Whether you’re suffering from extreme heat or dodging thunderstorms, it’s important to keep you and your employees safe! Since the weather can sometimes be unpredictable, be prepared for all conditions so you don’t have to think twice when working outdoors during severe weather.

First, and you’ve heard it before, but always do your research; identify potential weather disasters in your area. And, as you receive warnings for possible severe weather, continue to follow and listen to alerts from the officials so you are well prepared.

During a Thunderstorm

If you hear thunder, go inside! Lightning is a dangerous force that can severely injure those working outdoors. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), over 300 people are struck by lightning each year in the United States. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) advises that nowhere outside is safe from lightning strikes.

If you have workers working outside, add the following thunderstorm safety guides to your training manual and emergency safety kit:

  • Prior to working outside, check the weather report. If a thunderstorm is approaching, do not start or continue a task that cannot be quickly stopped.
  • Include a list of nearby fully-enclosed buildings that your employees can remain in for at least 30 minutes after hearing the last sound of thunder. If a building is not available, they must seek out a hard-topped metal vehicle with rolled up windows that can be used as shelter until at least 30 minutes after the thunder stops. Do not shelter in sheds, tents, or other places that do not provide sufficient protection.
  • Identify how long it will take your workers to reach safety wherever they may be working, and indicate these times, so they are prepared ahead of time.
  • Include a list of projects and areas to avoid. Stay away from any place that may make you a tall object to target (open space, tall trees, hilltops, utility poles, cranes, ladders, large equipment, rooftops, scaffolding), and anything that can conduct electricity (wiring, fencing, plumbing, any bodies of water).

During Extreme Heat

Workers who are exposed to hot and humid conditions outside are at risk of heat-related illness. Most common workers affected include those performing strenuous activity, wearing heavy or non-breathable clothing, those new to an outdoor job. Remind your employees to do the following if extreme heat is in your forecast.

  • Drink water throughout the day, and more than you normally would.
  • Avoid sugary beverages.
  • Wear and reapply sunscreen regularly.
  • Schedule work for earlier or later in the day to avoid the hottest parts of the day.
  • If you don’t have a required uniform, wear a hat and loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Take frequent breaks in shady areas.
  • Know the signs of heat illness:
    • Nausea
    • Dizziness
    • Slurred Speech
    • Irritability
    • Profuse sweating

During an Earthquake

Earthquakes can strike suddenly without warning, and all 50 states are at risk. It’s important to train your employees about safety during an earthquake – what they should do before, during, and after.

  • If you are outside, stay outside.
  • Avoid buildings, windows, utility wires, streetlights, fuel and gas lines; anything that can potentially collapse on you.
  • Once in the open, “stop, drop and hold on.” Get down low, and remain there until after the shaking stops. After the earthquake, look around and go to an open space away from damaged areas.
  • If you are driving, stop as quickly and safely as possible and stay in your vehicle. Avoid buildings, trees, overpasses, and utility wires. Once the shaking stops, proceed cautiously and avoid damaged roads.

4 Foolproof Tips to Have a Fun and Safe Family Vacation

Summer is coming to an end, and school is about to start up again for your kids. This is usually the time you try to schedule in that last family summer vacation. As you start your planning though, consider these safety tips.

  1. Check the Weather

It’s important to always check the weather forecast before you book your trip. If you’re planning on lying on the beach all day, you may be sorry if a storm is headed in or you experience a rip tide warning during your stay. Also, check the weather reports again a week before and throughout the week you plan to leave, so you can pack appropriately. Weather can be inconsistent, and you want to ensure you and your family are fully prepared.

  1. Keep Your Home Safe

Have a trusted family member or neighbor occasionally check on your home while you are gone. They can pick up your mail and/or newspaper if you didn’t issue a mail stop, move your trash cans, water your plants, etc., just to show a little activity at your house. You don’t want to be a target for burglars. In addition, refrain from posting about your travels on social media. This can be done upon your return, and will avoid attempted break-ins while you are away.

  1. Travel Safely

Whether you are traveling by plane or car, make sure make sure everyone is properly buckled up, and keep kids occupied with books, toys or movies to avoid any distractions to the driver.

If you are driving to your destination, check that your vehicle has been properly maintained and is suitable for the road conditions during your trip.

  1. Plan for Emergencies

Emergencies happen, and everyone in your party should be prepared on how to handle one. Communicate your plan of action and keep an emergency kit on hand with supplies, first aid, important phone numbers and information.

Whether you plan to visit out-of-state relatives, or relax in a sunny beach location, following the above safety tips and communicating an emergency plan with your entire travel party, will help you have peace of mind and a fun and safe vacation.

