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The Important Message of Martin Luther King, Jr.

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

Martin Luther King, Jr. was an influential civil rights leader who believed in the power of words and peaceful demonstrations to portray his ideas and beliefs. Each year, on the third Monday of January, we celebrate his life and achievements. While the message of Martin Luther King was mainly about equality and civil rights, there is so much more that can be taken from his examples. He believed very strongly in what he preached, but he never resorted to violence in order to portray his messages. As a matter of fact, he strongly discouraged any forms of violent protesting. Instead, he promoted peace and love for all mankind, using powerful speeches to portray his ideas. In the difficult times that our country has been experiencing lately, this may be one of the most important lessons that we can learn from Martin Luther King. Whatever our cause may be, violence is never the best way to get the support and results we desire. So today let’s remember the words of Martin Luther King, “Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.” These words definitely stand the test of time.

Happy New Year from SERVPRO of Kenton County!

1/1/2018 (Permalink)

Well, it is New Year’s Day and many will make resolutions for 2018 with aspirations of living a healthier lifestyle, losing weight, dropping a bad habit or being more organized. One important resolution to add to the list that could actually save lives in 2018 is to commit to getting prepared for emergencies.

Families and businesses need to have a plan in place just in case a disaster like a storm, fire or flood occurs. The American Red Cross offers a few steps to prepare your family or business in the case of an emergency.

First of all, put together an emergency kit for the home or the office. Suggested items to include in the kit are flashlights, non-perishable food and water, battery powered radio, extra batteries, first-aid items and extra cash.

Secondly, talk with family members or co-workers about what to do in the event of an emergency. Plan what to do if you are separated and choose a meeting place. Practice escaping your home or office twice a year. And don’t forget to include your pets in the plan!

And lastly, learn about the risks most prevalent to your area. For example, are earthquakes, tornadoes or hurricanes common in your area? Find out how to receive information from local officials in the event of an emergency. Learn first aid techniques so that you can respond before help arrives.

So this year, add being prepared for emergencies to your list of resolutions and stay safe in 2018! Be prepared!

Happy New Year from SERVPRO of Kenton County!

Merry Christmas from SERVPRO of Kenton County

12/25/2017 (Permalink)

The holiday season is the perfect time to show appreciation for those that make our success possible and to offer our very best wishes for a prosperous future. We know that our accomplishments and achievements in the mold, water, and fire damage restoration industry would not be possible without our hard working employees, dedicated colleagues in the restoration industry, and our trusting customers. We truly appreciate the efforts of all those that we work with day in and day out to help our customers in need. So we would like to say thank you for your continued loyalty and goodwill throughout the year. And our sincere wish is that you find peace, joy, hope and happiness today and in the new year ahead!

Merry Christmas!

SERVPRO of Kenton County

SERVPRO OF KENTON COUNTY TO OFFER CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSE

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Kenton County is offering a free continuing education insurance credit course entitled, “Ethics.” This course is for OHIO credits and will be held at our SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati location at 2115 Schappelle Lane, Forest Park, Ohio, 45240 on January 18th, 2018 from 8:30am to 11:30am with registration beginning at 8:30am. Please note that 100% attendance is required to receive CE credit for this course and that breakfast will be provided!

The premise for this course is that although we may have solid ethical foundations and usually make rational ethical decisions, ethical lapses are likely to come when we are stressed, angry, upset, worried, or otherwise disengaged. We will explore what “Ethics” is by participating in group activities that will help with understanding and making ethical decisions.

The reservation deadline for this CE course is January 2nd, 2018…So for more information or to reserve your spot, contact SERVPRO of Northwest Cincinnati at 513-541-3200 or email at mobrien@hartkes.com.

Course Number: 37868

Did you know..A Live Christmas Tree Can Harbor Mold?

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

When decorating for the holidays, most people do not consider that their live Christmas tree could be a source of mold in their home. Mold thrives in moist environments. Live Christmas trees are usually cut far in advance of the Christmas holiday and then stored in a moist environment in order to keep them fresh. And once the tree is brought into the home, it is placed in a container of stagnant water. This container of water in addition to the moist tree trunk is the perfect condition to encourage mold growth.

According to webmd.com, a study was done measuring the relationship between mold growth on live Christmas trees and poor indoor air quality. Mold count measurements were taken daily for a two week period and showed that mold levels escalated as time progressed.

Unfortunately, mold spores can be difficult to destroy and the best way to reduce the problem is to take preventative measures. An artificial Christmas tree might be a better option. They do not harbor moisture and are even less expensive in the long run. But if a live Christmas tree is a must, shake as much debris as possible out of the tree before bringing it into the home and then only keep it in the home for a few days.

Have a very happy holiday!

SERVPRO of Kenton County

Take the Stress Out of Holiday Travel

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

If you are traveling during the holiday season, don’t let the stress of the hustle and bustle get you down. Realize ahead of time that there are millions of others that are also traveling and take steps to help cope with the situations that may arise due to the busy holiday traveling season. Travelchannel.com has provided the following tips to help you survive and calmly get to your destination.

