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Halloween Safety Tips

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that each year from 2014 to 2016, an estimated 10,100 fires were reported to the Fire Departments in the US, over a 3-day period around Halloween? It caused an estimated 30 deaths, 125 injuries, and $102 million in Property losses.

Halloween fires take place most commonly in the late afternoon or early evening; around 6 – 7 pm. The early morning hours around 4 – 7 am is the time at which the least fires occur. Of these fires, about half were caused due to cooking, 11% was because of heating, and the remaining fires were cause by reasons such as careless actions, or electrical malfunctions, etc. For more information on Halloween Fires, and safety tips, please visit https://www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/snapshot_halloween.html

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month - a worldwide annual campaign involving thousands of organizations, to emphasize the significance of breast awareness, education and research.

What is Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer begins when cells in the breast begin to expand out of control. These cells often form a tumor that can often be seen on an x-rays, or felt as a lump. The tumor becomes cancerous when the cells grow into neighboring tissues or spread to distant areas of the body. Breast cancer occurs almost entirely in women, but men can get breast cancer, too.

Staying Aware.

Being breast aware simply means being knowledgeable about what your breasts look and feel like as normal, being alert for any abnormal changes and getting them checked out by your doctor. It’s as simple as TLC. Touch your breasts. Can you feel anything out of the ordinary? Look for changes. Is there any change in shape or texture? Check for anything unusual with your doctor. No one is familiar with your body more than you are, and everyone will have their own way of touching and looking for changes – there is no special technique and you do not need any training.

Pet Disaster Preparedness

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Emergencies come in many forms. It may require small changes, such as a brief absence from your home, to much larger changes, such as permanent evacuations. Each type of disaster requires different measures to keep your pets safe. Being prepared is the best thing you can do in these situations!

Some Pet Disaster preparedness options include –

  • Creating a buddy system with your neighbors. In case of an emergency, you will have a trusted neighbor who can check on your animals.
  • Identify shelters or pet friendly hotels that will accept pets, as not all of them do.
  • Locate a veterinarian or animal hospital in the area where you may be seeking temporary shelter, in case medical care is needed for your pets.
  • Have your pet micro chipped and make sure that you not only keep your address and phone number up-to-date, but that you also include contact info for an emergency contact outside of your immediate area.
  • If you are unable to return to your home right away, you may need to board your pet. Find out where pet boarding facilities are located.
  • Most boarding kennels, veterinarians and animal shelters will need your pet's medical records to make sure all vaccinations are current.

Remember – By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. Always make sure you have an Emergency plan on hand, even for your pets!

Defensible Space around your home

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that the County of San Diego amended an ordinance that requires residents to keep their property free of fire hazards. Residents comply by creating a “Defensible space” around their homes. This includes (but is not limited to) mowing and properly maintaining lawn and weeds, removing ignitable trees and shrubs, stacking firewood away from the home and ensuring that the home’s address is visible to all emergency vehicles.

WHAT ELSE SHOULD I DO TO PROTECT MY PROPERTY AGAINST FIRE?

  • Fluctuate the height of plants and space them out adequately. (Taller plants should be spaced wider apart than the shorter ones)
  • Eliminate any tree limbs within 10 feet of your chimney.
  • Work with your neighbors to clear shared areas between houses.
  • Avoid planting trees under or near electrical lines.
  • If you have a heavily wooded area on your property, removing dead, weak or diseased trees may improve growing conditions.
  • Don’t forget to legally dispose of all your vegetation. (For inquiring about green waste recycling, you may contact your local landfill)
  • Stack firewood and scrap wood piles at least 50 feet from any structure and clear away any combustible vegetation within 10 feet of the piles. (There have been instances when firefighters have ‘saved’ a home and moved on, only for wood piles to catch fire.)
  • Check and clean your roofs and gutters on all structures several times annually to remove debris that can easily ignite from a spark.

Follow the link to access a tool that will discover the level of wildfire hazard in your area - http://www.readysandiego.org/wildfire-hazard-map/

Happy Fourth of July!

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

The 4th of July – also known as Independence Day– has been a federal holiday in the US since 1941. The tradition of Independence Day celebrations however, date back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2nd, 1776, Congress voted in favor of independence. Two days later representatives from the 13 colonies implemented the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 until now, July 4th has been renowned as the birth of American independence, with celebrations varying from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.

