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Fire Prevention Month: How to Safeguard Your Kitchen from Fires

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Whether your spending time in the kitchen cooking your favorite meal or preparing a feast for a family gathering, fire prevention should be a priority.

Even professional chefs could tell you how a little grease splatter or a small flame on an open range stove can quickly escalate from being tamed to an uncontrollable fire. If you're not careful with the way you handle certain fire situations, there could be extensive damage to more than your kitchen appliances.  

This week SERVPRO of East Brown County is focusing on kitchen fire safety. Here are some tips to help you safeguard against a fire breaking out in one of the highly trafficked areas in your house.

Stay in the Kitchen

An apparent practice for the person making the meal, but, according to the National Fire Protection Association, unattended cooking is the number one cause of cooking fires. If you must leave a stove unattended, turn off the heat and move the pan to a cool burner.

Use a Timer

Check food regularly, whether you're simmering, baking, boiling, or roasting. Using a timer can help remind you to check on your dish.

Keep the Stovetop Clear

Keep dish towels, oven mitts, paper towels—anything that can catch fire—away from your stovetop.

Dress Accordingly

Wear close-fitting clothes and tightly roll up sleeves when you're cooking. Loose clothing can come in contact with burners and catch fire.

Immediately Wipe Up Spills

Cooking on a dirty stove, or in a dirty oven, is just inviting a potential fire. Grease buildup is flammable; clean your stove every time you cook and promptly wipe up any spills.

Don't Overheat Your Oils

Overheated cooking oil can start to smoke and bubble up, which can cause it to spill out and ignite. Uncertain about which oils begin to burn a certain temperature? What’s Cooking America offers an informative chart to help you with those burning questions.

Wait for Grease to Cool Before Disposing of It

Resist tossing hot grease into your trash can. It could go up in flames! It is best to allow it to cool before disposing of it in the garbage. You could even pour it into an old food can before tossing it out.

Keep Your Smoke Detector Working

A smoke detector is a vital fire safety device and your first line of defense. Make a mental note to change the batteries twice a year when you change your clocks for daylight savings time.

With these useful tips, your time can be well spent focusing on perfecting your culinary creations.

SERVPRO of East Brown County wants everyone to practice every precautionary measure while cooking. In case you happen to find yourself in the unfortunate situation where your kitchen sustained fire damage, know that we have Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians available to handle the cleanup of fire, smoke and soot damage. These individuals have the training and specialized equipment to handle all size jobs. We are also on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, ready to go into action as needed. 

We are locally owned and operated business which means a prompt response time for your home.

Have any additional questions? Call us today at, (920) 499-7050.

October is Fire Prevention Month: Testing Your Knowledge

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

October kicks off Fire Prevention Month. The theme for this year's National Fire Prevention Week is all about smoke alarm safety. 

The team at SERVPRO of East Brown County would like to encourage everyone to use this as an opportunity for testing your knowledge of fire emergencies in any environmental situation.

Most people first learn about fire safety during their earlier school years. Some even learned at home during a family orchestrated drill. In either event, knowing how to handle a fire emergency can help each person navigate through the situation with little or no overwhelming complications.

How much do you really know about fire prevention?

1. What is the leading cause of house fires?
A) Chemical and Glasses
B) Cooking Equipment
C) Smoking Materials
D) Heating Equipment

2. How long do most fire detectors work properly?
A) 2 Years
B) 15 Years
C) 5 Years
D) 8 to 10 Years

3. What about how often should you clean your clothes dryer vent?
A) Once every 5 years
B) Twice a Year
C) It Doesn't Need to be Cleaned
D) A Minimum of Once a Year

4. What's the minimum number of escape routes household members should have?
A) 2
B) 3
C) 5
D) 1

5. A closed interior door will slow the spread of:
A) Heat
B) Fire
C) Smoke
D) All of the Above

6. Which is the most likely material to start to burn first in a fire caused by smoking?
A) Waste Basket Contents
B) Bedding and Mattresses
C) Upholstered Furniture
D) All of the Above

7. Where do most fires that are caused by children start?
A) Family room
B) Bedroom
C) Kitchen
D) Living room

Here are a few questions that may help rate your level of understanding when it comes to fire prevention awareness.      

