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SERVPRO of Framingham Shares How to Burn a Candle Safely

8/10/2022 (Permalink)

candles with green box and orange SERVPRO logo Fire safety is always important. You can prevent a candle fire with these simple tips.

Many people enjoy having candles lit in their homes, especially during the Fall months. However, it is important to know candle safety so that you can enjoy it without leading to a fire. 

  • Before burning, trim the wick to ¼ inch because long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning.
  • Use a candleholder designed for candle use. It should be heat resistant, sturdy, and large enough to contain drips.
  • Burn candles in a well-ventilated room.
  • When lighting a candle, use a long-reach lighter, and keep your hair and loose clothing out of sight.
  • Never leave a candle unattended.
  • Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire. 
  • Keep burning candles away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, etc.
  • Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets. 
  • Never touch or move a candle while it is burning.
  • Place burning candles at least three inches apart from one another. 
  • Extinguish a candle if the flame becomes too high.
  • Never use a candle as a night light or while you may fall asleep.
  • Use a candle snuffer to extinguish a candle; it will prevent hot wax from splattering.
  • Never use water to extinguish a candle; this can cause the wax to splatter.
  • Make sure the candle is completely out before leaving the room.

Fire safety is always important. You can prevent a candle fire with these simple tips.

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

SERVPRO of Framingham Shares What You Should Do to Your Home Before Fall Starts

8/10/2022 (Permalink)

Fall background with orange  SERVPRO logo There are important preparations that come with being a homeowner. Consider everything you need to know before your house transitions.

It would be amazing if all you needed to prep your home for fall was hang a wreath and decorate cute pumpkin decor.  There are important preparations that come with being a homeowner. Consider everything you need to know before your house transitions to cool fall nights.

  1. Clean your gutters: If they're clogged, you can end up with a flooded interior and damaged exterior. 
  2. Check for drafts: Weatherstripping is simple and probably the most cost-effective way to keep heating costs down
  3. Drain your outdoor faucets: Drain and disconnect all garden hoses from outside to prevent any water freezing. 
  4. Bring your outdoor furniture in: If you want to get another summer season out of it you should store it in a garage or shed.
  5. Change your filters: If your filters are clogged, it's harder to keep your home at the temperature you want it to be. Clean these filters monthly.
  6. Change your batteries: Once a year you should be checking to make sure all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide devices are working. 

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

SERVPRO of Framingham Shares What You Should Do to Your Home Before Fall Starts

8/10/2022 (Permalink)

Fall background with orange  SERVPRO logo There are important preparations that come with being a homeowner. Consider everything you need to know before your house transitions.

It would be amazing if all you needed to prep your home for fall was hang a wreath and decorate cute pumpkin decor.  There are important preparations that come with being a homeowner. Consider everything you need to know before your house transitions to cool fall nights.

  1. Clean your gutters: If they're clogged, you can end up with a flooded interior and damaged exterior. 
  2. Check for drafts: Weatherstripping is simple and probably the most cost-effective way to keep heating costs down
  3. Drain your outdoor faucets: Drain and disconnect all garden hoses from outside to prevent any water freezing. 
  4. Bring your outdoor furniture in: If you want to get another summer season out of it you should store it in a garage or shed.
  5. Change your filters: If your filters are clogged, it's harder to keep your home at the temperature you want it to be. Clean these filters monthly.
  6. Change your batteries: Once a year you should be checking to make sure all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide devices are working. 

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

SERVPRO of Framingham Shares Smoke Detector Tips

8/10/2022 (Permalink)

Green background with orange SERVPRO logo and title. A smoke detector is one of the most important devices in your house. It can save your life in an emergency.

A smoke detector is one of those things you take for granted. More than likely, you don’t even know it’s there. Unless it’s sounding an alarm or making that annoying chirping noise telling you it’s time to replace the battery.

A smoke detector is one of the most important devices in your house. It can save your life in an emergency. Find out what you need to know about checking your smoke detectors.

