Close to 20,000 patients per year visit the emergency room due to injuries involving grills.
More people grill in July, June & August than any other months and correspondingly, there are more injuries, as well as fires, due to grilling accidents in those months. Even though Labor Day is in September, we still need to be aware of safety.
Close to 20,000 patients per year visit the emergency room due to injuries involving grills. Approximately half of the injuries involving grills are thermal burns. If you are around fire, there’s a chance of getting burned.
About 2/3 of American households own at least one outdoor barbecue, grill or smoker. Interestingly, gas grills contribute to more fires than charcoal grills. In addition, there are over 10,600 home fires started by grills each year.
While grilling is associated with celebrations, good food, fun and friends, it is important to make sure that accidents don’t interrupt your activities.
Only use BBQ grills outdoors and in ventilated areas
Place the grill away from home or anything that could be flammable
Keep grill stable
Keep fire under control
Keep children away from grill
Never leave the grill unattended
The grill lid should always be open before lighting it.
Grease should not be allowed to build up in the grill
Use long-handled utensils
Check the tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year by using a light soapy water solution to see if bubbles appear.
You should not smell gas when the grill is lit. Move away from the grill and call the fire department.
If the flame goes out, turn off the gas for 15 minutes and open the lid before re-lighting it.
Never add any starter fluid or other flammable liquid to a fire
Only use charcoal starter fluid and not gasoline, kerosene or other flammable liquid.
Keep starter fluid away from heat sources and out of reach of children.
Electric starters have a coil that ignites the charcoal.
When finished cooking, close off the grill vents to suffocate the fire and save some of the remaining charcoal.
Practice safe grilling and enjoy any occasion to cook outdoors and share time with your family and friends.
Excerpted from Investopedia.com (see complete article here)
A little vigilance can go a long way
By MICHELE LERNER Updated Feb 24, 2020 General-purpose and private-label debit cards purchase value for goods and services totaled $3.019 trillion in 2017, the most recent figures available as of February 2020, according to the Nilson Report. While many consumers choose to use a debit card to avoid accumulating credit card debt, you may not be aware that you could lose more hard-earned money through debit card fraud than if you used a credit card for a purchase.
As you probably know, when you make a purchase with a debit card, the money is taken instantly from your checking account. If someone fraudulently uses your debit card number, you could be responsible for some or all of those charges.
Check your bank statements on a regular basis and report any suspected fraudulent activity to the bank immediately.
The faster you report a problem, the more quickly you can cancel your debit card and prevent additional charges.
Only utilize ATMs that are associated with a bank; stay away from potential “skimming” locations such as gas stations and deli kiosks.
If you lose your card or suspect it has been stolen, report it immediately to your bank and cancel the missing card.
Change your personal identification number (PIN) and password every few months.
Unauthorized Charges on Your Debit Card
According to the National Consumer Law Center, if a consumer’s debit card has not been lost or stolen but there are unauthorized charges on the account, the consumer will be protected if he or she reports those charges within 60 days of when the statement was sent.
When a physical card goes missing or is stolen, consumers have just two business days after learning about the loss to notify the card issuer. Those who do so will limit their losses to $50. Otherwise, they could lose up to $500. If they take months to notify the bank, they may not recoup any money at all.
Many banks have improved their debit card protections for their customers and will go beyond the above rules and not make consumers responsible for any charges deemed to be fraudulent. This is especially true if consumers report the unauthorized transactions as soon as possible.
Experts advise debit card holders not to make a financial transaction on an e-commerce site that doesn’t have the “s” following http, as in https://. This symbol is an indication of a higher level of security.
8 Rules for Keeping Your Debit Card Safe Take the time to follow these rules.
Check your bank statements often As time is of the essence to receive full fraud protection from your bank, make it a habit to review your bank account online at least once a week or even daily.
Protect your PIN number Don’t give your personal identification number (PIN) to anyone who asks, and don’t keep it written down anywhere in your purse or wallet. Don’t use your PIN at the gas pump. Instead, use your card in the credit purchase function to avoid someone seeing it. In fact, using your debit card in credit card mode may offer you extra liability protection, depending on your bank.
