Ignite your romance and not your home. #FireSafetyTips for Valentine’s Day.

Romantic movies ought to include a “don’t try this at home” warning. More often than not, they portray a room illuminated by hundreds of candles as the ultimate romantic gesture – when, in fact, flickering candles can pose a serious fire danger.

The statistics don’t lie. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, there are 15,260 candle fires per year, at an average of 42 per day. More than 1,200 people sustain candle-related injuries annually. The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) reports that candles caused a staggering $438 million in direct property damage from 2006-2010 alone.

You might be wondering, “Hey! What’s really so dangerous about candles? I burn them all the time!” Well, it’s not really the candles themselves that are the major issue – it’s the fact that they are often left unattended, especially next to flammable items.

Tablecloths, curtains, blankets and centerpieces can all go up in flames in an instant. If you’re not there to contain the flames, they’ll quickly spread. The main way to prevent a candle fire in your home is just to be in the room where they are burning!

Even though they say everyone looks better by candlelight, you might want to reconsider how you set the mood this Valentine’s Day. You might find your special someone looks just fine by lamp light.

Still convinced you need to set candles ablaze for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day? Here are a few tips to help ensure that your romantic display ignites your romance, not your home:

  • Don’t leave candles unattended. The U.S. Fire Administration has found that 20% of candle fires occurred when a flame was left burning unattended.* Your best defense against a candle fire is to always be present when a candle is burning – and to be careful not to fall asleep while one is lit. Your chance of successfully extinguishing a fire, if one happens to ignite, is much more likely if you are nearby.
  • Keep candles away from flammable objects. Don’t light candles near anything upholstered, made of fabric or flammable (i.e. curtains, tablecloths, centerpieces, couches, mattresses, blankets). When items like these catch fire, the conflagration is not easily contained.
  • Use sturdy candle holders. Keep your candles in flame-retardant holders specifically designed for candles that are large enough to contain wax drippings. Metal, glass and ceramic are the best options; avoid flimsy materials like plastic. Be sure that your holders are stable and don’t easily tip.
  • Burn candles out of the reach of animals and children. If a candle accidentally gets knocked over, it can easily spark a fire. Keep that from happening by burning candles on a reasonably high surface.
  • Limit the number of candles you burn at one time. The more candles you have burning, the more chances something can go awry. Research shows that the majority of candle fire fatalities occur when candles are being used as a primary light source.*
  • Keep wicks trimmed and know when to pitch. The National Candle Association says candle wicks should always be a quarter of an inch in height. You should throw away most types of candles when they have burned down to two inches from their holder, and container candles should be pitched when half inch of wax is left.
  • Be sure your smoke alarms are working. Didn’t get that alarm battery changed at Daylight Savings time? There’s no better time than the present. Smoke alarms can help save your life and your home if there’s a fire. Bonus: This tip will be beneficial long after Valentine’s Day!
  • Opt for the flickering, battery-powered variety. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Battery-powered candles are designed to provide the same ambiance as their waxy forerunner. The greatest part? Your house won’t smell like smoke when you’re finished with them, and they can be reused for years!

Don’t let a candle fire extinguish your plans for a romantic Valentine’s Day. Spark the flames of desire with a candle alternative, or basic safety precautions, and watch the sparks fly with your Valentine.

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Did you know your iPhone can provide medical information to first responders when you are unable to?

Did you know iPhone has a feature called Medical ID that allows you to enter information about yourself that can be useful during medical emergencies. This includes the name and phone number of a family member or friend that you want to be contacted in the event that you have a medical crisis. Based on your preference, you can choose to have this information accessible from your lock screen so that those responding to your medical needs can view the emergency card without unlocking your phone’s screen. Read on to learn how to set up Medical ID on your iPhone.

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Set-up Medical ID

1. Access the Health App on your iPhone application list.

Health App on iPhone 6

2. Tap on the Medical ID tab located on the lower-right part of the screen.

Medical ID icon on iPhone 6

3. Start creating your Medical ID by tapping on Create Medical ID.

Create Medical ID button on iPhone 6

4. Choose to have the Medical ID shown when locked. Tapping on the switch will toggle the feature on/off on your lock screen.

Show Medical ID Button

5. Add a photo by tapping on the Add Photo button.

Click to Add Your Photo

6. Enter your personal medical details by tapping on the respective tabs. Filling in every available detail is advised. This information can be indispensable during emergencies. Vital information such as known medical conditions and notes, allergies and reactions, medications and blood type can be invaluable to the person tending to your emergency needs.

Medical Conditions? Enter them here.

7.Add the name and phone number number of the person you want to be contacted during emergencies by tapping on the Add Emergency Contact option.

Add a friend or relative as a contact

8. Save the changes you made by tapping on the Done button located on the upper-right part of the screen.

Save your medical ID.
Access Medical ID from the Lock Screen

When the Show When Locked option is enabled, your Medical ID will be visible from the lock screen. To view your Medical ID.

1. With the device locked, your phone will now ask for the passcode to gain access to the device. Tap on the Emergency button at the lower-left part of the screen.

Emergency button on Passcode screen - iPhone 6

2. Tap on Medical ID on the lower-left part of the screen. Medical ID shown on Emergency screen

Medical ID shown on Emergency screen

3. Medical ID will now be shown with the details that you have provided.

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Important Notes

Your medical ID displayed. * Medical ID can be useful during emergencies, but one should not consider it a life-saving feature. * Make sure that the information entered on the device is accurate. If you are unsure of some information, it is probably best to leave it blank. * As a courtesy, you should notify your emergency contact that his/her name and phone number will appear on your Medical ID. Some people may not like the idea of having their name and number open to other people.

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#WeatherAware – How to Program your Midland All Hazards Weather Radio for the Tuscaloosa, AL Transmitter




You will need the following

  • Midland All Hazards Weather Alert Radio
  • 3 AA batteries
  • A/C power adaptor

Put your three double A batteries in the back of the weather radio.

Wait for the radio to turn on.  When the time 12:00AM appears your radio is ready to program.

In order for your weather radio to work correctly you need both the right weather channel (also known as radio frequency) and the correct SAME code(s) programmed into your weather radio.  This is true for any type of NOAA weather radio with SAME code capability.

How to Program the Time

Push the menu key – the word “TIME” will appear.

Push the select key and 12:00AM will appear. The 12 will be flashing.

Change the hour by using the up arrow key or down arrow key on the radio.

The clock is a 12 hour clock so you must move the hour to PM or AM.

Continue to use arrow keys to reach the desired time.  When you have reached the correct hour, use the right arrow key on the radio to move to the minute.

Repeat the process to get to the correct time.  When you are at the correct time hit the select key. The word “TIME” will appear on the screen.

How to Program your SAME (Specific Area Message Encoding) Code

Next use your down arrow key to change the word on the screen to “SAME SET”.

Push the select key button.

If you want to program only one code use your up/down arrow keys to move to “SINGLE”. Press the select key


If you want to program multiple SAME codes use your up/down arrow keys to move to MULTIPLE. Press the select key.

Programming a single SAME code

If you want your weather radio to only be programmed for one county’s SAME code push the down arrow again and hit select.  SAME 01 will appear on the screen.  Push your select key again.  000000  or — —  — —  — —  — — will appear on the screen the first 0 will be flashing.  Using the SAME code for the county you want to program you will need to use the arrow keys to move the number up or down to get to your desired number.  Once the first number is entered you will need to use the right arrow key to move to the next number.  Continue with the process until you have entered each number and hit “select” and then press “menu” twice. Use the down arrow key until you reach the word CHANNEL.  Push the select key twice to get out of the menu.

Programming multiple SAME codes

If you want to program multiple SAME codes use your up/down arrow keys to move to MULTIPLE. Press the select key.

The word SAME 01 will appear on the screen.  Hit the select key again.

000000 or — —  — —  — —  — —  will appear on the screen. The first 0 or — will be flashing.  Using the SAME code for the first county to be programmed, you will need to use the up/down arrow keys to change the O or — to reach the desired number.  Once the first number is entered you will need to use the right arrow key to move to the next 0 or —  and start the process over again.

