Archive | July, 2016

Summertime Tips: Keep Pool Safety #1

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This past June, a 1-year-old toddler miraculously survived after falling into the backyard pool. The parents, having lost sight of him momentarily, ran out to the pool, where he lay at the bottom. The father immediately dove in and pulled the boy out, and after instructions from 911, the boy was revived.

The most frightening thing is the high likelihood of this happening; pool drownings are the leading cause of accidental death in children aged 1-4. The pool in the backyard, while inarguably beautiful and a cooling place for children to play in the summer, can pose extreme danger if not regarded as a true threat to safety. We’ve pulled together safety tips for your family’s summer fun in the pool– after you’ve taken a look at our post on how to prepare your pool, take the time to ensure that all possible safety measures are taken when around all pools. Continue Reading →

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Charity Spotlight: Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House of Orange County

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Local charities can say a lot about the communities in which they are found; each addresses an unique need, in an unique way. The Orange County Ronald McDonald House is no exception. The Ronald McDonald House program was born Philadelphia, a response to the clear need for a home away from home for families of ill children to rest and recuperate from their daily battles.

In 1974, Philadelphia Eagles football player Frank Hill and his wife, spent three years sleeping anywhere they could – whether in a cramped bench seat, or a lonely corner, constantly enveloped in unpleasant hospital sounds and smells. Hill, having watched others go through the same scenario, worked with the Eagles, and then McDonald’s, to successfully fundraise for and create the first Ronald McDonald House. Families could now find a home where they could sleep comfortably, and find relief from the stressful and emotionally draining hospital atmosphere.  As a part of the greater Ronald McDonald House network, the Orange County chapter brings its own individuality to its partner hospital, Children’s Hospital Orange County (CHOC). Continue Reading →

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Co-Working Spaces in Orange County: Is It Right For You?

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Collaboration has become a buzzword across the professional landscape; why should it not become the central feature of the new workplace we have begun to see across the country? Imagine a space in which organizations work side by side, serving as resources and collaborative partners while saving money on rent. There are now over 400 co-working spaces, mostly for non-profits and social service organizations, including the Real Office Spaces (ROC) of Santa Monica, CA and The Village at 17th St in Santa Ana, CA. The proprietor of The Village, William Podlich, retired co-founder of Pimco, hopes this is only the beginning of this “real estate with a shared purpose.” Continue Reading →

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Be Careful at the Beach: Sharks in O.C. Waters

Great White Shark

Southern California waters have always been an enticement to locals and tourists alike; the waves are soothing, welcoming and cooling, and promise peaceful hours of swimming and surfing. But there is more hesitation seeping into swimmers minds as they dip their toes into the tide. Shark attacks have become a controversial topic this summer. Shark attacks have always appeared a distant possibility, but when a Great White attacked and seriously injured a Corona del Mar triathlete woman in May, it made us all reconsider our own susceptibility to such attacks.

Sunset Beach waters have closed multiple times in the last month, as up to five large sharks have been near the beach at one time. A group of Dana Point whale-watchers instead watched an inordinately large 10-foot great white swim lazily alongside their vessel. And, San Clemente and Huntington Beach piers have had enough sightings to post warning signs for surfers and swimmers: “Swim at own risk”.

Orange County also has its own resident crew of five juvenile great whites. Researchers and students as CSU Long Beach have been tracking and tagging the five great whites, all of whom appear to have settled in Orange County– potentially due to the high population of stingrays, especially near Surfside. The juveniles are about five feet long, and appear to know the waters of the coast of Southern California well. Great whites are born in the deep ocean and early abandoned by their mothers; they then usually head to warmer waters to feed.

In California, it is against the law to hunt a great white. A law implemented to conserve, it does have a flipside: the youthful great whites saved in the past have grown large, and are more numerous than ever. How can we balance conservation of the marine world, and protection of our families and loved ones? And, these sharks, which might in other years leave the waters, have decided to stay to enjoy the warm El Niño waters. Lifeguards scrutinize waters for sharks, and close beaches with less hesitation. This year holds the world record for shark attacks on humans, and in California, government officials are turning to other coastal countries to understand how to protect the public. In Australia, they too have restrictions on killing great whites. But in Western Australia, the region has seen a growing number of shark attacks, and is considering opening a shark fishery. Other tactics for shark repulsion and tracking include tagging sharks to attempt to know when they come into close proximity with swimmers, and shark netting to keep sharks from highly-populated swim areas. South Africa uses a flag system– a red flag means a shark has been spotted, but whose whereabouts are unknown. A white flag with a black shark means a shark has been spotted, and is still close enough to make waters unsafe.

Companies have even produced shark-deterrent products; wristbands which release an electromagnetic field which is supposed to interfere with the shark’s electrical sense. Another company also sells a surfboard leash equipped with the same technology. Whether this technology, tagging and tracking for automatic shark alerts, or shark nets are the answer remains to be seen. California has controversial and complicated environmental and safety issues to work through if this slew of shark sightings and attacks is to continue. We at BMR Insurance hope Orange County can continue to enjoy the summer at the beach, but with caution. Make sure to attend to lifeguards and other authority regarding shark sightings and safety. Call us today at (714) 838-1911; we’d be happy to talk about you and your family’s insurance coverage.
© Jagronick | – Great White Shark at Guadalupe Island

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