Preventing a Grill Fire
With summer just around the corner, grilling season will soon be in full swing. While we look forward to the upcoming barbecue season, SERVPRO of Baldwin County would like to remind you to be safe and use precautions when cooking with your grill. According to the National Fire Protection Association, an average of 9,600 home fires are started by grills every year. In addition, over 16,000 people need medical care per year due to burns and other incidents involving grills. Here are some steps you can take to prevent a burn or potential fire in your own backyard.
- Do not leave the grill unattended, and keep a spray bottle nearby in case of sudden flare-ups.
- Remove excess fat from your meat since the extra fat can cause the flames to rise.
- Clean your grill to remove all grease and fatty residue left behind from previous cookouts. Doing so will decrease the risk of a grease fire.
- If you own a gas grill, inspect your propane tank for signs of damage that can cause serious fire damage.
By following these precautions, you can safely grill for your family and friends without risk of injury. If you experience a fire at your home, call the fire restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Baldwin County. We are happy to make any size fire disaster “Like it never even happened.”
When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors
It’s that time of the year. Summer comes with rain. Rain comes with thunder storms and lightning. Lightning is a leading cause of injury and death from weather-related hazards. Although most lightning victims survive, people struck by lightning often report a variety of long-term, debilitating symptoms. Thunderstorms are dangerous storms that include lightning and can:
- Include powerful winds over 50 MPH;
- Create hail; and
- Cause flash flooding and tornadoes.
IF YOU ARE UNDER A THUNDERSTORM WARNING, FIND SAFE SHELTER RIGHT AWAY
- When thunder roars, go indoors!
- Move from outdoors into a building or car.
- Pay attention to alerts and warnings.
- Unplug appliances.
- Do not use landline phones.
HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN A THUNDERSTORM THREATENS
WHAT TO DO NOW: Prepare
- Know your area’s risk for thunderstorms. In most places, they can occur year-round and at any hour.
- Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
- Identify nearby, sturdy buildings close to where you live, work, study, and play.
- Cut down or trim trees that may be in danger of falling on your home.
- Consider buying surge protectors, lightning rods, or a lightning protection system to protect your home, appliances, and electronic devices.
We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters
Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call SERVPRO of Baldwin County today at 251-928-9625
Why It's Important to Have Insurance
Insurance Awareness Day
National Insurance Awareness day is reserved for June 28th every year to remind property owners to review their insurance coverage. This review will ensure your coverage is up to date and covers the current operations of your business or residence.
It is important to make sure your business is completely covered for any type of loss that could potentially happen.
Did you know 1 out of 5 entrepreneurs are unsure if they are covered against common small business risks like negligence? A group of small business owners were surveyed and only about half of these owners reported having Theft and Accidental Damage/Loss insurance.
This article has great information about important commercial insurance coverage you should consider.
Is your policy up to date?
Reviewing your insurance coverage might be low on your to-do list, but it is something that should be done annually or whenever there is a change to your needs.
Insurance protects your business in the event that anything happens to your property or employees. You may think you have all of the coverage you need, but you could be missing or overlooking something.
This year on National Insurance Awareness Day set some time aside to review your policies with your insurance agent and make sure you're fully protected.
Allergies Are No Fun!
Weather is getting warmer and spring is finally here! Spring cleaning is essential as weather warms because there are higher amounts of pollen in the air, contributing to your allergies.
Check out our tips to reduce the allergens that find their way into your home!
- Vacuum frequently, and make sure to use a HEPA filter to trap and lock away allergens.
- Throw out unnecessary clutter, so dust cannot hide.
- Try wearing a mask while you clean, so you don’t breathe in the germs you want to get rid of!
- Check water pipes for leaks and the potential for mold.
- Don’t wash with fragrance detergents, as they may trigger your allergies.
- Use your AC instead of opening your windows, to keep allergens out.
For Your Home's Deep Cleaning, Call SERVPRO of Baldwin County!
SERVPRO of Baldwin County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after damaging event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility for regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. SERVPRO wants our team to be part of your team! Call us at 251-928-9625
Our Step by Step Fire Damage Restoration Process
Every fire damage event is different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.
Step 1: Emergency Contact
The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources.
Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.
Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service
Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.
Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.
Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.
Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing
We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.
Step 7: Restoration
Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.
Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Today 251-928-9625
Easter Events in Baldwin County 2019
Wales West Cottontail Express has been rolling since March 23 and concludes next weekend at Wales West Light Railway, 13670 Smiley St., Silverhill.
