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Fireworks Safety Tips!

7/3/2020 (Permalink)

Fireworks Fireworks smoking

The Fourth of July is rapidly approaching. SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch wants you to be aware of the inherent dangers of fireworks.

Remember, fireworks can be dangerous, causing serious burn and eye injuries.

Check your local ordinances before using fireworks.

Follow these safety tips when using fireworks: 

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don't realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
  • Source: cpsc.gov

Memorial Day

5/25/2020 (Permalink)

U.S.A. flags in cemetery U.S.A. Flags in cemetery

The owners and staff at SERVPRO® of Alamo Ranch would like to take this time to honor the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.

Although we are still seeing some shutdown orders in different areas, we still need to be mindful of these heroes. We may not be able to congregate or visit with others in celebration of their sacrifices, but we will always remember them.

A national moment of remembrance will take place at 3:00 P.M. local time.

After World War 1, Memorial Day expanded to honor all those that have died in all American Wars.In 1971, Memorial Day became a national holiday by an act of Congress; it is now celebrated annually on the last Monday inMay.

We hope that your Memorial Day is filled with quality family time. If you have an needs for water or fire emergencies, please call SERVPRO® of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591.

New Executive Order from Governor Abbot: Open Texas Guidance May 6, 2020

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

New Executive Order from Governor Abbot: Open Texas Guidance May 6, 2020 The Governor held a press conference yesterday to provide a Texas COVID-19 Response Update. You may access his new Executive Order GA–21 here. GA-21 supersedes GA-18 issued April 27, and remains in in effect through May 19. Revised checklists dated May 5 for essential and reopened businesses may be found here. Clarifications of Existing Executive Orders

  • Funerals, memorials, burials, and weddings are all treated the same as church services with limited seating arrangements. For wedding receptions, look at the standards for restaurants and comply with those standards. At-risk population is encouraged to participate remotely. If attending, organizer should consider designating an area for at-risk population.
  • Beaches, lakes, rivers, and river rafting – These outdoor settings are subject to the same standards that apply to parks.
  • Restaurants – The 25% occupancy limit applies only to indoor seating. There are no capacity limitations on outdoor seating, although the social distancing standards apply.

 Additional Businesses Will be Permitted to Reopen Effective May 8

  • Cosmetology salons, barbershops, hair salons, nail salons, and tanning salons may reopen. Both customers and stylists should wear face masks, and the Governor said detailed standards on social distancing will be provided. 

 Permitted to Reopen Effective May 18

  • Gyms may reopen at 25% capacity, although showers and locker rooms must remain closed. The Governor said that detailed standards on social distancing and sanitation will be provided.
  • Non-essential manufacturing facilities may reopen. Nonessential manufacturers should limit occupancy to 25%, stagger their workforce and maintain social distancing.
  • Businesses located in office buildings may reopen up to the greater of (a) 5 employees, or (b) 25% of the workforce, provided employees maintain social distancing.

 Bars must still remain closed until social distancing strategies can be developed.All of us at SERVPRO® of Alamo Ranch urge you to stay safe and follow the rules. If you need us for any reason, please call us at 210-670-9591 

Happy Valentines Day!

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

Sign with "Be My Valentine" Sign with " Be My Valentine"

SERVPRO® of Alamo Ranch would like to wish everyone a Happy Valentines Day! We hope that everyone gets to spend time with that significant other and show them how much you love and appreciate them.

We hope that your day is wonderful, but in the unlikely event that you may need our help, we will be available for you. Just call us at 210-670-9591 and we will be there for you.

Have a Happy Valentines Day!

Hanukkah Begins

12/22/2019 (Permalink)

Brass candle holder Brass candle holder on brown table

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to share the history of Hanukkah with you.

