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How to Respond After a Home Disaster

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 ​It's devastating when your home is damaged due to water, fire, or mold. Dealing with the aftermath of a disaster is an extensive process, involving everything from cleanup to making the insurance claim. That's why we've compiled a list of steps to give you a game plan and hopefully to make your life a little easier:1. Respond to Emergencies ...
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The 4 Most Common Causes of Home Fires

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Home fires can occur at any time and, no matter the amount of damage, are always devastating for the property owner. According to the National Fire Protection Association, an average of 355,400 U.S. home fires are reported each year. Understanding the most common causes can help you take the necessary steps to prevent them from wreaking havoc in yo...
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Protecting Your Documents Before a Disaster

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We've seen firsthand the physical and emotional devastation that follows a natural disaster. That's how we know it's critical to develop a disaster preparedness plan for your home or business so you can be as prepared as possible. Although we can never be completely ready when disaster strikes, having a plan can significantly help throughout the re...
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Disaster Preparedness Guide for Small Business Owners

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Protecting yourself today means you're better prepared for tomorrow. It's critical for small business owners to implement a disaster preparedness plan to help in the case of a natural disaster such as a flood, tornado, or fire. Consider the following tips to ensure the safety of your employees, customers, and property: 1. Purchase the Right Insuran...
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Fall Fire Safety: 6 Ways to Prevent Chimney Fires

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Before you cozy up next to the fireplace this fall, make sure your chimney is in top condition. Fireplaces are designed to expel the byproducts of combustion which include smoke, water vapor, soot, gases, etc. Condensation occurs as these materials flow up into the chimney, which creates a residue known as creosote. This substance is extremely comb...
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National Disaster Preparedness Month: 10 Things You Can Do Right Now

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Disasters such as fires and floods can happen at any time. That's why disaster preparedness is critical to keep you and your loved ones safe in case of an emergency. Here are ten steps you can take right now to make sure you're as prepared as possible if you experience a flood, fire, or other natural disasters in your area.1. Download the FEMA mobi...
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The Top 5 Dangers of Hoarding

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​Hoarding not only poses a threat to your health and mental well-being but your property as well. Here are five consequences to keep in mind if you or someone you know is suffering from a hoarding disorder.1. Mold GrowthMold can develop if trash, spoiled food, or other expired household items aren't disposed of properly. The mold can eventually spr...
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National Fireworks Safety Month: 10 Tips to Prevent Fires

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The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and that means barbecues, parades, and fireworks. According to the National Fire Protection Association, fireworks cause an average of over 18,000 fires and approximately $43 million in property damage each Independence Day. Follow these tips to stay safe this holiday: 1. Always abide by federal and st...
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Spark Cheer Not Fear: Preventing and Extinguishing Holiday Home Fires

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December through January is the peak time of year for home fires, most of which are due to the holiday season. Unfortunately, the number of fatalities is also 70% higher during this time. It's important to consider your family's and your guests' safety when decorating or preparing seasonal items. Knowing the different causes of fires can help ...
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Central Illinois Fire Prevention Week 2017

Central Illinois Fire Prevention Week 2017: Make Every Second Count
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Fire Prevention Week is October 8 – 14, 2017.President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the first National Fire Prevention Week in 1925, in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire. The event left more than 250 people injured, 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned ...
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Fire Damage Restoration in Peoria, IL

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A fire can be a devastating event in your life. You could lose your home, business, or something even more valuable—home fires kill an average of seven people every day in the United States. They also cause billions of dollars in property damage annually, according to the American Red Cross. Menold Construction and Restoration is your fire damage restoration specialist in Peoria, IL, and our experts can help you get your residence or commercial property back in order. There are things you should be aware of, however, in order to lessen your chances of ever needing fire damage restoration services.

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Bloomington-Normal, Illinois Fire Prevention

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Structure fires can strike anytime of the year. The winter months, however, are the peak time for home fires. If tragedy does strike, remember that Menold Construction and Restoration is your Bloomington-Normal, IL, fire damage restoration specialist. Don’t let your holidays be ruined by a fire. Follow these fire safety tips from the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal.

