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Planning To Reopen - Phase 2 Preparations

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

As we anticipate the transition into Phase 2 of Governor Charlie Baker's plan to re-open the Commonwealth we have compiled an updated list of enterprises that may receive the "green light" to once again open their doors for business. Regardless of Governor Baker's decision to move forward it is important to note that business must meet each of the following criteria first;

As always, work with your local health officials to determine a set of strategies appropriate for your community’s situation.

(See our "Planning to Reopen series of blogs for more information regarding CDCEPAFDA, and OSHA safety requirements). To review the administration's reopening guidance from the state click here. To view Governor Baker's full report click here).

According to COVID-19 Order No. 35 all Phase II, III, and IV enterprises will be required to comply with general and, where applicable, sector-specific COVID-19 workplace safety rules administered by DPL, DPH, and local boards of health.  Workplace safety rules will include a variety of mandatory context-specific COVID-19 safety measures such as occupancy limitations, operational modifications, social distancing rules, and specialized cleaning requirements.

(IMPORTANT: this list is not complete and it is regularly updated by state and local municipalities. Its intended purpose is to serve only as a helpful reference.)

Phase 2 enterprises that meet all of the aforementioned criteria specified above, in any COVID-19 Order and including:

  • Retail Stores including stores in enclosed shopping malls
  • Restaurants providing seated food service prepared on-site and under retail food permits issued by municipal authorities pursuant to 105 CMR 590.000, including beer gardens/wineries/distilleries meeting these criteria
  • Hotels, motels, inns, and other short-term lodgings (no events, functions, or meetings)
  • Limited organized youth and adult amateur sports activities and programs—no contact and no games or scrimmages, and indoor facilities limited to youth programs
  • Professional sports practice and training programs--no inter-team games and no admission for the public
  • Personal Services provided at a fixed place of business or at a client location
    • Step 1: Services involving no close personal contact (photography, window washers, individual tutoring, home cleaning, etc.)
    • Step 2: Services involving close personal contact (massage, nail salons, personal training for individuals or no more than 2 persons from same household, etc.)
  • Non-athletic instructional classes in arts/education/life skills for youths under 18 years of age in groups of fewer than 10
  • Driving schools and flight schools
  • Outdoor historical spaces—no functions or gatherings and no guided tours
  • Funeral homes—increased capacity to permit 40% occupancy for one service at a time within the facility
  • Warehouses and distribution centers
  • Golf facilities including outdoor driving ranges
  • Other outdoor recreational facilities
    • pools, playgrounds and spray decks
    • mini golf, go karts, batting cages, climbing walls, ropes courses
  • Post-Secondary/Higher Ed/Vocational-Tech/Trade/Occupational Schools
    • for the limited purposes of permitting students to complete a degree, program, or prerequisite for employment, or other similar requirement for completion, for summer youth programming including athletic facilities, and any necessary supporting services
  • Day Camps including sports and arts camps
  • Public libraries

We will continue to share with you guidance from the CDCEPAFDAOSHA and the Governor's office to follow as we prepare for reopening. Also, we at SERVPRO of Foxborough know that not every business has access to the resources necessary to meet these strict guidelines. For those businesses, we are here to help!

Specialized Training

The Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Foxborough are specialists in cleaning services and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work of "normal daily cleaning". Call SERVPRO of Foxborough today for a free consultation - (508) 533-5305.

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together! Rest assured, we will continue to do our best to keep you up-to-date and informed!

Planning To Reopen - Phase 2

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

Yesterday at his press conference, Governor Charlie Baker, whent into greater detail regarding the next Phases of his plan. He provided a detailed list of businesses and activities that fall into Phases II, III, and IV of the Commonwealth’s Re-Opening Plan. The Order permits all Phase II enterprises, including retail, to begin preparations to safely resume operation in advance of the start of the second phase.  In addition to the retail sector, the Executive Order details further requirements for the safe resumption of amateur youth and adult sports and outdoor dining. The Governor will continue to review public health trend data this week prior to making his announcement on June 6th as to exactly when Phase 2 will begin. Presently, the earliest possible date the Commonwealth will transition into Phase 2 is June 8th. 

As always, work with your local health officials to determine a set of strategies appropriate for your community’s situation.

(See our "Planning to Reopen series of blogs for more information regarding CDCEPAFDA, and OSHA safety requirements). To review the administration's reopening guidance from the state click here. To view Governor Baker's full report click here).


Effective immediately, the Executive Order permits Phase II businesses to reopen their physical workplaces to workers only to conduct necessary preparations prior to the start of Phase II.  Preparations include but are not limited to completing a COVID-19 Control Plan, implementing sector-specific protocols, and complying with Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards. 

We will continue to share with you guidance from the CDCEPAFDAOSHA and the Governor's office to follow as we prepare for reopening. Also, we at SERVPRO of Foxborough know that not every business has access to the resources necessary to meet these strict guidelines. For those businesses, we are here to help!

Specialized Training

The Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Foxborough are specialists in cleaning services and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work of "normal daily cleaning". Call SERVPRO of Foxborough today for a free consultation - (508) 533-5305.

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together! Rest assured, we will continue to do our best to keep you up-to-date and informed!

Planning To Reopen - Beaches

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

We all have a collective responsibility to ensure that when we do choose to out we do so with the safety of ourselves and others around us. Remaining vigilant, following public health directives and using common sense to protect yourself, your family, your neighbors, and vulnerable populations across the Commonwealth is the best way to mitigate against the potential spread of COVID-19.

The state of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) has provided guidelines that apply to beaches during Phase 1 of the Commonwealth’s Reopening. The following are safety and re-opening standards for the use of coastal and inland beaches in the Commonwealth for Phase 1 of the Commonwealth’s Reopening. All beach visitors should adopt these specific guidelines. Additional property specific guidelines may also be posted at entrance points to beach areas and on relevant social media/websites. 

As always, work with your local health officials to determine a set of strategies appropriate for your community’s situation.

(See our "Planning to Reopen series of blogs for more information regarding CDCEPAFDA, and OSHA safety requirements). To review the administration's reopening guidance from the state click here. To view Governor Baker's full report click here).

All beach visitors over the age of 2, whether indoors or outdoors, should wear a face covering or mask when they cannot maintain 6 feet of distance between themselves and others, unless they have a medical condition preventing them from doing so. Masks are not required to be worn while swimming. No groups larger than 10 are allowed to gather on shore or in the water.

To allow for adequate social distancing for ingress, egress, and transit across the beach, beach capacity should be managed to accommodate a minimum of 12 ft distance between toweling/beach blanket groups. There will be limits on parking lot capacity to accommodate adequate social distancing based on an assessment by the beach manager. There should be no loitering, tailgating or any other social activities in parking lots.

Picnic areas should be closed if social distancing cannot be maintained and sanitization cannot be performed between use.

When Visiting Beaches

  • Visitors are required to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet or more at all times and visitors should maintain at least 12 ft minimum distance between toweling/beach blanket areas.
  • Organized games should not be allowed including, but not limited to, volleyball, Kan Jam, spikeball, football, soccer, Kadima, and bocce.
  • Visitors shall abide by social distancing standards for bathroom lines and follow any established visual guidelines for maintaining a 6’ distance in all restroom facilities.
  • Visitors shall keep a minimum distance of 6 feet from lifeguards and between the public and lifeguard stands unless in the case of an emergency.
  • Indoor shower facilities and changing facilities will remain closed in Phase 1. 
  • Water fountains and water refill stations will remain closed in Phase 1.
  • Trash disposal at beaches is available to the discretion of the city or town it is located in and/or the managing organization.
  • Visitors of beaches should expect limited or no trash disposal receptacles.
  • When visiting beaches without trash receptacles, visitors should adhere to a strict “carry in, carry out” policy and take waste with them.
  • Shuttle services to the beach are closed in Phase 1.

We will continue to share with you guidance from the CDCEPAFDAOSHA and the Governor's office to follow as we prepare for reopening. Also, we at SERVPRO of Foxborough know that not every business has access to the resources necessary to meet these strict guidelines. For those businesses, we are here to help!

Specialized Training

The Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Foxborough are specialists in cleaning services and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work of "normal daily cleaning". Call SERVPRO of Foxborough today for a free consultation - (508) 533-5305.

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together! Rest assured, we will continue to do our best to keep you up-to-date and informed!

Planning To Reopen - Mountain Biking and Cycling

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

As we head into the summer months and the weather continues to warm it will become increasingly enticing to break free from the confines of our homes and venture into the great outdoors! However, the unfortunately reality is that until a treatment or vaccine for COVID-19 is available, life will not return to normal. We each have a collective responsibility to ensure that when we do choose to out we do so with the safety of ourselves and others around us. Remaining vigilant, following public health directives and using common sense to protect yourself, your family, your neighbors, and vulnerable populations across the Commonwealth is the best way to mitigate against the potential spread of COVID-19.

The state of Massachusetts has provided guidelines to follow as we once again explore the outside world. 

As always, work with your local health officials to determine a set of strategies appropriate for your community’s situation.

(See our "Planning to Reopen series of blogs for more information regarding CDCEPAFDA, and OSHA safety requirements). To review the administration's reopening guidance from the state click here. To view Governor Baker's full report click here).

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) has provided guidelines that apply to mountain biking and trail cycling at parks, forests, and outdoor recreational centers during Phase 1 of the Commonwealth’s Reopening.

Individuals partaking in mountain biking and trail cycling at parks, forest, and outdoor facilities should comply with assemblage guidance, wear face covering where social distancing is not possible, and adhere to any property-specific guidance. Any person over the age of 2, whether indoors or outdoors, to wear a face covering or mask when they cannot maintain 6 feet of distance between themselves and others, unless they have a medical condition preventing them from doing so. No groups larger than 10 are allowed to gather or cycle together.

When driving to a location with your bicycle in tow follow the lot user capacity and restrictions determined by land manager and the local municipality. 

  • Lingering in parking areas is prohibited.
  • Parking outside of designated assigned parking is discouraged (i.e., parking along a roadway instead of the parking lot) unless it facilitates social distancing in order to provide access to the open space where otherwise designated parking is not available and is legal to do so.
  • Illegally parked cars will be ticketed and may be towed.
  • Ridesharing/carpooling to outdoor recreational activities with out-of-household members is strongly discouraged.

While mountain biking or cycling cyclists should;

  • practice social distancing at all times based upon recommendation of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and the CDC. 
  • Cyclists should ride only in groups from the same household, and groups should be no larger than 10 people
  • Cyclists should not gather in groups or loiter at any time.
  • When encountering other trail users, cyclists should maintain recommended social distancing by stopping and moving off the trail as to maintain proper distance. If unable to do so, cyclists should wear appropriate face covering. 
  • Cyclists should be prepared with a face covering or mask where social distancing cannot be achieved. 
  • Cyclists must consider the likelihood of being attended to by an emergency or essential worker due to injury or an unforeseen circumstance.  
  • Gatherings such as sanctioned group rides, sanctioned trail work, or races should be prohibited until such time as social distancing protocols have been lifted by the MDPH or guidelines have been placed on approved gathering size.

We will continue to share with you guidance from the CDCEPAFDAOSHA and the Governor's office to follow as we prepare for reopening. Also, we at SERVPRO of Foxborough know that not every business has access to the resources necessary to meet these strict guidelines. For those businesses, we are here to help!

Specialized Training

The Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Foxborough are specialists in cleaning services and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work of "normal daily cleaning". Call SERVPRO of Foxborough today for a free consultation - (508) 533-5305.

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together! Rest assured, we will continue to do our best to keep you up-to-date and informed!

Planning To Reopen - Parks, Open Space, Outdoor Education Programs

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

As we head into the summer months and the weather continues to warm it will become increasingly enticing to break free from the confines of our homes and venture into the great outdoors! However, the unfortunately reality is that until a treatment or vaccine for COVID-19 is available, life will not return to normal. We each have a collective responsibility to ensure that when we do choose to out we do so with the safety of ourselves and others around us. Remaining vigilant, following public health directives and using common sense to protect yourself, your family, your neighbors, and vulnerable populations across the Commonwealth is the best way to mitigate against the potential spread of COVID-19.

