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Halloween Safety Tips for 2023

10/23/2023 (Permalink)

Pumpkin patch with hay and pumpkins Pumpkin patch with hay and pumpkins

Halloween is a fun and exciting time of the year, but it’s important to keep safety in mind. Here are some tips to ensure that you and your loved ones have a safe and enjoyable Halloween:

  1. Costume Safety: Choose costumes that are made of flame-resistant materials and are not too long to avoid tripping. If you’re wearing a mask, make sure it doesn’t obstruct your vision. Opt for nontoxic makeup instead of masks. Test the makeup on a small area of skin before applying it to your face to avoid any allergic reactions.

  2. Trick-or-Treating Safety: Always accompany young children while trick-or-treating. If your older children are going alone, make sure they have a mobile phone and agree on a specific time for them to return home. Teach your children to walk on sidewalks or paths and cross the street at crosswalks or intersections. Make sure they carry a flashlight or glow stick and wear reflective clothing or tape.

  3. Candy Safety: Inspect all candy before allowing your children to eat it. Discard any candy that is unwrapped, has torn packaging, or looks suspicious.

  4. Home Safety: Keep your home well-lit and free of obstacles that could cause someone to trip. Use battery-operated candles instead of real candles in jack-o’-lanterns. We don't want to call a fire mitigation company!

  5. Driving Safety: Be extra cautious while driving on Halloween night as there will be many pedestrians on the road. Slow down and watch out for children who may dart out into the street.

These tips will help you have a safe and enjoyable Halloween with your loved ones!

Best Pizza in Oak Cliff?

3/13/2023 (Permalink)

The Pizza Azteca symbol The local Oak Cliff favorite, Pizza Azteca

It doesn't have to be fancy to be great!  Pizza Azteca is a local pizza shop located off of Davis in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas.  It is the only location at this time but hopefully more are to come! 

The pepperoni pizza is one of the best around. And the Supreme Spinach is excellent and so is the Chicken Alfredo...they are all so good it's hard to choose! Thinking of getting veggies on your pie, they are some of the freshest I have seen in the area. They also offer a variety of eats aside from their tasty pizzas.  They do offer vegan options on their pizzas.  

Not only are the pizzas great, but the customer service is top notch at this family owned gem!

The Best Hamburger in Oak Cliff?

12/9/2022 (Permalink)

The front of Hunky's Old Fashioned Hamburgers in Bishop Arts Hunky's Could be the Best Hamburger in Oak Cliff

Hunky's Old Fashioned Hamburgers was founded by the Barton Brothers in 1984.  The original restaurant is located off of Cedar Springs in the Oak Lawn area. The stunning success caused them to open a second locale in the Bishop Arts area.

When you walk inside you are visually treated to an old fashioned white board menu. They are known for their plain burgers and cheese burgers. The burgers are made of thick, high quality meat patties that are cooked to add a subtle crust. This is complemented by crisp lettuce, succulent pickles and flavorful mustard.  The sides of tater tots, fried pickles and onion rings are fantastic.  The proportions are thankfully old fashioned too, allowing you to feel satisfied without being uncomfortably stuffed.  You would be hard pressed to find a better burger in Oak Cliff!

Fun & Practical Easter Tips

4/14/2022 (Permalink)

It is already mid-April which means Easter, a holiday celebrated by a large portion of the US population.  Below are some fun and practical tips for your holiday weekend:

-Always count your eggs before you hide them.  There are countless stories of people forgetting about eggs only to have a terrible odor permeate your home many weeks or months later.  Or having a pet eat a spoiled egg and causing short term problems!!

-Candy inside eggs is typically the go to but other ideas include clues to make it a scavenger hunt, learning items, raffle tickets, action/exercise notes (ie "do 5 pushups"), positive affirmation notes (ie "you are a fantastic helper"), seeds to plant, 1 puzzle piece in each egg to eventually create a completed puzzle.

-Often big kids will snag a good chuck of the eggs before a littler kids has been able to grab one or two.  If possible, make it a team event and make teams of little and big kids.

-Aside from egg hunts, here are some other fun ideas: make your Easter basket, plant Easter flowers, Easter piñatas, Easter trivia, egg & spoon walk relay, pin the tail on the bunny.

-If you want to make a trip to see the Easter bunny but don't have time, there are no video services that allow kids to video chat with the Easter bunny.

We hope some of these ideas enhance your Easter experience.  Have a safe and fun Easter!!

