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Fire Prevention Week

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

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October 6 – 12, 2019 is National Fire Prevention Week. Unfortunately, SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park performs fire damage remediation and sees too many properties and lives go up in smoke. We urge you to take some time NOW to prepare.

The National Fire Protection Week 2019 Campaign is “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” There are 4 planning tips to incorporate in your fire plan:

  1. Draw a map of your home and identify 2 ways to escape from every room.
  2. Test your fire alarms.
  3. Establish a safe meeting place outside.
  4. Post the plan in your home.

In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. For more information on Fire Prevention Week, visit www.nfpa.org.

In a fire, mere seconds can mean the difference between a safe escape and a tragedy. Fire safety education isn’t just for children. Teenagers, adults, and the elderly are also at risk in fires, making it important for every member of the community to take some time during Fire Prevention Week to make sure they understand how to stay safe in case of a fire.

6 Tips To Keep Your Pet Safe During a Storm

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

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A sudden thunderstorm can be terrifying for a pet. While no one is immune from the devastation of a natural disaster, preparing before a storm hits is key to keeping everyone in your family, including your pets, safe. September is National Preparedness Month. SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park has developed the following 6 tips to keep your pets safe.

Have your pet microchipped. In the event of an emergency, natural or otherwise, you want to ensure your pet can get back to you if you’re separated. Collars and ID tags, though important, can break or detach. Microchips, computerized and scannable implants about the size of a grain of rice, are more fool-proof since they’re inserted under your pet’s skin. 

Bring your pets inside at the first sign of danger. Disasters can be disorienting for pets, and they could run away or hurt themselves reacting to loud noises and strange changes to their landscape. Also, rain, flying debris and high winds pose a danger. If you have to leave, keep your pet with you. 

Leaving your pets behind during a natural disaster is never a good idea because they could escape or become exposed to a number of life-threatening hazards. Keep them on a leash or in a pet carrier so they don’t escape even in a “familiar” neighborhood.  Determine where you’ll go. Coordinate, in advance, to stay with friends or family members, or find a pet- friendly hotel outside the disaster area. Have those conversations and do your research well ahead of time so you have a plan in place when needed. 

Create a pet-friendly resource list. Not all emergency shelters will accept pets, so you need a Plan B. Develop a list of the pet-friendly hotels outside your immediate area. Research a list of veterinarians in the area should your pet need medical care (your regular vet may have some recommendations). Also, figure out which boarding facilities are nearby in case you need to separate from your pet for a time.  

Pack an emergency bag. You’ll want emergency provisions packed for your pet well in advance of a catastrophe so you can evacuate your home quickly if needed. Choose an easy-to-carry bag, label it and keep it where everyone in the family can find it quickly. The bag should include a pet first aid kit; enough food and bottled water for a week (rotate this every couple of months to keep it from going bad); medications (check periodically to ensure medicines in your emergency bag don’t expire); cleanup supplies; food and water dishes; bags (or litter for cats) for collecting waste; an extra collar and leash; photocopies of medical records; towels; recent photos of your pets; and a favorite toy or chewy for comfort. 

It’s also a good idea to have a sturdy carrier or crate for each pet. “What’s good for us is good for our pets,” said Kris Kiser, president and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), an international trade association representing power equipment, small engine, utility vehicle, golf cart, and personal transport vehicle manufacturers and suppliers. “My dog is a member of the family, so we have a plan for keeping him safe in the event of an emergency, and we encourage all pet parents to do the same.”  By having all this in place, you can immediately put your pet preparedness plan into action when you know a storm is coming instead of spending valuable time trying to determine what needs to be done to best protect your pet.

Fighting Back-to-School Illnesses

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

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It’s back-to-school time! Teachers are working on lesson plans. Parents are buying school supplies. Did you know the classroom can be a breeding ground for organisms that cause illness in students?

Here is a list of the most common back-to-school illnesses to look out for:

  • Most commonly spread by direct contact with the hair.
  • Hand-Foot-and-Mouth-Disease (HFMD). HFMD is an acute virus that typically affects children younger than 5. Transmission occurs via contact, cough and sneezes as well as contaminated surfaces.
  • Scarlett Fever. Usually effects children ages 5 – 12 and comes from strep throat.
  • Pink Eye. Bacterial conjunctivitis that is highly contagious. Pink eye is an airborne viruses can be spread through sneezing and coughing. Viral conjunctivitis can also accompany common viral upper respiratory infections such as measles, the flu or the common cold.

