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Tree Maintenance & Care: Steps to Take Before a Storm

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tree Maintenance & Care: Steps to Take Before a Storm Winter damage can become worse over time if you don’t take care of it in a timely way.

Trees Can Pose a Safety Hazard to Your Upper Darby Home If They Are Not Properly Inspected and Maintained

Trees can present a particularly significant danger during a storm. Wind, lightning, snow and ice can all transform a tranquil row of trees into an imminent threat to your property. Proper tree maintenance involves more than pruning and trimming overgrown branches. These are some of the key steps you can take to protect your trees and prevent them from becoming a safety hazard.

Steps to Take Before a Storm

  • Remove any dead trees on your property.
  • Maintain the health of trees through timely watering, proper fertilization and protection from soil compaction. Healthy trees will be able to better adapt to changes in the environment and remain firm in the wind.
  • Regularly prune dead or broken limbs to help trees maintain their structural integrity.
  • Remove or treat pest problems immediately to minimize potential damage to trees.

Six Signs to Monitor

Make safety a priority when performing maintenance on your trees. Contact a professional tree-care service if you are not able to safely prune or remove trees in your yard.

Consult with a professional if the trees in your yard display any of the following characteristics:

  • Cracks in the trunk or major limbs.
  • Signs of hollowing and decay.
  • Mushrooms growing from the bark.
  • Significant leaning to one side.
  • Limbs in contact with power lines.
  • Branches hanging over your house.

Even the healthiest and strongest of trees will break under the weight of ice. Broken tree limbs account for much of the storm damage from icy weather in Delaware County. A tree limb encased in a block of ice can weigh hundreds of pounds and can easily crash through roofs and even crush a car.

Heavy snow and high winds can knock down tree limbs, taking out power lines, damaging siding, and generally making your landscaping look a mess. Getting your trees trimmed can help prevent this type of damage, as well as keep your trees healthy and looking great.

Winter damage can become worse over time if you don’t take care of it in a timely way. Always make sure to inspect your home in both the fall and in the spring to repair any damage that could affect your home’s condition. By taking care of minor issues before winter, you can help prevent larger ones, while taking care of any damage after the cold weather has passed can help your home be ready for anything.

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How to Thaw a Frozen Turkey (And How Not To)

11/11/2017 (Permalink)

General How to Thaw a Frozen Turkey (And How Not To) SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA

What You Need to Know

Thawing a frozen turkey takes time, but you’ve got a few options if you find yourself behind schedule. You’ll need to take special care when defrosting your Thanksgiving turkey, since some approaches (like defrosting it on the counter) are unsafe. 

You’ve got at least two safe alternatives for safely thawing your frozen turkey and a third option if your turkey is small enough. Here’s what you need to know about each method:

Refrigerator Thawing

This is the easiest method for defrosting a turkey but it also takes the longest amount of time 

  • Place the unopened frozen turkey (breast side up) on a tray that will prevent the turkey juices from dripping on other foods.
  • Place the frozen turkey in the fridge after making sure your refrigerator temperature is set at 40 °F or below.
  • Allow about 24 hours for each 4 to 5 pounds of frozen turkey

Approximate Times to Defrost a Whole Turkey in the Fridge:

10 pounds: 2 days plus 12 hours
15 pounds: 3 days plus 18 hours

20 pounds: 5 days
25 pounds: 6 days plus 6 hours

Check out this handy online calculator to determine how long it will take to defrost your frozen turkey.

A turkey that’s been defrosted in the refrigerator can be kept for an additional 1 to 2 days in the fridge before cooking.  Another plus of thawing turkey in the refrigerator: If your plans change and you decide not to cook the turkey at all, you can safely refreeze the defrosted turkey within 1 to 2 days (although there may be some loss of quality).

Cold Water Thawing

You can defrost your frozen turkey much faster in cold water. But compared to refrigerator thawing, the process will require a lot more attention on your behalf. 

  • Make sure the frozen turkey is in a leak-proof package or plastic bag.
  • Submerge the bagged turkey in cold tap water (never use warm or hot water, as that can cause the outer layer to heat up to a temperature where harmful bacteria begins to multiply.
  • Change the water every 30 minutes, to ensure that it stays cold enough.
  • Using this thawing method, you should estimate about 30 minutes of defrosting time per pound of turkey.

