Preparedness for Pets
After Hurricane Katrina it was estimated that over 15,500 animals were ultimately rescued. Of the 15,500, only 15-20% were reunited with their owners.
Pets are just as important as any family member to most people so make them part of your preparedness planning. Several things that you can do to make sure they stay safe during an emergency are:
Build a Pet Emergency Kit
- Food - At least a three day supply in an airtight, waterproof container.
- Water - At least a three day supply.
- Medicines and medical records
- Important documents - such as registration, adoption and vaccination papers.
- First Aid Kit
- Collar or harness with ID tag, rabies, tag and leash
- Crate or pet carrier - Have a sturdy, safe crate or carrier in case you need to evacuate. There should be enough space for the pet to stand, lie down or turn around in.
- Sanitation - Pet litter and litter box, newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags, and antibacterial wipes.
- Picture of you and your pet together - If you become separated, the photo will help as documentation of ownership and help others to assist you.
- Familiar items - Not only is this a traumatic time for, but also for your pet. By having some items such as treats, toys and bedding make help alleviate stress on your pet.
Most important of all is to include your pet in your evacuation plans and don't leave them behind where they can be lost or injured. It is very important to have your pet micro chipped. In the event that you do get separated from your pet, it will be much easier for the animal to be traced back to it's owner.
For more information visit ready.gov/animals and remember that SERVPRO of Joliet 815-436-5735 knows that not only are your personal items important to you but so are your family pets. Keep them safe and be prepared!
Fires are Preventable
When it comes to your property, certain safety precautions can be taken to help prevent fires. below are some tips that can help you to prevent a fire.
Electrical and Appliances Safety
- Replace frayed and old worn electrical cords on appliances. Also make sure all extension cords are in good working condition and do not run cords under rugs or furniture.
- If an appliance has a three prong plug, use it only in a three slot outlet. Never force it into a two slot outlet or extension cord.
- Immediately shut off light switches that are hot to the touch and lights that flicker and have replaced by a trained professional.
Fireplaces ans Woodstoves
- Inspect and clean woodstove pipes and chimneys annually and check for damage or obstructions monthly.
- Always use a fireplace screen heavy enough to stop a burning log from rolling out and big enough to cover the entire opening of the fireplace to catch flying embers.
- Make sure that the fire is completely out before leaving your home or going to bed.
For more fire safety tips, visit ready.org and if a fire should occur call SERVPRO of Joliet at 815-436-5735 and our trained professionals will make it "Like it never even happened."
What Is an Industrial Hygienist?
According towww.aiha.org,"Industrial Hygiene is a science and art devoted to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, prevention, and control of those environmental factors or stresses arising in or from the workplace which may cause sickness, impaired health and well being, or significant discomfort among workers or among citizens of the community."
Industrial hygienists are described as "scientists and engineers committed to protecting the health and safety of people in the workplace and the community. They evaluate the quality of the air inside a structure. Using various testing devices, these professionals collect air and surface samples to compare the indoor mold spore count to the outdoor environment.
SERVPRO of Joliet is able to do a visual inspection for mold, however; there are times when mold may exist but can not be seen. At that point, we would refer you to an Industrial Hygienist. Upon the results of the air sample testing, we can provide you with an estimate to remove the mold that exists in you home or business. Call 815-436-5735.
It's the Water You Don't See
Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor quality issues over time. The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. SERVPRO of Joliet professionals have the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. The proper equipment such as moisture sensors, moisture meters and thermohygrometers make a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform SERVPRO of Joliet has a full arsenal of specialized equipment to make sure that your water damage is “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at 815-436-5735.
The Do's and Dont's of Surviving a Flood
Flooding can happen at anytime and anywhere as a result of rain, snow coastal storms, storm surges and the overflow of dams and water systems. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock a person down and 1 foot of moving water is enough to sweep your vehicle away. Remember the following:
- Depending on where you are and the impact and warning time of the flooding, go to a previously identified safe location.
- If you are told to evacuate, leave immediately. Never drive around barricades that local responders have used to safely direct traffic out of flooded areas.
- Listen to EAS, NOAA Weather Radio or local alerting systems for current emergency information and instructions.
- Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn around.
- Stay off bridges over fast moving water. Bridges can be wash away without warning.
- If your vehicle is trapped in fast moving water, stay inside unless the water is rising inside the vehicle, then seek safety on the roof.
- If trapped in a building, go to the highest level. Do not go into a closed attic where you may be trapped by rising floodwater. Go to the roof if necessary and signal for help.
- Always remember to listen to authorities for information and instructions during a flood situation and return home only when they say it is safe to do so.
If a flood does strike your home or business, contact SERVPRO of Joliet at 815-436-5735 for all your water restoration needs.
Fire Prevention Week October 7-13, 2018
This year's theme for Fire Prevention Week is "Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware-fire can happen anywhere."
"LOOK" for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home and identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.
"LISTEN" for the sound of your smoke alarms. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm goes off. Go to your outside meeting place which should be a safe distance from your home and where everyone should meet.
"LEARN" two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside can be easily opened and are clutter free.
People need to be educated about these three basic but essential steps to reduce the likelihood of having a fire and how to escape safely in the event a fire should a occur.
For further information visit www.firepreventionweek.org and learn how to keep you and your family safe.
Unfortunately fires do occur. When fire and water damage take control of you life, we help you take it back. Call SERVPRO of Joliet at 815-436-5735.
Make Your Business, Our Business
Is your business prepared? From a burst pipe in an office building to faulty wiring in an apartment complex – fire and water losses are never planned, but they do happen. SERVPRO of Joliet professionals know there is no such thing as a small emergency when it threatens the welfare of the tenants and the revenue of the property owner.
During a loss, your objective is to focus on your customers and ours is to focus on your restoration needs. Our quick response and trained professionals may help avoid revenue loss for property owners and minimize inconvenience to tenants. SERVPRO of Joliet can help you resume normal business functions quickly. We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and we will work hard to restore your property and its contents to preloss condition. Call 815-436-5735.
Understanding the Water Mitigation Process
When water damages your property, call SERVPRO of Joliet at 815-436-5735. A (IICRC) Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration Certification Professional will be on-site to ensure your water damage is handled by completing the following steps:
- Inspection - A certified professional will inspect affected areas to determine the extent of the water damage and will review the inspection with you and answer any questions you may have before beginning the work. You will be asked to sign the appropriate paper work giving him permission to start the mitigation process.
- Emergency Services - The SERVPRO professional will take steps to help your home or business, as well as personal belongings and other content, from further damage by extracting the excess water and preparing the area for drying. They will explain the emergency services to you step by step.
- Monitoring - To make sure your home or business and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards, the SERVPRO Professional will monitor the drying process. The updates as to how the drying process is going, will be communicated to you until drying is complete.
- Restoration Services - SERVPRO of Joliet offers structural repairs and rebuild services. A final inspection will be done to make sure your home or business is returned to preloss condition. We will make it "Like it never even happened".
Recipe for Safety
Cooking Safety Tips:
- Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you have to leave the room for even a second, turn your stove or cooking device off.
- When you are simmering, baking, or roasting, check the food regularly or use a timer to remind you.
- Keep cooking areas clean and clear of combustibles such as potholders, paper towels, food packaging, etc...
- Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a "kid-free zone" of at least three feet around the stove.
- If an oven fire starts, turn off the oven and keep the door closed. If the fire does not go out, get out of the house and the fire department.
Please remember that education in prevention is the best way to keep you and your family safe. In the event there is a fire, call your local fire department and then call SERVPRO of Joliet at 815-436-5735 to help you with all your fire restoration needs.
School Fire Safety Begins with Education
According to the National Fire Prevention Association, U.S. fire departments respond to approximately 5,690 fires at education buildings each year. That is why it is very important to stress fire safety education in our schools. Listed below are some important school safety tips to incorporate in your schools:
- Conduct expected and unexpected monthly school fire drills having everyone participate.
- Inspect exists regularly to ensure stairways, doors and windows are unblocked and working properly.
- Train students on how to respond to a fire alarm during a school fire drill.
- Know locations of the fire protection system, such as fire alarm pull stations.
- Make sure every room is equipped with a map showing 2 exits.
- Assign special need students with an adult or other student for extra assistance.
- Have a predetermined location for students to meet once they exit the building and practice during a fire drill.
- Have a roster to make sure every student is accounted for.
Let's keep our children well educated and safe in the event that a fire should occur and remember that SERVPRO of Joliet is there 24/7 to help with all your fire restoration needs. Call 815-436-5735.