Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips

The annual apparition of spooky skeletons, broomstick-riding witches and carved pumpkins is a sure sign fall is well under way. Second only to Christmas in terms of how much consumers spend on decorations,¹ Americans of all ages seem to love celebrating Halloween.

The Halloween spirit has spread to the inside and outside of the home as well, with homeowners setting up elaborate displays that range from haunted houses in the basement to graveyards on the lawn, as well as high-tech LED lighting outdoors. When planning and setting up your Halloween decorations, it is a good idea to consider any potential risks involved. Taking steps to prepare your property and to protect any visitors can help spare you from a truly frightening night.

Be Aware of Dangers that Might Not be Visible During the Night

  • Walk your property before Halloween to identify and minimize potential dangers, especially those difficult to see after dark. For example, check to make sure temporary extension cords are secured to avoid becoming a tripping hazard.
  • Make sure walking surfaces are even and clear of debris, and that any obstacles are clearly marked, such as stakes, exposed roots or holes.
  • Ensure that your front yard, walkway and entry way are well-lit so that those unfamiliar with your home can safely navigate. If using a fog machine, be careful that the fog does not make it difficult to see tripping hazards.

Remember that Welcoming the Neighborhood Inside Also Invites Risk

  • When hosting a haunted house, make sure to allow adequate floor and exit lighting. Keep exits clear to help prevent tripping.
  • Avoid advertising the event in your neighborhood or on social media.
    • If charging for admission for a haunted house or other forms of entertainment, be aware that this could be considered a business activity and you should consult with your agent or insurance company representative to ensure you have the proper coverage.

Be Smart about Where You Place Decorations

  • Set up decorations with traffic flow in mind. Place them to prevent tipping over, blowing away or becoming a tripping hazard.
  • When plugging in your scary indoor decorations, do not overload electrical outlets.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to help avoid damage to your home or injury to your guests. For example, make sure inflatable decorations are secured properly and kept away from sources of ignition.

Set Up Spooky Lighting with Caution

  • Avoid any kind of open flame.
  • Consider using battery-operated candles or LED lighting as a safe alternative to candles.
  • Do not drape costumes or other fabrics over light bulbs, which generate heat and can start a fire.

Choose Decorations Wisely

  • Avoid dried flowers, cornstalks and crêpe paper because they are highly combustible. Keep these and other decorations away from open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
  • Use lights and other electrical decorations that have been tested for safety – look for a certification mark from UL, CSA, ETL or another nationally-recognized laboratory.
  • When plugging in decorations, avoid daisy chaining extension cords, which may cause overheating.
  • Never staple, nail through or fasten electrical wires or extension cords in any way that might damage the wire or insulation. This could cause electrical shock or fire.
  • Plug all outdoor lights and decorations into ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) to help reduce the risk of electric shock. Portable GFCIs for outdoor use can be purchased where electrical supplies are sold.

Do Not be Frightened by the Risks

  • Give yourself peace of mind and speak with your insurance agent to make sure you are properly covered.
  • Consider an Umbrella Policy that could provide extra protection in case of an accident.

 

***Post courtesy of our friends at Travelers Insurance Company




Cookies For Coats & Coats For Kids Scholarship

Cookies For Coats & Coats For Kids Scholarship

Thanks to your generosity we had another amazing year for our Cookies for Coats & Coats for Kids Campaign ! In 2008 Donnell Insurance initiated the Cookies for Coats campaign. If you brought in a gently used coat, we give you a delicious box of cookies. With the success of that campaign we started our Coats for Kids Scholarship. The high schools collect gently used coats and in turn we offer every participating high school in Burlington $1,000 Scholarship to a graduating student.

This year we donated 1,430 coats to the Salvation Army and the Compassion Society and cash donations amounting to $13,410.  We are proud to announce the High Schools that have qualified for the 2016 $1,000 Coats for Kids Scholarships:

Aldershot High School
Assumption Catholic S.S
Burlington Central High School
Corpus Christi High School
Lester B. Pearson High School
M.M. Robinson High School
Nelson High School
Notre Dame Catholic S.S
Robert Bateman High School

Since inception in 2008, we are proud to say we have collected over 6,430 coats, cash donations of over $56,410 and awarded $32,000 in Scholarships.




