History of Thanksgiving

The History of Thanksgiving

Throughout our childhood, there was certainly a time when we stopped our ‘reading, writing, and arithmetic’ to learn about the first Thanksgiving. With this significant holiday, which is just around the corner, our family at Sun Bear Realty and Property Management in Lake Tahoe thought this is the most appropriate time to share the story […]

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Within a recent article written by Fire Chief Ryan Sommers of the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, he offered an informative list of tips to prepare your home for the weather to come. With the fall season in full swing, we thought this would be a good time to share his article with you. The following content is courtesy of Ryan Sommers It is officially feeling like fall, the temperatures are cooler, the leaves are changing and it is a good time to think about fall prevention and safety as we get ready for winter. Some proactive steps we can take to make our homes and life in general safer as we spend more time indoors. •Test and replace batteries. Check or replace carbon monoxide batteries twice a year: when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall. Replace smoke alarm alkaline batteries at least once a year. Test alarms every month to ensure they work properly. •Be prepared for cold weather. Prepare your home, car and have a winter weather checklist that includes emergency preparedness information for communication, making a plan and supplies kit. Register for CODE RED emergency alert notifications. •Keep stairs and walking areas free of electrical cords, shoes, clothing, books, magazines, and other items. •Improve the lighting in and outside your home. Use nightlights or a flashlight to light the path between your bedroom and the bathroom. Turn on the lights before using the stairs. See an eye specialist once a year – better vision can help prevent falls. •Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors. Have grab bars installed on the wall next to the bathtub, shower, and toilet if needed. Wipe up spilled liquids immediately. •Stairways should be well lit from both the top and the bottom. Have easy-to-grip handrails installed along the full length of both sides of the stairs. •Be aware of uneven surfaces indoors and outdoors. If you must have scatter rugs, make sure they lay flat and do not slide when you step on them. Smooth out wrinkles and folds in carpeting. Be aware of uneven sidewalks and pavement outdoors. Ask a family member or friend to clear ice and snow from outside stairs and walkways and always use handrails if available. Step carefully. •Wear sturdy, well-fitting low-heeled shoes with non-slip soles. They are safer than slippers, stocking feet, high heels, or thick soled athletic shoes. •Have heating equipment, chimney and stove inspected and cleaned by a certified HVAC technician and/or chimney sweep every fall just before heating season. •Test your Smoke and CO alarms and replace batteries if needed. Refer to manufacturer’s instructions •Allow ashes to COOL before disposing of them. Four days or 96 hours is the minimum recommended cooling period for ashes. •Place completely cooled ashes in a covered metal container. Keep the container at least ten feet away from the home and other buildings. They should never be disposed of in a plastic garbage box or can, a cardboard box, or paper grocery bag. Never use a vacuum cleaner to pick up ashes. The metal container should be placed away from anything flammable. It should not be placed next to a firewood pile, up against or in the garage, on or under a wood deck, or under a porch. After sitting for a week in the metal container, check them again to be sure that they are cool. If so, the ashes are then safe to dispose of in your trash. Ask your local Fire District if they have an Ash Can Program. •As a safety precaution keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from a fireplace, wood stove, or any other heating appliance, and create a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires. It is important to make sure the fireplace has a sturdy scree

Winter Home Safety Tips

Within a recent article written by Fire Chief Ryan Sommers of the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, he offered an informative list of tips to prepare your home for the weather to come.  With the fall season in full swing, we thought this would be a good time to share his article with you. […]

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Caldor Fire Lake Tahoe

Caldor Fire: How you can help.

As of this morning, things are looking much brighter for those whose homes were in the path of the Caldor Fire.  For those who won’t return as their homes are beyond repair or no longer exist, we are reaching out to all our clients and connections to share this important post from our friends at […]

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Caldor Fire Lake Tahoe

How to Prepare Your Home for Fire Season

With an extremely low snow year behind us, fire prevention and preparation is top of mind for all of us who live in the Tahoe Basin. WEATHER & FIRE SAFETY INFORMATION – PREPARING FOR FIRE EVACUATION As we have been experiencing lately, fires started by lightning peak in the summer months and in the late […]

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4th of July Events at Lake Tahoe, 2021

4th of July Events in Lake Tahoe, 2021

Through the efforts of many organizations, the Incline Village Crystal Bay Business Association (IVCBA) announces festivities for the 4th of July weekend. The theme of “Local Heroes” recognizes the community’s firefighters, peace officers, and veterans, as well as local health care workers, educators, and service workers. The weekend starts out with the North Lake Tahoe […]

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