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Zero Water Filtration System

I drink water and a lot of it. Its rare to see me without one of my water bottles near by (reusable of course). I drink a lot of water not only for my health but also to help me feel good. When I am dehydrated I feel “blah” and I can’t function right. I also have a weird little lump in one of my salivary glands that swells up if I get dehydrated and it’s rather bothersome. To make sure I don’t have to deal with it I make sure to drink ample amount of water per day.

On average I’d say I drink about a gallon of water per day. Sometimes more, sometimes less.

When I was growing up we had well water. I loved how it tasted. It was also VERY cold straight from the tap. You never needed ice cubes to chill your water. It was freezing cold the moment you fill up your glass. I loved it!

I miss those days. Where we live now we have town water. Blah! I don’t like it one bit. Maybe I’m just spoiled from the well water. Our current tap water has an odd taste to it. I will drink it if I need to swallow an aspirin or something quick like that. Other then that I use the Brita water pitcher we keep in the fridge.

For the past several weeks I have traded in our Brita with a Zero Water filtration system. Its a large pitcher with a  filter that is suppose to remove 100% of detectable dissolved solids and is suppose to provide more complete filtration than conventional carbon water filters.

I always worry about what is lurking in the water that we drink. That is why I will only drink filtered or bottled water. I wouldn’t want to put my family at risk having them drink something unhealthy.

The little device next to the pitcher is the TDS monitor.

When I was learning more about the Zero Water filtration system I was curious to know what “dissolvable solids” were. In a nutshell it simply means things present in water OTHER then water. These are things that can be organic in nature (leaves, plankton, silt) to man-made things such as fertilizer, rock salts, and even sewage. Ewww! Gross!

There is a way to test water to see if there are things OTHER then water found inside. One way is is the test the “Total Dissolved Solids” using a TDS monitor. The amount expressed is in units of mg per unit volume of water (mg/L), which is also referred to as parts per million (ppm). The TDS is directly related to the purity and quality of the water. Another words the lower the number the better the water is for you to drink.

Zero Water is the only one on the market that says its TDS readings are zero, meaning that the filter captures everything “non-water” and keeps it from ending up in your drinking glass. I found this to be really intriguing and I wanted to learn more about it.

Zero Water sent me a filtration system consisting of a pitcher and filter. They also sent along a TDS monitor so I can test out Zero Water and compare it to other waters.

I can’t tell you how I excited I was to set up my own little laboratory and test the Zero Water pitcher with other water options my family might use.

I compared Zero Water to the Brita, bottled water and tap water.

First up was a glass of water from the Zero Water pitcher. I inserted the monitor to get the reading and it came to .20. I was surprised it wasn’t at zero. Interesting…

Next I tried tap water. Eww! Our tap water had a reading of 392! Oh my goodness! That is HORRIBLE!

I used a regular store bought bottle of water (generic brand) and the monitor gave me a reading of .23. That is not bad at all.

Lastly I tired a glass of water from our Brita. The Brita gave me a reading higher then the bottle water at 268. WOW! How can that be? I was shocked to learn that the Brita was almost as high as the tap water. However I did find out why. As per my husband we should have replaced the Brita filter a month ago. No wonder it is not working right. We have been using the Zero water pitcher that I totally forgot to replace the Brita filter.

I thought I would give the Zero Water another chance so I pour a fresh glass of water from the Zero Water pitcher and got a reading of .22 the second time around.

I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t see a zero, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like the Zero Water system. I like the sleek design of the pitcher. It doesn’t take up much space in the fridge. The water also tastes good to me and my family with no weird after taste or anything nasty like that.

Zero Water’s filters offer five different layers of filtration to remove the things that shouldn’t be in your drinking water.

The Zero Water system is around the same price as similar filter systems. The replacement filters are roughly $15 each were as we were paying around $9 for the Brita.

To be honest getting monitor numbers above zero on the Zero Water pitcher doesn’t bother me and it wouldn’t deter me from recommending it to others. It’s A LOT better then tap water.

The only downside so the Zero Water is that the pitcher doesn’t seem to hold as much water. It seems like we’re constantly filling it up. But that is a fair enough trade off to know that the water we are drinking is free of harmful things. It’s also a good sign that my kids are drinking enough water.

To learn more about Zero Water please visit www.ZeroWater.com. The brand is also on social media. You can find their links on the bottom of their website.

