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SERVPRO of Framingham Provides Shopping Online Tips

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

Security image in background with green box overlay Online shopping is the new normal. It’s important to take steps to protect yourself when shopping online especially during the holiday season.

Online shopping is the new normal. It’s important to take steps to protect yourself when shopping online especially during the holiday season. There is the convenience of making purchases at your fingertips. 

However, it also makes it more lucrative for scammers. They can trick buyers into paying for goods they won’t receive or even obtain personal information. 

Here are some online shopping tips:

  • Think before you click: Beware of ads encouraging clicking on links. If it doesn’t legit, it more likely isn’t.
  • Do your homework: Prior to making a purchase, read reviews and make sure the company is established. 
  • Consider your payment options: A credit card is much better than using a debit card. 
  • Watch what you give away: Be alert to the kinds of information being collected to complete your transaction. If the merchant is requesting additional personal information, cancel the transaction. 
  • Keep tabs on your bank and statements: Be sure to continuously check your accounts. Set up alerts so that if your credit card is used, you will receive a text message.
  • Keep a clean machine: Be sure that all internet-connected devices such as PCs, smartphones, and tablets, are free from malware.
  • Use secure Wi-Fi: Public Wi-Fi to shop online is convenient, but it is not cyber safe. Don’t make purchases via public Wi-Fi; instead, use your phone as a hotspot.

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

SERVPRO of Framingham Celebrates Small business Saturday

11/27/2021 (Permalink)

People shopping in background with green overlay and SERVPRO logo We support and love all of our local small businesses not only today but throughout the year.

With the holidays here, people are trying to find the best deals for all of the items on family and friends. There is an entire day dedicated to the small local businesses: Small Business Saturday. We support and love all of our local small businesses not only today but throughout the year. 

This year, Small Business Saturday lands on November 27th. It is important to support local businesses especially after the year we have had. We can’t wait to see all the great sales from our local community. 

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 of Framingham Celebrates Thanksgiving

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

Turkey with green overlay and SERVPRO logo Happy Thanksgiving to all of our friends and family in Framingham.

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday in the United States. In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Native Americans shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. 

Here are some Thanksgiving safety tips:

  • Keep baking soda on hand to put out kitchen fires.
  • Do not leave food cooking unsupervised
  • Have a fire extinguisher nearby.
  • Do not leave candles burning unattended 
  • Do not burn candles near flammable items like curtains.
  • Follow instructions carefully when using a deep fryer.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our friends and family in Framingham.

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 of Framingham Talks Winter Weather Safety

11/19/2021 (Permalink)

Winter storm with black box and SERVPRO logo We all know that winter in the Framingham area can be dangerous and can change quickly. Here are some winter tips.

We all know that winter in the Framingham area can be dangerous and can change quickly. There isn’t one correct way to prepare for winter storms, however, here are some important things to know. 

  • Winter Storm Warning: This is issued when hazardous weather is arriving such as heavy snow, freezing rain, or sleet. This is usually issued 12 to 24 hours before the weather is expected.
  • Winter Weather Advisory: This is issued for accumulations of snow, freezing rain, and sleet which will cause significant inconveniences.
  • Know Your Risk for Winter Storms: Pay attention to the weather and warnings of freezing weather or winter storms. 

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

SERVPRO of Framingham Shares Christmas Tree Safety

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

Christmas tree with SERVPRO logo Fires are very common around the holidays for many different reasons: Christmas trees or lights.

Fires are very common around the holidays for many different reasons: Christmas trees or lights. Roughly three-quarters of Christmas tree fires occur in December or January. (National Fire Protection Association). To help keep fires down this holiday season here are some tips: 

  • Use lights that produce low heat; look for miniature lights, they help reduce the drying of the tree.
  • Always inspect light sets prior to placing them on the tree; If they look worn use a new set.
  • Do not overload electrical circuits.
  • Always turn off the lights when leaving the house.
  • If the tree is dry, remove it from the house.
  • Never burn any part of the tree in a wood stove or fireplace. 

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 of Framingham Shares Thanksgiving Cooking Safety

11/9/2021 (Permalink)

Family enjoying Thanksgiving with green box and orange SERVPRO logo The kitchen is used a lot during the holidays, therefore keeping fire safety top of mind is important. Here are some tips.

Did you know that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires? 

The kitchen is used a lot during the holidays, therefore keeping fire safety top of mind is important. Here are some tips so you and your loved ones can stay safe during the holiday: 


Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking and keep an eye on the food.

  • Check on your turkey frequently.
  • Keep children at least three feet away from the stove.
  • Watch electric cords; you do not want them dangling off the counter.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. 

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 Shares Halloween Safety Tips

10/30/2021 (Permalink)

Halloween is a fun day for many parents and kids. They get to dress up as their favorite character, or person, and get free candy. However, along with Trick or Treating comes safety; this is the utmost important thing for all kids.

Here are safety tips for this day:

  1. Walk Safely: Make sure to cross the street at corners. Also, make sure to use traffic signals and crosswalks. Double-check left, right, and left again when crossing.
  2. Put electronic devices down: Pay attention to your surroundings. Keep your heads up and walk.  Do not run across the street.
  3. Walk on sidewalks or paths: If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic.
  4. Watch for cars: Look out for cars that are turning or backing up. Do not dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
  5. Wear bright colors: Make sure to have some reflective tape or stickers and choose light colors so people can see you at night.
  6. Drive safe: Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians, and in any hidden areas. 
  7. Make sure to turn your headlights on so you can spot children from greater distances.
  8. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Be especially alert for kids during those hours. 
  9. Most of all have fun and be safe! Happy Halloween. 

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 Honors National First Responders Day

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

Ambulance workers in background with orange box and SERVPRO logo overlay October 28th is National First Responders Day. This is a day to honor the men and women who act quickly when an emergency is at hand.

October 28th is National First Responders Day. This is a day to honor the men and women who act quickly when an emergency is at hand.

First responders dedicate their lives to save lives. They are people who run toward a crisis while the rest of the world flees. First responders are firefighters, police, emergency medical technicians (EMT), paramedics, and 911 operators. 

In an emergency, they are the first on the scene.

We honor this national day of gratitude and pay tribute to their endless hours around the clock service provided. Their sacrifices go beyond the hours they work, and they often face high stress.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalFirstRespondersDay

This day provides you with an opportunity to recognize a first responder in your life. 

  1. Offer to treat them to their favorite beverage 
  2. Buy their next meal
  3. Hand deliver a note and gift 
  4. Support their family too 

Beyond that, connect with a first responder who rescued someone and thank them. Let them know you appreciate their dedication and sacrifice not just today, but every day. 

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.”

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.”