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JEA Helps With Tips To Prepare For Cooler Weather

JEA Helps With Tips To Prepare For  Cooler Weather

It is that time of year again when the leaves start turning colors and falling to the ground. With cooler winter weather on the way JEA has released a list of preparations you can take to help prepare for the frosty days ahead.

Before you get hit with a hard freeze, or even near freezing weather, it is advisable to run your central heating and air conditioning unit to make sure that it is running efficiently. Here are some tips form JEA about how to test it and do a tune up to ensure it is running efficiently.

o   Check thermostat settings. Make sure that the reading is accurate to the temperature

o   Tighten all electrical connections.

o   Lubricate all moving parts.

o   Check and inspect the condensate drain in your heat pump.

Christmas Tree Safety

Christmas Tree Safety


Trimming the tree is a traditional holiday pastime. Many prefer the look and scent of a fresh real tree rather than the artificial one; however, if they are not properly cared for, Christmas trees can pose a serious danger. Keep the following tips in mind when selecting and caring for your Christmas tree this holiday season:

It’s Time to Winterize Home Plumbing and Avoid Costly Problems


That first chilly autumn morning is the perfect reminder that when winter arrives it can be sudden, often leaving homeowners unprepared for the plumbing problems associated with cold weather. Southerners should take preventive action to protect their plumbing systems by late November. Failure to prepare early might prove costly when pipes freeze, which is why the plumbing experts at Roto-Rooter recommend taking these plumbing precautions early, when time is on your side, instead of waiting until cold weather arrives.

Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips: Candy, Glow Sticks and Face Paint

Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips: Candy, Glow Sticks and Face Paint

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Halloween can be a scary time for parents, so it is important to remember some basic Trick-or-Treat safety tips.

According to nurse Vicki Coppen with the Florida Poison Information Center in Jacksonville, children are especially susceptible to eating adult medications around Halloween.  Kids are getting candy everywhere and can confuse a pill or a vitamin for a sweet.

"It can be easily mistaken for candy any time of the year, but especially when all the mind set right now is on candy," explained Coppen.  "If they see something sitting on the counter or the bathroom counter, they're going to think it's candy versus medications."

Coppen said the best thing is to make sure any medicines are kept out of sight and out of reach.

Preparations For IRENE

Preparations For IRENE

As we all know on the First Coast, Hurricane Season is WELL under way!

With Tropical Storm Irene intensifying extremely rapidly and making it's was towards the Caribbean with it's projected path towards Florida, it is time to start thinking about YOUR HURRICANE SAFETY PLAN.

It is never to late to make preparations, no matter how big or small. Whether you plan to Evacuate, or stay home and "Ride Out The Storm" as locals would say, simple things can be done to prepare for a storm and keep yourself and your loved ones safe and as comfortable as possible in these conditions.