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Driving in Snowstorms & Extremely Cold Temperatures

  Winter storms create a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks from overexertion. Winter storms and blizzards can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice, and high winds. A winter storm can: Last a few hours or several days; Knock out heat, power, and communication services; and Place older adults, young children, and sick individuals at greater risk. IF YOU ARE UNDER A WINTER STORM WARNING, FIND SHELTER RIGHT AWAY Stay off roads. Stay indoors and dress warmly. Prepare for power outages. Use generators outside only and away from windows. Listen for emergency information and alerts. Look for signs of hypothermia and frostbite. Check on neighbors. HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN A WINTER STORM THREATENS: Prepare NOW Know your area’s risk for winter storms. Extreme winter weather can leave communities without utilities or other services for long periods of time. Prepare your home to keep out the cold with insulation, caulking, and weather stripping. Learn how to keep pipes from freezing. Install and test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors with battery backups. Pay attention to weather reports and warnings of freezing weather and winter storms. Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts. Gather supplies in case you need to stay home for several days without power. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Do not forget the needs of pets. Have extra batteries for radios and flashlights. Create an emergency supply kit for your car. Include jumper cables, sand, a flashlight,...

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

On January 9th, 2019 the country will recognize and support all law enforcement officers through  National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.). In light of recent negativity directed toward law enforcement nationally, there is a need to show law enforcement officers that our citizens recognize the difficult and sometimes impossible career they have chosen, in public service to us all. The team at Thompson Building Associates sends out its sincere gratitude and deep appreciation to all law enforcement officers across the nation and we encourage you to go “BLUE” in support of officers everywhere. We express our sincerest condolences to the families and friends of those from the law enforcement community we lost in 2018. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.   • Change your profile picture on social media with this image • Wear blue clothing in support of officers. • Send a card of support to your local police department or state agency. • Share a story about a positive law enforcement experience on social media. • Ask children in your community to write letters in support of law enforcement. • Participate in Project Blue Light – Proudly display your blue light in support of law enforcement. Most importantly, if you see a police officer, thank a police officer. Visit us on Facebook Learn more about...

Appreciation Day

In honor of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day,  this week, the team at Thompson Building Associates encourages you to change your profile picture in support of lawn enforcement officers.  Feel free to use the image below. Want to do more?   • Wear blue clothing in support of law enforcement. • Send a card of support to your local police department or state agency. • Share a story about a positive law enforcement experience on social media. • Ask children in your community to write letters in support of law enforcement. • Participate in Project Blue Light – Proudly display your blue light in support of law enforcement. • Post the public service announcement supplied by C.O.P.S. to your organization’s webpage or social media pages. Most importantly, if you see a police officer, thank a police...

Holiday Shipping Tips -Columbus, Ohio

  Holiday Shipping Tips If you are shipping holiday gifts to loved ones who are miles away, buying a present may be the easy part. But making sure your holiday packages arrive at their destinations safely before Christmas shouldn’t drain your bank account or be a big hassle, if you keep these tips in mind. Pick the right gift: Not only do you want to buy gift that they will like, you need to buy something you can mail easily. Even with the right packing precautions, it’s always safer to buy items you know can survive a bumpy trip through the mail. Apparel, shoes and most toys are a safe bet. Also, remember some states restrict what items you can send in the mail. Also, certain batteries, liquids and plants may be restricted depending on the package’s destination, so be sure to ask about prohibited items before you ship your gifts. Pay attention to the box: Use a new, sturdy box that’s a few inches larger than your gift on all sides to allow for plenty of cushioning. Splurge on high-quality packaging: UPS suggests spending a bit more and use higher-performing cushioning materials made of polyethylene or polyurethane, because the most basic polystyrene cushion can endure only one impact. Using stronger, but thinner cushioning is better because you can use a smaller box and save on shipping costs if the price is based on the package’s dimensions and weight. Take the shake test: Be sure to pack it right. Use at least 1 inch of cushioning around the item—top, bottom and all four sides—to fill in any air spaces....

Water Damage Cleanup

  What to Expect from the Water Damage Cleanup Process If you or someone that you know has recently experienced a flood or pipe burst and have water damage in your home, you’re probably wondering “what happens now” or ” how will this cleanup happen?” The first, and most important, step when dealing with water is to locate the source of the water. This can be done by shutting off the home’s main water supply or repairing items like sump pumps. If you are unsure of how to do either of these, call a professional plumber or your local water supply company for assistance. Once any active leaks have been addressed and all water has been turned off, it’s imperative you call a professional restoration company, like ResQ 24 by Thompson Building Associates, to start the water damage cleanup process as quickly as possible to minimize damage. How Your Home or Business is Restored Following Water Damage All water damage restoration jobs are unique, and the amount of work required for each depends on a variety of factors such as the amount of area in the home that’s been damaged and how long the water has been present. Once our ResQ 24 water damage cleanup team arrives and has a chance to inspect the home, we will be able to put together a detailed project timeline specific to your job. In the meantime, we’ve listed the eight common phases that occur during the water damage restoration process and what happens in each, so you’ll know what to expect. Once help arrives, the first thing our team will do is...

10 Restoration Tips You Can Do at Home

10 Preventative Restoration Tips You Can Do at Home Good restoration is about a lot more than making old keepsakes sparkle or fixing up a burned building. At Thompson Building Associates we believe proper restoration begins with prevention or simple tasks everyone can do around their home or business. Preparation is a great first line of defense. Follow these easy restoration tips at home or the office:   Regularly service heating systems In addition to central heating systems, check gas and wood-burning fireplaces. Keep dust and other debris away from ignition sources. Remove lint from the dryer after every use A clogged lint filter or trap can reduce the efficiency of your dryer and forces lint onto the heating coils. Keep your dryer free of lint and don’t run the dryer while you’re out of the house. Check electrical outlets a few times a year If an electrical outlet is warm to the touch it’s dangerous and should be addressed immediately by a professional. Also, check outlet extenders or power strips for damaged or frayed cords. Avoid using outlet extenders when possible. Don’t store cooking oils near the stove Grease fires can erupt quickly and spread rapidly if not properly handled. Do not pour water over a grease fire; instead, use a lid or baking soda to smother the flames. Call emergency services immediately in the event of a fire. Check your green thumb Some plant species have extremely invasive roots that can damage sprinkler systems, underground pipes, and septic tanks. Plan before you plant to avoid this disaster. Watch the water bill Your monthly water bill is a...

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