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Portable Space Heater Dos & Don'ts

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Portable Space Heater Dos & Don'ts This helpful item can be a major hazard if not used with caution.

During these winter months it is important to remember that the portable heater you keep by your bed or at your desk could cause a fire. Here is a list of “Do’s and Don’ts” to reduce the risks.

Portable Heater Do’s:

  • Know your space heater. By reading the manual before use, you are more likely to know what to expect from the heater and be able to identify if something is seriously wrong with it or not.
  • Location is everything! Place the heater where no people or pet will bump into it. If this is something you are particularly worried about, find a heater that will set off an alarm when it’s bumped over.
  • Make sure to supervise pets and children when they use the heater. If the pet or child is a risk for knocking it over or playing with it, it might be best to place it out of reach in a spot where it won’t be bumped or set anything on fire.
  • When you are asleep turn off the heater to avoid any accidents while you and the rest of your family sleep.
  • Remember the three-feet rule. Heaters should be placed at least three feet away from any objects.
  • Clean heaters are safe heaters. Make sure to routinely clean out your heater to prevent dust or dirt from collecting and burning up on the heat source.
  • Plug the heater directly into a wall outlet. By illuminating the use of extension cords or power strips, there is less of a chance of a fire starting due to a secondary power source.
  • Make sure that the heater is the correct size. Heaters that are too small may not give the desired effect, while heaters that are too large might pose a threat.

Portable Heater Don’ts:

  • Don’t place heaters on anything flammable or that might have strands of fabric that could accidentally catch fire. Rugs, furniture, and wood surfaces are not suitable for heater placement.
  • Leaving children and pets unsupervised around a heater should be avoided at all costs. Not only could they bump it and cause a fire, but if they touch a heater that is burning hot enough, they could end up with severe burns on their bodies.
  • Moisture can cause burns, but could also ruin the appliance. Don’t handle a space heater with wet hands and avoid putting them in places where they may come into contact with water or any other liquids.
  • Don’t let the cord of the heater get damaged. If the cord gets cut or frayed, you could end up dealing with an electrical fire.
  • Space heaters are not meant to thaw pipes or dry clothing and should not be used for either of those purposes.
  • Don’t leave space heaters on when you leave the room or the house. It’s better to come home to a cold house than to a house engulfed in flames.

By following these tips, you will be able to warm your house or business without any worry.

Information Retrieved from:

  • http://www.air-n-water.com/resources/space-heater-safety-5-dos-and-donts/
  • https://www.esfi.org/resource/space-heater-safety-tips-146
  • https://windycityair.net/2013/01/dos-and-donts-of-space-heaters/
  • https://www.assuranceagency.com/blog-post/the-dos-and-don-ts-of-space-heaters-in-the-workplace

If you do experience a fire, you can always contact SERVPRO® of Peoria to help with the cleaning and restoration of the damage. 309-637-7300

Continuing Education Classes

12/13/2018 (Permalink)

Insurance professionals (agents, brokers, producers, etc) have an obligation to keep their licenses and certifications up to date. To do this, they are required to take certain courses and earn credit hours towards those certifications. Courses in ethics, legal information, insurance trends, and so much more are provided through SERVPRO® through our Continuing Education (CE) Classes for insurance professionals to attend at no cost to them. Recently, SERVPRO® of Peoria held a couple of these classes for professionals in and around our community. The Ethics Bootcamp course and the Essentials of Legal Liability and Insured Status course were just two of the many informational courses that we have and will continue to have taught within out facility.

SERVPRO® sponsors these courses for a number of reasons, the most important being the fostering and strengthening of our relationships with the insurance professionals in the communities we service. When we make it clear that we care about the people who help insure the home and business owners in our area, it will make choosing SERVPRO® for the cleaning and restoration needs of those clients an even easier choice. We want to make sure that people dealing with water or fire damage and the professionals advising them know that we are making efforts to help them with the process even before the event happens.

If you or someone you know is an insurance professional and would like more information on how to sign up for any of our upcoming CE Classes, you can contact SERVPRO® of Peoria at 309-637-7300.

If you experience water or fire damage and need someone for the cleanup and restoration of your property, just remember that we are, “Here to help.®”

Restoring Electronics

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

One of the most stressful parts of dealing with any loss is realizing that the electronics that you spent so much money have been damaged as well. Technology is expensive, and we take all sorts of steps to protect them. Before you spend the money to replace your electronics, contact the closest SERVPRO. They might be able to restore the objects and save you the trouble of replacing them.

SERVPRO is a proud user of Fireline and their impressive contents restoration tools. Their approved solution to electronic friendly cleaning included modified water, special detergents, and heat and mechanical action. With this solution they have been able to save many types of electronics in both residential and commercial losses.

