Put a Freeze on Winter Fires

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the United States Fire Administration (USFA) are teaming up to remind us that winter months are the leading time of year for home fires. To help you stay safe in your home this season, they have provided some important safety tips to follow:

Heating

When heating your home, remember to follow important safety tips:

  • If using a fireplace, remember to get it professional cleaned annually.
  • When using a space heater, keep it at least 3-feet away from flammable materials such as curtains and walls and always remember to turn it off before you leave the apartment.

Candles

On average, 29 home candle fires were reported each day between 2007 and 2011. More than half of home candle fires occur when candles are placed too close to things that can burn.

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended.
  • Never place a burning candle close to flammable material such as clothes, papers or curtains.

Cooking

Cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the United States, with Thanksgiving being the leading day for cooking fires.

  • Make sure pots and pans are out of reach of children.
  • Be sure to keep flammable material such as pot holders and dish towels hung up, away from the stove at all times.
  • Never leave a stove or oven unattended. Turn everything off before you leave the apartment.

Help us to reduce fires in the home this season by following these easy tips.

Source: NFPA.org

Dear friends and clients,

In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness 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, many 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 our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP