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Thursday, April 23, 2020

A Little Time at Home - Helpful Spring Cleaning Tips during the COVID quarantine

We have all benefited and gone stir-crazy during this COVID stay-at-home time, so let's put our remaining energy to good use to make our homes better!

Cleaning and organization around the house are very popular this time of year. If you’re ready to tackle that monumental chore, read on for some helpful information. (And if you’re so tidy and organized throughout the year that spring cleaning isn’t a big chore for you, well, keep that to yourself! Unless you want your friends and neighbors to be jealous, that is.)

For the exterior:

+Trim back any overgrown foliage and cut back any tree limbs overhanging or touching your roof by at least 3 feet.  Limbs striking the home can cause damage to the roof and your home and allow for water penetration and insect intrusion.

+ Eliminate any debris in the yard which is unsightly and may become a liability hazard should someone trip and fall.  Also fill any holes in the yard which may cause someone to stumble and become injured.

+ Repair and damaged or rotten areas on the home or outbuildings and pressure wash any nasty green mold you may see.

For the interior:

+Take it one room at a time. Deciding to clean or organize your entire home can quickly get overwhelming. If you focus on just one area or room, then move to another only when you’re finished, you’ll likely work more efficiently.

+Follow the six-month rule. Generally, if you haven’t used something in six months (with the exception of seasonal items), it’s a good idea to consider throwing it away or donating it.

+Don’t forget the kitchen. Just like other rooms, your kitchen likely has things that haven’t been used in some time — and this includes food in the refrigerator or freezer. Give those appliances a thorough cleaning and get rid of anything you won’t be eating.

+Set yourself up for success. Paper clutter is something we all could probably cut back on pretty easily. Setting up a few recycling bins throughout the house gives you a convenient alternative to just setting that old magazine or paperwork down somewhere and watching the pile grow.

+Stay safe. When you’re cleaning or maintaining your home, be mindful of the physical risks involved. Lift with your leg muscles, not your back. Avoid prolonged repetitive motions. Use ladders, lawnmowers and other dangerous tools with caution.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

COVID Getting Back to Business Using Risk Management

We are all getting excited about getting back to business, but none of us wants to have to deal with another bad situation, so there are some important risk management steps we can take to bring our businesses alive again in the safest possible manner.  There are several really good implementation ideas in this article from our HR Partner (

Start by Conducting a Risk Assessment to identify hazards and high-risk areas such as breakrooms or other places where people may gather and if there is possible exposure while staff is performing their duties.  Identify any high-risk individuals that need to be afforded extra protections.  Then evaluate the likelihood of infections and how you will deal with the situation.  Think of your worst case scenario.

Following your Assessment, work on a plan to control your risk by avoiding it altogether if possible, or taking preventive action to control it. 

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and OSHA provide guidance on workplace controls to consider.  Alternating work schedules may be helpful in reducing exposure and continuing social distancing.  Use of masks and gloves and good hygiene are recommended, in addition to changing air filters frequently.  Host meetings virtually and discourage hand shaking.

Become knowledgeable of the symptoms of illness and take proactive measures to confidentially handle the situation by expressing sympathy because there will be a lot of fear, and then have the individual identify any others they have encountered in the past 14 days who may also be exposed and will now need to be isolated, and then direct the employee with symptoms to seek medical attention.

Frequent environmental cleaning to sanitize your facility is recommended including cleaning and disinfecting any surfaces or devices touched by humans – keyboards, doorknobs, light stitches, desks, etc.

Our world will be changed and we will all be more cautious, but we can work together to get back to business!

To help you through the maze of coverages, carriers, premiums, and find ways to save money on your insurance, if you are on the Gulf Coast, contact your Trusted Choice agent, SouthGroup-Gulf Coast , SERVICE TEAM: Angelyn Treutel Zeringue, Tammy Garfield, Tammy Hogue, Denise Russell, Melissa Moran, Alex Treutel,  Anne Gillam, Ashlie Moody, Mark Strickland, Johnny Walton, Tracy Arnold  and Whitney Zimmerman Webb at SouthGroup Gulf Coast. You can reach us by snail-mail: 412 Hwy 90, Suite 6, Bay St Louis MS 39520, email: , phone or text:228-466-4498 or 228-385-1177, fax:888-415-8922, FaceBook , or Twitter ! 

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We serve Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, and many other states. We specialize in coastal exposures.
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