Recent General Posts

Extreme Heat

7/13/2018 (Permalink)

Now that summer time is here, it is time to consider safety precautions for extreme heat. Heat affects all people, but mainly the young, elderly and sick. There are several things you can do to prepare for and prevent extreme heat from affecting you. If possible, stay indoors in air conditioning. Be sure to check on your pets who may be outdoors or bring them inside. Stay hydrated and limit alcohol and caffeine intake. If you must go outdoors, wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing, and be sure to apply sunscreen often. Pay attention to signs of heat exhaustion, which are heavy sweating, weakness, cold, pale and clammy skin, nausea or vomiting and fainting. (according to the Center for Disease Control) Heat Exhaustion can lead to Heat Stroke which is life threatening. Signs of Heat Stroke are a high body temperature (103 Degrees or more) rapid and strong pulse, and possible unconsciousness. If you think someone has Heat Stroke, call 911, and move the person somewhere cool. Reduce the body temperature with cool wet clothes or a bath. Do not give a person with Heat Stroke fluids- treat the situation as a serious medical emergency. For more info visit  Extreme Heat Tips to Prepare Your Home 

  • Install window air conditioners snugly, insulate if necessary.
  • Check air-conditioning ducts for proper insulation.
  • Install temporary window reflectors such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard to reflect heat back outdoors.
  • Weather strip doors and sills to keep cool air in.
  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings, or louvers.
  • Keep storm windows up all year.

Holiday Cooking Safety Tips

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don't practice safe cooking habits, your holiday could become hazardous. 

Here are some safety tips to ensure you can enjoy a safe holiday.

Never leave cooking food unattended.

Check food  regularly, use a timer as a reminder.

Keep young kids away from the cooking area. 

Keep anything flamable away from the stove, oven or any other hot surface. 

Do not wear loose clothing while cooking.

Clean cooking surfaces to prevent grease buildup.

Purchase a fire extinguisher and learn how to use it properly.

Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving home, to make sure all appiances are turned off. 

Install a smoke alarm near the kitchen, on each level of the home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year.

SERVPRO wishes you a safe and happy holiday season.

Here is a link with additional safety tips.


4/27/2017 (Permalink)

General May is NATIONAL BUILDING SAFETY MONTH Water Damage Restoration, Fire Damage Clean Up,

Building Safety Month is an initiative of the International Code Council. Building Safety Month-is an opportunity to educate insurance and commercial property professionals as well as the general public, on "what it takes to create safe, resilient, affordable, and energy efficient homes and buildings," according the ICC website. 

The theme for 2017 is Code Officials~Partners in Community Safety and Economic Growth, and highlights managing disasters, specifically natural disasters. Some of the topics and tips shared throughout the month include Disaster Safety and Mitigation, as well as, Fire Safety and Awareness. 

Important Tips From The ICC

Disaster Safety & Mitigation

  • If you live in a high wind or hurricane prone area and do not have tested and code-approved shutters for protection from windborne debris, consider temporarily protecting your doors and windows by mounting exterior grade plywood. Visit for more info.

  • Flooded roads could have a significant damage hidden by floodwaters. Never drive through floodwaters or on flooded roads. Do not attempt to cross a flowing stream. It only take 6 inches of fast flowing water to sweep you off your feet and two feet of moving water to move an SUV-sized vehicle. Want more info visit

  • Here are a few tips to follow from the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes – (FLASH®) when preparing your family for any emergency.

    • Develop a family disaster plan that includes a list of food and water supplies needed for each member of your family and supplies for your pets. Make copies of important documents like insurance policies, the deed to your home, and other personal papers, important phone numbers and a home inventory. Create a checklist of important things to do before, during and after a disaster.

    • Review your evacuation route and emergency shelter locations with your family. Options for evacuation would include staying with friends and relatives, seeking commercial lodging, or staying in a mass care facility operated by disaster relief groups in conjunction with local authorities.

    • Taking shelter is critical in times of disaster. Sheltering in place is appropriate when conditions require that you seek protection in your home, place of employment, or other location where you are when disaster strikes.

Portable Fire Extinguishers

1/19/2017 (Permalink)

General Portable Fire Extinguishers Fire Cleanup and Fire Safety

Portable fire extinguishers can be life and property saving tools when used correctly. In order to operate an extinguisher, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) suggest remembering the word PASS

Pull the pin. Hold the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism. 

Aim low. Point the extinguisher as the base of the fire. 

Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly. 

Sweep the nozzle from side to side.

Read the instructions on the fire extinguisher and become familiar with them before a fire breaks out. It is also important to ensure you have the correct type of extinguisher for your home or facility. To find more information on choosing the appropriate class extinguisher, please visit the NFPA website at

Celebrate Summer Safely: Fireworks

6/24/2016 (Permalink)

General Celebrate Summer Safely: Fireworks E: All of the Above! Happy Fourth of July

Fireworks Safety Tips

Summer is synonymous with barbeques, parades and fireworks displays; but along with all the the festivities are plenty of visits to emergency rooms-especially during July.

Each year, around 230 people are injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. In addition to causing injury, fireworks are also responsible for thousands of house fires each year with millions of dollars in property damage. 

  • Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear. 
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire. 
  • Children should never pick up fireworks that may be left over as they may still be active.
  • The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professional.
  • Have a Happy Fourth of July.

Firework Facts:

  • Fireworks cause an average of almost 20,000 reported fires per year.
  • In 2013, sparklers caused 41% of fireworks injuries.
  • On Independence Day in a typical year, fireworks account for two out of five reported fires, more than any other cause of fire. 

Tips and information provided by the National Fire Protection Assoc

BBQ Safety to help avoid any Fire Disasters

5/26/2016 (Permalink)

 As the season for grilling outside officially kicks off this month here are some tips to remember while grilling at your BBQ. 

  1. Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use
  2. Make sure people especially young children and pets stay away from the grill
  3. Use long-handed tools made for cooking on the grill

If a fire disaster does happen at your home, SERVPRO is ready for any size disaster. We clean and restore Fire, Smoke and Soot damage "Like it never even happened".

Celebrate Earth Day all week

4/15/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Deals with the aftermath of weather disasters all the time- but this week lets celebrate all things green.  Did you know starting a personal/community garden and buying local food makes a huge difference? SERV the world by PROtecting the environment. Earth day is Friday April 22!  

Suburban Home Show Carpet Cleaning Contest Winner

4/7/2016 (Permalink)

Congratulations to Lina M. of Piermont, NY.

She was the winner of our Carpet Cleaning raffle valued at $225 at the Suburban Home Show.

Spring has Sprung Get Ready For Wild Weather

3/23/2016 (Permalink)

Get Ready For Unpredictable Weather

SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen has experience restoring homes affected by storms and flooding. We can respond immediately with highly trained technicians, who employ specialized equipment and techniques, to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition.  Visit for all types of weather alerts and safety information.Visit website

Call the CLEANUP TEAM that's faster to any size disaster

2/4/2016 (Permalink)

A home or business fire can be a very stressful event for the property owner. Damage to personal belongings and the contents of the building is just one concern. Timely mitigation is the key to controlling damage, while reducing downtime and recovery costs.  We offer 24 hr. 7 days a week emergency service. The rapid response and the training of our professional staff will help limit damage and get your home or facility back in operation quickly and help make it, "Like it Never Even Happened." 

Customer Appreciation

4/10/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northwest Bergen recently held their customer appreciation celebration.  This year was very special as Charlie and Donna Vingoe and staff are celebrating 20 years of making it "Like it never even happened."