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Winter Fires are Preventable: Fireplace Safety

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

While they often conjure up images of warmth and comfort, fireplaces (with chimneys, which also support wood stoves) also represent a significant source of home heating fires. Fireplaces or chimneys are involved in one out of three home heating fires. Creosote - a sticky, oily, combustible substance created when wood does not burn completely - rises into the chimney as a liquid and deposits on the chimney walls, and plays a role in 19 percent of all home heating fires each year.

The nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) are teaming up to reduce the risk of these and other home heating fires this December, January and February, when half of all U.S. home heating fires occur.  As part of their joint fire safety campaign, “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires,” both organizations say that chimneys should be inspected and cleaned annually by a qualified professional.

Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from a fireplace, wood stove, or any other heating equipment, and create a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires. Also, make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room, and never leave a fireplace fire unattended, particularly when children are present. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container, and kept at a safe distance from your home.

Winter fires are preventable! For more heating fire safety advice from NFPA and USFA’s “Put a Freeze on Winter” campaign, visit www.nfpa.org/winter.

If you've had any amount of fire damage calling us is the first step toward restoration. 
When fire damage puts the things that matter most on the line, you need the very best help on the line as well. We’re a leader in giving control back to homeowners, property managers, and even entire communities after the ravaging effects of fire. So whether you’re responsible for 1,000 square feet or 100,000 – be ready for the worst with the very best: Your trusted, local SERVPRO® franchise professionals.

SERVPRO of Worcester, Faster To Any Size Disaster. (508) 365-6434

SERVPRO of Worcester SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough Welcomes New Business Development Representative.

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

portrait of a man glasses and tie Scott Swanson Business Development Representative | Project Estimator

Worcester, MA (Grassroots Newswire) February, 2021 -- SERVPRO of Worcester SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough, a premier cleanup and restoration company, welcomes Scott Swanson to their team, as our newest Business Development Representative | Project Estimator .  He will be responsible for serving our clients in Shrewsbury, Westborough and the surrounding areas.

            “Scott brings a wealth of industry, sales and customer service experience to his role at SERVPRO. I know he’ll be a great asset to our team.” said Sean O’Neill, Manager of Business Development at SERVPRO of Worcester SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough.

Previously, Scott has represented Standpoint Total Restoration for the Southeastern US. Standpoint provides catastrophic planning, mitigation and restoration services for the HOA industry nationwide. Scott also held executive sales and operational management positions for Sperlonga Data and Analytics as Senior Director of Sales; Fabric

Architecture Ltd. as North American Business Development Director; Comcast Communications as Director of Commercial Development, Treasure Coast Region Florida; Adelphia Communications as Division Vice President South East and Puerto Rico and TCI as Regional Director of Sales and Operations, TCI Great Lakes Division.

            “One of our most important priorities is to provide the very best support and service to our customers,” said Donny McKendall, owner of SERVPRO of Worcester, SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough. “The knowledge and skills Scott Swanson brings to the team will help us better serve our community and help ensure our customers’ satisfaction.”

            “I’m very excited to join the team at SERVPRO of Worcester, SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough,” said Swanson. “It’s a unique opportunity to put my years of industry and sales experience to use while helping people in a time of need.”

SERVPRO of Worcester SERVPRO of Shrewsbury/Westborough provides cleanup and restoration following a fire, water or even mold-related damage. Other services offered include, remediation, cleaning and restoration of special items, such as HVAC duct systems; building exteriors; electronic equipment, including computers and documents that have sustained water damage.

GoFundMe Created to Help Family Rebuild After Devastating Fire.

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

WORCESTER,MA — On the evening of February 13th a raging  five-alarm fire tore through a pair of three-decker apartment buildings on Jaques Avenue. Three family members perished and a total of 13 residents were displaced from the fire.

The Adams Family has suffered devastating loss- we offer our deepest condolences.

Woodrow Adams Jr. has  started a GoFundMe page to help the family rebuild.

In the wake of this tragedy, we encourage our community to come together in support of those suffering such unimaginable loss. We ask, please help if you can.

Adams Family Fire Relief Fund

https://www.gofundme.com/f/adams-family-fire-relief

For Additional Information:

Worcester Telegram & Gazette

MassLive

·    ‘He always taught me to be strong’: Worcester shares tears, hope in celebrating lives of 3 victims who died in Jaques Avenue fire·    After fatal Worcester fire, GoFundMe launched to help Adams family rebuild

Multigenerational Housing Fire Safety- Making Your Home Safe for the Whole Family.

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

Multigenerational housing is on the rise- the number of Americans living under the same roof with at least three generations has doubled since 1980.

It’s not unusual for three or more generations to live in the same household. According to estimates, between 50 and 62 million Americans live in a multigenerational home.

This kind of living arrangement provides a number of economic, family, and lifestyle benefits but  may also increase concerns about fire safety.

Home is where people are at greatest risk of fire.
According to the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) data, on average, seven people die in home fires each day. U.S. fire departments respond to roughly 360,000 fires each year. Home fires kill roughly 2,500 people per year.

NFPA and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommend you take these simple steps to increase your safety at home.

  • Make sure your home has smoke alarms. You need a smoke alarm on every level, inside each sleeping room, and outside each separate sleeping area. Interconnect the alarms so when one sounds, they all sound.
  • Test your alarms at least once a month. Press each test button to make sure it is working.
  • Plan your home escape. Share the plan with everyone in the family and guests.
  • Smoke alarms may not wake up children. Older adults may not hear the smoke alarm. Assign someone to help children, older adults and people with disabilities escape.
  • Make sure your home has bright lighting in stairways to prevent falls.
  • Remove clutter to prevent trips and falls and allow for a quick escape.
  • Install handrails along the full length of both sides of the stairs.
  • The plan should include two ways out of every room and an outside family meeting place.
  • If there is a fire, get outside quickly and stay outside. Then call 9-1-1.
  • If you can’t get outside, call 9-1-1. Let the fire department know you can’t get outside. Wave a light-colored cloth or a flashlight form the window.
  • If there is smoke, use your second way out. If you must escape through smoke, get low and go under the smoke. 

Time and time again we have witnessed the life-saving impact of working smoke alarms and the effectiveness of making a plan to escape in case there is a fire.

If you have questions or concerns about smoke alarms or how to make a home escape plan, please contact your local Fire Department, or visit nfpa.org/public-education or  cpsc.gov/safety-education for more information.

Source: https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Teaching-tools/Community-tool-kits/Fire-Safety-for-Multigenerational-Families-Living-Together

Reminder: Have Heating Equipment Cleaned & Inspected

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

As temperatures drop and home heating systems kick into gear, remember to get your home heating systems inspected and cleaned as soon as possible.  That’s a key message from the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), who are teaming up to reduce the risk of home heating fires this December, January and February, when half of all U.S. home heating fires occur.

According to NFPA, home heating equipment is the second leading cause of U.S. homes fires; failure to clean heating equipment is the most common reason for these fires.

Through their joint winter fire safety campaign, “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires,” NFPA and USFA urge everyone to get their home heating systems inspected and cleaned annually by a trained professional, preferably before the start of the season. This will ensure that your home heating system is working properly, and can significantly reduce your risk to associated fires. If you have a chimney, make sure it’s also inspected and cleaned, if necessary, by a trained professional. Creosote - a sticky, oily, combustible substance created when wood does not burn completely - rises into the chimney as a liquid and deposits on the chimney walls, causing one-quarter of all home heating  fires.

Winter fires are preventable! For more heating safety advice from NFPA and USFA’s “Put a Freeze on Winter” campaign, visit www.nfpa.org/winter.

If you've had any amount of fire damage calling us is the first step toward restoration. SERVPRO of Worcester, Faster To Any Size Disaster. 508-365-6434

When fire damage puts the things that matter most on the line, you need the very best help on the line as well. We’re a leader in giving control back to homeowners, property managers, and even entire communities after the ravaging effects of fire. So whether you’re responsible for 1,000 square feet or 100,000 – be ready for the worst with the very best: Your trusted, local SERVPRO® franchise professionals.

A Healthy Work Environment is a Clean Work Environment

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Headquarters Need help getting clean? Call the Clean Team at SERVPRO of Worcester.

Did you know decluttering your workspace can be good for you?

A clean environment is a healthy environment. As we look towards spring now is a great time to improve your workspaces. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you declutter your office.

  • Divide your workspace into zones. Determine how you want and need to use the space and set up zones for your daily functions. This will provide a foundation for a more efficient use of space.
  • Keep only what you need at arm's length. Boxes of pens, stacks of papers, and old coffee cups need to go. Rid your desk of visual clutter.
  • Create a daily system for organization. Consider creating hanging files or baskets.
  • Sort through your catch-all "junk" drawer. Go through your drawers every six weeks and clear out anything that is out of place or isn't being used.
  • Eliminate digital clutter by organizing your work inbox. Keep icons on your desktop to a minimum.