The state of Massachusetts has provided guidelines to follow as we once again explore the outside world. 

As always, work with your local health officials to determine a set of strategies appropriate for your community’s situation.

(See our "Planning to Reopen series of blogs for more information regarding CDCEPAFDA, and OSHA safety requirements). To review the administration's reopening guidance from the state click here. To view Governor Baker's full report click here).

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) has provided guidelines to follow for all visitors to parks and any open spaces. According to the Massachusetts EOEEA all visitors over the age of 2 to parks and open space, as well as those participating in outdoor education programs should wear a face covering or mask when they cannot maintain 6 feet of distance between themselves and others. Groups larger than 10 are not allowed to gather together. Allowable activities in parks and open spaces and other designated areas such as rail trails, multi-use paths, and bike paths are;

  • Walking
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Running 
  • Yoga, Tai Chi, etc.

Visitors should always practice CDC social distancing standards by remaining 6 feet away from others as well as  adhering to all site-specific rules, regulations, and posted signage regarding permitted uses. When on trails, walker and hikers should move aside and leave room for others to pass, and cyclists and runners should alert other users when approaching and wait for others to step aside before passing. Remember to always wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after visiting public spaces.

Athletic fields and athletic courts can be utilized only for non-contact sports, with no shared equipment. Visitors should not engage in any type of pick-up games, organized games or tournaments.

Athletic Fields Guidelines:

  • Users should sanitize hands before and after play, not share equipment, and clean and wipe down equipment.
  • When engaged in play, users should avoid touching other users’ equipment in separate areas.
  • Users waiting to utilize a section or area of the field should wait outside the field of play until previous users have vacated the facility to ensure proper social distancing and prevent accidental contact of other users’ equipment.

Athletic Courts (Non-Contact) Guidelines:

  • Users should sanitize hands before and after play, not share equipment and clean and wipe down equipment, including racquets, balls, and water bottles.
  • Users waiting to utilize a court should wait outside the court’s gates/fence until previous users have vacated the facility to ensure proper social distancing and prevent accidental contact of other users’ equipment.

Picnic Areas and Grills

Picnic and grill areas should be closed if social distancing cannot be maintained and sanitizing protocols cannot be performed between use.

The availability of trash disposal receptacles and restrooms facilities will be at the discretion of local municipalities. As such, visitors of public parks, reservations, and open spaces should expect limited or no trash disposal receptacles. When visiting public properties without trash receptacles, visitors should adhere to a strict “carry in, carry out” policy and take waste with them. When access to public restrooms has been granted users should abide by CDC social distancing standards for bathroom lines and follow any established visual guidelines for maintaining a 6 ft distance in all restroom facilities. Users must wash or sanitize their hands when finished.

Dog Walking

When permissible dog walkers should adhere to the following guidelines.

  • All dog walkers and their dogs should practice social distancing, and users should provide appropriate space for others and/or their dogs to pass when necessary.
  • Social distancing for dogs means that dogs not part of the same household should be kept at least six feet apart and avoid interacting with other dogs and other people from separate households. 
  • Dog walkers should not share toys, treats, or other materials with dogs that are not within the same household.
  • Dog walkers should supply their own bags associated with dog waste in the event there are none available on site and remove dog and other waste and dispose of it either in a designated receptacle onsite or at another appropriate location.
  • Dog walkers should supply their own water and other needs for their pets in the event there are none available onsite.
  • All users of dog parks and their dogs should practice social distancing of at least six or more feet.
  • All visitors of dog parks should maintain enough control over their pets via leash or voice control to comply with social distancing guidelines and site-specific rules and regulations.
  • Dog park amenities, including shared water dishes, toys, and other materials, should not be used by dogs or handled by visitors.
  • Visitors of dog parks should supply their own bags associated with dog waste in the event there are none available onsite and take dog waste with them if designated trash receptacles are not available for normal use. 

Community Gardens

Those who choose to visit community gardens should, in addition to following social distancing guidelines,  avoid utilizing communal tools, hoses, and other equipment, and avoid the sharing of personal equipment whenever possible. Additionally, users are responsible for sanitizing items before and after each use. When social distancing guideline can not be followed visitors should only visit and utilize plots with members of their same household. 

Organized Educational Programs

Organized educational programs, activities and outdoor public art installations may occur in outdoor spaces during Phase 1 only if the program does not require individual participants to share equipment or make physical contact in order to engage in the activity, subject to the following guidelines.

  • To allow for adequate social distancing for the activity, as well as ingress and egress, the layout of the class should be managed to accommodate a minimum of 12 ft distance between each individual activity station.
  • Facial coverings are required, and instructor and participants must always comply with all social distancing requirements and remain 6 ft apart. Programs must be conducted without shared equipment, tools or materials
  • Activities must be limited to gatherings of no more than 10, including instructor or leader.
  • Organizers must use a pre-registration process to ensure group size.
  • Instructors must be familiar with all protocols and procedures to maintain a safe activity, e.g. monitoring physical distancing, not allowing participants without facial coverings, disinfecting tables before and after use in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Temporary signage will be posted to inform the public of public health guidelines and standards of behavior during program
  • If using outdoor displays or tables when possible add protective barriers and disinfect before and after use.

We will continue to share with you guidance from the CDCEPAFDAOSHA and the Governor's office to follow as we prepare for reopening. Also, we at SERVPRO of Foxborough know that not every business has access to the resources necessary to meet these strict guidelines. For those businesses, we are here to help!

Specialized Training

The Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Foxborough are specialists in cleaning services and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work of "normal daily cleaning". Call SERVPRO of Foxborough today for a free consultation - (508) 533-5305.

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together! Rest assured, we will continue to do our best to keep you up-to-date and informed!

Planning To Reopen - Standards To Be Met

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

We are in the middle of week two of Phase 1 of Governor Baker's plan to reopen the state of Massachusetts for businesses. If you have any uncertainty as to when your business is cleared to reopen visit the state of Massachusetts list of businesses and industries. Keep in mind that the list is not an exhaustive list of all possible businesses that can open in each phase; and it may be updated from time to time. Remember, in order to reopen, business must meet the Department of Public Health (DPH) and the COVID-19 Command Center's new Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards in consultation with the Reopening Advisory Board. These new standards will apply universally to all workplaces that are open in Phase 1, and are designed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission to employees and customers during the first phase of reopening, and are applicable to all sectors and industries. The following is an overview of;

As always, work with your local health officials to determine a set of strategies appropriate for your community’s situation.

(See our "Planning to Reopen series of blogs for more information regarding CDCEPAFDA, and OSHA safety requirements). To review the administration's reopening guidance from the state click here. To view Governor Baker's full report click here).

Social Distancing

  • All persons, including employees, customers, and vendors should remain at least six feet apart to the greatest extent possible, both inside and outside workplaces
  • Establish protocols to ensure that employees can practice adequate social distancing
  • Provide signage for safe social distancing
  • Require face coverings or masks for all employees

Hygiene Protocols

  • Provide hand washing capabilities throughout the workplace
  • Ensure frequent hand washing by employees and adequate supplies to do so
  • Provide regular sanitization of high touch areas, such as workstations, equipment, screens, doorknobs, restrooms throughout work site

Staffing and Operations

  • Provide training for employees regarding the social distancing and hygiene protocols
  • Employees who are displaying COVID19-like symptoms do not report to work
  • Establish a plan for employees getting ill from Covid-19 at work, and a return-to-work plan.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

  • Establish and maintain cleaning protocols specific to the business
  • When an active employee is diagnosed with COVID19, cleaning and disinfecting must be performed
  • Disinfection of all common surfaces must take place at intervals appropriate to said workplace

Sector Specific Safety Protocols and Best Practices

Mandatory safety protocols and recommended best practices for sectors that are eligible to open in Phase 1. Additional sector guidance for future phases will be issued at a later date. Businesses operating to provide Essential Services, as defined in the Governor's March 23, 2020 Executive Order, updated on March 31, April 28 and May 15, may remain open and have until May 25, 2020 to comply with their industry’s sector-specific protocols (if applicable).

We will continue to share with you guidance from the CDCEPAFDAOSHA and the Governor's office to follow as we prepare for reopening. Also, we at SERVPRO of Foxborough know that not every business has access to the resources necessary to meet these strict guidelines. For those businesses, we are here to help!

Specialized Training

The Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Foxborough are specialists in cleaning services and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work of "normal daily cleaning". Call SERVPRO of Foxborough today for a free consultation - (508) 533-5305.

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together! Rest assured, we will continue to do our best to keep you up-to-date and informed!

Planning To Reopen - Preparing For Shortages

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

As the state of Massachusetts continues to slowly reopen for business it is important to prepare for potential shortages for PPE such as masks, shields, and hand sanitizers. We have already experiences shortages of these essential items. As demand increases, it stands to reason that these shortages will remain and most likely increase. In order for the Commonwealth to continue reopen it is imperative for businesses to be prepared for this inevitable reality and to have alternative solutions in place. 

Here are three DIY solutions that can be used to combat potential shortages or supply chain break downs.

As always, work with your local health officials to determine a set of strategies appropriate for your community’s situation.

(See our "Planning to Reopen series of blogs for more information regarding CDCEPAFDA, and OSHA safety requirements). To review the administration's reopening guidance from the state click here. To view Governor Baker's full report click here).

Masks

We are all aware that N-95 respirators (the CDC-recommended masks) have been in short supply for months. Already, the PPE supply has become such a crisis that some of us are turning to social media to ask for hand-sewn surgical masks. While these masks are not as effective as N-95 masks the CDC considers similar alternatives such as a bandana or scarf as a last resort.

The following is a link to an easy to follow DIY video from Time Magazine explaining how to make a face mask for coronavirus.

Hand sanitizer 

According to the CDC washing your hands vigorously with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is the best defense against the spread of infectious diseases like coronavirus. The second best, especially for those situations when you washing your hands is not an option, is using a hand sanitizer. Businesses wanting to create a safe environment for their most valued assets, their employees and customers, are sure to be stocking up on this liquid gold.

Here is a link to an easy to follow DIY how to make your own hand sanitizer video from WCVB Boston. When making your own sanitizer remember that according to the CDC the alcohol content must be at least 60 percent.

Shields

The notion that you can get the virus through your eyes isn't new, but it has been little discussed compared with the risk of infection through the nose and mouth. The CDC says that while the nose and mouth are the main avenues by which someone catches the coronavirus, "it may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes."

Face shields have long been required equipment for many procedures in hospitals. Doctors and nurses wear them when intubating Covid-19 patients and during surgeries that may cause blood and bone fragments to fly out. Face shields can be resterilized and cleaned easily with a simple alcohol wipe or rinse with soap and hot water and can be reused as long as there are no cracks. Some experts suggest the use of both masks and shields. In Singapore, preschool students and their teachers will be provided with face shields when hey return to school. Similar recommendations are being made in the state of Philadelphia and California. 

Here is a link to an easy to follow DIY how to make your own face shield video from Doctor George Yang. 

We will continue to share with you guidance from the CDCEPAFDAOSHA and the Governor's office to follow as we prepare for reopening. Also, we at SERVPRO of Foxborough know that not every business has access to the resources necessary to meet these strict guidelines. For those businesses, we are here to help!

Specialized Training

The Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Foxborough are specialists in cleaning services and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work of "normal daily cleaning". Call SERVPRO of Foxborough today for a free consultation - (508) 533-5305.

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together! Rest assured, we will continue to do our best to keep you up-to-date and informed!

Planning To Reopen - Phase 1 Caring For Our Infants and Toddlers

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

As residents of the Commonwealth begin to head back to work the need for safe child care is paramount. Governor Baker has also shed additional light on the importance of safe daycare services as residents of Massachusetts return to work. 

The following steps are recommended by the CDC to when caring for infants and toddlers in the child care industry.

As always, work with your local health officials to determine a set of strategies appropriate for your community’s situation.

