Protecting You and Your Family During Flu Season 

With winter fully entrenched and flu season on the rise, the ability to protect your family starts with the proper tips that includes taking the flu vaccine and other sensible precautions. California has one of the highest flu rates in the United States. Here are some tips to protect you and your family during flu season.

Distance Is Important

One of the best ways to stay safe is maintaining a proper distance between you and those who are sick. The further away you are, the less likely the virus can travel to you. 

Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Mouth, or Nose

The most common way for the flu virus to enter is through the openings in your eyes, nose, and mouth. The most common method of entry is when the virus is on your fingers, and you touch around these openings which lets the virus inside. By avoiding contact, you can greatly reduce the chances of this occurring. 

Wash Your Hands Frequently

By keeping your hands clean and sanitized, the virus may be destroyed even before you touch your eyes, mouth, or nose. Keep hand sanitizer nearby, wash your hands with soap and water when using the bathroom and before meals or snacks. 

Stay Home

By staying away from others, you will not spread the flu to them.. Remember that the flu is often spread after the worst of it has passed, so utilize sick days so your body can shed the virus before it can infect others.

Cover Your Nose & Mouth

A mask may not prevent the flu from striking, but it can greatly reduce the chances that you spread the flu to others. If you must go out to get groceries, medications, or to see your doctor, then wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth when out in public. 

You can also reduce the symptoms by drinking plenty of fluids, taking Vitamin C, and getting the latest flu vaccine. 

Get Vaccinated

By getting the latest flu vaccine, you can reduce your chances of suffering from the symptoms associated with the virus. While the latest vaccine may not be optimized to fight off the latest version of the flu, it can help reduce the symptoms so your body can ward off and get rid of the flu sooner. Keep in mind that you are still infected and contagious, so take the proper steps to protect others. 

 

To protect your family from the flu, you must follow sensible tips and get the latest flu vaccine. By doing so, you can keep your family healthier and happier during this time of the year. 

Contact Brickley Environmental Today 

With numerous dangers facing your home or business, calling the professionals at Brickley Environmental is a good place to start. We offer our knowledge and experience along with the tools to detect and remove infestations of various types. The services provided by Brickley Environmental include the following. 

  • Asbestos Abatement
  • Mold Remediation
  • Lead-Based Paint Removal 
  • Demolition 
  • Hazardous Waste Removal

If you are facing any of these issues, call Brickley Environmental today. Our friendly, courteous staff will take your call and answer your questions, so you can make the best-informed decision about what to do next. At Brickley Environmental, we are here to help you.

Getting Your House Ready for Fall 

Changes in the seasons dictate that you prepare to protect your home. With fall arriving soon, there are a few things you need to do to get your residence ready for the cooler temperatures. The better you can prepare, the less money you may have to spend when fall arrives. 

But what are the dangers that homeowners need to be aware of when preparing their homes? The answers may not be as obvious as you might think. 

Address Air Leaks

Some holes in your home are big enough to allow in pests while others are so small that only air can get through. But do not underestimate the damage that air leaks can do. By allowing the air inside out, that can raise your electricity or gas bill as your heater will run more during the cool nights. Inspect your home and address all air leaks. 

Change Air Filters

If you have a vented HVAC system, the switch from summer to fall means going from air conditioning to heating. That is the perfect time to change out the air filters. With the HVAC system less active during this time, you can put in a new air filter for the fall. This will not only help lower electricity bills, but also help protect your HVAC unit. 

Clear Gutters

Get ready to clear away the debris that will build up in your gutters due mostly to falling leaves. This may be the time to purchase screens that cover the gutters but allow the water to pass through. This can save you considerable time and effort in protecting the gutters which protect your home. 

Dead Branches & Trees 

Because the leaves tend to hide branches and trees that may be dying. It will not be until the fall when the leaves fall from the trees that you realize the dangers of dead tree branches. Along with the condition of the trees themselves. When a storm that brings high winds hits, it will cause the branches to break off and, in some cases, dead trees to fall. 

Prune the dead branches off trees and if the tree itself is dead, have it removed from your property. 

Entry Points

You need to seal off entry points into your home that allow small mammals to enter. While the summer heat may keep them outside, the cold winter will drive many pests indoors. By sealing off potential entryways and setting traps for any small creature that gets in, you will protect your home from a pest invasion during the cool months of fall. 

Frost

It’s not just the cooler temperatures, but the frost which can damage flowers, vegetables, and fruit in your garden. If you have plants you want to protect from the frost, then cover them with mulch or straw to ward off the damaging condensation of frost. 

