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Halloween Celebration during Covid-19
Choosing costumes, decorating pumpkins, and getting special treats brings joy to many children at Halloween. Some Halloween traditions may look different this year to keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there are still plenty of ways families can have fun while avoiding the scare of being exposed to or spreading the virus.
Most importantly, keep doing what you have been doing: avoiding large gatherings, keeping a distance of six feet from others, wearing cloth face coverings (think superhero!), and washing hands often. Some ideas for ways to keep safety steps in place while celebrating:
- Virtual costume parties & parades
- Spooky movie night
- Decorating pumpkins
- Halloween-themed treats?
- Outdoor community events
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Doing DIY Water Damage Checks
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Taking the time to do regular inspections and maintenance on your home is so important to its overall health, and checking for water damage is no different. Not only can water damage lead to problems you can see, but it can also cause structural issues that can remain quite hidden, causing extreme amounts of damage.
Doing your own water damage checks is an easy way to watch out for typical warning signs so you know when to bring in the professionals. Catching water damage early will help you to not only reduce the overall damage it can cause to your home, but can also reduce your insurance claim to save you money on your premium.
Doing Your Own Household Water Damage Checks
Inspect your walls and ceilings. Many things are hidden behind a house’s drywall, including wiring, venting and framing—but water damage can be hidden by this, too. You will often notice signs of water damage on drywall if you look carefully, such as spotting or peeling of the paint, which should be addressed right away to avoid any issues.
Don’t forget to look down. Water will slowly work its way down over time, especially if it is the result of a leaking pipe in the wall. In this instance, it can slowly be absorbed by the subfloor of the home, causing floors that become warped, uneven or buckled. If you notice any of these issues in your own floor, it might be a sign that you have water damage lurking underfoot.
Inspect your roof. It is never a bad idea to check up on your roof’s status, as it is your single biggest defense in keeping water damage out. Going outside with binoculars can help you spot loose shingles, warped flashing or other signs that you have damage that should be repaired to protect the integrity of your roof.
Pay close attention to the basement. Your basement does not have to be musty or damp—in fact, it should not be. If you notice water on your foundational walls, signs of puddling or a musty odor, these are all signs that you should have your basement treated for moisture to avoid harmful mold and mildew growth in the space.
If you have water damage anywhere in your home, we are here to help. You can contact us at any hour to learn more about our services or to report damages. Get in touch today to speak with a water damage restoration expert.
How Can I Gain Peace of Mind About Fire Safety? | SERVPRO® of Sunrise
If you experience any property damage due to a fire, we are here for you. Contact SERVPRO of Sunrise to learn more.
Experiencing a house fire is something many of us likely worry about regularly, but are you sure you are doing what you are able to ensure one does not occur? It can take less than a minute for a fire to spread, which is why we always recommend being prepared and practicing prevention as much as possible.
Fortunately, it is not difficult to implement fire safety methods in your home throughout your daily actions so you can be certain you are being as safe as possible. Here are some of our top tips for significantly reducing your overall risk levels from a fire.
Lowering Your House Fire Risk Levels
Check your smoke detectors. Having the right number of smoke detectors and making sure they work is so important for ensuring you are alerted right away if a fire starts. You should check your detectors every month to make sure they are operational, and ensure they are installed throughout the home so they can be heard from any spot in the house.
Create a fire escape plan. If your smoke detectors sound, knowing what to do is so important for personal safety. Practice an evacuation plan with your entire family that takes two minutes or less to complete so everyone can get out safely. Regularly doing drills will keep it fresh in everyone’s minds in the event of a real emergency.
Limit your fire risks. As you go about your day, there are many ways you can reduce your fire risk through good habits surrounding fire risks. Small things such as clearing out the lint trap in your dryer with every load, being careful when cooking and avoiding improper storage of flammable materials can go a long way in reducing your overall risk.
Keep a fire extinguisher handy. Any time an open flame is present, a fire extinguisher should be, too. Make sure your fire extinguisher is operational and that you are aware of how to use it before you cook, grill or do anything else that might present an additional layer of risk.
If your home is damaged by a house fire, we are here to help. Our expert fire restoration technicians are here 24⁄7 to spring into action as soon as you call. Contact us at any hour to report your damage and receive a quick response.
Hurricane Season begins on June 1st
Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday
Hurricane Season begins on June 1st.
In order to help residents purchase the necessary supplies, Florida is conducting a Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday from Friday, May 29th, through Thursday, June 4th.
During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items related to disaster preparedness - including those purchased online - are exempt from sales tax.
Eligible items include reusable ice, coolers, flashlights, batteries, radios, tarps and portable generators.
For a complete list of qualifying items, view the Florida Department of Revenue's information sheet.
Also for further information on Hurricane Preparedness
By: The City of Sunrise Florida
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Sanitizing City of Sunrise Police Vehicles
Ana & Gustavo Owners of SERVPRO of Sunrise with Police officer during the sanitizing of the City of Sunrise Police Vehicles
SERVPRO of Sunrise is happy to be able to help and support our community during this pandemic.
SERVPRO specializes in disaster cleanups, restoring homes and businesses after devastations like floods, fires, and severe storms. Now, we are sanitizing our City of Sunrise Police Vehicles for FREE during this pandemic as a way of keeping our first responders safe.
Sunrise Police Cars received a towel surface wipe down and microbial misting throughout the vehicle.
In addition to the free services for first responders, businesses and homes can also be disinfected. We use EPA approved products and follow the CDC guidelines for cleanup practices, with prices varying based on the size of the building.
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Rosh Hashanah 2019: When It Begins, What You Need To Know
The birthday of the universe, the beginning of the Jewish new year, a ram's horn. It's Rosh Hashanah 2019. Happy 5780.
What is "Rosh Hashanah?"
The words actually mean "head of the year" and are used to mark the beginning of the new year. Rosh Hashanah is a two day period that culminates with Yom Kippur, the day of atonement and the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.
that period is referred to as "The Days of Awe" and is focused on repentance and atonement.
In Judaism, Rosh Hashanah is considered the sixth day of "Creation," the day that Adam and Eve were made. Because of their creation, it is considered the day that the potential of the universe was first recognized. Thus, it's also considered the birthday of the universe.
When is it?
It begins at sundown on Sunday, Sept. 29, and ends at sundown on October 1.
What? It begins and ends at sundown?
In Judaism, it's not only the holidays that start at sundown but every day. In the Book of Genesis, it says that "it was evening and it was morning." So, Jews consider that to mean that the evening comes first and then morning and that's how the days are marked. It's something that has also taken on the added meaning of, things may seem dark at first, but there will be light and it will get better.
How is it celebrated?
Several ways. Most notably, Jews will spend a lot of time in synagogue or temple praying, listening to the blowing of the shofar, and reflecting on the year gone by. Also, there is a traditional trip to a body of water where bread is thrown, symbolizing casting sins into the depths of the sea, as referenced in the Bible.
Shofar? Is that the rams horn that I've heard about?
Yes. The blowing of the shofar – or ram's horn – represents a call to atonement. It is symbolic of the passages in the Bible when Abraham is called to sacrifice his son, Isaac, At the last minute, God allows Abraham to sacrifice a ram instead.
Are there special foods?
As with most Jewish holidays, the answer is yes. In this case, the challah bread is round to represent the cycle of life. There is also a lot of honey: for dipping challah, dipping apples,all of which symbolizes hoping for a sweet new year.
Do people wish each other a happy new year?
Yes. The traditional greeting is "Shanah Tovah," which means "good year."
Is there anything else that I should know?
This upcoming year is 5780. This means that for the next few weeks, many American Jews will make the same joke: I can't believe that I'm writing 5779 on my checks."
Shanah Tovah! from your friends at SERVPRO of Sunrise.
Tips for staying safe this Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day is set aside every year to honor those who have served our country, and it marks the unofficial start of summer. The Florida Department of Health encourages residents and visitors to practice safety and consider healthy choices this weekend and throughout the summer months.
“I hope everyone has the opportunity to spend time with their loved ones this holiday weekend and remember the sacrifices of our nation’s active duty and reserve service members and veterans,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary Dr. Celeste Philip. “Classic summer activities like swimming or grilling out are best enjoyed when everyone practices safety.”
Spending any amount of time outside means exposure to potentially harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. Make sure you use sunscreen with a high SPF and reapply every two hours or after contact with water.
If you are planning on staying active and beating the heat by swimming in a public pool or a beach this weekend, make sure the water is safe. The department conducts routine inspections of public pools to ensure they meet sanitation and safety standards and making the reports available to the public. To access the latest inspection reports for public pools and water playgrounds near you, click here. Additionally, the Florida Healthy Beaches program samples water weekly from beaches along the coast and reports water quality. Residents and visitors are also reminded to avoid contact with visible algae in the water.
The department recommends the following steps to ensure a healthy swim:
- Shower with soap before you get in the water;
- Don't swallow the water you swim in;
- Stay out of the water if you have diarrhea;
- Parents should take children on bathroom breaks every 60 minutes;
- Wash your hands after visiting the bathroom or changing diapers; and
- Visit your local hardware or pool-supply store and purchase pool test strips to check the chlorine and pH levels before getting into the water.
It is also important to keep an eye on young or inexperienced swimmers in order to prevent injury or drowning. By incorporating layers of protection, including supervision, barriers and emergency preparedness, pool-goers can swim safely and securely. For more information, visit WaterSmartFL.com.
Grilling out can be memorable and delicious, but be sure to take precautions to avoid a fire. To enjoy a safe grilling experience, follow these tips:
- All grills should only be used outdoors;
- The grill should be placed away from buildings, deck railings and out from under overhanging trees or objects;
- Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the area;
- Keep your grill clean by removing grease or buildup from the grates and in the bottom tray;
- Use a food thermometer to ensure foods are cooked to a safe internal temperature; 145 degrees for whole meats, 160 degrees for ground meats and 165 degrees for all poultry; and
- Never leave the grill unattended.
When cooking, avoid food poisoning and keep your cooking area clean, cook foods to the proper and safe temperature and discard perishable items that have been out of the refrigerator longer than two hours.
About the Florida Department of Health
The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.
10 Simple Ways To Celebrate Earth Day
For most people it goes under the radar, unnoticed and uncelebrated. In a society where we honor each other with celebrating birthdays, Mothers/Fathers Day, Christmas, etc., let’s come together and honor the earth that allows us to eat, breathe, love and exist. Here are 10 simple ways you can celebrate this Earth Day!
1. Keep The Car In The Garage
How about leaving the car at home and walking, cycling or using public transport even just for today? Perhaps it’s walking the kids to school instead of driving them, or you might opt to cycle to yoga. It may take you a little more time but you’ll get to enjoy the fresh air, teach the kids about nature on the way to school, or read a book on the train or bus. Who knows, you might enjoy it so much it becomes a regular thing!
2. Practice Yoga Outdoors
Ask your yoga teacher or local studio to offer classes outdoors. Fresh air, a natural setting, no butts in your face and no need for electricity. Ending the class with a meditation and offering a little love and gratitude to the earth would be a beautiful way to complete this natural yoga experience.
As Voltaire says, “no snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible,” yet where would the avalanche be without each snowflake? In the same way, our individual and seemingly small habits can combine to have a powerful effect -- and recycling is a great example of this. Get the kids involved too and help create some positive habits for generations to come!
4. Invest In A Reusable Coffee Cup
For the price of a couple of lattes, you can buy yourself a reusable cup which means you won’t be adding to the large pile of coffee-related rubbish. Earth Day is the perfect “excuse” to form a new habit that could save 5 cups and lids over the course of a work week, which is around 300 over the course of a year!
5. The Big Turn Off
Did anyone else’s mum ever bang on about turning off appliances or lights when you were a child? Chances are she was trying to save money on the power bill, but money isn’t the only thing you’ll be saving. For today, try turning off appliances at the wall when you’re not using them, or switching off lights when you leave the room. It sounds so simple but still worth mentioning as it still takes conscious effort!
6. Unplug The TV
Relax, it’s only one day! Following on from the previous point, why not keep the TV switched off all day? By making it a ‘no TV’ day, you’ll have some extra time to connect with nature in some way. Enjoy a walk, get some fresh air, and appreciate your natural environment. Perhaps take the family for a picnic in the park, or collecting shells at the beach and encourage everyone to think about the earth and how magnificent it is.