HOLIDAY TRAVEL TIPS

  • Do Your Research: Plan alternative routes when traffic gets overwhelming. Maybe there is a more scenic route that might take a little longer but has less traffic. When flying, be sure to check the airline’s restrictions ahead of time. Know the fees for carry-on luggage and checked bags.
  • Stay Connected: Load your smartphone with all the latest travel apps before leaving home. There are apps to provide updates on flights, airport lines, cheapest gas, cleanest bathrooms, etc. You name it and there’s probably an app for that!
  • Pack Light: If possible, avoid checking bags at the airport altogether.
  • Pack Earplugs: The best way to escape stressful surroundings is to escape to a quiet place. Pack earplugs to turn down the crying babies, loud music, or loud talker sitting in the next aisle!
  • Pack Snacks & Drinks: It’s more difficult to remain calm and make good decisions when you are hungry and your belly is growling. Always have snacks handy for when the need arises.
  • Ship the Gifts or Give Gift Cards: For lighter travel, ship your gifts ahead of time or give gift cards.
  • Travel on Off-Peak Days: The day before the holiday is always the most highly traveled. Try traveling on the actual holiday to avoid crowds and traffic.
  • Travel Early or Late in the Day: Flights that leave early in the day are on-time more often. And avoid heavier traffic on the highways by traveling by car through the night.

Busy holiday travel is much easier to cope with if it is expected and planned for accordingly. While the hectic crowds and stress may not be completely avoided, one can definitely overcome the challenges by considering these tips when planning travel. Happy Holidays from SERVPRO of Kenton County!

Live Christmas Trees and the Risk of Home Fires

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

In the fire restoration industry, the holiday season can be a time when we see an increase in home fires. Many families love the tradition of picking out a live Christmas tree, bringing it home and beautifully decorating it for the holiday season. But what some fail to take into consideration is the fire hazard that comes along with having a live tree.

The American Christmas Tree Association offers the following safety precautions to help avoid home fires associated with live Christmas trees.

  • Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched. Fresh trees are less likely to ignite.
  • Always place the tree away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, heat vents, and lights.
  • To keep the tree from drying out, make sure the tree base is always filled with water.
  • Make sure all Christmas lights are safety tested and avoid using damaged lights.
  • At bedtime, turn the Christmas tree lights off.
  • When the tree begins to lose its needles, it is time to properly dispose of the tree.

So this year, if a live Christmas tree is included in your decorating plans, make sure to follow these guidelines to help avoid a home fire disaster!

Give Back this Holiday Season

11/27/2017 (Permalink)

The holiday season means time spent with family, enjoying meals together, exchanging gifts, and other family traditions. But the holiday season is also the perfect time to remember the less fortunate and incorporate giving back into your family holiday traditions.

There are many creative ways to give back. And not all acts necessarily involve a large monetary commitment. Here are several great suggestions:

  • Leave a note of cheer on someone’s windshield.
  • Give a complement each day leading up to the holiday.
  • Pay for the order of the person behind you in the drive-thru line.
  • Bake cookies and bring them to a nursing home or the fire department.
  • Offer time at a local animal shelter to walk dogs or simply spend time with them.
  • Purchase a few $5 or $10 gift cards and give them to those that you interact with often like the mailman or a cashier.
  • Anonymously pay someone’s layaway.
  • Donate the spare change in your car to the Salvation Army on your way into the store.

Even the smallest acts of kindness can have an impact. They can brighten the recipient’s day as well as your own and anyone who witnesses the act. They can have a ripple effect, inspiring others to give as well. These are just a few ideas of ways to spread kindness and joy to others during the holiday season. What can you add to this list?

SERVPRO of Kenton County wishes you a joyous holiday season of giving!

We Give Thanks to Our Dedicated Employees and Customers

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Well, it’s that time of year again to reflect on what we are thankful for! As Thanksgiving approaches, we at SERVPRO of Kenton County would really like to take this time to thank our dedicated employees and trusting customers.

Dedicated Employees

We are very thankful for our dedicated employees. Our office staff and the water and fire crews put in long hours day after day. They are willing to put themselves in messy situations in order to help families and businesses get their lives back in order. They are eager to learn new processes so that we can continue improving on our services to our customers. We are very appreciative of their continual efforts.

Trusting Customers

We are thankful for our customers. We appreciate the confidence that our customers place in us to help them through their difficult times. From homeowners, to business owners, to agents and adjusters, we appreciate their trust in us to handle the job right.

During the hectic, chaotic times when disaster events are occurring, it is difficult to take the time to give thanks. So for this Thanksgiving season, we want to be sure that our employees and customers know that we appreciate them!

Happy Thanksgiving from SERVPRO of Kenton County!!

Great Tips to Help Avoid Emergency Trips to the Vet During the Holiday Season!

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

The holidays can be a wonderful time of year…Time spent with family and friends, enjoying festive parties, food, decorations and gifts. But an emergency trip to the vet with a sick pet is a sure way to put a damper on your holiday celebrations. According to realsimple.com, there are several common holiday items that can be harmful to your pets.

6 Holiday Hazards to Pets:

  1. Turkey Bones: Resist those cute, pleading eyes! Turkey bones can splinter and puncture internal organs!
  2. Sugar-Free Baked Goods: Artificial sweeteners can cause the blood pressure of animals to drop to dangerously low levels!
  3. Chocolate: Chocolate is very dangerous to dogs and can cause agitation, intestinal issues, high heart rate, seizures and even death.
  4. Holiday Plants: Mistletoe and holly can be toxic if ingested by animals.
  5. Tinsel and Ribbons: If swallowed, these can cause intestinal obstruction.
  6. Hustle and Bustle: Pets feel anxiety too! Constant visitors and activity can be confusing and stressful for your pet. Provide a quiet space for your pet to relax if showing signs of anxiety.

So when enjoying your holiday celebrations this season, be sure to keep in mind the safety of your four legged friends! Take precautions and protect your pet from unnecessary holiday hazards! Happy Holidays from SERVPRO of Kenton County!