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BIKE GIVEAWAY AT THE WMVS at the SERVPRO World Race of Champions August 6 & 7, 2021!

7/29/2021 (Permalink)

BIKE GIVEAWAY AT THE WMVS at the SERVPRO World Race of Champions August 6 & 7, 2021!

For those lovers of speed and mud the championships are just around the corner and to celebrate we are giving away 10, that’s right, TEN, bikes for the kids. Have fun, experience the excitement and power, and win a bike to take home!

How to Be in The Running to Win

  1. Buy a ticket to the West Virginia Motor Speedway World Race of Champions this August 6 & 7, 2021.
  2. Kids 12 & under can enter. All you have to do is go to the SERVPRO Table set up by the Main Concession Stand (on the track).
  3. Entries open 4pm Friday, August 6th (enter any time)

When will I know if I’ve won?

  1. Winners will be announced throughout the event. 5 Winners announced Friday August 6th (between 6pm & 11pm) and 5 winners announced Saturday August 7th (between 6pm & 11pm).
  2. Winners must be at the event when announced. If winners are not there, then a redraw will happen to find a new winner who is present. So make sure to be there and keep your ears open!

To buy the tickets to the SERVPRO World Race of Champions just click here right now!

Best of luck and we’ll see you at the race!

The Team at SERVPRO of Wood, Ritchie & Pleasants Counties

Merry Christmas from your local SERVPRO in Parkersburg, West Virginia

12/25/2020 (Permalink)

This is the time of year that we cherish our families, sit in front of a warm fire and enjoy a big, delicious meal. 

The whole team at SERVPRO of Wood, Richie and Pleasants Counties wants to extend a warm and loving Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year. 

To keep yourselves safe this time of year, please take all necessary precautions.

If you're not sure of some of the possible dangers to family homes this time of year, please have a read through some of these free tips.

3 Christmas Fire Dangers That Could Burn Your Christmas Cheers (and how to avoid them)

After Storms Hit: These 3 Actions Could Save You Thousands

Wishing You A Merry Christmas!

3 Myths About COVID-19 (the Novel Coronavirus)

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

a computer rendition of the coronavirus molecule COVID-19 has many myths surrounding it.

Today feels a little surreal to a lot of us. With international travel being halted around the world, some borders being closed off and some cities experiencing full lock-downs to contain the feared virus, known as COVID-19, there are so many questions, conspiracy theories and concerns surrounding the entire world, particularly our state, West Virginia.

Please note information compiled in this blog post is gathered only from the World Health Organisation and the CDC. It is our utmost priority for everyone in our local area of Wood, Ritchie & Pleasants Counties to be informed and not fearful. This is a time for us to work together as a community.

This blog article attempts to inform our local community because information is powerful and we aim to put some myths at rest.

Myth 1: COVID-19 is not new, it’s a government created virus.

It is true that the name Coronavirus is not new. In fact Coronavirus is the name for a strand of viruses. Just like the flu, there are multiple strands of Coronavirus, some that are only within the animal kingdom and some that are human coronaviruses. All past reported versions of human coronaviruses (including SARS-CoV) are controlled through either vaccine or other reasons.

Yes, COVID-19 is new, contrary to many people’s concerns of this being used as some government ploy or other ulterior motive. The COVID-19 is believed to have mutated from a human consuming an animal (not a bat, which is the popular online narrative at the moment), most likely from an animal called a Pangolin (as many experts suggest). The virus which was known by scientists to be within the animal kingdom but not dangerous to humans took on a mutation in late 2019, which allowed it to spread human to human.

So please remember this when people are sharing photos or videos online of disinfectants that include “human coronavirus” on the back of their labels or television shows referencing the coronavirus: Human Coronavirus is not new, but the strand of COVID-19 is.

Please remember our goal with this is information. Through information and knowledge we, as a community, can work together through this time.

Myth 2: Coronavirus Only Affects Old People

COVID-19 does not discriminate. No matter your race or age it will attempt to get to you. But do not be overly concerned, be informed. While you may not be a high risk of the worst case scenario it is important to consider those close to you: your family, friends and work colleagues who may be at high risk.

This global event is financially hurting so many Americans, but it is important to remember what is truly important, our health and the health of others. So please, be mindful of how to act during this crazy time in our lives.

Again, please remember our goal with this is information. Through information and knowledge we, as a community, can work together through this time.

Myth 3: It’s Just Like The Common Flu

This myth must be included because it makes a lot of people very complacent about the Coronavirus. Our goal is for the community to work together and therefore this myth must be shown.

