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Fireworks: Light Up The Sky And Make Sure Nothing Else!

7/13/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fireworks: Light Up The Sky And Make Sure Nothing Else! House fire caused by fireworks.

Fireworks is part of our Independence Day tradition painting the sky on the evening of the 4th of July and all through the summer.

Unfortunately as they shoot upward so do injuries, fires and the resulting home insurance claims.  Although your basic homeowners' insurance covers fires, your policy is not likely to cover fires caused by fireworks your family sets off, particularly in states where they are deemed illegal which includes our great state of Massachusetts.   
July 4th is the one day of the year with the highest number of fires reported according to the National Fire Protection Association. More than half of these fires are caused by people shooting off rockets in their own backyard.   On average, fireworks cause over 18,500 fires a year, including 1300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside fires with an average of $43 million in direct property damage according to the Consumer Product Safety Commissions Fireworks Annual Report (2015). 
Even if your state permits the use of fireworks, you may want to rethink whether that would be a wise decision. Instead of a 'do-it-yourself' fireworks show, your family could sit back, relax and enjoy the display so many local towns host. And you have the added benefit of knowing your family is not in harm's way.  

Summer Barbecue Safety Tips Keep it Fun Not Frantic!

7/13/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Summer Barbecue Safety Tips Keep it Fun Not Frantic! Unattended gas grill caused $250,000 in damages.

Summertime is synonymous with grilling and barbecues. There is no better way to spend the day with family and friends in the comfort of your backyard on a hot summer night than a tasty barbecue made up of good food, good cooks and good company in a great atmosphere.       However it is important we take precautions when dealing with open flames and propane gas.  Here are some simple Dos & Don'ts to ensure a safe and enjoyable time. Here is What You Should Do: 1.       Keep you grill at least 10 feet away from your home, the further the better. Also ensure grills are not underneath wooden overhangs.2.       Make sure you clean your grill on a regular basis. Grease and fat buildup will provide more fuel to the fire.3.       Always check for gas leaks. By simply rubbing soapy water on the gas hose and connections, you will be able to determine if there is a gas leak. If the soap begins to form large bubbles there is a leak.4.       Keep decorations away from your grill. Summer décor like hanging baskets and banners look nice but they are flammable items and should be kept at a good distance.5.       Keep a spray bottle of water handy for minor flare ups.6.       Keep a fire extinguisher within a couple of steps from the grill and make sure you know how to use it in the event of a larger fire.  And Now For What You Should Never Do: 1.       Never turn on the gas while the grill lid is closed.  This is a huge No-No as a closed lid filled with gas will cause an explosion when the lid is opened and the gas is exposed to oxygen.2.       Never leave a grill unattended to avoid unintended consequences.3.       Never overload your grill with fatty meats that drip on the flames and cause a flare-up. 4.       Never use a grill indoors, its design as an outdoor kitchen!

We Are Green and Clean with Benefect

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

The consumer today has increasingly been more aware of the chemicals in their products than ever before. Now SERVPRO of Framingham is offering safe alternatives.

Benefect, the world's first government registered hospital disinfectant using the essential oils from plants.  Today their technology can be found in many products including naturally based cleaners and alcohol-free hand sanitizer.

In nature, plants produce germ-killing essential oils to protect themselves from invading microbes, similar to how our bodies produce antibodies for our protection against disease.  Benefect is a revolutionary blend of these antimicrobial extracts, particularly from the herb Thyme.  Disinfectants typically use quaternary amines, bleach, or even synthetic thymol to kill germs.  Remarkably, Benefect kills over 99.99% of germs using only food-grade plant extracts.  Benefect is a 'plant immune system' in a bottle.

  • Kills 99.99% of Germs.
  • No Label Warnings or Signal Words.
  • Made from Plant Extracts.
  • No Synthetic Ingredients.
  • No Rinse or Wipe Required

Flooded Basement? What type of water could be in your basement.

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

Early spring brings melting snow and heavy rains, all of which could potentially pose a threat to flooding your basement and damaging your treasured items. We get a lot of questions on the types of water. To help you understand what kind of water could potentially be in your basement there are (3) categories:

Category 1: Known as "clean water" which is clean at the releasing source and does not pose a hazard if consumed by humans. Most of the water that comes into your home will be Category 1 until it leaves its source, either a supply line, an appliance, or melting snow or rain. The water in this category may become contaminated as it mixes with soils on or within floor coverings, walls, subfloors, etc..

Category 2: Water that begins with some degree of contamination and could cause sickness or discomfort if consumed by humans. Also know as "gray water" is typically overflow water from an appliance, toilet, or an aquarium.

Category 3: Water which is highly contaminated and could lead to death or a serious illness if consumed by humans. Also know as "black water" examples are sewage, rising flood water from rivers and streams, ground surface water flowing horizontally into homes.

SERVPRO of FRAMINGHAM - Safety Tips for Summer Vacations

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

Although we have been experiencing unseasonable as well as unfavorable weather, summer is around the corner.  And as you make plans to visit the beach, hike in the mountains, or take a road trip, consider your home’s safety before you go. Burglars prefer to target homes that look empty because it makes the process easier for them. With that in mind, it’s important to make it look like your home is occupied while you’re gone. Along with all the other items on the “to-do” list before you go out of town, don’t forget these five steps for securing your home:

1. Hold Your Mail

A pile of unopened mail and unread newspapers announces to a would-be burglar that your home is empty and ready for intruders. Before you go out of town, call your local post office and ask them to hold your mail. Alternatively, you can even do it online at USPS.com. You’ll also want to call your newspaper service to stop delivery until you return.

2. Trick Potential Intruders

Make it look like someone’s home when you’re out having fun. Here are some ways to outsmart crooks:

  • Time lights and electronics. You can time your lights, television, and other electronics to turn on and off throughout the day. You want your lights to look natural, as if someone’s home. Avoid leaving your lights on the entire time you are gone. This will not only increase your electric bill, but it’s also suspicious, since most people don’t leave lights on all the time when they’re home.
  • Hire a landscaper. If you’re going to be out of town for a week or more, hire someone to mow your lawn and trim your hedges, so it looks like someone’s around and doing the yard work.
  • Have a neighbor park out front. Tell a trustworthy neighbor when you’re going to be out of town, and ask them to park a car in front of your house to make it look like someone’s home.

3. Ask Neighbors to Keep an Eye Out

Friendly neighbors can be an important line of defense against intruders. Tell your neighbors how long you’ll be gone and ask them to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity at your house. If your neighbors know you’re gone, then if they see or hear someone at your home, they will know something is probably amiss and they can contact the authorities.

4. Avoid Social Media

While it may be tempting to share photos on Facebook or tweet about your airport adventures, consider holding off on vacation-related posts. Those you are connected to online are typically your friends, but you never know when your information will get into the wrong hands. A friend of a friend may see your status update and know that your home is vulnerable. Double-check your safety and security settings on social media, and consider waiting to post about your adventures until you get back.

5. Nix the Spare Key

If your home is being targeted, the first thing a criminal will look for is a spare key. He will look in the standard places: a conspicuous plastic rock, under the mat, or above the door. Putting a spare key in an easy-to-spot location is like handing your keys over to an intruder. If you’re going on vacation, think about removing the spare key all together until you are home, or leave a key with a neighbor.

If you take precautions before going on vacation, then you can relax instead of worrying about the state of your home while you’re gone.

Have a safe and happy summer from the team at SERVPRO of FRAMINGHAM!

SERVPRO of Framingham Can Even Handle Hoarding

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

We can all relate to the difficulty of deciding whether or not to keep items, however 'Hoarding' is an actual condition when a person has persistent difficulty discarding personal possessions.  A significant amount of possessions overwhelm the home preventing normal use of the space or even making it unusable.  Hoarding brings distress and emotional health concerns.

Hoarding can increase fire risk in many ways:

  • Electrical wiring may be old, worn, or exposed from the weight of piles.  Rodents could chew on wiring.  Damage wires poses a fire threat.
  • Cooking is unsafe if flammable items are close to the stove or oven.
  • Heating units may be too close to items or on unstable surfaces that could cause the unit to tip onto a pile which could cause a fire. 
  • Open flames from smoking or candles with excess clutter are very dangerous.
  • Obstructed pathways and exits may prevent escape from a fire.

Also, hoarding could not only impact the homeowner, but, also the first responders to a house fire.

  • A cluttered home would obstruct firefighters movement throughout the home.
  • Firefighters could injure themselves from falling piles or even be trapped by blocked exits.
  • The weight of the stored items, especially if water is added to extinguish the fire, could cause collapse.
  • Clutter could impede the search and rescue of people and pets and make it difficult to provide medical care.

When talking to a person who hoards, focus on safety not the clutter.  Be empathetic, stress the importance of clear pathways and exits for a safer home.

SERVPRO of Framingham has experience with cleaning hoarding homes.  Hoarding is a specialty situation and in some cases involves some sort of biohazard situation.  Personal protection equipment is a must in these situations and should not be completed by a family member or friend.  If a family member is struggling and you need assistance, please call our office at (508) 370-4400.  We will be happy to assist you in making your home a safe place.

Water Damage Tip for Property Owners

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Response Tips for Home Owners:

(These tips are for Category 1 water situations ONLY, which is water that originates from a sanitary source and poses no substantial risk from dermal, ingestion, or inhalation exposure.)

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the home/building, when access to the power panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove excess water by mopping or blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
  • Do not leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpeting.

Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time.  The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property.  If you have any questions or need help to ensure your property is drying properly, contact SERVPRO of Framingham (508) 370-4400. 

We Are Green & Clean with Benefect

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

The consumer today has increasingly been more aware of the chemicals in their products than ever before. Now SERVPRO of Framingham is offering safe alternatives.

Benefect, the world's first government registered hospital disinfectant using the essential oils from plants.  Today their technology can be found in many products including naturally based cleaners and alcohol-free hand sanitizer.

In nature, plants produce germ-killing essential oils to protect themselves from invading microbes, similar to how our bodies produce antibodies for our protection against disease.  Benefect is a revolutionary blend of these antimicrobial extracts, particularly from the herb Thyme.  Disinfectants typically use quaternary amines, bleach, or even synthetic thymol to kill germs.  Remarkably, Benefect kills over 99.99% of germs using only food-grade plant extracts.  Benefect is a 'plant immune system' in a bottle.

  • Kills 99.99% of Germs.
  • No Label Warnings or Signal Words.
  • Made from Plant Extracts.
  • No Synthetic Ingredients.
  • No Rinse or Wipe Required

How To Prevent Attic Fires

5/18/2017 (Permalink)

    Did you know that more than 40% of attic fires are the result of electrical malfunctions?


So how do we help prevent an attic fire? Here are three things firefighters suggest you hire have a professional to do:



  1. Have your chimney inspected by a professional who will check the interior and exterior of the chimney, including the part running through the attic

  2. Check the wiring in your attic, preferably by an electrician, looking for signs of damage, cracked insulation (wire sheathing), and exposed or disconnected wires

  3. Look for signs of burning and charring in the insulation and wood


    A common mistake is that everybody typically plugs in their space heaters to help supplement their heat. And then, they'll put them on a long extension cord so that they are able to reach areas with less heat. So, the longer the extension cord is, the more ampage it will draw on the circuit.


Another common fire hazard is that homeowners choose voltage incandescent light bulbs in ceiling fixtures that is a higher voltage than required is also a fire hazard. That heat that is trapped within the light fixture goes straight up into the attic and in the wires and essentially cook the wires, starting a fire.

The Unexpected Dangers of a Hoverboard

5/18/2017 (Permalink)

This popular high tech toy have proven to be deadly. Federal officials urge consumers to use caution when buying or using self-propelled hoverboards after one of the devices is blamed for causing a deadly house fire in Pennsylvania.


The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalled more than 500,000 hoverboards made by 10 retailers warning that the products did not meet federal fire safety standards. Additionally, the CPSC has investigated more than 60 hoverboard fires since the fall of 2015.


In their initial recall announcement, the CPSC said that the affected hoverboards used lithium-ion battery packs that which can overheat thus creating a risk of the hooverboard smoking, catching on fire or even causing an explosion.


Consumers are urged to check hoverboards to see if they comply with federal standards. They need to look for a sign or confirmation that the products are certified by UL, a safety consulting firm formerly known as Underwriters Laboratories.


With this UL safety seal, it helps reduce the potential fire and hazards and will greatly decrease the probability of an incident. The UL standard has many tests that focus on lithium ion battery safety. While hundreds of models have undergone and passed the strict safety requirements, more the 250,000 hoverboards have been recalled to replace faulty battery packs.