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If you live in the south, and in South Carolina (the Myrtle Beach area) like we do, you know how exciting the words ‘snow in the forecast’ are!
> Kids are coming home from school talking about snow, Snow, SNOW!
> Parents are making a new shopping list to include plenty of bread and milk and worrying about whether last year’s snow boots and ski pants still fit their fast-growing brood.
> Retirees are canceling appointment for ‘the day the snow will come’.
Along with the snow though, come cold and chilly nights.
In the south, we’re not made for this type of cold weather and we certainly don’t have the homes and winter clothes for extended cold periods.
However, if you own a home with a fireplace, you might be getting very exited to be able to finally use it this winter! Right?
The byproduct of enjoying a crackling flame is creosote buildup (the major cause of chimney fires) and soot, which can restrict air flow and damage the fireplace chimney. Even a gas fireplace chimney can become blocked by a bird’s nest or other debris. Prevent problems with an annual chimney inspection.
We can’t stress this enough – a failure to plan ahead is planning to fail! In order to prevent all sort of disasters, planning ahead is key!
You NEED to make sure you and your family are safe when you use your fire place and that does not just mean adding a safety screen in front of the grate (which you should have – to protect your children and your pets!). We also means making sure that your chimney is clean and cleared from debris!
Carbon Monoxide poisoning is silent. If your chimney is (partially) blocked, fumes form the fire will enter your home and could potentially be deadly. Instal carbon monoxide detectors and make sure the batteries work!
Don’t be a victim!
In the afore mentioned article we read about a ‘level two chimney inspection’
A level-two chimney inspection is vital if you’ve experienced an earthquake or a dramatic weather event, like a tornado or hurricane; if you’ve made a major change to your fireplace; or bought a house.
In October 2016 the Grand Strand was hit by Hurricane Matthew, therefore it it even more important to take action now!
If you have small kids and pets, a spouse, or even if you live alone, there are things to keep in mind when you stoke your indoor fire!
Here are 4 tips we feel are extremely important to remember when you light that fire place this weekend.
For additional fire place safety tips, read the full article by Healthy Children!
Holidays are the most wonderful time of the year! Its a time to give thanks, a time to give, a time for family, a time for travel, and a time for smiles.
Unfortunately there are several threats that can happen over the holidays that can put a damper on your holiday partying. We do not want to be the doom and gloom for this holiday season, but Strand Security wants all of our Myrtle Beach, Grand Strand and Maryland families to be safe for the holidays.
That is why we have come up with four common mistakes that can be prevented in order to assure you and your family have the safest, most wonderful time of the year!
The amount of shopping done during the holiday season puts us at greater risk for identity theft. With technology, more shopping is being done online, as well as applying for new credit over the internet. This all leads to a greater exposure to identity theft.
According to the Federal Trade Commission, consumers lost more than $1.6 billion to fraud in 2013.
The amount of break-ins rise during the holiday season as a result of peoples increased financial needs. Close to 400,000 burglaries occur in the United States during the holiday months. Motive for the rise in this rate may be a result of wanting to provide gifts and food for loved ones.
A Christmas tree can become fully engulfed in flames within seconds. “Christmas trees were the first items ignited in about 200 fires annually between 2010 and 2012, resulting in 10 deaths, 20 injuries, and about $17 million in property loss, according to the Safety Commission.”
Cooking is a big and enjoyable part of the holidays! Families come together from all over to join together for their traditional holiday feasts.
Not to make light of the situation, but if your cooking is anything like mine, you may want to pay close attention to this next tidbit.
Cooking fires are the leading cause of house fires. Unattended cooking is the cause of almost 90 percent of kitchen fires. Every two and a half hours someone is killed in a home fire.
Don’t forget to nominate someone for our Security Alarm Give-Away here!