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ServiceMaster by Ayotte Provides Poison Prevention Tips

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

March 16, 2014 marked the official start of Poison Prevention Week! According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, they received over 3 million calls in 2012, 2.2 million of those calls were about poison exposure and consumption. That’s a lot of phone calls! So, we’d like to take a moment to provide you and your family with some great poison prevention tips. For more information, please visit the source links provided below.

 

Quick Tips:

  • Properly label ALL hazardous materials and medications.
  • Teach children to always ask an adult before touching, drinking, or eating anything.
  • DON’T refer to medication as candy.
  • Hang the Poison Control Center’s number in an easily accessible/visible place: 1-800-222-1222.

 

Medication:

  • Keep all medication out of reach of children and animals. Keep all medication in child-proof containers.
  • NEVER mix medications without a physicians permission.
  • NEVER take expired medication. Expired medication can be harmful.
  • Heat can sometimes break down the proteins in certain medications. Make sure you follow the proper storage directions on the label.
  • NEVER take the label off of your medications.
  • Always give the correct dose and the required time. If you miss a dosage, consult your doctor. Do not double up on medication without a physicians consent.
  • Do not mix medication with food or drink without consulting your physician.

 

Laundry Room

  • Keep all laundry products out of reach of children and animals.
  • Always keep the product in it’s original container (i.e. DON’T put liquid detergent capsules in Tupperware). NEVER remove labels from containers.
  • Read product labels before use. Pay close attention to “Caution” or “Warning” statements.
  • Immediately clean up any spills.
  • Set aside a special time to do laundry to eliminate distractions.
  • Dispose of products properly. NEVER reuse laundry product containers for storage of other materials.

 

Kitchen & Garage

  • Keep all cleaning products, fertilizers, chlorine, pesticides, etc. out of reach of children and animals.
  • NEVER mix cleaning products together. A mixture of chemicals can produce harmful gases.
  • Store cleaning, fertilizers, and pesticides in their original containers. Do NOT remove labels.
  • Do not reuse containers. (i.e. don’t use a kitty litter container to store pet food).
  • Keep all drawers and closets property locked with child/pet proof safety devices. Or, store products above counter level.
  • Read and follow product labels.
  • Do NOT allow your children/animals into the yard or kitchen immediately after using unsafe cleaning/fertilizing products.
  • Do NOT store extra toxic chemicals in your household. Depose of them immediately.
  • Depose of cleaning products, fertilizer, pesticides, etc. properly.

 

Sources:

http://www.aapcc.org/

http://www.poisonprevention.org/

http://kidshealth.org/parent/firstaid_safe/home/safety_poisoning.html

http://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-home/medication-safety/pages/Medication-Safety-Tips.aspx

http://www.cleaninginstitute.org/clean_living/doing_laundry_the_safe_way.aspx

http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/hometips/dhp/poison.htm

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RAK Day 1

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Can kindness movements make a difference?  They sure can.  Research is proving it over and over again – from Singapore to Denver, Random Acts of Kindness work!

Help us celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week and pass on a good deed today.  Share your story with us below and Coffee is on us (and we deliver)!

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Random Acts of Kindness Week 2014

Friday, February 7th, 2014

It is that time of year again – Random Acts of Kindness Week.  That is right, next week kicks off our 2nd year of participating in RAK!  So what is RAK, you say?  Well, according to the random acts of kindness foundation, RAK is a week dedicated to “step out of your normal routine or comfort zone and attempt a new random act of kindness each day”.  How fun is that?!?!  Last year we had a blast participating and we will be up to our own random acts of kindness all next week.  If you don’t already “Like” us on Facebook, look us up now!  Your chance to win will be dependent on your interaction with us.  Some of the things you could receive during our 2nd Annual RAK Campaign?… Carpet Cleaning, Lunch, Theater Tickets, Happy Hour with your favorite Cleaning & Restoration company and more!

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Merry Christmas

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

As we all take time this holiday season to gather with family and friends, may we also remember the true reason for our celebration!  Our business has been blessed in so many ways and each one of you are a blessing to us.  You have chosen to use a local family-owned business to provide your cleaning and restoration services.  You have put your trust in our team to keep your homes and facilities clean.  And when we have made mistakes, you have understood, forgiven us and continued to trust our services.