7. Get Planting
Today’s the day to take the plunge and create a veggie patch. You’ll not only be eliminating the carbon emissions that are involved in getting produce to plate, you’ll also be able to enjoy fresh, organic produce whilst saving some money. If you find the idea of a veggie patch daunting or if you have limited outdoor space, you could start by planting some fresh herbs or a couple of lettuces in a bucket -- or for a rustic look, an old wine barrel.
8. Use Earth-Friendly Cleaning Products
It’s easy to just keep using chemical-laden cleaning products without giving it a thought, so try being really conscious about what you are using to clean with. Having to wear gloves and being advised to not breathe in the fumes should be a sign that what you’re using is not a healthy option.
We all want our homes to be clean and germ-free, but we don’t need to rely on chemicals to achieve that. There are many cost-effective, green-friendly options to choose from and today’s the day to give them a go. If you are really resistant to spending extra money on cleaning products, then why not do some research into cleaning with fresh lemon juice or vinegar water.
9. BYO Grocery Bags
Making the effort to put reusable shopping bags in your car (or in your bag if you’re observing point #1) could start a new habit that would reduce the use of plastic bags. I’m sure I don’t need to mention how horrid they are for the environment.
There are so many nifty reusable bags that fold up to a teeny tiny size, making earth-friendly shopping easy and convenient. If you don’t want to spend money on reusable bags, take an extra backpack or duffel bag and leave those plastic bags behind.
10. Be A Vegetarian For A Day
Some of us love meat, some of us detest it, and some of us just go along with the flow of what appears on the plate. Today why not make a conscious choice to say no to meat and try some of the mouth-watering vegetarian options out there.
The excessive demand for meat creates an excessive strain on environmental resources, and the more we ask for, the more our planet suffers. A quick search online will give you tons of easy and delicious vegetarian recipes, so for one day why not give it a go! And if you really can’t go without meat for a whole day, at least commit to having one of your meals today be a vegetarian meal.
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Happy New Year
Happy New Year! Starting a new year off on the right foot, regardless of what you’re striving to achieve, begins with one simple
behavior: Creating a vision. What do you want out of 2019? What’s going to be different this year? Transforming into the
person you want to be in 2019 is not so difficult so long as you have the dedication, focus and correct tools.
I recently read an article from SUCCESS magazine by Tony Robbins, an American author, entrepreneur, philanthropist and
life coach where he explains everything you need to know to truly transform and make this your best year yet. Below is an
excerpt of Robbins’ 5-step plan to begin crafting the best year of your life.
Step 1: Feed your mind. Feeding your mind, Robbins says, is all about perspective. “You’ve got to bring something new to
it,” he says. “Otherwise, you’re going to keep operating off the same old beliefs, the same old thoughts, the same old emotions
that have not gotten you to the level you want.” Don’t just hope things will go your way. Condition yourself to believe that
they will. Step 2: Strengthen your body. Strengthening one’s mind is crucial. But equally important is strengthening one’s
body. Priming your physical self can set the stage for the change you want to see mentally or emotionally. “You’re going to get
depressed if you drop your shoulders, hang your head and speak softly,” Robbins says. But if you go for an intense run, music
blaring and heart pumping, your body and mind will both be energized and clear, and you’ll be able to better focus on what
you want. Step 3: Find a great role model. Identify someone who is already getting the results you want. “You don’t want
to try to do it yourself,” Robbins admits. “You want to model someone who is already getting results.” Step 4: Take massive
action. This step is simple: Make a huge step forward. But, Robbins says, you must remember to be flexible and alter your
course if necessary. Step 5: Get outside of yourself. Instead of focusing 100% on your goals and what you want to achieve,
you must also find a way to add value to others. “As corny as it sounds, the spirit of living is giving, and it’s what makes us
alive,” Robbins says. Helping others will have two primary impacts on you: your problems will lessen in intensity and your
life will have more meaning.
I challenge you to think about what you want and what you are here to serve. What is your core passion? What do you need to
change in yourself to manifest and fuel that passion? There is no better time to take action than right now. “When you reinvent
yourself, you’re going through a process of how do I become more so I can give more,” Robbins says. “If that’s your mindset,
you’re likely going to prosper.” SERVPRO of Sunrise wishes you a happy and successful 2019. Cheers to new beginnings!
Source: Weekly e-Zine: January 7, 2019
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Seven Ways to Be Safe and Healthy This Halloween
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 important– even 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!
CDC Office of Women’s Health
Consejos para un Halloween seguro y saludable
Los accesorios de los disfraces, como espadas y cuchillos, deben ser pequeños y de materiales flexibles y blandos.
Evita salir a pedir dulces solo. Sal en grupos o con un adulto de confianza.
Pon cinta fosforescente en los disfraces y las bolsas para dulces para que te puedan ver los conductores de autos.
Revisa los dulces antes de comerlos por si están dañados y para evitar el peligro de asfixia. No comas demasiadas golosinas.
Lleva una linterna cuando salgas a pedir dulces para que puedas ver a tu alrededor y los demás te puedan ver. Siempre CAMINA y no corras de casa en casa.
Antes de aplicarte el maquillaje, pruébalo primero en un área pequeña. Quítatelo antes de acostarte para prevenir una posible irritación de los ojos y la piel.
Mira en ambas direcciones antes de cruzar la calle. Acuérdate de cruzar las calles por las áreas designadas.
No te pongas lentes de contacto de colores o con diseños para evitar lesiones graves en los ojos.
Camina solamente por las aceras o, si tienes que caminar por la calle, hazlo lo más cerca posible de la acera siempre mirando en dirección al tráfico.
Usa máscaras, disfraces y zapatos que te ajusten bien para poder ver mejor y evitar tropezones y caídas.
Solamente come dulces que vengan empacados de la fábrica. No comas dulces hechos por personas que no conozcas.
No entres a la casa de otra persona a menos que te acompañe un adulto de confianza. Solamente visita casas que estén bien iluminadas. No vayas a casas oscuras. Nunca te subas al auto de una persona que no conozcas.
Nunca camines cerca de velas o farolitos encendidos. Asegúrate de usar disfraces resistentes al fuego.
Red Cross Offers Tips for a Safe Labor Day Weekend
The Labor Day holiday is fast approaching, signaling the unofficial end of summer and time for that last hurrah of summer fun. The American Red Cross has steps everyone can take to help stay safe over the long holiday weekend.
TRAVEL SAFETY Many families see the holiday weekend as their last chance to travel and celebrate the end of the season. Many will hit the road sometime over the three-day holiday weekend. The Red Cross offers these travel tips to help keep you safe on the highway:
Find out what disasters may occur where you are traveling and how you would get information in the event of a disaster (local radio systems, emergency alert systems).
Pay attention to the weather forecast for your destination.
Buckle up, slow down, and don’t drink and drive. Designate a driver who won’t drink.
Be well rested and alert; give your full attention to the road.
Use caution in work zones.
Observe speed limits.
Make frequent stops.
Be respectful of other motorists.
Clean your vehicle’s lights and windows to help you see, especially at night.
Turn your headlights on as dusk approaches, or during inclement weather, and don’t overdrive your headlights.
Carry a Disaster Supplies Kit in your trunk.
Don’t let your vehicle’s gas tank get too low.
If you have car trouble, pull as far as possible off the highway.
Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.
RIP CURRENTS If a trip to the beach is part of your weekend plans, remember the possibility of dangerous rip currents which are responsible for deaths on our nation’s beaches every year, and for most of the rescues performed by lifeguards. For your safety, be aware of the dangers of rip currents and remember the following:
If you are caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current. Once you are free, turn and swim toward shore. If you can't swim to the shore, float or tread water until you are free of the rip current and then head toward shore.
Stay at least 100 feet away from piers and jetties. Permanent rip currents often exist near these structures.
GRILLING SAFETY Perhaps your plans include an old-fashioned barbecue at home. The Red Cross offers these steps you should follow to use that backyard grill safely:
Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
Never grill indoors – not in your house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area.
Make sure everyone, including the pets, stays away from the grill.
Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire.
Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to help keep the chef safe.
Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using grills.
The Red Cross hopes everyone enjoys their Labor Day weekend and stays safe whatever their plans may be. For more information, visit redcross.org/prepare.
As July 4th fast approaches, NFPA offers critical fire and electrical safety reminders about fireworks, grilling, swimming and boating
With the Fourth of July fast approaching and the summer months upon us, indulging in barbecues, holiday parties and swimming often top the list of activities to enjoy during the summer season. To help everyone do so safely, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is reminding people about potential summer fire and electrical hazards, and providing tips and recommendations to minimize them.
“By knowing where potential fire and electrical hazards exist during the summer months and taking the needed steps to prevent them, people can enjoy activities such as grilling, swimming and celebrating the Fourth of July while keeping their families, guests and homes safe,” said Lorraine Carli, vice president of NFPA’s Outreach and Advocacy Division.
Following are NFPA’s summer-related safety statistics and tips:
NFPA recommends that revelers refrain from using consumer fireworks and attend public fireworks displays put on by trained professionals.
Fireworks annually cause devastating burns, injuries, fires, and even death, making them too dangerous to be used safely by consumers. On Independence Day in a typical year, fireworks account for nearly half of all reported U.S. fires, more than any other cause of fire.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) 2017 Fireworks Annual Report, fireworks were involved in an estimated 11,100 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments during calendar year 2016. There were an estimated 900 emergency department-treated injuries associated with sparklers and 400 with bottle rockets. Sparklers were the most common type of fireworks causing injury to pre-schoolers, and 400 of the 900 sparkler injuries were related to children under five years old. Young adults 20 to 24 years of age had the highest estimated rate of emergency department-treated, fireworks-related injuries in 2016.
Grilling fire safety
All types of grills pose a risk for fires and burn injuries. According to NFPA statistics, July is the peak month for grilling fires followed by May, June and August. Roughly 9,600 home grill fires were reported per year. The leading causes were a failure to clean, using the grill too close to something that could burn or having things that could catch fire too close to the grill, and unattended grill use. Leaks were the leading cause of gas grill fires. According to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, 73 percent of consumers grill on the Fourth of July and 58 percent grill on Labor Day.
The following are tips for grillers:
- The grill should be placed well away the home or deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches. The grill should also be a safe distance from lawn games, play areas and foot traffic. Keep children and pets away from the grill area. Have a three-foot (1 meter) “kid-free zone” around the grill.
- Keep your grill clean by removing grease and fat buildup from the grates and trays below.
- Never leave your grill unattended.
Electric Shock Drowning (ESD)
Electric Shock Drowning happens when marina or onboard electrical systems leak electric current into the water. The current then passes through the body and causes paralysis. When this happens, a person can no longer swim and ultimately drowns. Here are tips for swimmers and boat owners:
Tips for swimmers
- Never swim near a marina, dock or boatyard, or near a boat while it’s running.
- Obey all “no swimming” signs on docks.
Tips for boat owners
- Avoid entering the water when launching or loading a boat. Docks or boats can leak electricity into the water causing water electrification.
- Each year, and after a major storm that affects the boat, have the boat’s electrical system inspected by a qualified marine electrician to be sure it meets the required codes of your area, including the American Boat & Yacht Council. Make the necessary repairs if recommended.
For more information, visit www.nfpa.org.
How to Stay Safe in Hot Weather
The long, hot days of summer can bring dangerously high temperatures. The American Red Cross has steps people can follow to stay safe when it’s hot outside.
HOT CARS CAN BE DEADLY Never leave children or pets in your vehicle. The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach 120 degrees. Other heat safety steps include:
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
- Avoid extreme temperature changes.
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
- Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
- Postpone outdoor games and activities.
- Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat. Take frequent breaks if working outdoors.
- Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
- Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. Make sure they have plenty of cool water.
- If someone doesn’t have air conditioning, they should choose places to go to for relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day (schools, libraries, theaters, malls).
HEAT EXHAUSTION Excessive heat can lead to sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If someone is experiencing heat cramps in the legs or abdomen, get them to a cooler place, have them rest, lightly stretch the affected muscle, and replenish their fluids with a half a glass (about 4 ounces) of cool water every 15 minutes.