Every Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Cottontail Express pulls out of our train station and makes its determined way across the awakening landscape of Baldwin County.
The experience also includes an Easter egg hunt, treats and refreshments, and a visit with the Easter Bunny.
Admission is free for ages 2 and under. For all others, the cost is $15 per person. Group rates are available. For more information call 251-232-2322; or go to waleswest.com to purchase tickets.
Marlow United Methodist Church will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 13 at the church, corner of County Road 9 and County Road 28.
All children in the community ages grade six and under are invited to come join us for some Easter fun.
Please bring your own basket. Light refreshments will be served. For more information call 251-988-8563.
Silverhill First Baptist Church will host its annual Community Easter Egg Hunt beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 14 at Silverhill Heritage Kids Park, corner of South Avenue and First Street.
The event will include an age-divided egg hunt with prizes, inflatables, candy, hot dogs, chips and lemonade.
For more information visit the Silverhill First Baptist Church Facebook page.
Alabama 200 Bicentennial Pre-Easter Festival will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 14 at Bicentennial Park, 51233 Alabama 225, Stockton.
The event includes pony rides, a historical Easter egg hunt, petting zoo, face painting, train rides and hay rides. The Easter Bunny will also be on hand to greet young visitors and for photo opportunities.
Admission is free. For more information contact the Baldwin County Department of Archives & History, 251-580-1897.
Easter Eggstravaganza, hosted by The Lighthouse of Baldwin County, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 19 at Garrett Park in Robertsdale.
Join The Lighthouse in support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April. Activities include jump houses, pony rides, face-painting, free sno cones just for children and Easter egg hunts separated into age-appropriate zones. A kiddie pool is also available stuffed with Easter eggs for those 2 and under.
Egg hunt begins promptly at 11 a.m. For more information call 251-947-3414. For more information on this and other upcoming events visit The Lighthouse of Baldwin County’s page on Facebook.
Easter egg hunt, hosted by the Town of Loxley and coordinated by The Loxley Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary and the Loxley Church of God, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 20 at Loxley Municipal Park, 4198 Municipal Park Drive, off of Alabama 59.
The event will include several fun activities for children of all ages. For more information call the fire department, 251-964-6000, the church, 251-964-6604 or town hall, 251964-6444.
Town of Summerdale Easter Egg Hunt will be held beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20 at the Community Center Park, 300 W Jackson Ave. For more information call Town Hall at 251-989-6202.
The Miracle League of Coastal Alabama
The Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Lions Clubs are working together to build a park with a baseball field and playground facility designed to remove barriers that keep disabled residents off the field. The Miracle League fields will be located at 1545 Gulf Shores Parkway Box 159 in Gulf Shores, near Gulf State Park and Shelby Lake. The park will accommodate wheelchairs, walkers and other assistive devices while helping to prevent injuries. For many, it will be their first opportunity to play side-by side with family and friends in an atmosphere where everyone benefits. The main obstacles for these individuals come from playing on natural turf fields used in conventional youth baseball leagues.Their fully inclusive playground will be built with the same playing surface as the Miracle League field. The playground equipment will be designed for everyone regardless of mental or physical limitations.
To enrich our special needs community by giving them the opportunity to play in a facility that is tailored to their specific needs while, at the same time, providing an environment that benefits everyone regardless of physical or mental limitations.
To donate please click here
Chamber of Commerce
SERVPRO of Baldwin County is a proud member of the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, which was established in 1944. Their membership includes small businesses, corporations, associations, professionals as well as associate members who believe in the work of the Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber office is located in the heart of South Baldwin County: 112 W Laurel Ave, Foley, AL 36535, which serves as a gateway to many beautiful destinations throughout our area. They serve the communities of Bon Secour, Elberta, Foley, Josephine, Lillian, Magnolia Springs, Perdido Beach, Summerdale and Wolf Bay.The South Baldwin Chamber has always been, and currently remains, an advocate for businesses in the region. Their mission is to build and promote a better community, speak with a unified voice for business, be a part of well-functioning business networks and support the free market system. The South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce produces four major events in our local area each year. Those events are the Chamber Golf Classic in March, the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival and Balloon Fest 10k/5k held in May, and the Festival of Flavor held in October. The four events are held annually to promote awareness of our local area to both our local community and visitors. To learn more click here
IICRC Applied Microbial Growth Remediation Technician
Our team members just returned from SERVPRO Industries in Gallatin, TN where they had the opportunity to obtain their IICRC AMRT certification.
