Storing Leftover Food
The Holiday season is here and with that comes a lot of leftover foods. Below are a few tips & answers to some frequently asked questions on how to safely store leftover foods so that you can enjoy the Holidays.
- Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold.
- Take your time around the dinner table, but start packing up and refrigerating the leftovers within two hours.
- Leftovers should be cooled down as quickly as possible.
- Pack them into several shallow containers rather than one large one, and make sure you don't stack the containers in the refrigerator this can trap the heat.
- You can store your leftovers in the refrigerator for up to four days.
- Try to reheat only what you'll be serving at one time rather than reheating the entire portion.
- It's safe to heat it all and then re-store what you don't use, but the food will continue to lose flavor and moisture the more it's reheated.
- Once your leftovers are packed away, avoid opening and closing the refrigerator door until the food has had time to cool down.
We at SERVPRO of Fredericksburg hope you enjoy all of your Holidays!
Sprucing up your home for the winter
In preparing to spruce up your home for the winter, call SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg at 540-373-7000 to provide you with all our expert non-emergency home services. Carpet Cleaning, Upholstery Cleaning, Drapery Cleaning and HVAC/Duct Cleaning Services.
Here is a list to help you prepare your home for the winter months ahead.
• Seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors with weather-stripping and caulk. Take down screens and put down storm windows.
• Inspect your roof for damaged or curled shingles, corroded flashing, or leaky vents.
• Take steps to repair damaged sidewalks, driveways, and steps.
• Drain and winterize outdoor faucets and irrigation systems.
• Have a professional inspect your heating system.
• Schedule a chimney sweep company to inspect your fireplace for soot or creosote build-up and cracks.
• Inspect gutters and downspouts for clogs and make sure they are secured to the building.
• Wood stoves are making a comeback. To avoid a deadly situation, be sure to inspect yours before firing it up.
• Start your generator and prepare it for winter.
• A home safety check should be an annual ritual in every household. Test smoke and CO monitors, inspect (or install) fire extinguishers, review fire escape plans.
Safe Holiday Decorating Tips
Everyone is in the swing of the Holiday Season and we are all blessed in one way or another with good food, good friends, and wonderful family and beautiful decorations. Here are a few helpful safety tips from SERVPRO of Fredericksburg when decorating.
- Make sure your smoke detectors are in good working order & have good batteries.
- When using a real tree, always put it in a container that will hold water & hydrate.
- Always hang stockings at least 3 ft. from a heat source.
- Make sure all electrical lights & extension cords have the label if a nationally recognized testing company.
- Be careful where you place lit candles & never leave them unattended or burning overnight.
Have a happy & safe Holiday !
Dryer Vent Fires
When was the last time you had your clothes dryer vent cleaned? Dryer lines get clogged due to moisture and lint from materials. Not only does this affect the level of the performance of the dryer and how it dries the materials that you put in it, but it is a danger to you and your family. According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 17,000 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year. These clothes dryer fires cause around 51 deaths, 380 injuries, and $236 million in property loss. Unsurprisingly, the leading cause of these fires, at 34%, is the failure to clean dryer vents.
Christmas Tree Safety Tips
The holidays are in full force and with Christmas being right around the corner many people are
beginning to buy and put up their trees.
Below are a few Christmas tree safety tips to ensure you have a happy and safe holiday season.
- When choosing a tree try to choose one high in moisture rather than a dry one. One
thing to look for is needles that do not fall off when touched.
- Water your tree daily to ensure it doesn’t dry out and pose a potential fire hazard.
- Always turn off tree lights when you are leaving your home or at night.
- Make sure your tree is away from heat sources such as candles, fireplaces, radiators, heat vents, etc.
- Replace any strands of lights that have loose bulbs or frayed wires.
- Check the label before choosing lights to place on your tree. Some lights are specifically made for outdoors vs. indoors. Also, opt for low watt lights.
- At most only attach three strings of lights to an extension cord.
School Bus Stop Safety Tips
School Bus Stop Safety Tips!
School is about to begin a new year and children will be waiting for the bus to pick them up and then return them safely to their bus stops. Bus stops are a place for safety concerns for our children. Below are a few safety tips to help children be safe while waiting for the bus, getting on the bus and getting off the bus.
- Always arrive at the bus stop prior to the scheduled time that your bus is suppose to arrive. This will help avoid rushing and the possibility of accidents.
- The bus stop is not a playground and children should refrain from running and playing in this area.
