8 Tips for Safely Using Fireworks
With the Fourth of July right around the corner, many people are stocking up on fireworks. While this can be a fun activity to celebrate the holiday, it's important to take the necessary safety precautions when using fireworks. This is especially important for Central Oregonians as much of the vegetation that makes up our beautiful landscape is extremely flammable.
Did you know that fireworks are the cause of over 18,000 fires each year? These fires account for an average of 3 deaths and 40 injuries each year. Check out the tips below so that you can avoid becoming part of the statistic.
1.) Don't let young children handle fireworks.
Young children should definitely not be handling fireworks. Additionally, any older children should be closely monitored by an adult to ensure that fireworks are being properly used.
2.) Avoid using fireworks if you're impaired by drugs or alcohol.
It's no secret that drugs and alcohol can cause poor judgment. It is best not to take the risk of using fireworks when impaired for the safety of everyone around.
3.) Don't hold any fireworks that have been lit in your hand.
This may seem obvious, but it's worth mentioning. Fireworks should never be held in peoples' hands once they are ignited.
4.) Don't light fireworks indoors.
The last thing that you want is to cause a house fire from lighting a firework inside. Stick to the outdoors when using fireworks.
5.) Don't light fireworks in a container.
Fireworks should never be lit in a container, including metal and glass containers.
6.) Soak fireworks in water for a couple hours after use.
It is a good rule of thumb to soak fireworks in water for a couple hours after they have been used. This will prevent any accidental fires.
7.) Always have a bucket of water nearby.
Fire spreads at an extremely rapid pace. Having a bucket of water ready is important to stop a fire while it is still manageable.
8.) Light fireworks in an area without fire hazards.
Find a clear area that isn't surrounded by vegetation when shooting off fireworks.
If you have any questions about fire or smoke damage, please do not hesitate to call the SERVPRO of Bend office at 541-385-7044.
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Safety Tips for Fire Pits
As summer approaches, many people are gearing up to spend more time outside. A popular Central Oregon activity is sitting around the fire pit on a summer night. While this is great for enjoying summer nights, it's important to be careful not to ignite any outdoor or house fires.
Here a couple tips to remember to prevent any fire pit accidents:
You should not put a fire pit within 10 feet of your house or neighboring yards. You should also make sure that there's no overhanging over your pit.
2.) Extinguishing a Fire
Putting dirt or sand on a fire ins't always enough to put a fire out. The best way to make sure that a fire is completely out is to let the wood burn all the way down and spreading out the coals. Once the coals are spread out, you should also douse the pit with water until there is no remaining heat emanating from the pit.
If you have any questions about fire damage to your property, please do not hesitate to call the SERVPRO of Bend office at 541-385-7044.
6 Tips for Preventing Outdoor Fires
As summer approaches, people are spending more time outdoors in their yards. While enjoying the Central Oregon weather, this is a great opportunity to get rid of fire hazards outside your home and create a fire-safe space.
Here are some simple things that you can do that will greatly reduce the risk of fire around your home:
1.) Place your grill three feet from siding, deck railings, and overhanging branches.
Things like siding, deck railings and overhanging branches are fire hazards and should not be within a three foot vicinity of your grill. All it takes is a single spark for any of these things to catch fire.
2.) Keep fire pits, wood piles and propane tanks 5-30 feet from your home.
Fire pits, wood piles, and propane tanks are extremely flammable. You want to keep these a minimum of five feet (more if possible) from your home. This will provide a buffer zone between your the objects and your home if one were to catch fire.
3.) Only light a gas grill if the lid is open.
You want to make sure to always open the lid of the grill before lighting it. If you light it with the lid closed, this can create gas buildup that could cause an explosion.
4.) Trim any branches that are within 5 feet of your home.
It is a good rule of thumb to trim any branches that are within five feet of your home. This creates a buffer zone if one of the trees were to catch fire.
5.) Clear leaves and branches from roofs, gutters, porches and decks.
Leaves and branches are flammable, and you don't want them accumulating on your roofs, gutters, porches or decks. You should periodically clear these areas throughout the summer.
6.) Remove dead plants, leaves and branches within 10 feet of your home.
It is also good practice to remove any dead plants, leaves and branches within 10 feet of your home. This creates a defensible space from fires.
