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How Are Refrigerated Items Affected by Power Outages?

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

Warmer weather is finally here in northeastern Ohio!

Spring & summer thunderstorms approaching. We thought you should know what to do with refrigerated items should there be a power outage. Here are some tips compliments from American Red Cross on Food Safety:

http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/food-safety


1.) Call electric company, advise and inquire about how long the outage may last
2.) Keep fridge and freezer doors closed as much as possible
3.) Food that is over 40°F for longer than 2 hours should be disposed of as well as food that is discolored or has an odor
4.) Eat perishable foods first: fridge first, then freezer
5.) Have a cooler and ice prepared if the outrage may be more than 24 hours; keep it in cool place covered in a blanket or towel

SERVPRO and The American Red Cross are close affiliates as both companies enjoy helping those in need during a time of loss. We are proud to have such a great business relationship!

Call your local SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike team at 216-464-4498 for help with any type of disaster.

Northeast Ohio Weather Today Is Hot!

7/6/2017 (Permalink)

The weather in Northeast Ohio today is HOT! What a perfect day to relax at the pool! While pools are a great way to keep cool this summer they can also pose some safety risks. Brushing up on some of these tips will keep your family safe this summer while beating the heat.

  • “If you are putting in a new pool, hot tub, or spa be sure the wiring is performed by an electrician experienced in the special safety requirements for these types of installations.
  • Outdoor receptacles must have covers that keep them dry even when appliances are plugged into them.
  • Ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) are special devices designed to protect against electric shock and electrocution. They are required for most pool, spa or hot tub equipment. They may be in the form of an outlet or a circuit breaker. Test the GFCIs monthly according to the manufacturer’s instructions.”

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/files/public-education/resources/safety-tip-sheets/electricalwatersafetytips.pdf?la=en

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Tips To Help Childproof Your Home

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

“Unintentional injury is one of the top killers of children in the U.S. Prevention can eliminate almost all of these injuries.

Take the proper safety measures and childproofing steps to keep your family safe at home.

Install safety latches on all cabinets and drawers to keep children from household products. Anything you know to be poisonous, place out of reach of children and lock it up.

Store household products and medicine away from food and beverages.

Use the stove's back burners and turn pot handles toward the back of the stove to keep hot pots and pans out of the reach of children.

Keep kitchenware and appliances out of reach and away from the edge of counters and tables.

Put visual reminders like the Mr. Yuk stickers from poison prevention centers on potential poisonous or hazardous items. Keep the poison center phone number (1-800-222-1222) somewhere visible as well.”

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.webmd.com/parenting/childproof-home#1

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Federal consent decree expected to nearly quadruple Cleveland Heights' 2018 sewer bills

5/18/2017 (Permalink)

“The bottom line in "Phase One" of a federal Consent Decree will be a nearly $19 monthly increase in the average local sewer rates beginning in the fall.

That will nearly quadruple the current average monthly surcharge of just under $7, although the billing cycle for local sewer fees is quarterly, so customers won't see the increase until January.

After that, there will be 3 percent increases tacked on in 2019 and again in 2020, in order to raise $12 million for improvements to the 100-year-old system that is subject to "Sanitary Sewer Overflows."

These "SSO's" lead to discharges of raw sewage into tributaries that ultimately wind up in Lake Erie, especially during periods of heavy rainfall, and in direct violation of the Clean Water Act.”

 

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

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Housing Programs For Veterans

5/12/2017 (Permalink)

“HUD-VASH is a collaborative program between HUD and VA combines HUD housing vouchers with VA supportive services to help Veterans who are homeless and their families find and sustain permanent housing.

Through public housing authorities, HUD provides rental assistance Through public housing authorities, HUD provides rental assistance vouchers for privately owned housing to Veterans who are eligible for VA health care services and are experiencing homelessness. VA case managers may connect these Veterans with support services such as health care, mental health treatment and substance use counseling to help them in their recovery process and with their ability to maintain housing in the community. Among VA homeless continuum of care programs, HUD-VASH enrolls the largest number and largest percentage of Veterans who have experienced long-term or repeated homelessness. As of Sept. 30, 2015, HUD had allocated more than 78,000 vouchers to help house Veterans across the country.”

For more information, please continue reading at: https://www.va.gov/homeless/hud-vash.asp

 

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Weather Fronts-Part 2

5/3/2017 (Permalink)

Yesterday we discussed cold fronts.  Today we searched warm fronts.  We decided to go back to the internet site we found the other day: https://scied.ucar.edu/webweather/weather-ingredients/weather-fronts .  Please be sure to click the link to read the entire article.