COVID-19 has an array of ways it effects the human body, while yes, the majority of people will experience mild symptoms such as fever, being lethargic, coughing or even no symptoms at all! It’s important for us to remember the larger, more difficult symptoms that other may experience. This includes experiencing pneumonia (the inability to breathe fully for perhaps up to a few days - some have described it as “a feeling of drowning for days”). While the chances of people experiencing this and/or being hospitalised are much lower, it is still important to think about everyone in our community.

By practicing social distancing and proper hygiene of washing hands and sanitising, we can help avoid spreading it to (or receiving it from) others.

FINAL THOUGHT: PLEASE DO THIS

Please, we at SERVPRO urge you and everyone in the community, to do our part in helping slow down the spread of this virus. We are in the greatest country in the world because we work together, we come together in times of turmoil and this is our opportunity to do our part.

It is a tough time for so many of us, financially and with the frequent rule changes and fear running through so many families in America now. What we can do is work together, do our part and defeat this virus by not letting it spread.

God Bless America, you who is reading this, your family and the families around the world.

(Please share the link to this article on your social media to help spread information instead of misleading, fear inducing information. Through proper information we can help reduce the fear, anger and other negative emotions. We are a community.)

References:

Human Coronaviruses - From the CDC https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/types.html

World Health Organisation - https://www.who.int

Social Distancing - What is it and Why is it Important?

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

 a male holding out his hand showing he wants his friends to stay away The crew at The AO House keeping their distance

There is a new buzz term flying around the media and internet: Social Distancing. It’s even becoming temporary law with some states and other countries imposing fines or even jail time for disobeying it. But why is this so important?

What is Social Distancing?

Social distancing is the act of keeping a safe distance away from everyone to avoid spreading of a disease. This has been determined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as 1.5 meters (or 6 feet). Viruses such as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) spread through droplets from coughs, sneezes or even exhaling. For this reason the American government, working alongside WHO, have administered this rule nationwide.

Please remember our goal with this is information. Through information and knowledge we, as a community, can work together through this time. Don’t be fearful, be informed.

Why Has the Government Administered Social Distancing?

The goal of social distancing is to slow down the spread of COVID-19 so that our hospitals can handle the number of severe cases. This strand of the Coronavirus is highly contagious and therefore it spreads extremely quickly from person to person.

The reason for trying to slow down the spread of COVID-19 is so that they can “slow the curve”. If you haven’t heard this term before it refers to the number of people catching COVID-19.

Why Are We “Slowing The Curve”?

Life is precious. Coronavirus has a high hospitalisation rate compared to other known viruses including the common flu. This combined with it being highly contagious means that there is a likely chance of our hospitals being overcrowded. This means that it is possible that there may not be enough beds, or doctors and nurses to treat the extreme cases of COVID-19. But by slowing down the curve, we can hope to stretch it out, so that as people get better, more beds open up and more lives can be saved!

Please remember our goal with this is information. Through information and knowledge we, as a community, can work together through this time. Don’t be fearful, be informed.

OUR FINAL THOUGHT: PLEASE DO THIS

We at SERVPRO, please urge you and everyone in the community to keep to the social distancing guidelines given by WHO and the American government. It is our responsibility as citizens to work together, keeping our friends and family safe. This is a small price to pay to keep one another healthy.

Please share this article link with friends and family on your socials. There is power in education and information and we can work through this together.

Please do not be fearful, just be informed.

Symptoms and Advice for Avoiding COVID-19 (the Novel Coronavirus)

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

computer rendering of the coronavirus molecule It's Important to be informed, but not alarmed.

With so much information being shared on the internet (both correct and incorrect) we wanted to make sure that our community in Wood, Ritchie & Pleasants Counties were reading the correct information about COVID-19.

Our information is gathered through only validated sources such as the World Health Organization (WHO).

Information helps our community and it is important that you (and us) keep informed by the proper authorities.

So here are the best practices we can do to minimise the chance of catching Coronavirus, according to WHO. (Please note that this doesn’t not 100% guarantee not getting COVID-19, but these practices will help reduce the likelihood).

