How to find out the age of your tires
DEAR READERS: Do you want to know how old your car tires are? The federal government requires that tire manufacturers put standardized information on tires’ sidewalls, including a tire ID, in case of a recall. Here’s how to locate the info:
Look directly at the tire. For newer tires, the ID number is on the outside sidewall, and for older tires, the ID number will be on the inner sidewall. Adjacent is the tire’s serial number, including numbers and letters. The last four digits represent the week and year the tire was manufactured. Manufacturers recommend that tires be replaced every six years. Ten years is the maximum service life for tires.
DEAR READERS: When you bake macaroni and cheese, scalloped potatoes or meatloaf, cleaning up afterward can be time-consuming. Here’s how to avoid all that scrubbing:
■ Line the baking dish with aluminum foil for baking in the oven, leaving extra foil hanging over the edges.
■ After dinner, simply lift up the foil, which will wrap around the leftovers, and store them in the refrigerator.
DEAR READERS: Our pets are family members, and we want them to participate in our activities, like summer vacations. Here are hints to make the journey good and safe for all.
■ When organizing your trip, contact — in advance — parks, motels, hotels, campgrounds and relatives to find out if pets are welcome.
■ Place a portable crate/kennel in your car to keep your pet in. Never allow your pet to roam free in the car because that can be dangerous. Never allow your pet to ride with its head sticking outside the car window because dirt might lodge in its ears, nose or eyes, which could cause an infection or injury. ■ Bring a copy of your pet’s medical history and any medications, in case of an emergency.
■ Don’t take your dog off its leash and be sure all ID tags are attached.
DEAR READERS: We use herbs and spices in our kitchens daily to f lavor dishes, from appetizers to main courses and desserts, too. Here’s the difference. Herbs come from the leafy parts of annual or perennial plants. Spices are derived from the barks, roots, seeds, buds or fruits of plants and trees.
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