Wet Weather: Dealing with Mold

Controlling Mold: Controlling humidity levels Promptly fixing leaky roof, windows, and pipes Thoroughly cleaning and drying after flooding Ventilating shower, laundry, and cooking areas Cleaning Mold: Remove from hard surfaces with commercial products, soap and water, or a bleach solution od nor more than 1 cup bleach to 1 gallon water If using bleach: Never…

Wet Weather: Mold

Mold and your Health: Those sensitive to mold Mold can cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing/wheezing, eye irritation, and sometimes skin irritation Those with mold allergies have more severe reactions Mold and Your Home: Mold is found indoors AND outdoors Enters home through: Open doorways, windows, vents, and heating and air conditioning systems Mold in…

Negative Effects of Wet Weather

Your Safety: Dangerous road conditions: There were 907,831 crashes due to wet pavement and 573, 784 crashes due to rain in a ten year average (2005-2014). Chemical Hazard: Chemicals may have been washed from normal storage places and pose as a hazardous risk to public. Electrical Hazard: There may be downed power lines hidden beneath…

Protection from Water Damage

Home exterior Caulk and seal windows Inspect roof Missing, damaged, aging shingles Debris Check gutters/downspouts Debris Positioned away from home Check sprinklers/irrigation systems Install gutter guards   Indoor Plumbing System Inspect appliance hose and faucets for cracks and leaks Replace them all every 5-7 years Inspect shower and tub seals and caulking Know location of main…

Landslides

Water rapidly accumulates in the ground changing earth into rapid moving river of mud or “slurry” Occur quickly, and often with little to no warning Stay informed about changes in and around your home that can signal a landslide is likely to occur Able to travel several miles from the source and grow in size…

Picking a Fresh Christmas Tree

Fresh Christmas trees stay green longer and are less of a fire hazard than dry trees. Checking for Freshness: Fresh trees are green Fresh needles are hard to pull from branches Fresh needles do not break when bent between fingers Trunk butt is sticky with resin A shower of falling needles when the trunk is…

Thanksgiving Safety Tips

Cooking Safety ­Wash hands before and after handling food (and when switching between foods). Never handle cooked and raw foods together. Keep cooking and prep surfaces clean.Stay in the kitchen when using the stove. Stay inside when using the oven and check it frequently. Keep deep fryers outside, away from walls, and free from moisture….

Flash Floods

Causes: Heavy rainfall Dam/levee breaks Mudslides Watch vs. Warning Watch: flash flood/flooding possible within designated area Warning: flash flood/flooding is reported or imminent; GET TO HIGHER GROUND Urban and Small Stream Advisory Flooding of small streams, streets and low-lying areas is occurring Flood vs. Flash Flood Flood: over flow of water onto normally dry land;…

Flooding

“Turn around, don’t drown.”Flooding is the most common natural hazard in Hawai’i. Do not drive or walk through flood waters! – It only takes 6 inches of moving water to knock you off your feet. – 12 inches of water can float a car/small SUV; 18 inches can sweep large vehicles away Do not drive…

#1 Flu Misconception

The flu vaccine gives you the flu. A flu shot cannot give you the flu illness They do not contain live/active virus. The most common reactions people have to flu vaccine are considerably less severe than the symptoms caused by the actual flu illness. Side effects of a shot may include soreness, redness, tenderness or…