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Deep Fried Turkey Safety Tips

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

Turkey being placed in a deep fryer. Plan and be safe when preparing your deep-fried turkey. This will ensure you, your family, and friends have an enjoyable and delicious turkey!

Deep fried turkey has become a wide spread delicacy this time of year. Many famous chefs have stated that deep frying a turkey is a quick method of cooking that provides a crispy and flavorful bird.

However, deep frying a turkey is a more dangerous way of cooking. Having gallons of hot cooking oil over an open flame can be a recipe for disaster. The National Fire Protection Association discourages the use of outdoor, gas-fueled deep fryers due to their risk of injury and damage to your property.

If you still choose to use a deep fryer for your holiday feast, please follow the following safety measures provided by the National Fire Protection Agency:

  • Set up your deep fryer on a flat surface, more than 10 feet away from any structures.
  • Make sure your turkey is completely thawed and dry before slowly placing it in the hot oil.
  • Do not leave the fryer unattended. Continuously monitor the temperature of the oil.
  • Protect yourself. Lids and handles can become very hot and cause burns. Wear protective equipment.
  • Always have a fire extinguisher ready at all times. A multipurpose, dry-powder unit is best. Be sure to keep children and pets away from the area while cooking.

Keep these helpful tips in mind while preparing your deep-fried turkey. Be safe and most of all, enjoy your turkey and have a great Thanksgiving!

Types of Smoke Damage: Identification & Restoration

11/16/2021 (Permalink)

Soot residue on a ceiling and an area that has been cleaned. Smoke type determination is of the utmost importance in successfully restoring a property following a fire.

SERVPRO of Cheshire County is the area's leader in fire and smoke restoration. Our technicians are trained and undergo industry approved training courses to learn best practices when it comes to mitigating fire & smoke damage in a commercial or residential property. A vital part of the fire and smoke restoration process is identifying the specific type of smoke that was present in the property. Determining the type of smoke will determine the proper cleaning and restoration method to be carried out. 

  • Wet Smoke: (Plastic and Rubber). Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, and smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
  • Dry Smoke: (Paper and Wood). Fast-burning, high temperatures; heat rises, therefore smoke rises.
  • Protein Fire Residue: (Produced by evaporation of a material rather than from a fire). Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
  • Fuel Oil Soot (Furnace puff backs). While "puff backs" can create havoc for homeowners, SERVPRO franchise professionals can, in most cases, restore the contents of a structure quickly.
  • Other Types: (Tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue). Special loss situations require special care.

SERVPRO of Cheshire County professionals are experts in smoke identification and restoration. Another reason why SERVPRO makes fire & smoke restoration "Like it never even happened."

Flood Damage Response

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

Flood damage and high waters under a bridge. Throughout Southwestern New Hampshire, SERVPRO of Cheshire County is ready to assist with your flood damage.

Floods can strike anywhere across the United States. The principal causes of floods in the eastern part of the US are hurricanes and storms. In the western part of the US, the principal cause of flooding is snowmelt and rainstorms. SERVPRO franchises across the country have assisted in flood and storm damage restoration for many major events such as Hurricane Katrina (2005), Hurricane Gustav (2008), Kentucky Floods (2009), Tennessee Floods (2010), Minot, North Dakota Floods (2011), Hurricane Michael (2018) to name a few.

SERVPRO of Cheshire County has been involved in several flood events over the years as well. In 2011, Hurricane Irene ravaged the entire state of Vermont and parts of New Hampshire. In 2012, our team assisted with local SERVPRO franchises in Long Island, New York following the devastating Superstorm Sandy. Most recently, parts of Southwestern New Hampshire were heavily affected by heavy rains this past July. In each of these local events, SERVPRO of Cheshire County was there to assist our neighbors.

Wherever your home or business may be located, there is a SERVPRO team ready to assist you and make flood damage "Like it never even happened."

Be Prepared: Flood Tips For Your Cheshire County Property

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded brook over a local landscape. SERVPRO of Cheshire County is available 24/7 to assist with water damage. Don't wait, we're here to make flood damage "Like it never even happened."

As we all know, it is much easier to prepare for a disaster before it occurs. Of course, we are all challenged with tasks, obligations and distractions in our everyday life which can prevent us from taking precautions following a disaster, in this case happens to be flooding. Below are helpful tips from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Before the Flood

  • Have a qualified professional elevate your furnace, water heater and electrical panel if susceptible to flooding.
  • Install "check valves" in sewer traps to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your home or business.
  • Seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds to help avoid seepage.

During the Flood

  • Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so. 
  • Disconnect electrical appliances.
  • Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
  • Do not walk-through moving water. Even six inches of moving water can make you fall.

After The Flood

  • Listen for news reports to learn if the community's water supply is safe to drink.
  • Avoid floodwaters. Water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline or raw sewage. Water may also be electrically charged.
  • Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.
  • Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.

Once your property is deemed to be clear, contact SERVPRO of Cheshire County who are prepared to assist with flood damage restoration and water mitigation. We're here to help!

Local Food Shelf-Showing Our Support!

11/4/2021 (Permalink)

Collage of four photos. SERVPRO Team performing cleaning in commercial kitchen. Our team providing a detailed and meticulous cleaning in the food shelf's kitchen area.

Recently, the SERVPRO of Cheshire County Team generously donated professional cleaning services for the great folks at the Fall Mountain Food Shelf. Our crew performed a thorough top-to-bottom cleaning of the organization's Alstead, NH "Friendly Meals" location. This is where their volunteers prepare roughly 200-225 meals each Tuesday & Thursday for people in the surrounding Fall Mountain communities. Food prepared by the staff are provided for area residents to enjoy on-site and they also offer delivery service. Thank you to everyone at Fall Mountain Food Shelf for the great work you do for our community! For more information and ways to donate, check them out at www.fallmountainfoodshelf.org

This was a tremendously rewarding project for our team and we're pleased to have had the opportunity to support this great local organization!

Fire Restoration: Commercial Properties

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO trucks parked outside of a commercial fire job. Faster to any sized residential or commercial disaster: SERVPRO of Cheshire County is ready to handle any fire or smoke damage situation.

Fire damage can be an overwhelming and traumatic experience whether it occurs in at a residence or commercial property. Looking more closely into commercial property damage, one major concern is business interruption.

Depending on the size or severity of the damage, a business can be forced to close while repairs are carried out. SERVPRO of Cheshire County understands the importance of timely response. It is estimated that 50% of businesses close following a disaster. Having a restoration company in to assess and begin mitigation on a property quickly can be the difference in getting your business back up and running swiftly and preventing a permanent close. Whether its retail, industrial or professional, the sooner your staff can return to work, the higher the likelihood your company can return to business like normal. In the event the property is for housing, the shorter amount of time your residences are displaced, the lower the likelihood they will need to relocate.

If your commercial property experiences a fire or smoke damage, be sure to contact SERVPRO of Cheshire County. Timely response and professional service is our specialty. Working hard to make your disaster "Like it never even happened."

What's A Nor'Easter?

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

Office building during a snow storm. You can never be too prepared for treacherous winter weather. It's always easier to prepare before the weather arrives rather than during or after.

We may not want to admit it, but cold weather, snow and ice season is not far off the horizon. It's a good time to make sure you're snowblower is serviced, you've made arrangements with a snowplow driver, and you're stocked up on firewood for the Winter. It won't be long before the first snowstorm has made its way to our neck of the woods, or even more impactful, the arrival of the dreaded nor'easter! 

These kinds of storms, which take place along the East Coast of the U.S., carry with them coastal winds that originate from the Northeast. Nor'easters can last anywhere from 24 to 36 hours and can produce wind speeds exceeding 58 miles per hour. A Nor'easter can take place any time over the calendar year but are most common between September and April. Nor'easters are large in diameter which can be 3 to 4 times larger than a hurricane. Heavy snow and blizzard conditions are also one of the prominent characteristics of a Nor'easter. 

