Tips & Tricks 2017-01-01T17:08:52+00:00

TIPS & TRICKS

FIRE HAZARDS.

As heating systems kick into high gear, it’s important to protect family and pets from potential fire hazards. The leading cause of fire in the United States has been shown to be kids playing with matches, lighters and candles, so a good start to preventative efforts would be to remove temptation from little hands and keep ignitable materials in secured, hard-to-reach places. Additionally, if you follow the tips included in this column, you’ll be assured of a snug, safe winter!

  • If you have kids, check under mattresses and in closets for signs that a child may be playing with fire.
  • Teach a year-round safety lesson by placing a smoke detector outside your child’s room and let your little one help you change the battery each year.
  • Never place candles near curtains or other linens. If you’ve left a window open, remember that a curtain can float far into the room, so check distances, even if a lit candle appears far away from a window.
  • Check manufacturer’s labels for fire resistance when you purchase pajamas for your children to be certain they stand every chance of surviving a fire safely.
  • Make it a rule to keep a three-foot space between portable heaters and bedding, clothing, curtains and other flammable items.
  • Do not store old mattresses in the home or the garage, as they could easily turn into fire hazards.
  • Install and maintain smoke detectors on every level of your home (preferably outside a bedroom). Change batteries annually.
  • Create two routes out of your home in the event a fire breaks out. Hold family fire drills to rehearse using those escapes.
  • Teach kids this trick: stop, drop and roll. If they master it and their clothing catches fire, their chances of survival will be excellent.

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SMOKE AND FIRE DAMAGE.

If you’re experiencing smoke and fire damage, here are some tips on what you should, and should not do.

DO’s

  • DO limit the movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being impregnated into upholstery and carpets. Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can impregnate upholstery, walls, and woodwork, causing more damage.
  • DO tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.
  • DO change furnace filters.
  • DO cover upholstery with sheets (if upholstery is not wet).
  • DO blow off or brush-vacuum loose smoke particles from upholstery, drapes and carpet.
  • DO open windows for ventilation in warm weather.
  • DO clean and protect chrome tri on kitchen and bathroom faucets and appliances with a light coating of petroleum jelly or light oil.
  • DO empty freezer and refridgerator completely if electricity is off, and prop doors open with rolled towel or newspaper.
  • DO wash plants with water on both sides of leaves (water softener helps).
  • DO remove pets (especially birds) to a clear environment.

DONT’s

  • DON’T use TV’s, stereos or electrical appliances until cleaned and checked
  • DON’T us do-it-yourself home carpet or upholstery cleaners.
  • DON’T attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces. Let professionals use specific chemicals for the job.
  • DON’T use any canned or packaged food or beverage that may have been stored close to a fire, heat or water. (They may be contaminated)
  • DON’T send garments to ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

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WATER DAMAGE.

If you’re experiencing water damage, here are some tips on what you should, and should not do.

DO’s

  • DO remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • DO remove wet insulation and start dehumidifier.
  • DO turn on air conditioning for maximum drying in summer; in winter, heat area to approximately 74-76 degrees and operate dehumidifier until dry.
  • DO remove or prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • DO wipe up excess from wood furniture after removal of lamps and table-top items.
  • DO put aluminum foil, china saucers or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • DO remove oriental rugs or other colored rugs from wet wall-to-wall carpeting.
  • DO remove valuable paintings and art objects to a safe place.
  • DO open drawers and cabinet doors for complete drying.
  • DO blot wet carpeting with clean white towels.

DONT’s

  • DON’T attempt to use any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat, or water.
  • DON’T turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, wiring may be wet or damaged. Keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
  • DON’T leave wet fabric in place, dry as quickly as possible. Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.
  • DON’T leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors.
  • DON’T use TV’s or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, particularly on wet concrete floors.
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