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How to Prepare Your Home for a Storm

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

Clear limbs and trim trees

During a storm, dead tree limbs can get loose and cause damage to a home’s exterior or even puncture a window. Heavy rain can also cause trees with shallow root systems to pull out of the ground.

Secure fences

Ensure that your fences are properly secured so to help prevent them from being lifted up and thrown against the house by heavy winds.

Secure furniture

Heavy winds can cause items like patio furniture and large toys to damage the exterior of your home. It’s a good idea to anchor outdoor furniture or bring it indoors before a storm hits. You should also move anything in your yard that can become flying debris inside your house or garage.

Check Gutters

Help Prevent damage inside your house by having downspouts drain away from you home and clear your gutters of any debris.

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Its never too early to prepare

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

It's never too early to prepare your family and your home for severe weather.

The basics

  • Know the severe weather risks in your area.
  • Prepare a Storm Readiness Kit.
  • Sit down with your family and develop a planin case of severe weather.
  • Take pictures or videos of your house and valuables for insurance purposes.


  • Prepare shutters or other coverings for doors and windows.
  • Reinforce the roof trusses—a cool-weather job.
  • Examine and repair roof shingles—do it while the weather’s cool or overcast.
  • Caulkopenings, flashings and soffits.
  • Reinforce the entry doorsand round up exterior covering as required.
  • Replace hard mulch with soft material.
  • Buy and install a backflow-prevention device in your sewer line.
  • Trim your trees and bushes.
  • Purchase supplies for your Storm Readiness Kit.
  • Purchase generator, gas cans, carbon monoxide detectors and extension cords.
  • Decide how to tie down large outdoor equipment, and purchase supplies.
  • Reinforce or replace your garage door.
  • Purchase supplies for cleanup and repair.

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Prepare your home for Storms

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

Spring is known for its rapidly changing weather — and that can mean severe storms. Help get your home and family ready with these tips.

Stow your gear. When strong winds are forecast, secure patio furniture and other yard items or put them in your garage or a shed so they don't become dangerous projectiles.

Cover up. Close and secure storm shutters if your home has them. Keep blinds and shades drawn and tape or tack window coverings around the edges to help protect you from broken, flying glass. Tie thick blankets over vehicles that are exposed to the elements to diminish damage from hail.

If power outages are common in your area, prepare an emergency kit and keep it in a central location in your home.

Basic supplies should include:

  • Flashlight and fresh batteries
  • Battery or solar-powered weather radio and/or transistor radio
  • First aid supplies
  • Hand sanitizer or wipes
  • Three-day supply of canned or dried food and water

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What are Molds?

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more. Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread and reproduce by making spores. Mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dry conditions, that do not support normal mold growth.

What are some of the common indoor molds?

  • Cladosporium
  • Penicillium
  • Alternaria
  • Aspergillus

Where are molds found?

Molds are found in virtually every environment and can be detected, both indoors and outdoors, year-round. Mold growth is encouraged by warm and humid conditions. Outdoors they can be found in shady, damp areas or places where leaves or other vegetation is decomposing. Indoors they can be found where humidity levels are high, such as basements or showers.

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How can people decrease mold exposure?

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

Sensitive individuals should avoid areas that are likely to have mold, such as compost piles, cut grass, and wooded areas. Inside homes, mold growth can be slowed by controlling humidity levels and ventilating showers and cooking areas. If there is mold growth in your home, you should clean up the mold and fix the water problem. Mold growth can be removed from hard surfaces with commercial products, soap and water, or a bleach solution of no more than 1 cup of household laundry bleach in 1 gallon of water. Follow the manufacturers’ instructions for use (see product label).

If you choose to use bleach to clean up mold:

  • Never mix bleach with ammonia or other household cleaners. Mixing bleach with ammonia or other cleaning products will produce dangerous, toxic fumes.
  • Open windows and doors to provide fresh air.
  • Wear rubber boots, rubber gloves, and goggles during cleanup of affected area.
  • Remove all of the mud and dirt on the floor first.  Bleach, soap, or any other product will not reliably remove mold from a muddy or dirty floor.
  • If the area to be cleaned is more than 10 square feet, consult the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guide titled Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings. Although focused on schools and commercial buildings, this document also applies to other building types. 
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using bleach or any other cleaning product.

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Don't panic

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

A lot of people panic in this situation and end up wasting time, and every second wasted is costing the business money. If you’re living in a flood risk area and you’re worried about the potential of flooding, these are the steps that you need to take right away. 

Safety Always Comes First 

In a crisis situation like this, your first priority should always be the safety of you and your employees. The biggest danger in a flood situation is electrical devices so the first thing that you should always do is switch off the power to the building to reduce the risk. You should also avoid turning on any lights or electrical devices if possible. When you’re navigating the building, make sure to proceed carefully and be aware of your surroundings. If there are any sagging ceilings, for example, keep your distance and don’t walk directly underneath them because there is the chance that they could collapse. Make sure that nobody is using any electrical appliances at all when they’re standing on a wet surface. 