- Children and parents should always stay 8 ft. or more back from the edge of the road when waiting for the bus.
- Always wait for the bus to come to a complete stop and the door to open before approaching the bus to enter.
- Do not distract the driver.
- Stay in your seat.
- Do not put your hands, arms or head out the windows.
- Do not put your belongs in the walkway.
- Never walk behind the school bus and only cross in front of the bus after the driver has given you permission and at least 10 feet in front.
- Look both ways before crossing.
Moisture in the Home and Commercial Buildings
Moisture in Homes and Commercial Buildings
There are many different signs to watch for that will give you a pretty good idea that there is too much moisture inside your home or commercial building. Moisture is commonly known as humidity, and to much humidity inside a building can lead to many damaging problems.
This brings us to the question “What are some of the signs that there is too much humidity inside of my home or commercial building?”
Well, the answer to that is that there are many different reasons there can be too much moisture but here are few for you explore. Do your windows fog up and collect moisture on the inside? Have you noticed any rotten wood or microbial growth?
Bubbling paint, peeling wall paper and unpleasant musty smells are another sign of too much moisture.
A few things that can cause excessive amount of moisture build up in your building is poor ventilation from no bathroom or kitchen exhaust fans or improperly working exhaust fans. Exhaust fans should be jetted to the outside of the building.
Improperly exhausted dryer lines, dryer lines that are exhausted into the home, under the home or that are clogged.
Heating and air conditioning systems that are not insulated properly, humid weather and water damages.
Pet Safety Tips for Hot Months
A Few Pet Safety Tips for the Hot Months!
Pets always need our care and attention but during the hot months of the year there are a few things that require a little more attention than usual for the safety of our pets. Here are a few things that will make our pets safer and happier during those times.
- Keep your pets free of parasites like fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and other parasites.
- Pets hair can be trimmed during the hot months but do not shave them, they can get sunburned also.
- Never leave pets alone in a parked vehicle.
- Pets can get dehydrated very quickly when it is hot and humid. Make sure they have plenty of fresh, clean water.
- The symptoms of overheating are panting heavily, difficulty breathing, increased heart rate, thick drooling and weakness.
- Do not over exercise and it is always best to take walks in the cooler part of the day.
- Do not leave pets alone at the pool and they should always be rinsed off after being in a pool with chemicals or in salt water.
- Whenever possible keep your pet in the shade and remember that if it is hot outside the pavement and sidewalks are hot and can burn the paws of your pets feet.
Spring Cleaning Tips-Part 2
Spring Cleaning Tips-Part 2
Spring Cleaning Tips - Part 2
• Clean your ceiling fan motors, blades and globes.
• Clean light fixture and globes.
• Dust above all your doors, door openings, crown molding and windows.
• Clean drapes and blinds.
• Clean windows, window sills and trim.
• Clean above kitchen cabinets if they do not go to the ceilings.
• Clean inside kitchen cabinets and cabinet drawers if needed.
• Clean shower curtains (most can be put in the washing machine) and the tub drain.
• Clean toilet tank (use the proper cleaning chemicals).
• Clean under bathroom sinks and clean the sink drain.
• Clean Baseboards and HVAC vent covers, vacuum out vents.
• Change HVAC filters if needed.
• Take area rugs outside and shake, wash if possible.
• Change bed linens from winter linens to spring linens.
• Clean out closets and donate unwanted items.
• Clean all trash cans, kitchen and bathrooms. Hint – Put a dryer sheet in the bottom for a fresh smell.
Indoor Spring Cleaning Tips-Appliances Part 1
Indoor Spring Cleaning Tips-Appliances
Indoor Spring Cleaning Tips From SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg:
Part 1 - Appliances
- Clean your major appliances outside, inside and behind if possible: refrigerator and refrigerator coils, range, oven and exhaust hood, freezer, dishwasher, garbage disposal and microwave.
- Clean the outside, inside, behind and under your washer and dryer, also clean your dryer line. If you can not clean your dryer line yourself have a professional do it. Dryer lines build up lint and can catch fire.
- Clean all small appliances inside and out - toaster, coffee pot, blender, etc.
- Clean your vacuum cleaner and air cleaners and replace the filters if needed.
- Clean your dehumidifiers and replace any filters that need replacing.
- When replacing filters, it is a good idea to write the date on them and mark it on your calendar.
- Clean the head on your paper shredder - it will help it to operate more efficiently.