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Fall Lightning Storms in Massillon, Ohio

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

Lightning Take precautions during a lightning storm in Massillon, Ohio.

Did you know that insurance companies report that 6.5% of all property damage and casualty claims are related to lighting strikes? Lightning is a giant spark of electricity accompanied by a bright flash of light and thunder in the atmosphere between clouds, the air, or the ground. Every year, lightning detection systems in the United States monitor an average of twenty-five million strikes of lightning from clouds to ground during almost 100,000 thunderstorms. 

Even though lightning is attracted to tall objects such as skyscrapers, trees, and lightning poles, it can and does hit the ground, cars, and parking lots. Lightning can strike anywhere indiscriminately. A tall, pointed object is a magnet for lightning. Therefore, lightning will often strike such a structure repeatedly. The Empire State Building is known to have been hit by lightning up to a dozen times during a single storm.

Its important not to take shelter underneath a tree during a lightning storm. It is one of the biggest causes of getting hurt. When lightning strikes a tree, the “ground charge” is likely to spread out from the tree in all directions. When lightning hits the ground, it spreads out potentially deadly electrical currents along the ground in all directions. Lying down offers more contact points for electrocution. 

If thunder can be heard, lightning is not far. Lightning can strike more than three miles from the thunderstorm and beyond the rain or the thunderstorm cloud. Lightning has been known to strike areas as distant as ten miles from its thunderstorm origins, where the skies seem blue and safe. If you begin to hear thunder, take shelter. A house or building is one of the safest shelters during a storm, but one must take certain precautions inside a home as well to avoid being electrocuted. One must avoid any conducting path leading outside, such as electrical appliances, wires, TV cables, plumbing, metal doors, or metal window frames. Standing near windows must be avoided.

It is always a good idea to unplug computers and appliances during a storm. If your home is struck by lightning, first get out and take shelter at a neighbor’s. Call the fire department to inspect for fire, then call an electrician to assess the damage to your wiring and appliances before using them again.

If you experience a fire, call the professional crews at SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County to help cleanup and restore your home. Our crews are available 24 hours a day. Call us at 330-497-4600 or visit for more information.

Teach Your Children These Fire Safety Tips

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

Fire House Teach your children fire safety and make an escape plan before a fire happens to your home. It could save a life.

It is a proven fact that educating your children on fire safety can make a lifesaving difference.

There are hundreds of stories nationwide of how children who were taught fire safety were able to save themselves during fire emergencies. When children are taught a fire escape plan and fire safety, they remain calm when a fire happens because they know what to expect and what action to take.

Fire safety and prevention takes a team effort, so it is imperative that parents sit down with their children to discuss the fires of danger and to make a plan of action.

Here are a few at home fire safety tips for parents to teach their children:

  • Draw a map of your home.
  • Show all doors and windows.
  • Visit each room.
  • Find two ways out.
  • All windows and doors should open easily.
  • You should be able to use them to get outside.
  • Make sure your home has smoke alarms.
  • Push the test button to make sure each alarm is working.
  • Pick a meeting place outside. It should be in front of your home.
  • Everyone will meet at the meeting place.
  • Make sure your house or building number can be seen from the street.
  • Talk about your plan with everyone in your home.
  • Learn the emergency phone number for your fire department.
  • Practice your home fire drill. 

If you have suffered fire damage to your home in Stark County please call SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County at 330-497-4600 or visit our website at: for more information about our services.

Storm Damage - Call SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

Storm Clouds Lightning Be prepared before the next storm hits Stark County, Ohio.

When Storms or Floods hit Stark County, SERVPRO is ready!

SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit our communities in Stark County, Ohio we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

10 Important Storm Safety Tips

  1. Keep a storm safety kit handy
  2. Stay inside during thunderstorms and blizzards. Lightning, wind and ice can damage power lines, making them very dangerous. It’s also important to stay off the phone and computer during a storm.
  3. Use flashlights instead of candles. Using candles during a storm is a big fire hazard.
  4. Call the power company right away. The more calls they get, the faster they can find and fix the problem.
  5. Unplug as many big appliances as possible. This will help prevent damage when the power comes back on.
  6. Do not open the refrigerator or freezer unless you absolutely need to. Keeping the door closed as much as possible will make the food last longer.
  7. Stay away from portable generators or heaters. This equipment is very dangerous, so stay far away.
  8. Do not ever try to use a gas appliance to stay warm. Using a gas appliance the wrong way can cause deadly carbon monoxide. Bundle up in layers of clothes instead.
  9. Stay away from a damaged power line. Even utility workers can’t tell if a power line is energized just by looking at it.
  10. Watch out for power lines when they’re cleaning up outside. If power lines are running through damaged trees, call the electric company for help.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County at 330-497-4600 or visit our website at

If You Experience a Commercial Fire Damage? SERVPRO Has Got Your Back!

