Don’t Spoil the Holidays - Put Food Safety on the Menu

AAA - 11/20/2017 9:48:00 AM

The kickoff to the holidays is about to begin with Thanksgiving on deck. Besides spending time with family, the next best thing about the holidays is of course – EATING! Family recipes passed down from generation to generation will take their place on holiday menus. Unfortunately, there are dangers that lurk in the kitchen and home that can spoil the holidays. 

PSE&G Offers Top Six Tips to Stay Warm for Less

AAA - 11/9/2017 2:07:43 PM

With cold weather on the way, Public Service Electric & Gas Co. (PSE&G), New Jersey’s largest utility, offers its top six ways you can help keep the heat in and your heating bills down this winter with little or no cost.

  1. 1. Lower your thermostat by just 1 degree. You will hardly notice and this may reduce your heating bill by as much as 3 percent. Save even more by lowering your thermostat 2 degrees during the day and 5 to 10 degrees at bedtime, if health conditions permit.
  2. 2. Everyone loves a cozy fire on cold days, but be sure to close fireplace dampers when you are not using it. This will help prevent warm air from escaping your home through the chimney.
  3. 3. Sunny out? Open curtains and blinds that face the sun to warm your home, and close them at night to avoid uncomfortable cold drafts.
  4. 4. Set your hot water heater to no more than 120 degrees. You’ll still be able to enjoy a hot shower, while saving energy at the same time.
  5. 5. Rearrange the room. Move furniture and drapes away from heating registers, radiators and baseboard element covers. Open any register or baseboard dampers to allow for maximum heat.
  6. 6. Seal windows and door frames. Use weather stripping or caulk to seal cracks and prevent drafts. While you’re at it, install draft guards beneath doors. Find them at your local hardware or home improvement store.

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Clerk's Office - 11/9/2017 12:25:30 PM

FEMA Region II Home Preparedness Tips

AAA - 11/3/2017 1:59:45 PM

Carbon Monoxide Warnings & Safety Tips

Clerk's Office - 11/3/2017 9:53:47 AM

Today, the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System (NJPIES) consulted on a case where two adults were rushed to a local hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning.  Within several hours of turning on their furnace, both patients’ developed dizziness, lightheadedness and a general feeling of being sick.  While both patients received oxygen therapy and did well, the outcome could have been much worse.

The sudden shift in cold weather caught many off guard, forcing them to turn on their heating systems without having them properly serviced beforehand. Unfortunately, this puts loved ones at risk for serious injury and possible death from carbon monoxide. Just last week, 11 residents in an apartment building became ill from carbon monoxide. Several people required hyperbaric oxygen therapy at hospitals in NJ and NY.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is called the “Silent Killer” because it is a gas that gives no warning – you can’t see it, smell it or taste it. Exposure to carbon monoxide can produce headaches, sleepiness, fatigue, confusion and irritability at low levels. At higher levels, it can result in nausea, vomiting, irregular heartbeat, impaired vision and coordination, and death. During cold and influenza season, symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can easily be confused with symptoms of viral illnesses like the common cold and the flu.

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