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Fire Safety - Essential Tips to Teach Childeren in Avoiding Fires

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

It is the primary responsibility of child care providers like teachers and parents to teach children about fire prevention and safety. It is an all year round concern especially that fires often happen inside the home. Teaching basic fire protection techniques in children will definitely increase their chances in surviving this tragedy. Here are 7 fundamental tips kids can learn about safety in fires.

1. Have an escape route planned.
In planning for an escape route for your family, it is important to have two methods to escape in each part of the house. This is done in the likelihood that your other exit is blocked or bursting in flames. Remind the children to never to leave things that can obstruct passageway to an exit. Fire safety techniques also include teaching children how to cover their face and use a towel in grabbing items to prevent burning themselves.

2. Instruct children how to dial 911 or the fire emergency number.
Knowing the local number for the fire department is significant. Emphasize this by letting them practice using an unplugged phone.

3. Teach children about escape ladders and finding their way out without lights on.
If your house has a second floor, escape ladders should be placed near the windows. Let your children practice using this fire safety exit. If there are small children, then let them practice from the first floor window so they will have a clear idea on what to expect in case a fire does break out. It is anticipated that a power outage can occur in a fire breakout. Teach your children how to find their way into the dark by blindfolding him and letting him feel his way into a room.

4. Provide them with basic information on smoke detectors and fire alarms.
Teach children about fire prevention equipment like smoke detectors and fire alarms. They should be able to associate the sound of an alarm with the need of evacuating themselves out of the house. Regularly check these devices and change batteries to ensure that it is operating properly.

5. Teach them how to stop, drop and roll if their clothes catch fire.
There is a possibility that a child may catch fire with his clothes. Make them understand the stop, drop, and roll technique to decrease risk of burn injuries.

6. Practice fire drill exercise with your kids monthly.
Fire drills with your whole family every month is one way of ensuring they are ready and equipped with the basic fire safety skills.

7. Clearly instruct your children to never go back to the burning house no matter what.
Tragedies often happen when survivors of a fire go back to the burning house to save someone else. Instill in your children to never return inside the house under any circumstances even if a member of the family or a pet is still missing. Report this to the professional firefighters to avoid further injuries or deaths.

It is always a good idea for parents to talk to their children on what they can do to escape a fire emergency. Different families may have different strategies but what is most important is that they know the fundamentals techniques in surviving a fire. Remember that being prepared will definitely save you and your children's lives.

Smoke and Soot Clean Up

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

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 Lafayette / Moraga / Orinda 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 – (925) 299-1323

Accidents Happen

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

Life happens. Kids spill drinks, pets have accidents and homes get dirty. You handle much of the maintenance of your home, but when it gets to be too much, you can rely on your local SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda Professionals. We specialize in cleaning and restoration and have highly trained technicians to help you manage and restore your home.

Some of the many services we provide are:

  • Air Ducts & HVAC
  • Carpet & Upholstery
  • Drapes & Blinds
  • Plumbing
  • Tree Removal
  • Sewage and Gutter
  • Contents Disposal
  • Deep Cleaning
  • Paint
  • Debris Removal
  • Ceilings, Walls & Hard Floors
  • Deodorization

You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our expertise can make any loss  "Like it never even happened."

Call us today at (925) 299-1323
to schedule an appointment.

Proactive Cleaning Services for Commercial Buildings

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

A group photo of SERVPRO professionals in a parking lot with two vans parked on the left and right. The last shot we took after the job ended for a huge commercial property.

With the news of COVID-19 arriving to the United States and to the Bay Area, we are all on high alert and taking preventative measures to ensure the safety of our community. Over the weekend we were called in to clean up and disinfect a huge commercial space. We brought our whole crew to work on all surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables (to name a few) inside of every building before Monday when people would arrive again to the area. Our cleanup procedure generally includes the cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment or tools. The CDC recommends using a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar type organisms to COVID-19. SERVPRO’s® proprietary disinfectant is hospital-grade named SERVPROXIDETM which currently has a dozen of EPA-approved claims for cleaning Feline coronavirus, Canine coronavirus, Staphylococcus (MRSA, E. coli, Salmonella Rotavirus, and Swine flu (H1N1). SERVPRO® professionals are trained in adhering to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

If you own a commercial building and would like to inquire about our services. Please feel free to give us a call or check out our website.

Please be safe and remember, prevention is key!

SERVPRO® of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda

(925) 299-1323

Fire at C&H Sugar Refinery in Crockett, CA

3/5/2020 (Permalink)

A far shot of a brown building with a large white tower to the right a huge green tree stands in the center of shot. C&H Building in Crockett, CA

At 9 a.m. this morning, a fire ignited inside of the C&H Sugar refinery located in Crockett, CA. The fire began on the sixth floor of the building on a conveyor belt that is used to carry raw sugar. Fortunately, due to the intensity of labor and quick response of the 65 firefighters who responded, there are no reported injuries. The damage of the fire is still under investigation, however, there was reported smoke found only on the fifth, sixth, and seventh floors.

Fires can ignite at any time and do massive damage to your property. Make sure to follow the guidelines of the National Fire Protection Association located on their website:

Please be safe and if your structure suffers damage due to a fire. Contact our professionals here at SERVPRO® of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda to make it look, “Like it never even happened.”

Call Us: (925) 299-1323

Property Managers, Call SERVPRO® for Mold Removal

2/27/2020 (Permalink)

White ceiling with brown mold visible across it.  Visible mold on a ceiling. Our team went to go remove and restore it back to normal.