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Prevent Home Fires With These Tips

Prevent Home Fires With These Tips

Home fires kill an average of seven people every day across the country, according to the American Red Cross. Fires injure another 36 people daily and cause more than $7 billion in damages annually in the United States. Menold Construction and Restoration is Central Illinois’ fire damage restoration specialist. However, there are things you can do to help prevent fires before they compromise your safety and property.

 

Here are five tips for preventing a home fire compiled from the National Fire Protection Association:

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Fire Damage Restoration in Champaign-Urbana, IL

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A fire can devastate your home or business any time of the year. The winter months, however, are the peak time for structure fires. If tragedy does strike, remember that Menold Construction and Restoration is your fire damage restoration specialist in Champaign-Urbana, IL. There are steps you can take to lower the chances that a winter fire will ruin your holiday season.

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What to Do After a Fire

A fire in your home can be extremely devastating and in an emergency situation, it is helpful to have a game plan. Below we have listed the steps of what do to after a fire has occurred in your home:

 

  1. Call fire department: Call 911 as soon as possible when a fire has occurred. Give them your exact location and let them know that there is a fire in your home. If you know the location of where the fire began this information can be helpful as well.
  2. Help: Make sure each of your family members are a safe distance from the fire, including any animals that you may have. Check to ensure that no one is injured or needs immediate attention.
  3. Call: One of the first calls after calling the fire department would be to call your insurance agent. It is important to give them as much information as you can so they can begin to make a claim. After you have called insurance, it would be helpful to also call your landlord/ mortgage company and inform them what has happened and discuss your options with them. Lastly, a call to the police would be beneficial informing them that this residence will be vacant for a little while due to fire, so they can patrol the area and keep your property safe.
  4. Get recommendations for restoration companies: ask your insurance agent if they have any recommendations for fire restoration companies. They may have a good company with whom they have worked with before. This will help give you a start of who to call to help restore your home to its’ pre-fire condition
  5. Ask if safe to go in: Before heading back into your home, be sure to ask the fire department when it is safe to go inside the home. While you are inside the home, if possible, try to gather as many important documents as you can as well as necessities needed to get you through the time being.
  6. Find a place to stay: The next step is to contact friends, family, or even a disaster relief to find a place to stay until your home is restored.  
  7. Notify various places of your new location: Notifying your work, kids’ schools, and the post office of your new location will be very helpful. You might also want to have the post office hold your mail until you are able to move back in.  
  8. Save receipts: After the fire has happened be sure to keep any receipt for a purchase needed because of the fire. These will be useful for insurance and tax reasons.
  9. Keep in contact with restoration company: While fire restoration company that you hired is working on your home, be sure to keep in contact with them getting updates, asking questions you may have, and getting timelines.

 

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Residential Fire Damage Prevention

There are few things as devastating to your home and well-being as a fire. Every year there are approximately 365,500 residential building fires resulting in $6.6 billion in property loss. While you can’t prevent every fire that occurs, there are some steps that everyone can take to ensure that their property is better protected against fire.
  • Be careful when you cook. Refrain from wearing loose clothing, keep flammable items like towels and wooden spoons away from open flames, and maintain a 3 foot child free zone around your cooking area.
  • Replace any frayed, worn or damaged appliance cords as they can start fires.
  • If you burn candles, keep them away from window hangings and be sure to extinguish the flame.
  • Check your smoke detectors. Smoke detectors should be located inside and outside sleeping areas and on all levels of your home. They should be tested monthly, batteries should be changed yearly and alarms more than ten years old should be replaced.
  • Use caution when operating a portable heater. Ensure that is has an automatic shut off mechanism in the event that it falls over and keep any combustible items at least 3 feet away.
  • Prepare and practice! Each home should have a plan in case of a home fire. Every second counts in an emergency, and if all members of your family are familiar with escape routes and meeting spaces, your chances of escaping unharmed increase greatly.
In the event of fire damage in your home, make sure that you call trained, skilled professionals who can complete any and all structural repairs, reconstruction, and final cleaning as appropriate.

Menold Construction and Restoration has offices in Morton and Normal, Illinois and serves Peoria, East Peoria, Bloomington, Normal, Morton, Pekin, Morris, Washington and 17 Central Illinois counties.
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