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Health/Safety

Take extra care, holiday treats tough on teeth

 

Posted December 19, 2014

 

Dr. Shirin Rahimian, a dentist at Brident Dental & Orthodontics, offers the following 10 tips for taking care of your teeth during the holidays.

 

Eat all the holiday sweets you want if you brush in the "hot  zone":
Brush your teeth within the "hot zone"--which is within 20 minutes after you have eaten sweets, no matter how many sweets you
have indulged in! ​Keep a travel-size toothbrush and toothpaste around when you are not doing your holiday celebrating at home.


Look out for holiday colors and cranberries: 
Bright-colored foods and beverages, and all of the favorite cranberry and bright-colored holiday foods and cocktails we know and love, often result in staining.

 

Choose holiday chocolate over hard candy when given the option:
Chocolate is a better choice than hard candy because it contains xylitol, a non-sugar product that does not cause bacteria to produce acid which leads to several dentally detrimental problems.

 

Don't graze on candy at holiday parties, dive in and be done:
Better to eat sweets all at once rather than throughout the holiday party or throughout the day; designate your time to indulge then clean your teeth immediately. Continuous grazing allows for multiple acid attacks on your teeth. Brushing following one big candy attack is much better for you.

 

All peppermint is not created equal:
Natural peppermint has a bacteria static effect and freshens breath with a lasting effect; holiday peppermint candy and candy canes merely give your mouth a flavored "sugar shower" and does not freshen your breath for more than a few moments.

 

Cinnamon spice makes teeth and breath nice:
Cinnamon spice helps decrease the bacteria in your mouth and is a favorite holiday ingredient. Add it to a favorite recipe or to hot cider; or simply chew cinnamon gum: it helps stimulate more saliva that buffers against the acid. 

 

Remember the direct line between fragrance and food and teeth and breath:
Understand that the foods you eat, how they taste and how they smell changes the odor of your breath, and ultimately, the tone of your holiday chats.

 

Say cheese to the cheese:
Cheese is one of the better holiday appetizers and snack foods because it does not allow bacteria to produce acid, which is harmful to your teeth.

 

Carbs are just as detrimental to your gum line as they are to the waistline: 
We can't very well stay away from carbs, especially during the holidays, but we can limit them and in turn, limit their damage.

If all else fails, use water:
Never underestimate the power of water. It's a great generally beneficial "go to" for inside our bodies, inside our mouths and on our teeth. This is true all year around.  

Brident Dental & Orthodontics is located at 780 East Centerville Rd #100 in Garland.


Health department inspections:  December 8-12

Cindy Corley, Garland Health Department |  December 15, 2014

Each week the city of Garland Health Department conducts inspections of establishments where food is served.  Inspections include day care centers, retirement homes, school cafeterias, restaurants - fast food and dine-in, convenience stores, and grocery stores.

A failing grade includes anything below 60.  Any establishment scoring less than 70 is deemed "high risk" and inspection frequency of that establishment is increased.  Establishments scoring less than 50 are subject to mandatory closure.

FACILITY NAME

STREET NUMBER

STREET NAME

ACTIVITY DATE

SCORE

ALPHA CHARTER SCHOOL

701

STATE

12/8/2014

81

APPLEBEE'S RESTAURANT

1440

EASTGATE

12/11/2014

80

BARBACOA HERMANOS CRUZ

109

CENTERVILLE

12/8/2014

76

BASS PRO BEVERAGES

4400

BASS PRO

12/9/2014

82

 

 

 

 

81

BENITO'S BAKERY

3160

SATURN

12/10/2014

61

BLUE IVEY SCHOOL

2101

FIREWHEEL

12/11/2014

97

CARMEN'S TACOS AND GORDITAS

1311

MARKETPLACE

12/8/2014

84

CHA BONG #1

3212

JUPITER

12/8/2014

73

CHILI'S GRILL & BAR

3271

GEORGE BUSH

12/11/2014

82

CHURCH'S CHICKEN #1564

5602

BROADWAY

12/11/2014

66

CIRCLE A BEER & WINES

4306

SATURN

12/9/2014

86

COCINA FOOD MART

2518

KINGSLEY

12/10/2014

93

 

 

 

 

86

DANG XUA CAFE

4460

WALNUT

12/9/2014

65

DIRE DAWA CAFE & GROCERY

2030

BUCKINGHAM

12/8/2014

66

DONUTS DONUTS

141

CENTERVILLE

12/10/2014

95

EASTSIDE CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER

2000

FIRST

12/11/2014

93

EL RIO GRANDE SUPERMARKET

3460

WALNUT

12/10/2014

75

 

 

 

 

62

EL SABROSO TAQUERIA

3426

KINGSLEY

12/8/2014

77

EUREST DINING SERVICES -RAYTHEON

1200

JUPITER

12/11/2014

90

FOR KIDS ONLY CHILD LEARNING CENTER

5210

DUCK CREEK

12/8/2014

76

GARDEN RESTAURANT

3555

WALNUT

12/11/2014

63

GRANPA'S BARNYARD SCHOOL

1521

ROWLETT

12/8/2014

89

H&E SHELL

3501

WALNUT

12/11/2014

87

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS

4412

BASS PRO

12/11/2014

77

JUARITOS RESTAURANT

3460

WALNUT

12/8/2014

71

KIDS GREEN ACRE SCHOOL

675

OATES

12/11/2014

71

LA RANCHERA SUPERMARKET #4

3160

SATURN

12/10/2014

53

LAKE CITIES MONTESSORI SCHOOL

1935

CENTERVILLE

12/10/2014

92

LAS PRIMITAS PANADERIA

813

CASTLE

12/10/2014

71

LESLIE'S PUPUSERIA AND RESTAURANT

3460

WALNUT

12/8/2014

81

LIFETIME FITNESS

5602

NAAMAN FOREST

12/11/2014

87

LITTLE CAESARS

1835

GARLAND

12/8/2014

93

MAMA RUGI'S PIZZERIA

4040

SHILOH

12/12/2014

97

MY THO RESTAURANT

3325

WALNUT

12/12/2014

80

NAM HUA VIETNAMESE CUISINE INC.

3112

JUPITER

12/8/2014

71

OAK PARK SCHOOL

2402

FIREWHEEL

12/10/2014

99

PANADERIA Y TAQUERIA DEL NORTE

507

GARLAND

12/10/2014

75

PANDA EXPRESS #1025

5345

GARLAND

12/11/2014

97

PRIMO'S TEX-MEX GRILLE

4861

BASS PRO

12/10/2014

66

RACETRAC #560

2646

JUPITER

12/12/2014

72

RACETRAC #697

2434

BUCKINGHAM

12/8/2014

85

SAIGON DELI

3341

WALNUT

12/9/2014

68

SONIC DRIVE IN

2001

STATE HWY 66

12/9/2014

82

SOULMAN'S BBQ

3410

BROADWAY

12/9/2014

79

STAR FOOD MART

2014

JUPITER

12/12/2014

82

TEXAN DONUTS

1913

JUPITER

12/9/2014

87

VIDA SALUDABLE

3420

BROADWAY

12/11/2014

91

VISTA ACADEMY OF GARLAND

3024

ANITA

12/8/2014

86

WAFFLE HOUSE #306

494

I-30

12/8/2014

73

WATER INN

2930

FIRST

12/11/2014

77

WHICH WICH #137

5129

GARLAND

12/10/2014

95

WOWDY DONUT

3035

SHILOH

12/9/2014

92

XINXIAN CHINESE RESTAURANT & SUSHI BAR

5010

JUPTITER

12/11/2014

72

Z MAGIC CAFE

405

COUNTRY CLUB

12/8/2014

90

 


Surviving grief during holidays

 

Kim Everett | December 14, 2014

 

The holiday season is a time filled with joy, celebration and fun for most, but there are also those that experience deep sadness, loneliness and apprehension. Those who have suffered the loss of a loved one understand this sorrow and how the loneliness can be overwhelming when a loved one with who past holidays were shared has died.

