Week 1 of Biggest Loser Complete!

Our Maxons “Losers” have made it through their first week and are doing well.  The group is receiving a lot of tips from other Maxonians who aren’t participating, and it has become a very supportive program!

Keep it up everyone!

Top 10 Hurricane Preparation Tips For Boaters

With tropical storms still threatening the areas, it serves as a reminder to all boaters in hurricane zones to be prepared as the hurricane season enters what typically is its most active period – from about mid-August through September.

Below, find our top 10 ten Hurricane Preparation Tips to keep yourself and equipment safe in case of a natural disaster:

1.  Closely monitor local and national weather services including NOAA Weather Radio and NOAA online (http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/index.shtml).

2.  Make an inventory, preferably by video, of all valuable fixed items such as marine electronics on board your boat.

3.  Store all the boat’s important documents, including your marine insurance policy, in a secure place off the vessel.

4.  When a storm is forecast for your area, remove all detachable items from your boat, such as canvas, sails, cushions, fishing rigging, radios and antennas. Lash down everything that you cannot remove, including booms, tillers, wheels, etc.

5.  Deflate your dinghy and store it and its outboard off the boat. If it’s a fiberglass dinghy, have it stored in an indoor facility.

6.  If your boat is on a trailer, lash it securely. Use tie-downs to anchor the trailer to the ground, let the air out of its tires and weigh down the frame.

7.  If your boat is in a facility with shore power, be sure all power is turned off and all shore power cords are stowed securely. Disconnect your boat’s battery.

8.  Boats docked in a marina or in a private berth should be centered in the slip. Double-up all dock lines and make sure they are of sufficient length to compensate for excessive high water.

9.  Anchored boats should have enough scope. Inspect all anchor rodes and chain and use only good or new gear. Set extra anchors as necessary.

10. Do not stay with your boat or try to ride out a storm on board. No matter how valuable your vessel is to you—both financially and sentimentally—it’s not worth your life.

Making the most of our equipment!

Recently we had a job that we used a desiccant dehumidifier on, the problem was there was no where to vent the exhaust.  Jeff dug into his bag of tricks and we used another dehumidifier to take off moisture produced by the desiccant dehumidifier.  It worked great!

They call this “piggy-backing a refrigerant to a desiccant.”  The desiccant exhausts damp air which usually goes out a window.  In a case where you do not have a window you flex duct the exhaust of the desiccant into the top of a refrigerant dehumidifier and it takes care of the moisture that way.  You need to plan your water management because that refrigerant will be producing the max amount of water that it possibly can, and monitor power usage with extra equipment on site.

We delight in learning something knew, and using the resources we have available to make the world a better place!
~Submitted by Bob Held, Field Operations Manager

Maxons Starts its First “Biggest Loser” Competition

In a recent full staff meeting multiple staff members mentioned weight loss goals they had been focusing on lately.  With that in mind Maxons has launched our first “Biggest Loser” competition!

Our first Weigh In was this morning and we will be on the program until November 16th!   As this is our first attempt at this, we are all really looking forward to seeing how it goes and if we want to repeat it in the New Year!

I wish a very heart-felt good luck to our participants!  I am so proud of all of you for taking this first step!

~ Contributed by Kelley Dolan, Director of HR/Facilities