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Winter Tips That Won't Leave You Cold!

Beecher, IL (December 1, 2011)—Before long, Old Man Winter and Mother Nature will be teaming up to give us the 1-2 punch of winter weather. Snow, ice and freezing temperatures can create everything from simple nuisances, like frosted windows, to downright danger, such as icy sidewalks or frozen water pipes. Here are a few preventative measures that may help take the sting out of winter.

Natural Frost-Fighter: There's nothing worse than scraping frost off of car windows when you are trying to get the kids to school or yourself to work on time. To keep frost from forming, rub the inside of the glass with a saltwater-soaked sponge or spray with a saltwater solution; dry with a clean cloth. The residue from the salt, although invisible, will ward off frost. Boost the frost-fighting powers even more by spraying the outside of the windows with a 3:1 solution of vinegar and water, then wipe dry.

Safer Antifreeze: It only takes two ounces of ethylene glycol antifreeze - the most common type - to kill a dog. Choose the less-toxic propylene glycol to keep furry friends safe. Since both kinds pick up hazardous heavy metals like lead, cadmium, and chromium during use, recycle spent antifreeze to minimize impact. Ask your repair shop about on-site recycling or find a local collection facility at earth911.org.

Idle No More: The best way to warm up a cold car is to drive it. Idling for more than a minute or two wastes fuel and puts excessive strain on cylinders, spark plugs, exhaust systems, and engines, which work best in motion.
Read more at Wholeliving.com: Winter Green: Ecofriendly Ways to Stay Healthy this Season.

About First Community Bank and Trust
First Community Bank and Trust is a privately owned bank. Established in 1916 First Community Bank and Trust has been serving Beecher, IL, Peotone, IL and the surrounding communities for over 95 years. Our commitment to providing the best banking products and services is matched only by our outstanding customer service. We offer traditional community banking services, including mortgage, consumer, and commercial lending, as well as state of the art electronic banking services.

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