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Tips to Keep Cool in a Hot Classroom

Tips to Keep Cool in a Hot Classroom

As students and educators head back to school, an uninvited visitor is joining them: summer heat. Much of the country is experiencing a late summer heatwave, sending temperatures to possible record highs. Teaching students in hot, uncomfortable classrooms is difficult, and many schools don’t have adequate air conditioning.

Here are some ways to help keep everyone cool in the classroom:

  • Minimize using overhead lights (instead, turn off the lights and use lamps or Christmas lights)
  • Close shades to block intense sunlight
  • Take cool-down breaks between lessons
  • Avoid excess movement during the hottest part of the day
  • Utilize a climate-controlled computer lab
  • Switch off unused electronics that produce heat even in standby mode
  • Invest in fans to cool the room

It’s also important for you and your students to stay hydrated. The Centers for Disease Control and Environment advises avoiding sugary and calorie-laden sports and soft drinks when the temperature rises. Water is the best way to hydrate the body, and it helps with cooling. Make sure your students always have easy access to water.

The American Academy of Pediatrics also warns against students engaging in physical exercise in extreme heat because they can overheat quicker than adults. However, if your students engage in physical activity, it is crucial to know the symptoms of heatstroke and heat exhaustion.

Heat Exhaustion

  • Heavy sweating
  • Weakness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Cold, pale and clammy skin
  • Fast, weak pulse
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fainting

 

Heatstroke

  • High body temperature (above 103 degrees)
  • Hot, red, dry or moist skin
  • Rapid and strong pulse
  • Possible unconsciousness

 

It’s important to note the key differences in treating each illness. Heat exhaustion can be treated by moving the victim to a cool location. Apply cool wet cloths and having them sip water. Heatstroke can be fatal and requires immediate medical attention.

 

Educators can beat the heat with these cool lesson plans for hot days:

  • Study the buoyancy of various objects in the water
  • Learn about water displacement of various objects
  • Create various devices that will float in water
  • Determine the best methods of keeping an ice cube frozen
  • Study cold weather areas like Iceland or Antarctica

 

California Casualty can help fund your hot weather study materials with a $2,500 Academic Award. Enter for your chance to win by visiting www.EducatorsAcademicAward.com.

 

Interview Dos and Don’ts from HR Recruiters

Interview Dos and Don’ts from HR Recruiters

You found the perfect company, sent over your resume and cover letter, and just got scheduled for an interview. Whether you’re a job-hunting pro or seeking a foothold in your new career, there’s often a mix of anticipation and anxiety about what to wear, what to say, and how to impress your potential employer.

So, we asked our Human Resource experts, what are the best practices that they recommend to nail an interview? Here are our California Casualty HR professional’s interview dos and don’ts:

First, don’t underestimate the importance of the initial phone interview. Many companies -California Casualty included- want to do a first interview over the phone. This is the first key step to get a face-to-face interview, and eventually the job.

 

DO:

  • Find a quiet place with good reception
  • Make sure your phone is charged
  • Research the company
  • Have your resume and notes in front of you
  • Remember to keep it conversational, but always be professional
  • Ask questions

DON’T:

  • Have pets or kids in the room
  • Use filler words like, “um” or “uh”
  • Do anything besides sit and talk (EX. having a side conversation, watching TV, doing the dishes, going to the bathroom) *Yes, these have all happened.*
  • Use profanity or slang
  • Automatically assume you will get an in-person interview

 

If you get invited to the next step, congratulations! Now it is time for an interview at the actual company. It is important to put your best foot forward and make a good, lasting impression with your potential employer.

