Keep Your Family Safe During National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness MonthSeptember is National Preparedness Month. That means it’s a great time to take a moment and be sure that the whole family knows what to do if storm or other unexpected event causes storm damage to your home. While those of us in the Midwest may not have to worry about hurricanes and wildfires, we do have to take steps to be ready in the event of flooding, tornadoes and other strong storms that might cause storm damage that will require the services of a disaster restoration company. Here’s a list of things you can do now to ensure your family is protected and prepared if a natural disaster occurs.

 

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Back-to-School is a Great Time to Practice Emergency Readiness

The backpacks are packed, the buses are running, and your mornings have gotten back into the back-to-school groove. As the lazy, carefree days of summer come to an end and everyone gets swept back up into their own routines, it’s a good time to think about emergency readiness. Schedule a family meeting to make sure everyone in the household is on the same page when it comes to family safety and what to do in the case of an unexpected event. Here are some things to keep in mind as your family gets back in the swing of homework and school activities.

 

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It’s National Water Quality Month; Avoid Unhealthy Water in Your Home

In the US, we don’t often think about water quality until a water catastrophe occurs, and since August is National Water Quality month, we figured it’s a great time to talk about preventing water catastrophes in your home. Flooded basements and burst pipes can expose your family to unhealthy gray and black water and cause you to need the services of a water restoration company. Here’s a list of things you can do in the month of August to ensure that your pipes are in tip-top shape all year long.

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Avoiding Burst Pipes and Water Damage in the Summer Months

When the temperature outside plummets, we’ve all learned that we need to take special care of our pipes. We keep a faucet dripping, cabinet doors open and wrap pipes that are exposed to the cold. Rarely do we think about the potential for damage to pipes and plumbing issues in the heat of summer. However, burst pipes and water damage from hot weather and summer activities can cause some pretty serious issues too, so it’s important to pay careful attention to your pipes in the warmer months to avoid burst pipes and water damage that may result in the need for water restoration services from a water restoration company. Here are some things to look out for: 

 

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Top 6 Propane Tank Safety Tips to Avoid Fire Damage

Nothing tastes quite as good as food cooked on the grill in the summer months! Some are purists who believe that only food cooked over hot coals qualifies as “barbequed,” but for many of us, the convenience of a gas grill is hard to beat. However, it’s important to remember that the propane tank in your trusty grill needs to be regularly maintained and properly stored in order to ensure a safe grilling season for you and your family. Here are our top tips for making sure that your summer cookout never results in fire damage to your home or other buildings that might result in a loss of personal property requiring the help of a fire restoration company.

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Twelve Quick Tips for Fireproofing Your Kitchen

Kitchens are the hearts of the home. They’re the place where morning coffee is brewed, family meals are prepared and birthday cakes and holiday cookies are baked. Kitchens are also the place where half of all house fires that require fire restoration start. In order to make sure that all your kitchen memories are happy ones, it’s important to take steps to fireproof your kitchen to keep your family safe and prevent fire damage to your home. It only takes a few minutes, and an ounce of prevention now can save you loads of trouble and stress with fire restoration down the line.

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Securing Your Home with Board-Up Service after a Storm

The spring and summer storm season is upon us, and sometimes those storms can be pretty tough to weather. If a warm weather storm leaves your property exposed to the elements, subject to vandalism, or structurally insecure, you’ll need to have a plan to ensure your family’s safety and security as soon as possible. The best advice for weathering a storm is to be prepared and know what you will do ahead of time. Here are some tips to help you return back normalcy in the aftermath of a storm that results in the need for board-up service, roof repair and storm damage restoration.

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Avoiding Summer Garage Fires That Require Fire & Smoke Repair

How’s your garage looking? Spotless, with a place for everything and everything in its place? If you’re like most of us, the answer to that question is no. Our garages are catch-alls for everything we have nowhere else to put. It’s important though, especially as the summer starts to heat up, that we take stock of what’s out there and what could potentially cause problems, such as a garage fire that could result in fire and smoke damage requiring the help of a fire restoration company.

According to FEMA, there are 6,600 garage fires resulting in 30 deaths, 400 injuries and $457 million in property fire damage requiring fire restoration every year. The number one cause of garage fires is electrical malfunction, such as shorts in damaged wires or overloaded outlets and extension cords, so take a tour of your garage and eliminate these obvious fire hazards. But what about the other causes of fire and smoke damage? Let’s take a look at some other tips and tricks to avoid garage fires that might result in a need to call a fire restoration company, and keep your home and family safe all summer, and for the rest of the year too.

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Preventing Fire Damage during Grilling Season

Ah… grilling season is finally here! Food from the grill is the ultimate summer treat. Whether it’s burgers, chicken or good old fashioned hot dogs, everything tastes better when it comes from the grill. It’s important to remember grilling safety tips though, to keep your family safe and avoid burns or fire damage to your home.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there are generally around 9,000 home grill fires per year, resulting in $118 million in property damage that requires fire damage restoration. Keep your home and family safe by following these safety tips:

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Preventing Storm Damage in the Spring Storm Season

Spring in the midwest means a lot of things–daffodils, robins and gentle spring showers. But those spring showers aren’t always so gentle. Spring is also a time for storm preparedness. Taking the time now to make a plan for weathering those storms can save you a lot of headaches down the road. Here’s a list of things you can do to reduce both physical storm damage and the emotional distress that a major storm can bring.

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