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The Dangers of Ungrounded Outlets in Your Home or Business

Monday, August 14th, 2017

electrical outlets

You likely don’t give outlet plugs much thought until you need to use one. However, outlets can present a hazard if they are not grounded. All it takes to identify whether or not an outlet is grounded is a few seconds of observation. Grounded outlets have two vertical holes and a larger round one centered beneath them. While grounded outlets have been a mandated electrical safety feature since the ’60s, older structures may lack that protective third hole and present a very real danger.

The Importance of Grounded Outlets

Essentially one vertical slit represents a ‘hot’ wire and the other is ‘neutral.’ The large hole is also neutral and serves as a failsafe should the outlet short. This ‘grounding’ hole redirects renegade electricity through the grounded wiring to prevent it from channeling into people and other materials that may encounter the outlet.

What Makes Ungrounded Outlets Dangerous?

While they may have seemed harmless so far, ungrounded outlets can drastically increase personal and property risks. Electrical fires can be prevented with grounded outlets, as ungrounded ones can spew sparks when electricity misfires,  damaging items nearby or even causing a major flare-up. Ungrounded outlets can also cause plugged-in equipment to short out when electricity goes awry, and this can spell disaster for costly appliances and gadgets. Last but not least, the unfortunate person who touches an ungrounded shorted outlet will have a real shock coming to them. Overall, it’s worth the small investment to get grounded outlets to prevent serious incidents that can become costly.

Call Parker Young for Disaster Repair Services in Macon if Catastrophe Strikes

If you’ve suffered from a mishap due to ungrounded outlet fires or any other type of home or business incident that has damaged your property, we can help you recover your space within compliance of local codes and regulations. Contact Parker Young Construction for disaster repair services in Macon, GA at (478) 757-9032 today.

Fire Safety Tips for Your Garage

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

tools in garageMost Atlanta homeowners consider their kitchen as the part of the home most likely to catch fire. Though the kitchen certainly poses risks for fires, the garage is especially prone to devastating fires. The United States Fire Administration reports garage fires cause more than $450 million in property losses per year. Here’s how to prevent a fire in your garage.

Store Flammable Fluids in a Protected Area

Gasoline, oil, paint and other flammable liquids should be stored in a backyard shed. If you absolutely need these fluids in the garage, store them in small amounts in a sealed, fireproof container. Label these containers so you and others know exactly what type of fluid is inside.

Get Rid of That Clutter

Garages laden with clutter are more vulnerable to fires. Boxes, trash and various sundries stored in containers are a form of potentially lethal kindling. Remove the clutter from your garage every six months. Clean those cobwebs and dust buildups as they have the potential to compromise electrical systems.

Be Mindful When Plugging Items Into Garage Outlets

Some people leave their appliances plugged into garage outlets, sometimes overnight, for a thorough charge. Do not plug several cords into a garage outlet. Also, avoid using an extension cord when charging appliances. Extension cords dramatically boost the odds of a garage electrical fire.

Clean up After Working in the Garage

Plenty of homeowners use their garage as a work space. Do not let sawdust, wood scraps, plastic wrappings or paper accumulate. These materials can easily turn into tinder with a simple spark.

Fire Damage? Contact Parker Young Construction Today

If your Atlanta property has endured a fire, lean on us in your time of need. Our fire damage restoration service will help you bounce back as quickly as possible. Give us a call at 1 (888) 303-9288 to learn more about our Atlanta disaster repair services.

Tips for Hosting a Safe Outdoor Party

Monday, July 17th, 2017

summer backyardSummer is the best time of the year for outdoor parties. Invite your friends, family and neighbors over for a party with cool drinks and hot eats. Most outdoor parties end up being an absolute blast. However, the combination of people, campfires and barbecues has the potential to induce harm. Here’s how to keep everyone safe.

Be Mindful of Fire Sources

Most parties have flammable items of some sort. Gather everyone before the party commences and point out fire sources like candles, tiki torches and portable outdoor fireplaces. Each has the potential to spread fire across your yard and into your Ellijay home.