Feel like you need a little extra help? Your friends at SERVPRO of Worcester  have the tools to make your home or business sparkle in no time.

You Can Depend on the Clean Team: Faster to Any Size Disaster

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Professionals in front of SEVRPO Truck CALL THE CLEANUP TEAM THAT IS FASTER TO ANY SIZE DISASTER (508) 757-7885

When disaster strikes, you can depend on SERVPRO of Worcester

There is no disaster that hits home quite like a disaster to your property, home, or business. When you have suffered a fire, water, or mold damage, you don’t have time to waste searching for a company to fix your property. When disaster strikes, you can depend on SERVPRO and their network of over 1,800 franchises in North America and Canada.

Whether the job is big or small, the professionals of SERVPRO will be there to help make it “Like it never even happened,” so you can get back to your home or business and on with your life.

We are the leader in giving control back to homeowners, property managers, and even entire communities after ravaging effects of water and fire disasters. So, whether you're responsible for 1,000 square feet or 100,000?be ready for the worst, with the very best. Your trusted, local SERVPRO franchise.

If you’re in need of cleanup and restoration services, call SERVPRO of Worcester.

Choose a Higher Standard of Clean. Certified: SERVPRO® Cleaned

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

Being open for business is just the beginning of our new journey moving forward. Employees may be hesitant to return to work and customers may wonder whether the businesses they patron are safe. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean. Are you ready to communicate to your customers and employees that you've chosen a higher standard of clean? Are you ready to be Certified: SERVPRO® Cleaned?

Certified: SERVPRO® Cleaned is a defensive program that SERVPRO® offers to commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 global pandemic. This is a level of clean that goes far beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. This is proactive viral pathogen cleaning. When you choose Certified: SERVPRO® Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you have selected a higher cleaning standard-you are Certified: SERVPRO® Cleaned.

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration, we stand on over 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO® Cleaned. Beyond fire and water, SERVPRO® professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills-always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the CDC and other local authorities.

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will help ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

Why take the risk? Call the professionals at SERVPRO®. We’ll work to make it “Like it never even happened.”

The Dreaded FLU SEASON

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of a flu infection can result in hospitalization or death, according to the American Red Cross.

Seasonal flu in the United States occurs in the fall and winter months. While influenza viruses circulate year-round, most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, but activity can last as late as May.

Flu viruses are spread by droplets made when people with the flu cough, sneeze, or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people nearby or be inhaled into their lungs.

Healthy habits to help prevent the flu include getting vaccinated, avoiding close contact with others, staying at home when you're sick, covering your mouth and nose, washing your hands, avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and practicing other good health habits.

Stay informed about public health recommendations related to the flu by visiting the CDC website.

HOW CRITICAL ARE THE FIRST 24 HOURS?

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

Fire or water losses, even smaller incidents, can result in costly claims over time. The longer smoke, soot, or moisture have to permeate contents and structural components, the more secondary damage one can expect to encounter.

SERVPRO® professionals have been performing fire and water cleanup and restoration services for nearly 50 years. Experience has shown that fast, appropriate action delivered within the first 24 hours can dramatically reduce secondary damage. Smoke and soot have less time to chemically interact and damage or destroy contents, and moisture is prevented from spreading and breaking down structural components or promoting the growth of mold and mildew.

Offering 24-hour emergency services, SERVPRO® professionals are committed to responding to fire and water claims during the most critical time period following a loss. Usually onsite in less than four hours, SERVPRO® arrives prepared to begin emergency mitigation services to help prevent secondary damage to the structure and contents.

SERVPRO® utilizes specific industry technology designed for the collection and reporting of claims information for the insurance industry. SERVPRO® professionals can quickly gather the necessary information an adjuster will need to authorize the cleanup and restoration process. The end result is a better, more informed decision-making process, which can speed up the cleanup and restoration of the policyholder's property.

The objective of critical response is to help return homeowners and business owners' properties back to its preloss condition while also controlling claims costs. Your local SERVPRO® franchise can provide the emergency service, mitigation, cleanup and restoration experience and industry-specific technology to help you accomplish these goals. When a policyholder experiences a fire or water loss, even those that fall under the deductible limit or are excluded under their policy, reach out to your local SERVPRO® team to help protect their property  and contents now and in the future.