When the Second Temple in Jerusalem was looted and services stopped, Judaism was outlawed. In 167 BCE, Antiochus ordered an altar to Zeus erected in the Temple. He banned brit milah (circumcision) and ordered pigs to be sacrificed at the altar of the temple.[33]

Antiochus's actions provoked a large-scale revoltMattathias (Mattityahu), a Jewish priest, and his five sons JochananSimeonEleazarJonathan, and Judah led a rebellion against Antiochus. It started with Mattathias killing first a Jew who wanted to comply with Antiochus's order to sacrifice to Zeus, and then a Greek official who was to enforce the government's behest (1 Mac. 2, 24–25[34]). Judah became known as Yehuda HaMakabi ("Judah the Hammer"). By 166 BCE Mattathias had died, and Judah took his place as leader. By 165 BCE the Jewish revolt against the Seleucid monarchy was successful. The Temple was liberated and rededicated. The festival of Hanukkah was instituted to celebrate this event.[35] Judah ordered the Temple to be cleansed, a new altar to be built in place of the polluted one and new holy vessels to be made. According to the Talmud, unadulterated and undefiled pure olive oil with the seal of the kohen gadol (high priest) was needed for the menorah in the Temple, which was required to burn throughout the night every night. The story goes that one flask was found with only enough oil to burn for one day, yet it burned for eight days, the time needed to prepare a fresh supply of kosher oil for the menorah. An eight-day festival was declared by the Jewish sages to commemorate this miracle.[36]

If you need us for anything call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591. Happy Hanukkah!

Source: Wikipedia

Pearl Harbor Day

12/7/2019 (Permalink)

USS Arizona Memorial USS Arizona Memorial

On Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service attacked Naval Station Pearl Harbor in HonoluluOahuHawaii Territory, without warning and without a declaration of war, killing 2,403 Americans, and injuring 1,178 others. The attack sank four U.S. Navy battleships and damaged four others. It also damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, and one minelayer. Aircraft losses were 188 destroyed and 159 damaged.

The USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor is a marble memorial over the sunken battleship USS Arizona, which was dedicated on May 30, 1962 ("Memorial Day"), in honor of the 1,177 crew members who were killed. The memorial remembers all military personnel who were killed in the Pearl Harbor attack. Note: This site is open to the public with boat tours to the memorial provided by the US Navy from the visitors center.

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to recognize the brave men and women that lost their lives on this day.

Source: wikipedia.org

Happy Thanksgiving!

11/28/2019 (Permalink)

Deserts Deserts

The staff at SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving. We hope that your day will be filled with a festive atmosphere where we can all reflect on the good fortunes and possibly some not so good that we have had all year. We hope that you enjoy the day visiting with family and friends and enjoy the food.

If for any reason that you may be in need of our services, please call 210-670-9591 and we will come to your location to help. We are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. We hope that your festivities are not interrupted, but we are always here to help. Call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591 if you need us. Again, we hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Happy Veterans Day!

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

U.S.A. Flag U.S.A. Flag

Today, SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to honor all of our veterans.

Veterans Day (originally known as Armistice Day) is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11, for honoring military veterans, that is, persons who have served in the United States Armed Forces. It coincides with other holidays including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day which are celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. At the urging of major U.S. veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

Thank any veterans that you come in contact with for their service. 

If you need the professionals at SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch, please call us at 210-670-9591

Source: wikipedia.com

Deep Frying Turkeys Continued

11/8/2019 (Permalink)

Cooked turkey Cooked Turkey

Tips to Help Prevent Deep Fried Turkey Accidents:

Purchase a fryer with temperature controls, and watch the oil temperature carefully. Cooking oil that is heated beyond its smoke point can catch fire. If you notice the oil is smoking, turn the fryer off.

Turn off the burner before lowering the turkey into the oil. Once the turkey is submerged, turn the burner on.

Wear goggles to shield your eyes, use oven mitts to protect your hands and arms and keep an "ABC" or grease-rated fire extinguisher close by. Do not use water or a garden hose on a fire related to Turkey Fryers.

Skip the stuffing when frying turkey, and avoid water based marinades.

Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times.

Once finished, carefully remove the pot from the burner, place it on a level surface and cover to let the oil cool overnight before disposing.

Opt for an oil-less fryer. This uses infrared heat, rather than oil, to cook the turkey.

All of us at SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch hope that you have a happy and safe holiday season. If you need us for anything, please call us at 210-670-9591.

Source: State Farm®

Deep Frying Turkeys

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

Turkey Turkey

This is the time of the year that we start thinking about the holidays and getting together with family and friends. A lot of people like to fry turkeys, so SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to make you aware of some of the dangers involved.

Tips to help prevent deep fried turkey accidents:

Keep outdoor fryers off of decks, out of garages and a safe distance away from trees and other structures.

