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What to do After the Wildfire

As residents of Aneheim Hills, Orange, and the Tustin areas start to make their way back home following Canyon Fire 2, it would be wise to take the time to read over this list of tips for what do after a wildfire. As always, SERVPRO of Tustin is #HereToHelp. Our owners are long time Tustin residents, and most of our staff lives either in or near the affected areas. We are happy that we are able to offer a lending hand to our neighbors during this trying time. If you have any further questions or concerns, our staff is ready to help – give us a call at 714-480-1340

 

After Wildfire Tips

• Do not open your windows or doors once work is started as there is still smoke in the air. Many think that “airing” out their home is helpful, however, there is still soot and fire debris in the air and if winds change direction your house can fill with smoke particles again.

• Do not open your windows or doors once work is started as there is still smoke in the air. Many think that “airing” out their home is helpful, however, there is still soot and fire debris in the air and if winds change direction your house can fill with smoke particles again.

• A slight smell after our cleaning of your home is normal and should dissipate after rain and other natural occurring factors like new plant growth on the burned areas. Ash and soot on the ground and vegetation in the vicinity will continue to generate smoke odors and airborne particles when disturbed by air movement.

• It is important to know that every time you open a door some odor from outside will creep into your home. This is inevitable and does not mean that your needs to be re-cleaned.

• It is against most city and state laws to power wash outdoors and without reclaiming the water. If you hire a contractor to power wash the exterior of your home be sure they comply with city and state laws. It is also suggested to wait until after the first good amount of rain. This will help reduce debris still in the air and it will wash off any settled particles from your roof which could re-soil the sides of your house when it does rain.

Additional Tips from FEMA and the American Red Cross

• Launder or dry clean all clothing. Call us if you would like a recommendation to a dry cleaner who specializes in fire damaged clothing

• Launder or dry clean all clothing. Call us if you would like a recommendation to a dry cleaner who specializes in fire damaged clothing

• Wash, dust or otherwise clean all household items, including knick-knacks. Use a bucket to rinse, a bucket with cleaning solution and then rinse. Replace the rinse water frequently and avoid using contaminated water.

• HEPA Vacuum or clean all carpets, window coverings, upholstered furniture and mattresses.

• Upholstery, fabric window treatments, etc. can be spray-treated with deodorizing products available at most supermarkets. Do not use odor masking products

• Have heating, ventilating and air-conditioning units and all ductwork professionally purge or cleaned to remove soot, ash and smoke residue. Change filters to HEPA filters immediately and then consider replacing them every month until the soot and ash outside has subsided by rain or vegetation regrowth.

• If aerial fire retardant or firefighting foam residue is present on the house and/or automobiles, use a mild detergent and brushes to scrub and dilute the dried residue and flush it from the surfaces; rinse with clean water. A follow-up with pressure washing may be beneficial but will not replace scrubbing to remove the residue. Again, be aware of water run-off laws in your area

• Ash and soot on the ground and vegetation in the vicinity will continue to generate smoke odors and airborne particles when disturbed by air movement.

 

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fire prevention week

It’s Fire Prevention Week! This year the National Fire Protection Association is reiterating the importance of planning at least two ways out when creating your fire escape plan.

About only half of Americans have developed a home fire escape plan – a quarter of those have never even practiced it. Planning (and practicing!) an escape route from your home can be the difference between life and death if there is ever a fire in your home. A regularly practiced fire escape plan can ensure that everyone in the home knows what to do and where to go when there’s a fire.

Home fires can spread very quickly, and that is why it is so important to plan at least two ways out of every room. If the fire spreads and blocks your first path out, you need to be able to react quickly and move on to plan B.

Your home fire escape plan should include working smoke alarms on every level of the home, as well as in every bedroom. There should be two ways out of every room, usually a door and a window. The escape plan should also include a clear path to an outdoor meeting place (like a tree or mailbox) that is a safe distance from the home. Once you’ve created your home escape plan, be sure to practice it at least twice a year with all members of the household, including pets!

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No AC? No Problem! 9 Hacks for Staying Cool This Summer

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It’s hard getting through these Southern California Summers without any air conditioning. Luckily for us, generations before us had to suffer through the heat before air conditioning was even invented and left us with some tried and true methods for staying cool all summer long!

  1. Turn off electronics when not in use. When electronics are turned on, they are producing heat. If you have electronics that you don’t use very often plugged in or turned on, keep them unplugged and/or turned off to keep them producing even more heat in your home. You can save some money on your electricity bill too!
  2. Place a bowl of ice in front of your fan. While it’s important to remember that fans cool people, not rooms, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t feel good to have a fan blowing cool air on you. If you’re really desperate to cool down, place a bowl…

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10 Events in Orange County You HAVE to go to This Summer

Summer is finally here and there are a bunch of fun events happening in Tustin and around Orange County that are sure to keep you busy this summer. We’ve done the hard work for you and gone ahead and picked out some of the events that we’re most looking forward to!

