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Celebrate Summer Safely

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Celebrate Summer SafelyWhy take the risk? Call SERVPRO of Sherman/Denison 903-893-7166Working to make it “Like it never even happened.” Summer is a time to enjoy the great outdoors,but it is also important to keep safety in mind.Consider the following tips, provided by theNational Fire Protection Association to keepyou and your family safe all summer long. When using a charcoal grill, only usestarter fluids designed for barbecue grills; donot add fluid after coals have been lit.n When using a gas grill, ensure the hoseconnection is tight; check hoses for leaks.Applying soapy water to the hoses will easilyand safely reveal any leaks. Always build a campfire downwind fromthe tent area. Clear vegetation and dig a pitbefore building your fire. Extinguish the firebefore going to sleep or leaving the campsite. Store liquid fire starter (not gasoline)away from your tent and campfire and onlyuse dry kindling to freshen a campfire. SERVPRO of Sherman/Denisonwishes you a safe and happy summer!

To HOT to handle

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

On June 21, we can all sit back, enjoy the longest day of sunlight in 2018, and officially welcome in summer! So what can we do to help our lawns survive in the 100+ degree weather that is sure to come our way and still stay WaterWise?  We are so glad you asked!

Plant Right. Some grasses do better than others in our heat. The best options for our area are Bermuda, Zoysia, and Buffalo. They also have the advantage of being able to develop a deep root structure which is important to developing a drought resistant lawn.

Go Blonde! Really. When it gets hot out, plants naturally slow their growth in order to conserve moisture. This means that your grass will “blonde” during the peak of heat. This is natural and does not harm your lawn.

Forget the Fertilizer. Putting fertilizer on a blond lawn in order to green it up will encourage your grass to grow. But doing so, will make it thirsty. This will put stress on your lawn’s root system and cause your water bill to soar with the high temperatures.

Mow Higher. Once your grass goes blonde, its growth has slowed and leaving it a little taller may even help it to stay greener a little longer during hot spells, as your grass can spend more energy on expanding its root system (making it more drought tolerant) instead of trying to recover from a short cut.

Most of all, remember to take care of any yard work early in the day to take advantage of the cooler temperatures. Come up with a plan the night before, get organized, and stick to your plan, and finish quickly.

While no one looks forward to the days when temperatures soar above 100 degrees, with a little planning and a little understanding, we can all reach the other side with our lawns intact and a sense of accomplishment for staying WaterWise.

National Flag Day

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

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Published by Lisa Parker · 3 mins · 

U.S. Flag Day
Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The United States Army also celebrates the U.S. Army Birthdays on this date; Congress adopted "the American continental army" after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775.

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1946, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress. Flag Day is not an official federal holiday. Title 36 of the United States Code, Subtitle I, Part A, CHAPTER 1, 110[4] is the official statute on Flag Day; however, it is at the president's discretion to officially proclaim the observance. On June 14, 1937, Pennsylvania became the first U.S. state to celebrate Flag Day as a state holiday, beginning in the town of Rennerdale. New York Statutes designate the second Sunday in June as Flag Day, a state holiday.

Perhaps the oldest continuing Flag Day parade is in Fairfield, Washington. Beginning in 1909 or 1910, Fairfield has held a parade every year since, with the possible exception of 1918, and celebrated the "Centennial" parade in 2010, along with some other commemorative events. Appleton, Wisconsin, claims to be the oldest National Flag Day parade in the nation, held annually since 1950.

