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Teach Youth to Prepare for Disasters

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

If you are a parent, no doubt your child's safety is of upmost concern to you. You worry about them at school, at their friends house, and when they play outside. 

When it comes to safety, your preparedness has a direct impact on your child. If you are not prepared, your child isn't prepared. So how can you teach your child about preparedness?

Review Your Emergency Plan with Your Children

Have a plan, and be sure your children are aware of it. Help them prepare their own Go Bag, and include their favorite toy or book. If they have medication, be sure that's included too.

Keep your children prepared with this Activity Book, or with these Ready 2 Help cards.

Create a Communication Plan

If your children are teens or pre-teens, teach them how to communicate in case the family isn't all together. Who will they contact? Do they have an emergency back up contact? Include their social media and that of their schools in the communication plan. These allow you to get fast updates.

In case of a disaster, your children can be safe. Teach them to #BeReady and #PrepareNow!

Make a Plan to Prepare for Disasters

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

There's nothing like when a good plan comes together. One of the best plans someone can make is to plan for disasters.

Ask yourself these questions: What will I do if there's a fire at my home or work? What if there's an extended power outage? If my family aren't together, how will we regroup? Am I prepared to evacuate and leave?

Your answer to those questions might say whether you need a plan or not. What's the first step? 

Have a conversation with your family, make a plan, and practice it. Follow alerts on social media from emergency & weather responders. 

We never know when a disaster will happen, being prepared will help reinforce our families safety. How do we teach our youth this fundamental? Our next article will focus on that.

Save Early for Disaster Costs

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

Emergencies always seem to occur at the most inopportune time. A medical bill, vehicle maintenance, or home emergency can throw someone for a loop.

Aside from everyday type emergencies, community emergencies can occur. These may include flooding, earthquake damage, hurricane, or wildfire. In the event of emergencies, do you have a plan?

The first week of National Preparedness Month is focused on saving early for disasters. The #1 way to save for emergencies is to have an Emergency Fund. Saving isn't easy in this day and age. But once you realize how much you can save, that can act as a buffer for when an emergency does occur.

Saving money means you have to be organized. Another way to be organized is to have all paper work in order. Insurance policies, identification (Social, Birth Certificate, Passport), and Pet documents will need to be gathered as well as financial documentation and medical documents. 

It may seem like a burden, but the bigger burden is when an emergency comes and you're unprepared. Stay prepared and save early for disaster costs.

Next week: Make a Plan to Prepare for Disasters

Prepared, Not Scared

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

This September is National Preparedness Month. The theme this month is Prepared, Not Scared.

Disasters and Emergencies can be scary, being prepared helps alleviate some of that fear. That's what #NationalPrepMonth is all about, being prepared for the unexpected. 

National Preparedness Month is broken up into 4 weeks. Each week we'll be posting a blog on the given topic.

  • Week 1: Save Early for Disaster Costs.
  • Week 2: Make a Plan to Prepare for Disasters.
  • Week 3: Teach Youth to Prepare for Disasters.
  • Week 4: Get Involved in Your Community's Preparedness.

Follow the conversation online on our website. Be sure to follow our social media to stay up to date with all things #NationalPrepMonth like Blog Posts and helpful information we'll be posting on social media. #PrepareNow

Cleaning & Sanitizing Your Commercial Kitchen

8/15/2019 (Permalink)

The cleaning of a commercial kitchen in Downey.

According to the CDC, 1 in 6 Americans get sick from contaminated foods and beverages each year, while 3,000 die. 

That statistic gives proof that restaurant & kitchen cleanliness is crucial. That's a fact whether it's a school cafeteria or a 5-star Michelin restaurant. Kitchen managers do well to follow strict food safety regulations when it comes to handling food in their kitchen and maintaining a sanitary commercial kitchen.

Aside from the strict internal regulations on cleaning, for facilities to ensure all areas of their restaurants are properly cleaned they may look into these trouble areas:

The Kitchen Floor: A clean kitchen floor usually means a clean kitchen. These floors sustain foot traffic, fallen food, and grease from machines. If not cleaned properly they can become a breeding ground for bacteria and vermin. Thorough sweeping, from corner to corner, under all equipment and washed with cleaning solution will ensure a sanitary floor. 

The Refrigerator: Daily cleaning of refrigerators, walk in or stand alone, will prevent cross-contamination of foods. Wiping down these units will also prevent mildew, a type of fungus.

Dumpster Zones: Although dumpsters are typically on the exterior of a restaurant, they can easily get over looked in the process of cleaning. The cleaning of this area can prevent foul odors, vermin, and hard grease and oil stains. It can greatly improve the appearance of your facility.

Remember, a cleaner kitchen is a healthier kitchen. 

How to Limit Toilet Overflow Damage

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

No one wants to deal with a flooded toilet. If you experience a toilet overflow at your Downey home, immediate steps should be taken.

  • Contact a plumber upon noticing signs of a blocked drain line and take measures to limit sewer damage.
  • Contact SERVPRO® to help mitigate and clean the water overflow.

Contaminated Water

Toilet water is usually contaminated water. Restoration professionals categorize water damage into three categories:

  • Category 1: clean water, originating from supply lines
  • Category 2: contaminated water, from showers or appliances
  • Category 3: contaminated water containing solid waste

Water from a flooded toilet is likely either Category 2 or 3. Disinfection is needed for both categories due to the contaminated water present.

