Prepare fresh fish for cooking by washing it with cold running water and
 then patting dry with paper towels.
 
 Frozen fish should be thawed in the refrigerator, not at room temperature. 
 
 If you have any doubt as to the freshness of seafood, do not buy it.
 
 When buying live lobsters or crabs, be sure to pick the most active of the
 group.
 
 Fresh shrimp and scallops should be firm and dry.
 
 For easier splinter removal, soak the “splintered” area in warm water for 15
 minutes.
 
 Keep a list of emergency phone numbers by the telephone. 
 
 Set a yearly date for renewing all of the smoke detector batteries in your
 home. Pick an easy date to remember, like Valentines Day.
 
 Unless otherwise specified, bake on the middle rack in your oven.