Make sure that the turkey is thawed and dry before cooking. Ice or water that mixes into the hot oil can cause flare ups.

Watch the weather. Never operate a fryer outdoors in the rain or snow.

Place the fryer on a level surface, and avoid moving it once it is in use.

Leave 2 feet between the tank and the burner when using a propane-powered burner.

Follow the manufacturer's instructions to avoid overfilling. Oil can ignite when it makes contact with the burner.

Never leave fryers unattended.

We will continue our turkey fryer discussion in our next blog. If you need us for anything, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591.

Source: State Farm®

Daylight Savings Time Ends

11/3/2019 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to remind you to set your clocks back 1 hour today at 2:00 A.M.

Daylight saving time has a long and storied history. It has been embraced by many and cursed by many more, but it is still in force. 

Nov 3, 2019 - Daylight Saving Time Ends

When local daylight time is about to reach
Sunday, November 3, 2019, 2:00:00 am clocks are turned backward 1 hour to
Sunday, November 3, 2019, 1:00:00 am local standard time instead.

Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier on Nov 3, 2019 than the day before. There will be more light in the morning.

Also called Fall Back and Winter Time.

Take heed and don't be late on Sunday. If you have any questions, please call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591.

Source: timeanddate.com

Happy Boss's Day!

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

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The concept of National Boss Day began in 1958 when Patricia Bays Haroski, then an employee at State Farm Insurance Company in Deerfield, Illinois, registered the holiday with the United States Chamber of Commerce. She designated October 16 as the special day because it was her father's birthday. Haroski's purpose was to designate a day to show appreciation for her boss and other bosses. She also hoped to improve the relationship between employees and supervisors.

Four years later in 1962, Illinois Governor Otto Kerner backed Haroski's registration and officially proclaimed the day. The event’s popularity is growing outside the United States and is now also observed in countries such as Australia, India, and South Africa.

Show your boss some appreciation today!

Call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week for emergency fire or water issues at 210-670-9591.

Source: timeanddate.com

Columbus Day History

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

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Columbus Day History!

In Christopher Columbus’s day, scholars knew that the world was round; the fact dated from the ancient Greeks. People assumed that a ship traveling west from Europe would sail clear through to Asia. However, many believed that such a westward journey was impossible. Columbus, an Italian, was convinced otherwise and persuaded King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain to sponsor his exploration and search for riches.

On October 12, 1492, Columbus landed on a small island in the Bahamas, convinced that he had reached his destination of Asia. Although he was not the first European to discover the Americas (Vikings, among others, had visited before), his journey sparked enthusiasm for European exploration of the hemisphere.

For all your service needs, please call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591. We are always here to help. Available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

Source: the Old Farmers Almanac

First Day of Autumn

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

Creek surrounded by Autumn Trees Autumn

All of us at SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch are ready for Autumn/Fall and today, September 23,2019 is the start of Autumn. We are so ready for the temperatures to drop from a scorching summer.

Fall also brings some wonderful holidays including Halloween and Thanksgiving which carry us through the season until temperatures begin to drop, nights begin to get longer, and all the woodland critters start storing up for the long haul of winter

And then don’t forget about the end of Daylight Saving Time when you “fall” back, setting your clocks back one hour and regaining an hour of sleep.

Plants and trees are slowing down, as sunlight decreases. In the garden, asters and chrysanthemums bloom beautifully as orange pumpkins and corn mazes abound.

Football season is warming up and so is sweater weather.

Also notice the arc of the sun across the sky each day as it starts shifting south. Birds and butterflies migrate along with the path of our Sun!

Of course, you can easily notice the later dawns and earlier sunsets.

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch, 210-670-9591.

Source: The Old Farmers Almanac

Wireless Emergency Alerts

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are emergency messages sent by authorized government alerting authorities through your mobile carrier. Government partners include local and state public safety agencies, FEMA, the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service.

Alerts received at the right time help keep you safe during an emergency. With WEA, alerts can be sent to your mobile device when you may be be in harm's way, without need to download an app or subscribe to a service. WEA may be used to share;

Extreme weather warnings

* Local emergencies requiring evacuation or immediate action.

