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.
When Hurricanes hit Lenoir, Duplin or Jones Counties, SERVPRO is Ready!
SERVPRO of Lenoir, Duplin and Jones Counties specialize in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Lenoir, Duplin and Jones Counties, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (252)208-7888
Are You Hurricane Ready?
Are you prepared in case a hurricane hits the Lenoir, Duplin and Jones County Area. SERVPRO of Lenoir, Duplin and Jones Counties hopes everyone is prepared, but in case you're not here are 8 tips to make sure you are ready.
- Water. Be sure to buy enough bottled water to last your family several days. Each person normally needs at least a half-gallon per day.
- Food. Store at least 3-5 days of non-perishable food such as peanut butter, tuna, canned beans, cereals, protein bars, dried fruits, etc.
- Medications. Make sure you and other family members have your prescription medications on hand because the pharmacies may be out of stock for a couple of weeks after a storm.
- Cooler. If the electricity does go out, be sure to keep a cooler on hand to make sure your food and medications are kept cold until the power returns.
- Gasoline. Make sure at least one of your vehicles is filled with gas a day or 2 before the approaching storm is due to hit. Also, don't forget to fill your gas cans for your generator.
- Flashlights, Batteries & Weather Radio. If your electricity does go out, make sure you have a flashlight for each person. Store enough batteries to power your necessities for at least 3 days. Also, a weather radio can prove to be a very valuable item that every family should have no mater where you live.
- Disposable Items. Try to make sure you have things like paper plates, plastic utensils, diapers, paper towels and toilet paper, garbage bags, etc.
8. Comfort Items. To pass the time, make sure to have reading material, a deck of cards, board games, etc. Also, keep your kids comfort items close by. It's nice to have something to keep them busy and calm.
These are probably the most important tips to apply when preparing for a hurricane. We, here at SERVPRO of Lenoir, Duplin, and Jones Counties, hope none of this is ever needed. This is information that will prove very useful if a hurricane should hit our area.
Don't Get Duped By Hurricanes
It still amazes me the lengths bad people will go to, to scam good people out of their money. Here at SERVPRO of Lenoir, Duplin and Jones Counties we are giving a few tips to avoid being scammed when giving donations to victims of hurricanes.
1. Don't donate thru your email account. Scammers can send phishing emails to get your credit card number, debit card number or other personal information.
2. Never donate money in cash. The best way is to pay by check or credit card so you will have access to a history of your transactions. Be cautious of any charities asking for cash donations or to wire them money because you will have no record of the transaction and no way to get back to you if it is a scam.
3. Pay attention to email solicitations. Be cautious of emails that say they have pictures of disaster locations that are email attachments. Those emails could contain viruses, so only open attachments only if you know who the sender is.
4.Pay attention to website addresses. The most reliable charities will end in .org instead of .com. Another red flag is that legitimate charities do not normally solicit donations through money transfer services.
We at SERVPRO of Lenoir, Duplin and Jones Counties want you to understand these valuable tips so your donations get to those who are in desperate need of them.
Mold Safety Tips
If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact SERVPRO of Lenoir, Duplin and Jones Counties for mold remediation services.
What Not to Do:
- Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
- Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
About Our Mold Remediation Services
SERVPRO of Lenoir, Duplin and Jones Counties specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (252)208-7888
Smoke and Soot Cleanup
Title: SERVPRO of Lenoir, Duplin and Jones Counties Smoke and Soot Cleanup
Category: Fire Damage
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Smoke and soot facts:
- Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
- Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
- The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
Different Types of Smoke
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Lenoir, Duplin and Jones Counties will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber
- Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood
- Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire
- Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
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