Cooking and Fire Safety During the Holiday Season
It's that time of year again when we start planning our holiday meals and special gatherings. We all love Thanksgiving for the delicious food it promises and the perfect reason for extra calories. Did you know that Thanksgiving is the number one day for cooking fires?
Leaving an area unattended while your cooking is the primary reason for trouble. The National Fire Protection Association has gathered together life saving tips to make sure your Thanksgiving is safe. Check out this link, and make sure you're prepared: http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/wildfire-and-seasonal-fires/thanksgiving-safety
If you do run into trouble, we're always here to help.
How long has it been since you checked your smoke alarms?
Having smoke alarms property placed in your home or dwelling can have a major impact on your safety, and that of your loved ones and pets.
SERVPRO NW Tucson has had in crease in fire damage related calls for help. Just because there is more water in the sky this time of year, doesn't mean you should be relying on the environment to save your property.
To make sure you're up to code, head to http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/smoke-alarms.
If you, your family, or your friends do experience a fire loss we'll be there for you. Just call us anytime at 520-219-2858.
Tips to get through the rest of the monsoon season
We're halfway through the monsoon season and you're probably seeing lots of interesting, and slightly terrifying bugs and animals. We know you love the smell of the creosote bushes, but make sure you stay inside when you see lightning.
Lightning strikes typically occur more than three miles from the center of the thunderstorm. Avoiding the use of electrical equipment and plumbing during a lighting storm is best. You can find out where the latest lightening strikes are by going to: lightningmaps.org.
Have you ever seen a car submerged in water in an area marked, "Do Not Enter When Flooded"? An Arizona law permits rescue agencies to collect up to $2000 for water rescues if a motorist gets stuck after driving into a flooded area they knew to be flooded. So if you're stuck somewhere and can't get home, or you can't see to drive, pull completely off the road. Don't leave your lights on and don't rest your feet on the brakes. Your car lights can encourage other motorist to follow you.
For more monsoon tips, check out this article: http://tucson.com/news/local/things-you-need-to-know-about-monsoon-season/collection_8fe6860e-397e-11e6-98ce-5366cbe11c02.html#9
As always, if your home or business gets into any monsoon trouble, give us a call at 520-219-2858.
Are you ready for an emergency?
Did you know SERVPRO has an easy, and digital way, for you to keep track of the important information about your home and family in case there's ever an emergency?
We've developed an app available for download on iTunes and Google Play, which easily combines the most important information about your home into one app that can be accessed from any phone, tablet, or computer. Don't worry if you have all the information you need when it comes to securing a safe place for your family, or having the information at hand when you make a call in the middle of the night for because your roof is leaking.
At SERVPRO of Northwest Tucson we've got your back. Our app is free to download, and if you need our assistance filling anything out or would like us to visit your home to give you a hand, that's free too. https://ready.SERVPRO.com/. Don't wait until your knee deep in water or running from the flames. Download and use our app today, or give us a call at 520-219-2858. We're always here to help.
Community Blood Drive
On Sunday, July 31 from 10 am to 4 pm we’ll roll up our sleeves and help save lives! The summer months bring tremendous heat and struggling supplies of blood in southern Arizona. Each pint of blood we collect can help save up to three lives and will touch the lives of so many more. SERVPRO of Northwest Tucson will proudly partner with the American Red Cross to hold what we expect to be the first of many blood drives.
The Red Cross has over 130 years of experience providing humanitarian aid – including more than 70 years of supplying blood to those in need. We are holding this drive to honor our friend Barbara Applebaum. Her car was struck in an automobile accident on April 17, 2016, on Oracle Rd. in Oro Valley. Barbara is still in intensive care at UMC.
Let’s show our community and the patients in need of blood just how much we can do. We are very excited about the drive. What a great way to pay it forward and make an impact on people in our community. We hope you come out to donate!
To sign up:
• Go to: redcrossblood.org and enter Sponsor Code: SERVPROnwtucson
• You can also call (800) 733-2767
• Please remember to bring identification with you
It’s not every day that we do something that has such a lifesaving impact. We’ll be looking forward to seeing you at the blood drive. Let’s blow this out of the water!
It's getting hot out there!
Summer is in full swing and summer activities drive us outdoors to enjoy the season. We all know to wear sunscreen to protect our skin, but what else should we do to stay safe?
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a great resource for tips on how to keep yourself, your family, and even your pets safe. Click here for ‘Tips for Preventing Heat-Related Illness’: http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/heattips.asp
My favorite tip is when the sun is at its highest, why not participate in an afternoon siesta? If you’re able to rest when it starts to get the hottest you can avoid being overly exposed to the sun’s rays and maybe get a little shut eye.
Worried About Mold?
Molds are found in every environment, and mold spores reproduce rapidly when moisture is present. The EPA advised that the potential health concerns from molds are an important reason to prevent moisture problems leading to mold growth.
Many sources rank Arizona in the top 5 to 10 for the worst states with mold. Popular site Home Advisor ranks us in the top 10 : http://www.homeadvisor.com/article.show.Top-10-Worst-States-for-Mold.14164.html Many agencies that assign risk for insurance companies like American Risk Management Resources Network, LLC (http://www.armr.net/), either for health or property, rank Arizona the same. So what can you do to stay healthy and keep your family safe?
If you experience water damage in your home or business, you need to properly dry out the structure. It looks dry to you but it may not be. We have meters that can read the moisture level of your walls and floor. We can tell you if your home or business is dry. If it's not dry, it will get moldy.
If you experience a musty smell anywhere in your home or business, or visually see mold, call us and we'll come take at look at no cost. If we're concerned about what we find, we work with a licensed Industrial Hygienist. They'll take a sample of the mold and test it. Don't lose any more sleep or ignore the problem and hope it goes away.
SERVPRO of Northwest Tucson 520-219-2858
Suffer from allergies?
Sneezing? Itchy, swollen, red eyes? Do you suffer from seasonal allergies and have no idea where to get information about the environment's pollen levels?
Living in Tucson has made me very familiar with these questions. Since moving here a few years ago, I've developed allergies to plants I previously didn't know existed. I now think spending the first hour of every morning sneezing repetitively is completely normal. You can get really helpful information about pollen counts and even get an allergen email sent to you at your request by visiting: https://www.pollen.com/forecast/current/pollen/85701
This site has helped me when traveling. You can enter the city or zip code at the top of the page that you're traveling to for helpful information about the allergens and pollen counts in that area.
Is your community Firewise?
The temperatures are mild in Tucson and this is the time to start cleaning up your yard to make it wildfire safe. You may understand the risk to your home by leaving around debris but does your neighbor?
The National Fire Protection Association has created a user guide to assist you in talking to your neighbors about being Firewise.
Review the materials in this link: http://www.firewise.org/usa-recognition-program/talking-to-your-neighbors-about-firewise.aspx
The link above contains a PDF that you can download and will detail how you can start a Firewise Recognition Program in your Community.
Love cookies and helping your community? This is the perfect event for you!
Marana's Tour de Cookie
On April 9, you can take a casual bike ride along the Santa Cruz river to help the Marana Rotary Club, raise money to support important community endeavors. Friendly folks will be stationed along the Santa Cruz River Bike Path handing out cookies to participants.
For information and registration, follow this link: http://rotarytourdecookie.org/
We'd love to here from you. Send an email to info@SERVPROnwtucson.com and tell us what your favorite cookie is or send us pictures of your participation in the Tour de Cookie.