AMBER Alerts

Presidential alerts during a national emergency

A WEA will look like a text message. The WEA message will typically show the type and time of the alert, any action you should take, and the agency issuing the alert. The message will be no  ore than 90 characters.

Visit www.ctia.org/wea to learn more about how to determine if your mobile device is WEA-capable.

Call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591 for any questions.

Source: Restoration Newsline Volume 30, Issue 7 

Shopping For a Weather Radio

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

When shopping for a weather radio, look for the following key features.

Reviewable alerts( you can scroll through alerts and turn off the siren for alerts you do not wish to hear). 

Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) alert programming (alerts when specific counties are threatened, ensuring you only receive alerts for your county).

Ease of Programming

If you need help programming your weather radio, you can always contact your local National Weather Service Office or for additional information, including county codes for your state, visit the NOAA Weather Radio website at www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr. NOAA stands for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

If you have any questions or are ever in need of our services, please call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591

Source: Restoration Newsline Volume 30, Issue 7

Happy Labor Day!

9/2/2019 (Permalink)

Happy Labor Day and some history from SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch.

Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers, and Labor Day 2019 occurs on Monday, September 2 (it’s traditionally observed on the first Monday in September). It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, parades and athletic events.

Labor Day, an annual celebration of workers and their achievements, originated during one of American labor history’s most dismal chapters.

In the late 1800s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks in order to eke out a basic living. Despite restrictions in some states, children as young as 5 or 6 toiled in mills, factories and mines across the country, earning a fraction of their adult counterparts’ wages.

Source: history.com

V-J Day

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to bring your attention to a little bit of history about V-J Day.

On August 14, 1945, it was announced that Japan had surrendered unconditionally to the Allies, effectively ending World War II. Since then, both August 14 and August 15 have been known as “Victory over Japan Day,” or simply “V-J Day.” The term has also been used for September 2, 1945, when Japan’s formal surrender took place aboard the U.S.S. Missouri, anchored in Tokyo Bay. Coming several months after the surrender of Nazi Germany, Japan’s capitulation in the Pacific brought six years of hostilities to a final and highly anticipated close.

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to honor the men and women in the armed forces that fought for our freedoms and those that gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Source: history.com 

Be the Difference Manifesto

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

Be Grateful you are blessed with unique God given talents and gifts

Be Intentional so that you can share your WOW with others in a transformational way to make the world a better place.

Believe you have everything you need to lead a life of love, health, abundance and joy!

Be Bold and take inspired action because when you have the courage to take risks wonderful opportunities appear and success finds YOU!

Breakthrough and you Soar-Step into the greatest vision of your success and know that it's time to share your gifts, make more money, and create a meaningful difference in the world!

Be the Difference - Step up and out into the greatest expectation you have of yourself to be of service and know with certainty that it's your time to Share your Gifts, Make More Money and a Meaningful Difference in the World!

Be a Light For Others-Take authentic, inspired action and know that it means you will be "in spirit" and surrounded by a strong circle of support. Encourage others and keep going! You're on the right track and you simply cannot fail because you were born to Be the Difference!

Source: ©2019 Corrine Wofford International. All Rights Reserved.

Heat Stroke

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

With temperatures rising, SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like everyone to be aware of the dangers of heat stroke.

Heat stroke results from prolonged exposure to high temperatures -- usually in combination with dehydration -- which leads to failure of the body's temperature control system. The medical definition of heat stroke is a core body temperature greater than 104 degrees Fahrenheit, with complications involving the central nervous system that occur after exposure to high temperatures. Other common symptoms include nauseaseizures, confusion, disorientation, and sometimes loss of consciousness or coma.

The hallmark symptom of heat stroke is a core body temperature above 104 degrees Fahrenheit. But fainting may be the first sign.

Other symptoms may include:

  • Throbbing headache
  • Dizziness and light-headedness
  • Lack of sweating despite the heat
  • Red, hot, and dry skin
  • Muscle weakness or cramps
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Rapid heartbeat, which may be either strong or weak
  • Rapid, shallow breathing
  • Behavioral changes such as confusion, disorientation, or staggering
  • Seizures
  • Unconsciousness
  • Be careful in this summer heat.
  •  Source: webmd
  • Happy Independence Day!

