Reopening Guidelines and Tips for West Palm Beach Businesses
This week certain establishments in Palm Beach County have been given the green light to begin reopening. As a part of what officials are calling Phase 1, there are multiple parameters in which businesses will need to abide by. Here are a few:
- Most restaurants and retail can only operate at 25% capacity.
- Employees and guests, based on the establishment, must wear masks.
- Social distancing guidelines must still be enacted including small groups of 8 or less, within 6 feet of one another.
- Sanitizing guest areas must occur before and after each guest.
With these rules as guidelines, develop and share a plan that promotes a healthy environment. Be sure that customers are aware of the precautions your business is taking as well. It is best to allow room for revisions in the plan as local authorities or day-to-day operations may call for some.
Consider these tips when developing a plan:
- Determine what needs to be cleaned vs. disinfected and how often. Sanitizing is one of the most important guidelines as it reassures employees, and customers, that an establishment is prioritizing cleanliness and safety.
- Equip your business with enough cleaning supplies and personal protection equipment as needed. Create an area specifically for supplies; this allows for easy access and visibility.
- When rearranging your business layout to maintain the 25% capacity and social distancing rule, consider accessibility. Be sure that any rearrangement of furniture or items does not impede the flow of business or put the safety of your staff and customers at risk.
- Post signs or reminders regarding social distancing and proper hygiene. This is for both employees and customers.
- Designate a specific day of the week or time in each day in which your business will close for thorough cleaning. Hiring a company like SERVPRO of West Palm Beach, will ensure that your business is thoroughly sanitized with medical grade disinfectant.
As a business owner, it is important to remember that many people may be grappling with the realities of current events and the idea of reintroducing themselves into public. By committing to proper guidelines, businesses are reassuring their employees and customers they are committed to the health and safety of all.
What to Expect in the 2020 Storm Season
Though West Palm Beach is still dealing with difficult and uncertain times amid COVID-19, hurricane season is around the corner, meaning Floridians will need to begin preparations. The Atlantic hurricane season beings on June 1st and will last until November 30th. Many forecasts are predicting this season will be an “above average” year, having already named 16 storms. There is close to a 70% chance that at least one storm, will be a major hurricane to make landfall in the U.S.
The number of predicted storms, 8 predicted as hurricanes, should be a reason for many Floridians to begin preparing. Here are a few recommended steps:
- Begin purchasing needed supplies including non-perishable foods, candles, flashlights, batteries and water. Have enough supplies that will last yourself and your family at least two weeks, if not more.
- Make any necessary home improvements to safeguard your home. If there are any leaks or holes in your home’s foundation or roof, make sure these are patched before heavy rains. If hurricane shutters are what you use to protect your windows, have those readily available for when the time comes.
- Organize and clean your home and any storage spaces in the case that any patio furniture or items outside your home will need to be put away.
- Make and seal copies of any important documents. Store them in either your supply bin or to-go bags that your family has prepared.
- Most importantly, have an evacuation plan for your family. Be sure to have at least on bag per family member packed in case your area is evacuated with a plan as to where you will stay until it is safe to return.
Ahead of any potential major storm, always be sure to pay attention to your local news and follow local authorities warning. Keep your family safe and prepared this 2020 storm season.
If you are in need of further preparation tips and want to learn about SERVPRO of West Palm Beach’s ERP for your home or business, call us today.
Spring Cleaning for Hurricane Season
Spring is the perfect time to get your home cleaned and organized. For residents in West Palm Beach this also includes preparation for hurricane season as well. Here are a few tips to help get your home ready:
Manicure Your Lawn
Broken or damaged branches make for the perfect debris during a storm that has heavy winds. Prune any shrubbery and trees around your home, trimming any branches that can easily break during the next storm.
Check Your Roof
Hurricanes can be especially damaging to a home’s roof. To avoid the use of a tarp, inspect your roof for any missing tiles, cracks, or holes. Even small damage can be exacerbated during a storm; you will thank yourself for being proactive and repairing your roof before the summer season.