Approximate Time to Defrost a Whole Turkey in Cold Water:

10 pounds: 5 hours

15 pounds: 7 hours

20 pounds: 10 hours

25 pounds: 12 hours

A turkey that’s been defrosted in cold water must be cooked as soon as it’s completely thawed.  You should NOT refreeze raw turkey that’s been defrosted using this method. Once cooked thoroughly, you can refreeze a turkey.

Microwave Thawing

If your frozen turkey is tiny enough, and you’re pressed for time, you can defrost a turkey in the microwave. 

  • Check your owner’s manual for the minutes per pound and the power level to use for thawing.
  • Remove all outside wrapping.
  • Place on a microwave-safe dish to catch any juices that might leak.

A turkey that’s been defrosted in the microwave must be cooked as soon as it’s completely thawed.  You should NOT refreeze raw turkey that’s been defrosted using this method. Once cooked thoroughly, you can refreeze a turkey.


How Not to Defrost Your Frozen Turkey

You should never thaw a frozen turkey on the counter at room temperature or in hot water. Under either of those methods, the outer layer of the turkey can sit between the bacteria-breeding temperatures of 40°F and 140 °F for far too long to be safe.

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9 Things You Should Know About Mold

11/8/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 9 Things You Should Know About Mold SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA is close by and ready to help with your mold-damaged property

The Best Ways to Control Mold Growth is to Control Moisture

Mold is part of the natural environment and can be found everywhere, indoors and outdoors.  It is not usually a problem unless it begins growing indoors.  The best way to control mold growth is to control moisture.

Here are a few tips regarding mold and moisture in homes, schools, multi-family and commercial buildings.  Mold can have a big impact on indoor air quality.

  1. Always seek advice from a professional if you have more than ten square feet of mold, and always use the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure your safety.
  2. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in an indoor environment. The way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
  3. If mold is a problem in your home or school, one must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
  4. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
  5. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by:
    • Venting bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside.
    • Using air conditioners and/or dehumidifiers.
    • Increasing ventilation.
    • Using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing and cleaning.
  1. Clean and dry damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  2. Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces by adding insulation (i.e. windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors).
  3. In areas of perpetual moisture, do not install carpeting (i.e. near drinking fountains, classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
  4. Mold can be found almost anywhere. It can grow on virtually any substance, providing that moisture is present (i.e. wood, paper, carpet, food).

If you see signs of mold, call SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA – (610) 352-0700.

When a home or business suffers a water damage event, a mold infestation can quickly arise and spread throughout a home in as little as 48-72 hours.  Since mold can produce allergens and irritants, you will want a trained, experienced professional to properly resolve the mold infestation.  If you suspect that your Upper Darby, PA home or business may have a mold problem, SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA can inspect for any visible mold, and remediate it from your property.

Learn more about mold and what to do until help arrives by reviewing these mold damage tips.

7 Things to Do Right Now for a Warmer Winter

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 7 Things to Do Right Now for a Warmer Winter SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA is here to help you prepare for and deal with the winter weather.

Keep Toasty All Winter Long

The crisp snap of autumn weather is a reminder that even colder days lie ahead. Get ready for them by performing a few simple chores now that will keep you toasty all winter long.

Weather Strip

Weather stripping can save you up to 20 percent on your heating bill — especially if you have drafty windows or doors; plus, it's quick, easy and doesn't cost a lot of money.  Place weather stripping along doorjambs, and in the gaps between windows and sashes, to keep the chilly breezes out and the heat in.

Fix Door Drafts

If your doors need extra draft protection, add a door sweep along the bottom.  These flexible, rubber strips seal the gap at the bottom of the door to keep howling winds at bay.  If cold air is still getting in, buy or DIY a door snake (a tube of fabric filled with sand, rice, or other material) to lay on the floor and plug the gap.

Insulate

The attic and basement are two spots where you can lose a lot of heat.  By insulating your basement ceiling and your attic floor, you can prevent warm air from escaping your home.   Also, check around the exterior of your house for any cracks in the foundation, gaps, or cable holes, and seal or fill them with spray foam insulation.

Furnace Checkup     

Your furnace works better if it’s properly maintained.  Some utility providers offer a free annual checkup for your furnace, but if yours doesn't, it may be worth paying a technician to ensure that your furnace is in top condition.  You can also improve your furnace performance with simple maintenance yourself, like replacing filters and cleaning registers.

