Safety with Space Heaters
With Winter in full swing, many of us have broken out space heaters to keep ourselves warm. Whether it is at work or at home, space heaters are a great way to stay toasty when the temperatures get to be in the negatives for days on end.
When using a space heater however, it is important to follow best safety practices to prevent a fire. Space heaters are perfectly safe, when used properly. Use the tips below and keep your home and office safe, and warm, this winter.
- Leave the heater on level floor, don’t place on carpet - it can overheat and start a fire.
- Do not use in bathroom, unless it is designed for it - moisture can damage the heater.
- Keep three feet away from flammable materials and out of the way of children and pets.
- Should always be plugged directly into wall outlet, don’t use with extension cord because it can cause overheating.
- Don’t leave heater unattended, make sure to unplug when not in use.
- Never sleep with a space heater on.
- Install smoke alarms on every floor.
If your space heater shows signs of wear such as broken cords, power fluctuations, or inconsistent temperature, immediately replace. An old space heater can malfunction and start a fire or overheat and leave an odor/smoke smell in the air. Never overuse a space heater and if you smell burning, immediately unplug and discontinue use.
When dealing with frigid temperatures, space heaters are a quick solution to help fight the cold. Using them safely will keep you warm and your home or office safe this winter.
How to Prepare for a Winter Storm
In North Dakota, we are no strangers to a bad winter. With freezing temperatures, lots of snow, and high winds, winter storms can be dangerous for your home and your family. Here are some tips to make sure you’re ready for the North Dakota winter.
Be prepared to lose power.
The biggest worry during a storm is that you will lose power. Although this is usually restored within a few hours, it is very possible to lose power for multiple days if there are multiple power lines down throughout the area. Stocking up on non-perishable food, warm clothing, and buying batteries is essential. If you can have a generator fueled and ready to power your home, this would be the best-case scenario to ensure your families safety. Be in contact with friends and family and have an emergency home to go to in case you need to stay a few days somewhere else while power is restored.
Be aware of frozen pipes.
In freezing temperatures, water pipes are very susceptible to freezing. Even if your home has power and heat, pipes can still freeze. To prevent this, use water sources regularly so that water flows through pipes and doesn’t have time to build up and freeze. If you try to use a sink, toilet, or appliance and there is no water coming into it, this is a sign you might have a pipe break. Another tip for prevention, is to have a tiny drip of water flow through your pipes to stop pressure from building up.
Remove snow as far away from home as possible.
If feasible, push snow away from your home. This will prevent ice from building up around your home and its foundation, which could cause cracks and leaks inside the house. Pushing snow away from your home will also help during spring when snow and ice begins melting, if there is too much water near your home, it can seep in through the foundation or other cracks in your windows or siding. Although sometimes snow has to be piled up next to your house, when possible, push it as far away as possible.
We hope you and your family stay safe this winter! If you ever suspect you have water damage, give us a call and we can use our water detection technology to find any leak or pipe break!
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When faced with mold, we have a testing system to guarantee that mold is in the area. With lab analysis, we can know within 24-36 hours whether or not there is mold in an area that needs remediation.
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As a fire and water damage restoration company, we clean up the damage caused from a wide range of disasters. Anything from sewer backups, furnace fires, or frozen pipe breaks, we can clean and get put back to normal. We have a thorough training program so that all of our technicians are certified in fire and water damage restoration. After we have cleaned up the mess, our reconstruction team can take care of repairing the damage and putting in new flooring, drywall, trim and all the finishing touches to get your home back to its preloss condition.
SERVPRO of Bismarck has local owners who also own and operate our Minot franchise location, you can read more about our owners in the company profile tab. With years of experience plus the most advanced restoration tools in the industry, we are the best choice when it comes to restoring your home from damaged caused by fire, water, or mold and making it look “Like it never even happened.”
How to Safely set up a Christmas tree.
Every year, U.S. fire departments respond to ≈160 fires that started at a Christmas tree. These fires cause injuries and death along with millions of dollars in property damage. To keep your family and home safe this holiday season, follow these tips below.
Choosing a tree
- If choosing a real tree, use one with fresh, green needles that do not fall off with normal movement.
- Remember to water your tree daily.
- If using an older tree, make sure the pieces aren’t broken and are stable enough not to fall over.
Lighting the tree
- Make sure to use indoor lights and not outdoor lights.
- Never leave lights on at night or while away from home.
- Do not use candles as lights or have near the tree, contact with a flame is not needed for ignition.
- Replace any broken or frayed lines that are on your lights.
Placing the tree
- Do not place your tree within 3ft of any heat sources such as fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or powerful lights.
- Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2” from the base of the trunk.
- Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit and isn’t in a path where people or pets could trip over it.
Christmas is a wonderful time to celebrate with friends and family, be sure to use caution and safety to have a great holiday season!