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Flood Questions Answered

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

What should I do before a flood?

  • Take photos or videos of your important possessions.
  • Post emergency telephone numbers by the phone, and teach children to dial 911.
  • Plan and practice a flood evacuation route with your family.
  • Establish an out-of-state "family contact person" and ensure that everyone in your family knows that person's name, address, and telephone number.
  • For drains, toilets, and other sewer connections, install backflow valves or plugs to prevent floodwaters from entering.

What should I do during a flood?

  • Fill bathtubs, sinks, and jugs with clean water.
  • Listen to a battery-operated radio to keep you informed.
  • If instructed, turn off all utilities at the main power switch and main gas valve.
  • If told to evacuate your home, do so immediately.
  • If waters start to rise inside your home, retreat to the highest floor, attic, or if necessary, the roof.
  • If you have come in contact with floodwaters, wash hands with soap and water.
  • Avoid walking through floodwater, as little as six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet.
  • Do not drive through a flooded area. If you come upon a flooded road, take another route. 
  • Stay away from downed power lines or electrical wires.
  • Look out for animals. 

What should I do after a flood?

If your home has suffered damage, call a restoration company, like SERVPRO of Sunrise and your insurance agent. 

  • Take photos of any water in the house, and save damaged personal property for insurance purposes.
  • Check for structural damage before reentering your home, and do not enter if a portion of the building has collapsed.
  • Upon reentering your property, do not use matches or cigarette lighters since gas may be trapped inside. If you smell gas or hear hissing, open a window quickly and call the gas company.
  • Keep power off until an electrician has inspected your system for safety.
  • Check for sewage and waterline damage. If you suspect damage, avoid using the tap, and call a plumber.
  • Throw away any food, including canned goods that has come in contact with floodwater.
  • Until local authorities declare your water supply to be safe, boil water for drinking and preparation. 

If you have suffered any water damage give us a call at 954-748-7887. We proudly serve the Sunrise, Sawgrass Mills, Tamarac and surrounding areas. 

SERVPRO Sunrise Heroes

11/29/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricane Irma was one of the most devastating hurricanes in years. With many water damages across  Florida SERVPRO of Sunrise worked tirelessly along others to restore homes to their former glory. Helping people is the most rewarding work a person can do, this article proves why.

SERVPRO of Sunrise (FL)


“I want to send this letter of thanks and appreciation for the SERVPRO team of Sunrise. I was one of the many customers affected by hurricane Irma in Florida. Gustavo and his team went above and beyond to help me. Gustavo came to my house and did a thorough assessment of the water damage and quoted a fair and reasonable price. His team came to my house the next day and performed the work. Keep in mind that the Internet and power was down for Gustavo’s team. I will be a SERVPRO customer for life and will leave a positive review on the Better Business Bureau also.”

We've helped numerous customers make it "Like it never even happened." We proudly serve the Sunrise, Tamarac, Lauderhill and surrounding communities. 

Give us a call at 954-748-7887 to schedule an appointment for a free estimate. 

SERVPRO of Sunrise

11/29/2018 (Permalink)

When fire or water damages occur, Sunrise property and business owners have a new ally ready to aid them in their recovery efforts. Owned by Gustavo Daza and Ana Milena Diazgranados, SERVPRO of Sunrise offers a full line of fire and water cleanup and restoration services to help home and business owners regain control of their lives faster following a loss.

In addition to fire, water, and mold cleanup and restoration services, residential and commercial customers can take advantage of SERVPRO of Sunrise wide variety of cleaning services: carpets, floors, and ductwork systems.  In the event of a fire or water damage, SERVPRO of SUNRISE provides 24-hour emergency service.  Under normal circumstances, a trained SERVPRO of Sunrise Professional can be on-site in less than four hours to provide emergency mitigation services to help the property owner regain control of their life as soon as possible.

Your calls will be responded quickly and effectively by a trained, courteous and uniformed SERVPRO of Sunrise Professional. Complete customer satisfaction is our ultimate goal.

Give us a call at 954-748-7887 to schedule an appointment for a free estimate. 

How to protect your building against water damage

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage is one of the most common reasons for insurance claims among businesses.

Water damage is one of the most common reasons for insurance claims among businesses. Not only is it expensive to remedy - it can also create health risks and bring the productivity of your business to a halt, costing you time and money.

