National Diabetes Awareness Month: Preventing Complications

National Diabetes Awareness Month: Preventing Complications

Diabetes is a disease which affects over 29 million Americans, and the rate is only increasing. That’s why paying attention to National Diabetes Month is so important, as the month of November is dedicated to raising awareness about diabetes prevention and management, and promoting healthy lifestyles.

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Whether you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes or know someone who does, keep reading to learn about diabetes, and what you can do to help raise awareness:

Diabetes Prevention

Type 1 diabetes occurs when the pancreas fails to produce enough insulin. It was previously referred to as “juvenile diabetes” because many diagnoses were made in childhood and early adulthood.

Type 2 diabetes, which is becoming increasingly more common, is caused by the body’s inability to use the insulin it creates and is often caused by poor health and weight gain.

healthy-dietHow can you prevent diabetes?

Here are a few ways:

Eat right. Loading up on fruits, veggies, and other healthy food can go a long way towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Exercise. You don’t have to be a professional bodybuilder to be in shape; just a few hours of exercise a week will help keep you fit and in shape.

Watch your weight. Weight gain is the biggest cause of Type 2 diabetes, so keep an eye on the scale and make adjustments to your diet and exercise routine as necessary.

Preventing Diabetes-Related Complications

If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, don’t worry; you can still live a totally normal life!

You just need to take a few precautions day-to-day, which include:

exercise-regularlyCheck your feet. If you’re experiencing poor blood circulation due to diabetes, your feet will be the first place to show signs that something is wrong.

Walk more. Walking is a great, low-impact form of exercise which you can easily commit to doing each day to stay healthy.

Get enough sleep. We often make poor food choices and don’t feel as energized to exercise when we aren’t well rested.

Seek Out Support

Finding out that you have Type 1 or 2 diabetes can be a frustrating and stressful experience, and if managing the disease feels like a lot to handle emotionally, take the time to seek out support in your area; don’t suffer alone.

Many cities have support groups for people with diabetes and having a shared community which can support you during your successes and help pick you back up when you’re feeling overwhelmed.

Participate in World Diabetes Day

November 14th is World Diabetes Day, and if you visit you can find out about local initiatives dedicated to raising awareness about diabetes prevention, and providing support and information for people with diabetes.

Trust in Elander Mechanical, Inc. for all your plumbing, heating, and AC needs in Shakopee, MN and call 952-445-4692 for reliable solutions.


It's Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

It’s Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

The month of October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month, a month dedicated to encouraging people to adopt and rescue a dog at their local animal shelter. There are many great reasons why you should adopt, rather than buy, a dog at your local shelter.

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You can also visit your local animal shelter to learn more information about adopting, what kind of shelter it is, and much more. If you still want to support your local shelter but can’t care for a pet in your home, then there are other actions you can take.

Why You Should Adopt and Not Shop!

Sure, some people believe that you should purchase a dog at a pet shop rather than adopting one because dogs from a pet store are cleaner, less-problematic purebreds. That’s a myth. There are plenty of good reasons why adopting a dog is better for both the dog and the adopter. These reasons include:

  • Adopting a dog means saving that dog’s life
  • Purchasing a dog or a puppy from a pet store is more expensive than adopting
  • You can choose whether you want a puppy or an adult dog that’s more likely to have been house-trained already

Dogs from a shelter are cleaner than pet shop dogs.

adopt-a-shelter-dogNot only are they cleaner, but they are also healthier. Shelters usually vaccinate their dogs as well as spay and neuter them. On top of all of that, shelter dogs don’t have as many problems on a genetic level than dogs from a pet shop.

Pet stores rely on obtaining “purebred” dogs from puppy mills. Dogs that are purebred are forced to mate with their relatives, and as a result, end up receiving more genetic defects and diseases than mutts do.

Those who run puppy mills don’t care about the fact that their animals may end up or currently have physical problems. They don’t even take great care of their dogs. To them, dogs are nothing more than a means to earn more money.

Adopting a dog can discourage the demand for dogs bred from these cruel puppy mills.

Visit Your Local Animal Shelter to Learn More

donate to your local animal shelterYou can learn whether or not your local shelter is a no-kill shelter by checking them out in person. The shelter can provide you with useful information on how their dogs are treated, and how to care for a dog, yourself. Maybe your next visit will end with you adopting a new dog.

