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Winter Fire Safety

10/22/2020 (Permalink)

Each winter season, there is an influx of calls that SERVPRO receives asking about smoke and fire cleanup. You may be careful about the risky items or places in the home that cause fire, but are you forgetting anywhere? Here is a list of the top causes of fire losses!  

Stove-

This is the highest risk item in your home by far. Even if you are done cooking and it is turned off, it can still cause other items to catch fire if they are sitting too close. Make it a habit of never leaving the stove or oven unattended while still hot.

Other Appliances-

While your stove is the largest threat for a fire, most kitchens are also outfitted with other small appliances that give off heat and can cause other items on the counter to catch fire. While it is tempting to leave these most used items plugged in, it is important to make it a habit of unplugging them.

Candle-

Candles are another household item that can cause issues when left lit and unattended. It is easy for a lit candle to be forgotten about, and items set nearby that can quickly catch on fire.

Lighters –

With this being a common household item, we do not normally think much about them. If there are children in the home or who visit often, it is best practice to store these items in a safe, high place. This prevents any accidents from happening.  

Indoor Fireplaces-

A lot of homes have wood fireplaces installed. While these fireplaces are made to contain fire, it is important to remember to only burn dry, seasoned wood. Burning trash or other items can cause flare-ups. This can turn into a house fire or can cause smoke to travel into the home.

If you have any issues this winter season, give us a call for a free quote to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Emergency Ready Profile during #NationalChurchSafetyMonth!

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Hardin/LaRue Counties wanted to encourage our local churches to participate in National Church Safety and Security Month, which is in October of each year!

This may look different for each church, but no matter what your churches size, there are things you can do to prevent damage from happening to your building(s) or to minimize the damage if something does happen. One thing you can do, no matter now big or small your church campus is, is participating in our Emergency Ready Profile that our representatives offer as a free service for all local churches.

When working through this program, we help the church members gather necessary information to help prevent or minimize damage from happening when a church experiences damage. Participation in this program is completely free and can prevent or minimize a lot of damage from happening.

After meeting and doing a walk through of the property, our representative will then return to the office to finish up the paperwork. After it is complete, it is then delivered at a later date. The information is also saved on an app that can be shared with whoever the church needs it to be.  

October 2020 Theme of the Month

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

October 2020 Theme of the Month

The October theme of the month is all about preventing damage to your home during the upcoming winter! There are many different things you can do this time of the year to prevent damage from happening to your property, here are our list of the top 9!

  • Check Smoke Alarm and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Device Batteries – While this is a more than once a year task, fall is a great time to start building the habit! Check and make sure the batteries are full and if not, replace immediately!
  • Clean Out Gutters – When there is buildup in your gutters, they are unable to drain properly, and can cause water to run down the walls, into your home. This is especially important to pay attention to if you have trees close to your home!
  • Check for Window Drafts – You are paying to heat your home, not the outside! Making sure the seals around doors and windows are tight prevents the warm air from escaping.
  • Store Water Hoses – Draining of all water, then putting away your garden hoses during the winter season ensures there will not be a frozen pipe accident. When water freezes, it expands, and can easily bust pipes which can flood your home!
  • Lawn Fertilizer – This may seem premature, but fall is a great time to get a jump on next summer’s grass. This gives the seeds all winter to work their way deep into the ground where they will be ready for new grass to shoot up.
  • Winter Supplies Check – Here in Kentucky, we do not see very many bad snows, but when we do, it is sometimes a lot! Make sure to check now (before you are snowed in!) to make sure you have a good snow shovel or snow blower on hand. It is also a great time to check each vehicle you own for ice scrapers or anything else they may need during cold weather. You will thank yourself later for doing this ahead of time!
  • Prep Outdoor Furniture for Winter – This can either be storing it inside a garage or building, or using specially made covers to protect them from harsh conditions.
  • Fix Driveway Cracks– Even a small crack can cause major damage to your driveway. Even a small amount of water getting caught and freezing can cause major cracks (and expense to fix). Filling in the cracks now can prevent a lot of headache later!
  • Check Air Filters – You may not already be continually changing your filters, and this is a great time to start. The less debris caught in filters, the better and more efficiently your system can run.

As you can see, several of these tasks are also related to preventing a water leak or loss to happen in your home or businesses. Winter is a harsh time of the year, and every little bit of preparation helps!

September 2020 National Preparedness Month – Wrapped Up

9/30/2020 (Permalink)

September 2020 National Preparedness Month – Wrapped Up

Every year, September is #NationalPreparednessMonth. This year, SERVPRO of Hardin/Larue Counties really wanted to encourage families to go through the steps that Ready.gov outlines that can really benefit you if a disaster were to strike. This year’s tasks included making an emergency plan, building a home emergency kit, educating yourself about what disasters and emergencies threaten your area the most, and teaching the youth around you about preparedness. Ready.gov does a great job of outlining things you may not have considered previously, and helping you prepare. They also provide resources for your entire family, all the way from children to elderly members.

We would like to give a big thank you to each person or family that followed along this month and completed all the tasks. You have accomplished a lot this month, and should be proud!

Even if you are just now catching up, it is not too late. You can still go back through the activities of each week, and work through them.

Ready.gov has a motto for 2020: “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.”

It is so true, it is never the wrong time to prepare yourself and your family against the many different problems that could arise in your area. Start your planning today!

September 2020 National Preparedness Month – Week #4

9/20/2020 (Permalink)

September 2020 National Preparedness Month – Week #4

Week #4 – September 20th-26th, Goal: Teach Youth About Preparedness

Through the month, we have encouraged families to work through activities together, and make sure that your children have been exposed to what you are doing. While it is very important to include them, you may want to take note if anyone gets upset or scared. The goal of being prepared is to help everyone feel more at ease, not scared of anything that could happen. Taking the time and note any negative feelings surfacing, and addressing those could make the difference for your children. One of the best/easiest ways to help ease their nerves is to make sure they understand what to do, and where to find you in any situation. Another plus of working through any scared or negative feelings is that once they are comfortable, they are a lot less likely to freeze up during a real emergency.

Making sure your entire family is comfortable and confident is the goal of this week!

Another great resource to help young children all the way up through the teenage years is www.ready.gov/kids. They not only have a lot of great information for the while family, but they also have age appropriate games for younger children that can help ease nerves. For your older children, they have ways to be involved with the community and get hands on experience for any future disasters. There are also activities for the entire family to do together, which may be a great way to break the ice when talking about these tough topics!

If you are a teacher and are looking for ways to talk to your students about being prepared, use ready.gov as a resource!  

Thank you for joining us during National Preparedness Month! Remember to continually update your plans, be proactive, and join us again next year!

Storm Damage - Hurricane Laura

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

On August 27th, 2020 the strongest storm of the 2020 Hurricane Season made landfall in the United States. A Category 4 Hurricane nicknamed “Laura.” Before hitting the US, this storm had moved across the ocean and caused major damage to several other smaller countries. When she hit the United States, Texas and Louisiana got the brunt of the damage.

When Laura receded back into the gulf, it was time to assess the damage. She caused a lot of destruction moving through the area to many different towns, buildings, homes and businesses. But the one positive thing was that residents had several days warning she was going to make landfall. With the locals having a little bit of time to make plans and/or evacuate the areas that they believed would be hit the worst, many lives were saved. But now that she is gone, one of the hardest parts is here: returning home and seeing the damage that was caused while you were gone. While you may believe you are prepared to see the devastation, there is no way to be 100% ready to see what happened to your own home or business.  

SERVPRO is a franchise business that is located in most areas in the country, and around the world. Normally at each franchise, there are enough offices and crews on hand to handle any size job that comes their way. But there are instances, like when a major disaster strikes, there comes a time to call in reinforcements. Once this happens, SERVPRO corporate then starts calling in other trusted franchises to travel to the areas where the damage is and begin working.

SERVPRO of Hardin/Larue County was called upon to send teams to the Lake Charles area in Louisiana. We quickly accepted the invitation and hit the road. We have now had crews there for over two weeks, and we will be there as long as we are needed.

September 2020 National Preparedness Month - Week #3

9/13/2020 (Permalink)

September 2020 National Preparedness Month

Week #3 – September 13th-19th, Goal: Educate Yourself About Disasters and Emergencies

Different parts of the country and world are more susceptible to natural disasters, along with other disasters that are not natural. It is important to take time to learn about each of these situations, and what we can do for our families during these hard times. Visit www.ready.gov/be-informed for an overview of each of these disasters:

  • Hazardous Materials Incidents
  • Home Fires
  • Household Chemical Emergencies
  • Hurricanes
  • Landslides & Debris Flow
  • Radiological Dispersion Device
  • Severe Weather
  • Snowstorms & Extreme Cold
  • Space Weather
  • Thunderstorms & Lightning
  • Tornadoes
  • Explosions
  • Extreme Heat
  • Floods
  • Active Shooter
  • Attacks in Public Places
  • Avalanche
  • Bioterrorism
  • Chemical Emergencies
  • Cybersecurity
  • Drought
  • Earthquakes
  • Nuclear Power Plants
  • Pandemic
  • Power Outages
  • Tsunamis
  • Volcanoes
  • Wildfires

There is also information listed on what you can do to get involved, and be proactive in your community!  

Other Resources for Your Use:

Parents of Young Children www.ready.gov/kids

Business Owners www.ready.gov/business.

