Fire Safety Tips- Grilling
Co-Owner Derek Paul Grilling Up Some Burgers
It’s so exciting that Spring is here! The snow is going away, trees are budding, and songbirds are returning home. A common favorite during the warm months is to fire up the grill and enjoy some good barbecue in the backyard. Grilling burgers can be fun but there are important safety tips to keep in mind. Here are some tips from the National Fire Protection Association to keep in mind:
- Grill outdoors, away from any structures. Gas and charcoal grills are designed for outdoor use only. Pay attention to overhanging tree branches when you set up your grill.
- Make sure that your grill is stable. Grills should be set up on a flat surface where they won’t tip over or roll away.
- Keep your grill clean. Grease and fat can buildup after cooking. Be sure to regularly clean the grill and the tray. Also, give coals time to cool prior to disposing of them in a metal container.
- Use caution around the grill. Never leave a lit grill unattended. Keep pets and children away from the grill. Remember that a grill will remain hot for at least an hour after use and don’t ever try to move a hot or lit grill.
- Wear appropriate clothing and use caution while cooking. Loose apron strings and sleeves can catch fire.
- Be ready to extinguish the fire. Have baking soda on hand to put out grease fires and a fire extinguisher nearby for other fires.
Flood Damage Safety Tips- Clean Water
Our excellent, highly trained team and top-of-the-line equipment can help make a water damage situation "Like it never even happened."
Floods can cause catastrophic damage to your property and can be very dangerous. It's important to understand the three different types of water in a flood situation. Clean water is water from a burst pipe or rainwater and is safe although it will become grey water if left untreated. Grey water is slightly contaminated water and has contaminants like bacteria. This water could be hazardous. The third type is black water which is highly contaminated and is filled with sewage, chemicals, bacteria and fungi. Here are some important safety tips to keep in mind while waiting for professional help in the event of a flood involving clean water:
- Shut off circuit breakers for wet areas in the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electrical shock. Do not go in any rooms that have standing water as there is a risk for electrical shock.
- Don’t use a household vacuum to remove water- this also puts you at risk for electrical shock and could ruin your vacuum cleaner.
- Don’t go into rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
- Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet.
- Watch your step- the floors could be slippery.
- If you decide to move any items that are wet, be careful as wet items can be deceptively heavy! If you aren’t sure you can safely move an item, it is best to wait for help.
- Assess the situation and always put safety first.
Affiliate of the Year Award!
The Marketing Team After Being Awarded With the Affiliate of the Year Award!
Over the holidays, SERVPRO of Cheshire County attended the Contoocook Valley Board of Realtors Annual Holiday Gathering. The meeting included the installation of the board's officers for 2019, a collection of gifts to donate to Shelter from the Storm in Jaffrey, NH for a family in need, and a silent auction fundraiser. Additionally, SERVPRO of Cheshire County was presented with the 2018 CVBR Affiliate of the Year Award! SERVPRO of Cheshire County participated and volunteered in events throughout the course of the year within the board such as the Annual Backpack Drive, Realtor meetings and classes, Summer Outing & BBQ and this year's holiday festivities. On hand to accept this award were Co-Owner Derek Paul, Marketing Manager Andrea Thompson and Marketing Representative Laura Michelewicz. We are humbled and very grateful for this award!
Residential Water Damage in Southwestern NH
Both the Kitchen and the Finished Basement Were Affected
When an appliance breaks, sometimes it can cause a large amount of damage in your home. Recently, we were called to a home in Southwestern NH after a dishwasher malfunction in the kitchen caused water damage to the cabinetry and flooring on the main level. The homeowner came home one day to unfortunately find a large amount of water on his kitchen floor. The water also traveled through the kitchen floor and into the finished basement, damaging the basement ceiling and flooring there as well. Fortunately, this issue was at least spotted before further damage could take place. Strategic demolition, cleanup and installation of drying equipment was needed to mitigate the damage. When our crew was finished, the structure was cleaned up and dried for a contractor to put back together.
Save the Date for This Year’s Walk A Mile In Her Shoes!
