Fire Sprinkler System Saves the Day

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

A fire sprinkler system extinguished a fire at the West Linn Central Village shopping center on Friday April 22. The fire started in a local nail salon and the fire sprinkler system inside the salon saved the day you can find the story here. Not only did the alarm notify first responders, but it also extinguished the entire fire before first responders got to the scene. There were no injuries and only minor smoke damage to nearby businesses.


photo courtesy of Brandon Leon at

A fire sprinkler system can make all the difference to your business, by making it safer for you and your employees. Fire Sprinkler systems are also better for the environment because they can help conserve water in the long run.

So the point is, fire sprinkler systems can save lives, property, and help the environment. It really is a simple way to protect your employees and your assets! P2RH-LF_STRAIGHT

Better Safe Than Sorry

Friday, April 1st, 2016

Recently, in Portland, there was a man in an H&M store who threw a fit because he had to wait in line for a dressing room. 44-year-old Davendra Bobby Singh was in an H&M store when he went to get a dressing room and was told he had to wait in line. He tried to cut the line at the dressing room, then threw clothes at the employees, he punched an employee in the face and even threatened another telling her he would be waiting for her when she left work.

When the police arrived they realized that Singh was the same man who had punched a panhandler in the head for no apparent reason earlier in the day. When the police arrested Singh he resisted and is accused of spitting in an officer’s face.

Singh is being charged with several counts of aggravated assault.

When you own a business you allow people into your store and into your life. When things go wrong you want to make sure that your employees and your assets are protected. Luckily, video surveillance can help you monitor everything that goes on in your business. If a customer causes a problem like Singh did in H&M, you can be alerted of the problem a lot faster and you can get the situation under control before it escalates. Now there are even more ways to be able to see the video surveillance in your business, with apps you can use your smartphone or tablet to check in on your business while you are away from a computer. With all the crazy people in the world, our opinion is “better safe than sorry”.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

May the Luck of the Irish be with You!


Many of you may not actually know why we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The 17th of March is a religious and cultural celebration of the patron Saint of Ireland, it is believed to be the death date of Saint Patrick. Saint Patrick was born in Britain and was captured as a teenager by pirates and forced into slavery in Ireland. He escaped from slavery six years after being captured and went back to Britain to become a cleric. Eventually, he came back to Ireland as a Christian missionary and later in his life became a Bishop. He is now known as the ‘Apostle of Ireland’. Irish all over the world join together to celebrate the life of this Saint, and Portland is no different. St. Patrick’s Day in Portland is filled with fun events and we are going to give you a rundown of some activities to do nearby.

  1. St. Paddy’s Day Party at Bare Bones Cafe from 7am-9pm
  2. St. Patrick’s Day festival 2016 at Paddy’s Bar and Grill, family friendly from 10am-9:30pm
  3. Chloë Agnew ‘St.Patrick’s Day Celebration’ from 8-10pm
  4. St. Patrick’s Day Across the Land at McMenamins with live music from 5:30-10pm
  5. St. Patrick’s Day at The Eastburn with live music and yummy food, it goes from Thursday to Saturday

We hope this gives you some ideas of fun things to do in this great city, but don’t forget to wear your green. We hope that you have a fun and SAFE holiday!


Fun Facts about Leap Year

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Happy Leap Day!This year we have an extra day added to our calendar. For some of you, this may mean a day that you have to work for free (if you are a salaried employee). So why do we have leap day you may be thinking? We use a Gregorian calendar with 365 days in a year. We have to add a leap day every four years or we would lose almost six hours off our calendar every year. Leap year helps our Gregorian calendar stay in alignment with the Earth’s revolutions around the sun.

Since leap year only comes once every four years we thought it would be fun to give you some facts about leap year.


  • If you don’t know when a leap year is just look at the last two digits of the year, if it is divisible by 4 then you know it is a leap year. For example, it is 2016 and 16/4 is 4 so there you go. 2016 is a leap year
  • If you have seen the movie Leap Year with Amy Adams and Matthew Gooding you may know that it is a tradition on leap day for women to propose to men. This tradition mostly exists in the UK and is still practiced today. It is also said that if a man refused a woman’s proposal he would be fined with a kiss, twelve pairs of gloves, or a silk dress
  • There are an estimated 5 million babies born on leap day. They are often called leaplings or leapers and sadly can only celebrate their real birthday once every 4 years. They usually have to celebrate February 28 or March 1.
  • February 29th is also Rare Disease Day
  • The cities of Anthony, New Mexico and Anthony, Texas are the self-proclaimed leap year capitals of the world. They have a 4 day leap year festival that includes a birthday party for all the leaplings of the world.
  • The Titanic sank during a leap year (1912), and Gold was discovered in California during a leap year (1848)


So now that you are an expert on all things leap year, we hope you all have a fun, maybe a little wacky extra day of the year. Happy leap day everyone!
Do you know any Leaplings? We would love to hear how they celebrate their leap day birthday!