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    Veterans Day Events~By Cholla Managing Group, LLC

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    This Week’s Events

    Nov 6 2014

    Nov 8 2014

    Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festiva

    Tucson – Tucson Expo Center

    Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival – Tucson Expo Center, exhibits from many companies, new products, techniques and ideas, ‘make and take’ workshops, educational seminars, $10, 10 am – 5 pm, http://www.rustybarn.com

    Nov 7 2014

    Nov 9 2014

    14th Annual Lebanese American Cultural Festival

    Phoenix – St. Joseph Maronite Catholic Church

    Enjoy the tastes, sights and sounds of Lebanon, enjoy authentic Lebanese food and desserts as well as the famous hookah while you take in live entertainment including folk and belly dancing, $1-3, 602-667-3280 or 480-560-5917 or Fri 4-10 pm, Sat. 11 am – 10 pm, Sun noon – 8 pm, http://www.lebanesefestivalaz.com

    Nov 7 2014

    Nov 9 2014

    5th Annual Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off

    Chandler – Tumbleweed Park

    Demonstrates 1880s Old West lifestyle, teams from across the western United States, old fashioned culinary competition, teams prepare foods from their authentic chuck wagons and use methods and utensils in the style of those used in 1880s cattle drives, meals available for the public to purchase, also stage entertainment, family activities and shopping opportunities, meals are $10-12 per plate, http://chandleraz.gov/chuckwagon

    Nov 7 2014

    Nov 9 2014

    American Cup Championship Arabian Horse Show

    Scottsdale – WestWorld of Scottsdale

    American Cup Championship Arabian Horse Show – WestWorld, open to Arabians and half Arabian/Anglo-Arabian horses, see these exquisite horses compete, sponsored by the Arabian Horse Association of Arizona free, 8 am – 6 pm, 480-515-1500 or 480-312-6802 or http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/westworld or http://www.scottsdaleshow.com

    Nov 8 2014
    6th Annual Sahuarita Pecan Festival

    Sahuarita – The Farm

    Showcases the Green Valley Pecan Company’s extensive pecan history, also celebrates the culture, cuisine and music of the Santa Cruz Valley, includes live entertainment, family-friendly activities, harvest demonstrations, hayrides and games, regional food and pecan-related dished, local arts and crafts market, 9 am – 5 pm, http://www.sahuaritapecanfestival.com/

    Nov 8 2014

    Nov 9 2014

    13th Annual Spanish Market

    Phoenix – Heard Museum

    Artwork by top Hispanic artists from Arizona and New Mexico & music & dance performances including strolling mariachis highlight this festival & marketplace, free with museum admission, 10 am – 5 pm, 602-252-8848 or http://www.heard.org/SpanishMarket

    Nov 8 2014

    Nov 9 2014

    25th Annual All Soul’s Procession

    Tucson

    A two-mile, human-powered procession that ends in the finalizing action of burning a large urn filled with the hopes, offerings and wishes for those who have passed, a celebration and mourning of the lives of our loved ones, 520-770-1533 or 520-624-5004 or http://www.allsoulsprocession.org or http://www.visitTucson.org

    Nov 8 2014

    Nov 9 2014

    44th Annual Litchfield Park Festival of Arts

    Litchfield Park

    44th Annual Litchfield Park Festival of Arts – more than 250 fine artists and craftsman, confectionary booths, wine tasting, and festival eateries, free, 9 am – 5 pm, 623-734-6526 or http://www.vermillionpromotions.com

    Nov 8 2014

    Nov 9 2014

    20th Annual Arizona Asian Treasures Festival

    Mesa – Mesa Arts Center

    20th Annual Arizona Asian Treasures Festival – Mesa Arts Center, features ethnic cuisine, arts and crafts, and entertainment, martial arts demonstrations, cultural dances and music from nearly a dozen Asian countries, tea garden, include Japanese Taiko drums and a fashion show with traditional Asian costumes, free, 10 am – 6 pm,  602-712-8889 or http://www.aaaa-az.org

