Turkey Fun Facts (aka “Fowl Knowledge”)

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Gobble Gobble

Gobble Gobble

I heard a really corny joke yesterday:

Question:  “What happens when two turkeys fight on Thanksgiving? ”

Answer: “They usually knock the stuffing out of each other!”

This is a re-post from prior years, it’s always fun to have some Turkey Fun Facts.

Print these out and amaze Uncle Sal & Aunt Millie with your “Fowl Knowledge” 

Be safe and enjoy your Holiday!

The Fish Window Cleaning Team

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Where do Turkey’s get their name?

Have you ever wondered what Turkey (the country in the Middle East) and the American bird have in common? A case of mistaken identity resulted in the American Turkey being named after the country. When the Spanish first found the bird in the Americas more than 400 years ago they brought it back to Europe. The English mistakenly thought it was a bird they called a “turkey” so they gave it the same name. This other bird was actually from Africa, but came to England by way of the Turkey (lots of shipping went through Turkey at the time). The name stuck even when they realized the birds weren’t the same.

Turkey Fun Facts

Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey

  1. The turkey is one of the most famous birds in North America. In fact, Benjamin Franklin wanted to make the wild turkey, not the Bald Eagle, the national bird of the United States!
  2. The turkey’s popularity comes from the American people’s love of eating the bird for special occasions like Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  3. The wild turkey we usually see in photos or pictures is not the same as the domestic turkey that we serve at Thanksgiving.
  4. Domestic or tame turkeys weigh twice what a wild turkey does and are raised on farms for profit.
  5. Most domestic turkeys are so heavy they are unable to fly.
  6. After the female turkey mates, she prepares a nest under a bush in the woods and lays her tan and speckled brown eggs. She incubates as many as 18 eggs at a time. It takes about a month for the chicks to hatch.
  7. Wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) live in woods in parts of North America and are the largest game birds found in this part of the world. They spend their days foraging for food like acorns, seeds, small insects and wild berries. They spend their nights in low branches of trees (yes, wild turkeys can fly!).
  8. Wild turkeys are covered with dark feathers that help them blend in with their woodland homes. The bare skin on the throat and head of a turkey can change color from flat gray to striking shades of red, white, and blue when the bird becomes distressed or excited.
  9. When the babies (known as poults) hatch they flock with their mother all year (even through the winter). For the first two weeks the poults are unable to fly. The mother roosts on the ground with them during this time.

Tom Turkey’s Tale of the Tail

American Turkey

American Turkey

Peacocks aren’t the only birds who use their fancy tails to attract a mate. Each spring male turkeys try to befriend as many females as possible. Male turkeys, also called “Tom Turkeys” or “Gobblers” puff up their bodies and spread their tail feathers (just like a peacock).

Turkeys grunt, make a “gobble gobble sound” and strut about shaking their feathers. This fancy turkey trot helps the male attract females (also called “hens”) for mating.

Turkey Terms

What's For Dinner

Look What’s For Dinner!

  • Scientific genus and species: Meleagris gallopavo
  • Caruncle – brightly colored growths on the throat region. Turns bright red when the turkey is upset or during courtship.
  • Gizzard – a part of a bird’s stomach that contains tiny stones. It helps them grind up food for digestion.
  • Hen – a female turkey.
  • Poult – a baby turkey. A chick.
  • Snood – the flap of skin that hangs over the turkey’s beak. Turns bright red when the turkey is upset or during courtship.
  • Tom – a male turkey. Also known as a gobbler.
  • Wattle – the flap of skin under the turkey’s chin. Turns bright red when the turkey is upset or during courtship.



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About the Author

John Gran & Cynthia Julian

John Gran (@FishSouthBay) is an entrepreneur and former marketing and product development executive who has grown his successful Fish Window Cleaning franchise in the Los Angeles – South Bay area to become a leading professional in window cleaning services for business owners and home owners.

