Fire Extinguisher and Classes of Fires
Did you know that if you encounter a fire with the wrong type of fire extinguisher you could make the fire worse? For example, use an extinguisher that contains only water on a flammable liquid fire and you’ll spread the fire and put yourself in further danger. However, the fires are divided into five classes and fire extinguishers are specifically made to take out one or more of the fire classes. Below is a list of fire classes and the extinguishers that put them out. Each fire extinguisher has labels designated for the type of fire to use the extinguisher on. Double check the extinguisher you’re about to use to make sure it’s designed to fight the type of fire. If you are unclear how to deal with the fire it is best to be safe and evacuate.
Class of Fire: A (A in a green triangle)
Fires of ordinary combustibles like wood, paper, cardboard, most plastics, and cloth
Extinguishers to Use: Water, Foam Spray, ABC Powder, or Wet Chemical
Class of Fire: B (B in a red square)
Fires of flammable liquids like petroleum, kerosene, grease, and others (but not alcohol or cooking oil)
Extinguishers to Use: Foam Spray, ABC Powder, or Carbon Dioxide
Class of Fire: C (C in a blue circle)
Fires of energized electrical equipment such as appliances, wiring, circuit breakers and outlets
Extinguisher to Use: ABC Powder
Class of Fire: D (D in a yellow star)
Fires of combustible metals like magnesium, titanium, sodium (often found in chemical laboratories).
Extinguishers to Use: ABC Powder or Carbon Dioxide
Class of Fire: K (K in a black hexagon)
Fires of cooking oils, trans fats (often used in restaurants).
Extinguisher to Use: Wet Chemical
Does your Victoria House have a Mold Problems?
Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all molds from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all molds, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.
If you see any signs of mold, Call SERVPRO of Victoria – (361)573-6000!
Classes of Water
Without warning, emergencies can strike. An immediate response is critical especially when water damage strikes. Did you know there are different classes of water that can cause a loss in a home? The classes of water are defined as the following:
Class 1 – A single room is affected, with little to no wet carpet, with water only on surfaces like wood or concrete.
Class 2 – This class effects and the entire room, wetness along the walls (12” or more), and moisture still in the structure.
Class 3 – Ceilings, walls, carpet, and insulation are all saturated with liquid or water. This is often due to water coming from overhead.
Class 4 – Water saturates in materials with very low levels of permeation, like hardwood or stone.
Here at SERVPRO of Victoria, we understand that dealing with water damage is highly stressful. Our trained technicians are equipped with the knowledge and equipment to restore your property to its preloss conditions. Do not hesitate to give SERVPRO of Victoria a call if you experience any kind of water damage!
Quick Response is Crucial for Victoria Business Owners
The first 24 hours can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your business’ property. Property damage, equipment damage, document loss, and temporary business closures are just some of the concerns business could possibly experience. Timely response and professional mitigation from a restoration company can alleviate these concerns. Closures for a business does not impact a business owner nor will they cause an impact on customers and employees. Before there is a possible risk doing further damage by attempting to clean the damage yourself, call SERVPRO of Victoria, your local water and fire damage cleanup and restoration professionals. You can reach us all day, every day (including holidays) at (361) 573-6000. When disaster strikes, our team at SERVPRO of Victoria is prepared to help you.
Small Water Damages Become Nightmare for Business
What happens when those small water damages go unnoticed, or moisture soaks into a building’s structural components where it cannot be detected by the naked eye? These incidents may sound relatively harmless, but given time, excess moisture can lead to serious problems.
In as little as 24 to 48 hours, microscopic mold spores, naturally present in all structures, can grow into visible mold. Fueled by the moisture, these fungi feed on a variety of building subcomponents including wood, paint, paper, carpet padding, and contents.
While the debate rages on regarding impact mold have on human health, mold and mildew growth are recognized as major contributors to indoor air quality problems. These nightmares happen every day as a direct result of those small water damages that gradually take their toll on buildings and homes. The recipe for disaster is the combination of excess moisture, a food source for mold found in organic building materials (such as wood, drywall, some types of insulation), and a time delay in removing the moisture.
Give SERVPRO of Victoria a call if you have more questions about mold remediation today. Our team is dedicated to helping your business!
