FCS July 2023
July 2023 EditionFamily & Consumer Sciences
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July 2023 FCS Newsletter
Independence Day - Office Closed
Homemakers to Center For Courageous Kids
Check in entries for County Fair 4-7pm
Daviess County Lion’s Club Fair
Pick up entries from fair 2-4pm
Boiling Water Bath Canning Class
School Begins in Daviess County
Kentucky State Fair
Homemaker Lesson Leader Training
Homemaker Lesson Leader Training
The Diabetes Education and Support Group that meets at the Extension Office will not be meeting until further notice.
The Owensboro Regional Farmers Market is in full swing!
The market is now open, Tuesday mornings (8am-12 noon), Thursday evenings (4pm-7pm), and Saturday mornings (8am-12 noon).
Come visit the Owensboro Regional Farmers Market on Saturday, July 8th from 8am to 12pm and stop by the Daviess County Extension Booth! We will be sampling and discussing salsa.
On August 5th, we will be making trail mix!
Basic Boiling Water Bath Canning Class
Friday, July 28th 9:00am to 12:00pm
at the Daviess County Extension Office
This class will be hands on, so it will be limited in size. You must call 270-685-8480 to reserve your spot . The deadline to sign up is July 20th.
School starting back means a busier schedule for most!
What’s for dinner is a question that never stops… so come join us for a Make, Take, and Bake Casserole Class!
Tuesday, August 22nd at 5:00pm at the Daviess County Extension Office
This class will be limited, so be sure to call and sign up, 270-685-8480.
Daviess County Lion’s Club Fair July 19-22
Check in entries: July 18, 4-7pm
Pick up entries: July 22, 2-4pm
Open class Fair books are available for pick up at the Extension Office
Information on all exhibits can be found on the Extension Office website: https://daviess.ca.uky.edu/dc-fair
Extreme Heat During the Summer Months
June, July, and August bring long summer days with plenty of sunshine but also heat and humidity, with some days being dangerously hot. The Federal Emergency Management Agen-cy (FEMA) states, “Did you know around the world extremely hot days have become more frequent and intense since the 1950s?” These extreme temperatures bring potential dangers to us all but especially to those who work outside, the very old, the very young, and pets or ani-mals who are outdoors. FEMA recommends the following list of ways to stay cool during hot summer months.
1. Check the forecast. Before making plans, check your local forecast to see if there’s an ex-cessive heat advisory. An excessive heat warning is issued up to a day before extremely dangerous heat conditions start. An excessive heat watch is issued when conditions are fa-vorable for excessive heat in the next 24 to 72 hours. A heat advisory is issued within 12 hours before dangerous heat conditions are expected. 2. Never leave pets or people in a car. Did you know when it’s only 80 degrees, your car’s interior can reach 118 degrees in just 20 minutes? Leaving anyone in a parked car on warm days is dangerous. Infants and children are especially in danger of getting heat stroke or dy-ing. 3. Drink water. Keep yourself and your pets hydrated. Drink more fluids, regardless of how active you are. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. 4. Find air conditioning. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to a shopping mall or public library. Even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat. While electric fans may provide comfort, when the temper-ature is in the high 90s, they will not prevent heat-related illness. 5. Keep your house cool. You can keep your house cooler by insulating it and covering your windows with drapes or shades. Use window reflectors such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard to reflect heat back outside. 6. Dress appropriately and wear sunscreen. Sunburn affects your body’s ability to cool down and can make you dehydrated. If you must go outdoors, protect yourself from the sun by wearing loose, lightweight, light-colored clothes, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses. Put on a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes before going outside during the day. Sunscreen wears off, so reapply every two hours and after swimming, sweating, or toweling off. 7. Avoid strenuous activities. High heat and outdoor activities don’t always mix well. Try to limit your outdoor activity to when it’s coolest: morning and evening hours. Take frequent breaks in shady areas so your body has a chance to recover. 8. Check on your family and friends. Older adults, children, and people with chronic medi-cal conditions are at high risk from heat-related injury and death. 9. Eat light. Hot, heavy meals add heat to your body. If you do notice any heat-related illnesses, such as heat stroke, heat cramps, and heat ex-haustion, seek a cool place and immediate medical attention (as needed). As our climate patterns become more unpredictable, take steps to be more aware of the weather to keep you and your community safe and healthy.
References https://www.fema.gov/blog/9-ways-stay-cool-extreme-heat https://www.ready.gov/heat Source: Hardin Stevens, senior Extension associate, University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, March 2023
Homemaker lesson leader trainings will start back August 22 (Daviess County) and August 23 (Henderson County)! The trainings will be at 10:00am and 11:00am.
10:00am - September lesson: All About Paw Paws
11:00am – October lesson: Planning Thrifty and Healthy Holiday Meals
Refer to the June newsletter for a full lesson schedule.