BLUE RIVER RESTORATION JOINS THE DKI NETWORK

(ELK GROVE VILLAGE., Ill., July 7, 2017) – DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, announced that Blue River Restoration of Indianapolis, Ind. has joined the DKI network, as of June 30, 2017.

By virtue of its DKI franchise membership, Blue River can employ DKI’s 24-hour call center, claims tracking technology, and other tools to enhance its ability to serve its insurance and corporate customers. The new member company also gains access to DKI’s training seminars and workshops, which ensure that it remains abreast of all changes in this rapidly evolving industry.

“We are excited to welcome Blue River into our growing DKI network,” said Charles Ebersole, DKI’s CEO. “Their commitment to excellent customer service, professionalism and sense of urgency parallels our solid reputation of service and quality. We look forward to working with them for many years to come.”

Blue River Owner Terry Morgan is pleased that the company has been recognized by DKI as a quality restoration firm, meeting the high standards of DKI.  Being a part of the DKI network provides them the opportunity to work in partnership with other quality organizations. The DKI network allows Blue River to expand their scope of service, introduces them to new markets and ensures the company’s success long into the future.

In addition to the benefits of DKI’s technology and training capabilities, Blue River will also be able to utilize the DKI branding in its marketing efforts, participate in its various co-op programs, and leverage DKI’s corporate marketing efforts.


About Blue River Restoration

Blue River Restoration, a sector of HIS Management Corp. Inc., is an experienced, nationwide general contractor based in Indianapolis, IN. Their core service areas are focused in the environmental remediation, civil construction and industrial services markets. Blue River strongly believes that integrity is at the core of every action they take in order to achieve the objectives of their customers. For more information, visit www.hisconstructors.com.

About DKI
DKI, headquartered in Chicago, is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America. DKI franchise member companies provide full service restoration to their customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to their consumer, insurance, and corporate customers. For more information about DKI, visit www.dkiservices.com. If you are a property restoration expert, interested in becoming a DKI member, call (866) 233-9433.

Fourth of July Safety

Fourth of July is just around the corner, and while it is a great time of year to visit with friends and family – grilling, swimming and lighting up the sky with fireworks, it can also be dangerous if certain precautions are neglected. Remind your clients of these safety hazards, so they can safely celebrate America’s independence!

Outdoor Safety

With July being the hottest month of the year, it’s especially important to take extra precaution when exposed to the sun. Heatstroke can be severely damaging or fatal. So, be aware of the signs and follow these tips when planning to be outside.

  • Wear sunscreen and apply regularly.
  • Dress appropriately – Consider loose fitted and light-colored clothing, a hat, sunglasses, etc.
  • Drink water more often than usual, especially if also consuming soda or alcoholic products.
  • Seek out shady or air-conditioned areas to stay cool.
  • Limit your time outdoors in extreme heat.

Grilling Safety

If hosting or attending a barbecue, practice safety and prepare for possible fire hazards.

  • Only use your grill outdoors on a flat surface, and place well away from the home or anything that could catch fire.
  • Never leave your grill unattended, and keep children and pets away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean, and remove any grease buildup.
  • Keep your sleeves rolled up, and keep other loose clothing away from the grill.
  • Always keep a fire extinguisher nearby. Never use water to put out grease fire.

Fireworks Safety

While fireworks have become a celebratory tradition for Fourth of July, they can also be very dangerous if not handled properly.

  • Familiarize yourself with your local, regional regulations about use of fireworks.
  • Before you even remove the fireworks from their packaging, familiarize yourself with all the instructions.
  • Choose a wide open, flat site outdoors, free from trees, grass and buildings that could catch fire.
  • Eye protection is strongly advised when lighting fireworks.
  • Make sure to keep water nearby to fully extinguish any used fireworks, and enough to quickly extinguish any potential fires.
  • Keep at a safe distance, as directed by the warning label, and ensure all spectators do so as well.

A&J Property Restoration Expands into Milwaukee

(GLENDALE, Wis. June 27, 2017) – A&J Property Restoration, a member company of DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, is excited to announce they have expanded with a new, full-service location in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, starting June 15, 2017.

A&J has been serving residents and businesses throughout Southern Wisconsin for more than 30 years.

Opening in the Milwaukee marketplace allows A&J to better provide its emergency services for fire and water restoration, mold remediation, and sewage cleanup to its clients, and be more accessible to others in need.

“We are very excited to open in the Milwaukee area. We have worked there remotely from Madison for many years, and we feel it’s time to open a hub office to better serve our current clients and to expand A&J,” said Owner Kent Rawhouser.

