Fire Department issues warning of extension cords
Extension cords are super handy to have around when you have something that can't reach the wall socket. But, you should be wary of plugging in too many things at once. In fact, this winter fire departments across the country are warning people about the hidden dangers of extension cords.
Power strips and extension cords are words that are often used interchangeably to describe a long electrical cord with multiple plugs, but many people don't realize they are not necessarily the same thing as a surge protectors. Surge protectors will automatically cut off the power when it gets overloaded.
Power strips may have a lot of extra sockets, but that doesn't mean it can actually handle everything you throw at it. There's a limit to how much juice those things can take! If you plug the wrong thing into a power strip, that one mistake can turn very costly - or even worse, it may take a precious life.
When it gets freezing cold outside, the first thing most people do is turn up the heat. But, if you don't have a fireplace or central heating, the next best thing is a space heater. It's compact, portable, and warms up a small room in a minimal amount of time.
But, another thing that it heats up is - you guessed it - extension cords. Even if a space heater is the only thing plugged into the power strip, it can end up making your house much hotter than you originally anticipated.
According to the National Safety Fire Administration, half of all heating home fires occur during December, January, and February. And from 2009 to 2013, heating equipment accounted for 56,000 home fires. Don't become one of those statistics!
If you're thinking of getting a space heater this winter, make sure it's been third-party tested by an independent lab, like UL. If you don't see a UL rating on the box, skip it.
Don't forget to make sure your smoke detector is working, and regularly check your space heater's cords to make sure it's not frayed or damaged. This way, you'll keep both toasty warm and safe this winter.
Federal Emergency Management App (FEMA)
This app will help fire victims for weather alerts, what to & how to prepare, and disaster resources
Wildfires have quickly erupted in Southern California. Tune in to your local officials and evacuate as instructed. Download the FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency app or text SHELTER and your zip code to 43362 to find an open shelter near you. https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app
5 Wildfire Safety Tips
Riverside County wildfire
Hundreds of homes across Riverside County are near woodlands and could someday be in the path of a wildfire. Keeping your home ready for wildfires and help stop the spreading of the fires or even prevent them from the beginning.
- Keep your gutters and roofs clean. Remove dead vegetation and shrubbery from your yard that is too close to the home. Keep your lawn hydrated and cut short.
- Select building materials and plants that resist fire. Desert plants need less water and raise the property value of your home.
- Make sure driveway and your house address are clearly marked. This helps the first response teams get you faster.
- Set aside items that can be used as fire tools. A rake, axe, hand or chain saw, bucket and shovel.
- Identify and maintain a good water source outside your home. Examples include a small pond, well or swimming pool if a fire hydrant is not available.
Tips For a Heat Wave
Red Cross Heat Wave Tips
Red Cross wants to remind you to be aware of the issues that arise with the temperature. Heat exhaustion and stroke sneak up on a person if you are not being smart, especially fore those who work outside like construction workers.
If you work outside remember to wear light colored loose clothes, take frequent water breaks and use a buddy system to keep an eye out for each other.
If you or someone you know is showing signs of heat exhaustion call 911 and apply cold items to the neck and wrists.
Signs of heat exhaustion include cool, pale, flushed skin; headache; nausea; dizziness; weakness; and exhaustion.
Advantages of The Emergency Ready App
Damage to your home or business can be stressful enough, having to think about what to do and who to call is unneeded stress on top of everything.
SERVPRO offers a "no charge" app to prepare for the worst. It enable you to have an updated assets record, contact lists, and records of important information like roof access points.
Having a source of this important information readily available to who ever is in the building at the time helps SERVPRO get to you even faster so we can reduce the damage and restore more rather than replace.