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How To Stay Safe In The Summer Heat

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

It’s summer in Northeast Ohio – FINALLY! And that means we want to be outside, soaking up the sun as much as possible before we blink and it’s winter again!

With longer days, we can expect hotter temperatures as well, and that can get dangerous if you are not paying close attention. Here are some helpful tips to keep yourself and loved ones safe this summer:

  • NEVER leave a child or pet inside a hot car. Even with the windows cracked, temperatures can get well above 120 degrees inside the vehicle when the outdoor temperature is only 75 degrees.
  • Drink a LOT of water! You must stay hydrated and avoid drinks with caffeine and alcohol because those can quickly dehydrate you.
  • Try wearing light colored and loose-fitting clothing that will allow your skin to “breathe”. Dark colors can absorb sunlight and make you feel much hotter.
  • Beware of the hottest part of the day which is typically from 3 pm to 5 pm when the sun’s rays reach the earth the strongest. Try to take frequent breaks from outdoor activities during those times.
  • If you must work outdoors, make sure you are not alone. It is always better to have a buddy with you to remind one another to take breaks and hydrate in the shade.
  • Check on neighbors, friends, and relatives who live alone and may not have air conditioning. Make sure they are drinking plenty of fluids and staying as cool as possible
  • If someone does not have air conditioning, encourage them to seek out relief during the hottest part of the day in places like the library, movie theater, mall, etc.

Heat Exhaustion is real and can be dangerous. If someone is showing symptoms of heat exhaustion such as cool, damp, pale or flushed skin, sweating heavily, headache, nausea, dizziness, physical weakness, etc. it is important to move them to a cooler place right away and work on getting them cooler as quickly as possible. Use a fan, remove heavy clothing, apply cool, wet towels to the skin, give small amounts of cool water to drink, and monitor them closely. If the person worsens in any way, call 9-1-1 right away.

Heat Stroke can be life threatening. Signs include hot, red skin, going in and out of consciousness, vomiting, and high body temperature. Move the person to a cooler place and call 9-1-1 immediately. Douse the person with cold water, wet towels, or even bags of ice.

Remember – the summer is supposed to be fun in the sun! Keep yourself and everyone around safe by staying aware and knowing the signs of something dangerous. Have a great summer, and call SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498 We’re here to help!

Summertime in Cleveland

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

While it certainly seemed like winter would never go away this year, now it feels like we skipped over spring and hopped right into summer!

With school out, we know it is that time of year to look for all of the great outdoor community events, and we have some great lists for you to check out when you are planning your weekends throughout this summer.

Legacy Village in Lyndhurst is always a hot spot for tons of events, whether you just want to stop by for their Food Trucks Mondays and have a taste of what our great local rolling cuisine has to offer, or you are interested in checking out the talented local musicians spot-lighted each weekend like Revolution Pie, local Beatles tribute band, on June 22nd, you won’t be disappointed! Check out Legacy Village’s events calendar here, and plan your weekends for the rest of the summer!

If you love local artists, vintage finds, food trucks, and even some cocktails, you have to put The Cleveland Flea on your summer calendar! It is only one dollar to gain entry to some of the coolest local finds and yummy treats our great city has to offer. It is the perfect activity for those of all ages. Looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift? Stop by the Cleveland Flea this coming weekend, and you are sure to find gifts for guys with all interests. Be sure to look at  their event calendar to add them to your list this summer! 

If hitting all the incredible summer festivals is on your to-do list in 2018, check out this comprehensive list that even has reviews of all the festivals, so you can know before you go! Have you ever been to a Banana Split Festival? This summer is your chance! Is the classic Rib Burn Off more your style? There are a couple of those. You’ll have your choice of several Strawberry Festivals, as well as a plethora of varied cultural fests to attend. Bacon Festival, Beerfest, and several Art Fests also make the cut. The biggest dilemma you’ll have is choosing among them all!

Whatever you do this summer, make sure to enjoy the long days while we have them, and remember to call SERVPRO of Beachwood/Shaker Heights/Cleveland Heights; we’re here to help! 216-464-4498

Is It Illegal To Warm Your Car Up in Ohio?

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know it is illegal to warm up your car in the State of Ohio?

"A law enacted in 2004 to combat car thefts says it is illegal to leave a vehicle unattended while the motor is running. Being caught walking away from your vehicle as the ice melts off your windshield could result in a minor misdemeanor.

The law precludes a clause for private property. Meaning idling your car in your driveway could also be a no-no in the eyes of the law." 

We found this story at: http://www.cleveland19.com/story/37174709/yes-warming-up-your-car-is-illegal-in-ohio?utm_content=buffer631b3&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer.  Please click this link to read the entire story....very interesting! Thank you Cleveland 19 News for keeping us informed!

How to drive in a flood

8/27/2017 (Permalink)

There are floods right now in Southwest Florida. Floods can happen here in Ohio too. There are somethings to keep in mind in case of a flood here in Ohio (or if you are traveling in an area that floods!)

This is a great reminder about driving through water after a disaster:

“After a storm, many roads may be flooded. Avoid driving through these areas, especially when the water is moving fast. Drownings can result from driving through water. In fact, as little as six inches of water may cause you to lose control of your vehicle, and as little as two feet of water will carry most cars away.” (Source: http://www.cdc.gov/disasters/psa/driving.html).

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights at 216-464-4498….here to help! Let our professional team do the cleanup with the proper procedures to keep you, your home or company safe.

How to store food safely in the summer

8/11/2017 (Permalink)

“Refrigerate or freeze perishables right away. Foods that require refrigeration should be put in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home. Stick to the "two-hour rule" for leaving items needing refrigeration out at room temperature. Never allow meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, or produce or other foods that require refrigeration to sit at room temperature for more than two hours—one hour if the air temperature is above 90° F. This also applies to items such as leftovers, "doggie bags," and take-out foods. Also, when putting food away, don't crowd the refrigerator or freezer so tightly that air can't circulate.

Keep your appliances at the proper temperatures. Keep the refrigerator temperature at or below 40° F (4° C). The freezer temperature should be 0° F (-18° C). Check temperatures periodically. Appliance thermometers are the best way of knowing these temperatures and are generally inexpensive.

Check storage directions on labels. Many items other than meats, vegetables, and dairy products need to be kept cold. If you've neglected to properly refrigerate something, it's usually best to throw it out.”

This is just the beginning of the online article.  For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm093704.htm

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Things to do around town

7/30/2017 (Permalink)

Hey local residents! We here at SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights were browsing some local events and came across a few that sounded like fun! If you’re in the South Euclid area the Brush PTSA is holding a fundraiser carnival.

“On May 6, Mama Catena’s Restaurant in Euclid experienced a devastating fire at their beloved restaurant.  Mama and Papa are heartbroken while awaiting the time when the restaurant can reopen.  In the meantime, they have agreed to volunteer to prepare a special pasta lunch for our First Family Fun Carnival that will be prepared with the help of Brush High PTSA and students!  Seats are limited to 75 so call to reserve your spot now.” (For more information visit: https://www.communitypartnershiponaging.org/cpa-and-brush-high-school-ptsa-family-fun-carnival/)

In addition,  If you’re free on Saturday August 12, 2017, Pepper Pike is having a Movie in the Park Night! They will be featuring the movie La La Land at the Pepper Pike Park at 8:30pm. We haven’t checked this movie out yet, but maybe we will see you there!

Upcoming Hazardous Waste Disposal

7/29/2017 (Permalink)

As we have talked about in our blogs there are certain household items that really should not be discarded in the normal garbage. They pose dangers when put into landfills just as they pose dangers laying around inside your home or garage. Items such as:

"oil or solvent-based paints, sealers, primers, varnishes, polyurethanes, shellacs, spray paints, automotive fluids, kerosene, gasoline, lighter fluid, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, paint thinners, mineral spirits, turpentine, caustic household cleaners, adhesives, roof tar, driveway sealer, and mercury."

This includes CFL bulbs as we discussed in a recent post! The city of Shaker Heights is accepting these items in a local round up and will safely discard them for you. Bring your items to 15600 Chagrin Blvd on: Sept 16,17,23, or 24 from 8:00am-4:00pm

We highly encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to keep everyone safe! 

Let’s talk about LIGHTBULBS

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

You may have heard of or use CFL (compact fluorescent light) bulbs in your home. They can save you money on your electric bill and can also last longer but there are a few specifics you should know about these. What you may not know is that these bulbs contain small amounts of mercury and therefor need to be disposed of properly to protect you and your family as well as the environment. 

“CFLs should never be discarded with household trash. The environmental Protection agency recommends that consumers use local recycling options for CFLs. Contact your local government or visit epa.gov/cfl/cflrecycling to identify local recycling options”

“CFLs are made of glass and can break. be careful when removing from packaging and installing or removing from a socket. if a CFL breaks: 

  • Open a window to allow the room to air out for
    5–10 minutes.
  • People and pets should leave the room.
  • turn off forced air heating and/or air conditioning
  • collect broken glass and visible powder using stiff
    cardboard, tape or a damp paper towel.
  • Place the debris in a glass jar or a plastic bag in a
    safe location outside until you can dispose of it.
  • Contact your local government to find out how
    to dispose of the debris
  • Continue airing out the room for several hours”

For more information on CFL bulb safety visit: http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/files/public-education/resources/safety-tip-sheets/lightbulbsafetytips.pdf?la=en

Many cities offer hazard waste disposal. In Shaker Heights they will be collecting household hazard items including CFL’s on September 16,17,23,24 from 8:00am-4:00pm at 15600 Chagrin Blvd. 

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights 216-464-4498….here to help! 