Consider avoiding debit card use online Some consumers choose to use only credit cards online, because a fraudulent credit card transaction takes more time for your bank to process and can become an item of dispute rather than an instant removal of cash from your checking account. The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco recommends checking for a security symbol, such as an unbroken key or a padlock, on each website before you order anything because these symbols mean your information will be encrypted and therefore safer.
Only use ATMs at a bank Automated teller machines (ATMs) located in convenience stores, subway stations, airports, and other places have a greater risk of having a “skimming” device attached by a thief, which could intercept and store your debit card data. This sometimes happens at banks, too, but it is easier to do in a place without surveillance cameras.
Don’t use public wireless access for financial transactions Make sure you are using a password-protected wireless signal to check your bank account balance, pay bills, and shop, so that hackers have less chance to capture your password and account information.
Report problems immediately While you would certainly report it right away if your wallet were stolen and your credit and debit cards were missing, you should also report any unauthorized transactions immediately.
Consider filing a police report If your debit card is stolen, you may want to contact the police and keep a copy of the police report, so that you have extra support when you want your bank to reimburse the charges.
Create your own security profile As long as you remember the answers, you can make up anything you want for your security questions. Using a pet’s name or your mother’s maiden name makes it too easy for cons to get into your account. The answers just have to be consistent; they don’t have to be true.
The Bottom Line While you may find constantly using a debit card to be a great convenience, it won’t be so convenient if someone manages to drain your checking account. A little vigilance and some new habits can go a long way toward preventing a damaging debit card experience.
If you are handy, this could be a DYI project. Some stores will loan you the blower if you purchase the insulation from them.
HOMEOWNER TIP! CHECK YOUR HOME’S INSULATION
Look at the insulation in your attic to check that it is adequate to keep your home cool in the Summer and warm in the Winter. Over time, the original insulation will become compacted and less effective. You can have sheets of new, unbacked insulation added, or new insulation can also be installed with a blower.
Either way, taking care of your attic insulation can save you money while making your home more comfortable year-round!
During the first major stay-at-home event that most of us have experienced in this country, a pool can give you and your family enjoyable recreation without leaving the home. For those without a pool, the NPD group reports that the Covid-19 pandemic has increased pool building by 161% this year.
When your children are small, pools become a magnet for not only your children but their friends as well. It can also be a great place for the summer holidays, Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day. Any day during the summer, especially on the weekends, can be an opportunity to enjoy the pool, cook outside and bask in the sun.
Some of you may have even made the transition from your children enjoying the pool to your grandchildren. Usually, there is an interim where you may have wished that your home didn’t have a pool so you would not have the maintenance and required upkeep. Then, the new generation of family starts using it regularly and again, you are glad you have a pool, so you’ll see the grandchildren more.
For those people who don’t have a pool but are considering one, there are some things that you need to think about.
If you’ve watched some of the TV shows like Pool Kings, most of those builds look like resorts or water parks and the price tag that comes with them can be staggering. Even a modest gunite, in-ground pool with a limited amount of decking can be as expensive as a luxury car, especially after including the cost of landscaping and pool furniture.
If you finance the pool as a home improvement, the term will probably be between seven to fifteen years. If you refinance your current mortgage and wrap the cost of the pool together, you could get a 30-year term.
Pool cleaning and chemicals depend on the size of the pool but will generally start at about $175 a month through a service. Your utilities will see an increase because you’re going to use more electricity and water than you did before you had a pool.
Then, of course, there is food and refreshments to consider for not only your family but your guests. There are also pool toys, floats, sunscreen, towels and other minor things that do add up.
People going through the pros and cons of building a pool usually tell themselves that the house will go up in value. It is true but not nearly as much as the cost of the pool. Long time pool owners will tell you that they have had lots of great memories and it has been a good investment in their family. It just may not be a good financial investment.
Once you’ve made the decision to build a pool, find a reputable pool builder, ask for references and check them out. Ask friends who have pools, who built them and would they use the company again. Most pool companies hire and coordinate with subcontractors to do the work. It is important to know that the builder will be around if something goes wrong and how they’ll solve the issue.
The Better Business Bureau has some suggestions about hiring a pool contractor and they warn about scammers who are eager to take advantage of the increased demand for pools.