Posted On: Sep 17, '19
From thermostats to air conditioners, our Smartphones are making our homes easier to monitor and more efficient to manage. Saving energy and heating bills - but what about your Water?
Introducing Moen Flo! The first Water Security System that monitors your home plumbing and alerts you to high pressure, leaks, and - as we get into the colder months - can stop a frozen pipe before it bursts. All with a notification straight to your phone.
Flo runs daily Health Tests on your plumbing network to ensure that its running efficiently and within your set Water Consumption Goals. If a leak is detected anywhere in your home, Flo will send you a real-time alert so you can find the leak asap. Don’t know how to fix it? Moen’s Solutions Team is on standby to help you find it, and figure it out.
Get even more peace of mind with a deductible reimbursement guarantee, extended product warranty, enhanced water usage data, proactive monitoring and more - with Moen Flo.
Available for Special Order now!
Visit MeetFlo.com for more information and video.
Posted On: Sep 10, '19
Leaves are changing, temperatures are dropping, and its time for the rakes to come out. Winter could be months away or just weeks - but there’s still time to prepare for it.
Every knows to rake the leaves up off their lawns, but what about the rest of your garden and yard? Here are some tips to ensure you’re as prepared as you can be for the Winter months.
• First thing’s first, rake up some leaves! While having a few out and about can be great for your lawn, leaving too many results in a heavy mat that can smother the grass below. Use a wide rake, like R000226, and either bag or compost the excess leaves. (after jumping in them of course).
• Put the bag back on your lawn mower. Autumn is prime time for weeds to start releasing their seeds, especially dandelions. Cutting without catching can help them spread easier and leave your spring covered in weeds.
• Trim down the grass surrounding the base of your trees - especially fruit trees! This is where fungal infections can really thrive and dig into your trees. Try the 2725-21HD Milwaukee Cordless Trim Trimmer, complete with battery and charger.
• Evergreens younger than 3 should be wrapped with burlap as the ground begins to freeze to protect them from Winter Burn. Leave them wrapped until the ground thaws and their roots can safely transport water to the branches.
• Trim your trees, shrubs, and hedges in preparation - but don’t forget to clean your equipment afterwards! Autumn diseases, like mildew, can be notorious for getting onto your pruners and spreading. White Vinegar or mild bleach can disinfect your tools easily.
With all those done, you’re ready to take on Winter and enjoy your Spring garden all the more.
Posted On: Sep 3, '19
Cold and Flu season is coming up quick, and with kids heading back to school its prime time for germs to spread. Do you have the proper cleaning equipment to help fight back?
Office and School
DB52880 - 4 Litres of disinfecting power in Dustbane’s Oxy-Q Foaming formula. Dilute according to your area of application and knock out the Cold and Flu.
DB72000 - The Dustbane Professional Cordless Handheld sprayer allows you to reach every nook and cranny germ could be hiding. Pair it with Oxy-Q, or your favourite trusted brand.
C9STN + C9WALLW - A quick a simple solution with DIN Disinfecting Wipes. Perfect for wiping down your computer equipment, phones, desks, or other equipment where germs thrive.
WE96200 - Certainty Surface Sanitizing Wipes! Easy and convenient, clearing your surfaces from hitch-hiking viruses is a breeze.
56200TP - From Laptops to Smartphones, there’s a lot of ground to cover when it comes to sanitizing. TouchPoint wipes are alcohol free but easily clean dirt, germs, and finger prints from your favourite devices.
3345-06 - New from Purell, Professional Grade Multi-Surface Sanitizer! The hand-sanitizer brand you already know and trust now comes in a spray to tackle your hard surfaces and stop viruses in their tracks.
In the end, being prepared and actively stopping the spread of germs will get you and your family through the season - but in the event that you are caught by the Cold or Flu, just remember to stay home, rest up, and keep clean.
Posted On: Aug 20, '19
Since the dawn of alternative laundry solutions, there’s been a constant question of which works best - with everyone seeming to have a different opinion. Whether you go by convenience, power, or fragrance - there’s highs and lows across all three staples.
Cheapest cost per load
Work particularly well in removing outdoor stains like mud, dirt, or grass.
