Wildfire Smoke… is your health at risk?

When a wildfire burns, there is a chance that the smoke could reach your community. Wildfire smoke contains gases and fine particles from the burning trees and other materials that are burning. The smoke could irritate your eyes, respiratory system and even worsen any chronic or heart diseases.

Who is at the greatest risk?

  • Individuals with lung or heart disease, or any respiratory issues.
  • Older adults are likely to be affected to smoke due to their increased risk of lung and heart disease.
  • Children are at risk since their airways are still developing and intake more air than adults.

Take these steps to decrease your risk of wildfire smoke.

  • Check the local air quality reports. Listen to the news for any health warnings and pay attention to any public health messages about what safety measures you need to take.
  • Consult local visibility guides. Some areas have tools that measure the amount of particles in the air, while other communities can help determine by how far they are able to see.
  • Keep indoor air clean. If you are staying indoors, keep all doors and windows closed. Run your air conditioner, but make sure the fresh-air intake is closed to prevent outside air from getting in. If your home has no air conditioning and is too hot to stay inside, go to your local evacuation center or leave the affected area.
  • Avoid indoor activities that increase pollution. Burning candles, fireplaces, gas stoves, even vacuuming creates or stirs up pollution. Smoking also creates even more pollution in the air.
  • Prevent wildfires from starting. Make sure you are safely preparing, maintaining and extinguishing campfires. Check with the local fire department to make sure the weather is safe for a campfire.
  • Follow the advice of healthcare provider on medicines or how to properly manage your respiratory distress. Contact your doctor if symptoms worsen, and consider evacuating the area if you are having trouble breathing.
  • Do not rely on dust masks for protection. These masks will not protect your lungs from the pollution found in wildfire smoke. They are designed to trap large particles, such as sawdust.
  • Evacuate from the path of wildfires. Follow the instructions from the local officials on when and where to evacuate. Be prepared for heavy traffic and to follow the designated evacuation route, as some roads may be blocked or closed.
  • Protect yourself cleaning up after a fire. Be cautious while cleaning up, as you are exposed to ash and other particles from the fire that can irritate your eyes, nose, or skin and can cause coughing and other health issues.

As always, stay safe and protect yourself from the wildfires.

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RESTORATION MANAGEMENT COMPANY ANNOUNCES NEW LOCATION IN THE DENVER-METRO AREA

DENVER, Colorado – September 26, 2018

Restoration Management Company, a Western US-based restoration services company, is proud to announce the opening of their thirteenth location in Littleton, Colorado. The expansion is a direct result of the tremendous growth Restoration Management Company (RMC) has experienced. RMC provides 24-hour emergency and restoration services for customers when they experience a catastrophe at their commercial or residential property.

For 33 years, RMC has been providing residents and business owners exceptional service in the states of California, Washington, and Arizona; as well as catastrophe sites across the US. RMC stands out in the restoration field because of their professionally trained employees, commitment to customer service, and an extensive inventory of equipment that allows for a quick response – 365 days a year.

Jon Takata, Founder and CEO of Restoration Management Company, expressed his excitement about the new location. “Our team is excited about our continued growth. Many of our current clients have multiple locations across the western United States — the new location in Denver builds mutual synergy by allowing us to serve them across the entire region. Additionally, Colorado is also centrally located within the country; allowing RMC to respond quickly to National Catastrophes that arise.”

In addition to being a licensed, full-service disaster restoration company, RMC is experienced in environmental services. “At RMC, we are proud to be the preferred emergency response contractor for property owners, managers and insurance companies throughout the western region of the US.” Jay McDonald, General Manager for RMC Denver continues; “We look forward to serving our Colorado customers with the same high-level of service we are dedicated to delivering at every RMC location.”

Restoration Management Company’s Denver Branch will operate from their new office at 8160 Blakeland Drive, Unit G, Littleton, CO 80125, and can be reached directly at (720) 595-3869.

ABOUT RESTORATION MANAGEMENT COMPANY

Since 1985, Restoration Management Company has provided 24-hour restoration service for customers when they experience a catastrophe in their home or work place. Headquartered in Hayward, California, RMC has 10 regional locations in Northern and Southern California, as well as locations in Seattle, Phoenix and Denver-metro areas. When emergency services are required RMC delivers high-quality and rapid property restoration. We stand ready with our highly trained, experienced, and customer-focused restoration technicians.

Restoration Management Company www.RMC.com

24/7/365 – 1.800.400.5058

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Attention Riverside, CA!

It is with great pleasure we introduce our newest Multi-Family Account Manager – Patricia Rodriguez! She brings several years of experience in the industry and has the skills necessary to successfully take on ALL of your restoration needs. Patricia is ready to help! Welcome to the RMC team Patricia!

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Did you know according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics one million workers suffer back injuries each year? A back injury does not just impact our daily work, it can affect our lives.

