Drive Safe During Icy Road Conditions
Be very careful when driving in adverse winter weather conditions.
Usaully, when snow is melting, it’s a good thing. But, if melted snow covers roads and freezes overnight, it can make for hazardous driving conditions.
Here are a few tips for driving on icy roads.
Slow down. Driving too fast for the road conditions is one of the main causes of snow accidents.
Space out. Leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. It can take a driver twice as long to stop their vehicle when driving in snowy conditions as to normal road conditions.
Don't slam on the brakes. When you’re driving and start sliding on a patch of ice, slamming the brakes harder won’t stop you vehicle. Probably the best thing a driver can do is go against your normal instincts and turn into the skid. You also need to press the accelerator.
Don't drive at all. If at all possible, avoid driving. When the roads are covered with snow or ice, that’s probably the safest thing to do anyway.
Restoring Your Lenoir, Duplin or Jones County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event
Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challeges
Flooding and water damage events at Lenoir, Duplin or Jones County commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
SERVPRO of Lenoir, Duplin & Jones Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Turkey is Good All Year Long
Turkey meat can be used in many various ways any time of year.
After Thanksgiving many people never think about eating turkey until the next year. Turkey is a lot more than a holiday tradition. Anyone who is health conscious would be wise to learn more about the health benefits of turkey and find ways to include in their meals throughout the year.
Turkey is low in fat and high in protein. One piece of turkey breast without the skin has around 160 calories, only four grams of fat and 30 grams of protein. Dark meat can be a little higher in calories but has about the same amount of protein.
Turkey meat contains vitamin B3, which may help increase HDL colesterol, or as what many people refer to as the “good “ cholesterol. It may even help with arthritis inflammation.
Turkey is a very flexible. It can be baked, grilled, boiled, stir-fried, sliced for sandwiches and even chopped for salads. Turkey is good when eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Also, turkey can be substituted for almost any meat in a recipe as it seems to take on the flavor of other ingredients.
So, enjoy turkey throughout the year instead of just at Thanksgiving.
Be Smart This Black Friday
Why would anyone want to stand in long lines when they don’t have to?
It’s that time of year again. The deals should be better than ever with most store shelves stocked. So, how do you stay a step ahead of the madness? But, never fear, here are a few tips to try and be a smart shopper.
- Watch for early deals. Many stores start Black Friday a few days early, so keep an eye out for deals. Get it before it’s gone.
- Watch for scams. Since this is a popular time of year it’s important that you be very careful when shopping on the internet.
- Watch the wallet. Just because something is on sale doesn’t necessarily mean you need it. Make a list and stick to it. You can buy for everyone on your list without going overboard.
- Watch from home. Unless you really like standing in long lines in the wee hours of the morning, why not shop from the comfort of your favorite chair? Get that cup of coffee, watch the winter birds outside your window, and grab your laptop to let your fingers do the shopping. Not only will you avoid the long lines but you can shop as long as you want just by clicking a button.
Distress for the Holidays
Which direction will you choose this holiday season?
While there may ba a lot of food, laughter, and shopping the next few months, there’s is also a lot of stress to deal with. Here’s a few tips to help:
- Pick & choose. For those activities that are just too difficult or don’t bring joy, just say “No thank you”.
- Dont feel guilty. When saying “no” in a nice kind way, you’re showing yourself respect and sending a message to those around you that you value your time and energy.
- If necessary, leave. Even though you can’t change your family, you can change the amount of time you spend with them by taking a break or leaving. You can just tell them you have something to do, without making a scene.
- Mark your calendar with yeses. RSVP as soon as possible the annual holiday invitations you enjoy, but also look for opportunities to try something new.
Slow down. This may seem almost impossible to some, people need to take time to enjoy the simple things this time of year: place tree ornaments carefully and remember the story behind them, really take in the smells of the holidays and enjoy that cup of hot chocolate.
Whether you are alone or with family and friends, take some time just for yourself. Simply go for a walk outdoors or sit out in the warm sunshine.
How to Cope With Fewer Hours of Daylight
Pay attention to the signs and avoid the winter blues
- Daylight saving time ends each Fall, at a time when sunlight hours are already declining.
Much of North America isn’t affected as much as countries further up north, but it’s still enough to make us feel a little down.
Here are a few ways to cope with darkness and see it in a different light.
- Be aware of SAD, Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression that’s actually related to the change in seasons, beginning and ending about the same time each year. Symptoms usually start in the fall and continuing into the winter months. It may reduce a persons energy and make them fell really moody. SAD can get worse and lead to severe problems if it’s not dealt with.
- Make daytime count. Spend more time outside when the sun is bright. When at lunch, sit by a window where the sun is shining in or talk a walk after eating.
- Socialize more. Instead of being cooped up indoors alone, go to spots where local people gather indoors, like coffee houses, resturants or shopping malls. Just being with friends and family can get rid of the winter blues.
Exercise more. Using the darkness can be an excuse to excercise in a gym of fitness center, even if all you do is walk. Physical activies can relieve anxiety and depression, thus improving ones mood.
If a person developes the right attitude, the darkness of fall and winter may not send a person into the doldrums.
Suggestions for a Better Nights Sleep
Sticking to a good sleep routine may improve how you feel everyday.
Getting a good nights rest is very important and many people just aren't getting enough rest. SERVPRO of Lenoir, Duplin and Jones Counties would like to offer these simple tips to get that rest we all need. It takes planned efforts on the part of adults who are falling short of seven hours of sleep each night. The following are some simple ways for adults to start getting more rest.
- Stick to the same routine seven nights a week. Most people tend to change their sleep patterns depending on what day of the week it is. Not many people can say they go to bed early and wake up early on weekends. Going to bed the same time each day, including weekends, can help us feel more sleepy at bedtime and fall asleep quicker.
