Safety Tips

Seven Great Ways to Defend Against Ice Dams in Winter

For property owners in Canada, indoor water damage stemming from the roof is a bigger threat after winter snows than summer thunderstorms. The frigid problem starts with ice dams: the roof melts snow, water flows down to the colder eaves and refreezes there. As this cycle repeats, ice accumulates in[...]

Portable Fire Extinguishers: Everyone’s First Line of Defence

The April 15-16, 2019 devastating fire that ravaged France’s national treasure Notre Dame started like many fires do: with a stray cigarette or electrical spark that could have been easily extinguished if caught early. Vigilance is one key to avoiding disasters like this one. The inspector,[...]

7 Steps to Construction Site Safety

An empty soda bottle rolling around a job site seems like a small problem but it’s a big liability when a worker trips over it and breaks an arm. Construction sites can be dangerous places for all kinds of reasons large and obvious as well as soda-bottle-small and seemingly unimportant. Ten of[...]

Smart Ways That Facility Managers Prepare for Unexpected Power Outages

Worn machinery, weather events, downed tree limbs, even wild animals contacting transformers can bring commerce to an abrupt halt when they interrupt the flow of electricity. As our vital electrical grid ages, power outages are also becoming increasingly frequent and unpredictable.  That means[...]

Fire Prevention Week Commemorates the Great Chicago Fire of 1871

Nobody knows if Mrs. O’Leary’s cow really kicked over the lantern but the Great Chicago Fire certainly ignited in the O’Leary barn. We may never know the true spark that ignited the city October 8, 1871, but whatever the source, that raging inferno stands out for its destructive power. The[...]