Backyard Summer Fun Tips
In northern Wisconsin summertime means catching up with family at backyard cookouts and spending warm summer nights telling stories around a bonfire. When combined with hot, dry weather, a single flame can rapidly advance to a devastating blaze. Here are some helpful tips to prevent your backyard going down in flames.
1.Check your clothing
Wear non-flammable clothing if possible, and never go barefoot when grilling or walking around a fire.
Whether it's a grill, bonfire, citronella candles, or tiki torches—plan where you are going to set up an open flame. If children are present, candles should be out of reach. Make sure to check with your local DNR to make sure it is safe to have a fire. Ground that is too dry can lite up with just a single spark.
3.Keep everyone aware
Everyone is responsible for fire safety. You can avoid incidents through communication and awareness. Make sure everyone is aware of any open or recently snuffed flames that may still be hot to the touch. Exercise extra caution when children and pets are present. Always be alert and never leave a fire unattended.
4.Be ready to take-action
No one knows when an accident is going to happen, but when it does, having the right tools to react can be a lifesaver. In any case of an open flame, always keep a fire extinguisher nearby, so others are aware of its location. If you're grilling or cooking over a fire, never try to extinguish it with water. Remember to keep baking soda nearby in case of a grease fire.
We all love a lawn that looks amazing! Sometimes we just do not get enough rain and our lawns start looking a little brown. There are under ground sprinkler systems that can do the work for us. But they can also cause havoc on our homes if not installed properly or not taken care of.
- Overspray: When sprinklers overshoot their intended watering targets and spray on or near building walls, water can seep into the foundation and possibly into your basement.
- Improper installation: Your sprinkler system delivers water to different zones via a series of underground rubber tubes or hoses that connect to the home’s water line. But if these hoses run too close to the foundation and there happens to be a leak in them, homeowners may unknowingly find themselves with water inside their property.
- Broken pipes: As we noted above, sprinkler systems tap into the home’s water line. Usually, part of the system is installed within the home to accomplish this. However, if the sprinkler pipes inside the home become frozen or damaged, it will become a problem inside the home.
- User error: Installing a rain sensor with your system will analyze rainfall to determine whether your lawn needs watering. This can help prevent excessive water buildup around the property. Also, it’s recommended to have your system professionally started up every spring and winterized every fall to ensure correct operation.
Call us with any questions
Don’t fall for the property restoration myths! We at SERVPRO of Barron Dunn and Rusk Counties are always here to answer any of your restoration questions. Professionals like us are the best people to come to for all the answers. Here are some common myths about restoration:
- Replacing costs less than restoring
- Drying a home/business is complete when the carpets are dry
- A fire-damage home/business will always smell like smoke
- DIY is cheaper than hiring a restoration company
If a property owner doesn’t act quickly enough or doesn’t take the right actions due to these misconceptions, they can end up with even more damage to deal with, which could’ve easily been avoided. If your commercial property suffers from water, fire, and or mold damage always call SERVPRO. Call us at 715-643-7171, 24/7 365 days a year!
SERVPRO has been nationally recognized AGAIN
SERVPRO has recently been honored by Entrepreneur Magazine as the #10 ranked franchise in their franchise 500. Along with this distinction, SERVPRO has also been named Entrepreneur’s #1 franchise in the Clean Up and Restoration category. SERVPRO of Barron Dunn and Rusk counties is proud to be a part of this thriving business system, which has over 1,700 franchises nationwide, offering multiple service lines including water mitigation, fire restoration, COVID-19 cleaning, and mold remediation.
When you choose SERVPRO of Barron Dunn and Rusk counties to provide property damage remediation, you can expect a quick response from a professionally trained team, who will treat your property as we would our own, honest communication, and excellent customer service from the beginning of your mitigation process through the end of reconstruction services. We have been serving northern Wisconsin since 2011, and as a locally owned and operated franchise, are proud to both live and work in our community.
Smoke alarms for the hearing impaired
Smoke alarms save lives in the events of a fire, but if you or a loved on are deaf or hearing impaired it is difficult to hear the high pitch of a smoke alarm. The NFPA has came up with a type of alarm just for the deaf. Here is a little bit of information about the.
- Smoke alarms are available for people who are deaf (those with profound hearing loss). These alarms use strobe lights to wake the person. Vibration notification appliances, such as pillow or bed shakers, are required and are currently activated by the sound of a smoke alarm.
- As people age, their ability to hear high-pitched sounds decreases. Research from NFPA’s Research Foundation showed that older adults are unlikely to respond to alarms with strobe lights.
- Older adults or other people who are hard of hearing (those with mild to severe hearing loss) can use a device that emits a mixed, low-pitched sound. In its current form, this device is activated by the sound of a traditional smoke alarm.
- Always choose equipment that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
- Make sure everyone in your home understands and reacts to the signal (light, vibration, or sound) used in their situation.
- All smoke alarms should be tested at least monthly. Replace smoke alarms and equipment for people who are deaf or hard or hearing according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
Are you storm ready?
Are you storm ready? SERVPRO of Barron Dunn and Rusk counties know that Wisconsin averages about 20 tornadoes a year but reports have shown as many as 60 in one year! Tornado and severe weather season runs April through September. Does your family have a severe weather or tornado plan in place?
Do you have a safe place to go for shelter? Does your family have all the necessary supplies they may need? Such as food, batteries for the flashlights, and bottled water. Do you have a safe place that will take your pets with you? Do you have food for them?
Does your family have other ways to communicate in case all the towers happen to go down?
We here at SERVPRO of Barron Dunn and Rusk counties know firsthand things can change in an instant. We are always just a phone call away. We are here 24/7. 365 days a year 715-643-7171.
One year later
Well, we are officially one year into this pandemic! When this craziness started, I do not think there is a single person that thought it would last this long. All of our lives have been changed in one way or another.
SERVPRO as a company has become bigger and stronger through it all. Our company as a whole has grown greatly. We have developed more ways to clean and sanitize. Our Covid Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program has become a huge hit! They leave everything clean and completely sanitized and leave our customers happy. We as a franchise have proven even through the toughest and the most stressful times, we rise above and are a great TEAM! Teamwork makes the dream work! From the SERVPRO of Barron Dunn and Rusk counties team, STAY SAFE and Healthy!
Check your hot water heaters
Your hot water heater is one of those appliances that may have remained unseen or forgotten about. However, it is important to make sure to keep up regular maintenance for many reasons. Homeowners can wake up in the middle of the night or even come home to water all over their home. Depending on the size, it can possibly leave up to 50+ gallons of water. Below are a few signs that it may be time to change out the hot water heater in your home.
- Typically, a gas hot water heater can last about 8 to 12 years, while an electric model will last slightly longer from about 10 to 15 years. If your water heater is getting up in years, it may be time to replace it before it breaks
- If a puddle surrounds the base of the hot water heater, it is important to act immediately
- If there is no hot water while using the tap, this may be an indicator it is time to get the hot water heater checked
- Signs of tinted water coming from your hot water tap means there may be rust in the hot water heater, which may show possible aging and a signal of an oncoming leak
- Gurgling or popping noises coming from your water heater are caused by the buildup of hard water sediment heating up and exploding inside your water heater tank
Space heater safety
With all these subzero temps we have been having here in this frozen tundra, furnaces are having a really hard time keeping up. We all love to stay all nice a toasty, so we get out our trusty space heaters. We get all warm and forget about them and walk away. That can cause so huge problems! Space heaters are very unbalanced and tip over very easy, and when they tip over, they do not shut off. They end up over heating and can cause a devastating fire. There are a few things we all can do to prevent them for causing a fire.
- Have three feet of space from anything that can start on fire.
- Never leave a space heater on when you leave a room or go to bed.
- Only plug in one heater to an outlet to prevent overloading the outlet
- Always test you smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
Furnace Maintenance Can Save You More Then You Know
While it can be easy to forget about the furnace, it is just as easy to keep it well maintained. Below are a few tips to enjoy a warm home when the temperature outside drop to subzero.
Inspect air filters once a month. Dirty filters can limit how it functions, as well as provide fuel for a potential fire. It is best to replace them at least four times a year, but more frequently may be necessary depending on the situation.
Ensure that CO detectors are working. A leak can create a serious safety hazard.
Let it breathe. Keep registers clear and open. Do not set furniture over them. That can impact the system’s efficiency.
Before it’s time for the cold season to begin, verify that the pilot light burns a blue color. If it doesn’t come on or is a different color, have it professionally inspected.
The area around the furnace should be clear of furniture and other items. This makes it easier to access and limits the potential for having to call for fire cleaning help.
To maximize your system, it is a good idea to have an annual inspection. HVAC professionals will do a thorough inspection, as well as needed maintenance, to ensure it is working at its best. Doing so reduces the chances of breakdowns and the need for a fire and smoke specialist if a damaged unit causes a fire.
When cold weather hits, peace of mind that you will stay warm is worth a little time and money spent maintaining the system instead of spending it on fire cleaning services.