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Fireworks Safety Tips for Miami-Dade County Residents?

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

Fireworks light up the evening sky over Miami, Florida. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Miami.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more than 10,000 fireworks-related injuries are treated in emergency rooms across the United States each year. Children under the age of 15 account for nearly 42 percent of those injured. Our team in Miami Beach wants everyone to enjoy fireworks safely and offer some tips from the Miami-Dade County website:

  • The safest way to enjoy fireworks is at a public fireworks display that trained professionals put on
  • If you are set on doing your own fireworks, make sure a responsible adult is present at all times and in charge of lighting all sparklers and fireworks
  • Never use illegal fireworks. Anything that propels itself through the air, detonates or explodes, or contains more than 100 grams of the chemical compound that produces sparks, is illegal. If you are unsure, make sure you purchase your fireworks from a vendor with an official permit to sell fireworks.
  • Read and follow all instructions on the label and keep all spectators a safe distance back from the ignition spot
  • Use fireworks outdoors only, away from houses, vehicles, trees, and other flammable objects. Choose a smooth, hard surface, clear of dry grass, and brush to light all fireworks and sparklers. 
  • Never attempt to re-ignite "duds" or fireworks that didn't work the first time
  • Keep a hose or water bucket nearby at all times

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Hurricane Preparedness Tips for South Beach Residents?

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

A person is installing hurricane shutters on their house. We restore storm damage 24-hours a day in Miami.

Our team in Miami Beach wants South Beach residents to be prepared for this year’s hurricane season. Here are some tips from the Miami-Dade County website for things you should have in your hurricane supply kit:

Supply List

  • 7-day supply of non-perishable foods
  • 7-day supply of water (one gallon per person per day, including pets)
  • A manual can opener
  • Battery-powered portable television or radio with extra batteries
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • First aid kit and manual
  • Sanitation and hygiene items, such as instant hand sanitizing gel, disinfectant wipes, moist towelettes, toilet paper, and feminine hygiene products
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as masks and gloves
  • Thermometer with batteries, if required
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Whistle
  • Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils
  • Cash
  • Extra clothing, blankets, and sleeping bags
  • Photocopies of identification, insurance, prescriptions, household inventory, credit cards, and your utility bill
  • Copies of important documents such as birth certificates, adoption certificates, marriage licenses, divorce papers, Social Security cards, passports, green cards, will, insurance policies (home, auto, life, health, etc.), bank statements
  • Prescription medications, eyeglasses, contact lens solution, and hearing aid
  • Batteries
  • Type ABC fire extinguisher
  • Telephone that is not dependent on electricity or a cell phone
  • Formula, baby food, diapers, and pacifiers
  • Pet carriers, leashes, shot records, and food for each animal evacuating with you
  • Tire repair kit, booster cables, pump, and flares
  • Toys and games for children
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Sunscreen (45 SPF recommended)
  • Keep loose items in airtight plastic bags
  • Gather the kit’s items in easy-to-carry containers or duffel bags. Put them within reach, near the exit you use most often.
  • Check and update your kit at least once a year

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When your South Beach home or commercial business has storm damage, our local team in Miami Beach is Here to Help.® Call us today at 305-532-5411.

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Smoke Alarm Safety Tips for Older Adults in Morningside?

6/14/2022 (Permalink)

A fire alarm with a strobe light attached is shown. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Miami Beach.

Our team in Miami Beach witnesses the difference specialized smoke alarms make for older adults who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Here are some smoke alarm safety tips for older adults from the National Fire Protection Association:

Safety tips
  • Smoke alarms are available for people who are deaf (those with profound hearing loss). These alarms use strobe lights to wake the person. Vibration notification appliances, such as pillow or bed shakers, are required and are currently activated by the sound of a smoke alarm.
  • As people age, their ability to hear high-pitched sounds decreases. Research from NFPA’s Research Foundation showed that older adults are unlikely to respond to alarms with strobe lights.
  • Older adults or other people who are hard of hearing (those with mild to severe hearing loss) can use a device that emits a mixed, low-pitched sound. In its current form, this device is activated by the sound of a traditional smoke alarm.
  • Always choose equipment that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
  • Make sure everyone in your home understands and reacts to the signal (light, vibration, or sound) used in their situation.
  • All smoke alarms should be tested at least monthly. Replace smoke alarms and equipment for people who are deaf or hard or hearing according to manufacturer’s recommendations.

