The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 29, 1981 · Page 85
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 85

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, November 29, 1981
Page 85
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Sunday, November 29,1981 The Salina Journal Sunflower Page 3 Make your Yule decorations merry and safe By BARBARA PHILLIPS Sunflower Editor Everyone likes the warmth and cheer of a Christmas tree, decorations and lights, but make sure your Yule decor is safe this year. Here are some suggestions from Westinghouse for making your Yule a merry and safe one: Indoors • Check all lights for defects in wiring, sockets and plugs. If in doubt, throw out! • Purchase only those light strings certified by the Underwriters Laboratories. • Saw off the bottom of the Christinas tree trunk and stand the tree in water from the day it is brought into the house until the day it is taken out. Underwriters Laboratories does not confirm the belief that flameproofing trees yourself will render them absolutely flameproof. (Commercially, there is a proc- esss of effective flameproofing by immersing the tree in a chemical solution, but it is effective only if done within 24 hours after the tree was cut.) • Do not keep a dried-out tree indoors. This may be a fire hazard. • Do not overload the wiring system. If other lights dim when the tree is lighted, disconnect other electrical equipment on the same circuit while the tree lights are on. • Use rubber gaskets to keep tinsel and icicles from getting into sockets. • If you decorate your fireplace with greenery, keep a close watch on any sparks that fly from the fireplace. • If you're decorating doorways or other parts of the house, keep any lighted decorations as close to electrical outlets as possible to avoid long wires. Trailing wires can be a safety hazard. Outdoors • All equipment (strings of lights, bulbs, cords, plugs) used outdoors must be waterproof. • Use rubber gaskets in sockets to keep water out. • As an added precaution, hang sockets downward on outdoor trees. • Drape connections over a wooden spike to keep out of slush. • Wind insulated tape around each connection to keep it watertight. • Use insulated staples, not nails, to hold wires in place. For securing strings of lights around the eaves of the house, use drive rings (available at hardware stores). • A wire cage around floodlights will protect an inquisitive pet's nose from getting burned. • When working on your lighting, even replacing a bulb, especially if you are standing on the damp ground, be sure the power is turned off. Other hinti If you're planning to buy your first Christmas tree and you aren't sure how many lights you'll need, here's the formula for the approximate number of lights to use: height of tree (in feet) x width of tree (in feet) x 3. For example, a four-foot tree would require 35 lights, five-foot 56 lights, six-foot 77 lights, seven-foot 102 lights, eight-foot 140 lights and 10-foot 210 lights. Lights usually are strung from the top of the tree working around and down, placing, them on the boughs nearest the trunk first, then working outward to the tips of the boughs. After all lights are in place, hang the other decorations. When you're lighting outdoor there are ways to disguise the shape of an irregular evergreen. One method is to hang lights from the top of the tree in teepee fashion. You can also spiral the lights around the tree, using two or three Coping different colors alternately in spirals. If the tree is shaped well, then follow the contour with lights. Indoors, your decorating doesn't have to stop with the tree. You can decorate doorways, fireplaces, windows, stairways, hallways, chandeliers and even kitchens. Many household utensils lend themselves to decorations. Plants, both artificial and real, also can be adorned with lights and decorations. I just hid ®1500 from the LR.S. Wouldn't You Like To Do The Same? It's no secret people are saving for retirement...but did you know that our retirement accounts are tax-sheltered? This means you can stash away as much as $1500.00 of your annual income and defer the tax on it until you're ready to withdraw from it. Effective January! 1,1982, anyone who has earned income can establish an IRA up to $2,000. Come in today and talk to one of our retirement counselors . . . they'll be glad to give you the facts. 2070 S. Ohio Salina, Kansas 825-6201 104 E. Iron Salina, Kansas 827-7257 Savings Association A Financial Institution For People

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