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Poisoning Prevention
January 31, 2017

Every day, over 300 children in the United States ages 0 to 19 are treated in an emergency department, and two children die, as a result of being poisoned. 

Key Prevention Tips

Lock them up and away. 
Keep medicines and toxic products, such cleaning solutions and detergent pods, in their original packaging where children can’t see or get them.

Know the number. 
Put the nationwide poison control center phone number, 1-800-222-1222, on or near every telephone in your home and program it into your cell phone. Call the poison control center if you think a child has been poisoned but they are awake and alert; they can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 911 if you have a poison emergency and your child has collapsed or is not breathing.

Read the label. 
Follow label directions carefully and read all warnings when giving medicines to children.

Don’t keep it if you don’t need it. 
Safely dispose of unused, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs and over the counter drugs, vitamins, and supplements. To dispose of medicines, mix them with coffee grounds or kitty litter and throw them away. You can also turn them in at a local take-back program or during National Drug Take-Back events

Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Categories: Home Tips, Safety,
How Does a Little Flame Become so Dangerous?...
December 28, 2016

There’s a special beauty and tranquility to candles, but a lighted candle is also a potential fire hazard if not carefully monitored.  The winter holidays and New Year’s Eve are peak times for candle fires, so be sure to exercise caution when celebrating with open flames.                                                      

  • Place lighted candles where they won’t be knocked over by children, pets or anyone else.
  • Always keep burning candles within sight, and always extinguish them before leaving the room or going to sleep.
  • Keep candles away from curtains, clothing, books, and other combustible items.
  • Use durable candle holders that are big enough to collect wax drippings and don’t tip over easily.
  • Trim candle wicks to one-quarter inch, and maintain this wick length throughout the candle’s life.

A study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission suggests that 85 percent of candle fires could be avoided if consumers followed basic safety rules as mentioned above.

As Always - All homes should be equipped with working smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.


Categories: Fire Prevention, Home Tips, Safety,
What Is Identity Theft?...
December 22, 2016

You've heard the term "Identity Theft" about a thousand times, but do you really know what getting your identity stolen entails?  It's like Catch Me If You Can!  

Identity theft is when criminals steal your personal information, such as your full name or Social Security Number, to commit fraud, including applying for credit, getting medical services, or filing taxes. There are several different types of identity theft, ranging from stealing your health insurance information to creating phony social media accounts using photos and other personal info. But the most common form of identity theft today is tax ID theft.

Finger Lakes offers enhancement endorsements to provide you with the best coverage for ID Theft. Contact your Agent for further details.


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