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Pet First Aid and Safety

Just like people, dogs and cats can get a little banged up from time to time as well, especially in the summer.  Ali Hemyari, Director of K-9 Special Ops, Tactical Rescue and Nick Wolkonsky, K-9 Handler, both with Nashville K-9, talk about the Pet First Aid course they offer through the Red Cross, which explains everything from how to plan for pet care in the event of a disaster, reading your dog's vital signs and performing CPR on an animal, identifying irregular behavior in your dog that could be signs of a health risk, and of course, preventing or treating heat exhaustion in these h

Real Estate in a Recession: More Affordable Now Than Ever Before!

If you're considering buying or selling a home, there has literally NEVER been a better time to do it than right now.  Home sales in Nashville are up 25% from this time last year, as buyers take advantage of the lowest interest rates in our lifetimes, and the lowest home affordability rate ever.  Aaron Armstrong, President and CEO of Armstrong Real Estate Group, a team with Keller-Williams, explains what banks are looking for nowadays when you buy a home, how to fix up your house for maximum profit if you're selling, what to look for in a real estate agent, and how to avoid forecl

Save Your Skin This Summer

Fact: 75% of skin cancer deaths are melanoma related cancers, of which the main contributor is ultraviolet light, a.k.a. the sun.   Thankfully, these type of cancers are also the most preventable.  With most of us already headed out to the beach, or laying poolside, Dr.

An Adventure in Your Own Back Yard!

With today's economy, now more than ever people are opting for "stay-cations", and it just so happens that Tennessee is the perfect place for one.  Susan Whitaker, Commissioner of the TN Department of Tourist Development, talks about all the great attractions we have right here in our own back yard, from music festivals, to the historic TN Trails & Byways system, to the #1 visited park in the country (the Great Smoky Mountains National Park), the #2 best waterfall in the world (Ruby Falls), prehistoric fossil sites, hiking trails, romantic getaways and more.  For help

Planning a Safe, Smart Vacation, and Getting the Most From Your Grill This Summer

If you're planning a summer vacation, then this is a must-listen!  Avery Smith from Little Brothers Shell in Brentwood explains how to tune up your car for summer travel, including proper tire care and maintenance schedule, and Mike Prusinski, a Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist, talks about the biggest scams being pulled on travelers these days, and how to avoid having your credit card information stolen while on vacation.  Valerie Bass from the TN Beef Industry Council also talks about tips for selecting, preparing, and storing the best meats for your grill thi

Beating the Heat and Preventing Fires

Camping, grilling, fireworks, tiki torches, seems like during summer there are countless ways to start a fire!  Kim Lawson, Deputy Chief with the Nashville Fire Department shares tips on safety when grilling, the dangers of fireworks, advice for proper smoke alarm placement, and how to get one for free.  She also shares the warning signs of heat exhaustion, and gives advice on how to stay cool and hydrated, as well as which types of fires you can take care of yourself and which ones you'll want to call 911 for immediately.  For emergencies, call 911, for non-emergency concern

Getting Your Car Ready for Summer

Tens of millions of Americans are expected to hit the road this summer, but before you drive anywhere, you need to make sure that your car is in tip-top shape.  Avery Smith, certified mechanic from Little Brothers Shell in Brentwood, details potential dangers you might encounter on the road, and what preventative maintenance you need to take care of now to avoid those problems later on, such as proper tire care, how often you really need to change your fluids, and the most common causes of the dreaded "check engine" light.

Stay Cool With Proper HVAC Care and Maintenance

Mike Ward with Total HVAC talks about how to properly maintain your air conditioning unit to avoid a breakdown, what to look for when purchasing a unit or selecting a repair service, how to adjust your thermostat to save the most money AND the most energy, and why it's so important to use high quality air filters and to change them often.  For additional questions, contact Mike and his staff at 615-577-1777, and visit Total-HVAC.com.

Summer Poisons and Toxic Plants

Dr. John Benitez from the TN Poison Center speaks about common poisonous or toxic plants that you may encounter outdoors this summer.  He also explains which indoor plants could also pose a threat, how to properly treat poison ivy and other contact poisons, and safe procedures for eating wild, potentially harmful plants such as polk salad.  To learn more, visit TNPoisonCenter.org, and if you find yourself in a poison related emergency, call the Poison Hotline at 1-800-222-1222.

Asthma Awareness

May is Asthma Awareness Month.  Gail Bost with the American Lung Association on Tennessee talks about how asthma is more common now than ever, having increased over 200% in the last 20 years, explains what happens to the body when you have an asthma attack, dispels the myth that asthma is only common in children, and explains some risk factors.  She also addresses other lung related diseases, such as COPD, sleep apnea, and lung cancer, which is the #1 cancer killer in the nation.  For more information and resources to evaluation your own risk factors, visit <a href="http://ww

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