    7/4/2019 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch wishes everyone a Happy 4th of July! Please have fun and be careful as you celebrate our independence. The following is a little history of this great holiday.

    The Fourth of July – also known as Independence Day or July 4th – has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.

    Hopefully you won't need our services, but if you do, call us at 210-670-9591 SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch. Faster to any size disaster.

    Source: history.com

    Prohibited Use of Fireworks

    6/28/2019 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to keep you up to date on the rules and regulations concerning fireworks in Bexar County.

    PROHIBITED USE OF FIREWORKS

    THE FIREWORKS RULES

    Texas Occupations Code § 2154.251. Prohibited Use of Fireworks (PDF)

    (a) A person may not: 

    (1) explode or ignite fireworks within 600 feet of any church, a hospital other than a veterinary hospital, an asylum, a licensed child care center, or a public or private primary or secondary school or institution of higher education unless the person receives authorization in writing from that organization; 

    (2) sell at retail, explode or ignite fireworks within 100 feet of a place where flammable liquids or flammable compressed gasses are stored and dispensed;

    (3) explode or ignite fireworks within 100 feet of a place where fireworks are stored or sold;

    (4) ignite or discharge fireworks in or from a motor vehicle;

    (5) place ignited fireworks in, or throw ignited fireworks at, a motor vehicle;

    (6) conduct a public fireworks display that includes Fireworks 1.3G unless the person is a licensed pyrotechnic operator;

    (7) conduct a proximate display of fireworks that includes Fireworks 1.3G or Fireworks 1.4G as defined in NFPA 1126 Standards for the Use of Pyrotechnics Before a Proximate Audience unless the person is a licensed pyrotechnic special effects operator and has the approval of the local fire prevention officer; or

    (8) sell, store, manufacture, distribute, or display fireworks except as provided by this chapter or rules adopted by the commissioner under this chapter.

    (b) A person may not manufacture, distribute, sell, or use fireworks in a public fireworks display or for agricultural, industrial, or wildlife control purposes without an appropriate license or permit. Fireworks manufactured, distributed, sold, or used without an appropriate license or permit are illegal fireworks.

    Penalties

    A violation of Section 2154.251(a)(1), (2), (3), (4), (5), or (8) that results in property damage in an amount of less than $200 and does not result in bodily injury or death, or a violation of Section 2154.254(a) or (b), is a Class C misdemeanor.

    A new state law enacted in September also gives fire professionals and law enforcement the ability to charge a person with arson if they recklessly cause a fire that damages a structure or other property such as a motor vehicle. If a person is found guilty under this law, the penalty can include fines up to $10,000 and incarceration.

    Source: Bexar.org

    Fireworks Safety Tips

    6/26/2019 (Permalink)

    The Fourth of July is rapidly approaching. SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch wants you to be aware of the inherent dangers of fireworks.

    Remember, fireworks can be dangerous, causing serious burn and eye injuries.

    Follow these safety tips when using fireworks: 

    • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
    • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
    • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don't realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.
    • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
    • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
    • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
    • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
    • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
    • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
    • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
    • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
    • Source: cpsc.gov

    Summer Begins Fun Facts

    6/21/2019 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like you to know that summer begins on June 21 and why!

    In the Northern Hemisphere, the June solstice occurs when the Sun reaches both its highest and northernmost points in the sky. (In contrast, the June solstice in the Southern Hemisphere is when the Sun is at its lowest point in the sky.)

    The word “solstice” comes from Latin solstitium—from sol (Sun) and stitium (standing), reflecting the fact that on the solstice, the Sun appears to stop moving in the sky as it reaches its northern- or southernmost point. After the solstice, the Sun appears to reverse course and head back in the opposite direction.

    The timing of the June solstice is not based on a specific calendar date or time; it all depends on when the Sun reaches its northernmost point from the equator. Therefore, the June solstice won’t always occur on the same day. 

    In temperate regions, we notice that the Sun is higher in the sky throughout the day, and its rays strike Earth at a more direct angle, causing the efficient warming we call summer. Because the sun is highest in the sky on this day, you’ll notice that your shadow (at noon) is the shortest it will be all year.

    When fire or water damage try to stress you out, call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591, and we will respond quickly to take the stress off of you.

    Source: The Old Farmers Almanac

    Happy Fathers Day!

