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How to Deal with Writer’s Block

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

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Whether you’re a student with a research paper due tomorrow or an executive giving a presentation tomorrow, writer’s block can strike at any time. That feeling when you know you have to finish writing, but something in your brain just seems to block out the formation of any new or good idea. It can cause major stress and frustration and make the block even more powerful. That’s why there have been several people who have come up with ways to combat writer’s block. One such group is the people at Reedsy.com who have a helpful list of tips;

  • Develop a writing routine
  • Look for the root of your writer’s block
  • Use "imperfect" words than come back and refine it later
  • Try a more visual process
  • Do non-writing activities
  • Stop writing for readers
  • Write something else
  • Exercise your creative muscles
  • Freewrite through it
  • Balance your inner critic
  • Relax on your first draft
  • Don’t start at the beginning

There’s no doubt that writer’s block when you have a deadline can be downright insanity-inducing. But stressing and panicking will only make the block stronger and your writing weaker. Make sure you know how to keep yourself calm and try some of these tips or your own home remedies. That way you’re writing, no matter what it’s for, will be the best it can be.

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.

I Dropped My Phone in the Toilet!

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

image wet cellphone Wet Cellphone

Nothing scares a person quite like the feeling when you drop your cellphone into the water. The world freezes for just an instant and then it’s a race to grab it as quickly as you can. Cellphones, like any other electronic, do not mesh well with water. Even so-called “waterproof” phones can’t fully protect from the water. So when your phone has completely submerged in water, it’s vital that you drain the water as fast as you can before it does permanent damage. Android Authority has a step-by-step list so you can safely get the water out of your phone before it causes damage;

  • Quickly remove your phone from the water
  • Do not turn on the phone or plug it in
  • Don’t shake or blow into the device
  • Do not apply any heat to the phone
  • Open the phone casing
  • Do not remove any of the components
  • Try to dry the exterior with a paper towel
  • If you have a small vacuum cleaner attachment, you can use it to suck away water in crevices
  • Put the phone in a Ziploc bag full of rice and let it rest there for about two or three days
  • Take the phone out of the bag and see if it works
  • When all else fails, take it to your local phone retailer and see what they can do

With the safeguards most phones have built into them now, even a completely submerged phone will be ok if you get it out and dry it quick enough. Just remember that even with those safeguards, a phone that has been potentially exposed to water can produce an electrical shock that can seriously injure a person. So the next time you drop your phone into the water try following these steps and save yourself the cost of a new phone.

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 Dangers of Dry Lightning

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

image dry lightning Dry Lightning

By its very name, dry lightning seems like an impossibility. The vast majority of lightning is accompanied by a rainstorm of some kind. But also as its name suggests, dry lighting is the exact opposite of its storm counterpart. Dry lightning is cloud-to-ground lightning without any accompanied rainfall nearby. This type of lightning can be even more dangerous because the other signs of a storm, such as rain and wind are not present to provide a natural warning. In response to this unusual phenomenon, The Weather Channel has a list of early warning signs you can use to know when to get to a safe location;

  • Dry lightning is most common during the hot summer months
  • Upon hearing the sound of thunder, always take shelter whether or not there is any rain
  • If you see dark clouds rolling in, be ready to go inside quickly
  • Make sure you know the daily forecast so you can be aware of what could be coming and when
  • Pay attention to warning sirens and lights
  • If the wind picks up significantly, check the sky for dark clouds

Dry lightning is so dangerous because it can strike with far less warning than lightning in a thunderstorm. And its warning signs are equally as subtle if you aren’t looking for them. So it’s critical that whenever you see conditions that are not ideal, you make sure you know what to do should dry lightning become a factor. So, learn the warning signs and be ready if you hear that thunder rumble.

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.

Differences in Burns

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

image burn on elbow Burn on Elbow

Like fires, burns have varying degrees of severity. And it’s important to know because the way to treat them is very different. A minor burn would probably not require any kind of medical care beyond what a first aid kit can provide. But a more major burn would require professional medical care to keep it from getting infected and causing even more damage. So it’s definitely important to know what type of burn you’re dealing with. The U.S. National Library of Medicine has a list of the different burns and what those differences are;

  • First-degree burns affect only the outer layer of the skin. They cause pain, redness, and swelling. These are classified as minor burns.
  • Second-degree burns affect both the outer and underlying layer of the skin. They cause pain, redness, swelling, and blistering. They are also called partial-thickness burns. These are classified as minor or major burns depending on the severity and size of the burn.
  • Third-degree burns affect the deep layers of skin. They are also called full-thickness burns. They cause white or blackened, burned skin. The skin may be numb. These are classified as major burns.