Hearing the word just makes me nauseous. However, not all mold is bad, some mold even contributed to saving lives (like the discovery of penicillin). However, as a property manager suffering from water damage. The last thing you’d want to see or hear is mold growing and manifesting in your units. Unfortunately, mold can grow on many surfaces such as: wood, carpet, insulation, dust, fabric, and wallpaper. So long as moisture, oxygen, and darkness are present, mold can continue to thrive.

However, the professionals here at SERVPRO® of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda are IICRC certified and we work efficiently and effectively to remove every trace of mold in your building. We begin by removing moisture from your indoor property, then we isolate the contaminated area, we suppress the dust, remove any materials and put them in bags, and we clean the affected area. We are molds worst nightmare and we do it quickly to lower the time your business is interrupted by this unwanted guest.

Have a Mold Problem? Call Us Today (925) 299-1323

Restoration from Storm Damage

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

Locker room with red lockers to the left and red doors to the right. Dehumidifiers are located on the floor. This locker room was one of many rooms in the building that needed water removal.

This winter season, we did not experience that much rain. However, the weather channel is predicting that beginning in March, we will experience rain in the bay area. Therefore, we must make sure that our properties are protected. Recently, our team got a call about a flood in their building and we went to go remove the water with our industrial size pump. We then had to monitor and remove any trace of water to avoid further damage done to the floor of this building. During this process, as you can see in our photo, we used dehumidifiers and other machines to make sure that the area is completely dried. Eventually the job took a few days to complete given the size of the damage. But we made also made sure that the property was restored, “Like it never even happened.” However, we also would like to state that prevention is key and that having your best interests in mind. We would like it if a disaster of this scale does not occur to your property. But if it does, then contact us and we will minimize the interruption in your life.

SERVPRO® representatives are faster to any size disaster.  

5 Workplace Safety Tips for Small Businesses

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

Small businesses, especially start-ups need to make sure that before operations occur, safety should be of upmost importance. Although this may seem like a given, there are instances when businesses do not follow certain requirements set by OSHA, get an employee injured and set themselves up the legal repercussions.  Therefore, here are 5 steps that we take here at SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda that can protect you and avoid most accidents in the workplace.

Easy Access to your Safety Rules

Every job site or office needs to make their rules visible or easily accessible by their employees instead of just containing them within a rule book. This can work as a friendly reminder for your team members in case a situation arises.

Make Employees Involved

If you give a damn, your employees will too. Make sure that you are sincere and mindful of your employee needs and that their safety is not just for your protection but because you would not want any accident to befall them.


Although it is important to effectively communicate safety rules. It is even more important to emphasis that other employees should communicate quickly if they see something potentially unsafe or a hostile work environment. Communication is key!

Avoid Making Shortcuts

Getting things done quickly may look attractive with productivity, however, these conditions and work environment can increase the likelihood of workplace injuries. Therefore, productivity should not be at the expense of your employees.

Practice an Emergency Ready Plan

Make sure you have a plan for your employees that follows federal protocol about any situation that might arise. In the event of a natural disaster, contact your local SERVPRO and we can get you started on one of our own Emergency Ready Profiles (ERP). This complimentary plan would be easily accessible through an app on your mobile device that would contain the necessary information in the event of a disaster.

Safety should be the priority of every business. Prevention is key, and we have your back.  

High Chance of Storms this Year 2020

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

Three Victorian style homes in the center of a slanted uphill road with rain and lightning in the sky above them. Damage from a storm? Contact us!

According to an article written by Reuters, an international team of scientists forecast that there is an 80% that El Niño will make its way across the Pacific. Which means we might in for a chaotic winter season here in the bay area. There is a high probability that if El Niño will flood our streets which could lead to water damage to our properties.

Prevention is Key

Here at SERVPRO® of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda we provide services such as our Emergency Ready Profile, an app from SERVPRO® that enables you to list out critical information needed in the event of an emergency. If you are interested, please feel free to contact us through the number provided below. Through this free of charge service, we want you to know that we have your best interest in mind, and we can equip you with the tools needed in the event of intense weather conditions. Also be sure to follow this blog which will be updated at least weekly and follow us on social media so that way in case you need restoration services, we are only a click away.

SERVPRO® professionals are known to be faster to any size disaster, we take pride into making your damaged property look, “Like it never even happened.”

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Six Ways to Protect Your Home Before A Storm

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

Old and dirty roof tiles that are in desperate need of repairs. A roof that needs repairs.

1. Reduce flying debris

If you see any tree branches near or hanging over your structure, the best solution may be to cut them off. You can also secure weak and loose fencing and anchor any heavy objects around your yard into the ground.

2. Replacing windows and exterior doors

If possible, consider replacing your windows and outside doors with pressure and impact resistance improvements so that you can have better protection from the outside force of a storm.

3. Inspect and repair your roof

Inspect your roof and overhang to look for signs of wear or damage. This is crucial to prevent water from entering through the cracks and damages your ceilings, causing mold.

4. Check caulking

Make sure the caulking around your windows and doors are in good shape and not cracked or broken. If there are any gaps, make sure to get a caulk gun to fill up holes around pipes or wires that enter your building. This will reduce the risk of leaks from wind-driven rain.

5. Inspect carports and other attached structures

Have porches, carports, entryway canopies, and storage sheds inspected to make sure they are firmly attached and in good condition.

6. Create an inventory list

This can help you out when filing an insurance claim.

Taking these preventative measures can help you before a storm hits. However, if your property does suffer damage from a storm. Our SERVPRO® of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda team of professionals are either a click or call away.

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