SERVPRO of Del Mar wants to wish everyone a wonderful, safe fourth of July!

Fourth of July Safety Tips!

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

It’s that time again for 4th of July celebrations! Whatever you have planned; whether its just fireworks, a backyard barbecue, or maybe a quick trip to the beach, SERVPRO wants to make sure you take all safety precautions this holiday!

FIREWORKS SAFETY The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals, while maintaining a safe distance. While the majority of the states prohibit most fireworks- If you, or someone you know is setting fireworks off at home, follow these safety steps:

  • Never give fireworks to small children, and abide by the directions on the packaging.
  • Keep a supply of water close by as a preventative measure.
  • Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.
  • Never toss or point a firework in the direction of people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.

GRILLING SAFETY Every year people in this country are injured while using backyard charcoal or gas grills. Follow these safety tips to carefully grill up treats for the backyard barbecue:

  • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
  • Never grill indoors
  • Make sure everyone (including the pets) stays away from the grill.
  • Keep the grill out in the open, and away from anything that could potentially catch on fire.
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using grills.

BEACH SAFETY If someone’s visit to the shore includes swimming in the ocean, they should make sure they know how to swim, and stay by a lifeguard station.Obey all instructions and orders from lifeguards. Rip currents are responsible for deaths on our nation’s beaches every year, and for most of the rescues performed by lifeguards. Any beach with breaking waves may have rip currents. Be aware of the danger of rip currents and remember the following:

  • Keep alert for local weather conditions. Check to see if any warning signs or flags are posted.
  • Swim sober and always swim with a buddy.
  • Have young children and inexperienced swimmers wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
  • Keep a close eye and constant attention on children and adults while at the beach. Wave action can cause someone to lose his or her footing, even in shallow water.
  • If someone is caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore until out of the current. Once free, they should turn and swim toward shore. If they can't swim to the shore, they should float or tread water until free of the rip current and then head toward shore.
  • Stay at least 100 feet away from piers and jetties. Permanent rip currents often exist near these structures.

SUN PROTECTION Limit exposure to direct sunlight between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., during the peak heat hours of the day. Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a protection factor of at least 15, and reapply sunscreen as often as needed. Remember to drink plenty of water regularly, even if not thirsty. Minimize drinks with alcohol or caffeine in them. Protect the eyes by wearing sunglasses that will absorb 100 percent of UV sunlight. During hot weather, watch for signs of heat stroke—hot, red skin; changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse; rapid, shallow breathing. If it’s suspected someone is suffering from heat stroke immediately call 9-1-1 and move the person to a cooler place.

National HVAC Technician Day!

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Today, June 22nd, is the second annual National HVAC Tech Day. A day to acknowledge the hard work of technicians in the HVAC industry — and their positive impact on buildings and homes.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, HVAC professionals have one of the peak rates of injuries and illnesses of all occupations. Their work environments include severe heat or freezing cold, working in confined spaces, and working outside of standard business hours. Moreover, every service call is a new experience and the job can frequently be unpredictable. Additionally, the Bureau has expected a 14 percent growth in employment rates in the next 10 years.

Created in 2016, this day of recognition was founded by ARS/Rescue Rooter, a Memphis, TN-based national provider of air conditioning, heating and plumbing services. As it mentions on the initiative’s website: “A few hours without AC or heat may be uncomfortable for us, but imagine working in those conditions every day of the week! HVAC technicians tirelessly brave the sweltering heat and numbing cold to restore our comfort, often at the hottest and coldest times of the year.”

From installing heavy equipment to performing routine maintenance, SERVPRO says thanks to all the HVAC technicians that do what it takes to keep our homes and businesses comfortable.

Safety tips for Memorial weekend

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Many people will spend the upcoming Memorial Day weekend taking a road trip, having their first picnic of the season or enjoying that first dip in the ocean or pool. Follow these tips to stay safe and relish all that the long holiday weekend has to offer.

