Family Time: Summer safety
Tip of the Week
If you don't have the extra time or cash to take a summer trip, fun for you and your family can be as close as your own backyard. "Just make sure you play it safe," says Charles Valinotti, senior vice president with QBE Regional, which specializes in property and casualty insurance. He recommends that before summer is in full swing, you make sure your backyard is ready for the season's get-togethers and activities.
Hit the deck
- Do a deck check: Make sure the deck is secured to your home by heavy-duty steel bolts specially designed to secure wooden structures. If your deck is simply nailed or screwed on, it could pull away from the house.
- Inspect the wood: Does your deck's wood need to be treated and sealed? This helps prevent dry rot, wood splintering and mishaps.
- Look at the lattice: If you've added lattice to your deck for privacy, make sure it's sturdy enough to prevent a child - or adult - from falling through it.
Secure your yard
- Work on play areas: Your backyard swing set and other playground equipment should have plenty of shock-absorbing materials - such as wood chips or sand - underneath and on the perimeter. Replenish those materials if they look skimpy.
- Keep tabs on cords: Don't run electrical cords in areas where people congregate. "And never use an indoor extension cord for an outside job. It could cause electric shock or create a fire hazard," Valinotti says.
- De-clutter for safety: Don't leave toys, tools or lawn equipment in the yard.
Family Screening Room
Rated: PG (for some rude humor, mild language and brief smoking)
Length: 92 minutes
Synopsis: In the Oregon wilderness, a real estate developer's new housing subdivision faces a unique group of protesters - local woodland creatures who don't want their homes disturbed and will fight for the forest. Brendan Fraser and Brooke Shields star in this film.
Violence/scary rating: 2.5
Sexual-content rating: 2
Profanity rating: 1
Drugs/alcohol rating: 1.5
Family Time rating: 2. This looks like a great family film. But it’s definitely geared toward kids, so parents might not find it as amusing.
(Ratings are judged on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “fine for kids.”)
“The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles Series #1),” by Rick Riordan
Synopsis: Rick Riordan (“Percy Jackson and the Olympians”) is back with a new series!
Since their mother's death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane. One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a "research experiment" at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives. Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them — Set — has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe - a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.
Did You Know
According to a study by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, pregnant women whose mothers had serious morning sickness are at a great risk to experience morning sickness themselves.
GateHouse News Service