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Don't Give the Gift of Food Poisoning - No. Dartmouth, MA 02747

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Don't Give the Gift of Food Poisoning - No. Dartmouth, MA 02747 In the case of an emergency call the Poison Control Hotline (800)222-1222

1 in 6 people are affected by Food Poisoning annually 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services does a wonderful job educating us with safety and wellness tips year-round. Here are some of their tips to help you prevent unexpected trips to the ER this holiday season: 

  • Do not rinse raw meat and poultry before cooking
  • Use a food thermometer to make sure meat is cooked to a safe temperature
  • Refrigerate food within two hours
  • Thanksgiving leftovers are safe for four days in the refrigerator
  • Bring sauces, soups and gravies to a rolling boil when reheating
  • When storing turkey, cut the leftovers in small pieces so they will chill quickly
  • Wash your hands frequently when handling food

In the case of an emergency call the Poison Control Hotline (800)222-1222

All of us here at SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford South wish you & yours a Very Happy & Healthy Holiday!! 

Candles and Fireplace Safety - Acushnet, MA 02743

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Candles and Fireplace Safety - Acushnet, MA 02743 For more Holiday Safety Tips check out our other blogs on Safe Gift Giving practices and Decorating tips!

Thousands of deaths are caused by fires, burns and other fire-related injuries every year, and 12% of home candle fires occur in December, the National Fire Protection Association reports. Increased use of candles and fireplaces, combined with an increase in the amount of combustible, seasonal decorations present in many homes means more risk for fire.

  • Never leave burning candles unattended or sleep in a room with a lit candle
  • Keep candles out of reach of children
  • Make sure candles are on stable surfaces
  • Don't burn candles near trees, curtains or any other flammable items
  • Don't burn trees, wreaths or wrapping paper in the fireplace
  • Check and clean the chimney and fireplace area at least once a year

SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford wishes all of our friends and neighbors a safe & happy holiday season! 

It's Better to Give... Safely - Westport, MA 02790

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard It's Better to Give... Safely - Westport, MA 02790 For a full list of Recalled Toys visit the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission.

They say it brings more joy to give, especially during the holidays! Taking the time to pick out thoughtful gifts shouldn't end with 'if they'll enjoy it' but also 'is it safe?'. 

We've all heard it's important when choosing toys for infants or small children to avoid small parts that might prove to be a choking hazard. Here are some additional gift-related safety tips:

  • Select gifts that are not heavy or awkward to handle for older adults
  • Be aware of dangers associated with coin lithium batteries; the ingestion of button batteries is of particular concern.
  • For answers to more of your holiday toy safety questions, check out this Consumer Product Safety Commission blog
  • See which toys have been recalled here

This information was provided by the National Safety Council shared by SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford South in hopes to reduce incidents this holiday season. 

Even Angel Hair Hurts- Dartmouth, MA 02747

11/27/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Even Angel Hair Hurts- Dartmouth, MA 02747 For more holiday safety tips, visit the National Safety Council website http://www.nsc.org

Holiday safety is an issue that burns brightest from late November to mid-January, when families gather, parties are scheduled and travel spikes. Take some precautions to ensure your family remains safe and injury-free throughout the season.

Putting up decorations is one of the best ways to get in the holiday spirit, but about 15,000 injuries involving holiday decorating were seen in emergency rooms during the 2012 season.

  • "Angel hair," is made from spun glass and can irritate your eyes and skin; always wear protective gloves or better-yet substitute with non-flammable cotton.
  • Decorating with artificial snow spray can irritate your lungs if inhaled; follow directions carefully.
  • Decorate the tree with your kids in mind; move ornaments that are breakable or have metal hooks toward the top.
  • Always use the proper step ladder; don't stand on chairs or other furniture.
  • Lights are among the best parts of holiday decorating; make sure there are no exposed or frayed wires, loose connections or broken sockets.
  • Plants can spruce up your holiday decorating, but keep in mind those that may be poisonous (including some Poinsettias) should be out of reach of children or pets; the National Poison Control Center can be reached at (800)222-1222
  • Make sure walkways are clear so no one trips on wrapping paper, decorations, toys, etc.; NSC provides tips for older adults on slip, trip and fall protection

This article's information was provided by The National Safety Council website. We here at SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford share this information in an effort to help our friends & neighbors have a safer & happier holiday season!!

