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Better Ways to Store Flammables at Home

We all have flammables in our home, but do you know how to properly store them when they’re not in use? Many people do not. When stored improperly, flammables can have devastating consequences including poisoning, fires, and explosions. So if you keep gasoline, propane or other flammables in or around… Read more »

Take These Actions if You Suspect a Gas Leak

You might not realize how much you depend on natural gas. From our hot water heaters to gas stovetops, natural gas is everywhere. And as gas lines tend to be buried below the surface of the ground, it’s easy to forget they’re there. That is until you smell the tell-tale… Read more »

Protection Against Indoor Flooding

Flooding of a home or business property is a calamity that no one wants to experience. Even in the U.S. where flood prediction and mitigation is quite advanced, flood damage occurs all too often, amounting to over $6 billion worth of damage and contributing to the deaths of about 140… Read more »

Annual Mold Inspections Might Be Smart

Mold can cause big problems for your home or business. And with the unusually wet year we’ve had, mold has been given ample opportunities to grow. It’s not always easy to spot, though. That’s because mold not only grows in obvious places—like on your shower curtain—but it can also appear… Read more »

Signs of Water Damage in Walls

No one wants to deal with water damage, and it can be especially disheartening to find water damage in your walls. This is because there are a number of things behind your walls that can be causing the damage—and finding the source of the problem can be costly. Unfortunately, in… Read more »

Understanding Smoke Damage

Fires can destroy a home or business. In 2015, there were 1,345,500 fires reported in the United States. And these fires caused 3,280 civilian deaths. So we know the danger of fire in addition to the damage it can cause. One thing many people don’t talk about, however, is smoke… Read more »

Water Damage? Best to Hire IICRC Certified Specialists

Water and flood damage is something that a lot of home and business owners have to deal with. Understandably, damage like this causes a big headache, and it’s definitely a time when you should call in the professionals. But what does it mean to hire a “professional” when it comes… Read more »

September is National Preparedness Month

While every family would like to think they’re prepared for a disaster, the truth is that many aren’t. Luckily, September is National Preparedness Month. It’s the perfect time of year to ensure that you have a game plan in place if disaster strikes. While no one wants to be the… Read more »

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 »

Dangers of Frayed Lamp and Appliance Wires

You might be taking a huge risk that you’re not even aware of. In today’s electricity-powered world, we have an excess of cords. This doesn’t just tie back to smartphones and laptops, though. We also have lamps, microwaves, coffee makers, and toasters. Our televisions are constantly plugged in, as are… Read more »

7 Common Workplace Safety Hazards

Accidents can happen anywhere. While we often aren’t prepared for an accident in the workplace, our offices are filled with many different types of hazards. Being that most of us spend 40+ hours per week at our office, it’s important to know what the potential hazards are and how they… Read more »

Finding Ways to Lower Summer Utility Bills

Summer is a favorite time of year for many people. Of course, the warmer the weather gets, the higher our summer utility bills seem to climb. Thankfully, lowering your utility bills doesn’t have to mean investing in solar panels, or even suffering until the change of seasons. With just a… Read more »

Does Your Workplace Have An Evacuation Plan?

It’s rare for someone to anticipate a disaster or an emergency. That being said, both things can strike at any moment. It’s not just at home where these dangers lurk. It’s also in our workplace environment. Disasters and emergencies don’t have a history of striking when it’s convenient, so in… Read more »

Avoiding Lightning Threats

If you’re someone who enjoys spring storms, you’re not alone. Rain, thunder, and even lightning can create a truly beautiful spectacle of nature. That isn’t to say that spring storms don’t pose a danger to you and your family. It’s important to remember that while beautiful, lightning can also be… Read more »

What To Do After Storm Damage

No one wants to think about severe weather interrupting their life. The thing about Mother Nature is that she has the ability to cause sweeping damage in the blink of an eye. If not properly prepared for, these damages can seem overwhelming. The good news is that many people before… Read more »

Understanding Homeowners Insurance

A house is considered the largest purchase an average person will ever make in his or her lifetime. Its value is not just an asset, but it’s also a home–a roof over your head and the central gathering place for your family. That’s why intelligently protecting your home is essential.… Read more »

Top Ten Household Cleaning Tips from Paul Davis

The bottom line is that, eventually, a dirty home gets to be too much and we have to clean it. Whether it’s as simple as putting away toys or as ambitious as scrubbing out all the scum that has built up in your bathtub, one thing is for sure–cleaning is… Read more »

Space Heaters and Power Strips

Power strips are a highly sought after commodity. Available everywhere from home improvement stores to your local drug store, power strips are thought by many people to be safe for everyday use. While a power strip can be an excellent source of additional electricity, most users don’t pay much attention… Read more »

Home Improvement Projects with High ROI

When it comes to home improvement, most homeowners dream of updated kitchens with fancy granite countertops. New bathrooms may also be top-of-mind when it comes to a remodeling project. While updating your kitchen and bathroom seem like great ideas, there are a few things to consider before tackling these home… Read more »

The Perfect Family Holiday Gift (New Smoke Detectors)

During the holiday season we often find ourselves stumped as to what to get our family members for a gift. This year, we have the perfect gift idea for your whole family–new smoke detectors! Exciting, no. Important, yes! The experts at Paul Davis know how crucial smoke detectors are in… Read more »

Understanding Those Newer Light Bulbs

Have you ever found yourself scratching your head in confusion in the light bulb aisle? You’re not alone. Between technology and a huge push for energy efficiency, light bulbs are continuing to evolve, meaning that consumer light bulb options are evolving, too. Keep in mind that with the changes, as… Read more »

Honor Our Veterans

Does your family celebrate Veterans Day? While World War I, also known as “The Great War,” officially ended on June 28, 1919, fighting had actually ceased about seven months earlier. The armistice went into effect between the Germans and the Allied Nations at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day… Read more »

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher/PASS Tips

The chance is high that you’ll come across at least one fire in your lifetime. It’s important to understand that fires can quickly double in size. In fact, it only takes a few seconds to a few minutes for a fire to blaze completely out of control. Most people know… Read more »

Safe Handling of Artwork for Proper Restoration

Do you own precious artwork? Whether art hanging in your home was passed down through generations or is a piece you obtained more recently, everyone has a fond attachment to the artwork they place on their walls. After all, artwork has the power to express our interests, lift our spirits,… Read more »

What the National Fire Protection Agency Says About Hoarding

Many of us know someone who saves every trinket, memento and keepsake. They find comfort in having these items and parting with them is difficult. We often jokingly refer to these people as ‘pack rats’ or ‘squirrels’ but their keepsake instincts are usually harmless. Hoarders however are excessive savers incapable… Read more »

Extra Summer Care for Your Air Conditioner

Chances are that if you have an air conditioner, it has been hard at work this summer. And while we appreciate being kept cool and comfortable, especially during hot or humid summer months, we quickly get ‘hot under the collar’ when our air conditioner stops working. What’s worse, it can… Read more »

Good Time to Review Homeowner Insurance Needs

Chances are you’ll never be able to read everything you’d like to this year. However, here’s one thing to read that may make a big difference to you? Your homeowners insurance policy. Here’s the truth: your homeowners insurance policy is a long, boring read. In fact, I’m sure you could… Read more »

Have A Plan: Be Prepared for Emergencies

Few people would argue against having an emergency plan for their family, home or small business. So why do so few people have one in place? Rather than procrastinating under the adage of “that’ll never happen to me” we suggest that you nominate someone in your family or workplace to… Read more »

Keeping Ahead of Basement Water Leaks

There are a lot of things to love about rain. It washes away dirt and debris, it nourishes your garden, and it keeps your grass looking fresh and green. Another thing rain, especially a good heavy rain, can bring is basement water leaks. Flooding in your basement is never a… Read more »

In­Place Drying

You didn’t mean for it to happen, but it did. Whether your washing machine, tub, dishwasher, or another portable source in your home leaked fresh water, chances are things got pretty wet. The carpeting, pad, and everything else was soaked, too. The last thing you want is for mold to… Read more »

Better Home Security Starts with Seven Simple Steps

We all want to feel safe and secure in our homes. In fact, most of us do feel that way. However, when you watch the news or hear a frightening story from a neighbor, it’s sometimes difficult to not worry. We understand. That’s why we’re dedicating an entire blog to… Read more »

Lawn Mower Safety

There are so many reasons to love spring. The promise of warmer weather, much-needed rain, and the sudden growth spurt in nature. Of course, all of these happenings also come with a brand new to-do list around your house. Typically after indoor spring cleaning has taken place it’s time to… Read more »

When Critters Move Into the Attic

Spring is in the air! Flowers are blooming, grass is growing back, and there are cute, newly born animals everywhere. But no matter how adorable baby squirrels, raccoons, mice, and other creatures may be, they lose quite a bit of their charm when they decide to take up residence in… Read more »

Vacation Home Security

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Fire? How to Create a Safety Escape Plan

In the event of a fire, having a practiced safety escape plan can save lives. Make sure everyone knows when to call 911, how to get out, where to go, and who to contact in the event of an emergency. Remind others to practice staying low to the floor and… Read more »

Be Proactive and Avoid Kitchen Fires

Kitchen fires are the #1 cause of house fires and injuries to homeowners, so avoiding them is a important goal for every household. Taking common-sense precautions can decrease the chance of starting a cooking fire during meal prep, and understanding how to avoid these fires is easy and smart. Listed… Read more »

Water Waste, Money Waste

As much as most of us want to decrease water consumption around the home, we seldom do much about it. So the next time you’re about to fork out money for your water bill, pause for a few minutes. Consider that the average house uses 130,000 gallons of water annually,… Read more »

Safe Chimney Cleaning Suggestions

Cleaning your chimney regularly will help prevent fires within your home. But like any other task around the home, it’s important that you do it as safely as possible. Included below are two convenient tips to help with cleaning your chimney: 1. Have the right tools You will need a… Read more »

Keeping Thieves Out of Your Home

The majority of home burglaries are not randomly executed; they are typically premeditated. Robbers hunt for easily-accessible targets where they can get in, locate any valuables, and exit without being detected. There is no fail-safe way to protect your home, but there are some simple steps that will decrease the… Read more »

Safely Store Propane Tanks at Home

Did you have any idea propane is a resource made in America? Propane is popular for being a clean natural energy resource, and typically comes in a gas or liquid form. Propane is simple to use and affordable to heat and cool properties, heat water, heat appliances, barbecue food on… Read more »

Paul Davis Offers Fire Extinguisher Safety Tips

Can you believe that 372,900 fires occur in homes every single year? These fires result in 2,530 deaths, 13,125 injuries and $7 billion in property damage each year, according to the US Fire Administration. Shockingly, fire extinguishers were present in just four percent of these fires. If a fire happened… Read more »

What Everyone Should Know About Wildfires!

Every year in the United States there are over 100,000 wildfires that damage approximately 5 million acres of land. In the first nine months of 2015, over 8 million acres have already burned. This is 200% higher compared to the same months in 2014. *iii.org. As of September this year,… Read more »

Did You Know September is National Preparedness Month?

This year’s National Preparedness Month theme from FEMA and Ready.gov is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” Disasters such as storms, flooding, hurricanes, and fires occur year-round throughout North America, which is why it is so important to be ready. Creating a plan and practicing it with your… Read more »