Tips for Staying Healthy as COVID-19 and Flu Season Converge
Everyone should be extra vigilant about following cleaning and disinfecting protocols this year.
The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged business owners and homeowners alike to find ways to live and work without exposing themselves or others to this highly contagious virus. Now, the approaching flu season is set to complicate that challenge even further. To help control the threat that the one-two punch of COVID-19 and the seasonal flu presents, SERVPRO of The Upper Peninsula urges everyone to be extra vigilant about following cleaning and disinfecting protocols this year.
Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) believes both COVID-19 and the seasonal flu spread primarily by droplets made when infected people cough, sneeze, or talk. While not as frequent, it is also believed adults and children can contract COVID-19 or the flu by touching a surface or an object that has virus particles on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes. The CDC continues to recommend a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses, but experts also emphasize the importance of cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily to help mitigate the potential spread from contaminated surfaces. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
To limit exposure and control the spread of these double threats, SERVPRO recommends you wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer that is at least 60 percent alcohol, keep your hands away from your face, and wear a mask to protect others. For effective daily, routine cleaning at home or at work, we recommend first removing surface grime and dirt with soap and water, then following up with a disinfectant. It is easier to feel comfortable about limiting exposure at home where you can control how clean your surroundings are. It is more difficult out in public; but this year especially, it is important to be aware of the space you are in. You need to learn to recognize spaces where cleaning is – or is not – a priority so you can adjust your behavior accordingly.
For those home and business owners who have specialized cleaning requirements or who simply want the peace of mind that a professional cleaning service can offer in this stressful time, SERVPRO of The Upper Peninsula can help. While we remain a leader in disaster cleanup and remediation situations, we also provide that same ‘deeper level of clean’ for everyday residential and commercial cleaning. In addition, SERVPRO offers their "Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned" program, developed for businesses in response to the pandemic. The high level of confidence that a professionally cleaned space provides offers welcome reassurance to patrons as the flu season intersects with COVID-19.
SERVPRO specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup, and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO of The Upper Peninsula please call 906-204-2450.
Emergency Fire Damage Process
Fire and Smoke Damage is especially destructive.
Fire and smoke damage is especially destructive. In many cases, your property will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts. With our emergency fire damage process, we can get your property back to pre-fire condition “Like it never even happened.”
Within one hour from notice of loss, we will contact you to arrange for service. You will know help is on the way!
Within four hours of loss notification, we will be on-site to start mitigation services. The key to reducing damage and saving money is responding quickly to your damage.
A trained, uniformed, and equipped SERVPRO professional will walk you through the job process step-by-step, explaining what to expect and the anticipated outcome.
We will begin pretesting for restorability, working from the source of the damage outward.
Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of scope will be communicated to the appropriate person, normally your adjuster or property manager.
Cleaning, Restoration, & Deodorization:
We will work neatly and efficiently to help you regain control of your property when a damaging event has taken over. We use state-of-the-art restoration techniques to ensure your property is taken care of right the first time.
After the work has been completed, a final walk-through will be conducted with you to help ensure your satisfaction.
Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Fire Prevention Week October 3-9, 2021
Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety! October 3-9 is Fire Prevention Week.
This year’s FPW campaign, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!” works to educate everyone about the different sounds the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms make. Knowing what to do when an alarm sounds will keep you and your family safe. When an alarm makes noises – a beeping sound or a chirping sound – you must take action.
Hear a chirp, make a change! A chirping alarm means the battery, or the entire alarm must be replaced.
What if someone in my home is deaf or hard of hearing?
There are smoke alarms and alert devices that alert people who are deaf or hard of hearing. These devices include strobe lights that flash to alert people when the smoke alarm sounds. Pillow or bed shakers designed to work with your smoke alarm also can be purchased and installed.
In a fire, mere seconds can mean the difference between a safe escape and a tragedy. Fire safety education isn’t just for school children. Teenagers, adults, and the elderly are also at risk in fires, making it important for every member of the community to take some time every October during Fire Prevention Week to make sure they understand how to stay safe in case of a fire.
