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Fire Extinguishers...Important Safety Tips BEFORE a Fire Ever Breaks Out!

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

If used properly, portable fire extinguishers can save lives and property by putting out or containing small fires until the fire department arrives. However, it is important to remember that there are limitations to fire extinguisher use.

The National Fire Protection Association offers some key tips and information regarding the safe use of fire extinguishers. The first priority is to ALWAYS get out safely. Every home should be equipped with working smoke alarms and have a home escape plan in place.

Fire Extinguisher Safety Tips

  • Only use a fire extinguisher when the fire is confined to a small area, is not spreading, everyone has exited the building, the fire department has been called, and the room is not already filled with smoke.
  • For proper operation, remember the word PASS:
    • Pull the pin – hold the extinguisher pointing away from you.
    • Aim low – point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
    • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
    • Sweep the nozzle from side to side.
  • For the home, choose a multi-purpose fire extinguisher that is large enough to put out a small fire but not too heavy to handle.
  • Read the instructions before a fire ever breaks out.
  • Install the extinguisher near an exit and know when to exit the building. If the room fills with smoke, leave immediately.

With proper use, a fire extinguisher can be an invaluable tool to help fight smaller fires in the home and prevent a larger disaster. But make sure to take the time to learn how to safely use an extinguisher and always remember that the first priority is to get out of the building safely!

Extreme Weather Conditions That Can Cause Damage in Our Area

1/29/2018 (Permalink)

Extreme weather is when a weather event in an area is significantly different from the usual weather in that area. While those living in Kentucky and Ohio do not frequently experience severe weather conditions, there are a few times that weather does become an issue. Droughts, floods, tornadoes, and snow storms are all extreme weather events that can affect our area.

Droughts occur about once every 10 years in the Northern Kentucky / Ohio area. When they occur, these severe dry spells pose significant problems for our area farmers.

Flooding is most frequent here in the winter and spring seasons and affects areas that are normally dry. The many rivers and streams make us susceptible to flooding when we are faced with intense or prolonged heavy rain.

Tornadoes occur in all parts of the world and at any time of day or year. But they are most common in the Midwest during spring and summer afternoons and evenings. Depending on the severity, tornadoes can cause devastating damage to cities, businesses and homes.

Six or more inches of snowfall in a single day constitutes heavy snow in Ohio and Kentucky. This occurs several times a year in northern parts of Ohio but much less frequently in other areas of the state and into Kentucky. Extreme snowfall can cause damage to homes by collapsing roofs. Gusting winds that accompany blizzards also pose a threat to homes and business.

SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati is always prepared and ready to help during disasters that result from extreme weather conditions. We respond immediately to flood and storm damage emergencies and we have the training and expertise to restore your property back to pre-storm condition. So if you find yourself in a disaster situation after an extreme weather event, be sure to give us a call!

SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati - (513) 541-3200

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

Martin Luther King, Jr. was an influential civil rights leader who believed in the power of words and peaceful demonstrations to portray his ideas and beliefs. Each year, on the third Monday of January, we celebrate his life and achievements. While the message of Martin Luther King was mainly about equality and civil rights, there is so much more that can be taken from his examples. He believed very strongly in what he preached, but he never resorted to violence in order to portray his messages. As a matter of fact, he strongly discouraged any forms of violent protesting. Instead, he promoted peace and love for all mankind, using powerful speeches to portray his ideas. In the difficult times that our country has been experiencing lately, this may be one of the most important lessons that we can learn from Martin Luther King. Whatever our cause may be, violence is never the best way to get the support and results we desire. So today let’s remember the words of Martin Luther King, “Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.” These words definitely stand the test of time.

Happy New Year from SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati

1/1/2018 (Permalink)

Well, it is New Year’s Day and many will make resolutions for 2018 with aspirations of living a healthier lifestyle, losing weight, dropping a bad habit or being more organized. One important resolution to add to the list that could actually save lives in 2018 is to commit to getting prepared for emergencies.

Families and businesses need to have a plan in place just in case a disaster occurs. The American Red Cross offers a few steps to prepare your family or business in the case of an emergency.

