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Land of the Free

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Memorial Day, a United States Federal holiday, is observed each year on the last Monday in May.

This year, it will be observed on May 29th.

 

And it’s coming up this weekend.

But before bringing out the plastic cups, paper plates, and burgers for the the grill- take some time this weekend to honor everyone who has died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

 

There are several ways to remember those Americans:

 

• Display your American flag.

• Attend a Memorial Day parade – The parade in Washington D.C.
is the nation’s largest Memorial Day event –
http://www.americanveteranscenter.org/avc-events/parade

• Visit a battlefield –The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in
the Civil War; fought at the local Gettysburg National Military Park –
https://www.nps.gov/gett

• Go to a memorial service organized by a veterans group.

• Observe the National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00pm on
Memorial Day.

• Share photos and memories of your friends and family who have
fallen in battle.

Can I Clean It?

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Seeing mold is not the only way to detect mold. Strange odors can often indicate mold, however, it may not be in the room where it is being smelled. The odors can travel through air vents and infiltrate spaces where there actually isn’t any mold. Where there’s moisture, there could be mold. It’s common knowledge humidity is a molds best friend. But to the untrained eye, rust on pipes and warping drywall or wood may not seem like a sign of mold. And those itchy eyes, runny nose, and headaches have just been part of a cold, but those too are warning signs that there could be mold.

A certified indoor environmentalist has the training and specialized equipment to assess, resolve, and prevent indoor air quality issues, providing the client with the procedures to remove the mold permanently.

Some homeowners try to fix minor house problems on their own instead of calling in a professional. Mold is no different. The homeowner can clean up the mold if it is minimal, but mold is a spore and will spread if not taken care of properly. It can only worsen from there, damaging the house and emptying pockets to continually fight it.

 

For more information, visit our Mold Services page or call Baxter Group, Inc. at 717-263- 7341.

Breathable Poison

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Sanding is a common way of removing old finishes and, according to Better Homes & Gardens magazine – 2017, will move to dark harmonizing colors. So that creamy white cabinetry might be getting a new look. Unfortunately, if a house or facility was built before 1978, there’s a good chance it has lead-based paint. Homes built before 1940 are 87% more likely to contain lead-based paint. Between 1949-1959: 69%, and between 1960-1977: 24%. In 1978, the federal government banned the use of lead-based paint.

And so the problem lies with the sanding. Lead-based paint is a hazard on any surface, but it becomes inhaled as a poisonous dust. The toxic dust is created when disturbing lead-based paint during renovations and simple repairs, such as sanding, cutting, replacing windows, and more. Lead can damage the nervous system and cause brain disorders.  Excessive lead can also cause blood disorders and is a potent neurotoxin that accumulates both in soft tissues and in the bones. While lead is poisonous to both adults and children, it’s especially dangerous to children under the age of six, including growing fetuses. Their growing bodies absorb more lead.

Having non-destructive paint inspections will identify any lead-based paint, giving peace of mind before any renovations. When renovating lead-based painted furniture or building components, it is important to protect yourself, your family, and your community.

For more information, visit our Lead Services page or call Baxter Group, Inc. at 717-263- 7341.

Baxter Group, Inc. Educational Programs

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Bring awareness to your company, safety team, or organization on topics surrounding healthy indoor environments. Baxter Group, Inc. will come to you! Learn about healthy environmental living and the know-how to stay healthy at home and in the office. Our professionals provide various educational programs on safety topics, specific contaminant topics, and many more. All programs can all be tailored specifically to meet your group’s needs.

Topics include:

  • Healthy Homes
  • Healthy Buildings
  • Asbestos
  • Lead-Based Paint
  • Mold
  • Radon
  • HVAC Contamination
  • Indoor Environmental Quality

Education can include:

  • Identification
  • Health Effects
  • Hazards
  • Safety Precautions
  • How to Remedy

These programs are perfect for safety tailgate meetings, employee training sessions, group presentations, auxiliary and business meetings, PTA, and more. Any groups interested in healthy environments to live in and work in will be inspired.

Baxter Group, Inc. has already been given the opportunity to provide these services to some organizations, including Brechbill and Helman, Associated Builders and Contractors, Wilson College Facilities Department, and real estate agencies.

Contact the office today at 717-263-7341, or fill out our contact form.

Did You Know?

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Baxter Group, Inc. has a SUPER TRAC V ROBOTIC SYSTEM.  This piece of equipment can show us the existing condition of an HVAC System, creating a DVD of the inspection when connected to a laptop.  This is a great tool to document inspections.  It can also be used to document suspicious areas that a human cannot enter.

Baxter Group, Inc. has an X-Ray Fluorescence Analyzer.  The XRF can analyze painted components for lead without being destructive to the building component.  No more scratching the paint for lead chip samples.

Baxter Group, Inc. has a Vacuum Test Kit.  Precision sampling filters allow for objective measurements of duct on duct surfaces to objectively assess whether a system needs cleaning.