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Is Your Business Protected With Fire Extinguishers?

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

fire extinguisher on a wall Make sure your business has fire extinguishers and your staff knows how to use them.

It doesn’t happen often, but when a fire breaks out at a place of work, employees are often the first line of defense to keep a small fire from becoming a large disaster. It’s best to be prepared for fires that are manageable with the use of a fire-extinguisher. 

Every type of building except a one- or two-family house is required by the National Fire Protection Association to have fire extinguishers. Whether you have a simple seamstress shop or a tool making business, it’s important to know how to use one.

Your fire extinguisher must be located where people can easily get to it. It also needs to be visible. If it’s in a cabinet or under a sink, signs must clearly indicate where to find it. 

Types of Fire Extinguishers

Depending on the kinds of fire hazards in your business, you may need one or more of the following types of fires extinguishers:

Type A: For combustible solid materials such as wood or fire. If you have an office or shop with a low level of fire hazards, a type A extinguisher is probably enough.

Type B: For flammable liquid or gas. If you run a business that includes or kitchen or uses flammable liquids like paint or grease, you need a type B extinguisher.

Type C: For energized electrical sources. Businesses ranging from server farms to welding shops that use a large amount of electricity or electronics need type C fire extinguishers, which can be used for electrical fires.

Type D: For combustible metals, such as magnesium, titanium and sodium. Businesses like factories, auto body shops and industrial companies need type D extinguishers.

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

Fire extinguishers are not difficult to use.

  1. Pull the pin.
  2. Point the nozzle at the base of the fire.
  3. Squeeze the handle.
  4. Swing back and forth until the fire is out.

It’s recommended that a how-to infographic is displayed near your fire extinguisher and that training is provided for office staff with regular reviews.

If you own a business in Boone or Story County, contact SERVPRO of Ames to help your business prepare for a disaster like a fire with a free SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile. And if you do experience a fire, call us anytime, day or night, to help restore your business so it’s “Like it never even happened.”

Call SERVPRO of Ames to Help Prepare Your Business for Flooding

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

business with water coming up to stairwell SERVPRO of Ames can help you develop an Emergency Ready Profile to make sure you're prepared for flooding or any other kind of disaster.

For commercial business owners who do not operate in a floodplain, it may seem odd to prepare for flooding. However, national disasters include flooding around 90% of the time, and many affected areas are those not traditionally prone to flooding.

It’s smart for business owners to plan for the possibility of a flood, to keep their employees safe and to get their business reopened more quickly after a disaster.

What to Do Ahead of Time
By addressing the risk of flooding, training employees and planning ahead, business owners will be much more prepared and will know how to stay safe. Some key points to plan for include:

  • Referencing the FEMA Flood Map to get an idea of your risk levels
  • Copying all paperwork and records to a safe, external server or cloud-based storage
  • Drafting your own Emergency Action Plan and training employees 
  • Clearly marking the office evacuation route
  • Considering the purchase of flood insurance if it is something your business insurance does not handle
  • Assembling an emergency kit for the workplace in the event you and other employees are stranded for a time
  • A plan to relocate valuable assets to the highest possible areas if flooding becomes imminent

The Documents to Preserve
In order to restore and reopen your business as soon as possible, it’s crucial to back up all important documents and data to a safe off-site or cloud-based location. Some of these essential documents include:

  • The continuity plan for how you will resume operations
  • Contact information for employees, as well as their emergency contacts
  • Your insurance policy for the business and flood coverage, if applicable
  • Vendor information, along with contact information for suppliers and any other third parties that may be crucial to operations
  • Guidelines for how to recover files from computer backups
  • Any pertinent financial documents

Call SERVPRO of Ames at 515-233-4544 to help you set up a SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile. We’ll make sure you’re prepared for flooding or any other kind of disaster that can affect your business. It’s FREE and can make the difference between the life and death of your Boone or Story County business.

SERVPRO of Ames Takes on Any Size Commercial Disasters

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO large loss team SERVPRO's large loss team can take on any commercial disaster of any size.

SERVPRO of Ames takes on commercial disasters, no matter how large, whether from a tornado, hurricane, fire, flood or a derecho like we recently experienced here in central Iowa. We’re part of a nationwide network of more than 1,700 strategically positioned SERVPRO franchises on standby and ready to mobilize when large disaster teams are needed.

We Have the Right Team for Big Jobs

We start by assessing the damage. In the event we need more feet on the ground and extra resources, we contact the SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division, staffed by elite large-loss specialists who are prequalified to handle any size disaster. They immediately dispatch any needed personnel to the site and set up a local command center with a commercial operations manager to supervise the loss and ensure communication is seamless and remediation is completed as quickly as possible. 

For example, we recently received a call about a large commercial fire near Ames. We immediately contacted the SERVPRO Large Loss Division to help complete an assessment and put together a scope of estimated work. SERVPRO was there within hours and was the first company on the scene with a large loss project manager to work directly with the client and the insurance company and quickly present an evaluation and estimate. 

Our National Team Knows What It’s Doing

When you call SERVPRO of Ames with a large loss, you’re also calling a national disaster team — one of the best you can get. We’re different than other large response teams because we quickly and efficiently dispatch professionals who have the same high-level training. That’s why so many hotel owners, property managers, universities, municipalities and even the Pentagon have relied on SERVPRO for recovery from large disasters. 

Call us right away at (515) 233-4544 if your commercial business, school, city or township in Boone or Story county experiences a large loss. You can be sure we’ll respond immediately with all the staff, resources and experience needed to handle the recovery process smoothly and efficiently.

Trust SERVPRO of Ames to Disinfect Your Ames Area Business or School for Covid-19

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

Window decal of Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Don’t trust just anyone to disinfect your business, school or organization. SERVPRO of Ames is highly-trained and certified to do the job.

