Veterans Day Salute

“No duty is as urgent as that of returning thanks.”

James Allen, philosopher

As Veterans Day draws near, we at Hays + Sons would like to answer our call to the duty of gratitude. On behalf of all our employees, we would like to thank veterans for their continued service and great sacrifice. We find ourselves deeply inspired by those serving in the armed forces, and we strive to honor them by reflecting their values in both our personal lives and our business.

While we often dedicate our posts to helping our readers prepare for unexpected events like hurricanes, fires and flooded basements, we were inspired to express our appreciation for the values that the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force embody (and our team members aspire to). Specifically, we strive to be more like the armed forces with our:

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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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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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