    Nov 8 2014
    Inaugural Arizona Bad Ass Dash

    Tempe – Kiwanis Park

    Inaugural Arizona Bad Ass Dash – Kiwanis Park, obstacle course challenge and adventure race, wave start, Post Race Festival is included in all racers registration fees and includes the awards ceremony, live entertainment, vendors, sponsors and more, recreation, elite and K9 and multiple divisions, benefits autism, http://badassdash.com/events/

    Nov 8 2014

    Nov 9 2014

    Festival of the Superstitions

    Apache Junction – Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce

    Festival of the Superstitions – Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce, a weekend festival of family fun that includes vendors and food booths, beer garden, live entertainment, car show, petting zoo, hay maze and trackless train rides, free, Sat. 9 am – dark, Sun 10 am – 3 pm, 480-982-3141 or http://festivalofthesuperstitions.com

    Nov 8 2014

    Nov 9 2014

    Cancer Care Unit Arts & Crafts Fair

    Kingman – Mohave Country Fairgrounds

    Cancer Care Unit Arts & Crafts Fair – Mohave County Fairgrounds, Kingman’s largest and most popular arts & crafts show, benefits Cancer Care Unit, $1 parking fee, Sat. 10 am – 5 pm, Sun. 10 am – 4 pm, 928-753-1186 or http://www.mcfafairgrounds.org or http://allaboutkingman.com/annual-kingman-cancer-care-arts-and-crafts-fair/

    Nov 8 2014
    Mesa Old West Days

    Mesa

    Mesa Old West Days – Downtown, showcases the pioneer and territorial history of Mesa, includes 9th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers, gun fight reenactments, quick draw competition, music & entertainment, food, cowboy crafts, costume contest, Kiddie Rides, free, 10 am – 5 pm, http://www.mesaoldwestdays.com

    Nov 8 2014
    The 9th Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts

    Phoenix

    The 9th Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts – with public procession through downtown Phoenix, celebrates the arts and culture that are a vital part of a metropolitan downtown, unites the arts with the greater community by providing an open to the public, mobile expression of downtown Phoenix life, this year’s theme: Grand PAPA, 6 pm, http://www.phoenixannualparadeofthearts.com/

    Nov 8 2014
    Neoglyphix: All Indigenous Aerosol Art Exhibition

    Tucson – Arizona State Museum

    Neoglyphix: All Indigenous Aerosol Art Exhibition – Arizona State Museum Front Lawn, see graffiti elevated to a contemporary art form at this all-day celebration of youth culture, “tagging” on temporary walls using more than 200 cans of spray paint, fourteen amazing Native aerosol artists collaborate to create a mural right in front of your eyes, includes youth poetry slams, dance music mixed by DJ Compa, and energetic rap performances by hip hop duos Shining Soul and Intertwine, some of the artists’ work will be available for purchase, free, 10 am – 5 pm, http://www.statemuseum.arizona.edu/

    Nov 8 2014
    10th Annual Certified Local Fall Festival

    Phoenix

    10th Annual Certified Local Fall Festival – Portland Place, celebrate Arizona’s local businesses, food, 10-minute massages, live music, kids’ games, giveaways, beer & wine garden, raffle prizes, 10 am – 4 pm, http://www.localfirstaz.com

    Nov 8 2014
    10th Annual Certified Local Fall Festival

    Phoenix

    10th Annual Certified Local Fall Festival – Portland Place, celebrate Arizona’s local businesses, food, 10-minute massages, live music, kids’ games, giveaways, beer & wine garden, raffle prizes, 10 am – 4 pm, http://www.localfirstaz.com

    Nov 8 2014
    The Balloonfish Bash

    Prescott

    The Balloonfish Bash with fire danicng, belly dancing, juggling, jazz music, latin dance, cozy fire pit, 6-8:30 pm, http://www.tsunamionthesquare.com

