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Have A Safe And Jolly Holiday Season!

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

Have A Safe And Jolly Holiday Season! 

The holiday season will be here in no time. While holiday lights and decorations can be pretty, they can be hazardous to your home and your safety. 

  • Holiday lights are beautiful and add that special magical holiday touch to your home. Before you begin to hang them up, check each light strand. Older or broken lights can cause a potential electrical fire. 
  • When hanging Christmas lights, keep your ladder sturdy to prevent falls. 
  • To prevent a tree fire, water your tree frequently. Do not leave the lights on 24/7, and don't use real flame candles on or around your tree. Keep your tree secure by using a solid tree stand. 
  • Keep your chimney clean and your tree away from your fireplace. Avoid hanging garland around an open flame or heat source as it can catch fire.

The holidays are a happy time but, if you don't take precautions the holidays could turn hazardous in the blink of an eye. SERVPRO of Pickens County hopes you have a happy and safe holiday season. 

Safety First Before the Feast!

11/13/2020 (Permalink)

Safety First Before the Feast!

Each November, families come together and gather around the table to feast on a delicious Thanksgiving meal. Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, and if you don't practice safe cooking habits, your happy holidays could quickly become hazardous in the blink of an eye. If you plan on using a turkey fryer during this holiday season, check out these tips we've put together. 

  • Turkey fryers can easily tip over and spill hot oil across a large area. Only use your turkey fryer outdoors and on a stable level area well away from anything that can burn. 
  • Establish a 3-foot kid-free and pet-free zone. Tiny hands and paws can cause spills and burn injuries. 
  • Do not overfill your turkey fryer; oil will spill out when the turkey is cooking. To determine the right amount of cooking oil, place the turkey in the fryer with water first. 
  • Never out a frozen turkey in the fryer. Always thaw your turkey before attempting to fry it. 
  • Turkey fryers can overheat. Make sure to check the temperature with a cooking thermometer so the oil won't overheat. 
  • Always use long cooking gloves when handling the pot, lid, or handles of the turkey fryer. 

If the unthinkable happens and fire strikes in your Pickens County home, give the experts at SERVPRO of Pickens County a call (864) 855-3993. We will help make it "Like it never even happened."  

Planning a Bonfire This Fall? Check Out These Tips First.

10/8/2020 (Permalink)

Relaxing around a fire pit during a chilly fall night is one of the best ways to end a barbeque, a night of camping, or get together. Whether you are in the comfort of your backyard or relaxing at a campsite, these firepit safety tips can help keep you and your friends stay safe this fall. 

  1. Choose the right location: First, find a level and open area to have your fire. Your fire pit needs to be at least ten feet from structures or items that can catch fire. 
  2. Pick the right fuel: If you're looking to enjoy an authentic fire accompanied by cracking and popping sounds, then a wood-burning fire is the best choice. For a quick lighting option, opt for a gas or propane pit. However, if you cant make your mind up, many store-bought fire pits allow you to switch between wood and gas. 
  3. Use the right wood: Always burn seasoned hardwoods. Materials like plywood can release toxic fumes, while softwoods can spark and pop excessively. Only use woods that fit entirely in your fire pit and do not stick out. 
  4. Don't use fuel accelerants: Using fire accelerants can be extremely dangerous. Fire starters can release toxic fumes, start an explosion, or cause your fire to grow too rapidly. 
  5. Add a screen: Using a fire pit screen is the best way to protect yourself and guests from embers and sparks that could ignite clothing or other materials. Choose a screen that has a heat resistant metal like steel or cast iron. 
  6. Check the weather and burn status: Wind can cause your fire to spread rapidly. If pollution levels are high, your local government may issue a burn ban to limit particulate matter and keep carbon dioxide levels down. Check both of these things before starting a fire. 
  7. Be smart around a fire: Avoid wearing flowy clothing or drinking excessively when around a fire pit. Always have an adult present if children are around the fire pit. 
  8. Extinguish the fire correctly: Make sure your fire is completely out by drowning the fire pit in water and then mixing the ashes and ember with the soil. Scrape partially burned logs to ensure the hot embers are off of them. Then, stir the embers to make sure everything is wet. 

Fire Prevention Tips For Fall and Winter!

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

Buffalo plaid chair next to lit fireplace Never leave a fireplace or heater unattended.

Fire Prevention Tips For Fall and Winter! 

It's October, which means changing leaves and cooler temperatures. When the weather begins to cool down, we begin to see an increase in fires. Most of which are caused by space heaters, forgotten candles, or accidents in the kitchen. As you put out your decorations, space heaters, and your fall scented candles, keep these few safety tips in mind. 

  • If you leave the room, be sure to turn off heaters and extinguish candles. 
  • Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from space heaters and open flames. 
  • Never plug-in heating equipment into an extension cord. 
  • Always place heaters on level flat surfaces on the ground. 
  • Never use the stove to heat your home or dry your clothes. 
  • Install and maintain carbon monoxide alarms. 
  • Never use a space heater or any appliance with a damaged or frayed cord. 
  • Have a qualified service professional inspect your heating system annually. 

Dealing with fire damage can be stressful, let SERVPRO of Pickens County make it "Like it never even happened." Call (864) 855 - 3993! 

Serve Up Fire Safety In The Kitchen!

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

Serve Up Fire Safety In The Kitchen! 

We've finally reached fall! As the leaves change, temperatures drop, and the holidays get closer and closer, we will find ourselves in the kitchen more and more. October fourth through the tenth is fire prevention week. This year's theme is "Serve Up Fire Safety In The Kitchen!" Cooking equipment causes 49% of all home fires. We're sharing a few tips to help you prevent a fire from starting in your kitchen. 

