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Don’t sterilize sponges in the microwave. A study by the Journal of Environmental Health claimed that doing this killed 99.9 percent of the bacteria. But you could also catch it on fire if it’s not sufficiently damp. Just stick it in the dishwasher.

Inside the lines

TipmanTim_CrayonCandle

Who doesn’t like to burn stuff. OK, sorry, I’m really not the kind of person to just set fire to things. but I was excited to test a tip that said you could use a crayon as a candle. Turns out — yes, you can! Although, I’ll admit, this...

Know your firefighter

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A fireman shared with me a tip that could save your children’s lives. In a house fire, young children will run away from a firefighter because of fear and try to hide. This can be deadly if they are not found in time. Make sure your kids understand that...

Fire safety tips

TipmanTim_GarageChemicals

Some aspects of fire safety is preparing for the worst, while the other part is simply common sense. That said, it’s still easy to forget about hazards that are right under our nose. For example, do you have a smoke detector in your basement or garage? If you think...

Get the grill going

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Have you ever had a charcoal fire peter out before it really got going? OK, you can douse the charcoal with more lighter fluid, throw a match on it and enjoy the big fireball. A safer method is to take a hair dryer, turn it on high and aim...

Easy clean-up

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I love outdoor grilling. Two quick grilling tips: First, never wear long-sleeve shirts when grilling. The cloth can catch on fire. Second, apply non-stick cooking spray to the grill’s rack before you begin cooking. This will keep your meats from sticking to the grill and make for easier cleanup....

Fire up the snacks

The next time you go out into the wilderness, make sure that you take a bag of Fritos or potato chips. Not only can you use them as snacks, but they make great fire starters. It’s the oil in them that does the burning.

Bring out the baking soda

If the fire in your fireplace is getting out of control, don’t throw water on it – that will just cause hot ash and steam to come back at your face. Instead, throw baking soda on it.