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Emergency Plan in the Workplace

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

Do you have a plan in place in case of an emergency at your workplace?

In the initial minutes of an emergency the first actions taken are critical. Prompt warnings to others to evacuate, shelter or lockdown can save lives. Knowing what information to relay to emergency dispatchers will help get the right responders and equipment to you.

The first priority of an emergency is life safety. The second is to stabilize the incident. Many actions can be taken to stabilize the incident and minimize potential damage. First aid, use of fire extinguishers, containment of small chemical spills all can help in preventing further damages. Having employees trained in first aid and who can perform CPR can be lifesaving. Employees who have knowledge of the building and its process systems can help if there is a leak or electrical malfunction and can help minimize damage.

A risk assessment should be done to identify potential emergency scenarios. It will help to determine what resources are needed and to help develop plans and procedures to prepare your business. Developing an emergency plan protects employees, visitors, contractors and anyone else on the premises.  One part of the plan should include “protective actions for safety” which includes building evacuations, sheltering from severe weather such as tornadoes, and shelter in place from an exterior airborne hazard.

Some weather events are forecast hours ahead of their arrival, providing valuable time to protect your facility. An established plan and resources should be on hand to prepare the facility.  The plan should also include a process for damage assessment, salvage, protection of undamaged property and cleanup.

Prepare your home for Rain

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

The time to prepare your home for the rainy season is before the rains hit!

It’s not fun to discover a leaking roof or windows in the middle of a thunderstorm. Some problems are unforeseeable, but others can be avoided with a check up of your home.

 Roof

Inspect for loose or missing shingles.            Check that flashing is in good condition.        Make sure tree branches are trimmed away from the roof.                                                          If there are any concerns, it is a good idea to get a roofer out to inspect before the rains start.

 Gutters

Clean gutters of debris including the downspouts.  Make sure there is adequate drainage, so water does not build up around foundation.

 Windows

Check that all windows close securely.        Inspect caulking to ensure windows are properly sealed.

 Basement/Crawlspace

Look for any cracks that will allow water to get in. Use landscaping to direct water away from your home’s foundation.                                           A sump pump may be needed if you have frequent flooding.

 If water does get in your home, it needs to be addressed right away.

SERVPRO of Benicia/Martinez/Southeast Vallejo is here to help with all your drying needs.

Before Thunderstorms and Severe Weather

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

How To Prepare for Thunderstorms

When we think about storms most think of rain, hurricanes or windstorms. Not many think of thunderstorms. Here are some tips to prepare if a thunderstorm is on the horizon. 

  • Learn about your local community's emergency warning system for severe thunderstorms.
  • Discuss thunderstorm safety and lightning safety with all members of your household.
  • Put together an emergency preparedness kit. 
  • Pick a safe place for household members to gather during a thunderstorm. This should be away from windows, skylights and glass doors that could be broken by strong winds. 
  • Protect your animals by bringing them indoors.
  • Make a list of items to bring inside in the event of a severe thunderstorm. 
  • Consult your local fire department if you are considering installing lightning rods.
  • Get trained in first aid and learn how to respond to emergencies.
  • Make trees and shrubbery trimmed and remove damaged branches to keep them more wind resistant.  

Mold Personal Protective Equipment

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

Was your home flooded? If so, and you were not able to dry it within 24-48 hours, you should assume you may have mold growth. You need to dry everything, including furniture and other items completely, clean up any mold and make sure there isn't still a moisture problem.

You may see or smell mold on drywall, furniture, clothing or other items, but it may also be hidden under or behind things such as carpet, cushions, or walls. 

Before entering your home that you suspect may have mold, at minimum you need to protect yourself by using the foolowing personal protective equipment.

  • Goggles or eye protection
  • N-95 respirator or one with more protection
  • Long sleeved shirt & pants
  • Protective gloves
  • Waterproof boots

If you have a breathing problem like asthma, fo not enter a building with mold damage. Do not enter if you have a weakened immune system. Children should also not enter buildings with suspected mold damage. 

It is best to leave the clean up to the professionals. SERVPRO of Benicia/Martinez/Southeast Vallejo is here to help with all of your mitigation needs. Give us a call!

Emergency Ready Program

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

Most people have a plan in place at their home in case of an emergency, but what about your place of business? Do you know what to do in case of a water line breaking? Or perhaps there is a gas leak? If you are not there can you direct someone else to turn off the utilities?

SERVPRO of Benicia/Martinez/Southeast Vallejo is here to offer a free Emergency Ready Profile for your business.

