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SERVPRO of Norwood West Roxbury Shares What To Do If You Have a Tornado Warning

9/16/2022 (Permalink)

Storm with Lightning over white box with SERVPRO logo If you have a tornado warning, shelter is critical for your safety. Have a safe room that is away from any doors or windows.

If you have a tornado warning, shelter is critical for your safety. Have a safe room that is away from any doors or windows.

If you don't have a safe room or basement, you should look around your home to determine the best place.

Here are Some Ideas:

  • Bathrooms might be a good shelter, but they should not have outside walls or windows.
  • Closets are another option; they should be deep inside with no outside walls, doors, or windows. 
  • A hallway is another great option. Be sure to shut all doors, and to create as many barriers as possible. 

SERVPRO of Norwood West Roxbury is your premier choice for restoration and rebuilding. Our teams are ready to respond 24 hours a week, any day of the year. When you bring us on the job our team of licensed contractors and certified technicians will work collaboratively with you throughout the duration of the project. They will keep you up to date on the status of the project and make sure that your expectations are met. We will help you to move forward and make it “Like it never even happened” for all of your storm damages. 

September is National Preparedness Month

9/16/2022 (Permalink)

Storm with Lightning over white box with SERVPRO logo Each September we recognize National Preparedness Month. It was created to promote family and community disaster planning now, but also in the future.

Each September we recognize National Preparedness Month. It was created to promote family and community disaster planning now, but also in the future. 

Here are some tips to help plan: 

  • You need an emergency plan! Planning for emergencies is essential because they can happen to anyone at any time. 
  • If your emergency supply kit is already stocked, make sure that the items are not expired. For example, are the batteries still working?
  • Make sure to cut back trees and shrubs that are too close to your house, so it can prevent damage in storm season.
  • Make sure that those around you are prepared. Include your children in your preparedness drills and know your emergency plans of what to do if you need to evacuate or shelter in place.  

SERVPRO of Norwood West Roxbury is your premier choice for restoration and rebuilding. Our teams are ready to respond 24 hours a week, any day of the year. When you bring us on the job our team of licensed contractors and certified technicians will work collaboratively with you throughout the duration of the project. They will keep you up to date on the status of the project and make sure that your expectations are met. We will help you to move forward and make it “Like it never even happened” for all of your storm damages. 

SERVPRO of Norwood West Roxbury Shares Storm Safety

9/16/2022 (Permalink)

Green background with orange SERVPRO logo and title. Everyone should be prepared in case of a disaster, as best as they can be.

Everyone should be prepared in case of a disaster, as best as they can be. If you haven't taken the time to think about how disasters could effect you, then it is time to become educated to help save you and your family. 

  1. Make sure you are always informed, and receive important lifesaving alerts from your local community. 
  2. You can also receive wireless emergency alerts such as a NOAA Weather Radio, or follow social media.
  3. Know which natural disasters can occur in your area and how to prepare in advance.
  4. Make sure you know where the nearest shelters are. You might also want to know evacuation routes.
  5. It is important to make a family emergency plan that can be put into action. 

SERVPRO of Norwood West Roxbury  is your premier choice for restoration and rebuild. Our teams are ready to respond 24 hours a week, any day of the year. When you bring us on the job our team of licensed contractors and certified technicians will work collaboratively with you throughout the duration of the project. They will keep you up to date on the status of the project and make sure that your expectations are met. We will help you to move forward and make it “Like it never even happened” for all of your storm damages. 

SERVPRO of Norwood West Roxbury Shares Safety Tips

9/16/2022 (Permalink)

Green background with orange SERVPRO logo and title. National Preparedness Month, which is September, encourages and reminds people to be prepared for disasters or emergencies in their communities.

National Preparedness Month, which is September, encourages and reminds people to be prepared for disasters or emergencies in their communities.

This is the time to find ways to help others understand more about preparing for disasters and reducing risks to health and the environment. 

  • Generator: Know ahead of time where you would run a generator. The generator exhaust is not good for you to inhale. Make sure to always put generators outside well away from doors, windows, and vents. 
  • Water: If drinking water is from a private well, know your contacts for inspecting the safety of your drinking water after a flood.
  • Septic system: Make sure to know whom to call to have it inspected after a flood.
  • Communities: Plan ahead for large amounts of disaster debris from damaged or destroyed buildings, supplies, trees or other green waste, or other materials. 

SERVPRO of Norwood West Roxbury  is your premier choice for restoration and rebuild. Our teams are ready to respond 24 hours a week, any day of the year. When you bring us on the job our team of licensed contractors and certified technicians will work collaboratively with you throughout the duration of the project. They will keep you up to date on the status of the project and make sure that your expectations are met. We will help you to move forward and make it “Like it never even happened” for all of your storm damages. 

Fire Safety Tips for Fall

9/16/2022 (Permalink)

Orange background with text and SERVPRO logo Fall is a great time for many people to enjoy the beautiful crisp weather, but along with that comes several dangers especially fires.

When the weather turns cold most people spend more time inside their homes. This is simply because people are using fireplaces, furnaces, and heaters to keep warm. However, make sure to understand the dangers that can come of it. 

