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SERVPRO of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon sponsors a Pony Ride for Humane Society Fundraiser

7/19/2016 (Permalink)

We have a lifelong love of animals at our Servpro of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon, so we had to sponsor a pony ride for our Humane Society's fundraiser!

RESCUE ME is a local Humane Society Program in Westchester County, NY and they need help:  SERVPRO of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon to the rescue!

We co-sponsored a great event last weekend, with a Pony Ride for kids and a Gallery opening with wine and cheese for adults – hosted by Transform Gallery of NYC.

Fun was had by all at their Westchester County Studios, especially the little ones who had their first ride in a saddle, according to some parents. 

Our SERVPRO of Scarsdale… was invited to sponsor because Forrest Sheperd’s fine art paintings were juried into the gallery. Also, the Sheperds are friends and fans of Kara O’Neill, the Design Strategist & Art Gallery Director at Transform. 

Kara knows all about our horse, Krys, too, and that we are equine fans.  Some of Forrest’s figurative Impressionist paintings are of horses and other “equines.”

As horse, dog, bunny and animal lovers, we had to support the cause and participate in our local Humane Society’s fundraiser. Numerous children’s books and a painting or two were sold that night, plus the show is on exhibit at:

If you can visit the gallery on a weekday, feel free to select a work of art or sculpture, with pet and wildlife themes, to support the dogs and cats -- that need food and a forever home!

Thanks so much,

Forrest & Hillary


7/19/2016 (Permalink)

Recently, a child fell from an open window in NYC and is in critical condition. We try to offer Hillary's Home Safety Tips for families: Window guards

Window Safety for children this summer in Scarsdale, NY 10583

When the weather's blazing this summer, it can be tempting to open your windows and let in a fresh breeze. But did you know this is a safety risk for young children? Help prevent tragic falls with these window safety pointers for your kids.  

Window Safety Do's

& Don'ts

    • DO: Ensure all windows are closed and locked when you are not in the room. Children can push windows open.
    • DON'T: Allow windows to open more than 4 inches. This prevents small children from being able to squeeze through.
    • DO: Keep windows open at the top, not at the bottom, whenever possible. Kids are less likely to access the opening.
    • DON'T: Assume that a screen makes the window safe. Screens aren't strong enough to hold even a small child.
    • DO: Install window safety devices (see below) on all windows — even on the first floor.
    • DON'T: Make windows accessible. Move furniture that kids might climb on away from windows.

Window Safety Xtras!:

Window stops and guards are designed to help prevent anyone from falling out the window, even our elderly parents, or guests.

Window stops keep windows from opening more than a few inches, and they block the window opening.

Help ensure safe and effective use with these tips:

    • Purchase the correct type of window guard. Find the correct fit for your window and follow the manufacturer's installation instructions.
    • Know how to remove the safety device. Practice removing it regularly so you'll be prepared to do so in the event of an emergency -- like a fire or carbon monoxide concern in your home.

~ Most of you know Forrest & me and our family owned SERVPRO of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon.  You may have seen our bright green trucks around the Village and town and at Scarsdale events.  

We're the premiere disaster cleanup Fire & Water Restoration pros in Southern Westchester, with a mold removal crew / chaser.  

But, if we can help with your windows and framing for child's safety guards, feel free to call Forrest for a complimentary walkthrough at:  


~ This is my small woman owned rebuilding and renovation biz based in southern Westchester County, NY:   

All Hands on Decks Kitchens

& Baths


Make a Plan, Have a Plan from SERVPRO of Scarsdale/Mount Vernon & your American Red Cross volunteer teams

5/2/2016 (Permalink)

We are working with local Red Cross chapters in the area and we want to get out the word about Making a Plan and Having a Plan with your family.

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

This is a list of emergency plan items to keep on hand, from your local Scarsdale SERVPRO partners and local Red Cross volunteers!:

  • Water:  one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, to use for drinking and sanitation. Water should be no older than 6 months, so switch out every New Years and 4th of July, as a rule/suggestion
  • Food:  at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food, stored in a cool, dry place!
  • Communications:  have a battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit with neosporin plus and a tourniquet
  • Whistles: to wear around yours and your children's necks, to signal for help
  • Dust masks (N-94s are best for particulate, esp. after a fire):  to help filter contaminated air, heavy plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter in place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers:  to turn off utilities and appliances, if needed
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger, in case a signal is possible

Once you have gathered the supplies for a basic emergency kit, you may want to consider adding the following items, as needed:

  • Prescription medications in waterproof bag(s) and extra reading glasses, if needed
  • Infant formula and diapers, for young children
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler's checks and some change in a plastic, waterproof bag(s)
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification andbank account records in a waterproof, portable container. You can use the plans developed by Operation Hope, FEMA and the American Citizen Corps, to help you organize your information.
  • Sleeping bags or warm blankets for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate and have Winter emergencies or power outages.
  • Three complete changes of clothing, including a long sleeved shirt, long pants andsturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Household chlorine bleach and a medicine dropper – When diluted, nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water, as used in swimming pools. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners. Or, buy water purifier tablets from a local camping store or outdoor outlet.
  • Fire extinguisher - one each for grease and electric or other fires, as most are talc and do not put out oil fires.
  • Matches in a waterproof container / bag.
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items, if needed for the family
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children, and kids of all ages
  • Candles in glass jars or Yankee Candle syle packaging, to prevent a fire vs. candle tapers

Good luck with your Emergency Kit and family plans, in case of severe storms, power outages and any type of disaster in the Northern Suburbs.

Get a plan, make a plan and have a plan for all in the family.