The new facility is located at 6055 N. Flint Rd, Unit 5 in Glendale, Wis.


About A&J Property Restoration

Founded in 1984, A&J is now a leader in the restoration industry serving all of south-central Wisconsin. As a full-service restoration company, they are experts in mold remediation, water, fire and sewage damage restoration, as well as commercial carpet cleaning and specialty warehouse/industrial cleaning projects. To learn more, visit www.ajrestores.com.

About DKI
DKI, headquartered in Chicago, is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America. DKI franchise member companies provide full service restoration to their customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to their residential, insurance, and corporate customers. For more information about DKI, visit www.dkiservices.com.

Growing Our Healthcare Initiative – Partnering with Gearhart & Associates!

DKI is pleased to announce we have partnered with Gearhart & Associates, LLC to bring even more knowledge and training to our member companies to maintain a safe environment for patients, families, staff and practitioners!

DKI offers its member companies growth and training opportunities throughout each year. Adding to this curriculum, the Gearhart hands-on healthcare course complements The Linders Health Institute training already provided to our DKI members. By participating in this additional initiative, utilizing containment systems with disinfection/decontamination technologies (STARC) in tandem with the development of Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) protocols, provides optimal risk management and infection control procedures and results. Taking our members from a theoretical understanding of ICRA to real world practical application, the course covers what can go wrong and how to avoid it, barrier management, installation and maintaining controls, liability risk management, pricing strategies, working with the hospital’s general contractors to become the “go to” for all their ICRA needs, and more.

Norris Gearheart, the founder of Gearhart & Associates, has been involved with disaster response, mitigation and restoration services since 1985 and holds multiple national and international certifications and professional designations. Prior to forming Gearhart and Associates, LLC, Norris was the Chief Operating Officer for TOMI Environmental Solutions, Inc. (OTCQB: TOMZ), a global bacteria decontamination and infectious disease control company, providing solutions for indoor surface decontamination through manufacturing, sales and licensing of their premier platform of hydrogen peroxide aerosols, products and technologies.

We look forward to providing the healthcare industry new and innovative solutions to a complex and ever-changing environment.

NETWORK PROPERTY RESTORATION RECEIVES 2017 BEST OF NORTH CHARLESTON AWARD

Network_bestofNCharleston(North Charleston, S.C. June 13, 2017) – Network Property Restoration, a member company of DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, has been selected for the 2017 Best of North Charleston Award in the Water Damage Restoration Service category by the North Charleston Award Program.

Each year, the North Charleston Award Program identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the North Charleston area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2017 North Charleston Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the North Charleston Award Program and data provided by third parties.


About Network Property Restoration

Network Property Restoration is a 24/7/365 full-service restoration company that takes a very “hands-on” approach, allowing the restoration process to flow smoothly for the owner, management company, and/or adjusting firm. Through years of experience, Network’s expert technicians can get any damaged home or business back to its original shape. Its staff has the right knowledge and state-of-the-art equipment to handle any size emergency. To learn more, visit www.networkisready.com.

About North Charleston Award Program

The North Charleston Award Program is an annual awards program recognizing and honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the North Charleston area. The organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Their mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

About DKI
DKI, headquartered in Chicago, is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America. DKI franchise member companies provide full service restoration to their customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to its consumer, insurance, and corporate customers. For more information about DKI, visit its website at www.dkiservices.com.

Compleat Restorations Earns Top Performer Award

(Ephrata, Penn., June 8, 2017) – Compleat Restorations, a member company of DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, proudly announced their achievement for Contractor Connection’s Top Performer for 2016.

The Top Performer Award is given out each year to performance leaders who display overall excellence measured by customer service scores, professionalism in communication and cooperation.

Compleat received their ribbon and the symbolic “Golden Hammer” lapel pin with a special recognition during the general session at the 2017 Contractor Connection Conference & Expo on June 7.

“We are honored to receive recognition for superior performance and response. You only achieve something like this through a well-orchestrated, concerted effort. I’m proud of our team for their dedication to excellence,” said President and Owner Cliff Ellis.

As a 2016 Top Performer, Compleat will be invited to Chicago in September to attend Contractor Connection’s two-day Top Performer Symposium event.


About Compleat Restorations

Since 1978, Compleat Restorations has been providing property restoration services to businesses and homeowners throughout Central Pennsylvania following emergencies due to water, fire, storm, sewage, vandalism, and more. Compleat is family-owned and operated, and with a team of trained experts, they set the standard for customer care with a guaranteed 2-hour emergency on-site response time. As a member company of DKI’s national network since 1991, Compleat has the manpower and resources to handle losses of any size. For more information, visit www.compleatrestorations.com.