Zero Water carries a variety of products in different sizes and styles. You can find Zero Water products on their website as well as at many retail locations across the country.

Kimberly

*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own.

Going On Vacation? Know Your Home Is Safe

 

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Vacations give families the opportunity to unwind and spend time with each other in a relaxed setting. But while you’re making preparations to have the week of your life, a thief might have his own plans in mind.

Going on vacation and leaving your house unattended is an open invitation for thieves. They can break into your house during the night while your neighbors sleep and remove your possessions before daybreak. A break-in and theft can destroy your post-vacation happiness. But fortunately, there are simple strategies to keep your home safe while you’re away.

1. Automate your lights. Install motioned-sensor lights at your front and back door. If thieves walk on your property at night, these lights will illuminate the area and scare off an intruder. Additionally, you might use timers inside your home to turn your lamps on and off at certain times. This can give the illusion that someone’s home and deter thieves.

2. Stop all deliveries. If you have the newspaper delivered to your home, contact your local news company and temporarily stop your service. A pile of newspapers lying next to the front door draws undue attention to your home. A passerby might consider your home an easy target and break-in after nightfall.

3. Ask your neighbors to check on your house. If you have a trusted relationship with your neighbor, ask him or her to keep an eye on your property Canvassers may place flyers on your door, or a parcel delivery driver may leave packages at your front door. Ask your neighbor to remove these items, as well as notify the police if they notice suspicious activity around your property.

4. Get a home security system. Don’t rely on door and window locks. This can slow down and deter thieves, but some intruders know how to bypass locks and enter your home. Getting a home security system and using apps like Vivint can help you monitor and control your home while on vacation. Vivint home automation lets you turn off lights, lock your doors and set your alarm system – all from your mobile device or computer.

5. Don’t share too much information. Social media is a great way to communicate with friends and family. But if your privacy settings allow anyone to read your posts, announcing your upcoming vacation can put your house in danger. It’s okay to mention a vacation and share photos, as long as you update your privacy settings to limit who can view your information.

Don’t let a break-in cast a dark cloud over your vacation. Take steps to protect your home and enjoy peace of mind while away.

Break In

FP

National Poison Prevention Week of March 18, 2012

National Poison Prevention week is the week of March 18, 2012. This special week to promote poison prevention was established by the U.S. Congress in 1961 making this it’s 51st year.

The California Poison Control System (CPCS) is the largest single provider of poison control services in the U.S. and California’s primary source for treatment advice and information in case of poison exposure for both consumers and health professionals. CPCS offers a variety of free services to prevent poisoning. 

I thought these tips would be great to share with my readers. You do not have to be a resident of California to utilize these tips.

–   Fast, free and expert help or information 24/7 for emergencies or questions about poison at 1-800-222-1222.  Program that number into all phones.

–   Interpreters are available at all times for over 100 languages.

–   www.PillsvsCandy.org  is an online game and iPhone and Android app that can be played with the whole family. It will help you to see if you can tell the difference between pills and candy.

–   Sign up for free weekly home and family safety tips.  Text TIPS to 69866.

–   Free weekly tips are also available in Spanish by texting PUNTOS to 69866.

–   CPCS has an active Facebook page where consumers can get news and share information https://www.facebook.com/pages/California-Poison-Control-System/50673939651.   Look for out for cool giveaways.

–   CPCS has twitter account @poisoninfo engaging moms and dads, nonprofit organizations and others.  CPCS stages intermittent “15 Minutes with an Expert” on Twitter where followers can ask a medical toxicologist anything over a 15 minute period.

–   Consumers can share a poison prevention message with a friend by customizing and sending an e-card at www.CalPoisoneCards.org.

–   Check out CPCS’s YouTube channel for English and Spanish videos at http://www.youtube.com/user/PoisonInfo?blend=4&ob=0.

–   Lead can still be found in new and used children’s products, like toys, backpacks, lunchboxes and jewelry. Find out about product recalls and tested products at www.HealthyStuff.org.

For more information about California Poison Control, visit www.CalPoison.org.

About California Poison Control

CPCS is dedicated to providing residents with the most up-to-date information and 24-hour help in case of poisoning. In case of an accidental poisoning, consumers should immediately call

1-800-222-1222 for advice. Pharmacists, nurses, physician-toxicologists and poison information providers are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help. In most cases, a poison exposure can be safely managed in your home, avoiding a call to 911 or a visit to a crowded hospital emergency room. Many parents think about contacting the poison control services only in case of an emergency, but experts are available to answer questions any time. Weekly tips about home and family safety are available by texting TIPS to 69866. Follow CPCS on Facebook at California Poison Control and on Twitter @poisoninfo.