Continue until you have entered each number. Push the select key. The words SAME 01 will appear again.

Push the up arrow key and the message will change to “SAME 02”.  Push the select key. 000000 or — —  — —  — —  — — will appear on the screen.  Enter the numbers like you just did for the second SAME code you want to program.

Continue this process until all codes have been entered.  Hit “select” and then press “menu” twice.  Next you will need to program the channel.


Watches/Warnings Broadcast for the Following Counties:
County SAME Code County SAME Code
Bibb    001007 Pickens    001107
Fayette    001057 Tuscaloosa    001125
Greene    001063 Lowndes, MS    028087
Hale    001065 Noxubee, MS    028103
Jefferson    001073

Programming the Correct Weather (Frequency)Channel on your Radio

Please note some areas in the Heart of the Valley can hear several different channels on their radio. Having the correct frequency programmed is crucial to having your weather radio work correctly.  If you have any questions about what frequency is correct for your area. Please check the links for detailed information in the Also on the web section.

Press the menu key. Use the down arrow key until you reach the word “CHANNEL”.  Push the select key.

Using the arrow keys find the correct weather radio channel.

Channel 1 – (162.400) Tuscaloosa Transmitter

When you have found your correct channel hit the select key. Then press the menu key.


Now that your radio has been programmed you need to plug it in to the wall.  The batteries are only in case you lose power. Remember to change your batteries twice a year.

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Protect the 4 P’s: People, Pets, Pipes, and Plants


#4 Plants

•Plants should be covered on cold nights with fabric to help keep them somewhat insulated during a freeze.

•You can also create windbreaks around sensitive plants to keep the cold air from “burning” them.

•Keep your plants hydrated, which helps fight off drying due to cold winds.

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Protect the 4 P’s: People, Pets, Pipes, and _____

#3 Pipes

•While pipes generally do not freeze until the temperature drops into the 20s, pipes exposed to windy areas could experience cracking.

•Be sure that pipes are properly insulated, wrap newspaper or clothes around outside faucets, or in cold areas of homes.Let sensitive faucets run at a slow drip to allow for water to move, which helps prevent freezing.

•If you think a pipe might be frozen (you open a tap and no water comes out), don’t take any chances, call a plumber and leave your tap open until they arrive. Also, turn off the water main to your house to avoid shifting ice and flooding.

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Protect the 4 P’s: People, Pets, _____, and _____


•During extremely cold weather, pets should be kept indoors.

•Don’t shave your pet’s coat all the way down during winter, exposed skin can easily lead to hypothermia and frostbite. If your dog is short-haired, consider getting him a coat or sweater for the winter weather.

•Never leave your animal in a car during the winter. They can act as refrigerators and can result in hypothermia.

•More from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA): https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/cold-weather-tips

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Protect the 4 P’s: People, _____, _____, and _____


•Check on the elderly and those who may have functional or access needs to make sure that they have sufficient warmth to get them through the cold weather

•Watch for signs of hypothermia, which include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and exhaustion. If you feel the person is suffering from hypothermia, get them to a warm location, remove any wet clothing and warm the center of the body first, giving warm, non-alcoholic beverages to the victim if conscious. Get medical help as soon as possible. If a persons’ body temperature falls behind 95°, it is a medical emergency – call 911 immediately

Outdoor Activities

•Avoid doing activities, such as exercising, outdoors when there is extreme cold.
•If you have to be outdoors, dress in several thin layers rather than one thick layer, cover your head to reduce heat loss, cover your mouth using scarf or mask to help warm the air before your breath it.

•Be sure that space heaters are properly tested and are placed a safe distance from flammable materials. If using a kerosene or propane-powered heater, be sure to maintain ventilation to prevent the build-up of toxic fumes. Never refuel canisters inside.
•Ovens and stoves should never be used to heat your home, and they pose a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
•Keep children and pets away from space heaters at all times.


•When driving, be sure to remember that cold weather may cause highway overpasses and bridges to freeze. Take extra precautions when driving during cold weather.

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