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Preventing Heart Disease: Healthy Living Habits

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

Heart disease can happen at any age. For #HeartMonth and beyond, learn about simple lifestyle changes you can make to get your heart health on track.

By living a healthy lifestyle, you can help keep your blood pressure, cholesterol, and sugar normal and lower your risk for heart disease and heart attack. A healthy lifestyle includes the following:

  • Eating a healthy diet.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Getting enough physical activity.
  • Not smoking or using other forms of tobacco.
  • Limiting alcohol use.

Healthy Diet

Choosing healthful meal and snack options can help you avoid heart disease and its complications. Be sure to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and fewer processed foods.

Eating foods low in saturated fats, trans fat, and cholesterol and high in fiber can help prevent high cholesterol. Limiting salt (sodium) in your diet also can lower your blood pressure. Limiting sugar in your diet can lower you blood sugar level to prevent or help control diabetes.

For more information on healthy diet and nutrition, see CDC’s Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Program website.

Healthy Weight

Being overweight or obese increases your risk for heart disease. To determine if your weight is in a healthy range, doctors often calculate your body mass index (BMI). If you know your weight and height, you can calculate your BMI at CDC’s Assessing Your Weight website. Doctors sometimes also use waist and hip measurements to calculate excess body fat. They may use special equipment to calculate excess body fat and hydration status.

Physical Activity

Physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight and lower your blood pressure, cholesterol, and sugar levels. For adults, the Surgeon General recommends 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, like brisk walking or bicycling, every week. Children and adolescents should get 1 hour of physical activity every day.

For more information, see CDC’s Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Web site.

No Smoking

Cigarette smoking greatly increases your risk for heart disease. If you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you do smoke, quitting will lower your risk for heart disease. Your doctor can suggest ways to help you quit.

For more information about tobacco use and quitting, see CDC’s Smoking & Tobacco Use Web site.

Limited Alcohol

Avoid drinking too much alcohol, which can raise your blood pressure. Men should have no more than 2 drinks per day, and women only 1. For more information, visit CDC’s Alcohol and Public Health Web site.

Prevent the Spread of the Flu!

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Homes and business can depend on SERVPRO of Sunrise to clean and sanitize building materials, surfaces and contents following restoration industry standards, using professional cleaning products and EPA- registered cleaners and disinfectants. Get VaccinatedThe single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season. The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. There are several  flu vaccine options for the 2017-2018 flu season .Good Health HabitsAvoid close contact.Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.Stay home when you are sick .If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.Clean your hands.Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.

  • Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives Tips on hand washing and using alcohol-based hand sanitizers
  • It’s a SNAP Toolkit: Handwashing Handwashing resources from the It’s A SNAP program, aimed at preventing school absenteeism by promoting clean hands. From the School Network for Absenteeism Prevention, a collaborative project of the CDC, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the American Cleaning Institute.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.Germs are often spread when a person touches a surface or object that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.Stop the Spread of GermsHealthy habits can protect everyone from getting germs or spreading germs at home, work, or school.Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects.Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu can help slow the spread of influenza.At SchoolAt Work
  • Flu Prevention at Work Learn more about how you can help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses like flu at work

5 Easy Tips to Prevent Water Damage

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

1. Be careful where you plant

Some plants and trees, like weeping willows, have pretty invasive roots. If you’re not careful, they’ll grow right into your sprinkler system, drainage field, pipes, and septic tanks. Plan before you plant to keep roots away from any water lines.

2. Clean out roof gutters

You know it’s on your to-do list anyway, so if you can, take a safe climb up to your roof next Sunday and check out your gutters. If you’re seeing lots of leaves, birds’ nests, sticks, and whatnot up there, your gutters may not be doing the job you hired them for. And on a rainy day, a clogged gutter can send water spilling into your home’s foundation, through the roof, or down to your basement. That could cause some serious water damage! If your gutters are too high, be safe and get a professional to check them.

3.  Keep an eye on your water bill

With so many water pipes hidden behind walls and in the floors in your house, you might not know there’s a leak until the damage is done. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on your monthly water bill. If you see it starting to creep up, or get one that’s uncommonly high, it’s a pretty good sign that you may have a leak somewhere.

4. Use a drain snake instead of unclogging chemicals

No matter how crazy clean you are, from your shower to your kitchen sink, clogs are going to happen. And chances are at some point in your life you’ve used one of those powerful chemical drain cleaners to get things moving again. But as convenient as they may be, most folks don’t realize those caustic chemicals are also eating away at their pipes (and they might not be too good for you either). If you rely on them a lot, you could be setting yourself up for leaks. That’s why owning a drain snake is a good solution to clear away clogs. They’re pretty inexpensive, you can get them at your local hardware store, and they can cut through most any clog you’ll have without damaging pipes or making your eyes red and teary.

5. Never pour grease down your sink

You’ve probably heard this before, but you should definitely avoid pouring grease down your kitchen sink. It doesn’t matter if you flush it with hot or cold water. It can still congeal and cling to your pipes, and could still cause some serious damage and blockage.

Some people use detergent to break up grease before pouring it down the drain…and that may help sometimes. But there’s no guarantee that it’ll keep the grease from sticking to your pipes, so why take the risk?

The safest thing to do is just to pour your grease in an empty can, and either let it sit or put it in the refrigerator. Once it hardens you can toss it in the trash and get rid of it. Done and done.

For more information visit:

https://www.farmers.com/inner-circle/home-tool-kit/5-ways-to-prevent-water-damage/ 

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Understanding Mold Stain Removal

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

 

Understanding Mold Stain Removal | 2017-09-07 | Restoration & Remediation Magazine

There has been a significant increase in new mold stain remover products in the restoration/remediation market lately. Part of the reason for that is an increasing awareness of liquid-based mold removal methods and a growing understanding of the relationship between mold staining and property value perceptions. Many of the new mold stain remover products are just re-marketed old chemistry, some are improvements of older formulations, and a few are unique new technologies. So what’s the big deal about removing mold stains? How does one determine which product type to use?

It is important to always remember that removing or improving the appearance of mold staining is NOT mold remediation. Real mold remediation must always result in the physical removal of mold contaminants. That being said, mold stain removal is an important part of mitigating the damage caused by mold growth for two primary reasons:

1. Visible mold staining can reduce the value of a property.
2. Visible mold staining can cause negative impressions and apprehension about mold remediation results.

Until recently the only widely known way to remove mold staining was to remove a layer of the surface of wood materials via sanding or media blasting… or by covering the stained surface with an opaque coating. New chemical technologies now make it possible in most cases to remove or improve the mold staining without damaging or covering up the structural materials. So which mold stain remover product should you choose?

First, it’s useful to understand what “mold staining” really is. Without getting too technical, it is the visible result of fungal metabolic processes. In other words, it is visible staining on surfaces due to mold digestion and all the related chemical things that go on when mold does its thing. When you consider that there are thousands of types of mold species, digesting hundreds of different potential food sources in hundreds of types of environmental conditions on hundreds of different types of surfaces… you might get the idea that no two mold staining situations are alike.

Because of the nature of mold staining, it is difficult to predict the results of mold stain removal. For example, there are cases where the mold has been digesting the surface of the wood in an attic for many years. In those cases, there may be no way to make the surfaces look new again without removing a significant layer of the surface. There are also situations where the mold has trapped soot or some type of inorganic pollutants that cause stains that do not react with the particular type of chemistry in the product you are using.

With that in mind, the difficulty of removing mold stains falls on a spectrum of difficulty ranging in mold stains that can be just wiped off to those that are impossible to remove...

Aricle by Jeff Heyd, in Restoration & Remediation - September 19,2017

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On Vacation

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

Community On Vacation Biohazard and Crime Scene Services !

- Make sure your home is secure, all deadbolts locked: lights left on timers, deliveries cancelled or being collected by a trusted neighbor who has your travel schedule.

- Take only the credit card and other cards that you will absolutely need. Carry traveler's checks instead of cash. Record information on those cards and any valuable equipment (e.g.,camcorders, cameras, and CD players) that you take with you. Take a copy along and leave one with a friend or family member.

- Study up in advance on your vacation destination. Know where you want to go and how you want to get there. Ask hotel personnel about the safety of areas off the regular tourist path. 

- Don't leave valuable in view in the car-your own or a rental. Leave them in the trunk or, better still, in your room.

- Make sure everyone in your party-adults, teens, children-has the name, address, and phone numbers of the place you are staying and carries that information along at all times.

- Set up rules for each day's outing on where and how you'll link up if you become separated.

- Don't leave rooms unlocked in your lodgings. Insist that everyone carry his or her key when outside the room.

By The COOPPA Guardian Newspaper  

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Safe-Home Checklist

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

Start the year right. Make your home safe by checking each item below:

- Post emergency numbers by every phone. Numbers must be large and clear enough to be seen from a distance.

- Keep a first aid kit handy and know how to use it.

- Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and all purpose fire extinguishers. Check them monthly.

- Store flammable materials away from the furnace, fireplace and other heat sources. Never leave an open flame burning unattended-even for a minute.

- Use flame-retardant curtains and bedding.

- Don't let anyone smoke in bed.

- Have your heating system checked and c leaned by a qualified contractor yearly.

- Inspect electrical equipment regularly. Replace frayed or cracked electrical cords and broken sockets and plugs. Make sure electrical appliances are properly grounded.

- Lock up all drugs and hazardous materials our of children's reach.

Keep stairs, sidewalks and hallways well lit and clear.

By The COOPPA Guardian Newspaper

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El Peligro de los Fuegos Artificiales - Part 2

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

Cada ano los fuegos artificiales son responsables de mas de 18,000 incendios, que afectan a 1,300 edificaciones, 300 vehiculos, y 16,900 fuegos en exterior, segun la National Fire Protection Association.

Las salas de emergencia del pais atienden mas de 10,000 lesiones relacionadas con fuegos artificiales, segun estadisticas anuales de la organizacion.

Ademas, en la Florida la posesion de fuegos artificiales ilegales se considera un delito. Se expone a ser arrestado y a recibir una multa de hasta $1,000 y ser sentenciado hasta a un ano de prision.

FUEGOS PROFESIONALES

Por eso se recomienda disfrutar los fuegos artificiales en shows organizados por profesinales.

 "Con los fuegos artificiales ocurre lo mismo que con las armas, todo lo que sube, cae". dijo Ernesto Rodriguez

"Es irresponsible, por ejemplo, lanzar fuegos artificiales de un balcón" y del peligro de manejar después de beber alcohol.

Tomado de el Nuevo Herald en Espanol.

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The Biggest Business Stories of 2017

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

When we look back on 2017 in South Florida, there was Hurricane Irma - and then there was everything else. The storm made landfall on on Sept. 10, just a week after most people had even heard of it. Our region was largely spared, but the storm's effects linger for many - especially in our island neighbors, where Irma, along with Hurricane Maria, robbed so many of their homes and livelihoods.

While the hurricanes felt like the year's biggest story, there were other events with deep, long-term ramifications for Miami-Dade and Broward. Here's a look back at some of the stories that shaped the economy and business in South Florida in 2017 - and will likely continue to do so in the year to come.

1.Hurricane Irma slams South Florida

2.Conch Republic Battered

3.Marlins Finally Sold

4.Trump Cracks Down on Cuba

5.Puerto Rico Devastated by Hurricane Maria

6.Miami Housing costs continue to crunch workers

7.Local Tech Industry Rises, Slides

8.Florida Film Industry Outlook Dims

9.I-95 Remains Gridlocked

10.Airbnb Survives in South Florida

11.Cruise Industry Goes High Tech

El Peligro De Los Fuegos Artificiales Part 1

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mucho Cuidado con los Fuegos artificiales

Los fuegos artificiales son uno de los momentos más divertidos de la celebración de Fin de Año. A veces parece insignificante ese cohete que lanzamos al aire. Nos encanta cómo arden y como suenan.

"Todo lo que salga despedido hacia el aire, detone o explote, está prohibido", dijo la Policía.

"También está prohibido todo fuego artificial que contenga más de 100 gramos de productos químicos."

Entre esos prohibidos estarian los roman candles y bottle rockets.

Los legales son los sparkles, que producen chispas y estrellitas, y los que se pueden sostener en la mano y que no se disparen. También estan otros conocidos como Fountains, Snakes y Glow Worms.

Si quiere asegurarse que su sparkle es legal, verifique esta lista de los aprobados por las autoridades estatales.

Merry Christmas/Feliz Navidad

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

General Merry Christmas/Feliz Navidad SERVPRO of Sunrise staff wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Prepare to share the joy. There's just something about Christmas with family. It's the warmth and good cheer of a familiar song, a movie, a meal - a special experience the evokes the sights, sounds, and flavors of home.

Give a sweet selection of candy and treats for everyone on your list.

Preparese para compartir la alegria. La Navidad en familia es algo especial incluye la calidez y el buen ánimo de una canción familiar. Incluye una película comida o experiencia especial que evoca imágenes, sonidos y sabores del hogar.

Regale en esta época más dulce del año. Golosinas para todos en su lista - aquí.

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