Generator Safety Tips and Hacks if Power Goes Out

Generator Safety Tips and Hacks if Power Goes Out

California utility companies are taking drastic steps to prevent wildfires by cutting power to up to one million households. Downed power lines or sparks during high winds and red flag fire warnings have been blamed for starting previous fires. The outages could last for days, depending on the fire threat. generator safety tips

While the blackouts may reduce fire danger, losing power can be frustrating and even life-threatening. Utility companies are urging customers to have an emergency supply kit, keep automobiles with a full tank of gas (in case gas stations in the area are without power), and have an emergency plan if someone depends on electricity for medical needs. It’s important to know how to manually open up garage doors and community gates if the power is out.

Here are some hacks that can make weathering a lack of electricity a little easier:

  1. Strap a headlamp facing into to a clear plastic jug filled with water to light an entire room.
  2. Keep a bag of stuffed animals, games and toys that don’t require electricity to occupy and entertain children.
  3. Turn cell phones off or to airplane mode to extend the battery life and have extra power packs or solar chargers.
  4. Fill your washing machine with ice to make a great cooler with a drain.
  5. Have a propane or briquette grill or camp stove with fuel for cooking (never use it indoors and make sure to have extra fuel or bags of briquettes).
  6. Store milk jugs with frozen water in your freezer to be used to keep food cold and for drinking water when the ice melts.
  7. Stock up on candles, or make your own from your kitchen.
  8. Use boxes of baby wipes if showers don’t work.
  9. Consider installing or buying a standby generator.

Portable generators can power heaters, water pumps and refrigerators, but while it can light your home and make life a little more comfortable, using a portable generator can also be dangerous.

Whether you have used it once or a hundred times, it’s good to know these generator safety tips to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning and fires:

  • Never use a generator inside your home or enclosed areas like a garage – fatal fumes from the engine can build up inside.
  • Keep it away from open windows, vents and doors to keep dangerous fumes from entering your home.
  • Install battery operated carbon monoxide detectors to warn if the exhaust is seeping into your home or shelter.
  • Avoid fires: gasoline and natural gas generators create a lot of heat and can cause nearby combustibles to burn; they also need to be cooled for a few minutes before adding more fuel.
  • Never plug the generator directly into a home’s outlets – it can cause a dangerous “back-feed” on the power grid that can harm utility workers and others working on or repairing power lines.
  • Avoid using generators that are wet or in puddles because they can cause electrocution.
  • Only use heavy-duty electrical cords with portable generators that are rated for outdoor use, and make sure they are uncoiled.

It’s also a good idea to have flashlights or lanterns (with extra batteries) available when there is a power outage. You should also have and emergency kit that contains enough canned food and water to keep your family fed and hydrated for up to a week. This includes extra blankets and warm clothes, and a battery operated or crank radio to keep you up to date on emergency response and repairs.

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Fall Foliage- Scenic Road Trips

It’s National Fall Foilage week!

Fall is officially here and no matter what part of the country you’re in, you can enjoy the scenery as the leaves start to change color. North, South, East or West; We’ve compiled a list of National Parks and cities all throughout the United States that are ranked among the most beautiful to view the fall foliage.

So, it’s time to fill up the gas tank, strap on the hiking boots and go enjoy the great outdoors. Here are the best fall foliage road trips for you and your family.    

