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Poisoning Prevention
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December 12, 2016


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Articles: Home Tips

Spring Clean Up....

April 17, 2017

We tend to focus so much on getting the tasks done that we don't pay attention to safety.

5 Simple Tips For Spring Cleaning:

*Wear a mask when cleaning dusty areas - This may seem like overkill to some, but if you are at all allergic to dust this tip is very important.

*Be safe while on ladders and step stools. - Do not lean too far to either side. A good rule of thumb is that your belly button should not go beyond the sides of the ladder.  Also, make sure that the rungs are not wet, and you are wearing non skid shoes.

*Put away all your cleaning supplies when you are done. - When you finally finish your spring cleaning tasks for the day it is easy to say to yourself, "I'll put these away later," or "I am just going to use these again tomorrow, so I'm keeping them out." Cleaning supplies are an attractive nuisance for our children and pets, something inviting that they should definitely not be getting into.

*Do not leave buckets filled with water around your home. - Even if you need to take a quick break make sure you empty that cleaning bucket, or at least put it in an inaccessible area. Even small amounts of water are a drowning hazard for small children.

*Ventilate, ventilate, ventilate your work area when using strong cleaning products and keep kids and pets away from the work area.


Categories: Home Tips, Safety,

Poisoning Prevention

January 31, 2017

Every day, over 300 children in the United States ages 0 to 19 are treated in an emergency department, and two children die, as a result of being poisoned. 

Key Prevention Tips

Lock them up and away. 
Keep medicines and toxic products, such cleaning solutions and detergent pods, in their original packaging where children can’t see or get them.

Know the number. 
Put the nationwide poison control center phone number, 1-800-222-1222, on or near every telephone in your home and program it into your cell phone. Call the poison control center if you think a child has been poisoned but they are awake and alert; they can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 911 if you have a poison emergency and your child has collapsed or is not breathing.

Read the label. 
Follow label directions carefully and read all warnings when giving medicines to children.

Don’t keep it if you don’t need it. 
Safely dispose of unused, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs and over the counter drugs, vitamins, and supplements. To dispose of medicines, mix them with coffee grounds or kitty litter and throw them away. You can also turn them in at a local take-back program or during National Drug Take-Back events

Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Categories: Home Tips, Safety,

How Does a Little Flame Become so Dangerous?...

December 28, 2016

There’s a special beauty and tranquility to candles, but a lighted candle is also a potential fire hazard if not carefully monitored.  The winter holidays and New Year’s Eve are peak times for candle fires, so be sure to exercise caution when celebrating with open flames.                                                      

  • Place lighted candles where they won’t be knocked over by children, pets or anyone else.
  • Always keep burning candles within sight, and always extinguish them before leaving the room or going to sleep.
  • Keep candles away from curtains, clothing, books, and other combustible items.
  • Use durable candle holders that are big enough to collect wax drippings and don’t tip over easily.
  • Trim candle wicks to one-quarter inch, and maintain this wick length throughout the candle’s life.

A study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission suggests that 85 percent of candle fires could be avoided if consumers followed basic safety rules as mentioned above.

As Always - All homes should be equipped with working smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.


Categories: Fire Prevention, Home Tips, Safety,

Tis the Season...

December 12, 2016

With Christmas and New Year’s right around the corner many people are getting ready for their annual holiday parties.  However, hosts need to take steps to limit their liability before the party begins.

  • Provide plenty of outdoor lighting so guests see the walk-ways.
  • Keep pathways and steps clear of snow/ice to prevent falling.
  • Never leave cooking food unattended on the stove or outside grill.
  • Encourage guests to pick a designated driver who will refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages.
  • Have non-alcoholic beverages available.
  • Be a responsible host/hostess. Limit your own alcohol intake so that you will be better able to judge your guests’ sobriety.

Whether you are hanging out with a small group of friends for cocktails or throwing a big family bash, remember that a good host is a responsible host, and needs to take steps to ensure their guests' safety. 

Have a wonderful and safe holiday season!


Categories: Home Tips, Liability, Property Maintenance,

The 12 Days of Christmas Safety!

November 29, 2016

Ahhh Christmas, it's just around the corner and many are scrambling to get everything done. Here's a few safety tips for your holiday season.

  1. Clean your Chimney.
  2. Make sure your outdoor lights are meant for outdoor use.
  3. Don’t leave cooking food unattended.
  4. Turn off all indoor & outdoor lights before going to bed.
  5. Use flameless candles.                                                            
  6. Always have a working fire extinguisher in the house.
  7. Use safe ladder practices when hanging lights.
  8. Keep trees away from any heat source.
  9. Do not overload electrical circuits or extension cords.
  10. Turn off Christmas lights before leaving the house.
  11. Keep sidewalks & steps clear to prevent slip & falls.
  12. Watch for exposed nails, wires or low hanging rafters when getting decorations out of the attic.


