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Coronavirus in the Bay Area: Helpful Links to Local Resources

Posted on March 31, 2020 by James Florence

UPDATED DAILY As the coronavirus pandemic becomes an increasing concern, it’s vital to stay informed on what to do and where to go if you need help. If you’re a Bay Area resident, refer to the following list to find information and resources in your specific county. Read more

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Is Your Livelihood Affected by Coronavirus? These Resources Can Help.

Posted on March 13, 2020 by James Florence

While the recent coronavirus pandemic has yet to reach crisis levels in the United States, it nonetheless has had a dramatic impact on daily life for some areas of the country, including the San Francisco Bay Area. From low supplies of products like hand sanitizer and toilet paper to the closure of theme parks and cancellation of live events, all Bay Area residents are feeling the effects of COVID-19, even if few are experiencing its symptoms. Read more

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Coronavirus in the Bay Area: Basic Information and Preventative Guidelines

Posted on March 13, 2020 by James Florence

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak has officially been labeled a global pandemic. While contamination levels in the San Francisco Bay Area aren’t anywhere near those in China, Iran or Italy, they have the potential to escalate within a short time, as was seen in those countries. It’s up to Bay Area residents and municipalities to take steps that minimize the spread of this dangerous disease. Read more

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Reducing the Risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Posted on March 05, 2020 by James Florence

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that can be released by HVAC units, portable chemical heaters, and gas appliances and heating systems. Most people assume they’re safe from harm if their heaters are running normally, but in reality, any heater that hasn’t been properly maintained can put the home and its occupants at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. For example, if the furnace’s heat exchanger cracks, it can leak fumes into the home, presenting a serious issue that may go completely unnoticed. Venting issues (such as a pipe that breaks or gets blocked) can also increase the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Read more

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The One Appliance You Must Maintain (Your Life Could Depend on It)

Posted on February 27, 2020 by James Florence

Like most people, you’ve likely experienced the inconvenience of an appliance failure. Whether your washer stopped washing or your refrigerator stopped refrigerating, you may have been surprised at the impact it had on your daily routine. Read more

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Kids and Choking Hazards

Posted on February 18, 2020 by Chris Bjorklund

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I’ve been babysitting a one-year-old and a three-year-old on a regular basis this year, so I’m constantly on the lookout for choking hazards. You’re probably familiar with the obvious ones like hot dogs, seeded grapes and marshmallows, but I was surprised when the children started coughing and choking on apple slices, french fries, and beans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you can prevent choking by making sure your little ones sit up while eating and not giving them food while they’re in the car or stroller. Kids are still developing their swallowing skills up until they’re 24 months old, so keep this in mind when introducing solid foods. Read more

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Diamond Certified Experts: Home Safety Tips

Posted on December 10, 2019 by James Florence

Above all else, a home should be a safe place. However, there are many basic safety measures most homeowners haven’t even considered. To help you improve safety in your home, we asked six Diamond Certified Expert contributors to share their tips. Read more

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