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Before You Visit a Saline County Firework Stand

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

Colorful fireworks explode in a dark sky Celebrate responsibly on the Fourth of July!

Tis the season for those little roadside tents to pop up along the landscape. You know the ones. You'll see more and more fireworks stands as the calendar edges closer to the Fourth of July. This is the year you're going BIG.

Well, maybe not so fast.

There are some key safety measures to keep in mind before you light that first fuse! The goal is to have fun, and if safety isn't a priority, your celebration could end with something burning other than the fuse or worse, a surprise trip to the emergency room.

First, familiarize yourself with the state laws pertaining to fireworks in your area, wherever you may celebrate. Arkansas only permits certain types of firework purchases during specific times of the year, and only to those 12 years old and older.

Secondly, keep yourself safe! Make sure to never lean over the fuse when lighting it and keep a garden hose or water bucket nearby as a safety precaution. It's extremely tempting to try and re-light a "dud" firework, but don't do it! It could explode and burn you. Did you know that 44% of firework injuries were due to burns? That's an important percentage to remember, especially when it comes to children. Many people see sparklers as harmless, but a lit sparkler burns at around 2000 degrees. Half of the total firework injuries to young children involved sparklers. Please choose a safer alternative like a glow stick or streamer for your child.

When it comes to fireworks, don't forget about your furry friends. Dogs are extremely sensitive to loud noises and flashing lights. Walk them earlier in the day and leave them indoors when fireworks are in use. Close the curtains and make them a comfortable spot with music or a television playing to distract from the loud noises outside.

With a little consideration and the proper safety precautions, fireworks can be a lot of fun. No matter how you celebrate, do it safely! Have a Happy Independence Day from your friends at SERVPRO of Saline County and SERVPRO of Hot Springs!

The 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season

6/14/2022 (Permalink)

A palm tree bends in the wind as choppy waves roll onto a beach NOAA predicts 3 to 6 major hurricanes for the 2022 season.

We've made it to the 2022 Hurricane Season, and from what the NOAA predicts, it may be a doozy.  Due to the ongoing La Niña weather pattern, the Atlantic hurricane forecast is much higher than average for the seventh year in a row.

What is La Niña? 

Essentially, it's a weather pattern in the Pacific Ocean featuring cooler ocean temperatures.  As these conditions travel, it generally results in colder winters and heavier snow.  This gives way to above average temperatures in the Southeastern US as the seasons change.  It also brings a greater likelihood for tornadoes and hurricanes.

We just made it through a particularly intense spring tornado season, featuring monthly tornadic totals well above what they were in 2021.  As the tornado season slows, attention turns to the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.  La Niña years tend to affect the Atlantic hurricane cycles.

The Gulf Coast was affected by several Category 3 (or higher) hurricanes over the past few years.  It can be unsettling, wondering what lies ahead for friends and family who live in the area. 

We keep a close eye on the weather, too.  SERVPRO is ready to roll when the Gulf Coast experiences a strike from a hurricane.  Our Storm Teams immediately dispatches to the area to get the water out and mitigate the damage.

We're always here to help.

Let's Talk About Smoke Alarms

5/27/2022 (Permalink)

A smoke alarm is attached to a ceiling Smoke alarms can be a lifesaver.

You probably know how important it is to have at least one smoke alarm in your Benton, AR home.

Yet you may have many questions about purchasing and maintaining your detectors. Below are answers to some common queries.

What Types of Smoke Detectors Should You Buy?
There are three main types of smoke detectors. They are:

  1. Photoelectric
  2. Ionization
  3. Dual sensor

Photoelectric and ionization alarms each sense different types of fires. Dual-sensor detectors, meanwhile, include both ionization and photoelectric sensors. Ideally, you should place either one dual-sensor alarm or both photoelectric and ionization alarms near every bedroom in your home.
Make sure that the detectors are connected. This way, they will all go off at the same time. There are also special alarms available for those who are hearing impaired.

How Much Do Smoke Alarms Cost?
A smoke alarm is a cheap way to keep your family safe. Photoelectric and ionization detectors cost as little as six dollars. Dual-sensor alarms, meanwhile, are just $24. Your local fire department may even provide free or low-cost detectors for your home.

How Do You Maintain Smoke Detectors?
You need to regularly check each smoke detector in your home to see if it is functioning properly. Ideally, you should test the alarms each month.
Alarms that are hardwired into your home or that rely on a nine-volt battery should be replaced every 10 years. You should also change the batteries at least once a year.
Some smoke detectors now come with a 10-year lithium battery. Check the manufacturer's instructions to see how often you should replace these alarms.

Of course, a smoke alarm does not always prevent home fires. It simply tells you when a blaze is occurring so you can escape your house safely. Therefore, even if you install numerous detectors, your property could still sustain fire damage. That is why local emergency restoration specialists are available to assist with the cleanup.

Commercial Kitchen Cleaning in Benton, AR

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

Clean, emptied deep fryer baskets in a commercial kitchen They may be clean, but are they CLEAN?