(See our "Planning to Reopen series of blogs for more information regarding CDCEPAFDA, and OSHA safety requirements). To review the administration's reopening guidance from the state click here. To view Governor Baker's full report click here).

Diapering

When diapering a child, wash your hands and wash the child’s hands before you begin, and wear gloves. Follow safe diaper changing procedures. Procedures should be posted in all diaper changing areas. Steps include:

  • Prepare (includes putting on gloves)
  • Clean the child
  • Remove trash (soiled diaper and wipes)
  • Replace diaper
  • Wash child’s hands
  • Clean up diapering station
  • Wash hands

After diapering, wash your hands (even if you were wearing gloves) and disinfect the diapering area with a fragrance-free bleach that is EPA-registered as a sanitizing or disinfecting solution. If other products are used for sanitizing or disinfecting, they should also be fragrance-free and EPA-registered. If the surface is dirty, it should be cleaned with detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

If reusable cloth diapers are used, they should not be rinsed or cleaned in the facility. The soiled cloth diaper and its contents (without emptying or rinsing) should be placed in a plastic bag or into a plastic-lined, hands-free covered diaper pail to give to parents/guardians or laundry service.

Washing, feeding, or holding a child

It is important to comfort crying, sad, and/or anxious infants and toddlers, and they often need to be held. To the extent possible, when washing, feeding, or holding very young children: Child care providers can protect themselves by wearing an over-large button-down, long sleeved shirt and by wearing long hair up off the collar in a ponytail or other updo.

  • Child care providers should wash their hands, neck, and anywhere touched by a child’s secretions.
  • Child care providers should change the child’s clothes if secretions are on the child’s clothes. They should change the button-down shirt, if there are secretions on it, and wash their hands again.
  • Contaminated clothes should be placed in a plastic bag or washed in a washing machine.
  • Infants, toddlers, and their providers should have multiple changes of clothes on hand in the child care center or home-based child care.
  • Child care providers should wash their hands before and after handling infant bottles prepared at home or prepared in the facility. Bottles, bottle caps, nipples, and other equipment used for bottle-feeding should be thoroughly cleaned after each use by washing in a dishwasher or by washing with a bottlebrush, soap, and water.

Healthy hand hygiene behavior

  • All children, staff, and volunteers should engage in hand hygiene at the following times:
    • Arrival to the facility and after breaks
    • Before and after preparing food or drinks
    • Before and after eating or handling food, or feeding children
    • Before and after administering medication or medical ointment
    • Before and after diapering
    • After using the toilet or helping a child use the bathroom
    • After coming in contact with bodily fluid
    • After handling animals or cleaning up animal waste
    • After playing outdoors or in sand
    • After handling garbage
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If hands are not visibly dirty, alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol can be used if soap and water are not readily available.
  • Supervise children when they use hand sanitizer to prevent ingestion.
  • Assist children with handwashing, including infants who cannot wash hands alone.
    • After assisting children with handwashing, staff should also wash their hands.
  • Place posters describing handwashing steps near sinks. Developmentally appropriate posters in multiple languages are available from CDC.

We will continue to share with you guidance from the CDCEPAFDAOSHA and the Governor's office to follow as we prepare for reopening. Also, we at SERVPRO of Foxborough know that not every business has access to the resources necessary to meet these strict guidelines. For those businesses, we are here to help!

Specialized Training

The Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Foxborough are specialists in cleaning services and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work of "normal daily cleaning". Call SERVPRO of Foxborough today for a free consultation - (508) 533-5305.

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together! Rest assured, we will continue to do our best to keep you up-to-date and informed!

Planning To Reopen - Phase 1 Caring For Our Children

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

As residents of the Commonwealth begin to head back to work the need for safe child care is paramount. Governor Baker has also shed additional light on the importance of safe daycare services as residents of Massachusetts return to work. 

The following steps are recommended by the CDC to effectively clean and disinfect in the child care industry.

As always, work with your local health officials to determine a set of strategies appropriate for your community’s situation.

(See our "Planning to Reopen series of blogs for more information regarding CDCFDA, and OSHA safety requirements). To review the administration's reopening guidance from the state click here. To view Governor Baker's full report click here).

Clean and Disinfect

According to the CDC Caring for Our Children (CFOC) provides national standards for cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection of educational facilities for children. Toys that can be put in the mouth should be cleaned and sanitized (see below). Other hard surfaces, including diaper changing stations, door knobs, and floors can be disinfected.

Intensify cleaning and disinfection efforts:

  • Facilities should develop a schedule for cleaning and disinfecting. An example can be found here.
  • Routinely clean, sanitize, and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched, especially toys and games. This may also include cleaning objects/surfaces not ordinarily cleaned daily such as doorknobs, light switches, classroom sink handles, countertops, nap pads, toilet training potties, desks, chairs, cubbies, and playground structures. Use the cleaners typically used at your facility. Guidance is available for the selection of appropriate sanitizers or disinfectants for child care settings.
  • Use all cleaning products according to the directions on the label. For disinfection, most common EPA-registered, fragrance-free household disinfectants should be effective. A list of products that are EPA-approved for use against the virus that causes COVID-19 is available here. If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for concentration, application method, and contact time for all cleaning and disinfection products.
  • If possible, provide EPA-registered disposable wipes to child care providers and other staff members so that commonly used surfaces such as keyboards, desks, and remote controls can be wiped down before use. If wipes are not available, please refer to CDC’s guidance on disinfection for community settings.
  • All cleaning materials should be kept secure and out of reach of children.
  • Cleaning products should not be used near children, and staff should ensure that there is adequate ventilation when using these products to prevent children from inhaling toxic fumes.

Clean and Sanitize Toys

  • Toys that cannot be cleaned and sanitized should not be used.
  • Toys that children have placed in their mouths or that are otherwise contaminated by body secretions or excretions should be set aside until they are cleaned by hand by a person wearing gloves. Clean with water and detergent, rinse, sanitize with an EPA-registered disinfectant, rinse again, and air-dry. You may also clean in a mechanical dishwasher. Be mindful of items more likely to be placed in a child’s mouth, like play food, dishes, and utensils.
  • Machine washable cloth toys should be used by one individual at a time or should not be used at all. These toys should be laundered before being used by another child.
  • Do not share toys with other groups of infants or toddlers, unless they are washed and sanitized before being moved from one group to the other.
  • Set aside toys that need to be cleaned. Place in a dish pan with soapy water or put in a separate container marked for “soiled toys.” Keep dish pan and water out of reach from children to prevent risk of drowning. Washing with soapy water is the ideal method for cleaning. Try to have enough toys so that the toys can be rotated through cleanings.
  • Children’s books, like other paper-based materials such as mail or envelopes, are not considered a high risk for transmission and do not need additional cleaning or disinfection procedures.

Clean and Disinfect Bedding

  • Use bedding (sheets, pillows, blankets, sleeping bags) that can be washed. Keep each child’s bedding separate, and consider storing in individually labeled bins, cubbies, or bags. Cots and mats should be labeled for each child. Bedding that touches a child’s skin should be cleaned weekly or before use by another child.

We will continue to share with you guidance from the CDCFDAOSHA and the Governor's office to follow as we prepare for reopening. Also, we at SERVPRO of Foxborough know that not every business has access to the resources necessary to meet these strict guidelines. For those businesses, we are here to help!

Specialized Training

The Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Foxborough are specialists in cleaning services and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work of "normal daily cleaning". Call SERVPRO of Foxborough today for a free consultation - (508) 533-5305.

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together! Rest assured, we will continue to do our best to keep you up-to-date and informed!

Planning To Reopen - Phase 1

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

After being shut down for more than two months, yesterday, Governor Charlie Baker presented his long awaited response to reopening the state of Massachusetts. Manufacturing and construction businesses can reopen immediately. Places like offices, hair salons and car washes can reopen next Monday ONLY IF those businesses meet a series of state-mandated health and safety requirements. The pace of Massachusetts' phased-in reopening plan will be determined by six public health metrics. Baker said each phase of the reopening plan will last "at least three weeks," but that the timeline could change depending on how those metrics trend.

(See our "Planning to Reopen series of blogs for more information regarding CDC, FDA, and OSHA safety requirements). To review the administration's reopening guidance from the state click here. To view Governor Baker's full report click here).

Governor Baker also shed additional light on the importance of safe daycare services as employees return to work. Screening is an important component of any well rounded plan to open safely. The following are CDC approved examples aimed to help Child Care services implement the necessary levels of screening. 

(As always, work with your local health officials to determine a set of strategies appropriate for your community’s situation.)

CDC Examples of screening methods - social distancing

  • Ask parents/guardians to take their child’s temperature either before coming to the facility or upon arrival at the facility. Upon their arrival, stand at least 6 feet away from the parent/guardian and child.
  • Ask the parent/guardian to confirm that the child does not have fever, shortness of breath or cough.
  • Make a visual inspection of the child for signs of illness which could include flushed cheeks, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing (without recent physical activity), fatigue, or extreme fussiness.

According to the CDC, you do not need to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) if you can maintain a distance of 6 feet.

CDC Examples of screening methods - barrier/partition controls

  • Stand behind a physical barrier, such as a glass or plastic window or partition that can serve to protect the staff member’s face and mucous membranes from respiratory droplets that may be produced if the child being screened sneezes, coughs, or talks.
  • Make a visual inspection of the child for signs of illness, which could include flushed cheeks, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing (without recent physical activity), fatigue, or extreme fussiness.
  • Conduct temperature screening (follow steps below)
    • Perform hand hygiene
    • Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Put on disposable gloves.
  • Check the child’s temperature, reaching around the partition or through the window.
  • Make sure your face stays behind the barrier at all times during the screening.
  • When performing a temperature check on multiple individuals, ensure that you use a clean pair of gloves for each child and that the thermometer has been thoroughly cleaned in between each check.
  • If you use disposable or non-contact (temporal) thermometers and you did not have physical contact with the child, you do not need to change gloves before the next check.
  • If you use non-contact thermometers, clean them with an alcohol wipe (or isopropyl alcohol on a cotton swab) between each client. You can reuse the same wipe as long as it remains wet.

CDC Examples of screening methods - personal protective equipment

If social distancing or barrier/partition controls cannot be implemented during screening, personal protective equipment (PPE) can be used when within 6 feet of a child.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Reliance on PPE alone is a less effective control and more difficult to implement given training requirements and potential PPE shortages.

  • Upon arrival, wash your hands and put on a facemask, eye protection (goggles or disposable face shield that fully covers the front and sides of the face), and a single pair of disposable gloves. A gown could be considered if extensive contact with a child is anticipated.
  • Make a visual inspection of the child for signs of illness, which could include flushed cheeks, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing (without recent physical activity), fatigue, or extreme fussiness, and confirm that the child is not experiencing coughing or shortness of breath.
  • Take the child’s temperature.
    • When performing a temperature check on multiple individuals, ensure that you use a clean pair of gloves for each child and that the thermometer has been thoroughly cleaned in between each check.
    • If you use disposable or non-contact (temporal) thermometers and did not have physical contact with an individual, you do not need to change gloves before the next check.
    • If you use non-contact thermometers, clean them with an alcohol wipe (or isopropyl alcohol on a cotton swab) between each client. You can reuse the same wipe as long as it remains wet.
  • After each screening, remove and discard PPE, and wash hands.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol or wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If hands are visibly soiled, soap and water should be used before using alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • If your staff does not have experience in using PPE:
    • Check to see if your facility has guidance on how to don and doff PPE. The procedure to don and doff should be tailored to the specific type of PPE that you have available at your facility.
    • Follow the CDC recommended sequences for applying and removing PPE.  

We will continue to share with you guidance from the CDCFDAOSHA and the Governor's office to follow as we prepare for reopening. Also, we at SERVPRO of Foxborough know that not every business has access to the resources necessary to meet these strict guidelines. For those businesses, we are here to help!

Specialized Training

The Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Foxborough are specialists in cleaning services and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work of "normal daily cleaning". Call SERVPRO of Foxborough today for a free consultation - (508) 533-5305.

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together! Rest assured, we will continue to do our best to keep you up-to-date and informed!

Planning To Reopen - Child Care, Steps To Take

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Governor Charlie Baker will be announcing the first phase of his plan to reopen the state of Massachusetts today. As residents of the Commonwealth head back to work the need for safe child care is paramount. The following steps are recommended by the CDC to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 an to ensure the safety of children, parents and employees.

As always, work with your local health officials to determine a set of strategies appropriate for your community’s situation.

6 steps to take

In order to ensure the safety of children, parents and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic child care programs should take these necessary steps:

Social distancing strategies

  • If possible, child care classes should include the same group each day, and the same child care providers should remain with the same group each day. If possible consider creating a separate classroom or group for the children of healthcare workers and other first responders. 
  • Cancel or postpone special events such as festivals, holiday events, and special performances.
  • Consider whether to alter or halt daily group activities that may promote transmission.
    • Keep each group of children in a separate room.
    • Limit the mixing of children, such as staggering playground times and keeping groups separate for special activities such as art, music, and exercising.
    • If possible, at nap time, ensure that children’s naptime mats (or cribs) are spaced out as much as possible, ideally 6 feet apart. Consider placing children head to toe in order to further reduce the potential for viral spread.
  • Consider staggering arrival and drop off times and/or have child care providers come outside the facility to pick up the children as they arrive. Your plan for curb side drop off and pick up should limit direct contact between parents and staff members and adhere to social distancing recommendations.
  • If possible, arrange for administrative staff to telework from their homes.

Parent drop-off and pick-up

  • Hand hygiene stations should be set up at the entrance of the facility, so anyone entering can clean their hands before they enter. Hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol next to parent sign-in sheets. Keep hand sanitizer out of children’s reach and supervise use. If possible, place sign-in stations outside, and provide sanitary wipes for cleaning pens between each use.
  • Consider staggering arrival and drop off times and plan to limit direct contact with parents as much as possible.
    • Have child care providers greet children outside as they arrive.
    • Designate a parent to be the drop off/pick up volunteer to walk all children to their classroom, and at the end of the day, walk all children back to their cars.
    • Infants could be transported in their car seats. Store car seat out of children’s reach.
  • Ideally, the same parent or designated person should drop off and pick up the child every day. If possible, older people such as grandparents or those with serious underlying medical conditions should not pick up children, because they are more at risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Clean and disinfect

Caring for Our Children (CFOC) provides national standards for cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection of educational facilities for children. Toys that can be put in the mouth should be cleaned and sanitized. Other hard surfaces, including diaper changing stations, door knobs, and floors can be disinfected.

The CDC recommends considerations to take to intensify cleaning and disinfection efforts:

  • Create a schedule
  • Ensure cleaning supplies are kept out of the reach of the children
  • Sanitize Toys
  • Clean and disinfect bedding

Screen children upon arrival 

Persons who have a fever of 100.40 (38.00C) or above or other signs of illness should not be admitted to the facility. Encourage parents to be on the alert for signs of illness in their children and to keep them home when they are sick. Screen children upon arrival, if possible.

There are several methods that facilities can use to protect their workers while conducting temperature screenings. The most protective methods incorporate social distancing (maintaining a distance of 6 feet from others) or physical barriers to eliminate or minimize exposures due to close contact to a child who has symptoms during screening.

We will continue to share with you guidance from the CDCFDAOSHA and the Governor's office to follow as we prepare for reopening. Also, we at SERVPRO of Foxborough know that not every business has access to the resources necessary to meet these strict guidelines. For those businesses, we are here to help!

Specialized Training

The Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Foxborough are specialists in cleaning services and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work of "normal daily cleaning". Call SERVPRO of Foxborough today for a free consultation - (508) 533-5305.

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together! Rest assured, we will continue to do our best to keep you up-to-date and informed!

Planning To Reopen - Transit Stations

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

This is the ninth installment in a series of blogs that we hope will help our communities begin to prepare for the state of Massachusetts to reopen. During his Wednesday press conference Governor Charlie Baker said he expects to announce a decision on whether to extend or lift the current stay-at-home advisory on Monday. While any change in the stay-at-home advisory  remains uncertain it is important to continue our preparations for reopening the Commonwealth.

To get a head of the curve the following is the CDC's industry specific best practices for reopening Transit Stations.   

What to know

For transit station workers, potential sources of exposure include having close contact with a transit passenger with COVID-19, by touching surfaces contaminated with coronavirus, or by touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. The CDC's understanding of how the virus spreads is evolving. Most evidence shows that the virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.

How to protect transit workers

  • Limit close contact with others by maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet, when possible.
  • Avoid touching surfaces often touched by transit passengers.
  • Practice routine cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces, following the directions on the cleaning product’s label.
  • Use gloves if required to touch surfaces contaminated by body fluids.
  • Proper hand hygiene is an important infection control measure. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • Key times to clean hands in general include:
    • Before, during, and after preparing food
    • Before eating food
    • After using the toilet
    • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • Additional times to clean hands on the job include:
    • Before and after work shifts
    • Before and after work breaks
    • After touching frequently touched surfaces
    • After putting on, touching, or removing cloth face coverings
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

What to clean 

Perform routine cleaning and disinfection of all frequently touched non-porous surfaces within the transit station on a daily basis. These include kiosks, ticket machines, turnstiles, benches, handrails, garbage cans, door handles, payphones, restroom surfaces (e.g., faucets, toilets, counters), elevator buttons, and system maps. If the surfaces are visibly dirty, they should be cleaned prior to disinfectant application. For soft or porous surfaces, remove any visible contamination if present and clean with appropriate cleansers indicated for use on these surfaces.

Appropriate disinfectants include

  • EPA’s Registered Antimicrobial Products for Use Against Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19, are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method, and contact time). A list of products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims is available at: Approved Disinfectants
  • Diluted household bleach solutions prepared according to the manufacturers label for disinfection can be used if appropriate for the surface. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.
  • Alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol.

It is important to remember to wear the personal protective equipment (PPE) required for using the cleaning and disinfection products according to the product manufacturer’s instructions. Also, after removing PPE, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Work uniforms worn during cleaning and disinfecting should be laundered afterwards. When possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely. Once again, clean your hands after handling laundry by washing your hands with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

We will continue to share with you guidance from the CDCFDAOSHA and the Governor's office to follow as we prepare for reopening. Also, we at SERVPRO of Foxborough know that not every business has access to the resources necessary to meet these strict guidelines. For those businesses, we are here to help!

Specialized Training

The Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Foxborough are specialists in cleaning services and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work of "normal daily cleaning". Call SERVPRO of Foxborough today for a free consultation - (508) 533-5305.

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together! Rest assured, we will continue to do our best to keep you up-to-date and informed!

Planning To Reopen - Food Services

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

This is the eighth installment in a series of blogs that we hope will help our communities begin to prepare for the state of Massachusetts to reopen.

Tuesday, during his press conference, Governor Baker seemed determined not to reveal any new information about what specific types of businesses might be allowed to reopen first. As it stands, next Monday the Reopening Advisory Board will present its full report. At that time we will learn which activities and industries are deemed to be safe to resume in each phase. Included will be protocols for how different industries should operate to ensure public safety.

To get a head of the curve the following is the FDA's industry specific best practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up/Delivery Services. 

Managing Employee Health

  • Instruct employees with symptoms associated with COVID-19 to report them to their supervisors. Instruct sick employees to stay home and to follow the CDC’s What to do if you are sick with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Consult with the local health department for additional guidance. 
  • If an employee is sick at work, send them home immediately. Clean and disinfect surfaces in their workspace. Others at the facility with close contact (i.e., within 6 feet) of the employee during this time should be considered exposed.  
  • Instruct employees who are well, but know they have been exposed to COVID-19, to notify their supervisor and follow CDC-recommended precautions (see below).
  • Inform fellow employees of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace, if an employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, while maintaining confidentiality.
  • Implement workplace controls to reduce transmission among employees, such as those described below which can be found in the CDC's Guidance for Implementing Safety Practices for workers who may have had exposure to a person thought or known to have COVID-19.
    • Employers - Pre-screen (e.g., take temperature and assess symptoms prior to starting work).
    • Employers - Disinfect and clean work spaces and equipment, and consider more frequent cleaning of high touch surfaces.
    • Employees - Regularly self-monitor (e.g., take temperature and assess symptoms of coronavirus).
    • Employees - Wear a mask or face covering.
    • Employees - Practice social distancing and stay at least 6 feet from other people whenever possible.
  • For additional information when employees may have been exposed to COVID-19, refer to CDC’s Guidance for Implementing Safety Practices for workers who may have had exposure to a person thought or known to have COVID-19.
  • For additional information on employee health and hygiene and recommendations to help prevent worker transmission of foodborne illness, refer to FDA’s Employee Health and Personal Hygiene Handbook.
    • If FDA recommendations differ from CDC’s regarding employee health and COVID-19, follow CDC.
  • For returning previously sick employees to work, refer to CDC's Guidance for Discontinuation of Home Isolation for persons with COVID-19.
  • Follow CDC and FDA information on PPE (i.e., gloves, face masks/coverings, and protective gear).
  • Understand risk at the workplace — use OSHA’s Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19.
  • Frequently review the CDCFDA and OSHA websites for updates to their guidelines.

We will continue to share with you guidance from the CDC, FDA, OSHA and the Governor's office to follow to prepare for reopening. Also, we at SERVPRO of Foxborough know that not every business has access to the resources necessary to meet these strict guidelines. For those businesses, we are here to help!

Specialized Training

The Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Foxborough are specialists in cleaning services and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work of "normal daily cleaning". Call SERVPRO of Foxborough today for a free consultation - (508) 533-5305.

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together! Rest assured, we will continue to do our best to keep you up-to-date and informed!

Planning To Reopen - 4 Phased Approach

5/12/2020 (Permalink)

This is the seventh installment in a series of blogs that we hope will help our communities begin to prepare for the state of Massachusetts to reopen. Yesterday, Governor Baker revealed his 4-stage approach to reopening the state's economy in a COVID-19 world.

Phases

  1. Start - "We're looking at industries that are more naturally set up to have little face-to-face interactions and workplaces that are better able to manage face-to-face customer interactions with certain conditions."
  2. Cautious - "We plan to have more industries with more face-to-face interactions resume operations, again with conditions."
  3. Vigilant - "Where we can allow for loosening of some of the restrictions from the earlier phases if, in fact, the public health data continues to conform to the terms we're all pursuing."
  4. New Normal - "We all know life will be different but as the medical and life sciences communities make progress in developing treatments or vaccines, we can really begin to put this virus into the rear-view mirror."

Reopening the state of Massachusetts requires all of us to move forward together using recommended best practices and maintaining safe daily habits in order to reduce our risk of exposure to COVID-19. Here are some important reminders from the CDC to follow to ensure we continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 within the Commonwealth.

Maintain safe behavioral practices

We have all had to make significant behavioral changes to reduce the spread of COVID-19. To reopen Massachusetts, we will need to continue these practices:

  • social distancing (specifically, staying 6 feet away from others when you must go into a shared space)
  • frequently washing hands or use alcohol-based (at least 60% alcohol) hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available
  • wearing cloth face coverings
  • avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth
  • staying home when sick
  • cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces

It’s important to continue to follow federal, state, and local guidance for reopening Massachusetts. Check this resource for updates on COVID-19. This will help you change your plan when situations are updated.

Consider practices that reduce the potential for exposure

It is also essential to change the ways we use public spaces to work, live, and play. We should continue thinking about our safety and the safety of others.

To reduce your exposure to or the risk of spreading COVID-19 after reopening your business or facility, consider whether you need to touch certain surfaces or materials. Consider wiping public surfaces before and after you touch them. These types of behavioral adjustments can help reduce the spread of COVID-19. There are other resources for more information on COVID-19 and how to Prevent Getting Sick.

