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Helping your business shine!

9/14/2021 (Permalink)

Tile and grout that shines! - SERVPRO logo Cleaning services and more

One of SERVPRO's many services include excellent tile and grout cleaning. In order for a business to run smoothly we take the added stress of keeping your business shiny and clean. Owners have enough to do. Let us take care of you! 

Benefit#1 First impressions are everything , investing in tile and grout cleaning will change the look of your whole business.

Benefit#2 The floors will look brand new, Your customers will notice the attention to detail and feel confident with your services.

Benefit#3 When your tile and grout is clean it changes the whole environment. You and your staff will notice and be full of pride.

Benfit#4 When you properly clean your tile and grout, you show your employees and customers how much you care about their safety and health. The floors will receive a deep cleaning, followed by a sealant on the grout to prevent dirt from settling back and keeping the fresh clean look for  a longer period of time. 

With proper care and maintenance, your floors will not go back to the dull, dirty look they had previously. For more information on having your tile and grout professionally cleaned, please contact us today. 

Extreme Humidity

9/14/2021 (Permalink)

Humidity Meter the meter shows normal humidity reading range

Maintaining a low humidity environment in the property after water loss is often times very difficult. Taking immediate action to inhibit fungal growth after a flooding event is essential for avoiding potentially devastating restoration and remodeling costs.

Mold is a serious problem because high indoor humidity is the most common cause of black mold growth. When moisture levels meet lo airflow interiors, most porous building materials become an easy target of infestation, including drywall, insulation, hardwood flooring and of course carpet!

Most commercial buildings created after the 1970's are designed to handle high humidity but prevention and maintenance remain the top priority. Common signs that your building may be at risk for black mold growth are

*Distinctive musty odor

*poor ventilation

* standing water or frequent indoor condensation

* sprinkler systems that leak

If you are questioning it maybe it is time to contact SERVPRO of north San Bernardino city

SERVPRO is always here to help

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

Mold on wall Mold

Just the mention of the word "mold" can cause people to panic. While mold can be a very serious problem and should be taken seriously, it is important to have all the facts to be able to discern myth from fact so that you can make proper and informed decisions when necessary.

"You Don't Have To Remove Mold If You Kill It"
Even if you are able to kill mold, you may not have removed the allergens that live in the mold. They can still be present even if the mold is killed. To fully protect yourself, removal of the affected areas is often necessary. You have to be careful not to spread the mold spores throughout your home when removing areas affected with mold. Professionals, like us, know how to set proper containment so that the mold allergens don't spread and further contaminate your home.

SERVPRO wants to keep you informed

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

Mold Mold on Wall

How Mold Spreads Into the Air

Toxic black mold grows in what is termed a colony. The mold spores are bound within a slimy mass which generally keeps them intact. The greatest health effects come when the colony loses its moisture source. When this happens the slimy mass dries out and allows the spores to break free into the atmosphere. It is then that the toxic black mold spores become an airborne hazard to people and animals. Because toxic black mold spores are relatively heavy, they do not remain airborne for very long. In homes and buildings it is often easy for the spores to land on another surface suitable for it to thrive. It is important to note that even dead mold spores can cause health effects to humans and pets.

What Makes Black Mold Dangerous

Black mold contains mycotoxins. These are massed in groups named trichothecenes. There are over 60 types of trichothecene. The most common found in toxic black mold are:
•Roridin E
•Satratoxin F, G and H
•Sporidesmin G
•Verrucarin J

How SERVPRO works for you

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

Gutted house SERVPRO hard work in a fire clean up.

Located below your carpet in wall to wall carpeting are tax strips nailed to the floor around the perimeter of the room. If you have never removed your carpet or installed it yourself chances are you are not even aware of their existence. We make sure to remove any tax strips that may be visible to ensure your safety and the safety of your family. Tax strips are a strip of wood about an inch wide containing tiny nails at an angle. This ensures that your carpet stays in place without it shifting or coming loose. These tiny nails can be incredibly sharp, therefore making sure they are removed is a top priority for us. Just one of the many ways we want our customers to stay safe, happy, and healthy.

SERVPRO has you covered

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

Bubblewrap Chair wrapped and protected.

SERVPRO is here to help when disaster strikes. 

The importance of Bubble Wrap is extremely important.. Let me tell you why.  
Ok, ok… So it’s not INTENTIONALLY a toy, but the truth behind Bubble Wrap is perhaps even stranger. You see, Bubble Wrap was originally formed from two shower curtains being sealed together, and the inventors tried to market this as wallpaper. It’s perhaps sad that this wasn’t actually successful, who knows how many cases of extreme anxiety could have been solved if all you had to do was pound your walls for a little relief?

Ironically, this wasn’t the only misstep on its way to its true calling, the next thing they tried to market it as was greenhouse insulation, which was also largely unsuccessful. A year later they discovered its perfect purpose, and the line of Bubble Wrap brand packaging came to pass. It started off on an auspicious path with IBM being the first customer, shipping the IBM 1401 in air cushioned comfort out to its many customers.

Each year Bubble Wrap hosts a ‘Young Inventor’ award that encourages them to find ways to use Bubble Wrap outside of packaging. Whether you need a Bubble Wrap door cover to help you keep out the dings, or a Bubble Wrap cushy wheelchair to ensure your loved ones are safe from every danger, these young inventors work every year to try to create the newest Bubble Wrap.

Lightning damage

2/18/2021 (Permalink)

Planning for a storm might feel overwhelming but If you don’t have a plan of your own, get one started today, and check out Emergency Lighting’s stock of smoke alarms, lights, and accessories made to get you through any emergency.

Key Testing Tips for Batteries and Bulbs

When testing your commercial emergency exit signs, there are two main components to check for full operation. Bulbs and batteries. These are the first things to review during scheduled maintenance tests. Fire code requires that all emergency lights and lighted exit signs be inspected at a monthly minimum.

Certain models will have two sets of bulbs that should be checked during these monthly tests. The first set runs on your 110 volt building power, and the second low voltage set comes on with a power failure. These low voltage bulbs are powered directly from the on board reserve battery. As a result, a sign that appears to be working may fail during a power outage because the low voltage bulbs have burned out.

