Before, During and After A Storm: What You Need To Do

Have you ever been caught in a heavy storm, like a hurricane, a flood, or a typhoon? If you have experienced one, you will know how utterly terrifying it can be and the devastating damage it can cause – billions of dollars a year across the world. There are, however, a few steps that you can proactively take yo to protect your family and your property before a storm takes hold. This can minimize the damage to your property and potentially even save lives.     

Here, we look at some of the things that you can do before, during, and after a storm to keep you, your family, and your property as safe as possible.

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Before the storm

If you live in an area prone to extreme weather, it is a good idea to have a plan in place for storms anyway, but once one has been forecast, it is time to finalize it. Write it out and have it in a place that is accessible for everyone – taped up by the front door or in a cupboard in the kitchen. By doing this, everyone will know where to go and what to do should an emergency occur. You may want to identify a meeting place as well, just in case of separation. A known landmark is ideal for this. You also want all the emergency numbers in place such as your utility providers, insurance companies, and a Storm Damage Repair company.

It is also a good idea, if possible, to make a family member or friend who lives outside the city or state your emergency contact, just in case the worst happens, and make sure they know who to contact if you do not get in touch with them. Remember to give them a call or send them a message to let them know that once the storm has passed, you are safe, to avoid them unnecessarily worrying.

During the storm

It is important to stay away from any exterior doors, windows, and skylights, assuming you have not evacuated and have remained in your home. The best places to head to with pillows and duvets are usually an interior space, closet, or bathroom and curl up until it is over. Until you hear confirmation that the storm has passed, remain where you are – the storm’s eye will cause a misleading lull in the winds, and when it starts up again, you don’t want to be caught out! Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors shut if you lose power, to avoid spoiling any perishable food.

After the storm

The first thing you need to do is check that the structure is secure and look for any signs of gas or water leakage and electrical and sewage system disruption. Keep away and contact your gas and service provider to report the issue if you are uncertain, or you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise. Keep away from any collapsed power lines. 

Being caught out in a storm is terrifying, but preparation can take some of the stress away. Good luck!

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4 Tips For New Teen Drivers

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As a new drive on the road, you may be very excited about your newfound freedom and independence. However, driving and operating a vehicle also comes with a lot of responsibility.

It’s in your best interest to focus on safety and getting to your destination without any issues. There are a few tips you can follow that will help ensure a positive experience on the road so you can continue to get around by yourself without any setbacks or incidents. You’ll have a much better time out on the road and your parents will trust you more when you act sensibly.

1. Slow Down

One tip for new teen drivers is to slow down and not race around to where you’re going. You may want to use the cruise control function on your car if you tend to speed. Leave plenty of time to get to your final destination and avoid speeding. You may not only get a costly speeding ticket but also might cause an accident if you ignore the signs and rules of the road. There’s a reason you go through a written and driving test so remember what you learned once you’re out driving.

2. Be Prepared

Another tip for new teen drivers is to always be prepared and anticipate anything that could go wrong. Bring a map or GPS with you and have your phone fully charged. Keep a blanket and flashlight in the car and know who to call if you get stuck. You’ll want to contact a towing company such as https://sg3towingandrecovery.com/ if you get into a fender bender or require a jump start. It’s also wise to call the police and make a report if you get into an accident so the event is documented.  

3. Take Good Care of Your Vehicle

You’ll be a lot safer out on the road when your vehicle is in good shape and condition. As the driver or owner of the car, it’s your responsibility to ensure that it’s safe to drive. Be sure to take it in for routine maintenance and take care of any repairs or fixes that it requires right away. It’s in your best interest to save up your money in advance so you have it ready to use if you run into any issues with your vehicle. Remember to take it in for regular oil changes and to check that your tires are in good condition.

4. Focus on Driving

It’s easy to get distracted when you’re on your phone or not paying attention to what you’re doing. It’s essential that if you want to stay safe on the road that you focus on driving and put all your effort and energy into doing a good job. Put your phone away and text or call someone once you’re stopped and aren’t driving on the road. Also, make sure your music is at a reasonable level so you can hear your surroundings and react if necessary. Avoid distractions and tailgating other cars and you’ll likely have a rewarding and safe experience driving to your destination.

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Before the Storm: Home Repairs to Check for Summer

We live in a tropical country that is frequented by storms every second half of the year. These storms are often intense, and, given the country’s system, these storms usually take a toll on residential homes.

Summer is fast approaching. In ordinary times, we would be packing our bags for vacation. Instead, we are all still stuck inside our homes due to the pandemic. We can take advantage of this time, though. This season is an excellent time to consider house repairs, given the temperature. It is also a good time to check for needed repairs as there are fewer chances of rainfall. This way, repairs will be more efficiently done.

