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How To Stay Safe In The Summer Heat

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

It’s summer in Northeast Ohio – FINALLY! And that means we want to be outside, soaking up the sun as much as possible before we blink and it’s winter again!

With longer days, we can expect hotter temperatures as well, and that can get dangerous if you are not paying close attention. Here are some helpful tips to keep yourself and loved ones safe this summer:

  • NEVER leave a child or pet inside a hot car. Even with the windows cracked, temperatures can get well above 120 degrees inside the vehicle when the outdoor temperature is only 75 degrees.
  • Drink a LOT of water! You must stay hydrated and avoid drinks with caffeine and alcohol because those can quickly dehydrate you.
  • Try wearing light colored and loose-fitting clothing that will allow your skin to “breathe”. Dark colors can absorb sunlight and make you feel much hotter.
  • Beware of the hottest part of the day which is typically from 3 pm to 5 pm when the sun’s rays reach the earth the strongest. Try to take frequent breaks from outdoor activities during those times.
  • If you must work outdoors, make sure you are not alone. It is always better to have a buddy with you to remind one another to take breaks and hydrate in the shade.
  • Check on neighbors, friends, and relatives who live alone and may not have air conditioning. Make sure they are drinking plenty of fluids and staying as cool as possible
  • If someone does not have air conditioning, encourage them to seek out relief during the hottest part of the day in places like the library, movie theater, mall, etc.

Heat Exhaustion is real and can be dangerous. If someone is showing symptoms of heat exhaustion such as cool, damp, pale or flushed skin, sweating heavily, headache, nausea, dizziness, physical weakness, etc. it is important to move them to a cooler place right away and work on getting them cooler as quickly as possible. Use a fan, remove heavy clothing, apply cool, wet towels to the skin, give small amounts of cool water to drink, and monitor them closely. If the person worsens in any way, call 9-1-1 right away.

Heat Stroke can be life threatening. Signs include hot, red skin, going in and out of consciousness, vomiting, and high body temperature. Move the person to a cooler place and call 9-1-1 immediately. Douse the person with cold water, wet towels, or even bags of ice.

Remember – the summer is supposed to be fun in the sun! Keep yourself and everyone around safe by staying aware and knowing the signs of something dangerous. Have a great summer, and call SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike 216-464-4498 We’re here to help!

Summertime in Cleveland

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

While it certainly seemed like winter would never go away this year, now it feels like we skipped over spring and hopped right into summer!

With school out, we know it is that time of year to look for all of the great outdoor community events, and we have some great lists for you to check out when you are planning your weekends throughout this summer.

Legacy Village in Lyndhurst is always a hot spot for tons of events, whether you just want to stop by for their Food Trucks Mondays and have a taste of what our great local rolling cuisine has to offer, or you are interested in checking out the talented local musicians spot-lighted each weekend like Revolution Pie, local Beatles tribute band, on June 22nd, you won’t be disappointed! Check out Legacy Village’s events calendar here, and plan your weekends for the rest of the summer!

If you love local artists, vintage finds, food trucks, and even some cocktails, you have to put The Cleveland Flea on your summer calendar! It is only one dollar to gain entry to some of the coolest local finds and yummy treats our great city has to offer. It is the perfect activity for those of all ages. Looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift? Stop by the Cleveland Flea this coming weekend, and you are sure to find gifts for guys with all interests. Be sure to look at  their event calendar to add them to your list this summer! 

If hitting all the incredible summer festivals is on your to-do list in 2018, check out this comprehensive list that even has reviews of all the festivals, so you can know before you go! Have you ever been to a Banana Split Festival? This summer is your chance! Is the classic Rib Burn Off more your style? There are a couple of those. You’ll have your choice of several Strawberry Festivals, as well as a plethora of varied cultural fests to attend. Bacon Festival, Beerfest, and several Art Fests also make the cut. The biggest dilemma you’ll have is choosing among them all!

Whatever you do this summer, make sure to enjoy the long days while we have them, and remember to call SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike; we’re here to help! 216-464-4498

Is It Illegal To Warm Your Car Up In The State of Ohio?

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know it is illegal to warm up your car in the State of Ohio?

"A law enacted in 2004 to combat car thefts says it is illegal to leave a vehicle unattended while the motor is running. Being caught walking away from your vehicle as the ice melts off your windshield could result in a minor misdemeanor.

The law precludes a clause for private property. Meaning idling your car in your driveway could also be a no-no in the eyes of the law." 