 

Memories of the death often return to the surface during the holiday season. In addition, the loss of comfort and sense of togetherness that was shared with the loved one can cause the survivor to want to isolate him/herself. They fear that others will not understand their grief, especially if the loss was suffered long ago.

 

Feelings of fear, sadness, and apprehension usually begin a few weeks before the holidays and there are a few things that those experiencing difficulty can do:

 

  • Stick to a regular routine and include plenty of sleep and regular meals.

  • Make some plans in advance, but be careful not to overbook.

  • Prepare a list in advance of things that might help if/when feelings of sadness come.  Call a friend, see a funny movie, attend a grief support meeting, go to church, pray, meditate, or take a walk.

  • Notify friends in advance that their support might be needed.

  • Do not deny the grief, but take care not to let it become all-consuming.

 

There are also things that friends and family can do for the grieving person:

 

  • Let them know they are not alone – be there for them.

  • Understand that grief cannot be “fixed.”

  • Drop in for visits and/or call them regularly.

  • Take them out to lunch/dinner, shopping, or to a movie.

  • If the loss has left them alone in their home, invite them to spend time with your family.  Stress that they are welcome and that they would not be intruding, but understand if they decline.

  • Become educated on the subject of grief and loss so that you can help effectively.

 

There are signs that indicate when a typical amount of grief has escalated to a level that requires attention.  If these symptoms occur, help the person by taking them to their doctor, counselor, or grief support meeting:

 

  • The grief has become all-consuming.

  • Daily needs such as sleep, meals, and showers are not being met.

  • They are unable to accomplish simple tasks.

 

In addition to the rest of the difficulties, guilt is often a factor. People think things such as, “It’s not right to be having fun and laughing when my loved one is not here with me.” This is a typical reaction but loved ones should encourage them to understand that accepting that the loved one is no longer here and that going on with life is not wrong. It simply means that they have reached a point of acceptance, which is a good thing.


Health department inspections:  December 1-5

Cindy Corley, Garland Health Department |  December 8, 2014

Each week the city of Garland Health Department conducts inspections of establishments where food is served.  Inspections include day care centers, retirement homes, school cafeterias, restaurants - fast food and dine-in, convenience stores, and grocery stores.

A failing grade includes anything below 60.  Any establishment scoring less than 70 is deemed "high risk" and inspection frequency of that establishment is increased.  Establishments scoring less than 50 are subject to mandatory closure.

FACILITY NAME

STREET NUMBER

STREET NAME

ACTIVITY DATE

SCORE

7-ELEVEN #32914

6122

BROADWAY

12/5/2014

84

7-ELEVEN #39235

6418

JUPITER

12/3/2014

87

A DASH IN GROCERY

2445

GOLDFINCH

12/2/2014

93

ARBY'S ROAST BEEF

1902

NORTHWEST

12/1/2014

90

AVOCADO CALIFORNIA ROLL & SUSHI

690

BEEBALM

12/3/2014

85

BRAUM'S ICE CREAM #55

5435

BROADWAY

12/4/2014

87

CENTERVILLE LEARNING CENTER

407

CENTERVILLE

12/2/2014

80

COUCH ELEMENTARY

4349

WATERHOUSE

12/2/2014

97

DOAN RESTAURANT

3530

WALNUT

12/1/2014

55

DONUT PALACE

6024

BROADWAY

12/4/2014

73

DUC HUONG GIO CHA

3347

WALNUT

12/2/2014

73

EAST WEST GENERAL STORE

6541

DUCK CREEK

12/1/2014

74

EL RANCHERO RESTAURANT

2515

FOREST

12/3/2014

63

FIREWHEEL MONTESSORI ACADEMY

1951

PLEASANT VALLEY

12/5/2014

95

FIRST CHINESE BBQ

3465

WALNUT

12/3/2014

75

GARLAND FISH CITY GRILL, L.P.

445

CONEFLOWER

12/3/2014

80

GARLAND HIGH SCHOOL

310

GARLAND

12/4/2014

99

GARLAND NURSING & REHAB

321

SHILOH

12/5/2014

72

GOLDEN WOK

1311

MARKETPLACE

12/1/2014

69

GOOD SAMARITAN

214

TWELFTH

12/2/2014

91

HILLSIDE ACADEMY

2014

DAIRY

12/3/2014

98

HOA SU

3347

WALNUT

12/3/2014

76

HU TIEU MI VIETNAMESE

4425

WALNUT

12/3/2014

63

INDIA GARDEN

433

INTERSTATE 30

12/1/2014

74

JACK IN THE BOX #785

1001

CENTERVILLE

12/1/2014

85

K.E.A. IMPORTS FOOD

580

CASTLE GLEN

12/4/2014

92

 

 

 

 

73

LA ESPIGA DE ORO

565

OATES

12/2/2014

64

LA FOGATA TAQUERIA

1902

FIRST

12/2/2014

85

LA MICHOACANA#34

6535

DUCK CREEK

12/1/2014

72

LIGHT HOUSE ACADEMY

4222

ROSEHILL

12/4/2014

75

McCLURGES COFFEE & DELI

430

CEDAR SAGE

12/3/2014

90

MING'S KITCHEN

1929

FIRST

12/3/2014

72

OLD TOWN STORE

509

AVE D

12/4/2014

93

 

 

 

 

76

OUR PLACE @ GARLAND HIGH SCHOOL

310

GARLAND

12/4/2014

99

PANCHO'S RESTAURANT

1201

MILLER

12/1/2014

68

PAPA JOHN'S

2376

LAVON

12/1/2014

88

PATHFINDER ACHIEVEMENT CENTER

221

NINTH

12/4/2014

99

PLAZA DEL SOL

3125

FIRST

12/3/2014

66

POPEYE'S #8564

3040

BROADWAY

12/5/2014

75

PRICE ELEMENTARY

630

STROUD

12/3/2014

97

QUOC BAO BAKERY LO BANH MI

3419

WALNUT

12/4/2014

83

RICE BOWL EXPRESS

4018

BROADWAY

12/3/2014

79

SONIC DRIVE IN #4688

6202

BROADWAY

12/3/2014

85

SOUTHWEST BIZ INC.

1036

COUNTRY CLUB

12/1/2014

80

SPRING CREEK BBQ

3335

GEORGE BUSH

12/1/2014

79

SUBWAY #4740

3324

BROADWAY

12/1/2014

87

TAQUERIA "EL PRIMO"

3345

BROADWAY

12/5/2014

80

TASTY CHINA RESTAURANT

3512

WALNUT ST.

