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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
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Simple Home Safety Measures That Can Save Your Life

March 22, 2018 2:06 am

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there are more than 360,000 fires in homes each year, resulting in approximately 2,200 deaths and 11,000 emergency room-related injuries. Proper installation, operation, and maintenance of smoke alarms plays a significant role in reducing the risk of property damage, injuries, and death.

In addition to smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms are also essential. Carbon monoxide is known as an invisible killer due to the fact that it’s colorless and odorless. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, just 42 percent of households report having a working carbon monoxide alarm.

While changing the batteries in your smoke and CO alarms is the easiest way to ensure protection of your loved ones and your home in the event of a fire, the CPSC recommends taking these other safety measures:

- The CPSC recommends that smoke alarms be placed on every level of your home, outside sleeping areas and inside bedrooms.

- You can also install a smoke alarm that has a sealed-in battery that will last 10 years.

- Install both photoelectric and ionization smoke alarms.

- Carbon monoxide alarms should be installed on every level of the home and outside each sleeping area.

- Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms once a month to make sure they are working.

- Have a fire escape plan and practice it with your family.

- A smoke alarm can't save lives if everyone doesn't know what to do when it sounds. Have two ways to get out of each room and set a pre-arranged meeting place outside.

- Children and the elderly can sleep through the sound of a smoke alarm and not hear it go off, so a caregiver needs to be prepared to help others get out of the house.

- And remember, once you are out of the house, stay out. Do not be tempted to go back inside to retrieve belongings. Let firefighters take over at that point.

Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

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Solo Traveling for the Smart Woman

March 22, 2018 2:06 am

With more solo female travelers hitting the road these days, it's time to brush up on your smart, safe traveling tips. Below are a handful, provided by

Do your research. There are some places that are very welcoming for female travelers and others that should be visited with caution. When choosing your destination, it's a good practice to research local laws, customs, and travel advisories. This will come in handy when you're deciding where to go, where to stay, how to get around, and even what to pack.  

Talk to a travel agent. With all the information available online, sometimes reviewing your options can get overwhelming. A travel agent can help you sort through all of the flights, hotels, rental cars, and activities to find the best options for you. They can also help plan your entire itinerary from start to finish to ensure everything fits together perfectly. Some travel sites even have special phone-only deals that can help you save money. Talking to an agent might sound old-fashioned, but there's nothing wrong in working with an experienced travel professional to make sure you get the exact trip you want.

Be aware of your surroundings. Once you've selected where you want to go, study maps and travel guides on the places you plan to visit. Try to find out if there are any areas or neighborhoods that are considered unsafe or should be avoided by tourists. Knowing where you are will not only make you feel more comfortable, but it will also help you look more confident. The more confidence you have, the less vulnerable you will seem to anyone looking to take advantage of tourists.

Get outside of your comfort zone. Solo travel is a great time to really challenge yourself. Put your devices away and talk to someone you wouldn't normally talk to, go on an excursion you wouldn't normally go on, and embrace the fact that you are the sole decision maker and it is only your opinion that matters for the duration of the trip.


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