Join Us at the Belfast Area Job Fair
Bill Frysinger of SERVPRO of Belfast/Camden/Rockland
It's a new year and businesses in the Belfast area are ramping up for the influx of returning Summer residents and tourists, all looking to enjoy the sites, sounds and beauty in Belfast and our surrounding communities.
Part of this preparation is hiring new staff to meet the needs of the coming season.
So, on Tuesday, March 7th from 10am-2pm SERVPRO of Belfast/Camden/Rockland will be partnering with other area businesses in a job fair.
The job fair will be held at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave. in Belfast.
This will be an amazing opportunity for area residents to find a new job or the perfect seasonal job with a great local employer.
SERVPRO of Belfast/Camden/Rockland develops a detail oriented, highly trained staff to serve Belfast, Camden and Rockland area residents and businesses in their time of need.
We help our community deal with the effects of Smoke or Fire damage or even the effects of Mold.
Polish up your resume and stop by to see us at the job fair next Tuesday, March 7th between 10-2.
Keeping Your Carpets Clean During Winter
Winter in Maine means snow
Let's face it, winter in Maine means snow... lot's of snow.
Dealing with cleaning all this snow means that eventually the snow, ice, salt and sand eventually makes it into you house... and eventually into your carpets. This can take a toll on your carpets and keeping up with cleaning can be a challenge.
So what can you do?
Here are a few tips to help:
Remove Your Shoes - It isn't always easy to take off your shoes and boots when you first walk into your home after cleaning snow.
If you set up a basket or rubber mat near your door, it will give you a place to put your wet boots. As an added bonus, if you get into a habit of doing this, this will help save your carpets during mud season as well.
Use Throw Rugs - Let's be honest, we can't always take our shoes off immediately when we walk into the house. So, consider strategically using throw rugs. Throw rugs can take the brunt of the damage from the dirt, rain and snow.
Place throw rugs in main traffic and transition areas, then when they get dirt, you can throw them into the laundry to clean them.
Vacuum, Vacuum, Vacuum - Vacuuming your carpets more often will help increase their life. Focus your energy on main traffic and transitions areas.
Let It Dry - Most of the dirt coming into your home comes in wet... snow, rain, mud... letting it dry completely will often make it easier to clean, usually with just a vacuum.
Call The Professionals - No matter how dedicated you are about cleaning and vacuuming winter has a way of just getting ahead of you and damaging your carpets.
When it get's to be more than you can handle, give the professionals at SERVPRO of Belfast/Camden/Rockland to get the dirt out. Reach us at 338-1850
Protecting your carpets from winter weather is a constant fight, but by using these tips, you can prolong it's life and save yourself some money.
5 Holiday Candle Safety Tips
Candles Enhance Your Holiday Decor
The holidays are here again.
It's time to enjoy the season with family and friends, decorate the house, the yard... go all out!
Those decorations we use include candles. Candles can create great ambiance and add the perfect highlights to our other holiday decor.
But, as nice as candle may be, they can also create risk when we use them.
So, let us help you mitigate that risk so you can focus on what's important... family & friends.
Candle Safety Tips
The U.S. Fire Administration tells us that home fires started by candles peak in December. But by following these candle safety tips you will reduce the chances this will happen to you.
1. Trim the Wick - Keep the wick on your candle trimmed to 1/4 inch. If the wick on your candle is too long the candle will not burn or drip evenly.
2. Don't Leave Candles Unattended - So what exactly does this mean?
Simply put, make sure that there is a responsible adult in the room when you have a candle burning. You want to make sure that any small children or your pets don't get too inquisitive and hurt themselves or accidentally start a fire.
3. Use The Right Candle Holder - Make sure that the candle holder you are using is designed for the candle you are burning. Be sure that the containers you are using are resistant to heat, placed on a level surface and are big enough to hold any melting wax safely.
4. Give Your Candle Enough Space - Keeping your candles well spaced from each other can help prevent a problem. You should keep burning candles at least 3 inches apart.
5. Candles & Water Don't Mix - Using water to put our a burning candle can cause wax to splatter and a hot candle jar to crack. Snuff out a candle to extinguish it safely.
By following these tips we can help keep our families safe this holiday season. But if disaster does strike, we are only a call away!
You can reach the professionals of SERVPRO of Belfast/Camden/Rockland at 338-1850.
Christmas Tree Safety Tips For Your Holiday Season
Christmas tree fire test (NIST)
Christmas is quickly approaching. The closer it gets, the more we turn to thoughts of family, friends, gift giving and decorating our homes.