  1. Stowe, Vermont
    • Vermont is the nation’s fall color capital and Stowe is consided the #1 destination in the country to see the fall foliage. Forests cover 3/4 of the state, with vivid shades of yellow, gold, orange, and red from Septermber through mid October, so if you don’t make it to Stowe to look on Vermont’s highest peak, there’s no worries. There are over 20 drives in the state alone, ranging from 30-200 miles that you could take to view the scenary!
  2. Bar Harbor, Maine
    • You can visit the Frenchman Bay or make your way into Maine’s Acadia National Parkand to explore the 47,000 acres of woodslands, rocky beaches, and mountains- including Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the East Coast. The during the fall the entire forest blanketed in the oranges and yellows of fall. Trees turn in mid-September and usually fall around 2 weeks into October.
  3. Ozark National Forest, Arkansas
    • The Ozark Forest spans over 16 Arkansas counties equaling 1.2 Million acres! It is ranked one of the best spots in the southern portion of the United States to view the fall foliage. The forest is full of mountains, lakes, waterfalls, caves, and overhangs, as well as hundreds of different hiking trails and campgrounds. If you live reletively close, you don’t want to miss your chance to explore this beautiful landscape this fall! Peak foilage occurs in late Ocotber and lasts until early November.
  4. Congaree National Park, South Carolina
    • This National Park has been named an, old growth forest. It is home diverse wildlife and champion trees, the tallest trees in the United States. Their tall canopies provide protection for the forest floor below, letting gorgeous natural features form. While you are at the 26,000 acre park you can take your pick of hiking, boating, fishing, or camping to enjoy the foliage. Trees turn in mid October and usually fall in early November.
  5. Aspen, Colorado
    • The name says it all, the Aspen trees that fill this mountain town transition from green to a breathtaking hue of golden honey in the fall. The trees can be found prevalently across the state of Colorado, but leaf chasers from all over the US visit Aspen in the autumn to admire the trees based at the foot of the Maroon Bells, a pair of 14,000 ft. moutains. Aspen’s peak foilage is around the 4th week of September and usually entends into mid-October.
  6. Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
    • The 80 mile gorge is designated America’s largest National Scenic Area. It’s rich forests span alongside the Cascade Mountains, creating large waterfalls and beautiful sceneic overlooks. With thousands of pine trees, maples, and cottonwoods, the colors are unforgettable during foliage season, Oregon even offers stops along the Columbia River Gorge Highway where tourists can take in the scenary. Trees begin to turn mid- to late- October and last until mid-Novermber.
  7. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
    • Few landscapes in the world can beat the jagged peaks of Grand Teton at Teton National Park in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The majestic park is beautiful during every time of the year, and has the tourism to prove it, but during the fall it is extraordinary. The Teton Range is home to large Cottonwoods, Apens, and other deciduous trees that’s leaves turn to crisp shades of yellow, orange, and red from early-September through mid-October. These trees surround many of the lakes that the park has to offer, and with the Grand Teton backdrop, the park one of the most photogenic in the country.
  8. Napa Valley, California
    • Wine Country may not be the first place you think of when you hear Fall Foilage, however the Napa Valley vineyards are one of the best places in the country to enjoy the fall colors. The leaves on the grapevines begin to turn shades of gold and crimson while bright, yellow-hued gingko trees line the roads; it’s a stunning sight. Pair the scenary with a crisp glass of red wine, and it makes the perfect fall foilage road trip. If you are traveling to Napa, trees begin turning in late-October to early-November and leaves started to fall mid- to late- November. 

A few more noteworthy Fall Foilage travel desinations include: Poconos, Pennsylvania, New River Gorge, West Virgina, Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina & Tennesee, Catskill Mountains, New York, Glacier National Park, Montana, Spearfish Canyon, South Dakota

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t miss your chance as catching the peak colors this season, follow the 2019 Fall Foilage Map and plan your ultimate sceneic vacation!

Plan on going on a road trip to see the fall foilage in another state or National Park? Follow our Road Trip Safety Guide and remeber to always make sure you have the right auto insurance coverage on your vehicle. 

Happy Travels! 🙂

 

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The Coziest Fall Recipes

The Coziest Fall Recipes

It’s fall y’all! And that means it’s time to break out the crock-pot because it is the absolute BEST season to be in the kitchen whipping up cozy fall recipes.

