Dear Readers: Happy birthday, America! Let’s take a moment to reflect on our great country and the freedoms we enjoy. Celebrations are going on across America.
The Fourth of July and bright, beautiful fireworks go hand-in-hand, but keep in mind, safety is always priority one. Here are some hints about fireworks safety:
● Never let your guard down around fireworks. Avoid alcohol and supervise everyone. Don’t let children handle fireworks, not even sparklers. Did you know that sparklers can reach a temperature of 2,000 degrees!
● Keep pets inside; loud noises and bright lights can be frightening for our furry friends.
● Safety glasses are recommended, so is lighting fireworks in a large, clear area away from vehicles, tall grasses and buildings.
● Got a dud firework? DO NOT relight it. Also, keep a bucket of water close by to douse any fires.
Be aware of the ordinances in your city regarding fireworks. Lighting them at home may be illegal. The best bet for your family is probably a city-sponsored fireworks display. Look for them online. The best news? These are usually free!
Dear Readers: Jessica and Gavin sent a picture of their newest family member, their tiny Yorkshire terrier puppy, Lulu — so cute! To see our Pet Pals, visit Heloise.com, and click on on “Pet of the Week.”
Do you could have a humorous and furry good friend? Ship an image and outline to: Helosie@Heloise.com.
Pricey Heloise: I really like studying “Hints From Heloise” within the Riverside, California, Press-Enterprise. In a latest column, I examine a reader’s suggestion to place up canine waste stations in neighborhoods, and I feel it is an important concept. These stations do have a downside, although.
On my first stroll round my HOA neighborhood, I seen within the distance what gave the impression to be remoted patches of lovely, shiny blue flowers. Upon additional inspection, flowers they weren’t.
Folks had walked their canine, used the blue HOA-supplied doggy waste luggage, then inexplicably dropped them on the bottom subsequent to the sidewalk.
I suppose they anticipate the HOA panorama gardeners to choose them up. It might be higher to not choose up after their canine in any respect and let mom nature break down the waste over time moderately than toss a waste-filled, shiny blue bag on the bottom, which stands out and possibly has a half-life of 50 years! Frequent sense? Some folks simply haven’t got it.
— Norm H. in Temecula, Calif.
Pricey Heloise: What to do with leftover bacon grease? I crumble outdated bread and blot it up. Crows and blue jays adore it and it makes their feathers shine. Blue jays prefer it too. In the summertime I reserve it for winter by storing it within the fridge.
— Bobby B., New Hartford, Conn.
Bobby B.: I really like listening to about alternative ways all of us can look after our feathered mates. Thanks for sharing.
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