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Continuing Education Class Reminder
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to remind you that we have a continuing education class coming up on March 21,2019. The curriculum is Fire Damage #24747 and is a 4 hour course. The course will be held at:
215 Richland Hills Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78245
The registration will begin at 8:00 A.M. with the course starting promptly at 8:30 A.M. Breakfast foods will be served along with snacks. Please bring your drivers license and agent or adjuster number to the class to insure that you receive credit for attending. 100% attendance is required in order to receive CE credits. Please RSVP to 210-670-9591.
George Washington's birthday 1st President
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch informs you that today is George Washington's birthday! He was born on February 22, 1732. That would make him 287 years old today. That is a lot of candles.
George Washington was a humble man who did not enjoy flashy celebrations. During his lifetime, Washington paid little attention to his own birthday, and often "celebrated" it by responding to letters or attending to matters at Mount Vernon.
However, national celebration of his birthday began while he was alive and continued after his death. While his birthday is still recognized to this day, the parameters around it changed in the late 20th century, when it officially became known as "Presidents' Day".
The road to what the majority of the public in the United States now recognizes as Presidents' Day is a long and confusing one. After Washington died in 1799, his birthday was informally celebrated across the country. It wasn't until January 31, 1879, that Washington's birthday became a federally recognized holiday.
Until 1968, Washington's birthday had always been celebrated on February 22. It was tradition and a powerful reminder of a man who helped create what we have today in the United States.
On June 28, 1968, Congress passed the "Uniform Monday Holiday Act". The law was to provide annual observances of certain legal public holidays on Mondays. The act was also created to give federal employees more three day weekends. Under this new law, Washington's birthday would be celebrated on the third Monday of February, partially losing the value and identity of the importance of his birthday. Washington's birthday has not been celebrated on the actual day of his birth since the law took affect in 1971.
Source: George Washington's Mount Vernon
Happy President's Day from SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch!
President's Day, officially Washington's birthday in the United States, is a federal holiday observed on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington (born on February 22), the first President of the United States. The holiday is popularly recognized as also honoring Abraham Lincoln (born on February 12), and sometimes all the U.S. presidents.
The federal holiday commemorating Washington was established in 1879 for government offices in Washington only and later (1885) expanded to the whole country. The Uniform Monday Holiday Act from 1968 changed the date to the third Monday in February (effective as of 1971). As of 1971 and depending on a given (Gregorian calendar) year, the date of President's Day falls between February 15 and 21. Hence it never occurs on February 22, i.e., the actual Washington's birthday. Similarly, it also misses Lincoln's Birthday on February 12.
Indoor Wellness Episode 4 Why Replace?
SERVPRO® of Alamo Ranch recommends that you replace a dirty, clogged air filter with a clean new one to lower your air conditioner's energy consumption by 5% to 10%. In turn, keeping energy costs low while giving you peace of mind that your system will last for years to come.
That's why our FILTER SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE makes life easier for you. You can sign up following the directions below and we'll deliver the filter you need right on time, every time.
You don't have to make a special trip to the store, and you don't have to commit your filter size to memory-we'll take care of it. Depending on the size of the filter, you'll need to change it at different intervals. Thanks to your Indoor Wellness auto delivery, a new filter will arrive when it's time to replace-you'll never have to remember how often to change it again.
Plus, if you use code C44784 at checkout, you'll receive your first filter for FREE!
Abraham Lincoln's Birthday 16th President
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like you to know that it is Abraham Lincoln's 210th birthday today, but you wouldn't know it by watching the number of states that observe the day as a paid holiday.
Currently, the Lincoln holiday is celebrated unofficially nationwide as part of what many states call President's Day, which falls on Monday, February 18th this year. Just a few states celebrate the actual Lincoln Birthday on its date. Technically the federal President's Day commemorates George Washington's observed birthday: There is no national holiday called President's Day.
On February 12, Lincoln's real birthday, there are few celebrations on a state level, along with a ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. There is also a wreath ceremony at Lincoln's birthplace in Kentucky.
Lincoln really was born in a one room log cabin, on Sinking Spring Farm near present day Hodgenville, Kentucky.
There were efforts right after Lincoln's death to get his birthday recognized as a holiday, but there has never been a federal Lincoln birthday holiday.
Source: Constitution Daily
Indoor Wellness Episode 3 Regular Filter Replacement
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like you to know that changing your furnace filter regularly goes a long way toward keeping your indoor air clean and keeping your heating and cooling system running efficiently.
Of course, everyone has good intentions when it comes to changing their furnace filters, but sometimes life gets in the way and the filter sits in the furnace collecting dust for longer than recommended-weeks, months or more.
This dust and other buildup can cause your filter to become clogged, which may result in allergens polluting your home and making you sick. A fresh filter will keep both you and your home running at the top of your game.
Visit indoorwellness.com for products that help improve the overall air quality in your home.
Carbon Monoxide: A Silent Cold-Weather Killer
San Antonio is not known for cold weather, but believe it or not, we get our fair share of it. SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to keep you informed of the dangers of Carbon Monoxide in this cold season.
Carbon Monoxide is a gas that you can not see, taste, or smell. According to ready.gov, an average of 430 Americans die each year from unintentional carbon monoxide(CO) poisoning. Often times, it is the result of faulty, improperly used or vented consumer products such as furnaces, ranges, water heaters, room heaters, and engine powered equipment, such as portable generators.
Consider having all fuel-burning heating equipment and chimneys serviced annually by a professional. Use portable generators only in a well ventilated area away from doors, windows, vents, and other openings to prevent fumes from entering the home.
For additional CO safety information, visit usfa.fema.gov or osha.gov.
Source: SERVPRO® Restoration Newsline Volume 30, Issue 1
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch offers financing!
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch has partnered with a company called GreenSky to offer several financing options to help our clients pay for deductibles and other needs that they may have.
GreenSky loans are unsecured loans with fixed interest rates. Unlike a revolving credit card, your monthly payment amount is always the same.
GreenSky can be used for all services provided by SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch in it's entirety or partial amounts. There is no prepayment penalty, so you, the customer are in control of when you will pay the loan off. Payments can be made online or by phone, or schedule automatic payments to be drafted from your bank account. The choice is yours.
Call us today at 210-670-9591 for more information or to submit an application
6 Ways to Prevent Heat Stress at Work
You can treat heat stress, but preventing it is even better. Here are the steps you need to know to do both.
Yesterday’s Advisor began a discussion of heat-related problems workers may face as June stretches into July, August, and September, traditionally the hottest months of the year.
Heat problems kill some 4,000 Americans yearly, including the very young and old, those with diseases such as diabetes that disrupt the body’s temperature control mechanism, and those working in the heat. That last group puts the issue in your hands.
Heat problems themselves come in three varieties: heat cramps, heat exhaustion (also called heat prostration or collapse,) and the real killer, heatstroke. Collectively, these conditions are known as heat stress. Remedies for each condition were explained by James D. MacDonald on the website, nielsenhayden.com
For heat cramps, MacDonald writes, “Get out of the hot environment, stop using your large muscles, drink water, and replace electrolytes.”
For heat exhaustion, he advises, “Get out of the heat and take off any excessive clothing, particularly around the head and neck. Drink a liter of water (slowly, so nausea doesn’t develop), lie down with your feet up, and use a fan for cooling.” The problem should go away in 30 minutes. If not, medical attention may be needed.
Heatstroke is a medical emergency. “Your first and biggest objective is to lower the [body’s] core temperature by any means available,” MacDonald explains. Those include cold packs on the neck, armpits, and groin, coverage with wet sheets or towels, and placement in a highly air-conditioned room. Medical help should be summoned immediately. “Even if you save the brain, you may not have saved the kidneys,” he adds.
It’s understandable if all of this has you looking for ways to prevent these conditions rather than having to treat them. Fortunately, our subscription website, Safety.BLR.com, recently answered this need with these 6 ways to prevent heat illness:
- Pre-hydrate. Before activity starts, have workers drink up to 16 ounces of fluid. Then drink 8 ounces every 20 minutes during the activity.
- Drink flavored water. Plain water quenches thirst too quickly, so workers tend to not drink enough of it.
- Acclimate to the heat slowly, over 5 to 7 days of exposure. For new workers, institute a 20 percent increase of time in the heat for each day. Workers already used to these conditions can increase exposure slightly faster, but 4 days out of the heat means re-acclimation will be needed.
- Don’t wear a hat. It restricts heat loss through the head. Workers operating in direct sunlight can wear a visor.