We found this story at: http://www.cleveland19.com/story/37174709/yes-warming-up-your-car-is-illegal-in-ohio?utm_content=buffer631b3&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer.  Please click this link to read the entire story....very interesting! Thank you Cleveland 19 News for keeping us informed!

How to drive in a flood

8/27/2017 (Permalink)

There are floods right now in Southwest Florida. Floods can happen here in Ohio too. There are somethings to keep in mind in case of a flood here in Ohio (or if you are traveling in an area that floods!)

This is a great reminder about driving through water after a disaster:

“After a storm, many roads may be flooded. Avoid driving through these areas, especially when the water is moving fast. Drownings can result from driving through water. In fact, as little as six inches of water may cause you to lose control of your vehicle, and as little as two feet of water will carry most cars away.” (Source: http://www.cdc.gov/disasters/psa/driving.html).

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How to store food safely in the summer

8/11/2017 (Permalink)

“Refrigerate or freeze perishables right away. Foods that require refrigeration should be put in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home. Stick to the "two-hour rule" for leaving items needing refrigeration out at room temperature. Never allow meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, or produce or other foods that require refrigeration to sit at room temperature for more than two hours—one hour if the air temperature is above 90° F. This also applies to items such as leftovers, "doggie bags," and take-out foods. Also, when putting food away, don't crowd the refrigerator or freezer so tightly that air can't circulate.

Keep your appliances at the proper temperatures. Keep the refrigerator temperature at or below 40° F (4° C). The freezer temperature should be 0° F (-18° C). Check temperatures periodically. Appliance thermometers are the best way of knowing these temperatures and are generally inexpensive.

Check storage directions on labels. Many items other than meats, vegetables, and dairy products need to be kept cold. If you've neglected to properly refrigerate something, it's usually best to throw it out.”

This is just the beginning of the online article.  For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm093704.htm

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Things To Do Around Town

7/30/2017 (Permalink)

Hey local residents! We here at SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, Pepper Pike were browsing some local events and came across a few that sounded like fun! If you’re in the South Euclid area the Brush PTSA is holding a fundraiser carnival.

“On May 6, Mama Catena’s Restaurant in Euclid experienced a devastating fire at their beloved restaurant.  Mama and Papa are heartbroken while awaiting the time when the restaurant can reopen.  In the meantime, they have agreed to volunteer to prepare a special pasta lunch for our First Family Fun Carnival that will be prepared with the help of Brush High PTSA and students!  Seats are limited to 75 so call to reserve your spot now.” (For more information visit: https://www.communitypartnershiponaging.org/cpa-and-brush-high-school-ptsa-family-fun-carnival/)

In addition,  If you’re free on Saturday August 12, 2017, Pepper Pike is having a Movie in the Park Night! They will be featuring the movie La La Land at the Pepper Pike Park at 8:30pm. We haven’t checked this movie out yet, but maybe we will see you there!

Upcoming Hazardous Waste Disposal

7/29/2017 (Permalink)

As we have talked about in our blogs there are certain household items that really should not be discarded in the normal garbage. They pose dangers when put into landfills just as they pose dangers laying around inside your home or garage. Items such as:

"oil or solvent-based paints, sealers, primers, varnishes, polyurethanes, shellacs, spray paints, automotive fluids, kerosene, gasoline, lighter fluid, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, paint thinners, mineral spirits, turpentine, caustic household cleaners, adhesives, roof tar, driveway sealer, and mercury."

This includes CFL bulbs as we discussed in a recent post! The city of Shaker Heights is accepting these items in a local round up and will safely discard them for you. Bring your items to 15600 Chagrin Blvd on: Sept 16,17,23, or 24 from 8:00am-4:00pm

We highly encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to keep everyone safe! 

Staying Cool In The Summer Heat

7/15/2017 (Permalink)

“We've all been there—tossing and turning in bed, struggling because our sweat has us practically glued to the sheets. It is awful. There are few things worse than trying to catch some shut-eye (or even just relax!) in an incredibly hot, sticky room. But brutal summer temps are unavoidable for most of us at some point in the year. So how to cool down a room without AC? It's possible, we swear! A few quick tips and trips, a bunch of which you've probably never heard, can mean the difference between a sleepless night in a borderline sauna and some blissful zzzs. So what are we going to cover? (Well, not ourselves, obviously.) Things like how to use the freezer to your advantage (it's not what you think), getting low (to the ground, that is), and getting extra creative with grains. Confused? Just read on. It will all make sense.” For more information, please continue reading at: https://greatist.com/happiness/tricks-to-sleep-in-the-heat

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Pepper Pike, Ohio 2017 Summer Events

6/25/2017 (Permalink)

The city of Pepper Pike, Ohio has many fun summer events for all ages.  Every few Saturdays, you can watch movies in the park or how about Sunday’s music in the park.  Don’t forget your lawn chairs and blankets.  Everyone loves ice cream!  Join the city of Pepper Pike for an ice cream social on Sunday August 28th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.   Think ahead and mark your calendars for a clambake on September 24th!  Visit http://www.pepperpike.org/residents/summer-event for a listing of events and times. 

