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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
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4 Ways to Alleviate Pet Allergies

April 23, 2015 1:45 am

With over 100 million pets in the U.S. alone, it’s easy to see why so many experience chronic pet allergies. Whether they know it or not, one in six Americans is allergic to cats, dogs or both.

A combination of environmental and genetic factors determines who is prone to pet allergies, which can manifest at any time. Experts know, however, that long-term, cumulative exposure to household pets is a common denominator. In other words, living around animals will eventually trigger allergy symptoms in those with even mild sensitivity.

Contrary to popular belief, no amount of cleaning can eliminate animal allergens, but a proactive strategy can reduce allergens to tolerable levels, say the experts at all-natural product provider Amazing Solutions. Here’s how:
  • For new cat owners, spay or neuter your feline friends as soon as possible to reduce the production of allergy-provoking proteins in both males and females.
  • Groom your canine companion after particularly active days. Excitement or stress can cause more allergens.
  • Cat owners should moisten their pet's fur before grooming sessions – the moisture helps to deactivate allergens.
  • All pet owners should regularly bathe and shampoo pets – doing so can reduce airborne cat allergens by 50 percent and dog allergens by over 80 percent.


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Be Cautious when Mounting TVs over Fireplaces

April 23, 2015 1:45 am

In many homes today, it’s a common practice to hang a flat screen television above the hearth. While it may be appealing aesthetically, homeowners must be cautious when considering installing a TV above the fireplace, says the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). Keep safety in mind with these tips.

Review your fireplace and chimney venting system. Some popular models of natural gas logs are designed to be vent-free, and this means high levels of heat can be radiating out from the appliance. Heat and TVs don’t mix.

Check your fireplace opening for discoloration. Discoloration means some potentially hazardous byproducts of combustion are entering your home, rising above your fireplace opening and putting them into direct contact with you and your TV. 

Consider industry safety standards when hiding cables.
National building codes recommend a minimum of two inches clearance between combustible electrical wires and a fireplace or chimney appliance. It’s important that you carefully review mounting instructions when hanging your flat screen to reduce risk as much as possible. If you have professional installers doing the work, make sure you understand their plans for the cable and electrical wires connected to the set.

Source: CSIA

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