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Commercial Lighting Equipment Safety Information

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial business in Boulder and Ara with man working at desk Commercial Lighting Equipment Safely Information

SERVPRO® of Greater Boulder wants to share the following information about commercial fires and how safety equipment helps to lessen the damage and can assist in preventing any bodily injury. According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), one of the most common causes of commercial fires is electrical and lighting equipment. This type of fire is not easily predicted, as the lighting equipment can look totally fine on the outside in your Boulder or Ara place of business.

Tips and Information:

  • If there is a lot of smoke inside the building, cover your mouth and nose and do your best to not inhale any of it
  • Building sprinklers should be examined and tested every 5 years
  • There should always be a fire extinguisher in reach inside of a commercial building and they must be checked annually to ensure they are in working order
  • If an office building is on fire, exit the building immediately and do not try to fight the fire yourself
  • Wet pipe sprinklers installed in the ceilings of commercial buildings are very effective in helping to fight the fire(s)

In the unfortunate event that a commercial building in Ara does catch fire, rest assured that SERVPRO of Greater Boulder is prepared to help clean up any fire damage the building/area has sustained.

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder is independently owned and operated.

Link: https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Data-research-and-tools/Building-and-Life-Safety/US-Structure-in-Office-Properties

What To Do If You Have PTSD During Thunderstorms In Superior Colorado

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

Man scared hiding under book from lightning and thunderstorm in Superior, CO Don't let a storm throw you into a panic attack. Be prepared.

Did you know that almost 7% of people in the U.S. have suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

People who have PTSD may experience panic during thunderstorms. Thunderstorms and lightning can set off  a person’s alarm bells.

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder offers these guides to coping with PTSD during storms: 

The best strategy is to be prepared.

  • Take care of your emotional health. See a therapist. Learn relaxation exercises. When you feel anxious, you can relax yourself
  • Know when a thunderstorm is likely. Plan what you will do during a thunderstorm  
  • Take care of your physical health. Eat a healthy diet. Get enough sleep. Do not rely on alcohol or other drugs.  Do not smoke or chew tobacco 

During a Thunderstorm in Superior, Colorado

  • Slow down your breathing
  • Look around. Notice where you are. Notice that you are in a safe place
  • Distract yourself from the storm. Wear headphones and listen to music. Sit in a pop-up tent
  • Talk with someone you trust

All of this can be compounded if the storm generates damage to your home or office. Sometimes flooding occurs, while other times you may spring a leak. If this happens, give SERVPRO of Greater Boulder a call and we can make the water damage “Like it never even happened.”

NWS Awareness and Preparedness Calendar

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

lightening at the end of boulder country road Are you prepared for severe weather in Colorado?

It’s always good to be prepared when it comes to severe weather in Colorado!  

Do you know what precautions to take when severe weather hits us here in Colorado?  Did you know that The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service has an Awareness and Preparedness calendar per state?  You can check out Colorado’s Awareness and Preparedness calendar here.  These National Safety Campaigns (usually one-week long) are set aside to help us draw attention to being prepared for severe weather year round.  See Colorado campaign dates below:  

  • Fire and Flood Awareness Week - March 7-13, 2021
  • Severe Weather Awareness Week - April 11-17, 2021
  • Lightning Safety Week - June, TBD
  • Winter Weather Awareness Week - October 17-23, 2021

Along with severe weather can come various losses like water damage, fire damage, mold damage, etc.  In the event that severe weather causes any damage to your property (whether commercial or residential), call SERVPRO of Greater Boulder for help!  We’ll make every effort to make your damage look “Like it never even happened.”

Call our 24/7/365 Emergency number at (303)494-2000.

Colorado Weather Unpredictable

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

Photo of spring flowers in the Colorado Mountains with question marks Are you prepared for Colorado's unpredictable weather?

Much to the chagrin of many Coloradoans, April showers don’t always bring May flowers.  Springtime here in the Rockies means a whole lot of different possibilities when it comes to weather and therefore, we all have to be prepared for radical weather changes at any time.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), every year Americans are forced to cope with: 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods or flash floods, 1,000 tornadoes, and two land-falling deadly hurricanes.  This severe weather can leave us with catastrophic results: around 500 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage!

Don’t wait for a severe weather event to prepare.  Click on the link above for recommendations on how to prepare, to form plans, build an emergency kit, and keep you, your family and your home safe!

What Does IICRC mean anyway for your commercial facility in Boulder?

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Greater Boulder

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • OSHA - 30-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • OCT - Odor Control Technician

Water Damage After a Hard Freeze

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO dehumidifiers and fans drying out a Boulder Valley School District school We not only mitigate, we do full reconstruction after a water loss

A ton of water damage hit our Boulder community hard just a few weeks ago with the “dangerous, record-breaking cold...and...some of the lowest temperatures, including -33 degrees”.  From large commercial spaces, schools to multifamily and private residences, Boulder residents needed help!  Pipes were bursting from fire suppression systems exploding, water main breaks and pipe bursting.

