Recently, the Tucson area has had some smoke and un-
healthy air quality due to the nearby wildfires burning
throughout nearby areas. All of the fires are sending smoke
billowing into the atmosphere, making it very unhealthy to
Fire managers throughout the state are spreading the word on how to prevent this year's wildland fires from spreading to your homes and businesses. Little things like clearing out fuels from around your home and keeping your grass mowed can really help protect your property. Take special care to thoroughly remove extra yard brush, especially buffelgrass, a plant that burns hot and fast, making desert fires even more treacherous.
In the event your property is damaged by fire, be sure to follow these guidelines to help minimize damage:
- Call ServiceMaster All Care Restoration right away. Corrosive fumes and soot from smoke and fire can cause permanent etching in less than 72 hours.
- Open windows and doors to help air out your home and reduce smoke odors.
- Clean chrome, formica, aluminum and porcelain fixtures to prevent tarnishing and etching.
- If your furnace uses forced hot air, change the air filter.
- Tape damp cheesecloth over important documents to capture loose soot in the air.
- Dispose of any opened packages of food.
- If the electricity is off, clean out the refrigerator and leave doors propped open.
- Send any clothing with heavy smoke damage to a qualified restoration dry cleaner for thorough cleaning.
Cool Stuff That Works
Air Scrubbers clean your air, remove unwanted odors as well as the toxins that cause them. They work to filter the air and remove particles which may include mold, spores, soot, smoke or dust.
Air Scrubbers utilize the power of high efficiency air filtration (HEPA) to eliminate odor particles from the air and create an environment safe for breathing.
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Papaya Avocado Salad
- 2 avocados, semi-ripe
- 2 papayas, not too soft
- 3 limes
- 1 small red onion, minced
- 1 teaspoon ginger, minced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 scallions, white part only, cut thin on the bias
- 1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves, sliced thin
- Salt and pepper
Peel and pit the avocados and slice the flesh into 10 wedges. Peel and seed the papaya and slice the flesh into 12 wedges.
Juice the limes into a non-reactive bowl, add red onion and ginger to bloom for 5 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and gently toss. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve immediately.
Our Hotshot of the Month
Our Employee Spotlight shines on Cassandrae Damgar this month!
Cassandrae has been working as our office manager for 6 months. Before joining ServiceMaster, Cassie earned her Associates Degree in Liberal Arts at Pima Community College and worked as a manager at the University of Arizona Student Union Game Room.
Cassie was born in San Antonio, Texas and also lived in Enid, Oklahoma before moving Tucson, where she has spent most of her life.
Cassie is married and has two beagles. She enjoys taking her dogs on walks and going to University of Arizona basketball games.
She just recently traveled to Europe and celebrated her 23rd birthday visiting London, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Pisa and Florence.
Cassie is an important part of our team and we are so thankful to have her on board!
Eyes on the Game
Supporting Local Teams
Baseball is in full swing at the University of Arizona! We were there when Tony Starks, an agent with Farmers Insurance
threw out the first pitch of the game.
Congratulations, Tony -- who got his picture taken with team mascot, Wilbur the Wildcat!