- Wear loose, thin synthetic fabrics. They help the skin stay cool through evaporation. Avoid cotton as it soaks up sweat, forestalling evaporation.
- Wear your PPE no matter what the temperature. It can’t protect you if it’s not on you. If it’s uncomfortable, take frequent breaks.
Eliminate Heating Hazards This Winter
Did you know 50% of all residential heating-related fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February?
Sure, its important to keep your home warm during the winter. But SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch urges San Antonio to use these helful hints to also stay safe.
-- Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or a portable space heater. Have a three-foot 'kid free zone' around open fires and space heaters.
-- Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
-- Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturers, for fuel burning space heaters.
-- Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
-- Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
-- Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters, or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer's instructions.
-- Test smoke alarms monthly.
If your property does suffer fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch to help make it 'Like It Never Happened'.
Praise for SERVPRO
"The SERVPRO team gave me my life back! From start to finish they handled my situation with kindness, care and outstanding professionalism."
-- Joanne, FL
"I just wanted to drop you a quick note to personally let you know how pleased we were for the extraordinary service we got from SERVPRO! Much of our 60,000sq.ft. building was flooded due to an activation of a sprinkler system. The SERVPRO team was extremely responsive and professional in all respects. I personally witnessed their excellent leadership and communication skills, and my staff consistenly praised their performance."
-- Doug, VA
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch is the Cleanup Team faster to any disaster in 2016
The New Year brings the opportunity for new beginnings. Start 2016 off right by being READY! The professionals at SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch want to help ensure you enjoy a safe and happy new year by helping you be prepared for anything the year may hold.
Did you know up to 50 percent of businesses that suffer a disaster might never reopen? Of the businesses that do survive a disaster, the overwhelming majority had an emergency preparedness plan in place. The professionals at SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch can help you build an emergency preparedness plan for your property at NO COST. You read that right? We can prepare a Red Cross approved emergency readiness plan, meeting your property's specific needs, ABSOLUTELY FREE.
Make your resolution one that helps protect you and your business. Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch to learn more about how they can help you be 'Ready for Whatever Happens' in the New Year!
IS YOUR EXIT PLAN IN PLACE?
EVERY SECOND COUNTS DURING A FIRE. In a matter of moments, a small flame can turn into a major fire, making it critical to be prepared by having an escape plan in place. A survey conducted by the American Red Cross shows only 26 percent of families have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. Once a plan is developed, it is critical everyone in the home understands the plan; the best way to do this is by practicing the escape plan at least twice a year. The following are a few suggestions to help you develop an emergency escape plan for your family.
Draw a Map of each level of your home and show all doors and windows. Find two ways to get out of each room. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.
Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second and third floor. Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. Store them near the window where they will be used.
Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they've escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.
Teach childrenhow to escape on their own in case you cannot help them.
Plan for everyone in your home with special consideration for elderly or disabled individuals.
Practice your fire escape plan at night and during the daytime.
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Meet the crew of SERVPRO Alamo Ranch 8/11/15
The door to the buzzing hub of quality fire and water emergency needs.
No one knows when a fire or water emergency will happen in the San Antonio area. But one thing's for certain: SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch is ready to serve 24/7/365. The staff and crew of one of the nation's leading SERVPRO franchises brings quality production and outstanding customer service that sets it apart from other restoration companies in the city. These are the folks ready to meet your restoration and mitigation needs.
SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch was founded by two brothers, Thomas and Michael Galligan. Mike and Tommy were born in Detroit, Michigan, and spent a majority of their lives in Mississippi. Mike and Tommy have extensive experience as business owners and entrepreneurs before they decided to travel to Texas to open the doors of SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch.
Mike and Tommy have put together a hard working and knowledgeable crew to assist in all your water and restoration needs. JERIC, RICKY, MAGELLAN, AND COLE are hard working folks who arrive prepared to do the work in the quickest and most professional manner.
Leading the front office staff is SHARI GALLIGAN, who helps coordinate with insurance companies for payments. KIM WARD helps analyze and arrange the data collected by the crewmembers on each of the jobs.
SERVPRO enlists two quality emergency consultants who reach out to insurance agents and local businesses. BOWIE V. IBARRA and BARBARA GALLIGAN provide the Alamo Ranch community and surrounding areas with keen insight and available information on all fire and water mitigation needs.
If you have a water or fire emergency, pipe bust, toilet overflow, mold, or even a general cleaning need, SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch is here to help.