Shocking Facts About Lightning
Lightning is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities. Though the odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are only around 1 in 500,000, some factors can put you at greater rick for being struck. Here are a few lighting safety tips.
Be aware. Check the forecast before participating in outdoor activities. If is calls for thunderstorms, postpone your trip or activity, or make adequate safe shelter is available.
Go indoors. Remember the phrase, "When the thunder roars, go indoors." Find a safe, enclosed shelter when you hear thunder. Safe shelters include homes, offices, shopping centers, and hard-top vehicles with the windows rolled up.
Avoid windows, doors, porches, and concrete. Do not live on concrete floors and avoid leaning on concrete walls. Lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.
Avoid water. Do not bathe, shower, wash dishes, or have any other contact with water during a thunderstorm because lightning can travel through a building's plumbing.
If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, be alert for:
- The presence of visible mold.
- Strong musty orders, with may indicate mold is present.
- Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
- Excessive humidity.
These conditions may require the expertise of a qualified indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage problems.
SERVPRO Franchise Professionals handle water damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth.
WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS DAY
In 2018, there were 55,911 wildfires in the U. S., which burned 8.6 million acres, according to the insurance information institute. Nearly 90% of wildfires are caused by humans.
Help reduce your community's wildfire risk by participating in a local event for Wildfire Community Preparedness Day.
WHAT'S IN YOUR AIR DUCTS?
Over time, different contaminants or foreign objects can enter and collect in your air ducts that may diminish the indoor air quality of your home or office or cause other damages to your HVAC system.
- INSECTS OR PESTS
THE IMPORTANCE OF CLEANING DRYER VENTS
According to FEMA, failure to clean home dryers causes 34% of home dryer fires. Home dryer fires cause $35 million in property loss and can even cause injury or death.
To reduce the risk of these fires happening in your or your insured's home or business. SERVPRO can help clean dryer vents and ducts that may have lint buildup.
Make sure to clean your lint filter after every load of laundry and make sure that the outdoor vent flap will open and that it is not restricted by anything.
March is American Red Cross Month
Founded in 1881, the American Red Cross is a charitable organization that relies on donations and volunteers to carry out their mission. Whether it tis 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 recross.org.
Every year, March is declared Red Cross Month by the President of the United State. The American Red Cross celebrates by honoring the "everyday heroes" who support and carry out the mission of the Red Cross by donation, giving blood, taking a class, or volunterring. To learn more about the American Red Cross, or about how you can get involved, visit redcross.org.
DO YOU LIVE IN A POTENTIAL FLOOD RISK ZONE?
Check out FEMA's Flood Map Service Center by visiting msc.fema.gov, where you can easily enter your business, home or other address to determine if you property is at risk for flooding based on a visual flood map.
PREPARING FOR A FLOOD
Flooding can happen fast, in many environments.
The following is a list of items that the American Red Cross recommends that you should have packed and ready to go in the event of an evacuation due to flooding.
>Water - a 3 plus day supply, one gallon per person per day.
>Food - a 3 plus day supply of non perishable easy to prepare food.
>Battery powered or hand cranked radio
>First Aid Kit
>Medications (7 day supply) and medical items.
>Multi Purpose tool
>Sanitation and personal hygiene products
>Copies of personal documents
>Cell Phone with chargers
>Family and emergency contact information
>Maps of the area
>Tools/supplies for securing your home
>Extra sets of keys for your home and car
>Extra clothing with sturdy shoes
>Insect repellent and sunscreen
>Camera for photos of damage
PORTABLE FIRE EXTINGUISHERS
know your fire extinguisher
Portable fire extinguishers can be life and property saving tools when used correctly. In order to operate and extinguisher, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) suggests remembering the word PASS:
P - pull the pin. Hold the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mecahnism.
A - aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
S - squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
S - sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.
Read the instruction on the fire extinguisher and become familiar with them before a fire breaks out. Remember, extinguishers do have limitations. It is also important to ensure you have the correct type of extinguisher for your facility. To find more information on choosing the appropriate class of extinguisher, please visit the NFPA website at nfpa.org.
7 - People die every day from a home fires.
36 -People suffer injuries as a result of home fires every day.
$7 Billion - In property damage occurs every year.