We will continue to share with you guidance from the CDC to follow to prepare for reopening. Also, we at SERVPRO of Foxborough know that not every business has access to the resources necessary to meet these strict guidelines. For those businesses, we are here to help!

Specialized Training

The Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Foxborough are specialists in cleaning services and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work of "normal daily cleaning". Call SERVPRO of Foxborough today for a free consultation - (508) 533-5305.

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together! Rest assured, we will continue to do our best to keep you up-to-date and informed!

Planning To Reopen - Identify What Needs To Be Disinfected

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

This is the fifth installment in a series of blogs that we hope will help our communities begin to prepare for the state of Massachusetts to reopen. Please keep in mind the purpose of these CDC  guidelines are to serve as a foundation for your planning.

Determine what needs to be disinfected

Following your normal routine cleaning, you can disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects using a product from EPA’s list of approved products that are effective against  COVID-19.  It is important to make sure that the appropriate disinfectants are used.

Disinfecting hard and non-porous materials 

Some examples:

  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Plastic

Cross reference the list of approved products to  determine the most appropriate disinfectant for the surface or object to be cleaned. Pay special attention to the personal protective equipment (PPE) that may be needed to safely apply the disinfectant as well as the manufacturer’s recommendations concerning any additional hazards. Remember to keep all disinfectants out of the reach of children. Please visit CDC’s website on How to Clean and Disinfect for additional details and warnings.

According to the CDC frequently touched surfaces and objects will require routine disinfection. Some examples are:

  • tables and countertops
  • doorknobs and handles
  • light switches
  • desks
  • phones
  • keyboards
  • toilets, faucets and sinks
  • gas pump handles
  • touch screens and pens
  • ATM and Credit Card machines

Disinfecting soft and porous material, carpet, rugs, or seating areas

Soft and porous materials are generally not as easy to disinfect as hard and non-porous surfaces. The EPA has also approved a limited list of products for disinfection of soft and porous materials. The CDC recommends that soft and porous materials which are not frequently touched should only be cleaned or laundered, following the directions on the item’s label, using the warmest appropriate water setting. Find more information on CDC’s website on Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility for developing strategies for dealing with soft and porous materials.

Each business or facility will have different surfaces and objects that are frequently touched by multiple people. For example the CDC has provided specific guidance for transit stations. To view the CDC's cleaning and disinfection guidance for transit stations click here.

Consider the resources and equipment needed

Keep in mind the availability of cleaning and disinfection products and appropriate PPE. Always wear gloves appropriate for the chemicals being used for cleaning and disinfecting. Follow the directions on the disinfectant label for additional PPE needs. In specific instances, personnel with specialized training and equipment may be required to apply certain disinfectants such as fumigants or fogs. For more information on appropriate PPE for cleaning and disinfection, see CDC’s website on Cleaning and Disinfection for Community Facilities.

We will continue to share with you guidance from the CDC to follow to prepare for reopening. Also, we at SERVPRO of Foxborough know that not every business has access to the resources necessary to meet these strict guidelines. For those businesses, we are here to help!

Specialized Training

The Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Foxborough are specialists in cleaning services and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work of "normal daily cleaning". Call SERVPRO of Foxborough today for a free consultation - (508) 533-5305.

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together! Rest assured, we will continue to do our best to keep you up-to-date and informed!

Planning To Reopen - Identify What Needs To Be Cleaned

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

This is the fourth installment in a series of blogs that we hope will help our communities begin to prepare for the state of Massachusetts to reopen. Please keep in mind the purpose of these CDC guidelines are to serve as a foundation for your planning. 

Determine what needs to be cleaned

According to the CDC some surfaces only need to be cleaned with soap and water. For example, surfaces and objects that are not frequently touched should be cleaned and do not require additional disinfection. Additionally, disinfectants should typically not be applied on items used by children, especially any items that children might put in their mouths. Many disinfectants are toxic when swallowed. In a household setting, cleaning toys and other items used by children with soap and water is usually sufficient. Find more information on cleaning and disinfection toys and other surfaces in the childcare program setting at CDC’s Guidance for Childcare Programs that Remain Open.

These questions will help you decide which surfaces and objects will need normal routine cleaning.

Outdoor Areas

Generally, outdoor areas require normal routine cleaning and disinfection is not necessary. Spraying disinfectant on sidewalks and in parks is not an efficient use of disinfectant supplies and has not been proven to reduce the risk of COVID-19 to the public. You should maintain existing cleaning and hygiene practices for outdoor areas.Certain outdoor areas and facilities, such as bars and restaurants, may have additional requirements. More information can be found on FDA’s website on Food Safety and COVID-19.

According to the CDC no evidence has been shown suggesting that the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread directly to humans from water in pools, hot tubs, spas, or water play areas. The CDC recommends proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (chlorine or bromine) of pools, hot tubs, spas, and water playgrounds to ensure safe usage. However, there are additional concerns with outdoor areas that may be maintained less frequently, including playgrounds, or other facilities located within local or state parks. For more information, visit CDC’s website on Visiting Parks & Recreational Facilities.

The 7 Day Guidleine

If your workplace, school, or business has been unoccupied for 7 days or more, it will only need your normal routine cleaning to reopen the area. This is because the virus that causes COVID-19 has not been shown to survive on surfaces longer than this time.

Keep in mind that there are many public health considerations, not just COVID-19 related, when reopening public buildings and spaces that have been closed for extended periods. For example, take measures to ensure the safety of your building water system

We will continue to share with you guidance from the CDC to follow to prepare for reopening. Also, we at SERVPRO of Foxborough know that not every business has access to the resources necessary to meet these strict guidelines. For those businesses, we are here to help!

Specialized Training

The Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Foxborough are specialists in cleaning services and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work of "normal daily cleaning". Call SERVPRO of Foxborough today for a free consultation - (508) 533-5305.

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together! Rest assured, we will continue to do our best to keep you up-to-date and informed!

Planning To Reopen - Developing A Plan

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

This is the third installment in a series of blogs that we hope will help our communities begin to prepare for the state of Massachusetts to reopen. Please keep in mind the purpose of these CDC guidelines are to serve as a foundation for your planning. 

Developing Your Plan

Evaluate your workplace, school, home, or business to determine what kinds of surfaces and materials make up that area. Most surfaces and objects will just need normal routine cleaning. Frequently touched surfaces and objects like light switches and doorknobs will need to be cleaned and then disinfected to further reduce the risk of germs on surfaces and objects.

  • First, clean the surface or object with soap and water.
  • Then, disinfect using an EPA-approved disinfect.
  • If an EPA-approved disinfectant is unavailable, you can use 1/3 cup of bleach added to 1 gallon of water, or 70% alcohol solutions to disinfect. Do not mix bleach or other cleaning and disinfection products together. Find additional information at CDC’s website on Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility.

You should also consider what items can be moved or removed completely to reduce frequent handling or contact from multiple people. Soft and porous materials, such as area rugs and seating, may be removed or stored to reduce the challenges with cleaning and disinfecting them. Find additional reopening guidance for cleaning and disinfecting in the Reopening Decision Tool.

It is critical that your plan includes how to maintain a cleaning and disinfecting strategy after reopening. Develop a flexible plan with your staff or family, adjusting the plan as federal, state, tribal, territorial, or local guidance is updated and if your specific circumstances change.

Keep in mind, if you oversee staff in a workplace your plan should include considerations about the safety of custodial staff and other people who are carrying out the cleaning or disinfecting. These people are at increased risk of being exposed to the virus and to any toxic effects of the cleaning chemicals. Your plan should include training for the following;

  • Appropriate PPE for cleaning and disinfecting 
  • Cleaning of PPE and/or proper disposal if necessary
  • How to safely apply disinfectants
  • How to properly dispose of contaminated materials that can not be safely cleaned

For more information on concerns related to cleaning staff, visit the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s website on Control and Prevention.

We will continue to share with you guidance from the CDC to follow to prepare for reopening. Also, we at SERVPRO of Foxborough know that not every business has access to the resources necessary to meet these strict guidelines. For those businesses, we are here to help!

Specialized Training

The Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Foxborough are specialists in cleaning services and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work of "normal daily cleaning". Call SERVPRO of Foxborough today for a free consultation - (508) 533-5305.

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together! Rest assured, we will continue to do our best to keep you up-to-date and informed!

Planning To Reopen - Reminders

5/4/2020 (Permalink)

This is the second installment in a series of blogs that we will hope will help our communities begin to prepare for the state of Massachusetts to reopen. Please keep in mind the purpose of these CDC guidelines are to serve as a foundation for your planning. The following are some important reminders to keep in mind as we plan to reopen in the safest possible manner. 

Reminders about COVID-19 and Reducing the Risk of Exposure:

  • Coronaviruses on surfaces and objects naturally die within hours to days. Warmer temperatures and exposure to sunlight will reduce the time the virus survives on surfaces and objects.
  • Normal routine cleaning with soap and water removes germs and dirt from surfaces. It lowers the risk of spreading COVID-19 infection.
  • Disinfectants kill germs on surfaces. By killing germs on a surface after cleaning, you can further lower the risk of spreading infection. EPA-approved disinfectants are an important part of reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19. If disinfectants on this list are in short supply, alternative disinfectants can be used (for example, 1/3 cup of bleach added to 1 gallon of water, or 70% alcohol solutions).
  • Store and use disinfectants in a responsible and appropriate manner according to the label.  Do not mix bleach or other cleaning and disinfection products together–this can cause fumes that may be very dangerous to breathe in. Keep all disinfectants out of the reach of children.
  • Do not overuse or stockpile disinfectants or other supplies.  This can result in shortages of appropriate products for others to use in critical situations.
  • Always wear gloves appropriate for the chemicals being used when you are cleaning and disinfecting. Additional personal protective equipment (PPE) may be needed based on setting and product. For more information, see CDC’s website on Cleaning and Disinfection for Community Facilities.
  • Practice social distancing, wear facial coverings, and follow proper prevention hygiene, such as washing your hands frequently and using alcohol-based (at least 60% alcohol) hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.

We will continue to share with you guidance from the CDC to follow to prepare for reopening. Also, we at SERVPRO of Foxborough know that not every business has access to the resources necessary to meet these strict guidelines. For those businesses, we are here to help!

Specialized Training

The Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Foxborough are specialists in cleaning services and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work of "normal daily cleaning". Call SERVPRO of Foxborough today for a free consultation - (508) 533-5305.

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together! Rest assured, we will continue to do our best to keep you up-to-date and informed!

Planning To Reopen - Cleaning

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

This is the first installment in a series of blogs that we will hope will help our communities begin to prepare for the state of Massachusetts to reopen. Please keep in mind the purpose of these CDC guidelines are to serve as a foundation for your planning. To reduce the risk of a Covid-19 infestation having a plan in place to execute and monitor is necessary. These guidelines are part of the larger United States Government plan and focus on cleaning and disinfecting public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools, and can also be applied to your home.

Cleaning and disinfecting public spaces including your workplace, school, home, and business will require you to:

  • Develop your plan
  • Implement your plan
  • Maintain and revise your plan

Reopening the Commonwealth requires both, remaining vigilant in adhering to social distancing and other daily habits, as well as, reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 by cleaning and disinfecting. The EPA has compiled a list of disinfectant products that can be used against COVID-19, including ready-to-use sprays, concentrates, and wipes. 

The following is a general framework for cleaning and disinfection practices to use in your planning.

  1. Normal routine cleaning with soap and water will decrease how much of the virus is on surfaces and objects, which reduces the risk of exposure.
  2. Disinfection using EPA-approved disinfectants against COVID-19 can also help reduce the risk.  Frequent disinfection of surfaces and objects touched by multiple people is important.
  3. When EPA-approved disinfectants are not available, alternative disinfectants can be used (for example, 1/3 cup of bleach added to 1 gallon of water, or 70% alcohol solutions). Do not mix bleach or other cleaning and disinfection products together. This can cause fumes that may be very dangerous to breathe in.  Keep all disinfectants out of the reach of children.

