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National Grilling Season in Newton Wellesley

7/11/2021 (Permalink)

Grill with meat on it with orange box and SERVPRO logo The summer months are about celebrating and entertaining with the best kinds of summer food. However, along with grills can come fires.

July is National Grilling Month! 

It is time to enjoy the whole family together and fire up the grill. Summer is here and there's nothing better than outdoor cooking. The summer months are about 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 during grilling season: 

  • Keep your grill clean: Keeping your grill clean can extend the life of your grill. 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 and it also helps cook your food evenly. 
  • Wash your hands often: Whenever handling raw meat, it is best to wash your hands with warm soap water; this will prevent germs and cross contimation from happening. 
  • Keep the food cold: Keep food cold until you are ready to cook. 
  • Monitor your grill: You should never leave your grill unattended, this can cause a large fire to anything nearby. 

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

Top Five Things To Prepare For In A Business Disaster in Newton Wellesley.

7/11/2021 (Permalink)

buildings in background with white box and text If you are in need of creating an Emergency Readiness Plan, contact us directly for NO CHARGE.

No matter what disaster your business may face, here are five simple tips: 

  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? There are so many critical answers that need to be taken care of before a disaster hits. 

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. Also, make sure to keep digital back-ups, in the cloud. 
  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.
  3. Maintain communication: It is important to communicate with employees, clients, and customers. Your plan should have a well-detailed plan on how communication will be maintained during the disaster and its aftermath.
  4. 5. Regroup in your community: Small businesses impacted by a natural disaster will remember this for a long time and be sentimental. 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 so you are prepared should a disaster hit. 

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

Summer Flooding Tips in Newton Wellesley

7/11/2021 (Permalink)

Water flood with orange text box overlay SERVPRO of Newton Wellesley is available 24/7 including holidays and weekends to assist you with your storm needs to help you.

Flooding happens a lot in the summer months, thanks to the storm season. This can cause damage to any residential or business building. Here are some 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. Prepare as best as you can, and remain calm. 

SERVPRO of Newton Wellesley is available 24/7 including holidays and weekends to assist you with your storm needs to help you “Like it never even happened.”

National Pet Fire Safety Day in Newton Wellesley

7/11/2021 (Permalink)

dog in background with orange text box and SERVPRO logo Over 40,000 pets die every year in house fires; it can be scary and devastating. Awareness can save lives, just having a plan should a fire arise.

National Pet Fire Safety Day is July 15th; it 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 that might 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; you can help prevent a fire. 

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

The best tip should a fire arise, 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.

SERVPRO of Newton Wellesley is available 24/7 including holidays and weekends to assist you with your fire needs to help you “Like it never even happened.” 

Boston Heat Wave Causes Temperature Spike Over 100 Degrees

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

city skyline Temperatures in Boston soared above 100 degrees for the first time in 10 years

For the first time since 2011, the temperature in Boston has reached over 100 degrees as a result of a heat wave which has grappled the Northeast. While the extreme heat caused community members to try to keep it cool for a few days, thunderstorms have brought promises of cooler temperatures for the Fourth of July this upcoming weekend. Thursday, July 2nd's, temperatures will be in the 80's with continued showers a strong possibility as a low pressure system is close to the slow moving cold front. Temperatures on Friday will be in the upper 60's to low 70's with spotty rain showers again likely. Showers are not ruled out for the weekend, but Sunday the 4th looks to be the better of the two days. Boston.com reports that this season will not break the record for the hottest ever, “Since we’re 90 and above today, the last day of the month, that’ll be 11 days for 90 and above for the season thus far,”...“Now the record, up through today, would be 12 days of 90 and above ending June 30, 1976.”

Fireworks safety in Newton Wellesley

6/8/2021 (Permalink)

fireworks background with white box and SERVPRO logo Fireworks Safety Month is throughout the month of June. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission encourages safety measures for fireworks.

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

Summer months include outdoor activities such as barbeques, which can include fireworks. Fireworks are beautiful; they burst and simply bloom across the dark sky. Fireworks’ safety is important. Most fireworks injuries are reported between June 16 to July 16. 

It is important to learn about fireworks safety methods and 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 Newton Wellesley is available 24/7 including holidays and weekends to assist you and get your home back to “Like it never even happened.” 

