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Prevent Frozen Sprinkler Systems at your Business Frozen water exerts thousands of pounds of pressure on a pipe, causing it to burst and result in flooding and major damage to your business. One major source of water most people don’t think about is the fire suppression systems. Implementing the below tips can greatly reduce a building’s potential structural  and business operations loss due to freezing temperatures, large snowfalls or ice, and extended power outages. Tips

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PLUMBING WINTERIZATION TIPS   As 2017 comes to a close, we are finally starting to see the freezing temperatures arrive. As you begin to pull out your winter coats, don’t forget that your home or business also needs some protection against the elements! You don’t want to the damage and costly repairs caused by frozen pipes to dampen your end of the year holiday spirit. Here are some simple plumbing tips that’ll help get you prepared:

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Preventing Frozen Pipes   The most predictable thing about Midwest weather is that it’s going to be completely unpredictable. You may start your morning in a coat and scarf, but by the afternoon you’re in shorts and a tee-shirt. One thing many people aren’t thinking about yet is the threat of frozen pipes, but the reality is pipes can burst and cause flooding in both cold and warm temperatures. This happens when ice blockages form inside pipes during wintry

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Holiday Decor Safety Tips   No one wants to spoil the cheer of the holiday season, but Christmas decor in the home can present many safety hazards. A main concern with Christmas decor is fire danger, often brought on by the combination of electrical malfunctions and highly flammable decorations such as trees, garland, candles, and strings of lights. Even if you already put up your Christmas tree and lights around and outside your home, it

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The holiday season is a time of gathering. For many, that starts in the kitchen- making family recipes and decorating cookies.  Unfortunately, the holidays are also prime time for cooking fires. Some upsetting statistics provided by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA): Four times as many home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving Day. The day before Thanksgiving is the second leading day for cooking fires followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. Unattended cooking was by

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Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family and holiday feasts—but all the holiday gatherings may be a time of distress for our animal companions. Things such as under-cooked turkey, pet-unfriendly decor, or an unattended alcoholic drink can spell trouble for our furry family members.   Below are some helpful tips provided by the ASPCA to help keep your pets safe during the holiday season!   Talkin’ Turkey: If you decide to feed your pet a small

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Tips on Preparing Multi-Unit Buildings for the Winter Chill With Winter weather right around the corner, weaknesses in multi-unit buildings often get exposed. The below article from Sulema Vela with the Home Depot gives great advice on a few ways to winterize your buildings. Winter weather often exposes vulnerabilities in multi-unit buildings that can both strain maintenance teams and raise costs and frustrations for residents. As the season approaches, now is the perfect time to

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Jack-o’-lanterns, wispy spider webs, paper ghosts, dried cornstalks, and hay bales are staples of Halloween porch decor. Unfortunately, these common decorations also present potential fire risks. In addition to festive decorations, costumes made with flowing fabric can also catch fire very quickly. When jack-o’-lanterns and other open-flame candle decorations come in contact with these materials, a fast-spreading fire can occur instantly. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), nearly half of decoration fires in homes occurred

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This week is National Fire Prevention Week! The theme this week is “Every Second Counts: Plan Two Ways Out”, and it reminds us all that seconds can mean the difference between escaping a fire safely or having it end in tragedy. Escape plans are extremely important, yet many businesses and families don’t have a plan in place. How do you prepare for a potential fire in your commercial space or home? The most important piece

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Are you looking to make some upgrades to your home or commercial property? Has your home or business recently suffered from storm or flood damage and needs to be repaired? These are both very common scenarios in everyday life, and one issue that people often run into once they get started on renovations or repairs is that some portions of the structure are not up to the current building codes. Building code upgrades are repairs

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