If someone is exhibiting signs of heat exhaustion (cool, moist, pale or flushed skin, heavy sweating, headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness exhaustion), move them to a cooler place, remove or loosen tight clothing and spray the person with water or apply cool, wet cloths or towels to the skin. Fan the person. If they are conscious, give small amounts of cool water to drink. Make sure the person drinks slowly. Watch for changes in condition. If the person refuses water, vomits or begins to lose consciousness, call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
HEAT STROKE LIFE-THREATENING. Signs include hot, red skin which may be dry or moist; changes in consciousness; vomiting and high body temperature. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately if someone shows signs of heat stroke. Move the person to a cooler place. Quickly cool the person’s body by immersing them up to their neck in cold water if possible. Otherwise, douse or spray the person with cold water, or cover the person with cold, wet towels or bags of ice.
For more information on what to do when temperatures rise, download the free Red Cross Emergency App. The app also gives users the option to receive alerts for excessive heat watches, warnings and heat advisories.
HOA Hires Private Investigator to Catch Owners Conducting Short-Term Rentals
Condominium associations and HOAs throughout South Florida as well as across the country are seeking effective responses to the problem of short-term rentals that are in violation of their rules and restrictions. These unauthorized rentals, which have become prevalent with the growth of Airbnb and other online home sharing platforms, are creating significant security and liability concerns for associations.
One response by a San Diego homeowners association recently drew the attention of its local ABC affiliate, which chronicled how the community had retained a private investigator to gather and document incontrovertible proof that specific owners were conducting the restricted rentals. The licensed private detective and his associates were hired by the HOA and other local associations to investigate homeowners and tenants who are violating association bylaws and CC&Rs that prohibit turning units into short-term vacation rentals. While the hiring of private detectives may initially seem as an extreme measure for an association, it makes sense when one considers the risks and concerns that are brought on by these rentals for HOAs and condominiums.
Also, court actions may become necessary against some unit owners who flout the rules, and the evidence obtained by these investigators as well as their testimony can be very helpful in these proceedings.
In order to get away with these rentals, savvy owners have been known to sneak their transient guests into the property by advising security that their visit is authorized. As such, enhanced vigilance and guest-screening measures have become necessary, and many associations are now developing and
implementing new registration forms for use with guests and tenants along with written assurances and non-compensation statements indicating that they are not paying for their stays.
In addition to the use of private detectives, the implementation of a clear fining or suspension policy, if permitted, is essential for associations to address unauthorized short-term rentals. This will typically entail the adoption of a new rule in which all of the fines and other consequences are delineated.
Community associations are also responding by adopting new amendments, bylaws or rules to limit the number of nights a residence may be rented, which can offer a level of flexibility for owners while also avoiding the possibility of creating a revolving door of unfettered short-term guests.
As the concerns created by the growth of short-term rentals continue to mount for community
associations across the country, appropriate and effective responses such as these will help ameliorate the problem.
by Roberto C. Blanch
Ways TO Prevent Stroke
If you've ever worried that your family history suggests a stroke is in your future, there's good news: "Genetics do play a role, but less than most people might imagine", says Daniel Labovitz, M.D., director of the Stern Stroke Center at the New York - based Montefiore Medical Center. "Family history of stroke is only a mild risk factor. Just because your dad had a stroke doesn't mean that you will".
A much better indicator of your stroke risk? Your life style choices. "For almost 20 years we've had strong evidence that eating vegetables and fresh fruit while minimizing processed foods and saturated and trans fat reduces risk of stroke and heart attack more than any pill a doctor can prescribe", Labovitz says. (please stop smoking).
With a stroke occurring every 40 second in the U.S. on average, everyone should take precautions. Here are five simple things you can do to significantly lower your risk.
1.Get up to speed on the new blood pressure recommendations. "High blood pressure is the No. 1 cause of stroke, so it's the most important risk factor to control", says Robyn Moore, CEO of the nonprofit National Stroke Association. The guidelines for what are considered healthy blood pressure numbers dropped recently, from under 140/90 to under 120/80.
2.Consider cholesterol-controlling meds-even if your numbers aren't high. "This is surprising, but even if your cholesterol is within a good limit,it is still a good idea to take statin", says Patrick D. Lyden, M.D., chair of the neurology department at Cedars-Sinai and director of the Cedars-Sinai Stroke Center in Los Angeles. "Such drugs protect your arteries, even without lowering your cholesterol". National Stroke Association guidelines recommend aiming to keep your total cholesterol under 200, with your LDL "bad" cholesterol under 100.
3. Walk briskly for 30 minutes a day."Getting into the exercise habit is the best thing you can do for your heart and your blood vessels, "says Labovitz."
4. Women: Know your hormone-related risk factors. Researchers are reevaluating the long-held belief that birth control pills can elevate your risk of stroke-that now appears to affect only women who have migraine with aura (visual disturbances like flashing colors or shapes). But hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for menopause that contains estrogen is still believed to up your risk, says Sarah Lee, M.D., neurologist at the Stanford Stroke Center in the San Francisco Bay Area. If your HRT is progestin-only, you're in the clear. (If you're not sure what type you had or are undergoing, ask your doctor).
5. Keep your chronic conditions in check. Diabetes, sleep apnea and atrial fibrillation all raise your risk of stroke, particularly life they are undiagnosed or uncontrolled. Shortness of breath and heart palpitations are warning signs of atrial fibrillation; snoring and excessive sleepiness can indicate sleep apnea.
If you think someone is having a stroke, should you call 911?
A. Yes. You may be tempted to drive to the nearest hospital, but stroke is a medical emergency and time is of the essence to minimize brain damage and prevent long-term disability or death. Emergency operators know which hospital near you are best-suited to treat strokes, and EMTs can star interventions immediately while in communication with staff at the hospital. Some medical centers even have mobile stroke units, or ambulances that are outfitted with equipment such as a portable CT unit, to expedite diagnosis and treatment.
Remember that SERVPRO of Sunrise is available 24/7 days a week. Contact us at 954-748-7887
-By Bobby Dempsey.
Zeshaun Khawaja, M.D., Cleveland Clinic stroke specialist.
PARADE, Sunday,April 22, 2018 / PARADE.COM
Sunscreen sun protection factor (SPF) testing methods explained
May is skin cancer month, so you will see reports from various sources about sunscreens that may confuse you. This year, I decided to try to educate you before these reports are released, so you can be a better judge of what they are saying.
This is the first of a two-part series on sunscreen safety. This column will discuss sun protection factor (SPF) testing methods, and my next column will discuss “hazardous sunscreen ingredients.”
Environmental Working Group (EWG.org) is perhaps best known for its annual sunscreen report, which is released each May around Memorial Day. This report attracts media attention and sometimes scares consumers, resulting in a flurry of emails to me. For example, in May 2016, the big story was that nearly 75 percent of the sunscreens they tested failed to deliver the level of protection claimed on the label or contained “worrisome” ingredients.
In May 2017, Consumer Reports came out with a report that said, “Of the 62 lotions, sprays, sticks, and lip balms in our ratings this year, 23 tested at less than half their labeled SPF number.” According to the CR website, the study was performed as follows: “To check for UVB protection, a standard amount of each sunscreen is applied to six places on our panelists' backs. Then they soak in a tub of water. Afterward, each of those areas is exposed to six intensities of UVB light from a sun simulator for a set time. About a day later, the six spots are examined for redness. The resulting UVB protection ratings reflect each product's actual effectiveness after water immersion and are based on an average of our results for each sunscreen.”
It is important to understand how the FDA requires that SPF testing be done when interpreting these reports. The FDA requires that 2 mg/cm2 of SPF be applied to a subject’s back, and the size of the test site must be at least 30 cm2. It is required that 10 different test sites are used. After application of the SPF, there is a 15-minute waiting period. The skin is exposed to six sessions of UVB exposure (the dose depends on the patient’s Fitzpatrick Skin Type). The minimal erythema dose (MED) is the smallest UV dose that produces perceptible redness of the skin (erythema) with clearly defined borders. In the FDA studies, the MED is measured at 16 to 24 hours after UV exposure. The person who evaluates the test subsites should not be the same person who applied the sunscreen drug product to the test site or administered the UV doses. This prevents bias. The MED is used to determine the SPF.
If the company wants to claim that the sunscreen is water-resistant after 40 minutes, the following procedure is used:
• Step 1: Apply the SPF 2mg/cm2 as described above
• Step 2: Perform moderate activity in water for 20 minutes.
• Step 3: Rest out of water for 15 minutes. Do not towel test site.
• Step 4: Perform moderate activity in water for 20 minutes.
• Step 5: Allow test sites to dry completely without toweling.
• Step 6: Perform the UV testing as described above.
As you can see, there are very specific steps required by the FDA for SPF testing. This exact protocol should be followed when others are determining the SPF on the label of sunscreens so that they are consistent with the FDA testing. Otherwise, you are comparing apples to oranges.
The problem with the Consumer Reports 2017 study is that they immersed people in a tub of water before testing the sunscreen’s SPF, and they did not state how long the subjects were in the water and whether or not they toweled dry. Using a towel can greatly diminish SPF protection, as can water immersion.
Only water-resistant sunscreens should have their SPF values tested The Consumer Reports study design was misleading and made people distrust their sunscreen for no reason. Some sunscreens are just not designed to survive immersion in water.
BY DR. LESLIE BAUMANN
St. Patrick's Day Quick Facts
Saint Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration that happens annually on 17 March to mark the death date of the most commonly-recognised patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. It is also a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Newfoundland, and Labrador and Montserrat. The color green, pots of gold, shamrock, and leprechaun are often associated with the celebration.
Quick Key Facts
- St. Patrick’s Day is an annual feast day celebrating the patron saint the day is named after.
- St. Patrick’s Day is the national holiday of Ireland and is usually celebrated on March 17.
- St. Patrick’s Day has become a popular holiday in the United States. People wear green and eat corned beef and cabbage.
- It is believed St. Patrick, a Roman-Britain-born Christian missionary, was born in the late fourth century and is credited with bringing Christianity to the Irish people.
- It is also believed St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland. However, post-glacial Ireland never actually had snakes. Many believe that the term “snakes” referred to the serpent symbolism of the Druids of that time and place. Today, there are no snakes to be found!
- Most people, whether they are Irish or not, wear green on this day. One of the Irish traditions is to pinch anyone who is not wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day.
- Irish immigrants began observing the holiday in Boston in 1737 and the first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in New York City in 1766.
- Corned beef and cabbage are traditional foods eaten on this holiday.
- The shamrock, pot-of-gold and leprechauns are also associated with St. Patrick’s Day. The shamrock was worn as a badge on the lapel. Three is Ireland’s magic number and the three petals that make up the shamrock are supposed to bring good luck. The three leaves also represent the Trinity in the Christian religion.
- The leprechaun is a small Irish fairy. He is dressed like a shoemaker, with pointed shoes and hat. He also wears a leather apron. Leprechauns are supposed to be unfriendly little men who lives alone in the forest, spending all of their time making shoes and guarding their treasures. If someone catches a leprechaun, he will be forced to tell where he hides all his pots of gold. However, the leprechaun must be watched at all times. If his captor looks away, the leprechaun will vanish along with his treasure.
- St. Patrick’s Day has become a holiday all around the world and for one day out of the year anyone can be Irish and join in the celebration.
St. Patrick’s Day as a Religious and Cultural Observance
- Saint Patrick is known as the Apostle of Ireland, who brought Christianity to Ireland.
- In the 17th century, the Christian feast day was officially recognized to commemorate the coming of Christianity to Ireland, as well as the celebration of Irish cultural heritage.
- According to Irish lore, the day could have been St. Maewyn’s Day because it was Patrick’s birth name before he adopted Patricius after becoming a priest.
- Many Catholic churches move the date of the Feast of Saint Patrick if March 17 falls during Holy Week.
- In 1737, the Feast of Saint Patrick was first celebrated in the United States by Irish immigrants. By 1762, New York City held the first official parade and, through time, it’s become one of the world’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parades.
- Since 1962, the Chicago River is dyed kelly green during the celebration. Forty tons of dye is dumped into the river which changes color for four to five hours.
- The shamrock is Ireland’s national flower. It is also one of the main symbols of St. Patrick, which represents the Holy Trinity. The three-leafed plant is often used as a badge.
- It’s a common mistake to confuse a four-leaf clover and a shamrock. The four-leaf clover is considered lucky because they’re generally hard to find.
- A popular pastime of St. Patrick’s Day is for adults to drink green beer. Around the world, millions of pints of beer are consumed on St. Patrick’s Day, amounting to more than $245 million!
