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Fire & smoke curtains

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

Fire and Smoke Curtains for Commercial Buildings

Fire and smoke control is an integral part of a fire safety and prevention system. Between detecting a fire and extinguishing it, there is an opportunity to reduce the impact of a fire by getting it under control. This is best done through the use of fire and/or smoke curtains.

Fire and smoke curtains deploy from the ceiling of a building, forming a barrier between doorways, rooms, staircases and elevators. This barrier cuts off air flow and limits the smoke to only those rooms affected.

Deployable curtains compartmentalize smoke and limit fire spread to enable building occupants more time to egress from a building. This limits damage to the building and allows firefighters to more quickly find, access and extinguish the fire.

After a fire is detected and curtains or other control systems deploy, the final step of extinguishing takes place. This can be an active approach, such as a trained employee using a fire extinguisher, or a passive approach, such as an automated sprinklers system. Sprinklers systems are a vital piece of equipment and, when combined with fire and smoke curtains, they can quickly stop an otherwise deadly fire.

Fire prevention is a critical component of commercial building management. If you're concerned with your system or haven't had it inspected within the last year, we strongly consider hiring a professional inspector to review your building. If your building is deemed safe, move onto staff fire safety training as well as the installation of additional fire safety equipment, like Smoke Guard fire and smoke curtains.

https://smokeguard.com/blog/2019/february/06/how-to-avoid-the-top-5-causes-of-commercial-building-fires

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After a Fire

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

Recovering After a Fire

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If you need help after a home fire, please contact your local Red Cross »

Caring for Yourself & Loved Ones
  • Pay attention to how you and your loved ones are experiencing and handling stress. Promote emotional recoveryby following these tips. Discard any food that has been exposed to heat, smoke or soot.
  • Watch pets closely and keep them under your direct control.
  • Help people who require additional assistance- infants, elderly people, those without transportation, large families who may need additional help in an emergency situation, people with disabilities, and the people who care for them.

4 Steps to Take Immediately After a Home Fire

Call 9-1-1. Give first aid where needed; cool and cover burns to reduce the chance of further injury or infection.

Let friends and family know you’re safe.

People and animals that are seriously injured or burned should be transported to professional medical or veterinary help immediately.

Stay out of fire-damaged homes until local fire authorities say it is safe to re-enter.

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire/home-fire-recovery.html

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Tornado history

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

Eight of the 10 worst U.S. tornado outbreaks have occurred in April or May, mostly due to the fact that upper echelon tornado intensities are more likely in those months. In addition, nine of the 10 worst individual tornadoes were spawned during April, May or June. 

The reason why tornadoes are more common in spring compared to other months is because the required atmospheric ingredients come together more often this time of year.

Tornado outbreaks occur when a storm system propelled by a strong, southward dip in the jet stream punches into the Plains, Midwest or South. This is accompanied by warm and humid air flowing northward out of the Gulf of Mexico.

https://weather.com/storms/tornado/news/2018-03-27-april-may-june-tornadoes-peak-months

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SERVPRO goes to Oklahoma

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO goes to Oklahoma SERVPRO of South Arlington is there for Oklahoma

A restaurant in Oklahoma fell victim to a fire, fortunately for them they called SERVPRO of South Arlington, we headed out as soon as our trucks were loaded. We have the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies. SERVPRO of South Arlington will respond immediately to your commercial fire regardless of the size or scope of damage. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, significant water damage from firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur.  SERVPRO of South Arlington wants to make you feel “Like it never even happened." We are here 24 hours a day 7 days a week for all of your restoration needs.

Flash Flood Watch

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

**FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL THURSDAY EVENING**

A cluster of storms are moving across the DFW Metro area with heavy rain and some lightning. Rain amounts will be less than half an inch but be careful on the roads. Avoid driving through flooded roadways. The main threat will be brief heavy rain and lightning. Severe weather is not expected, but small hail will be possible.