September 2020 National Preparedness Month - Week #2

9/6/2020 (Permalink)

September 2020 National Preparedness Month

Week #2 – September 6th-12th, Goal: Build A Kit  

After last weeks look at individual needs for each family member, the goal of this week is to build your family emergency kit! The goal of this kit is to help your family survive without assistance for at least three days. Here is a list of items to include in this kit:

Basic Kit Items:

  • Water (for each person)
  • Food (for each person)
  • Hand crank can opener
  • Dust masks & cloth masks
  • Battery operated radio and/or weather radio
  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries
  • Wipes
  • Local area map
  • Cell phone chargers & a backup, portable battery
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle
  • Trash bags
  • Wrench & pliers
  • Plastic sheeting & duct tape

Additional items to consider including:

  • Cash
  • Copies of important family documents, in waterproof container or saved electronically
  • Disposable paper products
  • Prescription & over the counter medication
  • Sleeping bag or blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing for each person (including comfortable shoes)
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Activities for any children
  • Soap & hand sanitizer
  • Matches (make sure to store in a waterproof container!)
  • Personal hygiene products
  • If applicable: Contact lens solution
  • If applicable: formula, bottles, diapers, wipes & diaper rash cream
  • If applicable: pet food & water

Maintaining Your Home Kit:

Now that your kit is stocked and ready to go, you will need to update and maintain it regularly. It is a good idea to update the kit each time you go over or update your emergency plan you created last week. This ensures it is kept up to date with current family needs, and all items are in date.

Other Kits:

While you are packing your emergency kits, consider making a smaller kit for work, and to keep in your vehicle.

Your Work Kit should prepare you to comfortably stay at work for at least 24 hours. Another note to add is that you will need to include a comfortable pair of walking shoes in this kit, as you may not be wearing comfortable shoes at work when an emergency takes place.

Your Car Kit should be in all cars you may have. The kit should include jumper cables, flares or reflective triangles, an ice scraper, extra cell phone charger (with a car charger port), a warm blanket, map and either cat litter or sand (to help you gain traction if stuck). 

How To Prevent Your Small Business from Becoming a Statistic

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Hardin/Larue Counties prides ourselves on being a local small business. We also pride ourselves on shopping local as much as possible, and also by working with small businesses to prepare for any issues they may have over the years. We do this by offering a FREE service called an ERP (Emergency Ready Plan) free of charge for any local business in the area.

According to FEMA, at least 25% of businesses close after a major disaster hits. This could be for many reasons, but one reason is the lack of being prepared to quickly react when water or fire is present, and causing damage. Many business owners do not want to think about what could happen, as their business is their families livelihood. While it may not be fun to think about, being prepared for these events can help save your business, and your mental health.

When you schedule an ERP, your local marketing representative will set an appointment time to walk through your business with you, and crate a plan specialized for your business. This process typically does not take more than an hour. Your representative will then deliver your completed plan at a later date, and they can also install the plan on your phone for quick access.

Call your local representative, Jake Hudson, today to set up an appointment today!

Cell: 270-734-4808

Email: JHudson@SERVPRO10020.com

September 2020 Theme of the Month

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

September 2020 Theme of the Month

This month, SERVPRO of Hardin/Larue Counties is focused on stressing the importance of being prepared in case of a natural disaster. September is National Preparedness Month throughout the county, along with it being the peak of hurricane season. It is the perfect time to put your families minds at ease, and plan for the worst.

Through the month, ready.gov has put together simple, yet important tasks you can do to help prepare your family. Check back for each week for a new set of tasks to accomplish!

Week #1 Goal: Make a Plan– September 1st-5th

The goal for this week is broken down into 4 simple steps.

Step #1- Put a Plan Together

Depending on your area, you are more at risk for certain types of disasters. It is a good idea to first start out with assessing what type of disasters are the most common in your area.

Now, with your list in mind, ask yourself these questions.  

  • How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  • What is my shelter plan?
  • What is my evacuation plan?
  • What is my household communication plan?
  • Do I need to update my emergency preparedness kit?

This will help you fill in holes and identify anything you may have forgotten.  

Step #2- Consider Specific Needs in Your Household

Look at each member of your family and think of any daily items they may need that could be hard to get a hold of during an emergency. To help identify these areas, look at:

  • The daily care of infants/small children
  • Elderly family members
  • How each member communicates
  • Pets
  • Anyone with specialized medical equipment or medicine

If there are any items these members need, stocking up is a great idea, as you may not be able to easily obtain them.

Step #3- Build a Family Emergency Plan

https://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/2020-03/create-your-family-emergency-communication-plan.pdf

There are many different emergency plan templates out there, find one you are comfortable with, or build you own! Above is a sample of a plan you can look at for ideas.

Step #4- Practice Your Plan with Your Family/Household

With you plan now completed, it is time to practice! Running over this plan thoroughly will help you identify any other weaknesses, or areas you may need to think through a little more. After discussing your plans in depth with all family members, it may also help make your family members feel safe and at ease to go over it together.

After you are done, mark your calendars for 6 months down the road to practice again!