With his popular blog A Clear View Through Clean Windows, John shares his window cleaning expertise by addressing topics and answering questions that customers continually ask him during his day.  He also uses window cleaning pictures, inspirations and stories about his business to demonstrate the fundamentals for building a strong, healthy, thriving business.

John lives & works with his wife Cynthia in Redondo Beach, CA (she runs the business too!)

If you have a question or would like window cleaning services click Here or Call 310-973-3474 for a Free, on-site written estimate.

It Might Rain…Should I Clean My Windows? YES!

Q:  There’s rain in the forecast…what should I do?

A:  Have FISH still clean your windows!

Tut Tut… Looks like Rain

If you think the rain will make your windows look dirty after we clean them… It won’t! 

Rain water, by itself, does not spot your windows.

Rain water is about as pure as water gets.  It contains little or no impurities and, by itself, does not cause your windows to look dirty, spotted or streaked.

On clean glass the “pure” rain water just runs right off, spot free!

So Why Do Windows Spot? 

Windows become dirty from the wind blowing dust and debris against your windows and, over time, it eventually sticks.

Ever notice how when your car’s windows are clean, they stay clean longer?  Conversely, when your car’s windows are dirty they seem to get dirtier faster?

It’s simple: The existing debris catches the new debris and it builds up.

The same “build up” principle applies to store fronts, home windows and glass buildings, resulting in visible Spots.

When “pure” rain water meets debris on an unclean window, it gets caught on the window and dries.  The resulting spots are a mixture of the “pure” water and existing debris.

Water Spots Up Close

Water Spots

Spots.

Cleaning your windows regularly keeps the glass clean and free of debris and allows the “pure” rain water to run off because there’s nothing to cling to.

No Spots.

So, when there’s rain in the forecast, it’s actually smart to have Fish Window Cleaning clean your windows.

When the sun comes out you’ll see Sparkles not Spots!

100% Satisfaction Guaranteed

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Even when it rains.

No, our cleaners won’t stand in the pouring rain to clean your windows.

But, if rain is in the forecast, it’s just sprinkling or your windows are covered by an overhang or awnings – we’ll make your windows sparkle just like we do when it’s sunny.

Your windows will look great and, because they’re clean, they won’t spot up.

If it rains within 48 hours of your cleaning AND your windows do spot up, call us and we’ll touch them up – Free of Charge – as soon as possible.

We guarantee you’ll be 100% satisfied with our work, even when it rains!

FISH makes your windows SPARKLE – Rain or Shine!

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About the Author

John Gran & Cynthia Julian

John Gran (@FishSouthBay) is an entrepreneur and former marketing and product development executive who has grown his successful Fish Window Cleaning franchise in the Los Angeles – South Bay area to become a leading professional in window cleaning services for business owners and home owners.

With his popular blog A Clear View Through Clean Windows, John shares his window cleaning expertise by addressing topics and answering questions that customers continually ask him during his day.  He also uses window cleaning pictures, inspirations and stories about his business to demonstrate the fundamentals for building a strong, healthy, thriving business.

John lives & works with his wife Cynthia in Redondo Beach, CA (she runs the business too!)

If you have a question or would like window cleaning services click Here or Call 310-973-3474 for a Free, on-site written estimate.

Selling Your Home? Clean Your Windows!

Selling Your Home? What to do…paint? Update the kitchen or bathroom?

First, clean your windows!

Finding the Right Agent is Very Important

Step #1: Find the Right Agent!

Ok, the actual first thing to do is to find the right Real Estate Agent.

We work closely with hundreds of wonderful agents and brokers and they each have different personalities, specialties and capabilities.  The key is to find the right agent that you “click” with, and who instills confidence that they can – and will – sell your home fast and for top dollar!

One thing that every agent agrees on:

Your need to prepare your home for sale.

Preparing Your Home For Sale

In most cases, your agent will offer suggestions to prepare, or “stage” your home to be more inviting for prospective buyers.  It’s pretty simple: Buyers need to see themselves living in your home.  You need to make it as easy as possible for them to do so, given your home is filled with your furniture, personal belongings and style choices.

