Archive for July, 2013
Public parks offer many benefits to a community. They add a natural beauty to a city and make it more attractive. Residents and tourists love to visit parks in order to commune with nature and enjoy the beautiful day. Parks are also great venues for outdoor public events, such as concerts, picnics, and festivals.
Oklahoma City is planning to add another beautiful park to the area. The new park will be divided into two parts: the upper part will be located from Southwest 3rd Street to Interstate 40, and the lower part will be from Interstate 40 to the Oklahoma River. The entire park will be 70 acres and will cost $80 million.
The new park is part of the MAPS 3 project and will be another beautiful way to connect downtown to the Oklahoma River.
Features of the park will include walking trails, a children’s play area, and a lake that will allow paddle boats. From the Oklahoma River, there will be a trail system going leading to Lake Overholser. A bridge will also be constructed to provide easy access from downtown to the river.
Proper immunization is important for helping protect a child from possible diseases. Doses of immunization can shield your child from measles, the flu, polio, and tetanus. It is important for kids to complete their immunization process, so their body can build up strength against the different activities, people, and changes in the environment that it will encounter.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health and Oklahoma schools require students to be immunized with several vaccines before the new 2013-2014 school year begins. Parents are encouraged to check their children’s shot records for missing vaccines, so they can bring everything up to date before school begins.
Kindergarteners are required to have a second dose of MMR, fourth dose of polio, fifth dose of DTaP, and second dose of Varicella. Seventh graders are required to have TDaP booster. Preteens and teens can also get the HPV vaccine and the MCV4 vaccine.
The Oklahoma Caring Van Program, along with the Oklahoma City-County Health Department, is providing access to vaccinations for children, especially those who are Medicaid eligible, uninsured, and Native American. Shots are given on a weekly schedule, starting today, Friday, through next Friday. Parents who want to have their kids vaccinated will need to bring their current shot records. There is no need to schedule appointments.
Electrical fire is a common occurrence during the hot summer months because many homes utilize more energy, especially when it comes to cooling their homes. Air conditioning added to the use of electric fans, televisions, computers, and other entertainment devices used by kids while they’re out of school starts to add up from an electric usage perspective.
Practicing electrical safety is one way to ensure that your house is safe from possible fire due to electrical overload. You can start by plugging in fewer electrical devices at one time, so they will not easily overheat. Here are some other useful tips you can follow to ensure proper electrical safety:
- Have your electrical wiring checked. It is recommended to have your home checked by an electrician for faulty wires or other signs of electrical hazards. This way, if you find any faulty wires, they can be replaced before they have the chance to cause any damage.
- Avoid overloading your electrical sockets. There are so many things to do at home that require plugging in. But, what you may fail to realize is that using an electrical fan while charging your phone, while working on your computer, while watching TV can overload your circuits and cause a potential fire or shocks. Plug into different outlets if you need to plug in more devices. Otherwise, let the others wait.
- Listen to your appliances. Are there times that you feel a slight shock from your appliance? Is the fuse broken? If there are signs of abnormalities in your appliance, do not hesitate to have it checked. These are signs that there is something wrong with it.
- Manage your electrical cords safely. There are times when your electrical cords may become pinched between furniture or get tacked down. If this happens, the insulation within the wiring can easily become damaged, and the added pressure can compress the conducting wire.
- Use outlet covers. If you have kids at home, it is recommended to install covers on your outlets. This will discourage them from putting their hands inside the outlet and risk getting shocked.