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Pet Fire Safety

Protecting Your Pets From Potential Danger

Home fires are the most preventable disaster that can occur.

The best way to protect your pets from the dangers of a fire is to include them in your family fire plan. This includes having their own disaster supplies kit as well as arranging in advance for a safe place keep them if you need to leave your home for a long period of time.

When you practice your home escape plan, practice taking your pets with you. Train them to come to you when you call.

In the event of a disaster, if you must evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them, too. But remember: never delay escape or endanger yourself or family to rescue a family pet.

Prevent Your Pets From Starting Fires

The National Fire Protection Association estimates that nearly 1,000 home fires each year are accidentally started by the homeowners’ pets.

The American Kennel Club and ADT Security Services have joined forces to provide the following tips:

  • Extinguish Open Flames – Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even a fire in your fireplace. Make sure your pet is not left unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before leaving your home.
  • Invest in Flameless Candles – These candles contain a light bulb rather than an open flame, and take the danger out of your pet knocking over a candle. Cats are notorious for starting fires when their tails turn over lit candles.
  • Secure Young Pets – keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home such as in crates or behind baby gates in secure areas.

Help Firefighters Help Your Pets

  • Keep pets near entrances when away from home. Keep collars on pets and leashes at the ready in case firefighters need to rescue your pet. When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them.
  • Stick a pet alert window cling and write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static cling to a front window. This critical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets. Make sure to keep the number of pets listed on them updated.
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Why Thomasville Homes Restoration?

Why Thomasville Homes Restoration?

Thomasville Homes will renovate and restore your property as quickly as possible using quality construction and materials to ensure 100% customer satisfaction. Our contractors are licensed and insured and are known for their incredible work at making properties look like new again.

Fire Damage

A disaster like a fire can leave you feeling helpless. Once the firefighters extinguish the blaze, a rapid response is required to repair and restore your home to cause the least amount of disruption. 

After a fire, we work with your insurance company to see how much of your home can be salvaged or will need to be completely rebuilt. We’ll work with insurance adjusters to help get your claim resolved quickly.

Water Damage

Whether your home has been affected by bad plumbing or a natural disaster, our professional contractors will rebuild a large portion or all of your property with the staff and equipment in place to handle every need and restore your Maryland property as quickly as possible. 

With nearly two decades of experience in the home building, remodeling and construction industry, our team will make your existing space inhabitable again on time and on budget.

Emergency Response

Don’t hesitate to call us night or day, we’re on standby 24 hours a day to take care of your emergency. Our team of experts will be there fast, with everything needed to get your property back to normal in no time. Give us a call now for a fast response from the pros who care. Thomasville Homes is locally owned and operated so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us.

Emergency Number: 410-360-1075
24 hours / 7 days a week!

Mitigation

Our team will determine what your home will need before we start the construction.  This is called mitigation.  

It may need boarding up, tarp- covering, and/or securing of property.  If so, these services will need to be completed first.  

We do this because if your house has holes or gaps caused by the fire, your house and its contents could be further damaged by the elements such as rain, snow, or excessive heat.

24/7 Emergency Board Up Services

After your home is damaged from a fire, storm, or other disaster, you may end up with unwanted openings in your structure. This type of damage will leave the property and the people and possessions inside at risk. 

You could possibly end up suffering additional losses particularly if further water damage occurs during a rainstorm. If you are in this situation, you could greatly benefit from our 24/7 board up services at Thomasville Homes. We will help you secure your premises after disaster strikes. 

We offer the following:

  • Boarding up of openings on the structure of the house
  • Covering of openings with protective tarp
  • Security fencing

Our board-up services will close the gap in your structure providing the protection you need until the property can be fully repaired. 

Protective Tarping

As soon as your property is secured, the clean-up process begins.  Smoke, soot, and water from the firefighters cause a lot of destruction.

Thomasville removes and cleans up all the mess, smell, and debris caused by the fire and the extinguishing of the fire.

Our Team specializes in securing damaged properties. Your home is in good hands!

Insurance

Right from the start, we work with your insurance company to settle your claim with your insurance representative. Together we determine whether some of your home can be salvaged or whether it will need to be completely rebuilt.  

Our two decades of service in the industry ensure that your claim will be resolved quickly and satisfactorily.  

We know the ins and outs, the complications, and the setbacks.  Let us use our expertise to make the process less frustrating and less arduous for you.

Construction

After your house has been protected and thoroughly mitigated, having settled your insurance claim with your representative, we can now begin the building process.

With all staff and equipment in place, Thomasville’s professional employees will renovate, restore, and rebuild portions, or if necessary, all of your property.  We complete all projects as quickly as possible using only quality construction and materials.  

Our workmen are licensed and insured and are known for their superior workmanship, which makes properties look like new again – or better.  

Our goal is nothing less than 100% customer satisfaction.

With 25 years of licensed experience in the home-building, remodeling and construction industry, our in-house team will make your existing water-, fire-, or storm-damaged space inhabitable again, on time and on budget, and looking even more beautiful than the original.

If you have a property damage, an emergency, or want to get in contact with Thomasville Homes Restoration, call us at (410) 360-1075 and be sure to check out our Facebook Page Here. 

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Mould, Left Untreated, Brings Respiratory Infection

Mold, Left Untreated, Brings Respiratory Infection

Often times, most people do not notice mold in their home until it can’t be ignored any longer. That means that some people could have been exposed to dangerous levels of  mold without getting the medical assistance that they need. It is, however, rare for mold to cause permanent problems in people, but it is still imperative to know what a mold-related illness looks like. 

Whether you’re at home, an apartment, office building, or public location, anyone can be affected by mold. Although it is rare, the early symptoms of mold exposure can be dismissed as seasonal allergies, getting a cold, or another everyday illness. These symptoms may include sneezing, eye irritation, and coughing. If you leave mold untreated, it will get worse and could lead to respiratory infections. It is essential to pay attentions to the signs that your body is giving you, and equally important to know the conditions of your surroundings where you may suspect there to be mold. 

Mold isn’t just found indoors – it can be outside too. It’s important to know how you can be exposed to it. You should become familiar with the best practices for minimizing your exposure risk and how to address mold should you come into contact with it. 

You can be exposed to mold in the following locations: 

  • Places prone to extra moisture
  • Doorways
  • Windows
  • Bathrooms
  • Around pipe and roof leaks

Mold can be brought into your house from outside through: 

  • Doors
  • Shoes
  • Pets

What can mold really do to your health?

In 2009, the World Health Organization released their guidelines for indoor air quality.

Some people are more sensitive and susceptible to mold exposure.  Though it can start with nasal congestion, coughing, wheezing and general allergy-like symptoms, those with a weakened immune system or with increased/prolonged exposure can find themselves with conditions like asthma or serious lung infections.

If you think you’ve been exposed to mold and begin to show any of these symptoms, please seek medical attention promptly. This can be as general as over-the-counter allergy medicine or as targeted as prescription medicine specifically ordered to treat an infection. The National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health stresses guidelines for mold and exposure indoors and its effects on those exposed.

You’ve found mould, now what?

Are you consistently checking your house or building for mold? If you can find mold locations before it gets worse, you are able to control it and minimize the damage it could cause to you, your family, and your business. 

If you find mold in your home, you not only need to clean it up immediately! You also need to determine the cause of the mold itself.  Where is the moisture coming from that is creating the mold? Look for leaks, water damage, wet spots, condensation, and other precursors for mold. The issue needs to be resolved so that once the mold is removed, it will not be a recurring issue.

Never try to remove mold yourself unless it’s found in your bathroom, like the mold and mildew found in and around your tub or shower. Instead, call Thomasville Homes Restoration at (410) 360-1075 and let us take care of your mold remediation needs.

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Don’t Let A Power Outage Hurt Your Business

Don’t Let A Power Outage Hurt Your Business

When businesses create plans to keep them going in the event of a disaster, they often think big. Huge storms, intense blizzards, fires, and floods are often prepared for the most when a business creates a Business Continuity Plan (BCP). While these disasters can disrupt your business, a small power outage can be just as problematic if you’re not prepared. Here’s what to do to make sure your company isn’t halted when a power outage occurs.

Power outages are one of the only disasters that can strike just about anywhere in the United States. If you are in Seattle chances are tropical storms are not going to be an issue and if you’re in Miami you aren’t going to fret over a blizzard, but losing power can occur anywhere, at any time and without warning.

A Department of Energy report noted that power outages cost American businesses nearly $150 billion in 2014 and added that increasing demand for energy coupled with an aging infrastructure could see the number of blackouts increase. While weather-related events are the most common cause of power outages in the U.S., it is far from the only thing that can disrupt energy service.

Since this is a problem that will continue to plague businesses, especially those ones that are unprepared, it’s important to be ready should a blackout strike. Here are a few things you should consider when it comes to power outages.

Power outages hurt in more ways than you think

The most notable issue a business faces when a power outage occurs is an inability to work. Employees often times sit around unable to do anything until the power is turned back on. Once the power does return, additional time is needed to safely turn everything back on and to check if all your files are still there.

There are also numerous indirect consequences that your business may face either during or after a power outage. These include a loss of revenue from potential sales, a decrease in customer satisfaction and a drop in your company’s reputation. The more your company is prepared for a power outage, the better continuity you will see and the less damage will be done. While it may be impossible to completely avoid issues caused by blackouts, you can minimize their impact.

Be ready in case of an outage

One of the biggest sources of frustration for employees during a blackout is losing files they had been working on. Autosave features do help prevent this but sometimes you’ll still lose that one important note or sentence you didn’t have the chance to save. Uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) are one way to buy your employees a little extra time should the power go out. You’re able to plug your computer into these devices and they will operate as a battery when the power goes out. The life of these power stations is anywhere from ten minutes to an hour for some models which should give you enough time to save your work and properly shutdown your computer.