This Christmas season we are especially thankful for you.  We whole-heartedly appreciate your business.

May God bless you and your families this holiday season!

Beth Ayotte Naumann & Danny & LeaAnn Ayotte

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Employee Spotlight | Meet Bill!

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Bill RadtkeMy name is Bill Radke, originally from Menomonie Wisconsin. I have been married to my wife Kelly for 11 years – how blessed am I?! Together we have 3 beautiful children, Laney (7), Brett (3), and Isabel (1). Approximately 12 years ago I worked for ServiceMaster for about 3 years. I pursued some other dreams for a time and realized that I needed to come back. Thankfully I was able to. I feel so blessed. God is good! Thank you ServiceMaster by Ayotte for being a part of my return and for your prayers! It is great to be back!

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ServiceMaster Restore Teams up with Matt Paxton from Hoarders

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Matt_PaxtonMatt Paxton will be collaborating with experts from the ServiceMaster Restore team on hoarding and estate clean-up work.

“I simply could not help enough people with my small team,” he said. “After looking at several large service providers, I was attracted to the ServiceMaster corporate values, national footprint and business model,” said Paxton. At the same time, ServiceMaster was looking for an opportunity to create a service extension in the hoarding market.

Compulsive hoarding is a disorder characterized by difficulty discarding items that appear to most people to have little or no value. Hoarding was previously considered a subtype of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), but as of May, 2013, hoarding disorder is now included in the “American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders”.

Read more by visiting this press release!

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ServiceMaster by Ayotte Halloween Costume Contest!

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Don’t miss out on the fun this Halloween! Enter our costume contest and you could win a CASH prize! There are TWO ways to enter! Upload your photo to our contest page on Facebook or visit us in person at the office in Northfield! Happy Halloween everyone!!!

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Say PINK! | ServiceMaster by Ayotte donates to Susan G. Komen Minnesota fund in October

Monday, September 30th, 2013

October is designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and ServiceMaster by Ayotte is stepping up to support the cause.  This month for every Residential Carpet, Upholstery, Hard Surface Floor or General Cleaning appointment scheduled using the code PINK, ServiceMaster by Ayotte will donate $1 to the Susan G. Komen Minnesota non-profit corporation.  Help us contribute to the mission “To save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all, and energizing science to the find the cures.”

Call ServiceMaster by Ayotte today to schedule your appointment – 877-945-0993 or online at smbyayotte.com

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Employee Spotlight | Meet Dagan!

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Dagan_FBMy name is Dagan Steffen.  I am 38 years old.  I have been married to my lovely wife Dawn for 16 years.  We have three children,  Emily (14), Isabella (11),  and Tyler (9).  We live near Medford. We spend a lot of time outdoors, especially in the winter, snowmobiling.

As a child I lived in Owatonna, Grand Marais, and then New Prague. I have a sister (Dawn), a brother (Dallas), and my parents Dannie and Nancy.

I have been farming for as long a I can remember, and am currently farming for my neighbors. Right after graduation I started my own exterior siding installation business with my wife’s brother.   In 1997 I started working at Lull building forklifts.  I started out in production and then became part of the Research and Development Department building the prototype forklifts.  Then in 2003 the company was sold and moved to Pennsylvania. After they closed the doors I went into the carpenters union as a journeyman carpenter for Frana and Sons.  I worked there for 3 years until I got laid off due of lack of work.  Next, I framed houses for Countryside Construction for about a year. Then I started my own business, DDS Services LLC, which consisted of a lot of remodeling for Metro Home Improvements, and for DCI.

In April I started working for ServiceMaster by Ayotte as the production manager.  I am learning a lot about the this company and the many different ways to restore and clean structures. I am proud to be a part of the ServiceMaster Family!

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ServiceMaster 200 | NASCAR

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

NASCARJust a few weeks ago ServiceMaster by Ayotte traveled to St. Louis to participate in ServiceMaster Clean’s 2013 International Convention.   Our convention ended with big news on the marketing front, as this year ends a 5-year partnership that ServiceMaster Clean has had with NASCAR.

There is no better way to end our partnership than to go out in style – check out what NASCAR.com VP of marketing, Eric Eurich is talking about:  http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2013/08/06/nascar-nationwide-series-phoenix-servicemaster-200.html

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