Best Practices:

  1. Sterilize your hands before and after touching surfaces when outside of your home. COVID-19 is spread through droplets from an infected person. Droplets come from coughing, sneezing or even exhaling onto someone. These droplets can fall onto surfaces such as doorhandles, counter tops, pens or any other surface. It is believed by the CDC that the virus can live on this surface from anywhere between 3 to 9 days (more information is being collected daily as the CDC do more testing). Therefore it is important to use an alcohol-based sanitiser (70% or more is ideal) and thoroughly clean your hands.
  2. Wash your hands with hot, soapy water when entering and exiting your home. It is important to do this method when at home to keep it different to just sanitising your hands. This will keep the sanitisation different so that the virus is not able to adapt.
  3. Avoid touching your face (particularly your mouth, nose and eyes) COVID-19 is a respiratory virus. This means that it sits in your throat until it moves down to your lungs. Therefore it is important to avoid transporting the virus from your hands to your face. If you have an itch that needs to go, try itching your face with the inside of your shirt if possible.
  4. Avoid close contact with people (social distancing) Social distancing is important because that extra space makes it harder for the COVID-19 virus to travel to you.
  5. When coughing or sneezing use the inside of your elbow. We use our hands for everything, from catching a cough or sneeze to grabbing everything. By sneezing or coughing into your arm it will significantly minimise the chance of it spreading. (Please remember that you may have it and not know as some people who get COVID do not display any symptoms and are at no risk to themselves, but may be to others who are at high risk).

Please remember our goal with this article is to provide honest information. Through information and knowledge we, as a community, can work together through this time. Do not be fearful, be informed.

Symptom of COVID-19

According to WHO the symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  1. Fever
  2. A dry cough
  3. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  4. Abnormal feeling of being lethargic (tired physically).

As suggested by the World Health Organisation if you are experiencing mild symptoms please do not leave your home. Please stay at home until these symptoms disappear. If they get worse, please notify someone immediately or call 911.

OUR FINAL THOUGHT: PLEASE DO THIS

We at SERVPRO, please urge you and everyone in the community to keep to the social distancing guidelines given by WHO and the American government. It is our responsibility as citizens to work together, keeping our friends and family safe. This is a small price to pay to keep one another healthy.

Please share this article link with friends and family on your socials. There is power in education and information and we can work through this together.

Please do not be fearful, just be informed.

4 Hot Tips to Keep Your House Safe This Halloween

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

A scarecrow with a jacker-lantern as his head and a crow sitting on top of it Prevention is always easier (and cheaper) than cure

Halloween, the time the "dead" rise. A lot of fun for your family and your kids, but also a lot of fun for trouble makers. TRICK OR TREAT!

It's always better to know the information and not need it, than to need it and not know it. So we decided to write this blog post to help you be informed, if anything were to happen this halloween.

KEEPING TROUBLE MAKERS AWAY

Kids love to throw toilet paper and eggs at houses on halloween (or even, unfortunately, vandalism. Fun for them, very annoying for you. Luckily there are a few simple steps you can do that will deter them from choosing your house.

  1. Keep your house well lit during the night. The last thing kids want is to get caught. The fun is in getting away with doing something naughty. So if they see your house (a well lit house with no-where to secretly throw toilet paper or eggs) or your neighbours house (a house full of dark spots or blind spots), which do you think they'll choose? Now we're not wanting your neighbours egged, so maybe tell them to read this article as well. 
  2. Keep the surrounding areas of your building clear. The more clutter and bushes/trees around your property, the more tempting it is to choose your house or building for tricks. This may mean doing a little (or big) clean up outside your home or building. Annoying? Yes. But it would be more annoying to be egged, "TP'd", or even graffitied on.

Avoiding Common Fire Hazards

While it sounds obvious, there a lot of common practices that we do in West Virginia (and around the United States) that appear innocent in the moment, but can turn into avoidable fire damage. Here are a few that surprise families and business owners:

  • Open Flame Candles. While open flame candles add a great ambiance, either beautiful or creepy, we advise avoiding using open flames. Instead opting for battery operated candles. These are very fairly priced today from most halloween stores. If you do insist on open flames though, make sure that all flammable items are more than 5 feet from the candle, and if on an elevated surface, such as a shelf, nothing flammable underneath the shelf.
  • Avoid Flammable Decorations. This is a lesser known one than the above. Dried flowers, crepe paper, and cornstalks are all highly flammable. For this reason it is very important to keep them far from open flames, heaters and even light bulbs.

Besides all these, go out and have a lot of fun with your family on this amazing holiday. Use the day (and night) to its fullest. 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN from the team at SERVPRO of Wood, Ritchie & Pleasants Counties

Hot tip: Read this short blog to find out how to remove egg & toilet paper effectively from your home or business building by clicking here. Remember: it's better to know and not need it, than to need it and not know.