Recreational boating can be a wonderful way to spend time with family and friends. And making safety a priority can ensure that boating stays fun. If you plan to ride in a boat, canoe, or other water vehicle, take a minute to protect yourself and others from drowning.
Put on a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket. Make sure all passengers put on a life jacket, regardless of distance to be traveled, size of boat, or swimming ability of boaters.
Do not use air-filled or foam toys, such as water wings, noodles, or inner-tubes, in place of life jackets. These toys are not designed to keep swimmers safe.
Don’t drink. Alcohol is involved in about a third of all recreational and boating fatalities.
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As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly.
Picking the tree
• Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
Placing the tree
• Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2” from the base of the trunk.
• Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
• Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
• Be sure to add water to the tree stand daily.
Lighting the tree
• Use lights that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
• Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect.
• Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
• Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
To reduce the risk of injury, most notably sprains and strains, take a few minutes to warm up and stretch your muscles before you work. Before you stretch, you should always warm up to loosen stiff muscles and help prevent injuries from stretching. Start your warm-up with these movements…Continue Reading