Within our app you will have the following information along with photos:

  • Employee & Emergency Contacts
  • Utility contacts and shut off locations
  • Primary Contact Information
  • Insurance Carrier Information
  • Property Overview
  • Building Access Info

We find that an ERP also benefits SERVPRO because we become more familiar with your property and therefore, can respond faster, mitigating secondary damage.

If you are interested in learning more how we can help prepare your business in case of an emergency give us a call at 925-372-7234

Youth Preparedness

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

Emergencies and disasters can happen at any time, often without warning. Disaster planning, response, and recovery efforts must take into account the unique needs of children, who make up roughly a quarter of the U.S. population. These efforts should also engage the unique strengths children bring to emergency preparedness.

  • Children are positive influencers. Children can effectively bring the messageof preparedness home to their families.
  • Children can become leaders. Participating in youth preparedness programsempowers children to become leaders at home and in their schools and communities.
  • Children can be confident during an emergency. Children who are preparedexperience less anxiety and feel more confident during actual emergencies and disasters.

 Starting or getting involved with a youth preparedness program is a great way to enhance a community’s resilience and help develop future generations of prepared adults.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency offers numerous resources that can help.

NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR YOUTH PREPAREDNESS EDUCATION

Developed by FEMA, the U.S. Department of Education, and the American Red Cross, the National Strategy for Youth Preparedness Education presents nine steps partners can take tohelp build a Nation of prepared youth. The steps focus on building partnerships to enhanceyouth preparedness learning programs; connecting young people with their families,communities, first responders, and other youth; and increasing preparedness at school.

START A YOUTH PREPAREDNESS PROGRAM

Anyone can start a youth preparedness program. Establishing one takes effort, but many resources are available to help. Youth Preparedness: Implementing a Community Based Program presents seven steps to start and sustain a program. 

Water Heater Leaks

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

Notice all of the damage around this leaking water heater. The leak was not discovered for months! Don' t let this be your water heater.

A leaking water heater can cause great damage to your property. The leaking water can damage the walls and floors surrounding the water heater, seep deep down into the foundation thus causing more problems in the future, and it could even lead to mold growth. 

That is why it is good to prevent the leaks by regularly maintaining your water heater at least once a year. With good maintenance, a water heater can last at least a decade. So, you won't need to worry about replacing it often. But do try and keep track of that decade mark so you can get a new one when and if needed.

If you do discover that your water heater has a leak or has been leaking, we highly advise that you get the leak fixed and affected area dried right away. This will help to prevent any long term damage which will save you money and stress. 

A plumber can help fix it, we can help dry it of course! As quickly and efficiently as possible!

So in conclusion, maintain your water heater. But, if there's an accident, never fear, SERVPRO is always here!  

Importance of Smoke Alarms

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly.

Smoke Alarm Tips:

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom. They should also be outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement. 
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
  • It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one alarm sounds, they all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working. 
  • There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use both types of alarms in the home.
  • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet from the stove.
  • People who are hard of hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

Water Damage

8/9/2019 (Permalink)

In this photo here, the toilet overflowed, and wasn't discovered quick enough. Water destroyed flooring in hall way and carpets in bedrooms near leak.

Water damage can be caused by several sources such as a broken dishwasher hose, a washing machine overflow or leak, a dishwasher leakage, broken/leaking pipes, flood waters, or, one of the worst, toilet leaks. That is why it is very important to maintain all of the above often so you do not run into these problems. But, if you see that an area has been affected in your home or business due to any of those things, we highly recommend that you get the area dried down right away before it begins to really damage the affected area. Water damage can cause mold, rusting of steel, rotting of wood, or even de-laminate materials. But never fear, SERVPRO is here! We will get a crew on-site to begin the water restoration right away as we are available 24-7 . We are fully equipped with the equipment and crew needed to handle all of your restoration needs. "Like it never even happened."

Hauling Debris

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Don't stress, call us today and let us take care of the mess!

When your home falls victim to a fire, depending on how long the fire went on and how quickly it was put out, you could lose a lot of your contents. 

If you don't have the proper help, getting rid of those contents on your own can be tough and a lot of work. Not to mention, very time consuming and stressful. 

Well, we are happy to let you know that we here at SERVPRO Benicia/Martinez/SE Vallejo offer services to help you with that. We are equipped with the staff, tools, and vehicles to help haul all of the debris and non salvageable items out and away from your home.

We will handle the labor, the hauling, and the dumping so you can deal with more important matters.