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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.
Disaster Preparedness for Your Pets
Creating a thorough emergency plan includes preparing for your pet's need as well. Remember, if if you must evacuate due to an emergency, then it is not safe for your pet to stay home either. Your evacuation plan should consider where your pets will be accepted. Make a list ahead of time of hotels that are pet friendly along your evacuation route and near your final destination. Some hotels and shelters do not accept animals. And lastly, build a travel emergency kit for your animals. This will help you save time when you must evacuate.
Items to include in your pet's emergency kit:
- leashes, harnesses, and/or carriers to transport animals
- food, drinking water, bowls, can opener
- cat litter and pan
- medications and copies of medial records
- a first aid kit
- current photos of you with your pet/s in case they get lost
- information on feeding schedules, contact information for veterinarian, medical conditions, and behavior problems in case you have to board or foster your pets
- pet beds and toys
For disaster preparedness tips for traveling with exotic animals or livestock, please visit http://www.humanesociety.org/?referrer=http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/pet-disaster-preparedness.
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How to Create a Fire Escape Plan for Your Family
According to the National Fire Protection Association, there were 1,342,000 fires in the United States in 2016, of which 475,500 were structure fires. One home structure fire was reported every ninety seconds. Most businesses have fire escape plans to help saves lives during an emergency. Creating a fire escape plan for the home should be just as common, especially for families with young children or with special needs family members. Being prepared saves lives during an emergency.
Thankfully, NFPA has created an easy how to guide for creating a home fire escape plan:
- Draw a map of your home. Show all windows and doors.
- Visit each room and recognize two ways out.
- All windows and doors should open easily. You should be able to use them to get outside.
- Make sure your home has smoke alarms. Test your alarms regularly.
- Pick a meeting place for when you must evacuate. The meeting place should be in front of the home.
- Make sure your house or building number can be seen from the street.
- Talk about the plan with everyone in your home.
- Learn the emergency phone number for your local fire department.
Most importantly, practice the plan with everyone in your home. This can be a fun exercise for children. Have them draw a map of your home and color all the possible escape routes. Once or twice a year go over the plan with everyone in the home again.
To learn more about fire safety in the home please click here.
Water Heater Safety
Drying out a closet containing the hot water heater after a leak.
Water heater failure causes fires and flooding all across the world. Water heater routine maintenance can help you avoid the catastrophe the occurs when a water heater fails. Nationwide insurance recently offered some tips about water heater safety that we would like to share with you.
Pulling up on the handle to make sure water flows freely out, and stops when you let go of the handle. If it does nothing or runs or drips, then the valve should be replaced.
Strapping your water heater is a good idea, even if you live outside an earthquake zone. If your water heater were to fall over for any reason, it could sever the gas line and cause an explosion.
Flushing the hot water heater through the drain valve at least once a year to remove sediment buildup. You should have a drain line, usually to within about 6 inches of the floor, or plumbed outside. This is to prevent you from being scalded if the valve should open while you’re standing next to it.
Remove paper, accumulated dust or other combustibles from the heater enclosure.
Extinguish the pilot light before using flammable liquids or setting off aerosol bug bombs.
If the device is in the garage, raise it so the pilot light is 18 inches above the floor. This helps prevent ignition of gasoline vapors that collect near the floor.
Consider installing an automatic gas-shutoff valve which stops the flow of gas if the ground moves or if gas flow increases dramatically. The valve, which costs around $300, prevents fires when a gas line breaks due to flood, earthquake or other disaster.
You may also want to insulate the first 6 feet of the hot water pipe and the first 3 feet of the cold water pipe that extends from your hot water tank. Insulating the hot water pipe reduces heat loss and insulating the cold water pipe reduces “sweating” in the summer. You can find pipe wrap insulation for this purpose in most hardware stores.
Do not use pipe wrap or any other insulation within 6 inches of the draft hood or flue exhaust vent at the top of the natural gas water heater.
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Get Winter Ready!
Get Winter Ready!
Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not properly prepared. Whether it is heavy rain, freezing temperatures, damaging winds, sleet or snow, all have the potential of causing serious and costly property damage(s). While you cannot control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared and help take the sting out of winter weather.
To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions to protect your property before colder weather hits!
- Examine your property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice, and snow can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries as well.
- Roofs, water pipes, and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper working order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your home or building. Clear gutters of all debris that may have gathered during the fall. Leaves and other obstructions can lead to an unwanted effect, that can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.
- Inspect property, walkways, and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
- Inspect all handrails, stairwells, and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
- Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open allowing warm inside air to circulate around the pipes. If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains properly, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe.
- Call & request the services of SERVPRO East Ft. Worth... We'll schedule & complete an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for your home or business. The ERP is a no cost assessment to your property and provides you with a precise plan to get you back in business quickly following a disaster.
When winter weather strikes...call the professionals at SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth (24/7-365)... We've got your back!
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