Puerto Rico Prepares for Hurricane Season and Tips to Help Safeguard Homes and Businesses
Zimmetry Environmental provides building inspections, testing and consulting services to identify indoor environmental quality (IEQ), health and safety exposure risks associated with hurricanes and tropical storms.
Bayamon, Puerto Rico, May 26th, 2021 -- Hurricane season in the Caribbean and Atlantic begins on June 1st and runs through November 30th. The residents of Puerto Rico are no strangers to the destruction caused by hurricanes and tropical storms. These powerful storms have resulted in hundreds of billions of dollars in property damage in the last decade alone for the islands’ residents.
To help prepare the public, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reminds everyone that hurricanes don’t only affect people living along the coast. They can cause damage many miles from the shore. If a hurricane or tropical storm is on its way, CDC recommends that people get their homes ready with the following suggestions:
· Clear the yard. Make sure there’s nothing that could blow around during the storm and damage the home. Move bikes, lawn furniture, grills, propane tanks and building material inside or under shelter.
· Cover up windows and doors. Use storm shutters or nail pieces of plywood to the outside window frames to protect windows. This can help keep people safe from pieces of shattered glass.
· Be ready to turn off the power. If there is flooding, downed power lines or one has to leave their home, switch the power off.
· Fill clean water containers with drinking water in case the water supply is lost during the storm. People can also fill up sinks and bathtubs with water for washing.
· Check the carbon monoxide (CO) detector’s battery to prevent CO poisoning.
“When a home or business is damaged, there are a number of potential environmental hazards to be aware of,” said Harry Pena, President of Zimmetry Environmental. “Floodwaters can introduce sewage and chemicals into the structure and any water damage or excessive humidity can allow mold to begin to grow in as short as 24 to 48 hours. In addition, many homes and businesses throughout the Caribbean still contain lead-based paints and asbestos-containing materials. These can become a hazard if they are aerosolized during cleanup, demolition and rebuilding efforts.”
To help in the aftermath of storm damage, the building science and environmental professionals of Zimmetry Environmental have extensive experience assessing properties and potential exposure hazards. These services are instrumental for ensuring building occupant safety and for filing insurance claims properly so that damaged homes and buildings receive the comprehensive repair work they require. Zimmetry also recently sponsored an educational video about preparing a home for a hurricane that can be seen at: https://youtu.be/wxoW5DbMwcE
To learn more about Zimmetry Environmental and their building science, industrial hygiene and IEQ services, please visit www.zimmetry.com, call (787) 995.0005 or email email@example.com.
About Zimmetry Environmental
Since 2002, Zimmetry Environmental has been providing environmental consulting services to building owners and managers, architects, engineers, EHS professionals and Fortune 500 companies. The company is based in Puerto Rico and provides services across the Caribbean and Central America. The professionals at Zimmetry offer environmental compliance, indoor air quality (IAQ), asbestos, lead-based paint, Phase I ESAs and general environmental consulting services.