Thanksgiving is only a few days away and most of America is beginning to prepare for one of the most important meals of the year! Typically, one of the most common dishes found on a Thanksgiving table is a turkey. But did you know that there can be some dangers with preparing a turkey at your own home? Cooking is the leading cause of house fires according to Ready.gov. Be extra careful with turkey fryers. There are a few house fires that take place on Thanksgiving since some safety per cations were not being considered. SERVPRO of Victoria has provided you with some helpful tips to use while preparing a turkey to prevent any mishaps from happening. Below are a few key messages to follow to help ensure the safety of your home:
- Only use turkey fryers outdoors; away from home or building and any flammable materials.
- Keep children and pets a safe distance away from the fryer when in use and for several hours after cooking.
- Do not leave the fryer unattended; temperature should also be monitored closely.
- If any smoke, at all, comes from the heating pot of oil, turn the burner off immediately as oil may be overheating.
- Cover any skin that is exposed; it is encouraged to use a pair of gloves that are designed for high heat.
- Follow the manufacturer's recommendation for the amount of oil to add. Do not overfill the fryer.
- Be prepared - consider purchasing a fire extinguisher for safety precautions.
Mold Removal vs. Remediation
Many people do not know that there is a difference between “mold removal” and remediation. Mold spores exist naturally everywhere, both indoors and outdoors, as they are microscopic. This means that removing 100% of mold from a home or business is impossible. Many restoration companies will advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee they can completely remove all mold. This is simply not true.
Qualified restoration companies understand the science behind mold growth and the makeup of mold. All SERVPRO franchises provide thorough training on how to properly remediate mold. The remediation of mold focuses on getting the levels of mold back to natural and normal levels.
Since every mold damage scenario is different, each requires a different solution but our general mold remediation process stays consistent here at SERVPRO of Victoria.
- Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
- Mold Containment
- Air Filtration
- Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
- Cleaning Contents and Belongings
Understanding the Common Types of Floods
Understanding the common types of Floods
Coastal Flooding - is the result of strong onshore winds pushing on water from the ocean or bay. These can be classified as storm surges and greatly affect homes along the coast. Raising a home may help prevent flooding.
Flash Floods - are the most dangerous kind of flood, combining the nearly unstoppable force of flood waters with deadly unpredictability and speed. Just six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock a grown man off his feet, and just two feet of water can cause a car to begin floating.
River Flood - occurs when a river overflows its banks. This happens for a few different reasons. One, lots of rain. Whether it’s tropical systems (tropical storms, hurricanes, etc.) reaching land.
Urban flooding is specific in the fact that the cause is a lack of drainage in an urban area. As there is little open soil that can be used for water storage nearly all the precipitation needs to be transporting to surface water or the sewage system.
SERVPRO of Sugar Land specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a water or fire damage. If your home or business suffers from flood damage, our trained technicians have the expertise, resources, and equipment to handle the job.
Fire Prevention Week 2018
This year's Fire Prevention Week (FPW) campaign, "Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere," works to educate people about three basic but essential steps to take to reduce the likelihood of having a fire -- and how to escape safely in the event of one.
- LOOK for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.
The purpose of Fire Prevention Week is to bring awareness to the risk of death in case of a fire and provide educational resources to everyone in order to keep safe. For more information or facts about fire, click here.
- LISTEN for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could only have minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.
- LEARN two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.
2018 National Preparedness Month
September is known as National Preparedness Month at SERVPRO of Victoria to help bring awareness to our local communities. This awareness event is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the theme this year is "Don't wait, communicate". This program encourages everyone to take advantage of the information provided by FEMA because advanced planning is critical in dealing with and recovering from unexpected disasters.
Now is the perfect time to make a plan and know what to do in case of an emergency. Mother Nature has created multiple large disasters around the Houston area this year. It is important to keep your emergency contact list up-to-date and have alternative communication methods set up in case traditional means are affected. If you would like more information about staying prepared, visit www.ready.gov/september. It is never too early to be prepared. Remember disasters strike when you least expect it. SERVPRO of Victoria is always prepared, to help make it "Like it never even happened".