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October 2014

Jokes of The Day

If I Die First…Boy laughing
Now that they are retired, my mother
and father are discussing all aspects of
their future. “What will you do if I die
before you do?” Dad asked Mom.
After some thought, she said that she’d probably look
for a house-sharing situation with three other single or
widowed women who might be a little younger than
herself, since she is so active for her age.
Then Mom asked Dad, “What will you do if I die
He replied, “Probably the same thing.”

Can’t Stop
An insurance agent was teaching his wife to drive when the brakes suddenly failed on a steep, downhill grade.
“I can’t stop!” she shrilled. “What should I do?”
“Brace yourself,” advised her husband, “and try to hit something cheap.”

Patrick WinterHydroxyl Generators

By Patrick Winter

The main benefit of using a true hydroxyl generator is that they are safe to use in occupied areas for deodorization purposes. Insurance companies do not have to cover a homeowner’s hotels or meals. Business owners do not have to shut down and loose precious revenue. If people and animals can be removed from the treatment area, ozone will always do the faster job. And the general rule of thumb is: if a strong ozone generator would take one day to do a job, a true hydroxyl generator will take three or four days to do the same job. But insurance companies don’t seem to have a problem paying for the extra time it takes a hydroxyl generator to do the job. That being said, hydroxyl generators are commonly the first pieces of equipment installed on the job and can run the entire length of the job. These generators have been successfully hydroxyl generatortested on fires and other restoration and bio jobs, including protein fires, floods, suicides, skunk odors, pet urine odors, musty odors, and many others. You can run a hydroxyl in a room for 24 hours a day and enter the room at any time with no threat to your health. True hydroxyl generators also will not bleach wet fabrics so they can be run on damp carpets without fear of lightening the color. However, it’s important to remember that hydroxyl generators are not intended for use on mold remediation jobs where there is a large infestation on surfaces or behind walls. With technology always changing, it’s great to have some choices
for the consumers.

FredFire Quiz by Fred McGuire

Take this 10 question quiz to learn how well versed you are in fire prevention for your home. If you get only 1 wrong or less on this quiz, send me an email and I will send you a gift in the mail ( The answers are found at the bottom of the quiz on the reverse side.

Question 1
When a smoke alarm fails to operate, it is usually because:
a) The fire is too far away.
b) The smoke alarm is too old.
c) Batteries are missing, disconnected, or dead
d) Batteries are inserted incorrectly.

Question 2
__________ fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smokefire hydrant yellow
a) One of every five
b) Two of every five
c) Three of every five
d) Four of every five

Question 3
How should you test a smoke alarm?
a) Push the test button using your finger.
b) Use a stick or broom to push the test button.
c) Light a fire in the fireplace.
d) Burn toast in the toaster.

Question 4
How often should you test all of your smoke alarms?
a) Smoke alarms don’t need to be tested.
b) Test smoke alarms when you change your clocks each fall.
c) Test smoke alarms at least once a month.
d) Test smoke alarms every holiday.

Question 5
A smoke alarm should be installed where?
a) Inside each bedroom and on every level of the home.
b) Inside each bedroom, in the kitchen and on every level of the home.
c) Inside each bedroom, in the kitchen, in the attic and on every level of the home.
d) Inside each bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.

Question 6HouseFires_Infographic_REV
Smoke alarms should be replaced every…?
a) 5 years from installation.
b) 5 years from manufacture
c) 10 years from installation.
d) 10 years from manufacture.

Question 7
If your smoke alarm sounds whenever you cook, you should:
a) Replace the smoke alarm with a photoelectric type alarm and be sure the alarm is at least 10 feet from the stove.
b) Remove the battery and place it at least 10 feet away from the alarm.
c) Remove the smoke alarm so it does not sound when you cook.
d) Cook with low heat.

Question 8
If your smoke alarm makes a chirping sound you should:
a) Replace the smoke alarm.
b) Replace the battery.
c) Test the alarm.
d) Move the alarm to another location.

Question 9
With today’s modern furnishings and construction, you may have a little as ____ minutes to escape a home fire:
a) 15 minutes
b) 10 minutes
c) 5 minutes
d) 3 minutes

Question 10
If the smoke alarm sounds, you should do what?
a) Stop what you are doing and investigate.
b) Gather precious items and get outside.
c) Stop what you are doing and get outside.
d) Try to put out the fire.

Answers: Q1/c; Q2/c; Q3/a; Q4/c; Q5/d; Q6/d; Q7/a; Q8/b; Q9/d; Q10/c

$5/class CE Special!

CE ClassesWe are celebrating ten years of CE classes. Therefore November and December classes are now only $5/class! Attending two classes for six hours of CE will only cost you $10 and that includes lunch. Class sizes are limited to 30 attendees. Find the complete schedule on our website at then choose the “agent” or “adjustor” menu. See you there.

When The Game Stands TallMovie to Watch

When the Game Stands Tall Inspired by a true story, it tells the remarkable journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel), who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport. When the
streak is broken, and tragedy strikes the team, Coach Lad must teach his players – and the entire town – that it’s not about how you fall, but how you get back up.

 Butterfly Effect BookBook to Read

The Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews The decisions you make and the way you treat others have more impact than you may ever realize. A compelling and powerful story about a decision one man made over a hundred years ago, and the ripple effect it’s had on us individually, and nationwide, today. It’s a story that will inspire courage and wisdom in the decisions we make, as well as affect the way we treat others through our lifetime. Andrews speaks over 100 times a year, and The Butterfly Effect is his #1 most requested story.

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