Long shelf life
Larger, heavier boxes
May not dissolve all the way in cold water
Can leave residue
Must be kept dry to avoid caking
Lightweight and portable
Convenient and easy to use
Pre-measured detergent, so no over use
Packaging eliminates water additives, so it stays stable for longer
More expensive per load
Designed for average soil and load - heavy soil requires 2 pods
Cannot be downsized for small loads
Dangerous choking hazards
Most effective on oil and grease stains
Less expensive than pods (when measured effectively)
Can be used as a pre-treater or spot cleaner
Using too much can result in residue
Detergent Bottles leave a great strain on landfills
Heavy to transport and carry
Mixed with water, which limits cleaning power stability
Armed with the Pros and Cons of each - which are you going to go with for your next load?
Posted On: Aug 13, '19
When you hear Air Filtration, you may think of just cleaner air - but do you know the work that’s truly going in?
When you have an Air Filter for your furnace, not only is it keeping your air cleaner, but its also keeping your HVAC systems healthy by preventing lint and debris from plugging the heating or cooling coils. Where even a particle as small as 0.1 microns could cause a short circuit on a microchip!
Sourcing the National Air Filtration Association, here are some other great benefits to a proper air filtration system:
• Protecting the general well-being of the occupants of a space
• Protecting the decor of occupied spaces by removing the staining portion of airborne dust
• Reducing maintenance of building interiors by reducing the frequency of washing such items as Venetian blinds and fluorescent bulbs
• Protecting the contents of occupied spaces including paintings, tapestries, and other items of historic or cultural value
• Elimination of fire hazards by removing lint and other materials which might accumulate in ductwork
• Extension of shelf life of perishable dairy products by removing airborne mould during processing operations
• Removing airborne bacteria from operating room air to help prevent postoperative infection
Ready to look into your Air Filtration and ensure its working its hardest? Take a look through AMRE’s Air Filters, Cleaners, and Purifiers Category or come visit us in store!
Posted On: Aug 6, '19
The Second Round of Amre's Summer BBQs are back to end off the season! See below for when your local branch will be hosting lunch!
Don't forget to enter our draws, talk to our vendors, and remember the store front is still open! Even with some door-crashing good deals.
South Edmonton, AB
Downtown Edmonton, AB
Posted On: Jul 16, '19
Spills happen, whether they’re just a mess or dangerous depends on the chemicals - but with the proper Spill Kit any spill can be wrangled like an OSHA pro.
The make up of a spill kit can range from simple to heavy duty, but every kit should have a variety of the following:
Absorbents (like mats, socks, and loose products)
Containment dikes and drain covers.
Patch and repair tools (such as non-sparking wrenches, fast setting epoxy putties, plugs, and/or wraps).
PPE (personal protective equipment).
Tools (wrenches, hammers, dustpans, scoops, and shovels)
Bags and containers to collect and hold used materials.
Using this, you can make your own spill kit!
AMREPAIL - 28L Pail to hold your supplies
7550G - Absorbent Sock
M-N8780 - Disposable towels
208-L - heavy weight rubber gloves
Emergency Repair Tape
4312 - Dust pan
288500WHT - Utility scoop
GG3550XSB - extra strong garbage bags
Or, for a quick and simple already complete Spill Kit, See 7510G Globe Emergency Response Spill Kit! Complete with everything you need to properly and safely contain a spill.
Remember to check your spill kit and refresh the items inside after every use. Kits should be tailored to suit whichever chemical poses the most threat of spilling in the area!
Posted On: Jul 9, '19
When Fido’s got to go, its not only on the dog owner to be prepared, but the park as well! Mistakes happen and not everyone has a baggie on hand - that’s where DogiPot comes in.
Provide park goers with convenient all-in-one Pet Stations to not only keep up with their duty to clean up after their pets - but to offer a proven reminder system to easily encourage owners to pick up after their dogs! Friendly signage, pickup and liner bags, along with attractive Pet Stations to house it all.
