Keeping Your Home Safe with Window Well Covers

A Window Well Cover is The Best Way to Prevent Injury at Your Home

family playing in the yardThere has been a lot of talk in the community about ways to keep your home as safe as possible. With a lot of new home owners out there we want to do everything we can to get the information out there to help with this issue. Some of the most dangerous outdoor factors to your house are uncovered open window wells.

Leaving your window well’s open and uncovered pose the risk of your children falling in and getting a serious injury. Some window well’s can be 6 feet deep and if a young child were to fall in they could be injured.

Not only is this an issue with young children of your own, it could also be a liability issue if someone else’s child came into your yard and fell in, they could end up suing you for not having your well covered.

Why Cover Your Window Well?

One of the families in our church stood up one day to tell a story about their young one being injured by falling into an open window well at their home while playing outside. The child was rushed to the hospital from cutting open his knees on the ground inside the window well, and although the child made it home okay, he could have been much more injured had the well been deeper.

We feel this is one of the simplest and cost effective ways to help keep your home safe. If your home isn’t safe, your family isn’t safe, and therefore God isn’t safe either. Please do your due diligence to get yourself safe.

Where to Get a Window Well Cover

polycarbonate window well cover

The number one best way to take care of this issue is to go get yourself window well covers that are lightweight and strong. You can find them at Home Depot or Lowe’s and install them fairly simple on your own.

Another option is to get your window well covers directly from a manufacturer online and have them delivered directly to your door. Often they can be purchased cheaper directly from the manufacturer.

Therefore, we would like the community to get out there and help keep the community safe. Go check the houses around your neighborhood to see if there are window well covers on those home’s, and if not lend them a helping hand to get them covered. Window Well USA offers coupons to you for referring friends so that you and your neighbors can save on your window well covers when helping each other out. Just go to their website and find out more.

Good day and safe homes.

Harmony in History

There was a soft rap on my open office door. “Professor Thomason, can I come in?”

I paused and looked up from my laptop screen while quickly wheeling around in my office chair. “Of course! What can I do for you, Luke?” I motioned for him to enter. Luke was one of my students.

“I was just wondering if you could help me make sense of … one of my strengths. I want to know how I can effectively use it in my leadership endeavors.”

“Sure! I would love to.” Luke was referring to the Clifton Strengths Finder assessment, which all of my students had recently completed. As a class assignment, I requested my students identify specific tasks that would help them to apply their top strengths.

“I am having trouble with my strength of Harmony. I don’t know how it can be beneficial to my leadership.”

“Have a seat and we can talk about it.” He sat down in a chair catty-corner to mine. “How have you experienced the strength of Harmony?”

Luke thought for a moment. “How have I experienced Harmony? Well, I often find myself seeking agreement with people, but I have a really hard time during conflict. In fact, I often run the other direction when I sense conflict is rising.”

I smiled at him. “I can understand that. I think most people generally don’t like conflict. It is normal to feel that way, especially with that strength. I want you, however, to realize that you have a gift for helping people get along. Your strength — when shaped and used well — can make you a powerful leader.”

“Really? What is so great about harmony?” Luke asserted, “For one thing, it really doesn’t sound all that masculine.”

“I assure you, the strength of harmony is very masculine. Some of the great leaders of the United States displayed the qualities of this strength in their leadership and they were considered great men. Exhibit A: Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States. He had a phenomenal ability to help people get along. Doris Kerns Goodwin’s book, Team of Rivals, provides example after example of how Lincoln used his ability to help people of opposing positions work productively together. This was such a strong theme in Lincoln’s leadership that it inspired the title of her book.”

Luke thought for a moment. I could tell that he had never pondered his strength in this light before.

I continued, “Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the thirty-second President of the United States, is another good example. As described in another Doris Kerns Goodwin work, No Ordinary Time, Roosevelt also had a tremendous ability to help people work productively together when they disagreed over important decisions. For instance, during World War II, his influence with Churchill and Stalin was vital for the Allied forces as they worked through post-war issues and the reconstruction of Europe.”