  1. You should check your smoke detectors monthly or at least twice a year.
  2. Most smoke detectors are powered by 9-volt batteries. To check these remove the plastic cap from the detector, replace the battery and press the test button. 
  3. Most smoke detectors last a maximum of 10 years. When you do you change your batteries, remove your units from the ceiling and check for a date stamped on the back. 

Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms.

Furthermore, failing to check your smoke alarms regularly increases the likelihood that they’ll fail if a fire erupts.

Maintaining smoke alarms takes minutes, and it’s worth it for the peace of mind it provides. 

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

SERVPRO of Framingham Shares Grill Safety

8/10/2022 (Permalink)

Black background with orange text and SERVPRO logo Grill fires can start easily and spread quickly. Learn how you can help keep your home and family safe with these tips.

Grilling is a popular way to enjoy the nice summer weather.  Grill fires can start easily and spread quickly. Learn how you can help keep your home and family safe with these tips.

  1. Only use grills outside: It may be tempting to set up your grill inside of your open garage grills are strictly designed for outdoor use where there is plenty of ventilation. 
  2. Place your grill away from your home: You should avoid placing your grill outside the back door, or back deck because it can pose a potential fire hazard. 
  3. Make sure your grill is located on a flat surface: Grills that are placed on uneven surfaces can tip over easily and cause a fire. 
  4. Check your grill for leaks: A leak in the gas lines can cause propane to build up inside when the lid is closed. Check the gas lines to make sure that they are free of leaks.
  5. Always clean your grill after use: Using your grill often causes grease to build up. If not cleaned, the build-up can then act as fuel and catch fire.
  6. Never leave your barbecue grill unattended while in use: Barbecues use high heat and open flames to cook food. When a grill is left unattended it can become a safety and fire hazard.
  7. Keep a spray bottle on hand: It’s common for grills to flare up as fat drips, and this can cause a section of the grill to remain on fire. 
  8. Always have a fire extinguisher close by It is simple to use, just point and spray to extinguish the fire. 

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

SERVPRO of Framingham Shares Heat Advisory Safety.

8/8/2022 (Permalink)

water with green text box and SERVPRO logo Stay hydrated, and cool, during the month of August! Make sure you enjoy summer as best as you can.

It is important to stay hydrated during the month of August since it is known as an extreme heat month. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Hot weather causes you to sweat, and you will need to replenish the lost fluids.

Here are some tips for you to stay cool during the summer months: 

  • Never leave children or pets in hot vehicles.
  • Stay inside during the hottest part of the day (10 A.M to 4 P.M.) 
  • When you’re outdoors, make sure to stay out of direct sunlight.
  • Set your air conditioners to a lower temperature.
  • Use curtains or blinds to keep direct sunlight out. 
  • Eat small meals and eat more often.  
  • Wear light, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing.
  • Check on family and friends who are elder.
  • If you feel overheated, cool off with wet washcloths on your wrists and neck. Carry a cooling facial mist with you.

Stay hydrated, and cool, during the month of August! Make sure you enjoy summer as best as you can. 

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

SERVPRO of Framingham Talks About Campfire Safety

8/8/2022 (Permalink)

campfire with text and orange SERVPRO logo Enjoying a campfire is one of the most enjoyable parts of camping. A campfire that is not properly built, maintained and extinguished can cause damage

Enjoying a campfire is one of the most enjoyable parts of camping. A campfire that is not properly built, maintained, and extinguished can quickly become a hazard. It's important to understand how to safely enjoy your campfire.

  1. Know the rules: Before you strike a match, make sure you know the fire regulations of the campground or wilderness area. 
  2. Use the pit: Most campgrounds provide a fire pit to build a campfire. If a pit is provided, this is the only place you should build a campfire. If not, dig a fire pit in an open area away from overhanging branches and power lines. 
  3. Build a safe campfire: Start the fire with dried leaves or grass that will easily catch fire. Next, add small twigs and sticks that are less than an inch. As the fire builds, add the largest pieces of wood to the fire. This keeps the fire burning for a longer period of time. 