An a-MAIZE-ing Network - New Bedford, MA 02745

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

Community An a-MAIZE-ing Network - New Bedford, MA 02745 Happy Thanksgiving from our SERVPRO Team!!

In this time of gratitude; we at SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford would like to give thanks to all of our loyal customers, reliable vendors and to everyone who helps spread kind words of our company and refer us to their friends, family and customers!

We understand the value of a referral. More importantly, we understand the importance of living up to unspoken expectations set while being referred. It takes great trust in our ability to provide excellent service. A referral is a reflection of the individual or company giving the referral; we do not take that lightly.

Fire, water and biohazard clean-ups, such as hoarding, bodily fluid and infectious disease clean-ups, require a certain compassion and empathy. People ‘grieve’ differently. While some express sadness, others anger, and some shut down completely. Life prepares us to face certain inevitable situations; however, as often as unexpected disasters occur, people tend to not expect it will ever happen to them. We take pride in staffing employees who are understanding of the obscure job responsibility that most onlookers wouldn’t immediately associate with a company like ours. To our staff; thank you.

A referral to us is more than a simple transaction. It is a testament to all that we strive to be. Not only as restoration specialists but as compassionate, problem solvers. We strive to make the customers experience with SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford nothing shy of exceptional.

Happy Thanksgiving, From our family to yours!! 

Benefits to a clean workplace- Fairhaven, MA 02719

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Benefits to a clean workplace- Fairhaven, MA 02719 Tip: Increase employee morale & customers' confidence by maintaining a safe, clean workplace.

In our career-driven day and age; most people tend to spend as much time at the office as they do at home, if not more. A clean, healthy work environment can impact business in more ways than you may think.


Having a tidy, professional appearance portrayed to customers and business associates, who frequent your business, is probably the most obvious benefit. A clean office space can portray your business as organized, competent and professional upon first impressions. The same way you wouldn’t show up to an important meeting with disheveled clothing on; you would not want your office space to give the impression your business as messy, neglected or chaotic. Even if your work space doesn't have frequent customer traffic a clean commercial space can improve business in many ways.

Here are a few ways routine commercial cleaning by SERVPRO can drive revenue & productivity for your business:

-Healtheir environment- keeping air & surface quality high reduces unanticipated employee ‘sick’ days.

-Improved morale & productivity in employees

-Safer work environment- Avoid and/or reduce: the number workers compensation injuries, spread of viruses and diseases

Call today to schedule your commercial cleaning (508)999-2380

Importance of carpet cleaning- Seekonk, MA 02771

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Importance of carpet cleaning- Seekonk, MA 02771 Tip: The average cost of new carpet & pad is $30-$40 per square yard, plus installation. Our average cost to clean & restore is about 35 cents/sq

Why is it important to shampoo your carpets periodically? Accumulated dirt, when left untreated, can lead to limiting the life of your carpet. If routine cleanings of the carpet are not performed dust mites and bacteria can cause health hazards. Staining is more likely to become permanent. Timely deep-cleaning is crucial to the ability to remove the stain before the soils fall deeper into carpet fibers and dries. Unsightly dirt buildup and stains in your business can have a negative impact of customers, leading them to subconsciously associate your business as being neglectful, unorganized and potentially not the right company for them to do business with.

According to Home Advisor, the average cost of new carpet & pad is $30-$40 per square yard, plus installation. Our average cost to clean & restore your existing carpets is about 35 cents/sq.ft. Imagine the savings, of prolonging the look and cleanliness with a carpet cleaning, compared to replacement costs. 

At SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford We have specially formulated cleaning products developed by our scientists/chemists. If there is any stain we have not encountered we have access to the expertise of those who formulated our cleaning products for advice. All of our carpet cleaning technicians are IICRC trained and certified.

Call SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford today for your free carpet cleaning estimate! (508)999-2380

EPA's suggestions for choosing your Duct Cleaning service provider- Westport, MA 02790

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

Building Services EPA's suggestions for choosing your Duct Cleaning service provider- Westport, MA 02790 Tip: Avoid companies we advertise unrealistic low duct cleaning prices.

Information provided by the EPA.gov website

Do not hire duct cleaners who make sweeping claims about the health benefits of duct cleaning — such claims are unsubstantiated. Do not hire duct cleaners who recommend duct cleaning as a routine part of your heating and cooling system maintenance. You should also be wary of duct cleaners who claim to be certified by EPA. Note: EPA neither establishes duct cleaning standards nor certifies, endorses, or approves duct cleaning companies.

Check references to be sure other customers were satisfied and did not experience any problems with their heating and cooling system after cleaning.

Contact your county or city office of consumer affairs or local Better Business Bureau to determine if complaints have been lodged against any of the companies you are considering.

Interview potential service providers to ensure:

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  • they are experienced in duct cleaning and have worked on systems like yours;
  • they will use procedures to protect you, your pets and your home from contamination; and
  • they comply with NADCA's air duct cleaning standards and, if your ducts are constructed of fiber glass duct board or insulated internally with fiber glass duct liner, with the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association's (NAIMA)recommendations.

Ask the service provider whether they hold any relevant state licenses. As of 1996, the following states require air duct cleaners to hold special licenses: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Michigan and Texas. Other states may require them as well.

If the service provider charges by the hour, request an estimate of the number of hours or days the job will take, and find out whether there will be interruptions in the work. Make sure the duct cleaner you choose will provide a written agreement outlining the total cost and scope of the job before work begins.

At SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford we are confident we will meet & exceed your expectations! Please contact us directly (508)999-2380 to schedule your duct cleaning! 

The three types of contaminated water- Somerset, MA 02725

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard The three types of contaminated water- Somerset, MA 02725 Tip: Do not attempt to clean contaminated water on your own.

Category 1: "Clean Water"

This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet. If left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 water depending upon such factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.

  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3

Category 2: "Gray Water"

This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

  • May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

Category 3: "Black Water"

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford is here to help with the cleanup and disinfecting of all categories of water. Call us today to schedule a free on-site estimate (508)999-2380

MA Insurance Agent CE Course- Dartmouth, MA 02747

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

Community MA Insurance Agent CE Course- Dartmouth, MA 02747 Tip:As if the Free course isn't enough; the food is great!

Below are the Continuing Education Requirements for Massachusetts Insurance Agents. This information is provided by the Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents:

“A newly licensed insurance producer must complete 60 hours of continuing education credits prior to their initial license renewal date; otherwise a licensed producer must complete 45 such credit hours during the 36-month period prior to license renewal.

As of 9/17/14, Insurance producers must complete an approved 3 hour ethics program for each renewal cycle. This new requirement does not increase the overall number of CE hours an insurance producer must complete, it only requires that ethics training make up at least 3 hours of the total CE earned.

If you do not comply with the continuing education law, the Division of Insurance may suspend your license pending completion of your CE requirement and/or you may be subject to a civil fine of not less than $20.00 nor more than $100.00 for each hour of instruction you fail to complete.”

At SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford we understand the importance of continuing education; we also understand that costs to maintain credits can add up quickly. We strive to offer our neighboring agents the opportunity to attend one of our complimentary CE courses. It is our goal to provide agents with 2-3 annual courses, helping with costs and ensuring there are local course options, here in the Southcoast. Breakfast & lunch are also provided.

Like us on Facebook to follow our event calendar or call our office directly (508)999-2380 to find out when our next complimentary course is being offered.