Important Safety Tips When Using Portable Space Heaters
As we get deeper into the colder months, and many are looking for supplemental heat sources, it is important to remember that heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fires in the United States. Portable space heaters are very popular this time of year and, if not used with caution, can present significant fire hazards.
Following are some useful tips that should be considered when using portable space heaters:
- Make sure the space heater has the label showing that it is listed by a recognized testing lab.
- Inspect heaters for any damage prior to use.
- Never leave a space heater unattended.
- Always keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn.
- Plug space heaters directly into a wall outlet. Do not use extension cords or power strips.
- Do not plug any other electrical devices into the same outlet as the heater.
- Place space heaters on flat, level surfaces.
While portable space heaters are very convenient and can be a great source of supplemental heat during the winter months, they can definitely pose a significant fire risk if not used with caution. Safety should always be the top priority when using space heaters!
Watch for Frozen Pipes This Time of Year!
Frozen pipes can be a messy and expensive issue. Extremely cold temperatures of the winter months create a substantial risk for burst or frozen pipes. Being prepared and informed may help minimize the risk of frozen pipes and prevent extensive damage and repairs.
The American Red Cross provides several preventative measures to help reduce the chances for freezing pipes:
- Drain water from swimming pools and sprinkler supply lines.
- Remove, drain, and store outdoor hoses.
- Consider insulating exposed water pipes.
- Open cabinet doors to allow for warmer air to circulate around the pipes.
- Let cold water drip from the faucet that is served by the exposed pipes.
The American Red Cross also provides suggested steps if frozen pipes are suspected:
- Keep the faucet open. As the pipes begin to thaw, the running water will help melt the ice.
- Apply heat to the frozen area of the pipe using a hair dryer, heating pad, etc. until full water pressure is restored.
Following these suggestions can reduce the risk for frozen or bursting pipes and subsequent water damage. However, if you experience a water damage, SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati is always available to help!
The Message of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was an influential civil rights leader who believed in the power of words and peaceful demonstrations to portray his ideas and beliefs. Each year, on the third Monday of January, we celebrate his life and achievements. While the message of Martin Luther King was mainly about equality and civil rights, there is so much more that can be taken from his examples. He believed very strongly in what he preached, but he never resorted to violence in order to portray his messages. As a matter of fact, he strongly discouraged any forms of violent protesting. Instead, he promoted peace and love for all mankind, using powerful speeches to portray his ideas. In the difficult times that our country has been experiencing lately, this may be one of the most important lessons that we can learn from Martin Luther King. Whatever our cause may be, violence is never the best way to get the support and results we desire. So today let’s remember the words of Martin Luther King, “Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.” These words definitely stand the test of time.
Happy New Year from SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati!
Well, it is New Year’s Day and many will make resolutions for 2018 with aspirations of living a healthier lifestyle, losing weight, dropping a bad habit or being more organized. One important resolution to add to the list that could actually save lives in 2018 is to commit to getting prepared for emergencies.
Families and businesses need to have a plan in place just in case a disaster like a storm, fire or flood occurs. The American Red Cross offers a few steps to prepare your family or business in the case of an emergency.
First of all, put together an emergency kit for the home or the office. Suggested items to include in the kit are flashlights, non-perishable food and water, battery powered radio, extra batteries, first-aid items and extra cash.
Secondly, talk with family members or co-workers about what to do in the event of an emergency. Plan what to do if you are separated and choose a meeting place. Practice escaping your home or office twice a year. And don’t forget to include your pets in the plan!
And lastly, learn about the risks most prevalent to your area. For example, are earthquakes, tornadoes or hurricanes common in your area? Find out how to receive information from local officials in the event of an emergency. Learn first aid techniques so that you can respond before help arrives.
So this year, add being prepared for emergencies to your list of resolutions and stay safe in 2018! Be prepared!
Happy New Year from SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati!
Merry Christmas from SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati!
The holiday season is the perfect time to show appreciation for those that make our success possible and to offer our very best wishes for a prosperous future. We know that our accomplishments and achievements in the mold, water, and fire damage restoration industry would not be possible without our hard working employees, dedicated colleagues in the restoration industry, and our trusting customers. We truly appreciate the efforts of all those that we work with day in and day out to help our customers in need. So we would like to say thank you for your continued loyalty and goodwill throughout the year. And our sincere wish is that you find peace, joy, hope and happiness today and in the new year ahead!
SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati
SERVPRO OF NORTHEAST CINCINNATI TO OFFER CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSE
SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati is offering a free continuing education insurance credit course entitled, “Ethics.” This course is for OHIO credits and will be held at our SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati location at 2115 Schappelle Lane, Forest Park, Ohio, 45240 on January 18th, 2018 from 8:30am to 11:30am with registration beginning at 8:30am. Please note that 100% attendance is required to receive CE credit for this course and that breakfast will be provided!
The premise for this course is that although we may have solid ethical foundations and usually make rational ethical decisions, ethical lapses are likely to come when we are stressed, angry, upset, worried, or otherwise disengaged. We will explore what “Ethics” is by participating in group activities that will help with understanding and making ethical decisions.
The reservation deadline for this CE course is January 2nd, 2018…So for more information or to reserve your spot, contact SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati at 513-541-3200 or email at email@example.com.
