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    Tips For a Safe and Happy Fourth of July!

    Posted by Gordon Atlantic Staff

    Fri, Jun 17, 2016 @ 10:14 AM

    Summer is finally upon us!  One of the America's favorite summer holidays is the Fourth of July.

    People will be gathering together for parades, cookouts, water sports and fireworks.  These activities are all very fun, but it is a good idea to remember to take caution while celebrating.

    Water sports and fireworks are the two of the biggest pastimes for Fourth of July celebrations, and these are both linked to numerous deaths and injuries each year.

    Be a safe swimmer, never swim alone.  Alcohol consumption also increases the risk of accidental drowning.

    Make sure kid’s water play is adequately supervised at all times.

    Many children or adults for that matter drown when other people are nearby, so always have a designated chaperone for water play and don’t assume that others are watching the kids.   Statistics show that most young children who drown in pools have been out of site for less than five minutes.

    Fireworks are illegal in Massachusetts.  But that doesn’t stop people from getting them anyways.  Every year there are injuries where people tried to put on their own firework display.   Attending fireworks displays organized by professionals is always safer, but you still need to be cautious and keep your eyes open.

    Most importantly, have fun with family and friends. From everyone here at Gordon Insurance, happy summer and happy 4th!

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    Free Family Fun

    Posted by Marge Libby

    Sun, Mar 09, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

    I love a parade!    They’re enjoyable, fun and FREE.

    Enjoy free family fun with Andrew G Gordon Inc InsuranceOn March 16th there will be one of the largest parades on the South Shore to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day.  The parade kicks off on Washington Street in Abington Center at 1:00pm and ends up on North Avenue in North Abington Center.     Every year thousands of people line the streets of Abington to enjoy the bands, floats and candy that is passed out all along the route.  There are several bag pipe bands and drum & bugle corps, as well as many local marching bands.   Area merchants get into the spirit with decorated cars and trucks.  Check out http://eddiebaileysgarage.com for pictures of previous years parades.

     

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    Stay Healthy This Season

    Posted by Gordon Atlantic Staff

    Mon, Dec 09, 2013 @ 09:33 AM

    Uh oh.

    The person to your left just sneezed, the person walking behind you coughed, and the office tissue box never seems to have enough tissues. While this might not be an endemic, you should consider yourself and your health and all the people you are exposed to on a daily basis.

    Winter is when a lot of people get sick. A LOT. The colder temperatures encourages people to stay inside more, and when more people stay inside more often, buildings become incubators for disease.

    Stay healthy this season by heeding to a few simple steps. You wouldn't want to miss a festive party because you're clammy and sniffling at home.

    Stay healthy during the sick season with health life insurance from andrew g gordon inc1. Wash your hands.

    This is something you should already be doing before eating a meal and after using the restroom. (I REALLY HOPE you are already doing this step.) But maybe it's time to squeeze washing your hands in a few more times during the day, ESPECIALLY after touching something that has been touched by many. An example of this? A door handle. A shared keyboard, mouse, printed document. A fridge in the break room. If it's public, then it's been exposed.

    2. Wear proper clothing.

    It's cold outside. Make sure you dress appropriately for all sorts of weather. You don't want your body to use energy to warm you up. Don't distract your immune system by wearing socks that are too thin or choosing to not wear a hat or earmuffs solely for that reason that it will mess up your hair.

    3. If you have to cough/sneeze...

    Do not be part of the problem. If you have a slight cough or a sneeze, DO NOT SNEEZE AT OTHERS. There is nothing more rude than saying "Happy holidays" and then giving the gift of sickness. I bet that an illness was definitely not on their Christmas list this year, so don't act as Sick Santa and give them one.

    4. Clean

    Clean more than usual. If you never clean at all, then you have been warned. With all the coughing and sneezing and touching and sheer breathing, germs are everywhere. A cleaner space will allow for an overall healthier environment.

    5. Eat healthily

    Because it's the holiday season, you are more than welcome to eat any arrangement of pies, cakes, and chocolates you want... within reason. Don't sacrifice good health and good eating options entirely. Your body needs the fruits, vegetables, proteins, etc. If you deprive yourself of that, then have fun depriving yourself of good health during the season.