Your agent may also suggest working with a professional home staging company to maximize your home’s value.  We also work with dozens of professional staging companies and they really know what’s required to increase the “curb appeal” and value of your home.  Most staging companies offer a reasonably priced “initial assessment”.  Ask your agent if they can recommend one.

Top three priorities for preparing you home: M. B. Lynch, REMAX Realtor

  1. Window Cleaning
  2. Carpet Cleaning
  3. Maid Services

Keep in mind: The moment a prospective buyer pulls up to your home, they’ll notice the windows first.

First impressions matter…What does yours say?

Top 5 Reasons Clean Windows Are Important

Preparing your home for sale can be daunting.

My advise: focus on issues that give the “most bang for your buck“.

Clean your windows.Feng Shui

And the Experts agree.  Here are their top 5 reasons:

Reason #5 –  “A bright, alive atmosphere is encouraged in Feng Shui and the home’s windows are an important aspect of this. Large, clean windows are important. They allow pure, bright light to flood the living areas in the home, bringing good energy… Clean windows and natural sunshine are important ingredients to a healthy, happy home.” – FENG SHUI

Reason #4 –  “ More than 75% of people who first view property on the internet will drive by BEFORE contacting an agent.” – CHRISTINE RAE, AUTHOR, HOMESTAGING FOR DUMMIES

Reason #3 – ” Curb appeal sells 49% of all houses.” – NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS

Money ManazineReason #2 – “ A good first appearance of a home can add 5% to 10% to the value of the home.” – JOHN AUST, PRESIDENT, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REAL ESTATE APPRAISERS

Reason #1 – “According to 2000 real estate agents surveyed, the number one improvement that generates the best return on investment is window cleaning, and the ROI on window cleaning alone was determined to be 768%” – MONEY MAGAZINE

Clean Windows Make You Smile

My wife Cynthia and I have spoken with hundreds of our customers and they’ve taught us an important lesson: Sparkling windows brighten your day.  

Even if you are not selling your home, take a moment to clean your windows.

Then, take a deep breath, have a look and you’ll then see that A Clear View Through Clean Windows will definitely make you smile!

Have a great weekend!

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About the Author

John Gran & Cynthia Julian

John Gran (@FishSouthBay) is an entrepreneur and former marketing and product development executive who has grown his successful Fish Window Cleaning franchise in the Los Angeles – South Bay area to become a leading professional in window cleaning services for business owners and home owners.

With his popular blog A Clear View Through Clean Windows, John shares his window cleaning expertise by addressing topics and answering questions that customers continually ask him during his day.  He also uses window cleaning pictures, inspirations and stories about his business to demonstrate the fundamentals for building a strong, healthy, thriving business.

John lives & works with his wife Cynthia in Redondo Beach, CA (she runs the business too!)

If you have a question or would like window cleaning services click Here or Call 310-973-3474 for a Free, on-site written estimate.

OSHA Recordkeeping and Reporting: A Quick Review

OSHA recordkeeping and reporting requirements appear straightforward, but the devil is in the details.

Now Returning to Our Regularly Scheduled Program…

John in Official 'Fish Red', White and Blue

John is NOT wearing an Official Fish Uniform

Happy July Everyone!

I hope you are all enjoying your summer.  We at Fish Window Cleaning – Los Angeles South Bay are having a terrific one!

Simply put: The weather gets hot and people want clean windows!

Summer is our busiest time of year and our expanding window cleaning team is doing a great job meeting our customers’ needs.

The Window Cleaning business is booming and we are set to break our production record this summer as we clean commercial and residential windows through Labor Day.

A new record is a good reason to miss a few posts, don’t you think?  Go Fish!   

Personal Best

Our Best Summer So Far!

Our busy schedule has consumed my time but I’m now back to my regular schedule and I will continue to write & post every week.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this year’s articles so far.  I’ve just completed my Q3/Q4 Blog Post calendar, there are so many exciting topics to cover!

Please let me know if there are any topics you’d like to see, I’m happy to fit them in the schedule.

