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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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Avoiding Exposure to Laundry Chemicals

September 9, 2015 12:51 am

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), nearly 30,000 children have been exposed to the toxic contents of liquid laundry packets. Children often are attracted to the colors and texture of the packets. With just a small amount of liquid or saliva, the concentrated detergent in the liquid soluble capsules can be released.

Like all medicines and household chemicals, laundry packets should be stored in their original packaging and placed up and out of a child’s reach and sight. To prevent unintentional exposure to the packet’s contents, the CPSC advises liquid laundry packet users to the following:

• Do not let children handle laundry packets.

• Do not puncture or take packets apart.

• Do not leave loose packets around. Keep them stored securely in the container.

• Store laundry packets in their original containers, out of a child’s sight and reach.

• Keep containers closed and dry.

• Read and follow package warnings and instructions.

• Call Poison Help (800-222-1222) immediately if a child swallows or is exposed to the chemicals.

Source: CPSC

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First-Time Buyers: 7 Home Service Contract Tips

September 9, 2015 12:51 am

As an additional incentive, an increasing number of home sellers are purchasing home service contracts on behalf of buyers, according to the National Home Service Contract Association (NHSCA). For first-time buyers benefitting from these contracts, it’s important to:

1. Review the home service contract to be sure you understand all terms and conditions. Home service contracts generally provide service, repair or replacement for items such as dishwashers, ovens, disposers, electrical and plumbing systems, and most importantly, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC).

2. Maintain all appliances and household systems to keep them in efficient operating order. You will benefit from uninterrupted service as well as potential energy savings.

3. Request optional coverage if you feel you may need coverage on items not typically specified under the standard coverage, such as a swimming pool, septic tank or spa.

4. Keep a copy of your contract easily accessible and post the provider’s toll-free service number in a visible location, like the refrigerator door.

5. Call your contract provider at the first sign of trouble. Do not call a repair contractor directly. One of the benefits of your home service contract is that your provider works with a network of prequalified and licensed contractors in your area. If a breakdown (such as a lack of water or heat) poses an actual risk to your health or safety, most providers will work to expedite emergency repairs.

6. Follow up
with your provider if for some reason you are not satisfied with the service provided. They will work with you to resolve your concern.

7. Note
when your contract expires. For your convenience, many companies will provide automatic renewal of your contract. If you do not wish to renew, contact your provider right away to exercise your cancellation rights.

Source: NHSCA

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