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Back to School Safety Tips - Fall River 02724

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

Each new school year brings its own set of changes and challenges for parents, guardians, and children. As a parent or guardian, you may be trying to figure out of modes of transportation and schedules for your young one. Your child, on the other hand, maybe worrying about who they’ll sit with at lunch or if they’ll have classes with any of their friends.

These are all common and worthy worries, however, there is one important precaution that is often overlooked: an emergency preparedness plan. Below are a few tips to help you plan in case of an emergency

  1. Teach your child what to do in case of a fire: get low to avoid smoke inhalation or feeling doorknobs for heat before opening them. Have a fire escape plan in place.
  2. Have a designated meeting place outside of your home
  3. Designate a person (preferably not local who may be affected by the same disaster) that everyone can call if you are separated. 
  4. Practice drills!
  5. Put together a first aid kit with enough food and supplies to last you a few days. Here is a link for what should be in the kit
  6. In the event of an active shooter, teach your child to “run, hide, fight.” Click here more information about what to do in the event of an active shooter.
  7. Teach children how to call 911
  8. If you’re unable to pick up your child from school, establish a pre-discussed “password” for the person that will be picking them up. 
  9. Always familiarize yourself with the school’s emergency and lockdown plans and procedures. 
  10. If your child requires any medication, have extra doses stored in the nurses’ office in case they may have to spend the night at the school. 

Disasters can happen at any moment. Preparedness is the key to ensuring you and your family make it out safely. While SERVPRO of Fall River is “ready for any sized disaster” we want to make sure you are too. 

For additional information, check out the resources below:

FEMA - Preparing Children for Disasters

Preparing Kids for Natural Disasters

Earth Day

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Protecting our planet isn’t something we’re passive about here at SERVPRO of Fall River; we actively look for ways we can reduce our carbon footprint. Whether that’s implementing our restore vs. replace mentality, therefore reducing unnecessary waste that is sent to landfills, or making sure our lightbulbs are energy efficient and shutting them off once we leave the room. There are so many little things each of us can do that can make a big difference. Here are a few tips to make sure our favorite planet stays around for a long time:

  1. Conserve water 
  2. Plant a tree
  3. Use non-toxic chemicals in your home and office 

In addition to all this, SERVPRO of Fall River offers a green line of products that we use to ensure that we are doing our part in keeping harmful chemicals away from our waterways. 

Team Member Tuesday - Danny

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Community Team Member Tuesday - Danny Crew Chief; Daniel "Danny" Nelson

Meet Our Team!

Danny Nelson

Danny is a Crew Chief here at SERVPRO of Fall River and is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to the cleaning and restoration process. Having been with us for five years, Danny has taken IICRC Water Damage Restoration classes to stay on top of his WRT certifications, as well as Carpet & Upholstery cleaning training courses. Danny is always eager to help in any way he can and is typically regarded as being a SERVPRO veteran!

Outside of work, Danny enjoys spending time with his family including his 7 month old son, playing basketball with his friends, and working on his Fantasy Football team. When asked about his favorite part of working at SERVPRO of Fall River, Danny said “My favorite part is definitely the people I work with. I just love to help people, too, and I like that every day is different. From carpet cleaning, to water damages, to fire clean-ups… every day is different.”

If ever you may find yourself in need of our services, you can count on Danny as being just one of our incredible technicians to help make your problems "Like It Never Even Happened".

Team Member Tuesday - Brieanna

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

Community Team Member Tuesday - Brieanna Sales & Marketing Rep; Brieanna Wood

Meet Our Team!

Brieanna Wood

Brieanna is our newest Sales & Marketing Representative here at SERVPRO of Fall River. Although she has only been with us for a few months, she’s dove head first into her position and we are very excited to have her as part of our team! With a passion for Marketing, Brieanna attended Bristol Community College after graduating from New Bedford High School to obtain her Associates in Communications.

While working towards her degree, Brieanna began interning at the SouthCoast Chamber of Commerce, where she put her schooling to the test and learned valuable skills that would stick with her for years to come. Brieanna’s involvement at the Chamber allowed her to create valuable connections with other local businesses, which to this day she has been able to maintain. Her experience also helped lead her to the conclusion that Marketing is exactly what she wants to do as a career, and plans to finish her degree at some point in the future.

In the midst of school and her internship, Brieanna worked her way into management with her previous employer. Doing so shows that she has the drive and determination that we are looking for in our employees. There, she was able to hone her leadership skills while preparing herself professionally for her career with SERVPRO.

Outside of work, Brieanna enjoys spending quality time with her boyfriend, hanging out with friends, going to concerts and travelling to new and exciting places. Brieanna’s favorite part about working at SERVPRO of Fall River has been the wonderful people she’s met and the relationships she’s been able to build with them, and with the people she works with!  She also enjoys being able to help people that are dealing with stressful situations and make their worries Like It Never Even Happened!

Team Member Tuesday - Joyce

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Community Team Member Tuesday - Joyce Administrative Assistant, Joyce Guilherme

Meet Our Team!

Joyce Guilherme

Joyce is a part of our Administrative team here at SERVPRO of Fall River and has been for the past two months.

Before SERVPRO, Joyce had worked in the Hospitality/Customer Service industry for eight years. The experience she has had suits her perfectly for her role at SERVPRO and ensures that customers are treated with empathy and helpfulness.

Outside of work, Joyce enjoys spending time with her fiancé and family, going to the beach, traveling and making new adventures. Joyce’s favorite part about working at SERVPRO of Fall River is the tremendous amount of knowledge she’s learned in a relatively short period of time. And in addition to being able to help those in need, she loves the work environment and is excited to be part of the team!

Team Member Tuesday - Darcey

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Community Team Member Tuesday - Darcey Administrative Assistant, Darcey Prenda

Meet Our Team!

Darcey Prenda

Darcey is part of our Administrative team at SERVPRO of Fall River and has been with us for eight months. Before SERVPRO, Darcey had worked as a Production Supervisor for eight years at an asset retrieval company. Her experience has contributed to the skills necessary for her role at SERVPRO, and is known around the office as being a ray of sunshine. She continually brings peace of mind to our customers, as well as our team, through her incredible multitasking skills and calm persona.

Outside of work, Darcey enjoys spending time with her family, including her fiancée and two sons. She enjoys going to the beach with her kids, spending time at the playground, and watching and playing basketball as a family. When Darcey is off mommy duty, she enjoys pampering herself and shopping.

Darcey’s favorite part about working at SERVPRO of Fall River has been the knowledge she’s learned about the restoration process, as well as the opportunity it’s brought. During her time with us, she’s also become a certified Notary Public. On top of the ability to help those in need, Darcey loves the work environment at SERVPRO and is happy to be part of such an awesome team!

Team Member Tuesday- Chris

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Community Team Member Tuesday- Chris Marketing Manager, Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson

Chris is the Marketing Manager at SERVPRO of Fall River and brings with him over 20 years of sales and marketing experience. Chris’s knowledge and experience with relationship & social media marketing, event planning and restoration services makes him a great asset that we are lucky to have!

Over the years, Chris has been able to build strong relationships with local business owners, sales professionals and various others in the communities we serve. He’s very active with the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce and the SouthCoast Chamber of Commerce, serving as an Ambassador for both. In addition to being a Chamber Ambassador, Chris is the President of Bristol County Business Connect (BCBC) East, a Board member for Westport Business to Business, was named Affiliate of the Year with the Realtors Association of South Eastern Mass (RASEM) and serves on multiple committees for various organizations.

Utilizing his Culinary Arts Degree, Chris was in the restaurant business for over a decade, managing restaurants and cafe's from Nantucket to California! To add to his management skills, Chris has owned his own cleaning company as well as his own insurance business for 8 years. His experience in these two industries has him well equipped with the skills necessary for his position here at SERVPRO.

Some interesting facts about Chris include him being a proud father of two, a foodie, and the fact that he's driven cross country twice when moving back and forth from California! Chris’s favorite part about working for SERVPRO of Fall River has been building strong relationships and using those connections to help others succeed, coupled with the fact that he’s been able to help people going through disasters get their lives back to normal, kind of "Like it never even happened."

