Safety Tips For Your Home This Holiday Season

The National Fire Protection Association safety tips for this holiday season are common sense for many of us, yet we insist on doing many of the things that are dangerous to the safety of our families.

According to The National Fire Protection Association, more than 1/3 of home decoration fires started by candles, and almost half of the home decoration fires started because decorations were placed too close to a heating source.

We enjoy the lights and decorations around the home to help us celebrate the holiday season so much so, that we neglect safety tips that can prevent fires and damages done to our homes.

Safety during the holiday season should be your most important concern, and it’s not very difficult to read safety labels and follow them accordingly. Keep your home safe by following these common-sense safety tips.

  1. Test ALL the smoke detectors in your home.  Replace the batteries and replace the old smoke detectors that are not working properly
  2. Buy a small fire extinguisher.  It can cost you less than $15 dollars and save you thousands.
  3. Keep the fire extinguisher close to the kitchen.  Fires that begin in the kitchen are numerous during the holiday season and can get out of control in a matter of seconds
  4. If cooking extensively during the holidays, make sure children are protected from oil burns, or other stove-related injuries by talking to them ahead of time.  Baking cookies should not be the beginning of a trip to the emergency room
  5. Place the Christmas tree away from the fireplace and any other heating sources
  6. Place candles away from flammables decorations, walls, curtains, or any item that can catch fire quickly.
  7. Indoor lights should not be placed outdoors and vice versa.  Follow the safety instructions from the manufacturer.
  8. Test the Christmas lights before using them.  If the cords are damaged or the lights are old and unreliable, buy a new set.  They are very inexpensive all other expenses considered.
  9. DON’T leave any candles lighted or Christmas tree on if you leave the home.
  10. Books, magazines or newspapers should never be left close to candles or other heating sources

Remember the holiday season is a time of joy.  Keep your loved ones safe during this time of year.


Home Foundation Repair Problems

Finding problems with  the structure of your home is distressing to say the least.

Structural home problems can range from small issues that are easy to fix, to structural damages that can take a week or more. The cost associated with these problems can also vary, from a $500 repair issue to more serious amounts.

Finding a crack on the basement walls, water sitting on the basement floor, humidity, mold or mildew are serious problems that you have to addressed quickly. Waiting can only lead to more serious issues that can end up costing you a lot more.

Hiring a professional to look over the foundation problems in your home is the only option you have.  Structural problems are serious issues, and you want the expertise and warranties associated with hiring a professional company to do the job.

How do you know which company to hire?  There are many companies out there with a reputation that bears not mentioning.  But, there are many other companies that pride themselves with the work they do, and the history they have in the community. Looking at the credentials of the company you are thinking of hiring can save you a lot of headaches and a lot of money.

Where can you start?  Looking at a company at the Better Business Bureau is the first step you can take.  Look at the complains, and whether they were resolved satisfactorily, and in a timely matter. But, most importantly look at the kind of complains people had and the issues involved with such company.

Google the company. There are many people out there that will leave a nasty comment about a company because they are not quite happy with the results.  But, if the company has many more good comments than bad ones, or only that bad comment, call them and see for yourself.  Talking to them on the phone, or personally is the only way to go.

Recommendations from friends and family members are possibly the best way to go about hiring a company to do any job around the home.  You can look at the workmanship, talk to them about pricing, cleanliness, and punctuality and make the decision then.

If you need the services of a company with a long history in the community and an A+ rating from the BBB, contact us.  We will be happy to offer you a solution to your basement and foundation problems without hard selling you.