Is Your Name On The List?
Hurricane Season 2021
With hurricane season right around the corner, SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties wants to know if your name is on the list?!
FUN FACT: If you are named after the Greek alphabet than we can answer that question for you. No! Your name is not on the list. Say what?! Yep, this year the World Meteorological Organization has taken out all of the Greek alphabet names that typically are used once the hurricane season runs out of names.
Hurricane seasons official start date is June 1st but with the consecutive years of early tropical cyclones the National Hurricane Center will start storm forecast May 15th. Here is the list of hurricane names for the 2021 season.
Did you find your name?! If not here is the list for if all those names get exhausted.
Prepare For The Worst, Always Have A Plan
Have a plan!
Have you and your family members established a plan in the case of a fire? While we hope you never have to use your plan but it is always important to plan for the worst.
SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties would like to help you establish an emergency plan for you and your family.
Step 1: have a family meeting and walk through all exits of your home including windows.
Step 2: choose an outside meeting place. one that is a safe distance from your house and easily to remember and access.
Step 3: make sure all members of the family know the household number and know how to call the fire department
Step 4: if there are infants or older adults that need assistance assign one person to be responsible for them
Step 5: test your plan!
Once you have successfully exited your home make sure you do not return inside until you have been given the all clear from the fire department! Be sure to give us a call for all your clean-up and restoration needs.
Red Flag Warning For Southern Maryland
Red Flag Warning
A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures are all contributing factors in a red flag warning. A Red Flag Warning means the current or future weather conditions are favorable for critical fires.
SERVPRO of St. Mary's County and Calvert County wants to educate you on what NOT to do during a Red Flag Warning here in Southern Maryland as temperatures continue to rise.
During a Red Flag Warning you should avoid all outdoor burnings including bonfires, fireworks, smoking and more, especially near wildland. If you are grilling or other equipment be cautious of your area.
Brush fires can spread quickly cause widespread damage and evicting thousands of animals from their homes. If you see a Red Flag Warning, do you part and avoid any potential factors that could increase the risk of a fire.
Check out the link below to read an article on a local Brush Fire that happened this past March 2021.
Cleaning Your Gutters 101
If you do you not ensure that your gutters are clear of debris and are able to properly direct that water away from your home then you increase your homes chance of water damage. The main function of the gutters around your home are to collect the water that is falling around your home and direct it to an outside area that is not near your home foundation.
Clogged gutter can cause multiple issues within your home and property. Check out Allstate for more detail descriptions on these issues. It is recommended that you have your gutters cleaned by professional at least twice a year. It is possible to clean your gutters yourself but for your safety make sure you use protective eye wear, dust mask and a spotter, along with tools to remove the debris.
We LOVE To Sponsor
Not only is sponsoring a great way to get our name out there but an awesome way to show our love and support for our community.
SERVPRO of St. Mary's County and SERVPRO of Calvert County loves to find any way to connect with the community, as we are all personally apart of it. Currently we are sponsoring the Calvert County Little League as well as an Adult Mens Soft Ball Team!
In addition to sponsoring sports event, we also love to donate to many different local events such as food drives and school fundraisers.
Are you a part of something that you need sponsors for or know of any events that could use donations? Reach out! We are always looking for more and would love to participate.
Did You Know Their Are Many Benefits To Dogs In A Workplace?
We want more pups!
March 23 is National Puppy Day so what better day to talk about why dog-friendly work places have been proven to be very beneficial for the work environment.
Getting to see all your lovely coworkers faces shinning bright every morning is always something to look forward too but I think we can all agree a fluffy, sweet pup wagging its tail as you walk through the door is that much better.
Now one may think it is just a preference to having dogs at a work place but it has actually been proven that having dogs there is very beneficial!
- Improves mental health
- Drive recruitment
- Overall enjoyment of job
- More of a welcoming & healthy environment
- Improves productivity
So, no more saying goodbye to your dog at your front door every morning, grab their leash and bring them along! And not to worry, SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties will be happy to clean up any accidents or messes!
We Treat Your Valuables As If They Were Our Own
You Can Count On Us!
Letting strangers into your home can sometimes feel uncomfortable. SERVPRO of St. Mary's County and SERVPRO of Calvert County wants to ensure you that when we our in your home, you will be handled with the best care.
How can we be certain? Starting from our intense hiring process that includes a full background check, we choose those we would trust in our own home. We stress the importance of handling all valuables with the upmost care. When valuables are spotted within the job, we take the time to first make sure they are properly wrapped and moved to an area where they will be out of our way and have minimal chance of being damage.
Our technicians go into each job as if it were happening in their own home and always have the customers best interest in mind. When you call SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties you can be certain that your home will be in the best hands.
Separated By Franchise, Together As One
Here to help!
While each SERVPRO is separated by different Franchise owners, when in need we work as one. This past Feburary we sent our crews to assist with the cleanup and restoration in Texas. The historic artic cold snap caused power outages across the southern plains. The freezing temperature caused pipes to burst in both residential and commercial properties. As members of SERVPROs National Storm Team we immediately mobilized crews and equipment.
SERVPRO prides itself in being the fastest to any disaster and no job is too big. While any disaster is devastating, having SERVPRO on your side makes all the difference. In the event of a large natural disaster, SERVPRO has the capabilities to keep everyone as their main priority. While we are separated by franchises, we always work as a team.
Kitchen Cooking Fire Facts
Prevent a kitchen fire!
It is important to keep your family safe while cooking them one of your delicious meals.
Here are some fire statistics according to the National Fire Prevention Association:
- Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries. 49% of home fires resulted in 21% of the fire deaths and 44% of the injuries.
- Clothing is the item first ignited in less than 1% of these fires, but clothing ignitions lead to 8% of the home cooking equipment fire deaths.
- Stovetops account for 61% of home cooking fire incidents.
- Leaving your cooking unattended is a factor in 31% of cooking fires and 53% of the associated deaths.
- Frying is the number one cooking fire problem.
- Thanksgiving is the number one day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day, the day before Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas Eve.
To keep yourself and other safe while cooking SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties wants to remind you of these simple cooking safety tips:
- Never leave your cooking unattended
- Always double check that you have turned everything off before exiting area including leaving the house and going to bed
- Keep anything that can catch fire away from the stovetop
- Use a timer to be reminded when you food is done
Fireplace & Wood Stove Safety
Heat your home safely!
During these chilly, snowy winter days it is important to keep your home heated well to help from the freezing of your pipes as we have mentioned before but it is also very important to keep your home safe from a fire while doing so.
SERVPRO of St. Mary's County and SERVPRO of Calvert County would like to highlight a couple key points to keep in mind while you are lighting up your fireplace or wood stove to help protect your home from a fire damage.
- Keep object and anything flamable at least 3 feet way from your fire place
- Never burn paper
- Never leave the fire unattended
- Have a professional check and clean your fireplace once a year
- Ashes should be place in a metal tin with a lid and set outside at least 10 feet from your home
- Keep glass or metal in front of your fire to prevent embers or sparks from flying out
More tips for fireplace and wood stove safety can be found on the USFA page.