Monthly Archives: November 2015

Hazards of Christmas Trees and Holiday Decorations: Tips to Keep Your Family Safe

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For many people, the holiday season is a joyful time filled with rituals and festivities. Part of the yearly family tradition for some families is decorating their homes with Christmas trees, lights and candles. Part of the pleasure of the season is pulling out boxes filled with ornaments and creating a sparkling winter wonderland.

Like many situations that present a double-edged sword, it is difficult to grasp the thought that magical lights and decorations can also present a serious and even life-threatening danger. While we enjoy the holiday season and set the stage for merriment, some cautionary notes are critical to remember.

Christmas Tree Fires

Here are some important points from the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA’s) “Home Structure Fires Involving Christmas Trees” report (November 2015):

  • Between 2009-2013, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 210 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of 7 deaths, 19 injuries, and $17.5 million in direct property damage annually.
  • On average, one of every 31 reported home fires that began with a Christmas tree resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 144 total reported home fires.
  • Electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in 38% of home Christmas tree fires.
  • Twenty-two percent of Christmas tree fires were intentional.
  • Two of every five (39%) home Christmas tree fires started in the living room, family room, or den.

Dangers of Holiday Decorations

Holiday decorations may also contribute to fires in your home. According to the NFPA report:

  • U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 860 home structure fires per year that began with decorations, excluding Christmas trees, in 2009-2013. These fires caused an annual average of one civilian fire death, 41 civilian fire injuries and $13.4 million in direct property damage.
  • Ten percent of decoration fires were intentional.
  • The decoration was too close to a heat source such as a candle or equipment in nearly half (45%) of the fires.
  • One-fifth (20%) of the decoration fires started in the kitchen. One out of six (17%) started in the living room, family room or den.
  • One-fifth (20%) of the home decoration fires occurred in December.

Safety Tips for Christmas Trees and Holiday Lights

The NFPA notes that Christmas tree fires are not common. However, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. Here are some of the NFPA’s tips to keep your family, friends and guests safe during the holiday season:

Picking and placing the tree

  • Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2″ from the base of the trunk.
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.

Lighting the tree

  • Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

After Christmas

  • Get rid of the tree after Christmas. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home.
  • Check with your local community to find a recycling program.
  • Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.

Fire Damage Restoration Bentonville, AR

Despite these efforts, fires can still occur during the holiday season. The impact can be doubly devastating when this time of year is supposed to be so bright. If you need help with fire damage restoration Bentonville, AR, contact NWA Restore It, Inc. today.

Have Debris From Sewage Overflow Removed From Carpet Fibers

One of the nastiest disasters that can occur in a building is sewage backup during a heavy rainstorm or flooding incident. The pathogens contained in raw sewage can cause serious diseases, and of course, your home’s wall-to-wall carpeting will absorb the disgusting moisture from sewage. The uppermost fibers of carpets have a layer of waste, and the substances soak through to the carpet’s backing and floor tiles. As soon as possible after a sewage overflow occurs, you need an affordable carpet cleaning Bentonville, AR, team.

Sewage Create Stains and Odor on a Home’s Carpets

If the thought of having filthy sewage on your home’s carpets is scary, then consider the odor that will emanate from the fibers to create a smelly environment. The substances that flow through sewer lines are considered the highest level of hazardous waste and will require a specialized cleanup from experts. Also known as black water, it contains bacteria, viruses and parasites that can make people and animals sick. Unless a home’s carpets are sanitized completely, remnants can remain on fibers. To remove sewage moisture and odors, a team of experts must use industrial-strength extraction machines.

Sanitary sewer line overflow in buildings can occur for several reasons including:

• Electrical power failure • Excessive rainfall • Blocked sewer lines • Malfunctioning equipment

Nearly 40,000 sewer line overflow events happen each year throughout the United States with approximately 25% of those events caused by excess rainfall. Another major reason for sewage overflow into a home is from a power outage. Whatever the reason for sewage contamination inside a home, you need to have the substances removed from the property right away.

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To prevent a gastrointestinal illness from infectious sewer overflow, you need the affordable carpet cleaning Bentonville, AR, team from NWA Restore It, Inc.. This is not the time to suction filth from your home’s carpets with a household cleaning device because it will not remove all of the debris. We arrive in less than an hour with heavy-duty equipment to perform a sewage cleanup. When electricity in a home is turned off, we can use the power from the generators on our service vans. To prevent additional contamination, we suction the hazardous waste into containers for disposal at an off-site location.