Keep in mind that your fire does not have to be roaring. In fact, a small fire surrounded by rocks will do the job. Always make sure to take caution whenever you are creating a fire.

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

SERVPRO of Framingham is Hiring A Production Technician

8/8/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO working with green text box and orange SERVPRO logo SERVPRO of Framingham is Hiring A Production Technician

Conveniently located right off Rt 495 in Hopkinton, SERVPRO of Framingham offers exciting employment opportunities. When you arrive at our office, you will feel the positive energy as you are enthusiastically greeted by our office dog, Maggie. She will put a smile on your face as soon as you enter!

SERVPRO of Framingham is committed to employee development, providing multiple opportunities for resource training. You will be encouraged to stay current and expand your knowledge and skills in your particular area of employment. We have very clear and stated goals and they don’t just sit in a word document, they are prominent for all to see and remember, painted in bright gold on our conference walls! Our traineeship office, located in Lawrence, frequently holds seminars and presentations on the latest communications from SERVPRO corporate.

In addition, our employees enjoy the convenient amenities just steps from our office. Within a block, you have Starbucks, "Dunkins", local delis, convenience stores and gas stations as well as a very popular restaurants great for meeting up with friends after work. Inquire today and we will look forward to talking to you about potential employment.

We are hiring for a Production Technician 

Primary Role: Perform services as assigned, following SERVPRO production guidelines. Communicate with the customer to make sure that all needs are met. A support crew chief and other production personnel as needed. Clean and maintain vehicles, equipment, warehouse, and office areas as needed.

Results Expected: Production processes are performed according to guidelines and work orders. Communications to crew chief and customer are timely. Jobs are completed at or beyond customer expectations. Vehicles, equipment, and facilities remain clean, orderly, and working properly.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. This company does not and will not discriminate in employment and personnel practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, national origin, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

SERVPRO of Framingham is the place for you! Contact us at (508) 370-4400 or shayes@SERVPROframingham.com.

SERVPRO of Framingham Shares Back To School Tips

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

school bus with green text box and orange SERVPRO logo It is that time of year when school will be starting back up soon. It's important to remember some key tips that will help keep them safe and healthy

It is that time of year when school will be starting back up soon. It's important to remember some key tips that will help keep them safe and healthy throughout the school year.

Here are some tips to make sure your child safely travels to school: 

  1. Review your family's walking safety rules. Make sure to practice walking to school with your child.
  2. Walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing the traffic.
  3. Before crossing the street, stop and look left, right, and left again. 
  4. Make eye contact with drivers before crossing.
  5. Always cross streets at crosswalks or intersections
  6. Stay alert and avoid distractions.
  7. Teach your children school bus safety rules.
  8. Teach your children to stand 6 feet away from the curb
  9. Make eye contact with children who are crossing the street
  10. Never pass a bus loading or unloading children

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

SERVPRO of Framingham Shares Tax-Free Information

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

kid at school with orange SERVPRO logo The tax-free weekend comes once a year; that is usually right around the time school starts. This allows people to get school items tax-free.

The tax-free weekend comes once a year; that is usually right around the time school starts. This allows people to get school items tax-free, which could be a great deal of savings! 

The sales tax holiday for 2022 will be held on Saturday, August 13, and Sunday, August 14. Retail items of up to $2,500, purchased in Massachusetts for personal use on these two days, will be exempt from sales tax.

If you spend more than $2,500 on an item, the entire amount paid for the item is subject to sales tax, not just the amount that exceeds that threshold. There is, however, an exemption with respect to clothing.  An item of clothing is generally exempt from the sales tax unless the item costs more than $175.  If it does, only the amount over $175 is subject to tax. If on the sales tax holiday, the price of an item of clothing exceeds $2,500, the first $175 is not subject to tax.

You can learn more here: 

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/sales-tax-holiday-frequently-asked-questions 

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