As we welcome the hottest months of the year, what aspects should you check in your home? What are common house repairs that can be done during summer?

House Repairs

Checking for needed house repairs is essential in maintaining a safe and comfortable home. During storm season, having up-to-date home repairs may mean keeping dry or getting drenched in rainfall. What are things you should check at home for needed repairs?

The first thing you need to check for needed home repairs is your roof. You wouldn’t want any leaks to disturb your remote work or home learning setup during the storm season. Leaks may also affect appliances and other electrical items. To avoid accidents and mishaps, you mustcheck your roof for leaks during the summer. This will provide you time to fix leaks that could otherwise not be repaired once the storm season starts.

Apart from the main home’s roofing, you might want to check the roofing in your patio or deck area. You can change the roofing to adapt to the changing weather by considering installing polycarbonate roofing. This is lightweight, and it can withstand extremely low and high temperatures. It is perfect for unpredictable weather.

Applying a fresh coat of paint to your home exterior is also a good idea during summer. This is more of an aesthetic concern, but it wouldn’t hurt to brighten up your home before the gloomy rainy season starts. You would need to take advantage of the summer’s heat if you want your paint to dry quickly.

Check for electrical items that need repair and updating. You might have to rewire specific systems in your home electrical systems, which might be dangerous during a storm. It is best to prepare early on for such concerns.

Aside from repairs, summer is also an excellent time to prepare an emergency kit for natural disasters.

Storm Emergency Kit

Your basic emergency supply kit should be enough for all members of the household.This would have to include a gallon of water per person each day for at least three days. You will be using this for drinking and sanitation purposes.

Keep three days’ worth of non-perishable food. Since you never know what could happen in an emergency, it’s best to be prepared. In natural disasters, emergency response may be slow, so it is best to be ready for whatever happens.

A strong flashlight with extra batteries should also be in your basic emergency supply kit. Since emergency response may be slow, you will need this when night arrives, and no one has come to rescue yet. During storms, electricity may not be available, so you will need a strong light source to navigate in your area.

Keep a whistle (or several) in your emergency kit. When signaling for help, merely shouting at rescuers may not be enough. A strong whistle can potentially catch their attention, especially during nights of rescue.

There are plenty more you need to prepare in a basic emergency supply kit. Make sure you have these ready months before the storm season so that you will always be ready in an emergency.

Evacuation Plan

Aside from your home repairs and your basic emergency supply kit, another thing you need to prepare for is your family’s evacuation plan. In whatever state of emergency, there is a chance that your family may not all be together at home. It is best to practice a safe evacuation plan for all household members in case an emergency arises. This is to make sure that each household member can be alert during emergencies and reach a safe space even without the head of the household present.

Summer is the ideal time for most home repairs as doing so prevents repair interruption with rain. Despite this, during any month of the year, it is best to practice safety precautions at all times. Prepare your basic emergency supply kit beforehand so you and your family will only have to think about keeping yourselves warm and safe. In any case, your family’s safety should always be the priority.

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Is Your Business Facing Any Of These IT issues?

The advantages of using modern business technology are well known.  In reality, it is safe to say that the vast number of organizations can benefit from the introduction of new technology. However, notwithstanding all the positive elements, it is important to be aware of the possible issues that technology can cause. These days, these risks are greater than ever before. 

It is important to keep security and usability at the top of your approach when using cloud computing, the Internet of Things and automation technologies. Here, we will looking at some of the possible IT challenges you might face and how you can prevent them.

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Outdated technology

Technology is developing at an unprecedented pace. Even if you think your infrastructure is up to date, before you know it something new will come along and be better and more effective. If you start falling behind technology, you run the risk of falling behind your rivals, and that is not good news for any business, whatever the industry.

Make sure that whenever new update scomes along, you don’t miss it and stay up to date with any new developments.Attending networking events and conferences is an ideal way to not only to network with other people, but also to find out what is going on in the world of technology.  You can also get advice from an expert in IT such as Haval Dosky.

Network and data breaches

It is thought that a breach of data occurs every forty seconds and that almost half of the attacks are on small businesses with less than thousand workers. This is because, broadly speaking, smaller enterprises have fewer strategies in place to deal with these problems and are thus more vulnerable. You must have systems and processes in place to prevent this from happening as a breach of data can destroy your company.

As with everything, prevention is the best form of defence. Make sure your systems are upated as soon as updates are released, make sure that you have the best in anti-virus and anti-malware software. It is also crucial that your staff are all aware of the importance of being careful with data.

