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Merry Christmas from SERVPRO!

12/25/2021 (Permalink)

Merry Christmas from everyone at SERVPRO of Springfield! We hope everyone has a fantastically fun holiday! We hope it’s a safe holiday as well. Despite all the holiday joy and cheer around us, it’s important to remember that there’s still plenty that can go wrong. Especially with all the extra decorations and people around for the holidays. So it’s important to still be ready for the worst while still having fun with your family. The National Safety Council (NSC) has a list of safety to keep in the back of your mind this Christmas season to keep you and your family safe;

  • Prepare your car for winter traveling and keep an emergency preparedness kit with you
  • Never leave candles or fireplaces burning unattended or when you are asleep
  • Be cautious about toys that have button batteries or magnets
  • Plan ahead for heavy traffic
  • Refrigerate hot or cold leftover food within two hours of being served
  • Designate a sober driver to ensure guests make it home safely after a holiday party
  • Choose toys for presents in the correct age range
  • Wash your hands frequently when handling food
  • Never nail, tack, or stress wiring when hanging lights
  • Keep your decorations away from potentially poisonous plants
  • Only use indoor lights indoors and outdoor lights outdoors
  • Use a screen on the fireplace at all times when a fire is burning

Just a few simple tips can keep your holiday celebration safe and fun. We all love spending time with our families and our presents during the holiday season. But it’s just as important to make sure our homes and families are safe from all the potential hazards that are present even on Christmas. So stay safe and have a very Happy Holidays.

Source: https://www.nsc.org

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Watering Your Christmas Tree

12/4/2021 (Permalink)

Even though plastic Christmas trees have become more popular in recent years, there are still plenty of people who prefer the scent and sight of a real live Christmas tree. They enjoy picking out their Christmas tree, bringing it home, and keeping it lush and green throughout the season. But if you choose to go this route this holiday season, it’s important to remember that your Christmas tree is a living plant. And like any other household plant, it must be cared for properly or its life will wither away very quickly. The Home Depot has a list of tips to help you make sure your tree lasts the entire Christmas season;

  • Gather tools and materials ahead of time
  • Set up stand and water before going to buy your tree
  • Get tree into water as soon as you can
  • Water daily because a 6-foot Christmas tree requires at least one gallon of water each day to stay fresh
  • Try a tree watering system
  • The size of your stand should be proportionate to the size of your tree
  • Do not let the water level in the stand fall below the base of your Christmas tree
  • Use a spray bottle to mist the branches and needles once a day to help prevent them from becoming brittle and breaking off too soon

The debate over plastic versus real Christmas trees is one that has been going on for years. And it most likely won’t be settled any time soon. But both can become absolutely beautiful if decorated and maintained with care. So if you’re sporting a live Christmas tree this year, make sure you know how to water it properly and keep it bright and green.

Source: https://www.homedepot.com

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Fireplaces: Warm, Cozy, and Safe

12/3/2021 (Permalink)

As the weather gets colder and colder, a lot of households turn to their fireplaces for an extra source of heat and a cozy place to gather as a family. This happens so often that the fireplace is often pictured alongside other Christmas traditions. But even during our time cuddled up in front of the fire we have to remember that a fireplace is an open flame. And like any other open flame, it can be dangerous if not taken care off properly. Healthy Children.org has a list of tips that can help your fireplace stay cozy and not dangerous;

  • If possible, keep a window cracked open while the fire is burning
  • Keep a fire extinguisher on hand
  • Be certain the damper or flue is open before starting a fire
  • Ensure your smoke detector and fire alarm are working properly
  • Use dry and well-aged wood
  • Put fireplace tools and accessories out of a young child's reach
  • Smaller pieces of wood placed on a grate burn faster and produce less smoke
  • Never leave a fire in the fireplace unattended
  • Clean out ashes from previous fires to increase oxygen flow
  • Make sure the area around the fireplace is clear of anything that is potentially flammable
  • The chimney should be checked annually by a professional
  • Consider installing a safety screen if you don’t have one already
  • Check for animal nests or other blockages that could prevent smoke from escaping

Most modern fireplaces come with plenty of safeguards that there shouldn’t be a problem if you want to light that fire and relax for a while. But even so, the wrong combination of steps can result in a devastating house fire and leave you literally out in the cold. So just make sure you’re careful when putting that finishing touch on your holiday living room.

Source: https://www.healthychildren.org

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Slow Down! Icy Roads!

