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Common Fire Causes

10/17/2021 (Permalink)

A fire can be a devastating loss to anyone. Here are some common causes of fire within your home or business:

Smoking Indoors
Many people smoke in their homes. A fire can be started from a simple ash falling to someone falling asleep with a light cigarette. Smoking in your home is not only dangerous but also damaging to the homes structure.
Unmaintained Dryer Vents
Lint accumulates quickly! Cleaning your dryer vents regularly is extremely important, preferably after or before every load. It only takes one small spark or too much heat for lint to burn.
Faulty Electrical Equipment
Always make sure the wires on your appliances are not stripped or exposed in any way.
Overloading Outlets
Another electrical hazard is overloading an outlet or extension cord. Never plug multiple power outlets into each other
Candles
Candles should always be put out when leaving the home. Always make sure they are on a level surface and away from any fabrics or fire starters.
Space Heaters
Space heaters have the potential to be very dangerous. Nothing should be left to close in front or back of a space heater. The unit itself can get very hot, not to mention the air it disperses.
Cooking
Always keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen. Many things can go wrong while cooking. Especially with open flame, gas stoves.

If a fire causes damage to your commercial or residential property, please call SERVPRO of Framingham at (508) 370-4400

SERVPRO Framingham Honors Mental Health Day

10/10/2021 (Permalink)

Be kind image with white text overlay box World Mental Health Day is celebrated on October 10th. This day raises awareness and mobilizes efforts to support mental health.

World Mental Health Day is celebrated on October 10th. This day raises awareness and mobilizes efforts to support mental health.

Mental health is a hot topic today. It means that people aren’t shy to address mental health issues and people are finally getting the attention they deserve. 

However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t still work to do and continue to create awareness. 

Many often misunderstand mental health because it is hard to define. Mental health covers several areas and isn’t just a one name fits all. These areas involve social, emotional, and psychological well-being. It can affect thoughts, feelings, and actions. By having positive mental health, we handle stress better and are able to realize our full potential.

HOW TO OBSERVE #MentalHealthDay

Not everyone faces mental health issues, but mental health can impact everyone at one point or another. Discussing mental health with your loved ones is a vital part to create awareness.

  1. Organizations host a variety of events to increase awareness about this topic. Events may include educational seminars, free mental health screenings, walk-a-thons, marathons, conferences, mass media promotions, and public service announcements. You can find some here: https://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Awareness-events 
  2. If you know someone who struggles with a mental health disorder, this is a great day to reach out to them. Some might not feel comfortable talking to others about their diagnosis, but knowing they have someone to reach out to can be life-changing. 
  3. You can also donate to an organization: National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) and the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. 

Share this day on social media with #WorldMentalHealthDay.

SERVPRO of Framingham is available 24/7 including holidays and weekends to assist you and help you with residential or commercial damage. “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Framingham Gives Back During Breast Cancer Month

10/3/2021 (Permalink)

Pink ribbon with orange text and SERVPRO logo October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer. Help us RISE together to help uplift women in need within our local communities. 

We all know someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer at one point or another. 

Each year in the United States, about 255,000 women get breast cancer and 42,000 women die from the disease.

Men also get breast cancer, but it is not very common. About 1 out of every 100 breast cancers diagnosed in the United States is found in a man. (CDC)

Breast cancer is typically found in women who are 50 years old or older. However, breast cancer also affects younger women.

Here are ways to give back:

  • Make a Donation: This will help cancer patients get the help and support they need. 
  • Start a Fundraiser: Get involved with friends and family to start a fundraiser.
  • Join a Race or Walk: Your support can help fund life-saving research, treatment, and education. 

https://www.komen.org/

SERVPRO of Framingham is available 24/7 including holidays and weekends to assist you and help you with residential or commercial fire damage. “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Framingham Honors Fire Prevention Week

10/3/2021 (Permalink)

firefighter in background with white box and SERVPRO logo The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) designates one week each year to recognize important fire safety topics.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) designates one week each year to recognize important fire safety topics. This year it takes place from Sunday, October 3rd to Saturday, October 9th.

Even though this is honored for one week once a year, it should be noted that we should practice fire safety at all times. 

The goal of Fire Prevention Month is to raise fire safety awareness but to also help ensure your home and family are protected. In 1922, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) named the second week of October Fire Prevention Week in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. (First Alert) 

It is important to raise fire safety awareness and educate families, students and communities. Fire departments may provide education to their communities. They also might encourage parents and loved ones to practice fire safety.

The NFPA's 2021 campaign for Fire Safety Month is "Learn The Sounds of Fire Safety. (NFPA)" 

Here are some ways to help protect your home and family:

  1.  Install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms 
  2. Have fire extinguishers at home. 
  3. Have an emergency plan 
  4. Have local numbers handy (insurance, restoration, doctors, vet, etc). 
  5. Test alarms
  6. Change the batteries
  7. Know how to use a fire extinguisher

3 of every 5 home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no working smoke alarms. Unattended cooking is the #1 cause of home fires. (First Alert) 

Please practice whole home safety, so you and your family are prepared throughout the entire year. 

SERVPRO of Framingham is available 24/7 including holidays and weekends to assist you and help you with residential or commercial fire damage. “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Framingham Celebrates Fall

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

Fall background with white text box overlay This year, the autumnal equinox arrives on Wednesday, September 22nd. Fall begins in the Northern Hemisphere.

This year, the autumnal equinox arrives on Wednesday, September 22nd. Fall begins in the Northern Hemisphere and spring begins in the Southern Hemisphere.

This marks the turning point when darkness begins to win out over daylight. Our hours of daylight have been slightly shorter each day since the summer solstice in June; this is the longest day of daylight of the year.

For the next three months, our hours of daylight will continue to grow shorter. At the autumnal equinox, day and night are approximately equal in length.

SERVPRO of Framingham is available 24/7 including holidays and weekends to assist you and help you with residential or commercial fire damage. “Like it never even happened.” 

SERVPRO Framingham Emergency Supply Kits For National Preparedness Month

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

Emergency Kit with Orange text box and SERVPRO logo A supply kit is a must when planning for potential disasters. You should make sure you and your family have the necessary food and supplies.

A supply kit is a must when planning for potential disasters. You should make sure you and your family have the necessary food and supplies until the power returns.  

It is also important to keep the kit maintained.  Keep food and water fresh. Also, make sure supplies working properly.  It is typically best to store the kit, along with any pet supplies, in a closet or pantry.

Here is a basic emergency supply kit list:

  • Water (one gallon per person per day for several days, for drinking and sanitation)
  • Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
  • Battery-powered radio and an NOAA Weather Radio
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
  • Manual can opener (for food)
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers
  • Prescription eyeglasses or contact lens solution
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, and diaper rash cream
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification, and bank account records saved electronically 
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate 
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Paper cups, plates, paper towels, and plastic utensils
  • Books, games, puzzles, or other activities for children

Source; https://www.ready.gov/kit

If you are a business owner and need assistance with planning for a disaster, give us a call and we can help you create an Emergency Readiness Plan. 

SERVPRO of Framingham is available 24/7 including holidays and weekends to assist you and help you with residential or commercial fire damage. “Like it never even happened.” 

SERVPRO Framingham honors National Preparedness Month

9/14/2021 (Permalink)

Water flood with orange text box overlay National Preparedness Month is an observance every September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters.

National Preparedness Month is an observance every September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies; these could happen at any time.

The best tip we can provide you with is to make a plan; you never know when a disaster might strike. Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster.

You will also want to build a kit, should a disaster strike. Gather supplies that will last for several days for everyone living in your home. Make sure to consider the needs of each person in case you have to evacuate quickly. 

Become aware of your surroundings and know the risk of disasters in your area. Find ways to make your home prepared for storms and other common hazards. Make sure to also check your insurance coverage to make sure it is up-to-date.

SERVPRO of Framingham is available 24/7 including holidays and weekends to assist you and help you with residential or commercial fire damage. “Like it never even happened.” 

SERVPRO Framingham Honors Grandparents Day

9/11/2021 (Permalink)

Grandparents with orange text and SERVPRO logo Sunday, September 12 is Grandparents Day; this is a special day for many grandparents.

Sunday, September 12 is Grandparents Day; this is a special day for many grandparents. 

We support Grandparents’ Day because Grandkids Matter. Grandchildren thrive when grandparents are proactive in supporting a relationship with their grandchildren.

There is a special day for Mothers and Fathers so why not have a whole day dedicated to our grandparents. Grandparents and children have a special bond. This day is an opportunity to treasure that time together.

Make sure to spend time with your Grandparents not only today but as often as you can. Sometimes we forget just how important they are. 

SERVPRO of Framingham is available 24/7 including holidays and weekends to assist you and help you with residential or commercial fire damage. “Like it never even happened.” 

SERVPRO Framingham Honors 9-11

9/3/2021 (Permalink)

American Flag in background with white text box overlay Patriot Day is a holiday observed in the United States on September 11th.

Patriot Day is a holiday observed in the United States on September 11th. This is to commemorate the lives of those who died in the 2001 terrorist attacks. This holiday also recognizes any who died attempting to rescue people. We at SERVPRO are saddened by this loss. 

The U.S. Congress on Dec. 18, 2001, declared September 11th as Patriot Day. This is a yearly proclamation requesting that all U.S. flags be flown at half-staff. 

Americans are asked to honor the dead with a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 AM, Eastern Standard Time. This is the time that the first airplane struck the World Trade Center. It is also to respect the ceremonies of remembrance when they are conducted. 

Please join us today remembering those at this designation time. 

SERVPRO of Framingham is available 24/7 including holidays and weekends to assist you and help you with residential or commercial fire damage. “Like it never even happened.” 

Happy Labor Day From SERVPRO Framingham

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

American Flag in background with white text box overlay We hope that you have a healthy and safe Labor Day weekend and are able to enjoy time off.

Labor Day occurs on Monday, September 6. This is a day to tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers.

It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century. It later became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day is an annual celebration of workers and their achievements originated during one of American labor history’s most dismal chapters.

At the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States on average Americans worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks just to make a basic living. Even children as young as 5 or 6 were working in mills, factories, and mines across the country.

People of all ages faced extremely unsafe working conditions, sanitary facilities, and even breaks.

Now it is meant to symbolize the end of summer for many Americans. Typically this is celebrated with parties, street parades, and festivals. 

We hope that you have a healthy and safe Labor Day weekend and are able to enjoy time off. 

SERVPRO of Framingham is available 24/7 including holidays and weekends to assist you and help you with residential or commercial fire damage. “Like it never even happened.”