(PRWEB) July 03, 2014
Abbotts Fire and Flood Restoration reminds you to be mindful of safety as you enjoy summer activities and holidays.
“Unfortunately, there’s always enough misfortune to keep us busy,” said Jack Martin, Abbotts CEO. “We really would rather help you prevent a disaster than clean up after one.”
Martin said that, while summertime is fun time, it also can deliver a devastating one-two punch in Colorado. “In our unique climate, summer means both heightened fire risk and potential monsoon storms,” he said. “Our neighbors have to prepare for fire and flood with equal focus.”
To help with those preparations, Abbotts offers these summer safety tips.
If told to evacuate your home or business, do so immediately.
- Have a plan. Don’t wait for fire or flood to threaten before you think about what you will do at your business and in your home. Your plan should include providing for the care and safety of pets in case you must evacuate.
- Practice your emergency plans with your family and employees.
- Consider creating a zone in your home where you can stage heirlooms, important documents and other valuables, along with clothes, toiletries and medicines all where you can quickly find and load them into your vehicle if you need to evacuate quickly.
- Make sure all features on your property that are designed to manage water and prevent damage are in good repair. Inspect and clean gutters, downspouts and French drains. Inspect and service sump pumps.
- Know the difference between a flood watch and a flood warning. A watch means flooding is possible. A warning means flooding is occurring or will occur soon.
- Turn off utilities to your property if flooding is imminent.
- Do not walk through moving water. It is stronger than you realize.
- Do not drive on flooded roads. You can’t tell if they’re washed out.
- Do not operate or touch electrical appliances or equipment when wet or standing in water.
- Check community reports to find out whether the water supply is safe.
- Avoid flood water, which can be contaminated with toxic and biological material or electrically charged from downed power lines.
- Return to your property only after authorities say it’s safe.
- Get out of burning structures immediately. Remain calm and follow your emergency plan as soon as you realize the building is burning. Do not re-enter burning structures for valuables after people and pets are safely evacuated.
- If you’re inside a burning structure, check for smoke under doors before opening them. If you see smoke, find another exit. Even if you do not detect smoke, touch the door with the back of your hand. If it is hot, do not open it and seek another exit.
- Smoke can build up quickly. Keep yourself and others low to the ground as you exit the burning structure.
- Once you and your family or employees are safely outside, ensure that everyone is accounted for. Report anyone missing to first responders.
- If fire damages your home or business, do not re-enter the structure until the fire department confirms that it’s safe. In the meantime, remember to call your insurance company to begin documenting the damage.
- Keep track of disaster-related receipts. Your insurance company may need them later.
- Contact a qualified disaster restoration company.
Follow these guidelines, check out the Abbotts Fire and Flood Restoration blog for more valuable tips and have a fun, safe summer.
If you or someone you know is dealing with the aftermath of a disaster, don’t hesitate to contact Abbott's 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to learn about our restoration services.
About Abbotts Fire and Flood Restoration
Abbotts Fire and Flood Restoration provides fire and water damage remediation as well as cleanup and removal of black mold, biological hazards, sewage, and other hazardous materials. Abbotts Fire and Flood Restoration services homes and businesses in the Denver and Boulder metro area.
Abbotts Fire and Flood Restoration has over 65 years of collective experience in the restoration business, and their team has been serving the Denver metro area for just as long. Abbotts prides themselves on prompt and honest service, customer care, and their ability to restore homes and businesses to the state it was in prior to the water damage.
Abbotts is an accredited member of the Denver/Boulder Better Business Bureau and a member of Tom Martino’s Referral List network of approved contractors.
Abbotts Fire and Flood Restoration provides 24-hour emergency restoration services, 7 days a week. Abbott’s guarantees a response time of 1 hour or less.
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Abbotts Fire and Flood Restoration
2301 S. Jason St.
Denver, CO 80223