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Fall is Here! Don't Let Fire Safety Fall Short! Here are a Few Important Tips from SERVPRO:
As Leaves Fall and Temperatures Drop, Autumn Brings with it Many Changes
As cooler fall weather moves in, SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo & Atascadero reminds you to keep electrical safety in mind. Here are a few safety tips to help you stay safe as things cool down:
- Safely store warm weather tools like lawn mowers and trimmers. BE CAREFUL not to park a lawn mower or other motorized tool with a hot engine near fallen leaves as they may ignite, causing a fire.
- ALWAYS check cold weather tools, such as leaf and snow blowers, along with their power cords, for unusual wear and tear. Repair or replace worn tools or parts right away.
- ALWAYS unplug and safely store battery chargers when not in use.
- Use ONLY weatherproof electrical devices for outside activities. Protect outdoor electrical devices from moisture.
- Keep dry leaves swept AWAY from outdoor lighting, outlets and power cords.
- Make sure electric blankets are in good repair. Power cords should not be frayed, cracked or cut. If you see ANY visible damage to an electric blanket, it should be properly disposed of immediately.
- NEVER tuck an electric blanket under mattresses or children, and NEVER put anything, on top of an electric blanket while it is in use. This includes other blankets and/or comforters/bedspreads.
- The same advice re electric blankets can be said for heating pads. Heating pads and electric blankets cause almost 500 fires each year. Almost all of these fires involve electric blankets that are more than ten years old.
We at SERVPRO hope these tips help you enjoy a safe, disaster-free Autumn and beyond. Restoration after smoke, fire and water disasters may be our specialty, but we don’t wish them upon anyone. But if they occur, SERVPRO is ready for whatever happens, 24/7.
SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo Talks Turkey About the Dangers of Deep Frying
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo!
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s time to talk turkey. Particularly, deep-fried turkey. If you’ve ever had it, you know how good it tastes. If you haven’t, well, you haven’t lived. Not only is it much faster to cook, but the flavor & moisture that results is amazing! BUT, there is some risk to preparing your bird this way, namely FIRE. The only thing faster than deep frying a turkey is how fast your holiday can be ruined if a fire results at your home. SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo has a few tips to prevent that from happening:
- Make sure the turkey isn't frozen—in fact, make sure that the turkey is COMPLETELY thawed. Oil and water do not mix. Dropping an unthawed turkey in hot oil can cause flames to ignite and spread through your home and property.
- Do NOT stuff the turkey before deep-frying or use any water-based marinades when deep-frying.
- Keep the frying at a distance—at least 10 feet away from the house, not inside any enclosures like a garage or a shed, and not under a porch or eaves.
- Keep a close watch on the deep-fryer. It only takes a moment of inattention to end up with fire damage, smoke damage, and/or even water damage if the Fire Department has to show up with their hoses!
- Keep children away from the deep-fryer. Oil burns are especially dangerous.
We at SERVPRO hope these tips help you enjoy a safe, disaster-free Thanksgiving and holiday season. Although restoration after water damage, smoke damage and fire disasters may be our specialty, we don’t wish them upon anyone. But if they occur, SERVPRO is ready for whatever happens, 24/7. Call us anytime at 805-541-1271.
Avoid Disaster! SERVPRO Offers Fire Safety Tips for Your BBQ Grilling This Summer
SUMMER IS HERE!!! Time to crank up that barbeque grill! Keep in mind, however, that a grill can be a fire hazard. They can be very hot, causing burn injuries. Placed too close to other flammable objects, they can become an ignition source resulting in a deck or house fire or wildfire. Follow these simple tips and you will be on the way to safe grilling.
- Only use propane and charcoal BBQ grills outdoors.
- Place the grill well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
- Children and pets should be kept at least three feet away from the grill.
- Your grill should be kept clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
- Never leave a grill unattended—they can flare up in an instant.
- Before lighting it, always make sure your gas grill lid is open.
- There are several ways to prepare the charcoal. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.
- If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids directly to the fire. Do not EVER use gasoline.
- There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord that is rated for outdoor use.
- When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposal—always dispose of them in a metal container.
- Keep charcoal fluid away from heat sources an out of the reach of children.
- Before using it for the first time each year, always check the gas tank hose for leaks. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. If you can smell gas, and/or if the “soapy bubble test” is actively releasing bubbles, your grill has a gas leak. If there is no flame, turn off both the gas tank and the grill. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, clear the area and call the fire department. If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.
- If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 5 minutes before re-lighting it.
