Keys to a Safe Family Summer
The kids are out of school and it’s time for summer adventures and quality memories with family and friends. No one likes to think about the dangers of summertime activities, but it’s always a good idea to prepare in advance to avoid the kinds of issues that could arise.
- Teach kids to swim. Formal swimming lessons can be an extremely important safety measure for children.
- Learn CPR. At least one parent or family member should be trained in CPR. It could save a loved ones life.
- Supervise children when they are in or around water. A watchful eye and quick action can make all the difference with water related accidents.
- Wear properly fitted life vests when traveling in boats or watercraft.
- Install proper fencing around pools.
- Never leave infants, children or pets in hot cars. Even if the windows are down.
- Outdoor activities should be planned at cooler times of day, including morning and evening hours.
- Dress children in light weight, light colored, loose fitting clothing.
- Know the symptoms of heat related issues and illness. Seek medical attention if concerns arise.
- Keep kids cool with showers, pools, baths and breaks when outdoors.
- Make sure that children are wearing sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15 at all times when they are outside in the sun.
- Cover up. Clothing can block harmful UV rays.
When spending time in the yard, make sure kids are using an effective insect repellent. Learn ways to make your yard a tick free zone. Or check children daily for ticks if they have been outside. Take simple steps to make sure that summer stays fun day and night.
If the unexpected happens call the pros at SERVPRO to help manage household issues. Everything from flooding and fires to carpet cleaning and deodorization. (732) 577-1010.
Safe Grilling Guide
As the summer heats up at the Jersey Shore, your backyard grill is sure to follow. Here are some simple ways to ensure that your BBQ stays fun and safe:
According to the National Fire Protection Association, July is the peak month for grill related fires. They recommend that:
- The grill should be kept well away from your home and away from deck railings. It should be out from under eaves and hanging branches.
- Propane and charcoal grills should only be used outside.
- Children and pets should remain at least three feet away from the grilling area.
- Keep the grill clean by removing grease or fat build up from the grill box and in the trays below.
- Never leave your grill unattended while cooking.
- Keep charcoal fluid away from children and heat sources.
- For charcoal grills, make sure coals are completely cooled before disposing them in a metal container.
Common sense should be on the menu for grilling up a fun filled BBQ with friends and family this summer. Remember, we are a trusted source to handle any issues you may have, if something goes wrong we will be there to get everything back to normal. We’re here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. (732) 577-1010.
Prepare Your Business For Severe Weather
The main goal of any business is to stay in business. Sometimes that can mean weathering unexpected storms and severe weather. The best time to prepare for weather emergencies is well before they happen.
Here are a few things your business’ emergency plan should address:
- All plans should include “best practices” to be taken before, during and after any severe weather emergency.
- Know the threats that each season brings in your area.
- Create procedures related to how employees should report such emergencies (Fire Alarm, Dial 911 etc.)
- Create medical emergency and evacuation procedures.
- Map out shelter in place plans and best practices.
- Use checklists to ensure that the necessary supplies are stored and maintained by designated personnel.
- Put a timeline together as to what needs to be done 5 days ahead of predicted severe weather. Carry it to 72 hours prior, 24 hours prior and 6 hours prior.
Practice and training are the keys to proper execution during an emergency. Be sure to extend and invitation to the local authorities to attend any drills being conducted. Incorporate any advice they can offer your employees into the emergency plan. SERVPRO of Howell/Wall can create an Emergency Ready Profile for your building/business free of charge. It’s a valuable asset when preparing for any emergency. Call us to learn more. (732) 577-1010.
See Your Business As Customers Do
Running a business isn’t an easy task. Knowing what to prioritize can mean the difference between success and failure. Even under the best of circumstances, there will be differing opinions and complaints from employees and customers about how the business is being run. Knowing how to respond to these criticisms can mean more than you realize.
The fact that someone took the time to bring an issue to your attention should let you know that this is something that warrants thought and investigation. Being criticized is never fun, but take it as a gift of valuable information. If one person noticed it, imagine how many others have also noticed it but never told you?
The cleanliness of your facility, offices and restrooms is one area that others may see and you don’t. Just as a filthy restaurant restroom promotes an uneasy feeling about the conditions of the kitchen, an unkept work environment can reflect upon the perception of your business. Disheveled work spaces and dirty common areas can lead customers to question your work practices, commitment to detail and level of professionalism. The fact that they notice these things and your staff hasn’t can erode confidence in your ability to handle the job for that customer.
You can be the best in the business at what you do and that fact will be lost quickly if these details are left unaddressed. The solution is to hire a competent cleaning company that can perform the quality of cleaning that can match the reputation of your business.
SERVPRO has been in business for 50 years and is the leader in commercial cleaning and restoration. SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is the perfect compliment to your weekly cleaning service. Whether it’s carpet and duct cleaning, deep cleaning even water losses, fire damage and more. We can make it "Like it never even happened." Make sure your customers see your business in the best light. You run your business and let us make you look fantastic. (732) 577-1010.
