Apartment Safety Tips for the Winter

Living in a multi-family building presents a number of wintertime challenges including health safety and heating and electrical safety. Here are some tips to keep your family healthy and safe in your apartment this winter:

Health Safety

• Spending more time in close contact with other people can increase your risk of illness.

• Make sure to get your flu shot this season!

• If you’re sick, try your best to stay 6-feet away from neighbors and loved ones.

• Constantly wash your hands after touching door knobs, doors, buzzers, and other public surfaces.

• Carry hand sanitizer with you if you know a bathroom is not close by.

• Disinfect areas in your home including the apartment doorknobs and handles.

Heating and Electrical Safety

• It can be hard to circulate heat throughout an apartment. If using a space heater, make sure it is at least 3-feet away from anything flammable. This includes curtains, boxes, furniture, etc.

• Does your apartment have a carbon monoxide alarm and smoke alarm installed? If not, contact your landlord immediately and have one of each installed. One smoke alarm for every room is ideal.

• Check the batteries to your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarms on a regular basis.

• Never leave candles unattended and always blow them out before bed or when you leave the home.

• If you have a Christmas tree this year, make sure to turn off all lights on the tree when you leave the apartment and at night. Also, make sure a plug never has more than one extension cord in it at one time.

Have a safe and healthy winter season this year!

Dear Friends and Clients,

Our firm is dedicated to act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues. As such, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also ensuring the health and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, most from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for the country we live in, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance and representation from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Marvin Anderman and the firm family of Fine, Olin & Anderman, LLP