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Fire Extinguishers

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

General Fire Extinguishers Fire Extinguishers

First of all in case of a fire stay calm and alert everyone and get out of the building. Used properly, a portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives. 

First of all in case of a fire stay calm and alert everyone and get out of the building.

1. Call the fire department. 

2. Then, if the fire is small, use the appropriate extinguisher.


1.  Everyone is out.

2.  The fire is small and confined. 

3.  You can fight the fire with your back to a safe escape route.

4.  You effectively know how to use a fire extinguisher. 

5.  The extinguisher is rated for the type of fire. 


1.  The fire is spreading beyond immediate area. 

2.  The fire could block your escape route.

3.  You do not know how to use the fire extinguisher.


1.   A home portable extinguisher is recommended for each level of your home. 

2.   A fire extinguisher should also be located in your garage, shop or work area, and each personal vehicle. 

3.  The extinguisher should be placed near an exit and in full view so they can be reached quickly and easily.  If you make the decision to use it, you will be near an exit to escape if necessary.

4.  For maximum protection in kitchen and garage fires, a portable fire extinguisher that will extinguish a class A, B and C fire is recommended.


Class A -  ordinary combustibles, such as wood, cloth, paper, rubbish, rubber and plastics. 

Class B - Flammable liquids, such as gasoline, oil, grease , oil based paint, lacquer and flammable gas.

Class C -  energized electrical equipment, including wiring, fuse boxes, circuit breakers, machinery and appliances. 


Read the instructions, but in case of emergency, always remember this 

P A S S 

P.  Pull the pin to unlock the handle. 

A. Aim low at the base of the fire.

S. Squeeze the handle. 

S.  Sweep the unit from side to side. 


1.  Read the owners manual for proper instructions on maintenance. 

2.  Check gauge monthly for pressure drops. 

3. Check for dents, punctures and corrosion along the body.

4. Check for chipping or cracking on the head and nozzle.

Always be sure to notify the Fire Dept. of the fire no matter how small so they can inspect the site and be sure the fire is extinguished. 

Electrical Safety Tips for the Homeowner

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

General Electrical Safety Tips for the Homeowner ELECTRICAL SAFETY FOR THE CONSUMER

Electricity makes our lives easier. However, we need to be cautious and keep safety in mind. 

Flipping a light switch. Plugging in a coffee maker. Charging a laptop computer. These are second nature for most of us. 

Here are some safety tips from our friends at The National Fire Protection Association.

A) Have all electrical work done by a qualified electrician.

B) When you are buying or remodeling a home, have it inspected by a qualified private inspector or in accordance with local requirements. 

C) Only use one heat producing appliances such as a coffee maker, toaster, space heater, etc. plugged into a receptacle outlet at a time.

D) Extension cords and plug strips should not be used for major appliances such as refrigerators, dryers, washers, stoves, air-conditioners, microwave ovens, etc. These should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet. 

E) Arc-fault circuit interrupters otherwise known as AFCI’s shut off electricity when a dangerous condition occurs. Consider having them installed in your home.

F) Consider having ground–fault circuit interrupters installed - GCFI.  These reduce the risk of shock they shut off an electrical circuit when it becomes a shock hazard. They should be installed inside the home in bathrooms, kitchen, garages and basements.  All outdoor receptacles should be ground-fault circuit interrupter protected. 

G) Test your ACFIs and GFCIs once a month according to the manufacturers recommendations.  You do not need a flame to start a fire. Fire can start when heat builds up near things that burn. This can happen when a hot light bulb is near things that burn.  Things such as cloth or paper, or a cord that has been placed under a carpet. 

H) Consider using ground – fault circuit interrupters to reduce the risk of shock.  These items shut off an electrical circuit when it becomes a shock hazard. They should be installed inside the home and bathrooms, kitchen, garages and basements.  All outdoor receptacles should be GFCI protected. 

I) Check electrical cords to make sure they are not running across doorways or under carpets. Extension cords are intended for temporary use. Have a qualified electrician add more receptacle outlets so you don’t have to use extension cords.

J) When installing light bulbs be sure to make sure the number of watts is applicable for the product. There should be a sticker that indicates the right number of watts. 

Here are some additional thoughts:

Call a qualified electrician or if you rent your landlord if you have: 

A burning or rubbery smell coming from an appliance. 

Frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuit breakers.

Flickering or dimming lights.

Discolored or warm wall outlets. 

A tingling feeling when you touch an electrical appliance.

Sparks from an outlet. 

Simple safety precautions save lives and property.

