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How to Be Safe in the Polar Vortex

February 12th, 2019

Polar Vortex SafetyIn Santa Ana, California, corporate headquarters for the Allied Universal Fire Life Safety Training System, heavy rains have fallen. Winds have gusted. Mud has slid. And temps have dipped below freezing. To Southern Californians, this weather feels extreme. In contrast, those who live in the Midwest and East Coast are facing frigid temps on an entirely different level. In fact, at least 21 people have died as a result of bitter Arctic weather known as the Polar Vortex. This weather takes cold to the ultimate extreme. Read the rest of this entry »

6 Ways to Avoid the Flu  

January 29th, 2019

Flu Cold DifferencesThe 2019 flu season is well underway. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) estimates that six to seven million people have suffered one strain of influenza or another already this season. What’s more, the CDC puts the number of flu-related hospitalizations, nationwide, between 69,000 and 84,000 people. With flu activity expected to continue in the coming weeks and months, we are focusing this week’s blog post on the preemptive measures you can take to stay healthy and avoid this unwelcome harbinger of winter. Read the rest of this entry »

Be Safe During National Get Organized Month

January 15th, 2019

National Get Organized monthStudies show that individuals waste up to an hour each day searching for misplaced items. But disorganization sucks more than just valuable time if disaster strikes. When chaos breaks loose, every second matters, leaving you with precious little time to search for important stuff. Organizing today will enable you quickly locate what you need at critical times, leading to more satisfactory outcomes during a crisis.

The Association of Professional Coordinators (APC) founded National Get Organized Month in 2005 in an effort to increase awareness about the significance of organization. As the leader in training commercial building tenants for fire safety and emergency certification, we use this month to focus on providing best practices and organization strategies that improve outcomes for tenants in the event of an emergency.  Read the rest of this entry »

Holiday Travel Safety

December 18th, 2018

Holiday Travel SafetyIf your holiday plans include travel, you aren’t alone. Auto Club reports that 54 million people travel between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. The most popular mode of transportation? Hitting the open road. But millions opt to fly the friendly skies. Whatever method you plan to use to get from Point A to Point B, make sure you take steps to be safeRead the rest of this entry »

Holiday Shopping Safety

December 4th, 2018

Holiday Shopping SafetyAlthough Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018 are over, the holiday shopping frenzy is far from done. In fact, Nielsen projects that seasonal sales will top $923 billion, with $106 billion in purchases expected to originate online. Unfortunately, holiday shopping breeds crime. In fact, a recent survey reveals that most scams and package theft, worldwide, occur during the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. So, how can you shut down the Grinch? Follow these tips for a safe holiday shopping season. Read the rest of this entry »

Holiday Office Safety Tips

November 27th, 2018

Holidays High Rise Office

The holidays are upon us, and with them, opportunities abound to enjoy celebrations with family, neighbors, colleagues, friends and coworkers. As you plan your 2018 holiday season, please consider these office safety tips, designed to help you safely make the most of this festive time of the year.Holiday Decorating Safety Office

10 Holiday Office Safety Tips

When decorating, be mindful of the risk of fire hazard. Read the rest of this entry »

Holiday Food Safety

November 13th, 2018

Holiday Food SafetyThe holidays are a wonderful time to celebrate with family and friends over delicious food and drinks. But be careful to incorporate safety precautions into your meal prep to help keep everyone you love in good health. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), 48 million people get sick; 128,000 are hospitalized; and 3,000 people die from foodborne diseases each year in the United States. The good news is that, with proper planning, you can reduce the risk of unspecified pathogens and prevent unknown agents from undermining your plans for a happy, healthy holiday season.

Comprehensive food safety includes careful preparation relative to purchase, preparation, service and storage.   Read the rest of this entry »

Great California Shakeout 2018

October 15th, 2018

AUS Great Shakeout 2018International ShakeOut Day 10-18-18

Each area of the United States is susceptible to certain types of natural disasters. Whether they morph into full-blown catastrophes depends on what we do now to prepare, survive and recover. One potential disaster that threatens millions of Americans each year is earthquakes.

To help people prepare, FEMA sponsors an annual campaign designed to inspire ShakeOut drills each October. This year’s Great ShakeOut willbe on 10/18/18 at 10:18 a.m. More than 20 million people in the United States, from all states and territories, are expected to participate, along with millions of others worldwide. Since the first event was held in 2008 in California, 2018 marks the 10th Anniversary of ShakeOut. Read the rest of this entry »

National Fire Prevention Week

October 9th, 2018

Fire Prevention Week Allied Universal RJWestmore 2018National Fire Prevention Week: “Look. Listen. Learn.”

In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson announced the first ever event to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, which occurred in October of 1874. Each October since 1924, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has led the annual charge to implement National Fire Prevention Week™. This year’s observance takes place this week, with the theme, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere™.”

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National Security Officer Appreciation Week

September 11th, 2018

Security GuardThis week, as we remember our emergency first responders who lost their lives in the 9/11 tragedy, we ramp up to honor some additional unsung heroes—security professionals.

Security officers, who strive to help maintain safe and secure workplaces, schools, shopping malls and communities, deserve heartfelt appreciation. Hard-working, highly trained men and women, security officers are counted among our country’s first responders. These individuals deter crime, lead evacuations, provide information, work closely with local law enforcement and are constantly vigilant in their efforts to keep us safe.  Read the rest of this entry »