Supervise Kids and Pets

Dogs, cats and children are especially vulnerable during parties. The parents are usually busy cooking, setting the table or socializing. Supervise the little ones throughout the entirety of the event. Keep them at least five feet away from fire pits, barbecues and outdoor fireplace flames.

Mind the Grill

Most outdoor parties involve grilling meats. The grill should be a minimum of 10 feet away from your home and other structures. Make sure the lid is open when turning on the gas.

Water Should be Readily Available

Stock up on water for your outdoor party. It will keep guests hydrated on a hot summer day. Water will also prove quite helpful if the campfire flames spread.

Sweat the Small Stuff

If your party features burning candles, use heavy and reliable candle holders that hold the candles upright. The last thing you need is for a gust of wind to knock down your burning candles and create a fire.

Bounce Back From a Fire With the Help of Parker Young Construction

Our fire damage restoration experts are here to help you regain a sense of normalcy following a home fire. We will restore as much of your fire-damaged Ellijay home as possible. Contact us by dialing 1 (888) 303-9288 to learn more about our Ellijay disaster repair services.

5 Most Dangerous Household Chemicals

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

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Household chemicals can absolutely make our lives easier, but it’s important to remember that many of them are dangerous when used improperly. And when disasters strike, household chemical spills can be a major source of injury and property damage. Make sure these five chemicals are always stored safely in your home or business to maintain safety.

Ammonia

Ammonia fumes are a powerful irritant, potentially harming your skin, eyes, nose, lungs and throat. When working with ammonia, wearing heavy-duty gloves, goggles and a face mask are smart precautions to protect your health.

Bleach

Another useful but dangerous cleaner, bleach also has strong corrosive properties that can do serious damage to the human body. Ammonia and bleach are a particularly dangerous combination, creating potentially deadly gases when mixed. Never store these two chemicals in the same place.

Antifreeze

Swallowing antifreeze can cause serious damage to your internal organs. Its inoffensive, sweet taste makes antifreeze especially dangerous for children and pets, who may readily ingest the substance when spilled or improperly stored.

Drain Cleaners

The purpose of drain cleaners is to break down organic material that builds up and obstructs pipes. As such, most chemical drain cleaners contain powerful alkaline compounds, including lye, that can cause serious damage when it comes into contact with your skin or eyes.

Air Fresheners

This one probably comes as a surprise, but the truth is many commercial air fresheners contain formaldehyde and other potentially dangerous chemicals. Even “all natural” options aren’t totally safe: Essential oils are powerful solvents that can strip paint.

Unfortunately, even the most carefully stored household chemicals can be spilled when disaster strikes, causing major damage to your home or business. If you’re dealing with such a situation and looking for disaster repair services in Macon, be sure to call our offices at Parker Young today.

Tips for Testing Your Smoke Alarm

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

smokeWhen you offer Atlanta disaster repair services, you see the worst that can possibly happen. While we take great pride in helping people rebuild their lives, there’s nothing better than using prevention to avert the disaster from ever happening. When you make sure that your smoke alarm is in full working order, you’re taking one of the most important steps to protect your property from catastrophe and keeping the lives that you care most about safe. Here’s how to make sure that your smoke alarm is working perfectly.

5 Steps to Make Sure Your Smoke Alarm is Fully Functional

  1. Be sure everyone knows your testing the system. When you make tests a regular practice, it’s important to let people know about a drill beforehand. That way when it’s the real thing, people will know to act accordingly. If your alarm is tied into the home security system, be sure to let them know as well.
  2. Have someone stand far away from the alarm while still inside the house. How well can they hear it? If it’s not loud then it’s time to increase the number of alarms. The alarm should also be able to be heard from outside the house.
  3. Get up on a chair or ladder to reach the alarm and press the test button. If it does not immediately emit a loud alarm noise, you can troubleshoot by replacing the batteries or have an electrician take a look for hardwired models. If that doesn’t work, it’s time to replace the unit for one that’s fully functional.
  4. The test button isn’t enough. Make sure that the sensors are fully functional by spraying aerosol near the alarm or lighting a couple of matches and holding them a couple of feet below the alarm.
  5. Regardless of how well your unit is working, it should automatically be replaced every ten years.

