Keeping Children Safe in Cold Weather

1. Think layers. Put several layers of clothing on your child and make sure their head, neck and hands are covered. Dress babies and young children in one more layer than an adult would wear

2. Beware clothing hazards. Scarves and hood strings can strangle smaller children so use other clothing to keep them warm.

3. Check in on warmth. Tell children to come inside if they get wet or if they’re cold. Then keep watching them and checking in. They may prefer to continue playing outside even if they are wet or cold.

4. Prevent nosebleeds. If your child suffers from minor winter nosebleeds, use a cold air humidifier in their room. Saline nose drops can help keep their nose moist.

5. Watch for danger signs. Signs of frostbite are pale, grey or blistered skin on the fingers, ears, nose, and toes. If you think your child has frostbite bring the child indoors and put the affected area in warm (not hot) water. Signs of hypothermia are shivering, slurred speech, and unusual clumsiness. If you think your child has hypothermia call 9-1-1 immediately.

6. Use sunscreen. Children and adults can still get sunburn in the winter. Sun can reflect off the snow, so apply sunscreen.

7. Install alarms. More household fires happen during the winter so make sure you have smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your home.

8. Get equipped. Children should always wear helmets when snowboarding, skiing, sledding or playing ice hockey. Any sports equipment should be professionally fitted.

9. Teach technique. It takes time to master fun winter activities like sledding, so make sure children know how to do the activity safely.

10. Keep them hydrated. In drier winter air kids lose more water through their breath. Keep them drinking and try giving them warm drinks and soup for extra appeal.

 

 

 

Protecting Your Pets During The Winter Months

In many areas, winter is a season of bitter cold and numbing wetness. Make sure your four-footed family members stay safe and warm by following these simple guidelines:

  1. The best prescription for winter’s woes is to keep your dog or cat inside with you and your family. The happiest dogs are taken out frequently for walks and exercise but kept inside the rest of the time.
  2. Don’t leave pets outdoors when the temperature drops. During walks, short-haired dogs may feel more comfortable wearing a sweater.
  3. No matter what the temperature is, windchill can threaten a pet’s life. Pets are sensitive to severe cold and are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia during extreme cold snaps. Exposed skin on noses, ears and paw pads can quickly freeze and suffer permanent damage.

Happy New Year to one & all! Here is to a safe, healthy and claim-free 2016!

Holiday Candle Safety

While candles are beautiful to look at, they also can potentially cause home fires.  Remember that a candle is an open flame that can easily ignite anything that is flammable.

Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year from all of us at Dorian Agency!!

 

Key to Having a Safe Holiday

A few precautions from the National Safety Council can help keep your holidays accident free

  • Be sure the tree is anchored properly so it doesn’t topple over and injure small children or pets. If necessary, tie fishing line  to the top of the tree and attach it to a hook in the ceiling or wall.

  • Keep the tree away from fireplaces, radiators, heaters and stoves. And don’t put it in high-traffic areas where it likely to get knocked over.

  • Even if you choose an artificial tree that is labeled fire-resistant, still keep it away from heat and high-traffic areas.

  • Don’t put breakable ornaments on the lower part of the tree where children can get to them. And avoid ornaments that look like food or candy – younger children may be tempted to try to eat them.

  • Don’t put garlands around candles or near the fireplace.

  • Use no more than three light sets on any one extension cord. Extension cords should be placed against the wall to avoid tripping hazards but don’t put them under rugs.

  • Lights used outdoors should be weatherproofed and identified for that use only. The wiring on indoor lights isn’t designed to withstand the elements and may be damaged by snow or rain.

  • Don’t burn wrapping paper in the fireplace. It often contains metallic materials that can be toxic if burned.

  • Many holiday plants – including holly berries, mistletoe, Jerusalem cherry and amaryllis – can cause severe stomach problems if eaten. Put plants where children and pets can’t get to them and warn children never to heat houseplants.

Making The Trek To See Loved Ones

Many people will travel to visit loved ones for the holidays and the American Red Cross has travel tips holiday travelers can follow to arrive safely at their destination.

