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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

SERVPRO of Fargo reminds North Dakotans: Keep a Fire Extinguisher Handy in the Kitchen

The number of in-home fires goes up on Thanksgiving, according to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association).  SERVPRO® of Fargo agrees with the NFPA: keep a fire extinguisher handy to help prevent a large in-home fire.

Fire Extinguishers

For families who already keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen:

  • Dig it out from under the pile of stuff under the sink (hey, you’ve been meaning to clean that mess for years, now is a good time)
  • Most fire extinguishers don’t come with expiration dates, but fire-fighters expect extinguishers to last about 20 years; that’s good, but not forever
  • If the fire extinguisher is covered in unidentifiable gunk, dispose of it, and get a new one
  • Read the directions so you’re ready in an emergency

Everyone else: buy one now.

Fire-extinguisher residue (the dust left behind after the foam evaporates) can irritate your eyes and airway. It isn’t poisonous, but it is uncomfortable and should be removed.

How SERVPRO of Fargo Can Help

Smoke, soot, and excess water continue to damage the home long after the fire is extinguished, the dishes are done, and the leftovers have been eaten.

For professional help, call us at SERVPRO of Fargo.

  • Our number is 701-232-2455
  • Emergency services are available 24 hours a day, every day-- even Thanksgiving
  • If water damage leads to active mold colonies, we’ll mitigate the mold damage in accordance with EPA (Environmental Protection Association) protocols
  • Our teams find and eliminate soot and smoke damage hidden in air vents, on top of windows, and inside desk drawers
  • We clean and disinfect all surfaces, including inside the HVAC circulation system
  • There’s no need to stock up on air-fresheners because we eliminate any odors
  • SERVPRO of Fargo technicians clean and restore textiles, including those on furniture (upholstery) and window coverings
  • We can clean and restore almost anything in your house – just ask us

Time for Trivia

The oh-we-wish-they-were slackers in the trivia task force insisted we include a list of Thanksgiving traditions – not just any traditions, but traditions that make people outside the U.S. wonder whether we need professional help of a different kind.

Odd Turkey-Day Trivia

  • The U.S. president pardons a turkey (or two) every year – considering the number of turkey dinners we still have, it’s not a gesture that leaves a lot of lasting impact.
  • Okay, it’s meaningful for those turkeys. On the other hand, turkeys aren’t the brainiest of animals, so do they have any idea they’ve been saved from execution?
  • Some grocery stores have a “turkey bowling tournament”, where frozen turkeys substitute for bowling balls. The store aisles serve as bowling lanes. Those of us in Mapleton and Briarwood are far too sophisticated for such a thing.
  • Maybe not
  • Maybe just in South Dakota
  • Some people dress as turkeys for “Turkey Trot Runs”, races generally held to raise money for good causes. The turkey-costumed participants probably don’t expect to win.
  • Ignoring that the Thanksgiving holiday started in Canada