In this situation, you might think that it’s a good idea to try to save some expensive equipment like computers before they sustain water damage but this is too dangerous. Unplugging and carrying electrical equipment, even if it isn’t switched on, is a big risk. At this point, you need to accept that the damage is already done and always put safety first. 

Once the power to the building is switched off, you should get everybody outside and start thinking about your next steps.

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Water damage at your office?

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Carry Out An Inventory Of The Building 

Next, you need to know exactly what you’ve lost in the flood and what you need to replace so you can get an idea of exactly how much this is all going to cost you. You should already have an inventory of everything in the office, if you don’t you need to write one as soon as possible. Check everything against this inventory and mark off anything that has been damaged beyond repair. Then you can start adding up the cost of replacing things like computers and furniture. You also need to look at the damage to the actual building so you know who you need to call in for repairs. Are the carpets soaked through? Has the water started seeping into the walls? Is it coming through ceilings? Once you have a thorough list of all of the damage, you can start putting a plan in place to fix it. 

Put Your Plan Into Action 

Now it’s time to put that plan into action. In the event of a leak, the first person you should call is a plumber because you need to ensure that the pipes are all secured and there isn’t going to be another leak as soon as you switch the water back on. Then you’ll need to call damp specialists to help dry out the building. When the building itself is in good shape, you need to call people in to start sorting out the interiors. 

Boost Defences 

When the business is up and running again, you should think about boosting your defences in case of another flood in future. That means learning how to spot the signs of a leak and taking measures to keep pipes well maintained so that they aren’t as likely to leak again. If you’re in a flood risk area, you should look into putting up more defences around the building to divert flood water. 

Flooding is never going to be good news for your business but as long as you follow these steps and take action quickly, you can get things up and running again in no time.

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Cleaning up and removing smoke odor

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning up and removing smoke odor

  • Products containing tri-sodium phosphate (TSP) can reduce odors in fabrics. TSP is caustic so be careful! Read the label for directions and safety instructions.
  • Test garments before using any treatment, and follow the manufacturer's instructions. Smoke odor and soot can sometimes be washed from clothing that can be bleached. Measure 4 to 6 tbsp. Tri-Sodium Phosphate and 1 cup household cleaner or chlorine bleach for every gallon of warm water you will use. Alternatively, consider washing clothes in cold water with your usual household laundry detergent, and adding one tablespoon of pure vanilla extract.
  • To remove soot and smoke from walls, furniture and floors, use a mild soap or detergent or mix together 4 to 6 tbsp. tri-sodium phosphate and 1 cup household cleaner or chlorine bleach to every gallon of warm water. Wear rubber gloves. Be sure to rinse surfaces with clear warm water and dry thoroughly.

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What to expect after a fire

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

What to expect after a fire

What to expect A fire in your home can cause serious damage. Your home and many of the things in your home may be badly damaged by flames, heat, smoke and water. You will find things not damaged by the fire may still be ruined by smoke and may be soggy with water used to put out the fire. Anything you want to save or reuse will need to be carefully cleaned. To fight the fire, firefighters may have broken windows and cut holes in the roof. This slows the fire’s growth and gets rid of dark smoke that makes it hard for firefighters to see. They may have cut holes in your walls to make sure that the fire is completely out and not hidden in the walls. It is important to understand the risk to your safety and health even after the fire is out. The soot and dirty water left behind may contain things that could make you sick. Be very careful if you go into your home and if you touch any fire-damaged items.

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Bio-hazard Safety

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

Biohazardous materials require special safety precautions and procedures. Follow these guidelines when working with infectious agents:

Personal Hygiene Guidelines

  • Wash your hands thoroughly, as indicated below:
    • After working with any biohazard
    • After removing gloves, laboratory coat, and other contaminated protective clothing
    • Before eating, drinking, smoking, or applying cosmetics
    • Before leaving the laboratory area
  • Do not touch your face when handling biological material.
  • Never eat, drink, smoke, or apply cosmetics in the work area.

Clothing Guidelines

  • Always wear a wrap-around gown or scrub suit, gloves, and a surgical mask when working with infectious agents or infected animals.
  • Wear gloves over gown cuffs.
  • Never wear contact lenses around infectious agents.
  • Do not wear potentially contaminated clothing outside the laboratory area.
  • To remove contaminated clothing, follow these steps:
  • Remove booties from the back.
  • Remove head covering from the peak.
  • Untie gown while wearing gloves.
  • Remove gloves by peeling them from the inside out.
  • Remove the gown by slipping your finger under the sleeve cuff of the gown.

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