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SPRING CLEANING TIPS

4/15/2015 (Permalink)

1. Make your doormats welcoming

2. Clean carpets and upholstery

3. Clean ceiling fixtures

4. Finish floors

5. Clean refrigerator condensors

6. Wipe down cabinets and baseboards & woodwork.

Clean Water - Gray Water - Black Water - what's the difference?

2/24/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Clean Water - Gray Water - Black Water - what's the difference? Clean, Grey and Black Water

What's the difference between Clean Water, Grey Water & Black Water?

When facing water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensure proper cleanup.  There are three types of water.  Clean water ... is from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean.  The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water.  Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous. Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more.  Sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster typically causes black water.  Trained professionals should always handle black water.  When you have water damage -- Do Not leave your property to chance.   Call your SERVPRO team.  

Note: If exposed to harmful waste, OSHA recommends a post-exposure medical evaluation.  Consult your local health department or physician. 

FAST FACT !

1/26/2015 (Permalink)

50% of all residential heating -related fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February.

by National Fire Prevention Association

WINTER IS IN FULL SWING !

12/26/2014 (Permalink)

Fire Damage WINTER IS IN FULL SWING ! SERVPRO wishes you a happy, healthy and wonderful New Year!
  Safety Tips: Winter Fires

More fires occur during the winter months than at any other time. Fortunately, taking simple precautions can prevent most fires. Follow the safety tips below to help ensure your safety:

Portable Heaters

  • Put at least three feet of empty space between the heater and everything else.
  • Vacuum and clean the dust and lint from all heaters.
  • If the cord gets hot, frayed or cracked, have the heater serviced.
  • Never use extension cords with portable electric heaters.
  • Turn off portable heaters when leaving or sleeping.
  • An adult should always be present when anyone is using a space heater around children.
  • Make sure your portable electric heater is UL approved and has a tip-over shut off function.

Woodstove and Fireplace Safety

  • Have a certified chimney sweep clean and inspect your fireplace.
  • Place ashes outdoors in a covered metal container at least three feet away from anything that burns.
  • To prevent flue fires, burn dry, well-seasoned wood.
  • Always use a fireplace screen made of sturdy metal or heat-tempered glass. If children are present, use a special child-guard screen.

Generators
Carbon monoxide (CO) is an invisible killer. You cannot see or smell it. A generator's exhaust contains poisonous CO, which can kill you in a matter of minutes. Follow these important generator safety tips:

  • Never use a portable generator inside a home, garage, shed or other partially enclosed space, even if doors and windows are open.
  • Place portable generators outside only, far away from the home. Keep the generator away from openings to the home, including doors, windows, and vents.
  • Read the label on the generator and the owner's manual, and follow the instructions.
  • Install CO alarms with battery backup in the home outside each sleeping area.
  • Get to fresh air immediately if you start to feel sick, weak or dizzy. CO poisoning from exposure to generator exhaust can quickly lead to incapacitation and death.
  • Be sure generator fuel is properly and safely stored.
  • Always refuel the generator outdoors and away from any ignition sources.
  • If you choose to have a generator permanently connected to your home's electrical system, make sure a licensed electrician installs it and be sure to notify your electric company.

Candles

  • Place candles in sturdy, fireproof candleholders where they cannot be knocked over.
  • Make sure all candles are out before going to bed or leaving the house.
  • Keep candles, matches, and lighters out of children's reach.
  • Keep candles away from Christmas trees, evergreen clippings, decorations, presents, and wrapping paper.

Smoke Alarms

  • Install smoke alarms outside each sleeping area and in each bedroom.
  • Test and vacuum your smoke alarms each month to make sure they are working.
  • Smoke alarms 10 years old or older need to be replaced with new units.

Home Escape Plans

  • Know two ways out of every room.
  • Practice your escape plan with your whole family at least twice a year.
  • Do not attempt to go back into a burning home.

National Fire Prevention Association

HOLIDAY TIPS ...

12/1/2014 (Permalink)

General HOLIDAY TIPS ... SERVPRO is wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season.

