside and call 911.
After the fire is out, call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591 to walk the property with you and access the damage. Our team of professionals will help you restore your home and belongings and help you deal with insurance professionals.
Happy Veterans Day!
Today, SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to honor all of our veterans.
Veterans Day (originally known as Armistice Day) is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11, for honoring military veterans, that is, persons who have served in the United States Armed Forces. It coincides with other holidays including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day which are celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. At the urging of major U.S. veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.
Thank any veterans that you come in contact with for their service.
If you need the professionals at SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch, please call us at 210-670-9591
Deep Frying Turkeys Continued
Tips to Help Prevent Deep Fried Turkey Accidents:
* Purchase a fryer with temperature controls, and watch the oil temperature carefully. Cooking oil that is heated beyond its smoke point can catch fire. If you notice the oil is smoking, turn the fryer off.
* Turn off the burner before lowering the turkey into the oil. Once the turkey is submerged, turn the burner on.
* Wear goggles to shield your eyes, use oven mitts to protect your hands and arms and keep an "ABC" or grease-rated fire extinguisher close by. Do not use water or a garden hose on a fire related to Turkey Fryers.
* Skip the stuffing when frying turkey, and avoid water based marinades.
* Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times.
* Once finished, carefully remove the pot from the burner, place it on a level surface and cover to let the oil cool overnight before disposing.
* Opt for an oil-less fryer. This uses infrared heat, rather than oil, to cook the turkey.
All of us at SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch hope that you have a happy and safe holiday season. If you need us for anything, please call us at 210-670-9591.
Source: State Farm®
Deep Frying Turkeys
This is the time of the year that we start thinking about the holidays and getting together with family and friends. A lot of people like to fry turkeys, so SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to make you aware of some of the dangers involved.
Tips to help prevent deep fried turkey accidents:
* Keep outdoor fryers off of decks, out of garages and a safe distance away from trees and other structures.
* Make sure that the turkey is thawed and dry before cooking. Ice or water that mixes into the hot oil can cause flare ups.
* Watch the weather. Never operate a fryer outdoors in the rain or snow.
* Place the fryer on a level surface, and avoid moving it once it is in use.
* Leave 2 feet between the tank and the burner when using a propane-powered burner.
* Follow the manufacturer's instructions to avoid overfilling. Oil can ignite when it makes contact with the burner.
* Never leave fryers unattended.
We will continue our turkey fryer discussion in our next blog. If you need us for anything, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591.
Source: State Farm®
Daylight Savings Time Ends
Changing the Time
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to remind you to set your clocks back 1 hour today at 2:00 A.M.
Daylight saving time has a long and storied history. It has been embraced by many and cursed by many more, but it is still in force.
Nov 3, 2019 - Daylight Saving Time Ends
When local daylight time is about to reach
Sunday, November 3, 2019, 2:00:00 am clocks are turned backward 1 hour to
Sunday, November 3, 2019, 1:00:00 am local standard time instead.
Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier on Nov 3, 2019 than the day before. There will be more light in the morning.
Also called Fall Back and Winter Time.
Take heed and don't be late on Sunday. If you have any questions, please call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591.
Hey! It's that time of year when the football season is really ramping up and hopefully your favorite team is doing well. SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch knows that you may want to throw a football party at your home but you are embarrassed by that dirty carpet or tile. You may even have some deodorization issues that we can help with.
Whatever the issue may be, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591.
We will clean carpet, upholstery, drapes and blinds. We have specialty equipment to clean tile and grout. We also have specialty equipment to clean air ducts to remove build up of dust and possibly mold. We can also offer deodorization solutions. If you would like outdoor power washing, we can do that too. We will take a look at any project that you may want us to tackle. Again, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591 for all your cleaning needs. Have fun!
Last Continuing Education Class for 2019
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch has added one more continuing education class for the end of 2019.
This class will be titled "Hoarding", course number 36542. It will take place from 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. The location will be at R T Specialty office located at 6800 Park Ten Blvd. San Antonio, Texas 78213. Coffee, juice, fruit, and donuts will be available at 8:30 A.M. .
This class has been specifically designed to teach and explain the special procedures used by professionals in mitigating and restoring homes affected by hoarding trash, things and animals regarding claims for the insured. The purpose of the course is to provide you with a better understanding of the purpose and theory of hoarding.
Class size is limited so please call ahead and reserve your spot. SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch, 210-670-9591.