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SERVPRO of Newton Wellesley Recognizes Fire Prevention Week

10/5/2022 (Permalink)

Fireplace in background with Orange SERVPRO logo and text box overlay It is important for everyone to plan and practice a home fire escape, and what to do when the smoke alarm sounds.

On October 9th, 1911 over 250 people died and buildings were destroyed by a fire. In 1922, President Harding proclaimed National Fire Prevention Week.

Fire safety should be practiced often. Here are some tips to help you: 

  • Install and maintain smoke detectors.
  • Have a fire escape plan and practice it with your family.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of the hands of children.
  • Have home heating systems and chimneys inspected?

It is important for everyone to plan and practice a home fire escape, and what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. 

Have a plan for everyone in the home, including children, older adults, and people with disabilities. Smoke alarms sense smoke well before you can, alerting you to danger, this is why it is important to have one in every bedroom.

SERVPRO of Newton Wellesley 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 damage. 

SERVPRO of Newton Wellesley Explains Fire Prevention Day

10/5/2022 (Permalink)

Fireplace in background with Orange SERVPRO logo and text box overlay It is important to create awareness of fires and know how to participate because we never know when a fire can happen.

On October 8, 1871, Mrs. O’Leary was in her barn, milking her cow. The cow kicked over a lamp, which started the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. When it was over, more than 300 people were killed, 100,000 people were left homeless, and over 17,000 structures were destroyed. This and other major fires caused a movement to proclaim this holiday, National Fire Prevention Day on October 9th.  (nfpa.org)

It is important to create awareness of fires and know how to participate because we never know when a fire can happen.  

  1. Fire departments around the country hold sessions and seminars to teach fire prevention and safety. Encourage your loved ones to attend and get a refresh. 
  2. Schools have fire drills and hold lessons on fire prevention. Encourage your children to ask questions and talk it over with them. 
  3. Families conduct an EDITH exercise (Exit Drills In The Home). If you need assistance with this, reach out to your local fire department. 
  4. Businesses should conduct fire drills. Set up a plan for who will be in charge of what and have an exit plan. 
  5. Learn more about fires both nationally and locally. 

Fires are never something that anyone anticipates happening, but they happen more often than not, it is important to be prepared as best as you can. 

SERVPRO of Newton Wellesley 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 damage. 

Fall Safety From SERVPRO of Newton Wellesley

10/5/2022 (Permalink)

Fall background with orange  SERVPRO logo It is a good idea for everyone in their home to refresh their fall fire safety tips.

Now that fall is here, it is a good idea for everyone in your home to refresh their fall fire safety tips.

These fire tips are especially important for children and families.

  • Check Smoke Detectors & Fire Extinguishers.
  • Change batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Verify that smoke detectors are working. 
  • Make sure that there are smoke detectors in your home.
  • Make sure everyone knows how to use a fire extinguisher.
  • Make Sure All Heating Sources Work Properly
  • Verify that everything you need to keep your home warm throughout fall and winter is working.
  • Make sure that any space heaters are surrounded by at least three feet of empty space.
  • Never place clothing or any other objects on a space heater.
  • Do not place space heaters near furniture or drapery.

If you aren’t sure about any of these tips, reach out to a local firefighter, they will be able to assist you and answer any questions.

SERVPRO of Newton Wellesley 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 damage. 

SERVPRO of Newton Wellesley Shares Halloween Safety

10/5/2022 (Permalink)

Green background with orange SERVPRO logo and title. More than twice as many children are killed in pedestrian-car crashes between the hours of 4 and 10 PM on Halloween.

More than twice as many children are killed in pedestrian-car crashes between the hours of 4 and 10 PM on Halloween. This is simply because drivers not being aware of their surroundings. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).

Kids love this holiday, and for a great reason. However, safety is important for everyone. Here are a few tips to help be safe this holiday:

  1. Wear bright clothes. If your costume is dark use reflectors. 
  2. Hold onto your child’s hand.
  3. Always try to cross crosswalks and be alert. 
  4. Look every which way before you do cross the street.
  5. Do not jaywalk. 
  6. Wait for the car to the first pass where you want to cross.
  7. All drivers should stay off their cell phones.
  8. If you are partying instead of trick or treating, stay sober or find another ride home.
  9. Wait behind other vehicles that are pulled over, because they may be dropping off children.
  10. Warn children that they are not to get into the car of anyone they do not know. 
  11. Make sure to have fun! 

Above all else, have fun and stay safe. After all, this holiday is met to be fun for free candy. 

SERVPRO of Newton Wellesley 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 damage. 

SERVPRO of Newton Wellesley Explains How To Burn Leaves Safely

10/5/2022 (Permalink)

Orange background with text and SERVPRO logo People like to burn leaves or throw trash onto piles, such as household garbage. This can actually cause more damage than good

Falling leaves are often the first signs of the fall season. As the piles of raked leaves build up, many are faced with how to dispose of them! 

People like to burn leaves or throw trash onto piles, such as household garbage, construction debris, or old papers. This can actually cause more damage than good. 

Burning materials such as yard waste, grass clippings, and leaves may be permissible depending on your town’s ordinances. If you decide to burn leaves, do not use flammable liquids to ignite the debris. Keep an eye on the fire at all times and be prepared to extinguish it at any moment. Safety should always be the number one concern. 

There are plenty of safe alternatives for you to do instead of burning leaves.

  • You can recycle tree limbs, grass clippings, and leaves. 
  • You can also compost items into mulch or chipped them into landscaping material.
  • Many cities and towns provide a curbside collection of bagged leaves. Check with your local public works department.
  • Call a yard waste or junk removal service, they will take the debris to the dump or recycling center.

There are plenty of ways to get rid of your leaves this fall, it just depends on what works best for you. Remember safety first; prevent a fire if you are able to. 

SERVPRO of Newton Wellesley 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 damage. 

SERVPRO of Newton Wellesley Shares Fire Safety

10/5/2022 (Permalink)

Black background with orange text and SERVPRO logo The National Fire Protection Association indicates that 71% of Americans have a home fire escape plan but only 47% have practiced it.

Cooking and heating are the leading causes of home fires during the winter months. Here are some quick and easy tips to help prevent a fire in and around your building. 

  • Be alert when cooking; if you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the oven or stovetop
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food
  • When simmering, baking, or roasting, check the food regularly and use a timer
  • Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stovetop
  • Keep all flammables, like paper, clothing, bedding, drapes, or rugs, at least 3 feet from a space heater, stove, or fireplace
  • Never leave portable heaters and fireplaces unattended.
  • Turn off heaters and make sure fireplace embers are extinguished.
  • If you must use a space heater, place it on a level, nonflammable surface, like ceramic tile.
  • Keep children and pets away from space heaters
  • Institute a “no smoking” policy in the house
  • Check all cords and replace any that are frayed or have bare wires
  • Switch to flameless candles
  • Use special alarms with strobe lights and bed shakers for people who are hard of hearing or deaf
  • Replace smoke alarms that are 10 or more years old
  • Make an Escape Plan

Everyone needs to know your family's escape plan. The National Fire Protection Association indicates that 71% of Americans have a home fire escape plan but only 47% have practiced it. Practice getting out with eyes closed, crawling low to the floor, and keeping your mouth covered

Practice closing doors behind you

Always put your safety first; if you are not confident in your ability to use a fire extinguisher, get out and call 9-1-1. 

SERVPRO of Newton Wellesley 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 damage. 

SERVPRO of Newton Wellesley Shares Tornado Safety

9/4/2022 (Permalink)

storm with green box and text overlay It is important to know what you can do in case of a storm. If a tornado warning is out for your county, taking shelter is critical.

September is storm season. It is important to know what you can do in case of a storm. If a tornado warning is out for your county, taking shelter is critical. 

Being completely underground is the best place to be in a tornado.  Always make sure the door is securely fastened.

If the entrance to your storm cellar is outside, make sure to allow plenty of time to get to the shelter. If not, you may be exposed to wind, hail, rain, lightning, and maybe even flying debris.

A basement is also a good shelter.  If your basement has outside doors or windows, stay as far away from them as possible.  

Avoid seeking shelter underneath heavy objects, and use coverings such as pillows, blankets, sleeping bags, coats, etc to shield your head and body.

If you don't have an underground shelter, you need to find a location that is:

  • As close to the ground as possible
  • As far inside the building as possible
  • Away from doors, windows, and outside walls
  • In as small a room as possible

SERVPRO of Newton Wellesley 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 damage. 

SERVPRO of Newton Wellesley Shares What To Do If You Have a Tornado Warning

9/4/2022 (Permalink)

Storm image in background with blue box overlay If you have a tornado warning, shelter is critical for your safety. Have a safe room that is away from any doors, windows, or outside walls.

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

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. Just make sure there is no outside wall or windows. 
  • Closets are another option. The closet should be as 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. A hallway should as be far inside and not have any openings to the outside.


SERVPRO of Newton Wellesley 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 damage.

September is National Preparedness Month

9/4/2022 (Permalink)

Green box with text and orange SERVPRO logo You need an emergency plan! Planning for emergencies is essential because they can happen to anyone at any time.

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 you already have a written emergency it might be a good time to review it.

Do have an emergency supply kit? 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. Also, make sure that your insurance is up to date. Subscribe to your city or county’s emergency alerts. 

Make sure that those around you are prepared. Include your children in your preparedness drills.  Make sure to have those around you involved in emergency plans and what to do if you need to evacuate or shelter in place.  


SERVPRO of Newton Wellesley 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 damage.

SERVPRO of Newton Wellesley Shares Storm Safety

9/4/2022 (Permalink)

Orange background with text and SERVPRO logo We want everyone to be prepared in case of a disaster. If you haven't taken the time to think about how disasters could effect you.

We want everyone to be prepared in case of a disaster. If you haven't taken the time to think about how disasters could effect you, then it is time to become educated to help you and your family.  

  1. Make sure you are always informed, and receive important lifesaving alerts from your city. 
  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 to stay safe.
  4. Make sure you know where the nearest shelters are.
  5. You might also want to know evacuation routes.
  6. It is important to make a family emergency plan that can be put into action. 
  7. Find opportunities to support community preparedness. 


SERVPRO of Newton Wellesley 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 damage.