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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Our Latest Disaster – Water Damage

We were having one of those days – you know the kind where my husband could do nothing right, and I reacted wrongly every time. But just when I thought the day couldn’t get worse, it did. Around 7 p.m. on a Sunday evening in January, I walked into the laundry room to discover that Matt had left the water running in the sink and the laundry room was flooded -- flooded to the point that water was running down the furnace vent and into the kitchen.

After getting over my initial thought of wanting to strangle him, I had a second thought – I wonder if I can turn this into a blog post? We removed everything from the room except the washer and dryer, then used a shop-vac to suck out all the water. I waited until everything was dry then put the stuff back in the laundry room.

I always leave the door to the laundry room shut unless I am in there working. After the big incident I noticed that the room felt especially cold whenever I walked in there. So Matt crawled under the house to find that there was water standing in the ducts. Once again my crazy life can be an example of what not to do.

If you have a water disaster, you may want to consider calling a professional. Not knowing how long the water had been running, we had no idea the extent of the damage. Given the amount of water sitting in the ducts, it might have been worse than we initially thought. Standing water in ducts can lead to mold issues, so every time the furnace kicks on it could be blowing moldy air. Also, the laundry room floor is linoleum. If water got under the linoleum, there again could be a mold issue and over time the sub-floor could rot. You get the idea.

There are lots of fantastic certified contractors out there than can help if you too experience a water disaster. Here’s a handy little tool to help you find one in your area.

http://www.certifiedcleaners.org/locator.shtml

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Dogonit – We’ve Got New Commercials

We usually don’t watch television while eating dinner but it is March Madness after all. So last week we were eating dinner and watching the Wichita State/VCU game. Gray quickly perked up (as he hasn’t fully grasped the importance of this sporting event yet) when a commercial with talking babies came on.

The next day Chris (Edwards, President of A Cleaner World) sent me a link with our latest commercials. I was 5 seconds into the first commercial when I hit pause and hollered for Gray. Our new commercials feature something way better than talking babies, and Gray quickly became a big fan. In fact, he’s now asked if watching them can be his special treat.

Here’s the link so you can check them out for yourself.

http://www.youtube.com/user/acleanerworld?feature=watch

After watching them a number of times and offering his thoughts, he’s picked his favorite. But what we’re more interested in is – which one is your favorite?

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Talking Home Fire with Your Kids

About a month ago I shared with you Gray’s latest question, “What happens if our house catches on fire?”, and how we handled it. At the end of the post, I mentioned that in my research I found an exhibit sponsored by Liberty Mutual at Walt Disney World's Epcot that uses a hands-on method to teach kids fire safety. As luck would have it, we had the chance to visit that exhibit two weeks ago.

This thing was done in typical Disney fashion -- top-notch all the way. First, Gray and I did a timed fire safety quiz on a touch-screen monitor while waiting in line in front of the ‘house’.



Just a few short minutes later, we were paired up in the “Where’s the Fire?” game. We both had flashlights and searched six rooms of the house to find and eliminate fire hazards.



After the game, the kids went over to a miniature house where a Disney Team Member put them through different home fire scenarios.



Gray learned a few things but more importantly I learned a few things too. Here they are:
• We’ve talked about what to do and walked through it should we have a fire, but we’ve not had home fire drills. The folks at the exhibit stressed the importance of home fire drills – even at night.
• Make sure your kids can unlock the doors and windows and open them. Even have them climb out a window or two for practice.
• Set a designated meeting place outside for your family.

We're going to continue working on fire safety in our home. Here’s a link to the U.S. Fire Administration for Kids website. There’s lots of terrific information on home fire safety along with great information for your kids. We hope you find it helpful.

http://www.usfa.fema.gov/kids/flash.shtm

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Some Important Information on Mats

I am on the planning committee for our church’s ladies retreat. At the first meeting, I was sitting waiting for it to start when a very animated woman walked in carrying a donut-shaped pillow. She placed it in her chair and gingerly sat down. Someone inquired and here’s the bottom line of the story – she slipped and fell on a wet floor at a restaurant. That business should have read my December blog post on our Commercial Division. Advantage number three: ‘Mats also help during inclement weather to prevent slip hazards.’

According to fallsarentfunny.org, more than 2.2 million American’s visit the emergency room because of an accidental fall, and every 8 seconds, someone is injured because of a slip or fall. I read on a number of sites that the number three main cause of a slip or fall is wet floors. There are a number of ways to combat this problem, and one is by using a mat. Unfortunately mats themselves can cause a trip or be a fall hazard so it is important to use the proper mat. According an on-line article by the Healthy Facilities Institute, there are over 50 types of floor mats in existence for commercial use. That’s a lot of information to sift through, so I’m here to share a few things with you.

• Size does matter – use a mat large enough so it is not kicked around or stepped over.
• Mats should be constructed to lay flat. If they begin to curl, consider replacing or taping the corners down.
• They should be designed in a way that will stop and store water and dirt right there.
• They should be safe and slip resistant.

Debbie has a great sense of humor and laughed about the incident as she shared it with us. But falling is no laughing matter. There is a link to the article below should you need more detailed information. If after reading the link below you have questions about mats, call A Cleaner World’s Commercial Division Manager at 336-870-6299. He is an expert in this area. Be safe out there!

http://www.healthyfacilitiesinstitute.com/a_175-Floor_Matting_Applications
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