While it is easy for humans to detect their body reactions to heat, for pets, it is not so easy. This is why it is important to keep a close eye on your pets and provide extra care for them during the hot summer months.
Follow these helpful tips when it comes to protecting your four legged friend:
1. Do not leave pets in a parked car: The temperature inside a vehicle can quickly approach dangerous. If you know your pet will not be allowed in a certain store while you are out, make sure to keep them at home in the comfort of your air conditioned home.
2. Change pets exercise regimen: Midday walks should be switched to early mornings and evenings when the sun is not at its peak and the temperatures are cooler.
3. Be mindful of your breed: Short-nosed breeds have a harder time in extreme heat due to their shorter airways. Also, consider the fur on your dog. For example, dogs with more hair like huskies should spend very little time outside to avoid over heating.
4. Let dogs inside: Your dog may enjoy their dog house but they are very similar to a parked car on hot days. Bring your dog inside and let them enjoy the air conditioning.
5. Learn to recognize the signs of heat stroke: Heavy painting, glazed eyes and rapid heart beat are all sure signs of heatstroke. Make sure that if your pet has any of these signs to seek medical help immediately.
Pets are not just pets, they are family. Make sure that you treat your furry friend with extra love and compassion on these hot days as well as every other day of the year.
Written by: Amanda Haase
Blue Skies and open roads are finally here. Not only does that mean it’s time to get your motorcycle back on the road, but also to make sure you are riding with safety. “While motorcycles are cool, they just aren’t as safe as cars. To some people, that’s part of the appeal. Living life on the edge and taking risks can be part of what makes riding a motorcycle rewarding.” In this blog, you will find many safety tips to make sure you have the best experience possible.
- Wear a helmet. A helmet can help reduce or prevent concussions, skull fractures, damage to eye sockets or other facial features, and traumatic brain injuries.
- Take a motorcycle safety course. http://nysmsp.org/, is one of the many places to offer both basic and beyond basic motorcycle safety courses.
- Check your motorcycle before hitting the road. Make sure the lights, horn, blinkers, brakes, and tires are in good working order before you even turn on the engine, especially if you have not been on your bike recently.
- Educate your passengers. Make sure to have a spare helmet ready for anyone else who will ride with you on your motorcycle, and talk them through motorcycle safety so you can drive distraction-free.
- Keep your hands firmly on the handlebars. Too many drivers take one hand off the wheel, especially to fiddle with the radio or answer their phone. Distracted driving is dangerous enough when you’re surrounded by metal and airbags – when you’re operating a motorcycle, all you have between yourself and hitting the pavement is your safety gear and your awareness. Keep your hands in place, steering your bike, and look out for other drivers.
- Look twice at every intersection. Look left, then right, then left again before driving through an intersection. Many drivers do not look carefully for stop or yield signs. A number of drivers involved in motorcycle accidents claim that they did not even see the rider before it was too late. This simple safety precaution can help ensure that you see them and that they see you before it’s too late.
- Leave enough space. As a motorcyclist, you will not have the benefit of a bumper if you hit the vehicle in front of you, and you could easily fly off your bike and seriously injure yourself.
Along with these safety tips, you should also make sure your insurance is completely up to date. One major detour / red light on your joy ride, could be not having proper coverage, including motorcycle accessory coverage. Here at C.H. Edwards, we make getting proper coverage as easy as cruising through green lights. Give us a call for your no obligation quotation.
Gina Rodriguez, the star of “Jane the Virgin”, is making a high school student`s prom dream come true. Jessica Casanova is a high school teen who dreamt of wearing her idol`s Golden Globes dress to prom. Gina Rodriquez saw her tweet and made her dreams come true.
“Rodriguez’s good gestures didn’t end there, as she paid for some alterations to the dress and even sent along a personal video, according to the Associated Press. In it she tells Casanova, “I love you, I’m so proud of you. I’m so excited for you. Dance like no one’s watching, have the time of your life. Enjoy every single moment. Make smart decisions and let loose, girl. You look beautiful.” After seeing this, many fans also got in on this action and started the trend, “Sisterhood of the Traveling Golden Globes Dress.” Gina plans on passing her dress along to other teens attending their prom.
This amazing gesture made by Gina Rodriguez is something that you can also participate in. DoSomething.org, OperationProm.org and BeccasCloset.org are just a few. Instead of having your dresses hanging in the closet, you can make someone`s prom dreams come true.
Starbucks is about to give you some new options to wake up in the morning and to stay cool all summer long. This summer, Starbucks is releasing two new types of Cold Brews. These two new menu items will be Nitro Cold Brew and Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew.
