Do you know the proper steps to take during a severe storm?
Storms have the ability to appear out of the blue, especially during the summer months, that said it is important that you and your families understand the proper steps to take when a severe storm rolls in that could potentially become dangerous.
Firstly, if you are not home seek out sturdy shelter. Rain and hail are secondary concerns when dealing with large storms because once the winds pick up they flying debris becomes much more common / dangerous.
Secondly, if you are unable to find shelter and are caught out try to find a low point along the ground. Taking cover this way will help avoid potential flying debris, winds, lightning, and even tornadoes. One of the best things you can do if you are caught out with a tornado baring down on your is to find a deep ditch and curl up in it, focusing protection to your head and face.
Third, if you can't find conventional shelter a vehicle will do, the most important thing is to find somewhere to hunker down and take cover.
Lastly, be sure to stay updated on the severity of the storm via your radio, phone, or television.
Stay safe and remember, SERVPRO is always here to help!
2020 Summer Heat and Fire Safety
During the Spring and Summer the temperature outside begins to get hotter and hotter, and in some parts of the country heat waves become common and unrelenting. This opens you and your home up to potential risk from the heat. To help combat the unrelenting heat here are a few helpful tips for home use.
1). Cover your windows to block heat from direct sunlight. This helps cool down the room.
2). Use fans strategically, don't just place them and forget them. Ceiling fans should rotate counter-clockwise to be most effective at moving the air in the room.
3). Cooking with smaller appliances like a slow-cooker or a tabletop grill helps minimize the heat.
4). If you know that you have some elderly neighbors and are able to you should check on them every once in a while. Summer heat waves leave the elderly in a tough spot and it can be more dangerous for them during it.
All of these things could potentially lead to fire damage in your home as well. All it takes is someone not paying attention and a simple spark could turn into a full blown fire! Make sure that you remember to call SERVPRO if your home succumbs to fire!
Water Damage is Preventable! Learn How to Prevent it and Take Action Today!
Statistics show that 93% of water damage losses can be prevented before they occur. With training and experience that the specialists at SERVPRO obtain and the utilities that they are given to deal with it help make SERVPRO inform others in dealing with water damage losses we know how to properly prevent. Not only can SERVPRO prevent damage from occurring but we can restore and replace things that were.
Losses involving leaky roofs, windows seals needed replacement, flooding, malfunctioning sprinklers and many more are the types of things to be on the lookout for. It's important to take some time every few months or years to make sure that your home or business is in the safest condition it can be when dealing with the unknown, from checking roof tiling to making sure water pumps are working 100% correctly, all of the possible steps you can and should take will leave your home and business in a safe and comfortable place.
Remember, SERVPRO is here to help you in your time of need, all you need to do is call!
2020 Summer Wildfire Prevention
Wildfires are a type of natural disaster that can start and get out of control in the blink of an eye. They require very little to get out of hand or start to begin with, that's why doing a few simple things to help prevent them is beneficial to you and your home!
Firstly, going through your yard and looking for dead trees, leaves, or grass. All of these things are perfect fire starters, fuel for the fire, or branches that a fire could use to spread further! Once you have made note of any of these things in your area its on to the next step!
Secondly, take all of the dead/dry material that you have found in your yard and dig it up, pick it up, or clean it up. Get it out of there! You can cut down the dead grass or even try watering it often to liven it up. Picking up and getting rid of the dead trees or branches is the best way of eliminating that fire hazard. Raking up and bagging any dead leaves will help with that issue.
Now all your nearby fire hazards should be cleared out, but that isn't all. You should always be vigilant of things like this, especially when doing things that involve fire like grilling, having a bonfire, camping, and even lighting off fireworks. These things can be fun but that doesn't mean that you should skirt your responsibilities to do them, you can always spend a couple minutes to ensure the area you intend to use is safe!
Natural Disaster Emergency Kit Awareness
Did you know that as many as 48.5% of United States homes don't have an emergency kit ready to go in the event of a natural disaster or home emergency? As simple as the concept of it is, an emergency kit could quite literally save your life in the event of a natural disaster like a hurricane or tornado!