Happy St. Patrick's Day !
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Move Away Your Pain
Do these simple micro-movements every day to stay flexible and banish aches and pains.
As we age, it can be tempting to accept chronic pain or less mobility as the new status quo. But there’s a simple way to rebuild strength, get relief from neck, back and knee pain—and keep your body moving.
It starts with going back to basics with exercises that strengthen and train your muscles for typical day-to-day movements, such as getting in and out of the car or loading the dishwasher, says Michael Romano, certified functional aging specialist and co-founder of Longevity Personal Fitness in Millburn, New Jersey.
“These are movement patterns we were born with, but over time we lose them,” Romano says.
Simple micro-movements—gentle, small ranges of motion you do for short periods of time—work because they address specific areas of weakness commonly seen in aging or sedentary bodies, without putting you at risk for injury. When you do small motions for short periods of time, you give the muscle tissues in your body the opportunity to become more pliable. Eventually, these movements help you progress to larger motions for longer periods of time.
The best way to practice the micro-movements? Once a day, to break up long periods of sitting.
Micro-Movement #1: Head Nods
Nod your head gently up and down 10 times, then turn your head from side to side 10 times.
Most people, especially those who sit a lot or are generally inactive, have a lot of tension in their upper back. These small movements will encourage the connective tissue in your upper back and neck to become more pliable.
Micro-Movement #2: Deep Breathing
Lying on your back, breathe in through your nose, into your abdomen (so that your belly rises) and then use your abdominal muscles to push the breath out as you exhale. After you have repeated this five to 10 times, roll over onto on your stomach and repeat.
"Deep abdominal breathing and belly breathing is the best example of a micro-movement that people lose over time,” Romano says. “If you have back pain, you have a lot of rigidity and stiffness through the spine and lower back. These muscles have to be relaxed, they have to be activated, so we start with breathing.”
Micro-Movement #3: Hip Raises
Strong glutes support your lower back, so if you are experiencing lower back pain, gluteal amnesia—slow activation of the gluteal muscles caused by inactivity—might be to blame. (This phenomenon has also been called “Dead Butt Syndrome.”)
To begin reengaging the muscles in your buttocks, lie on your back on the floor, letting the floor support your head, neck and back. Bend your knees and plant your feet on the floor. Pushing off of the floor with your feet, use your gluteal muscles to raise your hips into the air and then slowly lower them back to the ground. Repeat five times.
Micro-Movement #4: Egg Roll
Lying on your back, grasp your legs just below your knees and pull them to your torso, with your ankles crossed and elbows pointing out to each side. Using your head and neck to initiate the movement, roll to your right side and then come to a complete stop before rolling to the left side. Repeat this exercise three to five times.
An exercise like the egg roll, done for a few minutes at a time, day after day, will improve your ability to control your torso and reduce your momentum. This can help prevent falls or reduce injury if you do fall, Romano says. This movement also works the core (your midsection), which when strengthened can help take pressure off your knees.
DO check with your doctor before starting any type of new activity, especially if you have a long history of inactivity or are recovering from a recent injury.
DON’T push through pain. You should not feel a burn when doing these movements.
American Red Cross Opens Family Resource Center in Parkland to Support Family & Community Affected by School Shooting
Parkland, Fla., February 15, 2018 – The American Red Cross is partnering with local authorities and organizations to continue the support to the families and communities affected by the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. The American Red Cross opened a family resource center at Parkland Recreation Center located at 10559 Trails End in Parkland. We will be providing emotional support, spiritual care and food for the entire community. We will also support and partner in community events.
While we do not typically serve hospitals in South Florida, the Red Cross provided 50 units of type O negative blood to support hospitals in response to the shooting. We stand ready to provide additional blood and blood products as needed. It’s the blood that is already on the shelves that helps during an emergency. Volunteer blood donors are needed each and every day to help save lives. The Red Cross has an adequate blood supply to respond to this tragedy and is grateful for all donors who generously give blood throughout the country.
YOUR SUPPORT APPRECIATED
The Red Cross understands that people around the country want to help and appreciates that support. Right now, the Red Cross has what it needs to support the community and is not accepting financial donations designated specifically for this event. We are partnering with the Broward Education Foundation. If you would like to donate, please go to their GoFundMe Page established for the Victims and Families of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The official GoFundMe page was launched on behalf of Broward County Public Schools.
We are asking people to not collect and send items like stuffed animals or dolls, blankets, clothing, water and food. It takes time and money to store, sort, clean and distribute these items, which diverts limited time and resources away from helping those most affected.
COPING AND PREPAREDNESS TIPS
This is a difficult time for everyone affected and it’s important for people to connect with and support each other. The Red Cross offers the following tips to help people stay strong:
• Events like this can cause feelings of uncertainty and anxiety since no one knows what could potentially happen next. Remember that it's okay to feel nervous.
• Stay informed but limit media exposure of the events, especially for children. Children are especially vulnerable to stress reactions related to media.
• Parents should let children talk about their fears and then reassure them about their safety. Talk with them in ways that they can easily understand. Let them guide the conversation; share details only when they ask about them.
• Be patient with yourself and others. It’s common to have any number of temporary stress reactions such as anger, frustration and anxiety.
• Spend more time with family and friends and offer your support. Hug one another and listen.
• Watch for signs of stress in your family, friends and children. Get help from others if needed.
• Take care of yourself. Eat healthy, drink plenty of water and get enough rest.
• To reach out for free 24/7 counseling or support, contact the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs’ to 66746
PREPARE FOR EMERGENCIES
This tragedy shows that emergencies can happen in any community at any time. And it’s critical to know what to do when an emergency occurs. Check information at the above link to learn how to get your household prepared. Register for a Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED course at redcross.org so that you can be better prepared to help in future emergencies. People can also download the free Red Cross First Aid App.
By: American Red Cross
Preventing Heart Disease: Healthy Living Habits
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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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Fire & Life Safety Holiday Safety Tips
Holiday Safety Tips:
- Always designate an adult to watch children; if a child is missing, check the water first
- Keep potentially poisonous holiday plants away from children or pets.
- Keep buttons, batteries, and other choking hazards away from children.
- Use flameless candles
- Ensure that there are no frayed wires, loose connections, or broken sockets
- The carolers are out and the holiday decorations are everywhere. The joy of the season should not be dampened by the risk of FIRE. In recent years, nearly 600 firs per year have been started by ignition of Christmas trees in the United States, causing an average of 33 deaths, 112 injuries and $21 million in direct property damage per year.
Thanksgiving Holiday Tips:
Taken from The Town of Davie's Official Magazine
Volume 14 Issue 3
SERVPRO of Sunrise wishes you the best holiday season. We proudly serve the Sunrise, Tamarac, Lauderhill and surrounding communities. We are available 24-hours a day 365 days a year to help you regain control quickly. You may call us at (954)748-7887
8 Ways to Express Appreciation on Veterans Day
Veterans Day is an important day for showing appreciation to members of our military, past and present. If you're looking for an appropriate way to honor a veteran in your life, or would like to contribute in a way that's meaningful for veterans everywhere, here's a list of suggestions to start you off.
1. Show Up
Attend a Veterans Day event in your area -- not just a picnic with friends but an honest-to-goodness parade or service for veterans. Roy Rogers said, "We can't all be heroes; someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by." Veterans Day is a great opportunity to do just that.
There are a plethora of wonderful organizations who offer all manner of support, services and appreciation for our service members. To get a few ideas for donations, you can check out this page.
3. Fly a flag - correctly
Veterans Day is a great opportunity to fly the flag! Just make sure you're observing the proper rules for display. Not sure exactly what those are? Check out Military.com's guide to the flag.
4. Ask someone about their service
It seems like we all know someone who has served and Veterans Day is a great time to ask them about their service. Some questions to get started are: What did you do in the military? How long did you serve? What was your favorite moment in all your time in the service? Did anyone else in your family serve? Why did you choose to go into the service branch you did? Do not ask if they've killed anyone and should your veteran be a combat vet who is either unwilling to share or plainly states what they went through, be supportive without being intrusive. Sometimes you don't have to say anything, just listen and give them your full attention.
If you know a veteran, write a simple postcard or e-card that recognizes them on Veterans Day. If you don't know a veteran, look up the closest military installation and send one there. Small acts of recognizing someone's service, even anonymously, are appreciated.
6. Don't Confuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day
Veterans Day is a time to thank those who are serving or have served and are still with us. Memorial Day is to reflect and remember those who lost their lives in service to their country. Confusing the two or combining the two diminishes the importance of both.
7. Visit a VA Hospital
Find out what the policies are at your nearest VA hospital for interacting with patients or volunteering, and spend the day with a veteran. Many VA facilities will have events on Veterans Day or a special lunch you can help prepare. Even if you never interact with a veteran, helping at a facility is a way to give back.
8. Get Outdoors with a Veteran
Invite a veteran or a military family to explore a national park -- admission is free for all visitors on Veterans Day. Being outside helps improve physical and mental health, boosts emotional well-being, and is a great way to celebrate the day with a veteran.
Happy Veterans Day!
From SERVPRO of Sunrise
A Safe and Spooktacular Halloween
From the candy to the costumes, Halloween is a fun-filled time for kids and parents. To help make it a trick-free treat, follow these simple safety tips:
Adorning Your Little Ghouls
- Choose a light-colored costume that's easily seen at night. Add reflective tape or glow-in-the-dark tape to the front and back and to the trick-or-treat bag.
- Only buy a costume labeled "flame-retardant." This means the material won't burn. If you make your own costume, use nylon or polyester materials, which are flame-retardant.
- Make sure wigs and beards don't cover your kids' eyes, noses, or mouths.
- Masks can make it hard for kids to see and breathe. Instead, use nontoxic face paint or makeup.
- Avoid colored or decorative contact lenses, unless they're prescribed by an eye doctor for your child.
- Put a name tag — with your phone number on your children's costumes.
- To prevent falls, avoid over sized and high-heeled shoes. Make sure the rest of the costume fits well too.
- Make sure that any props your kids carry, such as wands or swords, are short and flexible.
- Don't let kids use knives. Have them draw their designs on the pumpkin with a black marker, then you or an older sibling can do the carving.
- Remove pumpkin guts safely. If your children beg to do it as many kids do let your little ones get messy safely by scooping out pumpkin flesh with their hands or an ice cream scoop.
- Clean up the mess. Pumpkin flesh is slippery and can cause falls and injuries when dropped on the floor. Layer newspaper or old cloths under your carving workspace and clean up spills right away so no one slips or trips.
- Skip the candles, which may cause fires. A burning candle in a pumpkin may become a blazing fire if left unattended. Instead, use a glow stick (available in many colors) or flameless candle to safely illuminate your jack-o'-lantern.
- Go with young children (under age 12). Make sure they know how to call 911 in case they get lost. Check to make sure they know their home phone number.
- Know the route taken by older kids who trick-or-treat on their own, and when they'll be coming home. Also be sure that they:
- carry a cellphone, if possible
- go in a group and stay together
- only go to houses with porch lights on
- walk on sidewalks on lit streets (never through alleys or across lawns)
- walk from house to house (never run) and always walk facing traffic when walking on roads
- stay away from candles and other flames
- know to never go into strangers' homes or cars
- cross the street at crosswalks and never assume that vehicles will stop
- Give kids flashlights with new batteries. Kids may also enjoy wearing glow sticks as bracelets or necklaces.
- Limit trick-or-treating to your neighborhood and the homes of people you know.
- When your kids get home, help them check all treats to make sure they're sealed. Throw out candy with torn packages or holes in the packages, spoiled items, and any homemade treats that haven't been made by someone you know.
- Don't allow young children to have hard candy or gum that could cause choking.
Note: Make sure trick-or-treaters will be safe when visiting your home too. Remove anything that could cause them to trip or fall on your walkway or lawn. Make sure the lights are on outside your house and light the walkway to your door, if possible. Keep family pets away from trick-or-treaters, even if they seem harmless to you.
Gobbling Down Halloween Goodies
- Consider buying Halloween treats other than candy. Stickers, erasers, crayons, pencils, coloring books, and sealed packages of raisins and dried fruits are good choices.
- Know how much candy your kids collected and store it somewhere other than their bedrooms. Consider being somewhat lenient about candy eating on Halloween, within reason, and talk about how the rest of the candy will be handled. Let kids have one or two treats a day instead of leaving candy out in big bags or bowls for kids to sample at will.