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this information for the benefit of my site readers. Any opinions expressed are my own.

Super Bowl XLVI: Avoid Penalties by Knowing the Home Safety Playbook

As Super Bowl XLVI is nearly here, and as preparations for game day bashes begin, it’s imperative to think about safety, in addition to snacks. Did you know the average household will bring together more than 17 people-including kids-to watch the Patriots face off against the Giants?

Given the number of residential parties that take place on Super Bowl Sunday, UL (Underwriters Laboratories), the only independent, global safety organization with more than 100 years of expertise, has developed a playbook for the big day to help hosts safely entertain football fans of all ages.

By dividing the home into “safety zones”, households can take precautions to prevent against emergencies common to Super Bowl entertaining, specifically furniture-related tip-overs and home fires. Did you know that nearly 15,000 children visit the ER each year as a result of furniture tip-overs and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that grilling is the cause of more than 8,200 home fires each year? Unlike the big game, there are no instant replays when it comes to playing it safe. Tips on how to prevent party fouls, zone by zone, include:

Living Room

–   While UL tests televisions for safety, they also test the wall mounting hardware. Homeowners must mount TVs in accordance with the installation instructions supplied with the product.

–   Furniture-mounted TVs may be liable to tip so discourage children from approaching by removing items from the TV top and stand like toys and remote controls that tempt climbing.

–   Caution adults to stand back from furniture-mounted TVs when they celebrate touchdowns with celebratory dancing to prevent a tip over!

–   Older-model second and third-string TVs (often tube-type) that have been traded to other rooms should be placed on sturdy furniture, set back as far as possible from the stand edge.

Kitchen

–   Encourage guests to stay away from the cooking area including stoves, ovens and more.

–   Turn pot and pan handles toward the center of the cook top to prevent accidental snagging and hot spills.

–   Make sure your appliance cords do not hang over counter top edges to prevent snags and spills.

Grilling Area

–   Super Bowl is the biggest grilling day of the winter season and all grilling should take place outdoors only, no exceptions!

–   Never grill in your garage or carport.

–   Keep a spray bottle of water handy and employ to knock grill flare ups down.

–   Whether you are cooking in the backyard or tailgating with friends, always look for the UL Mark on cooking equipment such as grills and slow cookers to ensure the product has been tested for safety.
 

Last but not least, UL recommends getting down on your hands and knees to view all home zones from a child’s eye level to catch and mitigate any lingering safety hazards from stray cords to sharp edges to small objects that can pose a threat to the smallest guests as the final pre-game safety drill. This is a GREAT tip! I would have never thought to do that. I wish I knew about this idea when my kids were little. I think this is a great tip in general, not just for a Super Bowl party.

If you would like more information or Super Bowl safety tips visit http://www.safetyathome.com/home-safety/home-safety-articles/super-bowl-party-safety-game-plan.

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this information for the benefit of my site readers. Any opinions expressed are my own.

Important Home Safety Information

Not too long ago I posted about home safety for the holidays, featuring some amusing videos staring the Muppets.

Did you know December, January and February are the top months for home fire deaths? Don’t assume that your home is safe as soon as you take down the holidays lights and toss out the Christmas tree. You need to think about home safety year round.

This winter, UL (Underwriters Laboratories) is encouraging consumers to keep warm, but stay safe from fires. I’ve always wanted a fireplace, but I do worry about the fire hazards.

Weeks ago, on Christmas morning, Madonna Badger, a fashion industry ad exec, lost her three daughters and both parents in a house fire that was caused by the embers left over from a fire. That is my biggest fear about having a fireplace, not matter how beautiful they are.

Another fire safety hazards are those space heaters. Have are notorious for causing fire.

Here is an interesting fact that actually surprises me a lot. Historically families had approximately 17 minutes to escape a home fire; where as nowadays, that time is just 2-3 minutes! The reason for this is due largely from synthetic furniture and building materials. That is a MASSIVE difference.

Do YOU think you would be able to get your family out of your home during a fire in just 2-3 minutes? That translates to 120-180 SECONDS.

Here are some more alarming fire-related statistics from 2010 alone according to the Department of Homeland Security:

–  362,000 total fires (making that approximately 1,000 per day)

–  46,800 heat-related fires in the US

–  26,400 electric-related fires in the US

–  2,555 total fire-related deaths in 2010

If you think a fire hazard can’t happen in your home – think again! THOUSANDS of people will prove that theory wrong.

Along with home fires, carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless and poisonous gas that also threatens family safety, a risk associated with using alternative methods of winter heating.

Dubbed the “silent killer”, the gas kills 500 people and sends 20,000 more to the hospital each year.

Needless to say having a CO detector, or two, is necessary to keep you and your family safe. Just like with fire alarms make sure to test and replace the batteries twice a year. Also, CO detectors do not last forever. Generally you need to replace the entire unit every 5 years unless the detector specifies another time frame (some can last as long as 7 years). When in doubt replace after 5 years just to be on the safe side. Dust and debris can fill up inside of the detector (no matter how clean you keep your home) making it less effective over time.

Here are a few fire safety tips. There are many more ways you can help keep your family and home safe. These are just a few.

–  Make sure you have at least two viable ways of exiting your home, just in case your first escape option is closed off due to a fire. This can be a backdoor or front door, garage exit door, or window. Make sure EVERY family member is aware of them.

–  Make an escape plan with your family and practice is a few times per year. Even go so far as to wake your family up in the middle of the night for a practice drill to see how much they remember when they are jolted out of a sound sleep. It sounds like a cruel thing to do but it’s something that can potentially save their lives some day. Also, do not make your family aware of the drill. If you do they are going to brush up on it ahead of time. You want to see how they react noting knowing ahead of time.

–  Make it a habit to check wires and plugs on a regular basis. Look for plugs near heat sources. Check plugs for breaks or fraying. Replace or remove wires and plugs that could potentially be a fire hazard.

–  Check your fire alarms RIGHT NOW. Make sure they are working. Replace the batteries if you have not do so recently. Make sure you have several alarms around the house because a fire can start in any room.

–  Check all windows and doors and make sure they open properly. Sometimes windows can stick, especially if they were painted. Make sure you can open each window up fully so that you can use it as an escape route if needed.

–  Invest in some fire extinguishers and place them around your home. You should have one in the kitchen but it’s also a good idea to have another one just in case.

–  Put valuables in a fire safety box. Is possible keep some extra cash or a spare card in the fire box. In the event of a home fire you’ll have cash to get food and shelter.

–  If you use space heaters, a fireplace or a wood burning stove, never leave them unattended. If you must keep it on all night make sure to take every precaution possible so a fire doesn’t break out. If you leave your home for any reason make sure to turn off the heater and put out the fire in the fireplace or wood burning stove.

–  Consider using flameless candles instead of traditional candles if you have pets or small children. Most of them are so realistic looking you’ll never know the difference.

These are just a few tips I can think of at the moment. For more safety tips visit www.SafetyatHome.com/CommitaMinute. You can also check out www.SafetyatHome.com.

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the benefit of my site readers. Any opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Are YOU ready? (Giveaway)

We’re now officially into the new year. How many people do you know are still sticking with their New Year’s resolutions? How many people have already caved in and returned to their old habits? What about YOU? Are you still sticking to your New Year’s resolutions or goals?

Most people choose resolutions (or “yearly goals” as I like to look at it) that are geared towards personal and lifestyle changes. Some common resolutions/goals include eating healthy, exercising more, committing to being “green” and Earth-friendly, or perhaps kicking an unhealthy habit like smoking. Sadly there is one resolution that is never found on anyone’s list – being prepared in case of an emergency.

I live in the suburbs of New York City. New York is a huge city with millions of residents and vistors. Something is bond to happen from time to time that will force people into emergency situations. Things like fires, blizzards and even a major water main break are things that could happen at anytime, to anyone. Not just in NYC either. These types of emergencies happen even in the smallest towns across the country.

As you are resolving to make changes in your own life this new year, please also consider adding your family’s safety in case of emergencies.

One of my worst fears is my husband. He works on the other side of the river and has to travel through a state park to and from work. There are a lot of black out zones on the parkway that he travels, making it impossible for him to make a phone call. My worst fear is that he’ll slide off the road, or get stuck on the road in a bad snowstorm. He needs to keep an emergency kit in his car and be prepared for any scenario. Things like a shovel, kitty litter (tire traction), rock salt, blankets, gloves, a flashlight, portable radio and food are vital. Now that Winter is fast approaching he needs to gather up all his supplies and keep them handy.