Volunteering and Donating are Great Alternatives to Helping Your Local Shelter

You may not be able to own a pet of your own or may simply not want to. That’s alright because you can go to your local shelter instead to help out. Just doing basic tasks like washing dishes and feeding the pets can be a huge benefit to the shelter. Even if you don’t have the time to volunteer, you can still donate money. A little bit of money can go a long way at these shelters.

Please donate to American Humane in Washington DC, or your local Humane Society and don’t hesitate to call at (800) 227-4645. They founded Adopt-a-Dog Month and are dedicated to rescuing shelter dogs.

For all your plumbing needs in Shakopee, MN call Elander Mechanical, Inc. at (952) 445-4692.


Ways to Avoid the 7 Most Common HVAC Mistakes this Fall

Ways to Avoid the 7 Most Common HVAC Mistakes this Fall

As a homeowner, you are always looking for ways to save money. When it comes to your HVAC system, a little preventative maintenance can go a long way, especially when it comes to cutting repair costs as well as keeping those energy bills down.

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1 – Get on it!

The biggest mistake a homeowner can make is procrastinating when it comes to your HVAC unit. These maintenance tips are easy and quickly done. The fall is a good time to do it, because of the change in season.

2 – Seasonal Inspection

While much of your HVAC maintenance is DIY-friendly, it’s not a bad idea to call in the experts seasonally to give your system a once-over. Your heating needs will change going into the winter, so the operation of your system will alter slightly as well. An inspection will help you troubleshoot, if need be. They will also clean out the unit, inspect essential mechanisms and wiring.

3 – Set the Thermostat

thermostat_720Indoor comfort means different things in different seasons, and that has much to do with the weather that’s brewing outside. Set it slightly lower for the coming season. You’ll be happy with the energy savings.

It might be time to think about a programmable thermostat too. It can help you target your heating needs, so that you aren’t wasting energy when you are at work.

4 – Check the Vents

Just by closing a few vents here and there in your home you can push the hot air more directly to where you want it to go. A few tips, though; don’t close too many vents (that can actually work against you) and don’t close vents in rooms with a thermostat.

5 – Clear space around the condenser.

Avoid problems by making sure that your condenser isn’t covered with clutter, plants or shrubs. It needs adequate space to work properly.

6 – Is it time to upgrade?

Have your energy bills been creeping up over the last while? Maybe it’s time to upgrade your system? There have been major advances in cooling and heating technology in the last few years, which means higher grade energy efficiency. That means energy savings for you, the homeowner. The cost savings can be substantial over time.

7 – Change the Air Filter

It’s recommended that you change your air filter every three months. If that has been a job that’s been on the back burner, then make that a priority this fall. Changing your filter will improve your air quality and your HVAC unit’s operational efficiency.

How’s your HVAC unit? Do you need a little guidance or sound advice? Our team, Elander Mechanical, Inc. in Shakopee, MN would be happy to help. Give us a call today at (952)-445-4692.


4 Trusted Tips for National Resume Month

4 Trusted Tips for National Resume Month

Looking for a job can be stressful. Trying to put together a resume that stands out might seem impossible. September is National Resume Month, and we include four tips that you can keep in mind when organizing your resume.

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The Benefits of an Online Resume

An online resume offers a lot of advantages, the most common places being:

  1. LinkedIn
  2. Your site
  3. Job boards like Monster or Indeed

Recruiters and employers do a lot of searching online these days, so if your resume is online, they can find you more easily. An online resume also functions well as a “master resume.” For each job you apply for, you typically edit your resume down and tailor it to that particular job.

Having an online resume allows potential employers to see a complete picture of you, and there might be something on there you didn’t choose to include that sticks out to them that gets you a callback.

How to Organize Your Resume

There are a lot of different ways to organize your resume, and all can be successful.

  • The most shared and popular is a chronologically organized resume that has your most recent accomplishments at the top and goes back in time from there.
  • Career changers or recent grads without a lot of experience can use the functional resume format, which emphasizes your abilities over your past employment.

No matter how you ultimately decide to organize your resume, the bottom line is: use the same organizational style throughout.

What Not to Write on Your Resume

  • It is accepted that including references on your resume is a waste of time and space – if a potential employer wants references, they’ll ask, and you can provide them separately.
  • resume-sectionsObjective statements have also fallen out of fashion because they are focused on what you, the applicant, wants, not what the employer needs, which is their focus when looking to hire someone.
  • If you must have a header statement, try using what’s called a personal statement instead. It sums up who you are and your professional qualifications in a sentence or two – basically like your Professional Headline on LinkedIn.
  • Do not list hobbies on your resume, unless they are extremely relevant to the position to which you’re applying.
  • Do not list old jobs on your resume that have no relevance to the one for which you’re applying.

Keep Your Resume Up to Date

Even if you are not currently seeking employment, you have a lot to gain by periodically updating your resume. Opportunities can arise very quickly, and even if you are content in your current job, your dream job might make itself known to you at a moment’s notice.

It’s good to be able to respond immediately when opportunity calls instead of having to take up precious time to massively update your resume or build another one from scratch. You also might forget particular accomplishments when you go to update your resume at a later date.

So give your resume some love this September by picking it up, dusting it off and looking at it critically. Update it even if you’re currently happy with your employment situation. You never know when your dream job will come knocking, or your situation will change!

We’re happy to provide you with this resume writing guide! For assistance in caring for your Shakopee, MN home’s plumbing, contact Elander Mechanical, Inc. at (952) 445-4692.


Greywater Recycling 101 – How Will It Help Reduce Your Water Bills?

Greywater Recycling 101 – How Will It Help Reduce Your Water Bills?

saving-money-on-water-bills_480Many of our customers have been asking us about greywater recycling systems for their homes and businesses, and how this eco-friendly option can help them save money on their water bills and reduce their ecological footprint.

Greywater recycling systems are already popular in commercial or large-scale residential buildings which consume large amounts of fresh water, such as hotels, campus residences and dorms and hostels.

However, recently these types of systems have become more popular with residential customers because of their ability to slash water costs.

Is greywater recycling right for you? Read on to find out:

What is a Greywater Recycling System?

“Greywater” is freshwater which has been contaminated by use in your sink, shower, tub, or washing machine. It generally contains traces of hair, grease, food particles, and cleaning products, making it unsafe to drink or consume. However, greywater is perfect for use in toilets and for irrigation systems in your yard or garden, since the contaminated water is safe for use with plants.

recycling-water_480A greywater recycling system can be installed in your home and will connect the “grey” fresh water from sinks and other sources, and pump it into your toilet or to any outdoor spigots or faucets.

What are the best ways to reuse greywater?

The two most common ways to reuse grey water in the home are:

Toilet water. Greywater is totally safe to use in your toilet, since the water won’t be coming into contact with your mouth, eyes, skin, hair or food. Additionally, since grey water must be used quickly, toilets are a great option since they are heavily-used appliances which use lots of water every day.

Irrigation for yards and gardens. Even though grey water isn’t safe for us to consume, it’s completely safe to use to water your garden or keep your grass looking lush and vibrant.

Is Having Your Own Grey Water Recycling System Safe?

The best and safest way to reuse greywater is to work with a qualified plumbing professional to connect your recycling system so that the water can be funneled into your toilets, or connected to an outdoor faucet for use in the yard, instead of being connected to your sewer line.

Make sure to work with an expert to ensure that there is no “cross over” between your main plumbing lines and your greywater recycling system.

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Can you be more eco-friendly in your water use?

Besides installing a greywater recycling system, you can also lower your water costs and decrease your ecological footprint by taking the following steps to reduce your water use:

● Keep your showers short

● Deal with leaky pipes as soon as you become aware of the issue

● Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth or washing your face

● Install rain barrels to collect rainwater for your garden

Enlist our team of plumbing experts for assistance with installing and maintaining your new, eco-friendly greywater recycling system. Call Elander Mechanical, Inc. in Shakopee, MN today at 952-445-4692 and start saving.


August is Family Fun Month!

August is Family Fun Month!

beach_480The warm, lazy days of summer offer many opportunities to enjoy time with the family. You don’t have to escape on a long, exotic vacation to have memorable times, enjoy the outdoors, and have new experiences.

You can plan a variety of activities that provide fun, chances to learn new things and a relaxing change from your routine. Take one month out of summer before September arrives to explore the entertainments that are available in your area.

Schedule Your Activities for the Summer Months

Don’t leave your summer plans to languish in confusion from a “what shall we do today?” Do some research of attractions and activities that are available in your area. Create a month-long calendar of scheduled events. Scheduling events will limit inter-family arguing and provide information to everyone about what to expect.

