Summer Parties, Alcohol, and Your Responsibility as a Host

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Summer is a great chance to have a get together, be it sitting around the pool during the day or even around a fire at night. It’s a great time for weddings, reunions, and all things in between.   If you’re an adult these events will sometimes have alcohol involved, and if you’re the host, then you are responsible for your guests. What exactly does this mean?  It means that if you are the host and your guests are drinking, it is your responsibility to ensure they do not drive or drink too much.  Here are a few suggestions on how to ensure your event goes off without any issues. 1)      Have anyone that has driven to the event location leave their keys with an attendant if they are having a drink or two. 2)      Arrange to have a couple designated drivers / or taxi’s to bring people home when they need 3)      Have snacks around so that people are not drinking on an empty stomach.  ...

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The Importance of Responsible Boating

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Boating is one of the most relaxing and enjoyable things you can do and this is something that everyone in Atlantic Canada has a right to. However, because there may be many other people out there, it is important to be responsible and think of others. This will make the waters much better for everyone involved. Here are some important things to remember about responsible boating. Use the Right Places It can cause a lot of problems if you venture into an area that is not designed for your vessel. For example, if no motorized boats are allowed and you take your powered vessel there, it’s going to upset a lot of people and create a great deal of unnecessary noise. In addition, there is a reason for boating restrictions. For instance, powered boats may be harmful to some types of marine creatures. Don’t Try to Save Money on Life Vests Always use life jackets and vests that have been properly tested and approved. In addition, when you buy vests, purchase ones that are very sturdy and can easily ho ...

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Automotive Breakdown Safety Tips

Written by on 7/21/2017 5:54 AM in , , , . It has 0 Comments.

This year, millions of Canadians will hit the road for a vacation or perhaps just a fun and relaxing road trip. It is a good way to get away from it all and not think about the rat race and tensions of everyday life. However, while you travel all kinds of things can happen if you are not prepared. Here are 5 tips to keep you safe when you suddenly find yourself stranded on the road. 1. Know Where You Are If you have GPS onboard, this should not be a problem. However, not everyone has this luxury, so look around for landmarks or highway markers. Your location is very important if you need to tell someone where you are. The better directions they have, the quicker you can receive the kind of help you need. 2. Be Careful with Flat Tires If you are driving along and notice a tire is flat, the last thing you want to do is panic. Here is what you should do: Do not slam on the brakes. This can actually cause you to lose control of the car and it could result in a terrible disaster. Hold the steering ...

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8 Ways to Stay Safe on the Water

Written by on 7/18/2017 5:05 AM in , , , , , . It has 0 Comments.

Atlantic Canada is a great place to go boating. There is so much to do and so many fun activities, especially in the warm and lovely weather. However, the unexpected can happen on the water and this can present special hazards that you will not face on land. Here are 8 helpful tips to keep you and your family safe while you are having fun with your boat. 1. Wear Your Lifejacket It may look daring and cool to speed through the water without wearing a life jacket or flotation device, but it is not smart. Maybe you think you are a great swimmer and you won’t need a life jacket if you are suddenly thrown into the water. However, you never know what can happen. Suppose the boat capsized and you were struck in the head? What would happen if your legs were seriously injured in an accident? It only takes a few minutes to drown, and if you have a life jacket on, it can make the difference between life and death. 2. Have an Emergency Plan What would happen if you faced a sudden storm or the boat tipped over? ...

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Things to Know about Home Swimming Pool Safety

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When the weather gets warm, there is no place like being in the swimming pool.  This can be a lot of work and expense, but most people feel that it is worth it.  Owning a pool also comes with a lot of responsibility and here is some important information that can help increase your pool knowledge and safety.   Fencing Your fence is there to keep out intruders or people interested in using your pool without your permission.  Whether you realize it or not, anyone entering your property and using your pool could sue you for damages or injury.   You should have some kind of fence or barrier around your entire swimming pool.  In fact, in most places, it's the law.  You need to check with your local municipality or government about ordinances concerning swimming pools.  Some areas may only require a 3 foot fence while others may want something as tall as 6 feet.  Swimming pool gates should be self latching and have the latch on the inside.  You will need to chec ...

