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Stay warm, stay safe

Stay warm, stay safe

CenterPoint Energy issues important carbon monoxide safety tips

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Cold weather is here and CenterPoint Energy encourages all natural gas customers to follow important safety tips to keep them safe from carbon monoxide poisoning as they stay warm.

Any fuel-burning equipment or appliance including wood stoves, fireplaces, space heaters, barbecue grills, furnaces, water heaters, boilers and ranges, has the potential to produce carbon monoxide (CO). Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and non-irritating.

When breathed, CO combines with the blood and prevents it from absorbing oxygen. Carbon monoxide can be produced by incomplete combustion, often the result of improperly adjusted or poorly-vented appliances. Annual check-ups of these appliances help ensure proper and safe operation of these types of appliances and equipment.

Spring time is bug time

Spring time is bug time

The groundhog has predicted six more weeks of winter. And although most are not complaining about a harsh winter now, a cold snap can bring insects that have made homes outdoors for the spring back indoors for warmth. Below is a list from Terminix, the nation’s leading pest control company, detailing the six pests to watch for in the next six weeks.

 

1.Bedbugs

·         Bedbugs are a perennial pest. They are active all year long regardless of weather. They have a knack for being present during a time after increased travel. As many used the holidays to travel and not check for bedbugs upon their return, the pests have now had the time to create a colony on a bed or couch and wait for time when they can feed. If they are present in your home, seek the help of a pest control professional immediately.

2.Termites

Guard your wallet against winter

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Winter blew into the state with its typical chilly introduction, leaving many electric utility customers challenged with both staying warm and managing the costs that go with it.

Entergy wants to remind customers they have the power to save money and stay comfortable by following a few simple steps to help keep winter’s cold outside where it belongs while also helping keep energy costs more manageable.

“Heating a home can account for as much as half of the monthly energy bill,” said Oscar Washington, customer service manager for Entergy Arkansas, Inc. “Cold air can be an expensive, unwanted visitor, finding its way through many openings that often go unnoticed, such as wall seams, attic doors, and electrical outlets. Small spaces can add up to big energy losses.” 

Although there are lots of things homeowners can do to protect themselves against cold weather, here are the top five energy savers:

Keep bugs away this holiday

Keep bugs away this holiday

This time of year is bustling with holiday travels and families are preparing to gather for the season.

The unfortunate reality is that some of our favorite things can lead to the spreading of bedbugs this holiday season. Intense travel, like that during the holidays, allows the pests to spread from one location to another.

Although they are found in beds, many neglect to think of other places bedbugs can be found. Sitting on a plane or in the seats waiting at your terminal before boarding can be a prime time for bedbugs to latch on from the previous sitter. They won’t begin biting until you’re settled such as on the long flight or once you’ve reached your bed that night (whether it be at home, a hotel or family’s house).

Many families take in a holiday movie. Unfortunately movie theaters have become a place where bedbugs spread as well. Even a stack of coats at holiday parties can spread bedbugs.

Pea production workshop Nov. 29

Pea production workshop Nov. 29

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – A Southern Pea (Purple Hull Peas) Production Workshop is scheduled for 10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the Tabernacle Church, 1109 School St., in Dermott, Ark. Workshop topics include production, food safety and marketing.

The workshop is part of the Walmart Pea Buy-local Initiative aimed at small farmers who are interested in growing purple hull peas for Walmart. Under the initiative, Walmart purchases locally grown peas from small Arkansas farmers and sells them in the fresh produce departments of their local stores.

Conducted by the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) Small Farm Program, the workshop is free. Registration is requested to get an accurate lunch count which is complimentary to attendees. For more information or to register, contact Janet Breckenridge at (870) 489-2336 or call Kellye Luckett at (870) 575-7226.

Focus on fire safety: Holiday cooking

Focus on fire safety: Holiday cooking

A public service announcement from the Fire and Emergency Services Department of the City of Pine Bluff:

Cooking fires continue to be the most common type of fires experienced by U.S. households. This is even more apparent during the holidays. There is an increased incidence of cooking fires on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Day, and Christmas Day.

5 tips to keep the plumber away during Thanksgiving

5 tips to keep the plumber away during Thanksgiving

Preventing plumbing problems in the kitchen during the Thanksgiving holiday is easy as pie if cooks know the dos and don’ts of their garbage disposals.

But year in and year out the Thanksgiving holiday brings a spike in emergency calls to the plumber for malfunctioning garbage disposals and clogged drains. In fact, the day after Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for plumbers.

“We want to make this holiday enjoyable for our customers, so we’re available in case a plumbing disaster happens,” said Glenn Gallas of Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Central Arkansas. “Our service professionals take a great deal of pride in being a hero for our customers.

With a house full of family and friends, more leftovers go down the drain.