Likewise, many defective batteries maintain just enough charge to light the bulbs for a few seconds after being triggered. If you don’t test reserve batteries for at least thirty seconds, you may find that the lights work each month only to find that they go out when you really need them. By testing the lights for at least thirty seconds you can make sure your batteries don’t just have a misleading surface charge.

Personal belongings in a Fire loss

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals specialize in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Their expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. They pretest your belongings to determine what items they can restore to pre-fire condition. They use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:
•Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
•Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
•Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
•Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
•Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
•Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

Electronic Cleanup

Fire-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard. Do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by fire. Smoke residues can contain acids that corrode metal surfaces. If the residues are not removed, corrosion causes electronic failure in the device. A SERVPRO Franchise will coordinate the restoration of your electronics, including:
•Television sets
•DVD players
•And more

The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.

Document / Photograph Drying

When your valuable documents, including photographs, are damaged by water or fire, extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the fire damage does not destroy the document. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-fire damage condition, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can save a great deal and help minimize additional damage.

Depending on the type of documents and the level of fire, smoke, or soot damage, they have five options for the restoration of documents:
1.Air Drying
3.Freezer Drying
4.Vacuum Freeze Drying
5.Vacuum Thermal Drying

Fire Disasters

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

Step 1 to Creating a Family Disaster Plan — MAKE A PLAN officials declare it safe for re-entry. 

And if there’s time… l Be sure that all windows and doors are closed. l Open curtains and window coverings. l Lock your home. l Cluster lawn furniture and other things that might snag firefighter hose lines. l Leave exterior lights on, as this helps firefighters find the house in the smoke. l Don’t leave garden sprinklers on, as they can waste critical water pressure. l Listen to your battery-powered radio and follow the instructions of local emergency officials. l Wear protective clothing and sturdy shoes. l 

Take your family disaster supply kit. l Buy a Weather Alert capable radio and listen to it whenever severe weather is forecast. Be sure to have extra batteries for the radio. 

http://www.sbcounty.org/sheriffIdentify meeting locations both near your home and out-of- the-area. In the plan, include home, cell phone and e-mail contact information for all family members. Include numbers for work, school, and out-of-town relatives. List local emergency numbers including the family doctor. l 

Discuss what your family needs to do to evacuate due to a fire or other emergency. Be ready to move fast. Teach everyone the best escape routes out of the home and where to meet outside. Learn the safest places in the home to Drop, Cover and Hold On in case of an earthquake. l 

Plan to Shelter-in-Place. Shelter-in-place is used when it is safer to stay put and create a barrier between yourself and potentially contaminated air outside. When told to shelter- in-place, quickly bring your family and pets inside, lock doors, close windows, air vents and fireplace dampers. Take emergency supplies and go into the room you have chosen. Turn off air conditioning, forced air heating systems, exhaust fans and clothes dryers if possible. Seal all windows, doors and vents. NOTE: Sheltering-in-place is a temporary measure intended to keep contaminated air outside. 

Plan for your pets. Take pets with you if you evacuate. Be aware that pets other than service animals are not permitted in emergency public shelters for health reasons. In advance, prepare a list of family, friends, boarding facilities, veterinarians, and pet- friendly hotels that could shelter your pets in an emergency. 


San Bernardino County Fire Department 

Office of Emergency Services 

San Bernardino, CA 92415-0451 


Malibu Fires 2018

2/12/2021 (Permalink)

In early November 2018, Malibu experienced the most catastrophic event and community wide trauma in their history when the Woolsey fire burned through the neighborhoods. Stealing homes from so many of the neighbors, however this resilient community has already begun taking strong steps to rebuilding, and SERVPRO is ready to work with residence through every step of the process. Though a catastrophe such as this one is never ideal, knowing you have a strong company to assist in whatever needs to be done, to help home owners get back to their daily lives and to the normal they desperately seek is our mission during this time. We have strong teams willing to help with the necessary clean up, and to help homeowners move into new homes with the peace of mind all of their items have been successfully cleaned and will pose no possible threat to their families. With the top of the line cleaners to our air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators, families can rest assured they are in great hands.


2/11/2021 (Permalink)

BBQ Grilling safety

Summer months are slowly approaching and it is imperative that safety be taken when it comes to cooking delicious meals outdoors in 2020. 

July is the peak month for grilling fires including both structure , outdoor or unclassified fires. In 2012-2016 an average of 16600 patients per year went to the emergency room  because if injuries involving grills, half of those being caused by thermal burns.

Children under 5 accounted for an average of 1600 of the 4500 thermal none fore grill burns. These burns typically occurred when someone, often a child bumped into, touched or fell on the grill, grill part or hot coals.

Seven out of every 10 adults in the US have a grill or smoker, which translates to a lot of tasty meals, but it also means there is an increased risk for home fires and injuries.

What are you really dealing with

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

How Do I Tell If It’s Black Mold?

Since many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should contact a qualified mold remediation company regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold can exist in the same house or structure. If you suspect that you have a mold problem, contact a SERVPRO Franchise Professional immediately.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today 909-474-2340

SERVPRO Of North San Bernardino City

Understanding Mold

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:
• Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
• Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
• Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce toxins.
• Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise the mold may return.
• Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
• Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Dirty Water

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

When dealing with water damage in your home or business, there are three different types or classifications of water that we use: Clean, Gray, and Black water.

Clean Water: This is water that does not contain contaminants. It includes broken water lines, malfunctioning appliances, toilets holding tanks, snow melt and rainwater. Overtime however, clean water can progress and become gray water within 48 hours, if left untreated.

Gray Water: Gray water does contain slight chemical or biological contaminants, and may pose a health risk. Gray water can discharge from dishwashers, washing machines, sinks, showers, aquariums and waterbeds, or come from a clean water source that leaked through a ceiling. It can also be clean water that was left untreated (and became gray water). Gray water can also progress to the next sta-e (Black Water) if left untreated within 48 hours.

Black Water: This water is a positive health risk as it is highly contaminated. Black water is presumed to contain multiple potentially harmful contaminants including fungi, bacteria, chemicals, viruses, and more. Black Water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding, or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be treated by a trained and certified professional.

Storm family safety

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

Protecting your home in a storm is important, these tips will come in handy to prepare you and for family for anything that comes your way
1.Modify your homes water valves. If the city's main sewer line gets backed up during a heavy rain storm, you could find yourself standing in a a puddle of you-know-what. You may want to consider installing a interior or exterior backflow valve. Backflow valves prevent your water system from being contaminated from water flowing backwards into your supply lines.
2.Clear gutter, drains, and downspouts. Clogged gutters and downspouts can end up in a messy flood. Take the time to clean them and clear them of any and all debris before the rain comes.
3.Cover air vents. One of the most common ways water fins its way into a home is through the home's air vents. If you know that heavy rain is in the forecast and that you are at risk of flooding, cover your air vents with thick plastic sheeting from both the outside and the inside.
4.Check your sealant surrounding doors and windows. Make sure that any gaps or holes in the sealant surrounding the doors and windows are filled in. This will help stop rain water from finding its way into your home.

Mold loves air

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

For mitigation of molds to take place, all sources of moisture and water need to be addressed otherwise it may regrow. The first step is to remove all traces of moldy growth immediately. Five fundamental principles must be applied by homeowners and employers to ensure successful mitigation of this fungus. They should focus on the source and moisture removal, safety, contamination control and assessment. Proper mitigation is essential once the fungi is removed because areas must be monitored to prevent it from occurring again.

It is important to determine the party that will be in charge of the mold cleanup. An environmental hygienist can determine what treatment can be used for this fungus. These hygienists mitigate the problem by sealing off the affected areas with plastic sheets to stop dispersion of the spores. Fungus should be dealt with by the wearing a face mask with high filtration and neoprene gloves. Once the mold cleanup is finished, the air around it needs to be cleaned using air exchange and scrubbers.

Carbon monoxide in storms

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning deaths, caused by portable generators reportedly being used inside homes and/or garages, have been reported in Florida in recent days. In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, there are widespread power outages. CPSC is warning consumers to take three critical precautions to prevent loss of life from poisonous carbon monoxide when using a portable generator:

1. NEVER use a portable generator inside your home. One portable generator can emit the same amount of deadly carbon monoxide gas as hundreds of mid-size cars. Just as you would not leave a car running in a closed garage, do not run a generator inside a garage, home, shed or near open windows or vents.

2. Portable generators need air and distance. Place generators OUTDOORS ONLY, at least 20 feet away from your home.

3. Carbon monoxide is called the “invisible killer.” This deadly gas is colorless and odorless and can quickly incapacitate and kill you and your family in minutes. A working CO alarm can detect high levels of the gas in your home. If it goes off, do not ignore it. Get out! Then call 911.

Do This:
•Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms once a month to make sure they are working.
•Know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning: headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, sleepiness, and confusion. If you suspect CO poisoning, get outside to fresh air immediately, and then call 911.
•Make sure portable fuel burning space heaters have an oxygen depletion sensor (ODS). An ODS shuts off the heater if oxygen levels start to fall to protect against CO poisoning.
•Open the fireplace damper before lighting a fire, and keep it open until the ashes are cool to avert the buildup of carbon monoxide, especially at night while families sleep.

Never Do This:
•Never use a gas oven or stove to heat your home.
•Never use kerosene space heaters in enclosed spaces; always properly ventilate.
•Never use portable generators inside the house, including in the basement, shed, or garage— generators should be outside at least 20 feet away from the house when in use.
•Don’t use charcoal or gas grills inside or operate them outside near open windows or doors.

When your pipes burst

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

If water is coming down on you, these steps might come in handy 

1.If it pops through the roof look at it. Penetrations are the most common leak sources and will stop the natural water flow off a roof. Look here first to find the source of the leak: 

2.Living on the edge. A drip edge is not just aesthetically pleasing, it is important to help ensure water is kept away from the fascia and moved off the roof. 

3.Every step I take. Areas where step flashing should be installed are a common leak source and maintenance item. Inspect these areas for damage: 

4.What’s in YOUR attic? Many times, homeowners think the roof is the culprit, but problems can come from improper ventilation, plumbing, air conditioning, condensation, vent fans, and animal or bug infestation in the attic. Be on the lookout for: 

5.Mind in the gutter. Many homeowners do not realize the importance of their gutters. They need to be installed and sloped properly to drain, tightly fastened, and free of debris. Contractors should stress to homeowners that gutter maintenance should be left to a professional. Advise them of the risks of climbing onto a ladder. 

SERVPRO common water issues

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

1.Broken Pipes – A broken pipe can do a lot of damage to your home in just a short amount of time. Before you know it, there are gallons in a short amount of time. Before you know of water could be spewing through your home. Pay close attention to any leaks, drips, and signs of deterioration. Have a plumber come out to your house for regular maintenance, and if there ever is a broken pipe, you can always turn the water off before the plumber arrives in order to avoid further damage.

2.Pinhole Leaks – common if a home has copper plumbing, a pinhole leak is a puncture of a copper pipe due to corrosion. If your home has a copper water system, check your pipes for signs of corrosion often.

3.Old/Faulty Appliances – If your fridge or washing machines aren’t maintained well, or have gotten too old, they could start to leak and create a significant amount of water damage in your home. It’s especially important to keep an eye on the appliances in your kitchen, as water damage caused by your fridge or dish washer can affect not just your floor, but your cabinets as well. Often times, leaks that go undetected for some time will cause significant water damage behind cabinets, which in turn can lead to mold if the problem goes unnoticed for an extended period.

Keeping your family safe during a storm

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

A THUNDERSTORM WATCH means a thunderstorm is possible for your area.
A THUNDERSTORM WARNING means a thunderstorm is taking place in your area.