Happy Halloween from your friends at SERVPRO of Sunrise
Essential Back-to-School Tips
Back to school time!
With a well-rounded summer vacation ending, parents spend a lot of time getting their kids ready for school. New school supplies, haircuts, and special end-of-summer outings all play into the back-to-school routine. There are some other things that parents can do for themselves and their kids to ensure a smooth transition into the school year, too. Take a look below at few ways to get this year off to a great start in your house.
Set up a bedtime and wake-up routine in advance. If possible, it’s best to establish bedtimes and wake-up times two weeks in advance of the start of school. By the time the first school bell rings, kids will already be on the right sleeping schedule and it will be one less worry for your family.
Get to know new teachers. There will be open houses, orientations, and other meet-and-greet options at the beginning of the school year, but none will give you the chance to spend some quality time getting to know your kids’ teachers. Try to find a few minutes before or after school to connect one-on-one with the teachers. At the very least, send an introductory email that includes how you can help during the school year, however big or small.
Plan healthy lunches and snacks. The better you plan out the meals in your home, the healthier choices you will make for your kids. When you pack protein-rich snacks and lunches, balanced with fruits, vegetables, and other wholesome items, you ensure that your children will have the energy and brainpower to make it through their school days.
Organize clothing. Of course you will need to donate or otherwise get rid of the clothing that your kids have outgrown, but you should also take the time to carefully organize what is left. From there, decide what items you may need more of before school begins.
Set up a staging area. Find a central spot to store everything related to school, including backpacks, upcoming outfits, and a dry erase calendar with family schedules. Try to keep this area free of clutter and other non-school items so that you can find what you need, when you need it—and quickly. Have the kids help you stock it with school-related items and keep it clean and functional. Find some inspiration here.
Update medical records. Most schools will let you know if your shot records are out of date, but why not go beyond that? Make sure teachers and administrators have a complete list of any medical concerns regarding your kids, including allergies. You will also want to be sure that all emergency contacts are up to date.
Talk to your kids about bullying. Research shows that one in three kids experience bullying at some point in their school career—and in the increasingly digital world, the consequences can be extreme. Make sure your kids understand the right way to treat their peers, and when to speak up if they see someone else being bullied. Also make sure they know when to come to you if they feel they are being bullied.
Ask your kids about their concerns. The start of school is exciting, but can also bring some anxiety—especially when it comes to the unknown. Take a few minutes to ask your kids what they are most looking forward to during the school year, and what things may be worrying them. By giving them a forum to express their concerns, you can help them work through any worries in advance of school starting and clear up any issues that could lead to a bumpy start to the year.
International Cricket Comes to Lauderhill, Florida
Cricket Teams Final Game
Fifteen years of planning and preparing for international Cricket games is finally started to paying off for the City of Lauderhill, Florida.
Lauderhill's quest for international cricket to service a melting pot of cricket-loving nationals living in the City began in 2002 with a bid to host warm-up matches for the 2007 Cricket World Cup in the West Indies. As part of that bid process, the Central Broward Regional park was conceived. Although the World cup bid was ultimately unsuccessful, a few years later the City was rewarded for its vision and tenacity with the privilege of hosting of the country's first full international cricket matches.
the first international games were played in 2010 with a series between New Zealand and Shri Lanka. In 2012, International Cricket blossomed when the city was host to the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and the much anticipated T20 games between the West Indies and India.
On a local level, the All American City of Lauderhill just completed its 15th season of T20 International Night Cricket. The teams are compromised of players from South Florida Matches. matches are played over a period of two months culminating with a champion and of course seasonal bragging rights.
2017 promises to be just as rewarding for the City of Lauderhill and Broward County. The CPL will be returning in August and will play over 5 weekends ending in September.
Independence Day celebrates the birthday of the United States of America. Founded July 4th 1776, with the signing of the Declaration of Independence, America is celebrating it’s 241st birthday this year (2017)
The 4th of July is a time for the Red, White and Blue. A time for Picnics, Parades and Marching Bands. A time for Beaches, BBQs and “Bombs Bursting in Air.”
Did you know…
that America’s second president John Adams was the first to light the fireworks spark for Independence Day when he said the holiday ought to be celebrated by pomp and parade — and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other”? Nothing says 4th of July like fireworks, so be sure to catch an awesome pyrotechnic display.
SERVPRO of Sunrise wishes you a happy and safe 4th of July weekend!
This year nearly 1.7 million Americans will learn they have cancer. Our head-to-toe guide to the latest research can help. By Catherine Winters
Here's some good news: Death rates from cancer have dropped 25 percent over the past two decades, according to the American Cancer Society. And across the country and around the world, researchers are studying new ways to prevent, detect, diagnose and treat the disease.
"We already cure a lot of cancers," says Daniel F. Hayes, M.D., president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), which presented new research at its annual meeting this month. "There is so much more hope than there used to be." Here is a sampling of the latest news in cancer research gathered from the ASCO meeting, medical journals and labs.
- Head and Neck Cancer
- Skin Cancer
- Colorectal Cancer
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
Visit Parade.com/Cancer for more ewes about women's cancers.
SERVPRO of Sunrise is proud to help The American Cancer Society.
Call us at 954-748-7887
The First 100 Days
Marty Kiar presentation as Broward Co. Property Appraiser
It has been just over 100 days since MARTY kIAR sworn into office as Broward County’s Property Appraiser.
The Property Appraiser’s Office is responsible for determining the taxable value of all residential, commercial and tangible personal property located in Broward County, Florida. They also grant tax-saving exemptions and classifications to qualified individuals. The tax rates are set by the various taxing authorities. Their Compliance Department works to ensure
no property benefits from an exemption or classification it is not entitled to. If a property owner defrauds the system, it forces others to pay more than their fair share.
They have taken great strides in a short time. Over the past 100+ days, the Community Outreach Department has attended 309 events serving 12,859 residents with exemption filing and providing other important information. The Property Appraiser’s Community Outreach Department visits homeowner associations, community groups, realtors, business groups, places
of worship and local organizations all over Broward County as part of our ongoing commitment to educate residents.
Customer service remains a priority
in Marty's Kiar office.
By: Marty Kiar - Broward Co. Property Appraiser
EARTH DAY! 5 Ways to Waste Less Food
Earth Day in City of Sunrise, Florida
EARTH DAY! APRIL 22nd
The average U.S. family tosses our roughly $1,500 worth of food each year. You can cut using this tips:
1. Rethink Trash
Don't throw out carrot peels, onion tops and celery leaves. Use them to create a flavorful veggie broth. Or give potato peels new purpose as an irresistible snack.
2. Use it Up
Keep a small plastic bin, labeled "Eat Now", at eye level in your fridge.
3. Don't let it Expire
Check your pantry and refrigerator regularly and donate items you won't use before the expiration date. Visit ampleharvest.org to find a food bank near you.
4. Go for the Ugly
Don't ignore misshapen fruits and veggies at the market-they often end up discarded, yet taste the same or better.
5. Stay Focused
Don't buy just because it's on sale. Stick to your meal plan and grocery list and you'll waste less.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
SERVPRO® Expands PGA Sponsorship with PGA Fantasy Golf
SERVPRO of Sunrise SMR at PGA golf tournament in West Palm Beach, Fl
Local cleanup and restoration specialist says the season’s first major golf tournament is a great time to “master” Fantasy Golf skills
Sunrise, FL March 22, 2017 - There is an old adage: “It never rains on a golf course.” As the official cleanup and restoration company of the PGA TOUR, SERVPRO® knows this isn’t true, but rain or shine, fans follow their favorite players’ performance at PGA golf tournaments throughout the season. Recognizing the ever-growing popularity of the game, SERVPRO has expanded its relationship with the PGA TOUR by becoming the presenting sponsor of the PGA Fantasy Golf games, available at pgatour.com/fantasy.
“We know people don’t associate SERVPRO with the wide-open spaces and fair weather feeling of a golf course. After all, SERVPRO is the company you turn to when the unexpected, even the unthinkable, happens to your home or business,” says Ana M Diaz Granados, owner of SERVPRO® of Sunrise. “But each SERVPRO business is also a local business, there to support the community in good times and bad. Teaming up with the PGA TOUR as the sponsor of their Fantasy Golf Suite helps us build connections within our local community. We want local home and business owners to know that we are there for them ready to respond at a moment’s notice if things go wrong.”
The new “One & Done” games were launched on January 3, 2017*, but the game structure allows players to join in on the fun at any point during the current season. Each week, game players select one player to earn points for them in that week’s tournament. The PGA Tour Fantasy game is based on accumulated FedEx Cup points and the PGA Tour Champions game is based on accumulated Charles Schwab Cup points. A player may select a given golfer for a tournament in each of the One & Done games only once in each season. Since some tournaments earn a pro golfer more points than others, game strategy is based on selecting the right golfers for the right tournaments.
“With the first major tournament of the season—The Masters—already with a winner, now is a great time to start your One & Done game for this year’s tour,” says Diaz Granados. “If you ‘master’ the trick of choosing the right golfers in the right tournaments, you could jump to the top of your Fantasy league.” The top finisher in the PGA TOUR game will win a new set of golf clubs, while the top prize for the PGA TOUR Champions game is a trip for two to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Phoenix Country Club in Phoenix, Arizona, November 6-12.
SERVPRO of Sunrise specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO of Sunrise, please contact Ana M Diaz Granados at (954) 748-7887 or anam@SERVPROofsunrise.com.
HELP Fight Cancer in Sunrise !
City of Sunrise Relay for Life - The Greater Sunrise Chamber of Commerce Team
Help fight cancer in Sunrise!
Make your gift online right now to help save more lives from cancer.
Dear friends, Cancer affects nearly 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women in their lifetimes. It can touch any family, at any time. Chances are you know someone who’s been affected—whether it’s a family member, a friend, or maybe even yourself. That's why our fight is so important.
Your gift is urgently needed to fund lifesaving research, prevention and early detection programs, and critical support for those diagnosed with cancer. It is truly a gift of hope, love, and life itself.
Today, there is hope in the fight against cancer. The cancer death rate is more than 25% lower than it was in 1991 because of reductions in smoking and advances in prevention, early detection, and treatment. Thanks in part to the generosity of friends like you, there have been 2.1 million fewer cancer deaths during that time. Whether you send your gift in the mail or give online right now, know that your gift is one of the most important ways you can help fight cancer. Here are some of the ways your donation to the American Cancer Society will help people with cancer:
- Find cures—We're proud to have played a role in nearly every major cancer research breakthrough in recent history, but we won't settle. We've set a bold goal to double the amount of research funds we grant by 2021, and we need you there with us.
- Support patients—Your donations help hire and train hundreds of cancer information specialists who provide one-on-one support to nearly 1 million people facing cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery every year. And thanks to you, we also provide free, temporary accommodations for cancer patients undergoing treatment across the country.
- Keep people healthy—Your support funds long-term cancer prevention studies that have helped people understand how body weight, nutrition, and physical activity affect cancer risk. You have also helped provide over 600,000 underserved women and men with cancer education, and 140,000 cancer screenings since 2011.
The American Cancer Society accept every dollar with this promise: to be here for you and your loved ones whenever you need us. Together, we're saving lives and creating a world with less cancer. Your gift means so much to so many. Please give this special gift of hope. We need you, so we can be here when you need us » Your American Cancer Society
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Protecting Seniors Online From Scams, Hacks and Tax Fraud Part 1
Let's Protect our Seniors Communities!
By News USA
The vast majority of seniors today are using the internet at least once a week to check email, pay bills online and keep in touch via social media. But all that time online puts them at risk for scams and hacks, such as tax fraud.
In fact, a new survey by home instead, Inc., franchiser of the home instead Senior Care network, found that 67 percent of surveyed older adults have been the victim of an online scam or hack.
Encouraging seniors to practice cyber security can go a long way toward protecting their identity and sensitive financial information .Home instead collaborated wit the National Cyber Security Alliance to create Protect Seniors Online, available at WWW. Protect Seniors Online.com, a free resource that educates older adults about cyber-security. Here, seniors can you spot an online scam?
Older adults can take the following steps now to protect themselves online:
*Password protect and secure devices, accounts.Lock all devices (including computers,tablets and smart phone) with secure passwords in case devices are lost or stolen.
