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The National Fire Protection Association and the U.S. Fire Administration estimate holiday decorations cause almost 400 home fires each year, resulting in many losses of life as well as millions in property damage. Following a few simple tips will ensure a happy and fire-safe holiday season.
- Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
- Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.
- Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
- Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini light sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of LED strands to connect.
- Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.
- Keep decorations away from windows and doors.
- Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan.
- If you do no cook often, check your oven and stove before cooking a large holiday meal.
- Keep children and pets away from lit candles.
- Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet.
- Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.
- Ask smokers to smoke outside. Remind smokers to keep their smoking materials with them so young children do not touch them.
- Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers. Wet cigarette butts with water before discarding.
- And remember to blow out lit candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving home or going to bed.
As we are all aware, fires can start any time of year. There is an increased risk during the holiday season. Please be safe and have a wonderful holiday season.
PLEASE SEE YOUR RESIDENT RESPONSIBILITY GUIDE
2-14 HOLIDAY DECORATIONS
Residents can decorate their yards and homes for holidays throughout the year. These decorations should not be offensive or distasteful. Decorations will not be put out more than 30 days prior to the holiday that they are intended and should be removed and stored as soon as possible after the holiday has passed or not longer than two weeks after the holiday.
a. No decorations of any kind will be placed on the roofs of homes, as this can be a significant safety hazard as well as damaging the roof which can result in a roof leak and damage to the structure of the home as well as personal effects of the residents in that home.
b. Any holiday lighting that is put out for display must be Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL) approved for outdoor use. All holiday lighting will be turned off if the residents are not home or are asleep.
c. To hold outdoor lights in place, string them through plastic holders. Never use nails, screws, hooks, staples or tacks.
d. All Christmas tree ornaments and decorations must be noncombustible. Lighting and lighting sets for use with Christmas decoration will bear the label of Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL) and will be in good condition.
e. Residents who place lawn decorations out for a holiday will either remove the decorations on the scheduled day for the mowing service/mowing contractor or will be responsible for mowing and edging their yard while the holiday decorations are displayed.
Sweet Potato Casserole
- 3 cups cooked mashed sweet potatoes
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, light or dark
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
Heat the oven to 350 F (180 C/Gas 4). Butter a 2-quart casserole dish.
Put the hot mashed sweet potatoes in a large bowl.
In a medium bowl beat the eggs with the granulated sugar and 3/4 cup of softened butter. Add the milk and vanilla; blend well.
Transfer the beaten egg and butter to the bowl with the mashed sweet potatoes; blend well. Spoon the mixture into the prepared casserole dish.
In a bowl combine the brown sugar, flour, 2 tablespoons softened butter, and the chopped pecans.
Mix with your fingers until crumbly; sprinkle over sweet potatoes.
Bake the sweet potato casserole in the preheated oven for 45 minutes.
- If you happen to use canned sweet potatoes, rinse off the excess syrup before you mash them, and add the eggs last. Beat the eggs in a separate bowl and set them aside. In another bowl beat about half of the granulated sugar with 3/4 cup of softened butter, the milk, and vanilla, and then beat the mixture into the sweet potatoes. Taste and add more sugar, if necessary. Add the beaten eggs, blend well, and proceed with the recipe.
- Add 1 to 2 cups of miniature marshmallows to the top of the casserole about 15 minutes before it's done.
- Add 1/2 cup of coconut to the pecan topping.
Bouder;to sulk, pout.
Example: He’s boo-daying because I would not let him have no coffee milk.
Did you know that Fort Polk is covered by a MS4 permit? What is an MS4 you may ask?
A MS4 is a municipally-owned separate storm and sewer systems, but rather is a term with a much broader application that includes, in addition to local jurisdictions: State departments of transportation, public universities, local sewer districts, public hospitals, military bases and prisons. A MS4 is not always just a system of underground pipes; it can include roads with drainage systems, gutters, and ditches.
This means that the storm drain inlets around the installation are going to pick up all the rain water flowing over impervious surfaces and that rain water ends up in our rivers and creeks on and outside the installation. So always remember “Only Rain in Fort Polk’s Drains!”
Shane began working for Corvias on November 13th 2007. He worked as a porter for the inventory control warehouse for just over a year before transitioning into the Resident Service Specialist role at Maple Terrace in late 2008. On July 5th 2016 Shane became the Assistant Community Manager for Palmetto Terrace Neighborhood. Shane is very passionate and dedicated to providing high quality customer service that Corvias is known for. He says his favorite part about his job is being able to solve problems and help give back to our residents and communities every day. Shane is an avid video game player and Mixed Martial Arts enthusiast who also enjoys exercising, nutrition and spending time with his family.
Now that fall is here, cooler weather will be upon us and your air conditioners will finally get some time off. When you turn your heat on for the first time, you will notice a burning smell. This is normal. What you are smelling is the dust burning off the coils. The odor will subside shortly thereafter. However, if you the odor continues and your unit is not working properly, please contact your Community office to submit a service request to have your unit assessed.
Also, make sure you disconnect your water hoses from the exterior faucets with the freezing winter temperatures on their way.
Turn off holiday decorations when no one is home and at night before you go to bed. Timers are a great way to ensure the lights are only on at certain times.
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December 23rd – Christmas Eve Observed – Corvias Community Offices closed
December 26th – Christmas Day Observed –All Corvias Offices Closed
December 9th-Winners of the Christmas Home Decorating Contest will be announced.
(PLEASE HAVE HOMES DECORATED BY December 4th)