Carbon Monoxide: The Silent Killer
Placement of carbon monoxide detectors is very important
Carbon Monoxide is a gas you cannot see, taste or smell. According to ready.gov, an average of 430 Americans die each year from unintentional carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Oftentimes, it is the result of faulty, improperly used, or vented consumer products like furnaces, ranges, water heaters, room heaters and engine-powered equipment, such as portable generators.
However, there are precautions you can take to help protect yourself, your family, and your employees from deadly carbon monoxide fumes.
Reduce the chance of carbon monoxide exposure in your workplace by performing regular maintenance on equipment and appliances that can produce carbon monoxide. Install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of the home, including outside of all bedrooms.
Consider having all fuel-burning heating equipment and chimneys serviced annually by a professional. Use portable generators only in well ventilated areas away from doors, windows, vents and any other opening to prevent fumes from entering the home.
For additional carbon monoxide safety information, visit usfa.fema.gov or osha.gov.
Widespread Flu Across Most of U.S.
Most severe flu season in years
More and more people are sick with the flu across the country and the American Red Cross has steps people can follow to help prevent the spread of the flu.
Influenza is now widespread in 46 states, up from 36 states just a few days ago. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports the situation is similar to what was seen at the peak of the 2014-2015 season, the most severe flu season in recent years. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May.
Flu vaccine is the best available way to protect against influenza. CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get an injectable flu vaccine as soon as possible. More information, including flu safety checklists in several languages, is available at the flu safety link above. To help stop the spread of influenza:
- Stay home if you’re sick.
- Wash hands often, especially after coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based hand-sanitizer.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing, and throw the tissue away after use. If a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If traveling, handle your own belongings. Wash your hands often with soap and water.
- Carry hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial wipes with you. You can use them to wash your hands or wipe down surfaces such as armrests.
- Bring your own pillows and blankets if traveling – they can act as a shield against the seat itself.
THE FLU AND GIVING BLOOD The Red Cross currently has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to give now to help address a winter blood donation shortage. Donors who are healthy and feeling well are urged to schedule donation appointments and invite others to do the same as soon as possible.
Individuals who are not feeling well on the day of donation will be deferred from giving blood. Those who have the flu should wait until they no longer have flu symptoms, have recovered completely and feel well before attempting to donate. Blood donors must feel healthy and well on the day of donation.
You can give blood after receiving the influenza vaccine if you are symptom-free and meet all other eligibility requirements. Neither the flu shot nor the intranasal vaccine is cause for a blood donation deferral, because there is no risk of transmitting influenza after receiving the vaccines.
DO I HAVE THE FLU? The common signs of influenza are high fever, severe body aches, headache, being extremely tired, sore throat, cough, runny or stuffy nose, and vomiting and/or diarrhea (which is more common in children). If you think you have the flu, call your health care provider. Seek immediate care if you have any of these symptoms:
- Fast breathing, trouble breathing or bluish skin color.
- Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen (adults).
- Confusion or sudden dizziness.
- Not drinking enough fluids, not being able to eat, or severe or persistent vomiting.
- Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough.
- Not waking up, being so irritable that the child does not want to be held or not interacting (children).
- Fever with a rash (children).
- No tears when crying or significantly fewer wet diapers than normal (children).
CARING FOR SOMEONE WITH THE FLU If someone in your household does come down with the flu, the Red Cross wants you to know the best way to care for them:
- Designate one person as the caregiver and have the other household members avoid close contact with that person so they won’t become sick.
- Make sure the person stays at home and rests until 24 hours after the fever is gone.
- Designate a sick room for the person if possible.
- Keep the following either in the sick room or near the person: tissues, a trash can lined with a plastic trash bag, alcohol-based hand sanitizer, a cooler or pitcher with ice and drinks, a thermometer and a cup with straw or squeeze bottle to help with drinking.
- Keep everyone’s personal items separate. All household members should avoid sharing pens, papers, clothes, towels, sheets, blankets, food or eating utensils unless cleaned between uses.
- Disinfect doorknobs, switches, handles, computers, telephones, bedside tables, bathroom sinks, toilets, counters, toys and other surfaces that are commonly touched around the home or workplace.
- Wash everyone’s dishes in the dishwasher or by hand using very hot water and soap.
- Wash everyone’s clothes in a standard washing machine as you normally would. Use detergent and very hot water, tumble dry on a hot dryer setting and wash your hands after handling dirty laundry.