For further information visit https://www.nfpa.org/Events/Events/Fire-Prevention-Week/About 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 The Upper Peninsula at 906-204-2450.
Standing Basement Water
Standing Water Extraction Specialists
When resulting flood waters from storms enter your home or business, it can cause "standing water". Standing water is a pool of water that does not flow. This stagnant water can be a dangerous thing if it is not handled correctly, and surely a difficult task to handle if you do not have the appropriate resources. Standing water should be dealt with right away, and we are here to help with just that. The cleanup process of standing basement water can sometimes take up to 10 or 11 days to completely disappear unless it is mitigated immediately.
Here are some protective measures to take into consideration when dealing with standing basement water:
Stay Away from Standing Water
- Sewage, debris, and other unpleasant things can be in the standing water leftovers.
- Standing water is a breeding ground for bacteria and other parasites.
- Standing water can lead to secondary mold damages.
- Standing water can leave a musty odor behind in your home if not addressed immediately.
- Swimming, wading, or rafting can make you sick.
- Wash your hands after contact with standing water.
- Do not drink the water.
- Water conducts electricity. Underground power lines can give you a dangerous shock.
Standing Water vs. Animals:
- Snakes and other animals may get into your home or building. Wear work boots and heavy gloves when you clean up.
- Mosquitoes can breed and grow in standing water.
- Some animals might find your home or business a cozy place to live.
- If tap water is unsafe to drink, it is unsafe for your pets.
If you find yourself dealing with standing water of any kind, we are here to help make it "Like it never even happened."
Do Not Plug Space Heaters Into Power Strips.
SERVPRO of the Upper Peninsula would like to inform everyone of the dangers of using power strips. Power strips have become a necessity in the world we live in. Everything runs on electricity and we just plug it in and let it go never realizing how many amps or load that the power strip can handle.
With cooler temperatures expected, some may want to use their small space heaters. If so, DO NOT plug them into a power strip. These devises are not designed to handle the energy load of a space heater and can overheat causing a fire hazard.
We want you to stay warm and stay safe this winter. But, if damage strikes your home we are here to help make it "Like it never even happened." Call SERVPRO of The Upper Peninsula (906) 204-2450 where a team of professionals will help your house feel like home again.
Tips to Cook Safely This Holiday Season
We're available around the clock because the leading cause of home fires is cooking.
We are entering into holiday season and that means family, food and a whole lot of time in the kitchen. Everyone loves to eat, including the SERVPRO of The Upper Peninsula team, but we are not here to talk to you about eating. We wish we were, but we are here to talk to you about being safe during the preparation process this year:
Prep Food Ahead of Time
The common theme to our tips today is going to be avoiding multitasking and focusing on the meal at hand. When you have two items on the stovetop, a turkey in the oven, and a home full of hungry guests, it can be hard to be careful in the kitchen. To avoid the dangers of multitasking, try making your holiday side dishes before the big day to avoid the madness.
Seek Help for Other Chores
Kitchen fires make up close to half of the house fires annually throughout America. Most kitchen fires are also started by unattended cooking. If you are trying to set the table, vacuum the living room and baste a turkey all at the same time, that could be extremely hazardous. Get your friends and family to help you out with other chores so you can stay focused in the kitchen.
Keep Others Out of the Kitchen
We know the kitchen is the hot spot for guests to gather, but you don’t want it to turn into a literal hot spot. Someone can knock a hot pan or pot off the stove and fires can start when things are getting knocked out of place. Try to enlist the help of one trusted sidekick and let everyone else enjoy their drinks and appetizers in a different room!
Beware All Towels
Whether it be paper or dish towels, you don’t want anything flammable near your stove. The heat or flame from your burners can get hotter or stronger with drips from your pan. There is no sense in risking it, so before you start cooking, locate these items and get them out of harm’s way.
Smoke and burn damage can be difficult to deal with if you don’t know the proper cleanup techniques. Luckily for you, the SERVPRO of The Upper Peninsula team is here to help with whatever you need. Fire, water and mold restoration is what we do and we will be there for you and your family whenever disaster strikes.
It's Time to Clean Out Your Gutters!