“A warm front is the boundary between warm and cool (or cold) air when the warm air is replacing the cold air. Warm air at the surface pushes above the cool air mass, making clouds and storms. Warm fronts often bring stormy weather. Warm fronts often form on the east side of low-pressure systems where warmer air from the south is pushed north. A warm front typically replaces cool dry air with warm moist air.”

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Weather Fronts

5/2/2017 (Permalink)

The weather reports can be confusing if you do not know what the terms mean.  This morning watching the weather on the TV, they were discussing cold fronts.  What exactly is a cold front?  Looking on the internet, we came across this website: https://scied.ucar.edu/webweather/weather-ingredients/weather-fronts and found our answer.  Here is part of the online article.  Please be sure to click the link to read the entire article.

“A cold front is a warm-cold air boundary with the colder air replacing the warmer. As a cold front moves into an area, the heavier cool air pushes under the lighter warm air that it is replacing. The warm air becomes cooler as it rises. If the rising air is humid enough, the water vapor it contains will condense into clouds and precipitation may fall. As the cold front moves, warm, moist unstable air is usually replaced by cold, dry stable air.”

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May Is Motorcycle Safety Month

4/18/2017 (Permalink)

In the month of May we observe National Motorcycle Safety Month. Here are a few facts to help you familiarize yourself. “Motorcyclists are much more vulnerable to crashes than other drivers. In 2007, the mileage death rate for motorcyclists in 2007 was 37 times greater than for passenger car occupants. Motorcycle safety also is an issue of increasing concern – fatalities involving drivers and motorcyclists increased 131 percent between 1998 and 2008, according to NSC.

Throughout Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, NSC encourages motorists to share the road with motorcyclists and be extra alert when they are nearby. NSC's tips include:

  1. Passenger car drivers must allow greater following distance behind a motorcycle. 2. Drivers also must show extra caution in intersections. Most crashes occur when a driver fails to see a motorcyclist and turns left in front of a motorcycle.”

For more information, please continue reading at:

http://ehstoday.com/safety/news/motorcycle-safety-awareness-0515

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Importance Of Homeowners Insurance For An Uninhabited Home

4/6/2017 (Permalink)

Many people think that since they are not living in a home that they own, it is not important to keep active insurance on the property.  Maybe they think that since they have moved all of their contents out, it is no longer important?  The fact is, there are several reasons why your home needs to protected with a homeowners policy.  Often times in the winter people tend to turn their heat down in order to keep costs down, and this is often in a home that they do not visit daily. This is a recipe for disaster. This could lead to pipes freezing and potentially leaking or bursting (Warning:  not maintaining utilities could also cause the insurance company to deny a claim Make sure you understand your policy terms before you purchase).  SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike can be reached at 216-464-4498.

Replacing Your Furnace Filter

3/28/2017 (Permalink)

Pretty soon it will be time to turn off your heat and start using your air conditioner.  The first thing you will need to do is replace your furnace filter. There are many styles of filters, including ones that specifically filter for allergens. First you need to know how to replace them, and how often.

“What kind of filter do you have? Start by turning off the furnace. Remove the existing furnace filter, which will be located inside the furnace or inside the return air vent. Look for an arrow on the filter indicating airflow direction. Using a permanent marker, draw the airflow direction on the outside of the furnace, so you'll always know the right way to install the filter. Then note the furnace filter size, which will be printed on the cardboard frame.”

For more information, please continue reading at:

http://www.consumerreports.org/home-air-purifiers/how-to-replace-furnace-filters/

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Preventing Bed Bugs

3/15/2017 (Permalink)

“Looking to avoid bed bugs? Bed bug prevention is a lot easier than eliminating an existing infestation. According to the 2015 Bugs Without Borders survey, bed bugs remain the most difficult pest to treat - more difficult than cockroaches, termites and ants!  

Depending on the scope of an infestation and the type of treatment used by a pest professional, it can take several treatments to completely eliminate bed bugs. Fortunately, there are many things that one can do to prevent bringing bed bugs into the home. Vigilance is the key to bed bug prevention. When out in public - whether at a hotel, store, movie theater or work place - it is important to be conscientious of all surroundings.

