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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
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8 Ways to Childproof Windows

May 7, 2015 12:30 am

Open windows can be dangerous any time of year, especially when children are unsupervised. To protect children from window hazards, the Window Safety Task Force recommends the following tips.

1. When young children are around, keep windows closed and locked.

2. When opening a window for ventilation, use those located out of a child’s reach. For example, the upper sash of a double hung window.

3. Avoid placing furniture near windows to prevent young children from climbing.

4. Don’t allow children to jump on beds or other furniture to help reduce potential falls.

5. Don’t rely on insect screens to prevent a window fall. Insect screens are designed to keep bugs out, not to keep children in the home.

6. Supervise children to keep child’s play away from windows, balconies or patio doors. Keep play in the center of a room, if possible.

7. Install safety-compliant devices designed to limit how far a window will open or window guards (with quick-release mechanisms in case of fire) to help prevent a fall.

8. Teach your child how to safely use a window to escape during an emergency, such as a fire.

Source: National Safety Council

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Moving? How to Avoid Scams, Theft and More

May 7, 2015 12:30 am

The Census Bureau estimates there are three million moves from state to state each year, with 800,000 of those moves handled by professional movers. But those who rely on a professional are at a greater risk for scams and imposters pretending to be a moving company.

“Hiring a professional mover is a smart decision that saves time and effort while providing the best protection for your household goods,” says Scott Michael, president and CEO of the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA). But how do you know you’re getting a fair, honest deal from your chosen moving company?

1. Do your research.
Get at least three written, in-home estimates so you can make an informed decision. Show the mover everything that needs to be moved, from the attic to the basement and including any sheds, garages and storage areas. Avoid any unusually high or low estimates. If someone says they can give you an estimate over the phone or by email, it’s possible they’re trying to scam you.

2. Know your rights. Reputable interstate movers must, by law, provide you with federal publications that explain the moving process, as well as your rights and responsibilities during and after the process. Interstate movers also must provide the cost of full-value protection insurance for your possessions in their estimates. If a mover asks for a large down payment or full payment in advance, that may be a warning sign. And if a company says it won’t return your items to you without more money than you agreed to pay, contact the Better Business Bureau or local law enforcement for help.

3. Get all agreements in writing. Read everything carefully and make sure you have it all in writing, along with copies of everything you sign, especially the most important document—the bill of lading, which is the receipt for your goods and the contract for their transportation. Never sign any blank forms.

4. Take your valuables with you. Cash, coins, jewelry, photographs and important papers should be taken with you or shipped separately. Use a shipping service with tracking numbers, such as FedEx or UPS.

5. Ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about anything you don’t understand. If the moving company can’t or won’t answer your questions, you might want to look for another mover.

Source: AMSA

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