Is Your Office Prepared for a Fire Emergency?

Remember back in school when we all enjoyed the occasional fire drill because it got us out of class for a few minutes? At the office, a fire drill might be more of an annoyance than a relief, but it’s no less important now than it was back then. Here are some things to keep in mind when planning for a fire emergency at your office.

Protect Your People

Your facility should have a plan on how to evacuate the building in the event of a fire, just like you would have a plan for where to go in the event of a tornado. Consider all the people who are in your building on any given day – staff, visitors, vendors, contractors, delivery staff, or even the general public – and have a plan in place to make sure they are accounted for in the event of an evacuation.

The Perry Temple team had Fire Extinguisher Training in 2017.

Your facility should be equipped with fire extinguishers and most local fire departments offer training on how to use them, so employees can extinguish a small fire and know what to do in the event of different types of fires. Don’t forget smoke detectors, and be sure to keep the batteries up to date!

Protect Your Documents

Fire-proof file cabinets can keep your sensitive and important documents safe for a time in case of a fire and are often water resistant in preparation for the subsequent water damage associated with putting out the fire. Some are even impact-resistant should it take a fall in a damaged building.

Consider a durable safe for valuable data backups or other documents that need to be kept on-site.

The most important thing to protect in the event of an office fire, of course, are the lives of your staff and guests, so plan for the worst and be ready to respond for the best possible outcome!

Is Your Office Prepared for Severe Weather Events or Disaster?

September is National Preparedness Month!

In 2017, there were 16 weather and climate disaster events in the U.S., according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), resulting in 306 deaths and losses of more than $362 billion. It’s critical that businesses are prepared for severe weather emergencies!

Have a Plan, and the Right Supplies!

OSHA and NOAA encourage employers to create an emergency plan, train workers on these plans, stay aware of weather forecasts and keep emergency supplies at the ready. Below is a list of some of the basics every business should consider having in their severe weather emergency kit.

Protect your Documents from the Elements!

Consider a fire-proof file cabinet for your most sensitive documents and files. They come in a variety of sizes and varying degrees of durability in the event of a fire. And simple USB drives can be a handy way to keep data in a secondary location in the event of a disaster.

Is your emergency kit ready? Count on Perry Office Plus for the essential supplies you need to prepare for severe weather emergencies and other disasters.

Other resources: FEMA’s Emergency Preparedness Resources for Business:


Is Your Office Prepared for a Medical Emergency?

September is National Preparedness Month!

Most medical emergencies happen at home, but what if something happened at your place of business? Would your staff be prepared? It’s important to know what to do if a co-worker or visitor falls ill and needs medical attention. Here are some suggestions on how to prepare.

  1. Have a Plan

In the event of a medical emergency, it’s important to have a plan and for everyone to know and understand it. All staff should know the location of the nearest First Aid Kit and AED, if your office has them. Everyone should know your office address and any cross streets, to help guide first responders.

  1. Train Your Staff

More than 90 percent of employees who participated in two 2017 American Heart Association surveys said they would take employer-sponsored first aid and CPR training courses.

Even if not required, the American Heart Association says, employers should offer first aid, CPR and AED training because it can save lives.  An employee only has a 5 percent to 7 percent chance of surviving cardiac arrest while waiting for the arrival of emergency medical services. Employees who receive immediate defibrillation, however, have up to a 60 percent survival rate one year after cardiac arrest, the organization says.

Another life-saving option is to provide hands-only CPR training. This consists of only chest compression on adults or teens, and is good for the first few minutes someone is in cardiac arrest, pushing remaining oxygen through body to keep vital organs alive. This buys time until someone with more skills can provide help.

Your local Fire Department is a great starting place for training, as well as your local chapter of the American Heart Association.

Perry Office Plus brought in a trainer from our local Fire Department to train our team on hands-only CPR.

Side Note: Am I Liable?

People might be afraid of hurting someone and facing legal liability, but most states have Good Samaritan laws that will protect them when assisting someone in an emergency. The Texas Good Samaritan Act states, “a person who, in good faith, administers emergency care at the scene of an emergency or in a hospital is not liable in civil damages for an act performed during the emergency, unless the act is willfully or wantonly negligent.” Ask your insurance provider about your liability in the event of an emergency.

  1. Have the Right Supplies

Having an up-to-date and complete First Aid kit is also important. We recommend the Smart Compliance system from First Aid Only which helps you stay in compliance with OSHA regulations and offers an easy refill notification and ordering system.

Perry Office Plus also has defibrillator pads available, if you plan to implement this protocol in your office as well.

Finally, talk to your insurance company and local emergency response officials to get the best advice on how to prepare and train your office for a medical emergency. It could make the difference in someone’s life!

Ultra Violet: The Pantone Color of the Year in Office Supplies

Did you know the Pantone “Color of the Year” for 2018 is Ultra Violet?

We wondered what products would fit the bill to help you outfit your office in violet hues, and we found quite a variety for all you purple enthusiasts.