Fortunately, there are a number of low-cost ways you can reduce the threat to your business. While water damage is usually associated with flooding, the most common sources are often overlooked.


HVAC Systems

Heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are necessary in maintaining a comfortable work environment. However, if these systems are not properly maintained, they can cause serious, costly water damage.

Most HVAC systems produce condensation that needs to drain. Often, water is collected in a pan, and is then expelled through pipes either directly or with the assistance of a small pump. Excess accumulation in these pans can lead to corrosion and damaging water overflows.


Take Action

Include HVAC systems in building maintenance programs to ensure that all condensation collection pans, drains and condensation pumps are functioning properly.

Water Heaters

Water heaters hold and transfer water continuously. When water heaters fail, they release water and can cause significant property damage. Over time, deposits accumulate on the bottom of the water heater tank and corrode the tank liner. Moving water can also cause substantial wear and tear on a water heater tank and piping. In most cases, water heaters fail gradually over time, but not always.


Take Action

Regularly inspect your water heater for signs of failure and replace the unit every 10 years. Consider installing a water catch pan with a drain connected to a waste line, sump pump or to another method of channeling water out of the building. Automatic shut-off valves are also a great way to limit damage in the event of a leak or unit failure.

Damaged Roofing Systems

Your building’s roof is part of a complex system of coverings, flashing, metal work and sealants that work together to keep water out. Leaks in your roofing system can lead to rot and mould growth, and it can damage surfaces inside the building. Furthermore, severe roof damage can allow water to pool in your building, causing structural damage.


Take Action

Regular roof inspections are crucial to preventing water damage caused by roof leaks. Visually inspect your roof to verify that draining systems are clear of debris and functioning properly. Regular inspections should be supplemented with assessments by professional roofing maintenance providers, who can correct small deficiencies before they create more serious problems. Moreover, you should identify areas of your building that are susceptible to unusual amounts of snow, and plan to have the snow removed during the winter months.   

Faulty Windows

Windows require routine maintenance in order to remain water tight. The most important features to inspect are the beads of caulk and the seals between the windows and the building structure. Windows that are improperly sealed can allow water to seep into your building. It is important to keep in mind that a more complex window system may require additional attention to prevent damage.  


Take Action

Evaluate windows often. Reapply caulk and repair sealants during window inspections. Make sure to inspect windows after severe storms and take immediate action to repair windows, if necessary.

Exterior Walls

Exterior walls are designed to shed water; however, they are not built to hold back standing water. As water pushes against a building, it can deteriorate the protective layers, creating an entry point for water. The likelihood of water damage increases whenever landscaping or the grading of exterior soil allows water to drain toward or stand against walls.


Take Action

A visual inspection is the best way to detect areas where water is accumulating against your building. Altering the grade of your landscaping or installing a drain tile network to divert water away from exterior walls can provide low-cost solutions. Additionally, make sure to assess exterior walls after prolonged or intense periods of rain. Look for signs of erosion along the foundation and repair these areas immediately.

Freeze-ups

During severe cold spells, sprinkler systems and water pipes can freeze, burst and cause devastating water damage. Equipment that contains or uses water, produces condensation or relies on pneumatic controls is also susceptible to freezing and water bursts.


Take Action

Proper preparation is vital to preventing costly freeze-ups. Before cold weather sets in, identify all equipment, processes and piping that are susceptible to freezing. Additional insulation can be added to the exterior of pipes that are at risk of freezing. You can prepare at-risk equipment for cold weather by doing the following:
•Draining and securing any idle equipment
•Providing adequate heat or locating equipment in a heated enclosure
•Draining condensation from units
•Protecting it with suitable anti-freeze products

All building areas that are unusually difficult to heat or that lose heat rapidly should be identified. Maintain a minimum temperature of 4.4 degrees Celsius (40 degrees Fahrenheit) in these areas and consider installing thermometers to help monitor temperatures.

During the colder months, perform daily building inspections during periods of extreme cold to identify pipes that may be frozen. During inspections, turn taps on and look for a steady stream of water. If water flow is slow or nonexistent, your pipes may be frozen.

If you suspect that your pipes have frozen, have a professional plumber safely thaw them. Never attempt to thaw frozen pipes with an open flame. In the event of a burst pipe, turn off the water at the main shut-off valve and contact a licensed plumber immediately.