*The answers to these questions are listed at the end of this blog post. Questions are curiosity of FireRecruit.com

SERVPRO of East Brown County would like our local residence to know we strive to be the premier restoration company in Northeast Wisconsin. Part of ensuring we are that premier company means having a fast response time. When you're having an emergency, you don't want to wait for a restoration company; you want help ASAP.

If you need emergency clean up or restoration work anywhere in and around the Green Bay area, we have technicians on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, ready to go into action when they are needed.

Call us at, (920) 499-7050

It is our job to make it “Like it never even happened.”

ANSWERS: 1) Cooking Equipment, 2) 8 to 10 years, 3) A minimum of once a year, 4) 2, 5) All of the Above, 6) Bedding and Mattresses, 7) Bedroom

Real Men Wear Pink: Jim Knopf Raises Funds for the American Cancer Society

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

. Marketing and Sales Manager Jim Knopf spends a few hours as a server to help raise money for the American Cancer Society

SERVPRO of East Brown County's very own Jim Knopf has been rather busy these past few days. Besides making sure our customers are getting the best service possible, he is spending his free time helping to raise money during the American Cancer Society's "Real Men Wear Pink Green Bay" campaign.

Real Men Wear Pink gives men a leadership role in the fight against breast cancer. Community leaders around the nation use the power of pink to raise awareness and money for the American Cancer Society's breast cancer initiatives, including innovative research, patient services, and education around screenings and risk reduction. It's one important way we're attacking cancer from every angle.

Real Men Wear Pink participants raise awareness and money to fight breast cancer. Of course, the top fundraiser receives an exclusive prize - and bragging rights as the #1 Real Man.

As a Real Men Wear Pink candidate, leaders commit to:

- Wearing pink throughout October

- Raising awareness for the cause through their social media networks

- Raising a minimum of $2,500 to help the American Cancer Society fight breast cancer

Jim is on his 2nd year with this particular ACS campaign. He joined other "Real Men Wear Pink" participants during the September 26th lunch hour rush at the Green Bay Texas Roadhouse where he worked for 2 hours as a food server to customers. 

All the food costs were covered by Texas Roadhouse, while all the servers donated their time. 100% of every dollar earned from tips or generous donations went directly to the American Cancer Society. The total amount made at the Green Bay food establishment was $8,826, breaking the prior's years funds raised for a similar luncheon event. 

For Jim to qualify to become a NATIONAL "Real Man" candidate, he must raise a minimum of $2,500. As of this morning, Jim not only hit that mark, he's raised a total of $3,381! That's quite the extraordinary feat Jim has accomplished so far and doesn't surprise his SERVPRO family. He cares deeply about this cause. It was a personal journey that led him to want to make a difference in the lives of people diagnosed with cancer. 

Jim lost his mother and brother to cancer. He also has friends who have fought and who are fighting the disease. These experiences have left him with a passion for doing all he can to help raise funds towards finding a cure.

Every donation adds up. As little as $15 can provide a breast cancer patient with a ride to treatment. The money raised during this campaign will also help patients get the information and support they need, as well as help pay for things like lodging for overnight travel to treatment.

There is still time to help Jim continue to exceed his fundraising goal. 

If you're interested in donating to a worthy cause, Jim would love to hear from you! 

He has a website set up specifically for the American Cancer Society “Real Men Wear Pink Green Bay” campaign. You can donate directly to that site: http://bit.ly/2uXhF35

Or you can reach him by email atjknopf@SERVPROgreenbay.com.  

National Preparedness Month: Water Damage in Your Residence

9/27/2019 (Permalink)

The last week of National Preparedness Month is coming to an end. SERVPRO of East Brown County would like to remind you that every water damage event is a little different. These unfortunate situations require a unique solution, but the general process stays the same.

Did you know there is a 6-step process involved in how we take care of water damage in your residential property?

Our technicians will be there for you to start the recovery work immediately. Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and absorbed into floors, walls, even furniture. SERVPRO of East Brown County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately.

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

Step 6 – Restoration

The timeline in which these events take place are vital to your residence chances of a speedy and proper recovery. Anytime you are dealing with water damage, prompt action is required. Even a delay of a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the damage to your property.

Assessing the extent of the water damage will give the homeowner and idea of what to expect after we completed a detailed inspection the home or property. Our professionals need to determine the capacity of the damage so that we can develop an appropriate outline to fix all the affected areas in your house.