As the public's awareness of the bed bug resurgence grows, focus on bed bug prevention has also grown. Many Americans are modifying their behaviors to minimize their risk of an infestation. According to the 2011 Bed Bugs in America survey, 27 percent of respondents have inspected or washed clothing upon returning from a trip; 25 percent have checked a hotel room for bed bugs; 17 percent have inspected or vacuumed a suitcase upon returning from a trip and 12 percent have altered or canceled travel plans because of concern about bed bugs. “

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.pestworld.org/all-things-bed-bugs/bed-bug-prevention/

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Winter Weather

2/5/2017 (Permalink)

The following was copied directly from the following online article to get you started reading about winter weather safety.  Click this link to read more: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/winter/snow.shtml

“Heavy snow can immobilize a region and paralyze a city, stranding commuters, closing airports, stopping the flow of supplies, and disrupting emergency and medical services. The weight of snow can cause roofs to collapse and knock down trees and power lines. Homes and farms may be isolated for days and unprotected livestock may be lost. In the mountains, heavy snow can lead to avalanches. The cost of snow removal, repairing damages, and the loss of business can have severe economic impacts on cities and towns.”

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Skunk Spray

2/2/2017 (Permalink)

“To catch even a whiff of a skunk's defensive spray is a uniquely horrid sensation. This is due in part to thiol, a chemical compound mainly comprised of sulfur and hydrogen, which is found in the musky spray of skunks, as well as in many other sources of stink, such as onions, garlic, feces, and rotting flesh. The specific thiols found in skunk spray, (E)-2-butene-1-thiol and 3-methyl-1-butanethiol, are especially volatile and dreadfully malodorous.

Skunks are able to eject their highly concentrated spray from their anuses with such force that it can cause temporary blindness when predators are sprayed directly in the face. Additional compounds in the spray, known as thioacetates, activate once they are exposed to water, which makes attempts to wash the spray off even smellier.” 

To read more of this online article, click on this link: https://www.crittercontrol.com/services/skunks/skunk-spray.html

Once the skunk has been removed, we will help neutralize the odor.

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Storing Food Safely

1/28/2017 (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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Draught-Proofing Your Home

1/19/2017 (Permalink)

“Here's a list of places where draughts occur, and what measures you can take to prevent them.

Along the top and bottom of skirting boards - use sealant to fill the gaps.

Between floorboards - a silicone-based filler that allows for some movement is best for filling the gaps in floorboards, or you can insulate the void beneath your floor.

Doors - fit draught-proofing strips between the door itself and the frame. This can apply to internal as well as external doors. For gaps between the bottom of the door and the floor, you can buy a special 'brush' or hinged flap draught excluder.  

Loft hatches - put draught strips around the frame to keep out draughts. Also, the door itself can be insulated, typically with a polystyrene slab on the upper side.

Windows - draught-proofing strips work well around opening casements. Draughts also occur in cracks between the window frames and the surrounding walls - you can either use sealant, or putty here.”

For more information, please continue reading the online article at: https://www.uswitch.com/insulation/guides/draught-proofing/

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Winter Precipitation Information

1/10/2017 (Permalink)

“Most precipitation that forms in wintertime clouds starts out as snow because the top layer of the storm is usually cold enough to create snowflakes. Snowflakes are just collections of ice crystals that cling to each other as they fall toward the ground. Precipitation continues to fall as snow when the temperature remains at or below 0 degrees Celsius from the cloud base to the ground.

  • Snow Flurries. Light snow falling for short durations. No accumulation or light dusting is all that is expected.
  • Snow Showers. Snow falling at varying intensities for brief periods of time. Some accumulation is possible.
  • Snow Squalls. Brief, intense snow showers accompanied by strong, gusty winds. Accumulation may be significant. Snow squalls are best known in the Great Lakes Region.
  • Blowing Snow. Wind-driven snow that reduces visibility and causes significant drifting. Blowing snow may be snow that is falling and/or loose snow on the ground picked up by the wind.
  • Blizzards. Winds over 35mph with snow and blowing snow, reducing visibility to 1/4 mile or less for at least 3 hours.”

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

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Winter Storm Facts

12/23/2016 (Permalink)

“Everyone is potentially at risk during winter storms. The actual threat to you depends on your specific situation. Recent observations show that:

  • Of injuries related to ice and snow:
    • About 70% occur in automobiles.
    • About 25% are people caught out in the storm.
    • Majority are males over 40 years old.
  • Of injuries related to exposure to cold:
    • 50% are people over 60 years old.
    • Over 75% are males.
    • About 20% occur in the home.”

