Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Today is Leap Day and here some interesting facts about this special day: Leap Day was introduced more than 2,000 years ago to keep the calendar year synchronized with the seasons. The Earth turns roughly 365-and-a-quarter times on its axis by the time it has completed a full year’s orbit around the sun. That means periodically the calendar has to catch up. A Leap Year contains one extra day — February 29 — for a total of 366 days. People born on this day day are called Leaplings or Leap Year Babies.
Notable Leap Day birthdays:
1468 – Pope Paul III (d. 1549)
1904 – Jimmy Dorsey, American bandleader (d. 1957)
1916 – Dinah Shore, American singer and actress (d. 1994)
1920 – Howard Nemerov, U.S. poet and Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (d. 1991)
1920 – Fyodor Abramov, Russian novelist (d. 1983)
1956 – Aileen Wuornos, American serial killer (d. 2002)
1960 – Tony Robbins, American motivational speaker
1964 – Lyndon Byers, Canadian hockey player and Boston radio personality
1972 – Antonio Sabàto, Jr., actor best-known for work on General Hospital
1976 – Ja Rule, U.S. rapper
1984 – Cam Ward, goalie with Carolina Hurricanes
1984 – Mark Foster, of Foster the People
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Make Fire Prevention a Habit
Never plug multiple items into the same electrical outlet or circuit. If an electrical appliance smokes or smells unusual, unplug it immediately and have it serviced.
Make sure light bulbs are the recommended wattage for all of your light fixtures.
Keep baking soda near your stove to extinguish grease fires. Salt also works, but don’t use water, which will spread the flame.
Keep your stove’s exhaust fan and range hood free of grease. Keep the cooking area free of combustibles.
Never leave cooking unattended. Turn pan handles inward so they don’t hang over the edge of the stove.
Keep matches and lighters out of children’s reach. Teach children these are dangerous items to be used
by adults only.
Don’t smoke in bed or when you’re drowsy. Fires created by cigarettes cause more deaths than any
other kind of fire. Run butts and ashes under water before disposing. Or, better yet, don’t allow
smoking in your home.
Never install a double-cylinder deadbolt lock on your exit doors. They require a key to unlock from the inside. When you need to exit in a hurry, this lock can be deadly.Never use an extension cord on a permanent basis and avoid running them under rugs.
Don’t place hay, straw or other combustible materials beneath your home.
Never leave home with the clothes dryer running. Clean dryer vents frequently. Clean lint screens after
each load to keep the airway clear.
Make regular safety checks of your home’s major systems or hire a professional to inspect them.
Check for cleanliness, proper functioning and loose connections for your:
Never block doors or windows with furniture or other large objects.
Store flammable liquids like gasoline, kerosene, paint thinner, etc., in approved containers outside
your home, but not under your home.
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