Lets Welcome 2017 With
October is Fire Prevention Month
Be sure to check the batteries in all smoke detectors. Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. Never disable smoke or carbon monoxide alarms.
Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second or third floor. Make sure everyone in your home learns how to use them prior to an emergency; store them near the window where they will be used.
Be aware that if a fire threatens your home, you should not place the call to emergency services from inside the home. It is better to get out and place the call to fire authorities from a safe location outside the home.
Decorations can provide a fire source as well as tripping or falling concerns. Make sure all outside decorations are kept clear of the walkways. Check trees and shrubs for loose or falling limbs that could potentially fall and cause damage to people or the home.
We hope you all have a very Happy and Safe Halloween!
Please remember to remove all decorations by November 8, 2016.
ONE OF THE BIGGEST FIRE DANGERS IN THE FALL & WINTER
SEASONS IS SPACE HEATERS
Portable heaters heat up rapidly and, like baseboard heaters, they can easily ignite any flammable item left nearby. Always turn portable heaters off if you leave the room or are going to fall asleep.
When you use your fireplace or wood stove to heat your home, keep the door and or fire screen shut to protect your home from sparks. Only burn dry seasoned wood, never rubbish. Garbage and green wood can cause a chimney fire. Remember to have your chimney inspected and serviced before each heating season and change the batteries in your smoke alarms too. A working smoke alarm could save your life.
Common sense can prevent a heater fire. All heating systems can start fires if not used and maintained properly. Heating your home during the colder months of the year can prove dangerous, if you do not follow a few simple safety precautions.
Check baseboard heaters often to remove objects that have fallen on top of or near the heater. Remember that any time objects like newspapers, furniture or blankets are close to heaters, a fire can start.
Child Safety & Prevention Month
YAY!! Gotta love the adventures of growing up and the fun of seeing minds explore new ideas…keep these in mind to ensure a safe and fun area for all pets and children to safely grow and learn….
Be mindful of plants. Choose decorative plants that are nontoxic. Common household plants can often cause serious sickness. Read about side effects for plants prior to purchasing them! Poinsettias & Mistletoe are both very dangerous to pets and not good eating for people of any age!
Update your exterior. Place a welcome mat outside your home or apartment. Pesticides and other toxins may be carried inside on the soles of people's shoes. Many people will not pick up after pets in the wet and cold seasons so be sure shoes are free of any “landmines” you may have stepped on during your adventures!
Check out your furniture. Use angle braces or anchors to secure large furniture to the wall. Place TVs, DVD Players and stereo systems on lower furniture, as far back as possible. During these months we often have people visiting and furniture being arranged to accommodate so please be sure to securely store any breakable items.
Hot water: Set hot water heaters no higher than 120 degrees F. A lower water temperature reduces the chance of scald burns. Munchkin's White Hot Super Safety Bath Ducky can help you manage the temperature of water in your children's baths. If you reside in an apartment community or rental unit you can contact the management company for the maintenance person to check the water heater thermostat for proper setting.
Best of all November brings about the time of year to EAT!!
Oh Yes we all enjoy some wonderful Thanksgiving leftovers…No matter what special family recipe you have please be sure to follow these basic leftover food rules:
Thanksgiving leftovers are safe for 4 days in the refrigerator. They’re safe forever in the freezer.
When you go after those Thanksgiving leftovers, make sure heat them to 165 °F before you start eating.
Keep tomorrow’s sandwiches safe! When storing leftover turkey, cut it into smaller pieces so it can chill faster.
Love your Thanksgiving leftovers right by storing them properly