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Fire prevention tips for your business

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

Green background with orange SERVPRO logo and title. A fire can cause severe damage to business structures, equipment, and even inventory.

A fire can cause severe damage to business structures, equipment, and even inventory. A business owner should focus on fire risk assessment, fire prevention, and staff education to help reduce the chance of fire and smoke damage.


Here are three tips to help:
1. Have fire protection equipment:  You might want to look into an automatic sprinkler system, this will provide primary fire protection for your business. Make sure that employees should be aware of the location of fire extinguishers throughout the building.
2. Fire safety in the workplace: Your employees part of your team but they’re also essential assets to your business. Make sure your employees know what to do if there's a fire. You will want to conduct a fire drill several times a year to keep employees aware of safety protocol.
3. Evacuation plan: Any business should post a fire evacuation plan in several spots around the workplace. Make sure to never include elevators in an evacuation plan and to always use the stairs. In case of fire injuries, your staff should be familiar with the location of the first-aid kit.


These are quick and simple fire tips should your business ever need them. If you are looking for help in creating an Emergency Readiness Plan, contact us today for no cost.


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

SERVPRO of Newton Wellesley Explains Water Damage

6/5/2022 (Permalink)

water flooding in background with text overlay Leaking pipes and natural disasters can leave your home severely water damaged. If your property is affected, it is critical to identify the cause.

Leaking pipes, burst sewer lines, and natural disasters can leave your home severely water damaged. If your property is affected, it is critical to identify the cause and act quickly.

Water damage can be very stressful to deal with, especially because more problems can arise. Here is some information that might help you understand more about water damage. 

  • Water Volume: If your home is experiencing water, you can typically manage it on your own. However, if there is significant flooding that is not going away, it might be best to call a professional.
  • If your neighborhood is recovering from a large flood, and your home has suffered significant damage, you should hire a professional to help with restoration. 
  • The first thing to do when you discover water damage in your home is to unplug all electronics. By using this equipment despite the situation could cause electrical shocks or even explosions. 
  • Mold can spread quickly once it infests an area, so it should be inspected for growth. Oftentimes, mold can appear inside the walls or floors, so it’s important that this inspection is ongoing.
  • Before more damage occurs, eliminate moisture and dry out the affected areas. You can use fans or a large-capacity dehumidifier to circulate air and dry out the surrounding materials. This won’t prevent mold growth altogether, but properly drying out the area will help lessen the damage.
  • If insulation or carpet, is soaked with water, you need to dispose of them immediately. 

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

SERVPRO of Newton Wellesley Shares Summer Safety Tips

6/5/2022 (Permalink)

Black background with orange text and SERVPRO logo It is important to have fun and enjoy the summer months, but also know these safety tips for yourself and your loved ones.

Summer is a great season that many enjoy. It is time for cookouts, holiday parties, fireworks, pool time, beaches, campfires, and so much more. 

However, with all the fun comes safety. There are plenty of ways to be safe and take caution during the summer months.  

  1. Learn CPR
  2. Change Your Smoke Alarm Batteries
  3. Remember Your Mask
  4. Swim Smart
  5. Wear Daily Sunscreen
  6. Stay Hydrated
  7. Prepare an Emergency Weather Kit
  8. Be a Defensive Driver
  9. Use Insect Repellent
  10. Boat Safely
  11. Don’t Ignore Thunder
  12. Move It
  13. Eat Healthy Food
  14. Exercise With Caution Outdoors
  15. Cook Food on the Same Day
  16. Limit Sun Exposure
  17. Practice Fireworks Safety
  18. Drink Right
  19. Keep Good Sleep Practices
  20. Watch for Power Lines
  21. Keep Sanitizer on Hand
  22. Watch Your Grill
  23. Practice Smart Home Safety
  24. Connect With Others
  25. Protect Your Hearing
  26. Do What You Love
  27. Give Wildlife Space
  28. Remember Bikes Are Vehicles
  29. Have a First Aid Kit Together
  30. Prevent Fires
  31. Watch Your Step
  32. Check Your Car
  33. Mow With Caution
  34. Know-How to Handle Heat Stress
  35. Take Care of Your Feet
  36. Watch for Recreational Water Illnesses
  37. Pay Attention to Poisonous Plants

It is important to have fun and enjoy the summer months, but also know these safety tips for yourself and your loved ones. 

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

SERVPRO of Newton Wellesley Shares Extreme Heat Safety

6/5/2022 (Permalink)

Orange background with text and SERVPRO logo Extreme heat can affect anyone quickly without even knowing it. You can help prevent your family from heat strokes

The summer temperatures are here, and to stay! There is nothing better than summer days, most would agree. However, it is important to know how to take care of yourself during the extreme heat weather. 

Extreme heat is a period of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90 degrees for at least two to three days. During this time, your body works extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. 

Here are a few tips for how you can help yourself stay cool during these extreme temperatures. 

  • Cover windows with drapes
  • Weather-strip doors and windows
  • Use window reflectors to reflect heat back outside
  • Add insulation to keep the heat out
  • Use a powered attic ventilator, or attic fan, to regulate the heat level of a building’s attic
  • Install window air conditioners and insulate around them
  • Never leave people or pets in a closed car on a warm day
  • If air conditioning is not available go to a cooling center
  • Take cool showers or baths
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing
  • Use your oven less to reduce the temperature in your house 
  • If you’re outside, find shade
  • Wear a hat wide enough to protect your face
  • Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated
  • Avoid high-energy activities or work outdoors
  • Check on family members, seniors and neighbors.

Extreme heat can make an affect on anyone quickly without even knowing it. You can help prevent your family from heat strokes with these few tips. If your home is affected by damage, whether that is water, fire, or storms, we can help. 

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

SERVPRO of Newton Wellesley Shares Firework Safety

6/5/2022 (Permalink)

fireworks background with white box and SERVPRO logo Fireworks can be very dangerous if they are not used properly, they can even cause a fire to your home.

The summer months call for fireworks and lots of other fun activities. However fireworks are not toys. They are designed to burn and produce motion or audible effects. Here are some firework safety tips that you should consider: 

  • NEVER give fireworks to young children. Make sure there is adult supervision of all fireworks at all times
  • Always read and follow manufacturer's directions
  • Buy from reliable sellers
  • Use outdoors only
  • Always have water handy 
  • Never experiment or make your own fireworks
  • Light only one firework at a time 
  • Never give fireworks to small children
  • Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water and then disposing of them in your trash can
  • Never throw or point fireworks at other people
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket
  •  Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.

Fireworks can be very dangerous if they are not used properly, they can even cause a fire to your home. If your house gets hit by a fire, call for restoration needs. 

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

SERVPRO of Newton Wellesley Shares How To Observe Lightning Safety Awareness Week

6/5/2022 (Permalink)

blue background with white text and orange SERVPRO logo Lightning is popular in the summer months and it can cause much damage.

Lightning is popular in the summer months and it can cause much damage to any building. It is important to take precautions to help prevent damages that might happen..

While it is advised to stay indoors during a thunderstorm, there are occasions when we mightnot be able to. It is important to have a safety plan in place for where to take shelter, what items to leave at home when stepping out in a thunderstorm, etc.??

?We may not know as much about lightning as we think. It is important to be thoroughly aware of its dangers so that we can take the necessary precautions if we are ever caught in a storm.??

Lightning Safety Awareness Week helps to alert people that the outdoors are not safe during a thunderstorm. Lightning can strike from over 15 miles away and any delays in taking precautions can cause serious injury or fatality. Lightning Safety Awareness Week is important to spread awareness of lightning and lightning safety.

Here are some topics and links to help you become more informed during the week.



We are here to help you with any major storm, fire, or water damage. SERVPRO of Newton Wellesley is available 24/7 including holidays and weekends to assist you and help you with your damage. “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Newton Wellesley Shares 5 Tips for National Pet Preparedness Month

6/5/2022 (Permalink)

Orange background with text and SERVPRO logo June is National Pet Preparedness Month. Pets are important in our lives so it is important for us to stay educated.

June is National Pet Preparedness Month. Pets are important in our lives so it is important for us to stay educated and share with others how to care for our pets. 

Here are some tips to help our pets: 

  1. Identification: Make sure your pet is microchipped and, if they do not have one yet, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. 
  • The device can be scanned at a veterinary office or animal shelter. 
  • It will display life-saving information like your address and phone number.
  • If you move or change numbers let your microchip company know so that they can update their records! 
  • Make sure identification tags are current.
  • Make sure to include if they need medication, or if they do not like other animals, on their tag to help emergency personnel know what type of care they need while they work on reconnecting you. 
  1. Know where to go!

If your area is prone to flooding or any other type of natural disaster, it is important to find a place outside of the area where you can take your pets with you. 

  • It is a good idea to have a list of options and contact numbers for where you might go. 
  • If you leave your home because the electricity is out and it is too hot or too cold, it is the same for your pets, don’t leave them behind!
  1. Stay together!

Natural disasters can be frightening for us and even more for our pets. 

  • It is important to have them on a leash at all times while you are outside. 
  • Your area may have dangerous debris that they can get into. 
  • If your home has been damaged, remember to keep cats in a carrier or confined.
  1. Make a kit!

?A premade kit can be vital if you have to evacuate your home. 

  • Good items to keep in your pet’s kit include a few days' worths of food, bottles of water, extra medication, copies of veterinary records, poop bags, cat litter and pan, sturdy leashes, and collars, first aid kit. 
  • You will also want to have a list of pet-friendly hotels, dishes, and if they have a favorite type of treat or toy! 
  1. Know who to contact!

If a disaster hits while you are at work or away from your home, make sure to discuss a plan of action in advance with a neighbor or family member. 

  • Agree that if one of you cannot make it back home that the other will bring your pets and their emergency kit will make the situation much less hectic. 
  • Have updated stickers on your front door letting emergency personnel know how many pets are in the home. 
  • Keep your veterinary clinic, pet-friendly hotels, and the Pet Poison Helpline numbers handy so you are prepared for any situation you may encounter.

No one likes to think a natural disaster will happen in their area but having these strategies in place will help ensure that you and your pets are prepared. If a diaster hits your home, we are here to help restore your fire, storm, and water damage. 

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

New England SERVPRO® Owners Team Up with Red Sox

6/3/2022 (Permalink)

Baseball picture with logos "Our SERVPRO New England team is excited to cheer the Boston Red Sox to victory alongside our community! Let's go, Red Sox!"

A group of SERVPRO franchise owners in northern New England is proud to announce their collective sponsorship of the Boston Red Sox for the 2022 season. The SERVPRO owner group, which is made up of more than 30 SERVPRO franchise owners, is excited to come together and partner with their beloved Red Sox, making this sponsorship one of the first of its kind for SERVPRO. 

"This new deal illustrates the SERVPRO family's love for their local communities, fellow New Englanders, and America's favorite pastime," said Jesse Mathewson, SERVPRO Marketing Team Member. 

The sponsorship is marked by two LED signs that will illuminate SERVPRO's distinctive green and orange on the first and third baselines at every home game in historic Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox. The group will also sponsor National Clean-Up Day on September 17, including the pregame ceremony and in-park promotions when the Red Sox host the Kansas City Royals.

This isn't the first interaction between the Red Sox and the brand, as SERVPRO's certified restoration specialists had the honor of cleaning and sanitizing Fenway Park at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. 

"Being selected to assist an institution like Fenway Park, prioritizing safety above all else, following all IICRC guidelines and CDC protocols, was a privilege," Mathewson said. "Ever since that initial interaction with such a first-class organization, we knew we wanted to take the next step to make the partnership bigger."

SERVPRO's full spectrum of restoration, mitigation, construction, cleaning, and decontamination services are offered year-round, but one thing SERVPRO and the Boston Red Sox have in common is how each gears up during the Spring season. 

"Spring is the perfect time to have your residential or commercial property cleaned and sanitized by our team of certified technicians from our New England SERVPRO locations," Mathewson said. "We are proud to support the Red Sox and our local communities, not only with this sponsorship but with any emergency or upcoming services and projects this year."

"Our SERVPRO New England team is excited to cheer the Boston Red Sox to victory alongside our community! Let's go, Red Sox!"

SERVPRO of Newton Wellesley Is the Damage Cleanup Restoration & Construction Company

6/3/2022 (Permalink)

Green background with orange SERVPRO logo and title. SERVPRO of Newton Wellesley is the industry leader and is available 24 hours a day to provide property owners with emergency cleanup, restoration, and

You cannot predict when the disaster will arrive at your commercial building. Knowing who to call when disaster strikes are the first step after commercial property damage such as a fire, water, or storm damage. SERVPRO of Newton Wellesley is the industry leader and is available 24 hours a day to provide property owners with emergency cleanup, restoration, and construction needs.

When you face damage to your commercial properties SERVPRO of Newton Wellesley will be there to help. We restore properties that have damage such as floods, toilet overflows, water leaks, and pipe breaks to sprinkler malfunctions. We will make it our priority to get your buildings back to working quickly.

SERVPRO of Newton Wellesley understands that water damage is a huge inconvenience, but will work quickly so your business can get back to its normal day-to-day functioning. We have the equipment, training, and experience to find and dry the water before secondary damage sets in. 

We are proud to serve our local communities:

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

SERVPRO of Newton Wellesley Shares Thunderstorm Tips

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

storm with green box and text overlay Thunderstorms can happen quickly and you might find yourself outdoors. If you are outdoor and see lightning and hear thunder find shelter immediately.

Thunderstorms can happen quickly and you might find yourself outdoors. If you are outdoor and see lightning and hear thunder find shelter immediately. 

Here are some Safety precautions for indoors”

  • Avoid contact with water during a thunderstorm. Do NOT bathe, shower, wash dishes, or have any other contact with water.
  • Avoid using electronic equipment of all types; lightning can travel through electrical systems.
  • Avoid using corded phones. However, cordless or cellular phones are safe to use during a storm.
  • Do NOT lie on concrete floors during a thunderstorm. Lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.

Lightning strikes may be rare, but they still happen and the risk of serious injury or is severe. 

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