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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
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Preparedness Month Reminders Can Protect You Year-Round

September 5, 2016 1:09 am


September is National Preparedness Month—but as a homeowner, it's important to be prepared year-round. This year, we're passing on some tips to weather a power outage with minimal damage to the appliances and electrical systems in your home, courtesy of Eversource Energy:

Build an emergency kit with essential items to meet the needs of your family, including a first-aid kit. (Visit Ready.gov/Build-a-Kit to get started.)

Fill several large containers with water for drinking; if necessary, fill your bathtub so you have water to flush the toilet.

Fill up the tank. You may need to travel at a moment's notice—and your car can also keep you warm, so long as you keep it well-ventilated and don’t sleep while it's running. Purchase extra if you own a gas-powered generator.

Have adequate medical supplies and prescriptions for yourself and your pets.

List emergency numbers near a phone (landline, since cordless phones don’t work during outages) and in your mobile phone, including numbers for the Red Cross, your local fire and police departments, and your doctor.

Keep batteries, candles, flashlights and matches on hand throughout the house.

Prepare to cook outside. Use a charcoal or propane grill, or even a camping cook stove, if the power goes out. Never bring a grill inside!

Stock up on non-perishables, such as canned goods and pet food.

Turn the temperature controls on your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting to keep food cold as long as possible in the event of a power outage.
 

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Stress Less…on a Spur-of-the-Moment Trip?

September 2, 2016 1:06 am


Preparing to vacation can be stressful—determining what to bring, delegating tasks while you’re away…it can make you forget why you were getting away in the first place!

A recently released report reveals the least stressful trips are the ones we don’t plan for—those last-minute excursions that leave us little time to prepare. The report, by Booking.com, states spontaneous trips “boost happiness” and “reduce stress,” and can even make us “more productive at work.”

Most spontaneous trips, according to the report, occur at the end of summer, while some occur when severe weather threatens or over school holidays.

One of the most fun parts of a spontaneous trip? The “hotel room ritual,” the report found. Last-minute travelers say the first thing they do when they enter a hotel room is:

• Check Out the Bathroom/Shower (48 percent)
• Admire the View (47 percent)
• Jump on the Bed (22 percent)
• Scope Out the Mini-Bar (8 percent)
• Take a Selfie (5 percent)

When was your last spontaneous trip? Do you have a hotel room ritual?

Source: Booking.com
 

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