Posts Tagged ‘Safety’

Tips to Help You Pick the Right Fence

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Are you thinking about adding a fence but have not done so because you are pondering how to pick a good fence? If yes, we are here to help. We have for you great tips on how to pick the right fence! Read below to learn about them!

An appealing fence can enhance the value of your property. But before you get started, take these tips into consideration.

What are your needs?

Before you make a fence, you need to have some goals. Are you looking to keep your pets or children safe only? Is it more about privacy than safety? Find out the answers.

Check the neighborhood

Before installing the fence, find out if your neighborhood bans certain types of fences from the community atmosphere. Will the fence you prefer enhance or hinder the value of your property? Be honest with yourself.

Do Research

Every fence has its advantages and disadvantages. Learn about the fence you want to install. Does it have more advantages than disadvantages? Does it serve your needs? Is it physically attractive?

To learn about the types of fencing materials and the advantages and disadvantages that come with them, read this article Kjrh.com.

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Improving Your Home’s Curb Appeal, Safety And Privacy

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Are you trying to enhance your home’s curb appeal while improving your yard safety and privacy? If yes, we are here to help by providing you advice on building a great fence! Read below to find out how!

Prior to Building

Do you know the reason as to why you are building a fence? When you know the answer to this question you can determine the purpose of your fence and figure out the design. Some valid reasons to building a fence are as followed: demarcate property lines, gain privacy, contain pets, contain children, or keep people away from your pool.

Make sure you check local building codes. If you contact your town hall or city’s zoning office, you can learn about easements, height restrictions, or setbacks.

Make sure to verify your property lines as well. You should be able to find this information on your home’s closing papers. The papers will confirm where your property begins and ends. If you are not sure about your property lines, hire a land surveyor.

Talk to Your Neighbors. Make sure you discuss building plans with your neighbors to make sure you are on good terms with them about the idea of building a fence, especially if you share a common area.

Choosing a Fence Style

Remember, your fence is an extension of your home. It has the ability to add charm and character to your yard. Make sure your fence will harmonize with the architectural design of your home by making it match with your home’s exterior- stone, wood, painted trim. Do you want a porch railing, pillars or finial? If so, repeat this design with your fence to add a hint of coordination of look.

To learn about some great fence styles, read this article CountryLiving.com.

If you have any questions or need fence installments, contact Hercules Fence by calling (800) TU FENCE or click here today!

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Firefighter Safety: How to Create a Bail Out Kit & Use Fence Pieces for Training

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Are you a firefighter? Do you know what to do or what tools to use when you need to escape out of a burning building or need to defeat the structure of a fence, during a fire emergency? If your answer is no, here below we have a list of things you should have in a Bail Out Kit.

Firefighters are trained to combat challenges in case a fire breaks out. They carry Bail Out Kits that come with a source of useful things to have during a fire crisis.

Here is what should be in your Bail Out Kit in your jacket:

-HEPA Mask

-Disposable Waterproof camera. Use the camera for training and scrapbooks. You can use it as proofs of fire damage.

-Two pair of EMS gloves.

Here is what they have in their pants:

–         Two carabineers.

–         50ft of NFPA rated line, which takes up one pocket.

–         Two wooden wedges.

–         EMS shears.

–         Wire Cutters

–         DC Hinge Hook

–         Multipurpose hinge hook.

  1. Use the wooden wedges on your helmet. Do not use rubber wedges because they are expensive and they will melt. You can make yourself a lifetime supply of wooden wedges out of a 4ft long 2×4 from Home Depot or Lowes. Cut the wood wedges to a shape that can fit inside a sprinkler orifice. This will help the sprinklers activate during a fire crisis.
  2. Carry a utility knife. It just may come in handy to break you away from an object in a crisis.
  3. Use your extrication gloves to hold your safety glasses and a pair of EMS gloves.
  4. Most of all make sure your tools are organized enough for you to know the exact location of your tools. You do not want to have to dig to get them. Being organized can be the difference between life and death.

For more tips and tools read this article from FireHouse.com.

Also, read the below testimony from the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services on why scrap fence pieces are great training materials for firefighters.

Hercules Fence

Mr. Evan Winston

8580 Mission Rd

Jessup, MD 20794

Mr. Evan Winston on September 8, 2011 the engine crew from fire station 6 showed up at your facility looking for some scrap fence pieces for training. We spoke with Mark and Ed they advised they could help us. Mark took us to your back lot and showed us many different options of materials and fences that we could have for training.

We sincerely appreciate your generous donation of fencing materials. These materials will be used for hands on training of how to defeat fences on emergency calls. This training will increase efficiency, hopefully prevent injury and decrease unnecessary damage.

Your great cooperation with the local fire department is greatly appreciated.

Thanks again

LT R. Smeltzer

Station 6 C shift

410 880 5803

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Doggy-safety: How to stop your dog from jumping the Fence

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Are you a dog lover? Are you tired of your dog jumping the fence? Are your neighbors complaining? If your answer is yes to any or all of the above, we are here to help you keep your dog on the right side of the fence!

It is no secret for dog lovers that one of the biggest fears for a dog owner is to have his or her dog jump the fence. Dog owners fear their beloved and loyal companions will get hurt by leaping the fence, endangering its life, endangering another life, or worse run away from home! If you are not noticing the trend, most of the consequences of your dog jumping the fence are negative outcomes.

The purpose of a fence for a dog owner is to keep your dog safe, other pets out and to prevent your dog from escaping your property. Once a dog learns to jump one fence, it will learn to jump other fences.