    These steps are advice for overall good health in general, but please be more aware especially during this time of year. 'Tis the season for fun and good cheer, and you don't want to miss that because 'tis the season for sickness as well.

    Take care and enjoy your holiday.

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    An Insurance Christmas

    Posted by Gordon Atlantic Staff

    Mon, Dec 24, 2012 @ 09:01 AM

    Have a happy christmas and holiday season with personal from andrew gordon inc insurance
    Snowman

    Stocking

    Reindeer
    Snow

    'Twas the night before Christmas

    And all were asleep

    Happy and worry-free

    In case disaster should creep

     

    The stockings were hung

    So they won't catch aflame

    And if they did, the homeowner's policy

    Would put that to shame

     

    If a reindeer hits the car, 

    Insurance will protect the auto

    "Making Insurance Make Sense"

    -That is our motto

     

    So sleep sweetly and dream,

    Let the sugar plum fairies dance

    You have no loss to fear 

    Because of insurance!

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    Have a wonderful Christmas! Stay safe!

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    Some More Holiday Safety: Lights

    Posted by Gordon Atlantic Staff

    Sat, Dec 08, 2012 @ 04:32 PM

    IStay safe with holiday lights this season with personal from andrew gordon inc insurance norwell man our last blog post about holiday safety, we touched upon the topic of candles. In this blog, we’re going to talk a little about electrical safety.

    One of my favorite things about the holiday season is how decorated the world becomes. Some of my fondest Christmas memories are of driving through towns and down streets just to see the lights on the houses. Some neighborhoods go all out; some just have a couple of lights in the windows. Either way, lights constitute perhaps the largest part of holiday decorations- both inside and outside the home.

    Lights also pose several hazards. The best way to avoid these hazards is to follow the steps listed below:Learn about safe holiday light use this winter with personal and homeowners from Andrew Gordon inc insurance norwell ma

    • Make sure the lights you use outside are meant for outside use. If the lights are meant for indoor use, the weather can cause fires and electric shocks much more easily. Just check the tag.
    • When putting electric lights outside (say, on the roof) make sure you use appropriate ladder safety. (Have someone spot you, make sure the ladder is stable, ascend slowly and safely, etc.)
    • Check and change all the light bulbs BEFORE you plug in.
    • Keep the wires away from any pets that might be chewing on them.
    • Check to make sure the wires are not frayed or exposed.
    • If the wires start to overheat, unplug them immediately.

    Enjoy the holidays and all the dazzling lights! "Ooh" and "ahh" at the houses that go crazy with spirit! But remember to follow the steps above- nobody wants to enjoy the season in the dark.

    If you have any questions about risk management or insurance, feel free to contact us. For a homeowner's quote, click the box below.

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    Holiday Safety

    Posted by Gordon Atlantic Staff

    Thu, Nov 29, 2012 @ 12:02 PM

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    There are so many things that go wrong while in the pursuit of showing off who has the most holiday spirit. One way that people chose to do so is to have their house smelling like the season. Another way people battle for the holiday spirit crown is by having candles light the night from their windows. Even though spirit isn't a competition, safety can be. Make sure you're the winner when it comes to holiday safety.

    Scented Candles

    This time of year, we tend to like the warmth and ambiance that candles give us and with all the holiday scents. How can you resist? There's all sorts of wonderful holiday scents: vanilla, cinnamon, peppermint, pine, etc. The list goes on and on!

    However, with candles comes responsibility.  Candles can be tipped over by children and pets, have their flames ignite the drapes, or even crack the holder and fall out. The result of all of these: a fire, and fires can be extremely devastating with all the damage they cause.

    Remember, we love the smell of candles, not the smell of a burning home.

    Window Candles

    There is nothing so warm and welcoming as driving by a house to see candles in the windows. Who cares if they're electric or battery operated? The message is still the same, and they are certainly much safer than having tiny flames located throughout a house.

    Again, keep in mind that they can be knocked off the window sill and if the bulb breaks, a fire could start. However, the probability of a fire starting is less with a bulb than with an actual flame from a candle!

    If you have any questions about insurance, feel free to contact us. Have a wonderful holiday season, and remember to be careful!