Source: http://nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/winter/

Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

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Types of Winter Weather

12/18/2016 (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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Coldest Day of the Year

12/2/2016 (Permalink)

According to Susan Osborne’s November 18, 2014 article located online https://www.climate.gov/news-features/featured-images/whats-coldest-day-year   “As winter approaches, much of the United States is beginning to brace for the cold, while some areas have already experienced their coldest day of the year. To give you a better idea of the coldest time of year for your area, NOAA's National Climatic Data Center has created a new “Coldest Day of the Year” map.

This map is derived from the 1981–2010 U.S. Climate Normals—"the Normals," for short. The Normals are 30-year averages of climate conditions from weather station data across the country, including the average low temperature for each day. From these values, scientists can identify which day of the year, on average, has the lowest minimum temperature, a.k.a. the “coldest day."  Please continue reading this very interesting article by clicking the link above.

 

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Preventing Frozen Pipes

11/17/2016 (Permalink)

  • “Insulate pipes, especially those close to outside walls, attics or crawl spaces where the chance of freezing is greatest
  • Seal air leaks surrounding or near pipes
  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage
  • Disconnect all outdoor hoses and turn off water to exterior faucets and sprinkler systems
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing
  • Keep heat at 55 degrees F. or higher even when you are out of town
  • During a cold spell turn on both hot and cold faucets near outside walls to allow a small trickle of water to run during the night”

Source: https://www.libertymutual.com/preventing-water-damage/frozen-pipes. Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

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What Is Thundersnow?

11/10/2016 (Permalink)

“Although thunderstorms are less common in the winter, sometimes lightning can occur within snowstorms and is called thundersnow. Thundersnow can be found where there is relatively strong instability and abundant moisture above the surface, such as above a warm front. Thundersnow is sometimes observed downstream of the Great Salt Lake and the Great Lakes during lake-effect snowstorms too.”

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

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What is Air Pressure?

10/18/2016 (Permalink)

“Air molecules constantly bounce off each other and everything else around them. The force exerted by these air molecules is called air pressure. Where air molecules are packed closely, air pressure is high. Where air molecules spread out, air pressure is low. For example, the air molecules inside this balloon are at higher pressure than the molecules outside the balloon.”

Source: https://scied.ucar.edu/webweather/weather-ingredients/pressure  Please click the lik to continue reading the online article.

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Nor'easter Defined

10/17/2016 (Permalink)

 “The official definition of a “Nor'easter” is a strong low pressure system that affects the Mid-Atlantic and New England states. It can form over the land of the eastern U.S. or over the Atlantic coastal waters. These winter events are notorious for producing heavy snow, rain, and tremendous waves that crash onto Atlantic beaches, often causing beach erosion and structural damage. Wind gusts associated with these storms can exceed hurricane force in intensity. A nor'easter gets its name from the continuously strong northeasterly winds blowing in from the ocean ahead of the storm and over the coastal areas. What makes them so strong is the warm and moist air from the Atlantic that feeds the storm, causing it to grow explosively.”

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

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Damaging Wind Facts

10/11/2016 (Permalink)

What are damaging winds?

Damaging winds are often called “straight-line” winds to differentiate the damage they cause from tornado damage. Strong thunderstorm winds can come from a number of different processes. Most thunderstorm winds that cause damage at the ground are a result of outflow generated by a thunderstorm downdraft. Damaging winds are classified as those exceeding 50-60 mph.

Are damaging winds really a big deal?

Damage from severe thunderstorm winds account for half of all severe reports in the lower 48 states and is more common than damage from tornadoes. Wind speeds can reach up to 100 mph and can produce a damage path extending for hundreds of miles.”

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

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Wind Facts

9/30/2016 (Permalink)

What are damaging winds?

Damaging winds are often called “straight-line” winds to differentiate the damage they cause from tornado damage. Strong thunderstorm winds can come from a number of different processes. Most thunderstorm winds that cause damage at the ground are a result of outflow generated by a thunderstorm downdraft. Damaging winds are classified as those exceeding 50-60 mph.

Are damaging winds really a big deal?

Damage from severe thunderstorm winds account for half of all severe reports in the lower 48 states and is more common than damage from tornadoes. Wind speeds can reach up to 100 mph and can produce a damage path extending for hundreds of miles.”

Source: http://nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/wind/

Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

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Thunderstorm Facts

9/29/2016 (Permalink)

Worldwide, there are an estimated 16 million thunderstorms each year, and at any given moment, there are roughly 2,000 thunderstorms in progress. There are about 100,000 thunderstorms each year in the U.S. alone. About 10% of these reach severe levels.  Thunderstorms are most likely in the spring and summer months and during the afternoon and evening hours, but they can occur year-round and at all hours. 
 Along the Gulf Coast and across the southeastern and western states, most thunderstorms occur during the afternoon. Thunderstorms frequently occur in the late afternoon and at night in the Plains states.”

