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How Do Smoke Detectors Work?

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

smoke alarm on wall Smoke Detector

October 6 – October 12 is Fire Prevention Week and smoke detectors play a huge role in preventing loss and injury with property fires. SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian wants to know how smoke detectors really work. So, we’ve done some research.

First, there are 2 common types of smoke detectors: ionization detectors and photoelectric detectors. Most smoke alarms use these types of detection as well as heat to warn of a fire.

Ionization Smoke Detectors have a chamber and a source of ionizing radiation. If smoke enters the ionization chamber, the smoke particles attach to the ions and neutralize them, so they do not reach the plate. The drop in current between the plates triggers the alarm.

Photoelectric Detectors contain a T-shaped chamber with a light-emitting diode (LED) that shoots a beam of light across the horizontal bar of the T. When smoke blocks the light beam, the reduction in light reaching a photocell triggers the alarm.

So, which type of smoke detector do you need for your property? Both ionization and photoelectric detectors are effective smoke sensors. Both types of smoke detectors must pass the same test to be certified. Ionization detectors respond more quickly to flaming fires with smaller combustion particles; photoelectric detectors respond more quickly to smoldering fires.

To learn more about the type of smoke detectors your property needs, refer to Maryland Law.

Create a Fire Evacuation Plan

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

fire escape Evacuation Fire Escape

October 6 – 12, 2019 is National Fire Prevention Week.

In a fire, mere seconds can mean the difference between a safe escape and a tragedy. Fire safety education isn’t just for children. Teenagers, adults, and the elderly are also at risk in fires, making it important for every member of the community to take some time during Fire Prevention Week to make sure they understand how to stay safe in case of a fire.

A wide variety of emergencies both man-made and natural, may require a workplace to be evacuated. These emergencies include - fires, explosions, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, toxic material releases, radiological and biological accidents, civil disturbances and workplace violence. 

To ensure the fastest emergency action plan, consider the following:

  • Similar to a home fire drill, start your fire evacuation plan with a map. These maps should include locations of exits, assembly points, and equipment (such as fire extinguishers, first aid kits, spill kits) that may be needed in an emergency.
  • Many employers designate individuals as evacuation wardens to help move employees from danger to safe areas during an emergency. Generally, one warden for every 20 employees should be adequate, and the appropriate number of wardens should be available at all times during working hours.
  • Certain equipment and processes must be shut down in stages or over time. Establish a method for accounting for non-employees such as suppliers and customers.

For more information on workplace evacuation plans and procedures, visit www.osha.gov.

Emergency situations are an unfortunate reality in workplaces and homes. If your prepared for these events, your employees and families are more likely to be protected.

SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore is a woman-owned independent franchise. For more information, call (410) 255-1100.

Protect Your Property During a Power Outage

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

Lightening and clouds over rough water Thunderstorm

September is peak thunderstorm season. The warm air, the rolling sound of the thunder in the background and the streaks of lightning light up the night sky is like natures version of fireworks. However, with every thunderstorm, there is the probability of a power outage. Here are 4 things SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian recommends in the event of a power outage:

Be Prepared. The best way to ensure business continuity is by being prepared. SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian can help you develop an Emergency Readiness Plan (ERP). Subscribe to the Annapolis city CivicReady program to get emergency alerts.

Install Surge Protectors. Install a plug-in, point-of-use electrical surge protector. You plug this device into a grounded electrical outlet and plug your appliances and computers into the surge protector.  

Battery Backups. If your property has a sump pump in the basement or crawl space, make sure the sump pump has a battery backup. Battery backsups are also important for network servers.

Contact Utility Company. When your office or home loses power, be sure to contact BGE, which provides power to most of Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Visit www.bge.com or call to report outages at 877-778-2222. If you see sparking power lines, immediately call 9-1-1.

Normally, a short power outage is no big deal, but the longer the power is out the potential for damage to a home or business increases.

BARN FIRE SAFETY

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

Anne Arundel County has many barn structures. In 2016, over 60 firefighters fought a barn fire in Lothian. Howard County saw a huge barn fire in July of this year. SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian wants to ensure your barn is safe.

Agriculture remains a top industry in Maryland with 381 farms totaling 28,111 acres in Anne Arundel County alone.  Anne Arundel County has resources in place to support our county farmers and agricultural producers and meet the needs of the agricultural business community.

Many of the agricultural barns are located in Southern Anne Arundel County. Fire safety is an important part of farm life. People, animals, and property are in danger when fire breaks out on a farm. Inspect your barn and outbuildings for fire hazards to reduce the risk of tragic loss:

Heat lamps and space heaters are kept a safe distance from anything that can burn.

  • Electrical equipment is labeled for agricultural or commercial use.
  • Lightbulbs have covers to protect them from dust, moisture, and breakage.
  • Dust and cobwebs around electrical outlets and lights are removed.
  • Oily rags are stored in a closed, metal container away from heat.
  • Feed, hay, straw, and flammable liquids are stored away from the barn.
  • Exits are clearly marked and pathways are clear.

Barns are required to have certain safety equipment including:

  • ABC-type fire extinguishers near every exit and within 50 feet from any point in the barn.
  • Fire alarm system
  • Sprinkler system
  • Carbon monoxide detection system.

For more information on barn safety, contact the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation (AAEDC).

