Winter Weather – were you prepared?

We had a heck of a winter storm these past few days!  While the Pacific Northwest gets plenty of wind and rain, many are not prepared for snow and ice like we experienced this past weekend.  Storms can hit suddenly without warning, so it is important to always be prepared for extreme weather conditions.  Here are a few ways to stay safe during a winter storm:

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Stay informed – The storm we recently experienced was reported on the news; make sure you are checking in with news and weather sources to stay up to date on how the weather may impact your area.  Such sources will have updates on school and road closures as well.  Make sure you have access to these outlets if your power should go out by having an emergency radio and charging phones and tablets. 

Supply kit – Make sure your emergency supply kit is well stocked should you be unable to leave your home. For a detailed outline of what your emergency kit should contain, check out our previous blog here.

Freeze prevention – Frozen pipes can potentially be a costly damage to your home should they burst.  It is a very common incident we encounter here at Kennedy Restoration, especially when temperatures begin to rise after a freeze.  Protect your pipes from freezing with these tips.

Driving – Whenever possible, do not drive in the ice or snow.  While you may be an expert driver, others on the road are not and even the best of drivers can get into serious accidents due to icy road conditions.  However, if you must leave be sure to follow these safe driving tips in the ice.  Add a few items to your emergency kit to make sure you can leave the home, including sand, kitty litter, snow shovels.  Make sure your tires are equipped for the weather and your vehicle is capable of the excursion. 

Loss of power – As we experienced here in Portland, power outages are common with the onset of snow and ice.  Frozen moisture on tree limbs weigh them down, causing them to crack and fall on power lines.  Be prepared for such outages and potential loss of heat! 

So, how did you do?  Do you feel that you were adequately prepared for the weather over the weekend, or do you have some adjustments to make to your preparedness techniques?  As always, if you experienced any damages to your home or property, Kennedy Restoration is here to help! 

Hail storm damage prevention

There’s nothing quite like a hail storm!  The pinging on the roof that turns to a dull roar then passes as quickly as it came.  Hail can be as small as a pea all the way up to as large as a grapefruit and travel at speeds up to 120mph.  Hail storms are generally brief, lasting only a few minutes and can be accompanied by wind, thunder and lightning.  Though the storm may only last a short time, it can do a lot of damage in those few minutes.  The Northwest isn’t known for extreme hail storms like those in the Midwest and South but we should still be prepared for the few hail storms we get each year.  Here are a few tips to keep your property safe in the event of a hail storm:

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Make sure your roof is up to code.  When doing repairs or re-roofing your home, have the work done by professionals or have it inspected when the work is done.  Make sure your shingles are asphalt and have a Class 4 rating under Underwriters Laboratories’ (UL) 2218 standard. This rating indicates that the shingles did not crack when hit twice in the same area by a two-inch steel ball.

When a hail storm strikes, be sure to stay indoors for safety.  Close all blinds and window coverings; if a window should shatter during the store you will want to minimize the area affected by broken glass.  Stay away from skylights and glass doors until the storm has passed.

Hail has the potential to cause major damage to your vehicle.  If a hail storm is predicted in the forecast, park your car in a covered area.  If you are driving in a hail storm, pull over, preferably under the safety of a roof or over pass.  If shelter is not available, park safely and cover your face should your windshield shatter.

Know your insurance policy well!  If you have any damages contact your insurance representative immediately.

Should you experience damage to your home or property Kennedy Restoration is always here to assist you with your repairs.

Halloween Safety Tips

It’s the spookiest time of year: Halloween!  This is a wonderful season for children of all ages to dress up, decorate and give out treats.  While Halloween is fun for the whole family there are some important guidelines to follow to make it as safe and enjoyable as possible.  Make sure to keep children safe while they go out to collect their goodies and keep a few of these safety tips in mind:

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  1. Do not allow children to trick or treat alone.  Go in groups along with trusted adults.
  2. Make sure costumes are visible by drivers; attach reflective tape if necessary.  Have children carry a flashlight or glow sticks for safety.
  3. Examine all candy before allowing your child to consume it.  Look for packaging that appears altered or tampered with; dispose of anything that look suspicious.
  4. Follow all pedestrian laws and use cross walks and proceed into the street with caution.  Use sidewalks whenever possible and avoid heavily trafficked areas.
  5. Drivers: be on high alert for children in the road.  The most popular trick-or-treating time is between 5:30 and 9:30 so take extra care while driving at these times.
  6. Don’t eat too much candy in one sitting and be sure to take care of those teeth!
  7. Use battery operated candles in pumpkins and decorations.  Flame candles can easily be knocked over and create a fire hazard.

Have a happy and safe Halloween!