Sewage Backup? Here’s What to Do

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If you discover your sewer system has backed up, you must act fast. Follow these tips to help minimize property damage. Contain the Emergency For stopped-up drains: Attempt to clear the clog yourself. A plunger can be an effective tool for toilets, sinks, and tub or shower drains. A plumbing snake, also known as an auger, can remove stubborn debris… Continue reading

Why COVID-19 Disinfecting is Important

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People throughout North America and the rest of the world are taking precautions against the novel coronavirus. One such precaution is to disinfect your home against COVID-19. Why Should I Disinfect Surfaces? Anytime you return home from work or running errands, it’s possible that you’re bringing coronavirus germs with you. While person-to-person contact poses the greatest risk of transmission, the… Continue reading

If Disaster Strikes Your Apartment Building, What’s Your Plan?

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Many commercial buildings are required to have detailed plans for handling fire and non-fire emergencies. They have designated fire- and life-safety staff, and they must hold fire drills every six months. The requirements for multi-family residential buildings are far less rigorous. The focus here is on informing residents of fire safety tactics in notices posted in common areas, as well… Continue reading

How to Stay Safe During a Thunderstorm

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Compared to tornadoes and hurricanes, thunderstorms may not seem all that serious. However, lightning, hail, and high wind can be plenty dangerous to you and your property. Follow these tips to stay safe when the next thunderstorm strikes. Stay Up-to-Date When the sky starts to turn dark, tune into your local news or radio station for weather updates. If you… Continue reading

Hurricane Safety & Planning

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We are currently in the midst of hurricane season, which runs from June through November. Historically, some of the most devastating storms have hit in late summer, such as Katrina—which impacted Florida, Mississippi, and Louisiana in August 2005—and Harvey—which hit Texas and Louisiana in August 2017. This means, if you live in a hurricane-prone area, now is the time to… Continue reading

How to Create a Wildfire Action Plan

Ring of fire Bailey Colorado Rocky Mountain forest wildfire

Thousands of wildfires burn across North America every year, destroying homes and businesses with no remorse. The National Fire Protection Association estimates that nearly 45 million homes in the US intermingle with or are on the borders of wildlands, meaning more communities are vulnerable to wildfires than ever before. Prepare a wildfire action plan with your family today to ensure… Continue reading

Natural Disaster Safety Tips

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It may seem like climate disasters only occur elsewhere, but with 14 separate billion-dollar weather events in 2019 alone, odds are Mother Nature will target your area eventually. Are you prepared? Here are the most important things you can do today to prepare for the next tornado, hurricane, flood, or wildfire. Stay informed. The nationwide Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system… Continue reading

Fourth of July Safety Tips

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Independence Day is right around the corner! You probably have traditions you look forward to every year, such as grilling, boating, or watching fireworks. By following these simple Fourth of July safety tips, you can enjoy a fun, memorable holiday without putting your friends or family in harm’s way. Grilling Safety Tips Independence Day is the most popular US holiday… Continue reading

At-Home Emergency Preparedness and COVID-19

Emergency preparedness checklist and natural disaster supplies.

Everyone understands the importance of emergency preparedness, but few people are actually ready to survive a disaster at a moment’s notice. We learned this firsthand when the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, turned the world upside down. The pandemic has spread with incredible speed. In fact, your daily routine likely flipped on its head in a matter of days.… Continue reading

Surviving a Flood and the Aftermath

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Floods cause billions of dollars in damages every year and can occur anywhere in North America. All it takes is a few inches of flowing water to carry away people, cars, and other untethered objects. The aftermath of a flood can range from mild residual flooding and debris to contaminated water, dangerous animals, and hazardous downed power lines. Dangers may… Continue reading