DogiPot Junior Bag Dispensers - Clean edges and easy to extract bags make this a functional addition to any post, but it's printed on signage that proves to be an educational reminder to all dog owners. With a 400 bag capacity and bottom locking access panel, it makes maintenance quick, secure, and easy.
DogiPot Litter Pickup Bags - Holding 200 bags per case these litter bags are the perfect combination of strength and environmentally-friendly materials. They’re the right size for pickups, not too large and not too small. Add in their Oxo-Biodegradable material and they’re the perfect refill for DogiPot Dispensers.
With a combination of easy to install replacement bags and attractive pole mounted stations, DogiPot has you - and your spaces - covered when it comes to encouraging responsible dog ownership.
Posted On: Jun 11, '19
With the heat of Summer comes the threat of Forest Fires. The Western regions of Canada go through a yearly danger zone of smoke that affects everyone, but in particular those with respiratory conditions, cardiovascular disease, and children.
The use of an Air Purifier may seem small, but finding the right one with a true HEPA filter can filter out the smoke particles and make your home a safe place to breath. These particles can be incredibly small, in between 0.4 and 0.7 microns which allow them to get themselves deep into your lungs. This also makes Dust Masks unreliable. A HEPA Air Purifier paired with a few small changes to your home is the best bet for keeping your air as breathable as possible.
Get an Air Filter with a true HEPA filter (removing down to 0.3 microns) with an appropriate area of effectiveness for your home or room. Here are some examples of Air Purifiers with varying size ranges:
05-A-1KWP-06-K - 50 sq. Feet
03-A-3KWP-00 - Up to 300 sq. feet.
05-A-1KWP-06 - Up to 1300 sq. feet.
Avoid Ozone or Ionic air purifiers, while they help with general air purification they will not remove the finer Smoke particles.
If you have an Air Conditioner, close off the fresh-air intake to prevent it from bringing in more smoke.
If you must go outside and want a mask to protect yourself in heavy smoke areas, find one that is NIOSH certified and marked N95, N100 or P100. AMRE carries several options of masks, from disposable to reusable silicone with cartridges.
For a look at the current Smoke Forecast and areas that will be affected, you can view a live feed at Firesmoke.Ca. Remember always follow your Provincial Fire Bans, and never leave a flame unsupervised.
Posted On: Jun 4, '19
Adventure Awaits! Incoming hot weather is bringing Summer early and getting into the great outdoors is a true Canadian passion. However, with every exciting outdoor activity comes that little bit of dread: Bug Bites.
A bit of bug spray can help save your outing - but what type works best? Of course there are pump bottles or aerosols, but did you know there are two main contenders for ingredients?
DEET or Picaridin (or KBR 3023, Bayrepel, or icaridin) are the two big players when it comes to protection from not only Mosquitoes, but ticks, black flies, sand flies, no-see-ums, midges and other biting insects!
Lets break down their positive points for each:
DEET - Bug sprays containing DEET have been the most popular option since the 1940’s after being developed for the U.S. Army. Its a synthetic chemical that, depending on its concentration, can provide protection for up to 8 hours (with slow release formulas and 20% or higher concentrations). When properly applied it has no adverse health affects, and has been proven to be the best repellent against Tick bites.
Picaridin - Developed in the 1980s, used in Australia/Europe since 1998 - Picaridin repellents only really broke ground in North America in 2005. It was developed using extract from Piper genus plants (the same plant genus that produces tasty table pepper). It is just as effective against Mosquitoes as DEET and even more so against No-see-ums. Its odourless, non-greasy, and won’t damage synthetic materials or plastics!
And the negatives:
DEET - A greasy feeling on your skin and unpleasant to many smell take points down from the reigning champion of bug sprays. It also has the ability to damage certain synthetic materials (like spandex or vinyl) along with plastics.
Picaridin - Being a newer product in the world, the long-term health affects have yet to be properly studied (if they even exist). They’re also only just growing in popularity, so finding an easily available option in the application type you want may be more difficult.
At the end of the day, whichever type of repellent you use is important to protect yourself from biting insects and potential dangers they carry with them. Check out Insect Repellents from our Vendor of the Month, Doktor Doom today and enjoy your time outdoors - bite free.
Posted On: May 28, '19
Amre Supply carries a variety of hoses to help you upkeep your garden, but how do you choose the right one? Here’s a quick guide to help you decide!
Hoses with this title, like the Swan H-SS5850 hose, are lead-free and crush-proof. They’re lightweight and easy to move around - perfect for filling watering cans, light watering, and sprinklers. Their crush-proof build allow them to stand up to other equipment, so there’s no worry about running over it with a wheelbarrow.
For something with a bit more ‘oomph’ try a Heavy Duty hose like Holland GreenHouse HH58050. It has a 400psi burst rating with brass couplings, making it tough enough to stand up to your hardest jobs. These types of hoses can put up with a lot more use and abuse than lightweight hoses, and feature anti-kinking collars at the faucet. For even more strength, see Holland Greenhouse’s HC34050 - its a step up with a Contractor Grade level.
Hoses like the Swan H-ELSP38050 are perfect for your large garden or hard to reach plantlife! Soaker’s are flexible, use little water, and are lightweight enough to avoid squashing any plants. While they may expand a little, most of their water will be released through small holes along the hose. They let out just enough to water your garden when turned on, and can either be stored away after each use or left out for your convenience! Just remember to cover them with a light layer of mulch to avoid sun damage and bring them in before the fall. Excessive wear or damage to the soaker hose could expand the small holes and release more water than what is needed over time.
After you’ve chosen the right hose, all that’s left are the accessories! Find Spray Nozzles to suit your needs - from single spray pistols to up to 7-pattern exchangers. A great Sprinkler is perfect for getting full coverage of your lawn and larger gardens. And finally, you need a place to keep your equipment up and out of the way. Amre carries Hose Storage options such as metal hangers, wall mounted reels, and reeling carts.
For all your other yardwork needs, check out the Seasonal Section of our Website and in Stores!
Posted On: May 14, '19
BBQs are back!
See below for the first round of Customer Appreciation BBQs and join us for hot dogs and hamburgers, all while meeting representatives from your favourite brands!
Here are some tips for our Customer Appreciation BBQs:
- Check out the welcome table for giveaways as well as our current Catalogues and flyers.
- Join the lineup and snag a burger or hot dog! Condiments and accoutrement won’t be far behind, along with drinks and a place to sit.
- Finished your lunch? Venture around and visit our Vendors! Representatives from some of our largest brands will be present to answer questions and provide some insider tips regarding their products.
- Looking for more? Find Doorbuster deals only available on BBQ days!
Upcoming BBQ Dates:
Edmonton AB (Downtown), Mississauga ON
Scarborough ON, Windsor ON
London ON with Franke / Kindred
Surrey BC with Franke / Kindred & Dyson
Edmonton AB (South) with American Standard & Delta
Posted On: May 7, '19
Now that the snow is gone and the full of Spring is on the horizon, preparing your yard is the perfect weekend project to ensure your Summer backyard BBQs are at their best!
Your lawn is the quickest and easiest way to brighten up your yard, and taking the proper steps to help in its growth is necessary for a full carpet of green!
To start, clearing off all the dead grass, thatch and other debris from your lawn is the best way to get things rolling. Using a Wide Rake will allow you to remove the thatch without damaging the grass below. While this was essential for insulating the grass for the winter, keeping it around throughout the spring can hinder growth and keep fertilizers from reaching the grass roots. This debris makes a great addition to a starting compost as well!
Next comes fertilizer; helping your grass to grow, pre-emergent; for stopping the growth of crabgrass, and a broad-leaf weed killer; to keep dandelions at bay. Fertilizer is best applied using a Spreader to ensure even coverage while a Weed Sprayer is the better option for controlled herbicide application. Hold off on any spot seeding until the end of the season, especially after applying a pre-emergent as the seeds won’t be able to germinate with it in the soil.
After you’ve fertilized - its time to break out the lawn mower! Mowing every 5 days during the first 6 weeks of spring is essential for allowing the roots to take a strong hold in the soil. The stronger the roots, the more luscious the grass!
After the grass is taken care of, its time for the rest. Check your trees and shrubs for damaged or dead branches, use Strong Pruners to remove old growth from perennials, and replace your mulch. (Using a hardwood bark mulch over than ground wood chips, they'll last longer!).
After a good cleaning of your backyard furniture you can stand back and be proud of your beautiful budding yard! For more seasonal necessities see our Seasonal Section! With Hoses, gardening gloves, hoes, shovels, rakes and storage - we can help you prepare for the Summer.
Posted On: Apr 23, '19
Dropping by AMRE for your next service call? Don’t just grab the parts you need! Stock up on the essentials and don’t get left with an empty roll or dirty hands.
From Toilet Tissue to Gloves, AMRE has the accessories to keep you well stocked and supplied for any situation.
Keep your washroom stocked with White Swan 2 Ply Toilet Tissue 10325 - a bulk roll of 36 per case! Grab paper towels in a big pack as well for coverage wherever you need it - White Swan Professional perforated Towel Rolls 01702 are the strength you need when you need it. And for even tougher jobs - check out our extensive selection of Janitorial Supplies! Everything from scrubbers to rags to mops to keep your business running smoothly, on and off the work site!
Don’t get dirty trying to keep clean either - some jobs bring on the grime but you can prevent it with Latex & Vinyl gloves or Rubber & Nitrile gloves for those extra tough jobs. With extra tough 360 coverage and boxes of up to 100, you can keep clean and professional throughout the day.
Talk to an AMRE rep today to discover what we can do for you on the job and off.
Posted On: Apr 2, '19
With the snow finally melting its the perfect time to refresh your home or business! Get ready for the warm weather with our full range of cleaning supplies, from scrubbers to vacuums - Amre has what you need.
Start from the outside in! Look at your door and welcome mats. They’re going to be taking the brunt of Spring’s muddy wet footprints and will be the first introduction to your space! Watch our Clean Care video on floor mats here and see how you can get the most out of your entryway.
Let in the light! Simply cleaning your windows from the Winter grime can let in nearly twice as much light as you would think! Go pro with the AGF Solstice Window Cleaning Starting Kit or keep it simple with a Topsic Telescopic Window Cleaning Kit! The key is to use both a scrubber and a squeegee to get rid of the gunk and wipe it away - streak free.
One of the biggest changes you can make to your home or business is the state of flooring! While this is usually a daily duty, putting in some extra Spring elbow grease will keep them looking great for the rest of the year! For the hardwood floors in your home there’s Bona’s Hardwood Floor Spray Mop Kit featuring their Professional formula in a handy cleaning cartridge. Switch it out for the Hard Surface Cleaner and take care of your Lino and Tile too! For larger areas and store fronts, did you know AMRE carries a great variety of floor machines? From the Betco MotoMop to the Bissell Commercial Grade Carpet Shampooer and Extractor, you can cover all your surfaces in record timing.
Lastly, don’t forget to clean your cleaners! All that hard work builds up the very dust and dirt they’ve been eliminating. Simple Rags and Wipes are perfect for quickly wiping down Vacuums and Autoscrubbers, inspecting the rotator bars for fibres or jammed debris is a great way to improve the life of your machine as well. Clean and change out any filters, as well as wash out any canisters or buckets.
For your Dishwashers, Washers, and more - Find the Appliance Cleaner that fits your needs! Despite running soap and cleaner daily, these appliances are the easiest to miss and the quickest to go if not cared for properly.
Posted On: Mar 26, '19
It's likely that you’ve never looked at your home’s Ducts and wondered if they were properly insulated, but with temperature extremes and fluctuating humidity ranges - having an insulated duct system is incredibly important. Without the proper insulation, temperature changes can cause condensation on the outside of the duct which in turn can cause water drips to cause damage to your home!
Finding the correct ‘R value’ or thickness of insulation for your ducts dependant on their location is the best way to prevent this type of damage. In ‘Conditioned Spaces’, a minimum of R6 insulation is recommended. These spaces are inside the home’s walls, floors, and ceilings.
‘Unconditioned Spaces’ require a recommended minimum of R8 insulation. These are locations such as the garage, exterior walls, or attics. These are more susceptible to extreme temperature changes given that they are not within a typically heated or cooled location.
See our Flexible Insulated Duct Sleeves Category to find the right insulation for your ducting, and protect your home from the inside out!
Posted On: Mar 19, '19
Did you know that Fire Extinguishers aren’t forever? It may come as a shock, but even these powerhouse products require a changeup every now and again to ensure they're always ready for action.
According to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards, rechargeable fire extinguishers such as the Kidde 21008347 Badger Advanced Extinguisher must be recharged every 6 years, while disposable fire extinguishers such as the Kidde 466294 Kitchen/Garage Extinguisher must be replaced every 12 years.
But what’s the difference?
A rechargeable fire extinguisher features a metal head as well as a gauge that reads “Charge / Recharge”. It's essential to check your fire extinguisher’s gauge on a monthly basis in order to ensure it is still charged. If the needle falls into the ‘Recharge’ side - get it recharged immediately.
On the other side, a disposable fire extinguisher features a plastic head and a gauge that displays “Full” or “Empty”. As with the rechargeables, checking your fire extinguisher’s gauge monthly is imperative to ensuring its full functionality in the event of an emergency. As soon as the fire extinguisher shows ‘Empty’, it should be replaced immediately.
You can also refer to your user manual for full instructions on when and where to change your fire extinguisher.
Posted On: Mar 12, '19
Water leaks happen when we least expect it, and often when we aren’t around to notice right away. Water can creep into cracks, carpet, and valuables to cause expensive or even irreplaceable damage. With a water alarm however, you can stop the leak before the damage!
Whether by simple stand up alarms like FBP-01D that lets out an alarm when water contacts it, or go high tech with a sensor that communicates through Wi-Fi! Either option give you the time and warning you need to find and stop the leak at its source.
Set and forget! Just leave your water alarm on a flat surface near the leaking hazard or mount on the wall with a sensor cable and let them do the work. Water Alarms are ever vigilant, and will alert you within minutes of water contact and giving you enough time to react.
Posted On: Mar 5, '19
Have you made the switch over to LED lighting yet? If you need convincing, here are some of the top reasons why in your home or business LED are the way to go!
1. Eco Friendly! Not only are LED light bulbs 100% recyclable, they last on average 35 times longer than a standard halogen bulb. So you aren’t putting three times the amount of bulbs in your local landfill to get three times the length of light!
2. Enormously Efficient! LEDs have a 80-90% efficiency rating which means that, unlike incandescent bulbs, only about 20% of their energy is lost to heat. So in turn, they use less energy to make more light! Saving you cash through your electricity bills AND gaining you cash through Government Rebates.
3. Stylish in any Colour! LEDs aren’t just your classic white bulbs, with different technology increasing by the day - there’s an LED bulb for any lamp. Whether you’re looking for cool light, warm light, or even antique lighting; LEDs have you well lit.
4. Immediate Light Wherever! LEDs aren’t just an eco-friendly pretty face, they’re tougher and more robust than other light bulbs as well! Their sturdy recycled materials stand up to shocks and vibrations, and with no filament there’s no worry of it breaking!
Which also means they’re immediate to light up and won’t be damaged by flicking on and off. Did we mention they also work in harsh weather conditions, like Canadian winters? Whether the freezer is outside or walk-in, LEDs are reliable even in the negatives.
There’s no better time to make the full switch to LED and start saving today! Get a jump on changeouts with this Month’s Vendor of the Month, Standard Lighting! Featuring our 4-Pack LEDs
Posted On: Feb 26, '19
With Winter battling it out with longer days, the potential for rapid melting and freezing is everywhere! Ice is on the rise and we want to help you stay safe on it.
The first step in preventing potentially dangerous slips and falls is getting rid of the ice. Amre Supply carries a variety of Ice Melters and salts, but how can you get the most out of it?
First, your surfaces should be cleared in order to prevent the build up of snow which will render your melter useless. After just 1 inch of snow your surfaces could be hiding spots of ice that can be undetectable to passerbys! Shovelling with a sturdy and ergonomic Snow Shovel is the best way to prevent slippage, and allows for easier application of your melts.