You can Be Ruined or You can be Ready with the Help of Technology

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

Technology can now be a vital tool in preparing for emergencies or disasters, as well as during or after to stay informed of the situation and in communication with others. From common technology you already use on a day-to-day basis to taking a few extra steps to prepare, the following will help you be ready in the event of an emergency or disaster. Store Information Online There are many places to store important information securely online. Services like Google Drive and Dropbox offer free way to store different types of files, from a Word document to images of important documents. Ready.gov suggests saving an electronic version of insurance policies, identification documents, medical records, and information on your pets, if necessary. Follow the News Stay informed by following agencies such as FEMA, local news channels, and local government on Twitter for the most up-to-date information in a disaster situation. You can also alert first responders if a rescue is needed through Twitter. Mark Yourself Safe The American Red Cross offers a Safe & Well check-in site to list yourself as safe or find family and friends in situations where communication is difficult to establish. Facebook also has a feature called Safety Check that is activated after natural disasters or a crisis. You will receive a notification from Facebook if you’re located in the affected area at that time. Get in Touch Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in your phone and e-mail for communication with family, friends, business contacts, and others whom you may need to get in contact with before, during, or after a disaster. Charge Up Keep a portable charger in your car and home in case of an emergency. You may need to recharge this from time to time, but you can also buy solar-powered chargers as well. Get an Emergency READY Profile® SERVPRO of Plano is proud to offer Emergency READY Profiles (ERP) for free at ready.SERVPRO.com to help prepare you, your property, or your business for an emergency. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile® for your property or business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your property or business. Put help in the palm of your hand with the Ready Plan App. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Sherman/Denison today for more information on developing an ERP for your property or business, and SERVPRO will be there to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

National Vietnam Veterans Day

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

The Vietnam War is a story of service members of different backgrounds, colors, and creeds who came together to complete a daunting mission. It is a story of Americans from every corner of our Nation who left the warmth of family to serve the country they loved. It is a story of patriots who braved the line of fire, who cast themselves into harm's way to save a friend, who fought hour after hour, day after day to preserve the liberties we hold dear. From Ia Drang to Hue, they won every major battle of the war and upheld the highest traditions of our Armed Force

National Caffeine Awareness Month

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

March is Caffeine Awareness Month, which comes at a time when caffeine from coffee, tea, energy drinks, chocolate bars, and other foods and beverages is an especially buzz-worthy topic for consumers around the world.

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) recently published recommendations with caffeine mentioned a whopping 414 times.  And for the first time ever, an evidenced-based guideline was provided to the public, indicating that caffeine consumption of up to 400 mg/day, or approximately three to five 8-oz. cups of coffee per day, can be incorporated into healthful, daily eating patterns.

While the DGAs are primarily centered on coffee, there are several sources of caffeine that can contribute to this recommended 400 mg threshold.

Ever wonder which foods contain caffeine and how much is recommended for you?  Let’s take a quick look at a few common food and beverage sources and how much caffeine they contain:

  • An 8.4-oz. energy drink, a 20-oz. diet cola, and a shot of espresso, all undeniable sources of our glorious jolts, contain about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee (80 mg).  Other recognizable choices include:
  • A cup of green tea or a 12-oz. can of soda, both of which contain about 40 mg of caffeine.
  • A 1.5-oz. chocolate bar, which contains about 10 mg of caffeine, whereas a darker chocolate bar the same size contains about 30 mg of caffeine.

So know your sources of caffeine and the amounts.  It all adds up across the day.

National Pancake Day!

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

 It is finally here! It is National Pancake Day!

This year the day itself, which is officially known as Shrove Tuesday in the religious calendar, falls on Tuesday, February 13.

 

Pancake Day is always the day before the start of Lent and the beginning of the 40 days leading up to Easter – which this year takes place on Sunday, April 1.

Next year the date will be later because Easter 2019 is in late April.

 
Who doesn't love a pancake on Shrove Tuesday?

What is the history of Pancake Day?

We all love a good pancake – and everyone has their favourite topping.

But who do we eat them on this particular day?

Pancake Day, also known as Fat Tuesday and, in French, Mardi Gras, is traditionally a feasting day as it is the day before Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, when many people choose to give something up for 40 days

National Strawberry Day

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

NATIONAL STRAWBERRY DAY

We continue with February’s heart-shaped and red theme by observing National Strawberry Day on February 27. These juicy, sweet berries can brighten up any dish and are delicious all on their own.

