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Tip of the Week


With the right precautionary steps, your home can be safe and secure. To start, go through your home with this fire safety checklist.


- Check smoke detectors to make sure they're working properly and that batteries have full power. There should be at least one smoke alarm on each floor of your house.


- Consider investing in residential fire sprinklers. If your home already has them, make sure that they are inspected by trained professionals on a regular basis.


- Make a list of emergency fire, police and medical phone numbers and keep it near your house phone. You could also program the numbers into the cell phones of adult family members in case you have to leave the house before placing the call. Teach children how to call for help in case of an emergency.


- Make sure that your house number is clearly visible from at least 20 feet away. If trees or bushes are obscuring the house number, trim the foliage back.


- Keep flammable liquids away from heating sources. Store them in a cool location away from paper products and cloth materials.


- ARA


Family Screening Room


“Red”


Rated: PG-13 (for intense sequences of action violence and brief strong language)


Length: 111 minutes


Synopsis: When his idyllic life is threatened by a high-tech assassin, former black-ops agent Frank Moses reassembles his old team in a last ditch effort to survive.


Violence/scary rating: 4


Sexual-content rating: 2


Profanity rating: 3.5


Drugs/alcohol rating: 4


Family Time rating: 4. One of the plot points is drug-related, and the violence is pretty high, so this is a movie for teens and up only.


(Ratings are judged on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “fine for kids.”)


Book Report


“Nightmare at the Book Fair,” by Dan Gutman


Ages: 8-12


Pages: 230


Synopsis: Trip Dinkleman hates to read. All he wants to do is play lacrosse. So when the president of the PTA asks Trip to help her out on his way to tryouts, he is not happy. He is even more not happy when a stack of books tumbles onto his head and knocks him out cold. And he is even more not happy when he wakes up and has absolutely no idea where he is. Now all he wants to do is get home. But after encountering a haunted house, aliens, talking animals, and much, much more, he realizes getting home might be just a little bit harder to do than he thought.


Did You Know


According to a study by the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy, all-terrain vehicle accidents among children younger than 18 increased 150 percent from 1997 to 2006.


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