Luke stopped me. “Stalin and Churchill and Roosevelt all worked together? Isn’t Stalin a notorious figure in history?”

“Yes he is,” I replied, “but at the time, the extent of his cruelty to the Russian people had yet to be realized. He was viewed as an ally who assisted in containing a Hitler-led Germany. During the summit meetings between the ‘Big Three,’ Roosevelt used his harmonious savvy to get both Churchill and Stalin to agree on issues necessary to help all of Europe rebuild.”

“I don’t think I have ever thought of Harmony being that important to leadership.” I could sense Luke was forging new thoughts about this strength; he was beginning to like the fact he had Harmony.

“I would suggest a quick caveat with the strength of Harmony. What I refer to as the ‘dark side’ of the strength. All strengths have a ‘dark side.'”

Luke looked puzzled. “What could be wrong with seeking harmony?”

I expounded, “Problems arise with the strength of Harmony when leaders shun necessary conflict, or healthy conflict.”
Luke nodded in agreement. “Yes! I get that. I have a hard time with conflict. I try and avoid it at all costs.”

“You mentioned that when you walked in. For individuals with Harmony, I think conflict is especially hard. I don’t know for sure if FDR had the strength of Harmony, but he really struggled when he had to release a subordinate from their civic duties in the White House.”

“Really?” An incredulous look appeared on Luke’s face. “One doesn’t think of the President of the United States struggling with firing people when it’s necessary.”

“And yet,” I asserted, “repeatedly, FDR struggled with terminating or reassigning employees. Now, there were various reasons an official might be asked to leave their position; whether job performance, political alliances, or some other issues that might surface. But whatever the case, FDR usually would send word to the individual through an assistant revealing the termination or reassignment; he did not like confronting people face-to-face.”

“So here is what I hear you saying,” Luke paused, “I need to be aware of the ‘dark side’ of the strength of Harmony by not being so harmonious that I ignore conflict or the need for healthy conflict.”

“Yes. I always find it helpful to think of strengths as tools. A tool can be used in both profitable and unprofitable ways. Using this strength wisely also fits well with the Christian faith,” I added.

“How so,” Luke inquired?

“Christ said that we could know His followers by their love for one another (John 13:35). I think people often associate loving well with constantly being in harmony with others. However, sometimes loving someone well requires confronting issues. In this instance, Harmony, like the concept of love, adopts a longterm view.

“Prof Thomason, I appreciate your perspective. I think I have a deeper appreciation of my Harmony strength as it relates to my leadership opportunities and how it can be important to my faith. I need to catch a ride back to my apartment, but I want to thank you for your time.”

“Luke, it was my pleasure. Let me know if you have any more questions. That’s one of the reasons I am here.”

I stood and shook his hand. He rose, gathered his pack, and walked out my door.

What other historical figures can you identify with the strength of Harmony?

Hello All

This semester I have experienced big changes in my life. It has been different in many ways – but so good. Along with changes, I have realized come many decisions. Some are hard, some easy. I was reminded of a study called Anointed,Trasnformed, Redeemed: A Study of David, which I did with a women’s group at church over the summer. A major part of the study discussed how David came to many “crossroads” or choices where he had a decision to make. One decision to not go to war with his men led David to many more decisions that led him deeper and deeper into sin. David could have recognized his sin at any point along the way and possibly saved himself much grief and heartache, but it took the prophet, Nathan, to help him recognize his sin and repent.

Just like David, I too have come across many “crossroads”. I try to take into consideration various things as I make these decisions, such as: does it bring glory to God’s kingdom? How would it affect those around me? How would it affect me? As I still adjust to the changes in my life that have been taking place, I have to daily make the decision to embrace this season of life in which the Lord has placed me and live life to the fullest. Christ called us to abundant LIFE, and God blessed David with that kind of life, and has given me the same opportunity for that as well. It gives me great hope that I live for and serve a God that is full of abundant GRACE.