Recent General Posts
May is National Building Safety Month
Building Safety Month is an initiative of the International Code Council. Building Safety Month-is an opportunity to educate insurance and commercial property professionals as well as the general public, on "what it takes to create safe, resilient, affordable, and energy efficient homes and buildings," according the ICC website.
The theme for 2017 is Code Officials~Partners in Community Safety and Economic Growth, and highlights managing disasters, specifically natural disasters. Some of the topics and tips shared throughout the month include Disaster Safety and Mitigation, as well as, Fire Safety and Awareness.
Important Tips From The ICC
Disaster Safety & Mitigation
- If you live in a high wind or hurricane prone area and do not have tested and code-approved shutters for protection from windborne debris, consider temporarily protecting your doors and windows by mounting exterior grade plywood. Visit www.flash.org for more info.
- Flooded roads could have a significant damage hidden by floodwaters. Never drive through floodwaters or on flooded roads. Do not attempt to cross a flowing stream. It only take 6 inches of fast flowing water to sweep you off your feet and two feet of moving water to move an SUV-sized vehicle. Want more info visit www.iccsafe.org
March is RED CROSS Month
American Red Cross and SERVPRO Partnership
Founded in 1881, the American Red Cross is a charitable organization that relies on donations and volunteers to carry out their mission. Whether it is 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 redcross.org.
Every year, March is declared Red Cross Month by the President of the United States. The American Red Cross celebrates by honoring the "everyday heroes" who support and carry out the mission of the Red Cross by donating, giving blood, taking a class or volunteering.
SERVPRO began a partnership with the American Red Cross in 2013, and became an official Disaster Responder partner in 2016. The Disaster Responder program provides families and individuals immediate support, comfort and assistance when a disaster, such as a house fire happens to them. Disaster responders also help communities prepare for disasters ahead of time by participating in preparedness activities such as the Smoke Alarm Installation Campaign. To learn more about the American Red Cross, or about how you can get involved visit www.redcross.org
Portable Fire Extinguishers
Fire Safety And Fire Cleanup
Portable fire extinguishers can be life and property saving tools when used correctly. In order to operate an extinguisher, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) suggest remembering the word PASS:
Pull the pin. Hold the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.
Aim low. Point the extinguisher as the base of the fire.
Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
Sweep the nozzle from side to side.
Read the instructions on the fire extinguisher and become familiar with them before a fire breaks out. It is also important to ensure you have the correct type of extinguisher for your home or facility. To find more information on choosing the appropriate class extinguisher, please visit the NFPA website at http://www.nfpa.org/codes-and-standards/all-codes-and-standards/list-of-codes-and-standards?mode=code&code=10
10 Ways You Can Be Prepared
Disaster recovery, restoration and preparedness
If a disaster strikes, will you be ready?
It is important to prepare before a disaster occurs. Consider the following steps to help you better prepare for an emergency situation.
- Sign up for local alerts and warnings, download apps, and/or check access for wireless emergency alerts.
- Develop and test emergency communication plans.
- Assemble or update emergency supplies.
- Learn about local hazards and conduct a drill to practice emergency response actions.
- Participate in a preparedness discussion, training, or class.
- Collect and safeguard critical documents.
- Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources.
- Document property and obtain appropriate insurance for relevant hazards.
- Make property improvements to reduce potential injury and property damage.
- Hold a scenario-based continuity of operations tabletop exercise for your organization.
Emergencies can happen anytime to anyone. Take action now to protect yourself and your property.
Celebrate Summer Safely: Fireworks
Answer E! Have a Safe Fourth of July!
Summer is synonymous with barbeques, parades and fireworks displays; but along with all the the festivities are plenty of visits to emergency rooms-especially during July.
Each year, around 230 people are injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. In addition to causing injury, fireworks are also responsible for thousands of house fires each year with millions of dollars in property damage.
- Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear.
- Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
- Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire.
- Children should never pick up fireworks that may be left over as they may still be active.
- The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professional.
- Have a Happy Fourth of July.
- Fireworks cause an average of almost 20,000 reported fires per year.
- In 2013, sparklers caused 41% of fireworks injuries.
- On Independence Day in a typical year, fireworks account for two out of five reported fires, more than any other cause of fire.
Tips and information provided by the National Fire Protection Assoc.
Stay Safe: Three tips for Grilling Safety
As the season for grilling outside officially kicks off this month here are some tips to remember while grilling at your BBQ.
- Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use
- Make sure people especially young children and pets stay away from the grill
- Use long-handed tools made for cooking on the grill
If a fire disaster does happen at your home, SERVPRO is ready for any size disaster. We clean and restore Fire, Smoke and Soot damage "Like it never even happened".
National PrepareAthon Day -April 30th
National PrepareAthon! Day, revolving around taking the actions to prepare for earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, and winter storms * America's PrepareAthon! is an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and communities to prepare. Visit this website for more information http://1.usa.gov/1NAblCS
Celebrate Earth Day all week
SERVPRO Deals with the aftermath of weather disasters all the time- but this week lets celebrate all things green. Did you know starting a personal/community garden and buying local food makes a huge difference? SERV the world by PROtecting the environment. Earth day is Friday April 22!
Spring has Sprung Get Ready For Wild Weather
Get Ready For Unpredictable WeatherSERVPRO of Northwest Bergen has experience restoring homes affected by storms and flooding. We can respond immediately with highly trained technicians, who employ specialized equipment and techniques, to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition. Visit Weather.gov for all types of weather alerts and safety information.Visit weather.gov website
Home Safety during Spring Break
Are you or your family headed out of town for Spring Break?
Remember these quick tips to keep your home safe.
- Keep Valuables away from your windows
- Set up timed lights around your home
- Have a neighbor watch your house
- Turn off your home phone ringer
- Don't post your vacation photos while your away
If any mold, water or fire disasters happen while your away use your READY Profile App or call SERVPRO.
After the Storms: Flood Tips
The rains and wind have stopped but the aftermath of the storm may still be affecting you and your home. Here are some helpful tips if you have flooding in your home. SERVPRO can handle any size water damage disaster.
SERVPRO Ready Plan Mobile App: Help for any size disaster
Help At Your Fingertips
The SERVPRO Ready Plan Mobile Application provides home and business owners with a quick and convenient way to call in to SERVPRO when disaster strikes. The Ready Plan App is a free emergency preparedness tool offered by SERVPRO, and can be downloaded on your Android or iPhone.
The application allows both residential and commercial property owners and managers to create an Emergency READY Profile containing critical facility information that can help speed up response time after fire or water damage occurs. In addition to property details, the application tracks prior loss history, utility shut off locations, key contacts; stores photos of the damage; and integrates local weather forcasts and more, including our SERVPRO contact information.
Through the application, the user can quickly call SERVPRO or submit an electronic "First notice of Loss" to the SERVPRO National Call Center setting the wheels of recovery in motion. Rapid response can help the owner evaluate options, and start the insurance process and take the right steps from the beginning to bring their property back to normal, "Like it never even happened."
Call the CLEANUP TEAM that's faster to any size disaster
A home or business fire can be a very stressful event for the property owner. Damage to personal belongings and the contenets of the building is just one concern. Timely mitigation is the key to controlling damage, while reducing downtime and recovery costs. We offer 24 hr. 7 days a week emergency service. The rapid response and the training of our professional staff will help limit damage and get your home or facility back in operation quickly and help make it, "Like it Never Even Happened."
The New Year brings the opportunity for new beginnings! start 2016 off right by being READY! SERVPRO Northwest Bergen, Southern and Eastern Rockland want to ensure you enjoy a safe an happy New Year by helping you be prepared for any Fire & Water- Cleanup & Restoration you may need. Call 1(800)497-7179.
KEEP YOUR HOLIDAY SAFE
Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don't practice safe cooking habits, your holiday could become hazardous.
Here are some safety tips to ensure you can enjoy a safe holiday.
Never leave cooking food unattended.
Check food regularly, use a timer as a reminder.
Keep young kids away from the cooking area.
Keep anything flamable away from the stove, oven or any other hot surface.
Do not wear loose clothing while cooking.
Clean cooking surfaces to prevent grease buildup.
Purchase a fire extinguisher and learn how to use it properly.
Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving home, to make sure all appiances are turned off.
Install a smoke alarm near the kitchen, on each level of the home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year.
SERVPRO wishes you a safe and happy holiday season.
Here is a link with additional safety tips. http://www.nfpa.org/thanksgiving
Turn on the Green Light to Honor Veterans
Waldwick - Every Nov. 11, the nation takes a day to honor all those who have served in the armed forces.
This year, in addition to a procession at 10:45 a.m. in front of American Legion Post 57 and a ceremony at Veterans Plaza at 11 a.m., Mayor Thomas Giordano is urging residents to take part in an initiative that would make it more obvious just how much the borough supports its veterans.
"To show our thanks to our veterans in all they have done for all of us, I ask all Waldwick residents to change a single light bulb in the front of your home to green to show support for those who have served," Giordano said in a statement.
Giordano's call is part of the nationwide initiative called Greenlight A Vet. The website describes the initiative as a "campaign to establish visible national support for our veterans by changing one light to green" with the color green signifying "hope, renewal and well-being" as well as offering a "greenlight" forward for veterans who are back home.
American Legion Post 57 Commander John Vervoort said he appreciated the initiative and Giordano's support of veterans.
"[In] our post, we've got men from the 'Greatest Generation' that served in the Pacific and European theaters and all war eras, up until now," said Vervoort. "I know, to me, I'm going to be very interested to see how many green lights are out there. It's going to touch my heart to see it."
For Giordano, along with recognition, the green lights will serve as a quiet "thank you" to all veterans.
"As Veterans Day approaches, I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to all our Waldwick veterans and all veterans for your sacrifices and selflessness as you make our country a better place," said Giordano. "Your dedicated service to our country will never be forgotten. You are examples of how courage and leadership leads to service. And we owe all of you a debt of gratitude."
For information about local Veterans Day ceremonies, visitlegionpost57.orgE-mail: email@example.comBY RODRIGO TORREJONSTAFF WRITER | WALDWICK SUBURBAN NEWS
"Warm Hands, Warm Hearts"
Give the Gift of Warmth to Someone in Need
SERVPRO is working with RealSource Affilites to support the "Warm Hands, Warm Hearts" drive to collect Hats and Mittens.
Collection Items: New Hats and Mittens for Children & Adults.
Pick up: Donna or Joanne can pick up the donations at our next office visit.
Deadline: November 13, 2015
Items will be donated to: Center for Food Action, CAMP, and Center for Hope & Safety
SERVPRO, 151 Crescent Ave. Waldwick, NJ 07463
201-236-2400 / 1(800)497-7179
SERVPRO of Eastern Rockland County recently held their customer appreciation celebration. This year was very special as Charlie and Donna Vingoe and staff are celebrating 20 years of making it "Like it never even happened."