Employee Appreciate BBQ

4/13/2017 (Permalink)

On Friday April 7, 2017 at SERVPRO of Fall River we did an employee appreciation BBQ. We are really grateful to have a great team, especially with these rain storms keeping our team super busy. We wanted to take time to thank them for their hard work and enthusiastic attitude during this busy time.You can tell your colleagues, coworkers, and employees how much you value them and their contribution any day of the year. Trust me. No occasion is necessary. In fact, small surprises and tokens of your appreciation spread throughout the year help the people in your work life feel valued by you all year long.


We hope you enjoyed your Lunch!


When you see our SERVPRO of Fall River Van or Trucks!! beep and wave...... and surely that technician is on their way to make it "Like it never even happened."

February Word Search Winner

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

Congratulations to Zee from Dias Insurance Agency Inc in Fall River, for winning SERVPRO of Fall River Word Search. Zee won a Gift Certificate Book to Restaurants in the Fall River Area.   Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration 24/7 Emergency Service  


Residential and Commercial Restoration and Cleaning Services


SERVPRO of Fall River is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. As a locally owned and operated business, we can provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to responding immediately to commercial or residential needs.



Have Questions? Call Us Today – (508) 676-9100

March Word Search Winner

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

Community March Word Search Winner Liz Caetano

Congratulations to Liz Caetano from Branco Gardner Insurance Agency Inc in Fall River, for winning SERVPRO of Fall River Word Search. Liz won a Gift Certificate Book to Restaurants in the Fall River Area.call



SERVPRO of Fall River 508-676-9100


 
Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration
24/7 Emergency Service

 

Residential and Commercial Restoration and Cleaning Services


SERVPRO of Fall River is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. As a locally owned and operated business, we can provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to responding immediately to commercial or residential needs.



Have Questions? Call Us Today – (508) 676-9100

Our Other Winner in March

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

Congratulations to Ana Pacheco  from Partner Insurance Agency Inc in Fall River, for winning SERVPRO of Fall River Word Search. Ana won a Gift Certificate Book to Restaurants in the Fall River Area. Ana was on Vacation and coworker Fatima Received it for her.



call SERVPRO of Fall River 508-676-9100


 
Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration
24/7 Emergency Service
 

Residential and Commercial Restoration and Cleaning Services


SERVPRO of Fall River is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. As a locally owned and operated business, we can provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to responding immediately to commercial or residential needs.



Have Questions? Call Us Today – (508) 676-9100

We are hiring a Marketing Rep

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

Do you love working with people and educating them?


Then, don’t miss your chance to join our Team as a new Marketing Representative. In this position, you will be making a difference each and every day. We have a sincere drive toward the goal of helping make fire and water damage “Like it never even happened.”


We’re seeking someone who is comfortable meeting new people, who has excellent communication skills, and who is a serious multi-tasker. If you are self-motivated and have superb interpersonal skills, then you’ll thrive in this work environment. Our idea of the ultimate candidate is one who is proactive, is experienced, truly enjoys providing superior service, and loves taking ownership. Are you highly dependable and excited about routinely exceeding expectations? Then, you may be our perfect hero!



Primary Responsibilities


• Meet or exceed assigned sales quota by executing the sales cycle, setting up closing appointments, maintaining assigned contact lists, participating in professional associations, providing lunch-and-learns, and promoting continuing education courses
• Complete Emergency Ready Profiles (ERPs) and discuss benefits of emergency event preparation
• Conduct objective-to-objective daily marketing contacts, build customer relationships and rapport by educating them on the reasons SERVPRO® of Fall River is the best cleaning and restoration company in the world, compile and maintain center of influence information., identify “Target 25” (Top 25 contacts to develop into clients)
• Provide managers with one-on-one meetings (closing appointments) with COIs to encourage SERVPRO® of Fall River referrals
• Increase sales territory revenue by consistently achieving sales territory goals


Position Requirements


• A minimum two years of progressively responsible business-to-business sales experience
• Experience with sales and marketing within the service sector
• Superb sales, customer service, administrative, verbal, and written communication skills
• Strong business and financial background and process-and-results-driven attitude
• Experience in the commercial cleaning and restoration or insurance industry is desired
• Working knowledge of current business software technologies is required
• Bachelor’s degree in marketing or business or equivalent experience
• Ability to successfully complete a background check subject to applicable law


Please forward Resume
Office@SERVPROoffallriver.com


call for application 508-676-9100


We are Hiring

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

We are seeking cleaning & restoration technician for fire & water restoration we willing to train if needed.

