Despite my best efforts, my lawn is in pretty rough shape. It won’t be long until the frost comes along, my grass goes dormant, and I promise each blade of grass that I will do better next year (Spoiler alert: I will not do better). Once the growing season is done, it will be time to put my lawn care equipment away for the winter. I hope to do a better job of winterizing that stuff this year, as opposed to shoving them in a corner of the shed under a pile of other items. That is not the best way to ensure that they will work properly when I get them back out next spring.
Now that it is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, what better time to educate yourself on the current levels of cybercrime around the world. More than half of mid-market businesses have experienced a data breach, and more than 175 million individuals become victims of cybercrime annually. In fact, cybercrime is growing so rapidly it is projected to cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021, representing “the greatest transfer of economic wealth in history,” and becoming “more profitable than the global trade of all major illegal drugs.”
Imagine you and your friends are enjoying that long-awaited camping trip in the mountains. The car is unpacked, tents are up and your guitar is tuned and ready to play campfire songs. But first, you have to build the campfire. The evening is expected to be clear and chilly, with a sky illuminated by a bright, full moon and millions of stars. Sounds fun and relaxing, right?
Now that fall is in full force and winter is slowly approaching (even though it is over 80 degrees here in Ohio on this first day of October), it will be soon that people will be spending more time indoors. Frankly, this actually influences the higher number of structural fires in the fall and winter. So, as the days become shorter and the nights longer (and colder), here are a few tips to help prevent fires in your home:
The thought of doing outdoor work in the cold weather isn’t overly appealing. With the fall season here and some cooler weather in store, it’s time to start thinking about that to-do list to make sure you don’t have any unexpected surprises when winter weather hits.
So my commercial building has become vacant…what’s the big deal?
When a building is vacant, a small problem can quickly become a big problem. For example, a property in my neighborhood became vacant last fall. The bank that owned the property was out of state and did not have anyone in the local area to check on the property. One winter day a neighbor noticed a frozen stream of water coming from below the front door. You guessed it. A water line had frozen and burst on the second floor, flooding the property.