Back to school essentials
It is that ‘back to school’ time of year. The start of school brings new schedules, more deadlines, and (hopefully) lighter backpacks. Here are some backpack essentials that everyone should carry with them.
- Laptop (Optional). – They are extremely versatile – from writing papers, to watching Netflix on a lazy day; you do not want to have forgotten it. (or the charger)
- Paper – Apart from (possibly) having a laptop to take notes; sometimes old-fashioned is preferred. Who knows, maybe if you did forget your laptop charger, the notebooks and binders would really come to save the day
- Pens / Pencils & Highlighters – Again; though sometimes laptops prevail in classes; having writing tools will be useful, if all else fails.
- Water bottles – These are necessary to stay hydrated throughout the day. If you are going to a school in a warm climate, the heat calls for extra hydration.
- Wallet – Always make sure you have your ID, keys, and some money on you. You never know when you will need a snack, in between classes.
- Cell phone charger – You will want to keep your phone charged, just in case of an crisis. However, more often than not battery power is lost much faster than indicated; so make sure you have your charger, just in case.
- Planner – If you are like some, you cannot live without a planner, to keep all your deadlines and due dates organized. However, if you prefer the calendar on your phone, that will suffice.
- Flashcards – Always keep a stack of blank flashcards. Filling out cards and studying them is a great way to utilize time between classes.
- Hand sanitizer – with so many students crammed into classes; having hand sanitizer handy in your backpack will keep those germs away.
Summer’s warm weather can be fatal. Some people are more at risk of developing a heat-related illness; including, but not limited to, adults age 65 and older, those with chronic medical conditions, people who work outside, infants, children and athletes. Here are 10 tips to help keep you safe this summer!
- Never leave children or pets in your vehicle. The inside temperature of a car can escalate quickly, resulting in death.
- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water and avoid drinks with caffeine and alcohol.
- If you do not have AC, seek relief. If you or someone you know does not have air conditioning, try visiting local libraries, theaters, malls, etc., during the warmest part(s) of the day.
- Make sure you are also checking on family, friends, or neighbors. It is especially important to do so if they are elder or someone likely to be affected by the warm weather.
- Avoid extreme temperature changes.
- Wear loose-fitting clothing. Light weight and light colored would also be preferred as well, as dark colors absorb the sun’s rays.
- Avoid strenuous activities during the hottest part of the dat. Slow down and stay indoors.
- Postpone outdoor activities. Try to schedule activities, games, or practices early in the morning, or later in the evening, to prevent from being out during the hottest peak.
- If working outdoors , use a buddy system and remember to take frequent breaks.
- Check on animals and make sure they are not suffering from the heat. Make sure they have plenty of shade and water.
Remember : Proper preparation prevents poor performance
Structural reliability, resources, manual labor, safety, customer satisfaction, and deadlines – the list goes on and on when building a commercial facility. Let us help you meet your deadlines by providing thorough post – construction services in a timely manner.
POST CONSTRUCTION CLEANING – Once the floors are down and drywall is up, it is time to remove all the debris and dirt in preparation to laying the carpet, painting and decorating.
DEHUMIDIFICATION & DRYING – During the construction phase, a building can trap moisture. Excessive moisture can result in mold growth. If you think one of your projects has a moisture issue- please don’t hesitate to reach out to us, to provide you with the help you need to eliminate moisture and prevent the potential for mold growth.
FINAL CLEANING – You will want the facility to look its best when the doors open. You can always count on your SERVPRO crew to provide cleaning services to give the building that extra shine.
Prepare yourself if wildfire threatens
Our professionals will pretest the soot residues to determine the best method of cleaning, helping to ensure no lingering odors.
Prepare an emergency supply kit. Include items such as non-perishable food, water, battery-powered radio, extra flashlights and batteries. (you may want to prepare an extra one and leave it in your car).
Make a family emergency plan. Your family may not all be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how to contact one another, and what plans to execute during that trying time.
Design and landscape around your house with fire-safety in mind.
- Wear protective clothing
- Take your emergency supply kit
- Lock your home or business
- Tell someone when you left and where you are going
- Choose a route away from fire hazards
- Close windows, vents, doors, blinds, or noncombustible window coverings
- Shut off all utilities; if possible
- Move flammable furniture into the center of the room.
- Turn off propane tanks
- Wet or remove shrubs within 15 feet or the home or business.
Control Moisture – Reduce Mold
Molds can be found in every environment; and mold spores reproduce rapidly when moisture is present. The EPA advised that the health concerns from molds are an important enough reason to prevent moisture problems leading to the growth of mold. It is especially important to clean up existing mold to increase property appeal and retain the value.
Prior to listing a property, the following steps can be taken to reduce the potential for moisture buildup or mold growth. In the case a damage event occurs, timely response is key to preventing further damage.
- Correct any water leaks and/or standing water
- Properly maintain humidifiers, if used.
- Replace wet or visibly moldy insulation material
- Steam cleaning and other methods involving moisture should not be used on any kind of duct work
- Install a ventilation system
Fire and Smoke Damage
Here are some emergency tips to assist you in taking the proper action until your SERVPRO Professionals arrive.
- Limit movement throughout the residence. This can help prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and/or carpet.
- Keep hands clean. Having soot on your hands can help soil additional upholstery, walls, etc.
