Everyone is potentially at risk during winter storms. Most fatalities are indirectly related to the storm. People die from traffic accidents on icy roads, heart attacks while shoveling snow, and hypothermia from prolonged exposure to cold and unsafe residential conditions.
Be prepared for winter weather! Listen to NOAA weather radio or commercial radio/television to stay informed about winter storm watches, warnings and advisories.
At home and work, plan ahead for winter storms by having these on hand:
• Flashlight and extra batteries
A fire on any day seems bad, but a fire at the Holiday season seems to be the worst. Some 300 trees caught fire in one recent year, with electrical problems the most common culprit. Here’s how to keep your tree green and your presents safe.
1. When you buy your tree, have the vendor make a fresh cut an inch from the trunk bottom; this will help the tree absorb water.
2. If you buy your tree early and keep it outside, store it away from wind and sun, and keep the trunk bottom in a bucket of water.
As the holiday season approaches, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urges gift-givers to keep safety in mind when choosing toys for young children. The CPSC estimates that more than 120,000 children are treated in hospital emergency rooms for toy-related injuries each year.
Holiday shoppers spend billions of dollars each year on gifts for friends, family and coworkers. But holiday shoppers also spend substantial amounts of money dressing up those gifts with bows and wrapping paper. Shoppers may not want to spend much more on wrapping paper, bags and other ways to dress-up their gifts, and by employing a few tricks of the gift wrapping trade, they may not have to. The following are some frugal, yet flashy, ways to wrap presents this holiday season.
Third Grade: Miguel Avelar, Hannah Evans, Carson Hackney, Audrey Howerton, Olivia Jones, Ella Knight, Kinley Kunkel, Mitchell Lacefield, Whitnee Louden, Kaden May, Kaylee Payton, Halie Purvis, Maddie Stark, Adelyn Weaver and James Thomas Wilcoxson.
Shelby Energy Cooperative is offering six (6) $1,000 scholarships, in a program designed to enhance the education and resulting careers of high school seniors. Two scholarships per district served by Shelby Energy will be awarded.
To qualify, the parent(s) or guardian(s) of the applicant must be a member of Shelby Energy.
Milton United Methodist Church will hold a Valentine’s Day Family Fellowship Dinner and Game Night on Saturday, Feb. 16. The event will be held at 4:30 p.m. at the church, located at 11100 Hwy 421 North on the Milton hilltop. There will be games for both adults and children, photos, karaoke and door prizes. Everyone is welcome.