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Slow Down! Icy Roads!

12/2/2021 (Permalink)

With the recent big ice storms, most will avoid the roads as much as they can. But even those currently working from home will eventually have to go out for one reason or another. And if the roads are not salted yet, there could be patches of ice anywhere. Or even entire roads covered in ice. No matter how good the traction on your car is, there’s always a chance to spin out on the ice and crash. To avoid such a disastrous problem, there are a number of simple things you can do while driving to help your car stay on track and the people inside safe and sound. These tips from Ice Road Safety will help you get to all your destinations safely;

  • Drive slower, more speed means less control
  • Only go out when absolutely necessary
  • Go easy on the breaks, your car may slide forward on the ice
  • Turn into a slide, the wheels should be going the same direction as the back of your car
  • Don’t stop for other stranded vehicles, professionals will be on their way to help
  • Avoid hills and other more dangerous roads

Driving has quickly become an integral part of our day-to-day lives. And our cars have gotten safer just as quickly. But even still, so much safe driving is controlled by the driver. So when the weather turns back, make sure you know how to protect yourself, and all your passengers.

Source: http://icyroadsafety.com

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Package Safety Tips

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

With the onset of December, the Christmas buying season is now in full swing. Whether ordering your employees complimentary Christmas presents or buying new office Christmas decorations, they’ll all be coming in most likely on a truck in cardboard boxes. And more often than not the packages are left at the front door of your business. But with both your employees and customers walking by all day, it could be very easy for those packages to suddenly disappear. So it is important for you to practice good package safety. The Silver Lining.com has a helpful list of tips that you can use to keep your mailed packages safe this holiday season;

  • Don’t let your packages sit
  • Ship to your local pack and ship store
  • Talk to your neighbors
  • Insure your holiday packages
  • Ship to an alternate address
  • Try requiring a signature on delivery
  • Ship to the store
  • Consider installing a package lockbox
  • Consider investing in security cameras

As online shopping becomes more popular each year, porch pirates will continue to strike more often. After all, it only takes a second for them to walk up to your door, swipe the package, and walk away without a second thought. And while the practice of porch pirating may never fully disappear, you can do a few simple tricks to make your packages far less of a target to passersby. So look into some of these options this year and keep your packages secure and safe.

Source: https://www.thesilverlining.com

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Happy and Safe Turkey Day!

11/25/2021 (Permalink)

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at SERVPRO of Springfield! We hope you have a great holiday whether it be spent on your own or with all your family. And we also hope that your turkey is as delicious as it can be. But before it hits the dinner table, make sure you know in advance how you’re handling the cooking of the turkey. Ever since the “I Want a Deep Fried Turkey” campaign from State Farm and William Shatner in 2011 and 2018, the decision to deep fry a turkey has become more popular. But like the song says, if you’re not careful you could end up with a massive fire that will ruin your celebration. Luckily, State Farm itself has a list of tips to keep your holiday safe if you decide to deep fry that turkey;

  • Keep outdoor fryers off decks, out of garages, and a safe distance away from trees and other structures
  • Make sure the turkey is thawed and dry before cooking
  • Place the fryer on a level surface
  • Leave 2 feet between the tank and the burner when using a propane-powered fryer
  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions to avoid overfilling
  • Choose a smaller turkey for frying
  • Never leave fryers unattended
  • Turn off the burner before lowering the turkey into the oil
  • Wear goggles to shield your eyes, use oven mitts to protect your hands and arms
  • Do not use water or a garden hose on a fire related to Turkey Fryers
  • Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times
  • When done, cover it to let the oil cool overnight before disposing

Deep-fried turkey can be a delicious option for your Thanksgiving celebration. But in some ways, it can be an even more dangerous cooking method than your oven. With an open flame right above a pot of flammable oil, it can be easy for a split-second mistake to turn into a massive fire. So make sure you’re cooking safely and have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Source: https://www.statefarm.com

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

The Tools to Banish Water Damage

11/4/2021 (Permalink)

No matter what time of the year it is, we here at SERVPRO of Springfield are always ready to help you with your water damage clean-up. But why pick us in particular? There are a number of reasons that we’re the best in the business. But one of the best is the advanced technology we use to clean up and restore your home as swiftly as we can. But what exactly do we have? And what do we do with it? To answer that, we have a full list of the equipment we use and what it does to help us help you;

