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Make Sure Safety is on the Menu This Thanksgiving

ROSEMEAD, CA — Thanksgiving Day is usually full of food, family and football. Southern California Edison (SCE) reminds its customers to add safety to the list since cooking fires are three times more likely on Turkey Day than any other day, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
Cooking equipment, overloaded circuits and extension cords are leading causes of electrical accidents and home fires during the holiday season, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International. About 2,000 fires occur annually in the U.S. on Thanksgiving Day, causing an average of five fatalities, 15 injuries and $21 million in property damage, said the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA).
“An increase in indoor activities combined with cooking and entertaining family and friends can cause many customers to forget basic home safety,” said Bill Messner, principal manager of Health and Safety at SCE. “Safety should never take a holiday.”
The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking, said the USFA. Never leave cooking equipment or appliances, such as toaster ovens, unattended. Turn them off if you leave the room. Another key precaution is to check for the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) mark on appliances. UL is the leading independent product safety organization and is a trusted symbol among consumers and manufacturers.
SCE recommends some other safety tips for Thanksgiving:
•         Plug countertop appliances into Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)-protected outlets.
•         Replace appliances that have frayed electrical cords. Contact with them can cause electric shock and serious injury.
•         When using electrical appliances, keep electric cords out of reach of children.
•         Do not overload outlets with multiple adaptors or power strips.
•         Do not use extension cords with major appliances.
•         Unplug appliances that aren’t in use, preventing them from being turned on accidentally.
•         Locate all appliances away from the sink. Remember that water and electricity do not mix.
•         Never fight an electrical or grease fire with water. Keep a fire extinguisher, UL listed and rated for electrical fires and grease, nearby.
For more on electrical safety at home, visit www.sce.com/safety. Follow SCE on Twitter and Facebook.
About Southern California Edison
An Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, Southern California Edison is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, serving a population of nearly 14 million via 4.9 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California.

San Bernardino City Unified School District is Hiring

SAN BERNARDINO, CA-  The San Bernardino City Unified School District is looking to fill Groundsworker, HVACR Mechanic, School Police Officer and Educational Interpreter III positions. Groundsworker positions pay from $2,703.26 to $3,288.92 per month. HVACR Mechanic positions pay between $3,628.44 and $4,414.54 per month. School Police Officer positions earn from $3,699.50 to $4,501.00 per month. Educational Interpreter III positions pay between $19.07 and $23.20 an hour. Benefits for all positions include paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation days; medical, dental, and vision insurance; and retirement. Benefits are based on a 40-hour workweek. Groundsworker applications must be submitted before midnight on Sunday, November 3. HVACR Mechanic and School Police Officer applications are due before midnight on Sunday, November 10. Late applications will not be accepted. Applicants for all positions must have a valid California driver’s license. Educational Interpreter III applicants must be fluent in sign language. View the job flyers at www.sbcusd.com/employment for additional minimum experience and qualifications. Only online applications will be accepted. Free computer access is available for applicants at the Personnel Commission office and the District’s Family Resource Center. All applicants must be willing to submit to a pre-employment drug/alcohol screening, background check, and T.B. (tuberculosis) screening. For more information, call the Personnel Commission at 909-381-1280 or visit www.sbcusd.com/employment.

Health Committee Hosts Health Festival

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- The Inland Empire Concerned African American Churches Health Committee ( IECAA) will host an annual “Physical and Mental Health Wellness Promotion and Disaster Preparedness” Festival on Saturday, November 9 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at New Hope Family Life Center, 1505 W. Highland Avenue in San Bernardino.

The committee has partnered with Time for Change Foundation, an organization that works to empower disenfranchised women who are transitioning from homelessness and re-entry recidivism.  Organizers confirmed they are participating in the National Food Day Campaign whose goal is to help people eat more healthy. There will be healthy cooking demonstrations, screenings, educational information and more.

The festival’s intent is empowerment through disaster preparedness information; the role of emotions and mental health on the overall health and well-being of an individual. There will be forums detailing the issues or conditions that may cause an unhealthy mental state, and the need of reducing the stigma of mental health within the community. Breakout sessions include information on Disaster Preparedness, Cover California and Medicare enrollment, and healthy nutrition. There will also be physical health demonstrations which include karate, Zumba, hula hoops and jumping rope, as well as a  Kids Zone with face painting, carnival games, a train ride and other age-appropriate activities. This a free community event. For more information call Veatrice Jews at 909-518-5170.