State Fire Marshal Issues Holiday Decorating Safety Tips

first_imgSTOW, MA — “The best way to prevent a Christmas tree fire is to water it every day, place it well away from heat sources, and dispose of it soon after the holiday,” said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. “Although Christmas tree fires are rare these days, they are very serious when they do occur.”According to the U.S. Fire Administration, one-quarter of home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems and one-quarter start when the tree is placed too close to a heat source such as a fireplace, woodstove, radiator or space heater.“It’s important to place your tree away from heating sources like fireplaces, woodstoves, radiators or portable heaters and make sure you don’t block your second way out of a room in case of emergency,” said State Fire Marshal Ostroskey. “You may not expect to need to that second way out or to use the balcony in winter, but always have two clear ways out of each room,” he added.“Turn off the tree when leaving the house or going to sleep,” said Ostroskey. “Consider using a timer so you won’t forget.”Selecting a Tree: Give natural trees a fresh cut at the base and place them in water immediately. When purchasing a tree, buy one that is as fresh as possible. Tap the butt on the ground and grab a branch near the top and pull your hand along it slowly. Needles should not fall off. If you bend a needle and it breaks before bending in half, it’s too dry! If you use an artificial tree, select one with a flame retardant label. Disposing of the Tree: Remove your tree soon after the holidays and take advantage of the curbside pick-up day, if available, or recycling programs.The U. S. Fire Administration website has a stunning video from the National Institute of Standards and Training (NIST) illustrating how a dry Christmas tree can act like a blowtorch in your living room and the National Fire Protection Association has side-by-side video showing a dry Christmas tree on fire and a well-watered Christmas tree on fire. The fire in a well–watered tree takes much longer to progress.Outdoor DecorationsThe State Fire Marshal offers these tips for safe use of outdoor lights:Be sure to use only lights rated for outdoor use.Consider replacing older outdoor lights with newer LED lights that are ‘greener’ and cooler.Securely anchor outdoor lights and decorations against the wind and storms with insulated holders or hooks.Use electrical connection protectors to keep water out.All outdoor electrical decorations should be plugged into a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). You can buy portable units for outdoor use, or you can have them permanently installed by an electrician.Don’t overload circuits. 15 amp circuits support 1,800 watts and 20 amp circuits support 2,400 watts.Do not drive nails, staples or tacks through wiring insulation; this can cause a fire.Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and extend their life.Smoke and CO AlarmsOstroskey said, “No one thinks they will experience a fire, but sadly so many do over the holidays. Be sure that your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are in good working order and review your home escape plan with family and guests.”For more information on fire safety, contact your local fire department or the Office of the State Fire Marshal at 1-877-9 NO FIRE or online at Winter Holiday Safety.(NOTE: The above press release is from the State Fire Marshal.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedState Fire Marshal Issues Holiday Decorating Safety TipsIn “Government”State Fire Marshal Issues Holiday Decorating Safety TipsIn “Government”State Fire Marshal Issues Holiday Decorating Safety TipsIn “Government” Placing the Tree: Place your tree in a non-tip style stand with wide feet, using extra wires if needed to keep it steady. Keep doorways and exits clear. Place your tree and decorations away from heaters, fireplaces, candles, and other sources of heat.Decorating the Tree: Purchase electric holiday lights that are listed by an approved testing agency and follow the manufacturer’s directions. Consider switching to newer LED lights that are cooler and use less electricity. Inspect older lights for frayed wires or other defects. Make sure the bulbs themselves are not touching the tree, curtains, wrapped gifts, or tree skirts. Never use lighted candles as decorations. Turn off the lights when leaving the house or going to bed for the night.center_img Caring for the Tree: Make a fresh cut an inch or two off the bottom before placing it in the stand. This will help with absorption. Water a live tree every day. When the tree becomes dry, discard it promptly.last_img read more

