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9 Tips for Safe Summer Grilling
These easy to follow tips will help you and your family enjoy safe summer BBQs.
As the weather gets warmer, more people use outdoor grills. Each year, outdoor grilling causes an average of 8,900 home fire, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
Gas grills cause more home fires that charcoal grills, but regardless of the type you own here are 9 BBQ safety tips that will keep you and your home safe this summer.
- Grill outside and away from any structures
Charcoal and gas grills are designed for outdoor use only. However, NFPA reports that more than one-quarter (27%) of home fires started by outdoor grills began in a courtyard, terrace or patio, and 29% started on an exterior balcony or open porch. Pay attention to overhanging tree branches when you set up your grill.
- Make sure your grill is stable
Only set up your grill on a flat surface and make sure the grill can’t be tipped over. Consider using a grill pad or splatter mat underneath your grill to protect your deck or patio.
- Keep your grill clean
Remove grease or fat buildup from both the grill and the tray below the grill. If you are using a charcoal grill, allow the coals to completely cool off before disposing of them in a metal container.
- Check for propane leaks on your gas grill
Before you barbecue, check the gas tank hose for leaks by applying a light soap and water solution to the hose and then turning on the gas. If there is a propane leak, the solution will bubble. Other signs of a propane leak include the smell of gas near the barbecue or a flame that won’t light.
- If the flame goes out, wait to re-light
If you are using a gas grill and the flame goes out, turn the grill and the gas off, then wait at least five minutes to re-light it.
- Take care around the grill
Never leave a lit grill unattended. Don’t allow kids or pets to play near the grill. Never try to move a lit or hot grill, and remember the grill will stay hot for at least an hour after use.
- Be careful with charcoal starter fluid
If you use a charcoal grill, only use charcoal starter fluid. If the fire starts to go out, don’t add any starter fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire. Consider using a charcoal chimney starter, which uses newspaper to start the fire instead of starter fluid.
- Wear the right clothing
Clothing can easily catch fire, so be sure your shirt tails, sleeves or apron strings don’t dangle over the grill.
- Be ready to put out the fire
Have baking soda on hand to control a grease fire and a fire extinguisher nearby for other fires. If you don’t have a fire extinguisher, keep a bucket of sand next to the grill. Never use water to put out grease fire.
How's the air quality inside your home?
Could dirty air vents be making you sick?
Did you know that your ventilation system determines your indoor air quality? Dirty ducts can circulate contaminates such as mold or irritating dust as well as unwanted odors throughout your home or business. SERVPRO of Highland Park/Deerfield is a professional service that will inspect and clean your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit (HVAC).
How does our SERVPRO Duct Cleaning System work?
- Our patented equipment automatically adapts to the duct’s shape and diameter while traveling through the duct, removing debris and filth prior to beginning vacuuming.
- A powerful push-pull air delivery and collection system that will transfer the debris from the duct to a 16-gallon container.
- Air is filtered through a HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97 percent of the particles in the air stream. These HEPA filters capture debris and keep the indoor environment clean.
- Part of an optional process, a sealant or coating may be sprayed to address odor or microbial concerns.
In addition, filters will need to be cleaned or replaced to remove odor and dirt.
Improve your indoor air quality today!
For more information or to schedule a residential or commercial duct cleaning appointment, contact us at 847-557-1080.
Cleaner Air with Houseplants?
Over 26 different plants can clean the air for you
Sure, that potted fern is pretty, but can it really help with the air quality in your home?
Plants are notoriously adept at absorbing gases through pores on the surface of their leaves. It's this skill that facilitates photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert light energy and carbon dioxide into chemical energy to fuel growth. Indoor plants help with removing harmful compounds from the air.
