Winter weather is here and so is the task of driving in snow and ice. Of course, the best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all if it can be avoided. This is not always an option so try not to go out until snow plows and sanding trucks have had a chance to do their work. Make sure and allow extra time to reach your destination.
Here are some tips to keep in mind for driving safely on icy roads
- Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.
- Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.
- Turn on your lights to increase visibility to other motorists.
- Keep your lights and windshield clean.
- Use low gears to keep traction, especially on hills.
- Don’t use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads.
- Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads which will freeze first. Even at temperatures above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges.
- Don’t pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and you’re likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind them.
- Don’t assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.
Try to incorporate some of these tips into your winter driving experience and have a safe winter weather driving season.
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by Denise Visco
Keeping Pets Safe this Holiday Season
Our pets are part of our family so it isn’t unusual for them to join in our holiday festivities. Even though they are part of our family, pets have special needs that don’t allow them to celebrate in the same way we do.
Pets like to sit under the dining table in hopes that they will pick up a scrap or two. Sharing your meat scraps with a pet can be ok if no seasoning is used. Ingredients like onions can cause fatigue in pets, raisins in fruitcake can cause kidney failure as well as garlic, nuts, and nutmeg that can cause a variety of GI issues Be careful with the foods your pet may pick up or given.
Pets also like to linger around the Christmas tree trying to get a few sips of the water used to keep your live tree fresh. Although it seems harmless, Christmas trees leach out fertilizer and other toxic chemicals into the water. Standing water becomes a breeding ground for illness-causing bacteria. It is best to keep your pets out of this water no matter how cute it may seem. A suggestion would be to cover the trees water basin with foil or plastic wrap to keep your pet safely out of the water.
Pets are also one of the most requested gifts from children. How do you know if your child is ready for a pet? Ask yourself this question first. How good is your child at reliably completing chores? This will tell you how likely they are to help with the pet. This will also help you understand how much your child can do on their own and how much help you need to contribute. This should be a family decision as your new pet will become the newest member of your family.
Wishing you and your pets a safe and happy holiday season.
by Denise Visco
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Don’t let fire or accident spoil your holiday season. Use these tips to keep your family safe while celebrating all winter long!
The winter holidays are a time for fun, family, and festivities. That often means more cooking, decorating, entertaining and shortcuts. Christmas trees, candles, and holiday lights are responsible for hundreds of fires and accidents each year. Before you deck your halls, make sure you’re following these safety tips.
-Inspect your holiday decorations carefully to make sure there are no loose or frayed wires. Choose those made with flame-resistant, flame-retardant or non-combustible materials.
-Keep candles away from decorations and other combustible materials, and do not use candles to decorate your Christmas tree.
-Purchase only lights and electrical decorations bearing the name of an independent testing lab, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation and maintenance
-Do not overload extension cords.
-Always unplug lights before replacing light bulbs or fuses.
-Don’t use clips or nails that puncture your light cords wire insulation.
-Keep children and pets away from light strings and electrical decorations
-Turn off all lights and decorations when you head out for the day or go to bed at night.
-Test your smoke alarms to make sure they are working properly as a backup
-If you have a real tree, keep it moist by watering frequently.
-Candle fires in the home are reported to a U.S. Fire Department every 34 minutes during the holidays. If you are decorating with candles, make sure they are far away from any item that can burn such as furniture, bedding, curtains or other decorations.
Follow these safety tips to ensure Happy Holidays for all!
These tips are designed as general information that may apply to many situations. Please take them and apply them to your specific information.
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