Holiday Fire Hazards
DID YOU KNOW? The top three days for home candle fires are Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve
Pretty lights, candles, and decorations are just a few of the items bringing charm and cheer to the holiday season—however, if they are not used carefully, your holidays may go from festive to frightening. The American Red Cross offers the following safety tips to help greatly reduce the fire risk in your home or business this holiday season:
- Place Christmas trees, candles, and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents, and candles.
- Make sure light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords, and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving the property or going to bed.
- Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Always extinguish candles before leaving the room or before going to bed.
- Use only sturdy tree stands designed to not tip over. Keep curious pets and children away from Christmas trees. Keep anything that can catch on fire—like pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from your stove top.
- Designate one person to walk around your property to ensure all candles and smoking materials are properly extinguished after guests leave.
Holiday Cooking Safety
The number one reason for a home cooking fire is unattended cooking.
Did you know that the peak day for home cooking fires is Thanksgiving Day? With the holidays coming up, many people have gatherings for family and friends which means more cooking and more time spent in the kitchen. There may be a lot of cooking to keep up with and it could get a little hectic in the kitchen, making it easier for an accidental fire to start. Here are some easy safety tips to keep in mind as you prepare for the holidays:
- Test smoke detectors to make sure they are working and replace batteries if needed.
- Keep a fire extinguisher and lids nearby. If you are frying food in grease use a lid to smother the flame, do not use water on a grease fire-it will make it worse.
- Do not leave any cooking unattended. Set timers if you need to check on food.
Should your holiday cooking get out of hand, call SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville to take care of any fire or soot damage.
Got Frozen Pipes? Here’s What To Do
Frozen pipes are a serious matter and should be thawed to avoid a major water leak in your house.
Cold temperatures can cause water pipes to freeze. Freezing inside a pipe creates a lot of pressure which can cause the pipe to burst and likely lead to serious flooding, especially when there is no one around to turn off the water. If you notice your pipes have frozen, you will want to thaw them before they break. Thaw them by first locating the pipe and opening the faucet. Then apply heat near the faucet and work your way down. You can use a hair dryer, hot towels, a portable space heater or heat lamp, or electrical heating tape, but never use an open flame as that could cause your pipes to break.
If that seems a little intimidating, here are some preventative measures you can take to protect your water pipes from freezing during those cold spells.
- open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing
- let cold water drip from a faucet, even a small amount of running water will prevent freezing
- if you plan to be out of town, set thermostat to a temperature no lower than 55 degrees F
- for long term solutions, add insulation to attics, basements, and crawlspaces and seal cracks/holes around windows and doors to keep warm air inside
Should you ever experience flooding or damage from a broken water pipe in your home, call SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville.
Commercial Water Damage Services
Call SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville for your water damage disaster
There is never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So, when an emergency situation arises in your business, give SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville a call; we will be there fast with the help you need to get your property back to business as usual. Whether we are dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each situation and get the job done. We have the training, experience, and equipment to handle commercial properties for flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or a large warehouse, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville is skilled at working with businesses and owners of commercial properties throughout Wilson and Nash counties.
What makes SERVPRO stand out amongst other cleaning or restoration companies?
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What makes SERVPRO stand out amongst other cleaning or restoration companies?
When you are faced with a disaster at home or in your place of business, you want to be sure that you are choosing a restoration company that can turn it back to new condition, making it look "Like it never even happened." At SERVPRO, our employees go through numerous classes, training, and certifications to be equipped with the knowledge and skill to provide the best quality service. Some of our certifications include:
The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our technicians study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses. This certifies that our staff is up to date and knowledgeable to provide the best work possible.
The Employee Certification Training Program is a voluntary, self-paced program designed for SERVPRO Franchise employees. Certification is awarded after successful completion of course materials and passing an exam. Categories for certification include: crew training, fire restoration, water restoration, and carpet and upholstery cleaning.
All of our staff have access to web-based training. Video presentations and support materials are followed by a knowledge test at the end of each module. This keeps our technicians and office staff up to speed on industry standards and the professional quality you expect.
5 Places Water Damage Could Be Hiding
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Water damage from a leaking appliance or from a flood can easily identified (although that doesn’t make it better). When water damage like that happens, it is very noticeable, but, there could be water damage in your house that you can’t even see. Here are 5 overlooked spots that could have water damage:
- In the wall beneath a window: Rain can seep in between the window sash and jamb and trickle down to the framing studs in the wall. Prolonged leaks can rot the studs and other framing, leading to expensive repairs.
- Under the siding: Unsealed gaps allow water to enter the siding and eventually rot the plywood beneath.
- The exterior door threshold: Since this is exposed to water every time it rains, eventually the wood will swell and become spongy. This damage may not be noticed until the wood rots and can no longer support the metal threshold.
- Beneath the dishwasher: Leaks can develop in the water supply line that runs to the dishwasher. Since you can’t see under the dishwasher, over time a slow leak can do serious damage to the subfloor. You may not notice until you move the washer to replace it with a new one, only to find you’ll have to replace some of the floor as well.
- Under a wobbly toilet: Water can leak from around the wax ring at the base of the toilet. It is likely you would not see any water at all but it will be soaking into the subfloor the whole time. Sometimes the first indication is the toilet starting to wobble due to the floor supporting it rotting away.
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Did you know this Sunday August 4th is National Campfire Day?
Whether you prefer your campfires in the great outdoors or at the comfort of your own home, it is important to be safe before, during, and after enjoying some time by a fire outdoors. Here are 5 safety tips to consider before your next fire.
Look Up and Look Around- When choosing your fire pit, make sure it is not under any low-hanging branches or near any brush or bushes which can easily go up in flames. You should also keep a radius of 8 to 10 feet around the fire pit clear of tents, chairs, food, and any other items.
Safety Proof Your Pit- Before starting your fire, clear all debris from around the fire pit, including garbage and grass. There should be a five-foot perimeter of soil around the campfire space. If there is no metal ring, circle the pit with rocks. If your fire grows in size, this will help keep it within the borders of the fire pit. Keep any flammable items far from the fire, including aerosol cans and pressurized containers.
Keep Water Nearby- A big gust of wind or new piece of wood could cause your fire to grow larger than anticipated. In that case, always keep water, dirt or a shovel nearby to help reduce the flames or put the fire out completely if necessary.
Always Watch- Whether you are camping alone, with friends, or family, it is easy to get distracted and walk away from the fire. Regardless of what is going on around you, make sure someone always has an eye on the fire. It is especially important to keep an eye on pets and children that may be sitting or walking near the fire.
Extinguish Before Bed- When it is time for bed, you need to put out the fire. You can do this by putting water or dirt on top, then stirring the embers around with a shovel to ensure another fire won't start. Ideally, the coals should be wet and cold.
These tips will help keep your campfire or bonfire under control so you can sit back and enjoy some s'mores without worry.
Making Water Damage "Like it never even happened."
Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we.
Flooding and water damage can happen quickly and is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout a property and gets absorbed into floors, walls, and furniture and can of course cause stress and worry. However, when we arrive on site, we quickly start the water extraction process almost immediately. Our fast response helps minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs to you. Our advanced drying methods allow us to respond quickly to your water removal and cleanup needs, and also helps prevent secondary damage and mold.
Common causes of water damage include flooding caused by severe weather, plumbing leaks, sink, bathtub, or toilet overflow, and sewage backup. But, did you know: more water damages are caused by broken pipes, plumbing, or appliance malfunctions than from weather related issues? This is one reason why it is important to take proper care of and maintenance your plumbing and appliances in order to prevent a water disaster.
SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.
Happy 4th of July to our Wilson/Nashville Community!
The 4th of July is a time to celebrate our freedom, cook out with friends and family, and of course, enjoy a fireworks show in the evening. This holiday brings a lot of fun times and being educated and aware of potential dangers can help your holiday celebration be even better. Did you know that just last year 9,100 people were injured by fireworks and that fireworks caused 18,500 fires? Keep yourself and your home safe this year by keeping these tips in mind:
- Never allow young children to handle fireworks
- Never use fireworks while impaired
- Never light them indoors
- Only use them away from people, houses, and flammable materials
- Soak used and unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding
- Keep a bucket of water or a hose nearby to extinguish fireworks or in case of a fire
The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to leave it to the professionals. ABC News and the National Safety Council have articles with even more information to ensure your holiday is a safe one.
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