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Stay Safe from Carbon Monoxide
You can't see or smell carbon monoxide, but at high levels, it can kill a person in minutes. Often called the silent killer, carbon monoxide, or CO, is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas, created when fuels, like gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas and propane burn incompletely.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year more than 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning. It is estimated another 20,000 visit the emergency room, and more than 4,000 are hospitalized due to CO poisoning. All people and animals are at risk for CO poisoning, with some groups - including unborn babies, infants, and people with chronic heart disease, anemia, or respiratory problems - being more susceptible to the effects of carbon monoxide.
An excess of CO, leading to CO poisoning, can result from faulty furnaces or other heating appliances, portable generators, water heaters, clothes dryers, or idling cars left running in garages.
Taking some basic, precautionary steps can help eliminate the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Protect yourself by reviewing the following tips, provided by the United States Fire Administration.
- Have fuel-burning appliances, like oil and gas furnaces, gas or kerosene heaters, fire places and wood stoves inspected by a trained professional every year.
- open the damper for proper ventilation before using a fireplace. Never use your oven or stovetop to heat your home.
- Make sure all fuel-burning vented equipment is vented to the outside to avoid CO poisoning. Keep the venting for exhaust clear and unblocked.
- If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Never run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor indoors, even it garage doors are open. Make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not blocked with snow, ice , or other materials.
- Make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove, and fireplace are clear of snow and other debris.
- Only use barbecue grills outside, away from all doors, windows, vents, and other building openings. Some grills can produce CO gas. Never use grills inside the home or the garage, even if the doors are open.
- Use portable generators outdoors in well-ventilated areas away from all doors, windows, vents and other building openings to prevent exhaust fumes from entering the home.
Fall Continuing Education Schedule Set for West Fort Bend County
Lighting a candle at a recent fire damage restoration seminar.
SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County will be holding our Fall Continuing Education Courses at The American Red Cross Building at 2610 BF Terry Blvd in Rosenberg. Registration for the courses will begin at 8:00 a.m., with coffee and danishes provided. The classes will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. and participants are required to attend 100% of the course in order to be able to receive CE credits.
RSVPs are suggested, as we have been known to fill up to capacity, on occasions.
August 16, 2017 -
Ethics -This 2 hour course is presented in conjunction with CY Enterprises, LLC, and will begin at 8:30 am - 10:30 am.
Emergency Preparedness- This 2 hour course is a hurricane preparedness seminar, just in time for hurricane season. SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County has teamed up with the American Red Cross to present vital preparedness information that covers various emergency weather-related situations. The course runs from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.
October 18, 2017-
Restorative Drying for Water Damage - This 4 hour course will cover the basics of water damage restoration and delves into what's involved in drying out a structure. The course runs from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm.
December 13, 2017-
Property Fire Damage Restoration- This 4 hour course takes an in-depth look at fire and smoke damage restoration. We usually have some form of hands-on activities as well as a few "smoke-related" surprises. The course runs from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm.
Barbecue lunch will be provided immediately following the conclusion of the courses.
Please RSVP at 281-342-5326 or ce@SERVPROofwestfortbendcounty.com.
Nick Maldonado Promoted to Production Manager
New Production Manager, Nick Maldonado
SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County is pleased to announce the recent addition of second production manager, and along with that added position comes a promotion for Nick Maldonado.
Nick joined SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County in November, 2011 where he started out as a technician. Through dedicated training and perseverance, Nick has progressed through the ranks to quickly become one of our premier SERVPRO leaders.
While recuperating from a non-work related broken leg incident several years ago, Nick gained valuable experience working in the office environment, helping input estimates and helping to schedule and track jobs with other office staff. This training helped pave the way for Nick to become familiar with multiple sides of the SERVPRO business and ultimately helped him become a better crew leader.
Nick has attained the IICRC certifications as water restoration technician, as well as applied structural drying specialist. His proficiency in mold remediation and move-out management make him the ideal person to take over the newly created position of Production Manager.
Employee training and career advancement are staples of the environment at SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County and we're proud to have Nick Maldonado as one of our team heroes who help to give customers peace of mind and help them take their lives back, making water damage "like it never even happened."
Lena Garcia added as New Fire Crew Chief
Lena Garcia - Fire Crew Chief
SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County is proud to announce the hiring of Lena Garcia as fire crew leader. Lena originally joined SERVPRO in May, 2011 and worked as a crew technician and fire crew leader up until August, 2014, where she left to work in the education field.
With the phenomenal growth of SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County, Lena agreed to join us again as crew leader to supervise our fire crews. Lena has exceptional attention to detail skills, as well as outstanding customer service skills that are terrific assets for the company. Lena is an IICRC certificed fire and smoke restoration technician. Her can-do attitude and personable smile are a few of the traits that make Lena special at SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County.
In her spare time, Lena is a proud grandmother to 3 year old Joaquin, who fills her life with joy!
We are happy to have Lena back at SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County, supervising our in-house cleaning operations, warehouse cleaning operations, and move-out packing and inventory operations.
Spring Continuing Education Seminars Scheduled for Rosenberg
A hands on activity at a recent CE Seminar in Rosenberg
New Location for CE Courses!
SERVPRO of West Fort Bend County will be holding our Spring Continuing Education Courses at The American Red Cross Building at 2610 BF Terry Blvd in Rosenberg. Registration for the courses will begin at 8:00 a.m., with coffee and danishes provided. The classes will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. and participants are required to attend 100% of the course in order to be able to receive CE credits.
Our March classes will be held on Tuesday, March 28th, and will include a 3 hour Ethics course beginning at 8:30 a.m, and followed by a 1 hour What About Wood Floors class, beginning at 11:30 a.m. You may attend both classes or either class.
Our April class will be held on Wednesday, April 26th, and will be a new, revised 4 hour course on Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry. This class has been recently updated and has not been taught for over a year!
Our May classes will be held on Wednesday, May 24th, and will include Restoring Contaminated Buildings, beginning at 8:30 a.m, followed by Cleaning and Restoring Smoke Damaged Contents, at 10:30 a.m. You may attend either class for 2 hours of credit, or attend both classes for a total of 4 hours credit.
A free barbeque lunch will be provided after the classes.
For reservations, please call our office at 281-342-5326 or email us at ce@SERVPROofwestfortbendcounty.com.
We look forward to seeing you!
2016 Continuing Education Seminars
Our owner David Johnson teaching our local agents and adjusters about Mitigation Awareness. Call us today to reserve your spot today.
Date Course and Course Number Credits
March 10th Mitigation Awareness #86896 2 hrs
Contaminated Buildings #80901 2 hrs
April 14th Restorative Drying #80902 2 hrs
Smoke Damaged Contents #26207 2 hrs
May 12th Soft Contents #99833 2 hrs
Deodorization of Malodor #26205 2 hrs
June 16th Water Damage Restoration (NEW) 4 hrs
August 18th Ethics #90420 2 hrs
Hoarders #90672 2 hrs
October 13th Restorative Drying #80904 4 hrs
December 8th Fire and Smoke Damage #24747 4 hrs
Classes are held from 8:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m
Location: Springhill Suites by Marriot Rosenberg
6815 Reading Road
Rosenberg, TX 77471
Free BBQ Lunch Afterwards
CALL (281) 342- 5326 to reserve your seats!