October is Fire Safety Month

ServiceMaster Restore Offers Fire Safety and Prevention Tips
Smoke Detector Tips

When Should I use a Fire Exstinguisher?

Fire Safety Plan
1. Establish shelters and meeting places.
2. Make a list of emergency contacts, and make sure your family has access to the information.
3. Create an emergency kit.
Your family’s emergency kit should include:

Non-perishable food
Bottled water
Blankets
Flashlights and batteries
Important medications
And other emergency items

See the full article from ServiceMaster on Family Safety Plans.
Fire Prevention Tips for your Home

Never leave a burning candle unattended.
Turn off the oven before leaving the house.
Replace smoke alarms every 10 years or as needed.
Practice electrical cord safety: no frays or tears.
Never use a generator indoors.
Have a family/roommate fire escape plan.

Fire Safety Tips for your Business

Fire extinguishers are available and in proper working condition.
Sprinkler systems, smoke/fire alarms are in working condition and tested regularly.
All fire doors are kept shut.
Exits and fire escape routes are marked properly.
Building/business address must be visible and easy to see for firefighters and rescue teams.
Consider Having our Pre Loss Planning Experts Evaluate Your Business Risk

See our full Fire Safety Checklist
What to Save in the Event of a Fire
Critical items you may want to save from a fire include:

Social Security cards
Birth certificates
Medical records
Marriage records
Passports
Car and home titles
Family photos or heirlooms

Read more about what to save in case of a fire on the ServiceMaster Blog.

 

Candle Safety
1. Always keep any lit flame attended- no surface is safe from a burning candle.
2. Wax melts, wickless candles and tea lights are also susceptible to drafts, being knocked over and spills. Always remain vigilant with any flames.
 
 
Read more about candle safety myths from ServiceMaster Restore.
 
 
 
 
What to do After your Experience a Fire

By |October 17th, 2017|blog, disaster restoration, fire damage, fire safety, home safety tips, ServiceMaster|Comments Off on October is Fire Safety Month

What to do After a Fire

Fire Damage Tips from ServiceMaster Restore
ServiceMaster is dedicated to helping homeowners and business owners get back to normal quickly following a fire or water damage emergency. Educating customers throughout the process is a major priority for us a ServiceMaster by Williams. Along with the video, visit our Fire Damage Restoration Services Page for more information about the restoration process following a fire as well as the many services we provide in this category of services.
 
ServiceMaster by Williams offers 24/7/365 Emergency Services for Fire Damage in Worcester, Franklin and Hampshire Counties of Massachusetts

By |July 11th, 2017|disaster restoration, fire damage, home safety tips, ServiceMaster|Comments Off on What to do After a Fire

Disaster Emergency Mobile App

ServiceMaster Exclusive Sponsor of American Red Cross’ Red Cross Emergency App
ServiceMaster has recently announced that it will be the exclusive sponsor of the American Red Cross’ Red Cross Emergency App. This mobile app will provide alerts to significant weather events and offers expert safety advice on disaster preparedness.

“Protecting and maintaining homes and businesses is in our DNA, and we believe the Red Cross app is another way we can help bring valuable content delivered on a trusted mobile platform to millions of users who want timely access to information when disaster threatens or strikes,” states Rob Gillette, CEO of ServiceMaster, in a recent article with Bizjournal.

This Mobile App can be used for Alerts and Information for these Disasters

hurricanes
floods
tornadoes
wild fires

Download Emergency also Features

monitoring for more than 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts
prioritized steps to take during an emergency
instant access to safety information even without mobile connectivity

DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY
Download Emergency can be downloaded for mobile phones and tablets. For more information, visit: www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/mobile-apps

The app can be downloaded by texting “GETEMERGENCY” to 90999
Receive weather alerts when the NOAA issues a tornado watch or warning for your community – you can also add any location where family members and loved ones are living.

Text: “GETNADO” to 90999
Monitor hurricane conditions in your local area, throughout the storm track, and let others know you are safe even if the power is out.

Text: “GETCANE” to 90999
Receive notification when an earthquake occurs, find help and let others know you’re safe even if the power is out.

Text: “GETQUAKE” to 90999
Get preparation tips, news and updates on active wildfires. Plus, let loved ones know you’re safe even if the power is out.

Text: “GETFLOOD” to 90999
Learn and prepare your family and friends for flooding, evacuation […]

By |October 24th, 2016|disaster restoration, fire damage, flood clean up, flood damage, home safety tips, pre loss planning, ServiceMaster|Comments Off on Disaster Emergency Mobile App

Fire Safety Checklist

Fire Safety Checklist for Home & Business

A fire can be one of the most devastating disasters any home or business can encounter. While ServiceMaster specializes in fire damage restoration, your first priority as a home or business owner is to prevent a fire from occurring in the first place. Should a fire occur, your only priority should be to get everyone out safely and call 911 for help…you can deal with clean up and loss after the fire is safely put out.

Fire Safety Plans

Home Prevention
Here are some basic tips from ServiceMaster® Restore for preventing a fire in your home.

Never leave a burning candle unattended.
Turn off the oven before leaving the house.
Replace smoke alarms every 10 years or as needed.
Practice electrical cord safety: no frays or tears.
Never use a generator indoors.
Have a family/roommate fire escape plan.

Business Fire Prevention
It is essential to have a fire safety plan for commercial properties and businesses. There are often more hazards at a business than in your home. ServiceMaster® Restore recommendations for a Fire safety Plan start with : “The plan, including escape routes, needs to be posted so all employees are aware of the plan. Employees must know that fire safety is everyone’s responsibility and be encouraged to recognize and report any fire hazards that they may see during their day/shift.”

Fire safety tips for businesses from ServiceMaster® Restore include:

Fire extinguishers are available and in proper working condition.
Sprinkler systems, smoke/fire alarms are in working condition and tested regularly.
All fire doors are kept shut.
Exits and fire escape routes are marked properly.
Building/business address must be visible and easy to see for firefighters and rescue teams.

Complete Business Fire Safety Checklist

Call 1-877-721-7470 for an Immediate Response 24/7/365
ServiceMaster by Williams has been helping both […]

By |August 15th, 2016|disaster restoration, fire damage, fire safety, home safety tips, pre loss planning|Comments Off on Fire Safety Checklist

ServiceMaster “Heros”

 
The trained professionals at ServiceMaster are here to respond to your water or fire emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When you face any type of disaster in your home or business, you need dependable, trusted services that come with the ServiceMaster Brand.

Call ServiceMaster by Williams 1-877-721-7470 24/7/365 for an Immediate Response

By |January 19th, 2016|disaster restoration, fire damage, ServiceMaster, water damage|Comments Off on ServiceMaster “Heros”

Fire Damage Prevention Tips

Fire damage is not only a serious threat both to your home or property,but especially to the safety of you and your family. Now that the snow has finally melted here in Massachusetts, and the warmer weather finally arrives- so too does the threat of fire. Only in New England can you jump right from flood damage concerns into serious fire risk warnings due to lack of rainfall and above average temperatures! So here are a few tips from the American Red Cross to help prevent fire damage to your home and potential risk of injury.

Safety Should Always Come First

 
Fire Damage Prevention Tips

Identify & Eliminate Potential Fire Risk
While this seems like an obvious point, the change of seasons here in MA gives us the perfect opportunity to revisit and reevaluate potential risks.
Smoke Detectors
Checking fire/smoke detectors is the first priority for any home. Once a fire starts, you may have as little as 2 minutes to escape safely! The Red Cross recommends checking smoke detectors once a month, and be sure to have them installed on every floor of your home. This is also a perfect time to come up with a fire escape plan and practice it with your family. Practice your escape plan twice a year and time yourself to be sure everyone is out in under two minutes. Click here for the Red Cross Fire Escape Plan.
Appliances
Make sure appliances are plugged directly into electrical outlets. Check wires and cords for signs of deterioration. When possible, keep appliances unplugged when not in use.
Matches and Flammable Items
Keeping matches and lighters out of the reach of children is very important! But don’t forget about household items that are highly flammable, such as paint remover, lighter fluid and […]

By |May 15th, 2015|fire damage, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Fire Damage Prevention Tips

Preventing Water Damage from Spring Thaw, Snow Melt and Flooding

As Massachusetts begins to thaw out after a record breaking cold and snowy winter, the risk of water damage from melting snow, heavy spring rains and potential flooding is high this year. While we welcome any sign of spring, these added risks are often ignored once the risk of frozen pipes and ice dam damage has passed. There are some steps a homeowner or business owner should take to avoid devastating losses from flood and water damage.

 
First, review your insurance coverage:
In particular, read the details of your homeowner’s insurance coverage as it pertains to water damage and flooding. Unless you carry flood insurance, any damage to your home caused by spring-thaw flooding is generally not covered. Some policies may not cover sewer back up unless you pay for this added coverage.
 
 
 
 

Prevent or reduce severity of water damage from spring thaw, snow melt and flooding
While it is impossible to prevent water damage under every circumstance, you can prepare your home or building as spring-thaw months approach to prevent the most common causes of damage.

Basement pumps. Install a sump pump or a sewer back flow value. You should also have a battery-operated backup in case of power failure. Consider installing a water alarm that warns when water is accumulating in your basement. If sump pumps are already installed- check to be sure it is functioning properly before heavy rains or major melting occurs.

Basement storage. Remove valuable items and electronics from your basement prior to spring-thaw.

Debris removal. Remove debris from window wells, gutters and downspouts.

Doors and windows. Check for any leaks around doors and windows.

Exterior walls. Keep all exterior walls of your home well painted and sealed.

Flood drains. If you have flood drains, make sure they are […]

By |March 27th, 2015|disaster restoration, fire damage, pre loss planning, water damage|Comments Off on Preventing Water Damage from Spring Thaw, Snow Melt and Flooding

ServiceMaster by Williams named as MIIA Approved Disaster Restoration Specialist

 

 

ServiceMaster by Williams was recently awarded the honor of being the only MIIA approved water damage and fire damage restoration company in Worcester County and Franklin Counties of Massachusetts. MIIA  is the non-profit insurance branch of the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA). They insure over 400 cities, towns, and other public entities in Massachusetts. “MIIA’s mission is to provide superior insurance products and risk management solutions at competitive rates to it’s members.” They insure buildings such as schools and municipal buildings. The vetting process consisted of intense scrutiny of reputation and past claims for water and fire damage.

ServiceMaster by Williams has been a disaster restoration specialist in both Worcester and Franklin Counties of Massachusetts for over 30 years. With the proper equipment and professionally trained technicians to handle any size building or disaster, they have been successfully getting both homeowners, municipality buildings, industrial buildings and other commercial properties back to pre disaster condition, quickly and with the least amount of disruption and secondary damage.

Robert Williams, President of ServiceMaster by Williams, states; “We are very proud of this honor. We have worked tirelessly to provide the best possible service and outcomes for any type of project. Not all restoration companies can handle the size of some of these buildings. It takes a certain level of equipment and training when dealing with a school or industrial sized building.”

By |February 21st, 2015|fire damage, water damage|Comments Off on ServiceMaster by Williams named as MIIA Approved Disaster Restoration Specialist
ServiceMaster by Williams is proud to announce our service area now includes Hampshire County Massachusetts. Click Here to see our updated service area