Anyway, I’m back at it.

Thank you for your feedback & support!

This Week’s Topic: OSHA Regulations

The #1 topic that I post on “A Clear View Through Clean Windows” is OSHA related.  These posts are generally targeted for those running a window cleaning business or something similar, the #2 topic is safety (something we all relate to).  We must give the public what they want!

Look for more articles on both topics!

Tom Patton - Risk Manager, BBSI

Tom Patton, BBSI

So, let’s get back to it… Here’s a quick reminder of the main OSHA recordkeeping and reporting requirements.

Please let me know if you find this information useful.

Safety is a serious topic and our company, Fish Window Cleaning, adheres to all OSHA regulations.

Today’s OSHA related information is provided by our company’s Risk Manager, Tom Patton.

Tom works for Barrett Business Services, Inc. (BBSI), our Professional Employer Organization (PEO), and helps make sure we receive up-to-date  safety techniques and information, and he monitors us regularly to make sure we follow our safety training program and conform to all OSHA safety regulations.

OSHA Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements

The OSHA recordkeeping standard requires you to keep records of occupational deaths, injuries and illnesses, and make reports to OSHA and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Small employers (10 or fewer workers) and employers in certain retail, service, finance, real estate or insurance industries are not required to keep these records. However, they must report any occupational fatalities or catastrophes that occur in their workplaces to OSHA, and they must participate in government surveys if they are asked to do so.

OSHA Forms

Cal-OSHA Website

Cal-OSHA Website

The regulations require you to complete three forms:

  • OSHA 300 Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses,
  • OSHA 301 Injury and Illness Incident Report
  • OSHA 300A Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (annual)

The 300 log must include injuries and illnesses to employees on your payroll as well as to other employees you supervise on a day-to-day basis, such as temporary workers or contractor employees who are subject to daily supervision by your organization.

Work-Related Injuries

Section 1904.5(a) states that “[the employer] must consider an injury or illness to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition. Work-relatedness is presumed for injuries and illnesses resulting from events or exposures occurring in the work environment….”

Note that the work event or exposure need only be one of the discernible causes of the injury or illness. It doesn’t have to be the sole or predominant cause.

Reporting Work-Related Injuries

Reporting Work-Related Injuries

Section 1904.5(b)(3) says that if it is not obvious whether the precipitating event or exposure occurred in the work environment or elsewhere, you “must evaluate the employee’s work duties and environment to decide whether or not one or more events or exposures in the work environment caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.”

If you decide the case is not work-related, and OSHA subsequently issues a citation for failure to record, OSHA—not you—would have the burden of proving that the injury or illness was work-related.

Recording New Cases

Only new cases are record-able. Work-related injuries and illnesses are considered to be new cases when the employee has never reported similar signs or symptoms before, or when the employee has recovered completely from a previous injury or illness and workplace events or exposures have caused the signs or symptoms to reappear.

Recording Restricted Work

When an injury or illness involves restricted work or job transfer but does not involve death or days away from work, you must record the injury or illness on the OSHA 300 Log by placing a check mark in the space for job transfer or restriction and an entry of the number of restricted or transferred days in the restricted workdays column.

However, you don’t have to record a case where, for example, the employee only experiences minor musculoskeletal discomfort and the doctor says he’s fit to work, but assigns a work restriction to that employee for the purpose of preventing a more serious condition from developing.

Getting Back to Work is Very Important

Getting Back to Work is Very Important

An employee’s work is considered “restricted” when, as a result of a work-related injury or illness:

  • You keep the employee from performing one or more of the routine functions of his or her job (job functions that the employee regularly performs at least once per week), or from working the full workday that he or she would otherwise have been scheduled to work; or
  • A physician or other licensed health care professional recommends that the employee not perform one or more of the routine functions of his or her job, or not work the full workday that he or she would otherwise have been scheduled to worked.

For recordkeeping purposes, an employee’s routine functions are those work activities the employee regularly performs at least once per week.

