Thunderstorm Preparedness in Oklahoma
Thunderstorms are beautiful, but they can also be dangerous. They can cause severe damage to your home and property in Oklahoma. Thunderstorms include lightning and can:
- Include winds over 50 MPH
- Create hail
- Cause flash floods
- Cause tornadoes
In most places, a thunderstorm can happen at any time of the year and at any time of the day.
SERVPRO® of Mayes & Wagoner Counties knows you cannot prevent a thunderstorm, but you can prepare:
- Know the risk for thunderstorms in Oklahoma
- Sign up for your community’s warning system
- Cut down or trim trees that may fall on your home or office
- Install surge protectors, lightning rods, or a lightning protection system
SERVPRO of Mayes & Wagoner Counties repeats the warning, “When thunder roars, go indoors.” You don’t have to wait for the thunder. If there is a thunderstorm warning, go inside. Once there:
- Unplug appliances
- Do not use landline phones in office or home
- Pay attention to alerts and warnings
If you can’t get inside a building:
- If you are swimming or in a boat, get to land immediately. Find shelter
- If you are in a car, don’t touch anything metal
- “Turn around. Don’t Drown. '' Avoid flooded roads. 6 inches of moving water can knock you down. One foot of moving water can sweep away your car.
A lightning strike during a thunderstorm can leave a wake of destruction in its path. This can range from minor electrical issues to fire damage. Lightning is also a major cause of injury or death from weather-related dangers. Most people survive being hit by lightning, but they often have long-term problems.
SERVPRO of Mayes & Wagoner Counties is independently owned and operated.
Our New Year's Resolution
3, 2, 1.... NO!!!!
New Years is always full of fun and exciting times. The best part of New Years is setting your “New Year's Resolution”. Here at SERVPRO of Mayes & Wagoner Counties, we have a resolution of our own. Our resolution is to educate more people about how we do what we do. So, here is a countdown of some of the things that make SERVPRO your go to for any type or size of water loss.
5: We provide 24-hour service every day of the year, including holidays, so we are always prepared for when you need us the most.
4: Our team is highly trained in water mitigation.
3: For every job we get called into, we have a policy. The 1-4-8 Policy. Our goal is within one hour, a representative will make initial contact with you and set up a time to be there. We have 4 hours to be on site at your disaster- big or small. We have 8 hours to brief the team and get started on getting your home or business back "Like it never even happened."
2: Our advanced equipment helps to detect hidden moisture, extract the standing water quickly, and thoroughly clean and dry your home and belongings.
1: A trusted leader in the Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises.
Here at SERVPRO of Mayes & Wagoner Counties, we pride ourselves on being the best at what we do. From the moment we get the call, our objective is to give our customer the best results. We provide a nice and friendly experience to go along with the hard work that we put into each and every job. Make it your New Year’s Resolution to use SERVPRO of Mayes & Wagoner Counties in your time of need and we will do our best not to disappoint.
Tips To Prevent Mold
In some cases, mold can be good — it's essential in making brie and penicillin, for example, but it can also be very, very bad, especially when it grows undetected in your home.
Here are some tips to prevent mold from growing in your home:
- Identify problem areas in your home and correct them.
- Dry wet areas immediately.
- Prevent moisture with proper ventilation.
- Equip your home with mold-resistant products.
- Monitor humidity indoors.
- Direct water away from your home.
- Clean or repair roof gutters.
- Improve air flow in your home.
- Keep mold off household plants.
Remember mold can be dangerous and there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to mold prevention. Knowing what works for your climate and your home is an important first step.
Space Heater Safety
With the cost and hassle of replacing central heat, a lot of people are using more space heaters. These heaters can lower your energy bills by adding direct warmth to the rooms you use more frequently. But while these portable heaters can be both efficient and economical, there are a few things you need to keep in mind when putting one in your home.
When shopping for a space heater make sure to buy one that fits your needs. Buying a larger heater for a smaller area can cause your utility bills to be higher. A small heater being used to cover a larger area will cause it to work harder. Make sure to buy a heater with overheat protection.
Room heaters with overheat protection switches function by using a temperature sensor to detect when internal components become too hot. When an unsafe temperature is detected, the switch automatically shuts off the unit to prevent overheating. Most new space heater also offer tip over protection. This feature shuts the space heater off if it accidentally tips over. Another great feature is the cool-touch feature where the exterior part of the heater is safe to touch for houses with children or pets.
One good rule is to always plug a space heater directly into an outlet. Plugging directly into an outlet helps prevent over heating. Plugging into an extension cord can cause fires, overheating, or a chance of electrical shock. Remember that if you do have to plug into an extension cord use one that is rated for the size of the space heater.
Stay away from using space heaters in humid areas and bathrooms. To avoid shock do not touch a space heater with wet hands or any type of water. Remember to always shut off your heater when leaving the area. Some heaters have automatic timers that shut off for you, but leaving a heater on and unsupervised can be very costly and dangerous.
Educating yourself about the safety hazards that come with the improper use of portable heaters will help you achieve better peace of mind as you keep your home warm, comfortable, and fire hazard-free this winter.
Christmas Tree Fire Safety
Don’t let Christmas ever heat up too much — with fire that is. Christmas trees alone result in 13 million dollars a year in property damage. More importantly, these fires can be dangerous to your family and friends. Tree dryness, electrical malfunctions, and poor location can be a deadly combination when showcasing a live tree in your home.
Here are some safety tips for your tree to help unwanted surprises during the Hollidays.
-Keep the bases of the tree well watered to prevent it from drying out.
-Keep away from heat sources such as heaters, fireplaces, or light sources such as candles.
-Fresh trees are less likely to catch fire, so look for a tree with vibrant green needles that are hard to pluck and don’t break easily from its branches.
-Do not forget to turn the Christmas lights on the tree out at night.
-Be sure to plug your lights into a ground-fault circuit interrupter protected receptacle.
Don’t let your Holliday season burn out and go up in flames. Remember these few safety tips to help make sure your Holliday season goes as planned.