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Farm Fire Safety

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

General Farm Fire Safety Farm Fire Safety Electrical Safety Checklist

Barn fires are the farm owner’s worst nightmare. Most have tragic results whether it’s the loss of human life, an animal, valuable equipment or the building structure itself. The majority of all barn fires are the result of carelessness and lack of fire safety knowledge.  Insurance statistics show that the two most common times of the year for barn fires are winter and summer .  Winter fires are caused by appliances, rodents chewing through wires or the accumulation of dust or cobwebs on electrical surfaces.  Summer fires are often the result of electrical storms or spontaneous combustion of hot hay.  Farm owners and managers should take the following precautions to help reduce the incidence of fires.

1. Are all farmstead electrical systems free of corrosion?

2.  Are all electrical panels readily accessible and clearly labeled? 

3. Do all electrical cables and conduit’s enter boxes from the side or bottom?

4.  Is all electrical equipment equipped with a separate grounding conductor? 

5.  Are all lighting fixtures of an enclosed, gasketed, watertight and non-corrosive design?

6.  Is a UL approved Lightning protection system in place in all buildings, silos, etc?

7.  Are all buildings free of damaged or chewed wiring and conduit?

8.  Is the use of extension cords kept to a minimum? When an extension cord is needed, either a heavy duty (Type S), grounded cord or equivalent should be used.

9. Are all motors equipped with a properly sized fused disconnect or circuit breaker located within sight of and within ten (10) feet of the motor?

10.  Are all motors are they totally enclosed, farm service duty design rated for continuous operation?

11.  To all heat lamps have cords short enough to prevent contact between the heat lamp and floor without first becoming unplugged, are installed in porcelain sockets and are supported by chains?

When a fire breaks out in a house or a farm building, everyone must be evacuated from the building. Normal exits may be blocked; therefore, it is compulsory that emergency exits exist. Once everyone is out of the building, call the fire department.  Give your name, address, and the exact location of the fire.  I have the person you were talking to repeat your information. Never allow anyone to re-enter a burning building.

Electrical Home Safety

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

General Electrical Home Safety Electrical Safety

Flipping a light switch. Plugging in a coffee maker. Charging a laptop computer. These are second nature for most of us. Electricity makes our lives easier. However, we need to be cautious and keep safety in mind. 

Here are some safety tips courtesy of the National Fire Protection  Association.

1. Have all electrical work done by a qualified electrician.

2. When you are buying or remodeling a home, have it inspected by a qualified private inspector or in accordance with local requirements. 

3. Only use one heat producing appliances such as a coffee maker, toaster, space heater, etc. plugged into a receptacle outlet at a time.

4.   Major appliances such as refrigerators, dryers, washers, stoves, air-conditioners, microwave ovens, etc. should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet. Extension cords and plug strips should not be used. 

5. Arc – fault circuit interrupters (AFCI’s).  These shut off electricity when a dangerous condition occurs. Consider having them installed in your home. 

6. Use ground – fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs).  These reduce the risk of shock they shut off an electrical circuit when it becomes a shock hazard. They should be installed inside the home in bathrooms, kitchen, garages and basements.  All outdoor receptacles should be GFCI protected. 

7. Testing ACFIs and GFCIs: Once a month according to the manufacturers recommendations.  You do not need a flame to start a fire. Fire is can start when heat builds up near things that burn. This can happen when a hot lightbulb is near things that burn.  Things such as cloth or paper, or a cord that has been placed under a carpet. 

8. Use ground – fault circuit interrupters to reduce the risk of shock.  These items shut off an electrical circuit when it becomes a shock hazard. They should be installed inside the home and bathrooms, kitchen, garages and basements.  All outdoor receptacles should be GFCI protected. 

9. Check electrical cords to make sure they are not running across doorways or under carpets. Extension cords are intended for temporary use. Have a qualified electrician add more receptacle outlets so you don’t have to use extension cords.

10. Use a lightbulb with the right number of watts. There should be a sticker that indicates the right number of watts. 


Call a qualified electrician or your landlord if you have: 

Frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuit breakers.

A tingling feeling when you touch an electrical appliance.

Discolored or warm wall outlets. 

A burning or rubbery smell coming from an appliance. 

Flickering or dimming lights.

Sparks from an outlet. 

Household Escape Planning

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

General Household Escape Planning ESCAPE PLANNING

Plan Ahead!

If a fire breaks out in your home you may have only a few minutes to get out safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Everyone needs to know what to do and where to go if there is a fire.


1.  Make a Home escape plan. Draw a map of your home showing all doors and windows. Discuss the plan with everyone in your home.

