How to Test Your Smoke Alarms and When to Replace Them
Smoke alarms are crucial to preventing fire deaths and injuries during a home fire. However, you need to maintain and test them regularly to ensure they're working properly at any given moment. Here are the steps involved in testing a smoke alarm in your home.
First, make sure everyone in your household test.
Have someone stand in the room farthest way form the alarm you are testing to ensure that the alarm is heard in all rooms of your home.
When everyone is ready, use a sturdy chair or ladder to reach the alarm. Locate the test button, then push and hold it for a few seconds to trigger the alarm.
In addition to testing your alarm manually, you should also check that the sensors are working. Use an aerosol smoke detector tester and spray it towards the alarm; it should go off after a few seconds.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that you should test your smoke alarms monthly and replace them every 10 years. Batteries should also be replace at least once a year.
Tips for the ice storm!
If you have any questions about the upcoming ice storm give us a call at (910)-428-5280! Our lines are always open!
- Ice from freezing rain accumulates on branches, power lines and buildings. If you must go outside when a significant amount of ice has accumulated, pay attention to branches or wires that could break due to the weight of the ice and fall on you. Ice sheets could also do the same.
- Never touch power lines. A hanging power line could be charged (live) and you would run the risk of electrocution. Remember also that ice, branches or power lines can continue to break and fall for several hours after the end of the precipitation.
- When freezing rain is forecast, avoid driving. Even a small amount of freezing rain can make roads extremely slippery. Wait several hours after freezing rain ends so that road maintenance crews have enough time to spread sand or salt on icy roads.
- Rapid onsets of freezing rain combined with the risks of blizzards increase the chances for extreme hypothermia. If you live on a farm, move livestock promptly to shelter where feed is available. Forage is often temporarily inaccessible during and immediately after ice storms. Animal reactions to ice storms are similar to that of blizzards.
IF you have any questions or concerns with the up coming ice storm don't hesitate to give us a call at SERVPRO of Pinehurst, Moore, & Montgomery! Our lines are always open!
New Year! New tips!
From our SERVPRO family to yours at home, we wish you a Happy New Year!
With the ball dropping us into a new year, this is a great time to learn more tips and tricks to practice throughout 2019 to prevent damages to your home.
-Cook with caution and never leave any turned-on stoves unattended.
-Have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen
-Clean out your dryer vent often and remove any lint after each load. This will also help your clothes dry faster!
-Hire an inspector. This will ensure that your house has a lower chance of catching on fire. You might save a lot of money and time by taking safety precautions.
Bursting Frozen pipes
-Always keep the heat on even if you are on vacation. Leaving your thermostat around 50 degrees Fahrenheit can prevent your pipes from freezing.
-Leave cabinet doors open to allow warm air to reach the pipes.
-Allow your faucet to drip a little during cold days to release the pressure.
-Dry out a wet area properly. If the damaged area is too large or in areas that cannot be easily accessible, you can Contact Us to mitigate the damaged area.
-Add a dehumidifier to your house to remove extra moisture.
-As soon as you have found mold, call a professional to remediate the mold.
SERVPRO of Pinehurst / Moore & Montgomery Counties can assist you with any of these damages. It is best to Contact Us as soon as possible, to prevent the damage from increasing.