Grocery Shoppers and Pyrotechnicians Beware

With summer cookouts in full swing, this article from MSN health entitled 10 Things Your Grocery Store Doesn't Want You To Know caught my eye.  I'm not typically germ-phobic, but the shopping cart and salad bar points kind of got to me!  

Also found via LifeHacker , a great "Ultimate Grilling Guide" from Real Simple.   

Finally, since I'm married to an ER doc who will be spending tomorrow night in the Emergency Room, I feel compelled to remind everyone to please carefully supervise all fireworks usage.  ERs see countless people every year who are horribly injured by improper use of fireworks.  Here are some tips from the National Council on Fireworks Safety :

  • Use fireworks and sparklers only outdoors.
  • Only persons over 12 years of age should handle sparklers of any type. Too many young people get burned by sparklers every year. By keeping sparkers out of youngsters, we can reduce these injury rates.
  • Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you are, don’t use them. If drought conditions mean a ban on fireworks, follow the law.
  • Only use fireworks as intended. Don’t try to alter them or combine them.
  • Fireworks and alcohol do not mix. Have a designated “shooter”
  • When all else fails, use common sense. Respect fireworks and sparklers as the great American tradition they are, but also respect the fact that the must be used with caution.

 Please join me in praying for our troops and their families this Independence Day.  God bless America!


Lisa Hendey, Catholic wife and mom, is the founder and webmaster of and the author of A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms: 52 Companions for Your Heart, Mind, Body and Soul and The Handbook for Catholic Moms: Nurturing Your Heart, Mind, Body and Soul. Lisa writes for several online and print publications, enjoys speaking around the country and hosts the Catholic Moments Podcast. Visit her at

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