Organize Storage Areas
If you have a garage or storage shed, organizing these areas will make storing any outside patio furniture much easier. While making a checklist of all items that will need to be stored, inspect, repair and clean each item as needed. This will decrease the hassle of storing dirty or broken items that will need to be attended to after the storm.
Check Your Vents and Rain Gutters
Leaves, sticks, and other matter can make its way into your rain gutters, creating blockages for heavy rains. Clogs can lead to an overflow of rain, flooding the perimeter around your home. Remove any debris that may be building up in your gutter, while looking for any breaks or potential leaks. Check your vents for damage, missing screens, or any other issues as well.
Preparing for hurricane season before it hits will help in mitigating damage and hopefully keep your home from sustaining damage from heavy storms.
SERVPRO of West Palm Beach Gives Back to Our First Responders
SERVPRO of West Palm Beach disinfected over 50 First Responder vehicles during the first day of the three-day event.
Giving back is a core foundation that our company is built on; as is community. For as long as SERVPRO of West Palm Beach has been operating, we have always felt a strong sense of belonging in Palm Beach County. Like many small businesses, we depend on the positive experiences of our customers and support of the community.
In the past two months, community has never been more important in many parts of our country. We have all had to stand strong together to combat the turmoil and uncertainty felt amongst us. We have witnessed this strength through our friends, family, essential workers and Frontliners. Palm Beach County First Responders have served the community faithfully in an unwavering, determined fashion. We have seen their perseverance in keeping the community safe and healthy. We are so grateful for our many First Responders throughout the county and to show our gratitude, this week we will be providing free vehicle disinfections for First Responders.
Today marked the first day of a three-day event, with a greater turn out than we could have hoped for! Putting our biohazard cleaning experience to good use, our crew, is eager to give back this week. During the three-day event, we will be disinfecting First Responder cars as well as providing a bottle of hand sanitizer for each vehicle. We cannot wait to meet and personally thank all of our First Responders of Palm Beach County.
We appreciate all of the Frontliners who are working tirelessly to keep our communities healthy. From our SERVPRO family to yours, we thank you!
Ways to Give Back During Challenging Times in Palm Beach County
Donating does not always mean making a monetary donation to a major organization. Many local organizations and charities are working hard to provide for communities throughout Palm Beach. With the number of people who have been affected by the current pandemic growing each day, there are many different needs and ways to help.
- Donate to Food Pantries: Many food pantries are overwhelmed recently and may have supplies running low. If you are able to, donate canned goods and non-perishables. If you prefer to provide a monetary gift, there are organizations that provide those in need hot, daily meals.
- Donate Essential Items and Personal Protection: There is a great need for hard to find essentials, like household cleaning products, toilet paper, paper towels, soap and more. If you are able to supply these items, many disaster relief funds can benefit from a donation like this, providing support to healthcare organizations and areas with vulnerable communities.
- Virtually Volunteer: Volunteering in person may not be ideal for many during a time of social distancing. Virtual volunteer opportunities do exist that may include tutoring children who are going through a transitionary period of virtual learning. Choose an organization that connects you with quarantined elderly who would love to video chat and enjoy fun conversation during a difficult time.
- Help a Neighbor: The best way to give back might be for someone you know. If you have any neighbors, family, or friends who have compromised immune systems or are older, be sure to check in on them, helping with any tasks they have. A simple trip to the grocery store each week can be a great deal of help.
- Sew Protective Masks: Many healthcare organizations are in need of masks to protect their staff. There are dozens of articles and videos with tutorials on sewing a proper mask. If you have ample time on your hands and the appropriate materials, find a fun pattern and sew away!
Giving back is a wonderful way to show appreciation for all the Frontliners who give to us every day.