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When your Morningside home or commercial business has fire damage, our local team in Miami Beach can help. Call us today at 305-532-5411.

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Six-Step Water Damage Restoration Process in North Bay Village?

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

A ceiling stain shows the tell-tale signs of water damage. We restore water damage using a comprehensive process in Miami Beach.

Water damage is the most common form of property damage in North Bay Village. Our local team in Miami Beach responds to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day , and even though each water damage scenario varies, we follow the same process for every job as follows:

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property quickly. This helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments, remove odors, and deodorize your property.

Step 6 - Restoration

Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

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When your North Bay Village home or commercial business has water damage, our local team in Miami Beach can help. Call us today at 305-532-5411.

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Signs of Water Damage in Miami Beach Home?

5/31/2022 (Permalink)

Water is pooling on a floor. We are trusted leaders in water damage restoration in Miami.

Our local team in Miami Beach responds to water damage emergencies throughout the year. Small leaks and pools of water may indicate a bigger problem, so if you notice any of the following, we can help. Here are some visible signs of water damage in your home or business:

Wet areas or water pooling on the floor

If you notice water on your floor with nothing to attribute it to, you probably have hidden water damage.

Dark or wet spots on the walls or ceiling

Look for discoloration on your walls or ceiling both inside and outside your home.

Flaking, cracking, or bubbling paint or drywall

Water seeping behind a wall will cause this to happen.

Visible dripping water you can see but dripping where it should not be

If you see any signs of water leaks, it may be a symptom of a bigger problem somewhere in your plumbing systems.

Other signs

  • Hearing the sound of running water that you can’t place
  • Hearing the sound of dripping water that you can’t locate
  • Significant increase in your water bill for no known reason
  • Strong, damp, musky odors
  • Visible mold growing 

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When your Miami Beach home or commercial business shows signs of water damage, our local team in Miami Beach can help you locate the source and mitigate and restore the damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 305-532-5411.

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Hurricane Planning and Preparation Tips for South Beach Residents?

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

Strong winds blow over palm trees during a tropical storm. We restore storm damage in Miami 24-hours a day.

The Atlantic season begins soon, and our local team in Miami Beach wants South Beach residents to be prepared. Here is some information from the Miami-Dade County website on how to prepare your home for a hurricane:

  • Make sure all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors (important for generator use) are operational
  • Protect areas where wind can enter
  • Withdraw cash from the bank and get fuel for your vehicle, generator, and other gas-powered tools
  • Have battery-powered light sources available and ready for use
  • Protect electronics with surge protectors and waterproof coverings
  • If power is lost, lighting will be poor inside, so keep heavy-traffic areas free of clutter 
  • Bring in lawn furniture or other outdoor items not tied down that could become airborne
  • Repair or replace broken or damaged fences
  • Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris
  • Inspect the roof for loose tiles, shingles, or debris
  • Make sure you have homeowners, flood, and wind insurance
  • Make bedrolls from your existing comforters and blankets
  • If you are evacuating your home for the storm, turn off the power at the main circuit breaker before leaving

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When your South Beach home or commercial business suffers storm damage, our local team in Miami Beach is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 305-532-5411.

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Bad Skunk Odor in Miami Beach Business?

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

A Florida striped skunk forages in the early hours of the morning. We identify and neutralize bad odors in Miami.

It’s springtime, and that means that Florida’s two species of native skunks are having families and teaching their young how to forage. Local businesses may find these cute little critters combing through garbage and feeding behind buildings. If you surprise them, they may surprise you with a pungent, malodorous spray of skunk. Yuk!