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Protecting Seniors Online from Scams, Hacks and Tax Fraud Part 2
Seniors's Think before Clicking!
BY New USA
When faced with an urgent request- like emails asking for money-think before clicking or get second opinion. Clicking on links is often how scammers get personal information. When in doubt, trash an unusual message.
Share with care. More than half (51 percent) of seniors surveyed by home instead use social media to stay connected.Use care when sharing personal information, adjust privacy setting to limit who can see your information, and turn off information sharing.
Use security software.Install anti-virus and antispyware software and program it to run regularly. And be wary of pop-up ads or emails, many of which contain malware that can infect computers.
Log out. Log out of apps and websites when you are finished.Leaving apps and websites open on computer screens could make you vulnerable to security and privacy risks.
Recommend support. Older adults who live alone may need help from a trusted source-such as a caregiver-to serve as a second set of eyes.
To explore additional Protect Seniors Online resources, including the interactive quiz, visit WWW.homeinstead.com/state.
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How to Successfully live under a homeowners association Part 2
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You may own your home, but your HOA calls most of the shots.
by Teresa Mears
This associations are set by developers and then turned over to a volunteer board of homeowners once all the units in the development are sold. Those volunteers are responsible for making sure facilities are maintained, collecting maintenance dues and enforcing the rules.
This is the ultimate form of democracy, say Frank Rathbun, vice president of communications for the CAL.
While stories of homeowners associations that deny permission for kids with cancer to build a playhouse or veterans to fly a flag on the wrong kind of pole may steal the headlines, Cal statistics show that 64 percent of residents are satisfied with their community association experience and 26 percent are neutral, with only 10 percent dissatisfied, according to a 2014 survey.
But the same survey shows that almost a quarter of residents have experienced a significant disagreement with their association, with landscaping and parking being the two most common cause, following by finances and architectural issues.
Whether you like or hate the rules that come with community association life, once you've bought or rented in an association, you've signed on. being a member of an association ties your fate to your neighbors' in ways that living in a traditional subdivision does not. You have to overcome that ' my home is my castle issue, Rathbun says. Rules are designed to protect property values, and 70 percent of the respondents in the CAL survey believe they do, while 26 percent believe they make no difference. Disagreements over which rules are required to protect property values often leads to conflicts that can cost residents both time and money if they're handle poorly.
People ought to know that being in a condo in a condo is a giveand-take kind of thing, say Patrick Hohman, author of '' Condos Townhouse and Homeowner Associations: How to make your investment Safer'' and a longtime volunteer board member who is now a part-time, on-site manager at a condominium near Louisville, Kentucky. He also runs an educational website called WWW.CondoHOAinfo.com.
How to Successfully live under a homeowners association Part 3
You may own your home, but your HOA calls most of the shots.
by Teresa Mears
It's a nonstop process of building trust and maintaining trust, Hohman say. You learn to be forgiving of others and forgiving of yourself.You deal with people where they are and as they are. It's kind of like dealing wit h tour extended family at Thanksgiving.One challenge for associations is that volunteer board members with maintaining hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of property. About two-thirds of associations hire professional managers, but the rest are managed by the residents themselves.
Board members are almost never trained in property management, say Richard Thompson, who publishes The Regenesis Report, a weekly newsletter for board members and developers. He also writes a syndicated column for Realty Times and just published the book '' Trade HOA Stress for Success. He recommends professional management-hiring trained and experienced property managers to oversee operations- for most associations.''If the board hires competent people, they're going to stay ahead of the curve and not put fires out', he says.
Communities are dependent upon the skills and personalities that residents and board members bring to the table.Some people are better than others at working with their neighbors, and resident with poor people skills can create problems for everyone, especially if they get on the board.Experts say that communications and transparency-being very clear about where the money goes,welcoming residents and board meetings and sharing information about how decisions are made-go a long way toward building community harmony.'' There is no substitution for communication between the association and the residents'', Rathbun says.
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How to Successfully live under a homeowners association Part 4
Here are seven tips getting along in a homeowners association.
Know the rules before you move in.Too few prospective residents understand the rules before they buy or rent. It's particularly important to be able to live with policies on pets, parking,collection, rentals, noise and architectural guidelines. Folks buy into a homeowner association without any club of what they're obligated to do,'' Thompson say few prospective buyers research these things before they close the deal. Typically when Association's request advice on how to amend their Declaration, they ask the following question:
- What is the process for amending the declaration?
- If amendments are made, should the Board evaluate the docs as a whole and make all the changes at one time?
- What is the most effective method for amending the Declaration? and
- What is the frame fro amending documents and filing?
Generally, amendments to the Declaration can only be successfully adopted after they have been proposed to the membership by specific procedures.Most proposed Amendments to the Declaration require that a majority of the Board of Directors preliminarily adopt the proposed amendments before distributing them to the membership for a vote. Once a majority of the Board approves a proposed amendment, notice must be given at least fourteen (14) days prior to a scheduled meeting of the membership.The notice must state that a proposed amendment to the condominium will be discussed and copies of the actual text of the proposed amendments should be distributed with the notice. After proper preparation and notice, amendment is adopted by the membership either in person or by proxy,the Amendment must be recorded in the public records and a letter mailed out to the membership advising them of the adoption of the amendment and providing a record copy.
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Burnout is more than stress it's how your mind and your body tell you a change is needed. Do you find yourself withdrawing from work and caring less about results? Are you working harder, often mechanically or to the point of exhaustion? Just going through the motions?
Try a few Tips for keeping burnout at bay!
Exercise at leaset three times a week. Running, weight lifting, bike riding-anything that get your heart and lungs working burns off stress.Exercise releases endorphins that boosts your mood and it dissipates built-up stress that otherwise can lead to burnout.
Make time for a Hobby. An art class, cooking,readings,sewing anything that's not part of the regular grind and that helps you relax will balance the things that wear you down.
Practice breathing exerises. Just breathe!'' Yes, it's an old cliche, but there is a grain of truth behind every cliche.Deep breathing gives your body a boost of oxygen and it releases tension in your abdomen around your heart.
Get Away. Take a walk at lunch, and don't take work home.Leave the office at the office. At home, find a time and place where you can relax and unwind. Even 15 Minutes of relaxation can relieve stress.
Laugh. Sometimes it helps to look at a situation and just laugh. If that fails, read the jokes that your uncle's cousin's best friend is e-mailing you three times a week.Pick a comedy next time you go to the movies or surf channels.
Take up Yoga or Tai Chi. These disciplines have a restorative effect and are sure burnout busters.
Burnout can creep up on you slowly.Watch for warning signs and stay ahead of it. Your heart, family and employer will thank you .
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Questions to Ask Yourself Before Beginning a Home Search
Buying a house or property is a huge life step for any person, couple or family. A home is a big investment when it comes to money, time and even one's livelihood. When you're thinking about buying a home, you might ask yourself all the regular questions: How much can I afford? How big of a home do I want? And you can get caught up in the entire search process, spending hours browsing homes online and looking at all the wonderful listing pictures.
But before you take that initial step toward buying your first property, buying a different home or investing in an income property, there are additional important questions to ask yourself or your family:
Do you have an emergency fund?
Have you saved for a down payment?
How will you balance a mortgage with saving for retirement and current debt?
Can you afford to buy what you want/need?
Do you plan to stay in the area?
Buying a home is a huge decision. Before you dive in, make sure you are able to answer the questions above so you are prepared and ready for anything.
By RE Team Havekotte.
A clean home sells faster!
Call SERVPRO of Sunrise for your cleaning needs! at 954-748-7887
Flameless Candle Batteries!
Flameless Candle Batteries that look like real candles.
Flameless Candle Batteries Pose Dangers to Kids.
The tiny button batteries that light up flameless "tea candles" pose a significant risk to children when swallowed. These lithium batteries, which are commonly used in these candles, account for 14% of all the button batteries swallowed by children during the last two years. Button batteries have higher voltage than other batteries, and they can cause severe burns in the esophagus if they become lodged there. Experts recommend that parents make sure battery compartments are shut on all devices that use batteries. They also recommend choosing devices that have screws to secure the battery compartment or using strong tape to make batteries difficult to access. National Capital Poison Center, January 2017
Weekly Health Update - Courtesy of Stephen Thomas, D.C.
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Help Fight Cancer!
Help fight cancer in Sunrise!
Cancer affects nearly 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women in their lifetimes. It can touch any family, at any time. Chances are you know someone who’s been affected—whether it’s a family member, a friend, or maybe even yourself. That's why our fight is so important. It is truly a gift of hope, love, and life itself.
Today, there is hope in the fight against cancer. The risk of death from cancer is more than 20% lower than it was just two decades ago because of prevention, early detection, and improvements in treatment. Thanks in part to the generosity of different people, more than 15.5 million cancer survivors are alive today.
Find cures—We're proud to have played a role in nearly every major cancer research breakthrough in recent history, but we won't settle. We've set a bold goal to double the amount of research funds we grant by 2021, and we need you there with us.
Support patients— Donations help hire and train hundreds of cancer information specialists who provide one-on-one support to nearly 1 million people facing cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery every year. And thanks to people, American Cancer Society also provides free, temporary accommodations for cancer patients undergoing treatment across the country.
Keep people healthy— The support funds long-term cancer prevention studies that have helped people understand how body weight, nutrition and physical activity affect cancer risk. People helped provide over 600,000 underserved women and men with cancer education, and 140,000 cancer screenings since 2011.
From: Your American Cancer Society
SERVPRO of Sunrise proud donor.
To Broward County Residents
Call 911 to save a life, stop a crime, report a fire. For non-emergency police and fire assistance, call 954-764-HELP (4357) in Broward Co, Florida
To Broward County Residents:
Help us Help You!
Use 911 Properly
* Call 911 to save a life, stop a crime, report a fire. For non-emergency police and fire assistance, call 954-764-HELP (4357)
* Know your location.
*Say calm and answer the dispatcher's questions.
* Stay on the line and allow the dispatcher's instructions.
Help Make 911 Better
Visit 911.broward.org or call Broward County Call Center at 311 to provide feedback on your call experience. Sharing your experience can help Broward County and first responder partners continuously improve public safety response.
Note: Feedback System not available for incidents that occur in Plantation or Coral Springs, Florida, as these cities do not participate in Regional 911.
By: Broward County Florida. (A service of the Broward County Board of County Commissioners)
SERVPRO of Sunrise can also Help You! with any Fire, Water or Mold damages. We are 24/7/365 FASTER to ANY SIZE DISASTER! Call us at 954-748-7887
Fire Prevention Part I
Floor Kitchen after the fire caused by a pot unattended.
Fire Prevention is important for homeowners ,rental community and businesses.
Did you know the cost of damages caused by home fires in the U.S is greater than the entire annual sales of many Fortune 500 companies? For the past 20 years, the stagnant.By mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors, the american Red Cross and SERVPRO of Sunrise will attack that stagnation.In an unprecedented, nationwide effort to combine new technology and innovation with old-fashioned neighbor-to neighbor outreach, the Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign will save lives, reduce injuries, and cut down on needless losses.SERVPRO of Sunrise renewed their commitment to the Red Cross this year by endorsing the home Fire preparedness Campaign. This invaluable initiative aims to reduce home fire deaths and injuries across the united States by 25 percent within a Five-year period.
By: Kathy Farley and Amy Waller
Did you know 36 Times a day a Fire related injury is reported.
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Damage caused by severe weather over past weekend !
Tragically, tornadoes that tore through Mississippi and Georgia caused at least 18 deaths and damaged or destroyed an estimated 480 homes. Red Cross disaster teams were on the scene immediately Saturday morning after the first storms touched down in Hattiesburg, MS around 4 a.m. Red Cross workers opened shelters and are serving meals, providing client casework and mobilizing responders to conduct damage assessments with local emergency management teams.
On Sunday, when severe storm activity with tornadoes, heavy rains and flooding moved to Southern Georgia and caused deluge to seven counties, Red Cross disaster teams were quick to mobilize and provide lifesaving support to those in need. Four shelters were open on Sunday night which helped to provide 60 people a safe place to stay, hot meal and comfort in the aftermath of this disaster. Tragically 14 people died in the tornado, and Red Cross disaster mental health workers are meeting with impacted residents to provide needed support. Severe storms and tornadoes also caused destruction in Florida, Louisiana, Alabama and South Carolina over the weekend, and Red Cross teams were mobilized across the Southeast to prepare communities and provide relief and support services for residents in need.
