Protect your home and your family with these home safety tips.
"Fear is the father of courage and the mother of safety."
Henry H. Tweedy
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Use these tips along with your home security system to help protect your home and your loved ones:

Create the illusion that someone is at your house. ...
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Reducing Risk Inside and Around the Home

Reducing Risk Inside and Around the Home
In the kitchen
  • Keep a distance between flammable objects (papers, curtains, plastics, etc.) and fire sources (oven, stove top, portable heater, etc.)
  • Use harmful products (cleaning solutions, lighters) with caution (follow nstructions!) and keep them out of reach of children and pets.
  • Never leave sharp objects (knives) or other such tools and utensils misplaced or unattended.
  • Ensure electrical cords aren’t draped across other appliances or the counter or stove top.
  • Leave space around appliances for proper ventilation.
Reducing Risk Inside and Around the Home
In the bathroom
  • Keep electrical appliances wrapped and away from water.
  • Use non-slip strips or floor mats
  • Always keep the room clean and as dry as possible.
Reducing Risk Inside and Around the Home
In the bedroom
  • Never smoke.
  • As always, ensure that everything else is a safe distance away from a source of fire or heat.
  • Opt for mattresses with open flame-resistant protection.
  • You’re most vulnerable when you sleep. Even in bed, keep a phone, light, (and, if necessary, a weapon) within reach.
Reducing Risk Inside and Around the Home
In the garage
  • This is probably where you store most of your tools and equipment. Take precautions with flammable liquids, chemicals, and anything producing fumes.
  • Keep poisonous substances (paint thinner, antifreeze, rat poison, etc.) locked up and out of reach of children and pets.
  • Keep your space clean and organized, especially as many of your tools are sharp, heavy or otherwise dangerous.
Reducing Risk Inside and Around the Home
In the yard
  • Surround your property with a sturdy fence (this is more for keeping in children and pets, but can also serve to remind strangers to keep out).
  • If you’ve got a pool, keep it locked down or fenced in when not in use.
  • Be careful when working in bad weather. Use sand, salt, and good-traction footwear on ice and snow.
Reducing Risk Inside and Around the Home
On the stairs
  • Keep steps clean and dry.
  • Always install stable and sturdy railing on both sides of the stairs.
  • Ensure that the distance between the rails is narrow enough to prevent a child or infant from falling through.
  • Good rule of thumb: less than four inches!
  • Keep stairs well lit.
Reducing Risk Inside and Around the Home
Guard against fire
  • Install smoke detectors, check them regularly, and replace the batteries at least once a year.
  • Avoid overloading outlets and extension cords.
  • Keep fire extinguishers handy and know how to use them.
  • Establish a safety exit, ensure all family members know and understand it, practice with drills, and ensure it’s never blocked.
  • Never block or pile things on heaters or near heat-exuding appliances; give these a wide berth, plenty of breathing room, and make sure they don’t get overheated.
  • Ensure that all materials are fire-resistant if you’re renovating or just fixing up something around the house.
  • Never leave any type of fire or hot appliance unattended.
  • Remove dry vegetation around your home, especially during the dry seasons.
  • Cover the fireplace with a stable and large metal fire frame.

Frozen Pipes?

  Southern Illinois is getting ready for another round of COLD WEATHER with ice and snow expected in most parts of the region.  As you work your way through your checklist of things to do, like filling up your car with gas and making ...

  Southern Illinois is getting ready for another round of COLD WEATHER with ice and snow expected in most parts of the region.  As you work your way through your checklist of things to do, like filling up your car with gas and making ...

 

Southern Illinois is getting ready for another round of COLD WEATHER with ice and snow expected in most parts of the region.  As you work your way through your checklist of things to do, like filling up your car with gas and making sure your have bread, milk, and eggs, add checking for frozen pipes in your home to the list.  Cold can cause pipes to freeze, not only leaving you without water, but potentially causing a very large, expensive mess if they burst.  As water freezes, it expands causing pipes to leak or burst often times inside your home.  So what can you do to protect your home from potential damage?  Read on to see some tips from Dynamic Restoration, your local source for restoration and construction needs. 

1. Keep The Heat On!  It's very common to turn the heat off or down very low if you are leaving on vacation or just aren't going to be home for a few days with the intention to save money on energy bills.  however, this can cause a big problem if temperatures drop and it's cool enough for your pipes to freeze.  Keep the heat at least 50 degrees Fahrenheit or above and it should provide enough heat to keep pipes flowing freely. 

2. Add Extra Insulation.  Some pipes are located in areas that don't have proper insulation, such as under your home in a crawlspace, above your home in the attic, or in a basement.  The temperatures in these areas are often too cold to keep pipes from freezing on their own.  You can add extra insulation to the pipe with a foam or rubber sleeve found at your local hardware store. 

3.  Keep Interior Doors Open.  Keeping the doors open allows heat to flow from room to room in your home and maintaining a more even temperature.

4.  Allow Faucets to Drip.  If you have tried the above steps and are still afraid the pipe will freeze, turn it on and allow it to drip slightly.  This relieves the pressure on the system and usually will keep the pipe from freezing and bursting.

What should you do if your pipes still freeze and burst leaving you with a very big mess?  Call a local professional to assess the situation and call your insurance agent.  Dynamic Restoration is a locally owned and operated restoration company, which specializes in fire/flood restoration services and mold remediation.  If you have a water emergency you can call Dynamic Restoration's 24/7 emergency line, where you will speak directly to one of our owners, guaranteeing a quick response.  Their main goal is to help you recover from disaster faster! 


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