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Thanksgiving Cooking Safety and the American Red Cross

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Thanksgiving Cooking Safety and the American Red Cross SERVPRO of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks, 252-331-7889

Scott Salemme, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross of the Greater Chesapeake Region said “Cooking is the number one cause of home fires, so we also have information cooks can follow to avoid a fire.”

When we come together as family and as friends to prepare the Thanksgiving meal and share in the “how to” of family recipes, it is easy to get caught up in the festive moment and to forget the potential hazards.

While cooking, remember to avoid wearing your robe, loose fitting clothing or dangling sleeves.  Never leave the stove unattended, even for bathroom breaks, just turn it off.  Here the American Red Cross suggests more cooking safety steps  

At SERVPRO of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks has been serving the community since 1967.  We are dedicated to helping customers when disaster strikes and helping to make it “Like it never even happened.”  We are ready 24/7, 365 at 252-331-7889.

Massive Recall on Popular Fire Extinguisher

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Community Massive Recall on Popular Fire Extinguisher SERVPRO® of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks, 252-331-7889

Just issued last week was a massive recall on a fire extinguisher that is reported to be in more than 40 million homes.  The extinguishers are being recalled because they may not function properly in emergency situations.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission claims that the recall covers 134 Kidde push button and plastic-handle fire extinguishers made from 1973 through August 15 of this year.

The extinguishers can become clogged and fail to spray when needed and the nozzle has come off with such force to pose an injury hazard that includes death.    Read more at Kidde Fire Extinguisher with Plastic Handle Recall

SERVPRO® of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks will take care of any size fire damage cleanup.  

Thanksgiving Safety

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

General Thanksgiving Safety SERVPRO® of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks, 252-331-7889

November is a time of the year that inspires family get togethers, like Thanksgiving.  As you begin the holiday season, and are busy whipping up delicious dishes, it’s also important to take time to remember safety.  Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.

Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and home-fire-related injuries in the U.S.  According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency), cooking equipment and heating equipment are the leading causes of home fire deaths,  read more at Thanksgiving Safety  and watch the Danger of Turkey Fryers Video

If you have a cooking fire, consider just getting out and when you leave close the door behind you to help contain the fire.  Then call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.  Consider for an over fire, to turn off the heat and keep the door closed and to keep a lid nearby when cooking to smother small grease fires. 

SERVPRO® of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks want you, your family, and your property to stay safe.  If you do experience a fire or water damage during the holidays, or any time of the year, we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

November is Military Family Month.  SERVPRO® of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks would like to thank all service members and their families during Military Family Month and all year-round.

Smoke Alarm Awareness

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

General Smoke Alarm Awareness SERVPRO® Elizabeth City, Outer Banks, 252-331-7889

The National Fire Protection Agency  reports that 3 out of 5 home fire deaths that occur, the homes had non-working smoke alarms.  Homes with no smoke alarms at all resulted in more than 1/3 of home fire deaths.  

Fortunately, having a working smoke alarm cuts your risk of dying in a home fire by half.  Age matters so check the date on your smoke alarm.  Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.  Every bedroom needs a working smoke alarm, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home including the basement.

Test your alarms at least once a month by pushing the test button.  

SERVPRO® of Elizabeth City, Outer Banks is your 24-Hour Emergency Service to help restore your home and belongings that suffer from fire, smoke, and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. 252-331-7889

#AlwaysHereToHelp #FirePrevention

Fire Extinguisher Awareness

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

General Fire Extinguisher Awareness SERVPRO® of Elizabeth City, Outer Banks, 252-331-7889

A portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives; but they do have their limits.  Never underestimate a fire and how quickly it will grow and spread, make getting out safely your #1 priority.  

A portable fire extinguisher should only be used when the fire is contained in a small area, such as a wastebasket, and is not growing; everyone has exited the building; the fire department has been called or is being called; and the room is not filled with smoke.

To operate a fire extinguisher, remember the word PASS:

  • Pull the pin.  Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you, and  release the locking mechanism.
  • Aim low.  Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
  • Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.

NFPA Fire extinguisher safety tips 

SERVPRO® of Elizabeth City, Outer Banks is your 24-Hour Emergency Service for Fire Repair and Restoration, #FirePrevention #AlwaysHereToHelp

Fire Escape Planning

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

General Fire Escape Planning SERVPRO® of Elizabeth City, Outer Banks 252-331-7889

Plan Ahead!  If a fire should break out in your home, you only have a few minutes to get out safely before the smoke alarm sounds.  

