Spring maintenance tips for the home
Check for leaks and how to prevent them from happening.
Milder days offer a prime opportunity for spring cleaning and home maintenance. After a long winter, be sure to spend some time on preventive measures that will help maintain your home and property all year long. From cleaning out your gutters and checking for dead trees and branches, to cleaning and inspecting your home mechanical systems such as your heating and air conditioning equipment, we offer ways to help make spring a season of safety.
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Inside Your Home
- Check your electrical outlets for potential fire hazards, such as frayed wires or loose-fitting plugs. Make sure outlets, fuse boxes and extension cords are not overloaded.
- Move your multi-purpose fire extinguisher to an accessible place, and make sure it is filled and ready for operation.
- Have your air-conditioning system inspected by a professional as recommended by the manufacturer.
- Check your water heater for leaks and corrosion.
- Clean or replace your furnace filter.
- Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct and space under the dryer. Remove all lint, dust, and pieces of material.
- Inspect your smoke detectors. Make sure there is one on each floor of your home. Test them monthly, and change the batteries annually or as needed.
- Check the light bulbs in all your fixtures. Be sure they are the correct wattage as recommended by the manufacturer.
- Replace all high-intensity bulbs with fluorescent bulbs. Other types of bulbs, like incandescent, produce more heat than fluorescent bulbs.
Outside Your Home
- Check for damage to your roof.
- Clean gutters and downspouts to keep debris from accumulating.
- Remove dead trees in your yard.
- Keep healthy trees and bushes trimmed and away from utility wires.
- Safely store oil and gas for lawn equipment and tools in a vented, locked area.
- Repair cracked, broken or uneven driveways and walkways to provide a level walking surface.
Tip Provided by Travellers Insurance
Beat a Burning Business: Fire Safety in your Workplace
You’re handcuffed to your desk, seven pm, typing furiously to finish you financial quarterlies. In the vast sea of cubicles on your floor, yours is the only one lit. The only sound breaking the silence is your tap-tap-tapping of a 100 words a minute.
But then you smell something pungent – it’s the deadly whiff of smoke.
You peer above your desk, like a soldier looking above a parapet, and see black smoke billowing around the vast expanse of your office.
Gingerly, you head for the nearest corridor, only to spot orange flames licking at the walls. You run for the next exit, but the rage of burning blocks your way.
There’s only one thing for it – with a warlike cry, you leap out the office window, two storeys down, and land in a skip below.
You were lucky – according to government statistics, fire departments attended more than 192,600 burning buildings, and not everyone escaped with their lives.
As sirens blare in the distance, you have time to reflect. What should your business do to prevent narrow escapes like yours? How can it ward off the flames?
Have a blast (ceiling)!
It might not look it, but that ceiling above your head is as vulnerable to fire and gas explosions as anywhere else in your office. With the intensity of the heat, those plaster board surfaces will deteriorate like butter in a kiln.
More than this, a ceiling on fire could cause structural damage to your entire building. A wall collapsing is bad enough, but the injuries you’ll suffer when a wall caves in on you could prove catastrophic.
The solution – call in some heavy reinforcements.
Invest in a blast ceiling from a reputable supplier to protect your office from explosions for up to four hours. So if a fire is creeping around your ceiling, you’ll have plenty of time to escape the danger zone and get on the blower to the emergency services.
Get tooled up
The office that’s prepared is the office that can fight flames. But you’d be amazed at the number of bosses settling for a “that’ll do” approach when it comes to fire protection.
You should be kitted to the teeth with fire extinguishers, blankets, alarms, sprinklers and anything else to stop you falling foul of a burnt down office.
While escape should always be your first option, having the tools to hand to combat flames can, at the very least, put your mind at ease – and remind your employees to stay vigilant.
Make everyone know the score
It’s no good acting like a flame-fighting maverick if your employees don’t know the first thing about safety.
Set up seminars from real fire attendants, send out regular emails, detail exit strategies and let your employees know that your door is always open to any questions or queries when it comes to your company’s fire policy.
Knowledge is key to stopping your building burning to cinders – so make sure every employee is on the same page.
About the Author: Ivan Widjaya is the Owner/Editor of Noobpreneur.com. He is a web property investor, blogger and web property builder.
Winterize Your Home
Keep Your Home Safe!
Since the severe weather has made an appearance across the country, it's only right if I give you Awesome Tips on keeping your home and business safe!
Tips for Preparing Your Home for Winter Weather
- Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes
- Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or un-insulated areas of your home.
- Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to "off".
- If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.
- Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage.
- Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puff backs.
Winterize Your Business
The winter months may call for businesses to take some standard precautionary measures to help protect their property. These measures include basic maintenance checks and preparation to help ensure your business and employees remain safe. Some basic precautionary tips include:
- Check your business property for down tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
- Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leave or debris accumulates causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage.
- Inspect property, especially walkaways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
- Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non- slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
All Insurance All Industry Golf Tournament
Taking a break from Water Cleanup:
This past Monday we were proud to sponsor a hole at the All Insurance All Industry Golf Tournament at Blackhawk golf and country club. This event was put on by Sintra Engineering and what an event it was. This year’s event raised money for WICSOE (Walk-In Counselling Society of Edmonton) a great cause that goes directly back into our community.
This year we were on lucky hole number 2 and we didn’t want to just raffle something off or do a hole in one which never gets redeemed we went out-side-the-box. At our hole you played a quick game of Black Jack to see what club you would be driving for your t-shot. Players had a chance to donate if the cards didn’t fall in their favour. We had a lot of fun with players, who would have thought gambling on the course would be such a hit. We raised $489 for WICSOE but some of the pitching wedge shots were priceless.
Proud Sponsors of Edmontons AAIA Charity Gala
Some of the beautiful flower arrangements.
SERVPRO of Edmonton Southside was 2013's proud sponsor of AAIA Charity Gala's Bouquets for Bikes. Guest could purchase cheerful flower arrangements to raise money for a great local cause: You Can Bike Too. The organization builds bikes for special needs kids who are unable to ride a conventional bike. This cause brings joy, passion and new abilities to local Edmonton kids. Learn more about You Can Bike Too www.youcanbiketoo.org/