Fire Safety For Your Kitchen
Cooking can be fun if done safely!
According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking is the number one cause of house fires with unattended cooking being associated with the majority of these fires. Here are some tips from the National Fire Protection Association to follow in your kitchen:
- Keep a fire extinguisher on hand and make sure you know how to use one. It’s also important to use the correct type of extinguisher for the fire you’re fighting.
- Use caution and stay alert! If you are sick, intoxicated or sleep deprived, it’s safest to avoid using the oven or stovetop until you feel healthier.
- Keep flammable items like plastic and wooden utensils, curtains, paper towels, food packaging and oven mitts away from your stovetop.
- Use a timer to remind you to check on your food regularly. It is important to keep an eye on what you’re cooking, especially if it’s being cooked at high temperatures (broiling, frying, boiling, etc…).
- Don’t leave hot oil unattended. When you are frying food, it’s important to always stay put and keep an eye on it as hot frying oil can become a dangerous situation rapidly. Gradually heat the oil to the temperature needed for sautéing or frying. If the oil becomes too hot, lower the heat or carefully remove the oil from heat immediately. Wisps of smoke are one sign that the temperature of the oil is too high. Keeping a thermometer specifically designed for frying can help you keep the oil at an ideal temperature.
- If you are cooking in a pan, keep a lid nearby while you cook. If the pan catches fire, slide the lid over the pan and immediately shut off the burner. Leave the lid on and let the pan cool.
Find these tips and more on the NFPA website!
Preparing an Emergency Flood Kit
Heavy rainfall can quickly produce flooding conditions. Being prepared can help keep you and your family safe!
Storms and heavy rainfall can create a flood emergency rapidly. It’s important, especially if you live in a high-risk flood zone, to be alert for potential floods and to prepare yourself in case of a flood. Having an emergency pack or watertight plastic tote in an easy to access location prepared can help keep you and your family safe and at least prevent the added stress from having to search for needed items in a panic. Set aside some time and create a list of things that you would need in the event of an evacuation due to an emergency such as a flood. This list should include priority items like water and food (3+ days supply), first aid kit, medications (7-day supply), medical items and a flashlight. Listed below are additional recommended items to keep in an emergency pack:
- Rain gear
- Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
- Tools/supplies for securing your home
- Multi-purpose tool
- Copies of personal documents
- Family and emergency contact information
- Extra set of house keys and car keys
- Map[s] of the area
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
- Spare batteries
- Personal hygiene/sanitation items
- Cell phone with charger/walkie-talkies
- Baggies/tightly sealed containers to help keep items dry
- Emergency blanket
- Baby supplies- bottles, formula, baby food, diapers
- Pet supplies
- Insect repellent and sunscreen
- Camera for pictures of damage
- Extra cash
How to Prevent A Fire In Your Home
A small fire can gather strength quickly. It is important to know and practice basic fire safety to keep you and your loved ones safe.
Did you know that every year there are over 360,000 fires in the United States? That’s about 1000 fires a day! Fires destroy countless homes every year. Sometimes these home fires can be prevented by implementing these important fire safety tips in your home:
- Install an adequate amount of smoke detectors and fire alarms in your home. Also, be sure to regularly check that your alarms are working properly and keep up with replacing the batteries
- Always keep lighters, matches and fire starters out of reach of children
- Teach your children basic fire safety rules
- If you smoke, smoke outside
- Don’t leave cooking food unattended
- Shut off appliances when you are done using them. If you leave home then realize you’re not sure you remembered to shut the stove off it’s better to be safe than sorry. Go home and make sure it’s off.
- Keep flammable items a safe distance from lit candles, fireplaces/woodstoves and stovetops.
In the event of a fire, always put safety first. When you are ready for help putting your home back together, call us at (800) 352-7251. We are here to help.
Is Your Home Hurricane Ready?
When wind conditions are right, hurricanes can form over warm ocean waters.
Spring and Summer are beautiful seasons and are certainly welcomed with open arms in New England. The warm months offer time to explore new hiking trails, do a cannon ball off the dock at your local lake and look for seashells along rolling tides and golden sands. With spring and summer also come the threat of hurricanes. A massive storm system that begins over warm ocean waters and moves inland is known as a hurricane. Hurricanes are known to produce hazards such as heavy rain, floods, rip tides, landslides, strong winds, storm surges and even tornadoes. These massive storms are capable of causing large amounts of destruction to properties and even fatalities to those in affected areas. Below are a few suggestions to help you be hurricane ready:
- Have an emergency plan in place and learn your area’s evacuation routes and local emergency shelters
- Do your homework: A little research about the area you live in will help you understand the likelihood of a hurricane and how severe the storm could potentially be.
- Store emergency supplies in a place that’s safe and easy to reach. This should include basic survival items such as potable water and food (3 days supply or more), first aid items, a flashlight and batteries, a weather radio so you can listen to storm updates and any vital
- If you live in a flood zone, always be on the lookout for warning signs during a storm (such as heavy rain)
- Sign up for NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and EAS (Emergency Alert System) to stay informed on current local weather
If your home does experience storm damage, please feel free to call us. We are available 24/7.
Tips To Protect You And Your Property Following A Water Loss
Water damage rapidly gets worse with time so be sure to call us in the event of a water loss at your home or business.