Sewer Backups

Sewer backups occur when sewer systems are over capacity or when a blockage is present. The excess water created from blockages can force sewage into buildings through floor drains, toilets and sinks.


Take Action

Sewer backups tend to develop over time, allowing businesses to take action before they reach a critical point. Having a professional inspect sewage lines regularly can allow for early detection of blockages. Licensed plumbers can install backwater valves on lateral sewer lines to prevent the sewage from backing up and flooding your building. One often overlooked cause of sewer backups are tree or shrub roots that penetrate pipes. Professional landscapers and plumbers can remove roots before it is too late.

Businesses should also prohibit the disposal of clog-causing items like grease and other foreign objects via sink or toilet to reduce their chances of causing a backup.

Improper Preparation and Leak Response

At times, serious water leaks are unavoidable. In these instances, it is imperative to act quickly to limit the scope of damage. While many businesses prepare for fires, medical emergencies and other serious events, few implement water damage response plans.


Take Action

All businesses should develop a water damage prevention and response plan. These plans will allow your employees to act as a vital first line of defense against water damage. Make sure your water damage plan includes the following items: 
•A water damage prevention checklist
•A list of emergency contacts for whenever water damage is discovered
•A leak-response kit, complete with mops, absorbent cloths, epoxy, plugs and wet-dry vacuums
•A valve-identification sheet complete with images and general descriptions, making it easy for employees to locate any shut-off valves in the event of a leak
•Water damage prevention training for employees that stresses the importance of reporting all signs of water damage no matter how minor the damage appears to be

By: Capri CMW Risk Advisor 

SERVPRO of Sunrise proudly serves the Sawgrass Mills, Woodlands, Inverrary and surrounding communities.

Have Questions? Contact us at

954-748-7887

Green Products Mean Clean

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Sunrise offers quality, Green Cleaning Products Solutions for families in the Sunrise and surrounding communities. 

We would like to introduce our new line of Green Cleaning Products. SERVPRO® Industries, Inc. is a member of the EPA’s Design for Environment (EPA/DFE) initiative. As a member company, SERVPRO® can access the listing known formally as CleanGredients.

The EPA/DFE has established a set of criteria for formulating environmentally friendly cleaning products. With the assistance of larger chemical companies the EPA/DFE has put together a listing of safe cleaning components that can be used in Green cleaning formulations.
From the listing a formulation can be derived that incorporates “green” chemistry. The initiative is designed to allow chemical formulators a resource to formulate environmentally friendly cleaning products using environmentally friendly raw materials. We have formulated three Green Cleaning Products that will allow you to complete approximately all your cleaning tasks. The products are as follows:
Carpet & Upholstery Green Clean #251 is a product designed for cleaning both carpet and upholstery. It is truly a “one product does all” in that it can be used as a spotter, pre-spray, in-line cleaner for both truck mount and portable equipment, and in low-moisture bonnet cleaning. The product is pH neutral, biodegradable, contains no phosphates, solvents, dyes or fragrances.
All Surface Green Clean #250 is an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional surface cleaners. It is pH neutral, contains no dyes or fragrances. All components are safe, non-toxic, phosphate free, Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) compliant and rapidly bio-degradable. The product is designed as a one product cleans all for surfaces that can be wiped or mopped. It can safely be used on walls, ceilings, countertops, floors, etc. The exclusive formulation contains both ionic and non-ionic surfactants that are naturally derived and provide excellent multi-functional cleaning.
Window Green Clean #249 is an environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional glass cleaners. It is pH neutral, contains no dyes or fragrances. All components are safe, non-toxic, phosphate free, VOC-compliant and rapidly biodegradable. The product comes ready to use and is formulated with soft water to eliminate spotting and streaking.
Two areas the EPA/DFE does not address that are common in our restoration tasks are disinfectants and deodorizers. Disinfectants are “kill” agents and not considered green per the EPA/DFE. The EPA does though classify disinfectants by the overall toxicity. The lowest toxicity disinfectants get a rating of category 3. SERVPRO® provides Sporicidin® as a low toxicity disinfectant and it carries the EPA’s lowest toxicity rating of category 3. Therefore in the course of Green Cleaning it is recommended Sporicidin® be used for your disinfecting requirements. The final area is Deodorization and the problem is the fragrances used in these products can cause reactions with certain individuals. The EPA/DFE does not currently have “Green” fragrances listed. SERVPRO® provides air scrubbers with activated charcoal to serve as a “Green” method of deodorization. This method will scrub the odor particles from the air and trap them in the activated charcoal filter.
If you have questions about Green Cleaning or the EPA’s Design for the Environment program, the following link from the EPA’s website
may be helpful: https://www.epa.gov/

Contact us at 954-748-7887 now for an estimate, to schedule an appointment, or to know more about our Green Products. 