Cain Park Concert Series-Cleveland Heights Ohio

7/17/2017 (Permalink)

Come out, enjoy and relax at a concert.  SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights will try to attend too! Cain Park has a wonderful website located at http://www.cainpark.com/index.aspx?page=11 to check out the concert dates.

The following was copied directly from http://www.cainpark.com/index.aspx?page=699: "Cain Park is a summer performing art park owned and operated by the City of Cleveland Heights.

No ordinary City park, Cain Park begins where most leave off: an outdoor, intimate, covered theater similar to a mid-sized off-Broadway space (Alma Theater); an outdoor covered amphitheater (Evans Amphitheater); an air-conditioned art gallery (Audrey & Harvey Feinberg Art Gallery), and outstanding programming that includes professional theatrical productions, a nationally recognized Arts Festival, cabaret series, professional dance companies, children's programming, and concerts featuring national, regional, and local performers.

In December 2004, Cleveland Magazine included Cain Park as One of 19 Reasons to Cross the River:
"There's nothing quite like Cain Park west of the river. During its summer-long season, you can sit in the airy, intimate Evans Amphitheater or, better yet, recline on your own blanket on the grassy slope that climbs gently upward from the theater while you watch local dance troupes cavort and leap or lose yourself in live concerts of folk, jazz, klezmer, blues, bluegrass, Latin and a little bit of everything else by local and national acts. Cain Park also features 22 acres of bike and jogging paths, tennis and basketball courts, a playground, a skate park and picnic tables and pavilions -- but it's eclectic music under the stars that really makes it unique."

Staying Cool In The Summer Heat

7/15/2017 (Permalink)

“We've all been there—tossing and turning in bed, struggling because our sweat has us practically glued to the sheets. It is awful. There are few things worse than trying to catch some shut-eye (or even just relax!) in an incredibly hot, sticky room. But brutal summer temps are unavoidable for most of us at some point in the year. So how to cool down a room without AC? It's possible, we swear! A few quick tips and trips, a bunch of which you've probably never heard, can mean the difference between a sleepless night in a borderline sauna and some blissful zzzs. So what are we going to cover? (Well, not ourselves, obviously.) Things like how to use the freezer to your advantage (it's not what you think), getting low (to the ground, that is), and getting extra creative with grains. Confused? Just read on. It will all make sense.” For more information, please continue reading at: https://greatist.com/happiness/tricks-to-sleep-in-the-heat

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WiFi Enabled Benches Installed In Shaker Heights Park

6/25/2017 (Permalink)

Similar to SERVPRO of Beachwood, the city of Shaker Heights is using advances in technology to better serve the public. “The city has recently installed two brand new, high tech, solar powered, phone charging, park benches in Hildana Park on Chagrin Boulevard, west of Lee Road in the Moreland neighborhood. The new benches, called Soofa, are the product of an MIT spinoff also called Soofa. The benches also provide internet access to citizens.

“Shaker Heights is a progressive community keeping an eye on the demand for today’s technology. Expanding connectivity into a public park seemed like a great place to get the ball rolling,” says Council Member Anne Williams, chair of the neighborhood revitalization committee in a statement.

For more information, please continue reading at: https://patch.com/ohio/shakerheights/wifi-enabled-benches-installed-shaker-heights-park

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How to Prep Your Home for a Safe, Hazard-free Summer

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

“Unfortunately, like all seasons, summer does come with its own risks. From scorching temperatures to disease-carrying pests, there are seasonal hazards to watch out for. Luckily, you can take steps to prepare your home and reduce your chances of running into problems!

This guide will lead the way to a safe, fun-filled summer by helping you prepare your home from top to bottom. It will help you find vulnerabilities on the outside and inside, as well as special considerations to keep in mind for children, seniors, those with special needs and pets. Many of these steps can easily be done by you, but don’t hesitate to consult a professional for the big tasks.”

For more information, please continue reading at: https://www.redfin.com/blog/2016/06/how-to-prep-your-home-to-avoid-summer-hazards.html

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Beachwood Council discusses program to help seniors, disabled bring garbage containers curbside

6/10/2017 (Permalink)

“City Council President Martin Horwitz said that there is "strong support" among council for a program that would help seniors put their trash containers curbside on collection day, but said that some details need to first be worked out before such a program could be implemented.

Council's Committee-of-the Whole met to discuss the subject June 5 and members had several questions about how the program might work. Those questions included who would be eligible for the service, how much additional manpower would the service department need to carry out the job, and how much would it cost.

The estimated cost of the program discussed at the meeting was $200,000.”

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.cleveland.com/beachwood/index.ssf/2017/06/beachwood_council_discusses_pr.html#incart_river_index

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Plants that Could Keep Pests Out Of Your Garden

6/6/2017 (Permalink)

“Rosemary

Rosemary is a hearty plant that can live for years. In a garden, it can help ward off cabbage moths, bean beetles, carrot flies and root knot nematodes. If you're barbecuing in the summer, you can also put some of it on the grill to scare away mosquitoes.

Mint

Mint's strong smell is exceptionally unattractive to a number of critters, including ants, aphids, rodents, cabbage worms and cabbage moths. Best of all, it's a great herb to have around the house, as you can use it in cooking.

Basil

Every home chef can benefit from a fresh supply of basil and so can any garden. This delicious, leafy herb repels aphids, flies, thirps, mosquitoes, tomato worms and mites.”

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.gardenguides.com/83034-plants-deter-pests-garden.html

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights can be reached at 216-464-4498.

Legacy Village Free Summer Concert Schedule

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

“Legacy Village's free summer concert series, 'Legacy Live', returns on Friday, May 26th 2017 and continues every Friday and Saturday through September 9th 2017. With more than 30 free concerts planned throughout the summer, concert-goers will enjoy a mix of their favorite live music, from pop and Motown to rock and R&B. 'Legacy Live' concerts run from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM.”   "There's a great sense of community and an amazing ambience that attracts 'Legacy Live' concert-goers to what has become one of Northeast Ohio's most popular free concert series," said Legacy Village General Manager Susan Windle. "The Legacy Village Lawn comes alive with families, friends and couples who often make dining at one of the center's restaurants part of their 'Legacy Live' tradition."

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.lyndhurst-oh.com/printnews_2017/printnews35.html

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Ongoing Issues with Cleveland Heights Sewer System

5/10/2017 (Permalink)

“The public is invited to attend a May 16 community meeting with city, state and federal officials regarding a proposed Consent Decree settlement over ongoing issues with the sewer system.

City officials previously announced the meeting, set for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Community Center through a May 5 email blast to residents.

There, officials will "present information regarding plans to improve the city's sewer system to comply with the Clean Water Act."

The meeting, which will also be videotaped for local channel 20 and YouTube, "will have presentations from environmental professionals and the city regarding the maintenance, operation and management of the city's 100-year-old sewer system and the impact these measures will have on the sewer rate."

 

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.cleveland.com/cleveland-heights/index.ssf/2017/05/cleveland_heights_to_hold_may.html

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Memorial Day Parade In Shaker Heights, Ohio

4/17/2017 (Permalink)

Are you a resident in or around one of the neighboring communities to Shaker Heights?  Shaker is a community with many family friendly events throughout the entire summer.  On Monday May 29th at 9am Shaker Heights will have their annual Memorial Day Parade. “Be part of Shaker’s Memorial Day commemoration and ceremony at the flagpole in front of City Hall, then join friends and neighbors to watch the parade along Van Aken Boulevard to Thornton Park.” Afterwards there are many restaurants in Shaker Heights to enjoy lunch, or have a nice walk in one of their many parks.  For more information, please continue reading at: http://shakerlife.shakeronline.com/spring-2017/#/76/

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights can be reached at 216-464-4498.

Weather Terms

4/3/2017 (Permalink)

Spring season has arrived in Northeast Ohio.  There are many terms issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) you will here on the radio or TV.  News Net 5 posted on their website a guide that defines these terms.  We listed a few below, but recommend you click on the link to continue reading more of the information they provided: http://www.newsnet5.com/weather/weather-news/severe-weather-guide-be-storm-ready-with-the-power-of-5-weather-team

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH - Severe weather has the potential to occur. You should *watch out* for bad weather to happen. Watches are typically issued before any thunderstorms develop, and are issued for a longer period of time (6-8 hours on average).
While a Watch does not mean bad weather will happen for sure, it means the conditions could rapidly change and the atmosphere is primed for severe weather. This could mean things like hail, straight-line wind gusts and even flooding.  

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING - This is your call to action, to do something. Severe weather has been spotted or about to happen and it could impact you. Warnings cover a smaller geographic area and are usually only issued for small chunks of time (on average, 20-30 minutes).”

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Stay Safe In Crowded Places Cleveland Ohio

3/31/2017 (Permalink)

With warm weather right around the corner, this is the time of year we are most active.  We enjoy going to our favorite amusement parks, baseball games, and concerts.  Here are a few things to help keep you and your loved ones safe during these warm months.



  1. “Be aware of your surroundings. Know where the exits are located and spend just a few seconds mapping out a potential exit route.

  2. Arrange a meeting place with friends and family. This is a good idea in any crowded place, under any circumstances. People get separated in crowds.

  3. Review landmarks. Panicked situations can lead to disorientation. Look for a couple of landmarks so that you can remain oriented. Landmarks are also good meeting places."


Source: http://www.1800prepare.com/blog/safety-in-crowded-places/


Please click the link above to continue reading the online article for more information.