Swap Your Thermostat

Standard thermostats can lead to wasted energy.  If you opt for a smart thermostat, you could cut down on your energy use — and your utility bills.  Among other features, these smart thermostats can sense when you're away and automatically adjust the temperature to save you money.

Seal Ducts

If you have forced-air heat, leaks in your ducts could be costing you hundreds of dollars.  Seal them with specially designed metal tape and keep your ducts — and your wallet — more secure.

Embrace Fabrics

Cover your floors in throw rugs and runners for the winter months.  You can also hang heavy, insulating drapes in front of your windows to keep warm air in and the cold out, where it belongs.

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SERVPRO of Upper Darby is Faster to Any Size Disaster

Cold weather can have a huge impact on business and homes that aren`t prepared.  Heavy precipitation, freezing temperatures and damaging winds can all have a negative impact on your property.

If your property suffers from a winter storm or water damage during the winter months know that SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA responds quickly to any size disaster in Delaware County and surrounding areas.

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HOW TO CLEAN YOUR HOME Before Guests Arrive

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning HOW TO CLEAN YOUR HOME Before Guests Arrive If you lead a busy lifestyle and can’t find the time to clean your home, call SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA –(610) 352-6000

SERVPRO of Upper Darby’s Guide to Cleaning Your House in Minutes

In an effort to help get you a little more organized, SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA is sharing this quick and easy guide to clean your home before your guest arrive.

30 MINUTE CLEANING

 10 mins.          Tidy up common areas.

 10 mins.          Wipe down sinks and countertops in the bathroom/kitchen. Load the dishwasher.

 5  mins.           Empty the garbage bin and take the trash out.

 5 mins.            Replenish guest towels, soap and toilet paper.

TOTAL CLEAN TIME: 30 MINS.

60 MINUTE CLEANING

30 mins.          Complete 30 MINUTE CLEANING

10 mins.          Vacuum and/or sweep the floors.

10 mins.          Clean toilets and tidy up bathrooms.

5  mins.           Dust all surfaces.

5  mins.           Make the beds.

TOTAL CLEAN TIME: 30 MINS.

120 MINUTE CLEANING

60 mins.          Complete 60 MINUTE CLEANING

5 mins.            Launder towels.

20 mins.          Clean floors and baseboards.

10 mins.          Clean bathtubs and showers.

10 mins.          Clean out the fridge and microwave.

10 mins.          Tidy the entryway and closet.

5 mins.            Wipe down all mirrors.

TOTAL CLEAN TIME: 120 MINS.

Life happens. Kids spill drinks, pets have accidents and homes get dirty. SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA has the expertise to provide a deeper cleaning than your basic house cleaning service. Our residential cleaning services will ease the burden of the constant maintenance cleaning of your home, but will also create a safe, clean and comfortable living environment for you and your family.

You know SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened."

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Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips That Make Preventing A Cooking Fire Simple

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips That Make Preventing A Cooking Fire Simple  Thanksgiving is the leading day for cooking fires in a home, with three times as many fires as any other day of the year.

Tips You Can Be Thankful For

Thanksgiving is the nation’s leading day for cooking fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, the number of cooking fires on Thanksgiving is three times as high as on any other day of the year.

In addition to the hazards posed by stovetops, turkey fryers and candles contribute to the elevated fire risk on. When following a few basic precautions, preventing a cooking fires is simple. Remember, while you should always have a fire-extinguisher nearby and know how to use it, don’t delay calling 9-1-1. Ideally, use the extinguisher immediately, as someone else calls 9-1-1.

Stovetops and Ovens

It’s easy to become distracted when preparing several dishes at once while also trying to entertain guests. Cooking fires can easily be prevented by following a few simple precautions:

  • Clean your stove and oven. Remove food and grease buildup from burners, stovetop, and oven.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.
  • Stay in the home when cooking turkey, set a timer, and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove.
  • Have a flame-resistant oven mitt, potholder or lid nearby to smother any flames.
  • It you have an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
  • Check to make sure your smoke alarms are working properly and have an escape plan that the entire family knows if there is a fire.

Turkey Fryers

Never use a turkey fryer indoors, in the garage or on a covered patio because of the fire hazard. Many turkey fires occur while the oil is being heated. Fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot, scalding oil onto anyone or anything nearby, leading to fires, burns or other injuries. Since most fryers do not have automatic thermostatic controls, oil may heat until it catches fire. The sides, lids, and handles get extremely hot and may cause burns.