Libraries go hightech to stay relevant in the digital era

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Now playing: Watch this: 2:18 That creates challenges for librarians, who have championed privacy, even standing up to the US government over requirements in the 2001 USA Patriot Act to share records with law enforcement. Given how much of our lives has moved online, providing internet connections for patrons is another increasingly important part of library operations. The New York Public Library has rolled out a host of services aimed at closing the digital divide, including computers and laptops at its locations, free Wi-Fi and loaner mobile hotspots. Three quarters of the people who check out the hotspots live in households earning less than $25,000 a year, says Tony Marx, the library’s president and CEO.Libraries also serve as human go-betweens for prisoners and information that’s often readily available online. The San Francisco Public Library’s letter-writing service, called Reference by Mail, handles questions from the incarcerated population in the western half of the country, while a similar program at the New York Public Library handles the eastern half. A third library, the Harris County Public Library in Houston, takes letters from prisoners in Texas.Some of the inquiries are serious, such as requests for information about transition to life outside prison. Others are light, such as requests for song lyrics.CNET also looked at ways you can get free, legal books online and how to read e-books and magazines from your local library.Originally published April 8.Update, April 9: Adds more details of the package. Update, April 11: Adds more detail. This library puts tech in the hands of its patrons The Library of Congress is putting our historical treasures… Share your voice Post a commentcenter_img The Next Chapter is a multipart series that examines the changing role of libraries in a connected world.  James Martin/CNET Think of a library and you’ll likely conjure up images of a building stuffed with dusty books and a disciplinarian ready to “shush” you for the slightest decibel-related infraction. That image hasn’t changed for decades, even though libraries have. Libraries are repositioning themselves as cultural and learning centers for the digital age. Many lend out mobile hotspots, often for weeks at a time. Others offer classes in the latest tech, such as 3D printing and music-editing software. And libraries have some of the savviest social media editors around.On Sunday, libraries across the country began celebrating their evolving mission during National Library Week. Melinda Gates serves as honorary chairwoman of the annual event, which is sponsored by the American Library Association. Gates is an appropriate choice: She and husband Bill began funding computers, internet access and software for libraries in low-income communities through an organization they established in 1997.CNET used the annual celebration to examine how libraries are changing. We found institutions adapting to the new world, addressing new needs and discovering new challenges. Tags 0 The Broward County Libraries in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, are a good example of what the modern library looks like. The library has established lounges, called Creation Stations, to give visitors access to tech, as well as to teach digital skills. They offer classes and workshops in basic activities, like creating online resumes and coding. And Broward County is finding ways to bring library services to patrons who might never set foot in the building.”When people think of a place or a space, or they need something, the library [should be] the first thing that comes to mind,” Kelvin Watson, Broward County Libraries director, says in his office in the Main Library.The Library of Congress, the world’s biggest library, is also embracing technology in order to make its massive collection available to everyone. Scanning the collection is a mammoth undertaking. The Library’s 826 miles of shelving house just some its 170 million items. Still, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden says it’s a part of her institution’s cultural mission.”We’re throwing open the treasure chest, as we like to say, because this is the world’s largest library, with so many unique items,” Hayden told CNET. “We want to make these things accessible to people who could never come in person.”Libraries are also using social media to reach their patrons. The New York Public Library maintains an active presence on Twitter and Instagram, and created new versions of classic novels to appeal to a generation of readers that are more likely to scroll through a text message than turn a page. A San Francisco Public Library campaign prompted patrons to post photos of their library cards. The University of Liverpool Library’s snarky Twitter account set of the #shelfwich hashtag after employees found partially eaten sandwiches next to books.New technology, such as e-books, has also created an environment that can be at odds with the traditional role libraries have played as champions of privacy. E-books and audiobooks, now standard at libraries, make protecting privacy harder. Titles are usually provided through private companies, which can access your data. And today’s software can create more comprehensive records about you than a simple list of the books you checked out. 3:14 Culture Digital Medialast_img read more