  • Most fires that start in the home involve the stove. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food. Turn off the stove if you need to leave the kitchen for an extended length of time. 
  • Keep your cooking area free of oven-mitts, towels, wooden utensils, and food packaging. 
  • Keep little ones away from your cooking area. Make the kitchen a "kid-free zone." 
  • If you are sleepy, have consumed alcohol, or taken medication that makes you tired, don't cook. 
  • Always keep a lid. If a small grease fire starts, slide the lid over the pan. Leave the pan covered until it's cool. 
  • When in doubt, get out of the house! If you have any doubts about stopping a small kitchen fire, get out. 

If you have a fire in your home, after the first responders leave, call SERVPRO of Pickens County (864) 855-3993! 

Hurricane Season and The Upstate

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

black truck driving through hurricane Are you prepared for Hurricane and Tropical Storm Season?

Hurricane Season and The Upstate

We have reached the height of hurricane season. Although in the Upstate, we won't experience mass amounts of destruction like the coast. However, we must be prepared for whatever the weather throws our way. You should have the following items packed and ready to go in case any emergencies arise. 

  • A three day supply of water. One gallon of water per person per day. 
  • A three day supply of easy to prepare non-perishable food for each person in your household.
  • At least a seven day supply of medication and extra medical items. Don't forget extra batteries, hearing aids, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, and canes if needed. 
  • If you have an infant or toddler, add extra bottles, formula, baby food, and diapers. 
  • Include extra laminated copies of personal documents such as medication lists, pertinent medical information, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, and insurance policies.
  • A fully stocked first aid kit needs to be included. 
  • You need to include a laminated copy of family information and emergency contact information. 
  • Emergency blankets for each family member will be needed.
  • If you have pets, include extra leashes, collars, food, water, carriers, and bowls for each pet.  
  • A few extra things to include are a flashlight, extra batteries, maps of the area, cash, cellphones with extra chargers, a multipurpose tool, a camera to take photos of the damage.

If you have damage from a recent storm, call SERVPRO of Pickens County (864) 855-3993. 

COVID19 and Your Upstate Business.

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

COVID19 and Your Upstate Business. 

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has sent the Upstate on a rollercoaster ride this year. We begin to feel relieved as we see a decline in cases, only to stress out again when we see case numbers rise as schools and businesses open back up. One thing that has been consistent, is the number of business owners reaching out to learn more about our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program. We've developed plans for all types of businesses to help them keep their staff and patrons safe. The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program provides business owners and their patron's peace of mind when they see our logo on the front door. They can tell and feel that the space has had a high level of cleaning. We sanitize all high touch areas.

Stores, restaurants, office buildings, and commercial buildings are great candidates for the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program. Please call SERVPRO of Pickens County for more information on the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Program.

4 Steps To keep You In Business During A Flood

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

4 Steps To keep You In Business During A Flood

With heavy rainfall and stormy weather comes floods. The best way to limit business interruption from a flood is to prepare your business for it. Before storms create floods in your area, follow these steps to protect your Pickens County Business. 

  1. Clear Gutters: A blocked gutter can overflow and flood the roof. Remove sticks, leaves, and other debris that could cause a clog. Ensure your gutters are securely fastened. 
  2. Cut Back Trees: Cut back any tree limbs before bad weather. This prevents the possibility of loose branches falling into the building during high winds or rain. 
  3. Back-Up Data:  Before any bad weather starts, back up any important data. Many companies choose to have a server store their content as a precautionary measure. 
  4. Make a Flood Dam: You can build a flood dam with sandbags to protect your property from flooding with blackwater. 

If your business suffers flood or storm damage, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Pickens County (864) 855-3993. We'll make it "Like it never even happened." 

3 Reasons To Avoid Driving During A Flood

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

3 Reasons To Avoid Driving During A Flood 

It is extremely frustrating to be stuck inside your home when it's storming, but it is important that you avoid driving when roads begin to flood. A flooded street may appear easy to handle, but it's a risk to your safety. The following are just a few reasons why it is best to stay off the roads during severe weather.

1. It can damage your vehicle 

Your car does not have the necessary equipment to protect it from water. Water can flood your engine, causing it to malfunction. Electric components can short out, and areas of your car can rust, leaving you with a massive repair bill.  

2. There may be hidden road damage

A flooded road may appear safe, but you never know what could be lurking beneath the water's surface. Potholes, tree branches, and other debris from the storm could damage your car and make it more difficult for you to drive safely.

3. You could lose control of your car

Whether you've been driving for a few years or a few decades, you can't be prepared for everything. Just six inches of water can sweep you and your car away. One of the best travel tips for driving during a flood is to simply not to do it. Stay put if possible, and once the water has receded, you can find a more comfortable place to stay.

4 Steps You Can Take To Protect Your Home From Storm Damage

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

4 Steps You Can Take To Protect Your Home From Storm Damage

You can't control the weather, but you can prepare your home for it. When it comes to storm damage, basic upkeep goes a long way! Here are a few tips you can use to prepare your home. 

  1. Buy a Generator: A storm can knock out your power for several hours or days. A generator can go a long way towards ensuring you don't lose food or the livability of your home until the power is restored. 
  2. Trim Your Trees: Trimming your trees is a good way to protect your roof and windows. 
  3. Replace Missing or Damaged Shingles: If a shingle is damaged, it's more likely to break free. If a shingle is missing, then there is a gap for the wind to get under and do more damage. 
  4. Keep Your Gutters Clean: Make sure your gutters are free of debris, and your downspouts flow away from your foundation.