Gas Stove Safety
Although electric stoves are becoming popular, many homeowners still have gas stoves. When using a gas stoves, there are a variety of things you can do to ensure safety. Make sure that the flame is only on when you are cooking. If there is nothing on the stove, the burner should be off. Regularly clean your stove to prevent food buildup and a possible fire hazard. Make sure you use the right utensils that are designed for stoves. Monitor the carbon monoxide that your stove produces. Be careful when cooking and use oven mitts and other safety tools. Regularly check for gas leaks. Keep flammable objects away from your gas stove. Have a fire extinguisher handy should something happen. Install smoke alarms to warn of any accidental fires. Install a range hood to allow proper ventilation. Always make safety a priority!
Cleaning Your Fireplace
Now that winter is over, many individuals are starting to clean their fireplace. When doing this, there are multiple things that you should take into account. First, you should make sure that the fireplace is cool. If you have had a fire recently, it is best to wait at least a day before cleaning the ash and soot out. This can prevent you from getting burnt or starting an accidental fire. Before you begin cleaning, be sure to lay down a towel at the base of the fireplace. This will prevent ash and soot from getting on your carpet. When you empty the ash into a waste bin, do so gently to prevent it from flying around. Once everything is clean and disposed of, consider vacuuming the carpet and upholstery. This will remove any sneaky ash that found its way out.
We can experience a wide variety of severe weather in Michigan. It may not be super common, but thunderstorms often accompany hailstorms. Hailstorms are known to knock out power, so it is always best to have a plan in place. This includes having a survival kit with flashlights, a radio, water, etc. It is always best to be aware when severe weather is coming as well. Pay attention to future forecasts and always prepare for the worst. When a hailstorm is approaching, go indoors and remain inside until the storm has passed. If you have a garage, it is best to move vehicles inside as well. Also, keep pets indoors as hail can widely vary in size. When the storm has passed, be sure to check your roof for any damage. You do not want surprise water damage when the next storm rolls through!
How To Prevent Backups
Water and sewer backups are very common and can leave many homeowners with thousands of dollars worth of damage. Although backups are unavoidable in some cases, there are things that you can do to lower your chances of experiencing one. Here are six tips that could save you from breaking the bank:
- Maintain your sewer lateral
- Dispose of grease properly
- Dispose of paper products properly
- Consider plastic piping
- Correct illegal plumbing connections
- Consider a backwater prevention valve
If you do experience a water or sewer backup, it is important that you address it as soon as possible. Although the backup itself will be costly, the amount of damage it produces racks up very quickly if the cleanup doesn't take place in a timely manner. Our crew knows that time is of the essence and has the equipment and experience to help!
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Severe Weather Preparation
Here in West Michigan, we can experience some pretty severe storms in late spring, early summer. Although we may not experience the magnitude of severe weather like other parts of the country, we have our fair share of bad storms. That is why it is important to always be prepared for severe weather. For starters, always be weather ready. Check the forecast on a daily basis so that you know if severe weather is on its way. If available, sign up for local notifications. Many cities and towns have warning systems that will alert you when severe weather is immanent. Always be sure to have a plan in place and a designated room for your family to take shelter in. It is easy to panic in chaotic situations so be sure to prepare with severe weather drills so that every family member knows what to do.
If you have been watching the news recently, you are likely aware of all the flooding that Michigan has experienced. Many residents are experiencing flooding for the first time. It is always important to be prepared for flash floods. In the event of a disaster, always have at least one emergency contact. This person should be the individual you regularly check in with, knows your location, and is aware of a safe location to meet up. It is also important to have plenty of supplies. The recommended amount is at least 3 days of food and water. If you are stranded due to a flood, you always want to have what you need to survive. If you are able to evacuate before a flood strikes, have a route in mind. Always know the quickest and safest way to get to high ground. If time allows, prepare your home before evacuation such as placing sandbags around the perimeter. It never hurts to limit the damage. If you live in a flood prone area, be sure to purchase flood insurance as it is typically not included in a standard homeowner's policy. Once everything is packed and prepared, always evacuate if possible.
Muskegon County State Of Emergency
It is not uncommon to experience water damage due to spring storms. Each year we have an uptick in water damage calls since the water table is still high due to the winter thaw. This year has definitely been different though. Many individuals who live in flood prone areas can agree that even starting last fall, the water table was really high and they would experience flooding with even minor rain storms. This spring has brought some severe storms that have left many homeowners dealing with more flooding than they have ever experienced. The flooding is so severe that local authorities have declared a state of emergency. Community members who have been affected by flooding can contact the county’s Department of Emergency Management by sending their name, address and cell phone number, along with any pictures of damage to their property, to email@example.com.
It is becoming that time of year where campfire season is upon us. When having a fire, there are many different things that you should be cautious of. We have worked numerous fire damage jobs over the years that are the result of homeowners making campfire safety mistakes that resulted in severe home damage. Fire is extremely dangerous and should be taken seriously with precautions in place. Here are some tips to help prevent you from experiencing a disaster:
- Make sure there are no burn bans and that it isn't too windy
- Dig a pit away from overhanging branches
- Circle the pit with rocks
- Stack extra wood upwind and away from the fire
- Never leave a campfire unattended
- Keep a bucket of water and shovel nearby
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Spring Storm Tips
Each Spring in Michigan, there tends to be at least a couple severe thunderstorms. Now that winter is over, it is important to make sure that you are prepared for these events when they do occur. Do not wait until the last minute to make sure that you have the necessary supplies. Here are some tips to help prepare you for severe thunderstorms:
- Always keep a battery powered radio in the home and check the batteries regularly
- Keep multiple flashlights easily accessible
- Keep a supply of candles on hand
- As a safety precaution before leaving the house on vacation, unplug all electrical appliances except for lights connected to automatic timers
- If you live in a storm-prone area, nail down roof shingles or use adequate adhesive to keep them from blowing off in a violent wind. For roofs with shingles that are not the seal-down type, apply a little dab of roofing cement under each tab
- Keep extra food and water on hand
- Have a good shelter location for very severe storms
Make sure that you are prepared for whatever mother nature sends your way!
Safety Is Key
When it comes to running a clean and safe business, sanitation should be one of your highest priorities. In these uncertain times, you can never be too safe. Our crew is experienced in commercial sanitation and use EPA approved products and follow CDC guidelines to ensure that proper sanitation procedures are met. Whether it be just basic preventative cleaning, or biohazard sanitation, we got you covered. If you are regularly cleaning your facility to protect the health of your employees, here are some focus spaces mentioned by the CDC:
- Kitchen/Food Areas
- Retail Spaces
- Water Fountains
- Sales Counters
- Stair Handrails
- Fitness Equipment
Any areas within your business that receive heavy traffic or regular interaction should be sanitized regularly. If you have any questions regarding our sanitation services or the products that we use, call today!
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