SERVPRO® of Boyd, Carter, Greenup & Lewis Counties
Yesterday was the first day of fall! The weather is already predicted to reach in the low 50's overnight next week (hard to believe when we are still hitting 90 during the day). As the cooler temperatures begin to creep in, preparing your house for fall weather may not be a bad idea! Fall Checklist for your home:** Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts.** Seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors with weather-stripping and caulk.** Inspect your roof for damaged or curled shingles, corroded flashing, or leaky vents.** Take steps to repair damaged sidewalks, driveways, and steps.** Drain and winterize outdoor faucets and irrigation systems.** Clean or replace dirty furnace filters.** Have a professional inspect your heating system.** Check fireplaces for soot or creosote build-up. Better yet, schedule a visit from a reputable chimney sweep.** Clean the plates or pads of your humidifier to ensure efficient operation.** If you have a gas-fired room heater, have it inspected by a pro. Also, perform any routine maintenance recommended by the maker.** Wood stoves are making a comeback. To avoid a deadly situation, be sure to inspect yours before firing it up.** Keep your family safe at home. A home safety check should be an annual ritual in every household. Test smoke and CO monitors, inspect (or install) fire extinguishers, review fire escape plans, and rid your home of old newspapers and other fire hazards. #SERVPRO #HereToHelp #SecondDayofFall
Less than 1 Day Before Damage Starts
SERVPRO® of Boyd, Carter, Greenup and Lewis Counties
For National Preparedness Month we at SERVPRO® of Boyd, Carter, Greenup and Lewis Counties want to do what we can to help you be ready in case of a water damage in your home from such things as a pipe burst or clogged toilet. Quick response is essential to limiting water damage in your home, many think that water cannot cause that much damage or that it will dry on its own if they just leave it alone, but that will cause secondary damages. Do you know how long it takes dyes & ink from cloth & paper to spread and stain? Less than a day. That is right, it takes less than 1 day for dyes and ink from cloth and paper in your home to spread and stain. The faster you act, the better you can minimize the damage. If disaster should ever strike make sure to call the team who is eager to serve our community, we are ready 24/7 365 at 606-836-8000.
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Will you reopen after a disaster?
SERVPRO® of Boyd, Carter, Greenup and Lewis Counties
Almost 50% of businesses do not open back up after a disaster; you can’t afford to be a part of that statistic. SERVPRO® of Boyd, Carter, Greenup and Lewis Counties remains committed to insuring that you are not part of that statistic. It is National Preparedness Month and we want to make sure that you are prepared. We offer what is called Emergency Ready Planning; we will come out and work with you to compile important information so that everyone in your company knows what to do and who to call in case of disaster. We are ready to help to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Call us at 606-836-8000, we are ready 24/7, 365.
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National Preparedness Month
September is recognized as National Preparedness Month (NPM) which serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit.
This week's focus is on Individual Preparedness. Seriously consider putting together an emergency kit for your family, similar to the one shown in our profile picture.
Follow #NatlPrep for tips. More info: www.ready.gov/september
Don't toss out scissors that don't seem to be cutting well any more. Simply give them a quick and easy sharpening by occasionally cutting through a piece of 150-200 grit sandpaper. This will give them a fresh edge to make them seem new again! #TipTuesday
Heat Wave Safety Tips
With local temperatures forecasted to stay in the 90s throughout the weekend we wanted to take the opportunity to share some tips for staying healthy and safe during a heat wave.
In recent years, excessive heat has caused more deaths than all other weather events, including floods. A heat wave is a prolonged period of excessive heat, generally 10 degrees or more above average, often combined with excessive humidity.
What To Do During a Heat Wave
- Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids (WATER!) even if you do not feel thirsty.
- Avoid alcohol, tea, coffee, caffeinated beverages and hot, spicy foods that can make dehydration worse.
- Eat small meals and eat more often.
- Try eating more cold foods like salads and fruits. They contain water and are more refreshing in hot weather than hot foods.
- Avoid extreme temperature changes.
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing made from natural fibers, like cotton or linen. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
- Wear a hat or take an umbrella with you for shade if you’re outside on a hot day.
- Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
- Postpone outdoor games and activities.
- Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.
- Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.
- Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
- Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.
What can I do to make sure my business is prepared?
It is estimated that up to 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster, such as fire and flood, never reopen! Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.
SERVPRO® of Boyd, Carter, Greenup and Lewis Counties is a 24/7 emergency service provider. We respond when disaster strikes. But did you know we can help you to create a plan BEFORE anything happens to make sure you are prepared for whatever may occur. Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood. The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens.
The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile (ERP for short) serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information or can be an ideal supplement to any well-designed emergency preparedness or existing contingency program. Rather than simply reacting to disaster situations, most prefer proactive measures to establish a relationship with a restoration services company.
By working with SERVPRO® of Boyd, Carter, Greenup and Lewis Counties to develop your personalized Emergency READY Profile your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.
Call Kathy Bamer, Marketing Manager, at 606-836-8000 Today for a No Cost Assessment of Your Facility!
July is just around the corner and happens to be the peak month for grilling fires, followed by May, June & August. Three out of five households own a gas grill, which translates to an increased risk of home fires. Nearly 9,000 home fires are started by grilling accidents each year.
The leading factor (19%) contributing to grill-related accidents is failure to clean the grill. The second leading factor (17%) is having a flammable item too close to the grill. So be sure to clean your grill properly before use and make sure that all flammable items are out of the way.
Placement of your grill is important, grills should be placed well away from home/deck railings and out from under eaves and branches. Also check for leaks or breaks in your gas lines before each use.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers several additional grilling safety tips at http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/outdoors-and-seasonal/grilling.
Please take the proper steps to avoid any grilling accidents this summer.
SERVPRO of Boyd, Carter, Greenup & Lewis Counties
Renters (residential & commercial) - You need renters insurance - take note! Your contents (clothes, furniture, personal belongings, merchandise, etc.) in a rented apartment, house or building are not covered by a landlord in times of a crisis such as water loss, fire, or other emergency/unplanned disaster.
Read your rental agreement and make sure you know how things are handled during a disaster situation.
If you are not covered, take ownership and make sure you solve this issue because a pipe bursting - a fire - a micro-burst coming through your neighborhood - none of this is good and it will cost you more money in the end. Talk to an insurance professional to protect yourself - your family - your business.
World Water Day 2016
World Water Day is an international observance and an opportunity to learn more about water related issues, be inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference. World Water Day dates back to the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development where an international observance for water was recommended. The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day. It has been held annually since then.
Today, almost half of the world's workers - 1.5 billion people - work in water related sectors and nearly all jobs depend on water and those that ensure its safe delivery. Yet the millions of people who work in water are often not recognized or protected by basic labour rights. The theme in 2016 — water and jobs — is focusing on how enough quantity and quality of water can change workers' lives and livelihoods - and even transform societies and economies.
World Water Day is an opportunity to learn more and be inspired to tell others. Read reports, watch videos and download teaching material from the international water community.