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Health Dangers of Mold

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Most people don’t understand how dangerous mold is because they don’t know there are different species. Although most varieties of mold will only cause mild allergic reactions or respiratory symptoms, Aspergillus fumigatus is an exception. This mold can cause external lesions on the human body or infections of the ear and is also difficult to eliminate. Known as aspergillosis, this infection typically causes severe respiratory problems by growing inside the sinus cavities. Anyone with an infection might experience breathing difficulties, coughing or intermittent fever that they will assume is caused by the common cold rather than an infection from mold.

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NWA Restore It, Inc. offers the best mold remediation Bentonville, AR, services because we know that infection from Aspergillus fumigatus is especially dangerous for individuals with cystic fibrosis or asthma and can lead to severe consequences, including hospitalization. Someone with an immunity condition or undergoing chemotherapy is at more risk of developing an infection from this mold. Two serious conditions can occur when someone has frequent exposure to Aspergillus fumigatus mold, and these are developing a fungal ball inside the lungs or the fungus growing throughout the body, including the brain.

Symptoms of Infection from Mold

This mold is often lurking in homes and invades the bodies of our customers for several years before symptoms such as these occur:

• Breathing problems • Coughing up blood • Frequent fever • Chest pain • Liver failure • Kidney failure • Blood clots • Delirium • Seizures

There are cases of entire families living in mold-infested homes having myriad symptoms that made it difficult for physicians to diagnose the problem because aspergillosis is complex. When physicians make a diagnosis of aspergillosis, the person cannot remain in the home because of the dangers to their health. Fortunately, there are ways for experts to remove dangerous mold from a house to make it habitable for a family again.

Types of Services that We Provide

The best mold remediation Bentonville, AR, team works for us at NWA Restore It, Inc.. We can provide emergency mold removal services to eliminate dangerous growth from all surfaces. Our company understands the industry-approved methods to get rid of the mold that is growing on drywall, carpets and insulation. We begin by isolating the contaminated areas to prevent additional problems before installing dehumidifiers and air circulating systems. Our technicians use specialized cleaning methods including:

• Sealing heating and cooling vents to stop additional contamination • Lifting carpeting and padding to remove mold from tile floors • Removing mold-infested materials such as wood paneling or drywall • Tearing out damaged insulation layers

If you suspect that your home is infested with mold, then contact us today for a professional inspection and quote for our services.

 

Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips: Avoid the Need for Fire Damage Restoration in Bentonville, AR

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As we approach the holiday season, many of us look forward to preparing and sharing special meals with our families. As children return home with friends and visitors pass through a revolving door, it’s easy to feel distracted. You may run into the kitchen to warm up some hot apple cider for your guests and turn your head away from the flame when the phone rings repeatedly.

In an instant, disaster can strike. A hungry flame can lap up a kitchen towel, which you left on the counter near the burner. As the fire grows in seconds, you may watch in terror as it races through your home.

Peak Day for Home Cooking Fires

According to the National Fire and Protection Association’s (NFPA) Fire Analysis & Research Division, Thanksgiving is a prime holiday when cooking fires and related deaths occur. Here are some of the findings:

  • In 2013, Thanksgiving Day (November 28) was the leading date for home cooking fires with 1,550, 230% above the average number of fires per day.
  • Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.
  • Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.
  • Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home structure fires and associated civilian injuries and was the third leading cause of home fire deaths.

NFPA Kitchen and Home Fire Safety Tips

Here are some kitchen safety tips from the NFPA, so you can protect your family during the holidays—and every day:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop, so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey, and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot, and kids should stay 3 feet away.
  • Make sure that children stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.

The following are some additional precautions to take in the kitchen and elsewhere in your home:

  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children—up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

To learn more about Thanksgiving fire safety, you can watch this NFPA video.

Fire Damage Restoration in Bentonville, AR

NWA Restore It, Inc. has shared these tips with the hope of keeping your family safe during Thanksgiving—and each day of the year. Despite efforts to follow these precautions, you may find that you need help after an unexpected fire. In these frightening situations, you can call NWA Restore It, Inc. for reliable services and support 24/7.