Tampa-Based MaintenX Wants to Help Keep Local Businesses Safe After a Hurricane

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MaintenX wants to help local businesses stay safe after a hurricane.

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After Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, MaintenX wants to make sure local businesses and their employees are equipped with proper safety tips after a major storm.

“There can be a number of unforeseen dangers as you begin to assess damages after a hurricane,” said Bill Schaphorst, VP of Business Development at MaintenX International. “It is just as important to make sure you and your staff stay safe after a storm as it is to prepare for the storm itself.”

MaintenX International has been helping Florida businesses safely recover after hurricanes for more than 30 years. Here are a few tips to help your company stay safe after a storm:

1. Building Safety
Carefully assess any damages your building from the outside. Hurricane wind and water damage can make structures unstable and dangerous. Listen for any strange noises or building shifts, as this may be a sign the building is about to collapse. Never enter a building unless you’ve made sure it is safe.

2. Don’t Get Shocked
After a hurricane, be aware of the dangers of electric shock. Downed powerlines or the unexpected return of power to a flooded building can pose a risk to you and your staff. Additionally, if using you’re using a generator to power your building, be sure the main breaker is turned to ‘off.’ If the main breaker is still on, it can backfeed electrical energy into powerlines, creating a potentially dangerous situation for nearby utility workers.

3. Prevent Poisioning
Machines that burn gas or coal create carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless gas that can be deadly. After a storm, ensure that you do not use these types of machines inside your home. Generators, camp stoves and pressure washers should be kept outside and away from your building’s windows, doors and vents to decrease the risk of carbon monoxide poisioning.

4. Turn Around, Don’t Drown
Floodwaters are damaging and dangerous. Never drive through floodwater, as it can be deeper than expected. Even six inches of moving water is enough to knock someone off their feet. Standing flood waters can pose a risk as well, as they can carry germs or become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

For more information on MaintenX International, visit: http://maintenx.com.

MaintenX International is a fully licensed, facilities repair company. As one of the largest national self-performing facility maintenance and repair companies in the U.S., MaintenX has created a wide network of knowledgeable and professional technicians throughout the country. With their team of well-trained technicians, MaintenX self-performs and manages facility maintenance for their clients. In the event there is not a MaintenX technician in an area, the company has established a network of preferred vendor partners throughout the country for continued superior service for their clients. For over 30 years, MaintenX has been expertly serving multi-location retail stores, restaurant chains and Fortune 500 companies nationwide. MaintenX International is headquartered in Tampa, Florida.

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