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Plants that Could Keep Pests Out Of Your Garden

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

“Rosemary

Rosemary is a hearty plant that can live for years. In a garden, it can help ward off cabbage moths, bean beetles, carrot flies and root knot nematodes. If you're barbecuing in the summer, you can also put some of it on the grill to scare away mosquitoes.

Mint

Mint's strong smell is exceptionally unattractive to a number of critters, including ants, aphids, rodents, cabbage worms and cabbage moths. Best of all, it's a great herb to have around the house, as you can use it in cooking.

Basil

Every home chef can benefit from a fresh supply of basil and so can any garden. This delicious, leafy herb repels aphids, flies, thirps, mosquitoes, tomato worms and mites.”

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.gardenguides.com/83034-plants-deter-pests-garden.html

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Legacy Village Free Summer Concert Schedule

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

“Legacy Village's free summer concert series, 'Legacy Live', returns on Friday, May 26th 2017 and continues every Friday and Saturday through September 9th 2017. With more than 30 free concerts planned throughout the summer, concert-goers will enjoy a mix of their favorite live music, from pop and Motown to rock and R&B. 'Legacy Live' concerts run from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM.”   "There's a great sense of community and an amazing ambience that attracts 'Legacy Live' concert-goers to what has become one of Northeast Ohio's most popular free concert series," said Legacy Village General Manager Susan Windle. "The Legacy Village Lawn comes alive with families, friends and couples who often make dining at one of the center's restaurants part of their 'Legacy Live' tradition."

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.lyndhurst-oh.com/printnews_2017/printnews35.html

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Ongoing Issues with Cleveland Heights Sewer System

5/10/2017 (Permalink)

“The public is invited to attend a May 16 community meeting with city, state and federal officials regarding a proposed Consent Decree settlement over ongoing issues with the sewer system.

City officials previously announced the meeting, set for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Community Center through a May 5 email blast to residents.

There, officials will "present information regarding plans to improve the city's sewer system to comply with the Clean Water Act."

The meeting, which will also be videotaped for local channel 20 and YouTube, "will have presentations from environmental professionals and the city regarding the maintenance, operation and management of the city's 100-year-old sewer system and the impact these measures will have on the sewer rate."

 

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.cleveland.com/cleveland-heights/index.ssf/2017/05/cleveland_heights_to_hold_may.html

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Memorial Day Parade In Shaker Heights, Ohio

4/17/2017 (Permalink)

Are you a resident in or around one of the neighboring communities to Shaker Heights?  Shaker is a community with many family friendly events throughout the entire summer.  On Monday May 29th at 9am Shaker Heights will have their annual Memorial Day Parade. “Be part of Shaker’s Memorial Day commemoration and ceremony at the flagpole in front of City Hall, then join friends and neighbors to watch the parade along Van Aken Boulevard to Thornton Park.” Afterwards there are many restaurants in Shaker Heights to enjoy lunch, or have a nice walk in one of their many parks.  For more information, please continue reading at: http://shakerlife.shakeronline.com/spring-2017/#/76/

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Weather Terms

4/3/2017 (Permalink)

Spring season has arrived in Northeast Ohio.  There are many terms issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) you will here on the radio or TV.  News Net 5 posted on their website a guide that defines these terms.  We listed a few below, but recommend you click on the link to continue reading more of the information they provided: http://www.newsnet5.com/weather/weather-news/severe-weather-guide-be-storm-ready-with-the-power-of-5-weather-team

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH - Severe weather has the potential to occur. You should *watch out* for bad weather to happen. Watches are typically issued before any thunderstorms develop, and are issued for a longer period of time (6-8 hours on average).
While a Watch does not mean bad weather will happen for sure, it means the conditions could rapidly change and the atmosphere is primed for severe weather. This could mean things like hail, straight-line wind gusts and even flooding.  

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING - This is your call to action, to do something. Severe weather has been spotted or about to happen and it could impact you. Warnings cover a smaller geographic area and are usually only issued for small chunks of time (on average, 20-30 minutes).”