A common cause of roof and water damage in homes after a storm is malfunctioning gutters.
Fall is here, and with it, leaves, leaves and more leaves.
I’m sure that it goes without saying for most of you, however, I’m going to go ahead and remind you to clean out your gutters this fall.
I usually find myself doing this task twice- once at the beginning of the season to get all of the wet, decaying leaves and twigs that have accumulated all year out. Then, I go out a second time in November, after all of the leaves have fallen but before the snow falls, to do a clearing of all of the new leaves.
A common cause of roof and water damage in residential properties after a storm is malfunctioning gutters.
When your gutters are clogged, the water collects and spills out of the top in both directions. When it falls away from your house, it pools and causes problems at your foundation level, causing damage to your foundation and often flooding your basement. When it flows out onto your roof, it can create a leaking problem in your attic. Roof leaks often go unnoticed because most of us don’t make frequent visits into our attic spaces. But, eventually, the water will make its way into the insulation, walls and ceilings of your home. Roof leaks are also a common reason why attic mold grows.
Cleaning out your gutters lowers your risk of basement flooding and roof leaks.
However, if you do find yourself with a flood due to clogged gutters, don’t worry - we won’t judge! We understand that despite a homeowner’s best intentions, life gets busy and accidents happen! Give our office a call at (906) 204-2450 and schedule an appointment with our team to restore your home "Like it never even happened."
Halloween Safety Tips
The spookiest thing about Halloween are fire hazards. Here's a list of safety measures you can take to make sure your Halloween celebration stays fun.
Halloween is near and you’ve prepared costumes, decorations, and special treats. But have you considered the accidents that can occur on Halloween? According to the US Fire Administration, for each year from 2014 to 2016, there were about 10,100 reported fires over a three-day period around Halloween in the US. Those fires caused an estimated 30 deaths, 125 injuries and $102 million in property loss.
As you can see, the spookiest thing about Halloween is the hazards, especially those related to fire. Here’s a list of safety measures you can take to make sure your Halloween celebration stays fun and memorable.
Halloween Fire Safety Tips
- Decoration placement — Don’t place decorations near candles and other heat sources, such as electric heaters or light bulbs. Also, place decorations far enough out of the way of trick-or-treaters, driveways, doorsteps, and walkways. Ensure exits are clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
- Jack-o-lanterns — Use battery-operated lights or flashlights instead of candles in jack-o-lanterns. If you use real candles, be extremely cautious when handling the pumpkins. Keep them at a safe distance from flammable items.
- String lights — Indoors and outside, use only lights that have been tested for safety by a recognized testing laboratory. Also, check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, and loose connections. Discard damaged sets. And don’t overload extensions cords!
- Other lights — Use battery-operated candles as alternatives to wax candles or torch lights when decorating walkways and yards. They are much safer for trick-or-treaters, whose costumes may brush against the lighting.
- Costumes — When choosing a costume, stay away from long trailing fabric. If you are making your own costume, choose a material that won’t easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or flame.
- “Stop, drop and roll” — Tell children to stay away from open flames. Have them practice the “stop, drop, and roll” technique in case their costume catches fire: stopping immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their face with their hands, and rolling over and over to put the flames out.
- When kids attend parties — If your children are going to Halloween parties at others’ homes, have them look for ways out of the home and plan how they would get out in an emergency.
Other Halloween Safety Tips
- Accompany your kids — Children under the age of 12 should be accompanied by a trusted adult when going out at night. Teens can be allowed to go in groups and trick-or-treat in well-lit areas.
- Know where your child is going — Be familiar with the route your kids will be taking and make sure they carry a mobile phone. Tell them to check in with you every hour and to come back home at a designated time.
- Costume props — Any props that a child might carry, such as a pitchfork, knife or scythe, should be flexible and safe enough to not cause an injury.
- Pets — If you choose to dress up your pet, make sure that the costume does not constrict the animal’s movement or annoy him in any other way. Additionally, keep candles, props, wires, and cords out of reach of your pets. Make sure jack-o-lanterns with candles can’t be knocked down by dogs or cats.
