Thank you to the Fire Fighters!
October is not only fire prevention month, but it is also a time to honor those strong firefighters that took an oath to protect our communities. The National Fallen Firefighter Foundation was honored to announce their 40th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial during the first weekend of October 2-3, 2021. The memorial service honored the names of 215 firefighter who are now a permanent part of the National Memorial in honor of their sacrifices. Many landmarks and fire departments far and wide across the United States were lit up red to honor our fallen firefighters.
The National Fallen Fire Fighter Foundation is also very dedicated in providing families of the fallen firefighters with important resources, programs, and support as they face a long and difficult journey. Some of the resources and programs include scholarships, wellness conferences, and a remembrance program. We at SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill salute our firefighters and thank them for their service.
When the Storms Come...
Storm and flood damage can be devastating and occur when you least expect it. Storm damage encounters may include flooding from heavy rainfall or roof leaks from heavy wind-driven rain. Here are some useful measures you can do to make your home more resistant during a storm:
- Protect potential wind and water entry points
- Make sure roof shingles are secure using roofing cement
- Make sure any openings or cracks by phone and cable lines are chalked up
- Install proper weighted shutters to cover your windows and doorways
- Protect and secure your HVAC system
- Secure any loose item outside, i.e. bikes and trashcans
After the Storm, SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill are here to support you! Call SERVPRO® of Charles County, 301.753.8313 or SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill, 301.292.4447. We provide free visual inspections, and we will guide you through the claim, cleanup and reconstruction processes as necessary. We are Here to Help!
Every Business is Unique
Owning a business is a considerable investment. The saying “it takes a village” could not be more accurate. That is why it is essential to hire someone you can trust who provides excellent service and can perform critical restoration tasks without interfering with the business itself. Just like every person is different, every business is different and has unique needs. We will cater to each of your needs to ensure all services requested are completed not only promptly but in a way that makes sense for you and your business. Our technicians at SERVPRO of Charles County and SERVPRO of Oxon Hill are trained to mitigate the damage quickly and manage the restoration process. No matter the size of your emergency, SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill are here to help! We can be reached by calling on (301) 753-8313 for water damage repair and restoration service.
Smoke and Soot
Smoke and soot covering everything.
An unexpected fire in your commercial property can cause damage for which you are completely unprepared. Along with the structural damage, fire damage leaves a mark on your heart as well. The soot, odor, damage of belongings and water damage are some of the effects in the aftermath of a fire. Soot can cover almost every inch of your business. Smoke can seep into walls, air ducts and surfaces. Unseen odors may be everywhere. However, SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill’s fire damage restoration process can reverse this damage and make it "Like it never even happened."
Burned equipment and fried possessions after a fire, are just the damages visible on the surface. Even after the flames have been put out and the smoke has cleared, your business is still in trouble. Smoke and soot are highly acidic and can damage a wide range of materials they come in contact with. The unexpected amount of smoke damage can easily devastate any business owner. That's why it's important to call SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill at (301) 753-8313 to restore your building to a clean, healthy, and safe condition for yourself and your employees. We are always Here to Help!
Fire Prevention Month
October is fire prevention month. The overall goal of fire prevention month is to raise fire safety awareness and help ensure your home and family are protected. Fire prevention month was established in 1922 by The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). NFPA along your local firemen celebrate fire prevention month by raising fire safety awareness and educating communities, families, students, and encouraging everyone to practice fire prevention and keep their home and families safe.
The NFPA campaign theme for 2021 Fire Prevention Month is “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety”. With so many devices in our homes today from safety systems to personal electronics, it is important to be able to distinguish the difference between a potential emergency or push notification. Smoke alarms when triggered make a continuous beeping sound to alert those around of smoke coming from a potential fire. Smoke alarms may also make a chirping noise indicating that the batteries need to be changed. If the alarms continue to chirp after a battery change it may be time to fully replace the smoke alarm with a new one.
SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill join with the NFPA and firefighters to celebrate National Fire Prevention month and all efforts to keep our community safe!
