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How do you know your dishes are “sanitized”?

Are you worried about food safety?  Is your kitchen sanitary?  Is your dishwasher killing the bacteria on your utensils and dishes?  Here are some interesting statistics from the CDC:

CDC estimates that each year roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) gets sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases.

What can consumers do to protect themselves from food borne illness?

A few simple precautions can reduce the risk of food borne diseases:

  • CLEANExternal Web Site Icon: Wash your hands with soap and water before preparing food. Wash cutting boards, dishes, utensils (including knives), and counter tops with hot, soapy water after preparing each food item and before going on to the next food. Wash produce. Rinse fresh fruits and vegetables in running tap water to remove visible dirt and grime. Remove and discard the outermost leaves of a head of lettuce or cabbage. Because bacteria can grow well on the cut surface of fruit or vegetable, be careful not to contaminate these foods while slicing them up on the cutting board, and avoid leaving cut produce at room temperature for many hours. Don’t be a source of food borne illness yourself. Avoid preparing food for others if you yourself have a diarrheal illness. Changing a baby’s diaper while preparing food is a bad idea that can easily spread illness.
  • SEPARATEExternal Web Site Icon: Don’t cross-contaminate one food with another. Avoid cross-contaminating foods by washing hands, utensils, and cutting boards after they have been in contact with raw meat or poultry and before they touch another food. Put cooked meat on a clean platter, rather back on one that held the raw meat.
  • COOKExternal Web Site Icon: meat, poultry and eggs thoroughly. Using a thermometer to measure the internal temperature of meat is a good way to be sure that it is cooked sufficiently to kill bacteria. For example, ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160o F. Eggs should be cooked until the yolk is firm.
  • CHILLExternal Web Site Icon: Refrigerate leftovers promptly. Bacteria can grow quickly at room temperature, so refrigerate leftover foods if they are not going to be eaten within 4 hours. Large volumes of food will cool more quickly if they are divided into several shallow containers for refrigeration.
  • REPORT: Report suspected food borne illnesses to your local health department. The local public health department is an important part of the food safety system. Often calls from concerned citizens are how outbreaks are first detected. If a public health official contacts you to find out more about an illness you had, your cooperation is important. In public health investigations, it can be as important to talk to healthy people as to ill people. Your cooperation may be needed even if you are not ill.

For more information on preventing food borne illnesses, please visit FoodSafety.govExternal Web Site Icon, the federal gateway for food safety information.

I would like to focus on the first point made in this article:  CLEAN
For example, many dishwashers have a “sanitize” cycle.  Do you use it?  What does it mean when the manufacturer states that the “sanitize” cycle is NSF certified?

Benefits of NSF Certification for Consumers

No other independent testing programs require companies to comply with the strict standards imposed by NSF and its product certification programs. From extensive product testing and material analyses to unannounced plant inspections, NSF is the only third-party testing organization to undertake a complete evaluation of every aspect of a product’s development before it can earn our certification.

Most importantly for you, NSF Certification is not a one-time activity. We do not just test a single model of a product and give it our okay. Our certification programs require regular on-site inspections of the manufacturing facilities. In addition, certified products are periodically re-tested against the requirements of the most current version of the applicable national standard. If for any reason a product fails to meet one or more of our certification criteria, we will take whatever enforcement actions we deem necessary to protect the public, including product recall, public notification, or de-certification.

Please note that NSF does not rate or compare the products we certify. We understand that each consumer has unique needs, so we developed our programs to verify that each product we certify meets the requirements of the applicable national standard. In addition, if a performance claim is being made for a product, such as a water treatment device, we ensure that the product actually is able to meet that claim.

Credibility is what NSF Certification is all about.

NSF uses the terms “certified” or “listed” in connection with a product, good, component, system, material, compound or ingredient (“Product”). A Product that is certified or listed means that NSF: (1) reviewed the Product, most often through a sampling of the Product; (2) determined at the time of the review that the Product complies with the relevant NSF consensus standard and/or protocol (“Standard”); and (3) conducted or will conduct (as more specifically set forth in the Standard) periodic audits to review whether the Product continues to comply with the Standard. After NSF certifies or lists the Product, NSF authorizes the manufacturer of the Product to use the NSF Mark on or in connection with the sale, use or distribution of that Product. The NSF Mark conveys that an independent, third-party organization (NSF) has determined that the Product complies with the relevant Standard.

