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Holiday Tips for Home Safety!

As you are sprucing up your home for the holiday season, remember to keep an eye out for common holiday fire hazards, trip-ups, and other safety mix-ups.

  1. Bright lights. Remember to carefully inspect holiday light strings every year. Make sure to get rid of any frayed cords, cracked lamp holders or loose connections. When replacing bulbs make sure to unplug the light string and make sure to match voltage and wattage to the original bulb.
  2. Lights out! Turn off holiday lights when you leave home and when you are going to bed.
  3. Its about time! If you have outdoor lights be sure to get an outdoor timer so that the lights will turn off on their own. This will also help save your electric bill.
  4. One and done. Don’t connect an extension cord to an extension cord. Find out that is long enough for the job. Connecting extension cord to extension cord can cause problems
  5. Outdoors! When hanging outdoor lights be sure to keep electrical connectors off the ground and away form metal rain gutters. Use insulated tape or plastic clips to hold them in place.
  6. Sound the alarm! Be sure to test your smoke alarms monthly to make sure they work.

Hopefully these tips will help you keep your home safe during this holiday season!

December Events!

Need somethings to do during this winter month? Well here are some activities going on in the St. George area that might be of interest to you!

Nov 30 to Dec 6th: The St George Children’s Museum is hosting a Gingerbread Tour. It’s a scavenger hunt to find gingerbread houses from around the world. Tour the town looking for the different businesses that have the gingerbread houses! Win some prizes while having a fun time seeing the St. George and finding the unique gingerbread houses around town.

Now until Dec. 22nd: Tuacahn is showing their Christmas show, Fairytale Christmas. Christmas won’t be the same after seeing this show! A musical written by M. Scott McLean and Michael McLean based on their award-winning book. This musical will be an entertaining time that you will want to make a tradition.

Dec 27 to Dec 29: Brigham’s Playhouse is doing A Christmas Carol. Enjoy the story of  A Christmas Carol in a new light!

Every Tuesday and Wednesday to Saturday: Tuacahn’s Christmas in the Canyon. Enjoy the lights decorating the path to the stage. Enjoy the Live Nativity.

Now until January 19th: Leo Krikorian Art Exhibit at Dixie State University. The exhibit is open Mon to Fri 9 am to 5 pm. If you love art this is a place to you. Enjoy the art of Leo Krikorian.

 

Hopefully one of these events catches your eye! Enjoy this holiday season!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from us here at Utah First!

We hope that your Thanksgiving is a fun time spend with family and friends! Enjoy the feast!

Have a fun and safe holiday!

 

 

Veterans Day!

Let’s not forget Veterans Day is Nov. 11th

This is the time for everyone to honor those who have sacrificed to provide freedom for our nation, to those veterans who have lost their lives while serving our country and to those who are currently serving in the military. Thank you for your sacrifice.

 

Tips to keeping your carpet clean!

Have carpet in your rental? Here are some simple tips to helping you keep it clean!

  1. Make a ‘no shoe’ rule! Although you may feel a little awkward or weird asking people to remove their shoes, it’s actually becoming more of a common practice. Shoes track in dirt, germs, toxins, and harmful bacteria. You don’t know where people have been but their shoes have and it tracks all that into your home. Having a ‘no shoe’ home protects your family from those dirt and germs and it reduces the wear and tear of the carpet.
  2. Treat spills immediately! Spill something on the carpet? Stop everything and clean it up! Leaving a spill will make it harder to clean up. Treating it right away will help get it out better, faster, and easier because it doesn’t give it time to set in.
  3. Vacuum often and well! Even when you follow the tricks above your carpets are still going to get dirtier faster. Pollen and dust come indoors clinging to us or our pets, through open windows, and every time our doors open or close. That’s why carpets need to be vacuumed wall-to-wall at least twice a week with a third pass over high-traffic areas. It’s important to use the crevice attachment around the base of walls and furniture, too, since dust and pet hair often collect there.

Hopefully these tips will help you keep your carpets clean! Keeping your carpets cleans makes the home feel and look nicer. Keeps you and your family safe from different germs and bacteria!

Trick or Treat Safety Tips!

Halloween is coming! Trick or Treating is just around the corner. Trick or Treating is fun and a great time for all ages but we also need to remember to be safe! Here are some tips for Halloween night to keep you and your kiddos safe!

