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Smoke Alarms

1  Install:    Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and outside all sleeping areas. Make sure everyone knows the sound of the alarm. Sleep with bedroom doors closed and install interconnected alarms in the bedrooms so when one sounds, they all sound.

2 Test:                Test alarms once a month and replace their batteries once a year, or when an alarm "chirps" to tell you its battery is low.

3 Replace: Replace any smoke alarm that is more than 10 years old. Replace smoke alarms that use long-Life (10-year) batteries when the alarm chirps or fails to respond to periodic testing. The batteries in these units cannot be replaced

4 Plan Escape: Make a home fire escape plan and practice your plan at least twice a year so everyone knows what to do in a fire emergency.
If you must escape through smoke, crawl low on your hands and knees to your exit, keeping your head one to two feet above the floor where the air is cleaner.

5 Time Factors:   Important Facts: 

 **Medical Studies show that your sense of smell does not function when you sleep. Smoke will not wake you!!

**Statistics have proven you have 45 seconds to escape a fire before being incapacated by smoke inhalation.

Prevention

1 Smoking: Don't smoke in bed. Encourage smokers to smoke outside.  Provide sturdy, deep ashtrays and make sure cigarette butts and ashes are out before throwing them away. Smoking materials are the leading cause of fire deaths and the third leading cause of home fire injuries.

2 Electrical: Inspect electrical cords to make sure they are not pinched behind furniture, under rugs, or stretched. Replace cords that are cracked, frayed, have broken plugs, or have loose connections. Electrical distribution equipment is the fifth leading cause of home fires and the sixth leading cause of home fire deaths

3 Candles:    Keep candles at least one foot away From anything that can burn and put them out when you leave the room or go to sleep. From 1990 to 2001 the number of candle fires has almost tripled.

4 Cooking:   Never leave cooking food on the stovetop unattended and keep a close eye on food cooking inside the oven. Always have a lid nearby to slide over a pan in case of fire. Cooking is the leading cause of home fires-the majority of stovetop fires happen because of unattended cooking.

5 Heaters:      Install a carbon monoxide detector. Keep fixed and portable space heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn. Heating is the leading cause of reported, unconfirmed home fires during the winter months of December, January, and February.

6 Children:    Keep matches and lighters out of the reach and sight of children - up high in a locked cabinet. Children under age six are the most likely to start fires while playing with matches and lighters

 

 

 

April 2009 Newsletter...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcoming from Chairperson

April is finally here and the weather is getting better. For Easter, I love to color eggs using real dye and boiled eggs. None of that plastic stuff for me and mine. I make a big basket full each year and by the time they are gone we don't want another deviled egg or egg salad sandwich for a long time; but for me, it is what I do at Easter. Most people in this area love to see April come because if they grow anything at all they can plant safely without the danger of frost. We can almost taste the ripe tomatoes and sweet corn. Get those seeds and plants in the ground! It will be summer before we know it.

Elections are coming up in May and I hope somebody steps forward to take over the reins as Chairman and Co-chairman. Billie and I are going to continue with "Seniors on the Go", but will not be able to serve 50's Plus in our current positions. We have been doing it for three years and now feel someone else should have the opportunity. I know, and I think Billie will agree, that we have both grown from the experience. We have met so many new people and made new friends and learned so much about our area just from being involved with 50's Plus. There is a mountain of talent in this group and others should have their chance to grow. We look forward to working with the new officers. Please ask any questions you may have in regard to these positions

Check out the

Azalea Festival in Wilmington

We were  with the group of 101 50's Plus members who went to the Azalea Festival in Wilmington April 4th..  Great weather, great parade, great fun and  wonderful fellowship.  We are in front of a three mast sailing ship.  It is on its way to Boston for the tall ship display in July.  This ship takes troubled youth out to sea and teaches them to work together , be responsible and to follow directions.  The youth have to respond because they cannot get off the ship while at sea.  Innovative  idea.  I tried to get them to hire me as their cook but they had a waiting list.

Fran

TRAVEL NOTES

We will have had a great time in Wilmington enjoying the Azalea Festival. (See Fran's photo above.) We hope, if you missed this event, you will sign up early next time.

Some of you may have noticed there is no Baseball/Tailgate party on our calendar. This has been an annual event; however, we will not be scheduling it this year since the ball park will not sanction a Tail Gate party on their premises and we do not have another location. Also, our trip to the baseball park is usually the first Monday in June and there is not any night games schedule the first part of June. The team is away.

Our 3rd Annual Picnic also has NOT been scheduled. We would really like to repeat the great time we had last year--thanks to Guy and Joan Lithwin--but we have no volunteers to manage the picnic this year. If anyone is interested, please call me. It is not too late to reserve a location, etc. I am sure Guy and Joan will give expert advice if any is braver enough to chair this event.

The Catawba trip has been cancelled. We did not have enough response to take the trip. Our events are all offered at cost and, therefore, we have no "slush fund" to fill in empty seats.

For those who attended the Mardi Gras at Flo's on Fat Tuesday check the website TheSunNews.com and click here to go to Kat Daniels. You will be treated to some great music and pics of many of our members enjoying a good time.

I am looking forward to a good summer and the freedom to enjoy the 50's Plus as a member next year. It will be fun to have time for fellowship and good conversation with our members and friends.

NOTE: Both Fran and I sincerely hope that someone will step forward to chair this great organization. We have a Treasurer, Secretary, Membership Chair, Kitchen Committee with a Chair, Program Chair and I am working on an Activities Chair. Fran and I will still be doing our "Seniors On The Go" trips and (with the OK of the new Chair) we will be available for our new trips at the 50's Plus meetings. Have a great summer and see you all in the fall.

Billie

Miscellaneous

Click more information about:

**Free Preventive Car Maintenance Clinic for 50's Plus Group members

**$25 Off Carpet Cleaning Certificate Gift

**Mark your calendar for future meeting dates:

May 4:   Change of Meeting Place only for May 4

 

Since the Rec. Center is not available for us,
we will meet at Ryans, off 17 Bypass, Surfside at Noon.
Cost for lunch: $8 incl. tax/tip. MORE...
Reservations call:
Don Streiffert, 650-7811 or Billie Pilson, 215-2180


Reminder:


No food needed for May meeting
 

          

Sunshine Reminder:

If you know of any member that is sick, under the weather and cannot get out, has had an accident, or other, contact Ruth Hunt (651-0039) of the Sunshine Committee. I'm sure they would welcome a little note or two to lift their spirits.

 

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