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Join SERVPRO Industries, Inc. in support of the American Red Cross

3/30/2017 (Permalink)

Each year, the Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters — the majority of which are home fires. Whether a disaster impacts a single family or a hundred, the Red Cross is there when people need our help the most. The Red Cross doesn’t just help families recover from disaster; they also prepare communities before home fires strike. Believe it or not, home fires kill more Americans than all other disasters combined. The Red Cross is working to prevent these needless losses through the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.


Join SERVPRO Industries in support of the American Red Cross by making a gift to support Home Fire Relief. Your gift to Home Fire Relief will support communities like ours nationwide by providing families and communities with the lifesaving tools and information they need to prevent and prepare for home fires, as well as offer critical recovery services to those impacted by home fires. Together, we can better prepare our community for home fires and support families who experience them. Thank you in advance for your support. 


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Rain Facts

3/29/2017 (Permalink)

Spring is here which means rain is too, in Cleveland Ohio.   We found this website that had some very interesting rain facts.  We thought we would share a snippet.  Click on this link to read more of what is provided below: http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/weather/rain.html

  • “The highest amount of rainfall ever recorded in 24 hours is 182.5 centimetres (71.9 inches) in Foc-Foc, La Réunion. This occurred during tropical cyclone Denise on January 8, 1966.
  • The highest amount of rainfall ever recorded in one year is 25.4 meters (1000 inches) in Cherrapunji, India.
  • Antarcticais the driest continent on Earth.
  • Heavy rain can cause flooding and landslides.
  • Rain allows us to create electricity through
  • Plantsneed water in order to survive, they receive much of this water from rain.
  • Forests that experience high levels of rainfall are called
  • Rain with high levels of acid (a low pH) is called acid rain. Caused by the release of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides into the air (often from factories and power stations), it can be harmful to plants and animals.”

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What Food Is Safe After A Power Outage?

3/13/2017 (Permalink)

Ever wonder about the food in your refrigerator after the storm and the power goes out?  What should you keep and what should you throw out?  We found this blog on Safeco Insurance’s website: http://www.safeco.com/blog-detail/food-safety-power-outage/1240030252311


This is just a tidbit of the online article.  Please click the link above for the entire article.


When the lights blink back on, don’t just assume everything is OK. A few checks are in order first, especially if the power has been out for more than four hours. What’s not in order? Taste testing. You should never taste food to determine if it’s safe. Instead, follow these tips.



  • Meat, poultry and seafood: Discard raw or leftover cooked meat, poultry, fish or seafood that may have been above 40 degrees Fahrenheit for two hours or more. Same goes for thawing meat or poultry, along with tuna, shrimp, chicken or egg salad.
     

  • Dairy: Toss milk, cream, sour cream, yogurt and soy milk that may have been above 40 degrees for two hours or more. Butter and margarine are likely safe to keep.
     

  • Cheese: Discard soft cheeses, such as bleu, Brie, cottage and others, if they may have been above 40 degrees for two hours or more. Hard cheeses and processed cheeses should be safe.
     

  • Sauces and condiments: Mayonnaise, tartar sauce and horseradish should go in the trash if they may have been above 50 degrees for more than eight hours. Toss creamy dressings such as ranch, but vinegar-based dressings may be safe to keep. Items such as peanut butter, jelly, relish, ketchup, barbecue sauce and pickles are typically safe.
     

  • Frozen food: Evaluate frozen (or now partially frozen) items individually. If the food still contains ice crystals, or is has stayed at or below 40 degrees, it should be safe to refreeze.”


 

Do You Understand Lake Effect Snow?

3/2/2017 (Permalink)

“You don't need a meteorologist to tell you what lake-effect snow is: it's snow that's, um, caused by a lake, right? As it turns out, things are a teensy bit more complicated than that, and if you live in one of the states bordering the Great Lakes that are forever getting clobbered by the stuff — or even if you just marvel at the footage of the latest white-out to hit those luckless places — it can help to know what's actually going on.

Lake-effect snow starts the way so much other winter misery does, with a blast of Arctic air descending on us from the north. Water temperature, even in the Great Lakes in winter, is generally higher than air temperature, since water retains heat longer than air does, and the long, slow warming from the summer months tends to linger. Sometimes the difference in temperature — what's known as the lapse rate — between the onrushing Arctic air and both the water and the thin layer of local air just above it can be as much as 25ºF (14ºC). That gets things churning in a lot of ways.”

For more information, please continue reading online at:   http://time.com/3594842/lake-effect-snow/

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Spring Rain in Cleveland Ohio

2/18/2017 (Permalink)

 

While spring brings the promise of warm weather and longer days, it also brings a variety of conditions that can include heavy rains, severe weather, and rapid snowmelt that can increase your flood risk. Don’t be caught off guard. Get the facts. Know the risks. Take action to protect yourself, your family, your business, and your finances—before a weather event occurs and it’s too late.

SPRING FLOOD RISKS

Spring Thaw.

Warmer temperatures and resulting snow melt can produce large amounts of runoff in a short period of time, as each cubic foot of compacted snow contains gallons of water. During the early spring, frozen land prevents melting snow or rainfall from seeping into the ground. The water then runs off the surface and flows into lakes, streams, and rivers, causing excess water to spill over their banks. Add seasonal storms to the mix, and the result is often severe spring flooding.

Spring Rains.

Spring storms can bring several inches of precipitation in just hours or can stall out over an area for days. These heavy rains can lead to severe flooding by oversaturating the ground, overfilling storm drains, or causing rivers to spill over their banks or levees.

Flash Flooding.

A flash flood is a rapid flooding of low-lying areas in less than six hours, which is caused by intense rainfall from a thunderstorm or several thunderstorms. Flash floods can also occur when there are drought-like conditions.

Levees and Dams.

The U.S. has thousands of miles of levees and dams that are designed to protect against a certain level of flooding. These structures can erode and weaken over time, and they can also be overtopped—or even fail—during larger flood events.”

Please click on this FEMA link to continue reading: https://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/Spring_Flood_Fact_Sheet.pdf

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Invisible Household Dangers

2/15/2017 (Permalink)

“You may have detected subtle hints that something might by awry: a persistent cough that seems related to the musty smell in your basement, the dastardly scent lingering on your hands after using the kitchen sponge, mysterious-looking paint flakes exposed deep beneath the top layer.

The good news about potential health hazards around the house is that they are easy to uncover, and relatively inexpensive to correct. And the mental benefits of being proactive about these dangers are abundant. No more sleepless nights, and no more wondering whether your child is bathing in water that flowed through lead pipes. These are some of the most common–and easiest to correct–household hazards that may be lingering in your home.

  1. Kitchen Sponges

The sad truth is that unless you’re diligent about sanitizing them often, kitchen sponges often carry more germs than toilet seats. According to Kenneth Bock’s The Germ Survival Guide, sponges can harbor more than 100,000 bacteria, including food-borne diseases that you’ve wiped off the counter. You should (very regularly) toss them in the dishwasher, replace them, or zap them in the microwave for two minutes.”

Please continue reading this article at: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/11-hidden-household-dangers.html

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Improving Your Shaker Heights Home or Property

2/9/2017 (Permalink)

“Living in and loving a Shaker home can be a major undertaking.

To make the effort worthwhile and the result magnificent, take advantage of Shaker's City Services. Information on historic preservation of an older home is available on the Landmark Commission page and on the Resources page. Qualified rehabbers can receive special incentives through the Shaker Renovator Program.

Residential Improvements

So, you're planning an improvement project for your home. What do you do first?

First, find out whether the project is something you can tackle yourself. The Resource Center, located at City Hall, 3400 Lee Road, is a good place to start your research. Once you've determined whether you want to do the work yourself or hire a professional, you may want to find out what sort of financial help is available to you. The City has a number of financial incentive programs. “  

For more information, please continue reading this article at: http://www.shakeronline.com/for-residents/home-property-improvements

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Get you home ready for your vacation

2/3/2017 (Permalink)

“Vacations can be an amazing opportunity to relax and unwind but they also require a bit of prep work. After all, you can’t just leave for days of bliss without first getting your home in order. So before you set out on your vacation, make sure your home is ready for the time apart. Here are a few things you should do around your home before going on vacation.

  1. Leave keys with a trustworthy neighbor. One of the first things you should do when planning a trip is to inform someone of your plans. They don’t necessarily need a full itinerary, but should have a head’s up in case of emergency. A neighbor is a great choice because they cannot only keep an eye on your house, but also collect mail and perform occasional duties.”

 

For more information, please continue reading this online article at: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/07/25/10-things-to-do-to-your-home-before-going-on-vacation/

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Does Insurance Cover Floods?

1/24/2017 (Permalink)

  • "According to The Insurance Information Institute “Standard homeowners and renters insurance does not cover flood damage: Flood damage is excluded under standard homeowner’s policies, although it is covered under the comprehensive section of a standard auto insurance policy. Only a flood insurance policy, available to homeowners and renters through the federal government, will cover flood-related losses.
  • Flood insurance is easy to purchase: Federal flood insurance policies can be purchased directly from an insurance agent or a company representative, and are available to communities that participate in the National Flood Insurance Program. Nearly 100 insurance companies write and service NFIP policies. In order to find an agent or company servicing your area, visit floodsmart.gov or call (888) 379-9531.  Flood insurance is available on a replacement cost basis for the structure of the home and on an actual cash value basis for personal property.”

Please click this link to continue reading the online article http://www.iii.org/article/facts-about-flood-insurance

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Keeping Pets Safe in Cold Weather

1/11/2017 (Permalink)

“Indoor pet tips:

During severe weather, dogs should be let out only to relieve themselves. Cats should be kept indoors at all times.

Remove ice, salt and caked mud from your pet's paws and coat immediately.

Before walks, put Vaseline or doggie shoes on your dogs' paws to protect him/her from sidewalk salt and chemicals; wipe the Vaseline off when back inside.

