Home Maintenance in December
1. Make sure you have established someone to shovel your sidewalks and driveway before it snows! Not after!
2. Clear out your gutters and roof of leaves as this can cause melted snow or water to freeze and create a dam. If this occurs, water can build up and start leaks in your roof.
3. Make sure you have enough insulation in your walls. If it seems like it could use a little more, it probably does.
4. Put up your holiday decorations!
5. Prevent icy hazards by turning off outdoor water supplies like spigots and drain them. This helps avoid burst pipes.
6. Make sure there are no access points for small animals to enter your home.
7. Get your home ready for guests by cleaning up and washing sheets and towels if they are staying over.
8. Clean out your chimney! Dirty chimneys are the number one reason for house fires.
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How to Have a Safe Holiday Season
1. Wash hands thoroughly and often as this washes away problematic germs that could make you sick!
2. Wear warm clothes! Wearing light layers can actually heighten your chances of getting sick because it weakens your immune system.
3. Get up to date on your vaccinations!
4. Practice your fire emergency plan, as you never know when something bad could happen.
5. Eat healthy and stay active! We know how much junk food there is to eat around this time of year.
6. Clean out your chimney! Better yet, hire a professional to do it for you.
7. Drive safely, winter weather can make driving very dangerous. Never forget to put on your seatbelt.
8. Make sure you have someone to clear snow off your property BEFORE it snows! If you are doing this on your own, use salt or calcium chloride to prevent icing afterwards.
Here Is How To Cook The Best Turkey
Here are a few tips according to foodnetwork.com on how to cook the perfect turkey Thursday.
1. Choose the type of turkey best for you. Make sure to choose a healthy looking bird with the right weight.
2. Expect 1-1.5 lbs. per guest. This helps account for the weight of the bones as well.
3. Use vegetables as the cooking wrack. This helps create better air circulation so that the turkey is cooked more evenly.
4. Brining your turkey will help it stay moist.
5. Keep stuffing on the outside. Cook stuffing in a different pan because stuffing inside the turkey can be perfect for creating bacteria inside the turkey.
6. Try to tie your turkey up. Tie the wings underneath the breast and tie the legs to each other and tighten slightly. This helps the meat cook more evenly.
7. Rub the turkey with butter or oil. You can even put some under the skin to keep the meat more moist.
8. Skip the basting. This causes an unnecessary amount of temperature changes and can dry out the meat.
9. Invest in a good instant temp thermometer. When it reaches 165 degree level you know it is finished.
10. Give it a rest. Let the turkey sit for 15-20 mins after it is out of the oven to carve. This helps lock in the juices.
Thanksgiving Cooking Tips
- Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
- Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
- Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
- Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
- Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
- Keep knives out of the reach of children.
- Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
- Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
- Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
- Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
Tips provided by NFPA.org
Snow Blower Safety Tips
During this time of season snow blowers are popular, but it's safety is a big deal if you are not careful.
If you are using a snow blower, you should watch out for items on your property that can jam up the snow blower. Some common items are doormats and pet toys.
When you are running a snow blower be sure you are not wearing any loose clothing. It's important to always wear tight clothing to prevent any accidents.
Most importantly never put your hand in the front end of the snow blower to remove items. That rule still applies when the machine is not moving, because there is tension on the belt. You can remove items by using a stick or a broom.
Owner of Kirkwood Ace Hardware, Jeff Hinz, says it's better to be safe than sorry.
"We see a lot of people with snow blower injuries and it's generally fingers and digits from the front. If you check any type of medical site you will see that snow blowers are a major cause of injury during the winter. Always stay behind the machine, wear shoes with a good grip so you don't slip and fall," Hinz said.
These are just a few tips to make your experience with a snow blower a good one.
Tips provided by myndnow.com
Do's and Do Not's of Storm Emergencies
Heavy thunderstorms are known to cause flooding both inside and outside of the house. Here are a few tips of what to do if your house has flooded during this storm season.
