studentsOn average, 3,800 house fires occur in college housing each year1. With many students heading to college for the first time, it is important to remind them of fire hazards while living in college dorms, Greek housing or off-campus housing. 94% of fatal college fires took place in off-campus housing2. Relaxed rules and oversight in comparison to the college dorms create an environment of freedom for the first time for some young adults. It's important with this added responsibility that students keep safety in mind when making choices. Educate yourself or your child before the new semester starts with these recommendations. 

Dog and CatA house fire can be one of the most devastating events that can happen to your family. While fires happen every day, most people do not realize that their beloved pets can pose a fire safety hazard. Pets and animals have a part in starting about 700 home fires per year according to the NFPA. For example, a dog in Connecticut jumped up to steal a piece of pizza off the stove. The dog bumped the stove knob and set the pizza box and the kitchen on fire! Another hungry pup in Massachusetts executed a similar strategy, this time with leftover pancakes.  Dogs are not the only culprits. A cat in Orange County, CA knocked over a candle, starting a fire that caused $15,000 in damages and displaced six people. Protect your family and home with these recommendations.

luggageThe end of a vacation can be a letdown but coming home to find your house flooded is even worse. No matter the time of year, water damage is a possibility. Be it frozen pipe bursts during the Winter holidays or rising flood waters during Spring break. Give yourself peace of mind while you're away from home for an extended period of time. Explore ways to prevent water damage with these expert suggestions. 

Dryer FireDryer problems cause thousands of fires every year. The leading cause of dryer fires is a failure to clean. We've responded to thousands of fire damaged homes over the years, many of them listing the home's dryer as the source. 

Routine maintenance will help extend the life of your appliance and reduce energy usage. Not only will your clothes dry faster, saving you time and money but also reduce the likelihood of a fire. These 7 tips will help keep your home and family safe and thwart dryer fire damage.

6 foot flood lineBasements are notorious for having a damp feeling and musty smells. This makes sense as it is the lowest point of the home and primarily underground. Basements are prone to moisture and water damage for many reasons. Flooding is common during the spring months due to heavy rains and snowmelt. However, basement water damage can occur at any time of year.

Disaster Planning

commercial fire damageDisasters can be unpredictable. Be prepared for the worst with a disaster recovery plan. If a pipe bursts in your property in the middle of the night, would your employees know what to do? Make ServiceMaster Dynamic Cleaning part of your plan with a free Priority Response Partnership. Minimize downtime, reduce potential lost revenue and gain the peace of mind of knowing who to call following a disaster. Our goal is to understand your critical operations so we can restore your facility to pre-loss condition as quickly as possible when disaster strikes. 

electrician powerlinesThe most common cause of power outages is weather-related. In Massachusetts and Rhode Island, this can happen any time of year. Home and business owners can face a Nor'easter with heavy, wet snow and strong winds in the winter or a severe thunderstorm with lightning and high winds in the summer. Both scenarios can cause significant damage, with downed tree limbs and power lines. Often times, power is restored within a few hours. But are you prepared to weather a power outage for longer? Don't let the next outage keep you in the dark. Stay safe with these expert tips.