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Summer Fires Safety Tips in Framingham

8/4/2021 (Permalink)

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In the summer months, many fires are caused for various reasons. People grill outdoors in the summer for family gatherings, and celebrations. 

Grill fires: Fires from grills happen when someone mishandles the igniting of the grill, such as coals, charcoals, or ashes. 

Make sure you are in a grill-friendly environment: You will want to be free of branches, roofs, or any sort of overhang to help prevent a fire.

Air Conditioning Fires: Inadequate wiring can cause a fire because of electrical malfunctions. If your AC heats up, any flammable materials near your unit can catch on fire. 

Smoking Fires: Smoking fires are common throughout the year; they are the leading cause of fatal fires. If you’re outside, be careful when smoking. Make sure to keep cigarettes off the ground and they are properly put out before throwing them on the ground. 

Summer is a time to enjoy the outdoors, and have plenty of gatherings. The weather isn’t the only thing that heats up during these few months; be aware of the risk of fires.

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.”

Summer House Safety in Framingham

8/4/2021 (Permalink)

Flowers and summer background with white box overlay Summer is coming to an end soon, but there are still plenty of amazing things happening. It is a time for cookouts, bonfires, and outdoor activities.

Summer is coming to an end soon, but there are still plenty of amazing things happening. It is a time for cookouts, bonfires, and outdoor activities. However, all this time outside can lead to potential dangers. There are repairs and installations you can make throughout your home to finishing having a safe summer. 

We’ve put together all the tips you need to keep your family and home secure throughout the summer. 

It’s important to take inventory of what maintenance is overdue in your home. 

  • Install sun shades to your windows to deflect heat.
  • Reseal any cracking caulk or weatherstrips on external windows and doors to prevent any leaks. 
  • Inspect the outside of your home for cracks and any overhanging tree limbs that could fall during a storm. 
  • Protect yourself in the event of a flood from a summer storm by double-checking that you have flood insurance added to your home insurance policy.
  • Spray your yard and home to protect it from insects, pests, and other creatures, setting traps or deterrents when needed.
  • Schedule a yearly inspection each summer to help catch termites and stop them in their tracks before they cause major damage to your home’s structure. 

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.” 

National Grilling Season in Farmington.

7/10/2021 (Permalink)

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Did you know that July is National Grilling Month? 

Enjoy the whole family together and fire up the grill. Summer is here and there's nothing better than outdoor cooking. Enjoy the summer months by celebrating and entertaining with the best kinds of summer food.

However, along with grills can come fires. Here are a few helpful tips for you to during your grilling season: 

  • Keep your grill clean: Keeping your grill clean can extend the life of your grill. It can also help your food taste the best. Stuck on grease should also be cleaned since this can cause large fires when cooking. 
  • Always preheat the grill: This helps prevent food from sticking to the grates. More importantly, it helps cook your food evenly. 
  • Wash your hands often: Whenever handling raw meat, it is best to wash your hands with warm soapy water. This will prevent germs and cross-contamination from happening. 
  • Keep the food cold: Keep food cold until you are ready to cook. If you allow food to sit out for a long time, bacteria may grow and cause sickness.
  • Monitor your grill: You should never leave your grill unattended, this can cause a large fire to anything nearby. Make sure to use a timer to avoid overcooking or undercooking your food. 

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

National Pet Fire Safety Day in Framingham

7/10/2021 (Permalink)

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National Pet Fire Safety Day takes place every year on July 15th.  This is a day to learn how to keep your pet safe in a fire. Pets are a precious asset and it is important that we dedicate a day to keeping them safe should a scary event happen. 

Here are some facts about pets and fires:

Pets cause over 1,000 house fires each year in the United States. It is important to make sure that there is nothing nearby them that can start a fire. 

Did you know that there are nearly 360,000 house fires each year in the United States? That is a lot of fire and damage; it is important to prevent fires whenever possible. 

Over 40,000 pets die every year in house fires; it can be scary and devastating for many. Awareness can save lives, just having a plan should a fire arise is critical. 

The best tip should a fire arise in your home or business, is to have an escape plan that includes your pets. Discuss who will be in charge of rescuing your pet in the event of a fire. Practicing fire drills can help your family,  but also ensures your pets are not forgotten.

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

Sun Safety in Framingham

7/10/2021 (Permalink)

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Summer is the season we all look forward to, it is a great time of year for cookouts, swimming pools, playing sports, or hanging on the deck. However, the summer sun can also get a little sweltering. It is important to practice sun safety. 

Extreme heat is when there are five straight days of temperatures 9 degrees above normal. This can pose a danger and cause serious health issues. Here are some tips for you to practice: 

  1. Wear SPF 30 Sunscreen: Use a sunscreen with an SPF 30 rating and also reapplying every two hours. 
  2. Wear Physical Protection: Physical protection (such as hats, or sunglasses), can help block your skin from the sun. If you’re going for a run, walk, or even a hike don’t underestimate how damaging the sun can be. Make sure to reapply your sunscreen as needed. 
  3. Protect Your Lips: Your lips can get sunburned. A simple way to prevent sunburn on your lips is to use an SPF moisturizing lip balm.
  4. Seek Shade: Staying in direct sunlight for too long can cause short-term and long-term damage. Do your best to take care of your skin during sunny days. From 10 am to 4 pm are when UV light is the strongest, it is best to plan your activities around that time.

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

Summer Flooding Tips in Framingham

7/10/2021 (Permalink)

water flooding in background with text overlay Flooding can happen quickly, it is important to make sure to get notifications from your local weather channels so you can act quickly.

