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Dryer Fires on the rise
Dryer fire caused by clogged dryer vent
Dryer fires are responsible for a significant number of damages, injuries, and deaths every year. There are approximately 15,600 structure fires, 400 injuries, and 15 deaths reported annually as a result of dryer fires. According to the United States Fire Administration, every year clothes dryer fires account for over $100 million in losses. Also, dryer fires involving commercial dryers have a 78% higher injury rate than residential dryer fires.
Thank you Montgomery County & the Town of Christiansburg
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for our Christiansburg location!
Thanks to all that joined us for our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for our new Christiansburg location.
Special Thanks to the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Christiansburg for their support!
Emergency Tips for Water Damage
Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas. Do not enter rooms with standing water where electrical hazards may exist.
Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping & blottng.
Wipe off any wood surfaces and use clothes pins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors or carpets.
Use aluminum foil or wood blocks between furtniture legs and wet carpeting
Keep a close eye on rivers and streams - be aware of surrounding water!
Call SERVPRO of Roanoke, Montomgery & Pulaski Counties for 24 hour Emergency Service.
SERVPRO of Roanoke, Montgomery & Pulaski Counties are PROUD sponsors of the Roanoke Rampage!
The Roanoke Rampage Fire and Police Football Team are made up of professional fire, police, EMS and public safety workers throughout Roanoke and the New River Valley. The Roanoke Rampage football team was formed to raise money for local charities while playing competitive football in the National Public Safety Football League (NPSFL). All players, coaches, and team assistants are strictly volunteers.
SERVPRO of Roanoke, Montgomery & Pulaski Counties voted "Best Duct Cleaning"
SERVPRO of Roanoke, Montgomery & Pulaski Counties voted "Best Duct Cleaning" as chosen by readers of The Roanoker magazine!
Salem Kiwanis Golf Tournament
Please join us by participating in the Salem Kiwanis Golf Tournament on Friday, May 22, 2015 at Hanging Rock Golf Club. Lunch will begin at 12:00 noon, with tee off at 1:30. Please call Brenda Giles at 540-389-5818 for registration information.
Spring Home Show
Look for SERVPRO at the 2015 Spring Home Show this weekend, March 27-29 at the Salem Civic Center put on by the Roanoke Regional Homebuilders Association.
Women's Leadership Conference - Montgomery County
Join us at Montgomery Co. Chamber's Women's Leadership Conference March 5, 2015 from 12:00 noon - 4:30 p.m. at the Inn at Virginia Tech. For additional information: http://business.montgomerycc.org/Events/details/chamber-women-s-leadership-conference-3406
Salem Roanoke Co. Chamber's Business & Technology Showcase
Look for SERVPRO at the Salem Roanoke Co. Chamber's Business & Technology Showcase will be held Wednesday, February 11, 2015 in the Community Room of the Salem Civic Center from 4 pm - 7 pm.
Holiday Fire Safety Tips
Follow these simple safety tips, to reduce the fire risk to your home or buisiness this holiday season:
1. Place Christmas trees, candles and other holiday decorations at least 3 feet away from heat sources.
2. Purchase flame retardant metallic or artificial trees. If purchasing a live tree, water regularly.
3. Make sure light strings or other decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords.
4. Unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving home or going to bed.
5. Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Always extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to bed.
6. Use only sturdy tree stands designed not to tip over.
7. Keep flammable items away from stove top - oven mitts, pot holders, wooden utensils, etc.
8. Designate one person to walk around your home to make sure that all candles and smoking materials are properly extinguished after guests leave.
9. Smoke alarms save lives. Install smoke alarms near your kitchen, on each level of your home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms if you sleep with doors closed. Test smoke alarms monthly and replace batteries at least once a year.
Veterans Appreciation Picnic
Free to Veterans and one guest!
Veterans Appreciation Picnic and Veterans Day Ceremony at Vinton War Memorial Sunday, November 9, 2014 from 12:00 noon til 3:00. Free to veterans and one guest with proof of service. $5 donation for other guests accepted at the gate. All donations go to Virginia Wounded Warrior Program, Military Family Support Center and Blue Ridge Veterans Celebration Grant Program.
Large Loss Ready!
We are large loss ready with the purchase of our own Desiccant Dehumidifier.
JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes
JDRF Walk 2012 - with SERVPRO's HEROES.
Sunday, September 28, 2014 Team SERVPRO's Heroes will be walking 3 miles to raise money for Type 1 Diabetes research. The walk will be at The Virginia Museum of Transportation at 303 Norfolk Ave., SW, Roanoke, VA. Online donations may be made to http://www2.jdrf.org/goto/SERVPROSHEROES.
Fire Safety Tip
Overloaded outlets can cause #fires and other life threatening dangers. Keep your home or office safe by understanding your property's electrical demands.
4th of July Safety Tips
Successful Blood Drive
SERVPRO of Roanoke, Montgomery & Pulaski County held a successful American Red Cross Blood Drive at their facility in Salem. We had 13 donors and successfuly collected 10 pints of life saving blood. Thanks to everyone who donated or helped out with this drive.
Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Bocce Ball Tournament
Join us at the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce's Bocce Ball Tournament June 5, 2014 from 3-8 pm. The event will be held at HHHunt/Home Depot Field in Blacksburg. For more information, contact the Chamber at 540-382-3020.