About Contractor Connection

Contractor Connection, an industry leader in contractor managed repair and home improvement services, provides insurance carriers and consumers a national network of residential and commercial contractors that are vetted and managed for performance, measuring quality, timeliness and customer satisfaction.

About DKI
DKI, headquartered in Chicago, is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America. DKI franchise member companies provide full service restoration to their customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to its consumer, insurance, and corporate customers. For more information about DKI, visit its website at www.dkiservices.com.

DKI Volunteers to Pack Over 100,000 Life-Saving Meals for Feed My Starving Children

(ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill., June 6, 2017) – DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, is pleased to announce DKI member company, J.C. Restoration (JCR), exceeded their goal for the second consecutive year, packing over 100,000 meals for Feed My Starving Children (FMCS) on Friday, June 2, 2017.

The MobilePack was held at JCR’s Rolling Meadows, IL campus. DKI and over 400 other community members generously volunteered to package vacuum-sealed meals, consisting of vitamins, veggies, soy and rice, designed to meet the needs of severely malnourished children for an entire year. The day was filled with music, friendly competitions between the many packing stations, and food and beverage, provided by several sponsors.

Each year, JCR sets a goal to pack 100,000 of these meals. This year, they successfully surpassed it with 101,088 meals, enough to feed 276 children every day for an entire year.


About Feed My Starving Children

Founded in 1987 as a Christian non-profit, Feed My Starving Children tackles world hunger by sending volunteer-packed, nutritious meals to 70 countries, where they’re used to operate orphanages, schools, clinics and feeding programs to break the cycle of poverty. The Minnesota-based charity spends 92 percent of total donations directly on feeding the hungry, and has earned the highest four-star rating from Charity Navigator for ten consecutive years. To learn more, visit www.fmsc.org.  

About J.C. Restoration
J.C. Restoration is one of the fastest growing independent restoration companies in the Midwest. Since 1982, JCR has been successfully restoring damaged properties in the greater Chicagoland area for thousands of home and business owners. JCR offers complete emergency mitigation and restoration services for properties affected by water, fire, smoke, storms, and mold. Emergency Response Teams are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – with vehicles fully stocked and ready for immediate dispatch. To learn more about J.C. Restoration, please call 800.956.8844 or visit www.jcr24.com.

About DKI
DKI, headquartered in Chicago, is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America. DKI franchise member companies provide full service restoration to their customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to our consumer, insurance, and corporate customers. For more information about DKI, visit www.dkiservices.com.

CERTIFIED CLEANING AND RESTORATION, INC. JOINS THE DKI NETWORK

(ELK GROVE VILLAGE., Ill., June 6, 2017) – DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, today announced that Certified Cleaning and Restoration, Inc. (CCR) of New Orleans, L.A. has joined the DKI network, as of June 1, 2017.

By virtue of its DKI franchise membership, CCR can employ DKI’s 24-hour call center, claims tracking technology, and other tools to enhance its ability to serve its insurance and corporate customers. The new member company also gains access to DKI’s training seminars and workshops, which ensure that it remains abreast of all changes in this rapidly evolving industry.

“We are excited to welcome CCR into our growing DKI network,” said Charles Ebersole, DKI’s CEO. “Their commitment to excellent customer service, professionalism and sense of urgency parallels our solid reputation of service and quality. We look forward to working with them for many years to come.”

CCR Owner Danny Haag is pleased that the company has been recognized by DKI as a quality restoration firm, meeting the high standards of DKI.  Being a part of the DKI network provides them the opportunity to work in partnership with other quality organizations. The DKI network allows CCR to expand their scope of service, introduces them to new markets and ensures the company’s success long into the future.

In addition to the benefits of DKI’s technology and training capabilities, CCR will also be able to utilize the DKI branding in its marketing efforts, participate in its various co-op programs, and leverage DKI’s corporate marketing efforts.


About Certified Cleaning and Restoration, Inc.

Located in the heart of New Orleans, CCR has provided disaster response and restoration solutions and services for over 20 years. They have the experience and knowledge to restore their clients’ homes and businesses, no matter what size loss. They also have successfully managed specific environmental needs for institutional agencies, state government, manufacturing plants, multi-family developments, and municipalities. For more information, visit www.ccr-la.com.

About DKI
DKI, headquartered in Chicago, is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America. DKI franchise member companies provide full service restoration to their customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to their consumer, insurance, and corporate customers. For more information about DKI, visit www.dkiservices.com. If you are a property restoration expert, interested in becoming a DKI member, call (866) 233-9433.