Make sure your pet’s bed is not on the floor in a cold or drafty area of your home.

Indoor dogs typically receive less exercise during cold weather and therefore may require fewer calories; feed smaller portions in order to avoid weight gain.

Indoor exercise playgroups are a great option to keep your pet active on cold days.

Outdoor pet tips:

Minnesota state law governs all companion animals be provided shelter from the elements. In severe weather, allow your pet to be in your house or garage.

Outdoor pets typically need more food in cold weather because they must burn more calories to keep warm.

Check for frostbite, especially on paws and ears.

Make sure your pet’s water is never frozen.

Keep an eye out for and clean up all antifreeze spills—one lick of the sweet-tasting fluid can be fatal to an animal.

Cats have been known to climb onto vehicle engines for warmth; knock on the hood of your car before starting the engine if you suspect your cat could be inside.

Watch for signs of hypothermia—weak pulse, dilated pupils, decreased heart rate, extreme shivering, pale or blue mucous membranes, body temperature below 95 degrees, stupor and unconsciousness. Consequences of extreme hypothermia may include neurological problems including coma, heart problems and kidney failure.”

For more information, please continue reading this online article at: https://www.animalhumanesociety.org/news/keeping-pets-safe-cold-weather-0

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Snow Shoveling Safety

1/1/2017 (Permalink)

“With really big snow storms – and even everyday, run-of-the-mill snowfalls – comes a risk of death by shoveling. According to CBS News in Chicago, by early February 2015, around 18 people in the Chicago area had died in snow shoveling-related incidents. They ranged in age from their 40s to 75. Nationwide, snow shoveling is responsible for thousands of injuries and as many as 100 deaths each year.

So, why so many deaths? Shoveling snow is just another household chore, right?

Not at all, says Harvard Health Executive Editor Patrick J. Skerrett."

"Picking up a shovel and moving hundreds of pounds of snow, particularly after doing nothing physical for several months, can put a big strain on the heart," Skerrett wrote in February 2013.

Pushing a heavy snow blower also can cause injury. And, there's the cold factor. Cold weather can increase heart rate and blood pressure. It can make blood clot more easily and constrict arteries, which decreases blood supply. This is true even in healthy people. Individuals over the age of 40 or who are relatively inactive should be particularly careful.

National Safety Council recommends the following tips to shovel safely.

Do not shovel after eating or while smoking

Take it slow and stretch out before you begin

Shovel only fresh, powdery snow; it's lighter

Push the snow rather than lifting it

If you do lift it, use a small shovel or only partially fill the shovel

Lift with your legs, not your back

Do not work to the point of exhaustion

 

Don't pick up that shovel without a doctor's permission if you have a history of heart disease. If you feel tightness in the chest or dizziness, stop immediately. A clear driveway is not worth your life.”

For more information, please continue reading at http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/news-and-resources-snow-shoveling.aspx

 

Tips-Saving Money on Energy Costs During The Winter

12/21/2016 (Permalink)

“While setting the thermostat to the right temperatures can improve the comfort of one’s home, it is not the only way to do so. Other ways for a homeowner to minimize energy usage and costs, while improving the overall environment inside of his or her home include:

  • Wear warmer clothing and consider setting the temperature to lower than 72 degrees to see more savings on energy bills.
  • Inspect and regularly replace filters.
  • Get an inspection and furnace tune up before the arrival of winter to get the furnace ready for the season.
  • Inspect the home for drafts and leaks. Seal up any cracks, holes or gaps in the home’s entryways, walls, and foundation to prevent thermal energy from escaping.
  • Use weather stripping on doors and windows that are used frequently.
  • Caulk or seal the windows and any unused exterior doors.
  • Set the water tank temperature to 120 degrees to reduce thermal energy costs.
  • Open the curtains or blinds to let the sunlight in to help heat the home.
  • Rearrange furniture so that no one has to sit where there may be drafts coming in.
  • Check all pipes and faucets for leaks. Insulate the pipes by covering them with a blanket.

Prior to the cold weather setting in, homeowners should make every effort to winterize their home. Stop playing with the thermostat and get more enjoyment out of your home by making it as energy efficient as possible.”

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.assuredclimate.com/ideal-temperature-set-heat-winter-save-money/

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Tips For Driving In The Snow

12/14/2016 (Permalink)

  • “Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
  • Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly.
  • The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
  • Know your brakes. If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS) and need to slow down quickly, press hard on the pedal-it’s normal for the pedal to vibrate a bit when the ABS is activated.
  • Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
  • Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed downhill as slowly as possible.
  • Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.
  • Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can. Don’t tempt fate: If you don’t have somewhere you have to be, watch the snow from indoors.

For more information, please continue reading at: http://exchange.aaa.com/safety/roadway-safety/winter-driving-tips/#.WE66v4WcFPY

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Christmas Tree Safety Tips

12/1/2016 (Permalink)

 “Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious.

Picking the tree

  • Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.

Placing the tree

  • Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2" from the base of the trunk.
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.

Lighting the tree

  • Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer's instructions for number of light strands to connect. 
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.“

For more information, please continue reading at: http://www.nfpa.org/news-and-research/fire-statistics-and-reports/fire-statistics/fire-causes/holiday/christmas-tree-and-holiday-lights

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Shaker Heights, Ohio- Fire Hydrants vs. Snow

11/13/2016 (Permalink)

The following was found online located at http://shakeronline.com/city-services/collection-and-removal/snow-collection 

"During winter months when the snow and ice piles high, Shaker’s 1,500 fire hydrants often are buried.

If you are able, please clear snow from around hydrants and avoid shoveling snow on top of them so that fire crews can quickly gain access during an emergency.

However, if fire hydrants are buried in snow and you are unable to dig them out, don’t worry! The Shaker Heights Fire Department has detailed maps indicating the specific locations of all hydrants. In the event of a fire where a hydrant is not immediately accessible, each truck is equipped with 700 gallons of water – enough to fight a fire for approximately 10 minutes – while crews simultaneously dig out the closest hydrant."

The link above provides other information about Shaker Heights, Ohio snow removal reminders and policies.

2016-2017 Cleveland Ohio Winter Outlook

10/28/2016 (Permalink)

Scott Sabol from Fox8 News said "Here's the bottom line when it comes to the winter weather outlook for this season: There will be no free ride like last winter when El Nino was the primary driver. This winter we will influenced by a very weak La Nina (opposite of El Nino) along with a host of other drivers which were suppressed last year due to the strong El Nino. Last winter, the polar jet stream was very stable and strong keeping the cold, arctic air locked up north for much of the winter. This winter, indications are that the polar jet stream will be weaker allowing bursts of colder air more frequently.

Last winter, we had ONLY 32 inches of snow. This year: we are forecasting more than double that, about 71 inches of snow. The average snowfall for Cleveland is 66".  Here are the seasonal snow averages for all of northern Ohio. We can add 5-10" to these numbers this winter."  

Please click this link to read the entire online article written by Scott Sabol: http://fox8.com/2016/10/27/winter-weather-outlook-2016-2017-no-free-ride-like-last-winter/

 

Cleveland Indians World Series Games

10/26/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike will be celebrating with every other Cleveland Indians fan to cheer our team towards a victory! Congratulations to the CAVS on raising the 2016 NBA Championship Flag and receiving the teams 2016 NBA Championship rings on October 25, 2016….we are so proud to be from Cleveland, Ohio!  SERVPRO serves all our local communities in times of need and shares in times of celebrations!

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Types of Winter Weather

10/24/2016 (Permalink)

Blizzards are dangerous winter storms that are a combination of blowing snow and wind resulting in very low visibilities. While heavy snowfalls and severe cold often accompany blizzards, they are not required. Sometimes strong winds pick up snow that has already fallen, creating a ground blizzard.

An ice storm is a storm which results in the accumulation of at least .25” of ice on exposed surfaces. They create hazardous driving and walking conditions. Tree branches and powerlines can easily snap under the weight of the ice.

Lake effect storms are not low pressure system storms. As a cold, dry air mass moves over the Great Lakes regions, the air picks up lots of moisture from the Great Lakes. This air, now full of water, dumps the water as snow in areas generally to the south and east of the lakes.”

Source: http://nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/winter/types/  Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

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Doppler Radar Info-Cleveland Ohio

10/14/2016 (Permalink)

Doppler radar can show the wind direction too, which is helpful when forecasting near mountains and large bodies of water.

If the radar shows wind blowing up the mountain (upslope), forecasters know that automatically, one of the ingredients is in place of the development of precipitation: lift. If the radar shows wind blowing over a large section of a body of water (fetch), then they know that another ingredient is present for the formation of precipitation – moisture.

Radar velocities can help identify the location of cold fronts because there is usually a sharp change in wind direction and will show up as a on Doppler radar.”

Source: http://nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/winter/detection/ Please click the lik to continue reading the online article.

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Cleveland Ohio Winter 2017 Prediction

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

“This winter will separate the wannabes from the real Clevelanders. Two words describe AccuWeather's winter forecast: Cold and snow. Perfect if you are a real Clevelander.”

"It will be colder than last year, but not extremely cold," said AccuWeather long-range forecaster Paul Pastelok. "And it could be a stormy winter, with fast-moving fronts that begin early and get larger.” Last year you were 4 to 5 degrees above normal [overall]. This year could be 4 to 5 degrees colder than last year." 

Source:http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2016/09/winter_forecast_colder_than_no.html  written by John Funk, The Plain dealer

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Tree Safety

10/10/2016 (Permalink)

Trees are a leading cause of electrical power outages. In fact when trees and power lines touch it creates a very dangerous situation that may even be deadly to anyone in close proximity.  To help ensure reliable and safe electric service, FirstEnergy's Vegetation Management Program works to keep our transmission and distribution rights-of-way free of incompatible trees and other vegetation."