If you want to stay in business during a power outage, a standby commercial generator can help. These normally run on propane or natural gas and immediately switch on as soon as your main power supply goes out. If you aren’t concerned about the lights but want to keep your employees productive, equipping them 4G enabled devices with Office 365 or Google Apps will let them continue to work on files that have been saved and stored on the cloud.

Always test your outage plans

Regardless of what your company’s plans are during a power outage, you will need to test them on a regular basis to ensure everything runs smoothly when the real thing does happen. If you utilize a UPS or standby generator, you will want to test these out every six months at the very least to make sure they function properly. If your business has special plans for what employees need to do during a power outage, you should run a practice drill on a yearly basis to ensure everyone is up to speed on their duties.

They key to business continuity is preparation. Let our team of experts help prepare your business for anything thrown its way in 2018 and beyond.

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Hoarding and Fire Safety

Hoarding and Fire Safety

Compulsive Hoarding can lead to a dangerous situation for not only you, but also for firefighters in the event of a house fire. 

One concern from fire departments is the chaotic nature of the material in many hoarding situations, where windows and exits can be blocked, which makes a fire attack and rescue difficult. 

The excessive amount of materials and items in homes poses a significant threat to firefighters fighting fires and responding to other emergencies in these homes and to residents and neighbors. Quite often, the local fire department will be contacted to help deal with this serious issue. Studies suggest that 3-5% of the population are compulsive hoarders, and fire departments must become familiar with this issue and be prepared to effectively handle it. 

What is hoarding?
Hoarding is defined as collecting or keeping large amounts of various items in the home due to strong urges to save them or distress experienced when discarding them. Many rooms in the home are so filled with possessions that residents can no longer use the rooms as designed. The home is so overloaded with things that everyday living is compromised.

Why do people become hoarders?
Hoarding is a mental disorder that can be genetic in nature, triggered by traumatic events, or a symptom of another disorder, such as depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, or dementia. Studies have found that hoarding usually begins in early adolescence and gets worse as a person ages. It is more common among older adults.

Why is hoarding an issue for the fire service?

1. Hoarding can be a fire hazard. Many occupants die in fires in these homes. Often, blocked exits prevent escape from the home. In addition, many people who are hoarding are injured when they trip over things or when materials fall on them.

2. Responding firefighters can be put at risk due to obstructed exits, falling objects, and excessive fire loading that can lead to collapse. Hoarding makes fighting fires and searching for occupants far more difficult.

3. Those living adjacent to an occupied structure can be quickly affected when a fire occurs, due to excessive smoke and fire conditions.

For more information, visit www.nfpa.org

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Make Your Business Resilient

Make Your Business Resilient

Did you know that between 40-60% of small businesses never reopen their doors following a disaster? That statistic is shocking to us, and we are here to help. If you are a small business, you must have a disaster recovery plan in place to limit and lessen the amount of damage that an unexpected disaster can have on your business. 

How to be Prepared

Make an evacuation plan and exercise it regularly. You can never be too prepared for an emergency, should one ever arise. 

Know how you’ll notify your employees, customers, and stakeholders of an emergency. Create a communications plan that is clear, concise, and that you can communicate under pressure. You may want to consider announcing what happened on social media so that you can communicate with your customers in the clearest way possible. 

Have redundancy for key resources like power, equipment, and supplies. Some things are hard to replace, but if you have a plan for an emergency situation, it will be easier should a disaster ever happen. Create a back up of employee information, computer files, paperwork, and client information and store it in a safe, protected location off-site. 

Create a Business Continuity Plan to become operational again quickly. By having a plan, you are already one step ahead of most businesses and are more likely to bounce back from an emergency situation since you had planned for it. Following a disaster, 90% of smaller companies fail within a year unless they can resume operations within 5 days. Meanwhile, 20% of larger companies spend over 10 days per month on their continuity plans. 

Be Prepared for Everyday Disasters: 

Burst Pipes – Contact a mitigation specialist before any disaster happens so that you have an emergency response plan in place. 

Server Failure – Back up important files and store them remotely off site to ensure that you are protected. 

Fires – Create a fire evacuation plan and practice it with your employees. Maintain this plan and continually work to improve it so that you can ensure everybody’s safety over time. 

Disaster Recover Plan

Retain copies important records including: Insurance policies, contracts, and employee records. 

Redundancy: Store additional installation disks, software licensing keys, hardware inventory with serial numbers, and equipment in a fireproof safe in order to ensure that your company is ready for an emergency. 

Emergency Supplies: Cash, water, first aid kits, paper towels, garbage bags, food…encourage your employees to have emergency kits at the office, in the event of a disaster during the work day.

For more information about disaster preparedness, visit www.fema.gov

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