2. No at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily.

3. Have an outside meeting place like a tree, light pole, or mailbox. Make sure it is a safe distance from the home where everyone should meet.

4. Practice your home fire drill at night and during the day with everyone in your home at least twice a year.

5. Practice using different ways out.

6. Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.

7.  Close doors behind you as you leave. 


1. If the smoke alarm sounds get out and stay out! Never go back inside for people or pets.

2. If you have to escape through spoke, get low and go under the smoke to your way out.

3. Call the fire department from outside your home.


! A closed door may show with the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms inside every sleeping room and outside each sleeps area.  Install alarms on every level of the home. Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.

! According to an NFPA survey, Only one of three American households have actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.

! While 71% of Americans have an escape plan in case of a fire, only 47% of those have practiced it.

! 1/3 of American households call made an estimate thought they would have at least six minutes before a fire in their own home would become life-threatening. The time available is often less. And only 8% set their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out.

SERVPRO is hiring for construction

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is hiring for construction.   

  • Job qualifications must include the following per building code regulations:
  1. Install Doors and Windows
  2. Install Kitchen Cabinets and Countertops 
  3. Install casing and baseboards with mitered corners and 45 degree angles. 
  • Must be able to know how to operate saws and basic handheld power tools and have general construction skills
  • Must have a valid drivers license 

 Please send resumes to: Construction@SERVPROkankakeecounty.comor stop in at the office to fill out an application or drop off a resume:   1725 N. Boudreau Rd  Manteno 


3/13/2017 (Permalink)

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I am your SERVPRO of Kankakee County rep.  When I stop in, feel free to ask about SERVPRO services, hobbies, tell me a joke, or just chit chat for a little while.  I look forward to getting to know you!


*SERVPRO began as a painting business in Sacramento, CA in 1967 by Ted and Doris Isaacson.

*The first SERVPRO Franchise was sold in 1969.

*Bristol-Myers Domesticare Division and its 175 Franchises were acquired in 1979.

*SERVPRO relocated the corporate headquarters from Sacramento to Gallatin, TN in 1988 and consisted of 647 Franchises. 

*In 1991 the Nashville Business Journal named SERVPRO the Small Business of the Year.

*In 2000, SERVPRO sold its 1,000th Franchise. 

*SERVPRO moved to a 140,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility in Gallatin in 2005 to provide more room for expansion.

*Now, with more than 1,700 Franchises are operating nationwide, and SERVPRO continues to grow.

*SERVPRO works closely with insurance agents, property managers, and local fire/police departments to assist in any community disaster.

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Semi-Annual C. E. (Continuing Education) Coming Soon

7/20/2016 (Permalink)

General Semi-Annual C. E. (Continuing Education) Coming Soon Up-Coming C.E. Classes Registration Form from SERVPRO of Kankakee County

SERVPRO of Kankakee County to Host C. E. Class

One of the ways we give back to our local communities is to offer free continuing education classes to our local insurance agents. Since we are group owned SERVPRO franchises comprising of three separate branches, we can reach out and assistance a large area audience of insurance agents. We believe that knowledge is power, and just as we are well trained and educated in our fields of expertise culminating in exceptional service, we can assist others to improve their knowledge and performance.

As shown in the insert to the right, these Two Continuing Education Classes will be held on consecutive days towards the end of September 2016. Click on this link for direct access to an application. Todd Davis, one of SERVPRO Corporate instructors, taught the two classes during the last Spring session. SERVPRO of Kankakee County will be one of the local franchises to contribute a free breakfast and a free lunch to all the participants. Like us on Facebook: The required Ethics Class will be followed by our revolving informational subjects; this class is "Understand Mold in the Restoration Industry.” Mold remediation in Bourbonnais can be a sticky wicket for both insurance agents, homeowners, and our highly trained AMRT, Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians. Knowing how to deal with mold infestations can limit liabilities and costs while ensuring mitigation from any health effects and protecting our residents.

Consider SERVPRO of Kankakee County as a partner in keeping our communities safe following any fire, water, or mold problems. Contact us for registration for the C.E. Classes or help with your home or business. (815) 935-0077

In Memory of Fire Chief Ross C. Butzow

5/18/2016 (Permalink)

General In Memory of Fire Chief Ross C. Butzow The late Ross C. Butzow, Chief of Wellington-Greer Fire Department (retired) and community leader.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Butzow family in their loss.  

Ross was dedicated to his profession as Fire Chief and a wonderful husband and father.  He will be greatly missed in the community and the MABAS 37 family.!/Obituary

Memorials honoring Ross may be made to the Wellington-Greef Fire Department, P.O. box 143, Wellington, IL 60673.