Apples and pumpkins and stews, oh my! All of our favorite cozy fall crock-pot and dessert recipes can be found below and on our Pinterest board, “The BEST Fall Recipes”. Each recipe is linked for your convenience. 🙂

 

Cozy Fall Crock-Pot Meals:

 

Beef Stew

 

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

 

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup

 

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup - Coziest Fall Recipes

 

Chicken Pot Pie

 

Coziest Fall Recipes - Crock Pot Chicken Pot Pie

 

Cinnamon Applesauce

 

Cozy Fall Recipes - Crockpot Cinnamon Applesauce

 

Broccoli and Cheese Soup

 

Cozy Fall Recipes - Broccoli Cheese Soup

 

Cream Cheese Chicken Chili

 

Cozy Fall Recipes - Cream Cheese Chicken Chili

 

Cinnamon Roll Casserole

 

Cozy Fall Cinnamon Roll Casserole - Crockpot Style

 

Chicken & Dumplings

 

Cozy Fall Chicken and Dumplings

 

Chicken & Stuffing

 

Cozy Fall Recipes - Chicken and Stuffing

Tomato Tortellini Soup

 

Cozy Fall Soup

 

Cheesy Potato Soup

 

Cheesy Potato Soup - Cozy Fall Recipes

 

Tomato Soup

 

Slow Cooker Tomato Soup

 

Chicken Tortilla Soup

 

Cozy Fall Chicken Tortilla Soup

 

Chicken and Harvest Veggies

 

Cozy Fall Harvest Chicken and Veggies

 

Lasagna

 

 

Chicken Noodle Soup

 

 

Goulash

 

 

Mac & Cheese

 

 

 

Fall Desserts (aka our favorite)

 

 

Pumpkin Pie

 

 

Cinnamon Rolls

 

 

Caramel Apple Slices

 

Caramel Apple Slices - Cozy Fall Recipes

 

Apple Pie Cups

 

Cozy Fall Recipes - Apple Pie Cups

 

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

 

Cozy Fall Recipes

 

Pecan Chocolate Chunk Cookies

 

Pecan Chocolate Chunk Cookies

 

Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip

 

Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip Recipe for Fall

 

Maple Oatmeal Cookies

 

Cozy Fall Recipes

 

Caramel Pumpkin Poke Cake

 

Caramel Pumpkin Poke Cake

 

Caramel Apple Dip

 

Fall Caramel Apple Dip

 

Pumpkin Roll

 

Cozy Fall Pumpkin Roll Recipe

 

Pumpkin Spice Cracker Toffee

 

Pumpkin Spice Cracker Toffee

 

Pumpkin Oatmeal Creme Pies

 

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cream Pies

 

Apple Crisp

 

Fall Apple Crisp

 

Pumpkin Bread

 

Easy Pumpkin Bread - Cozy Fall Recipes

 

Salted Caramel Pie

 

No Bake Caramel Apple Pie

 

Caramel Apple Taquitos

 

Caramel Apple Taquitos

 

Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifle

 

Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifle

 

Candy Corn Fudge

 

Candy Corn Fudge

 

We could go on and on and on and on…. but we would need a lot more space! Do you have a favorite cozy fall recipe? What about a traditional family recipe you love to create when the weather cools down and the leaves start turning? We’d love for you to share it with is!

Be sure to check out our Pinterest for more fall recipes (including casseroles) and don’t forget to give us a follow at California Casualty to stay up to date on every new fall recipe we discover! Scan our Pincode with your Pinterest camera to follow:

 

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Tips to Keep Cool in a Hot Classroom

Tips to Keep Cool in a Hot Classroom

As students and educators head back to school, an uninvited visitor is joining them: summer heat. Much of the country is experiencing a late summer heatwave, sending temperatures to possible record highs. Teaching students in hot, uncomfortable classrooms is difficult, and many schools don’t have adequate air conditioning.

Here are some ways to help keep everyone cool in the classroom:

  • Minimize using overhead lights (instead, turn off the lights and use lamps or Christmas lights)
  • Close shades to block intense sunlight
  • Take cool-down breaks between lessons
  • Avoid excess movement during the hottest part of the day
  • Utilize a climate-controlled computer lab
  • Switch off unused electronics that produce heat even in standby mode
  • Invest in fans to cool the room

It’s also important for you and your students to stay hydrated. The Centers for Disease Control and Environment advises avoiding sugary and calorie-laden sports and soft drinks when the temperature rises. Water is the best way to hydrate the body, and it helps with cooling. Make sure your students always have easy access to water.

