Free pumpkin compost
‘Tis the season for pumpkin carving, painting and cooking, but once the pumpkins start to go soft, don’t just toss them. High Country Conservation Center is partnering with Timberline Disposal to offer free pumpkin composting from October 30 to November 13.
“Composting is great because it diverts food waste from a landfill,” said Jenny Hammock, with High Country Conservation Center. “We’ll be saving extra air pollution.”
The composted pumpkins will be reused for gardens and landscaping. Labeled drop-off bins for the pumpkins will be available at the Frisco and Breckenridge recycling centers, which are open 24-hours.
The Frisco Recycling Center is located at the County Commons, on County Road 1004. The Breckenridge Recycling Center is located at County Road 450, at the corner of the 7-Eleven on the north side of town. Call 970-668-5703 with any questions.
Change clocks, fire alarm batteries
Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, Nov. 1, and with that, Lake Dillon Fire is encouraging citizens to change their smoke-detector and carbon-monoxide batteries.
“We want to remind residents that one easy step can help save their lives and the lives of those around them,” said Lake Dillon Fire Chief Jeff Berino. “Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half.”
Even “hard-wired” smoke detectors that are plugged in to the home’s electrical supply typically have a nine-volt backup battery to keep the detectors operating in case of a power outage. Often they will “chirp” when the batteries are dying – that means to change the batteries, don’t disconnect or disable the devices.
When changing batteries, make sure to test the audible siren by pushing the button; check that the vents are clean and not clogged with dust; and check the manufacture date. Typically, smoke detectors should be replaced every 10 years, and carbon-monoxide detectors should be replaced every five years.
Both smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors should be placed on every level of the home as well as inside every bedroom. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper installation.
“Smoke-alarm maintenance is a simple, effective way to reduce home fire deaths,” Berino said. “Smoke detectors have been proven time and again to be the single most important life-saving device in your home.”
Most home fire fatalities occur between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most families are sleeping, and about 66 percent of them occur in homes without working smoke detectors.
In addition to changing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, Lake Dillon Fire encourages families to plan and practice a home-escape plan.
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