Our local team in Miami Beach is trained to clean and restore businesses compromised by skunk spray. Here is some information about Florida skunks from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission:

  • Two species of skunk are native to Florida: the striped skunk and the spotted skunk
  • Skunks make their dens in a wide variety of locations, and in urban areas they will make dens under man-made structures like sheds
  • Young skunks will leave their dens between six and eight weeks of age to learn how to forage with their mothers
  • Skunks will try to run away from predators but will try to make themselves appear larger. Striped skunks may arch their backs and stomp their feet, and spotted skunks will do a handstand and stand on their two front feet.
  • Skunks will only spray as a last resort. They can hit targets up to fifteen feet away, allowing them to get away from a predator.

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When your business gets sprayed by a skunk, or you have another bad odor in your Miami Beach business or home, our local team in Miami Beach is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 305-532-5411.

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Storm Surge Planning Zones in Miami Beach?

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

Large waves are breaking during a storm surge. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Miami.

When your home or business floods due to a storm surge, our local team in Miami Beach is Here to Help. ® The Miami-Dade County website describes storm surges as the greatest threat to life and property from a hurricane. Storm surges occur when water from the ocean is pushed on shore by the force of tropical storms or hurricanes. This is the primary reason Miami-Dade County residents are asked to evacuate prior to a hurricane. Here is some information about evacuation zones and storm surge planning zones:

Storm Surge Zone

  • A Storm Surge Zone is an area in Miami-Dade County that could potentially be impacted by a storm surge of 1.5 feet or higher for a hurricane.
  • Each Storm Surge Planning Zone identifies residents who may have to evacuate or shelter-in-pace
    • These residents are encouraged to develop contingency plans for either scenario

Evacuation Zone

  • An Evacuation Zone is an area that will be required to move under an evacuation order for an impending storm and will be a portion, if not all of, the defined Storm Surge Planning Zones
  • Always follow the County’s evacuation order

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When you need help with storm damage in your Miami Beach home or business, our local team in Miami Beach can help. Call us today at 305-532-5411.

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High Rise Building Fire in Miami Beach?

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

High-rise condominium buildings in North Miami are shown. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Miami.

If you live in a high-rise building, you are less susceptible to fire damage. According to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the risks are lower due to a greater use of fire protection systems and features in high-rise buildings compared to shorter buildings. Our local team in Miami Beach restores fire damage throughout the year. Here are some more high-rise building fires facts from the NFPA:

  • The fire death rate per 1,000 fires and the average loss per fire and associated losses are generally lower in high-rise buildings than in other buildings of the same property use
    • A major reason why risks are lower is probably the much greater use of fire protection systems and features in high-rise buildings as compared to shorter buildings.
  • High-rise buildings have lower percentages of fires with flame damage beyond the room of origin, providing further evidence of impact from fire protection systems and features:
    • Apartments (4 percent of high-rise fires vs. 10 percent in shorter buildings)
    • Hotels (4 percent of high-rise fires vs. 11 percent in shorter buildings)
    • Dormitories (2 percent of high-rise vs. 1 percent in shorter buildings)
    • Offices (10 percent of high-rise fires vs. 21 percent in shorter buildings)
    • Facilities that care for the sick (4 percent of high-rise fires vs. 9 percent in shorter buildings)

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When you have fire damage in your Miami Beach home or business, our local team in Miami Beach is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 305-532-5411.

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Fire Extinguisher Safety Tips for South Beach Employees?

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

A fire extinguisher is installed in an office hallway. We restore commercial fire damage 24-hours a day in Miami Beach.

Our local team in Miami Beach restores fire damage for local businesses throughout the year in the South Beach area. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), one out of every four office fires were caused by cooking. Here are some fire extinguisher safety tips from the NFPA:

  • Use a portable fire extinguisher when the fire is confined to a small area, such as a wastebasket, and is not growing; everyone has exited the building; the fire department has been called or is being called, and the room is not filled with smoke.
  • To operate a fire extinguisher, remember the word PASS:
    • Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you, and release the locking mechanism.
    • Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
    • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
    • Sweep the nozzle from side to side.
  • Read the instructions that come with the fire extinguisher and become familiar with its parts and operation before a fire breaks out. Local fire departments or fire equipment distributors often offer hands-on fire extinguisher trainings.

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When your South Beach commercial business or home has fire damage, you can trust our local team in Miami Beach to clean and restore the damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 305-532-5411.

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