Damaged Building Materials

Porous materials such as carpet or drywall cannot be completely disinfected, and may pose a continued risk of microbial growth. Mitigation experts usually recommend tearing out these materials prior to disinfecting and drying the area. 

Secondary Damage Risks

The more time that passes, the more chance of secondary damage occurring. The most common forms of additional damage are:

  • Bacteria
  • Staining
  • Mold

The faster the damage is addressed the less likely further damage can occur.

If you are not sure how to handle sewer damage, don't panic. Call SERVPRO® of Downey -(562) 392-3007

Wildfire Season: 2019

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

Last year's fire season was one for the records. The Camp Fire, in Butte County, was one of the most expensive and deadliest fires to date. Then there was the Mendocino Complex Fire, one of the largest of the many fires of 2018. 

This year, our hopes are for the 2019 fire season to be nonexistent really. However, recent data shows how it's possible that 2019 will be much worse than 2018.

The real heat of the fire season is August-September. Due to the lack of rain and increased heat and drought, the circumstances are perfect for the fires to flair up again. If these conditions continue, it's possible that these wildfire prone areas can double in size as time goes on.

The real heroes of any fire season are the firefighters. Due to the recent prolonged government shut down and recruitment issues, there is a real shortage of firefighters this wildfire season.

Now let's go around the globe, California isn't the only place wildfire season strikes. Wildfires are now raging in Siberia/Russia, Greenland, Alaska, and Canada. These fires are so great the smoke can even be seen from space.

It's not looking good for 2019. What can you do? Follow your counties direction on wildfire preparation and evacuation. We can fight these fires together.

Surviving the Summer Heat

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

The bbq's, beach days, pool parties, & relaxation makes summer a special time. However, summer days can be unbearable due to the heat. No matter how much water you drink, or how much ice cream you eat, cooling down just seems impossible.

The key to surviving summer heat is safety. Follow these tips to endure this summer in Southern California.

  • Stay Hydrated throughout the day.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol. These stimulate blood flow, causing your body to heat up and use more water rapidly.
  • If working outside, take frequent breaks in the shade.
  • If you begin to get a headache due to the heat, drink more water, and rest in a cool area out of the sun.
  • Check on pets, make sure they have water, and if possible keep them indoors as the ground outside will be hot for them to rest on.
  • Do Not leave children or animals inside a hot car. Even if temperatures are at 75 degrees, it can reach up to 120 in a matter of minutes if in direct sunlight.

As things start to heat up, we wish you and your family a fun & safe time in the summer sun. 

3 Important Steps After a Fire Affects Your Commercial Business

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

When your business in Downey or the surrounding LA/OC area is damaged by a fire, what to do next can seem daunting. The goal for every business owner is to start the restoration process so as to limit any business interruption.

1. Financial Responsibility

Before the process of cleaning and restoring your building can begin, it's crucial to know what your policy covers. Generally, your fire insurance should cover the costs of property loss, business interruption, smoke cleaning. However, some cost might fall on you as a business owner.

2. Protect Your Business

The next step is protecting your business. Boarding up your building can prevent wind and rain from causing further damage and can also help to deter thieves and homeless from entering your business.

3. Restoring Your Building

Restoring your business can now take place. Affected areas will be repaired or replaced.
Smoke odor and soot are removed from the building with specialized odor equipment.
A thorough cleaning and sanitizing will take place throughout your building. Lastly, any items that were damaged will either be restored or replaced.

Understanding the steps to take after a fire can help you feel more confident and prepared for the restoration process. If your business has been damaged by a fire, don't panic, let SERVPRO® of Downey get your business back in order.

Pet Safety During Fire Evacuation

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

Practice the evacuation plan several times with your pet.

If a fire occurs in your home in Downey or the surrounding LA area, your first priority is to get yourself and your family members out safely. While you should leave belongings behind until a fire restoration company can retrieve them, you will likely not want to leave your pets behind. It is important you have a plan in place to evacuate your pets in case a fire emergency should occur. Start by including your pets into your home escape plan.

5 Tasks to Prepare Your Pet

Preparation is key when it comes to protecting your pets in a fire. In case your pets are in an unsafe location that you or your other family members can’t get to, there are several steps you can take to better the chance of their rescue:

1. Keep your pet in rooms or areas that are easily accessible to fire fighters. 

2. Update your pet alert window cling on the front window of your home. 

3. Set aside a disaster supply kit just for your pet. Include any medication or dog supplies you may need. 

4. Place important pet ownership documents and proof of vaccinations in a fire box that you can easily retrieve.  

5. Teach your pets the “Come” command so you can easily direct them towards you in an emergency. 

Creating Your Pet Evacuation Plan 

In addition to these important pet safety tasks, you will need to create a pet evacuation plan. Assign an individual or two to be in charge of retrieving the pets. If your pets are located in a specific part of the house during the night, identify several different routes to that location. Practice the evacuation plan several times with your pet. 

In the event of an evacuation due to a wildfire, have arrangements in place for your pet to stay. 

Keep your pets and family members safe by having a well thought out plan if a fire emergency does occur. Never risk your safety or the safety of a family member to save your house pet. While your pets might be able to escape safely on their own, you can increase the chance of their rescue with these tips!