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How to Get Rid of Smoke Odors from Clothing and Electronics After a Fire

 

Experiencing a house fire leaves survivors not only with trauma from the event itself, but the extensive process of picking up the pieces after it’s over. Restoring your home will involve services for the structure, as well as for the personal property inside. The affected contents of your home will have suffered varying levels of damage – professional contents restoration companies will perform the proper cleanup to remove smoke, soot, and odors to return your belongings to their former condition. Continue reading “How to Get Rid of Smoke Odors from Clothing and Electronics After a Fire”

Home Safety Tips for the Holidays

 

As the winter holiday season is upon us, many Hoosiers are either preparing their homes to host festive celebrations or preparing to travel to celebrate with loved ones. While everyone wants to enjoy the holiday spirit to the fullest this time of year, it is important to take certain precautions to prevent household hazards. Hays + Sons shares top holiday home safety tips to help you spread holiday cheer while protecting your residence. Continue reading “Home Safety Tips for the Holidays”

Best Practices to Avoid Turkey Fryer Disasters This Thanksgiving

 

Turkey is undeniably the featured entrée of Thanksgiving dinners across the country, with 88 percent of Americans consuming 46 million birds during their holiday celebrations. There’s no arguing that turkey has become a staple of the Thanksgiving holiday, from the President’s traditional turkey pardon to the creation of new turkey cooking fads and trends. One such turkey preparation method that started in Louisiana decades ago and spread across the nation seems to be here to stay – the deep-fried turkey. Continue reading “Best Practices to Avoid Turkey Fryer Disasters This Thanksgiving”

Fire Prevention Tips to Reduce Your Risk of a House Fire

 

A fire at home can quickly become out of hand, causing costly damage to your house, injuries, and even fatalities. To reduce your risk of a house fire, know the facts and how to curb risk factors. Hays + Sons shares important statistics to educate our customers about home fire risks and tips for fire prevention that help keep your family safe. Continue reading “Fire Prevention Tips to Reduce Your Risk of a House Fire”

Be Prepared for Summer Lightning Strikes

 

Summer weather brings all sorts of hazards to the Midwest, with tornados and severe storms causing damage to homes throughout Indiana. While high winds and hail are common with storms and can seriously harm residences, lightning strikes are another hazard you need to be prepared for this season. Hays + Sons shares the precautions you should take to prevent damage and what to do if your home is hit by lightning. Continue reading “Be Prepared for Summer Lightning Strikes”

How To Ensure Your Home Restoration Project Is Done Right

 

When a disaster causes damage to your home, you’re left to pick up quite a few pieces. Home restoration isn’t as straightforward as an average home improvement project tends to be, as the devastation that results from a fire, flood, or storm is often extensive. This isn’t something you should attempt alone – the success of your project hinges on selecting the right restoration contractor. Continue reading “How To Ensure Your Home Restoration Project Is Done Right”

What You Need to Know About Filing an Insurance Claim for Property Damage

 

Unfortunately, damage to homes and personal property is all too common. Fires, floods, harsh storms – these natural disasters can wreak havoc on your residence as well as its contents. Filing a claim with your homeowners insurance company will help you put the pieces back together again, but there are some things you should know about the claims process that will help you best protect your family. Continue reading “What You Need to Know About Filing an Insurance Claim for Property Damage”

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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