12/2/2021 (Permalink)

With the recent big ice storms, most will avoid the roads as much as they can. But even those currently working from home will eventually have to go out for one reason or another. And if the roads are not salted yet, there could be patches of ice anywhere. Or even entire roads covered in ice. No matter how good the traction on your car is, there’s always a chance to spin out on the ice and crash. To avoid such a disastrous problem, there are a number of simple things you can do while driving to help your car stay on track and the people inside safe and sound. These tips from Ice Road Safety will help you get to all your destinations safely;

  • Drive slower, more speed means less control
  • Only go out when absolutely necessary
  • Go easy on the breaks, your car may slide forward on the ice
  • Turn into a slide, the wheels should be going the same direction as the back of your car
  • Don’t stop for other stranded vehicles, professionals will be on their way to help
  • Avoid hills and other more dangerous roads

Driving has quickly become an integral part of our day-to-day lives. And our cars have gotten safer just as quickly. But even still, so much safe driving is controlled by the driver. So when the weather turns back, make sure you know how to protect yourself, and all your passengers.

Source: http://icyroadsafety.com

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Package Safety Tips

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

With the onset of December, the Christmas buying season is now in full swing. Whether ordering your employees complimentary Christmas presents or buying new office Christmas decorations, they’ll all be coming in most likely on a truck in cardboard boxes. And more often than not the packages are left at the front door of your business. But with both your employees and customers walking by all day, it could be very easy for those packages to suddenly disappear. So it is important for you to practice good package safety. The Silver Lining.com has a helpful list of tips that you can use to keep your mailed packages safe this holiday season;

  • Don’t let your packages sit
  • Ship to your local pack and ship store
  • Talk to your neighbors
  • Insure your holiday packages
  • Ship to an alternate address
  • Try requiring a signature on delivery
  • Ship to the store
  • Consider installing a package lockbox
  • Consider investing in security cameras

As online shopping becomes more popular each year, porch pirates will continue to strike more often. After all, it only takes a second for them to walk up to your door, swipe the package, and walk away without a second thought. And while the practice of porch pirating may never fully disappear, you can do a few simple tricks to make your packages far less of a target to passersby. So look into some of these options this year and keep your packages secure and safe.

Source: https://www.thesilverlining.com

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Happy and Safe Turkey Day!

11/25/2021 (Permalink)

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at SERVPRO of Springfield! We hope you have a great holiday whether it be spent on your own or with all your family. And we also hope that your turkey is as delicious as it can be. But before it hits the dinner table, make sure you know in advance how you’re handling the cooking of the turkey. Ever since the “I Want a Deep Fried Turkey” campaign from State Farm and William Shatner in 2011 and 2018, the decision to deep fry a turkey has become more popular. But like the song says, if you’re not careful you could end up with a massive fire that will ruin your celebration. Luckily, State Farm itself has a list of tips to keep your holiday safe if you decide to deep fry that turkey;

  • Keep outdoor fryers off decks, out of garages, and a safe distance away from trees and other structures
  • Make sure the turkey is thawed and dry before cooking
  • Place the fryer on a level surface
  • Leave 2 feet between the tank and the burner when using a propane-powered fryer
  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions to avoid overfilling
  • Choose a smaller turkey for frying
  • Never leave fryers unattended
  • Turn off the burner before lowering the turkey into the oil
  • Wear goggles to shield your eyes, use oven mitts to protect your hands and arms
  • Do not use water or a garden hose on a fire related to Turkey Fryers
  • Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times
  • When done, cover it to let the oil cool overnight before disposing

Deep-fried turkey can be a delicious option for your Thanksgiving celebration. But in some ways, it can be an even more dangerous cooking method than your oven. With an open flame right above a pot of flammable oil, it can be easy for a split-second mistake to turn into a massive fire. So make sure you’re cooking safely and have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Source: https://www.statefarm.com

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

The Tools to Banish Water Damage

11/4/2021 (Permalink)

No matter what time of the year it is, we here at SERVPRO of Springfield are always ready to help you with your water damage clean-up. But why pick us in particular? There are a number of reasons that we’re the best in the business. But one of the best is the advanced technology we use to clean up and restore your home as swiftly as we can. But what exactly do we have? And what do we do with it? To answer that, we have a full list of the equipment we use and what it does to help us help you;

  • Moisture Detection and Measurement Equipment
    • An infrared camera may be used to identify water locations for thorough water removal.
    • Sensitive moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation
  • Water Extraction Equipment
    • Submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water. 
    • Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal.
  • Drying Equipment
    • High-speed air movers cause moisture to evaporate at a faster pace
    • Industrial-grade dehumidifiers pull the water vapor from the air.
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization
    • Air scrubbers
    • Thermal foggers and deodorization agents
  • Sanitizing Agents, Germicides, and Anti-Microbial Treatments
    • Deodorization products control odors from excessive moisture.
    • Disinfection products stop the growth of bacteria, fungi, mildew, and other harmful microorganisms.