Restaurants are big business in Saline County, AR. From mom-and-pop diners to national chains, restaurants dot the landscape. You know the food is good, but what's it like in the kitchen? How strictly does each restaurant follow its cleaning protocols? The answer could surprise you.

Restaurants should be cleaned and disinfected on a regular schedule. A commercial kitchen could become a fire hazard if grease is not removed from the kitchen. Exhaust fans help move the airborne grease from the kitchen, and if the fans are not cleaned regularly, it poses a serious fire hazard. A clean and sanitized kitchen also reduces the spread of disease among kitchen staff, leading to fewer sick days and callouts.

The Arkansas State Board of Health publishes a 145-page book of rules and regulations regarding food establishments in Arkansas. Lengthy chapters are devoted to the frequency of cleaning supplies and equipment used in Arkansas restaurants. In a perfect world, all rules and regulations would be followed exactly to the letter, but realistically, it doesn't always happen. Restaurants get busy and the workers mean to “get to it later,” and some of the deep cleaning simply does not happen. Should the restaurant have a surprise inspection from the state, the restaurant could be fined or even shut down until the problems are corrected. Don't let that happen to your restaurant!

SERVPRO of Saline County and SERVPRO of Hot Springs are ready to deep clean and sanitize your commercial kitchen to promote a safer, healthier work environment. Give us a call today at 501-776-2222. We'll make the mess “Like it never even happened.”

We're always here to help.

Is There a Hoarder in Your Family?

5/6/2022 (Permalink)

A kitchen floor is covered in trash and old food. A hoarder's home can be overwhelming. Let us make it "Like it never even happened."

Hoarding Disorder became an official psychiatric diagnosis in 2013, with the release of the DSM-5. It's more than just having a lot of possessions. Hoarding Disorder is in the same class of conditions as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. In the case of hoarding, the person cannot stop themselves from accumulating more and more things, even though many times, they know that they do not have the room to store any more items in their home.

Hoarders have a hard time letting go. So things accumulate. Eventually, it gets out of control until someone else sees the problem and forces them to get help. It's a difficult, emotional process, and once the accumulation gets to a certain point, it's best to call in the professionals.

SERVPRO of Saline County and SERVPRO of Hot Springs know that helping a family member with Hoarding Disorder isn't easy. We are experienced in home cleanout and sanitization situations. We can return your loved one's property to functional condition and get rid of the mess. Give us a call at 501-776-2222 if you're faced with a family member whose property has fallen into disrepair due to hoarding. We'll make it "Like it never even happened."

We're always here to help.

When Minutes Matter

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

Water drips down a commercial restroom sign Let the pros help you get your business open faster after an emergency loss.

Emergency situations are often time critical.  Time is of the essence, and the longer you have to wait for help could make the situation much worse.  Water damage is invasive and causes further damage to your business the longer the problem remains unresolved.  Water is quick to saturate the walls, giving an opening for mold and mildew to form.  Metal will eventually corrode, and depending on the type of water damage, you could be looking at a biohazard contamination.  SERVPRO of Saline County and SERVPRO of Hot Springs are here to help you when minutes matter. 

Emergencies are also costly to your business.  There is never a good time to suffer a fire loss because items are left behind and damaged, if not completely destroyed.   While not everything can be saved, some items can be restored.  We understand how important these items are to you and will work hard to restore them.  Should your business suffer a fire loss, SERVPRO of Saline County and SERVPRO of Hot Springs are fast to respond and clean up the mess.  We’ll remove the soot from your offices and make it “Like it never even happened.”

Give the professionals at SERVPRO of Saline County and SERVPRO of Hot Springs a call when a time-sensitive emergency such as a water loss or fire loss requires a fast response.  Our highly trained technicians are on call and available 24/7.  Call 501-776-2222.

We’re always here to help.

Tornado Season 2022

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

A tornado crosses an empty patch of land. Stay safe this tornado season!

The 2022 Tornado Season has already been incredibly active in the south, and as we enter May, there doesn't appear to be many signs of slowing down.  May has traditionally been the month with the most tornadoes, as the tornado season hits its peak. 

That statement hits a bit different when you look at where our tornado season stands when compared to last year. 

  • March 2021 - 139 tornadoes recorded in the United States
  • April 2021 - 79 tornadoes recorded in the United States
  • May 2021 - 259 tornadoes recorded in the United States

Here's where we are as of May 1st:

  • March 2022 - 226 tornadoes recorded in the United States
  • April 2022 - 193 tornadoes recorded in the United States
  • May 2022 - ???

You see the cause for concern. 

People who have spent at least a few years in the South have an idea of what to do when a tornado watch or warning is issued for their area.  But a refresher never hurt anyone, especially when the population has grown so much over the past few years! 

  • Many properties actually have storm shelters.  These are ideal, but if that isn't an option, go to an interior room of the home.  Bathrooms without windows tend to fare a bit better than rooms with outside walls. 
  • Keep cell phones charged to receive weather warnings and in the event of a power outage.
  • Have a plan for yourself and your family in the event of a tornado.  Don't forget your pets!

Tornadoes are a part of southern life during the spring.  Should your home experience water damage from a tornado or wind event, SERVPRO of Saline County and SERVPRO of Hot Springs are always here to help. 