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Stay Safe In Crowded Places Cleveland Ohio

3/31/2017 (Permalink)

With warm weather right around the corner, this is the time of year we are most active.  We enjoy going to our favorite amusement parks, baseball games, and concerts.  Here are a few things to help keep you and your loved ones safe during these warm months.

  1. “Be aware of your surroundings. Know where the exits are located and spend just a few seconds mapping out a potential exit route.
  2. Arrange a meeting place with friends and family. This is a good idea in any crowded place, under any circumstances. People get separated in crowds.
  3. Review landmarks. Panicked situations can lead to disorientation. Look for a couple of landmarks so that you can remain oriented. Landmarks are also good meeting places.”

Source: http://www.1800prepare.com/blog/safety-in-crowded-places/

Please click the link above to continue reading the online article for more information.

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Join SERVPRO Industries, Inc. in support of the American Red Cross

3/30/2017 (Permalink)

Each year, the Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters — the majority of which are home fires. Whether a disaster impacts a single family or a hundred, the Red Cross is there when people need our help the most. The Red Cross doesn’t just help families recover from disaster; they also prepare communities before home fires strike. Believe it or not, home fires kill more Americans than all other disasters combined. The Red Cross is working to prevent these needless losses through the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.

Join SERVPRO Industries in support of the American Red Cross by making a gift to support Home Fire Relief. Your gift to Home Fire Relief will support communities like ours nationwide by providing families and communities with the lifesaving tools and information they need to prevent and prepare for home fires, as well as offer critical recovery services to those impacted by home fires. Together, we can better prepare our community for home fires and support families who experience them. Thank you in advance for your support. 

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Rain Facts

3/29/2017 (Permalink)

Spring is here which means rain is too, in Cleveland Ohio.   We found this website that had some very interesting rain facts.  We thought we would share a snippet.  Click on this link to read more of what is provided below: http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/weather/rain.html

  • “The highest amount of rainfall ever recorded in 24 hours is 182.5 centimetres (71.9 inches) in Foc-Foc, La Réunion. This occurred during tropical cyclone Denise on January 8, 1966.
  • The highest amount of rainfall ever recorded in one year is 25.4 meters (1000 inches) in Cherrapunji, India.
  • Antarcticais the driest continent on Earth.
  • Heavy rain can cause flooding and landslides.
  • Rain allows us to create electricity through
  • Plantsneed water in order to survive, they receive much of this water from rain.
  • Forests that experience high levels of rainfall are called
  • Rain with high levels of acid (a low pH) is called acid rain. Caused by the release of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides into the air (often from factories and power stations), it can be harmful to plants and animals."

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What Food Is Safe After A Power Outage?

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Ever wonder about the food in your refrigerator after the storm and the power goes out?  What should you keep and what should you throw out?  We found this blog on Safeco Insurance’s website: http://www.safeco.com/blog-detail/food-safety-power-outage/1240030252311

This is just a tidbit of the online article.  Please click the link above for the entire article.

When the lights blink back on, don’t just assume everything is OK. A few checks are in order first, especially if the power has been out for more than four hours. What’s not in order? Taste testing. You should never taste food to determine if it’s safe. Instead, follow these tips.

  • Meat, poultry and seafood: Discard raw or leftover cooked meat, poultry, fish or seafood that may have been above 40 degrees Fahrenheit for two hours or more. Same goes for thawing meat or poultry, along with tuna, shrimp, chicken or egg salad.
     
  • Dairy: Toss milk, cream, sour cream, yogurt and soy milk that may have been above 40 degrees for two hours or more. Butter and margarine are likely safe to keep.
     
  • Cheese: Discard soft cheeses, such as bleu, Brie, cottage and others, if they may have been above 40 degrees for two hours or more. Hard cheeses and processed cheeses should be safe.
     
  • Sauces and condiments: Mayonnaise, tartar sauce and horseradish should go in the trash if they may have been above 50 degrees for more than eight hours. Toss creamy dressings such as ranch, but vinegar-based dressings may be safe to keep. Items such as peanut butter, jelly, relish, ketchup, barbecue sauce and pickles are typically safe.
     
  • Frozen food: Evaluate frozen (or now partially frozen) items individually. If the food still contains ice crystals, or is has stayed at or below 40 degrees, it should be safe to refreeze.”

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Do You Understand Lake Effect Snow?

3/2/2017 (Permalink)

“You don't need a meteorologist to tell you what lake-effect snow is: it's snow that's, um, caused by a lake, right? As it turns out, things are a teensy bit more complicated than that, and if you live in one of the states bordering the Great Lakes that are forever getting clobbered by the stuff — or even if you just marvel at the footage of the latest white-out to hit those luckless places — it can help to know what's actually going on.

