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November 19, 2013

Stay safe during clean up

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• A hard hat to protect your head from falling limbs or branches. The best helmets have a face guard.

• Safety glasses or goggles to prevent injury from flying wood chips. Wear these during wood splitting also, to preserve your eyesight.

• Ear muffs or ear plugs to protect ears from permanent injury. Noise from some gasoline powered chain saws can exceed 100 decibels.

• Lightweight gloves, preferably leather, to protect hands from abrasions and cuts.

• Heavy work boots or shoes with high tops and steel toes.

• Trim fitting clothing free of ragged edges. Loose clothing will readily snag on limbs or get caught in the saw. Woodcutter’s chaps are recommended to give leg protection during a mishap.

Food Safety When the Power is Out

Bacteria that cause foodborne illness multiply rapidly on food kept at room temperature for more than 2 hours. Do not rely on the appearance or odor to determine if the food is safe. This guide tells you how long food stays cold when the power goes off to help you decide what to salvage and what to discard.

Refrigerator -Food in a refrigerator is generally safe if the power is out for less than 4 to 6 hours. The length of time that the food will be safe depends on:

1.How cold the refrigerator was when the power went off. The colder the refrigerator, the longer the food will stay cold.

2.How warm the room is. The colder the room, the longer the refrigerator will stay cold.

3.How often the refrigerator door is opened, especially if the room is warm. Keep the door closed as much as possible.

4.Placing a block of ice on a pan in the refrigerator helps keep the temperature low and extends the time food will be safe.

Discard the following perishable foods if kept above refrigerator temperature (40°F) for more than 2 hours:

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