The Oregon State University Extension Service in Lincoln County, 1211 SE Bay Blvd., Newport, is offering free testing of pressure canner dial gauges during the COVID-19 extension office closure period.
People can bring their gauges — with or without the lid — on Thursdays, at any time between 10 a.m. and noon. To minimize contact and ensure everyone’s safety, the extension office will provide an outside drop-off point. Gauges may be picked up immediately after testing or by noon that day. In order to maintain social distancing, there is a limit of two gauges per visitor.
Details are as follows:
1. This is a free service during this COVID-19 pandemic.
2. No reservation or registration is necessary — testing is on a first-come, first-served basis.
3. Park in front of the office or across the street. Do not park at the Airgas building.
4. The staff will be wearing appropriate personal protection equipment, and visitors are encouraged to wear their own PPE.
5. Come to the front door of the building. If there are other people waiting, maintain strict physical distancing.
6. There will be a cart outside to place your gauge on. If possible, place your item in a labeled bag. If no bag, then be sure to label your equipment with your name and phone number. Leave your equipment on the cart, return to your vehicle and wait to be notified that you can retrieve your equipment.
7. Once you have moved at least six feet away from the cart, the tester will take your gauge inside to be tested.
8. The gauge will be tested using calibrated equipment.
9. The gauge will be cleaned with a sanitary wipe.
10. The gauge and report will be placed back on the cart. You will be notified to come and get your equipment.
11. If you have any questions, you can speak through the glass window.
12. The entire process should take no longer than five minutes per gauge.
13. Please address questions or concerns to [email protected] or call 541-574-6534 and leave a message.
14. Thank you for using Lincoln County Extension services.
15. You can find more information about pressure dial gauge testing at www.healthycanning.com /presto-pressure-canner-gauge-testing.