Lake-effect snow starts the way so much other winter misery does, with a blast of Arctic air descending on us from the north. Water temperature, even in the Great Lakes in winter, is generally higher than air temperature, since water retains heat longer than air does, and the long, slow warming from the summer months tends to linger. Sometimes the difference in temperature — what's known as the lapse rate — between the onrushing Arctic air and both the water and the thin layer of local air just above it can be as much as 25ºF (14ºC). That gets things churning in a lot of ways.”

For more information, please continue reading online at:   http://time.com/3594842/lake-effect-snow/

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Spring Rain In Cleveland Ohio

2/18/2017 (Permalink)

 

While spring brings the promise of warm weather and longer days, it also brings a variety of conditions that can include heavy rains, severe weather, and rapid snowmelt that can increase your flood risk. Don’t be caught off guard. Get the facts. Know the risks. Take action to protect yourself, your family, your business, and your finances—before a weather event occurs and it’s too late.

SPRING FLOOD RISKS

Spring Thaw.

Warmer temperatures and resulting snow melt can produce large amounts of runoff in a short period of time, as each cubic foot of compacted snow contains gallons of water. During the early spring, frozen land prevents melting snow or rainfall from seeping into the ground. The water then runs off the surface and flows into lakes, streams, and rivers, causing excess water to spill over their banks. Add seasonal storms to the mix, and the result is often severe spring flooding.

Spring Rains.

Spring storms can bring several inches of precipitation in just hours or can stall out over an area for days. These heavy rains can lead to severe flooding by oversaturating the ground, overfilling storm drains, or causing rivers to spill over their banks or levees.

Flash Flooding.

A flash flood is a rapid flooding of low-lying areas in less than six hours, which is caused by intense rainfall from a thunderstorm or several thunderstorms. Flash floods can also occur when there are drought-like conditions.

Levees and Dams.

The U.S. has thousands of miles of levees and dams that are designed to protect against a certain level of flooding. These structures can erode and weaken over time, and they can also be overtopped—or even fail—during larger flood events.”

Please click on this FEMA link to continue reading: https://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/Spring_Flood_Fact_Sheet.pdf

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Invisible Household Dangers

2/15/2017 (Permalink)

“You may have detected subtle hints that something might by awry: a persistent cough that seems related to the musty smell in your basement, the dastardly scent lingering on your hands after using the kitchen sponge, mysterious-looking paint flakes exposed deep beneath the top layer.

The good news about potential health hazards around the house is that they are easy to uncover, and relatively inexpensive to correct. And the mental benefits of being proactive about these dangers are abundant. No more sleepless nights, and no more wondering whether your child is bathing in water that flowed through lead pipes. These are some of the most common–and easiest to correct–household hazards that may be lingering in your home.

  1. Kitchen Sponges

The sad truth is that unless you’re diligent about sanitizing them often, kitchen sponges often carry more germs than toilet seats. According to Kenneth Bock’s The Germ Survival Guide, sponges can harbor more than 100,000 bacteria, including food-borne diseases that you’ve wiped off the counter. You should (very regularly) toss them in the dishwasher, replace them, or zap them in the microwave for two minutes.”

Please continue reading this article at: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/11-hidden-household-dangers.html

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Get you home ready for your vacation

2/3/2017 (Permalink)

“Vacations can be an amazing opportunity to relax and unwind but they also require a bit of prep work. After all, you can’t just leave for days of bliss without first getting your home in order. So before you set out on your vacation, make sure your home is ready for the time apart. Here are a few things you should do around your home before going on vacation.

  1. Leave keys with a trustworthy neighbor. One of the first things you should do when planning a trip is to inform someone of your plans. They don’t necessarily need a full itinerary, but should have a head’s up in case of emergency. A neighbor is a great choice because they cannot only keep an eye on your house, but also collect mail and perform occasional duties.”

 

For more information, please continue reading this online article at: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/07/25/10-things-to-do-to-your-home-before-going-on-vacation/

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Does Insurance Cover Floods?

1/24/2017 (Permalink)

  • "According to The Insurance Information Institute “Standard homeowners and renters insurance does not cover flood damage: Flood damage is excluded under standard homeowner’s policies, although it is covered under the comprehensive section of a standard auto insurance policy. Only a flood insurance policy, available to homeowners and renters through the federal government, will cover flood-related losses.
  • Flood insurance is easy to purchase: Federal flood insurance policies can be purchased directly from an insurance agent or a company representative, and are available to communities that participate in the National Flood Insurance Program. Nearly 100 insurance companies write and service NFIP policies. In order to find an agent or company servicing your area, visit floodsmart.gov or call (888) 379-9531.  Flood insurance is available on a replacement cost basis for the structure of the home and on an actual cash value basis for personal property.”

