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O, Christmas Tree!

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

Christmas Tree O, Christmas Tree!

O, Christmas Tree!  O, Christmas Tree! How lovely are your branches…

Families are decorating their holiday trees, many purchasing fresh trees, some for the first time.  They are lovely and fragrant and offer a wonderful touch of nostalgia, often remembering the holidays at the grandparents. 

If you are enjoying a fresh tree, please remember that they need special attention.  Place it away from heat sources to keep it from drying to quickly – and from possibly catching fire. 

Place it out of traffic patterns in your home in order avoid tripping hazards of a bump in the night.  So many times, the furniture is rearranged to make the appropriate space for the tree in the room and family members must retrain themselves to new traffic patterns.

Beware of electrical hazards!  Although a fresh tree, as it dries throughout the season, is at greater risk of catching fire with faulty wires in strings of lights, artificial trees are not exempt from this danger.  Make certain that all wires are in good condition before hanging them on the tree.  If it is a pre-lit tree, check the safety of those wrapped wires and connections.

No matter what type of tree you are using to decorate for the holidays, DO NOT OVERLOAD CIRCUITS!!  This is one sure way to set things ablaze and ruin the holidays.

When leaving the house for holiday shopping or other festivities, it is a wise thing to unplug or turn off the holiday electrical elements:  cords, strings of lights, the train set under the tree, etc.

Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the Holidays!

We wish you Happiness and many Blessings in the coming year! 

May 2021 bring us good health and a return to the loved ones we are missing!

It's Virtually the Holidays

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

Holiday decorations on wood Happy Holidays!

As we came out of our first month donning the world of virtual family gatherings, we step into a second month of those possibilities. Many of us find ourselves questioning how we are going to make the festivities we celebrate in December feel joyous. We find ourselves struggling with what it will all look like, how the logistics need to line up and work out, and it's causing additional holiday stress. 

As we have been organizing things with our families we have pondered many questions. How? When? Will we have a meal together somehow? Open gifts? Share some spirits? What platform will we use? How much time do we need to set aside? How are we going to feel?

Keep this in mind. The season is meant to bring cheer, don't lose sight of that. Try not to stress all the little details of your time together, they will fall into place. You will ultimately feel what you want.

As someone who is adjusting to their best friend moving thousands of miles away during a pandemic (making it impossible to physically visit), we have learned how to make things seem more like we are still together. Here are some suggestions to make it feel a little more "normal".

  • Virtually bake together
  • Prepare a meal together
  • Build a gingerbread house together
  • Watch a movie together (we stream and try to just start at the same time)
  • Open gifts together on a video platform
    • Take turns opening them
    • Host a virtual secret santa
  • Cheers a virtual drink the same way
  • Setup a video gaming campaign

There are several video chatting services available. FaceTime, Facebook video, Alexa Show, Zoom, Teams, and Google connect are just a few. 

Remember, it's a time for cheer. We hope you all have happy holidays, however possible! 

COVID and Region 1

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

Our Region 1 is designated for “Resurgence Mitigations” after the rise in Covid-19 cases above the state threshold!

Outwitting the Pandemic Takes Patience.

It is apparent to all that Covid-19 will be with us for quite some time to come. The anticipated flu season could bring even more unwelcome concerns. It is certainly not a time to become complacent about our health routines, no matter how frustrated we may become. Keep wearing your mask; continue to physical distance; avoid large gatherings; cover your cough – and your sneeze (those of us with allergies can clear a space in a hurry!); wash your hands thoroughly; stay home if not feeling well.

Remember that cleaning and disinfecting high-touch areas in shared space will help to keep others safe, too. Not sure what to do or continue doing to maintain the health of home or workplace?  Follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn or contact us for information or a consultation.

The only way we will ALL come through this world-wide health calamity is to follow the science and deeply care about one another.

Carbon Monoxide - The Silent Killer

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know that more than fifty thousand people visit the emergency room each year, and of those people 400 will die from carbon monoxide poisoning? There are even rare occasions where carbon monoxide is used as a suicide measure. Often times the individual will sit inside a running car with nothing allowing air circulation. 

Carbon monoxide can be very hard to detect as it is colorless and odorless (hence the name "silent killer"). Symptoms can be very similar to every day ailments: headache, nausea, dizziness, chest pain, and other flu like symptoms. It can represent the flu without the fever. It can also mask itself so that you feel better when you leave an environment. So, if you are feeling ill inside, and you go outside and find your symptoms going away, then it may be CO poisoning. Carbon monoxide binds to hemoglobin and prevents those cells from carrying oxygen. Those with weakened immune systems (such as elderly and infants) can have an increased risk of getting sick from carbon monoxide. It can be fatal.

What kinds of things can emit carbon monoxide? Portable space heaters, gas heaters, an old furnace, or a gas oven can all emit the gas. You can also risk exposure if you use outdoor camping related products indoors; such as a camping stove, or charcoal grill. 

Adequate ventilation is the key when using one of these types of entities. It is also wise to install carbon monoxide detectors in your home (or business) when using these types of appliances.

*photo from CDC website

Vacation Proof Your Home!

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

It's almost summertime! Everyone is thinking of getting away while the kids are out of school, or traveling in this wonderful weather. 

What ruins a vacation? Coming home to a disaster in your house! Maybe a pipe had burst, a storm had flooded your basement, or a fire had started while you were gone. Suddenly it seems your relaxing time away has just disappeared. 

Here are a few tips to make sure that you have an enjoyable time ALL summer.

  • Have a TRUSTED friend or family member either stay, or check your home while you are gone. You want to make sure you have someone that you know will take care of your home.
  • If you don't have someone staying there, turn your water off! You won't be needing it.
  • Double check that your furnace is running well. If your AC seems to be lacking in the heat, you might want to have someone check it out before you leave it to the smoldering hot summers here in the Midwest. 
  • Do a walk around your home and make sure your spigots are working! You don't want to leave them on, and you don't want them to leak. 
  • Check your stove! Make sure that all your appliances are working properly, and that your stove isn't left on.
  • Unplug what you don't need. You might want to check and unplug the power strip to your entertainment center. Most people put it behind their TV's with different electronics plugged in, and then forget about them. If you have a power surge during a storm, that may cause a fire.
  • If your basement is prone to flooding make sure that anything important is off the ground or in plastic tubs. A storm could hit anytime during the summer and you want to make sure your possessions are safe. 
  • Lastly, double or even triple check your home. There is no harm in being over-prepared for anything. 

If you do come home to a disaster give us a call at SERVPRO of Rockford and we will ease your mind by making it "Like it never even happened."