Workplace Safety Tips for Your Business
Employers have a great responsibility when it comes to keeping their workplace safe.
Owning a company is a huge responsibility. From serving your community to keeping your staff happy and productive, there is a lot of weight on the business owner’s shoulders. As an employee or an employer, workplace safety is something that should always be top of mind. Unfortunately, the daily stresses and pressures to achieve tasks often puts safety measures on the backburner. No matter what industry your company is in, there are a number of critical measures that must be taken to ensure a safe working environment for both patrons and staff.
On-the-job accidents and injuries occur far more often than many would think. What is worse is that many of them are entirely preventable, given the correct workplace safety protocols. Setting specific, tested safety standards and regulations is critical to keeping employees and customers happy and safe. But it is not only important that these measures be in place, they must be adequately communicated to everyone who works in the organization.
Identifying and understanding the most common safety hazards as well as unsafe practices is the first step to reducing risk. When employees understand the potential of what could happen, they are more likely to conduct themselves in a safe way to avoid risk. The following are some of the most common workplace safety tips to share throughout your company:
- Everyone must be aware of their surroundings at all times
- When necessary, safety equipment must be worn regularly and correctly
- No shortcuts can be taken when it comes to safety procedures
- Machines and tools must be operated only by trained employees
- Breaks must be taken throughout the day by every employee
- If there is an unsafe working condition, someone in management must be informed immediately
- All emergency exits must be clear
- The entire staff must be versed whenever there are updates to safety procedures
Employers have a great responsibility when it comes to keeping their workplace safe. Regular communication, proper safety protocols, and a shared understanding is essential to keeping everyone safe and comfortable in their working environment. Workplace hazards are inevitable, but working as a team to identify and avoid them safeguards the company, its people, and its reputation.
Hurricane Proof Your House During Off Season
Do yourself and your family a favor and get on top of hurricane proofing your home sooner rather than later.
The winter months are some of the most incredible times to be a South Floridian. As temperatures drop and it seems like every day is a picture perfect day, it can be easy to forget about the rainy seasons. While most homeowners in South Florida spend the winter and spring months enjoying the weather outdoors as much as possible, the savviest of them will make a preparation game plan for the summer.
Hurricane season is very far away, but it is never too early to start planning and getting your home ready. In fact, many find that now is the perfect time to start thinking about getting the home in hurricane shape. From lower prices on items to the calm nature of preparing now, this is an ideal time to start thinking about how you want your home to look come hurricane season.
The following are some simple hurricane proofing tips that you can follow in the coming months:
- If you do not already have them, now is the time to get impact-resistant glass or shutters installed – pricing is usually lowest this time of year
- Take inventory of your landscaping and assess what needs to be fixed to minimize debris
- Check your garage door to ensure that it is installed properly and securely
- Go through your safety supplies – from bottled water to canned goods, now is the time to stock up
- Inspect your roof and check for any loose tiles
- Consider investing in a generator
- Check the surge protectors throughout your home and think about purchasing more
Taking the time to consider the above hurricane proofing tips now can save you time, money, and stress in the future. The calm of the winter and spring season means that prices for hurricane-related items are down. Do yourself and your family a favor and get on top of hurricane proofing your home sooner rather than later.
What Happens When You Call in a Water Loss?
After our water damage expert is able to collect all of the information, we will send out our team immediately.
No one expects to have an emergency water damage situation in their home. In South Florida, when we think of water damage we often think of heavy rainstorms, flooding, or hurricanes. However, there are a number of day-to-day issues that can bring about a water emergency. From a pipe bursting to an appliance breaking, the unpredictability of homeownership can be scary, and expensive. While no one can forecast what may happen in their home, being aware of what to expect when the unexpected happens is key.
Emergency water damage often creates a hectic situation. The caller is flustered and eager to get someone to their home immediately. That is where SERVPRO really shines. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for immediate response to disasters of all sizes. When you call us about your water damage emergency situation, we will likely ask the following questions:
- Your name and contact information
- Your insurance information (if applicable)
- The address of the business or home where the water damage has occurred
- When did the water damage or flooding occur?
