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Space Heater Safety Tips for New Bern, NC Residents
As the temperature outside continues to drop, we respond with heating our homes more frequently, or even by introducing new heat sources such as a space heater. As warm and cozy as this might make you feel, there are some important considerations you may want to review.
Heating equipment fires accounted for 15% of all reported home fires in 2011-2015—or over 25,000 residential fires related to space heaters. The following guidelines can help you choose the right heater to keep you and your family safe.
- Second-hand goods are a great way to be frugal, but purchasing a newer model heater branded with the Underwriter's Laboratory (UL) label should ensure that all of the current safety features are present.
- Heater size can make a big impact on your energy bill. Typically, manufacturers will have a guide on the box to help you choose the optimal sized heater for your needs, so be sure to pick the right size.
- If available, choose a thermostatically controlled heater to further reduce energy costs.
- Place the heater you choose on a stable, level surface where pets and children cannot accidentally harm themselves. Also, be sure not to place your heater anywhere near materials that can combust.
Of course, there is always a chance that even with the best preparation, unforeseen circumstances can happen. Just remember, if you or someone you know is in need of professional cleanup or restoration services, our 24/7 emergency crews here at SERVPRO® of Craven/Pamlico Counties are #HereToHelp. For questions or information, give us a call at: (252) 637-7274.
Christmas Tree Tips for New Bern, NC Residents
Christmas is nearly here, and for many of us, that means it’s time to put up a tree and start the seasonal decorating. But as fun and festive as it might be, there are some risks and tips that you may want to consider to keep you and your family safe:
Keep it Cool
Nearly one out of every four Christmas tree fires is caused by being located too close to a heat source. This can dry your tree out and raise the chances of a fire as well as increase the intensity if one does occur.
Keep it Hydrated
Regularly watering your live tree is another important step that will not only make for a safer home, but keep your tree healthy and green. It can also make cleaning up after the holidays much easier than that of a dried out tree, which sheds pine needles significantly faster.
Keep it Proper
A further one in four Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical issues. Be sure to use proper lights that are rated for your intended application. Be especially mindful if decorating outside that you use outdoor-rated lights!
Keep it Calm
Keeping a fire-extinguisher nearby is another consideration, just be sure to review how to properly use one with everyone in your home. And remember, if you ever have doubts in an emergency situation, evacuate and dial 911!
Of course, the professional crews here at your locally owned SERVPRO® of Pitt/Green & Craven/Pamlico counties are available 24 hours a day if you or someone you know is in need of expert Fire & Water – Cleanup & Restoration™ services.
Cold weather tips for New Bern, NC Residents
With winter nearly upon us, the temperature is starting to drop to some uncomfortably low levels. Make sure you and your loved ones stay safe and comfortable with these helpful tips.
Cooler temperatures mean even quick trips to the store can be enough to give us the chills. While making us look cool, what we choose to wear when we go outside can also make a huge difference in how well we regulate our temperature and maintain our comfort level.
- Being one of the more well-known methods for a reason, dressing in layers is an effective way to keep your body insulated and warm. Just be sure not to bundle up too much if you’re going to be active—if you start to sweat, it can siphon the heat away from you when you stop to rest.
- Aside from headgear, such as hats and beanies, another common piece of winter attire many of us wear is gloves—but did you know that mittens are actually more effective at keeping your hands warm? If you are prone to getting cold and staying outside for more than a quick walk, mittens might be a great way of keeping those digits delightfully cozy.
- Along with the cold temperatures comes dry air which accelerates dehydration. Be sure to drink plenty of liquids, especially warm ones if possible. This will help you regulate your body temperature as well so maybe it’s time to consider that hot cocoa! In fact, staying warm takes a lot of energy from our bodies, so a little extra sugar in your beverage of choice might seem a little less concerning. Just enjoy in moderation.
For Your Pets
Animals get cold in the winter time too—try and keep them indoors as much as possible to keep them happy, healthy, and ready to put a smile on your face with their unique charm.