Here are some activities that most families enjoy:

· Day at the Beach

· Hiking in a nearby state park

· Museum day

· Water park day

· Zoo day

bikeriding_480· Bicycle riding

· Local festival

· Outdoor sports at the park

· Aquarium visit

· Historical sites and monuments

Make a Fun Month Calendar

Sit down with the family and create a summer fun calendar that schedules exciting events for each day of the week. In this way, you can ensure that each member of the family has a voice in choosing a favorite activity, and no one is left out of the process.

Don’t forget to plan rest periods in-between home events so you can cool off and relax before the next stop. Make sure your air-conditioner is inspected and repaired to avoid inconvenient breakdowns during hot weather.

Organize Your Activities

Make a list of items you will need for the daily activity. You may want to plan a picnic lunch for a day at the beach or outdoor games. If you need specialized equipment, make sure you have it on hand in preparation for the activity. Check your wardrobe for appropriate swimsuits, hiking shoes, hats, sunglasses, coolers for drinks and other necessary items. And don’t forget the sunscreen.

Make sure your Shakopee, MN home is fresh and comfortable to come back to, with a thorough HVAC inspection from Elander Mechanical, Inc. to ensure your family is comfortable with their summer fun. Call us at (952) 445-4692.


5 Helpful Home Preparation Tips Before the Vacation

5 Helpful Home Preparation Tips Before the Vacation

summer-vacationPlanning a dream vacation or a little much-needed R & R?

While you are no doubt taking time to pack the appropriate clothing and change your voicemail and email notifications at work, you are well served to devote some time to home maintenance in advance of your departure.

1- Shut off Water Supply

The very first thing you need to do as you prepare to leave for holidays is to shut off your main water valve. You may be wondering, is shutting the water off to my house really necessary? Isn’t that a little over the top? Not at all.

If you experience a burst or leaky pipe, a surprisingly large amount of water can flood into your home in a matter of a few hours. It doesn’t take a whole lot of water to do a great deal of damage either- from soiled carpeting and soggy belongings to serious structural damage that is expensive to fix.

The key is that, should a plumbing emergency happen, you aren’t going to be there to stop the water flow at the source, so you are well-advised to take that precautionary step before you leave.

2- Clean the Garbage Disposal

You plan to take out the garbage before you leave, right? The same concept should apply to your garbage disposal. You take the garbage out because you know it will decompose while you are gone and it will be very smelly in your house when you get back.

If you’ve got residue or debris lingering in your disposal, get rid of it by cleaning it out with vinegar and baking soda. Put about a half a box of baking soda and two or three cups of white vinegar. It will fizzle together and remove any loose debris. Flush generously with hot water.

3- Disconnect the Appliances

disconnect-appliancesWhen you are on vacation, you might as well pocket some savings by unplugging your appliances. Not only is this energy efficient, but it will also help reduce the possibility of a plumbing emergency.

When doing your home maintenance, pay particular attention to your washing machine.

Make sure that there is no water pooled in the basin (a prime spot for mold and mildew to grow). Check your hoses to make sure that they aren’t cracked. Broken washing machine hoses are one of the leading causes of flooding damage to homes.

4- Tell Your Water Heater to Take a Vacation

Most newer model water heaters will give you the option to switch the heater to “VAC” mode, which drops the temperature to about 50F. There is no need to heat water while you are away, right?

If you have a programmable unit, you can schedule the heater to resume activity a few hours before you are due back.

5- Sump Pump Inspection

Sump pumps don’t last forever and sometimes aren’t used often. But you absolutely need a sump pump that functions properly if you experience flooding while you are on vacation.

Take time to make sure that your sump pump is working well and that it is free from debris. You’ll be glad you did.

Your plumbing is a big part of your life, and you may not even really notice it until it doesn’t work or until you experience a plumbing emergency in Shakopee, MN. That’s when you need reliable help in a hurry. We’re there for you when you need us. Call Elander Mechanical, Inc. at 952-445-4692 today.


Tips for UV Safety Awareness Month

Tips for UV Safety Awareness Month

July is Ultraviolet (UV) Rays Safety Awareness Month. Never expose your skin to unsolicited sunlight attention without sunscreen protection. Make a pledge to yourself to protect your skin from UV damage.

Prolonged UV Exposure

applying-sunscreenEvery time you go outside during daylight hours, you are exposed to UV rays. A quick walk down the driveway to the mailbox probably won’t do any short term damage. But prolonged exposure can have several consequences:
  • Sunburn: Red, peeling skin is uncomfortable and unattractive.
  • Skin damage: Sun exposure can lead to wrinkles, premature aging, and unwanted freckles.
  • Skin cancer: Sunburn and sun exposure have been linked to skin cancer.

How can I keep from getting burned?

Avoid direct sunlight to your skin by:

  1. Using Sunscreen: Experts recommend using at least Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30-50 and applying 15 minutes before going outdoors. Remember that sunscreen loses its effectiveness after 2 hours (Always read the directions). Make sure to bring sunscreen when you are planning a day outside.
  2. Protective Clothing: Wide-brimmed hats can protect the delicate skin on your face. Some clothing has built-in SPF protection. Don’t forget SPF-rated sunglasses to protect your eyes.
  3. Shade: The best way to block the sun is to stay out of the sun during the hot times. Spend some time under a tree, canopy, or bring an umbrella.

What is the hottest time of the day?

While the sun is highest in the sky at noon, the hottest time of the day is actually around 3:00 p.m. During summer, sunlight is most intense between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Remember that even on a cloudy day, UV rays can still cause skin damage and even sunburn. Sometimes the best way to protect yourself on a hot summer day is to relax with a cold drink inside your climate-controlled environment.

Make sure your home stays cool this summer. Call Elander Mechanical, Inc., in Shakopee, MN, at (952) 445-4692 to schedule an A/C tune-up today.


6 Simple Changes to Upgrade Your Home Before the 4th of July

6 Home Improvement Projects to do Before the 4th of July

Summer is finally here, and that means your annual 4th of July gathering of family and friends is approaching fast. Now is the time to get your home and yard ready.

Below are six home improvement projects you’ve likely been putting off for months. Relax! These aren’t major project, they’re just basic maintenance projects. You can do most or all of them yourself in a single weekend.

1. Deck Cleaning

cleaning a deck jpgWooden decks take a beating all year long in some parts of the country, surviving long periods of rain, snow, ice and scorching summer heat.

Before the party starts this summer, give your deck a good cleaning and sealing.

  • Clear the deck of all furniture and other items
  • Sweep away all dirt, dust, leaves and debris
  • Remove splinters and repair any cracks and loose boards
  • Wash the deck thoroughly with a power washer
  • Reseal the deck if necessary

(Note: composite decks may require specialized cleaning solutions)

2. Lawn Care Tips

Mowing your lawn as short as possible is not really necessary to keep it healthy. In fact, allowing a little extra length on those blades of grass will allow them to absorb more sunlight for optimum health.

The added bulk will also provide the underlying soil with more shade, allowing moisture to remain a little longer before burning off in the heat.

Using a push mower and allowing the clippinmowing the lawngs to settle back into your lawn also helps the ground retain moisture.

Also, be sure to water your lawn at night or during the pre-dawn hours to minimize the amount of water that is lost to evaporation.

It’s amazing how many homeowners still water their lawn during daylight hours in the summertime. Don’t do that.

3. Outside Faucets

As summer approaches and temperatures increase, many communities take measures to reduce water usage. One easy way that you can conserve water (without even trying) is to check your faucets and pipes for leaks. Below are two simple steps to figuring out if you have a leak, and if so, to identify whether that leak is inside or outside of your home.

Check your water meter.

First, make sure all the faucets inside your home are turned off and that none of them are dripping. Next, walk around your property and make sure all of your outside faucets are off and that none of them are dripping either. Then locate the water meter for your home. It should have a dial (similar to the one on your electric meter) that spins when water is being used.

If you can see that the dial is turning, then you must have a leak somewhere. If it appears to have stopped, then take a reading and come back to check again in a few hours. If it hasn’t moved by the time you come back, then you’re all good.

However, if it has moved and nobody has used the water inside or outside of your home since you last checked the meter, then you have a leak somewhere.

If there’s a leak, you’ll need to figure out if the leak is inside or outside.

Locate your home’s main water shut-off vachekcing your outdoor faucetlve.

It may be located just outside your home in a vault in the ground, or it may be attached to your water heater.

Shut off the water and check the meter again. If the dial has now stopped, then the leak is inside of your home. If it is still spinning, then that means one of your pipes or faucets outside of the house is leaking.

