3 Tips to Finish Those Last Minute Projects and be with Your Loved Ones

Dec 23, 2016

By: Chelsea Haley, DKI Ventures, LLC

The holidays can get hectic – at work and at home. You may be frantically working to meet your goals and numbers before the end of the year. You may be caught up in the multiple projects adding up for next year. And, at home, you’re busy cleaning the house, running last minute errands and preparing for family visits. But, STOP!

The holidays are about enjoying time with your loved ones. And, though, it may seem impossible to even find that time for them, or worse, enjoy that time with them, we’re here to help you out. Here are three tips to complete everything, and still enjoy time spent with those you care about.

  1. Breathe

Before you do anything, calm down. Stress and anxiety are productivity killers. If you want to successfully accomplish everything on your to-do list, you must relax.

  1. Be Realistic

Understand, there will always be work to do, but there are only so many hours in a day, and so many chances for quality time with your friends and family. So, in your relaxed state, jot down everything you must complete before the end of the day. If something can be pushed until next week, allow yourself to let it go for now. And, overestimate the time it will take to complete a task, since there are always going to be distractions.

  1. Ask for Help

If your daily to-do list exceeds the hours in a day, ask for help. Find out what your co-workers are working on, and if it’s something that can be pushed back, or if you can divide your to-do lists to help each other. For your personal shopping needs, take your spouse, kids or a friend with you. This allows you to get things done while spending time with them. Cleaning the house or cooking can also require extra help – Ask your relatives to bring a dish, instead of cooking the entire meal yourself, or depending on your child’s age, ask them to help tidy the house, do the dishes, etc.

Hopefully with these tips, even if an emergency does arise during the holiday weekend, you are able to spend some time with those you love.

Happy Holidays from the DKI Team!

ProTech Water Damage Joins DKI

(Elk Grove Village, Il, December 20, 2016) – DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, today announced that Protech Water Damage of Elk Grove Village, IL has joined the DKI network.

By virtue of its DKI Franchise Member, Protech Water Damage 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. Protech Water Damage 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 delighted to welcome Protech Water Damage into the rapidly growing DKI network,” stated Charles Ebersole, DKI’s chairman. “Protech Water Damage’s commitment to quick response, superior workmanship and outstanding customer service reaffirms DKI’s position in the marketplace as The Source for Quality Restoration. We look forward to a long and rewarding association.”

Protech Water Damage owner, Sherry Featherstone, is pleased that the company has been recognized by DKI as a Quality Restoration firm, meeting the high standard of DKI.  Being a part of the DKI network, provides  the opportunity to work in partnership with other quality firms. The DKI network allows Protech Water Damage to expand their scope of service, introduce them to new markets and ensure the company’s success long into the future.

In addition to the benefits of DKI’s technology and training capabilities, Protech Water Damage 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 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 our website at www.dkiservices.com or contact Matthew Wright at (630) 350-3000.

Heat Safety in Winter

Dec 9, 2016

By: Chelsea Haley, DKI Ventures, LLC

Heating sources are a leading cause of fire deaths. Share these with your team to ensure you are taking certain safety precautions before attempting to turn up the heat.

As the weather cools, our employees may want to turn up the heat in the office, including burning candles, using space heaters, turning up the thermostat, etc. However, with each of these modes of heat, there are dangers associated. In fact, heating sources are a leading cause of fire deaths. Share the below with your team to ensure you are taking certain safety precautions before attempting to turn up the heat.

Emergency Shut Off:

When purchasing portable heaters, ensure they have emergency shut off switches designed to automatically switch off the unit if it tips over.


Thoroughly inspect all heating equipment each year to ensure its in proper working condition.

Clean up the area around the heat source and keep any combustibles at least three feet away.

One at a Time:

Plug in only one heat source per electrical outlet at a time. Do not use power strips for heating appliances.

Never Leave Unattended:

Always remember to turn off your portable heaters when leaving the room.

Never leave candles unattended (candle safety)


Test each of your smoke alarms monthly, and change the batteries twice a year.