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What should you do if a pipe freezes?

January 16, 2019


Earlier we discussed how to keep your pipes from freezing, but sometimes pipes freeze despite preventative measures. It’s vital to quickly get the water flowing through the pipe again—otherwise, the pipe will burst and damage your facility. Here’s how to …

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Be prepared for wildfires

December 7, 2018


California’s latest deadly, costly wildfires have increased awareness about them. However, what you might not know is you don’t have to be near a forest to be in danger. Wildfires can just as easily burn their way through urban areas, …

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Emergency planning for the workplace

November 29, 2018


Earlier this year, we covered how to develop an active shooter plan. Recent incidents once again remind us of the need for a plan, but also to ensure staff knows the plan and holds drills to keep them aware of …

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Fire Safety Week – October 7-13, 2018

October 11, 2018


As part of Fire Prevention Month, this week is Fire Prevention Week. So it’s important to highlight technological improvements being developed and offered to keep firefighters and those in a fire safe.   Strides have been taken to help fire …

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Emergency Preparedness, Part Two: Evacuation Plan

July 25, 2018


July is emergency month at Vanguard. As hurricane season approaches, our goal is to help you prepare your facility for any and all emergencies that may come your way. We recently covered how to develop an Emergency Action Plan (EAP), …

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How to prepare for an oncoming hurricane

July 20, 2018


Know your hurricanes Many of your pre-storm decisions will depend on the kind of hurricane that is approaching your facility. Therefore, it’s important to know the details of the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, which you can find on the National Oceanic …

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How to quickly and safely recover from a hurricane

July 11, 2018


July is emergency month at Vanguard, and our goal is to help you prepare your facility for any and all emergencies that may come your way.   Hurricanes can be destructive, not only for what damage they can do during …

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Creating an Emergency Action Plan

July 5, 2018


July is emergency month at Vanguard, and our goal is to help you prepare your facility for any and all emergencies that may come your way, including hurricanes.   According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, every …

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Does your facility have an active shooter plan in place?

April 18, 2018


Having an active shooter plan can play an important role in keeping your facility safe. Just as fire drills can prepare workers for emergencies, so can active shooter drills. The tips below include the most up-to-date government recommendations.   Gunshots …

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