Firework Safety Tips
Use fireworks outdoors only.
Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
Always have water handy. (A hose or bucket).
Only use fireworks as intended. Don't try to alter them or combine them.
Never relight a "dud" firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
Use common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter and the shooter should wear safety glasses.
Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a "designated shooter."
Only persons over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type.
Do not ever use homemade fireworks of illegal explosives: They can kill you! Report illegal explosives to the fire or police department in your community.
Leave Yourself an Out
Do you plan to avoid trouble when you are driving? A defensive driver always tries to maintain a space cushion around their vehicle to give themselves both time to decide and a place to go if a problem occurs. It is an active role rather than a reactive one and requires continual thought and adjustment.
Always maintain at least seven seconds following distance from the vehicle in front of you. This space gives you time to react when things go wrong. It also gives you more room to see what is going on further ahead on the highway and avoid problems before you become involved in them.
Keep a cushion behind your vehicle as well. One way to deal with a tailgater is to make more room in front of you so that the tailgater has more time to react if something happens. Another is to slow and encourage them to pass, or pull over and stop to let them by. Trading inconvenience for safety is always worthwhile.
Never match speeds with the vehicle traveling beside you on multi-lane highways, especially at freeway exits. Offset your vehicle to the front or rear so that you have a place to change lanes into if the need arises. This will also avoid having someone collide with you if they don't check properly before a lane change.
Never drive in another driver's blind spot.
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When cooking outdoors, whether hot and fast grilling, or low and slow barbecue there are a few things you need to know to make sure nothing goes wrong and how to get the most out of your cooking.
Fire is the most destructive force in the universe and you are inviting it into your backyard for a little cookout. First thing you need is a fire extinguisher.
2. Food Safety
Bacteria eat every kind of food you can think of, even brussel sprouts. The basic rulesare: Suspect Everything, Keep it Covered, Keep it Cool, Get it Hot! and Use your Head. Remember you are more likely to get food poisoning than you are to get the flu.
Please, read the manual. Follow all the safety restrictions to the letter. One hint: You can find the manuals to most grills and smokers on the manufacturers’ website.
Location is everything when it comes to placing your grill or smoker. Make sure there isn't anything (buildings, trees, etc.) in that space.
Also make sure your unit isn't going to require people to walk too close to hot surfaces and children won't be playing nearby.
5. Gas Safety
The number one cause of gas grill fires is an obstruction in the path of the fuel. This means you need to regularly inspect your gas grill for problems. At the first sign of problems turn off your control values, turn off the fuel tank, and disconnect everything. Assume everything is third degree burn hot.
6. Charcoal Safety
Charcoal grills are the cause of far more fires than gas grills. The number one problem with charcoal grill is lighting the charcoal. Follow the instructions exactly and don't ever let lighting charcoal become a game.
Bad enough you are using flammable materials to cook, but the food itself is creating more. Flare-ups are more than a nuisance, they are potentially lethal. Keep your grill clean. A clean grill is a safer grill whether it is gas or charcoal
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Proper Pre-trips & Planning Prevents Poor Performance
Any amount of sun exposure can lead to skin cancer. Make sure you apply sunscreen anytime you are doing an outdoor activity.
- Get ready to apply sunscreen about 30 minutes before going outside. If you wait until you are outside, then you will be unprotected -- as it takes time for sunscreen to work. If you apply sunscreen before you go outside, you can also do it before you get dressed, being sure to get all areas of the body that might be exposed to the sun.
- Be prepared to apply a generous layer of sunscreen all over. In general, people often don't apply enough sunscreen.
- Start with one body part, such as an arm, and apply a thick layer of sunscreen all over, rubbing it in thoroughly (or spraying it on) before moving on to another area.
- Go from area to area, being sure to include the back of the neck, shoulders, ears, feet and the back of the arms and legs. Use the same system each time you put sunscreen on, that way you will be unlikely to make a mistake and miss an area.
- Re-apply sunscreen at least every two hours, especially if you are swimming or sweating.
- Choose a sunscreen that provides broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection, is water resistant, hypoallergenic and fragrance-free.
- Don't forget to apply sunscreen every day that you are going outside, even when it is cloudy, since you can get a sunburn even when it isn't very sunny.
- As a general rule, a handful of sunscreen should be the right amount to cover.
- Choose a form of sunscreen that you are most likely to use, whether that means it is a gel, lotion, spray, continuous spray, etc.
- Even when using sunscreen or sunblock, try to avoid or limit sun exposure when the sun is at its strongest, from about 10 a.m. to 4p.m.
What You Need:
A broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 to 30.
Protecting Your Vehicle from Being Rear Ended
There are a number of defensive steps that can help to protect your vehicle from being rear ended. Even as a great deal of the responsibility falls on the driver behind you, it can help to be a defensive driver by being attentive to activity behind you. The following tips can help to reduce your risk of a rear impact collision:
Always view traffic in front and begin to brake well in advance of a stop. This alerts drivers in the rear that traffic is slowing or stopping and gives them time to react to the situation ahead.
Avoid braking abruptly. If you realize that you are about to overlook your turn, it is safer to pass it, turn around, and make your turn afterward than to try to punch the brakes and run the risk of being rear ended.
Never pull out in front of moving traffic if you believe that they could be too close to make it. Wait until you have a large break between cars to go into the traffic.
If you're stopped and see a car rapidly approaching you from behind, pump your brakes to flash your brake lights at the driver. This may alert them that they should stop and could prevent them from hitting you head-on.
Share the road safely:
Don’t tailgate. It makes motorists uneasy to have 80,000 pounds of truck on their bumper.
Leave extra space between your truck and cars around you whenever possible. Many motorists don’t know how long it takes a truck to stop or how much room you need to pass safely.
Prepare and prevent,
Repair and repent