When your home or business suffers a water loss call our team and we will get there ASAP and help remediate your property. Here are some tips to keep in mind in the interim before our team arrives:
- Only eat food and drink water that you know is safe. If you suspect your water may have been contaminated, better to hold off until it is confirmed safe.
- In addition to only drinking water you know is safe, do your best to avoid coming into contact with contaminated water.
- Limit movement inside the property to what is necessary. Lots of foot traffic can lead to making conditions worse and spreading contaminants from rooms that are heavily soiled to ones that maybe weren’t.
- Avoid contact with appliances, electrical equipment or cords until you know that they are safe for use.
- Keep away from ceilings that are dripping or sagging.
For more on this and to contact our team call us at: (800) 352-7251
We are available 24/7 and are here to help.
Presentation at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate The Masiello Group in Keene, NH
Last week, we were happy to meet with our friends over at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate The Masiello Group on Island Street in Keene, NH! SERVPRO of Cheshire County Co-Owner and Marketing Director Derek Paul provided an overview of our services and answered questions along the way during his open-forum style presentation. We couldn’t have been happier with the level of participation we received! This was a wonderful opportunity for us to get to know the team a little better at Better Homes and Gardens and to provide information that could be helpful for them and their customers. Our real estate related services range from mold mitigation to general cleaning to carpet cleaning and services to help spruce up a home for a showing or closing. Thank you all at Better Homes and Gardens for having us!
Interested in having us present at your office? Give us a call! These presentations are helpful to all businesses especially those in the real estate or insurance fields as the tips we provide in our presentation can help during the interim between the discovery of a loss and SERPVRO performing restorative work.
Presentation At Kapiloff Insurance Agency in Keene, NH- June 2019
Derek presenting to the Personal Lines Department at the Keene Office for Kapiloff Insurance Agency
Recently, we had the pleasure of presenting to members of the Personal Lines Department at Kapiloff Insurance on Winchester Street in Keene, NH! Co-Owner and Marketing Director of SERVPRO of Cheshire County Derek Paul presented in an open-ended forum style, giving an overview of the services we provide, questions and tips to help their insured following a loss, and answering questions along the way. We were very happy to be invited to their office for this opportunity! Thank you all at Kapiloff Insurance Agency for having us!
Interested in having us present at your office? Give us a call! These presentations are helpful to all businesses especially those in the real estate or insurance fields. The tips we provide in our presentation can help an agent assist their insured during the interim between the discovery of a loss and SERVPRO performing restorative work.
Post Construction Cleaning Services to Make Your Place Shine!
Our highly trained crew can help make dry wall dust and construction debris "Like it never even happened."
At long last spring is here! With the warm weather come days enjoyed in the sun, soaking up the salt air and family BBQ’s. This time of year is also the perfect time to work on home or business renovations. One of the most tedious parts about construction work is actually the post construction cleaning. Drywall dust and sawdust are very fine and get everywhere! Cleaning up the debris can also be time consuming and quite the chore as well. At SERVPRO of Cheshire County, we are happy to help! Our technicians can help make your home or business look its best by providing a thorough cleaning and removal of debris so that your place is ready for that final coat of paint and décor to make it shine! We also provide services to make your rooms fresh and clean such as:
- Air Duct Cleanings
- Walls, ceilings and fixture cleanings
- Carpet/Floor Cleanings
- Dehumidification and Drying
- And more!
To learn more about our services and how we can help give our office a call:
Staying Safe During A Thunderstorm- Emergency Outdoor Safety Tips
"If you can hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you." - National Weather Service
When a thunderstorm rolls in, it’s best to find shelter fast. But if you’re caught outside during a thunderstorm, it’s important to know the do’s and don’ts of how to protect yourself. If your car is nearby, you can take shelter inside your vehicle until the storm passes. Put the windows up and then stay put until the storm passes. If you are far from any shelter, here are some last resort tips from the National Weather Service to reduce the risk of getting struck by lightning:
- Never lie flat on the ground.
- Never shelter in or under an isolated tree.
- Immediately get off elevated areas like mountain ridges or peaks and hills.
- Never use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter.
- Keep away from objects that are conductive, i.e. power lines/transformers, windmills, metal fencing.
- Stay clear of bodies of water.
For weather forecast and safety information visit the National Weather Service website: www.weather.gov
Green Ups 2019
Photos From Green Up Peterborough, Green Up Keene and Green Up Brattleboro.
This Spring, we have participated in three local Green Ups! It feels great to help clean up local roads within our communities! The first Green Up we participated in was on April 19th. We helped the Contoocook Valley Board of Realtors with this year's Green Up Peterborough along busy Route 202. We had a great team this year: our Marketing Team (Derek, Andrea and Laura), Bill Fluhr of Freedom Home Inspection and Laurel Hansen of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust! Together we collected over 30 bags of garbage along the busy highway.
On Saturday, April 20th, the day after we participated in Green Up Peterborough, our Marketing Team braved the rain with the Monadnock Region Board of Realtors to help in this year's Green Up Keene! The weather wasn't on our side but we still managed to have a good time and did our part to keep Keene clean!
And on Friday, May 3rd, our Marketing Manager Andrea Thompson and Marketing Representative Laura Michelewicz helped fellow members of the Southern Vermont Board of Realtors with a Green Up in Brattleboro, VT! The team collected rubbish along busy South Main Street.
Happy to help make the world a little bit greener!