12/3/2014

71

THACH THAO

3212

JUPITER

12/1/2014

76

THE SALVATION ARMY

451

AVENUE D

12/1/2014

98

TONY'S DINER

3112

JUPITER

12/1/2014

76

TORTILLAS DEL RANCHO

220

KINGSLEY

12/3/2014

54

VIAL ELEMENTARY

126

CREEKVIEW

12/5/2014

96

VIDA LIFE NUTRITION

1430

KINGSLEY

12/3/2014

82

 


GFD offers tips for winter home preparation

 

Posted December 2, 2014

 

The Garland Fire Department suggests the checklist below for residents to be sure their homes are prepared for winter.

 

·         Our furnace has been inspected and serviced by a qualified professional during the last 12 months. (A furnace should be serviced at least once a year.)

 

·         Our chimneys and vents have been cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional.

 

·         I have checked for creosote buildup. (Not cleaning your chimney is the leading cause of chimney fires from built up creosote. This service needs to be done at least once a year.)

 

·         Our wood for our fireplace or wood stove is dry, seasoned wood.

 

·         Our fireplace screen is metal or heat-tempered glass, in good condition and secure in its position in front of the fireplace.

 

·         We have a covered metal container ready to use to dispose cooled ashes. (The ash container should be kept at least 10 feet from the home and any nearby buildings.)

 

·         Our children know to stay at least 3 feet away from the fireplace, wood/pellet stove, oil stove or other space heaters.

 

·         Our portable space heaters have an automatic shut-off.

 

·         Our portable space heaters will be plugged directly into an outlet (not an extension cord) and placed at least 3 feet from anything that can burn; like bedding, paper, walls and even people. (Place notes throughout your home to remind you to turn-off portable heaters when you leave a room or go to bed.)

 

·         We have tested our smoke alarms and made sure they are working. (You need smoke alarms on every level of the home, inside each sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. For the best protection, the smoke alarms should be interconnected so when one sounds, they all sound.)

 

·         We have tested our carbon monoxide alarms and made sure they are working.


Health department inspections:  November 24-26

Cindy Corley, Garland Health Department |  December 1, 2014

Each week the city of Garland Health Department conducts inspections of establishments where food is served.  Inspections include day care centers, retirement homes, school cafeterias, restaurants - fast food and dine-in, convenience stores, and grocery stores.

A failing grade includes anything below 60.  Any establishment scoring less than 70 is deemed "high risk" and inspection frequency of that establishment is increased.  Establishments scoring less than 50 are subject to mandatory closure.

FACILITY NAME

STREET NUMBER

STREET NAME

ACTIVITY DATE

SCORE

7 MARES OSTIONERIA

3317

WALNUT

11/24/2014

83

BURGER ISLAND

1529

BUCKINGHAM

11/24/2014

77

BURGER KING

522

PLANO

11/25/2014

81

IHOP #1404

1313

CENTERVILLE

11/24/2014

87

LITTLE CAESARS

1250

NORTHWEST

11/25/2014

85

LOS COMPADRES TACOS EXPRESS

3450

WALNUT

11/24/2014

61

MCDONALD'S

119

BUCKINGHAM

11/24/2014

97

 

3285

BROADWAY

11/24/2014

87

MIRCH MASALA

4550

BUCKINGHAM

11/25/2014

61

MY CANH

4535

WALNUT

11/25/2014

59

RALPH'S CHEVRON

1401

BELTLINE

11/24/2014

90

STOP N SAK

530

NICKENS

11/24/2014

92

UBC ACADEMY

916

JUPITER

11/24/2014

83

WAFFLE HOUSE #1637

3109

JUPITER

11/25/2014

85

WHATABURGER

725

CENTERVILLE

11/25/2014

68

WHIP IN #109

3405

BROADWAY

11/26/2014

93

 


GFD provides holiday safety tips

 

Posted December 1, 2014

 

The holiday season is a time for families and friends to get together. But that also means a greater risk for fire. The Garland Fire Department has provided the following tips from the International Association of Firefighters to ensure a happy and fire-safe holiday season.

 

Christmas tree safety:

 

·         Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.

 

·         Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2” from the base of the trunk.

 

·         Make sure the tree is at least 3 feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.

 

·         Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.

 

·         Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.

 

·         Use lights that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.

 

·         Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.

 

·         Connect no more than three strands of mini string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs.

 

·         Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of LED strands to connect.

 

·         Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.

 

·         Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed

 

One of every three home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical failures. Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. A heat source too close to the tree causes roughly one in every six of the fires. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly.

 

Get rid of the tree after Christmas or when it is dry. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage or placed outside against the home. Check with your local community to find a recycling program. Also bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.

 

Decorating safety:

 

·         Do not place holiday decorations too close to a heat source.

 

·         Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.

 

·         Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.

 

·         Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.

 

·         Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini light sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of LED strands to connect.

 

·         Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.

 

·         Keep decorations away from windows and doors.

 

Home safety:

 

·         Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan.

 

·         Keep children and pets away from lit candles.

 

·         Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet.

 

·         Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.

 

·         Blow out lit candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Two of every five home decoration fires are started by candles.

 

·         Turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving home or going to bed.


Winter health tips for adults

City of Garland | November 28, 2014

Each year in the United States, about 1 million people are hospitalized with pneumonia, and about 50,000 people die from the disease. Most hospitalizations and deaths from pneumonia in the U.S. are in adults rather than in young children. Symptoms of pneumococcal pneumonia can be severe, and some, like cough and fatigue, can last from weeks to months.

Adults 50 years and older can help prevent pneumococcal pneumonia by receiving vaccinations PCV13 and PPSV23.

• PCV13 (Prevnar) is approved for adults 50 years and older for the prevention of pneumococcal pneumonia, an invasive disease caused by 13 Streptococcus pneumonia strains. It has been used in children younger than 5 since 2010.
 
• PPSV23 (Pneumovax) protects against 23 types of pneumococcal bacteria and has been in use since 1983.

Older adults at risk for pneumococcal infection should receive a dose of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) first, followed by a dose of the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23) six to 12 months later. If you have already received a dose of PPSV23, you should receive a dose of PCV13 at least one year after receipt of the most recent PPSV23 dose.

Younger people with conditions such as functional or anatomic asplenia, immunocompromising conditions, or those with CSF leaks or cochlear implants, should also ask their healthcare provider if they need a pneumonia vaccination.

Garland’s Public Health Clinic, at 206 Carver Drive, has vaccines for adults and children, including the high dose flu vaccine for age 65 and older and both pneumococcal vaccines. Registered nurses are available to answer questions or administer vaccination. For more information, call 972-205-3370 or visit the
Public Health webpage.


Health department inspections:  November 17-21

Cindy Corley, Garland Health Department |  November 24, 2014

Each week the city of Garland Health Department conducts inspections of establishments where food is served.  Inspections include day care centers, retirement homes, school cafeterias, restaurants - fast food and dine-in, convenience stores, and grocery stores.

A failing grade includes anything below 60.  Any establishment scoring less than 70 is deemed "high risk" and inspection frequency of that establishment is increased.  Establishments scoring less than 50 are subject to mandatory closure.