When a child comes home from school sick, it’s affects the family. Parents miss work and students miss out on learning.

SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Parks is helping schools provide clean, healthy environments for our community’s children. Over the Summer, we’ve worked with several educational facilities sanitizing classrooms. Our team cleaned and sanitized building materials, surfaces and contents using professional cleaning products as well as EPA registered cleaners and disinfectants.

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention the flu virus when writing about back-to-school. There are many different types of flu and the CDC has scientific-based prediction tools to help prevent and contain the spread of the flu. Last year, SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park helped several schools in our community by disinfecting after flu and virus outbreaks.

Making Schools Safer

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

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A safer school begins with you. It’s back-to-school time and teachers are all too familiar with active shooter drills. Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) has a Crisis and Emergency Management Plan in place that provides basic guidelines and procedures to be followed in the event of an emergency or crisis incident.

The Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management posted to following regarding active shootings:

  • Sign up to receive local emergency alerts and register your work and personal contact information with any work sponsored alert system
  • Be aware of your environment and any possible dangers
  • Remember during an active shooting, RUN. HIDE. FIGHT. 

You can also sign up for active shooter training with the Department of Homeland Security.

You could save a life by reporting an anonymous tip to Safe Schools Maryland 833-632-7233. The Safe Schools Maryland Tip Line is an anonymous reporting system used to report threats to the safety and/or well-being of students.

Students, parents, faculty, staff, and members of communities throughout Maryland may use this anonymous, app- and web-based reporting system to share their concerns, such as:

  • Mental health crises
  • Bullying
  • School and community violence
  • Drug activity
  • Abuse
  • Harassment
  • Other issues affecting our Maryland students

The Safe Schools Maryland Tip Line is a tool for proactively addressing harmful situations and helping students who need it. By using a variety of communication modes to support the reporting and routing of tips, The Safe Schools Maryland Tip Line empowers the citizens of Maryland to create a culture of preparedness, prevention, and school safety for our students.

Do you have a concern you want to share? Report an anonymous tip now. SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park wants you to be prepared and stay safe.

4 Tips to Ensure Your Property’s Electrical is in Top Shape

8/30/2019 (Permalink)

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In the past year, SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park has seen numerous electrical fires. One fire in Severna Park was caused by a cell phone charger and the entire single-family home burned to the ground.

SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park recommends the following tips to make sure you are protected:

  1. Electrical Extension Cords. If you have tenants regularly using extension cords, you may need additional outlets installed in some units. Extension cords are always meant to be a short-term solution.
  2. Tamper Resistant Outlets. Install tamper resistant outlets for day care centers or schools to ensure no one gets shocked or no inappropriate objects are put into outlets.
  3. GFCI Outlets. Inspect GFCI outlets to reduce risk of electrical shock to your tenants. National Code requires them in all kitchens, bathrooms, garages, and outdoor areas.
  4. Panel and AFCI Receptacles. Be sure to inspect your electrical panels and AFCI receptacles. Both work to ensure safe conditions if an arc fault is detected. An arc fault is when damaged wiring or a device creates a hot or unsafe situation.

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.

  • Emergency Contact
  • Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  • Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  • Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  • Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  • Cleaning and Repair
  • Restoration

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – (410) 647-8181

How To Prevent Mold Growth

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

Mold

Mold growth is a common problem for homeowners. SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park knows how to stop mold growth effectively and from returning to your home. Mold can occur from moisture, warmth, and a food source. We’re going to share with you some ways to control the moisture that comes into your home which leads to mold.

Tips for Mold Prevention

  • If you see water, inspect the area to make sure there is no continuous drip or leak.
  • Check your pantry cabinets to make sure you have no damp food. Check fruits often to make sure there is no fuzzy mold.
  • Make sure your exhaust fan is clean and working. Turn on the phone every time someone showers or uses the bath to reduce the moisture left in the air and on the walls.
  • Keep your home clean and disinfected.
  • Allow air to circulate within your home.
  • If you keep your AC cool this will make mold less likely to form due to the temperature.

If you do find Mold within your home, Call us SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park at (410) 647-8181.

