Surviving a Wildfire

Surviving a Wildfire

According to the National Interagency Fire Center, federal wildfire suppression costs range from $1-2 billion annually. Here are some tips to help you survive during a wildfire. Call 9-1-1 to report a fire. Don't assume that someone else has reported it.Monitor the Emergency Alert System (EAS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration...

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Surviving a Wildfire

Fire Prevention Tips for Customers

Educate your tenants and customers about fire prevention to help reduce risk at your property.3 Ways to Educate Customers About Fire Prevention Signage: Post signs around the property to remind customers that smoking, candles, and open flame are prohibited.Monthly Bills: Add a fire prevention tip or other safety reminder to each monthly bill or...

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Surviving a Wildfire

Creating Defensible Space for Wildfires

Defensible space is a zone in which vegetation, debris, and other combustible fuels have been cleared, minimized, or treated with the goal of slowing the spread of fire to and between buildings. Here are tips from the Department of Homeland Security's website www.Ready.gov.6 Tips for Creating Defensible Space Choose fire-resistant materials for...

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Surviving a Wildfire

Pre-Wildfire Mitigation

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), an average of 70,000 wildfires are set ablaze across the United States each year. Lightning can trigger burns, but they are frequently initiated by humans through intentional or unintentional means. Property owners can help mitigate potential wildfire losses, but some don’t take these...

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Surviving a Wildfire

First Aid for Heat Exhaustion

First aid actions for heat-related illness: Call a supervisor or co-worker for help. If no one is available, call 911.Have someone stay with the person until emergency medical personnel arrive.Move the person to an area that is air conditioned or shaded.Remove the person’s outer clothing.Fan the person and mist them with water. Apply ice bags or...

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Surviving a Wildfire

Know the Signs of Heat-Related Illness

Working outdoors in the summer months can mean coping with hot, humid weather conditions. It is important for you and your facility managers to understand the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke to help prevent these dangerous, and possibly deadly, situations. Symptoms of heat exhaustion: Headache, dizziness, or faintingWeakness and wet...

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Watch Out for Heat Stress

Watch Out for Heat Stress

In many parts of the country, the summer months mean high heat and high humidity – a combination that can be a serious health hazard for you and your facility managers who have to work outside. Here are some tips for avoiding heat stress and heat-related illness: Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing made of breathable fabric.Drink small...

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Watch Out for Heat Stress

Here Comes the Sun

During the warm-weather months, it's important to take precautions to protect yourself and your employees from the hazards of sun exposure while working outside. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation in sunlight causes premature skin aging, wrinkles, cataracts, and skin cancer. Remember: there are no safe UV rays or suntans. Here are a few ways to stay safe...

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Watch Out for Heat Stress

Employment Practices Liability Coverage

No business is immune to the possibility of employment practices complaints, which most commonly involve complaints of sexual harassment, discrimination, and wrongful termination. With this in mind, it is important to discuss employment practices liability coverage with your insurance agent. Employment practices liability coverage may be...

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Watch Out for Heat Stress

Employment Practices Complaints

High-profile cases involving employee claims of sexual harassment, discrimination, and wrongful termination by their employers make headlines on a regular basis. Self-storage businesses are not impervious to this type of trouble. In today’s litigious environment, all employers would be wise to consider employment practices liability coverage to...

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Watch Out for Heat Stress

Fireworks Safety

In the weeks surrounding the July 4th holiday, an average of 180 people per day wind up in the emergency room due to fireworks-related injuries according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Fireworks are synonymous with Independence Day celebrations. But in the midst of the festivities, it can be easy to overlook the fact that...

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Pest Control

Pest Control

The last thing your tenants want to discover is evidence of damage to their valuable stored items as a result of insects, rodents, or other pests. Your facility risk management plan should include a monthly pest control prevention program that includes regular inspections and treatment. Hiring a licensed, insured pest control vendor to perform...

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Maintaining Gates and Elevators

Maintaining Gates and Elevators

Gates, gate operators, and elevators are some of the most frequently used features at a self-storage facility. Now that spring is on the way, it's a good time to inspect these systems and make any necessary repairs. This action ensures that these systems are operating at peak efficiently while helping to minimize the potential for costly property...

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Spring Roof Inspection and Maintenance

Spring Roof Inspection and Maintenance

As you plan ahead for the busy summer rental season, one of the first tasks to address is a thorough roof inspection. Roofs and gutters can take a beating during the winter months, and it is important to address any issues before a problem escalates into a leak causing costly damage to the facility or tenants' stored items. Be sure to inspect the...

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Hurricane Emergency Plan

Hurricane Emergency Plan

With the 2022 hurricane season underway, it is critical that you be prepared. The first step is to create an emergency preparedness plan, a basic requirement for all businesses regardless of location. Once the plan has been developed, it is important to communicate it to your managers and employees. Training – Provide ongoing training for your...

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Hurricane Season Forecast

Hurricane Season Forecast

June 1st marks the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season. This year's extended-range forecast by Colorado State University research scientist Dr. Philip Klotzbach anticipates above-normal activity. His forecast for the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season predicts 19 named storms including 9 hurricanes with 4 classified as major hurricanes...

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Surviving a Wildfire

Downed Power Line Safety

Downed power lines can be deadly. They can energize the ground for up to 35 feet (or more in wet conditions). The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) recommends that downed power lines should always be assumed to be live to reduce the risk of severe injury or fatality. Here are...

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Electrical Safety and Hurricanes

Electrical Safety and Hurricanes

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June to November, and severe storms can strike across the country at any time. The storm preparation checklist for your self-storage facility should include electrical safety considerations. The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) offers recommendations for before, during, and after a...

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Floods and Electrical Safety

Over the past five years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods, and, on average, more deaths occur due to flooding each year than any other weather-related hazard. Safety precautions during floods should include considerations for electrical safety. Guidance from the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) includes the...

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Surviving a Wildfire

Electrical Safety in Older Buildings

Workplace injuries and fatalities related to electricity totaled over 2,060 in 2019 according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI). Last week, we discussed the organization's tips including overtaxed wiring prevention, extension cord safety, and ground-fault circuit interrupter usage. The EFSI has two additional tips regarding...

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