2017-10-11 / News

EXTENSION NOTES

BE SAFE: FIRE SAFE

The best way to protect your family and your home from fire is to plan ahead and reduce potential hazards.

October is Fire Prevention Month so we want to help give you tips that you can use to reduce the chance of a fire in your home or workplace.

One of the easiest things to do is to install smoke detectors on every level in the home.

Test them monthly to make sure they are working.

Over 60 percent of house fires where death occurred happened in homes without working smoke detectors.

Another thing that I do at my home is to check the dryer vent regularly.

Clothes dryers are a frequent cause of fires in homes due to lint build up.

And don’t forget what we were taught as children. Plan an escape route from every room in the house and practice fire drills with every member of the family on a regular basis.

Everyone should practice staying low to the floor and checking for hot doors using the back of your hand.

With the holidays fast approaching, be sure to be careful with all of your decorations.

Check light strings for any damages and throw away any wires that are frayed.

Keep lights away from any flammable material and use candles sparingly.

And no matter what time of the year, check all of your electronic equipment and wiring at least once a month.

With the colder months ahead, it won’t be long before people start building fires.

It is a good rule of thumb to put a shield around the fireplace to prevent sparks from flying out and starting a fire.

Fireplaces, chimneys and heaters should be cleaned annually because ash and creosote can build up.

Correctly operate your fireplace or wood-burning stove. Oftentimes, fires start when the residents are gone or asleep. To guard against this, adjust the air intake vents before leaving the fireplace or stove alone.

Following these simple tips could potentially save your life or the life of a loved one.

Make this fire prevention month county.

For more information on fire prevention, contact your local fire department or visit the US Fire Administration at https://www.usfa.fema.gov/

This article as provided by Jennifer Grable, Family & Consumer Sciences Extension Agent for Person and Granville Counties.

For more information on things to keep your family healthy and safe, along with updates on programs, activities and recipes, check us out online at http://facebook.com/personcountyfcs or email jennifer_ grable@ncsu.edu for any questions.

FALL PLANTING

We have often heard that fall is for planting, but is it really the best time to plant trees and shrubs?

The answer is yes, if we are addressing the best time to plant.

One reason for this is the plants are going dormant and their need for water will be less during this time.

There is also less stress on the plants if planted while they are not as actively growing.

The roots of the plants are able to become established during the plant’s dormant season and this helps them to be better able in keeping the plant healthy.

This said, the fall is not the only time you can plant a tree or shrub.

Plants that are grown in containers can be planted any time the ground is suitable for planting. These plants have all the roots they ever had still attached to them so they are capable of supporting themselves with this root system.

So, as long as proper planting techniques are followed (see below) container grown plants can be planted at other times of the year.

In fact, if you want a particular bloom color, it is best to select the plant when it is in bloom because all reds or pinks or purples are not the same. Even shades of whites can vary among plants.

If color is critical, pick out your plant while it is blooming and plant properly.

Balled and burlap (B&B) trees and shrubs, field grown plants that have been dug and do not have all the roots still attached, are best planted when they are dormant or near dormancy.

These are best planted either in early fall, winter, or early spring. Proper planting is even more critical for these plants.

Proper planting is important to the health and survivability of the plant, regardless of the time of year you plant.

Proper planting includes: site analysis (this includes sun/shade and space requirements for the plant), hole size (width and depth), soil amendment (if necessary), root handling (including root preparation and depth), filling the hole with soil around the root ball, and support of plant (if necessary).

Proper watering is also important to newly planted trees and shrubs.

It is helpful to have a rain gauge near the plants you are planting in order to accurately measure the rainfall in the area. If less than an inch of rain falls during a week you may need to water the plant.

This is a lot to consider, but a tree or shrub properly planted and watered seldom dies the first year it is planted.

This gives the plant a great start and helps it to be less susceptible to insects and diseases which are more likely to affect stressed and unhealthy plants.

For more information about how to properly plant trees and shrubs visit: http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/woody/documents/ EP314.pdf or https://content. ces.ncsu.edu/planting techniques-for-trees-and-shrubs.

As always, you can also contact the local NC Cooperative Extension for more information.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

October 13 - Forest Landowners Field Day

October 18 - Lunch N’ Learn

October 19 - Beekeepers Meeting

November 1-2 - Working Arts

November 3 - Ag Field Day

November 7 - ECA County Council

November 16 - Lunch N’ Learn

November 16 - Beekeepers Meeting

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