    Nov 9 2014
    Arizona Cardinals Preflight Party

    Glendale – Westgate Entertainment District

    Arizona Cardinals Preflight Party – Westgate Entertainment District, a free pre-game celebration every home game day, starting 3 hours prior to kick-off in WaterDance Plaza, enjoy live music, games, Cardinals cheerleader autographs, a beer garden for adults, kid-friendly activities and more, then walk over to the University of Phoenix Stadium, you don’t need a game day ticket for the fun, the party is open to all fans, 11 am, http://www.westgateaz.com/cardinals/

    Nov 11 2014
    Veterans Day

    Scottsdale – McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

    Veterans Day – McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, celebrate and honor our country and the people who serve it, includes dignitaries, guest speakers and live performances, free, 3-5 pm, 480-312-2312 or http://www.therailroadpark.com  

    Nov 11 2014
    10th Annual Daisy Mountain Veterans Day Ceremony

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    10th Annual Daisy Mountain Veterans Day Ceremony – Anthem Veterans Memorial, pay tribute to veterans who have and continue to serve in the U.S. armed services during their annual Veterans Day Ceremony, 623-742-6050 or http://www.daisymtnvets.org or http://www.OnlineAtAnthem.comFairs & Festivals | Events Calendar | Arizona Office of Tourism

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    Family Fun Halloween Events by Cholla Managing Group, LLC

     

     

     

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    If you’re looking for things to do with your kids this weekend,  We have you covered!

    Thru 11/2: ‘Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili Party

    Fall for autumn while enjoying the fresh farm air during the annual Pumpkin and Chili Party. Every Thursday through Sunday, families can enjoy hayrides, a petting zoo, corn mazes, dog shows and more. The party also includes amusement rides, a rock-climbing wall and marshmallow roasting. Train and pony rides, food and pumpkins are available for an extra cost.

    Details: Through Nov. 2. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Schnepf Farms, 24810 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek. $17; $15 at Fry’s Food Stores. 480-987-3100, schnepffarms.com.

     

    10/3-24: Movies in the Park

    Enjoy the cooling autumn weather with some of your favorite animated family films. Every Friday through Oct. 24 will feature a different flick, with screenings starting at sundown. The series: “Tangled” on Oct. 10, “Planes” on Oct. 17 and “Despicable Me 2” on Oct. 24.

    Details: 6 p.m. Fridays, Oct. 3-24. Kiwanis Park, Mill Avenue & Guadalupe Road, Tempe. Free. 480-350-5200, tempe.gov.

     

    Thru 11/2: Arizona State Fair

    Jump on the swing ride, Ferris wheel or bumper cars, then munch on a roasted turkey leg and chocolate-covered bugs, or try new options like deep-fried salsa and Jack Daniels bacon-wrapped churros. Check online first for deals like these: unlimited-ride wristbands for $35 on Sundays or $30 on Thursdays; $2 admission if you arrive before 2 p.m. on a Saturday or Sunday; free admission noon-1 p.m. Thursdays. On We Care Wednesdays from noon to 6 p.m., a specific item for charity will be accepted as admission. There’s also a free concert series. This year’s lineup includes Sublime with Rome, Wiz Khalifa, Barenaked Ladies and Josh Turner.

    Details: Oct. 10-Nov. 2. Opens noon Wednesdays-Fridays; 10 a.m. Sundays closing times vary. State fairgrounds, 19th Avenue and McDowell Road, Phoenix. $5-$10; free for age 5 or younger. 602-252-6771, azstatefair.com.

     

     

    Have a FUN and SAFE Halloween 🙂    From- Cholla Managing Group, LLC

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    How to Winterize your home~ By Cholla Managing Group, LLC.

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    Now that October is here, it’s time to start thinking about preparing your home for winter.  Resolving small issues before they become big problems will help save you money down the road. Although it’s only autumn now, the nighttime temperatures still drop.   This is a perfect time to make sure your home is ready for winter.

    1. Roof

    Roof problems can result in expensive repairs if not taken care of from the start. Either hire a reputable roofer or grab a ladder and inspect the roof yourself for loose or worn tiles. Check the flashing for leaks and rinse out debris from gutters and downspouts. Consider adding more insulation to your attic to keep warm air from escaping.

