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In case of a Windstorm

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

In case of a Windstorm

Thunderstorms, hurricanes and tornadoes involve heavy winds that can seriously damage property or cause death. To minimize the damage these weather events can cause, follow the recommendations below.

In Case of a Weather Warning about Violent Winds

  • Follow the prompts weather alert radio, television or on Internet.
  • Tie down or store indoors anything the wind might carry, such as garden furniture, barbecue, garbage cans or satellite dish.

Preparing for a Windstorm

  • Have your emergency kit
  • Cut down and remove dead tree branches from your yard. If you have trees near electrical power lines, contact Hydro-Québec or your local power company to clear branches.
  • Check the drain around your home regularly to ensure rainwater drains away from your home.

https://www.securitepublique.gouv.qc.ca/en/civil-protection/preparing-for-disasters/disasters/windstorm.html

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Checking your home after a Fire

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

Check for structural damage

  • Is your ceiling sagging? That means it got wet – which makes it heavy and dangerous. It will have to be replaced, so you can try to knock it down. Be careful: wear eye protection and a hard hat, use a long stick, and stand well away from the damaged area. Poke holes in the ceiling starting from the outside of the bulge to let any water drain out slowly. Striking the center of the damaged area may cause the whole ceiling to collapse.
  • Is the floor sagging? It could collapse under your weight, so don’t walk there! Small sections that are sagging can be bridged by thick plywood panels or thick, strong boards that extend at least 8–12 inches on each side of the sagging area.
  • If the weather is dry, open windows and doors to ventilate and dry your home.
  • If power is out, use a flashlight. Do not use any open flame, including candles, to inspect for damage or serve as alternate lighting.
  • Disconnect and check all appliances for water damage before using them.
  • Make temporary repairs such as covering holes, bracing walls, and removing debris. Save all receipts.
  • Take photographs of the damage. You may need these to substantiate insurance claims later.

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire/checking-home-after-fire.html

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Checking Household Items

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

Checking Household Items

  • Normal household items, such as cleaning products, can cause toxic fumes and other hazards if they mix. See our household chemical safety tips.
  • Spilled chemicals that don’t pose a health risk must still be carefully cleaned up. Wear rubber gloves and discard spilled chemicals and rags used for cleaning according to the advice of local authorities.
  • Throw away food, beverages and medicine exposed to heat, smoke or soot. Food that was in the freezer can be used if it still has ice crystals on it. If not, discard it.

Make Sure to:

  • Stay out of any building that has water around it.
  • Keep away from loose or dangling power lines. Report them immediately to the power company.
  • Contact your insurance agent. Do not discard damaged goods until an inventory has been taken. Save receipts for money spent relating to fire loss. Your insurance agent may provide immediate help with living expenses until you are able to return home and may offer assistance for repairs.

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire/checking-home-after-fire.html

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How to clean up Smoke and Soot from a fire

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

Cleaning Techniques for Specific Materials For Curtains and Upholstery: If soot has been deposited, it will be necessary to deal with it before cleaning and odor relief. Soot is oil and should be removed as much as possible with a powerful vacuum. On sooty fabrics, do not use an upright vacuum or any machine or attachment with brushes or beater bars, as it will force soot into your other possessions and make them much more difficult to clean. Hold the vacuum nozzle slightly above the surface and let the vacuum do the work in lifting soot from the surface. Remember to cover any cleaned possessions immediately after cleaning with clean sheets to prevent re-soiling during your other clean–up efforts. For Carpet: Use a rotary scrubber or an extraction machine from a rental outlet or supermarket, or hire a professional carpet cleaner. For Clothes and Bedding: Smoke odors can remain in fabrics for a very long time until all of the unburned chemicals have been removed. Many of them are invisible to the eye. Soak overnight with detergent and wash normal. For items that can be bleached, add laundry bleach as normal during the wash cycle. For Hard Materials – Porous (Painted surfaces, wallboard, plaster, wall paper, exposed wood): If soot is present on porous surfaces, we recommend the use of a dry chemical sponge to remove as much soot as possible. This step can prevent soil from being transferred deep into the surface where it may show as a permanent stain. For Hard Materials – Less Porous: Use a sponge, towel or mop with household cleaning detergent to clean tile, countertops, sealed wood, glass, metal, appliances, and vinyl wallpaper. Safety Tips During Restoration · Do not use electrical appliances that have been near a fire. · Do not use ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. · Do not touch anything during your first inspection to prevent transferring soot from item to item. · Do not wash drapes or other materials that may require dry cleaning. · Do not hesitate to seek professional help in restoration effort.

http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/eh/docs/emergunit/cleanFireDamage.pdf

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What Businesses Should Know About Water Damage

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

What Businesses Should Know About Water Damage

Assemble flood/spill control kits.

Having a water damage response kit on-hand will allow for a quick response in case of an accidental water incident; this might include:

  • High-volume wet vacuum
  • Discharge hose at least 30 feet long, to be used with the wet vacuum 
  • Heavy duty sorbent brooms
  • Wide rubber squeegee
  • Filled sandbags (multiples of these, especially to protect sensitive electrical equipment, if your building is in an area susceptible to flooding)


Store these kits in areas where you’ll need them quickly, such as security or mechanical rooms.


Install flood gates.