    6/16/2019 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to wish all fathers a very Happy Fathers Day! The following is a little history of the origins of Fathers Day.

    There are a range of events, which may have inspired the idea of Father's Day. One of these was the start of the Mother's Day tradition in the first decade of the 20th century. Another was a memorial service held in 1908 for a large group of men, many of them fathers, who were killed in a mining accident in Monongah, West Virginia in December 1907.

    A woman called Sonora Smart Dodd was an influential figure in the establishment of Father's Day. Her father raised six children by himself after the death of their mother. This was uncommon at that time, as many widowers placed their children in the care of others or quickly married again.

    Sonora was inspired by the work of Anna Jarvis, who had pushed for Mother's Day celebrations. Sonora felt that her father deserved recognition for what he had done. The first time Father's Day was held in June was in 1910. Father's Day was officially recognized as a holiday in 1972 by President Nixon.

    Source: timeanddate.com

    History of Flag Day

    6/14/2019 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to share a little history behind the observance of Flag Day.

    U.S. Flag Day

    Poster commemorating the 140th Flag Day on June 14, 1917

    In the United StatesFlag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.[1] The United States Army also celebrates the U.S. Army Birthdays on this date; Congress adopted "the American continental army" after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775.[2][3]

    In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1946, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress. Flag Day is not an official federal holidayTitle 36 of the United States Code, Subtitle I, Part A, CHAPTER 1, § 110[4] is the official statute on Flag Day; however, it is at the president's discretion to officially proclaim the observance. On June 14, 1937, Pennsylvania became the first U.S. state to celebrate Flag Day as a state holiday, beginning in the town of Rennerdale.[1] New York Statutes designate the second Sunday in June as Flag Day, a state holiday.[5]

    Perhaps the oldest continuing Flag Day parade is in FairfieldWashington.[6] Beginning in 1909 or 1910, Fairfield has held a parade every year since, with the possible exception of 1918, and celebrated the "Centennial" parade in 2010, along with some other commemorative events. Appleton, Wisconsin, claims to be the oldest National Flag Day parade in the nation, held annually since 1950.[7] 

    Source: Wikipedia

    Memorial Day

    5/27/2019 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to honor all of the servicemen and women who have given their lives in service to our great country.

    Memorial Day (or Decoration Day) is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering and honoring persons who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.[1] The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May, was most recently held on May 28, 2018. Memorial Day was previously observed on May 30 from 1868 to 1970.[2]

    Memorial Day is considered the unofficial start of the summer vacation season in the United States,[3] while Labor Day marks its end on the first Monday of September. 

    Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day, particularly to honor those who died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

    Two other days celebrate those who serve or have served in the U.S. military: Veterans Day, which celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans;[4] and Armed Forces Day, a minor U.S. remembrance celebrated earlier in May, specifically honoring those currently serving in the U.S. military.

    Source: Wikipedia

    Happy Mother's Day!

    5/12/2019 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to wish all mothers, grandmothers, step-mothers, and foster mothers a very Happy Mother's Day!

    Mother’s Day is a holiday honoring motherhood that is observed in different forms throughout the world, and Mother’s Day 2019 occurs on Sunday, May 12, in the United States. The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. Jarvis would later denounce the holiday’s commercialization and spent the latter part of her life trying to remove it from the calendar. While dates and celebrations vary, Mother’s Day traditionally involves presenting moms with flowers, cards and other gifts.

    Give your mother or loved one a different gift this year. Call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch to discuss some of the many services that we offer that is sure to put a smile on your loved one's face. We can offer carpet and upholstery cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, duct cleaning, and many other options. Please call us at 210-670-9591

    Source: History.com

    Passover

    4/27/2019 (Permalink)

    What is Passover?

    The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan, April 19 - April 27, 2019. Passover (Pesach) commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. Pesach is observed by avoiding leaven, and highlighted by the Seder meals that include four cups of wine, eating matzah and bitter herbs, and retelling the story of the Exodus.

    In Hebrew it is known as Pesach (which means “to pass over”), because God passed over the Jewish homes when killing the Egyptian firstborn on the very first Passover eve.

    SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch hopes that this information was helpful and informative.

    Source: Chabad.org

    Happy Easter!