Socially Distanced Ideas for Halloween in Dallas

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

We all have grown accustomed to the new life in the pandemic world.  It is more isolating and has left us wondering will there be any celebrating of the holidays to come.  Below are some safe, socially distanced ideas for the next holiday, Halloween: 

  • Take it virtual! 
    • Throughout Oct - Fixation VR - Virtual Reality Haunted House
    • Days vary, check store for details - Halloween Themed Kids Crafts with Michaels Stores
    • Oct 31 - 5:30-7pm Trick-or-Beat Virtual Dance Event (Adept Dance)
  • Try the drive through! 
    • Oct 30 - 7-11pm American Airlines Center
    • Oct 31 - 12-3pm Candy Caravan at Dallas Heritage Village
    • Oct 31 - 2-5:30pm Halloween Car Scavenger Hunt at Mei Mei Chinese Buffet (75231)
  • Socially distanced outside!
    • Throughout Oct - Autumn at the Arboretum featuring the nationally famous Pumpkin Village
    • Throughout Oct - Haunted Car Wash (variety of places)

SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas wants to wish everyone in the DFW area a safe and fun filled Halloween!

Halloween Candy Safety

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

Trick or Treating In Front of a House Keep Your Family Safe While Trick or Treating!

Halloween is that love by both children and adults.  Here are some simple and safe tips for kids and their holiday treats. 

Snacking: Give kids a small meal or snack before they hit the streets for trick or treating.  The urge to eat candy while out is great.  But, children should wait until they get home.  As a family you can inspect the candy and treats.  Make a game of it by having them sort count and look at each piece.

Safe treats: Children and adults should not accept and eat treats that are not wrapped by the candy manufacturer.  This way it may be easier to see if the tasty treats have been tampered with.  Remember to throw away anything that is suspicious. 

Food Allergies: If your child has a food allergy, check the label to ensure the allergen isn’t present. Children should not eat any home-baked goods they may have received.

Beware of Choking hazards: Very young children can choke on innocent items like gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys.

At SERVPRO of Gilbert, we hope that you have a safe and Happy Halloween!

Fall Clean Up Is Important For The Safety Of Your Home

10/6/2019 (Permalink)

A Residential Gutter Filled With Leaves Fall Is the Time To Clean Up Outdoors And Get Ready For The Winter

As fall leaves begin to fly and temperatures begin to fall, it is essential to make sure that your fall clean-up starts, so they do not make way to future disasters. Enlist the help of your entire family and make it fun. 

Check weather stripping and caulking around doors. Cracks and missing stripping can cause heat loss and allow the fall and winter weather to intrude into your home. This can cause damage to your windows, doors, and floors. Make sure that the proper repairs and replacements are made. 

Check and clean your gutters and downspouts. When they become clogged or loose, they can create water damage in and around your home.

Patio furniture should be cleaned covered or stored away, so it remains in tip-top condition for next spring and summer

Garden hoses should be drained and unsecured from outdoor water spickets. This will prevent the hose and the outdoor water source from freezing thus potentially causing pipes to burst and creating a water disaster

Check out exterior paint. Does your home need a touch-up? Cooler weather allows you to complete any outdoor painting activities. 

If you have a swimming pool, it is time to close it for the season. 

Busy schedules sometimes give way to the opportunity to season proof your home. Should you forget and be faced with a flood, water, or fire emergency, contact SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas (214) 463-5880. We are here to serve the communities of the Greater Dallas Area, including Dallas, Oak Cliff, Kessler, Cockrell Hill, the Bishop Arts District, and Wynnewood.

Beware of Carbon Monoxide

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

Challenging to detect and often called the silent killer, carbon monoxide is a threat to your home.  Unfortunately, you can't see or smell carbon monoxide.  Carbon Monoxide has no odor, color, or taste.  At high levels, it can poison or kill humans or pets in minutes.

It is important to recognize the silent symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.  They can include a dull headache, dizziness, muscle weakness, confusion, nausea or vomiting, blurred vision, confusion or heart, and respiratory diseases.  If you suspect any of your symptoms are related to carbon monoxide poisoning, leave your home immediately, move outside into fresh air— call 911.  The experts will come and access your home. 

It is critical to inspect all fuel-burning appliances, fireplaces, wood stoves, etc. by a trained professional annually.  A trained professional can ensure that your home is safe.    It is also important to have carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home.  There are many options available and are easy to install and test regularly.

At SERVPRO of Southwest Dallas, our community is important to us.   We want to make sure that your family is safe.