Is Your Property Ready for Whatever Happens?

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

hurricane image from satellite National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness and with the horrors of Hurricane Dorian fresh on everyone’s mind, SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian wants to ensure you are prepared.

Here are three tips to help you prepare:

Create an emergency kit.

  • Water - one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

Get an Emergency Ready Profile.

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing remediation work to begin.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information.

Know what is happening in Anne Arundel County.

If disaster strikes, will you be ready?

Prepare for a Power Outage

8/22/2019 (Permalink)

Power Lines at night Power Lines

Summer thunderstorms can be exciting to watch from a safe distance. The rolling sound of the thunder in the background and the streaks of lightning light up the night sky is like natures version of July 4th fireworks. However, with every thunderstorm, there is the probability of a power outage. Here are 4 things SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian recommends in the event of a power outage:

Install Surge Protectors. Install a plug-in, point-of-use electrical surge protector. You plug this device into a grounded electrical outlet and plug your appliances and computers into the surge protector. Click here for more information on surge protection.

Be Prepared. The best way to ensure business continuity is by being prepared. SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian can help you develop an Emergency Readiness Plan (ERP). An ERP is a disaster plan to help your business be ready for whatever happens.

Battery Backups. If your property has a sump pump in the basement or crawl space, make sure the sump pump has a battery backup. Battery backsups are also important for network servers.

Contact Utility Company. When your office or home loses power, be sure to contact BGE, which provides power to most of Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Visit www.bge.com or call to report outages at 877-778-2222. If you see sparking power lines, immediately call 9-1-1.

Normally, a short power outage is no big deal, but the longer the power is out the potential for damage to a home or business increases.

What Happens To Hardwood Floors With Water Damage?

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Hardwood Floor Drying

Did you know that SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian can dry water from wood floors? There is a science behind this and our SERVPRO technicians have been training to restore water-damaged wood floors.

A wet property or building can sometimes dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. At SERVPRO, we try to help speed up the drying process with technology and proven drying methodologies. When materials (including wood flooring) are wet, moisture will naturally move to the drier air surface, but only if the air is drying.

This is why SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian uses de-humidifiers and air movers to keep the air at the surface of the hardwood flooring dry…to pull the moisture away from the sub-flooring as well as the wood. Our team uses a piece of equipment, Injecti-Dry, to ensure the hardwood is completely dry.

It’s not only the equipment but the technology too! SERVPRO has developed DryBook™, a proprietary tool that provides real-time documentation and updates on the drying process and helps ensure industry drying requirements are met. With DryBook™ Mobile, you have the ability to know exactly where your property is in the drying process.

Bottom line…if your hardwood floor has water damage, we can dry them.

School Construction Cleaning

8/2/2019 (Permalink)

School Restroom

SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian are experts in Post-Construction Cleaning. Interior and exterior cleaning is needed after construction services. We provide debris removal services to prepare the building for interior design. During construction, buildings can trap moisture. If you think your building has a moisture issue, we will provide the help you need to eliminate moisture. Schools and Commercial buildings have trusted us with the dirty work before a grand opening or even a renovation.

We provide cleaning services to your building. Want to make an office space or classroom look brand new? Bring in our professionals to clean your carpets, upholstery, ceilings, walls, fixtures, deodorization, air duct cleaning, debris removal, and window cleaning. No job is too big or small for us.

If your property is needs Post-Construction Cleaning, give SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian a call at 410 867 3590

Storm Breaks Heatwave

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

Tree Fell in Road

Maryland has recently experienced a serious heatwave. The storms on July 22, 2019, brought a much-needed break to the heat, but it also brought flash floods and water damage to many properties in Anne Arundel County. SERVPRO® of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothion was called to address water damage in several Edgewater properties.

According to WTOP, Anne Arundel County saw flash floods, power outages, and tornado warnings in neighboring Montgomery County. The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado that killed a man when a tree fell on him in his driveway.

Consider the following warning systems when preparing for an approaching storm:

After the thunderstorms came through the Edgewater area on Monday, SERVPRO® of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothion was called to address water damage in several properties. Stay storm safe by getting communication early!

Edgewater Water Damage

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

Refrigerator Water Line Leak

SERVPRO® of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian recently worked on a property in Edgewater that suffered water damage. When there’s a water intrusion, like a leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home. It’s important to clean the water as soon as possible.

This townhome suffered water damage from a leaking water line to the refrigerator. A refrigerator water line usually lasts several years.  Warning: Unplug the refrigerator so you don’t get shocked or electrocuted! This leak caused water damage in the kitchen, basement hallway, ceiling, and carpeting. Typical refrigerator water lines are made of plastic. We recommend you change them to a sturdier material. You can read more about the other options for refrigerator lines in this article by Family Handyman.

If your property suffers water damage, keep in mind that water intrusions invade floors, ceilings, and walls to find the lowest point in the structure. Water from a refrigerator water line will search for pinhole crevices and cracks in your floors and walls looking for a way to travel down. SERVPRO® of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian responds to water losses within 4 hours to start mitigation services. While we are on our way, remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying and place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs.

Did you know mold can start growing within 24-48 hours after water damage? Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. Make sure your property is properly dried if your refrigerator water line leaks. Call SERVPRO® of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian to get professional water mitigation to service your property needs.