Turkey Frying Safety Tips:

  • Read and follow the manufacturer’s guidelines.
  • Completely thaw the turkey.
  • Do not overfill the fryer with oil. Before filling the fryer with oil, test it out with water. Place the turkey inside and then fill it with water until the bird is submerged. Mark the water line on the fryer so you will know how much oil to put in the fryer.
  • Never leave the fryer unattended.
  • Keep children and pets away from the fryer.
  • Only use the oil recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Allow at least two feet of space between the liquid propane tank and the fryer burner.
  • Potholders or oven mitts should be well-insulated; wear safety goggles to protect eyes from oil splatter.
  • If oil begins to smoke, immediately turn OFF the gas supply.
  • Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby.
  • Never use water to extinguish a grease fire.

Candles

Candles are responsible for an estimated 15,600 residential fires a year, causing 150 deaths, 1,270 injuries, and $539 million in property damage. More than half of candle fires are a result of a candle being placed too close to flammable holiday decorations. Always keep children in mind when decorating.

Don’t let a cook fire put a damper on your holiday fun. Call SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA at  (610) 352-0700 for all your cleaningwater damagefire damage and mold remediation needs! 

HOARDING - Issues for the Fire Service In Delaware County, PA

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard HOARDING - Issues for the Fire Service In Delaware County, PA SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA is here to help you address the mess

Knowing And Reducing The Risk

Many fire departments are experiencing serious fires, injuries, and deaths as the result of compulsive hoarding behavior. 

The excessive accumulation of materials in homes poses a significant threat to firefighters fighting fires and responding to other emergencies in these homes and to residents and neighbors.

Often, the local fire department will be contacted to help deal with this serious issue. Since studies suggest that between three and five percent of the population are compulsive hoarders, fire departments must become familiar with this issue and how to effectively handle it.

What Is Hoarding?

  • Collecting or keeping large amounts of various items in the home due to strong urges to save them or distress experienced when discarding them.
  • Many rooms in the home are so filled with possessions that residents can no longer use the rooms as designed.
  • The home is so overloaded with things that everyday living is compromised.

Why Do People Become Hoarders?

Hoarding is a mental disorder that can be genetic in nature, triggered by traumatic events, or a symptom of another disorder, such as depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, or dementia. Studies have found that hoarding usually begins in early adolescence and gets worse as a person ages. It is more common among older adults.

Why Is Hoarding An Issue For The Fire Service?

  • Hoarding can be a fire hazard. Many occupants die in fires in these homes. Often, blocked exits prevent escape from the home. In addition, many people who are hoarding are injured when they trip over things or when materials fall on them.
  • Responding firefighters can be put at risk due to obstructed exits, falling objects, and excessive fire loading that can lead to collapse. Hoarding makes fighting fires and searching for occupants far more difficult.
  • Those living adjacent to an occupied structure can be quickly affected when a fire occurs, due to excessive smoke and fire conditions.

In some communities, officials are asking landlords and property owners to inform the local fire service or building commissioner or inspector when they become aware of a hoarding situation that poses a fire safety risk to the occupant or neighbors.

What Can The Fire Service Do? 

The fire service may become aware of a hoarding situation through emergency response or notification by another agency, family member, or neighbor. Knowing how to talk to the person who is hoarding and how to work with other professional groups and organizations to effectively deal with the occupant and the hoarding behavior is important. Keep in mind that people with compulsive hoarding behavior are intelligent and care deeply about their possessions. The following suggestions have been adapted from The Hoarding Handbook: A Guide for Human Service Professionals (Oxford University Press).

When Talking To Someone Who Is Hoarding:

  • Be respectful and show concern for the person’s safety
  • Match the language of the person. If the person talks about his “collection” or her “things”, use that language. Avoid using derogatory terms, such as “junk”, “trash”, or “hoarding”.
  • Focus on safety issues, such as fires, fall hazards, and avalanche conditions. Note possible ignition sources or trip hazards and try to build support for addressing these issues instead of insisting on an immediate and overwhelming cleanup.
  • Show empathy by indicating that while you understand that your presence is upsetting for the person, some kind of change is necessary.

Respectful & Compassionate

SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA can inventory, sort, and pack items of value. Our cleaning technicians also gather articles that need disposal and arrange for proper disposition. As we work through the affected areas, you can count on our crew members to be respectful and compassionate.

No judgments are forthcoming because our employees receive information on hoarding as a syndrome, understanding that it is a condition over which the hoarder has little or no control. If the individuals suffering from hoarding behaviors decide to remain at their home during the cleanup, have no fear. Our workers master sensitivity training before their first job, ensuring as much comfort as is possible for all.

SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA’s technicians prepare for the mitigation of hoarding scenarios through intensive education, including learning to identify hazardous contamination situations. Vermin, chemicals, spoiled food, and many more concerns arise, and our crew knows how to react to even the most severe biohazard contaminants uncovered during the job. Have confidence we are ready to handle anything presented during the job.

Concentrate on supporting your loved one at this difficult time and let SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA take care of the cleanup of a hoarding situation. Call (610) 352-0700 to arrange a compassionate yet constructive consultation.

7 Halloween Safety Tips: Havertown, PA

10/31/2017 (Permalink)

Community 7 Halloween Safety Tips: Havertown, PA Have a Safe and Happy Halloween from SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA

SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA Provides These Halloween Safety Tips So You Can Have A Safe & Fun Halloween

Halloween may be a fun holiday for kids, but for parents, trick-or-treat time can be a little scary. Concerns about children’s safety, whether they are out in the neighborhood or back at home with bountiful bags of goodies, can cast a spell on the evening’s festivities. But not to worry! Following a few safety tips will ensure that Halloween will be a “howling” good time for all.

Halloween Safety Tips

1.   Flame Resistant/Fire Retardant Costumes 

Today, ready-made costumes are required to be made from nonflammable materials or treated with flame retardant. However, it is important to recognize that home-made costumes are not treated, and heightened precautions should be taken. Many household items, clothing, hats, wigs, and other accessories for costumes can be highly flammable. Be sure to consider the dangers when designing a costume for your child. Remember that long-flowing costumes are a risk for catching fire on candle-lit Jack O’ Lanterns and other decorations. Safety first! If your little ones will be trick or treating this year in the neighborhood, incorporate reflective strips into the costume, and make sure all trick or treaters have a flashlight so they are visible to traffic.

2.   Street Safety 

In addition to having costumes that are visible to traffic, it is imperative that children understand to cross streets only at corners and to obey all traffic signals and crosswalks. It is highly recommended, particularly after dark that all pedestrians make direct eye contact with drivers prior to walking across the street to help ensure a safe crossing.

3.    Stick With Neighborhoods You Know 

While it may be tempting to trick or treat on the other side of town, it is wise to keep close to home on Halloween. Walk on the streets and paths you and your children know well, and where you recognize your neighbors. 

4.   Follow Neighborhood Protocols. 

Remember to trick or treat during accepted hours, typically 5:30 – 9:00, and only visit homes with front porch lights that are on. Respect homeowner’s properties by sticking to sidewalks and paths; stay off the grass whenever possible and don’t disrupt landscaping or personal items.

5.   The Great Candy Check. 

It is vital that prior to eating any of the treats that all of the candy is examined. Check to make sure all treats are sealed, and consume only store-bought treats provided by strangers. Look for any pinholes, resealed candies, or other causes for alarm.

6.   Home Decorations 

If you are decorating your home for Halloween, use best fire safety protocols to ensure a safe holiday celebration. Remember that many decorations are inherently flammable (crepe paper, cardboard, sheets, etc.) and that they need to be kept away from any open flame candles, Jack O’ Lanterns, space heaters, or other sources of heat or flame.

7.    Keep Pets Secured

Halloween can be quite stressful for pets. The constant stream of people at the door, the eerie noises, and scary costumes can scare pets causing them to dart out the door. Sadly, there are also nefarious people that prey on pets during Halloween, and it is best to keep them safely secured in a room in your home during the festivities. If you have cats or dogs remember that they can easily knock over candles causing a fire in your home; make sure candles are out of the line of pets and children, and test all smoke detectors prior to trick or treating/party hours. Also, remember that chocolate is toxic to dogs and all candy and treats should be kept out of their reach.

SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA provides these Halloween safety tips so you can have a safe and fun Halloween. If during the holiday season your home is harmed by vandalismwater damagefire damage, or damage from a late season storm, call on us to start the cleanup process. We are available 24 hours a day, including weekends and holidays. 

About SERVPRO of Upper Darby

SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA is Faster to Any Size Disaster, helping residential and commercial property owners when natural disasters, water damagesewage backups, floodsfiresmold infestations, and other events happen.

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How To Protect Your Home From Halloween Mischief, Pranks & Vandalism

10/30/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning How To Protect Your Home From Halloween Mischief, Pranks & Vandalism If you're a victim of Halloween vandalism, call the cleanup experts at SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA 610-352-0700

Mischief In Upper Darby, PA – More Tricks Than Treats

October is the National Crime Prevention Month, and rightly so as Halloween often brings more tricks than treats in a high volume of property damage claims for vandalism-theft occurrence in Bear, DE.

While the cleanup from mischievous tricksters who use this night to egg and toilet paper the homes of their neighbors can be stressful and un-enjoyable to clean up, there are also many other vandalism occurrences that are costly as well. Your odds for experiencing unwelcome graffiti on your garage door, broken windows, a smashed mailbox and even theft also increase on October 31 each year.

There are some things you can do to lower your risk of becoming a target. Make sure to protect yourself and your property by following these simple steps.

Tips To Keep You And Your Property Safe This Halloween

1.    Keep Your Property Well Lit – Inside & Out!

Many homeowners turn off their porch lights as well as interior and exterior lights when they don’t wish to participate in the annual Halloween trick-or-treating routine. Most crimes are committed under the guise of darkness. Even if you leave your porch light off, make sure your property itself is well-lit to deter vandals.

2.    Park Your Car Inside Your Garage And Away From Tick-or-Treat Traffic

Vandals often cruise by looking for easy targets. Your car is the easiest target for an egging. Take it out of the equation and make sure it’s not vulnerable to passers-by.

3.    Keep All Of Your Doors & Windows, Front And Back, Securely Locked At All Times

Burglars often sneak into homes through the unlocked back door or side window, while homeowners are busy handing out candy in the front. Be sure your Delaware County, PA home is tightly sealed up.

4.    Hand Out Candy From The End Of Your Driveway Instead Of Your Front Door

You can keep a closer watch over trick or treaters from the street and keep their focus off your home.

5.    Leave Your Lights On!

Even after the Halloween festivities are over and trick-or-treaters have gone home for the night, your property remains vulnerable to the late-night older crowd and more serious vandals. It’s recommended you leave your lights on to continue to serve as a deterrent. Vandals and burglars are more likely to target a dark home on Halloween night in particular.

6.    Bring Your Jack O’ Lantern In

Smashing pumpkins is a prankster’s go-to, but if you blow out the candles and bring yours inside before closing up for the night, you won’t wake to broken pumpkin guts all over your sidewalk.

7.    Clean Any Act Of Vandalism As Quickly As Possible

If you are the victim of vandalism, it is essential to remove the damage as quickly as possible, not just for you own peace of mind, but to discourage future acts of destruction (vandals love to see their work stay on display).

Call SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA.  Our Restoration Professionals will restore your property quickly and make Halloween vandalism “Like it never even happened”

About SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle

SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA provides these Halloween safety tips so you can have a safe and fun Halloween. If during the holiday season your home is harmed by vandalismwater damagefire damage, or damage from a late season storm, call on us to start the cleanup process. We are available 24 hours a day, including weekends and holidays. 

SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA is Faster to Any Size Disaster, helping residential and commercial property owners when natural disasters, water damagesewage backups, floodsfiresmold infestations, and other events happen.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (610) 352-0700

Understanding Winter Weather Alerts in Delaware County, PA

10/30/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Understanding Winter Weather Alerts in Delaware County, PA SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA responds immediately to your floods and storm damage emergencies.

Winter Weather Alerts and What They Mean

SERVPRO of Upper Darby, PA  understands bad weather and the affects it has on you and your property. When temperatures drop into a deep freeze we can get quite busy providing emergency water damage services due to frozen pipes. Add in the heavy winds Mother Nature throws into the already low temperatures and we get even busier, faster!

A Winter Weather Event

Is a winter weather phenomenon (such as snow, sleet, ice and wind chill) that impacts public safety, transportation and/or commerce.  It typically occurs during the climatological winter season between October 15 and April 15.

Winter Weather Warnings, Watches and Advisories

Are issued by your local National Weather Service office.  Each office knows the local area and will issue Warnings, Watches or Advisories based on local criteria. 

Example: The amount of snow that triggers a “Winter Storm Warning” in the Northern Plains is typically much higher than the amount needed to trigger a “Winter Storm Warning” in the Southeast.

So, what does this mean?

Weather Outlook

Winter weather that may cause significant impact in the 3 to 7 day forecast and eventually lead to the issuance of a watch or warning is contained in the Hazardous Weather Outlook. More scientific discussion on the event can also be found in the Area Forecast Discussion. 

Forecasts in the 3 to 7 day time period typically have a lot of forecast uncertainty.  Uncertainty is generally in the 30 to 50% range that the event will occur and reach warning criteria.  It is intended to provide information to those who need considerable lead time to prepare for the event.

Weather Advisory

Advisories are issued when a hazardous winter weather event is occurring, is imminent, or has a very high probability of occurrence (generally greater than 80%).  An advisory is for less serious conditions that cause significant inconvenience and if caution is not exercised, could lead to situations that may threaten life and/or property. 

Advisories are issued using the WSW Winter Weather Message product and will appear as a headline in some texts products such as the Zone Forecast. 

Weather Watch

A watch is generally issued in the 24 to 72 hour forecast time frame when the risk of a hazardous winter weather event has increased (50 to 80% certainty that warning thresholds will be met).  It is intended to provide enough lead time so those who need to set their plans in motion can do so. 

A watch is issued using the WSW Winter Weather Message product and will appear as a headline in some text products such as the Zone Forecast. 

Weather Warning

Warnings are issued when a hazardous winter weather event is occurring, is imminent, or has a very high probability of occurrence (generally greater than 80%).  A warning is used for conditions posing a threat to life or property. 

Warnings are issued using the WSW Winter Weather Message product and will appear as a headline in some text products such as the Zone Forecast. 

Advisories: Be Aware

Winter Weather Advisories 

Are issued when a winter storm event (sleet, ice, snow, freezing rain, snow and blowing snow, or a combination of events) is expected to meet or exceed local winter weather advisory criteria in the next 12 to 36 hours but stay below warning criteria.

Criteria for Snow: 4 inches or more in 12 hours or less covering at least 50 percent of the zone or encompassing most of the population. Use "mid-point" of snowfall range to trigger advisory (i.e. 2 to 5 inches of snow = advisory).

Criteria for Ice: Any ice accumulation less than 1/2 inch over at least 50 percent of the zone or encompassing most of the population. Winter Weather Advisory can also be issued for black ice. This is optional.  Be prepared for winter driving conditions and possible travel difficulties.  Use caution when driving. 

Freezing Rain Advisories 

Are issued when light ice accumulation (freezing rain and/or freezing drizzle) is expected in the next 12 to 36 hours, (but will remain below 1/2 inch) for at least 50 percent of the zone or encompassing most of the population and not reach warning criteria. 

Expect a glaze on roads resulting in hazardous travel.  Slow down and use caution while driving because even trace amounts of ice on the roads can be dangerous. 

Wind Chill Advisories 

Are issued when low wind chill temperatures are expected to meet or exceed local wind chill advisory criteria in the next 12 to 36 hours, but will not reach local warning criteria. Wind chill temperatures may reach or exceed -15°F.  Extremely cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chill readings. 

If you must venture outdoors, take precautions against frostbite and hypothermia. See the NWS Wind Chill Chart.

Lake Effect Snow Advisories 

Are issued for a lake effect snow event that is expected to meet or exceed local lake effect snow advisory criteria in the next 12 to 36 hours. Widespread or localized lake induced snow squalls, blowing snow or heavy snow showers which produce snowfall accumulating to 4 or more inches in 12 hours or less, but remain less than 7 inches and below warning criteria. Expect lake effect snow showers and assume travel will be difficult in some areas.  Lake effect snow usually develops in localized narrow bands which will be intense enough to produce several inches in a few areas with sudden restrictions in visibility and impacts a limited area within a county or forecast zone. Use "mid-point" of snowfall range to trigger advisory (i.e. 2 to 5 inches of snow = advisory).

