Homeless Memorial Day services
Since 1990, The National Coalition for the Homeless has sponsored National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day on or near the first day of winter, Dec. 21, to remember homeless individuals who have died as a result of being homeless. At least 50 who died homeless and/or indigent in Monroe County during 2012 will be remembered during three prayer services on Dec. 21.
• In Key West, a commemoration will be held at 3 p.m., at the Florida Keys Outreach Coalition vault in the Key West Cemetery. Attendees should enter through the main gate, where the sexton's office and ushers will direct foot traffic to the vault. In case of rain, the service will be held in the First Congregational Church, 527 William St. For more information, call 305-295-7580.
• In Marathon, the commemoration will take place at 5 p.m. at St. Columba Episcopal Church, 451 52nd St., followed by a dinner. For more information, call 305-743-6412.
• In Tavernier, a memorial service will be held from noon to 1 p.m., at Settlers Park.
For more information, call 305-852-1612.
Nautical flea market
Boating, fishing and diving aficionados can take their pick of maritime merchandise at the Big Pine Nautical Flea Market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 19-20 on the grounds of the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce, Mile Marker 31 on Big Pine Key.
Vendors will be selling dive and snorkel gear, boats and motors, fishing tackle and marine merchandise of all sorts.
Local performers will provide live music throughout the day and food and drinks will be for sale.
Multiple raffle giveaways are scheduled and all proceeds benefit the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce.
Admission and parking are free.
For more information, call 305-872-2411 or visit www.lowerkeyschamber.com.
10 tips for holiday electrical safety
Each holiday season, thousands of fires start as the result of overloaded outlets, faulty or worn electrical wires, and decorations used improperly. Keys Energy Services (KEYS) offers the following tips for holiday electrical safety:
1. Never use nails or staples to secure light strings or electrical cords.
2. Do not overload extension cords and outlets
3. Check decorations for frayed or loose wires before plugging them in
4. Turn off holiday lights while away from home and before bed.
5. Unplug strings of lights before replacing bulbs
6. Use only decorations and extension cords certified for outdoor use when placing them outside.
7. Plug all outdoor electric decorations into circuits with ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) to avoid shocks.
8. Do not string lights on trees that are near or touching power lines.
9. On outside lights, point sockets down to avoid moisture build-up, wrap a plastic bag around connections and tie ends with electrical tape.
10. Never use electric lights on a metallic tree. Faulty bulbs could make the tree become charged with electricity.