•Keep an eye at the sky. Look for darkening skies, flashes of lightning, or increasing winds. Lightning often proceeds rain, so don’t wait for the rain to begin. If you hear the sound of thunder, go to a safe place immediately.
•The best place to go is a sturdy building or a car, but make sure the windows in the car are shut. Avoid sheds, picnic areas, baseball dugouts and bleachers.
•If there is no shelter around you, stay away from trees. Crouch down in the open area, keeping twice as far away from a tree as far as it is tall. Put your feet together and place your hands over your ears to minimize hearing damage from thunder.
•If you’re with a group of people stay about 15 feet from each other.
•Stay out of water. It’s a great conductor of electricity. Swimming, wading, snorkeling and scuba diving are not safe. Also, don’t stand in puddles.
•Avoid metal. Stay away from clotheslines, fences, and drop your backpacks because they often have metal on them.
•If you’re playing an outdoor activity, wait at least 30 minutes after the last observed lightning strike or thunder.

•Avoid water. It’s a great conductor of electricity, so do not take a shower, wash your hands, wash dishes or do laundry.
•Do not use a corded telephone. Lightning may strike exterior phone lines.
•Do not use electric equipment like computers and appliances during a storm.
•Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.

•Call for help. Call 9-1-1 or send for help immediately.
•The injured person does not carry an electrical charge, so it is okay to touch them.

kitchen fires

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

Kitchen Caution

According to the National
Fire Protection Association, cooking
fires are the number one cause of
home fires and home injuries. The
leading cause of fires in the kitchen
is unattended cooking. It’s important
to be alert to prevent cooking fires.
• Be on alert! If you are sleepy or
have consumed alcohol don’t
use the stove or stovetop.
•Stay in the kitchen while you
are frying, grilling, boiling, or
broiling food.
• If you are simmering, baking, or
roasting food, check it regularly,
remain in the kitchen while food
is cooking, and use a timer to
remind you that you are cooking.
• Keep anything that can catch
fire—oven mitts, wooden utensils,
food packaging, towels, or
curtains—away from the stovetop.
If you have a cooking fire, consider
the following safety protocols to help
keep you and your family safe.
• Just get out! When you leave,
close the door behind you
to help contain the fire.
•Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency
number after you leave.
• For an oven fire, turn off the
heat and keep the door closed.

Sewer Back up Pros

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

Causes of Sewer Backup

•Blockages due to Tree Roots: Shrubs and trees seeking moisture can make their way into sewer line cracks causing extensive damage. They may start out small, getting into a small crack in the pipe; but as the tree or shrub continues to grow, so does the root. Tree roots can enter the service pipe at joints and cause blockages. They can also travel a long way, and roots from different types of trees act differently. If you suspect that city trees are responsible for sewer line damage, your plumber can contact the city and samples of the roots will be used to help identify the trees and who is responsible for cleanup. Sometimes a blockage is the result of a combination of city and private trees. In this case costs are split between the city and property owner.

•Sanitary Main: A blockage can occur in a city sanitary main. If the blockage is not detected in time, sewage from the main can back up into homes and businesses through floor drains. Usually this happens slowly, giving the owner time to call a licensed plumber to assess the damage. If water is entering your basement at a rapid rate, call the city public works office and report the problem immediately so that a city operator can investigate.

•Water in Basement: Most basement flooding is not related to the sanitary sewer system. In many cases, soil settles adjacent to the building and, if not corrected, leads to rainwater flowing towards the building and down the outside of the foundation wall. This is particularly true in older buildings where cracks may have developed in the foundation or floor slab which allow water to enter the basement. The cement floor and basement walls of these structures may have deteriorated to the point that they are no longer waterproof. Thus, water can show up in a basement which has never had a water problem. This frequently happens when the ground is saturated after repeated or heavy rain storms. Drainage can be improved by making sure that water drains away from the building. Homeowners can also prevent flooding by water-sealing the basement.

Storm Safety Kit

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage

You never know when and where a storm will come. To be safe you always have to be prepared! A easy way to be prepared is to have a emergency kit for whatever type of storm may hit! 

Some simple things you can add in for safety could be..

  • A change of clothes 
  • Canned food! Can food will always be a positive thing to have because you do not know how long you will have to go being stuck in your home 
  • With canned food you should have a portable can opener 
  • A waterproof container to store your belongings 
  • Copies of important documents and papers 
  • A first aid safety kit for any injuries 
  • If you have any pets you will also need pet food 
  • A flashlight and also some candles along with matches 
  • Spare batteries 
  • And last but not least the most important thing is water 

Bye Bye to Water Damage

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage - SERVPRO Office Water Damage

Life has its fair share of ups and downs. Water Damage can be extremely unexpected and something not many want to deal with. There are definitely some ways to avoid the stress of Water Damage.

  1. Know the location of your water main.       If you are leaving your home for an extended amount of time be sure to shut off your water main so you have no worries of water leaking and or running.
  2. Always monitor your water bill.                  If you notice a difference in price or your usage in water that you do not recognize you may have a leak without even knowing!            
  3. Check appliances regularly.                         Always remember to check your appliances and make sure everything is in a good condition.
  4. New washing machine hoses!                      Believe it or not but washing machine hoses are the number one cause of water damage in homes. So ensure you are not using damaged or old hoses.
  5. Install water detection devices.                  Water detection devices help detect water and keep moisture out. It is a small electronic device that will sound an alarm if touched by moisture.

Water damage and getting back to business

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage - SERVPRO Water Damage is scary but with the help of SERVPRO we will have your business back to functioning in no time!

Water Damage is no joke and could be harmful to many things especially a business. Unfortunately it happens when least expected and it is never  good timing! Whether or not it is minor  damage or even severe damage here at SERVPRO we are ready to help! Our job is to give you exceptional service that is quick and professional to get you back to business as soon as possible.

Our Employees are well trained and professional and understand that time is of the essence and work diligently to get the work done in a timely manner. We understand that it is a stressful time when your business is at a risk and the only thing on your mind is to get back up and running. If you ever catch yourself in this situation give us a call and well handle the stress for you and get the job done ASAP. Regardless of the time and or the day it will always be our pleasure to help!

Say Goodbye to Commercial Mold Damage

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Mold Damage Commercial Mold Damage!

When Water Damage hits and is not properly taken care of something much worse can spark! That thing is Mold Damage. Mold Damage grows from water and spreads crazy. It spreads bacteria, and spores lead mold to find other locations in your Commercial Building. Once mold spreads it needs to be handled ASAP due to the dangers it may cause. At SERVPRO of North San Bernardino City it is our job to discreetly come inspect your business and after that to begin the removal process of any mold you may have! We know the fears of the damages you may face and that is way we are always on call to deal with any issues in your way! 

If you have noticed a unfixed mold issue in your Commercial Building, Don't wait! Give us a call anytime. 

Staying Safe in a Storm

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage

Here at SERVPRO we want you to always be prepared because you never know where you will be traveling and where you will find yourself dealing with a storm!

Some ways to be mindful and to be prepared for any storm starts with..

1. Stay inside! You do not want to be caught outside when any type of storm hits.

2. If the weather is warm turn the AC on and ensure your home is cold before the storm hits. Now if the weather is cold turn your heater up to stay warm! Inside temperature can last up to 48 hours.

3.Bring in your pets and if your pet is not an indoor pet try to bring them under a cover and somewhere they will stay safe!

4.Ensure all windows and doors are closed and locked!

5.Charge all your electronics prior to the storm because you are not sure how long you won't have electricity.

6. Keep candles and matches always for backup for when you lose light.

7. Make sure your freezer is closed tight! Freezer food will stay cold up to 3 days with a closed freezer door.

8. If the storm is serious and you have to evacuate bring anything memorable with you and if you can't do that pack it somewhere safe!

9. Create a home safety kit! Some things you can add are water bottles , flashlight , canned foods , first aid bag , tools!

10. The final tip is be sure to shut off any electronics that instantly uses electricity! The reason for this is when your power turns back on it can not be overloaded with things and there will be no risk for a fire or for it to burn out.

Now remember if you ever do find yourself stuck in a storm any of us at SERVPRO will be gladly to help! Stay Safe.

How to Prevent a Christmas Tree Fire!

10/9/2020 (Permalink)

Christmas Tree on Fire A Christmas tree on fire due to not taking the proper precautions.

The holidays are right around the corner. Don't get overly "wrapped" up in the ideas of the holiday season just yet , One major issue in California is Christmas tree fires! Some easy ways to prevent these fires are...

1. Find a fresh green tree!

2. Ensure tree is 3 feet away from any heat or power sources

3. Keep tree hydrated by adding water daily 

4. Make sure lights on tree are in good condition with no frayed wires or broken bulbs. 

5. Make sure to turn lights off before bed or when leaving the house. 

6. Once dry needles begin to drop remove tree from house! 

These steps could truly protect you and your family this holiday season! If you do find yourself dealing with a Christmas Tree Fire SERVPRO of North San Bernardino City is here to help! Give us a call anytime at 909-474-2340. 

Prevent Thanksgiving House Fires

10/9/2020 (Permalink)

Thanksgiving food on table. An amazing Thanksgiving meal!

With Thanksgiving approaching I am sure house fires are not the first thing going on through your mind. Believe it or not according to The National Fire Protection Association Thanksgiving is the peak for house fires! There are two major ways to avoid house fires this time a year! One being to be proactive and two being to stay attentive!

By being proactive some things you can do prior to Thanksgiving are...

1.Check and make sure smoke alarms are in full working effect 

2. Clean ovens and stovetops of grease and dust! 

Now to be attentive some things you can do are... 

1. Stay in kitchen and watch what you are cooking. 

2. Set alarms for all things to ensure you don't get distracted. 

3. Keep mitts , wooden utensils , and towels away from ANY open fire. 

These simple directions can help keep your home and family safe!

Have a fun and safe Thanksgiving from all of us at SERVPRO of North San Bernardino City. 

Damages of a Rat

10/9/2020 (Permalink)

Damages of a Rat Examples of damages a Rat can cause

Being a fire and water restoration company, it's not often we get calls for rodents. We once had a business call about a HORRIBLE smell they were having in the attic. They called an extermination company to the office yet they could not find the source of the issue. She was running out of options so she called SERVPRO of North San Bernardino City! Shortly after inspecting multiple ceiling tiles we were able to find the source which was an unfortunate rat who was stuck in a tiny corner and could not get out. We cleaned and sanitized the area as well as deodorized the office. We then replaced the affected tile. The working team was very pleased upon arrival with the odor being eliminated and left with a pleasant work environment. Sometimes taking the extra time and not giving up can prove why SERVPRO is different and our saying of "Like it never even happened," made a difference to this office and their team.

Always Open and Ready to Help

10/9/2020 (Permalink)

Servpro Always Open Here at SERVPRO we are always open and always ready to help!

SERVPRO of North San Bernardino City has a number one priority and that is to ensure our customers are taken care of. We will always pride ourselves on customer interaction and services. We stay open 24 hours a day , 7 days a week , 365 days a year to be on call for any problems you may be dealing with. Here at SERVPRO we understand the stress and fear you may feel due to the damage in your home. Our goal is to eliminate that stress and relieve all of those headaches and it is indeed our pleasure to do so.

If you ever find yourself in need of any help please call SERVPRO of North San Bernardino City at ANY time at 909-474-2340. Have a great day!

The Dangers of Water Damage

10/9/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage - SERVPRO Water Damage in Living Room

Water damage is no joke! It could truly become a danger and a not so easy thing to deal with. The first real damage it causes is structural damage. Structural damage is what happens to the most important parts of your home, the base. Structural Damage starts by destroying building materials. It then causes erosion. It could cause you multiple headaches because to be honest it never stops! Leaks can cause Mold, Electrical Hazards, Chemicals, and even Bacteria; none of these stresses are worth dealing with, so please feel free to check out our blog on "Ways to Prevent Water Damage" below for more details!! 

If you ever find yourself dealing with any sort of water damage just know SERVPRO of North San Bernardino City will always be here to help! 

Flooded Commercial Buildings

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded conference room SERVPRO of North San Bernardino City is always ready to help no matter how intimidating a job may be !

Water intrusion may be more severe in commercial buildings than in a residential setting, and the effects can be more extensive. Many commercial structures have a larger volumes of water entering the premises through plumbing supply lines and at a higher water pressure. The quantity of outgoing sewage is also greater than a typical residence. Commercial buildings tend to be of larger square footage than a home, so entry points for water intrusion through areas like the roof, exterior walls or windows are commensurately greater in number.

Water intrusion in commercial buildings can damage high-value equipment like computers and also building services such as HVAC, lighting, elevators and security equipment. Common long-term consequences of water damage like mold or microbial growth may be more problematic than in a home, due to the larger occupancy of a business or other commercial enterprise. When a greater number of people with a wider range of sensitivity are exposed to mold and bacteria spores, health impacts may be significantly magnified, perhaps leading to an enforced closure of the facility until the situation is fully remediated.

Typical issues from water intrusion in the commercial environment include:

  • Water from roof leaks penetrating through ceilings. Chronic leakage through the roof may proceed unnoticed for long periods, hidden by suspended ceiling panels or in electrical or HVAC service areas above.
  • Ruptures of water supply lines typically release clean (white) water.  Sewage backups or leaks in drain pipes release toxic (black) water that may be a biohazard and require evacuation of the premises.
  • Flooding from external sources can result from heavy rains, storms such as hurricanes, rapid snow melt or local overflowing lakes or rivers.
  • Moisture intrusion through the building envelope is typically more subtle. Humid outdoor air may be drawn in through structural cracks and gaps. Over a period, chronic dampness forms in spaces like wall voids, unventilated attics and service areas, spawning hidden mold growth that persists unseen.

Tiles you can be proud of!

7/15/2020 (Permalink)

Exceptional tiles and grout SERVPRO ensures perfection in all the work that we do. Especially in our tile cleaning! Your tiles will look brand new!

One of SERVPRO's many services include excellent tile and grout cleaning. Being a business owner takes so much time and dedication to run smoothly, that oftentimes owners get caught up in the day-to-day running of the business that they forget about some other very important things, such as exceptionally  clean floors and grout. No one likes to look down and see dirty grout. There are huge benefits to having your tile and ground cleaned. If you have never experienced professional tile and grout cleaning, then you are in for a treat.

  • Benefit #1: The largest benefit to investing in this service, is that it will change the look of your whole business. First impressions are everything.
  • Benefit #2: The floor will look brand new, and your customers will take notice. They will appreciate how much attention to detail you put into your business.
  • Benefit #3: When your tile, and grout is clean, it changes the whole atmosphere of your business. You and your employees will beam with pride.
  • Benefit #4: When you properly clean your tile and grout you show your employees, and customers, how much you care about their safety and health because clean floors means that you properly removed the dirt and buildup from them and made your overall building much healthier. Safety is even more important these days during the COVID pandemic.

The floors will receive a deep cleaning, followed by a sealant on the grout to prevent dirt from settling back and keeping the fresh clean look for a longer period of time. The effort you take now will not go unnoticed and will be one of your greatest investments.

 With proper maintenance, your floors will not go back to the dull, dirty look that they had before the cleaning. With the noticeable change of your tile and grout, the confidence in the way you do business may change forever. Your confidence is not the only thing that will increase, your customer’s confidence will increase also.

 For more information on having your tile, and grout professionally cleaned, please contact us. It would be our pleasure to help your business get the attention it deserves.

Extreme Humidity

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

Humidity meter Humidity meters show the abnormal vs normal amounts of humidity in the air.

Microscopic yet aggressive, these diminutive agents of decay are capable of causing rapid structural damage and can be difficult to detect. Maintaining a low-humidity interior to prevent moisture problems and taking immediate action to inhibit fungal growth after a flooding event are essential for avoiding potentially devastating restoration or remodeling steps.

Why Is Mold Such a Serious Structural Problem? High indoor humidity is the most common causes of black mold growth. When moisture levels meet low-airflow interiors, most porous building materials become an easy target of infestation, including drywall, insulation, hardwood flooring and of course carpeting. While many commercial buildings created after the 1970s have been designed to accommodate high-humidity environments, prevention and maintenance remain key. Common signs that your building may be at high risk for black mold growth include:

• Roofs, soffits or other exterior portions of the building material that consistently leak

• Poorly maintained fire sprinkling systems that drip

• Indoor humidity levels that are consistently over 60 percent

• Standing water or frequent indoor condensation

• Lack of thorough ventilation

• Poorly maintained HVAC equipment

• Distinctive, musty odor

Commercial Fires and the Effects

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

Firefighters working on commercial fire Commercial Fires can be extremely scary and heartbreaking. At SERVPRO we promise to restore and not replace!

Fire damage, unfortunately, is a part of life sometimes, and most people will undergo a fire loss travesty due to fire in home or fire in business. Furthermore, it's spectacular when everyone in the home or business survived the fire alright. However, it's still devastating dealing with the fire loss. For those who worked so hard in accomplishing their business or dream home and the loved ones who enjoyed the comfortableness and sentimental memories, the effects of the fire loss can really be detrimental whether it's from a fire in home or fire in business. Having said that, there are some things that should be done to take care of oneself and family mentally and emotionally while undergoing the rebuilding process. The first thing to do is to let out the cries and screams concerning the devastating fire damage and comfort the family. Doing this will let out the steam necessary to regain one's composure to focus and deal with this incident immediately by dealing with the home or commercial fire damage and fire cleanup. After that's done, further professional and emotional help, if needed, should be taken. Taking Full Control of the Fire Damage The following steps are required for a home or commercial fire damage restoration: 1. Ensuring the family, pets, and co-workers are far away from the property on fire- to prevent possible injuries from the fire, and poor air quality from smoke damage and soot damage 2. No entering of the premises where the home or commercial fire damage occurred unless fire firefighters give the OK- to prevent injuries due to the roof possibly caving in from the fire loss, or due to poor air quality from the soot damage/smoke damage 3. The restoration specialist must be contacted- since they are highly trained to properly handle the fire loss, smoke damage, soot damage, air quality, fire cleanup, and more for fire in home and fire in business 4. Assessing the fire damage- this is only when the fire professionals say it's alright to enter the premises. Assessing the damage is required for the fire insurance claim regardless if it's a fire in home or fire in business, and it should be done before initiating any fire cleanup. Taking pictures of all the areas and items with apparent fire and soot damage, and writing down every other thing concerning the air quality and smoke damage are very helpful for home and commercial fire damage claims. 5. Preventing possible further damage, if and when it's safe to go inside where the home or commercial fire damage occurred- this includes doing some fire cleanup by mopping the floor that's drenched with water from rain, water damage from the fire, or firefighters. Another thing that can be done is to improve the air quality from smoke damage and soot damage by opening up windows and doors. 6. Getting further instructions from the fire restoration specialists- they will give more viable information concerning insurance claims, fire cleanup, preventive measures to prevent future fire damage, and more. They will also give specifics concerning fire in home or fire in business.