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9 Helpful Sailing Tips for Beginners

Written by on 7/10/2017 6:00 AM in , , , , . It has 0 Comments.

Sailing on the water in Atlantic Canada is one of the most pleasurable things you can do.  It's a different world out on the water.  There is something about the freedom and relaxation that comes with boating, and you don't have to be concerned with all the things that are happening onshore.  However, if you are just beginning, these 9 sailing ti[s can help you get off to a safe start.  1. Take lessons first:  Maybe you know someone that is experienced with sailing.  Learn all you can from this person.  IF you have no one to learn from, consider taking lessons.  Before you start lessons, take the time to study basic terms you will be dealing with.  For example, port is left and starboard is right, when looking at the bow (front) of the boat. 2. If possible, rent your first sailboat: This gives you a "try before you buy" advantage.  Plus, you'll know exactly what you like and how much boat you can handle.  In addition, you should rent something smal ...

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Top Ten Safety Tips for Summer

Written by on 7/7/2017 6:00 AM in , , , , , . It has 0 Comments.

The weather is warm and outdoors is the place you want to be.  It's time for barbecues, playing in the pool, and many good things to do and eat.  However, this is also a time when you need to be aware of safety and here are 10 safety tips to keep you and your family safe and sound this summer.  1. Grilling Tip - make sure to clean the grill regularly and do not let grease build up.  This will help to reduce the risk of fire.  Also, do not let things accumulate around the grill.  2. Playground Equipment - perform a safety check on play equipment.  Examine the legs of the swing structure to make sure they are sturdy and not weakened by rust.  Make sure swing chains are in good condition and inspect the seats too.  Check out all the outdoor play equipment closely and look for rough spots that could cut people.  If you find bad spots, sand them down and paint them with good rust inhibiting paint.  3. Deck Check - before you apply a new coat of deck sealer ...

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11 Important Sailing Tips To Remember

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Are you going to buy a sailboat?  Perhaps you are new to the sport and need to learn more.  Before you take lessons, understanding some basic sailing terms will give you a head start and make the process much easier.  Here are 11 important things that all first time sailors should know.  1. Port and Starboard So many people constantly get these two terms mixed up and it cab be a real problem if someone is giving you directions.  The best way to avoid this is the use common memory tricks or strategies.  See yourself sitting in the boat and you are facing the front.  Port is to the left and starboard is to your right.  Here are three memory tips: The word "port" and the word "left" both have the same amount of letters. Imagine a bottle of red "port" wine (port lights on a ship are red). Think of a ship that has left "port" and went out to see.  2. Stern or Aft The stern is always the back part of your boat.  This is sometimes referred to a ...

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Do I Really Need Liability Insurance for my Pleasure Boat?

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Do I Really Need Liability Insurance for my Pleasure Boat? It’s not a big boat and it didn’t cost a ton of money.  I only plan to take it on the water a few times this year, so why should I have to worry about any kind of boat insurance? After all, what could possibly happen while I’m taking a short cruise or fishing? This is a common sentiment among many people that plan to take small trips this year.  However, the truth is,  boat insurance is very important and without it, you could be in some serious trouble.  What is Boating Liability Insurance?  There are two main components of liability coverage.  Both of these coverages provide valuable protection and they come as a package in Canada.  Property Damage Liability Property damage liability covers damage that you might accidentally inflict on other people’s boats or property.  For example, suppose you were out boating and a collision occurred.  True, this is a rare instance, but it ...

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Protecting Yourself From Email Viruses

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In today's world email viruses are becoming increasingly common. These viruses can be dangerous to business owners and individuals alike. Here are some tips to keep your business and personal information safe: 1) Watch Out For Attachments You should never open an attachment on an email from an unknown sender. These attachments can start spreading viruses when you open the file. They could also trigger software to be installed that can record your user name and password or give an intruder remote access to your computer.  Be very wary of attachments.  2) Be Cautious of Links Within Email Messages Web links can deliver malware to your computer.  Although they may take you somewhere that looks familiar, it isn't necessarily a legitimate site. Make sure you look for discrepancies like misspellings.  3) Take Notice of Unusual Emails from Someone You Know Spoof email address can make it seem like someone your know is sending you a message. If you receive an email from someone you know ...

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