Deceleration of productivity

Technology is typically intended to help increase productivity and performance and streamline the business processes. However it does not always operate like that for many businesses. Due to inadequate maintenance or improper use of the technology, it may do the reverse and contribute to a deceleration of productivity. This does not even take into account any disruptions caused by system crashes and failures – and this is always a possibility with technology.

Making sure that your workforce is up to date with current training and understand how to use technology is important if you want to keep your business running. Not only that, you want to make sure that there is continuity across the business as well. Some staff may fear that making the most of technology will put their jobs at risk because they will no longer be needed, but if you can show them the contrary, they are more likely to accept it and use it efficiently.

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The Importance Of Maintaining Your Restaurant Equipment

When you spend your time running a business, you need to keep everything in good working order. A restaurant is a big undertaking, and the maintenance that it takes to keep it moving is huge. Good quality restaurant equipment is important, and it’s the backbone of your success. 

Without your kitchen equipment being in good order, you cannot serve the delicious food that the locals know you for. You can operate your restaurant without paying for regular maintenance, but it’s not ideal in the long run.

This can end up in higher costs, bigger losses and decreased kitchen ability. It’s just not good business practice, and if you bring out an expert every so often, they’ll be able to figure out whether you need sanitary tri clamp fittings or your equipment is completely running down. Research shows that efficient equipment will offer your business excellent savings, and if you want to avoid last-minute emergencies, you need to invest in maintenance for your business. Below, we’ve put together all of the reasons why equipment maintenance is important.

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  • Cost-Effective. The equipment that you paid for in your kitchen was expensive the first time you bought it. restaurant equipment is expensive to replace, and the repairs out of warranty are also expensive. If you pay for regular maintenance and check-ups, you’re going to prevent any issues from occurring before they do. Minor issues can be sported early and they can be fixed easily, too. Repairing equipment that has been badly damaged is not ideal, but regular maintenance is! It’ll increase the life of your equipment and it’ll make you feel like you’re doing better for both clients and customers.
  • Food Quality Maintenance. Spending time maintaining your equipment means that you can keep the quality of your food high. Dirty, broken ovens that aren’t heating food properly can lead to illness in your customers. If your equipment is maintained properly, you can bet that you will be churning out high quality food that is the right temperature and tastes amazing.
  • Efficient Operations. When your equipment is maintained properly, you won’t have a slow down in the way your staff work. There Is better efficiency in the kitchen and thus serving food is faster and better for the staff.
  • Better For Sales. One day, you’ll be selling that kitchen equipment you’ve spent time maintaining. When you spend the money on repairs, you sell a perfectly working piece of equipment and that will help you to fetch a much better price on the market. You can make a good chunk of money back on what you spent, which is perfect to put towards a new piece of equipment as its replacement.
  • Hygiene Standards. Every piece of restaurant equipment needs to be maintained so that you meet regulations from your local government. You could be fined or shut down if your hygiene in your kitchen isn’t up to code – so don’t make that mistake!

Spending the money in new kitchen equipment for your restaurant is vital, but maintaining that equipment is worth it in the long run!

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4 COVID-19 Hacks SMEs Must Know

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COVID-19 has dominated the landscape for small, medium, and even big businesses. Unusually, it’s a situation that has leveled the playing field and put every company in the same predicament.

Like every other organization, you’ve been following the guidance to get your business up and running again. Whether it’s wearing face masks, using hand sanitizer, or reducing contact points in-store, there’s a lot of information flying around.

While most of it is essential, it’s the stuff you’re missing that is as crucial. After all, a single mistake in this environment could lead to a second spike. So, here are four pointers you might not know that you really should.

The Virus Survives On Nonporous Materials For 48 Hours

This is essential because putting up a screen and assuming that your shoppers are safe isn’t realistic. Studies show that the pathogens which cause the virus to spread can be recovered from the likes of glass and plastic for up to forty-eight hours, which is high compared to cloth, paper, and tissue. What this means is that you must clean surfaces often with bleach and disinfectant if you are going to highlight your desire to create a healthy environment for customers.

Installations Are Expensive

Of course, the flip side of the coin is that security installations aren’t cheap. They are necessary for now, and you have to use them if you want to start trading again, but you should be savvy about the material of choice. Nonporous fabrics aren’t realistic as they’ll break down almost instantly, which is why plastic is popular. However, more businesses understand the necessity of sheet metal manufacturers for financial purposes. After all, blackened steel is less likely to rust or erode as it’s galvanized and incredibly durable. Plus, it’s safe and easy to wipe down.