What To Do After Flooding
- Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
- Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
- Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
- Turn on the air conditioning for maximum drying during the summer months.
- Remove art objects to a safe, dry place and remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
- Gather loose items from the floor.
What NOT To Do After Flooding
- Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
- Don’t leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
- Don’t use your household vacuum to remove the water.
- Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet and avoid being in rooms where the ceilings are sagging.
- Do not use the your television or other household appliances.
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Cooking With Caution
“Cooking with Caution”
- Be on Alert. Do not cook if you are sleepy or have consumed any alcohol. This can potentially create dangerous situations. Do not use the stovetop or stove if you are under the influence.
- Be sure to stay in the kitchen while frying, boiling, grilling or broiling food. Always turn off the stove if you have to leave the kitchen, no matter how quick you may be.
- If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in your home while it is cooking, or use a timer so you do not forget about it.
- Be sure your kitchen is free of clutter and no loose items are near the stove. This reduces the chance of anything catching on fire.
If you have a small grease/ cooking fire and decide to fight the fire…
- On the stovetop, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turn off the burner. Leave the pan to covered until it is completely cool.
- If the fire is inside the oven, shut the oven off and keep the door closed.
If you have any doubt about fighting a small fire…
- Just leave the house! When leaving be sure to close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
- Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number from outside the house.
Content & photo by: https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Campaigns/Fire-Prevention-Week/Safety-Tip-Sheets
Commercial Cleaning Checklist
Every business should be taking measures to keep their building clean even if they do not employ a professional cleaning service. It can become hard to keep track of exactly what you should be cleaning regularly. Here is a checklist to make it a little easier to insure your workplace stays neat and tidy.
- Monthly Cleaning List:
- Dust all surfaces in the office
- Clean the fabric chairs
- Vacuum all fabric chairs, vents
- Deep clean all surface areas
- Weekly Cleaning Lists
- Sponge all glass windows, both on the outside and inside
- Clean the refrigerator
- Disinfect all trash bins
- Buff and polish all hardwood surfaces, including conference tables, floors, etc.
- Daily Cleaning Lists
- Empty waste bins and add nes liners
- Vacuum daily debris from all floors
- Clean painted surfaces as well
- Wipe baseboards, light switches and door handles
- Clean all reflective surfaces, mirrors and brass
- Put some room freshener down after cleaning
Content by: http://mcjanitorial.com/commercial-cleaning-checklist-make-sure-everything-gets-cleaned/
Water Damage Emergency Tips
When an emergency happens people tend to panic and sometimes do not have the proper tools to calmly deal with the situation. When water affects your house whether it be due to a heavy storm or a broken water heater it is always good to be informed on what to do next.
As in any emergency, safety should be you number one concern, and a water damage situation is no different!
- “Is it safe to stay in the house?” This should always be the first question you ask yourself. If the water damage has any potential to put you or your family at risk, then leave the house.
- Electrical and “slip and fall” hazards are some of the most common concerns. Be sure to shut off an power source it is safe to do so safely.
- Wet materials can be very heavy, so be careful when moving them.
- Be sure to only do things to your house that are safe for you to do and leave the rest to the remediation crew.
Content by: SERVPRO Corporate
SERVPRO Commercial Cleaning Services
When most people hear “SERVPRO” they think of water and fire restoration but we actually provide many other services like commercial cleaning and duct cleaning!
While most offices do a pretty good job at keeping their office clean, the everyday wear and tear will gradually build up. When it gets too much for your regular janitor to handle, call in SERVPRO! We do a fantastic job at removing odors, deep cleaning of carpets, flooring and much more. Every member of our crew is trained specifically to be able to handle a commercial cleaning job of any size.
Our cleaning services include:
- Air ducts and HVAC - Drapes and Blinds
- Biohazard Cleanup - Odor Removal
- Carpet and Upholstery -Sewage
- Ceilings, Floors, and Walls - Trauma and Crime Scene
Content by: SERVPRO Corporate