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  1. Real-Time Winter Storm Operations Information Available Online

    Residents and the traveling public can get updated information about Baltimore County’s snow removal operations and road conditions on the County website and on Twitter.
    Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:33:40 GMT
  2. Baltimore County Inaugural Set for December 1

    Baltimore County’s Inaugural Ceremonies will take place Monday, December 1 at 10 a.m. at SECU Arena at Towson University.
    Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:34:45 GMT
  3. County Offices, Facilities and Landfill Closed for Thanksgiving

    Baltimore County government offices and the District and Circuit Courts will be closed on Thursday, November 27, in recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday.
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:18:48 GMT

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  1. “Cease the Grease” for the holidays and always

    Chris Korpman, Engineer III
    Baltimore County Public Works

    There is FOG in the sewers –but it’s not that misty stuff that fills the air.  The term “F.O.G.” stands for fats, oils and grease. Originating in our kitchens, it clogs sanitary sewer systems across Baltimore County and is a harmful threat to the environment. When poured or washed down the drain, FOG builds up on pipe walls, restricting the flow of wastewater exiting our home’s plumbing.

    Over time, FOG leads to blockages that result in overflows into our homes or onto our streets, down storm drains, and into local waterways, all posing a serious risk to public health. 

    The 10 most common sources of FOG are:

    • Shortening
    • Cooking Oil
    • Fat trimmings
    • Sauces
    • Margarine
    • Butter and Lard
    • Baking Goods
    • Dairy Products
    • Meats
    • Food Scraps

    Put Fats, oil and grease where they belong…

    Never pour F.O.G. into your sink or toilet. Rather, dispose of F.O.G. into a small can, storing in the freezer until full. When it’s full, throw it into the trash.

    When there is F.O.G. residue in a pan or on a dish, wipe it with a paper towel before washing and throw the towel in the trash.

    Place a strainer in the kitchen sink drain to catch food scraps and other solids, then empty the strainer into the trash.

    Please keep this in mind during your holidays and remember, "Cease the Grease."

    Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:54:00 GMT
  2. Prepare Right, Cook Right and Eat Well This Thanksgiving Holiday

    William A. Bridges, Environmental Health Specialist
    Baltimore County Department of Health
    Environmental Health Services

    Parties, family dinners, and other gatherings where food is served are all part of the holiday cheer. But the merriment can change to misery if food makes you or others ill. Use the following seven tips to make your holiday a safe one.

    1.     Are you thawing correctly?
    Thawing the turkey or any meat product on the counter might seem easier, but it’s not safe. Thaw your turkey in the refrigerator, in cold running water or in the microwave continuing with the cooking process.

    2.     Got a thermometer?

    No matter how good it looks, you can only tell if a whole turkey is safely cooked when the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. Always use a food thermometer. Food is safely cooked when it reaches a high enough internal temperature to kill harmful bacteria.

    3.     Should you dress it?
    Whether it is cooked inside or outside the bird, all stuffing and dressing must be cooked to a minimum temperature of 165ºF. For optimum safety, cooking your stuffing in a casserole dish outside of the bird is recommended. To avoid harmful bacteria growth, never stuff your turkey the night before.

    4.     Can you leave it out?

    As tempting as it is to leave out for all to admire, your pumpkin pie contains milk and eggs, so first bake it to the safe minimum temperature of 160 degrees F., then refrigerate after baking.

    5.     Wanna taste?

    Using the same spoon for stirring and tasting is bad manners and oh yeah, it can spread bacteria and viruses.

    6.     Did you use soap and water?

    Wash hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling food and after using the bathroom, changing diapers, or handling pets.

    7.     More leftovers than usual?

    ·        Refrigerate leftovers in shallow containers within 2 hours of cooking.

    ·        Use leftover foods within 3-4 days or freeze.

    ·        Reheat leftovers thoroughly to 165 degrees F. 

    Here’s hoping you and yours have a happy, healthy and delicious holiday meal. For more information on holiday food, travel and pet safety, visit

    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:50:00 GMT

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