Part I: Biohazard, Crime Scene & Vandalism Cleanup
Biohazard job that was blocked off by the police dept.
Biohazard, Crime Scene and Vandalism Cleanup:
While we are recognized as the experts in fire, water cleanup and restoration provider by insurance companies, we also specializes in fast, reliable biohazard and crime scene cleanup and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners.
Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers, and owners.
Failure to properly handle and safely remove hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments.
We are trained to safely and effectively remove biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA, and state and local health regulations. We are equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, to help turn an unsafe situation into a clean environment. We can help with the following issues:
- Bloodborne Pathogens
- Methamphetamine Labs
- Crime Scene Residues
- Sewage Backups
- Black Water Intrusions
- Mold Mitigation and Remediation State and local regulations vary.
For more information on biohazard, crime scene and vandalism cleanup call or visit us at http://www.SERVPROmilford-orange-stratford.com/.
According to the National Weather Service (NOAA), “Approximately 75% of all Presidential disaster declarations are associated with flooding.” NOAA lists the most common flood hazards in the United States are:
- Flash Flooding
- River Flooding
- Storm Surge & Coastal
- Inundation from Topical and Non-Tropical Systems
- Burn Scars/Debris Flows (Caused By Wildfires)
- Ice/Debris Jams
- Dry Wash (Caused by Heavy Rainfall in Dry Areas)
- Dam Breaks/Levee Failure
If you never experienced a flood doesn’t mean you may never experience one in the future. In fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. On average, floods cost $3.5 billion in annual losses in the United States. When catastrophic water damage happens, SERVPRO of Milford-Orange-Stratford is here and ready to help. For more information on the National Weather Service, visit them at http://www.weather.gov/.
The Importance of Dry Vent Cleaning:
The Importance of Dry Vent Cleaning:
According to FEMA, failure to clean home dryers causes 34% of home dryer fires. Home dryer fires cause $35 million in property loss and can even cause injury or death. To reduce the risk of these fires happening in your home, SERVPRO of Milford-Orange-Stratford can help clean dryer vents and ducts that may have lint buildup. Other tips for keeping your dryer vents clean from the National Fire Protection Agency include cleaning the lint filter before and after each load and making sure the outdoor vent flap stays open and that it is not restricted by snow, a bird’s nest, or other potential obstacles. For more information on cleaning dryer vents, call SERVPRO of Milford-Orange-Stratford at 203-301-0500 or visit us at http://www.SERVPROmilford-orange-stratford.com/.
Safety Precautions For This Heating Season
Winter is upon us and with colder weather comes shorter days and lower temperatures! Many people use alternative heating sources like fireplaces, portable space heaters, pellet and wood burning stoves to help keep their homes toasty. Did you know, heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths? According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment fires account for $1 billion in direct property damage annually. Keep the following safety tips in mind to help reduce risk heating-related fires:
- Keep flammable items at least three feet away from heating equipment like furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or a portable space heater.
- Have a three foot “kid-free zone” around open fi res and space heaters.
- Be sure that your fireplace has a screen in front of it to help stop sparks from flying into the room.
- Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the metal container a safe distance away from your home.
- Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or when going to bed.
- Test smoke alarms monthly and change batteries annually.
- Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
- Heating equipment and chimneys should be inspected every year by a qualified professional.
Should your property experience smoke or damage, SERVPRO of Milford-Orange-Stratford is here to make it, “Like it never even happened.”
Smoke Alarms Save Lives!
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, outside each sleeping area, and on every level, including the basement. Extra smoke alarms may be needed in large homes. 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 the 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 (NFPA). 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 has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills with your family. For more information on how smoke alarms save lives, visit http://www.nfpa.org/.