The Truth About Toxic Mold (and How to Get Rid of It)

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

Don't let the mold panic set in just yet — it might not be as bad as you think.

Mold is everywhere. It grows on the sides of houses, it blackens surfaces like brick and concrete, and it thrives in the soil of your yard and garden.

Indoors, mold lives in sink drains, shower grout, houseplant potting mix, kitchen sponges and anywhere else that moisture has a chance to settle. Are you hyperventilating yet?

A little bit of mold is nothing to worry about, as long as you can identify the cause and promptly clean it up with a solution of bleach and water.

But before we go any further, let’s get this out of the way: Any mold, regardless of color, can make you feel sick, especially if you suffer from allergies or asthma. To be on the safe side, always wear a mask and rubber gloves when dealing with mold, and make sure that the space is well-ventilated.

Let’s get the facts straight

Also known as black mold, the infamous Stachybotrys chartarum is not toxic, but toxigenic, because it is capable of producing mycotoxins. Technicalities aside, this uncommon mold species is especially feared for its supposedly dangerous effects.

You may have read an article about how toxic mold is “secretly making your family sick” or watched local news reporters announce that black mold was found in a restaurant inspection, making it feel as if the plague arrived overnight and could be headed to your place next.

Some alternative health websites even call it “toxic mold syndrome” and warn of terrifying symptoms like memory loss or idiopathic pulmonary hemorrhage.

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), however, say that “These case reports are rare, and a causal link between the presence of the toxigenic mold and these conditions has not been proven. … All molds should be treated the same with respect to potential health risks and removal.”

Stachybotrys chartarum is unusual among household molds, because it requires constant moisture to survive. So if your house is oozing moisture from a roof leak, broken pipe or outright poltergeist, black mold is the least of your worries. Time to call a professional and put an end to the drip before termites or wood rot threaten to put an end to your home’s structure.

Mold is often a symptom of a bigger problem, be it as minor as a dripping faucet or as major as, well, a missing roof.

If you suspect that the slowly spreading black stain on your wall is the infamous black mold, don’t bother wasting your time identifying the stuff. Scam artists abound, and the Environmental Protection Agency even says that “In most cases, if visible mold is present, sampling is unnecessary.”

There are no established standards for judging what is an acceptable amount of mold, and even the non-toxigenic types can cause allergic reactions and make your life miserable. Remove it.

How to prevent and remove mold

Mold needs three things to survive: Moisture, a growing surface and food (dirty stuff).

The easiest way to prevent mold is to make sure that it never gets any moisture to begin with. Keep your house clean, dry and well-ventilated, especially in the bathroom wherever water collects, such as on tile grout or shower curtains. If your bathroom has gnats or a damp odor, look no further than your clogged sink drains — and be sure to wear some rubber gloves.

To clean and remove mold on hard surfaces, the CDC recommends using a solution of no more than one cup of bleach to one gallon of water.

To remove mold on exterior surfaces, use a pressure washer, and make sure that everything is properly sealed.

If mold is found on soft and porous surfaces, such as drywall, carpeting or furniture, it’s best to dispose of the affected material before the mold spreads further or exacerbates your allergies.

Flood-damaged homes with heavy mold infestations should be handled by professionals whenever possible. The Federal Emergency Management Agencywarns that “Infants, children, immune-compromised patients, pregnant women, individuals with existing respiratory conditions (allergies, multiple chemical sensitivity and asthma) and the elderly appear to be at higher risks for adverse health effects from mold.”

In addition, flood-damaged houses are often contaminated with chemicals and human waste, which are far more dangerous than the mold itself.

If You See Signs of Mold, 
Call Us Today – (954) 748-7887

Where is the Main Water Shut-Off Valve?