This powerful storm system is expected to travel up the East Coast early this week and continue to carry heavy rains and high winds to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Red Cross disaster workers are closely monitoring weather trajectories and readying staffing and material resources in anticipation of severe weather. Consider downloading the Red Cross Emergency App for access to disaster preparedness and safety information, as well as a list of our open shelter locations.
Many families reeling from these disasters have nowhere else to turn for relief and hope through Red Cross Disaster Relief. Disaster Relief donations enable the Red Cross to prepare communities before disasters strike, and mobilize right away after impact to provide lifesaving aid and support for disasters big and small.
The American Red Cross is working with government and community partners to help people impacted by the storm. In the coming days, the Red Cross will provide safe shelter, food, emergency relief supplies and emotional support to people in need.
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10 Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes to Inspire Greatness in You
Martin Luther King Jr Inspiring Quotes
Did you know that one of Martin Luther King Jr.'s advisers had recommended that he leave out the "I have a dream" phrase for his speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963? Luckily, King ignored that recommendation. That speech and quotes from many others have inspired us and given us the courage to act upon our own dreams. In honor of a great man, let us all hold our dreams up for the world to see and our hearts to embrace. Here are a few of King's pearls of wisdom to help remind you of the power of a vision.
- "Faith is taking the first step even when you can't see the whole staircase."
- "We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."
- "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
- "In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
- "Only in the darkness can you see the stars."
- "If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward."
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness: Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: Only love can do that."
"Let no man pull you so low as to hate him."
- "That old law about 'an eye for an eye' leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing."
- "There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right."
By: Marla Tabaka
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Dr.KING's March on Washington
KING MARCHES FOR FREEDOM
Martin Luther King Jr. worked with a number of civil rights and religious groups to organize the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, a peaceful political rally designed to shed light on the injustices African Americans continued to face across the country. Held on the 28th of August in 1963 and attended by some 200,000 to 300,000 participants, the event is widely regarded as a watershed moment in the history of the American civil rights movement and a factor in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The march culminated in King’s most famous address, known as the “I Have a Dream” speech, a spirited call for peace and equality that many consider a masterpiece of rhetoric. Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial–a monument to the president who a century earlier had brought down the institution of slavery in the United States—he shared his vision of a future in which “this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'” The speech and march cemented King’s reputation at home and abroad; later that year he was named Man of the Year by TIME magazine and in 1964 became the youngest person ever awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
In the spring of 1965, King’s elevated profile drew international attention to the violence that erupted between white segregationists and peaceful demonstrators in Selma, Alabama, where the SCLC and Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) had organized a voter registration campaign. Captured on television, the brutal scene outraged many Americans and inspired supporters from across the country to gather in Selma and take part in a march to Montgomery led by King and supported by President Lyndon Johnson (1908-1973), who sent in federal troops to keep the peace. That August, Congress passed the Voting Rights Act, which guaranteed the right to vote–first awarded by the 15th Amendment–to all African Americans.
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Water Fire & Mold Damage Restoration
Water Conservation Tips !!
Any water damage in your facility is bad. But
trying to clean it up yourself can be a disaster.
SERVPRO of Sunrise recommends the following steps to conserve water
In the bathroom:
- Take a five minute instead of bath. Amount saved: 15 gallons per shower.
- Don't use toilets as wastebasket. Flush only when you need to.Amount saved:12 or more gallons per day.
- When taking a bath, don't run the water without closing the drain first.The warm water that comes after running the tap for a while will take care of the first cold burst of water.
- When brushing teeth,use a glassful of water instead of running the tap.Amount saved:3 more gallons per brushing.
In the Kitchen
- When washing dishes by hand, fill up the sink with soap and water instead of running the water the whole time. Amount saved:25 Gallons per load.
- Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator when you want a drink instead of running the tap until the water cools. Amount saved:2 gallon per drinks
- Thaw frozen foods in the refrigerator not under running tap water. Amount saved:5 or more gallons per meal.
- Start a compost pile as an alternative to using a kitchen sink garbage disposal.
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Quick Tips: Reducing Holiday Stress Part 2
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The holiday can be a joyful time, offering a chance to reconnect with friends and family. But they can also be stressful. You may feel pressure to buy and give gifts. Maybe you are worried about money. The holiday can also be hectic. There never seems to be enough time to get things done. Think about the kinds of events that trigger stress for you during the holidays. Then you can focus on one or two things you can do that will help the most to reduce stress
Share the tasks:
You don’t have to do everything yourself. Share your ‘’to do’’ list with other. Spend time with friends and family while you share tasks like decorating, wrapping gifts, and preparing the holiday meal.
Learn to say no:
It’s okay to say ‘’ no’’ to events that aren’t important to you. This will give more time to say ‘’ yes’’To events that you do want to attend.
Try not to put pressure on yourself to create the perfect holiday for your family. Focus instead on the traditions that make holidays special for you. And remember that just because it’s a holiday, family problems don’t go away. If you have a hard time being around your relatives, it’s okay to set limits on your time at events and visits.
Keep a regular sleep, meal and exercise schedule:
Limit your alcohol. Taking care of yourself will help deal with stressful situations during the holidays.
Get support if you need it:
Holidays can sometimes trigger depression. They can be especially hard if you are already dealing with death of a loved one or the breakup of relationship. You may feel embarrassed to ask for help, or you may think that you’ll get over ‘’ the blues’’ on your own. But most people need treatment to get better. Talk with your doctor about counseling and medicine for depression.
If disaster hits SERVPRO of Sunrise is here to help.
SERVPRO of Sunrise Sevices
- Fire, Smoke and Scot
- Water Removal and Dehumidification
- Mold Mitigation and Remediation
- Catastrophic Storm Response
- Electronics and Equipment
- Document Drying
- Contents Claim Inventory Service
- Air Ducts and Hvac
- Biohazard, Crime Scene and Vandalism
- Carpet, Upholstery, Drapes and Binds
- Ceilings, Walls and Hard Floors
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Safety Tips for Christmas Trees - 2
SERVPRO of Sunrise Merry Christmas card for all our customers, friends, family and staff..
Christmas trees add a special touch to the holiday season, but they can also be a fire hazard. Here are some helpful tips to reduce the risk of fire:
- Check your tree lights for broken or frayed wires and loose connections.
- Replace non working light bulbs.
- Avoid decorating Christmas trees with candles.
- Make sure live Christmas trees are fresh. Don't buy trees with brown needles or dry limbs.
Consider having the tree sprayed with a Fire Marshall approved flame retardant chemical.
- Give the tree plenty of water. Never let the base holder dry out.
- Don't place the tree near a heat source, open flames and room exits.
- Keep light strings and other electrical decorations out of children's reach.
- Always unplug the Christmas tree lights when you leave or go to bed.
- Don't burn the Christmas tree or package wrappings in a fire place or wood stove.
Keep this holiday season full of life, laughs and memories - remember to have a fun and safe time.
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SERVPRO of Sunrise specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. Our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
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Safety Tips for Christmas Trees - 1
SERVPRO of Sunrise wishes a Happy Christmas for all customers in Sunrise, Lauderhill, Weston, Tamarac, Pembroke Pines, Miramar, friends and staff.
The carolers are out and the holiday decorations are everywhere. The joy of the season should not be dampened by the risk of FIRE. In recent years, nearly 600 fires per year have been started by ignition of Christmas trees in the United States, causing an average of 33 deaths, 112 injuries and $21 million in direct property damage per year.
Christmas trees add a special touch to the holiday season, but they also can be a FIRE HAZARD.
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Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
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About Disaster Responder Disaster. Responder Members are Critical Red Cross Partners.
Welcome to the Disaster Responder Program. Your generosity is making a lifesaving difference for people affected by devastating events down the street and across the country. In times of disaster, relief cannot wait for people like Jennifer Robinson and her five children, who fled their home during an electrical fire. With nowhere to go after the blaze destroyed their residence, the Robinsons received immediate help and comfort from the Red Cross, which provided a hotel and vouchers for clothes and other necessities. “If it wasn’t for the Red Cross, we’d have nothing,” Robinson said. Your support makes it possible for us to assist people like the Robinsons when we respond to nearly 70,000 disasters, big and small, each year. By pre-investing in our disaster services, you help create the reliable funding that we need to deliver swift relief—enabling us to respond at a moment’s notice with trained volunteers, supplies from our stocked warehouses, emergency response vehicles and resources to transform community sites into shelters. As a Disaster Responder member, you’re among an elite group of companies and foundations from almost every industry. To show our appreciation of your commitment, we offer the highest level of recognition and unmatched access to our information and leadership before, during and after disasters. Information about these and other benefits, along with opportunities to engage your employees and customers in our mission, are included in this packet. Thank you again for being a part of Disaster Responder and helping families like the Robinsons.
Give Thanks - De Gracias
SERVPRO of Sunrise staff gathering to give Thanks and mingle in Sunrise, Florida
Thanksgiving - Día de Acción de Gracias
When the tablecloth is down and table is set. When the oven is off for the first time all day. When you look around the table and see every face smiling.
You remember how special this day is. So we all give Thanks!
Cuando el mantel está puesto y la mesa está lista para cenar. Cuando el horno está apagado por primera vez en todo el día. Cuando miramos alrededor de la mesa y vemos cada rostro sonriente.
Nos damos cuenta lo especial que es este día. Así es que todos damos Gracias!
SERVPRO of Sunrise wishes our customers, staff, family and friends a safe and Happy Thanksgiving day.
5 Ways to Engage with the American Red Cross
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1. EDUCATE yourself and your community
The American Red Cross serves our partners best when we successfully encourage them to embrace preparedness and resiliency education with their local Red Cross chapters. Opportunities such as making use of and promoting the Ready Rating program, hosting educational Lunch & Learns to focus on regional and local preparedness topics, and taking preparedness courses such as CPR, First Aid, and AED education for professionals are some of the best ways to use the American Red Cross to stay educated.
√ Please visit: http://www.redcross.org/take-a-class to learn more about taking classes and staying educated.
2. Donate your valuable TIME &TALENT
The American Red Cross responds to hundreds of humanitarian and disaster response needs each and every day, but we can’t do it alone. Volunteering your time and talents with the American Red Cross not only means helping others within your community, it means helping others across the world by joining the millions of volunteers worldwide that make up the global Red Cross network. We are always looking for people with various backgrounds, talents, and skill levels including opportunities for Board or Committee membership.
√ Please visit: http://www.redcross.org/support/volunteer/opportunities#step1 for opportunities to volunteer.
3. Play a key role as our ADVOCATE
Support your local Red Cross chapter network in making introductions to community leaders and businesses to begin conversations about new partnerships, promoting volunteer opportunities and helping us build a network of supporters. We encourage our partners to make a connection at their local Red Cross chapter to meet with chapter leaders and to get localized promotional materials and tools to share with leaders and businesses.
√ Please visit: http://www.redcross.org/find-your-local-chapter to locate your nearest local chapter.
4. Give the gift of LIFE
Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, and there’s only one source—generous blood donors. When you host an on-site blood drive or encourage your employees to donate at a nearby drive*, you’re able to deliver a one of a kind message to employees and the community—you literally save lives each and every day. *The American Red Cross provides 44% of the nation’s blood supply, but unfortunately, Red Cross blood donation is not available in every community nationwide.
√ Please visit: http://www.redcrossblood.org for a list of available communities and drives near you.
5. Help SUPPORT our heroes
Show your support for military heroes by learning more about the American Red Cross’ Services to the Armed Forces and especially during the holiday season. Today, the Red Cross is meeting the needs of a changing military and expanding services to veterans through connection resources, resiliency training, military hospital support services and our own Holiday Mail for Heroes program. Your employees can do their part by learning more about the American Red Cross mission, volunteering, and by signing greeting cards with messages of appreciation and support during the holidays. The Red Cross will hand deliver each of these heartfelt expressions to enlisted men and women, veterans and their families around the world.
√ Please visit: http://www.redcross.org/what-we-do/support-military-families to learn more about how you can become involved with our military support programs.
Join us in supporting the American Red Cross
Simply visit http://www.redcross.org/cm/SERVPROindustries-pubto see how your contribution can help people worldwide. SERVPRO of Sunrise 954-748-7887
Thank you!November marks the end of Daylight Savings, and helps us remember to be thankful.