No Vacation From Mold During the Summer
There’s nothing like enjoying all the activities that go with the warm summer months. But with the beach, boardwalk, and outdoor fun, comes the perfect conditions for mold growth in your home and business.
Heat: Great beach days are also banner days for mold. Mold grows best in warm temperatures from 77 to 86 degrees.
Humidity: The hazy, hot and humid days often end with an afternoon thunderstorm. If you’re feeling the effects of increased moisture in the heated air, you can bet that the stage is set for mold to ramp up the growth process. Proper humidity levels should be kept between 30-50% inside your home or work space. Use a dehumidifier to ensure that humidity levels are kept low. But be sure to clean and maintain any dehumidifiers as well.
Ventilation: Along with the proper humidity levels, make sure that your home or office is well ventilated and kept at a comfortable temperature. Exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchen can help. Opening windows and doors will increase air circulation. A programmable thermostat can be vital to regulate the proper temperature levels.
Vacation: If your summer includes a family vacation away from home, the proper plan for keeping the temperature, humidity and ventilation at proper levels with ensure that your return home won’t include large scale mold issues.
No matter what the season, SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is here to diagnose and remediate any mold issues that have occurred. Trust your home to the experience experts who will o the job right. Let SERVPRO of Howell/Wall worry about the mold, so you can have an enjoyable summer. (732) 577-1010. SERVPROhowellwall.com
Keep your business dry by following these steps to maintaining your commercial roof
When Storms Damage your Commercial Roof...SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is there to help
How to Care for Your Commercial Roof
When summer storms pummel your business, naturally, the roof gets the brunt of it. A damaged roof is a major threat to the structural integrity of the entire building. This should make keeping your roof well maintained a top priority.
Here are some tips on how to care for your commercial roof:
1: During the off season, make sure you perform a thorough routine inspection of your roof. The best time of year to do this is when you can perform the inspection and make the neccessary repairs with minimal risk of precipitation. It is especially important to check the following areas:
Drains and gutters: make sure they are clear of leaves and debris
Roof surface: make sure there are no cracks or exposed surfaces
Flashing and control joints
Inspect for signs of wind damage
2: Inspect the hardware that secures your roof-mounted equipment. Properly attached equipment will minimize roof damage in severe storms. If you find the equipment is not secure, use qualified professionals to reattach them securely.
3: Know the load limits of your roof. There are limits to how much weight your roof can bear. Blocked drains during periods of intense rain can turn small roof ponds into large lakes. Record-breaking snow or snow followed by rain or ice can also cause load problems. Be prepared to deal with these situations when these circumstances arise.
4: Don’t forget to check the underside of the roof. If possible, look at your roof from the inside. If you see evidence of leaks or damage, add those areas to your repair list.
5: Roofs do not last forever. If your roof is old or showing signs of weakness, it may be time for a roof rebuild. An engineer can evaluate your current roof and recommend a course of action.
Storms can cause even the best-maintained commercial roof to fail. Roof damage never happens at a convenient time. When Mother Nature comes raging through, let it be of comfort to you that we are to help with any damages that storms leave behind. At SERVPRO of Howell / Wall, we are available to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to service your lower Monmouth County business or home. Just give us a call at 732-577-1010.
How to Prevent Basement Water Damage
Some of the most vulnerable parts of any building to water damage are the low-lying areas. Some of the causes could be heavy rains from big summer storms or indoor water leaks. In order to protect your property from damage, you will want to take the necessary steps to ensure this kind of damage doesn’t happen to your property. This will protect your possessions and save you both time and money.
Here are some tips to prevent water damage in your basement:
- Make sure you have the proper drainage throughout your property. Inspect your property and make sure that you have proper drainage in place when there is excess amount of water is present. Burst pipes and water mains can drive a large amount of water your way. Make sure that flooded streets and drainage ditches also don’t cause your home or business any water damage by giving all that water somewhere to go besides your basement or low lying area If you need to make some changes, get the help of a water damage specialist, especially if you have already experienced issues in your basement or other low-lying areas.
- Make sure your equipment is maintained. Does your basement contains laundry machines or other equipment that use of water? Then you want make sure that these everyday tools don’t become a liability due to poor maintenance. You should regularly check the pipes and water connections to make sure a tiny leak doesn’t become a big one really quickly, creating huge loss for you as a home or business owner.
- Make sure you maintain your roof. A leaky roof can cause water to travel down walls and all the way down to your basement. Once these areas get and stay damp, a mold colony can take hold, and that is a whole new problem that needs to be addressed immediately. Inspecting your roof regularly and necessary repairs, no matter how small, are some of the most effective steps you can take to prevent water damage in your basement. It will keep walls, windows, and floors safe, too.
When it comes to water damage in your Monmouth County home or business, SERVPRO of Howell / Wall is always here to help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are experts in the areas of fire and water damage, and we are also mold remediation specialists. We’ve got you covered!
What To Know When Choosing a Fire Extinguisher
Home fire extinguishers can be a life saver. Whether you place one in the kitchen area, near exits, or just in and easy to grab spot, they can enable you to put out a small fire quickly before it spreads. It can add an extra element of safety and peace of mind for your family.
