Showing posts from November, 2015

Clothes Dryers can Catch Fire

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are an average of 7,000 annual residential fire losses in which the source of the fire was in the clothes dryer or vent.
Dryers are the third most common type of equipment involved in fires, ranking behind stoves and fixed area heaters. Clothes dyers can catch fire due to excessive lint buildup in the exhaust pipe or inside the dryer; this lint buildup is often out of sight.

As a result, you should take the following steps to reduce the chance of your dyer starting a fire:

Follow the manufacturer's instructions when installing the vent pipe.Keep the dryer vent clean and unplugged.When you change your clocks twice a year also clean the dryer vent.Periodically, check for a plugged vent, especially if the dryer does not dry clothes efficiently. Remove and clean the lint screen before each use.Keep all combustibles away from the clothes dryer.Hire a qualified technician to periodically inspect gas clothes dryers.For the s…

We're looking forward to Thanksgiving Day. Are you?

The holidays bring about so many wonderful feelings, a.k.a. warm fuzzies. Part of this is due to traditions. Traditions are what make us look forward to what the holiday brings. Traditions are why we have so many wonderful feelings this time of year. Here are some of the things that the Michigan Insurance Group team are looking forward to on Thanksgiving:

I am looking forward to Thanksgiving because it is one of the only times all year when I get to see the whole family. – Branden Addicott

Amanda Merrills, Licensed Insurance Agent, says, “I’m looking forward to spending Thanksgiving with my family and starting the day off watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Also looking forward to black Friday shopping, and putting up my Christmas tree to get ready for the Christmas Season!”
Ronda Hunt, Accounting Manager says, “We are making Garbage Can Turkey. It's tender, juicy, and delicious to eat.” 

I am looking forward to spending time at home with my family and eating delicious food. …

Michigan Salt Dough Ornaments

Yesterday we made salt dough ornaments for a sponsorship opportunity coming up in December. The Michigan shaped cookie cutters we had came in handy to make Michigan shaped ornaments. The recipe called for 3 ingredients, flour, salt and water. The processes from start to finish was easy to do but it probably helps that we have a baker in the office. You can find the original salt dough recipe here.

Amanda rolling out the salt dough. 

After cutting out the shapes we used a straw to make the holes for the ribbon to hang the ornaments.

They are ready to go in the oven.

Our toaster oven worked just fine to bake the Michigan shapes.

We couldn't go without Michigan and Michigan State ornaments. 
Salt dough ornaments can be a fun DIY project with the kids. Check back for more photos of the finished product! 

Written by Karlee Miller
Creative Administrator