When do back injuries happen? When lifting!

  • Injuries occur during lifting because…
    • Improper techniques; such as lifting with the back and not the legs
    • An object is too heavy
    • Twisting while lifting or carrying objects
    • Repetitive lifting during a task

So… How can we prevent back injuries?

Eliminate – The best way to prevent back injuries is to eliminate as many lifts as possible. Using equipment such as forklifts, heavy equipment and dollies are the best way to limit risk. Breaking down large or heavy items first can help too!

Engineering Controls – Setup work areas to be ergonomically friendly. Install mechanical lifting devices and conveyor belts where feasible to limit the handling of objects. Install proper shelving and setup storage areas that keep objects and lifts within an optimal range. These techniques limit awkward and dangerous lifts.

Administrative Controls – Use the buddy system when lifting any awkward or heavy objects. If an item weighs more than 100 pounds it is better lifted by a team or using a tool.

Personal Protective Equipment – PPE’s like safety belts and back support can reduce the risk of back injuries – but it is never a sure thing.  In order to protect yourself be sure to use proper techniques.

StretchMake sure to stretch your back and body before any heavy lifting. This will help loosen up the muscles and avoid them being tweaked.

Good luck and remember to be smart and safe!

Attention Southern California! RMC would like to introduce our newest Insurance Account Manager – Jon Korzen! He brings with him 10 years experience in both Mortgage and HVAC Account Management – his career has prepared him to take care of all your restoration needs! Welcome aboard Jon! https://loom.ly/lECg8Ks

Dust isn’t just annoying – it’s dangerous! Make sure you are informed and that you protect yourself and others around you.

Airborne dusts are of particular concern because they are associated with classical widespread occupational lung diseases, as well as with systemic intoxication such as lead poisoning, especially at higher levels of exposure. There is also increasing interest in other dust-related diseases, such as cancer, asthma, allergic alveolitis and irritation, as well as a whole range of non-respiratory illnesses, which may occur at much lower exposure levels. Dust that contains crystalline silica is also a huge issue for workers on construction sites. Crystalline silica respirable dust particles can penetrate deep into the lungs and cause disabling and sometimes fatal lung diseases, including silicosis and lung cancer, as well as kidney disease. It is never good to breathe in any excessive of amount of dust even if it is thought that no contaminants are present in the dust.

Be aware of other dust related hazards.

There are other hazards to take into consideration with a heavy dust zone. With dust particles floating in the air, it could lead to decreased visibility and even lead to potential eye injuries. Dust can also serve as a distraction from a work-task creating more risk for injury or property damage.

How can you avoid dust related illnesses and accidents?

It is not possible to completely get rid of dust, but being aware of how avoid dust related illnesses and injuries are extremely beneficial.

  • Eliminate the source of the dust whether that is through engineering controls or a change in work processes.
  • Use collection or vacuum systems on tools that create dust to collect it at the point of operation.
  • Use wet methods when cutting or breaking any concrete or similar materials.
  • Use water as a means of suppression for the dust on roadways or in work areas.
  • Have trucks and equipment keep speeds down if dusty conditions are present onsite.
  • Stay out of the areas where dust levels are high as well as avoiding being downwind from these areas.
  • Use proper respirators when engineering controls are not enough to protect you.

As always, please keep safety in the forefront!

Attention Northern California! We are excited to announce that Adrianna Hadlock is now with RMC! Adrianna comes to us with over 10 years experience in the medical industry… and will be using that experience to take amazing care of the restoration needs for hospitals, surgery centers and medical office buildings throughout Northern California. Welcome aboard Adrianna!

Slips, Trips, and Falls Safety Talk

Slips, trips, and falls are one of the leading causes of injuries and fatalities in the workplace. According to OSHA, slip, trip, and fall incidents cause 15% of all accidental deaths, and are second only to motor vehicle incidents as a cause of fatalities on the job. These types of incidents are extremely costly to businesses. According to the 2017 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, the annual direct cost of disabling occupational injuries due to slips, trips and falls is estimated to exceed $11 billion.

Common Slip, Trip, and Fall Incidents

Falls from elevation are often deadly or result in serious injury and may include falls from ladders, falls off of mobile equipment, falls from roofs or other elevated structures, etc. Slip incidents on slippery surfaces such as snow and ice are common in colder geographical areas in the U.S. Wet floors due to moisture or chemicals is also a common cause of slip incidents at work. Trips can be caused by a multitude of reasons including poor housekeeping, changes in elevation, improper footwear, etc.