As Thanksgiving approaches, we at SERVPRO of Sunrise are thankful for your support and for the mission of the American Red Cross. As you know, we were recently spared by Hurricane Matthew, however other communities in the U.S. including Haiti were not so fortunate. Help us support the mission of the Red Cross so that they may continue to provide relief to those in need. Thank you for your ongoing support both to SERVPRO of Sunrise and to the Red Cross.In response to disasters, heroes emerge. People respond with generosity and compassion to offer a helping hand in times of crisis. SERVPRO of Sunrise wants to offer you a chance to make a difference by donating to the American Red Cross; together we can serve those who desperately need our help now! We have made supporting the Red Cross easy through our company's donation page: http://www.redcross.org/cm/SERVPROindustries-pub. Together, we can provide critically needed funding to support the Red Cross mission. Please join us in showing that you care. With your contribution, the Red Cross can continue to deliver crucial services down the street, across the country and around the world. To pledge your support or make a financial contribution, simply visit http://www.redcross.org/cm/SERVPROindustries-pubto see how your contribution can help people worldwide. If you have questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to SERVPRO of Sunrise 954-748-7887. Thank you for considering this important initiative.
Sincerely,SERVPRO of Sunrise TeamSERVPROofSunrise.com954-748-7887
Does Your Sunrise Home or Condo Have A Mold Problem?
In Sunrise, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.
Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.
Need Mold Help, Call Us Today – SERVPRO of Sunrise, 954-748-7887
Your Insurance Covers Water Damage?
Homeowner’s insurance does not cover all types of water damage.
You might be caught up I in a fiasco with your washing machine while you're doing your laundry. Water starts gushing across the floor and a few days later your wooden floor starts buckling. Your homeowner insurance will most likely cover for this damage.
However, homeowner’s insurance does not cover all types of water damage.
Some of the uncovered damages may include:
Damage from unresolved maintenance issues: While your insurance will probably help cover the cost of replacing or repairing a damaged floor if your dishwasher suddenly goes on the fritz, coverage generally will not kick in if the damage results from an unresolved maintenance issue, such as continuous leaking near a faucet or other plumbing fixture.
Replacing or repairing the source of the water damage: Most insurance policies will not cover the source of the water damage. So while your policy may cover the cost of tearing out and replacing that damaged floor, you shouldn't expect it to cover the cost of replacing your broken dishwasher or washing machine.
Water backup from an outside sewer or drain: You also will not typically be covered by a traditional homeowners policy if water backs into your home through an outside sewer or drain. You may, however, be able to purchase additional sewer or water backup coverage that may help provide protection in case of such an event.
Flood: No type of flood damage, no matter the source of the water, is covered by standard homeowners policies. Flooding, for example, can occur from storms, over-saturated ground, overflowing or surging bodies of water such as rivers, ponds, lakes and oceans.
We all know it's important to prevent these from happening and keep up with home maintenance, but it's also a good idea to check with your insurance agent about what is and isn't covered by your policy. Be sure to ask if there are any additional coverages available that may be appropriate for your home.
[Original article from AllState Insurance]
If you have a flood emergency always contact professionals to help out.
At SERVPRO of Sunrise we specialize in water damage. Call us at 954-748-7887.
Repairing Your Flood Damaged Home
Suffered from flood damage in your home? Call us immediately to remediate the problem.
After the hurricane many homes in the area were affected by recent floodwaters. At this point, you might be starting those necessary repairs and the following checklist could be helpful for you.
- Never use an emergency generator indoors (including garages). Always run the generator outdoors, away from open windows and doors.
- Remove water soaked porous materials like wallboard, insulation, carpeting, wood paneling and wallpaper from your home.
- Dry out your home before rebuilding to prevent mold growth - open windows/doors, use fans, and dehumidifiers.
- When removing water damaged materials containing mold, use a recommended respirator (N95) for protection.
- Flooded drinking water wells should be disinfected first with bleach and then tested several days later to ensure that the water is safe to drink. Flooded/damaged wells should be disinfected.
- Flooded septic systems will need time to dry out so restrict the use of toilets, sinks, showers, and laundry to prevent sewage backups both inside and outside the home.
- Flooded heating systems (including air ducts) should be checked by a qualified professional and repaired or replaced as necessary.
- If repairing or replacing your damaged heating system, check for asbestos. Follow special guidelines for removing asbestos.
- Check for damages and leaks to any heating oil tank. Follow-up with your fuel supplier and local health department if odors or leaks are discovered.
- Flood damaged hazardous household materials (pesticides, fertilizers, paints, varnishes) should be placed in a leak proof container and removed from the home for proper disposal.
- For homes built before 1978, use safe work practices to avoid exposure to lead paint when removing walls, windows, and doors.
For more detailed information and booklets go here.
Water damage can be a devastating and a costly event for a home and/or business owner. If you have suffered from flood damage in your home call us immediately to remediate the problem. Professionals of SERVPRO OF SUNRISE will take care of it efficiently!
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FIRE PREVENTION WEEK (OCTOBER 9-15)
We hope you will join us to help fight one of our nation's most preventable disasters - home fires. Please contact SERVPRO OF SUNRISE. 954-748-7887
Fire Prevention Week
SERVPRO's support through the Disaster Responder program demonstrates our commitment to help families prevent, prepare for and recover from disasters. This October we will recognize the two-year anniversary of an important initiative to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires, the disaster Red Cross responds to most frequently every year. As the American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign reaches this significant milestone, the Red Cross and the community partners have already saved at least 111 lives, and have made at-risk communities from coast-to-coast stronger and safer by installing more than 473,000 smoke alarms, replacing more than 32,000 batteries and creating nearly 170,000 escape plans.
This October, in recognition of Fire Prevention Week (October 9-15) and the campaign anniversary, the Red Cross will focus our efforts on raising awareness about fire safety nationwide, and by canvassing local communities to install smoke alarms in homes that need them, teaching people about what they can do now to be prepared should a fire break out in their home. Throughout the month, the Red Cross will be talking about the Home Fire Campaign on our social media, through email and digital marketing, and via celebrity ambassadors.
We invite you to align with these important and visible messages of fire safety and join us in promoting two important life-saving calls to action: 1) check your smoke alarms monthly, and 2) practice your 2-minute fire drills at home, including an escape plan. By doing so, SERVPRO promotes the partnership and increase your impact by rallying employees, customers and social media followers to take action to prevent home fire injuries and deaths.
Attached to this email is a toolkit of information and links to videos for the October Home Fire Campaign.
https://vimeo.com/trainer/review/158382267/9691ce873a (this video was produced by SERVPRO for the Red Cross---you may recognize the facility!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nr-irGW9bw (this one will definitely get your attention)
Faster to Any size Disaster !
Broward County has published this Hurricane Preparedness Guide would like to share it with you:
STEP 1 Hold a family meeting
Discuss the hazards of hurricanes. Encourage children to talk about their fears and explain some of the things you'll be doing to keep everyone safe. Start a written list of things you'll need to take care of and encourage everyone in the family to contribute their ideas.
STEP 2 Discuss shelter options
Determine whether you live in an evacuation zone and, if so, where you will go if an evacuation order is given. Going to a family or friend's house or hotel outside the evacuation area is your best choice. If you choose to go out of town, do so well in advance of the storm. Since shelters provide for only basic needs, this should be your choice of last resort.
STEP 3 Ensure your assets are protected
Inventory your home possessions and videotape or photograph items of value. Review your insurance policies to ensure you have adequate coverage.
STEP 4 Assess your home for vulnerable areas
Do a walk-through of your home and property to evaluate your roof, windows, garage door, landscaping, etc. and determine what actions you will take.
STEP 5 Make a plan to protect your vehicles
Decide where you will store or park your vehicle, boat or RV. Check your vehicle insurance policy and keep it in the same safe place as your homeowner's policy.
STEP 6 Secure your home
Decide what actions you will need to take to protect your home and your property (shutters, generator, trim trees), and to keep as comfortable as possible during recovery.
STEP 7 Determine whether anyone in your home has special needs.
Discuss whether anyone in your home is elderly or has special needs and, if so, make arrangements in advance to accommodate those needs.
STEP 8 Make a plan for your pet
Determine how you will address your pet's needs and make a plan for your pet in case you have to evacuate. Be sure to plan for large animals such as horses.
STEP 9 Gather your supplies
Determine your family's food, water and medical needs and assemble your hurricane kit according to those needs (see sidebar for essential items to include)
STEP 10 Notify others of your plan
Let family or friends know what your hurricane plan is so they can check on you in the aftermath of the storm. Establish an out-of-town contact.
SERVPRO OF SUNRISE READY FOR ANY SIZE OF DISASTER.
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Give your Home the Best Care with Certified Professionals
We are an IICRC Certified Firm
SERVPRO of Sunrise is an IICRC firm
SERVPRO of Sunrise is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.
IICRC Certified Firms must
• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.
The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry
The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.
Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.
Getting certified is not only receiving a diploma or certificate. At SERVPRO of Sunrise becoming certified in our field of expertise and maintaining our competency year after year shows that we have met standards that have been established and verified by a third party organization. At the same time it means we are dedicated to maintaining quality in our work on a regular basis.
About SERVPRO of Sunrise
SERVPRO of Sunrise specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
In need of a premium service by qualified professionals? Call us at 954-748-7887
Preparing Our Nation for Extreme Heat !
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Extreme heat affects everybody – our family, friends and neighbors. Our nation’s most vulnerable include the elderly, children, emergency responders, outdoor workers, low-income households, athletes, and even our pets. In extreme heat conditions, simple daily activities like walking a dog (in my case, it’s our golden doodle Coco!), going for a jog, or spending time outside with the kids can be dangerous.
That’s why we’re taking the threat of extreme heat so seriously. We know if we are prepared to respond to extreme heat, we can dramatically reduce the risks to ourselves and our loved ones. The majority of heat-related deaths and illnesses are preventable. We can make our communities more prepared, recognize the early warning signs of heat stroke or exhaustion, and spread the word about practical solutions and resources that are available in the face of these severe conditions.
As a heat wave spreads across the United States, here are three things you need to know about extreme heat.
As a heat wave spreads across the country this week, the federal government is working overtime to help state, regional, tribal, and local communities prepare for potential extreme-heat events.
1. Older adults, children, and people with chronic medical conditions are more prone to the impacts of excessive heat. When it’s extremely hot outside, check in on those at risk at least twice a day and observe them for signs of heat exhaustion, including heavy sweating, cold, pale skin, nausea, or vomiting. For heat stroke, you may observe high body temperature, hot, red, dry or moist skin, or even possible unconsciousness. Pay special attention to the impact of heat on infants and young children – who are not only less efficient at regulating heat internally than adults, but of course, have to rely on others to stay safe.
2. Stay cool indoors. Air-conditioning is the number one protective factor against heat-related illness and death. When the weather becomes extremely hot, and if air conditioning is not available at home, spend time in air conditioned locations, including shopping malls, public libraries, or public health sponsored heat-relief shelters that may be established in your area. Athletes should avoid over exerting themselves, and in any environment, be sure to move at a comfortable pace and wear appropriate clothing.
3. And regardless of your activity level, stay hydrated. Drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages and increase your fluid intake. Do not perform heavy exercise in an extreme heat environment, and remain hydrated while exposed.
Average temperatures across the country are at historic highs, which means we'll have more hot days and more heat waves this summer. We need to be ready. More information on temperature predictions and toolkits to help you prepare for heat waves can be found here.
Learn how to recognize health problems related to extreme heat and what to do in the event of an emergency in this Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guide.
Finally, download and use the free FEMA app, which helps prepare families for extreme weather and other hazardous events. The app is available on the Apple App Store and on Google Play.
Additional resources on extreme heat, including information about understanding the risk, case studies, and heat health tools, can be found in the National Integrated Heat Health Information System toolkit.
Have a great summer and stay cool!
SERVPRO of Sunrise Ready to Help 24/7
SERVPRO OF SUNRISE (954)748-7887
Night OUT Against Crime!
Anamilena Diaz (owner) and Margarita Canon from Servpro Of Sunrise at the City Of Sunrise.
SERVPRO Of Sunrise participating in a community event with the City Of Sunrise Police Department in the NIGHT OUT AGAINT CRIME.