Second, is the ice melt itself! Did you know there are several different chemical make ups? The best ice melts feature a combination of both salt and calcium chloride. Together they react to melt away ice quicker than just salt alone. Most ice melters contain these chemicals and have been engineered to be safe not only for your lawn, but for kids and pets as well! Remember to always check the SDS form when purchasing ice melt in order to ensure the safety of anyone coming in contact however.
Third, when applying ice melt its vital to be aware of how you must move over the ice as well! Here are some tips for walking safely across the ice, without skates!
• Free your hands! It's tempting to keep your hands in some toasty pockets, but having them out and at the ready not only helps you to keep your balance, but will help in a fall as well! Being prepared to protect your head or catch yourself on a nearby support could save you the trauma of a hard fall
• Sticky shoes are safe shoes. Choose a boot or shoe with a wide-heel and rubber or neoprene sole. These will grip better on the ice and provide the necessary traction plastic or leather soles just don’t. You can even get slip on Shoe Spikes to fit over any shoe and turn them from hazard to helpful!
• Fall successfully! In the end if you do fall, be prepared and learn how to land safely! If you feel like you’re going down, lean forward to prevent your head and spin from hitting the pavement. Try to put your thigh or shoulder to the ground rather than any other much more breakable parts like knees, arms, wrists, or necks! A puffy jacket or even hip protectors can go a long way in preventing injury from a fall.
By staying warm, being careful, and acting quickly we'll all get through the last legs of Winter painful slip free!
Posted On: Feb 12, '19
During the winter, we usually think of how our Furnaces are running. Pumping nice warm air into our homes and keeping Jack Frost at bay. But what many people don’t realize is that their Humidifier is just as important!
Here are some of the biggest reasons to keep your Humidifier running throughout the winter season:
Posted On: Feb 5, '19
Cities across Canada have seen a rise in the illegal usage of Methamphetamines, and with it the discarded evidence of such usage has taken to littering the streets. Needles and other sharp drug paraphernalia are being found in parks, on sidewalks, and in public restrooms.
Clean up of these dangerous and usually hidden needles can spell disaster, but with the right equipment it doesn’t have to.
Wearing Puncture or Cut Resistant Gloves such as the Forcefield ‘Samurai’ Stab Armour Gloves or Watson ‘Gridlock’ Gloves can do a great deal in protecting your hands from pokes or stabs, while using a Nipper with a strong grip can eliminate the risk altogether.
While Provincial governments look into safe injection sites, providing Sharps Disposal systems can drastically change the amount of litter left in public washrooms or rest stops.
In the end, if you are pricked by a used needle:
• Ensure the wound bleeds as much as possible
• Flush the injured area with flowing water
• Wash the wound well with soap and warm water
• Go to the Hospital Emergency Room ASAP!
To help keep you and your staff safe, we’re offering special pricing on these essential tools. View our Sharps Cleanup Flyer here for more information.
Posted On: Jan 29, '19
Winter is the most popular time for Rodent Pests to try and turn your comfy home or business into their own personal motel, but Amre is here to help you check them out for good.
Between Snap traps, glue traps, live traps and box traps - there are a lot of options to think about. The first step in becoming pest free is determining how your unwanted guests are getting in. Mice are proficient at finding even the smallest cracks to enter through, so checking the weather stripping under doors, foundation cracks, or even dryer vents may award you with clues.
Once you find out where they’re coming from, the next step is to pick your trap. If you aren’t squeamish, snap traps like the Mini-Rex are extremely effective in stopping mice and rats dead in their tracks. They provide a ‘no-touch’ disposal method. For live captures or for households with children or pets that could set off the Mini-Rex, try the Catchmaster Pro. Able to catch 10-12 mice per setting, this trap can be used with or without a glue board and can be used over and over again!
Now that you have your trap, all you need is bait and a perfect place to set it! Along walls or where there are plenty of droppings are the best locations for traps. Out of the way, but easily found by those they’re intended for. Especially when used with the right bait. The perfect lure is usually found in your home already. The best foods to use include peanut butter, bacon grease mixed with oats, raisins, or soft gumdrop candy.
