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Turkey Fryer Safety Tips

Turkey Fryer Safety Tips


During the holiday season, the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department would like to identify some turkey fryer hazards and offer some fire safety tips to ensure that you and your family have a fun and safe holiday.


Turkey Fryer Hazards

• Many units easily tip over, spilling the hot oil from the cooking pot.

• If the cooking pot is overfilled with oil, the oil may spill out of the unit when the turkey is placed into the cooking pot. Oil may hit the burner or flames, causing a fire to engulf the entire unit.

• Partially frozen turkeys placed into the fryer can cause a spillover effect. This too may result in an extensive fire.

• With no thermostat controls, the units also have the potential to overheat the oil to the point of combustion.

• The lid and handles on the sides of the cooking pot get dangerously hot, posing severe burn hazards.


Important Turkey Fryer Safety Tips

'Race for Grace' 5K Set for Thanksgiving Morning

'Race for Grace' 5K Set for Thanksgiving Morning

Some Central Georgians won't gobble until they wobble on Thanksgiving Day thanks to the "Race for Grace" Half-Marathon, 12K, 6K and one mile run.

That takes place at Marie Baptist Church. Registration for the half-marathon is $35 and the other races are $25 to participate.

Proceeds benefit Teen Challenge Middle GA, a Christian residential program for men struggling with things like drugs and alcohol. 

The half-marathon begins at 7 a.m. and the 6K and one-mile run start at 9 a.m.


Dublin VA Outpatient Clinic to Open in Milledgeville

Dublin VA Outpatient Clinic to Open in Milledgeville

Veterans in Milledgeville can now look forward to a short commute to receive VA medical care.

According to a news release, the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in Dublin plans to open a Milledgeville VA outpatient clinic on November 1.

That's located at A Wing, 1st Floor, Pete Wheeler Building at 2249 Carl Vinson Highway in Milledgeville.

Services will include: 

  • primary care,
  • mental health,
  • social work,
  • dietary counseling

Hours of operation: Monday-Friday 8-4:30.


Veterans can also call the 24-hour Nurse Triage number at 1-877-424-8212 to speak with a nurse.


Veterans requesting care at the new clinic that are not currently enrolled in VA Healthcare may obtain an application form online at www.va.gov or can visit the clinic after the opening on Nov. 1st, 2012, to pick up an enrollment package.

Dublin Pharmacist Receives National Recognition

Dublin Pharmacist Receives National Recognition

Dublin, Ga.'s own Bent Gay won national recognition at the Third Annual Next-Generation Pharmacist Awards event Tuesday.

That's according to a Next-Generation Pharmacist Awards news release.

He won the award Long-Term Care Pharmacist of the Year. Gay was selected for the honor out of 375 nominations in one of ten categories.

Winners in other categories were:

Empty Stroller Walk for SIDS Awareness Held

Empty Stroller Walk for SIDS Awareness Held

October is SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) awareness. 

The disease is especially devastating in the African-American community, claiming 16 percent of babies.  Thursday, Healthy Start of Dublin, South Central Health District, the Bleckley County Health Department, and several other organizations sponsored an empty stroller walk to promote SIDS awareness.

The event began on Ash Street with a ceremony that included the reading of a proclamation by Mayor William Basby (unable to attend due to interviews for a city manager) and an accoustic performance of "Jesus Loves Me."  The procession then made its way down Second Street, turning left, then going up Dykes Street, before ending up behind the police department on third street.

Concussions: The Hard-Hitting Facts

In many sports, the harder the hit, the louder the fans yell, but sometimes the outcome of a big blow isn't something to cheer about, like a concussion.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that one out of every ten athletes in a contact sport will get a concussion each season.

They also estimate that 3.8 million concussions happen each year in the United States with around 70% of them going undiagnosed.

When many people think of concussions, football automatically comes to mind, but women's soccer is the second leading sport for the brain injury.

When the brain moves around inside your head and hits the walls of your skull, that's when a concussion can happen.

It doesn't always take a big blow to do the trick either. Purdue University researchers found that a series of smaller hits can have the same result.

And most happen without the athlete ever losing consciousness.

The Blue Cart: What is it for, really?

The Blue Cart: What is it for, really?

The City of Dublin blog says that over 700 tons were recycled rather than going to the landfill since the inception of the blue cart.