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It seems like just yesterday it was summer in Fort Lauderdale but a look at the calendar tells us it is time to think about the upcoming Holidays and specifically to remind our friends about Chanukah fire safety tips. Unfortunately this very special Jewish holiday is spoiled for some families by house fires and scalding.

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Dangers of Frying a Turkey This Thanksgiving

In recent years deep-frying turkeys has become increasingly popular. The cooking method requires placing the turkey in three gallons or more of oil, heated by propane. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) warns that cooking with deep-fat turkey fryers can be very dangerous as they have a high risk of tipping over, overheating, or spilling hot oil. That could lead to fires, burns, or other injuries.

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No MoldIn Ft. Lauderdale mold removal, or better yet, mold prevention is a very hot topic for homeowners and businesses alike. Mold can cause a wide range of health issues and it can also do serious damage to a structure. Mold spores are everywhere but in order for mold to flourish it needs moisture, nutrients and heat. Florida has more than its fair share of moisture and heat.

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Our climate in South Florida is ideal for mold growth so it is important to be informed on how and where it grows and how to handle any damage. Mold damage can range from minor to extensive; some may be treatable without a professional, while other times you may need to call in the experts.  The trouble is that it often lurks in places that you can’t see.  First and most importantly if you suspect that you might have a mold problem, don’t ignore it.  It will not go away on it’s on, rather it will spread and can impact your health and the value of your home.

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Does your water bill seem a little too high?  Do you hear your toilets running or hissing? Small, slow water leaks may be to blame. They may not seem like a major issue; however, they can cost you money over time and can cause preventable damage.  Believe it or not, a small leak the size of a pencil point can allow up to 6,000 gallons of water per month to be lost. The most common water leaks usually occur in toilets or leaky faucets and can be easily identified and often times fixed if you take the time.

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Use Easy and Available Technology to Document Your Disaster Loss

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When fire or water damage your home or business, you can take some initial steps to minimize the damage, ensure the safety of your family or employees, and give yourself the best chance for excellent results guaranteed from a professional cleaning and restoration job. All Florida Restoration & Remodeling is available 24 hours at 1-888-976-4251 to help you start the recovery process.

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Each year, especially during the early summer weeks around the Fourth of July, thousands of people are treated in emergency departments for fireworks-related injuries. While some are minor, many of these injuries are serious, for example, resulting in burns or blindness. Fire damage and injuries related to fireworks are a problem here in Fort Lauderdale and throughout the U.S. In 2008, seven deaths from fireworks-related injuries were reported; perhaps these could have been prevented.

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When fire or water damage your Fort Lauderdale home or business, you can take some initial steps to minimize the damage, ensure the safety of your family or employees, and give yourself the best chance for excellent results guaranteed from a professional cleaning and restoration job. All Florida Restoration Pros and Restoration is available 24 hours at 1-888-976-4251 to help you start the recovery process.

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In a bad storm season, South Florida hurricane damage can total in the millions of dollars for property damage alone. Never underestimate the power of these storms. Always take the warnings seriously and if they turn out to be wrong, be grateful. While the safety of your family should be paramount, you should also take precautions to protect your home against hurricane damage. Your Ft. Lauderdale home is probably your biggest single investment so it's smart to take steps to prevent damage and/or minimize damage after the storm has hit. Here are a few tips to do just that:

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The Dangers of Fire Pits

Outdoor fire pits have become all the rage in the last few years. A fire pit is perfect for roasting marshmallows in the backyard, warming up a cool evening on the patio or adding a decorative touch to your outdoor living room. For all their coziness, however, a fire pit’s main ingredient is fire – and it must be handled with care. In a recent study by the National Fire Safety Council, many parents reported that they consider fire pits, candles and tiki torches to be the most hazardous outdoor items, but they don’t make safety a top priority in outdoor living. Read on for tips to avoid the dangers of outdoor fire.

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Hurricanes are strong storms that have caused enormous water damage in Fort Lauderdale and throughout South Florida destroying lives and property through flooding, storm surge, high winds and tornadoes. Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane.

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Water damage. It's every homeowner's nightmare and water damage in Ft. Lauderdale is a very real threat. Ordinary causes of water damage from washing machines and hot water heaters failing are bad enough, but in Ft. Lauderdale the homeowner also faces tropical storms and hurricanes with their torrential rains and tidal surges. If you find yourself facing squishy carpet or tile floors covered in mud your first thought is probably "who is going to pay for this?" The answer to that question will be determined by what kind of insurance you carry…and where the water came from.

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You might think that water damage in Ft. Lauderdale would mostly be caused by tropical storms and hurricanes with their high winds and torrential downpours. There's no question that shingles or tiles ripped from roofs or a tree poking through a plate glass window are going to present serious water damage threats but the real risk comes from within the house itself. Nearly 60% of most homes have either an appliance that uses water or have water lines running in the walls. According to the Insurance Information Institute, water damage claims are the second most frequently filed claim for homeowner policies.

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In March of this year FEMA published a Fact Sheet discussing Sections 205 and 207 of the Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012. This fact sheet provides some background on the creation of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and the concept of grandfathering non-compliant buildings. The fact sheet then goes on to discuss that "the new law eliminates some artificially low rates and discounts which are no longer sustainable". In other words, flood insurance rates are going to increase and in some areas by a lot.

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Fire damage to your Ft. Lauderdale home can be devastating and may leave you wondering if life will ever be the same. The first 24 hours after a fire may be the most scattered, but also the most important, in re-establishing your normal routine. Consult the list below for tips to help you manage the immediate effects of a home fire and begin the fire damage restoration process.

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Ah, springtime. That glorious time of year when you suddenly realize the lawn needs mowing, the garden needs weeding and the house could use a fresh coat of paint. But with many families' budgets a little tighter this year, buying new spring-cleaning tools isn't always possible.

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Even in 2013, lead poisoning is still one of the most toxic dangers in our homes. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Lead poisoning can affect nearly every system in the body. Because lead poisoning often occurs with no obvious symptoms, it frequently goes unrecognized.

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Most children love to watch big vehicles and “workers working” so you can only imagine what a joy it is for them to see a dump truck pull up in front of our house and unload a full driveway full of gravel.

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You may have heard the term “VOCs” or even seen it on paint cans in the store. But what are VOCs and are they really a big problem for you and your family? VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which have been shown to have both short and/or long-term adverse health effects. Studies by the EPA and other researchers have found that VOCs are common in indoor environments and that their levels may be two to a thousand times higher than outdoors. At any given time, there may be anywhere from 50 to hundreds of individual VOCs in your indoor air.

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