How to prevent heat stroke for your pet

submitted by Julie Thorndyke, D.V.M.. Medical Director, VCA Neshaminy Animal Hospital

As the ”dog” days of summer roll in, know pets can suffer heat stroke quickly, even in 80-degree weather.

Heat stroke is a term for hyperthermia or elevated body temperature. 103 F is considered abnormal, but body temperatures above 106 F (41 C) are critical. Without previous illness, high temperatures are often associated with exposure to excessive environmental heat.

The critical temperature when multiple organs fail and impending death occurs is around 107 to 109 F.

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Record retention recommendations

submitted by E. Garrett Gummer, III, Esquire, and Maureen L. Anderson, Esquire, www.GummerElderLaw.com

When downsizing or maintaining records, consider the following guidelines to manage your records:

Legal Documents: Estate Planning documents including Wills, Powers of Attorney, Trusts and Living Wills should be kept permanently in a secure environment, such as a safe deposit box or fireproof box. Keep the most recent documents and destroy any previous versions to prevent any confusion and inform your loved ones of the location.

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Water heater requirements changing on April 16th

submitted by Dave Peppelman Jr., Christian HVAC

On April 16th, 2015, there will be significant changes to water heater energy factor (EF) requirements as the result of updates to the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA). These new requirements call for higher energy factor (EF) ratings on virtually all residential gas, electric, and oil water heaters, completely altering the water heater landscape. NAECA also affects some light-duty commercial water heaters.

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How often should I have my chimney cleaned?

submitted by Matt Halper, owner, American Chimney

The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) says that fireplaces need to be cleaned when there is 1/8″ of sooty buildup inside the chimney or flue system. Since homeowners may not be able to judge the condition of the system, it is advised that a professional Chimney Inspection be done by a CSIA Chimney Sweep. This will determine whether a chimney cleaning is needed.

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Do a cleanse, your body deserves it!

submitted by Dr. Bruce Lewandowski, owner of Lewandowski Chiropractic & Nutritional Healing, www.lewandowskichiro.com

The summer is behind us, yet the barbeques and ice cream are sticking with us…literally. Before you go out and commit to an expensive yearlong health and fitness membership, consider starting with the basics – a cleanse and purification of your bodily systems.

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Six tips to make your home more comfortable and cut utility bills

submitted by Dave Peppelman Jr., General Manager, Christian HVAC

The good news is there is a lot you can do to achieve a cleaner, healthier, more comfortable and more affordable indoor living environment. Some are do-it-yourself projects; others are best performed by trained professionals. These tips will get you started in the right direction.

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Black Belt focus

submitted by Solomon Brenner, Master instructor of Action Karate, coach of Zen Fitness

Your child’s ability to focus can affect many different aspects of his life. If you feel that your child has problems staying focused because they are easily frustrated, distracted and hyperactive, it’s important to know how to identify the problem and the steps you need to take to fix it.

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