The types of items that can be cleaned in each type of loss include:

Residential:

  • Computer Systems
  • Televisions
  • Entertainment Centers
  • Microwaves
  • Gaming Consoles
  • Cable & Satellite Receivers
  • Cameras
  • Large Appliances
  • Sewing Machines
  • Vacuum Cleaners
  • Fitness Equipment
  • Digital Video Recorders

Commercial:

  • Computers & Servers
  • Cash Registers
  • Copiers
  • Fax Machines
  • Automotive Analyzers
  • Cameras
  • Telephone Switchers
  • Medical & Dental Equipment
  • Security Equipment
  • Machine Equipment
  • Rail Equipment
  • Small Appliances

SERVPRO understands that while electronics are not our lives, it’s very inconvenient when they stop working for us. That is why when a disaster occurs, SERVPRO will do the best they can to make it, “Like it never happened.” ®

If you do experience the loss of your electronics in the Peoria area call SERVPRO as soon as possible! (309) 637-7300

SERVPRO Training Building

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

When you are going through a loss and need a team to come in and help restore your home or business to its preloss state, it’s important to feel like you’ve chosen the right team to take care of your property. SERVPRO of Peoria is doing their best to make sure that the people who choose SERVPRO for their restoration and cleanup needs are choosing a company and a team that is as prepared to help as possible.

SERVPRO of Peoria has a training facility on site for the men and women who become SERVPRO Heroes. This building is the first IICRC certified flood house in Illinois, and is the only one like it so far. The building is put through different loss scenarios to ­­create situations for our teams to investigate and restore as though they were working with an official client. Fire damage, water damage, and other losses are created to give Heroes a hands-on training experience. This prepares our team with an incredible sense of what they will be looking for in the field, giving you the peace of mind so desperately needed after any residential or commercial damage.

If you are interested in getting a sneak peak at how the team trains in the facility, please stay tuned to our website and our social media for videos of our next training period. We want to show you what our Heroes do to become the people who can truly make it “Like it never even happened.” ®

If you do experience fire or water damage in the Peoria area call SERVPRO as soon as possible! (309) 637-7300

Turkey Fryer Safety In Peoria

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Turkey Fryer Safety In Peoria Keep the turkey frying safe this year.

Turkey Fryer Safety for Thanksgiving


Turkey fryers are quickly becoming a yearly tradition when it comes to Thanksgiving Day, but they can also be very dangerous if not used properly.

Here are some turkey frying safety tips to remember this holiday season from a local Fire Department:

  1. Make sure that you don't overfill the pot by measuring the proper level with the turkey in water first.
  2. Once the oil has been heated to the proper level turn the burner off before adding the turkey.
  3. Make sure that you are using oven mitts and safety glasses when handling the turkey, and after you're done cooking allow the oil to cool sufficiently before disposing of it.
  4. Make sure that you are not wearing clothes with long sleeves, and that you are turning the pot handles in so that they don't get knocked over by accident.
  5. And keep kids and pets out of the kitchen while things are being prepared.


SERVPRO of Peoria hopes that everyone has a great and safe Thanksgiving this year and we are thankful to serve our community!

What Can I Expect After A Flood Damage In Peoria

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO What Can I Expect After A Flood Damage In Peoria What happens next?

The flood waters are gone ... what can you expect now?

It is hard to know what to do and what to expect when the flood waters from a major water damage finally recede. 

You WILL have questions:

  • Are there going to be situations you are not ready for?
  • Will it ever be the way it used to be?
  • Where do I begin?
  • Who do I turn to that is trustworthy and professional?

The good news is that SERVPRO has been helping families and businesses just like yours for years here in Peoria. We have systems in place and technology on our side.

SERVPRO's expert technicians can help in every stage of the damage. With that being said the rules of cleanup vary from state to state and even county to county especially after a major flood that has impacted tens of thousands of residents.

SERVPRO has to adhere to the proper rules and regulations which can often change temporarily during emergencies when it comes to disposing of the trash and waste material as well as your belongings that are no longer salvageable.

This means that there will be some unsightly piles of items from time to time in neighborhoods all along the affected area. SERVPRO can work as quickly as the local municipalities allow and will always make sure they do their best to leave things better than the way they found them.

If you have severe water damage from flooding call SERVPRO today!

Preparation For Your Business In Peoria

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Preparation For Your Business In Peoria Put a plan in place.

How quickly your company can get back to business after a tornado, fire or flood often depends on the emergency planning done today.

The regular occurrence of natural disasters demonstrates the importance of being prepared for any emergency. While each situation is unique, your organization can be better prepared if you plan carefully, put emergency procedures in place, and practice for all kinds of emergencies.

The following situations are common sense measures business owners and managers can take to start getting ready. A commitment to begin planning today will help support your employees, customers, the community, the local economy, and even the country. It also protects your business investment and gives your company a better chance for survival.


Review the following questions to learn if your company is prepared for disaster.

Be Informed.
Do you know what kind of emergencies might affect your company? Do you know what you will do in an emergency situation?

Develop a Business Continuity Plan.
Do you know which staff, procedures, and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep operating? Do you have backup plans for those operations? 

Prepare your Emergency Plan.
Do you have an evacuation and shelter-in-place plan? Do you have a plan to communicate with employees before, during and after an incident?

Practice the Emergency Plan.
Have you practiced your plan recently? 

Review Insurance Coverage.
Have you reviewed your insurance coverage recently to see if you're covered in a disaster?

Secure Your Facility and Equipment.
Have you secured all the ways people, products, and supplies get into your building?

Promote Family and Individual Preparedness.
Do you encourage employees to have a personal
emergency supply kit and a family communication plan?


If you answered "No" to any of these questions, visit ready.gov or call SERVPRO and learn how to better prepare your business.