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Safety Tips for a Spooktacular Halloween

Halloween is known to be one of the spookiest days of the year. However, Halloween may turn scary when safety precautions are overlooked. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, three in four parents express concerns about their children’s safety on Halloween. To make Halloween a Spooktacular time for all, consider these safety tips: Walking Parents and/or responsible adults should always supervise their children while trick-or-treating. Look both ways before crossing the street as drivers may have a difficult time seeing you. Put electronics away to avoid distractions. Always walk on sidewalks or paths.  Costumes Adhere reflective tape or stickers on bags and costumes to be seen by drivers. Do not let your child wear a mask while walking, as some masks may obstruct their vision. When picking a costume, be sure it is the right size and length to avoid trips and falls. Choose fire-retardant costumes and accessories.    Driving ...

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Make the Most of National Preparedness Month

Recognized each September, National Preparedness Month serves to remind us to prepare ourselves and our families for disasters. As Floridians, we know the threat of a natural disaster or storm is always a possibility. Would you and your family know what to do in the event of a disaster? Consider these tips and make the most out of National Preparedness Month:  Establish and test emergency plans with your family. Sign up for local and state emergency alerts.  Install or test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.  Stock up on emergency supplies.  Create a home inventory. Click here for some tips to inventory your belongings.  Review your insurance policy and contact your agent to make any necessary changes to your coverages.  Don’t forget about flood insurance. Hurricanes and storms bring heavy rains which could cause flooding. Purchase flood insurance to make sure you are covered.   Septemb ...

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Teddy Bear Care

Growing up, many of us can remember fond memories of playing with our favorite toy. For a child, toys not only bring us joy but comfort. Sadly, when a natural disaster strikes this can damage a family’s home and all their belongings. While Parents are busy trying to figure out how to make a bad situation better for their family, children are left confused and scared. This is why one little girl's actions meant a lot to so many. Palm Beach County second grader Sophie Carlson-Perry, saw how much damage hurricane Maria had done to Puerto Rico and said, “What about the babies? What are they going to do?” It was her compassionate mentality which led her to collect stuffed animals from the students and teachers at her school, Hidden Oaks Elementary. Her Bears for Babies toy drive brought in dozens of toys for the children or Puerto Rico. Sophie says she hopes the children will know they are loved when they receive the bears; “not just by their parents, but other people they don&rsqu ...

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National Good Neighbor Day

Did you know, September 28th is National Good Neighbor Day? Good neighbors are great to have, and even better to be. Do something nice for your neighbors today and tell them about Florida Peninsula.

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Seven Tips for Preventing Child Injuries

September 1st through 7th was National Childhood Injury Prevention Week.

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Little Known Facts About Labor Day

    Today, September 3rd, 2018 we celebrate Labor Day.  While you are relaxing on your day off, grilling, swimming, playing, and enjoying time with your friends and family, here a few facts about Labor Day you may not have known.   Did you know the origins of Labor Day are not American?  True.  Although Labor Day is often considered an American holiday, Canada honored its laborers in 1872 when they showed support for their striking workforce in a nine-hour event in the city of Toronto.  The first Labor Day was celebrated in the United States in New York City, on September 5, 1882; ten years later.   Do you know who is credited for starting the Labor Day movement in the United States?  It is quite possible, nobody knows.  There is great disagreement as to who may have started the movement.  While many believe, Peter J. McGuire, co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, began this labor movement through his union, others credit Matthew Maguire ...

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Protect Your Dollar on National Dollar Day

August 8th is National Dollar Day. This holiday commemorates the day the U.S monetary systems was established by Congress in 1786. You have worked hard for your dollars, and as such, it is important you protect it.  Did you know, two million home burglaries are reported each year? Many of these burglaries result in cash being stolen. In honor of National Dollar Day, here are some tips to prevent your cash from being stolen or damaged: Tips to Prevent Your Cash from Being Stolen or Damaged: Put cash in small quantities in different locations in your home Hide your cash in unique objects like hollowed-out books, house plants, and in boxes in the garage labeled “Ornaments” or “School Projects”. Avoid putting your cash in a liquid container, like a mayonnaise jar. Never put your cash in a locked box.   Homeowner’s insurance may cover damages to personal property like clothes, furniture, and additional living expenses should you ne ...

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Beat the Heat of the Summer

Living in Florida, we are no strangers to the heat. However, the heat and humidity tend to rise over the summer months. Florida’s temperatures in 2017 were the hottest on record in Florida.  In fact, Orlando has experienced record-breaking temperatures for the past three years, according to Orlando Sentinel. Florida’s heat and humidity can be dangerous, and even deadly if you do not take proper precautions. As temperatures begin to climb, consider these 5 tips to beat the heat this summer: 1.    Stay out of the heat: Try to stay indoors and avoid strenuous activities during the heat of the day.   2.    Drink plenty of water: Although it is important to stay hydrated all through the year, be sure to drink lots of water during the summer months. Should you experience any dizziness, cramps, or nausea due to the heat, replenish with some sports drinks containing electrolytes to help relieve those symptoms.  3.    Keep it cool: ...

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Fourth of July Safety Tips

  Fourth of July is right around the corner, and time to sport your red, white, and blue.  It is also time to refresh your memory on different safety tips.  Between the fireworks, grilling, and the beach, Fourth of July is one of the most enjoyable holidays of the year, but it is also one of the most dangerous.  Here are some safety tips on fireworks, grilling, and beach/water activities: Fireworks Safety Stay at least 500 feet away from firework shows If you are setting off fireworks at home: Never give fireworks to small children Keep a supply of water nearby Light each firework separately Store fireworks away from children and pets Grilling Safety  Never grill indoors Use long-handled tools Avoid loose clothing, which can catch fire Beach/Water Activity Safety Have young kids and inexperienced swimmers wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket when on or near the water Do not dive headfirst ...

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UV Safety Awareness Month: UV Protection Guidelines

July is UV Safety Awareness Month, a time to spread awareness on the importance of protecting yourself and your family from the harmful effects on the sun’s UV rays.  According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more people have been diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the United States than all other cancers combined. In Florida, Jefferson County has the 7th highest rate of melanoma diagnoses among all counties in the U.S. Which is 135% higher than the national average from 2002-2006, according to the EPA.  Taking steps to avoid sun damage and skin cancer can be easy if you follow these safety guidelines:   Seek shade when between 10 am to 4 pm, as the sun's glare is the most intense within those hours.   If you are planning an outdoor activity, bring an umbrella or tent to protect your skin from burning in the sun. Use a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, and especially ...

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