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Fireworks Safety for the 4th of July

Fireworks Safety

Before the 4th of July, we featured some important fireworks safety tips each day this week.

Always start by reading all of the labels and info on your fireworks carefully.

Fireworks Labels

 

A responsible adult should always supervise any firework activities. Never just give fireworks to kids.

Adult Supervision

 

Alcohol and fireworks don’t mix. Save any drinks for after the show.

Don't Mix Alcohol and Fireworks!

 

Always wear safety glasses when shooting off fireworks.

Fireworks Safety

 

Never relight a firework that you think is a dud. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water to make sure it doesn’t go off later.

Proper Disposal of Fireworks

 

Don’t carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them out of metal or glass containers. NEVER make homemade fireworks.

Safely Using Fireworks

 

Throw away used fireworks by wetting them down in a metal trashcan away from buildings or anything that could catch fire until the next day.

Prevent Fires
Alcohol Awareness Education

National Alcohol Awareness Month

April is also National Alcohol Awareness Month, and the 2015 theme is For the Health of It: Early Education on Alcoholism and Addiction.

The 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that kids use alcohol more than all other drugs combined, so teach your kids alcohol safety now!

Kids and Alcohol

 

To stay healthy, drink alcohol only in moderation. That means no more than 1 drink for women and 2 for men.

Drinking in Moderation

 

Did you know 1 drink is a 12-oz bottle of beer, 5-oz glass of wine, or 1.5-oz shot of liquor? Always know how much you’re actually drinking.

Can You Recognize a Serving of Alcohol?

 

Never drink and drive! Alcohol slows reaction time and impairs your judgment and coordination.

Never Drink and Drive

 

Binge drinking is a pattern of drinking 5 or more drinks for men and 4 or more for women in about 2 hours. Are you abusing alcohol?

Binge Drinking

 

Drinking alcohol when you’re young increases the risk of death and injury and makes you more likely to abuse it.

Drinking too much too fast can actually kill you. Know the signs of alcohol poisoning.

The Danger of Alcohol Poisoning
Safe and Green While Cleaning

Green While Cleaning Your Home

Magazines, newspapers, TV, and the internet all remind you to go green whenever possible, at the office, while driving, even at the grocery store.  But what about at home? Do you go green while cleaning?

Even better, do you go green at home and save money while doing so?

Try a non-toxic approach to cleaning your house. Ammonia, bleach, and other toxins can be harmful to you, your children, and your pets. When there are affordable ways to clean all naturally, why not go green in your home?

Green While Cleaning Swaps

Swap these natural cleaning solutions for harsh store-bought chemicals.

Cleaning Countertops and Cutting Boards

Take hot tap water and mix with vinegar. Dip a nylon scrub pad into the water and scour your countertops and cutting boards. “That’s all you need to remove the bacterial film that even strong disinfectants have trouble penetrating,” says Allen Rathey, president of the Healthy House Institute.

Cleaning Toilets and Bathtubs

To combat stains, sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on the surface and scrub with a brush. To kill germs or mold, spray the surface with a 10% vinegar, 90% water solution, and let sit for 30 minutes. Rinse with water when finished.

Cleaning Stains, Mildew, or Grease on Tile

Spray or douse the area with lemon juice or vinegar. Let sit a few minutes, then scrub with a stiff brush.

Cleaning Mirrors and Glass

In a spray bottle, mix a solution of 10% vinegar and 90% water. Spray the dirty glass and wipe down with a microfiber cloth. If you don’t like the smell of vinegar, you can substitute undiluted lemon juice or club soda.

Cleaning Wood Furniture

Barely dampen a microfiber cloth and wipe off dust. If you prefer a shine on your wood furniture, follow dust removal with a soft cloth dabbed with olive or lemon oil.

Removing Carpet Stains and Spills

Lift off any solids, then pour on club soda. Blot with a rag. The soda’s carbonation has the power to bring the spill to the surface, and the salts in the soda prevent and stop staining. For bigger spills, dump cornmeal on the mess, wait 5 to 15 minutes, and vacuum up the gunk.