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The Importance of First Aid and CPR Training in the Workplace

4/13/2017 (Permalink)

As emergency responders SERVPRO of Edmonds, Lynnwood 8 Bellevue West experiences daily the importance of a rapid and efficient response. Life can change in a matter of minutes which is why we know the best way to expect the unexpected is to be prepared. What better way to celebrate preparedness than to certify our employees in CPR and First Aid training?

We teamed up with one of our favorite associations; PHCCWA (Plumbing Heating and Cooling Contractors of Washington) to host a CRP and First Aid class at our facility in Lynnwood. Many of our association members and our team members attended to renew their certifications.

We think CRP and First Aid training is important in the work place for many reasons;

  • Having trained employees can make a substantial difference in your ability to maintain a safe work environment. They will be able to respond more quickly and effectively when medical emergencies occur.
  • This training and knowledge provides a sense of security and promotes a more confident work environment.
  • As staff becomes more prepared and responsive – they also become more aware of their surroundings and more likely to spot potential hazards. This inspires a ‘safety culture’.
  • 25% of all emergency room visits can be avoided with basic first aid and CPR certification.
  • Safety precautions and preparedness applies to ANY industry of ANY size.

There are many local resources that can help you get CPR and First Aid Certified such as The Red Cross or Snohomish County Fire District 1. Call SERVPRO of Edmonds, Lynnwood & Bellevue West and speak to one of our Marketing Specialists to learn more about how you can be personally prepared; 425-774-1148.

Frozen Pipes? Call SERVPRO of Bellevue West

12/30/2016 (Permalink)

Severe winter weather ranks third as a cause of insured catastrophic losses, after hurricanes and tornadoes, according to the Insurance Information Institute.  Losses from snow, ice, and freezing temperatures across the United States average about $1.2 billion a year, according to the New York Times.

Preparing your home for cold weather can help avoid potentially costly problems, like frozen pipes.  When water freezes it expands.  That's why a can of soda explodes if you put it into a freezer to chill quickly and forget it.  When water freezes in a pipe, it expands the same way.  If the water expands enough, the pipe bursts, water escapes, and major damage can begin.

Preventing Frozen Pipes

So what can you do to avoid frozen pipes?  First, make sure your heating system is working properly and that vulnerable pipes, like those that run close to your exterior walls, are insulated. 

If you go away for several days in the winter, make sure you leave the heat on.  The Insurance Information Institute recommends setting your thermostat at 65 degrees.

Have someone check your home and property, if you can.  If you expect to be away for extended periods - say, you go South for the winter - have your water turned off.

Other actions you can take to help prevent your pipes from freezing are:

  • Seal air leaks surrounding or near your pipes
  • Keep your garage doors closed if you have water supply lines in the garage.
  • Disconnect all outdoor hoses and turn off water to exterior faucets and sprinkler systems.
  • Open your kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
  • Keep your heat at a minimum of 55 degrees at all times.  Keep it at 65 when you're out of town.
  • During severe cold turn on both hot and cold faucets near outside walls to allow a small trickle of water to run during the night.
  • Remove your outside hoses and store them inside during the winter.
  • If you need to be away from home, consider draining your water system before you go.
  • Identify the locations of shut-off valves so that you're prepared to stop the flow of water as soon as possible when a pipe bursts.

If a pipe bursts:

  • Shut off water at the main valve. Your shut-off should be easily marked with a tag. Call SERVPRO of Edmonds, Lynnwood & Bellevue West if you would like one.
  • If the break is in a hot water pipe, the valve on top of the water heater should be closed.
  • Call a professional restoration expert such as SERVPRO of Edmonds, Lynnwood & Bellevue West to mitigate the damage. Keep an emergency number nearby for quick access!
  • Call us anytime at 425-774-1148

Save the Date! Lynnwood’s Health and Safety Community Block Party!

8/18/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Edmonds, Lynnwood & Bellevue West is proud to be represented at this exciting community gathering!

The City of Lynnwood is planning a new event coming up on September 10th called the Fair on 44th, which will be Lynnwood’s Health and Safety Community Block Party!

During the event, 44th Avenue West will be closed from Fire Station 15 on 188th Street Southwest to the Police Department on 194th Street Southwest. The event runs from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and attendees will be invited to:

  • Explore vehicles on-site for tours & pictures – Fire Trucks, Ambulances, Police & SWAT vehicles, Crime Stoppers Camaro, SNOCOM 911, National Guard Striker, Community Transit bus, Support Seven, Mary’s Towing Bubble and Seahawks Tow Trucks.
  • Scale the National Guard’s rock climbing wall.
  • Get a free health screening & health info including mammograms, flu shots, glucose testing, blood pressure checks and more.
  • Enjoy lunch or a delicious snack at Big Dogs Food Truck or Cheese Wizards Food Truck.
  • Shred your sensitive documents for free at the Access Shred Truck.
  • See demonstrations from the LPD K-9 and Motorcycle Units, disaster preparedness tips & skills, LFD grease fire & fire extinguisher demos, HazMat demos and more.
  • Test your skill in the kids bicycle rodeo and enter to win a free bike helmet.