The first method of keeping your dog safe and you out of legal trouble is to understand why your dog would want to jump your fence or any fence.

Look at your environment. What is internally in your fenced in environment? What is externally around your fenced in environment? If you were your dog, which one would you choose (be honest with yourself)?

Some likely reasons your dog might jump the fence may be based on loneliness from lack of companionship. Another reason would be another animal being outside the fence. It might want to chase or scare this animal. Your dog might also be attracted to the animal on the other side of the fence. Or your dog might be suffering from extreme boredom! Sometimes the act of jumping the fence can be exciting for your dog to do, if the fenced in area lacks fun for your dog.

If you are not certain at all why your dog would jump the fence, watch its behavior. Does it need something or is your fence too short?

If you think it is not your dog’s behavior but the size of your fence, Hercules Fence has a diverse selection of residential fencing for you and your pet – Ornamental Aluminum/ Steel, Galvanized chain link, custom wood and more! The higher your fence, the less likely your dog will jump over your fence! Read this article from Dog Obedience short cuts on how to make your dog more obedient and obtain information on the minimum fence height compatibility for the average-sized dog.

Another great suggestion for you is to make an enclosed dog run for your dog within your yard. Your dog will love its own dedicated space and you will love it more knowing your dog is out of harms way.

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Memorial Day Safety Tips For Kids

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Memorial Day weekend is a time for celebration. Many families will be going away on vacation, taking full advantage of the three-day weekend. Others will stay at home and barbeque, inviting friends and family over to partake in grilled goodies. And others may take this time to open up their pool for the summer.

No matter what your plans are this Memorial Day, one thing should be on the top of your list – safety. Did you know that Memorial Day is one of the most dangerous holidays for children? It’s true. According to “Pediatrics,” the American Academy of Pediatrics journal, Memorial Day ranks second, next to Labor Day, as the holiday with the most reported child related injuries.

So how can you keep your children safe this Memorial Day? This article from eHow.com provides a few simple guidelines you should follow.

Water Safety:

With Memorial day unofficially marking the beginning of summer, it is inevitable that many families will take this opportunity to open their pool for the summer. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 200 or more children younger than 15 drown in pool- or spa-related accidents between the Memorial Day and Labor Day holidays. So it is vital to supervise your child at all times when around the pool.

Vehicle Safety:

If you and your loved ones are the adventurous types, make sure to practice proper safety this Memorial Day. One fun weekend activity is riding ATV’s, but although these vehicles are a blast to drive, they are, like any vehicle, still very dangerous if proper safety precautions are not adhered to. The U.S. Consumer Safety Product Commission has determined that ATV-related deaths increase in the summer months. In 2009, over the four days marking the Memorial Day weekend holiday, the CSPC noted 27 ATV-related fatalities.

The Importance of Adult Supervision:

The key to keeping your children safe is to supervise their activities. You do not have to be looking over their shoulder every second of the day, but knowing where your children are and checking on them from time to time can go a long way. Of course for more dangerous activities, like swimming and ATVing, adult supervision should be provided at all times.

A Few More Miscellaneous Tips:

  • Apply sunscreen frequently to avoid sunburns.
  • Children should be instructed to drink water often to reduce the chance of dehydration.
  • Bug sprays will help keep children bite free.
  • Keep children away from grills in operation.
  • Supervise groups of kids playing sports or games to ensure activities and behavior remain safe.

A safe Memorial Day is a fun Memorial Day. If you have any questions, contact Hercules Fence by calling (800) TU FENCE or click here today!

Grill Safety Tips

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

It is almost that time of the year again. Time to clean the deck, straighten up the back yard and polish up your old grill. It’s almost barbeque season. But before you going firing up your gas or charcoal grill for the first time this year, take the proper precautions to ensure the safety of you and your loved ones

Every year, grilling accidents account for over 130 injuries and 30 deaths. Most of these accidents occur when consumers first use a grill that has been left idle for a significant period of time (like an entire winter). So it is very important to be extra precautious this time of year.

This article from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission provides several helpful tips to keep your barbeque safe and enjoyable.

Gas Grill Safety Tips

•     Check the tubes that lead into the burner for any blockage from insects, spiders, or food grease. Use a pipe cleaner or wire to clear blockage and push it through to the main part of the burner.

•     Check grill hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes, and leaks. Make sure there are no sharp bends in the hose or tubing.

•     Move gas hoses as far away as possible from hot surfaces and dripping hot grease. If you can’t move the hoses, install a heat shield to protect them.

•     Replace scratched or nicked connectors, which can eventually leak gas.

•     Check for gas leaks, following the manufacturer’s instructions, if you smell gas or when you reconnect the grill to the LP gas container. If you detect a leak, immediately turn off the gas and don’t attempt to light the grill until the leak is fixed.

•     Keep lighted cigarettes, matches, or open flames away from a leaking grill.

•     Never use a grill indoors. Use the grill at least 10 feet away from your house or any building. Do not use the grill in a garage, breezeway, carport, porch, or under a surface that can catch fire.

•     Do not attempt to repair the tank valve or the appliance yourself. See an LP gas dealer or a qualified appliance repair person.

•     Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions that accompany the grill.

Charcoal Grill Safety Tips

•     Never burn charcoal inside of homes, vehicles, tents, or campers. Charcoal should never be used indoors, even if ventilation is provided.

•     Since charcoal produces CO fumes until the charcoal is completely extinguished, do not store the grill indoors with freshly used coals.

Remember to be safe. Happy grilling!

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