SERVPRO®  of Fall River

Here at SERVPRO of Fall River we are seeking enthusiastic individuals wanting to expand their career opportunities and is comfortable working hard in challenging situations, has excellent communication skills, and is a serious multi-tasker. If you are self-motivated and have superb interpersonal skills, then you’ll thrive in this work environment. As a cleaning & restoration technician you will be exposed to all areas of the restoration business, including us investing in your formal training and certification. Are you highly dependable and super-excited about routinely exceeding expectations? Then you may be our perfect hero!

As a valued SERVPRO® of Fall River employee, you will receive a competitive pay rate, with opportunity to learn and grow.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Detailed cleaning/Inventory and load the work vehicle with equipment, products, and supplies needed for each project.
  • Maintain a clean and organized vehicle and clean equipment appearance.
  • Perform production processes following SERVPRO® production guidelines per work order per crew chief directions.
  • Ensure clear two-way communication with crew chief and other technicians (especially regarding customer needs and concerns).
  • Perform end-of-day/end-of-job cleanup and breakdown. Leave jobsite with a clean and orderly appearance.
  • Pack-outs, Water extraction, HVAC cleaning
  • Containment setup
  • Demolition and mold remediation
  • Clean and maintain company equipment and vehicles
  • Equipment setup
  • Providing daily updates to supervisor
  • Participate in our 24 hour on-call rotation, responding to emergency losses after hours

Position Requirements

  • Effective written and oral communications
  • Basic math skills
  • Experience in cleaning/restoration or IICRC certifications preferred ( we will invest in training you)
  • High School diploma/GED
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 50lbs regularly, occasionally up to 100lbs with assistance
  • Ability to climb ladders, work at ceiling heights & in tight spaces (e.g. crawls spaces, attics)
  • Ability to sit/stand/walk for prolonged periods of time
  • Ability to wear and maintain full PPE while exposed to fumes, airborne particles, or toxic or caustic chemicals
  • Ability to repetitively push/pull/lift/carry objects
  • Valid driver’s license

Must be willing to work hard and fast when asked and perform multiple tasks as needed. Serious candidates should reply to this posting with your job history or resume. Make sure to include a phone number so that we can contact you. If we are interested in you, we will call you immediately for a phone interview.

 

Job Type: Full Time and Part time available

Salary: is Depending on Experience.

Come in Apply : SERVPRO®  of Fall River 994 Jefferson Street Bldg D Fall River, MA 02721

Email: office@SERVPROoffallriver.com

Happy President's Day

2/20/2017 (Permalink)

 Happy President's Day!


Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Traditionally celebrated on February 22—Washington’s actual day of birth—the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.


PRESIDENTS’ DAY: ORIGIN AS WASHINGTON’S BIRTHDAY



The story of Presidents’ Day date begins in 1800. Following President George Washington’s death in 1799, his February 22 birthday became a perennial day of remembrance. At the time, Washington was venerated as the most important figure in American history, and events like the 1832 centennial of his birth and the start of construction of the Washington Monument in 1848 were cause for national celebration.



While Washington’s Birthday was an unofficial observance for most of the 1800s, it was not until the late 1870s that it became a federal holiday. Senator Steven Wallace Dorsey of Arkansas was the first to propose the measure, and in 1879 President Rutherford B. Hayes signed it into law. The holiday initially only applied to the District of Columbia, but in 1885 it was expanded to the whole country. At the time, Washington’s Birthday joined four other nationally recognized federal bank holidays—Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Independence Day and Thanksgiving—and was the first to celebrate the life of an individual American. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, signed into law in 1983, would be the second.



PRESIDENTS’ DAY: THE UNIFORM MONDAY HOLIDAY ACT



The shift from Washington’s Birthday to Presidents’ Day began in the late 1960s when Congress proposed a measure known as the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. Championed by Senator Robert McClory of Illinois, this law sought to shift the celebration of several federal holidays from specific dates to a series of predetermined Mondays. The proposed change was seen by many as a novel way to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers, and it was believed that ensuring holidays always fell on the same weekday would reduce employee absenteeism. While some argued that shifting holidays from their original dates would cheapen their meaning, the bill also had widespread support from both the private sector and labor unions and was seen as a surefire way to bolster retail sales.


The Uniform Monday Holiday Act also included a provision to combine the celebration of Washington’s Birthday with Abraham Lincoln’s, which fell on the proximate date of February 12. Lincoln’s Birthday had long been a state holiday in places like Illinois, and many supported joining the two days as a way of giving equal recognition to two of America’s most famous statesmen.


McClory was among the measure’s major proponents, and he even floated the idea of renaming the holiday “President’s Day.” This proved to be a point of contention for lawmakers from George Washington’s home state of Virginia, and the proposal was eventually dropped. Nevertheless, the main piece of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act passed in 1968 and officially took effect in 1971 following an executive order from President Richard Nixon. Washington’s Birthday was then shifted from the fixed date of February 22 to the third Monday of February. Columbus Day, Memorial Day and Veterans Day were also moved from their traditionally designated dates. (As a result of widespread criticism, in 1980 Veterans’ Day was returned to its original November 11 date.)



PRESIDENTS’ DAY: TRANSFORMATION



While Nixon’s order plainly called the newly placed holiday Washington’s Birthday, it was not long before the shift to Presidents’ Day began. The move away from February 22 led many to believe that the new date was intended to honor both Washington and Abraham Lincoln, as it now fell between their two birthdays. Marketers soon jumped at the opportunity to play up the three-day weekend with sales, and “Presidents’ Day” bargains were advertised at stores around the country.


By the mid-1980s Washington’s Birthday was known to many Americans as Presidents’ Day. This shift had solidified in the early 2000s, by which time as many as half the 50 states had changed the holiday’s name to Presidents’ Day on their calendars. Some states have even chosen to customize the holiday by adding new figures to the celebration. Arkansas, for instance, celebrates Washington as well as civil rights activist Daisy Gatson Bates. Alabama, meanwhile, uses Presidents’ Day to commemorate Washington and Thomas Jefferson (who was born in April).


Washington and Lincoln still remain the two most recognized leaders, but Presidents’ Day is now popularly seen as a day to recognize the lives and achievements of all of America’s chief executives. Some lawmakers have objected to this view, arguing that grouping George Washington and Abraham Lincoln together with less successful presidents minimizes their legacies. Congressional measures to restore Washington and Lincoln’s individual birthdays were proposed during the early 2000s, but all failed to gain much attention. For its part, the federal government has held fast to the original incarnation of the holiday as a celebration of the country’s first president. The third Monday in February is still listed on official calendars as Washington’s Birthday.



PRESIDENTS’ DAY: CELEBRATIONS AND TRADITIONS
Like Independence Day, Presidents’ Day is traditionally viewed as a time of patriotic celebration and remembrance. In its original incarnation as Washington’s Birthday, the holiday gained special meaning during the difficulties of the Great Depression, when portraits of George Washington often graced the front pages of newspapers and magazines every February 22. In 1932 the date was used to reinstate the Purple Heart, a military decoration originally created by George Washington to honor soldiers killed or wounded while serving in the armed forces. Patriotic groups and the Boy Scouts of America also held celebrations on the day, and in 1938 some 5,000 people attended mass at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City in honor of Washington.In its modern form, Presidents’ Day is used by many patriotic and historical groups as a date for staging celebrations, reenactments and other events. A number of states also require that their public schools spend the days leading up to Presidents’ Day teaching students about the accomplishments of the presidents, often with a focus on the lives of Washington and Lincoln.

Valentine's Day Contest

2/14/2017 (Permalink)

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Do you remember the day you first met? What was your first holiday together like? How did you propose to your partner? What’s the most original compliment you’ve ever been paid? What’s the secret to keeping the love alive?