4 Ways to Keep Your Property Safe During a Power Outage

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

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Summer thunderstorms can be fun to watch from a safe distance. The warm air, the rolling sound of the thunder in the background and the streaks of lightning light up the night sky is like natures version of fireworks. However, with every thunderstorm, there is the probability of a power outage. Here are 4 things SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park recommends in the event of a power outage:

Be Prepared. The best way to ensure business continuity is by being prepared. SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park can help you develop an Emergency Readiness Plan (ERP). Subscribe to the Annapolis city CivicReady program to get emergency alerts.

Install Surge Protectors. Install a plug-in, point-of-use electrical surge protector. You plug this device into a grounded electrical outlet and plug your appliances and computers into the surge protector.  

Battery Backups. If your property has a sump pump in the basement or crawl space, make sure the sump pump has a battery backup. Battery backsups are also important for network servers.

Contact Utility Company. When your office or home loses power, be sure to contact BGE, which provides power to most of Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Visit www.bge.com or call to report outages at 877-778-2222. If you see sparking power lines, immediately call 9-1-1.

Normally, a short power outage is no big deal, but the longer the power is out the potential for damage to a home or business increases.

How to Identify Water Damage

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

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Mold can grow in as little as 24 to 48 hours. Stop mold growth, by identifying water damage fast. Here are some simple tips to help you identify water damage:

Identifying water in walls and ceilings may be obvious sometimes. However, it can be easy to overlook the most common signs. The early warning signs of water damage are peeling or bubbling paint or wallpaper. As more water comes into the property, walls and floors become bloated or swollen and may even warp. In severe cases, walls and ceilings may feel spongy to the touch.

You may be able to see water spots on walls and ceilings. Stains and possible mold are other ways to identify water damage.

Floors and carpets often hide water when the water is located in a corner. Many property owners often overlook the corner when looking for water damage. Floors can obviously be seen as wet, but carpet can hide water more easily. If the carpet feels spongy or soggy, you need to identify the source of that water.

Identifying water quickly is the best way to reduce damage. SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park usually gets a call for mold damage after water was undetected by a slow leak. Protect your property. Identify Water Damage Fast!

Ridoizio Grill is Coming to Annapolis

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

Concept from The Capital Gazette

News hit recently that a new restaurant is coming to Annapolis. Did you know that SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park works with restaurants on a regular basis to ensure cleanliness?

According to The Capital Gazette, “Rodizio Grill, a Utah-based chain, said it will open its first Maryland location this fall, bringing the first ‘currasco’-style steakhouse to the Annapolis area”. The restaurant can seat 350 and will be in Annapolis Mall.

Our SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park team works with many food service facilities throughout the Anne Arundel County area. With this experience in the food service industry, we have variety of detailed services for the following types of facilities:

  • Food manufacturing facilities
  • Food distribution centers
  • Fast food restaurants
  • Fine dining restaurants
  • Senior living facility kitchens
  • School cafeterias

We provide a variety of services to restaurants, including: post-commercial cleaning, carpet, upholstery, drapes, deodorization, water removal, mold mitigation, and more.

SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park strives to be the one number restaurants call when help can’t afford to wait.

Summer Storms

7/28/2019 (Permalink)

Lightening

A combination of moisture in the air with rising warm air leads to lots of summer storms in Maryland. Our SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park team is specially trained to deal with the mess a storm can leave behind. Not only does our franchise have you, but our whole company does. SERVPRO has mobilization teams across the country to travel as needed to support large storm events. No matter what, you can always count on us to be faster to any size disaster.

After the Summer storm, check your home or building of damage. Make sure all electricity and outlets are working. Be aware if there is water damage by sinks pipes or toilets. There could be many possible damages after a storm. Below are a few of the types to look for:

Lightning Damage

If the home is hit by lightning during a storm it can burn through roofs, shingles, or gutters from the building and even tear into attics. Electrical damage can happen if appliances such as refrigerators were plugged into an outlet during the storm.

Wind Damage

Roof damage is possible with heavy winds or even worse a missing roof. Wind damage is seen the most when it comes to the after effects of storm damage. High winds can be anywhere from 50-60 mph and can ruin homes. Roof damage can lead to a roof leak which leads to bigger problems… water damage.

Flood Damage can be Typically the water that floods into your home is not clean. The water has sediment that will contaminate whatever touches your home. Water damage is not an easy task to clean on your own. It should be cleaned up with more than just a mop to make sure there is no left over residue that could grow mold.

SERVPRO® of Annapolis/Severna Park wants you to stay safe from Summer storms.