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A Silent Killer - Carbon Monoxide!
Beware of Carbon Monoxide!
Carbon Monoxide is challenging to detect and is often called the silent killer. The problem is you can't see or smell carbon monoxide. Carbon Monoxide has no smell, color, or taste. At high levels, it can poison or kill a person or pets in minutes.
It is important to know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. The symptoms can include a dull headache, dizziness, muscle weakness, confusion, nausea or vomiting, blurred vision, confusion or heart, and respiratory diseases. If you ever suspect any of your symptoms are related to carbon monoxide, move to fresh air and get out of your home immediately — call 911. The experts will come and access any issues you may have in your home.
As a homeowner, it is crucial to inspect all fuel-burning appliances, fireplaces, wood stoves, etc. by a trained professional every year. It can ensure that your home is safe. It is vital to have carbon monoxide detectors in your home. There are many options available and are easy to install and test regularly.
At SERVPRO of Chandler South, we always put families first.
Keep Your Pets Safe During Monsoon Season!
Keep Your Furry Friends Safe!
Unpredictable weather patterns pose a unique danger during monsoon season for humans and animals. The dry Arizona climate is susceptible to heavy rain, thunderstorms, and fast flooding dangers. Keep your furry friends safe by make sure that you have a pet safety plan in place.
To help keep your pets safe during monsoon season, here are some ideas to help
- Keep your pets inside. When weather strikes, a pet can become frightened quickly. Make sure that even if you let them outside to do their business that all gates are secured.
- Some pet families consider putting a tight shirt on their pet to reduce anxiety.
- Give them a safe place to wait for the storm out where they feel secure. Providing them with some of their favorite toys or treats may help ease their anxiety.
- Create an emergency pet kit with a leash, food, bowls, fresh water, and any medications.
- Make sure that your pets are kept on a leash and out of washes and fast running water after the storm. Heavy storms lead to flash flooding.
By taking just a few precautions during monsoon season, your fur baby will remain safe and thank you.
SERVPRO of Chandler South is ready to support your home or business should flood damage, water or fire damage occur during this monsoon season. Call us 24/7 at (480) 895-4670
Summer Safety Tips
Be careful during the rising temperatures.
Summer is here and it’s time to take extra safety precautions for the coming months. Heat affects all people, but especially the young, elderly, and sick.
If you must go out outside in the heat, wear loose fitting, light colored clothing, and apply sunscreen.
Avoid leaving children or animals in parked cars. Temperatures can become deadly in a matter of minutes.
Be aware of heat exhaustion signs such as heavy sweating; weakness; cold pale and clammy skin; nausea or vomiting; and fainting are all signs according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, which is life threatening. Signs of heat stroke are a high body temperature (103°+), rapid and strong pulse, and possible unconsciousness. If you think someone may have heatstroke, call 911 and move them somewhere cooler. Try to reduce the body temperatures with cool, wet cloths or bath. Extreme heat is a serious danger.
For more information on preparedness and prevention, visit www.cdc.gov or www.ready.gov
Have A Happy And Safe Easter
SERVPRO of Chandler South wishes you a Happy Easter
With Easter celebrations around the corner, ensure family and friends have a safe holiday. This requires just a bit of awareness and planning. According to National Safety, Inc. there are several things to consider you might have never thought of before, that can ensure a safe holiday celebration.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
Possibly forgo a gift of a live animal. While animals such as bunnies, chicks and ducks may be cute and cuddly, they don’t make good gifts. These animals carry bacteria that can make your child sick as they can carry salmonella and other illnesses. Children are more likely to get sick due to their non-fully developed immune systems. Make it a general rule that when your children touch any type of pet, they wash their hands immediately.
Symptoms of Salmonella can show up one to three days after playing with an infected animal, your child may have fever, diarrhea or stomach pain. Nausea, chills, & headaches are also possible. This usually lasts about a week. Children. Elderly and people with weakened immune systems usually have worst symptoms.
In addition not only is the safety of your child a concern but so is the safety of the pet. If a child doesn’t hold an animal properly, they can potentially hurt the fragile animal by breaking their back or kill the baby animal by mishandling it.
Practice a bit of caution when hiding easter eggs.
- Do not hide the eggs near an electrical outlet or plugs
- Do not hide the eggs in, on, under or around glass
- Keeps eggs at or below eye level of children
- Keep count and track the eggs you hid.
- Do not hide eggs in pre-existing holes in the ground.
- Do not hide eggs in any foliage that has thorns or look potentially dangerous and poisonous.
- Do not hide eggs in any animal’s home, food bowl or play area.
- Do not place eggs where pesticides or poisons have been placed.
- Throw away eggs that have cracks or damage.
Be aware of the possible bacteria and eggs. Eggs are potentially hazardous food as they are in the same category as meat, poultry, fish and milk. In other words, they are capable of supporting rapid growth of disease causing bacteria like salmonella.
- Before boiling eggs for Easter decorating/ painting, they must be kept refrigerated until time to boil. Never leave eggs in any form at room temperature for more than 2 hours. Don’t eat or cook with cracked eggs or eggs that have been un-refrigerated for more than two hours.
