Here is an interesting video from CBS on what to do in the event of a kitchen fire on your stove. Many people do not know the proper way to extinguish a fire in the kitchen, resulting in extensive damage to their home. Watch this informative video so you can be ready if this should occur in your kitchen.
It is summertime and that means vacation time for many people. A good thing to remember when leaving on vacation is to turn off your main water valve on your house. Turning off the water valve while you are on vacation can help you to avoid a potential water damage situation occurring while you are away. This simple step could save you money and potential damage to your home.
Below is an example of what a main water valve switch might look like in a house.
Useful link with tips on what to do before and after a bad storm:
I had an interesting conversation with someone at Our Health Magazine in Lynchburg, VA. The topic was maintaining a healthy home, and more specifically, the importance of having your carpets cleaned regularly. The floor coverings in your home act somewhat as a filter – hence the dark lines in carpet found underneath doors sometimes. Outdoor air comes in and along with it bacteria, fungus, pollen, cigarette smoke, car exhaust, dirt from pets and other air pollutants. This debris gets trapped deep in your carpet and rugs and accumulates over time and can create a health hazard in the home. Most people do more than just walk on their floors. If you have kids your floors are a play area, parents wrestle with their kids on the floor and floors are used to sit on. This means that all the dirt and debris and pollen is being exposed to your skin. Even if all you ever do is walk on your floors, you are still breathing the air in your home, which has been filtered through soil laden carpet. Obviously, air quality in your home can especially affect people with respiratory illnesses and allergies. The solution: Vacuum your floor coverings at least once a week and have them cleaned by a professional annually. If you have any carpet cleaning questions and you live in the Lynchburg, VA area, please call Steam Way of Central VA and we will be happy to assist you.
Here’s a very useful website to help teach your kids about fire safety. Here at Steam Way of Central VA we have seen many fires in Lynchburg, VA started by clothes over electrical wires, stuffed toys over electrical outlets in the floor in older homes, and other ways that children unknowingly contribute to home fires. A quick review of some simple guidelines could prevent disaster.
There is a reason insurance companies either do not allow home owners to have wood stoves or have very strict requirements on how they are set up. Two homes in the last three weeks in Lynchburg, VA were damaged by fires caused by wood stoves. You can click on this WSET link to read more about it. In this particular incident, Steam Way of Central VA helped the home owner in the restoration process. One of the ways we help people with fire or smoke damage is by cleaning their contents and removing smoke odor with ozone machines. We have a special ozone chamber where clothing, furniture and other contents are placed for a period of time. If you would like to know more about how this works, please give us a call.
The Commonwealth’s 4 p.m. Burning Law goes into effect Feb. 15, 2011 – the start of spring fire season in Virginia.
This law prohibits burning before 4 p.m. each day (Feb. 15 – April 30) if the fire is in, or within 300 feet of, woodland, brushland or fields containing dry grass or other flammable materials.
A violation of this law is a Class 3 misdemeanor punishable by up to a $500 fine. In addition to the criminal violation, those who allow a fire to escape are liable for the cost of suppressing the fire as well as any damage caused to others’ property.
Did you know that according the the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), between 2004-2008 there were 1,170 home fires where home decorations were the first item ignited. In these fires eight people were killed, 54 were injured and $19.1 million in property was damaged. 45% of these fires were started by candles that were too close to the decoration. As you light candles in your home this winter season, take some simple precautions that will prevent the loss of property and save lives.
-Place candles on a secure surface in sturdy, non-combustible holders that won’t tip over. Make sure holders are large enough to catch drippings.
-Keep candles away from children and pets. Candles should be out of children’s reach.
-Keep candles away from combustible items such as curtains, books and paper. Remember the “three foot rule” – anything combustible needs to be kept at least three feet away from a heat source.
-Keep candles away from flammable liquids. Do not use a candle for light when fueling a kerosene heater or latern. The flame may ignite the fumes.
-Avoid using candles during a power outage. A flashlight is a safer option. Don’t carry a lit candle.Remember to extinguish candles when leaving the room or going to sleep. Never leave children or pets unattended in a room with a lit candle.
When was the last time you had your area rugs cleaned? Over time rugs accumulate a tremendous amount of dirt, but it isn’t just dirt that gathers – pollen and other allergens that can affect your health also accumulates deep in the fibers of your rugs. The solution – vacuum your rugs frequently and have them cleaned by a professional at least every two years. Also, never have your rugs cleaned at home using hot the water extraction method. Due to a number of different factors, such as dry time, problems with colors running and possible shrinkage, steam cleaning rugs in your home is not a good idea. Use a company that has technicians specifically trained to clean high-value oriental, Persian and other area rugs. Contact Steam Way and mention this blog post to receive a 10% discount on your next rug cleaning.