Back to School Safety Tips


  • Slow down and obey all traffic laws and speed limits.   The speed limit in Ohio and Kentucky is 20 mph in a school zone.  Law enforcement has once again stepped up in school zones.  Not only will you be protecting the children, you will be protecting your wallet.  I have checked with the local police departments and a school zone speeding citation will cost you between $145 and $250.


  • Red overhead flashing lights, accompanied by an extended stop arm, tell you the school bus is stopped to load or unload children. State law requires you to stop at least 20 feet from the front or rear of a school bus when red lights are flashing and not proceed until the school bus resumes motion or until signaled by the school bus driver to proceed.


  • Be Alert and ready to stop. Prepare to stop for a school bus when overhead yellow lights are flashing. Drive with caution if you see the yellow hazard warning lights flashing on a moving or stopped bus. Watch for children walking in the street, especially where there are no sidewalks. Watch for children playing and gathering near bus stops. Watch for children arriving late for the bus, who may dart into the street without looking for traffic. When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch for children walking or biking to school.



  • If your child rides a bus, have them at the bus stop five minutes prior to the buses arrival.


  • Help your children learn and practice the safety rules for walking, bicycling, or riding in a car or bus. Be a good role model, especially when you are with your children. Always buckle up in your car, always wear a helmet when biking and always follow pedestrian rules.


  • Supervise young children walking or biking to school or as they wait at the school bus stop.



  • If they ride a school bus, teach and practice the safety rules for waiting at the bus stop, getting on and off the bus, and riding the bus. If they walk to school, teach and practice the safety rules for pedestrians.  Always cross at crosswalks or corner to corner. Obey all traffic lights or crossing guard instructions.


  • Buckle up when riding in a car and ride in the back seat. It’s the safest place for young people. Be a good role model for your younger brothers, sisters and friends and help them learn and practice safety rules.
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Carbon Footprint

What is a carbon footprint?

The total amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly and indirectly support human activities, usually expressed in equivalent tons of carbon dioxide (CO2). In other words: When you drive a car, the engine burns fuel which creates a certain amount of CO2, depending on its fuel consumption and the driving distance. (CO2 is the chemical symbol for carbon dioxide). When you heat your house with oil, gas or coal, then you also generate CO2. Even if you heat your house with electricity, the generation of the electrical power may also have emitted a certain amount of CO2. When you buy food and goods, the production of the food and goods also emitted some quantities of CO2. Your carbon footprint is the sum of all emissions of CO2 (carbon dioxide), which were induced by your activities in a given time frame. Usually a carbon footprint is calculated for the time period of a year. For each (US) gallon of gasoline fuel consumed, 19 lbs of carbon dioxide (CO2) is emitted.

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Going Green

The wave of GREEN building has arrived. Our team at D.A.G. has put a sustainability plan into action. Accounting has implemented their new “paperless” invoice approval system through Computer Ease. The new accounting procedure reduces the need to pass around the job invoices from Accounting – Operations – Jobsite & Back. The program will allow Project Managers to approve or reject invoices, code, and even put a “comment” on the invoice to bring attention to a particular fee to the accountant. The program will allow invoices to be routed within the company without the actual shuffling of paper. The best part of this program is that the delivery ticket for the invoice can be attached “paperless” if turned in promptly. Several of our current projects are LEED projects. We are the construction manager on the first LEED Silver School in Ohio. We are fortunate to have many accredited professionals on our staff.

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BIM Integration

One of the new buzz words in the construction industry is BIM. BIM stands for Building Information Modeling. It’s the latest technology software program that integrates the architectural drawings from the design firms with the shop drawings from our subcontractors. This new technology allows the contractor to generate elevations & sections directly from a 3D Model. This 3D building model allows the viewer to identify design issues at a much earlier stage in a project, resolving them before they become potentially expensive change orders. Take for instance this example. D.A.G. has been awarded a school gymnasium project. The gym consists of tilt wall panels and structural steel joists as shown here in the picture. The structural drawings show the tilt wall panel openings and the locations of the structural steel joists that span the width of the building. The mechanical drawings show that the Ductwork spans the length of the building penetrating the tilt wall to access the mechanical room. Utilizing the BIM software DAG would be able to input the ductwork shop drawings with the structural steel shop drawings to make sure there is no conflict in the size of duct that is to be installed in between the webbing of the joists.

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