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Nov 1, 2016

Turkey Day: Safety First; Then Family

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The weather is getting cooler, the homes are getting warmer, and the families are coming together. You know what this means, it’s the holiday season! As the weather changes and Thanksgiving approaches, it’s important to remember to take the correct safety precautions to protect yourself from any unexpected issues and to ensure an enjoyable and memorable end to the year.

Below is an infographic displaying statistics about Thanksgiving courtesy of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):

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Knowing this information, it is vital that we take precautionary steps to prevent any of these disasters from happening to us. Here are some quick and painless tips that can greatly decrease your chance of anything out of the ordinary happening:

  1. Make sure you smoke detectors are working and replace the batteries if you haven’t done so in the past few months.
  2. Stay home while you are cooking your turkey and check it often.
  3. Be cautious when using any outdoor, gas-fueled turkey fryers (especially when the temperature between the fryer and turkey is extreme).
  4. Keep all candles, lighters, and matches out of reach of children.
  5. Make sure all appliances rarely used are checked for frayed wiring, any other obvious malfunctions that could require repair.

Hopefully these safety tips can help you prepare for an enjoyable time with the family.

We hope you have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving celebration. If you have any questions as to how you might better prepare for this season, feel free to contact us through our contact form or give us a call at
(541) 318-7853.

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Summer is in full swing, and it’s time to make sure your home can handle the heat. These quick fixes don’t take much time, but they can have a big impact on your home the rest of the summer and throughout the year.

Check your gutters. When summer storms hit, your gutters need to be able to take the pressure. If anything appears loose or bent, have a professional repair it.

Test for pipe breaks in outside faucets. Open the tap and put your finger over it. If you can stop the water, it is likely that there is a leak or break somewhere in the line. Even if you’ve already used your outside faucet, test it – it might be leaking and you might never know it!

Clean, repair, and install screens. Check that everything is in good repair, and patch or replace as needed.

Consider options to lower your energy bill. When the temperature goes up, so does your energy bill. Check out options like reflective film and specialized curtains and blinds to help keep the outside heat out of your home, cutting down your costs.

Clean and service your AC and heating. Have a technician come out for a quick clean and service to be sure everything is ready to go for summer use.

Dispose of any hazardous materials in your garage or workroom. If you were doing projects over the winter, make sure you don’t have anything dangerous hanging around! Follow manufacturer instructions on all chemicals.

Do maintenance on your refrigerators and freezers. Your fridge and freezer need a little bit of TLC, and not just so that they can keep giving you cold drinks all summer! Left unchecked, fridges and freezers can be a common source of leaks.

Take a quick trip around the inside and the outside. Look for anything out of the ordinary – new cracks, wood that seems a little too soft. Be as observant as you can!

Test carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. Make sure everything is working, and change the batteries if needed.
Check your roof. Do a walk-around inspection and look for any loose shingles or obvious, visible damage on the roof. A missing shingle now could lead to a leak later!

All of these tips are quick and easy, but they can save you a lot of headache and hassle in the future. And remember – if you do have any kind of flooding from a leaky roof, a broken outside faucet line, or anything else, give CODR a call. We’re experts at handling water damage, and we’ll be on site and ready to start work fast. You can reach us on our 24/7 emergency hotline at 541-318-7853. ... See MoreSee Less

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