Preparing Your Business for the Holiday Season
No matter how your store operates, there are inevitably extra measures that should be taken during the holiday season.
The holiday season is a busy time of year for businesses of all kinds. From busier days to longer nights, those organizations who fail to properly plan for the November and December rush may face some major problems. With holiday cheer and holiday decorations comes higher foot traffic in stores, more cars on the roads, and bigger risks within the walls of small businesses throughout South Florida.
Keeping holiday spirits up means setting up your employees to succeed and making sure your customers are treated right. Keep the following tips in mind while preparing your business for the holiday season:
- Consider hiring seasonal employees to handle the rush
- Create a detailed calendar that goes over important dates for your staff
- Re-train the staff on ways to handle more customers and longer hours
- Implement a security system that handles both potential outside threats as well as employee theft
- Maintain a safe workplace environment by choosing smart decorations
- Plan carefully to ensure adequate inventory
No matter how your store operates, there are inevitably extra measures that should be taken during the holiday season. Be sure to keep safety at the forefront of your planning and happy holidays!
Holiday Fire Safety Tips
It is important to keep these holiday fire safety tips in mind.
The holiday season is a time for family, friends, and good cheer. Homes around the world decorate their houses, both inside and outside, with Christmas trees, Hanukkah menorahs, and beautiful lights. While this is all wonderful, it is important to keep in mind that all of these items present potential fire hazards for your home and should be taken very seriously.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), about 40 percent of Christmas tree fires begin in the family room, den, or living room. In addition, Christmas, New Year’s Day, and New Year’s Eve are the tops three days in the year for home candle fires. As such, it is important to keep these holiday fire safety tips in mind:
- Do not leave your holiday cooking unattended while the oven or stove is on
- Purchase a Christmas tree with intact needles, water it daily, and make sure the trunk has a fresh cut
- Keep candles at least a foot away from anything that could catch fire
- Keep matches and lighters away from children
- Carefully inspect light strings for things like cracked wires, frays, or broken sockets
- Do not leave your home while menorah candles are still lit
- Get your chimney inspected before you begin lighting fires
The above tips are crucial to keep your home and your family safe this holiday season. If the home of you or a loved one has suffered fire damage, call on the fire restoration specialists at SERVPRO for immediate help!
Putting Our Customers First
If you are looking for a trustworthy, professional restoration company who always puts their customers first, give us a call today!
Our locally owned and operated company is founded on a customer-first policy. In order to restore a residential or commercial property thoroughly and make it “Like it never even happened.” we must always keep our customers’ needs and wants in the forefront of our minds. At SERVPRO of Hollywood/Hallandale/Aventura, our highly trained team goes through both initial and ongoing training in order to ensure that we have adequate and up-to-date knowledge about restoration techniques and best practices.
Our staff’s training and certification makes them well-equipped to handle restoration jobs both large and small. No matter how big the damage may be, our highly trained specialists work with one real job in mind: satisfy our customers by doing great work! We specialize in both residential and commercial restoration from:
- Water Damage
- Fire Damage
- Mold Remediation
- Storm Damage
In addition to providing unmatched restoration services, our SERVPRO team offers these emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even including all holidays. If you are looking for a trustworthy, professional restoration company who always puts their customers first, give us a call today!
Faster To Any Size Disaster
If your home has experienced water damage of any kind, you can count on the professionals at SERVPRO to take care of you and your home.
When a disaster strikes, Florida homeowners often find themselves wondering what to do next. Whether your property suffers from storm damage, water damage, or fire damage, addressing the problem promptly is imperative to reducing the overall damage and getting to the issue right away. That’s where SERVPRO comes in!
We are truly faster to any size disaster. It is our primary goal to provide 24 hour emergency services to our community. In doing so, we are able to deploy our cleaning and restoration processes immediately, minimizing the damage done and putting our customers’ minds at ease. Our highly trained damage restoration technicians are equipped to handle disasters both large and small.
Timing is extremely critical in emergency situations, especially in cases involving water damage. For instance, if left untreated for even 24 hours things like tarnished metal surfaces, swelling and breaking drywall, musty odors, and more begin to appear. The longer that a homeowner waits to address flooding, storm, or water emergencies of any kind, the more damage the property will suffer.