If you have any questions about fire damage or creating a defensible space, please do not hesitate to call the SERVPRO of Bend office at 541-385-7044.
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What to Do if You Find Mold Caused by a Roof Leak
Roof leaks can cause water to slowly drip into your house. The most obvious problem with this is the possibility of water damage to the interior of your home. What many people don't realize is that this water damage can create the perfect environment for mold growth.
If the mold growth isn't too extensive, you can remove it yourself. You just want to make sure that you take all of the necessary steps to do it safely and effectively.
Step 1: Identify the Mold
Once you have the cause of the leak repaired to prevent any further damage, you should start investigating the affected areas for any signs of mold growth. These can often include a discoloration of the wall or ceiling, a musty aroma, or visible mold that is usually green, black, or brown.
In addition to physically seeing the mold, you can also monitor your health. Mold can cause people to have trouble breathing, fever, sore throat, headaches, chronic fatigue and more.
Step 2: Determine the Extent of the Mold Growth
Sometimes mold might not look bad on the surface, but oftentimes mold can also get in the drywall, insulation, floorboards, etc. You'll want to make sure you do a proper inspection of the affected area to know the whole extent of the mold growth.
Step 3: Remove the Mold
Mold can produce toxins, so if you plan to remove it yourself you should take the proper safety precautions. Firstly, make sure that you have personal protective equipment (PPE), such as gloves and a face mask. You should also wear long sleeve clothing to make sure your body is covered.
Once you have all of your PPE on, you can use a fungicide on the affected area and scrape the mold from the surface it's on. Once you have removed as much as you can, let the area dry. You should check back on in a couple weeks to make sure that the mold hasn't grown back.
If you have any questions about water or mold damage in your business or home, please do not hesitate to call the SERVPRO of Bend office at 541-385-7044.
Tips for Building a Defensible Space from Wildfires
If you live in an area that is prone to wildfires, it's important to have a defensible space around your home. If done correctly, this space should slow or even halt the spread of a wildfire, protecting your home and family. To start, you want to break your defensible space up into two zones, Zone 1 and Zone 2.
Zone 1 should be a circle around your home extending 30 feet. In this area, you'll want to remove any dead vegetation, leaves and pine needles. You should also do your best to trim any overhanging branches that are within ten feet from your chimney.
Zone 2 should be a circle around your home extending 100 feet. The grass in this area show be mowed regularly to keep it 4 inches or shorter. You should also remove any fallen leaves, twigs, branches and pine cones. It is recommended that you don't have vegetation too close in this space either. There should be sufficient spacing both horizontally and vertically.
If you have any questions about fire damage or creating a defensible space, please do not hesitate to call the SERVPRO of Bend office at 541-385-7044.
5 Most Common Household Fire Hazards
The majority of house fires that occur in the United States are preventable. You can take some simple measures that will go a long ways in preventing house fires in your home.
Here are the five most common household fire hazards with tips on how to prevent them:
1.) The use of candles.
Poor judgment when using candles is one of the most common causes of house fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there are an average of 25 candles fires per day.
If you use candles inside your home, there's a few simple preventative measures that you can take.
- Make sure that you put out any candles before going to sleep.
- Keep candles a minimum of one foot away from anything flammable.
- Use candle holders that are sturdy and won't tip over easily.
2.) Being negligent while cooking.
Cooking is the number one cause of household fires. When cooking, it's important to never leave food unattended. You should keep flammable objects, such as towels, oven mitts, hot pads and any wooden cooking utensils away from heat sources.
3.) The unsafe use of heating equipment.
According to the NFPA, space heaters account for over 30% of house fires and about 80% of all house fire deaths. Following a few rules of thumb can go a long way in preventing heating equipment fires in your home:
- Keep anything flammable a minimum of three feet away from any portable heating equipment.
- Turn off portable heaters before leaving a room or going to bed.
- Do NOT use your oven as a heater. This actually releases carbon monoxide, which is poisonous and can sometimes be fatal.
4.) Electrical equipment malfunctions.
Unfortunately, there's always the possibility for electrical equipment to malfunction. You should keep an eye on any electrical appliances that you use regularly for damaged cords. You should also make sure not to overload any outlets. Additionally, it may not be a bad idea to have an electrician do an annual checkup of your house's wiring.