- Wear disposable gloves when in contact with or cleaning up body fluids.
DOWNLOAD FIRST AID APP The Red Cross First Aid app includes safety tips on influenza. Download the free app from the app store for your mobile device by searching for “American Red Cross” or by going to redcross.org/apps.
SERVPRO of Palm Desert named Affiliate of the Year
Ronda Henry, SERVPRO of Palm Desert, Affiliate of the Year
CDAR held the 2018 Officers and Directors Installation Dinner at the Lakes Country Club. Over one hundred members and local dignitaries joined us as 2018 President Diane Busch was installed and sworn in by 2018 Women’s Council of REALTORS® President Elect Heather Ozur. 2018 C.A.R. President Elect Jared Martin led the installation of the 2018 Officers and Directors: President Elect Scott Newton, Treasurer Robin DuFault, Past President Diana Bernardi, Directors Linda Cappella, Wendy Formica, Mary Funk, Stacey Grande, Susan Marshall, Maurice Stone, Stephanie Taylor, and Stephenie Zinn.
We also recognized several CDAR members for their hard work in 2017. The 2017 REALTOR® of the Year award was given to Diana Bernardi, who has been a member since 2001, has served on nearly every CDAR committee, and served as CDAR President in 2017. She has also been an integral part of merger talks with the Palm Springs Regional Association of REALTORS®. Judy Zeigler, 2016 REALTOR® of the Year, presented the award.
The 2017 Affiliate of the Year was awarded to SERVPRO of Palm Desert, Ronda Henry, who has been a driving force on the Affiliate committee, in addition to serving as chair of the committee in 2018. Don Fese, 2016 Affiliate of the Year, presented the award.
Presidential Service Awards were given by President Diana Bernardi to Rich La Rue and Maurice Stone for their hard work with CDAR this year, and she also presented a gift to Palm Springs Regional Association of REALTORS® President Lucio Bernal.
Eduardo Garcia, California State Assemblymember, Greg Wallis, the District Director for Assemblymember Chad Mayes, Greg Rodriguez, Legislative Analyst for Riverside County 4th District Supervisor V. Manuel Perez, and Glenn Miller, Indio City Councilmember, were on hand to present President Diana Bernardi and Directors Judy Horn and Carolyn Uhl with certificates thanking them for their service with CDAR leadership. Dignitaries and politicians on hand included Indio Mayor Elaine Holmes, La Quinta Mayor Linda Evans, Palm Desert Mayor Jan Harnik, Indian Wells Councilmember Dana Reed, Palm Desert Mayor Pro Tem Sabby Jonathan, Palm Desert Councilmember Gina Nestande, Rancho Mirage Mayor Pro Tem Richard Kite, Rancho Mirage Councilmember G. Dana Hobart and Rancho Mirage Councilmember Ted Weill.
Director Wendy Formica served as Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening. The invocation was provided by Floyd Rhoades of the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mark Hughes of Coldwell Banker. 2018 C.A.R. President Elect Jared Martin led the de-installation of the 2017 CDAR Officers and Directors.
Fire Safety Tips
Rancho Mirage Fire Station No. 50 Open House
Rancho Mirage Fire Department Station 50 hosted an open house at their Fire House for chambers members and catered by The Slice and Maracas. SERVPRO of Palm Desert picked up some information at the station regarding fire safety.
Below are eight important fire safety tips from your Rancho Mirage Fire Department:
#1 Make sure your street number is visible from the street so that public safety personnel can quickly locate your property in case of emergency.
#2 Prevent landscaping from growing over and around fire hydrants. The time it takes to search for a fire hydrant could be critical!
#3 Turn off electrical, including ceiling fans, before leaving your residence for an extended period. Ceiling fan motors can overheat and cause fires if left on for extended periods.
#4 The sale, offering for sale, display, possession or discharge of fireworks by any person or entity within Rancho Mirage is prohibited.
#5 Do not store flammable items near a heat source, such as a hot water heater, as they can combust.
#6 Fire extinguishers should always be kept in the home and checked on an annual basis. Fire extinguishers are a requirement for businesses.
#7 Keep fresh batteries in your smoke detectors by replacing them twice a year. A good reminder is to change them when you set your clocks ahead/back for daylight saving time.
#8 Keep a wrench near your gas shut off valve at all times and consider turning off the gas when you leave your residence for an extended period.
SERVPRO of Palm Desert has served the Coachella Valley since 1967. Give us a call at SERVPRO of Palm Desert and we will help you in the event that there is a fire or flood in your home. We are available 24 hours a day/7 days a week/365 days a year.
FLOOD DAMAGE CAN BE DESTRUCTIVE TO YOUR PROPERTY
Flood Damage Restoration
As a homeowner, flood damage can be very destructive, and if you do not take care of it right away, the extra water in you home can cause electrical hazards and expensive damage to your home. It can also lead to the growth of hazardous mold. Therefore, when the worst happens, you need to call our experts at SERVPRO of Palm Desert so that we can come in with our professionals and equipment to dry out your home as quickly as possible.
When your home floods it can be one of the most destructive forms of damage you can experience.
We also understand that it is a very stressful time. That is why our team of caring, trained and professional Water Damage Technicians is here when you need us at any time. We will lead you through the process, step by step, and do all that is needed efficiently and quickly, so we can get your home and life back to normal as soon as possible. When the unexpected happens, we at SERVPRO of Palm Desert can be to your home quickly to get you home cleaned up. With our rapid response, your walls, floors, and personal property will have a much better chance of being restored to its original state.
Sources from outside or inside the structure can cause water intrusions to your home. Excessive rain can over saturate the ground, which results in hydrostatic pressure. This happens when the moisture outside your home or foundational wall is greater than the pressure inside. Since water naturally seeks out lower pressure, this can result in foundational leaks, and even cracking. We use professional equipment at SERVPRO of Palm Desert to efficiently and quickly remove the water before it begins to cause damage to your structure and other, secondary water problems. We will also bring in dehumidifiers which work to get rid of any moisture and start moving the air to assist in drying out your home. Once the water and moisture are entirely removed, we clean, sanitize and treat with an antimicrobial agent to ensure that you don't experience any mold growth. We work with you each step of the way and can also work with your insurance company so that your claim gets processed as fast as possible.
When you experience any flood damage, contact us right away at SERVPRO of Palm Desert so that we can quickly come out and restore your property. We have the skilled technicians on hand at all hours to assist you when you call us at 760-346-7270.
Helping Schools Provide Clean, Healthy Environments
Back to School season is here!
Educational institutions can depend on their local SERVPRO of Palm Desert for fast, thorough service in the event of fire, water or mold damage. With 24-hour emergency response, SERVPRO of Palm Desert provides mitigation, cleanup and restoration services to reduce recovery costs and to help ensure minimal interruption to you curriculum. Your local SERVPRO of Palm Desert also provides expert cleaning for emergencies or special needs exceeding routine janitorial capabilities, including stain removal, upholstery and drapery dry cleaning, indoor air quality and vandalism cleanup. Our professionals are trained to clean and sanitize building materials, surfaces and contents following restoration industry standards, using professional cleaning products and EPA registered cleaners and disinfectants. We are trusted by hundreds of insurance companies nationwide. We have served the Coachella Valley since 1967. Call us today for a free estimate.
Dryer Vent Cleaning
Check your dryer vent on a regular basis.
Excessive lint build up occurs slowly and gradually. You don't realize it is happening. You think that by cleaning out the lint filter after each use you are doing your job and maintaining the dryer. Not quite!
A full load of wet clothes contains about a half gallon of water. Lint is created from the clothes as water is removed during the drying process. This lint will build up in crevices deep down inside the lint filter trap, and all along the dryer vent hose. At the end of the day, your dryer is the number 1 source of fire in the home.
In 1999 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC) developed a report called the “Report on Electric and Gas Clothes Dryers.” In that report, they determined that of the 15,000 fires studied in one year, electric dryers were over 2.5 times more likely to be the cause of the fire than gas dryer. Fires originated most frequently from two places: dryer venting and the lint trap.
What are the warning signs that dangerous lint build-up is occurring in your dryer and venting system? Well, the symptoms may include:
* Clothes take longer and longer to dry
* Clothes don't fully dry
* Clothes are hotter than normal at the end of the drying cycle
* The outside of dryer gets very hot
* The outside exhaust vent flapper does not open very much indicating low exhaust velocity
* Laundry room becomes more humid than it is usually
* Burnt smell is evident in the laundry room
Give us a call at SERVPRO of Palm Desert and we will help you eliminate this fire hazard in your home.