Anyone can create an emergency kit for their car. It’s easy to do. A backpack, duffle bag, tote bag or even a box is all you need to keep your supplies on hand.

You also need to make sure you have an emergency kit handy when you are at home too. You never knew when you will be forced to flee your home on a moments notice. If that happens, will you be prepared? Will you have food and water for your family? What about diapers for your infant, or a change of clothes? These are things that every person needs to think about.

If you have pets you should consider having an emergency kit on hand for them too. Extra blankets, food, water bowl and even a toy or two to provide them with comfort during a stressful situation would be helpful.

The Ad Council and the New York City Office of Emergency Management’s (OEM) Ready New York campaign wants to encourage individuals, families and businesses to Resolve to be Ready in 2012.

Many families do not have a plan in place in the event of an emergency. Ready New York’s latest online tool, the Readiness Challenge, takes users through a real-life emergency situation that forces them to make quick decisions at every turn. Once users have completed all the scenarios, they can refer to various Ready New York resources to create an emergency plan.

In the event of a serious emergency, do you and your loved ones have a special meeting place arranged? Will your spouse and children know where to find you in case of an emergency? Remember, cell phones are not perfect and it’s easy for radio towers to get knocked out causing phones to be useless.

My husband knows in case of an emergency we need to meet upstate at my father’s house. I would get our children and our pets and meet him up there.

If your family doesn’t have a special meeting place set up you should do so right away. If you need assistance the Readiness Challenge also guides users to the My Meeting Place Facebook application and other OEM resources to help users get started on their emergency plans. 

I consider myself a smart and knowledgeable person, however when I took the Readiness Challenge I actually learned that there was A LOT I didn’t really know being prepared. The test is a real “eye opener”. Even if you truly believe that you know everything there is to know about being prepared, I challenge you to take the Readiness Challenge. You’ll be surprised.

Even though the Resolve to be Ready 2012 is throught the Ads Council and the New York City Office of Emergency Management, it doesn’t mean that people around the country cannot benefit from this campaign. ANYONE can take the Readiness Challenge.

For more information about the NYC OEM visit www.NYC.gov/OEM. To find an Office of Emergency Management in your home town simply look it up on Google.

You can also find a wealth of information here, http://www.nyc.gov/html/oem/html/get_prepared/ready.shtml.

** If you live in NYC you can go here to find out the order in which the city will plow the streets to help you prepare.

In honor of the Resolve to be Ready 2012 campaign, I have a special emergency preparedness kit to give away to a lucky winner. The kit is valued at around $50 and contains the following…

–  Backpack to hold your supplies

–  Pocket Radio

–  Flashlight

–  First Aid Kit

–  Batteries

–  Workers Gloves

–  Light Sticks

–  Emergency Blanket and more!

To enter take the Readiness Challenge then leave a comment telling how it helped you get started on your emergency plans – OR – share with my what steps you have taken to prepare for any type of an emergency in the New Year?

For extra entries you can do any or all of the following. Please leave a separate comment for each that you have done. Extra entries are optional. 

– Subscribe to She Scribes via E-mail or RSS. Both options are found on the right side bar.

– “Like” NY OEM on Facebook, http://www.Facebook.com/NYCEmergencyManagement.

– “Like” the Ad Council on Facebook, www.Facebook.com/AdCouncil.

– “Like” She Scribes on Facebook, www.Facebook.com/SheScribes.

– Follow She Scribes on Twitter, www.Twitter.com/She_Scribes and tweet about this giveaway and/or being prepared in case of an emergency. Please include @She_Scribes in the tweet so I can see it too. This is limited to three tweets per day.

– Share this giveaway with others on Facebook, Digg, Technorati and so forth. Be sure to tell me what you did and please provide a name and/or URL so I can verify.

– Leave a thoughtful comment on a non-giveaway post on She Scribes and tell me which post you commented on. There is a limit of one comment per post, but you can comment on as many posts as you want for an unlimited extra entry option.

– Post about this giveaway and/or the importance of being prepared in case of an emergency on your site and please link back to this post. Please provide the URL.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on January 14, 2012 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply with a name and mailing address (no PO Box). Failure to do so will result in a new winner will be chosen in their place.

Other great giveaways can be found on the right side bar under “Win It”.

Kimberly

*I will be receiving a free sample bag. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own. The prize will be provided by the Ads Council and OEM.