Course Number: 37868
Tips to Get Through the Holiday Shopping Season
Now that the holiday shopping season is in full swing, shoppers are racing to get the best deals of the season. For many of us, the holiday shopping season is a time of stress and anxiety. How can I possibly stay within my budget and wow everyone with gifts on Christmas morning? Realsimple.com has provided a list of shopping survival tricks to help anxious shoppers get through the holiday season.
- Make a List: Yes, make a list and check it twice! Write down everyone you plan to buy for, including those that you will want to give holiday tips (mail carrier, hair stylist, etc.) Include gift ideas and the maximum amount you are willing to spend. This will help with managing your budget.
- Start Early: Don’t wait until after Thanksgiving to begin your shopping. Keep an open “Christmas gift buying mind” all year long. You just might happen upon the perfect Christmas gift for dad in July!
- Research Online: Research brands or models for particular items online before buying. Read online reviews and feedback for just about anything you are considering. Check price comparison sites to find the best deals available on items you wish to purchase.
- Brave the Black Friday Crowds: The day after Thanksgiving is truly a day for good shopping deals. If you are willing to fight the crowds, you may save some money on Black Friday.
- Take Advantage of Cyber Monday: Cyber Monday is the Monday after Black Friday and is the biggest online shopping day of the season. Most retailers participate by offering discounts on this day so if you have online shopping to do, be sure to check out Cyber Monday.
- Get No Cost Holiday Shipping: Look for Free Shipping deals whenever possible when shopping online for holiday gifts.
This season take the stress out of your holiday shopping. Consider these tips in order to lessen your holiday gift spending and still provide the perfect gifts for your family and friends! Happy Holidays from SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati!
Live Christmas Trees May Be a Source of Mold
When decorating for the holidays, most people do not consider that their live Christmas tree could be a source of mold in their home. Mold thrives in moist environments. Live Christmas trees are usually cut far in advance of the Christmas holiday and then stored in a moist environment in order to keep them fresh. And once the tree is brought into the home, it is placed in a container of stagnant water. This container of water in addition to the moist tree trunk is the perfect condition to encourage mold growth.
According to webmd.com, a study was done measuring the relationship between mold growth on live Christmas trees and poor indoor air quality. Mold count measurements were taken daily for a two week period and showed that mold levels escalated as time progressed.
Unfortunately, mold spores can be difficult to destroy and the best way to reduce the problem is to take preventative measures. An artificial Christmas tree might be a better option. They do not harbor moisture and are even less expensive in the long run. But if a live Christmas tree is a must, shake as much debris as possible out of the tree before bringing it into the home and then only keep it in the home for a few days.
Have a very happy holiday!
SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati
Travel Tips for the Busy Holiday Season
If you are traveling during the holiday season, don’t let the stress of the hustle and bustle get you down. Realize ahead of time that there are millions of others that are also traveling and take steps to help cope with the situations that may arise due to the busy holiday traveling season. Travelchannel.com has provided the following tips to help you survive and calmly get to your destination.
HOLIDAY TRAVEL TIPS
- Do Your Research: Plan alternative routes when traffic gets overwhelming. Maybe there is a more scenic route that might take a little longer but has less traffic. When flying, be sure to check the airline’s restrictions ahead of time. Know the fees for carry-on luggage and checked bags.
- Stay Connected: Load your smartphone with all the latest travel apps before leaving home. There are apps to provide updates on flights, airport lines, cheapest gas, cleanest bathrooms, etc. You name it and there’s probably an app for that!
- Pack Light: If possible, avoid checking bags at the airport altogether.
- Pack Earplugs: The best way to escape stressful surroundings is to escape to a quiet place. Pack earplugs to turn down the crying babies, loud music, or loud talker sitting in the next aisle!
- Pack Snacks & Drinks: It’s more difficult to remain calm and make good decisions when you are hungry and your belly is growling. Always have snacks handy for when the need arises.
- Ship the Gifts or Give Gift Cards: For lighter travel, ship your gifts ahead of time or give gift cards.
- Travel on Off-Peak Days: The day before the holiday is always the most highly traveled. Try traveling on the actual holiday to avoid crowds and traffic.
- Travel Early or Late in the Day: Flights that leave early in the day are on-time more often. And avoid heavier traffic on the highways by traveling by car through the night.
Busy holiday travel is much easier to cope with if it is expected and planned for accordingly. While the hectic crowds and stress may not be completely avoided, one can definitely overcome the challenges by considering these tips when planning travel. Happy Holidays from SERVPRO of Northeast Cincinnati!
Christmas Trees and Home Fires...Tips for a Safer Holiday
In the fire restoration industry, the holiday season can be a time when we see an increase in home fires. Many families love the tradition of picking out a live Christmas tree, bringing it home and beautifully decorating it for the holiday season. But what some fail to take into consideration is the fire hazard that comes along with having a live tree.
The American Christmas Tree Association offers the following safety precautions to help avoid home fires associated with live Christmas trees.
- Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched. Fresh trees are less likely to ignite.
- Always place the tree away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, heat vents, and lights.
- To keep the tree from drying out, make sure the tree base is always filled with water.
- Make sure all Christmas lights are safety tested and avoid using damaged lights.
- At bedtime, turn the Christmas tree lights off.
- When the tree begins to lose its needles, it is time to properly dispose of the tree.
So this year, if a live Christmas tree is included in your decorating plans, make sure to follow these guidelines to help avoid a home fire disaster!