Winter love

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

Winter can be hard for everyone. If you experience winter weather, don’t forget to check on your neighbors who are elderly or may need assistance. 

Here is some helpful advice for preventing common winter dangers that the elderly population faces.

  • Avoid Slipping on Ice
    Icy, snowy roads and sidewalks make it easy to slip and fall. “Unfortunately, falls are a common occurrence for senior citizens, especially during the winter months,” says Dr. Stanley Wang, a physician at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif. Often these falls cause major injuries such as hip and wrist fractures, head trauma and major lacerations.

While younger people often recover relatively quickly from such injuries, older adults face complications, which Dr. Wang says are a leading cause of death from injury in men and women over the age of 65.

  • Dress for Warmth. Cold temperatures can lead to frostbite and hypothermia — a condition where the body temperature dips too low. According to the CDC, more than half of hypothermia-related deaths were of people over the age of 65.

Your body temperature should never dip below 95 degrees — if it does get medical assistance immediately.

  • Fight Wintertime Depression
    Because it can be difficult and dangerous to get around, many seniors have less contact with others during cold months. This can breed feelings of loneliness and isolation.

To help avoid these issues, family members can check in on seniors as often as possible; even a short, daily phone call can make a big difference. Seniors can also arrange a check-in system with neighbors and friends, where each person looks in on one or two others daily.

#GoodNeighbors #WeatherWednesday

January 28, 2015 Posted by National CPR Corp | General Health Advice, winter | elderly, winter

Happy Valentine's Day

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

Valentine's Day - We can’t fix broken hearts, but we can restore damaged carpets when Valentine’s Day doesn’t go as planned. 

Here are some helpful V-day tips;

Give to one another by giving back! - ask a date to volunteer with you at a local organization.

Quality time is one of the most important meaningful gifts. - Give your attention over gifts any day.

Don't forget to love Fido too!! - Give your pet a valentine and remember to walk or exercise them daily

Take it slow - if you receive a luxurious box of chocolates form your sweetie, stick it in the freezer and enjoy in moderation over the next several weeks. That way weeks later you are still thinking of that special someone

#HeretoHelp #HappyValentinesDay https://youtu.be/T0MXu_M85AU #lovetheoneyourwith

Ready Plan???

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

Response times are a huge factor in minimizing damage. Download our Ready Plan App to create a Ready Profile so that when disaster strikes, help is just a click away. http://bit.ly/1eXVvAe

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your 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 business.

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.
    This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.

    A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
    It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.

    A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
    This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.

    Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
    You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.

    Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
    This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.

    Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
    Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."

Credit to: © SERVPRO Intellectual Property, Inc. 2018 

Chemicals you should never mix

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

Just because chemicals clean well by themselves doesn’t mean they should be mixed together (looking at you, bleach). If you’re in doubt, do a quick search to make sure the chemicals you’re using are safe to mix. 

What to Do If You Mix Bleach and Ammonia - First Aid

If you do accidentally become to exposed to fumes from mixing bleach and ammonia, immediately remove yourself from the vicinity to fresh air and seek emergency medical attention. The vapors can attack your eyes and mucous membranes, but the biggest threat comes from inhaling the gases.

  • 1. Get away from the site where the chemicals were mixed. You can't call for help if you are overwhelmed by the fumes.
  • 2. Call 911 for emergency help. If you really don't think it's that bad, then at least call Poison Control for advice on handling the after-effects of exposure and cleaning up the chemicals. The number for Poison Control is:1-800-222-1222
  • 3. If you find someone who you think has mixed bleach and ammonia, chances are he or she will be unconscious. If you can, remove the person to fresh air, preferably outdoors. Call 911 for emergency assistance. Do not hang up until instructed to do so.
  • 4. Thoroughly ventilate the area before returning to dispose of the liquid. Seek specific instructions from Poison Control so that you don't hurt yourself. You're most likely to make this mistake in a bathroom or kitchen, so leave and seek assistance, return later to open a window, allow time for the fumes to dissipate, and then go back to clean up. Dilute the chemical mixture with plenty of water. Wear gloves, just as you would for either bleach or ammonia.

Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "Why You Shouldn't Mix Bleach and Ammonia." ThoughtCo, Jul. 3, 2017, thoughtco.com/bleach-and-ammonia-chemical-reaction-609280.


Drive safely as it gets darker

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

Daylight Saving Time ends every year on the first Sunday in November. This means it starts to get darker earlier. As we set our clocks backward by one hour in most areas of the country, here are some tips for driving at night.

As we 'Fall Back' to Shorter Days, Take Extra Care on the Road

Fatigue, lack of light, compromised night vision, rush hour and impaired drivers all contribute to making driving at night more dangerous than during any other time of day. In fact, the risk of a fatal crash is three times greater at night, according to National Safety Council research.


A National Sleep Foundation poll says 60% of adults have driven while they were tired, and another 37%, or 103 million people, have fallen asleep at the wheel. Of those, 13% say they fall asleep while driving at least once a month, and 4% say they have caused a crash by falling asleep while driving.

The reasons are many – shift work, lack of quality sleep, long work hours, sleep disorders – and it doesn't only happen on lengthy trips.