    4/21/2019 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to wish you and your family a Happy Easter!

    Easter Sunday is here, one of the holiest days on the Christian calendar. Easter is the day that Christians believe that Christ rose from the dead, bringing eternal life to followers. Christ's resurrection, following his crucifixion on what is known as Good Friday, is a time of rejoicing and rebirth.

    After Jesus was crucified on the Friday (now known as Good Friday), his body was taken down from the cross, and buried in a cave tomb. ... His followers realized that God had raised Jesus from the dead. Christians call this the Resurrection. The week leading up to Easter is called Holy Week.

    Source: Time and Date

    Good Friday

    4/19/2019 (Permalink)

    Good Friday is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, and may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover.

    Currently, Good Friday is considered a public holiday in over 20+ countries – especially ones with a strong tradition in the Christian faith. And although it is not a Federal holiday in the United States, there are several U.S states which treat it as a state holiday. Some of these include Hawaii, Kentucky, Texas and New Jersey.

    SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch hopes that this reminder and information is helpful.

    Source: Wikipedia and Hoildays Calendar

    Palm Sunday

    4/14/2019 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to remind you that today is Palm Sunday.

    Palm Sunday is the beginning of the Holy Week for Christians around the world. Holy Week encompasses the 7 days prior to Easter. It begins on Palm Sunday and includes Holy Thursday (also known as Maundy Thursday), Good Friday and ends at midnight on Holy Saturday. At the end of Holy Week is Easter Sunday with the celebration of Jesus rising from the tomb.

    Palm Sunday is the day in which Jesus enters Jerusalem; His last journey into the city before His death. Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. This choice of travel is very symbolic as Jesus wanted to show all the people that He came in peace. History shows that when a king rode into a city on a horse, he was entering for war. If a king came into a city on a donkey, he was coming in peace.

    Many people who heard Jesus was arriving in Jerusalem came forward to greet Him. In the Gospel of St. John 12:13, it is written that a great multitude “Took branches of palm trees and went forth to meet Him and cried Hosanna. Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord, the king of Israel.” Within some religions, it is stated that the palm leaves and robes were placed on the ground in front of Jesus as He entered Jerusalem similar to a “red carpet” greeting.

    Source: Holidays Calendar

    Thomas Jefferson's Birthday

    4/13/2019 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to recognize the birthday of Thomas Jefferson.

    Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father who was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and later served as the third President of the United States from 1801 to 1809. Previously, he had been elected the second Vice President of the United States, serving under John Adams from 1797 to 1801.

    Jefferson's most significant accomplishment as president was the Louisiana Purchase. In 1803, he acquired land stretching from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains from cash-strapped Napoleonic France for the bargain price of $15 million, thereby doubling the size of the nation in a single stroke.

    Source: Wikipedia and biography.com.

    Happy St. Patrick's Day!

    3/17/2019 (Permalink)

    What does St. Patrick's Day and SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch have in common? The color Green!

    Interesting St. Patrick's Day Facts:

    In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here are a few interesting St. Patrick’s Day facts!

    • Saint Patrick didn’t wear green. His color was “Saint Patrick’s blue.” The color green became associated with St. Patrick’s Day after it was linked to the Irish independence movement in the late 18th century.
    • Despite his Irish notoriety, Saint Patrick was British. He was born to Roman parents in Scotland or Wales in the late fourth century.
    • According to Irish legend, Saint Patrick used the shamrock as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity when he was first introducing Christianity to Ireland.
    • Saint Patrick is credited for driving the snakes out of Ireland, but according to the fossil record, Ireland has never been home to snakes as it was too cold to host reptiles during the Ice Age. The surrounding seas have kept snakes out since.
    • Irish immigrants began observing St. Patrick’s Day in Boston in 1737 and the first St. Patrick’s Day parade in America was held in New York City in 1766.
    • In Chicago, the Plumbers Local 110 union dyes the river Kelly green. The dye lasts for around five hours.
    • On or around St. Patrick’s Day, the Irish taoiseach, or prime minister, presents the U.S. president with a crystal bowl of live shamrocks as a symbol of the close ties between the two countries.
    • Source: WorldStrides

    Daylight Savings Time

    3/10/2019 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch here to remind you that daylight savings time begins at 2:00 A.M. Set your clocks forward one hour.