Please click this link to continue reading the online article http://www.iii.org/article/facts-about-flood-insurance

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Keeping Pets Safe in Cold Weather

1/11/2017 (Permalink)

“Indoor pet tips:

During severe weather, dogs should be let out only to relieve themselves. Cats should be kept indoors at all times.

Remove ice, salt and caked mud from your pet's paws and coat immediately.

Before walks, put Vaseline or doggie shoes on your dogs' paws to protect him/her from sidewalk salt and chemicals; wipe the Vaseline off when back inside.

Make sure your pet’s bed is not on the floor in a cold or drafty area of your home.

Indoor dogs typically receive less exercise during cold weather and therefore may require fewer calories; feed smaller portions in order to avoid weight gain.

Indoor exercise playgroups are a great option to keep your pet active on cold days.

Outdoor pet tips:

Minnesota state law governs all companion animals be provided shelter from the elements. In severe weather, allow your pet to be in your house or garage.

Outdoor pets typically need more food in cold weather because they must burn more calories to keep warm.

Check for frostbite, especially on paws and ears.

Make sure your pet’s water is never frozen.

Keep an eye out for and clean up all antifreeze spills—one lick of the sweet-tasting fluid can be fatal to an animal.

Cats have been known to climb onto vehicle engines for warmth; knock on the hood of your car before starting the engine if you suspect your cat could be inside.

Watch for signs of hypothermia—weak pulse, dilated pupils, decreased heart rate, extreme shivering, pale or blue mucous membranes, body temperature below 95 degrees, stupor and unconsciousness. Consequences of extreme hypothermia may include neurological problems including coma, heart problems and kidney failure.”

For more information, please continue reading this online article at: https://www.animalhumanesociety.org/news/keeping-pets-safe-cold-weather-0

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Snow Shoveling Safety

1/1/2017 (Permalink)

“With really big snow storms – and even everyday, run-of-the-mill snowfalls – comes a risk of death by shoveling. According to CBS News in Chicago, by early February 2015, around 18 people in the Chicago area had died in snow shoveling-related incidents. They ranged in age from their 40s to 75. Nationwide, snow shoveling is responsible for thousands of injuries and as many as 100 deaths each year.

So, why so many deaths? Shoveling snow is just another household chore, right?

Not at all, says Harvard Health Executive Editor Patrick J. Skerrett."

"Picking up a shovel and moving hundreds of pounds of snow, particularly after doing nothing physical for several months, can put a big strain on the heart," Skerrett wrote in February 2013.

Pushing a heavy snow blower also can cause injury. And, there's the cold factor. Cold weather can increase heart rate and blood pressure. It can make blood clot more easily and constrict arteries, which decreases blood supply. This is true even in healthy people. Individuals over the age of 40 or who are relatively inactive should be particularly careful.

National Safety Council recommends the following tips to shovel safely.

Do not shovel after eating or while smoking

Take it slow and stretch out before you begin

Shovel only fresh, powdery snow; it's lighter

Push the snow rather than lifting it

If you do lift it, use a small shovel or only partially fill the shovel

Lift with your legs, not your back

Do not work to the point of exhaustion

 

Don't pick up that shovel without a doctor's permission if you have a history of heart disease. If you feel tightness in the chest or dizziness, stop immediately. A clear driveway is not worth your life.”

For more information, please continue reading at http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/news-and-resources-snow-shoveling.aspx

 

Tips-Saving Money on Energy Costs During The Winter

12/21/2016 (Permalink)

“While setting the thermostat to the right temperatures can improve the comfort of one’s home, it is not the only way to do so. Other ways for a homeowner to minimize energy usage and costs, while improving the overall environment inside of his or her home include:

  • Wear warmer clothing and consider setting the temperature to lower than 72 degrees to see more savings on energy bills.
  • Inspect and regularly replace filters.
  • Get an inspection and furnace tune up before the arrival of winter to get the furnace ready for the season.
  • Inspect the home for drafts and leaks. Seal up any cracks, holes or gaps in the home’s entryways, walls, and foundation to prevent thermal energy from escaping.
  • Use weather stripping on doors and windows that are used frequently.
  • Caulk or seal the windows and any unused exterior doors.
  • Set the water tank temperature to 120 degrees to reduce thermal energy costs.
  • Open the curtains or blinds to let the sunlight in to help heat the home.
  • Rearrange furniture so that no one has to sit where there may be drafts coming in.
  • Check all pipes and faucets for leaks. Insulate the pipes by covering them with a blanket.