Why Do Carpets Seem to Smell Worse in Hot Weather?
Odors in Carpet Increase in Hot Weather
As the Hot Weather increases so does a little known issue that many SERVPRO carpet cleaners have run into in their daily cleanings. The reason carpets seem to have an odor in hot weather is the volatile compounds, the source of the majority of all odors - become much more easily airborne as the room temperature increases. Bacteria grows quickly as temperatures rise, so a carpet that has no detectable odor before you arrive on the job might soon smell after a hot water extraction.
That's why, for example, an area of carpet soiled by a pet in the winter might not be noticed until it gets warmer in the spring. When a carpet cleaner cleans this hidden urine spot with hot water, the heat and moisture provides food to the bacteria that feeds on urine residues and they start to multiply. Bacteria also feeds on food residues, such as a glass of milk spilled in the winter that was blotted, but not fully cleaned. This kind of soil can smell sour after carpet cleaning. Bacteria multiply very rapidly once activated, thus causing odors to appear quickly.
SERVPRO of Palm Desert technicians have the ability to use their SERVPRO products to deal with these stains and unpleasant odors and clean your carpets "Like it never even happened."
Sound the Alarm, Save A Life
Team up with SERVPRO of Palm Desert, The American Red Cross and our local Fire Department
Sound the Alarm, Save a Life!
Every day 7 people die in home fires. You can help change that. This fall, the American Red Cross will team up with fire departments, volunteers, and partners to Sound the Alarm with home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events. Volunteers will install 100,000 FREE smoke alarms in more than 100 at-risk communities across the country. The American Red Cross will also mark a major milestone - they will reach the 1-millionth smoke alarm installation since 2014!!
Help us in helping The American Red Cross "Sound the Alarm" about fire safety and prevent these needless tragedies.
SERVPRO began a National partnership in March of 2013 with the American Red Cross as the largest corporate sponsor for the Ready Rating Program. SERVPRO has renewed our commitment to the Red Cross by supporting the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. The Home Fire Preparedness Campaign aligns with SERVPRO of Palm Desert residential market and is aimed at reducing home fire deaths and injuries across the Coachella Valley.
Go to soundthealarm.org to learn how you can make a difference.
2017 Nine Cities Blood Drive Challenge
Ronda Henry, SERVPRO of Palm Desert, giving blood at the Nine Cities Blood Drive Challenge
The 2017 Nine Cities Blood Drive Challenge is on! Coachella Valley communities are going head-to-head to collect the most LifeStream blood donations to assist local hospital patients. Our very own, Ronda Henry of SERVPRO of Palm Desert gave her donation this past weekend at the Palm Desert Community Center.
Speaking of challenges, summer is the most challenging time of year for hospitals to maintain ample blood supplies for emergency and everyday needs. Your help at this time is especially critical!
Round up the neighbors – donate blood – make your city #1!
Those who give the gift of blood are helping everybody. Donating blood is one act in which society prospers. Think about it – there are no specifics from donors when it comes to giving blood, no questions as to their motivation, and no limits on the gratitude of those on the receiving end of this priceless gift. Clearly, blood donation matters. At SERVPRO of Palm Desert, we care about saving lives in our Coachella Valley.
Nine Cities Blood Drive Challenge Schedule:
PALM DESERT: Saturday, July 8, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Community Center, 43900 San Pablo Ave.
COACHELLA: Thursday, July 13, 12:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Senior Center, 1540 7th St.
CATHEDRAL CITY: Friday, July 14, 12 – 6 p.m.
library, 33520 Date Palm Drive
LA QUINTA: Saturday, July 15, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Wellness Center, 78450 Avenida la Fonda
PALM SPRINGS: Wednesday, July 19, 12 – 6 p.m.
Palm Springs Teachers’ Association, 180 N. Luring Drive
INDIAN WELLS: Friday, July 21, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Indian Wells Golf Resort, 44500 Indian Wells Lane
RANCHO MIRAGE: Wednesday, July 26, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
library, 71100 Highway 111
INDIO: Thursday, July 27, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Teen Center, 81678 Ave. 46
DESERT HOT SPRINGS: Saturday, July 29, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Health and Wellness Center, 11750 Cholla Drive
For more information or to make an appointment to give blood, call 800-879-4484.