National Green Juice Day
These drinks might be the color of #Mold but the taste is anything but. Give these tasty drinks a try for #NationalGreenJuiceDay
Honestly they had us at green.
January 26th is National green juice day and whether you're looking for something healthy to help you keep your new years resolutions or just a yummy drink to get you through your day these 10 recipes are definitely worth a try; and if you spill one don't worry SERVPRO has you covered with our carpet cleaning services.
1. Get up and Glow Juice
via The Blonde Chef
Packed with cucumber, mint, and grapefruit, this recipe was created to keep your skin glowing and hydrated all year long. You can make it the night before to have it ready for the morning.
2. Soothing Morning Green Juice
via The Organic Kitchen
This recipe is perfect for children, beginner juicers, and for those who don’t like bitter greens. It calls for raw honey but you can swap with agave if you prefer.
3. Allergy Fighting Green Juice
via Vibrant Bean
For the citrus in this recipe, remove the peel to ensure the bitter pith doesn’t get juiced into the drink.
4. Healthy Citrus Green Juice
via Daily Squeeze
Your morning OJ never tasted so good. Try adding grapefruit for extra citrus flavor. Instead of celery, you can also substitute half of a cucumber. If you like some serious bite in your beverages, try using half spinach, half arugula. The arugula provides a peppery flavor that will add a kick.
5. Celery Pear Healthy Green Juice
via Little Leopard Book
This recipe uses mint to add an herbal sweetness. If you don’t like a lot of pear flavor, use three pears and three green apples. While this recipe only makes one serving, double or triple it up and store the extra in the fridge.
6. Spinach Lemonade Recipe
via Nosh and Nourish
Bring a little summer to the cold weather with this healthy play on lemonade. The recipe suggests adding a splash of agave to the completed juice, which is needed to cut the tartness. Also, try juicing a mango into the blend for some natural sweetness.
7. Healthy Celery Green Juice
via Honest Cooking
Pressed Juicery’s green juice recipe is tasty and healthy. By balancing romaine and celery with strong flavors like kale, watercress, and ginger, this drink goes down easy.
8. Lean Green Juice
via Cheese Please
This green smoothie has a little tropical kick with the addition of pineapple and mint. If pineapple isn’t your favorite, you can use mango, peaches, or even fresh apricots. Throw in a scoop of protein powder for a post-work out snack.
9. Basil. Apple cucumber and Lime Juice
This juice is reminiscent of a mojito with a savory twist. For a little summer twist, try using half basil and half mint to really appreciate the mojito flavor. Using naturally sweet apples like a pink lady or fuji will also help mellow the tartness of the apple flavor.
10. Tropical Green Smoothie Recipe
via Show Me The Yummy
An easy, healthy, tasty tropical green smoothie recipe that’s loaded with good for you ingredients like kale, mango, and strawberries! It’s gluten free, and can be vegan. This tropical green smoothie recipe really is delicious, will take you 10 minutes from start to finish.
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Preventing frozen pipes this winter
As it gets #colder its good to know that 17% of water damage comes from #frozen pipes. Be sure to check all of your pipes for possible #freezing
It's winter in Texas, and while that might not mean snow or serious cold weather here in east Texas it does mean temperatures can reach the freezing point. Freezing rain, sleet, icy roads are all problems we worry about in January and February but what about your pipes?
As water running through your pipes begins to freeze, the water will expand 10% in volume until the pressure rises enough to split your pipes open, potentially causing severe water damage to your home. There are a few things you can do to keep your pipes from freezing in the first place, and – if you act quickly – there are even ways to thaw frozen pipes in your house before they burst.
How can I prevent my pipes from freezing?
- Add extra insulation.Adding insulation to water pipes in unheated areas throughout your home, including the garage, basement and any outdoor taps, can make water less likely to freeze.
- Repair leaks.If your pipes have any cracks or leaks, make repairs before cold temperatures arrive. Otherwise, leaking water may freeze right at the cracks, expand, burst and leave you with significant (and expensive) damages.