Categories: Fire Prevention, Home Tips, Safety,

Prevent Halloween Accidents With These Tips:

October 12, 2016

Halloween is a fun time for children to dress up in costumes for a bit of make-believe. 

Whether you are transforming your home into a haunted house or simply handing out candy to your neighborhood ghouls and goblins, a quick safety check will help ensure a happy night of haunting.

The following 6 Tips will assure Halloween home safety...

  • Create a Clear Path – Make sure the path from your driveway or the sidewalk to the front door is free from obstructions or hazards so that visitors don’t stumble and injure themselves. 
  • Confine Your Pets – The constant excitement of young children ringing the doorbell is simply too much for many pets.
  • Keep the Lights On – If you have a long driveway or walkway, turn on your regular outdoor lights so trick-or-treaters can easily see the path to the door.  You will not only help avoid a liability claim, but you’ll deter burglars who are always less inclined to approach a well-lit home.
  • Avoid Open Flames – While candles and luminaries set the spooky mood on Halloween, they can easily be overturned and result in homeowners’ insurance claims for fire damage.  Consider light sticks and battery-powered lanterns instead.
  • Jack-o-Lantern Safety – Lit Jack-o-Lantern’s may add a spooky glow to your home, but they also pose a fire hazard.  Trick-or-treaters can easily knock over the lit candles lining your front walk, injuring themselves and potentially starting a fire. Avoid fire damage claims by using a battery-powered light in your pumpkin.
  • Home Security – If you will be away from home during Halloween, don’t forget to set your security alarm system before you go. This is a prime time of year for mischief and burglaries. 

Categories: Home Tips, Liability, Safety,

It's Pool Season

June 15, 2016

POOL AND SPA DRAIN SAFETY

An entrapment occurs when a person, or an object attached to a person, is sucked onto a pool or spa drain and becomes stuck by the drain’s force.

BE AWARE:  5 TYPES OF ENTRAPMENT

Hair Entrapment

  • Hair can become entangled in an improperly covered drain.

Limb Entrapment

  • Arms or legs can get lodged and may not be able to be pulled free from an improperly covered drain, even if the pumps are turned off.

Body Entrapment

  • Any part of the body that covers a drain can be held down by the suction.

Evisceration

  • Sitting on a drain with suction or a broken or missing cover can cause injuries or disembowelment.

Mechanical Entrapment

  • Fingers, toes, as well as jewelry or a bathing suit can become entangled.

If a drain cover becomes loose or falls off, shut down the pool or spa immediately.  No one should enter the pool or spa area until its repaired by a licensed maintenance professional. Install an emergency pump shutoff system and anti-entrapment drain covers on your pool systems.  Pool and spa safety drain covers are an important safety step and are required by law.        


Categories: Home Tips, Property Maintenance, Safety,

Hurricane Season 06/01/16 – 11/30/2016

June 8, 2016

The Atlantic hurricane season is now underway. The season runs June 1, 2016 – November 30, 2016.  Severe weather events are not just limited to hurricanes along the East Coast; they can occur in every state.

Tropical storms rarely make landfall in New York, although it is common for remnants of these storms to produce heavy rainfall and flooding.  Even areas well away from the coastline can be threatened by dangerous flooding, destructive winds and tornadoes from these storms.   We’d like to remind you of the need to make sure that you are prepared in the case of natural disasters.  

Preparing Your Property    

  • Hurricane winds can cause trees and branches to fall, so before the threat, trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to keep you and your property safe.
  • Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property.
  • Reduce property damage by inspecting the roof, windows and doors, including the garage doors to make sure they are secure and in need of no repairs.
  • Purchase a portable generator or install a generator for use during power outages.
  • Put together a disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate.
  • Call your insurance agent to make sure you have enough insurance to repair or even replace your home or business.  Remember, standard homeowners/business owners insurance doesn’t cover flooding.  You’ll need a separate policy for it.

Categories: Home Tips, Property Maintenance,

Protect Your Home While on Vacation.

April 18, 2016

After you have packed your bags and planned your itinerary, you still need to consider how to best protect your home while on vacation.

  • Hire a House – or Pet- Sitter.
  • Stop mail/newspaper delivery.
  • Lock ALL of your doors and windows.
  • Invest in timers that turn on the interior lights for a few hours every evening.
  • Put a bar on your sliding glass door.
  • Install a home security system or even just exterior lights that run on timers.
  • Don't post your vacation plans for the whole world to see.

Categories: Home Tips, Property Maintenance,
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