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KNOX, KNOX. Who’s There? Rapid Entry System and Why You Need One.

Ever wonder what those little boxes stuck to the side of government offices, commercial buildings, schools and many other locations are for? Those little boxes are called KNOX Boxes and provide a means for rapid access to that facility by emergency responders. Installed by the building owner and coordinated with the local fire department or emergency reponders, these boxes are designed to securely hold keys, access cards and other vital information that are critical in an emergency. Only the tenant and the local fire department can open the KNOX Box. 5 Reasons to Install a KNOX Box Rapid Access Eliminate

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5 Key things I learned in this week’s webinar- GOOGLE It and be First Online

Tim McLain, Segment Marketing Manager for Netsertive, a digital advertising technology company, delivered an impactful webinar this week. He talked about the way consumers are utilizing GOOGLE to make their purchases, what kind of searches they are doing at each stage of the shopping process and how to get buyers to buy from you specifically. Below are five of the many takeaways I discovered in this webinar. One “When looking for ideas on what to buy… 68% of consumers turn to YouTube.” Google owns Youtube and by doing simple 2-5 minute cell phone videos in your store on new product,

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WARNING: Parking Lots are More Dangerous Than You Think

On average, more than 50,000 crashes occur in parking lots and parking garages annually, resulting in 500 or more deaths and more than 60,000 injuries*. 5 steps to keep your parking lot safe & compliant: Step 1: Create Safe Intersections Create safe intersections and reduce vehicle collisions by posting STOP signs at all unsignalized intersections. Post STOP signs, for example, in visible areas to reduce accidents at intersections in your parking lot. Available in different sizes, reflective finishes and wordings, you can single-handedly prevent accidents from happening in your lot. Step 2: Designate Parking Areas Comply with ADA standards by posting the correct

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Do You Know What’s Just Around the Corner?

According to OSHA, nearly 100,000 workers are injured as a result of forklift accidents annually. The inability of individuals to see around corners and down aisles can quickly turn warehouses into danger zones. What are some of the solutions to minimize the risk? Safety Mirrors Safety Mirrors will help employees see around corners and down aisles so they can avoid all kinds of dangers in warehouses and storage facilities, including forklift traffic. Available in many configurations to meet the viewing angle requirements for any application. Marking and Identification Safety, warning and floor markings can be an effective way to designate areas of

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Commercial & Industrial Trash Compactors

Many severe injuries are caused each year by improper use of trash compactors. Injuries such as amputations, lacerations, and even fatalities have been the direct result of trash compactor misuse. It is important that management institute specific safety controls and instruct employees as to appropriate safe practices to follow when using trash compactors. Management controls Written safe operating rules should be reviewed with all employees who will use the compactor. Documentation of this training should be maintained in the employees’ personnel files. Appropriate safety signs for proper use of the compactor should be posted. Bilingual signs may be necessary in

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Forklift Startup and Shut Down. Starting and ending the day safely.

Just a quick checklist for anyone who utilizes a forklift or lift. Startups and end of the day shut downs play a key roll in injury prevention. STARTUP – YOU MUST: Check for obvious physical damage and fluid leaks on the floor. Make sure the overhead guard, load backrest extension, seat belt and all other safety devices are attached properly. Inspect tires. Make sure the forks are properly attached and locking clips are in the proper position. Check the capacity plate. Check the parking brake and service brake and all controls and gauges. Make sure hood latches are adjusted and

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