- Avoid alcohol in the hours before going to bed. Alcohol can make people feel sleepy, but not for long. That sleepy feeling wears off quickly causing interrupted sleep.
- Avoid caffeine and nicotine since they both stimulate your nervous system, making it harder to fall asleep. So, skip that late night coffee or cigarette before going to bed.
- If you can, take short daytime naps. By doing this, it my reduce your stress level throughout the day, hopefully making it easier for you to fall asleep at bedtime.
Getting a good nights sleep could have a positive impact on a persons quality of life. By developing good sleeping habits, it will more than likely help sleep-deprived adults get the restful sleep their body needs. We, at SERVPRO of Lenoir, Duplin and Jones Counties, want our employees to get their needed rest so we can be our our best to serve you 24/7.
Make Your House Safer
Before and after of a room to show how decluttering may reduce the risk of falling.
Accidents that happen around people's houses lead to several trips to the emergency room or even death each year. Most injuries at home are preventable when using proper caution.
SERVPRO of Lenoir, Duplin and Jones Counties would like for you to improve safety inside and outside of your home. Here are some tips to make this a priority.
- Improve lightingOne of the easiest ways to reduce falls is to improve lighting around the home. Make sure light fixtures are using the highest watt light bulb allowed. Light fixtures are even more important in the fall and winter, when there is not as much natural light. Also, make sure there is enough lighting outdoors by the front door, over the garage, and any other place that is used as a passageway.
- Eliminate slick surfaces Attach nonslip rubber backings on throw rugs and runners. Using bath rugs can reduce slipping on wet surfaces in the bathroom along with nonslip mats used inside bathtubs and showers.
- Declutter all spaces Remove unnecessary furniture and items from rooms to free up more space to walk around. Make sure there are no obstructions near entryways, walkways, stairways and doors.
- Use assistive devices Handrails, grab bars, and nonslip stair treads can make a home safer for people of all ages and physical abilities. Organize closets and cabinets so frequently used items are with easy reach. Step stools can also reduce the risk of injury while reaching for items on high shelves.
SERVPRO of Lenoir, Duplin and Jones Counties hopes that by using these tips, it will help reduce the risk of falling around the home and are very worthwhile home improvement projects most home owners can do themselves.
Lets Keep Halloween Green
Lets all have a "Green" Halloween this year.
To most kids and many adults, Halloween is one of the best days of the year. Children love to dress up as their favorite superhero, a princess, or even monsters to search for candy, while their parents in many instances enjoy some Halloween fun of their own. We, here at SERVPRO of Lenoir, Duplin and Jones Counties pride ourselves on being "Green" and hope we may inspire others to do the same.
Partygoers might not have the environment in mind on October 31st, but their are a few opportunities for all those engaging in festivities to make their celebrations more eco-friendly.
- Give out treats that are produced by local farmers. Candy apples can be found at Halloween parties or can be given to trick-or-treaters. Locally grown apples taste a lot better than store bought and don't have to travel as far, thus reducing the amount of fuel needed to get them from farm to table.
- Swap costumes with friends or neighbors. Instead of buying a new costume every year, parents can save money and help the planet by exchanging each year. Most Halloween costumes are typically only used once, which is wasteful, taking into account the amount of energy, materials, and packaging that is used to produce and sell the costumes. Costumes that are homemade are a lot less wasteful also.
- Clean up for the duration of the evening. Trick-or-treaters are many things, but they are not aware of the trash they create as they sneakily hide candy here and there while the are going from house to house. Candy wrappers and other litter can quickly buildup on Halloween. Trash that is left behind may find its way into drainage systems and waterways close by. Sweep up throughout the night to keep driveways and yards clean to protect the environment.
- Pumpkins or jack-o-lanterns are very symbolic at Halloween. The bad thing about pumpkins is that they don't last very long, especially after they have been carved into. Instead of tossing the pumpkins into the rest of the trash, how about adding them to a compost pile. But first, remove all the seeds so they wont germinate in the pile. Also, if the pumpkins have been treated with any preservatives, do not add them to the compost pile
Halloween more than likely will not inspire people to be eco-friendly, but there are ways to have fun and protect our planet at the same time. SERVPRO of Lenoir, Duplin and Jones Counties wishes everyone a very safe and "Green" Halloween.
Cleaning the Landscape, After the Storm
The rain has finally stopped falling and the wind has finally died down. The storm finally may be out of town, but the mess it left behind remains.
Here at SERVPRO of Lenoir, Duplin, & Jones Counties, we want to help your landscape recover after a big storm and have it in tip-top shape again.
Before you head outside to clean up the mess, make sure there are no downed power lines or trees leaning on power lines.
- Inspect trees. After storms pass, your trees may be unsafe–especially if you see large fallen branches, a split tree trunk, or a broken tree top.
- Pick up small twigs, leaves and debris. When all is dry, branches make excellent firewood. As for the leaves, compost them and work them into the soil to improve it.
- Clean up smaller branches. If you have examined your tree, and only a few small branches were damaged, you can likely do it yourself. For branches less than 2” in diameter you should be able be able to reach it from the ground without a ladder. If that’s the case, then grab your tree trimming tools and get busy.
- Fix puddles of water on the lawn. If you often spot a small pool in the yard after storms, you’ve got a problem with water runoff in that area. Or if it’s a larger puddle each time, consider filling in the depression or redirecting the water flow. You could also plant shrubs that love water, so they can help soak up the water in that area.
- Help your trees recover. Throughout the year help keep your trees healthy. Healthy trees are less likely to have deadwood break off during storms.
We at SERVPRO of Lenoir, Duplin, & Jones Counties hope you as a homeowner can use these tips to help make your yard safe again.