Our trained technicians begin to immediately remove all traces of water by determining which of our equipment would benefit the affected area or areas in your home. This may require the use of powerful submersible pumps in addition to industrial strength, wet/dry vacuums.

The next phase entails drying and humidifying. Our technicians use various methods to govern the number of air movers and humidifiers needed to dry your dwelling. This stage is carefully monitored to ensure the upmost care is established on your property.

Cleaning and restoration are the last components in guaranteeing your family will return to a house that was cared for by people who put pride into their work. We want our customers to know SERVPRO of East Brown County is the premier experts when it comes to any water related loss. Our highly trained technicians are available 24 Hours a day, 7 Days a week, ready to go into action when they are needed.

Call us at, (920) 499-7050

National Preparedness Month: Fire Prevention for the Fall Season

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

Dry leaves scattered on the ground near house Fall leaves can become a fire hazard if not cleared from a residential property in timely manner

Fall is just around the corner. Trees will soon begin their transformation of creating vibrant foliage over a short period for all to admire before the temperature dwindles, and blustery winds leave the trees bare.

Suddenly there are several formations of leaves scattered across your yard, needing appropriate disposal. You want to take extra precautionary measures from any dried leaves turning into instant fire starters.

Leaves alone will not cause a fire. It is essential to pay attention to how you throw out things like woodstove ashes. You should also be very cautious of any mulch on your property. Smoking materials could accidentally be discarded into the combustible material and easily ignite a fire putting your residence in jeopardy.

As leaves and other flammable debris build up around your home, make it a routine to remove them periodically. Prune trees, rake up leaves and twigs. Don't store fuel in your home or garage. Keep your roof, gutters, and downspouts clear of debris. Another thing to consider is removing fuel from lawnmowers before storing them for winter. It would be one less-flammable object on your premise to worry over.

Some homeowners grill year-around. The Fall weather tends to generate above average wind forces making grilling outdoors more of a risk for an incidental fire breaking out. Keeping the grill at a safe distance from your house, a shed or gazebo could prevent an unnecessary fire disaster. 

The following grill equipment should be maintained appropriately to avoid becoming a flammable hazard:

  • Check grill hoses for cracks, holes, and durability.
  • Check for blockages especially in the tube that runs to the burners.
  • Check for leaks by running a solution of one-part liquid soap, one-part water along with hoses and on connections. Open the valve at your tank and check to make sure that gas isn't escaping, which will be indicated by bubbles at the leaking points.
  • Adjust hoses away from hot areas or where grease might drip on them.
  • Cover your grill when cooled and not in use to help protect its parts from inclement weather, falling leaves, and insect activity.
  • Store propane tanks outside keep away from your house. Always check to make sure valves are firmly turned off.

If you are considering decorating your home for Halloween, remember that safety comes first. Keep decorations away from open flames and other heat sources and use battery-operated lights instead of candles in jack-o-lanterns. 

SERVPRO of East Brown County knows how flames quickly move and cause a significant amount of damage in a very limited time frame. That’s why our team is prepared to with our trained technicians to cleanup of fire, smoke and soot damage.

We offer specialized technicians in the following areas:

  • Fire & Smoke Restoration
  • Odor Control
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning

If a fire devastates your home and are needing immediate assistance, give SERVPRO of East Brown County a call at – (920) 499-7050

SERVPRO of East Brown County Wants to Help Keep Pets Safe in Natural Disasters and Everyday Emergencies

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

Male hugging a dog A man embraces a large dog outdoors

We at SERVPRO of East Brown County want your loved ones, which for some people includes family pets, to remain safe during a natural disaster crisis. For some individuals, an abrupt evacuation may be required to sustain those secure measures.

From flooding or fires caused by violent storms, mapping out an emergency plan that is specially designed for your pets will help to make it easier for you or first responders to transfer your domesticated animals promptly safely.

Here are a few tips to help your family's pet have adequate arrangements during a disaster-stricken period:

  • Look to prepare ahead of time for a family member or friend to temporarily board your pets. Even ask if there's an area within their residence available for you to store the necessities your pet may require during their brief stay with them. 
  • If you're unable to leave your pet with a family member or friend, know which hotels and motels along your evacuation route will accept pets in an emergency. Call ahead for reservations if you know you may need to evacuate. Ask if no pet policies could be waived in a crisis.
  • Include your pets in evacuation drills so that they become used to entering and traveling in their carriers calmly.

