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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
Phone:  610-277-4060
Office:  215-643-3200
Cell:  267-481-1786
Fax:  267-354-6973

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Big Push to Protect Children with HUD's Lead-Free Toolkit

June 28, 2016 12:45 am

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is working to better protect children from lead-based paint hazards in the home, recently launching The Lead-Safe Homes, Lead-Free Kids Toolkit for families living in HUD-assisted housing. Lead poisoning’s effects are irreversible, and even low levels of lead in a young child can have long-term, devastating consequences.

Announced earlier this summer at the HUD/National Environmental Health Association annual conference, this comprehensive toolkit offers both immediate actions and a long-term vision to address lead in homes.

One of its major components is providing increased resources for families to identify and respond to lead poisoning. This component will connect HUD-assisted housing residents with early education, nutrition programs, counseling and tutoring to combat the impacts of lead exposure; create a mechanism for housing advocates assisting HUD residents to report potential violations of HUD’s lead safety regulations; and launch an online clearinghouse of information for HUD residents about lead hazards, safety and their rights.

HUD recently rolled out the Healthy Homes Basics app, designed to raise awareness about health and safety concerns in the home and offer steps consumers can take to protect themselves. The app is available via Apple iTunes and Google Play.

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5 Hurricane Safety Tips

June 28, 2016 12:45 am

Hurricane season is upon residents in coastal areas around the country, but there are months to go before season’s end. There’s still time to prepare!

Your short list should include the following tasks:

1. Assemble an emergency kit. Set aside provisions of non-perishable food and water, a battery-powered radio, a first-aid kit, a flashlight (with extra batteries), hand tools and a whistle.

2. Gas up. Fill up your tank, provided it is still safe to travel ahead of the storm.

3. Set a plan for your household. Take time to discuss a communication and/or evacuation plan with the members of your household. Decide how best to contact each other in the event of a power outage. Charge all mobile devices—and keep them charged—in the time leading up to the storm.

4. Know your local disaster protocols. Familiarize yourself with your area’s evacuation routes, shelters and any other contingency plans—you may not be able to access this information once a storm hits.

5. Install a backup power source. Set up a portable or whole-home standby generator to keep lights on and necessary appliances operational. Never run a portable generator inside the home, even in an attached garage—this can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Source: Generac Power Systems, Inc.

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