Source: https://www.firstenergycorp.com/help/safety/trees.html  Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

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Become a Safe Community

9/28/2016 (Permalink)

  • “In a recent NSC study, after 10 years of rising injury rates in one community, the decision to seek Safe Community accreditation was followed by a two-year decline in injury hospitalizations; nearly 300 hospitalizations may have been prevented, saving the community more than $14 million in healthcare costs
  • A long-standing smoke alarm installation program in one Safe Community has shown that fire deaths have been reduced by 75%
  • A comprehensive approach to reducing prescription drug overdoses in a Midwestern Safe Community has resulted in 4.5 tons of medications collected in drop boxes, hundreds of clinicians trained in effective pain management without opioids, a communitywide campaign on addiction and treatment, and training for first responders on naloxone use.”  (SOURCE: http://www.nsc.org/learn/NSC-Initiatives/Pages/safe-communities.aspx)

October 5, 2016 is Celebrate Safe Communities America day.  For more information, visit these social media sites:

http://www.nsc.org/learn/NSC-Initiatives/Pages/SCA-Day.aspx

https://www.facebook.com/nscsafecommunities/

You also can search your local community’s websites to see if any events have been planned for October 5, 2016.

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Power Outages-Be Prepared

9/22/2016 (Permalink)

  • “To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, use generators, pressure washers, grills, and similar items outdoors only.
  • If the power is out longer than two hours, throw away food that has a temperature higher than 40°F.
  • Check with local authorities to be sure your water is safe.
  • In hot weather, stay cool and drink plenty of fluids to prevent heat-related illness.
  • In cold weather, wear layers of clothing, which help to keep in body heat.
  • Avoid downed power lines, if a power line falls on a car, you should stay inside the vehicle.”

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/disasters/poweroutage/needtoknow.html

Please click the link above to learn more to become ready and prepared.  Your local communities are also a great source of information so call you city hall or go online today.

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Kids and National Preparedness Month

9/13/2016 (Permalink)

Let’s not forget to get our kids ready during National Preparedness Month! Here are some links to get you started on your way:

https://www.ready.gov/kids/games for games

https://www.ready.gov/kids/know-the-facts/home-fires to learn about fires

https://www.ready.gov/kids/know-the-facts/thunder to learn about thunderstorms and lightning

https://www.ready.gov/kids/know-the-facts/floods to learn about floods

The resources online are endless so start searching today to get ready and begin learning.  Many communities offer more information.  Call your local city halls or look online to see what events or information if offered.  

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It's National Preparedness Month

9/12/2016 (Permalink)

You probably know it helps to have a preparedness kit stocked with items you’ll need in the event of a disaster. But do you know how many days that kit should be able to last you?

Answer: Though it may seem like a lot, you should prepare your kit to last your family at least 5 days. In the event of a disaster, you’ll be glad you were prepared.  Example items:  water, batteries, first aid kit, flashlight, matches. Many cities in the area are posting on social media topics regarding National Preparedness Month.  Be sure to check out your local city.

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“Scott’s Preliminary 2016 Summer Recap”

9/6/2016 (Permalink)

The following was written by Scott Sabol on September 2, 2016 and can be located online at http://fox8.com/2016/09/02/scotts-preliminary-2016-summer-recap/ .  Please click the link to read the entire online article.

  • “Temperatures in Cleveland (June-August) were the warmest on recordbeating out 2nd place 1949.
  • We only broke 3 record high temperatures. Last year we didn’t break one record. The most ever was in 1988 with 10.
  • 53 of the 92 days in Cleveland were at/above 85 degrees, 2nd most ever. It was the most since 1949. Last summer we only had 22.
  • 28 of the 92 nights in Cleveland were at/above 70 degrees. That was the 3rd most everand the most since 1931.  Last summer we only had 4.
  • Rainfall this summer 7.44″ (June-August) was 4th lowest since 1968. Only 2002, 1991 and 1988 lower.  Last year we had almost double the rainfall.
  • Lastly, only 16 days with high temperatures in the 60s and 70s. Lowest since 1952, 2nd lowest number of “mild” days ever.
  • We never went more than 3 straight days in the 70s.
  • 35 straight days in the 80s and 90s (July 17 to August 20). Thethird longest stretch of warmth ever and the longest since a 42 day stretch of 80s and 90s in 1955 (June 27 to August 27)
  • Only 20 of the 92 days were below average. That hasn’t happened since 1949 when we had 18. Last year we had 42! None of those 20 days were more than 10 degrees under the average. That hasn’t happened since 1953. Last summer we had 10 days that were more than 10 degrees below average”

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Keep informed with a Weather Radio Cleveland, Ohio

8/30/2016 (Permalink)

www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr.

“NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Working with the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) Emergency Alert System , NWR is an "All Hazards" radio network, making it your single source for comprehensive weather and emergency information. In conjunction with Federal, State, and Local Emergency Managers and other public officials, NWR also broadcasts warning and post-event information for all types of hazards – including natural (such as earthquakes or avalanches), environmental (such as chemical releases or oil spills), and public safety (such as AMBER alerts or 911 Telephone outages).”

Click the link above to read more of the article.

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2017 Winter Weather Prediction

8/26/2016 (Permalink)

2017 Winter Weather Prediction

“In the East, snowfall is expected to be around normal. La Niña could lead to some big East Coast systems during the second half of the season.

"Areas like southern New York state and northeastern Pennsylvania that missed out on snow last year could see higher-than-normal totals this winter," Pastelok said.

Colder-than-normal conditions are predicted to grip the northern Rockies and northern Plains over the late fall and into the winter, with some harsh spells at times.”

Click link to read more of the online article. Source: Katy Galimberti, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/us-la-nina-forecast-fall-winter-2016-2017/58306249

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Driving In Water After A Disaster

8/22/2016 (Permalink)

This is a great reminder about driving through water after a disaster:

“After a storm, many roads may be flooded. Avoid driving through these areas, especially when the water is moving fast. Drownings can result from driving through water. In fact, as little as six inches of water may cause you to lose control of your vehicle, and as little as two feet of water will carry most cars away.” (Source: http://www.cdc.gov/disasters/psa/driving.html).

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Scott Sabols' Preliminary Winter 2016-17

8/17/2016 (Permalink)

"It is looking more likely that a weak La Nina (this post back in early June describes La Nina) will be the driver from the tropics this upcoming winter. Last winter, we had a very strong El Nino.


Take a close look at the snowfall numbers vs the 30 year average for these LA NINA years. I put this graphic together in early June.  HINT...HINT!

Again, all of this is HIGHLY PRELIMINARY and will need to be updated in the fall. This is why no specifics are indicated just general thoughts.

Snowfall departures below are snowfall amounts vs the 30 year average in past La Nina winters"

Written by: Scott Sabol http://sabolscience.blogspot.com/2016/07/preliminary-winter-2016-17-outlook.html

Please click on the link above to ready more as this was not written by SERVPRO of Beachwood but provided as a snippet of information to get you started and to enjoy Scott Sabol's blogs here in Cleveland, Ohio!  

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Hot Weather in Cleveland Ohio

8/16/2016 (Permalink)

Here are some tips taken directly from http://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/heattips.html to help prevent heat related illness.  Please remember this just a few and the website offers many more, so please click on the link provided and read the entire list.

·         "Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask your doctor how much you should drink while the weather is hot.

·         Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar–these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.

·         Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library–even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat. Call your local health department to see if there are any heat-relief shelters in your area.

·         Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.

·         Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.

·         NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked  vehicle.”

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What is a Restoration Company-SERVPRO of Beachwood?

7/29/2016 (Permalink)

According to the IICRC (http://www.iicrc.org/how-restoration-company-handles-water-damage-a-325.html) “Restoration firms that handle water damage typically have a clear set of procedures on hand for any work situation. There is a vast difference between a plumbing leak and a flood, and both bring unique challenges to the job. However, the objective is the same in every instance. The goal is to clean up any debris or trash, remove destroyed materials and dry the property so that it is safe to inhabit again. Efficient cleanup like this requires a variety of skills, most of which can only be learned from other qualified industry experts. Because of this, homeowners should only consider firms that are certified and experienced. “

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Happy 4th of July-SERVPRO of Beachwood

6/30/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beachwood would like to wish everyone a Happy 4th of July holiday.

Fireworks are extremely dangerous and should be left to professionals so you can enjoy the display safely.  “Fireworks also are responsible for thousands of home fires each year. The National Fire Protection Association reports that in 2011, fireworks caused about 1,200 structure fires (http://www.nfpa.org/)."  Sparklers, bottle rockets, firecrackers to name a few are just as dangerous.   Please remember to be safe.  Click on this link for a few suggestions from the National Safety Council : http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/news-and-resources-fireworks-safety.aspx

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The CAVS Win The Finals!

6/19/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beachwood is proud to live and work in Cleveland, Ohio.  Thank you to the Cleveland CAVS for bringing home the finals championship for the first time in 52 years!  GO CAVS!!!

June is National Safety Month- Summer Safety

6/12/2016 (Permalink)

Summer is a time for vacations, fun, and very hot weather. There are also lots of weather hazards.

