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Prepare Your Home for the Cooling Temperatures
Fall Maintenance Tips
Fall foliage is beautiful, but not when it builds up in your gutters! Take these tips into account during the cool autumn months;
-Have your furnace cleaned and inspected annually by a qualified technician.
-Keep flammable materials, including all lawn and power equipment, away from water heaters and wiring in the basement.
-Insulate water pipes in areas exposed to cold temperatures, and turn up the thermostat during extra cold periods.
-Check for damage to your roof, and clean gutters and downspouts to keep debris from accumulating. (This is especially important during the fall season to keep leaves from building up in gutters.)
-Check and repair caulking around doors and windows that show signs of deterioration.
-Check caulking around showers, bathtubs, sinks and toilet bases; and make repairs as needed.
-Have your chimney cleaned and maintained annually by a professional.
-Clean and/or replace your furnace filter.
-Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct and space under the dryer. Remove all lint, dust, and pieces of material.
-Check your electrical outlets for potential fire hazards such as frayed wires or loose-fitting plugs. Be sure not to overload electrical outlets, fuse boxes, extension cords or any other power service.
-Keep a multi-purpose fire extinguisher accessible, filled and ready for operation.
-Inspect your smoke detectors. Make sure there is one on each floor of your home. Test them monthly, and change the battery annually or as needed.
Daylight Savings Time Reminder
That's right, its that time of year again. The leaves are changing, its getting colder. It's Daylight Savings Time. This year Daylight Savings Time is on Sunday, November 4th 2018.
A Friendly Reminder - Turn Your Clocks Back One Hour Before You Go To Sleep on Saturday, November 3rd.
Enjoy A Safe Halloween with These Fire Safety Tips
Have A Safe and Happy Halloween!
Halloween is just around the corner, it is a festive time of year where children will be out in their costumes visiting your neighborhood homes looking for treats. Halloween costumes and decorations present a number of hidden fire hazards. By following some simple safety precautions from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), you can ensure a day of safe fun for your family and trick-or-treaters.
Improve the safety of your Halloween holiday by following these tips from NFPA:
- Costumes: When choosing a costume, stay away from billowing or long-trailing fabric. If you are making your own costume, choose material that won’t easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or flame.
- Visibility: Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costumes. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so he/she can see clearly out of it.
- Flammable decorations: Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
- Candles/jack-o-lanterns: It is safest to use a glow stick or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter. If you choose to use candle decorations, make sure to keep them well attended at all times. Do not leave them near flammable objects or where trick-or-treaters may walk. Remind your children to avoid open flames. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit.
- Exits: Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes
Top Tips to Protect your home before you go on Vacation
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Are you going on that dream vacation this year? Before you jump on that plane or in the car for that long awaited trip, it is important to remember to protect your home before going on vacation. Here are 3 tips to protect your home before going on vacation from SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County.
Tip #1: Install Security Cameras Outdoors and Indoors that Use a WIFI Network
By installing security cameras outdoors and indoors that use a WIFI network, you can check on your home while you are gone. You can also receive notifications if anyone attempts to break into your home. This will allow you to notify authorities and to also have footage of the incident with photographs and videos of those responsible. This is generally a good idea for use when you are home as well.
Tip #2: Home Maintenance Should Be Completed
It might be tempting to put off that latest home maintenance project until you return, but you never know what will happen while you are gone. By not fixing your small air conditioner unit problem, the whole unit may fail while you are gone and cause hot temperatures that destroy beloved items or injure pets staying inside the home. By not fixing your outdoor gutter, a storm may come along and knock the whole gutter off. By not fixing small home maintenance problems before you leave, you leave your home vulnerable and invite bigger disasters.
Tip #3: Don't Share That You are on Vacation on Social Media
It might be tempting to share those luxury photos of your feet in the sand or your smiling family out boating on the open water, but by sharing vacation photos on social media while you are on vacation you open yourself up to burglars. Share as many vacation photos as you want, but wait until you get back home.
Tip # 4: Install Automatic Timers on your lights
Having timers on your lights gives the illusion that you are home, when in reality you are miles away.
Tip #5: Cleaning Your Home Will Make Coming Home More Inviting
This one isn't a "necessity," but it can make a world of difference when you return from your trip and find your home clean and inviting.
At SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County, we recognize the importance of taking a little time for yourself and leaving the world behind by going on a vacation. We are trusted by area realtors, homeowners, business owners, construction companies, disaster cleanup crews, and building managers. SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is proud to serve you.
Smoke Alarms Save Lives!
Smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives, and when properly installed, can reduce the risk of fire injury in half.
The National Fire Protection Association recommends smoke alarms be install in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters and on every level of the house. Business owners should consult the local Fire Marshall to ensure specific building fire codes and smoke detectors requirements are met.
Smoke alarms work best when paired with a fire escape plan. A plan allows your family, employees or client to escape quickly and safely in an emergency situation.
Review the following tips regarding smoke detector installation and maintenance.
-Install smoke alarms on every level of the home including the basement.
- Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance.
-Test smoke alarms at least once a month using a test button.
-Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm "chirps" the battery is low and should be replaced right away. A good reminder to change the batteries is during daylight savings time.
-Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.