Grandparents favor genetically close grandchildren

first_imgThis image shows the coding region in a segment of eukaryotic DNA. Courtesy: National Human Genome Research Institute More information: William R. Rice et al., The evolution of sex-specific grandparental harm, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Published online before print April 28, 2010, doi:10.1098/rspb.2010.0409 © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — New research suggests that grandparents naturally and subconsciously favor the grandchildren who are most closely related to them genetically. The phenomenon is called “sexually antagonistic grandparental care,” and it has been known for some time that a grandmother will naturally prefer her son’s daughters (with whom she shares 31 percent of her genes) to her son’s sons (with whom she shares only 23 percent, suggesting she will most nurture the grandchild who inherits more of her genes. Explore further Citation: Grandparents favor genetically close grandchildren (2010, April 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-04-grandparents-favor-genetically-grandchildren.html Dr Urban Friberg of the University of California, Santa Barbara and colleagues used mathematical methods to test the supposition that grandparents “differentially” care for grandchildren according to their lineage and gender. A father has an XY chromosome pair, with the X derived from his mother and the Y derived from his father. He passes copies of the X to his daughters and Y to his sons. This has evolutionary consequences, according to Friberg’s team, because of the innate drive to ensure the survival of our genes in future generations. The team developed a new paradigm they called the “no-cost-to-self nepotism” rule to generate predictions about the behaviors of grandparents.The major prediction the group found was that grandmothers (and to a lesser degree, grandfathers) will evolve grandson-harming phenotypes that effectively reduce the competition between siblings, and favor their more closely related granddaughters, especially daughters of their sons (who have definitely inherited the grandmother’s X chromosome).Women always know their children are their own, while fathers always have some uncertainty because of the possibility they were cuckolded. This means maternal grandmothers know for certain their grandchildren are recipients of copies of their genes, while paternal grandfathers are doubly uncertain about the genetic inheritance of their grandchildren. The results of the current research supports the findings of previous studies that showed a baby girl’s chances of survival are increased if a paternal grandmother cares for her, while a boy’s chances are diminished. If a maternal grandmother is involved, the boys have improved chances of survival.The results of the study are published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Family ties that bind: Maternal grandparents are more involved in the lives of their grandchildren This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Landscapes Recreated

first_imgPriyanka Govil is an artist who invests her creative energies into painting landscapes. But interestingly her works are not about landscapes as landscapes or landscapes in art history. Her work, basically reflects various natural and man-made things around her. Showing human tendency towards nature has become her major concern lately. In the conventional sense her works are not landscapes. But each time one looks at her works, one could see the places that exist somewhere in nature. They could be mental projections of the viewer or they could be the collective memories of her journeys.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In her up-coming exhibition, at Art Konsult, her work will emphasis on importance of natural elements and intervention of man-made elements in a natural space. The fascination towards open spaces is a key point in her works. She considers these works as transformation stages where she merges landscapes with objects or shapes; treating them as part of a positive space. She treats them as cultural images representing social surroundings.The use of surface texture plays another signature role in her work.  In the landscapes and with the use of various other elements, she prefers to reduce the subjective elements to minimum details like adding lights to a particular section, just to suggest their presence. And these depictions become her way of telling stories.last_img read more

Creating magic with classics

first_imgCelebrating Indian classic cinema, a five-month long film festival titled Best of Indian Cinemas is being organised in the Capital that will screen movies every alternate Saturday. The festival, in association with Doordarshan will kick off on 25 October at National Museum Auditorium. Eleven movies in different languages which are Indian classics will feature in the event. The opening day of the festival will screen the English movie For Real. Directed by Sona Jain, the movie throws light on the point of view of a six-year-old girl caught in a family discord. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’English movie Stumble (directed by Prakash Belawadi) will be screened on 8 November. The film won the Indian National Film Award for Best Feature Film in English in 2003. Nishad, a Malayali movie directed by Shaji N Karun will be shown on 22 November. The movie plot is on the tensed atmosphere of 1971 when the war broke out between India and Pakistan.Marathi movie, Maala Aai Vhhaychy, directed by Samruoddhi Porey and Bengali movie Elar Char Adhyay directed by Bappaditya Bandopadhyay will be screened on 13 and 27 December respectively. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTamil movie Kanchivaram by Priya Darshan; Marathi movie Deool, directed by Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni will be screened on 10 and 24 January respectively. English movie Mr & Mrs Iyer, directed by Aparna Sen; Hindi movie Khargosh directed by by Parseh Kamdar will feature in the month of February on 14 and 28.The last month of the festival will screen the English movie The Last Lear directed by Rituparno Ghosh and Bengali movie Herbert directed by Suman Mukhopadhyay on 14 and 28 March  respectively.When: 25 October – 28 March Where: National Museum, Janpathlast_img read more

