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Spring Cleaning - Spring Begins

With the start of Spring, it is now time to focus on getting our homes ready for the season.  Here’s a quick list of tasks recommended to launch spring properly.

  • Test batteries in all your smoke detectors
  • Vacuum windows blinds
  • Dust ceiling fans and light features
  • Defrost freezer and refrigerator
  • Clean oven 
  • Clean behind and beneath refrigerator
  • Disinfect phone and all surfaces
  • Wash bedding and pillows
  • Rotate mattress

The list goes on and on, but this is a good start.  

Daylight Savings Time

Daylight Savings is this Sunday – don’t forget to set you clock forward.  Looks like you you lose an hour of sleep.  Some people have trouble adjusting to the one hour change.  It is recommended that you keep your schedule and get seven to eight hours of sound sleep and go to bed a little early the night before.  If your sleep cycle is out of whack, driving can be a bad idea.  One study showed that fatal traffic accidents increase the Monday after both time changes.  

Source:  MedicalWest   

Protect Your Phone Data

With all the data that is on your phone, there are quite a few tech makers who do not protect your privacy.  So what do you do?  Here are some tips from Firefox:

  • Adjust your phone permissions to prevent apps from accessing your information
  • Change your phone’s name
  • Clean up your apps – especially your old apps – from your phone’s homescreen

These simple tips along with security software can help you in protecting your phone, your name, and your personal information.

Source: Firefox

Why the Surge in Car Thefts

A puzzling invitation to auto theft is increasingly sitting in the unoccupied car's cup holder—the key fob. After many years of car theft declines arising from improved technology, we are now seeing a surge in this unfortunate crime. This spree, worsened perhaps by the pandemic, can be attributed to largely one factor: human carelessness. No hot wire is needed!

Saturday is National Love Your Pet Day

This weekend is the perfect time to thank your pets for their companionship especially during these times when you are stuck at home with restricted activities.  They are there with undying love and ready to put a smile on your face.

Give them an extra treat to celebrate.

 

 

Happy Valentine's Day

If you are planning on giving a keepsake at Valentine's Day, we want to remind you to obtain insurance coverage for it.  You can add the item to your homeowners', or depending on the value, obtain a jewelry policy.

You will also need an appraisal for its exact value.  

Call us today to obtain a quote.

Least Reliable Cards for 2021

It’s that time of year when Consumer Reports’ publishes their various reports on the auto industry.  Here is a list of the ten most unreliable vehicles with the greatest risk of problems:

Dangers of Space Heaters

It is always nice to be snuggly and warm during the winter nights, but many of us use space heaters to keep us warm.  They can be dangerous and the biggest threat is fire. Fire is caused by the overloading of circuits and power failures. Last year, there were 55,000 fires, 450 deaths, and more than 1,500 injuries due to space heaters.

To keep your home safe, follow these tips:

Prevent Skin Irritation from Frequent Hand Washing

With all the hand hygiene everyone has been doing during the COVID pandemic, many of us are experiencing skin irritations.

Increased washing, sanitizing, and disinfecting can cause your skin to become overly dry and possibly developing dermatitis, a skin inflammation leaving your hands red, itchy, cracked, and sore.

What can we do to help prevent this? Wash, Pat, and then moisturize. 

Here are five basic skin-friendly hand hygiene steps recommended by UC Davis Health:

Start the Year With a Business Continuity Review

With so many situations affecting our businesses this past year, such as COVID-19, lock downs, and remote employees,  it is important to review annually your procedures to restore critical business functions in the event of an unplanned disaster.  These disasters could include natural disasters, security breaches, service outages, and other potential threats. 

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