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2020 Home Safety Checklist

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

Happy New Years from SERVPRO of Kelowna Wishing a safe and happy 2020.

Happy New Years! Start the year off right.....Keep your family and possessions safe by following this home safety checklist:

  • Ensure each level of your home has a working fire alarm and carbon monoxide detector
  • Create a fire escape plan with your family
  • Prepare a home emergency kit
  • Invest in a fire proof safe to keep all your irreplaceable/important documents protected
  • Get your vents/air ducts & dryer vent cleaned!
  • Check appliances (even hair dryers and lamps) for worn or frayed cords. Damaged cords should be replaced and discarded.
  • Avoid “knock-off” electrical products. (these products can easily overheat or short circuit)
  • Check extension cords and wall sockets- do not overload
  • Don’t run cords under rugs or carpeting.
  • Change your air filter and inspect your furnace
  • Check your range hood and fan are fully vented and free of greasy buildup
  • Check your basement for foundation cracks or damage

Lastly, create a home inventory of your belongings. Take pictures or make a video. Keep those receipts! Take pictures of receipts and file them. If you have to make a claim you will need proof of purchase!

Wishing you all a great start to 2020. For more tips, check out our other blogs at https://www.SERVPROkelowna.com/blog/

Be prepared! Winter is on it’s way to the Okanagan

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

Having your home prepared for the upcoming winter is a great way to avoid high energy bills and prevent possible water and fire damage. Here are some “must” maintenance tips to get your home ready:

  • Inspect your roof
    • Replace bent, cracked or missing shingles. Don’t forget to pay attention to areas around skylights, chimneys and vents.
  • Clean gutters
    • Clear the gutters of leaves, dirt and debris to allow rainwater or melting snow to drain properly. This will prevent water spilling over the sides, possibly causing ice dams and potentially getting into your home's foundation.
  • Turn off outdoor faucets and disconnect garden hose(s)
    • Turn the water off to outdoor faucets, as well as disconnect your garden hose. Run the tap after to drain as much of the water as possible to prevent freezing. Don’t forget to store your hose in a place away from the elements.
  • Inspect your home exterior for cracks and drafts
    • Check your home exterior for cracks or gaps and properly seal them. Ensure you check all entry points.
  • Check and replace smoke alarms
    • Check your smoke detectors to ensure they are working. You should have one on each level of your home.