Like any other injuries, burns can vary from injury to injury. It’s possible to even have multiple different types of burns on your body at once. So it’s important to know how to identify which types of burns you’re dealing with so you can treat them properly. And as always, when in doubt about just how bad the injury is, always check with a doctor. But hopefully, you can also make an informed decision about your burn on your own as well. So stay safe and be careful when around potential burn causes.

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.

Merry Christmas from SERVPRO!

12/25/2021 (Permalink)

Merry Christmas from everyone at SERVPRO of Springfield! We hope everyone has a fantastically fun holiday! We hope it’s a safe holiday as well. Despite all the holiday joy and cheer around us, it’s important to remember that there’s still plenty that can go wrong. Especially with all the extra decorations and people around for the holidays. So it’s important to still be ready for the worst while still having fun with your family. The National Safety Council (NSC) has a list of safety to keep in the back of your mind this Christmas season to keep you and your family safe;

  • Prepare your car for winter traveling and keep an emergency preparedness kit with you
  • Never leave candles or fireplaces burning unattended or when you are asleep
  • Be cautious about toys that have button batteries or magnets
  • Plan ahead for heavy traffic
  • Refrigerate hot or cold leftover food within two hours of being served
  • Designate a sober driver to ensure guests make it home safely after a holiday party
  • Choose toys for presents in the correct age range
  • Wash your hands frequently when handling food
  • Never nail, tack, or stress wiring when hanging lights
  • Keep your decorations away from potentially poisonous plants
  • Only use indoor lights indoors and outdoor lights outdoors
  • Use a screen on the fireplace at all times when a fire is burning

Just a few simple tips can keep your holiday celebration safe and fun. We all love spending time with our families and our presents during the holiday season. But it’s just as important to make sure our homes and families are safe from all the potential hazards that are present even on Christmas. So stay safe and have a very Happy Holidays.

Source: https://www.nsc.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.

Watering Your Christmas Tree

12/4/2021 (Permalink)

Even though plastic Christmas trees have become more popular in recent years, there are still plenty of people who prefer the scent and sight of a real live Christmas tree. They enjoy picking out their Christmas tree, bringing it home, and keeping it lush and green throughout the season. But if you choose to go this route this holiday season, it’s important to remember that your Christmas tree is a living plant. And like any other household plant, it must be cared for properly or its life will wither away very quickly. The Home Depot has a list of tips to help you make sure your tree lasts the entire Christmas season;

  • Gather tools and materials ahead of time
  • Set up stand and water before going to buy your tree
  • Get tree into water as soon as you can
  • Water daily because a 6-foot Christmas tree requires at least one gallon of water each day to stay fresh
  • Try a tree watering system
  • The size of your stand should be proportionate to the size of your tree
  • Do not let the water level in the stand fall below the base of your Christmas tree
  • Use a spray bottle to mist the branches and needles once a day to help prevent them from becoming brittle and breaking off too soon

The debate over plastic versus real Christmas trees is one that has been going on for years. And it most likely won’t be settled any time soon. But both can become absolutely beautiful if decorated and maintained with care. So if you’re sporting a live Christmas tree this year, make sure you know how to water it properly and keep it bright and green.

Source: https://www.homedepot.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.

Fireplaces: Warm, Cozy, and Safe

12/3/2021 (Permalink)

As the weather gets colder and colder, a lot of households turn to their fireplaces for an extra source of heat and a cozy place to gather as a family. This happens so often that the fireplace is often pictured alongside other Christmas traditions. But even during our time cuddled up in front of the fire we have to remember that a fireplace is an open flame. And like any other open flame, it can be dangerous if not taken care off properly. Healthy Children.org has a list of tips that can help your fireplace stay cozy and not dangerous;

  • If possible, keep a window cracked open while the fire is burning
  • Keep a fire extinguisher on hand
  • Be certain the damper or flue is open before starting a fire
  • Ensure your smoke detector and fire alarm are working properly
  • Use dry and well-aged wood
  • Put fireplace tools and accessories out of a young child's reach
  • Smaller pieces of wood placed on a grate burn faster and produce less smoke
  • Never leave a fire in the fireplace unattended
  • Clean out ashes from previous fires to increase oxygen flow
  • Make sure the area around the fireplace is clear of anything that is potentially flammable
  • The chimney should be checked annually by a professional
  • Consider installing a safety screen if you don’t have one already
  • Check for animal nests or other blockages that could prevent smoke from escaping

Most modern fireplaces come with plenty of safeguards that there shouldn’t be a problem if you want to light that fire and relax for a while. But even so, the wrong combination of steps can result in a devastating house fire and leave you literally out in the cold. So just make sure you’re careful when putting that finishing touch on your holiday living room.

Source: https://www.healthychildren.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.

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.