Month: August 2017

Post Hurricane Harvey: A To-Do List to Restore Your Family

Southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana have been devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Evacuating and leaving a home after a disaster has a traumatic impact on the displaced. Our hearts go out to all of our friends affected by this storm. “According to David Roth of the Weather Prediction Center, a tropical… Read more »

Poison Control At Home

Poison Control At Home

Is your home poison-proof? Many people consider their homes a safe space. While homeowners are often prepared for disasters like a fire or flooding, “poison” is not always top of mind. Certainly, materials like rat poison, chemical cleaners, and even unused paint should be stored in a space that can’t… Read more »

Tornadoes in August

Tornadoes in August

Once the month of August rolls around, most of us are waving goodbye to tornado season. With peak tornado season falling mostly in the months of May and June, August means the worry of tornadoes is moving further and further away. But while it would be great if tornadoes could… Read more »

Fall Season Update on Hurricane Threat

Fall Season Update on Hurricane Threat

As you read this article we are now at the midpoint of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. So far the season has been peaceful, but regardless of how many storms develop this year, just one can disrupt thousands of lives in your area. Knowing your evacuation route, paying attention to… Read more »

Hardwired vs. Battery Smoke Alarms — Which to Choose?

Hardwired vs. Battery Smoke Alarms — Which to Choose?

You might want to know the answer to this question, because the safety and welfare of your family can be impacted by how you decide. Battery-source smoke detectors are in widespread use today because they are generally less expensive to buy and less expensive to install, since they don’t require… Read more »

Understanding How House Fires Grow

Understanding How House Fires Grow

Here are some very frightening yet little known facts about fire. Fire may double in size every 30 seconds, meaning that a fire can spread 1100% in the first four minutes. Heat rises at the amazing rate of 90 feet per second; that’s almost 60 mph. And a fire spreads… Read more »

Disaster Planning Tips for Home and Work

Disaster Planning Tips for Home and Work

Each September is designated as National Preparedness Month in the U.S., and this year’s theme centers on the fact that ‘Disasters don’t plan ahead. You can.’ And indeed you should! With this in mind, take a few minutes to read up on how best to plan and prepare for circumstances… Read more »

Estimating How Much Paint You Will Need

Estimating How Much Paint You Will Need

For a lot of us, choosing a paint color can be difficult. Once you get that figured out, though, you run into another challenge. Exactly how much paint are you going to need to complete your project? Before you start to paint your interior walls, woodwork, window frames or ceilings,… Read more »

Backyard Pool Safety Tips

Backyard Pool Safety Tips

Many homeowners enjoy a swimming pool in their backyard. While these water-filled oases can provide a lot of relief during the hot summer months, they can also be a liability to homeowners. In fact, about 200 young people die every year in backyard pool-related accidents in the U.S. Make pool… Read more »

Recognizing Tree Fall Risks

Recognizing Tree Fall Risks

Many people find trees to be both beautiful and calming. But as beautiful as trees can be, and as good as they can be for the environment, they also pose a risk to many humans. When not properly maintained, a tree could fall and cause injury or even death. In… Read more »