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If You Can Gaze Into the Future... | Preventing Accidents at Home

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

We’ve approached week 3 of the National Preparedness Month. This week, We will discuss the importance of preparing for disaster.

Wouldn’t it be great you knew a disaster was coming before it happens? Just imagine, you’re sitting down, enjoying your meal with your family. Then suddenly, you get an odd flash in your eyes and you’re able to catch a glimpse of your ruined basement that has been flooded by next week’s hurricane. Now that you know what’s going to happen, you’d set yourself up however you can, and immediately!

But, unless you’re a Disney Channel character, you probably don’t have psychic abilities. However, there are simple ways to prevent accidents from becoming catastrophic or from happening at all. Here is a comprehensive suggestions list to prevent further damages.

Preventing Accidents At Home

  • Make an emergency plan
  • Changing smoke detector batteries as soon as they die
  • Have your wiring installation checked at least once every five years by an approved contractor, or straight away if you are buying an older property
  • Opening windows and turning off suppliers if you suspect a gas leak
  • Taking out built-up lint from the dryer vent  
  • Have electric blankets serviced and checked regularly
  • Never leave any pans unattended while cooking. 

Despite how trivial these suggestions may be, many accidents could have been avoided if simple tasks would have been implemented. But until you’re able to see into the future, we strongly encourage preparing for the worst. Lastly, as always, if you need any additional help while dealing with home damages, SERVPRO is always here to help.

For more information on how to prevent an accident at home visit https://www.rospa.com/Home-Safety/Advice/General/Preventing-Accidents-in-the-Home.aspx and ready.gov

Is Your Family Prepared For The Next Emergency?

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

National Preparedness Month Logo Logo for National Preparedness Month provided by ready.gov

September is National Preparedness Month! (NPM). This month we will be promoting family and community disaster planning.  Each week we will highlight a specific theme to help you stay proactive and safe. 

Week 1: Make a Plan

Each region of the United States deals with different natural disasters. Therefore, each household must know the most common national disaster for that area. Each emergency plan will be different. So, with the help of ready.gov, we provided a guide to help with strategizing your custom Emergency Plan.

Step 1: Communicate with household members

Make sure all household members are present during the meeting, to eliminate any misunderstandings.  Establish important protocols such as

  1. Best way to receive emergency alerts/warnings
  2. House shelter plan
  3. Evacuation route
  4. Household communication plan
  5. Creating or updating emergency preparedness kit
  6. Review the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) Coronavirus prevention guide and update the proposed plan if necessary.

Step 2: Understand the specific needs of the household 

As you craft your emergency plan, make sure it is a realistic plan for each member.  Here some factors to take into consideration when executing your plan

  • Did you assign a designated assistant?
  • Does the emergency food fit everyone’s dietary needs? (Diabetes, Baby Formula, Vegan, etc.)
  • Does your first aid kit reflect everyone medical needs (Extra Inhaler, Epi-pen, Vital Medications, etc.)
  • Does the plan respect each house member’s cultural and religious consideration? 
  • Did you think about the Pets/Service animals?
  • Is the proposed plan functional for each member? ( Disabled members, infants, and young children, etc.)

Step 3: Fill out the Emergency Plan

A PDF Emergency plan for parents is available for download at ready.gov/plan, Or you can write your own.

Step 4: Practice, Practice, Practice 

Hold practice drills with all household members with different scenarios.

If you’d like more information about disaster planning, please visit ready.gov. Stay safe everyone!

How to Prepare for Hurricane Season

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over ocean water and often move toward land. Threats from hurricanes include high winds, heavy rainfall, storm surge, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, and tornadoes. The heavy winds of hurricanes can cause damage or destroy homes, buildings, and roads, as well as cause power, water, and gas outages. These effects can injure or kill people, disrupt transportation, and pollute drinking water. Hurricanes cause deaths and injuries primarily from drowning, wind, and wind-borne debris. The impact from hurricanes can extend from the coast to several hundred miles inland. To find your risk, visit FEMA’s “Know Your Risk Map.” Be better prepared for this hurricane season, and learn more at ready.gov/prepare.

  • Stayed informed
  • Plan for evacuation
  • Take action to protect your property from against wind and water damage

For more information check out www.fema.gov

Before you read can you tell us the 5 most common Fire Hazards?

8/10/2018 (Permalink)

Below are the most common Fire Hazards in your home.

  • Alcohol and Fire

It's a fact that many house fires are caused by someone attempting to cook or smoke while under the influence of alcohol. 

  • Candles

Candle fires happen in places like bedrooms and bathrooms where people use them as mood enhancers. Unfortunately, people can fall asleep with a candle still burning or leave the room without snuffing out the flame. Candles should NEVER be left burning unattended!

  • Cooking

Many items in the kitchen can catch fire easily including pot holders, dish towels, and product packaging. Keep curtains away from the stove and clean up all spills on the stove top or near by counters.

  • Electrical 

Unsafe use of electricity can be a  ticking time bomb! An electrical fire can happen at any time. Follow-up when a fuse or circuit breaker blows. Don't just reset the breaker or replace the fuse. Find out what caused the problem.

  • Cigarettes

Too many fires are caused from careless disposal of smoking materials

Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Bethesda/Potomac Home

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

We are an IICRC Certified Firm

IICRC Certified Firm

SERVPRO of Bethesda/Potomac is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Bethesda/Potomac 

SERVPRO of Bethesda/Potomac specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Spring Is Here

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Today is the spring equinox — when the day and night are equal in length. The word equinox comes from the Latin for equal and night. Almost everywhere in the world today, nighttime and daytime are each 12 hours. 

We use the equinox to mark the change of seasons, as the balance of light shifts to make for longer days or nights. It usually means that it's time to hunker down for colder seasons, or time to rise and shine for warmer ones, as in the case of our furry friend the mouse! You may also notice that on the equinox, the sun rises directly in the east and sets directly in the west, whereas at other times in the year, it appears off-center if you're facing those directions. Today, we mark the equinox with a Doodle to celebrate the changing seasons.