Christmas Tree Safety

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Christmas Tree Safety

This week we share tips on choosing/decorating your Christmas Tree from the city of Columbus, IN. Be sure to visit their site and read the full article!

For Fresh Trees:

-The fresher, the better. Buy the freshest tree possible, harvesting your own if available.

– Green & strong. Make sure the needles are bright green and do not come off the tree easily.

– Keep it watered. Water your tree every day to make sure it does not dry out. Do research on additives to keep your tree longer, stay away from “old wives’ tales” of additives to use as they may be harmful to the tree or to others.

 

For Artificial Trees:

– Rated for Safety. Make sure the tree is UL-Listed or the manufacturer certifies that the tree is flame-retardant/resistant.

– Check the Wires. If using a pre-lit tree, check the wiring to make sure there are no exposed wires and they do not get hot. Check the bulbs/sockets and replace as necessary

 

Decorating & Placement of Your Tree:

– Keep away from heat. Make sure the tree is at least 3 feet away from any heat source.

– Watch the placement. Check that the tree placement is not blocking an exit or in an area that could be potentially hazardous.

– Use proper lighting. Check the label and make sure you are using indoor or indoor/outdoor rated lighting. Don’t use “vintage” lights as they do not have the safety features of modern lights and could pose a fire hazard.

 

Visit the article at the Columbus, IN website for more tips on choosing & decorating your Christmas tree!

 

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Thanksgiving Safety Tips

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Thanksgiving Safety Tips

The US Fire administration claims that more than 4,000 fires happen each Thanksgiving Day. In order to help you avoid being one of the statistics, we found this article from Atlantic Training with tips on keep you and your loved ones safe while feasting at Thanksgiving.

– Never leave food unattended & if deep-frying, keep the fryer outside and away from walls & free from moisture

– Avoid fresh, stuffed turkeys. Buy your turkey a few days before you cook it and keep it in the fridge. If you happen upon a deal that is a week or so before, put the turkey in the freezer

– Properly defrost your turkey by keeping it in the fridge (every 4lbs needs 1 day to thaw), submerge turkey in cold water being sure to change the water every 30min, or use a microwave safe dish and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for thawing.

– Don’t pre-stuff your turkey, cook the stuffing/dressing separately to cut down on food poisoning.

– Leftovers can be safely eaten (if put away properly) for up to 3 days in the fridge. Or they can be frozen (if able to be frozen).
Be sure to visit Atlantic Training for more tips on helping to make your Thanksgiving safe & memorable.
Your pets need to be safe at Thanksgiving as well, check out this article from the ASPCA with tips on how to keep them safe.

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At M. Vander Plow Insurance Agency, we can work with you to make sure you’ve got the coverage you need, while at the same time using all possible credits and discounts to make that coverage affordable. Just give us a call at 616-396-1497 or send us a note at marsiljeins@gmail.com. We want to help you meet your goals, and make sure what’s important to you is protected!

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Winter Wellness Tips

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Winter Wellness Tips

Winter is here. With predictions of bitter cold and lots of snow, the struggle to stay healthy is even more important. We found an article from My Southern Health with tips on how to stay healthy during the winter cold & flu season:
– Wash Your Hands! It may seem obvious, but wash your hands before eating/handling food, after using the restroom, & especially after being out in public.

– Lower Your Stress. With the holiday season coinciding with cold & flu season, stress can reduce your body’s ability to fight infection. Take a break when you feel stressed, listen to some soothing music or meditate. Be sure to get plenty of sleep as well.

– Dress in Layers. Layering helps to keep you warm but also allows you to shed layers as the temperatures rise to avoid dehydration or heat stroke.

– Don’t Smoke. Smokers have a greater health risk because of tobacco use, & smoking can cause additional issues when dealing with colds & winter respiratory infections.

– Remain Active. Many people slow down during the winter because of the cold & snow outside. Take a stroll around a big box store, pop in an exercise DVD, do something to keep you active.
Be sure to check out the full article at My Southern Health for more tips on keeping healthy & safe during the winter months.

 

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At M. Vander Plow Insurance Agency, we can work with you to make sure you’ve got the coverage you need, while at the same time using all possible credits and discounts to make that coverage affordable. Just give us a call at 616-396-1497 or send us a note at marsiljeins@gmail.com. We want to help you meet your goals, and make sure what’s important to you is protected!

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Winter Car Prep

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Winter Car Prep

We don’t know where you live but winter is here in the Midwest. Some areas are reporting massive amounts of snow and that means it’s time to make sure your vehicle is prepared. We found an article from the NHTSA with tips not only for being safe on the road, but it also offers tips on how to prepare your vehicle for winter:

– Check the Battery. Make sure your battery is charging properly. Check the belts & cables to ensure they are working properly. Replace as necessary.

