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John F. O'Hara
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Gifting a Toy This Year? 6 Safety Tips

December 2, 2015 1:33 am

Over 1.5 billion toys and games sold in the United States are purchased during the holidays—but many, unfortunately, present safety hazards to children. If you’re planning to gift a toy or game to a child this season, keep in mind the guidelines recommended by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Magnets, for instance, can be dangerous to children, especially high-powered magnet sets with small magnets. Though magnetic toys are covered by a strong safety standard, building and play sets should be kept away from children.

Deflated balloons and balloon strings can also be hazardous. The CPSC advises keeping balloons away from children younger than eight years old, and discarding torn balloons immediately.

In addition, riding toys, skateboards and in-line skates can lead to accidents. Helmets and other safety gear should be worn properly at all times, and they should be sized to fit. Children should avoid riding scooters on streets or roadways.

For toys that require batteries, charging should always be supervised by adults. Chargers and adapters can pose thermal burn hazards to young children if left unattended. Heed instructions and warnings on battery chargers—some lack any mechanism to prevent overcharging. 

Keep in mind that toys designed for older children should never be given to those younger than the product’s recommended age.
 
Lastly, avoid gifting toy sets with small parts to children three years of age and younger—they present choking hazards and can lead to serious injury.

Source: CPSC

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5 Property Protection Steps to Weather El Niño

December 2, 2015 1:33 am

Wet weather is on the way for several regions that stand to be impacted by El Niño. If your area expects to experience the effects of this phenomenon, now is the time to prepare your home and surrounding property.

Dave Hoffman, owner of slope repair firm Groundforce Crew, Inc., says homeowners should pay special attention to slopes, drainage areas and sea walls, if applicable. Hoffman also recommends:

• Having candles and flashlights in your home in the event of power outage, which happened often during the last major El Niño. If power is typically out for a few days in your area, consider installing a generator to preserve food.

• Removing trash from drainage areas around the yard and cleaning out all storm drains. Clear out gutters on your roof, too, so water doesn't collect. 

• Bracing for heavy winds. Have your trees trimmed to cut down on wind resistance and falling debris. In addition, bring in your summer umbrellas and other lawn furniture that can cause damage if they become airborne.

• Picking up sandbags at your local firehouse, filling them with sand from the beach and having them ready if your property is prone to flooding.

Source: Groundforce Crew

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