 

DO:

  • Research the company and know what it does, its core beliefs and values, and how you might fit in
  • Know what job you are interviewing for and if you will be a good fit
  • Research “behavior-based interviews” (BBI)
  • Practice answering other common interview questions
  • Arrive early
  • Dress professionally (even if the company tells you they have a casual dress code, remember you are not an employee -yet- and are there to impress)
  • Bring a copy of your resume, cover letter, and any other requested documents or forms that you were asked to bring or complete
  • Be aware of your posture and non-verbal communication
  • Utilize eye contact
  • Be articulate and concise, and confident in your answers
  • Prepare and ask questions about the company or the specific job

DON’T:

  • Arrive late
  • Use slang, inappropriate language, or bad grammar
  • Slouch or fidget
  • Talk negatively about your current or past job and coworkers
  • Share too much personal information
  • Lie about past experiences or qualifications
  • Completely dominate the conversation
  • Make your first question about pay, sick time, or vacation
  • Show signs of panic when you don’t know an answer to a question
  • Be afraid to ask the interviewer to clarify a question

 

And lastly, don’t doubt yourself, you’ve got this! 🙂

 

At California Casualty, we serve American Heroes who are committed to making their communities better: educators, law enforcement officers, firefighters, and nurses. We are always looking for motivated individuals who are dedicated to providing a higher level of service to those who serve their communities. We invite you to learn more about exciting opportunities on our career page, https://www.calcas.com/careers.

Know Your Insurance: Climate Change Protection

Know Your Insurance: Climate Change Protection

While there may be some debate about the cause, more and more people are accepting the fact that a changing climate is leading to extremely erratic weather with more intense storms, prolonged drought, and rising temperatures.

This has led to some of the most dramatic disasters in the U.S. Throughout these impressive weather swings, roofs have been damaged, homes flooded, trees toppled and vast acreage blackened. Many property owners are wondering what’s next and what they can do to safeguard their property?

Here are some important steps that you can take to help protect your property and your family from the major effects of climate change.

Storms

Snow and ice storms, hurricanes and spring/summer thunderstorms have become more intense. From record hail, tornado outbreaks, and torrential downpours; our homes and property are taking a beating.

When these storms hit, check and repair:

  • Roofs and shingles
  • Gutters and downspouts
  • Decks and porches for loose, cracked or exposed wood
  • Exterior for chipped or peeling paint, cracks, holes or exposed wood or siding
  • Attics for evidence of leaks
  • Basements or crawl spaces for damp areas and cracks
  • Concrete slabs for cracks or shifting soil
  • Chimneys for damage or dirty flues
  • Trees and bushes for broken or weak trunks and branches, and removing any branches that overhang your home

 

Fire

Wildfires in much of the country have burned hotter and consumed more structures and acreage in recent years. Climate change has extended the fire season by an extra two months across the U.S.! In much of the South and West it begins in early spring, ending late fall.

Fire prevention experts recommend that anyone in or near a fire-prone area, especially what is called the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI), needs to take these steps to minimize their fire risk and help responding crews:

  • Create at least a 100 foot defensible space area around homes and structures (200 feet or more may be needed on hillside areas)
  • Keep combustible wood piles, propane tanks and other flammable materials 30 feet from homes and structures
  • Remove weeds and dry shrubs near structures
  • Keep laws trimmed and mowed
  • Trim tree branches 10 feet up from the ground and remove any that overhang your home or other structures, and keep trees spaced 30 feet apart
  • Install a fire resistant roof and deck
  • Make sure your street name and address are visibly posted for emergency vehicles
  • Clear flammable vegetation 10 feet from roads and five feet from driveways, and cut back overhanging branches on roads and drive ways

Keeping your home well maintained is essential to withstand the vagaries of weather. You can find more wildfire preparation tips here.

Know Your Insurance

In the event of these extreme storms it is also critical that you understand your insurance and know:

  • If your homeowners policy includes replacement cost or actual cash value,
  • Whether you are covered for new additions, improvements or appliance and other upgrades,
  • That a floater or scheduled personal property endorsement is needed to fully cover high value items such as fine art, furs, jewelry, silverware and musical instruments

Keep in mind:  flood and earthquake insurance are not included with your home or renters policy. However when you have California Casualty, you can easily add each to your policy though our agency services program. Please contact: 1.877.652.2638 or agencyservices@calcas.com .

Another important coverage you should add to your policy is comprehensive coverage. Without it your vehicle won’t be protected if it is damaged or destroyed by a flood, fire or falling tree limb. To ask a customer service representative about adding comprehensive coverage please contact: 1.800.800.9410 or visit www.calcas.com

Lastly, make sure your belongings are also completely covered in the event of a storm or fire. If you haven’t completed a home inventory yet, now is the time to do it. Having a list and proof of the things you own will help you with reimbursement if your home or apartment is damaged by a natural disaster. For our free Home Inventory Guide click here.