Scientists studying the air-purification capacities of indoor plants have found that plants can absorb many other gases in addition to carbon dioxide, including a long list of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Benzene (found in some plastics, fabrics, pesticides and cigarette smoke) and formaldehyde (found in some cosmetics, dish detergent, fabric softener and carpet cleaner) are examples of common indoor VOCs that plants help eliminate. These VOCs and other indoor air pollutants (such as ozone) have been linked to numerous acute conditions, including asthma and nausea, as well as chronic diseases such as cancer and respiratory illnesses.
An indoor plant's ability to remove these harmful compounds from the air is an example of phytoremediation, which is the use of any plant — indoors or out — to mitigate pollution in air, soil or water.
Some of the plants that scientists have found most useful in removing VOCs include Japanese royal ferns, spider plants, Boston ferns, purple waffle plants, English ivy, areca palms, golden pothos, aloe vera, snake plants and peace lilies.
Clean Air is important when it comes to your home and since winter is still keeping everyone indoors, clean indoor air is a must.
Importance of Reviewing your Insurance
How long has it been since your last review?
When was the last time you evaluated your coverages with your agent? Your agent can do an annual check and make sure you are covered where you need it (and aren't paying for coverages you've outgrown). Life changes fast, make sure your insurance keeps up. If you have been wondering if you could bundle your policies, need a different life insurance policy, or bought a new boat, you could use an insurance check. Contact your agent and schedule a brief review today.
Update Home Inventory
Your home inventory is a tool that your agent can use to determine the right level of coverage for your homeowner insurance. Plus, if you have a claim, having an up-to-date inventory will benefit you and get your claim paid faster. If you haven't done an inventory on your home in a while, we have some tips on where to start. If you have completed an inventory, right after the holidays are and ideal time to update! Be sure to share the updated home inventory with your agent when you're done.
Right-Size Your Life Insurance
Life insurance is not one-size-fits-all. Your coverage needs to evolve over time. If you don't have a policy yet, now is a great time to talk to your agent about what type of policy would best suit your needs (and your budget.) We have six things to look for in a life insurance policy.
If you do already have life insurance, is it working hard for you? Could you get more benefit out of your policy while you are still living? Maybe. Talk to your agent about the ways you can make your existing policy work for you and your family.
Did you know that you can play a part in determining your auto insurance rates? Check with your agent to see if you qualify for a program that can help you earn discounts based on your good driving behavior. You can also monitor your vehicle health and environmental impact in the process.
If you have a teen driver in the house, you may be able to save even more with a Young Driver Safety program. With this program, drivers under the age of 25 can learn safe driving behaviors, and help you earn discounts on your auto policy premiums.
Prepare for the Unexpected
You try to be as prepared as possible, but you never know what is right around the corner. Prepare for unexpected risks with an umbrella policy. Umbrella earns its name because the coverage arches over your vehicle and homeowner's insurance to provide an extra layer of protection: it starts where vehicle and homeowner's insurance liability limits stop. You might be surprised by all the things umbrella policies cover for an affordable price.
IICRC Certified Firm
We are IICRC Certified
SERVPRO of Highland Park/Deerfield is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.
IICRC Certified Firms must
- Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
- Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
- Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
- Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
- Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.
The IICRC Develops the Standards for the Restoration Industry
The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.
Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.
SERVPRO of Highland Park/Deerfield specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Why Should You Call SERVPRO?
We are here for you 24/7/365
Here at SERVPRO of Highland Park/Deerfield, we realize you have many options when selecting a restoration and emergency service provider. So, why should you call us?
- We are a one stop shop that can handle any job from start to finish.
- As one of 1700 individually owned and operated franchises we have access to more support during harsh weather.
- We are “Faster to any size disaster”.
- SERVPRO is a trusted name in the mitigation and restoration industry.
- We work with all major insurance carriers and have relationships with many local providers.
- Our personal franchise has over 35 years of combined experience in any situation.
- We always put our customers need first.
- We have the equipment and training to get any job completed.
- We can easily handle both commercial and residential properties.
- Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
- We are locally owned and operated so we live and work in the same communities you do.
- We love what we do and want to help you!
If you have questions, need any assistance or would like a free estimate. Give us a call today 847-557-1080.