Let`s start off with the Nitro Cold Brew. This is considered a spin on the signature Cold Brew. But this time is unique because it’ll be infused with nitrogen. The reasoning behind this combination is to give a smoother and more creamy texture to the beverage. What makes it even more fascinating is that it will be poured to perfection right out of a tap. “Nitro Cold Brew is cold right out of the tap and served unsweetened without ice. A Tall (12-ounce) serving has 5 calories and 0 grams of sugar.” This new way of serving up a classic Cold Brew is definitely going to be interesting to see. “We start with a small, chilled keg of Starbucks Cold Brew coffee,” said Anthony Carroll, a 20-year partner on Starbucks Coffee team. “Then it’s infused with nitrogen, which unlocks the super-smooth, natural sweetness of the Cold Brew coffee, which then cascades from the tap with a velvety texture you can see and taste.” Currently this beverage is being offered in select stores in Seattle. By the end of the summer, the list of participating stores will increase. And we are in luck, because New York is on the list! Along with 500 company-operated stores in Chicago, Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
The second Cold Brew is a sweeter version of the signature drink. “We wanted to create a coffee-forward iced beverage with a splash of sweet cream,” said Christal Canzler from Starbucks beverage development team. This delicious combination will be made with Starbucks Cold Brew over ice and finished off with a house-made vanilla sweet cream. “A Tall (12-ounce) serving is 100 calories and 12 grams of sugar.” These two new beverages will definitely help you stay cool for the summer. Which one will you try first?
Hands free driving is about to get a new meaning. One of the first self-driving cars will debut in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania next week. And the company debuting this vehicle is Uber. This past February, the ride-sharing company announced that they would be partnering with Carnegie Mellon University to open its Uber Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh. It is preparing to launch autonomous vehicles in to its fleet by 2020.
“Self-driving cars have the potential to save millions of lives and improve quality of life for people around the world,” Uber said in a blog post on its site, citing a statistic that 94% of car accidents that result in the loss of live involve human error.
Uber`s rival Lyft, is also trying to get in on all of this action. Lyft has released a statement this month that they are currently in the same process. “Executives at Lyft and Uber have said one of the top hurdles to their success is navigating a patchwork of regulations that govern the use and liabilities of autonomous vehicles. Federal regulators are working to help companies figure out how to meet safety standards when designing cars.” This project is still in the early stages for both Lyft and Uber. With all the pros and cons to this, it’s interesting to see what will happen.
Valentine’s Day is only a day away. Are you still searching for that special gift? Consider giving the gift of Life Insurance. Planning ahead to make sure that your loved ones can continue on without having to make sacrifices is the greatest gift you can give. Whether it’s Term, Variable, Universal or Whole life insurance, C.H. Edwards, Inc. can assist in deciding what is best for you and your loved ones.
Maybe you already have Life Insurance? Have you considered reviewing your Insurance? Reviewing your existing insurance program is extremely important. It is very common to purchase insurance and never review it. Insurance companies will not contact you to advise if less expensive options are available or that there may be a problem in the future.
The following are areas of concern for existing life insurance policies, many of which we may be able to help you correct.
-Term Life Insurance: The cost of term Insurance has changed in recent years. This may present an opportunity to save on your current premium. Often you can extend your fixed guarantee period or increase coverage for the same outlay.
-Variable Life Insurance: Careful attention needs to be paid to ensure that the contracts are performing adequately based on the values of the iinvestment. Reallocation or increased premium may be required.
-Universal Life Insurance: These policies are interest rate sensitive. The current lower interest rate environment has affected existing policies. Projections from the existing insurance company often show the policy owners may need to pay additional premium or face losing their coverage at a time in your life when it is needed most.
-Whole Life Insurance: Many of these policies require several years of additional payments before premiums can cease. Although they are often purchased for their cash value growth, you may find less need for the cash and view the policy as an inheritance for your heirs. Sometimes leveraging the cash value for a high death benefit makes sense.
Does all of this seem overwhelming to you? Helping you understand your Insurance is a valuable service C.H. Edwards, Inc. offers to clients. So whether you are already a client or considering joining the C.H. Edwards, Inc. family let us help you give the gift of Life Insurance this Valentine’s Day.
From the Management and Staff of C.H. Edwards, Inc., Have a very Happy Valentine’s Day!
Written by: Denise Visco
Red is not only the powerful color for love but also for empowering woman in their fight for heart disease. February is typically viewed as the month of love and Valentines Day. Along with this, it is also a month dedicated to women’s heart disease. Go Red for Woman is an organization that’s associated with the American Heart Association. Every year the date of February 6th is dedicated to this cause and for the people who lost their battle to this disease or continue to fight it.
In 2004, the American Heart Association (AHA) faced a challenge. Cardiovascular disease claimed the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year, yet women were not paying attention. In fact, many even dismissed it as an older man’s disease. To dispel the myths and raise awareness of heart disease as the number one killer of women, the American Heart Association created Go Red For Women, a passionate, emotional, social initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health.
Anyone can help this cause by wearing red for awareness or donating to the American Heart Association. The website for this organization is www.goredforwomen.org. Heart Disease is not just a man’s disease.
Heart disease and stroke kill 1 in 3 women, yet it’s 80% preventable. This can easily come to an end with enough recognition and awareness. By wearing red on February 6th, you will be bringing awareness to the cause. You can show off your red attire by posting a picture on all your social media profiles and use the hashtag #GoRed. It’s time to raise awareness and it all starts with you.
Written By: Sandra Costanzo
The winter weather is here and the days are getting shorter. You may be feeling down, sleepy or even like there is nothing to do.
Winter blues is still a mystery to scientists who study it. Most people who suffer from “seasonal affective disorder” are experiencing depression like symptoms due to a lack of sunlight and a “phase shift”. The wall clock might be saying its time to get up but your body is telling you otherwise.
It is important that during these winter months you are finding activities to keep you busy and help lift your spirits.
Get involved with your community: Joining a church group or even doing community service can lift your spirits and get you out of the house.
Join a gym: Joining a gym benefits you in many ways. Not only does it get you out of the house and moving, but exercise relieves stress and also helps you establish a weight loss goal.
Wear bright colors: Wearing bright colors simply brightens your mood! Scientist say that there is a link between feeling optimistic and sporting bright colors. Give it a try!
Force yourself outside: Going outside for a brisk walk or even just to sit on your porch with a cup of hot cocoa will brighten your day and help you connect with nature.
Hang out with friends and family: Hanging out with friends and family regularly will keep you optimistic. Go out and get a bite to eat or even invite friends and family over to spend the day with them.
Challenge yourself: Giving yourself a challenge will help keep your mind busy and entertained. Find projects around the house like organizing your pantry or even cleaning out your closet or re-doing your bedroom, bathroom or kitchen.
Avoid the winter blues and keep in touch with life and nature. Remember, it’s the little things in life that keep us happy!
Written by: Amanda Haase
Changes are all around us. The days are longer the weather is getting warmer. You may be celebrating a Wedding or Graduation. Maybe your purchasing a new home, car or boat? Perhaps your changing jobs or starting a new hobby or even purchasing a new piece of jewelry for your special somebody. Have you always dreamed of starting your own business or expanding your current one? Wouldn’t you like an insurance agent who can make those changes with you?
C.H. Edwards, Inc. is the agency your looking for. We can customize a policy that best fits your needs. Our experienced sales representatives will make sure that you receive the right coverage’s, any allowable discounts and with a price that fits your budget. How can we do that? C.H. Edwards, Inc. is an Independent Insurance Agent and we make it our business to align ourselves with the best companies so that we can offer you that guarantee. We can do the shopping for you and give you the quality that you so deserve.
So why wait. Embrace change! Whether it is Auto, home, flood, Umbrella, business or a Life policy you are seeking to help you with these changes, make a call to C.H. Edwards, Inc. today at 516-249-5200.
We are open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you like to do your shopping after regular business hours, our website is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Visit us at www.chedwards.net. This may be the best change you make!
Congratulations on your upcoming celebrations and we look forward to making you a member of the C.H. Edwards, Inc. family!
Fathers Day is a time to honor the men in our life who have watched over, taken care of, and have made us who we are today. The bond between a child and father is priceless. This Fathers Day lets honor the men who have been by our side as we have grown. No matter if it is your father, grandfather, uncle, or brother, make sure your appreciation is known and show them how much they matter to you.
Fathers Day is not only a time to recognize the men in our life, but to recognize the mothers who have also had to take on the role as a father figure for their children. In the United States, 80.6% of single parents are mothers. Mothers must provide the emotional support and nurturing of both the mother and father in the household.
27% of single mothers live below the poverty line and lack the financial resources to support their children, as compared to having a male figure present.
Make sure that this Fathers Day you consider and thank all the men or women in your life that have helped you down the road while insuring a stable bond. Having this bond has been essential to your mental and human growth as an individual.
This Sunday, June 15th show you care and wish your loved ones a Happy Father Day!