First of all, put together an emergency kit for the home or the office. Suggested items to include in the kit are flashlights, non-perishable food and water, battery powered radio, extra batteries, first-aid items and extra cash.

Secondly, talk with family members or co-workers about what to do in the event of an emergency. Plan what to do if you are separated and choose a meeting place. Practice escaping your home or office twice a year. And don’t forget to include your pets in the plan!

And lastly, learn about the risks most prevalent to your area. For example, are earthquakes, tornadoes or hurricanes common in your area? Find out how to receive information from local officials in the event of an emergency. Learn first aid techniques so that you can respond before help arrives.

So this year, add being prepared for emergencies to your list of resolutions and stay safe in 2018! Be prepared!

Happy New Year from SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati!

Merry Christmas from SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati

12/25/2017 (Permalink)

The holiday season is the perfect time to show appreciation for those that make our success possible and to offer our very best wishes for a prosperous future. We know that our accomplishments and achievements in the water, fire and mold damage restoration industry would not be possible without our hard working employees, dedicated colleagues in the restoration industry, and our trusting customers. We truly appreciate the efforts of all those that we work with day in and day out to help our customers in need. So we would like to say thank you for your continued loyalty and goodwill throughout the year. And our sincere wish is that you find peace, joy, hope and happiness today and in the new year ahead!

Merry Christmas!

SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati

Did you know…SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati Offers Continuing Education Courses?

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Next CE Class: January 18th, 2018…Register by January 2nd

At times throughout the year, SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati offers Continuing Education courses. The courses are usually held at our Northwest Cincinnati location at 2115 Schappelle Lane, Forest Park, Ohio 45240.

Offered courses are both credit and non-credit courses and they are available to insurance agents, insurance adjusters and real estate professionals. The courses are designed to provide those in attendance with valuable information to allow them to better service their clients.

Some of the common course topics include fire damage restoration, understanding mold in the restoration industry, water damage restoration, biohazard cleanup, and ethics and these Continuing Education Courses are offered periodically throughout the year. 

Our next course will cover the topic of “Ethics” and be held on January 18th, 2018 from 8:30am to 11:30am. To find out more about this upcoming Continuing Education course or to register for the class, contact SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati at (513) 541-3200 or email mobrien@hartkes.com

'Tis the Season to Give

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

The holiday season means time spent with family, enjoying meals together, exchanging gifts, and other family traditions. But the holiday season is also the perfect time to remember the less fortunate and incorporate giving back into your family holiday traditions.

There are many creative ways to give back. And not all acts necessarily involve a large monetary commitment. Here are several great suggestions:

  • Leave a note of cheer on someone’s windshield.
  • Give a complement each day leading up to the holiday.
  • Pay for the order of the person behind you in the drive-thru line.
  • Bake cookies and bring them to a nursing home or the fire department.
  • Offer time at a local animal shelter to walk dogs or simply spend time with them.
  • Purchase a few $5 or $10 gift cards and give them to those that you interact with often like the mailman or a cashier.
  • Anonymously pay someone’s layaway.
  • Donate the spare change in your car to the Salvation Army on your way into the store.

Even the smallest acts of kindness can have an impact. They can brighten the recipient’s day as well as your own and anyone who witnesses the act. They can have a ripple effect, inspiring others to give as well. These are just a few ideas of ways to spread kindness and joy to others during the holiday season. What can you add to this list?

SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati wishes you a joyous holiday season of giving!

Common Holiday Hazards for Pets

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

The holidays can be a wonderful time of year…Time spent with family and friends, enjoying festive parties, food, decorations and gifts. But an emergency trip to the vet with a sick pet is a sure way to put a damper on your holiday celebrations. According to realsimple.com, there are several common holiday items that can be harmful to your pets.

