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Safety Tip of the Month (November, 2016)

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According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than 4,000 fires happen each Thanksgiving Day, usually in the kitchen.  Here are a few tips to help keep your holiday safe:

  • Never leave your food unattended while frying or grilling.
  • Use a timer and occasionally check what you’re cooking.
  • Never use a glass casserole or lid on the stove or burner, as it may explode when overheated.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy in the kitchen, and know how to use it, but remember that…
  • Grease fires need to be treated differently than non-grease fires. Do not use water; turn off the heat; do not move the pan as you could splatter yourself; cover the pan with a metal lid to smother the fire; if the fire is small, baking soda if effective; if you have a CLASS B dry chemical extinguisher (which is different than your standard extinguishers), it should be used only as a last resort since it will contaminate your kitchen.
  • If you’re deep frying your bird, keep the fryer outside, away from walls and free from moisture.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are connected and in working order.
  • After the party, walk around the home and check that candles and fireplaces are extinguished, unnecessary appliances are turned off, and no potential hazards (leftovers, sharp/flammable objects) are in reach of your kids or pets.

The Del Rey Residents Association wishes you and your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Fall General Meeting 2016

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You’re Invited to Attend Our Fall General Meeting
Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
on the topic of

Housing Affordability and Homelessness in Del Rey

to be held at the Westside Neighborhood School
5400 Beethoven Street
(off Jefferson Boulevard)
Los Angeles, CA 90066

Our speakers will be Councilmember Mike Bonin and Donald Holt, the Associate Director of the Homeless Services Department of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. 

The passage of Measures HHH and JJJ makes the chosen topic exceedingly timely, and our guests are uniquely positioned to answer your questions and listen to your input.

Because of time restraints, the meeting will begin promptly at 7:00.  We look forward to seeing you.

Safety Tip of the Month (September, 2016)

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Travel, Social Media and Safety

Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have become as much a part of our daily lives as the telephone or automobile.  They’re popular because we enjoy announcing to friends and co-workers that we are currently strolling along the Champs-Elysee.

But telling the online world when you are away from home has its risks.  Criminals increasingly trawl social media for information such as this, and there are even filter programs that allow them to monitor specific neighborhoods by zip code.

You wouldn’t announce to a crowd of strangers that you’re going on vacation for a week, would you? You put a hold on your postal delivery so a pile of uncollected mail doesn’t scream “empty house”, right?

Be equally circumspect about your online presence when you are away.  The safest strategy is to simply stay offline while on vacation.  Relax and forget Facebook for a few days.  Wait until you’ve returned home to post those fabulous photos and videos.

 

Safety Tip of the Month (July, 2016)

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July 4th Pet Safety Tips

Did you know that more animals end up in shelters on July 4th and 5th than any time of the year?  The reason is simple: Companion animals do not respond to fireworks with the “ooh” and “aah” fascination of their owners.  They get spooked and dash off in search of safety.

The best defense against this unfortunate outcome is to bring your pets inside before the fireworks start.  If you can stay with them, great, but if you and your family are heading off to an event, leave music playing (not too soft, not too loud) to provide a soothing backdrop.

If your pets aren’t chipped, please do so.  An ID chip is the safest, surest way to recover your animal if it does end up in a shelter.

Also, remember that backyard insect repellents such as citronella candles and coils are an irritant — or worse — to your pets.  Keep your animals away from these products when they are in use.

One final tip for everyone, whether you have a pet or not:  The only truly safe and sane fireworks are those set off by professionals.  Every year from mid-June to mid-July, a daily average of 230 people nationwide end up in the emergency room with fireworks-related injuries.  A few clicks on your favorite search engine will locate several local fireworks display options to meet your Yankee Doodle needs.

 

 

DRRA Honors Local Scholars

For the sixteenth straight year the Del Rey Residents Association proudly honored the top students at Marina del Rey Middle School.  Current president Elizabeth Pollock and former president Lillian Jenkins presented the honorees with gifts cards in recognition of their accomplishments.

 

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From left to right: Ayanna Thomas; Ruby Macias; Sabrina Maximo; Osric Holt; Ava Easter.  Regrettably Kenya Hall, the 8th Grade Class Representative, did not make it into the picture.

There were so many outstanding students this year that the Marina del Rey Boosters Club  joined us in purchasing gift cards.  There were also twenty — count ’em, 20! — students who had perfect attendance throughout their time at the school.

DRRA’s recognition of the school’s outstanding students dates back to Lillian’s tenure as president.  All three of her children attended Marina Del Rey Middle School, and her son was in the first graduating class.  When she retired as DRRA’s president, she asked the association to recognize the school’s stellar students in lieu of any personal honor, thus beginning a tradition that we proudly continue.

Congratulations to all the honorees and their proud families.

 

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