Tips to protect children from vehicles while trick-or-treating:
- Costume design — Choose a light-colored costume and attach reflective tape or stickers to make them more visible.
- Masks — Masks can obstruct a child’s vision, so consider replacing them with face paint or makeup. But if your child does wear a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so they can see out.
- Carrying lights — Children should carry flashlights or glow sticks to see and be seen during night time. Those can be a fun addition to their costumes, as well!
- Crossing streets — Tell them to walk and not run. Before crossing a street, they must use crosswalks whenever possible and look both ways.
- Driving — Adults should pay close attention when driving, and anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic, especially between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; remind other drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters, too.
Unfortunately, fire disasters can happen even to the most vigilant of people who follow these Halloween safety tips. If you require professional fire and smoke restoration services, contact your SERVPRO of The Upper Peninsula at (906) 204-2450. Be safe and have a Happy Halloween!
Tips to Keep Your Home Safe From Fire This Fall
If you experience any property damage due to a fire, we are here for you. Contact SERVPRO of The Upper Peninsula to learn more.
Are you ready for fall? Many people look forward to changing leaves, cooler days and fall sports like football. They also enjoy traditional fall activities like Halloween parties and visiting pumpkin patches or apple orchards.
But did you know that fall carries the highest risk for house fires to start? According to the American Red Cross, statistically most house fires happen in the fall and winter months.
Luckily there are steps you can take to lower your risk of a fire starting in your home. The first one is actually very simple. Just check the batteries in your home’s smoke detectors.
Working smoke detectors help keep your home and family safe. Experts recommend having a smoke detector in every bedroom.
If you have issues remembering when you need to change your smoke detector batteries, a good rule of thumb is to switch them every spring and fall when you change your clocks.
Don’t Forget Basic Fire Safety
Do you enjoy a big, happy bonfire with family and friends? If you do, you aren’t alone.
Bonfires are one of the most popular American fall activities. (And they’re a great way to make s’mores.) But if they aren’t properly attended, they can turn a fun night out into an accident waiting to happen.
Supervising a bonfire safely really comes down to keeping an eye on the fire. Don’t leave a fire burning by itself in your yard. If you’re done for the night, be sure to put out your bonfire so it doesn’t cause any unintended damage.
If there’s a fireplace in your home, then using it becomes more tempting on chilly fall nights. Before you light your first fire this fall, have a professional check out your chimney and fireplace to be sure it’s safe.
You don’t want to light a fire in a fireplace when the chimney is clogged or damaged. Having them check the condition of your home’s other heating units (like your furnace) can also help prevent fires caused by maintenance problems.
We’re Here if You Need Us
If an accident happens at your home this fall and you need help restoring fire or smoke damage, you don’t have to look far.
Our team is always ready to help you if a fire damages your home. Local experts can guide you through the fire restoration process and help get your home back in top shape.
Commercial Water Damage
Commercial Water Loss our SERVPRO Technicians responded to after hours this Spring. We responded fast & mitigated before farther damages occurred.
At SERVPRO of The Upper Peninsula, our team of highly trained technicians works proactively and accurately to restore any damages and protect families from potentially dangerous mold growth. Using our updated methods, SERVPRO of The Upper Peninsula's technicians first identify the extent of the problem and then work with care and sensitivity to rescue and restore the area to normal conditions. Our technicians are trained and ready to mitigate loss and meet every challenge with professionalism, reliability, compassion, and respect.
Commercial Building Water Loss
Any kind of commercial damage presents unique and different challenges than residential restoration. But Upper Peninsula residents are in luck! At SERVPRO of The Upper Peninsula there is no job too big for us! Regardless of how big the property may be or how large the scope of work is, we are the guys that can handle it properly and professionally.
Our Promise to The Upper Peninsula
Our commitment to excellence includes you, which means that you can expect effective and quick mitigation services. SERVPRO of The Upper Peninsula is open 24/7 to help the residents of The Upper Peninsula. Our certified technicians have handled jobs big and small, and we can handle your job no matter what. Just give SERVPRO of The Upper Peninsula a ring at any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in Pure Michigan. 906-204-2450 is HERE TO HELP!