Let's face it, it is a magical time of year which stirs feelings of peace and glad tidings.
But did you know that it can unfortunately also a time for tragedy for some families?
There is good news though... with just a little work, the holidays can be free from tragedy and full of joy and warmth.
Christmas Tree Safety
While Christmas tree fires are not as common place as they were years ago, they do still occur. It is reported that 1 in every 31 Christmas tree fires results in death.
This is a staggering statistic. The National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) performed a test to learn how these tragedies occur and how fast it can turn deadly.
Check out the NIST video here.
So to help reduce the chances that this happens to you, follow these safety tips when decorating this holiday season.
1. Choose a freshly cut tree. You can find one by running your hand on the branches. The needles of a fresh cut tree will not fall off easily.
2. Make sure you set up your tree away from heat sources such as radiators or fireplaces and keep it clear from any exits.
3. Make a fresh cut on the trunk of your tree when placing it into the tree stand.
4. Decorate your tree with lights that have been tested by an independent testing lab such as UL Labs.
5. Replace any lights which have worn or broken cords.
6. Turn of the lights before you go to bed
7. Be sure to keep your tree watered daily.
Remember, the time has come to say goodbye to your Christmas tree when it starts to shed it's needles. Many communities in our area have recycling programs for Christmas trees to ensure their safe disposal.
These simple tips can help to keep you and your family safe this holiday season. But should you suffer the tragedy of a fire, let us help make it "Like it Never Even Happened."
You can reach the professionals at SERVPRO of Belfast/Camden/Rockland at 338-1850.
Tips For Stress Free Holiday House Cleaning
Enjoying Thanksgiving Dinner with family
The holiday season can be a time of joy as we spend time visiting with friends and family, creating memories and sharing the moments that make life special.
However, there is often a lot of stress that proceeds all these wonderful moments.
One of the most stressful parts of the holiday season is having family members coming to visit. It can be like having a group of inspectors stopping by to give you're home the once over.
This can cause any host, to go overboard trying to make sure that their home passes inspection!
So, let's look a few tips to help you find a happy medium and avoid added holiday stress by going overboard.
1. Look at Your Home With the Eye of a Visitor - We may hate to admit it, but how often do we go into a friend or relatives house and we notice those things that are out of place or need repair... TOO OFTEN!
Well, now is the time to put our "visitor's eye" to good use. Start outside of your home and walk in as if you were coming to visit. Walk through all the areas of your home where visitors are likely to be during their visit. Make notes about the imperfections you see.
2. Prioritize & Create a Plan - Once you have your notes of the areas that need to be taken care of before your guests arrive, prioritize them. Number the items in the order of the "must complete" to "it would be nice" to complete before the holiday arrives.
Once you have your plan of attack, next is to schedule when you will attack it. We all lead busy lives and by adding new things to the day, we runt the risk of creating more stress for ourselves.
By scheduling when you will do these things gives you structure and allows you to slowly and methodically complete your list. As you schedule your list, consider only tackling 1 major project a day and spreading the list over a week or so.
3. Concentrate on the Most Important Areas - Sometimes when we use our "visitor's eye" we are still overly critical because it is our home. We sometimes fail to cut ourselves any slack and feel like everything is a priority.
Well remember, these tips are supposed to help eliminate or at least limit the amount of stress you feel when getting your home clean and ready to greet holiday guests.
So, if your list makes you overwhelmed or you're not sure what is the highest priority, them focus on the main areas your guests will see.
Focus your cleaning efforts on the kitchen, bathrooms, dining room and guest bedrooms.
Let's face it, these are the places where your guests are likely to spend the most time during their visit. By concentrating your efforts in these areas, you put your best foot forward where you need it most.
Are You In Over Your Head?
Sometimes, no matter how hard we try or home much we prioritize, getting our home into visitor shape may be more than we can handle before a holiday. If that's the case, don't hesitate to reach out to the professionals.
SERVPRO of Belfast/Camden/Rockland is a phone call away from being able to help put your holiday cleaning mind at ease.
Tips For Recovering After A Fire
SERVPRO can help after a fire
It is all to easy to think that it can't happen to you, there is no way you could be the victim of a devastating fire.
The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) reports that there were 365,500 home fires in the United States in 2015.
That's an average of over 30,000 fires per month. These fires resulted in over 2,000 deaths, 11,000 injuries and over $7 billion in damage.
