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Winter Weather Readiness

10/4/2016 (Permalink)

Two pedestrians crossing the street in the middle of a snowstorm. Be prepared for the winter weather.

It’s getting to be that time of year again, where Winter Weather is going to start invading our daily life. Winter storms can range from a light snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several hours or more. Icy Conditions are typical within our area, and many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain.

One of the primary concerns is the winter weather's ability to knock out heat, power, and communications services to your home or office, sometimes for days at a time. Heavy snowfall and extreme cold can immobilize an entire region as was evident for last years February Storm that shut down DFW for days.

The National Weather Service refers to winter storms as the “Deceptive Killers” because most deaths are indirectly related to the storm. Instead, people die in traffic accidents on icy roads and of hypothermia from prolonged exposure to cold. So it’s extremely important to be prepared for winter weather before it strikes.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be posting ideas and tips on how to prepare before weather hits, what to do once it’s here, and how to respond after the weather is over, so check back often!

BEFORE WINTER STORMS

To prepare for a winter storm you should do the following:

  •    Before winter approaches, add the following supplies to your emergency kit:

o   Rock salt, kitty litter, or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways. Visit the Environmental Protection Agency for a complete list of recommended products.

o   Sand to improve traction.

o   Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.

o   Sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.

o   Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.

  •    Make a Family Communications Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.
  •    A NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts alerts and warnings directly from the NWS for all hazards. You may also sign up in advance to receive notifications from your local emergency services.
  •    Download FEMA’s Be Smart. Know Your Alerts and Warnings for a summary of notifications.
  •    Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle.
  •    Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.

Check back soon for additional information!

Happy Thanksgiving

11/11/2015 (Permalink)

We at SERVPRO of North Garland would like to wish everyone a Happt Thanksgiving! 

 Thanksgiving is a day to enjoy football, food, friends and family.  Most importantly it is a day for us to give thanks for the people and blessings that fill our lives.  While Thanksgiving traditions vary between families, the turkey is the centerpiece of each and every home during the holiday.

 With that in mind, if you decide to deep-fry your turkey, keep your family and house safe this Thanksgiving with these safe cooking tips.

Always use a turkey fryer outside, away from buildings or other flammable materials

Never use it on wooden decks or in garages

 Make sure the fryer is on flat ground before using to reduce the chance of tipping

 Never leave the fryer alone.  Most units lack thermostats, meaning an unwatched fryer will continue to heat until it bursts into flames

 Keep children and pets away from the fryer, even after you're done cooking, since the oil can remain hot for hours

 Don't overfill the fryer

 Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when touching pot or lid handles.  It is also recommended to wear safety goggles to avoid splatter

 Only cook a completely thawed turkey and be careful with marinades.  Oil and water don't mix, water could make the oil spill over, creating a fire or explosion

 If a fire does start, never use water to extinguish it.  If the fire is manageable, use an all-purpose fire extinguisher. 

 If the fire grows, immediately call 9-1-1