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Holiday Safety Tips.

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

We all enjoy lights during the holiday season but beware of the possible danger.

Holiday lighting poses a real fire risk if not used safely. So before you finish the

holiday decorating, be sure to check out these holiday lights safety tips:

Christmas Trees

Many artificial trees are fire resistant. If you buy one, look for a statement specifying this protection

A fresh tree will stay green longer and be less of a fire hazard than a dry tree

Use only Christmas tree lights that are rated for indoor use and tested for safety. Check for the label of an independent testing laboratory like Underwriters’ Laboratory (UL).

If you have a metallic Christmas tree, never put electric lights on it to avoid the risk of electric shock.

Before using lights, check each set of lights for worn or broken cords, broken or cracked sockets, and loose bulb connections. Replace damaged lights.

Connect no more than three standard-size sets of lights into an extension cord. Don’t overload electrical outlets or extension cords, instead plug lights into different circuits around your home.

Don’t fasten colored spotlights onto metallic trees. Use them above or beside your tree to prevent tree branches from becoming charged with electricity from faulty lights.

Turn off the all Christmas lights and decorations when going to bed or leaving home.

Keep pets safe by protecting electric cords and tree lights so that they can’t chew them and get electrocuted.

Outdoor Lights

Make sure outdoor lights are rated for exterior use by an independent testing laboratory. Exterior lights and extension cords used outdoors need to be weather-resistant.

Fasten outdoor lights securely to trees, house, walls or other firm support to protect from wind damage. However, don't attach light strings with nails or staples as these can cut through the wire insulation and start a fire. Use only UL-approved hangers.

The tree can become charged with electricity from faulty lights, and any person touching a branch could be electrocuted! To avoid this danger, use colored spotlights above or beside a tree, never fastened onto it!

Take exterior lights down within 90 days to prevent hazards from weather damage or animals chewing on them.

Store lights safely after taking them down. Tangled lights can lead to damaged cords and broken sockets. They can be difficult to untangle! Wrap the strings around a piece of cardboard, cover them in paper or fabric, and then store in a sturdy container until next year.

Candles

Never use real candles to decorate a tree. Use battery-operated, flame-less LED candles instead.

If you do use real candles, follow these candle fire safety guidelines:

Use only non-flammable candle holders.

Place candles where they can’t be knocked down or blown over.

Keep candles away from any flammable objects like decorations or drapes.

Never burn candles near trees or greenery.

Never leave a burning candle unattended. .

Keep safe this Holiday season.  SERVPRO of Collinsville/Troy is always here to help

We are hiring!

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO of Belleville-O'Fallon is currently hiring several Production Technicians.

Available benefits: health insurance, 401k, paid vacation and opportunities to advance.

The requirements for this position are as follows:

  • Must have a professional appearance 
  • A valid driver license with a reasonable driving record.
  • Must submit to a background check if a job position is accepted.
  • Must be able to pass a drug test.
  • Because we provide 24-hour emergency services, must be willing to be on call, as needed.
  • Some night and weekend work is required.
  • No prior experience is necessary.  On the job training will be provided.  Must be willing to learn.
    Apply in person at SERVPRO, 2220 Liebler Rd., Troy, IL 62294.  Monday thru Friday between 7:30 am and 4:30 pm. 

Is your family prepared for a power outage?

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

Emergency kit

We have experienced a few storms in the last month. Those storms have caused many homes to lose power for minutes to days. Are you prepared if you lose power? Being prepared for a storm will keep you less stressed when the storm hits. Depending on how bad the storm is you may be on your own for a while. Meaning you will need to have your own food, water, flash lights and more. Decide on a designated spot for your emergency kit and also a designated area for everyone in your home to meet during a storm. Check your kit often to make sure batteries are still good, the food hasn’t expired or anything is missing.

The following is a list of items that are suggested to keep on hand:

  1. Flashlights for each family member
  2. Battery-operated radio and clock
  3. Extra batteries
  4. Containers of bottled water
  5. Canned, freeze-dried or dehydrated food, powdered milk, baby supplies for infants
  6. Non-electric can opener
  7. List of important phone numbers
  8. First-aid kit

Keep food on hand that does not require you to cook. Here is a general list of food ideas to stock up on:

  • Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.
  • Choose foods your family will eat.
  • Remember any special dietary needs.
  • Avoid foods that will make you thirsty.
  • Choose salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals and canned foods with high liquid content.
  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables and a can opener
  • Protein or fruit bars
  • Dry cereal or granola
  • Peanut butter
  • Dried fruit
  • Nuts
  • Crackers
  • Canned juices
  • Non-perishable pasteurized milk
  • High energy foods
  • Food for infants

SERVPRO of Collinsville/Troy is always here to help if you experience any damage due to a storm! We specialize in fire, water and mold clean-up and remediation. Give our office a call at 618-667-8648

Stay safe in this extreme heat!

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Lately the weather has been very dry, hot and humid. We have been on a heat advisory as well. Extreme heat is when the temperature is above 90 degrees for two to three days. During extreme heat evaporation is slowed and the body works harder to maintain normal body temperature.

Using these tips will help keep you cool and safe during this horrible heat.

  • Wearing light and loose clothing will keep you cooler. Dark tight-fitting clothing will trap in the rays; keeping the heat in.
  • Drink more water! Try to stay away from caffeine and alcohol as well.
  • Avoid high-energy activities and get help when doing hard manual work outside
  • Keep your home cooler by covering all windows with drapes or shades, using weather-strips on all windows and doors, and using an attic fan if you have one.

Check often on your elderly, neighbors and pets. This heat can cause dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat strokes. Staying hydrated and cool will less your chance from any heat illness.

SERVPRO wants everyone to continue to have a fun, cool and safe summer!!

Spring Cleaning

12/26/2017 (Permalink)

Winter may have just begun but before you know it spring cleaning season will be upon you.  SERVPRO of Collinsville/Troy offers a variety of general cleaning services including carpet, upholstery and duct cleaning.  Contact our office at 618-667-8648 to schedule a cleaning appointment.  If you need more extensive cleaning services such as cleaning ceilings, walls, light fixtures, windows, doors or other areas you can contact SERVPRO of Collinsville/Troy at 618-667-8648 to schedule an estimate.  A customer service representative will meet with you to discuss your cleaning needs and provide an estimate.  If you have any questions or would like to request that additional information be sent to you give SERVPRO of Collinsville/Troy a call today at 618-667-8648.  Thank you for considering SERVPRO of Collinsville/Troy for your cleaning needs. 

Job opportunity

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO of Collinsville/ Troy is currently hiring several Production Technicians.

Available benefits: health insurance, 401k, paid vacation and opportunities to advance.

The requirements for this position are as follows:

  • Must have a professional appearance 
  • A valid driver license with a reasonable driving record.
  • Must submit to a background check if a job position is accepted.
  • Must be able to pass a drug test.
  • Because we provide 24-hour emergency services, must be willing to be on call, as needed.
  • Some night and weekend work is required.
  • No prior experience is necessary.  On the job training will be provided.  Must be willing to learn.
    Apply in person at SERVPRO, 2220 Liebler Rd., Troy, IL 62294.  Monday thru Friday between 7:30 am and 4:30 pm. 

For Immediate Service in Collinsville, Call SERVPRO

10/26/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Collinsville/Troy provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Collinsville.  We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 618-667-8648

Residential Services

Whether your Collinsville home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Collinsville commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business.