Germ Hotspots in Your West Palm Beach Home
We do so much in our home every day that is impossible to detect every single germ in your home and where it came from. Frankly, even attempting to do so sounds exhausting. Even so, keeping your home clean and healthy is important for yourself and your family. This can be done by recognizing hotspots in your home, follow proper hygiene and clean areas according to their specific needs.
Hotspots in your home are where germs tend to accumulate. These are usually high-traffic and high touch areas.
Places like counter tops or sinks are used quite often, coming in contact with different items like produce, meat, dirty hands, and more. Counter tops are used when unpacking groceries, cooking, even placing items like phones or keys that we might not realize have germs.
It’s no surprise that bathrooms can be a haven for germs. Many places in your bathroom can be harboring germs including the sink, toilet, tub, trashcan and handles.
Our hands touch many objects through the day, and if they’re not properly washed, can be transferring germs. Note these items should be included always during a routine cleaning: light switches, door knobs, remotes, phones, tablets, and computers.
Once you are aware of the hotspots in your home it is important to perform routine cleaning and disinfecting, especially on frequently touched surfaces.
When cleaning be sure to:
- Use proper protection like gloves when handling cleaning products
- Pay special attention to the surfaces you are cleaning and the products you are using as some products are better suited for different materials
- Launder soft items when possible like rugs or carpets
- Use warm to hot water when washing clothes and the appropriate detergent for a deep clean
Following proper hygiene guidelines is important in maintaining a clean home. While doing so, many not rid your home of all potential germs, it can mitigate the problem. Washing your hands is essential to prevent the spread of germs. Be sure to take off your shoes before entering your house as well. If any items have been in a public place that isn’t exactly the cleanest of places, try not to place them on any surfaces that you often come in contact with.
Practicing proper hygiene and routine cleaning are great ways to keep a home clean and healthy. Professional cleaning services are also always an option if preferred!
SERVPRO of West Palm Beach is Here to Help
In recent weeks much of the country has experienced unprecedented, complicated days. During this time SERVPRO of West Palm Beach is monitoring the situation, implementing all recommendations provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and local law enforcement. These guidelines are followed during our bioremediation cleaning services as well as for other fire, water or mold jobs. Our employees are being extremely diligent in wearing the proper protective gear when on site and practicing social distancing when interacting with any customers. The health and safety of our employees, customers, and community remain our top priority.
We understand this may be stressful times for many and want to make sure we are reaching out to anyone who may have questions. Our team is making sure to update our website and social media pages with helpful information. We are also available via phone to answer questions you may have regarding any of our services, or if you are currently working with us.
SERVPRO of West Palm Beach is known for our quick, quality work and knowledge in restoration services. Along with our specialized cleaning services, we are committed to continue following the same high set of standards, safely serving Palm Beach county area homes and commercial buildings with any water, fire, or mold damage. Our team is ready to respond to any emergency disaster 24/7.
Considerations for Healthy Work Environments in West Palm Beach
Based on the industry your business is in, properly cleaning and disinfecting your work environment may have different requirements. Some businesses may be restricted to employees only inside facilities, while others have foot traffic from employees, customers, and other guests. Regardless of the number or type of people visiting a work environment, business owners should consider the following guidance for healthy employees and customers.
Practice Proper Hygiene
Promoting hand washing for all employees and visitors is a great way to prevent the spread of germs. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a minimum of 20 seconds of hand washing with soap and water. If soap and water is not always readily available, having hand sanitizer gel or wipes can suffice as a quick go-to.
Encourage “respiratory etiquette”; this means a cough or a sneeze should be covered by the inside of an elbow or with a tissue if available. This is a fundamental practice in keeping germs at bay, even for those who may be suffering from seasonal allergies.
Clean Workstations and Shared Areas
If your business does not rely on janitorial services for routine cleaning and if it is safe to do so, encourage employees to disinfect their workstations. This especially goes for shared areas especially and “hotspots”, like computers, phones, door handles or other equipment. Always be sure to handle any cleaning solution with care and wear gloves as often as possible.