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Building SERVPRO can help cleanup and restore your fire damaged building in Akron, Ohio.

No business owner ever wants to see their business go up in flames, by a fire! It is valuable to be prepared before the fire trucks come, so you can swiftly deal with the aftermath of both fire and water damage. Water damage occurs from the fire suppression systems along with the water used by the firefighters. There is never a good time to have a fire, but if you are prepared, you can swiftly deal with the aftermath. Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.

The SERVPRO Ready Plan Mobile App is an emergency preparedness tool for home and business owners, property managers, risk managers, and facility management. An "Emergency Ready Plan" is specified with your address, building size and structure, rooms within, and contact information such as your insurance company, fire department, and utilities. If there is a plan in place it allows a seamless communication of information from the customer to SERVPRO at a time when every minute counts. When the time arises the facility manager has this program in place with pinpoint directions for the SERVPRO Emergency Response Team to begin the cleanup and restoration process immediately.

SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County can respond immediately to your commercial fire damage emergency regardless of the size or scope of the damage. Whether your fire emergency occurs in a restaurant, warehouse, or office building, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. 

If you are experiencing commercial fire damage call SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County at 330-497-4600 and don’t forget to Follow us on Facebook or visit our website at

Follow SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County on Our Social Media Accounts

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

Words Follow SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County on Our Social Media Accounts!

We want to let everyone know that SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County is on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  You can like, share, and follow us on our pages by clicking on the following links:

On each of our social media accounts we post information about:

  • News about our company
  • Tips & tricks about the fire, water, and storm damage industry, plus more
  • Meet the SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County team
  • Community events
  • Drawings & Giveaways
  • Testimonials

It's a great way to learn a little bit more about what we do in our community and keep up with events that we have done, or those coming up soon. If you want, click on an above link to leave us a review or comment about an experience you have had with SERVPRO. We want to know what we can do to continue providing our customers the best possible service.  Our goal is to restore your property damage, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County specializes in Fire & Water Restoration and Cleanup. We are a trusted leader in the restoration industry, and we provide 24-hour emergency services. We are locally owned and operated with highly trained and IICRC crews available 24-hours a day at 330-497-4600. If you want to learn more, visit

Grilling and Fire Pit Safety Tips for Summer Fun in Canton, Ohio

8/12/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Grill Following a few safety tips for enjoying a fire pit can save your home from catching on fire in Canton, Ohio.

During the summer and fall months, we all love to enjoy a nice grill dinner and a fire with our friends and family. It’s important that you are stay safe. SERVPRO receives many calls after a home has caught on fire from left attended grills and firepits.

Here are some ways you can keep your home safer from outside fires:


  • Moving the grill away from siding, decking, and other things that can catch fire.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill when its hot.
  • Stay with the grill the entire time you’re cooking
  • Keep your grill clean so leftover grease and fat won’t catch on fire.

Backyard Fire Pits:

  • Make sure the fire pit is at least three feet away from your house and anything that can burn,
  • Closely watch children when the fire pit is in use.
  • Use a metal screen over wood-burning fires to keep sparks from floating out.
  • Turn off or put out fires before you leave the backyard.
  • Store matches and lighters out of children’s sight and reach.

When restoration professionals take over after a fire has brought destruction to your property, you can breathe again. You can have hope and trust that life will go on. You will get back to enjoying your home or commercial property. It simply takes the knowledge and skills of professionals to put everything right again. Our crews are available 24/7 at 330-497-4600 or visit for more information on fire damage.

Severe Weather & Disaster Safety Tips in Canton, Ohio

8/10/2021 (Permalink)

Storm Clouds Storms can cause damage to your home and its important to educate yourself on disaster safety tips.

Storms are very unpredictable and can be deadly. A severe storm can produce large hail, severe wind and heavy rainfall and leave your home with water and structural damage.  Its important to educate yourself on disaster safety tips before the next storm.

