Get Ahead of the Winter Freeze

It’s never too early to start preparing for the heating season. Follow this checklist of tips for heating safety. Are you being safe when it comes to heating your home?:

1. Has your furnace been inspected and serviced recently? A furnace should be properly serviced at least once a year.

2. Has your chimney or vents been cleaned and inspected lately? A qualified professional should check for creosote build-up. Not cleaning your chimney can lead to chimney fires and build up of creosote. Inspections should be done at least once a year.

3. If your wood for the fireplace or wood stove dry and seasoned?

4. Is your fireplace screen made out of metal or tempered-glass? It should be. And it should also be in good condition and secure in the fireplace.

5. Do your children know basic fireplace safety rules? Teach them! They should stand at least 3 feet away from the fireplace, a wood stove, or any other space heater.

6. Do you have a metal container for cooled ashes? Make sure you have this kept at least 10 feet away from your home.

7. Does your portable heater have any auto shut-off feature? Make sure it does or buy one that does!

8. Is your space heater plugged directly into an outlet? It should not be plugged into an extension cord. It should be placed at least three feet away from anything that can burn such as bedding, paper or walls.

9. Have you tested your smoke alarms lately? Make sure they are working throughout your entire house!

10. Have you tested your carbon monoxide alarms? Carbon monoxide can be extremely dangerous because you can’t smell or see it! Make sure all of our carbon monoxide alarms are working.

Stay safe this season and get prepared! Get more information and fire safety tips by visiting the National Fire Protection Association website.

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