FACILITY NAME

STREET NUMBER

STREET NAME

ACTIVITY DATE

SCORE

ALPHA CHARTER SCHOOLS

1213

AVENUE A

11/18/2014

97

ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION CENTER

2015

COUNTRY CLUB

11/20/2014

99

ART BAKERY

3112

JUPITER

11/21/2014

92

AUNTIE ANNE'S

295

CEDAR SAGE

11/17/2014

93

BANH MI #1

3212

JUPITER

11/18/2014

67

BRANDENBURG MIDDLE SCHOOL

626

NICKENS

11/18/2014

95

BROADWAY TOBACCO BEER & WINE

5335

BROADWAY

11/20/2014

95

BUSSEY MIDDLE SCHOOL

1204

TRAVIS

11/17/2014

98

CARVER ELEMENTARY

2800

WYNN JOYCE

11/17/2014

98

CHAN'S II CHINESE RESTAURANT

6318

BROADWAY

11/19/2014

57

COOPER ELEMENTARY

1200

KINGSBRIDGE

11/20/2014

99

CORNER FOOD MART

4460

WALNUT

11/20/2014

91

 

 

 

 

67

DALLAS SUPERSTORE, INC

3212

JUPITER

11/20/2014

72

 

 

 

 

71

DAUGHERTY ELEMENTARY

500

MILLER

11/20/2014

99

DONG QUE

3555

WALNUT

11/19/2014

71

DONUT PALACE

3350

BROADWAY

11/21/2014

89

FREEMAN ELEMENTARY

1220

WALNUT

11/19/2014

98

GARLAND GRILL

3421

KINGSLEY

11/17/2014

69

GARLAND I.S.D. WAREHOUSE

701

FIRST

11/18/2014

98

GARLAND ISD - BACKUP FREEZER

410

STADIUM

11/18/2014

99

GOAL FOOD MARKET- CONV. STORE

717

FIFTH

11/17/2014

95

GOAL FOOD MARKET-DELI

717

FIFTH

11/17/2014

83

GOLDEN MEADOW ELEMENTARY

1726

TRAVIS

11/18/2014

93

J & B CONVENIENCE

2418

JUPITER

11/19/2014

92

 

 

 

 

74

JAIMES DONUTS

6850

SHILOH

11/17/2014

90

JONATHAN'S PLACE

6035

DUCK CREEK

11/20/2014

94

 

6055

DUCK CREEK

11/20/2014

99

 

6075

DUCK CREEK

11/20/2014

86

KIDS CENTRAL

2319

GUTHRIE

11/18/2014

97

LA FRANCAISE FRENCH BAKERY

201

GOLD

11/20/2014

72

LA PALOMA RESTAURANT

3545

WALNUT

11/18/2014

61

LA REAL MICHOACANA #5

1101

NORTHWEST

11/19/2014

93

LITTLE CAESAR'S

6018

BROADWAY

11/17/2014

87

MINI-MART

1106

ROWLETT

11/19/2014

91

MORNING DONUTS

3443

CAMPBELL

11/18/2014

90

O'BANION MIDDLE SCHOOL

700

BIRCHWOOD

11/20/2014

94

OKAY GROCERY

2433

PARKCREST

11/17/2014

89

PETE'S

695

TOWN SQUARE BLVD

11/17/2014

73

PIZZA HUT T1489

5301

GARLAND

11/20/2014

86

POPEYE'S CHICKEN & BISCUITS

1436

BELTLINE

11/19/2014

84

POTBELLY SANDWICH WORKS

4430

LAVON

11/17/2014

83

RACETRAC #582

2602

LAVON

11/18/2014

89

REGALO DE VIDA Y SALUD

3419

WALNUT

11/21/2014

98

SALUD ES RIQUEZA

2915

BELTLINE

11/21/2014

99

SOUTHWEST FARMERS MARKET

4460

WALNUT

11/17/2014

76

 

 

 

 

75

 

 

 

 

71

STARBUCKS

5301

GARLAND

11/20/2014

93

STARBUCK'S #2578

2535

FIREWHEEL

11/17/2014

91

SUBWAY

3035

SHILOH

11/19/2014

95

TRAK 10

3420

WALNUT

11/19/2014

95

 

 

 

 

57

WENDY'S

3232

LAVON

11/18/2014

88

Y SATURN CONVENIENCE STORE

5013

SATURN

11/17/2014

89

 


November: American Diabetes Month

 

Kim Everett | November 20, 2014

 

November is American Diabetes Month and a good time to learn more about this widespread disease. Estimates predict that one-third of American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless steps are taken to stop the disease now.

 

Other frightening facts about diabetes include:

·         Nearly 30 million children and adults in the U.S. have the disease.

 

·         An additional 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

 

·         Individuals with the disease are almost twice as likely to be hospitalized for a heart attack or stroke.

 

·         Diabetes causes nearly 50 percent of kidney failure cases.

 

·         More than half of all amputations in adults occur in people with the disease.

 

·         More than 500,000 American adults have advanced diabetic retinopathy, which increases the risk for severe vision loss.

 

·         Approximately 60-70 percent of people with diabetes have some degree of nerve damage that could cause pain in the feet or hands, slowed digestion, sexual dysfunction and other nerve problems.

Some people with type 2 diabetes have symptoms so mild that they go unnoticed and often remain undiagnosed until the condition worsens. Common symptoms include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Feeling hungry - even though you are eating
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Slow healing of cuts/bruises
  • Weight loss
  • Tingling, pain or numbness in hands/feet (type 2)

Anyone experiencing these symptoms should see their primary care physician right away.

About the disease:

Type 1 diabetes, previously called insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or juvenile-onset diabetes, usually occurs in the mid-teens, but can happen at any age. It develops when the beta cells that produce the hormone insulin in the pancreas are destroyed. This destruction is initiated by the body's immune system and limits or eliminates the production and secretion of insulin, the hormone required to lower blood glucose levels. To survive, people who have this type of diabetes must have insulin by injection or a pump. Adults make up approximately 5 percent of type 1 diabetes cases. There is no known way to prevent this type of the disease.

Type 2 diabetes, previously called non–insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or adult-onset diabetes, usually occurs at a later age than type 1 diabetes. In adults, this type accounts for about 90 percent to 95 percent of all diagnosed cases. Type 2 diabetes usually begins with insulin resistance, a condition in which the cells primarily within the muscles, liver, and fat tissue do not use insulin properly. As the need for insulin rises, the beta cells in the pancreas lose the ability to produce sufficient quantities of the hormone. The role of insulin resistance as opposed to beta cell dysfunction differs -- with some individuals having primarily insulin resistance and only a minor defect in insulin secretion, and others with slight insulin resistance and primarily a lack of insulin secretion.

Factors that play a part in the risk for developing type 2 diabetes include: Older age; obesity; family history of diabetes; history of gestational diabetes; impaired glucose metabolism; physical inactivity; and race/ethnicity. African- Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians, some Asians, and Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders are at particularly high risk.

Gestational diabetes is usually diagnosed during the second or third trimester of pregnancy. During pregnancy, increasing blood glucose levels increase the risk for both mother and fetus and require treatment to reduce problems. Treatment may include diet, regular physical activity or insulin. After pregnancy, 5 percent to 10 percent of women who experienced gestational diabetes will continue to have high blood glucose levels. Risk factors are similar to those for type 2 diabetes.

Sources:  www.cdc.gov and www.diabetes.org.


Health department inspections:  November 10-14

Cindy Corley, Garland Health Department |  November 18, 2014

Each week the city of Garland Health Department conducts inspections of establishments where food is served.  Inspections include day care centers, retirement homes, school cafeterias, restaurants - fast food and dine-in, convenience stores, and grocery stores.

