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The Dangers of Portable Generators

I was left without power for a week following Superstorm Sandy last year and the biggest thing I took away from that experience was that we don’t realize how much we depend on electricity until it’s taken away from us. A new survey recently revealed that only half of Americans say that they feel prepared to deal with an extended power outage. Typically the most widely felt effect of natural disasters are widespread power outages and the time to prepare for such a possibility is well before disaster is imminent. One of the most common ways people are responding to the possibility of no power is by buying portable generators to power their homes when the grid is down. That opens up a whole new can of worms that everyone in downstate New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut remembers well:

It’s like 1978 all over again.

Those things aren’t exactly the most fuel efficient engines to begin with and keeping those generators running required standing in line for hours in the cold at a gas station that may or may not have gas by the time you get to the front of the line. There was another problem with generators that was far more serious though. Seventeen people died in the aftermath of Sandy from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by using generators improperly and generators have been responsible for more than 500 deaths since 2005. First of all, powering up a generator indoors or in any enclosed space might as well be a death sentence. Even operating the generator outdoors could be dangerous if it is located too close to an open window, vent, or door could cause CO levels to rise to lethal levels. The conclusion is that if you feel that you must have a generator make absolutely sure that you’re using it safely and also invest in some battery powered carbon monoxide detectors just in case. They just may save your life.

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Best Winter Vacations

U.S. News Travel gives readers some great suggestions with their list of 12 places recommended for the Best Winter Vacations. Let’s face it, unless you like freezing, snowy weather and/or skiing, winter in the Northeast is kind of gloomy. It’s dark and cold by the time you get home from work, making it hard to want to do anything in your spare time aside from watching TV in your sweats, which is exactly why you need a winter vacation. Give yourself something to look forward to and a reason to keep trudging to the gym on those frigid nights, as you will need your bathing suit for most of these vacations. However if you enjoy vacationing to wintery destinations, there are some options for you too, (see #’s 9-11 on the list.) As lovers of all places warm and sunny, our pick for your perfect winter vacation is #1, Kauai, Hawaii. If you have yet to visit Hawaii, stop what you are doing immediately and start planning a trip. While we haven’t traveled everywhere just yet, Hawaii is the #1 vacation destination and most beautiful place we’ve been to date. Kauai, known as the Garden Isle, is oldest and most lush of the Hawaiian Islands. With its gorgeous beaches, friendly locals, delicious cuisine, unique wildlife, and laid back Aloha lifestyle, you can’t go wrong.  Be sure to check out all the vacation hot spots on this list and start planning your winter get-away today!

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Nā Pali Coast State Park - Photo courtest of: www.en.wikipedia.org

Nā Pali Coast State Park, Kauai, Hawaii – Photo courtest of: http://www.en.wikipedia.org

10 best places to raise your kids

MSN Real Estate and Bloomberg Businessweek provide readers with information on the 10 best places to raise your kids. This list is geared toward those considering leaving the big city to move to a more family oriented locale. Bloomberg Businessweek evaluated 3,200 places nationwide with populations from 5,000 to 50,000, looking at metrics including housing cost, commuting time, public school performance, safety, poverty, educational attainment for adults, and households with children and diversity. They also looked at the local job market, median income, and unemployment rate, making this a very studied and thorough assessment. Take a look at these locations and perhaps you will discover the perfect town for your family!

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Bella Vista, Ark. - Photo courtesy of: Frank Krahmer/Getty Images

Bella Vista, Ark. – Photo courtesy of: Frank Krahmer/Getty Images

10 best places to raise your kids:

1. Solon, Ohio

2. Helotes, Texas

3. Bella Vista, Ark.

4. Cranberry Township, Pa.

5. Signal Mountain, Tenn.

6. Peachtree City, Ga.

7. Ballwin, Mo.

8. Cedarburg, Wis.

9. Brandon, Miss.

10. Louisville, Colo.

Superfoods that fight colds

If you are one of the 10 people on earth who does not have a cold right now, be thankful and be sure to prevent getting one by educating yourself about Superfoods that fight colds, presented by MSN Healthy Living. This list has some nutritious options that will help you stave off the ever lingering winter cold that all your friends and co-workers have. Personal favorite superfood, dark chocolate, which is considered a cold fighter due high levels of zinc and polyphenols per ounce, which are disease fighting antioxidants.