SERVPRO to host American Red Cross Blood Drive - June 16
SERVPRO of Roanoke, Montgomery & Pulaski Counties will be holding an American Cross Blood Drive as part of the Red Cross' "100 days of summer...100 days of hope" Blood is especially needed this time of year. SERVPRO's blood drive will be Monday, June 16, 2014 from 3pm - 6pm at the SERVPRO facility located at 1331 Southside Drive, Salem, VA. For an appointment sign-up online at redcrossblood.org. Questions? Contact Brenda Giles at 540-389-5818 or email@example.com.
Visit us at The Spring Home Show - Better Living Expo
The Roanoke Regional Homebuilders Association's 44th Annual Spring Home Show is March 28-30 at the Salem Civic Center. Show hours are Friday 2pm-7pm; Saturday 10am-7pm; and Sunday 12 noon-5pm.
More than 160 showrooms under one roof, including SERVPRO. Stop by our booth to have your jewelry cleaned and to register for our door prize - a free carpet cleaning!
For more information go to www.theSpringHomeShow.com
March is National Red Cross Month
March is National Red Cross Month. SERVPRO is a National Sponsor of the American Red Cross and their Ready Rating Program.
Tips on How to Prepare for a Power Outage - from The American Red Cross
Power Outage - Prepare BEFORE they happen!
How to Prepare for a Power Outage:
To help preserve your food, keep the
following supplies in your home:
One or more coolers—Inexpensive
Styrofoam coolers work well.
Ice—Surrounding your food with ice in a
cooler or in the refrigerator will keep food
colder for a longer period of time during a
prolonged power outage.
A digital quick-response thermometer—
With these thermometers you can quickly
check the internal temperatures of food to
ensure they are cold enough to use safely.
Put together an emergency
preparedness kit with these supplies
in case of a prolonged or widespread
• Water—one gallon per person, per day (3-
day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for
home) • Food—non-perishable, easy-toprepare
items (3-day supply for evacuation,
2-week supply for home) • Flashlight
(NOTE: Do not use candles during a power
outage due to the extreme risk of fire.) •
Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA
Weather Radio, if possible) • Extra batteries
• First aid kit • Medications (7-day supply)
and medical items • Multi-purpose tool •
Sanitation and personal hygiene items •
Copies of personal documents (medication
list and pertinent medical information,
deed/lease to home, birth certificates,
insurance policies) • Cell phone with
chargers • Family and emergency contact
information • Extra cash
If someone in your home is dependent on
equipment, remember to include backup
power in your evacuation plan.
Keep a non-cordless telephone in your
home. It is likely to work even when the
power is out.
Keep your car’s gas tank full.
Protect Your Home & Business from Heating Hazards
Tips to help prevent fires in your home or office from heating sources:
1. Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected annually by a qualified professional.
2. Use heating equipment that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
3. All heaters need space. Keep flammable objects at least three feet away from heating equipment.
4. Plug space heaters directly into outlets. Never use a power strip or extension cord.
5. When using fuel burning heaters, use only the type of fuel specified by the manufacturer.
6. Install and maintain carbon monoxide and smoke alarms inside your home and business. Test alarms monthly.
7. Remember to turn off portable heaters before leaving the room or going to bed.
8. When using a wood-burning fireplace, make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to help prevent sparks from flying into the room. Spent fireplace ashes should be cool before removing and putting them into a metal container. The container should be stored away from your home or business.
Safety tips provided by National Fire Prevention Association
Tips to Help Prevent Catching the Flu
The Center for Disease Control suggest "Take 3" Actions to Fight the Flu - a serious, contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. Flu-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people also may have vomiting and diarrhea. People may be infected with the flu, and have respiratory symptoms without a fever.
1. Take time to get flu vaccine. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a vaccine. It is very important that people of high risk receive their vaccination to reduce risk and severity. Those at high risk of flu complications include very young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions, and those age 65 and older.
- 2. Take steps everyday to prevent the spread of germs:
- * Avoid close contact with those who are ill.
- * Stay home if you have flu-like symptoms at least for 24
- hours after your fever subsides.
- * While you are sick, avoid contact with others.
- * Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough
- or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- * Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and
- water are not available, use an alcohols based hand
- * Avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth.
- * Clean and disinfect surfaces that may have been
- contaminated by germs.
- 3. Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them. this may shorten the time you are sick or make the symptoms milder. They may also prevent serious flu complications. It is recommended that you take the flu antiviral within two days of getting sick. But starting later can also help, especially those at high risk. Always, follow your doctors instructions.
Here's to a flu-free season!
Thanksgiving Safety Tips
Thanksgiving cooking safety tips
Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Safety in the kitchen is important, especially on Thanksgiving Day when there is a lot of activity in kitchen. The National Fire Protection Association offers SAFETY TIPS:
1. Stay in the kitchen when cooking on stovetop.
2. Stay in the home when cooking turkey (or other food in oven) and check it frequently.
3. Keep children away from the stove.
4. Keep children away from hot food and liquids. Steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
5. Keep floor clear so you don't trip over items like bags, toys, pocketbooks, etc.
6. Keep knives out of reach of children.
7. Be sure electric cords from kitchen appliances like mixers, etc. are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
8. Keep matches and utility lighters out of reach of children.
9. Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
10. Please make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
SERVPRO of Roanoke, Montgomery & Pulaski Counties wishes everyone a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving Holiday!
Cold weather tips for your home
Cold weather has hit our area. Protect your home from freezing pipes:
1. Turn off outside faucets and allow to drain then cover with insulating foam covers.
2. Insulate any exposed pipes under or around house with foam insulation.
3. Open cabinet doors under sinks.
4. Allow interior faucets to drip, both hot and cold.
5. Know where your main water shut off valves are located.