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5 Thanksgiving safety tips

It’s that time of the year again, families are taking out their decorations, preparing their fridge, and getting ready to eat (way too much) of a delicious thanksgiving meal.  Here’s a few tips to make sure that your holiday goes off without a hitch! 1. While you’re cooking, take an extra minute to make sure that there aren’t any pesky little hands looking for food.  Kids can get into almost anything, so be sure that pots aren’t too close to the counter edge!   2. Ensure that you pots and pans on the stove have their handles pointed alongside the edge, not sticking out.  Handles sticking out over the edge can easily be knocked over, and no one wants to waste food, or get burned!   3. Stand by your pan!  When cooking, you should never leave greasy foods or cooking oil unattended.  It may be tempting to take a breath in the living room after so much cooking, but unattended pans can quickly start a fire. 4. Defrosting takes longer than you may think.  If you’re cooking for a large crowd, you may have a pretty big bird ready to roast up.  A 20lb turkey can take up to five days to properly defrost! 5. Keep your knives sharp.  A dull knife is actually much more dangerous than a sharp one!  Before you begin cooking, take your knives to a professional sharpener, or use one of those handy do it yourself kits. The holidays should be about celebration, and thanksgiving is about being grateful for what you have.  Don’t let a few common mistakes put a cloud over your festivities! Happy holidays from everyone here at Coast to Canyon. We hope you have a wonderful time!

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Emergency Checklist

How to be Disaster Ready

Being properly prepared for a disaster is easier than you may think.  Forward thinking and preparation can change how a disaster affects you and your loved ones.  It may be impossible to prevent a disaster, but you can make sure you are prepared for when it happens.  To do this, you need a plan and an emergency kit.   First off, the plan.  The type of plan, its steps, and how you aim to accomplish it is going to depend heavily on your living situation, your family, and the types of disasters that may be common for where you live.  So, lets go over some basics. 1.  Discuss with your household how you want to respond to the types of emergencies that are most common in your area.  For Californians, you may want to take a look at fire, earthquake, and flooding. 2. This planning it important for more than just your home.  Your plan should be inclusive for how to handle an emergency weather you are at work, school, or having some fun.  Start your plan off with responsibilities for each member of your household.  These responsibilities could be grabbing a certain item if they are at home, or they are in charge of contacting or organizing.  Work as a team. 3. PRACTICE.  A plan is no good if no one remembers it during the disaster, or are unclear on any portion.  Do a practice run, or three, and ensure that everyone knows their responsibilities! Now, you have a plan.  Or… at least a plan to create a plan.  Next, you’re going to need a set of supplies.  A disaster supply kit, emergency kit, or bug out bag should contain everything you may need during an emergency.  Here’s an easy checklist to get your supplies ready to go.

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