Derek Thinking Hard About What to Wear
On April 27th, the annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes will set off in downtown Keene, NH. SERVPRO of Cheshire County and SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties Co-Owner Derek Paul will be walking on a one mile trek through downtown Keene alongside the Monadnock Region Board of Realtors, aka “The Ravishing Realtors.” They will each be donning their choice of women’s footwear to wear on their one mile journey! This event, which benefits the Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention (MCVP), aims to promote awareness and eliminate Domestic Violence.
All proceeds raised will be donated to MCVP to support their cause. If you would like to donate or learn more, please visit: www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/derek-paul-1/Walk-A-Mile-in-Her-Shoes
SERVPRO In the Running for Best Local Cleaning Service for This Year’s Reader’s Choice Awards!
Keene Sentinel's Readers Choice Awards
We are grateful for everyone’s votes which got us into the final round for the Keene Sentinel’s Readers Choice Awards! Here at SERVPRO of Cheshire County and SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties, we strive to provide the best cleaning and restoration services possible from simple cleaning jobs to emergency cleanup and restoration. We also believe that strong involvement in local charities, events, groups and associations is essential in reflecting positively in our community. We are proud of the communities we live and work in!
If you haven’t voted yet, be sure to cast your vote for your favorite local business! Also, be sure to vote for SERVPRO as the Best Local Cleaning Company!
Final Round of voting will be open April 4th until April 17th!
Quality Service to Save Your Possessions
Before and After We Cleaned This Dish Which Was Coated in Soot and Grime
Details are very important to us in the work that we do. We love the work that we do and handle fire and water restoration, mold mitigation and cleaning services on a regular basis but when we provide services to our customers, we know that it may be the first time they have ever needed a restoration company's help. We strive to provide the best quality work possible and to pay close attention to every detail. It's important to us to do our best to restore properties and their affected items to the best possible quality, ideally preloss or better. Smoke damage can permanently stain or alter the quality of items if not properly treated. We take the time to make sure favorite household items are treated as if they are our own and restored carefully and grime is removed down to the finest detail.
SERVPRO of Cheshire County Marketing Team Enjoying A Cozy Fireplace In Langdon, NH
It may officially be spring, but there could be some more cold days ahead where you may want to build a cozy little fire in your fireplace. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to prevent sparks from flying out.
- Be sure the ashes are cool before placing them into a metal container and keep the ashes away from your home, garage and porch.
- Keep any flammable items at least three feet away from the open flames.
- Always use the appropriate type of wood and flame starters when using your fireplace. The dryer the wood the better.
- When installing your fireplace be sure to have a qualified professional perform the installation.
- Make sure you have your fireplace inspected and chimney cleaned according to your local codes and by a professional.
For additional tips and guidelines, consult a professional or visit the National Fire Protection Association’s website: www.nfpa.org
Quick Tips to Prevent Frozen & Burst Pipes
Here are some quick and easy tips to help prevent frozen and burst pipes:
- Keep garage doors closed, especially if there are water supply lines in the garage.
- Keep the thermostat set to a consistent temperature, especially during a cold snap.
- Open kitchen and vanity cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around the plumbing.
- If you’re going to be away more than a day during a cold snap, it doesn’t hurt to have a trusted friend or family member check in to ensure all is well.
- Once the seasons start to change and temperatures outside start to drop, it's a good idea to disconnect your garden hose from the exterior faucet. Also, be sure to turn off the water supply going to the outdoor faucet.
Keene ICE All Stars vs. Boston Bruins Alumni
Boston Bruins Alumni and Keene All Stars line up for a pre-game photo. Derek Paul is pictured in the front row on the far right.
On Saturday, February 9th All Stars from the Keene Men’s Division played against ex-Bruins such as Rick Middleton, Tom Songin and Steve Leach in a charity game to benefit Keene ICE. Our own Derek Paul played goal for the Keene Men’s Division and he defended the net for the first half of the game and teammate Gregg Crisp tended goal for the second half. The puck dropped at 3:00 and it was an incredible game with excellent plays by each team. Both teams played with a lot of heart but in the end, the win went to the Bruins Alumni team with a score of 10-2. Derek Paul was honored to have been asked to participate in this great event and is already looking forward to next year. It was an experience he and his teammates won’t forget!
For more information about the Boston Bruins Alumni team go to: www.bostonbruinsalumni.com
For more information about the Keene ICE arena go to: