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12/05/2016
Winter’s weather surprises can be tough enough on your business without mishaps. But when you add on a burst pipe, flooded basement, Christmas tree fire, or other preventable event, the headaches can quickly become enormous and costly. As a complement to our earlier post on fall business preparations, here are five tips for avoiding some all-too-common winter business blues: 1) Prepare and monitor pipes The water damage to your business from burst frozen pipes can be very costly and...
11/28/2016
With the 2016 hurricane season ending in just a few days, we’re taking a look back to the major storms that hit the United States in 2016. From Winter Storm Jonas to Louisiana flooding, to hail, tornadoes and hurricanes, it sure was an eventful year for extreme weather events. Take a look at our year in review infographic below: Sources 1,3,4,6 http...
11/21/2016
On you mark, get set… it’s time to plan and decorate for the holidays! But as you do, don’t forget about the safety considerations we highlight below. Why? Because there’s nothing worse than dealing with an injury or fire during the season of thanks and celebration. And unfortunately, the risks at work and at home are all too real this time of year. Decorating injuries in November and December account for thousands of emergency room visits every year. Falls (34%),...
11/14/2016
This time of year, you have a lot to think about in addition to your regular work responsibilities. Since it’s easy to get distracted as you scramble between work and the pending holiday hustle and bustle, we wanted to make sure you don’t forget about fire safety, which is especially important this time of year with all of the extra electricity being used. Here are some key things to keep in mind to help protect your home and business from disruptive and potentially deadly fires...
11/07/2016
We’re sharing Home Advisor’s article on Thanksgiving Home Maintenance this week. Not only is it a great list on home maintenance tips to take care of before the holidays, but it’s also a fun way to correlate it to the pending Thanksgiving holiday. Whether you’re broiling, basting or baking this Thanksgiving, here are a few ideas to get you started when it comes to home and business maintenance. 1. Turkey and Stuffing: Furniture and Beds Lumpy, unforgiving or poorly...
10/31/2016
Are you or someone you know heading south for an extended period of time this winter? Whether you plan to skip town and find warmth for two weeks or three months, there are some key pieces you should take into consideration before leaving your property unoccupied, especially if your area is prone to colder temperatures. Many homeowner’s choose to avoid water damage by turning off the water supply. If a pipe bursts or leaks while you are away, it could cause significant damage....
10/24/2016
Fire. Flooding. Storms. Natural Disasters. These events can bring business operations to a screaming halt. Getting a business up and running as quickly as possible is always our goal. How do we do it? Careful preparation and building relationships long before the storm hits. Being “Interstate prepared” means taking a proactive approach prior to storms or natural disasters. There are five key pieces: 1. Form partnerships with national accounts 2. Build trust and gain commitment...
10/17/2016
In businesses and homes alike, fires are an ever-present danger. That’s why in recent months, we’ve highlighted six reasons why fire preparation is critical along with what the post-fire recovery process looks like. If you’ve read the other posts, you know that damage can be caused by more than just flames. Smoke and soot damage, even from small fires, can be far reaching. Water and other fire retardants used to extinguish a fire can also cause significant damage. In this...
10/10/2016
Hurricane Matthew was named as it entered the Caribbean on September 28. Matthew has since launched a path of devastation across the Caribbean as well as along portions of the southeastern United States. In the process, this storm achieved several meteorological records. Hurricane Matthew became the first Category 5 hurricane (>= 157 mph winds) in the Atlantic since Hurricane Felix in 2007 as it tracked through the eastern Caribbean on October 1 (Figure 1). Hurricane Matthew was also the...
10/03/2016
Ready or not, fall is upon us. We hope you’ve had a great summer and that you get to enjoy plenty of mild weather before winter hits. In the meantime, it’s an ideal time for some building and property upkeep that will help you ease into the holiday season and winter knowing you’re ready for whatever Mother Nature has in store. This blog post provides five tips for preparing commercial properties for upcoming inclement fall and winter weather. 1. Start at the Top with a Roof...