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Memorial Day Weekend

Thursday, May 22, 2014

It's that time, Memorial Day Weekend!!!!!


Most of us enjoy this weekend grilling out with friends and family.

Memorial Day is celebrated to recognize all of the fallen military members. We all enjoy celebrating in remembrance. 

As with every summer activity, it's important to remember safety precaustions before you head out!


Don't forget the SUNSCREEN!

Are you unsure of which SPF to use and how much? 

It's important to know which SPF to use with regards to how long you are in the sun and how fare your skin is.

Also, don't forget your sunglasses and/or hats to protect your eyes and to add additional shade from the sun! 


It's important to clean your grill/smoker before you start cooking. You should treat your outdoor grill the same way you treat your indoor stove. You probably wipe it down your after every time you cook. If you treat your grill this way it will last a lot longer. Every time it is used it should be cleaned at leafs a little bit. 

Grates must be cleaned after each use or before the next time you use it. You can use a stiff wire brush for cleaning. This will take away the left overfold from the previous session and make cooking easier. 

Also, separate your raw meat from your vegetables and all of your sides to keep it from being contaminated. 

After your meat is done being cooked double check with your meat thermometer to avoid any risks!


FOOD SAFETY is extremely important! Click here for a great article from Oregon Live for even more information on grilling safety!

Have a Safe and Happy Memorial Day Weekend!


Electrical Fire Prevention

Monday, May 19, 2014

Electrical fires account for more than 

50,000 fires,

$1.3 billion in damage,

500 deaths 

and 1,400 injuries EACH YEAR!!


 Simple tips and tricks could save your life, your home and your possessions. 


Tips & Tricks #1 Don’t Overload the Circuits




The electrical circuits in your home are not designed to run at maximum capacity all the time. By minimizing how much electricity you force through each circuit, you can easily reduce the risk of having an electrical fire. Some homes may have less circuit’s available, especially older homes. Although it may be costly at the time, a safe and effective idea is to have an electrician install new circuit breakers on your electrical panel. 

 


Tips & Tricks #2 Replace Those Cords!




If you see wiring in your home that is frayed or damaged, do NOT just try to fix it with electrical tape and forget about it. You may think you’re making a great DIY fix but you are not reducing the risk of electrical fire from the damaged cord. Replacing damaged wiring is not as expensive as one might think, and after a trip to the hardware store, you’ll still be able to put your DIY skills to the test, in a safer way!


Tips & Tricks #3 Play It Safe




Another simple way to help prevent electrical fires in your home is by keeping items in safe places. Avoid leaving hot irons and curling irons plugged in if you aren’t in the room, especially if you have small children. If you are charging your everyday items, such as, cellphones, laptops, iPads, etc. leave them on hard surfaces like your desk or a table. AVOID leaving them in places like the couch or the bed. This can quickly cause them to overheat and the materials are easily flammable. 


Tips & Tricks #4: Hire an Electrician


Make sure to routinely have a licensed electrician go through your home and give a thorough examination of your electrical system. If you notice any issues with your circuit breakers, flickering lights, overheated or loose plugs, or experience any shock from an outlet, LET YOUR ELECTRICIAN KNOW IMMEDIATELY! This cannot be stressed enough. Don’t wait to see if it happens a second time. The next time, it might be too late. Take the chance to get it fixed while you have the chance!




Stay Grounded!


Summer Ready

Thursday, May 15, 2014

June 21, 2014

Marks the first day of summer. 

Are you ready?

With summer comes warmer weather. It's a really good idea to start checking around your house now to make sure it's ready for the upcoming weather changes.


"If your air conditioner needs replacement do it BEFORE the HOT WEATHER HITS because heating & air conditioning repair people will be very busy. And more than likely, some other things around your home need attention as well. Your air ducts may need testing for leaks and then sealed. 


It's a good idea to invest in a programmable thermostat. You can program it to whatever temperature you want at whatever time. Also, if you go out of town, it's best to leave it up around 78 so that you can save money. 

 

If your thermostat is really old and uses a mercury switch (a glass tube filed with silvery substance) call your local public works department to find out how to dispose of this toxic material.Consider installing a whole-house fan that uses cool air in the evening to cool the entire house and push hot air out of the attic area." -Consumer Energy Center 

(click the link to read more on What To Do Before it Gets Too Hott!)


The First Cause of Falling From Ladders is Choosing the Wrong Ladders....

Monday, April 14, 2014

Choosing the right ladder for the job is the first “step” to ladder safety. The three common types you can choose from are step ladders, extension ladders, and single ladders.

Stepladders: The Stepladder is a self-supporting portable ladder that is non-adjustable in length, with flat steps and a hinged design for ease of storage. It is intended for use by one person. To learn more about stepladders and the proper way to use them click here.

Extension Ladders: The Extension Ladder is a non-self-supporting portable ladder that is adjustable in length. It consists of two or more sections that travel in guides or brackets so arranged so as to permit length adjustment. It is intended for use by one person. Click here to learn more about extension ladders from the American Ladder Institute (ALI).

Single Ladders: The Single Ladder is a non-self-supporting portable ladder that is non-adjustable in length, consisting of one section. It is intended for use by one person. Visit the ALI website to learn more about single ladders, by clicking here.

When setting up a ladder make sure to use the 4 to 1 ratio rule. For every 4 feet of height the ladder should be at an angle of 1 foot.



Always inspect your ladder before and after each use! Bolts can loosen, cracks can happen, and shoes can get worn! If the ladder is damaged DO NOT USE IT – and mark it DAMAGED so no one else uses it.



Think you are ready to put your ladder safety training to the test with this fun interactive app? OR OSHA has a very informative ladder safety training. Click 
here to check it out! 

Jobsite safety is a number 1 priority at ICE Co! Visit our ICE Co. YouTube page and watch our Ladder Safety Video.

Power.Current.Grounded

 


Safety on the Job

Thursday, April 03, 2014

It’s not just for the office anymore….

 


Ergonomics is usually associated with picking the right chair for your computer desk or making sure your keyboard is angled a certain way but did you know it even applies to those who rarely sit at a desk? If you do anything repetitively over long periods of time or anything that involves twisting, turning, bending, lifting, etc. You could be at risk for ergonomic related injuries. Also known as Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD’s). To learn more about musculoskeletal disorders, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The most common MSD’s are back sprains, miniscus tears, and carpal tunnel. 

 


Can you guess what the most used tool in construction is? Most people would say a hammer or screwdriver, but the correct answer is the hand! Construction and maintenance workers spend a good amount of time each day gripping and using tools and materials with one or both hands. This stress can likely cause pain and discomfort at work and at home difficult and painful.


DON’T IGNORE THE WARNING SIGNS!

Are you experiencing… Aching? Cramping? Numbness? Tingling?    Your body might be trying to tell you something. To learn more about the warning signs, click here.       


Be Proactive!!

Here are a few ways to reduce your risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders:

  • Start your workday right! Warm up your muscles by stretching
  • Wear your PPE and make sure it fits properly
  • Ask for help to carry heavy loads
  • Minimize twisting, overreaching and heavy lifting
  • Evaluate your work area
  • Use ergonomic hand tools

Visit the Oregon OSHA website for more information of work place safety.

At ICE Co. we strive to be a leader in safety for our employees and customers!

Power. Current. Grounded.


GFCI Receptacles Keep You SAFE

Thursday, March 27, 2014

About 200 people in the U.S. alone die of ground faults each year, accounting for two-thirds of all electrocutions occurring in homes. Keep reading to learn more about keeping you and your family safe!

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) are used to protect people from electrical shock. If a person’s body starts to receive a shock, the GFCI senses this and cuts off the power before he/she can get injured. The GFCI will “sense” the difference in the amount of electricity flowing into the circuit to that flowing out, even in amounts of current as small as 4 or 5 milliamps. The GFCI reacts quickly (less than one-tenth of a second) to trip or shut off the circuit.



Click 
here for more information on what a ground fault is and how a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter can protect you!



GFCIs are generally installed where electrical circuits may unintentionally come into contact with water. GFCIs are required by the National Electric Code in all new kitchens, bathrooms, crawl spaces, unfinished basements, and most outdoor receptacles.



GFCI outlets should be tested on a monthly basis.
Simply, plug in a light fixture and turn it on. Then push the device's test button. If the light stays on, the GFCI needs to be replaced.

 

Is your GFCI receptacle needing replaced or you want a GFCI receptacle installed, ICE Co. is here to help you!

Power. Current. Grounded.


Spring Has Sprung

Friday, March 21, 2014

March 20, 2014 officially marked the first day of Spring!! You know what that means...

(Along with your spring cleaning, you should also change the batteries to your smoke detectors!)

Spring cleaning is a great time to pull down all of those dusty curtains and spare bedrooms sheets and toss them in the wash. We know that spring cleaning can be very overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. 

