I missed National Fire Prevention Week, but it’s never too late for a reminder about the importance of smoke alarms.
Surprisingly, even though the vast majority of American homes have smoke alarms, many of those alarms don’t work, the National Fire Protection Association says. Maybe the batteries are dead or missing. Maybe the devices were disabled to stop nuisance alarms.
The result can be tragic. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths happen in homes with no working smoke alarm, according to the association.
It offers these tips:
• Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
• Ideally a home should have both ionization and photoelectric alarms. An ionization alarm usually responds faster to flaming fires and a photoelectric alarm to smoldering fires.
• Test alarms monthly.
• Install alarms high on a wall or on a ceiling, so they can detect rising smoke.
• Replace the batteries at least once a year, and immediately if the alarm chirps to indicate a low battery.
• Replace all smoke alarms after 10 years, or sooner if they don’t respond properly.
• Look for an alarm with the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
• If nuisance alarms from cooking fumes or steam are a problem, replace the unit with one that has a “hush” button.
• For homes with children, consider smoke alarms that include a recordable voice announcement. Children wake faster to the sound of a familiar voice.
Creamy yellow reigns
Get ready for a paler shade of 2013.
Benjamin Moore is predicting a shift from strong, saturated colors to lighter pastels next year. It has singled out Lemon Sorbet, a creamy yellow, as its color of the year.
The color represents optimism at a time when the world seems to be climbing out of recession, Sonu Mathew, the company’s senior interior designer, said in a news release. The color can also serve as a bridge between the more vibrant colors that have been popular recently and the pastels that are predicted to come on strong.
• Oktober Fresh, 1-5 p.m. today, Mason Community Learning Center, 700 E. Exchange St., Akron. Activities and demonstrations revolving around fall crops and healthful eating, plus children’s activities. Free.
• Cleveland Botanical Garden events, 11030 East Blvd. Ask the Gardener, noon to 4 p.m. today. Ikebana International Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Garden admission: $9.50; children ages 3-12, $4; members and younger children, free. 216-721-1600 or www.cbgarden.org.
• Make ’n’ Take Mondays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Lodi Library, 635 Wooster St. Projects for all ages. Free. Event repeated Nov. 5 and 19. www.mcdl.info or 330-948-1885.
• Knitty Gritters, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Lake Community Branch of Stark County District Library, 11955 Market Ave. N, Lake Township. Instructions for beginning knitters. 330-877-9975.
• Card Making, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road. Create 10 cards. $10. Registration: 330-273-4150.
• Garden Club of Kent meeting, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Pierson Hall, United Methodist Church of Kent, 1435 E. Main St. Program: white elephant auction. 330-673-8659.
• Knitting and Crocheting Circle meeting, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Brunswick Library, 3649 Center Road. 330-273-4150.
• Warm Up Akron meetings, 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Mogadore Branch Library, 144 S. Cleveland Ave. Members knit and crochet rectangles that are used to make afghans for needy people in the Akron area, and they’ll teach others the skills. 330-699-3252 or http://warmupakron.webs.com.
• Winterizing Your Pond, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Hoffman’s Garden Center, 1021 E. Caston Road, Green. Free. Reservations: 330-896-9811 or email@example.com.
• Needlework Circle meeting, 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Seville Library, North Center Street. 330-769-2852.
• Fallscaping, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Hudson Library & Historical Society, 96 Library St. Cynthia Druckenbrod of Cleveland Botanical Garden will talk about beautifying a fall garden. No registration required. 330-653-6658 or www.hudsonlibrary.org.
• Build a Haunted Gingerbread House, 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Highland Library, 4160 Ridge Road, Granger Township, Medina County. For ages 11-18. Bring a bag of candy. Free. Registration: www.mcdl.info, 330-278-4271 or 330-239-2674.
• Warm Up Medina County Yarncraft Show, Friday through Oct. 28, Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway. Display of afghans created for charity. Hours: noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 and 1-5 p.m. Oct. 28. www.mcdl.info or 330-725-0588.
• Free Community Shred Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 27, Medina County Achievement Center, 4691 Windfall Road, Granger Township. Free document shredding by Gateway Records Management. 330-725-7751, ext. 273, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Knitting and Crocheting Circle meeting, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 27, Highland Library, 4160 Ridge Road, Granger Township, Medina County. Learn the basics or bring your projects and swap tips. Registration: 330-278-4271 or 330-239-2674.
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