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Grilling Safety!


Grilling and warm summer evenings make a perfect combination – as long as a few basic grilling safety tips are followed.
* Grills should be used outdoors and at least 10 feet from any
house or building.
* Place grills away from deck railings and out from under eaves or
overhanging branches.
* Set a 3-foot “kid-free” safety zone around the grill – and never
leave it unattended.
* CHARCOAL Grills: Use only charcoal starter fluid. When
finished, let the coals completely cool then dispose of them in a
metal container.
* GAS Grills: Check grill hoses for cracks, holes and leaks. Don’t
use the grill if you find a leak. Never start a fire with gasoline.


The Cost of a Child

How much does it cost to rear a child today? The USDA just released their annual “Expenditures on Children by Families” report, finding that a middle-income family with a child born in 2011 will spend about $234,900 for food, shelter and other necessities over the next 17 years. Housing is the biggest expense, followed by child care, education and food. Annual costs, depending on the age of the child, range from $12,290 to $14,320.   
You can find the full report on the web at

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