A failing grade includes anything below 60.  Any establishment scoring less than 70 is deemed "high risk" and inspection frequency of that establishment is increased.  Establishments scoring less than 50 are subject to mandatory closure.

FACILITY NAME

STREET NUMBER

STREET NAME

ACTIVITY DATE

SCORE

ADVANCED HEALTHCARE SOLUTIONS

505

CENTERVILLE

11/10/2014

89

ASAP AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES PROGRAM

565

OATES

11/14/2014

83

BALSAS MEXICAN RESTAURANT

421

JUPITER

11/13/2014

63

BURGER BURGER

6850

SHILOH

11/12/2014

90

CALDWELL ELEMENTARY

3400

SATURN

11/11/2014

90

CARL'S JR

550

I-30

11/13/2014

76

CARNICERIA Y TAQUERIA LA PRIMERA

119

KINGSLEY

11/12/2014

68

CENTERVILLE BEER & WINE

961

CENTERVILLE

11/10/2014

94

CHURCH'S CHICKEN

2520

WALNUT

11/12/2014

88

CISNEROS PRE-K

2826

FIFTH

11/13/2014

98

CORNER STOP

775

BUCKINGHAM

11/13/2014

97

 

 

 

 

71

COUNTRY CLUB ACTIVE LEARNING

1601

COUNTRY CLUB

11/11/2014

97

CRISTINA'S FINE MEXICAN RESTAURANT

4170

LAVON

11/13/2014

88

CURTIS CULWELL CENTER

4999

NAAMAN FOREST

11/11/2014

99

 

 

 

 

98

 

 

 

 

97

 

 

 

 

93

 

 

 

 

90

C'VILLE BEER & WINE

127

CENTERVILLE

11/12/2014

78

DAVIS ELEMENTARY

1621

MCCALLUM

11/10/2014

94

DENNY'S RESTAURANT

457

INTERST. 30

11/11/2014

80

DUNKIN ACADEMY

720

SHILOH

11/11/2014

72

EL POLLO REGIO

1440

WALNUT

11/12/2014

72

ERNESTO'S MEXICAN RESTAURANT

1202

NORTHWEST

11/12/2014

87

ETHRIDGE ELEMENTARY

2301

SAM HOUSTON

11/11/2014

94

FIESTA MART

2940

FIRST

11/12/2014

61

FOOD MART ONE

2430

WALNUT

11/11/2014

88

FRIENDSHIP HOUSE-1ST BAPTIST CHURCH

620

AVENUE B

11/12/2014

84

HOLIDAY INN

5110

GEORGE BUSH

11/13/2014

81

HOMEBOY'S SHELL

450

INTERST. 30

11/10/2014

87

I HEART YOGURT

305

CONEFLOWER

11/11/2014

95

IBEX WHOLESALE

2214

JUPITER

11/13/2014

84

IRON WOK EXPRESS

3235

GARLAND

11/13/2014

72

JFE PARTNERSHIP K557

6850

SHILOH

11/14/2014

90

KIMBERLIN ACADEMY

1320

CUMBERLAND

11/10/2014

97

KROGER FOOD STORE #557

6850

SHILOH

11/14/2014

89

 

 

 

 

85

 

 

 

 

80

 

 

 

 

77

LA MICHOACANA

2406

WALNUT

11/12/2014

78

 

 

 

 

73

MAY CHINA CAFE

525

OATES

11/12/2014

78

MEMORIAL PREP SCHOOL

2825

FIRST

11/13/2014

89

MONTCLAIR ELEMENTARY

5200

BROADMOOR

11/13/2014

96

MRS. BAIRD'S BAKERY OUTLET

939

CENTERVILLE

11/11/2014

97

ONE STOP FOOD STORE

3805

WALNUT

11/14/2014

93

 

 

 

 

55

PANDA-JR CHINESE RESTAURANT

834

BELTLINE

11/14/2014

78

PAW PAW'S CAFE

823

MAIN

11/10/2014

81

PHO CA DAO NOODLE & GRILL

4545

WALNUT

11/12/2014

63

PHUONG NAM RESTAURANT

4413

WALNUT

11/10/2014

51

QUALITY BASED LEARNING CENTER, L.L.C.

1430

NORTHWEST

11/10/2014

81

QUOC HUONG RESTAURANT

3112

JUPITER

11/11/2014

54

RANCHO LA SANDIA

999

CENTERVILLE

11/11/2014

84

RAZZOO'S CAJUN CAFE

310

CONEFLOWER

11/11/2014

77

SELLERS MIDDLE SCHOOL

1009

MARS

11/13/2014

98

SONIC DRIVE- IN

3901

FOREST

11/10/2014

68

STOP N BUY & THRIFT FOOD MART

1608

FIFTH

11/14/2014

88

SUBWAY

109

FIRST

11/12/2014

92

 

450

INTERST. 30

11/10/2014

73

 

5255

GEORGE BUSH

11/12/2014

90

 

5970

BROADWAY

11/10/2014

79

TACO BELL

5322

GARLAND

11/12/2014

92

TACO BELL #27867

1050

NORTHWEST

11/12/2014

93

TAQUERIA MORELOS

2430

WALNUT

11/11/2014

73

THRIFT FOOD MART TAQUERIA

1608

FIFTH

11/14/2014

70

TOM THUMB #2561

925

NORTHWEST

11/11/2014

94

 

 

 

 

80

 

 

 

 

75

VIET TOFU

3555

WALNUT

11/13/2014

73

WATSON TECHNOLOGY MATH & SCIENCE

2601

DAIRY

11/14/2014

85

WENDY'S

5235

GARLAND

11/12/2014

89

WHATABURGER #762

2545

FIREWHEEL

11/13/2014

88

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


NFPA offers Thanksgiving safety tips

 

Posted November 14, 2014

 

Thanksgiving is approaching quickly so the National Fire Prevention Association has offered the following safety tips for inside cooking as well as turkey frying:

 

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.

  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.

  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.

  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from hot beverages or food being cooked could cause serious burns.

  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.

  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.

  • Be sure electric cords from any appliance are not dangling off counter within reach of a child.

  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.

  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit a candle.

  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

 

NFPA discourages the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that immerse the turkey in hot oil.

 

These turkey fryers use a substantial quantity of cooking oil at high temperatures, and units currently available for home use pose a significant danger that hot oil will be released at some point during the cooking process. The use of turkey fryers by consumers can lead to devastating burns, other injuries and the destruction of property.

 

Those who prefer fried turkey should seek out establishments such as grocery stores, specialty food retailers, and restaurants for the preparation of the dish or consider a new type of "oil-less" turkey fryer."

 

  • Hot oil may splash or spill at any point during the cooking process, when the fryer is jarred or tipped over, the turkey is placed in the fryer or removed, or the turkey is moved from the fryer to the table. Any contact between hot oil and skin could result in serious injury. Any contact between hot oil and nonmetallic materials could lead to serious damage.

  • A major spill of hot oil can occur with fryers designed for outdoor use and using a stand as these units are particularly vulnerable to upset or collapse, followed by a major spill of hot oil. Newer countertop units using a solid base appear to reduce this particular risk. NFPA does not believe that consumer education alone can make the risks of either type of fryer acceptably low because of large quantities of hot oil involved and speed and severity of burn likely to occur with contact.

