Today marked 13 years since Charles (Charlie, Dad, Papa Krugh, Uncle Charlie) Krugh passed away after a very tough series of battles with cancer, heart disease, and the killer, diabetes. He continues to be missed every day by his sons and daughter, (and daughter-in-law) and by grandchildren who hardly got to know him before he was gone. His quiet, gentle, honest, and often humorous approach to the business he built “from scratch” continues to be the gold standard by which we strive to operate Krugh Insurance Agency. Even after so many years of trying to get used to it, we still find it hard to find comfort in “Rest in Peace.”
With the arrival of early summer in our little corner of Clark County comes the insistent buzzing whine of the Weed Whacker. From every fence row, around every tree and shrub, it works its deadly way across lawns, along sidewalks, and much, much too close to flower beds. In careless hands, the helpful handy weed-whacker can quickly become hazardous to the operator’s health. Many of the same safety precautions for riding, push, or zero-turn mowers also apply to their smaller cousins, whether gas or electric-powered. Most importantly, dress for the occasion: heavy long pants, long sleeved shirt, sturdy shoes or boots, gloves, and safety glasses. No doubt about it, it’s gonna be a hot, sweaty task, but hopefully not a bloody one. And, as when mowing, always keep kids and pets away from the action.
Although the operator’s manual on our new Black & Decker “Remington” model doesn’t address this issue, I’d like to add another safety hazard concerning weed whackers in careless hands: the possibility of personal injury such as a kick in the gluteus maximus or a dope-slap to the head from the gardener whose beautiful but slow-growing wisteria has been discovered hanging lifeless from its fence. Two feet tall, two feet wide, several gorgeous blue flower panicles already drooping from its little baby branches. Guarded from the riding mower by three two-foot lengths of fireplace wood. Been there in that same spot for three years now, just like the clematis vine on the six-foot ornamental iron trellis at the north end of the front porch. Three clematis vines, actually, one per summer, each one planted in that same really sneaky spot, next to the trellis. “Didn’t see ‘em. Because of the weeds…”
Grass is growing faster than we can find dry times to mow, and weeds are getting downright scary. Most of us are itching to get into yards and flower beds as soon as possible—with any luck at all, before the heat/ humidity index hits 90!
We’ll leave advice about mulching your milkweed and pruning your plum trees to the folks who know that stuff, and stick to what we do know a little bit about at Krugh Insurance: accidents around the home.
The biggest outdoor safety hazards involve lawnmowers, which are responsible for over 253,000 injuries, according to the U.S. Consumer Safety Commission. Far too many of these accidents involve children. To put it bluntly, kids and mowers just don’t mix, either on board or anywhere near, when mowing is in progress.
Don’t get us wrong: we’re as guilty as the next grandpa of giving the kids a ride, with the blades shut off, of course. But here’s a scenario to make you cringe: you put the toddler off the mower, into a safe spot on the deck, and start your grass attack. After a round or so, you’re totally into it and have forgotten Little Lulu entirely. When she jumps down off the porch and starts following Papa, begging for another ride, you can’t hear her and have no idea she’s close behind when you shift into reverse to make a precise corner. Even if your mower has a working safety switch to prevent mowing in reverse, scary possibilities exist here. ‘Nuff said?
So, Safety Tip #1: Stay alert to where you are relative to obstacles and kids. ALWAYS check; never assume the way behind you is clear.
#2: Walk the lawn and remove toys, rocks, sticks, pets, and kids. Seriously, folks, the energy transferred by a typical mower blade striking a stone is equal to being shot in the hand by a .357 magnum. Seriously.
#3: Beware all slopes; know the safest way to mow them with your mower.
#4: Use a broomstick, not fingers, to dislodge debris from under the mower deck. This may seem like a no-brainer, but trust us, we know of specific cases. And oh, yeah, shut everything off first.
#5. Shut off the engine and wait for it to cool before re-fueling.
Krugh Insurance had a wonderful time at the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce's Annual Dinner in April. Our own Larry Krugh was honored to be recognized during the evening's activities (pictured left shaking hands with Sandi Arnold). Larry was recently named to the Champaign County Chamber Board. He's looking forward to the opportunity to further serve his community on the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce Board!
Our Krugh Insurance centerpiece didn't win any prizes (pictured bottom left), but lots of people thought it was "creative." Thanks, Gene Carol Johnson and Brenda Ober for the inspiration and the watering can!
Pictured bottom right, Rock Krugh and Cheryl Cook at the Krugh Insurance Agency table. Cheryl scored some nice items in the silent auction! We all had a great time and can't wait for next year's annual dinner!
Finally got a chance to decorate the newly refinished office wall at our Catawba location with some Krugh Insurance company awards and plaques, a small sample of 56-years-worth, anyway!
And thank you, David Baldwin for the nice piece of woodworking at the top of the new display! It was exactly what we needed to set off the plaques!
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