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How to Deal with a Mold Problem

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

When it comes to dealing with mold, prevention is key, but preventing it isn’t always possible. 

Call in professionals. The minute you suspect mold in the workplace, call in specialists that can access your office building and find the source of the mold problem. Often mold appears indoors due to a leak, or through environmental factors such as flooding or high humidity.

Additionally, if you rent an office space, be sure to alert the landlord about the situation before you schedule a mold inspection. 

Ideal conditions for mold growth:

  • Temperatures above 70
  • High humidity
  • Water damage
  • Dampness

https://www.paradisoinsurance.com/business-insurance/how-deal-with-mold-in-the-workplace/

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Will a Running Water Fountain in Your House Add Humidity?

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

Keeping your home healthy and mold free requires monitoring indoor humidity levels and sources of moisture. Many factors contribute to rising indoor humidity levels and high indoor humidity is especially problematic in humid climates. Homeowners who wish to add a running water fountain to their home may find their humidity levels on the rise. However, those who live in dry climates may wish to place a fountain indoors to raise humidity.

Identification

Relative humidity is the ratio of the amount of water vapor present in the air to the greatest amount possible at the same temperature. When humidity is high, it causes people to sweat. Reducing indoor humidity levels is the key to keeping mold growth at bay and makes living areas more comfortable. Low humidity can make skin feel dry and itchy, irritate nasal passages and dry out wood furnishings.

https://www.ehow.com/info_11403006_running-water-fountain-house-add-humidity.html

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General Severe Weather Safety Practices

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

In a severe weather emergency, all employees should be aware of their responsibilities and the actions they should take to protect themselves and others.

  • When severe weather is threatening, tune in to local radio or television stations or check local weather reports online.
  • If a tornado warning is issued or the weather becomes severe, seek immediate cover in the company’s pre-designated shelter area.
  • If you are unable to reach the pre-designated shelter area, take cover in interior rooms with small or no windows such as restrooms, kitchens or hallways on the lowest possible floor.
  • Climb under heavy furniture, such as tables and desks, if possible.
  • Cover your face and head with blankets, coats, jackets, etc. to protect yourself from flying glass.
  • Stay away from windows and doors and do not use the telephone.
  • Be prepared to take cover when the following alerts have been issued for our area:
    • Severe Thunderstorm Watch—Severe thunderstorms are possible.
    • Tornado Watch—Tornadoes are possible.
    • Severe Thunderstorm Warning—Severe thunderstorms are occurring.
  • Take immediate cover when the following warning has been issued for our area:
    • Tornado Warning—A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar.

https://www.valentgroup.com/severe-weather/

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From sawdust to paint thinner, workshops are filled with fire hazards. Keep these fire safety tips in mind to avoid workshop fires.

10/6/2021 (Permalink)

From sawdust to paint thinner, workshops are filled with fire hazards. Keep these fire safety tips in mind to avoid workshop fires.

It's a good idea to have a charged fire extinguisher in an easily accessible part of the workshop. Keep in mind the following safety tips too – so the extinguisher will never have to be used. Dispose of sawdust at least once a day. It's important to keep the shavings in an airtight container because they're extremely flammable.

  • Rinse and hang rags outside to dry after using them to apply solvents, finishes and other chemicals. Materials soaked with such chemicals may spontaneously combust if piled together.
  • Store volatile chemicals – such as paint thinner – in a fireproof locked metal cabinet.
  • When working with a torch, place a metal plate at least 1/8 inch thick between the torch and any combustible surface.
  • Place fire extinguishers at every exit. Fire extinguishers come in different kinds, each of which is able to extinguish specific kinds of fires. Type A fires involve natural combustibles such as wood, trash and paper. Type B fires involve liquids or grease. Type C fires are electrical fires. The sticker on an extinguisher indicates whether it can handle one, two or all three kinds of fires.

To put out a fire, remember the acronym PASS:
Pull: Pull the pin to unlock the extinguisher's operating lever.
Aim: Aim the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
Squeeze: Squeeze the extinguisher's trigger.
Sweep: Sweep the extinguisher from side to side, across the base of the fire.

https://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/maintenance-and-repair/preparedness/fire-safety-tips

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Get your home ready.

10/6/2021 (Permalink)

  • Clear your yard. Make sure there’s nothing that could blow around during the storm and damage your home. Move bikes, lawn furniture, grills, propane tanks, and building material inside or under shelter.
  • Cover up windows and doors. Use storm shutters or nail pieces of plywood to the outside window frames to protect your windows. This can help keep you safe from pieces of shattered glass.
  • Be ready to turn off your power. If you see flooding, downed power lines, or you have to leave your home, switch your power off.
  • Fill clean water containers with drinking water. You’ll want to do this in case you lose your water supply during the storm. You can also fill up your sinks and bathtubs with water for washing.
  • Check your carbon monoxide (CO) detector’s battery to prevent CO poisoning 

https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/before.html

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What to do in a fire

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

Extinguish the fire if possible

If the fire has just sparked—for example, a pan catches fire on the stove—you may be able to contain it.