Some businesses or commercial space, like large office buildings, schools, or gyms may need deeper cleaning and disinfecting than what employees can handle. SERVPRO of West Palm Beach offers specialized cleaning services including bioremediation. We partner with many businesses in Palm Beach County to provide high quality cleaning. This cleaning can occur on a one-time basis if there are exceptional needs or as often as a business prefers.
Being a business owner means considering the health and safety of your employees and customers year-round. Our team can provide you with additional information on maintaining a healthy work environment and commercial cleaning services including bioremediation cleaning if needed. Call us today and speak to one of our highly-trained crew members.
SERVPRO of West Palm Beach Offers Biohazard Cleaning Services
During the past few months, much of the world has been preoccupied with staying safe and healthy. Proper hand washing, social distancing, and making accommodations for disruption in everyday life is prevalent for many people in Palm Beach County. Staying informed and taking the proper health precautions should be a top priority and because of this, SERVPRO of West Palm Beach wants to remind our customers we are specialists in biohazard cleaning services.
For residential and commercial properties, our crew can provide specialized cleaning, following the highest sanitization standards set in place by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. While we are well-versed in dealing with biohazard situations, we have taken additional precautions as recommended by the CDC. These guidelines include which areas of a home or business to treat with hospital-grade disinfectants that can treat pathogens similar to the coronavirus; SERVPRO carries several EPA-certified products with similar claims to products endorsed by the CDC.
SERVPRO of West Palm Beach has experience in cleaning buildings that are typically highly populated like schools, gyms, retail spaces, or offices. Our biohazard cleaning services take care to disinfect high-touch areas including table-tops and desks, doorknobs, light switches, bathrooms, equipment and more. We recommend for our customers to regularly clean their personal devices like computers, phones, and tablets.
SERVPRO of West Palm Beach urges our customers to stay informed and proactive. The well-being of our customers and employees is always our number one priority. We do our best to keep our community informed and safe. If your home or commercial space is in need of specialized cleaning call us today, 561-795-5410.
Large Commercial Loss in West Palm Beach
Many large commercial loss jobs require numerous air movers to properly dry out areas and prevent secondary damage.
During Super Bowl weekend, while most of West Palm Beach was watching the big game, our crew was working on a big job. Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business experienced a broken pipe, with enough water to flood most of the first floor. The flooding extended throughout the entrance, faculty offices and lecture halls.
Our crew needed to work quickly to get the building reopened with minimal disruption for faculty and classes held. Extracting the water was the first step taken, removing close to a foot of water from the floors. Following the extraction, the dry out began. Over 130 air movers were placed throughout the building, along with many dehumidifiers. Both types of equipment along with the number of pieces used are common in large commercial loss. Each air mover and dehumidifier was needed to make sure that any water not extracted was thoroughly dried, preventing any secondary water damage like mold.
A job like this would be classified as large commercial loss. Situations are categorized as large loss when there is a significant amount of damage occurring in a sizable area. These are areas like offices, warehouses, or in this case, whole first floors of a building. Damage can range from water, mold or fire, calling for extensive cleaning and restoration as well as utilization of commercial grade equipment. Large commercial loss can be complex, taking into account many factors.
Large losses can also be disruptive to businesses, especially if there is no contingency plan ready to be implemented. We stress our Emergency Ready Plan to our commercial customers often as we understand, in an instance like FAU’s water damage, how useful they can be. To mitigate the time businesses are unable to operate, SERVPRO of West Palm Beach works efficiently, readily available with the necessary equipment and number of crew needed.
Large commercial loss can be overwhelming but does not always mean that your business will be put on halt or closed indefinitely. Restoration professionals like SERVPRO of West Palm Beach, are here to respond promptly to your loss, minimize damage, and be your strategic partner from start to finish.