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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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10 Pool Safety Tips

August 18, 2015 12:15 am

Safety is crucial in and near water, especially around pools. Whether you plan to splash down in a community pool or enjoy your pool at home, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) strongly advisers pool users to follow these guidelines to prevent accident or injury.

1. Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim.

2. Install a four-foot or taller fence around the entire perimeter of the pool and use self-closing and self-latching gates. Ask your neighbors to do the same at their pools.

3. Never leave a child unattended in or near a pool or spa, and always watch your children closely around all bodies of water.

4. Designate a “Water Watcher” to supervise children in the pool or spa. This person should not be reading, texting, using a smartphone or be otherwise distracted. Adults can take turns being a Water Watcher.

5. If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first.

6. Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments.

7. Ensure any public pool and spa you use has drain covers that comply with federal safety requirements. If you are unsure, ask the pool manager if the facility complies with the “VGB Act.”

8. Learn how to perform CPR on children and adults, and update those skills regularly.

9. Install and use a lockable safety cover on your spa.

10. Have lifesaving equipment such as a life ring, float or fiberglass reaching pole available and accessible.

Source: CPSC.gov

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5 Tips for Hiring a Contractor

August 18, 2015 12:15 am

It is no secret summer is the more popular time of year to complete a home remodel. In fact, remodeling contractor queries on Angie’s List in June, July and August total one-third of all remodeling contractor queries in the other nine months of the year. The most popular remodeling projects, per Angie’s List data, include kitchen, bathroom and bedroom overhauls, updated lighting, and expanded closets and pantries.

According to Angie Hicks, co-founder of Angie’s List, hiring too quickly for a home remodeling project can lead to serious consequences. To ensure you hire the right professional for your project, Hicks advises:

• Researching 5 to 10 potential companies to determine local reputation, how well their work stands the test of time, and if they specialize in the work you want done;

• Getting at least three written estimates to compare costs and timeliness;

• Verifying applicable trade license, bonding and insurance status;

• Insisting on a payment schedule tied to project progress and keeping at least 10 percent back until the job is complete to your satisfaction;

• Including the payment schedule and a termination clause in your written contract that allows you to walk away easier if terms are not met.

Source: Angie’s List

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