June is National Safety Month in Newton Wellesley

6/6/2021 (Permalink)

Large buildings with orange box and SERVPRO logo National Safety Month is celebrated in June. This is for when people focus on how they can keep their environment safe.

National Safety Month is celebrated in June. This is for when people focus on how they can keep their environment safe and free from any danger in the workplace. It is a time to reflect on how to create a safer environment for business owners and employees. By learning about safety methods, it can help increase pressure on employers to offer a safer working environment to their employees.

HOW TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH

Conduct a fire drill: Taking precautionary measures can prevent severe damage if a fire were to happen. It is a great time to conduct a fire drill. Select a safety point that's close to your business and test your fire alarms to perform the drill.

Update your first-aid kit: Keep an updated first aid kit and stock it with dressings, bandages, tape, ointments, wipes, aspirin, gloves, scissors, and gauze pads. 

WHY NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH IS IMPORTANT

It focuses on all aspects of employee health and safety

Instead of focusing on a single workplace hazard, the National Safety Council selects four different types of health and safety issues each year and dedicates one week to each issue such as emergency preparedness, wellness, falls, and driving.

It offers safety tips for everyday life and it teaches us to be proactive when it comes to anticipating potential disasters. This is something that you can implement at your workplace to make it safer. 

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

Summer Awareness in Newton Wellesley

6/6/2021 (Permalink)

Water with White text overlay box Did you know that June is the month for summer awareness? It seems like an easy no brainer idea. However, there is a lot to consider.

Did you know that June is the month for summer awareness? It seems like an easy no brainer idea. However, there is a lot to consider. 

The National Weather Service (NWS) recognizes many safety hazards during the summertime including air quality, floods, heat, hurricanes, lightning, rip currents, tornadoes, and wildfires. Here are a few summer safety storm warning tips: 

Watch the Clouds: A severe storm with the potential of developing deadly weather will often look very dark or even have a green tint.

Pay Attention to the Temperature: For severe storms and tornadoes to form, a mixture of warm, moist air at low levels has to collide with dry cold air above. 

Sudden Wind Changes: Be prepared if it suddenly gets very windy or if there is an abrupt calm during or right after a thunderstorm. 

Precipitation Changes: Be aware of hail or heavy rain followed by either calm or a fast, intense wind shift. 

Listen Intently: If you hear a loud roar that is similar to a freight train, take shelter right away; a tornado has more than likely spawned.

Check the Radar: You don’t have to be a meteorologist to interpret the radar. When observing storms on the radar, look for large lines of red. 

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

National Insurance Awareness Day in Newton Wellesley

6/6/2021 (Permalink)

Houses in background with orange box and SERVPRO logo Did you know June 28 is National Insurance Awareness Day? This means it is a good day to evaluate your insurance coverage and assess your risk.

It is always good to check out yearly your insurance coverages and deductibles; you never know when a disaster can strike in your home or business. It could be an unfortunate and devastating loss. Did you know June 28 is National Insurance Awareness Day? This means it is a good day to evaluate your insurance coverage and assess your risk. 

It is important for anyone to review your policies and consider any life changes that might require updating your coverage. This can help you in the future should a disaster ever happen. 

Hurricane season started on June 1st. It is important to know the storm risk in your area? Do you need supplemental flood or wind insurance? Remember: anywhere that it can rain, it can flood. 

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

Needham Farmers Market Opening June 13th

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

corn and old lady The Needham Farmer's Market will be opening on June 13th at 12 PM.

With the 10th season ahead, the community of Needham is looking forward to the opening of the Needham Farmer's Market on Sunday, June 13th from 12-4 PM.  With a wide variety of fresh, local foods offered, Needham and surrounding communities can look forward to supporting local farmers and greeting the community on nice summer days. While the farmer's market is still accepting vendors, some of the confirmed vendors for the 2021 season include Chestnut Farms, Le Petit Four, Fieldstone Kombucha, Boston Sword and Tuna, and many more local businesses offering fresh foods. The market will be located on Garrity's Way, right in front of Needham Town Hall. As quoted from the website go green.org, "One of the most important ways buying locally helps the environment is by reducing your food miles. ... Local food doesn't create large carbon footprints through overseas plane travel or long truck trips. This cuts down on fuel consumption and air pollution." Go support local farmers this summer at the Needham Farmer's Market!