DRIVING SAFETY

    • Be well rested and alert, use your seat belts, observe speed limits and follow the rules of the road.
    • If you plan on drinking alcohol, designate a driver who won’t drink.
    • Give your full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones.
    • Use caution in work zones. There are lots of construction projects underway on the highways.
    • Don’t follow other vehicles too closely.
    • Clean your vehicle’s lights and windows to help you see, especially at night.
    • Turn your headlights on as dusk approaches, or during inclement weather.
    • Don’t overdrive your headlights.
    • Don’t let your vehicle’s gas tank get too low. If you have car trouble, pull as far as possible off the highway.
    • Carry a Disaster Supplies Kit in your trunk.
    • Let someone know where you are going, your route and when you expect to get there. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.

GRILLING SAFETY

    • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
    • Never grill indoors – not in your house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area.
    • Make sure everyone, including the pets, stays away from the grill.
    • Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire. 
    • Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe.
    • Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
    • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using grills.

WATER SAFETY

Do your part, be water smart! Ensure that everyone in the family learns to swim well.

  • Adults: actively supervise children; stay within arm’s reach of young children and newer swimmers. And kids: follow the rules.
  • Don’t just pack it; wear your U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket – always when on a boat and if in a situation beyond your skill level. Inflatable children’s toys and water wings can be fun, but they are no substitute for a life jacket and adult supervision.
  • Swim as a pair near a lifeguard’s chair - everyone, including experienced swimmers, should swim with a buddy in areas protected by lifeguards.

Do you need Your Drapes or Curtains Cleaned?

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning  Do you need Your Drapes or Curtains Cleaned? Our goal is to help minimize the interruption in your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

If so, Call Today – 1-858-587-1722

SERVPRO of Del Mar Professionals excel at cleaning fine fabrics and intricate pieces. Fabrics are carefully inspected and tested to determine which of the System’s five cleaning methods is most appropriate.

Here at SERVPRO of Del Mar, we use state-of-the-art equipment designed specifically for cleaning fine fabrics. Wet and dry cleaning methods are available as required. You can be confident in the SERVPRO System - we inspect and pretest to determine the safest and most effective cleaning method. When it comes to drapery and blinds, SERVPRO of Del Mar has the training, equipment and experience to make them clean again.

When Should My Drapes Be Cleaned?

A good rule-of-thumb is to clean drapes approximately every two years. A recent survey by SERVPRO disclosed that the average customer believes drapes should be cleaned when they look dirty. Depending on your heating system, the amount of smokers in the home, and other factors, drapes may not show soil for two to six years. The oily atmospheric soil will gradually cause the fabric to deteriorate. Often, direct sunlight is unjustly blamed for this. You may triple the life of your draperies through professional cleaning, which is relatively inexpensive compared to replacement costs.

Professional Cleaning

When your draperies need cleaning, make certain they are dry cleaned ONLY. Only a small percentage of materials can be laundered. If in doubt, call SERVPRO of Del Mar for advice. Be discriminating in your choice of professional dry cleaners. Some cleaners have equipment designed for clothes cleaning, while others have equipment specifically designed for draperies.

We have an exclusive process of dry cleaning draperies right in your home. There’s no need to have your home or office exposed while your draperies are out being cleaned. SERVPRO of Del Mar Professionals inject a specially formulated solvent into your drapery under pressure and extract the chemical, leaving your drapes clean. This special process results in no damage or shrinkage to the material. Most importantly, you will get quality cleaning at a reasonable price.

Indoor Air Quality in your Business

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

Sick Building Syndrome: In the 1970’s sick building syndrome became apparent as groups of people displayed similar symptoms after having spent extended periods of time in buildings with poor air quality. Good judgment and immediate attention can correct the situation and save you money in the event of litigation. People most at risk include, but are not limited to Infants & Children, Pregnant women, Elderly, People with compromised respiratory systems or asthma / allergies, and those with weakened immune system.

Control Moisture and Reduce Mold - Act within the first 24 to 48 hours *

  • Correct any water leaks or standing water.
  • Remove standing water under cooling coils or air handling units.
  • Properly maintain humidifiers, if used.
  • Replace wet or visibly moldy insulation materials.

Proper Maintenance Saves Money

Estimated made by the World Health Organization say that poor indoor air quality costs $60 billion in employee sick leave and lost production.

Part of your responsibility to the tenants, workers and students who work and play in your buildings includes proper maintenance and prompt response to any situation that can cause illness or health concerns. SERVPRO of Del Mar is available when it matters!