When it comes to our restoration and clean-up technology, we don’t mess around. Our advanced machines and technology are just one of the many reasons we are the best in the business. We use only the best to make sure your home is restored and cleaned to the point that you can’t even tell there was ever water damage. That’s why our motto is “Like it never even happened.”

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Earlier Night, Dangerous Driving

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

As fall begins to leave and winter gets closer to settling in, we begin to notice just how much earlier it gets dark each night. As sunset becomes earlier and earlier and sunrise becomes later and later each day, more and more of your commercial driving teams will be forced to drive in the dark during their early and late runs. And just like a storm, nighttime is considered to be less than ideal conditions to be driving. Often with only your car lights and other cars’ lights as sources of lights, night driving can be very dangerous if your drivers are unprepared for it. Geico Insurance has provided a list of helpful safety tips to remember when driving at night;

  • Be Extra Defensive
  • Test And Use Your Lights
  • Combat Fatigue
  • Take Care Of Your Eyes
  • Clean Up Your View
  • Watch For Wildlife
  • Avoid Two-Lane Highways
  • Look In The Right Direction
  • Slow Down
  • Tweak Your Inside Lighting
  • Angle Your Headlights Correctly
  • Use High Beams When Appropriate

Simply put, it becomes much more dangerous to drive the darker it gets outside. Even the most experienced drivers have to be careful. And in company cars, you could be liable for accidents your drivers cause during the night hours. So make sure your company drivers know what to do when driving in the dark to keep themselves and other drivers safe. Both before and after the sun goes down.

Source: https://www.geico.com

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Turn on the Heater, Not a Fire

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

The cold weather is returning again and fast. And many of us are turning our heaters and or furnaces back on if we haven’t already. After all, who wants to be freezing cold in their own home? But while not as precarious as a fireplace or a space heater, your furnace can cause a catastrophic house fire that could cost thousands of dollars to fix. So it’s crucial to make sure your furnace is as safe as it can be. Nationwide Insurance has provided a list of tips to help you make sure your furnace doesn’t heat your house into a fire; 

  • Inspect your furnace annually
  • Don’t forget about the laundry room when inspecting for hazards
  • Clean your chimney if you use it frequently
  • Give your boiler a wide berth from other appliances
  • Check your chimney for structural damage before winter
  • Check your water heater for any problems
  • If using a fireplace, use a diffusion screen to keep logs securely inside
  • Be extremely careful with space heaters

The number of household fires from furnaces and other heaters during the winter months is sky high every year. And often this is just from a lack of simple maintenance on these appliances and systems. This is why it’s so important to keep your appliances well maintained and clean both during use and when they’re not in use. So take the time to make sure your appliances are clean and up to code. And don’t heat the house so much it becomes a fire.

Source: https://nationwide.com

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Storms: Scarier Than You Think

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

Halloween may be over now, but the scary parts of the real world are still in full swing. And with winter on the approach once again, it’s important to know just what could be coming your way. Often we don’t like to think about the worst-case scenarios when it comes to storms. But if we never do, then we won’t be prepared when those types of storms hit our area. So we have to acknowledge them and be prepared for them. Best Life Online has provided a list of shocking storm facts that actually have happened across the world;

  • A 1995 storm dropped hailstones as big as softballs
  • One blizzard in Iran buried entire villages with no survivors
  • Blood red rain poured down on India for a summer
  • A heatwave in California once turned grapes into raisins
  • Once in 2010, Earth got as cold as Mars with -135.8°F, or -94.7°C
  • America is the World's Tornado Capital
  • Mild autumn weather led to bigger spiders indoors
  • By counting the number of seconds between a flash of lightning and the thunder that follows, then dividing that by five, you learn how many miles away you are from where lightning just struck
  • Hurricane Andrew led to a Python invasion in Florida
  • Some storms are more powerful than Atomic Bombs
  • Bigger cities create stronger thunderstorms
  • It can rain fish and frogs
  • Once, wind during an NFL game bent the goalposts
  • Once in 1977, it snowed in Florida
  • There's such a thing as a "Thundersnow" storm

The point of this isn’t to scare you. The idea is to raise awareness of how dangerous a storm can be when Mother Nature decides to give us all a real wallop. Instances like the ones we’ve listed are extremely rare, but the fact is that they can happen. And under the right circumstances, they could happen again. So make sure you’re not only prepared for the normal, but also for the extreme and unusual.

Source: https://bestlifeonline.com

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.