Happy New Year! Resolve to Keep Your Home and Office Safe

happy and safe new yearDrink less alcohol. Eat healthy food. Get a better education…get a better job…and once and for all, get fit! That’s just a sampling of the top New Year’s resolutions according to USA.gov. We at LDR Cleaning & Restoration have much respect for those who keep their resolutions and make positive changes in their lives. In the spirit of change, we’d like to offer our own version of New Year’s resolutions and challenge you—a safety throw down, if you will—to make improvements in your living and business environments that could, ultimately, save lives. Without further ado…LDR’s Top Five Steps to a Safer 2013: 5. Remove and prevent mold. According to the National Center for Environmental Health, exposure to molds can cause hay fever-like symptoms and compromise the breathing of individuals with chronic respiratory disease like COPD and asthma. Whether you’ve had a minor pipe leak or a major flood, where there is excessive moisture, there is mold. Picture one tiny mold spore dropping onto a soaked ceiling tile, perhaps, or a soggy section of carpet. In no time at all, that mold spore will multiply—and suddenly you’ll have health concerns on your hands. A good scrubbing with a strong cleanser is sometimes all that is needed for adequate mold removal, but it’s best to bring in the pros for larger jobs. Of course, preventing water damage in the workplace and at home is the best practice. We offer some ways to prevent water damage in the first place in our blog article, “Water Damage Restoration in the Workplace.4. Change furnace filters and clean ductwork. According to FEMA, heating is second only to cooking as the leading culprit behind residential fires in the fall and winter months. With furnace fires, something as simple as a ball of lint trapped in the heating ducts can start trouble; thus, routine maintenance is key. Have a local cleaning and restoration service check your ductwork for any obstructions or buildup; they have professional-grade vacuum equipment that ensures a thorough cleaning. Also, changing furnace filters is a small task that can make a big difference in safety, not to mention health, by providing improved air quality. We discuss other furnace safety tips in our blog article, “Firing Up Your Furnace, Fire Safety Tips for Fall.3. Review coverage with your insurance agent. A 2012 poll by the Insurance Information Institute found that 13 percent of American homeowners had a flood insurance policy, virtually unchanged from the 14 percent of homeowners in 2011, but well below the 17 percent who said they purchased flood insurance in May 2008. When it comes to protecting your home or workplace, are you fully covered for every force of nature—and beyond? Give your agent a call; he or she will be pleased to sit down over coffee, go over your policy and make any necessary recommendations. Are you an insurance agent? This could be the year to kick your business into high gear with the marketing ideas discussed in our ebook, “Tradition, Technology and Taking Risks: Five Modern Tips for Marketing Your Insurance Business.2. Check smoke detectors, sprinklers and fire extinguishers. Such a no-brainer, but one that really saves lives. On an average day, it’s estimated that over 200 fires occur in U.S. businesses. In mere minutes, lives can change forever—and everything you’ve worked for can go up in smoke. Squelch the sparks before they ignite by making fire prevention part of your business emergency preparedness plan. Begin with a risk assessment that includes identifying potential hot spots in your place of business. Our blog article, “Firearmed: How to Practice Fire Safety in the Workplace,” discusses other steps you can take to keep your office safe. 1. Make an emergency preparedness plan. Here’s a sobering thought: How many businesses are prepared for disaster? Not nearly enough, according to data cited at ready.gov. They report that nearly two-thirds (62%) of respondents to an Ad Council survey do not have an emergency plan in place for their business. No matter what type of business you run or how many people you employ, there’s no question that having a plan in place can save valuable time post-disaster and, much more importantly, invaluable human lives. Don’t put it off any longer—the same goes for having an emergency plan at home, as well! Our ebook, “Emergency Preparedness, It’s Your Business: Five Tips to Kick-Start Your Company’s Disaster Plan,” can help you get started On behalf of LDR, we wish you and yours a safe, happy and prosperous 2013! May you never need our services. But should Mother Nature throw you a curveball, we hope you will consider us as your residential and business disaster recovery team. LDR Construction Services, Inc. Cleaning & Restoration has proudly served all of northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin since 1991. LDR specializes in the complete repair of fire, smoke, wind, water and vandalism damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, the LDR disaster team is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. For more information, visit www.ldr4service.com or call 1-888-874-7066. Image courtesy of Simon Howden / FreeDigitalPhotos.net download the free Emergency Response Plan guide.  


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