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How to Tell if You Have Mold in Your Home

5/14/2023 (Permalink)

Mold growing on the wall and ceiling of a home. Identifying mold in your home is an important first step in addressing the problem.

Mold is a common problem in many homes, and it can cause a variety of issues if left untreated. While it's important to address mold growth for health reasons, it's also important to identify it early so that it can be removed before it causes serious damage to your home. Here are some ways to tell if you have mold in your home.

Visible Mold

The most obvious sign of mold is seeing it. It can appear black, green, white, or even pinkish in color, and it can grow on any surface that is damp or has high humidity. Check areas like walls, ceilings, floors, and even furniture for signs of mold growth.

Musty Odor

Mold has a distinct musty odor that is difficult to miss. If you notice a strong, musty smell in your home, it's likely that there is mold growing somewhere. This odor is caused by the mycotoxins that mold produces, and it can be an indication that there is a significant mold problem.

Water Damage

Mold thrives in damp environments, so if you've had any recent water damage in your home, it's important to inspect the area for signs of mold growth. Water damage can occur from leaks, floods, or even high humidity levels.


Mold can cause discoloration on surfaces such as walls, ceilings, and floors. This can appear as yellow, brown, or even greenish stains, and it's a sign that there may be mold growing behind the surface.

Remediation and Prevention

If you suspect that you have mold in your home, it's important to address it as soon as possible. While there are DIY methods to remove small amounts of mold, it's best to contact a professional, such as SERVPRO of Oakville/Mehlville for larger infestations or for mold growth in hard-to-reach areas. A professional mold remediation company can assess the extent of the problem, remove the mold safely and efficiently, and take steps to prevent future mold growth.

In addition to removing mold, it's important to take steps to prevent it from growing in the first place. This can include reducing humidity levels in your home by using a dehumidifier or improving ventilation, fixing any leaks or water damage as soon as possible, and cleaning up spills or standing water immediately.

Taking Action Against Mold

Identifying mold in your home is an important first step in addressing the problem. By being vigilant and taking action as soon as possible, you can keep your home safe and healthy for you and your family.

Protecting Your Property After a Fire: How SERVPRO's Emergency Board Up Services Can Help

4/16/2023 (Permalink)

Home with exterior fire damage and boarded up windows. Emergency board-up services are essential after a fire or other disaster.

After a fire, one of the most crucial steps in the restoration process is emergency board-up services. Emergency board-up is the process of securing and protecting a property after a fire, flood, or other disasters. It involves boarding up windows, doors, and other openings to prevent further damage to the property and protect it from potential theft or vandalism.

SERVPRO of Oakville/Mehlville, a leading provider of fire and water damage restoration services, offers emergency board-up services to homeowners and businesses affected by disasters. Here's what you need to know about emergency board up and how SERVPRO of Oakville/Mehlville can help.

Why is Emergency Board Up Important?

Emergency board-up is important for several reasons. First, it helps protect the property from further damage. After a fire, water, and smoke damage can continue to spread and cause additional harm to the structure and contents of the property. By boarding up windows and doors, SERVPRO can prevent these elements from entering the property and causing further damage.

Second, emergency board up helps deter theft and vandalism. When a property is left unsecured after a fire, it is vulnerable to looting and vandalism. By boarding up the property, SERVPRO can discourage potential thieves and vandals from entering and causing further damage.

Finally, emergency board-up is important for safety reasons. After a fire, the structural integrity of a property can be compromised. Boarding up the property helps prevent anyone from entering and getting injured due to unstable structures or debris.

How SERVPRO Offers Emergency Board-Up Services

SERVPRO of Oakville/Mehlville offers emergency board-up services as part of its comprehensive fire damage restoration services. Their team of trained and certified professionals is available 24/7 to respond to emergencies and provide immediate assistance.

When you call SERVPRO for emergency board-up services, they will send a team to your property to assess the damage and begin the board-up process. They will start by securing the property and identifying any potential hazards. Then, they will board up all windows, doors, and other openings to prevent further damage and protect the property. With SERVPRO of Oakville/Mehlville’s expertise and experience in emergency board-up services, you can trust that your property is in good hands. 

In addition to emergency board-up services, SERVPRO of Oakville/Mehlville also offers other fire damage restoration services, including smoke and soot damage cleanup, water damage restoration, and content cleaning and restoration. Their goal is to restore your property to its preloss condition as quickly and efficiently as possible.

