#Ka-Boom: Independence Day Safety

It’s time for Fourth of July celebrations – fireworks, backyard barbecues, trips to the lake. Whatever you have planned, it is important that you follow safety precautions so you can enjoy the holiday with your friends and family. Below are some tips from the American Red Cross on how to stay safe this 4th of July. FIREWORK SAFETY  The safest way …

Tornado Season

Here in the Midwest, our location in “Tornado Alley” means that severe weather is a staple of our Spring & Summer months. With tornadoes being the most destructive threat for us, it is important that we have the knowledge of what to do when severe weather strikes.    The potential for tornadoes is categorized in two different ways- a Tornado …

High Water Ahead!

Spring & Summer in the Midwest involve a lot of fast moving storms that can produce extremely heavy downpours. Oftentimes, the ground can’t absorb the water as fast as it is coming down, resulting in flash flooding that can cause Over the Ground Flooding in your property. Over the Ground Flooding is different than floods caused by a leak in …

Water Loss- what now?

Have you ever experienced a large emergency water loss event at your property or workplace? If you haven’t, chances are that when such a disaster strikes you aren’t sure of what to do. Whether the water loss is a result of a broken pipe, a broken water heater, or storm flooding, there are actions you can take to ensure quick action …

Prevent Frozen Sprinkler Systems at your Business

Frozen water exerts thousands of pounds of pressure on a pipe, causing it to burst and result in flooding and major damage to your business. One major source of water most people don’t think about is the fire suppression systems. Implementing the below tips can greatly reduce a building’s potential structural  and business operations loss due to freezing temperatures, large …

PLUMBING WINTERIZATION TIPS

As 2017 comes to a close, we are finally starting to see the freezing temperatures arrive. As you begin to pull out your winter coats, don’t forget that your home or business also needs some protection against the elements! You don’t want to the damage and costly repairs caused by frozen pipes to dampen your end of the year holiday …

Preventing Frozen Pipes

The most predictable thing about Midwest weather is that it’s going to be completely unpredictable. You may start your morning in a coat and scarf, but by the afternoon you’re in shorts and a tee-shirt. One thing many people aren’t thinking about yet is the threat of frozen pipes, but the reality is pipes can burst and cause flooding in both cold and warm …

Holiday Decor Safety Tips

No one wants to spoil the cheer of the holiday season, but Christmas decor in the home can present many safety hazards. A main concern with Christmas decor is fire danger, often brought on by the combination of electrical malfunctions and highly flammable decorations such as trees, garland, candles, and strings of lights. Even if you already put up your …

The Holidays and Our Pets

Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family and holiday feasts—but all the holiday gatherings may be a time of distress for our animal companions. Things such as under-cooked turkey, pet-unfriendly decor, or an unattended alcoholic drink can spell trouble for our furry family members. Below are some helpful tips provided by the ASPCA to help keep your pets safe during …

Holiday Kitchen Safety

The holiday season is a time of gathering. For many, that starts in the kitchen- making family recipes and decorating cookies.  Unfortunately, the holidays are also prime time for cooking fires. Some upsetting statistics provided by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA): Four times as many home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving Day. The day before Thanksgiving is the second leading …