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13 Fireworks Safety Tips
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13 Fireworks Safety Tips

People have used fireworks to celebrate special occasions and holidays like the 4th of July for decades. Currently, all states in the U.S. allow for the sale of some types of fireworks during the year, except Massachusetts. The types of fireworks available for sale vary by state; some only allow sparklers and other small ones while others have almost no restrictions. Check with your state and local laws before buying fireworks to avoid visits from law enforcement. Risks with Fireworks No matter what type you use, fireworks safety should be a top priority at all times. Every year, thousands of children and adults are injured in fireworks accidents, and the majority of the injuries could have been prevented. According to the National Fire Protection Association, over 10,000 people w...
Fire Damage Restoration, Safety Tips

Christmas Tree Fire Safety Tips

While they don’t occur very often, Christmas tree fires can be deadly, lighting the entire home on fire with just one spark. But the majority of them occur when the tree hasn’t been watered in days - when it is fully dried out. Don’t let your Christmas celebrations result in a disaster after forgetting to water the tree. Here are some Christmas tree fire safety tips to remember when setting up, decorating, and maintaining this beautiful decoration. Tree Fire Safety Tips In order to minimize the risk of a Christmas tree fire this year, follow these holiday fire safety steps and you can carry on to having a merry holiday. Proper Live Tree Care After picking up the perfect tree from the best vendor, make sure that it is properly maintained and “fed” in order for it to last past Chr...
Fire Damage Restoration, Smoke Damage Cleanup

How to Prevent Smoke from Coming Out of the Fireplace

Winter is fast approaching, and the balmy indoors are starting to once again appear very appealing. If your home features a fireplace, you may decide to make use of it in the cool season. After all, what could be better on a blistering winter day than cozying up to the warmth of a blazing fire with a mug of hot cocoa and a comfy couch to take it all in? Many homeowners who enjoy the crackling heat of a fireplace fire also report that they have almost no luck with containing the smoke to within the fireplace flue, or chimney. Instead, they experience billowy smoke wafting into their living room. If you’ve got a functional fireplace and a wish to use it, then the following tips will help you experience your fireplace as intended—without the unwanted smoky guest entering uninvited into...
How to File an Insurance Claim for Fire and Smoke Damage
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How to File an Insurance Claim for Fire and Smoke Damage

While many of us have renter’s or homeowner’s insurance policies that cover fire damage, deciding what to do after a property fire can be daunting. But property owners aren’t just dealing with damage from the flames, they will find that their building materials and contents will be covered in an oily, thick residue from smoke damage as well as wet surfaces from the fire hose. While these materials will need emergency fire damage restoration services in order to save as much time and money in the repairs process, an insurance claim will need to be filed beforehand to cover the costs. Damages Caused by the Smoke Even after the flames have been extinguished, the majority of the damage is still spreading from extra soot and smoke byproducts covering the household surfaces. Especially ...
Oil Furnace and Burner Puff Back Causes, Prevention, and Treatment
Fire Damage Restoration, Smoke Damage Cleanup

Oil Furnace and Burner Puff Back Causes, Prevention, and Treatment

If your home’s heating system contains an oil burner or furnace, it is prone to a puff back. When these occur, oil explodes when ignited within the system, releasing smoke and soot onto surrounding surfaces. If your home uses a forced air system, the byproducts also can spread throughout the home via the air ducts, covering the entire property in a thick oily, residue. While it looks disgusting and will surely cause permanent damage if left untreated, this residue should never be cleaned with home remedies. Instead, contact a professional cleaning and restoration company; they will use professional cleaning products to remove all smoke and soot byproducts. What is a Puff Back A puff back occurs when an oil burning furnace does not ignite when prompted. The vapors build up in the b...
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How to Winterize a Gas Grill

In the rush to get your home and yard ready for winter, don’t forget about your grill! After using it over the summer, it will need some cleaning and preparation for winter. But don’t wait until the last minute or cut corners as it may lead to damage and shorten its lifespan. Besides, nobody likes cleaning or fixing a grill during a snowstorm. Thorough Gas Grill Cleaning Anything that remains on your grill over the winter will cause deterioration until spring. This includes food particles, dirt, grease and any other built up debris. Here are some cleaning tips to help you get started: Remove cooking grates, drip tray, heating plates, and warming rack from the grill. Scrape each part with a grill brush, washing with soap and warm water, and drying them thoroughly. Wipe both...
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Microwave Safety – What Not to Put in the Microwave

Did you know that 9 out of 10 homes in the United States have microwaves? Because we are always on the go, we are not often left with much time to cook when we get home. Many Americans often work late nights and are simply too tired to cook a full meal. The fastest option that comes to mind is grabbing something from the fridge and popping it in the microwave. Within minutes, you have a hot meal readily prepared after putting in the least effort possible. But as convenient as these appliances can be, remember that they can be extremely dangerous to your health, safety, and home if used improperly. Prolonging cleaning, using the wrong materials, and overheating or exploding food within the machine can also cause significant damage. But when used properly, they can be extremely safe t...
Dryer Fire Prevention
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Dryer Fire Prevention

There are many common causes for fires within homes and buildings. From overheated circuits to kitchen fires, theycan be almost impossible to prevent altogether. But what is most important in preventing these natural disasters before they happen is being aware of all possible causes and hazards within the home. One of the many common causes includes dryers. Not many individuals are aware of the dangers they are posing towards their home and pets when leaving the home with the dryer running. If at any time the air ducts, filters, or vent becomes blocked, the machine can quickly become overheated and start a fire. If you have already experienced a dryer fire within your home, don’t hesitate to contact your local ServiceMaster. Emergency fire damage restoration services will be neede...
How to Clean and Restore Your Office Equipment After a Fire
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How to Clean and Restore Your Office Equipment After a Fire

Experiencing an office fire can be devastating for your business because of the vast destruction it can cause to your property and equipment.  Offices contain plenty of electronic equipment such as computers, phones, copy machines, fax machines, and others that can become damaged by fire, smoke, and soot.  Even if the fire was contained to a certain area, the smoke and soot can spread to other areas and affect the electronic equipment.  As a business owner or manager, you may be anxious to get your business back up and running.  However, it is very important to have your electronic equipment inspected for fire and smoke damage before you use it again, even if it appears to be fine. How Fire and Smoke Damages Electronics The electronic equipment in an office is often the most important an...
How to Clean Fire Damaged Jewelry
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How to Clean Fire Damaged Jewelry

It can certainly be traumatic to discover that your precious jewelry has been severely damaged in a house fire. Even if they do not have high monetary value, some may have been passed down by generations, making them almost impossible to replace. However, the majority of these types of metals and stones have a considerably high melting point, allowing them to survive the flames. Even if they look unsalvageable, they actually only contain a smoke residue that can be cleaned with special products and methods. Restoring Jewelry After a Fire Although many types of jewelry can be restored after a fire, they can also be melted down and recast into their original form. However, there are restoration jewelers that are specially trained to handle fire and smoke damaged jewelry, using the prope...