Prior to the cold weather setting in, homeowners should make every effort to winterize their home. Stop playing with the thermostat and get more enjoyment out of your home by making it as energy efficient as possible.”

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.assuredclimate.com/ideal-temperature-set-heat-winter-save-money/

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Tips For Driving In The Snow

12/14/2016 (Permalink)

  • “Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
  • Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly.
  • The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
  • Know your brakes. If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS) and need to slow down quickly, press hard on the pedal-it’s normal for the pedal to vibrate a bit when the ABS is activated.
  • Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
  • Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed downhill as slowly as possible.
  • Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.
  • Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can. Don’t tempt fate: If you don’t have somewhere you have to be, watch the snow from indoors.

For more information, please continue reading at: http://exchange.aaa.com/safety/roadway-safety/winter-driving-tips/#.WE66v4WcFPY

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Christmas Tree Safety Tips

12/1/2016 (Permalink)

 “Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious.

Picking the tree

  • Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.

Placing the tree

  • Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2" from the base of the trunk.
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.

Lighting the tree

  • Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer's instructions for number of light strands to connect. 
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.“

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.nfpa.org/news-and-research/fire-statistics-and-reports/fire-statistics/fire-causes/holiday/christmas-tree-and-holiday-lights

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Types of Winter Weather

10/24/2016 (Permalink)

Blizzards are dangerous winter storms that are a combination of blowing snow and wind resulting in very low visibilities. While heavy snowfalls and severe cold often accompany blizzards, they are not required. Sometimes strong winds pick up snow that has already fallen, creating a ground blizzard.

An ice storm is a storm which results in the accumulation of at least .25” of ice on exposed surfaces. They create hazardous driving and walking conditions. Tree branches and powerlines can easily snap under the weight of the ice.

Lake effect storms are not low pressure system storms. As a cold, dry air mass moves over the Great Lakes regions, the air picks up lots of moisture from the Great Lakes. This air, now full of water, dumps the water as snow in areas generally to the south and east of the lakes.”

Source: http://nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/winter/types/  Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

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Doppler Radar Info-Cleveland Ohio

10/14/2016 (Permalink)

Doppler radar can show the wind direction too, which is helpful when forecasting near mountains and large bodies of water.

If the radar shows wind blowing up the mountain (upslope), forecasters know that automatically, one of the ingredients is in place of the development of precipitation: lift. If the radar shows wind blowing over a large section of a body of water (fetch), then they know that another ingredient is present for the formation of precipitation – moisture.

Radar velocities can help identify the location of cold fronts because there is usually a sharp change in wind direction and will show up as a on Doppler radar.”

Source: http://nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/winter/detection/ Please click the lik to continue reading the online article.

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Cleveland Ohio Winter 2017 Prediction

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

“This winter will separate the wannabes from the real Clevelanders. Two words describe AccuWeather's winter forecast: Cold and snow. Perfect if you are a real Clevelander.”

"It will be colder than last year, but not extremely cold," said AccuWeather long-range forecaster Paul Pastelok. "And it could be a stormy winter, with fast-moving fronts that begin early and get larger.” Last year you were 4 to 5 degrees above normal [overall]. This year could be 4 to 5 degrees colder than last year." 

Source:http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2016/09/winter_forecast_colder_than_no.html  written by John Funk, The Plain dealer

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Tree Safety

10/10/2016 (Permalink)

Trees are a leading cause of electrical power outages. In fact when trees and power lines touch it creates a very dangerous situation that may even be deadly to anyone in close proximity.  To help ensure reliable and safe electric service, FirstEnergy's Vegetation Management Program works to keep our transmission and distribution rights-of-way free of incompatible trees and other vegetation.

Source: https://www.firstenergycorp.com/help/safety/trees.html  Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

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Become a Safe Community

9/28/2016 (Permalink)

  • “In a recent NSC study, after 10 years of rising injury rates in one community, the decision to seek Safe Community accreditation was followed by a two-year decline in injury hospitalizations; nearly 300 hospitalizations may have been prevented, saving the community more than $14 million in healthcare costs
  • A long-standing smoke alarm installation program in one Safe Community has shown that fire deaths have been reduced by 75%
  • A comprehensive approach to reducing prescription drug overdoses in a Midwestern Safe Community has resulted in 4.5 tons of medications collected in drop boxes, hundreds of clinicians trained in effective pain management without opioids, a communitywide campaign on addiction and treatment, and training for first responders on naloxone use.”  (SOURCE: http://www.nsc.org/learn/NSC-Initiatives/Pages/safe-communities.aspx)

October 5, 2016 is Celebrate Safe Communities America day.  For more information, visit these social media sites:

http://www.nsc.org/learn/NSC-Initiatives/Pages/SCA-Day.aspx

https://www.facebook.com/nscsafecommunities/

You also can search your local community’s websites to see if any events have been planned for October 5, 2016.

