During this pandemic, some fire departments are seeing an increase in chemical burn calls. I have to admit that bleach is one of my favorite go-to cleaners! I love the smell and feel like what I have washed is actually clean. The downside is the fact that it is not good for our lungs or skin!
My second go-to are those store-bought cleaning wipes. I usually have a stash in my car and use them for things like doorknobs and steering wheels. As of right now, you can not find a single disinfecting wipe on the shelves!
So, I got on the mission to find a healthier alternative. Made with ingredients that you might already have or are easy to get. These wipes were simple to make and smell fabulous!
I might continue to use this method even after the pandemic.
The ingredients are basic:
Mix the ingredients in a mixing bowl.
Cut the paper towels in half or whatever length fits the can you are using. I used a serrated knife. I took the paper towels outside and shook off the loose bits.
Take the cardboard center out of the paper towels.
Fit the paper towels into the container. This took me some smooshing and shoving in.
Once I got them in, I found the center and pulled it up a bit.
Slowly pour the mixture into the paper towels. Be sure to cover the entire surface.
Give it a few minutes to absorb all the way through.
Cover and use it as needed!
1. Label Containers Properly -
Ex: cleaning supplies, aromatherapy spray, bleach, etc.
A client saw a bottle in the treatment room and thought that the therapist said that it was to refresh the eyes after the service. In reality, it was VINEGAR for ears! OUCH! Though not life-threatening, it was a painful experience that could have been avoided with proper labeling.
2. Use GFI Power Strips -
They have an integrated circuit breaker that turns off the power when a current overload is detected, helping protect users from electrical burns, shock, or electrocution.
3. Do not use damaged or frayed electrical cords -
They can cause fires or worse like this true story - Two kids were in a portable swimming pool with a pump that was connected to the electricity with a damaged extension cord that had exposed wires near the socket. When the pump started spraying water, a boy, 9, tried to pull the plug from the extension cord and received what could have been a fatal electric shock. A girl, 8, was injured when she went to help.
4. Have a fire extinguisher in the house -
Fire extinguishers can be a small but important part of the home fire safety plan. They can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or suppressing it until the fire department arrives.
5. Have a first aid kit in the house -
Stock supplies that can save lives. Check out this complete list of supplies that should be kept on hand. First Aid Kit List
6. Do not put hot engines away near fuel cans -
This is an obvious one when you read it, but honestly even being a firefighter’s wife, this didn’t cross my mind. Do not put hot engines like a lawnmower in the garage by fuel cans. POW! BAM!
7. Properly discard smoking materials -
Improper disposal of smoking material such as tobacco products is the leading cause of outdoor fires in Calgary. To help reduce outdoor fire risks make an effort to properly dispose of smoking material.
8. Make sure to have working detectors -
Make sure to have working smoke detectors and at least one CO detector for each floor. The department of homeland security has some great information. In just two minutes a fire can become life-threatening. In five minutes a residence can be engulfed in flames.
9. Create a fire escape plan -
Create a fire escape plan for the family and practice your plan twice a year:
Find two ways to get out of each room in the event the primary way is blocked by fire or smoke. Every second counts in these situations.
Who doesn’t love a good chocolate chip cookie? However, when I bake them, I never know what I am going to get. Sometimes when I try the regular chocolate chip cookie recipe they all turn out to be flat as a pancake. Not with this recipe! This is my go-to recipe when I want no-fail, delicious chocolate chip cookies.
I make these when I am bringing a snack to the firehouse or on veg days when I am craving something sweet. I’ve used this recipe for many years and although I try other recipes, I keep going back to this one. And the guys at the firehouse agree! See the video below! :)
This recipe is very easy. I've included a printable pdf link below. The only thing that might be out of the ordinary would be the rolled oats. To prepare them, I place the oatmeal in a food processor (or in my case the Ninja) and blend until it becomes a fine flour consistency. That’s it! The most challenging part of the recipe!
Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
1 cup of butter
1 cup of sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2/12 cups rolled oats blended into flour
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts (if desired)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream butter, both sugar and brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla until smooth and fluffy.
Add butter, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
Gradually add both all-purpose flour and oatmeal flour.
Add in chocolate chips and walnuts. Stir until blended.
Make approximately golf ball size and place about ½” apart on a baking sheet.
Bake for 8-10 minutes. Do not over bake the cookies.
A common question I get when I tell people that I am married to a firefighter is...
”Oh my gosh does he have any single firefighter friends?”
Though I find this super funny, I do realize that this is a real stereotype. Firefighters are perceived as hot, sexy and romantic, waiting to whisk us off our feet. The hero rushing in to take care of our every need. I laugh even as I write this because the reality is way different than the fantasy.
Or is it...
In fact, the more I thought about it, the more I think that there is some truth to it. The role of a firefighter is to take care of people in emergency situations. That is heroic. They are the ones running in when everyone else is running out.
The selflessness that they exert when they are on shift doesn’t just go away when they leave the firehouse. The work they do for their side job has that same altruism. Many firefighters have such unique and interesting side jobs! This is one of the reasons why I wanted to highlight what firefighters do when they aren’t saving lives.
If you need someone to build a deck in your back yard or an accountant for your taxes. I’m pretty sure you can find a firefighter who is doing just that on their days off and would welcome the opportunity to work for you!