Grab your fire extinguisher and remember to PASS pull the pin, aim at the base of the flames, squeeze the extinguisher handle, and sweep from side to side until the fire is extinguished. Make sure that the fire is completely out and not still smoldering.

Crawl beneath the flames to escape

Fire produces smoke and poisonous gases that can cause lightheadedness or loss of consciousness if inhaled—both of which can cause issues if you’re trying to get out of a burning building. To escape a fire and its fumes, crawl to the closest exit, remembering that it may be a window. Staying low to the ground will help protect you from inhaling smoke and toxic gases.

https://www.safewise.com/home-security-faq/house-fire/

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Tips for preventing water damage at your business

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

Insulate exposed pipes

When temperatures drop during the winter, especially at night, exposed pipes are vulnerable to freezing. Plummeting temperatures or cold drafts can freeze water inside a poorly insulated pipe, creating pressure and ultimately causing the pipe to burst. A broken pipe can lead to costly flooding or even structural damage.

The best way to prevent frozen pipes is to ensure they’re insulated. Most hardware stores carry pipe insulation. The more insulation you use, the better protected your pipes will be.

Keep heat at sufficient levels

To prevent pipes from freezing, you’ll want to keep an eye on your business’s thermostat. Make sure the thermostat is never set lower than 50 degrees – even on weekends or when the building is vacant. Avoid significant changes between nighttime and daytime temperatures, which increases the risk of your pipes freezing. In addition, be sure to regularly replace batteries in thermostats to ensure they’re operating correctly.

https://www.insureon.com/blog/tips-for-preventing-water-damage-at-your-business

Preparing for a Hurricane or Other Tropical Storm

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

Gather emergency supplies.

During and after a hurricane, you may need supplies to keep your family safe and healthy. Remember that a hurricane could cut off your power and water supply. You also may not be able to drive because of damage to your car. Roads may be flooded or blocked.

That’s why it’s best to be prepared—stock up on everything you might need now. Be sure to prepare the following:

  • An emergency food and water supply
  • An emergency medicine supply
  • Emergency power sources such as flashlights (don’t forget extra batteries).
  • Safety and personal items
  • Important documents, including medical documents, wills, passports, and personal identification.
  • A fire extinguisher. Make sure your family knows where to find it and how to use it! Read the National Fire Protection Association’s tip's for using fire extinguishers 

https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/before.html

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What to Do if Lightning Strikes

9/10/2021 (Permalink)

If lightning does hit your house, chances are a few things may happen. Let’s look over what you need to look for in the aftermath.

  • Make sure no one is hurt! If someone has suffered any harm, seek medical assistance immediately. When in doubt dial 911.
  • Look for signs of a fire – Smoke, charred electrical outlets or heat from your attic, etc. If there is a fire follow our What to do if you have a fire guide.
  • Make sure there isn’t damage that could create a dangerous situation. A whole in the roof, hanging beams, exposed wires, all of these can cause injury.
  • Check for other damage – Shorted appliances, fried wiring, blasted roof shingles, damaged trees, or downed powerlines.

The primary thing is to BE SAFE. You don’t want to survive the actual strike itself and then put yourself in a position of being hurt after.

Lightning can cause as many dangerous situations as it presents itself. Fire is the most common risk from a lightning hit, and it can start in hard to find places that hide detection.

Make sure you check attics, look at electrical outlets for burn marks, and (once it is safe and the storm has passed) look at your roof to make sure there isn’t smoke or other signs of a fire in your home.

https://www.myallianceinsurance.com/what-to-do-if-lightning-hits-your-house/

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House Fire Recovery Steps

9/10/2021 (Permalink)

Find a Place to Stay

Once you know what resources your insurance company will provide, find a place to rent, or move in with relatives while your home is being repaired. Contact your children's school and, if possible, make arrangements for them to continue in the same classes even if you must temporarily move out of the school district. Most districts will make allowances for emergencies such as a fire. Keep receipts for everything you spend in conjunction with your fire recovery. Your insurance company may reimburse you for some of the expenses, and you may be able to deduct others from your income tax.

Take Inventory

Your insurance company will want an inventory of everything that was lost or damaged during the fire. Your agent can provide you with an inventory sheet. Review any inventory you made prior to the fire and make additions to it. If you need to reconstruct a list of your belongings from memory, review photographs and video to refresh your memory, and ask friends or relatives who have been in your home to help you compile your list. Review old credit card statements and bank records to determine what you paid for your belongings.

https://homeguides.sfgate.com/house-fire-recovery-steps-52922.html

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