If your neighborhood is like mine, the holiday decorations are either already up or are in the process of being put up. Some of our neighborhoods go all out each year decorating for the Season and visitors from the metropolitan area make it a point to come into the City to see their creative efforts. I tip my hat to them for making
I do want to pass along, though, some holiday decoration safety tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission because public safety never takes a holiday.
- Indoors or outside, use only lights that have been tested for safety. These can be identified by the label from an independent testing laboratory.
- Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. Discard damaged sets or repair them before using.
- Use no more than three standard-size sets of lights per single extension cord.
- Turn off all lights on trees and other decorations when you go to bed or leave the house. Lights could short and start a fire.
- Place Christmas trees away from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources. Heated rooms dry trees out rapidly, creating fire hazards.
- Look for non-combustible or flame-resistant materials used for trimmings or candle holders or paper decorations.
Remember, always plan for safety. Look for and eliminate potential danger spots near candles, fireplaces, trees, and/or electrical connections.
Last week I mentioned that
Listed below are some of the neighborhood activities and city events that you, family and friends may find of interest. I encourage you to stop by those in your neighborhood as well as consider exploring neighborhoods new to you. They are perfect places to meet friends and neighbors or go to in support of worthy causes. See you in the neighborhood!
St. Louis Union Station Holiday Open House is this Saturday, Dec. 4. The Fox Kids Christmas Tour will be featured at and @ Santa’s Toy Shop in the Station. For more details, visit http://www.stlouisunionstation.com .
If you’re a hockey fan, love ice skating and enjoy a good party, then this is the event for you. Steinberg Skating Rink in
Christmas on ‘The Hill’
The Hill neighborhood will be celebrating the Christmas season with a variety of events, many of which will take place on Saturday, Dec. 4 at St. Ambrose Parish,
Fete de Noel Soulard / 35th Annual Soulard Holiday Parlour Tour
The 35th Annual Soulard Holiday Parlour Tour and Taste of Soulard will be Saturday, Dec. 4 and 5. To kick off the weekend of festivities, on Friday, Dec. 3 from the Fete de Noel Soulard will take place at Soulard Market. This family event will include the arrival of Santa Claus by horse-drawn carriage, caroling and a holiday tree lighting ceremony. On Dec. 4 and 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. enjoy guided tours in heated shuttle buses starting and ending at the Tour Center at Gene Slay’s Boys’ Club of St. Louis, 2524 S. 11th. Guests will view homes decorated in their holiday best and homeowners will be on hand to give insight into the history, architecture and holiday displays at the home. For pricing information and more details, visit http://www.soulard.org/ .
CWE Window Walk
The Central West End North Community Improvement District will hold its 2010 Window Walk from to Saturday, Dec. 4. Come see the holiday window decorations throughout the
The Department of Public Safety’s City Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) provides free emergency alert service through http://www.Nixle.com/. Through the Nixle service, you will receive our informative and timely text messages on your cell phone and/or as e-mails on your computer. If you haven’t already done so, I invite you to visit the Nixle webpage and sign up for the service today. Note: in addition to CEMA, you may also sign up to receive messages from other
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