For some reason you are unable to get to your pets safely, there are effective ways to help first responders locate them. Just like you would use a rescue sticker for the children in your home, the same can be applied for pets. You could order this sticker online or ask your veterinarian if they have them available. Make sure to write the types and number of pets in your household and your veterinarian's phone number. Remember, visibility is of utmost importance to rescue workers. By doing these extra steps, this increases the chances of a safe and speedy return of your pet to the family. 

Being unexpectedly forced to leave your house unattended due to moderate or severe storm damage can be frustrating. Know that the trained professionals at SERVPRO of East Brown County are here to respond immediately. We are storm and water damage specialists who get started promptly to get your property dry and back to pre-storm condition. 

We are available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Give our East Brown County location a call at, (920) 499-7050.

Storm Damage in East Brown County: SERVPRO Is Always Here for You

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

Exterior foundation on house is crumbling from weather damage The exterior of the house is falling apart after being hit by a severe storm and is leaving the interior drywall is exposed

Purchasing a home can be one of the most rewarding moments in any stage of your life. Whether your house has stood on its very foundation for the past 50+ years or the residence is only several months old, you truly never know how sturdy of a structure you are living under until the first significant storm blows through. Waiting to see if your roof, doors, windows, or basement is entirely leak-proof is not something you prefer to do. Yet, you may find yourself anxiously keeping a watchful eye on just in case you need to spring into action immediately.

When it comes to your financial investment, the what-ifs of something going wrong should not outweigh the excitement of being a new homeowner.

It is best to be prepared with a frontline defense to salvage any future structural damage related to severe weather. Be sure to download our SERVPRO Ready Plan app onto your cell phone or another easily accessible electronic device, today. You can set up your profile in just a few simple steps and have immediate access to contacting the SERVPRO franchise closet to your home’s address.

At SERVPRO of East Brown County, we make it OUR business to respond to storm damage immediately. If a storm or natural disaster damages your property, we will work quickly and efficiently to fix the problem and get your life back on track.

We know severe weather can ravage any dwelling causing anywhere from minor repairs to substantial losses. That’s why we have highly trained storm damage specialists who get started promptly to get your property dry and back to pre-storm condition.

SERVPRO uses advanced equipment and scientific drying techniques. We make it a point to document the drying process to validate your home or business is ready. Our Water Damage Restoration and Applied Structural Drying Technicians are here to help make life a little less chaotic for you.

We are here to speak with you on any concerns you may have about your residence. We’re conveniently available to you 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. Please give us call at, (920) 499-7050.

Our professionals have the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Preparedness for Businesses: Focusing on a Prompt Facility Recovery with the Help of SERVPRO

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

Yellow caution sign warning of floor cleaning in process Cleaning Commercial Property water damage

Each September, homeowners, and communities are encouraged to take part in National Preparedness Month to be ready for all types of disasters or emergencies. 

Business owners are strongly advised to use this month to look over their current emergency preparedness plan. Changes should reflect the proper protocols that would ensure their employee's safety as well as to protect their establishment.

Your focus on time sensitive business matters could involve the following:

  • The potential effect a disaster could have on lost or delayed sales and income.
  • Checking on your internal and external data backup that contains your company records.
  • Taking precautionary measures to avoid injury or illness occurring in the cleanup process following a disaster. 

Looking back at the unforeseen event that took place a few weeks ago in Green Bay can make anyone realize how quick a natural disaster could transpire. The local news released a statement that a category one tornado hit specific areas of Brown County leaving several businesses with various stages of destruction. A wide range of hazards arose from this incident; downed power lines, debris from foliage, and standing water made its way into the interior structure of some of these unfortunate businesses. 

Don't risk your establishment at risk of developing hidden molds or toxins. Be proactive by promptly addressing these types of issues in a safe and compliant way. 

SERVPRO of East Brown County wants to be your frontline defense in this matter. 

We have the appropriate equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to preloss condition along with the following training and certifications:

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician

When an emergency arises at your property, we'll be there fast with the help you need.

