This gang of Trick or Treaters are ready to get some candy!
Treat or Treating time is coming up soon – from the candy to the costumes – Halloween is s a fun-filled time for all, but it can pose dangers to young treaters. By following a few simple safety tips your goblin is sure to have a safe and fun night of pumpkins and candy galore!
Choose a light-colored costume and be sure to add reflective tape or better yet glow in the dark tape to the costume – shoes or trick-or-treat bag. Make sure to only purchase costumes that are “flame-retardant”. Assure wigs, beards and masks do not cover the eyes, noses or mouths and any props they may carry such as wands or swords are light weight – short and flexible. Remember you will end up carrying it in the long haul!
When you arrive home with the goods – make sure all treats are sealed – dispose of any candy with torn packages and any homemade treats that weren’t made by someone you know.
Enjoy the night – Be Safe and remember to save some candy for yourself – you certainly deserve it!
Commercial Carpet Cleaning and the Benefits
SERVPRO team during a professional carpet cleaning in Laurens SC
Most all business use an inhouse housekeeping service to clean their business on a weekly basis but having your business cleaned professionally can have many benefits to your office space and employees. Whether you are running your business or an owner of commercial building, having a clean office space for tenants can attract good tenants and leave them with a good feeling from you the landlord as someone who cares about their property and those who chose them to make their business a success.
Commercial carpet cleaning can help reduce the amount of allergens and germs that accumulate which results in a healthier staff and a more productive work place. Employees work harder when they know their workplace is clean and cared for it helps motivate them with a sense of pride in their work environment.
Having your carpets cleaned by the professionals of SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties can take the unnecessary stress off you and your employees. Call us today!
Commercial Water Damage Tips
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Commercial Water Damage
There are many ways that your office can flood, and as a business owner it’s important that you know what these are, what to do about it, and whom to call. Water damage is serious, and if you are not prepared or don’t have a plan in place when it happens to you, your business could be shut down for an unnecessary amount of time. Below is a list of a few water damage causes.
Extreme weather. Flooding can happen very quickly. What starts out as a small storm can suddenly turn into something larger and cause a lot more damage than anyone expected. If your commercial property or business resides in an older building, there is a chance that water damage will occur. For example, a small leak on the roof can turn into a flooding situation inside your business.
Damaged appliances. Most all office buildings have a kitchen or break room area with a refrigerator dishwasher and ice maker. If one of these appliances fail, they can cause a significant amount of water damage to your business.
Backed up sewer lines. Bathrooms are another source of possible problems. It is not uncommon for the sewer lines to get backed up, releasing contaminated water into the building. This type of water damage is extremely dangerous because the water is filled with hazardous waste and other contaminants.
Broken pipes. Broken or cracked pipes are very common in commercial buildings, especially as they age. Always check your pipes under sinks and toilets for any leaks because once these lines bust – you have a major problem on your hands!
Ongoing maintenance to your commercial property is necessary to avoid water damage. But water damage happens But you can trust that SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties will be there for you “Like it never even happened”
Tips to keep your Bonfire and Campfire Safe!
Camping and campfires go together!
Fall has been around a couple of weeks, but we are just starting to feel the season go into full cooling force which makes for a perfect time to build a warm fire on a chilly night. Whether you’re at a campsite or your own backyard it is important to understand the fire laws in your area as well as campfire safety precautions. Be prepared for your next outing by following these safety tips to ensure everyone has an enjoyable night.
Safety should be your top priority – Fires are unpredictable so containing them is key. In campgrounds there are usually designated fire rings or grills provided. Use them to keep the fire contained and away from trees, bushes and your tent or camper. If there are no ring available place rocks around the outside, dig a hole at least 6 inches deep and 2 feet across – keep the dirt around the pit. Make sure there is only dirt around you fire location. Have a bucket of water on hand – Just in case! Never leave the fire unattended and when its time for lights out .. make sure your fire is completely out before hitting the hay!
October is Fire Prevention Month!
Firefighter at work putting out a fire!
October is Fire Prevention Month- with one-week October 6th – 12th highlighted to Fire Prevention Week! During this week and month fire departments educate their schools and community on fire safety and to help raise awareness about fire safety and help assure your home and family is prepared in the event of an emergency. The National Fire Protection Association named the second week of October Fire Prevention Week in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. We celebrate this week urging families to improve their home’s safety by checking smoke alarms – 3 out of 5 home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no working smoke alarm. Having functioning alarms throughout your home is the first line of defense for fire prevention. Alarms should be placed on every level of your home – and inside and outside each bedroom, kitchen and garage. Make it a point to test your alarms monthly – replace batteries as needed, have an escape plan. Home emergencies can happen at any time SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties want you to be prepared.
Breast Cancer Month!
Spread the Hope!
October is all about the PINK! It may officially be Fall and yellow – orange and red are popping up everywhere but you are sure to find PINK around every corner – Its National Breast Cancer Awareness Month – this is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention and a cure! Breast cancer is one of the most common kinds of cancer in women – the good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’ s found and treated early.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of getting the word out about mammograms, and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.
Avoid Electrical Outlet Overload
Electrical outlet overload
We are all guilty of this at times especially with the smart phone and tablets that make our life easier we have chargers in almost every room in the house with multiple functions for charging our devices, however it is very important (more so in older homes) that we don’t overload the circuit because you could be setting the stage for an electrical fire. Some warning signs of an electrical overload circuit is flickering lights, burning smell and tripping circuits. A hot electrical outlet is a sign of trouble and should be attended to immediately. Find the circuit breaker that controls that outlet and turn it off, unplug all devices that were plugged into the outlet and call a professional to check the outlet. Testing your charging cords can also determine if it’s the actual cord or the outlet. Keep your home and family safe!
Dangers of Hoarding
A home with an extreme hoarding situation.
Let’s face it will all have a small amount of hoarding in our genes – we hold on to keepsakes – it’s natural but when it starts to get out of control it can be very dangerous to your health, mental state and your home! Mold can grow in areas that are unable to be seen – Mold spores are dangerous and can cause breathing problems and other health issues that you don’t even realize your being affected by – call it being nose blind! Cleaning up a hoarder site situation can expose you to many biohazards such as Staph, E. Coli to name a few. You must protect yourself during the clean up and if this seems to be overwhelming call the SERVPRO professionals. We are here for you to help in any situation!
Fall and Fun!
Fall Foliage in the Great Smokey Mountains!
When the weather is finally starting to cool off and the leaves are beginning to change colors you can embrace that fall is near. Fall is the most beautiful season to experience so why not get out and enjoy it!
There are so many things you can do as a family in between your favorite football games of course! This is the time of year when festivals flourish. Pumpkin patches, corn mazes, hayrides and bonfires just to name a few. Pack the family into the car and set off on a scenic drive for a fun afternoon of leaf peeping. Take a weekend camping trip, parks are less crowded this time of year and the seasonal rates are lighter on the pocketbook too! Don’t forget to take your camera and capture some family moments – you’ll thank yourself come Winter.
Peak Hurricane Season- Are You Prepared?!
The Eye of Hurricane Dorian - heading towards the mainland of the United States
Although Hurricane season began June 1 we are now in peak season of the potential of a Hurricane. As we are all watching Hurricane Dorian slide up the coast and praying for all those in his path – we need to all be reminded that being prepared is the best way you can ride the storm out.
Plan your evacuation route and pay close attention to news sources and local government officials. Check locations of the nearest shelters and make sure if you have pets, they will be welcome.
Keep non-perishable emergency supplies on hand – don’t wait for the warning pick up a few supplies each time you do your weekly shopping. Keep a supply of batteries, candles, supplies to protect your home, drinking water, first aid kit and food items that do not need to be cooked or kept refrigerated.
Review your insurance policies and make sure you keep copies of your policy with you. Take all necessary steps to protect your home. Cover windows and glass doors and make sure all weak branches are cut to avoid any further damage to your home.
Most importantly keep your family safe and know you can count on SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties to be there for you!