- What caused the water damage (if the cause is known)?
- Is there on-site electricity available?
After our water damage expert is able to collect all of this information, we will send out our team immediately. These questions are important to ensure that the SERVPRO team arrives to the scene quickly, with all of the correct equipment, and with the right number of technicians to handle the job effectively and efficiently. We take pride in being “faster to any size disaster!” Call us today to learn more!
Working Hard to Keep Fighting COVID-19
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program that goes beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning, it is a higher standard of clean.
While South Florida is eager to get back to “normal”, the numbers of COVID-19 cases do not seem to be going down. From homeowners to business owners, keeping things clean and sanitized is imperative. It is easy to fall into the trap of complacency when it comes to dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. People are tired of dealing with masks and sanitizers, making it easy for some to simply go back to the way they used to do things. It is important, however, to remember that with rising numbers precautions must still be taken.
The world has had to completely re-evaluate the way in which it operates. At home, families are sanitizing and washing hands with great frequency. In businesses, the staff is working diligently to keep the public spaces sanitized, regularly cleaned, and enforce mask policies. These changes are difficult to get used to, but they are extremely important for the greater good.
At SERVPRO, we understand the importance of sanitation. In fact, we have worked tirelessly for years in our cleaning services department. As such, when COVID-19 hit, we knew we had a responsibility to our community. We launched Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned recently to continue our mission of keeping our communities safe and clean. In doing so, we are able to help local families and businesses to protect themselves and others.
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program that goes beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning, it is a higher standard of clean. This is proactive viral pathogen cleaning that helps ensure the cleanliness of the restaurants, businesses, and public spaces in the communities we all call home. Our SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills - always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities.
Are you interested in a free quote for our Commercial Services, or are you a Consumer who wants to learn more about the program? Call us today to learn more!
Top Causes of Home Fires Today
Be proactive and keep your home and your loved ones safe from a home fire.
Home fires are one of the scariest things that a family can experience. Being inherently something that people believe will never happen to them, home fires almost always catch the homeowner off-guard. Plus, families seldom have an emergency plan in place to deal with a home fire since they believe it is extremely rare. However, the National Fire Protection Association estimates that there is reportedly a new home fire every minute and a half in the United States.
While most people assume that home fires are something that rarely occurs, the statistics paint a different picture. As such, it is important to have a prevention plan to avoid putting yourself and your family in a risky situation. One of the most effective ways to prevent a home fire is to recognize the common causes. In doing so, you are able to be on the lookout and thus avoid unnecessary dangers. The following are some of the most common causes of home fires today:
- Electrical equipment, such as a toaster oven, can catch fire from overuse, frayed cords, or age
- Cooking equipment can often lead to overheating and thus a fire if the cook is not paying attention or leaves the room
- Faulty wiring is an electrical hazard that can cause a fire
- Flammable liquids
- Dirty barbeques
- Curious children
- Circuit breakers
Making sure that the above hazards are mitigated is imperative to keeping your home safe and free from fire. In addition, it is important that you regularly check your smoke detectors and replace them when necessary. Homeowners in South Florida often neglect to check on these things until it is too late. Be proactive and keep your home and your loved ones safe from a home fire. If you have experienced fire damage, we are here to help. Contact our fire damage repair team today to learn more!
Building a Community Around Your Local Business
The ability to build a loyal community around your brand will prove instrumental this year and in the years to come.
Being a local, small business owner is hard. If the last several months have taught us anything, it is that building a strong, local community to support your brand is absolutely essential to maintaining a thriving business. No one could have predicted the ramifications that have come and will continue to come in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, business owners throughout South Florida have been tasked with reevaluating their companies in a number of ways.
First and foremost, local business owners have been forced to take a hard look at their business model. What is working right? What can be adapted to sustain these difficult times? How can the company operate in a leaner manner to keep costs as low as possible? These questions are incredibly important to answer. In addition, however, business owners have been forced to think deeply about their customer base, their lifeline. What are you doing to build a true community around your brand?
