By planning ahead Medina County, you can help make this Halloween fire-safe
Halloween festivities can make the holiday special for kids and adults alike. Watching the children run door to door to trick-or-treat and enjoying the decorations that are displayed can be very exciting, but also a danger. Glowing jack-o-lanterns, dried cornstalks and flowing costumes together can become a fire risk. Taking some fire safety precautions can help ensure a safe holiday full of fun.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, the following are the top five Halloween fire safety tips:
*Use a battery-operated candle or glow stick in jack-o-lanterns
*When choosing costumes, stay away from long trailing fabric
*Teach children to stay away from open flames, including jack-o-lanterns with candles in them.
*Dried flowers, cornstalks, and crepe paper catch fire easily. Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters
*Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costume.
Halloween fire facts:
From 2014-2018, an average of 770 home structure fires began with decorations per year.
More than two of every five (44%) of these fires occurred because the decorations were too close to a heat source, such as a candle or hot equipment.
More than one-third (36%) of these fires were started by candles.
More than one-fifth (22%) of the decoration fires started in the kitchen; 16% began in the living room.
Source: NFPA Applied Research
By planning ahead, you can help make this Halloween fire-safe.
If you do experience a house fire during this Halloween season, call SERVPRO of Medina County/Gateway/Western Lake County at 1-800-933-7179.
THERE ARE MANY ACTIONS THAT CAN BE TAKEN TO HELP LOWER THE RISK OF COVID-19 SPREAD
According to the CDC, COVID-19 is mainly spread by respiratory droplets released when people talk, cough, or sneeze. It may also be possible to get it by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching your face. Hand washing, use of masks, cleaning and disinfection and staying home when sick are important behaviors for reducing the spread of COVID-19.
Handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and covering your face when coughing or sneezing is a great start. Throw away used tissues and wash hands immediately or use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
Face coverings and masks are an important strategy to help prevent the spread. They are meant to protect people if the wearer is infected but may not know it.
Cleaning and disinfection frequently touched surfaces and objects should be scheduled routinely. SERVPRO of Medina County/Gateway/Western Lake County offers a fogging service to help prevent COVID-19 spread.
Anyone who is sick or have had close contact with someone that is sick should stay home. If tested positive for COVID-19 a person should quarantine themselves for 2 weeks.
Call SERVPRO of Medina County/Gateway/Western Lake County for your disinfecting service at 800-933-7179.
Check your Medina home's Water Heater
HOT WATER HEATER – How did we survive before its invention? It’s a must have to make life easier.
Unfortunately, the water from a faulty water heater can cause major damage to our homes and businesses. We recommend that you regularly check your water heater and its pipes, including the area behind and beneath it.
Some things to look for? Indications of leaks, corrosion, and even signs of mold. If you see anything that looks out of the normal – shut-off the cold water line coming into the heater or shut-off the main water line. Contact a plumber or appliance specialist immediately.
Replacing or repairing this appliance may be an expense you were not anticipating but the investment can save not only money, it can save you the anxiety of dealing with this type of loss.