Here are some tips to help prevent fires: 

  1. Service Your Furnace: Before the cold winter weather sets in, call your heating and cooling company to service your furnace. It is good to have an inspection to make sure everything is in working order and there are no leaks.
  2. Use Fireplaces Safely: Keep fire in its proper place by using a fireplace screen. This will keep sparks from flying out of the fireplace. 
  3. Use Caution with Space Heaters: A space heater can be an effective way to warm up a chilly room. Your space heater may require venting, so make sure you have vented it to the outdoors. There should be at least three feet of empty area around space heaters.
  4. Reconsider Leaf Burning: Burning leaves produces dangerous and cancer-causing chemicals. Homeowners should avoid disposing of leaves this way. 
  5. Exercise Candle Caution: Candles are a great way to give a room some light, and also smell. They can also cause fires. Never leave candles burning unattended. 
  6. Change Smoke Alarm Batteries: It is wise to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when you turn back your clocks for Daylight Saving Time.
  7. Safety Tips for Fall Driving: There's nothing more beautiful than a fall drive, but weather can cause dangerous roads. 

Fall is a great time for many people to enjoy the beautiful crisp weather, but along with that comes several dangers especially fires. 

SERVPRO of Norwood West Roxbury is your premier choice for restoration and rebuilding. Our teams are ready to respond 24 hours a week, any day of the year. When you bring us on the job our team of licensed contractors and certified technicians will work collaboratively with you throughout the duration of the project. They will keep you up to date on the status of the project and make sure that your expectations are met. We will help you to move forward and make it “Like it never even happened” for all of your fire damages. 

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

9/16/2022 (Permalink)

Black background with orange text and SERVPRO logo Here are some home maintenance ideas that will keep your home running in peak condition all winter long.

It is time to get your house in shape for the cooler months ahead. Here are some home maintenance ideas that will keep your home running in peak condition all winter long.

Exterior Maintenance

  • You will want to check the foundation for cracks and caulk such as where pipes or wires enter the house; this can save you money in the long run. 
  • Make sure you have storm windows and doors and remove screens. 
  • Inspect exterior walls to see if any paint is peeling or blistering on the house or outbuildings. Peeling paint is a sign that the existing paint film is failing. 
  • Make sure the roof is in good shape and make sure there are not any lose shingles. If not taken care of, damage can happen with deterioration to insulation, wood, and drywall.

Interior Maintenance

  • Air from windows and doors is easy to find, make sure to apply weather stripping and caulk to areas that have air venting issues. 
  • Change the direction of your ceiling fan to create an upward draft that redistributes warm air from the ceiling.
  • Check basement windows for drafts, loose frames, or cracked panes.
  • Vacuum internal parts of air conditioners. 
  • Clean your humidifiers regularly during the heating season. Bacteria and spores can develop in a dirty water tank resulting in unclean moisture.

SERVPRO of Norwood West Roxbury  is your premier choice for restoration and rebuild. Our teams are ready to respond 24 hours a week, any day of the year. When you bring us on the job our team of licensed contractors and certified technicians will work collaboratively with you throughout the duration of the project. They will keep you up to date on the status of the project and make sure that your expectations are met. We will help you to move forward and make it “Like it never even happened” for all of your storm damages. 

SERVPRO of Norwood West Roxbury Shares How to Burn a Candle Safely

8/14/2022 (Permalink)

candles with green box and orange SERVPRO logo Many people enjoy having candles lit in their homes in the fall months. It is important to know candle safety.

Many people enjoy having candles lit in their homes in the fall months. It is important to know candle safety so that you can enjoy without leading to a fire. 

  • Before burning, trim the wick to ¼ inch. 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.
  • Keep your hair and loose clothing out of sight.
  • Never leave a candle unattended.
  • Never burn a candle 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 are sleeping.
  • Use a candle snuffer to extinguish a candle.
  • Never use water to extinguish a candle; this can cause 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 Norwood West Roxbury is available 24/7 including holidays and weekends to assist you with your disaster needs to get it back to “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Norwood West Roxbury Shares What You Should Do to Your Home Before Fall Starts

8/14/2022 (Permalink)

Fall background with orange  SERVPRO logo Consider everything you need to know before your house transitions to cool fall nights.

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 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 away.
  5. Change your filters: If your filters are clogged, it's harder to keep your home at the temperature you want it to be. 
  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 Norwood West Roxbury is available 24/7 including holidays and weekends to assist you with your disaster needs to get it back to “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Norwood West Roxbury Shares Smoke Detector Tips

8/14/2022 (Permalink)

Green box with text and orange SERVPRO logo A smoke detector is one of those things we take for granted, unless it’s sounding an alarm or making that annoying chirping noise.

A smoke detector is one of those things we take for granted, unless it’s sounding an alarm or making that annoying chirping noise.

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 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, always 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 Norwood West Roxbury is available 24/7 including holidays and weekends to assist you with your disaster needs to get it back to “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Norwood West Roxbury Shares Grill Safety

8/14/2022 (Permalink)

Orange background with text and SERVPRO logo rill fires can start easily and spread quickly. Learn how you can help keep your home 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 safe with these tips.

  1. Only use grills outside: It may be tempting to set up your grill inside of your open garage, but they are strictly designed for outdoor use.
  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. 
  5. Always clean your grill after use: Using your grill often causes grease to build up. The build-up can then act as fuel and catch fire.
  6. Never leave your barbecue grill unattended while in use: 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 Norwood West Roxbury is available 24/7 including holidays and weekends to assist you with your disaster needs to get it back to “Like it never even happened.”