Free Continuing Education Class- Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry
Behind the walls, suspected mold was thriving.
We truly love to help! One of the ways SERVPRO has learned to help others is sponsoring Continuing Education classes. SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow is pleased to offer two free classes this winter. On Monday, March 5, 2018, at the beautiful, brand new Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center at 200 West Albany in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
Registration begins at 7:30 AM for the Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry. The class will begin promptly at 8:00 and end at 10:00.
Promptly at 10:15 AM, the class for Mitigation Awareness and Response Seminar will begin and end at 12:15 PM. Each class is worth 2 credit hours each for insurance agents and adjusters.
Please call 918-250-2300 by February 15, 2018 to sign up!
Only you can prevent....
Teach your children well.
While we cannot prevent all bad things from happening, we do have the responsibility and ability to practice common sense safeguards that will minimize the risk of a crisis. Taking precautions to limit the risk of a fire is worth re-evaluating regularly. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of.....
My recent water bill reminded me that cooking is a leading cause of winter fires in homes.
- Cooking is not the time to multitask. Stay engaged with the process! Never leave food unattended during frying.
- If the oven or microwave catch fire, turn it off immediately and leave the door closed.
- Test your kitchen smoke alarm and fire extinguisher annually.
- Check appliance cords for fraying and wear.
- Don't do what my mom did (only once) and try to heat pizza in its box inside the oven!
Do what you can to keep cooking safe and uneventful. If something beyond your control should occur, and you experience a fire or smoke damage, remember SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow is always ready to help!
Learn from the past
Scary attempt to drive down the driveway
We all have accumulated many memories. Hopefully, we have stored up many pleasant memories to reflect upon with pleasure and we have grown or learned from the not-so-pleasant ones. Each winter, I am reminded of the infamous ice storm that imprisoned Green Country for several weeks. We knew it was coming, thanks to advances in meteorological technology, allowing us to get somewhat prepared. Our home lost power for 10 days; ice-laden trees and branches fell, blocking us in, but we had plenty of food, and firewood to turn it into an adventure.
Some Oklahomans, however, experienced tragedy. House fires claimed 6 lives; many folks, using generators, sought medical aid for carbon monoxide poisoning.
Should another epic storm paralyze Northeast Oklahoma again, be sure to properly prepare to make your survival a safe one. Be sure you have working smoke detectors and Carbon monoxide detectors. Follow safety practices with candles or fireplaces.
Create happy, or at least safe memories from the next storm event.
Here we are stuck in the middle with...
White in Green Country
December is a memory, but a cold Oklahoma winter is still hanging around for a while. The weather experts have said we are experiencing the coldest days Oklahoma's Green Country has faced in four years. Over the New Year's celebrations, we were able to assist a few homes with unexpected and unwelcome additions to their festivities- water related to freezing temperatures.
We want to remind our neighbors of good practices to avoid getting your feet wet, unexpectedly.
Our coldest months are December through February, so even if you have not prepared, it is prudent to take steps now:
- Be sure garden hoses are disconnected.
- Add insulation (when weather permits) to outside walls, attics and unheated inside areas.
- If it is too cold to caulk windows and doors, consider installing window weather sealing kits for temporary use until Spring.
- Know the location(s) of your water shut off valve(s).
- Leave a cabinet door ajar to expose under sink areas to heated air.
- Leave a slow stream of water running during extreme cold.
- Keep your plumber's phone number and the SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow number handy in case your best efforts fail.
Now that Christmas is over
Have a safe celebration!
We certainly hope you enjoyed a pleasant, memorable Christmas holiday! All of us at SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow were able to spend time of fellowship and celebration as a team, and later with our individual families this year.
Now that the holiday is over, it is time for those who put up and decorated a Christmas tree to now plan when to put away the tree, decorations and lights. As you are carefully winding up the lights and any decorations that use electricity, be sure to carefully inspect for signs of fraying, wear and tear. If any wiring or part looks suspicious, consider replacing it. Nobody wants to experience a fire, especially at holiday time.
Prepare for next year as you store the holiday gear.
It all adds up
If I were a duck...
Oklahoma has had a season of dry and mostly mild weather for over a month, (which has allowed us to get many outside chores accomplished). The ground has dried considerably and hardened. The last couple of days, and currently, we are enjoying the life-giving blessing of moisture.
Weather forecasters say outside could become less enjoyable as the temperatures drop, while the rain turns to sleet, and possibly snow.
With the ground being hard, the rain is not being absorbed by the ground very rapidly, creating puddles. Pooling water threatens to invade your home or work place.
Another threat created by the pools of water as the temperature drops and freezes is a slip or driving hazard- so please be careful! No one wants to visit the emergency room!
Not so hot
Don't let pipes freeze
The weather outside isn't really frightful, but it is to be pretty cool- below freezing, in fact. If you want to keep the inside delightful, one aspect of that is to avoid disasters- water disasters in general, and water pipe break disasters, specifically.
One thing you can to do keep pipes from freezing in sub- freezing temperatures is to open the faucet bit to allow the water run.
Another way is to ensure the pipes have access to heat. That can be as simple as opening a cabinet door. Some times plugging in a light bulb near the pipes, or a space heater is the way to keep a pipe from freezing- especially in an unheated building.
If a space heater is your only option, be sure it is safe and be sure to keep flammable items far from it.
Peace by removing pieces (of mold)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has good information about mold and personal health.
"Exposure to damp and moldy environments may cause a variety of health effects, or none at all. Some people are sensitive to molds. For these people, molds can cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or, in some cases, skin irritation. People with mold allergies may have more severe reactions. Immune-compromised people and people with chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may get serious infections in their lungs when they are exposed to mold. These people should stay away from areas that are likely to have mold, such as compost piles, cut grass, and wooded areas." https://www.cdc.gov/mold/dampness_facts.htm
If you find suspected mold in your home or work environment, please remember that SERVPRO of Greater Broken Arrow is trained, and ready to assist you!
Where in the Flood Plain are you?
Flood Plain Map of Tulsa
It is always good to be aware of where you stand and where you are. On the City of Tulsa website, you can locate the address of your home or office, or of any place you might be considering purchasing or renting. The map will give you an educated understanding to the flood risk of that property.
Growing up in the Tulsa area, I recall a few devastating floods through the years that changed lives forever. Tulsa has done an amazing job of researching, planning rezoning, and adjusting to create a much safer place for Tulsans to raise their families and run their businesses.
There are still areas that experience flooding during extreme episodes of rain, but the progress made by the city has been life-saving.
If you find yourself in a flood situation, please remember that SERVPRO of greater Broken Arrow has local and access to national assistance for any sized disaster.
Be a good neighbor!
Don't blow it (into the gutter)!
Beautiful Autumn is on display in lovely Northeastern Oklahoma this year! With the abundant rain and mild temperatures, the leaves have been painting stunning landscapes. What a glorious treat for us!
Now that the temperature is turning colder and the famous Oklahoma wind is in true form, those lovely leaves are in the process of following their natural design and leaving their Spring and Summer homes to blanket our lawns, gardens, sidewalks and driveways. What great opportunity to rake and mulch or bag the accumulations of fallen leaves.
Many of us use leaf- blowers to clear out areas. If air power is part of your plan to care for your lawn, just be sure to be a good neighbor and avoid blowing leaves into the streets. Rains pushing leaves into the storm sewer system is a bad idea. It raises flood risk, and an abundance of decomposing leaves in the water ways is not good for the environment.