Come visit SERVPRO of Edmonds, Lynnwood & Bellevue West at our booth next to the Fire Department for emergency supply and preparedness information, tips on how to act in an emergency, coloring books on fire safety and plenty of other SERVPRO swag! It is our goal to educate the community and help prepare residents for the unexpected.

Participate in many family & kids activities and bring home some free goodies & giveaways! We hope to see you there!

Do you have an emergency and need professional clean-up?- Call SERVPRO of Edmonds, Lynnwood and Bellevue West at 425-774-1148!

Let SERVPRO of Edmonds, Lynnwood & Bellevue West Prepare You for the Unexpected

8/16/2016 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile is a startup approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information.  By working with SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile, your business can receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage:

  • A no cost assessment of your facility. – This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.  

  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. – It will only take a short time to complete and will not take you away from current projects, it will save you a lot of time if ever needed.  

  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. – This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.  

  • Establishes SERVPRO of Edmonds, Lynnwood & Bellevue West as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. – You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and is close by. 

  • Identification for authorizing work to begin. – This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.  

  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information. – Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.” 

    The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW.

    As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster and of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.  Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are “Ready for whatever happens” communicated trust and peace of mind to your clients and employees.

    By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you help to minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do, who to call and what to expect in advance is helpful in receiving timely mitigation and can help minimize the effects water and fire damage can have on your business.

    Call and schedule an appointment today!  
    425-774-1148                                                                                                                                                   

EMERGENCY SUPPLY CHECKLIST

8/1/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Edmonds, Lynnwood & Bellevue West-- Educating Communities to Prepare for the Unexpected

Most storm, fire, and water damage happens unexpectedly and emergencies can catch Washington residents unprepared. You’re smart to have an emergency supply bag or container already stocked with the basics you need should an emergency happen. When the New Yorker published an article in 2015 called ‘The Really Big One” many people began re-evaluating their personal preparedness. SERVPRO is a national partner of the American Red Cross, an organization that advises all of us to have an emergency supply kit or evacuation pack that includes the following:


Emergency survival kit

  • Store a kit at home, at work and at each child’s school or daycare facility.
  • Dry or canned food and drinking water for each person
  • Can opener
  • First aid supplies and first aid book
  • Copies of important documents such as birth certificates, licenses, and insurance policies
  • "Special needs" items for family members such as infant formula, eyeglasses and medications
  • A change of clothing
  • Sleeping bag or blanket
  • Battery powered radio or television
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Whistle
  • Waterproof matches
  • Toys, books, puzzles, games
  • Extra house keys and car keys
  • List of contact names and phone numbers
  • Food, water and supplies for pets
  • Additional items you can store at home for use during an emergency

  • Cooking supplies
  • Barbecue, camp stove
  • Fuel for cooking, such as charcoal or camp stove fuel
  • Plastic knives, forks, spoons
  • Paper plates and cups
  • Paper towels
  • Heavy-duty aluminum foil
  • Sanitation supplies

  • Large plastic trash bags for trash, water protection
  • Large trash cans
  • Bar soap and liquid detergent
  • Shampoo
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Feminine and infant supplies
  • Toilet paper
  • Household bleach with no additives, and eyedropper (for purifying drinking water)
  • Newspaper — to wrap garbage and waste
  • Comfort

  • Sturdy shoes
  • Gloves for clearing debris
  • Tent
  • Tools

  • Ax, shovel, broom
  • Crescent wrench for turning off gas
  • Screwdriver, pliers, hammer
  • Coil of one-half inch rope
  • Plastic tape and sheeting
  • Knife or razor blades
  • Garden hose for siphoning and fire fighting
  • In Washington flood recovery, earthquake recovery, and recovery from other natural disasters will be much easier if you’re prepared with emergency survival tools and supplies like these.

    Need Cleanup? -- Call SERVPRO of Edmonds, Lynnwood & Bellevue West (425-774-1148)

    If you are interested in having us speak on Emergency Preparedness at your next COA, HOA or neighborhood meeting please contact our marketing department at: courtneyg@SERVPROofedmonds.com.

    Links:

    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/07/20/the-really-big-one

    http://www.redcross.org/local/washington