Protecting your home from the arrival of fall starts with some simple preparations. The earlier you start, the better your home, garden, and property can be protected from the rigors of cooler temperatures, frost, and other elements that fall brings. 

Contact Brickley Environmental Today 

With numerous dangers facing your home or business, calling the professionals at Brickley Environmental is a good place to start. We offer our knowledge and experience along with the tools to detect and remove infestations of various types. The services provided by Brickley Environmental include the following. 

  • Asbestos Abatement
  • Mold Remediation
  • Lead-Based Paint Removal 
  • Demolition 
  • Hazardous Waste Removal

If you are facing any of these issues, call Brickley Environmental today. Our friendly, courteous staff will take your call and answer your questions, so you can make the best-informed decision about what to do next. At Brickley Environmental, we are here to help you.

Protecting Our Oceans


As pollution becomes a growing concern, especially for the oceans, many families are looking for ways to reduce the pollutants and trash that they generate. And while many steps have been taken over the years, the growing population combined with greater use of disposable items has made protecting the oceans more difficult. 

You may think that there is little which can be done, at least by a single family. But when the efforts of one family are combined with many others, that can make a huge difference in protecting life in the ocean. All it takes is starting small and doing what you can to help sustain marine life. And it makes for a fun family project as well. 

With the recent celebration of World Ocean Day, here are a few tips you and your family can follow to help protect our oceans. 

Reduce Single Use Plastics 

One of the biggest pollutants in the oceans is single use plastic items. From water bottles to plastic bags, straws, and packaging, over eight million tons of plastic are dumped into the ocean every year. By reducing the number of plastic products that we use, families can keep more of it from winding up in the ocean. 

Start by assessing how much plastic is being used in your home and then take steps to curb its use. Refillable bottles, not using straws, and properly disposing of plastic packaging can go a long way towards protecting our oceans. 

Respect Sea Life

The ocean was made for everyone to enjoy. But you and your family can help protect marine life by being respectful of nesting sea turtles, coral reef systems, and the like when on vacation. In addition, you can reduce the usage of materials from the ocean by not purchasing items made from coral, tortoise shells, or sharks which are common at seaside retail businesses. 

The less you purchase such items, the less in-demand they will be, the more such creatures will be left alone. 

Purchase Sustainable Seafood Products

Overfishing is one of the greatest concerns that many have with protecting ocean life. You can help contribute to protecting such life by purchasing seafood that came from fisheries and farms. It’s easy to tell by looking for the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) or Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) labels.

By purchasing seafood from fisheries and farms, you can help reduce fishing in the oceans. This reduction will help protect marine life. 

Learn More about the Oceans

Perhaps the best way to initiate change is to learn more about life in the ocean and what effect we have on it. From watching videos and documentaries to visiting museums dedicated to ocean life to art exhibitions and more, there is much you can do to help educate your family on how we can protect the ocean and its inhabitants. 

There is much you and your family can do to protect marine life. By reducing the use of plastics, purchasing sustainable seafood products, and educating yourself more about the impact of pollutants, the more your family can contribute to protecting life under the sea.  

Contact Brickley Environmental Today 

With numerous dangers facing your home or business, calling the professionals at Brickley Environmental is a good place to start. We offer our knowledge and experience along with the tools to detect and remove infestations of various types. The services provided by Brickley Environmental include the following. 

  • Asbestos Abatement
  • Mold Remediation
  • Lead-Based Paint Removal 
  • Demolition 
  • Hazardous Waste Removal

If you are facing any of these issues, call Brickley Environmental today. Our friendly, courteous staff will take your call and answer your questions, so you can make the best-informed decision about what to do next. At Brickley Environmental, we are here to help you.

Oil Wells and Their Negative Effects on the Environment and Living Close to Them 

 

Although fossil fuels are still an important part of providing power for vehicles and the electrical grid, they come with many negative effects in terms of the environment and those who live close to them. With studies that date back decades, the negative effects of being near oil and gas wells have been properly noted. 

But what are the negative effects that homeowners might expect if they live near oil or gas wells? The answer begins with the contaminants found in such areas and how they can affect the health of you and your family. 

Air Pollution

In one study by Stanford University, researchers discovered that those living within 2.5 miles of an oil or gas well experienced a higher degree of air pollution. This higher level resulted in greater negative health effects for those who lived nearby. Particularly those who lived downwind from the oil or gas wells themselves. 

Disrupting Wildlife

Although all human activity influences wildlife, oil and gas wells are particularly notorious for changing established patterns of wild creatures. This includes disrupting the nesting and breeding of a wide range of species. 