The following was copied directly from online to get you started reading the article:

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/summer_safety.html#.VOdUW_nF9u3

"Being prepared means learning about summer weather and water hazards such as hurricanes, heat, lightning, rip currents, air quality, tsunamis and wildfires. Here’s what you need to know:

  • The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and rip currents.
  • Since 2003, 43 states within the continental United States have come under a tornado watch; 49 states have come under severe thunderstorm watches; and lightning strikes occur in every state.
  • Heat waves are common across the country during the summer. They are dangerous because the human body cannot cool itself properly when exposed to an extreme combination of heat and humidity.
  • In 2015, there were 26 lightning fatalities.
  • The United States Lifesaving Association estimates that more than 100 people each year die in the surf zone waters of the U.S. and that rip currents cause the majority of those fatalities. Rip currents are just one of many beach hazards.
  • Wildfires kill 30 people, destroy 2,800 homes and burn more than 7 million acres, roughly the size of the state of Massachusetts, on average, per year.
  • Flash flooding is the number one killer associated with severe weather." 

Please click the link above to read more of the onlilne article and tips.

This information was copied from the above link as a source of information and was not written by SERVPRO of Beachwood.

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Shaker Heights Arts & Music Festival-June 17-19, 2016

6/11/2016 (Permalink)

Music, garden tours, food and fun.  Shaker Heights has a great weekend of family fun planned.  SERVPRO of Beachwood offers you the following link to obtain all the weekends events and more: http://www.shakeronline.com/news-and-events/shaker-heights-arts-music-festival#twilight

If you see us at one of the weekend events, please say hello! 

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June is National Safety Month- Ladder Safety

6/7/2016 (Permalink)

The following was copied directly from: http://www.nsc.org/NSCDocuments_Advocacy/Fact%20Sheets/Slips-Trips-and-Falls.pdf

“· Always keep at least three points of contact with the ladder (i.e. two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand) · Place the base on a firm, solid surface · A straight or extension ladder should be placed 1 foot away from the surface it rests against for every 4 feet of ladder height · When you climb, always face the ladder and grip the rungs, not the side rails · Climb down a ladder one rung at a time · Do not climb with tools in hand – use a tool belt · Keep your body between the ladder side rails when climbing · Do not lean or overreach – reposition the ladder closer to the work instead · Tie down a ladder when using it outdoors and do not use it in windy or inclement weather.”

This information was copied from the above link as a source of information and was not written by SERVPRO of Beachwood.

Please click the link above to read more tips! 

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June is National Safety Month- Fall Prevention Tips

6/6/2016 (Permalink)

The following was copied directly from: http://www.nsc.org/NSCDocuments_Advocacy/Fact%20Sheets/Slips-Trips-and-Falls.pdf

“Clean up all spills immediately · Stay off freshly mopped floors · Secure electrical and phone cords out of traffic areas · Remove small throw rugs or use non-skid mats to keep them from slipping · Keep frequently used items in easily reachable areas · Wear shoes with good support and slip resistant soles · Arrange furniture to provide open walking pathways · Keep drawers and cabinet doors closed at all times · Install handrails on all staircases on both sides · Remove tripping hazards (paper, boxes, books, clothes, toys, shoes) from stairs and walkways · If you have young children, install gates at the top and bottom of stairs (unlatch the gate in order to pass – don’t climb over them) · Ensure adequate lighting both indoors and outdoors · Remove debris from exterior walkways · Adjust gutter downspouts to drive water away from pathways · Periodically check the condition of walkways and steps, and repair damages immediately · Never stand on a chair, table or other surface on wheels”

This information was copied from the above link as a source of information and was not written by SERVPRO of Beachwood.

Please click the link above to read more tips! 

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Cleveland Area Memorial Day Parade Schedules and Events

5/24/2016 (Permalink)

Community Cleveland Area Memorial Day Parade Schedules and Events Photo: Courtesy of the City of Beachwood

The following was copied direcly from: http://blog.cleveland.com/sunpress/2016/05/memorial_day_lineup_includes_a.html

“University Heights kicks off its 50th commemoration for the nation's fallen war heroes.The parade starts at 11 a.m. forming at Silsby and Saybrook roads, running up Washington Boulevard and ending at John Carroll University.”

“Shaker Heights will be holding its annual Pancake Breakfast in a new location this year, at the parade's starting point outside City Hall, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., rather than the terminus in Thornton Park.”

“Cleveland Heights, the annual Memorial Day remembrance ceremony will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. next to the Veteran's Memorial in Cumberland Park at Mayfield Road and Monticello Boulevard.” 

“Beachwood this holiday weekend will be the grand opening of the city's Aquatic Park on Saturday with lap swim beginning at 6 a.m.”

 “Larchmere business district that straddles the borders of Shaker Heights and Cleveland, a seasonal Sidewalk Sale will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed Sunday by the district's newest event, "Rock the Blocks," beginning at 9 a.m. with a 5K run and one-mile walk?”

For more information please click on the link above.

“Legacy Village Announces Schedule for Free Weekend Concert Series”

5/2/2016 (Permalink)

The following was copied directly from: http://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2016/04/21/legacy-village-announces-schedule-for-free-weekend-concert-series

“During the mid-summer, concerts will also take place on Thursday nights. Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 9:30 p.m. 
All concerts take place at the lawn that’s located between California Pizza Kitchen and Bar Louie.”

Here's the schedule:

Friday, May 27 - The Nick Puin Band (Jazz Standards) 
Saturday, May 28 - Ricky and the Rockets (Classic Rock/Oldies)
Friday, June 10 - Evil Ways (Santana Tribute)
Saturday, June 11 - Revolution Pie (Beatles Tribute)
Friday, June 17 - Rule 11 and the Sanctions (Classic Rock)
Saturday, June 18 - Big Ship (Acoustic Funk) 
Friday, June 24 - The Recyclers (Rock, Blues, R&B & Soul)
Saturday, June 25 - Light of Two Moons (60’s & 70’s Acoustic Rock)
Thursday, June 30 - Saborit (Latin Soul)
Friday, July 1 - The Swamp Boogie Band (Blues/Rock)
Saturday, July 2 - The Discovery Band (Pop/Dance/R&B)
Thursday, July 7 - Big Ship (Acoustic Funk) 
Friday, July 8 - Ricky & the Rockets (Classic Rock/Oldies)
Saturday, July 9 – Replay (Oldies)
Thursday, July 14 - Blue Lunch (Jazz/Swing/Blues)
Friday, July 15 – Backtraxx (Oldies)
Saturday, July 16 - The Blue Moons (Oldies) 
Thursday, July 21 - TBD
Friday, July 22 - Saborit (Latin Soul)
Saturday, July 23 - Revolution Pie (Beatles Tribute)
Thursday, July 28 - Back 9 Par 4 (Acoustic Pop)
Friday, July 29 - Run Avril Run (Pop/Dance)
Saturday, July 30 – Wild Horses (Classic Rock/Oldies)
Thursday, August 4 - The Cletus Black Review (Rock/Blues)
Friday, August 5 - Blue Lunch (Jazz/Swing/Blues)
Saturday, August 6 - Cats on Holiday (Cajun/Blues)
Thursday, August 11 - Colin Dussault Trio (Rock/Blues)
Friday, August 12 - 45 RPM (Classic Rock/R&B)
Saturday, August 13 - The Benjaminz (R&B)
Friday, August 19 - Light of Two Moons (60’s & 70’s Acoustic Rock)
Saturday, August 20 - East Wind (Classic Rock)
Friday, August 26 - NOS Band (Classic Rock/Oldies)
Saturday, August 27 - Revolution Pie (Beatles Tribute)
Friday, September 2 - No Moss Band (Rock/Pop/Blues/Old Standards/Country)
Saturday, September 3 – Nightbreeze (Pop/Dance/R&B)”

Pepper Pike, Ohio- Communication To Residents

4/27/2016 (Permalink)

The following was copied directly from: http://www.pepperpike.org/about/community-resources/communication-to-residents-during-an-emergency

"The City of Pepper Pike has two communications systems for informing its residents about emergency situations.

  • The first system for notification is by programmed mass telephone calling  using a pre-recorded tape to convey to residents located in a certain block or area of the city about (for example) a burst street pipe, fallen trees, or a traffic accident requiring traffic to be re-routed. If you are a resident, please be sure to have your contact information securely registered with City Hall so that in case of an emergency, you will be notified. 
  • The second method for notification is by using the Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) System. The Pepper Pike Community Emergency Radio channel is 1670am. Residents are advised to purchase a battery-operated transistor radio and tune it to 1670am on their radio dial. In case of an emergency, (for example) a weather storm, a power outage, school closings, or a traffic accident, residents can turn on their radios to 1670am and hear instructions from the Police or Fire Department about what to do and how long the situation will exist. The 1670am HAR radio station broadcasts within a 9-mile radius of Pepper Pike. When there are no emergencies to report, the radio station broadcasts community announcements on a continual tape-recorded basis."

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April 30, 2016 EntrovationCLE in Beachwood, Ohio

4/27/2016 (Permalink)

The following was copied directly from: 

http://www.entrovation.com/

Saturday, April 30, 2016

"EntrovationCLE IS A FREE, ONE-DAY EXPO SHOWING INNOVATIVE ENTREPRENEURS AND OUT-OF-THE-BOX IDEAS WITHIN THE GREATER CLEVELAND AREA."

"EntrovationCLE is the vision of 46 Senior students from the 2015-2016 Marketing Program at Beachwood High School.  The Marketing Program is a college Tech Prep course through Excel TECC - a consortium of students from eight different schools: Beachwood, Brush, Mayfield, Solon, Chagrin Falls, Aurora, West Geauga, and Orange. Incorporating the Junior Achievement Company Program, the class operates efficiently as a business throughout the school year. CEO’s lead the company with different departments that showcase the importance of teamwork. Each student further develops their professionalism through real world networking experiences."

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Natural Gas and Odors

4/22/2016 (Permalink)

The following was copied directly from: https://www.dom.com/residential/dominion-east-ohio/safety/gas-and-odor

"Natural gas is both odorless and colorless, so Dominion adds an ingredient called mercaptan to it so you can detect its presence. If we did not add mercaptan, it would be hard for you to know that unlit natural gas was coming from your stove after you left the valve turned on. And leaks from furnaces and hot water heaters would be nearly impossible to detect without expensive equipment. So mercaptan's smell is a very valuable safety feature.

But one thing's clear -- mercaptan stinks. In a concentrated form, its smell is almost unbearable. And it takes only a few parts per million of mercaptan for the average person to wrinkle a nose and say, "What is that smell?"

Mercaptans contain sulfur. That's what makes them smell. The kind we use blends well with natural gas and, in a gaseous state, has much the same properties as natural gas, so it will also rise and dissipate with natural gas.

There are other uses for mercaptans in industry, including jet fuel, pharmaceuticals and livestock feed additives. They are used in many chemical plants. Mercaptans are less corrosive and less toxic than similar sulfur compounds found naturally in rotten eggs, onions, garlic, skunks, and of course, bad breath."

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Emergency Supply List

4/15/2016 (Permalink)

The following was copied from: http://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1390846764394-dc08e309debe561d866b05ac84daf1ee/checklist_2014.pdf

"Through its Ready Campaign, the Federal Emergency Management Agency educates and empowers Americans to take some simple steps to prepare for and respond to potential emergencies, including natural disasters and terrorist attacks. Ready asks individuals to do three key things: get an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan, and be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses. All Americans should have some basic supplies on hand in order to survive for at least three days if an emergency occurs. Following is a listing of some basic items that every emergency supply kit should include. However, it is important that individuals review this list and consider where they live and the unique needs of their family in order to create an emergency supply kit that will meet these needs. Individuals should also consider having at least two emergency supply kits, one full kit at home and smaller portable kits in their workplace, vehicle or other places they spend time."  Continue reading and supply list, go to: http://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1390846764394-dc08e309debe561d866b05ac84daf1ee/checklist_2014.pdf

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Cleveland Community Events

4/14/2016 (Permalink)

There are many wonderful events in the cities of Shaker Heights, Beachwood, Cleveland Heights, Pepper Pike and more. Go directly to the city websites to search.  SERVPRO of Beachwood listed a few here to get you started!   

Copied Directly from: http://shakeronline.com/news-and-events/community-calendar/g-1-f3oa0n9kkvsa4g9qv5hper3da8_201605071200 

"Household Hazardous Waste Round-Up"

"Bring your household items for disposal. Items accepted: oil or solvent-based paints, sealers, primers, varnishes, polyurethanes, shellacs, spray paints, automotive fluids, kerosene, gasoline, lighter fluid, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, paint thinners, mineral spirits, turpentine, caustic household cleaners, adhesives, roof tar, driveway sealer, and mercury. NO latex paint or materials from businesses will be accepted."

Copied directly from: http://www.clevelandheights.com/index.aspx?page=10  "The City of Cleveland Heights Parks and Recreation Department is excited to introduce a new 12 week walking program, from April 17 through July 10, focused on encouraging 100 women (age 18 to senior citizens) to live a healthier and more active lifestyle one fun step at a time."

Events in Pepper Pike Ohio: http://www.pepperpike.org/about/news/come-and-join-us-for-these-free-june-events-in-the-pepper-pike-park-enjoy-freshly-popped-popcorn-and-lemonade-too  

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike 216-464-4498...Here to help!  Look for us in the City of University Heights Annual Memorial Day Parade which will be held on Monday, May 30th, 2016.  This is a special year, as it is their 50th Anniversary of the Parade! 

Shaker Heights Ohio Fire Prevention

4/11/2016 (Permalink)

The City of Shaker Heights has an amazing website with a wealth of information.  The following was taken directly from their website and can be found at: http://shakeronline.com/departments/fire-department/fire-prevention

"Smoke Detectors: Install a Photoelectric Smoke Alarm

Photoelectric type detectors are required as the primary alarm for each required location when replacing or adding smoke detectors in all residential dwellings in Shaker Heights. The photoelectric smoke alarm is less prone to nuisance false alarms from cooking and steam. It also responds faster to smoldering type fires that cause the most injuries and deaths in residences.

Power Types

  • Uses a 9 volt battery
  • Power may last up to 10 years with a long-life battery
  • Hardwired to the home 110 volt electrical service (with battery back-up)
  • Battery detectors are readily available and can be installed by the homeowner or tenant. Hardwired detectors must be installed by a qualified electrician.

Sensor Types

  • There are three types of sensor technology used in smoke detectors: photoelectric, ionization and a combination or dual-sensor that incorporates both sensors in one detector. Photoelectric detectors are required in Shaker Heights.
  • Smoke detectors should bear the label of an approved testing agency (UL or FM).

Locations

  • Smoke detectors must be placed on every level of the home including the basement, outside every sleeping area. We also recommend that a smoke detector be placed in every bedroom. If you wish, you may use either of the other two types of detectors in conjunction with the photoelectric detector. Detectors should be mounted on the ceiling or high on the wall (smoke rises). Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Additional smoke alarms can be added to increase your protection. There are additional requirements for multi-family dwellings.

Testing and Maintenance

  • Test each detector monthly by pushing the button.
  • Replace 9 volt batteries in detectors twice a year. (Remember: change your clocks, change your batteries.)
  • If the alarm “chirps,” warning that the battery is low, replace the battery right away.
  • Replace long-life battery detector at the end of its recommended life, 10 years maximum or sooner if it is not functioning properly.
  • Replace all detectors, including hard wired ones, when they are 10 years old or sooner if they are not functioning properly.
  • Vacuum out dust or cobwebs that have accumulated in smoke detectors at least once per year.

Additional Tips

  • Consider installing interconnected detectors (wired or wireless). When one detector sounds, every detector throughout the house sounds.
  • In the event of a false alarm, never remove the battery or disconnect the power source. Simply fan the smoke or steam away from the detector until the alarm stops.
  • If a contractor or supplier is installing your detector, make sure you are provided with the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Smoke detectors and batteries are provided free to residents who cannot afford them, and the fire department installs smoke detectors for residents who require assistance. The department also provides guidance on the proper placement of detectors in your home.

Smoke detectors are one component of a complete home escape plan. Have a plan and practice it.


Carbon Monoxide Detectors

  • Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas produced by fuel-burning appliances. Each year thousands of people become ill due to CO poisoning caused by improperly maintained appliances. CO poisoning may cause irreversible damage to one’s health and requires immediate medical attention.
  • To protect your family from CO poisoning, it is recommended that you install at least one detector near the sleeping areas in your home. If your CO detector goes off and you feel ill, you should immediately leave your home and seek emergency help. If you or other family members don’t feel ill, you should open windows and doors to ventilate the home, shut off all fuel-burning appliances and call the Fire Department to investigate the cause of the alarm. Never ignore the alarm!
  • Maintenance of a CO detector should be according to manufacturer’s instructions, and should include monthly testing.
  • Additional Protection

Professional Systems

The homeowner or apartment tenant must determine the degree of fire protection he or she desires, balanced against the cost of that protection. Presently, the best available is a system installed and monitored by a reliable company operating under a permit issued by the City of Shaker Heights. This type of system will detect a fire and alert the occupants of the house and at the same time notify the Shaker Heights Fire Department or an alarm office maintained by the installing company, which, in turn, will call the Fire Department.

Home Inspections

  • The Fire Department offers free home safety inspections by appointment throughout the year. Using a “Home Fire Safety Checklist,” two firefighters inspect dwellings from top to bottom. Among the hazards they look for are faulty or inadequate electrical wiring, improper storage of paints, thinners and other combustible liquids, and unsafe heating and cooking areas.
  • The Home Inspection Program, which focuses on preventive measures, provides residents with expertise on how to make their homes fire-safe. Firefighters can also provide information about smoke detectors and home escape plans, as well as hazards in homes and garages.
  • To make an appointment for a home inspection, call the Fire Prevention Bureau, 216-491-1215, 8:30 AM to 5 PM weekdays.

Fire Safety

  • Fire is the third leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Residential occupancies account for most fire fatalities, and most deaths occur at night during the sleeping hours. Most fire casualties are the victims of smoke and gas inhalation, rather than burns.
  • To provide reasonable fire safety for persons in family living units, the Shaker Heights Fire Department recommends a three-point program:
    • Minimize fire hazards
    • Provide a fire warning system (smoke detectors)
    • Have – and practice – a home fire escape plan"

(Source: http://shakeronline.com/departments/fire-department/fire-prevention )

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Weather Terms

3/29/2016 (Permalink)

The following was copied directly from: http://www.weathersafety.ohio.gov/SpringSummerWeatherTerms.aspx

"Although thunderstorms occur year round, they are most prevalent across the state during the spring and summer months. Thunderstorms can produce damaging winds, deadly lightning, large hail, flash flooding and tornadoes. In addition, effects of extreme heat can be exasperated by power outages caused by these storms. The following severe weather terms are defined by the National Weather Service. 

The National Weather Service (NWS) is responsible for issuing severe weather watches, warnings and advisories to alert the public when dangerous weather conditions are expected.

  • Watch - A weather watch means there is the potential or conditions exist for a dangerous weather event.
  • Warning - A weather warning means that a dangerous weather event is imminent. Immediate action must be taken to protect life and property.
  • Advisory - A weather advisory means weather conditions that are less serious than a warning are imminent. These events may cause a significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, it could lead to a situation that may be threatening to life and property.

