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Archive for May, 2012

It’s Time for Spring (and Summer) Cleaning CT!

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Spring is a time of new beginnings in Connecticut – and now is a great time to take on some cleaning and organization tasks around your home. If you’re anything like many of us here at The Lombardo Insurance Agency Inc, some of these tasks are long overdue!

Here are some tips to get you started in West Hartford – and keep you focused. At The Lombardo Insurance Agency Inc, we’re looking forward to using these tips ourselves!

First, get some help

If you’re doing a deep spring clean, try not to put all of the pressure on yourself. Make the event a family affair and assign your spouse or your kids some chores. Or throw a cleaning party and offer pizza to everyone who comes to help. No, the kids aren’t as thorough as as getting a commercial cleaning in Toronto but they are free and cute as buttons pushing that oversized broom around!!

Second, make a list

It’s extremely helpful to have a plan before you get started. Is the kitchen your biggest trouble spot? The master bedroom? Create a detailed plan of attack and you’ll increase your chance of success. Many people find it best to go room by room so there’s a sense of accomplishment when they finish in a particular area.

Third, remember safety!

Of course, you’ll want to make sure you have protective gear like rubber gloves if you’re dealing with chemical cleaners, and even a particle mask if you’ve got some serious dust. Or try using some of the many green cleaning products that are now available. Spring cleaning is also the perfect time to check your smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers and other safety equipment. And it’s a good idea to refresh (or start) your family emergency kit.

Room-by-room quick tips

The tips below will help get you going. If you need more, just do a web search for “spring cleaning” and you’ll find tons of sites with useful information and detailed checklists.

Kitchen

  • Clear out the contents of your refrigerator and freezer (not at the same time) and discard any expired items. Then, clean the appliance thoroughly, removing shelves and racks – you’d be surprised how dirty the bottom of a refrigerator can get. And don’t forget to clean the coils underneath, too; it will boost energy efficiency.
  • Clean all small appliances – toasters, coffeemakers, etc.
  • Clean the oven and stove, including burners and spill-catchers.

Living room and dining room

  • Dust all light fixtures and shelves, along with window blinds (or, if you have drapes, remove and have them cleaned). Don’t forget to dust the ceiling fan!
  • Clean and dust couches and chairs. This is easily done with a vacuum attachment. Removing cushions will not only give you a deeper clean, but can fill your pocket with change!
  • It may be time to shampoo your carpets or rugs. You can have a professional do the work for you or rent a machine at a local store.

Bedrooms and closets

  • How long has it been since you flipped your mattress? Now is the perfect time. Dust your bed frame (and other furniture), strip your bedding and turn over your mattress, rotating it as well. It’s also a good time to wash bedding that you don’t wash often, such as the mattress pad.
  • The best pillow for snoring should be washed occasionally. Most can be cleaned in your washing machine, but check the label beforehand.
  • Go through the items in your closet. Do you have winter clothing you can put into storage? Do you have items you no longer wear that can be donated or sold at a garage sale?
  • Remember to clean under the bed.

Bathrooms

  • Clean fans and vents (this should be done more than once a year, typically).
  • Go through your medicine cabinet and throw away expired medications or items you no longer use/need. Then move your medications to the kitchen – away from the moisture of a bathroom – where they will store better.
  • Scrub toilets, sinks, faucets, showers and tubs, including the shower head!

Garage

Hey, you’ve done enough for one spring-cleaning cycle, haven’t you? Let’s leave the garage for another time!

One final tip: It’s best to leave sweeping and vacuuming for last in each room.

Teen Driving Tips to Keep Prom and Graduation Safe

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

High school is full of defining moments for West Hartford teens and two of the highlights for most are prom and graduation.

However, this time of year often sees other, more tragic defining moments – serious car accidents involving teens who are distracted or even under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Our friends at Resurgence California addiction treatment, want to help make this season one to celebrate for you and your teen. So, with the help of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, here are some tips that can keep your teen safe.

First, encourage your teen to follow these general safe-driving rules:

  • Absolutely no alcohol
  • Always use seat belts
  • No cell phone use (including texting) while driving

Special circumstances

Of course, special events such as prom and graduation often present special circumstances. There may be dinner with dates before the dance, and parties before or after either event. It’s a good idea to discuss your expectations well before each event, putting some guidelines into place before your teen heads out for the night. Here are some ideas:

  • Make sure you know the itinerary of the evening, as well as who else will be with your teen. You should have contact information for everyone.
  • Have a way to contact your teen at all times. You may want to require them to check in with you once or twice over the course of the evening.
  • Set a curfew, whether they are coming back to your home or staying with a friend. If they are staying elsewhere, make sure the curfew will be enforced by a responsible adult.
  • Discuss with your teen how to handle difficult situations, such as facing pressure to drink, or accepting a ride with someone who shouldn’t be driving. It’s a good idea to provide your child with money for a taxi just in case.
  • Offer a “no-questions-asked” ride home, should they need one during the evening.
  • If you’re worried about your teen driving, consider alternate transportation. A car service or limousine will provide a responsible, experienced adult driver. You also will be able to limit changes to the itinerary and contact the driver.

Prom and graduation in Connecticut are special times in a teen’s life. And just a little common sense will go a long way toward making sure your young adult is around to enjoy the other milestones that are sure to come.

Better Coverage Basics

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

This interactive tool, will help you understand the basics of insurance coverage. It has been provided by the Travelers. Take a look, you may save a few dollars. Follow this link

Boating Saftey Tips

Monday, May 21st, 2012

As Memorial day fast approaches. This is the unofficial start to backyard barbecues, pool parties and boating season in the North East. It means many people on the water….many of them novices who may not have a good grounding in boating safety.  Here are some great safety tips from treadlightly.org  Boat safe.  Have a great Memorial Day holiday!

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