Mitigation Actions to Prevent Slip, Trip, and Fall Incidents

  • Always use fall prevention or protection for work over 4ft in general industry work and 6ft in the construction industry. Protect workers by using proper guarding of any holes or open windows and use guardrails to prevent falls. Where guardrails are not feasible, use proper fall protection.  An example of proper fall protection is a full body harness and a self-retracting lanyard attached to an approved anchor point with 100% tie-off.
  • Proper housekeeping is very important in preventing slip, trip, and falls incidents. Objects on the ground create a hazard for anyone walking or working in the area. Maintain clearly defined paths for walking in the work area. Have lay down yards for tools and equipment out of the way of employee foot traffic.
  • Address any wet, slippery, or icy walking surfaces in your work area. Post signs of any hazardous surfaces until the situation is taken care of completely.
  • When climbing up or down a portable or fixed ladder ensure that you use proper techniques such as using three points of contact and keeping your belt buckle within the sides of the ladder. Do not lean to reach objects – this can throw off your balance and you could fall.

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Reprinted from: http://www.monsoonsafety.org/safety-prep/

Planning ahead

The best way to avoid lightning, flash floods, and other dangerous conditions is by not being in danger in the first place. Many ways are available to gain weather information including:

  • Watching current weather forecasts on TV or the internet
  • Listening to weather reports on the radio or a NOAA weather radio
  • Subscribing to lightning and severe weather notification services
  • Scanning the skies 360 degrees around and overhead before leaving a safe location

Disaster Supply Kit Contents

Every family should prepare a family disaster supply kit in the event of severe weather conditions. The disaster supply kit should contain essential items such as food, water, and sturdy clothing, to sustain a family for up to three days since electric power, gas and water services may be interrupted.

  • Three gallons of water in clean, closed containers for each person and pet
  • First aid kit
  • A stock of food that requires no cooking or refrigeration
  • Portable and working battery-operated radio, flashlights, and extra batteries
    (Candles and oil lamps are fire hazards)
  • Necessary medications
  • Back-up power source for life support or other medical equipment that requires electricity to function

Flash Flood Safety

Many governmental agencies are dedicated to alerting the community to road closures during our thunderstorm season. City of Tucson’s Operation Splash and Pima County Department of Transportation pre-deploy barricades and emergency flashers to locations where they know water will be running across roadways, causing major problems for motorists.

Local law enforcement and fire departments pre-deploy response teams into areas that are known to become inaccessible during heavy rain and runoff conditions.

More deaths each year occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm-related hazard because people underestimate the force and power of water. Many of the deaths occur in automobiles that are swept downstream.

Flash Flood Safety for Homeowners

  • If you live in a flood prone area have an evacuation plan.
  • Store materials like sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting and lumber for protection from floodwaters and to make quick repairs after a severe storm.
  • Store materials above flood levels.
  • Secure wanted objects to prevent them from floating away.
  • Learn where to find high ground, which is safe from flooding. In a flash flood seek high ground quickly.
  • Contact an insurance agent to discuss flood insurance coverage. Flood losses are not covered under normal homeowners’ insurance policies. Flood insurance is available through the National Flood Insurance Program. Get coverage early-there is a waiting period before it takes effect.

Turn Around Don’t Drown™ Safety Tips

  • Driving around barricades is illegal and dangerous.
  • Do not let children play near storm drains or washes after a heavy rain.
  • Avoid low-water crossings.
  • Avoid camping in a wash or in the bottom of a canyon with steep side slopes.
  • Be especially cautious at night. Flood dangers are much more difficult to see in the dark.
  • Even a less serious urban flood can be dangerous. Driving too fast through standing water can cause a car to hydroplane. The best defense is to slow down or pull well off the road (with the lights off) for a few minutes to wait out heavy rains.
  • Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast.
  • Do not attempt to cross flowing streams.
  • Do not camp or park a vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions.
  • If flooding occurs, get to higher ground. Get out of areas subject to flooding. This includes dips, low spots, canyons, washes, etc.
  • Roadbeds may be washed out under floodwaters. Never drive through flooded roadways.
  • If your vehicle is suddenly caught in rising water, leave it immediately and seek higher ground.
  • If a traffic signal is out, treat the intersection as a 4-way stop.
  • As little as ten inches of water can float average-sized cars, mini-vans, SUVs and trucks. Strength of the flow is the critical force.
  • When in doubt, wait it out, or find a safer route.

Lightning Safety

When thunder roars, go indoors. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning. There is no place outside that is safe from a lightning strike. Remaining indoors for 30 minutes after seeing the last lightning and hearing the last thunder will eliminate the risk at the end of storms.

If fewer than 30 seconds elapse between the time you see a flash and hear the thunder, then the flash is less than 6 miles away. Research has shown that the most successive flashes are within 6 miles, which means that you should have reached a safe place if lightning is less than 6 miles away. However, lightning may strike up to 10 miles away from the parent storm.

If someone is struck by lightning, call 911 immediately.

