Hurricane Preparedness Month Part 1
The week of May 6 - May 12 is known as Hurricane Preparedness Week. This week is dedicated to preparing for a tropical storm or a hurricane. Here are some steps to follow to prepare yourself each day this week.
1. Find out today what types of wind and water hazards could happen where you live, and then start preparing now for how to handle them. Hurricanes are not just a coastal problem.
2. Create an evacuation plan to follow in case of an emergency storm. Make sure to have it in writing and on a mobile device.
3. Assemble disaster supplies. You’re going to need supplies not just to get through the storm but for the potentially lengthy and unpleasant aftermath. Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family a minimum of one week. Electricity and water could be out for at least that long. You’ll need extra cash, a battery-powered radio and flashlights. Many of us have cell phones, and they all run on batteries. You’re going to need a portable, crank or solar powered USB charger
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Hurricane Preparedness Month Part 2
4.Call your insurance company to make sure your house, car and boat are covered in case of a disaster. You can also check National Flood Insurance Program.
5.If you plan to ride out the storm in your home, make sure it is in good repair and up to local hurricane building code specifications
6.Check on your neighbors to make sure that they are aware and prepared as well.
7.The time to prepare for a hurricane is before the season begins, when you have the time and are not under pressure. If you wait until a hurricane is on your doorstep, the odds are that you will be under duress and will make the wrong decisions. Take the time now to write down your hurricane plan.Being prepared, before a hurricane threatens, makes you resilient to the hurricane impacts of wind and water. It will mean the difference between your being a hurricane victim and a hurricane survivor.
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Recipe For Kitchen Safety:
· Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
· Stay in the home when cooking food and check on it frequently.
· Watch children closely. It is a good rule of thumb to keep children three feet away from the cooking area.
· Clean cooking surfaces to prevent food and grease build-up.
· Keep curtains, towels and pot holders away from hot surfaces and store solvents and flammable cleaners away from heat sources. Never keep gasoline in the house.
· Turn pan handles inward to prevent food spills.
· Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
· Make sure your smoke alarms are working by testing them prior to beginning food preparation.
Tips and statistics reproduced from NFPA’s Web site, nfpa.org
Mold Prevention & Mitigation: For Your Health
Molds are found in every environment, and mold spores reproduce rapidly when moisture is present. An Institute of Medicine study found excessive dampness indoors encourages the growth of molds and other organisms, potentially causing a public health problem. The EPA advised that the potential health concerns from molds are an important reason to prevent moisture problems leading to mold growth. Possible health effects include runny nose, sneezing, coughing, aggravation of asthma, sore throat, or inflammation of the sinuses.
SERVPRO of Bethesda/Potomac's Professionals handle water damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, be alert for:
· The presence of visible mold.
· Strong musty odors, which may indicate mold is present.
· Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
· Excessive humidity.
These conditions may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage problems.
SERVPRO of Bethesda/Potomac cares about proper restoration of your structure and, in most water-damage situations, can safely restore your building to preloss condition.
When Lightning Strikes
Lightning is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities. Though the odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are only around 1 in 500,000, some factors can put you at greater risk for being struck. Here are a few lightning safety tips.
Be aware. Check the forecast before participating in outdoor activities. If it calls for thunderstorms, postpone your trip or activity, or make sure adequate safe shelter is available.
Go indoors. Remember the phrase, “When thunder roars, go indoors.” Find a safe, enclosed shelter when you hear thunder. Safe shelters include homes, offices, shopping centers, and hard-top vehicles with the windows rolled up.
Avoid windows, doors, porches, and concrete. Do not lie on concrete floors and avoid leaning on concrete walls. Lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.
Avoid water. Do not bathe, shower, wash dishes, or have any other contact with water during a thunderstorm because lightning can travel through a building’s plumbing.
Avoid electronic equipment. Do not use computers, laptops, game systems, washers, dryers, stoves, or anything connected to an electrical outlet. Lightning can travel through electrical systems, radio, and television reception systems, and any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring. Equip homes and offices with whole-house surge protectors to protect appliances.
Tips provided by the Centers for Disease Control; cdc.gov.
SERVPRO® Named Top Franchise Opportunity in Restoration Services Category for the 15th Consecutive Year
SERVPRO receives top ranking in the Restoration Services industry for the 15th consecutive year.
Sue Steen, SERVPRO Industries, Inc., chief executive officer, said the company also achieved the number 12 spot overall in the prestigious rankings, standing out in a record-breaking group of more than 1,020 franchises qualified for the 2018 list.
The purpose of the Franchise 500 list is to use objective and quantifiable measures of a franchise operation to help would-be entrepreneurs identify franchise investment opportunities.
"SERVPRO’s financial strength and stability, growth rate, and system size all contribute to the company’s success, and by extension to the success of its franchisees,” said Steen. “The commitment to excellence starts at the top and carries through to the service each franchisee provides to each and every customer."
Steen says key differentiators set SERVPRO apart from the competition, making it a strong business opportunity for both existing franchisees and would-be entrepreneurs. Those differentiators are:
- SERVPRO’s strength as a brand, enabling the company to form national partnerships with organizations like the PGA TOUR®.
- SERVPRO’s commitment to being a learning organization, helping franchisees plan, track, and deliver best-in-class services to consumers.
- SERVPRO’s focus on continued technological development and support, resulting in industry-leading proprietary software and systems.
Commercial Fire Restoration
Fire damage is especially devastating for a business or commercial property. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, significant water damage from firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur. Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If your business experiences a fire loss, call the fire and water damage restoration experts and we’ll respond immediately to get you back to business.
Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our Professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.
Are You Ready In Case of a Storm
Summer is approaching and that means another hurricane season is soon to begin. While June 1st marks the official start of hurricane season, May is a month for hurricane awareness and preparation. The National Hurricane Center states,
“A lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster.”
Go to: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/hurricane_preparedness.html for more information.
As a leader in storm and water damage restoration, SERVPRO of Bethesda / Potomac has the specialized training and expertise to restore your home back to its pre-storm condition. Our restoration process puts an emphasis on scientific drying techniques, progress monitoring and documentation.
Water Damage: Clean vs Contaminated
When you have a water damage, don’t leave your property to chance. Call SERVPRO of Bethesda/Potomac. Consider the following steps to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive.
Damage from Clean Water:
· Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.
· Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electrical shock.
· Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
· Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
· Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
· Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
Damage from Contaminated Water:
· Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.
· Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
· Do not turn on HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
· Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminants.
· Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.
Note: If exposed to harmful waste, OSHA recommends a post-exposure medical evaluation. Consult your local health department or physician.
Indoor Air Quality Solutions to Alleviate Spring Allergies
- Have your home checked annually by a certified HVAC technician. An HVAC tech knows exactly what to look for.
-Even when it is nice outside, opening windows and doors brings allergens and dust into the home.
-Having your air ducts cleaned is important due to the dust and dirt that build up there. Some things are oblivious to the naked eye but can cause health problems.
-Check seals around windows and doors as one missing seal can be the reason that pollen, dust and other debris enter the home.
-Change air filters every 30 days especially during the months where the air conditioner is used more often.
-Clean hardwood floors, carpet, door mats regularly to avoid dust collection, debris build up.
All of these things listed can lead to more serious health problems if not maintained. In people with severe allergy problems you find that something's may need to be cleaned even more.