In addition to our extensive training and certifications, we proudly offer:

Being an owner of any sized business comes with its share of challenges. Worrying that your customers won't have access to your services, should not be one of those dilemmas. 

Did you also know that SERVPRO of East Brown County offers a great way to help our surrounding businesses prepare your commercial property in the event a disaster strikes? 

One of our highly trained team members will visit your business and assist you in setting up your emergency ready profile on your company’s electronic devices.

Avoid inconveniencing your loyal customers by having your business conveniently accessible to them as soon as you possibly can. Your employees and your customers deserve the best. Continue doing your part to keep your business in a reputable standing by being prepared to get your establishment back onto its feet sooner than later.

Give SERVPRO of East Brown County a call today. We're here for you at (920) 434-8224.

Water Damage in Green Bay Commercial Properties

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

A flood can happen at any time, for several reasons such as heavy rain, a broken pipe, or a sump pump that stopped working. Calling in the professionals as soon as you encounter flooding (or any type of water damage) should be your first step. SERVPRO of East Brown County is on call and ready to serve you 24 hours 365 days!

Commons causes of water damage in Green Bay commercial properties

  • Failed sump pump
  • Full Septic Tank
  • Sewer pipe failure
  • Pipes burst from freezing temperatures
  • Clogged drains
  • Roof in need of repair
  • Toilet leaks
  • Faucet leaks

Water damage can cause severe damage to a commercial property leading to mold in a short time, due to untreated or missed water, so it is crucial to have a professional team of experts working for you with all the latest equipment and certifications. Our priority is to keep your business running smoothly as possible while we handle ours.

“We have used SERVPRO multiple times in our facility and the results have always been fast and efficient and they take care of the situations professionally.” A past client whom we did work for in their commercial property was very content with the work SERVPRO of East Brown County was able to provide.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists: 

  • We’re a preferred vendor to many National insurance companies
  • Our technicians are highly trained in water restoration techniques
  • We have all the latest certifications and training
  • We are always open 24/7 to help you too 

About SERVPRO of East Brown County

SERVPRO of East Brown County is a locally owned franchise. When you need us, we’re only a call away! From our highly IICRC certified technicians to our specialized equipment, you can count on SERVPRO of East Brown County to handle your water damage needs.

Experienced water damage? Don’t wait to call us, we’re here for you, (920) 434-8224.

SERVPRO of East Brown County is here to help with water damage in Green Bay commercial properties

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

a trail of water on the floor inside the commercial property Commercial Building with water damage

There can be a variety of reasons as to why water damage happens. Whether water damage has happened because of flooding, a leaky roof, or a broken pipe, SERVPRO of East Brown County is ready to help.

Water damage can go beyond surface level. It’s important to use tools that show how much water damage there is. If you are inspecting your property on your own and do not have the proper tools, you may want to contact a professional instead.

Here at SERVPRO of East Brown County, we are equipped with the proper tools to help minimize any further damage and restore your property. SERVPRO of East Brown County’s priority is to keep your business open and running with minimal issues while we do what we do best.

We are also an IICRC certified firm. But what does that mean? It is important that a restoration company is IICRC certified because the IICRC creates the standard for the cleaning and restoration industry.  Being IICRC certified means that clients like your self can feel confident knowing the technicians working in your property are highly trained.

Commercial water damage and restoration professionals

Contact SERVPRO of East Brown County, we’ll make it look "Like it never even happened.”

  • Locally owned and operated
  • Faster to any sized disaster
  • 24 Hour Service
  • We’re a preferred vendor to many insurance companies

Prepare ahead

Did you know we offer Emergency Ready plans (we call them ERP’s for short!) An emergency ready plan is also known as a great property management tool. You can stay prepared ahead of any disaster with an ERP. What’s the best part of having an ERP? An ERP is a FREE assessment tool that keeps track of all your property’s information. An ERP can keep track of things such as: where the water shut off is, who is your preferred plumber (or any vendor), or when was the last time the furnace filter was changed.

To learn more about Emergency Ready plans click here.

Here to help

SERVPRO of East Brown County is ready to tackle any size water damage your property has been through. With the proper equipment, and highly trained technicians, you can count on SERVPRO of East Brown County.

Have additional questions?

Call us today: (920) 434-8224