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Men suffer about 70 percent of fireworks injuries – and other 4th of July facts

Americans shoot off almost 1 pound of fireworks each year for every adult. And this figure has grown rapidly in recent years, from half a pound per adult in 2000.
Sparklers: Florida Doctors Warn Against “Kid-Friendly Fireworks”
If you’re planning on lighting sparklers this Fourth of July, believing they are among the safest fireworks, think again. Doctors with HCA Florida Healthcare say they are actually among the most dangerous.
AAA cautions homeowners about post-disaster contractor fraud
Experiencing a disaster may be impossible to avoid. Yet as homeowners deal with the aftermath of a catastrophe, if they aren’t careful, they could be victimized by dishonest contractors.
What income does a family of four need to cover normal living expenses in Florida?
The average cost of living for a family of four in the state highlights the financial hardship many Florida families face. An estimated 25.6% of them earn less than $40,000 per year.
Earth Day: Save the planet, save ourselves
I celebrated Earth Day at the Central Florida Earth Day Festival at Lake Eola in Orlando (on Saturday, April 23rd). It was an amazing event. Although no one told me it was vegan. But that's another story. 
How Failed Property Insurance Legislation Impacts Florida Residents
If you are a homeowner or renter in Florida, you may be wondering what the bill was trying to change and whether its failure to pass will affect you.
This Earth Day, do your part with help from Lake Apopka Natural Gas District
Natural gas is an odorless, combustible mixture of simple hydrocarbon compounds, usually found deep in underground reservoirs. In its natural state, it is the cleanest-burning fossil fuel.
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How much does food cost in Florida compared to the nation?
Inflation is surging in the United States - in large part because of rising food prices. In cities across the country, food today is 8% more expensive on average than it was a year ago.
23andMe for dogs?!
For most dogs, the average life span is just 10-15 years, depending on the breed. And Embark Veterinary wants to change that.
Don't go batty! UF/IFAS is ready to help you turn over a 'new leaf' this spring with April classes
Take a UF/IFAS class and learn to build a bat house, make the most of your rental (and rental assistance), raise chickens in your backyard and more!
Struggling with taxes? Help is here... all in one place
The federal tax filing deadline this year is Monday, April 18th. That's the day by which you must have filed your 2021 individual return and paid any remaining federal income taxes owed for last year.
Reducing net-metering guts rooftop solar in Florida
Last week, the Florida Senate passed a bill 24-15 that has been criticized by distributed solar advocates as an attempt to gut rooftop solar in the state.
LANGD celebrates Natural Gas Utility Workers’ Day 
Utility workers are truly the heart of the District, and without their careful and diligent work to bring clean-burning, efficient and safe energy to our customers’ homes and businesses, LANGD could never complete its mission.
Dental Emergencies: Knowing what to do can lessen the trauma
Once I became a pediatric dentist, I started seeing an increasing number of children coming to the office for emergencies following an accident or trauma. Here are key tips to help should you find you, or your child facing one of these issues.
Termite season: UF/IFAS scientist answers common questions, corrects misconceptions
Termites are swarming in South Florida. That’s what University of Florida scientists have been observing since the last week of February.
Critical energy bill assistance funds for seniors expiring on March 31
Qualifying seniors are eligible to receive up to $5,000 in assistance on multiple energy bills.
Andre the Farmer: Making the most out of frontyard plants
Here in Central Florida, many of us live in communities with homeowners associations (HOA's). They can be a good, but they usually aren't for food growers.
More Than $1 billion in rental and utility assistance distributed through DCF to nearly 185,000 households
The program was launched May 10, 2021, with nearly $800 million available to provide relief to families and property owners for those behind on rent and utility payments.
Disney wants your life to be a fairy tale
Disney is developing a master-planned residential community concept called Storyliving, designed by the company’s famous Imagineers.
Registration now open for Spring Break Camp at Camp Wewa
The City of Apopka's Parks and Recreation Department is offering a Spring Break Camp  for children ages 5 - 10 years old, in grades K - 5, who need care during Spring Break.
Need help with your palm trees? UF/IFAS offers instruction
There is a team of University of Florida scientists ready to take on your palm tree woes with a Palm Short Course presented by a team of experts.
Natural Gas: The heartwarming choice
Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to spoil the people you love most in your life. That's why LANGD is prioritizing love to their customers all year-round, with extra on V-day.