6 Holiday Hazards to Pets:

  1. Turkey Bones: Resist those cute, pleading eyes! Turkey bones can splinter and puncture internal organs!
  2. Sugar-Free Baked Goods: Artificial sweeteners can cause the blood pressure of animals to drop to dangerously low levels!
  3. Chocolate: Chocolate is very dangerous to dogs and can cause agitation, intestinal issues, high heart rate, seizures and even death.
  4. Holiday Plants: Mistletoe and holly can be toxic if ingested by animals.
  5. Tinsel and Ribbons: If swallowed, these can cause intestinal obstruction.
  6. Hustle and Bustle: Pets feel anxiety too! Constant visitors and activity can be confusing and stressful for your pet. Provide a quiet space for your pet to relax if showing signs of anxiety.

So when enjoying your holiday celebrations this season, be sure to keep in mind the safety of your four legged friends! Take precautions and protect your pet from unnecessary holiday hazards! Happy Holidays from SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati!

Great Tips for Hanging Holiday Lights...

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

The holiday season has arrived and with this, the time has come to dig out the tangled holiday lights from the dusty attic and turn the exterior of your home into a blinking, twinkling display of holiday cheer. While this job can sometimes be challenging, there are a few tips provided by bobvila.com to help homeowners with the task of transforming their home into a wondrous holiday display.

TIPS FOR HANGING HOLIDAY LIGHTS

  • Create a Master Plan: Take a look at your home from the street and devise an overall plan. Take into consideration eaves, pillars, posts, windows and doors. Look at bushes, trees and paths. All of these can be perfect locations for adding lights.
  • Find Balance: Most people focus mainly on the roofline when hanging holiday lights, forgetting about balancing it with lights below!
  • Measure: Try to get an accurate measurement of how many lights you will need. One way to determine lighting for trees is to multiply the height times the width, then double that figure to get its square footage.
  • Assess: Test your lights before it is time to hang them. Check that lights and cords are in good repair and are rated for outdoor use. Check manufacturer recommendations to determine the number of lights you can safely string together. Never connect different types of lights on the same circuit or outlet.
  • Plastic Clips: Use plastic clips instead of hammer and nails to secure lights to roofs and walls.
  • Safety: Work with a partner when hanging lights. If using an extension ladder, place it firmly on flat ground, extend it well above the eaves, and lean it at a safe angle for climbing.

Hanging outdoor lights can be a daunting task that many dread from year to year. Planning ahead and following these tips will help simplify your holiday decorating and leave more time to enjoy festivities!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM SERVPRO OF NORTHWEST CINCINNATI!!

Prepare for the Hustle and Bustle of Holiday Shopping

11/27/2017 (Permalink)

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, the holiday shopping season has kicked off in full force with Black Friday shoppers racing to get the best deals of the season. For many of us, the holiday shopping season is a time of stress and anxiety. How can I possibly stay within my budget and wow everyone with gifts on Christmas morning? Realsimple.com has provided a list of shopping survival tricks to help anxious shoppers get through the holiday season.

  • Make a List: Yes, make a list and check it twice! Write down everyone you plan to buy for, including those that you will want to give holiday tips (mail carrier, hair stylist, etc.) Include gift ideas and the maximum amount you are willing to spend. This will help with managing your budget.
  • Start Early: Don’t wait until after Thanksgiving to begin your shopping. Keep an open “Christmas gift buying mind” all year long. You just might happen upon the perfect Christmas gift for dad in July!
  • Research Online: Research brands or models for particular items online before buying. Read online reviews and feedback for just about anything you are considering. Check price comparison sites to find the best deals available on items you wish to purchase.
  • Brave the Black Friday Crowds: The day after Thanksgiving is truly a day for good shopping deals. If you are willing to fight the crowds, you may save some money on Black Friday.
  • Take Advantage of Cyber Monday: Cyber Monday is the Monday after Black Friday and is the biggest online shopping day of the season. Most retailers participate by offering discounts on this day so if you have online shopping to do, be sure to check out Cyber Monday.
  • Get No Cost Holiday Shipping: Look for Free Shipping deals whenever possible when shopping online for holiday gifts.

This season take the stress out of your holiday shopping. Consider these tips in order to lessen your holiday gift spending and still provide the perfect gifts for your family and friends! Happy Holidays from SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati!