Halloween Safety Tips For Seniors
Look for fun things to do around the home with your family this Halloween!
When we think of 'Halloween Safety Tips' our first thoughts tend to be towards the safety of our children. Fire-resistant costumes and accessories, using reflective tape if out after dark, and always have an adult accompany young children when walking through the neighborhood or going to community events.
One area that may be overlooked for safety is that of our senior citizens. With the current (as of October 2020) COVID-19 pandemic putting our seniors at a higher risk, and with Halloween being a festive time for visiting friends, families, and even trick-or-treating neighbors, senior safety is of upmost importance.
Following are some tips to help reduce the risk during Halloween for our senior citizens in the Venice, Florida area:
- Follow local community guidelines for events and activities. As every community is different in how it is being affected by COVID-19, what is allowed in one state or town may not be in another. If traveling or a snowbird, check with the local authorities for any restrictions or advice.
- Wear a Mask! If you are wearing a decorative mask as part of a costume, please ensure it is protective or that you have a recommended protective face covering on below it.
- If you are staying home to hand out candy, ensure your home is well lit and that all walkways are clear of trip-hazards or fire-hazards (do not use flame-lit candles outside or anywhere near a curtain or other flammable objects).
- Have someone spend the evening with you, or if you know someone who has dementia or a physical limitation, stay the evening or overnight with them to help them distribute candy and stay safe.
- Use your peephole before answering the bell! Make sure you can clearly see who is at your doorstep before opening up. If you do not feel comfortable opening the door, keep it closed.
- When you are done handing out candy for the evening, put a 'Sorry no more candy!" sign on the porch to discourage more visitors.
Halloween is a fun and exciting time for most, and by following some additional safety tips, it can be for all. Remember that for seniors who are suffering from dementia or have limitations, Halloween may not be that much fun due to noises, and an increase in visitors, door knocks, and doorbell rings. If you are trick-or-treating in a neighborhood, please keep this in mind and be respectful when visiting.
Storm or Flooding Damage? SERVPRO of Venice is here to help!
We are here to make storm and flood damage "Like it never even happened."
In Venice Florida, we always have to be aware of the weather. From flash floods and severe thunderstorms, to tropical storms and hurricanes, there are consistent weather threats to our homes and businesses. SERVPRO of Venice specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Faster Response - Since 1978
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Venice Florida we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States, including right here in Florida.
- Does you home or business have Storm or Flood Damage? Call SERVPRO of Venice at 941-484-7777 -
October is Fire Prevention Month
Replace your smoke alarm batteries and ensure they work at least annually!
With cooler weather coming to even our area over the next few months, now is the time to make sure you are prepared in case of a fire in your home or place of business. Almost all fires are preventable, but when they happen, they can cause damage, stress, and loss to your family, possessions, and home.
Following are some tips that can help you ensure your family, home, and business are protected and prepared in the event there is a fire.
Cooking and heating are the leading causes of home fires and fire injuries and winter is the peak time for fire related deaths and injuries. Minimize your risk when cooking:
- Be alert; if you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the oven or stovetop
- Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food
- When simmering, baking or roasting, check the food regularly, remain in the kitchen while cooking and use a timer
- Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stovetop
Heating is the second leading cause of home fires. Follow these tips from the American Red Cross (PS: It does get cold enough in Florida that you will need to heat your home!)
- Keep all flammables, like paper, clothing, bedding, drapes or rugs, at least 3 feet from a space heater, stove or fireplace
- Never leave portable heaters and fireplaces unattended; turn off heaters and make sure fireplace embers are extinguished before leaving the room
- If you must use a space heater, place it on a level, nonflammable surface, like ceramic tile, not on a rug or carpet
- Keep children and pets away from space heaters
- When buying a space heater, look for models that shut off automatically if the heater falls over
Along with cooking and heating, other top causes of fire include smoking, electrical problems and candles. To minimize risks:
- Institute a “no smoking” policy in the house
- Check all cords and replace any that are frayed or have bare wires
- Switch to flameless candles
- Keep matches and lighters high and out of children’s reach in a locked cabinet
Along with these tips to prevent fires, it is essential that your home and business are prepared in case there is a fire. That means:
- Have an escape plan! Review it with the family and coworkers/staff to ensure everyone knows how to exit the building, where to meet, and how to provide first aid if necessary.
- Check your smoke alarms and change the batteries at least once a year.
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas on the ceiling or high on the wall
- Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen, at least 10 feet from the stove, to reduce false alarms
- Use special alarms with strobe lights and bed shakers for people who are hard of hearing or deaf
By being prepared and knowing your plan, you and your family will be able to rest easier and have a greater chance of surviving a home fire.
What is CERTIFIED: SERVPRO Cleaned?
Whether your organization is large or small, you can count on Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned to make your facility ready to reopen and stay open!
Have you heard about the new cleaning service we offer at SERVPRO of Venice? Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive program that goes way beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning and always adheres to the cleaning and disinfection standards set by the CDC. SERVPRO of Venice professionals have been on the frontlines of proactive and reactive COVID-related cleanup and are Here to Help as your business reopens and wants to stay open!
At SERVPRO of Venice, we are committed to bringing a deeper level of clean to your business, and with Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, we are helping to safeguard our communities with a higher standard of clean for all Americans.
Remember that when your customers and clients see the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield, they can walk in with confidence. Because they will know the #1 choice in clean up and restoration was there.
Contact us 24-7, 365 days a year and we will help your business or organization get back to normal!
Protect Your Business with these Mold Damage Tips!
Large or Small Business and Commercial Mold Remediation
Mold! That four letter word that seems to be everywhere! When most folks think of mold, they think of issues within residential homes and condominiums. However, mold can affect your business office, warehouse, and commercial building too. While most business often have more rigorous in-house inspections and year round maintenance or facility managers, mold can still appear at your business location, especially after a storm, water or fire damage, or other catastrophic event. It can often go unnoticed in areas that are not frequently used, from storage rooms or that office area no one has used for a while, or under cabinets, crawl spaces, and other seldom used areas.
If you notice mold or your employees or clients have mentioned a 'musty smell', you should take the following steps to mitigate the mold as soon as possible, because it will not go away on its own!
- Find the source! Mold needs four things to survive and grow/spread: Food (any organic material, including dust!), Moisture/Humidity, Oxygen, and an ideal temperature range around 75-88 degrees, however some mold have optimal growth at lower temperatures, even as low as 60 degrees Fahrenheit according to some studies.
- Fix the source! If you have an active water intrusion or leak, get it repaired and dried out as soon as possible. The longer the water damage continues, the larger your challenge for cleanup will be. If your HVAC system is not running optimally, get it tested and repaired as soon as possible. Most buildings today are built very airtight, with little natural airflow to help regulate air fluctuations, so having an efficient and well running HVAC system is very important in the Venice Florida area.
- However, if you do have mold in a certain area, you want to close off the HVAC returns and vents in that area to prevent the spread of spores to other areas of your business, and do NOT blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Do not attempt to clean with bleach or other disinfectants as these often do not fully remove the mold roots and when sprayed directly on the mold, can create spores that spread by going airborne.
- If you suspect you have mold, give SERVPRO of Venice a call. We will do a no-cost walk-through of your property and help you with the next steps, which often involve having a state licensed Industrial Hygienist (IH) or Mold Assessor to provide testing and developing a protocol for mitigation.
Please remember this: There is no such thing as 'mold removal'. Mold naturally found everywhere, but mold mitigation is what we do. If you have a mold problem, give us a call to help make it "Like it never even happened."
Top 5 Do's and Don'ts For Water Damage (Clean Water)
Be Prepared at your home or business with the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile App!
If your home has suffered from water damage (from a 'clean source') your safety and the safety of everyone in your household should be the primary focus: Is it safe to stay in the house; be aware of electrical and trip hazards, as they are some of the most common concerns; be aware of your limitations, if you are not sure of your ability, do not attempt; and remember, wet materials can be very heavy, so be careful!
Once you are back in the building and feel it is safe to do so, keep these tips in mind.
- Make sure the source is shut off. If you need to, contact a licensed plumber to assist you.
- Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
- Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
- Place aluminum foil or foam/wood blocks between furniture legs and wet flooring.
- Pick up and secure any loose items from wet floors.
What NOT to do after water damage:
- Do not enter into rooms or buildings where an electrical shock hazard my be present.
- Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines, or any other printed items that may cause staining on your floors.
- Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, as you could cause an electric shock or damage the vacuum.
- Do not use your television or other household appliances on or near wet flooring.
- Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet and stay out of rooms where the ceiling is sagging.
For more tips, please visit our Water Damage Tips page. If you have had a water damage and need our services, please give us a call, 24/7, at 941-484-7777.
Being a Part of the Community
Fun in the sun at the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Challenge
SERVPRO of Venice is proud to be a part of the Venice and surrounding area community. From the Osprey Nokomis Chamber of Commerce and the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce, to Mangers of the Gulf Coast, Inc. (MOGCI) and Community Association Inc (CAI), you will find our locally owned SERVPRO represented.
Why do we spend so much time volunteering in the community? Because we live here, work here, raise our families here and want to see our community prosper and enrich all who call this area home and those who visit our little piece of paradise. So if you see us at a Chamber, Board of Realtors, or any other community function, know that we are there because we care, and because we love to give back to the wonderful people who call Venice home.
Hurricane Preparedness - September is National Preparedness Month
Be prepared - Not scared
News & Updates You Can Use! With the current Hurricane season in full force, and with the potential of a major hurricane coming towards Florida, we want you, our clients, members of our community, and business partners to have the sources of information you need to be prepared. Remember that even if your home and/or business is safe and secure from the effects of a storm, that infrastructure systems, including electric, water, sewer, and roads and public transportation may be severely affected and damage done to those systems can delay your ability to resupply or receive help. Delays in areas affected by major storms and hurricanes can last from hours to days. Please ensure that you and your loved ones have the basic items on the following checklist and #BePrepared. Following are important local links for Charlotte and Sarasota County, including links for Shelters, Evacuation Zones, Emergency News and Updates, and More:Shelter and Evacuation Information:
Charlotte County Emergency Management Info:
Sarasota County Emergency Management Info
Social Media, News, and Weather Information links:
(You may need to verify the accuracy of the information provided in the above links. We are supplying this information as a service to our community but cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information.) Stay safe and if you need any assistance after a storm event, please contact us 24/7 at 941-484-7777
Top 8 Residential Fire and Smoke Damage Tips
SERVPRO fire and smoke damage tips for Venice Florida homeowners.
If your home has suffered from fire and/or smoke damage, your safety and the safety of everyone in your household should be the primary focus. Sometimes a fire marshall or other government official may need to give the 'all clear' before allowing anyone back into the building. If you are unsure, check with your local fire department.
Once you are back in the building, keep these tips in mind:
- Some of the most prevalent concerns to be on the lookout for are electrical and "slip and fall" hazards.
- If you are not sure about the safety of an activity that needs to be completed, do not attempt.
- Be careful handling wet materials, as they can be VERY heavy.
- To reduce the chance for smoke and soot becoming embedded into furniture, carpets, or upholstery, keep the movement limited in your home.
- Keep hands, tools, and cleaning cloths clean and fresh so as to not increase the amount of soiling.
- Change your HVAC filter. If smoke was heavy, consider having a licensed HVAC company inspect your duct work and air handler and other equipment that may have been damaged or affected.
- Remember the bottom side when cleaning house plants and other household items.
- Use a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil to clean and protect your household chrome.
Visit the following page for more information and tips: https://www.SERVPROvenice.com/fire-damage-tips
Have Smoke or Fire Damage? We are here to help you. Call (941) 484-7777
SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team and your local SERVPRO of Venice are ready to assist you in times of natural or manmade disasters.
Did you know that the best way to reduce a business interruption following a disaster is to prepare for it now? Around 40% of businesses may never recover after suffering a disaster. Of the businesses that do survive, the majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. Here are a few quick steps you can take to prepare:
- Identify your risks and notate them: are you in a flood zone? Do you have a lot of trees near your business that could pose a threat? How quickly can you evacuate if needed?
- Create a disaster plan that includes at a minimum the following information: utility shut-off locations; emergency contacts; building and business insurance, vendor, and other important personnel contacts; have all electronic and/or paper records and files backed up offsite (cloud storage); evacuation routes; backup generator location and operation; known hazardous materials; etc.
- Share your plan with key personnel and make sure your employees know how to react and be communicated with during a disaster.
- Test and practice your preparedness plans. Make sure you have all employees correct contact information and that they understand your disaster protocol.
- During times of natural disasters, listen to your local government officials and media to know if, when, and where to evacuate and for other critical news and information.
For more information contact us at SERVPRO, follow your local and county Emergency Management Office on social media, and use public resources available from FEMA, such as this PDF document: Business Continuity and Preparedness
You can also contact SERVPRO of Venice for a no-cost Emergency Ready Profile. We will develop an initial readiness profile for your business and help you be prepared. Give us a call at 941-484-7777 or email at marketing@SERVPROofvenice.com to schedule your Emergency Ready Profile today.