Everyone loves the festivities and all the food that comes with the 4th of July. It’s a great time to remember and celebrate our freedom, enjoy eating burgers and hot dogs, and watch the sky light up. As you prepare for this year’s celebrations, don’t forget about safety.
Your Guide to Keeping the Fun in the 4th
Due to failure to follow safety guidelines, burns and eye injuries from fireworks are very common around this time of year. FEMA issues a series of public safety announcements from the U.S. Fire Administrator, Dave Paulison each year. They also provide guidelines for safety with fireworks.
1) Keep it legal.
Before you light a single firework, make sure firework displays are legal in your area. Be careful to follow all your local laws regarding fireworks. The laws are there for protection, but they can only protect you if you follow them.
2) Supervise all children.
Most fireworks, even sparklers, burn hot enough to melt some metals. After Independence Day every year, medical workers see many injuries from fireworks, and many of the injured are children. Take extra precaution to monitor all children near your fireworks display. For very small children, consider glow sticks in place of sparklers.
3) Clear area and follow instructions.
Before you light a single firework, make sure the area is clear of people, animals, structures, vehicles, and flammable items. Only light one firework at a time and immediately back away. NEVER attempt to relight a dud. Wait a half hour, then soak in water before discarding it. NEVER relight or pick up any firework that did not fully ignite.
4) Dress appropriately.
Wear light clothing and try to cover as much skin as you can. Avoid loose clothing, especially shirts with loose sleeves. Make sure anyone who is igniting fireworks wears proper eye protection.
5) Be safe and ready.
Have a bucket of water nearby to soak used fireworks in before throwing away. Have several buckets of water and a water hose ready in the case of an emergency. Before you begin, designate several adults to help in the case of an emergency. One should be ready to dial 9-1-1 and the rest should stay nearby to help in case of a fire or an injury.
Safety Precautions for Workers in the Industry
OSHA is also concerned with workers in the fireworks and pyrotechnics industry. It’s the employer’s responsibility to protect all employees from death and serious injury. Make sure your employees remain vigilant to follow all safety guidelines this 4th of July. Refer to OSHA’s guidelines for inspections and other safety concerns for pyrotechnics facilities.
Have a Safe and Happy 4th
Hydrological Solutions wishes you a Happy and safe 4th of July this year. We hope you enjoy your time with friends and family and all the festivities and food as well. Use this guide to keeping the fun in the 4th to keep it safe.
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With hurricane season upon us, it is time to start preparing your disaster recovery plans just in case a storm decides to head your way. While every storm has its own risks, not every hurricane requires the same level of planning. You need to adjust your disaster plans around the strength of the storm.
We measure hurricane strength with the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, a 1-5 categorization that tracks wind speeds. However, do not be fooled by this. Hurricanes bring more than just wind, and to properly prepare for them you must understand how these other aspects of the storms will affect your business.
Category 1 Hurricane
When the winds reach 74 miles per hour, a rotating storm becomes a hurricane. If the sustained winds stay under 96 miles per hour, the storm gets the Category 1 label. Category 1 storms bring minor damage and flooding risks to property, people, and animals. Most protected glass remains intact in these storms. If you have a good back-up generator, you can even continue doing business the day after the storm passes. Otherwise, you might have to deal with an occasional power outage that could last for several days. Hurricane Dolly from 2008 was a Category 1 hurricane.
Category 2 Moderate Hurricane
At 96 miles per hour, the storm is now category 2, and it will stay that way until it tops 100 mph. The winds are now strong enough to both damage to property and injure people. You should pan for flooding in low-lying areas as well. The power outages can last for a few days or a few weeks. You can expect to have to close your business during that time. Hurricane Frances of 2004 was a Category 2 storm.
Category 3 Major Hurricane
Category 3 hurricanes have winds anywhere before 111 and 130 miles per hour and are considered major storms. These storms present significant risks to both life and property – even sturdy buildings. Roads may get blocked, while electricity and water could be unusable for days if not weeks. Flood waters can extend far inland as well. 2004’s Hurricane Ivan was a Category 3 hurricane.
Category 4 Major Hurricane
Category 4 hurricane winds range from 131 to 155 miles per hour. These storms bring catastrophic damage to both life and property, and will require major planning to keep your business running after the storms hit. These storms can rip off roofs and shatter exterior walls, topple trees, and cause massive flooding that can leave an area uninhabitable for weeks or months. Hurricane Charley from 2004 had Category 4 winds.