Watches: Be Prepared

Blizzard Watches 

Are issued when conditions are favorable for a blizzard event in the next 24 to 72 hours. There is a potential for falling and/or blowing snow with strong winds or frequent gusts greater than or equal to 35 mph and extremely poor visibilities to less than a ¼ mile for 3 or more hours. 

This can lead to whiteout conditions and make travel very dangerous. 

Winter Storm Watches 

Are issued when conditions are favorable for a significant winter storm event (heavy sleet, heavy snow, ice storm, heavy snow and blowing snow or a combination of events.)  There is a potential to meet or exceed local winter storm warning criteria in the next 24 to 72 hours.

Criteria For Snow: 7 inches or more in 12 hours or less; or 9 inches or more in 24 hours covering at least 50 percent of the zone or encompassing most of the population. Use "mid-point" of snowfall range to trigger a watch (i.e. 5 to 8 inches of snow = watch).

Criteria for Ice: 1/2 inch or more over at least 50 percent of the zone or encompassing most of the population.

Wind Chill Watches 

Are issued when Conditions are favorable for wind chill temperatures to meet or exceed local wind chill warning criteria in the next 24 to 72 hours. There is the potential for a combination of extremely cold air and strong winds to create dangerously low wind chill values. 

See the NWS Wind Chill Chart.  Wind chill temperatures may reach or exceed -25°F.

Lake Effect Snow Watches 

Are issued when conditions are favorable for a lake effect snow event to meet or exceed local lake effect snow warning criteria in the next 24 to 72 hours.  Travel and commerce may be significantly affected. Widespread or localized lake induced snow squalls or heavy snow showers which produce snowfall accumulation to 7 or more inches in 12 hours or less. Lake effect snow usually develops in narrow bands and impacts a limited area within a county or forecast zone. Use "mid-point" of snowfall range to trigger a watch (i.e 5 to 8 inches of snow = watch).

Warnings: Take Action!

Blizzard Warnings 

Are issued when a blizzard event is imminent or expected in the next 12 to 36 hours and means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring.  There is potential for frequent gusts greater than or equal to 35 mph accompanied by falling and/or blowing snow with strong winds, frequently reducing visibility to less than ¼ mile for three hours or more.  May lead to whiteout conditions making travel extremely difficult. 

Do not travel!  If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you.  If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle and wait for help to arrive. 

Winter Storm Warnings 

Are issued for a winter storm event (heavy sleet, heavy snow, ice storm, heavy snow and blowing snow or a combination of events) and is expected to meet or exceed local winter storm warning criteria in the next 12 to 36 hours.

Criteria For Snow: 7 inches or more in 12 hours or less; or 9 inches or more in 24 hours covering at least 50 percent of the zone or encompassing most of the population. Use "mid-point" of snowfall range to trigger warning (i.e. 5 to 8 inches of snow = warning).

Criteria for Ice: 1/2 inch or more over at least 50 percent of the zone or encompassing most of the population. Travel will become difficult or impossible in some situations.  Delay your travel plans until conditions improve.

Ice Storm Warnings 

Are usually issued when there is an ice storm event is expected to meet or exceed local ice storm warning criteria in the next 12 to 36 hours.

Criteria for Ice: 1/2 inch or more over at least 50 percent of the zone or encompassing most of the population.

This amount of ice accumulation will make travel dangerous or impossible and likely lead to snapped power lines and falling tree branches.  Travel is strongly discouraged. 

Wind Chill Warnings 

Are issued when wind chill temperatures are expected to meet or exceed local wind chill warning criteria in the next 12 to 36 hours and for a combination of very cold air and strong winds that will create dangerously low wind chill values. Wind chill temperatures may reach or exceed -25°F. This level of wind chill will result in frostbite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. 

Avoid going outdoors and wear warm, protective clothing if you must venture outside.  See the NWS Wind Chill Chart.

Lake Effect Snow Warnings 

Are issued when a lake effect snow event is expected to meet or exceed local lake effect snow warning criteria in the next 12 to 36 hours and widespread or localized lake induced snow squalls or heavy showers are expected to produce significant snowfall accumulation of 7 or more inches in 12 hours or less. Lake effect snow usually develops in narrow bands and impacts a limited area within a county or forecast zone. Use "mid-point" of snowfall range to trigger warning (i.e. 5 to 8 inches of snow = warning).

These bands can produce very heavy snow with sudden restrictions in visibility.  Driving conditions may become hazardous at times.

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