Universal 1/3 Cut Letter Size File Folders in Violet (UNV10505)


Pentel EnerGel RTX Retractable Liquid Gel Pen with Violet Ink (PENBLN75V)

BrightAir Scented Oil Air Freshener, Sweet Lavender & Violet


Astrobrights Color Cardstock, Venus Violet

Avery Durable 1″ Capacity View Binder, Purple

Astrobrights ColorPop Journal, Purple

Search our website, for YOUR favorite colors… what do you find that could make your workday more colorful?

Summer Picks for Your Workspace by Team Perry

It’s definitely summer, and we’re ready for the beach — or some serious indoor AC time, depending on who you ask around here. So some Perry people have a few recommendations for enjoying the summer a little more at the office.

Vacay in the Workplace

“Here are some products to help bring summer vacation to the office. It’s as close as you can get to the beach when you are almost out of vacation days!” – Debbie Yearwood, Promotional Consultant

Freshen Your Desk

“These are cute—they come in a bunch of colors and they make your devices stand up!” – Lea Goates, Furniture Consultant

Check out the SAFCO Splash™ Multi-Colored Wood Desk Set in Wood Color or Blue Gray Color

Treat Yourself

“Clear the air with summer scents and treat yourself with snacks!” – Angie Batiste, Marketing Specialist

Colors of Summer

“I love these products that add a ‘Miami Beach’ vibe to your workspace and projects.” – Bonnie Johnson, Marketing Manager:

You can find all these and other great products on our website at!

10 Ideas for Marketing Your Business at an Outdoor Event


Here are some quick tips on getting some exposure for your brand, business, or organization at the next outdoor event:

1. Be VISIBLE! Razor flags [like this one] stand out in a crowded space and can be a great branding tool

2. Offer something immediately USEFUL like a hat, bottled water, or snack.

3. If it’s a warm day, make your guests more COMFORTABLE with a cooling towel, sunblock, sunglasses, bug spray, or hand sanitizer. This kit hits many notes >

4. If it’s a PET-FRIENDLY event, add a watering station for four-legged guests to entice pet parents into your space. Check out these other pet-related giveaway ideas >

5. Giveaways with a “HIGH PERCEIVED VALUE”, like T-shirts or tech items, are always coveted by attendees.

6. For evening outdoor events, a LIGHT-UP giveaway can make your space the cool place to be. This one is sound-activated, perfect for music events!

7. A unique GAME is always a hit — consider a Plinko-style drop game, golf putt, or cornhole hole game. There are a wide variety of booth games you can add a logo to!

8. Outdoor events are often more relaxed, so you can be SILLY and hand out goofy headwear or wacky promotional toys or Frisbee-style flyers.

9. Make sure your MESSAGE or BRAND is the focus of your space — your logo and website should be on every element. Here’s a way to add branding to your plain outdoor tent >

10. Incorporate a CALL TO ACTION on your giveaways. Adding a coupon or special offer to a promotional item makes it more likely to be kept.

BONUS TIP: Make your booth “viral” with an awesome photo opportunity! These cut-out banners make it easy for your visitors to snap a funny photo with your branding and share it with friends on social media, multiplying your exposure! Other cut-out options available, just ask us!

Learn more > 

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Print This Post: Here’s How Using Paper Actually GROWS Trees (and Supports Our Economy)

Did you know, the average American uses nearly six trees worth of paper each year? And have you ever received an email with a note at the bottom, asking you to consider saving paper or “save a tree”, by not printing the email?

Yes, forests are vital to humans, filtering the water we drink and the air we breathe. Yes, forests are home to half the world’s species of animals. And yes deforestation and forest destruction is the second leading cause of carbon pollution.

Fortunately, paper is NOT the enemy of trees! And here’s why:

1. Most US forestland is privately managed and depends on DEMAND to continue operating.

More than half the forest land in the United States is owned and managed by some 11 million private forest owners. They provide over 90 percent of our domestically-produced forest products and support 2.4 million jobs primarily in rural communities.

If landowners can’t earn a living from these forests, they will sell the land off and/or convert it to farms, ranches or real estate development. Demand for forest products — including paper — means there’s an economical reason to keep preserve commercial forests.

You can learn more about private forest land on the US Forest Service website.

Who owns America’s forests? Forest ownership in the conterminous United States circa 2014: Distribution of seven ownership types – geospatial dataset. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Research Data Archive. Source: Hewes, J.H.; Butler, B.J.; Liknes, G.C. 2017.

2. Reputable manufacturers use materials from “responsibly managed forests”.

Look for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) logo and/or the Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI) logo on the paper products you buy to identify a product that uses responsibly sourced forest materials.

These certifications give consumers the option to choose forest products, like paper, that have been sourced in an environmentally-friendly, socially responsible, and economically viable manner.

3. Paper is the most recycled material in the US, perhaps the world!

Everyday use of paper makes it a recyclable product that keeps on giving. In fact, over 66 percent of all paper products were recycled in 2015, with a goal of reaching 70 percent by 2020.

4. Forest owners actually grow trees faster than we can use them!

Increased demand has NOT depleted forests. The number of timberland acres has remained stable, increasing by about 3 percent. Total inventory has doubled because growth has outpaced harvests. There are more trees in America today than there were 100 years ago!

So maybe that email signature should read, “Need to print this? That’s ok. Paper is recyclable, and made primarily from renewable wood fiber resources. Please recycle this document when it completes its useful purpose.”