Hazardous Weather Outlook - Issued daily, a hazardous weather outlook highlights any significant weather conditions that may develop. It is intended to provide information on the potential of significant weather over the next week.

Special Weather Statement – Provides the public with information concerning ongoing weather hazards, including strong storms that may become severe.

Short Term Forecast - A short-term forecast describes the weather in the local area and includes a short-range forecast (usually not more than six hours). This product will be updated more frequently when it is used during active weather. A short-term forecast is sometimes referred to as a "NOW-cast." "

Read more of the article at: http://www.weathersafety.ohio.gov/SpringSummerWeatherTerms.aspx

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Flood Insurance Facts

3/25/2016 (Permalink)

The following was taken directly from: http://www.weathersafety.ohio.gov/FloodInsuranceInfo_SprSum.aspx

"Since standard homeowners insurance does not cover flooding, it is important to have protection from the floods associated with heavy rains, rapid snow melt, (residual) hurricanes, and other conditions that impact Ohio and the country.

In 1968, Congress created the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to help provide a means for property owners to financially protect themselves. The NFIP allows homeowners, renters and business owners to purchase flood insurance through private property and casualty insurance agents. In order to qualify for flood insurance, the home or business must be in a community that has joined the NFIP and has agreed to enforce sound floodplain management standards.

If you are interested in obtaining flood insurance, visit FloodSmart.gov. At this site, you will be able to find a local agent, learn additional flood facts, assess your flood risk, and find information on filing a claim.

Flood Insurance Facts

  • Losses caused by flooding are not covered by homeowners or renters insurance. Coverage is available through a separate flood insurance policy, the National Flood Insurance Program, which is administered by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
  • Flood coverage is available for any building located in a community that has qualified for the NFIP. Buildings do not have to be located in a floodplain to be eligible for flood insurance.
  • Most Ohio communities qualify for the NFIP. According to FEMA, approximately 280,000 structures are located in Ohio's mapped floodplain areas with a value of $11 billion. About 10 percent of these structures are protected by flood insurance. Click here to view a list of Ohio communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program.
  • As of November 2015, the average flood insurance premium in Ohio is $908 annually, compared to $695, nationally. The average flood insurance premium for states within FEMA Region V is $918. Region V states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
  • Licensed property/casualty insurance agents or brokers can sell flood insurance. To request an agent referral, contact: 1-888-379-9531.
  • Flood damage to vehicles is covered by auto insurance when comprehensive coverage is purchased."

Continue reading: http://www.weathersafety.ohio.gov/FloodInsuranceInfo_SprSum.aspx

SERVPRO of Beachwood 216-464-4498 is here to help!

Sewer Problems in Lyndhurst, Ohio?

3/18/2016 (Permalink)

"Sewer Problems:

 
Sewer maintenance consists of cleaning both the sanitary and storm sewer pipes (laterals), from your outside sewer cleanout (test tees). Both the sanitary and storm tees are usually located near the sidewalk under the grass area of your front yard.
 
The sanitary sewer services all drains inside your house and the storm sewer services the exterior of the home-ex: downspouts, driveway and garage drains, and the drain tile around the foundation of your home.
 
If you detect unusual odors from any drains, water seepage through your basement walls, water or sewage backup in your basement drains, call us at(440) 473-5100 to schedule an appointment." Source: http://www.lyndhurst-oh.com/service.html#swcdinfo

SERVPRO of Beachwood can  be reached at 216-464-4498

"Healthy Roofs, Gutters & Downspouts" in Shaker Hts., Ohio

3/18/2016 (Permalink)

04.12.2016 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

"Presentation by Home Repair Resource Center. Your roof is the first line of defense against water. Learn how to spot water-related maintenance issues, address moisture-related problems, utilize seasonal ventilation strategies, improve site drainage and methods of moving water away from your house. Workshop fee: $40 (25% off for Shaker & Cleveland Hts. residents). Registration required. To register or for more information, visit http://www.hrrc-ch.org/ or call 216-381-6100 ext. 16."

Source: http://www.shakeronline.com/component/dpcalendar/event/g-5-moue3305j83dtpu4a7dnp4vfqs_201604122230

"Landscape Your Way to a Dry Basement" in Shaker Hts., OH

3/18/2016 (Permalink)

April 7, 2016 7:00 pm "Presented by the Home Repair Resource Center. Join Jeff Jowett, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, for a presentation about how to put your yard to work in the fight to keep water out of your basement and save money doing it. Free. Reservations required. For more information or reservations, visit http://www.hrrc-ch.org/ or call 216-381-6100 est. 16."

Source:http://www.shakeronline.com/component/dpcalendar/event/g-5-atcnkcrdm0jssk6i3qgnj89njo_201604072300

What if a problem occurs in City of Shaker Heights-Sewer Backup

3/4/2016 (Permalink)

What if a problem occurs in City of Shaker Heights-Sewer Backup? 

Go to the City of Shaker Heights website http://shakeronline.com/departments/public-works/sewers/sewer-guide for information of sewer guidelines.

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike 216-464-4498.

City of Cleveland Heights Fire Prevention Information

3/3/2016 (Permalink)

Visit http://www.clevelandheights.com/index.aspx?page=426 for City of Cleveland Heights Fire Prevention Information and "Free smoke detectors (verification of residency is required) are available to Cleveland Heights residents through programs sponsored by the American Red Cross and by the Cleveland Heights Firefighters Union, Local 402.  Call the Fire Chief’s Office at 216.291.2673 for more information or an application." (source: http://www.clevelandheights.com/index.aspx?page=426 

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike 216-464-4498.

City of Beachwood Ohio Flooding Information

3/2/2016 (Permalink)

Quoted directly from:  http://www.beachwoodohio.com/index.aspx?NID=480

"Flooding Information

With the ground being saturated by recent heavy rains and thunderstorms throughout northeast Ohio, the City of Beachwood wants residents to be safe and aware of any potential flooding.

The City of Beachwood takes the maintenance of its sewer mains seriously and film all 300 miles of sewer regularly.

If you experience flooding, please contact the Beachwood Service Department during normal business hours at 216-292-1922, or the Beachwood Police Department after hours at 216-464-1234.

The City of Beachwood will schedule its crews to investigate the City’s side of the sewers to insure proper flow and drainage.  These crews will be dispatched based upon the seriousness of the issue(s) and/or the order in which calls are received.

Please note that any blockage found on the resident’s side of the sewer will be the homeowner’s responsibility.

In case of flooding, the City also wanted residents to be aware of these safety tips: 

1) Do not drive through a flooded area or drive around barricades that indicate the road is closed.

2) Do not walk through flowing water and stay away from downed power lines."

Cleveland Weekly Weather Outlook for Feb. 29, 2016

2/29/2016 (Permalink)

Community Cleveland Weekly Weather Outlook for Feb. 29, 2016 https://weather.com/weather/5day/l/USOH0195:1:US

Looks like we have a little of everything as we end February 2016 and welcome March 2016! https://weather.com/weather/5day/l/USOH0195:1:US

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike 216-464-4498

Cleveland Spring Events

2/26/2016 (Permalink)

Check out some of these local events in Cleveland, Ohio. We do not endorse any of these events but just offer some ideas for a rainy day to get you out of the house:

http://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/Main/EventsProgramsCalendar.aspx

http://cleveland.about.com/od/springevents/

http://www.cbgarden.org/big-spring.aspx

http://www.cityvisitor.com/Cleveland/events

http://greaterclevelandaquarium.com/ 

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike 216-464-4498.

Good Saturday Morning Cleveland Ohio

2/6/2016 (Permalink)

What are your plans today? Maybe a walk or run in the park, running errands to prepare to watch the Super Bowl tomorrow.  Whatever they are, we hope it is a great day!  

If plans don't go well and you find you have pipe leak, overflowed toilet or someone left the sink on upstairs (yes it happens to all of us) you can reach SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike  at 216-464-4498.

Follow Mark Johnson's Weather Report, Cleveland OH

2/4/2016 (Permalink)

Here is another great weather reporter to follow in Cleveland, Ohio: https://www.facebook.com/MarkJohnsonWeather/

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights and SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike 216-464-4498.

Winter Storm

1/19/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights is available 24/7 by calling 216-464-4498.  The temps. today are approx. 8 degrees before windchills.  Stay warm Cleveland Ohio!

University Heights Memorial Day Parade

5/21/2015 (Permalink)

Watch for SERVPRO of Beachwood during the University Heights Memorial Day Parade. 

CE Course in Beachwood, Ohio

2/17/2015 (Permalink)

Community CE Course in Beachwood, Ohio Beachwood, Ohio

We hold CE classes for insurance agents and adjusters every year in Beachwood, Ohio. This one was held on 2/17/16.

Heights-Hillcrest Regional Chamber of Commerce Event

5/11/2014 (Permalink)

Community Heights-Hillcrest Regional Chamber of Commerce Event Heights-Hillcrest Regional Chamber of Commerce Event

What a great turn out on May 8, 2014 at the

Heights-Hillcrest Regional Chamber of Commerce Event http://www.hrcc.org

ENTROVATION

4/24/2014 (Permalink)

ENTROVATION [ahn-tro-vey-shun] is the vision of the Beachwood Junior Achievement Company Program that operates through the Marketing Program at Beachwood High School. Beachwood Junior Achievement was the founder of The Green Dream Eco-Friendly Showcase. Operated for five years, The Green Dream grew to Ohio's largest business fair.

Business2Business

9/26/2013 (Permalink)

A great event hosted by the Beachwood Chamber.  We met so many wonderful businesses from Beachwood, Cleveland Hts. and Shaker Hts. Ohio.