  • In deep frying, oil is heated to temperatures of 350 degrees Fahrenheit or more. Cooking oil is combustible, and if it is heated beyond its cooking temperature, its vapors can ignite. This is a fire danger separate from the burn danger inherent in the hot oil. Overheating can occur if temperature controls, which are designed to shut off the fryer if the oil overheats, are defective, or if the appliance has no temperature controls.

  • Propane-fired turkey fryers are designed for outdoor use, particularly for Thanksgiving, by which time both rain and snow are common in many areas. If rain or snow strikes exposed hot cooking oil, the result can be a splattering of the hot oil or a conversion of the rain or snow to steam, and both can lead to burns. The frozen turkey may splatter hot oil, which could cause a serious injury.

  • The approximately 5 gallons of oil in fryers create an additional level of hazard to deep fryer cooking as does the size and weight of turkey, which must be safely lowered into and raised out of the hot oil. Many turkeys are purchased frozen and may not be fully thawed when cooking begins. As with a rainy day, a defrosting turkey creates risk of contact between hot cooking oil.

  • There is a new outdoor turkey cooking appliance that does not use oil. NFPA believes these should be considered as an alternative. NFPA understands that this appliance will be listed by a recognized testing laboratory.


Health department inspections:  November 3-7

Cindy Corley, Garland Health Department |  November 11, 2014

Each week the city of Garland Health Department conducts inspections of establishments where food is served.  Inspections include day care centers, retirement homes, school cafeterias, restaurants - fast food and dine-in, convenience stores, and grocery stores.

A failing grade includes anything below 60.  Any establishment scoring less than 70 is deemed "high risk" and inspection frequency of that establishment is increased.  Establishments scoring less than 50 are subject to mandatory closure.

FACILITY NAME

STREET NUMBER

STREET NAME

ACTIVITY DATE

SCORE

7-ELEVEN #35391

5401

GEORGE BUSH

11/6/2014

87

7-ELEVEN CONVENIENCE STORE #35761

1426

BELTLINE

11/7/2014

94

BEAVER ELEMENTARY

3232

MARCH

11/7/2014

91

BOBA HEAVEN

3112

JUPITER

11/3/2014

81

BURGERLAND

3035

SHILOH

11/5/2014

85

CABRINY'S PIZZA BUFFET

3460

WALNUT

11/6/2014

58

CHICK-FIL-A

5425

GEORGE BUSH

11/6/2014

86

CHINA CAFE

906

INTERSTATE 30

11/4/2014

81

CHUCK E. CHEESE

4992

GEORGE BUSH

11/6/2014

83

DE NHAT KHO BO

3212

JUPITER

11/7/2014

95

EL SABROSO TAQUERIA

3701

WALNUT

11/4/2014

77

FIRST BAPTIST CHILD DEV CENT

801

AVENUE D

11/7/2014

91

FRUTILANDIA/WATER INC.

1402

NORTHWEST

11/4/2014

79

GAURI BHIMANI DELI

1935

JUPITER

11/4/2014

80

GENERATOR COFFEE HOUSE, BAKERY

107

SIXTH

11/7/2014

87

GOOD SHEPHERD CATHOLIC SCHOOL

214

GARLAND

11/3/2014

94

HYATT PLACE - GARLAND

5101

GEORGE BUSH

11/4/2014

82

JACKSON MIDDLE SCHOOL

1310

BOBBIE

11/3/2014

97

JUDY'S CAFE

3443

CAMPBELL

11/6/2014

75

KFC

5836

BROADWAY

11/4/2014

79

LA FITNESS JUICE BAR

1201

CENTERVILLE

11/3/2014

88

LA XANH

3575

WALNUT

11/5/2014

51

LAKEVIEW HIGH SCHOOL

3505

HAYMAN

11/3/2014

90

MARLEN TAQUERIA Y PUPUSERIA

1901

JUPITER

11/3/2014

68

MAU PHUOC DUONG

3212

JUPITER

11/7/2014

86

MCDONALD'S

5302

GARLAND

11/6/2014

72

MINUTE MART

3626

SATURN

11/4/2014

88

NORTH GARLAND HIGH SCHOOL

2109

BUCKINGHAM

11/4/2014

90

 

 

 

 

74

ON THE BORDER MEX. GRILL/CANT.

4970

GEORGE BUSH

11/6/2014

78

SBT LAO THAI FOOD TO GO

2020

BUCKINGHAM

11/4/2014

75

SILVER CREEK ASSISTED LIVING

1246

COLONEL

11/7/2014

79

SPEEDEE WAY

1931

JUPITER

11/7/2014

91

STARBUCKS #6379

2645

ARAPAHO

11/3/2014

94

STOP IN FOOD STORE

1702

FOREST

11/6/2014

90

TACO BUENO #3059

5724

BROADWAY

11/6/2014

71

WHATABURGER

4500

BASS PRO

11/3/2014

75

WINGSTOP

2334

BUCKINGHAM

11/3/2014

76

 


Bicycle safety on roads, trails

George Arroyo | November 8, 2014

Not only do cyclists have to be concerned for their safety when they are sharing the road with others, they also have to be concerned when they ride bike trails too. Here are several important suggestions for those who ride and others who have to share the road with cyclists.

 

·         BE OBSERVANT:  Certain bike trails can become sidewalks which are distinctly marked by a yellow stripe in some locations. These bike lanes can pass driveways and other areas of vehicle access. So, drivers backing out should be aware that due to windshield glare or blind spots, the cyclists may not be seen. In similar circumstances, cyclists should be able to yield if necessary by maintaining a safe speed through such neighborhood areas.

 

·         OBEY LAWS:  Cars and cyclists have to obey the same laws; especially STOP signs and RED lights! A rider in Houston approached a traffic light of a busy intersection and the light was red. The rider ignored it and went through the red light. A nearby police officer witnessed the event and drove up to him. He told him, “Just because you ride a bicycle does not mean that you have a right to run a red light.” Be mindful that the price for violating such simple laws can be very costly if a citation is issued.

 

·         BE CONSIDERATE:  If walking with or without your dog or jogging on a trail, be considerate and mindful of sharing with others, especially cyclists, and it could prevent a serious incident. Many cyclists can be averaging between 10-20 miles per hour which is fast enough to cause serious physical injuries.  If listening to music, maintain an appropriate level of volume to adequately hear an approaching walker or rider.  Loud music can be a major distraction from hearing those who are coming from behind.

 

·         BE CAUTIOUS:  Texas is becoming more bike friendly especially within urban areas. There are bike trails for riders to enjoy the surrounding nature while staying in shape. Part of experiencing the beauty of God’s creation, is also being cautious of man-made obstacles along the bike trails. For example, some low limbs, curbs, wildlife, and sharp curves will force a slowdown in order to avoid or navigate them safely. Falling hard off a bicycle onto the concrete or asphalt will be very painful and can cause serious physical injuries.

 

·         BE SAFE:  Finally, a co-worker reminded me that he wished more cyclists would wear helmets, brighter colors for clothing, and several specially located reflectors. Blinking red lights for the back and front head lights that constantly flash are necessary equipment for riding at dusk or night. Regarding the importance of wearing helmets, several years ago a mayor of a large city had a head-related injury because she was not wearing a helmet. Her conclusion now to all riders—wear a helmet!  Wearing bright colors like a yellow fluorescent bicycle jersey also serves as a safety measure because it is easily noticed by others.

 

·         ENJOY THE PRIVILEGE:  Keep on cycling and Happy Thanksgiving! 