  1. Sunset Cinema: Free movie screenings at various OC Parks every weekend. We’re especially excited for those Disney water films Moana and Finding Dory! The best part of these events is that they’re all FREE!!Runs every Friday or Saturday through August
  2. Pageant of the Masters: pageant of the masters.jpgLaguna Beach’s one of a kind event that happens every summer at the Festival of Arts. If you haven’t been before, it’s certainly worth checking off your OC Bucket List! And if you have been before, they change the theme every year, so you can look forward to seeing something new! This year’s theme is “The Grand Tour”. Tickets can get pricey if you want to sit close, but you can find cheaper seats in the back and bring your binoculars to see every detail up close!
    The show runs nightly from July 7 – August 31
  3. Sawdust Art & Craft Festival: If you’re headed to Laguna to see the Pageant of the Masters, you might as well stop by the Sawdust Festival while you’re at it. This is another fun event that happens every summer. Check out a variety of art and crafts, and maybe even bring some home with you! This is a fun event for the whole family and tickets are all under $10!
    Friday, June 30 – Sunday, September 3
  4. Orange County Fair:
    Fair RideIt wouldn’t be summer without a trip to the fair! Win prizes at the different games and indulge in the most sinful treats in Orange County! It’s also a great place to run into friends, and maybe even make some new ones! Take advantage of daily specials for free entry when you come with a donation.
    July 14 – August 13
  5. OC Night Market: If the food is your favorite part of the OC Fair, you may want to check out the OC Night Market! Inspired by the night markets in Asia, OC Night Market hosts a plethora of exciting food vendors. It’s a great place to try something new!
    The third and final OC Night Market of Summer 2017 runs August 25-27 from 4pm-Midnight (11pm on Sunday)
  6. National Night Out: Join the Tustin Police Department and your fellow Tustin residents in standing up to crime. A fun event for the whole family; it’s located at The District at Tustin Legacy of which many of the businesses and restaurants will be participating.
    August 1. 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  7. Tustin Concerts in the Park: Pack a picnic and bring the whole family to enjoy FREE concerts in Peppertree Park in Tustin all summer long! Enjoy the “hits” from your favorite tribute bands!
    Every Wednesday Night, 6-8 PM from June through August
  8. Open House at The Marconi Automotive Museum in Tustin: Museum founder Dick Marconi will be in attendance at the Open House, telling stories about cars and signing Ferrari posters. Sounds like Sunday Funday to us!
    August 6, 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  9. Orange International Street Fair: orange street fairIt wouldn’t be Labor Day Weekend without Street Fair! Explore cuisine from over fifteen streets representing various cultures and countries across the globe. Most of the businesses around the Orange Circle stay open during Street Fair so you can escape the heat by doing some antique shopping or grabbing a drink at one of the many restaurants.
    Labor Day Weekend, September 1-3, 5:00 PM – 10:00 Friday and 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM Saturday/Sunday
  10. Totally Tustin Food and Wine Festival: Hosted by the Tustin Chamber of Commerce, this food and wine festival brings together many of Tustin’s best restaurants to celebrate the community and to raise funds for the Tustin Chamber.
    Sunday, September 24 from 4:30 PM – 9 PM at 300 Centennial Way 92780 

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Storm Damage? No Problem for SERVPRO of Tustin!

Large Loss Response TruckWhen Tustin and Orange businesses suffer serious damage after storm events, SERVPRO of Tustin will work around the clock to clean up any debris and to restore the property to preloss conditions. We understand that commercial storm damage can be very costly in terms of productivity; that is why it is always our goal to get your business back up and running as quickly and as seamlessly as possible.

We Have the Resources to Handle Large Commercial Storm Damage

When a storm hits Orange County, we can scale our resources to handle large-loss commercial restoration projects. We have access to equipment and personnel from a network of over 1,600 Franchises across the country, as well as elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

If your business is ever damaged by severe floods or storms, call us right away at (714)480-1340. Disaster can strike when we least expect it, but SERVPRO of Tustin will be there to help you weather the storm.

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Hoarding Before and After

The SERVPRO of Tustin team cleaned up a hoarded home so we could then provide cleanup for a water damage.  The before and after photos are below.

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Be ready! It’s hot out there!

This heat is not going to stop soon.  Go to FEMA’s facebook page ready.gov for tips on surviving helping family, friends and pets survive.  Ready for the next disaster? FB Message, call or email us for help creating our free SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan for your property, business or home.  #ready #servprotustin #disasterfire

 

 

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