These staggering numbers are backed up by a report by NHTSA that 100,000 police-reported crashes are a result of driver fatigue. Most crashes or near-misses happen at the times you would expect drivers to be tired: 4 to 6 a.m., midnight to 2 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m., according to NSF.

Nov. 6-13, 2016, is Drowsy Driving Prevention Week. The National Sleep Foundation offers this advice:

  • Get seven to nine hours of sleep a night
  • Don't drive if you've been awake for 24 hours or more
  • Stop every two hours to rest
  • Pull over and take a nap if you're drowsy
  • Travel during times you are normally awake


When Daylight Saving Time ends many people will find themselves spending more time driving in the dark. Depth perception, color recognition and peripheral vision can be compromised in the dark, and the glare of headlights from an oncoming vehicle can temporarily blind a driver.

Even with high-beam headlights on, visibility is limited to about 500 feet (250 feet for normal headlights) creating less time to react to something in the road, especially when driving at higher speeds.

What should you do to combat darkness?

  • Aim your headlights correctly, and make sure they're clean
  • Dim your dashboard
  • Look away from oncoming lights
  • If you wear glasses, make sure they're anti-reflective
  • Clean the windshield to eliminate streaks
  • Slow down to compensate for limited visibility and reduced stopping time

Compromised Night Vision

Night vision is the ability to see well in low-light conditions. As we age, we have greater difficulty seeing at night. A 50-year-old driver may need twice as much light to see as well as a 30-year-old. At age 60 and older, driving can become even more difficult, according to the American Optometric Association. Some older drivers also may have compromised vision due to cataracts and degenerative eye diseases.

The AOA recommends older drivers:

  • Have annual vision exams
  • Reduce speed
  • Take a driving course; even experienced drivers can benefit from a refresher course, and some of the rules have probably changed
  • Minimize distractions, like talking with passengers or listening to the radio
  • Check with your doctor about side effects of prescription drugs
  • Limit driving to daytime hours if necessary

Rush Hour

Evening rush hour (between 4 and 7 p.m. weekdays) is a dangerous time to drive due to crowded roadways and drivers eager to get home after work. In winter, it's dark during rush hour, compounding an already dangerous driving situation.

How can you make it home safely during rush hour?

  • Don't be an impatient driver; slow down
  • Stay in your lane and beware of drivers who dart from lane to lane
  • Even though the route may be familiar, don't go on autopilot; stay alert
  • In unfamiliar areas, consult a map before you go and memorize your route
  • Don't touch your phone, eat, drink or do other things that are distracting

Impaired Drivers

Nearly 30 people die every day in crashes that involve a driver impaired by alcohol, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Drivers impaired by prescription medicines and other drugs increase that number significantly. Impaired drivers are most frequently on the road after dark – particularly between the hours of midnight and 3 a.m. on weekends.

While drunk driving has declined by about one-third since 2007, the number of drivers under the influence of drugs has increased. Between 2013 and 2014, 22% of drivers tested positive for a drug that would cause impairment, according to a roadside survey conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. NHTSA also found that the prevalence of THC (found in marijuana) among drivers on weekend nights increased 48% since 2007, from 8.6% of drivers to 12.6%. Many states have not yet updated their impaired driving laws to address this growing problem.

Stay Alert, Stay Alive

While we do only one quarter of our driving at night, 50% of traffic deaths happen at night. It doesn't matter whether the road is familiar or not, driving at night is always more dangerous.

More than 35,500 people were killed in car crashes in 2013, according to Injury Facts 2016. By taking some extra precautions, we can all contribute to reducing these numbers.

Source: http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/news-and-resources-driving-at-night.aspx

Pet Safety Tips for the Holidays

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

So cute

Keeping your furry family members safe during the holidays can be a difficult task. There are the ornaments, plants, presents, lights -- oh, and who could forget the Christmas tree (if do you decide to put one up this year)? Let's take a look at some simple steps that will allow your pets to join in the holiday fun this year, while avoiding any trips to the animal emergency room.

Christmas Tree Tips:

1. Place your Christmas tree in a corner, blocked off from your pet's wanting eyes. If this doesn't keep your dog or cat from attempting to jump onto the tree, you can place aluminum foil, a plastic drink bottle filled with knickknacks, or anything else that creates noise on the tree's bottom limbs to warn you of an impending tree disaster.

2. Tinsel can add a nice sparkling touch to the tree, but make sure you hang it up out of your pet's reach. Ingesting the tinsel can potentially block their intestines, which is generally only remedied through surgical means.

3. Do not put lights on the tree's lower branches. Not only can your pet get tangled up in the lights, they are a burning hazard. Additionally, your dog or cat may inadvertently get shocked by biting through the wire.

4. Ornaments need to be kept out of reach, too. In addition to being a choking and intestinal blockage hazard, shards from broken ornaments may injure paws, mouths, or other parts of your pet's body.

5. For those buying a live Christmas trees this year, keep the area free and clear of pine needles. While they may not seem dangerous, the needles can puncture your pet's intestines if ingested.

Other Great Holiday Item Tips:

1. Did you know holly, mistletoe, and poinsettia plants are poisonous to dogs or cats? If you normally use these plants to decorate your home, they should be kept in an area your pet cannot reach.

2. Edible tree decorations -- whether they be ornaments, or cranberry or popcorn strings -- are like time bombs waiting to happen. These goodies are just too enticing and your pet will surely tug at them, knocking down your wonderfully decorated spruce.

3. Burning candles should be placed on high shelves or mantels, out of your pet's way -- there's no telling where a wagging tail may end up. Homes with fireplaces should use screens to avoid accidental burns.

4. To prevent any accidental electrocutions, any exposed indoor or outdoor wires should be taped to the wall or the sides of the house.

5. When gift wrapping, be sure to keep your pet away. Wrapping paper, string, plastic, or cloth could cause intestinal blockages. Scissors are another hazard, and they should be kept off floors or low tables.

We at petMD don't want to ruin all your holiday decorating fun. By all means, go crazy sprucing up your home and wrapping presents. But make sure you do in a way that is safe for your pet(s) this holiday season.

Source: http://www.petmd.com/dog/seasonal/evr_multi_christmas_safety#


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