Recent General Posts
Are you ready for winter?
Time to Winterize
Northwest Ohio is preparing itself for the first real snow of the season. The road crews are are getting their salt trucks ready to roll, grocery stores and such have stocked their shelves with salt and snow shovels. The snow is expected to come in two waves, the first just a small amount with the possibility for several inches hitting our area by the end of the weekend. So the question is what are some things we can do to prepare our homes for another long winter of snow and freezing or sub zero temperatures. A good place to start is on the exterior of your house. Here are just a couple of tips to get you started. Make sure your gutters are cleared of all the leaves so you don't end up with Ice dams which can cause flooding to your basement or damage to your roofs. Also be sure to disconnect your garden hoses from the spigots and drain them and store them away for the winter to prevent the hose from bursting. I myself would suggest purchasing a insulated cover to go over the spigot to help prevent the pipe from freezing. And in the unfortunate event that you do have water damage be sure you call SERVPRO of East Toledo and let our team of experts make it " Like it never even happened"
Ohio's Severe Weather Awareness Week
In a coordinated effort with the Ohio Commission for Severe Weather Awareness (ACSWA), Governor John R Kasich proclaimed March 20-26 as Ohio’s Severe Weather Awareness Week.
On the Morning of Wednesday March 23rd Outdoor warning s sirens could be heard across Ohio. The outdoor warning sirens could be heard statewide at 9:50am and were active for more than one minute as part of a state -wide test to signal the start of Severe Weather Week and to remind Ohio residents to do their part to stay safe.
Lucas County alone has 131 outdoor warning sirens all of which were found to be functioning properly.
Schools, businesses, and households are encouraged that we take the time to prepare, practice their Tornado drills and emergency plans.
During a Tornado drill or actual tornado warnings, remember to Duck!
D-Go” DOWN” to the lowest level
U- Get “UNDER” something such as a basement staircase or heavy table or desk.
C-Be sure to “COVER” your Head
K-“KEEP” in shelter until storm has passed.
Tips to help keep the flu at bay
Don't let the flu bug get you down!
Well it's that time of year again. The weather is colder; we are all staying inside a little bit more. Windows closed, furnace on... nice and cozy right? Unfortunately we are not the only ones who seem to think so! Germs also love to hang out in our home and wreak havoc on our immune systems in these cold winter months! I am sure we all know the basics; Wash your hands, avoid sick people, leave your shoes at the door! But no matter what we do these sneaky little varmints seem to still find their way into our lives and our home. Well I say No More!! It is time to fight back! Here are a few cleaning tips that can help you stop germs dead in their tracks!
Let’s start first with the hand washing. A quick little run under the water is not going to cut it! You need to really lather up. Get some friction going, wash up above your wrists and make sure you are getting in between those finger!!! Make sure you are washing for at least as long as it takes to sing the ABC's.
Disinfect all the doorknobs inside and out. Light switches are also a hot spot for germs. Use disinfectant wipes as a part of your normal household cleaning routine. Remember lots of germy hands touch these surfaces.
Leaving your shoes at the door is huge. Think of all the surfaces your shoes have come across over the course of a day. Give them a spray down with some disinfectant and remember to spray the laces especially on the kid’s shoes. Who knows what those laces have touched. If they are washable toss them in the washer frequently.
To remotes are used by just about everyone in the house. You pick up the remote, change the channel, grab a bite of popcorn, yep you got it... little Bobby over there across the room who has the flu and was watching Tv all day flipping channels between coughs, all his germs just hitched a ride from the remote to your hand to the popcorn to your mouth!
Toilets, Showers, Bathroom floors, remotes, smart phones, tablets, computers, and the list goes on and on. But don’t let it overwhelm you! Just remember wash your hands well, disinfect often. Having a consistent and thorough routine can prevent the spread of germs and keep you healthy and happy throughout the year. Especially during Flu Season!
New Years and Home Safety
With the start of a New Year many of us are focused on making resolutions to live a healthier lifestyle. Many of us will try new diets or begin an exercise program, which is great start to a healthier, happier, you but a having a safe home can be just as important to your health. As you embark on this New Year try to keep a few simple things in mind.
1) First make sure you test your smoke detectors monthly and replace the batteries at least once a year.
2) Clean out the lint from the vents and the pipe behind your dryer. Check them often to assure they are clean. Although this may not sound like a big deal lint is highly combustible and is responsible for more than 15,000 structure fires each year.
3) Change your furnace filters at least every three months, more often if you have pets or allergies.
4) Make sure you have a fire escape plan and be sure to practice it with your family often.
5) Be prepared to handle any home emergency by keeping your local SERVPRO® franchise contact information on hand.
November Contest Winner
November Contest Winner
First I would like to say thank you to everyone who took the time to participate in our Contest this Month! This Month as I was making my rounds I decided it would be fun to see how much our Insurance Offices actually know about us. I put together a little quiz and dropped one off to each agency. I figured it would be something fun that the office staff could do in their down time. When they answered all the questions they then just had to Email me their Answers. If they got them all right they then got an entry to win a personal care basket that we put together. This basket was chucked full of some pretty cool stuff, everything from hair care products to bubble baths, cold medicine, and even some smell goods! What a great response we had! The winner of our November Contest is Terri Sutton from American Family Insurance! It was my pleasure to drop off the prize basket to her this morning! Congratulations Terri!
Firefighter themed basket put together for our local Fire Department's feather party!
Have you ever thought about all that our local fire departments do for us on a daily basis. These men and women put their lives on the line every day to keep our community safe. Recently we here at SERVPRO learned of a local volunteer fire department that is having a feather party to raise money to help support their department. While we would love to do more we thought it would be nice to put together a "movie night" basket to donate to their silent auction! When we dropped it off. They could not have been more thankful!