Zika Virus & Pregnancy

There are concerns that pregnant women who become infected with Zika virus can transmit the disease to their unborn babies, with potentially serious consequences. Reports from several countries, most notably Brazil, demonstrate an increase in severe foetal birth defects and poor pregnancy outcomes in babies whose mothers were infected with Zika virus while pregnant.

Additional international research is necessary and ongoing to determine the link between Zika virus and foetal damage.

Until more is known, the Ministry of Health recommends that women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant in the near term consider delaying travel to areas with Zika virus present. If travelling in Zika infected areas, women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant should consult with their healthcare provider and take all precautions to avoid mosquito bites, including:

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants
  • Use insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), or IR3535. Always use as directed.
  • Insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, and IR3535 are safe for pregnant and nursing women and children older than 2 months when used according to the product label. Oil of lemon eucalyptus products should not be used on children under 3 years of age.
  • If you use both sunscreen and insect repellent, apply the sunscreen first and then the repellent.
  • Use permethrin-treated clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks, and tents).
  • Use bed nets as necessary
  • Stay and sleep in screened-in or air-conditioned rooms.

If you are pregnant and develop a rash, red eyes, fever, or joint pain within 14 days of travel to a Zika virus infected country, please consult your health care provider and let them know your travel history.

Hand Washing

Frequent hand-washing is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading illness. Hand-washing requires only soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer — a cleanser that doesn’t require water. As you touch people, surfaces and objects throughout the day, you accumulate germs on your hands. In turn, you can infect yourself with these germs by touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Although it’s impossible to keep your hands germ-free, washing your hands frequently can help limit the transfer of bacteria, viruses and other microbes.

Always wash your hands before:

  • Preparing food or eating
  • Treating wounds, giving medicine, or caring for a sick or injured person
  • Inserting or removing contact lenses

Always wash your hands after:

  • Preparing food, especially raw meat or poultry
  • Using the toilet or changing a diaper
  • Touching an animal or animal toys, leashes or waste
  • Blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing into your hands
  • Treating wounds or caring for a sick or injured person
  • Handling garbage, household or garden chemicals, or anything that could be contaminated — such as a cleaning cloth or soiled shoes
  • Shaking hands with others

In addition, wash your hands whenever they look dirty.

Snow Shoveling Injuries

Some activities such as snow shoveling, walking through heavy wet snow or in a snow drift, downhill and cross country skiing, snow-boarding, can strain the heart enough to cause a heart attack. Snow shoveling can be more strenuous than exercising full throttle on a treadmill. While this may not be a problem if an individual is healthy and fit, it can be dangerous if not.

Shoveling, even pushing a heavy snow blower, can cause sudden increase in blood pressure and heart rate, and the cold air can cause constriction of the blood vessel and decrease oxygen to the heart. All these work in concert to increase the work of the heart and trigger a potentially fatal heart attack.

Individuals who are at risk of a heart attack during cold outdoor activities include:

  • Those with a prior heart attack
  • Those with known heart disease
  • Those with high blood pressure or high cholesterol
  • Smokers
  • Those who lead a sedentary lifestyle
  • Individuals who are overweight and perform little to no exercise in their normal routine.

A recent case in Pennsylvania had a pregnant teen collapse after shoveling snow and was pronounced dead.  The storms produced record snow and tides which resulted in extreme water damage and storm damage to homes, but everyone must be very careful when performing any strenuous task.

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Recent Flooding in New Jersey

The heavy snow and tides caused severe damage in some New Jersey shore towns making memories of Hurricane Sandy resurface.  Flooding in Ocean City New Jersey was especially bad, as was flooding in Cape May County and Wildwood.  Home owners need to be prepared for the hoards of restoration contractors and public adjusters that will be hounding them for the next few weeks. Storms like this is how most make the majority of their money, but a lot of their promises will come up short and you may be left holding the bag on a lot of unpaid items, or services which weren’t covered under your policy.  Read your policy carefully, and do not trust what you hear over the phone from a restoration contractor.  Rather, be apart of the process and double check that the Water Restoration contractor is not going above what’s needed just to make their bill higher and the public adjuster happy.  Make sure you read your policy through and through, and ask questions so you fully understand the complete process of your claim.  And do your own documentation, so you have backup which can help expedite your claim quickly and get your property back to pre-loss conditions.   Having a public adjuster or Water Damage Restoration contractor go above what’s needed to inflate a bill puts you in jeopardy of being denied and later dropped by your carrier for fraud.

2015 Angie’s List Award

There may be a few companies who have also won the Angie’s List Award, but no company has ever been able to say they’ve won 5 Consecutive Awards in our Industry until now.  We are proud to announce that we’ve won the award for Mold Testing, Mold Remediation, Water Damage Restoration & Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration for the 5th consecutive year.  Not only that, but we are a perfect 5 for 5, which means we set the new standard of excellence as the highest rated company in any market nationwide.2015ssa_Color528px_0