You Can’t Forget Online Security

The UK government recently released data that showed the Russian government was attempting to steal information relating to Coronavirus vaccines. What this proves is that hackers will take the opportunity to steal sensitive data as they see a chance while your attention is focused elsewhere. Thankfully, you can increase your company’s online security by migrating to SaaS-based systems that use robust platforms to withstand the risks. You’ve got to make safety a priority because digital thieves are patient and will wait for a mistake to exploit. Merely letting your security protocols dwindle is enough to make you a target.

Or Marketing

The world’s changed dramatically since the start of the outbreak four months ago. As a result, standard marketing messages appear lazy and out of place. They show that you haven’t bothered to transition, and rather than making you a thought leader, it cements the fact that you’re outdated. Although you never want to jump on the bandwagon, you’ve got to address the pandemic and customers’ concerns to encourage them to stay loyal. Remember that acting selflessly pays off as consumers recall your altruism.

Were you aware of these four Coronavirus-related impacts?

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The Most Common Scams and How To Avoid Them

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Scams have been around for centuries. Even in olden times, marketplaces were full of swindlers and con artists who would deceive honest, hard-working people to make a quick buck. This hasn’t changed, although the methods that scammers use certainly have. Advances in technology allow hackers and frauds to be more deceptive than ever before, relying on people’s trusting nature and lack of technological knowhow to get one over on them.

If you’ve ever been subject to a scam, you know how unpleasant it can be. Not only do you risk having your money and data stolen, but it also feels like a violation into your life. Someone has wormed their way into your private information by taking advantage of your trust, and you are now paying the price. It’s not always easy to spot a scam, and that’s why it happens so frequently. In fact, 10% of all adults will fall victim to a scam or fraud each year.

This doesn’t have to be you. As long as you can identify the most common scams and how they work, you will be able to keep yourself and your money safe.

Advance fees

This type of scam requires you to pay a substantial sum of money upfront in exchange for a nonexistent product or service. Scammers may contact you by email or phone and offer an attractive proposition such as a work-from-home job opportunity, some inherited money, or a business investment. They will then ask for payment upfront, often in the form of a membership fee or a finders fee. The scammer will take money via moto payments and then disappear into thin air, leaving you with a hefty dent in your savings. 

Luckily, advance-fee scams are usually easy to spot. If an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is. Look out for businesses that operate out of PO boxes or ask you to sign a non-disclosure agreement, as this is not standard practice for an above-board company. Conduct your own research on the business before giving out any money to ensure they are who they claim to be and have a good reputation.

Identity theft

Identity theft is one of the most common online scams, and it is becoming increasingly easy for fraudsters to achieve. Internet users constantly enter their personal data online without thinking about the consequences, but you’re giving away more than you realize. It’s easy for a crafty hacker to access your sensitive data by sending you a “phishing” email, which activates when you click on a link and trawls your computer for any juicy information such as credit card details. 

With your identity, scammers can make online payments in your name, take out loans, or even commit criminal offenses. To protect yourself, stop giving out sensitive data to anyone unless you are 100% sure they are trustworthy. Never give out credit card information on the phone unless you made the call, and always shred financial documents before throwing them away. Always check your banking and credit card statements for any irregularities that might indicate fraud.

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Ensuring Safety In A New Home

Whenever you move into a new home, you always want to make sure that it is going to be as safe as possible to live there. This is something that you might find requires a lot of attention and care, and it is definitely the kind of thing you are going to want to be careful about, especially if you are worried for the wellbeing and safety of you and your family. In this article, we are going to discuss some of the things you can do to ensure that your new home is as safe for everyone as possible. As long as you follow these steps, you shouldn’t have to worry about your family’s safety in the new home.

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Gas Safety

One of the most important early checks that you need to make in a new home is the gas safety. This is something which can easily cause a lot of problems if you are not careful, and the last thing you want is to be in this kind of trouble in a new home. The first thing to do is to call out a gas engineer who can check over the safety of all of your home. That will include a safety check of the gas boiler, if there is one, as well as all of the pipes and gas ball valves. You can find out more on gas ball valves here and see why it is so important that they are checked by a professional when you move into a new home. If there is anything wrong with any of the gas equipment, you are going to have to have that dealt with as soon as possible, ideally before you even move into the home.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is one of the biggest concerns that you will have in any home, and it is something that you are going to want to think about if you are keen on keeping your family and yourself as safe as possible. The trouble with carbon monoxide is that it is odourless, colourless, and dangerous. It can easily kill you in a matter of minutes, and even when it doesn’t it can cause a lot of internal health problems still. You need to ensure that there is a working carbon monoxide detector in the home before you even move in, or get one as soon as possible. If there isn’t one, you never know whether there might be carbon monoxide in the home causing you health problems.

