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10 tips for kitchen fire safety

Just a bit of useful information I thought I would pass along. I received the following email:

Guardian Safety Solutions International, Inc. (GSSI), the nation’s largest provider of range top fire suppression systems, celebrates National Burn Awareness Week February 5 - 11
Based on 2009-2013 annual averages, cooking equipment was the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries, causing 46% of home fires that resulted in 19% of the home fire deaths and 44% of the injuries. Two-thirds of home cooking fires started with the ignition of food or other cooking materials. Frying poses the greatest risk of fire (statistics from the National Fire Protection Association).
Ranges or cooktops accounted for the majority (61%) of home cooking fire incidents. “Prevention is the core of our ‘Guardian Solution’ range top suppression system. That’s why we observe fire prevention all year, not just this week,” said Paul Rouse, GSSI’s administrative officer. “The time to protect yourself against a range top fire is before it strikes. By installing the Guardian, you can rest at ease.” He added that kitchens can be retrofitted as well. With the system, a fire can be extinguished in as little as seven seconds.

10 tips for kitchen fire safety are:
  1. Never leave a room while cooking.
  2. If you must leave the room while cooking, turn off the stove.
  3. Keep pot handles turned to the back of the stove so children cannot grab them.
  4. Wear short sleeves or tight sleeves while cooking so nothing dangles near a flame.
  5. Keep paper, towels, pot holders, wooden utensils and curtains away from the cooking area.
  6. Have one or more fire extinguishers handy and know how to use them.
  7. Keep stove tops clean; remove built up grease and spilled food.
  8. Never throw water on a grease fire – smother it with a pan lid instead.
  9. Keep children and pets out of the “kid-free” zone three feet from the stove.
  10. Have a fire escape plan, and review and rehearse it often.
The Guardian is designed to detect and extinguish cooking fires and at the same time prevents re-ignition. Once it detects heat at a pre-determined temperature, a signal is sent to release the extinguishing agent to suppress the fire and to shut off the gas or electric supply to the stove in order to prevent reigniting.  “Whether it is a single home, apartment, senior housing, dormitory or church at risk, putting the fire out quickly is imperative to minimize damage and injury,” Rouse said. 
For more information, contact GSSI at 800-786-2178 or visit

About GSSI
Protecting families worldwide since 1985, Guardian Safety Solutions International Inc. is the recognized leader in the development and manufacturing of residential range top fire protection systems. GSSI’s mission is to develop and distribute quality safety products that provide customers with peace of mind, while protecting lives and property. GSSI manufactures the Guardian III Model G300B, UL and ULC listed with a fuel shut-off.


A Few More Date for @SesameStreet #PopUpTour #KisforKindness

Savannah is a HUGE fan of Sesame Street, especially that cute red monster, Elmo!  If you follow me on Instagram, you know we had a blast when the Sesame Street POP UP TOUR: K is for Kindness came our way.  I was SO EXCITED to get to take Savannah and to see her little face light up seeing her friend made my day!
This was the set for the event. Elmo and Abby came out and put on a show.  We weren't able to stay for the event, since Big Brother had a basketball game, but we were invited to a media pre-show to get to meet them beforehand. 

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Remaining date for The Sesame Street: K is for Kindness Tour Schedule:
Saturday, February 11th Portland (Washington Square/Portland, OR)
Saturday, February 18th San Francisco (Stoneridge Shopping Center/Pleasanton, CA)
Saturday, February 25th Los Angeles (Westfield Culver City/Culver City, CA)
Sunday, March 5th Minneapolis (Mall of America/Bloomington, MN)
TBD Texas (TBD)

When it comes to ANYONE besides Mama, Daddy and Brother, she is not a fan... until she warms up for a good while.  I was wondering how this greet would go and I am happy that she went right to them.  She would do like a game, run to them, run to me, back and forth.  It was so sweet and Elmo, Abby and the staff were great in letting her play! 

She was looking at Brother, so no pictures have her and Elmo both looking at me.  We tried. 

One section had these cubes (*I need to get one for Savannah!)  the puzzles and lots and lots of books to sit and enjoy with your little ones!

Another area had ipads set up with Sesame Street Apps to enjoy!  (Big Brother went to that since he was "too old" for this!) 

They even had a photo prop area with the steps ready to be photographed on!  Of course, she was too busy seeing what all was going on around us, but it was fun to try and get a picture! 