Sometimes, no matter how many precautions you take, misfortune can’t be avoided. If you’re currently in the process of dealing with damage to your home or business give us a call. We’re happy to provide the best disaster repair services in Atlanta.

How to be Prepared for Hurricane Season

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

storm cloudsMeteorologists predict that Georgia’s hurricane season can last up to six months. From June 1 to November 30, it’s important that you remain prepared for extreme weather. At Parker Young, our trained professionals provide disaster repair services in Atlanta and hope these tips about being prepared and staying safe prove helpful.

Emergency Disaster Kit

Having an emergency kit in place will allow you to ride out the storm and its aftermath. Be prepared, and have these items in place in advance. When a storm hits, you may be cut off from supplies. The kit should include:

  • Three days of drinking water based on one gallon per person
  • Three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Complete first aid kit including prescription medications
  • Battery-operated radio and cell phone
  • Flashlights and battery-operated lanterns
  • Whistle or horn to signal for assistance
  • Shelter-building supplies such as plastic sheets, duct tape, etc.
  • Tool set

Weathering the Storm

Anytime an extreme weather event strikes your area, it’s imperative that you take safety precautions to avoid injury and property damage. Here are some things to keep in mind that are not always common sense.

  • Go inside as the storm approaches. Flying debris can cause injury.
  • Stay clear of windows and skylights during the storm.
  • During extreme weather, remain in a safe space such as a bathroom or basement.
  • Do not use electrical appliances during a storm. Wiring may become damaged and result in a fire.
  • Homeowners in flood zones should turn off their main electrical circuit breaker.
  • Do not use the shower or bathe during a storm. Lightning strikes are common.

Many hurricanes have an eye. When that passes over, it can make you think the storm has stopped. Get a credible weather report before resuming normal activities.

Parker Young is committed to helping the people of Georgia repair and rebuild properties. If you need disaster repair services in Atlanta, contact us today.

Follow These 6 Home Maintenance Tips

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

One-Story HouseYou can lower the risk of a disaster occurring in your home by keeping up with a few key maintenance tasks. The effort you put into maintaining your dwelling has the potential to pay out in dividends in the future. Make sure to place the six following tasks on your to-do list to avoid having to call for Ellijay disaster repair services anytime soon.

Blow Out Your Dryer Vent

If your dryer vent hose clogs with lint, the trapped heat could start a quick moving fire. Blow it out four times a year to prevent this issue.

Test Your Fire Extinguisher

A fire extinguisher must promptly and correctly operate to put out a fire with ease. Test yours once a year to make sure.

Change Your Filters

When your furnace and air conditioning filters clog with debris, their efficiency decreases and the chance of disaster spikes. Clean them out once a month to keep this problem at bay.

Clean All Fridge Coils

Fridge coils tend to trap dust, pet hair and other debris that commonly flies through the air in your home. Wipe them down to eliminate this fire hazard.

Flush the Water Heater

When debris gets stuck in your water heater, the pressure rises and the risk of a burst pipe increases. Flush the tank to protect your home from floods.

Check Your Breaker Box

The switches in your breaker box should turn to the off position if an electrical fault occurs. Make sure this component works right to protect your home from disaster and prevent the need for disaster repair services in Ellijay.

Save the Number to Your Ellijay Disaster Repair Services Company

Despite your best efforts, you cannot prevent every disaster from occurring. If you find yourself dealing with water, fire, storm or mold damage, call 1-888-303-9288 to schedule an appointment with the experts at Parker Young Construction.

Safety Tips for Electrical Appliances

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Electrical Plugs and OutletsThe average household today is completely dependent on the use of electricity. In fact, in the United States, each household is estimated to have a minimum of 24 electrical appliances. What isn’t well known is that 63% of all residential fires involve wiring and related equipment. These are fires that could have been prevented with these simple safety practices.

Water and Electricity

  • Keep appliances away from water, such as sinks, bathtubs, pools or overhead vents that may drip.
  • Do not operate electrical appliances with wet hands or while standing in water.
  • Never reach into water to retrieve a fallen electrical appliance prior to turning off the electrical breaker and/or unplugging the appliance.
  • Do not put water on an electrical fire. Use a dry fire extinguisher or baking soda.
  • Install a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection wherever water and electricity are within six feet of each other; i.e., kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, pool and outdoors.