We at SERVPRO hope these tips help you enjoy a safe, disaster-free summer and beyond. Restoration after smoke, fire and water disasters may be our specialty, but we don’t wish them upon anyone. But if they occur, SERVPRO is ready for whatever happens, 24/7.
What can SERVPRO do for you?
SERVPRO has previously offered Los Osos fire and mold repair service in San Luis Obispo County. Any damage restoration services you may need, we’ve got it taken care of. You can always trust us to be 100-percent efficient in any of our many services, whether they are commercial or residential.
We’ve provided the Central Coast with the best restoration and repair services since 1967 and to this date we’re still the best choice for damage restoration in the county.
We know the stress fire damage, heavy storms, and mold can put on your residence or business and we’re here to make sure you don’t have to deal with the tedious tasks that follow. Every hour you spend cleaning up is an hour of productivity lost, so why not hire the best guys that are readily equipped for the job? We are constantly investing in the most advanced fire and mold training methods and techniques to make sure we stay up-to-date on the latest stuff so we can truly provide you with the best fire and mold damage repair services.
Is that all?
Not only do we offer fire, water, and storm damage restoration, but we also offer cleanup and emergency services too! Rodent infestations? Not an issue at all, we can take care of that as well! But what about biohazards, you might ask, can SERVPRO do that too? Our answer is “of course!” We’re highly trained in all areas of damage restoration and cleanup.
We even have access to strategically placed special disaster recovery teams throughout the country to provide you with 24-hour service and the fastest response time in the event of an emergency. Our goal is to respond as quickly as possible to your area of need and make it “Like it never happened.” With our team of highly skilled specialists, you can rest easy knowing that SERVPRO has your back against whatever natural disasters may occur.
What are you waiting for? Call SERVPRO today!
We’re a friendly company and we’re eager to help new customers. Our joy comes from seeing the smiling faces of our customers. SERVPRO is based in San Luis Obispo, but has provided Los Osos water damage restoration services in the past.
Call fire and mold damage restoration specialists today at (805) 528-2289.
Holiday Fire Risk Increases After Christmas Day
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Homeowners Take Note! Holiday Fire Risk Increases After Christmas Day
Local SERVPRO® restoration specialist cautions San Luis Obispo homeowners to take common sense precautions throughout the holiday season San Luis Obispo, CA (Grassroots Newswire) December 3, 2014 -- Most homeowners are aware holiday decorations should be used with care. Each year, statistics tell the story of the fire danger resulting from frayed wires, proximity to heat sources, and lights left on unattended. But Joseph Powers of SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo wants local homeowners to know that the danger of fire caused by holiday decorating, and by Christmas trees specifically, actually increases after the holiday. Citing research from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)*, Powers says while four out of five Christmas tree fires happen in December and January, the 10 days with the highest average number of fires were all after Christmas Day.
“For many families, preparing for the holiday season is a very busy time,” said Powers. “Come December 26, it’s tempting to relax and stop watering the Christmas tree, replacing bulbs in outdoor lights and tucking indoor garlands back into place. Dry greens, open sockets and decorations that slip dangerously close to light sockets or fireplaces can all increase the risk of fire in the days after the Christmas holiday.”
The American Christmas Tree Association** quotes Nielsen research that says Americans purchased 21.6 million live Christmas trees in 2011. That number is significant because, according to the NFPA, Christmas trees remain the number one culprit in holiday fires. Forty-three percent of Christmas tree fires happen in December, but January is close behind, claiming 39 percent—numbers that demonstrate the danger of allowing Christmas trees to dry out during and after the holiday season. Tragically, Christmas tree fires are particularly deadly, claiming on average one life in every 40 fires compared to an average of one death per 142 total reported home fires.
Powers encourages San Luis Obispo homeowners who choose to decorate with live Christmas trees to be diligent about watering their trees both before and after the holidays. “When a Christmas tree dries out, it takes only a single spark from the fireplace, a draft that blows a candle flame too near, or a carelessly held cigarette to turn your holiday celebration into a tragedy,” says Powers. “Beyond the damage from the fire itself, a Christmas tree fire, like any fire, can result in extensive smoke and water damage throughout your home, and can even be deadly.”
As the holiday season moves into full swing, Powers reminds homeowners to take common sense precautions based on a clear understanding of the potential danger to help prevent holiday traditions from turning into a holiday nightmare. For more fire prevention tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit www.SERVPRO.com. For more information on SERVPRO of San Luis Obispo, please contact Joseph Powers at (805) 541-1271 or office@SERVPROsanluisobispo.com.
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Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network ofnearly 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi million dollar losses. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.