Rodent proofing your home is the final step, patching those cracks, replacing stripping, and using metal screening within your vents to draw the final line between what's theirs and whats yours! For more information on Canada's mice and rat control, visit Canada.Ca
Posted On: Jan 16, '19
Health Canada Alert: White Rodgers 1st generation Emerson Branded Sensi Thermostats Recalled Due to Fire Hazard.
This recall involves first-generation Emerson branded Sensi Wi-Fi Thermostats that permit remote access from one's smartphone, tablet and PC via a Wi-Fi home network. The affected units have Emerson printed on the front. The thermostats are white with an LCD screen and there are three buttons below the thermostat. Up and down arrow and menu buttons are located to the right of the screen. If your thermostat is branded Sensi on the front instead of Emerson (shown below), then your thermostat is not included in the recall.
A product label containing the model number and date code information is located on the back of the thermostat. Recalled thermostats have model numbers 1F86U-42WF or UP500W, and a date code from 1416 to 1536 indicated on the back. The date code represents the manufacture date from the 16th week of 2014 through the 36th week of 2015.
UPC codes on product packaging are: 786710549335 and 786710549762.
The thermostat can be damaged by household line voltage (120 volts or 240 volts) during service or replacement of a heating or cooling system, posing a fire hazard. As of November 30th, 2018, the company has received no reports of property or product damage in Canada, and no reports of injuries. In the United States, the company has received 8 reports of burn damage to the thermostat, involving minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.
Consumers should immediately check their Sensi thermostat to determine if the unit is included in the recall and contact the firm to schedule a free repair or replacement. For click-by-click instructions on how to find out if you're affected, click here
For more information, consumers can contact White-Rodgers customer service by telephone toll-free at 1-888-847-8742 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday, or online.
Posted On: Jan 14, '19
Ever think about just how many people in your office have touched the same door knob, copy machine, refrigerator, or elevator button? What about what you bring back to your keyboard after going for lunch?
While we often don’t actively think about it, our office spaces and work places are crawling with everything from food poisoning to the flu - but there are a multitude of ways to fight back.
Sure the office equipment may get a quick brush over once in a while by the cleaning crew, but how often is it actually sanitized? Particularly throughout the day when the same “Start” button has been pressed by twenty different people in a rush to get that report in. Specific touch points make this equipment a launching ground of concentrated germs and bacteria, just waiting to take a ride back with you to your desk.
Sanitizing Surface Wipes from Purell or Certainty kept near the printer will not only provide you with an opportunity to clean your hands, but the surface as well! Keeping them nearby is a great reminder to run a quick wipe over the buttons and top surface as well as remind you to be wary of the other surfaces around the workplace.
The Lunch Room
We’ve been taught since pre-school to wash our hands before we eat and for good reason. With the mix of so many different foods being brought into one central location - some even likely to go back and start growing their own - bacterial spreading is rampant. Pair that with a place specific to people putting things in their mouths and you’ve got a hotspot for illness.
Aside from ensuring you’re clearing out spoiled food and messes on the regular, ensuring you aren’t bringing germs from elsewhere in the office helps to control the spread as well. Get started with a Purell Everywhere System Starter Kit Hand Sanitizer Station at the entryway to any lunchroom can significantly improve the status of your lunchroom and won’t undo the hard work anti-bacterial wipes on the tables, fridge, and microwave have done!
You may think your personal desk space would be the cleanest since its yours, but multiple studies found numbers north of 3,000 micro-organisms per square in on your keyboard and over 1,600 bacteria per square inch on your mouse! That’s not even including the desktop, your pens, notebooks, calculators, or even worse - your phone! For a sense of comparison, that’s more than your average toilet seat. Those numbers also multiply exponentially when sharing a desk or computer!
Something as simple as keeping a Personal Hand Sanitizer nearby and using sanitizing wipes can do plenty to bring those numbers down and keep your desk clean. To keep the tops of your desk, phone and monitor clean, look to Certainty Surface and Certainty Screen Wipes.
Finally, the biggest way to avoid illness and germs in the workplace is to wash your hands regularly and to keep your illnesses at home in bed!