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The kitchen is the heart of the home, especially at Thanksgiving. Kids love
to be involved in holiday preparations. Safety in the kitchen is important,
especially on Thanksgiving Day when there is a lot of activity and people at home.
The kitchen is the heart of the home, especially at Thanksgiving.
Kids love to be involved in holiday preparations. Safety in the kitchen is important,
especially on Thanksgiving Day when there is a lot of activity and people at home
*Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
*Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
*Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
*Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids.
*The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
*Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
*Keep knives out of the reach of children.
*Be sure electrical cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
*Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
*Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
* Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button
“Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!”
SmokeAlarmCentralJune 9, 2014 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) today announced “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!” as the theme for Fire Prevention Week 2014, October 5-11. As the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years, NFPA announced the theme at its 2014 Conference and Expo in Las Vegas.
“Smoke alarms can make a life-saving difference in a fire, but they need to be working,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “Unfortunately, many home fire deaths result from fires where a smoke alarm is present but does not operate. This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme focuses on motivating people to test their smoke alarms each month to make sure they’re working properly.”
According to NFPA statistics:
Having a working smoke alarm in the home cuts the risk of dying in a fire in half.
On average each year, three out of five home fire deaths result in fires where there are either no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
In one-quarter (23 percent) of the home fire deaths, smoke alarms were present but did not sound.
“Nearly 3,000 people continue to die in fires each year, with most of those deaths occurring in homes,” said Carli. “The vast majority of home fire deaths are preventable, and working smoke alarms play a big role in helping reduce those numbers.”
Installing smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
Testing all smoke alarms every month by using the test button.
Replacing all smoke alarms every 10 years or sooner if they don’t respond properly when tested.
Fire Prevention Week occurs annually in October during the week in which October 9 falls, commemorating the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Each year, NFPA works in coordination with partnering companies, organizations and fire departments to promote Fire Prevention Week and its fire safety messages throughout North America.
As early as 1902, Americans were being warned about the damages of unwanted human caused forest fires, but no formal campaign aimed at prevention existed. Then in 1939 a poster entitled “Your Forest-Your Fault” featured a Forest Ranger in the image of Uncle Sam pointing to a raging forest fire. During the years of 1936-1941 a total of 210,000 forest fires burned over 30 million acres of forest and range land. Nine out of ten were human caused. Shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, a Japanese submarine surfaced off of the coast of Southern California and fired shells near the Los Padres National Forest. In 1942, the USDA-Forest Service organized the Cooperative Forest Fire Prevention Program. War posters carried fire prevention messages, “Careless Matches Aid the Axis” and “Our Carelessness, their Secret Weapon.”
In 1944 the Wartime Advertising Council decided to use an animal to carry the fire prevention message. Walt Disney agreed to lend the image of Bambi, for a year, to be the first to carry the message. On August 9, 1944 a bear was chosen to be the spokesman for forest fire prevention. The bear was named “Smokey” after a well-known Assistant Fire Chief named Smokey Joe Martin. The first slogan, “Care will prevent 9 out of 10 forest fires” was developed and artist Albert Staehle became Smokey’s creator. Within a couple of years, another artist named Rudy Wendelin
comicbook smokey took over as the Smokey Bear artist and stayed with Smokey until his retirement in 1973. Smokey’s message “Remember only you can prevent forest fires” was coined in 1947.
Walker did draft a will early, when he was 28, around the time he did his first “Fast & Furious” movie. That and the five that followed (soon to be six) made Walker very wealthy, but he did not update his estate plan in the intervening dozen years. Because the trust is private, we don’t know how well the old structure supported the new wealth, but we do know that a plan needs more periodic updating to reflect new factors.
Another thing we know is that he named his mother as guardian of his 15-year-old daughter Meadow, rather than the girl’s mother, who is reported to be an alcoholic. Overriding parental rights is always difficult in court and, in fact, Rebecca Soteros did get custody of her daughter in late March, pending a successful rehab stint. The lesson there is if there is not an agreement in life, sometimes the will won’t get it done
Thinking of buying a car with your tax return? Thinking twice about the model you choose could make a big difference in your budget…20 Most Expensive 2014 Model Cars to Insure.
