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How to Make a Fire Escape Plan

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When fire triggers a smoke alarm, you may only have one or two minutes to escape. Your ability to get everyone out safely depends on what preparations you’ve made. That’s why every family disaster plan should include instructions for what to do in case of a house fire. Here’s how to make a fire escape plan that could one day… Continue reading

What is a 72-Hour Kit?

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If you’ve ever lived through an emergency, you know that knowledge + preparedness = peace of mind; and a 72-hour kit is a critical component of this. Each family member should have a kit containing the essentials needed to survive for at least three days. The final product should be portable so everyone can evacuate quickly during a natural disaster… Continue reading

5 Questions to Ask a Mold Remediation Company

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If you spot mold growth or notice a persistent musty odor in your home or business, you should contact a mold remediation specialist as soon as possible. The faster you act, the less damage mold can do to your home, belongings and your health. However, you should take the time to interview a few mold removal professionals to ensure you… Continue reading

DKI’S STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

To begin 2019, DKI has added four new restoration companies to its national team of commercial capable experts March 29, 2019 – DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, proudly announced that during January through March 2019, four new contractors joined the DKI network, over a dozen current members renewed their DKI memberships and two other members expanded their existing… Continue reading

The Importance of Infectious Disease Control in Healthcare Restoration

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When a flood, tornado or hurricane rips through a community, the wind and water don’t politely dodge the hospitals and other medical facilities in the area. Indeed, natural disasters strike hospitals just as fiercely as other commercial buildings. In fact, the outcome may be even more detrimental because of the potential for infectious diseases to spread. This is why it’s… Continue reading

UNITED SERVICES BY PERMACO EARNS COMPLAINT FREE AWARD WITH BBB

March 20, 2019 – United Services by Permaco, Inc., a member company of DKI, proudly announced they have received the Complaint Free Award for 2018 from the Better Business Bureau (BBB). This is an honor exclusive to BBB accredited businesses in the Chicagoland area that have not received any complaints in the past year. (more…) Continue reading

The Dangers of Hoarding

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Hoarding is an obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) characterized by stockpiling items. Hoarders are compelled to obtain more and more belongings and refuse to throw anything away due to the fear of losing something valuable, important or useful. As a result, hoarding can take over living spaces, thwart everyday activities, and cause sanitary and safety issues. Consider the dangers of hoarding and… Continue reading

Reducing the Risk of Tornado Damage to Your Home

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About 1,000 tornadoes occur in the US every year, and March marks the start of tornado season. Are you ready for the hail and high winds that spring and summer can bring? While there’s no way to mitigate the damage of an extremely violent storm, most tornadoes are mild to moderate in severity. It’s these storms that you can prepare… Continue reading

The Tuckey Companies Commit to Continued Support of Guard and Reserve

March 6, 2019 - On February 6, 2019, Matthew Tuckey, Business Development Director of the Tuckey Companies (including Tuckey Restoration, a DKI member), was honored with The Patriot Award. The award recognizes employers for supporting the National Guard and Reserve members. Mr. James E. Astor, South Central Area Chair for Pennsylvania Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve… Continue reading

The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Winter

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Carbon monoxide is known as the “silent killer” because it’s colorless, odorless and otherwise undetectable until it starts causing harm. Exposure to high concentrations of CO gas can be lethal. Even long-term, low-level exposure can cause prolonged health effects. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 15,000 people are admitted to the hospital each year in the… Continue reading