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SERVPRO of Framingham Celebrates Thanksgiving

11/5/2022 (Permalink)

turkey with SERVPRO orange logo Thanksgiving Day is an annual national holiday in the United States. This is a day to celebrate the harvest and other blessings of the past year.

Thanksgiving Day is an annual national holiday in the United States. This is a day to celebrate the harvest and other blessings of the past year. Americans generally believe that their Thanksgiving is modeled on a 1621 harvest feast shared by the English colonists (Pilgrims) of Plymouth and the Wampanoag people. It is a time for gathering with loved ones. However, oftentimes safety can be a concern when cooking. 

Here are the top safety tips:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking 
  • Stay at home when cooking your turkey. Also, check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. 
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food. The steam from vegetables, gravy, etc could cause serious burns.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
  • Never leave children alone in a room with a lit candle.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. 

Above all else, Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at SERVPRO of Framingham.

SERVPRO of Framingham is your premier choice for restoration and rebuilding. Our teams are ready to respond 24 hours a week, any day of the year. When you bring us on the job our team of licensed contractors and certified technicians will work collaboratively with you throughout the duration of the project. They will keep you up to date on the status of the project and make sure that your expectations are met. We will help you to move forward and make it “Like it never even happened” for all of your fire damages. 

SERVPRO of Framingham Helps Businesses Prepare For Flooding.

11/5/2022 (Permalink)

business owner with SERVPRO logo Flooding can happen anywhere. It is critical that businesses are prepared for natural disasters.

Flooding can happen anywhere. It is critical that businesses are prepared for natural disasters. It is recommended to have flood insurance and tools that mitigate total loss in emergency situations. 

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), flooding occurs in over 90 percent of a, averaging 17 billion dollars of damage each year.

Here are some helpful tips: 

  • Analyze flood maps: FEMA is the most reliable resource for this. They provide flood maps that are updated regularly. 
  • Conduct risk analysis: Storms can completely destroy a given area. FEMA states that as little as one inch of flood water can cause $25,000 in damage. This can cause the company operations issues for an unforeseen amount of time.
  • Generate a disaster plan: Having a disaster plan is a  great way to maintain calmness. Train your employees with steps in your disaster plan. 
  • Obtain commercial flood insurance: You will want to establish your risk analysis. This will give you an idea of what type of commercial flood insurance to purchase. 
  • Protect business information: When flooding does occur, it can be hard to salvage equipment and paperwork. 
  • Purchase flood boards: If you are in a flood-prone area or at risk of flooding you will want to consider this. 
  • Raise electrical sockets, fuse boxes, and wiring: Moving electrical wiring to a safe height is simple. 
  • Install non-return valves: Businesses should consider the installation of non-return valves for drains. This can be an added layer of protection during flooding.

SERVPRO of Framingham is your premier choice for restoration and rebuilding. Our teams are ready to respond 24 hours a week, any day of the year. When you bring us on the job our team of licensed contractors and certified technicians will work collaboratively with you throughout the duration of the project. They will keep you up to date on the status of the project and make sure that your expectations are met. We will help you to move forward and make it “Like it never even happened” for all of your fire damages. 

SERVPRO of Framingham Helps Prepare For Winter Storms

11/5/2022 (Permalink)

winter photo with SERVPRO logo Winter storms can create a higher risk of car accidents, carbon monoxide poisoning, and more.

Snowstorms are attributed to winter seasons. Winter storms can create a higher risk of car accidents, carbon monoxide poisoning, and more. 

They can also create blizzard conditions, freezing rain, snow, ice, extreme cold, and high winds. Winter storms can last for several days which can cut off heat, and cause power outages.

It is important to know what to do before the winter weather arrives. 

Here are some quick winter storm tips: 

  1. Install caulking and weather stripping around doors and windows. 
  2. Insulate pipes to reduce freezing. 
  3. Install and test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
  4. Pay attention to weather reports and warnings.
  5. Sign up for your community’s warning system such as Emergency Alert System (EAS) and NOAA Weather Radio.
  6. Gather supplies or restock your disaster supply kits.
  7. Remember the needs of your pets. 
  8. Have extra batteries for radios, flashlights, and cellphones.
  9. Create an emergency supply kit for your vehicle. Include jumper cables, sand, a flashlight (hand-crank or battery-operated), a first aid kit, etc. 
  10. If you must go outside, dress in layers. 

