Staying Safe During A Thunderstorm- Emergency Outdoor Safety Tips
"If you can hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you." - National Weather Service
When a thunderstorm rolls in, it’s best to find shelter fast. But if you’re caught outside during a thunderstorm, it’s important to know the do’s and don’ts of how to protect yourself. If your car is nearby, you can take shelter inside your vehicle until the storm passes. Put the windows up and then stay put until the storm passes. If you are far from any shelter, here are some last resort tips from the National Weather Service to reduce the risk of getting struck by lightning:
- Never lie flat on the ground.
- Never shelter in or under an isolated tree.
- Immediately get off elevated areas like mountain ridges or peaks and hills.
- Never use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter.
- Keep away from objects that are conductive, i.e. power lines/transformers, windmills, metal fencing.
- Stay clear of bodies of water.
For weather forecast and safety information visit the National Weather Service website: www.weather.gov
Green Ups 2019
Photos From Green Up Peterborough, Green Up Keene and Green Up Brattleboro.
This Spring, we have participated in three local Green Ups! It feels great to help clean up local roads within our communities! The first Green Up we participated in was on April 19th. We helped the Contoocook Valley Board of Realtors with this year's Green Up Peterborough along busy Route 202. We had a great team this year: our Marketing Team (Derek, Andrea and Laura), Bill Fluhr of Freedom Home Inspection and Laurel Hansen of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust! Together we collected over 30 bags of garbage along the busy highway.
On Saturday, April 20th, the day after we participated in Green Up Peterborough, our Marketing Team braved the rain with the Monadnock Region Board of Realtors to help in this year's Green Up Keene! The weather wasn't on our side but we still managed to have a good time and did our part to keep Keene clean!
And on Friday, May 3rd, our Marketing Manager Andrea Thompson and Marketing Representative Laura Michelewicz helped fellow members of the Southern Vermont Board of Realtors with a Green Up in Brattleboro, VT! The team collected rubbish along busy South Main Street.
Happy to help make the world a little bit greener!
Cleaning Services- How We Make Carpets Look Like New
Side by side comparison of where we have cleaned this carpet and where we still need to hit!
At SERVPRO of Cheshire County we are most commonly known for Fire and Water – Cleanup & Restoration but did you know that we also provide several cleaning services including carpet cleaning?
Our technicians use the latest IICRC** training and top-of-the-line equipment to extract soils from deep within your carpet’s pile and backings. First, our technicians apply a shampoo to the carpet to get it clean and to deodorize. Then, they remove the shampoo, soils and stains through hot water extraction. Once the carpet is dried, it will look and smell like new!
Our other cleaning services include:
- Air Ducts and HVAC
- Ceilings, Walls and Hard Floors
- Odor Identification and Deodorization
- Crime Scene, Biohazard and Vandalism Cleanup
- Upholstery, Drapes and Blinds
Call our office today for more information. We are happy to help make any size mess “Like it never even happened.”
**Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification
Staying Safe During A Thunderstorm- Indoor Safety Tips
Lightning Near Power Lines
Thunderstorms can be exciting to watch but it is important to also be aware of and protect yourself and your family from the potential hazards associated with thunderstorms.
Thunderstorms can produce hail anytime during the storm. Hail can vary in size from smaller than the size of a pea to the size of a grapefruit! These chunks of ice can plunge to earth at speeds up to 120 mph.
Thunderstorms also produce lightning which can kill or seriously injure one caught in its path. Here are some safety tips to follow once you get indoors:
- Don’t use corded phones and electronics like power tools or computers. The electrical wires can conduct lightning.
- Don’t use the shower/bathtub, wash dishes, do laundry or wash your hands as the metal plumbing is also conductive.
- Stay away from windows, skylights and doors as high winds and hail can break the glass.
- Keep candles, matches/lighters, flashlights and batteries in a secure and easy to reach location in case they are needed during a power outage.
- Always have emergency non-perishable food and potable water in your pantry just in case.
- Keep a first aid kit fully stocked and in an accessible location in your home.
- Stay inside until the storm is over.
How Our Emergency Ready Profile Can Help Your Business
The majority of businesses that recover after a disaster have an emergency plan in place.
When a disaster such as a flood or fire strike, having an emergency plan in place can make recovering your business smoother and alleviate stress. It's unpleasant to imagine that a disaster could ever happen to your business but having an emergency plan in place before the disaster occurs can be what saves your business. The majority of businesses that recover after a disaster have an emergency plan in place. We have helped several local companies put together what we call an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) to help them be more prepared in the event of an emergency by putting all pertinent information at their fingertips through our mobile app and/or a physical copy of the emergency plan. The Emergency Ready Profile is a no-cost service and can be customized to suit the needs of municipalities, real estate offices, insurance offices, commercial properties, apartment complexes, schools and other businesses.
Using a Portable Fire Extinguisher
Keep your fire extinguishers in convenient places so that they can be quickly accessed when needed.
It is important to have portable fire extinguishers on hand in your home or business. Having and knowing how to use a fire extinguisher can save your building and also your life. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends remembering the word PASS in order to properly operate a fire extinguisher:
Pull the pin. Hold the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.
Aim low. The fire extinguisher should be pointed at the base of the fire.
Squeeze the lever, applying slow, even pressure.
Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.
Familiarize yourself with these steps and with how your fire extinguisher works before a fire breaks out. Also, read the instructions on your extinguisher and remember that it is important to have the correct type of extinguisher. There are different classes of extinguishers designed to treat specific types of fires. For more information on the different types of fire extinguishers, visit: www.nfpa.org
Fire Safety Tips- Grilling
Co-Owner Derek Paul Grilling Up Some Burgers
It’s so exciting that Spring is here! The snow is going away, trees are budding, and songbirds are returning home. A common favorite during the warm months is to fire up the grill and enjoy some good barbecue in the backyard. Grilling burgers can be fun but there are important safety tips to keep in mind. Here are some tips from the National Fire Protection Association to keep in mind:
- Grill outdoors, away from any structures. Gas and charcoal grills are designed for outdoor use only. Pay attention to overhanging tree branches when you set up your grill.
- Make sure that your grill is stable. Grills should be set up on a flat surface where they won’t tip over or roll away.
- Keep your grill clean. Grease and fat can buildup after cooking. Be sure to regularly clean the grill and the tray. Also, give coals time to cool prior to disposing of them in a metal container.
- Use caution around the grill. Never leave a lit grill unattended. Keep pets and children away from the grill. Remember that a grill will remain hot for at least an hour after use and don’t ever try to move a hot or lit grill.
- Wear appropriate clothing and use caution while cooking. Loose apron strings and sleeves can catch fire.
- Be ready to extinguish the fire. Have baking soda on hand to put out grease fires and a fire extinguisher nearby for other fires.
Flood Damage Safety Tips- Clean Water
Our excellent, highly trained team and top-of-the-line equipment can help make a water damage situation "Like it never even happened."
Floods can cause catastrophic damage to your property and can be very dangerous. It's important to understand the three different types of water in a flood situation. Clean water is water from a burst pipe or rainwater and is safe although it will become grey water if left untreated. Grey water is slightly contaminated water and has contaminants like bacteria. This water could be hazardous. The third type is black water which is highly contaminated and is filled with sewage, chemicals, bacteria and fungi. Here are some important safety tips to keep in mind while waiting for professional help in the event of a flood involving clean water:
- Shut off circuit breakers for wet areas in the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electrical shock. Do not go in any rooms that have standing water as there is a risk for electrical shock.
- Don’t use a household vacuum to remove water- this also puts you at risk for electrical shock and could ruin your vacuum cleaner.
- Don’t go into rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
- Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet.
- Watch your step- the floors could be slippery.
- If you decide to move any items that are wet, be careful as wet items can be deceptively heavy! If you aren’t sure you can safely move an item, it is best to wait for help.
- Assess the situation and always put safety first.
Affiliate of the Year Award!
The Marketing Team After Being Awarded With the Affiliate of the Year Award!
Over the holidays, SERVPRO of Cheshire County attended the Contoocook Valley Board of Realtors Annual Holiday Gathering. The meeting included the installation of the board's officers for 2019, a collection of gifts to donate to Shelter from the Storm in Jaffrey, NH for a family in need, and a silent auction fundraiser. Additionally, SERVPRO of Cheshire County was presented with the 2018 CVBR Affiliate of the Year Award! SERVPRO of Cheshire County participated and volunteered in events throughout the course of the year within the board such as the Annual Backpack Drive, Realtor meetings and classes, Summer Outing & BBQ and this year's holiday festivities. On hand to accept this award were Co-Owner Derek Paul, Marketing Manager Andrea Thompson and Marketing Representative Laura Michelewicz. We are humbled and very grateful for this award!
Residential Water Damage in Southwestern NH
Both the Kitchen and the Finished Basement Were Affected
When an appliance breaks, sometimes it can cause a large amount of damage in your home. Recently, we were called to a home in Southwestern NH after a dishwasher malfunction in the kitchen caused water damage to the cabinetry and flooring on the main level. The homeowner came home one day to unfortunately find a large amount of water on his kitchen floor. The water also traveled through the kitchen floor and into the finished basement, damaging the basement ceiling and flooring there as well. Fortunately, this issue was at least spotted before further damage could take place. Strategic demolition, cleanup and installation of drying equipment was needed to mitigate the damage. When our crew was finished, the structure was cleaned up and dried for a contractor to put back together.