If your business is located in a flood zone, consider installing flood gates to prevent water from coming into the facility. If permanent measures aren’t practical, you can install temporary flood gates, which can be attached to protect entry doors, windows, and exterior steps leading below grade.


Review your insurance.

Make sure you have appropriate and complete insurance protection in place, so that if you experience a water damage event, you and your business will be adequately insured.

https://www.chubb.com/us-en/businesses/resources/what-businesses-should-know-about-water-damage.aspx

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After a Fire

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

After a Fire

The following checklist serves as a quick reference and guide for you to follow after a fire strike.

  • Contact your local disaster relief service, such as The Red Cross, if you need temporary housing, food and medicines.
  • If you are insured, contact your insurance company for detailed instructions on protecting your property, conducting inventory and contacting fire damage restoration companies. If you are not insured, try contacting private organizations for help.
  • Check with the fire department to make sure your residence is safe to enter. Watch out for any structural damage caused by the fire.
  • The fire department should make sure that utilities are either safe to use or are disconnected before they leave the site. DO NOT attempt to reconnect utilities yourself.
  • Conduct an inventory of damaged property and items. Do not throw away any damaged goods until after an inventory is made.
  • Begin saving receipts for any money you spend related to fire loss. The receipts may be needed later by the insurance company and for verifying losses claimed on your income tax.
  • Notify your mortgage company of the fire.

https://www.ready.gov/home-fires

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Help Prevent Wind Damage

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

Help Prevent Wind Damage

Examine trees and shrubs

High winds and loose branches are a bad combination. Keep trees and shrubs in good condition and cut down dead trees before they do any damage (check your municipal bylaws before you do this). If you are not comfortable cutting branches yourself, hire a professional.

Before a storm, trim any damaged branches. But be careful—if the branches are touching any hydro cables, you could get an electric shock.

Identify vulnerable entry points

Homes have 4 weak spots: the roof, windows, doors, and garage. If they’re in poor condition, they can get seriously damaged in a windstorm. Roofs are particularly vulnerable in high winds. Check your home’s weak spots regularly and get any repairs done promptly.

Before a storm, make sure all doors and windows are closed and locked securely.

https://www.thepersonal.com/blog/-/6-steps-to-protect-your-home-against-high-winds

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What to do During a Flood

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

What to do During a Flood

ELECTRICITY AND NATURAL GAS

  • If you smell gas or if your natural gas equipment is visibly damaged, call the emergency services number for your natural gas provider.
  • If you are using a generator, follow the instructions for its installation and use.

EVACUATION AND TRAVEL

  • Evacuate your home if the water level requires you to leave or the authorities order you to evacuate. Pack a few essential items such as warm clothing and waterproof gear if it is raining. 
  • Avoid walking and driving on flooded streets.  Abandon your vehicle if the engine stalls.
  • Check the road conditions before setting out
  • Advise municipal officials how to reach you if you are not going to a municipal shelter.

COMMUNICATIONS

  • Keep in touch with your loved ones through brief telephone conversations so as to not overload the telephone systems.
  • If possible, communicate via text messages and social media and carefully monitor the battery level on your mobile device.

https://www.securitepublique.gouv.qc.ca/en/civil-protection/floods-information-citizens.html

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Actions that will help to reduce humidity

10/16/2020 (Permalink)

Actions that will help to reduce humidity

  • Vent appliances that produce moisture, such as clothes dryers, stoves, and kerosene heaters to the outside where possible. (Combustion appliances such as stoves and kerosene heaters produce water vapor and will increase the humidity unless vented to the outside.)
  • Use air conditioners and/or de-humidifiers when needed.
  • Run the bathroom fan or open the window when showering. Use exhaust fans or open windows whenever cooking, running the dishwasher or dishwashing, etc.

Actions that will help prevent condensation:

  • Reduce the humidity (see preceeding page)
  • Increase ventilation or air movement by opening doors and/or windows, when practical. Use fans as needed.
  • Cover cold surfaces, such as cold water pipes, with insulation.
  • Increase air temperature.

https://www.epa.gov/mold/brief-guide-mold-moisture-and-your-home

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Smoke Alarms

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke Alarms

A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.

  • Install both ionization AND photoelectric smoke alarms, OR dual sensor smoke alarms, which contain both ionization and photoelectric smoke sensors.
  • Test batteries monthly.
  • Replace batteries in battery-powered and hard-wired smoke alarms at least once a year (except non-replaceable 10-year lithium batteries).
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement, both inside and outside of sleeping areas.
  • Replace the entire smoke alarm unit every 8-10 years or according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Never disable a smoke alarm while cooking – it can be a deadly mistake.

Smoke Alarm Safety for People with Access or Functional Needs

  • Audible alarms for visually impaired people should pause with a small window of silence between each successive cycle so that they can listen to the instructions or voices of others.
  • Smoke alarms with a vibrating pad or flashing light are available for the hearing impaired. Contact your local fire department for information about obtaining a flashing or vibrating smoke alarm.
  • Smoke alarms with a strobe light outside the home to catch the attention of neighbors and emergency call systems for summoning help are also available.

More Fire Safety Tips

  • Make digital copies of valuable documents and records like birth certificates.
  • Sleep with your door closed.
  • Contact your local fire department for information on training on the proper use and maintenance of fire extinguishers.
  • Consider installing an automatic fire sprinkler system in your residence.

https://www.ready.gov/home-fires

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