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Now that summer time is here, it is time to consider safety precautions for extreme heat. Heat affects all people, but mainly the young, elderly and sick. There are several things you can do to prepare for and prevent extreme heat from affecting you. If possible, stay indoors in air conditioning. Be sure to check on your pets who may be outdoors or bring them inside. Stay hydrated and limit alcohol and caffeine intake. If you must go outdoors, wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing, and be sure to apply sunscreen often. Pay attention to signs of heat exhaustion, which are heavy sweating, weakness, cold, pale and clammy skin, nausea or vomiting and fainting. (according to the Center for Disease Control) Heat Exhaustion can lead to Heat Stroke which is life threatening. Signs of Heat Stroke are a high body temperature (103 Degrees or more) rapid and strong pulse, and possible unconsciousness. If you think someone has Heat Stroke, call 911, and move the person somewhere cool. Reduce the body temperature with cool wet clothes or a bath. Do not give a person with Heat Stroke fluids- treat the situation as a serious medical emergency. For more info visit ready.gov Extreme Heat Tips to Prepare Your Home
- Install window air conditioners snugly, insulate if necessary.
- Check air-conditioning ducts for proper insulation.
- Install temporary window reflectors such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard to reflect heat back outdoors.
- Weather strip doors and sills to keep cool air in.
- Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings, or louvers.
- Keep storm windows up all year.
Holiday Cooking Safety Tips
Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don't practice safe cooking habits, your holiday could become hazardous.
Here are some safety tips to ensure you can enjoy a safe holiday.
Never leave cooking food unattended.
Check food regularly, use a timer as a reminder.
Keep young kids away from the cooking area.
Keep anything flamable away from the stove, oven or any other hot surface.
Do not wear loose clothing while cooking.
Clean cooking surfaces to prevent grease buildup.
Purchase a fire extinguisher and learn how to use it properly.
Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving home, to make sure all appiances are turned off.
Install a smoke alarm near the kitchen, on each level of the home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year.
SERVPRO wishes you a safe and happy holiday season.
Here is a link with additional safety tips. http://www.nfpa.org/thanksgiving
May is NATIONAL BUILDING SAFETY MONTH
Water Damage Restoration, Fire Damage Clean Up,
Building Safety Month is an initiative of the International Code Council. Building Safety Month-is an opportunity to educate insurance and commercial property professionals as well as the general public, on "what it takes to create safe, resilient, affordable, and energy efficient homes and buildings," according the ICC website.
The theme for 2017 is Code Officials~Partners in Community Safety and Economic Growth, and highlights managing disasters, specifically natural disasters. Some of the topics and tips shared throughout the month include Disaster Safety and Mitigation, as well as, Fire Safety and Awareness.
Important Tips From The ICC
Disaster Safety & Mitigation
March is RED CROSS Month
American Red Cross Partnership
Founded in 1881, the American Red Cross is a charitable organization that relies on donations and volunteers to carry out their mission. Whether it is disaster relief, blood donations, military family support, or training and certification in CPR, lifeguarding, first aid and more, the Red Cross is committed to helping those who need it most. The American Red Cross is part of the Global Red Cross Network, the world's largest volunteer network found in 187 countries, according to redcross.org.
Every year, March is declared Red Cross Month by the President of the United States. The American Red Cross celebrates by honoring the "everyday heroes" who support and carry out the mission of the Red Cross by donating, giving blood, taking a class or volunteering.
SERVPRO began a partnership with the American Red Cross in 2013, and became an official Disaster Responder partner in 2016. The Disaster Responder program provides families and individuals immediate support, comfort and assistance when a disaster, such as a house fire happens to them. Disaster responders also help communities prepare for disasters ahead of time by participating in preparedness activities such as the Smoke Alarm Installation Campaign. To learn more about the American Red Cross, or about how you can get involved visit www.redcross.org
Portable Fire Extinguishers
Fire Cleanup and Fire Safety
Portable fire extinguishers can be life and property saving tools when used correctly. In order to operate an extinguisher, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) suggest remembering the word PASS:
Pull the pin. Hold the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.
Aim low. Point the extinguisher as the base of the fire.
Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
Sweep the nozzle from side to side.
Read the instructions on the fire extinguisher and become familiar with them before a fire breaks out. It is also important to ensure you have the correct type of extinguisher for your home or facility. To find more information on choosing the appropriate class extinguisher, please visit the NFPA website at http://www.nfpa.org/codes-and-standards/all-codes-and-standards/list-of-codes-and-standards?mode=code&code=10
10 Ways You Can Be Prepared
Disaster Recovery and Restoration preparedness
If a disaster strikes, will you be ready?