1. Buy Safe Toys - Age Appropriate

If you plan to buy toys for the kids in your life, choose age-appropriate toys and look for labels with safety advice. For young children, avoid toys with small parts, sharp edges, and electric toys that can heat up. Always purchase safety gear in addition to sports-related gifts or ride-on toys, such as bicycles or skateboards. Get additional toy safety tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (PDF).

2. Celebrate on a Budget

The holidays can be expensive, but you don't have to break the bank to celebrate. Take a few minutes to decide how much you can afford to spend on gifts, travel, parties, decorations, and other holiday expenses. Once you've created a spending plan, keep track of your purchases. 

Shopping online can help you stick to a budget as you'll avoid the temptation of store displays and may be able to use coupons and promotion codes. Before you buy, look for free shipping offers; check ordering deadlines to ensure that your gifts will arrive on time; and read the return policy.

3. Give the Gift of Service

Sometimes the greatest gift you can give to others is service. Studies show that reading to a child just three hours a week significantly improves his or her reading skills. If you help out at a local soup kitchen or food bank, you are directly providing meals to hungry individuals.

Find volunteer opportunities in your area, or create your own and recruit others.

4. Find Seasonal Employment

Even in a tough economy, businesses need extra help around the holidays. Seasonal employment can help supplement your income and potentially lead to a permanent position. If you need to update your resume, check out resume and interview tips to help you stand out in the job market. Get online tools and resources to help with your job search.

5. Get Through the Holiday Blues

The holidays aren't joyous for everyone. This time of year can bring stress and feelings of loneliness. Exercise, focusing on positive relationships, and doing things that you find rewarding can help with depression. Get tips on what to do if you feel depressed. Keep in mind that winter depression could be a sign of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which may be caused by the lack of sunlight. Treatment for SAD is much like other forms of depression, but also involves light therapy.       

6. Be Safe and Save Money with LED Lights

Electricity bills can grow during the holidays if you decorate with strings of lights. Consider switching to LED (light-emitting diode) holiday lights to save energy and money. In addition to the energy and cost savings, LED lights are much cooler than incandescent bulbs, reducing the risk of fires.

Every holiday season, fires claim lives and cost millions in damage. To prevent holiday fires in your home, use nonflammable decorations; do not overload electrical sockets; regularly water Christmas trees; and avoid the use of lit candles. As you should do year-round, ensure that your smoke alarms are working.

7. Pay Attention to Food Portions and Exercise

The holidays are a wonderful time to celebrate with family and friends, but celebrations sometimes involve over-indulging in sweet treats and heavy foods. Even if you only gain one or two pounds during the holidays, these gains can add up over the years. The holidays are probably not the ideal time to try to lose weight, but you can take steps to maintain your weight.

Read 10 tips on how to enjoy your food, but eat less of it (PDF) and learn how to make exercise and physical activity a regular part of your day.

8. Pack for Hassle-Free Air Travel

 You can get through the airport security line faster by traveling with unwrapped gifts and following the "3-1-1 rule" when carrying on liquids. You may have favorite liquid food items (like cranberry sauce or special dips) that you want to share during the holidays, but it's best to put such items in your checked bag or ship them ahead of time. Get more helpful hints for holiday travelers.                 

9. Reduce Holiday Waste

The holiday season includes many opportunities to reduce waste, recycle, and reuse items. Did you know that about 40 percent of all battery sales occur during the holiday season? Consider buying rechargeable batteries (and a charger) for electronic gifts to help reduce the amount of harmful materials thrown away. After the holidays, look for ways to recycle your tree instead of sending it to a landfill. If you plan to send greeting cards, consider purchasing ones that are made of recycled paper or sending electronic greetings.

Get more ideas on how to reduce waste, save money, and help the environment.                  

10.  Keep Food Safe

 Holiday buffets are convenient ways to entertain a crowd, but leaving food out for long periods of time can invite bacteria that cause foodborne illness. To keep your holiday foods safe, cook them thoroughly; use shallow containers; never leave them sitting out for more than two hours; and keep them at the appropriate temperature. Get more food safety tips to help keep your guests healthy.