- If it proves impossible to bring an animal inside or if a pet will be exposed to cold conditions for a prolonged period of time, be sure to provide a dry, windproof shelter that is capable of keeping them out of the elements.
- When bringing a pet back inside during wet conditions, be sure to dry them thoroughly so they can warm back up and look their best for all your holiday photos.
- Just like you, pets can become dehydrated quickly in winter conditions. Be sure your pets have a fresh, clean and unfrozen water source to keep them going strong.
For Your Home
Preparing your home for cold weather is an easily (and often) overlooked consideration that can quickly escalate into some serious problems. Try some of the following tips to keep your home and family protected.
- One of the most common heating sources for houses and apartments is gas-powered furnaces. While effective at their job and generally reliable and safe, like any mechanical device, there is a chance for different kinds of failures. To avoid the risk of carbon monoxide building up, be sure to put new batteries in existing carbon monoxide detectors or install new ones if your home is not yet equipped.
- Make sure to shut off outdoor faucets and insulate them with foam, as they are more directly exposed to temperature drops. Don’t forget to drain and disconnect any hoses to keep them in good condition for when you need them.
- Cold temperatures can also put your pipes in danger of freezing and consequently bursting from the pressure. Pipes in your outside walls, crawlspace, and attic are especially prone to this, so be sure your pipes are adequately insulated. This could potentially save you and your home from an unexpected repair.
Of course, there is always a chance that even with the best preparation, unforeseen circumstances can happen. Just remember, if you or someone you know is in need of professional cleanup or restoration services, our 24/7 emergency crews here at SERVPRO® of Pitt/Greene & Craven/Pamlico are #HereToHelp.
Why you should Clean Your Gutters!
Why you should Clean Your Gutters!
Fall is here and leaves are beginning to fill your gutters. The main purpose of gutters is to collect rainwater and direct it away from the house. So, when your gutter is clogged with leaves, twigs, and other debris they are no longer functional. If your gutter becomes clogged it can lead to the water finding a different way to drain from your roof. Water taking a different course can cause:
Leaking Basements. If gutters are clogged the extra water will collect around the basement and eventually leak in.A leaking basement can be extremely dangerous because it can cause gas leaks and other pollutants inside of your home.
Cracked Foundation. Foundation cracks occurs when water is absorbed into the home. A cracked foundation isn’t easy to spot and can lead to damage in between walls and eventually cause mold.
Wood rot. Sometimes the foundation of home can be made out of wood. A clogged gutter can cause water to accumulate and overtime the wood will rot.
Staining. Water can overflow from a clogged gutter and cause exterior damage to the home.
It is recommended that you clean your gutters twice a year, once in the spring and a second time in the fall. Taking time to focus on cleaning out your gutters may help keep water out and prevent damage to your home. If your Greenville property has been damaged by water caused by flooding or water leaks, we have the experience, expertise, and equipment to restore your property properly. Our water removal and cleanup process also provides validation and documentation that your property is dry. Call Us Today – (252) 329-7205
Do You Have Renters Insurance?
Did you know that 95 percent of homeowner’s have a homeowner’s insurance policy, but only 37 percent of renters have renters insurance? In most cases, property managers have insurance on the structure, but not the items inside the structure. So, when a tenant gets renters insurance their policy protects them in several different ways.
Personal Belongings. A basic policy will reimburse you if your property is damaged, lost or stolen.
Fire/Wind Damage. Costs associated with fire and damage caused by high winds is covered by a renter’s policy.
Liability Protection. Renters insurance provides liability protection that covers you against lawsuits for bodily injury or property damage done by you or your family members.
Additional Living Expenses. If something were to happen to your apartment and it became unlivable. Renters insurance will pay or help pay for other living arrangements.
Coverage may vary depending on who you have the policy with, but the average renters insurance policy is only $144 per year or $12 per month! So, if you don’t have renters insurance you should look into a policy today. You never know what could happen. We hope you never have to experience damage to your apartment! Luckily, we work with your insurance for a stress free claims process, SERVPRO of Pitt/Greene Counties can help manage the insurance paperwork and process. Call Us Today – (252) 329-7205