Fire Season is approaching, be prepared!

Wildfire season is approaching, are you prepared?

Things you can do around your home to prevent wildfires.

 According to website www.readyforwildfire.org :

Cal fire warns that this fire season may be especially dangerous, as the winter months were relatively dry. Much of the vegetation from the 2007 fires has returned. So, it is not a matter of if we are going to have a large fire…but when!  It is important for us to be prepared.

Preventative steps to make your home defensible:

  • Remove all dead plants, grass and weeds
  • Remove dead or dry leaves from your yard, roof and rain gutters
  • Keep trees trimmed so they remain a minimum of 10 feet from other trees
  • Remove branches that hang over your roof. Keep dead branches 10 feet away from your chimney
  • Relocate wood piles into an area at least 30 feet away from the house.
  • Remove vegetation and items that could catch fire from around and under decks

Assembling an Emergency Supply Kit (as per Cal Fire)

  • Three-day supply of non-perishable food and three gallons of water per person. 
  • Map marked with at least two evacuation routes
  • Prescriptions or special medications
  • Change of clothing
  • Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses
  • An extra set of car keys, credit cards, cash or traveler’s checks
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
  • Sanitation supplies
  • Copies of important documents (birth certificates, passports, etc.)
  • Don’t forget pet food and water!

Always keep a sturdy pair of shoes and a flashlight near your bed and handy in case of a sudden evacuation at night.

 For other tips in preparation for fire season, such as evacuation guides and the best emergency supply kits, http://www.readyforwildfire.org/defensible_space

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TIME TO “FALL BACK”

Daylight Savings time ends November 7th

Turn Your Clocks Back 11/7

Daylight Savings is Ending

Prepare to Fall Back, November 7th, 2010

A reminder to turn your clocks back one hour on Sunday November 7th, at 2:00am.

Daylight savings time was originally started during World War I. They thought it would save on energy, therefore benefiting the industrial wartime manufacturing. It also became a requirement by the federal government during World War II.

In 1966, The Uniform Time Act was passed by Congress standarizing Daylight Savings…then once again in 2005, the Energy Policy Act, lengthened the period four weeks. We are to “Spring Forward” on the second Sunday of March, and then “Fall Back” on the first Sunday of November. Once again, the purpose is to save on oil consumption, and energy.

Today, there is talk about not turning the clocks back an hour in the fall. Mayer Hillman, a senior fellow emeritus at the Policy Studies Institute in London explains in his report, published online, that eliminating the time change would provide “about 300 additional hours of daylight for adults each year and 200 more for children.” This increase would encourage more otdoor physical activity, people fell happier, more energetic and have lower rates of illness, according to Hillman.

Another expert, Dr. Robert E Graham, an internist at Lenow Hill Hospital agrees with Hillman’s conclusions. 

“As a society we are always looking for ‘accessible, low cost, little-to-no harm interventions.’ By increasing the number of ‘accessible’ daylight hours we may have found the perfect intervention, definitely a ‘bright’ idea to consider,” he added.

As for me…I wish that whoever “they” are. Please set the clocks, and then leave them alone. Adjusting to time changes twice a year throws off my body clock!

What are your thoughts?

Happy Fall!

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