Preparing for a Flood
Preparing for a Flood:
Flooding can happen fast in many environments. The American Red Cross recommends having the following list of items packed and ready to go in the event of an evacuation due to flooding:
- Water – 3+ day supply; one gallon per person per day
- Food – 3+ day supply non-perishable, easy to prepare food
- Flashlight(s) – with extra batteries
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio)
- First Aid Kit – including medications and medical items (hearing aids, with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes and cane.)
- Multi-purpose toolS
- Sanitation/personal hygiene items
- Copies of personal documents – deed/lease to home, birth certificates & insurance policies
- Camera for photos of damage
- Cell Phone – with chargers
- Extra cash
- Emergency blanket
- Baby supplies if needed
- Pet supplies
- Tools & supplies for securing your home
- Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
- Insect repellent and sunscreen
For more information on how to prepare for flooding visit the American Red Cross at http://www.redcross.org/.
Did You Know that Floods Are the Most Common Natural Disasters?
Road closed due to severe floodings.
One of the most common natural disasters here in the United States is floods. Whether your home or business is by the coastline, in a city, near the mountains or even the desert – there is always a potential for flood damage.
On average, floods cost $3 billion in annual losses in the USA. Commercial flood claims average more than $75k.
According to the American Red Cross, floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather related disaster.
Some safety tips offered by the American Red Cross are:
- Stay away from floodwaters. If you come across a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. As little as six inches of water can sweep you off your feet.
- If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising, get out of the car immediately and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
- Keep children out of flood water. They are curious and often lack, judgment about running water or contaminated water. If a flood does strike your home or business, contact SERVPRO of Milford-Orange-Stratford or Southbury/Torrington immediately, to make it “Like it never even happened!”
Are Your Ducts Dirty?
Technician inspecting duct/HVAC systems.
Did you know that your ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality? Inspecting ductwork should be a high priority. In most cases, your HVAC System has been operating for some time without any attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants like mold, or dust particles which travel throughout your home.
SERVPRO of Milford-Orange-Stratford & Southbury/Torrington can help inspect your heating, ventilation and air conditioning units. Proper cleaning of one’s HVAC system and ductwork can help prolong the life span of the equipment and possibly may help those who suffer from allergies.
In circumstances after a fire, smoke or mold, duct cleaning becomes essential, we can often restore the HVAC system and duct work to its pre-damage condition. Also, if you have a fuel burning furnace, pellet or wood burning stove, or fire place, the EPA recommends inspection for proper functioning and services to help protect against carbon monoxide poisonings. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at 203-301-0500.
Stuff A Van Food Drive...
Stuff A Van Food Drive Flyer
It’s that time of year when we help the less fortunate during the holiday seasons. SERVPRO of Milford-Orange-Stratford and SERVPRO of Southbury/Torrington are proud to be doing a food drive, “Stuff a Van”. We are collecting non perishable food from November 1st to November 18th for the Sterling House Community Center Food Pantry located at 2283 Main Street, Stratford, CT.
The food pantry provides food, Thanksgiving food baskets and other needs to families in Stratford and the Greater Bridgeport Area. They have been known to provide over 7,000 people with food not only for the holidays but throughout the year.
We have collections boxes placed in businesses around different locations that are helping collected food in their offices. On November the 18th, we have partnered with a located business, Curran Volkswagen, in Stratford, that we will doing a onsite food collection that day so that on November 20th, we can drive a vehicle full of food to Sterling House Community Center and deliver a van stuffed with food to the food pantry and help them provide meals for families in need.
Swinging Through the Stacks
Our local Woodbridge Town Library is holding a “Swinging Through the Stacks” on Nov. 3rd & 4th.
We are sponsoring Hole 14 .
Parents and children can golf their way thru the library and see what interesting books, resources and programs are there for their learning and pleasure. Your community library can benefit all people. The American Library Association was formed in 1876. Public library services play a major role in fighting rising illiteracy rates among youths. Public libraries are protected and funded by the public they serve.
The “ stack” system involves keeping a library's collection of books in a space separate from the reading room. For more information visit http://www.woodbridge.lioninc.org/.