Top Tips for Workplace Safety
It is absolutely vital that all employers and employees have a regular discussion regarding potential safety hazards and unsafe practices.
Whether you are an employee or an employer, having a basic understanding of workplace safety is extremely important. For many organizations, the simple practice of creating safety guidelines and procedures seemingly is sufficient enough as their workplace safety protocol. Even worse, many companies do not even inform their working staff about safety regulations and best practices. Unfortunately, these mistakes are what lead to far too many on-the-job accidents and injuries. Safety standards should lay the foundation for all things done in your organization and communicating these standards is imperative.
With that said, it is absolutely vital that all employers and employees have a regular discussion regarding potential safety hazards and unsafe practices that are specific to their organization. The following are some of the top tips for workplace safety to share with your company:
- Safety equipment should be worn correctly and consistently
- Each and every machine and/or tool must only be used by a trained employee
- Remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings
- Every employee must take regular breaks throughout the day
- Emergency exits cannot be blocked
- Inform management or direct supervisors of any unsafe working condition immediately
- Be cognitive of proper posture while sitting down
- Avoid taking safety procedure shortcut at all costs
- Inform employees and entire staff of any new or updated safety procedures
Employers have the responsibility to ensure that their entire workforce understands possible workplace hazards and the proper rules and procedures to avoid them. Risks are inherent in virtually every type of job, but avoiding accidents and injuries hinges on a company’s ability to enforce their workplace safety best practices.
Flood Control Facts for You
Being an informed member of your community is essential to keeping your local area and your home safe from severe flooding.
South Florida home owners are all too familiar with major storms and the flooding the follows them. From heavy winds and heavy rains to inefficient drainage systems, experts have made some frightening predictions for the future of South Florida homes. The Union of Concerned Scientists (UOCS) recently released a report pointing to the potential of chronic flooding effecting one million Florida homes by the year 2100. These warnings are certainly scary and they make most South Florida residents think about how to handle flooding today and tomorrow. One of the most important things to consider is the concept of flood control and how you can use it to your home’s advantage.
Understanding some of the basics of quality flood control is important to minimizing potential dangers that stem from major storms. As we find ourselves in the thick of hurricane season, Florida residents should learn the following flood control facts:
- Drainage systems are always in operation in order to keep water elevation desired level
- The drainage district is in control and cannot open its discharge control to the community
- Opening the discharge control to the community is only authorized in emergency situations
- Older communities typically suffer from severe flooding due to their older storm water systems
- Homeowners can play a role in preventing flooding by avoiding putting trash bags in road swale and avoiding throwing debris in canals or lakes
Being an informed member of your community is essential to keeping your local area and your home safe from severe flooding. Working together as a community to keep canals and lakes free from debris and not placing trash bags in road swales are just a few ways to play a part in controlling flooding. Florida is surrounded by water and with hurricane seasons getting increasingly more potent, it is important to stay educated on flood control.
5 Reasons to Get a Commercial Carpet Cleaning
From millions of skin flakes to pounds upon pounds of dust and dirt, your commercial property can definitely use a professional cleaning from time to
Running a business is stressful. With an endless to-do list and employees to oversee, keeping your commercial property clean and tidy likely not business priority. However, far too many business owners find out the hard way that commercial carpets can get very, very messy. From big businesses to small businesses, carpet is the number one type of flooring found in commercial properties across the country. Since carpet covers much of the commercial space it is considered an investment and keeping it tidy is critical to protecting that investment. The majority of cleaning crews use a vacuum and hope that is enough. Unfortunately, a simple nightly vacuum just won’t cut it.