Remember that items blocking doors and windows could keep you from escaping quickly and could mean the difference between life and death.

A key to your fire escape plan and keeping your family safe is practicing a home fire escape plan at least twice a year.  You should identify two escape routes out of each room, if possible, and then make sure that each of those escape routes can be used safely by everyone.

Remember to always choose the escape route that is the safest- the one with the least amount of smoke and heat.  Everyone in the family should practice getting low and going under the smoke to your designated exit.

The NFPA has a Basic Fire Escape Plan with ways to put your plan to test and other hot topics.  

SERVPRO® of Elizabeth City, Outer Banks is your 24-hour emergency Fire Damage Repair & Restoration Company #FirePrevention #AlwaysHereToHelp, 252-331-7889.

Pet Safety In An Emergency

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Community Pet Safety In An Emergency SERVPRO® of Elizabeth City, Outer Banks, 252-331-7889

Emergencies come in many forms:  fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, and violent storms.  In the event of a natural disaster or extreme weather, would you know what to do to protect your pet, to keep them safe?

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention suggests five (5) steps you can take to keep your pets safe during and after an emergency.

  1. Have a plan- what you would do if you aren't home or can't get to your pet when disaster strikes
  2. Make a kit- stock up on food and water, tap water could become contaminated
  3. In Case of Emergency- have information with you that will help find your pet in case they get lost or run away
  4. Make sure vaccinations are up to date- in case your pet needs to stay at a shelter
  5. Have a safe haven- Pets get nervous too, make sure you have their favorite toys, a leash, and a bed or cage

The CDCP gives some Other things to think about and other resources with information to help keep your pets safe in an emergency.  Remember #SERVPROOBX we are #AlwaysHereToHelp, #NatlPrep 

Fall. . . A Time for New Beginnings

9/22/2017 (Permalink)

General Fall. . . A Time for New Beginnings SERVPRO® of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks, 252-331-7889

Fall. . . A Time for New Beginnings

A time for new beginnings

Fall is a beautiful time of the year.  While the leaves start to turn and the cool weather rolls in, it’s also a time for new beginnings and a fresh start.  Many of us are getting the kiddies ready for an exciting new school year.   For some, it’s about closing out the vacation season, finishing up with summer gardening, and the end of the lazy days of summer.

Stay on schedule 

During this change in season, it is so much fun to get excited about fresh, new possibilities.  Fall is a time to create new routines, nutritional goals, and organizational pursuits.  Oftentimes though, we can get so bogged down with the reality of a new school year and added responsibilities, we can forget all of the good intentions that we had in mind at the start of the season.

 Keep the routine flowing

Here are a few suggestions that will help keep you focused and on track this Fall while getting the kids in a great back to school routine.

  • As we send our little ones back into the germ pool at school, it is important to help them fight those germs. Make a list of healthy, nutritional, family favs meals and snacks that you can fall back to during week nights.  This list will be your “go to” list instead of ordering a quick, unhealthy, more convenient option.
  • Pick a day on the weekend to cook in bulk so that you can have quick nutritional meals in a hurry at the end of your busy weekday.
  • Hang a family activity calendar where everyone can see and know where they should be at a moments notice.

Commit to routines and create visible daily checklists that work for your family and help to make the day run smoothly.

  • Morning routine checklist- teeth, breakfast, homework packed, papers signed, after school plans are discussed and grab lunch.
  • After school checklist- backpacks in designated space, snack, chores, and homework completed at specified daily time and place.
  • Bedtime routine- Homework and papers are packed, teeth brushed, layout clothes for the following day, and to bed on time.

Consistency is key and routines can be helpful while transitioning into the new school year and the new season.

Happy Fall Y'all!

Air Ducts Cleaning in Elizabeth City/Outer Banks

9/22/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Air Ducts Cleaning in Elizabeth City/Outer Banks SERVPRO® of Elizabeth City, (252) 331-7889.

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your home or business.

If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Odors
  • Dirt and debris
  • Other contaminants

SERVPRO of Elizabeth City / Outer Banks Professionals routinely inspect the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC).  Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.

 However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. We will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system.

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today #AirDuctCleaning

International Day of Peace

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

General International Day of Peace SERVPRO® of Elizabeth City/Outer Banks, 252-331-7889

September 21 is International Day of Peace where so many around the world take part to observe and to share the message.

“Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.” 
~ John F. Kennedy

#DayofPeace #BeTheChange