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

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Appliance Safety

9/27/2016 (Permalink)

Review these tips to ensure safe operation of electrical appliances:

  • Make sure appliances are approved by Underwriters' Laboratories or another authorized laboratory.
  • Never operate an appliance while touching a metal object - especially plumbing - or while standing on a wet surface or while taking a bath or shower. Teach children not to touch appliances with wet hands.
  • Always locate appliances away from sinks and tubs in the kitchen or bathroom.
  • Never use a metal object such as a fork or knife to dislodge something from an appliance.
  • Keep motors clean and free from lint, dust, and dirt. Always unplug appliances before cleaning them.”

Source: https://www.firstenergycorp.com/help/safety/using-electricity/home.html#appliances

Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

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Cooler Weather-Space Heaters Safety

9/25/2016 (Permalink)

Space heaters can provide extra comfort during the winter season. Following are some basic tips* that will help ensure their safe use.

Do's:

  • For heating purposes, use only equipment that is made for home heating.  Use all types of heaters carefully and follow all directions for safe use.  
  • Use a space heater that has been tested to the latest safety standards and has been certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory. These heaters have the most up-to-date safety features. Older space heaters may not meet newer safety standards. Always follow the manufacturer’s directions for proper use.
  • Place the heater on a level, hard, nonflammable surface, such as a ceramic tile floor.
  • Keep the heater at least three feet away from bedding, drapes, furniture, and other flammable materials.
  • Keep children and pets away from space heaters.
  • Turn the heater off if you leave the area.”

Source: https://www.firstenergycorp.com/help/safety/using-electricity/space-heater.html

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Do you have the right backup generator?

9/16/2016 (Permalink)

The following tips were copied directly from http://energy.gov/oe/community-guidelines-energy-emergencies/using-backup-generators-choosing-right-backup-generator-0 as a snippet to get you started on your way to choosing the right home backup generator.

  • “Determine the amount of power you will needHow much power do you need to operate equipment and appliances connected to the generator?
  • Portable generators made for household use can provide temporary power to a small number of selected appliances or lights.For example, light bulb wattage indicates the power needed for lighting. Appliance and equipment labels indicate their power requirements. If you can’t determine the amount of power you will need, ask an electrician.
  • Choose the generator’s fuel sourceBackup generators are typically powered by either diesel fuel or natural gas, and both have associated advantages and disadvantages. Speak with your utility company or an experienced electrician, engineer, and/or sales consultant who knows exactly what kind of generator may be needed based on your needs.”

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El Nino and La Nina Events

9/8/2016 (Permalink)

“El Niño and La Niña events are a natural part of the global climate system. They occur when the Pacific Ocean and the atmosphere above it change from their neutral ('normal') state for several seasons. El Niño events are associated with a warming of the central and eastern tropical Pacific, while La Niña events are the reverse, with a sustained cooling of these same areas.” Source: http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/enso/history/ln-2010-12/ENSO-what.shtml

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What does El Nino and La Nina Mean?

9/7/2016 (Permalink)

“The term El Niño translates from Spanish as 'the boy-child'. Peruvian fishermen originally used the term to describe the appearance, around Christmas, of a warm ocean current off the South American coast. It is now the commonly accepted term to describe the warming of the central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean. La Niña translates as 'girl-child' and is the opposite ENSO phase to El Niño.”  Source: http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/enso/history/ln-2010-12/ENSO-what.shtml

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Food Safety After A Disaster

8/25/2016 (Permalink)

This is a great reminder about food safety after a disaster:

“Do not consume anything that flood water may have touched. Throw out containers with screw-caps, snap lids, twist caps, flip tops, home-canned food or traditional soda bottle-style crimped caps if flood water may have touched them. Do not eat food packaged or wrapped in plastic, cardboard, cloth or similar materials or containers that have touched flood waters” (Source: http://www.cdc.gov/disasters/psa/packagedfood.html).

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Why SERVPRO of Beachwood?

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beachwood / Shaker Heights / Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, Pepper Pike is a trusted leader in the restoration industry. We provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. With the training and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs, we’re locally owned and operated and can respond immediately to your emergency.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment
  • Have Questions? Call Us Today – (216) 464-4498.  We service Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland, South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike and surrounding communities.

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