    2. Exterior

    Go outside and take a look at all the doors and windows on your home. These areas are an easy place for drafts to form. Make sure doors have weather stripping and use rope caulk to seal any gaps in windows. Look for exposed pipes and seal them if necessary.

    3. Foundation

    Sweep or rake away debris and plant matter from around the foundation of your home. This will allow you to check for cracks and seal them if necessary. Look for dry rot or pest infestation and if there is any found, take care of it immediately before it gets worse.

    4. Landscaping

    You can start by trimming trees and bushes if they hang too close to your house or electrical wires. Take a look at your driveway, patio, or deck and see if any areas need to be sealed or repaired. Move any of your non-winter plants indoors before the temperature drops below freezing.

    5. Fireplace

    It’s a good idea to cap or screen to top of your fireplace to keep out birds and other small creatures. Make sure the damper works properly and take a look at the bricks to ensure they are in good condition. A fire can easily make its way through cracks in the mortar. If the fireplace hasn’t been cleaned in a while, consider hiring a chimney sweeper to remove excess soot or any nests. Buy or chop firewood and store it in a cool, dry space.

     

    6. Plumbing

    It is a good idea to find your water main valve in case you need to shut it off in the event of an emergency. Make sure any exposed plumbing pipes are insulated, and if you go on vacation, leave the heat on around 55 degrees to prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting. If you plan on leaving your home for an extended period of time, you should shut off the water supply and drain the plumbing system. Water damage from pipes breaking can be one of the most expensive repairs to make. Winterizing your sprinklers is also a good idea to prevent them from freezing and bursting. You can do this yourself or hire a landscaper to turn off the water supply and blow compressed air through the sprinkler lines to get rid of water.

    7. Furnace

    If your furnace hasn’t been inspected in a while, consider calling an HVAC expert to check it out and clean the ducts. Replace furnace filters and make sure there are no flammable materials near the furnace itself. Turn on the thermostat to 80 degrees and feel the vent for warm air to make sure it is running properly. Consider replacing your old thermostat to a programmable one to save on your energy bill. If you rely on propane or oil for heat, fill up the tank so you are ready for cold weather. Also take a look at your air conditioning unit. Spray the fan blades with a hose to remove debris and cover the unit to keep it clean and dry. If you have an evaporative cooler, shut off the water and cover the unit to avoid a costly draft.

    8. Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

    Make sure all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly and stock up on extra batteries. Install a carbon monoxide detector close to your furnace and/or water heater. Buy a new fire extinguisher if yours is older than 10 years.

    9. Pool

    To close/winterize your pool, either hire a reputable pool company or do it yourself, but only if you know how. Closing your pool helps prevent damage caused by freezing water and keeps it in good condition for next season.

    10. Emergency Supplies

    Stock up on supplies like candles, matches, lighters, flashlights, and batteries incase of a power outage. Also make sure you have access to phone numbers for utility companies in the event of an emergency. Have a supply of non-perishable food and water bottles, including food for pets. Keep a first aid kit handy with basic supplies.

    By being ready before winter arrives, you can rest easier knowing that you are prepared for any type of weather. Maintaining your home in excellent condition prevents small problems from turning into larger costly damage and also helps reduce your energy bill.

     

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    DYI CLEANING PRODUCTS WORTH A TRY-Brought to you by Cholla Managing Group, LLC!

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    A FEW OF THE BEST DYI

    CLEANING PRODUCTS

    WORTH TRYING

     

    INCREDIBLE HOMEMADE DIY GLASS CLEANER

     1/4 c. rubbing alcohol

    • 1/4 c. white vinegar
    • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
    • 2 c. warm water

    Combine everything in a spray bottle, and shake well. Shake well before using, too, as the cornstarch might settle at the bottom (and subsequently plug the spray mechanism if it’s not mixed in well).

    The total cost is under 0.50 cents Per Bottle!  And works great!

    Not to mention, it’s completely nontoxic, you can simply reuse your old glass cleaner bottle over and over and over again!