·  Make sure the vehicle is in good working order.

·  Start out with a full tank of gas, check the tire air pressure and make sure the windshield fluid is full.

·  Buckle up, slow down, don’t drive impaired. Designate a driver who won’t drink.

·  Be well rested and alert.

·  Use caution in work zones.

·  Give one’s full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones.

·  Observe speed limits – driving too fast or too slow can increase the chance of being in a collision.

·  Make frequent stops. During long trips, rotate drivers. If the driver is tired, stop and get some rest.

·  Be respectful of other motorists and follow the rules of the road.

·  Don’t follow another vehicle too closely.

·  Clean the vehicle’s headlights, taillights, signal lights and windows.

·  Turn the headlights on as dusk approaches, or if using windshield wipers due to inclement weather.

·  If car trouble develops, pull off the road as far as possible.

HAVE A SAFE & HAPPY HOLIDAY!!

 

 

Deep Frying Your Turkey This Year?

5 Tips for Deep Frying a Turkey This Thanksgiving

With a little common sense, though, you can safely enjoy that great taste and fast cooking time. Here are five tips for cooking a great deep-fried turkey — without doing any damage (except maybe to your waistline):

  1. Find a safe place to cook. Don’t ever set up a fryer any closer than 10 feet from your home, garage or any other structure. Make sure the area is flat to keep the fryer from tipping, and never put it on a deck or other flammable surface.
  2. Don’t use too much turkey. You don’t want to drop a 20-pound bird in your fryer; it’s just too big. Keep your turkey to 12 pounds or less, don’t stuff it and make sure it’s completely thawed and dry.
  3. Don’t use too much oil, either. When it comes to the oil, use something with a high smoke point (for example, canola or safflower) and do a test with water beforehand to figure out how much you need. Put the turkey in your fryer and fill with water until it is covered. Then take the turkey out and make a mental note of the water line — that’s how much oil to use. Be sure to dry everything completely after your test.
  4. Use caution when it’s time to cook. Don’t just drop the turkey into the fryer, unless you want to splash hot oil on yourself (bad) or the burner (even worse). Gently lower it into the oil, and then monitor everything as it’s cooking. Keep an eye on the oil temperature to make sure it doesn’t get too hot. Keep an eye on the clock, because you want your turkey to cook for about 3-5 minutes per pound. And, watch kids and pets so they don’t get too close to the fryer.
  5. Be prepared for disaster. If you’re cautious, the odds are you won’t need a fire extinguisher,  but   you should have one on hand anyway – a multi-purpose model with dry powder. Don’t ever spray water on a fryer fire. If you don’t have an extinguisher, either cover the oil or dump a large amount of baking soda on the blaze. And, if all else fails, call 911 – quickly.

Sitting in the Drive way is the Biggest Threat to Teens

Read this article – worth the time

I know times have changed but, parents don’t realize that this risk is significant. My parents did. We got “the lecture” whenever we got to take the car. 

I’m not trying to minimize the concerns noted. Certainly, drugs, alcohol, bullying, and Internet safety are major worries. But, with winter on it’s way, why not remind your customers about this very real risk?

TIME TO STASH THE BOAT AWAY FOR THE WINTER?

For boat enthusiasts everywhere, the end of boating season can be disappointing because on-the-water adventures are about to come to an end and the task of winterization is about to begin.

  • If possible, find a place to have your boat spend the winter out of water and well out of the way of inclement weather.
  • If you are storing your boat outdoors, check on the level of security. For example: Is there security personnel on duty? Is it a locked facility?
  • And if your boat will be exposed to the elements over the winter, make sure it is shrink-wrapped by a professional.
  • If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, the steps to winterizing your boat can be easily found via many online resources. Your boat’s owner’s manual also could be a great help, as most will include detailed winterization instructions.

    No matter where you get the details, you will ensure a better start come next boating season if you follow a comprehensive checklist now to get your boat ready for winter.

    Regardless of how you choose to prepare your prized watercraft for the frigid days of winter, we at Dorian agency, Ltd. hope you enjoy the cooler season as you await the return of spring!