Every emergency preparedness kit should be tailored to meet your family's needs. Store the items in a sturdy, waterproof container and keep where it is easily assessable in an emergency. It is also a good idea to keep a smaller, portable version in the car if you are caught away from home.

Hurricanes, blizzards, freezing temperatures, flooding and even tornadoes are all disasters Massachusetts and Rhode Island are familiar with. Preparing before the onset of a disaster helps to avoid the notoriously long lines at the grocery store with empty bread and milk shelves, and forget about finding portable generators at the hardware store. Having essential survival items ready to go is the key to weathering any storm. 

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Electrical distribution systems are the 3rd leading cause of house fires according to the Electrical Saftey Foundation International (ESFI). Electronics have become ingrained in our everyday lives; from smartphones and tablets to televisions and gaming systems. This addition of technology puts an added strain on our home's electrical system and poses a risk of fire if not handled properly. The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) reports that electrical fires are most common in the bedroom, attic, and kitchen. Follow these tips to keep your home and family safe.

Mold Growth

At ServiceMaster Dynamic Cleaning, we deal with disasters every day. However, we know that the typical property owner will experience only a handful in their lifetime, so it's understandable that you may have questions. Mold is a common occurrence after a water loss when the water sits for a length of time. In fact, mold can begin to grow in as little as 24-48 hours.

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March 20th marks the beginning of Spring and the age-old spring cleaning season. Many homeowners take this time of year to start fresh and say goodbye to winter by purging and cleaning. Most people would think of squeaky clean windows, fresh air and eliminating winter's dust bunnies as spring cleaning. But winter can also take a toll on other parts of the home as well. Structures such as the roof and the foundation need attention too. Use this list as a guide to help your home recover from winter and start spring fresh.

room heater

During the winter months and extremely low temperatures, we see many home and business owners turning to alternative sources of heat. 50% of home heating fires occur during the months of December, January, and February. Whether to save on energy costs or to warm up a drafty room, space heaters are best used with caution.

Follow these safety tips to keep your home or business warm during the winter months and prevent fire damage.

Hurricane wind dog

Severe storms such as hurricanes, tornados, and blizzards often force residents to evacuate their homes. Having an emergency plan for your family may be something you have thought of previously, but you don't want to forget about your extended family- your pets. You can keep your pets safe during a hurricane by preparing in advance. The last thing you want during a storm is to be stuck without shelter for your pets or find that you have forgotten Fido's food supplies in the chaos.

Follow these tips to ensure that you are prepared to evacuate at a moment's notice and keep your pets safe during a severe storm. 

 

How to PreventGrease Fires

Cooking is the number one cause of house fires and yet many homeowners are not prepared for a cooking mishap. Grease fires are especially dangerous if not handled properly. These fires burn very hot and can get out of hand very quickly. Knowing how to prevent them and what action to take if you do have a grease fire can mean the difference between dinner and disaster.