     

    DYI GRANITE COUNTER CLEANER

    • 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
    • 2 cups water
    • 8 drops dawn dish soap
    • scented oil of your choice
    • Spray Bottle (Can be picked  up for 99 cents at Wal-Mart)
    • It is really easy to make, just add all the ingredients to the spray bottle
    • It is safe to use on all your appliances and other countertops. You can use it to clean bathroom counters too. To help with the shine on the granite counters use a soft cloth or paper towels. I much prefer the less than 50 cents it cost to make this compared to the $7 for granite cleaner at the store.

    DIY STAIN LAUNDRY STAIN REMOVER

    Ingredients

    • one part Dawn dish washing liquid soap
    • two parts hydrogen peroxide
    • 1-2 tablespoons baking soda

    Instructions

    1. In a small bowl, mix the ingredients together.
    2. Use a small brush to scrub the mixture into the stained area. Rinse, then launder as usual.
    3. For tougher stains, let the mixture sit on the stained garment for an hour or so, then launder. Or treat the area a few times before laundering.

    Notes

    I recommend doing a test on an inconspicuous part of the garment first to make sure that the spot remover will not harm the fabric. Hydrogen peroxide can be tough on fabric. Peroxide is sensitive to light, hence the dark bottles, so it is best to mix this up in small amounts as needed for each time.

    *Always test a small area of whatever you are cleaning first with any homemade products as you should for store bought ones too*

    *More great DIY cleaning product recipes can be found on pinterest and well as by a simple google search!

     

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    Carpet Cleaning and Maintenance Tips from Cholla Managing Group, LLC.

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    Carpet Cleaning & Maintenance

     

    Maintaining Your Carpet’s Beauty

    The best way to ensure long-lasting beauty, comfort and durability in your carpet is to vacuum it regularly, as it prevents soil from becoming embedded into the carpet’s pile.

    Depending on the type of carpet you have, you’ll want to use a vacuum with a rotating brush, a beater bar or suction only.

    When vacuuming high pile or premium soft carpets look for the following features that will allow you to easily maintain your carpet:

    Adjustable height- Use the highest setting where appropriate

    Efficient Airflow-Avoid vacuums with very concentrated or sealed suction

    Large Wheels allow the appliance to glide easily across the carpet

    For more information on how to select a vacuum, click here.

    Consider professional cleaning every 12-18 months, depending on traffic and other use factors, frequency of vacuuming and whether the carpet is a light or dark color.

    Use scissors to clip sprouts and snags, do not pull them or you may damage the carpet.

    To remove a dent caused by heavy furniture, stoke carpet with the edges of a coin.  You can also use a hair dryer or a steam iron to gently raise the dented area while you tug upward on the tufts. CAUTION: DO NOT LET THE IRON TOUCH THE CARPET.

    If your carpet is burned, remove the tops of the dark, burnt fibers with curved fingernail scissors.  If the burn is extensive, the carpet may require patching or replacement.

    If a flooding occurs from a burst pipe, washing machine overflow or other leak, the carpet needs to be dried, front and back, by a professional cleaner with the proper equipment.

    This link can provide additional tips on maintaining the beauty of your carpet http://www.carpet-rug.org.

    Tips for Removing Common Stains

    For carpet care wet/dry vacuum cleaner is the best way to effectively remove stains.  Use the attachment with the best suction and vacuum as much of the stain as possible, continuing to add water to the stain as you go.  Treatment of the affected area should begin immediately upon discovery.  The more time that elapses before treatment, the more difficult a stain will be to remove.  For the best results, use Mohawk FloorCare Essentials Carpet Spot Remover and Cleaning Kit.

    First scrape the food spill gently with a spool or dull knife, or a Mohawk FloorCare Essentials Carpet Cleaning Key, removing as much solid material as possible.  If detergent is required, use it sparingly and gently rinse the spot remover that has been approved by the Carpet and Rug Institute of America, apply several drops to a clean white cloth and clot the carpet in a inconspicuous area.  If a color change occurs or color transfers to the cloth, consult a professional carpet cleaner.