Give us a call at 501-776-2222.

Kitchen Safety for Your Alexander, AR Home

4/22/2022 (Permalink)

A fire extinguisher sits on a kitchen counter near a stove. A fire extinguisher is good in a pinch, but follow proper kitchen safety to prevent grease fires.

People have been getting more and more creative in the kitchen over the past two years.  The pandemic kept everyone home for most of 2020 and 2021.  Restrictions relaxed quite a bit in 2022, so people were excited to get out of their homes and head to restaurants.  Then came unprecedented inflation.  Prices shot through the roof on basically everything, so a lot of people had to forego the luxury of dining out.  There's a pretty good chance that home cooks throughout the South are going to fry something on the stove more than once.  Give us our comfort food and understand that's just how it goes in Arkansas!

So, let's revisit some basic kitchen safety tips to keep the good food coming with none of the nasty grease fires!

Kitchen Safety 101

Always give your full attention to cooking.  It's sometimes difficult to do when family members are home and everything is hectic, but it is essential.  Forty-nine percent of home fires begin with cooking equipment, and thirty-three percent of those are from unattended equipment!  A moment's distraction could end in tragedy.

A grease fire is the most common type of kitchen fire.  Smoking oil is a sign that your burner is too hot!  Should a fire develop, turn off the heat immediately!  When frying on the stovetop, always have a lid nearby to suffocate a fire.  It is also important to keep a large box of baking soda on-hand to put out a small grease fire.  Never pour water on a grease fire – it will only make it worse!  Every kitchen should have a fire extinguisher as a last resort.

Once you've finished cooking, always clean up any grease splatter on and around the stove. Thoroughly clean the heating elements or glass top so remnants cannot catch fire the next time the stove is in use.

Cooking is a fun and relaxing activity, but sometimes things do go wrong.  Should your kitchen become damaged from a fire or water, give us a call!  SERVPRO of Saline County and SERVPRO of Hot Springs are available 24/7 at 501-776-2222.  Call in the professionals and we'll make it “Like it never even happened.”

We're always here to help.

Read This Before Selling Your Home in Bryant, AR!

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

A deadbolt in use by a house key affixed to a house-shaped keyring. Professional cleanings are a great way to add value to houses soon to hit the market.

The real estate market is very hot right now, and if you list your home, it's probably going to sell.   Before your listing goes live, don't leave money on the table.  Homes are selling above their listing price, and wouldn't it be great if yours did, too? 

Did you know that buyers typically decide whether or not they're seriously interested in purchasing a home in 10 seconds or less?  First impressions are everything.  Your listing needs to look perfect, or your potential buyer will scroll on to the next listing.  Don't let that happen to you.  Here are some tips to consider before putting your home on the market. 

  • Use a professional photographer           --  They have the proper equipment and know the right angles to photograph your home to show off its maximum potential.
  • Remove the clutter                                 --  No one wants to see a junky closet filled with a random assortment of…stuff.  Either get rid of it or box it up and put it in storage.
  • Remove photos and personalized items --  Potential buyers want to imagine their own family in the home.  It's also a good idea to remove anything with children's names on them as a safety precaution.
  • Don't completely empty the home --  Sometimes it's hard to visualize how furniture fits into homes with big, open floorplans.  You could also look into having your home professionally staged.
  • Make sure your home is sparkling clean --  Remember, potential buyers spend an average of 10 seconds or less on a listing, and if you've got dirty windows and stained carpet, all they'll see is a "project," so have your home professionally cleaned from top to bottom before putting it on the market.

Give the trained professionals at SERVPRO of Saline County and SERVPRO of Hot Springs a call when you're getting ready to sell your home.   Save the number in your phone: 501-776-2222.  Our cleaning services will make the home look good as new.  We'll clean the windows and carpets; we do upholstery and drapes, too!  Give us a call and we'll be happy to discuss your needs.   We're always here to help.

Water Loss Categories: Category 2

4/19/2022 (Permalink)

A male hand turns off the cold water valve for a washing machine. The longer a water loss sits, the worse it gets.

Water loss comes in many forms and depending on the type of water you're dealing with; it could affect your home in different ways.  We've discussed Category 1 water and how it originates from a sanitary water source, such as a sink overflow situation.   Should that water sit for two or three days, it could transition into a Category 2 water loss.

Category 2 water is often referred to as "greywater."  While it is not grossly contaminated, there is enough contamination present to potentially make someone ill were the water ingested.  These water sources include overflow from a washing machine or a dishwasher, toilet overflows containing some urine (but no feces), and even things like an overflowing aquarium or punctured waterbed.  There are also microorganisms present in the water. 

Once Category 2 water has been sitting for 48 hours or more, the bacteria multiply, and mold forms.  This becomes Category 3 water, commonly referred to as "black water."  This is extremely dangerous.  Don't let it get to that point!  Should you experience a Category 2 water loss, SERVPRO of Saline County and SERVPRO of Hot Springs are available 24/7 to start the mitigation progress and make your water loss "Like it never even happened."  Call 501-776-2222.

We're always here to help.