Packing things like travel food, clean water along with a few extra clothes, important medicine or medical supplies, and more things that would help in the event of such a disaster like blankets, equipment you can use (Flashlights, lanterns, canteens, etc). All of these things can be stored in something as simple as a duffel bag so that if or when the time comes you can grab it and go!
Remember, SERVPRO is here to help in any and every way that we can!
2020 Hurricane Categories Info
Here at SERVPRO we deal with all types damages to property, one of the most common types that we deal with is water/storm damage. On the topic of water and storm damage the hurricane season is beginning soon and with that it is important to know and understand the differences between categories and what type of damage they can produce.
Category 1 - 74-95 mph winds - Can cause damage to roof, gutters and siding. Trees may snap and there could be extensive damage to power lines.
Category 2 - 96-110 mph winds - Can cause major roof and siding damage, trees will snap and uproot, near-total power loss.
Category 3 - 111-129 mph winds - Can cause removal of roof decking, roads will be blocked by trees, power and water will be lost.
Category 4 - 130-156 mph winds - Can cause severe damage to homes, power will be lost for months, the area will be uninhabitable for months.
Category 5 - 157+ mph winds - A high percentage of homes will be destroyed, power will be lost for months, the area will be uninhabitable for months.
Use this information for when a potential storm is coming your way, and be sure to evacuate if directed to, your life if more important than your home. SERVPRO will always be there to help in the clean up.
SERVPRO Commercial Cleaning Services
When you hear the name "SERVPRO" what do you think of first? It probably isn't commercial cleaning services. While we here at SERVPRO of Hanover Township / Bear Creek may focus our efforts in dealing with homes and businesses that have be damaged by water, fire, mold, or storms, we also have the training and equipment to properly clean your home or business as well.
Most business offices do a pretty good job at keeping the workplace nice and clean, but day in and out of people working and walking to and fro will lead to eventual build up that not even the on site equipment can remove. That's where we come in! Call us today for commercial cleaning services!
Our cleaning services include:
- Air ducts and HVAC - Drapes and Blinds
- Biohazard Cleanup - Odor Removal
- Carpet and Upholstery -Sewage
- Ceilings, Floors, and Walls - Trauma and Crime Scene
2020 Firework Safety
Summer is here and a few holidays are just on the horizon. It is important to understand the effects and dangers of things like fireworks and other types of pyrotechnics that you may intend on using during your celebration of these upcoming holidays.
If you intend on using fireworks or other pyrotechnics it is best that you make sure the area or areas in which you plan to set them off from or in are clear of any flammable material or debris, this can be dead grass and leaves, trash, dead bushes or branches. These things can all catch fire in the blink of an eye and the last thing you want during your holiday celebration is a fire that is out of control.
Another thing to keep in mind is the distance that you are from these displays, this is especially true if you have young children as they will likely not understand why they can't touch the cool glowing lights that ground fireworks and pyrotechnics create. Educate your youngsters and keep them away from the area in which the fireworks will be set off!
Concerns with Using Basement for Storage
If you use your basement as storage it is important that you know a few things that are likely to happen if you don't take proper steps to avoid them. The cold and damp foundation of your home is the perfect base for mold and other such bacteria to gather and grow on, because of this when you place biodegradable boxes and totes on the ground they are likely to gather these bacteria and grow mold or other such things on them.
To help avoid this from occurring the best possible thing to do is to store your boxes on metal or plastic shelving instead of on the floor itself. This will keep the boxes far enough away from the floor to prevent the bacteria from spreading to them and being able to create patches of mold on them. The boxes should be a minimum of 18 inches off the ground to help prevent this from occurring.
Summer 2020 Grill Safety
Spring and Summer time is often the time of year when friends and family get together and enjoy each other's company while grilling food outside in the nice weather. When planning on cooking outside near grass or plants it pays to be aware of dead plants and dry grass, as these are extremely potent fuel sources for a fire should any embers or flames reach them. Even the smallest of embers could potentially cause a domino effect to occur.
To best prepare for any event you have planned you should take a quick survey of where you want to throw the party or cookout and find any and all spots that could pose a problem. If it is your property you can do a few things to deal with it, water them and spruce things up if you have a while before the event or simply get rid of the fire hazards. If the location that you want to use isn't your property then it is best that you find a more suitable area to ensure that you and the surrounding area is safe!