Information from USA.gov- Consumer Product Safety Commission-Corporation for National & Community Service-Career One Stop-National Institute of Mental Health-USDA-USFA-TSA

'TIS THE SEASON FOR SAFETY

12/1/2014 (Permalink)

General 'TIS THE SEASON FOR SAFETY SERVPRO wishes you a safe and happy holiday season.

Pretty lights and decorations add to the feel of the holiday season, but if they are not used properly your holidays can go from festive to frightening very quickly.  Please see below a few very simple safety tips, which can reduce your risk in your home or business this holiday season. 

  • Place Christmas trees, and other holiday decorations at least 3 feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, and heat vents.
  • Purchase flame retardant metallic, or artificial trees.  If you purchase a real tree, make sure that it has fresh, green needles that are not easily broken.  Keep all live trees moist - check the water daily.
  • Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving home or going to bed.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate a tree.
  • Always extinguish candles before going to bed or leaving the house -- designate a person to be in charge of checking and putting out all candles.
  • Keep anything that can catch on fire - potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains ... away from your stovetop.
  • Smoke alarms save lives.  Replace batteries at least once a year.  Use the test button to check it each month. 

DID YOU KNOW ?

11/7/2014 (Permalink)

Fire Damage DID YOU KNOW ? A special thank you to all of our Friends, Family and Customers.

Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment.  Please be safe this holiday season.

BE SAFE ON HALLOWEEN !!

10/20/2014 (Permalink)

Going trick-or-treating?

Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.

Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat. 

Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don't run from house to house.

Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation. 

Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.

Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses. 

Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.

Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.

Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.

Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don't stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers. 

Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes. 

Information Provided by CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SMOKE ALARM SAFETY TIPS

10/20/2014 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SMOKE ALARM SAFETY TIPS Have you replaced your batteries yet ?

* Install smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including basement.

  • Smoke alrms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent flase alarms.  Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance.
  • Test smoke alarms a least once a month using the test button.
  • Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year.  If an alarm " chirps", warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

Information provided by National Fire Protection Association.

DID YOU KNOW ?

8/4/2014 (Permalink)

Water Damage DID YOU KNOW ? Call SERVPRO ...

Did you know ? ...   It only takes 1 to 2 inches of water to begin damaging your property.

The cost of water damages can increase with time.  Wood floors warp, dry wall soaks in moisture and mold develops in hard-to-reach areas of your home or business.  The benefit of a fast response for mitigation ...Your costs go down as potential hazards may be avoided.

Picture this ....  It's 8:00 pm on a Sunday, and you walk into your home after a relaxing vacation expecting to turn on the lights, put your luggage in your bedroom and get a nice cold glass of water then get some rest.

The only problem ... A water pipe has burst over the weekend, dumping thousands of gallons of water over your hard wood kitchen floor, the carpet in the living room as well as the vinyl floor in your laundry room.  What do you do now ?

When your home or business is under water, mitigation cannot wait.  Call SERVPRO immediately

SUMMER SAFETY TIPS

7/24/2014 (Permalink)

General SUMMER SAFETY TIPS BE SAFE this summer ...

The summer season is a time to make memories and enjoy the great outdoors.  Below you will find tips, provided by the National Fire Protection Association.

  • When using a charcoal grill, only use starter fluids designed for grills; do not add fluid after coals have been lit.
  • When using a gas grill, ensure the hose connection is tight; check hoses for leaks.  Apply soapy water to the hoses to easily identify possible leaks.
  • When camping, always use a flame retardant tent and set up camp away from the campfire.  Use flashlights or battery- powered lanterns inside the tent, NOT liquid- filled heaters or lanterns.
  • Always build a campfire down wind from the tent area. Clear vegetation and dig a pit before building a fire.  Always extinguish the fire before going to sleep or leaving the campsite.  To extinguish a campfire, cove with dirt or pour water over the fire.
  • Store liquid fire starter (not gasoline) away from your tent and campfire and only use dry kindling to freshen a campfire.
  • SERVPRO wishes you a happy and safe summer.