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ChildSafetyNov19 OPT5 ways to reduce safety risks for young children

(eLivingtoday.com) As parents, one of your top priorities is the safety and well-being of your children. With all the potential pitfalls of day-to-day life, however, navigating the risks can be difficult.

These everyday safety tips can help you navigate everything from car seat safety to baby-proofing and safe sleep, keeping your child out of harm’s way as much as possible from birth through his or her toddler years.

Car Seat Safety

  • Always use a valid (typically less than 6 years old), federally approved car seat in motor vehicles.
  • Ensure the seat is properly installed. Refer to the instruction manual with any questions.
  • If you use an infant carrier, strap your child in on the floor, never a counter or tabletop.
  • For at least the first two years of your child’s life, the car seat should be rear-facing.
  • The safest location for a car seat is in the middle of the back seat.

Choking Prevention

  • Avoid giving your child nuts, popcorn, hard candies, hot dogs and raw fruits and vegetables, such as grapes or carrots, that may present a choking hazard.
  • Never prop up a bottle and leave your baby unattended.
  • Inspect toys often to ensure they’re not broken and do not have small pieces that could easily become detached.
  • Be cautious of strings and buttons on clothing.

Safe Sleep

  • The safest place for your baby to sleep is on his or her back, which reduces the risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
  • Avoid placing anything in the crib or bassinet that may suffocate your child, such as pillows, blankets or bumpers.
  • Keep your child’s room at a moderate temperature and dress him or her appropriately to avoid overheating.
  • Never leave your baby alone on a bed, couch, changing table, swing or infant seat.

Water Safety

  • Set your hot water heater no higher than 120 F.
  • Test the temperature of bath water before setting your baby in the tub.
  • Never leave your baby unattended in the bathtub.
  • Keep toilet lids down and consider installing toilet lid locks.

Baby-Proofing

  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home and in every sleeping area.
  • Secure cords on blinds and drapes out of reach.
  • Keep sharp objects, such as knives, scissors and tools, and other hazardous items, like coins, beads and pins, in a secure place out of baby’s reach.
  • Store cleaning products and medications in locked cabinets. Never store potentially toxic substances in containers that could be mistaken for food or drink.
  • Cover all electrical outlets.
  • Cushion hard edges and sharp corners of furniture and decor.
  • Secure cords to electrical items along baseboards using electrical tape.
  • Attach heavy or tall furniture to the wall and avoid placing items that could fall, like electronics or lamps, on top of dressers or shelves.
  • Install safety gates with straight, vertical slats securely in front of all stairwells.

Find more tips and ideas to keep your children safe at home and on the go at eLivingtoday.com.

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EVERYTHING FIRE SAFETY

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SALUTE TO VETERANS

Veterans_SettlersInn_2015028The properties of Settlers Hospitality are proud to honor United States service members with special offers and programs to commemorate Veterans Day. The Settlers Inn, Ledges Hotel, Silver Birches Resort and Hotel Anthracite will offer complimentary lodging to veterans on November 11. Reservations are required. Another Hawley resort, Tanglwood, will also offer complimentary rooms to veterans.

On November 12, Hotel Anthracite in Carbondale will host a Veterans Day breakfast, free to the public at 9 a.m., first come, first serve. In addition to a presentation by Camp Freedom, the program will feature Brigadier General Wilbur E. Wolf III as the keynote speaker. As director, Joint Staff- (PA) Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQ), Pennsylvania National Guard, General Wolf oversees the programs and operations for 19,000 members of the Pennsylvania National Guard. He also assists the adjutant general in coordinating the Department of Veterans Affairs, Facilities and Engineering and the Office of Administration. His other responsibilities include serving as Deputy Commanding General, Army National Guard, United States Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca, Arizona. In that role, General Wolf represents the equities of the National Guard in the Army intelligence community and the greater Department of Defense and Federal Intelligence Enterprise.

Veterans_SettlersInn_2015037            General Wolf is a distinguished military graduate of West Virginia University where he received a regular army commission in the aviation branch in 1985. In nine years of active duty, he served as a dual-rated army aviator (fixed and rotary wing) and dual-branch (aviation and military intelligence) qualified officer. He has held key command and staff assignments as an aviation, military intelligence and infantry officer including military intelligence battalion command and heavy brigade combat team command for the Rhode Island and Pennsylvania National Guard. His most recent assignment was assistant division commander- maneuver, 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania National Guard.

General Wolf has held numerous leadership posts at bases throughout the United States as well overseas in Germany and Bosnia. His many awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Pennsylvania Meritorious Service Medal, Pennsylvania Service Ribbon, Pennsylvania General Thomas J. Steward Medal, Commendations Medals from the Army and Air Force and an Army Achievement Medal. As a civilian, General Wolf is co-owner and senior partner with Aquila Strategy and Operations Group LLC, owner of Wolf Creek Associates Consulting and Director of Marketing for Acclaim Systems, Inc. Sponsorship opportunities are available for the Veterans Day breakfast. Contact 570-536-6020 or email csimpler@settlershospitality.com if interested.

At The Settlers Inn, guests can enjoy a wine and cheese fireside chat on Monday, November 11 from 4-6 p.m. The casual gathering will feature a guest speaker from Vetstock. The local non-profit works closely with The Settlers Inn as a partner in this event. Vetstock works to improve the lives of past and present members of the U.S. military and their families. The date also marks the opening of a special exhibit in The Undercroft Room at the inn. “The Art of Survival: The Vietnam War Through the Eyes of An Artist and Soldier- Joe Connor” features 36 hand drawn sketches. Connor was a resident of Milford, PA and Private First Class who served in the Vietnam War from 1966-1967. He volunteered for combat duty, was attached to the First Infantry Division and chronicled the images before him on his sketchpad. Connor stepped in to become the official combat photographer/journalist of his division when the previous person was killed in the line of duty. The images he captured highlighted the daily life of the soldier, battle scenes and the Vietnamese people. Connor’s war photos and combat reports were published in military newspapers, civilian publications, military magazines and multiple history books on the Vietnam War. From the 200 plus sketches Connor made during his tour of duty, many were chosen for inclusion in the war collection of The National Archives in Washington D.C., while his photographs are part of the permanent archives of The Smithsonian Institution. Connor served with distinction, even earning the Bronze Star Medal for Valor awarded for his actions in ground operations against hostile forces. His call to public service continued after he left the military with numerous positions in municipal government that included a term as mayor of Stillwater, NJ. The public can view the exhibit at The Settlers Inn from November 8-12, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

“We’re honored to salute our military men and women with these programs and free lodging,” said Justin Genzlinger, CEO/Owner of Settlers Hospitality. “We wanted to take this opportunity to thank them for their service and acknowledge their sacrifices in defense of our freedoms.” For more information, visit SettlersHospitality.com

About Settlers Hospitality

Settlers Hospitality, boutique multi-concept hospitality in Hawley, PA, consists of The Settlers Inn, Ledges Hotel, Silver Birches Resort, Hotel Anthracite, Sayre Mansion, The Dock on Wallenpaupack, Glass- wine.bar.kitchen, Kol Steakhouse, Cocoon Coffeehouse and Bakery, Lake Region Fitness and Art on the edge. For more information, check out SettlersHospitality.com

SMOKE DETECTORS AND TEN YEARS… WHAT’S SO SPECIAL

FireSafety19By Gary Ryman

You know that smoke detector in the hallway? Yeah, the one you (hopefully) change the battery in once a year—the one that has been there for, oh, it seems like forever.  If it’s over ten years old, and it probably is, that smoke detector may not work when you need it most.

Smoke detectors were never intended to last forever, and now new models designed for a ten-year life with sealed batteries which never need to be (and can’t be) changed are readily available.  Some states now require the use of these “10-Year” smoke alarms.  Maryland recently implemented a law that will require all apartments and homes to have this type of detector by 2018.

These new style detectors come with sealed lithium batteries which eliminates the need to get the ladder, kitchen chair, or stool out for that annual replacement.  If you’re like many folks, it’s only the irritating beeps of the low battery alarm that remind you of the need for a new battery in any case.  The 10-year detector batteries are non-replaceable, which forces the resident to replace the entire unit when the battery eventually expires.

So why should I buy one of those ten-year detectors?  There’s nothing wrong with my existing smoke alarm.  I even saw new 10-year batteries on line and at the local home center that I can use in my present detector.  Problem solved.  Well, not really.  The National Association of State Fire Marshals has an answer.

“Just like any electrical appliance, the components of smoke alarms wear out over time.  When a smoke alarm reaches ten years of use, the potential of failing to detect a fire increases substantially.”  They note this applies to both hardwired and battery operated detectors.  The National Fire Protection Association agrees, recommending replacing all smoke alarms at least every ten years.

So how many detectors should a home have and where should they be located?  The answer can differ depending upon the home and local or state codes.  National standards recommend that for new homes, a smoke alarm is provided in each bedroom, and at least one outside the bedroom area, but near enough to be heard in the bedrooms with the doors closed.  In addition, there should be at least one detector on each floor level of a home, including basements.  This is so regardless of where a fire starts, inside or outside a bedroom, the occupants receive prompt warning.  For existing homes, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends a detector outside the bedrooms and at least one on each level of the structure.  Both they and the National Association of Fire Marshals agree that more is better, and providing the numbers called for in new construction is best.

There are two types of detection, photoelectric and ionization.  They each look for different signs that combustion, a fire, has started, and both have advantages.  Photoelectric detectors more readily pick up signs of a smoldering, slow developing fire.  Ionization units are better for fires with open flames.  The NFPA recommends homes have a combination of both installed.  You can buy detectors of either type or dual sensor units, which use both technologies in a single detector body.

For those with hearing disabilities, special smoke alarms are available.  These units use strobe lights and can have supplementary vibration devices to alert residents.

Where should detectors be mounted?  Since smoke rises, high on ceilings or walls is best.  On ceilings, detectors should be at least four inches from the closest wall.  If installed on a wall, the detector should be at least four inches down from the ceiling, but no more than one foot.  If your ceilings are pitched, the high point is the preferred location.  Near doors or windows where air flow can interfere with their operation should be avoided, and never paint a detector.  Paint, stickers, or other decorations can prevent the unit from functioning.

Still not sure what to do?  Some fire departments have programs to assist homeowners with obtaining and installing detectors.  At a minimum, your local department can be a source of good advice.  For questions, call the local fire department non-emergency phone number.

Statistics vary, but all show that a frightening number of homes in which smoke detectors are installed have non-operational units.  Installing 10-year sealed battery smoke detectors can help ensure functioning alarms are present and ready to help reduce the chances of tragedy.

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You know that smoke detector in the hallway? Yeah, the one you (hopefully) change the battery in once a year—the one that has been there for, oh, it seems like forever.  If it’s over ten years old, and it probably is, that smoke detector may not work when you need it most.
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As parents, one of your top priorities is the safety and well-being of your children. With all the potential pitfalls of day-to-day life, however, navigating the risks can be difficult.
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SALUTE TO VETERANS

The properties of Settlers Hospitality are proud to honor United States service members with special offers and programs to commemorate Veterans Day. The Settlers Inn, Ledges Hotel, Silver Birches Resort and Hotel Anthracite will offer complimentary lodging to veterans on November 11. Reservations are required. Another Hawley resort, Tanglwood, will also offer complimentary rooms to veterans.
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