A BIG THANK YOU for having the Pop Up Tour come our way.  Seeing her excited to see Elmo (and not want to leave) was the best gift I could have asked for!!!!!   I am pretty sure we will be having an Elmo birthday party this year!  Make sure if you are near one of the last locations that you make it a point to go.  It was so fun and we didn't even get to see it all!  
Also, if you are near Perimeter Mall, make sure you follow them so you can see what all fun events they have planned throughout the year!

Are you familiar with @RMHC #KeepingFamiliesClose

I know some are big fans and others aren't so much, but let me ask you something.  Are you familiar with the Ronald McDonald House Charities?  I have heard of it and I knew it was a great thing, I really didn't know much about it, until recently.

We were invited to go and tour one of the Ronald McDonald House's in Atlanta.

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Let me give you a brief rundown of what I learned when I visited.
First of all, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) are funded in help by donors.  Individual and businesses.)
If you have a child, from birth to 18  (or 21, depends on the house) seeking medical treatment near a RMHC, you can fill out paperwork at the hospital to see if they have a room available.
A few things that determine eligibility:
Families must live at least 50 miles away
MUST pass a background check
Have to be referred to RMHC by a social worker at the medical facility / hospital
Please visit online for more information.

As you enter, it looks like a really nice and kid friendly hotel.  They have a 3 story "tree house" area as you enter for the kids, lots of stuffed animals, books, a game room, toys and more.  If you have to be away from home and have a sick one, this is a good place for the siblings!
This is the entrance on the ground level to the Tree House! 

When staying at RMHC, they ask for a $20-$25 donation per night to stay there, but if you don't have the money, they will not turn you away.  Not only do you have a place to lay your head at night, without having to worry about finding a hotel, you also don't really have to worry about your dinner each night.  I was surprised to find out that they have volunteers from the community that come and prepare dinner each night for the guests. The night we were there, they had a bank volunteering and making BBQ sandwiches for the guests.  Again, you have enough on your plate worry about your sick child, RMHC helps to try and take some of the worry away!  (They also have activities at 7pm Monday through Thursday nights!) 

As we toured the property, they had plenty of lounge area's available if you want to sit and try and refocus, maybe even visit with other families.  One thing that I liked?  They had a green roof!  Yeah, its winter and it was raining, but that roof has flowers blooming on it at times during the year! What a way to spread a little sunshine! 

RMHC allows families with children in the hospital to stay, but they also allow families that are seeking outpatient services as well.  Since there are guests that might be in wheelchairs, the place is very wheelchair friendly!  The rooms are spacious, with plenty of room to get around. The bathrooms allow access as well.
I loved that the furnishings in the room were donated by companies so that is less cost that RMHC would have to find money for!  

Each room has a welcome bag waiting on them. Again, all donated items from the bags to the items inside it!   
I loved that RMHC had the look of a hotel, as far as the rooms and cleanliness, but it does have a "home away from home" feel to it that I am sure is much needed in times like this!

There was so much to learn, I really do hope you will head over to the RMHC page to see what other information is available. 
I do want to share a couple more things:
1.   We noticed a coke machine in the dining area.    Come to find out, coke donates the cokes and then they charge a quarter per drink. The money raised for the coke goes towards funding for RMHC.
2.   When you purchase fries or a Happy Meal, they donate a portion of money from each sale to go back to RMHC.
3. If you have a child 9 or older and you want to volunteer, reach out to them, there are many ways to do so!  
4. They DO still collect the POP tabs from cans and get money from them! (I was happy about that, I thought they had stopped that one!) 
5.   You can "adopt a family" to help cover costs.  You can also buy items from the RMHC wish list to be donated! 

Like I said, there is so much we learned that we are looking forward to seeing how we can help out.
Please make sure to head to the Ronald McDonald House Charities page to learn more about them as well!

Thank, RMHC for the invite to come and learn more!   Helping hands growing hearts!  Gifts for generous donors for Valentines Day!

I'm coming back

Hey all.

Just a super short post for you. Sorry I have not been around here lately, I promise I am coming back though. Don't worry!!!

As you remember, the end of 2016 had us dealing with a sick baby off and on, so that was a big reduction on my blogging. Then, if you remember, I posted asking for Prayers for Albany once my hometown was hit by Tornadoes on January 2nd.  Well, I am not sure if you know, but they were hit AGAIN on January 22nd.  Yes, two times in one month...   I went down there, so you will hear about that soon.

For now, I just wanted to let you know that I am coming back, so please don't leave me!!!!
Have a great week!

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