June 24-30 is Lightning Safety Awareness Week, an annual campaign to protect people from the deadly force behind thunderstorms’ namesake noise. Lightning killed about 35 people in the U.S. per year from 2006 to 2011, and it has killed at least four so far in 2012. Worldwide, it kills an estimated 2,000 people every year.


While lightning doesn’t have an off-season, the National Weather Service focuses its safety efforts in summer because that’s when problems tend to surge. Warm weather not only helps spawn thunderstorms, but it also draws people outside — setting the stage for a seasonal spike in lightning-related injuries and deaths.


Most U.S. lightning deaths occur during outdoor leisure activities, from camping and fishing to golfing and swimming. Anyone can be hit — even in the same place twice, despite a common myth — but the odds aren’t equal. More than 80 percent of U.S. lightning victims are men, a stat experts attribute more to behavioral patterns than genetics. Most lightning is avoidable if you heed its warnings, a fact highlighted by the NWS slogan for this week: “When thunder roars, go indoors.”


For more advice on how to stay safe this summer, and all year long, here are seven useful tips in honor of Lightning Safety Awareness Week:


1. Be on the lookout. The simplest step in lightning safety is to avoid thunderstorms in the first place. Storms can pop up suddenly during summer, so it’s a good idea to check weather forecasts often before going out (as well as while you’re out, via a smartphone, radio or other portable device). Be especially wary of hitting the water in boats or jet skis when bad weather is brewing, since a storm might explode before you can get back to land. If you don’t have access to weather reports, keep an eye on the horizon for any tall, dark storm clouds with an anvil or cauliflower shape.


2. Take charge of the situation. Lightning is just a huge spark of electricity, caused by opposite electrical charges within a storm or between clouds and the ground. There are two types of cloud-to-ground lightning: negative flashes that link a storm’s negatively charged interior to positively charged ground below, and positive flashes that connect a storm’s positive top to negative ground farther away. The latter type can strike about 10 miles outward from a storm, which is why it’s unwise to delay your retreat until you actually see clouds or feel rain — by then, it could already be too late.


3. Don’t ignore a fair warning. Thunder is the noise lightning makes as it rips through air, causing it to rapidly heat up and expand. Human ears can typically hear thunder up to 10 miles away from a lightning bolt, and since that’s also how far lightning can reach from its parent storm, this familiar sound really is as scary as your dog thinks it is. If you hear thunder while you’re outdoors, you’re already in danger. You should quickly head for a safe shelter, ideally without any metal objects like umbrellas or golf clubs that could make you an enticing target.


4. Be closed-minded. Seek shelter ASAP when caught in a thunderstorm, but also keep in mind that not all shelter is the same. Trees are a terrible option, for example, since their height makes them more likely to be struck by lightning. The NWS suggests either a “substantial building” — i.e., one that’s fully enclosed with a roof, walls and floor, and has plumbing or wiring — or an enclosed metal vehicle. Avoid unsafe buildings such as carports, open garages, covered patios, picnic shelters, beach pavilions, golf shelters, tents, baseball dugouts, sheds and greenhouses. Unsafe vehicles include golf carts, convertibles, motorcycles and any others with open cabs.


5. Keep a low profile. Finding a safe enclosed shelter is the best way to escape lightning, but there are also ways to slightly reduce the risks if you can’t reach a building or a car. The first is to get away from tall trees, flagpoles, power lines or other vertical structures, especially if they contain metal. The second is to avoid becoming a lightning rod yourself: Crouch low to the ground, but don’t kneel, sit or lie down. The idea is to touch the ground as little as possible, so try not to even put your hands on it. And, if possible, keep looking for a suitable shelter.


(Note: As NWS lightning safety specialist John Jensenius writes in an email to MNN, “We no longer recommend the crouch for the general public, as people think it does provide a significant level of protection and have used it as an excuse for staying outside too long.”)


6. Don’t forget the pets. Your dog may already have a healthy fear of thunder, but since he probably doesn’t quite understand why, he still needs your help to stay safe. Don’t leave dogs or other pets outside if a thunderstorm is expected, and don’t let them seek refuge in a doghouse, open barn or other vulnerable structure.


7. Think outside the box. You’re much safer from lightning in an enclosed building, but you’re not totally safe. There are several ways lightning can sneak inside, such as phone lines, electrical wires, water pipes, doors and windows. Use cordless phones or cellphones if you must talk midstorm, and wait until after the storm passes to take a shower or bath. You can protect TVs, computers and other electronics by unplugging them in advance, but it’s risky to do so during a storm since you could be shocked in the process. And while it may be tempting to watch a storm from your porch or balcony, that would mean you’re back outside — and back in danger.

Read more: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/climate-weather/blogs/7-tips-for-lightning-safety-awareness-week#ixzz3gSr90AMw

Time to remove your hoses …

As we sit here looking over our schedule we want to remind you that it’s time to remove your hoses from your outside hose faucets. When the temperature drops to below freezing it can rupture the faucet. Remove the two way adapter or quick disconnect that may be on there as well. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 217-365-0135. Stay warm.

Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives

Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries.

Smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. Having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

Smoke alarms should be tested each month and replaced every 10 years. This year’s theme for Fire Prevention Week gets back to the basics and reminds everyone to develop good fire safety habits. How do you practice fire safety with your family?

Here’s what you need to know!

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home.
  • Test your smoke alarms every month.
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years
Installing smoke alarms
  • Choose smoke alarms that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
  • Install smoke alarms inside each bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • On levels without bedrooms, install alarms in the living room (or den or family room) or near the stairway to the upper level, or in both locations.
  • Smoke alarms installed in the basement should be installed on the ceiling at the bottom of the stairs leading to the next level.
  • Smoke alarms should be installed at least 10 feet (3 meters) from a cooking appliance to minimize false alarms when cooking.
  • Mount smoke alarms high on walls or ceilings (remember, smoke rises). Wall-mounted alarms should be installed not more than 12 inches away from the ceiling (to the top of the alarm).
  • If you have ceilings that are pitched, install the alarm within 3 feet of the peak but not within the apex of the peak (four inches down from the peak).


Gifford and Central Illinois Relief Effort for Tornado Damage

Gifford/Flatville TornadoMany families have been impacted and it has become national news about the destructive weather
that has swept through central Illinois.  We here at Rainbow are doing all that we can and we want
to provide anyone checking this site to have the information necessary if they would like to help in
the relief effort.

The main social media site that has been updated most often with the correct information is – https://www.facebook.com/giffordiltornadorecovery

The American Red Cross is taking donations at 217-351-5861 or The United Way https://www.facebook.com/UWChampaignCounty are the best places to start but churches and businesses are popping up all over the place so it couldn’t be easier to donate to the relief effort.

Here is a video of the severe damage done to Gifford.
WARNING this may be shocking for some.


Rainbow Restoration Saves Grade School Gym Floor!

 June 2012 –

FROM http://illinoishomepage.net/

Full Stage Three 2


RANTOUL — Broadmeadow school cancelled all classes Monday, after a storm ripped the gym roof right off.  “I was first notified by our resource police officer,” said Principal Mark McCusker. “He said we had a hole in our roof.”  Saturday night’s storm yielded sixty to seventy mile winds. Not only did it peel off the roof, it left insulation and debris scattered across the playground.  Outside, crews were busy picking up trash and tree limbs. Inside, summer school teachers spent the day packing up books and materials. Rantoul City School District is moving the remainder of their summer school session to Eastlawn Elementary.   “We’re working with architects and structural engineers to make sure everything is safe and we can get it repaired quickly,” said McCusker.  McCusker says he has no idea of how long it’ll take or how much it’ll cost to completely fix the damages. Workers are trying to keep it to a minimum by saving the wooden gymnasium floors.  IMG_0362Aaron Gallagher with Rainbow International Restoration and Cleaning Services already pumped out the water that leaked in from the storm.  “We brought in large dehumidifiers to make an environment to get all that water that got into the wood out to salvage it,” said Gallagher.


Big Debris Against Fence Full View Day Two
IMG_0315Fence Line Final Day 1




to see a video will all the documented pictures click the link (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWdQOFv01Ew)

First Annual Golf Outing Huge Success


Thanks to all who participated to help make the first annual golf outing a huge success.

Photos by Kellie Wahl

Here are the companies and people that made all this possible.  Stretch Builders, Farm and Fleet, Dillman Brothers, Central Illinois Produce, Za’s, Lanz, Security Door and Hardware, Glen Semple, Scott Anderson DDS, MSA, McCormick Distributing, Super Pantry, First Federal, Riverside Dental, Tristar Marketing, Meyer Capel, Busey Bank, Hilton Garden Inn, Clayton Pope Commodities, Champaign Estate Sales, McDonalds, Troop 9, PIA’s/KAM’s, Checkered Moon, Coldwell Banker Commercial, MCG, Tatman’s Towing, Ruggeri Team, FE Moran, PLS, Hickory Point Bank, GTPS, JD Byrider, Wells Fargo Advisors, WCIA3, Hertz, Tatman’s CarCARE, John Fraunhoffer, Dimond Brother’s Insurance,  Martin, Hood, Friese and Associates, Flex-n-Gate, McMillan, Webber & Theis, Arrow Glass

Donations for our silent auction came from these generous business’.  This Is It, Checkered Moon, The News Gazette, Dallas and Company, Slot and Wing, WCIA3, JD Byrider, Cheese and Crackers, Bella Capelli, Big Grove Tavern, Rainstorm Car Wash, M & M Driving School, La Quinta Inn and Suites

To all the companies that helped us raise $9,860 as well as a truck for Camp Drake. All proceeds go to benefit the Prairielands Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  Also a big thank you to all the volunteers and companies that donated their time to such a great cause.  We here at Rainbow were so overwhelmed with all the support from the community and the enthusiasm of everyone at the Boy Scouts Prairielands Council.

Channel 3 Feature on Rainbow International Golf Outing