November Theme of the Month
November Theme of the Month
During the month of November, most of us are gearing up for the beginning of the holiday season! While this holiday season is going to look a bit different this year for many families, it is still a time to celebrate and bring joy to your family and community.
This is also the time of year that SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties receive extra calls regarding accidents around the holidays. With all the hustle and bustle, many people’s guards go down. This year take precautions against any accidents from happening.
Decorating- When decorating, use a proper ladder when needed. Do not use furniture or items that are intended for other uses.
If there are small children in the home, also take care to keep breakable items up high, and away from small hands.
Check any lights or decorations for exposed or frayed wires. If you find any, replace immediately.
All candles should be on a level surface, and never left unattended.
Keep both fake and real trees away from fireplaces and air vents.
Shopping- When holiday shopping, always park in well-lit areas.
Hid any bags or gifts in the car. If you have a car trunk, this is the best place for them.
Avoid carrying large amounts of cash or large purses. Take only what you need.
Keep an eye on your bank accounts for any suspicious charges.
Traveling- Avoid driving while tired. Also avoid aggressive or angry driving.
Leave extra room between cars when it is cold, icy or snowy.
If you are consuming alcohol, make sure to have a DD or a cab ahead of time.
Cooking and Dining- Always have an adult in the kitchen keeping an eye on things.
Keep children occupied in another room while cooking.
Keep flammable items away from the stove or any other heat source.
Preventing Foodborne Illnesses- Wash hands frequently.
Separate uncooked and cooked food.
Check the temperature of food to prevent undercooking.
Refrigerate food within two hours of preparing.
Leftovers should be consumed within 4 days.
For more information, check out this article from State Farm: statefarm.com/simple-insights/residence/simple-holiday-safety-tips.
Fire Safety 101 – Fire Pits
Fire Safety 101 – Fire Pits
Especially during the fall and winter months, fire pits are often used for social events, along with cooking out hotdogs and smores! Before you throw your first party though, remember these tips how to keep the occasion safe for everyone in attendance.
- When purchasing or building a fire pit, take into consideration the size of the area. A fire pit should be at least 10 feet away from any structure, or other items that could catch on fire easily. This can include trees, fences, smaller buildings, phone or power lines, and more. They should also be kept at least 25 feet away from muti-residence buildings, such as apartment buildings.
- Make sure seating is large enough to be comfortable and well ventilated.
- Check wind direction before lighting any type of flame.
- Do not use flammable liquids to light or relight the flame.
- When lighting a fire, use a lighter to ignite a few pieces of paper and small pile of sticks. As this catches fire, add larger sticks and DRY logs.
- Using a fire pit screen will prevent embers from leaving the controlled area.
- Do not wear flammable materials while tending the fire, or any loose clothing.
- Always have someone tending the fire, and make sure children and pets are kept away from the flames.
- Keep water nearby in case of emergency.
- Before leaving the fire pit, make sure that the ashes are completely put out, and there are no more embers remaining.
For more information on this topic, visit Allstate’s website: www.allstate.com/blog/considering-backyard-fire-pit/
Winter Fire Prevention
Winter Fire Prevention
We are quickly approaching the time of year when the amount of house fires spike: December, January, and February. While you may think that you are doing all you can to prevent a house fire, there are many different types of fire hazards many that you may not even realize are a threat!
- Your Kitchen-
One of the quickest ways a fire can get started is by leaving a stove top or oven unattended. There are many items around the kitchen that can catch on fire, and your attention is key when preventing anything from happening!
- Small Kitchen Appliances-
These appliances are easy to overlook, and keep plugged in at all times, but it is important to unplug after each use. If accidently left on, they could catch items on the counter on fire.
Candles should never be left unattended. It is best practice to blow them out when you leave the room or may go to sleep.
- Matches and Lighters –
Store these items up high, where children cannot reach.
- Fireplace Wood-
Do not burn trash inside your home. Only burn dry, seasoned wood.
If you do experience any fire or smoke issues this winter season, give the professionals a call at 270-659-0067!
#NationalChurchSafetyMonth - October 2020
October is National Church Safety and Security Month! Some quick ways to prevent anything from happening in your church are by reviewing and posting cooking safety tips in any kitchen areas, reviewing candle safety, and making sure that there are clear paths to all exits.
While there are many ways you can prepare for something happening, SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties offers a FREE service that can help you prevent damage from becoming worse in the event that it does happen!
What we offer takes it a step further than your normal preventative tips. Our Emergency Ready Profiles (ERP) are free to all our local churches in the area. This program includes a trained professional coming in and working with one of the congregation members to collect all the necessary information you would need in an emergency. We will then compile all the information in an ERP and deliver it at a later date. The information will also be put on an app that can be shared with members in the church and can be accessed remotely.
Participating in this program does not take long and can save you time and money in the long run if a disaster does strike.
Contact your local Marketing Representative for more information and to set up a time!
October Theme of the Month
October Theme of the Month
Each month, SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties focuses their efforts on one central marketing theme. This month is all about fall home maintenance! There are a lot of things you can do in early fall that will prevent damage from happening during the winter months, or to prepare for next year.
Here are the top 9 simple tasks you can do:
- Clean Out Gutters – When gutters are full, it can cause water to build up and leak into your home
- Check for Window Drafts – Tight seals around both doors and windows help the warm air from your system from quickly escaping outside
- Store Outdoor Hoses – Putting away hoses during the winter season ensures there will not be water trapped that could freeze and expand. When this happens, often times a water leak inside your home can be the result.