Are you thinking that the carpet in your business is actually clean and free of stains? Well, it is important to keep in mind that not all dirty carpets reveal themselves in stained areas. In fact, there are a variety of issues that could be lurking on your carpet that are not visible to the eye. Below are 5 reasons that you probably need to get your commercial carpet professionally cleaned:
- Bugs like dust mites and fleas are likely loitering throughout your office space carpet
- Food and beverage spills happen all of the time in your office, leaving them untreated could result in odors and bacteria growth
- Skin flakes are gross to think about, but are probably occupying a large portion of the carpet in your business
- Mold is likely growing on your carpet when moisture and spills are not properly cleaned
- Dirt and dust accumulation is not covered by a vacuum and must be cleaned professionally to fully handle it
From millions of skin flakes to pounds upon pounds of dust and dirt, your commercial property can definitely use a professional cleaning from time to time. At SERVPRO, our team of commercial cleaning and restoration professionals is ready to upgrade your office space today!
Getting Smart about Smoke Alarms
If you or a loved one has suffered from fire damage in your home, SERVPRO is here to help you recover from the tragedy.
Fire safety is often associated with tips to prevent fires from starting and steps to take in the event that a home fire occurs. Research shows that when a smoke alarm sounds off in a household, the inhabitants have less than 2 minutes to get out of the house for safety. This means that families must have a very specific plan of action when it comes to fire safety. We have discussed this in previous articles, but we have never spent the time to talk about something extremely important: smoke alarms.
Did you know that smoke alarms need to be replaced every 10 years? Did you know that smoke alarm batteries (9-volt battery) need to be replaced at least once per year? Did you know that smoke alarms should be tested every month? These types of facts are things that are rarely discussed yet are extremely essential for each and every homeowner. Having a smoke alarm properly installed in your home can literally be the difference between life and death. Reports from the U.S. Fire Administration point out that three out of five home fire death result from fire in properties without working smoke alarms. This speaks to the massive dangers linked to malfunctioning smoke alarms and just how critical is it to be on top of your alarms at home.
There are a few additional tips beyond replacing smoke alarms every 10 years and batteries every year that each person should know. First, when discussing your evacuation with your family it is imperative to enforce that as soon as an alarm sounds off everyone should exit. Hesitation in exiting the home when a fire starts is a common issue. Also, smoke alarms in your home should be interconnected, meaning that when one alarm sounds off, they will all sound off. In doing so, everyone in the house will be made aware of the fire no matter their location.
Finally, smoke alarm placement is key. Be sure to have a smoke alarm inside and outside of any and all sleeping areas and bedrooms as well as installing alarms on every level of a home. If you or a loved one has suffered from fire damage in your home, SERVPRO is here to help you recover from the tragedy. Contact our team of fire damage cleanup professionals to learn more about your restoration options today!
Post-Construction Cleaning Tips
From strip malls to office buildings, from restaurants to schools, and from hospitals to retail stores, properly clean a commercial property is vital.
After a renovation or any type of construction on a commercial property is completed, quite of bit of dust, debris, and general mess typically follows. In order to get back to business as quickly as possible, it is imperative to conduct a number of cleaning practices to ensure the property is ready for customers to walk through the door. Things like remodeling a retail space, upgrading the lobby of a hotel, or renovating a restaurant kitchen all require a multitude of materials and equipment. This material and equipment creates a serious mess that will require a deep, maybe even professional, cleaning.
When the contractors and construction workers leave the site, they often neglect to clean up after themselves. Therefore, it is smart to have a basic understanding of what to look for when cleaning a commercial property after construction work is completed. After the job is finished and the dust settles, keep the following cleaning tips in mind:
- Be sure to clean all of the lighting fixtures
- Spot treat carpet
- Vacuum all flooring
- Dust air diffusers
- Damp mop and buff wood flooring – waxing may be required as well
- Retouch baseboards
- Thoroughly wipe down the windows, mirrors, and any interior glass throughout the property
- Clean all restroom fixtures
- When necessary, do a deep carpet cleaning
- Check in areas like closets and cabinets to remove any dust
- Sweep exterior walkways
- Polish light switches, door knobs, and window frames
From strip malls to office buildings, from restaurants to schools, and from hospitals to retail stores, the ability to properly clean a commercial property after construction is imperative. At SERVPRO our team of commercial cleaning and restoration professionals have years of experience in post-construction clean up. Contact us today to learn more!
