Saturday, July 28, 2012


Daniela and I would like to wish all the Olympic teams good luck and a safe competition! (but of course just a little bit more luck for my home TEAM USA!) :)
It was great to actually be in England during the opening ceremonies, you could feel the excitement! Shame we have to leave back home before the competition really heats up!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Have a SAFE "4th of July"by following these tips!

From somebody who performs with live fireworks on stage... Please have a fun but SAFE 4th of July Holiday!  Be careful...but have a great time!

Below are some safety rules you should read before tonight's big event!  Happy 4th everybody!

Here are some Fireworks safety guidelines for home use:
Never allow children to play with fireworks
Read and follow all warnings and instructions
Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from flammable materials.
Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned.
Keep a bucket of water in case of a malfunction or fire.
Now to apply the CPSC guidelines for fireworks safety:
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: N/A
Here's How:

Line up the home fireworks display with a viewing area on one side only. Don't watch from all sides; it's too hard to keep an eye on all participants if the display is surrounded.
Keep the fireworks sitting on a hard flat surface with nothing flammable around. Dry leaves and foilage are especially dangerous. Look at the plants and grass - if it's yellow and dead, that is not a good place to be setting off fireworks. Concrete or a well-watered, green lawn is the best. Using lawn will keep burn marks off the concrete.
Keep a bucket handy. Fill it about 2/3 full with water and use to soak used fireworks and duds.
Keep a hose with a shut-off nozzle nearby. The water should be on and the hose should be ready to instantly douse any wayward fires.
To make a flat surface on lawn, place a wide piece of lumber across the grass. Soak the lumber with water before placing the fireworks.
Place the fireworks about 6 inches apart along the board in the order they will be lit.
Only one person should light the display. That person should not be drinking alcohol before or during the show and should be at least 14 years old.
Only light one firework at a time.
If a firework doesn't light, or doesn't work after the fuse burns all the way down, it's called a dud. Wait at least 20 minutes after lighting the fuse and then place the dud into the bucket of water.
Wait until each firework is finished before lighting the next.
Sparklers should only be handled by kids older than 12.
Make sure that people with lit sparklers stay at least 10 feet apart.
Put all used sparklers in the water bucket.
After all the fireworks have been lit and all used fireworks and duds have soaked for at least 10 minutes, discard the fireworks in an outside trashcan.
In case of burns during the use of fireworks, follow the tips for How to Treat a Burn.

Never smoke around fireworks!
Do not light fireworks on windy days.
Wear cotton clothing to light fireworks. Synthetic fibers tend to melt onto skin, while cotton does not burn easily.
Use a long-tipped lighter for lighting fireworks to keep hands and faces away from fuses.
Questions or comments about fireworks? Post to the Forum!
What You Need

Five gallon bucket filled 2/3 full with water
Concrete or well-watered lawn at least 15 feet by 10 feet
Five feet or longer piece of lumber at least six inches wide
Viewing area at least 15 feet from the display
Garden hose with shut-off nozzle
Legal fireworks

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