A Guide On How To Keep Your Family And Home Safe This Winter Season

Holiday Winter Tips to Keep Your Family Safe and Warm - MomRN

Winter has officially arrived — which means frigid temperatures and snowstorms are in store for a majority of the country. While there are some positives that go along with the harsh weather, like snow days and cozying up to the fireplace, it’s important to be prepared and protect yourself, your family and your home in case of a winter weather-related emergency.

Here are some practical tips and recommendations you should know when a winter storm strikes.


1. Be prepared for a power outage and know how to use generators safely.

In the event of a winter storm, power outages are a likely possibility, especially when the snow is heavy or there’s ice in the forecast. Having a generator on hand will provide backup power to your home in case there’s a power outage. However, some safety rules must be abided by when using a generator. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following:

  • Never use a generator inside your home, in basements, in garages or near windows.
  • Generators should be located at least 20 feet from any window, door or vent and in a space where rain and snow will not be able to reach them.
  • Do not use the generator or appliances if they are wet.
  • Do not store gasoline indoors where the fumes from the generator could ignite.
  • Plug in appliances to the generator using individual heavy-duty, outdoor-rated extension cords.

While it’s clear that you should never use a generator indoors, it’s still important to have at least one working carbon monoxide detector on every level of your home to ensure that your generator isn’t spreading any dangerous fumes. This carbon monoxide detector by Kidde is also a smoke detector and provides protection even during power outages when many fire and carbon monoxide incidents can occur.

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2. Heat your home safely.

If you’re using a space heater to help heat your home when it’s cold, you’ll have to be extra cautious. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, it’s important to read the manufacturer’s instructions and warning labels carefully before using any space heater. You should also inspect heaters regularly and discontinue use if you find loose connections or cracked or broken plugs. And, of course, keep in mind that a space heater should never be left unattended.

When choosing a space heater, opt for one that has A-plus safety ratings and features an automatic shut-off. This space heater from TaoTronics has built-in overheating and tip-over protection sensors, as well as a 12-hour timer, that work together to provide a much safer heating source. It’s also compact and ideal for heating an entire room such as a bedroom or office.

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Patricia E. Alcivar wants to be the first Queens resident to climb the Seven Summits.

FOREST HILLS, QUEENS — Forest Hills resident Patricia Alcivar is aiming high: She wants to become the first from Queens to scale the Seven Summits, the hiking “grand slam” that entails reaching the tallest peak in each of the world’s continents.

Alcivar would be the first Queens resident and the first Latina to climb all seven peaks, joining an elite crew of about 350 who have achieved the feat, according to a news release.

Alcivar made her name as a boxer, becoming a two-time Golden Gloves champion as an amateur then competing professionally as “Patty Boom Boom.”

“In both cases, it’s you against a tough opponent, and you have to find your inner strength to survive,” Alcivar said.

She turned to mountain climbing after an opponent in a 2015 fight left her with a 6-inch gash she risked reopening if she kept boxing, according to the Queens Chronicle.

 Since then, Alcivar has reached the top of three major mountains: Elbrus in Russia, Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and the monumental 22,841-foot peak of Aconcagua in Argentina. (Mount Everest, the tallest of the Seven Summits, measures just over 29,000 feet.)

This summer she has her sights set on reaching the top of Denali in Alaska, which stretches more than 20,000 feet into the sky, and is raising money to fund the expedition.

“I’m not a millionaire or superathlete, but I believe that I was blessed with an indomitable spirit, and I love the challenge,” she said. “Plus, I really want to inspire other women to chase their dreams.”


New Pizzeria Opens On Austin Street In Forest Hills | Forest Hills, NY Patch

FOREST HILLS, QUEENS — There’s a new pizza place in town.

Austin Street Pizza opened its doors this month at 71-63 Austin St. in Forest Hills, according to Facebook and Instagram posts.

Its pizza menu includes such offerings as a pie with vodka sauce, smoked bacon and caramelized onion and a four-cheese pizza pie with provolone, ricotta, fresh mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.

Other highlights include calzones, cannolis and Nutella-stuffed dough puffs called “gibbys,” according to social media posts.

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A bright sunroom looks out on the rear garden. The sunroom door provides access to a fabulous blue stone patio for outdoor dining. The garden is private and uniquely generous for a house in the Gardens. The 2-car garage is electrified to support an electric car charger.

The three main floors of the house are connected by a striking bay window staircase. The second floor has 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths. The main bedroom is tucked away behind a separate hallway. The hallway is flanked by a walk-in closet with lighted hanging rods, on the one side, and a spa-like retreat with a two-person jacuzzi bath, a rain shower, and a heated floor on the other side. Each of the other three bedrooms is well-sized and will happily accommodate family members or serve as a comfortable home office. One of these bedrooms also features a custom-built walk-in closet. The second bathroom has a large glass shower and a heated floor.

The third floor has 2 bedrooms and a full bath. Both bedrooms have multiple windows and ample storage. The full bath features a glass shower and modern tile.

The finished basement adds a bright full fourth floor for play, exercise, and entertainment. It has windows on all sides, which provide plenty of natural light, FLOR tile carpeting, and a separate entrance. There is a pool table area, a media area, and room to exercise, as well as a kitchenette, a laundry room, a full bath and a sauna.

There are few homes in the Gardens with this combination of quality renovation and outdoor space.

Forest Hills Gardens was named a top-10 American cottage community by ‘Cottage Living’ magazine in 2007 and was one of the first, and most successful planned communities in the United States. The West Side Tennis Club, the spiritual and historical home of the US Open and a great place to meet community members, is less than quarter of a mile away. Forest Hills Gardens is a vibrant neighborhood with active volunteer organizations and a great spirit of community.

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Congratulations!! Kew – Forest Is Voted One Of The Top School’s In New York State For 2021!

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FOREST HILLS, QUEENS — A Forest Hills school has been named one of the best private high schools in New York State, along with three others in the borough.

The Kew-Forest School on Union Turnpike ranked 54th on Niche.com’s ranking of the best private high schools for 2021. It was one of four Queens schools that earned a spot in the top 100.

The Kew-Forest School earned the highest ranking on Niche.com’s list of any Queens high school, while Manhattan schools made up all but one of the top 10 spots.

 Here are all the Queens high schools that made the top 100, with their ranking:

  • The Kew-Forest School, #54
  • St. Demetrios Preparatory School, #73
  • Archbishop Molloy High School, #95
  • Garden School, #97

The rankings are “rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education,” according to Niche.

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