Additional storms are expected through Friday, and some areas could see some very heavy rain. Much of North Texas may see 2 to 3 inches of rain, and a Flash Flood Watch is in effect. Remember, do not attempt to drive through flooded roadways and be sure to stay weather aware throughout the day.

https://www.nbcdfw.com/weather/stories/NBC-5-Forecast-35312994.html

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Maintain and understand your indoor plumbing systems

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

Inspect appliance hoses and faucets. Make it a practice every year to check hoses leading to water heaters, dishwashers, washing machines and refrigerator ice makers. You may also want to invest in a water leak monitoring and shut-off system that can alert you to any leakage issues. Immediately replace any hoses that have cracks or leaks, and replace them all every five to seven years.

  • Inspect showers and tubs.Check the seal and caulking around showers and tubs to make sure they are watertight and reseal if necessary.
  • When away on vacation, shut off the water supply to the washing machine and never leave the house while the washer or dishwasher is running.
  • Know the location of the main water shut-off valve in your home. A damaged hose or a burst pipe can send water racing into your home. Being able to locate and shut off the main water supply quickly will save stress, money and time.
  • Install an emergency pressure release valve in your plumbing system. This will protect against the increased pressure caused by freezing pipes and can help prevent your pipes from bursting.
  • Check plumbing and heating pipes. Look closely for cracks and leaks and have any necessary repairs made immediately.

 https://www.iii.org/article/how-protect-your-home-water-damage

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Repair and protect your home's exterior

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

Caulk and seal windows to guard against water seepage.

  • Inspect your roof for missing, damaged and aging shingles and make necessary repairs.
  • Check your downspouts. Remove debris that may have accumulated in downspouts and rain gutters. Position downspouts so that they direct water away from the house.
  • Check sprinklers and irrigation systems to be sure they are not creating water damage to the walls and foundations of the house. Turn off and drain outside faucets to protect against frozen pipes.
  • Install gutter guards to prevent gutter clogs and keep water flowing away from the house instead of accumulating on the roof.

https://www.iii.org/article/how-protect-your-home-water-damage

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Administrative Professional Day!

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

Celebrate Administrative Professionals Day

Administrative Professionals Day and Administrative Professionals Week are widely observed in many workplaces in the United States and other countries around the world. Many employers and supervisors arrange events to show their appreciation of the work carried out by administrative professionals, to highlight their importance to the organization and to enhance their work-related skills.

https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/administrative-professionals-day

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Jesus is the Reason

4/19/2019 (Permalink)

Community Jesus is the Reason Remember Jesus is the Reason

Many people in different countries celebrate the anniversary of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, and death on the Friday before Easter Sunday.  This is an observance that involves people fasting and praying. Many church services are held in the afternoon, usually around noon or midday to 3pm, to remember the hours when Jesus hung on the cross. Many churches also observe the day by re-enacting the procession of the cross as in the ritual of the Stations of the Cross, which depicts the final hours of Jesus’ life.

https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/common/good-friday

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Avoid soggy disasters

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage is one of the most common and costliest disasters your home can experience, costing billions of dollars annually. Safeguard your most important asset against water damage with the right insurance coverage and the following practical advice.

 Prevent basement water seepage

  • Reseal your basement. Water in the basement is often caused by cracks in building foundations or floor slabs. If you notice water seepage after heavy rain when you've never had a problem, it may mean that your once-waterproof cement floors and basement walls have deteriorated. Painting vulnerable areas with water sealant can prevent seepage.
  • Make sure water drains away from the building. Seepage is exacerbated by soil that has settled in a way to make water flow toward the building. After a storm, and especially if the ground is already saturated, rainwater that flows towards the building goes down the outside of the foundation wall potentially through any cracks.
  • Install a backwater valve. Though less common than other causes of basement water, sewer backups are messy. Learn more about your sewer responsibilitiesand install and maintain a backwater valve, which allows sewage to go out, but not come back in.

https://www.iii.org/article/how-protect-your-home-water-damage

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