Health department inspections:  October 27-31

Cindy Corley, Garland Health Department |  November 4, 2014

Each week the city of Garland Health Department conducts inspections of establishments where food is served.  Inspections include day care centers, retirement homes, school cafeterias, restaurants - fast food and dine-in, convenience stores, and grocery stores.

A failing grade includes anything below 60.  Any establishment scoring less than 70 is deemed "high risk" and inspection frequency of that establishment is increased.  Establishments scoring less than 50 are subject to mandatory closure.

FACILITY NAME

STREET NUMBER

STREET NAME

ACTIVITY DATE

SCORE

BENNY'S MART

5249

BROADWAY

10/29/2014

54

BIG SPRINGS ELEMENTARY

3301

CAMPBELL

10/28/2014

94

BURGER ISLAND

1250

NORTHWEST

10/29/2014

79

BURGER STREET

2935

GARLAND

10/27/2014

88

CHARLEY'S PHILLY STEAKS

635

TOWN SQUARE

10/27/2014

94

DAIRY WAY #3

1810

KINGSLEY

10/27/2014

91

 

 

 

 

87

DOLLAR TREE #5210

1202

CENTERVILLE

10/31/2014

89

EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS

4430

LAVON

10/28/2014

99

EGG ROLL CITY

1721

BELTLINE

10/28/2014

93

EL RIO GRANDE #4

901

MILLER

10/28/2014

67

 

 

 

 

66

EL RIO GRANDE SUPERMARKET

3460

WALNUT

10/29/2014

80

 

 

 

 

70

FIREWHEEL COFFEE

3003

GEORGE BUSH TPK.

10/28/2014

93

FRANK'S FOOD MART

535

PLANO

10/31/2014

87

GLORIA'S INDIAN KITCHEN

1546

ROWLETT

10/29/2014

85

 

 

 

 

67

HAPPY DAYS SCHOOL

1201

MAIN

10/27/2014

89

HIGH PETROLENIM IN GATEWAY 13

2002

STATE HWY. 66

10/27/2014

94

HIGH PETROLENIM IN GTWY. 13 - DELI

2002

STATE HWY. 66

10/27/2014

84

J DONUTS

5501

BROADWAY

10/29/2014

87

LAREDO CHIEF

2621

INDUSTRIAL

10/27/2014

73

LISTER ELEMENTARY

3131

MARS

10/27/2014

98

MARSHALL'S BBQ

510

WALNUT CIRCLE

10/31/2014

88

MEKONG MARKET

1609

BUCKINGHAM

10/27/2014

83

MI SARAPE

1560

FIRST

10/27/2014

77

MI TIENDITA DM

307

CENTERVILLE

10/31/2014

95

NAAMAN FOREST HIGH SCHOOL

4346

NAAMAN SCHOOL

10/29/2014

95

NATURALLY FIT

1918

FIRST

10/27/2014

89

PEI WEI ASIAN DINER

4170

LAVON

10/29/2014

67

PEPPERS TACO INC.

1818

NORTHWEST

10/27/2014

79

SHAN NAMKEEN INC.

2731

NATIONAL

10/29/2014

86

SHUGART ELEMENTARY

4726

ROSEHILL

10/27/2014

95

SMOOTHIE KING #995

5129

GARLAND

10/29/2014

96

SONIC

625

TOWN SQUARE

10/27/2014

82

SOUTH GARLAND HIGH SCHOOL

600

COLONEL

10/28/2014

98

 

 

 

 

93

TACO CASA

6118

BROADWAY

10/27/2014

82

THE ATRIUM @ PATTY GRANVILLE

300

FIFTH

10/27/2014

94

WHATABURGER #400

1506

BUCKINGHAM

10/27/2014

82

YOGURTLAND

4170

LAVON

10/29/2014

82

 


GFD heating equipment safety tips

 

Posted October 29, 2014

 

As the temperature outside drops, Garland families take to the indoors to keep safe and warm. What they may not realize is that turning up the heat can increase the risk of home heating fires.

 

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), half of all home-heating fires occur during the winter months. On average, NFPA research shows that heating equipment is involved in more than 62,550 reported U.S. home structure fires per year, with associated loss of more than 516 civilian deaths, more than 1,595 civilian injuries and roughly $924 million in direct property damage per year.

 

“While these numbers are frightening, nearly all of these fires are preventable,” said Kristi Shepherd, Public Educator. “We can reduce the number of home heating fires in our community be taking some simple precautions and using heating equipment properly.”

 

NFPA and Garland recommend some simple home heating safety tips, so residents can help keep our community safe and warm this winter.

 

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home so that when one sounds, they all sound. Test smoke alarms at least once a month.
  • Be sure your home has both photoelectric and ionization smoke alarms or combination ionization and photoelectric alarms, also known as dual sensor smoke alarms.
  • Practice your home fire escape drill.
  • Have your chimney inspected each year by a qualified professional and cleaned if necessary.
  • Use a sturdy fireplace screen.
  • Allow ashes to cool before disposing. Dispose of ashes in a metal container.
  • Space heaters need space. Keep all things that can burn, such as paper, bedding or furniture, at least 3 feet away from heating equipment.
  • Turn portable heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.
  • Plug power cords only into outlets with sufficient capacity and never into an extension cord.
  • Inspect for cracked or broken plugs or loose connections. Replace before using.
  • Install and maintain a carbon monoxide alarm in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.
  • Never use an oven to heat your home.

For fuel assistance, contact the National Energy Assistance Referral Line at 866-674-6327 or visit www.energynear.org.


Firefighters give lifesaving Halloween tips

 

Posted October 29, 2014

 

By making small adjustments to Halloween costume and decoration choices, danger and risk to public safety is easily decreased.

 

“It is important for people to take basic precautions to make sure they have nothing other than a fun-filled Halloween,” David Riggs of IAFF Local 1293 said.

 

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, the United States sees an overall increase in fires on Halloween caused by open flames, and the arson fire rate is 10 percent higher than on any other day with 15,500 fires and $92 million in property loss per year.

To ensure a safe and happy Halloween, IAFF Local 1293 offers the following tips:

 

·      Cross streets at the intersection and look both ways before crossing.

·      Use battery operated lights, not candles, to decorate walkways. Always keep candles, matches and lighters in a place that children cannot reach. This will make it much safer for trick-or-treaters and decrease the chance of an open flame fire.

·      Keep children, costumes and decorations away from open flames and heat sources. Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable.

·      Check lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires or loose connections. Make sure they are certified by a recognized organization like the Underwriters’ Laboratory, Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or the Underwriters’ Laboratory of Canada (ULC). Do not overload extension cords. Indoor and outdoor decorative lights can be fire hazards.

·      Choose costumes that are flame resistant, comfortable, and easy to walk in and see.

·      Pick bright costumes that can be clearly seen by motorists. Add reflective tape to the costume to increase visibility.

 

Call 9-1-1 for the help of your local firefighters in the case of a fire or emergency.

 

Garland Fire Fighters Association Local 1293 wishes you a happy and safe Halloween.


Health department inspections:  October 20-24

Cindy Corley, Garland Health Department |  October 27, 2014

Each week the city of Garland Health Department conducts inspections of establishments where food is served.  Inspections include day care centers, retirement homes, school cafeterias, restaurants - fast food and dine-in, convenience stores, and grocery stores.