Outlets

  • Don’t overload electrical outlets with multiple adapters or power strips.
  • Use only one high-wattage appliance per outlet at a time.
  • Check outlet temperatures regularly. If they are warm to the touch, remove any plugs and contact a licensed electrician.
  • When outlets are not in use, utilize a tamper resistant cover. This is especially important when you have small children in the house.

Cords

  • Check cords prior to each use for frays, cracks, kinks or loose pieces. Do not use if damage is found.
  • Never place cords under a rug as they will be unable to stay cool.
  • Don’t place cords near a heat source, such as a heater, fireplace or open flame.
  • Do not modify the plug to a cord at any time. This includes clipping off the third prong or attempting to file down a wider prong to fit into an outlet.

However, sometimes the unthinkable still happens. Should you find yourself the victim of a fire, contact us for a quick and efficient home restoration.

How to Avoid a Candle Fire

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Lit CandleCandle popularity in America is at an all-time high. In fact, the retail sales of candles are estimated at $3.2 billion annually and this doesn’t include the sales of candle accessories. They’re beautiful, provide ambiance and fragrance, hold a prominent place in many ceremonies, and are a source of light. However, they also result in an average of 25 home candle fires each day! While they are desirable, they are also dangerous and some basic safety tips should be followed when using them.

Prior to Use

  • Match your designated candle to an appropriately sized candle holder.
  • Ensure your candle holders are fireproof, heat resistant and are kept level.
  • Don’t use a candle with embedded items within.  While attractive, they are combustible.
  • Trim candlewicks to ¼” prior to lighting.
  • Place candles at a minimum of 3” away from all flammable items, i.e., walls, books, decorations, and avoid putting them in windows where curtains or blinds may catch fire.

Children & Pets

  • Place candles up high, out of reach of curious hands and wagging tails.
  • Do not leave a room unattended when children or pets are present.
  • Do not use candles as a night light.

General Use

  • Extinguish all candles, and ensure the wick is cool prior to leaving a room unattended or going to sleep.
  • Don’t burn a candle near other combustible items, or near flammable liquids.
  • Don’t move a lit candle. Do not use a lit candle in a small space, either to check pilot lights or when fueling a kerosene heater or generator.
  • Lit candles should be at least 3 inches apart to keep them from melting each other.
  • Replace candles when there are two inches or less remaining. Never allow a candle to burn too close to a holder.

Despite due diligence being followed, sometimes fires do occur. If you need assistance in recovering from a house fire, contact us today.

How to Keep Seniors Safe in an Emergency

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

MatchesIn any emergency, whether it be a natural disaster, a house fire, or some other situation where life and limb are in peril, senior citizens are always the most at risk. Because of possible lack of mobility, inability to comprehend the danger and vulnerability to environmental exposure, special precautions must be taken to protect the elderly.

Severe storm season is not far away, and if you have senior citizens in your care, it’s time to start thinking about their safety, and about disaster repair services in Ellijay, Georgia.

Keeping Seniors Safe In An Emergency

  • Identify your area’s risks. Storms of course are common in Georgia, as well as excessive heat, flooding and the occasional tornado. Knowing what you might have to face is the first step in being prepared.
  • Have a plan. Once you’ve identified the threats, have a plan in place to deal with them. Have emergency numbers in a handy place, coordinate with family members on how to communicate and where to meet, and have a safe place to go. Also have a list of senior medications, health insurance and medical condition information, and Social Security number. This should be done for every family member.
  • Assemble a disaster kit. Always have enough food and water on hand to last every member of the household for at least three days, longer if possible. Basic first aid items, medications, copies of important documents, batteries for hearing aids and anything else that would be useful on short notice should also be part of your kit.
  • Have a network of support. Make a list of people you can call to help you, family, neighbors, friends and your doctor. Include local and out-of-state contacts.

You never know when an emergency will arise, but your elderly ward will be better protected if you’re prepared.

If you need disaster repair services in Ellijay, contact us immediately at 1 (888) 303-9288 for a free assessment and estimate.

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