What was the worst Nor'easter you ask? In 1888, a storm which left a path of destruction from New England to Chesapeake Bay left 50 inches of snow in Massachusetts and Connecticut, 85 MPH winds, and sadly claimed over 400 lives, including about 100 that were out to sea. A Truly devastating storm indeed.

It's never too early to start preparing for the winter and the terrible weather that comes with it. Be prepared and be safe.

Industry Leading Training: Water Restoration

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

Training session for drying wood floor. Our emergency mitigation staff undergo an extensive hands-on style training as well as a classroom certification course in water restoration.

As a leader in emergency cleanup and restoration, SERVPRO of Cheshire County recognizes that technology, equipment, and the science of drying evolves and advances all the time. SERVPRO Technicians, Project Managers and even its owners, learn drying processes and techniques through classroom style certification courses as well on hands-on training. SERVPRO of Cheshire County employees strive to obtain accreditation through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC).

Our team member's training includes learning and utilizing psychrometry, which is the science of drying, when properly drying a residential home or commercial property following a water damage emergency. Applying proven drying techniques and incorporating state of the art drying equipment are paramount in returning a water damaged building to preloss condition.

Be sure to contact SERVPRO of Cheshire County when you experience a water damage emergency. Our highly skilled and professionally trained staff will make it "Like it never even happened."

Industry Leading Training: Fire & Smoke Restoration

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO trainees being taught the process of cleaning hard furniture following smoke damage. From structure restoration to furniture and content cleaning, to deodorization, SERVPRO of Cheshire County pros are ready to assist you.

Having a fire or smoke damage at your residence or business can be a traumatic experience. Your home or commercial property is one of your most valuable possessions and losing it or having it damaged can be overwhelming.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Cheshire County understands a fire can cause and are ready to assist in getting you back into your property as soon as possible. We can do so by having a team that is thoroughly trained and experienced. Our staff receives the most extensive, industry-approved training available both in the classroom and hands-on. Our technicians, project managers and even our owners obtain certifications for fire and smoke restoration through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC). They are taught the ins & outs of fire and smoke restoration from structure cleaning, hard content cleaning, soft goods restoration, and the science of deodorization.

You can be sure when SERVPRO of Cheshire County arrives to begin restoration services on-site at your damaged property, you will be assisted by a team of highly skilled, trained, and experienced professionals. We're here to help make your disaster "Like it never even happened."

Chimney Fire Prevention Tips

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

Flames coming out of a home's chimney upon the roof. Annual chimney inspection by a CSIA-certified chimney professional is a great step to take in identifying & repairing potential chimney fire hazards.

It may be hard to believe, but with the Labor Day behind us and the unofficial end to Summer, heating season is not far off. Now is a great time to begin preparing for the colder months and making sure your home or property are safe and ready for heating season. One of the most common causes of fires in a home comes from the chimney. Thousands of chimney fires take place each year. The main reason a chimney fire occurs is due to flames in the lower section of the chimney migrating to the upper part of the chimney, causing the masonry or metal chimney walls to warp, melt or crack. Here are some examples of how you can help to prevent a chimney fire from occurring:

  • Minimizing creosote build-up within the chimney. Only burn seasoned hardwood that has been dried for six months.
  • Make sure your flue liner is insulated. This will help to prevent flue temperatures from getting too cool which could ultimately encourage fire by-products to condense and form creosote.
  • Schedule an annual chimney inspection. Ideally, seek out a Chimney Safety Institute of America-certified chimney professional to inspect your chimney, fireplace or woodstove to inspect and locate any potential damage in these areas that could lead to chimney fires.
  • Install a chimney cap. A cap on the crown of the outside opening of the chimney can help to prevent leaves, debris and even critters out of the chimney which can fuel a chimney fire when coming in contact with loose embers from a fire. A cap also helps to keep out rain which, over time, can corrode the chimney.

For more facts about chimney fires, and how you can locate an CSIA-certified chimney inspection professional, check out https://www.csia.org/