Such effects are magnified on wildlife that migrates. Having to pass near oil and gas wells not only changes their well-established patterns of travel, but the negative health effects also influence their breeding and the raising of their young. The result is a greater risk of lower wildlife populations all due to the presence of fossil fuel-producing sites. 

Negative Health Effects

The measured effects ranged from mild, allergic symptoms to more serious health concerns. Being located near oil and gas wells may increase the likelihood of heart disease, and premature birth, and augment the negative effects of asthma. 

For those susceptible to allergies and respiratory illness, the presence of oil and gas wells means increased exposure to toxic particles in the air. From carbon monoxide to volatile organic compounds or VOCs, the adverse health risks increase when exposure to these chemicals occurs. 

Climate Change Concerns

The increased amount of pollutants, particularly greenhouse gases, has a negative impact on the Earth’s ability to regulate temperature. The result is a warming climate that may lead to catastrophic effects in our lifetime. 

Both in terms of where the oil and gas are produced and how they are used means detrimental effects on our climate. Lowering greenhouse gas emissions starts by reducing dependence on fossil fuels. 

Other Effects

The most widely known is when oil spills occur. The effect they have on wildlife can be devastating. And while the big spills get all the media attention, it is the more frequent smaller spills and contamination of surrounding environments that do the most damage over time. 

Add to this side effects such as increased light pollution, the odorous smell, and the generally dirty nature of oil and gas wells and you have a substantial effect on the environment. The only recourse is to begin the move away from petroleum-based products which will reduce the presence of oil and gas wells. 

Contact Brickley Environmental Today 

With numerous dangers facing your home or business, calling the professionals at Brickley Environmental is a good place to start. We offer our knowledge and experience along with the tools to detect and remove infestations of various types. The services provided by Brickley Environmental include the following. 

  • Asbestos Abatement
  • Mold Remediation
  • Lead-Based Paint Removal 
  • Demolition 
  • Hazardous Waste Removal

If you are facing any of these issues, call Brickley Environmental today. Our friendly, courteous staff will take your call and answer your questions, so you can make the best-informed decision about what to do next. At Brickley Environmental, we are here to help you. 

 

How Asbestos Exposure Can Cause Cancer

Most companies in the US stopped using asbestos over forty years ago however, materials that contain asbestos are still found in millions of older buildings across the country. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that contains properties that block heat and dampen the spread of fire. Its fibers can be dangerous to humans when inhaled into the lungs and can potentially lead to cancer in individuals if exposed over a long period of time. 

Since asbestos is found in older buildings and is still used in small amounts in certain appliances and other devices, it is still possible to become exposed to asbestos. 

Where Does Exposure to Asbestos Happen? 

For the most part, exposure to asbestos occurs over a long period of time when working in buildings that have asbestos or generally being exposed to products that contain asbestos. Other possible exposure could occur during a disaster or if you live near a site contaminated with asbestos.

Until the early 1980’s ceiling and floor tiles, drywall, insulation, paint, and even cement contained asbestos. You can find small amounts of asbestos in automotive parts such as clutches, brakes, and other friction-associated materials. So, while the driver of a vehicle is most likely safe from asbestos exposure, a mechanic who works in garages or auto shops is more likely to be exposed. 

How Exposure Can Lead to Cancer

The microscopic fibers of asbestos that float in the air can be inhaled into the lungs or swallowed. The body can get rid of most of the fibers, but many can become permanently stuck. 

When the fibers accumulate over time, the result can be inflammation and damage to the DNA of cells. This can lead to cancers such as mesothelioma and other diseases that include:

  • Laryngeal, Lung, and Ovarian Cancer
  • Diffuse Pleural Thickening, Pleural Effusion, and Pleural Plaque
  • Asbestosis, Atelectasis, and Pleurisy 

Most cancers or diseases caused by exposure to asbestos take decades to develop. For individuals who are exposed to asbestos frequently due to their line of work or constantly being in older buildings can protect themselves to a certain degree by wearing the proper safety equipment. This includes respirator masks. However, the most effective method is to have the potential asbestos removed safely from the site. 

Why Call Brickley Environmental?

If you suspect that your building has asbestos, call the professionals at Brickley Environmental. We have the knowledge, experience, and equipment to identify and remove asbestos from your property. In addition to asbestos removal, Brickley Environmental offers additional services, including the following:

  • Demolition 
  • Hazardous Waste Removal 
  • Lead-Based Paint Removal
  • Mold Remediation

Call the friendly, courteous staff at Brickley Environmental today. We will listen to your needs, answer questions about our services, and provide the services needed to ensure that the asbestos or other unwanted materials are removed. 

For more information about asbestos exposure and how it can cause cancer, click here to visit the National Cancer Institute website.