In conclusion, emergency board-up services are essential after a fire or other disaster. They help protect the property from further damage, deter theft and vandalism, and promote safety. If you've experienced a fire or other disaster, contact SERVPRO of Oakville/Mehlville to learn more about their emergency board-up and restoration services.

Most Common Reasons Your Washing Machine Is Leaking Water

3/16/2023 (Permalink)

washing machine Noticing an usual sound with the washer could be a sign of malfunction.

An improperly functioning washing machine can be a major inconvenience. If you're noticing an unusual amount of water leaking from your washing machine, it may be time to have it repaired by a technician. There are many reasons why this could happen, but fortunately, they're most often easily fixed by a qualified technician who can inspect your machine and make any necessary repairs. Here are some common causes of washing machine leaks:

The Hose Clamp Needs Tightening or Replacement

If you're experiencing a leak from your washing machine, the first thing to check is whether or not the hose clamp needs tightening or replacement. A hose clamp is a metal band that wraps around the hose to prevent it from leaking. If your washing machine hoses are loose and leaking water, tighten them with pliers before replacing them completely if they continue to leak after being tightened.

Tub Seal is Damaged

The tub seal is the rubber seal that separates the outer drum of your washing machine from its inner spin basket. This is one of the most common reasons for leaks in a washer, as it can become damaged over time or even break completely if you're not careful when loading laundry into your machine.

If your tub seal becomes damaged, water will leak from around the rim of your washing machine during spin cycles and can cause damage to walls and floors underneath it. Fortunately, this part is easy to replace.

Faulty Water Pump

The water pump is the motor that pumps water through the system, and it's usually located in the back of your machine. The most common type of water pump is a belt-driven motor that uses rubber belts to transfer power from its shaft to other components like pumps or motors within the unit. If any one of these parts fails, you'll start seeing leaks around where they're located--usually at joints or seams where two pieces meet up together. If you suspect damage from this cause and want help identifying what needs replacing before buying new parts, call us today!

A leak from the Drain Hose

If you notice water leaking from the washing machine, it could be coming from the drain hose. This is a tube that connects your washing machine to your home's drain pipe and carries away any excess water during use.

In some cases, damage or wear-and-tear can cause the hose to leak; in others, corrosion may have built up on its interior walls over time, this is especially common when using harsh detergents.

The Washing Machine is Unleveled

If your washing machine is leaking water and you've checked the hoses and pipes, it's likely that your laundry room floor is uneven. The most common cause of this issue is when a washing machine has been moved from one place to another, but it can also happen during installation.

Call A Professional For Assistance

If you're noticing an unusual amount of water leaking from your washing machine, it may be time to have it repaired by a technician. If your washing machine has been leaking water for an extended period of time, or if a sudden burst of water leaked out of your washing machine and damaged your laundry room, call SERVPRO Oakville/Mehlville for all your water damage cleanup and restoration needs!

What to do when your toilet overflows

2/5/2023 (Permalink)

clogged toliet Toilets overflow causing serious issues and water damages

If your toilet overflows, it doesn't mean that you're going to have to buy a new one. There are ways to deal with this common plumbing problem, and they're easier than you might think.

Shut off the Water

At the first sign of water damage, shut off the water supply to the toilet. Turn off the main water valve that feeds your home, which can be found in your basement or crawl space. Shut off the water supply to the toilet at either its valve or tank, depending on which you find more convenient (if there's a valve for both).

If there's no way to shut off your toilet's water tank (or if turning it feels too dangerous), turn off a faucet nearby and fill up as many buckets as you need with clean water. Now use these for flushing purposes only. If possible, have someone do this so that both of you don't have to deal with any messes from overflowing toilets.

Turn off the feed valve to the overflow pipe

An overflow is one of the more common plumbing problems that you’re likely to encounter. While it may seem like a serious issue, you can usually handle a toilet overflow quickly and easily.

Once the water is turned off, next you want to turn off the water supply to the toilet. Turn off the feed valve to the overflow pipe and use a bucket or plunger to suck up all the water from the bowl, then empty it when you're done. This will help prevent water from overflowing into the floor causing more water damage.

Use towels on the floor to absorb water and prevent damage

If there is water puddles on the floor use old towels to absorb water and prevent damage. Use enough towels to soak up the excess water and protect your flooring. Don't leave the wet towels on the floor as it could cause more problems down the road. Keep the area free of debris to prevent slip and fall.

