Fire strikes on its own!
Catastrophe has no regard when it comes to our long-awaited holiday weekends. Let’s take for example what occurred earlier this month on Labor Day. The Monday before school was supposed to open its doors for a brand new school year, an electrical conduit suddenly self-ignited a fire within the ceiling of a 3rd floor classroom overheated and burned straight through a wall. Upon hitting the floor, the fire continued and caused much havoc. No one was in the school at the time. Chicago’s very best fire-fighters received the alarm from the sprinkler system and arrived quickly to put out the aggressor. Unfortunately the fire did cause smoke and water damage to several classrooms, hallways and the floors below.
The school was properly prepared for such an emergency and the facility managers knew what to do and who to call for help. This is because SERVPRO of Ravenswood had an emergency clean up plan in place and had been to this school prior to the incident. Once our team received the notice, they left their holiday plans, suited up and went straight to work. After a very long shift of cleanup duty, we are happy to state that the school was able to open up it’s doors for their first day. The environment was safely secured and odor free.
Having a contingency plan in place does help. A SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) tool will allow facility personnel to map out important utility shut-off locations, provide quick reference for operational/emergency/non-emergency contacts, familiarize vendors (such as SERVPRO of Ravenswood) with access areas or parking restrictions, which effectively speeds up the cleanup process and puts everyone back into an environment where work can continue. Fire or water damage is no joke. Call for to make an appointment for your free customized ERP today!