  1. Make a list! A list will be great for keeping track of what you have already done and what still needs to be done. 
  2. It doesn't have to be done all in one day! Going by your list and checking it off will help you spread it out and complete everything necessary to get your house sparkly clean!
  3. Take this time to organize!! Have a bunch of old wires spread out everywhere? Get zip ties and make them look more appealing. Or go through your cell phone pictures and save them to discs so they will never be lost.

Happy Cleaning!!

Until Next Time,

Your ICE Co Team!


Energy-Saving Tips

Thursday, February 20, 2014
Saving energy saves you more than money. Saving money is a good reason to save energy, but another good reason is because it helps to protect our environment and our future generations!




These seven tips are brought to you by Technology Green Energy Blogspot! Check out their blog here for more great ideas from them!





Washing your clothes in cold water will still get your clothes just as clean! There is no need to waste energy on washing your clothes with really hot water. 


In the winter, pull back your drapes and use the suns energy to help warm up your home. You will be surprised how much it actually helps!


Click here to navigate to Energy Star Refrigerator Retirement Savings Calculator! Find out much you are spending to operate your fridge and/or freezer! 


Want even more energy saving tips? Energy Star has a tool that allows you to pick any room in your house and each room is filled with tips. 



Power Outage Preparation

Thursday, February 13, 2014

POWER//OUTAGES//BLACKOUTS//BE PREPARED!


What would happen if a power outage happened in your home or office RIGHT NOW? 


Would you be prepared? Or far from it?





Not only can a power outage damage your electronics and/or household items, it can be a horrible inconvenience if you are ill-prepared. 


It is best if you can formulate a plan for your home as if a two week outage is about to happen. 


Similar to house fires and natural disasters, a power outage will come when you're least expecting it. If you are already prepared for it, you won't have to panic!




Of course the first thing you think of needing are lights, of course! What about food? Heat? etc. 


To take care of the lights, it is great to have flashlights, glow sticks for the kids (it will help entertain them as well), and a lantern on hand at all times. 


Solar lights would be very ideal as well. Candles can be used as well, but make sure to blow them out before you fall asleep at night!




If you know an outage is possible, fill up your tank! You never know how bad it could get and if you need to flee, it may be hard to get gas with everyone else in the same area trying to do the same thing.


Be prepared to cook outside. You should have plenty of charcoal available. Never bring your grill inside though! Make sure to stock up on enough perishable food items that can be eaten easily with no preparation. 




Think about your pets as well! Stock up on extra food for them. 

Essential items:

  • Cooler with ice
  • WATER! Plenty of if too!
  • Battery operated radio for up to date information
  • Fresh batteries
  • Propane for grill
  • Extra gasoline for the generator
  • First aid kit
  • Matches
  • Paper goods


Click here to read ,"Power’s Out: 5 Tips for a Safe Fridge & Freezer"


Of course there are so many other things to be extra prepared! Click here for extra tips and a great article on preparing for a power outage. 


Also, make sure your pipes are in good condition. If they aren't, you might want to think about replacing them before it's too late. 


Keeping you safe and informed is our ultimate goal!


Until Next Time,

Your ICE Co Team!


 


Winter Savings

Wednesday, January 29, 2014




Winter is in and Fall is out!!


It's that time of year again. In the past few weeks, you have probably noticed a change in the amount of your electric and/or gas bill, and it's probably due to the amount of heater usage. 


Electricity can be very expensive, but saving can be quiet simple!




You may be wasting your heat! It is important to check around your home to be sure it is not escaping under doors or through cracks. You could be wasting some in many minor areas that have been overlooked. 


There are many things you can do around your house to help those skyrocketing energy bills. Many are easy to overlook, so we wanted to break it down for you.




It is important to regularly check the insulation in your home. Close to 50% of household energy usage is from heating, so you want it to keep in as much heat as possible. 


If your windows are letting out heat, without completely replacing them, you may need to seal the windows. Temporary fix items can be found at your local hardware store. Click here for more options to insulate your windows. 




A simple and free solution to get the most out of your heating, is to keep any unused room doors shut. Also turn off the vent in that room as well. No need to waste heat on any empty space!


Also, always remember to turn down the heat when you are out of town or away from the house. There is no need to continuously run it. If you have a programmable thermostat this can make it even easier!




There are many ways to save this season! Global Energy Efficiency has a great info-graphic with tons of great information. Click here to check it out!




Keeping you warm and informed is our number one goal!

Until Next Time,

Your ICE Co Team!




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