Nov 20, 2014

Emergency Car Kits - Safety Education series



November 20, 2014
Safety Education: Emergency Car Kits

If you've watched the news lately, this cold snap
has brought more scenes of stranded travelers on
snowy roadways. I wonder how many had prepared
for such an emergency.

Today we are going think what it might be like to
be stranded in our vehicle for an extended period
of time...during daylight hours and possibly added
difficulties if we had to remain overnight.

Depending on their ages, they may need some
prompts from teacher. (food, water, warmth,
sheltering-in-place verses walking to safety)

Brainstorm a list of items that combat each
emergency scenario the kids mentioned. 
Talk about the viability and practicality of
each item, remembering, they will be stored 
in the vehicle.


Here's our list:
a case of water
flashlight with extra batteries
candles & matches in a can or glass jar
maps & compass
whistle
multi-purpose tool/knife
first aid kit
blankets
extra socks,coats, boots
large & small trash bags
a list of emergency contact numbers 
pen/pencil & paper
a bucket with lid, toilet paper, wet wipes
some dried or canned food with pull tabs
antifreeze 
windshield washer fluid
jumper cables
small shovel
ice scraper
road flares
bag of kitty litter (for traction)
cell phone chargers


Now, think about storage space in your vehicle.
(some of these items may already be kept there)
Most items may fit in a backpack or a 5 gal.
bucket. Are there drawers under your seats
or will everything need to be stored in your
trunk?

Gather and assemble your emergency car kits
as soon as possible. Even if your family never
experiences an emergency, having these items
may allow you to help others during your travels.



gathering items for our Car Emergency Kit - candles & matches


Mom notes:
A key component of educating our children in safety 
is to present different situations and have the 
children think of possible problems that could occur
and then discuss various practical solutions.

These thinking exercises have not only made my
children better prepared for emergencies but have 
also enhanced their leadership skills.

Thanks so much for 
joining us this week.


We will not have safety class next week, due to the
Thanksgiving holiday.

Our next class will be
Thursday, Dec. 4th.

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Nov 17, 2014

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce - printable recipe


We've been making spaghetti 
sauce over the last few days. 
It's SO good!

I know this is normally a summer activity 
for most gardeners, but cooking & canning 
all day doesn't appeal to me while I'm melting 
in the warmer weather. So I throw all my 
tomatoes in the freezer and wait for 'wood stove' 
cooking season.

With the latest cold front bringing in this chilly 
weather, mid-November, it appears the season 
has arrived!







Homemade Spaghetti Sauce


½ bushel of tomatoes (more or less)
½  cup olive oil
6 - 8 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tablespoon salt
pinch of black pepper
8 - 10 ounces tomato paste
¼ - ½ cup sugar
¼ cup oregano
¼ cup parsley
¼ cup basil
1 cup zucchini, shredded (optional)


1. peel tomatoes
2. puree tomatoes in blender/food processor 
    for a thinner sauce
    OR mash them if you like a chunky sauce.
3. In a large pot (at least 10 quart) cook garlic in oil.
4. when garlic is tender, add tomatoes and 
    remaining ingredients.
5. IMPORTANT- taste periodically. 
6. Boil until sauce cooks down to desired thickness.



notes:
1. Paste tomatoes such as Roma or Amish have higher
levels of sugar and acids along with less moisture,
making them a better tomato to "cook down" than other 
tomatoes. They are sometimes called sauce tomatoes.
If using only sauce tomatoes, start with less sugar
than listed above.
Personally, I use whatever tomatoes I have on hand,
(Roma, Amish, Beefsteak, even Large Red Cherry) and
just adjust the seasonings as they're cooking.

2. To easily peel tomatoes, dip in boiling water for 
about 30 seconds or until skins begin to crack.

This is the personal recipe of Maria Matter @ Five Simple Things.




If canning, when your sauce reaches your desired
thickness, pour hot into hot jars, leaving ¼ inch [6mm]
head space. Process pint jars 30 minutes in boiling 
water bath.




one more note:
As I mentioned above, I put my fresh tomatoes
in the freezer until I'm ready to process them.
I core them first and cut off any bad spots, then
fill up a freezer bag, removing as much air as
possible.  

When you remove them from the freezer, place
them in a colander in the sink. As they start to
thaw, some of the water will drain reducing your
cooking time and the skins will crack on their own
eliminating the need to dip in boiling water. Let
them continue to drain for a while longer after 
peeling.


If you've never made your own sauce, I encourage
you to give it a try and I would be happy to answer 
any questions you may have.

Enjoy! 


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Nov 13, 2014

Winter Storm Emergency Kit - Safety Education series



November 13, 2014
Safety Education: Winter Storm kits

With the arrival of winter weather, it's time to
put together some winter storm emergency kits.

First, talk to the children about what they think
might happen during a winter storm; what
emergencies your family might experience.
This will make you aware of their level of 
understanding and be able to address their
specific concerns.