Summer is the time of year when flooding happens a lot. This can cause damage to any residential or business building. Here are some great tips should flooding happen: 

  • Find safe shelter right away.
  • Do not walk, swim or drive through floodwaters.
  • Stay off bridges over fast-moving water.
  • Evacuate if told to do so.
  • Check up on flood insurance policy. 
  • Make a plan for your household, including your pets. 
  • Learn and practice evacuation routes and shelter plans. 
  • Gather supplies, including non-perishable foods, cleaning supplies, and water for several days. 
  • Move valuables to higher levels. 
  • Check on your sump pump. 

Flooding can happen quickly,  it is important to make sure to get notifications from your local weather channels so you can act quickly too. Be careful if you have a flood warning! 

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

Hurricane Season Safety Tips in Framingham

7/10/2021 (Permalink)

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A hurricane can hit anywhere or at anytime. By now, we have been getting major effects from hurricane season and it can cause damage to your home or business. There are some things you can in preparation should a hurricane, or storm weather hits. 

  • Create a plan with your family: Whether it’s the possibility of tornadoes, hurricanes, or floods families need to be prepared, this can help reduce chaos. A plan should include evacuation routes, emergency numbers, shelter possibilities, and a communication strategy.
  • Build a disaster kit: A disaster kit may be different for each family. The kit should have basics: bottled water, non-perishable snacks, flashlights, batteries, sanitation items, important documents, and first aid kits. 
  • Practice the plan: You will want to practice evacuation routes, where to go for shelter, and memorizing emergency numbers.
  • Stay informed: You will want to keep your family safe, so staying informed is critical. When a major disaster occurs, it is advised that everyone should have a reliable resource for emergency alerts: phone apps or emergency radio. 
  • Tackle storm anxiety: Creating a plan is the first step in tackling anxiety. Make sure to allow your child to talk through their fears and concerns. This can help everyone around, remain calm. 

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.”

Top Five Things To Prepare For In A Business Disaster in Framingham

7/10/2021 (Permalink)

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No matter what disaster your business may face, here are five simple ways you can prepare before, during, and after a natural disaster.

  1. Create an emergency operations plan: If a natural disaster struck your business, what would happen in the hours that follow? Who would be in charge? Would employees be allowed to work remotely? There are so many critical questions to ask. 

You will want to create an Emergency Readiness Plan for your business. As you draft your plan, make sure it addresses the following areas:

  • Outline a way to communicate and make sure the contact information you have with each employee is updated.
  • If a natural disaster occurs while at work, does everyone know how to safely evacuate the building? 
  1. Back up important data: No matter what your business is you will want to safely store important business paperwork. Put paperwork in an off-site location and make copies as needed. Don’t forget about the benefits of being in the cloud either. 

  2. Meet with an insurance advisor:  It’s wise to meet with your insurance advisor and review your company’s existing coverage. You may find you need to invest in additional coverage depending on the area where you conduct business.

  3. Maintain communication: It is important to communicate with employees, clients, and customers. Your plan should detail how communication will be maintained during the disaster and its aftermath.

  4. 5. Regroup in your community: Small businesses impacted by a natural disaster generally do not come out of it as though nothing has happened. It may take business longer to rebuild. For some small businesses, a natural disaster is enough to close business entirely. If your business is back up and running, now is the time to offer a helping hand to other businesses.

If you are in need of creating an Emergency Readiness Plan, contact us directly for NO CHARGE. We would be honored to help you set up your plan should a disaster strike. 

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.”

Plumbers Luncheon at Republic Plumbing Supply Co on 06/15

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

man and woman at table with sandwiches Tom and Monique at Republic Plumbing Supply Co in Framingham, MA

SERVPRO of Framingham hosted a plumbers lunch table at Republic Plumbing Supply Co in Framingham, MA on June 15th. We are incredibly grateful to work with amazing plumbers in the area, and we were lucky to show our appreciation. Thomas Riley, the Director of Sales and Marketing and Monique Shanley, the Office Manager offered platters of sandwiches, cookies, chips, and sodas to plumbers stopping by the supply store. A Republic gift card giveaway also occurred, which Dufton Plumbing of Natick, MA won! We had the chance to speak with many plumbers and let them know about our damage restoration business servicing the Framingham, MA area. We are always here to help with the clean up after experiencing a water loss. We are grateful to be of assistance to all who live in the Framingham, MA area, and being there for our community is of utmost importance to all of us at SERVPRO of Framingham. More lunch opportunities will happen in the future, so stay tuned!

Fireworks safety in Framingham

6/8/2021 (Permalink)

fireworks background with white box and SERVPRO logo Fireworks Safety Month is in June. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission enforces safety measures for fireworks.

Fireworks Safety Month is in June. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission enforces safety measures for fireworks. Summer months are filled with celebrations of summer, vacations, and the Fourth of July. 

Summer is a fun time for outdoor activities such as barbeques. However, many like to celebrate with fireworks. Fireworks are beautiful; they burst and simply bloom across the dark sky. Fireworks’ safety should be taken heavily. Most fireworks injuries are reported between June 16 to July 16. 

It is important to learn about fireworks safety methods and instructions.

Speak up if you see others indulging in fireworks activities that are dangerous. 

Practice using fireworks safely. It’s a celebration of our protectors; the fire and health departments work hard for our comfort and safety; practice safe fireworks. 

Go all out in enjoying any celebrations, but practice the necessary safety precautions while doing it.

SERVPRO of Framingham is available 24/7 including holidays and weekends to assist you and get your home back to “Like it never even happened.”