If your home has experienced water damage of any kind, you can count on the professionals at SERVPRO to take care of you and your home quickly, effectively, and honestly. We are truly faster to any size disaster and we are here to restore your home’s damage. Call today to learn more about your restoration options!
Flood Safety Tips for Florida Residents
If your home has suffered any water damage due to flooding, be sure to contact the professionals at SERVPRO right away!
South Florida homeowners are no stranger to heavy rains and flooding areas. While the drainage systems throughout the Sunshine State have improved significantly over the years, there are still a sizable number of regions prone to flooding. From coastal storms to heavy rains and from overflows of canals and lakes to storm surges, it is important to be aware of the dangers linked to flooding and the critical safety measures to take in the event of a flood. While it may surprise some, floods are actually the most common type of natural disaster in the United States.
Flash floods can occur with little to no warning and some floods develop much more slowly. Regardless of the timing, reacting to a flood quickly and proactively is key. Keep in mind the following flood safety tips:
- Never attempt to drive, walk, or swim through flood water
- If an area is under flood warning, seek shelter immediately
- Avoid bridges that are over fast-moving water
- Gather all of your emergency supplies during a flood watch or flood warning
- Remain up-to-date on weather via the radio or local news station
- Take your outdoor furniture and other possession inside or securely tie them down
- If you are ordered to evacuate, turn off all utilities and close your gas valve
- When approaching a flooded area, turn around
The above may seem like simple or obvious tips, but far too many people ignore them and end up in trouble. It can be tempting to walk or drive through flood waters, but just six inches of moving water can knock down a person on foot and just a foot of moving water can sweep away a car. This rainy season, be sure to keep these flood safety tips in mind for your and your family’s safety. If your home has suffered any water damage due to flooding, be sure to contact the professionals at SERVPRO right away!
Taking Hurricane Warnings Seriously
When preparing for upcoming storms this hurricane season, be sure to be an active listener of the weather channel and of warnings from the government.
As Hurricane Florence makes its way closer and closer to the United States, South Florida residents are likely thinking back to the scary and devastating memories of last hurricane season. South Florida saw some very dangerous storms and it is easy to forget just how terrifying hurricanes can be. Unfortunately, Florida homeowners (especially those who have lived here their entire lives) are particularly numb to hurricane watches and hurricane warnings. Often opting to ignore evacuation orders and hunker down, these residents are taking a major risk for themselves and their family.
Hurricanes can literally be a matter of life or death and taking them seriously is critical to maintaining safety for you and your loved ones. First of all, it is important to understand the difference between a hurricane watch and a hurricane warning. A hurricane watch means that bad weather is forming and is potentially threatening for the area in that watch region. On the other hand, a hurricane warning means that the weather is no longer potentially a threat, but has developed further and has become an immediate danger.
Far too many people mistake a slow hurricane season for being a time to ignore “minor storms”. However, it is important to note that the tail end of every hurricane season is typically the most active and troublesome. Therefore, while South Florida is approaching the end of hurricane season the potential danger could just be getting started. Mandatory evacuations must be taken seriously and followed directly. No matter how much “hurricane experience” you may think you have, it is always best to follow orders from your local government.
When preparing for upcoming storms this hurricane season, be sure to be an active listener of the weather channel and of warnings from government authority. Hurricanes are a serious matter and must be dealt with as such.
Fire Hazards in the Kitchen
Cooking fires are the leading source of fires throughout the country, so being aware of the potential risks associated with kitchen items is important
Fire accidents are something that people think will never happen to them. As we’ve seen in recent months in states like California, forest fires can be extremely dangerous and destruction to anything and everything near and in its path. In South Florida, forest fires are far less common. However, it is important for Florida residents to understand that there are still a lot of risks when it comes to fires and your home or commercial property. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recently released a report stating that 2 in every 5 home fires in the United States begin in the kitchen.
