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Family Safety During the Fourth of July Holiday

There are plenty of fun events in store for families in Oakley during the Fourth of July holiday this year.  Families from all over Northern California will be participating in the lineup of great recreational activities that include everything from rodeos to barbecues, hiking, camping, fishing and live music,  to name but a few. Of course, safety is at the forefront of a successful holiday celebration, so celebrants should take precautions to maintain their personal safety and that of their children.  For instance, everyone should have a hat and plenty of sunscreen to ward off the harmful rays of the sun while playing outdoors. If boating, there should be ample life jackets on board.  Keep alcoholic beverages on shore and remember that the waterways can be more populated during the holidays.  For everyone’s safety, boaters should exercise courtesy and respect toward other water vehicles at all times. Closed-toed shoes are best to ... Read more

Homeowners Halloween Safety Guide

Anytime you have visitors to your home there is a potential for liability issues. This is true for holidays like Halloween. If you want to minimize your exposure there are some safety tips you should observe. Here is a brief guide to making sure guests and trick-or-treaters have a safe Halloween when visiting your home. Turn the porch light on. Having an exterior light on not only helps visibility but it also lets neighbors know that you are welcoming trick-or-treaters. Don’t use an open flame in your Jack-o-lantern. It is much safer to use a battery powered light or even a glow stick to illuminate your carved pumpkin. Remove anything that may be an obstacle on your sidewalk and porch. It is getting darker earlier so make sure planters and other obstacles aren’t an impediment to those who are visiting. Secure your pets. You don’t want to take the chance of your pet ... Read more

Five Safe and Affordable Cars for Teens

If you’re a parent of a teen, you may be embarking upon the time when they want to drive. Today’s teens aren’t satisfied with a license, most of them also want a car to accompany their foray into the world of semi-adulthood. How do you handle that as a parent? You want to ensure their safety, and make sure they have the most protection while driving. There are a couple of things you can do to make your life easier, especially if you are considering buying your teen a car. First, add them to your current insurance policy. Next check which cars have been rated safe and affordable. Here is a quick list of new and used cars that may be helpful: 2013 Chevrolet Malibu 2008 Saturn Aura XE 2009 Honda Accord Sedan 2005 Saab 9-3 Linear 2010 Chevrolet Malibu These cars have given the best performance for teen drivers and can give you some ... Read more