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Deep Fried Turkey Safety in Boone and Howard Counties

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Deep Fried Turkey Safety in Boone and Howard Counties Deep fried turkey sounds delicious, but do you know how to safely cook it?

It is that time of the year again when family and friends come together for a feast. The highlighted dish for Thanksgiving is centered on the turkey. There are several ways to cook a turkey, but a favorite among some is deep fried. 

If you plan on deep frying a turkey this year, please keep the following tips in mind. SERVPRO® of Columbia would like everyone to have a safe holiday with their family and friends.

  • Thaw and Dry turkey completely before cooking.
    • Thaw the turkey in the refrigerator approximately 24 hours for every 5 pounds, according to The National Turkey Federation.
    • Ice or water that mixes can cause flare-ups
  • Fryer Setup
    • Use fryer outdoors and away from decks, garages, home, and other structures.
    • Keep children and pets away from fryer
    • Use on a flat surface to avoid accidental tipping
    • Tank and burner should be 2 feet apart
  • Measure the Oil
    • Avoid overfilling by reading the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Be Prepared
    • Use oven mitts to protect hands and/or arms
    • Safety goggles to protect eyes
    • Have a grease-rated fire extinguisher nearby and ready
  • Finishing Act
    • Remove pot from burner and place on level surface
    • Allow oil to cool overnight before disposing

Most importantly NEVER leave fryers unattended. Please be careful this holiday season and share these tips with your friends and family that enjoy fried turkey.

If you do become a victim of a deep-fryer fire, SERVPRO® of Columbia is here to help. We service Boone and Howard counties and are available 24/7/365 days a year. View our fire damage emergency tips to help minimize the damage to your home.

October is Fire Prevention Month – Every Second Counts

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage October is Fire Prevention Month – Every Second Counts Developing and practicing a fire escape plan can increase your chance of survival in the event of a fire. Photo provided by NFPA.org.

Every second counts during a fire. In just a matter of moments, a small flame can turn into a major fire. Be prepared and have a fire escape plan in place, to increase your chance of survival. The best way to be prepared is having a fire escape plan and working smoke detectors in place.

The National Fire Protection Association designates one week in October to focus on fire prevention. This year, it begins on Sunday, October 8th and ends on Saturday, October 14th. Their theme this year is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!”

Fire Escape Planning Tips:

  • Draw map of your home
  • Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on upper levels
  • Choose an outside meeting place
  • Teach children how to escape on their own
  • Practice your fire escape plan during the day and at night

SERVPRO® of Columbia wants you to stay safe. If your home or business suffers fire or smoke damage in Boone or Howard counties, contact SERVPRO® of Columbia to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

*Tips provided by National Fire Protection Association, nfpa.org.

Is Your Business Prepared for an Emergency?

9/1/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Is Your Business Prepared for an Emergency? Be prepared for a flood or fire damage in Boone or Howard counties with an Emergency Ready Profile.

National Preparedness Month is the perfect time to develop a readiness plan for your business in Boone and Howard counties. SERVPRO of Columbia is here to help you get a plan in place for free!

Advantages of the SERVPRO 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.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information.

Schedule and ERP

SERVPRO of Columbia can put together an Emergency Ready Profile for your business for free. There are no contracts or obligations, we just want to help your business. Preparation is key for making it through any size disaster. Schedule an appointment today with SERVPRO of Columbia by calling 573-449-1999.

Boone & Howard Counties Smoke and Soot Cleanup

8/31/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Boone & Howard Counties Smoke and Soot Cleanup Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Boone or Howard county Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Columbia will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 573-449-1999

American Red Cross 2017 Centennial Chapter Awards

5/22/2017 (Permalink)

Community American Red Cross 2017 Centennial Chapter Awards Kristen R. Dreher emceeing the event with Past Chairman, Jim Schulte during Central and Northern Missouri - 2017 Centennial Chapter Awards.

The Central and Northern Missouri American Red Cross Chapters held their annual volunteer recognition event.  Last year's Spirit Award Recipient, Kristen R. Dreher, emcee'd the event with the Past Chairman of American Red Cross Board of Directors, Jim Schulte. She felt honored to be able to co-lead the ceremony.

Kristen is the marketing representative for SERVPRO of Columbia. She began volunteering about four years ago, when SERVPRO started a partnership with the American Red Cross in 2013. Her passion for the organization has shined in her work towards the Hero's Dinner.

Awards given during the event for exceptional volunteers were Blood Services, Disaster Services, Preparedness & Health & Safety Services, Services to Armed Forces, and Support Services. Philanthropist Award, American Red Cross Spirit Award, and Volunteer of the Year were awarded to deserving recipients. 

 

 

IICRC Certified Firm

2/21/2017 (Permalink)

General  IICRC Certified Firm We are an IICRC Certified Firm

SERVPRO of Columbia 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 Columbia

SERVPRO of Columbia 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.

Are You Ready for a Disaster?

9/27/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Are You Ready for a Disaster? An emergency plan in the palm of your hand.

SERVPRO® of Columbia knows how important it is for a business to have minimal interruption and an immediate plan of action. The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile® is a quick reference of vital building and contact information. It contains the information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services.

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile® Advantages:

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.
  • Access emergency plan through smart phone, tablet, and internet.
  • A concise profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • Guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

Call SERVPRO® of Columbia to get started and know you are “Ready for whatever happens.” 573-449-1999

Boone & Howard Counties 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

8/22/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Boone & Howard Counties 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service SERVPRO of Columbia provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Boone & Howard Counties.

SERVPRO of Columbia is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 573-449-1999

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Columbia has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Columbia

SERVPRO of Columbia 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. 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.

When Storms or Floods hit Boone & Howard Counties, SERVPRO is ready!

8/1/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hit Boone & Howard Counties, SERVPRO is ready! Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Boone & Howard Counties.

SERVPRO of Columbia specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost to your property.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms or floods hit Boone and Howard Counties, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States. We are here to help!

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 573-449-1999

American Red Cross Spirit Award Recipient

5/2/2016 (Permalink)

Community American Red Cross Spirit Award Recipient Kristen R. Dreher receiving the 2016 American Red Cross Spirit Award.

The spirit award is given to an individual, donor, or group who has demonstrated outstanding support of the American Red Cross – expanding the Red Cross mission and vision to the community.

Kristen R. Dreher has been volunteering with the Red Cross for the past three years. She has served on fundraising committees and a lead role in the 2016 Heroes Dinner for Central and Northern Missouri. 

When receiving her award, the following was stated: "Her dedication to the Red Cross mission really inspires others to put their best work forward. Her passion really took this year's Heroes Dinner to the next level, making it one of the best dinners we have had yet. Her attitude and commitment to the American Red Cross set a gold standard for other volunteers."

Congratulations on the spirit award Kristen! SERVPRO of Columbia is proud to have you on our team.