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Firing up the Grill? Keep these Safety Tips in Mind

Firing up the Grill?  Keep these Safety Tips in Mind

With Memorial Day fast approaching, people will be firing up their grills for the first time this year and the last thing on many minds is probably safety, right? Well, it shouldn’t be according to Fire Chief Richie Bowers. Every year, thousands of homes catch fire because of inproper use of grills and the Fire Chief wants to remind residents that preparation is the key to staying safe when using grills this season.

Before you plan your next outdoor cookout, please review these safety tips:

If you haven’t used your grill in a while, give it a good spring cleaning. Scour the grate with a wire brush. Save future cleaning time by using a nonstick cooking spray to prevent food from sticking to the grill.

Before using your grill for the first time this season, go online to check whether your grill has been recalled due to any dangerous defects.

MCFRS Significant Fire & EMS Incidents From May 16 through May 22

Battalion 1 Incidents


• House Fire in the 8600 block of Lynbrook Dr- Fire units responded for a house fire and arrived on scene to find a smoking toaster oven.

• Apartment Fire in the 700 block of Northampton Drive - Report of smoke from the garden apartment. Fire units arrived to find food on the stove with no extension. No reported injuries, displacements or dollar loss.

 

National Small Business Week Focus: Case Design/Remodeling Celebrates 50 Years

With entrepreneurs around the country working diligently to bring creative approaches to all types of industries and to improve the economy, it's heartening to find a company celebrating 50 years in business. This past March marked the 50-year anniversary of Case Design/Remodeling, Inc. as a DC Metro area full service residential remodeling organization with offices in Bethesda, Maryland and Falls Church, Virginia.

First known as Case Construction Company in 1961 when founded by Fred Case, the firm changed its name in the early 1980s to Case Design/Remodeling, Inc. when it brought design in-house. Bruce Case, the current president and son of Fred Case, says Case Design/Remodeling is committed to the foundation of integrity and excellence that the company was built on.

Last Chance to Apply for Commercial and Multi-Family Energy-Efficiency Project Rebate Program

From Montgomery County:

Montgomery County’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is encouraging businesses, non-profits, faith-based organizations and multi-family communities to apply for $1.7 million available for energy efficiency projects through a program funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program. DEP announced the launch of the Commercial and Multi-Family Rebate Program, which is designed to overcome the financial barriers to making energy-efficiency improvements, as well as reduce operating costs and carbon emissions.

Applications are due May 15.  DEP received 40 applications, which were due April 15, for the first round of awards.  Projects selected for awards must be completed by June 30, 2012.

Case Design/Remodeling to Exhibit at 5th Annual Arlington Home Show and Expo

From DPR Group:

Bethesda, Md. – March 31, 2011 – Case Design/Remodeling, Inc., a leading D.C. Metro area home improvement company, will exhibit at the 5th annual Arlington Home Show and Expo, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturday, April 9, at the Walter Reed Community Center in Arlington, Va. 

5 Tips for Greening the Closet

5 Tips for Greening the Closet

With Earth Day just around the corner, it is a good time to think about greening the home. One place that most people overlook when trying to make environmentally friendly choices is the closet. While it may be tucked way and largely out of site, the closet can play an important role in creating an environmentally friendly home. Greening the closet is not only important, but is actually quite easy!

“Our closets hold so much of who we are, from the clothes we wear on a daily basis to the special vintage items we want to preserve,” says Fred Silber of Creative Organization, a New Jersey-based company that has created a line of sustainable, eco-friendly closet organizing products. “Because they tend to hold so much, and such a variety of things, it is important to make sure that it is an area of the home that is not overlooked when trying to live in an environmentally friendly way.”

Here are five tips to keep in mind when greening the closet:

State and County Housing Offices to Host Fair Housing Forum

From the Office of Public Information for Montgomery County: 

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, in partnership with Montgomery County’s Office of Human Rights and Department of Housing and Community Affairs, will host an educational forum about fair housing on Thursday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veterans Place, Silver Spring.