The Importance of First Aid and CPR Training in the Workplace
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 Edmonds, Lynnwood & Bellevue West
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
Celebrate Safely This Holiday Season with SERVPRO of Lynnwood’s Helpful Winter Tips
Happy Holidays From SERVPRO of Lynnwood!
Place Christmas trees, candles and other Holiday decorations at least 3 feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents and candles.
Make sure that light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving the property or going to bed.
Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Always extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to bed.
Use only sturdy tree stands designed not to tip over. Keep curious pets and children away from Christmas trees.
Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stove top.
Inspect roofs, water pipes, gutters and drains to ensure they are in proper working condition. Clear them of any build up or debris that could lead to obstructions.
Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water or ice could be present.
SERVPRO of Lynnwood is here to help! 425-774-1148
Save the Date! Lynnwood’s Health and Safety Community Block Party!
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
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:
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!
SERVPRO of Edmonds, Lynnwood & Bellevue West Participates in NARPM Fundraising
Here at SERVPRO of Edmonds, Lynnwood, and Bellevue West, we are committed to being involved in our community. On Thursday July 21st, we will be attending a wonderful fundraiser hosted by the Greater Snohomish County chapter of the National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM). All proceeds will benefit the Snohomish County Boys and Girls Club!
We are so excited to support such a worthy cause. We will be donating a prize to be raffled off. We hope that this event will be a smashing success and raise plenty of money for the Boys and Girls Club so they can continue to do great work in our area.
We are pleased to be a valued vendor member of the NARPM. With a top-notch news magazine, annual convention and trade show, excellent educational opportunities, business building referrals, and mentorship programs, there is no shortage of amazing benefits to being a NARPM member.
Certification programs through NARPM also allow for the updating and refining of crucial skills. Members also enjoy access to discussion boards that allow members to keep in contact as well as share the various questions and concerns that come up with property management. For more information, please visit http://www.narpm.org/join/membership-benefits/.
As always, we at SERVPRO of Edmonds, Lynnwood & Bellevue West are available 24/7 for all of your cleanup needs. Please call usat(425)-774-1148.
Come Visit SERVPRO of Edmonds, Lynnwood & Bellevue West at the Mill Creek Festival!
You’re invited! We are excited to announce that we will be hosting a booth at the upcoming Mill Creek Festival. The Festival will be held this weekend, on July 9th and 10th. Stop by our booth to learn more about emergency preparedness.
We will have coloring books for the kids, emergency supply checklists, candy, and even a prize giveaway! Don’t miss out on this excellent chance to support the local community AND brush up on your emergency preparedness! We look forward to seeing you!
You can find more information about all the great activities planned for this weekend by visiting http://www.millcreekfestival.com/
As always, we are here to serve you 24/7. Need Cleanup? -- Call SERVPRO of Edmonds, Lynnwood & Bellevue Westat (425)-774-1148.
SUMMER SAFETY TIPS
Happy Fourth of July!
Bright blue skies, cool pools, the scent of a freshly mowed lawn…It’s definitely the start of summer! Kids are getting out of school in the Edmonds, Lynnwood, and Bellevue areas, adults are getting ready to use some well-deserved vacation time. It’s a season synonymous with fun, freedom, and sunshine. It’s also a common time of year for emergency room visits and accidental fires.
With July quickly approaching, we’re all getting ready to fire up that backyard grill and light up our fireworks. It’s important to note however, that July is the busiest time of year nationally for grill fires. It is also common for accidental house fires and injury due to the mishandling of fireworks.
There are plenty of things you can do to help protect both your Edmonds, Lynnwood, or Bellevue area home and your family during the festivities. We want you to enjoy every minute of your summer. Follow some of these helpful tips to make sure your summer is both fun AND safe!
Only use your propane and charcoal grills outdoors. Never bring them indoors.
Keep your grill away from the exterior of your home. You don’t want it against railings, door frames, under eaves, or too near low hanging branches.
Be vigilant in keeping children and pets away from the grill and its general vicinity.
Never leave the grill unattended.
Be clean- remove fat build up and grease from grills, trays, and accessories.
Obey all local laws concerning firework usage.
Fireworks and alcohol do not mix.
Do NOT try to re-light a malfunctioning or “dud” firework.
Keep a bucket of water nearby in case of fire or to fully extinguish the ones that have malfunctioned.
Read all cautionary labels and instructions before lighting fireworks.
NEVER use fireworks indoors.
The safest place to enjoy fireworks this 4th of July is at a show put on by trained professionals. There are plenty to choose from around Edmonds, Lynnwood and the Bellevue area!
Enjoy your summer! We are here to serve 24/7. Need Cleanup? -- CallSERVPRO of Edmonds, Lynnwood & Bellevue West at (425)-774-1148.
EMERGENCY SUPPLY CHECKLIST
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:
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 personCan openerFirst aid supplies and first aid bookCopies of important documents such as birth certificates, licenses, and insurance policies"Special needs" items for family members such as infant formula, eyeglasses and medicationsA change of clothingSleeping bag or blanketBattery powered radio or televisionFlashlight and extra batteriesWhistleWaterproof matchesToys, books, puzzles, gamesExtra house keys and car keysList of contact names and phone numbersFood, water and supplies for pets
Emergency survival kit
Additional items you can store at home for use during an emergencyCooking suppliesBarbecue, camp stoveFuel for cooking, such as charcoal or camp stove fuelPlastic knives, forks, spoonsPaper plates and cupsPaper towelsHeavy-duty aluminum foil
Sanitation suppliesLarge plastic trash bags for trash, water protectionLarge trash cansBar soap and liquid detergentShampooToothpaste and toothbrushesFeminine and infant suppliesToilet paperHousehold bleach with no additives, and eyedropper (for purifying drinking water)Newspaper — to wrap garbage and waste
ComfortSturdy shoesGloves for clearing debrisTent
ToolsAx, shovel, broomCrescent wrench for turning off gasScrewdriver, pliers, hammerCoil of one-half inch ropePlastic tape and sheetingKnife or razor bladesGarden 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.