Summer Fun on the Road

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June 23, 2011

Summer's bright, balmy days are calling... it's time for vacation! And for many of us, that means hitting the road. To help you enjoy the ride-and arrive safely at your destination-the car experts at NAPA AutoCare have assembled their best trip tips. They'll help you get where you're going, and have fun along the way!

Safe Travels
  • We love the warm temperatures! But too much heat can ruin your day. When the mercury rises, take a little extra care with these hot weather travel tips:
Beat the heat-before it starts. When possible, park your vehicle under trees or other protective cover, or invest in sun-blocking shades for all of your windows.

Cover the seats. You'll be surprised how much cooler the seats in your car will be if you simply place a blanket or towel them during the day.

Lock it. Children can be tempted to get into an unlocked car; and on a hot day, that can spell disaster. Better to leave your vehicle locked up tight at all times.

Better BBQing

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June 20, 2011

Grilled burgers and franks are hot hits with the kids, but improperly prepared meat can be a prime cause of food poisoning. Follow this advice to help keep your family safe this summer.

  • Thaw meat in the fridge. Don't defrost meat or poultry on the counter-bacteria can quickly multiply at room temperature. If you need to speed up the process, use your microwave's defrost setting and then immediately transfer to the grill.
  • Use clean plates. Dishes, cutting boards, and utensils that touched raw meat can harbor bacteria, so clear them away where little hands can't reach them. Always use new dishes for cooked food and wash hands frequently, advises the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.
  • Check for doneness. Keep a cooking thermometer by the barbecue to check for these safe internal temperatures: chicken or turkey breasts, 165 degrees F; hamburgers, pork, and medium steaks, 160 degrees F; medium-rare steaks, 145 degrees F.

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June 08, 2011

I had a tough day today. Got a grab bag last night and all I have to do is copy and paste it to my blog. When I submitted the tasks, it was rejected this morning. I did exactly what it was on the tasks. The reason of rejection was: Links Cannot Be Tagged Nofollow. I have no idea what the heck it was. The other task got approved but the other one is still waiting for approval. Hopefully, tomorrow when I check my blog it's been approve already.

Tick-Borne Illnesses

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June 02, 2011

If a tick bites you, it's important to be aware of symptoms associated with tick-related diseases. Two that may be more commonly recognized are Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Each illnesses can mimic or appear to be related to another condition; however, they both may produce a telltale rash.
  • Lyme disease-This disease is transmitted by the deer tick, which is brown and smaller than a wood tick. These ticks are found throughout the U.S. Only a few carry the infectious agent, but if an infected tick bites you, the longer it's attached to the skin, the greater the risk you'll be infected. Several days after the bite, a red, circular-shaped rash may develop around the bite and flu-like symptoms may follow. When caught early, oral antibiotics often prevent complications. The antibiotic doxycycline is the drug of choice. If Lyme disease isn't treated, problems may develop. Arthritis, Bell's palsy, heart problems and neurological symptoms may occur within several months.
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever-This is the second most common tick-borne infection in the U.S. It is transmitted by several types of ticks including the wood tick and American dog tick. Symptoms of this illness can be flu-like. A red rash may appear on wrists and ankles, eventually spreading up the arms and legs to the chest. A mild case that's treated promptly typically causes few problems. Left untreated, Rocky Mountain spotted fever may cause serious complications, such as heart, lung or kidney failure, or a brain infection called encephalitis, which can lead to a coma.
If you've been bitten by a tick and develop a rash, fever or swollen lymph nodes, see your doctor. Left untreated, these infections can even be life-threatening. Fortunately, antibiotic treatment is usually successful, particularly when treatment is started early.