If you have a bathroom with tile floors, place the towels on top of each other, overlapping them slightly along their edges so that there are still gaps between them where water can drain through. Put them in a pattern around the overflow hole in your toilet bowl so that fluids that seep through can be caught by one of the layers of towels. This will help keep your floors dry even if there is still more water coming out of your pipes after you flush.

Bucket or plunger to suck up all the water from the bowl

Once the water is off the floor, use a bucket or plunger to suck up all the water from the bowl. This is probably your best option if you don't want to deal with a full toilet. Remove all the water from the bowl incase the toilet has to be replaced.

If your toilet has been overused or if there's been an increase in household traffic (such as company staying over), then try flushing less often until things return to normal. This will help prevent future overflows due to excessive use of your water supply system's capacity during peak times.

Use a Professional

If you're unsure about the problem, or if it seems like a more serious issue than your average clog, consider calling a plumber. A plumber can visit your home and assess the situation to determine whether it's something you can fix yourself (and what caused it in the first place). If so, they'll be able to teach you how to prevent future problems with your toilet.

When you are in need of a restoration company for your water damage, give SERVPRO of Oakville/Mehlville a call at the first sign of damage.

Office Fire Safety 101: Tips for Fire Prevention in the Workplace

1/10/2023 (Permalink)

evacuation plan It's always a good idea to have an evacuation plan in place for your workplace.

Tips for Fire Prevention in the Workplace

Fire safety is an important aspect of any business, especially one that deals with large amounts of electrical equipment. However, many firms do not think about fire protection until they have experienced a dangerous situation. By following these tips you can prevent fires and limit damage to your business property if one ever occurs.

Designate a point of contact for emergencies

The most important thing to do is designate a point of contact for all emergencies. This can be anyone in the office, but it's best if they're someone who is familiar with the building and/or has experience dealing with fire safety issues. If you have multiple floors in your office building, try to have someone designated on each floor as well.

Ensure exits are always clear

You should ensure that all exit doors open in the direction of travel, and that they are not blocked by furniture or other items. Exit signs should be clearly visible and illuminated as well. When it comes to ensuring safety in your workplace, there are many things you can do to help keep everyone safe.

Don’t panic when evacuating

If a fire is burning, how do you get out of the building? It's always a good idea to have an evacuation plan in place for your workplace. Be sure everyone knows where the exits are and how far away they are from their workstations. If there's no way out, it may be necessary to break a window so people can escape. But don't assume that just because there's smoke coming into your office that it won't spread quickly; that smoke could actually be blocking another exit route and preventing it from being used by all who need it!

Another important thing to remember: Do not use elevators during an evacuation—they take too long and could become stuck between floors or even stop working altogether due to electrical problems or lack of power (as well as possibly trapping people inside). Instead, take stairs if possible—it'll help speed up the process by keeping people moving at the same rate instead of waiting on an elevator line while they're trying to get back down safely without hurting themselves in any way possible."

Count heads and call 911 once evacuated.

Once you've safely evacuated the premises and called 911, it's important to give the dispatcher all of the information they need. This includes:

  • Your name, address, and telephone number.
  • The nature of the emergency (for example, fire).
  • The location of the fire (house number, street name).
  • Any injuries or casualties involved in this incident.

If possible, provide details about how far away from your property any injured people are located so that firefighters can get there as soon as possible!

Keep important documents and other valuables in a safe place.

If you have valuable documents that you don't want damaged during a fire or water damage, store them in a fireproof safe. You can either purchase one of your own or ask your employer if they have one available for use.

Always keep copies of your most important documents on hand. This way if the originals are lost or destroyed during an emergency, you will still have access to them through the copies.

Make sure everyone who works at the office knows where these items are kept so they can be accessed quickly in case of an emergency situation requiring evacuation or relocation indoors (which happens more often than people think).

A fire safety plan is crucial.

Fire safety is a priority for everyone. It's up to you and your employees to ensure that your workplace has the necessary fire protection measures in place, and that those measures are working properly. Fire prevention is everyone’s responsibility, so it's important that you take steps to prevent fires from starting and spreading in your business.

Keep an eye out for any potential fire hazards in your building or office space (e.g., faulty wiring or overloaded electrical outlets). If you notice anything suspicious or out of place, alert someone immediately so they can take action before disaster strikes!

It’s clear that there are many things you can do to keep your workplace prepared for a fire. As we mentioned at the start of this post, fires can be extremely dangerous and destructive. But with proper planning and maintenance, you can minimize the risk of those events occurring in your workplace.

Mold and Appliances

12/14/2022 (Permalink)

Mold growth inside a refrigerator Mold growth in appliances is a serious issue and should be taken very seriously.

Mold, the fungus that grows on damp surfaces in your home, can be difficult to remove. It thrives in warm, humid environments and spreads without proper ventilation. The most common places for mold to grow are in bathrooms and kitchens. Appliances are another culprit for carrying mold into your kitchen—especially when they're not cleaned regularly or have been exposed to moisture from flooding or water damage. To prevent these appliances from becoming prime breeding grounds for mold, it's important to clean them regularly with a disinfectant spray or other method of sanitization.

Washing Machine

Mold is a common problem in washing machines. If you don't keep your washer clean, mold will grow on the rubber gasket and other parts of your machine, causing it to smell bad. Mold can also lead to your clothes smelling bad if they come in contact with it!

To keep mold from growing inside of your washing machine:

  • Use vinegar to help clean out any buildup around the rim where water collects when you run a load of laundry.
  • Look into replacing the seal around the door of your washer if it looks cracked or torn (this is especially important when trying to prevent mold growth).


Mold growth in refrigerators is common. In fact, it's so common that you may not even be aware of the mold growing on your refrigerator until it's too late. Like most mold growth in homes, it can be prevented by keeping a clean refrigerator and storing food properly. Mold also thrives in high humidity environments. To prevent mold from forming on your fridge, follow these steps:

  • Clean out your fridge regularly! If you don't remember if something was inside the last time you cleaned it out (and who does?), put an empty box with a note inside for future reference.
  • Don't store foods at room temperature for long periods of time; instead, keep them chilled in the fridge or freezer as needed to preserve freshness and quality.


The freezer is the best place to keep food, as it's the coldest spot in your refrigerator. But before you start stocking up on frozen foods, make sure that your freezer is clean and hasn't been used to store anything other than ice cubes or frozen foods. You should also keep an eye out for excess frost—if there’s too much ice buildup in your freezer and/or if it's starting to look like a snow globe inside, you need to defrost it!


Dehumidification is a way of removing moisture from the air. You can use a dehumidifier to do it, but you can also do it with other devices. A dehumidifier is an appliance that removes moisture from the air in your home and helps prevent mold growth. It's helpful for drying out wet carpets, floors, walls and furniture after flooding or leaks occur. These appliances are available in different sizes and models for small or large rooms. 

Dehumidifiers also come with settings for optimal humidity levels for different temperatures, so you'll always stay comfortable at home regardless of how much time you spend indoors during winter months when heating costs are higher than summer ones when cooling costs are more expensive than average year-round temperatures require less energy usage overall.

Act Quickly

Mold growth in appliances is a serious issue and should be taken very seriously. If so, it's important to act quickly before the problem gets out of hand and leads to major property damage in your Lemay, MO home.

Mold can be expensive and time-consuming, and that’s why SERVPRO of Oakville/ Mehlville is here to help! We want everyone who uses our services to know that they can trust us with any appliance-related mold issues whether they're small or large.

5 Steps To Prepare Your Business for the Next Winter Storm

12/1/2022 (Permalink)

Hand with black plastic glove cleaning a gutter with leaves Create a plan for regularly checking and clearing out gutters.

Follow These Five Steps

If you have a business in Bella Villa, MO, winterizing your commercial property for the colder months ahead should be a top priority once temperatures start to drop. Failing to properly protect your building can have high costs. A winter storm often brings heavy winds and snowfall that can do significant damage. To reduce the chances that you will need to hire disaster restoration professionals for the next spring thaw, follow these five steps.

1. Assess the Risks
Take a look around the property. Ask yourself: What kinds of risks could happen? For example, consider employee injuries and frozen pipes. Make any repairs that might be susceptible to structural stress or other types of storm damage.

2. Assign Responsibility
Another major part of preparing for a winter storm includes assigning roles and responsibilities to qualified staff and professionals. Figure out who is going to make the parking lot safe when it ices over. Additionally, if repairs are complex, decide which company you will call for assistance.

3. Plan for Each Threat
After identifying the wintertime risks your company might face, work with employees to create an action plan for each threat. If, for example, you have concerns about ice dams forming, create a plan for regularly checking and clearing out gutters.

4. Remember To Be Comprehensive
When you protect your building against storm damage, do not forget to be thorough. There are many potential locations for damage to occur. In addition to the roof, plumbing and HVAC systems should be other top concerns.

5. Prepare Your People
Preparing your property is important, but it is only half of the equation. The other half you have to remember includes the people who run the organization. Before the snow starts coming down, make sure you train everyone on any applicable procedures and have a way to communicate updates.
Running a business somewhere with harsh winters comes with unique challenges. Planning ahead can make things easier. You can help your company prepare for the next winter storm by following these steps.

What To Do If a Water Heater Leaks?

11/14/2022 (Permalink)

Close up of a water heater It's critical to understand what to do if your water heater leaks or malfunctions.

5 Steps to Take After your Water Heater Leaks

Water heaters are an essential part of your home. They heat water for showers and laundry, help keep you warm in the winter, and even provide hot water for cooking. However, just like any piece of equipment that runs 24/7, it's important to know what to do if your water heater leaks or breaks down. Here are some tips on how to handle a leaky or broken water heater.

First, shut off the water.

Shut off the water at the main valve. If you have a pressure tank, turn it to “off.” Or if there’s no pressure tank and your home has a well, go outside and shut off its valve as well. If you can't find your main valve or don't know how to turn it off, contact an expert; they will probably be able to help you locate it and guide you through this process safely.

Second, turn off the power to your water heater.

The next step in fixing a leaky water heater is to shut it down. This can be done by turning off the main power switch or circuit breaker, or by opening a cover plate over your water heater and flipping a lever on its electrical box so that you can't turn it back on again until you reset it. You'll also need to ensure that there's no gas running into your unit; if there is, turn off the supply valve for the gas line right away!

If there's no way of turning off both valves—either because they're inaccessible or because one is flooded—turning off power may be your only option for stopping leaks in progress.

Third, empty out your water heater.

The easiest way to drain water from a water heater is to open the drain valve on the bottom of the tank. If you don't see a valve, look for a small hole near the bottom. It should be labeled "drain."

To open the drain valve, use an adjustable wrench to turn it counterclockwise until it clicks into place. Then run your hand along the bottom of the tank to make sure there are no obstructions (like debris) in the way of allowing water to flow freely out of your tank.

The other option is to remove some of the water yourself using a bucket or container—but this isn't recommended unless you have a lot of experience with hot water heaters and know what you're doing.

Fourth, clean the area to prevent mold and mildew.

Once you've removed your items from the area, clean the area. This can help prevent mold growth and other unwanted things from developing if they were to encounter the water in your basement. 

Fifth, repair your water heater or replace it.

If any part of your water heater has been damaged or if there is too much rust on it, it may be time for a replacement. If this is the case, contact a professional plumber who can perform repairs and/or install a new one in its place. Repairing or replacing your water heater will prevent that unit from causing any more damage.

We hope this article has helped you figure out what to do if your water heater is leaking and what the next steps are. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!

Preparing for the Claims Process and Adjuster Visit After a Commercial Fire

11/1/2022 (Permalink)

Man with a white helmet writing on a clipboard The Insurance Adjuster works closely with our team from start to finish.

Preparing for the Claims Process and Adjuster Visit After a Commercial Fire

Depending on the extent of the damage, most business owners will choose to file a fire claim after experiencing such a disaster. Unfortunately, making a claim on your policy can create a lot of stress and anxiety because it is a process that most people are not familiar with. Therefore, to help you prepare for the claims process and the visit from the insurance adjuster, follow these four steps.

  1. Call your insurer
  2. Mitigate further loss
  3. Gather and maintain records
  4. Document loss

Call Your Insurer

Before you can even consider getting the ball rolling on fire restoration, you need to call your insurer and explain what happened. During this phone call, they will probably ask a few probing questions about the fire and the extent of the damage, then they will tell you that they are sending someone out to assess the property and damage.

Mitigate Further Loss

Before touching anything in your property, make sure you clear it with your insurer first, so that you do not jeopardize your fire claim. Most insurance companies expect property owners to take the necessary steps to protect their facility from further property loss. Therefore, they will probably recommend using a fire mitigation company in Bella Villa, MO. Any company you work with may offer board-up or tarping services to protect your building.

Gather and Maintain Records

Next, regardless of the level of fire damage, you will need to gather any relevant records of the damaged property. Also, for any work that you need to complete before the adjuster approves your claim, make sure you keep all receipts and paperwork.

Document Loss

Last, take plenty of photographs of the damaged property. If you have any pictures or documentation of when the items were first purchased, then it may be useful to the adjuster to see those as well. Organize all of the photos and paperwork so that it makes sense.
The process for submitting a fire claim can seem overwhelming, but as with any other bureaucratic process, claims are built around a series of predictable steps. Therefore, when preparing for your claim, follow the steps above and you should be just fine.