Indoor Safety

  • Never touch wiring during a thunderstorm. It’s too late to unplug electronics if thunder is heard.
  • Corded phones are dangerous during thunderstorms. Lightning traveling through telephone wires has killed people. Cell phone and cordless phones are safe.
  • Wait to use any plumbing-sinks, showers, tubs, and toilets. Plumbing can conduct electricity from lightning strikes from outside.
  • Unplug expensive electronics including TV, stereo, home entertainment centers, and computers modem lines when thunderstorms are expected, and before the storm arrives. Typically, summer thunderstorms form in the early to mid-afternoon, when most people are at work.
  • Stop playing video games connected to the TV.

Outdoor Safety

No place outside is safe from lightning during a thunderstorm. When a storm approaches go to a nearby large substantial building or a fully-enclosed metal-topped vehicle. Bring pets indoors. Lightning and thunder are very scary for pets, and they are likely to panic or even run away to try and escape the storm.

Power and Communications Outage Safety

Power and communications outages can be more widespread and last longer than a thunderstorm. Be ready for outages inside and outdoors by taking precautions and actions to minimize inconvenience and maximize safety. Protect sensitive electrical equipment by installing power protection devices that can be purchased at department, hardware or electronics stores.

Indoor Safety

  • Stay at home.
  • Use a cell phone. Cordless phones do not work without electricity. Use corded phone only for emergencies.
  • Unplug sensitive electronic equipment before the storm arrives.
  • Turn off electric appliances that were on before power was lost. Leave one light on as an indicator for when power is restored.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed — food will stay fresh up to 8 hours.
  • If the power is out for less than two hours, do not open the refrigerator or freezer. This will help food to stay cold. For a power outage lasting longer than two hours, pack cold and frozen foods into coolers. As a general rule, perishable foods should not be held over 40 degrees for more than two hours.
  • During a thunderstorm, turn off the AC unit. Power surges from lightning can overload units, leading to costly repair bills.

Outdoor Safety

  • Stay away from downed power lines.
  • Call 911 to report downed power lines.
  • If a power line comes into contact with your vehicle, remain inside the vehicle until help arrives. Do not attempt to get out of the vehicle – that is the safest place for you to be. By stepping out of the vehicle, your body can become the pathway for electricity to reach the ground, causing severe bodily harm and possibly electrocution. Use a cell phone, if available, to notify emergency services of the exact location.

How Storms Affect the Delivery of Electric Power

  • TEP plans for storms in advance, ensuring that our equipment is working, keeping a sufficient amount of supplies on hand and placing extra crews on call. TEP’s computer-operated Outage Management System allows service to be restored as quickly and as safely as possible.
  • High winds and lightning strikes can cause lines to cross and short out or break, thereby interrupting the flow of electricity.
  • Lightning can strike a transformer on a pole or a substation interrupting the delivery of electricity — even miles away from the location of the strike.
  • TEP is continuously servicing and upgrading our equipment, making it more able to withstand storm hazards.

Dust Storms

  • These are an underrated killer in Arizona! Straight lines winds in any thunderstorm can lift huge clouds of dust and reduce visibilities to near zero in seconds, which can quickly result in deadly, multi-vehicle accidents on roadways.
  • Dust storms, or haboobs, are more common during the early part of the monsoon, but can occur at any time during the season, depending on rainfall patterns. Be prepared for blowing dust and reduced visibilities any time thunderstorms are nearby.
  • Remember: PULL ASIDE, STAY ALIVE! If you encounter a dust storm, and cannot avoid driving into it. Pull off the road as far as you can safely do so. Turn off your headlights and taillights. Put your vehicle in “PARK,” and/or engage your parking brake, and take your foot off the brake (so your brake lights are not illuminated.) Other motorists may tend to follow tail lights in an attempt to get through the dust storm, and may strike your vehicle from behind. For additional information, see pullasidestayalive.org
  • Dust storms usually last a few minutes, and up to an hour at most. Stay where you are until the dust storm passes.
Reprinted from: http://www.monsoonsafety.org/safety-prep/

Inspecting your home and completing monthly home improvement projects will keep your maintenance schedule on track and easier to manage. A comprehensive monthly home maintenance checklist is easy to implement, both in terms of time and money.

Here is a list of basic summer projects to keep you and your family safe this summer!

  • Clean the furnace filter to remove dust build-ups, make it easier to regulate your home’s temperature, and ultimately decrease utility bills.
  • Check the water softener and replenish salt if necessary.
  • Clean faucet aerators and showerheads to remove mineral deposits.
  • Inspect tub and sink drains for debris; unclog.
  • Test smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, and all ground-fault circuit interrupters.
  • Inspect electrical cords for wear.
  • Vacuum heat registers and heat vents.
  • Check that indoor and outdoor air vents are not blocked.
  • Flush out hot water from the water heater to remove accumulated sediment.
  • Clean the garbage disposal by grinding ice cubes, then flushing with hot water and baking soda.