SERVPRO of Ames is answering an increasing number of calls to clean and disinfect area businesses in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

While few businesses and organizations have had an employee test positive for the virus, many companies are asking us to help them prepare for reopening and maintain a clean environment for their staff and customers.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – Our Viral Pathogen Cleaning Program

Don’t trust just anyone to disinfect your business, school or organization. SERVPRO of Ames is highly-trained and certified to do the job. 

We offer Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, a proactive and Covid-19 emergency response cleaning program that goes way beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. This is tested and proven viral pathogen cleaning that meets the highest standards.

Our staff specializes in biohazard cleaning and decontamination for porous and non-porous surfaces – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the CDC. 

We use EPA-approved products that don't harm your work environment or your employees, clients or students. These include our proprietary cleaning agent SERVPROXIDE, a hospital-grade disinfectant that is NSF certified for direct food surface use.

Let SERVPRO of Ames Help You Maintain a Sanitized Environment

We can sanitize every space in your business, school or organization, including:

  • offices 
  • retail spaces 
  • fitness rooms 
  • playgrounds
  • food areas (break rooms, school kitchens, cafeterias)

We’re locally owned and operated and available 24 hours/7 days per week, serving all of Boone and Story County. So we’re nearby and ready to take care of you right away.

Give us a call at (515) 233-4544. 

Get A Free Emergency Ready Profile for Your Business From SERVPRO of Ames

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready Profile app on mobile phone SERVPRO's free Emergency Ready Profile will help your company get back on its feet faster after a disaster and is accessed through an easy-to-use app.

We’re heading into storm season here in the Midwest. Is your business ready to handle severe tornado or flood damage? What about a disaster that can happen any time of year, like a fire or a water line break?

No one can prevent every disaster from happening, but if your business is prepared with a SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile (ERP), you’ll recover more quickly. You’ll also give your business the best chance of reopening. About 50 percent of companies never reopen after extended interruptions from disasters.

Insurance companies know this too, which is why most recommend that businesses make an emergency response plan part of their overall contingency plans.

Let SERVPRO of Ames Help You Put Your Profile Together

We enjoy the process of putting together ERPs, and we do it for FREE. It gives us a chance to get to know you and your business so we can serve you in the best possible way should a disaster ever strike. 

Jeff Short, our General Manager, or Don Stokesbarry, our Operations Manager - both highly certified technicians - will work closely with you to develop your profile containing all the critical information you’ll need in the event of an emergency.

What’s In the ERP?

This well-organized document includes:

  • Primary staff and local emergency contacts
  • Primary contractor/vendor contacts (electrician, internet provider, HVAC, etc.)
  • Utility shut-off locations with photos for fast identification
  • All needed information for your insurance company 
  • Property overview with maps, photos, and structural descriptions
  • Building access information
  • Ability to add extra reports of your own (evacuation floor plans, lead/asbestos reports)

Access Your ERP With an Easy-to-Access Mobile App and Web Portal

Once we’ve captured all your information, SERVPRO of Ames will make it all available to you through our quick and easy-to-use SERVPRO® Ready Plan mobile app and web portal. Ready Plan is password secured and allows you to manage your profile and share your information with people you choose, such as property or facility managers. 

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late

The sooner you call us, the sooner we’ll create your ERP, which can make the difference between the life and death of your business. 

Call 515-233-4544 to set up an appointment as soon as possible, before a disaster hits.

Tips for Small Business Owners to Manage Risks

2/9/2020 (Permalink)

preparedness and readiness sayings in bold lettering with red background Having a disaster plan in place is crucial for any business. SERVPRO of Ames is your full-service commercial restoration company.

When you own a business, a natural disaster puts more than just you at risk. For many small business owners, their commercial property is essential to their livelihood, and thus it is vitally important that they are able to continue operations even during the worst of circumstances.

One of the best ways to do this is by preparing for a disaster in advance, as the frequency of natural disasters continues to increase around the world. Knowing what your unique risks are, having a plan in place for the worst-case scenario and knowing what to do after a disaster are all important aspects of staying safe and recovering quickly.

Preparing for a Disaster at Your Small Business

1. Double-Check Your Insurance
While small business owners often believe they have adequate insurance coverage, many are disappointed to find out that this is not necessarily the case as far as natural disasters are concerned. Excessive damages, such as those from a flood, often require the purchase of extra business insurance in order to provide complete coverage for disaster scenarios.

2. Create Your Action Plan
Planning for what you will do when a natural disaster is imminent is a wise choice, as it will help you mitigate risks to your business. Being aware of any machinery shutdown requirements and saving important documents are ways you can help your business stay safe while learning about evacuation routes and local shelters is a great way to keep yourself safe should a disaster occur.

3. Rehearse Drills and Prepare Staff
If you manage employees on the property, it is important that you uphold your duty to care for them by preparing them for a disaster scenario. Be sure they are aware of the company’s official disaster proceedings and practice your building evacuation regularly and with varied scenarios so everyone can feel more at ease.

4. Choose a Restoration Company to Work With
When a disaster hurts your small business, it has also hurt your livelihood—which is why reopening quickly is so important following a disaster. By picking the restoration company you will work within advance of a disaster scenario, you can call them the moment you discover damage so your restoration process can begin right away.

If you need to pick a commercial restoration company that’s right for you, call us today! We can tell you all about what sets our process apart.

Be Prepared with an ERP in Ames

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure you are "Ready for whatever happens." In the event of an emergency, the ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. Call us to establish your Emergency READY Profile! - Restoration Newsline.  We service Ames, Boone, Huxley, Maxwell, Nevada, Ogden, Story City and the surrounding areas.