Category 5 Major Hurricane
Hurricanes do not get worse than category 5. These monster storms, with winds of 155 mph, are why you have disaster recovery plans in the first place. Expect your office building or factory to not exist after one of these storms hit as they often bring total wall roof failure and collapse. Your area could be render uninhabitable for months as well. Hurricane Katrina from 2005 was a Category 5 storm.
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According to the 2016 Hurricane Season Predictions, we could see at least three storms of category 3 or higher. Follow our blog for tips and strategies that will keep your business operating and home protected from whatever nature decides to throw our way.
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Hydrological Solutions provides industrial products to meet and exceed the demands of a variety of dewatering projects. But what does dewatering actually mean? And how is it used in an industrial setting?
Dewatering rom solid material or soil. The methods of dewatering vary based on need and specifications for each project. In order to complete a successful dewatering project, the area needs to have a perimeter around it to secure the area inside to prevent (additional) water to come inside.
Dewatering projects come in all shapes and sizes. Hydrological Solutions’ Aqua Barrier Cofferdam provides a multi-purpose solution to:
With an inflatable dam, large boulders and rocky surfaces were not a problem! Cofferdams come in many sizes allowing you to work in water up to 6 feet deep. An inflatable dam can be installed quickly giving you the edge on competing bidders. If you are currently searching for a cost effective way to dewater an area to prevent invasive water from entering the job site, our flood barriers were designed to meet those needs.
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Hydrological-Solutions, Inc. is dedicated to finding solutions to our clients’ pressing detatering, water control, and flood control problems. In doing this, we provide the highest quality products and services. Below are several of our products that can provide solutions to both industrial and residential properties:
Aqua-Barrier Inflatable Cofferdam
The Aqua-Barrier® cofferdam can prevent and be a vital dewatering solution for a multitude of projects such as boat, bridge, and dam construction, pipeline repairs, and shoreline restoration.
Aqua-Barriers can be easily installed in hours, and upon completion of the project they can be drained, deflated and rolled up ready for the next project. They leave no environmental footprint and are a safer and more affordable than sandbags.
The Water Inflated Property Protector, or WIPP, reduces the risk of damage to valuable property while maximizing protection during floods. WIPP® is the ultimate flood barrier that can be used for both residential and commercial areas. Using WIPP® to guard your home or business by placing it around the premises will help to prevent invasive water from damaging your property.
WIPP® units are constructed from industrial grade vinyl coated polyester. This fabric is laminated with a base of woven polyester between two layers of flexible polyvinyl chloride. These units can be REPAIRED EASILY in the field in wet or dry conditions, are REUSABLE and provide for compact storage, transportation and ease of handling.
Hydro Anchors are smaller vinyl water inflated barriers that provide weight and anchorage for a variety of uses. They are easily filled and installed and reusable again and again. Hydro-Anchors are perfect for holding down tents, wooden structures, and providing constant weight for pressure for construction purposes.
Our commitment to our clients is backed by research and development to improve our existing products and develop other products to serve our clients needs and to maintain high levels of expertise in the industry. To learn more about our company and our products, contact us today!
Houston has seen its fair share of flooding in 2015. When the floods occurred earlier this year, they highlighted areas and measures that need to be addressed to prevent damage from future disasters. The Harris County Flood Control District has taken a step in the right direction with the Greens Bayou Flood Risk Management Project.
What is the Greens Bayou Flood Risk Management Project?
The project is geared to reduce the risk of flooding in neighborhoods and communities by constructing a detention basin and storm water drainage improvements through various channels along Greens Bayou . The 3.5 mile stretch between Cutton and Memorial Drive will be the focused location in which the project will take place.
The project is designed, managed and built by the The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District and will take place in three phases with the first phase beginning in 2015. According to the HCFCD, once construction is complete, “Trees and grasses will be planted in and around the basin, with wetland plants placed in low areas as part of the landscaping. These features will create wildlife, water quality and recreation opportunity benefits.” The cost of the entire project is $55 million, 75% from federal funding and 25% from local.
Combining green spaces that co-exist with the geographic location and provides vital dewatering functionality is a great way to continue to build strong infrastructure that can support a growing community.