It is important to prepare before a disaster occurs. Consider the following steps to help you better prepare for an emergency situation.
- Sign up for local alerts and warnings, download apps, and/or check access for wireless emergency alerts.
- Develop and test emergency communication plans.
- Assemble or update emergency supplies.
- Learn about local hazards and conduct a drill to practice emergency response actions.
- Participate in a preparedness discussion, training, or class.
- Collect and safeguard critical documents.
- Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources.
- Document property and obtain appropriate insurance for relevant hazards.
- Make property improvements to reduce potential injury and property damage.
- Hold a scenario-based continuity of operations tabletop exercise for your organization.
Emergencies can happen anytime to anyone. Take action now to protect yourself and your property.
Celebrate Summer Safely: Fireworks
E: All of the Above! Happy Fourth of July
Fireworks Safety Tips
Summer is synonymous with barbeques, parades and fireworks displays; but along with all the the festivities are plenty of visits to emergency rooms-especially during July.
Each year, around 230 people are injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. In addition to causing injury, fireworks are also responsible for thousands of house fires each year with millions of dollars in property damage.
- Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear.
- Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
- Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire.
- Children should never pick up fireworks that may be left over as they may still be active.
- The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professional.
- Have a Happy Fourth of July.
- Fireworks cause an average of almost 20,000 reported fires per year.
- In 2013, sparklers caused 41% of fireworks injuries.
- On Independence Day in a typical year, fireworks account for two out of five reported fires, more than any other cause of fire.
Tips and information provided by the National Fire Protection Assoc.
BBQ Safety to help avoid any Fire Disasters
As the season for grilling outside officially kicks off this month here are some tips to remember while grilling at your BBQ.
- Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use
- Make sure people especially young children and pets stay away from the grill
- Use long-handed tools made for cooking on the grill
If a fire disaster does happen at your home, SERVPRO is ready for any size disaster. We clean and restore Fire, Smoke and Soot damage "Like it never even happened".
National PrepareAthon Day -April 30th
National PrepareAthon! Day, revolving around taking the actions to prepare for earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, and winter storms * America's PrepareAthon! is an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and communities to prepare. Visit this website for more information http://1.usa.gov/1NAblCS
Celebrate Earth Day all week
SERVPRO Deals with the aftermath of weather disasters all the time- but this week lets celebrate all things green. Did you know starting a personal/community garden and buying local food makes a huge difference? SERV the world by PROtecting the environment. Earth day is Friday April 22!
Suburban Home Show Carpet Cleaning Contest Winner
Congratulations to Lina M. of Piermont, NY.
She was the winner of our Carpet Cleaning raffle valued at $225 at the Suburban Home Show.
Spring has Sprung Get Ready For Wild Weather
Get Ready For Unpredictable WeatherSERVPRO of Northwest Bergen has experience restoring homes affected by storms and flooding. We can respond immediately with highly trained technicians, who employ specialized equipment and techniques, to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition. Visit Weather.gov for all types of weather alerts and safety information.Visit weather.gov website
Home Safety during Spring Break
Are you or your family headed out of town for Spring Break?
Remember these quick tips to keep your home safe.
- Keep Valuables away from your windows
- Set up timed lights around your home
- Have a neighbor watch your house
- Turn off your home phone ringer
- Don't post your vacation photos while your away
If any mold, water or fire disasters happen while your away use your READY Profile App or call SERVPRO.
Call the CLEANUP TEAM that's faster to any size disaster
A home or business fire can be a very stressful event for the property owner. Damage to personal belongings and the contents of the building is just one concern. Timely mitigation is the key to controlling damage, while reducing downtime and recovery costs. We offer 24 hr. 7 days a week emergency service. The rapid response and the training of our professional staff will help limit damage and get your home or facility back in operation quickly and help make it, "Like it Never Even Happened."
Melting Ice can Lead to Water damage
Got icicles? It could be a sign that heat is leaking from your home into the attic, and it's probably a good idea to check for cracks or gaps.
The New Year brings the opportunity for new beginnings! Start 2016 off right by being READY! SERVPRO Northwest Bergen, Southern and Eastern Rockland wants to ensure you enjoy a safe and happy New Year by helping you be prepared for any Fire & Water- Cleanup & Restoration you may need. We can develop an ERP for your business so you can be READY for any disaster.
Handle holiday candles with care! Remember to keep the flame far away from decorations, ornaments and especially trees.
Turn on the Green Light to Honor Verterans
Waldwick - Every Nov. 11, the nation takes a day to honor all those who have served in the armed forces.