- Turn off appliances.
- If your washing machine sits in an unheated garage, turn off water supply lines and disconnect the hoses, especially if you know that temperatures that day are expected to drop below freezing.
- If you know you're going to be away from home for a few days or more, consider completely turning off your main water valve to avoid plumbing system damages.
- Be sure to disconnect outside water hoses before cold weather hits so any sitting water in the hoses can't freeze, expand and destroy the hose or connecting pipes inside.
- Open cabinet doors.Opening cabinet doors underneath sinks in kitchens and bathrooms allows heat to circulate around the un-insulated pipes, especially if the cabinets are near exterior walls.
- Keep it moving.Gently turning on taps connected to pipes that are likely to freeze keeps the water moving and reduces the risk of freezing. Remember to let only a small amount of water flow through, and keep the cabinets around pipes open so warm air can circulate and increase water flow, as well.
How do I thaw frozen pipes in my house?
If you've already identified frozen pipes in your home, there are a few ways you can thaw them out before they cause a bigger problem.
- Turn off your water.Turning off your water supply will reduce pressure on the frozen pipes and minimize flooding if the pipe does end up bursting. Once your water is shut off, try the techniques below to thaw your pipes or call for professional help.
- Warm it.Use a hairdryer to thaw the entire area so the water gently melts, reducing the risk of damage. You can also try using a heat lamp to warm the area.
- Wrap it.Wrap and secure a heavy towel around the pipe to concentrate heat to one area. Then, place a bucket underneath the pipes and pour hot or boiling water over the towel.
- Use a hose.If you have access to the pipe and it's large enough, you can try running a garden hose through it. When you can't push the hose through anymore, you've reached the frozen area. Try raising your end of the hose and running hot water through it until the ice is able to melt. Be careful during this process since overfilling could cause hot water to come back up on your end before the blockage has fully melted.
- Look for any leaks in your exposed pipes, as well as damp patches on your walls, ceilings and floors. Once the pipes have thawed, there can still be a high amount of pressure that can put you at risk for leaks or bursts. Some pipes may need to be completely replaced in order to avoid future failure.
In the event that the worst does happen,call the expertsto help clean up any water damage caused by burst pipes or flooding. The trained, caring and professional water damage technicians at SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth are here 24/7 to help you through the entire restoration process so you can get your home and your life back to normal as quickly as possible. "Like it never even happened."
DRYER FIRE PREVENTION TIPS
The removable lint filter in your dryer doesn't catch it all. Lint buildup can cause house fires, and regular cleaning reduces this risk.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, 2,900 dryer fires are reported each year. These fires lead to a staggering national average of 35 million dollars in property damage, 100 injuries and 5 fatalities annually. With so much at risk, it's important that you understand what causes dryer fires and how you can prevent them from happening in your own home. To protect yourself, your family and your house.
DO: Clean the lint filter
A clogged lint filter is the leading contributing factor in residential dryer fires. The U.S. Fire Administration reports that failing to clean out the lint trap causes 34 percent of reported dryer fires every year.
Each time you unload the dryer, clean out the lint trap. Before putting the next load of clothes in, double check that the lint trap is completely clean to lower your risk of fire. A clean lint filter allows the dryer to run more efficiently, too, thus drying your clothes faster while also preventing your machine from overheating.
DON'T: Dry clothes without the lint filter
A dryer without its lint trap is an accident waiting to happen. The filter protects the dryer's inner workings from collecting lint. Without this defensive shield, a buildup of lint in the ducts can easily lead to a dryer vent fire.
To lower your risk, always use your dryer with the lint trap in place. In the event that your existing lint trap is worn or develops any holes, replace it immediately at your nearest home supplies store.
DO: Inspect the ducts regularly
Blocked ducts frequently cause dryer fires. To ensure your dryer is running properly, check your ducts about once a month to ensure there are no blockages. Some telltale signs that your ducts are clogged include the following indicators:
- Your laundry is taking longer to dry
- Exhaust air is failing to exit the vent
- You suspect that your machine is overheating
Sometimes, a blockage occurs because the venting system itself is damaged. Other times, blockages may be occurring because of an accumulation of lint, animals building nests in the vents or snow building up over the outside vents.
If you notice any blockages, clean them out before using your dryer again. To clean your ducts, simply disconnect them, remove the blockages and reconnect it. If you notice any damage to the venting system, call in a professional to repair the issue.
DON'T: Overload the dryer
Stuffing too many wet clothes or bedding into a dryer can cause an excess of lint to accumulate. Since lint buildup reduces a dryer's ability to ventilate, the machine may quickly overheat and cause a fire to break out. Read your owner's manual to determine your machine's maximum hold to ensure you aren't over stuffing it.
DO: Replace outdated ducts
Older ducts made of plastic or foil are prone to sagging. These accordion-style ducts can easily trap lint in hard-to-reach spaces, increasing your risk of fire. To keep your home safe, replace your older models with new ducts designed with heavy-duty metal.
DON'T: Leave the dryer running unattended
Never go to sleep or leave the house while your dryer is running. If a fire breaks out, your ability to extinguish it or call emergency services right away can make all the difference between damage to your laundry room and entire loss of your home.
Despite our best efforts as homeowners, accidents still happen. If your home has been damaged by fire and smoke, call SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth. Our team of highly trained technicians can help get your life back to normal as quickly as possible. With the proper training, innovative equipment and helpful guidance, our expert technicians will be with you every step of the way to get you back on your feet. From soot removal, water restoration after the fire department leaves to rebuilding your home SERVPRO has you covered.
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HOW TO LIMIT MOLD GROWTH IN THE WINTER
If you notice mold in your home or business don't try to fix it yourself. Call a professional cleaner to make sure that it is done safely & correctly
Cold and wet winter months can create the perfect atmosphere for mold to grow. When water from rain, sleet and snow during the winter months gets tracked inside, the increased moisture can create more humid conditions inside your home, allowing mold to grow more quickly. Luckily, there are a few easy ways to reduce and control mold growth in your home this season.
Tips to Control Mold Growth in Winter
- Keep indoor humidity below 45%. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the best way to control indoor mold growth is to carefully monitor and maintain your home's moisture level. If the humidity in your home rises, look for the sources of added moisture and address the problem as soon as possible. Place a dehumidifier in these rooms to lower the moisture level until a permanent solution is found.
- Set ceiling fans in reverse. Your fans should turn counterclockwise in the summer and clockwise in the winter. If you set your ceiling fans to turn clockwise during chilly winter months, you will pull cold air up and draw the warmer air downward, which can both save you money on energy bills and keep your home a bit warmer. Good air circulation will also keep condensation from building up on cold walls and windows, where it can be a potential source of mold growth.
- Use exhaust fans in the bathroom, kitchen and other areas of the home that frequently accumulate excessive moisture. Good air circulation can help ensure that moisture doesn't have a chance to sit and promote mold growth.
- Clean and repair roof gutters regularly, especially if there is an abundance of dead leaves stuck in them. While you're at it, make sure that the area around the downspouts is graded, so that any water coming off your roof flows away from your foundation, rather than sitting close to your home where it can pool and contribute to mold growth.
Call a professional
If you can't readily see a moisture problem but you find traces of mold growing in your home, it may be time to seek professional help. Here at SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth our technicians have the training, experience and equipment to re-mediate mold safely and effectively so your home can become your personal safe haven again.
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Ice dams and water damage.
#ice dams cause #water to pool & under shingles. This can in turn wet building materials which can't dry quickly enough to keep #mold from growing.
With winter weather swiftly approaching, it's time to be sure your home is ready for the colder temperatures. Here in Texas the weather seems to have a mind of it's own. Even in winter we could be wearing short sleeves on Monday only to need to break out the heavy coats by Friday.
When we do get low enough temperatures for ice and dare we say it, snow. It often melts and refreezes as the temperatures fluctuate. This can cause temporary Ice dams, or water drainage to seep into any available space where it will settle and eventually turn to mold as the weather warms up.
Ice dams usually occur after a heavy snowfall and several days of freezing temperatures. Warm air inside your home leaks into the attic and will warm the underside of the roof causing snow and ice on the roof to melt. The melted water will drain along the roof, under the snow, until it reaches the cold overhang. The overhang tends to be at the same temperature as the outdoors and the melted water will refreeze and form an ice dam and icicles. The ice dam can cause damage to the roof, which will result in water leaks to the inside. Frequently the result will be a water spot on the ceiling under the roof damage.
What to Do if an Ice Dam Occurs:
- Don’t get on your roof to solve this problem, it could be dangerous.
- Avoid standing on the ground and “chipping away” at the ice. Not only could this cause damage to your roof, but you can be seriously injured by falling ice, debris, or tools.
- Contacting a roofing contractor to fix your roof leak will not prevent future ice dams.
- Seal air leaks (Home Sealing) and sealing duct air leaks in your attic to stop warm air leakage (the source of the problem).
- After sealing leaks, add additional insulation in your attic.
- Provide adequate attic ventilation so that the underside of the roof and outside air are at the same temperature. Check to make sure attic insulation is not blocking roof ventilation.
- Clean leaves and other debris from gutters before the first snow. This will help prevent ice build-up in gutters.
- Hire a contractor who is an energy specialist or specializes in air sealing to do an in-home evaluation. A good specialist will use diagnostic equipment to evaluate the performance of your home and generate a customized list of improvements.
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FIRE SAFETY TIPS FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE
Christmas Holiday Safety Tips - Keep The Season Merry! #HolidaySafety
Don’t let Christmas ever heat up too much — with fire that is. Did you know that Christmas trees alone result in 13 million dollars, annually, in property damage? More importantly, these fires present real risk towards family and friends. When showcasing a live tree in your home, the combination of tree dryness, electrical malfunction with lights and poorly located heating sources can make for a deadly combination.
BUT IF YOUR HOLIDAY IS JUST NOT COMPLETE WITHOUT A LIVE TREE, FOLLOW THESE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS TO KEEP THREATS AT BAY:
- Fresh trees are less likely to catch fire, so look for a tree with vibrant green needles that are hard to pluck and don’t break easily from its branches. The tree shouldn’t be shedding its needles readily.
- Always place your tree away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights, and keep the tree base filled with water to avoid a dry out.
- Make sure all your indoor and outdoor Christmas lights have been tested in a lab by the UL or ETL/ITSNA for safety, and throw out any damaged lights.
- Any lights you use outdoors must be labeled suitable for exterior placement, and be sure to plug them into a ground-fault circuit interrupter protected receptacle.
- Keep all your holiday candles away from your Christmas tree, surrounding furniture and décor.
- Bedtime means lights off! Don’t forget to turn your Christmas tree lights off each night.
When your tree begins to drop its needles, it’s time to say goodbye to your evergreen foliage until next year. So this year, follow our guidelines to avoid being another statistic in the National Fire Protection Association or United States Fire Administration report during the upcoming holiday season.
Real tree not for you? How about an artificial tree?
If you want to skip the real tree this year and go artificial, you want to look for a tree that you can enjoy for years to come. Here are some tips for choosing the perfect faux Christmas tree.
- First, think of an artificial Christmas tree as an investment. Because you may be keeping the tree for 20 years or more, you may consider purchasing a high-quality artificial tree that has foliage resembling a real Christmas tree. This is often determined by the quantity of the branch tips and design of the foliage. In most cases, having more branch “tips” is preferred because an abundance of branches and needles creates a full look for the tree.
