Nine Fireplace Use and Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Family Safe

fireplace maintenanceSuper Bowl LIII is in the history books and Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow. So that must mean spring is just around the corner … right? Let’s not be too hasty. Midwesterners know better than to think winter is over before it’s over. We might have snow on Easter. Or Mother’s Day. Which means we’ll probably still be giving our fireplaces a workout for the next few months. So, now is a great time to think about fireplace maintenance. Here are our top nine tips for keeping your fireplace in tip-top shape and keeping your family safe and warm throughout fireplace season (however long that might be.) Continue reading “Nine Fireplace Use and Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Family Safe”

Prepare and Keep Your Family Safe in Unpredictable Winter Weather

winter preparednessMidwestern winters have always been on the unpredictable side, and they grow increasingly more so every year. It’s easy enough to think about winter preparedness like taking steps to ensure your pipes don’t freeze when the thermometer drops below zero. However, you might be tempted to let your winter weather safety guard down when you pop out of bed on a sunny Saturday morning in January and it’s warm enough outside to go for a bike ride.

So, how do you ensure that your home and your family are ready for whatever the remaining winter months have in store? By being prepared for all types of weather and making sure your family members all know what to do in the case of an emergency. Here are five winter preparedness tips to keep you safe, regardless of the weather. Continue reading “Prepare and Keep Your Family Safe in Unpredictable Winter Weather”

The 4 “BE’s” to Improve Your Family’s Fire Safety This Winter

The weather outside is frightful… and the fire is so delightful… (as long as the fire is contained in your fireplace!)

fire safetyIt may be the most wonderful time of the year for a lot people, but the cold weather brings some concerns with it. Unexpected events that require the aid of a disaster restoration company in the winter are often related to ice damage and flooded basements; but actually, house fires could be the highest risk facing your home this winter. In fact, winter is the season when house fires are most common. As the temperature drops, your desire to stay toasty, cozy and safe inside with your family increases, and now that Black Friday has passed and your holiday shopping is coming to an end, your next focus this winter should be keeping your family safe by attending to your home’s fire safety and preparing for unexpected events. Here are four “BE’s” this winter that will help you avoid the the stress of dealing with fire damage or smoke removal. Continue reading “The 4 “BE’s” to Improve Your Family’s Fire Safety This Winter”

Top Four Safety and Security Items to get this Black Friday

black fridayThe holiday season is upon us, and you know what that means–getting stuffed on turkey and, for some, spending the entire next day taking advantage of incredible deals. Black Friday is like the Super Bowl for bargain hunters. It’s also the perfect time to buy gifts that focus on keeping family safe as well as preparing for disaster to reduce the risk of unexpected events such as fire or flooded basement that would result in the need for a disaster restoration service. This Black Friday, as you recover from your Thanksgiving feast, be sure to consider these four holiday purchases that will help prepare your family for unexpected events and increase family safety. Continue reading “Top Four Safety and Security Items to get this Black Friday”

Practice Fire Safety on Home Fire Drill Day

October 13th is Home Fire Drill Day.  According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA,) a home fire that may require the services of a fire restoration company happens every 86 seconds.  If the smoke alarms went off in your house, would your kids know what to do?  Even if you’ve talked about it in the past, kids need practice to reinforce things they’ve learned.  Having fire drills at home (just like they do at school) on a regular basis will ensure that your kids will be calm, rehearsed and ready if that alarm starts to sound.

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Five Tailgating Safety Tips from the Official Restoration Company of the Indianapolis Colts

Fire restoration companyAh … the four seasons of the Midwest–spring, summer, winter and football. If football season is your personal favorite, you’re probably already thinking about the most important aspect of the game–tailgating. But before you fumble your food, sack your snacks, or commit any other tailgating party fouls, check out these tailgating safety tips and tricks.

 

 

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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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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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Top 10 Holiday Safety Tips | Hays + Sons


Lights and decorations add to the festivity of the holiday season. It just wouldn’t be Christmas without a tree trimmed with twinkling lights, stockings hung over the fireplace and maybe even some over-the-top lights on the exterior of your house (ala Clark Griswold.) Continue reading “Top 10 Holiday Safety Tips | Hays + Sons”

Top Five Tips to Avoid Frozen Pipes

Well, it’s that time of year again. Time to cover the outdoor furniture, rake up the remaining leaves, pull out the parkas and snow shovels, and start thinking about eating some turkey and pumpkin pie!
We don’t know what Mother Nature has in store for us this winter, but it’s bound to dip below freezing sooner or later, so it’s also time to think about how your pipes will do in the colder weather and make sure you don’t come home to any unexpected and unpleasant surprises. Pipes that aren’t properly insulated can freeze and burst, causing damage and flooding. The good news is that this is usually avoidable, and an ounce of prevention now can prevent pounds of pain later! Continue reading “Top Five Tips to Avoid Frozen Pipes”