- For eggs used as decoration and table center pieces should be discarded and not eaten.
- When you boil eggs, use only clean, unbroken and cracked eggs. Set the water to boil at (185-190 degrees F) and boil for at least 12 minutes. Add a tablespoon of salt to make egg peeling a breeze!
- Cool you eggs in cold water or just in the air.
- Cleanliness of hands, workspace and utensils is important between cooking, cooling and dyeing.
- Wash hands regularly, along with utensils and counter tops that have been in contact with any raw food before handling
Adhere to proper cooking temps when cooking Easter dinner. Fully cooked hams may be heated to 140 degrees Fahrenheit at an oven temperature of 325 degrees Fahrenheit before serving. It also may be served cold. Fresh (raw) hams should be cooked to internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
Lamb and beef should be cooked at least 145 degrees F, in an oven set no lower than 325 degrees F. Ground meats, on the other hand, should cook to 160 degrees F; steaks and chops to 145 degrees F.
Keep your furry friends safe!
- Keep Easter basket grass and foil candy wrappers away from pets.
- Did you know that all parts of the Lilly flower family are toxic to felines? Yep, keep those Lilly’s away!
- Chocolate is not good either. They cause accelerated heart rate, constriction of arteries, increased heart rate and central nervous system/ cardiac muscle stimulation. These effects can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness, hyperactivity. Cardiac failure, seizures, coma and death can result if chocolate ingestion is not found within four to six hours and treated appropriately.
From our SERVPRO family to yours, have a Happy Easter!
Fireworks and Fun With A Pinch Of Caution
Easy guide for permissible fireworks in Arizona.
With the Fourth of July weekend arriving soon it’s good to be aware that not all fireworks are created equal. Unlike some areas in the country, Arizona has strict limitations as to what type of permissible fireworks are legal and safe for consumers to use as well as what days of the calendar year these “permissible” fireworks can be used.
Some of the allowed permissible fireworks are:
- Ground and handheld sparkling devices
- Cylindrical fountains
- Cone fountains
- Illuminating torches
- Ground spinners
- Toy smoke devices
- Wire sparklers or dipped sticks
- Multiple tube ground and ground and handheld sparkling devices, cylindrical fountains, cone fountains and illuminating torches.
Be aware that anything that is designed to rise into the air and explode or detonate or designed to fly above the ground such as bottle rockets, sky rockets, missile-type rockets, helicopters, aerial spinners, torpedoes and roman candles are considered illegal. The fine for using these types of firecrackers can be up to $1000.
The timeline to use permissible fireworks runs from June 24 through July 6 and December 24 through January 3 on private property.
At SERVPRO of Gilbert we want to wish all of you a happy a safe Fourth of July. For more information regarding city firework’ guidelines for Gilbert and Chandler Arizona click on the links. https://www.chandlerpd.com/fireworks-laws-in-arizona/ , https://www.gilbertaz.gov/departments/fire-and-rescue/fire-prevention-safety/consumer-fireworks.
March is RED CROSS MONTH
The American Red Cross is part of a worldwide network.
The American Red Cross is a charitable organization that relies on donations and volunteers to carry out their mission. It was founded in 1881. Whether it is disaster relief, blood donations, military family support, lifeguarding, training and certification in CPR, first aid and more, the Red Cross is committed to helping those who need it the most. The American Red Cross is part of the Global Red Cross Network, the world's largest volunteer network founded in 187 countries, according to redcross.com
Every year, the President of the United States declares March as Red Cross Month. They celebrate by honoring the "everyday heroes" who carry out and support the mission of the Red Cross by donating, giving blood, taking a class or volunteering.
SERVPRO began a partnership with American Red Cross in 2013 and we became an official Disaster Responder partner in 2016. The Disaster Responder program provides families and individuals support, comfort and assistance when a disaster strikes such as a house fire, happens to them.
BY THE NUMBERS
Volunteers constitute about 90% of the American Red Cross workforce, making it possible to respond to nearly 70,000 disasters every year, most of them home and apartment fires.
Around 3.1 million people donate blood through the American Red Cross.
The American Red Cross collects and processes about 40% of the nation's blood supply to approximately 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.
Source: The American Red Cross
Ted Isaacson: Sad News about our SERVPRO Founder
SERVPRO Corporate Announcement:
It is with great sadness we announce the loss of SERVPRO’s founder, Ted Isaacson. After a sudden and brief illness, Ted passed away on Friday, January 20, 2017, surrounded by wife, Doris, and his family. May God Bless Ted and the entire SERVPRO® Family during this time.
Ted was deeply loved by his family and friends and words cannot express our gratitude for his lifelong love and leadership. We offer our condolences to the entire SERVPRO® Family, and want each of you to remember Ted’s passion and leadership was always focused on helping his legacy prosper in each and every one of you. You truly are a living legacy of Ted’s 84 blessed years.
Thank you Ted, you will be missed.