Put a Freeze on Winter Fires
I want to begin this
week's Spotlight with a few fire
safety tips from the U.S. Fire Administration. Home fires are more prevalent in winter than in any other season due in
part to an increase in cooking and heating fires.
- It is important that you have your furnace inspected to ensure that it is in good working condition.
- Keep trash and other combustibles away from the heating system.
- Never use a range or an oven as a supplemental heating device. Not only is it a safety hazard, it can be a source of potentially toxic fumes.
- If you use an electric heater, be sure not to overload the circuit. Only use extension cords which have the necessary rating to carry an amp load.
- If windows are used as emergency exits in your home, practice using them in the event fire should strike. Be sure that all the windows open easily. Home escape ladders are recommended.
- Be sure every level of your home has a working smoke alarm, and be sure to check and clean it on a monthly basis.
- Plan and practice a home escape plan with your family.
With a preparedness plan in place, you and your family can have peace mind knowing you'll be ready in the event of an emergency.
Dec. 15 –
Everyone is invited to
stop by the Holiday Family Festival
at this Saturday at the
Regional Arts Commission,
Dec. 15 – 1812
The National Park
Service is hosting a series of Saturday programs in December at the Old
Dec. 16 – Family Sundays,
experience a slice of Renaissance Italy with a selection of art activities and
family tours from during Family Sundays at the
Dec. 17 – Christmas Lights Fun Run, Big River Running Company,
Dec. 18 – Not So Quiet Concert Series, Central Library,
One of the
first events in Central Library's new auditorium will be a performance by
Acoustik Element, as part of the Library's Not
So Quiet Concert Series. Acoustik
Element is an all-instrumental Latin-driven ensemble that fuses elements from
Flamenco to Jazz to Rock. Enjoy Latin
and Jazz standards as well as a few original compositions at this concert on
Tuesday, Dec. 18 beginning at Central Library is located at
Dec. 19 – Welcome Winter, Be Ready Event, 1520 Market,
officially begin on Dec. 21. The City of
St. Louis Health Department will hold the 1st
annual Welcome Winter, Be Ready special event on Wednesday, Dec. 19 from to on the 1st floor at
Save the Date
Dec. 22 – 1862
Dec. 27 – Celebrate Raja's 20th Birthday, St. Louis Zoo,
Dec. 31 – First Night,
Promoting Your Neighborhood Activities
Is there a neighborhood event on the schedule that you would like noted in the Spotlight? If so, you may email the information about it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Cathy Smentkowski at email@example.com for consideration. You may also post it on the City's Calendar of Events on the City's web site: http://stlouis-mo.gov. The link to submit an event is on the home page. The listing is free. I encourage you to take advantage of this free way to promote your event.
This time of year can bring stress and feelings of sadness. Exercise, focusing on positive relationships, and doing things that you find rewarding can help make the holidays bright. Remember to set realistic goals for yourself. Break up large tasks into small ones and do what you can when you can. Let others help you. Eat a healthy diet. Get enough sleep. Make the holidays a time to enjoy life.
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