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Plan Ahead For Busy Holiday Travel

12/9/2016 (Permalink)

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

HOLIDAY TRAVEL TIPS

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

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

Keep Fido Safe During the Holidays!

11/28/2016 (Permalink)

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

6 Holiday Hazards to Pets:

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

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

Happy Holidays from SERVPRO of Cincinnati East!

Cherish the Little Pleasures of Life

11/11/2016 (Permalink)

A Day of Thanks

What does it mean to be thankful? Around this time of the year, people reflect on what they are grateful for. They think about the people in their lives and the things they have. They come together with loved ones and enjoy a meal together. Some families might have the tradition for each family member to share one thing that they are thankful for. What will you say this year when it is your turn to share?

Many will share the old clichés like, “I am thankful for my family.” Or, “I am thankful for my friends, home, pets, food, etc….” Of course these are all very important to be thankful for…probably the most important! But did you ever stop to think about those random little things in your daily life that make life just a little more pleasant?

10 Simple Things to be Thankful For in a Day

  1. Snooze button on the alarm clock
  2. Hair dryer, hairbrush, toothbrush
  3. No line at the drive-thru
  4. Password auto-fill option
  5. Coffee
  6. Light traffic
  7. Garage door opener
  8. Dishwasher
  9. TV remote control
  10. Blankets, pillows, socks and slippers

How about adding a little creativity to this year’s “What are you thankful for?” conversation…This year take a moment to think about and appreciate the little things too, the things that we have every day and don’t even really realize. These are just a few examples…What can you add to this list?

Happy Thanksgiving from SERVPRO of Cincinnati East!

Honor Our Veterans on November 11th

11/4/2016 (Permalink)

Veterans Day is November 11th and it is a day set aside to honor all American veterans, both living and dead, who have dedicated themselves to the loyal service of our great country. It is a time to give thanks to the American veterans and show them appreciation for the great sacrifices that they have made in their lives to preserve the freedom of our country.

Because it is a federal holiday, some American workers and students will have the privilege of enjoying the holiday free from work or school. On this special day, how nice would it be if every veteran could receive even a small gesture that shows they are appreciated? Even the simplest act can mean so much!

There are many ways to show appreciation to veterans on this day. One of the most meaningful activities that people can do is to send notes or cards to hospitalized veterans or veterans living in retirement homes. And a brief, in person visit could be even better! Ask a veteran about his service…Sometimes just lending an attentive ear is enough to show appreciation. Other simple ways to honor a veteran on November 11th include attending a Veterans Day event, flying the American flag, or donating to an organization that directly helps veterans in need.

So this year, on November 11th, remember and appreciate those who have sacrificed to serve our country. Take just a moment to thank a veteran!

SERVPRO of Cincinnati East Employees Enjoy Appreciation Cook-Out

8/8/2016 (Permalink)

The mission of SERVPRO of Cincinnati East is to develop a team of quality people who focus on excellent service, fairness, and mutual respect. We want to provide the best service possible to our customers and we believe that having excellent employee morale in the workplace will lead to better teamwork and better production. This, in turn, will result in jobs well done and customer satisfaction!

In order to show our appreciation to our great employees and continue to build employee morale, SERVPRO of Cincinnati East most recently held an employee appreciation cook-out. Our employees enjoyed a fantastic lunch of grilled burgers, hot dogs and a variety of side dishes and desserts. The casual setting of the cook-out allowed our employees to gather together, chat and build personal bonds. 

SERVPRO of Cincinnati East appreciates the dedication, commitment, and hard work of all our employees. Our success would not be possible without them!