Fire Safety Prevention Tips
Fire Safety Prevention Tips
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home,inside bedrooms, and outside sleeping areas.
- Test smoke alarms every month, if not operable change the batteries
- Plan a fire escape plan
- If a fire occurs in your property GET OUT as fast as you can and call 911. Do NOT go back inside for anything or anyone.
Cooking Fire Safety
- Be on alert!
- Stay in the kitchen or have someone watch what you are baking or cooking. If you leave the kitchen make sure it's for a short period of time.
- Whatever you have in the oven or the stove make sure to check regularly and remain home in the home while your food is cooking. Set a timer to remind you when your food is ready.
- Keep anything that can catch on fire - oven mitts,wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains away from your stove top.
Candle Fire Safety
- Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.
- Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn.
IF YOU DO BURN CANDLES, make sure that you...
- Use candle holders that are sturdy and will not tip over
- light candles away from you hair or anything that can easily ignite.
- Never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home
- Use flashlights and battery-powered lighting ready to use during a power outage, never use candles.
FACT: one-third of homes catch on fire due to candles
How To Detect Water Damage in your home
- Cabinets- signs of rot, delamination, the finish is bubbling.
- Ceiling- discoloration, sagging,bubbling, or peeling paint.
- Floors- discolored grout, stains/watermarks, loose tile.
- Wood Floors- cupping, the boards are dipped in the center and crowning.
- Smell- old, mildew type of smell.
Knowing if you have water damage or not can be difficult to detect because sometimes you would not notice it until it is too late. The five ways mentioned above are great ways to keep an eye out in case if you spot any of these issues. More common examples of water damage in your home could be a recent sink overflow a water leak behind or underneath your sink, toilet line break, ice maker break in your fridge, or dishwasher. If you suspect any of these issues call SERVPRO right away so we can inspect with our thermal cameras for free.
Signs Of Mold
Do you think you have mold? Mold needs moisture, a food source, oxygen and a temperature between 40 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit in order to grow. If disturbed, the mold spores can get airborne and spread throughout your home by the HVAC system. It's important to be able to be able to spot mold.
- A Strange Odor:Mold has a pungent smell. When it is confined to one area of your home, you may notice an unpleasant smell. Mold can sometimes live within walls or behind wallpaper, if you notice the persistent smell it could be the mold.
- Appearance of Mold:Mold will take a hold of damp areas so if you have wall or floor where wetness collects, mold could be there.
- Health Symptoms:Since mold isn't always visible, it can be difficult to realize you have a mold problem.
- Nasal and sinus congestion
- Eye irritation, such as itchy, red, watery eyes
- Wheezing and difficulty breathing
- Throat irritation
- Skin irritation, such as rash
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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.