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Checklist for a stress-free moving day.

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

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A Moving Checklist That Is Stress-Free | Rainbow International

Every move represents the closing of one chapter and the beginning of another.  Sparky Anderson once said, “Good seasons start with good beginnings.”  Now we’re pretty sure Sparky was talking about baseball here, but you can absolutely apply this quote to day-to-day life too.

A Moving Checklist That Is Stress-Free  

Without a doubt, you want to start this new chapter in your life with a good beginning – and that means a stress-free move.  We at SERVPRO want you to feel at home again as soon as possible.  So, here is a moving checklist to help you have a stress-free move and get your new beginning started off right.

Toss It

Go through and get rid of, sell or donate anything you haven’t used in the past year.  Don’t waste your time packing it if you haven’t used it.  And if there’s time, have a pre-moving sale.  You’ll get a little extra pocket change to help with moving expenses.

Take Pictures

Before you box up your electronics, take a quick picture of how everything is hooked up and connected.  This will save you a major headache as you try to reconnect in your new home.

Color Code

Use colored duct tape to label each box.  Designate a color for each room in your new home.  As you pack, put a piece of tape on the side of the box for easy recognition.  All boxes with yellow tape will go to the kitchen; blue tape will go to the master bath…

Gather Essentials

Moving takes a lot out of you, and there’s a good possibility you may be too tired to get everything unpacked in one day.  So, pack an overnight bag with your essentials.  Make sure to include a change of clothing, medications and the basic toiletries you’ll need.

Make it Clear

Pack anything you will need right away in a clear plastic tub.  This includes paper/plastic eating utensils, phone chargers, power strips, box cutters, paper towels, trash bags…  You get the idea.  The clear tub will easily stand out from the mountains upon mountains of cardboard boxes. Hopefully these tips will help you recover from the move a little easier.  Happy moving!

FAMILY FUN FOR THE CAR RIDE

7/20/2018 (Permalink)

4 FUN FAMILY CAR GAMES TO SURVIVE A ROAD TRIP

If you’re a parent, the thought of a long summer car ride has the potential to strike fear in your heart. It’s not the traffic or cost of gas that’s scary. It’s the prospect of keeping the kids entertained for hours on end. That’s why having a few family car games ready to go can be a lifesaver on a road trip.

Here are a few car games for kids that can make the miles go faster and create a little family bonding in the process:

1. Barn, Bike, Beetle!

In this spotting game, the first person to spot a barn, a bike (your choice if motorcycles do or don’t count) and a Volkswagen Beetle wins. Change the spotting items to work for your surroundings.

2. Association

One person says a word and the next person says whatever comes to mind. Continue around the car for as long as you’d like. For example, one player might say “blue,” causing player two to say “water,” leading the next person to say “beach house!” The beauty of the game is that there are no right or wrong answers, and everyone can play.

3. Twenty Questions

A classic family car game, Twenty Questions is a simple game that can produce hours of fun. Take turns thinking of some sort of object; it can be a person, animal, food and anything in between. For younger children, you might want to establish a certain category to make the game a little easier. Players then can get 20 yes or no questions to ask, and then have to guess the secret object.

4. I Spy

I Spy is a great car game for young children due to its simplicity. One person picks out something from the surroundings, and gives a hint. Everyone then takes turns guessing the mystery object. Don’t forget the signature phrase, “I spy with my little eye” before giving a clue!

Safety First

While family car games can be a welcome addition to a road trip, safety always come first. Make sure whoever is driving maintains full focus on the road at all times and doesn’t get distracted by passengers playing a game. Here are more essential driving safety tips to keep in mind on your next road trip.

Red Cross Shares 15 Safety Tips for A Fun Summer

7/5/2017 (Permalink)

Swimming With A Buddy Is Always More Fun!

Whether outside in the sun, at the pool, or behind a grill, here's how to help stay safe all summer long.

The American Red Cross offers these easy tips to keep in mind as the summer rolls along.

HEAT SAFETY

1. Stay hydrated, keep drinking plenty of fluids. Avoid an abundance of alcohol and caffeine.

2. Wear loose fitting, light colored and lightweight clothing. Dark colors attract the sun's rays.

3. Avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day. Stay cool inside.

4. Use the buddy system when working in excessive heat. Check on each other. Keep drinking fluids and take breaks.

5. Always check on neighbors, family and friends, especially those that live alone or do not have air conditioning. Check on their pets, too.

WATER SAFETY

6. Be Water Smart, make sure everyone in the family learns to swim well.

7. Actively supervise children by staying within arm's reach of newer swimmers and young children. Don't get preoccupied on the phone or in a book.

8. Don't fool with a pool. Fence it in and be sure your children are at someone's house that has a fence around their pool. Don't be shy to ask. Is it self closing and self-latching?

9. Always when in a boat, wear your U.S. Coast guard-approved life jacket. Water wings and inflatable toys can be fun, but they are not a replacement for wearing a life jacket. Keep the adult supervision on high alert when boating.

10. Once again, use the buddy system, never swim alone even if you are in front of the lifeguard station at the beach or lake. This tip is for adults as well as children.

GRILLING SAFETY

11. Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use. DO NOT Add charcoal lighter fluid after coals have already been ignited.

12. Never grill indoors, in your home, camper, tent or any enclosed area.

13. Make sure everyone stays away from the grill, especially toddlers and pets.

14. Inspect where your grill is in relation to your house. Have the grill out in the open away from the house, the deck, tree branches, awnings, patio furniture - anything that could catch fire.

15. Use long-handled utensils especially made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe.

SERVPRO of West Chester is proud to be a partner with the Tri-County American Red Cross. For more useful tips go to redcross.org.

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