July 15, 2011


'Carmageddon' is here!

For the past few weeks, officials have issued warning signs about the upcoming closure of the 405 freeway on the 16th and 17th of July. Carmageddon has finally come! Residents are expected to have major delays and here are some ideas to help you prepare for this weekend.

1. Detours: The 101 and 10 will be impacted the most. So depending on where you are going, plan ahead. Use sites like Mapquest, Googlemaps, or Sigalert to help you avoid the chaos. Expect to be in your car for hours so bring a friend or two, or make a new one while you are there.

2. Fly: The next best alternative may be flying thousands of feet above the city. Jetblue Airways is offering “405 Freeway Closure? We’re So Over It” special. For only $4 include taxes and fees, nonstop flights between Long Beach Airport and Bob Hope Airport. And for $1 more, you can fly first class.

3. Local Transportation: Take the day off from driving. The city is offering free rides on certain bus lines and is adding more train services. Some hotels and restaurants are also offering discounts.

4. Have a party: The best idea saved for last. To avoid the traffic jam completely, stay at home! Relax and have a “Carmageddon” party! Invite all your friends and family, I am sure they would rather be swimming in a pool than in a pool of traffic!

July 1, 2011

How to Stay Safe Independence Day Weekend.

It’s that time of year again where fireworks, barbeques, and traveling are part of a typical 4th of July weekend. While it may be a fun weekend full of festivities, it can also be a dangerous one if safety precautions are not used.

1) Make sure everyone gets plenty of sun block (also get the waterproof kind if engaging in water activities). Apply 30 minutes before sun exposure, reapply every 2-3 hours, and use higher SPF. Don’t forget to also apply lip balm with SPF protection to your lips. Remember to also wear protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses.

2) Stay hydrated! It’s easy to get carried away while having fun but make sure everyone gets enough water, especially if engaging in strenuous activities.

3) For fireworks, make sure small children are kept away from the fireworks and are watched at all times. Avoid eye injuries by staying at least 500 feet away from the fireworks. Don’t light illegal fireworks…instead go to a professional show. Every year, many people are sent to the emergency room due to injuries from fireworks and sparklers, so make it a priority to stay safe.

4) Follow food safety tips. Avoid cross-contamination by putting raw meats separate from cooked food. Don’t let food sit out outside even if thawing; let it thaw in the fridge. Be sure to cook food thoroughly; use a thermometer if necessary. The USDA recommends cooking raw beef, pork, lamb to a minimum of 145°; ground meats should be cooked to160 °F. Poultry should be cooked to 165 °F

5) If you will be celebrating near a lake or pool, make sure children are watched closely. It’s better to take turns having one adult as a chaperone at all times. Also, if on a boat, be sure to have enough life jackets for everyone on board. Drowning occurs more frequently than people think, especially when everyone is busy eating, talking, lounging, and having a good time.

6) Build a safe campfire by making sure it is away from overhanging trees and other plants. Keep water nearby in case. Do not leave the fire unattended. When you do put it out, make sure the fire is completely out by making sure all the embers are wet; if not it can easily start up again later.

7) Drink responsibly! If in doubt, don’t get in a car or near water. The consequences are not worth it.

8) Be prepared for more drivers on the road during this holiday weekend. Make sure your car is in proper working condition (meaning the tires, fluid levels, etc are checked). Allow plenty of time for travel so you are not driving dangerously by weaving in and out of traffic to get to your destination.

9) Lastly, Happy 4th of July!! From everyone at Go Green Construction.

Fun Facts…Did you know??

2.5 million

In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation.
Source: Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970

311.7 million

The nation's estimated population on this July 4th
Source: US Census Population clock