- Ensure the Christmas tree has the specific desired appearance. Look closely to see if you can see the center pole of the tree–if so, it may not be a high-quality tree (though trees with artificial trunks are often designed so that the trunk is visible).
- Choose a tree with a strong stand to ensure that your Christmas tree will not topple or lean to one side, even if heavy ornaments are added to the tree. Some tree stands come with rubber feet to protect your carpet or your wooden floors
- High end artificial Christmas trees have hinged branches, which simplify setup and allow for easy storage.
- If your artificial tree has been in storage, be sure to shake it out and dust it get rid of any detritus that might cause respiratory irritation.
Setting up your Christmas tree
The way you set up and care for your tree has a big effect on how long it will last, how beautiful it will stay, and, ultimately, how safe it will be to have in your home.Before putting your new Christmas tree into its stand, cut a couple of inches off the bottom of the trunk to expose fresher (and far more absorbent) wood. Taking a few minutes to do this will improve your tree’s water intake, and make it harder for your tree to catch fire.Your tree stand should have a capacity of at least one gallon, which is the amount of water that the average 6-foot Christmas tree can consume in a day’s time. As a general rule of thumb, live Christmas trees require one quart of water for every inch of trunk diameter.Water live Christmas trees daily.Position tree a minimum of 3 feet away from candles, fireplaces, space heaters, radiators, heat vents, and other heat sources.Because nearly half of all Christmas tree fires involve electrical malfunctions, it’s extremely important to check that light strands and other electrical decorations are in good condition (free from insulation cracks, fraying wires or damaged bulbs and plugs) before decorating your tree with them.
Once you've settled on that perfect tree for you, brought it home and set it in the perfect spot it's time to decorate and that means lights.
Lights and DecorationsWhen shopping for lights, electric decorations and extension cords, purchase only the ones that are UL-listedIf you’re planning to decorate outdoors, make sure that you use lights and decorations that are rated for outdoor use. Putting indoor-only products outside in the weather can result in electric shock and fire hazards.If you’re in doubt as to whether light strings are rated for indoor or outdoor use, just check the color-coded UL mark on the product’s package. A green holographic UL mark says, “indoors only, please,” while a red one indicates that the product is safe for both indoor and outdoor use.Whether they’re brand-new out of the box or seasoned veterans from holidays past, before you put them up, inspect all lights, electric decorations and extension cords for signs of damage to wire insulation, plugs, and bulbs. If the damage can be repaired (i.e. broken bulbs replaced), do not use the item until the repair has been made. If cords and plugs are damaged, discard and replace the decoration.Always unplug lights before changing bulbs, replacing fuses, or making any other repairs.If you need to replace a bulb in a string of Christmas lights, make sure that the wattage rating of the replacement bulb you’re using matches that of the light strand. Using a bulb with too high a wattage can cause the light string to overheat, creating a fire risk.
- When hanging Christmas lights outdoors, reduce your risk of electric shock by passing up metal ladders in favor of ladders made of non-conductive materials like wood or fiberglass-reinforced plastic.
- Only use lights and decorations in accordance with manufacturers’ instructions.
- Before you begin decorating, verify how many strands of lights it is safe to connect end-to-end (as a general rule, it’s 3).
- Be careful not to overload extension cords. Before you start plugging in, find out the wattage rating of your extension cord, as well as the power requirements of any lights or decorations you’re planning to plug into it. A wattage rating is the amount of electricity that an extension cord is built to carry, and if the combined power requirements (or “pull”) of your lights and decorations exceed that rating, overheating and fire can occur.
- Every so often, check Christmas light wires to make sure that they’re not warm to the touch.
- Always turn off all Christmas lights and decorations before going to bed or leaving the house.
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Is Your Office Building Really Clean?
Did you know? We offer Carpets Upholstery Cleaning! Even the highest-quality items can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling us!
Even with general maintenance carpet and tile floors begin to show wear and dirt over time, especially in high traffic areas.When the dirt, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, give SERVPRO a call, our skilled professionals can make your office shine.
Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your work space look its very best.No commercial project is too big, because we have access to the resources of a nationwide network of 1,700 Franchises.
Here at SERVPRO Of East Fort Worth we specialize in total commercial cleaning and maintenance. Below is a list of the service we offer.
- Dry Cleaning
- Rotary Drying
- Rotary Jet Extraction
- Hot Water Extraction
- Pre-conditioner & Rinse
Other Services Available for Carpet:
- Maintenance program
- Installation & Relaying
- Stain Removal
- Water Extraction/Drying
- Warranty Inspections
Tropical Treatments for Carpets
- Soil Protectants
- Fire Retardants
- Hot Water Extraction
- Hand Dry Clean
- Machine Dry Clean
Floor Maintenance Systems
Surfaces Cleaned and Maintained
Other Services Available:
- Maintenance Programs
- High-speed Maintenance Programs
- Pressure Washing
Draperies (dry or wet clean)
- On location cleaning (without removal)
- Take down/rehang
- Mildew Treatment
- Fire Retardant
- Dry Cleaning
- Wet Cleaning
- Metal Polishing
- Light Foam Cleaning
- Preparation for Painting
- Interior Window Cleaning
Types of Surfaces Cleaned:
- Wood Furniture
- Washable Wallpaper
- Grass/ Cork Wall covering
- Fireplace Brick
- Wood Paneling
- Cabinets/ Countertops
- Vent Hoods
- Masonry (interior/exterior)
- Painted Walls
- Flocked Wallpaper
- Acoustical Ceiling Tile
- Ceramic Tile/Grout
- Windows/ Glass
- Kitchen/Bathroom Fixtures
- Metal Fixtures
Other Services Available for Walls, Ceilings, & Hard Surfaces
- Fire Retardant
- Clean Rooms
- Interior Windows
- Complete Cleanup & Restoration
- Subcontract Services
- Appliances Cleaning
- 24-hour Extraction and Removal
- Drying Services
- Anti-Microbial Treatments
- Thermal Fogging
- U.L.V. Source Removal
- Activated Oxygen
Call our office today to schedule your appointment! SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth
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Mold vs. Mildew; What's the difference?
If you notice mold in your home or business don't try to fix it yourself. Call a professional cleaner to make sure that it is done safely
Mildew and mold are both fungi, which are common in most homes. These types of fungi do well in environments that are moist and easily spread and thrive on numerous surfaces, thus making it difficult to get rid of them. However, if mildew and mold are left unattended, they can adversely affect large portions of a property. In fact, they might even result in structural damage and health problems.
Both are keen on warm areas where they might sprout their homes, from food to your shower to a sheet of paper. And, of course, no homeowner likes to see them in his or her home.
But mold and mildew also have striking differences when it comes to size, color and texture.
Mildew is a surface fungi that can easily be identified as a patch of gray or even white fungus that is lying on the surface of a moist area. Mildew is easily treated with a store bought cleaner and a scrubbing brush.
Mold, on the other hand, can be black or green and is often the result of a much larger infestation. This type of fungus can appear almost "fuzzy" — especially when it is found on food — or even slimy in nature.
The following are the different effects that can be caused by mildew and mold if left unchecked:
Mildew affects crops and plants. However, it can result in health risks if it happens to develop indoors. The spores of mildew cause respiratory problems, sore throat, headache, and coughing.
This has the potential of causing major structural damage over long periods. Different mold strains cause various health problems. Some common effects on health are extreme fatigue, depression, dizziness, pain and inflammation in joints, migraines, heart problems and respiratory problems. Respiratory problems may include nasal congestion, throat and eye irritation, skin irritations, sneezing etc.
Some restoration companies advertise “mold removal” and may even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy because removing all mold from a house or business is impossible; microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. Here are the facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water.These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
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Flameless candles are a safe alternative to lit candles and produce a similar soft, glowing effect.