We will continue to share with you guidance from the CDC to follow to prepare for reopening. Also, we at SERVPRO of Foxborough know that not every business has access to the resources necessary to meet these strict guidelines. For those businesses, we are here to help!

Specialized Training

The Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Foxborough are specialists in cleaning services and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work of "normal daily cleaning". Call SERVPRO of Foxborough today for a free consultation - (508) 533-5305.

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together! Rest assured, we will continue to do our best to keep you up-to-date and informed!

Stay At Home Extension

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

At the beginning of the week, Gov. Charlie Baker, shared some optimistic news, "We have flattened the curve." While this news fanned the flames of hope for many here in the Commonwealth it was not without caution that our descent to the bottom will not be a quick one and that we must remain vigilant in our response to the Covid-19 pandemic and he extended the state’s stay-at-home advisory and non-essential business closure to May 18 as well as the ban on gatherings of 10 or more people. Baker also announced the formation of a 17-member advisory board that will develop a plan to reopen the state on a "phased basis."

While this was not exactly the news we all were hoping to hear, a silver lining remains. Barring any unforeseen Covid-19 spike businesses can begin to plan for the possibility of reopening. Of course in the beginning this will not be "business-as-usual". There will most assuredly be some level of restrictions to ensure the safety of employees and customers. That is where we can help.

To help in this process we will be sharing with you guidance from the CDC to follow as we prepare for reopening. We at SERVPRO of Foxborough also know that not every business has access to the resources necessary to meet these strict guidelines. For those businesses, we are here to help!

Specialized Training

The Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Foxborough are specialists in cleaning services and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work of "normal daily cleaning". Call SERVPRO of Foxborough today for a free consultation - (508) 533-5305.

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together! Rest assured, we will continue to do our best to keep you up-to-date and informed!

Wellness Wheel

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

As we continue to navigate these uncharted waters amidst the Covid-19 pandemic it remains paramount that we understand and focus on the impacts to both our physical and mental well being. From fear of infection to fear of paying the mortgage the amount of negative stimuli impacting our mental well being has never been greater! During these difficult times, focusing on maintaining and improving our collective total wellness will help us to better cope with the many stresses in our lives and will make us, the people we care about, and our communities stronger.

Wellness is not merely the absence of illness or distress – it is striving for positive physical, mental and social well-being. It is a lifelong process of making decisions that support a more balanced life and enable you to maximize your potential. Because mental health and physical health are linked, problems in one area can impact the other. There are always opportunities for enhancing your wellness. A good place to start is self-reflection and goal-setting. A Wellness Wheel is an effective tool to help this process.

According to Boston University there are Eight Dimensions of Wellness.

  1. Emotional - Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships 
  2. Environment - Good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being
  3. Financial - Satisfaction with current and future financial situations
  4. Intellectual - Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills
  5. Occupational - Personal satisfaction and enrichment from one’s work (substitute Academics for our children)
  6. Physical - Recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods, and sleep
  7. Social - Developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system 
  8. Spiritual - Expanding a sense of purpose and meaning in life

A wellness wheel is a versatile, broad-strokes tool to look at the full picture of our collective wellbeing. Know that there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to the wellness wheel and it will look different at different times in our lives. The key is to notice if there are imbalances that are posing challenges or limiting us in some way. If so, make a conscious decision to take steps that lead to a meaningful change.

Remember that wellness is not the absence of illness or stress. You can still strive for wellness even if you are experiencing these challenges in your life.

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together! Rest assured, we will continue to do our best to keep you up-to-date and informed!

Have You Lost Your Healthcare Coverage

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

More than 4.4 million Americans filed for unemployment last week alone. Sadly, the number of Commonwealth residents who are finding themselves on the sidelines out of the work force continues to grow at a record pace, including over 80,000 new claims in Massachusetts. According to U.S. Department of Labor statistics released Thursday over 80,000 new claims were filed in Massachusetts. While the claims in the Bay State are down from the prior week when a little over 100,000 people filing new claims, the despairing reality is that, in total, over the past five weeks more than 650,000 people in Massachusetts have filed for jobless benefits. This means that during the worst pandemic in over 100 years hundreds of thousands of Bay Staters most likely lack the health coverage necessary to shield them from financial ruin should they or a family member contract COVID-19.

Health Insurance Coverage for Unemployed

If you need insurance, you may qualify for coverage through the Health Connector if you’ve lost coverage from a job. An extended enrollment period is available through May 25, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Apply today and get covered –

  • Enroll by April 23rd - Coverage begins May 1st
  • Enroll by May 23rd - Coverage begins June 1st
  • Enroll by May 25th - Coverage begins July 1st

The Health Connector is a state agency and health insurance marketplace that makes coverage available to people who recently lost their insurance from their employer. Most people who apply through the Health Connector can get a plan for a low monthly cost, and some people even qualify for a $0 monthly payment.

All Health Connector plans cover services like doctor visits, emergency care, physical therapy, and prescription drugs.

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, an extended enrollment period is available through May 25, 2020 for qualified Massachusetts residents who are uninsured.

When you fill out an application online, you’ll find out right away if you qualify for a health plan from the Health Connector or coverage through MassHealth. Visit the MassHealth FAQ to learn more.

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together! Rest assured, we will continue to do our best to keep you up-to-date and informed!

CARES Act Payment Or Scam

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

As our collective financial uncertainty continues to grow during these uncertain times many of us have questions regarding relief promised to us by our political leaders. In response to the great lockdown necessitated by COVID-19, the federal government passed a $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill. The intent of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) provides financial support to individuals and businesses.

The CARES Act included many components including direct stimulus checks to Americans. Individuals who qualify will receive a one-time remittance of:

  • $1,200 for individuals
  • $2,400 for married couples
  • $500 for each dependent child 16-years-old or younger

Check the Status of Your Stimulus Payment through the IRS

The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) launched the Get My Payment tool for Americans to check the status of their Economic Impact Payment stimulus checks, a minimum of $1,200 each for single filers with an adjusted gross income of $75,000 or less.

Beware of Stimulus Check Scams

Unfortunately there are those who will try to take advantage of the current pandemic and try to steal your personal financial information. Be smart, use common sense and do not open or respond to any unsolicited inquiries. One known scam brought to light by The Michigan Cyber Command Center (MC3) is a phishing email circulating, appearing to be from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The email contains a malicious attachment named

"SBA_Payroll_Protection_Application.img".

For more information regarding Financial Aid during these difficult times, for yourself or your business, visit the Neponset River Regional Chamber  website.

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together! Rest assured, we will continue to do our best to keep you up-to-date and informed!

Financial Aid

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

A lot has been discussed regarding the importance of reopening America and how to do so responsibly. The proposed three phase Federal guideline offers State and local Governments a roadmap to follow. Ultimately, however, the decision resides with each state. Over the past week Governor Baker has classified Massachusetts as, “one of the country’s hot spots for the coronavirus” and that he is looking for, “14 days of steady declines in positive coronavirus tests before the state can open up again.”

What does this mean for the citizens of the Commonwealth who have been, and will continue to be, impacted by the state’s closure? If you are unemployed due to the coronavirus pandemic, an independent contractor or a small business owner struggling to pay the bills, here are some useful links:   

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

To assist individuals who cannot work due to the impact of COVID-19, the Baker-Polito administration has filed emergency legislation and emergency regulations that allow people impacted by COVID-19 to collect unemployment if their workplace is shut down.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits to individuals who are unable to work because of a COVID-19-related reason but are not eligible for regular or extended unemployment benefits.

For more information and to apply click, Apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Self-Employed, 1099ers & Independent Contractors

Independent contractors and self-employed workers can apply for forgivable loans through the Payroll Protection Program - a $349 million segment of the $2 trillion federal CARES Act. Independent contractors receiving 1099-MISC forms and self-employed individuals are eligible to apply for these, potentially 100 percent, forgivable loans.

REQUIREMENT: You must have been in operation on Feb. 15, 2020, your business must have been harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and you must submit required documentation along with your loan application.

Small Business Owners

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued updated guidance that it will provide initial EIDL loan disbursements of up to $15,000, in addition to the advance of up the $10,000 detailed in the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program Guide.

The U.S. Chamber sent a letter to Capitol Hill urging members of congress to swiftly increase funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) in addition to renewing funding for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program.

Here are the funding options available to small businesses:

For more information regarding Financial Aid during these difficult times, for yourself or your business, visit the Neponset River Regional Chamber  website.

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together! Rest assured, we will continue to do our best to keep you up-to-date and informed!

Creating Visions Of Your Child's Future

4/16/2020 (Permalink)

It is hard not to be overwhelmed with the abundance of information there is regarding the unfathomable reality we are all facing. While the oceans of information and changes we are making are necessary, they may be having a negative impact to our collective mental well being. Children especially not only need help understanding the world around them, but most importantly, need reassurance that this too will pass.

For those of us with a full house looking for any activity to pass the time (other than binge watching Netflix originals) here is suggestion: create a Vision Board!

A Vision Board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal. It can also be a visualization tool that sets an intention for what our children want, might need and how they want to feel. By displaying images and inspirational words that matter to our children, they are creating a visual representation of what they want and will continually reinforces that.

This simple exercise can serve as a fun family activity and a wonderful coping tool that will take our children’s attention away from their current struggles and help them to focus on, and shape, their future!  Here are some of the things that you will need to get started:

Supplies

  1. Poster board or a cork board
  2. Construction paper
  3. Plenty of Magazines
  4. Scissors
  5. Gel Pens
  6. Glue, tape or thumbtacks

Vision Board Guidance

Try to keep directions to a minimum and let your children dream big! Have them focus on how they want to feel, not just on material things they may want. Come up with a series of open ended questions that will help guide them. Then let them run with it! Here are some examples of open ended guiding questions:

Suggestions

  1. What do you want to be when you grow up?
  2. Where would you like to travel to this year?
  3. What fun activities would you like to do?
  4. If you can help someone, how would you do it?
  5. Who do you love?
  6. What makes you feel loved?

Anything that inspires and motivates them is fair game. When the Vision Boards are complete talk to your children about their creations and hang them for all to see. Let them know that they can make changes to their boards whenever they like and remember to discuss any changes they make with them.

During these challenging times, much like inspirational quotes or sayings, using Vision Boards to help focus on our futures is a healthy coping strategy to employ. Doing so can greatly improve your families’ collective mental well being.    

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together!

Answering Your Child's Questions

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

As time passes and we continue to self quarantine and remain steadfast in our fight against the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) it is only natural for children to ask questions. Those questions, and perhaps fears, will only increase as States decide to close schools permanently for the 2019-2020 school year. The CDC has provided facts about COVID – 19 for discussions with children. When you are having these discussions remember to try to keep the information you share age appropriate. Also, remind your children that everyone in your community along with school officials are working hard to keep everyone safe and healthy.

What is COVID-19?

  • COVID-19 is the short name for “coronavirus disease 2019.” It is a new virus. Doctors and scientists are still learning about it.
  • Recently, this virus has made a lot of people sick. Scientists and doctors think that most people will be ok, especially kids, but some people might get pretty sick.
  • Doctors and health experts are working hard to help people stay healthy.

What can I do so that I don’t get COVID-19?

  • You can practice healthy habits at home, school, and play to help protect against the spread of COVID-19:
    • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. If you sneeze or cough into a tissue, throw it in the trash right away.
    • Keep your hands out of your mouth, nose, and eyes. This will help keep germs out of your body.
    • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Follow these five steps—wet, lather (make bubbles), scrub (rub together), rinse and dry. You can sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice.
    • If you don’t have soap and water, have an adult help you use a special hand cleaner.
    • Keep things clean. Older children can help adults at home and school clean the things we touch the most, like desks, doorknobs, light switches, and remote controls. (Note for adults: you can find more information about cleaning and disinfecting on CDC’s website.)
    • If you feel sick, stay home. Just like you don’t want to get other people’s germs in your body other people don’t want to get your germs either.

What happens if you get sick with COVID-19?

