November 2011

Welcome! John

As both the leaves and temperatures are dropping we just want to remind you this is the perfect time to prepare your home and property for winter. There is still daylight to finish those winterization projects.

This month’s newsletter is a compilation of various informational topics we thought would be of interest. We hope they will be of value moving forward.


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Daylight Saving Time:

Sunday November 6, 2011 marks the end of Daylight Saving Time and is a reminder to set your clocks back 1 (one) hour here in the US. Typically the recommendation is to set your clocks back as you go to bed Saturday evening as the official “Fall Back” time is 2:00 AM Sunday morning.

It is interesting to note that the federal government doesn’t require U.S. states or territories to observe daylight saving time, which is why residents of Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Marianas Islands won’t need to change their clocks.

Ben Franklin-of “early to bed and early to rise” fame-was apparently the first person to suggest the concept of daylight savings. While serving as U.S. ambassador to France in Paris, Franklin wrote of being awakened at 6 a.m. and realizing, to his surprise, that the sun would rise far earlier than he usually did. Imagine the resources that might be saved if he and others rose before noon and burned less midnight oil, Franklin, tongue half in cheek, wrote to a newspaper.

It wasn’t until World War I that daylight savings were realized on a grand scale. Germany was the first state to adopt the time changes, to reduce artificial lighting and thereby save coal for the war effort. Friends and foes soon followed suit.

Today there are many opinions and arguments about the practice of Daylight Saving Time, it’s affects on energy usage, health and the economy. From a disaster preparedness perspective local fire departments use these dates as reminders to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

For additional information on Daylight Saving Time check out wikipedia

La Nina:

As winter is just around the corner and there is a lot of interest in the upcoming weather forecast and patterns. One of the biggest influences on our region is La Nina, which is the cooler-than-normal sea-surface temperature phenomenon in the south-central Pacific Ocean.

To see what the experts are predicting check out this recent Spokesman-Review article

IICRC Name Change

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) has announced a name changed to The Clean Trust.

This name change was driven by 3 key benefits as seen by the board of directors and executive committee:

The name allows for the expansion into other service areas, such as installation, without adding extra letters or words to the existing acronym
The new name is short and easy to remember providing a unique marketing opportunity for the organization. For years the IICRC had requests for more name recognition outside the industry and that the name was a mouthful
The new name allows the organization to separate the services of an institution from those of a trade association

In addition a new tagline has been unveiled: Where professionals find training and consumers find peace of mind. Interesting to note that ServiceMaster’s tagline is”Restoring peace of Mind”.

Here at ServiceMaster our employees and processes will continue to follow the industry standards, certifications and educational requirements as defined by this new organization.

Rest assured you will continue to receive the same outstanding service and commitment to professionalism you have experienced in the past.

If you would like further information on this name change please visit the IICRC