4. Pool Cleaning & Maintenance

Everybody loves going for a summertime swim, and pool maintenance is pretty straightforward and is something you can do yourself without having to call in professional assistance. But before you let everyone jump in your pool, you’ll want to take some steps to get it ready.

  • Scrub the sides and tiles to prevent algae and dirt buildup
  • Keep pH balance between 7.2 and 7.8
  • Clean out your filter, skimmer and drain
  • Check for cracks around the perimeter of your pool
  • Check water clarity – it should be crystal-clear!

5. Pest Control for Your Yard

If “deferred maintenance” is your middle name and you haven’t done any pest control on your property in years, then you might just let the pros handle this one from start to finish. But if you’ve been keeping up with regular spraying and ground treatment, then you might just need a little touch up for the summer, and that’s something that you might be able to do yourself.

Spray around the perimeter of your home’s exterior walls, and reload any ant, roach and rodent bait stations you have set up. Also, scan the yard, garage, attic vents and roof overhangs for beehives and wasp nests.

Some wasps prefer nests in the ground, so watch carefully for wasps buzzing around your yard and fpay attention to see where they go. If you find anything out of the ordinary, then call around to get a professional pest control company to come out and do a free inspection of your property.

If you’re doing an outside barbecue, ground treatment may be in order. For that, you should probably consult a professional pest control company.

6. Air Conditioning & HVAC Maintenance

Your 4th of July bash is going to fizzle if your cooling system isn’t running at full strength. If you have wall units installed in several rooms, be sure to clean the filters by running them through warm water and letting them air dry thoroughly. Also, check the coils for debris buildup.

In some areas, birds and yellow jackets love to nest inside second-floor AC units, clogging up the fans and potentially causing the unit to stop working. You can simply unbolt these units from the wall and slide them out into the room for cleaning. It’s a messy job, though, so have some old towels or linens laid out on the floor beforehand.

If you have a central AC and ventilation system in your Shakopee, MN home and would like to have it checked out in the summer, contact Elander Mechanical, Inc. at (952) 445-4692.


3 Ways to Prepare Yourself for Summer Solstice

3 Ways to Prepare Yourself for Summer Solstice

Summer solstice is on its way, and many people are ready to celebrate by opening their pools and having parties. Celebrating this day is a tradition that dates back to ancient times. Here are some tips to make your summer celebration a success:

1) What is the Summer Solstice?

Summer Solstice is the official first day of summer. It is also the longest day of the year and occurs between June 20-23 (according to the Gregorian calendar). In 2016, it will be celebrated on June 20th. There are many cultures that place a sacred significance on this day. It was seen as a day when the sun was reborn and gave most of its light to benefit the crops. It was celebrated with banquets, bonfires, and special gifts. There are still many groups, such as Wiccans, who have celebrations for the Summer Solstice.

 


2) Bonfire Tips

After braving the cold of a long winter, it is fun to celebrate the warmth of summer. You can make this year’s summer solstice a fun celebration with family and friends. What better way to celebrate than with an old-fashioned bonfire! The ancients believed that the fire honored the sun and warded off any evil spirits. Just make sure you do it in a place where building fires is not forbidden by local ordinances.

The ideal place for a bonfire is away from buildings, trees, and anything else that can catch fire. Find a spot and gather up some wood. Rather than just throw the wood in a pile, set it upright until it looks like a wooden teepee. Take smaller branches and paper to make kindling. Avoid using hazardous fire-accelerating fuels. Once the fire gets started, you can feed it larger pieces of wood to keep it going. Never leave a bonfire unattended and be sure to watch children around it.

Set the bonfire on the evening of the solstice, when the outside temperature is cooler and the fire can be seen better. Many people have hot dogs to roast over the fire; however, you can grill any type of food that you prefer. You can put meat and veggies on a skewer and have delicious kebabs. If you are a vegetarian, you can stick to grilling vegetables and even fruit. The classic dessert is grilled marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate for s’mores!

3) Watch the Sunset / Sunrise

Another tradition is to celebrate the solstice all night. Your family and guests can watch the glorious sunset on June 20th and stay up to watch the sunrise. You can play games and tell ghost stories around the fire. If you like, you can hand out small party favors to remember the day. Just be careful to watch the fire and put it out completely with water when you are done.

Since you may be opening your pool on this day, it would be a good time to check your plumbing. Call Elander Mechanical, Inc., in Shakopee, MN, at (952) 445-4692.