Disaster Restoration Info from Complete DKI

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Posted on December 28th, 2015 by completedki

When it comes to storms, we really don’t ever know exactly what we are going to get. Even though we might think that the next storm brewing will be something small, we still always need to be prepared. Tornado’s are a very strong force of nature and we don’t ever really have that much notice before one hits. Complete DKI has partnered up with the new Red Cross Emergency App that is now available on all smartphones, tablets and the Apple Watch. This app is great to have in case of any kind of emergency. It’s free and gives you the access to have vital emergency information at your fingertips. Along with the app, we have some great tips on preparedness as well as cleanup information for you and your family.

  • Know the difference! tornado watch is when a tornado is very likely to occur in the area. Always make sure your family knows where the safe room is and has all the needed supplies in case of an emergency. A tornado warning is when a tornado has been spotted or a weather radar is showing signs of one in the area. This means your life and your property could be in great danger and it is important to seek immediate shelter.
  • Always listen to your local radio station during any kind of emergency to keep up to date with the storm and to be informed about what may be a threat to your safety.
  • It is important for your family to have a designated safe room and to make sure everyone is on the same page. This safe room needs to be able to fit you and your family as well as pets; No windows at all and preferably a basement or room on the lowest level.
  • Make sure to gather up anything outside that could become a projectile (including dead branches on trees) and possibly hurt you or your property.
  • After a tornado, make sure to stay out of damaged buildings and watch out for anything that could cause harm. (power lines, broken glass, busted gas lines)
  • If you have pets, make sure they are under control. Try to keep them on leashes or in kennels if possible to avoid any injury.
  • If anything in your home has spilled that could possibly be a fire hazard, properly clean up the mess immediately.
  • It is important to document any damage that has taken place on your property for insurance claims.

Most of the time, a tornado or a huge storm is not the first thing that is on our minds. We don’t really think about it until it’s right here staring us in the face. That is how fatalities and other serious injuries unfortunately can occur. Did you know that tornado’s caused an average of 70 fatalities and 1,500 injuries in the U.S. alone each year? They are very serious storms and should never be taken lightly. Just imagine, Johnny’s Red Cross Emergency App warned him one very early morning that there was a tornado warning in the area. So this means, there has been one sighted and it can be dangerous. Well, Johnny chose to ignore the alert and went back to sleep. He was abruptly woken up by his roof being torn off by the strong force of the tornado and his only shelter is under his mattress in his room.  This is something that no one ever wants to experience so that is why it is so important to be prepared and have a safety plan!  If you experience damage in your home, call Complete DKI 24/7. Our technicians work around the clock and are always fully prepared in uniforms and clearly marked Complete DKI vans. Our technicians are alwaysprofessional and presentable! If you experience fire damage, please contact our full service location on Davis Highway by calling 850-CALL-DKI or 850-225-5354. Complete DKI wishes everyone a very safe and happy New Year!

Posted on December 21st, 2015 by completedki

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas….Keep that in mind this year while cooking your holiday meal. I think we can all agree a charred and soot filled Christmas is last on our list! Cooking in the kitchen on Christmas can be a very stressful event. Family is in town, kids are running around like crazy and having all your family in one house is bound to be pure chaos. Did you know that frying in the kitchen poses the greatest risk for a fire? Since this is the sad truth, Complete DKI would like to provide some tips for you and your family this Christmas to prevent a disaster.

  • First and foremost, always make sure that your home has working smoke alarms. Never remove any of the batteries without replacing them. Having a working smoke alarm can save your life.
  • Even though this time of the year is hectic, make sure you are always paying attention to your food and never leave it unattended. Always be alert and have timers for your dishes. This helps prevent kitchen fires and of course, who would want their food burnt to a crisp?
  • Leftovers are the best this time of year. It’s like your Christmas meal gets to go on for days and what is better than that? Make sure that you keep leftovers in the fridge and do not leave anything in the oven. If another family member didn’t realize the oven was stocked up, they could turn it on and this would be a recipe for disaster. 
  • Leading up to Christmas Eve, you have all the kids in town and since cooking will be the only thing you will have to do for the next couple days, pizza delivery is a must. Make sure that the pizza boxes do not get left in the oven. This is a huge fire risk. 
  • In case of an emergency, it is important that your family has an emergency escape plan and knows what to do in case of a fire.
  • If you are frying food this Christmas, make sure when the fryer is in use it is never left unattended. Unattended cooking is the leading cause for kitchen fires.

Christmas is the most exciting time of the year. It’s a holiday for giving, loving, eating and being around our loved ones. Even though we are all going to be busy preparing our holiday meal, try to keep these tips in mind to prevent a disaster in your home this year. We often think that leaving the food to fry by itself will be just fine while we go and greet Aunt Betty at the front door but the next thing you know little Charlie rides his new scooter through the kitchen while Susan is chasing him, they knock over the grease filled fryer without realizing it and the next thing you know the kitchen is up in flames. We can all agree that a house fire is not on our Christmas list to Santa this year.

If you experience fire damage in your home, call Complete DKI 24/7. Our technicians work around the clock and are always fully prepared in uniforms and clearly marked Complete DKI vans. Our technicians are alwaysprofessional and presentable! If you experience fire damage, please contact our full service location on Davis Highway by calling 850-CALL-DKI or 850-225-5354.