Cooking is a fun activity that is enjoyed by friends and family of all walks of life. Some of a family’s best moments are those spent in the kitchen cooking, eating, and enjoying each other’s company. Unfortunately, the kitchen is also a potentially hazardous place when it comes to fires. The following are some of the biggest fire hazards in the kitchen:
- Grease build-up on stovetop
- Electrical wiring
- Loose clothing near open flames or on the stovetop
Being aware of the above hazardous items is important to maintain a safe and secure kitchen area. It is important to keep a fire extinguisher near or inside of the kitchen in the event that a fire starts. Cooking fires are the leading source of fires throughout the country, so being hyper-aware of the potential risks associated with kitchen items is important. If you have experienced a kitchen fire, contact our team at SERVPRO to take care of the cleanup and restoration.
Minimizing Safety Hazards in the Workplace
The following are some important tasks in the effort to minimize safety hazards in the workplace.
Protecting both your workers and your customers from workplace injuries is extremely important. Employers are tasked with the responsibility to create a safe environment for anyone stepping foot on their commercial property, and this can seem like an overwhelmingly daunting and stressful duty. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), over 4,000 workers in the United States were killed on the job in 2014. The construction industry leads the pack in terms of the most workplace fatalities. However, workplace injuries are far more common and are the focus of our article today.
The ability to minimize safety risks in the workplace while educating the staff about their possible risks is imperative to keeping everyone as safe as possible. Both routine plans and emergency plans should be set in stone and communicated to the entire workforce. The following are some important tasks in the effort to minimize safety hazards in the workplace:
- Clearly communicate all safety and health policies to entire staff
- Pay special attention to things like slippery flooring and poor lighting, as slip and fall accidents account for about one-third of all workplace injuries
- Survey the entire property to identify any and all possible risks
- Prominently display safety information throughout the property
- Be aware of fire safety standards
- Keep the property clean at all times
- Encourage feedback from staff and customers regarding safety improvements
- Update safety policies and procedures at least once per year
While some industries are known to be “dangerous” and procedures are in place accordingly, other industries that are deemed “safe” may fall through the cracks and not be prepared for workplace accidents. Whether you are an employer or an employee, it is important to take an active role in ensuring that proper workplace safety measures are taken and enforced at all times.
Indoor and Outdoor Mold
Since mold spreads extremely fast, it is important to tackle the issue as soon as possible (preferably within days).
When thinking about mold growth and development most people associate fungi with things like bathrooms, sinks, other water-related household areas, and old food. The general population seldom links mold growth to the outdoors, but the truth is that mold grows both indoors and outdoors. In fact, mold lives on all kinds of outdoor materials like on plants, in the soil, and even on decaying matter. With thousands of different types of mold species, mold varies greatly in terms of type, threat, and identifying characteristics. It is important to note that every person is exposed to mold spores on a daily basis, coming from both inside and outside in the air they breathe.
There are a lot of different ways that mold begins to grow, as one of three main requirements are needed:
- A water source
- An organic food source
- Humidity levels about 60%
Some of the most common sources of mold growth include:
- Roof leaks
- Sewer backups
- Blocked gutters
- Leaking pipes
- Damp crawl spaces
- Rain from storms seeping into exterior walls, doors, or window frames
Outside of visible evidence of mold, mold odor is often the most predominant sign that mold growth has occurred. Since mold spreads extremely fast, it is important to tackle the issue as soon as possible (preferably within days). As such, if your home is suffering from a mold problem, contact our mold remediation team immediately and we will send a professional to your property to assess the problem. Call SERVPRO today!
LAAIA Expo 2018
SERVPRO of Hollywood/ Hallandale/ Aventura & North Miami is always proud to represent and participate in the Latin American Association of Insurance Agencies’ annual expo. This year was no different. This year was particularly special because of the topic presented by this year’s speaker. His focus was on getting ourselves to become aware of our surroundings and the actions we take. Most of the time we are running on auto-pilot and sometimes those automatic reactions may affect our business in a negative manner. As individuals we must be aware that the world is changing, and we need to adjust to it, even though there may be “old-school” beliefs lingering, there may be an opportunity roaming nearby that will be missed if we are not “awake”. This was a point well made which allows us to rethink our daily approach to the business we represent and how we can improve ourselves through it.