How to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
An excess of CO, leading to CO poisoning, can result from faulty furnaces or other heating appliances, portable generators, water heaters, clothes dryers or idling cars left running in garages. Taking some basic, precationary steps can help eliminate the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Make sure to have fuel-burning appliances, like oil and gas furnaces, gas or kerosene heaters, fireplaces, and wood stoves inspected by a trained professional every year. Open the damper for proper ventilation before using a fireplace. Never use your oven or stovetop to heat your home. Make sure all fuel-burning equipment is vented to the outside to avoid CO poisoning. Keep the venting for exhaust clear and unblocked. If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Never run a vehicle or other fueling engine or motor indoors, even if garage doors are open. Make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not blocked with snow, ice, or other materials. Make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove, and fireplace are clear of snow and other debris. Only use barbecue grills outside, away from all doors, windows, vents, and other building openings. Some grills can produce CO gas. Never use grills inside the home or the garage, even if the doors are open. And finally, use portable generators outdoors in well-ventilated areas from all doors, windows, vents, and other building openings to prevent exhaust fumes from entering your the home.
Always Celebrate Safely
The fourth of July is a time to celebrate with friends and family at a barbeque or picnic. With traditions like fireworks and bonfires, there may be some potential dangers along the way. In order to celebrate safely when it comes to these events, consider the following tips provided by the U.S. Fire Administration. The best way to enjoy fireworks is to view public fireworks displays put on by professionals. If you plan to use fireworks, ensure that they are legal in your area. Always read the directions and warning labels on fireworks. If a device is not marked with the contents, directions, and a warning label, do not light it. Supervise children around fireworks at all times. Stand several feet away from lit fireworks. If a firework does not go off, do not stand over it to investigate. Pour water over it and dispose of it.
National Pet Fire Safety Day
National Pet Fire Safety Day is observed annually on July 15th. Just like fire drills, pets need consideration when preparing for unexpected fire emergencies. Our pets are as much a part of our family as any other member. This day stresses the importance of protecting them. Taking preventable measures now can both save your home and your pet. Many times our pets can cause a fire if we don't take the proper steps. Extinguish open flames. Pets are curious and certainly not cautious. Wagging tails haphazardly knock over candles. Curious kitties will paw at sizzling grease, quickly sending a kitchen up in flames. Remove knobs from the stove. When not in use, they can get accidently turned on. Consider flameless candles for ambiance and backup lighting in the event of a power outage. Replace glass water bowls with metal or plastic. Outside on wooden decks, they can heat up and actually start a fire. Store leashes and collars near the entrance of your home. When away, have your pets in the main living area for easy rescue. Secure young pets when away from home. This can help avoid fire hazards. Pet kennels or in a pet-proofed room are options. Fire alert window clings helps firefighters identifying the room your pets are located and identify the number of pets in the home. Add one to the window of the room you keep your pets when you are away. Keep it updated with the number of pets who reside with you and your current phone number. And finally, have a plan when you are home. Know which family members will be responsible for each pet.
What Causes Thunderstorms?
Thunderstorms form when an air mass becomes so unstable that it overturns (convects) violently. "Unstable" means that the air in the lowest layers is unusally warm and humid, or that the upper layers are unusually cool, or oftentimes, both. Pockets of rising near-surface air in an unstable air mass expand and cool, and as some of the water vapor present condenses into a cloud it releases heat, which then makes the air parcel even warmer, forcing it to rise still higher in the atmosphere. If the lower level air is sufficiently warm and humid, and the higher altitude air is sufficiently cool, this process continues until a tall convective cloud - the thunderstorm - is formed. Thunderstorms can cause significant damage to property. Homeowners know to call SERVPRO of High Point for any water or fire related issues.
Disaster Recovery Team
As a leader in water damage restoration, SERVPRO knows fast mitigation is the key to limiting business interruption. With an unmatched national footprint of over 1,700 franchises, SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team can provide trained crews faster to any size disaster and can be on-site within a few hours to help reduce the future damage that water can cause. SERVPRO has the right equipment, procedures and training to help ensure the structure is dry the first time, saving the customer time and money. There are specific tasks that need to be completed for structural drying to be performed correctly. There needs to be containment of the damaged area to reduce in-flow of water. Shrink-wrapping also needs to take place to control the inflow of moisture. And finally, water extraction, moisture mapping, selective demolition, containment, evaporation enhancement, dehumidification, temperature control and post-dry cleaning are all steps incorporated into these important procedures.
Superior Structural Drying Techniques
Our professional team utilizes specific tasks in structural drying procedures. These tasks include: Containment of damaged area to reduce in-flow of water. Shrink-wrapping of structures to control inflow of moisture. Water extraction to remove excess water from the structure. Moisture mapping to determine impacted areas of a structure. Selective demolition to remove wet building materials that cannot be economically dried in place. Containment to assure potential contaminents do not spread. Evaporation enhancement to remove moisture content from building materials. Dehumidification to remove excess water vapor from the structures' environments. Temperature control to assist in dehumidification and to prevent the onset of mold growth. Post-drying cleaning to remove any potential contaminents from dried building materials. Of course, the process varies by job and is monitored on a daily basis by trained SERVPRO of High Point professionals.
The Emergency Ready Profile
The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with the SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile, your business can receive the benefit of over 45 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO is a leader in the water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back to working order. Did you know that 50% of businesses may never reopen following a disaster? Of the businesses that survive, the majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at piece of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don't necessarily have to be.
Ethical Business Practices
When you choose to work with SERVPRO of High Point, you can rest assured that our team will only do what is necessary to get your property back to its' original condition. We follow strict ethical guidelines that dictate we only remove and or treat affected areas, as we operate as a Company that practices "minimal invasion". The goal is to create lasting partnerships with our customers so they will not only call us the next time, but also refer us to friends and family. The goal is to save the homeowner and insurance company as much money as possible. We work as a team with both the homeowner and their insurance company. While working on their property, we are in daily communication with all involved parties.
What is Hoarding?
According to The Mayo Clinic, "Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of items, regardless of actual value, occurs." Many people with hoarding disorder do not find their habits to be a problem. Hoarded items are often things others would throw away or look at as junk or garbage such as old newspapers, junk mail, or packaging. Hoarding can lead to homes filled with extreme clutter to full capacity from years of accumulation, making living conditions unsanitary and crowded. Bugs, fleas, rats, and other vermin may be present, at which point an exterminator would need to be called. At times, hoarding may spread to outside the home as well, to storage facilities, or even the garage or yard.
Facts About Lightning
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 1 in 500,000, some factors can put you at greater risk for being struck. Some lightning safety tips include being 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. It's also a good idea to 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. Be sure to 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. Lastly, 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.