  1. The Perfect Fit! Make sure that the costume fits your kids! Having the right sized costume is really important. It will make easy for the kids to move and they won’t be tripping over the costume.
  2. Makeup is the way! If you can instead of using a mask in the kids’ costume use makeup to re-create the mask. Mask can obstruct your child’s view. Before Halloween night you should try out the makeup to make sure your child is not allergic to the makeup.
  3. Make it bright! Try picking/convincing your kids to pick costume that aren’t dark colors. Having dark colors makes it harder to see the kids. If you can have lighter colors it will help people be able to see your kids. If you can try even giving your kids glow sticks to wear while they are trick or treating.
  4. Groups, groups are good! Go in groups. If you can find other families you can go with. If your kids are older and want to go with friends make sure they stay in groups.
  5. Choose wisely and follow the rules! Choose houses that look good. A lot of them will be decorated creepy but you can tell the difference between a creepy house and a fake creepy house. You don’t have to hit every single house. If a house doesn’t seem right then don’t go to it. Just because it’s Halloween doesn’t mean that the rules of the road don’t apply! Following the rules of the road! It will help keep you and your kiddos safe.
  6. Check it before you eat it! When you get home be sure to check all the candy! Look to make sure that the candy hasn’t been messed with and hasn’t been opened. If there is any homemade treats throw them out! If you know the person who gave the homemade treats and you trust them then its okay but if you don’t know the person or where they came from then THROW IT OUT! It’s unsafe to eat messed with/opened candy or homemade treats. Also if your kids have an allergy to any kind of candy make sure to take those out before you let them go at it.
  7. Drive Carefully! If you are going to be driving around on Halloween night be wary of those little kids. Take it slow and keep your eyes open. Little kids tend to run in the streets and appear out of no where. Be sure to keep you eyes open and pay attention to the things going on around you. Be on alert! Be careful!

Hopefully these tips will help you keep you and your kids safe! Be safe and happy trick or treating!

Safety Tip!

Going on vacation? Leaving your house for a weekend trip to go see the changing of the leaves? Be sure to be cautious in what you share online!

A lot of people nowadays share lots of information on social media sites, and other parts of the web. Even if you think your profile is protected, any hacker could get into them. Keep these safety tips in mind when you are sharing things on social media while away from your home.

Don’t share information that could compromise your safety. Don’t advertise that you are going on vacation or to the hospital for a long stay.

Make sure that geo-tag is off on your phone if you are going to post things online. Geo-tagging photos can let people know that you aren’t home.

Although its not everyday that something bad will happen but it is better to be safe than sorry. Taking these tips and making sure to be cautious with what you share online will help prevent things from happening. Hope these tips will help you out! Have a great week!

Fires are preventable!

When it comes to your property, there are certain safety precautions that can be taken to help prevent fires. Ready.gov shares the following tips on home fire prevention:

Electrical and Appliance Safety.

  • Frayed wires can cause fires. Replace all worn, old or damaged appliance cords immediately and do not run cords under rungs or furniture.
  • If an appliance has tree-prong plug, use it only in a three-slot outlet. Never force it to fit into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.
  • Immediately shut off, then professionally replace, light switches that are hot to the touch and lights that flicker.

Fireplace and Woodstoves.

  • Inspect and clean woodstove pipes and chimneys annually and check monthly for damage or obstructions.
  • use a fireplace screen heavy enough to stop rolling logs and big enough to cover the entire opening of the fireplace to catch flying sparks.
  • Make sure the first is completely out before leaving the house or going to bed.

This advice will help prevent fires from occurring. If you follow the advice it will help prevent a fire from happening in your home. Have a good week!

Events in October!

The month of Halloween is coming at us. This month there are a few different events that are going on. Hopefully some of there will interest you and give you something to do this month with your family and friends!

First, October 6th is the St. George Marathon! So be prepared to cheer on those runners and be aware of road closures that will occur!

Second, if you enjoy musicals and haven’t been out to Tuacahn Amphitheatre now is the time! The showings of Prince of Egypt, Cinderella, and Matilda are ending this month. Starting October 25 and lasting until October 31st is Tuacahn’s Thriller. If you like zombies and dance its the perfect event for you!

Third, throughout this month is The Huntsman Senior Games. The opening ceremonies are Tuesday October 9th at 7:30 at Trailblazer Stadium on Dixie State University campus.

Fourth, if you like art and want to see some amazing artists paintings, out at Human History Museum in Zion National Park they are having an art show called Zion Plein Art Invitational. Go enjoy some art and maybe even take a little hike while you are out there.

Finally like getting scared? Well the Staheli Farm’s Field of Screams is for you! Starting September 28th you’ll be able to find you way through the haunted maze with zombies, clowns, and other creepy things! It’s where you nightmares come true!

Hopefully one of these events peaks your interested!

 

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