We at SERVPRO of Greater Boulder are able to handle all your water damage needs.  We are a full-service restoration company that offers not only mitigation, but full reconstruction as well.   This means that we not only can extract water and dry out your property’s space, but we demolish the irreparable damage and can reconstruct it to make it look “Like it never even happened.”

You can trust us because of our experience, expertise, honesty and integrity.  

Call us anytime you need us!  

SERVPRO of Greater Boulder: (303)494-2000.  We are available 24/7/365.

Learn About the Proper Use of Fire Extinguishers

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

Man grabbing a fire extinguisher with SERVPRO of Greater Boulder logo Do you know how to properly use a fire extinguisher?

Proper use of fire extinguishers can prevent a fire from destroying lives.

Owning a fire extinguisher is not enough, although many people think that is all they need.  The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) requires that employers train their employees how and when to use fire extinguishers. They must provide the training shortly after the employee is hired, and then every year thereafter. If you haven’t been trained yet, please get with your boss and let them know. You do NOT want to skip this training!

OSHA does not allow untrained employees to use a fire extinguisher.

OSHA also requires monthly inspections of the fire extinguishers.

Fire extinguishers have to be placed where they cannot be moved or damaged..

The carrying handle should be 3 ½ - 5 feet above the floor.

Employees must know when to use fire extinguishers.

We at SERVPRO of Greater Boulder suggest asking yourself these questions regarding fire extinguishers. 

  • Have I pulled the fire alarm?
  • Is the fire extinguisher easy to reach?
  • Do I know how to use it?
  • Is the fire contained in a small area?
  • Is the smoke non-toxic?
  • Can everyone get out?
  • Do I have an escape route?

If you can answer “yes” to all of the questions, it is reasonable to use the fire extinguisher.

Remember that fire is fast. If you cannot contain it within 30 seconds, get everyone out of the area. Call 9-1-1 once you are outside.

Links:

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/emergencypreparedness/index.html

https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/regulations/standardnumber/1910/1910.157

https://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/fire-and-life-safety-equipment/fire-extinguishers

Service with a Smile

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

Our technician with an older couple in Boulder smiling with thumbs up SERVPRO of Greater Boulder's aim: service with a smile!

Having someone come into your home to do work of any kind can cause a little anxiety because they are unfamiliar.  Here at SERVPRO of Greater Boulder, we aim to help you have the best customer experience possible.  We don’t only want you to be happy with the job that we do, we want you to be happy with our production team members!

When you’ve got a team member like Enrique on your team, boy, does that make everyone happy!

Enrique is a wonderful example of the complete package we aim to offer you!  A job well done by a technician with a smile!  Enrique loves taking photos of the homeowners that he helps with smiles and thumbs up!

You can feel good when you choose SERVPRO of Greater Boulder, knowing that you’re not only going to get great service, but service with a smile!

Call us today!  (303) 494-2000.  :)

Know the Risks of Thunderstorms in Boulder County

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

Lightning over Boulder County Thunderstorms are beautiful, but can be dangerous

We here at SERVPRO of Greater Boulder know that in most places, thunderstorms can happen at any time of the day and any time during the year.

While thunderstorms can be beautiful, they can also be dangerous.  They can cause severe damage to your home and commercial property.

Thunderstorms can include lightning and can:

  • Cause flash floods
  • Cause tornadoes
  • Create hail
  • Reach winds over 50 MPH

Be prepared:

  • Cut down or trim trees that may fall on your home or office
  • Install surge protectors, lightning rods, or a lightning protection system
  • Sign up for your community’s warning system
  • Know the risk for thunderstorms in Boulder and in Boulder county.

You don’t have to wait for the thunder. If there is a thunderstorm warning, go inside. Once there:

  • Unplug appliances
  • Do not use landline phones in office or home
  • Pay attention to alerts and warnings

If you can’t get inside a building:

  • If you are swimming or in a boat, get to land immediately
  • Find shelter
  • If you are in a car, don’t touch anything metal
  • “Turn around. Don’t Drown. '' Avoid flooded roads. 6 inches of moving water can knock you down. One foot of moving water can sweep away your car.

A lightning strike during a thunderstorm can leave a wake of destruction in its path. This can range from minor electrical issues to fire damage. Lightning is also a major cause of injury or death from weather-related dangers.  Most people survive being hit by lightning, but they often have long-term problems.

Link:

https://www.ready.gov/thunderstorms-lightning

Enjoy BBQs and Independence Day with Safe Office and Home Parties!

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

little boy with American flag glasses on It's time to celebrate those office parties and at-home parties...safely!

With the holiday weekend finally here, we want to make sure everyone stays safe while still having fun! Fireworks cause an average of almost 20,000 reported fires per year; and in 2013, sparklers caused 41% of fireworks injuries. When firing up those grills remember that July is the peak month for grill fires. Here are some tips to ensure your 4th of July Barbecue is disaster-free!

-Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors
-Keep your grill clean by removing any grease buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill
-When using a charcoal grill, let the coals cool completely before disposing of them
-Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Keep a bucket of water nearby in order to extinguish fireworks that don’t go off.

Stay safe and have fun this holiday weekend!