The legend of SECURA’s haunted grounds

According to legend, SECURA is
haunted. Some claim to hear the screams
of a girl who drowned in a pond on the
property 150 years ago.

“I stopped in late one night at work to pick up something I left on my desk,” a SECURA associate remembers. “The hair on my neck stood on end – like my instinct knew I was being watched.”

Was it instinct? Is there someone – or something – lurking the grounds at SECURA’s corporate office in Appleton, Wisconsin?

Lore has it, 150 years ago (long before the land was SECURA’s), a family was picnicking in this location. A young girl fell into the pond, was trapped in a pipe, and drowned.

Some say that when it’s quiet, you can hear the girl’s screams from beneath the water and her parents’ cries for help from ashore.

Don’t believe what you read? Do a quick Internet search for “SECURA haunted.”

Happy Halloween.

Get the skinny on food safety


Since the beginning of mankind, providing sustenance has been risky, if not downright dangerous. Our ancient ancestors fought off the elements and wild beasts during the hunt, while our not-so-distant relatives faced famine on their farms.

Nowadays we are faced with the risks of food-borne pathogens and the all-too-common kitchen fire. But with some simple measures, we can continue to eat well and safe.

Preventing food-borne illnesses
These precautions can help you avoid illness from the most common food-borne pathogens:
  • • Sign up for free food recall updates or see recent recalls.
  • • Wash your produce and meat thoroughly before consumption.
  • • Cook proteins to the following internal temperatures, recommended by the FDA:
    • • Finfish: 145° F
    • • Beef, veal, and lamb roasts and steaks: 145° F
    • • Ground beef, veal, lamb, and pork: 160° F
    • • Ground poultry: 165° F
    • • Pork: 145° F with a three-minute rest time
  • • Separate raw meets from ready-to eat foods in the grocery cart and at home.
  • • Use separate cutting boards for meat and produce during food preparation.
  • • Keep your meat fresh by storing in a refrigerator that is colder than 40° F and a freezer colder than 0° F.
  • • For more information, visit www.fda.gov.

Kitchen fire safety
  • • Always check your oven before pre-heating.
  • • Never leave a stove burner unattended.
  • • Keep a working smoke detector and fire extinguisher in your kitchen.
  • • Always follow the recommended cleaning guides provided in your oven manual.
  • • Never try to put out a fire with water.
  • • Don’t put metal dishes or utensils (or foil) in the microwave.
  • • Keep all appliances unplugged when you’re not using them. You’ll save electricity, too!
  • • Don’t keep dish towels or potholders on your stovetop; you never know when you’ve left a burner on accidentally.

Watch for deer while driving this fall

Deer Crossing


Fall is the peak season for deer activity, which means an increased risk of auto-deer collisions.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there are 1.5 million auto-deer collisions annually, resulting in more than $1 billion in damage. At SECURA, deer-auto collisions are the fourth most-common auto claims we see, accounting for 3,200 claims annually.