  • COVID-19 can look different in different people. For many people, being sick with COVID-19 would be a little bit like having the flu. People can get a fever, cough, or have a hard time taking deep breaths. Most people who have gotten COVID-19 have not gotten very sick. Only a small group of people who get it have had more serious problems. From what doctors have seen so far, most children don’t seem to get very sick. While a lot of adults get sick, most adults get better.
  • If you do get sick, it doesn’t mean you have COVID-19. People can get sick from all kinds of germs. What’s important to remember is that if you do get sick, the adults at home and school will help get you any help that you need.
  • If you suspect your child may have COVID-19, call the healthcare facility to let them know before you bring your child in to see them.

For more information on COVID-19 and how best to improve your mental wellbeing during these uncertain times visit the Centers for Disease Control  website. 

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together!

General Principles For Talking To Children

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

As public conversations around coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) increase, children may worry about themselves, their family, and friends getting ill with COVID-19. Parents play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear. The CDC has created guidance to help adults have conversations with children about COVID-19 and ways they can avoid getting and spreading the disease.

Remain calm and reassuring.

  • Remember that children will react to both what you say and how you say it. They will pick up cues from the conversations you have with them and with others.

Make yourself available to listen and to talk.

  • Make time to talk. Be sure children know they can come to you when they have questions.

Avoid language that might blame others and lead to stigma.

  • Remember that viruses can make anyone sick, regardless of a person’s race or ethnicity. Avoid making assumptions about who might have COVID-19.

Pay attention to what children see or hear on television, radio, or online.

  • Consider reducing the amount of screen time focused on COVID-19. Too much information on one topic can lead to anxiety.

Provide information that is honest and accurate.

  • Give children information that is truthful and appropriate for the age and developmental level of the child.
  • Talk to children about how some stories on COVID-19 on the Internet and social media may be based on rumors and inaccurate information.

Teach children everyday actions to reduce the spread of germs.

  • Remind children to stay away from people who are coughing or sneezing or sick.
  • Remind them to cough or sneeze into a tissue or their elbow, then throw the tissue into the trash.
  • Discuss any new actions that may be taken at school to help protect children and school staff.
    (e.g., increased handwashing, cancellation of events or activities)
  • Get children into a handwashing habit.
    • Teach them to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
    • If soap and water are not available, teach them to use hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer should contain at least 60% alcohol. Supervise young children when they use hand sanitizer to prevent swallowing alcohol, especially in schools and child care facilities.

For more information on COVID-19 and how best to improve your mental wellbeing during these uncertain times visit the Centers for Disease Control  website. 

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together!

Safely Caring For Loved Ones

4/8/2020 (Permalink)

According to the CDC most people who get sick with COVID-19 will have only mild illness and may decide to recover at home. Care at home can help stop the spread of COVID-19 and help protect people who are at risk for getting seriously ill from COVID-19.

Here are steps to follow to help car for your loved ones and to remain safe. 

Provide symptom treatment

  • Make sure the sick person drinks a lot of fluids to stay hydrated and rests at home.
  • Over-the-counter medicines may help with symptoms.
  • For most people, symptoms last a few days and get better after a week.

Prevent the spread of germs when caring for someone who is sick

  • Have the person stay in one room, away from other people, including yourself, as much as possible.
    • If possible, have them use a separate bathroom.
    • Avoid sharing personal household items, like dishes, towels, and bedding
    • Have them wear a cloth face covering (that covers their nose and mouth) when they are around people, including you.
    • It the sick person can’t wear a cloth face covering, you should wear one while in the same room with them.
    • If the sick person needs to be around others (within the home, in a vehicle, or doctor’s office), they should wear a cloth face covering that covers their mouth and nose.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after interacting with the sick person. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Every day, clean all surfaces that are touched often, like counters, tabletops, and doorknobs
    • Use household cleaning sprays or wipes according to the label instructions.
  • Wash laundry thoroughly.
    • If laundry is soiled, wear disposable gloves and keep the soiled items away from your body while laundering. Wash your hands immediately after removing gloves.
  • Avoid having any unnecessary visitors.
  • For any additional questions about their care, contact their healthcare provider or state or local health department.

For more information on COVID-19 and how best to improve your mental wellbeing during these uncertain times visit the Centers for Disease Control  website. 

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together!

Make Your Own Mask

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

The unprecedented times we find ourselves in are ever evolving. As the experts become more knowledgeable about the coronavirus and how it spreads their guidelines for all of us to remain safe evolves too. The latest update occurred over the weekend, and in case you missed it, here it is.

As the CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States.  We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.  This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms.  In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

For more information on COVID-19 and how best to improve your mental wellbeing during these uncertain times visit the Centers for Disease Control  website. 

For an instructional DIY video on how to make your own cloth mask click here.

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together!

Helping Your Children Cope With Stress

4/3/2020 (Permalink)

The stress caused by these difficult times can be difficult, especially for children. Children and teens react, in part, on what they see from the adults around them. When parents and caregivers deal with the COVID-19 calmly and confidently, they can provide the best support for their children. Parents can be more reassuring to others around them, especially children, if they are better prepared.

Not all children and teens respond to stress in the same way. Some common changes to watch for include:

  • Excessive crying or irritation in younger children
  • Returning to behaviors they have outgrown (for example, toileting accidents or bedwetting)
  • Excessive worry or sadness
  • Unhealthy eating or sleeping habits
  • Irritability and “acting out” behaviors in teens
  • Poor school performance or avoiding school
  • Difficulty with attention and concentration
  • Avoidance of activities enjoyed in the past
  • Unexplained headaches or body pain
  • Use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs

There are many things you can do to support your child

  • Take time to talk with your child or teen about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child or teen can understand.
  • Reassure your child or teen that they are safe. Let them know it is ok if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you.
  • Limit your family’s exposure to news coverage of the event, including social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.
  • Try to keep up with regular routines. If schools are closed, create a schedule for learning activities and relaxing or fun activities.
  • Be a role model.  Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Connect with your friends and family members.

Learn more about helping children cope.

Reduce stress in yourself and others

Sharing the facts about COVID-19 and understanding the actual risk to yourself and people you care about can make an outbreak less stressful..

When you share accurate information about COVID-19 you can help make people feel less stressed and allow you to connect with them.

Learn more about taking care of your emotional health

For more information on COVID-19 and how best to improve your mental wellbeing during these uncertain times visit the Centers for Disease Control  website. 

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together!

Coping With Stress

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

It is hard not to be overwhelmed with the abundance of information there is regarding the unfathomable reality we are all facing. We have all done our best to educate ourselves with the causes and symptoms of the coronavirus. Unfortunately, the vast majority of information focuses on the impacts to our physical health and safety and how to slow the spread of the virus.

While the oceans of information and changes we are making are necessary they may be having a negative impact to our collective mental well being. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in both adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations.  

How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, the things that make you different from other people, and the community you live in. People who may respond more strongly to the stress of a crisis include

  • Older people and people with chronic diseases who are at higher risk for COVID-19
  • Children and teens
  • People who are helping with the response to COVID-19, like doctors and other health care providers, or first responders
  • People who have mental health conditions including problems with substance use

Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include:

  • Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
  • Changes in sleep or eating patterns
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
  • Worsening of chronic health problems
  • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs

Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger.

Things you can do to support yourself

For more information on COVID-19 and how best to improve your mental wellbeing during these uncertain times visit the Centers for Disease Control  website. 

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together!

Food Access During School Closures

3/31/2020 (Permalink)

By now most parents are aware that Schools in the state of Massachusetts will not reopen until Monday, May 4th at the earliest. Having academic expectations without the traditional routines of school can feel overwhelming. Unfortunately, educating our students is only one of the may services our school systems provide to our children. They provide meals too. Meals that some families rely on as part of their child's daily nutrition.

To ensure that children continue to receive nutritious meal options the state has approved a method of “grab and go” food distribution to serve both breakfast and lunch and designated the Foxborough YMCA as one of those approved sites.

Additionally, donation boxes are located for those who are able and wish to provide contributions of food and/or grocery gift cards. For complete details on this program, other locations and ways to help our communities download their flyer by clicking here.

For more information on COVID-19 and how best to protect yourself and others around you visit the Centers for Disease Control  website. 

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together!

Are You At Risk

3/31/2020 (Permalink)

Buoy Health, a Boston-based startup and MassChallenge HealthTech 2019 alum, has developed an AI health assistant application that helps consumers get real-time information about symptoms and triages them to the appropriate care. 

"In light of the coronavirus outbreak, the startup [updated] its AI algorithm to properly screen for coronavirus. Learn more about the work they are doing to combat the coronavirus."

Buoy has entered a partnership with the state of Massachusetts to promote Telehealth services and provide its residents with additional tools to assess their risks for COVID-19. The Baker Administration announced the launch of Buoy Health’s new online resource for residents to check their symptoms and connect with the appropriate health-care resource.

It is important to note that the tool does not replace emergency medical care. However, the application may be used as a support for residents during the COVID-19 outbreak to connect them. Buoy Health’s online 24/7 tool is free for Massachusetts residents and uses current COVID-19 guidance from the CDC and Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Visit Buoy.com/mass to learn more and use the tool. 

For more information on COVID-19 and how best to protect yourself and others around you visit the Centers for Disease Control  website. 

Socializing While Distancing

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

Given the current situation regarding the coronavirus, the Federal and Local Government’s recommendations against large gatherings and the CDC advocating the practice of social distancing to us all, most of us find ourselves confined to our homes. We at SERVPRO of Foxborough understand practicing social distancing from friends and loved ones, while paramount during these uncertain times, is not necessarily easy. We have compiled a list of free applications that everyone can use to socialize while distancing.

FaceTime

FaceTime is Apple's proprietary video calling app. If you have an iPhone, iPad or Mac, it operates seamlessly, letting you start a video chat with any of your contacts. In 2018 Apple also added a Group FaceTime option, allowing you to chat with up to 32 people at once.

What'sApp

What'sApp is owned by Facebook and works on both Android and iOS devices. You can use it to send messages, or make video or audio calls. Its global popularity makes it a great option for keeping in touch with family and friends worldwide.

Skype

Skype is owned by Microsoft and is available for iOS, Android, Windows and Mac. It offers video and audio calling, supporting up to 50 people on the same audio call (the number of video callers depends on what device you're using).

Zoom

Zoom offers video and audio conferencing, chat and webinar features across mobile devices, desktops, phones and room systems. It offers a free basic tier that allows you to host up to 100 participants and unlimited one-to-one meetings. Parents of school age children may already have downloaded this app as Zoom appears to be the top choice for most school districts to host online classrooms.

For more information on COVID-19 and how best to protect yourself and others around you visit the Centers for Disease Control  website. 

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together!

How To Protect Others

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

These continue to be difficult times we find ourselves in. The impacts to our clients and communities are unprecedented! The best course of action for us all to take is to be as informed as we can at this time. We at SERVPRO of Framingham plan on doing our part to keep our clients and communities informed.

The CDC recommends the following steps to take to protect others;

  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

For more information on COVID-19 and how best to protect yourself and others around you visit the Centers for Disease Control website. 

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together!

Viral Cleaning

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together! The easiest step we can all take at home and in the workplace is to properly sanitize the area. Did you know that while everything can be cleaned, the same does not hold true for disinfecting?

Cleaning/Sanitizing/Disinfecting

It is important to understand the different levels of cleaning that may or may not be possible for each surface. All surfaces can be cleaned, many surfaces can be sanitized, and some surfaces can be disinfected.