Cookies for Coats & Coats for Kids Scholarship

Cookies for Coats & Coats for Kids Scholarship

Thanks to your generosity we had another amazing year for our Cookies for Coats & Coats for Kids Campaign ! In 2008 Donnell Insurance initiated the Cookies for Coats campaign. If you brought in a gently used coat, we give you a delicious box of cookies. With the success of that campaign we started our Coats for Kids Scholarship. The high schools collect gently used coats and in turn we offer every participating high school in Burlington $1,000 Scholarship to a graduating student.

This year we donated 1,263 coats to the Salvation Army and the Compassion Society and cash donations amounting to $13,470.  We are proud to announce the High Schools that have qualified for the 2016 $1,000 Coats for Kids Scholarships:

Aldershot High School
Assumption High School
Burlington Central High School
Corpus Christi High School
Dr. Frank J. Hayden High School
Lester B. Pearson High School
M.M. Robinson High School
Nelson High School

Since inception in 2008, we are proud to say we have collected over 5,000 coats, cash donations of over $43,000 and awarded $21,000 in Scholarships.




Donnell Insurance Donates $100,000

Donnell Insurance Donates $100,000

Donnell Insurance Donates $100,000

Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation recently held their 2014 Crystal Ball, Dream Big: A Once in a Lifetime Celebration. This wonderful event supports and raises funds for our local community hospital. The Donnell Family was born and raised in Burlington and felt compelled to give back. Joe, Pat & Peter, along with their families, made a generous $100,000 donation. Joe Donnell commented that “all of us – including most of our employees and clients – live and work in the community and we all rely on Joseph Brant Hospital for our families’ health.”

 

 

 

 




Cookies for Coats Update – 2014

Cookies for Coats Update – 2014

Cookies for Coats Update – 2014

With the help of your generosity, our Cookies for Coats campaign was our most successful to date !   We were able to donate 504 gently used coats to the Salvation Army & the Compassion Society. Thank you for helping keep your community warm.

To those that attended & gave at the Cookies for Coats Cocktail Event held at Jake’s Grill & Oyster House, we Thank You ! Again, through your generosity, we presented a donation to the Salvation Army in the amount of $8,750.

 

 

 

 




Cookies for Coats Success!

Cookies for Coats Success!

Our Cookies for Coats campaign was a huge success!

We were pleased to present the Salvation Army with cheques amounting to $8,060 and distributed 488 gently used coats to the Salvation Army & Compassion Society.  We have been in partnership with the Salvation Army & Compassion Society since 2009.

 

The photo above is of our very own Joe Donnell donating the cheque for $8060.00 to Jeff Johnston of the Salvation Army.

We want to take the opportunity to thank our generous supporters for allowing each year to supersede the following.  Thank you Burlington!




Coats for Kids Scholarship

Coats for Kids Scholarship

Education costs have escalated over the past few years.  We have been assisting local Burlington students since 2012 in offering a $1,500 Scholarship for their post secondary education.  The local high schools must contribute a minimum amount of gently used coats and then they may select two students from that school to be a potential candidate to receive the scholarship.  The candidate must be dedicated and enthusiastic about our community.

This year our generous local high schools collected an unbelievable 877 gently used coats that were distributed to the Salvation Army & Compassion Society !!

 

Kuddos to all those that gave.  Stay tuned for our Scholarship Winners that will be announced the first week in June.

 

For more information, read our bulletin on our work with Coats for Kids! Craig’s Bulletin




Cookies for Coats

Join our team and the Salvation Army in helping a friend keep warm this winter season. Drop off your gently used winter coats at our office and receive a box of delicious cookies. Our way of saying “Thank You” for your contribution.

Drop off location is 3077 Mainway Drive in Burlington. Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm.

For more information, click here to download flyer.

 




Congratulations to our Scholarship Winners!




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