If you have suffered the unthinkable, here are some tips to help you put the pieces back together.
Get Medical Treatment - Getting everyone out of the house during a fire or other emergency can be a harrowing experience. During your evacuation, you may suffer injuries.
No matter how minor you injuries may seem, be sure to have them checked. This will help reduce any chances of infection.
Get Emotional Help - This is something that is equally as important as the physical healing you may need. A disaster such as a fire can effect people differently.
Some of the emotions you and your family may experience include fear, shock, disbelief, grief, anger, guilt, anxiety and/or depression.
Remember, children also process traumatic events differently than adults, so be prepared to provide them with additional support if necessary. Your local Red Cross can help find you the help you need.
Rebuilding Your Home - It is extremely important to never enter your home after a disaster until inspectors have determined that it is safe to do so.
Get in touch with your insurance agent to help determine the extent of the damage and get a claim open immediately so you can begin to put the wheels in motion for rebuilding or replacing your home.
Finding Professional Contractors - No matter what repairs are needed for your home, always be sure to use reputable contractors to complete the work. Any contractors you choose should have extensive experience repairing homes after a fire or disaster.
Your local chamber of commerce is a good place to start locating the professionals best suited for your needs.
If you have suffered a fire in you home, the professionals at SERVPRO of Belfast/Camden/Rockland are only a phone call away. We will jump into action immediately to help you and your family back on track.
The Importance of a Fire Evacuation Plan For Your Home
Red Cross Home Fire Evacuation Plan
It's National Fire Prevention Week and one of the few times each year when we are asked to think about making our homes safer for our family. We all feel safe in our homes...and quite frankly, we should.
But, even in the safest of homes, in the safest of neighborhoods, emergencies happen.
Consider that in 2015, the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) reported that there were over 300,000 home fires in the US. So it makes sense to have a plan to help keep you and your family safe.
Consider this, what is you are sleeping in the middle of the night and the smoke alarms in your home go off. You are being woken from a sound sleep, you smell smoke and you start to panic.
Fire experts tell us that we have less than 2 minutes to get out of our house safely.
Can you and your family get out? Do you have a plan? Have you practiced your plan?
SERVPRO has teamed up with the American Red Cross and their nationwide campaign to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from home fires by as much as 25% over the next 5 years.
How are they going to accomplish this?
By asking people to do two things that can help to save lives – check their smoke detectors and develop an evacuation plan and once you have it, practice fire drills at home.
So how do you make a plan? What should it include?
Put It In Writing - Get the family together, draw out a picture of your house. (You can use the one attached to this article)
Have everyone know at least 2 ways they can get out of the house in an emergency. Make sure you have a plan no matter where you are in the house, but especially from bedrooms, just in case you are jarred from a sound sleep.
Be sure to post it where everyone knows what it is.
Pick A Meeting Place - You need to know if everyone got out safely. You can do this by having a predetermined location to meet after you safely get out of the house.
Make sure every member of your family knows where it is and how to get there.
Practice, Practice Practice - Like with most things in life, practice makes perfect.
You and your family should practice your evacuation plan several times during the year. The more you practice, the easier it will be if you wake up to a smoke alarm in the middle of the night.
When you practice make it fun, see who can get out of the house the safest & quickest, don't just walk, but low crawl to simulate smoke conditions.
Don't forget to practice "Stop, Drop & Roll." Keep practicing until everyone can get out of the house within 2 minutes.
Call 911 - Once everyone is safely out of the house, be sure to call 911. You may not have a cell phone with you when you are evacuating, so get to a neighbor's house and make the call.
There is nothing more important than the safety of you and your family. So be sure to create a plan and practice the plan.
Once it has been determined that it is safe to return to your home and the time has come to begin the cleanup, remember we are here to help.
With just one phone call to SERVPRO of Belfast/Camden/Rockland you will be well on you way to making it "like if never even happened."
Belfast Job Fair a Huge Success
SERVPRO of Belfast/Camden/Rockland owner Bill Frysinger
Even though it was a gloomy day outside, inside the Belfast Boathouse things were full of hustle & bustle from eager employers and hopeful job seekers. Last Thursday, September 8th, SERVPRO of Belfast/Camden/Rockland partnered with the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce to host a job fair.
The fair ran from 2pm-7pm and there were over 20 area businesses there seeking new employees. Job seekers were waiting in line for more than 30 minutes before doors opening waiting to get inside and speak with employers. Businesses who participated in the job fair ranged from the service industry, retail, health care, accounting firms and more.
Due to the success of this job fair, participating businesses and the Chamber of Commerce plan to hold another job fair in the Spring. In the meantime, any job seekers who were unable to get to the fair should reach out to these employers on their websites for the latest job openings.
SERVPRO of Belfast/Camden/Rockland To Sponsor Job Fair
Job Fair sponsored by SERVPRO of Belfast/Camden/Rockland
September not only begins the transition from Summer to Fall, but it could also be a time for you to transition to another job. Maybe it's time to consider a new career, with SERVPRO of Belfast/Camden/Rockland.
In an effort to help our community, the town of Belfast as well as Knox and Waldo counties, we are sponsoring a job fair on Thursday, September 8th from 2pm-7pm at the Belfast Boathouse Steamboat Landing.
The latest unemployment figures as reported by the Maine Department of Labor for the month of July is 3.9%. That is a full percentage point lower than the national average and .2% higher than it was in June.
Why work at SERVPRO of Belfast/Camden/Rockland?
We are the commercial and residential industry leader in restoration. We can "make it like it never happened" if you suffer from the effects of Fire, Smoke, Water or Storm Damage or a Mold infestation. We provide outstanding customer service and all while providing 24 hour emergency service.
Our staff is highly trained, detail oriented and driven to help you in your hour of need. Some of the training includes IICRC Training, Employee Certification Training and Initial Franchise Training which includes fire & water restoration, carpet & upholstery cleaning and mold mitigation to name a few.
If you feel like your new job should be in one of Maine's other thriving industries, there will many other companies represented at the job fair as well.
So, polish up your resume and be sure to visit us next Thursday, September 8th between 2pm-7pm at the Belfast Boathouse Steamboat Landing.
5 Tips For Keeping Your Carpet Clean This Summer
Keeping your carpet clean all Sumer
Keeping your carpets clean during the Summer is no easy task. Summer can be one of the most trafficked times of the year throughout your home.
Your children are home from school and they're in and out of the house all day long. While this is a great thing for getting plenty of exercise and having great fun, every time they come in and out they are unwittingly bring in dirt, grass, mud and who knows what else.
Let's not forget about all of the out of town visitors we get this time of year. We all have family and friends who come to visit us during the Summer.
After all, who can blame them? They want to enjoy all the wonderful outdoor activities that Maine has to offer.
Then there are the graduation parties, family reunions and cookouts which make the Summer one of the best times of the year. These all add to the wear and tear on your carpet.
But, there are some simple things you can do to help protect your carpet and make it last for years to come. Here are 5 tips to keep your carpet looking new:
1. Vacuum Often - Vacuuming on a regular basis will help to keep any dust and dirt from getting embedded into your carpet. The more traffic you have on your carpet, the deeper the dirt and allergens get trapped into the fibers.
2. Clean Stains Immediately - The longer a stain remains on your carpet, the more difficult it is to remove. So clean any spills right away.
Start with a dry cloth to absorb the liquid, then use a damp cloth to blot the stain. Rubbing a stain will often ruin the fibers of your carpet. If you are not able to get the stain out, it may be time to call in a professional.
3. Take Off Shoes - Making it a general rule to take off shoes when everyone comes into home will help to keep the soil and other debris on the bottom of shoes from becoming embedded into your carpet. While some guests may not feel comfortable doing this, most will and this one thing alone can add years to the life of your carpet.
4. Use Area Rugs, Runners and Mats - Having area rugs in the rooms of your home which get the highest volume of traffic can enhance the beauty it's beauty while protecting your carpet.
Placing runners in the hallways which lead to the rooms that are most frequented by visitors is also a good idea.
Having mats at the entrances to your home helps your visitors to remember to wipe their feet before coming in, so even if they don't take off their shoes, there will be less dirt getting into your house.
5. Get Your Carpet Professionally Cleaned - Most people buy or rent a carpet cleaning machine for this. Unfortunately by doing it yourself, you run the risk of damaging the fibers of your carpet with harsh detergents and hot temperatures.
This can be avoided by calling the professional cleaners of SERVPRO of Belfast/Camden/Rockland. We will have your carpet looking and smelling fresh and clean in no time.
Summertime should be fun-time in Maine. Whether you live in Belfast, Camden, Rockland or anywhere in Waldo, Knox or Hancock counties, SERVPRO of Belfast/Camden/Rockland is ready to remove any stains, dust and allergens from your carpet.
Call us today and get back outdoors enjoying Maine.