Fire Regulations for Businesses

10/13/2022 (Permalink)

EXIT sign EXIT signs can help save lives.

What Are Common Commercial Fire Regulations?

If you own a business and have employees, there are many regulations that you need to follow. As an employer, you have a responsibility to provide a safe environment for your staff. Fire safety is one of those things that can't be overlooked because it's important for both your employees and guests. This blog post will go over the laws regarding fire safety in businesses, as well as how to make sure they're being followed properly.


There are three types of exits:

Exit passageways (must be unobstructed, clearly marked, and easy to open from inside and outside)

Exit discharge areas (must be a minimum of 3 feet wide and 36 inches high)

Exits (must be a minimum of 5 feet long, 10 feet apart, and must have an opening for passage in both directions)


Call boxes are another way to contact the fire department. They are usually located near the front door so that anyone can use them when they need help. Call boxes should have a lighted sign that says “call 911” and any other type of emergency number (depending on your location). The call box should also have a lock on it so people can't get in if they don't need to.


Sprinklers are an important safety measure for any business. They can be installed in any type of building, no matter the size or shape, and they're a great way to prevent fires from spreading. If you're looking for a way to protect your property, consider installing sprinklers in your building today!

Smoke alarms

Fire alarms and smoke detectors are required in all businesses. Smoke alarms should be installed in every sleeping room, hallway, and near all cooking appliances. These devices should also be tested monthly to ensure that they are functioning correctly. Check the manufacturer's instructions for proper testing procedures.

  • Smoke alarm replacement: Smoke alarm batteries should be replaced at least once per year. You may need to replace your smoke alarm if it has been 10 years since you last replaced the battery or device (the date of manufacture will be on the back label). If you have never changed the battery or device, this would be a good time to do so now before putting them into service again!
  • Carbon monoxide alarms: Carbon monoxide gas is colorless, odorless, and tasteless so it can't easily detected by sight or smell alone; however there are carbon monoxide alarms available specifically designed for homes that will alert occupants when dangerous levels of CO exist inside their home due to malfunctioning furnaces/heaters, etc.

Fire extinguishers

You should be familiar with how to use a fire extinguisher and its classifications.

First, if a fire breaks out in your business, you should know how to use the closest fire extinguisher in an emergency.

Second, you should verify that your employees are aware of what type of fire extinguishers are available in each room or area of the building.

Finally, after using an extinguisher on a small blaze, put it back into its designated spot for storage so that it doesn't get damaged or used by mistake later on (if there's another major blaze). In fact, check all updated regulations about which types need to be replaced after each use; some only last for about six months before losing effectiveness! It's important to keep track here because those regulations vary by state-and even upstate vs downstate can differ from one another!

Emergency escape plan

  • Create an emergency escape plan for every building, including all exits, fire escapes, and other routes of escape.
  • List the number of employees inside the building during normal operation and any occupants who may be there at other times, such as contractors or guests. This helps you decide how many people need to evacuate in case of fire or another emergency.
  • In addition to listing your employees, also include a list of those who are unable to evacuate due to age or physical limitations. Make sure they have evacuation assistance plans in place so they can get out safely if needed.

Hazardous material safety plan

Hazardous materials are dangerous. You need to have a plan in place to deal with them and make sure they're stored, transported, and disposed of safely. To do this, you'll need training and certification for staff who work with hazardous materials. Staff must be trained on how to recognize the hazards associated with each type of chemical used at their workplace and how those chemicals should be handled during normal operations.

Hazardous substances can include corrosive liquids like acids or bases; combustible liquids such as gasoline; flammable liquids like paint solvents; poisonous gas such as chlorine gas; oxidizing material such as perchloric acid; radiation-producing sources (for example x-ray films); medical waste that may contain infectious agents.

Regulations are often confusing, but when it comes to fire safety, they're there for a reason.

Fire regulations can be confusing, but they're there for a reason. Your local fire department can help you understand how to comply with the regulations and stay safe.

To find out more about fire safety rules for businesses, contact the fire department in your area or visit their website.

The bottom line is that it's important to take fire safety seriously because if a fire starts in your business, the consequences can be catastrophic. As the owner or manager of a company in Oakville, MO, you have a responsibility to make sure that your employees are safe at all times—and part of that job is ensuring they know what to do when there's an emergency.