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Mission Trip Safety PDF Print E-mail
With good weather and vacations from school and work, summer brings many mission opportunities for churches. This article addresses safety considerations for short-term mission trips, including trips out of country. Although these trips can be valuable and spiritual experiences, as well as a lot of fun, it is important to recognize the possible risks involved with mission trips and how to prepare for those risks.

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Three Questions About Criminial Background Checks PDF Print E-mail

Three Frequently Asked Questions on Criminal Background Checks

Criminal background checks are an important part of screening the workers and volunteers who assist with the children and youth in your church. Among the questions that the GuideOne Center for Risk Management fields regarding background checks, the following three are among the most commonly asked:

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Creating a Safe Environment for Children PDF Print E-mail
The following article is from SafeChurch and GuideOne Insurance.


Creating a Safe Environment for Children

One important aspect of a church ministry is providing a safe setting for the children. Between nurseries, daycares and playgrounds, there is a great need to offer this type of safe space. To help you, the risk management experts at SafeChurch have created a Child Safety for Nurseries, Daycares and Playgrounds training module. This training module includes a safety video, along with information on equipment and toy safety, daycare and nursery inspection, and playground safety. Create a safer environment for the children in your church by learning more about inspection and safety criteria, preventing sexual misconduct and the proper use of background checks.

Shield Your Church from Winter Water Damage PDF Print E-mail
The following article is from SafeChurch and GuideOne Insurance.

Shield Your Church from Winter Water Damage

During the winter months, your building is susceptible to water damage due to the colder temperatures. Once the temperature drops below freezing, the pipes of your building could become frozen and possibly burst. Additionally, the formation of ice dams on the roof can cause damage to walls, ceiling, and insulation. Taking the proper precautions can help safeguard your church against frozen pipes and ice dams.
The Four Most Common Electrical Hazards Found in Churches PDF Print E-mail

The following article is from SafeChurch.


Electrical hazards are often easy to identify; an exposed wire or a hanging light bulb is typically a sign that something needs attention. And while these issues may seem insignificant, they have the potential to cause major problems, including a fire. Luckily, many of these common hazards are not cost prohibitive to correct. To help protect your building from an electrical fire or other harmful situation, read on to learn how to identify and correct these hazards.

Missing Covers

Missing covers on junction boxes, switches and outlets expose energized circuits, which can create arc flash, shock, and electrocution hazards. In addition, missing covers provide a path of entry into the interior of the enclosure, allowing dust, dirt and debris to accumulate. Missing covers could allow metallic objects to fall into the circuits that could arc or lodge in a way that presents a hazard when the enclosure is opened. Covers should be provided for all these items.

Broken/Unsupported Light Fixtures

Light fixtures should be permanently mounted to the base and show no signs of damage. Light fixtures that are supported solely by wiring puts undue stress on the electrical connections. These two conditions present the potential for an electrical short, which can produce sparks that can ignite combustibles.
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