– Check those Lights. Make sure your headlights, taillights, turn signals, parking lights, & interior lights are in good working order.

– Check the Coolant. Make sure your coolant system is in good working order with no leaks. The coolant should be replaced according to the schedule in your owners manual. Be sure to use the right coolant mix for your vehicle & climate.

– Check the Windshield. Make sure your windshield is free of cracks/chips and replace as necessary. Check the front & rear defrosters to make sure they are in working order. Use de-icing windshield fluid and replace the wiper blades if they look worn/damaged/cracked.

– Check the Tires. Make sure the tread on your tires is within the guidelines in your owners manual and replace them if the tread is worn or damaged. Maintain proper tire pressure, going by your owners manual or the sticker on the door frame – DO NOT go by the pressure indicated on the tire itself!

 

Be sure to read the whole article from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for more tips on preparing your vehicle for winter!

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At M. Vander Plow Insurance Agency, we can work with you to make sure you’ve got the coverage you need, while at the same time using all possible credits and discounts to make that coverage affordable. Just give us a call at 616-396-1497 or send us a note at marsiljeins@gmail.com. We want to help you meet your goals, and make sure what’s important to you is protected!

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Halloween Pet Safety Tips

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Halloween Pet Safety Tips

 

Many people think about their child’s and other childrens’ safety when it comes to celebrating Halloween, but how many think of their pets? This week we shared some tips from an article at PetMD to help keep your pets safe during the Halloween holiday celebration.

– Keep Candy Out of Reach of Your Pet. Chocolate and candies containing xylitol can be deadly to your pet. Keep candy in sealable containers rather than the trick-or-treat bags.

– Keep Your Pet Indoors on Halloween. Leaving your pet outside during the holiday could allow the pet to be taunted/abused/killed or could cause the pet stress and they could react negatively. Be smart, keep them indoors.

– Keep Your Pet Secluded Indoors. Just as with the Fourth of July holiday, you want to minimize your pet’s exposure to loud sounds and lights. Put them in a back room with the lights turned down and soothing music to keep them calm.

– Keep the Glow Sticks Out of Reach. Even though most glow sticks are non-toxic, the taste of the material may make your pet ill or stress them out with the glow stains on their paws/face. Get them to drink water or a small meal to help get the taste out of their mouth.

– Keep the Display Vegetation Out of Reach. Pumpkins, gourds, & uncooked corn could cause intestinal issues for your pet if ingested in large pieces. They can also develop mold growth that could be toxic to them.

Be sure to check out the full article from Pet MD for the rest of these wonderful tips to keep your pets safe on the Halloween holiday.

 

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At M. Vander Plow Insurance Agency, we can work with you to make sure you’ve got the coverage you need, while at the same time using all possible credits and discounts to make that coverage affordable. Just give us a call at 616-396-1497 or send us a note at marsiljeins@gmail.com. We want to help you meet your goals, and make sure what’s important to you is protected!

 

 

 

 

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Fall Fire Safety Tips

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Fall Fire Safety Tips

October is National Fire Prevention Month, which makes sense because the nights are getting cooler and many will be turning on their furnaces or using their wood stove/fireplace for the first time of the season. We found tips from the Madisonville Fire Department’s website for keeping you, your loved ones, & your property safe:

– Inspect Furnace/Fireplace/Wood Stove. We mentioned this on a previous podcast, but it’s still good information to refresh your memory. Have your furnace/fireplace/wood stove inspected each year before you turn it on. This is to ensure that there are no dangers present. Make sure you use a certified/qualified person to do the inspection.

– Use Space Heaters Sparingly. Space heaters should not be the only source of heat in the house. If you use space heaters as supplemental heat, be sure to inspect them for any damage to the unit or electrical cord before use. Keep an area of 3-4ft clear around the heater & never allow the heater to remain on when you go to bed or leave the house.

– Leaf Burning Safety. Check with your local authorities for information on burning leaves in your area. Never leave a pile of burning leaves alone & keep a fire extinguisher or other means to snuff out the fire nearby.

– Check Those Detectors. Check the batteries in your smoke detectors & carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are fully-charged and in good working order. Vacuum & clean as necessary, dust/dirt build up can affect the performance of the detector.

 

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At M. Vander Plow Insurance Agency, we can work with you to make sure you’ve got the coverage you need, while at the same time using all possible credits and discounts to make that coverage affordable. Just give us a call at 616-396-1497 or send us a note at marsiljeins@gmail.com. We want to help you meet your goals, and make sure what’s important to you is protected!

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