Every emergency preparedness kit should be tailored to meet your family's needs. Store the items in a sturdy, waterproof container and keep where it is easily assessable in an emergency. It is also a good idea to keep a smaller, portable version in the car if you are caught away from home.

Hurricanes, blizzards, freezing temperatures, flooding and even tornadoes are all disasters Massachusetts and Rhode Island are familiar with. Preparing before the onset of a disaster helps to avoid the notoriously long lines at the grocery store with empty bread and milk shelves, and forget about finding portable generators at the hardware store. Having essential survival items ready to go is the key to weathering any storm. 

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Electrical distribution systems are the 3rd leading cause of house fires according to the Electrical Saftey Foundation International (ESFI). Electronics have become ingrained in our everyday lives; from smartphones and tablets to televisions and gaming systems. This addition of technology puts an added strain on our home's electrical system and poses a risk of fire if not handled properly. The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) reports that electrical fires are most common in the bedroom, attic, and kitchen. Follow these tips to keep your home and family safe.

Be Prepared For Spring Flooding 

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With spring upon us, homeowners will begin to tackle spring cleaning projects. It is important to note that spring cleaning is not just for the indoors. Take this time to prepare your home for the frequent and heavy rains ahead by addressing these three areas.

Mold Growth

At ServiceMaster Dynamic Cleaning, we deal with disasters every day. However, we know that the typical property owner will experience only a handful in their lifetime, so it's understandable that you may have questions. Mold is a common occurrence after a water loss when the water sits for a length of time. In fact, mold can begin to grow in as little as 24-48 hours.

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 Roof Storm Damage

Water damage from roof leaks and sump pump failures affected Massachusetts and Rhode Island after the remains of Tropical Storm Philippe battered the area on October 29th-30th. Widespread power outages lead to many sump pump failures in homes and businesses. Sump Pumps are common in homes built on soil containing a high water table and prone to flooding. The pump is installed in the ground of the basement to pump water out and keep the basement dry. Without a battery backup, these electric pumps stop working during power outages causing water to flood the basement. 

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March 20th marks the beginning of Spring and the age-old spring cleaning season. Many homeowners take this time of year to start fresh and say goodbye to winter by purging and cleaning. Most people would think of squeaky clean windows, fresh air and eliminating winter's dust bunnies as spring cleaning. But winter can also take a toll on other parts of the home as well. Structures such as the roof and the foundation need attention too. Use this list as a guide to help your home recover from winter and start spring fresh.

room heater

During the winter months and extremely low temperatures, we see many home and business owners turning to alternative sources of heat. 50% of home heating fires occur during the months of December, January, and February. Whether to save on energy costs or to warm up a drafty room, space heaters are best used with caution.

Follow these safety tips to keep your home or business warm during the winter months and prevent fire damage.