Winter storms are not fun, but it is mother nature and we can not prevent it. The best thing to do is be prepared for a storm. 

SERVPRO of Framingham is your premier choice for restoration and rebuilding. Our teams are ready to respond 24 hours a week, any day of the year. When you bring us on the job our team of licensed contractors and certified technicians will work collaboratively with you throughout the duration of the project. They will keep you up to date on the status of the project and make sure that your expectations are met. We will help you to move forward and make it “Like it never even happened” for all of your fire damages. 

SERVPRO of Framingham Recognizes Fire Prevention Week

10/5/2022 (Permalink)

Fire in background with orange box and SERVPRO logo It is important for everyone to plan and practice a home fire escape because we never know! It is important everyone knows what to do.

On October 9th, 1911 over 250 people died and buildings were destroyed by a fire. In 1922, President Harding proclaimed National Fire Prevention Week.

Fire safety should be practiced every day. Here are some tips to help you: 

  • Install and maintain smoke detectors on every level of your home.
  • Have a fire escape plan and practice it with your family.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of the hands of children.
  • Have home heating systems and chimneys inspected?

It is important for everyone to plan and practice a home fire escape because we never know! It is important everyone knows what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. 

Have a plan for everyone in the home, including children, older adults, and people with disabilities. Smoke alarms sense smoke well before you can, alerting you to danger, this is why it is important to have one in every bedroom.

SERVPRO of Framingham is your premier choice for restoration and rebuilding. Our teams are ready to respond 24 hours a week, any day of the year. When you bring us on the job our team of licensed contractors and certified technicians will work collaboratively with you throughout the duration of the project. They will keep you up to date on the status of the project and make sure that your expectations are met. We will help you to move forward and make it “Like it never even happened” for all of your fire damages. 

SERVPRO of Framingham Explains Fire Prevention Day

10/5/2022 (Permalink)

firefighter in background with white box and SERVPRO logo Did you know National Fire Prevention Day is on October 9th? It is important to create awareness of fires and know how to participate.

Did you know National Fire Prevention Day is on October 9th? On October 8, 1871, Mrs. O’Leary was in her barn, milking her cow. The cow kicked over a lamp, which started the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. When it was over, more than 300 people were killed, 100,000 people were left homeless, and over 17,000 structures were destroyed. This and other major fires caused a movement to proclaim this holiday. (nfpa.org) 

It is important to create awareness of fires and know how to participate because we never know when a fire can happen.  

  1. Fire departments around the country hold sessions and seminars to teach fire prevention and safety. Encourage your loved ones to attend and get a refresh. 
  2. Schools have fire drills and hold lessons on fire prevention. Encourage your children to ask questions and talk it over with them. 
  3. Families conduct an EDITH exercise (Exit Drills In The Home). If you need assistance with this, reach out to your local fire department. 
  4. Businesses should conduct fire drills. Set up a plan for who will be in charge of what and have an exit plan. 
  5. Learn more about fires both nationally and locally. 

Fires are never something that anyone anticipates happening, but they happen more often than not. No one can be fully ready for this, but we can create awareness and have plans in place should it happen.

SERVPRO of Framingham is your premier choice for restoration and rebuilding. Our teams are ready to respond 24 hours a week, any day of the year. When you bring us on the job our team of licensed contractors and certified technicians will work collaboratively with you throughout the duration of the project. They will keep you up to date on the status of the project and make sure that your expectations are met. We will help you to move forward and make it “Like it never even happened” for all of your fire damages. 

Fall Safety From SERVPRO of Framingham

10/5/2022 (Permalink)

Fall background with orange  SERVPRO logo Now that fall is here, it is a good idea for everyone in your home to refresh their fall fire safety tips.

Now that fall is here, it is a good idea for everyone in your home to refresh their fall fire safety tips.

These fire tips are especially important for children and families.

  • Check Smoke Detectors & Fire Extinguishers.
  • Change batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Verify that smoke detectors are working. 
  • Make sure that there are smoke detectors in your home.
  • Make sure everyone knows how to use a fire extinguisher.
  • Make Sure All Heating Sources Work Properly
  • Verify that everything you need to keep your home warm throughout fall and winter is working.
  • Make sure that any space heaters are surrounded by at least three feet of empty space.
  • Never place clothing or any other objects on a space heater.
  • Do not place space heaters near furniture or drapery.

If you aren’t sure about any of these tips, reach out to a local firefighter, they will be able to assist you and answer any questions. Help prevent a fire as best as you possibly can.  

SERVPRO Framingham is your premier choice for restoration and rebuilding. Our teams are ready to respond 24 hours a week, any day of the year. When you bring us on the job our team of licensed contractors and certified technicians will work collaboratively with you throughout the duration of the project. They will keep you up to date on the status of the project and make sure that your expectations are met. We will help you to move forward and make it “Like it never even happened” for all of your storm damage. 

SERVPRO of Framingham Shares Halloween Safety

10/5/2022 (Permalink)

Green background with orange SERVPRO logo and title. Kids love this holiday, and for a great reason. However, safety is important for everyone. Below are a few tips for those who will be pedestrians.

Did you know that Halloween is a dangerous day?  More than twice as many children are killed in pedestrian-car crashes between the hours of 4 and 10 PM. This is simply because drivers not being aware of their surroundings. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).

Kids love this holiday, and for a great reason. However, safety is important for everyone. Below are a few tips for those who will be pedestrians and drivers:

  1. Wear bright clothes. If your costume is dark, carry lighted lanterns, and use reflectors. 
  2. Hold onto your child’s hand. They might get excited and want to run across the street. 
  3. Always try to cross crosswalks and be alert. Drivers might not pay attention. 
  4. Look every which way before you do cross the street.
  5. Do not jaywalk. Wait for the car to the first pass where you want to cross.
  6. All drivers should stay off their cell phones, and watch the intersections, and the street. 
  7. If you are partying instead of trick or treating, stay sober or find another ride home.
  8. Wait behind other vehicles that are pulled over, because they may be dropping off children.
  9. Warn children that they are not to get into the car of anyone they do not know. 
  10. Make sure to have fun! 

Above all else, have fun and stay safe. After all, this holiday is met to be fun for free candy. 

SERVPRO of Framingham is your premier choice for restoration and rebuilding. Our teams are ready to respond 24 hours a week, any day of the year. When you bring us on the job our team of licensed contractors and certified technicians will work collaboratively with you throughout the duration of the project. They will keep you up to date on the status of the project and make sure that your expectations are met. We will help you to move forward and make it “Like it never even happened” for all of your residential damage. 

SERVPRO of Framingham Explains How To Burn Leaves Safely

10/5/2022 (Permalink)

Orange background with text and SERVPRO logo Many people like to burn leaves or throw trash onto piles, such as household garbage, construction debris, or old papers.

Falling leaves are often the first signs of the seasonal shift and yardwork. As the piles of raked leaves build up, you’re faced with how to dispose of them! 

Many people like to burn leaves or throw trash onto piles, such as household garbage, construction debris, or old papers. However, this can actually cause more damage than good. 

Burning materials such as yard waste, grass clippings, and leaves may be permissible depending on your town’s ordinances. If you decide to burn leaves, do not use flammable liquids to ignite the debris. Make sure to keep an eye on the fire at all times and be prepared to extinguish it at any moment. Safety is always the number one concern. 

There are plenty of safe alternatives for you to do instead of burning leaves such as 

  • Recycling. You can recycle tree limbs, grass clippings, and leaves. 
  • Composted. You can also compost items into mulch or chipped them into landscaping material.
  • Scheduling a pickup. Many cities and towns provide a curbside collection of bagged leaves. Check with your local public works department.
  • Calling a yard waste or junk removal service. They will take the debris to the dump or recycling center.

There are plenty of ways to get rid of your leaves this fall, it just depends on what works best for you. Remember safety first; prevent a fire if you are able to. 

SERVPRO of Framingham is your premier choice for restoration and rebuilding. Our teams are ready to respond 24 hours a week, any day of the year. When you bring us on the job our team of licensed contractors and certified technicians will work collaboratively with you throughout the duration of the project. They will keep you up to date on the status of the project and make sure that your expectations are met. We will help you to move forward and make it “Like it never even happened” for all of your damages. 

SERVPRO of Framingham Shares Fire Safety

10/5/2022 (Permalink)

Black background with orange text and SERVPRO logo Cooking and heating are the leading causes of home fires during the winter months. Here are some quick and easy tips to help prevent a fire.

Cooking and heating are the leading causes of home fires during the winter months. Here are some quick and easy tips to help prevent a fire in and around your building. 

  • Be alert when cooking; if you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the oven or stovetop
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food
  • When simmering, baking, or roasting, check the food regularly, remain in the kitchen while cooking, and use a timer
  • Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stovetop
  • Keep all flammables, like paper, clothing, bedding, drapes, or rugs, at least 3 feet from a space heater, stove, or fireplace
  • Never leave portable heaters and fireplaces unattended; turn off heaters and make sure fireplace embers are extinguished before leaving the room
  • If you must use a space heater, place it on a level, nonflammable surface, like ceramic tile, not on a rug or carpet
  • Keep children and pets away from space heaters
  • Institute a “no smoking” policy in the hous
  • Check all cords and replace any that are frayed or have bare wires
  • Switch to flameless candles
  • Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan providing early warning to reduce your risk of dying in a fire. 
  • Use special alarms with strobe lights and bed shakers for people who are hard of hearing or deaf
  • Replace smoke alarms that are 10 or more years old
  • Make an Escape Plan

Everyone needs to know your family's escape plan. The National Fire Protection Association indicates that 71% of Americans have a home fire escape plan but only 47% have practiced it. Practice getting out with eyes closed, crawling low to the floor, and keeping your mouth covered

Practice closing doors behind you

Always put your safety first; if you are not confident in your ability to use a fire extinguisher, get out and call 9-1-1. 

SERVPRO of Framingham is your premier choice for restoration and rebuilding. Our teams are ready to respond 24 hours a week, any day of the year. When you bring us on the job our team of licensed contractors and certified technicians will work collaboratively with you throughout the duration of the project. They will keep you up to date on the status of the project and make sure that your expectations are met. We will help you to move forward and make it “Like it never even happened” for all of your storm damage. 

SERVPRO of Framingham Shares Tornado Safety

9/4/2022 (Permalink)

storm with green box and text overlay September is storm season and it is important to know what you can do in case of a storm.

September is storm season and it is important to know what you can do incase of a storm. If a tornado warning is out for your county, taking shelter is critical. 

Being completely underground is the best place to be in a tornado.  Just make sure the door is securely fastened.

If the entrance to your storm cellar is outside, make sure to allow plenty of time to get to the shelter, otherwise you may be exposed to wind, hail, rain, lightning and maybe even flying debris.

A basement is also a good shelter.  If your basement is not underground, or it has outside doors or windows, stay as far away from them as possible.  

Avoid seeking shelter underneath heavy objects. Make sure to use coverings such as pillows, blankets, sleeping bags, and coats, etc to shield your head and body.

If you don't have an underground shelter, you need to find a location that is:

  • As close to the ground as possible
  • As far inside the building as possible
  • Away from doors, windows and outside walls
  • In as small a room as possible

SERVPRO of Framingham is your premier choice for restoration and rebuild. Our teams are ready to respond 24 hours a week, any day of the year. When you bring us on the job our team of licensed contractors and certified technicians will work collaboratively with you throughout the duration of the project. They will keep you up to date on the status of the project and make sure that your expectations are met. We will help you to move forward and make it “Like it never even happened” for all of your storm damage.