A failing grade includes anything below 60.  Any establishment scoring less than 70 is deemed "high risk" and inspection frequency of that establishment is increased.  Establishments scoring less than 50 are subject to mandatory closure.

FACILITY NAME

STREET NUMBER

STREET NAME

ACTIVITY DATE

SCORE

1 STAR BEVERAGE

510

PLANO

10/20/2014

92

5TH STREET MARKET

331

FIFTH

10/24/2014

98

7 CAFE

4609

WALNUT

10/21/2014

60

7-ELEVEN CONVENIENCE STORE #36386H

3310

LAVON

10/22/2014

98

7-ELEVEN CONVENIENCE STORE #39444J

501

I-30

10/24/2014

76

7-ELEVEN STORE #35393

2510

BELTLINE

10/21/2014

80

A & M FOOD STORE

314

BARNES

10/20/2014

90

ABBETT ELEMENTARY

730

MUIRFIELD

10/23/2014

98

BARNES & NOBLE BOOKSELLERS #2222

190

CEDAR SAGE

10/22/2014

98

BIRRIERIA AGUINAGA

105

MAIN S

10/22/2014

61

BRAUM'S ICE CREAM #62

2802

LAVON

10/23/2014

88

BUCKINGHAM BEER & WINE

1529

BUCKINGHAM

10/21/2014

92

CANDY WORLD

460

CEDAR SAGE

10/20/2014

96

CLUB HILL ELEMENTARY

1330

COLONEL

10/21/2014

97

CORNER FOOD MART

2431

WALNUT

10/20/2014

90

FURR'S FRESH BUFFET

1540

EASTGATE

10/20/2014

81

FUZZY'S TACO SHOP

5125

GEORGE BUSH

10/22/2014

75

G & G FOOD MART

1432

BUCKINGHAM

10/21/2014

81

HANDLEY ELEMENTARY

3725

BROADWAY

10/22/2014

95

HARMONY SCIENCE ACADEMY- GARLAND

2302

FIREWHEEL

10/22/2014

95

HEATHER GLEN ELEMENTARY

5119

HEATHER GLEN

10/20/2014

90

HIEP THAI FOOD STORE

3347

WALNUT

10/22/2014

66

HOLLY HILL DAY SCHOOL

2418

COLLEGE

10/21/2014

89

IBOBA

3212

JUPITER

10/20/2014

83

IL TEXAS CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL

4413

SHILOH

10/21/2014

90

INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP OF TEXAS

3301

SHILOH

10/21/2014

88

LEE'S SANDWICHES

3212

JUPITER

10/20/2014

83

LUNA ELEMENTARY

1050

LOCHNESS

10/20/2014

98

LYLES MIDDLE SCHOOL

4655

COUNTRY CLUB

10/21/2014

98

M.T.A. SHAVED ICE

617

JUPITER

10/21/2014

82

MFE

3347

WALNUT

10/22/2014

75

MILLER MART

1506

MILLER

10/22/2014

67

MOE'S SOUTHWEST GRILL

5949

BROADWAY

10/22/2014

94

PARKCREST ELEMENTARY

2232

PARKCREST

10/20/2014

89

PEARL C ANDERSON CHILDCARE GROUP

625

AVENUE B

10/22/2014

90

QUIKTRIP #938

131

LAVON

10/21/2014

88

RED CRAB

3420

BROADWAY

10/22/2014

61

ROACH ELEMENTARY

1811

MAYFIELD

10/21/2014

99

SAM HOUSTON MIDDLE SCHOOL

2232

SUSSEX

10/22/2014

95

SHOWPLACE CAFE

1950

MARKETPLACE

10/21/2014

87

SOUTHGATE ELEMENTARY

1115

MAYFIELD

10/21/2014

99

STAR FULL SERVICE CAR WASH

1355

BELTLINE

10/20/2014

92

STERLING EARLY LEARNING CENTER

2885

BELTLINE

10/22/2014

79

SUBWAY

3243

FOREST

10/20/2014

89

TACO BELL #1636

5709

BROADWAY

10/20/2014

69

TANGO BAKERY & CAFE

4436

WALNUT

10/20/2014

72

TAQUERIA TOCUMBO

2431

WALNUT

10/20/2014

72

THE CORNER

2434

BELTLINE

10/21/2014

94

TOLER ELEMENTARY

3520

GUTHRIE

10/20/2014

94

TOYS R US/BABIES R US

320

WINECUP

10/20/2014

97

WEAVER ELEMENTARY

805

PLEASANT VALLEY

10/24/2014

97

WILLIAMS ELEMENTARY

1821

OLD GATE

10/20/2014

99

YOBERRY SHOP

5509

BROADWAY

10/20/2014

93

 


Health department inspections:  October 13-17

Cindy Corley, Garland Health Department |  October 20, 2014

Each week the city of Garland Health Department conducts inspections of establishments where food is served.  Inspections include day care centers, retirement homes, school cafeterias, restaurants - fast food and dine-in, convenience stores, and grocery stores.

A failing grade includes anything below 60.  Any establishment scoring less than 70 is deemed "high risk" and inspection frequency of that establishment is increased.  Establishments scoring less than 50 are subject to mandatory closure.

FACILITY NAME

STREET NUMBER

STREET
NAME

ACTIVITY DATE

SCORE

7-ELEVEN CONVENIENCE STORE #35398A

2509

FIREWHEEL

10/13/2014

91

ANNA'S COCINA

5150

DUCK CREEK

10/15/2014

83

BOMBAY SWEET & FAST FOOD

4550

BUCKINGHAM

10/16/2014

64

BON TON DONUTS

1225

BELTLINE

10/13/2014

96

BULLOCK ELEMENTARY

3909

EDGEWOOD

10/13/2014

89

CENTERVILLE ELEMENTARY

600

KINGSLEY

10/17/2014

96

CHICKEN EXPRESS

2002

EASTGATE

10/13/2014

72

DUNKIN DONUTS

803

CENTERVILLE

10/16/2014

91

EZ AFRICAN FOOD STORE

1311

MARKETPLACE

10/13/2014

85

FIREHOUSE SUBS

3003

GEORGE BUSH

10/13/2014

89

FLYING FISH

4430

LAVON

10/13/2014

85

GARLAND SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER

600

AVENUE A

10/16/2014

98

JACK IN THE BOX

4015

BOBTOWN

10/13/2014

78

JIMMY'S BIG BURGER

1524

NORTHWEST

10/13/2014

83

KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN

1430

BUCKINGHAM

10/13/2014

86

LOVELY MART

3249

FOREST

10/13/2014

74

 

 

 

 

36

NEW YORK PIZZA & KABOB

1117

JUPITER

10/16/2014

82

NORTHLAKE ELEMENTARY

1626

BOSQUE

10/16/2014

94

O'HENRY ELEMENTARY

4100

TYNES

10/16/2014

85

PARSONS PRE-K

2202

RICHOAK

10/17/2014

99

PHO BANG RESTAURANT

3565

WALNUT

10/16/2014

54

PIC-N-GO #1

3443

CAMPBELL

10/16/2014

93

RAINBOW DONUTS

1401

NORTHWEST

10/16/2014

97

RESTAURANTE DE DOÑA MARY

2918

JUPITER

10/17/2014

82

SHOREHAVEN ELEMENTARY

600

SHOREHAVEN

10/17/2014

99

STAR FOOD MART

4201

WALNUT