KardashianJenner Sisters New Websites Have a Massive Security Flaw

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Trying to keep your Kardashian obsession under wraps?If you’re one of the super-fans who quickly subscribed to one of the Kardashian or Jenner sisters’ newly launched websites, which arrived alongside $2.99-per-month mobile apps, then we’ve got some bad news. You may have inadvertently given yourself away.A flaw in the design of the sister sites has reportedly exposed the personal information—including first and last names as well as email addresses—of 891,240 users.A 19-year-old developer by the name of Alaxic Smith discovered the security issue and wrote about his findings on Medium, the publishing platform, earlier this week. (Soon after taking his results public, he removed the post. You can read an archived version of the article through this cached Google web page here.)In a nutshell, Smith poked around the site until he eventually discovered an unsecure API—application programming interface, a kind of computer code that allows third parties to use proprietary data—containing users’ partial login information. “Initially, I thought that this was some page filled with dummy data, but as I started to look closer, I realized it wasn’t,” he wrote. “I now had access to the first names, last names, and email addresses of the 663,270 people who signed up for Kylie Jenner’s website.”It didn’t take long for Smith to test the same trick across each website. And it worked each time.The sites, crafted by Whalerock Industries, a software development firm, all bore the same vulnerability. So what affected thekyliejenner.com equally impacted kimkardashianwest.com, khloewithak.com, and kendallj.com. (At the time of publication,kourtneykardashian.com has yet to debut.)Worse still? Smith discovered that he could manipulate data on each site. “I also had the ability to create/destroy users, photos, videos, and more,” he wrote.Whalerock has since patched the computer bugs. The company released a statement about the flub to the tech news site TechCrunch on Wednesday.Shortly after launch we were alerted that there was an open Api. It was promptly closed. Our logs indicate that the author of the blog post was able to access only a limited set of names and email addresses. Our logs further indicate no one else had access and that no passwords nor payment data of any kind was exposed. Our highest priority is the security of our customers’ data.An interesting corollary to the security issue involves the inferred popularity of each high-profile celebrity, as gleaned from the data Smith was able to collect regarding new user enrollments. (Caveats: Fortune has no way of verifying the legitimacy of this information, let alone confirming that it is the complete.)According to the data, Kylie Jenner wins by a mile—though we already suspected that might be the case. Her star has risen precipitously in the past year or so.Earlier this summer, hackers leaked user databases from the infidelity site Ashley Madison. The data dumps threatened to expose the identities of presumably philanderous spouses, leading to extortion schemes, potential divorces, even alleged suicides. To be sure, the Kardashian-Jenner website gaffe is a far less grave situation.The Kim Kardashian West website’s tagline is “unlock my world.” Guess it didn’t take much to do so. This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine September 17, 2015 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 3 min read Register Now »last_img read more

StokeonTrent holidaymakers warned as Spains terror threat raised to severe for summer

first_imgDriver named following fatal collision Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailStokie holidaymakers booked to travel to Spain for a summer getaway are being warned the country’s terror threat has been raised to ‘severe’. Intelligence on terrorist group ISIS has led Spanish police to scale up their presence in tourist hot spots such as Barcelona, Madrid and Brit favourite Benidorm. The anti-terror operation, known as Operation Summer, will see an extra 40,000 officers stationed in key destinations. Tourists heading top Spain are now being urged to be ‘vigilant’. Spain’s terror threat level was bumped up to four out of five, with  the Daily Star reporting  that the British Foreign Office say attacks are ‘likely’. It comes two years after vehicles were deliberately driven at pedestrians in the popular Las Ramblas area of Barcelona – killing 13 people and injuring another 130. Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Police search for missing woman Punter found hiding in bushes Terrorists targeted Las Ramblas, Barcelona, in 2017 Operation Summer aims to “take full action to obtain information in order to prevent terrorist acts” while also “reinforcing security measures at events and places that will attract a large number of people”. The government’s travel advice for Spain on the Foreign Office website says: “Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Spain. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. Read MoreThe UK Foreign Office issues travel advice to British holiday makers going abroad (including Spain, Egypt and Greece)   “The Spanish authorities take measures to protect visitors, but you should be vigilant and follow the instructions of the local authorities. “On August 17/18, 2017, there were two terrorist-related incidents where vehicles were driven directly at pedestrians, resulting in injuries and loss of life. These were in the Las Ramblas area of Barcelona and Cambrils, near Salou (100km southwest of Barcelona).” Read MoreTesco prankster ‘swaps labels on meat and vegetarian meals’ – and shoppers are NOT happy   It adds: “Spanish police have disrupted a number of groups suspected of recruiting individuals to travel to Syria and Iraq from 2015 to the present date. Some of them expressed an intention to carry out attacks in Europe. “There’s a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play.  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram.last_img read more