Insure.com worked with Quadrant Information Services to find the average auto insurance rates for 2014 model vehicles using data from a wide range of insurance companies. Averages are based on full coverage for a single 40-year-old male with a clean record and good credit who commutes 12 miles to work each day, with policy limits of 100/300/50 and a $500 deductible on collision and comprehensive coverage.
Of over 850 ranked vehicles, Insure.com revealed the top 20 most expensive models to insure (see chart). High-end vehicles from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Porsche, and Jaguar appear on the list multiple times. However, the number one most expensive car to insure is from Nissan, who only appears on the top 20 list once.
The Nissan GT-R Track Edition is nicknamed “Godzilla” for its over-the-top features, including all-wheel-drive, twin turbochargers that help its V-6 engine develop 545 horsepower, and a trick dual-clutch automated manual transmission. The $115,000 car, which was designed for drivers who may be interested in taking it for a spin on a racetrack every now and then, has an average annual insurance premium of $3,169.
And while many vehicles on the list like the GT-R come equipped with a lot of driving aids such as electronic stability control and traction control, an overconfident driver may turn off these features and cause a lot of problems, Takahasi tells Insure.com. These cars are very fast, “and performance cars on the whole are designed to be a little twitchy and very responsive.”
Spring ahead with these home maintenance tips.
Spring cleaning and spring maintenance tips go hand in hand. Take a cue from the tips below and spruce up your gutters as you spruce up your rose garden.
- Inspect your smoke detectors, and make sure that there is one on each floor of your home. Test them monthly, and change the batteries annually or as needed.
- Check the light bulbs in all your fixtures to be sure they are the correct wattage as recommended by the manufacturer.
- Replace all high-intensity bulbs (such as incandescent) with fluorescent bulbs that do not produce as much heat.
- Check your electrical outlets for potential fire hazards such as frayed wires or loose-fitting plugs. Be sure not to overload electrical outlets, fuse boxes, extension cords or any other power service.
- Keep a multi-purpose fire extinguisher accessible, filled and ready for operation.
- Have your air conditioning system inspected by a professional as recommended by the manufacturer.
- Check for damage to your roof, and clean gutters and downspouts to keep debris from accumulating.
- Check water heater for leaks and corrosion.
- Clean or replace your furnace filter.
- Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct and space under the dryer. Remove all lint, dust, and pieces of material.
- Remove all dead trees in your yard, and keep healthy trees and bushes trimmed and away from utility wires.
- Safely store oil and gas for lawn equipment and tools in a vented, locked area.
- Repair cracked, broken or uneven driveways and walkways to provide a level walking surface.
Everyone should carry a Winter Survival Kit in their car. In an emergency, it could save your life and the lives of your passengers. Here is what you need:
- a shovel
- windshield scraper and small broom
- flashlight with extra batteries
- battery powered radio
- snack food including energy bars
- raisins and mini candy bars
- matches and small candles
- extra hats, socks and mittens
- First aid kit with pocket knife
- Necessary medications
- blankets or sleeping bag
- tow chain or rope
- road salt, sand, or cat litter for traction
- booster cables
- emergency flares and reflectors
- fluorescent distress flag and whistle to attract attention
- Cell phone adapter to plug into lighter
Wishing you and your loved ones,
From all of us at,
Happy Thanksgiving from InsuringAmerica!
Have activities that keep kids out of the kitchen during this busy time. Games, puzzles or books can keep them busy. Kids can get involved in Thanksgiving preparations with recipes that can be done outside the kitchen. Check out the Thanksgiving Safety guide.
InsuringAmerica will be raising money for Rabun Paws 4 Life, a no kill shelter in North Georgia. Every Friday the staff has the option to donate for the right to wear jeans. 100% of donations go to charity.
It’s casual Friday with a purpose!
Donations to Rabun Paws 4 Life can be made directly on the website or our office would be happy to send your support along with ours.
“Rabun Paws 4 Life, Inc. is a 501c3 NonProfit Organization governed by a Board of Directors who came together as a Grass Roots Effort to help the animals of Rabun County, Georgia and surrounding areas. Our love of animals is the foundation of the shelter and our organization”