Bathroom Water Damage Signs
Our team of bathroom water damage professionals is highly trained to attack the problem immediately and make it “Like it never even happened.”
Homeowners dealing with water damage will agree that it can be quite the headache. The kitchen and the bathroom are the two most common areas of the home that suffer from various kinds of water damage. Bathrooms often have at least three sources of water between the sink, the shower and/or bathtub, and the toilet. As such, there are multiple places where leakage can occur. On top of dealing with leakage, bathrooms also create a lot of humidity from steamy showers or baths. When moisture levels rise in a small space like a bathroom, a number of potential issues can result.
Living in South Florida means hot days and nights, which in turn means the need for a well-functioning bathroom to clean up. Therefore, it is essential for homeowners to be aware of the most common signals that water damage may be present. The following are some of the most typical bathroom water damage signs:
- Damp, musty smells
- Floor damage like buckled, cracked, or stained tiles/wood
- Noticeable issues with discolored walls, warped walls, or wet walls
- Mold presence on the walls, ceiling, or corners
- Gaps between the grouting/calking
The ability to pinpoint possible water damage signs in your bathroom is critical to minimizing the overall damage and cost to repair. While something like an overflowing sink, tub, or toilet is an obvious cause of bathroom water damage, other issues may present themselves much slower and inconspicuously. If and when you do notice that your bathroom has some water issues, you must be proactive in seeking help. Our team of bathroom water damage professionals is highly trained to attack the problem immediately and make it “Like it never even happened.” Contact us today to learn more!
Quick Statistics about Mold Growth
For more information, contact our team of SERVPRO mold remediation technicians today!
Water damage in a residential or commercial property can often lead to a mold infestation. If left untreated, this mold growth can escalate and make its way throughout the property within 2-3 days. Unfortunately, mold is not only an issue that annoys homeowners and business owners alike, it can actually be incredibly dangerous for a person’s health. Decades and decades of research all point to the same issue regarding mold’s relation to serious health problems. Worldwide, millions of children and adults are living in regions where indoor and outdoor air pollution is threatening their well-being.
Mold is unavoidable, as it exists both in the air and on a variety of surfaces. Since it is attracted to moisture, mold grows in all kinds of places and is nearly unescapable. Health concerns like allergies and infections are related to mold presence. As such, it is important to be educated about mold in order to avoid it where possible. The following are some of the most notable statistics about mold growth:
- About 4.6 million cases of asthma in the United States are attributed to mold exposure and dampness within the home
- People are exposed to mold 24 hours a day, as it is virtually everywhere
- Elderly individuals, babies, children, and people with chronic respiratory conditions are often more severely affected by mold
- Recommendations state that humidity levels should be kept below 50% to prevent or limit mold growth
- Professional help should be sought if a mold problem exists in an area that covers 10 square feet or more
- Mold thrives on paper products, cardboard, and wood products
- Ventilation is critical in curbing the level of mold growth in a home
Organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Florida Department of Health work to provide statistics and information to limit the amount of mold exposure for the general population. Most notably, these organizations encourage homeowners and business owners to reach out for professional help if and when mold presence is identified. For more information, contact our team of SERVPRO mold remediation technicians today!
Fire Safety Tips for Your Pets
All homeowners with pets must think about their fire safety plans with their furry friends in mind.
When it comes to evacuation and safety plans in the event of a fire, most homeowners plans for protecting their family and their most meaningful possessions like important documents and family photos. Home fires are far more common than many people think and having a specific plan in place is essential. For those family with pets, an additional level of fire safety must be accounted for in order to keep your furry family members safe and sound. Approximately 500,000 pets are affected by fires every year, according to research from the United States Fire Administration. Therefore, all pet owners are strongly encouraged to think about fire safety preparation for pets.
A family pet is truly like a real member of the family. As such, ensuring that your fire safety plan includes your pet is critical. Keep the following fire safety tips for your pets in mind:
- Never leave any open flames, like candles, unattended – especially if they are within the reach of your pet
- Watch out for things like space heaters getting knocked over by your animal
- Hide all electrical cords out of reach of your pets
- Do smoke detector checks twice a year
- Keep a collar on your pet
- Put a sticker on your windows and door to let firefighters know that a pet is inside the household
- Have a microchip implanted in your pet
- Account for your pet’s food when making emergency supply lists
- Keep your pet’s leash, food, and carrier by the home’s exit in case of a fire
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), about 700 home fires annually are started every year as a result of a pet or wild animal. All homeowners with pets must think about their fire safety plans with their furry friends in mind. If you have suffered any fire damage as a result of a home fire, contact the fire damage professionals at SERVPRO for immediate help!
Water Damage on Your Boat
Keeping a careful eye on your boat’s interior is critical to extending the life of the boat overall.
For boat owners in South Florida, mold and mildew are true enemies. It may seem counterintuitive to think of water damage being present in a vessel meant for water. However, water damage in boats is a real issue that requires quick action to repair and restore the boat for safe use. When long days are spent out on the ocean, things like dirt, fish slime, salt, and water presence begin to wreak havoc on your boat’s interior. As such, it is important to understand the signs of water damage in your boat in order to proactively address the variety of issues that will stem from that type of damage.
With summertime right around the corner, the majority of South Florida boat owners are getting ready for back-to-back-to-back weekends on the water. Gathering your friends and family for a boat day is one of the best parts about living in Florida. So, keep these water damage signs in mind while preparing your marine vessel:
- Electrical system is corroding
- Blistering on the fiberglass
- Boat seats are cracking or damaged
- Carpet smells of mold and appears dirty and damaged
- Metal is rusting
- Warping of flooring
Keeping a careful eye on your boat’s interior is critical to extending the life of the boat overall. Marine vessel restoration is something that you should consider if any of the above signs are present on your boat. For more information about boat water damage, contact SERVPRO today!
SERVPRO® Named Top Franchise Opportunity in Restoration Services Category for the 15th Consecutive Year
Cleanup and restoration franchisor attains #12 ranking overall in Entrepreneur magazine’s 2018 Franchise 500 rankings
SERVPRO®, a cleanup and restoration franchise company, continues to dominate its segment of Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list, receiving top ranking in the Restoration Services industry for the 15th consecutive year. Sue Steen, SERVPRO Industries, Inc., chief executive officer, said the company also achieved the number 12 spot overall in the prestigious rankings, standing out in a record-breaking group of more than 1,020 franchises qualified for the 2018 list.
The purpose of the Franchise 500 list is to use objective and quantifiable measures of a franchise operation to help would-be entrepreneurs identify franchise investment opportunities. The evaluation process is based on what the magazine calls “The Five Pillars of the Franchise 500©”: Costs and Fees, Size and Growth, Support, Brand Strength, and Financial Strength and Stability.
“SERVPRO’s financial strength and stability, growth rate, and system size all contribute to the company’s success, and by extension to the success of its franchisees,” said Steen. “The commitment to excellence starts at the top and carries through to the service each franchisee provides to each and every customer.”
Steen says key differentiators set SERVPRO apart from the competition, making it a strong business opportunity for both existing franchisees and would-be entrepreneurs. Those differentiators are:
- SERVPRO’s strength as a brand, enabling the company to form national partnerships with organizations like the PGA TOUR®.
- SERVPRO’s commitment to being a learning organization, helping franchisees plan, track, and deliver best-in-class services to consumers.
- SERVPRO’s focus on continued technological development and support, resulting in industry-leading proprietary software and systems.
“SERVPRO was founded in 1967 as a painting company. Today, we are a mature restoration services organization with more than 1,700 individually owned and operated locations under a single brand,” said Steen. “Our franchisees respond to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Maintaining our position for 15 consecutive years as the best franchise opportunity in our category on the Entrepreneur Franchise 500 list validates our long-standing strategy for growing our brand: invest in franchisee training and support, and commit resources to continually improving our infrastructure.”