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Power Outages-Be Prepared

9/22/2016 (Permalink)

  • “To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, use generators, pressure washers, grills, and similar items outdoors only.
  • If the power is out longer than two hours, throw away food that has a temperature higher than 40°F.
  • Check with local authorities to be sure your water is safe.
  • In hot weather, stay cool and drink plenty of fluids to prevent heat-related illness.
  • In cold weather, wear layers of clothing, which help to keep in body heat.
  • Avoid downed power lines, if a power line falls on a car, you should stay inside the vehicle.”

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/disasters/poweroutage/needtoknow.html

Please click the link above to learn more to become ready and prepared.  Your local communities are also a great source of information so call you city hall or go online today.

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It's National Preparedness Month

9/12/2016 (Permalink)

You probably know it helps to have a preparedness kit stocked with items you’ll need in the event of a disaster. But do you know how many days that kit should be able to last you?

Answer: Though it may seem like a lot, you should prepare your kit to last your family at least 5 days. In the event of a disaster, you’ll be glad you were prepared.  Example items:  water, batteries, first aid kit, flashlight, matches. Many cities in the area are posting on social media topics regarding National Preparedness Month.  Be sure to check out your local city.

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Keep informed with a Weather Radio Cleveland, Ohio

8/30/2016 (Permalink)

www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr.

“NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Working with the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) Emergency Alert System , NWR is an "All Hazards" radio network, making it your single source for comprehensive weather and emergency information. In conjunction with Federal, State, and Local Emergency Managers and other public officials, NWR also broadcasts warning and post-event information for all types of hazards – including natural (such as earthquakes or avalanches), environmental (such as chemical releases or oil spills), and public safety (such as AMBER alerts or 911 Telephone outages).”

Click the link above to read more of the article.

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2017 Winter Weather Prediction

8/26/2016 (Permalink)

“In the East, snowfall is expected to be around normal. La Niña could lead to some big East Coast systems during the second half of the season.

"Areas like southern New York state and northeastern Pennsylvania that missed out on snow last year could see higher-than-normal totals this winter," Pastelok said.

Colder-than-normal conditions are predicted to grip the northern Rockies and northern Plains over the late fall and into the winter, with some harsh spells at times.”

Click link to read more of the online article. Source: Katy Galimberti, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/us-la-nina-forecast-fall-winter-2016-2017/58306249

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Driving In Water After A Disaster

8/22/2016 (Permalink)

This is a great reminder about driving through water after a disaster:

“After a storm, many roads may be flooded. Avoid driving through these areas, especially when the water is moving fast. Drownings can result from driving through water. In fact, as little as six inches of water may cause you to lose control of your vehicle, and as little as two feet of water will carry most cars away.” (Source: http://www.cdc.gov/disasters/psa/driving.html).

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Hot Weather in Cleveland Ohio

8/16/2016 (Permalink)

Here are some tips taken directly from http://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/heattips.html to help prevent heat related illness.  Please remember this just a few and the website offers many more, so please click on the link provided and read the entire list.

·         Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask your doctor how much you should drink while the weather is hot.

·         Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar–these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.

·         Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library–even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat. Call your local health department to see if there are any heat-relief shelters in your area.

·         Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.

·         Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.

·         NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked  vehicle.”

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What is a Restoration Company-SERVPRO of Beachwood?

7/29/2016 (Permalink)

According to the IICRC (http://www.iicrc.org/how-restoration-company-handles-water-damage-a-325.html) “Restoration firms that handle water damage typically have a clear set of procedures on hand for any work situation. There is a vast difference between a plumbing leak and a flood, and both bring unique challenges to the job. However, the objective is the same in every instance. The goal is to clean up any debris or trash, remove destroyed materials and dry the property so that it is safe to inhabit again. Efficient cleanup like this requires a variety of skills, most of which can only be learned from other qualified industry experts. Because of this, homeowners should only consider firms that are certified and experienced. “

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CE Course in Beachwood, Ohio

2/17/2015 (Permalink)

We hold CE classes for insurance agents and adjusters every year in Beachwood, Ohio. This one was held on 2/17/16.