  • Moisture Detection and Measurement Equipment
    • An infrared camera may be used to identify water locations for thorough water removal.
    • Sensitive moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation
  • Water Extraction Equipment
    • Submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water. 
    • Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal.
  • Drying Equipment
    • High-speed air movers cause moisture to evaporate at a faster pace
    • Industrial-grade dehumidifiers pull the water vapor from the air.
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization
    • Air scrubbers
    • Thermal foggers and deodorization agents
  • Sanitizing Agents, Germicides, and Anti-Microbial Treatments
    • Deodorization products control odors from excessive moisture.
    • Disinfection products stop the growth of bacteria, fungi, mildew, and other harmful microorganisms.

When it comes to our restoration and clean-up technology, we don’t mess around. Our advanced machines and technology are just one of the many reasons we are the best in the business. We use only the best to make sure your home is restored and cleaned to the point that you can’t even tell there was ever water damage. That’s why our motto is “Like it never even happened.”

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Earlier Night, Dangerous Driving

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

As fall begins to leave and winter gets closer to settling in, we begin to notice just how much earlier it gets dark each night. As sunset becomes earlier and earlier and sunrise becomes later and later each day, more and more of your commercial driving teams will be forced to drive in the dark during their early and late runs. And just like a storm, nighttime is considered to be less than ideal conditions to be driving. Often with only your car lights and other cars’ lights as sources of lights, night driving can be very dangerous if your drivers are unprepared for it. Geico Insurance has provided a list of helpful safety tips to remember when driving at night;

  • Be Extra Defensive
  • Test And Use Your Lights
  • Combat Fatigue
  • Take Care Of Your Eyes
  • Clean Up Your View
  • Watch For Wildlife
  • Avoid Two-Lane Highways
  • Look In The Right Direction
  • Slow Down
  • Tweak Your Inside Lighting
  • Angle Your Headlights Correctly
  • Use High Beams When Appropriate

Simply put, it becomes much more dangerous to drive the darker it gets outside. Even the most experienced drivers have to be careful. And in company cars, you could be liable for accidents your drivers cause during the night hours. So make sure your company drivers know what to do when driving in the dark to keep themselves and other drivers safe. Both before and after the sun goes down.

Source: https://www.geico.com

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Turn on the Heater, Not a Fire

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

The cold weather is returning again and fast. And many of us are turning our heaters and or furnaces back on if we haven’t already. After all, who wants to be freezing cold in their own home? But while not as precarious as a fireplace or a space heater, your furnace can cause a catastrophic house fire that could cost thousands of dollars to fix. So it’s crucial to make sure your furnace is as safe as it can be. Nationwide Insurance has provided a list of tips to help you make sure your furnace doesn’t heat your house into a fire; 

  • Inspect your furnace annually
  • Don’t forget about the laundry room when inspecting for hazards
  • Clean your chimney if you use it frequently
  • Give your boiler a wide berth from other appliances
  • Check your chimney for structural damage before winter
  • Check your water heater for any problems
  • If using a fireplace, use a diffusion screen to keep logs securely inside
  • Be extremely careful with space heaters

The number of household fires from furnaces and other heaters during the winter months is sky high every year. And often this is just from a lack of simple maintenance on these appliances and systems. This is why it’s so important to keep your appliances well maintained and clean both during use and when they’re not in use. So take the time to make sure your appliances are clean and up to code. And don’t heat the house so much it becomes a fire.

Source: https://nationwide.com

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Storms: Scarier Than You Think

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

Halloween may be over now, but the scary parts of the real world are still in full swing. And with winter on the approach once again, it’s important to know just what could be coming your way. Often we don’t like to think about the worst-case scenarios when it comes to storms. But if we never do, then we won’t be prepared when those types of storms hit our area. So we have to acknowledge them and be prepared for them. Best Life Online has provided a list of shocking storm facts that actually have happened across the world;

