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Being Safe This Summer
AtSERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing we're here to help you get ready for this Summer Heat!
Stay safe during our Northern Minnesota heat by remembering these tips this summer:
- Get the trained in first aid to learn how to treat heat-related emergencies
- Stay well hydrated!!
- Have an emergency kit handy
- Keep ice packs handy in the freezer
- To reduce 80 percent of the heat that enters your home by covering windows that receives morning and afternoon sun
- Weather strip your doors
- Stay aware of upcoming temperature changes. Listen to local weather forecasts
- Window air conditioners snugly; insulate if necessary
Stay safe this summer and if you need us remember to give us a call for any fire, water, and smoke emergencies that come up.
You can reach us 24/7 at 218-999-9799
Grilling Safety in Northern Minnesota
SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing wants to welcome the warm weather and give you some grill safety to consider when breaking out your inner backyard grilling skills.
June and July are peak months for summer grilling fires.
The Memorial Day weekend is approaching quickly, it’s time to dust off the grills and put the inner backyard grilling skills back to work. As exciting as it is to break out the grill for the official start of the summer season right, we want you to consider the safety that needs to be taken when preparing to light up the grill.
NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) says that the U.S. fire department responded to an average of 8,900 home fire that involved the use of grills, hibachis, or barbecues per year. These 8,900 fires caused annual averages of 10 civilian deaths, 160 injuries, and $118 million in direct property damage. Almost all the losses resulted from structure fires. The leading causes of grill fires were a failure to properly cleaning of the grill, placement of the grill because it was placed to close to a structure, and leaving the grill unattended. Five out of six (83%) of grills involved in home fires were fueled by gas while 13% used other sources of fuel.
Precautions to take while grilling
- Stay alert when grilling. Avoid grilling when you are tired or have consumed too much alcohol.
- Do Not leave your grill unattended.
- Keep the grill in a place that is free from flammable items and away from porch rails, and low lying branches.
- Keep children and pets as far away from the grill as possible
- Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year.
NOTE: A light soap and water solution applied to the hose is a great way to check for leaks. You can often smell a propane leak, but propane will also release bubbles when the soap and water solution is applied. If you detect a leak, turn the gas tank and grill off. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department.
- Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before igniting.
- If you smell gas while cooking, immediately move away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.
- If the flames go out for any reason, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 15 minutes before re-lighting it.
- Keep your grill clean by regularly removing grease or fat buildup from the grates and trays below.
Charcoal grill safety tips to consider:
- If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquid to the flames.
- Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
- Electric charcoal starters do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
- When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container with a lid.
Crime Scene and Trauma Clean-Up
After the police have finished processing a crime or accident scene, the cleaning and restoration process can begin. Many times, crime and accident scenes have blood and other biohazard contaminants that pose a serious health risk.
Homeowners and police rely on professional services that are equipped to handle crime scene cleanup.
SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing follow OSHA protocols to help transform an unsafe environment back to a clean, safe environment. We will always treat you and everyone involved with the utmost respect and empathy in these difficult circumstances. Some common trauma and crime scene examples are:
Crime Scene Residues
Tear gas and pepper spray residues to residue created from flash bangs, SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing can clean and restore your property.
SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing will remove and dispose of all pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death.
If you find yourself wondering what to do in the event of a trauma or crime scene, call SERVPRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing at (218) 999-9799
Home Holiday Fire Facts
Facts about home holiday fires
- One of every three home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems.
- Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. On average, one of every 31 reported home structure Christmas tree fires results in a death compared to an average of one death per 144 total reported home structure fires.
- A heat source too close to the tree causes roughly one in every four of Christmas tree fires.
- More than half (56 percent) of home candle fires occur when something that can catch on fire is too close to the candle.
- December is the peak time of year for home candle fires.
- The decoration was too close to a heat source such as a candle or equipment in nearly half (45%) of the fires.
Please watch this video provided by NFPA:
Red Cross Memorial Blood Drive
We have partnered with the Red Cross for a blood drive.
The bloodmobile will be in Grand Rapids on May 20, 2016.We look forward to seeing you there. Here is what to expect if you join us;
Our staff and volunteers will sign you in and go over basic eligibility and donation information.
You will read information about donating blood, and will be asked to show a donor card, driver's license, or other form(s) of ID.
You will answer some questions during a private and confidential interview about your health history and places you have traveled.
We will check your temperature, pulse, blood pressure and hemoglobin level present in a sample of blood.
The actual donation takes about 8-10 minutes, during which you will be seated comfortably. The process is safe and sterile. Red Cross staff and volunteers will be available if you have any questions.
Certain donation types, such as platelets, red cells or plasma, can take up to two hours.
After donating, you should have a snack and something to drink in the refreshments area. You can leave the site after 10-15 minutes and continue with your normal daily activities.
Enjoy the feeling of accomplishment knowing that you have helped save lives
Partner of the Week: SERVPRO
Partner of the Week: SERVPRO We thank SERVPRO for the great discount they gave us for the basement clean-up at our rehab project in Virginia. Thank you so much for helping us make our rehab project an affordable home for our partner family, the Dows!
HOME SHOW SEASON
ITS HOME SHOW SEASON AGAIN!!!!
SERPVRO of Bemidji, Grand Rapids & Hibbing is excited to go full steam ahead into HOME SHOW SEASON 2016. Keep an eye out for an update on the prizes available near you.
We are planning to attend the following home/garden shows:
GRAND RAPIDS JAYCEES
NMBA HOME SHOW - GRAND RAPIDS
NASHWAUK HOME SHOW
AITKIN HOME/GARDEN SHOW
IRON RANGE HOME AND GARDEN SHOW
PERELLA HOME SHOW - HIBBING
We are happy to answer any of you questions, or give you a more information on what it is that we do. No questions? NO problem! Swing by and say hello and register in a drawing! Prizes vary by show. Don’t forget to pick-up a magnet, or pen! We look forward to seeing you!
Catch the Cube
Catch the Cube
Play "Catch the Cube" for your chance to win a $100 Target gift card. To play get a photo of the Cube, post it in the event on our Facebook page, like the page and you are entered in the drawing. Contest runs from Dec. 7-20. For complete rules go to our Facebook page.
Deer Hunting Opener
Good luck to all the deer hunters out there. Stay warm, be safe and SHOOT THE BIG BUCK!
Deer River Fireman's Bingo
Come join us at the Morse Town Hall for a fun night of bingo with the Deer River Fire Department. We will be raffling of a TV to go along with a host of other great prizes. All proceeds go to the Deer River Fire Department.
Catch the Cube
CONGRATULATIONS to Jerilyn Zbacnik of Hibbing for winning our "CATCH THE CUBE" contest. She will be awarded a $100 Gander Mountain gift card.
If you would like to try and "CATCH THE CUBE" you will have another opportunity starting November 9th-20th. Keep watching our Facebook page for more details.
Fire Department Open Houses
With fire prevention week comming up October 4-10 SERVPRO with be working with some local fire departments in the area do their open houses this year. Please join us in...
Virginia - Oct. 4th from 5 to 7
Trout Lake - Oct. 8th from 5 to 7
Stop in to say high and get information about fire prevention.