Top Barbecue Food Safety Tips

We're coming up to a stretch of some very hot days here in Bellingham. What better way to make a great meal without having to heat up your kitchen than a barbeque! Food safety guidelines are just as important out of doors as they are in. Below are some barbeque food safety tips you might like to brush up on:

When grocery shopping...

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Dogs and hot cars do not mix

When the weather starts to heat up here in Bellingham, I think about pets in hot cars. Seems like we live in a cool enough climate even in summertime, so we shouldn't need to worry about hot cars, right? Not so. It doesn't take much before a car becomes too hot for animals to tolerate without the risk of serious illness or even death. The temperature inside your vehicle can rise almost 20º F in just 10 minutes. In 20 minutes, it can rise almost 30º F...and the longer you wait, the higher it goes.

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Celebrate this Fourth of July Safely

Independence Day, the peak of summer, is fast approaching. This sparked - ha! - a question about these famous fixtures of our celebration: fireworks. We all should know by now that they are as dangerous as they are delightful. In truth, they are actually missiles that just happen to explode with lots of pretty colors rather than collateral damage, at least, ideally.

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Bellingham gardeners, don't run with shears! Tips for staying safe

Summer hit with a bang with past Ski to Sea Memorial Day weekend here in Bellingham and Whatcom County. Now that all the winter's rain is showing up in the green of the yards around town, I want to offer some tips on gardening safety. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has some great ideas on things to think about when you're pruning, weeding, mowing, and relaxing after a hard day's work outside.

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Appreciations for Bellingham's best personal injury lawyer

This week my twin boys turned one year old. And what a year it's been, as you might imagine. Normally I imagine my way into Bill Coats' mind and write from his point of view as if I were the best personal injury lawyer in Bellingham and Whatcom County beyond, but today I just want to write as a mother and employee of Bill's as I reach my two-year anniversary with his firm. 

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Tips for keeping little kids safe this summer

Though my kids are older now, I remember the stress of keeping them safe when they were toddlers. The vigilance required of a new parent is extraordinary, when hidden foes such as power outlets, electrical cords, and even a whole grape can lurk around every corner. Kids just don't have the instincts for these dangers, and how could they? It makes sense that toddlers suddenly become picky about new flavors and often don't want to eat anything unless it comes off of a parents' (aka royal taste tester's) plate first. This is from many, many generations of humans practicing being human.

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Not all playing fields are level: Bellingham sports enthusiasts are at risk for personal injuries

For those who are so inclined, there's nothing better than a long run or bike ride on a beautiful Bellingham spring day. It clears the mental cobwebs and is a fun solo or social activity. Plus, it keeps your heart ticking strong. But activities like this do carry some risk of personal injury. Sports related personal injuries are on the rise, and part of this is traced to a rather active older generation, the baby boomers.

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It's not all fun and games: playground accidents

With the new-found spring bringing flowers and sun outside, kids are heading back to Whatcom County's many playgrounds. It's been a long winter here in Bellingham, and playgrounds bring relief to parents and kids alike. Unfortunately this post is about the downside of playgrounds, and the shocking number of accidents that happen to kids on them every year.

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What to expect in a personal injury settlement process

They say the best things come to those who wait, and in a personal injury case, that is very true. Each personal injury situation is unique and wrought with its own complexities. It can take years for a complete and thorough investigation to turn over all the facts with an end result being fair and full compensation. Some cases are settled more quickly than others, of course. But it is in a client's best interest to bypass the first settlement offer from the insurance company and talk to an expert.

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Your insurance policy limits can affect your car accident settlement

It may not seem obvious from all the fine print on your insurance policy that insurers have limits to the amount of money that can be claimed by accident victims. Insurance companies set these limits as the maximum they will pay out to one of their customers if that person causes an accident. Regardless of the extent or severity of the injuries caused, this maximum amount is fixed.

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