SECURA’s Brett Purcell named Steve Welker Associate of the Year by IIABAZ

Brett Purcell accepts Steve Welker Associate of the Year Award

Nearly anyone who does their job well doesn’t do it for recognition. In Brett Purcell’s case, he does it because he cares deeply about the work he does, the company he works for, and the people he engages.

When thunder roars and lightning strikes – staying safe around lighting

Lightning Near A House

Many people are fascinated by lightning, and rightfully so. The giant spark of electricity lights up the sky, and in the blink of an eye, it’s gone. Although lightning is captivating, it’s also very dangerous.

Did you know that lightning is hotter than the surface of the sun and can reach temperatures around 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit? In the United States, lightning strikes about 25 million times per year according to the National Weather Service. About 300 people are struck by lightning annually, and on average, it causes 30 casualties while others suffer lifelong disabilities.

What you should do to protect yourself and your home before and during high winds

High winds are usually associated with storms, but there are times that the passing of a storm or differences in air pressure cause a windy day. Gusting winds can bring down trees, powerlines, and signs, turning unsecured objects into dangerous projectiles. If there is a high wind advisory or severe thunderstorm issued for your area, there are a few precautions you should take to keep yourself safe, as well as prevent damage to your home.

Powerlines: How to stay safe near overhead, downed and underground lines

Overhead powerlines in a storm

When it comes to powerlines, a good rule of thumb is to just stay away. It’s important to always respect the power of powerlines by using common sense and exercising safety precautions when playing or working near them.

Overhead lines

Working near overhead powerlines requires extra attentiveness and precautions. Accidents involving contact with overhead powerlines can damage equipment and cause serious injuries or even death.

Before doing any work on a job site, always conduct a thorough survey that identifies any power lines, utility poles, guy wires, service drops, and other power-related equipment. Always check carefully for overhead lines before raising any long-handled tools or equipment. If you need to cut a tree or branch, be sure it won’t fall into power lines. Always remember to look up and keep at least 10 feet away from powerlines.

Preparing your vehicle and your mind to drive on wet roads

Highway driving on wet roads

Road conditions, precipitation, traffic, and several other factors all impact the way we drive. Being able to adjust your driving habits is vital to keeping you, your passengers, and other drivers safe. For experienced drivers, navigating wet roads might seem simple — slow down, increase your following distance, etc. — but there is often more to it than that. Whether you’ve been driving for decades or you’ve had your license for just a few years, the tips below can make all the difference when driving on wet roads.