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At the same time, make sure that you call someone in to have a look at your electrics. You never know what could be wrong with the electrics in a new home, and it’s something that you are going to want to think about if you are keen on making the home as safe as possible. As long as you have it checked over by a professional, you should be okay, so make sure that you are having this done as soon as possible.

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Tips To Help Make You A Safer Driver

Being a safer driver is important because when it comes to road safety if everyone took a safe attitude to the way they drive, the roads would be a better place. With that in mind, you may have been driving for a while now or only driven for a short period of time, but here are some tips to help make you a safer driver.

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Watch Your Speed

First things first, you want to try and keep an eye on all the time is your speed. There can be areas that you are familiar with when it comes to speed limits, but not every place you drive to is going to be familiar with. You might want to keep an eye on the speed you’re doing regardless of where you are because you can always end up edging up a few miles per hour without realizing it. That can actually be the difference between braking safely or crashing into the car in front of you. It’s important that you understand the speed at which you’re going at and to try to remember to take your time instead of pushing down on the pedal. It’s important to always be watching your speed as this can end up being dangerous.

Keep Both Hands On The Wheel

When you’re driving, you are taught to keep both hands on the wheel, and it should stay like that. It can be very easy to relax when you’re driving, and therefore, many people can end up taking their hand or both hands off the wheel when driving in their car. This often comes with years of driving but it’s important to keep them both on in order to ensure you’re safety is met. If you have a habit of taking your hand off the wheel, try to remind yourself when you do find it happening, and hopefully, you will get used to driving with both hands on the wheel again.

Have A Safety Kit

A safety kit is worth having when you’re driving, and it’s mentioned on https://tcsupfitting.com/personal-safety-items/ about the personal safety items that are worth having. When it comes to a safety kit, you always want to try and have the ability to jump-start your car, change a tire but also to help you in a situation where you might be hurt. A medical kit can be a good thing to have in your car, should you need it.

Fix Any Problems With Your Car

Unfortunately, your cars aren’t invincible and often enough, you might run into problems along the way. However, some people will tend to leave these problems until their next annual service, and as a rule of thumb, you should be fixing any problems that happen or become apparent immediately. If you don’t, then you run the risk of making your car vulnerable, which in turn makes you and your passengers vulnerable.

To be a safer driver on the road, use these tips as a guide, and help protect yourself and others.

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Making Your Living Space as Safe as Possible at All Times

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We all want to be as safe as possible in our homes. This isn’t all too surprising. These spaces are our safe havens – spots where we can let our hair down, kick back and relax. They’re the places we feel most vulnerable. We want to be able to rest in them without concerns for our overall safety and wellbeing. This particularly goes for now, when the coronavirus has forced many of us into our own homes all day, every day. But what can you do to make your home a safe space for you and anyone else who lives with you? Here are a few ideas and suggestions to help you along the way!

Tips for Everyone

There are certain tips that everyone should follow, as they can protect everyone’s safety and wellbeing. One is to make sure that your home has smoke detectors fitted and that they are all checked regularly. If batteries need to be replaced, replace them immediately. Carbon monoxide detectors are another good idea, as this gas is deadly but has no smell or taste, so can’t easily be identified as other gases may be. In a similar vein, making use of radon detectors and Radon Systems Maintenance is also a good idea. Make sure that you wipe down any items you may bring in from outside – such as food shopping – as the coronavirus that’s currently plaguing the world can live on surfaces for extended periods of time. Deep cleaning your house regularly can also help to keep you safe.

Living with Kids

If you live with kids, there are a few extra safety measures you might want to undertake to maintain their safety. They don’t have as much safety awareness as we do and you have to remove as many potential risks as possible to protect them within your home. If you have blinds in your windows, make sure the pulls and ties are wound around a safety clip, out of the reach of little ones. Store medication, cleaning products and anything else that’s potentially toxic in locked cupboards well out of reach. You may also want to consider child proof cupboard locks on other cabinets and doors so they can’t access food or other items without you knowing. Make sure you only have child and pet friendly house plants or plants in your garden. Ensure that the perimeters of your garden are completely sealed and that you have a lock on access points such as gates if they’re going to be playing outside. Stair gates are a good addition to your home if you have young children. If you have large furniture, such as bookshelves, make sure they’re properly fixed to your walls so they can’t tip over. These steps are simple to implement but can save lives.

These are just a few different pieces of advice. It may seem a lot to consider, but once you’ve implemented the necessary safety systems and have got into a routine of habit, they won’t take as much time or effort as you may initially think!

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