A recommended work restriction is recordable only if it affects one or more of the employee’s routine job functions. To determine whether this is the case, you must evaluate the restriction in light of the routine functions of the injured or ill employee’s job.

A partial day of work is recorded as a day of job transfer or restriction for recordkeeping purposes, except for the day on which the injury occurred or the illness began.

Count days of job transfer or restriction in the same way you count days away from work. The only difference is that, if you permanently assign the injured or ill employee to a job modified or permanently changed to eliminate the routine functions the employee was restricted from performing, you may stop the day count when the modification or change is permanent. You must count at least 1-day of restricted work or job transfer for such cases.

I hope you found this article “OSHA Recordkeeping and Reporting: Quick Review” helpful.

Remember: Complying with OSHA regulations is important and it’s the Law!

Be Safe Everyone!

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About the Author

John Gran & Cynthia Julian

John and Cynthia

John Gran (@FishSouthBay) is an entrepreneur and former marketing and product development executive who has grown his successful Fish Window Cleaning franchise in the Los Angeles – South Bay area to become a leading professional in window cleaning services for business owners and home owners.

With his popular blog A Clear View Through Clean Windows, John shares his window cleaning expertise by addressing topics and answering questions that customers continually ask him during his day.  He also uses window cleaning pictures, inspirations and stories about his business to demonstrate the fundamentals for building a strong, healthy, thriving business.

John lives & works with his wife Cynthia in Redondo Beach, CA (she runs the business too!)

If you have a question or would like window cleaning services click Here or Call 310-973-3474 for a Free, on-site written estimate.

OSHA Regulation GHS Effective Next Week

A new OSHA law concerning the classification and labeling of chemicals, know as GHS, becomes law effective on May 25th, 2012.

Is that a sexy title or what?

From the feedback I’ve received, many different types of readers follow “A Clear View Through Clean Windows.” For those running a window cleaning business or something similar, I periodically post important safety information.

Please let me know if you find this information useful.

Safety is a serious topic and our company, Fish Window Cleaning, adheres to all OSHA regulations.

Here’s some important OSHA related information from our company’s Risk Manager, Tom Patton.

Tom works for Barrett Business Services, Inc. (BBSI), our Professional Employer Organization (PEO), and helps make sure we receive up-to-date  safety techniques and information, and he monitors us regularly to make sure we follow our safety training program and conform to all OSHA safety regulations.

Make it a SAFE Day!

John Gran – Owner
Fish Window Cleaning – Los Angeles South Bay

Remember:  Safety is everyone’s responsibility!

OSHA GHS Final Rule Effective Next Week

Chemicals must be properly labeled

Chemicals must be properly labeled

The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) finally makes its debut. But don’t worry, there’s plenty of time yet to comply.

OSHA has announced that the final rule for GHS, or Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, will become law effective May 25, 2012.

The effective date of the final rule is 60 days after March 26, the date of the rule’s publication in the Federal Register.

The new GHS rule will be added to OSHA’s existing hazard communication standard, or worker right-to-know law.

OSHA says the GHS rule will help prevent 43 worker fatalities and 585 occupational injuries and illnesses from chemical exposures every year.

According to OSHA, the GHS rule will affect over 5 million workplaces and 40 million workers.

There are two primary groups of employers that will be affected by the GHS rule:

  • 90,000 employers that are chemical manufacturers, importers and distributors
  • 5 million other employers where their employees use, handle, or store chemicals

4-Year Transition Period

Transition Period

4 Year Transition Period

OSHA will allow employers the following phase-in or transition period to comply with the new GHS requirements:

  • December 1, 2013 – All employers that use, handle, store chemicals.  Train employees about the new chemical labels and safety data sheets or SDSs (formally material safety data sheets or MSDSs).
  • June 1, 2015 – Chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors Comply with all the requirements of the GHS rule, except compliance with GHS label requirements for distributors by December 1, 2015.
  • December 1, 2015 – Chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors  All shipments of chemical containers must include the GHS-compliant label (signal word, pictogram, hazard statement, and precautionary statement).
  • June 1, 2016 – All employers that use, handle, store chemicals Update alternative workplace labeling and hazard communication program as necessary, and provide additional employee training for newly identified physical or health hazards.