  • A 1995 storm dropped hailstones as big as softballs
  • One blizzard in Iran buried entire villages with no survivors
  • Blood red rain poured down on India for a summer
  • A heatwave in California once turned grapes into raisins
  • Once in 2010, Earth got as cold as Mars with -135.8°F, or -94.7°C
  • America is the World's Tornado Capital
  • Mild autumn weather led to bigger spiders indoors
  • By counting the number of seconds between a flash of lightning and the thunder that follows, then dividing that by five, you learn how many miles away you are from where lightning just struck
  • Hurricane Andrew led to a Python invasion in Florida
  • Some storms are more powerful than Atomic Bombs
  • Bigger cities create stronger thunderstorms
  • It can rain fish and frogs
  • Once, wind during an NFL game bent the goalposts
  • Once in 1977, it snowed in Florida
  • There's such a thing as a "Thundersnow" storm

The point of this isn’t to scare you. The idea is to raise awareness of how dangerous a storm can be when Mother Nature decides to give us all a real wallop. Instances like the ones we’ve listed are extremely rare, but the fact is that they can happen. And under the right circumstances, they could happen again. So make sure you’re not only prepared for the normal, but also for the extreme and unusual.

Source: https://bestlifeonline.com

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Happy Halloween!

10/31/2021 (Permalink)

Happy Halloween from everyone at SERVPRO of Springfield! We hope all your costumes are amazing and your candy is sweet! But it’s also important to be safe while out candy hunting. With so many people and especially kids out and about in the dark on Halloween, accidents are at a much higher risk of happening. And no one wants their night of fun to end in disaster.  Safe Kids Worldwide has a list of safety tips to keep yourself and your little ones safe this Halloween;

  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right, and left again when crossing, and keep looking as you cross.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully
  • Put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  • Turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
  • If driving, slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods.
  • Join kids under age 12 for trick-or-treating
  • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors

Halloween is one of the best nights of the year. A lot of fun costumes, delicious candy, and time to spend with family and friends. But all this fun has to be tempered by the awareness that accidents can still happen. And happen at a higher rate the later in the day it gets. So be prepared and keep your friends and family safe as well. Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Source: https://www.safekids.org

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Warning! Wildfires!

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

Wildfires are not an exclusive event to California and the rest of the western coast. Under the right circumstances, a wildfire can start anywhere. So it’s very important to know the dangers and warning signs of the conditions under which they’re likely to spark. The National Weather Service has a list of the three different warnings that are put out when wildfires are in the area to help those living or working in the area know when to evacuate;

  • The Fire Weather Watch alert means that there is currently no wildfire activity, but the conditions for it are extremely favorable. This means that a wildfire could spark at any moment and residents of the area need to be on the watch for flames or other warnings.
  • The Extreme Fire Behavior alert means a wildfire likely to rage out of control but hasn’t yet. These types of wildfires are typically easier to get under control but can be dangerous because they behave erratically, sometimes dangerously.
  • The Red Flag Warning alert means there is an ongoing or imminent critical fire weather pattern. These wildfires are extremely dangerous and can spread quickly if left unchecked for too long. People under this warning need to get to a safe location as quickly as possible.

Wildfires can be some of the most deadly weather disasters in the country. They spread faster than most storms move, and they destroy more as they spread than a tornado. So no matter where you live, it’s important to be aware that under the right circumstances, a wildfire can spark. And if you are unaware of the warning signs, you won’t be able to take the proper action to keep yourself safe. So stay safe and watch out for wildfires.

Source: https://www.weather.gov

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Potholes: The Storm for Your Car

10/3/2021 (Permalink)

Hail, wind, and water damage are all the immediate problems that arise from a storm. But there’s another side effect of storms that takes time to form, but can cause just as much damage to your car. Storms are the main ingredient in the formation of potholes. And the deeper they get, the more damage they can do to your car if you ride over them. And sometimes the damage they do isn’t even apparent until it becomes a bigger problem. Firestone Complete Auto Care has a list of the problems that can start to pop up after you run over one too many potholes;

  • Tire puncture
  • Engine damage
  • Wheel rim damage
  • Exhaust system damage
  • Premature wear on shocks and struts
  • Steering system misalignment
  • Suspension damage, including broken components

When you feel your car run over a massive pothole, it is important to have some kind of idea of what kind of damage to look for. Otherwise, the problem could grow worse until it causes a massive accident. And the best defense against pothole damage to your car is to keep an eye out for them while you’re driving and try to avoid them as best you can. So drive safe and keep a close eye out.

Source: https://firestonecompleteautocare.com

As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.