December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month. As you’re shopping for your children’s Christmas gifts, you’re mindful of how safe they are (i.e. whether they have sharp edges or loose pieces that could be potentially harmful). However, it’s equally important to keep safety top-of-mind in your home throughout the holiday season as well. Here are our five top tips to give the gift of safety to your family, not just for the holidays, but all winter long. Continue reading “Five top tips to keep your family safe through the holiday season, and all winter long”
Super 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”
Midwestern 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.
Cold weather is officially upon us. Whether you’re anticipating building a snowman that rivals Frosty and enjoying toasty nights by the fire, or find yourself dreaming of escaping to the lands where palm trees sway, if you live in the Midwest, you need to prepare your home for winter. (And yes, that includes buying carrots for your snowman’s nose and hot cocoa for sipping fireside!)
Before you get too carried away with planning wintertime fun, make sure your home is safe and secure through the coldest months by attending to these five key winter home preparation tips. You’ll ensure that your fun doesn’t get spoiled by an unexpected event, such as a frozen or burst pipe or roof damage that might result in the need for the services of a restoration company. Continue reading “Five Key Ways to Prepare Your Home for Winter”
October 13th is Home Fire Drill Day. According to the National Fire ProtectionAssociation (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.
Ah … 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.
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.
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.
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”