Next, we will gather some emergency supplies.
Having these items on-hand will save you a lot
of discomfort and trouble when a storm hits.

Here are some basic supplies.
(If you don't have them all now, gather what you
can and make a list of what you still need.)

a 3-day supply of water, 
a gallon per person per day

a 3-day supply of non-perishable food
and a manual can opener
(heat & eat food if you'll have a 
source of heat to cook)

flashlights and extra batteries,
glow sticks

candles and matches

blankets and warm clothing
or a few Mylar blankets

a NOAA hand-crank weather radio/flashlight

hand crank weather radio


a first aid kit 
(like we assembled for our class back in Oct.)

a shovel and some Rock Salt

a deck of cards or other non-electric games

This is by no means an extensive list. Each family 
should have an ample supply vital to their individual household before a storm hits. 
(medications, care items for elderly, infants and pets)

Also, discuss where in your home you can store these
gathered emergency supplies. If an area needs to
be cleaned out to make room, make it a family 
project. That way everyone will know where the
supplies are kept!



Mom notes:
Have the children calculate the amount of water 
and food each person will need for three days. 

Make sure your children know how to light an
oil lamp & adjust the wicks if you'll be using them.

Also, make sure your older children know where
the gas cans are kept, how to start a generator, how
to use a fire extinguisher or how to shut off utilities
if necessary.

For all pet owners, be sure to check which emergency
shelters allow pets in case you would ever need to 
evacuate. ( have the kids research this online)



print-out from the American Red Cross!


Thanks so much for joining our safety class,
see you next week!


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Nov 6, 2014

Kitchen safety tips- Safety Education series




November 6, 2014
Safety Education:  a Safe Holiday Kitchen

With the holiday season approaching, 
the kitchen will become a hub of activity! 
Unfortunately, it also can quickly turn into 
a site for injuries and fires during this busy 
time of year, according to the Fire Marshal's
fire safety council. 

Here are a few Kitchen Safety Tips to review.

· Stay in the kitchen while cooking. 
If you must leave, turn down the heat 
on appliances and return quickly. 

· Keep anything that can catch fire, 
such as dishtowels, paper or plastic bags, 
curtains, etc., at least three feet away 
from the stove top. 

· Avoid wearing loose-fitting clothing 
when cooking (such as long open sleeves) 
which can be ignited by hot burners.

· Remove mats or runners in the kitchen 
and dining areas that could cause someone 
to slip or trip while carrying hot dishes. 

· Always turn pot handles inward to prevent 
small children from reaching up and pulling 
down a hot pan. 

· Keep hot items, such as hot beverages and 
trays that have just come out of the oven 
away from the edge of counters, so that small
children are not able to reach them. 

· Hot liquid and food burns often occur when 
little ones pull hanging tablecloths or place mats. 
Use table cloths and decorations with care. 

· Food cooked in a microwave can be 
dangerously hot. Remove lids or other 
coverings from microwaved food carefully 
to prevent steam burns. 

· Keep young children and pets away from 
the stove when anyone is cooking and never 
leave small children in the kitchen unsupervised 
when food is being prepared. 

· Store knives and other sharp objects 
out of the reach of young children

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After reading, have students create a checklist for these tips 
or a pictorial poster to be posted in the kitchen.


Mom note:
During the holidays our whole family normally
works together in the kitchen to prepare festive 
meals. However, over the years,depending on 
the age of the child, they might only have a few 
dishes to help prepare. So we would always set 
that child on a stool, partially outside the busy 
cooking path, in the kitchen with the above 
checklist to have them "watch over" us noting 
any safety concerns. We made sure they 
understood this was an important job being 
entrusted to them in helping to keep our family
safe!

Thanks so much 
for joining us!
See you next week.

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Oct 30, 2014

Fall Season safety tips - Safety Education series


October 30, 2014
safety education: fall season safety

This weekend many of us will be changing our clocks back from Daylight Savings Time. It's a great time to also change your batteries in your smoke alarms, CO monitors and check that your fire extinguishers are fully charged. 
We'll be doing ours for class today.

Fire safety is for every season, but with the colder weather arriving, many of us are starting to use our fireplaces, wood burning stoves and space heaters. 
Start the class by asking the children for some safety tips concerning these. I always enjoy hearing what they know and sometimes busting some myths along the way. Discussion time is so important and gives you a great starting point.


Read over these Fall Fire Safety Tips for more discussion ideas. 
One of the tips mentioned is to make sure young children know how to dial "911".  Why not make this a family activity. Each child/adult can take turns being the caller 
and the 911 dispatcher that asks the questions. 

Here are some other helpful Fall Season Safety Tips.

I would like to add one more tip for thought. 
So many times the children have opportunities to help grandma & grandpa or older neighbors with outside chores this fall, which is always encouraged, of course. However, remember, older adults may not anticipate the curiosity of younger children, leaving ladders & yard tools unattended. A word of caution to the adults and the children may be needed. 



Thanks so much for joining 
us for safety class today.
See you next week.


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