    Place towels or cloth over wet area and weight with a heavy, colorfast object to absorb moisture.  Leave overnight.

    If stains remain after cleaning, moisten the tufts in the stained area with 3% hydrogen peroxide and let stand for one hour.  Blot and repeat until carpet is stain-free.  No rinsing is necessary.  Apply a pad of paper towels and weigh them down, allowing carpet to dry.

    Some stains cannot be removed because they permanently alter the carpet’s color.  These stains include acid toilet bowl cleaners, acne medication, alkaline drain cleaners, chlorinated bleaches, hair dyes, iodine, insecticides, mustard with turmeric and plant fertilizers.  For these types of stains, call a professional.  In order to maintain and protect your warranty coverage under the terms of these warranties, you much do the following:  A minimum of one professional cleaning every 18 months is required.

    Additional Carpet Care Tips

    Beer, wine, coffee and tea

    Blot and neutralize with a white vinegar solution, then work a small amount of a detergent solution into the spot (1/4 teaspoon detergent per 1 qt. of water.)  Continue applying detergent and blotting until spot is completely removed.  Using a spray bottle, rinse with tap water and blot to remove excel moisture.  Apply paper towels and weight them down, allowing the spot to dry.

    Blood, catsup, cheese, chocolate, cola, cough syrup, mixed drinks, soft drinks, soy sauce, starch, toothpaste, white glue

    First, note that all solutions for removing blood must be cool in temperature.  Bot and neutralize the spot with an ammonia solution, using a spray bottle to saturate the spot.  Next, work a small amount of a detergent solution into the spot (1/4 teaspoon detergent per 1 qt. of water) and continue applying detergent and blotting until spot is removed.  Using a spray bottle, rinse with tap water and blot to remove excess moisture.  Apply a pad of paper towels, weigh them down and allow to dry.

    Mud and dirt

    Allow mud to dry completely.  Shatter the dried mud with the handle of a knife, then vacuum.  For dirt, apply a small amount of detergent solution to the spot (1/2 teaspoon detergent per 1 qt. of water) and blot with a white paper towel to work the detergent into the affected area.  Continue applying detergent and blotting until spot is removed.

    Learn more about Carpet Care at the Mohawk Flooring Blog!

    More from the Carpet and Rug Institute

    The Carpet & Rug Institute is the science-based source for the facts on carpet and rugs.  This nonprofit trade association represents more than 95 percent of all carpet made in the United States.  Learn more about the CRI by visiting the website at http://www.carpet-rug.org.

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    Cholla Managing Group, LLC. reminds you to enjoy and stay safe this Monsoon Season!

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    Monsoon Season Safety Tips

    The beginning of August means we are right in the center of Arizona’s exciting monsoon season.  Here are some tips to enjoy this time of year safely.

    Flash Flood Safety

    Flash floods are responsible for more deaths each year than any other thunderstorm related hazard.  This is due to the fact that many people underestimate the power and force of water.

    • Avoid areas that are known to become flooded during thunderstorms.
    • If you come to a road that appears to be flooded, turn your vehicle around and seek an alternate route.
    • If you live in an area prone to floods, have an evacuation plan ready.

    Dust Storms

    Depending on rainfall pattern, dust storms or “haboobs”, can occur at any time during monsoon season.

    • Monitor weather reports before getting out on the road to avoiding being caught in a dust storm.
    • If you are caught in a dust storm while driving, park your vehicle on the side of the road, turn off your lights and keep your foot off of the brake.

     

    Power and Communications Outages

    Be aware of your surroundings and prepare for storms ahead of time.  Always report damage to the appropriate authorities.

    • Unplug sensitive electronic devices before the storm arrives.
    • Cordless phones do not work without electricity.
    • Use corded phones for emergencies only.
    • Report and avoid downed power lines.

    Lightning Strikes

    Move indoors when a storm is approaching.  Lightning can strike from 10 miles away.

    • Avoid using a corded phone unless it is an emergency.
    • Do not touch wires that are plugged into outlets.
    • Wait for the storm to pass to use sinks, toilets and tubs.

     

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