tips for winterizing your boat or watercraft source: publicdomainpictures.net
It’s September and some Florida watercraft and boat owners will be preparing to safely store their vessels. Here are five simple tips to help protect your boat or watercraft during the cooler months.
1. All water must be drained from your vessel. This is the most important step. Even The Sunshine State has been known to get temps that dip to the level of freezing. Lines that still have water in them could burst should temps get too low. Plus, any damages from freezing temps that are directly linked to sitting water may not be covered on your watercraft or boaters insurance. Sewage tanks, lower units and plumbing lines should have zero water left in the lines.
2. Old Fuel left in the engine can do quite a bit of damage. Any remaining fuel should be expelled by running the engine. Re-fuel the tanks and add a preservative to protect the life of your engine. Be sure to also spray a substance like WD40 on the cylinders and metals to prevent rust.
3. Roll down any shades, canvases or anything that could break off heavy gusts or winds.
4. Boats that are stored on trailers should remove the wheels and the hubs should be covered so that moisture is kept out. Boats on trailers should not be stored under trees or low-hanging limbs.
source: publicdomainpictures.net fun facts about fruits and veggies
September is National Fruit and Veggies Month, and in celebration we are sharing some fun facts about fruits and veggies.
-Bananas are actually in the berry family, while the strawberry is not.
-Strawberries have over 200 seeds.
-You can “bob” for apples because they are 25% air.
-Tomatoes, pumpkins and avocados are fruits not veggies.
-Bananas are good for heartburn.
-Eat your greens: the darker the veggies the more vitamin C they contain.
-Oranges are great for reducing dark spots or sun damage.
-Ripen a pineapple quickly by turning it upside down on its leaves.
-Some scientists believe that bananas were the first fruit on earth.
-Cabbage and watermelon carry over 90% of water.
-Apples are great for your skin and help with itching and even wrinkles.
-Grapefruits are good for weight loss according to experts. Those that consume grapefruit drop at least 3 pounds and helps prevent diabetes.
-Got figs? A half-cup of figs and a half-cup of milk contain the same amount of calcium.
Easy Crock Pot Recipe: Chicken with Tropical Barbecue Sauce
Back-to-school means busier times managing car pool lines, dance lessons, sports seasons. Buy back some of your time with this simple and delicious crock pot recipe.
Chicken with Tropical Barbecue Sauce
1/4 cup molasses
1 Tbsp. cider vinegar
2. Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp. prepared mustard
2 Tbsp. orange juice
3 whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts, halved
In a medium-sized bowl combine molasses, vinegar, Worcestershire, mustard and orange with a whisk. Generously brush the chicken breasts and place in crock pot or slow cooker. Pour remaining liquid ingredients over chicken, cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. Serve over favorite starch. Serves 6.
source: publicdomainpictures.net Teen Pedestrian Deaths
As a parent to a teen, you are more likely to worry about your teen behind the wheel, not in front of it. But the organization, SafeKids.org, put together an infograph that highlights the growing number of deaths related to teens crossing the street.
Half of all pedestrian deaths under the age of 19 were teens in high school not middle school. The number one reason for this stems from distractions such as texting and listening to head phones. Male teens are 1.8 times more likely to be killed while crossing the street, but of the over 34,000 teens observed by SafeKids, female teens tended to cross the street without hesitation while distracted.
Adding to the invincibility of teens, 78% of teens think that younger pedestrians are more like to be killed while crossing the street, but facts don’t lie.
Here are some steps that you and your teen can take that will save lives:
–Join the “Moment of Silence” Campaign
-Remind your teens to put the phone down while crossing the street so that they can see everything around them.
–Never wear headphones while crossing the street. It’s important to be able to hear everything around you.
-Parents should also set a good example for their teens by following the same safety tips.
-Share these tips and campaign on Facebook and Twitter.
Lakeland homeowners to get new meters after several caught fire source: publicdomainpictures.net
Lakeland Electric officials will be replacing 10,657 smart meters over concerns of combustion, according to an article in TheLedger.
These smart meters made by a company called, Sensus, have posed safety issues for Lakeland homeowners after 6 of them went up in flames. The 10,657 smart meters are only 9 percent of electric meters currently in use in Lakeland.
Those with the smart meters will receive a notification that their meters will be replaced at the cost of Sensus. The meters are expected to be replaced starting in September, according to Lakeland Electric officials.
Lakeland is not the only city afflicted these faulty meters. Portland and Philadelphia reportedly had the same issues with meters and ended up replacing them as well.
most stolen vehicles in the U.S. in 2013 source: publicdomainpictures.net
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB)’s released its annual an aptly named, “Hot Wheels” report breaking down the most stolen make and model of vehicles in the U. S. The data was taken from law enforcement agencies that later reported the theft to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).
The bad news: if you happen to drive any of the listed vehicles below, make sure that your auto insurance includes theft.