For example, Bosch dishwashers have a “sanitize” cycle.  What does that mean?

Sanitize Option

By operating at a higher temperature, the sanitize option meets National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) standards of cleanliness, eliminating 99.9% of bacteria, and enhances your drying results as well.

A-1 Appliance sells Bosch dishwashers!  Contact me at the links below or stop by the showroom and I’ll show you the NSF label.  We have a large selection of dishwashers with the features you need to protect your family from food-borne illness.  It’s all about CLEAN!a1logo(1)

Information  you can use today,  from Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it…..  Contact information can be found at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmartphone1 (1)



I’ve been selling kitchen appliances for over 15 years.  I have been constantly amazed at the frequency of new product introductions.  The kitchen today is much different than the kitchen of 15 years ago.  If it has been a few years since the purchase of your last appliance, you should stop by A-1 Appliance and see the amazing, innovative products from the kitchen appliance industry.  I’m very optimistic about the future of manufacturing in the United States….because I see the products made in the USA….many of them right here in Tennessee….every day!

So today’s word is INNOVATION!  I found some great thoughts on the subject by President Obama.  Here is what he said:


“The first step in winning the future is encouraging American innovation. None of us can predict with certainty what the next big industry will be or where the new jobs will come from. Thirty years ago, we couldn’t know that something called the Internet would lead to an economic revolution. What we can do — what America does better than anyone else — is spark the creativity and imagination of our people. ”


America’s economic growth and competitiveness depend on its people’s capacity to innovate.  We can create the jobs and industries of the future by doing what America does best – investing in the creativity and imagination of our people.  To win the future, the U.S. must out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world.

President Obama’s Strategy for American Innovation seeks to harness the ingenuity of the American people to ensure economic growth that is rapid, broad-based, and sustained.  This economic growth will bring greater income, higher quality jobs, and improved quality of life to all Americans.

You can read the Innovation Strategy and submit your comments and feedback on Slideshare using the links below:

If you prefer to submit your comments via WhiteHouse.gov, you can do so here.

Download the PDF of the Strategy for American Innovation (PDF)

 In Nashville, home sales were up 18 percent in February, according to the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors.


Startups being founded at fastest rate in decade…Nashville is a magnet for entrepreneurs!

How has innovation changed your life?  If you would like information about the newest, most exciting kitchen appliances in Nashville, stop by our showroom this Saturday, 3/23/13 from 11:00-3:00.   We will be having some cooking demonstrations and a huge sale!phone1 (1)My name is Tom Burns.  I am a seller of things essential to life as we know it….
I hope innovation continues long into the future in the appliance industry!   Follow the progress with me at http://www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmarttom

Frequently Asked Questions With Answers By GE

I’ve been thinking lately about the questions we hear frequently in the sales and service departments at A-1 Appliance.  Finding new ways of communicating the answers between departments, as well as to our customers, is the purpose of this blog entry.

One way would be to post links to sites that answer questions.  Today I would like to highlight the GE website:


This site organizes the answers by general information and by appliance type, i.e., wall oven, dishwasher, range, etc.

You can also contact us at A-1 Appliance and we will do our best to  help.  Here’s our link:

http://www.a1appliance.com/default.php  While there, you can sign up for our newsletter (filled with very helpful information), and visit our facebook page (“like” us for insider information and be the first to know about clearance and sale items.)

If you are considering a new appliance, I would be happy to consult with you.  Contact me at 615-352-5174 in Nashville, or by e-mail at tburns@a1appliance.com.

Great Stories of USA Pride & Performance

Great Stories of USA Pride & Performance

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A-1 Appliance | Delights for your home | From the wonderful world of appliances
Buying products made in America and supporting companies creating jobs here is more important than ever. In this issue we’ll let you know about a company that’s not just full of American pride, but Tennessee pride as well. We’ll also tell you about some of the latest innovative products and offer some helpful tips too.
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Cook like a Pro

People often ask what the benefits of dual fuel ranges are, so we thought we’d explain. Dual fuel ranges use gas flames on the cooktop and electric coils in the oven. Learn More.Making Life Easier

Maytag, which was created by Frederick Louis Maytag and three partners, is known for designing dependable products that make life easier. When they built their first washer in 1907, they had no idea that Maytag would become one of the leading appliance brands in the U.S. Learn More.

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When You Want USA Products

Life in the manufacturing world is complicated today. As a consumer you may be specific about buying American-made products from retailers. Other times you find yourself compromising because the best made products in some categories are not American made. In the end you want to do everything you can to support American jobs, the U.S. economy and your community. Here’s a quick view of a company that shows its American pride in many ways.Read More.

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Quick Ways to Remove the Toughest Stains

Do you dread removing stains from your clothes as much as I do? Sometimes it’s just so frustrating because it seems like no matter what you do, the stain just won’t come out. With this in mind, I thought I’d give you some tips that may help you with some of your toughest stains.Tea and coffee stains are among the hardest to remove. One tip for removing fresh tea or coffee stains is to pour boiling water over the stain until it’s gone. Another option is to soak the stain with a mix of borax and water and then launder the item. If it’s an old stain, it may be a little tougher to remove, so you can make a paste using borax and water and leave it on the stain for 15 minutes before throwing it in the washer.If you have children, you’re probably used to grass stains. An easy tip for removing these stains is to pat the area with rubbing alcohol or diluted hydrogen peroxide before laundering it. If you don’t have those items handy, you can apply dishwashing detergent on the stain and let it sit for ten minutes before washing it.Ink stains are some of the toughest stains to remove as well. Believe it or not, hairspray is a great tool for removing ink stains from clothing. All you have to do is spray it onto the stained area allowing it to penetrate the fabric, and then sit for a few minutes. Afterward, throw it in the washer like usual.

Removing stains in no fun, but at least you’ve got some quick remedies for removing them. Now you’ll be able to remove those pesky stains in no time.

Special Tip from Amy: KitchenAid Cooking Event

Do you remember Travis, our KitchenAid representative, that shocked everyone with his amazing cooking skills in the KitchenAid gallery at A-1 this summer? Well, I’m excited to announce that he’s going to be back for another special visit. A-1 guests can expect delicious entrees and desserts from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 24. You don’t want to miss this special event; it’s going to be a lot of fun. He really is an amazing cook, so come out to A-1 and join in on the fun. Plus, take advantage of the KitchenAid values at A-1; it is an extremely popular premium brand with consumers this year.

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Time to stand up and cheer! We’ve got tremendous savings from some of the best brands in the USA. Whirlpool, Maytag, and KitchenAid deals – prices that will make you run to A-1 Appliance. Hurry for a limited time from September 19 through October 1.Plus, purchase any Whirlpool, Maytag, or KitchenAid appliance on sale and receive a free kitchen gift.See More.
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Patriot Day

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In the United StatesPatriot Day occurs on September 11 of each year, designated in memory of the 2,977 killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks. Most Americans who were alive during the events refer to the day as “Nine-Eleven (9/11)”, “September Eleventh“, or some variation thereof. Initially, the day was called the Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001.

U.S. House of Representatives Joint Resolution 71 was approved by a vote of 407–0 on October 25, 2001. It requested that the Presidentdesignate September 11 of each year as “Patriot Day”. President George W. Bush signed the resolution into law on December 18, 2001 (asPublic Law 107-89[1]). It is a discretionary day of remembrance. On September 4, 2002, President Bush used his authority created by the resolution and proclaimed September 11, 2002 as Patriot Day.

On this day, the President directs that the American flag be flown at half-staff at individual American homes, at the White House, and on allU.S. government buildings and establishments, home and abroad. The President also asks Americans to observe a moment of silencebeginning at 8:46 A.M. (Eastern Daylight Time), the time the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.


A bill to make September 11 a mourning day was introduced in the U.S. House on October 25, 2001, by Republican Vito Fossella (R-NY) with 22 co-sponsors, among them eleven Democrats and eleven Republicans.[citation needed] It passed the House by a vote of 407–0, with 25 members not voting,[2] and passed the Senate unanimously on November 30. It was signed by President Bush, without ceremony, on December 18 as Public Law No. 107-89.

Its original co-sponsors in the House were:


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