Options During Transition

During the phase-in period, employers would be required to be in compliance with either the existing hazard communication standard or the revised standard with GHS, or both.

OSHA recognizes that hazard communication programs will go through a period of time where labels and SDSs under both standards will be present in the workplace. This will be considered acceptable, and employers are not required to maintain two sets of labels and SDSs for compliance purposes.

What Will Cal-OSHA Do?

Cal-OSHA Website

Cal-OSHA Website

Several of you highly knowledgeable recipients of my newsletter asked me if Cal OSHA will be adopting this Federal Standard.

I can only say this: Cal OSHA must be equal to or better than Fed OSHA Standards and I fully expect Cal OSHA to do the same with this Regulation.

It’s only a matter of time.

With the hazard communication standard already a regular fixture on OSHA’s most frequently cited standards list, it’s more important now than ever before to understand how GHS affects your hazard communication obligations.

It’s important to remember that your hazard communication requirements will not be reduced by the Globally Harmonized System (GHS); they will simply be modified to support the new system.

Though implementing GHS does not involve a total rewrite of the hazcom standard, there are still a lot of changes coming your way. Pretty much everyone who uses hazardous chemicals has some responsibility…but some more than others.

  • Chemical manufacturers and importers have some work to do around re-authoring MSDS and turning them into safety data sheets (SDSs). They also have to rewrite labels and warnings to make them GHS compliant.
  • Resellers and distributors need to get the new SDSs and labels and distribute them to customers.
  • And, of course, employers have plenty to prepare for, too.

Get Ready, Get Set

OSHA Website

OSHA Website

Here are 8 steps your organization can take during the phase-in period to prepare for full compliance with GHS:

  1. Have an hazard communication plan. Maintain a checklist of key plan components and review it annually.
  2. Inventory your on-site chemicals and make sure you have a complete library of MSDSs and SDSs as you get them.
  3. Prepare yourself for the eventual switchover from MSDS to SDS. If you’re still using paper, consider transitioning to electronic system.
  4. Make sure your alternative labeling system is GHS compliant.
  5. Start developing a training plan for your employees now. Have a plan and make sure employees are ready to read GHS compliant SDSs and labels.
  6. Stay current on OSHA, including federal, state and local requirements. Keep an eye on GHS, looking out for key dates that will have an impact on your plan. (Note: That’s where Safety.BLR.com can help. This would be a great time to check it out!)
  7. Request GHS-compliant SDSs from your chemical vendors. Talk to your chemical suppliers and ask about their plans to transition to GHS. Make sure your staff is on the lookout for SDSs with new shipments.
  8. Stay SARA compliant. Update local and state emergency response agencies when new chemical hazard information becomes available.

(SARA is the Superfund Amendments and Re-authorization Act, (SARA) which requires facilities who are subject to OSHA’s hazardous chemical requirements to submit MSDSs or a hazardous chemical list to local and state authorities.)

By following these steps, you’ll be well on your way to preparing for the new requirements.

For Additional Information on GHS:

http://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/ghs.html#1.1

Be Safe Everyone!

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About the Author

John Gran & Cynthia Julian

John and Cynthia

John Gran (@FishSouthBay) is an entrepreneur and former marketing and product development executive who has grown his successful Fish Window Cleaning franchise in the Los Angeles – South Bay area to become a leading professional in window cleaning services for business owners and home owners.

With his popular blog A Clear View Through Clean Windows, John shares his window cleaning expertise by addressing topics and answering questions that customers continually ask him during his day.  He also uses window cleaning pictures, inspirations and stories about his business to demonstrate the fundamentals for building a strong, healthy, thriving business.

John lives & works with his wife Cynthia in Redondo Beach, CA (she runs the business too!)

If you have a question or would like window cleaning services click Here or Call 310-973-3474 for a Free, on-site written estimate.