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to encourage fans to relive their most romantic memories. We are encouraging our followers to share their most special moments through comments on your Facebook Page.

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Welcoming Our Newest Addition Carol Villacres

1/4/2017 (Permalink)

Community Welcoming Our Newest Addition Carol Villacres Carol Villacres

Carol Villacres is our Executive Operation Manager. She is our newest addition. She has over 4 years of SERVPRO industry experience and we are excited to have her part of our team.


Carol is member of BBA, BNI, and Rotary International. Carol has a son that plays football and track.


She is a social butterfly that enjoys the beach and enjoys time with her friends and family. 


She is effective at motivating her crew and co-workers to complete the tasks that need to be completed.  When disaster strikes she is able, to stay calm, which helps to get the work accomplished. Many of our SERVPRO customers have called with positive feed back regarding Carol. She has earned the respect of this office and the community. 


If you see her, please welcome her!!! 

Preparing your home and car for the blast of winter cold

1/4/2017 (Permalink)

If you live in the Northeast, you know the drill. Four to five months of heavy clothes, seeing your breath and generally freezing outside. Sometimes even elsewhere, Old Man Winter stops in for an unexpected visit. But beyond the inconvenience and discomfort, a winter storm or other severe weather conditions can cause real damage. So it's important to think about winter preparedness.

Protecting your home is vital. A frozen water pipe can burst and flood your house or basement. An ice dam in your gutter can cause water to seep into and saturate an interior wall. And then there’s your car. Making sure it’s prepped to face winter’s worst is just as critical. After all, what would happen if a blizzard stranded you in your car?

 

Prepare yourself

Some winter weather tips to help you get through a severe stretch of cold:

  • Stay indoors during the storm.
  • Walk carefully on snowy, icy walkways.
  • Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. It’s a serious workout, and going at it too hard can bring on a heart attack − a major cause of death in the winter. If you must shovel snow, stretch before going outside.
  • Stay dry. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits the cold rapidly.

 

Prepare your home

Some tips to brace your home for a winter storm:

  • Clean out the gutters, disconnect and drain all outside hoses. If possible, shut off outside water valves.
  • Insulate walls and attics, and caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.
  • Repair roof leaks and remove tree branches that could get weighed down with ice or snow and fall on your house – or your neighbor's. (Avoid liability for the latter.)
  • Wrap water pipes in your basement or crawl spaces with insulation sleeves to slow heat transfer.
  • Consider an insulated blanket for your hot water heater.
  • If you have a fireplace, keep the flue closed when you're not using it.
  • Have a contractor check your roof to see if it would sustain the weight of a heavy snowfall.
  • Make sure your furniture isn't blocking your home’s heating vents.
  • During cold spells, keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes, particularly those in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets connected to pipes that run through unheated or unprotected spaces.
  • If your house will be unattended during cold periods, consider draining the water system.
  • Avoid ice dams – where water from melted snow refreezes in the gutters and seeps in under the roof, soaking interior walls. Here’s how:
    • Ventilate your attic.
    • Insulate the attic floor well to minimize the amount of heat rising through the attic from within the house.
    • Consider having a water-repellent membrane installed under your roof covering.

Prepare your car

Prepare your car for treacherous conditions and extremely cold temperatures – and know what to do if you find yourself stranded in a vehicle. When the temperatures start to drop:

  • Drive only if it is absolutely necessary. If you must drive, travel during the day.
  • Don’t travel alone. Keep others informed of your schedule.
  • Stay on main roads and avoid back road shortcuts.
  • Top off antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid, gas, oil and other fluids.
  • Make sure your tires have enough tread. Consider snow tires.
  • Keep bagged salt or sand in the trunk for extra traction and to melt ice.
  • Clear snow from the top of the car, headlights and windows.
  • Save the numbers for your auto club, insurance agent and towing service into your cell phone.
  • Keep a cold-weather kit in your trunk. It should include a blanket or sleeping bag, gloves, hard candy, bottled water, folding shovel, first aid kit, flashlight and cell phone charger.