Clifton Park Residents Know Whom to Turn to For Fire Clean Up & Restoration
As Clifton Park Gears Up for the Holidays, Fire Safety is a Must
Clifton Park is home to over 36,000 people. What is now a suburban town began in the 17th century. Nanning Harmansen bought the land from the Indians known as the Shenendehowa. Once the purchase was made, he then requested a Patent for Land letter from Lord Cornbury. He told Lord Cornbury he wished the land to be named after the Lord, and the Clifton Park Patent was granted.
A Riverbank Village
A small group of twenty people lived in the area as of 1723. It was then called Canastigione. The Mohawk River ran along part of the area, and Edert Vischer took advantage of that. He established the Vischer Ferry in 1783. The Mohawk was quite popular for use as a means of ferrying people and goods.
In 1828 the town was formerly named Clifton Park. Over the years, it was mainly farmland with a few churches, homes, and businesses. Over time things changed, and when Interstate 87 was built, the demographics changed considerably.
Clifton Park residents know how to enjoy their neighbors and their community. There are plenty of recreational activities in the area that allow for community bonding. Youth and adult opportunities abound and include things such as:
The Babe Ruth World Series for boy’s baseball is hosted periodically in Clifton Park. The Clifton Common has all kinds of recreational fields.
Parks & Recreations
While the town is full of bustling, busy neighborhoods, folks still find time to walk, bike, and enjoy the outdoors. Clifton Commons not only has many sports venues but an outdoor stage where local performances take place. Other parks throughout the town offer access to picnic areas, cross country skiing, and skating arenas. In many of these parks, even Fido can join in the family fun. The walking trails and other amenities on the 740 acres Vischer Ferry Nature and Historic Preserve are another popular activity.
Another benefit of living here is that residents are close to the Albany NY Capital District. It's easy to spend the whole day, shopping and dining. There is easy access to the Albany Airport and top of the line entertainment. It especially lights up over the holidays with all the decorations and seasonal entertainment.
It’s Turkey Time!
Like many New Yorkers, folks in this town enjoy the holidays. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa are some of the traditional events residents celebrate. With Thanksgiving being the closest one, the question often asked has to do with fixing a turkey. Here are some tips for preparing a fantastic Thanksgiving Turkey:
- Choose the Right Size – You need approximately one pound of turkey for each person eating. If you are serving just the turkey breast, then one-half pound per person is plenty.
- Thaw it Safely -Let your bird thaw in the refrigerator. You need one day to thaw for every four pounds of turkey.
- Dry Brine for Moisture – Turkeys tend to dry out when cooking, but dry brining can help. Rub salt all over the turkey and place it in a large plastic bag – you can use a roasting bag – and let it sit for up to two days in the fridge.
- Season it Just Right – While dry brining only requires salt, some herbs can enhance the flavors. Consider adding rosemary, sage, thyme, or poultry seasoning to the salt.
- Use a Roasting Rack – If you do not want your Thanksgiving turkey sticking to the bottom of your pan, use a roasting rack.
- Avoid Opening the Oven Door – E every time you open the oven door, you let the heat out. This can mean longer cooking time.
- Give it Time to Rest – Let the turkey rest before carving. When it is out of the oven, cover with foil and let rest for thirty minutes.
These tips should allow you to enjoy a turkey that is moist and delicious. Cooking and enjoying the food is one of the best parts of the holidays.
Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips
SERVPRO wants to remind folks to stay safe over the holidays. More fires happen around the holidays, with Thanksgiving being the peak day when it comes to residential fires. On the list after that is Christmas Day, then Christmas Eve. Safety tips to practice include:
- When cooking, never leave the stove unattended.
- Keep flammables away from the stove surface.
- Everyone should have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.
- Heat cooking oil slowly; it is combustible.
- Be extremely cautious with turkey fryers and always use outside.
- Keep a lid close to smother grease fires in pans.
- Do not wear loose long sleeve clothing when cooking.
- Keep kids away from the stove.
These simple precautions could help keep your family safe over the holidays.
Fire Cleanup & Restoration
No matter how many precautions we take, fires can occur. Even small, readily contained fires can cause smoke damage to a home. Smoke spreads quickly through a home with any size fire. When that happens, you should seek professional help to remove the smoke residue and soot.
SERVPRO of South Saratoga County has years of experience providing professional fire mitigation to Clifton Park homes and businesses. We understand how fires damage and impact a home, and our technicians are trained to deal with that situation. Our fire and restoration services include:
- Emergency remediation such as boarding up and mitigating safety issues
- Performing an initial scope to determine the best course of action
- Water extraction and chemical cleanup from firefighters
- Drying the premises of any moisture
- Removing charred and badly damaged content and structural elements
- Smoke residue and soot removal
- Deodorizing with ozone generators and other techniques
- Restoration and reconstruction as needed
As members of the Clifton Park community, we strive to meet the needs of our friends and neighbors. To do this, SERVPRO makes sure we are available around the clock and even on holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. Disaster does not take a holiday, and neither do we. No matter what time of day and night, you can reach us at (518) 885-2629. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.