July Brings Dust Storms
July in our area often brings the dreaded dust storms which can dramatically reduce visibility in driving and cause a lot of problems in the area, especially car accidents.
Just recently, some nearby areas saw a late afternoon dust storm that moved across the region, playing a big part in a series of crashes along highways. When winds from thunderstorms kicked up dust as it moved across the area, drivers found visibility cut to less than one-eighth of a mile, which caused several minor car accidents.
Dust storms arrive in the form of an advancing wall of dust and debris which may be miles long and several thousand feet high. They strike with little warning, making driving conditions hazardous. Blinding, choking dust can quickly reduce visibility, causing accidents that may involve chain collisions, creating massive pileups. Dust storms usually last only a few minutes, but the actions a motorist takes during the storm may be the most important of his or her life. If you get caught on the road when a dust storm hits, here are some tips:
- If dense dust is observed blowing across or approaching a roadway, pull your vehicle off the pavement as far as possible, stop, turn off lights, set the emergency brake, take your foot off of the brake pedal to be sure the tail lights are not illuminated.
- Don't enter the dust storm area if you can avoid it.
- If you can't pull off the roadway, proceed at a speed suitable for visibility, turn on lights and sound horn occasionally. Use the painted center line to help guide you. Look for a safe place to pull off the roadway.
- Never stop on the traveled portion of the roadway.
In the past, motorists driving in dust storms have pulled off the roadway, leaving lights on. Vehicles approaching from the rear and using the advance car's lights as a guide have inadvertently left the roadway and in some instances collided with the parked vehicle. Make sure all of your lights are off when you park off the roadway.
Awesome Air Scrubbers
Cool Stuff That Works!
Air Scrubbers clean your air, remove unwanted odors as well as the toxins that cause them.
filter the air and remove particles which may include mold, spores, soot, smoke or dust.
Air Scrubbers utilize the power of high efficiency air filtration (HEPA) to eliminate odor particles from the air and create an environment safe for breathing.
Pats On The Back
Actual Client Testimonial
Our job is to keep our clients over-the-top happy with our services. We encourage all of our customers to give us feedback so we can always how we are doing. Here's one from June which caught the spirit of why we do what we do.
"There is nothing quite so devastating than to have water damage and be away from your home when it happens. While we've seen many, many commercials on TV, etc., about "these are the folks to call" ... it never really sinks in until you are faced with such a loss. ServiceMaster not only responded quickly but they found and tore out areas of moisture and damage the insurance adjuster didn't notice when he said "the damage wasn't quite as bad as he'd been lead to believe". Thank you ServiceMaster. Cassandrae in the office was our contact; she did a remarkable job in giving us information, etc."
Thanks for such great feedback!
Just For Fun
Dumb Arizona Laws
We came across some old Arizona laws that. believe it or not, are actually still on the books in our wonderful state. Enjoy!
Hunting camels is prohibited.
Any misdemeanor committed while wearing a red mask is considered a felony. This goes back in the days of the Wild West.
Donkeys cannot sleep in bathtubs.
When being attacked by a criminal or burglar, you may only protect yourself with the same weapon that the other person posseses.
It is unlawful to refuse a person a glass of water.
It's Hot Out There!
Staying Safe in the Heat
We are now in the middle of the hottest time of year for our area. Tucson is well-known as one of the hottest cities in the nation and every year there are serious complications as a result of the high temperatures. While the temps aren't expected to be as high as last year's, we've been experiencing several days up in the triple digits.
It's a great time to go over some basic safety tips for the extreme heat that we all love to hate.
- Slow down. Strenuous activities should be reduced, eliminated, or rescheduled to the coolest time of the day. Individuals at risk should stay in the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors.
- Dress for summer. Lightweight light-colored clothing reflects heat and sunlight, and helps your body maintain normal temperatures.
- Put less fuel on your inner fires. Foods (like proteins) that increase metabolic heat production also increase water loss.
- Drink plenty of water or other non-alcohol fluids. Your body needs water to keep cool. Drink plenty of fluids even if you don't feel thirsty. Persons who (1) have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease, (2) are on fluid restrictive diets or (3) have a problem with fluid retention should consult a physician before increasing their consumption of fluids.
- Spend more time in air-conditioned places. Air conditioning in homes and other buildings markedly reduces danger from the heat.