5.) Failed dryer and washing machine maintenance.
Before using your dryer, make it a habit to clean your lint filter. This is a huge fire hazard that is often forgotten about. Additionally, you should periodically check the pipes for your washer and dryer and make sure they aren't restricted in any way.
If you have any questions about fire damage, smoke damage or making a fire escape plan, please do not hesitate to call the SERVPRO of Bend office at 541-385-7044.
4 Tips for Disinfecting Your Office
Keeping a clean office environment should be a priority for your company. This will prevent the spread of germs and keep people healthier year-round.
Here are four tips for disinfecting your office:
1.) Wipe surfaces in one direction.
If you wipe a surface one direction and then go back the opposite direction, you are going to spread the germs right back on the surface. A swift wipe in one direction will be most effective in removing germs from a surface.
2.) Make sure you're using the right chemicals.
Make sure you are using the right chemicals for disinfecting. Each cleaning product should be labeled with its intended purpose.
3.) Make sure you get to all of the high-tough areas.
High-touch areas should be at the top of your list for disinfecting. This includes things such as chairs, stair railings, telephones, restroom surfaces and coffee pot handles/dispensers.
4.) Make handwashing a priority in your business.
Stressing the importance of handwashing in your office will go a long ways in preventing the unnecessary spread of germs.
If you have any questions about commercial disinfecting, please do not hesitate to call the SERVPRO of Bend office at 541-385-7044.
3 Tips for Deodorizing Your Commercial Building
As a commercial building owner, the last thing that you want a potential customer or visitor to think when they walk into your building is that it smells bad. Many people try to mask the smell of nasty odors by adding in good odors. However, this is only a band-aid to fixing the problem. The only way to make a bad odor leave permanently is to identify and remove the source.
Here are 3 tips that you can use to deodorize your commercial building:
1.) Don't cut your cleaning budget.
When it comes to cutting back on budgets, many commercial property/business owners think that they should start with cleaning costs. However, consistency in cleaning your facility is very important in preventing smelly odors from getting out of hand.
2.) Be mindful of lingering bathroom odors.
Surveys show that if people have a poor bathroom experience, this can negatively affect their view on the business as a whole. Make sure you're taking the time to clean bathrooms regularly, as they are more prone to developing smelly odors.
3.) Don't forget about storage rooms and stairwells.
Rooms that people don't normally go in shouldn't be neglected either. This includes areas like storage rooms and stairwells. The last thing you want is musty-smelling mold growth to go unnoticed for an extended period of time.
If you have any questions about commercial deodorization, please do not hesitate to call the SERVPRO of Bend office at 541-385-7044.
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SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need
During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.
We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.
The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:
- Kitchen/Food Areas
- Retail Spaces
- Water Fountains
- Sales Counters
- Carpets and Rugs
- Stair Handrails
- Elevator Cars
- Playground Equipment
- Fitness Equipment
The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.
Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning
If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, please don't hesitate to call the SERVPRO of Bend office today at 541-385-7044.
3 Things That Promote Mold Growth
Before getting into this article, it's important to remember that mold is everywhere. However, that doesn't mean that we should let it grow freely where it shouldn't. Identifying what factors can lead to mold growth in your home is a great place to start in taking preventative measures.
Here are 3 things to look out for that can promote mold growth in your home:
One of the biggest factors that promote mold growth is a moist environment. A great way to identify is promoting too much moisture is observing your windows for excessive condensation. You should also make sure that your house maintenance is up to date by periodically checking for leaks in the attic, walls and pipes.
2.) Warmer temperatures
Ideal conditions for mold growth are usually between the temperatures of 77°F and 86°F. These temperatures generally create a more humid environment that mold favors. If you can't stand not having the thermostat up in your home, you may want to make sure that you have good ventilation and even consider investing in a dehumidifier.
The more time you allow a room to have ideal conditions for mold growth, the more mold that is going to grow. It's important that you stay on top of monitoring the house for any signs of growth and take action as soon as possible if you spot any.
If you have any questions about mold in your home, please do not hesitate to call the SERVPRO of Bend office at 541-385-7044. We service all of Central Oregon, including Bend, Redmond, Sisters, Sunriver, Madras, La Pine, Prineville and all of the surrounding areas.