This year, in addition to a procession at 10:45 a.m. in front of American Legion Post 57 and a ceremony at Veterans Plaza at 11 a.m., Mayor Thomas Giordano is urging residents to take part in an initiative that would make it more obvious just how much the borough supports its veterans.
"To show our thanks to our veterans in all they have done for all of us, I ask all Waldwick residents to change a single light bulb in the front of your home to green to show support for those who have served," Giordano said in a statement.
Giordano's call is part of the nationwide initiative called Greenlight A Vet. The website describes the initiative as a "campaign to establish visible national support for our veterans by changing one light to green" with the color green signifying "hope, renewal and well-being" as well as offering a "greenlight" forward for veterans who are back home.
American Legion Post 57 Commander John Vervoort said he appreciated the initiative and Giordano's support of veterans.
"[In] our post, we've got men from the 'Greatest Generation' that served in the Pacific and European theaters and all war eras, up until now," said Vervoort. "I know, to me, I'm going to be very interested to see how many green lights are out there. It's going to touch my heart to see it."
For Giordano, along with recognition, the green lights will serve as a quiet "thank you" to all veterans.
"As Veterans Day approaches, I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to all our Waldwick veterans and all veterans for your sacrifices and selflessness as you make our country a better place," said Giordano. "Your dedicated service to our country will never be forgotten. You are examples of how courage and leadership leads to service. And we owe all of you a debt of gratitude."
For information about local Veterans Day ceremonies, visitlegionpost57.org
http://www.northjersey.com/community-news/community-events-and-announcements/waldwick-turns-on-the-green-light-in-thanks-to-veterans-1.1450550BY RODRIGO TORREJONSTAFF WRITER | WALDWICK SUBURBAN NEWS
Featured Member of The Waldwick Chamber of Commerce for the Month of November
For over 20 years, Charlie and Donna Vingoe have owned the SERVPRO franchises of Northwest Bergen and Southern & Eastern Rockland County, located on Crescent Ave. in Waldwick. SERVPRO, a residential and commercial cleanup and restoration firm, provides 24/7 emergency water and fire/smoke/soot damage cleanups, sewage cleanups, mold remediation, bio-hazardous cleanings such as crime scene and hoarder situations, and carpet and upholstery cleanings.
Since 1995, the Vingoe’s SERVPRO’s have earned the trust of 100’s of national insurance carriers, as well as home and business owners alike, by making water and fire damage cleanups “Like it never even happened”. Their local SERVPRO team of industry certified and experienced production managers, technicians and office staff are experts in helping you with your cleanup and throughout the mitigation process. SERVPRO’s reputation is based on “Readiness”, being ready to help when disaster strikes, “Faster”, being faster to any sized disaster and committed to being “Here to Help”, with the philosophy of understanding the customer’s wants and needs. SERVPRO’s goal is to make a difficult time less challenging.
SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen and Southern & Eastern Rockland County has been recognized as one of the top 100 SERVPRO’s in the country, out of over 1800, for the past ten years and are members of SERVPRO’s National Franchise Advisory Board and the Northern New Jersey Sub-Regional Advertising Committee.
Charlie, Donna and the entire SERVPRO team take great pride in giving back to the community and believe their business has a responsibility to “pay it forward”. SERVPRO actively participates with The Waldwick Chamber of Commerce and is part of their Executive Board. SERVPRO works together on Chamber events that support local charities, community volunteer organizations, the town’s beautification, and the promotion of business amongst Chamber members. SERVPRO sponsors the Chamber’s 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk, networking events, Small Business Saturday, and Disco Nights for The Center for Hope and Safety. SERVPRO also sponsors Waldwick Day, several town recreational sports teams and sports banners, local educational fundraising events by donating tricky tray raffle items and monetary donations to various town volunteer organizations. SERVPRO has established a scholarship for a graduating senior from Waldwick High School and is the Emergency Evacuation Shelter and Meeting Point for the Crescent Elementary School. SERVPRO has initiated and sponsored the following charity events for local community members, Bridges for Katie, Kisses for Kelly Comedy Night & Subs for Super Bowl, A Night at the Hermitage for Laura A., a Variety Night for Hope with Heart and a Bruce Springsteen Cover Band Concert for Kerry.
Waldwick Chamber of Commerce Featured Member
To contact Charlie and Donna’s SERVPRO, call 1-800-497-7179 or 201-236-2400
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast Cancer Awareness National Breast Cancer Awareness Month * Presidential Proclamation encourages citizens, govt agencies, private businesses, nonprofit organizations, and other interested groups to join in activities to increase awareness of what Americans can do to prevent breast cancer.
SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen recently held their customer appreciation celebration. This year was very special as Charlie and Donna Vingoe and staff are celebrating 20 years of making it "Like it never even happened."