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Home Fire Evacuation Plan: What to do Before, During and After a Fire

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

Picture of burned garage This is a garage of a home where the fire started and then spread to the rest of the home

Having to evacuate your home because of a fire may be one of the most scary things that can happen to a homeowner. It means that you could be in incredible danger, and it might mean that your home could be completely lost. An evacuation means you have to move quickly and effectively. That means having a plan set out ahead of time so you are prepared to go at a moment’s notice.

Here’s everything you need to do before, during and after a fire.

Before A Fire Evacuation

Preparation is the most important part of a good evacuation plan. There are several things you do before a fire to make sure you are ready.

Disaster Relief Kit

A disaster relief kit, sometimes called a go bag, contains any essentials that you might need if you have to evacuate in a hurry. Make sure to have extra cash in there, along with extra clothing items, like sweatshirts and footwear. You should also pack emergency health information, but make sure that it is placed in a waterproof bag to keep it safe. Extras of medication should be in there, along with an extra phone charger. There are lots of sample evacuation kits on the internet, so do a search to pick and choose the items that best suit your family.

Family Preparation

There are also certain things that everyone in your household should know if there is a fire. For instance, you should pick out a place for everyone to meet up at if you have to leave in a hurry. This can be in front of a neighbor’s house, for example. Make sure that everyone’s phone numbers are saved in all family members phones so that you can easily communicate if you get separated. Sometimes, a fire can affect entire neighborhoods or even municipalities. If this is the case, you should have some place you can escape to in every possible direction.

Transportation

Make sure that your car always has at least a half tank of gas. If the fire is affecting an entire area, you may need to drive a distance to get away to safety. If you do not have a car, make sure that you have a plan in place and know exactly how you will get away.

During An Evacuation

You will have to think fast while you are evacuating. It is best to already know what you want to do, so you can make the best decisions and keep everyone safe.

Communications

Do your best to keep in touch with everyone from your home at all times. If the cause of your evacuation is a wildfire, then there may be power lines down and your phones may not work. Or, you may have family members that cannot get to where you are. Always listen to the instructions from officials, such as the firefighters and police. They have more information and will know what the safest course of action is. If it is a wildfire that is affecting more than just your home, then you should also listen for emergency updates on news radio and weather stations.

Pets

Do not forget about your pets. Part of your preparation can be to have them well-trained enough to come when you call. Be sure that your pets are in a place where you can easily retrieve them.

Health and Safety

Once you are out of the building, check everyone for injuries and other issues. Emergency responders will be able to give everyone a check over as well. When it comes to being exposed to smoke, there may be unseen issues affecting you, so it is never a bad idea to head to the hospital to get checked out.

After An Evacuation

Once the fire is extinguished, you may be tempted to head back into your home to survey the damage. Do not do so until an authority has stated that it is safe, as damage to the structure may have occurred. In some cases, a home may need to be closed off until it is repaired for people to enter safely.

The best plan of action at this point is hiring a professional fire restoration contractor to help you restore and rebuild your property. 

Experiencing a fire in your home can be overwhelming. But, by being proactive and creating a fire evacuation plan, you are taking the first step towards preparing your family for the unexpected.

When Storms Hit the Banning Pass and Desert Hot Springs Areas, SERVPRO is Ready!

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

Picture of roof of commercial building with significant storm water Commercial building rooftop with storm water buildup

SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 in the Banning Pass and Desert Hot Springs areas. We use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit the Beaumont, Banning, and Desert Hot Springs areas, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today at 951.922.2900.

Conditions In Beaumont Pass Area Might Be Right For Mold

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

Mold growth underneath a kitchen sink SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning knows what to do if mold grows in your home

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at 951.922.2900.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning for mold remediation services

Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce Small Business Expo

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

Picture of our SERVPRO booth at the Small Business Expo SERVPRO booth at the 2019 Greater Coachella Valley Small Business Expo

SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning attended its first Greater Coachella Valley Small Business Expo held at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA as part of "Small Business Saturday" in November.  The Small Business Expo was attended by over a thousand chamber members, local business professionals and members of the community.

Our SERVPRO booth received a lot of foot traffic from a combination of companies and individuals,  most of which recognized our company name, logo, and services.  For those  who did not recognize us, it was an opportunity to share our story and inform them of what we do and how we could help them in the future.  

It was interesting to note that our most popular promotion item were the green SERVPRO rubber ducks that are part of the National SERVPRO Advertising Campaign.  In fact, I had three individuals inform me that the ducks we make a nice addition to their rubber duck collection.

This event was a great opportunity to make direct contact with the community, and we look forward to participating again next year.