Severe Weather & Disaster Safety Tips

  • When at home or in a building and threatening weather approaches, go to the basement or interior hall. Stay away from windows.
  • Stay protected from lightning by seeking cover inside substantial buildings (one with a full enclosed roof, walls, and floor) and hard-topped vehicles.
  • During a forecast of severe flooding, be prepared to evacuate. Get to high ground.
  • Never attempt to walk or drive through flood waters. The water can be much deeper than it appears.
  • The safest place to be during a tornado is a basement. If the building has no basement, or cellar, go to a small room (a bathroom or closet) on the lowest level of the structure, away from windows, and toward the center of the building.
  • If you’re in a car or mobile home when a tornado approaches, leave immediately. If you cannot locate underground shelter, lie flat in a gully or ditch.
  • If you’re outside when a hailstorm strikes, quickly seek shelter.

SERVPRO of NW Stark County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our crews are available 24/7 for water and storm damage cleanup and restoration at 330-497-4600.

SERVPRO Emergency Water Profile

8/5/2021 (Permalink)

hand phone SERVPRO has an Emergency Ready Plan mobile app that will help you prepare before a water damage to your home or business.

Preparation is key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small leak, pipe break or an area flood. The best time to plan for such water events is not when it happens, but before it happens. You never plan on a water disaster, but now you can plan for it by calling SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County we can ensure you and your home or business are "Ready for whatever happens", with our Emergency Ready Profile (ERP).

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile is a start-up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important structure and contact information. By working with SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile, your home or business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster.

The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including:

  1. Emergency Contact Information
  2. Shut-off Valve locations 
  3. Priority Areas
  4. Home or Building layout

All SERVPRO’s are locally owned and operated. We will respond quickly to a water cleanup to homes and businesses that is in Canton, Ohio, and surrounding communities. Our knowledgeable, highly trained and IICRC certified crews are available 24/7/365 days a year. Call us today at 330-497-4600.

Steps to Take Before a Fire Restoration Specialists Arrive

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

fire kitchen Before and after pictures of a fire damaged home that we restored to preloss condition in Massillion, Ohio.

A house fire is one of the most frightening and disruptive events that can impact a family. After surviving a fire, it is crucial to remain calm and take the steps that will help you recover from this traumatic event. Enlisting the prompt support of family and emergency service professionals, like SERVPRO, can really make a difference in the recovery process. 

Steps to Take Before Fire Restoration Specialists Arrive at Your Massillion, Ohio Home

The best way for you to help your Massillion, Ohio fire restoration project is to call in professional help as soon as possible after a disaster. Getting technicians on the site before damages set in can have monumental effects on restorations’ speed and cost. However, there are a few other things that you may do to help us out before we arrive.

  • Place towels on the floors - One of the ways that damage can spread to other parts of the house is underfoot. By placing clean towels and sheets around the damaged area, you can create walkways that stop ash from getting tracked around the house.
  • Wash your plants - If you have any live houseplants, give them a quick wash. Even light fire residue can harm these living, breathing organisms. The sooner that ash and smoke can be washed off of them, the healthier they will be later on.
  • Change your HVAC filters – Chances are, much of the smoke and ash got sucked into your HVAC system. While SERVPRO technicians are trained and certified to clean these systems out, you should still do all you can to avoid spreading residues around the house. A quick filter swap could stop ash from spreading to new parts of your home.
  • Stay safe – Fires may affect the structural components of your home. If you notice burned supports, falling ceiling material, loose wiring, or any other potential hazards, stay away from the area. Our experienced personnel can identify and contain these threats without any risk to you.

SERVPRO of Northwest Stark County stays ready on a 24/7 basis to provide high-quality fire restoration services to Massillion, Ohio homeowners. Call us on our emergency line at 330-497-4600.

Burn Safety Tips

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

Sign Fire Tips to prevent burns. SERVPRO is always here to help at 330-497-4600 if you experience a fire, water or storm damage.

Summer is the time to enjoy vacations, camping, picnics and family gatherings; however, summertime also brings fires and burn injuries due to fireworks and outdoor cooking. Know how to prevent a burn while you enjoy outdoor activity this summer.

  • Wear short sleeves or roll them up when cooking on the grill.
  • Use long-handled barbecue tools.
  • Keep a 3-foot safe zone around grills, fire pits and campfires.
  • Attend public fireworks displays; this leaves the lighting to the professionals.

If you experience a burn, do the following:

  • Place the burn in cool or lukewarm water for three to five minutes.
  • Cover the burn with a clean, dry cloth.
  • See your doctor if the burn is larger than your palm.
  • Use compresses if running water isn't available.
  • Don't apply ice. It can lower body temperature and cause further pain and damage.
  • Don't break blisters or apply butter or ointments, which can cause infection.

The staff and crews at want you, your family and friends to be safe this summer. For more information, please visit

Don’t forget if you experience a fire, water or storm damage we are available 24-hours a day at 330-497-4600.