Winter Storm Travel
Motorist traveling during a winter storm with snowy road conditions.
Winter is approaching quicker than we think so make sure your vehicle is prepared when a winter storm hits. Now is the time to make certain your tires are properly inflated and have enough tread to be able to maneuver through snowy and slushy roads. Check your tires often during colder weather. Always keep at least a half of tank of fuel in your vehicle during the winter months. You will be glad you did in the event you get stranded on the highway due to a winter storm and vehicle accidents that could delay you for hours and even overnight. Keep blankets, ice scraper, snacks, water, cell phone chargers and any medication you may need. –This is very important during longer traveling trips. Remember the weather can change quickly – stay informed with local weather alerts and your local (DOT) Department of Transportation alerts. Be safe and if you don’t have to travel – Don’t!
Winter Storm Preparedness
Winter Storm of a home
Throughout the US most states have proclaimed the week of December 2 through December 8th as Winter Preparedness Week. State agencies along with the National Weather Service encourages everyone to prepare for severe winter by checking supplies and safety plans before the real weather hits.
Residents should prepare for winter weather now during the milder temperatures while winter emergency supplies are in low demand. Shovels, battery-powered radio, extra batteries, water and nonperishable foods should be a part of your household emergency kit. Insulate pipes and allow faucets to drip a little during freeze warnings. This will prevent any busted pipes and water damage to your home. Chimneys should be cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional prior to burning any fires in your fireplace. Chimneys can be filled with highly flammable layers of creosote so having your fireplace inspected is imperative to avoid a potential house fire.
Being prepared can save you and your family from any unneeded stress over the cold winter months.
Inspect your Christmas Lights!
Now that our tummies are filled with Turkey and another Blessed Thanksgiving is in the books it’s time to break out the Christmas Cheer and begin decorating for the Holidays. Check your lights and decorations to assure they are operating correctly to prevent from any disasters in advance. We pack up our decorations and think all is well, but you never know what little creatures (squirrels – chipmunks etc.) that’s had some fun chewing on your lights while you’re on vacation. Always inspect your wiring on your lights and other decorations for frayed cords and broken wires. Replace any strands of lights that flicker on and off – better to be safe than sorry!
Turkey Frying Tips
Turkey Fryer fire inside a home garage
Thanksgiving is only a few days away which means some families will take cooking to a whole new level. This is the time that safety should be key when it comes to frying a Turkey. According to the National Fire Protection, there are three times as many home cooking fires on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year. Follow these few safety tips if you decide to deep fry your turkey this year!
- Make sure your Turkey is completely thawed and dry. Extra water will cause the oil to spill over which can cause a fire.
- Be extra careful when you are placing the Turkey into the oil
- Place the fryer more than 10 feet away from your home and be sure to watch out for your pets and children while cooking is going on.
- Never leave the fryer unattended while cooking
- Have a multipurpose – dry powered fire extinguisher on hand in case the oil ignites and DO NOT use water to cool down a grease fire.
Following these few steps will help keep your family safe during the Thanksgiving Holiday!
Preparing your Pipes for Winter
Prepare your pipes from freezing this winter.
Prepare your Pipes for Winter
Winter is slowly approaching and below freezing temperatures have already begun. It’s important to make sure your pipes are ready. Now is the time to implement procedures that stop pipes from freezing, which can lead to burst pipes and major water damage or flooding within your home.
- Have your plumbing inspected for any leaks or damage. During winter months the water in your pipes gets colder and is more prone to freezing which places more pressure on your pipes. Having your plumbing inspected prior to insulating your pipes.
- Get your water heater checked – in the middle of winter is not the time you want your water heater to go on the fritz. Your plumber can check to assure your water heater is running efficiently. Its also a good idea to insulant your water heater along with your pipes to prevent any additional heat loss which will also help you conserve energy.
- Adding pipe insulation is the best way to protect your plumbing during winter. Pipe insulation can prevent pipes from freezing and conserve heat loss. Pipes that run through any unheated area of your home should be covered with insulation.
Following these few precautions can cause you from a potential disaster – But you can trust knowing SERVPRO of Newberry and Laurens Counties is here if you need us!
Holiday Decorating Safety
Decorating for Christmas
It’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas and that means let the decorating begin! While all your Christmas Cheer has been packed up for the summer it’s that time of year when we pull out the decorations and begin decorating our homes for the Holiday Season. Inspect all your electrical decorations and lights to make sure there are no lose, frayed or disconnected wires. Inspect electrical drop cords and power strips for any broken sockets or loose connections. Inspect electrical outlets outside to make sure no insects or critter have set up a residence. Keep live trees away from any heat source and make sure you check your tree daily to ensure proper hydration. Live trees are highly flammable, due to needles and sap. If you chose an artificial tree, make sure it is fire resistant. It’s the most wonderful time of the year so be safe and enjoy this special time with family and friends.
Space Heater Safety
Space heater fire
Space heaters on average cause about 25,000 house fires and 300 deaths per year! Mostly caused by a space heater being to close to curtains, bedding or upholstered furniture. This doesn’t include the people who end up in emergency rooms from encountering space heaters.
When shopping for heaters look for heaters that carry a safety certification label form an independent testing company. Check for automatic shutoff and tip over features – smart sensors that automatically shut off a heater when it overheats or is knocked over.
Never plug a space heater in a power strip – this can cause overheating. Always make sure the heater is located on a hard level and nonflammable surface and make sure you never leave a space heater unattended. SERVPRO is here to help!
How to Avoid a Kitchen Fire
Kitchen fire clean up in Newberry, South Carolina
Kitchen Fire Safety
Yes, the Holidays are upon us folks and that means more cooking and celebrating. Most families cook more in the months of November and December than any other time of the year. From Thanksgiving through New Year’s, we spend a lot more time in the kitchen and believe it or not we are more prone to fires in the winter months. Following these few tips can help prevent kitchen fires and keep your family and home safe so you can enjoy the upcoming Holidays!
- Keep appliances serviced, clean and in good repair
- Install a smoke detector near the kitchen area
- Use caution when lighting the pilot light or burner on a gas stove
- Never overfill pot or pan with excessive grease
- Never leave your stove unattended
Be safe and enjoy your family and friends this holiday season!
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!