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Tuesday, 03 November 2020 22:10

Ladder Safety One Rung at a Time

Even the thought of climbing a ladder can be scary for some people. The potential for falls and serious injury is enough for many homeowners to leave the gutter cleaning and holiday decorating to the pros. But if you're a do-it-yourselfer, or you have to reach a high cabinet or replace a bulb in a ceiling fixture, you're probably going to use a ladder.

Falls are the third leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths and the top cause of nonfatal injuries, according to Injury Facts. In 2017, 36,338 people died from falls at home or at work.

Choose the Right Ladder

Using the wrong ladder can be dangerous. Think about the task at hand, choose the right size and style, and be sure to follow the directions on the ladder before you climb.

Consider these aspects of the job:

  • How high do you need to reach? 
  • How much weight will the ladder need to hold? 
  • What is the environment in which the ladder will be used? Are there any electrical lines overhead?

The American Ladder Institute can help you choose the right ladder for the job.

Tuesday, 03 November 2020 22:04

Fall Home Maintenance Tips

While spring is a common time for many homeowners to spend some extra attention on upkeep and maintenance, autumn is just as critical a season for preparing your home to withstand the potentially harsh winter weather and temperature conditions that may await you. By making maintenance part of your annual fall routine you can identify potential problems before they arise, and help prepare your home and property for what Mother Nature has to offer.

Following are some home maintenance tips from our Risk Control professionals to help you prepare for the coming winter:

PARENTING DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

 

Every kid is unique and it’s important to find out what works best for your child.
— USA Today

Whether parents are working at home with kids, or managing their kids learning at home, the experience presents a unique set of challenges. 

 

Parenting Advice from Boston Children's Hospital

 

Parenting Advice from the World Health Organization 

A new online storybook, "My Hero is You" aims to help children understand and come to terms with COVID-19.

"My Hero is You" - A New Book to Help Children Cope with Covid-19

With the help of the fantasy creature, Ario, “My Hero is You, How kids can fight COVID-19!” children learn how they can protect themselves, their families, and their friends from coronavirus, as well as how to manage difficult emotions when confronted with a new and rapidly changing reality.1

The book, aimed primarily at children aged 6 to 11 years old, is a project of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings, a unique collaboration of United Nations agencies, national and international nongovernmental organizations and international agencies providing mental health and psychosocial support in emergency settings.

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