According to Eastside Fire & Rescue, poor Christmas-tree care is one of the reasons for the usual increase in home fires this time of year. To avoid becoming a...

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According to Eastside Fire & Rescue, poor Christmas-tree care is one of the reasons for the usual increase in home fires this time of year. To avoid becoming a holiday-disaster statistic, be sure to choose a freshly cut tree and keep it away from heat sources. The National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA) also recommends selecting a tree stand that will hold at least one quart of water for every inch of trunk diameter. In other words, a tree with a 4-inch trunk should have a stand that holds at least a gallon of water when the tree is in it. And by the way, plain old tap water, the NCTA says, is the best thing you can give your tree.


Fast fact


Shoppers at Factoria Mall donated about 1,200 bears and $1,000 (enough to buy about 170 more) to the Teddy Bear Patrol campaign this year. The Bellevue-based operation estimates it will deliver a total of 18,000 bears this year to hospitals, fire departments, police stations and social-service agencies all over Western Washington.


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If you were planning to get a flu shot this year but haven’t been able to because you’re not considered “high risk,” you may have another option. A nasal-spray flu vaccine is available through some pharmacies and health-care providers. Healthy individuals ages 5-49 (except for pregnant women) who aren’t allergic to eggs are generally good candidates.


A list of pharmacies that administer the nasal-spray vaccine is available at www.metrokc.gov/health/immunization/flumist.htm, including nearly two dozen locations on the Eastside. Some pharmacies require an appointment, while others have walk-in service; others have a policy of administering vaccines to adults only.


Compiled by Nyssa Rogers: 206-515-5625 or east@seattletimes.com.




Eastside Almanac appears on Wednesdays in the Eastside edition of The Seattle Times. This week’s sources include: www.realchristmastrees.org/care.html, Factoria Xperience Dec. 2004, www.925klsy.com and www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/nasalspray.htm