Archive | November, 2013

Thanksgiving Cooking Safety

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Last year we talked about keeping safe in the kitchen with the hot gravy, the towels that can catch on fire, the kids distracting you from what’s on the stove. This year we’re going to talk about the food. Yes, the food! Doesn’t everyone talk about the food for Thanksgiving?

But this is different. Did you know that meat and poultry account for 92% of outbreaks of  clostridium perfringens? It’s the second most common bacterial cause of food poisoning, and it’s no surprise that outbreaks are most common during November and December. So before you start cooking, make sure you get a good meat thermometer and follow these tips: Continue Reading →

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Are You Ready for Tonight’s Rain in Orange County?

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California has a reputation for being sunny and fair all the time. And it’s true—we do get a lot of sunshine and not a lot of rain, especially in contrast to the rest of the country. It’s one of the reasons it’s such a desirable place to live!

But it does rain occasionally. And when it does, it usually drops a lot of water in a short amount of time, making flash flooding a real concern. For instance, in July of this year, residents in Lancaster, California recorded over two feet of rain some areas, in just 45 minutes! And with this year being the driest on record (since recording started, 164 years ago!), the potential for flooding, mudslides and slick roads is very high. According to the California Department of Water Resources (CDWR), “flash floods are the number one weather-related killer in the U.S.” Continue Reading →

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Thanksgiving Safety For Pets

This is the right kind of bone to give your dog at Thanksgiving!

This is the right kind of bone to give your dog at Thanksgiving!

If you have a dog, you probably already know the way to their heart. More than a tummy rub, more than a W-A-L-K, those furry four-legged friends love food. Especially the food in our bowls and our plates versus their own bowl—can you blame them?

And if you’re looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner, just think of how enticing those smells of cooking turkey, baking pies and simmering gravy are going to be to Fido? And with all the hustle and bustle involved with coordinating a Thanksgiving feast for 10 or more people, believe us, that dog will find a way to steal a snack, even if it’s out of the trash can.

And those stolen goodies can mean more for your dog than a swatted behind for being naughty. They can cause serious internal distress, long-term problems…and worse.

So keep an eye on your faithful pet’s safety this Thanksgiving with these handy tips: Continue Reading →

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Why We Celebrate Veteran’s Day

Photo: POA(Phot) Mez Merrill/MOD [see page for license], via Wikimedia Commons

Photo: POA(Phot) Mez Merrill/MOD [see page for license], via Wikimedia Commons

Veteran’s Day is approaching: Next Monday, November 11th to be exact. So as you’re hanging your flag outside your home this week to commemorate this esteemed day, let’s take the time to reflect on what Veteran’s Day really is.

Have you noticed that, unlike President’s Day or Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday which are always celebrated on a Monday, that Veteran’s Day is always November 11th? That’s because of the armistice, or the cessation of fighting, between the Allied nations and Germany, way back in the first World War in 1918. It happened on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of that year, and therefore November 11, 1918 is known historically as the end of “the war to end all wars”. Continue Reading →

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