With the weather turning cooler and holidays approaching, many of us are lighting up festive scented candles to welcome the season. Whether they be for decor or pumpkins this fall. We were at SERVPRO of East Fort Worth want you to stay safe while enjoying these luminous additions to your decor.
Here are a few candle safety tips to review before you light your next candle:
1. Burning candles should never be left unattended.
2. Keep candles away from anything flammable.
3. If your candle is in a candle holder, it should be sturdy enough to avoid being easily knocked over.
4. Candles should be placed where children and pets can’t reach them.
5. The National Candle Association recommends that candlewicks be trimmed to ¼ inch each time before burning. Long wicks can cause uneven burning and dripping.
6. Keep the pool of wax in the candle clear of debris such as wick trimmings.
7. Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for candle use. Most candles should be burned for only a couple of hours at a time.
8. Extinguish candles with a candle snuffer rather than blowing them out, as hot wax can splatter
Flameless candles are a safe alternative to lit candles and produce a similar soft, glowing effect. Lit candles are not recommended for use during power outages, so use battery powered flashlights, lanterns and even flameless candles instead.
Finally, any talk of candle safety is incomplete without a reminder to check all smoke alarms in your home. Working smoke alarms greatly increase your chances of surviving a home fire, so check them every month to ensure they are working properly.
Pets and Fire Safety
When disaster strikes it effects you & your pets. Be prepared, make sure they have clean correctly sized pet carriers ready in case of an evacuation.
No one wants to consider the possibility of facing a fire emergency in their own home, but it could happen at any time. Coming up with a fire plan is key to getting yourself and your family out safely. But what about your pets? including pet preparation in your fire safety plan is crucial to be able to get your furry friends out in time. Keep your furry companions safe by following these steps to create a fire evacuation plan for your pets.
- The best way to protect your pets from the effects of a fire is to include them in your family plan. This includes having their own disaster supplies kit as well as arranging in advance for a safe place for them to stay if you need to leave your home.
- When you practice your escape plan, practice taking your pets with you. Train them to come to you when you call.
- In the event of a disaster, if you must evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them, too. But remember: never delay escape or endanger yourself or family to rescue a family pet.
Prevent Your Pets from Starting Fires
The National Fire Protection Association estimates that nearly 1,000 home fires each year are accidentally started by the homeowners' pets.
- Extinguish Open Flames - Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even a fire in your fireplace. Ensure your pet is not left unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before leaving your home.
- Remove Stove Knobs - Be sure to remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before leaving the house - a stove or cook top is the number one piece of equipment involved in your pet starting a fire.
- Invest in Flameless Candles - These candles contain a light bulb rather than an open flame, and take the danger out of your pet knocking over a candle. Cats are notorious for starting fires when their tails turn over lit candles.
- Secure Young Pets - keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home such as in crates or behind baby gates in secure areas.
Help Firefighters Help Your Pets
- Keep pets near entrances when away from home. Keep collars on pets and leashes at the ready in case firefighters need to rescue your pet. When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them.
- Affix a pet alert window cling and write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static cling to a front window. This critical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets. Make sure to keep the number of pets listed on them updated.
BE PREPARED. Have A PLAN.
- Know their hiding places! During a fire your pets will be terrified, and they’ll most likely run to in the places they feel most safe. If you don’t know their common hiding places, you could run out of time to save your furry, scaly, or feathered friend.
- Map it out! Find their hidey-holes and niches. Map these out on a piece of paper, and include the map in your fire escape plan.
- Always evacuate your pets on a leash or in a pet carrier. Pets will panic at the smell of smoke, and may bolt when outside, making them impossible to find.
- Prepare an emergency kit for each of your animals. The kit should contain your pet’s food, veterinary paperwork, prescription medications, and an updated photo and description of each animal. You may have to board your pet at a kennel or other facility until you get settled after a fire, and they will require proof that your pet has current vaccinations.
- Have an evacuation plan. If you have to evacuate your home, and you cannot return for a while, have a plan of action!
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