- Store Outdoor Furniture for Winter – This can include putting it inside or using covers to protect it. While it is made to be weatherproof, doing this will help prolong the lifetime!
- Fix Cracks in the Driveway Pavement – When there are small cracks in your pavement, they can quickly grow without much warning. Small amounts of water can freeze, expand, and bust open the small cracks.
- Check Filters –The cleaner or less debris there are in your filters, the better your system can run. This can not only help the system out, but also your electric bill!
- Fertilize Your Lawn – This is a great time of the year to think ahead and fertilize for the next year. It gives the fertilizer all winter to get deeply rooted into the ground.
- Winter Equipment – Check to make sure your snow shovel or snow blower, is working properly and that each vehicle you own has ice scrapers inside.
- Check Fire and Carbon Monoxide Device Batteries – While this should be done at least twice a year, it is a great time to go ahead and check the batteries and replace as needed!
#NationalPreparednessMonth – Wrap Up
#NationalPreparednessMonth – Wrap Up
Throughout the month of September, SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties has been working through the weekly recommendations of Ready.gov about how to become better prepared for disasters in your area. Each week covered different topics:
Week #1 – Make A Plan
Week #2 – Build A Kit
Week #3 – Educate Yourself About Disasters and Emergencies
Week #4 – Teach Youth About Preparedness
Thank you to everyone who followed along with us this month, and if you missed it, you can still work through the weekly recommendations and activities. It is never too late to become prepared for an emergency!
*NOTE* - Also, do not forget to periodically update your emergency kits and run through your emergency plans with the whole family. Doing this will not only help your family remember what to do, but will also ease the minds of everyone by them knowing and practicing what to do.
September: National Preparedness Month - Week #4
September: National Preparedness Month, Week #4
Week #4 – September 20th-26th
Goal: Teach Youth About Preparedness
When you have children in the house, it is very important to make sure they know what to do in an emergency. When you have discussed emergencies and what to do, children are likely to be a little scared of the thought of what could come. One of the best ways to help ease their nerves is to make sure they are educated on what to do, and they know the plans that you have put in place. This also helps avoid them freezing up during an emergency and helps them think more clearly.
This week, make time for each child in your household to work through some activities on www.ready.gov/kids. This program covers all ages, from young kids to teenagers. For young children, there are games they can play to learn and become comfortable. For teenagers, it outlines what they can do to become more prepared and involved with the community.
There are also resources for families on what you can do together, along with what teachers can do to help their students be more prepared at home.
Thank you for following along for this year’s National Preparedness Month!
Hurricane Laura Damage
Hurricane Season 2020, June 1st – November 30th, 2020
This hurricane season, we have been warned of several large, developing storms. The most notable storm so far this year has been Hurricane Laura. Hurricane Laura quickly developed and caused major damage in multiple countries before making landfall in the United States. While many states and areas of the coast got heavy rain and storms, Louisiana and Texas were hit the worst by the storm.
The one positive thing about Laura was that it took several days for her to gain the amount of power that she made landfall with. This gave residents time to make plans or evacuate the area. Now that the hurricane is completely gone, families are now seeing the damage firsthand, and working on putting their lives back together.
While most areas in the county have local franchise locations, in an event like this, they are often overrun with calls and cannot handle the workload. This is when the franchise aspect of our business really becomes a positive. If there is too large of a workload coming in, we are able to call in other franchises from around the country to come and help.
SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties was happy to accept an invitation to come help with the Hurricane Laura cleanup. Our team has been there going on two weeks, and will continue until all our clients' homes and businesses are taken care of.
As one of the primer restoration companies in the world, we are able to respond and help make it “Like it never even happened.”
September: National Preparedness Month - Week #3
September: National Preparedness Month
Week #3 – September 13th-19th
Goal: Educate Yourself About Disasters and Emergencies
There are many different types of disasters and emergencies that can happen in your area that you may not think about. Find out what may impact your area, and visit www.ready.gov/be-informed to access information on each of these emergency situations:
- Active Shooter
- Attacks in Public Places
- Chemical Emergencies
- Extreme Heat
- Hazardous Materials Incidents
- Home Fires
- Household Chemical Emergencies
- Landslides & Debris Flow
- Nuclear Power Plants
- Power Outages
- Radiological Dispersion Device
- Severe Weather
- Snowstorms & Extreme Cold
- Space Weather
- Thunderstorms & Lightning
It is also important to educate yourself on what you can do to recovering from disasters. You can get involved with the community, volunteer, join the citizens corps, learn more about your local community emergency response team, get involved with your neighborhood/neighbors, research what organizations are active during a disaster, and check out the “5 simple steps that may save a life.”
If you are a business owner, is to prepare your business for disaster. Follow this link for everything you can do to prepare: www.ready.gov/business.
Have young children? www.ready.gov/kids is a great resource for information and games to help them prepare without being scared.
Glasgow / Barren County Chamber of Commerce's 28th Annual Golf Scramble
SERVPRO of Allen, Barren, Hart, Green and Taylor Counties had a blast at the Glasgow / Barren County Chamber of Commerce's 28th Annual Golf Scramble on September 4th! With the current Corona Virus outbreak, we did not know if this annual event was going to be able to be held in 2020. After time and consideration, it was determined that all sponsors and participants it would be able to safely social distance during the event.
Service Marketing Representatives, Vicky Siebold and Madison Short were happy to attend the event representing SERVPRO, and be able to network with the community at a safe distance. We look forward to attending more events being scheduled in each of the counties that we cover.
Thank you for having us, and we look forward to seeing everyone again at the 29th Annual Scramble!