Home Escape Plan

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

General Home Escape Plan Make a Plan!

Plan Ahead!

If a fire breaks out in your home you may have only a few minutes to get out safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Everyone needs to know what to do and where to go if there is a fire.


1.  Make a Home escape plan. Draw a map of your home showing all doors and windows. Discuss the plan with everyone in your home.

2. No at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily.

3. Have an outside meeting place like a tree, light pole, or mailbox. Make sure it is a safe distance from the home where everyone should meet.

4. Practice your home fire drill at night and during the day with everyone in your home at least twice a year.

5. Practice using different ways out.

6. Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.

7.  Close doors behind you as you leave. 


1. If the smoke alarm sounds get out and stay out! Never go back inside for people or pets.

2. If you have to escape through spoke, get low and go under the smoke to your way out.

3. Call the fire department from outside your home.


! A closed door may show with the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms inside every sleeping room and outside each sleeps area.  Install alarms on every level of the home. Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.

! According to an NFPA survey, Only one of three American households have actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.

! While 71% of Americans have an escape plan in case of a fire, only 47% of those have practiced it.

! 1/3 of American households call made an estimate thought they would have at least six minutes before a fire in their own home would become life-threatening. The time available is often less. And only 8% set their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out.

The Continuing Education Classes for Insurance Agents Registration is Now Available

7/20/2016 (Permalink)

General The Continuing Education Classes for Insurance Agents Registration is Now Available The C.E. Classes Open Registration Form from SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood.

SERVPRO Is Once Again Hosting  the C. E. Classes

By offering free continuing education classes (C.E.) to our local insurance agents, we can give back to our communities goodwill and the mutual understanding of helping each other. Because we are a group of three locally owned SERVPRO franchises, we can reach out and assistance a large number of insurance agents with their required on-going Ethics Class. We believe that knowledge is power, and just as we are educated, equipped, and well trained in our field of restoration, we can assist others to maximize their abilities to perform at a high level.

As shown in the photo to the right, these Two Continuing Education Classes will be held on consecutive days towards the end of September 2016. Click this link to download a PDF registration form. Todd Davis, who has traveled to Matteson to offer mold remediation, and other courses, in the past, will once again be the SERVPRO Corporate instructor for these two classes for the Fall session. SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood will be one of the local franchises to provide free breakfast and lunch to all the participants. Like us on Facebook: After the Ethics Class, he will instruct a refresher class on "Understand Mold in the Restoration Industry.” Mold remediation can be a complicated topic for homeowners, insurance agents, and our highly trained AMRT, Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians. Knowing how to grapple with mold infestations can mitigate liabilities and costs while ensuring better protection from any health effects.

Consider SERVPRO as a source for keeping our communities safe following any fire, water, or mold problems. Please call us for registration for the C.E. Classes or help with your home or business. (708) 747-9925

March 2016 CE Classes - Free - Ethics & Homeowner and Auto Policy Exclusions

12/31/2015 (Permalink)

General March 2016 CE Classes - Free - Ethics & Homeowner and Auto Policy Exclusions March 2016 CE Class Schedule

We are offering 2 FREE CE classes this Spring.

March 2nd, at the Holiday Inn Express in Bourbonnais, IL we have our Ethics Class from 9AM-12PM. Followed by our Homeowners & Auto Policy Exclusions Class from 1PM-4PM.

March 3rd, at the Calumet County Club in Homewood, IL we have our Ethics Class from 9AM-12PM. Followed by our Homeowners & Auto Policy Exclusions Class from 1PM-4PM.

Please see the flier for more details.

Earn up to 7 credits in one day for your license renewal.

CCFM Conference for 2015

1/20/2015 (Permalink)

The annual Conference for Catholic Facility Management, CCFM for 2015 will be in Savannah, Georgia.  Meetings will be held May 11, 12, and 13, 2015 at the beautiful Hyatt Regency, in Savannah on Bay Street.

SERVPRO is a CCFM Platinum Level Sponsor.

Helping Sell Homes Faster in Olympia Fields, IL

12/8/2014 (Permalink)

General Helping Sell Homes Faster in Olympia Fields, IL SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood providing MOLD remediation in Olympia Fields, IL at a home for sale.

SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood is a proud partner with numerous Realtors in the Olympia Fields IL area to helping get homes off the market. General house cleaning, carpet cleaning, mold remediation and duct cleaning services are just a few services our agent partners have requested. Olympia Fields Illinois is a wonderful area to raise a family and the homes for sale are priced to sell.