Retoring your Beaumont/Banning Commercial Property after a water damage

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

Picture of business office with wet carpet Water damage to the business office of a commercial customer located in a multi-tenant building

Flooding and water damage events on commercial properties are often complex and pose issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand the importance of getting your business up and running as soon as possible in order to minimize lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning

SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.  We maintain the following industry certifications:

  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

Prepare for Storm Season

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

Earlier this year Southern California endured one of its heaviest rain seasons where both commercial  and residential customers experienced damage from the winter storms.

We know the amount of damage winter storms can do. Now is the time to prepare. 

SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning has 2 very simple suggestions: (1) Clean off you roofs (2) Clear your gutters and downspouts. That doesn't sound like much, but it can make a huge difference. Standing water on a float roof is a formula for disaster. 

Each year we inspect and remove a significant amount of debris off our customers roofs.  An inspection form SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning includes a visual inspection with photos and a report of our findings. This type or preparation requires more time and effort up front, but can save you money and stress in the long run. 

FIRE DAMAGE . . . WHAT NOW?

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

Soot damage removal the SERVPRO way

Exposure to smoke, ashes, and soot from a fire can have harmful effects to your home and health. Long-term exposure to toxins found in smoke, ashes, and soot can contaminate and damage your home as well as have a damaging effect to your lungs and heart.

It's possible your home may have dangerous toxins.

If your home has recently been exposed to smoke, ashes, or soot from a fire, it's possible that dangerous particles and contaminates have settled into your home. And although smoke damage can be visible to the eye, it can also be invisible and hard to trace, hiding in hard to reach places. Behind furniture, attics, air ducks, and other air cleaning systems.

A simple clean or wipe down is not enough, and in most cases, can even MAKE THINGS WORSE. Improper cleaning can further spread dangerous toxins to other areas of the house not affected by a fire. Turning on fans and other HVAC units can further spread toxins throughout your home, making your home a fire and toxin hazard. Smoke odor and toxins may also remain in furniture, clothing, carpet, and other places after a fire, unless properly cleaned and deodorized. Professional chemicals and equipment are needed to eliminate smoke, ashes, soot, odor and other dangerous toxins. Preparing and Informing yourself for a fire can be the best thing you can do for your home and your health.

LET US HELP YOU Our specialized professionals at SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning can inspect, clean, and restore your property. Bringing your home back to the conditions it was prior to a fire.

Remember SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning is there to make it  . . .

"Like it never even happened."

CALL WHEN THE NEED IS THERE WE ANSWER 24/7

951-922-2900

We are there . . . ALWAYS

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

The Beaumont / Banning SERVPRO crew.

Whether it be Fire Storms or Rain and Snow Storms, SERVPRO of Beaumont / Banning is there to serve you.

SERVPRO’s commitment to being Here to Help® is founded on a philosophy of deeply understanding the consumer’s wants and needs, resulting in tailored customer solutions and training excellence.  This means that you, our Residential Water Damage Customers, will AUTOMATICALLY receive an email detailing how you can access your customized Here to Help® Connection page.

SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning is the premiere water, fire, storm, mold restoration company in the San Jacinto Pass Area.  Our experienced crew and equipment are ready at your notice of loss. We are there to help and make it "Like it never even happened."

CALL SERVPRO OF BEAUMONT / BANNING

951-922-2900

IDYLLWILD CRANSTON FIRE . . . THE AFTERMATH

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning soot and grime off a chimney located in a residential area of Idyllwild area.

The Cranston Fire of the Pass Area is now 1 year old. The aftermath is still being felt for the many recreational/camping enthusiast and community businesses of Idyllwild California.

While SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning was there to aid in the remediation of the smoke and soot damages for many of our Riverside County Residents, we are preparing for another wild ride this summer. Due to our extremely wet winter, the growth of all things in the forest has continued at a fast pace, creating dangerous situations in the desert heat and wind.

SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning is ready and waiting to be of assistance to any of our area's wildfires that may occur in our very hot and dry desert area.

Living in SoCal has prepared us for the massive fire chances and we at SERVPRO have the trained crews and equipment to help clean, prepare and resolve the soot, grime and smoke smell and damage that occurs with a fire loss.

Remember SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning is there to make it  . . .

"Like it never even happened."

CALL WHEN THE NEED IS THERE WE ANSWER 24/7

951-922-2900

WE PROMOTE FASTER RENTAL TURNAROUND

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO gets your rental ready faster

Property owners understand the longer it takes to clean a unit after a tenant has moved out, the longer it will take to get a new tenant to move in. Each day that passes, the less income the property owner will receive. Property owners need quality services that can get done quick. SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning offers a variety of services to assist Property Managers in getting their units ready for a quick move-in. We offer:

  • Carpet and Hard Floor Cleaning and Care
  • Ceiling and Wall Cleaning
  • Deodorization
  • Air Duct & HVAC Cleaning
  • Upholstery and Drapes: Wet or Dry-Cleaning Methods

About SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning

SERVPRO of Beaumont/Banning 

specializes  in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.