The American Academy of Pediatrics also warns against students engaging in physical exercise in extreme heat because they can overheat quicker than adults. However, if your students engage in physical activity, it is crucial to know the symptoms of heatstroke and heat exhaustion.

Heat Exhaustion

  • Heavy sweating
  • Weakness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Cold, pale and clammy skin
  • Fast, weak pulse
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fainting

 

Heatstroke

  • High body temperature (above 103 degrees)
  • Hot, red, dry or moist skin
  • Rapid and strong pulse
  • Possible unconsciousness

 

It’s important to note the key differences in treating each illness. Heat exhaustion can be treated by moving the victim to a cool location. Apply cool wet cloths and having them sip water. Heatstroke can be fatal and requires immediate medical attention.

 

Educators can beat the heat with these cool lesson plans for hot days:

  • Study the buoyancy of various objects in the water
  • Learn about water displacement of various objects
  • Create various devices that will float in water
  • Determine the best methods of keeping an ice cube frozen
  • Study cold weather areas like Iceland or Antarctica

 

California Casualty can help fund your hot weather study materials with a $2,500 Academic Award. Enter for your chance to win by visiting www.EducatorsAcademicAward.com.

 

4th of July Treats!

4th of July Treats!

The classic Fourth of July celebration in America is all about friends, family, and the red, white, and blue! And if you are like the majority of Americans you will probably be taking advantage of the summer holiday by attending or hosting a backyard BBQ before fireworks light up the sky. Show your patriotism, and wow your guests, by whipping up an easy recipe that pays tribute to Old Glory.

Here are the best Independence Day recipes that even Uncle Sam would be proud of:

(Each recipe is linked for your convenience, just click on the name!)

1. Red, White and Blue Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes
2. Kid-Friendly Patriotic Punch
3. Fruity 4th of July Pizza
4. Star Spangled Pie
5. Firecracker Dogs
6. Red, White, & Blue Strawberry Shortcake
7. Patriotic Ice Cubes
8. Fireworks Jello Cups
9. Red, White, and Blue M&M Cookie Bars
10. Independence Day Fruit Kabobs 
11. Patriotic Oreos
12. Red, White, & Blue Cookie Dough Dip
13. Patriotic Berry Trifle
14. Fireworks Blondies
15. Fourth of July Ice Pops
16. GLORY-ous Ice Cream Sandwich
17. Starry Cake Roll
18. Patriotic Puppy Chow
19. Firecracker Rice Krispie Treats
20. Patriotic Yogurt Bites

 

Need some more ideas? We’ve got you covered! We have all of these recipes and more on our “4th of July Treats” board on Pinterest, check it out by clicking here. And don’t forget to give us a follow at California Casualty to stay up to date on every new recipe we discover! Scan our Pincode with your Pinterest camera to follow:

Rainy Day Indoor Activities for Children

Rainy Day Indoor Activities for Children

Rainy days in the summer don’t have to mean sitting at home bored! We’ve compiled a list of the best rainy day activities to help your child burn off energy while you sit out the summer storms.

  1. YouTube Dance Along Channel 
  2. Scavenger Hunt
  3. Baking
  4. Indoor Camping
  5. Smores
  6. Write a Story
  7. Homemade Stamps
  8. Make Puppets and Put on a Puppet Show
  9. Paper Airplanes
  10. Create a Game 
  11. Rock Painting
  12. Make Jewelry Or Pasta Jewelry
  13. Origami
  14. Tie Dye or Tie Dye With Kool-Aid
  15. Build a Solar System Model
  16. 3D Pen Activities
  17. Play Dress Up
  18. Decorate Flower Pots
  19. Make Play Dough
  20. DIY Laser Maze
  21. Indoor Bowling
  22. Obstacle Course
  23. Marshmallow Shooters
  24. Alexa Games
  25. Balloon Tennis
  26. Target Golf

Want a little more variety? We’ve got you covered. We have all of these activities and more on our Rainy Day Indoor Activities for Kids board on Pinterest, check it out by clicking here. And don’t forget to give us a follow at California Casualty to stay up to date on every new tip, trick, and gift we discover! Scan our Pincode with your Pinterest camera to follow:

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