- Place dry, colorfast towels or old linen, on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas.
- Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances.
- Change HVAC filter. (Leave system alone until a trained professional can check the system)
- Clean both sides of leaves from house plants.
- Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces before contacting a SERVPRO Franchise professional.
- Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture.
- Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TVs, Radios) that may have been close to fire, hear or water.
- Consume any food or beverages that may have been close to fire, heat, or water.
- Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.
Mistakes to avoid when Spring Cleaning
You know once the weather warms up, it is a sign to bust open your windows... And your cleaning supplies! Spring cleaning is very important, especially if you suffer from allergies. While there are articles and lists to help you spring clean, here is an article on what to avoid while spring cleaning.
- DO NOT start without a goal or plan in mind. Instead of diving in to a house full of mess; start in one area (or room), tackle that one area completely, before moving onto the next.
- Start from top to bottom when cleaning. Imagine cleaning the bed and floor; only to turn around and knock dust and dirt onto the floor from furniture and the ceiling fan
- Make sure you avoid using one towel / rag. Like sponges, the more you use them; the dirtier they get. Moreover, cotton and/or microfiber cloths are very efficient for cleaning and drying surfaces.
- Ventilate – This is super important, as it will make it easier to breathe with the chemicals. Turning on the air will not quite do the trick, as it does not always generate fresh air.
- Combining chemicals – Because most of us do not always know all the chemicals in cleaner, we would not know how they react with one another. Bleach and Vinegar for example. They work very well, separate; but can become deadly if mixed.
- Avoid washing the windows when it is sunny and hot out. The sun will dry the cleaner very quickly, which could result in streaks.
- Waiting for vacuum bags to be full to replace them. A vacuum will lose over 50% of its ability to pick up and retain dirt; after its only 20% full.
Biohazard / Odor Job
This Fallbrook residence was littered with human waste, trash, and maggots throughout; after squatters were living there. The cleanup required removal of all the laminate flooring; deodorizing and sealing the subfloor; removal and disposal of all the upholstered furniture along with the replacement of the baseboards.
The decontamination of a home or business due to trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding or other biohazards can be both dangerous and emotional. Specialized training and experience is key when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances. Please refer to our Biohazard Emergency Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.
April Fools’ Day – How did it all start
April Fools’ Day – also called All Fools’ Day – is one of the most light-hearted days of the year, though the origins are uncertain. Some may see it as a celebration related to the turn of the seasons, while others believe it comes from the adoption of a new calendar.
Ancient cultures, including those of the Romans and Hindus, celebrated New Year's Day on or around April 1. In medieval times, much of Europe celebrated March 25, the Feast of Annunciation, as the beginning of the new year.
In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new calendar to replace the old Julian Calendar. The new calendar called for New Year's Day to be celebrated Jan. 1. That year, France adopted the reformed calendar and shifted New Year's day to Jan. 1. According to a widespread exposition, many people either refused to accept the new date, or simply did not learn about it, and continued to celebrate New Year's Day on April 1. Other people began to make fun of these traditionalists, sending them on "fool's errands" or trying to trick them into believing something false. Eventually, the practice spread throughout Europe.
Additionally, It is worth noting that many different cultures have had days of foolishness around the start of April, give or take a couple of weeks. The Romans had a festival named Hilaria on March 25, rejoicing in the resurrection of Attis. The Hindu calendar has Holi, and the Jewish calendar has Purim. Perhaps there is something about the time of year, with its turn from winter to spring, that lends itself to cheerful, humorous celebrations.
April Fools' Day is observed throughout the Western world. Practices include sending someone on a "fool's errand”, looking for things that don't exist; playing pranks; and trying to get people to believe ludicrous things.
The French call April 1 Poisson d'Avril, or "April Fish." French children sometimes tape a picture of a fish on the back of their schoolmates, crying "Poisson d'Avril" when the prank is discovered.
For a list of pranks you can play, visit https://www.boredpanda.com/pranks-april-fools-day/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic
HVAC & Air Ducts
We may see dust or particles in the air, and brush it away, not thinking twice, assuming it is an unstoppable force. According to the EPA, Americans spend around 90% of their time indoors, but indoor levels of pollutants can be up to five times higher than outdoor pollutants.While most people generally associate us with Fire & Water Restoration, SERVPRO offers so much more than that! As spring approaches, and spring cleaning is on everyone's mind, it is the perfect time to consider having SERVPRO of Poway / Rancho Bernardo come out for a duct cleaning as part of your spring cleaning. The average home in the United States collects around 40 pounds of dust annually, and the dust in your home is made of skin cells, pollen, pet dander, and more. It gets kicked up, enters the surrounding air, and viruses, bacteria, and allergens enter your respiratory system. When pet dander enters the air, it can flare up allergies, causing sneezing and itchy eyes, without having even touched your pet. 1 in 12 Americans have symptoms of asthma, an inflammatory condition affecting the airway. Moreover, pests, such as mice, might use your vents and leave behind oils, skin cells, and waste that stays in your vents and festers. The results of an infestation could blow harmful bacteria into the surrounding air. Mold spores can also spread through air ducts and some mold may even grow in the ducts themselves. If you have water damage anywhere in your home that leads to mold, this could spread to the air and damage other parts of your house. For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today at 858-748-7378.