- Honda Accord (53,995)
- Honda Civic (45,001)
- Chevrolet Pickup (Full Size) (27,809)
- Ford Pickup (Full Size) (26,494)
- Toyota Camry (14,420)
- Dodge Pickup (Full Size) (11,347)
- Dodge Caravan (10,911)
- Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee (9,272)
- Toyota Corolla (9,010)
- Nissan Altima (8,892)
The good news? Car theft is at an all-time low. Still, now would be a good time to make sure your auto insurance policy covers theft.
parents texting and driving as much as young drivers credit: publicdomainpictures.net
Google the words,” texting and driving dangers,”, and a gaggle of articles and associations pop up with data pointing to teens as the main culprits. Turns out, some parents are not only setting a bad example for teen drivers, but ignoring their pleas to put down the phone and focus on the road, according to data released by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions or SADD.
Unfortunately, texting and driving was not the only dangerous practice exhibited by these parents. The study also found that some parents shirked wearing a seat belt, drinking and driving and even getting behind the wheel after marijuana use.
Sadly, these parents continued with their bad behavior even after 41% of teens asked them to knock it off, says the study.
Other shocking statistics from the study include:
Talking on cell phone while driving: 86 percent
Speeding: 80 percent
Texting and driving: 40 percent
Driving after consuming alcohol: 34 percent
Driving without a seat belt: 21 percent
While these are just the highlights, we encourage you to read the rest of the study by visiting SADD and for those parents engaging in dangerous acts–practicing what they preach.
Talk about sticker shock! I don’t know how Forbes came up with this list given the fact that many of these homes will not pop up on your standard home search on Trulia or Zillow, but it’s kind fun to find out how the other half lives. At least these homeowners that have listed their properties.
Cue Robin Leach-
1. Owlwood Estate Location: Holmby Hills, Ca Price: $150 million Sq feet: 13,000
1. (TIE) Spelling Manor Location: Holmby Hills, Ca Price: $150 million Sq feet: 56,500
2. The Legendary Beverly House Location: Beverly Hills Price: $135 million Sq feet: 70,000
2. (TIE) Crespi Hicks Estate Location: Dallas, TX Price: $135 million Sq feet: 42,500
3. Battery Park Penthouse Location: NY, NY Price: $118.5 million Sq feet: 15,434
4. Upper East Side Townhouse Location: NY, NY Price: $114.1 million Sq feet: 20,000
5. Pumpkin Key, Private Island Location: The Florida Keys Price: $110 million Sq feet: 5,000
6. The de Guigne Estate Location: Hillsborough, Ca Price: 100 million Sq feet: 16,000
6. (TIE) City Spire Penthouse Location: NY, NY Price: $100 million Sq feet: 8,000
7. Sherry-Netherland 18th Floor Location: NY, NY Price: $95 million Sq feet: 7,000
7. (TIE) The Penthouse at the Pierre Hotel Location: NY, NY Price: $95 million
8. The Atelier Location: NY, NY Price: $85 million Sq feet: 10,000
9. 432 Park Avenue Penthouse Location: NY, NY Price: 82.5 million Sq feet: 8,255
10. Tommy Hilfiger’s Plaza Penthouse Location: NY, NY Price: $80 million
To view the rest of the list visit Forbes
texting and driving bans in states source: publicdomainpictures.net
Turns out, texting and driving is really dangerous. But, you already knew that and to drive home the point new research shows that texting bans have led to a three percent reduction in traffic fatalities in drivers of all ages, according to recent research from the University of Alabama.
Of course, law enforcement has to go the extra mile and enforce it in order to save the lives of an average of 19 people in each state that has the law on the books.
So, what are we talking about when we say, primary enforcement? Well, the phase is quite literal. Secondary means that enforcing texting and driving laws takes a back seat to other infractions such as speeding or DUIs. Primary enforcement means that it’s a priority for law enforcement and they can and will enforce the law at all times.
In fact, those states that have a texting ban law but is enforced secondary, didn’t see a drop in fatalities.
Here are a couple of facts to consider:
–Bans on using any handheld device while driving had the biggest impact on U.S. drivers ages 18-64 years-old.
-In 2011, 3,331 traffic fatalities were the direct result of distracted driving and 387,000 passengers and drivers were injured as the result of distracted driving, according to CDC data.
It’s great that many states have some sort of texting and driving ban, but it’s useless unless its consistently enforced.
You know those really cute commercials where the kid comes home from college only to discover that his childhood bedroom has been turned into a game room or an expanded kitchen? Yeah, those days are slowly coming to an end, according to a Pew Research Center report.
Thanks to years of a rotten U.S. economy that continues to flounder in its recovery, an estimated 57 million Americans are living in the same home as grandma.
In fact, nearly one in four young adults ages 25-34 decided to stay at home with their parents rather than move out. That number was even higher for young men. A sluggish job market has kept many from marrying and some in school.
Here are some other facts from the report to mull over:
–23.6 percent of adults ages 25-34 lived at home compared to 22.7 of elderly Americans (over 85) in 2012.
-80 percent of multigenerational homes saw more young adult men staying at home.
While it’s easy to point to the economy for the increase in young adults holding off on finding their way in the world, it’s also a shift in the ethnic demographic in the U.S. Many Hispanic and Asian families tend to live in multigenerational homes. If this trend continues, the term, “empty nesters” will be for the birds.