May is Electrical Safety Month
It is estimated that more than 30,000 non-fatal electrical shock accidents occur each year. The National Safety Council estimates that between 600 and 1,000 people die each year from electrocution. Create a safer home by making a check for electrical fire and shock hazards:
Electrical outlets – Check for loose–fitting plugs, which can be a shock or fire hazard. Replace missing or broken wall plates so wiring and components are not exposed. If you have young children in the home, check that unused outlets are covered.
Plugs – Never force them into outlets. Don’t remove the grounding pin (third prong) to make a three-prong plug fit a two-conductor outlet Avoid overloading outlets with adapters and too many appliance plugs.
Cords – Make sure they are not frayed or cracked, placed under carpets or rugs, or located in high traffic areas. Do not nail or staple them to walls, floors or other objects.
Extension cords – Use them on a temporary basis only. They are not intended as permanent household wiring. Make sure they have safety closures to protect young children from shock and mouth burn injuries.
Light bulbs – Check the wattage to make sure light bulbs match the fixture requirements. Replace bulbs that have higher wattage ratings than recommended on the fixture. Make sure they are screwed in securely so they don’t overheat.
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) – Make sure GFCIs are installed in your kitchen, bathrooms, laundry, workshop, basement and garage as well as on outdoor outlets. Test them monthly to ensure they’re working properly.
Circuit breakers/Fuses – Fuses should be properly rated for the circuit they are protecting. If you don’t know the correct rating, have an electrician identify and label the correct size to be used. Always replace a fuse with the same size you are removing. Check that circuit breakers are working properly.
Appliances/Electronics – If an appliance repeatedly blows a fuse, trips a circuit breaker or has given you an electrical shock, immediately unplug it and have it repaired or replaced. Look for cracks or damage in wiring and connectors. Use surge protectors to protect expensive electronics.
For more electric safety tips visit: http://safeelectricity.org
Streets to be Resurfaced
The village is once again gearing up for its annual street resurfacing project. Earlier this spring, each street and alley was inspected to determine its repair priority. Those areas that ranked higher on the list were presented to Council for review. The following areas were identified and proposed for resurfacing and/or repair in 2012:
At each location the existing asphalt will be ground off and replaced with two inches of new asphalt.
The Engineer’s Estimate for this project is $113,717.50. The work is scheduled for August/September.
Pool Passes and Swimming Lessons
The Minster Swimming Pool will open for the season on Saturday, May 26th at 1:00pm. Saturday hours are 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Sunday through Friday the pool will be open from 1:00pm until 9:00pm.
Season passes will be on sale at the pool starting May 21st and will be on sale from 9 a.m. until 1 pm and 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily Monday through Friday. Once the pool opens on May 26th, passes may be purchased during regular pool hours. The cost of the passes is: $80.00 for a family pass and $50.00 for an individual pass. Daily admission is $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for children 2 years of age and older.
Swimming lessons will run in two week blocks beginning in June. The price of the lesson will be $30.00 per child. We also offer a Kinderkamp for children ages 3 to 5. This is also offered in two week sessions from 10:00am until 12:45 pm. The cost of this service is $75.00 for the first child and $50 for each additional family member. Sign up for lessons and Kinderkamp will begin on May 21st when the season passes go on sale.
Pool parties may also be booked at the Swimming Pool starting May 21st.
Day at the Park Scheduled
The fourth annual “Day at the Park” is planned for June 16th at the Paris Street Park. All proceeds from this event will once again benefit Minster Scouting programs.
Dodgeball registration will begin at 2:00 p.m. and end 30 minutes prior to the start of each division.
Did You Know?
The Minster Garden Club will not meet during the months of June, July or August. Watch the calendar on www.minsteroh.com for details on the September meeting.
The Garden Club has also announced that the 2013 Community Garage Sales will be held April 26th & 27th. All future Minster Community Garage Sales will be held the last weekend of April.