When the Water Rises...
During these seasonal changes we tend to see more wet weather and heavy winds. These factors cam have an adverse effect on your home. Here are some of the ways to detect signs of water damage if they occur in your home.
- Listen for leaks or constant water flow around your home.
- Be mindful of your water bill, note any high fluctuation.
- Look out for cracks in the wall that may spread or seem to have movement.
- Be aware of a distinct, musty order, mold may be present.
- Look for dark spots or white patterns that may differ from the flooring, roof, & base boards.
- If you have hardwood flooring, be aware of any buckling or lifted nails from the floorboard.
- Be mindful of pooling water or puddles that may appear in random areas of your home.
No matter the size of your emergency, SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill are here to help! We can be reached by calling on (301) 753-8313 for water damage repair and restoration service.
Did you know that nearly 4,000 Americans die each year in house fires and over 2,000 are severely injured? Having a working smoke detector more than doubles one’s chances of surviving a fire.
The most vulnerable people in fires are the elderly and young. That is why it is so important to teach your children fire safety by creating evacuation plans in the event a fire should occur. They should learn how to exit safely in the event of a fire and basic movements, i.e. stay low, stop drop and roll, etc.
Fire produces gases and fumes that can make you sleepy, weak, and confused. You may not smell these fumes and they won’t wake you, but a smoke alarm will. That is why it is so important to have smoke detectors that work within your home, ideally just outside areas where you sleep. Following a few basic precautions and having a plan may save your life. Be safe!
Storms and Fear
Some animals fear storms
Storms come in all shapes and sizes. The one that comes to mind the most often are thunderstorms. However, tropical, lightning, flood, snow, ice and hurricane are just another few types of storms that exist. Some are scarier than others, and some are more of a nuisance than anything.
Did you know that tropical storms are given names before hurricane season begins? They have to get pre-approved by the World Meteorological Organization and can be repeated after six years. If there is a storm that causes major destruction, that name is retired permanently and replaced with a different one.
Astraphobia is the extreme fear of thunder and lightning. While children and adults suffer from this fear, animals do as well. This causes them to run and hide or howl. Did you know that often times, pets can sense a storm coming before we can? That could be why it always seems quiet outside before a storm hits, pets are busy looking for shelter and a place to hide. Your pet may hide under blankets, pace a lot, tremble or pant when a storm is either coming or already happening. Be fearless knowing that no matter the type of storm, SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill are here to help!
Fun Facts About Water!
The Worlds Water
Enjoy these fun facts about water!
- Did you know that the water from your faucet could contain molecules that dinosaurs drank?
- 97% of the world’s water is salty or otherwise undrinkable, 2% is locked in ice caps and glaciers. This leaves just 1% for all humanity’s needs.
- A person can live 1 month without food, but only one week without water.
- 70% of the human brain is made up of water.
- Drinking too much water can be fatal.
- Water covers about 71% of Earth’s surface.
- 85% of the world’s population lives in the driest half of the planet.
- Water is less dense as a solid than it is as a liquid which is why ice floats.
As much as we love water, its not so much fun when it floods and damages our homes. As always, SERVPRO of Charles County and SERVPRO of Oxon Hill professionals are here to help!
When the Unexpected Occurs
When the unexpected and inexplicable occur, SERVPRO is here to help! The tragedy of a crime in a home or business can be painful and traumatic, and we are dedicated to helping families and communities. Your property, home, or business may be affected by blood, body fluids, and sometimes other damage. We are available to compassionately, quickly, and discretely provide thorough cleanup services. The decontamination of a home or business due to trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding, or other biohazards can be both dangerous and emotional. Bioremediation is the removal, cleaning, and disinfection of blood, bodily fluids and other pathogens requiring specialty training, equipment, certification and licensing. Our technicians follow OSHA and EPA protocols to help transform an unsafe environment back into a clean, safe home or business. Our focus is always safety first. SERVPRO of CHARLES COUNTY and SERVPRO of OXON HILL are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year! We can be reached by calling (301) 753-8313.