Baking Safety Tips
1. Don't eat raw cookie dough. We know it's delicious and oh-so tempting, but don't eat any kind of raw cookie dough, even if it doesn't have eggs in it or it is prepackaged.
2. Hand washing after handling eggs. One easy way to do this is to wash your hands with warm water and soap.make sure to scrub them well and for at least 20 seconds!
3. Keep countertops clean. Many holiday cookie dough recipes require you roll out your dough on the counter. Once you are finished sanitize using a sanitizing spray or rinse for cleaning counters. Mix one teaspoon bleach to 1 quart water to keep your baking workspace safe and clean. Stay Safe and Happy Holidays
Winter is here! We all know that Oregon has its weird weather and it is sometimes hard to predict- especially on the road...with that said we can always try to prepare for the worst and still be safe.
1. Always wear your seat belt
2. Do not drink and drive. Call a friend or cab
3. Keep a blanket and bottled water in your trunk in case of emergency.
4. Always tell someone where your going if your going on a long trip, just in case.
5. And last but certainly not least, if you are uncomfortable driving..DON'T. Find somewhere safe to be until you are ready to drive.
Stay warm, and Safe from all of us here at SERVPRO of Milwaukie Happy Valley
Deep Frying Turkey Safety Tips
- Keep outdoor fryers off decks, out of garages and a safe distance away from trees and other structures.
- Make sure the turkey is thawed and dry before cooking. Ice or water that mixes into the hot oil can cause flare-ups.
- Watch the weather. Never operate a fryer outdoors in the rain or snow.
- Place the fryer on a level surface, and avoid moving it once it's in use.
- Leave 2 feet between the tank and the burner when using a propane-powered fryer.
- Follow the manufacturer's instructions to avoid overfilling. Oil can ignite when it makes contact with the burner.
- Choose a smaller turkey for frying. A bird that's 8 to 10 pounds is best; pass on turkeys over 12 pounds.
- Never leave fryers unattended.
- Purchase a fryer with temperature controls, and watch the oil temperature carefully. Cooking oil that is heated beyond its smoke point can catch fire. If you notice the oil is smoking, turn the fryer off.
- Turn off the burner before lowering the turkey into the oil. Once the turkey is submerged, turn the burner on.
- Wear goggles to shield your eyes, use oven mitts to protect your hands and arms and keep a grease-rated fire extinguisher close by.
- Skip the stuffing when frying turkey, and avoid water-based marinades.
- Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times.
- Once finished, carefully remove the pot from the burner, place it on a level surface and cover to let the oil cool overnight before disposing.
- Opt for an oil-less fryer. This uses infrared heat, rather than oil, to cook the turkey.
Chimney Fire Awareness
Chimney fires don't have to happen. Here are some ways to avoid them :
Use seasoned woods only (dryness is more important than hard wood versus soft wood considerations)
Build smaller, hotter fires that bum more completely and produce less smoke
Never burn cardboard boxes, wrapping paper, trash or Christmas trees; these can spark a chimney fire
Install stovepipe thermometers to help monitor flue temperatures where wood stoves are in use, so you can adjust burning practices as needed
Have the chimney inspected and cleaned on a regular basis.
- According to the latest statistics available, there are over25,000 Chimney Fires per year in the US that are responsible for over 125 million dollars in property damage. The most sobering statistics relate to deaths and injuries that can result from chimney fires that spread into house fires.
Fire Damage Disaster
It might not seem like a big thing until its too late. In this case the fire had started in the garage but was not heard until the fire had already spread. When working in the home we noticed smoke detectors had been displaced from their original locations. We gladly provided smoke detectors for the home but had they been in place they may have prevented more damage. Fire Damage was not the only predator at this fire though with Water Mitigation being a huge part of the work. Julie who works with us was in charge of all the inventory for this home. Almost all of the items in the garage had to be salvaged. We love turning back the clock and making it like it never happened but there are some things that cant be replaced like family photos. We would like to see all homes at all times outfitted with smoke detectors and some day hopefully we will.
When the weather has you inside-Bake Brownies
When the weather has you inside, make brownies-
1 box (1 lb 6.25 oz) Supreme original brownie mix Water, oil and eggs called for on brownie mix box 1 container (16 oz) creamy white frosting to 1/4 teaspoon mint or peppermint extract Green or pink food color Peppermint or spearmint candies, crushed, if desired
- Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease bottom only of 13 x 9-inch pan with shortening or cooking spray.
- Make brownies as directed on box. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
- Stir together frosting, 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon extract and food color until smooth.
- Spread frosting evenly over brownies. Sprinkle with crushed candies. Refrigerate 30 minutes to chill.
- For brownies, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows. Store tightly covered
Christmas Tree Safety
1. Picking the right tree
Find a tree with fresh green needles, that do NOT fall off when touched.
2. Proper placement of the tree
Prior to setting up the tree, cut approx. 2 inches from the trunk.
Your tree needs to be at least 3 feet away from any heat source, i.e. fireplaces, heat vents, etc.
Do not block any exits with your tree.
Add water daily.
3. Lighting your tree
Use appropriate lights and make sure they are UL listed.
Replace any old strings of lights
Always check manufactures instructions for how many strands you can connect.
DO NOT EVER use lit candles to decorate your tree.
Do not leave your tree light on when going to bed or leaving your home.
After Christmas Tips
- Dispose of your tree soon after the holidays before it dries out as dried out trees are a fire hazard.
- Do not place trees in your garage or outside against your home.
- Check your local community for a recycling your tree.
- Bring all outdoor lights inside after the holidays.
- 25% of home fires during the holidays are caused by electrical problems.
- Even though Christmas tree fires do not happen often, when they do occur they tend to be more serious.
- 25% of all tree fires are caused by the tree being too close to a heat source.
- Between 2011-2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an average 200 home fires that started with trees per year. These fires caused an average of 6 deaths, 16 injuries, and $14.8 million in direct property damage annually.
Fire in Man Cave
Fireworks gone wrong!
A fire broke out in this man cave in the back yard, during the 4th of July. This picture before shows you how fireworks can go from fun to bad really fast. Always make sure you have a fire extinguisher handy when you are handling fireworks, this could save your life and the life of your loved ones, and last but not least your structure and contents.
SERVPRO of Milwaukie/Happy Valley was called in to clean up the aftermath and locate non salvageable for the insured. Response time was in 1 hour of receiving the frantic call from the home owner.
This building was torn down so that a new one could be built... "Like it never even happened."
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
What a sprinkler system can do
Sprinkler system went off during a party
Although sprinkler systems can be intended to provide a great service they can unfortunately be accidentally tripped.
In this case a group of young children were rough housing in the apartment alone when one of them hit the sprinkler system on the ceiling. To their surprise a hurricane ensued and drenched the entire apartment.
Remember to NEVER hang anything on your sprinkler system no matter how cute and they can be set off with an aggressive bump. No rough housing indoors unless you bring your swim suit.
Water damage and Flooding can be a disastrous time consuming and life changing event, but here at SERVPRO our goal is to make it "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO of Milwaukie/Happy Valley is here for you 24/7 365 days a year.