The three main levels of microbe control are:

  • General surface cleaning – physically removes visible dirt, organic matter, viruses, fungi, and bacteria. General surface cleaning is accomplished with water, detergent, and physical scrubbing of the surface. The guiding principle is to remove microbes if possible, rather than kill them (with a sanitizer or disinfectant). In addition, thoroughly cleaning a surface can reduce the need to disinfect because without the nutrients and moisture needed to survive and multiply, most microbes cannot live on a clean and dry surface for very long. 
  • Sanitizing – reduces but does not necessarily eliminate all the bacteria on a treated surface. Sanitizers do not have claims for viruses or fungi. To be a registered sanitizer, the test results for a product must show a reduction of at least a. 99.9% in the number of each type of bacteria tested on non-food-contact surfaces. Examples of non-food-contact sanitizers include carpet sanitizers, air sanitizers, laundry additives, and in-tank toilet bowl sanitizers.
  • Disinfecting – works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs.v Disinfecting destroys or irreversibly inactivates infectious or other undesirable microbes, but not necessarily the spores of bacteria and fungi. The number of microbes killed during a disinfecting process will vary, depending on the specific chemical and how it is used.

For more information on COVID-19 and how best to protect yourself and others around you visit the Centers for Disease Control website. 

Please be safe and vigilant in your cleaning efforts. Should you have any doubts regarding the safety of your residential or commercial property needs expert preventative deep cleaning services, call the experts at SERVPRO of Foxborough today – (508) 533 - 5305

Protect yourself, your loved ones and your home with these cold weather safety tips!

12/15/2016 (Permalink)

1. Layer up! Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing your body heat.

 

2. Don’t forget your furry friends. Bring pets indoors. If they can’t come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.

 

3. Remember the three feet rule. If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away – things such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs.

 

4. Requires supervision – Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.

 

5. Don’t catch fire! If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.

 

6. Protect your pipes. Run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent your pipes from freezing. Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals out of the reach of children. Keep the garage doors closed if there are water lines in the garage.

 

7. Better safe than sorry. Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night. Your heating bill may be a little higher, but you could avoid a more costly repair job if your pipes freeze and burst.

 

8. The kitchen is for cooking. Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.

 

9. Use generators outside. Never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage.

 

10. Knowledge is power. Don’t hook a generator up to the home’s wiring. The safest thing to do is to connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator.

Be prepared for freezing temperatures!

12/15/2016 (Permalink)

Its technically been winter for several weeks, we’re just now experiencing freezing cold temperatures and the dread of having to clean ice off our windshields before we can drive. Weather changes affect both you and your vehicle. In freezing temperatures, you can’t expect your car to function properly immediately without making some minor changes. Here are some suggestions on ways to ensure that your vehicle is properly ready for the winter season:

Emergency kit – It’s a good idea to put together some things useful tools to store in your trunk so you have them in case you get stuck in a snow bank or on the side of the road during a snowstorm.

Windshield safety – Many people don’t take the time to clear their windshield. Make sure your windshield is completely clear before you drive, especially when there are adverse weather conditions. Eliminate the chances of an accident by only driving if there’s no ice or snow blocking your view.

Tire pressure – Tire pressure is really important in the winter, which is why many people purchase snow tires. Properly inflated tires will ensure good traction in slippery conditions.

Battery – Battery issues remain one of the most common ways for a car to break down, particularly during winter. The scary thing about car batteries is extremely cold temperatures can decrease the battery’s life by up to 50 percent.

Some important kit items include:

  • Blankets
  • Snow boots
  • Engine oil
  • Washer fluid
  • Coolant
  • Flashlight
  • Jumper Cables
  • Flares
  • Small snow shovel, Take a look at a full list of car kit emergency tools that will come in handy.

Additional car safety tips for freezing weather:

  • Keep the gas tank at least half full at all times to avoid potential freezing issues due to excess moisture.
  • Make sure your brakes are in good working order.
  • Keep a cell phone charger or extra battery pack in case you need to call for help.

2016 MAIA The Big Event Winner

11/28/2016 (Permalink)

Congratulations Wayne Texeiera from D Francis Murphy Insurance. Winner of a Roku! Thank you for stopping at our booth #119 SERVPRO of The Bridgewaters, Stoughton/Sharon, and Franklin/Walpole. Along with SERVPRO of Braintree/Milton....Enjoy Your Prize!

Our November Crossword winner

11/28/2016 (Permalink)

Congratulations to Natalia from Estabrook and Chamberlain Insurance in Bridgewaters!!! Our Crossword Contest Winner.

October National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

How can National Breast Cancer Awareness Month make a difference?

We can use this opportunity to spread the word about steps women can take to detect breast cancer early.

Here are just a few ideas:

  • Ask doctors and nurses to speak to women about the importance of getting screened for breast cancer.
  • Encourage women ages 40 to 49 to talk with their doctors about when to start getting mammograms.
  • Organize an event to talk with women ages 50 to 74 in your community about getting mammograms every 2 years.

How can I help spread the word?

We’ve made it easier for you to raise awareness about breast cancer. This toolkit is full of ideas to help you take action today. For example:

  • Add information about breast cancer screening to your newsletter.
  • Tweet about National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
  • Add this Web badge to your website.

October Fire Prevention Month

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

About Fire Safety & Prevention
Did you know that if a fire starts in your home, you may have just two minutes to escape?
The most effective way to protect yourself and your home from fire is to identify and remove fire hazards. 60 percent of house fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. During a home fire, working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives.
 
Fire Safety Tips

 

-Talk with all household members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.

-Test smoke alarms once a month, if they're not working, change the batteries.

-If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL for help.

-Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.

 

Preparing and Preventing a Home Fire - Steps You Can Take Now

 

 

-Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.

-Never smoke in bed.

-Talk to your children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach.

-Download the Monster Guard: Prepare for Emergencies mobile game to teach kids about fire safety and other disasters.

-Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room

 

Smoke Alarms

-Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.

-Teach your children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.

-Test smoke alarms once a month, if they're not working, change the batteries.

-Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. Never disable smoke or carbon monoxide alarms.

-Carbon monoxide alarms are not substitutes for smoke alarms. Know the difference between the sound of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.

 

Fire Escape Planning

 

-Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home.

-Make sure everyone knows where to meet outside in case of fire.

-Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year and at different times of the day. Practice waking up to smoke alarms, low crawling and meeting outside. Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.

-Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.

Cooking Safely

-Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.

-Stay in the home while simmering, baking, roasting or boiling food. Check it regularly and use a timer to remind you that food is cooking.

-Keep anything that can catch fire-like pot holders, towels, plastic and clothing- away from the stove.

-Keep pets off cooking surfaces and counter tops to prevent them from knocking things onto the burner.

Caution: Carbon Monoxide Kills
 
-Install carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas.-If the carbon monoxide alarm sounds, move quickly to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door.
 
-Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area.
 
Fire Damage Repair and Restoration
Fires can be especially devastating to your home or business. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have specialized fire and water damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire condition. They also can remove the pervasive smoke odor and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpet. 
Please refer to our Fire Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals

  • Provide 24/7 Emergency Service
  • Highly Trained Fire and Water Restoration Specialists
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry with over 1,650 Franchises
  • Preferred Vendor for Many National and Local Insurance Companies
 

The Fire Damage Restoration Process

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals know just how devastating a fire can be. Fire and water damage can leave your house unsafe and unlivable. They're trained to clean and restore your home with as little disruption as possible. Learn more about the fire damage restoration process.
Step1: Emergency Contact
Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
Step 6: Cleaning and Repair
Step 7: Restoration
 
SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole 1-508-533-5305

September is National Preparedness Month

9/9/2016 (Permalink)

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM) and a good reminder that we all have a responsibility to protect ourselves, our families and our communities. Emergencies will happen, but taking action now can help us minimize the impact they will have on our lives.Disasters not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities, including businesses of all sizes.

As an employer in your community, having a business continuity plan or Emergency Ready Profile can help protect your company, its employees, and its infrastructure, and maximizes your chances of recovery after an emergency or disaster.

You can start by taking these simple steps:

  • Be informed. Know the hazards and risks in your area, and learn what you need to do to get ready for them.
  • Make a emergency plan, so you know how you would communicate with and find your loved ones if a disaster hits.
  • Build an emergency supply kit - both at home and in the car - that includes water, food, and first aid supplies to help you survive if you lost power or get stranded in your car.
  • Get Involved - safety and emergency preparedness. Most communities have established emergency procedures and participate in activities planned to communicate those procedures.  

It is helpful to know the types of disasters that are likely to occur in your area and know just how authorities will notify you during a disaster. Know the differences between the various weather alerts as well so you know which actions to take. Your community can change in an instant when an emergency occurs so brushing up on first aid and CPR would be beneficial for you and your love ones.

If a natural disaster does occur, SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole will be there to clean up the mess and restore your home. Whether it be flood, mold, or fire, SERVPRO will make it like it never happened.

Call us at 

(508) 533-5305

Ecuadorian Avocado Garden Salad Receipe

7/1/2016 (Permalink)

Avocado garden salad with lime cilantro dressing Yield: For 6-8 people as a starter or side salad.

 

Delicious and refreshing garden salad recipe made with lettuce, tomato, onion and avocado with a lime cilantro dressing

Ingredients

  • 1 head of lettuce, washed and leaves cut or torn into large pieces
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced or quartered
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, sliced or diced
  • 1 tbs finely chopped cilantro
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Instructions

  • To make the dressing whisk the chopped cilantro, lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper together.
  • Combine the lettuce, tomatoes, onions and avocado in a large bowl.
  • Toss the salad with the dressing and serve.
  • Notes

    Add slices of grilled chicken or meat, or leftover salmon/shrimp to make this full entree style salad.

    Our facebook Contest winner!

    6/30/2016 (Permalink)

    Veasna Chheng

     Congratulations to Veasna Chneng from Priamerica Insurance for being the winner of a $25 Dunkin Donuts gift card for liking and sharing our Facebook page contest!!!!

    The Facebook contest is for all facebook users. 

    Email Cvillacres@SERVPROstoughton.com for more information or to enter future contest.

    We are Hiring Restoration Technician

    4/7/2016 (Permalink)

    We are a local fire and water Restoration Company is looking to hire full-time preferred with IICRC certified water technicians to add to our staff.  Experience in the construction, carpet cleaning, or restoration field will also be considered.

    We are seeking athletic, energetic people to perform demolition and specialized cleaning of properties damaged by fire, water and mold. The right candidate will be comfortable working hard in challenging situations, meeting new people, and have excellent communication skills.

     Overall Responsibilities

  • Provide excellent customer service.
  • Perform on-site production services, including water extraction and fire cleanup, pack out, mold remediation.
  • Leave jobsite with a clean and orderly appearance.
  • Follow company uniform policy.
  • Ability to work with little or no direct supervision.
  • Complete assigned work on a timely basis including all necessary paperwork.
  • Minimum Requirements

  • Must have a professional appearance and great attitude.
  • Valid driver’s license required as a continuing condition of employment.
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check with no felony convictions or misdemeanors involving violence or theft.
  • Must be able to pass a drug test.
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    Kids helping in the kitchen

    4/7/2016 (Permalink)

    Here are some ideas for different children’s age groups and what they can do around the kitchen as the holiday meal is prepared.

    Kids 3-5 can:

    -Get ingredients out of the refrigerator
    -Measure and mix ingredients together in a bowl.
    -Pour liquids into a bowl.
    -Wash fruits and vegetables off under cold water.

    -Use a cookie cutter to cut shapes out of cookie dough or sandwiches.

    Kids 6-8 can:

    -Open packages
    -Use a butter knife to spread frosting cream cheese, peanut butter or soft cheese.
    -Peel vegetables
    -Measure ingredients in a bowl
    -Set the table

    Kids 9-12 can:
    -Begin to follow a recipe
    -Open cans
    -Use electrical kitchen appliances, such as microwave oven, when a grown-up is present
    -Use a grater to shred cheese and vegetables
    -Turn stove burners on and off and select oven temperature when a grown up is present
    -Help plan the meal
    -Make a salad

    Kids 14+ can:
    -Operate the stove or oven without an adult present
    -Heat food up in the microwave without an adult present
    -Drain cooked pasta into a colander
    -Take a tray of food out of the oven

    Here are some safety tips to keep your family safe :

    • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.

    • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.

    • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.

    • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.

    • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.

    • Keep knives out of the reach of children.

    • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.

    • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.

    • Never leave children alone in room with a lit a candle.

    • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

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