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Halloween Safety Tips

10/30/2019 (Permalink)

Decorations – Remember Fire Safety:

Use battery-powered lights to fire up that jack-o-lantern instead of candles. If you do use a candle in your jack- o-lantern or other decorations, never leave them unattended! Keep candles out of the main walkways where costumes with trailing fabric could come in contact with them. Dried cornstalks, bales of hay, or dried flowers are all flammable, never put them near an open flame!

Drivers:

Watch for trick-or-treaters walking on our often dark, winding Cape Cod roads! Enter and exit your driveway slowly and cautiously. Take a little extra time to check intersections and curbs for kids. Put your cell phone in the back seat to avoid distractions!

Pets:

Remember our furry friends when answering the door to strangers in strange costumes. Even the most social dog can become startled by a scary visitor! Consider keeping them in another room when the goblins show up. If they are patient enough to tolerate wearing a costume, be sure it does not obstruct their vision, their stress level can increase when they can’t see everything going on around them. 

SERVPRO® of Mid-Outer Cape Cod wishes you a very safe and spooky Halloween!

Daylight Savings Time Ends This Weekend!

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

Alarm Clock Time to Check Smoke Detectors!

The official end of Daylight Savings Time is this weekend, on November 3 at 2 a.m.  Since this is an annual event, it is a good practice to include checking your smoke detectors as you prepare for the colder, darker months ahead.  According to the National Fire Protection Agency, 3 out of 5 home fires resulting in a death did not have working smoke detectors.  The following should be included in your annual check list:

  • Change the batteries:
    • Note: Hardwired detectors also have a backup battery that should be changed. If you lose power, the alarm will not work without the battery.
  • Smoke detectors have an expiration date:
    • Check the manufacturer’s date on your smoke detector. Smoke alarms can begin to lose their sensitivity after about 10 years.
  • Test the smoke sensors:
    • Pressing the test button will confirm if the battery and audible alarm is working. However, it will not confirm that the smoke sensor is working.
    • To test the sensors, use smoke alarm test spray which simulates smoke.  However, after 10 years, it is still a good idea to upgrade to the newer models.
  • Do you have enough?
    • Smoke detectors should be on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.

Electric and Gas Appliances (Part 1)

3/11/2017 (Permalink)

Your appliances may appear to be fine on the outside, often what you can’t see is the bigger problem.

Protecting and maintaining your house and property is always on top of a homeowner's to-do list.

Deciding what to repair and what to replace after a storm or natural disaster is a vital safety issue. Do it yourself is NOT recommended when it comes to power and gas. Electric and Gas appliances are affected by water, mud, smoke, soot and debris. Your appliances may appear to be fine on the outside, often what you can’t see is the bigger problem. Mopping up the floors and cleaning the stainless fixtures isn’t enough when it comes to the inner workings of electric and gas appliances. Small particles, mud, and moisture trapped in the mechanical and motor components can cause further damage and even electrocution. Re-energizing your appliances that have been exposed to the elements can be deadly without proper reconditioning or replacement. Always call your local utility company for gas ranges, heater or clothes dryers. The proper inspection, cleaning, and sanitation process is always best left to the professionals.

Electric and Gas Appliances (Part 2)

3/11/2017 (Permalink)

Power surges, excessive moisture,and debris can damage the inner components, efficiency and safety of major appliances in your kitchen & laundry room.

You've been spared the three inches of water in the basement and the neighbors tree on your roof, but what about the danger and damage you can’t see?

It’s what you can’t see that’s dangerous when it comes to appliances and other electrical equipment.

Power surges, excessive moisture and debris can damage the inner components, efficiency and safety of major appliances in your kitchen and laundry room -- as well as places you may not think of initially. Living rooms, bedrooms, and playrooms should also be carefully inspected. Audio and video equipment is adversely affected by the elements. Contamination and damage from mold and moisture will hurt your appliances and can potentially harm you. Moisture and particles wreak havoc on the working lubrication in the fine-tuned motors of home appliances. You should never try to take apart or fix these appliances yourself. They need to serviced, cleaned and sanitized professionally.