    THE HISTORY OF DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME

    Does changing the clocks really provide benefits? We’ll let you be the judge. 

    BLAME BEN?

    Benjamin Franklin’s “An Economical Project,” written in 1784, is the earliest known proposal to “save” daylight. It was whimsical in tone, advocating laws to compel citizens to rise at the crack of dawn to save the expense of candlelight:

    Every morning, as soon as the Sun rises, let all the bells in every church be set ringing: and if that is not sufficient, let cannon be fired in every street to wake the sluggards effectually… . Oblige a man to rise at four in the morning, and it is probable that he will go willingly to bed at eight in the evening.”

    Source:The Old Farmers Almanac.

    2018 Annual Scholarship Fund Raiser Golf Tournament

    11/9/2018 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch was the title sponsor for the Alamo Ranch 151 Business Association Second Annual Scholarship fund raiser. 100% of the funds raised after expenses were applied to scholarships  for local area high school students. A total of 7- $1000 scholarships were awarded.

       The tournament was held on October 4, 2018 and there were approximately 64 players in attendance. 

       SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch is committed to serving our community and surrounding areas.

       SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch wishes to thank all of the participants, volunteers , and sponsors for a successful event.

    SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch Wins 1st Annual Alamo Ranch/151 BA Golf Tourney

    6/14/2017 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch donates to college scholarships

    The team of SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch found itself in the winners bracket on May 4, 2017.  The Alamo Ranch/151 Business Association 1st Annual Golf Tournament was held at the Golf Club of Texas (GCT) on Thursday May 4, 2017.  I must say the fourth was with Team SERVPRO as they shot a 65 to capture first place.  The tournament was designed to fund scholarships for seven area high school seniors from differnet hifgh schools in the Northside Independent School  District in San Antonio.  Gina & Ronnie Barberra put on the golf tournament for the students benefit.  Pictured L to R are Brian Graybeal, Mike Galligan, Ronnie Barberra, AR/151BA, Tommy Galligan, Sean Galligan and Patrick Reyna Statesman AR/151/BA.  Congratulations to the deserving seniors!

    SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch completes its final CE for 2015

    11/20/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch completed its final Continuing Education class for 2015 with a very informative Restorative Drying seminar.  Tommy Galligan, co-owner of SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch, was at the helm as he shared his knowledge and experience with agents from across San Antonio.

    The agents learned the kinds of water damage categories, had a chance to see some of the tools of the trade, and were treated to breakfast food, snacks, and treats.

    If you need CE credits or would like to join a class and learn about the many aspects of the fire and water restoration and cleaning business, contact us today at 210-60-9591.

    Hey, SAN ANTONIO, Did you Know?

    11/16/2015 (Permalink)

    DID YOU KNOW?

    Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.

    On Average, there is a 183% increase in fire incidents on Thanksgiving Day.

    So be careful, San Antonio.

    SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch

    For an fire or water emergency, call 210-670-9591, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

    San Antonio, Beware of 'The Silent Killer'

    10/27/2015 (Permalink)

    Carbon monoxide, considered 'the silent killer', is a gas you cannot see, taste, smell.  It can be created when fuels, such as kerosene, gasoline, coal, natural gas, propane, methane, or wood do not burn properly.  According to the US Fire Administration, around 150 people die every year from accidental carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.  Often times, it is the result of faulty, improperly used or vented consumer products like furnaces, ranges, water heaters, room heaters, and engine-powered equipment, such as portable generators.  However, there are precautions you can take to help protect yourself, your family, and your employees from deadly CO fumes.

    Reduce the chance of CO exposure in your workplace by performing regular maintenance on equipment and appliances that can produce CO.  Consider switching from gasoline-powered equipment to equipment powered by electricity or batteries.  Prohibit the use of gasoline-powered engines or tools in poorly ventilated areas.

    To protect your home, install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of the home, including outside of all bedrooms.  Consider having all fuel-burning heating equipment and chimney serviced annually by a professional.  Use portable generators only in well-ventilated areas away from doors, windows, vents, and any other openings to prevent fumes from entering the home.

    For additional carbon monoxide safety information, visit usfa.fema.gov or osha.gov.