Extension Homemakers hold fall kickoff on Thursday

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All Carroll County Extension Homemakers and anyone interested in learning more about becoming an Extension Homemaker member are invited to attend the annual kick-off from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thurs-day, Aug. 22 at the Exten-sion office.

At the session, members will receive their yearly handbooks, program chairmen will review their goals and I will give an overview of the “Learn with Us!” classes for the 2013 – 2014 year. Guest speaker will be Carroll County 4-H agent Joyce Doyle, who will present a short précis on a best kept secret. Salad and trimmings will be served, plus light dessert. The remainder of the evening will be time for socializing and catching up with friends.

Practice being safe

As we move into a new season, it is time to take a look at how safe you are. We are creatures of habit. The key to being safe may be making simple lifestyle changes; where  common hazards lie, what are sources for dangerous situations?

Let’s look at several areas where dangerous situations may be prevented:

Your home

• Make your house number visible

• Lock doors and windows

• Activate a house alarm

• Avoid overloading extension cords and outlets

• Secure furniture and book shelves so that they don’t tip

• Use safe paint

• Make your home childproof   

• Plan a fire or emergency escape route

• Keep up to date, accessible fire extinguishers    

• Unplug appliances when not in use and when you leave your home 

Your motor vehicle

• Wear seat belts 

• Avoid distractions

• Keep infants and children safe in properly installed car and booster seats.

• Provide proper guidance for teens 

• Encourage seniors to take driver refresher courses 

• Be aware of your surroundings

• Be a defensive driver

• Don’t drive impaired

Health safety

• Get trained in first aid,  Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

• Make regular  dentist and doctor visits 

• Understand the proper use and disposal o prescription and over-the-counter medications

• Prevent unintentional medication overdose 

• Protect against poisoning, and falls 

• Practice food safety 

• Practice safe sex

Recreational safety

• Avoid injury while exercising 

• Learn how to swim

• Prevent dog bites

• Prevent playground injuries

Travel safely

• Know hotel safety guidelines  

• Practice street smarts 

• Prepare ahead for your trip, where you are traveling, maps, GPS, etc

• Prepare for the weather


• Determine the safest course of action,  how to keep in touch and  practice ahead

• Listen to weather information   

• Plan for your family’s comfort in disasters 

• Learn Internet safety

• Protect yourself from scams and cons 


Are you aware of how to better prepare yourself in any of these areas that might put your safety and well-being at risk?


Source: Amy Hosier, Extension Specialist for Family Life, University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture and Keys to Embracing Aging


Dates of interest

Aug, 22:Carroll County Extension Homemakers fall kick-off, 6 p.m. Extension office.

Sept. 12:It’s About You! Diabetes Support Group,  “We Have Questions….”  10 a.m.-noon, Extension office.


Grace Angotti is Carroll Co. Extension agent for family and consumer sciences. Call her at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to gangotti@uky.edu.