The IICRC is the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification.
What is the purpose of the IICRC?
The Mission of the IICRC is to establish and advance globally recognized standards and certifications for the inspection, cleaning, restoration and installation industries. (source)
The IICRC serves as an independent, certification body, that sets and promotes high standards and ethics, and advances communication and technical proficiency within the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. The IICRC also ensures that when consumers hire a Certified Firm or technician, they have hired experts who will provide reasonable assurance that work will be completed in accordance with the industry’s “standard of care.” (source)
Applied Microbial Growth Remediation Technician (AMRT)
Applied Microbial Growth Remediation Technician is just one of the many certifications offered by the IICRC. The IICRC is an organizational body that sets the standards for the Cleaning and Restoration community. The AMRT course teaches course takers the content in the ANSI/IICRC's S520 (Standard for Professional Mold Remediation) with both academic and hands-on lessons set up to emulate actual mold remediation projects.
From their website (source):
"The ANSI/IICRC S520 is a procedural standard and reference guide for the remediation of mold damaged structures and contents. The ANSI/IICRC S520 is based on reliable remediation and restoration principles, research and practical experience and attempts to combine essential academic principles with practical elements of water damage restoration for technicians facing “real-life” mold remediation challenges. The S520 and R520 are written for use by those involved in the mold remediation industry, and is the result of collaboration among microbiologists and other scientists, public health professionals, industrial hygienists, remediation contractors, restoration service companies, cleaning and restoration training schools and trade associations that service the professional restoration industry, allied trade-persons and others with related professional and practical experience."
Trained Professionals at SERVPRO of Baldwin County
From on the job training to IICRC certifications and training at our Corporate headquarters, SERVPRO of Baldwin County's trained professionals utilize the latest techniques and technology on every job. If you experience a microbial growth or mold problem, contact SERVPRO of Baldwin County today!
Prepare for 2019 Hurricane Season
There were 15 named storms, eight hurricanes and two major hurricanes in 2018.
The Atlantic hurricane season officially runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season will officially go in the books as being a bit “above normal.”
Of course, if a hurricane hit where you live, it was far from an average year. Just ask the folks in the Florida panhandle and the Carolinas. With its 15 named storms, eight hurricanes and two major hurricanes, 2018 matched the early predictions from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA.
The agency forecast 10 to 16 named storms, including five to nine hurricanes, and one to four major hurricanes with Category 3 strength or higher, back in May before the season started.
An average six-month Atlantic season typically produces 12 named storms, of which six become hurricanes. including three major hurricanes. The 2018 season was defined by two powerful storms that formed in its second half - Hurricanes Florence and Michael.
Florence got its start on Sept. 1 as a tropical storm that formed just off the coast of West Africa.On its nearly two-week trek across the Atlantic, Florence strengthened to a Category 4 storm before making landfall near Wrightsville Beach, NC, as a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph.The rain from the system soaked the region, dumping nearly 40 inches of rain in Elizabethtown, NC, causing widespread flooding that took weeks to recede.At least 55 deaths were attributed to the storm. Property damage and economic losses in North and South Carolina approached $18 billion.
Hurricane Michael took a different path, forming Oct. 7 near the Yucatan Peninsula, where the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico meet.Four days later, Michael made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane in the Florida Panhandle. The storm’s 155 mph winds made Michael the strongest storm to hit the continental U.S. since Hurricane Andrew in 1992. More than one million people, across four states, were left without power due to Michael.
The storm killed at least 43 people in Florida and 10 more in Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia. Of those, 21 were in Florida’s Bay County, where the hurricane made landfall, nearly wiping out Mexico Beach. Michael caused more than $14 billion in damages.
How can you be prepared?
Speak with your insurance agent regarding your coverage. Flood insurance and Hurricane/Wind insurance may not be included in your Homeowners policy.
Speak with your insurance agent regarding what amount will allow you the ability to rebuild your home. A lower premium is not always best if it does not cover the costs to rebuild. It's important to have enough coverage!
Review your policies before Hurricane season (reminder: it starts June 1st!) with your insurance agent. There is a 30-day waiting period before flood insurance goes into effect. Some times, insurers will not adjust your coverage after a storm is forecast.
See this post for information on how you can prepare your family in case of evacuation due to flooding.