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Savings / Safety Tips for July 2017 from All Safety Products, Inc.

Fireworks cause house fires, injuries

The Fourth of July is one of the busiest days of the year for house fires. Sure, it's a celebration and, yes, fireworks are traditional and they can be used safely.

Nonetheless, nearly 20,000 fires annually are blamed on fireworks, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Virtually no one sets out to set their neighbor's house on fire (or their own) but that does happen.

In Oahu, Hawaii, in 2005, 123 fires were directly related to fireworks on the Fourth. That is one city in one state. And that adds up to a busy day for emergency crews. Even the most common fireworks, such as a sparkler, can start a fire.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission reported in 2015 that a 19-year-old woman died from smoke inhalation in an apartment fire started by a sparkler. It seems a teenager threw a sparkler through the second floor window to get the attention of his friend. But his friend was sleeping downstairs. The sparkler started a fire that engulfed the house, killing the woman. The problem with fireworks is that if handled in a reckless manner, there are no second chances.

Nearly two-thirds of fireworks-related injuries are caused by backyard fireworks, including firecrackers and bottle rockets. About 20 percent of injuries are caused by firecrackers and 19 percent are caused by sparklers. The worst injuries are caused by illegal fireworks: M-80s and cherry bombs. These fireworks have been illegal since 1966 when Congress passed the Child Protection Act that specifically outlawed them.

Today it is a felony to possess or explode a cherry bomb or M-80. If you come by an actual cherry bomb or M-80, you could be in serious trouble, and not just from the law. Since they are illegal, they might be homemade bombs. You are literally risking your fingers or your life by keeping and using them. Even if you know the foreign manufacturer, you likely don't have experience using them. You might pay dearly for the experience.

According to the NFPA, the most frequent injuries from fireworks are: 36%: Hand or finger 19%: Head, face and ear 19%: Eye 11%: Trunk or other 10%: Leg 5%: Arm More than half of the injuries are burns.

A new hazard is the use of toy drones flying near fireworks. This is an unlawful act, according to Forbes, and that's because it is incredibly dangerous. A drone that catches fire can land anywhere, including on people. It literally becomes a flying firebomb.
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Healthy Tip For July
Lack of Sunlight Affects Brain Power!      

Lack of sunlight affects brain power, study says It has long been known that sunlight can affect mood. A new study shows that sunlight, or lack of it, can affect thinking power. Short-term recall in particular can be affected by lack of natural light, according to a University of Alabama study by a team led by Shia Kent. The effects were most striking in study participants with depression coupled with lack of sunlight.

Delicious Recipe for July 2017
Lovely combo: Shrimp and asparagu
It was the favorite vegetable of Julius Caesar, King Louis the XIV, and Thomas Jefferson.

But the history of asparagus begins long before that. The name comes from a Greek word meaning stalk or shoot. The Romans borrowed asparagus from the Greeks and cultivated it in every land they visited. Asparagus is a member of the lily family and is related to onions, leeks, and garlic.

It contains more cancer-fighting glutathione than any other food. It is packed with folic acid, which helps to prevent birth defects and heart disease, and itÕs a good source of potassium, fiber, vitamins A, D, B6, and thiamin. And it is rich in rutin, which helps strengthen blood vessels.

Health-conscious dieters will be pleased to know that asparagus contains no fat and no cholesterol. ItÕs low in sodium, and contains only 20 calories per serving. Under ideal conditions, it can grow up to 10 inches in a day and reach up to 12 feet in height.

The best asparagus has firm, fresh stalks with tightly closed tips. Because its folate is destroyed by exposure to air, heat, or light, it is best to store it in the back of the refrigerator or in a produce drawer. Microwaving destroys fewer of its nutrients than boiling or steaming. Cook it upright in a tall container with a few inches of water in the pot. Simmer 5 to 7 minutes with the tips out of the water.

Orange-Soy asparagus sauce
Combine 1 tablespoon each of soy sauce and fresh orange juice with 1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind, grated ginger, and dark sesame oil. Stir in 2 shallots or 1 small onion, minced. Drizzle over cooked asparagus and toss to coat.

Shrimp and asparagus Perfect for low carb diets, shrimp has no carbs and asparagus has 5 carbs per cup. Lemon juice has 5 carbs per 1/4 cup.

Prepare this lemon sauce for the dish and set aside.

Combine in small bowl these ingredients:
2/3 cup chicken stock
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/4 cup lemon juice
Add a tablespoon of sugar, if you desire.

Stir fry shrimp in olive oil, 1 teaspoon minced garlic and 1 teaspoon ginger until shrimp is pink.

Using the same pan, add asparagus, cooking until bright and tender-crisp.
Bring asparagus and shrimp together in same pan.
Pour lemon sauce mixture over shrimp and asparagus.
Simmer for a minute to thicken sauce.

If carbs are not an issue, add rice or noodles.

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