Today, we highlight some important tips that business owners can utilize in building a local community of their own:
- Make sure that your storefront is inviting for customers, consider adding an inspirational quote or even a daily joke as these things will engage foot traffic prospects and loyal customers
- Launch a loyalty program that rewards repeat customers and incentivizes new customers to make purchases
- Team up with a local charity by sponsoring an event
- Create an online community by utilizing your social media platforms to communicate with your local prospects and customers
- Consider partnering up with another business that is complementary to your own
- Make sure that everyone on your internal team understands your brand persona and exemplifies that in each and every engagement
- Offer value to customers and prospects by educating them in your respective field
South Florida business owners have all been struggling this year. The ability to build a loyal community around your brand will prove instrumental this year and in the years to come. No matter what industry your business may fall into, connecting with customers and prospects on a human level is critical to overall business success.
9 Facts About Thunderstorms
While no one can truly predict that severity of a storm, being knowledgeable about the potential damage that they can cause is imperative.
Florida weather is unlike the weather anywhere else in the world. One minute it could be beautiful and sunny and the next minute gray clouds could roll in and thunderstorms start booming. Thunderstorms in Florida can pass in 10 minutes or wreak havoc on an area for hours. The unpredictability that comes with South Florida storms makes it difficult to prepare and respond. The impact of thunderstorms ranges significantly, so Florida homeowners must take as many precautions as possible.
The fact that Floridians have grown so accustom to major thunderstorms is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, being used to big storms reduces panic and makes the aftermath easier to deal with. On the other hand, the familiarity of thunderstorms can cause some Floridians to fail to act quickly and appropriately before a storm hits. In any case, being armed with facts is important for everyone. An educated person is in a much better position to weather a storm in Florida.
We have collected some of the most interested facts about thunderstorms below:
- Since light travels faster than sound, lighting is seen before thunder
- Snowstorms can cause thunder too
- The eye of a storm is very calm and can even be sunny
- A storm is pulled down by rain
- Approximately 6,000 lightning strikes occur each minute in a thunderstorm
- Astraphobia is the name for a fear of thunder and lightning
- A cumulus cloud weighs more than 1 million pounds
- On average, the temperature of lightning is 36,000 degrees Fahrenheit
- The way to calculate the distance that a storm is from you is to count the number of seconds between a flash of lightning and the sound of thunder (calculated as second divided by 5)
While no one can truly predict that severity of a storm, being knowledgeable about the potential damage that they can cause is imperative. At SERVPRO, our storm damage team has years of experience in repairing and restoring homes after a storm strikes. Contact us today to learn more!
SERVPRO Answers Pensacola’s Call for Storm Help
When Pensacola called asking for help, we immediately sent out our highly trained storm damage repair and restoration team.
While Florida residents can prepare for storms by protecting their homes and loved ones to the best of their ability, there are certain aspects that are out of anyone’s hands. For instance, when a large tropical storm or hurricane hits an area hard there will inevitably be some structural water damage that must be addressed immediately.
When a big storm hits, there is rarely enough emergency response teams available in the immediate area of the storm to properly repair and restore all of the damage. This was the case when Hurricane Sally came sweeping through the Florida Panhandle. Although it had weakened to a tropical storm, Sally still brought with it damaging flooding. So, when Pensacola called for help, SERVPRO of East Davie / Cooper City came to the rescue.
Out of 1,700 SERVPRO franchises, only 42 of them are on the emergency storm team and we are proudly one of them. This means that we travel to areas in need of storm damage and water damage repair and restoration. Our team is currently in Pensacola providing much needed help. Some of the most notable things that we are doing include:
- Water damage repair and restoration
- Storm damage repair and restoration
- Removing dry wall in damaged areas
- Interior roof repairs
- Removing carpet and laminate in flooring that suffered flood damage
- Removing ceilings to deal with roof damage
- Repairing flooring with flood damage where everything from the ground up (2-4 feet) must be removed
After the storm hit, we were contacted when an influx of calls came in for water damage repair and restoration. When Pensacola called asking for help, we immediately sent out our highly trained storm damage repair and restoration team. It is our honor to play a role in helping our neighbors to the north recover in their time of need.
