Good Day Alabama for July 3, 2013

Good Day Alabama for July 3, 2013

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Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for July 3, 2013:

FIREWORKS SAFETY - Capt. Tyrone Fornest with the Birmingham Fire Department joined us with a few reminders for fireworks safety. He reminded us that fireworks are illegal in the city limits of Birmingham and suggests you leave fireworks to the professionals (such as Thunder on the Mountain). Never let children handle fireworks. Use common sense. The tip of a sparkler burns at a temperature of more than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to cause third-degree burns. Never aim fireworks or bottle rockets at people, structures or vegetation. Ignite fireworks on flat concrete surfaces; avoid grassy areas and brush. Always have water handy. (A hose and a bucket). Soak used fireworks in a bucket of water. Only use fireworks as intended. Don't try to alter them or combine them. Never relight a "dud" firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter and the shooter should wear safety glasses. Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a "designated shooter." Only persons over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type. Do not ever use homemade fireworks of illegal explosives: They can kill you!

CROWD SOURCED PERFORMANCE REVIEW - You may have already heard of crowdsourcing.... it's a common buzzword and the technique has been used since the 19th century but as of last week it became official when The Oxford English Dictionary added it to its 2013 definitions.  Many of us already use crowdsourcing for everything from the best restaurant to eat at (Yelp) or which movie to see (Rotten Tomatoes).   Now imagine if instead of your one boss-- who is mostly out of touch with what you do on a day-to-day basis--your review and your raise were handled this way!  According to Eric Mosley, author The Crowdsourced Performance Review: How to use the Power of Social Recognition To Transform Employee Performance , a group of independently deciding individuals is more likely to make better decisions and more accurate observations than those of an individual. Recognition is something that comes naturally - we all want to recognize our peers for great work and to be recognized for ours. Traditional performance reviews, which require specific colleagues to provide a formal, forced review of an individual should reward good performance and highlight under-performance, but they can often breed a culture of discouragement, distrust, cynicism and low morale.

ZOO - Mickey visited with Amanda Hawkins from the Birmingham Zoo to learn more about the Red River Hogs. For more information, visit

SUMMER FASHION - Roslyn Rodda with the Outlet Shops of Grand River joined us with a look at summer fashion and ways to look your best while you beat the heat! Look for some great sales and activities at the shops this weekend. For more information, visit

ASK THE DOCTOR - Dr. Ed Logue is a Geriatric Psychiatrist at Princeton Baptist Medical Center. He discussed the topic of geriatric dementia and Alzheimer's and what are some of the possible warning signs of Alzheimer's and dementia and how to know when it may be time to seek geriatric psychiatric help for an elderly loved one. Forgetting where you put your keys or why you walked into a room is not necessarily signs of dementia. Only a physician can diagnose the condition, and each patient experiences different symptoms to different degrees. However, here are some warning signs to look for:
· Asking the same questions over and over again
· Becoming lost in familiar places
· Not being able to follow directions
· Getting very confused about time, people and places
· Forgetfulness and memory loss
· Lack of concentration and confusion
· Losing things
· Difficulty doing familiar tasks
· Language and speaking problems
· Problems with simple math
· Poor judgment
· Personality changes and mood swings
· Changes in grooming and personal hygiene
· Withdrawing from friends and family
Discuss the signs and symptoms with your loved one. This can be a difficult conversation to have. Come to an agreement about the appropriate time to begin making decisions. How should you approach the subject with an elderly loved one? It is easier to make decisions and take care of details about care and end of life decisions earlier during the disease state. Collaborate with your loved one's physician so that he or she can be an advocate when needed.

GARDENING - Jon Culver with Sweet Peas Garden Center joined us to discuss colorful summer plants.  For more information or gardening advice from Jon Culver, visit Sweet Peas Garden Shop at 2829 Linden Ave, Homewood... The phone number is (205) 879-3839. Or you can email him at

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama
, we celebrate Independence Day! We check out the crews gearing up for "Thunder on the Mountain" and all the details so you can tune in rain or shine! Where is the Love? The love doctor joins us to take your questions about relationships! Have a question you want answered? Just email us at <> or send us a message on Facebook - we're happy to keep you anonymous if you want! The Bargainomics Lady joins us with some great shopping deals for leisure or home improvements. And we get some great grilling tips from Full Moon Bar-b-q! Join us for all of this and so much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!

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