But how do you know if you have the right fire extinguisher for your home or usage needs?
All household fire extinguishers are classified A, B, or C (or a combination of the three).
You should be sure to check the label for the classification letter. Each letter corresponds to the type of fires they can be used on. Ordinary combustibles, flammable liquids or electrical for example. An extinguisher labeled A,B & C will give you the most versatile use since it’s classified to be used on all three types.
Choose the proper size:
Best for: Garage or home workshop, where a fire might grow in size before being noticed.
Look for: Rechargeable model with hose for ease of use.
Best for: Quick grab in the kitchen or laundry room.
Look for: Rechargeable model with hose for ease of use.
Best for: Car.
Look for: Disposable model with mounting hardware to keep it from rolling around in the trunk.
Location, location, location.
Once you’ve determined the proper type and size fire extinguisher for your application, you must decide on the best location to place the extinguisher. Easily accessible, clearly marked areas are best. Mounting the fire extinguisher on a wall by the exit door to a room, will allow you to use the extinguisher with your back to the door. This will provide a quick escape if the fire spreads within the room.
Above all, make sure that your family’s safety is top priority. Escaping the fire unharmed is always the ultimate goal of fire safety.
Once the fire is out and the extinguisher has done it’s job, rely on the experts at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall to clean up the fire’s lasting effects of odor, soot and dust. We offer 24 hour emergency service. Our expert team is just a phone call away at 732-577-1010.
Three Fire Hazards to Watch for this Summer in the Jersey Shore area
Bonfires are great on a cool summer night, but they can be a hazard.
Warm weather is finally here. Memorial day is almost here and the unofficial start of summer on the Jersey Shore. Lots of us will spend lots of time outside for the next few months and with that being said, there are still a wide variety of fire hazards that you should watch out for, even during the summer months.
- Grills: Whether you’re cooking burgers and dogs for the family event or grilling up chicken and kabobs for dinner, you will inherently deal with fire. Most are gas grills, which presents an even greater risk. In fact, the NFPA (https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Data-research-and-tools/US-Fire-Problem/Home-Grill-Fires) reports that an average of 9,600 home fires are caused by grilling each year. Here are some fire safety tips for the grill:
- Before lighting your grill, always check for any potential fire hazards.
- If the grill does not light up on the first shot, let the gas dissipate for at least 5 minutes before trying to light the grill again.
- Be sure the grill is clean before using to get rid of oil and gas residue.
- Make sure the grill is set up in an open, outdoor area and keep it a good distance from the house and railings.
- Dryers: This is a fire hazard year round. In fact, the leading cause of clothes-dryer related fires is a failure to keep the lint baskets clean. Lint is combustible. Lint causes fires. It takes seconds to clean out the lint basket, so just make a habit of it when you get your clothes out of the dryer. If you have space for a clothesline in the spring and summer months- use it! There’s nothing better than fresh, air dried clothes. The NFPA also recommends cleaning out the vent pipe at least once a year so lint or other flammable particles do not get stuck in the vent pipe.
- Outdoor Fire Pits and Bonfires
The necessary safety precautions for an outdoor fire pit are pretty obvious but keep these in mind when you’re having a party on a cool summer night.
- Always have an adult present around a fire- never leave children unattended!
- Always have a bucket of water or a water hose available nearby if things get out of hand.
- Build the fire away from homes, porches, low-hanging trees, or any other fire hazards.
- Monitor how much leaves, pine needles, pine needs, paper, and other contents into the fire since these items catch fire quickly and result in high flames and floating embers.
- Always put the fire out completely before leaving the fire unattended. Don't expect it to die down on its own!
We are always Here to Help when you need us. Call us any time at 732-577-1010! Have a great Summer!
SERVPRO of Howell/Wall Supports Our Neighbors
Our GM Saher at the North Wall Little League Parade with “Buster” from the Lakewood Blueclaws.
By now you are familiar with the orange SERVPRO house logo on our vehicles, uniforms and equipment. It’s there to let you know that we are the experts when it comes to residential water, fire and mold issues. But the orange SERVPRO house means even more than that. It means we are your neighbors, living and working within the communities we serve.
SERVPRO of Howell/Wall is continuing our tradition of investing in our communities. Through sponsorships and volunteering, we are helping to better the fantastic organizations that do such great work for our friends and neighbors.
This Spring we are sponsoring three Little League teams in both Howell and Wall. We are a part of the 8th annual “Touch A Truck” event through Wall Recreation to benefit Make A Wish New Jersey. We are set to be a site sponsor for the upcoming beach sweeps with Clean Ocean Action. We’ll be on hand for the annual Howell Day Celebration as well.
We are a part of great organizations like the Howell Chamber of Commerce and the Jersey Shore Chamber of Commerce.
When you see the orange SERVPRO house logo and call us at 732-577-1010, know that you are enlisting the help of a team of professionals who will treat you like a good friend and neighbor. We take pride in our community and in helping the residents who also call Monmouth County home.