In the United States, electrical fires are responsible for one in seven of all home fires. On an average, there are 53,000 home electrical fires every year according to the National Fire Protection Association. Electrical fires result in approximately 500 deaths, 1,400 injuries, and $1.5 billion in property damage.
You can prevent most electrical fires by:
Making sure outlets are not overloaded
Covering unused outlets and safety plugs
Checking cords for frays and warmth
Placing light bulbs away from flammable objects such as curtains clothes, bedding, and other fabrics.
Small dangers can be hidden all over your home, especially for families with small children. Children are very active, making them more prone to accidents. You can take several steps to make your home a kid-safe environment:
Install child locks on cabinets so dangerous items such as medicine, cleaners, and matches are kept out of reach.
Make sure your home’s pool and hot tub is surrounded by fencing with self-locking and self-closing gates.
Install hardware-mounted safety gates at the top and bottom of every stairway in your home.
To prevent children from falling, install window guards that also have a quick release mechanism in case of fire.
Preparing for Potential Emergencies
Being prepared for a potential disaster saves time and lives. Simple steps can be taken to prepare your family for an emergency situation:
Develop and discuss an evacuation plan with your family in case of a fire or other emergency.
All phones should be accessible to every member in the household and pre-programmed with emergency contact numbers such as 9-1-1 so children and the elderly can call for help.
Create an emergency contact sheet so family members know who to contact during the event of an emergency.
In the event your home faces serious damage due to flooding, a fire, or mold, be sure to call SERVPRO ofThe Attleboros at (508) 223-0505. We will clean up the damages in your home and make them, "Like it never even happened."
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Representatives from SERVPRO of The Attleboros were present at the CVS Charity Classic last week, at Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington, Rhode Island. The event, hosted by local professionals, Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade, featured an array of top golfers in the world on both the women’s and men’s side. The following includes the placement of all those that participated in the tournament with their world ranking included:
The Fourth of July is a time where we all gather with our families, kick back and relax the beauty of our great nation. When celebrating, we would like each and every one of you to have fun, but to also be careful at the same time. When dealing with fireworks, sparklers, or anything else that has the potential to cause harm if mishandled, the American Red Cross has come up with a few safety guidelines to adhere to so that accidents are at a minimum this holiday.
Where to view fireworks from
The safest way to enjoy fireworks it to attend a public fireworks display put on by professionals. Stay at least 500 feet away. If however, you choose to put on a display of fireworks from your home, here are a few safety steps to follow:
Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging
Keep a supply of water close by a precaution
Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection
Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight “a dud”
Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets
Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials
Leave any area immediately where untrained amateurs are using fireworks
Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are trained to safely clean and remove biohazardous substances and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.
Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are here to help transform any unsafe environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.
The decontamination of a home or business due to trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding, or other biohazards can be both dangerous and emotional. Specialized training and experience are key when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances.
SERVPRO®Celebrates 6thConsecutive Year onEntrepreneur’s Top 10 Franchise List
Cleanup and restoration franchisor stands strong in the #7 position in the 2015 Franchise 500 rankings
Attleboro, MA (Grassroots Newswire) January 20, 2015- SERVPRO®, a cleanup and restoration franchise company, maintains its hold on the No. 7 spot overall – out of a group of 927 franchises that qualified for inclusion in the list—in the recently announced 2015 Franchise 500 rankings* from Entrepreneurmagazine. This recognition marks the sixth consecutive year Entrepreneur has included the company in its Top 10 list and the 12th consecutive year SERVPRO has earned the top spot on the magazine’s list in its own industry—Restoration Services.
Entrepreneurmagazine’s Franchise 500 selection process** uses “objective, quantifiable measures of a franchise operation” to help would-be entrepreneurs identify franchise investment opportunities. Some of the most important factors considered by Entrepreneur in developing the list each year are “financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system.”
“It’s very satisfying to represent the ongoing brand leadership of SERVPRO® for disaster cleanup and restoration services in the The Attleboros area,” said Donald McKendall, owner of “SERVPRO® of The Attleboros. “As a SERVPRO franchisee, we have the tools and knowledge—and the responsibility—to provide the best possible service to every customer.”
According to McKendall, SERVPRO continues to innovate with systems, processes and training designed to deliver faster, more consistent results to their customers. In the past year, SERVPRO customers benefited from the introduction of the following advanced features:
The company’s DryBook™proprietary software, which provides franchisees with tools to capture and track the steps of a restoration project according to industry best practices and standards.
The Here to Help®Connection, which provides homeowners with 24/7 access to real-time data, allowing them to track progress toward project completion.
If you suffer a frozen pipe, flooded basement or smoke or soot damage call us at (508) 223-0505!
SERVPRO® Earns Fifth Consecutive Year on Entrepreneur’s
Attleboro, Mass (Grassroots Newswire) January 23, 2014 - Entrepreneur magazine recently announced its annual Franchise 500 rankings1, naming SERVPRO®, a cleanup and restoration franchise company, to its Top 10 list for the fifth consecutive year. Of the 853 companies qualified for the rankings, SERVPRO® earned the No. 7 spot overall and the top spot in its own industry for the 11th consecutive year. According to Entrepreneur, the Franchise 500 selection process2 is driven by “objective, quantifiable measures of a franchise operation,” with some of the most important factors being “financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system.”
“It's an honor and a privilege to be a part of the SERVPRO® Brand in the Attleboro area,” said Donald McKendall, owner of “SERVPRO® of The Attleboros 508-223-0505. “As a leading cleaning and restoration Brand in America, we have a responsibility to serve each and every customer with excellence.”
SERVPRO® specializes in fire and water cleanup and restoration services, helping both commercial and residential customers recover from property damage emergencies. From small one room home disasters, to large commercial facilities, or statewide storm response situations, SERVPRO® helps make property damage ‘Like it never even happened’.
“At the end of the day, every SERVPRO® Franchisee is an individual small business owner who lives and works in the community he or she serves,” said McKendall. “When the unexpected happens, local home and business owners know that they can turn to us to help them put their lives back on track as quickly and painlessly as possible. As this year’s Entrepreneur rankings demonstrate again, this is both a responsibility and a privilege that each SERVPRO® Franchisee takes very seriously.”
For more information about SERVPRO® of Northern Rhode Island, contact Donald McKendall at (401) 949-9955 or don@SERVPROmckendall.com. For more information about SERVPRO®, please visit www.SERVPRO.com.