There are a few different stories behind the origin of the name. The more widely accepted version is that the berries would drop off the leaves and become “strewn” about the plant. Overtime “strewn-berries” became “strawberries”. There was a time (and some gardeners still do this today) when strawberry beds were mulched with straw, insulating the plants over the winter, keeping weeds at bay during the growing season and making them easier to harvest. Another sweet story tells of English children stringing the berries on grass straws and selling the “straw berries” in their neighborhoods.

Strawberries are a little unusual as far as fruits go; they wear their seeds on the outside.

Not only are they delicious, but they are also fragrant. One of the more aromatic fruits, they belong to the rose family.

Strawberries are grown in nearly every corner of the Earth (if the Earth had corners) except for her most frozen southern and northern reaches. Along with all these possible locations, there are over 600 varieties of strawberries as well.

An excellent source of Vitamin C, strawberries are also a good source of folic acid, potassium and fiber. At 55 calories and zero fat in 1 cup, these sweet things hit the spot when a snack time is calling!

Post-Construction Cleaning Services

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

Your local SERVPRO professional provides fast,thorough services to help ensure your post-construction cleanup gets done quickly as possible. And do not forget, SERVPRO Professionals provide 24-hour emergency mitigation, clean up and restoration services for Water, Mold and Smoke Damages.

SERVPRO also Provides Dehumidification as part of our Post-Construction service.  If you think you might need to deal with a moister issue, let us give you the help you need.  We are trained to respond quickly and to do the job right the first time.

The first impression you make is when your buyer opens the door to their new home for the first time. Rely on SERVPRO of Sherman/Denison to make you look great!

Call SERVPRO of Sherman/Denison for a free detailed estimate today at : 903-893-7166

Travel Trailer Fires

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

Most people do not realize that every year there are several hundred fires caused by electrical and cook top stoves in travel trailers. These fires can be anywhere from a small amount of soot to the extreme loss. Let SERVPRO of Sherman/Denison come out to preform a free of charge estimate today.

Most of these fires can be cleaned to preloss condition if the owner acts fast.  The fire extinguisher dust cause penetrate every inch in a trailer making it very difficult to restore. Trailers need to be mitigated Professionally by SERVPRO.

Contact SERVPRO of Sherman/Denison 909-893-7166 to help with the restoration process after your trailer fire loss so we can get you back on the road and on with your travels.

Holiday Turkey Frying Tips

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

General Holiday Turkey Frying Tips Explosion caused by turkey fryer

With Thanksgiving less than a week away, I’m sure most of you have already started planning and prepping for the big feast. Every Thanksgiving meal revolves around the turkey and there are numerous tried-and- true recipes out there, but if I had my pick a juicy fried turkey is where it’s at.

Here are some tips so your Thanksgiving festivities don’t end disastrous:

  1. Keep outdoor fryers off decks, out of garages, and a safe distance away from trees and other structures.
  2. Make sure the turkey is fully thawed and dry before cooking. Water that mixes into the hot oil can cause flare-ups.
  3. Never operate a fryer outdoors in the rain or snow.
  4. Place the fryer on a level surface and avoid moving it once it's in use.
  5. Leave two feet between the tank and the burner when using a propane-powered fryer.
  6. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to avoid overfilling. Oil can ignite when it makes contact with the burner.
  7. Choose a smaller turkey for frying. A bird that's 8 to 10 pounds is best; pass on turkeys over 12 pounds.
  8. Never leave fryers unattended.
  9. 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.
  10. Turn off the burner before lowering the turkey into the oil. Once the turkey is submerged, turn the burner on.
  11. Wear goggles to shield your eyes, use oven mitts to protect your hands and arms, and keep a grease-rated fire extinguisher close by.
  12. Skip the stuffing when frying turkey, and avoid water-based marinades.
  13. Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times.
  14. 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.
  15. Do not pour oil down the sink drain or disposal.
  16. Opt for an oil-less fryer. This uses infrared heat, rather than oil, to cook the turkey.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!