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Holiday Decorating Safety

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

Decorated Christmas Tree in a family home Decorating for Christmas

It’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas and that means let the decorating begin! While all your Christmas Cheer has been packed up for the summer it’s that time of year when we pull out the decorations and begin decorating our homes for the Holiday Season. Inspect all your electrical decorations and lights to make sure there are no lose, frayed or disconnected wires. Inspect electrical drop cords and power strips for any broken sockets or loose connections. Inspect electrical outlets outside to make sure no insects or critter have set up a residence.  Keep live trees away from any heat source and make sure you check your tree daily to ensure proper hydration.  Live trees are highly flammable, due to needles and sap. If you chose an artificial tree, make sure it is fire resistant. It’s the most wonderful time of the year so be safe and enjoy this special time with family and friends.

Halloween Safety

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

Trick or Treaters ready to hit the streets for Candy This gang of Trick or Treaters are ready to get some candy!

Treat or Treating time is coming up soon – from the candy to the costumes – Halloween is s a fun-filled time for all, but it can pose dangers to young treaters.  By following a few simple safety tips your goblin is sure to have a safe and fun night of pumpkins and candy galore!

Choose a light-colored costume and be sure to add reflective tape or better yet glow in the dark tape to the costume – shoes or trick-or-treat bag.  Make sure to only purchase costumes that are “flame-retardant”.  Assure wigs, beards and masks do not cover the eyes, noses or mouths and any props they may carry such as wands or swords are light weight – short and flexible. Remember you will end up carrying it in the long haul!

When you arrive home with the goods – make sure all treats are sealed – dispose of any candy with torn packages and any homemade treats that weren’t made by someone you know.

Enjoy the night – Be Safe and remember to save some candy for yourself – you certainly deserve it!

Happy Halloween!

Tips to keep your Bonfire and Campfire Safe!

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

A burning campfire surround by rocks to help contain the fire Camping and campfires go together!

Fall has been around a couple of weeks, but we are just starting to feel the season go into full cooling force which makes for a perfect time to build a warm fire on a chilly night.  Whether you’re at a campsite or your own backyard it is important to understand the fire laws in your area as well as campfire safety precautions. Be prepared for your next outing by following these safety tips to ensure everyone has an enjoyable night.

Safety should be your top priority – Fires are unpredictable so containing them is key. In campgrounds there are usually designated fire rings or grills provided.  Use them to keep the fire contained and away from trees, bushes and your tent or camper. If there are no ring available place rocks around the outside, dig a hole at least 6 inches deep and 2 feet across – keep the dirt around the pit. Make sure there is only dirt around you fire location. Have a bucket of water on hand – Just in case!  Never leave the fire unattended and when its time for lights out .. make sure your fire is completely out before hitting the hay!

Breast Cancer Month!

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Breast Cancer Hope for a Cure Spread the Hope!

October is all about the PINK! It may officially be Fall and yellow – orange and red are popping up everywhere but you are sure to find PINK around every corner – Its National Breast Cancer Awareness Month – this is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention and a cure! Breast cancer is one of the most common kinds of cancer in women – the good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’ s found and treated early.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of getting the word out about mammograms, and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.

Avoid Electrical Outlet Overload

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

overloaded electrical outlet Electrical outlet overload

We are all guilty of this at times especially with the smart phone and tablets that make our life easier we have chargers in almost every room in the house with multiple functions for charging our devices, however it is very important (more so in older homes) that we don’t overload the circuit because you could be setting the stage for an electrical fire. Some warning signs of an electrical overload circuit is flickering lights, burning smell and tripping circuits. A hot electrical outlet is a sign of trouble and should be attended to immediately. Find the circuit breaker that controls that outlet and turn it off, unplug all devices that were plugged into the outlet and call a professional to check the outlet.  Testing your charging cords can also determine if it’s the actual cord or the outlet. Keep your home and family safe!

Fall and Fun!

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

Sunrise of the Fall Foliage from Mt. Cammerer in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park Fall Foliage in the Great Smokey Mountains!

When the weather is finally starting to cool off and the leaves are beginning to change colors you can embrace that fall is near. Fall is the most beautiful season to experience so why not get out and enjoy it!

There are so many things you can do as a family in between your favorite football games of course!  This is the time of year when festivals flourish. Pumpkin patches, corn mazes, hayrides and bonfires just to name a few. Pack the family into the car and set off on a scenic drive for a fun afternoon of leaf peeping. Take a weekend camping trip, parks are less crowded this time of year and the seasonal rates are lighter on the pocketbook too! Don’t forget to take your camera and capture some family moments – you’ll thank yourself come Winter.