It is important to sit down and cool off while working in the heat.
Summer is Coming
It is hot out there, and it is not even Summer! Which means that the hottest part of the year is still coming! Here at SERVPRO we worry about our crews, but we also worry about you. That’s why we want to share some tips for those of you who are out working in the heat.
- Tip #1: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Drink about half your body ounces in water and remember to hydrate and stay hydrated, days in advance
- Tip #2: Try to stay out of the sun in the hottest part of the day but if you must work in the sun choose lightweight clothing including hats and sunglasses.
- Take breaks when needed! Working out in the sun is exhausting, so take a quick break when you need to cool down.
- Tip #3: Don’t forget to use sunblock.
We hope you’ve enjoyed these heat safety tips. And remember, when the unexpected happens call SERVPRO of Putnam County.
Give us a chance to come out and make 2020 look, "Like it never even happened."
Time for a Deep Cleaning
SERVPRO of Putnam County works with many commercial businesses for water, sewer and biohazard clean up around our beautiful county. One thing we also do is a deep general clean. Everyone loves a good Spring Clean even commercial businesses.
Many or our commercial businesses, that we service, have been calling for deep cleanings to be scheduled. We have been cleaning rafters, walls, ducts, ceilings, etc. This is all in addition to our normal carpet or tile cleaning. We can wipe away all evidence of 2020 and its craziness. SERVPRO holds itself to the highest of standard of clean.
SERVPRO of Putnam County hopes that you will trust us, and give us a call to help clean up your business. We will gladly give you a FREE estimate and walk you through the entire process that is catered to your needs.
Call us today at (386)328-8660
SERVPRO of Putnam County owner Ed Killebrew shows off his forklift skills at the Epic-Cure warehouse in Palatka.
SERVPRO of Putnam County, in particular owner Ed Killebrew, has had the distinct pleasure to spend time coordinating food giveaways with Epic Cure. What started out as just a once a week giveaway in Palatka, has turned into one large weekly giveaway in Palatka and 2 others spread throughout Putnam County.
What is Epic-Cure?
Epic-Cure was founded in 2018 in response to the massive amount of food waste in our country. With 30-40% of our nation's food supply ending up in the landfill, there is absolutely no reason for so many families to go hungry.
Through volunteers Epic-Cure picks up rescued food from stores and restaurants, that would otherwise be thrown out based on the use by or sell by dates. The food is then brought to a distribution center, where it is given to those that need it.
What started here in Palatka as smaller giveaways that occurred in parking lots eventually moved to a large warehouse. This is where the once a week giveaway started. It has since grown to be the one main giveaway at the warehouse to two additional giveaways around the county throughout the week. The main giveaway feed close to 800 families a week, and the 2 smaller one feed close to 300 each, every week.
Plans are for the large warehouse to eventually be set up almost like a grocery store, so families are able to come at any time during the week and pick up what they need!
Home Pool Safety
This is a pool that has been properly fenced in, and has the proper self closing and self latching gates.
Pool Weather is almost here!
April in Florida means that it is time to start getting ready for the swimming pool! While pools are great family fun, they also pose some dangers; especially for those with younger children. There are steps you can take that can help keep your mind at ease.
Never Leave Children Unattended
Always watch children when they are near a pool! If you have a large group of adults, then take turns being the pool watcher. Even if there is a lifeguard present parents should still watch the pool.
All children should begin swimming lessons as soon as possible. Knowing how to swim is not only fun, but it can also be a lifesaving skill. It is imperative that kids learn to swim.
Keep Away From Drains
Teach children who can swim to stay away from drains. Children's hair, limbs, or bathing suits can get stuck in a drain cover or suction opening. This could lead to an accidental drowning.
Make sure that you have proper barriers, fences, and alarms have been installed. The fence or barriers should be at least 4 feet high and completely surround the pool. It should also not be easily climbable by children. The fence should have self closing and self latching gates. Audible alarms should be installed on all home doors leading out to the pool.
Oftentimes bystanders will be the first to aid with a drowning victim, so it is of utmost importance that if you have a pool that someone be certified in CPR.
One of the most important rules with a pool is to have fun! Pools are a great source of family fun, and can provide memories that will last a lifetime. Just be sure to keep a watchful eye while having fun!
After a hurricane, generators are a precious commodity. From running just a few appliances to being able to run your entire home, generators come in all shapes and sizes. With all the benefits of having a generator they also come with some dangers.
From 2005 to 2017 more than 900 people died from carbon monoxide poisoning from generators. The carbon monoxide produced from a generator can cause death in as little as five minutes! Never run your generator inside your home or garage. Place your generator at least 20 feet from your home.
Always shut down and allow your generator to cool down before refueling. Gasoline spilled on hot engine parts can ignite. Allowing the engine to cool also reduces the chances of getting burns when coming in contact with engine parts.
Be sure to store your extra gasoline only in approved containers. Place your gas cans in cool, well ventilated areas.
Never attempt to back-feed your home with your generator. Not only can this damage your electrical appliances, but it also puts utility workers at risk of being electrocuted. Have a transfer switch installed by an electrician.
While some generators can supply enough electricity to power your entire home, chances are that you have a much smaller one. That means you are probably having to get by without air conditioning. Just be patient, and the utility crews will have power restored whenever it is safe for them to do so.
Know Your Fire Extinguishers
Not All Are Equal
Did you know that not all fire extinguishers are the same? Fire extinguishers are designed for specific types of fires. Using the wrong type of extinguisher on the wrong type of fire can make matters worse instead of helping the situation.
Class A fire extinguishers are for ordinary combustibles such as wood or paper. This type of fire extinguisher would be good to keep handy in a wood shop.
Class B fire extinguishers are for flammable liquids like grease, gasoline, and oil. This type of fire extinguisher would be perfect to keep in the garage.
Class C fire extinguishers are only to be used on an electrical fire.
Class D fire extinguishers are only to be used on flammable metals. This type of extinguisher would not normally be found around the house, but would be found somewhere like a welding shop.
Class K fire extinguishers are for cooking oils, animal fats, and vegetable oils. They are perfect to keep in the kitchen.
Some fire extinguishers are multipurpose, and will be labeled as such. Some examples include A-B, B-C, and A-B-C.
Here to Help
After using you fire extinguisher there will undoubtedly be a mess to clean up. SERVPRO of Putnam County will be there to help you cleanup and deodorize to help make it, "Like it never even happened."
Even here in sunny, Northeast Florida we sometimes have to light up our fireplaces. Creosote, which is a flammable tar-like substance, builds up in your chimney and flue over time. This should be cleaned up by a professional, but there is some general cleaning that you can do in and around the firebox.
What Type of Wood to Burn
You should only burn seasoned hardwoods in your fireplace. Oak is the most popular to burn in our region. Pine and other softwoods are woods that you should avoid. They produce a lot of smoke which will lead to faster creosote buildup.
How to Clean Your Fireplace
Some places that you the homeowner should clean regularly include the firebox and the hearth. The firebox is where the actual fire is located. Wait at least 12 hours after your last fire before attempting to clean the firebox, just to be sure there are no hot embers while you are cleaning. You may shovel the ashes into a bucket or bag to dispose of them. Then gently scrub the walls of the firebox. Vacuum up all the light dust that remains. To clean your hearth just simply dust or vacuum to prevent any dust or soot buildup.
Enjoy the Warmth
Do these few simple things and you will be able to enjoy the warmth from your fireplace safely, on the few days we have that are cold enough to use it!
Space Heater Safety
Cold Weather is Here
Cold weather is finally starting to arrive here in Northeast Florida! With that in mind SERVPRO of Putnam County is here with a few tips to keep you and your family safe if you plan on using a space heater to keep your home warm!
Selecting a Space Heater
When selecting your space heater, look for one that automatically shuts off if it gets too hot or if it tips over. These features are really helpful in households where there are active children or pets.
Placing the Heater
When placing your space heater in your home be sure to place it at least three feet away from anything that may be flammable. If anything flammable falls onto the heating element or a hot surface in the heater it will cause a fire. Also do not place the heater in an area that is wet or damp. doing so will increase the risk of electric shock.
Avoid Extension Cords
The safest way to use your space heater is to plug it directly into an outlet. If you must use and extension cord be sure to use one that is properly rated for the heater. Use of an inappropriate extension cord increases the risk of overheating, fire, and electric shock.
Never leave a running space heater unattended! Always turn off and unplug the heater when leaving the room or leaving your home!
Winter is upon us, so be safe and stay warm!
Christmas Light Safety
Christmas time is upon us! This means millions of people will not only be decorating the inside of their homes, but also the outside. Here are a few tips to keep you and your home safe.
- Check the string of lights for cracked cords, frayed ends, or loose connections before you hang the string up.
- If you have an older string of lights that does not have a fused plug throw them out, and replace them with a newer set of lights.
- If you need to replace bulbs make sure the replacement bulbs are the correct wattage.
- Do not hang light with tacks, nails, or screws. These can pierce the wire and cause a shock hazard. Use insulated hooks or plastic light hangers.
- Elevate the plugs on extension cords to keep them out of the rain.
- Only use light that are for outdoor use outside. Lights rated for indoor use only are not made to withstand the outdoor elements.
- Always plug your lights into a GFCI outlet to avoid electric shocks and short circuits.
The folks here at SERVPRO of Putnam County want you to stay safe, and we look forward to seeing all your beautiful light displays around Putnam County!
Christmas Tree Safety
Christmas tree are really a thing of beauty! They are wonderful to look at in your home, and they also add their beautiful pine aroma to the air. Real Christmas trees are also a fire hazard that is not to be taken lightly! From 2012-2016 US fire departments responded to an average of 170 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused and average of 4 deaths, 15 injuries, and $12 million in property damage. Follow these safety precautions to make sure your tree is as safe as can be!
- Always choose the freshest tree you can find. Look for the tree with vibrant, green needles that are hard to pluck. The tree should not be shedding needles readily.
- Place your tree away from all sources of ignition.
- Make sure your lights have been tested by UL for safety, and throw any damaged lights away.
- Keep the tree stand filled with water to help avoid the tree drying out.
- Always turn the tree lights off when leaving your home and before going to bed.
An artificial tree, while it does not provide that wonderful smell, is a great substitute for a real tree that does not have anywhere near the fire hazard potential. Whichever you choose to place in your home the team at SERVPRO of Putnam County want to wish you a safe and merry Christmas!