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Are you and your home winter ready?
A winter home
We all know it, even if some of us are still in denial; winter weather is here.
The blowing snow, the freezing temperatures with even colder wind chill, all of it is upon us again for another go around. Are you ready for it, and I don’t just mean mentally? Have you gone through and winterized your home?
Below are things that the CDC recommends that you do to make sure your home is winter ready.
First you need to check your heating system.
Make sure everything is cleaned. Make sure everything works and make sure vents to outside are open and free of debris.
If you are lucky enough to have a fire place, make sure you inspect and clean both the fireplace and the chimneys.
Make sure you have working smoke detectors. Test them, replace the batteries, make sure they are working properly.
Having a carbon monoxide detector is also recommended. As with smoke detectors, make sure to change the batteries and check that it is working properly.
Be sure to visit CDC’s WINTER WEATHER webpage for more winter weather safety tips. https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/index.html
May is Here!
We will always remember
May 2019 is upon us
Can you believe it is already May? Weren’t we just covered in snow from a blizzard?
I know we here at SERVPRO of Cheyenne are hoping that May brings us some beautiful weather for lots of outdoor time, as the month of May has some pretty significant holidays for us to celebrate.
First, there is Cinco de Mayo; which, as always, falls on the 5th of May. Many of us associate this holiday as Mexican Independence Day, celebrating with Margaritas and delicious Mexican food. However, Cinco de Mayo is not actually Mexican Independence Day at all, which is celebrated on September 16th. Rather, Cinco de Mayo is a day that commemorates the Mexican army's victory, on May 5, 1862, over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). This from www.calendar-365.com. However, here in the US, we do celebrate American-Mexican culture and heritage on Cinco de Mayo as well. It is a wonderful day to educate about and celebrate the culture and history of Americans of Mexican descent.
Now, May 12th is a very important day, (cough, talking to my kids right now, cough). May 12th, 2019 is Mother’s Day.
Who hasn’t made the macaroni necklace or handcrafted a card for their mom on Mother’s Day?
Interestingly though, Mother’s Day has been observed in some form since the ancient Greek and Roman times. It also has a rich history for the United States, dating back to the Civil War, as a peace movement and the meeting of groups of mothers whose sons had fought or died in the American Civil War. According to www.history.com, “The official Mother’s Day holiday arose in the 1900s as a result of the efforts of Anna Jarvis, daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis. Following her mother’s 1905 death, Anna Jarvis conceived of Mother’s Day as a way of honoring the sacrifices mothers made for their children.” I highly suggest going to their website to read more about the history of Mother’s Day.
History aside, we all need to make sure we honor the mothers, step-mothers, grandmothers, foster mothers in our lives to make sure they know how much we love and appreciate them.
In May we also celebrate a truly valuable section of our society. Those who serve and have served our nation in the Armed Forces.
May 18th, 2019 is Armed Forces Day. On this day we pay tribute to all of the men and women who are currently serving in the United States’ armed forces. Per calendar-365.com, Armed Forces Day dates back to August 31, 1949. It was meant as a day to combine the separate holidays to commemorate each branch of the military; Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and the Coast Guard. Each branch does still have its own holidays observed, but make sure to thank anyone who is actively serving on Armed Forces Day (or really on any day for that matter) and let them know how much we appreciate them and their service.
May 27th, 2019 will no doubt be a day of BBQ’s and family gatherings (please be a sunny day). It is the unofficial beginning of summer! However, we should not forget though, the significance of this day. May 27th, 2019 is Memorial Day. Whereas on the 18th we were appreciating those who are currently serving our country, the 27th is meant to be a day to of honor and remembrance, of all deceased veterans of all the wars fought by American forces.
As Time.com points out, “the holiday, originally known as Decoration Day, started after the Civil War to honor the Union and Confederate dead.” “The final event that cemented the modern culture of Memorial Day in America was in 1968 when Congress passed the Uniform Holiday Act, designating Memorial Day as the last Monday in May rather than May 30, as it had previously been observed.”