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Photo courtesy of: MSN Healthy Living

Photo courtesy of: MSN Healthy Living

14 jobs that pay 6 figures

MSN Careers starts the New Year off right with their list of 14 jobs that pay 6 figures. There is no better time to reconsider your job opportunities, especially if you didn’t get that raise or bonus you were banking on. This list will give you some insight on career fields that are growing and paying into the 6 figures, and you can’t go wrong with that. While many of these careers will take a fair amount of time and money to be able to get to the mentioned positions, you can’t get there at all if you don’t try. Our pick is for #1,  Advertising, promotions and marketing manager, probably because this blog is brought to you by the Churchill Corporate Services marketing department! Be sure to take a look at this list below if you have been considering a more lucrative career move, or just looking for a new field to explore!

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Photo courtesy of: MSN Careers

Photo courtesy of: MSN Careers

1. Advertising, promotions and marketing manager* What they do: Advertising, promotions and marketing managers plan programs to generate interest in a product or service. They work with art directors, sales agents and financial staff members. 2010 median pay: $108,260

2. Air traffic controller What they do: Air traffic controllers coordinate the movement of air traffic to ensure that planes stay safe distances apart. 2010 median pay: $108,040

3. Architectural and engineering manager What they do: Architectural and engineering managers plan, coordinate and direct activities in architecture and engineering, including research and development. 2010 median pay: $119,260

4. Chief executive officer What they do: Chief executives devise strategies and policies to ensure that an organization meets its goals. They plan, direct and coordinate operational activities of companies and public- or private-sector organizations. 2010 median pay: $101,250

5. Computer and information systems manager What they do: Computer and information systems managers, often called IT managers or IT project managers, plan, coordinate and direct computer-related activities in an organization. They help determine the IT goals of an organization and are responsible for implementing the appropriate computer systems to meet those goals. 2010 median pay: $115,780

6. Dentist What they do: Dentists diagnose and treat problems with a patient’s teeth, gums and other parts of the mouth. They provide advice and instruction on taking care of teeth and gums and on diet choices that affect oral health. 2010 median pay: $146,920

7. Financial manager What they do: Financial managers are responsible for the financial health of an organization. They produce financial reports, direct investment activities and develop strategies and plans for the long-term financial goals of their organization. 2010 median pay: $103,910

8. Lawyer What they do: Lawyers advise and represent individuals, businesses or government agencies on legal issues or disputes. 2010 median pay: $112,760

9. Natural science manager What they do: Natural sciences managers supervise the work of scientists, including chemists, physicists and biologists. They direct research and development projects and coordinate activities such as testing, quality control and production. 2010 median pay: $116,020

10. Petroleum engineer What they do: Petroleum engineers design and develop methods for extracting oil and gas from deposits below the earth’s surface. Petroleum engineers also find new ways to extract oil and gas from older wells. 2010 median pay: $114,080

11. Pharmacist What they do: Pharmacists dispense prescription medications to patients and offer advice on their safe use. 2010 median pay: $111,570

12. Physician and surgeon What they do: Physicians and surgeons diagnose and treat injuries and illnesses in patients. Physicians examine patients, take medical histories, prescribe medications and order, perform and interpret diagnostic tests. Surgeons operate on patients to treat injuries, such as broken bones; diseases, such as cancerous tumors; and deformities, such as cleft palates. 2010 median pay: Equal to or greater than $166,400 per year

13. Physicist What they do: Physicists study the fundamental nature of the universe, ranging from the vastness of space to the smallest of subatomic particles. They develop new technologies, methods and theories based on the results of their research that deepen our understanding of how things work and contribute to innovative, real-world applications. 2010 median pay: $105,430

14. Podiatrist What they do: Podiatrists provide medical and surgical care for people suffering foot, ankle and lower-leg problems. They diagnose illnesses, treat injuries and perform surgery. 2010 median pay: $118,030

Happy New Year and a Little Bit of History!

We at Churchill Corporate Services want to wish you and your family a very Happy New Year, filled with best wishes for health and happiness in 2013 and always! Perhaps you, liked millions of people throughout the world stayed up late to watch that iconic ball drop in Times Square, and hopefully you will be spending New Year’s Day relaxing with loved ones after an evening of celebration and revelry. As you reflect on the past year and begin new resolutions sure to set yourself up for success in this New Year, take a moment to read this article explaining the early origins and traditions of New Year’s Day throughout the ages, then check out the video below created by history.com.

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History of New Year’s Eve Video

New Year's Image

The History of Santa Claus

Merry Christmas & Season’s Greeting to all! If you celebrate Christmas you have most likely spent sometime today lingering around checking under the Christmas tree to make sure you opened all your gifts from Santa Claus. With all the celebrating and merriment this beautiful season brings to us, did you ever wonder where the story of Santa Claus and his traditions came from? Wonder no more, history.com has all the information your need to become the Santa Claus historian in the family. Take some time to read this interesting article about everyone’s favorite man in the red suit!

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Photo courtesy of: CORBIS

Photo courtesy of: CORBIS