Thursday, December 8, 2022

How to help your Student get into Elite Colleges

If you are a parent hoping to help your child get into top colleges, the City of Southlake Parks and Recreation is offering an educational program just for you.

For many, college applications can be a hassle and quite confusing. Add to that, more and more students are applying to the nation’s top colleges, it is becoming increasingly harder to get in. But we’re offering some guidance.

By taking the educational program, parents and teens will learn about what elite colleges look for and how to systematically develop a plan to help increase a student’s odds of admission, including recent trends and what role extracurricular activities of students plays in the process.

Participants will also receive a free copy of the instructor’s e-book on college planning and selection. This session is ideal for parents of 9th– 11th graders, but 12th grade parents are also welcome.

Click HERE to register for How to help your Student get into Elite Colleges!

For more information visit please visit SouthlakeParksandRec.com or call our office at (817) 748-8019

Fall Back and Get Your Home Winter Ready

It’s time to fall back this Sunday, November 5, and turn your clocks back one hour just before going to bed.

It’s also the perfect time to check and change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Fire Chief Mike Starr says, “It’s a simple habit that can save lives.” Residents can also make use of the extra hour they gain during Daylight Saving Time by checking their home fireplaces and chimneys. It’s a good idea to do it now before temperatures drop too low.

The National Fire Protection Association recommends that chimneys be swept at least once a year at the beginning of the winter to remove soot and debris. In addition to cleaning, a chimney sweep should inspect the chimney structure for cracks, loose bricks, or missing mortar. Chimney liners should also be checked for cracking or deterioration.

Fire Marshal Kelly Clements says, “About one-third of all home fires across the country caused by heating equipment are contributed to chimneys and fireplaces, and about 40 percent are due to space heaters.” Clements adds, “An ounce of prevention can go a long way toward keeping your family and home safe this Holiday season.”

Here are some additional safety tips from the Southlake Fire Department to help reduce fire danger in your home.

  • Never burn charcoal or use a hibachi in your fireplace. Both produce deadly carbon monoxide.
  • Protect against sparks by enclosing a fireplace’s opening with glass doors or a sturdy screen.
  • Never use lighter fluid or other flammable liquids to start a fire.
  • Burn only dry seasoned wood.
  • Have your fireplace inspected annually.
  • Keep flammables such as newspapers, magazines, rugs and carpeting away from fireplace.
  • Never leave a fire unattended.
  • Extinguish each fire before going to bed.

If you have any questions or need further assistance please contact the Southlake Fire Department at (817) 748-8106.