Complete DKI wishes you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Posted on December 15th, 2015 by completedki

 

 

 

 

 

With Winter quickly approaching us, all that is on our minds is hot chocolate, warm blankets, layers of clothing, cranking the heat up, and for a few of us a miserable couple of months ahead. While some of us may be more than ready for Winter, others are indeed, not! We all like to make sure we are warm and comfy in our homes, especially during these cold months. There are many safe heating methods that Complete DKI would love to share with you, as well as those not so smart methods that could do a lot of damage to you and/or your home. Here are some tips for you and your family this Winter!

  • Never burn charcoal inside your home as a fuel alternative. This is extremely dangerous. If charcoal is being burnt in an enclosed space, it gives off deadly amounts of carbon monoxide fumes that could kill you.
  • Do not burn excessive amounts of paper to build a vast fire in the fire place. This can cause a house fire by igniting the soot and creosote in the chimney. Also, never remove the fireplace screen to allow more heat in the house. It is there to keep sparks from flying out of the fire place and starting a fire.
  • Electric furnaces, baseboard heaters, and other heating methods that use electricity, are the most efficient and safe heating methods out there. Although these methods are a bit pricey, if they are an option for you, the safety features on these heaters make it worth it for your family’s safety.
  • Natural gas heating is very cost effective and actually a very popular way to heat your home. Natural gas is very clean and healthy for the environment we live in. No matter what time of the year it is or what the weather is like outside, natural gas is always safe and reliable. Once you start using it,is has an immediate impact on the environment.
  • Do not use your kitchen stove as a heating source. This is a huge fire hazard and can cause serious damage. People have been known to leave all the burners on at the same time or even set the oven temperature at the highest it can go to heat their home. If you have a gas oven and you do this, carbon monoxide gas can build up and poison you and your family.

Of course when we are cold and uncomfortable we will try any method to make our homes warm. Just keep in mind the tips that we shared today and know that there are very safe ways as well as completely dangerous ways to produce heat. It is very important to educate yourself as well as your family when it comes to fire hazards. Your Aunt Liz from Florida could be visiting you in Colorado and of course she is not used to any temperatures below fifty degrees. It’s currently negative ten degrees in Colorado and all she is worried about is finding some kind of warmth. Everyone is asleep so she turns on the burners on the stove and then falls back asleep. Next thing you know, the entire family is woken up by flames surrounding the house and you have to follow your emergency escape plan to get out! Of course no one ever wants to go through this experience so please keep these safe heating methods in mind this season!

If you do experience fire damage in your home, call Complete DKI 24/7. Our technicians work around the clock and are always dressed in uniform, will arrive in clearly marked Complete DKI vans and are ready for any emergency! Please contact our full service location on Davis Highway by calling 850-CALL-DKI or 850-225-5354

Complete DKI wishes you all a safe and disaster free winter season!

 

Posted on December 8th, 2015 by completedki

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tis the season to be jolly! I’m sure that most of us can agree that Christmas is the best time of the year! Christmas trees, beautiful ornaments, houses all around town shining with lights, poinsettias on the front porch and of course a good Christmas meal. It is such a wonderful time of year that sometimes we can be so caught up in the moment that we forget some of the most important fire safety precautions. Did you know that U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 210 home fires per year that  began with Christmas tree fires in 2009-2013? Unfortunately, Christmas trees can be a huge fire hazard so it is up to you to take the correct precautions to ensure that you and your family can have safe and fire-free holiday!

Complete DKI is here to help you this holiday season! Before you start your decorating this year, please take a minute to check out these valuable tips!

  • Before you start hanging up lights on your house, inspect them thoroughly to make sure that they are working properly and don’t have any loose connections or eroded ends. If you do notice a light bulb out, replace them right away!
  • Try not to overload your homes electrical circuits. This can be very dangerous and can cause a fire!
  • To prevent getting electrocuted, use insulated hooks to hang up lights instead of nails or screws.  
  • Always make sure to turn off your Christmas lights before leaving your home or going to bed.
  • Make sure that the lights you are using outside are labeled “outside lights” and the lights you are using inside are labeled “inside lights”.
  • Never place your Christmas tree anywhere near a heat source. Especially a fire place.
  • Christmas trees always look better wrapped in lights, but please do not overload it with them. This can cause your circuits to overload which can lead to a fire.
  • Keeping in mind that your home could possibly suffer from a fire, take precautions and make sure that all exits are clear and your Christmas tree or any other decorations are not blocking any pathways.
  • Natural Christmas trees have a much higher risk for catching fire. If you use an artificial tree, make sure that it is flame retardant.

Let’s face it, we are all so busy this time of the year. We have last minute gift shopping, Christmas parades, work parties, family gatherings and all kinds of different activities to do in such a short amount of time. It is too easy to forget that simple decorations and an innocent little (or big) Christmas tree could start such a huge tragedy. You could be hanging up the Christmas lights outside with your son and maybe he wasn’t aware that you cannot overload the circuits. He plugged one too many light strands in and BOOM, an electrical fire has started. It is so important to educate not only yourself, but your family as well.

If you experience fire damage in your home, call Complete DKI 24/7. Our technicians work around the clock and are always fully prepared in uniforms and clearly marked Complete DKI vans. Our technicians are always professional and presentable! If you experience fire damage, please contact our full service location on Davis Highway by calling 850-CALL-DKI or 850-225-5354.

Complete DKI wishes you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

*REMEMBER… Christmas is the time to kindle a fire in the heart, not in your home!