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Easter Safety Tips!
It’s that time of year again where you and your family can enjoy decorating eggs together and then hiding them for your kids to find! However, sometimes, it can be a little dangerous and we want to give you some safety tips for a fun filled Easter.
- Buy eggs from a REFRIGERATED case and check the “sell by” date.
- Eggs can be hazardous food, in the same category as meat, fish, and milk. This is because they are capable of supporting the rapid growth of bacteria. Before boiling eggs for Easter decorating/painting, they should be kept refrigerated.
- NEVER leave raw eggs in any form at room temperature for more than 2 hours. Don't eat or cook with cracked eggs or eggs that have been un-refrigerated for more than two hours.
- Hard-boiled (decorated) eggs left in room temperature for a couple hours or days as a decoration or table centerpiece should be discarded and not eaten. (Although they won’t be a pleasant smell after a few hours)
- Use only clean and unbroken eggs. Discard dirty or broken eggs.
- Cleanliness of hands, utensils and work surfaces is essential in preventing spread of bacteria. Always wash your hands when handling your eggs, especially between cooking, cooling and dyeing. Wash hands again, along with all utensils, equipment and counter tops that have been in contact with any raw food before preparing other foods.
- Hiding eggs around soil can pick up bacteria and putting eggs in contact with soil should be avoided.
Hope everyone has a good and fun Easter weekend! For any emergency water or fire damage, please call SERVPRO of Alhambra at (626)283-5875.
SERVPRO of Alhambra Food Drive
From January to the end of February of this year, we, SERVPRO of Alhambra, decided to give back to the community to start off the New Year as well as being in Alhambra for almost five years! To give back to our community, we decided to partner with The Los Angeles Food Bank and organize a food drive.
We asked local insurance and realty companies in Alhambra and Monterey Park to participate with us and donate whatever they had for people in need! We had a wonderful turnout and our combined efforts resulted in over 400 pounds of canned and dried foods donated to the Los Angeles Food Bank!
We want to thank you to everyone that participated in our SERVPRO of Alhambra food drive and help us reach our goal of over 400 pounds of donated food! We will definitely do this again soon later in the year to give back again! Until then, if you experience any flooding, water leak, mold damage, or fire damage, please call us at (626)283-5875 and we will get you a free estimate!
Preparing for Vacation
When you’re on vacation, you should be carefree and enjoying your time away and not be worrying about your home. Here are some steps you can ensure that you come back to your house without having to worry.
- Make sure your house looks lived-in
- Can ask trusted neighbor to pick up mail
- Park car inside garage
- Turn on a lamp or two inside the house (or on timer)
- Install motion-activated sensor on outdoor floodlight
- Make sure all smoke detectors are properly working
- Make sure to shut all windows and lock doors before leaving
- Electrical and plumbing precautions
- Unplug small appliances and electronic devices
- Check for any types of leaks (pipes, water heaters, faucets)
- Turn off water valves for dishwasher, washing machine, and sinks
- Set water heater to “vacation” mode, which newer water heaters should have
- Pour half a cup of chlorine into toilet bowls to prevent bacteria buildup
- Clean out refrigerator and get rid of perishable items
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Christmas Tree Safety
For the holidays, nothing is more complete than having a live Christmas tree in your living room. However, having a live Christmas tree can be a real risk towards your family, friends, and especially your home. This is because Christmas trees, when they become dry, can become a fire hazard and can cause extensive damage. Although they aren’t common, Christmas tree fires alone cause million dollars of property damage every year. Here are some precautionary tips to prevent disaster:
- Choose fresh trees over cheap and dry
- Don’t keep a dry tree around and dispose of it properly
- Keep the tree base filled with water so tree does not dry out quickly
- Keep tree away from heat sources, such as fireplaces, candles, and even a TV
- Don’t use damaged or frayed cords
- Turn lights off Christmas lights at night or when leaving house unattended
- Keeping a fire extinguisher nearby just in case
- Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms (monthly) to make sure they work
Hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday!
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