This article is furnished by California Casualty, providing auto and home insurance to educators, law enforcement officers, firefighters and nurses. Get a quote at 1.866.704.8614 or www.calcas.com.

 

Bicycle Safety

Bicycle Safety

Back to school is here and that means so is bicycle season! We are about to see an influx of children riding their bikes to and from school, extracurricular activities, and the houses of all of their new friends. Before your child straps on their helmet and takes off down the sidewalk, give yourself peace of mind knowing they are safe by educating them on Bicycle Safety.

Key Bicycle Safety TIPS:

  • Wear a helmet
  • Avoid night riding
  • No loose clothing
  • Check your tires & brakes
  • Don’t ride in bad weather
  • Look at for cars
  • Follow the rules of the road
  • Always be on the look out for hazards
  • NEVER drive distracted

 

Save our free Bicycle Safety printable below to give to your children or hang up next to their bike gear as a visual reminder that they can always refer back to.

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This article is furnished by California Casualty, providing auto and home insurance to educators, law enforcement officers, firefighters and nurses. Get a quote at 1.866.704.8614 or www.calcas.com.

 

Easy After School Snack Ideas for Kids

Easy After School Snack Ideas for Kids

It is officially back to school season!

As great as it is to buy the new school gear and hear about all of the new friends your kids are making, this time of the year can be hectic. Between new school schedules, after school programs, extracurricular activities, and athletic events it seems like there is just not enough time in the day, let alone to stop everything and make a snack!

That is why we have complied a list of easy after school snack ideas for kids. With so many recipes, even the pickiest of eaters can enjoy.

The best part is, these are recipes you can make ahead of time and grab when you are on the go. To make it easy for you, each recipe is linked back to out Pinterest Board: After School Snacks, so all you have to do is click on the picture and it will direct you to the recipe!

 

1. Turkey and Cheese Crescent Rolls

Easy Snacks for Kids

 

2. 5 Ingredient Ranch Snack Mix

Easy after school snacks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Chicken Nugget Sliders

After School Snacks for Kids

 

4. Apple Monster Cookies

After School Snacks

 

5. Frozen Yogurt Fruit Bark

After School Snacks

 

6. Butterfly Snack Bags

Easy After school Snacks

 

7. Chocolate Dipped Clementines

After School Snacks for Kids

 

8. Unsandwiches

Kids Snacks

 

9. Chunky Monkey Bites

Easy Snacks

 

10. Corn Dog Nuggets

Back to School

 

11. 3 Ingredient Cereal Bars

back to school snacks

 

12. Chicken, Bacon, Ranch Pinwheels

after school snacks

 

13. Energy Balls

Easy Snack Recipes

 

14. Banana and Nutella Sushi

No Bake Snacks for Kids

 

15. Pizza Toast

Easy Dinner Recipe

 

16. Ham, Turkey, and Cheese Roll-Ups

Easy Snack Idea

 

17. Animal Cracker Parfait

Easy Snacks

 

18. Cheesy Taco Sticks

Snacks

 

19. Puppy Chow

Easy Puppy Chow Recipe

 

20. Frozen Fruit and Granola Cup

Fruit Cup Recipe

 

21. Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips

Baked Recipes

 

22. Banana Splits on a Stick

Easy On the Go Snacks

 

23. PB, Fruit, and Rice Cakes

Rice Cake Snack Ideas

 

24. Ham and Pickle Roll Ups

Simple Snacks

 

25. Frozen Fruit and Yogurt Sticks

Frozen Snacks

 

Head over to our Pinterest for more easy after school snack ideas for kids! We have also included ways to organization your snack drawer and pantry. Don’t forget to give us a follow at California Casualty to stay up to date on every new recipe idea we discover! Scan our Pincode with your Pinterest camera to follow:

 

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This article is furnished by California Casualty, providing auto and home insurance to educators, law enforcement officers, firefighters and nurses. California Casualty does not own any of the photos in this post, all are sourced to their original owners. Get a quote at 1.866.704.8614 or www.calcas.com.

 

 

 

 

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