Be Prepared for a Safe and Happy Holiday

The holiday season is a wonderful time of year. It is also a time to ensure that your home and property are safe for children, neighbors and visitors. Fortunately it is fairly easy to do if you use these easy-to-follow steps to prevent accidents and injuries. Indoors:

  • Consider fire safety when decorating: use LED lights instead of candles.
  • Make sure that extension cords are not frayed and that wires are tucked or taped out of the way.
  • Do not place small or fragile decorations within reach of curious little hands or animals.
  • Unless you’re a trained chef, it is best not to serve raw foods to guests to avoid food poisoning.
  • When purchasing gifts for children check for the latest recalls first. safekids.org/ Product-Recalls is a good web resource. You can sign up for email alerts.

Outdoors:

  • Eliminate tripping hazards like ladders and flower pots.
  • Keep your yard well lit to minimize slips, trips and falls.
  • Take great care when using ladders. Make sure it is placed on a flat, stable surface and always have a helper on hand.
  • Keep pets safely inside or on a leash if outdoors.
  • Make sure that walkways are clear of slippery snow or ice. Use an ice melting product if you’re expecting guests or deliveries.

Commit to Quit: Don’t Text and Drive Our firm has a “Commit to Quit Don’t Text and Drive” campaign, and we encourage you to have your teen driver take the pledge not to text and drive.

Dear Friends and Clients,

In furtherance of our firm’s culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can.

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Finkelstein & Partners, LLP