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    Independence Day: Celebration Safety Tips

    Posted by Gordon Atlantic Staff

    Tue, Jul 03, 2012 @ 10:01 AM

    Celebrate independence day safely with personal from andrew gordon inc insurance norwell maNo major holiday would be complete without a safety blog from us here at Gordon Insurance. Independence Day, the Fourth of July, is tomorrow and that means traffic, grilling, fireworks, and drinking.

    A Brief History

    Independence Day is the celebration of when the United States adopted the Declaration of Independence back on July 4th (or around there) in 1776. A year later, 13 gunshots were fired and celebrations were held. 1870 marks when Congress declared July 4th an unpaid federal holiday; however, it was made a paid holiday in 1938. Today, national songs are sung, fireworks are shown, military bases have a one gun salute, parades, barbecues, fairs, picnics, concerts, reunions are held. And final fun fact is that the Bristol Fourth of July Parade in RI is the oldest celebration in the US (Since 1785!)

    Traffic Safety

    During one of the busiest driving times of the year, exercise caution on the roads. Many people can get aggressive due to the large volume of cars on the road, so just relax and drive defensively; do not get into any confrontations. Remember, everyone is trying to get somewhere, and all will arrive…eventually.

    Grilling

    We already have an extensive blog about grilling safety, but here are a few main points from it.

    • Wear protective gear
    • Keep the gas away from main structures/flammable objects
    • Turn of the gas when not in use
    • Charcoal: use the right lighter fluid
    • Check for leaks
    • Grills remain hot long after the gas is off

    Fireworks

    Enjoy your fourth of july safely with tips and personal from andrew gordon inc insurance norwell maThe most iconic Independence Day activity has to be setting off fireworks. Many will travel with blankets, sweatshirts, and snacks in tow to local shows or the Boston Pops event; however, some will go the “do it yourself” way. Despite the fact fireworks are illegal in Massachusetts, people still bring them into the State. If you do, follow these tips (from the National Council on Fireworks Safety)

    • Outdoors only
    • Obey local laws
    • Keep water nearby
    • Don’t relight duds, wait 20 minutes then put in water
    • Stay away from the shooter (who should wear safety glasses)
    • Alcohol and fireworks: nope. Have a designated shooter
    • Sparklers are a 12 and up activity
    • NO HOMEMADE FIREWORKS

    Alcohol

    Speaking of drinking, spend the 4th however you want to celebrate, but drink responsibly and have a designated driver. The traffic situation is bad enough this time of year. For more information about drinking and driving at holiday time, see our Christmas time Drinking and Driving Prevention blog.

    What are your plans for the 4th? Leave a comment below.

    And after the celebrations are over, check us out at www.agordon.com for insurance information and more.

     

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    Halloween! Spiders & Witches & Goblins, Oh My!

    Posted by Gordon Atlantic Staff

    Thu, Oct 20, 2011 @ 06:31 PM

    Prepare yourself and loved ones for Halloween and other holidays with these safety tips and home auto life from Gordon InsuranceHalloween can be a fun time for kids and adults alike. Trick or Treating, Costume Parties,  Bobbing for Apples… the fun never seems to end.

    But along with all this fun, there is the potential for danger. Here are some things to consider while celebrating All Hallows Eve:

    1) Check the labels on your kids’ costumes to be sure they are fire proof or at lease fire retardant.

    2) Always have an adult or older sibling accompany young children when they go trick or treating.

    3) Consider applying reflective tape to your child's costume.

    4) Equip your child with a flashlight or other light device.

    And of course, there’s all that candy! While most people enjoy providing treats for the tricksters, there are those devious individuals who do intentional harm. We’ve all heard the stories of razor blades in apples, alcohol or drugs injected into apples or oranges and of course the poisons added to candy. Your best bet is to advise your child not to eat any of their treats until you have a chance to check them out (good luck with that!). Better yet, why not host a Halloween party in your home where you have control of what is eaten. Giving prizes for the best, worst or scariest costumes, bobbing for apples, etc. are all sure to keep the kids happy AND SAFE!

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    And for scarily helpful resources and insurance information, visit our website or get a quote. Happy Halloween from A G Gordon, Inc!



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