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How To Prevent Fires on Your Barbecue

8/17/2022 (Permalink)

Varios meat on the grill Do not let your day of barbequing fun turn into a disastrous grill fire.

How to Prevent a Barbecue Fire

Everyone loves the smell of meat cooking on the barbeque. Yet the combination of greasy food and hot flames can be quite dangerous. Flare-ups are particularly common. A small flare-up could destroy your meat or your grill. A flare-up could even turn into a massive blaze that spreads to your Fountain Hills, AZ, home and necessitates smoke damage restoration services.

That is why you need to adopt safe practices when using your barbeque. Here are three steps you can take to prevent a grill fire.

1. Limit Fat and Oil

Fat and oil are common sources of barbeque fires. While oil is great for marinating meat, you should not go overboard when applying it. If the oil is dripping off the meat, you have put on too much. Similarly, you should trim the excess fat off the meat before placing it on the grill.

2. Clean Your Grill Regularly

The buildup of leftover grease can spark a massive fire on your grill. Keep it clean between barbeques by brushing the grates. You could also turn up the heat and burn off any excess bits of food.

3. Position the Grill Away From Wind

Before you start cooking, figure out which direction the wind is blowing. Then put the barbeque away from that wind. A strong gust can easily turn a small flare-up into a big grill fire.

How To Extinguish a Barbeque Fire

If you do notice excessive flames on your grill, try to suffocate the fire by depriving it of oxygen. Remove the meat from the grill and close the vents and lid. Be sure to also turn down the burners if you are on a gas grill.

Once the flames have subsided, do not just open the lid right away. This could cause a flash fire. Instead, open the lid slowly and partially at first.

Do not let your day of barbequing fun turn into a disastrous grill fire. The above tips should help you cook your meat safely and quickly extinguish any fires that do occur.

3 Ways an Electronic Claims Service Supports Insurance Agents

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

Tablet and cellphone An electronic claims service provides a platform that allows everything to be uploaded, signed, and stored in one place.

Insurance Agents Benefit from an Electronic Claims Service 

When a client's business is impacted by a disaster in Old Town Scottsdale, AZ, you want to help them get back to business quickly. The challenging part of your job is collecting, organizing, and sharing all the necessary documents to satisfy every stakeholder in the insurance claim process. Here are three ways an electronic claims service supports insurance agents.

1. Organizes Claim-Related Documents

Your client needs to provide a detailed inventory of losses, photos of damages, and numerous signed forms and documents to file an insurance claim. It can be difficult to keep track of everything when you depend on email, snail-mail, and drop-offs. If a document goes missing and needs to be replaced or resigned, it can delay the client's receipt of insurance money. An electronic claims service provides a platform that allows everything to be uploaded, signed, and stored in one place and is easily accessible by everyone who needs to see the materials.

2. Keeps Insurance Agent and Service Provider Connected

SERVPRO is a preferred commercial restoration vendor for many insurance companies. They are Faster to Any Size Disaster, have a reputation for excellence, and provide quality service through an electronic claims platform. You don't need to call the franchise and wait for someone to send a document you need to complete a claim. Instead, you can quickly jump on the platform and grab the form yourself. You can communicate with the team when you have questions and easily send documents for signature.

3. Speeds Up the Claim Process for Everyone

Since an electronic claims platform centralizes all claim documents, processing the paperwork and getting money to your client is more convenient. It's unnecessary to print and mail documents, and your client doesn't have to wait to receive information in the mail. The quicker you can finalize the claims process, the faster your client can get back to work.
Filing an insurance claim doesn't have to be a headache. Using an electronic claims service, you can organize your paperwork and communicate easily with your client and the restoration team.