4th of July Safety Tips

I hope each of you has a wonderful and a safe holiday weekend.  Please be sure to keep your family and pets safe this weekend with all the outside grilling and fireworks that I am sure will take place.

Below are a few of my safety tips I always follow during 4th of July!

The most important:  Don’t Drink and Drive! My family is on the road and so is yours.  I promise I will be safe and considerate for your family if you will do the same for mine.

Firework safety and children

  • Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging.
  • Keep a supply of water close-by as a precaution.
  • Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials
  • Leave any area immediately where untrained amateurs are using fireworks.

For Pet owners

  • Do not put glow jewelry on your pets, or allow them to play with it. While the luminescent substance contained in these products is not highly toxic, excessive drooling and gastrointestinal irritation could still result from ingestions, and intestinal blockage could occur from swallowing large pieces of the plastic containers.
  • Keep citronella candles, insect coils and oil products out of reach. Ingestions can produce stomach irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression. If inhaled, the oils could cause aspiration pneumonia in pets.
  • Never use fireworks around pets! While exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of curious pets, even unused fireworks can pose a danger. Many types contain potentially toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic and other heavy metals.
  • Loud, crowded fireworks displays are no fun for pets, so please resist the urge to take them to Independence Day festivities. Instead, keep your little guys safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home.

Have a great holiday weekend!

SCOTUS Upholds Obamacare

Today the Supreme Court found Obamacare’s individual coverage mandate to be constitutional. What does this mean for you?

  • Most Americans will be required to have insurance coverage by the beginning of 2014 or face penalties.
  • Young adults up to age 26 may stay on their parents’ policies.
  • Starting in 2014, insurers may not use pre-existing conditions to exclude, limit, or set unrealistic rates on coverage.
  • In 2014, small firms with more than 50 employees will be forced to provide coverage for employees or face fines.

For more information, check out Obamacare coverage from CNN and Fox News.

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