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Holiday Decorating Safety Tips

With the holiday season fully upon us, many Lodges are ready to decorate. During this joyous season, it is important to consider holiday decorating safety. Whether your Lodge decorates a small Charlie Brown tree or goes full Chevy Chase, keep your Lodge’s property and members safe with these tips:

Indoor Holiday Decorating Safety Tips

  • If your Lodge purchases a live tree, check for freshness as a fresh tree will stay green longer and be less of a fire hazard. Because heated rooms dry live trees, fill the tree stand with water each day.
  • If your Lodge has an artificial tree, ensure it has a fire resistant label. If not, consider purchasing one that does.
  • Artificial or real, be sure to place your tree at least 3 feet away from all […]
December 5th, 2018|

10 Maintenance Items for your Fall To-Do List

No matter where you are in the country, the transition to a new season is a good excuse to complete building and property maintenance. Even if you live in a more tropical climate and your gutters do not fill with leaves, fall is a good time to add these 10 maintenance to-dos to your Lodge’s list.

10 Maintenance Items

Seasonal Lodge work is a good way to keep larger repairs from piling up. Tackle these 10 jobs this fall.

  1. Clean your gutters—Even if they’re not filled with leaves, it is likely they have accumulated some debris since they were last cleaned. If your roof gutters are high, consider hiring the job done.
  2. Get your furnace serviced—Replace the furnace filter and hire a pro to inspect the entire system. Regular furnace servicing […]
September 4th, 2018|

The Importance of Directors and Officers Liability Insurance

Leaders make daily decisions that impact the success of their Lodge. As a leader, these members are expected to accept the same guidelines and duties that the heads of major corporations follow: the duties of diligence, loyalty and care.

Despite training and having the best interests of the Lodge at heart, mistakes can happen. When errors occur, members, other Lodge employees and even outsiders may question the decisions of your Lodge’s leaders.

Costly claims can follow board members’ choices, especially if a decision leads to a financial burden on the Lodge. These claims of mismanagement or breach of fiduciary duties can threaten the personal assets of your Lodge as well as your directors, officers and trustees.

Directors and Officers Liability protects your board members and their personal assets are protected. D & […]

July 16th, 2018|

5 Safety Essentials for Lodges to Have on Hand

Just like a home or vehicle, there are many things you can do to upkeep and maintain safety protocol at your Lodge. Implement these 5 safety essentials:

  1. Fire extinguishers

All buildings and homes should have primary fire extinguishers, as well as supplementary extinguishers. Your local fire department should be able to help you determine overall fire safety standards for your Lodge, including the correct number of fire extinguishers and where to place them.

  1. Smoke / Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Place smoke detectors on every floor of your Lodge and one in the kitchen. Test the batteries monthly, and change batteries yearly.

Carbon monoxide detectors help identify unsafe levels of carbon monoxide gas, an odorless, tasteless gas that can be lethal in large quantities. Like smoke detectors, they should be placed […]

June 18th, 2018|

Grill Safety Tips

With summer holidays and three-day weekends just around the corner, it is important to stay safe while enjoying the warm weather and the company of your Lodge members. As you begin hosting picnics, grill outs and other summer events, be sure to assess the risks of these events and implement safety measures when possible.

One of the most dangerous elements of summer get-togethers? Grills. Follow these tips to stay safe around the grill:

Using the Grill

After a cold winter and rainy spring, nothing beats food off the grill. Despite being one of the best parts of summer gatherings, manning the grill can be dangerous.

Before using a grill, thoroughly clean any grease, dust or food remnants from the previous use. Check the tubes leading into the burner for any blockages from insects […]

May 31st, 2018|

Fire Safety Tips for Your Lodge

Your Lodge is likely your greatest asset, but could be your greatest risk. Implement these fire safety tips to ensure your Lodge is as safe as possible.

 

Identify the Nearest Emergency Exit
Be sure the emergency exits in your Lodge are clearly identified and all members know their locations.

Heed Fire Safety and Design Guidelines
Walkways and doorways should accommodate any mobility impairment an individual may have. For example, doorways should accommodate a wheelchair’s width, and flooring material should accommodate artificial limbs, walkers, or canes.

Install Smoke Alarms
The single most important step you can take is to install smoke alarms throughout the Lodge. A working smoke alarm can make a vital difference in the event of a fire. Test batteries monthly, and replace them annually.  If your smoke alarms are hardwired (connected to the […]

March 29th, 2018|

Spring Cleaning Checklist for Lodges

Spring is slowly but surely on its way. Do you have your spring cleaning scheduled? It is important to take the time to decrease the risks your Lodge may face this spring.

Explore these helpful tips to get ready:

Make a plan

All Lodges should have seasonal emergency plans with details about how to respond in the event of an emergency. Develop a communication plan with members of your Lodge. Maintain a list of contractors to call should an emergency occur. Restock your first-aid kit.

Check your roof

Most people only think to have their roof looked at after a hail storm or a leak. However, it is vital to check your roof before and after winter, as any snow or ice buildup can be hard on your roof.

Clean, clean, clean

Pressure-wash your sidewalks to […]

March 21st, 2018|