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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
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Are You Ready for Winter's Worst?

December 25, 2015 2:12 am

As sure as winter follows fall, winter storms aren't far behind, either. Take time to review a number of important reminders to keep you, your family and home safe during winter storms. Let's review a handy pre-storm prep list recently released by the multi-state utility Eversource Energy:

During/After a Storm

- Be attentive to severe weather warnings.

- Leave your home if authorities order an evacuation, especially if your home is in an area that floods easily.
In frigid weather, if your power is likely to be out for more than a few days, you may want to call your plumber and ask about draining your home’s water pipes so they don’t freeze and burst.

- Your automobile is a good place to charge your cell phone or stay warm during a storm, as long as you keep it well ventilated and don’t go to sleep while the motor is running.

- You can always cook outside on a grill or camping cook-stove. However, never bring grills inside!

- Foods in your refrigerator and freezer should be consumed quickly, particularly in the event of a potentially lengthy outage, before they have a chance to spoil. If the temperature is cold enough outside, food can always be placed in a cooler outside to prevent it from spoiling.

- If you don’t have surge protectors or suppressors, unplug your sensitive equipment. Voltage irregularities can occur for any number of reasons during or after a storm, especially if there has been damage on or near your home. The safest thing to do is to unplug any sensitive electrical devices (TV, VCR, stereo, microwave, computer, answering machine, garage door opener, etc.).

- After a storm, Eversource advises you to stay away from downed wires and trees that might have wires caught in them. Report any downed wire you may see to your local electric utility or call 911 Assume all downed wires are “live” and stay away.

- Stay clear of all fallen tree limbs and electrical wires as well as anything they are touching such as puddles and metal fences.

- If you’re in a vehicle and downed wires are on the car or across the road, stay in your car until emergency crews arrive to handle the energized wires.

- It is safe to use a cell phone while inside your car.

- Don't drive over downed lines, and if a downed line is in or near water, keep your distance from the water, even a little puddle.

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Home for the Holidays: Travelers Top 100 Million in Record-Breaking Year

December 24, 2015 12:12 am

For the first time on record, the number of year-end holiday travelers will top 100 million, with nearly one in three expected to travel during the peak period of Wednesday, December 23 to Sunday, January 3, AAA estimates.

“The holidays are a time for joining with friends and family, and the record number of people traveling this holiday should make for a joyous travel season,” says AAA President and CEO Marshall Doney. “Rising incomes and low gas prices are helping to fill stockings, and more people than ever will choose to spend those savings on travel this year.”

How will the masses migrate? Most will make the journey by car, with more than 90 million set to drive to their respective destinations. Just below 6 million travelers will fly, and slightly more than 3 million travelers will use other modes of transportation, including cruises, trains and buses.

The national average price for a gallon of gasoline is expected to fall below $2 by Christmas.

Source: AAA

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