So, while we are appreciating the (hopefully) warm weather, enjoying the company of those around us, remember those who fought and died for our country. Those who dedicated some portion of their lives to the service of our country.
Power outage safety
A squirrel eating power lines, an ice storm in February, a wind storm any time of year, a car colliding with a utility pole, these are all examples of things that can cause a power outage. Power outages are especially dangerous for the elderly and young children. Do you know what to do in case of an un expected power outage to protect you and your family?
Things to do before a power outage.
- Stock a central location with flashlights, batteries, and candles
- Make sure you have nonperishable food that is easily accessible
- Have carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home with a battery backup.
Things to do during the power outage
- If there is extreme heat or cold and it is safe, get to a different location for heat or cooling
- Know how long medications that need to be refrigerated can last at higher temperatures
- Keep fridge and freezer doors cold so the food stays cold longer
- Unplug electronics so when the power comes back they don’t short out
Things to do after the power outage
- Take the temperature of food
- Throw out food items that have gotten to warm
- Replenish stocks of batteries, flashlights, and candles
Speak with your doctor if your medication got too warm
Time to Change the Furnace Filter
It’s that time of year! Fall is right around the corner and when the temperature drops the furnace comes on. Before you turn your furnace on for the first time, there is one thing you should do, change the furnace filter. It is recommended that furnace filters get changed once every three months, or every month if you have a pet.
Changing the furnace filters has a lot of advantages. By changing the furnace filters on a regular schedule. You can extend the life of your HVAC system, lower your energy bill, and maintain a healthier air quality in your home.
How can changing your furnace filters do all this?
By changing your furnace filters. Your HVAC system does not have to work so hard to produce the same results. This helps raise the longevity of your system. It also uses less energy this way, thus lowering your energy bill.
Finally changing the furnace filters on a regular schedule helps maintain a healthier air quality within your home. This is because when you have clean air filters, allergens such as dust and pet dandruff will not get recirculated into your home through your HVAC system. Built up allergens can linger for months even after the old filter has been replaced. Allergens can cause allergies, asthma, and repertory problems to develop or worsen.
DO YOU KNOW THE DANGERS THAT HOT SUMMER DAYS CAN BRING?
With hot summer weather comes potential health dangers in the form of heat related illnesses. In this post we will cover the illnesses, how to avoid them, and how to treat or seek treatment if you can’t avoid them.
Heat Related Illnesses
The heat related illnesses we are covering today are heat exhaustion, heat cramps, and heat stroke. All three of these illnesses are a result of your body overheating due to prolonged exposure to high temperatures. High activity levels while exposed to high temperatures can escalate heat related illnesses or cause them to occur more rapidly. Those at the highest risk of heat related illnesses are the elderly, the young, persons taking certain medicines, persons whom are chronically ill, and those who work outdoors during high temperatures.
Signs of Heat Related Illnesses
Signs of heat cramps include but are not limited to; severe cramps in the hands, calves or feet.
Signs of heat exhaustion include but are not limited to; increased feeling of being tired, headaches, nausea, increased feeling of being excessively thirsty, muscle cramps and weakness, and dizziness.
Signs of heat stroke include but are not limited to; headache, dizziness, increased feeling of being tired, increase in heart rate, dizziness, decrease in urination, decrease in sweating, and increase in body temperature.
How to Avoid Heat Related Illnesses
Ways to avoid heat related illnesses include but are not limited to; drinking plenty of fluids, staying out of the sun and finding shade, limiting outdoor activities during the hottest parts of the day (between 10 a.m. and 4p.m.), and wearing light-colored clothing.
How to Treat Heat Related Illnesses
Ways to treat heat related illnesses include but are not limited to; re-hydrating with water or sports drinks, getting into shade or air conditioning, and applying a cool damp towel to the back of your neck. Keep in mind heat exhaustion needs to be treated immediately as it can be severe. Also heat stroke is life threatening and needs to be treated by personnel trained in emergency medical situations.