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Do you know where the main water shut-off valve is in your home? If you can’t answer that within five seconds, then you need to locate it and remember where in case there’s ever a serious leak. Otherwise, you could end up with a plumbing nightmare on your hands…

Where to Find the Main Water Shut-Off Valve

  • The shut-off valve is almost always located near the perimeter of your home. There’s no need to check the central portions of the house.
  • Forget the upstairs too, as shut-off valves are going to be located on the ground floor. For those with basements, it will usually be located here.
  • Water lines usually run from the water main to the shut-off valve with no extra piping or detours. Therefore, if you know where you water main is, see where the shortest path to your home would be. The valve is more than likely located here.
  • During the purchase of a house, an inspection report is supplied. The location of your main water shut-off valve is labeled in this report (hopefully you’re organized so you have easy access to this report).
  • Do you know where the big panel is in your home (not the electrical panel)? This panel houses the shut-off valve since it’s illegal to cover it behind the wall.

Plumbing Fixture Shut-Off Valves

When a leak springs, it’s not always a slow drip. Sometimes the water will begin to rush out and start pooling on the floor of your home. Before you run to the main water shut-off valve, see if this fixture has its own personal shut-off valve.

  • Toilet – On the wall your toilet sits against, there will be a small valve. It is usually located below the bowl and should be turned gently (clockwise) to stop the flow of water.
  • Sink – Underneath the sink in the cabinet, there will be a small shut-off valve (similar to the toilet). During a pipe or faucet leak, turn the handle clockwise to suspend any water from leaking.
  • Washing Machine – Behind every washing machine should be two valves (and sometimes a lever). Both of these valves should be turned clockwise (or the lever should be switched the other way) in order to cease water from flowing. If you don’t see these valves (or lever), you may have to pull out the washer from the wall a bit.

Knowing how to stop the flow of water coming into your home can help prevent extensive water damage if there’s ever a serious leak.

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12 Things You Should Never Flush Down the Toilet

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Tissues and Paper Towels

While they may seem a little like toilet paper, they are not. The materials used to make tissues, paper towels and similar products do not dissolve easily and are far more likely to clog your toilet, as well as cause problems for your septic tank or at your water treatment facility. 

Cat Litter

Even if your cat litter says that it is ‘flushable,’ don’t flush it. All cat litter is bad for your toilet. It lingers in your pipes, refuses to dissolve easily and interacts poorly with your sewer system. If the temptation to use the toilet is too much for a family member in charge of cleaning litter, then put a box of disposable plastic bags or similar poop-scooping solutions by the litter box so that it’s less of an issue. 

Disposable Diapers

Yes, disposable diapers tend to get covered in waste. Unfortunately, toilets were not made for any kind of disposable diaper: Trying to flush these diapers is an incredibly common cause of serious pipe clogs that need professional attention. Avoid this problem, and provide another option for dealing with diapers. 

Tampons

While the toilet is frequently a handy option to get rid of tampons and other feminine hygiene products, it’s also a bad idea. Tampons can easily create clogs deep in pipes and should never be flushed. 

Condoms

Condoms are another case where convenience shouldn’t trump toilet care. Throw them in the trash instead of flushing: Both condom materials (typically latex) and associated lubricants are bad for your plumbing. 

Anything Made of Cotton

This includes cotton swabs, cotton balls, Q-tips, and any other associated product. Cotton is excellent at absorbing water, but it doesn’t break down easily. The combination is a dire one for your plumbing. 

Any Type of Plastic

It doesn’t matter if it’s packaging plastic or a Band-Aid, you can’t flush plastics down a toilet. Plastic doesn’t dissolve and can cause many problems in your pipes—if they get that far after a toilet flush. 

Dental Floss

Yes, even small items like dental floss can cause trouble for your toilet. It’s stringy, doesn’t dissolve and can bundle around other objects to form larger clogs. 

Food

Any type of food is off limits, no matter how soft it may be. The same is true of any leftover pieces, shells, bones or grounds that you want to get rid of. These belong in neither your pipes nor your garbage disposal. Throw them in the trash or compost. 

Gum

Water does nothing to get rid of gum, so it tends to stick around – literally. You don’t want it in your pipes! 

Hair

If you’re fishing hairballs from your sink or tub, don’t dump them in the toilet: That’s just moving the clog from one part of your plumbing to another. Throw it away instead. 

Pills

TV makes flushing pills look dramatic and effective, but it’s a horrible idea. If you have pills past expiration or just don’t want them in your house, find a local medicine take-back program or grind them up and throw them away on trash day. Otherwise, those potent chemicals will get into sewer systems and even groundwater, where they can do untold damage. 

Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow? Call Us Today – (954) 748-7887

What You Need to Know About Air Duct Cleaning

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Air duct cleaning is a misnomer. In actuality, the entire HVAC system should be cleaned. Failure to clean all components of the system can result in recontamination of the entire system, thus minimizing the benefits of cleaning.

Just as you wouldn’t clean only half of your living room floor, you also would not want to clean only part of your HVAC system. NADCA recommends cleaning the entire HVAC system, including the following components:

  • air ducts
  • coils
  • drain pan
  • registers
  • grills
  • air plenum
  • blower motor and assembly
  • heat exchanger
  • air filter
  • air cleaner

There are two key components to HVAC cleaning: breaking contaminants loose, and collection of contaminants.

Breaking Contaminants Loose

Properly cleaning HVAC systems requires removing the sources of contamination. Source removal begins with the use of one or more agitation devices designed to loosen contaminants from the surfaces within the heating and air conditioning system. Examples of agitation devices include: brushes, air whips and compressed air nozzles or “skipper balls.” Agitation can also be achieved through hand-brushing or contact vacuuming.

Collection of Contaminants

During cleaning, the entire HVAC system is placed under continuous negative pressure (a vacuum) to prevent the spread of contaminants. Continuous negative pressure allows very fine particles to be removed from the system as they become airborne, ensuring that these particles are not released into the living space when the system is turned on after cleaning. This negative pressure also serves to extract the loosened contaminants, which are collected and removed from your home.

System Access

HVAC system cleaning is not a complex process, but each job is unique. Where possible, access to duct interiors should be made through existing openings such as supply diffusers, return grills, duct end caps and existing service openings. Cleaning technicians may need to cut access holes in the duct work in order to reach inside with various cleaning tools. Creation of these service openings, and their subsequent closure, requires craftsmanship and professional skills.

Equipment Requirements

There is a wide variety of equipment available to HVAC cleaning professionals. Both truck-mounted and portable vacuums can be used to stop the spread of contaminants and get the system cleaned to the NADCA Standard.

Antimicrobial Chemicals

Antimicrobial chemicals include sanitizers, disinfectants and deodorizers that can be applied to nonporous surfaces in HVAC systems to address microbial contamination and help control odors. Only chemicals registered with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can be used. These products should only be considered after mechanical surface cleaning has been performed and if the need for such treatment has been deemed necessary. 

For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today, (954) 748-7887

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Seven Ways to Be Safe and Healthy This Halloween

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Don’t let your health get tricked this Halloween! Here are a few ways to stay safe and healthy.

1. Get Moving

Carve out time to be active this Halloween – between get-together and trick-or-treating in the neighborhood. Take a walk and do some weight training to help you feel good!

Regular physical activity can help control your weight, reduce your risk of heart disease and some cancers, improve mental health and mood, and increase your chance of living longer.

2. Eat Well

Don’t spend this Halloween filling up on junk food and sweets. Give yourself and your guests healthier choices and nutritious treats.

Fruits and vegetables are part of a well-balanced and healthy eating plan. Fruits and vegetables also provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other substances that are important for good health.

3. Keep Your and Your Family’s Bite Healthy

Keep Halloween candy at bay. Care for teeth the right way – brush with a fluoride toothpaste each and every day.

Tooth decay (cavities) is one of the most common chronic conditions of childhood in the United States. Untreated tooth decay can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing, and learning.

4. Play it Safe

Take precautions to stay safe while trick-or-treating on Halloween night. Watch out for cars, use reflective gear, walk with a group, and carry a flash light.

Check out CDC’s Injury Center for tips to stay safe at home, on the road, and at play.

5. Scare Away the Flu and Colds

Don’t get spooked by the flu, wash your hands frequently and get a flu vaccine, too!

Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each year. Get vaccinated to protect yourself and your loved ones and learn about good health habits that can help stop germs.

6. Don’t Be a Zombie

Sleep is importanteven on Halloween! Adults need 7-8 hours each night. It’s best for staying healthy and helping the disease fight!

Insufficient sleep is linked to an increased risk for the development of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

7. Be Afraid of Smoking

Keep your Halloween activities smoke and tobacco free. Being smoke free is the way to be!

Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causing many diseases. Get help to quit smoking.

Have a Safe & Healthy Halloween!

Content source: 

CDC Office of Women’s Health