Everyone needs that one go-to Autumn recipe. The one that you make when you’re in a pinch. That one where you know that no matter who you make it for, they will absolutely love it. That one you immediately reach for when you realize (last minute) that you were supposed to bring something for the Thanksgiving office party. So I guess you could call this dip a life saver! Each bite reminds you of crunching leaves, autumn bonfires, clear blue skies and of course, pumpkin!
1 30-oz can pumpkin pie filling
2 pkgs. instant vanilla pudding (unprepared)
1 tub Cool Whip
1 8-oz jar Marshmallow fluff
Ginger snaps and cinnamon graham crackers
Mix all ingredients together. If desired, hollow out a small pie pumpkin and serve the dip in it. Sprinkle the top with cinnamon (optional). Serve with the graham crackers and ginger snaps on the side.
There are two types of fire extinguishers that use a dry chemical. One is called “multi-purpose dry chemical” and uses ammonium phosphate as the extinguishing agent, which is effective on “A,” “B,” and “C” class fires. This chemical is corrosive and must be scrubbed from surfaces after use. These types of extinguishers are very common and are found in schools, homes, hospitals and offices. Sodium bicarbonate is used in extinguishers known as “regular dry chemical,” which are capable of handling “B” and “C” class fires. These extinguishers are found in garages, kitchens and laboratories. Sodium bicarbonate is easy to clean and non-toxic.
These extinguishers contain liquid CO2 that is expelled as a gas. They are effective against “B” and “C” class fires. Unlike other chemicals, CO2 does not leave a harmful residue and is environmentally friendly. It also poses very little danger to electronics and is effectively employed in laboratories, computer rooms, and other areas with sensitive equipment.
These extinguishers are most suited for “A” class fires. However, they cannot be used in “B,” “C” or “D” class fires. In “B” and “D” class fires, the water will spread the flames. In a “C” class fire, the water is conductive and poses a risk of electric shock to the operator. However, the misting nozzle of a “Water Mist” extinguisher breaks up the stream of deionized water so that there is no conductive path back to the operator. Since the agent used is water, these types of extinguishers are inexpensive and environmentally friendly.
Wet Chemical Fire Extinguishers
These devices are designed to combat “K” class fires and commonly use potassium acetate. They are appropriately employed in commercial kitchens and restaurants, especially around deep fryers. The chemical is emitted as a fine mist that does not cause grease to splash onto other surfaces. They can also be used in “A” class fires.
Here’s what the label on your fire extinguisher says:
- Essential information about the types of fires they can combat. Newer devices have pictures that correspond
directly to the fire types listed above. Older models have letters serve the same purpose.
- A numerical rating that designates the extinguishing potential for that particular model (class “A” and “B”).
- Instructions for operation.
- A tag that indicates if and when an inspection occurred.
Fire Extinguishers do expire, so make sure to replace yours if needed!
More house fires occur on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year! Follow these eight steps to make sure that your Thanksgiving celebration doesn’t go up in smoke, but instead is a celebration of family, food, and all the blessing with which God has showered us!
- If something is cooking/baking don’t leave the room unless you turn the stove/oven off.
- If you have a small grease fire, smother it with a pan lid. NEVER put water on a grease fire.
- Be extremely careful when deep-frying a turkey. Make sure it is well-thawed, and that you don’t have too much oil in the fryer. William Shatner and State Farm put together a great video on Turkey Fryer Fires and how to prevent them here:
- Too many cooks in the kitchen can lead to mistakes, and some can end in disaster! Suggest that family and friends “help” by not getting underfoot in the kitchen!
- Don’t wear loose-fitting clothing that can catch a pan handle or even catch fire.
- Know where your fire extinguisher is.
- Make sure your smoke detector is working and has new batteries.
Yes, fire extinguishers expire and they do this for a few different reasons.
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Did you know that your refrigerator accounts for 15% of your home’s total power usage? If your refrigerator has clogged, dirty coils, it requires 25% more energy to run than if they were clean! Dust, dirt and pet hair can accumulate on the coils (which are designed to remove heat from the refrigerator) causing them to run longer and harder.
That’s why at least twice a year, you should vacuum the refrigerator coils (beneath the unit for newer models or at the back of your refrigerator for older models) with a brush attachment. Refer to the owner’s manual to locate the coils and access them safely (be sure to shut off the electricity or unplug the unit first!) Use a vacuum with a brush attachment to loosen and vacuum up the accumulated dust. If you have a longer brush to gently brush the dust from behind the coils, that would help as well. It’s estimated that dirty coils can increase energy use by 6%; the amount of savings will vary, but it can be anywhere from $15-$100 per year!
What could you do with $100 bucks? Most of us aren’t at a loss for ways to spend some extra cash! Here’s four simple ways that can EACH save you $100 per year! These repairs are definitely worth taking into consideration– they don’t cost… they pay!
- Turn off the video games. An estimated 40% of American households have video game systems– which add up to $1 billion in electricity usage per year in the country! But that number can be drastically reduced (by about $100 per household per year) simply by turning off the system when it’s not in use! Not all gaming systems have a power down option when not in use, and oftentimes those that do are not activated by default.
- Wash your clothes in cold water. About 90% of the energy used in older, top-loading models comes from the fuel used to heat the water, according to the Department of Energy. There are also laundry products specifically designed for washing clothes in cold water.
- Install a low-flow water aerator on your sink nozzles and shower heads. The combined savings from the water and energy usage will quickly add up. If you’re not sure if you have a low-flow water aerator or now, look on the side of the sink nozzle. The rate of flow should be imprinted there. If the number is higher than 2.75 gallons per minute (gpm), it’s time to make an investment of about $5 to purchase a low-flow aerator.
- Turn your computer off. Your average desktop computer uses about 200 watts an hour. In Northwest Indiana, you’ll pay about $0.11 per kilowatt. If you leave your computer on 24/7, this adds up to $0.52 per day, $16.06 per month, or $192.72 per year! So by turning your computer off at night alone and not counting for weekends, you’ll save about $100 per year!
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