Call us today to learn more about our storm damage and water damage services!
The Value of a Family-Owned Business
Are you ready to see the difference of a family-owned business? We are ready to help any time, any day.
The power of family is immense and we have never been so sure of that since the pandemic hit. Leaning on family and loved ones in challenging times and celebrating with family and loved ones in happy times is what life is all about. While SERVPRO may be a big corporation, all of the franchises are individually owned. This means different things for different people, but for us, this means a family-owned business.
Our franchise was established in 2005 as an independently owned and operated business focused solely on serving our community with pride and honor. In fact, our family motto is all about customer satisfaction and appreciation. This mindset lays the foundation for everything that we do. Over the last 15 years, we have gone above and beyond for our customers. From tiny leaks in a home kitchen to enormous flooding in a commercial building, we have seen it all and we have solved it all.
How do we do it? By following the leads of our father-son owner duo. Alan and Adam Greenstein run the show here and that means we treat every employee, customer, and community member like family. When our phones ring, the person on the other end is in need of help and it is our goal is provide unmatched services to them save time and money, no matter how large or small the issue may be.
As we find ourselves in the beginning of the heart of hurricane season, it is important to remember that we are storm damage and water damage experts. Our team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for our community. With a staff highly trained in property damage restoration, we handle the cleanup for residential and commercial buildings. We take pride in being a family-owned business because we know what that means for our customers.
Are you ready to see the difference of a family-owned business? We are ready to help any time, any day. Give our office a call today to learn more about our services!
Top Risks of Starting an Accidental Home Fire
House fires can be started in one of two ways: either the fire is started by the heating up of combustible materials or from a chemical reaction.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more than 350,000 home fires occur each year in the U.S., causing around 2,000 deaths. Within seconds, an accidental house fire can rapidly spread, putting everyone and everything in the home in serious risk of immediate danger. Generally, house fires can be started in one of two ways: either the fire is started by the heating up of combustible materials or from a chemical reaction.
No matter how the fire is started, these house fires can be scary and unpredictable, so it is vital to be aware of the most common causes of a house fire and have a proper restoration plan in place.
Here are the most common risks of starting an accidental house fire:
Cooking/In the Kitchen
Without a doubt, cooking presents the highest risk of starting an accidental home fire, starting about half of all home fires. With many risks in the kitchen, fires can start from a variety of places and it important to be aware of the most common causes. For example, grease is a highly flammable material and can easily become overheated on a stove or oven.
Many kitchen fires start when someone is cooking a food that produces grease, like bacon, and leaves the food unattended, and discovers the fire when it is too late. Also, toasters, crockpots, grills, and other cooking appliances can easily catch fire if left unattended or they have a buildup of crumbs inside the appliances.
After cooking fires, heating appliances, such as space heaters are the second leading cause of residential fires. Both heaters that require fuel, which can combust if not properly maintained and electrical heaters, where electrical wires can spark a problem, are at risk of starting a fire. According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), heating appliances are responsible for around 25,000 home fires and more than 300 deaths in the U.S. each year. It is critical for the safety of your home to never leave the house with a heater running.
When smoking cigarettes or other flammable substances, it is important to be aware of the potential for a hazardous fire. The National Fire Protection Association reports that fires started from cigarettes cause approximately 1,000 deaths a year in the United States. Even worse, many smoking fires occur when individuals are asleep, such as a cigarette butt catching carpeting, furniture, or other flammable materials on fire.
According to the EFSi (Electrical Safety Foundation international), faulty electrical wiring is responsible for 51,000 fires and around $1.3 billion in property damage each year. These fires are typically a result of short circuits which then spark that ignites building materials, or either from circuits that are overloaded with current, causing wires to overheat. These fires can be deadly because they often start small and in hidden locations, and build up before residents are cognizant of them.
At SERVPRO, we are the fire damage repair experts. If your home or business has sustained fire damage, we are here to help. Call us today to learn more!