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7/6/2016 (Permalink)

We at SERVPRO of Westside/Orange Park hope everyone had a GREAT 4th of July!!!!

The Fourth of July represents everything that America stands for, from freedom of religion to freedom of the press. It's been over two centuries since this country gained its independence from England, and countless wars and battles have been fought to keep that liberty intact. Everything comes at a price, and the price paid for the United States' freedom is one that is immeasurable.

Bedsides the cookouts and BBQ's we at SERVPRO of Westside/Orange Park want to make sure we take some time to really revel in how lucky you are to live in this amazing country as well. We may all have our differences, but the fact that we can express them freely is what truly makes America so unique. God bless this beautiful country.

Now it's back to work making it "Like it never even happened".

Christmas Decorating Safety Tips

12/11/2015 (Permalink)

Christmas Decorating Safety Tips

Never use lighted candles near trees, boughs, curtains/drapes, or with any potentially flammable item.

Wear gloves while decorating with spun glass “angel hair.” It can irritate your eyes and skin. A common substitute is non-flammable cotton.

When spraying artificial snow on windows or other surfaces, be sure to follow directions carefully. These sprays can irritate your lungs if you inhale them.

Small children may think that holiday plants look good enough to eat, but many plants may be poisonous or can cause severe stomach problems. Plants to watch out for include: mistletoe, holly berries, Jerusalem cherry and amaryllis. Keep all of these plants out of children's reach.

When displaying a tree, cut off about two inches off the trunk and put the tree in a sturdy, water-holding stand. Keep the stand filled with water so the tree does not dry out quickly.

Stand your tree away from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources. Make sure the tree does not block foot traffic or doorways.

Avoid placing breakable tree ornaments or ones with small, detachable parts on lower branches where small children or pets can reach them.

If you use an artificial tree, choose one that is tested and labeled as fire resistant. Artificial trees with built-in electrical systems should have the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) label.

Only use indoor lights indoors (and outdoor lights only outdoors). Look for the UL label. Check lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, and loose connections. Replace or repair any damaged light sets.

Use no more than three light sets on any one extension cord. Extension cords should be placed against the wall to avoid tripping hazards, but do not run cords under rugs, around furniture legs or across doorways.

Turn off all lights on trees and decorations when you go to bed or leave the house. Unplug extension cords when not in use.

If using a natural tree, make sure it is well watered to avoid dry branches from catching fire from the heat of light bulbs.

When displaying outdoor lights, fasten them firmly to a secure support with insulated staples or hooks to avoid wind damage. Never nail, tack or stress wiring when hanging lights and keep plugs off the ground away from puddles and snow.


11/24/2014 (Permalink)

Unfortunately, Thanksgiving is a time of year when serious fires can occur. Thanksgiving Day tops the charts as one of the peak days for home cooking fires.

Cooking is the leading cause of fires and fire related injuries both in Duval and Clay Counties and across the country. Deep fryer fires result in more than $15 million in property damage each year in the United States, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Cooking fires are easily preventable. SERVPRO of Westside/Orange Park offers these tips for safer cooking this holiday:

When deep-frying turkeys, there are a number of things to remember:

  • Only use an approved turkey fryer with four legs and a built-in thermostat so proper oil temperature can be maintained. Make sure the fryer cannot tip over, a major cause of most fires. 
  • Fry outdoors, away from buildings and other combustible items. Never use a fryer indoors. Keep children and pets away while frying. 
  • Follow instructions on what size turkey should be used, how it should be cooked and what type of oil to use. 
  • Make sure the turkey is completely thawed and dry. Do not stuff the bird and don't forget to take out the bag of gizzards. Lower the turkey into the hot oil slowly. 
  • Never leave the fryer unattended. Wear fry gloves; regular oven mittens may not be insulated enough.
  • Splashing oil can cause a flash fire and serious burns, so be careful.
  • Other holiday safety tips include:

  • When cooking indoors using a natural gas or propane stove, make sure there is not a build up of carbon monoxide in the home. The stove is a common source of carbon monoxide in the home, especially if you are cooking for several hours. Run any vents you have in the kitchen, especially the one over the stove. You should open windows/doors in the kitchen at least once each hour to allow fresh air to circulate into the kitchen.
  • Make sure you have a properly operating smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector in the home. 
  • In the case of a stove fire, shut off the stove and cover the burning pan with a lid or use a fire extinguisher. Do not throw water, salt, flour or any other substance on the fire; these substances can cause the fire to flare up. Do not try to move a burning pan outside.
  • If there is a fire inside the oven, shut off the oven and leave the door shut. Call 9-1-1 and report the fire and leave the home until firefighters arrive.
  • If using candles for decorations, never leave burning candles unattended and keep combustible items away.
  • If you allow smoking in your home, make sure that all smoking material is properly discarded.
  • If you use a fireplace, make sure the damper is open and the chimney flue is clear to allow smoke and gases to escape properly. Discard ashes into a pail of water and let them soak for several hours before discarding. Do not discard ashes in the trash or store them in cardboard boxes or trash bags.

    When retiring for the evening, make a final inspection of your home and ensure that all appliances, especially the stove, are turned off. If you used outside appliances such as a barbecue or turkey fryer, make sure the gas is off and ashes are put in a pail of water.

    Check to ensure any decorations, such as lights, are turned off and candles have been extinguished.

    If smoking was permitted in your home, check all furniture for improperly discarded smoking material. Take all trash outside and it keep away from the house.

    We hope these tips help. Have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!!